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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 17-3 
 2 Satria Muda 15-6 
 3 KL Dragons 11-8 
 4 Thailand S. 7-13 
 5 Singapore S. 7-14 
 6 Saigon H. 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 8: Satria Muda - Saigon H. 82-68
May. 8: Petron Blaze - Thailand S. 78-61
May. 10: Satria Muda - Singapore S. 64-39
May. 11: Petron Blaze - Thailand S.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 2. Orelikas, Rudupis17.9 
 3. Gulbis, Barons k.17.7 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 6. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.5 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu14.4 
 9. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.3 
 10. Samenas, Siauliai14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Cain, Barons k.11.4 
 2. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.4 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.7 
 6. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 7. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
 8. Matyukevych, Bars.6.7 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis6.4 
 10. Kuzminskas, Siaul.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.8 
 6. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.8 
 8. Artamonov, Siauliai3.5 
 9. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.4 
 10. Silavs, Jelgava3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.5 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 5. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.1 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.1.0 
 7. Cain, Barons k.0.9 
 8. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai0.8 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.0.8 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 19-8 
 2. Spirou 18-9 
 3. M.Hainaut 17-10 
 4. Aalstar 17-10 
 5. Antwerp 16-11 
 6. Leuven 9-18 
 7. Liege 8-19 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 10: Spirou - Leuven 70-65
May. 11: Verviers-Pep. - M.Hainaut
May. 11: Oostende - Aalstar
May. 11: Antwerp - Liege


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar18.3 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.8 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.1 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.4 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.3 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.9 
 10. Robinson, Leuven14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Green, Spirou7.1 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.6 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende6.5 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.3 
 6. Aska, Leuven6.1 
 7. Tofi, Aalstar6.1 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 9. Wright, Oostende6.0 
 10. Ferguson, Vervier.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.0 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.4 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 5. Randle, Spirou3.9 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar3.8 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 8. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 9. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Green, Spirou1.8 
 8. Iarochevitch, Liege1.6 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende1.1 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Aska, Leuven0.6 



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  BOSNIA   


NIJT London: FC Barcelona Regal add another victory in London - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo - FC Barcelona Regal 49:53

FC Barcelona Regal add another victory in London. The Spanish team overcame strong OKK Spars Sarajevo and improved to 2-0 record.
FC Barcelona Regal opened the game with a 15-11 lead in the first period. The tempo had slowed down in the second frame and the Spanish team was satisfied with a 7-5 rally for 22-16 at the halftime. OKK Spars Sarajevo however dominated the third period and after a 16-8 surge took 32-30 lead after 30 minutes. Only due to 23-17 in the last stanza FC Barcelona Regal managed to win the game.
Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Ludde Hakanson (188-G-96) added 12. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) delivered 8, while Fernando Andrade (206-C-95) notched 4. Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Djoko Salic (209-C-95) scored 12. Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) poured in 8, while Mahir Ferhatbegovic (198-F/C-95) brought 8.

OKK Spars Sarajevo: Nedim Buza 14, Djoko Salic 12, Adi Zahiragic 8, Mahir Ferhatbegovic 8
FC Barcelona Regal: Marc Garcia 21, Ludde Hakanson 12, Milovan Draskovic 8, Fernando Andrade 4



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 5-0 
 2. BDF V 5-1 
 3. Cadets 4-3 
 4. Police 4-4 
 5. Spartans 3-1 
 6. Saints 3-6 
 7. Dolphins 2-2 
 8. Bullets 2-2 
 9. Flames 1-0 
 10. Splinters 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 13

May. 9: Spartans - Troopers 53-65

Regular Season: Round 14

May. 11: Spartans - Troopers
May. 11: Warriors - Splinters



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  BULGARIA   


Radionov is the new head coach of Yambol - by Maria Mitzova

Julian Radionov (187-PG-79) is the new head coach of one of the most respected Bulgarian teams - Tundja Yambol.
Long time national team player, outstanding playmaker and one of the most intelligent competitors in the country, Radionov decided to leave the floor and take the next challenge - on the sideline.
Radionov played for Tundja Yambol in the last four seasons, and has always been fan favorite, which he hopes will continue to be so when he is on the bench.
Julian Radionov is inheriting the position from legendary Ivan Cholakov , who left basketball to pursue career in politics. Cholakov left Diana Hall in tears after an emotional ceremony on Tuesday.



Levski forward Dimitar Dimitrov voted Young player of the Year - by Maria Mitzova

Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) received the Racho Kolev Award for Best Young player of the Year in Bulgaria.
Levski Sofia forward Dimitrov was chosen by the basketball writers in Bulgaria, and received 31 points in the voting.
Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) took the second place, and Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) remained third.
The Racho Kolev Award has been given for second year, and is dedicated to one of the most loved basketball writers in Bulgaria, who lost the fight with cancer.
The first winner was Balkan guard Stanimir Marinov.



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  CBL   


Wagner Triple Double - by John Guy

Josh Wagner (River City Panthers) had the CBLs FIRST Triple Double last Friday night against the Dayton Air Strikers. Josh (Eureka College) had 38 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. It was an individual high for rebounds and assists for the second year professional.
The Panthers dropped the game to Dayton but Wagner now holds the individual scoring mark for this inaugural season with his 38 points.
Josh Wagner (6'8''-C, college: Eureka)



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  CHINA   


NIJT London: Team China record first victory - by Eurobasket News

IJT Team China - IJT Lietuvos Rytas 66:57

Team China claimed the first win at the London stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. They recovered well after the starting defeat to knock down Lietuvos Rytas for 1-1 record. Yufeng Xu stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Asian team.
Team China got to a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Team China accumulated a 33:22 halftime advantage. Lietuvos Rytas managed to narrow the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team cut the distance to 8 points with ten minutes remaining. But it was not enough. Team China dropped 20 points in the final period and escaped with a comfortable win at the end. Yang Jinmeng (190-G-95) nailed 10 points, while Yifeng Heng, Kai Jiang and Qian Wu had 7 points each for the winners. Deividas Kumelis (188-SG-95) responded with 17 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

IJT Team China: Yufeng Xu 22+10 boards, Yang Jinmeng 10
IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Deividas Kumelis 17, Augustas Suliauskas 9



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Bambuqueros 8-4 
 2. Once Caldas 7-5 
 3. Piratas 7-5 
 4. Bucaros 6-6 
 5. Academia 4-8 
 6. Aguilas 4-8 
Places 7-8
 1. Caribbean Heat 10-18 
 2. Halcones 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 11: Piratas - Bambuqueros
May. 11: Once Caldas - Bucaros
May. 11: Aguilas - Academia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thomas, Piratas23.6 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.3 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.9 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 7. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.1 
 10. Jordan, Once Cal.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros13.0 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.2 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Smith, Aguilas9.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 6. Blue, Academia8.6 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.5.9 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.6 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.2 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Thomas, Piratas3.5 
 8. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.1 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.1 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 3. Jordan, Once Cald.1.7 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Mendez, Piratas1.3 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas1.3 
 10. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Farley, Academia0.8 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 4. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 7. Hernandez, Bucaros0.5 
 8. Fernandez, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 10. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cedevita 10-2 
 2. Cibona 10-2 
 3. Zadar 9-3 
 4. Jolly 7-5 
 5. Kvarner 2010 5-7 
 6. KK Split 5-7 
 7. KK Zagreb 2-10 
 8. Alkar Sinj 0-12 
Places 9-14
 1. Djuro Djakovic 14-5 
 2. Darda 13-6 
 3. Zabok 10-9 
 4. Osjecki Sokol 9-10 
 5. Krizevci 8-11 
 6. Dubrovnik 3-16 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 12

Places 1-8

May. 7: KK Split - KK Zagreb 84-76
May. 7: Cibona - Jolly 76-78
May. 7: Kvarner 2010 - Zadar 70-72
May. 8: Alkar Sinj - Cedevita 60-87

Places 9-14

May. 8: Krizevci - Zabok 96-92
May. 8: Darda - Osjecki Sokol 71-73

Second Stage: Round 13

Places 1-8

May. 11: KK Split - Cibona
May. 11: KK Zagreb - Kvarner 2010
May. 11: Zadar - Alkar Sinj
May. 11: Cedevita - Jolly

Places 9-14

May. 12: Dubrovnik - Krizevci
May. 11: Zabok - Darda
May. 11: Osjecki Sokol - Djuro Djakovic


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Ross, Jolly21.4 
 2. Budimir, Osjecki18.2 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.15.9 
 4. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.3 
 5. Radic, Kvarner 201014.9 
 6. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 8. Skific, Kvarner14.3 
 9. Brnas, Djuro D.14.3 
 10. Car, KK Zagreb14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alen TREPALOVAC
  Darda
  (214-C-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 3. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.1 
 4. Mrva, Jolly7.0 
 5. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 6. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 7. Brnas, Djuro D.5.8 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.6 
 9. Budimir, Osjecki5.6 
 10. Hrncic, Darda5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.0 
 3. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 4. Car, KK Zagreb3.8 
 5. Ross, Jolly3.8 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci3.6 
 7. Panduric, Darda3.4 
 8. Blajic, Djuro D.3.2 
 9. Pesut, Zabok3.1 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Car, KK Zagreb1.7 
 3. Budimir, Osjecki1.5 
 4. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 5. Brnas, Djuro D.1.4 
 6. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 7. Krivec, Kvarner1.4 
 8. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
 9. Sarac, Osjecki1.4 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Djerman, Zabok0.8 
 5. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.7 
 8. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 
 9. Vlaic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 


Second division after nine years of first for Dubrovnik - by Ivo Vukojevic

KK Dubrovnik will play (at least for a while) its last first division game. Their last game will be played on Sunday, May 9, on their home court Gospino polje against Krizevci. They are five games behind their Sunday opponent and they have been already relegated before few rounds. It is a pity that such club as Dubrovnik with great basketball tradition will be relegated this year.

Team accomplished their goal of first division through qualifications in season 03/04 and made their rookie appearance in Croatian elite division in season 04/05 where they won fifth position and ticket to Europe. Next season they played in EuroCup Challenge where they made great job. After second place in group, they have lost from Ural Great in 1/8 Finals. From then, club had its ups and downs but always stood in elite league until now.

KK Dubrovnik was founded in 1946 and it branched a lot of great players. Bunch of national players like Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) this year's member of Euroleague first team, Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85), Luksa Andric (208-C-85, agency: Beo Basket), Andro Knego, Adnan Becic, Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and their latest product wunderkid Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95). Dubrovnik's roster is also full of talent and great basketball future is predicted to their combo guard - Marko Proleta (195-G-94).

This is tough time for the southest team in Croatia and we believe that they can get out from this situation and get back as soon as possible because they belong with the best teams in Croatia. They proved that with nine years of great games.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.3 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 6. Fields, Levice16.7 
 7. Meno, USK Praha16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.15.4 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.6 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.7 
 5. Simmons, Levice7.4 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 8. Nuhanovic, Levice7.2 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 2. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.5 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. Carter, CEZ N.4.0 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.0 
 5. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 6. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin1.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.1.0 
 6. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 7. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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  EGYPT   


Egyptian National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Egyptian National Team 2012
#s#
Tarek El Ghanam
El Ghanam
Ibrahim El Gamal
El Gamal
Ibrahim Abou Khadra
Abou Khadra
Wael Badr
Badr
Youssef Shousha
Shousha
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Tarek El Ghanam 211-C-78 Al Ahly Egypt
Ibrahim El Gamal 188-G-88 Al Ahly Egypt
Ibrahim Abou Khadra 188-G-88 Al Ahly Egypt
Wael Badr 193-G-78 Sporting Egypt
Mohamed El Kerdani Sporting Egypt
Ahmed Mohieb Sporting Egypt
Mohamed El Kerdani Sporting Egypt
Youssef Shousha 192-G-93 Sporting Egypt
Ahmed Hisham 180-PG-87 Sporting Egypt
Marouan Khorshid 205-C-83 Sporting Egypt
Ramy Ibrahim Al Ittihad Egypt
Haytham Kamal 207-C/F-87 Al Ittihad Egypt
Mouhanad El Sabbagh 180-PG-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
Ahmed El Shibany Al Gezira Egypt
Moataz Hosny 202-C-95 Al Ittihad Egypt
Haytham El Saharty 197-F-85 Zamalek Egypt
Mohamed Salah Edeen 208-C Zamalek Egypt
Motaz Okasha 186-PG-90 Zamalek Egypt
Anas Osama 203-F-95 Zamalek Egypt
Romeh Saleh 185-G/F-94 Al Gezira Egypt
Sherif Gindy 181-PG-93 Al Gezira Egypt
Ahmed El Shibany Al Gezira Egypt
Ahmed Fahmy Somouha Egypt
Mohamed Fouad 190-G Geish Army Egypt

Amr Abu El-Kheir Head Coach Al Ittihad Egypt



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.5 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.5 
 10. Davis, Khimky13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.4 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos6.1 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Mirotic, Real Mad.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Petrochimi
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 2. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 7. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Falker, Besiktas1.0 


Semi Finals: Real Madrid battles through Regal Barcelona to reach the Finals - by Simas

Regal FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid 67-74

Two Spanish teams in the second semifinals. It promised to be a tough one. And it was! Real Madrid took over in the fourth quarter and broke through to the finals.

On Sunday, Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus and Real Madrid will face each other to find out which team is the best in the European basketball for 2012-2013 season.

Barcelona started off the game well with 9-3 lead after 4 mins of playing. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) and Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) threes cut the deficit in half. Real Madrid was struggling as CSKA did in the Semis. After 1st quarter Barcelona leads 18-11.

In the second quarter Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) got on fire; made three 3-point shots and Real Madrid is only one point away 22-23. Another three by Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) and Real gets their first lead in the game 27-26. More good defense from Pablo Laso team and the first hald ended with 6 point lead at 39-33.

After the half time Barcelona took over control of the game and tied up the game at 42-42. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) came off the bench for the first time in the game still feeling soreness of his previous injury, however, it did not work out.

In the fourth quarter, Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) scores four points in the row, Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) hits a three and Barca is up 61-52. However, the happy faces disappeared from Barcelona players as the game tied up at 63-63 with four minutes to play in the 3rd.
Pablo Laso takes a timeout to re-structure teams play. It seems like it worked and with a good defense and converting the baskets with 6-0 run, Real Madrid is up 69-63 with two minutes to play. Real Madrid finished strong and took a W to advance to the Finals on Sunday!

Top Scorers

Regal FC Barcelona: Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) 19, Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) 18 (12rebs), Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) 9.

Real Madrid: Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) 17, Sergio Llull 13, Sergio Rodriguez 12 (9assists), Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) finished with 8 points.



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.7 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.3 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.21.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Clavell, Humacao20.0 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.3 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto19.1 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.17.1 
 10. Thornton, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.3 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.10.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.7 
 4. Giles, KTP9.6 
 5. Conley, LrNM.9.5 
 6. Quaintance, Kauha.9.3 
 7. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 10. Johnson, Namika8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.5 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.1 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.6 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.7 
 10. Holloway, Namika3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.3 
 3. Quaintance, Kauha.2.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 5. Smith, Kataja2.1 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 8. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 9. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 10. Williams, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Kauha.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Quaintance, Kauha.1.4 
 2. Fields, Kataja1.2 
 3. Barrett, KTP1.2 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP1.0 
 7. Dyer, Hapoel Kazrin0.9 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 


Better Luck Next Time - by Jerrah Young

Hey everyone! The last time I told you guys that we would begin our quest to the championship title. Well we made it to the final round, but sadly for us we lost to a very good Honka team. It was a very tough series with each game being decided by 8 or less including the closeout game that ended on a last second layup. From what I have heard it was one of the most exciting finals in a very long time. The great crowd and atmosphere made it an unbelievable experience. But next season where ever I am I hope to have the same success with the "cherry on top" next time. Once again congratulations to the entire Honka organization on a successful season and hope they perform well in the Korisliiga. Also thanks and praise to my Tarmo teammates and organization for a great season as well!

Till next time
Jerrah Young



KORISLIIGA: KTP - Bisons 1-1 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 2: There will be at least four contests before this season Finnish Champion will be known. Tonight Bisons (Loimaa) visiting in Kotka and beating tough home team KTP 61-72 (32-35). Quarters: 16-17, 16-18, 6-17, 23-20. Bisons was defending and rebounding a lot better than KTP. The third quarter was a nightmare for KTP and the last 10 minutes Bisons had it easy to save the lead and tie this series 1-1. Game # 3 on Monday, May 13, at Loimaa.
Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (16pts/13rbs) and Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) (15pts/11rbs) were the key players for the Bisons this time. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) helped with 12 rebounds. Michael Pounds (188-PG-88) led KTP with 14 pts. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, college: Cent.Michigan) added 11 and Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) 10 pts. It was KTP's least points (61) this season - and that took place at the home court!

KTP - Bisons 61-72 (32-35). (Michael Pounds 14, Sefton Barrett 11, Bojan Sarcevic 10. 1 - 76% (13/17), 2 - 43% (15/35), 3 - 21% (6/28). R: 25+12=37. TO: 15. - Martin Zeno 16/13, Ryan McDade 15/11, Matti Nuutinen 12. 1 - 58% (15/26), 2 - 52% (21/40), 3 - 26% (5/19). R: 33+14=47. TO: 15. A: 1690).



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Tony Parker paces Spurs to 102-92 win over Warriors to take 2-1 series lead - by Eurobasket News

OAKLAND, Calif. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs quieted the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors in a 102-92 victory Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Parker added five assists and five boards to help the Spurs wrestle back home-court advantage from the Warriors after withstanding a brief fourth-quarter rally.

San Antonio outshot Golden State 50.6 to 39.3 percent and curbed streaky shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for the first time in the series.

Thompson scored 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting, while Curry had 16 points on 5 of 17 from the floor.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Oakland.

Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com



NIJT London: INSEP Paris needs overtime to edge Team England - by Eurobasket News

INSEP Paris - Team England 79:75 OT

INSEP Paris needs overtime to edge Team England in Day 2 last game of the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament. The French side posted a 79:75 win due to the fourth period and extra time.
Both teams showed a great game and stayed close to each other during the whole game. At first INSEP Paris won the first period 19-18 and then Team England replied with an 18-13 rally for 36:32 halftime advantage. Moreover the British side added a 16-13 rally and had 7-point deficit before the fourth period. It was not however enough to win the game as INSEP Paris needed a 23-16 surge in the fourth period and added 11-7 in overtime.
Paul Rigot (201-SF-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) added 12. Ywen Smock (203-C/F-96) notched 11, while Lucas Paoletti (202-F-95) had 10. Luke Nelson (189-G-95) replied with 16 points in defeat, while Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) had 13. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) and Tamas Okros (196-SF-95) followed them with 11 points in a loss.

INSEP Paris: Paul Rigot 16, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 12, Ywen Smock 11, Lucas Paoletti 10
Team England: Luke Nelson 16, Kingsley Okoroh 13, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 11, Tamas Okros 11



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Kelly Beidler (Phoenix Hagen Can Score And Shoot Out The Lights, But Against Bamberg, There Is More To It Than Just Scoring) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) is a 24 year old 199cm forward from Virginia Beach, Virginia that will played his third professional season and first in Germany in the Beko BBL for the Mitteldeutscher BC playing 34 games averaging 9,3ppg, 4,8rpg and 1,6apg. He played at Mt.St.Marys (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 119 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 10.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.1% . In 2010-2011, he was a rookie playing for : IR Reykjavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 24 games: Score-4 (21.7ppg), Reb-2 (12.4rpg), 3.8apg, Steals-5 (2.5spg), Blocks-3 (2.0bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 72.9%. In 2011-2012, he played for Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 44 games: Score-4 (19.2ppg), Reb-5 (9.8rpg), 1.4apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), Blocks-1 (1.9bpg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 70.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about the 2013 Beko BBL quarterfinal games.

You played your first season for MBC in Germany. How did you like the experience and what was your fondest memory on and off the court this season?

The experience of playing ball here in Germany has been memorable. To play in a country where the league is respected and to have basketball fans throughout all of Germany makes playing here special. I think the best memory is the excitement and appreciation of our fans when it was announced that we kept MBC in the BBL for the following season

MBC finished in 16th place. How would you summarize the season. Was this finish respectable from a team that had moved up from the second division?

This has definitely been an up and down season and one of the toughest ones to deal with as a competitor. To experience the challenge of being on a team that no one really had expectations for was a challenge in itself. We finished 16th which is good enough to stay in the league but we expected better for ourselves. Sitting in 11th place with 2 weeks left definitely was a better feeling then finishing in 16th place.

You averaged 9,3ppg, 4,8rpg and 1,6apg in the Beko BBL. How happy were you with your season and will you return to Germany?

My personal stats are a little under what I expected of myself for this season but still I can build off of this for the following year. I'd like to think my team and other teams in the league recognized that I have a passion for the game and I bring it to the court every chance I get. A player who plays hard for himself as well as his teammates and the ball club. My plans are to continue playing and Germany would be a country I'd be happy to keep playing in.

The 2013 quarterfinal Beko BBL playoffs look to have some nice matchups. The most interesting is Alba Berlin-FC Bayern Munich. What kind of series can we await, will it go five games and what will be key for each team winning?

I saw the matchup between Alba and Munich and it's disappointing they have to meet in the first round. I think the series will go 5 games, both having well respected coaches who know the game and will prepare their team accordingly and the players who execute the game plan better than most players in the BBL. The battle between Wood and Rice will be very interesting and whoever can make more plays for the team, that team I think will win.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg have a real tough opening round with Phoenix Hagen. I see this as being a sweep by Bamberg if they are on or going five games. What kind of series can we await and what will be key for each team moving on?

I have Bamberg winning this series easily just because of the experience and discipline alone. Veteran team with great playmakers is a hard team to beat. Hagen also a respectable team that can shoot the ball and the lights out but against a team such as Bamberg, there's more to it than just scoring

Bonn plays Oldenburg a rematch of the 2009 Beko BBL final where Oldenburg won the title. What kind of series can we await and what will be key for each team advancing?

This could be a good series if Bonn shows up to play because I know Oldenburg will without a doubt. I have Oldenburg winning this series in 4 or 5 games depending on how Bonn plays like I said. I think if Oldenburg plays their fast pace style of play, they should come out on top in this series.

The Artland Dragons have to tangle with ratiopharm Ulm. This is also one of those series that can end quick for Ulm or possibly go five games. What kind of series can we await and what will be key for each team getting to the next round?

Between Ulm and Artland is easy to decide. It all falls on to John Bryant's shoulders. If he can be efficient offensively and defensively then they should win this series along with the help of his teammates of course. If Artland finds a way to slow Bryant down then they will win this battle with the weapons they bring to the court

NBA player Jason Collins came out saying he is gay. Do you see more professional athletes to follow his lead in the future?

I think with Jason Collin's coming out and being honest about his sexuality definitely opens the door for other athletes to do the same especially with male athletes. It's a step in the right direction for society I believe. An eye opener to show that Professional athletes and superstars are human just as everyone else and they face the same life challenges as we do in our everyday lives. I commend Jason Collins for being the first one to take that step

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Iran job. Which was a good movie and I recommend it to other athletes that are playing a professional sport in a country other than their own


Thanks Kelly for the chat.




The Miles Basketball Minute 2013 Beko BBL Playoff Preview ratiopharm Ulm-Artland Dragons 3-1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



As the Boston Celtics were down 3-0 to neighbors the New York Knicks, being a Boston Celtics fan was about as tough as if Derek Jeter awakened a hard core Red Sox fan with a self made cooked breakfast on a Sunday morning wearing the Yankees uniform. Fans had been wondering will one ever see Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo ever play again as the futures of the trio was as unknown as that of ratiopharm Ulm player John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) The rise of ratiopharm Ulm has gone steadily not too fast after the club reached the Beko BBL cup and playoff final last year, moving into a new arena this season and having another stellar regular season and strong Eurocup season, but the 2013 Beko BBL playoffs could be the last time that John Bryant could help Ulm win a title. Bryant has won the Beko BBL MVP two seasons in a row being the best center in the league giving the word double double a new meaning and without big John, ratiopharm Ulm would not have reached two finals. Also in Quackenbruck, the Artland Dragons seem to be at a kind of cross roads. They are now in their third season with Stefan Koch, but despite reaching three playoffs in a row, it seems like the team has been a bit underachieving especially with the strength of their rosters. The last time, the Dragons won a title was the 2008 Beko BBL cup in Hamburg. Fans are thirsty for a title and the dungeon of Toby the Dragon and the fire inside seems to be getting a tad weaker. The expectations are high despite the average season by the Artland Dragons and this could be that last chance before another rebuilding and possible total restructuring of the roster could happen as it seems to be more the case now a days with professional basketball teams. Recently the 2000 cup winning head coach of the Opel Skyliners Stefan Koch announced he wont return to Quackenbruck.

Ratiopharm Ulm had another very strong season not as potent as last season where they finished in second place with a record of 27-7, but this season in third place with a record of 24-10. One cant forget that this season every team was gunning for the Swaben team and that surprise effect like last season wasnt present, plus they had the strain of the Eurocup season. Despite all this, the club was able to play like a top team and the players from last season and head coach Thorsten Leibanath were able to develop further in their functions and as a team as the chemistry stayed intact from last season coupled with the integration of the new players. The club strung together a six, five and four game winning streaks. Their biggest wins of the season were sweeps of Alba Berlin, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and the Artland Dragons. Who could forget the buzzer beater of Keaton Nankivil last season against FC Bayern Munich and this season they beat Germanys most famous team again at home. Ratiopharm Ulm also have a strong offense as they averaged 84 points per game and scored 80 points or more 24 times. Defense isnt their strong suit as they were only able to give up 70 or less points nine times. They kept Bayreuth, Trier and MBC under 50 points and even combined the perfect offense/defense combination beating Giessen 100-46, but then again that is no feat. Giessen surprised them in the Osthalle giving them a hard fought loss, defining the meaning that anything is possible in the Beko BBL.Their strength is their scoring power and depth on offense. With John Bryant and Per Guenther they have a powerful duo with the young German always creating points with his penetration or pick and roll play and the American just makes men look like boys in the paint. With Allan Ray, Steve Esterkamp and Daniel Theis, they have very formidable scorers. They also have unlimited potential from the bench with Philipp Schwethelm, Keaton Nankivil, Lance Jeter and Sebastian Betz. Even when Dane Watts went down for the season with an injury, nobody panicked and the late season pick up of Omar Samhan has added stability to the paint. The late addition of Pro B monster Myles Hesson has been a pleasant surprise as he has given strong minutes. For some a weakness is that the club is too dependent on Bryant, but if you look at the team, there is enough firepower and even if you take away the 10 rebounds per game by Bryant, then the team still has 29 which is what many lower ranked teams average. No matter how the game goes, one is never totally able to take Bryant out of his rhythm. Their defense is also suspect which could be a liability when Artland has good shooting nights and Ulm is not on as much on offense.

The last two seasons the Artland Dragons have been my sleeper team, but each season the y have underachieved. At the start of the season, I had them as one of the deepest teams in the league, but seven months later, they ended the season only in sixth place with a record of 20-14 and remained a riddle why such a talented team couldnt perform better. There were some reasons in that Demond Mallet was injured to start the season and they never had a classic point guard and the big problem of the season was the power forward position as guys came and went like fleas do after having dinner on Beethoven the dog as ex NBA players Ryan Gomes and Dennis Horner as well Andrew Drevo left. Kristaps Valters also played for a few months before having to pack his bags. All in all the club has been searching for a team chemistry and identity all season long, but have always had disturbances of players departing and coming. The team still is a very strong offensive team averaging 77 points per game, but could never go for a very long time with consecutive wins as they had a quick four game winning streak in the first month and after that four three game winning streaks. They actually did have some success against top teams as they beat Alba Berlin and even swept the Brose Baskets Bamberg including being only the third Beko BBL team to do in Bamberg since June 2010 which is definitely something to tell your grand kids. Dragons head coach Stefan Koch has a very strong 11 man rotation and even has started with German Acha Njei, a guy who was usually a garbage time player his whole career. With Branislav Rathkovica, who came recently, they have a classic point guard and with the guard trio of Bryce Taylor, Demond Mallet and Marquez Haynes possibly the best in the Beko BBL. The heart and soul of the team is German Johannes Strasser who is the ultimate team player. The center duo of Anthony King and Petar Popovic is solid and King belongs to the most underrated big men in the league. With Brad Buckman, the team has the perfect power forward who has stepped it up in the last weeks and will need to continue to get touches and shots. Their weakness is that they are still looking for their 100% team chemistry, but that may have been found as they ended the regular season with a three game winning streak beating Bamberg and the red hot Phoenix Hagen.

Ratiopharm Ulm swept the season series as Artland lost 80-69 at home after leading at halftime, but losing control in the second half and then being embarrassed in Ulm 88-60 as the game was already decided at halftime and Artland only mustered eight points in the fourth quarter. In the loss in Ulm, Artland was clobbered on the boards. The duel of the game could be John Bryant-Anthony King. Bryant had Artland for dinner in both games as he scored combined 34 points and 27 rebounds. Artland has to find a way to somehow keep Bryant out of his comfort zone with aggressive post defense and denying him the ball, but that is easier said than done. Both teams have very strong offensive teams and this could be a high scoring series and in the end it will be the team that decides to defend more consistently that will win. Artland needs to change the tempo of the game as well and get out running and try to get Bryant in foul trouble. German Daniel Theis who has been rumoured to have entered the 2013 NBA draft has developed well and even he could have big games if a Bryant has to sit down, not to forget the Egyptian tank Omar Samhan. The Artland Dragons also need a potent Branislav Rathkovica or this could be a short series. All in all ratiopharm is stronger on offense, deeper and has John Bryant They will be too much for the Artland Dragons and win the series 3-1.




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EuroLeague: Olympiacos shock CSKA to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - CSKA 69:52

Olympiacos became the first EuroLeague finalists. They stunned CSKA in London tonight in the Final Four opener. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 13 points and 10 rebounds to pace the defending champions.
CSKA and Olympiacos exchanged baskets at the start of the game. However Olympiacos capped the first term on a 12:2 run to take a 24:17 lead. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Acie Law opened a 12-point lead midway through the second term. The Reds maintained the advantage and secured a 40:28 buffer at the interval. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Papanikolaou fired 5 straight points t the start of the second half to give Olympiacos a 45:28 advantage. Kaun and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) dragged the Moscow team within 11 points but it was too little. Kyle Hines and Pero Antic ended the third frame with six points in a row as the Reds gained a 53:36 advantage. Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) and Kyle Hines made it 57:36 at the beginning of the fourth stanza. Aaron Jackson and Milos Teodosic cut the deficit to 15 points but it was as close as CSKA could get. Pero Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis kept Olympiacos in a comfortable lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Pero Antic delivered 13 points, while Vassilis Spanoulis and Stratos Perperoglou added 8 points each in the win. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) answered with 13 points for CSKA. Viktor Khryapa chipped in 11 points in the defeat.

Olympiacos: Kyle Hines 13+10 boards, Pero Antic 13, Vassilis Spanoulis 8, Stratos Perperoglou 8
CSKA: Sonny Weems 13, Viktor Khryapa 11



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Leeuwarden shock Den Bosch on their way to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Leeuwarden - Den Bosch 93-76 (3-1)

Leeuwarden shock Den Bosch on their way to the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Leeuwarden. Den Bosch managed to win fourth quarter 30-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Den Bosch 40-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Leeuwarden especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. David Michaels (201-90, college: Whitman, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Leeuwarden and four Den Bosch players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: T.de Paula 23+2reb+2ast, D.Michaels 18+7reb+4ast, R.Holcomb Faye 17+5reb+6ast, S.Givens 14+7reb+3ast, J.Williams 11+9reb+5ast, S.Poels 8+6reb
Den Bosch: K.Akerboom 15+1reb+2ast, A.Young 15+4ast, D.Wright 14+7reb+3ast, W.Carter 14+7reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 9+2reb+6ast, S.Wessels 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 240654



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  HUNGARY   


Kyle Austin leaves Hungary tomorrow - by Tamas Deri

The american forward of Lami-Ved-Kormend was the best scorer of the top Division averaging 20.9 points in 23 games of the season. The 203 cm tall, very athletic forward was a key player of coach Hencsey's team losing 3:2 against Paks in the quarterfinals. Kyle Austin (203-F-88, college: Cal-Riverside) also recorded 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting with 56.8 % the 2pointers and 30.7 % the three pointers. He scored in every 23 games in double figures and had a season high 32 points against ASE in the 4th game of the Quarterfinals. That is a fact that Austin will leave Hungary today and rumors say that he might finish the season in a country of America.


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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 16-4 
 2. Kankakee S. 12-5 
 3. Kenosha B. 11-7 
 4. Bloomington F. 10-5 
 5. Chicago R. 7-10 
 6. St.Louis T. 5-10 
 7. Springfield X. 2-11 
 8. Lake County S. 0-7 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 14-2 
 2. Gary Splash 13-7 
 3. Indiana D. 9-4 
 4. Holland Dream 7-6 
 5. Lansing C. 6-12 
 6. Lake Michigan 4-15 
 7. West Virginia M. 3-12 
 8. New Jersey G-F 1-1 
 9. Albany L. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 9: Rochester R. - Albany L. 137-111
May. 11: Gary Splash - West Virginia M.
May. 11: New Jersey G-F - Rochester R.
May. 11: Bloomington F. - Sauk Valley P.
May. 11: Kankakee S. - St.Louis T.
May. 11: Chicago R. - Lake County S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan EDWARDS
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Edwards, Kankakee.33.2 
 2. Bostick, Kenosha32.8 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.26.5 
 4. Thomas, Kenosha B.23.8 
 5. Cobbs, Kenosha B.23.5 
 6. Bennett, Gary S.22.9 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.21.9 
 8. Bennett, Rocheste.20.9 
 9. Motley, Lansing C.20.9 
 10. Farmer, Blooming.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Pettiford, India.11.1 
 2. Baptist, Kankakee.11.0 
 3. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.9 
 4. Warren, Gary S.10.7 
 5. Haley, Rochester R.10.2 
 6. Devaughn, India.9.0 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.8.6 
 8. Love, Sauk V.8.5 
 9. Anderson, Bloomi.8.2 
 10. Edwards, Kankake.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.7.8 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.6.8 
 3. Marshell, Indiana5.7 
 4. Waller, Sauk V.5.1 
 5. Ruffin, Blooming.4.7 
 6. Radcliff, Sauk V.4.7 
 7. Motley, Lansing C.4.4 
 8. Goldsberry, West V.4.4 
 9. Tunnell, West V.3.8 
 10. Anderson, Roches.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.3.0 
 2. Collins, West V.2.2 
 3. Bostick, Kenosha2.1 
 4. Wright, Gary S.2.0 
 5. Marshell, Indiana2.0 
 6. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.0 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.1.8 
 8. Benson, Lake M.1.7 
 9. Goldsberry, West V.1.7 
 10. Kyle, Kankakee S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrence GREEN
  Blooming.
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Green, Blooming.1.6 
 2. Warren, Gary S.1.4 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.4 
 4. Bostick, Kenosha1.3 
 5. Wolfinger, Sauk V.1.1 
 6. Wright, Gary S.1.0 
 7. Barkdoll, Rocheste.1.0 
 8. Eversley, West V.1.0 
 9. Harris, Lake Michi.1.0 
 10. Carlwell, Chicago1.0 



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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Warriors thump visiting Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Singapore Slingers 64:39

The Indonesia Warriors proved their dominance over the visiting Singapore Slingers beating those by 25 points tonight. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 16 points to lead the Warriors to the 15th win in the ASEAN League season. The Slingers suffered in the meantime a setback in the fight for Final Four ticket as they slipped at 7-14 record in the fifth position.
The Warriors built an 18:12 lead after the starting frame. They held their opponents to 4 points in the second quarter. The Warriors piled up a 30:16 halftime advantage. The hosts boosted the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 17-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Slingers managed just 7 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) finished with 13 points, while Jerick Canada (170-G) and Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) added 10 points for the winners. Morrison Phillip Aaron responded with 10 points for the Slingers. Jones-Jennings Rashad (203-F/C-84, college: UALR) had 7 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 16, John Smith 13, Jerick Canada 10, Chris Daniels 10+12 boards
Singapore Slingers: Morrison Phillip Aaron 10, Jones-Jennings Rashad 7+18 boards



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  ISRAEL   

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.5 
 2. James, Hapoel K.22.8 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.20.2 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.7 
 9. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.3 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.3 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.6 
 5. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 6. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 7. Clemente, Ironi N.10.0 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Bouchman, Kiryat9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.8 
 3. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.6 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 7. Dunne, Ironi N.4.3 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.4.3 
 10. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
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.2.8 
 4. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.5 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.4 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 9. Kent, Ironi R.2.1 
 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, Maccabi1.6 
 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. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 


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

Ironi Nahariya - Hod Hasharon 70-79

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-15. But Ironi Nahariya won second period 36-35. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hod Hasharon had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Guy Dotan (178-91) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 20+7reb+3ast, R.Clemente 13+17reb, R.Pitshon 12+9reb+3ast, O.Ben Hemo 6+2reb, N.Golan 6+1reb+2ast, E.Saudai 5+2ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 26+9reb+1ast, G.Dotan 18+2reb+3ast, E.Asante Asare 10+8reb+5ast, B.Walker 9+4reb+1ast, O.Hover 8+9reb+2ast, I.Stolero 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240652


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi Ramat Gan 72-71

Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Ramat Gan's 30. They outrebounded Ironi Ramat Gan 53-37 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) added 21 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: D.Assaf 23+5reb+4ast, T.Kent 21+9reb, A.Tamir 15+5reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 6+2reb+5ast, K.Ramsey 3+11reb, T.Havkin 3+3reb+1ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 23+16reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 14+14reb+4ast, G.Amitay 12+6reb+1ast, T.Karpels 7+6reb, R.Zehavian 7+4reb, E.Engel 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 240653



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  KUWAIT   


Kazma finished fourth at GCC Clubs basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News

Kazma finished fourth at GCC Clubs basketball Cup. The team from Kuwait advanced to the Semifinals but lost the game to Ah-Ahli and then to Al Rayyan in the game for the third place.
At first Al Sadd overcame Kazma 73:55 in the opener. In Day 2 Kazma beat Ahli Sadab from Oman 90:66. In Day 3 the team from Kuwait overcame Uhud from Saudi Arabia 82:72 and finished second in Group A.
In the Semifinal Stage Al-Ahli from the United Arab Emirates edged Kazma 80:69. Al Rayyan took the third place at the tournament as they defeated Kazma from Kuwait in the game for the third place.Al Sadd triumphs at Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2013. The team from Qatar lost only one game at the campaign and sealed the title. In the Final game Al Sadd overcame Al-Ahli from United Arab Emirates 85:72.



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Peiners, LU21.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 4. Cain, Barons k.15.6 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.6 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Diggs, Barons k.14.5 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 10. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.7 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 3. Dargais, LU8.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.7 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Cavars, Valmiera7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera7.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga7.4 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.5.3 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.4 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 8. Bertans, VEF Riga3.3 
 9. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga2.0 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
 9. Campbell, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.2 
 3. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 



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  LITHUANIA   


NIJT London: Team China record first victory - by Eurobasket News

IJT Team China - IJT Lietuvos Rytas 66:57

Team China claimed the first win at the London stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. They recovered well after the starting defeat to knock down Lietuvos Rytas for 1-1 record. Yufeng Xu stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Asian team.
Team China got to a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Team China accumulated a 33:22 halftime advantage. Lietuvos Rytas managed to narrow the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team cut the distance to 8 points with ten minutes remaining. But it was not enough. Team China dropped 20 points in the final period and escaped with a comfortable win at the end. Yang Jinmeng (190-G-95) nailed 10 points, while Yifeng Heng, Kai Jiang and Qian Wu had 7 points each for the winners. Deividas Kumelis (188-SG-95) responded with 17 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

IJT Team China: Yufeng Xu 22+10 boards, Yang Jinmeng 10
IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Deividas Kumelis 17, Augustas Suliauskas 9



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.1 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.7 
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. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.11.0 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.3 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
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. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 8. Parker, San A.7.4 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..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. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.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.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Bogut, Golden S.1.8 


The Timberwolves released Roy - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) released 29-year old guard Brandon Roy (198-96kg-84, college: Washington). In 5 NBA games he had 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.6apg this season.
The last season Roy was tested by the Trail Blazers.
In 2006 he was drafted by the Timberwolves in first round (6th overall). The former University of Washington staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Roy won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2009. He was also voted All-NBA 3rd Team back in 2010.
Roy is a very experienced player.
On Roy: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
An excellent shooter who steps up in big situations. Hit a number of huge shots at the end of games this year ... Has worked hard on his outside shot which has improved each year ... Great competitor ... Excellent ball handler with the ability to create shots for himself and others ... His midrange game is relatively impressive and his range has really improved this year.
Lacks tremendous size and length at just 6-6 with a short wing span ... Lacks great body strength. His body is solid but not overpowering
.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



San Antonio and Miami take 2-1 lead on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - San Antonio S. 92-102
OAKLAND, Calif. - Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) added 23 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs quieted the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors in a 102-92 victory Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Kawhi Leonard finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Parker added five assists and five boards to help the Spurs wrestle back home-court advantage from the Warriors after withstanding a brief fourth-quarter rally. San Antonio outshot Golden State 50.6 to 39.3 percent and curbed streaky shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for the first time in the series. Thompson scored 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting, while Curry had 16 points on 5 of 17 from the floor. Andrew Bogut added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State but was saddled with foul trouble most of the second half. Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Oakland. After falling behind by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, the Warriors scored the first nine of the period in fewer than 2 minutes. They capped the run by slicing San Antonio's lead to 79-78 when Bogut blocked Duncan's layup, and Draymond Green started a three-point play by drawing a foul on Duncan with a pull-up jumper. Parker put San Antonio back ahead by seven with a 3-pointer before leaving briefly with an apparent left leg cramp. Trainers wrapped his leg while he was on the bench and he showed no signs of slowing down when he returned. With Parker on the bench, Duncan converted a three-point play and Leonard added a layup to cap an 11-1 run that gave San Antonio a 90-79 lead with 5:39 to play. Most of Golden State's yellow-shirt wearing crowd of 19,596 silenced after Curry came off a curl and his left ankle - which he sprained in Game 2 in the first round against Denver but seemed to be back to full strength - landed awkwardly when he planted his feet to receive the ball. Curry limped around but stayed in the game, with nervous chants of 'Curry! Curry!' breaking out. The Warriors moved within five points on Harrison Barnes' pull-up jumper with 2:48 to play but never got closer. After starting 3-0 at home in the playoffs, Golden State fell short again in maybe the biggest basketball game in the Bay Area in decades. The Warriors have not held a series lead beyond the first round since the 1975-76 season, when they went up 2-1 and 3-2 against Phoenix in the conference finals and lost. That also was last time the Warriors made the conference finals, though there were only three rounds in the playoffs at that time. After trailing for 95 of 106 minutes in the first two games of the series, San Antonio had by far its best start behind its All-Star point guard. Parker scored 13 points in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting, including a desperation bank shot after getting fouled by Draymond Green that gave the Spurs a 32-23 lead. The largest lead for San Antonio, which went ahead by 11 points throughout the second quarter, had held previously was five - all the way back in the second overtime of its Game 1 comeback win. All-Star forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) sparked Golden State with his first appearance in the series after tearing his right hip flexor in the first-round opener against Denver and originally deemed out for the season. Lee, held scoreless in a brief appearance in the Game 6 clincher over the Nuggets, instantly put back an offensive rebound while getting fouled by Tiago Splitter to start a three-point play that sent fans into a frenzy. Lee finished with five points and two rebounds in three minutes. Parker swished a pull-up jumper over Green to put the Spurs up 57-48 at halftime. He had 25 points on 11 of 14 shooting in the first half, while Curry (9 points) and Thompson (3 points) combined for 12 points. The Warriors erased the deficit a little more than halfway through the third quarter when Curry's quick 3-pointer evened the score at 65-all. Bogut exited with 6:34 remaining in the period after picking up his fourth foul, and the Spurs surged ahead by 11 behind a quick burst from Manu Ginobili with Golden State's big man buried on the bench. Courtesy of: http://www.latimes.com

Chicago B. - Miami Heat 94-104
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) came on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 20 points and 19 rebounds and the Miami Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the Bulls on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Norris Cole scored 18, and the Heat pulled out a tight win after blasting the Bulls 115-78 on Wednesday. This time, Chicago refused to go quietly. Never mind that the Bulls were coming off the worst playoff loss in franchise history. Put aside the fact that the ailing Luol Deng and injured Kirk Hinrich (calf) remained sidelined, not to mention Derrick Rose, or that Nazr Mohammed got ejected in the second quarter for shoving James to the floor. The Heat simply had too much in the end. James hit just 6 of 17 shots and even got blocked on a layup by Nate Robinson in the third quarter. But the four-time MVP came through down the stretch, scoring 12 in the fourth. He and Cole hit two big 3-pointers. Bosh perked up after two quiet games, and Miami's bench outscored Chicago's 36-8. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) led Chicago with 21 points. Robinson and Jimmy Butler each scored 17. Joakim Noah added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Marco Belinelli had 16 points, but the Bulls couldn't pull this one out. They were within 85-83 when Cole scored on a finger roll with about four minutes left and Miami started to take control from there. James answered a 3-pointer by Belinelli with one of his own, and after Boozer hit a jumper for Chicago, Cole buried another 3 for the Heat to make it 96-88 with 1:48 remaining. Courtesy of: suntimes.com



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 5-0 
 2. Wellington S. 5-1 
 3. Nelson G. 3-2 
 4. Hub Jets 3-2 
 5. Southland S. 2-2 
 6. Taranaki MA 2-3 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 1-3 
 8. Waikato P. 0-3 
 9. Super City R. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 10: OceanaGold N. - Waikato P. 97-74
May. 7: Wellington S. - Hub Jets 96-112
May. 11: Southland S. - Waikato P.
May. 11: Nelson G. - Wellington S.
May. 11: HBS Bank Hawks - Super City R.
May. 11: Taranaki MA - Hub Jets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.6 
 2. Pace, Nelson G.22.4 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.20.5 
 4. Hagan, Hub Jets20.2 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.20.0 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.20.0 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.18.8 
 8. Buck, Super City R.17.8 
 9. Greene, HBS B.17.3 
 10. Horvath, Hub Jets17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets13.8 
 2. Conklin, Southland10.8 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.10.6 
 4. Maxey, Nelson G.9.0 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.8.8 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.6 
 7. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.2 
 8. Frank, Wellington8.2 
 9. Pace, Nelson G.8.0 
 10. Greene, HBS B.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tait, Wellington S.6.8 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.6 
 3. Leasure, Taranaki.6.4 
 4. Hagan, Hub Jets6.2 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.8 
 6. Martin, Southlan.3.8 
 7. Frank, Wellington3.7 
 8. Anderson, Taranaki.3.6 
 9. Allen, OceanaGo.3.3 
 10. Bloxham, Nelson G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.4.4 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.4.0 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets4.0 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.5 
 5. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 6. Allen, OceanaGo.2.3 
 7. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.2 
 8. Daly, HBS B.1.8 
 9. O''Riley, Super C.1.8 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.8 
 2. Frank, Wellington2.5 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Horvath, Hub Jets1.4 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Dawson, Southlan.1.3 
 7. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.0.8 
 10. Bolstad, Super C.0.8 



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.8 
 4. Bowles, San M.22.7 
 5. Sundov, Rain o.22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Brock, Guayama21.2 
 8. Dozier, Alaska Aces21.2 
 9. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.2 
 2. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 5. Bowles, San M.14.8 
 6. Macklin, Barang.14.5 
 7. Sundov, Rain o.12.5 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Ac.8.9 
 9. Pingris, San M.7.6 
 10. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.2 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.5.1 
 6. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.0 
 7. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.6 
 9. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.0 
 3. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.4 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.7 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.1 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.4 
 7. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 8. Macklin, Barang.0.9 
 9. Devance, San M.0.8 
 10. Pennisi, Barako B.0.8 


2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: May 2-10, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

Heres what we all have to realize about the 2013 ASEAN Basketball League there are really just two teams playing for all the marbles. The San Miguel Beermen, currently toting a league-leading 17-3 win-loss card, are the deepest of the whole lot and, not surprisingly, the heavy favorites to take home the title. The Indonesia Warriors, meanwhile, buoyed by their championship experience last year and the return of ace playmaker Stanley Pringle, are hoping to be the classic foils to the Beermens machinations.

Now how about the other four clubs in the six-team field?

Gravy.

And proof that in this part of the world, basketball, despite its decades-long popularity in the Philippines, is undoubtedly still in its infancy.

Just the fact that each team is allowed two non-ASEAN imports and almost a handful of ASEAN reinforcements is enough to indicate that, by and large, most of the countries local talent pools are not exactly brimming with richness. The Philippine teams (the defunct AirAsia Philippine Patriots and the San Miguel Beermen) have, of course, been consistently deep and fundamentally sound, but most of the other teams, especially the ones from Brunei (this team lasted just one season) and Vietnam (the Saigon Heat are currently in their second season), have been overly reliant on their respective imports to stay competitive.

This was true when the Chang Thailand Slammers upset the AirAsia Philippine Patriots in the 2011 ABL Championship and when the Indonesia Warriors ripped the Beermen in last years titular series. Despite having the best local player in Attaporn Lertmalaiporn, who has faded significantly ever since that stellar season, the 2010-2011 Slammers still relied on American Jason Dixon, Cameroonian Chris Kuete, and Pinoys Froilan Baguion and Ardy Larong to pull the rug from under the Pats. A year later, Fil-American sensation Stanley Pringle was the main reason the Warriors upended the Beermen in the 2012 Finals.

Right now, it surely looks like were set for the first-ever championship grudge match pitting the Indons and SMB. During the past week, in fact, both teams secured the top two slots in the standings. This means that both Indonesia and San Miguel will enjoy homecourt advantage in the semifinals.

As if they needed it anyway.

Running third are the Malaysia Dragons, who are definitely no pansies, but having them upsetting either of the top two squads is a bit of a stretch. Much bleaker are the chances of the two teams jostling for fourth spot the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers and the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers. Either team would be hard-pressed to even hang with the Beermen or the Warriors in the semis, much more actually beating them.

This is not to say there arent any outstanding players in those teams. Wutipong Dasom has been a revelation for the Thais, but, again, it has been the imports ruling the day. Beanpole Christien Charles and Filipino baller Froilan Baguion have been the Slammers undisputed leaders both on the court and in the huddles. As for the Slingers, shooter Wei Long Wong has been putting up great numbers he is currently averaging 10.0points and 2.0 3-point makes per game but Singapores leaders still hail from the foreigners ranks, with Rashad Jones-Jennings, Rashaad Singleton, and Phillip Morrison all scoring better than 14 points per outing.

The biggest match-ups this past week, of course, were the ones that pitted the two league-leaders, SMB and Indonesia, against each other, and the Slingers-Dragons game.

In the former, Brian Williams and Asi Taulava continued to work really well in the paint, pairing up for 27 points and 18 boards, while former UE Red Warrior Val Acua broke out with 15 points on the strength of 5 triples. The Beermen were successful in stifling Pringle here, who converted just 5 of his 15 field goals. This was a key result that gave SMB the inside track in securing the top seed for the playoffs.

In the latter, Filipino-American swingman and former San Beda Red Lion Julius Armon exploded for 26 points to lead the Malaysia Dragons past the hard-fighting Slingers. Gavin Edwards registered a sublime 16-14 double-double, too. On the other end of the floor, Jones-Jennings unloaded 16 markers and 25 boards for Singapore, but even that wasnt enough for a W. Pinoy imports Donald Dulay and Morrison also did well, but, again, they fell short.

With only about 6 games to go in the season, its clear which teams are head and shoulders above everyone else, while the race for the fourth spot is still up in the air. In the end, however, third and fourth place might not even matter much, since the Beermen and Warriors have just been too good and too consistent.

Source:
Writing credit to Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com



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  PUERTO RICO   


Atleticos sign Massie - by Luis Modestti


Atleticos de San German announced the signing of forward/center Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Memphis). He replaces Julian Sensley who only played in three games.

Massie has experience in the best European leagues including stops in Spain (ACB and LEB), Italy, Greece and France. He just played in Venezuela for Panteras where he averaged 14,95 points and 9,79 rebounds. Now he joins a veteran trio of imports that includes Darren Phillip and Leroy Hickerson.

San German is 5-12 and their next game is Saturday at Guaynabo. A reaction to come out of last place depends on a strong showing from their imports.



Vaqueros sign Ebi - by Luis Modestti


Vaqueros de Bayamon added strength inside by signing Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports).

Ebi replaces Marquise Gainous who averaged 18,8 points and 7,6 rebounds in eleven games.

The Nigerian forward played for Sidigas Avellino until December 2012 and had 10,5 points with 6,8 rebounds. The was the 26th pick of the first round in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves. He also has experience in Israel, China and France.

Bayamon is 5-12 and his debut is expected to be Friday against Ponce. He joins Terrence Shannon and James Maye as their trio of imports.



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Al Sadd triumphs at Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Al Sadd triumphs at Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2013. The team from Qatar lost only one game at the campaign and sealed the title.
The team from Qatar started the tournament with the win against Kazma from Kuwait 73:55. In Day 2 Uhud from Saudi Arabia overcame Al Sadd 92:89. The latter finished the group with 2-1 record on the first place after a 89:73 win over ahli sadab from Oman.
In the Semifinals Al Sadd faced another Qatar team Al Rayyan. The latter lifted Emir Cup up and Heir Apparent Cup 2013 earlier in the season. Al Sadd however managed to revenge with a 65:63 win. In the Final game Al Sadd overcame Al-Ahli from United Arab Emirates 85:72. Al Rayyan took the third place at the tournament as they defeated Kazma from Kuwait in the game for the third place.



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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Giurgiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Petty, Giurgiu20.8 
 2. Darby, Rovinari20.7 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.20.3 
 4. Shepherd, CSM B.18.7 
 5. Horton, Timba Timi.18.3 
 6. Fisher, Dinamo B.18.2 
 7. Wisseh, Rovinari17.9 
 8. Barac, Pitesti17.6 
 9. Brown, Timba Timis.16.6 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu10.2 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.3 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.3 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.2 
 6. Darby, Rovinari7.2 
 7. Johnson, Timisoara6.8 
 8. Carutasu, CSM B.6.8 
 9. Cuic, Targu Mures6.8 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.6.8 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.4 
 3. Wisseh, Rovinari5.8 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures5.5 
 5. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.4 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 7. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.2 
 8. Petty, Giurgiu4.9 
 9. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.6 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.2.9 
 2. Dixon, Dinamo B.2.1 
 3. Fisher, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Petty, Giurgiu2.1 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets2.0 
 6. Henifin, Brisbane1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Farul C.1.8 
 8. Wisseh, Rovinari1.8 
 9. Mandache, Gaz M.1.8 
 10. Barac, Pitesti1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 3. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 5. Kickingstall., Tim.1.3 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti1.1 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 9. Barro, Targu Mures1.0 
 10. Morris, CSM B.0.9 



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Burtt, Avtodor20.8 
 2. Likholitov, Volgog.17.3 
 3. Makshantsev, Novo.16.1 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.15.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd15.2 
 7. Monroe, Ural E.14.7 
 8. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.2 
 10. McGhee, Ural E.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.7 
 3. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.6 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 5. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.6.9 
 7. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 9. Denison, Ataman6.6 
 10. Novikov, Sojuz Z.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Burtt, Avtodor5.6 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.3 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman4.3 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.3.7 
 10. Amirkhanov, Atam.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ryazan2.2 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor1.9 
 5. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman1.8 
 8. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
 9. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 10. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
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. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 6. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 7. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 8. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 9. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.0.9 
 10. Kurtsevich, Atam.0.9 


EuroLeague: Olympiacos shock CSKA to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - CSKA 69:52

Olympiacos became the first EuroLeague finalists. They stunned CSKA in London tonight in the Final Four opener. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 13 points and 10 rebounds to pace the defending champions.
CSKA and Olympiacos exchanged baskets at the start of the game. However Olympiacos capped the first term on a 12:2 run to take a 24:17 lead. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Acie Law opened a 12-point lead midway through the second term. The Reds maintained the advantage and secured a 40:28 buffer at the interval. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Papanikolaou fired 5 straight points t the start of the second half to give Olympiacos a 45:28 advantage. Kaun and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) dragged the Moscow team within 11 points but it was too little. Kyle Hines and Pero Antic ended the third frame with six points in a row as the Reds gained a 53:36 advantage. Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) and Kyle Hines made it 57:36 at the beginning of the fourth stanza. Aaron Jackson and Milos Teodosic cut the deficit to 15 points but it was as close as CSKA could get. Pero Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis kept Olympiacos in a comfortable lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Pero Antic delivered 13 points, while Vassilis Spanoulis and Stratos Perperoglou added 8 points each in the win. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) answered with 13 points for CSKA. Viktor Khryapa chipped in 11 points in the defeat.

Olympiacos: Kyle Hines 13+10 boards, Pero Antic 13, Vassilis Spanoulis 8, Stratos Perperoglou 8
CSKA: Sonny Weems 13, Viktor Khryapa 11



Superleague Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinb. - Ataman 79-72 (1-0)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ataman won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ural Ekaterinburg made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Ataman was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) nailed 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Center Alexey Kurtsevich (209-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) added 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals respectively for Ataman in the defeat. Four Ataman players scored in double figures. Ataman's coach Mikhail Karpenko let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: A.Glazunov 21+5reb+6ast, D.Nikolaev 15+9reb, D.Arteshin 13+6reb, M.Tkachenko 9+3reb+2ast, C.Monroe 7+7reb+2ast, A.Dedushkin 6+6reb+1ast
Ataman: A.Kurtsevich 13+15reb, P.Agapov 13+4reb, A.Mateyunas 12+4reb+6ast, P.Aleksandrov 10+2reb+1ast, D.Beliaev 6, A.Nesterov 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240568


Univ.Surgut - Avtodor 76-79 (1-0)

The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 27-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Avtodor looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) stepped up and scored 30 points and 6 assists for the winners and point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side guard Anton Ageev (192-84) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Universitet-Yugra's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: S.Burtt 30+4reb+6ast, I.Strebkov 10+6reb+9ast, A.Zaykin 8+5reb, H.Rollins 7+8reb+4ast, A.Pushkin 7+1reb+1ast, S.Toropov 6+4reb+1ast
Univ.Surgut: D.Hloponin 17+3reb+1ast, A.Ageev 15+5reb+2ast, I.Aleksandrov 13+4reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 11+5reb+5ast, A.Rindin 11+6reb+1ast, A.Savenkov 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 240446



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  SERBIA   


NIJT London: Joventut topple Crvena Zvezda for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

IJT Joventut Badalona - IJT Crvena Zvezda 77:67

Joventut Badalona registered the second consecutive victory at the start of the London stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. They held off Crvena Zvezda to stay on top of Group A. Xavier Assalit (188-PG-95) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Spanish side.
Crvena Zvezda eked out a 14:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Crvena Zvezda secured a 34:33 halftime advantage. Xavier Assalit and Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) teamed up for Joventut in the third quarter as the Spaniards pulled ahead. They recorded a 54:49 lead into the final period. Joventut opened a 9-point lead midway through the fourth frame. The Serbian side tried to put together a comeback rally but Joventut stayed calm and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) netted 16 points, while Jose Nogues added 15 points for the winners. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) responded with game-high 23 points for Crvena Zvezda. Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Dusan Ristic (206-C-95) had 12 points each in the loss.

IJT Joventut Badalona: Xavier Assalit 17, Alberto Abalde 16, Jose Nogues 15
IJT Crvena Zvezda: Nikola Rebic 23, Marko Guduric 12, Dusan Ristic 12



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  SINGAPORE   


ASEAN League: Warriors thump visiting Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Singapore Slingers 64:39

The Indonesia Warriors proved their dominance over the visiting Singapore Slingers beating those by 25 points tonight. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 16 points to lead the Warriors to the 15th win in the ASEAN League season. The Slingers suffered in the meantime a setback in the fight for Final Four ticket as they slipped at 7-14 record in the fifth position.
The Warriors built an 18:12 lead after the starting frame. They held their opponents to 4 points in the second quarter. The Warriors piled up a 30:16 halftime advantage. The hosts boosted the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 17-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Slingers managed just 7 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) finished with 13 points, while Jerick Canada (170-G) and Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) added 10 points for the winners. Morrison Phillip Aaron responded with 10 points for the Slingers. Jones-Jennings Rashad (203-F/C-84, college: UALR) had 7 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 16, John Smith 13, Jerick Canada 10, Chris Daniels 10+12 boards
Singapore Slingers: Morrison Phillip Aaron 10, Jones-Jennings Rashad 7+18 boards



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Yoo JaeHak to take over South Korean National Team - by Eurobasket News

Yoo JaeHak is set to become the next South Korean National Team head coach. The specialist is expected to take over the team after the East Asian Basketball Championship in South Korea later this month. Yoo JaeHak is coming off an impressive season with Mobis Phoebus. The team clinched KBL title. Yoo JaeHak was named All-Korean KBL Coach of the Year. It was the third such an award for the specialist as he was voted the best also in 2009 and 2010. Yoo JaeHak is not new to the National Team. He guided South Korea at the Asian Games in 2010. Yoo JaeHak led the team to the silver medals in Guangzhou. He will replace Cho Boo-Yong who is at the helm of the team at the East Asian Basketball Championship.


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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  Breog.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, Breog.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 4. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 5. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 6. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 7. Otegui, Palencia14.4 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.3 
 9. Blanch, Andorra14.3 
 10. Ruiz de Gala., Cl.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan8.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.2 
 7. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 8. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 9. Otegui, Palencia6.9 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Perez, Andorra5.3 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.7 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.0 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Schreiner, Andorra3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB Regal
  (202-G/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 2. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 3. Otegui, Palencia1.8 
 4. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 5. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 6. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 7. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 8. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 9. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 10. Castro, Melilla1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Flis, Andorra1.2 
 3. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 4. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Gatell, Lobe Hues.0.7 
 10. McDermott, Palen.0.7 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hanley, Valencia17.7 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.16.9 
 3. Luettgerodt, Avila16.2 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.1 
 5. Matemalas, Palma14.0 
 6. Justo, Lan M.13.9 
 7. Hidalgo, Castello13.4 
 8. Blair, Palma13.3 
 9. Ortega, Castello12.9 
 10. Cruz, La Palma12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Valencia11.2 
 2. Pantin, Lan M.10.3 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.8 
 4. Diagne, Mad-Croc8.7 
 5. Joseph, Palma8.3 
 6. Dominguez, G.Cana.8.1 
 7. Blair, Palma7.8 
 8. Ortega, Castello7.4 
 9. Elias, Aurtenec.7.3 
 10. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CARDENAS
  Oviedo CB
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Cardenas, Oviedo6.4 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 4. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.4 
 5. Herrero, Avila3.4 
 6. Santana, G.Canari.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.2 
 8. Vives, FIATC J.3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
 10. Diaz, La Palma2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Guillem VIVES
  FIATC J.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vives, FIATC J.2.2 
 2. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.1 
 3. Ros, Prat Juventud1.9 
 4. Santana, G.Canari.1.8 
 5. Forbes, Aurtenec.1.8 
 6. Diaz, Unicaja1.8 
 7. Balmon, Guadalaj.1.8 
 8. Rueda, Castello1.7 
 9. Cardenas, Oviedo1.7 
 10. Arruti, Aurtenec.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.2.0 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.8 
 3. Joseph, Palma1.7 
 4. Fall, Clinicas Rin.1.5 
 5. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.3 
 6. Niang, La Palma1.2 
 7. Diagne, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Pantin, Lan M.1.0 
 9. Hidalgo, Castello0.9 
 10. Malick, Clinicas.0.6 


NIJT London: FC Barcelona Regal add another victory in London - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo - FC Barcelona Regal 49:53

FC Barcelona Regal add another victory in London. The Spanish team overcame strong OKK Spars Sarajevo and improved to 2-0 record.
FC Barcelona Regal opened the game with a 15-11 lead in the first period. The tempo had slowed down in the second frame and the Spanish team was satisfied with a 7-5 rally for 22-16 at the halftime. OKK Spars Sarajevo however dominated the third period and after a 16-8 surge took 32-30 lead after 30 minutes. Only due to 23-17 in the last stanza FC Barcelona Regal managed to win the game.
Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Ludde Hakanson (188-G-96) added 12. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) delivered 8, while Fernando Andrade (206-C-95) notched 4. Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Djoko Salic (209-C-95) scored 12. Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) poured in 8, while Mahir Ferhatbegovic (198-F/C-95) brought 8.

OKK Spars Sarajevo: Nedim Buza 14, Djoko Salic 12, Adi Zahiragic 8, Mahir Ferhatbegovic 8
FC Barcelona Regal: Marc Garcia 21, Ludde Hakanson 12, Milovan Draskovic 8, Fernando Andrade 4



EuroLeague: Real wins the Spanish battle to enter the Final - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Regal - Real Madrid 67:74

FC Barcelona Regal started better and took 18-11 lead after the first period. Real Madrid erupted with a 28-15 surge in the second frame and took 39:33 halftime advantage. FC Barcelona Regal replied with 18-9 rally in the third period and the most interesting part started in the last stanza. Ingles nailed three for 61:52 early in the fourth period, but FC Barcelona Regal could not win the game. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) closed an 8-0 run for 61:59 and then Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) tied it all at 63:63. Real erupted with another run and reached 69:63 after Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80)s lay-up. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) scored two free throws for 69:65 and then Lorbek however missed a three-pointer. Marcelinho Huertas missed another one with 30 seconds to go, while Sergio Rodriguez brought 72:65. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) later made the final result from the free throw line bringing his team the expected Final.
Felipe Reyes top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Sergio Llull added 13. Sergio Rodriguez notched 12, while Rudy Fernandez delivered 8. Marcelinho Marcelinho Huertas answered with 19 points in the losing effort. Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) collected 18 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) netted 9.

FC Barcelona Regal: Marcelinho Huertas 19, Ante Tomic 18+12 rebs, Juan Carlos Navarro 9
Real Madrid: Felipe Reyes 17, Sergio Llull 13, Sergio Rodriguez 12, Rudy Fernandez 8



LEB Gold Round 1 of Semi-Finals. River Andorra and Lucentum gain wins - by Eurobasket News

Andorra - Caceres 71-68

Andorra clinched the opening win in the semifinal series versus Caceres. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-68. River Andorra forced 20 Caceres Basket turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marc Blanch (194-82) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Daniel Perez (188-90) contributed with 9 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Zane Johnson (198-89, college: Hawaii) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Caceres Basket. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Andorra: M.Blanch 13+5reb+1ast, A.Maresch 10+2ast, D.Perez 9+4reb+4ast, D.Flis 9+2reb, T.Hampl 8+1reb, J.Safford 8+4reb+2ast
Caceres: R.Morentin 14+6reb+4ast, Z.Johnson 11+6reb+1ast, P.Robles 9+2ast, J.Duinker 7+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 6+2reb+2ast, M.Lorenzo 6+1reb
gschID: 240663


Lucentum - Palencia 86-75

Lucentum overcame Palencia to take 1-0 lead in the semis. The game was mostly controlled by Meridiano Alicante. Palencia Baloncesto was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Palencia Baloncesto 36-25 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Albert Sabat (187-85) stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Roger Fornas (202-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Carles Bravo (193-79) scored 14 points. Four Meridiano Alicante and five Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Palencia Baloncesto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: A.Sabat 17+4reb+4ast, S.Green 13+5reb+2ast, T.Coppenrath 13+10reb+2ast, G.Rejon 12+7reb+5ast, R.Bas 10+3reb, A.Llorca 9+4reb+3ast
Palencia: J.Durley 16+2reb, C.Bravo 14+4reb+3ast, J.Porzingis 11+1ast, R.Fornas 11+10reb, U.Otegui 10+4reb+1ast, A.Ott 6+1reb
gschID: 240664



LEB Silver Round 4 of Finals. Palma gain vital victory - by Eurobasket News

Palma - Clinicas Rincon 87-83 OT

Palma recovered from the a deep halftime deficit to force overtime and eventually defeated Clinican Rincon to even the title series at 2-2. Clinicas Rincon was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 8-12s. Palma dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Clinicas Rincon's 26 and made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Clinicas Rincon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jason Blair (201-79, college: San Diego, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian forward Dejan Todorovic (-94) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Lithuanian forward Tautvydas Sabonis (202-92) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Palma: I.Matemalas 25+9reb+1ast, J.Blair 23+9reb+1ast, R.Joseph 15+11reb+4ast, I.Pampin 8+4reb+3ast, C.San Emeterio 7+2reb+3ast, A.Garcia 5
Clinicas Rincon: D.Todorovic 25+5reb+4ast, T.Sabonis 15+4reb+1ast, J.Pozas 11+2reb+4ast, J.Svandrlik 9+2reb+1ast, D.Sabonis 9+7reb, A.Diaz 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240707



NIJT London: Joventut topple Crvena Zvezda for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

IJT Joventut Badalona - IJT Crvena Zvezda 77:67

Joventut Badalona registered the second consecutive victory at the start of the London stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. They held off Crvena Zvezda to stay on top of Group A. Xavier Assalit (188-PG-95) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Spanish side.
Crvena Zvezda eked out a 14:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Crvena Zvezda secured a 34:33 halftime advantage. Xavier Assalit and Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) teamed up for Joventut in the third quarter as the Spaniards pulled ahead. They recorded a 54:49 lead into the final period. Joventut opened a 9-point lead midway through the fourth frame. The Serbian side tried to put together a comeback rally but Joventut stayed calm and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) netted 16 points, while Jose Nogues added 15 points for the winners. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) responded with game-high 23 points for Crvena Zvezda. Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Dusan Ristic (206-C-95) had 12 points each in the loss.

IJT Joventut Badalona: Xavier Assalit 17, Alberto Abalde 16, Jose Nogues 15
IJT Crvena Zvezda: Nikola Rebic 23, Marko Guduric 12, Dusan Ristic 12



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 27-3 
 2. Anadolu Efes 24-5 
 3. Banvit BK 24-5 
 4. Fener.Ulker 24-6 
 5. Karsiyaka 21-7 
 6. Besiktas 19-11 
 7. TED Kolejliler 18-13 
 8. Tofas 12-16 
 9. Gaziantep 12-18 
 10. Erdemir 11-18 
 11. Aliaga 9-21 
 12. Olin Edirne 8-21 
 13. Mersin 8-22 
 14. Turk Telekom 8-22 
 15. Hacettepe 6-24 
 16. Antalya 6-25 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 1: Mersin - Anadolu Efes 98-107
May. 4: Anadolu Efes - Gaziantep 95-57
May. 7: Anadolu Efes - Besiktas 90-74
May. 5: Galatasaray - Turk Telekom 89-73
May. 4: Mersin - Besiktas 84-102
May. 4: TED Kolejliler - Karsiyaka 81-64
May. 7: Antalya - TED Kolejliler 73-103
May. 4: Antalya - Hacettepe 70-88
May. 5: Aliaga - Banvit BK 70-87
May. 4: Erdemir - Tofas 70-79
May. 4: Olin Edirne - Fener.Ulker 67-83
May. 10: Karsiyaka - Anadolu Efes 62-57
May. 13: Anadolu Efes - Tofas
May. 13: Olin Edirne - Karsiyaka
May. 16: Karsiyaka - Erdemir
May. 11: Tofas - Banvit BK


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.7 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.1 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Antalya15.8 
 8. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.8 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.8 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.5 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.1 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.7 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 5. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.4 
 7. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.4 
 8. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu4.3 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. Markoishvili, Gala.1.5 
 6. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 8. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
 9. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.7 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 5. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Plisnic, TED K.0.9 
 8. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 10. Prince, Mersin0.8 



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Samuel signs with Illinois State - by David Edole

NORMAL-- Jamaal Samuel has played competitive basketball for only three years. It is not surprising that Illinois State coach Dan Muller sees tremendous potential for the 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward.

Samuel, who played last season for South Plains (Texas) College, has signed a national letter of intent with the Redbirds, Muller announced Wednesday. A native of New Orleans, Samuel will have three years of eligibility with ISU beginning in the fall.

I felt it was the right fit for me. I love the coaching staff there. Theyre really great guys, said Samuel, who visited the ISU campus last weekend. I felt really comfortable. I love they have my major (physical therapy). Its a really good fit.

Samuel played in 15 games for South Plains, averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds. As a senior at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, Samuel averaged 16 points and eight rebounds in helping his team reach the 2012 state tournament semifinals.

Jamaal is a long and athletic big man, said Muller. He was a prospect that we really liked last summer on the circuit and we have followed him all year.

South Plains returned 6-10 Yanick Moreira this past season from their undefeated 2012 junior college national championship team. Moreira has signed with Southern Methodist. The Texans frontcourt also included 6-10 Forrest Robinson (DePaul) and 6-9 Anthony Walker (Texas-Arlington). Also, guard Devonte Smith signed last week with Arkansas-Little Rock.

He competed against high-level competition every day in practice, said Muller of Samuel. Because of Jamaals inexperience and his natural athleticism, we believe his upside is tremendous.

Samuel, who selected ISU over Missouri-Kansas City, said he learned a lot in practice in his one year at South Plains, which went 22-8.

I know how important it is to set ball screens and dive hard to the basket, he said. I got stronger and learned about the game a little more.

Samuel is the fourth junior college player the Redbirds have signed this spring. That group includes 6-9 Michael Middlebrooks of North Idaho College. ISU will also have 6-9 junior John Jones and 6-10 freshman Reggie Lynch up front next season.

The Redbirds have one scholarship available and could use it on another front-court player.

They want me to be real effective around the basket and get a lot of rebounds. They want me to be aggressive on the boards, said Samuel, who was a football player before turning to basketball. I expect to play right away and help Coach win a lot of games and build a winning program.

Samuel said he will attend summer school classes at ISU beginning in mid-June.



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al Ahli clinched the second place at the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahli clinched the second place at the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2013. The team from the United Arab Emirates lost only one, final game and ended up on the second position.
In Day 1 Al-Ahli edged Nzwaa from Oman 73:61. The second game became a thriller as Al-Ahli overcame the defending champions Al-Rayyan from Qatar 74:73. Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period, while Al-Ahli posted a 22-13 surge in the second frame to take 9-point lead at the halftime. Al-Rayyan replied with 26-15 rally in the third period, but Al-Ahli grabbed the win at the end of the game. In Day 3 Al-Ahli - United Arab Emirates outscored ALMuharraq from Bahrain 80:79.
In the Semifinal Stage Al-Ahli from the United Arab Emirates edged Kazma 80:69. Al Sadd triumphs at Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2013. The team from Qatar lost only one game at the campaign and sealed the title. In the Final game Al Sadd overcame Al-Ahli from United Arab Emirates 85:72.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


NIJT London: INSEP Paris needs overtime to edge Team England - by Eurobasket News

INSEP Paris - Team England 79:75 OT

INSEP Paris needs overtime to edge Team England in Day 2 last game of the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament. The French side posted a 79:75 win due to the fourth period and extra time.
Both teams showed a great game and stayed close to each other during the whole game. At first INSEP Paris won the first period 19-18 and then Team England replied with an 18-13 rally for 36:32 halftime advantage. Moreover the British side added a 16-13 rally and had 7-point deficit before the fourth period. It was not however enough to win the game as INSEP Paris needed a 23-16 surge in the fourth period and added 11-7 in overtime.
Paul Rigot (201-SF-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) added 12. Ywen Smock (203-C/F-96) notched 11, while Lucas Paoletti (202-F-95) had 10. Luke Nelson (189-G-95) replied with 16 points in defeat, while Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) had 13. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) and Tamas Okros (196-SF-95) followed them with 11 points in a loss.

INSEP Paris: Paul Rigot 16, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 12, Ywen Smock 11, Lucas Paoletti 10
Team England: Luke Nelson 16, Kingsley Okoroh 13, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 11, Tamas Okros 11



Sulli Returns For Riders - by Paul Nilsen

Leicester Riders have made their first huge step in building their squad for the 2013/14 season, be re-signing the Molten BBL Player of the Season, Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova).

The 6 foot 8 inch Great Britain captain capped a stunning season, after he lead the national team at the London Olympics, by helping Riders to their first ever League Championship, the BBL Cup and the BBL Play-offs. He was also selected as Playoff Final MVP, when Riders were surprisingly comfortable winners over the powerhouse Newcastle Eagles.

For Sullivan, it was a relatively easy decision, "From my standpoint, and at this stage of my career, continuity is very important. We have had a great season, but I have really enjoyed being with my team mates and seeing the way the potential of this team has been realized."

"I believe great teams are built by getting the right guys with the correct mentality together, and in my nearly two seasons with the Riders, we have seen that progression. It is great seeing players like Jamell Anderson and Connor Washington progress, and the team work and support from solid guys like Barry Lamble and Yorick Williams, and with the new guys brought in last season, we were able to deliver some outstanding results."

"I am also hopeful my signing will be a message to other guys in the team that the Riders are a team going places, and we should not be content with what we have achieved so far. This team can get better. I am very comfortable with the Club, I really appreciate all the support we get from the fans and in the community, so it feels absolutely right."

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was delighted to get Sullivan committed to the Club, "Drew was the best in the BBL last season, bar none. He delivered an outstanding level of performance night in and night out, and really set the bar very high for the other guys. I am absolutely delighted he is coming back for his third season with the Riders."

"Drew gives so many things to the team, and adjusts his game to the demands of the team and the demands of winning that it is really hard to think about how to replace him. Now I have the easier task - how to build around him. It was a crucial signing for us."



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  URUGUAY   

Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Leandro GARCIA MORALES
  Agu.
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Garcia Moral., Agu.26.6 
 2. Keenan, Arecibo26.3 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.26.1 
 4. Woodward, Welcome25.9 
 5. Danridge, Guaiquer.24.7 
 6. Taboada, Universo.22.7 
 7. Elliott, Navolato22.1 
 8. Baxley, Defensor21.9 
 9. Johnson, Toros20.9 
 10. Figueroa, Guayama19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Martin, Nacional15.6 
 2. Faber, Mykolaiv12.5 
 3. Hamilton, Defensor11.9 
 4. Passos, Trotamun.11.3 
 5. Curtis, Bohemios10.5 
 6. Blankson, Un.Atlet.10.5 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.10.4 
 8. Shellman, Sayago10.3 
 9. Smith, Aguada9.9 
 10. Johnson, Toros9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Guaiquer.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrera, Guaiquer.7.8 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.3 
 3. Vidal, Bigua6.2 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.0 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.7 
 6. Cortizas, Allavena5.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.3 
 8. Pereyra, Monte.4.7 
 9. Gonzalez, Aguada4.6 
 10. Hamilton, Defensor4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kristian CLARKSON
  Larre B.
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clarkson, Larre B.2.5 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.1 
 3. Barrera, Guaiquer.2.0 
 4. Vidal, Bigua2.0 
 5. Rovira, Tabare1.9 
 6. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 7. Trelles, Bohemios1.8 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville1.7 
 9. Johnson, Toros1.6 
 10. Cortizas, Allavena1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.7 
 2. Hunt, Olimpia2.1 
 3. Rogers, Georgia P.1.8 
 4. Cage, Planasa NV1.7 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.5 
 6. Bravo, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Faber, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Inman, Sitra1.1 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.1 
 10. Newsome, Bambuqu.1.1 



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 34-10 
 2. Cocodrilos 28-15 
 3. Gigantes 25-22 
 4. Gaiteros 24-21 
 5. Bucaneros 22-23 
 6. Trotamundos 21-23 
 7. Guaros 20-25 
 8. Guaiqueries 17-26 
 9. Toros 16-28 
 10. Panteras 16-30 

Regular Season: Round 41

May. 6: Toros - Gaiteros 89-92
May. 8: Panteras - Gaiteros 88-94
May. 6: Guaros - Cocodrilos 83-88
May. 7: Gigantes - Bucaneros 82-86
May. 7: Guaros - Cocodrilos 81-93
May. 7: Guaiqueries - Marinos 79-94
May. 8: Gigantes - Bucaneros 68-66

Regular Season: Round 42

May. 9: Guaiqueries - Marinos
May. 10: Guaiqueries - Marinos
May. 10: Bucaneros - Panteras
May. 11: Panteras - Bucaneros
May. 12: Cocodrilos - Trotamundos
May. 12: Gaiteros - Toros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Edward SANTANA
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Santana, Gaiteros21.4 
 2. Gilder, Trotamun.21.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.20.9 
 4. Walker, Gigantes20.4 
 5. Martinez, Guaros19.8 
 6. Hornsby, Bucaneros17.8 
 7. Horton, Panteras17.2 
 8. Massie, Panteras16.7 
 9. Silva, Gaiteros16.6 
 10. Forehan-K., Cocod.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Martinez, Guaros11.9 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.8 
 3. Massie, Panteras9.5 
 4. Riley, Bucaneros8.0 
 5. Colmenares, Cocod.7.9 
 6. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.5 
 7. Feeley, Gigantes6.8 
 8. Sucre, Marinos6.5 
 9. Allred, Trotamun.6.1 
 10. Passos, Trotamun.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Marinos6.7 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.1 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.5 
 4. Guillent, Guaros4.2 
 5. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.1 
 6. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 7. Centeno, Cocodrilos3.9 
 8. Herrera, Panteras3.4 
 9. Gilder, Trotamun.3.2 
 10. Martinez, Guaros3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Riley, Bucaneros3.2 
 2. Horton, Panteras2.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.9 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes2.2 
 5. Vargas, Marinos2.1 
 6. Guillent, Guaros2.1 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos1.9 
 8. Centeno, Cocodrilos1.9 
 9. Horton, Gigantes1.8 
 10. Hornsby, Bucaner.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristoffer LANG
  Cocodrilos
  (211-F/C-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lang, Cocodrilos1.8 
 2. Feeley, Gigantes1.2 
 3. Martinez, Guaros1.0 
 4. Bethelmy, Cocodril.0.8 
 5. Mason, Guaros0.8 
 6. Bayona, Bucaneros0.7 
 7. Riley, Bucaneros0.7 
 8. Santana, Gaiteros0.6 
 9. Marin, Gaiteros0.5 
 10. Osorio, Panteras0.5 




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Women News


The Gems finished second in China - by Eurobasket News

The Gems finished second in China at the second tournament with 4 teams participating. Australia U19 won two games and lost to China, that won the tournament.
China defeated Australia 64:52. Li top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Hengyu had 11. Hu-Ming and Sijing followed them with 8 points apiece. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) replied with 12 points in defeat, while Samuels scored 10.
In Day 3 Australia outscored Brazil 65:59. Samuels top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Wilson netted 11. Macedo answered with 21 points for the team from Latin America and Claudia posted 18.
Final three games of the tournament for each team will be played over the next three days.



West Coast Waves re-signed Darcy Garbin and Antonia Edmondson - by Eurobasket News

West Coast Waves re-signed Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) and Antonia Edmondson (181-F-87). The Australian and Kiwi will stay in the team.
Darcy Garbin started her career for Australian Institute of Sport (WNBL) and in 18 games averaged 4.2ppg, 2.1rpg. In 2012 played for Rockingham City Flame (SBL), while last season joined West Coast Waves Perth (WNBL, starting five). In 24 games her stats read 6.6ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 54.8%.
Antonia Edmondson started for Otago Breakers (WNBL) in 2006. In 2007-2008 she moved to Christchurch Sirens (Australia-WNBL) and showed 5.1ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 44%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 69.2%. In 2009-2010 moved to Dandenong Rangers and then played for Bendigo Spirit (Australia-WNBL). In 2011-2012 Antonia appeared for Adelaide Link Lightning (Australia-WNBL) and averaged 4.2ppg, 2.3rp. In 2012-2013 started for West Coast Waves Perth (Australia-WNBL, starting five) and had 9.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 72.3%.



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  BELGIUM   


Drey Mingo agreed terms with Point Chaud - by Eurobasket News

Point Chaud Sprimont (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Drey Mingo (188-89, college: Purdue, agency: LBM Management). She has recently attended Washington Mystics (WNBA) training camp.
Mingo just graduated from Purdue University and it will be her first season in pro basketball. Her team won Big Ten Tournament. Mingo received All-Big Ten 3rd Team award in 2011 and 2013 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U19 tastes the first success in China - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19 tastes the first success in China at the second tournament with 4 teams participating. Brazil won against China, however finished on the fourth place with 1-2 record.
In Day 1 Brazil overcame China 69:61. Claudia top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Goncalves added 10. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) followed them with 7 points in a win. China got 13 points from Hengyu, while Yi and Gong added 12 each.
In Day 2 USA rolled over Brazil 85:47. It was the best game of the trip for the Americans, particularly from the offensive end of the floor. Lauren Oosdyke (180-F) paced all the winners with 14 points, while Heck and Thompson nailed 12 apiece. Oliveira replied with 10 points in the losing effort and Ribeiro scored 7.
In Day 3 Australia outscored Brazil 65:59. Samuels top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Wilson netted 11. Macedo answered with 21 points for the team from Latin America and Claudia posted 18.



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  CANADA   


Melissa Dalembert wins the title in Germany - by Eurobasket News

Melissa Dalembert (191-F-87, college: S.Florida) wins the title in Germany as her Wasserburg became 2012/2013 DBBL Champion. The latter needed an overtime 91:90 win in Game 4 for 3-1 victory in the series against Rhein MB. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-19 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. TSV 1880 Wasserburg made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Emma Cannon who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Anne Breitreiner contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward Denise Beliveau replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Alyssa Karel added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rhein Main Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Melissa Dalembert started the season 2012-2013 for Spirou Monceau Charleroi (Belgium-D1), and then moved to TSV 1880 Wasserburg (Germany-DBBL). In EuroCup after 6 games her stats read 3.5ppg, 6.5rpg.



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  CHINA   


China U19 wins the tournament in Anyuan - by Eurobasket News

China U19 wins the tournament in Anyuan with 4 teams participating. China finished with 2-1 record as well as Australian side, however beat them in the game against each other.
In Day 1 Brazil overcame China 69:61. Claudia top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Goncalves added 10. Ramona followed them with 7 points in a win. China got 13 points from Hengyu, while Yi and Gong added 12 each.
In Day 2 USA rolled over Brazil 85:47. It was the best game of the trip for the Americans, particularly from the offensive end of the floor. Oosdyke paced all the winners with 14 points, while Samantha Heck (188-F/C) and Kate Thompson (193-G-90) nailed 12 apiece. Oliveira replied with 10 points in the losing effort and Ribeiro scored 7.
China defeated Australia 64:52. Gong Li (187-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Hengyu had 11. Hu-Ming and Sijing followed them with 8 points apiece. Mijovic replied with 12 points in defeat, while Samuels scored 10.
In Day 3 Australia outscored Brazil 65:59. Samuels top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Wilson netted 11. Macedo answered with 21 points for the team from Latin America and Claudia posted 18.
China edged USA 66:53 to win the tournament. China led by four points after the first period and six at halftime. Hengyu led the way with 17 points, while Sijing and Li added 11 each. Jacqui Kalin (173-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) produced 12 points in the losing effort and Russell notched 10.



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  CROATIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Awards 2013 - by Zeljko Zule

Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League 1st Team 2013
Leilani Mitchell
Mitchell
Antonija Misura
Misura
Monika Bosilj
Bosilj
Latoya Williams
Williams
Luca Ivankovic
Ivankovic

Player of the Year: Latoya Williams (190-C-87) of Novi Zagreb
Guard of the Year: Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85) of Novi Zagreb
Forward of the Year: Monika Bosilj (178-G-85) of Gospic
Center of the Year: Luca Ivankovic (207-C-87) of Jolly
Newcomer of the Year: Dora Goles (167-PG-97) of Split
Domestic player of the Year: Mirna Mazic (188-F-85) of Novi Zagreb
Import Player of the Year: Latoya Williams (190-C-87) of Novi Zagreb
Defensive player of the Year: Monika Bosilj (178-G-85) of Gospic
Most Improved player od the Year: Antonija Juric (179-G-89) of Novi Zagreb
Coach of the Year: Vladimir Ivankovic

1st Team
PG: Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85) of Novi Zagreb
F: Antonija Misura (178-F-88) of Toulouse
G: Monika Bosilj (178-G-85) of Gospic
C: Latoya Williams (190-C-87) of Novi Zagreb
C: Luca Ivankovic (207-C-87) of Jolly

2nd Team
G: Ana Cacic (175-G-86) of Novi Zagreb
SG: Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87) of Gospic
SF: Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) of Medvescak
F: Mirna Mazic (188-F-85) of Novi Zagreb
C: Josipa Bura (185-C-85) of Gospic

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Ana Cacic (175-G-86) of Novi Zagreb
F: Antonija Misura (178-F-88) of Toulouse
G: Monika Bosilj (178-G-85) of Gospic
F: Mirna Mazic (188-F-85) of Novi Zagreb
C: Luca Ivankovic (207-C-87) of Jolly



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UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron finalize the roster - by Eurobasket News

UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron finalize the roster for the 2013/.2014 season. There will be definitely some changes, however the team already announced the players that signed and let go.
Yesterday Eurobasket wrote that the team became bigger with Tianna Hawkins (190-F, college: Maryland), Kelly Faris (180-G-91, college: Connecticut), Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95, agency: IPSA) and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88).
Tianna Hawkins will debut in Europe. In 2009-2010 she started for Maryland (NCAA) and stayed there for 4 years. In 2011-2012 for Maryland (NCAA, starting five) she averaged 12.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 62.3%, FT: 68.2%. UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron agreed terms with 22-year old American guard Kelly Faris. Faris just graduated from University of Connecticut and it is her first season as a pro. She won NCAA championship title in 2010 and 2013. Faris was voted All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 at her college time. Faris represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Thailand four years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 3.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0spg. UNIQA Euroleasing announced also the name of their new head coach. Igor Polenek will guide the team in the next season.
Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) will stay for another season as well as Ursula Zsovar and Zsofia Licskai (192-C/F-93). Sara Krnjic (196-C-91) will continue with the team for another year as well.
Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89), Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.), Shenise Johnson (180-G-90, college: Miami, FL), Szandra Pal (176-G-86, college: SE Missouri St.), Petra Vagvolgyi (192-PF-93) and Reka Cserny (190-F-81, college: Harvard) will leave the team.



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  FINLAND   


Tiina Sten celebrate with Wasserburg - by Eurobasket News

Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) celebrate with Wasserburg in Germany as her Wasserburg became 2012/2013 DBBL Champion. The latter needed an overtime 91:90 win in Game 4 for 3-1 victory in the series against Rhein MB. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-19 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. TSV 1880 Wasserburg made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Emma Cannon who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Anne Breitreiner contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward Denise Beliveau replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Alyssa Karel added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rhein Main Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
In 2012-2013 for TSV 1880 Wasserburg (Germany-DBBL) Tiina Sten averaged 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 69.6%. In German League her stats read 7.7 points per game.



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg20.7 
 2. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.18.9 
 3. Tatham, Halle18.4 
 4. Wright, Herner17.1 
 5. Korpivaara, Heli G.16.7 
 6. House, BG 89 Avid.16.3 
 7. Byrd, Osnabruck16.3 
 8. Beliveau, Rhein MB16.2 
 9. Karel, Rhein MB16.1 
 10. Nainima, Oberh.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg14.6 
 2. Tatham, Halle10.9 
 3. Jordan, Oberhausen9.2 
 4. Benzio, Bamberg9.0 
 5. Pace, Osnabruck9.0 
 6. Wright, Herner8.6 
 7. Beliveau, Rhein MB8.6 
 8. White, Marburg8.4 
 9. Greene, Freiburg8.4 
 10. Covington, Rhein8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Heli Girls
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rego, Heli Girls7.1 
 2. Nainima, Oberh.4.3 
 3. Schindler, Freiburg4.1 
 4. Mankertz, BG 89 A.3.9 
 5. House, BG 89 Avid.3.4 
 6. Davidson, Marburg3.3 
 7. Barnert, Wasse.3.2 
 8. Richter, Heli Girls3.0 
 9. Brunckhorst, Wasse.2.9 
 10. Skuballa, Marburg2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha WHITCOMB
  Wolfenbu.
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.2.6 
 2. Tracey, Freiburg2.4 
 3. Rego, Heli Girls2.4 
 4. Nainima, Oberh.2.3 
 5. Richter, Heli Girls2.3 
 6. Beliveau, Rhein MB2.2 
 7. Pace, Osnabruck2.1 
 8. Tatham, Halle2.1 
 9. Karel, Rhein MB2.1 
 10. Miller, Bamberg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chanita JORDAN
  Oberhausen
  (196-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jordan, Oberhausen2.0 
 2. Tracey, Freiburg1.3 
 3. Hoehne, Osnabruck1.2 
 4. Covington, Rhein M.1.1 
 5. Fikiel, Wasserburg0.9 
 6. Dalembert, Wasse.0.8 
 7. Benzio, Bamberg0.8 
 8. Greene, Freiburg0.7 
 9. Tatham, Halle0.6 
 10. White, Marburg0.6 


Wasserburg became 2012/2013 DBBL Champion - by Eurobasket News

Rhein MB - Wasserburg 90-91 OT (1-3)

Wasserburg became 2012/2013 DBBL Champion. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-19 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. TSV 1880 Wasserburg made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Emma Cannon (188-89, college: Cent.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Anne Breitreiner (183-84, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward Denise Beliveau (180-89, college: New Hampshire) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and her fellow American import guard Alyssa Karel (170-89, college: Wisconsin) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rhein Main Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rhein MB: D.Beliveau 20+5reb+2ast, A.Karel 20+6reb+1ast, S.Greunke 13+5reb+2ast, S.Wagner 11+3reb+1ast, N.Dietrich 9+3reb+2ast, F.Pieczynski 7+7reb+1ast
Wasserburg: E.Cannon 38+13reb+3ast, A.Breitreiner 18+3ast, K.Fikiel 17+2reb+1ast, S.Barnert 12+4reb+4ast, R.Thoresen 6+3reb+2ast, V.Sturmlinger 0
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  HUNGARY   


UNIQA Euroleasing name Igor Polenek head coach - by Eurobasket News

UNIQA Euroleasing announced the name of their new head coach. Igor Polenek will guide the team in the next season. The specialist worked as assistant coach with Partizan Belgrade. Lately he worked as assistant coach with Partizan Galenika and assistant coach at Serbian Womens National Team. He also had experience working as head coach of Radnicki and U16 Serbian National Team. Igor Polenek used to be the assistant coach with Serbia and Montenegro U21 National Team in 2004.


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  ITALY   


Italy NT on the road to 2013 Women Eurobasket - by Carlo Grilli

Italy NT coach Roberto Ricchini announced the list of players summoned in Rome to start the training camp for 2013 Women EuroBasket (France, June 15th to 30th).
In the month of preparation, the Azzurre will play a lot of games: a tournament in France, than two friendly matches against Bulgaria, and then other two international tournaments: from May 30th to June 2nd in Belgrade against Serbia, Montenegro and Canada, and June 5th to 7th in Mogilev (Belarus) with Belarus, Ukraine and Serbia.

Players' list:
Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management)
Valeria Battisodo (176-G-88, agency: Players Group)
Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89)
Chiara Consolini (186-F-88)
Martina Crippa (178-G/F-89, agency: Players Group)
Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93)
Martina Fassina (182-G/F-88, agency: Two Points)
Alessandra Formica (186-G-93)
Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management)
Gaia Gorini (182-G-92)
Maria Laterza (190-C-89, agency: Two Points, college: Marist)
Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80)
Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.)
Lavinia Santucci (186-F-85)
Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group)
Laura Spreafico (180-F/G-91, agency: Players Group)
Nnena Wabara (183-F-81, agency: Two Points, college: Baylor)
Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86, agency: Players Group)

Reserves at home:
Cinzia Arioli (178-G-84)
Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92, agency: Players Group)
Alice Richter (184-F-91)
Silvia Sarni (188-F/C-87)
Elisa Silva (192-C-88)
Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96)

The Staff
Coach: Roberto Ricchini
Assistant Coach: Giovanni Lucchesi (agency: Players Group )



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DStv League comes alive - by Iwedi Ojinmah


It will be a battle of the titans this Friday, in the third week of the DSTV Nigeria Premier Basketball League, as Six teams jostle for supremacy in the Atlantic Conference.

In the first fixture of the weekend at the National Stadium, Surulere, Dodan Warriors will go head to head with Union Bank, as both teams approach the game with different degrees of passion.

Last season, Dodan Warriors defeated Union bank twice, as the Sam Ahmedu boys racked up a 14-0 record, while the Stallion Boys went 4-9, missing the Super 8.

For Warriors, the dream of repeating an unbeaten season has already ended, having endured a tough two game loss, away to the Royal Hoopers of Port Harcourt, cutting their early season record to 2-2.

Chris Nomigo, Assistant Coach with the Dodan Warriors, is worried that the Port Harcourt loss may affect the Warriors, but is confident they will battle hard for the win.

Two-time National Champions, Union Bank, have started the season on a brilliant note. They have won three out of the four games played so far, and will be looking to avoid a repeat of their poor performance last season.

Coach Chris Okoh of Union Bank, believes Dodan Warriors will give his wards a tough time this weekend because of Warriors' recent loss to Hoopers. Saying they will work hard to compensate for their one loss of the season, so far.

Azuoma Dike and Roland Akpatchi, highest scorers for Warriors, will hope that their efforts will be enough to trump whatever Edem Louise and Pope John Paul Okojie, top scorers for Union Bank bring to the court.

Also at the indoors sports hall venue in Surulere, Lagos, Comets will take on Customs in a very exciting game, as both teams have posted losing records so far, with Customs now 0-4 and Comets 1-3.

Finally, in an encounter that promises to be nerve-wracking, Lagos Islanders will host out-of-towners Royal Hoopers. Both teams are former National Champions who each currently have a 2-2 record season.

Coach Shina Wahab of Islanders says they are training hard to obtain a better record and the team's small-forward Seun Akinwale, believes they will indeed have the home advantage on the Hoopers.

Here is a list of this weekend fixtures :

FRIDAY 10-05-13
DODAN WARRIORS VS UNION BANK
COMETS VS CUSTOMS
LAGOS ISLANDERS VS ROYAL HOOPERS

SATURDAY 11-05-13
DODAN WARRIORS VS UNION BANK
COMETS VS CUSTOMS
LAGOS ISLANDERS VS ROYAL HOOPERS
OLUYOLE WARRIORS VS POLICE BATONS

SUNDAY 12-05-13
OLUYOLE WARRIORS VS POLICE BATONS.

By Tolani Agaba.



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  POLAND   


Wisla Can-Pack add Agniesza Szott to roster - by Grzegorz Ozog

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (PLKK) added to theri roster 31-year old forward Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group)-Hejmej.

Last three years Agnieszka Szott-Hejmes spend in Artego Bydgoszcz. Previous season she played 29 games average 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg.

Agnieszka Szott is a Polish basketball player who plays on the forward position. Multiple Polish representative in the different age categories. She appeared at the European Championships in 2005 and 2011, when the European Championship held in Poland. Despite the fact that the Polish team played at the event below expectations, Szott won the title of The Hottest Woman of EuroBasket 2011 tournament.

Current TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow roster: Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej, Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90), Justyna Zurowska (188-F-85).



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  TURKEY   


Istanbul Universitesi re-upped three local players - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul Universitesi re-upped three local players for the next season. Kubra Dicle (187-C-92), Betul Kalfali (178-F-93) and Miray Sahin (168-G-93) will stay in the team.
Kubra Dicle started for the team in 2010-2011. In 2011-2012 she moved to Nesibe Aydin (TKB2L) and averaged 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 45.8%, FT: 50.0%. In 2012-2013 played for Istanbul Universitesi SK (TKBL), in Nov.'12 moved to Edirne Spor (TKB2L) and showed there 10.1 points per game. She played also at Istanbul Universitesi SK (TKBL, starting five).
Betul Kalfali is a 1993 year-born player. She appeared in the team in 2009-2010: Istanbul Universitesi cadet team and last year played mostly for junior team.
Miray Sahin started her career in 2011-2012 for Istanbul Universitesi SK (TKBL) and played mostly for junior team. The season 2012-2013 she played for Istanbul Universitesi SK and Dizdar Istanbul (TKB2L).