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  ANGOLA   



1 De Agosto End Second Leg of Basketball Championship With 11 Points - by Eurobasket News

Luanda 1 de Agosto's senior males team last Tuesday in Rio Seco Pavilion, in Luanda, beat Recreativo do Libolo by 84-80, in a third-round game of the first division basketball championship's second leg.
With this result, 1 de Agosto end the second leg of the final stage with eleven points, followed by Recreativo do Libolo with nine.
On Thursday, 1 de Agosto will face Petro de Luanda.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 18-3 
 2 Satria Muda 15-6 
 3 KL Dragons 11-8 
 4 Thailand S. 7-14 
 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. 11: Petron Blaze - Thailand S. 76-69
May. 10: Satria Muda - Singapore S. 64-39

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 14: Singapore S. - Satria Muda
May. 17: KL Dragons - Petron Blaze
May. 19: Saigon H. - KL Dragons


Round 18: Petron Blaze beats Thailand Slammers in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game was played in Manila. First ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 4th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers. Host Petron Blaze (18-3) defeated guests from Bangkok (7-14) 76-69. Thailand Slammers trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 27-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming) chipped in 10 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-3 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Singapore S.. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Thailand Slammers will have a break next round.
An exciting game was played in Manila. First ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 4th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers. Host Petron Blaze (18-3) defeated guests from Bangkok (7-14) 78-61. It was a good game for Swiss-Filipino forward Mike Burtscher (198-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds. Pauliasi Taulava contributed with 12 points for the winners. American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks for Thailand Slammers. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Petron Blaze have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-3 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Singapore S.. Petron Blaze will play against KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Thailand Slammers will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Satria Muda (15-6) outscored 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-14) 64-39 on Friday night. Chris Daniels had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Rashad Jones-Jennings with 7 points and 18 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda maintains second position with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Petron Blaze. Loser Singapore Slingers dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Thailand S.. Satria Muda will again meet Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Singapore Slingers will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 18 bottom-ranked Saigon H. was defeated by Satria Muda in Jakarta 82-68.


Petron Blaze - Thailand S. 76-69

An exciting game was played in Manila. First ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 4th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers. Host Petron Blaze (18-3) defeated guests from Bangkok (7-14) 76-69. Thailand Slammers trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 27-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds and Rwandan-American forward Darrius Brannon (206-83, college: Houston) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-3 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Singapore S.. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Thailand Slammers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: P.Taulava 15+12reb, J.Williams 10+14reb, L.Avenido 9+4reb+2ast, J.Fortuna 8+2reb+3ast, P.Hubalde 7+1reb+5ast, B.Williams 7+6reb+2ast
Thailand S.: C.Charles 30+18reb, D.Brannon 10+12reb+3ast, L.Gonzaga 7+4reb+4ast, D.Kongkum 6+1reb+1ast, W.Dawsom 5+2reb, D.Apiromvilaichai 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 229733


Satria Muda - Singapore S. 64-39

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Satria Muda (15-6) outscored 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-14) 64-39 on Friday night. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Singapore Slingers to just 4 points in second quarter. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Singapore Slingers' 24. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) with 7 points and 18 rebounds and his fellow American import center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda maintains second position with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Petron Blaze. Loser Singapore Slingers dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Thailand S.. Satria Muda will again meet Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Singapore Slingers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Pringle 16+8reb+3ast, J.Smith 13+5reb+3ast, C.Daniels 10+12reb+6ast, J.Canada 10+1reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 6+3reb, S.Thomas 4+7reb
Singapore S.: P.Aaron Morrison 10+1reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 8+2reb, R.Jones-Jennings 7+18reb, S.Cabatu 6+3reb, R.Singleton 6+9reb+1ast, M.Folkoff 2+1ast
gschID: 229732


Satria Muda - Saigon H. 82-68

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-16) was defeated by second ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (15-6) 82-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Saigon Heat managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 10 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) scored 22 points and 6 assists. Satria Muda maintains second position with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Petron Blaze. Saigon Heat lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Satria Muda will meet Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Saigon Heat will play against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: C.Daniels 17+11reb+2ast, S.Pringle 13+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+4reb, M.Wuysang 11+5reb+6ast, S.Thomas 10+14reb+2ast, A.Prihantono 9+1ast
Saigon H.: J.Reyes 22+3reb+6ast, D.Palmer 18+18reb, J.Howard 15+10reb, C.Sumalinog 7+2reb+1ast, S.Ly 3, Q.To 3+1reb
gschID: 240661


Petron Blaze - Thailand S. 78-61

An exciting game was played in Manila. First ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 4th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers. Host Petron Blaze (18-3) defeated guests from Bangkok (7-14) 78-61. Petron Blaze forced 20 Thailand Slammers turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Petron Blaze players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for Swiss-Filipino forward Mike Burtscher (198-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds. Center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks and Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) added 6 points, 9 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Thailand Slammers. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Petron Blaze have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-3 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Singapore S.. Petron Blaze will play against KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Thailand Slammers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: M.Burtscher 16+20reb+2ast, P.Taulava 12+2reb+3ast, R.Rizada 11+1reb+1ast, J.Fortuna 9+3reb+4ast, V.Acuna 8, P.Hubalde 7+1reb+7ast
Thailand S.: C.Charles 28+11reb+2ast, K.Samerjai 6+1reb, F.Baguion 6+4reb+9ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 5, S.Ghogar 4+6reb+1ast, W.Dawsom 3+2reb
gschID: 240662



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 9

BIG V

May. 11: Ringwood H. - Sherbrooke S. 86-59
May. 11: Werribee D. - Hume City 81-75
May. 11: Corio Bay S. - Melbourne T. 108-71
May. 12: Waverley F. - Eltham W.

Central ABL

May. 11: Eastern M. - Sturt S.
May. 11: Norwood F. - C.District L.
May. 11: Southern T. - Forestville E.
May. 11: W.Adelaide B. - N.Adelaide R.
May. 12: Woodville W. - S.Adelaide P.

QBL

May. 10: Townsville H. - Mackay M.
May. 11: SW Metro P. - Bundaberg B.
May. 11: Toowoomba M. - Brisbane C.
May. 11: Cairns M. - Mackay M.
May. 11: Gladstone P. - Rockhampton
May. 11: Gold Coast R. - Ipswich F.
May. 12: Suncoast C. - Bundaberg B.
May. 12: Northside W. - Ipswich F.

SBL

May. 10: Perth R. - Lakeside L.
May. 10: Rockingham F. - Wanneroo W.
May. 10: East Perth E. - Mandurah M.
May. 10: Willetton T. - Kalamunda E.S.
May. 11: Geraldton B. - Perry Lakes H.
May. 11: SW Slammers - Goldfield G.
May. 11: Wanneroo W. - Willetton T.
May. 11: Lakeside L. - Cockburn C.
May. 11: Mandurah M. - Stirling S.
May. 11: Kalamunda E.S. - Perth R.
May. 12: Stirling S. - Goldfield G.

SEABL

May. 10: Hobart C. - Knox R.
May. 10: Mt Gambier - Geelong S.
May. 11: Canberra G. - Dandenong R.
May. 11: Brisbane S. - Albury W.B.
May. 11: Sandringham S. - Nunawading S.
May. 11: NW Tasmania - Knox R.
May. 11: Bendigo B. - Kilsyth C.
May. 11: Ballarat M. - Frankston B.
May. 12: Kilsyth C. - Ballarat M.

WARATAH

May. 11: Illawarra H. - Colonial Hotel
May. 11: Bankstown B. - Parramatta W.
May. 11: Hills H. - Manly Warr.
May. 11: Newcastle H. - Maitland M.
May. 11: Sutherland S. - Cent.Coast C.
May. 11: Sydney C. - Norths Bears
May. 12: Cent.Coast C. - Norths Bears
May. 12: Hornsby S. - Sydney C.



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 20-8 
 2. Spirou 18-9 
 3. M.Hainaut 18-10 
 4. Aalstar 17-11 
 5. Antwerp 16-11 
 6. Leuven 9-18 
 7. Liege 8-19 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 11: Verviers-Pep. - M.Hainaut 72-78
May. 10: Spirou - Leuven 70-65
May. 11: Oostende - Aalstar 115-90
May. 12: 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, Aalstar18.7 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.9 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.3 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.4 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.1 
 9. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 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, Oostende6.3 
 5. Aska, Leuven6.1 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.1 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.1 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 9. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 10. Cummard, Aalstar5.9 
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, Aalstar3.7 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar3.6 
 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. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 7. Green, Spirou1.8 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Aska, Leuven0.6 


Oostende set to sign Pierre-Antoine Gillet and Niels Marnegrave - by Eurobasket News

Oostende is close to landing Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) and Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) for the next season. The team has reportedly reached agreements on terms of contracts with the players.
Pierre-Antoine Gillet is currently playing for Liege Basket. The youngster averages 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in Ethias League. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Belgian National Teams. He has been the member of the Belgian National Team since 2010.
Niels Marnegrave spent the last three seasons with Leuven Bears. He fought through an injury during the current season. His stats read 12.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in Ethias League. Previously the guard had stints with Liege, Dexia Mons-Hainaut, Verviers-Pepinster. He has been the member of the Belgian National Team since 2012.



Ethias League MVP - by Peter Buyse

In a vote organized by Belgian newspaper Le Soir, Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii)i as voted MVP of the 2012-2013 Ethias League Championship.
The Oostende forward was the 13th recipient of the award. The runner-up was Derek Raivio of Aalstar and another Aalstar player came in third place, Ryan Thompson.
First Belgian player in the voting was soon to be Oostende player Niels Marnegrave who came in 4th place. Lojeski averaged 17.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.7apg.

Last year's winner was Chris Copeland who subsequently found a home in the NBA with the NY Knicks.

Matt is only the second player in the history of the award to win it twice, he already won it in 2009 playing for Aalstar; The other player who received the MVP award two times was Charleroi's Marcus Faison.



Belgian Player of the Year - by Peter Buyse

Player of the year is another voting organized by a Belgian newspaper, het Nieuwsblad and there Antwerp Giants player Roel Moors (190-G-78) took the honors.
As with the League MVP, this award is voted by coaches, team managers and press.
This is Roel's 4th time as PoY, he already won the award in 2003, 2004 and 2011. Here Niels Marnegrave came in second followed by Moors's teammate at Antwerp Jean-Marc Mwema.
The Belgian POY was first organized in 1959 and record holder is Rik Samay who won it 10 times.



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  BOSNIA   

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost16.4 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Goranovic, Radnik8.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Josilo, Radnik B.7.6 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik5.8 
 10. Bijelic, Mladost5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 6. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.2 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.1 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda3.8 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.8 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 9. Borovcanin, Radnik1.4 
 10. Milosevic, Mladost1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 3. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 4. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 5. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 6. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 7. Karamatic, Capljina0.4 
 8. Popovic, Capljina0.4 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 10. Leric, Bosna0.4 


NIJT London: Team England roll over OKK Spars Sarajevo in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Team England - OKK Spars Sarajevo 78:61

Team England roll over OKK Spars Sarajevo in Day 3 of the Nike International Junior tournament in London. The hosts of the tournament posted their initial 78:61 win and finished second in Group B. OKK Spars Sarajevo also ended up with 1-2 record in the group, but finished last.
OKK Spars Sarajevo started the game better and took 23-19 after the first period. Moreover they added 21-18 rally in the second frame and led 44:37 at the halftime. The second half however was dominated only by one team, London. The latter posted 21-12 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with massive 20-5 burst.
Luke Nelson (189-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jules DANG AKODO added 17. KAVELL BIGBY delivered 14, whilst Tyrell Isaacs (183-PG-95) had 8. Four players only scored for the Bosnian team. Aleksej Nikolic (185-G-95) poured in 25 points and Djoko Salic (209-C-95) added 20. Faris Smajlovic (199-F/C-96) brought 10, while Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) notched 6.

Team England: Luke Nelson 20, Jules DANG AKODO 17, KAVELL BIGBY 14, Tyrell Isaacs 8
OKK Spars Sarajevo: Aleksej Nikolic 25, Djoko Salic 20, Faris Smajlovic 10, Nedim Buza 6



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.9 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.4 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.3 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Becker, S.Jose/U.16.8 
 10. Beal, Minas16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.7 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.1 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 9. Agba, Bauru7.0 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.9 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia4.9 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 9. Taylor, Bauru4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 2. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 3. Pinheiro, Limeira0.1 
 4. Nunes, Minas0.1 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Ramon, Limeira0.1 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 8. Rossetto, Basque.0.1 
 9. Benite, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 8. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 9. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Bauru, Uberlandia and Sao Jose enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Bauru - Franca 78-71

Bauru completed the semifinal picture beating France in the decisive fifth game of the series. Vivo/Franca trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 19-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-78 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Vivo/Franca 39-21 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Paschoalotto/Bauru made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was international guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) who scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Pilar Alves (200-84) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Leonardo Meindl (200-93) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Vivo/Franca's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Franca: L.Meindl 19+5reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 19+2reb+1ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 9+1reb+4ast, G.Teichmann 8+7reb+4ast, R.Zanini 8+2reb, C.Borges dos Santos 4+1reb
Bauru: L.Taylor 27+5reb+4ast, D.Coleman 11+11reb+1ast, A.de Sousa 9+6reb+1ast, P.Alves 9+10reb+7ast, G.Pereira 9+3reb+2ast, R.Fischer 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240576


Uberlandia - Pinheiros/Sky 92-85

Uberlandia stunned Pinheiros/Sky in the fifth game to seal their semifinal appearance. Pinheiros trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-92 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Pinheiros 32-18 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Uberlandia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Valtinho Silva (187-77) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Luis Felipe Gruber (205-85) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Italian point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-84) produced 20 points and the former international center Andre Bambu (205-79) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: P.Boracini 20+2reb+3ast, A.Bambu 16+3reb, S.Stallworth 13+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 13+3reb+1ast, M.Ferreira 9+3reb+5ast, B.Fiorotto 6+2reb+1ast
Uberlandia: V.Silva 22+3reb+6ast, L.Cipolini 21+4reb+1ast, L.Felipe Gruber 16+8reb+4ast, R.Day 13+1reb+2ast, L.Klassmann 8+8reb, A.Parisotto 6+1reb
gschID: 240659


Brasilia - S.Jose/Unimed 81-98

Sao Jose/Unimed shocked Brasilia on the road and eliminated the NBB defending champions. The game without a history. Sao Jose/Vinac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 34-of-41 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game, while Brasilia only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sao Jose/Vinac made 9 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by Brasilia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Andre Laws (188-80, college: San Diego) who scored 29 points and 6 assists. The former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international center Paulo Prestes (210-88) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and the former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: W.Dos Santos 16+5ast, A.Ribeiro 13+6reb+2ast, P.Prestes 12+12reb+1ast, A.Silva 12+3reb, G.Giovannoni 12+7reb+2ast, A.Alves 6+4reb
S.Jose/Unimed: A.Laws 29+4reb+6ast, J.Antonio 21+6reb+1ast, M.Becker 17+10reb, F.de Assis 13+4reb+6ast, D.Stefanelli 11+2reb, L.Felipe Lemes 7+4reb
gschID: 240575



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  CHINA   


NIJT London: Joventut edge Team China to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

IJT Joventut - IJT Team China 75:62

Joventut Badalona registered the third straight win at the Nike International Junior tournament in London. They beat Team China today to advance into Final. Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Team China slipped at 1-2 record in Group A.
The Asian youngsters jumped to an early lead. They built a 17:15 advantage after ten minutes. But Joventut turned things around in the second quarter. The Spaniards went on a massive 25:13 rally to secure a 40:30 lead. Team China stayed aggressive throughout the third term but they managed to get only within 9 points 49:58 at the final intermission. Joventut adjusted defensively in the fourth term and kept their opponents at bay till the final buzzer. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) chipped in 19 points, while Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) added 16 points for the winners. Li Jinglong (195-F-95) responded with 14 points for Team China. Wu Qian (190-G-94) provided 9 points in the loss.

IJT Joventut: Jose Nogues 21, Agusti Sans 19, Alberto Abalde 16
IJT Team China: Li Jinglong 14, Wu Qian 9



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Bambuqueros 9-5 
 2. Once Caldas 8-6 
 3. Piratas 8-6 
 4. Bucaros 7-7 
 5. Academia 5-9 
 6. Aguilas 5-9 
Places 7-8
 1. Caribbean Heat 10-18 
 2. Halcones 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 11: Once Caldas - Bucaros 99-101
May. 11: Piratas - Bambuqueros 73-103
May. 11: Aguilas - Academia 103-100

Second Stage: Round 15

May. 13: Bambuqueros - Once Caldas
May. 13: Academia - Piratas
May. 13: Bucaros - Aguilas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Thomas, Piratas23.3 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.5 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.1 
 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. Crawford, Academia17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.9 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.1 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Crawford, Academia10.5 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.0 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Newsome, Bambuque.8.4 
 8. Blue, Academia8.3 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.8 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.6 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.0 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.4 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.1 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 3. Jordan, Once Cald.1.6 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.6 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas1.3 
 10. Mendez, Piratas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Newsome, Bambuque.0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 7. Egwuatu, Aguilas0.5 
 8. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 9. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 10. Hernandez, Bucar.0.5 


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

28-year old forward Brandon Crawford (201-F-84, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Academia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Aguilas (#6, 4-9) with 17-point margin 94-77. Academia maintains the 5th position in Colombian league. Academia is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 13 games. Crawford just recently signed at Academia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Albion College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Crawford is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 64.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of league's second-best Once Caldas. He is former international forward in his first season at Once Caldas. In the last game Cortes recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Once Caldas to edge slightly lower-ranked Bucaros (#4, 6-7) by 1 point 79-78. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Once Caldas consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 8-5 record is not bad at all. Cortes is one of the most experienced players at Once Caldas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Leonard Mendez (196-G-87) of Piratas (#3). Mendez showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Piratas, leading his team to a 99-79 easy win against #1 ranked Bambuqueros. Piratas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Mendez has a very solid season. In 40 games in Colombia he scored 14.7ppg. Mendez attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 23 points and 3 rebounds
8. Yader Fernandez (197-F-82) of Aguilas - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) of Bucaros - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86) of Bucaros - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 13

Places 1-8

May. 11: Zadar - Alkar Sinj 92-76
May. 11: Cedevita - Jolly 86-54
May. 11: KK Split - Cibona 78-81
May. 11: KK Zagreb - Kvarner 2010 72-76

Places 9-14

May. 11: Osjecki Sokol - Djuro Djakovic 89-75
May. 11: Zabok - Darda 81-71
May. 12: Dubrovnik - Krizevci


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21
 1. Ross, Jolly21.0 
 2. Budimir, Osjecki18.4 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.15.9 
 4. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.8 
 5. Radic, Kvarner 201014.7 
 6. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 8. Skific, Kvarner14.3 
 9. Brnas, Djuro D.14.3 
 10. Siriscevic, KK Sp.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alen TREPALOVAC
  Darda
  (214-C-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 2. Sobin, KK Split8.5 
 3. Radic, Kvarner 20107.2 
 4. Mrva, Jolly7.1 
 5. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.1 
 6. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 7. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 8. Budimir, Osjecki5.9 
 9. Brnas, Djuro D.5.6 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 2. Blassingame, Cibona5.1 
 3. Car, KK Zagreb4.0 
 4. Tomeljak, Osjecki3.9 
 5. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 6. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.5 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.4 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Katic, KK Split1.8 
 3. Car, KK Zagreb1.7 
 4. Budimir, Osjecki1.6 
 5. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 6. Sarac, Osjecki1.4 
 7. Blajic, Djuro D.1.4 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 9. Krivec, Kvarner1.4 
 10. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 5. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 6. Hrncic, Darda0.7 
 7. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 
 8. Djerman, Zabok0.7 
 9. Vlaic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 



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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. Fields, Levice16.7 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 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. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.4 
 6. Simmons, Levice7.4 
 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. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
 10. Carter, CEZ 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. Bolds, BC Kolin1.8 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 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. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.1.0 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 7. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 8. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 


CEZ Nymburk steps closer to the Final - by Eurobasket News

NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov 96-85 (1-1)

The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. BK Prostejov managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. NH Ostrava shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. International Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: K.Svrdlik 25+9reb+1ast, P.Slezak 18+1reb, R.Marko 16+3reb+1ast, D.Pandula 14+6reb+1ast, O.Kohout 7+7reb+2ast, J.Bohacik 5+5reb+2ast
NH Ostrava: J.Wilson 20+10reb, C.Barnes 19+5reb+1ast, J.Stehlik 11+2reb+3ast, R.Ames 11+2reb+8ast, F.Zbranek 10+2reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 240919


BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk 59-88 (0-2)

CEZ Nymburk steps closer to the Final after 88:59 in Game 2. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) notched 17 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 16 points and 4 assists by Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: C.Muirhead 16+3reb+4ast, T.Nelson 10+9reb, Z.Pospisil 9+4reb, E.Zabas 7+3reb+2ast, J.Soula 5+1reb, P.Bohacik 4+7reb+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: T.Carter 17+2reb+4ast, M.Efevberha 14+6reb+1ast, J.Welsch 11+4reb+1ast, L.Palyza 10, R.Rancik 8+2reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 240918



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.2 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.3 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 5. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.6 
 7. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.5 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock14.1 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas7.4 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.7 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.7 
 10. Arnold, TTU6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.7 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas3.9 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 9. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Dorbek, Rapla2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 8. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 9. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 4. Toome, TU/Rock0.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU0.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 
 8. Grim, Valga0.6 
 9. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 10. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 


KML FINALS: Middle-court buzzer-beater by Tanel Sokk makes it 2:0 - by Janar

With less than 3 seconds to play, Tanel Sokk (182-G-85) ran from under the basket to the middle court and, despite being guarded by three opposing players, made the game-winning shot, possibly the biggest shot of his career. BC Kalev/Cramo won the 2nd game of the KML finals 72:71 and lead the series against archrival TU/Rock 2:0.
With 2.8 seconds to play, the best player of TU/Rock, today, Rain Veideman (193-G-91) made 1/2 from the free throw line. He missed first and, somewhat surprisingly made the second shot to make it 69:71. Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) gave the ball to Sokk, who bounced the ball three times on the way to a middle line and moments later his whole ran to the court and the crowd went crazy.
TU/Rock were incredibly close to the victory and the breaking of Kalev/Cramo's 12-game winning series against them in KML finals. With 8 seconds left, Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) took them ahead 69:70 and the hosts lost the ball after time-out and had to foul.

Sokk made 10 of his 19 points in last five minutes and led his team in scoring. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) added 16 points but his turnover with 8 seconds left could have been costly. Bamba Fall had a double-double with 12+12 rbs and 4 blocks. Armands Skele (192-G-83) had 12+8rbs.
Rain Veideman led his team with 21 points but was 1/3 from charity line. Justin Ingram added 17+5rbs+5as and Joosep Toome (208-C-85) 16+14 rbs.

The video of the winning shot, by Delfi TV: http://tv.delfi.ee/video/zFRsQiWM/

The first game of the finals ended 83:69. Kalev/Cramo led for the most of the game by double-digit margin but Rock came within 5 points with less than 5 minutes left to play. But Bamba Fall had the final word - he had 9 points and 3 offensive rbs in last five minutes to take his team to firm victory.
Fall had 18+6rb in the game and was fouled 13 times - the all-time record of KML finals. Armands Skele led his team with 19+7. Justin Ingram hadd 26 points in losing effort.



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Euroleague NJIT: Joventut Badalone qualifies for the Final - by Simas

FIATC Joventut Badalona qualifies for the Final of the NIJT by beating China JNT with the score of 75-62.
In the first game of the day, FIATC Joventut Badalona managed to win against the China JNT by showing all around team play and effort. The game opened up good for both teams as it was a close game through the 1st quarter which ended up in China favor 17-15. Team China was getting points in the point by attacking the rim hard, but Joventut was also showing tremendous flow on offense with high efficiency and ball movement. In the second quarter, Joventut got 10 points lead on the wings of Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) who checked in the game and managed to hit a number of jumpers that got him 9 points on his name. The teams went in the half with Joventut leading 40-30.
China was trying to get back in the game again with quick offensive runs. Jiang Kai (190-G-94) showed his talent and China managed to win the 3rd quarter 19-18 but Joventut was still in control with Alberto Abalde, Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) and Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) showing offensive clinic. Also, Edgar Gonzalez checked in the game for a little playing time after suffering a bad fall on the floor during yesterdays game.The game finished in favor of Joventut 75-62 with Agusti Sans finishing with impressive stats line of 19 pts 8 asst 7 rbs 2 stl and 2 blocks!

Top Scorers:

Team China: Li Jinglong (195-F-95) 14, Heng YiFeng (194-F-95), Jiang Kai, Xu Yufeng (186-G-96), Wu Qian (190-G-94) added 9 each.

FIATC Joventut Badalona: Jose Nogues 21, Agusti Sans 19, Alberto Abalde 16.



Euroleague NJIT: Barcelona team joins Joventut for the Final game - by Simas

After Joventut who managed to win a place in the big final game earlier today, Regal FC Barcelona Regal is the second finalist in the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament following a 74-55 victory over INSEP Paris in Group B action. Regal FC Barcelona finished Group B with a perfect record of 3-0 while INSEP finished the tournament 1-2.
Regal FC Barcelona controlled the game from the gecko building an impressive 25-14 1st quarter lead. Although the offensive efficiency came down for Regal FC Barcelona at the 2nd Quarter (which INSEP won 14-13) they still managed to be solid on defense and finished the half up 38-28. Garcia and Draskovic were enigmas for INSEP as the duo managed to score 20 points in the half combined (Garcia 11 and Draskovic 9)Draskovic dominated the boards with 7 first half rebounds! INSEP players that tried to keep their team afloat were SMOCK with 8 first half points and INGLIS with 7.
INSEP opened up the second half strong and determined and that showed in offense where they managed to score 21 points and show some nice offensive flow again led by SMOCK and INGLIS. Regal FC Barcelona managed to dominate the 4th quarter with strong defense and kept INSEP at only 6 forth quarter points!
Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) led Regal FC Barcelona with 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, M. Draskovic added 19 points and 13 rebounds while Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) collected 16 points. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) topped the score sheet of INSEP with 15 points and 9 boards while Ywen Smock (203-F/C-96) scored 14 points.
BARCELONA will face JOVENTUT in the final and that will be a rematch of the LHospitalet NJIT qualifying tournament where in the semifinals game Joventut won 66-58.


Top Scorers:

Barcelona: Marc Garcia 21, Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) 19, Adria Cantenys 16.

INSEP: Damien Inglis 15, Ywen Smock 14.





Euroleague NJIT: Spars loses to Team England - by Simas

In a meaningless game (qualification wise) for Team England and OKK Spars Sarajevo it was a tale of two halves. Team England finished its debut performance in the Nike International Junior Tournament with a 78-61 win over OKK Spars Sarajevo Sarajevo in Group B action.
The first half opened with high tempo and offensive efficiency for the both teams but the OKK Spars Sarajevo managed to have an upper hand in the score sheet with a 23-19 first quarter output and 21-18 second quarter lead. Nikolic and Salic were leading the way and it looked like Team England will finish their debut campaign without a victory. However, the second half was tottaly opposite and one might say total meltdown by the OKK Spars Sarajevo..especialy in the last 4th quarter they managed to score only 5 points for the whole quarter (Team England won the last quarter 20-5). The second half surge for Team England was led by the trio of high flying players Nelson (20 pts 5 rbs 4 assists for the game) , Dang (17 pts, 2 rbs and 4 assists) and Kavell (14 pts and 4 rbs).
With this win Team England is sharing a 1-2 OKK Spars Sarajevo and INSEP Paris at the end of the games.


Top Scorers:

Team England: Luke Nelson (190-G-95) 20, Jules Dang (195-PG-96) 17, Kavell Bigby-Williams (203-F-95) 14.

OKK Spars: Aleksej Nikolic (188-G-95) 25, Doko Salic (210-C-95) 20, Faris Haris Smaljovic (192-72) 10.






Euroleague NJIT: Crvena Zvezda upsets Lietuvos Rytas - by Simas

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd upset Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 73-54 in Day 3 of the 2012 Nike International Junior Tournament on Saturday. Thanks to the win, Zvezda finished Group A with a 2-1 record in the second spot, while Rytas lost all three games in the tournament and finished last with 0-3.
Both teams opened the game sloppy with Turnovers from both teams and the score was still 0-0 after 3 minutes of play. After that,it was a big first half for the Serbian team as they totally dominated Rytas on defense only allowing 11 and 10 points in the first 2 quarters. Lietuvos had problems breaking the defense and shot really poorly as they managed to score only 5 out of 19 in the paint. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) led Zvezda with 19 points while Dusan Ristic (211-C-95) had 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Rytas didnt had any player in double digits in scoring but had six players who scored seven points or more led by Rytis Pipiras (203-F-95) with 9 points. Ristic gave his team a 16-8 lead late in the first quarter, and Djukanovic and Vuk Jovanovic pushed it above the 10 point barrier before Ristic capped the first half with a big dunk and a 37-21 Zvezda lead. Jovanovic scored from the arc to make it a 22 point game early in the second half and marked Zvezda's dominance, enough for a second win in the competition.


Top Scorers:

Crvena Zvezda: Brano Djukanovic 19, Dusan Ristic 15, Marko Guduric (197-SG-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) 14.

Lietuvos Rytas: Rytis Pipiras 9, Deividas Kumelis (190-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) added 8 a piece.




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Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 27-7 
 2. Souffel 25-9 
 3. Vichy 25-9 
 4. Blois 24-10 
 5. Cognac 23-11 
 6. Monaco 22-12 
 7. Quimper 21-13 
 8. La Rochelle 21-13 
 9. Rueil 20-14 
 10. Sorgues 17-17 
 11. Chartres 17-17 
 12. Angers BC 49 16-18 
 13. St Chamond 16-18 
 14. Challans 15-19 
 15. Rennes 11-23 
 16. CFBB 4-30 

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 11: Angers BC 49 - Orchy 90-70
May. 11: Challans - La Rochelle 85-72
May. 11: Blois - Monaco 82-74
May. 11: Sorgues - Souffel 80-87
May. 11: Chartres - St Chamond 75-74
May. 11: Rennes - Cognac 57-77
May. 11: CFBB - Vichy 36-77

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 18: Vichy - La Rochelle
May. 18: Blois - Quimper
May. 18: Cognac - Monaco


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.6 
 2. Hill, Angers BC 4917.2 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle17.0 
 4. Raji, Quimper17.0 
 5. Kaunisto, Blois16.9 
 6. Herard, Challans16.5 
 7. Pene, Rennes16.1 
 8. Petrovic, Orchy16.0 
 9. Davis, Blois15.9 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.2 
 2. Pearson, St Ch.9.4 
 3. Raji, Quimper8.1 
 4. Alingue, Souffel8.0 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle7.7 
 6. Okafor, Rennes7.7 
 7. Tornato, Blois7.7 
 8. Inglis, CFBB7.3 
 9. N''Diaye, Souffel7.2 
 10. Balocka, Challans7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Christophe, Monaco6.7 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.1 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Thomas, Vichy4.5 
 8. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 9. Sauret, Chartres4.0 
 10. Minet, Souffel3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.4 
 2. Davis, Blois2.1 
 3. Bennett, Monaco1.8 
 4. Ipouck, Chartres1.8 
 5. Sauret, Chartres1.7 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.6 
 7. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 8. Saounera, Rueil1.6 
 9. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Blois1.8 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 7. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


Poitiers keep Rudy Nelhomme - by Eurobasket News

Poitiers have agreed on terms of contract extension with Rudy Nelhomme . The coach signed a new three-year deal with the team. Rudy Nelhomme has been guiding the team since 2007. He helped Poitiers win promotion into ProA in 2009. Unfortunately this season Poitiers lost 20 out of 30 games played in ProA and got relegated into ProB. But the management put trust in their head coach and gave him the reins for three more seasons. Previously Rudy Nelhomme was at helm in Cholet Basket. He also worked as French National Team assistant coach in 2010/12 seasons. Rudy Nelhomme was named All-French ProA Coach of the Year in 2010. He worked as assistant coach at the ProA All-Star Game in 2008.


NIJT London: FC Barcelona Regal joined Joventut for the Spanish Final - by Eurobasket News

IJT FC Barcelona Regal - IJT INSEP Paris 74:55

FC Barcelona Regal joined Joventut for the Spanish Final at the Nike International Junior tournament in London. They overcame IJT INSEP Paris 74:55 for 3-0 record. The Final game is scheduled for tomorrow.
FC Barcelona Regal was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions at the start of the clash. They won the first period 25-14 and had 10-point lead at the halftime. IJT INSEP Paris reduced to 57:49 with 10 minutes to go, bus scored only 6 points in the last quarter. Barcelona Regal erupted with 17 for the final 19-point victory.
Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) added 19. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) posted 16, while Xavier Moix (190-SG-95) brought 6. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Ywen Smock (203-C/F-96) had 14. YAO-DELON OLIVER and Paul Rigot (201-SF-95) followed them with 5 points apiece.

IJT FC Barcelona Regal: Marc Garcia 21, Milovan Draskovic 19, Adria Cantenys 16, Xavier Moix 6
IJT INSEP Paris: Damien Inglis 15, Ywen Smock 14, YAO-DELON OLIVER 5, Paul Rigot 5



NM1 Round 34: Orchesien BC clinch regular season crown despite loss - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 just ended.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Orchesien BC (27-7) on the court of thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Angers BC 49 90-70. The game was mostly controlled by Angers BC 49. Orchesien BC managed to win third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angers BC 49 looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds. Center Maxime Chupin (205-89, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Olivier Gouez (217-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for Orchesien BC. Angers BC 49 (16-18) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with St Chamond. Orchesien BC lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with seven games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Chartres. Eleventh ranked Chartres (17-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Saint Chamond (16-18) 75-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint Chamond. Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and Ljubomir Avramovic chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chartres moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sorgues. Saint Chamond at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between La Rochelle (21-13) and Vendee Challans (15-19), which took place in Challans. Higher ranked La Rochelle lost to fourteenth ranked Vendee Challans in a road game 72-85 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Rochelle. Fabien Herard notched 25 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) to lead the effort. Even 16 points by Amy M'Boma did not help to save the game for La Rochelle. La Rochelle's coach Gregory Thielin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vendee Challans maintains fourteenth position with 15-19 record. Newly promoted La Rochelle keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Quimper.
The game between 16th ranked CFBB (4-30) and third ranked JA Vichy (25-9) in Paris ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Vichy outscored CFBB 77-36. Octavio Da Silveira fired 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JA Vichy have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Souffel. CFBB lost thirtyth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. Souffel beat Sorgues on the road 87-80. Blois won against Monaco on its own court 82-74. Cognac outscored Rennes in a road game 77-57.


Sorgues - Souffel 80-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Souffelweyersheim (25-9) beat on the road 10th ranked Sorgues (17-17) 87-80. Souffelweyersheim have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Vichy. Sorgues lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 17 games lost.
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CFBB - Vichy 36-77

The game between 16th ranked CFBB (4-30) and third ranked JA Vichy (25-9) in Paris ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Vichy outscored CFBB 77-36. The game without a history. JA Vichy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 6 points in first quarter. JA Vichy held CFBB to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.2 percent accuracy of the winners. JA Vichy forced 31 CFBB turnovers. Octavio Da Silveira (204-89) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Damien Inglis (203-95) produced 5 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Belgian Charly Pontens (189-95) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JA Vichy have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Souffel. CFBB lost thirtyth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games.
Top scorers:
CFBB: C.Pontens 10+2ast, P.Rigot 5+4reb+1ast, D.Inglis 5+9reb+1ast, E.Ory 5+1reb+1ast, L.Paoletti 4+3reb+1ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 4+1reb
Vichy: O.Da Silveira 22+7reb, J.Reynolds 13+5reb, B.Thomas 11+1reb+4ast, G.Pons 8+4reb+3ast, R.El Amrani 8+8reb+4ast, V.Gelin 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 186359


Angers BC 49 - Orchy 90-70

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Orchesien BC (27-7) on the court of thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Angers BC 49 90-70. The game was mostly controlled by Angers BC 49. Orchesien BC managed to win third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angers BC 49 looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds. Center Maxime Chupin (205-89, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Olivier Gouez (217-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Orchesien BC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Angers BC 49 (16-18) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with St Chamond. Orchesien BC lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Orchy: R.Carter 16+5reb+4ast, O.Gouez 16+16reb+1ast, E.Barbry 15+5reb+5ast, D.Petrovic 13+6reb+2ast, R.Malet 6+4reb+2ast, A.Antoinette 4
Angers BC 49: A.Hill 26+9reb+1ast, P.Drouault 17+7reb+4ast, S.Traore 16+9reb+2ast, M.Chupin 15+9reb+5ast, T.Lonzieme 9+3reb+4ast, A.Fellah 3+2reb+12ast
gschID: 186362


Challans - La Rochelle 85-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between La Rochelle (21-13) and Vendee Challans (15-19), which took place in Challans. Higher ranked La Rochelle lost to fourteenth ranked Vendee Challans in a road game 72-85 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Rochelle. The game without a history. Vendee Challans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Vendee Challans outrebounded La Rochelle 41-23 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Vendee Challans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Fabien Herard (198-79) notched 25 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) to lead the effort and Lithuanian power forward Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) supported him with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Even 16 points by naturalized Madagascar swingman Amy M'Boma (199-83) did not help to save the game for La Rochelle. Guard Faycal Sahraoui (188-79) added 12 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. La Rochelle's coach Gregory Thielin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vendee Challans maintains fourteenth position with 15-19 record. Newly promoted La Rochelle keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Quimper.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: A.M'Boma 16+4reb+2ast, F.Sahraoui 12+2reb+4ast, S.Soliman 12+4reb+1ast, J.Dalmat 10+2reb+1ast, A.Thomson 8+4reb, J.Cole 8+5reb+1ast
Challans: F.Herard 25+9reb+3ast, P.Cukinas 15+4reb+3ast, J.Rathieuville 12+4reb+6ast, P.Balocka 11+11reb, S.Mekdad 8+5reb+1ast, M.Diakite 7+3reb
gschID: 186360


Chartres - St Chamond 75-74

Important game to mention about took place in Chartres. Eleventh ranked Chartres (17-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Saint Chamond (16-18) 75-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint Chamond. It looked good early as Saint Chamond took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chartres had a 26-15 second period charge getting the lead and Saint Chamond was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-75. Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chartres moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sorgues. Saint Chamond at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: T.Pearson 14+7reb+2ast, R.Tillon 11+1ast, J.Rinna 10+10reb+4ast, B.Rey 10+3reb, I.Bankevics 10+3ast, E.Sadiku 9+5reb
Chartres: M.Vasic 20+4reb+1ast, G.Lemon 11, L.Avramovic 10+9reb+2ast, G.Merie 9+6reb+6ast, A.Barakaou 9+1reb, M.Ipouck 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 186357


Blois - Monaco 82-74

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Monaco (22-12) lost on the road to fourth ranked Blois (24-10) 82-74. Monaco was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of Blois, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Monaco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) fired 27 points for the winners. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Guard Anthony Christophe (190-83) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Blois have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 24-10 record. Newly promoted Monaco keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Monaco: A.Christophe 13+9reb+3ast, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 13+3reb+1ast, M.Aleksic 10+9reb+6ast, J.Jones 9+4reb, M.Diallo 9+1reb, O.Bardet 8+5reb+2ast
Blois: D.Davis 27+4reb+3ast, G.Staelens 17+4reb+5ast, J.Tornato 12+5reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 12+13reb+5ast, M.Sy 5+1reb, W.Aka 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 186356


Rennes - Cognac 57-77

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Cognac (23-11) rolled over on the road 15th ranked Union Rennes (11-23) 77-57. The game without a history. Cognac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Cognac outrebounded Union Rennes 41-24 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) fired 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Miguel Buval (208-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Omar Sall (195-80) produced 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Jerome Dessart (184-84) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Union Rennes' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cognac have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 23-11 record. Union Rennes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fifteenth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rennes: S.Ben Driss 10+4reb, O.Lamothe 10, J.Dessart 10+1reb+6ast, E.Kabir Pene 9+4reb+1ast, O.Sall 7+7reb+5ast, A.Okafor 6+4reb
Cognac: D.Sencanski 26+6reb+2ast, M.Buval 14+10reb, J.Ludon 10+7reb+3ast, M.Choplin 8+3ast, C.Bertorelle 8+4reb+1ast, R.Hillotte 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 186355



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.7 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.6 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.5 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija16.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.16.0 
 6. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.5 
 7. Jelesijevic, Rabot.13.9 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija13.6 
 10. Kostevski, Vardar13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.9 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.1 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.0 
 5. Kostevski, Vardar6.8 
 6. Abukar, Rabotnicki5.9 
 7. Jelesijevic, Rabot.5.9 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.5.4 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.2 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv4.0 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.5 
 5. McIntosh, Feni I.3.4 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.1 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.7 
 9. Ugrinoski, Lirija2.5 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Balsa RADUNOVIC
  Lirija
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 5. Stajic, Lirija1.3 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.1.2 
 7. Simonovski, Feni I.1.1 
 8. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.1 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.1 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.9 
 5. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.6 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.0.5 
 10. Vucurovic, Feni I.0.4 


Prva Liga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Kozuv and MZT Skopje gain victories - by Eurobasket News

Kozuv - Rabotnicki 79-73

Kozuv celebrated the first win in the semifinal series versus Rabotnicki thus gaining 2-0 lead in the series. Fersped-Rabotnicki was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-37 second half run of Kozuv. Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) accounted for 14 points and 6 assists. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-80) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Fersped-Rabotnicki in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: I.Mijajlovic 22+2reb+4ast, D.Karadzovski 14+3reb+6ast, V.Filipovic 11+3reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 10+2reb, A.Shterjov 9+4reb+1ast, S.Bozovic 6+2reb
Rabotnicki: M.Abukar 17+6reb, N.Zivcevic 17+9reb+1ast, A.Dimitrovski 14+8reb+2ast, J.Sharper 8+3reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 8+2reb+2ast, S.Avramovski 7
gschID: 240702


MZT Skopje - Feni Indistrija 101-84

MZT Skopje shot down Feni Indistrija in the semifinal opener. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Feni Indistrija managed to win second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Feni Indistrija turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) stepped up and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Harper Kamp (203-88, college: California) scored 19 points. Four MZT Skopje and five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Miodrag Kadija rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Stojanovski 25+5reb+6ast, G.Cekovski 20+5reb+2ast, T.Gecevski 19+5reb+2ast, B.Bakic 11+2reb+3ast, D.Noa 8+2reb, C.Davis 8+2reb+2ast
Feni Indistrija: H.Kamp 19+3reb+3ast, B.Trajkovski 18+7reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 13+2ast, V.Brckov 11+4reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 10+6reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 240701



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.9 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.19.1 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.18.4 
 4. Chlaidze, Sokhumi18.3 
 5. Nelson, Rustavi16.8 
 6. Fatsatsia, Olimpi16.3 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi16.0 
 8. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.15.9 
 9. Ramishvili, Batumi15.8 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan MILOSEVIC
  Olimpi
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Milosevic, Olimpi12.6 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.12.0 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.7 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.2 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.0 
 9. Dvalishvili, Olimpi6.8 
 10. Berishvili, Olimpi6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.0 
 2. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.6 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi5.6 
 4. Bowie, Rustavi5.5 
 5. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 8. Vaughn, MIA A.5.4 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.0 
 10. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 4. Vaughn, MIA A.1.9 
 5. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 6. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.6 
 7. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 8. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.6 
 9. Bakradze, TSU T.1.5 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.0 
 2. Eliashvili, Batumi1.6 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.6 
 4. Milosevic, Olimpi1.3 
 5. Periashvili, Samed.1.2 
 6. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.1 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 9. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 
 10. Jgerenaia, Armia0.8 


Olimpi sweep the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Kutaisi - MIA Academy 73-89 (1-2)

MIA shot 62.3 percent from the field. MIA outrebounded Kutaisi 29-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for MIA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a great evening for American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four MIA players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) with 19 points and 5 steals and guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) scored 7 points and 11 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 19+3reb, Z.Pashayev 14+1reb+2ast, R.Matiashvili 12+8reb, T.Babunashvili 8+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 7+2reb+11ast, D.Barbakadze 6+1ast
MIA Academy: D.Vaughn 20+6reb+3ast, B.Raymond 16+4reb+6ast, K.Archibeque 13+5reb+5ast, C.Prewitt 12+6reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 8+3reb+2ast, M.Chitashvili 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240932


Armia - Olimpi 71-76 (0-3)

Olimpi made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Olimpi outrebounded Armia 48-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Darren Moore (190-89, college: Cal-Irvine) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International Besik Lezhava (192-86) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Armia. Four Armia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Armia: B.Lezhava 19+7reb+2ast, A.Boisa 13+6reb, L.Parghalava 11+2reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 11+11reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 9+6reb+8ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 6+2reb+6ast
Olimpi: D.Moore 19+10reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 16+8reb+1ast, L.Fatsatsia 16+9reb+4ast, K.Tomaradze 7+2reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 6+2reb, S.Milosevic 5+6reb
gschID: 240931



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17
 1. White, Phoenix17.0 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.5 
 5. Rice, B.Muenchen15.4 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.9 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Redding, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.9 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 6. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 10. Lischka, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.9 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.6 
 4. White, Phoenix4.4 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 8. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.7 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.7 
 2. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 5. Ford, Brose Bask.1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. King, Art.Dragons0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 


Abe Lodwick (Phoenix Hagen) Our Goal Is To Win In Bamberg And We Will keep Fighting Until The Buzzer Sounds - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Abe Lodwick (201-G/F-88, college: Washington St.) is a 24 year old 201cm forward that is a rookie with Phoenix Hagen. He played at Washington State from 2007-2012 playing a total of 105 NCAA games. In hiss enior year, he played 21 games: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to eurobasket before game three of the Beko BBL playoffs against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.

Congrats on the huge 95-89 win against the Brose Baskets Bamberg in game 2. It was the first playoff win for Phoenix Hagen in their short history. How proud are you to be able to wear the Thunderbirds jersey?

I am very proud to wear the Phoenix Hagen jersey and represent the city of Hagen. It has been a lot of fun to be a part of a historical team.

Bamberg had a huge second quarter exploding for 31 points. Why did Phoenix Hagen have so many problems keeping the Bamberg offense in check?

Bamberg is a really good team and they know how to score points. It is no surprise when then put up a lot of points like that. It was our job to keep fighting and pressuring them and eventually it got to them and we were able to win the game.

Phoenix Hagen came back in the third quarter and got the lead back which set the tone for the rest of the game. What adjustments did the team make to get back on track?

We wanted to eliminate points in the zone and force them to shoot the ball. We did that and fortunately they missed their shots and we hit ours.

What was key for getting the win in crunch time? Bamberg fought back the lead, but Larry Gordon hit a clutch three pointer and you would never trail again?

The key was to keep fighting. We will never give up and even when we were losing our mindset was positive and focused on winning the game. Larry's three in the corner gave us enough momentum to finish out the game. It was a team effort.

Adam Hess is known as being a deadly shooter and in game two he exploded for eight three pointers. Is he the guy that would win that practice three point shooting contest?

Adam is a great shooter, and he had a great game. He really stepped up for us. The crazy part is, we have several guys who are capable of having a night like that. Shooting contests get very competitive in practice. We have many good shooters.

Even though Phoenix Hagen gave up 89 points, they did a good job keeping Bamberg under 40% from outside, forced them to 20 turnovers and had eight steals. What was the biggest team strength on defense in game two?

I think our biggest strength on defense was our pressure on the ball. Our guards did a great job in the back court pressuring Bamberg's guards. It got them out of rhythm.

Even though Bamberg has home court advantage, they have more pressure on them then you do. Phoenix Hagen goes to Bamberg with extended self confidence. Is Phoenix Hagen ready to be only the fourth team in BBL play in three years to win in Bamberg?

We are ready and focused for this next game. Our goal is to win in Bamberg, and we will keep fighting until the buzzer sounds.

Are Stephan Curry and your ex teammate Klay Thompson the best shooting tandem in the NBA right now?

I think Klay and Stephen are the best shooting tandem in the NBA right now, and of all time. Their numbers speak for themselves. Those guys are incredible shooters. It was a lot of fun to play with Klay.

Which 4 NBA teams do you see reaching the conference finals?

I think it will come down to the Pacers and the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Thunder and Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Horrible Bosses.

Thanks Abe for the chat.




Kyle Hines (Olympiakos Pireus) It Is Amazing That Two Players Reached The Euroleague Final One Year After Leaving Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward from Sicklerville, New Jersey that is playing his second season with Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece) winning the Euroleague final last season. He is a powerful player who loves to attack the basket. Has a good 1-vs-1 game and likes to go inside. He is undersized to play the power forward, but his great wingspan (7-1) allows him to guard taller players and to intimidate. He's also a great leaper and reads the opponent's game well He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. He was invited to play at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 3.3bpg, FGP: 78.6%, FT: 72.7%. He then had predraft workouts with Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA). He then went to Europe to Italy and played with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 16.9ppg, Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 3.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP-2 (66.0%), FT: 58.5%. In 2009, he took part in the Orlando Pro Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder). In 2009-2010, he stayed in Italy with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 40 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2 (3.5spg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-3 (64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. He played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets) in the summer of 2010.In 2010-2011 he played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Euroleague: 10 games: 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 46.7%; German League: 46 games: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP-3 (61.1%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 52.4%. He won the double with Bamberg. Lasts eason in Greece he played Euroleague: 22 games: 9.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 51.9%, FT: 57.6%; Greek League: 34 games: 8.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 57.4%, FT: 64.4% He spoke to eurobasket

Congrats on the amazing 69-52 win against CSKA Moscow to reach your second Euroleague final in a row. How blessed are you at the moment?

This was a great win for our team. I feel so blessed not only to have been in two back to back final fours, but now in my second final. It is amazing that only one team in the history has won it back to back and now we have the chance.


Many had CSKA Moscow to win it all. Did Olympiakos Pireus go into the game with less pressure?

We feel very comfortable as underdogs. Our coaches had us ready with a good game plan and we just executed the way we had to. This was probably our best defensive showing of the season. Holding a team to under 60 points that has so much offensive fire power is amazing.

What was the team secret to keeping CSKA Moscow to 52 points?

We had a good game plan on defense. We put a lot of pressure on them, were physical and did the little scrappy things. We also knew that if we sped up the game that we would have more success since they like that half court game more.


Olympiakos Pireus dominated the game from start to finish. What was key for getting the win?

This was our best team effort this season. We have been in many difficult circumstances this season and despite being on the big stage at the Euroleague final 4 is amazing. I hope we can do it another time on Sunday against Real Madrid


You had a very strong game with 13 points and 10 rebounds. How happy were you with keeping ex NBA player Nenad Krstic in check?

It wasnt just me, but it was a great defensive team effort. They have very good interior players that can shoot well so we knew that if we were physical and made them work hard for their shots that we would be successful.


Which player on your team was the unsung hero of the game?

It was an entire team effort. Every guy on the floor played their role to perfection. Especially in these one game tournaments, you need every guy to contribute.


How special was the soul and spirit of Hellenic basketball?

Our crowd was amazing as always. When you see the fan support that we have, you can see the sense of pride and ownership that the fans have for Greece basketball. Despite all the economical problems in Greece, the fans are always there and their emotion and support make us want to work harder and be successful.

In the 2013 Euroleague final there will be two ex Brose Baskets Bamberg Americans with Marcus Slaughter and yourself. How excited are you about this meeting?

I am very excited. I know him since some years and we both came a long way and travelled the same journey.


How does this Bamberg reunion in the 2013 Euroleague final speak volumes for the Beko BBL club?

It is amazing that two players reached the Euroleague final one year after leaving Bamberg. The fans in Bamberg will be Excited for us and just reflects how successful the Bamberg club is.


What type of final can we await between Olympiakos Pirues and Real Madrid?

We will have to do the same things that we did against CSKA Moscow. We will have to push the tempo, use energy, defense well and control the rebounds. They have many weapons on offense and were one of the best defensive teams in Euroleague. It will be a very competitive game.


The Brose Baskets Bamberg-Phoenix Hagen playoff series is tied at 1-1. Will your ex team reach the next round?

Bamberg has had difficulty this year, but at the end of the day, they are the defending champion. You can never count them out.


Who do you miss more Casey Jacobsen or Anton Gavel?

I miss both equally. Both are great guys. We have great relationships. I miss them both.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Watch. It was funny. I think that I will watch it Sunday again.


Thanks Kyle for the chat.





Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) Getting Stops And Making Everything Hard For Bamberg Is Going To Be Key For Us Winning This Series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on the big 95-89 win against Bamberg in game two. This was the first playoff win in the short history of Phoenix Hagen. How proud are you to be wearing a Phoenix Hagen jersey?

I'm very proud, our team held our composure throughout the game and got things done like we wanted to. It's a great feeling!


The Brose Baskets Bamberg had a huge second quarter scoring 31 points. What did Ingo Freyer tell the team to do better in the third quarter? Phoenix Hagen came out scoring 27 points. What adjustments did the team make?

Well we knew they will go on a run, whether it was the 1st quarter or 2nd. He basically told us that our defense was good, but now we ha to turn it up on offense and put more pressure on them on defense.


In the fourth quarter, Bamberg came back, but you hit a three pointer giving Hagen the lead back and the team never looked back. What was key in keeping the lead in crunch time?

The key was to play to Win and keep the pressure on them offensively and not play too slow just because we have the lead.


Adam Hess has had some big games in his basketball career in Germany, but this may have been his most important. Did you know once he started hitting three pointers that he would have a good day?

Well you can tell with Adam when he is on he is on. I practice with him every day and he just like a typical shooter, you keep giving them open looks or good looks eventually they will catch fire. And that's what he did


It seems like the team revolves around Davin White, David Bell and yourself, but talk about how important Hess has been for the success of this team this season?

Yea I would say we have been the backbone for most of the season, but Hess along with Mark, Dino and Abe all have had their share of big games and has helped us get to where we are now.


Phoenix Hagen gave up 89 points, but if you look at the stats holding them to 36,9% shooting from outside, forcing them to 20 turnovers and getting eight steals, one could be happy with the overall team effort on defense

Like I said before our focus is always on defense. As the old saying goes,"Defense Wins Championships", and we are holding on to that. We know our offense will come, but getting stops and making everything hard for Bamberg is going to be the key for us winning this series.


The team confidence has risen from game to game this season with every new big win. It seems like it is time for stealing game three in Bamberg. Is the team ready to make another amazing Phoenix Hagen memory?

We definitely are but also we have in the back of our mind that we will be in Bamberg and they will not make it easy for us.


There have been rumors of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers going to the Los Angeles Lakers. Would Rivers be a good fit into the Lakers organization?

Well he is defensive minded which I feel my Lakers needed this past season and he knows how to work with Superstars being on the same team, so I think that would be a perfect fit for him and my Lakers.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Jack Reacher

Thanks Larry fort he chat.




Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro B Awards 2012-13 - by Moritz Korff

#s#
Adonte Parker
Parker
Julius Coles
Coles
Howard Sant-Roos
Sant-Roos
Geddes Robinson
Robinson
Blake Poole
Poole
#e#1
The awards were voted on by the coaches of the Pro B teams

Player of the Year: Adonte Parker (183-PG-89) - Leverkusen
Guard of the Year: Adonte Parker (183-PG-89) - Leverkusen
Forward of the Year: Geddes Robinson (195-PF-87) - Rhoendorf
Center of the Year: Blake Poole (195-C-88) - Dorsten
Most Improved Player of the Year: Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) - Weissenhorn
Import Player of the Year: Adonte Parker - Leverkusen
Domestic Player of the Year: Till-Joscha Joenke - Weissenhorn
Defensive Player of the Year: John Eggleston (203-PF-88, college: Pennsylvania) - Leverkusen
Newcomer of the Year: Kevin Smit (183-PG-91) - Oldenburg
Coach of the Year: Mladen Drijencic - Oldenburg

First Team:
G: Adonte Parker (183-PG-89) - Leverkusen
G: Julius Coles (193-SG-89) - Schwelm
F: Howard Sant-Roos (200-SF-91) - Braunschweig
F: Geddes Robinson (195-PF-87) - Rhoendorf
C: Blake Poole (195-C-88) - Dorsten

Second Team:
G: Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) - Weissenhorn
G: Michael Taylor (193-G-87, college: Whitworth) - Oldenburg
F: Myles Hesson (195-F-90) - Weissenhorn
F: John Eggleston (203-PF-88, college: Pennsylvania) - Leverkusen
C: Chris Heinrich (208-C-77, college: St.Louis) - Oldenburg

Honorable Mention:
Robert Franklin (195-F-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) - Recklinghausen
Chad Gray (200-F-85, college: Co.Carolina) - Noerdlingen
Christoph Hackenesch (204-F/C-86) - Herten
Augie Johnston (185-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) - Wedel
Alejo Rodriguez (203-C-88, college: Iona) - Rhoendorf
Ralph Schirmer (203-F-86) - BSW Sixers

All-Domestic Players Team:
G: Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) - Weissenhorn
G: Nick Larsen (188-SG-83) - Rhoendorf
F: Ralph Schirmer (203-F-86) - BSW Sixers
F: Christoph Hackenesch (204-F/C-86) - Herten
C: Chris Heinrich (208-C-77, college: St.Louis) - Oldenburg

All-Import Players Team:
G: Adonte Parker (183-PG-89) - Leverkusen
G: Julius Coles (193-SG-89) - Schwelm
F: Howard Sant-Roos (200-SF-91) - Braunschweig
F: Geddes Robinson (195-PF-87) - Rhoendorf
C: Blake Poole (195-C-88) - Dorsten

All-Defensive Team:
G: Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) - Weissenhorn
G: Christopher Jones (183-G-88, college: Prairie View A&M) - Dorsten
F: Howard Sant-Roos - Braunschweig
F: John Eggleston (203-PF-88, college: Pennsylvania) - Leverkusen
C: Alejo Rodriguez (203-C-88, college: Iona) - Rhoendorf



Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A Awards 2012-13 - by Moritz Korff

#s#
Richard Williams
Williams
Kenny Barker
Barker
Andre Calvin
Calvin
Scott Thomas
Thomas
Ronald Thompson
Thompson
#e#1
The awards were voted on by the coaches of the Pro A teams

Player of the Year: Richard Williams (178-PG-87) - Vechta
Guard of the Year: Richard Williams (178-PG-87) - Vechta
Forward of the Year: Scott Thomas (200-F-89) - Cuxhaven
Center of the Year: Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) - Nuernberg
Import Player of the Year: Richard Williams (178-PG-87) - Vechta
Domestic Player of the Year: Akeem Vargas (191-G-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) - Goettingen
Defensive Player of the Year: Donald Lawson (208-C-88, college: W.Michigan) - Chemnitz
Most Improved Player of the Year: Akeem Vargas (191-G-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) - Goettingen
Newcomer of the Year: Tim Unterluggauer (208-C-93) - Ehingen
Coach of the Year: Patrick Elzie - Vechta

First Team:
G: Richard Williams (178-PG-87) - Vechta
G: Kenny Barker (191-G-86) - Jena
F: Andre Calvin (201-F-85) - Ehingen

F: Scott Thomas (200-F-89) - Cuxhaven
C: Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) - Nuernberg

Second Team:
G: Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: St.Bonaventure) - Nuernberg
G: Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) - Gotha
F: Devin White (203-F-88, college: SUNO) - Heidelberg
F: Logan Stutz (205-F-88, college: Washburn) - Essen
C: Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) - Crailsheim

Honorable Mention:
Chris Gadley (207-C-87, college: Canisius) - Leipzig/Duesseldorf
Donald Lawson
(208-C-88, college: W.Michigan) - Chemnitz
Dirk Maedrich (211-C-83) - Vechta
Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) - Karlsruhe
Akeem Vargas
(191-G-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) - Goettingen
Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) - Duesseldorf

All-Import Players Team:
G: Richard Williams
(178-PG-87) - Vechta
G: Kenny Barker (191-G-86) - Jena
F: Andre Calvin (201-F-85) - Ehingen
F: Scott Thomas (200-F-89) - Cuxhaven
C: Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) - Nuernberg

All-Domestic Players Team:
G: Guy Aud (188-G-89) - Paderborn
G: Akeem Vargas
(191-G-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) - Goettingen
F: Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) - Karlsruhe
F: Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) - Duesseldorf
C: Dirk Maedrich (211-C-83) - Vechta

All-Defensive Team:
G: Richard Williams
(178-PG-87) - Vechta
G: Gary Johnson (188-PG-82, college: Cent.Florida) - Duesseldorf
F: Monyea Pratt (195-F-85, college: Stillman) - Cuxhaven
F: Devin White
(203-F-88, college: SUNO) - Heidelberg
C: Donald Lawson (208-C-88, college: W.Michigan) - Chemnitz



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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 22-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 21-4 
 3. Panionios 19-6 
 4. PAOK 17-8 
 5. AGOR 17-9 
 6. Ikaros 12-13 
 7. Aris 12-13 
 8. Apollon Patras 11-14 
 9. KAOD 11-15 
 10. Kolossos 8-17 
 11. Ilysiakos 7-17 
 12. Panelefsiniakos 7-18 
 13. Peristeri GS 6-19 
 14. Kavala 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 8: Panathinaikos - Kavala 95-73
May. 11: Kavala - AGOR 80-82
May. 11: Apollon Patras - Panathinaikos 71-80
May. 11: KAOD - Panelefsiniakos 101-77
May. 13: Kolossos - Aris
May. 13: PAOK - Panathinaikos
May. 13: Peristeri GS - Ilysiakos
May. 13: Ikaros - Panionios
May. 13: Olympiacos - Apollon Patras
May. 16: Ilysiakos - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos20.5 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.0 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.8 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.2 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.1 
 8. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.8 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.9 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.7 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.2 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.6 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.2 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.1 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Klaiber, Apollon1.8 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Periste.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 4. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Powell, Olympiacos0.9 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.0.8 



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 24-3 
 2. De Groene 21-5 
 3. Cangeroes 19-7 
 4. Binnenland 19-8 
 5. De Hoppers 15-11 
 6. Red Giants 12-14 
 7. Rotterdam 2 12-14 
 8. Almonte 11-15 
 9. Leiden 2 11-15 
 10. Punch 10-16 
 11. BC Apollo 2 9-17 
 12. MSV/Zeemacht 9-17 
 13. Almere P. 8-18 
 14. UBALL 3-23 

Top 4: Round 3

May. 11: Orca's Urk - Binnenland 74-53



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Kormend
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Kormend20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.4 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.9 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 6. Wood, Albacomp19.3 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 9. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
 10. Spica, Kaposvari18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.1 
 7. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 8. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Keller, Albacomp7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.2 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 6. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 8. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 4. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 7. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.0.6 
 9. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 10. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 


A Division Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Atomeromu and Kaposvari even the series - by Eurobasket News

Atomeromu - Szolnok 72-63

Atomeromu overcame Szolnok at home court to level the series at 1-1. The hosts were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 19-8 last quarter charge of Szolnok cut the lead to 72-63 at the end of the game. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) replied with 8 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Szolnok. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 20+3reb+9ast, J.Levy 16+5reb+3ast, D.Vojvoda 11+5reb+2ast, S.Idlet 8+3reb, A.Kovacs 5+1reb+1ast, G.Koertelyesi 5+1reb+2ast
Szolnok: M.Szabo 12+3reb+1ast, B.Simon 8+2reb+2ast, M.Bader 8+8reb, R.Bell 8+9reb+2ast, A.Horvath 7+4reb+1ast, J.Florence 6+4reb
gschID: 240545


Kaposvari - Albacomp 78-75

Kaposvari tied things up in their semifinal series versus Albacomp. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kaposvari made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) produced 25 points and his fellow American import forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Swanston 25+9reb+1ast, M.Spica 17+8reb, C.Dunn 17+3reb+10ast, R.Hendlein 12+11reb+1ast, G.Drahos 7+2reb+1ast, B.Biro 0
Albacomp: B.Wood 25+4reb+1ast, R.Moore 13+1reb+3ast, J.Jones 12+7reb+1ast, D.Hollis 11+3reb+4ast, Z.Szabo 5+7reb, A.Keller 4+6reb
gschID: 240544



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 6-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 6-1 
 3. Nippon T. 0-1 
 4. Portland C. 0-2 
 5. Salem S. 0-5 
International
 1. East Bay PB 0-0 
 2. Lonestar S. 0-0 
 3. Olympia R. 0-0 
 4. Seattle F. 0-0 
 5. Kitsap A. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 10: Nippon T. - Bellingham S. 78-161
May. 11: Vancouver V. - Portland C. 121-112
May. 10: Vancouver V. - Salem S. 120-113
May. 11: Kitsap A. - Salem S. 116-133

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 17: Lonestar S. - Portland C.
May. 17: Vancouver V. - Salem S.
May. 17: Nippon T. - Bellingham S.
May. 18: Lonestar S. - Vancouver V.
May. 18: Portland C. - Salem S.
May. 19: Nippon T. - Kitsap A.
May. 19: Lonestar S. - Bellingham S.


Slam rout Japan 161-78 for fourth straight win - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam made quick work of the Japan Tornadoes, 161-78, in an International Basketball League contest at Whatcom Pavilion on Friday evening.

The game set team records for fewest points allowed and also for greatest margin of victory at 83 points.

The outcome of the game was revealed within the first three minutes as the Slam completely outmatched the Tornadoes and scored the first 11 points of the game. Bellingham went on to take a 40-22 lead at the first quarter break.

The dominance continued throughout the second quarter, with the Slam extending their lead to 78-44 at halftime.

The second half was more of the same, with Bellingham continuing to pour in buckets, maxing out their third quarter advantage at 62 points and at 83 points after Chas Kok (6'5''-F) hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left.

Kok enjoyed his finest performance of his two-season Slam career, leading all scorers with 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the floor and six three-pointers. Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) finished with another double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds. Every Slam player figured in the scoring, and all but two scored in double figures.

Hikaru Saskaki led the Tornadoes with 30 points, while Takato Hara added 22.

The Slam stay at home for their next two games, with a rematch against Japan looming on Friday, May 17. That game will be played at Lynden High School with a 7 p.m. scheduled tip-off.



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  IRAN   


Eric Dawson with Petrochimi at WABA Tournament... - by Mohammad Ahmadi

By cooperation of MR Agency Inc. and Haylett Sports , Petrochimi Imam Harbor could sign NBA Player Eric Dawson (206-F-84, college: Midwestern St.), for WABA Tournament during May 2013. Dawson after leaving San Antonio Spurs, went to Philippines and played for Meralco Bolts with great performance by having more than 50 points in some games and after that joined Petrochimi at Iraq for WABA tournament.

Petrochimi , Champion of Iran 2012-2013 season, is participating this tournament with Mehran Hatami as Head Coach and some famous players as : Hamed Afagh , Hamed SohrabNejad , Ali Doraghi , Tyrone Brazelton , Ali Jamshidi .

Eric Dawson's some Awards/Achievements:
Chinese ABA Marco Polo Cup Championship MVP -11
NBA D-League - Impact Player of the Year - 12
ALL NBA D-League 1st Team - 12
ALL NBA D-League Defensive 1st Team -12
D-League West Conference Runner-Up -12
D-League Champion -12




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  ISRAEL   


National League Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Netanel Dahan

Ironi Nahariya - Hod Hasharon 78-81

Ironi Nahariya cut a 17-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Guy Dotan (178-91) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Four Hod Hasharon and five Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 20+9reb+6ast, A.Zelkovits 16+1reb+3ast, R.Clemente 13+7reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 10+5reb, E.Saudai 10+2reb+1ast, N.Golan 9+1reb+3ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 22+13reb+1ast, I.Stolero 15+3reb+2ast, G.Dotan 14+4reb+5ast, G.Gandel 10+3reb+1ast, B.Walker 9+5reb+4ast, O.Hover 8+2reb
gschID: 240384


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi Ramat Gan 76-88

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ironi Ramat Gan forced 19 Ironi Nes-Ziona turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 22+6reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 21+2reb+1ast, G.Amitay 13+6reb+2ast, C.Tate 10+6reb+1ast, T.Karpels 8+2reb+1ast, R.Zehavian 2+4reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Kent 19+6reb+3ast, A.Tamir 18+7reb+4ast, T.Havkin 13+2reb+3ast, V.Yeremishin 11+3reb, D.Assaf 11+2reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240383


Group Play-out
Hapoel K/S - Maccabi K/G 76-66

Hapoel Kfar Saba made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Adir Harush (187-90) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach Dror Briger allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Damon Peterson (201-68, college: Oklahoma, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Or Ron (181-88) added 11 points in the effort for Maccabi K/G.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: D.Peterson 21+9reb+1ast, O.Ron 11+4reb+3ast, M.El Amin 9+4reb, T.Pisecki 9+5reb+1ast, M.Rahamim 6+4reb, S.Gueta 5+1ast
Hapoel K/S: E.Rotemberg 21+7reb, A.Harush 17+5reb+1ast, O.Lev 12+2reb, O.Cohen 9+1reb+1ast, M.Hampton 8+3reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 240296


Macc.B.Yaakov - Maccabi K/B 75-66

It looked good early as Maccabi Kiryat Bialik took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Beer Yaakov had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-75. It was a very good performance for point guard Nadav Dvash (180-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Forward Zafrir Volfer (200-81) contributed with 6 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Beer Yaakov's coach Yaron Aviv used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Almog Barak (185-92) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Ziv Tavor (182-75) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Four Maccabi Kiryat Bialik players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: M.Shamis 14+3reb+2ast, A.Barak 14+8reb, Z.Tavor 12+3reb+6ast, E.Gtoe 10+5reb+3ast, M.Sunego 5+6reb+2ast, D.Joyner 4+4reb+1ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Dvash 16+2reb, J.Alexander 10+1reb, J.Hall 9, S.Kleimintz 9+3reb+2ast, I.Iram 7+1reb+1ast, O.Ida 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 240295


Elitzur Ramla - Kiryat Tivon 77-83

Elitzur Ramla was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of Kiryat Tivon, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Kiryat Tivon forced 19 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. It was a very good performance for power forward Carmel Bouchman (206-91, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) added 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 26+19reb+2ast, V.Teel 18+11reb+10ast, O.Cohen 11+6reb+1ast, O.Zinderman 10+1reb+1ast, A.Fogel 4+3reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 3+1reb
Kiryat Tivon: A.Carcamo 16+6reb+2ast, G.Murray 16+7reb+1ast, C.Bouchman 12+11reb+4ast, S.Farine 10+6reb+4ast, I.Raguan 10+4reb, D.Aviv 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240294





Ofer Berkowitz won't continue to coach Maccabi Ashdod - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Ashdod announced yesterday to coach Ofer Berkovic (agency: Avi Zilberman ) that he won't continue to coach the team after three wonderful years. Ashdod prmoted to the first division for the first time ever on July 2010 and since then they reached to the 2012 Winner league final, Israeli cup semi finals in 2011 & 2013 and the Israeli league cup final in 2013 - all under head coach Berkowitz. The team management sent a message to the press saying that they are looking for other coahces for the next seasons and that they are grateful for everything that coach Berkowitz achieved with the team. One of the leading names to take the job is veteran coach Effi Birnbaum (agency: Avi Zilberman ).


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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.6 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.9 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Mays, Givova S.18.6 
 7. Jenkins, C.de L.18.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 9. Roderick, LeGamber.17.8 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.8 
 2. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.9 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.3 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.8 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.8 
 3. Fernandez, C.de L.4.8 
 4. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.5 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.4 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. James, FCM F.2.3 
 5. Forray, Pall.Trento2.2 
 6. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 7. Westbrook, Tezen.2.1 
 8. Fernandez, C.de L.2.0 
 9. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Brkic, C.de L.1.0 
 8. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Giddens, C.de L.0.9 



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  KENYA   


KBF Division One League wrap up - by Eurobasket News

On Sunday there were two matches played in the Kenya Basketball Federation Division One League at the Nyayo Gymnasium with debutants Little Prince and Strathmore B in action.
Strathmore were up against Parklands and the Madaraka based students beat their opponents 69-53 taking the 1st quarter20-18, drawing with Parklands 11-11 in the 2nd quarter to put the half time scores at a close 31-29.
In the 3rd quarter Strathmore took the lead once more when they got 18 points against Parklands' 15 points but took the day with a resounding 20-9 win in the last quarter. Peter Shilton sunk in 26 points for Strathmore followed by Huga Ayara with 17 points while Richard Adega had 12 points to his name for Parklands.
In the other match Umoja were surprised by Little Prince when they went down 51-43 to the newcomers of the league. The two teams drew 15-15 in the 1st quarter but in the 2nd quarter Little Prince overwhelmed Umoja with 14 points against 7 to put the half time scores at 29-22 in favor of Little Prince.
The 3rd quarter saw Little Prince trounce Umoja 14-6 and despite losing the last quarter 8-15 they had done enough to take the 2 league points home. Erick Ruben had 16 ponts for Umoja the highest in the match while Elvis Mwangi gave the winners of the match 10 points.
The league resumes over the coming weekend.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Thunder and Coop enjoy KBF summit - by Eurobasket News

Shauri Moyo's Thunder basketball team currently leads the KBF Premier League mens table standings after going unbeaten in all the five matches that they have played. The team has managed to upset both the winners and the runners up of the 2012 season, Co-op Bank and USIU Tigers respectively.
Last weekend Thunder beat former champions Ulinzi Warriors 59-54 in a closely contested match. Thunder has 10 points from the matches they have played.
Strathmore and Lions are in position two and three respectively with the two teams sharing 7 points after winning three of their four matches.
Defending Champions Co-op Bank occupy fourth place with 5 points after playing three matches of which they have won 2 and lost one. Debutants Nakuru Club, Mennonites and Nairobi Aviation who are also newcomers in the league are in position 5, 6 and 7 respectively with all the three teams having 5 points after winning only one of the three matches that they have played so far.
In the second half of the table, Ulinzi Warriors and Blazers occupy position 8, 9 and share 4 points with both teams losing two of the three matches that they have played. University team UoN Terrorists, Mombasa based Kenya Ports Authority and USIU Tigers are the last three teams on the log with Terror having 3 points, KPA 2 points and Tigers 1 point. Terror has played two matches of which they have won one, KPA has won its only match while Tigers lost the only match they have played to league leaders Thunder.
In the ladies category Co-op Bank lead with 7 points followed by Defending Champions Eagle Wings who have 6 points after winning all their 3 matches. Storms. NYTA-Shimba Hills and debutants KCA-U are in position 3, 4 and 5 respectively sharing 5 points. Storms and Shimba have won 2 of the three matches that they have played while KCA has only one win from four matches.
The other half of the ladies category sees Safe Spaces and Mennonites in position 6 and 7 with 4 and 3 points respectively while KPA, USIU Flames and Strathmore follow respectively with the teams sharing 2 points. KPA and Flames have both won the one match that they have played while Strathmore has lost both matches that they have played. Western Delight and KU Oryx are the last two teams in the category with the Kakamega side having one point after they lost to Eagle Wings while KU has not yet played any match in the league.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Strathmore B dominate KBF Division One League - by Eurobasket News

Strathmore University mens team B which participates in the KBF Division One are sitting comfortably at the top of the league with 10 points after winning all the five matches that they have played. They are followed by Umoja who also have 10 points but have played six matches winning four and losing two of those.
Radhi Ndalus Equity Bank who are debutants in the league are in position three with 9 points after winning five of their four matches. Their only loss so far came courtesy of Zetech who are also newcomers in the league. Zetech lie fifth with 7 points while KCA-U is on top of them with 8 points.
Little Prince are 6th with 7 points having played 5 matches followed by Parklands who have 6 points. World Hope and KAA are in position 8 and 9 respectively with both teams having 5 points.
KAA has played five matches while World Hope has played 3 matches. Trail Blazers are tenth with 4 points losing all their four matches while the last two teams Upper Hill High School and KU Pirates have not played any match in the league.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KUWAIT   


Gasper Okorn is New Head Coach of Kuwait SC and Jasmin Perkovic as new foreign player for season 2013-2014!!! - by Ahmad Madwar

The Slovenian Coach Gasper Okorn signs a contract to be a head coach of Kuwait SC for season 2013-2014 !!! Gasper will replace the Bahrainian coach Salman Ramadan who won the league and cup tittles this season ..
Gasper had experience in Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, and Poland .. season 2012-2013 was the head coach of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana and he finished the season with 7th position .. this is his Awards/Achievements:
Coach Assistant: Slovenian U20 National Team -05
European Championships U20 in Moscow -05
Baltic League Regular Season Champion -06
Baltic League Champion -06
Lithuanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -06
Lithuanian League Champion -06
Slovenian Cup Finalist -07
Coach Assistant: Slovenian National Team -07-08
Slovenian League Regular Season Runner-Up -07
Slovenian League Finalist -07
Head Coach: Slovenian League All-Star Game -07
Coach Assistant: Latvian LBL All-Star Game -08
Latvian League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Latvian League Semifinals -08
Latvian League Silver Medalist -08
Polish League Semifinals -09
Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Coach of the Year -09

Kuwait signs with the current player of Union Olimpija Ljubljana team, the Croatian player Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80, agency: Court Side) , Jasmin had a great career in europe in top leagues in Greece, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Slovenia
this is his Awards/Achievements:
Croatian U21 National Team -01
World U21 Championships in Japan -01 (Finalist)
Croatian Cup Winner -03
Adriatic League Champion -03
ULEB Cup Quarterfinals -03
Croatian League Semifinals -03
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Cup Winner -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Stars Game -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, 05
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -04, 06
Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Center of the Year -04
Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Finalist -05, 06
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Finalist -05
Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team -05, 06
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -06
Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Bosmans Team -06
German Bundesliga Semifinals -08
German Bundesliga Champion -09
German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -10
Slovenian Cup Winner -13



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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. Cain, Barons k.15.6 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera15.6 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Diggs, Barons k.14.5 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga14.1 
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. Cavars, Valmiera7.6 
 6. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 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: 7.2
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga7.2 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.5.3 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 7. Bertans, VEF Riga3.3 
 8. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 9. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
 10. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 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. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 6. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 7. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 


Saldus win LBL2 championship - by Eurobasket News

BK VEF-LSPA - Saldus 70:79

Saldus are crowned LBL2 champions. They overcame BK VEF-LSPA in the fifth decisive game of the title series. Saldus grabbed a come-from-behind win courtesy of a 26:16 rally in the fourth period. Edgars Buikis (180-PG-84) stepped up with 28 points for the visitors.
Saldus got to a perfect start. The visitors secured 17:8 lead ten minutes into the encounter. BK VEF-LSPA struck right back in the second term. The hosts cut the deficit at a single point 35:36 at halftime. VEF-LSPA surged ahead in the third term. They eked out a 54:53 lead heading into the fourth period. But Saldus lived up to the challenge. The visitors ignited a massive 26:16 run in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Janis Licitis (199-C-84) provided 18 points and 16 rebounds for Saldus. Juris Patmalnieks (201-F-85) added 16 points and 9 boards in the win. Guntars Strakis (193-G-90) answered with 15 points for BK VEF-LSPA. Martins Rozenbergs (202-C/F-90) had 13 points in the loss.

BK VEF-LSPA: Guntars Strakis 15, Martins Rozenbergs 13
Saldus: Edgars Buikis 28, Janis Licitis 18+16 boards, Juris Patmalnieks 16



LBL Round 1 of Finals. Ventspils steal win in Riga - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
VEF Riga - Ventspils 84-86

Ventspils surprised VEF Riga in the capital to victoriously open the title series. VEF Riga was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 28-10 third quarter run of Ventspils. International center Martins Meiers (208-91) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners and American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) scored 17 points. Four Ventspils and five VEF Riga players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 20+6reb+3ast, K.Janicenoks 17+3reb+3ast, W.Daniels 14+7reb, D.Bertans 10+4reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 10+7reb, G.Jahovics 6+1reb+1ast
Ventspils: M.Meiers 20+6reb+1ast, F.Campbell 17+3reb+4ast, D.Sims 16+3reb+1ast, A.Berzins 14+7reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 10+2reb+1ast, J.Timma 5+6reb+4ast
gschID: 240704



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 33.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit33.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Khatib, Champville26.8 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos23.7 
 7. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 8. Sims, Sagesse23.1 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh23.1 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.1 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.4 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.1 
 8. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.4 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.6 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Fahed, Moutahed5.1 
 8. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 10. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.3 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Amchit
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 4. Fraser, Byblos1.5 
 5. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 
 10. Terry, Champville0.8 



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  LITHUANIA   


NIJT London: Crvena Zvezda topple Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

IJT Crvena Zvezda - IJT Lietuvos Rytas 73:54

Crvena Zvezda grabbed the second win at the London stage of the Nike International Junior tournament. They prevailed against Lietuvos Rytas to improve at 2-1 record in the second spot in Group A. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) delivered 19 points for the winners. Lietuvos Rytas suffered the third loss in a row meanwhile.
Crvena Zvezda led 16:11 after ten minutes of action. They went on a 21:10 rally in the second frame to clear off. Lietuvos Rytas stopped the rot in the third period. The Baltic side poured in 19 points to cut the deficit at 14-point mark. But the Serbian youngsters capped the regulation on a 19:14 rally to seal the winning outcome at the end. Dusan Ristic (206-C-95) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 14 points for the winning side. Rytis Pipiras (203-F-95) responded with 9 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Deividas Kumelis (188-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) chipped in 8 points each in the loss.

IJT Crvena Zvezda: Brano Djukanovic 19, Dusan Ristic 15, Marko Guduric 14
IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Rytis Pipiras 9, Deividas Kumelis 8, Augustas Suliauskas 8



Euroleague NJIT: Crvena Zvezda upsets Lietuvos Rytas - by Simas

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd upset Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 73-54 in Day 3 of the 2012 Nike International Junior Tournament on Saturday. Thanks to the win, Zvezda finished Group A with a 2-1 record in the second spot, while Rytas lost all three games in the tournament and finished last with 0-3.
Both teams opened the game sloppy with Turnovers from both teams and the score was still 0-0 after 3 minutes of play. After that,it was a big first half for the Serbian team as they totally dominated Rytas on defense only allowing 11 and 10 points in the first 2 quarters. Lietuvos had problems breaking the defense and shot really poorly as they managed to score only 5 out of 19 in the paint. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) led Zvezda with 19 points while Dusan Ristic (211-C-95) had 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Rytas didnt had any player in double digits in scoring but had six players who scored seven points or more led by Rytis Pipiras (203-F-95) with 9 points. Ristic gave his team a 16-8 lead late in the first quarter, and Djukanovic and Vuk Jovanovic pushed it above the 10 point barrier before Ristic capped the first half with a big dunk and a 37-21 Zvezda lead. Jovanovic scored from the arc to make it a 22 point game early in the second half and marked Zvezda's dominance, enough for a second win in the competition.


Top Scorers:

Crvena Zvezda: Brano Djukanovic 19, Dusan Ristic 15, Marko Guduric (197-SG-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) 14.

Lietuvos Rytas: Rytis Pipiras 9, Deividas Kumelis (190-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) added 8 a piece.




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Black Star adds Schmit to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (Total League) added to their roster 22-year old guard Max Schmit (183-91). He was tested at Amicale (Total League), but left the team two months ago, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. But in 10 Total League games he recorded just 0.8ppg this season. The last season Schmit played also at Amicale. In 6 Total League games he averaged only 0.7ppg. His team made it to the Luxembourg final. Schmit represented Luxembourg at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0.7ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Black Star adds Schmit to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (Total League) added to their roster 22-year old guard Max Schmit (183-91). He was tested at Amicale (Total League), but left the team two months ago, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. But in 10 Total League games he recorded just 0.8ppg this season. The last season Schmit played also at Amicale. In 6 Total League games he averaged only 0.7ppg. His team made it to the Luxembourg final. Schmit represented Luxembourg at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0.7ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 18-4 
 2. Guaymas 16-6 
 3. Tijuana 10-10 
 4. Nogales 10-12 
 5. Navolato 10-12 
 6. Cananea 9-13 
 7. Obregon 8-12 
 8. Guasave 8-14 
 9. Los Mochis 7-13 

Regular Season: Round 24

May. 11: Hermosillo - Navolato 96-73
May. 11: Los Mochis - Nogales 92-88
May. 11: Guasave - Guaymas 87-103
May. 11: Cananea - Obregon 108-88

Regular Season: Round 25

May. 14: Guaymas - Los Mochis
May. 14: Nogales - Hermosillo
May. 14: Navolato - Cananea
May. 14: Obregon - Tijuana


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Cananea
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Monroe, Cananea24.8 
 2. Jones, Obregon24.7 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.4 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.1 
 5. Sperling, Obregon20.9 
 6. McCullough, Nogales20.2 
 7. Moss, Nogales19.7 
 8. Allen, Guaymas19.2 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana18.8 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Moss, Nogales10.4 
 2. Habel, Guaymas8.5 
 3. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 4. Jones, Obregon8.2 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 6. Selleaze, Navolato6.8 
 7. Strobbe, Nogales6.7 
 8. Spain, Hermosillo6.6 
 9. McCullough, Nogales6.5 
 10. Frederick, Guasave6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.6.8 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 4. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas4.6 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana4.5 
 7. Medina, Tijuana4.3 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.2.0 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 3. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 4. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana1.3 
 7. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 8. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 9. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Moss, Nogales1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.6 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.6 
 4. Monroe, Cananea1.1 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.1 
 6. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 9. Villanueva, Hermo.0.5 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.5 


Jones number one in Mexico for round 23 - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Obregon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Cananea (#7, 8-13) 117-112. Obregon is placed at 6th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Obregon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-11 record. Jones just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Kentucky State University star has very solid stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.0ppg. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 62.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea. Monroe had a very good evening with 39 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Cananea lost that game 112-117 to slightly higher-ranked Obregon (#6, 8-11). This loss caused Cananea to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Monroe is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.2ppg (#2). He also registered 6.4 boards per game. Former Newberry College star Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of league's second-best Guaymas. Allen got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and five assists. Despite Allen's great performance Guaymas lost 92-101 to the lower-ranked Guasave (#8, 8-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guaymas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Allen has a great season in Mexico. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (8th best) and assists with 6.4apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Cananea - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tyrone McNeal (213-C) of Los Mochis - 17 points and 14 rebounds
7. Cheyne Gadson (192-G/F-80) of Nogales - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Eniel Polynice (195-G-88) of Guasave - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Guasave - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Guaymas - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



CIBACOPA Round 24: Last-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis beat Fuerza Guinda Nogales - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales 92-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-18. But Fuerza Guinda Nogales won second period 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros Los Mochis made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds. Pioneros Los Mochis' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains ninth position with 7-13 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (10-12) 96-73. It was a good game for American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 assists. Jorge Camacho contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Froilan Verdugo (-79) replied with 25 points and 5 steals for Garra Canera de Navolato. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rayos de Hermosillo (18-4) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) on the road in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (16-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-14). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Frayles de Guasave 103-87 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Shannon Shorter who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Jesus Leyva with 18 points. Frayles de Guasave's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
The game in Cananea supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-13). Mineros de Cananea did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 108-88. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by Sammy Monroe who scored that evening 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to sixth place. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Tijuana Zonkeys.



Guasave - Guaymas 87-103

The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (16-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-14). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Frayles de Guasave 103-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave managed to win third quarter 33-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 48. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 43-27 including a 37-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Frayles de Guasave's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) who added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Jesus Leyva with 18 points and the former international guard Pedro Meza Rogel (186-85, college: Arizona W. CC) scored 19 points. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas and five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: S.Shorter 32+8reb+5ast, J.Habel 21+11reb+2ast, M.Allen 16+9reb+13ast, F.Benitez 12+4reb+2ast, D.Barojas 9+4reb+1ast, A.Zarco 6+5reb
Guasave: P.Meza Rogel 19+3reb+2ast, J.Leyva 18+4reb+3ast, F.Harris 12+1reb+4ast, V.Buelna 11+2reb+1ast, E.Polynice 11+9reb+1ast, E.Frederick 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 234945


Los Mochis - Nogales 92-88

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales 92-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-18. But Fuerza Guinda Nogales won second period 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros Los Mochis made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pioneros Los Mochis' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Brandon Heredia (180-85, college: Lon Morris JC) added 15 points and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains ninth position with 7-13 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Stallings 23+1reb+12ast, J.Sandoval 21+7reb+2ast, D.Pearson 20+12reb, T.McNeal 12+13reb, C.Toussaint 4+1reb+5ast, D.Onofre 3+2reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 21+8reb+2ast, C.Gadson 18+1reb+2ast, B.Heredia 15+3reb+8ast, R.Moss 12+5reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 9+9reb+2ast, C.Estrada 5+4ast
gschID: 234944


Hermosillo - Navolato 96-73

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (10-12) 96-73. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Garra Canera de Navolato's 36. They outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 46-25 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 assists. Forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Froilan Verdugo (-79) replied with 25 points and 5 steals and American center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rayos de Hermosillo (18-4) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) on the road in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: K.Spain 17+3reb+4ast, J.Camacho 16+7reb, P.Sanders 12+2reb, J.Lopez 10+4reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 9+9reb+1ast, S.Monreal 8+7reb+5ast
Navolato: F.Verdugo 25+1reb+3ast, A.Villalobos 9+1reb+4ast, J.Insunza 8+1reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 8+2reb, J.Angel Reatiga 6+1reb+1ast, B.Toombs 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 234943


Cananea - Obregon 108-88

The game in Cananea supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-13). Mineros de Cananea did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 108-88. The game without a history. Mineros de Cananea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's 40 and made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Mineros de Cananea players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) who scored that evening 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 blocks and swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) supported him with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 27 points and 9 rebounds by guard Brandon Sperling (196-90, college: Humboldt St.) did not help to save the game for Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon. Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) added 20 points and 5 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to sixth place. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Tijuana Zonkeys.
Top scorers:
Cananea: S.Monroe 37+5reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 19+9reb+5ast, G.Giron 19+3reb+6ast, D.Williams 14+4ast, A.Mojardin 4, K.Arias 4
Obregon: B.Sperling 27+9reb+2ast, K.Jones 20+5reb+1ast, L.Davis 16+2reb+5ast, R.Navarro 7+2reb, J.Salcedo 7+1reb, L.Pulido 5+2reb+8ast
gschID: 234942



CIBACOPA Round 23: Ostioneros de Guaymas are defeated by Frayles de Guasave - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-6) and eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-13) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Frayles de Guasave in a tough game in Guasave 92-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-101 at the end of the game. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Ostioneros de Guaymas' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. Frayles de Guasave's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Frayles de Guasave is again looking forward to face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hermosillo. First ranked host Rayos de Hermosillo (17-4) defeated 3rd placed Garra Canera de Navolato (10-11) 81-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Garra Canera de Navolato. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Emmanuel Little accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#5) at home in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (6-13) were outscored at home by fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (10-11) with the biggest margin this round 86-70 on Friday night. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was O'Louis McCullough who scored 32 points and 7 rebounds. Tyrone McNeal produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 23 Obregon won against Cananea on the opponent's court 117-112.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Sammy Monroe of Cananea.


Guasave - Guaymas 101-92

The game between second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-6) and eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-13) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Frayles de Guasave in a tough game in Guasave 92-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-101 at the end of the game. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Ostioneros de Guaymas' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Frayles de Guasave is again looking forward to face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: M.Allen 32+10reb+5ast, S.Shorter 25+9reb+5ast, F.Benitez 12+7reb, D.Barojas 5+1reb+1ast, V.Avila 4+2reb+2ast, C.Soto 4+1reb
Guasave: E.Frederick 28+4reb+3ast, E.Polynice 22+6reb+2ast, J.Farrera 14+6reb+1ast, J.Leyva 12+3reb+8ast, F.Harris 9+3reb+5ast, V.Buelna 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 234941


Los Mochis - Nogales 70-86

9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (6-13) were outscored at home by fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (10-11) with the biggest margin this round 86-70 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Pioneros Los Mochis managed to win second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Guinda Nogales shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who scored 32 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. Center Tyrone McNeal (213) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) added 8 points, 12 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: T.McNeal 17+14reb+1ast, D.Onofre 9+2ast, C.Toussaint 8, J.Sandoval 8+4reb+4ast, N.Stallings 8+1reb+12ast, J.Quintero 7+4reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 32+7reb+2ast, R.Moss 15+6reb+1ast, C.Gadson 13+6reb+13ast, J.Durazo 8+2reb, B.Heredia 7+6reb+3ast, J.Mercado 4
gschID: 234940


Hermosillo - Navolato 81-68

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hermosillo. First ranked host Rayos de Hermosillo (17-4) defeated 3rd placed Garra Canera de Navolato (10-11) 81-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Garra Canera de Navolato. Garra Canera de Navolato was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 49-31 second half run of Rayos de Hermosillo. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 36-23 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Adrian Villalobos (183) added 15 points respectively for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#5) at home in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Elliott 20+5reb+3ast, A.Villalobos 15+1reb+2ast, R.Selleaze 12+5reb, B.Toombs 8+4reb, J.Quintero 7+1ast, J.Insunza 5+5reb+4ast
Hermosillo: J.Lopez 21+8reb, E.Little 15+6reb+1ast, P.Sanders 13+4reb, J.Villanueva 9+10reb, J.Camacho 8+3reb+2ast, S.Monreal 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 234939


Cananea - Obregon 112-117

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Mineros de Cananea (8-13) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-11) 117-112 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 32-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon shot 61.8 percent from the field and made 37-of-45 free shots (82.2 percent) during the game, while Mineros de Cananea only scored nineteen points from the stripe. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 70.6 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 35 points (!!!). Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) produced 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) added 28 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to sixth place. Mineros de Cananea lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Guasave. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cananea: S.Monroe 39+6reb+4ast, R.Rougeau 28+4reb+4ast, D.Williams 20+2reb+1ast, G.Giron 12+2reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 3+1ast, J.Verdugo 3+2reb+1ast
Obregon: L.Davis 35+2reb, K.Jones 31+10reb+2ast, B.Sperling 22+2reb, R.Navarro 9+1reb+4ast, H.Carrillo 8+3reb+2ast, M.Caballero 6+1reb
gschID: 234938



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EBL Finals 2013: Buducnost leads 1-0 after a tied game in Podgorica - by Darko Pekic

The first game of Erste Basketball League finals was finished tonight in Podgorica and Buducnost secured first home win (75-68). Although the final score could give a wrong idea about the game, the truth is that the game was very tied and that Sutjeska's players really fought hard and were very close to surprise Buducnost tonight. But it did not happen and they will have a chance to make the third surprise of the season (after the National Cup win and Superleague win) against Buducnost in Niksic, on next Tuesday. Buducnost started the game well, got a +10 lead and everybody thought it would be another easy home win. However, Sutjeska's players did not give up and made a 15 points run in the 2nd quarter to take the lead at the halftime! The third quarted was also tied and both teams had foul troubles, especially the big men. In the last quarter Buducnost was able to hit some important triples and decide the game few minutes before the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) led Buducnost in scoring with 17 points while Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) added 14 points. Sutjeska's leader Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) missed many three point shots but he was able to score 14 points anyway. Big men Marko Perovic (203-C-92) and Radoje Vujosevic (209-C-89, agency: Interperformances) scored scored 12 points each and played well under the boards.


EBL Play-Offs 2013: Buducnost and Sutjeska in the Finals - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost and Sutjeska will meet again in the Finals! Thats the verdict after tonights games played in Tivat and Ulcinj. Both away teams won and qualified for the Finals where at least three interesting games will happen. Hopefully more of them..

Buducnost had no problems against Ulcinj and qualified easily for the Finals (104-68). The game was tied in the first quarter and Ulcinj's players showed some signs of hard defense and good ofense. But everything turned around before the halftime as Buducnost started making open shots and Ulcinj started playing playground basketball. By the halftime the game was over and both teams were just focused on finishing the formality in the second half. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) led his team with 19 points but he was followed by Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) who scored most of his 18 points in the first half, in the crucial moments of the game. Ulcinj counted on Sekula Jovanovic (202-F-88) who played well under the basket and scored 17 points.

Teodo and Sutjeska played another tied game which finished 60-59 for the guests.Teodo played well most of the game and had +11 after the end of third quarter but something unexpected happened to the boys from Tivat and they were not able to keep the lead and take the series back to Niksic! Young Sutjeska's guys won an important game which will serve them as confidence boost for the Finals against Buducnost. Sutjeska distributed its points well and the top scorer was Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) with only 12 points. On the other hands, Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) dominated again under the basket (17 points and 10 rebounds) and he was followed by Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) who scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds, but it was not enough to beat Sutjeska tonight knowing that Slobodan Savovic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija )'s guards scored only 25 points combined. It was the key of Sutjeska's success in Tivat.



MNE1A Play-Off , Final Round 1. : First win for Buducnost - by Dragan Scepanovic

BUDUCNOST Voli Podgorica - SUTJESKA Niksic 75-68 (27:20, 11:22, 21:14, 16:12)
Podgorica. SC ,,Moraca. Spect: 400. Reff: Sutulovic, Dragojevic (Podgorica) and R. Vojinovic (Niksic).
For 2 point : Buducnost 56% (27-15), Sutjeska 57% (30-17).
For 3 point : Buducnost 44% (25-11), Sutjeska 21% (19-4).
For 1 point : Buducnost 63% (12-12), Sutjeska 81% (27-22).
Reb. : Buducnost 31 (23+8), Sutjeska 24 (20+4).
Asis.: Buducnost 15 , Sutjeska 12.
Still ball: Buducnost 5 , Sutjeska 5.
Lose ball: Buducnost 7 , Sutjeska 6.

BUDUCNOST VOLI : Mihailovic 1, Marko Popovic 3, Jelenic , Mugosa 4, Lee 6 , Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) 12, Bunic 6 , Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) 17, Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) 12, Nikolic, Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) 14
SUTJESKA : Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 14, Vusovic , Pejovic 2, Lalic 2, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 2, Radoje Vujosevic (209-C-89, agency: Interperformances) 12, Vujacic 9, Kuveljic , Marko Perovic (203-C-92) 12, Djurovic 7 , Agramovic , Miceta 8



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Standings - Men

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. RSB Berkane 7-1 
 2. CRA Hoceima 6-2 
 3. MCO 4-4 
 4. MAF Fes 3-5 
 5. RST Tanger 0-8 
Group B
 1. WAC 8-0 
 2. ASS Sale 6-2 
 3. PCS Plazza C. 3-4 
 4. FUS Rabat 2-5 
 5. CMC 0-8 

Play-Offs: Round 1

May. 11: FUS Rabat - CRA Hoceima 87-97
May. 11: MAF Fes - ASS Sale 79-82
May. 11: PCS Plazza C. - RSB Berkane 78-80
May. 11: MCO - WAC 64-70

Play-Offs: Round 2

May. 15: RSB Berkane - MAF Fes
May. 15: ASS Sale - PCS Plazza C.
May. 15: WAC - FUS Rabat
May. 15: CRA Hoceima - MCO



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.6 
 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. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Randolph, Memph.10.9 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.2 
 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. Parker, San A.7.4 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. 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. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


The Moral of this Story - by Tim Shea

"Broken cutters, broken saws, broken buckles, broken laws. Broken bodies, broken bones, broken voices on broken phones. Take a deep breath, feel like you're chokin', everything is broken".
Bob Dylan

... The above prose speaks to the following NBA clubs: The Cavs, Bobcats, Pistons, 76ers, Bucks, and Nets who have all recently broken off their relationships with their Head Coaches... and in some cases more than once in the past six months. Needless to say coaches do get fired as it goes with the territory and its not unusual. Nevertheless, every other day there's another coach, either in the NBA or NCAA, who bit the dust. There's a firing frenzy afoot. Can you say virulent virus?

This detail from a Philadelphia news article:
"According to team sources, some of the players became frustrated with Doug Collins' old-school ways or, as one Sixer said, his "tendency to be overbearing".
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20130503_76ers_set_sights_on_new_head_coach.html

Now I don't assume to lecture or give advice to anybody, particularly coaching colleagues. Yet sometimes we all struggle to see the simplest of things, maybe misplacing an obvious certainty and subsequently destroying instead of creating. Conversely, a coach may fail due to "over-doing it". It does seem that we live in a world where "overkill" is king.

"Things are never as simple as they seem, even the rising and setting of the sun has its intricacies".
Unknown

The game in itself is simple and most attempts to complicate will usually come crashing down.
So as my American guys like to say:
Here's the deal.
In all sports there is one common denominator. Its called winning. Its the goal. It is what separates. It is what defines. Its whats sought after yet what few achieve.
Assuming that all coaches know their X's and O's then the issue becomes; What separates the winning coach from the others, the successful coach from his opponents?
First and foremost a coach is a leader and a collaborator. Below are some easy to forget and easy to remember reminders that I hope are helpful. If they help just one coach to be better at what he does, then it has been worth the time.

+ To begin every coach must always keep in mind a crucial, and very important fact (and its not related to the chicken or the egg question)... it relates more to humility and not forgetting that, Without Players There Are No Coaches. If and when a coach begins to think that he is more important than, or above his players, he is destined for a setback.
+ A coach must be able to adjust his methods to the talent and particular characteristics of the players that he has at his disposition. He does not imitate others, nor does he try to force the talent at hand to engage in his favorite playing style.
+ A coach is capable of convincing his players that what they are doing is their best chance for success so they are all on the same page. In essence, they buy-in to what they are doing.
+ The successful coach is able to learn from his players both individually and collectively.
** Coaches often talk about how and what they have learned from other coaches. I have mine in B. Knight, Dean Smith and Dan Peterson to name a few. And just as important were: Walter Berry of St. Johns; Andre Turner of Memphis ST.and Carlos Lisbon of Portugal via Mozambique (and too many others to fit here). Just recently the entire Nigerian National Team re-taught me the importance of Patience as a Virtue. My point is to stop, look and listen, be aware every day, every game and every practice of players' ploys such as the use of the butt in the lane, a shot fake or a simple spin move. It may help you become better at your job.
+ "La Mano Sinistra". An (amusing) Italian term which translates to The Left Hand and relates to mastering the ability of confronting situations indirectly. What Americans may call finesse, it refers more to the coaches psychological disposition regarding his interactions with players, while it implies the opposite of tackling any team/ player situation head-on and creating a confrontation. A wise coach learns how to use it and keeps it in mind. An NBA example is Mike D'Antoni of the LA'kers.
+ All coaches must appreciate the profound and pronounced differences between ROOKIES AND VETERANS and in the Coaches case here in Europe the diversity of international customs and cultures.
+ Finally, a smart coach is able to appreciate and react to the differences between pro players and amateur players (or here in Europe to youth programs) as it is fundamental to success. Pro players are their own bosses. Amateurs (NCAA) and European youth program players are not. A coach must adjust his "game" to fit each of their needs.
+ There are many other things but these will suffice for the present. Thanks for reading.

"The moral of this story the moral of this song is simply that one should never be where one does not belong, so if you see your neighbor carrying something, help him with his load and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road".
Bob Dylan



Pacers and Grizzlies surge ahead in the series - by Eurobasket News

Indiana P. - New York K. 82-71
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) spent most of the season being the fourth scoring option behind Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.), David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) and George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI). Hibbert was fine with that. His mind was strictly on the defensive end. 'As long as I'm defending and rebounding, I'm OK with that,' Hibbert said repeatedly during the season. The Pacers needed Hibbert's offense on Saturday in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series against the New York Knicks. They actually needed it badly since the team's top three scoring threats all struggled from the field. Hibbert was glad to step up and help his teammates out on this night, and he did it against a center that has routinely given him problems in the past. Hibbert had the best offensive playoff performance of his career - 24 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes - to help the Pacers beat the Knicks 82-71 in front of a sellout crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is at the fieldhouse on Tuesday. 'I think this is his best playoff game ever,' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. 'He's just oozing with confidence. Everybody wanted to sort of kick him while he was down earlier in the season when he wasn't playing well. He's playing extremely well on both ends of the court and that's what we need. 'We know he's going to dominate on the defensive end, and when he has the offensive production like he had tonight, we're pretty good.' Hibbert, who joked that it was the first time he did a postgame interview at the podium, started the day saying he planned to have a good game. He picked a good one. West was only 4-of-11 from the field, George was 4-of-17 and Hill finished the night 5-of-16. 'I wanted to be around the rim, tipping balls in, creating extra possessions, try to be aggressive,' Hibbert said. 'I work after practice every day on my hooks, left, right. Running with the left and the right. They were falling for me tonight. I was happy about that.' The Pacers entered the series with the frontcourt advantage over the Knicks, who start a small lineup with All-Star Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) playing power forward. But the Pacers have shied away from pounding the ball in to Hibbert and West in the post. That was evident by the fact that Hibbert only attempted seven shots in the Pacers' Game 2 loss. Hibbert took a game-high 18 shots on Saturday. The Pacers can dominate the Knicks' front line because West always exudes confidence. Now Hibbert is right there with him. 'The way these guys play, it's tough to get the ball in to the post and you can fall into the trap of overfeeding it,' Vogel said. 'That leads to high turnover nights. You have to take advantage of the opportunity and we were able to get it to him at times, still not enough to my liking, but he got a lot of stuff on pure effort on the offensive glass. Just a great effort by him all the way around.' When Hibbert wasn't scoring off hooks in the post, he was active around the basket, getting tip-ins while out-working Knicks center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82), a longtime nemesis. Hibbert finished with eight offensive rebounds, with his best one coming in the fourth quarter. After his tip-in gave the Pacers a 72-57 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Hibbert - all 7-2 of him - jogged down the court with a grin on his face that could light up the fieldhouse. He knew he was playing well and that his team was on its way to taking the lead in the series. 'He kind of had his way tonight; that has to change,' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. 'I thought he was the best player on the floor tonight.' Courtesy of: indystar.com

Memphis G. - Oklah.City T. 87-81
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) screamed at Lionel Hollins. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) screamed at the officials. Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) screamed at himself. No one will ever accuse the Grizzlies of being a quiet, understated team. They like to share their feelings. Hollins, the team's coach, prefers it that way. 'I've got a crazy, crazy bunch of competitive guys,' he said. All that emotion was on display Saturday in Memphis's 87-81 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series. Gasol scored 20 points and hit two key free throws as the Grizzlies took a 2-1 series lead at FedEx Forum. 'Grit-and-grind basketball,' Allen said, referring to the team's motto. 'It's not going to look pretty. But we're going to play hard and play for each other.' Allen, a high-energy wing, played solid defense on the Thunder's Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), who finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds but missed 8 of his last 11 shots. He also missed two free throws in the game's final minute. 'We have to embrace the tough times and get better from it,' Durant said. 'I believe in my teammates.' It was not the sharpest display of basketball, and perhaps that was to be expected in a hard-fought series. The teams had an extended break after Memphis's Game 2 win Tuesday in Oklahoma City, and it was a break that both needed. Thunder Coach Scott Brooks said he suspected that the Grizzlies watched game film 'over and over and over and over,' though Saturday's contest wound up being largely devoid of pristine ball movement and dead-eye shooting. The Grizzlies shot 40.5 percent from the field over all and just 28.6 percent from 3-point range. Oklahoma City was even worse, shooting 36.4 percent over all. Remove Durant's 9-of-19 effort, and his teammates combined to go 23 of 69. Durant kept the Thunder close for long stretches. Late in the first half, he made an end-to-end dunk, a 3-pointer and a runner. He looked determined to carry the team, probably because he had no choice in the absence of Russell Westbrook, who is out for the playoffs after knee surgery. Durant played almost 46 minutes. Brooks said the decision to play him so much was 'easy,' adding, 'He had plenty of rest in timeouts.' The effort must have taken a toll, though, especially against the relentless Allen, who also asserted himself at the other end, finishing with 14 points. 'When a guy takes the ball and has to score like that, it takes energy,' Hollins said of Durant. 'The more you make him work, that's the best you can do.' Despite falling behind by 7 midway through the fourth quarter, the Thunder worked themselves back into contention with transition baskets. A deep 3-pointer by Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, college: UALR) tied the score at 81-81. Gasol then showed some nimble work in the post, drawing a foul on Serge Ibaka and going to the line with 1 minute 3 seconds remaining. Gasol sank both free throws, and that was the difference. 'He's our anchor,' said Quincy Pondexter, who scored 9 points off the bench. 'We need him in there.' As for the vocal nature of his players, Hollins said it was the ultimate sign of a healthy team. 'That's part of competing,' he said. 'If they're not going at each other and challenging each other, then they're not very competitive.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com



Hawks pursuing Stan Van Gundy - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks are pursuing Stan Van Gundy for their head coach vacancy. Danny Ferry and Van Gundy have been in contact, but have yet to meet in person about the opportunity. The Hawks also plan on pursuing Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) and there is a growing belief that a reunion would be of interest. Sources say Van Gundy holds Ferry in high regard. The Hawks have not made a final decision on Larry Drew, but it is assumed he won't be back unless they are unable to secure a deal with any of their top targets.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 11: Southland S. - Waikato P. 98-79
May. 10: OceanaGold N. - Waikato P. 97-74
May. 7: Wellington S. - Hub Jets 96-112
May. 11: Nelson G. - Wellington S. 89-88 OT
May. 11: Taranaki MA - Hub Jets 74-94
May. 11: HBS Bank Hawks - Super City R. 118-73

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 17: Nelson G. - Waikato P.
May. 17: Southland S. - Taranaki MA
May. 18: OceanaGold N. - Taranaki MA
May. 19: Super City R. - HBS Bank Hawks
May. 19: OceanaGold N. - Southland S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.6 
 2. Atkinson, Waika.21.8 
 3. Pace, Nelson G.21.3 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.20.0 
 6. Gabriel, Taranaki.20.0 
 7. Greene, HBS B.19.2 
 8. Maxey, Nelson G.19.0 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.18.8 
 10. Braswell, Southla.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Atkinson, Waika.15.5 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.2 
 3. Conklin, Southland10.8 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.10.7 
 5. Maxey, Nelson G.8.7 
 6. Greene, HBS B.8.6 
 7. Boucher, Wellingt.8.4 
 8. Bailey, Super C.8.2 
 9. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.2 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.7.7 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets6.7 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.6 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.6.5 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.3 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.3 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.0 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.8 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 10. Frank, Wellington3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.4.4 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.5 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.3.2 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.8 
 6. Martin, Southlan.2.4 
 7. Allen, OceanaGo.2.3 
 8. Buck, Super City R.1.8 
 9. Ruscoe, Nelson G.1.8 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.3 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.8 
 3. Frank, Wellington2.1 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Dawson, Southlan.1.2 
 8. Greene, HBS B.1.2 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 
 10. Maxey, Nelson G.0.8 



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG18.6 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.2 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.4 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow6.9 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.8 
 3. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Fos Ouest5.3 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG4.9 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Robinson, PGE T.1.5 
 8. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.5 
 9. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 10. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 6. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 7. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.5 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.6 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.3 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno14.9 
 6. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 9. Wilczek, Start Lub.14.5 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.1 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.8.9 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.7 
 6. Hyzy, Slask W.7.4 
 7. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.3 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.2 
 9. Wyka, Polonia6.8 
 10. Luszczewski, Star.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Start Lublin
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wilczek, Start Lub.7.0 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.6.0 
 3. Grochowski, MKS D.6.0 
 4. Laczynski, MOSiR K.5.9 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Lewandowski, Astor.4.9 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.8 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pawel HYBIAK
  AZS P.
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.3 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 4. Grochowski, MKS D.2.0 
 5. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 6. Hyzy, Slask W.1.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 8. Flieger, Slask W.1.9 
 9. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 10. Zytko, P..1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.4 
 4. Gabinski, Slask W.1.1 
 5. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.1 
 6. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.1 
 7. Metelski, AZS P.1.1 
 8. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.1.0 
 10. Kukielka, Polonia0.8 


1Liga Round 3 of Finals. Slask Wroclaw take 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
MOSiR Krosno - Slask Wroclaw 85-93 OT

Slask Wroclaw rallied past MOSiR Krosno in overtime to surge ahead in the title series. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 8-point victory in overtime. Slask Wroclaw made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. MOSiR Krosno was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 assists. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Slask Wroclaw's coach Tomasz Jankowski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists and forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) scored 21 points. Five Slask Wroclaw and four MOSiR Krosno players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: K.Laczynski 21+1reb+11ast, W.Pisarczyk 21+2reb, D.Oczkowicz 14+4reb+2ast, M.Salamonik 12+10reb+1ast, D.Adamczewski 9+6reb+3ast, L.Paul 8+7reb
Slask Wroclaw: M.Flieger 18+4reb+5ast, K.Sulima 16+6reb+2ast, P.Kikowski 15+6reb, R.Hyzy 14+8reb+3ast, L.Diduszko 13+10reb+2ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 240486
3-4 Place
AZS Kutno - P.Cukier SIDEn 84-81

AZS Kutno clinch 1Liga Bronze after they edged P.Cukier SIDEn at home court. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AZS Kutno made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) helped adding 22 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) with 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Aleks Perka (201-87, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: J.Jarecki 24+4reb+2ast, A.Perka 16+8reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 13+3reb+3ast, L.Zytko 10+4reb+3ast, W.Barycz 7+2reb+2ast, S.Sikora 5+5ast
AZS Kutno: D.Brek 22+1reb+6ast, J.Dluski 18+9reb+2ast, W.Glabas 16+1reb+1ast, S.Rduch 11+3reb+6ast, K.Jakobczyk 7+2ast, M.Szwed 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 240487



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Balseiro, Academica16.4 
 7. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 8. Smith, CAB Madeira15.5 
 9. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
 10. Pinto, Galitos-Tl.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Hallman, Academica10.7 
 3. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense8.4 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
 10. Gomes, Benfica7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Fernandes, Acade.5.4 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.1 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Pires, Alges4.4 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Costa, CAB Madeira4.0 
 10. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.4 
 2. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 6. Hallman, Academica2.0 
 7. Balseiro, Academica1.9 
 8. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.9 
 10. Cunha, Vitoria SC1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 4. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 5. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 6. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 7. Evora, Benfica0.8 
 8. Holt, Alges0.7 
 9. Gentry, Benfica0.7 
 10. Cunha, Vitoria SC0.6 


LPB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Benfica advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense - Benfica 67-78

Benfica advanced into LPB Final after completing the sweep of Ovarense. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Benfica outrebounded Ovarense 35-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international Joao Gomes (201-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Spanish power forward Sergi Coll (204-82) with 16 points and the former international forward Miguel Miranda (205-78, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Benfica: J.Gomes 21+10reb, L.Dunn 13+8reb+4ast, T.Barroso 11+1reb+2ast, D.Carreira 8+2reb+4ast, C.Fonseca 7+3reb+2ast, C.Andrade 6+3reb+2ast
Ovarense: S.Coll 16+4reb+2ast, F.Neves 16+2ast, E.Correia de Sa 12, M.Miranda 8+7reb+6ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 5+2reb+5ast, C.Cordeiro 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240373


Academica - CAB Madeira 76-58

Academica surged ahead in the semifinal series versus CAB Madeira following a home success. It looked good early as CAB Madeira took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Academica had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and CAB Madeira was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-76. They outrebounded CAB Madeira 33-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Fernando Sousa (192-81) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Spanish power forward Jose Manuel Coego (204-78) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) added 15 points respectively for CAB Madeira in the defeat. Four CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. CAB Madeira's coach Joao Freitas rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Academica: A.Hallman 22+9reb, F.Sousa 14+4reb+4ast, M.Goncalves 11+6reb+1ast, J.Balseiro 8+2reb+2ast, S.Lukasiak 8+8reb, D.Simoes 7+2reb+6ast
CAB Madeira: J.Smith 15+3reb+3ast, J.Manuel Coego 15+6reb+1ast, J.Coelho 13+1reb, F.Lima 11+6reb+2ast, S.Jackson 2+3reb, J.Guerreiro 2
gschID: 240372



Proliga Round 1 of Finals. Oliveirense clinch first victory - by Eurobasket News

Maia Basket - Oliveirense 66-67

Oliveirense snatched a tough road win over Maia Basket to claim 1-0 lead in the Final. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Joao Reveles (187-80) chipped in 20 points. Guard Pedro Catarino (184-90) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and the former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: P.Catarino 18+8reb+8ast, N.Marcal 15+11reb+3ast, J.Diamantino 13+2reb, P.Tavares 11+4reb, P.Diamantino 6, A.Dara 3+5reb+6ast
Oliveirense: J.Reveles 20+3reb+2ast, N.Cortez 20+9reb+2ast, J.Abreu 12+1ast, A.Pereira 11+10reb, C.Resende 4+3reb, A.Carvalho 0
gschID: 240563



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Santurce 13-5 
 2. Ponce 12-6 
 3. Mayaguez 11-8 
 4. Guayama 10-7 
 5. Quebradillas 10-9 
 6. Humacao 9-9 
 7. Guaynabo 8-9 
 8. Arecibo 7-11 
 9. Bayamon 5-13 
 10. San German 5-13 

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 11: Mayaguez - Quebradillas 97-79
May. 11: Guaynabo - San German 92-87
May. 11: Humacao - Arecibo 80-74 OT

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 12: Bayamon - Guaynabo
May. 12: Guayama - Santurce
May. 13: Mayaguez - Ponce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Harris, Ponce21.4 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.6 
 4. Carmona, Humacao19.3 
 5. Gainous, Bayamon18.8 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon18.4 
 7. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 8. Vassallo, Arecibo17.1 
 9. Galindo, Santurce16.9 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 2. Ramos, Arecibo10.2 
 3. Phillip, San German9.6 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.8.6 
 5. Graterol, Arecibo8.6 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon8.4 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Scott, Humacao7.7 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.5 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 4. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 5. Coronado, Guayama4.2 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.4.0 
 7. Pagan, Santurce3.6 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Mojica, Bayamon3.5 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.1 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.4 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 6. Santiago, Ponce1.4 
 7. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 8. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 10. Liz, San German1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Penn, Humacao1.7 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.6 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 6. Mata, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Brock, Guayama1.0 
 9. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 


Diogu number one in Puerto Rico for week 19 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) had a great game in the last week for second-ranked Ponce, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 19.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Quebradillas (#4, 9-8) 90-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Ponce maintains the 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ponce will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. Diogu just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ike Diogu averages this season 20.5ppg and 10.5rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 29-year old former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao. Carmona had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Humacao lost that game 85-101 to the lower-ranked San German (#10, 5-12). Humacao managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Carmona is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#5). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American guard Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International) of Quebradillas (#4). Lisch showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last week. Despite Lisch's great performance Quebradillas lost 82-90 to #2 ranked Ponce. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Quebradillas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 8 lost games. The season just started for Lisch as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Ponce - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of San German - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) of Santurce - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Victor Liz (188-G/F-88) of San German - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of Santurce - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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



Lorenzo Mata gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

American-Mexican Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) had a very impressive game in the last week for Quebradillas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 20.
The 26-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Quebradillas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guayama (#3, 10-7) 90-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Quebradillas maintains the 4th position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebradillas will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. Mata just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lorenzo Mata averages this season 9.2ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 29-year old American guard Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Mayaguez. Pinnock impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Mayaguez to edge the lower-ranked Arecibo (#8, 7-10) by 2 points 74-72. Mayaguez's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pinnock is one of the most experienced players at Mayaguez and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was another Quebradillas' star - former international swingman David Huertas (195-G/F-87). Huertas showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the last week. He was another key player of Quebradillas, helping his team with a 90-78 win against #3 ranked Guayama in a game of the week. Quebradillas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Huertas has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) of Guayama - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Ponce - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Windi Graterol (204-C-86) of Arecibo - 9 points and 11 rebounds
8. Rick Apodaca (193-G-80) of Ponce - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Quebradillas - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Mayaguez - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Burtt, Avtodor21.4 
 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.14.6 
 8. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.2 
 9. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
 10. McGhee, Ural E.13.9 
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.7.4 
 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: 5.4
 1. Burtt, Avtodor5.4 
 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. Anisimov, Novosyb.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. Mateyunas, Ataman1.9 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 7. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 8. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 9. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 10. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr RINDIN
  Univ.Surgut
  (225-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.3 
 2. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 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. Oveshkov, Planeta.0.9 
 10. Komarov, TE.0.9 


Superleague Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinb. - Ataman 68-74 (1-1)

The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ataman made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Ural Ekaterinburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Ataman players scored in double figures. Ataman's coach Mikhail Karpenko used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Ataman: A.Mateyunas 17+6reb+5ast, P.Aleksandrov 12+4reb+4ast, D.Beliaev 12+1reb, P.Agapov 10+6reb, A.Nesterov 8+2reb+1ast, A.Kurtsevich 6+3reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: A.McGhee 13+7reb+1ast, C.Monroe 13+6reb+2ast, D.Arteshin 11+4reb+2ast, M.Tkachenko 8+2ast, A.Glazunov 7+5reb+6ast, D.Nikolaev 7+7reb
gschID: 241044


Univ.Surgut - Avtodor 76-69 (1-1)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Avtodor won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Universitet-Yugra forced 22 Avtodor turnovers. Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) notched 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Anton Ageev (192-84) supported him with 16 points. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 30 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) did not help to save the game for Avtodor. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: D.Hloponin 17+1reb+2ast, A.Ageev 16+1reb+3ast, L.Lekavicius 13+6reb+4ast, V.Shevel 11+2reb+2ast, I.Aleksandrov 9+2reb, A.Rindin 5+7reb+1ast
Avtodor: S.Burtt 30+2reb+2ast, H.Rollins 9+5reb+1ast, A.Pushkin 8+5reb+1ast, A.Lavnikov 7+3reb, A.Klimenko 6+3reb, S.Toropov 4+3reb
gschID: 241043



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  RWANDA   


Basketball National Team Plan Early Preps - by Eurobasket News

RWANDA Basketball Federation [Ferwaba] has named a strong 14-man team comprised of only local players to start preparations for this year's Afro-basket competition to be held in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital in August.
Head coach Moise Mutokambali told Times Sport that he has named the local team to hold early preparations before summoning professional players in late June.
"The team will be training twice a week until the league starts on June 1. From there, we will deal with club managers to find a way of availing time for the summoned players such that they can proceed with the national team preparations,"
"The aim for early preparations is to engage local based players in intensive training such that they can elevate their competition level before they are joined by professional players ahead of the Afrobasket competition," added Mutokambali.
The former assistant coach of a 14-man team comprising of four players from league champions Espoir namely; Artistide Mugabe, Olivier Muhizi, Pascal Rurangirwa and Placide Uwizeye.
Steven Hagumintwali who has been studying at Petit Seminaire Karubanda will be making his maiden appearance in the national team.
The rest of the players were picked from CSK, APR and KBC respectively.
Some of the professional players that Mutokambali will be looking up to include Hamza Ruhezamihigo, Kenneth Gasana, Bradley Cameron Curtis, Dan Rugamba, Isom Cedric, Brannon Darrius and Robert Thomson among others.
Mutokambali also noted that not all professional players will be summoned. "I can't say which professional player will make it to the final list since our selection criteria will be based on their performance and their availability for the championship," added Mutokambali who will be assisted by Jean Bahufite.
Rwanda is drawn in Group C alongside defending champions Tunisia, Morocco and debutants Burkina Faso in the African tournament.
Rwanda will open her campaign against Burkina Faso on August 21; face Morocco two days later before winding up her quest against Tunisia on August 25.
Rwanda, the only East African nation to ever play in the competition made a historic debut in 2007 in Angola where they finished 12th. This year, they will be making a fourth consecutive appearance in the tournament.
In the last edition held in 2011 in Madagascar, Rwanda finished 12th while her opponents Morocco finished in sixth position as Tunisia beat Angola 67-57 to lift the title before representing Africa at the London Olympics.
In January, Rwanda was granted passage to participate in the 2013 African Cup of Nations due to be held in August in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire by the Executive Committee of FIBA Africa following their performance at the Zone 5 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Tanzania, which Egypt won.
The men's team-ranked 67th in the world and 13th in Africa, reached the final only to be denied the title by mighty Egyptians following a 82-76 victory.
Zone V champions Egypt were drawn with hosts Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Algeria in Group A. Reigning champions Angola; Group C is comprised of last edition's runner-up Angola, Central Africa, Mozambique and Cape Verde while Group D consists of Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo and Mali respectively.
The Nations Cup tournament is also the qualifier for 2014 World Cup in Spain.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 11: Metalac - Sloboda Uzice 89-56
May. 11: Vojvodina - Partizan 85-100
May. 12: Crvena Zvezda - Konstantin
May. 12: Mega Vizura - Radnicki KG


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bakic, Metalac19.3 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 6. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina15.1 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Kljajevic, C Afric.13.8 
 10. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.9 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 6. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 7. Marelja, Sloga5.8 
 8. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.7 
 9. Miceta, Sutjeska5.7 
 10. Zekovic, Vojvodina5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.8 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 9. Velickovic, Konst.3.6 
 10. Boltic, Vojvodina3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.1 
 3. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Boltic, Vojvodina1.7 
 6. Covic, Vojvodina1.6 
 7. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 8. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
 9. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 10. Seferovic, Jagodi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.5 
 2. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 6. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 


NIJT London: Crvena Zvezda topple Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

IJT Crvena Zvezda - IJT Lietuvos Rytas 73:54

Crvena Zvezda grabbed the second win at the London stage of the Nike International Junior tournament. They prevailed against Lietuvos Rytas to improve at 2-1 record in the second spot in Group A. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) delivered 19 points for the winners. Lietuvos Rytas suffered the third loss in a row meanwhile.
Crvena Zvezda led 16:11 after ten minutes of action. They went on a 21:10 rally in the second frame to clear off. Lietuvos Rytas stopped the rot in the third period. The Baltic side poured in 19 points to cut the deficit at 14-point mark. But the Serbian youngsters capped the regulation on a 19:14 rally to seal the winning outcome at the end. Dusan Ristic (206-C-95) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 14 points for the winning side. Rytis Pipiras (203-F-95) responded with 9 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Deividas Kumelis (188-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) chipped in 8 points each in the loss.

IJT Crvena Zvezda: Brano Djukanovic 19, Dusan Ristic 15, Marko Guduric 14
IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Rytis Pipiras 9, Deividas Kumelis 8, Augustas Suliauskas 8



100 points for Partizan mt:s win in Novi Sad - by Igor Obradovic

Partizan mt:s easily beat Vojvodina Srbijagas in Novi Sad with the score 85:100 (14:33, 28:27, 21:15, 22:25).

From the very start of the match Partizan went extremely aggressive and very good in offense. In the first quarter they reached 33 points while on the half time they had 60 points by their name on scoreboard.
At no point Vojvodina was able to take the lead in this game and the only thing they managed to do in this game is to reduce Partizan lead to decent -15 points, with the difference that the end game, as Partizan even had the advantage of 21 points at the end of the match and 23-point lead was the middle of the game.

Best in home team was Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) with 18pts, 2rbd, 1ast, Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) 15pts, 6rbd, Filip Covic (178-PG-89, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 1rbd, 4ast.
In away and winning team best was Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) with 15pts, 5rbd, 3 steals, Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) 14pts, 2rbd, 1ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) 15pts, 2rbd, 2steals, Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) 12pts, 4rbd, 1steal, 1ast, Davis Bertans (210-SF-92) 15pts, 2rbd, 5ast and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) 11pts, 3rbd.

After this match Partizan mt:s have 8 wins and 2 loses while Vojvodina Srbijagas have 6 wins and 4 loses.

Another game was played today :

Metalac Valjevo - Sloboda Uzice 89:56



Aleksandar Marelja signs for Murcia - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian power forward Aleksandar Marelja (207-F/C-92) is new player of Murcia. Marelja came in Spain few weeks ago on tryout and satisfied criteria of Murcia management and coach. Aleksandar Marelja started career in Zemun, one season spent in Radnicki Kragujevac and last two seasons in KK Sloga Kraljevo. This season on 25 games Marelja average scored 12.1 points, 5.8 boards and 1.0 steal per game. Aleksandar Marelja was member of Serbian U20 National team.


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Extraliga Round 1 of Finals. Komarno off to perfect start - by Eurobasket News

Komarno - Inter Bratislava 99-77

Komarno got to a convincing start of the championship series. They knocked down Inter Bratislava at home court. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-77. Komarno outrebounded Inter Bratislava 35-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Komarno especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American forward Amin Stevens (198-90, college: Florida A&M) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 19 points. Five Komarno players scored in double figures. Komarno's coach Frantisek Ron felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international center Peter Sedmak (207-85) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) scored 21 points.
Top scorers:
Komarno: C.Lowe 19+2reb+3ast, M.Bilik 16+5reb+1ast, A.Stevens 14+10reb+3ast, K.Thompson 12+7reb, M.Kozlik 11+2reb, V.Simpson 10+3reb+5ast
Inter Bratislava: A.Tucker 21+1reb+2ast, P.Sedmak 17+6reb+6ast, R.Skibniewski 11+2reb+6ast, N.Delic 10+1reb, M.Garnett 8+1reb+2ast, R.Urland 4+1reb
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Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 28-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 25-7 
 3. FCB Regal 21-11 
 4. Valencia 20-12 
 5. Gescrap BB 19-13 
 6. CAI Zaragoza 19-13 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 18-14 
 8. Unicaja 17-15 
 9. Blusens M. 17-16 
 10. CB Canarias 16-16 
 11. FIATC Joventut 15-17 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 14-18 
 13. UCAM Murcia 12-20 
 14. Blancos de R. 12-21 
 15. Mad-Croc 11-21 
 16. Cajasol 11-21 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-24 
 18. Assignia M. 6-26 

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 11: Blancos de R. - Blusens M. 79-93
May. 12: UCAM Murcia - CB Canarias
May. 12: Mad-Croc - CAI Zaragoza
May. 12: Assignia M. - Cajasol
May. 12: Gescrap BB - Valencia
May. 12: Caja Laboral - Asefa Estudian.
May. 12: Unicaja - G.Canaria 2014


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc16.2 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.8 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.5 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 8. Toolson, G.Canari.13.8 
 9. Nelson, G.Canari.13.6 
 10. Nocioni, Caja Lab.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Martin, Blancos7.0 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.6 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.3 
 5. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.2 
 6. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 7. Kurz, Mad-Croc5.9 
 8. Mainoldi, Mad-Croc5.9 
 9. Kuzmic, FIATC J.5.9 
 10. Lewis, UCAM M.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 7. Huertas, FCB Regal3.8 
 8. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.6 
 9. Markovic, Valencia3.6 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.1 
 2. Finley, Lagun A.1.7 
 3. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.7 
 4. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 5. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 7. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 8. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 9. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.6 
 2. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 3. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.3 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 7. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 8. Barnes, Asefa E.1.1 
 9. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


NIJT London: Joventut edge Team China to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

IJT Joventut - IJT Team China 75:62

Joventut Badalona registered the third straight win at the Nike International Junior tournament in London. They beat Team China today to advance into Final. Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Team China slipped at 1-2 record in Group A.
The Asian youngsters jumped to an early lead. They built a 17:15 advantage after ten minutes. But Joventut turned things around in the second quarter. The Spaniards went on a massive 25:13 rally to secure a 40:30 lead. Team China stayed aggressive throughout the third term but they managed to get only within 9 points 49:58 at the final intermission. Joventut adjusted defensively in the fourth term and kept their opponents at bay till the final buzzer. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) chipped in 19 points, while Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) added 16 points for the winners. Li Jinglong (195-F-95) responded with 14 points for Team China. Wu Qian (190-G-94) provided 9 points in the loss.

IJT Joventut: Jose Nogues 21, Agusti Sans 19, Alberto Abalde 16
IJT Team China: Li Jinglong 14, Wu Qian 9



UCAM Murcia tab Aleksandar Marelja - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Aleksandar Marelja (207-F/C-92). The Serbian young talent will join the Spanish team next season. Aleksandar Marelja spent the last two seasons with KK Sloga. He notched 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds per game last season. The centre was the member of the Serbian U20 National Team in 2012.


The Moral of this Story - by Tim Shea

"Broken cutters, broken saws, broken buckles, broken laws. Broken bodies, broken bones, broken voices on broken phones. Take a deep breath, feel like you're chokin', everything is broken".
Bob Dylan

The above prose speaks to the following NBA clubs: The Cavs, Bobcats, Pistons, 76ers, Bucks, and Nets who have all recently broken off their relationships with their Head Coaches... and in some cases more than once in the past six months. Needless to say coaches do get fired as it goes with the territory and its not unusual. Nevertheless, every other day there's another coach, either in the NBA or NCAA, who bit the dust. There's a firing frenzy afoot. Can you say virulent virus?

This detail from a Philadelphia news article:
"According to team sources, some of the players became frustrated with Doug Collins' old-school ways or, as one Sixer said, his "tendency to be overbearing".
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20130503_76ers_set_sights_on_new_head_coach.html

Now I don't assume to lecture or give advice to anybody, particularly coaching colleagues. Yet sometimes we all struggle to see the simplest of things, maybe misplacing an obvious certainty and subsequently destroying instead of creating. Conversely, a coach may fail due to "over-doing it". It does seem that we live in a world where "overkill" is king.

"Things are never as simple as they seem, even the rising and setting of the sun has its intricacies".
Unknown

The game in itself is simple and most attempts to complicate will usually come crashing down.
So as my American guys like to say:
Here's the deal.
In all sports there is one common denominator. Its called winning. Its the goal. It is what separates. It is what defines. Its whats sought after yet what few achieve.
Assuming that all coaches know their X's and O's then the issue becomes; What separates the winning coach from the others, the successful coach from his opponents?
First and foremost a coach is a leader and a collaborator. Below are some easy to forget and easy to remember reminders that I hope are helpful. If they help just one coach to be better at what he does, then it has been worth the time.

+ To begin every coach must always keep in mind a crucial, and very important fact (and its not related to the chicken or the egg question)... it relates more to humility and not forgetting that, Without Players There Are No Coaches. If and when a coach begins to think that he is more important than, or above his players, he is destined for a setback.
+ A coach must be able to adjust his methods to the talent and particular characteristics of the players that he has at his disposition. He does not imitate others, nor does he try to force the talent at hand to engage in his favorite playing style.
+ A coach is capable of convincing his players that what they are doing is their best chance for success so they are all on the same page. In essence, they buy-in to what they are doing.
+ The successful coach is able to learn from his players both individually and collectively.
** Coaches often talk about how and what they have learned from other coaches. I have mine in B. Knight, Dean Smith and Dan Peterson to name a few. And just as important were: Walter Berry of St. Johns; Andre Turner of Memphis ST.and Carlos Lisbon of Portugal via Mozambique (and too many others to fit here). Just recently the entire Nigerian National Team re-taught me the importance of Patience as a Virtue. My point is to stop, look and listen, be aware every day, every game and every practice of players' ploys such as the use of the butt in the lane, a shot fake or a simple spin move. It may help you become better at your job.
+ "La Mano Sinistra". An (amusing) Italian term which translates to The Left Hand and relates to mastering the ability of confronting situations indirectly. What Americans may call finesse, it refers more to the coaches psychological disposition regarding his interactions with players, while it implies the opposite of tackling any team/ player situation head-on and creating a confrontation. A wise coach learns how to use it and keeps it in mind. An NBA example is Mike D'Antoni of the LA'kers.
+ All coaches must appreciate the profound and pronounced differences between ROOKIES AND VETERANS and in the Coaches case here in Europe the diversity of international customs and cultures.
+ Finally, a smart coach is able to appreciate and react to the differences between pro players and amateur players (or here in Europe to youth programs) as it is fundamental to success. Pro players are their own bosses. Amateurs (NCAA) and European youth program players are not. A coach must adjust his "game" to fit each of their needs.
+ There are many other things but these will suffice for the present. Thanks for reading.

"The moral of this story the moral of this song is simply that one should never be where one does not belong, so if you see your neighbor carrying something, help him with his load and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road".
Bob Dylan



Euroleague NJIT: Joventut Badalone qualifies for the Final - by Simas

FIATC Joventut Badalona qualifies for the Final of the NIJT by beating China JNT with the score of 75-62.
In the first game of the day, FIATC Joventut Badalona managed to win against the China JNT by showing all around team play and effort. The game opened up good for both teams as it was a close game through the 1st quarter which ended up in China favor 17-15. Team China was getting points in the point by attacking the rim hard, but Joventut was also showing tremendous flow on offense with high efficiency and ball movement. In the second quarter, Joventut got 10 points lead on the wings of Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) who checked in the game and managed to hit a number of jumpers that got him 9 points on his name. The teams went in the half with Joventut leading 40-30.
China was trying to get back in the game again with quick offensive runs. Jiang Kai (190-G-94) showed his talent and China managed to win the 3rd quarter 19-18 but Joventut was still in control with Alberto Abalde, Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) and Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) showing offensive clinic. Also, Edgar Gonzalez checked in the game for a little playing time after suffering a bad fall on the floor during yesterdays game.The game finished in favor of Joventut 75-62 with Agusti Sans finishing with impressive stats line of 19 pts 8 asst 7 rbs 2 stl and 2 blocks!

Top Scorers:

Team China: Li Jinglong (195-F-95) 14, Heng YiFeng (194-F-95), Jiang Kai, Xu Yufeng (186-G-96), Wu Qian (190-G-94) added 9 each.

FIATC Joventut Badalona: Jose Nogues 21, Agusti Sans 19, Alberto Abalde 16.



Euroleague NJIT: Barcelona team joins Joventut for the Final game - by Simas

After Joventut who managed to win a place in the big final game earlier today, Regal FC Barcelona Regal is the second finalist in the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament following a 74-55 victory over INSEP Paris in Group B action. Regal FC Barcelona finished Group B with a perfect record of 3-0 while INSEP finished the tournament 1-2.
Regal FC Barcelona controlled the game from the gecko building an impressive 25-14 1st quarter lead. Although the offensive efficiency came down for Regal FC Barcelona at the 2nd Quarter (which INSEP won 14-13) they still managed to be solid on defense and finished the half up 38-28. Garcia and Draskovic were enigmas for INSEP as the duo managed to score 20 points in the half combined (Garcia 11 and Draskovic 9)Draskovic dominated the boards with 7 first half rebounds! INSEP players that tried to keep their team afloat were SMOCK with 8 first half points and INGLIS with 7.
INSEP opened up the second half strong and determined and that showed in offense where they managed to score 21 points and show some nice offensive flow again led by SMOCK and INGLIS. Regal FC Barcelona managed to dominate the 4th quarter with strong defense and kept INSEP at only 6 forth quarter points!
Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) led Regal FC Barcelona with 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, M. Draskovic added 19 points and 13 rebounds while Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) collected 16 points. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) topped the score sheet of INSEP with 15 points and 9 boards while Ywen Smock (203-F/C-96) scored 14 points.
BARCELONA will face JOVENTUT in the final and that will be a rematch of the LHospitalet NJIT qualifying tournament where in the semifinals game Joventut won 66-58.


Top Scorers:

Barcelona: Marc Garcia 21, Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) 19, Adria Cantenys 16.

INSEP: Damien Inglis 15, Ywen Smock 14.





NIJT London: FC Barcelona Regal joined Joventut for the Spanish Final - by Eurobasket News

IJT FC Barcelona Regal - IJT INSEP Paris 74:55

FC Barcelona Regal joined Joventut for the Spanish Final at the Nike International Junior tournament in London. They overcame IJT INSEP Paris 74:55 for 3-0 record. The Final game is scheduled for tomorrow.
FC Barcelona Regal was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions at the start of the clash. They won the first period 25-14 and had 10-point lead at the halftime. IJT INSEP Paris reduced to 57:49 with 10 minutes to go, bus scored only 6 points in the last quarter. Barcelona Regal erupted with 17 for the final 19-point victory.
Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) added 19. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) posted 16, while Xavier Moix (190-SG-95) brought 6. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Ywen Smock (203-C/F-96) had 14. YAO-DELON OLIVER and Paul Rigot (201-SF-95) followed them with 5 points apiece.

IJT FC Barcelona Regal: Marc Garcia 21, Milovan Draskovic 19, Adria Cantenys 16, Xavier Moix 6
IJT INSEP Paris: Damien Inglis 15, Ywen Smock 14, YAO-DELON OLIVER 5, Paul Rigot 5



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Rangers Beat Spiders At Unguja Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

RANGERS maintained their impressive performance at the ongoing Unguja Zone Basketball League, after thrashing Spiders 73-49 in a one sided encounter here on Tuesday evening.
The victors were irresistible from the word go, dominating the proceedings as their opponents kept chasing the shadows in a match played at the Maisara courts.It was the third consecutive victory for Rangers, who are still enjoying the driver's seat on six points from three matches and closely followed by Polisi on four points.
For Spiders it was a bitter pill to swallow because it was their third consecutive defeat in the league. Earlier, African Magic laboured to beat Mwembe Tanga 56-50 at the same venue.
The league was set to continue late in the evening yesterday with two matches on the card. African Magic had a date against Stone Town, while Polisi were set to confront Mbuyuni at the Maisara courts.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Mbuyuni Beat New Stars in Isles Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

THE Unguja Zone Basketball League continued to take shape here, when Mbuyuni sneaked out 56-53 winners against New Stars in a seesaw encounter at the Maisara courts on Monday evening.
Despite the defeat, New Stars proved a hard nut to crack, taking control of the first quarter to lead 19-18. Mbuyuni recovered in the second quarter in which they to outplayed, outfought and outthought their opponents.
They recorded 33-29 lead and they kept stretching their muscle to take a 48-32 lead at the third quarter. Struggling to bounce back after back to back defeats, Mbuyuni were irresistible in the final quarter to wrap up their hard fought victory.
In an early kick off, Nyuki thrashed JKU 50-42. The league continues today with a match to pit African Magic and Stone Town.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze record 15th straight win - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Thailand Slammers 76:69

The Petron Blaze extended their impressive winning streak to 15 games. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) nailed 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the league leaders past the Slammers at home court. The Blaze opened the game aggressively. They ensured a 22:12 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts kept the Slammers at distance throughout the second period. The Blaze registered a 38:27 halftime lead. The Blaze extended their lead in the third term. They dropped 23 points to secure a comfortable 19-point buffer heading into the final stanza. The Slammers though were not done just yet. The visitors poured in 27 points and nearly completed comeback. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) chipped in 10 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Blaze. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) added 9 points for the winners. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) responded with 30 points and 18 rebounds for the Slammers. Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, college: Houston) had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Pauliasi Taulava 15+12 boards, Justin Williams 10+14 boards, Leo Avenido 9
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 30+18 boards, Darrius Brannon 10+12 boards



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 6-0 
 2. Big Texas 4-0 
 3. Fayetteville C. 4-3 
 4. Wilmington SD 1-5 
 5. Bull City L. 0-1 
 6. Nighthawks 0-5 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 6-0 
 2. Greensboro C. 3-3 
 3. HoopForLyfe 3-3 
 4. Queen City E. 3-3 
 5. Carolina G. 1-7 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 11: Queen City E. - Carolina G. 136-105
May. 11: PT Players - Fayetteville C. 133-100
May. 11: HoopForLyfe - Johnston County 111-107
May. 11: Bull City L. - Cary Invasion 104-141
May. 12: Johnston County - Cary Invasion
May. 12: Wilmington SD - Big Texas



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Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 27-3 
 2. Banvit BK 25-5 
 3. Anadolu Efes 24-5 
 4. Fener.Ulker 24-6 
 5. Karsiyaka 21-7 
 6. Besiktas 19-11 
 7. TED Kolejliler 18-13 
 8. Tofas 12-17 
 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. 11: Tofas - Banvit BK 76-77
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


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