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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  San German
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, San German19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, Santurce17.6 
 5. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.7 
 6. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.9 
 8. Lytch, Bameso15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.8 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  San German
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, San German10.8 
 2. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.7.9 
 5. Battle, Lanus7.7 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
 10. Lewis, Marinos6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 6. Boccia, Lanus1.4 
 7. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 8. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 9. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 10. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Marinos1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Torres, Fluminense1.1 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Regat.1.1 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 8. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 
 9. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Macae0.8 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Chris Daniels claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Chris Daniels (200-PF-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Satria Muda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 17 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Saigon H. (#6, 3-16) 82-68. Satria Muda maintains the 2nd position in ASEAN League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 15-6 record. Daniels turned to be Satria Muda's top player in his first season with the team. University of Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Daniels is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 11.9rpg), assists (7th best: 3.0apg) and averages solid 1.9bpg,2.7spg and 50.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American power forward Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Thailand S.. Charles impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Thailand S. lost that game 69-76 to the higher-ranked Petron Blaze (#1, 18-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Thailand S. still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Charles is one of the most experienced players at Thailand S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#2). He also registered 14.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Thailand S.'s star - American Christien Charles (216-F/C-81). Charles scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Charles' great performance Thailand S. lost 61-78 to #1 ranked Petron Blaze. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Thailand S. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Charles could try to bring Thailand S.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Charles has individually a great season in ASEAN League. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.4rpg (2nd best). He also has 4.2bpg and FGP: 52.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Burtscher (198-F-85) of Petron Blaze - 16 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82) of Satria Muda - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
6. David Palmer (206-F/C-86) of Saigon H. - 18 points and 18 rebounds
7. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Petron Blaze - 10 points and 14 rebounds
8. Darrius Brannon (206-F-83) of Thailand S. - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) of Petron Blaze - 15 points and 12 rebounds
10. John Smith (188-G-86) of Satria Muda - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.3 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.6 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Richards, BC Vienna18.2 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 9. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.1 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.9 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.5 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna1.5 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 7. Boylan, BC Vienna1.3 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 9. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 10. Chaney, Oberwart1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Chappell, Klostern.0.7 
 8. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 9. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 5 of Semi-Finals. BC Vienna and Oberwart to clash for title - by Eurobasket News

BC Vienna - Kapfenberg 79-68

BC Vienna advanced into A Bundesliga Final after holding off Kapfenberg at home court. Kapfenberg Bulls were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of BC Vienna, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Kapfenberg Bulls were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. American swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: R.Richards 31+9reb+2ast, B.Danek 14+1reb+7ast, S.Ray 12+8reb+1ast, S.Stazic 10+4reb+2ast, F.Trmal 8+4reb, I.Boylan 4+7reb+4ast
Kapfenberg: Q.Pryor 20+6reb+1ast, M.Sanchez 16+6reb, J.Dean Shaw 13+3reb, G.Woods 7+4reb+2ast, D.Nelson 6+4reb+1ast, H.Opoku 4+4reb
gschID: 240933


Klosterneub. - Oberwart 64-69

Oberwart snatched a tough road win over Klosterneuburg to advance into Final. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 20 Xion Dukes turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who scored 20 points. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: S.Boxley 20+4reb+2ast, R.Chaney 14+7reb+2ast, J.Johnson 13+8reb, D.Hinson 9+1reb+1ast, D.Gant 4+3reb, H.Artner 3
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 16+5reb+1ast, C.Bobb 11+6reb, M.Lanegger 10+1reb+2ast, C.Nagler 8+5reb+3ast, D.Zeleznik 7+2reb+2ast, K.Payton 6+1reb
gschID: 240926



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  BELARUS   


Tsmoki-Minsk - Grodno 93 (game 2) 101-79 - by Valeryi Sobalevsky

Tsmoki-Minsk hosted Grodno 93 in Minsk. Tsmoki won previous game. They have got no problem in this game.
Tsmoki were in the lead after a half-game 54-31 and held an advantage.
in the last second of the game fans of Tsmoki chanted "we want 100points" and Tsmoki team did it!
Final score 101--79

tops scorers
Tsmoli-Minsk: Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) 17 pts +4 reb + 4 ast, Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) 13 pts + 6 reb + 2 ast, Trastinetski 13 pts + 4 reb +2 ast
Grodno-93 : Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) 17 pts + 9 reb +2blk, Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) 15 pts + 8 reb + 3 ast + 3 stl, Vyacheslau Korzh (192-PG-86) 13 pts + 3 reb + 5 ast + 4 stl



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 12: Antwerp - Liege 85-60
May. 11: Verviers-Pep. - M.Hainaut 72-78
May. 10: Spirou - Leuven 70-65
May. 11: Oostende - Aalstar 115-90

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 14: Aalstar - Antwerp
May. 15: M.Hainaut - Leuven


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, Liege16.5 
 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. Wright, Oostende5.9 
 9. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 10. Aleksandrov, Assi.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.0 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.2 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 5. Randle, Spirou3.9 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar3.7 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar3.6 
 8. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 9. Black, Antwerp3.5 
 10. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Green, Spirou1.8 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 10. Walsh, Brose Bask.1.5 
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. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Williamson, Liege0.6 
 10. Aska, Leuven0.6 


D3 Standings

Division III Standings
Group A
 1. Turuka 21-5 
 2. Soba 18-8 
 3. Ninane 17-9 
 4. Oxaco 17-9 
 5. BAVI 15-11 
 6. Ekeren 14-12 
 7. Willebroek 13-13 
 8. Neufchateau 12-14 
 9. Esneux 11-15 
 10. Pepinster 2 10-16 
 11. Lommel 9-17 
 12. United Woluwe 9-17 
 13. Loyers 8-18 
 14. Natoye 8-18 
Group B
 1. Wevelgem 19-7 
 2. Melsele 19-7 
 3. Aalst 19-7 
 4. Oostkamp 16-10 
 5. Falco Gent 15-11 
 6. Gistel 15-11 
 7. Ieper 14-12 
 8. De Pinte 12-14 
 9. Kortrijk 12-14 
 10. Lambusart 12-14 
 11. Knokke-Heist 10-16 
 12. Nivelles 9-17 
 13. Kain 8-18 
 14. Carnieres 2-20 


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.

Prospect of the Year in the Ethisas league was Oostende forward Jean Salumu (193-F-90), who also played in D2 for Oudenaarde.



Belgian Ethias League round 28 best performance: Matt Lojeski - by Eurobasket News

American guard Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Oostende, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Aalstar (#4, 17-11) with 25-point margin 115-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Oostende to consolidate first place in the Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oostende has a very solid 20-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Lojeski has many years of experience at Oostende, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Hawaii star has very solid stats this year. Lojeski is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.3ppg) and averages impressive 62.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Antwerp. Love had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Antwerp to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Liege (#7, 8-20) 85-60. Antwerp's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Love is a newcomer at Antwerp and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was U.S. Virgin Islands forward Ivan Aska (200-F-90) of Leuven (#6). Aska showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Aska's great performance Leuven lost 65-70 to the higher-ranked Spirou (#2, 19-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Leuven not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Aska could try to bring Leuven's a little bit higher in the standings. Aska has individually a great season in Belgium. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.1rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) of Aalstar - 28 points and 2 rebounds
5. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) of Oostende - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Oostende - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Aalstar - 21 points and 3 rebounds
9. Bryan Hopkins (183-PG-83) of Antwerp - 23 points and 4 rebounds
10. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83) of M.Hainaut - 12 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)



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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, Mladost16.6 
 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. Bijelic, Mladost5.9 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 6. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.2 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.0 
 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. Borovcanin, Radnik1.4 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 9. Milosevic, Mladost1.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik1.4 
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 


Division I Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Mladost 81-67 (1-0)

HKK Siroki WWin made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. HKK Siroki WWin outrebounded Mladost 45-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Mladost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Boris Barac (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. HKK Siroki WWin's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Damjan Stojkanovic (203-91) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Mladost. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: B.Barac 21+9reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 16+11reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 15+12reb+2ast, J.Jones 15+2reb+5ast, D.Bosnjak 6+1reb, K.Vragovic 4+2reb
Mladost: I.Bijelic 23+9reb, D.Knezevic 14+3reb+2ast, D.Stojkanovic 11+8reb+1ast, P.Ivanic 10+2reb+3ast, N.Milosevic 5+2reb+1ast, M.Kezic 4+3reb
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Igokea - Bosna 82-44 (1-0)

The game without a history. Igokea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna ASA BHT's 28. Igokea forced 23 Bosna ASA BHT turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Bosna ASA BHT's players. Forward Aleksandar Radukic (206-91) stepped up and scored 15 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners and Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) scored 13 points. 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:
Igokea: A.Radukic 15+3reb, Z.Kljestan 11+3reb+1ast, G.Gajovic 10+2reb+3ast, B.Jorovic 9+5reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 8+5reb+1ast, M.Dozet 7+2reb+5ast
Bosna: S.Demic 13+4reb+1ast, R.Rizvic 11+7reb+2ast, N.Buza 6+6reb+1ast, S.Leric 5+3reb+1ast, D.Hodzic 4+2reb, A.Demic 2+3reb
gschID: 240938



Tarik and Mak Krvavac win German U-16 championship - by Nedzad Kladusak

Bayer Leverkusen is the new German U-16 champion after a 64-54 vicotry against Trster Breitengrbach, the farm team of Bamberg.
Leverkusen has got two brothers Tarik Krvavac (186-PG-97) and Mak Krvavac (185-G/F-98) who have Bosnian roots.
Tarik, the elder brother added soem crucial points as Breitengrbach was about to change the tides of the game. He has a nice pull up jumper of the dribble and a good court vision.
Mak is barely 15 years old and impresses with his court vision and leadership.
Tarik has been on the shortlist of coach Halimic who invited him for the U16 tournament in Travnik.



KK SPARS STRUGGLES IN LONDON STILL PLACES TWO ON ALL NIJT TEAM! - by Chris Mathieu

KK SPARS STRUGGLES IN LONDON STILL PLACES TWO ON ALL NIJT TEAM!
KK SPARS struggled in London going 1-2 in the tournament but still placed two on the all NIJT team Doko Salic and Nedim Buza.

Spars came out strong beating Insep 76-57 in the first game setting high hopes the team could play in the final. The team was led by their big three of Aleksej Nikolic, Doko Salic and Nedim Buza. Nikolic almost had a triple double of 18pts 8rbs 9ass, Salic had 30pts and 15rbs and Buza had 17pts and 11rbs.

In game two Spars had a chance to win as the game came down to the wire in a loss to Barcelona Regal 49-53. Spars pulled within two 47-49 with 23 seconds remaining but couldnt close out the game and missed another shot and Regal scored to finish the game. The whole teams struggled but were led again by Nedim Buza who had 14pts and 12 rbs and Salic who had 12pts and 16rbs.

In the most shocking result Spars lost to England in the final game of the tournament 61-78. It appeared from the beginning England wanted the game more than the more talented team from Sarajevo and came out ready and took it from them. Nikolic had another strong game 25pts and Salic chipped in with 20pts and 10rbs.

The teams player recap from the tournament

PG) Aleksej Nikolic: You could easily make the argument that Nikolic outplayed his teammate Buza in the tournament and deserved first team selection as well. He averaged 15.7ppg 7rbs 4.7aspg. He turned over the ball too much but played almost every minute of every game because the team had few alternatives.
SG) Adi Zahiragic: Adi struggled to score and turned the ball over too much. After flashing some potential with the BiH U16 team a few years ago he has struggled since then.
C) Doko Salic: Doko averaged 19.3ppg and 13.7rbpg but shot only 41.7% from the field and 58.1 from the free throw line. He turned over the ball way too much averaging 6 turnovers per game. Dokos weakness in passing, ball handling and defense may keep him from ever reaching the top of his potential.
SF) Mahir Ferhatbegovic: A very limited player who struggled against a high level of competition. He struggled in scoring, passing and rebounding and shot selection.
PF) Nedim Buza: Averaged 12.3ppg 8.3rbpg and 1.7aspg but struggled at times. He is widely considered the top prospect of his generation and that may have contributed his selection to the all NIJT team.

Key reserves:
Atif Durak barely got into any games and struggled when he did going 1-7 from the field.

Faris Smajlovic played well off the bench for the team, surprising they didnt start him. He way outplayed Ferhatbegovic.
Alija Piric he barely played but is one of the best young center prospects in Europe.




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Troopers draw first blood in battle of league supremacy - by Peter Ubakar

In a game which has been building throughout the week, Troopers defeated Spartans 65-53. The game lived up to its billing as the battle of champions. Spartans who beat Troopers in last years finals and also lost twice to them during the season was looking forward to stamp their authority in the game. After the first quarter the game was tied at 21 as it became a game of defensive matchups and offensive efficiency. During the game there was constant lead changes taking place as both teams were hungry to win. During the last two minutes of the game Spartans made some defensive errors which led to Troopers captalising from that and taking the game.


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Standings

CBL Standings
 1. St.Louis H. 6-1 
 2. M.Tennessee S. 2-0 
 3. Dayton A.S. 1-1 
 4. Bowling Green H. 1-2 
 5. River City P. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 11: River City P. - St.Louis H. 84-96

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 18: St.Louis H. - M.Tennessee S.
May. 18: River City P. - Dayton A.S.
May. 19: M.Tennessee S. - Bowling Green H.


Hawks Beat Panthers-Stay in First - by John Guy

St. Louis Keeps River City Winless

PEORIA, Ill. Alex Jackson scored a season-high 24 points as the St. Louis Hawks held on to first place in the Central Basketball League with a 96-84 victory over the River City Panthers Saturday night at Peoria Academy.
Jackson's previous high of 19 points came against River City on April 26.
The Panthers were seeking their first win of the season as they led by one going into the final quarter, but were outscored 31-18 in the fourth.
In addition to Jackson's efforts, Lonell Johnson scored 18 points for the Hawks (5-1), while Craig Coenen netted 15.
Brandon Lee led River City (0-5) with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Mike Gills scored 15 points and Rocky Robinson pitched in with 14 points and eight boards.
The Hawks next play host to Middle Tennessee on Saturday (May 18), while the Panthers entertain Dayton.


Alex Jackson (6'6''-F-84, college: Mo.-St.Louis)



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Dimayor News: Taylor is back and foreign players for San Fernando - by Daniel Valencia

CD Universidad de Concepcion and CD Tinguiririca San Fernando signed their foreign players for the upcoming Dimayor season.

Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech) is back with CD Universidad de Concepcion. After winning last year's championship, Taylor is back with the team and will be the cornerstone in the search for a new championship.

CD Tinguiririca San Fernando signed the americans Eric Traimiel (201-F-88, college: N.Texas) and Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, college: Georgia). Tramiel has playing experience in Chile, when last year he was part of Catolica's roster. Jackson is a 25 year old center with playing experience in Uruguay, Argentina and Holland. Both players are alrrady with the team preparing for the start of the season.



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Philip Brooks 2nd Blog - by Phil Brooks

Hello World..1 more week left in Colombia basketball before the Final 4....Looks like Bambuqueros, Pirates, Once Caldas, and Buckaros right now....Academia and Aguilas are tryin to make a run at the end of the Tournament..Will be interesting.... I have 1more week of Rehab on my Groin and will be ready to decide where im playing next season...Email me at phlbrooks2121@gmail.com for any comments or questions.... Godbless



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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 9-11 
 6. Dubrovnik 3-17 
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. 12: Dubrovnik - Krizevci 83-102
May. 11: Zabok - Darda 81-71

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 14: Cibona - Cedevita
May. 14: Jolly - Zadar
May. 14: Alkar Sinj - KK Zagreb
May. 14: Kvarner 2010 - KK Split


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. Car, KK Zagreb14.0 
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, Dubrovnik7.0 
 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
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Cibona
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Blassingame, Cibona5.1 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 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. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 9. Blajic, Djuro D.1.4 
 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 


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

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

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

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

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




A1 Round 13 (Second Stage): Cedevita keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in A1. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cedevita as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Places 1-8. Cedevita smashed 4th placed Jolly in Zagreb 86-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jolly. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Jolly's 22 and made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jolly 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St.) fired 9 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Center Miro Bilan (215-89) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds 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. Cedevita (11-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Cibona. Jolly at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Jolly will play next round against strong KK Zadar trying to get back on the winning streak. Cedevita will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Cibona. It will be extra interesting game as Cibona is their local rival from Zagreb.
Top ranked Djuro Djakovic (14-6) recorded its sixth loss in Osijek. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Osjecki Sokol (10-10) 89-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Djuro Djakovic. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Aljosa Sarac contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Osjecki Sokol's coach Zoran Helbich allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Teo Petani (190-88, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Djuro Djakovic. The victory was the third consecutive win for Osjecki Sokol. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol maintains fourth place in Places 9-14 with 10-10 record. Djuro Djakovic at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost.
Sixth-ranked KK Split (5-8) made lots of trouble for second ranked Cibona (11-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Dario Saric stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Srdan Subotic responded with 23 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion keeps a position of Places 1-8 leader, which they share with Cedevita. Loser KK Split keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zabok. Third ranked KK Zabok faced their biggest opponent Vrijednosnice OS. Host KK Zabok (11-9) defeated guests from Darda (13-7) 81-71. Ivan Djerman nailed 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. KK Zabok maintains third place in Places 9-14 with 11-9 record having just three points less than leader Djuro Djakovic. Vrijednosnice OS lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the second position with seven games lost.
Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-76 loss to third ranked KK Zadar (10-3) in Zadar on Saturday evening. Ive Ivanov fired 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for KK Zadar. KK Zadar maintains third place in Places 1-8 with 10-3 record having eleven points less than leader Djuro Djakovic. Alkar Sinj lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. KK Zadar will face Jolly (#4) in Sibenik in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play at home against KK Zagreb (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 13 In Places 1-8 Kvarner 2010 defeated KK Zagreb in Rijeka 76-72.
In Places 9-14 Dubrovnik was smashed by Krizevci at home 83-102.
The best stats of 13th round was 29 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks by Josip Ceranja of Krizevci.


Places 1-8
Cedevita - Jolly 86-54

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cedevita as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Places 1-8. Cedevita smashed 4th placed Jolly in Zagreb 86-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jolly. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Jolly's 22 and made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jolly 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St.) fired 9 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Center Miro Bilan (215-89) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) 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. Cedevita (11-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Cibona. Jolly at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Jolly will play next round against strong KK Zadar trying to get back on the winning streak. Cedevita will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Cibona. It will be extra interesting game as Cibona is their local rival from Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Jolly: M.Mrva 12+9reb+1ast, R.Ross 10+1reb+1ast, T.Gabric 8, D.Vrsaljko 7+4reb, J.Naletilic 6+1reb, L.Katura 5+3reb
Cedevita: M.Bilan 16+8reb, I.Buva 15+5reb, D.Kitchen 9+9reb+6ast, G.Suton 8+6reb+1ast, P.Suput 8+2reb+1ast, A.Masic 7
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Zadar - Alkar Sinj 92-76

Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-76 loss to third ranked KK Zadar (10-3) in Zadar on Saturday evening. The game without a history. KK Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KK Zadar dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Alkar Sinj's 36. KK Zadar forced 21 Alkar Sinj turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KK Zadar made 7 blocks. Center Ive Ivanov (200-85) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Marko Ramljak (201-93, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Slavko Modric (203-84) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Domagoj Kanaet (197-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for KK Zadar. KK Zadar maintains third place in Places 1-8 with 10-3 record having eleven points less than leader Djuro Djakovic. Alkar Sinj lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. KK Zadar will face Jolly (#4) in Sibenik in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play at home against KK Zagreb (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: S.Modric 25+7reb, A.Bilic 14+2reb+4ast, D.Kanaet 12+8reb+1ast, N.Gaurina 10+2reb+1ast, L.Zitko 6+2reb, J.Curkovic 4+1reb+1ast
Zadar: I.Ivanov 17+5reb+2ast, M.Ramljak 14+5reb+2ast, I.Batur 13+4reb+1ast, J.Nurkic 11+5reb+1ast, G.Vrbanc 8+1ast, R.Travis 8+7reb+4ast
gschID: 236396


KK Zagreb - Kvarner 2010 72-76

There was no surprise when 7th ranked KK Zagreb (2-11) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Kvarner 2010 (6-7) 76-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kvarner 2010 dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to KK Zagreb's 28. Forward Dino Cinac (198-88) fired 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. International Marko Car (188-85) produced 12 points and 7 assists and point guard Juraj Segaric (183-93) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Four KK Zagreb players scored in double figures. Kvarner 2010 maintains fifth place in Places 1-8 with 6-7 record. KK Zagreb lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kvarner 2010 will face KK Split (#6) at home in the next round. KK Zagreb will play against Alkar Sinj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb: J.Segaric 15+2reb+2ast, I.Novacic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Car 12+4reb+7ast, I.Milekovic 12+2reb+1ast, F.Basljan 11, M.Poscic 4+7reb
Kvarner 2010: D.Cinac 26+8reb+1ast, J.Skific 16+8reb+3ast, H.Sirko 12+2reb, I.Radic 9+4reb+1ast, D.Stipcic 8+5reb+6ast, B.Krivec 2+3ast
gschID: 236395


KK Split - Cibona 78-81

Sixth-ranked KK Split (5-8) made lots of trouble for second ranked Cibona (11-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. KK Split trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 30-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-81 at the end of the game. They outrebounded KK Split 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. International power forward Dario Saric (208-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Srdan Subotic (190-80, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 23 points and 8 assists and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion keeps a position of Places 1-8 leader, which they share with Cedevita. Loser KK Split keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Top scorers:
KK Split: S.Subotic 23+3reb+8ast, J.Sobin 16+10reb+2ast, I.Bender 13+4reb+1ast, T.Katic 10+1reb+8ast, B.Markulin 6+1reb, I.Siriscevic 5+2reb
Cibona: D.Strawberry 19+5reb+2ast, D.Saric 16+9reb+2ast, M.Rozic 12+2reb, A.Zizic 12+6reb+1ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 8+7reb, D.Kus 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 236394


Places 9-14
Dubrovnik - Krizevci 83-102

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Krizevci's (9-11) road victory over 6th ranked KK Dubrovnik (3-17) 102-83 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Krizevci. KK Dubrovnik was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krizevci shot 66.7 percent from the field. Krizevci outrebounded KK Dubrovnik 39-25 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Josip Ceranja (-90) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Ivan Svoboda (190-87) chipped in 26 points (made all of his seven free throws). Five Krizevci players scored in double figures. Swingman Stipe Rezic (201-89) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mislav Peric (191-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Krizevci maintains fifth place in Places 9-14 with 9-11 record. KK Dubrovnik lost their third game in a row. Loser KK Dubrovnik keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: S.Rezic 19+9reb+1ast, M.Peric 15+6reb+1ast, M.Lucic 10+2reb+2ast, D.Jakolis 9+3reb+4ast, A.Radulovic 8+1reb+1ast, M.Proleta 8+2reb+3ast
Krizevci: J.Ceranja 29+18reb, I.Svoboda 26+3reb+1ast, I.Cusek 16+4reb+2ast, B.Kapusta 15+5reb+9ast, H.Sertic 10+6reb+1ast, T.Matoic 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 240989


Osjecki Sokol - Djuro Djakovic 89-75

Top ranked Djuro Djakovic (14-6) recorded its sixth loss in Osijek. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Osjecki Sokol (10-10) 89-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Djuro Djakovic. The game was mostly controlled by Osjecki Sokol. Djuro Djakovic was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osjecki Sokol shot 63.8 percent from the field. Osjecki Sokol outrebounded Djuro Djakovic 32-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Aljosa Sarac (190-89) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Osjecki Sokol's coach Zoran Helbich allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Teo Petani (190-88, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Djuro Djakovic. The victory was the third consecutive win for Osjecki Sokol. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol maintains fourth place in Places 9-14 with 10-10 record. Djuro Djakovic at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Djuro Djakovic: T.Petani 22+5reb, T.Brnas 15+1reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 14+7reb, M.Kljaic 8+1reb, M.Karlovic 8+1ast, P.Zivkovic 4+2reb+2ast
Osjecki Sokol: V.Budimir 23+12reb+4ast, A.Sarac 22+2reb+5ast, Z.Tucakovic 18+5reb+2ast, D.Rados 8+2reb+2ast, M.Raic 7+1reb+1ast, I.Cosic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240991


Zabok - Darda 81-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zabok. Third ranked KK Zabok faced their biggest opponent Vrijednosnice OS. Host KK Zabok (11-9) defeated guests from Darda (13-7) 81-71. Vrijednosnice OS was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Forward Ivan Djerman (203-83) nailed 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jakov Mustapic (193-94) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four KK Zabok players scored in double figures. Naturalized Bosnian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and guard Luka Panduric (192-93) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for Vrijednosnice OS in the defeat. KK Zabok maintains third place in Places 9-14 with 11-9 record having just three points less than leader Djuro Djakovic. Vrijednosnice OS lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the second position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Darda: A.Trepalovac 25+10reb+1ast, L.Panduric 17+1reb+5ast, A.Hrkac 13+2reb, S.Tesija 8+9reb+2ast, M.Mandic 8+1reb+3ast, N.Turalija 0
Zabok: J.Mustapic 14+5reb+1ast, A.Anzulovic 12+1reb, A.Vlaic 12+2reb, R.Lez 11+1ast, P.Maric 10+5reb+3ast, F.Bundovic 9+3reb
gschID: 240990



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  CYPRUS   


Linos Gavriel brings home 2 titles - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Two weeks ago, Etoile de Sahel, Tunisia, where Linos Gavriel serves as the head coach won the championship against Rades.

On May 11th Etoile has added one more title. It has beaten Stade Nabeulien by 73-68 at the cup final and won the Cup.

So Etoile has won both titles in Tunisia this year.

This makes Linos Gavriel the 1st Cypriot coach winning both titles abroad.

The titles are of a greater value if you consider that they have a Greek flavor.

The flavor is called John Gagaloudes!! John has helped the greatest with his experience and skills. After winning the championship, John had noted that Linos had been the motivational power behind his decision to join the team in Tunisia. Congratulations to John.

We would also like to congratulate Linos Gavriel for his success and wish him good luck in the future.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Bameso hand first loss to Los Minas in District Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Bameso climbed on top of the standings in the District Nacional tournament. They handed the first loss to previously undefeated Los Minas 103:93. Both teams are now tied at 3-1 record. Wagner Diaz connected for 19 points to lead the winners. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86, college: USC Aiken) fired 23 points in the victory. Josh Crawford (211-C-88, college: Indiana St.) answered with 18 points for Los Minas. Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) notched 17 points in the losing effort.
Callero in the meantime stayed unbeaten at 3-0. They held off El Million 75:67. Hansel Salvador (186-G-80) accounted for 17 points to lead the charge. Travis Gabbidon (201-F, college: UTSA) netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory. Aaron Williams (191-PG-82, college: Delaware St.) replied with 18 points for El Million. Bobby Pandy (198-F-84, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) chipped in 17 points in the loss.



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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, Tarvas16.4 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.1 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.0 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 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, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas3.9 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 9. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 2. Dorbek, Rapla2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 7. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 8. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 9. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock1.5 
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 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.7 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.7 
 9. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 10. Hickman, Maccabi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.3 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 2. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 7. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Hines, Olympiacos1.2 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Falker, Besiktas1.0 


Bronze: CSKA takes over Barcelona in a thriller - by Simas

For the third place, CSKA Moscow beats Regal FC Barcelona 74-73.

Game started off with anxiety, both teams were tense and after 2:40min CSKA ahead 2-0. It doesn't end there, good defense and few more baskets and the Russian side gets ahead 9-2 with 4:36min left on the clock for the first quarter.
Barca took it more serious, made few stops, couple baskets and the quarter ends 15-12 for CSKA.

Second quarter was similar screenplay as in the first quarter fighting for each rebound, lose ball. With 5:46min to go, Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scores two points and its tied at 21-21. The rest of the quarter teams went back and forth, and the first half wraps up at 35-35.

3rd quarter starts with an amazing 9-0 run by CSKA and they lead the way with 44-35 with less than 2 minutes of play. It doesn't end there, another minute passed and CSKA ahead by 13 points 48-35. However, Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) ends the draught by dishing out couple assists to have Barca on 7-0 run 48-42. Both teams exhanged few baskets and the quarter ends 59-54 for CSKA.

In the last quarter, the game reached its peak. Teams knew the price of the game, therefore, each ball and possession was played out to the max. With 1:37min left in the game, CSKA leads 70-68. Ante Tomic hits a hook shot and the game tied 70-70 with 1 minute left. Barca controlled the ball in the last possession, but did not executed successfully. As a result, CSKA won the game 74-73.

Top Scorers:

CSKA Moscow: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) 16, Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) 14, Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) 13, Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) each with 7, Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) 5 (5reb, 5as).

Regal FC Barcelona: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) 17, Marko Todorovic (210-C/F-92) 11, Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) and Ante Tomic with 10 a piece, Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) finishes with 8.



Greek domination with Olympiakos's great win over Real Madrid - by Chris Mammides

Olympiakos thrashed Real Madrid with 100-88 and succeeded the back to back to the European title with the European trophy remaining in Piraeus for another one year.
Coach Bartzokas, the best Head Coach in Europe once more check-mate Coach Lasso and after the first period where the Spaniards dominated in total (10-27) changed his team's roster and strategy, removed Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) from the team and added Sloukas and Katsivelis and in an amazing and crucial second period where the reds balance the game after coming back with a solid 27-14 to end up the first half with 37-41 with the MVP of the Euroleague and top scorer of Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis remaining to the absolute zero, but with Olympiakos finding some solid scoring from Sloukas, Law and Antic.

The third period was simply the beginning of the VSpan recital, the MVP of the competition enter the game and lift the team to the air with his 3 consecutive three pointers which one may say that they changed the momentum once and for all. The Spaniards couldnt score in the paint since Hines was dominating and together with Printezis and Schermantini were not letting any Spaniard to score while their parameter scoring was awful. Acie Law and Sloukas with Vassilis Spanoulis being more mature than ever with the solid coaching by Bartzokas were calm enough either to score or assist their team-mates Antic (10 points) and Hines (12 points). The score in the third period ended with 61-61 in total balance but with the Hellenes having the momentum 100%.
The triumph for Olympiakos took place in the fourth period where the team was amazing, Vassilis Spanoulis was leading the score and together with Acie Law took their team-mates and lead them to the amazing 100-88 over the super favorite team of Real Madrid.

Once more was proved that the money doesn't bring the successes (at least in basketball), in the game of basketball you need more than money, you need strategy, patient, gats, team-spirit and talent, all these ingredients were included in the repertoire of one team only in this final and that was Olympiakos.

The Hellenic basketball is dominating Europe and is not coincidence at all that the last five years have been totally successful for the Greek teams with 4 of five titles traveling to Greece (Panathinaikos X2 and Olympiakos X2). Against all odds and with a terrible crisis in the last four years, the Greeks are forgetting all their problems and the countries issues and are dominating in the European courts, giving at least some happiness to Hellenic nation.
MVP and top scorer of the final was Vassilis Vassilis Spanoulis whos achieving something that only Tony Kukoc achieved to be voted for a second consecutive season the MVP of the Final 4.

Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 22 points and 4 assists, Acie Law 20 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Kyle Hines 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 block shots, Kostas Sloukas 11 points, Pero Antic 10 points, Stratos Perperoglou 10 points
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 21 points, Sergio Rodriguez 17 points, Sergio Lull 14



Nathan Jawai sidelined for reminder of season - by Eurobasket News

Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) will have miss the rest of the season because of the foot injury. The Australian centre suffered the injury in the ACB game against Joventut. He appeared on court shortly against Real Madrid in EuroLeague semifinal but could not cope with the injury and would have to miss ACB playoffs now.
Nathan Jawai averaged 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game in ACB this season. He also delivered 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per EuroLeague appearance. It is his first season with Barcelona. The centre had spells in Australia, Russia, Serbia, NBA and D-League before. He was named All-Australian NBL Rookie of the Year back in 2008. Nathan Jawai also earned All-VTB Honourable Mention back in 2012. Jawai was the member of the Australian National Team in 2009.



Olympiacos celebrate second straight title - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Real Madrid 100:88

Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London tonight. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final.
Real Madrid looked dominant at every end of the floor in the opening quarter. The Spanish team got to a flying start building a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiacos once again showed their character. They opened the second frame on a 12:2 rally. Sloukas capped the first half with three points to put Olympiacos within 4 points 37:41. Vassilis Spanoulis drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third term to give the Reds a 45:43 lead. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) made it 52:46 for Olympiacos midway through the third term. Real however did not allow the Reds to pull away entering the fourth frame all tied at 61. The Greek team opened the fourth frame on a 9:1 run to ensure a 70:62 advantage. Marcus Slaughter received a technical foul midway through the period and Olympiacos punished Real with a 6:0 run to extend the lead to 14 points 84:70. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) dragged the Madrid outfit within 8 points 79:87 but Vassilis Spanoulis reacted with a timely three-pointer and Olympiacos cruised to the victory from there on. Acie Law provided 20 points, while Kyle Hines netted 12 points for the winners. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) responded with 21 points for Real Madrid. Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 22, Acie Law 20, Kyle Hines 12
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 21, Sergio Rodriguez 17



NIJT London: Joventut claim the title - by Eurobasket News

IJT Joventut Badalona - IJT Barcelona Regal 82:59

Joventut Badalona clinched the title at the Nike International Junior Tournament. They overwhelmed Barcelona in the title clash at O2 Arena in London tonight. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) stepped up with 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Badalona outfit.
Joventut built a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the gap in the second quarter. The Badalona team raced to a 46:29 halftime advantage. The margin grew in the third term. Joventut dominated boosting the distance to as many as 33 points heading into the fourth stanza. Barcelona stopped the rot going on a 22:12 rally in the final period but it was far from enough to threaten the margin. Joventut never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) chipped in 14 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 boards, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 13 points for the winners. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) answered with 18 points for Barcelona. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

IJT Joventut Badalona: Alberto Abalde 18, Agusti Sans 14, Jose Nogues 13
IJT Barcelona: Marc Garcia 18, Adria Cantenys 14



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Macvan, Erceg, Perovic and Markovic cancel participation for Eurobasket? - by Igor Obradovic

These four players are likely to cancel participation in the forthcoming European Championships to be held in Slovenia this year.

This four players could join a member of the Turkish Anadolu Efes, Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) who said that his decision must to wait for the next few days and he will then make a final decision.
Almost certainly Dusan Ivkovic can count on Krstic, Teodosic and Nemanja Bjelica.

European Championships starts 4 September and will last to 22 September.
Serbian opponents in Group B will be Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Latvia.



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  FRANCE   


Anthony Racine set to leave Charleville - by Eurobasket News

Anthony Racine (190-G-94) (190-G-94) will not continue his career in Charleville. The guard is set to leave the team after its relegation into NM1. Anthony Racine joined Charleville at the start of the season. He notched 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously Racine played for CFBB. He was the member of the U16 and U18 French National Teams.


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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 



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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.18.9 
 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.11.8 
 3. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.4 
 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, Kutaisi5.7 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi5.6 
 4. Bowie, Rustavi5.5 
 5. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 6. Vaughn, MIA A.5.4 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 8. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.9 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 3. Vaughn, MIA A.1.9 
 4. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 5. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 6. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.6 
 8. Pashayev, 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. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 7. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.1 
 8. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 9. Jgerenaia, Armia0.8 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


Giorgi Shermadini became a EuroLeague champion - by Eurobasket News

Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) became a EuroLeague champion as his Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London. Vassilis Spanoulis came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final.
Real Madrid looked dominant at every end of the floor in the opening quarter. The Spanish team got to a flying start building a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiacos once again showed their character. They opened the second frame on a 12:2 rally. Sloukas capped the first half with three points to put Olympiacos within 4 points 37:41. Vassilis Spanoulis drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third term to give the Reds a 45:43 lead. Kyle Hines and Acie Law made it 52:46 for Olympiacos midway through the third term. Real however did not allow the Reds to pull away entering the fourth frame all tied at 61. The Greek team opened the fourth frame on a 9:1 run to ensure a 70:62 advantage. Marcus Slaughter received a technical foul midway through the period and Olympiacos punished Real with a 6:0 run to extend the lead to 14 points 84:70. Sergio Rodriguez dragged the Madrid outfit within 8 points 79:87 but Vassilis Spanoulis reacted with a timely three-pointer and Olympiacos cruised to the victory from there on. Acie Law provided 20 points, while Kyle Hines netted 12 points for the winners. Giorgi Shermadini delivered 3 points, made 1 rebound and 2 assists. Rudy Fernandez responded with 21 points for Real Madrid. Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points in the loss.



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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. White, Phoenix17.1 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 4. Rice, B.Muenchen15.6 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.6 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.2 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Duggins, 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. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 9. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 10. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.8 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.5 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.3 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 8. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.7 
 10. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. White, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 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.1.2 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 7. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 8. King, Art.Dragons0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 


Bayern Muenchen and Ratiopharm advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Brose Bask. - Phoenix Hagen 104-94 (2-1)

Brose Bask. looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Phoenix Hagen's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Phoenix Hagen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 assists. Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar (207-80) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. American guard David Bell (186-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American swingman Adam Hess (201-81, college: William & Mary, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. Four Brose Bask. and five Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: A.Gavel 26+3reb+6ast, S.Ford 23+7reb+1ast, B.Nachbar 22+8reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 21+6reb+2ast, K.Tadda 6+4ast, M.Zirbes 4+7reb+1ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 21+1reb+2ast, A.Hess 18+6reb+2ast, D.Bell 16+6reb+5ast, L.Gordon 12+6reb+1ast, D.Gregory 10+6reb+1ast, O.Wendt 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 240930


B.Muenchen - ALBA 89-83 (3-0)

The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 38-28 ALBA Berlin's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 89-83 at the end of the game. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin's 30. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. His fellow American import Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) with 17 points and the former international center Yassin Idbihi (209-83, college: Buffalo) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 20+1reb+3ast, J.Homan 15+7reb, C.Troutman 15+7reb+1ast, B.Thomas 14+5reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 7+5reb+2ast, L.Roberts 5+5reb+2ast
ALBA: H.Schaffartzik 17+4reb+3ast, D.Wood 13+2reb, D.Byars 12+4reb+3ast, Y.Idbihi 11+7reb+1ast, D.Thompson 9+3reb+2ast, S.Schultze 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240929


EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets 97-67 (2-1)

The game was mostly controlled by EWE Baskets. Telekom Baskets was better in second period 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Telekom Baskets' 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Telekom Baskets' players. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Dutch forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) helped adding 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist, agency: Pro One Sports) with 15 points and 4 assists and Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) scored 13 points and 5 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.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Smeulders 19+4reb, J.Jenkins 18+3reb+2ast, C.Kramer 15+5reb+6ast, R.Burrell 10+4reb+2ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 9+3reb+3ast, R.Paulding 7+1reb+1ast
Telekom Baskets: J.Jordan 15+1reb+4ast, B.Veikalas 13+5reb, J.McLean 13+3reb, K.Weems 9+2reb, C.Ensminger 7+3reb+2ast, F.Thuelig 4
gschID: 240928


Ratiopharm - Art.Dragons 94-74 (3-0)

The game without a history. ratiopharm Ulm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded Artland Dragons 39-22 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Keaton Nankivil (203-89, college: Wisconsin) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Bryce Taylor (196-86) with 28 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) scored 21 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: K.Nankivil 15+5reb+2ast, J.Bryant 14+14reb+3ast, S.Esterkamp 14+1reb, L.Jeter 13+2reb+1ast, P.Guenther 12+3ast, P.Schwethelm 11+2reb+3ast
Art.Dragons: B.Taylor 28+4reb, M.Haynes 21+2reb+3ast, A.King 11+10reb+4ast, B.Buckman 5+2reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 5+1reb+2ast, J.Strasser 2
gschID: 240927



Cuxhaven BasCats clinch first summer signing - by Moritz Korff

The Cuxhaven BasCats (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have made their first signing for the 2013-14 season in the shape of Maximilian Kuhle (182-PG-91) from 1. Regionalliga North side ASC Goettingen. The 21-year-old point guard already played for the BasCats in the 2011-12 season and left the team during the summer after he had suffered a torn tendon in his hand and was sidelined for three months. After recovering he joined ASC and saw action in ten RLN games until the end of the 2012-13 campaign, averaging 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg and 2.7spg.


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EuroLeague: Olympiacos defend their title - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Real Madrid 100:88

Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London tonight. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final.
Real Madrid looked dominant at every end of the floor in the opening quarter. The Spanish team got to a flying start building a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiacos once again showed their character. They opened the second frame on a 12:2 rally. Sloukas capped the first half with three points to put Olympiacos within 4 points 37:41. Vassilis Spanoulis drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third term to give the Reds a 45:43 lead. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) made it 52:46 for Olympiacos midway through the third term. Real however did not allow the Reds to pull away entering the fourth frame all tied at 61. The Greek team opened the fourth frame on a 9:1 run to ensure a 70:62 advantage. Marcus Slaughter received a technical foul midway through the period and Olympiacos punished Real with a 6:0 run to extend the lead to 14 points 84:70. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) dragged the Madrid outfit within 8 points 79:87 but Vassilis Spanoulis reacted with a timely three-pointer and Olympiacos cruised to the victory from there on. Acie Law provided 20 points, while Kyle Hines netted 12 points for the winners. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) responded with 21 points for Real Madrid. Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 22, Acie Law 20, Kyle Hines 12
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 21, Sergio Rodriguez 17



Greek domination with Olympiakos's great win over Real Madrid - by Chris Mammides

Olympiakos thrashed Real Madrid with 100-88 and succeeded the back to back to the European title with the European trophy remaining in Piraeus for another one year.
Coach Bartzokas, the best Head Coach in Europe once more check-mate Coach Lasso and after the first period where the Spaniards dominated in total (10-27) changed his team's roster and strategy, removed Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) from the team and added Sloukas and Katsivelis and in an amazing and crucial second period where the reds balance the game after coming back with a solid 27-14 to end up the first half with 37-41 with the MVP of the Euroleague and top scorer of Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis remaining to the absolute zero, but with Olympiakos finding some solid scoring from Sloukas, Law and Antic.

The third period was simply the beginning of the VSpan recital, the MVP of the competition enter the game and lift the team to the air with his 3 consecutive three pointers which one may say that they changed the momentum once and for all. The Spaniards couldnt score in the paint since Hines was dominating and together with Printezis and Schermantini were not letting any Spaniard to score while their parameter scoring was awful. Acie Law and Sloukas with Vassilis Spanoulis being more mature than ever with the solid coaching by Bartzokas were calm enough either to score or assist their team-mates Antic (10 points) and Hines (12 points). The score in the third period ended with 61-61 in total balance but with the Hellenes having the momentum 100%.
The triumph for Olympiakos took place in the fourth period where the team was amazing, Vassilis Spanoulis was leading the score and together with Acie Law took their team-mates and lead them to the amazing 100-88 over the super favorite team of Real Madrid.

Once more was proved that the money doesn't bring the successes (at least in basketball), in the game of basketball you need more than money, you need strategy, patient, gats, team-spirit and talent, all these ingredients were included in the repertoire of one team only in this final and that was Olympiakos.

The Hellenic basketball is dominating Europe and is not coincidence at all that the last five years have been totally successful for the Greek teams with 4 of five titles traveling to Greece (Panathinaikos X2 and Olympiakos X2). Against all odds and with a terrible crisis in the last four years, the Greeks are forgetting all their problems and the countries issues and are dominating in the European courts, giving at least some happiness to Hellenic nation.
MVP and top scorer of the final was Vassilis Vassilis Spanoulis whos achieving something that only Tony Kukoc achieved to be voted for a second consecutive season the MVP of the Final 4.

Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 22 points and 4 assists, Acie Law 20 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Kyle Hines 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 block shots, Kostas Sloukas 11 points, Pero Antic 10 points, Stratos Perperoglou 10 points
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 21 points, Sergio Rodriguez 17 points, Sergio Lull 14



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 11: New Jersey G-F - Rochester R. 96-131
May. 9: Rochester R. - Schenechtady L. 137-111
May. 11: Chicago R. - Lake County S. 129-116
May. 11: Gary Splash - West Virginia M. 123-99
May. 11: Kankakee S. - St.Louis T. 118-108
May. 11: Bloomington F. - Sauk Valley P. 110-86

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 17: Lansing C. - Lake Michigan
May. 17: New Jersey G-F - West Virginia M.
May. 17: Rochester R. - Albany L.
May. 17: Kankakee S. - Kenosha B.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan EDWARDS
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 33
 1. Edwards, Kankakee.33.0 
 2. Bostick, Kenosha32.8 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.26.1 
 4. Thomas, Kenosha B.23.8 
 5. Cobbs, Kenosha B.23.5 
 6. Bennett, Gary S.22.9 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.21.1 
 8. Motley, Lansing C.20.9 
 9. Pepper, St.Louis T.20.6 
 10. Bennett, Rochest.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Pettiford, India.11.1 
 2. Warren, Gary S.10.7 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.10.4 
 4. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.4 
 5. Haley, Rochester R.9.9 
 6. Devaughn, India.9.0 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.8.6 
 8. Love, Sauk V.8.3 
 9. Williams, Lansing8.1 
 10. Anderson, Bloomi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.7.7 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.6.8 
 3. Ruffin, Blooming.5.0 
 4. Waller, Sauk V.5.0 
 5. Radcliff, Sauk V.4.5 
 6. Motley, Lansing C.4.4 
 7. Goldsberry, West V.4.4 
 8. Anderson, Rochest.4.2 
 9. Tunnell, West V.3.8 
 10. Pettiford, India.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.3.0 
 2. Collins, West V.2.2 
 3. Bostick, Kenosha2.1 
 4. Radcliff, Sauk V.1.8 
 5. Bennett, Rocheste.1.7 
 6. Goldsberry, West V.1.7 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.1.6 
 8. Kyle, Kankakee S.1.5 
 9. Motley, Lansing C.1.4 
 10. Boykins, Lansing1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jason WARREN
  Gary S.
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Warren, Gary S.1.4 
 2. Pettiford, India.1.4 
 3. Green, Blooming.1.4 
 4. Carlwell, Chicago1.3 
 5. Bostick, Kenosha1.3 
 6. Wolfinger, Sauk V.1.2 
 7. Harris, Lake Michi.1.0 
 8. Eversley, West V.1.0 
 9. Barkdoll, Rocheste.0.9 
 10. Cobbs, Kenosha B.0.8 


Balanced Flex offense overpowers Predators - by Gianni Pascucci

The Bloomington Flex used a balanced scoring attack and long-sought-after production from their big men to hammer the visiting Sauk Valley Predators 110-86 Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The Flex had five players scoring in double figures, led by Josiah Whiteheads career-high 20, and another four players with eight points in the teams most complete game of the season. Bloomington and Sauk Valley traded the lead for much of the first quarter, with the Flex ending up having a 26-23 advantage.
Sauk took a five-point lead early in the second quarter, but from there on, it was all Flex, as they opened a 58-38 lead at halftime. The Predators made a run early in the third quarter, but a 10-0 Flex run to open the fourth sealed Sauk Valleys fate. Joe Wolfinger (7'1''-C-85, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Citadel) led the Predators with 18 points. The Flex defense held the duo of Kwan Waller (5'11''-PG-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) and Keith Radcliff (6'1''-G-86, college: Indianapolis), which combined to average nearly 42 points per game, to a total of 16 points. The win temporarily elevated the Flex into first place in the IBA-PBLs Central Division with a 9-3 record, pending the outcome of Kankakees Saturday game. Sauk Valley fell to 9-4 with its third straight loss.



Admirals have a chance to make playoffs - by Gianni Pascucci

(sent to us by Admirals owner Chris Glisson - the sam article will be published by Lake Michigan local media)
The Lake Michigan Admirals have had a tough year on the court. Their record is less than desirable but because of the top heavy divisional play, the Admirals have a chance to make the playoffs. The newly formed IBA-PBL has a playoff format where the top 4 teams in each
division make the playoffs. With Lansing being 3-9 and Lake Michigan being 3-10, all the Admirals have to do is to beat Lansing on March 17th and Holland at home on March 18th and the Admirals will be in the playoffs. "Who would have thought we would have a chance playing in the playoffs after all that we have been through this season," stated owner Chris Glisson . The Admirals have had a lot of changes to their roster due to two players being signed overseas and three players having season ending injuries, plus a few players that were released due to disciplinary actions. "Now that we have two time MVP Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC), second runner up in scoring in the IBA Courtney Blackmore (6'2''-G, college: Ferris St.), and in from Germany Nick Freer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Grand Valley St.), we are a playoff contending team. We proved that by beating league-leading Sauk Valley Predators last week. The end of the season is going to get interesting," stated Glisson. Due to teams in the league financially struggling to finish the season, with the Admirals being one of those teams, it will be interesting to see who can finish strong.
The Admirals received more bad news from starting point guard Maurice Benson (6'0''-PG-84, college: Indiana Tech) today. He will have to miss the May 17th and 18th due to his planned birth of his child in California. He stated that he'll be back if the Admirals make the playoffs. Next home game is Saturday, March 18th at 6:04pm at Lake Michigan Catholic against Holland Dream.



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.19.2 
 3. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.1 
 7. Collins, Maccabi17.0 
 8. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.1 
 10. Wright, Maccabi16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 4. Uter, Maccabi9.4 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi9.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.0 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 6. Collins, Maccabi4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
 9. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.3 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 8. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Uter, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 8. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.2 
 10. Caracter, Bnei H.1.0 



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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.20.9 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Green, Novipiu Cas.19.0 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Mays, Givova S.18.6 
 7. Jenkins, C.de L.18.3 
 8. Roderick, LeGamber.18.0 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.7 
 2. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.8 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.3 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.4.9 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.8 
 3. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.7 
 4. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.4 
 6. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 7. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 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. Fernandez, C.de L.2.1 
 8. Westbrook, Tezen.2.0 
 9. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
 10. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.7 
 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. Butkevicius, Novi.0.9 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 26-8 
 2. Matera 22-12 
 3. Agrigento 20-14 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 20-14 
 5. Castelletto 19-15 
 6. Omegna 19-15 
 7. Lucca 19-15 
 8. Treviglio 18-16 
 9. Firenze 17-17 
 10. Reggio Calabr. 17-17 
 11. Recanati 16-18 
 12. Ferrara 16-18 
 13. Bari 16-18 
 14. Mirandola 15-19 
 15. Chieti 15-19 
 16. Latina Basket 12-22 
 17. San Severo 11-23 
 18. Perugia 8-26 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 38

May. 12: Torino - Recanati 93-64
May. 12: Perugia - Lucca 85-86
May. 12: San Severo - Treviglio 85-84
May. 12: Casalpusterlengo - Castelletto 82-81
May. 12: Reggio Calabr. - Ferrara 77-78
May. 12: Agrigento - Firenze 69-62
May. 12: Bari - Latina Basket 69-61
May. 12: Omegna - Chieti 65-69


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia19.8 
 2. Carrizo, Latina B.18.1 
 3. Parente, Lucca17.0 
 4. Casadei, Firenze16.5 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara15.6 
 6. Reati, Treviglio15.5 
 7. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.1 
 8. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari14.9 
 10. Prandin, Casalp.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.8 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.2 
 4. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 5. Pazzi, Castelletto8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.2 
 7. Ricci, Casalpus.8.2 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.0 
 9. Raminelli, Trevigl.8.0 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.6 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.5 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.6 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.4 
 7. Carrizo, Latina B.3.3 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.2 
 9. Rajola, Chieti3.2 
 10. Raschi, Chieti3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Vico, Matera2.8 
 4. Cortesi, Ferrara2.8 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo2.7 
 7. Mei, Perugia2.6 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 9. Maggio, San Severo2.6 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.2 
 3. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 4. Iannuzzi, Matera0.8 
 5. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 6. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 7. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Metreveli, Omegna0.6 
 10. Piunti, Mirandola0.6 


Manital Torino wins Nazionale A Regular Season with 26-8 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Nazionale A just ended. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 38 in the Nazionale A took place in Casalpusterlengo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Castelletto (19-15) to fifth ranked Casalpusterlengo (20-14) 82-81 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Castelletto. Castelletto cut a 13-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 assists. point guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 21 points for Castelletto. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to third place, which they share with Agrigento. Castelletto at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Lucca and Omegna.
Nazionale A top team - Torino (26-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Recanati (16-18) 93-64. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Marco Evangelisti chipped in 22 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) responded with 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torino have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-8 record. Recanati at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Bari and Ferrara.
A very close game took place in San Severo between Mazzeo San Severo and Treviglio. Seventeenth ranked Mazzeo San Severo (11-23) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Treviglio (18-16). Mazzeo San Severo managed to escape with a 1-point win 85-84 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Ludovico De Paoli notched 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 9 points and 9 rebounds by Riccardo Perego did not help to save the game for Treviglio. Mazzeo San Severo maintains seventeenth position with 11-23 record. Loser Treviglio dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost.
Eighteenth-ranked Perugia (8-26) used its home court advantage to challenge eighth ranked Lucca (19-15). The visitors from Lucca managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Andrea Barsanti who scored 29 points and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Lucca moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Castelletto and Omegna. Perugia lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 26 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Reggio Calabria. Thirteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (16-18) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Reggio Calabr. (17-17) 78-77 on Sunday evening. Simone Cortesi saved the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Naturhouse Ferrara have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bari and Recanati. Loser Reggio Calabr. dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 38: Firenze was beaten by Agrigento on the road 69-62. Omegna lost to Chieti on its own court 65-69. Latina Basket unfortunately lost to Bari in a road game 61-69.
The most impressive performance of 38th round was 19 points, 5 assists and 6 steals by Nicola Mei of Perugia.


Agrigento - Firenze 69-62

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Agrigento (20-14) beat at home 9th ranked Firenze (17-17) 69-62 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Firenze won second period 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Agrigento players scored in double figures. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) added 5 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Firenze. Agrigento moved-up to third place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo. Loser Firenze keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: F.Mian 15+5reb+2ast, A.Chiarastella 15+9reb, R.Chiacig 13+6reb, D.Demartini 11+1reb+1ast, A.Moruzzi 8+6reb+2ast, V.Di Viccaro 4+1reb
Firenze: D.Casadei 17+5reb+2ast, S.Rabaglietti 15, S.Spizzichini 10+3reb, A.Giampaoli 6+2reb, A.Capitanelli 5+11reb+1ast, M.Sanna 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 191981


Casalpusterlengo - Castelletto 82-81

The most exciting game of round 38 in the Nazionale A took place in Casalpusterlengo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Castelletto (19-15) to fifth ranked Casalpusterlengo (20-14) 82-81 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Castelletto. Castelletto cut a 13-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 assists. point guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 21 points and point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Castelletto. Four Casalpusterlengo and five Castelletto players scored in double figures. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to third place, which they share with Agrigento. Castelletto at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Lucca and Omegna.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: T.Marino 22+2reb+7ast, G.Ricci 18+4reb, R.Prandin 14+5reb+3ast, A.Chiumenti 12+6reb+1ast, M.Planezio 9+6reb+1ast, S.Fiorito 4+1reb
Castelletto: A.Ranuzzi 21+4reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 16+4reb+6ast, M.Ceron 14+8reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 13+6reb, M.Pazzi 12+5reb, G.Sanguinetti 3+1reb
gschID: 191977


Omegna - Chieti 65-69

There was an upset when higher ranked Omegna (19-15) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Chieti (15-19) 69-65 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Omegna won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Omegna was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Giacomo Mariani (191-86) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Omegna. Chieti moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Mirandola. Loser Omegna keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Chieti: A.Raschi 17+6reb+4ast, E.Rossi 16+10reb, S.Gatti 10+6reb, F.Gialloreto 9+2reb, L.Bolletta 7+5reb, G.Severini 6
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 14, G.Mariani 11+7reb, M.Farioli 11+9reb, P.Picazio 9+3reb+1ast, N.Metreveli 9+2reb, M.Toure 8+1reb
gschID: 191976


Reggio Calabr. - Ferrara 77-78

Important game to mention about took place in Reggio Calabria. Thirteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (16-18) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Reggio Calabr. (17-17) 78-77 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Simone Cortesi (196-86) saved the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gabriele Spizzichini (194-92) contributed with 15 points for the winners. point guard Nunzio Sabbatino (190-92, agency: Players Group) replied with 17 points and 7 assists and guard Marco Caprari (195-76) added 19 points and 7 assists in the effort for Reggio Calabr.Five Naturhouse Ferrara and four Reggio Calabr. players scored in double figures. Naturhouse Ferrara have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bari and Recanati. Loser Reggio Calabr. dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ferrara: S.Cortesi 18+6reb, G.Spizzichini 15+4reb, M.Benfatto 13+4reb, G.Gazzotti 12+6reb, M.Ferri 10+5reb+2ast, A.Campiello 6+1reb
Reggio Calabr.: M.Caprari 19+1reb+7ast, M.Ammannato 19+5reb+1ast, N.Sabbatino 17+4reb+7ast, A.Ricci 11+4reb+1ast, E.Germani 7+6reb, F.Quaglia 4+3reb
gschID: 191975


Perugia - Lucca 85-86

Eighteenth-ranked Perugia (8-26) used its home court advantage to challenge eighth ranked Lucca (19-15). The visitors from Lucca managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Perugia took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lucca had a 28-15 second period charge getting the lead and Perugia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-86. The best player for the winners was guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) who scored 29 points and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Power forward Diego Banti (204-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Davide Poltroneri (195-85) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) added 19 points, 5 assists and 6 steals respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lucca moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Castelletto and Omegna. Perugia lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lucca: A.Barsanti 29+1reb, D.Banti 14+9reb, S.Crotta 12+2reb, R.Bottioni 11+2reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 10+6reb, W.Santarossa 7+6reb+1ast
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 21+6reb, N.Mei 19+3reb+5ast, P.Chiarello 16+5reb+2ast, G.Chiatti 12+4reb+2ast, C.Cutolo 10+2reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 191973


Torino - Recanati 93-64

Nazionale A top team - Torino (26-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Recanati (16-18) 93-64. It looked good early as Recanati took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Torino had a 32-1 second period charge getting the lead and Recanati was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-93. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Recanati to just 1 points in second quarter. Torino shot 60.7 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 58.1 percentage. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) chipped in 22 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) responded with 15 points and power forward Marco Maganza (204-91) scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torino have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-8 record. Recanati at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Bari and Ferrara.
Top scorers:
Torino: M.Evangelisti 22+3reb+1ast, J.Wojciechowski 20+8reb+2ast, C.Tommasini 12+1reb, D.Parente 10+4reb+4ast, L.Gergati 10+1reb+3ast, L.Baldasso 6+1ast
Recanati: R.Castelli 15+3reb+1ast, G.Tessitore 11+1ast, M.Gnaccarini 9+3reb+2ast, G.Cantagalli 8+1reb, A.Pierini 8+1reb, M.Maganza 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 191972


Bari - Latina Basket 69-61

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Bari (16-18) won against at home 16th ranked Latina Basket (12-22) 69-61 on Sunday. Bari had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Latina Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. point guard Tommaso Laquintana (187-95) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Guard Alessandro Poti (193-91) replied with 13 points and forward Marco Arrigoni (198-91) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Latina Basket. Bari moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Recanati and Ferrara. Loser Latina Basket keeps the sixteenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bari: T.Laquintana 20+3reb, A.Ruggiero 16+2reb, L.Bisconti 12+8reb+7ast, M.Cardillo 9+2reb, D.Bonessio 6+7reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 4+4reb+2ast
Latina Basket: A.Poti 13+4reb+1ast, T.Milani 11+1reb+2ast, F.Gagliardo 9+2reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 9+2reb+1ast, M.Arrigoni 7+8reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 191980


San Severo - Treviglio 85-84

A very close game took place in San Severo between Mazzeo San Severo and Treviglio. Seventeenth ranked Mazzeo San Severo (11-23) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Treviglio (18-16). Mazzeo San Severo managed to escape with a 1-point win 85-84 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Forward Ludovico De Paoli (206-92, agency: Two Points) notched 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Even 9 points and 9 rebounds by the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) did not help to save the game for Treviglio. Forward Lorenzo Molinaro (204-92) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Mazzeo San Severo maintains seventeenth position with 11-23 record. Loser Treviglio dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
San Severo: L.De Paoli 21+9reb+4ast, G.Zampolli 17+5reb+1ast, G.Sirakov 13+2reb+2ast, O.Gueye 13+6reb+1ast, R.Maggio 12+4reb+6ast, I.Scarponi 6+8reb
Treviglio: T.Carnovali 16+1reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 13+6reb, S.Ferrarese 10+2reb+2ast, M.Raminelli 9+5reb+1ast, R.Perego 9+9reb+3ast, D.Reati 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191979



Lega2 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

C.de Latte BRE - LeGamberi FO 99-70

Brescia eased past Forli in the quarterfinal series opener. The game was mostly controlled by C.de Latte BRE. LeGamberi Foods Forli was better in second period 31-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. C.de Latte BRE dominated on the defensive end, holding LeGamberi Foods Forli to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded LeGamberi Foods Forli 47-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. LeGamberi Foods Forli was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four C.de Latte BRE players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Bo Spencer (186-89, college: Nebraska) scored 21 points (made all of his seven free throws). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
C.de Latte BRE: J.Giddens 22+6reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 21+7reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 15+2reb+8ast, D.Brkic 13+3reb, N.Barlos 9+7reb+2ast, F.Loschi 6+2reb+4ast
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 23+10reb+2ast, B.Spencer 21+4reb+2ast, N.Natali 11+7reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 5, S.Borsato 3+3reb, B.Musso 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240517


Novipiu Casale - Tezenis VE 82-72

Novipiu Casale shot down Tezenis Verona in the first game of the series. The game without a history. Novipiu Casale led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: IBS) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) scored 19 points. Four Tezenis VE players scored in double figures. Tezenis VE's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 28+9reb+1ast, R.Green 20+4reb+3ast, N.Martinoni 10+10reb, S.Pierich 8+3reb, P.Butkevicius 8+6reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 4+4reb
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 19+2reb, R.McConnell 13+1reb+1ast, O.Lawal 12+11reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 10+4reb, G.Boscagin 7+6reb, M.Chessa 4+3reb
gschID: 240516


Sigma Barcel. - Pall.Trento 84-106

Trento shocked Sigma Barcellona to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Pall.Trento led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.6 percent from the field. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Congolese point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) answered with 22 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Alessandro Cittadini (207-79) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. Five Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: L.Garri 25+5reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 17+5reb+5ast, A.Forray 15+2reb, B.Elder 13+3reb, M.Spanghero 10+2ast, M.Umeh 9+5reb+6ast
Sigma Barcel.: D.Hardy 22+2reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 14+5reb+3ast, T.Green 12+5ast, C.Callahan 11+2reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 10+3reb+1ast, J.Thomas 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240515


Giorgo Tesi PT - Givova Scafati 106-85

Pistoia got to the winning start of their playoff camaign beating Givova Scafati by 21 points. It looked good early as Givova Scafati took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tuscany Pistoia had a 31-20 second period charge getting the lead and Givova Scafati was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-106. Tuscany Pistoia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Givova Scafati's 30. Tuscany Pistoia forced 20 Givova Scafati turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Tuscany Pistoia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Tuscany Pistoia's coach Paolo Moretti felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) responded with 22 points and 4 assists and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: A.Graves 19+5reb+6ast, F.Toppo 17+4reb+2ast, R.Rullo 12+3reb+3ast, L.Saccaggi 10+1reb+1ast, M.Hicks 10+3reb, G.Galanda 9+1reb+1ast
Givova Scafati: R.Slay 22+4reb+4ast, K.Mays 19+2reb+2ast, P.Baldassarre 14+9reb+2ast, G.Sorrentino 11+4reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 11+6reb, D.Rosignoli 8+3reb
gschID: 240514



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  KOSOVO   


Sigal Prishtina crashes Bashkimi to reach the finals - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has demolished Bashkimi in the third semifinal Play Off match to reach the finals for the 10th time in a row.

Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) scored 22 points and added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the match where Rugova brothers, Fisnik and Granit, scored 18 points each to beat Bashkimi 88-59.

On the other side, at Bashkimis team, nothing was working since the beginning of the match and the actual Cup Winner, Sigal Prishtina, made a difference in the ende of first quarter 32-9!

With this victory, the team coached by Ahmet Kandemir has achieved the finals where they will play against league leaders Peja, that has a homa advantage in a series.



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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. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.7 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 3. Dargais, LU8.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.7 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Cavars, Valmiera7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera7.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga6.9 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.5.3 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.2 
 8. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
 9. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Campbell, Ventspi.1.5 
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, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 6. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 7. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 


LBL Round 2 of Finals. VEF Riga claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Ventspils - VEF Riga 42-69

VEF Riga bounced back after the starting loss to even the championship series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Ventspils was better in fourth quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga held Ventspils to an opponent 23.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.7 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Ventspils 44-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points during the contest. International forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) responded with 8 points and the former international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-87) scored 8 points. 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:
Ventspils: R.Zakis 8+3reb+1ast, J.Timma 8+4reb+3ast, A.Grazulis 5, D.Sims 5+1reb+1ast, M.Meiers 4+1reb, A.Berzins 3+4reb
VEF Riga: A.Kavaliauskas 12+4reb, D.Zavackas 11+8reb+4ast, A.Pasecniks 8+1reb, D.Geks 7+1reb, E.Rowland 7+3reb+2ast, W.Daniels 6+7reb
gschID: 240706



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.20.2 
 4. Vassallo, Arecibo19.4 
 5. Guzman, Panteras19.0 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.16.8 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.9 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo7.8 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.6 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo7.5 
 8. Hernandez, Pioneros7.2 
 9. Guzman, Panteras7.2 
 10. Battle, Lanus6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.9 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.3.4 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.1 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.6 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 6. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.4 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  S.Jose/U.
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Battle, Lanus0.9 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.8 
 5. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.4 
 8. McFarlan, Lanus0.4 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo0.3 



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Controguerra comes back to Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News

AS Soleuvre (Total League) added to their roster 27-year old swingman David Controguerra (194-86). It is actually his comeback to Belvaux as he played here before. Controguerra started the season at T 71 Dudelange (Total League). In 26 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 2.4rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. The last season Controguerra played at Soleuvre. In 23 Total League games he averaged 9.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
He has played previously for another Luxembourg team Bascharage.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Controguerra comes back to Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News

AS Soleuvre (Total League) added to their roster 27-year old swingman David Controguerra (194-86). It is actually his comeback to Belvaux as he played here before. Controguerra started the season at T 71 Dudelange (Total League). In 26 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 2.4rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. The last season Controguerra played at Soleuvre. In 23 Total League games he averaged 9.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
He has played previously for another Luxembourg team Bascharage.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Musel Pikes land Christophe Donnersbach - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes made the first signing for the next season. They acquired Christophe Donnersbach (192-SG-84). The guard spent the last three seasons with Basket Esch. Last season the guard posted 10.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in Diekirch League. He has been the member of the Luxembourg National Team since 2010.


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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. McCullough, Nogales21.1 
 6. Sperling, Obregon20.9 
 7. Moss, Nogales19.4 
 8. Allen, Guaymas19.2 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana18.8 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Moss, Nogales10.1 
 2. Habel, Guaymas8.5 
 3. Jones, Obregon8.2 
 4. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 6. Selleaze, Navolato6.8 
 7. Strobbe, Nogales6.6 
 8. Spain, Hermosillo6.6 
 9. McCullough, Nogales6.5 
 10. Monroe, Cananea6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.7.1 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 4. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas4.6 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana4.5 
 7. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 8. Medina, Tijuana4.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 10. Pulido, Obregon3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.2.1 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 3. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 4. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 6. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 7. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 8. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana1.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerome HABEL
  Guaymas
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Habel, Guaymas1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.6 
 3. Moss, Nogales1.5 
 4. Monroe, Cananea1.1 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 9. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.5 


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Guaymas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Guaymas in his team's victory, helping them to crush Guasave (#8, 8-14) with 16-point margin 103-87. Guaymas maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guaymas will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Shorter had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of North Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Shorter is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.1ppg), assists (5th best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea. Monroe impressed basketball fans with 37 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Cananea to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Obregon (#7, 8-12) 108-88. This victory allowed Cananea to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 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 24.8ppg (#1). He also registered 6.3 boards per game. Newberry College alumni Monroe played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Los Mochis (#9). Stallings scored 23 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Los Mochis, leading his team to a 92-88 win against the higher-ranked Nogales (#4, 10-12). The chances of Los Mochis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stallings could try to bring Los Mochis' a little bit higher in the standings. Stallings has individually a great season in Mexico. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.8apg (best passer). Stallings attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brandon Sperling (196-G-90) of Obregon - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Guaymas - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Cananea - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis - 20 points and 12 rebounds
9. James Sandoval (195-F) of Los Mochis - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) of Cananea - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  MONTENEGRO   


Suad Sehovic close to sign with Buducnost - by Darko Pekic

The starting shooting guard of Montenegrin National Team, Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87), is very close to come back home after many years abroad. The 26 year old guard from Bijelo Polje has been negotiating with Buducnost president Dragan Bokan and acoording to the sources in the club, he is very close to reach an agreement for next season. Suad played this season in Ukraine for Khimik and averaged 11.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg in the Superleague. His team also reached the Quarterfinals of Eurochallange.

Sehovic, who has never played professional basketball in Montenegro, has played also in Bosnia and Slovenia.
His brother Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) spent four seasons in Buducnost.



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  MOROCCO   

Standings - Men

D1 Stage Two Standings
Playoffs A
 1. ASS Sale 1-0 
 2. RSB Berkane 1-0 
 3. MAF Fes 0-1 
 4. PCS Plazza C. 0-1 
Playoffs B
 1. CRA Hoceima 1-0 
 2. WAC 1-0 
 3. FUS Rabat 0-1 
 4. MCO 0-1 
Places 9-10
 1. CMC 0-8 
 2. RST Tanger 0-8 
Stage One Standings

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
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.6 
 2. Anthony, New Y.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.20.6 
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. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.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. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Harden, Houston1.8 
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 


Derrick Rose THE RETURN turning out worse than LeBrons THE DECISION? - by Chris Mathieu

Derrick Rose THE RETURN turning out worse than LeBrons THE DECISION?
It seems looking back one year later after Derrick Roses crumpled to the court that worse than the injury has been the choices made by him and his camp in the aftermath. Almost immediately Adidas launched THE RETURN a series of TV commercials chronicling the return of Derrick to the court and his passion in attacking rehab. The commercials raised the expectations of the return and Derricks approach to getting back on the court as soon as possible. The ad campaign led everyone to believe that Derrick would be back as soon as possible and would come back better than ever.
The problem in the meantime was Derricks approach to the media. He was made off limits to the media and everyone was led to believe he would be back on the court in mid-February at the latest. Derrick tried to lower expectations by first claiming that he wouldnt be back until he could dunk off stride. Then he said when he was 110% healthy (even though the last step in rehab is playing in games to get back to 100%). Then he claimed only God knows when he would return, then states that he doesnt have muscle memory back yet and wont return until he feels comfortable.
The problems is everything he said and did ran contrary to what we knew about Derrick Rose the competitor who would win and play at all costs, to hell with risks and dangers, he was a tough baller. With the interjection of Reggie Rose and BJ Armstrong leading people to believe he wasnt in charge of his own return or worse that he was a simpleton incapable of caring for himself.
Who knows how this will play out but one thing is sure, that Derrick and the previous events have led to many faithful fans to question his mental toughness and commitment to the game. The real problem is how can the Bulls trust him in the future if he is unwilling to comeback from this injury? Who know how he will respond to future injuries if he has refused to comeback from this one? Bulls fans can remember street bums like Eddie Robinson, one of the worst free agents signings in history refusing to play after injuries but a player of Roses caliber? No one could have predicted this outcome a year ago and no one can predict when this horror show starring Derrick Rose will end.




Warriors outlast Spurs in overtime to even the series - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - San Antonio S. 97-87 OT
His spirits down, his left ankle limp and his team's season hanging in the balance, Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) wondered whether he could recover for the biggest game of his career until a text message popped up on his phone around 2 a.m. Saturday. Curry called back his mother, Sonya, and vented his frustrations about his latest - and most inopportune - injury setback. Finally, she spoke up to calm his concerns. "She just reminded me and battled tested me to rely on my teammates for support," Curry said. What followed was a Mother's Day masterpiece. Curry scored 22 points to go with six rebounds and four assists on a bum ankle, rallying the Golden State Warriors past the San Antonio Spurs 97-87 in overtime Sunday to even the Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece. "It seems like every time you get on a roll and feel somewhat healthy there's a setback," said Curry, who shot 7 of 15 from the floor, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. "And it just tests you. It changes your routine. It changes your outlook on the game, your preparation. You've got to deal with the injury and the adjustments you're making as a team." Game 5 is Tuesday in San Antonio. Curry and the Warriors overcame the obstacles with contributions from all over. Rookie Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 24 points in reserve and Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) grabbed 18 rebounds to help Golden State erase an eight-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. The Warriors scored the first nine points of overtime to whip the yellow-shirt wearing crowd of 19,596 into a frenzy and give this topsy-turvy series yet another twist. Even Warriors coach Mark Jackson doubted whether Curry could play, especially after his star point guard took an anti-inflammatory injection in the morning to ease the soreness in his sprained ankle and still had trouble getting loose. Jackson cornered Curry outside the chapel service at the arena to see how he felt. "He said, 'I'm going to give you what I got, coach.' That's not the language he speaks. I knew right away that he was not 100 percent," said Jackson, who conferred with general manager Bob Myers in his office before letting Curry play. "Once again, it's that same spirit flowing through that locker room that refuses to quit." Even for all of the theater Curry provided, the Spurs seized control of a sloppy slugfest at the start until going cold shooting when it mattered most. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82), wearing a black sleeve around his bruised left calf, poured in 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting but never broke free the way he did in scoring 32 points the previous contest, saying the injury limited his ability to elevate. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points and Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) added 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Spurs ran out of steam in the end. "We put ourselves in a position to win the game and it's frustrating because we feel like we gave it away," Duncan said. Golden State outshot San Antonio 38 to 35.5 percent. The Warriors also outrebounded the Spurs 65-51. "They did a good job in overtime. Just as simple as that," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Emanuel Ginobili hit a mid-range jumper and a 3-pointer, and Kawhi Leonard put back a rebound for an easy layup to put the Spurs ahead 80-72 with 4:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. With the series slipping away from the Warriors, their home sellout crowd sat down and fell silent for one of the few times in the fourth quarter all postseason. Jack hit three jumpers and Klay Thompson added another to pull the Warriors even with less than a minute to play in regulation. After Parker provided a jumper to put the Spurs ahead 84-82, Thompson dribbled to his right and banked in the tying shot over Leonard with 30 seconds left. Both teams missed shots to win in regulation, and the Warriors turned the extra session into a runaway. Curry capped the overtime spurt with a floating layup, drawing a foul on Duncan to begin a three-point play that gave Golden State a 93-84 lead. San Antonio missed its first nine shots - and two free throws by Danny Green - to start overtime until Green's corner 3 with 1:29 remaining. By then, it was too late - Curry had taken control again. "He's a player that you may see him playing on one leg, one arm, and you got to guard him," Emanuel Ginobili said. "So you got to respect him. He can really go off at any time." The upstart Warriors are once again on the brink of something big. The franchise hadn't won two games beyond the first round since 1977, when it pulled even with the Lakers in the conference semifinals through four games before losing in seven. This time, all the odds seemed against them again. The tight turnaround from Friday night's game to the early afternoon start Sunday surely didn't help Curry's cause. Curry clearly favored his left ankle and never showed any burst off the dribble, often getting face-guarded by Spurs defenders and taken out of the offense. Some of his teammates even wondered whether he'd respond. "Watching him warm up, I said, 'Man, there's no way this kid is playing,'" Jack said. "Then watching him run around on one leg, he looked like Isiah Thomas against the Lakers in the finals, man. The performance he put on down the stretch, making plays, making shots, defensively, I sat back and was honestly in awe." With Curry quieted on the perimeter early and Bogut benched in foul trouble most of the first half, the Warriors missed 13 straight shots and went scoreless for 7:10. The Spurs scored 14 unanswered points during that spurt, Emanuel Ginobili made his first four 3s and the Spurs later took a 41-30 lead midway through the second quarter on Green's put-back dunk. The Warriors had been 0-3 when trailing after three quarters this postseason until Curry and company came back. Curry hadn't checked in with his family when he spoke to reporters while soaking his feet in a bucket of ice in the locker room afterward. But he knew they were all watching from North Carolina with his brother, Seth, who was graduating from Duke. "It was," he said, "a big day for the Currys." Courtesy of: heraldtribune.com



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2nd Sandhurst Basketball Cup from 15 & 16 June 2013 @ UK - by Dinesh Thapa

Sandhurst Boys Proudly presents 2nd Sandhurst Basketball Cup from 15 & 16 June 2013. Total of 16 Boys Team and 4 Girls Team are participating in the 2nd edition of the championship.

The winners will take home 500 and Running Trophy while runners up team will take home 300 and Running Trophy ( Girls ). The entry fee for the championship is 160 per team for Boys team while the entry fee for girls team will be 110 per team. The last date for the registration is 5th OF JUNE 2013.

The Mission Statement of the championship is to Encourage young generation, provide Top notch Game and offer quality Entertainment while supporting our local community and charity Organizations. The Purpose of the championship is also to connect Nepalese youths in UK and promote Nepalese basketball in UK and around the world.

Details of the championship can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/nepalbasketball



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.7 
 4. Bowles, San M.22.7 
 5. Sundov, Rain o.22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Brock, Guayama21.2 
 8. Dozier, Alaska Aces20.4 
 9. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.1 
 2. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 5. Bowles, San M.15.2 
 6. Macklin, Barang.14.8 
 7. Sundov, Rain o.12.5 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Ac.8.9 
 9. Pingris, San M.7.8 
 10. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.1 
 5. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 6. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 7. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.5 
 9. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.4 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.7 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.1 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.4 
 7. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 8. Macklin, Barang.0.9 
 9. Pennisi, Barako Bu.0.8 
 10. Raymundo, Barang.0.7 


2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Playoffs Roundup: May 10-12, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The 2013 PBA Commish Cup will not have a repeat titlist this year. This much was confirmed after the Alaska Aces booted out their former mentor and his current team in Game 4 last Saturday, while the Bgy. Ginebra Gin Kings completed a stirring comeback from a 1-2 series hole to upend the Talk N Text Tropang Texters last night. So its going to be an Alaska-Ginebra showdown for the championship!!! First to four games wins! Gatas o Gin? Kampihan na!

Last Friday, Bgy. Ginebra forced a rubber match after beating Talk N Text, 104-101. After struggling in Game 3, Vernon Macklin redeemed himself well here, dropping 37 points on the overmatched and overworked TNT frontline. V-Mack also collared 12 rebounds and dished out 4 assists as the Gin Kings forced a winner-take-all Game Five.

Hardly any locals showed up for the Texters, as Tony Mitchell was basically a one-man scoring machine. Mitchell, as brilliant as he is scoring 45 points, could not carry TNT straight into the Finals, and coach Norman Black is now left pondering about the critical missed opportunities in this outing. In contrast, Ginebra enjoyed a ton of support from its locals. Jayjay Helterbrand, LA Tenorio, Chris Ellis, and Kerby Raymundo all scored 12 or more points to backstop Macklin's virtuoso performance.

A day after, Alaska defeated San Mig Coffee, 83-78, to enter a PBA Finals series for the first time since Tim Cone bolted for SMC. So many improbable things happened in this game -- from Rob Dozier scoring just 6 points, the Aces roaring back from a double-digit deficit, and Calvin Abueva scoring all but two of his points in the fourth period. Such a well-earned series win by the Aces.

James Yap and Marc Pingris, easily the two most popular SMC Mixers, were both non-existent here. Yap missed the game entirely, while Ping was limited to a paltry 5-point output. The result? Bye bye title defense.

Hows this for irony? → Tim Cone left Alaska when the Aces were struggling. He signed up with SMC and led them to last season's Commish Cup title. He swept the Aces in the elims of the current Commish Cup. And then he gets beaten in four games by his former apprentice with a number of the same players he left behind. In the process, Cone's new team was dethroned by his old team. Fate, you're pretty funny.

Last night, Ginebra completed its big series turnaround by trouncing Talk N Text, 111-103. The Gin Kings utilized a blistering first half to immediately put considerable distance between themselves and TNT. Coach Alfrancis Chuas wards were all over the hardwood, making plays on both ends of the floor on their way to a 61-41 spread. It turned out that was enough of a cushion to pave the way for a Finals clash with the Aces.

In his three games, TNT import Tony Mitchell has proven he can score in bunches. He, however, can also miss in bunches, and he is also allergic to passing the ball. Not the best combo in the world if you ask me. Not too keen on his coming back to reinforce the Texters next conference.

Vernon Macklin was awesome with his 22-20 line, despite shooting just 6-of-14 from the field. Mac Baracael, too, was extremely impressive with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 triples. Talk about stepping up big time. But the man of the match was definitely LA Tenorio. The Lieutenant scattered 28 markers despite missing all 7 of his trey attempts. He shot 62% from the 2-point area and made 12-of-14 FTs. Also grabbed 6 boards and had 5 dimes. LA vs Casio in the Finals should be a classic.

Game Recaps:
GINEBRA over TALK N TEXT, 104-101
Vernon Macklin carried Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on his broad shoulders as the Gin Kings stayed alive against Talk N Text, 104-101, in Game Four of the Commissioners Cup semifinals Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Macklin scored 37 points, including a basket with 54.4 seconds left that broke the games final deadlock, to force a rubber match for a ticket to the championship round.

The import got plenty of support from Ginebra locals, as five other players scored in double figures Jayjay Helterbrand (17 points), LA Tenorio (16), Chris Ellis (13), and Kerby Raymundo (12).

This win is for my players, said Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua. Wala na akong masabi sa kanila.

Ginebra built a double-digit lead in the first half, before Talk N Text rallied in the third quarter after Macklin was called for a flagrant foul for shoving Ranidel De Ocampo.

Talk N Text leaned on import Tony Mitchell, who scored 45 points. But the dynamic reinforcement lost steam down the stretch, missing several shots that could have tied the game for the Tropang Texters.

Hes a very good import. We cant stop him, but we can contain him, said Chua, whose Gin Kings forced Mitchell into missing all eight of his three-point attempts apart from eight turnovers.

Mitchell got limited support from the rest of the Tropang Texters, with only Ranidel De Ocampo scoring in double figures for Talk N Text.

The final game of the series is set on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum at 6:15 p.m.

Eto wala nang pahingahan to, said Chua.

GIN 104 Macklin 37, Helterbrand 17, Tenorio 16, Ellis 13, Raymundo 12, Baracael 7, Hatfield 2, Espiritu 0, Urbiztondo 0.
TNT 101 Mitchell 45, De Ocampo 12, Castro 7, Carey 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Reyes 6, Raymundo 4, Fonacier 4, Ferriols 4, Peek 4, Alvarez 2, Aban 0.
QS: 26-29, 65-55, 81-81, 104-101

ALASKA over SAN MIG COFFEE, 83-78
A new champion will emerge at the end of the Commissioners Cup.

The Alaska Aces made sure of that on Saturday night, defeating defending champion San Mig Coffee, 83-78, to win their semifinals series at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum in four games.

With the victory, the Aces booked their first championship round appearance since the departure of former coach Tim Cone, who left the team two years ago to coach the Purefoods franchise.

Import Robert Dozier struggled with just six points, but five of those came in the dying minutes to give the Aces the final push to close the match.

Im proud of Robert, hes playing with a sprained ankle, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, who is making his first finals appearance in just his third tournament as a PBA coach.

Dozier was one of many heroes for Alaska, which also includes Calvin Abueva. The brash rookie forward struggled in the first half, but scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the Aces come back from a 14-point halftime deficit.

When Calvin gets going, he really gets going, said Trillo.

San Mig Coffee came out firing, unleashing a 19-0 run in the second quarter to lead 48-34 at the half. But the Mixers, who were playing without top gun James Yap, did not seem to have enough firepower in the second half to keep up with Alaska.

James, he couldve helped them, said Trillo. They lacked one more weapon inside.

Alaska will play the winner of Sundays Game Five between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in a best-of-five finals series set to tip off on Wednesday.

I think both teams are tired also, said Trillo, who refused to disclose a preference for either opponent. Hard to say. Im not gonna wish for anything.

ALA 83 Baguio 16, Casio 15, Abueva 14, Thoss 9, Dela Cruz 9, Espinas 7, Dozier 6, Hontiveros 5, Jazul 2, Belasco 0.
SMC 78 Bowles 23, Devance 18, Barroca 14, Simon 10, Pingris 5, Mallari 3, Reavis 3, Najorda 2, Gonzales 0, De Ocampo 0.
QS: 25-24, 34-48, 60-64, 83-78

GINEBRA over TALK N TEXT, 111-103
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel unleashed a blistering attack early before showing poise in the face of a furious Talk N Text rally to win Game Five of their Commissioners Cup semifinals series, 111-103, Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With the win, Ginebra booked its first finals appearance since the 2011 edition of the tournament.

I didnt expect that well be in the championship, said Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua, who rebounded from an 0-4 start to the tournament to make a Cinderella run to the finals as a seventh seed. They will face top-ranked Alaska in the championship round.

Its a God-given gift, daming injuries, pero nakarating kami dito.

Buoyed by a boisterous crowd of 21,408 cheering lustily for them from the opening tip, the Gin Kings built a 20-point halftime lead, 61-41, against the shorthanded Tropang Texters.

But Talk N Text, which was playing without star forward Ranidel De Ocampo in addition to injured stalwarts Kelly Williams and Jared Dillinger, did not give up. The Tropang Texters cut the lead to just 11 points at the end of the third period, and came within striking distance in the final quarter.

Tinitingnan ko, kinakabahan ako, said Chua. Pero yung mga players, wala lang.

LA Tenorio led Ginebra with 28 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter to keep Talk N Text at bay.

The kid showed something that, pwede talaga siyang mag-[Best Player of the Conference, said Chua.

Import Vernon Macklin, whose arrival in the tournament turned Ginebras fortunes around, added 22 points and 20 rebounds, while Mac Baracael had 21 points.

Against Alaska in the finals, Chua knows the going will get even tougher.

Alaska is very complete, from wing to point to big man, said Chua, who added that he wont be thinking of the championship round just yet.

Enjoy-in ko muna to kahit isang araw.

GIN 111 Tenorio 28, Macklin 22, Baracael 21, Helterbrand 15, Raymundo 13, Hatfield 6, Urbiztondo 3, Caguioa 2, Ellis 1, Mamaril 0.
TNT 103 Mitchell 42, Castro 15, Peek 11, Reyes 10, Ferriols 9, Aban 8, Fonacier 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Carey 2, Raymundo 1, Gamalinda 0, Alvarez 0, Alapag 0.
QS: 27-18, 61-41, 78-69, 111-103

Source:
Intro by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com.
Game recaps by Rey Joble/InterAKTV.



2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Playoffs Roundup: May 10-12, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The 2013 PBA Commish Cup will not have a repeat titlist this year. This much was confirmed after the Alaska Aces booted out their former mentor and his current team in Game 4 last Saturday, while the Bgy. Ginebra Gin Kings completed a stirring comeback from a 1-2 series hole to upend the Talk N Text Tropang Texters last night. So its going to be an Alaska-Ginebra showdown for the championship!!! First to four games wins! Gatas o Gin? Kampihan na!

Last Friday, Bgy. Ginebra forced a rubber match after beating Talk N Text, 104-101. After struggling in Game 3, Vernon Macklin redeemed himself well here, dropping 37 points on the overmatched and overworked TNT frontline. V-Mack also collared 12 rebounds and dished out 4 assists as the Gin Kings forced a winner-take-all Game Five.

Hardly any locals showed up for the Texters, as Tony Mitchell was basically a one-man scoring machine. Mitchell, as brilliant as he is scoring 45 points, could not carry TNT straight into the Finals, and coach Norman Black is now left pondering about the critical missed opportunities in this outing. In contrast, Ginebra enjoyed a ton of support from its locals. Jayjay Helterbrand, LA Tenorio, Chris Ellis, and Kerby Raymundo all scored 12 or more points to backstop Macklin's virtuoso performance.

A day after, Alaska defeated San Mig Coffee, 83-78, to enter a PBA Finals series for the first time since Tim Cone bolted for SMC. So many improbable things happened in this game -- from Rob Dozier scoring just 6 points, the Aces roaring back from a double-digit deficit, and Calvin Abueva scoring all but two of his points in the fourth period. Such a well-earned series win by the Aces.

James Yap and Marc Pingris, easily the two most popular SMC Mixers, were both non-existent here. Yap missed the game entirely, while Ping was limited to a paltry 5-point output. The result? Bye bye title defense.

Hows this for irony? Tim Cone left Alaska when the Aces were struggling. He signed up with SMC and led them to last season's Commish Cup title. He swept the Aces in the elims of the current Commish Cup. And then he gets beaten in four games by his former apprentice with a number of the same players he left behind. In the process, Cone's new team was dethroned by his old team. Fate, you're pretty funny.

Last night, Ginebra completed its big series turnaround by trouncing Talk N Text, 111-103. The Gin Kings utilized a blistering first half to immediately put considerable distance between themselves and TNT. Coach Alfrancis Chuas wards were all over the hardwood, making plays on both ends of the floor on their way to a 61-41 spread. It turned out that was enough of a cushion to pave the way for a Finals clash with the Aces.

In his three games, TNT import Tony Mitchell has proven he can score in bunches. He, however, can also miss in bunches, and he is also allergic to passing the ball. Not the best combo in the world if you ask me. Not too keen on his coming back to reinforce the Texters next conference.

Vernon Macklin was awesome with his 22-20 line, despite shooting just 6-of-14 from the field. Mac Baracael, too, was extremely impressive with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 triples. Talk about stepping up big time. But the man of the match was definitely LA Tenorio. The Lieutenant scattered 28 markers despite missing all 7 of his trey attempts. He shot 62% from the 2-point area and made 12-of-14 FTs. Also grabbed 6 boards and had 5 dimes. LA vs Casio in the Finals should be a classic.

Game Recaps:
GINEBRA over TALK N TEXT, 104-101
Vernon Macklin carried Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on his broad shoulders as the Gin Kings stayed alive against Talk N Text, 104-101, in Game Four of the Commissioners Cup semifinals Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Macklin scored 37 points, including a basket with 54.4 seconds left that broke the games final deadlock, to force a rubber match for a ticket to the championship round.

The import got plenty of support from Ginebra locals, as five other players scored in double figures Jayjay Helterbrand (17 points), LA Tenorio (16), Chris Ellis (13), and Kerby Raymundo (12).

This win is for my players, said Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua. Wala na akong masabi sa kanila.

Ginebra built a double-digit lead in the first half, before Talk N Text rallied in the third quarter after Macklin was called for a flagrant foul for shoving Ranidel De Ocampo.

Talk N Text leaned on import Tony Mitchell, who scored 45 points. But the dynamic reinforcement lost steam down the stretch, missing several shots that could have tied the game for the Tropang Texters.

Hes a very good import. We cant stop him, but we can contain him, said Chua, whose Gin Kings forced Mitchell into missing all eight of his three-point attempts apart from eight turnovers.

Mitchell got limited support from the rest of the Tropang Texters, with only Ranidel De Ocampo scoring in double figures for Talk N Text.

The final game of the series is set on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum at 6:15 p.m.

Eto wala nang pahingahan to, said Chua.

GIN 104- Macklin 37, Helterbrand 17, Tenorio 16, Ellis 13, Raymundo 12, Baracael 7, Hatfield 2, Espiritu 0, Urbiztondo 0.
TNT 101- Mitchell 45, De Ocampo 12, Castro 7, Carey 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Reyes 6, Raymundo 4, Fonacier 4, Ferriols 4, Peek 4, Alvarez 2, Aban 0.
QS: 26-29, 65-55, 81-81, 104-101

ALASKA over SAN MIG COFFEE, 83-78
A new champion will emerge at the end of the Commissioners Cup.

The Alaska Aces made sure of that on Saturday night, defeating defending champion San Mig Coffee, 83-78, to win their semifinals series at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum in four games.

With the victory, the Aces booked their first championship round appearance since the departure of former coach Tim Cone, who left the team two years ago to coach the Purefoods franchise.

Import Robert Dozier struggled with just six points, but five of those came in the dying minutes to give the Aces the final push to close the match.

Im proud of Robert, hes playing with a sprained ankle, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, who is making his first finals appearance in just his third tournament as a PBA coach.

Dozier was one of many heroes for Alaska, which also includes Calvin Abueva. The brash rookie forward struggled in the first half, but scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the Aces come back from a 14-point halftime deficit.

When Calvin gets going, he really gets going, said Trillo.

San Mig Coffee came out firing, unleashing a 19-0 run in the second quarter to lead 48-34 at the half. But the Mixers, who were playing without top gun James Yap, did not seem to have enough firepower in the second half to keep up with Alaska.

James, he couldve helped them, said Trillo. They lacked one more weapon inside.

Alaska will play the winner of Sundays Game Five between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in a best-of-five finals series set to tip off on Wednesday.

I think both teams are tired also, said Trillo, who refused to disclose a preference for either opponent. Hard to say. Im not gonna wish for anything.

ALA 83- Baguio 16, Casio 15, Abueva 14, Thoss 9, Dela Cruz 9, Espinas 7, Dozier 6, Hontiveros 5, Jazul 2, Belasco 0.
SMC 78- Bowles 23, Devance 18, Barroca 14, Simon 10, Pingris 5, Mallari 3, Reavis 3, Najorda 2, Gonzales 0, De Ocampo 0.
QS: 25-24, 34-48, 60-64, 83-78

GINEBRA over TALK N TEXT, 111-103
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel unleashed a blistering attack early before showing poise in the face of a furious Talk N Text rally to win Game Five of their Commissioners Cup semifinals series, 111-103, Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With the win, Ginebra booked its first finals appearance since the 2011 edition of the tournament.

I didnt expect that well be in the championship, said Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua, who rebounded from an 0-4 start to the tournament to make a Cinderella run to the finals as a seventh seed. They will face top-ranked Alaska in the championship round.

Its a God-given gift, daming injuries, pero nakarating kami dito.

Buoyed by a boisterous crowd of 21,408 cheering lustily for them from the opening tip, the Gin Kings built a 20-point halftime lead, 61-41, against the shorthanded Tropang Texters.

But Talk N Text, which was playing without star forward Ranidel De Ocampo in addition to injured stalwarts Kelly Williams and Jared Dillinger, did not give up. The Tropang Texters cut the lead to just 11 points at the end of the third period, and came within striking distance in the final quarter.

Tinitingnan ko, kinakabahan ako, said Chua. Pero yung mga players, wala lang.

LA Tenorio led Ginebra with 28 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter to keep Talk N Text at bay.

The kid showed something that, pwede talaga siyang mag-[Best Player of the Conference, said Chua.

Import Vernon Macklin, whose arrival in the tournament turned Ginebras fortunes around, added 22 points and 20 rebounds, while Mac Baracael had 21 points.

Against Alaska in the finals, Chua knows the going will get even tougher.

Alaska is very complete, from wing to point to big man, said Chua, who added that he wont be thinking of the championship round just yet.

Enjoy-in ko muna to kahit isang araw.

GIN 111- Tenorio 28, Macklin 22, Baracael 21, Helterbrand 15, Raymundo 13, Hatfield 6, Urbiztondo 3, Caguioa 2, Ellis 1, Mamaril 0.
TNT 103- Mitchell 42, Castro 15, Peek 11, Reyes 10, Ferriols 9, Aban 8, Fonacier 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Carey 2, Raymundo 1, Gamalinda 0, Alvarez 0, Alapag 0.
QS: 27-18, 61-41, 78-69, 111-103

Sources:
Intro by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com.
Game recaps by Rey Joble/InterAKTV.



Barangay Ginebra reach Alaska Aces in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Talk N Text - Barangay Ginebra 103-111 (2-3)

Barangay Ginebra reach Alaska Aces in the Final as they won over Talk N Text in the decisive fifth game. 38 personal fouls committed by Talk N Text helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds. point guard LA Tenorio (177-84) chipped in 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) produced a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and point guard Jayson Castro (173-86) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Barangay Ginebra and four Talk N Text players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Talk N Text: T.Mitchell 42+11reb+1ast, J.Castro 15+6reb+5ast, A.Peek 11+5reb, R.Reyes 10+7reb+3ast, J.Ferriols 9+10reb+2ast, A.Aban 8+2reb
Barangay Ginebra: L.Tenorio 28+6reb+5ast, V.Macklin 22+20reb+2ast, M.Baracael 21+6reb+1ast, J.Helterbrand 15+5reb+5ast, K.Raymundo 13+7reb, R.Hatfield 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 241064



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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 ZG18.5 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.3 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.5 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.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 ZG7.3 
 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.5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Fos Ouest5.3 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG4.8 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 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. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 8. Harris, AZS K.1.0 
 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.15.2 
 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.7.6 
 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.5.8 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 7. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.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. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 5. Grochowski, MKS D.2.0 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Hyzy, Slask W.1.9 
 8. Flieger, Slask W.1.9 
 9. Zytko, P..1.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.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. Grudzinski, Spojn.0.8 


1Liga Round 4 of Finals. Slask grab the title - by Eurobasket News

MOSiR Krosno - Slask Wroclaw 50-59

Slask Wroclaw earned 1Liga title. They overcame MOSiR Krosno in the fourth game of the Finals to clinch 3-1 victory in the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MOSiR Krosno won third quarter 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slask Wroclaw dominated on the defensive end, holding MOSiR Krosno to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded MOSiR Krosno 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) who added 6 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) scored 14 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: K.Laczynski 14+1reb+4ast, W.Pisarczyk 11+2reb, A.Misiewicz 10+7reb+3ast, M.Salamonik 7+3reb+2ast, L.Paul 4+4reb, D.Oczkowicz 4+7reb+3ast
Slask Wroclaw: L.Diduszko 17+7reb, P.Kikowski 12+5reb, R.Hyzy 6+14reb, K.Sulima 6+3reb+2ast, M.Flieger 6+3reb+2ast, N.Kulon 5+1reb
gschID: 241065



TBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. PGE Turow and Stelmet ZG with home wins - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - AZS Koszalin 85-80

Stelmet Zielona Gora rolled past AZS Koszalin to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. AZS Koszalin trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-85 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Stelmet ZG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Stelmet ZG's coach Mihailo Uvalin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) answered with 18 points and American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for AZS Koszalin. Four Stelmet ZG and five AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: Q.Hosley 20+4reb+5ast, W.Hodge 16+1reb+2ast, D.Borovnjak 14+10reb, L.Koszarek 13+1reb+9ast, M.Sroka 7+1reb+2ast, M.Cesnauskis 6+1reb
AZS Koszalin: L.Wisniewski 18+2reb+3ast, P.Leonczyk 14+2reb, D.Harris 11+10reb, R.Jones 10+4reb, S.Henry 10+4reb+2ast, I.Milicic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240686


PGE Turow - Anwil 79-68

PGE Turow knocked down Anwil to surge ahead in the semis. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Anwil was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Guinean point guard Russell Robinson (185-86) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Bosnian-Croatian Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) responded with 14 points and the other American import forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) scored 11 points. Anwil's coach Milija Bogicevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: I.Opacak 19+4reb+1ast, R.Robinson 15+5reb+9ast, M.Chylinski 13+2reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 12+2reb, A.Cel 6+4reb+3ast, D.Jackson 5
Anwil: M.Ginyard 14+2reb+2ast, R.Boykin 11+4reb, S.Hajric 11+2reb, N.Jovanovic 9+5reb, T.Weeden 8+2reb+3ast, P.Frasunkiewicz 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 240685



Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga 1st Team 2013
Jan Grzelinski
Grzelinski
Piotr Pluta
Pluta
Bartosz Diduszko
Diduszko
Jaroslaw Pawlowski
Pawlowski
Piotr Wojdyr
Wojdyr

Player of the Year: Bartosz Diduszko (198-F/G-87) of WKK Wroclaw
Guard of the Year: Piotr Pluta (192-G-81) of Wilki Morskie
Forward of the Year: Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-F-80) of Pogon Prudnik
Center of the Year: Piotr Wojdyr (217-C-90) of Wilki Morskie
Best Young Player of the Year: Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) of SMS PZKosz
Coach of the Year: Marek Zukowski of Wilki Morskie

1st Team
PG: Jan Grzelinski (180-PG-94) of WKK Wroclaw
G: Piotr Pluta (192-G-81) of Wilki Morskie
F/G: Bartosz Diduszko (198-F/G-87) of WKK Wroclaw
F: Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-F-80) of Pogon Prudnik
C: Piotr Wojdyr (217-C-90) of Wilki Morskie

2nd Team
G: Marcin Stoklosa (188-G-77) of Wilki Morskie
G/F: David Brembly (197-G/F-93) of Trefl Sopot
F: Patryk Przyborowski (196-F-90) of Pulaski Warka
F/C: Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) of SMS PZKosz
C: Lukasz Bak (207-C-81) of MCKiS Jaworz.

Honorable Mention
Radoslaw Bojko (196-F-91) of Wilki Morskie
Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) of SMS PZKosz
Bartosz Wluczynski (176-PG-88) of Ksiezak Lowicz
Mariusz Wojcik (197-F-79) of MKS Skierniew.
Lukasz Krzeminski (201-F-80) of Basket Pila
Mikolaj Grod (194-F-89) of Notec
Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-F-84) of AZS AWF K-ce
Marcin Ecka (184-PG-78) of AZS AWF K-ce
Lukasz Niesobski (186-G-85) of Sudety
Dominik Majewski (185-G-83) of PWiK Piaseczno
Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-F-84) of Tur Bielsk Pdl.
Kamil Zakrzewski (193-F-77) of Tur Bielsk Pdl.
Piotr Mis (204-F/C-77) of Handlopex AZS
Robert Cetnar (197-F-88) of Rosa II Radom
Jakub Schenk (185-PG-94) of Rosa Radom
Dawid Mieczkowski (188-G-89) of Pulaski Warka



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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 Madeira16.0 
 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. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 3. Fernandes, Acade.5.3 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Pires, Alges4.4 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Costa, CAB Madeira4.0 
 10. Simoes, Academica3.9 
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. Hallman, Academica2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 7. Jackson, CAB M.1.9 
 8. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 9. Balseiro, Academica1.9 
 10. Oliveira, Barcelos1.8 
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 4 of Semi-Finals. CAB Madeira force decider against Academica - by Eurobasket News

Academica - CAB Madeira 83-89

CAB Madeira avoided elimination with a tough-fought road win over Academica. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. CAB Madeira made 30-of-32 free shots (93.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Academica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 assists and Spanish power forward Jose Manuel Coego (204-78) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. CAB Madeira's coach Joao Freitas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international swingman Fernando Sousa (192-81) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Academica: A.Hallman 19+12reb+3ast, J.Balseiro 17+2reb+1ast, F.Sousa 16+5reb+3ast, M.Fernandes 11+4reb+3ast, M.Goncalves 9+6reb, S.Lukasiak 6+3reb
CAB Madeira: J.Smith 29+4reb+9ast, J.Manuel Coego 13+7reb, J.Coelho 10+3reb+1ast, F.Lima 10+4reb, J.Silva 8+2reb+2ast, S.Jackson 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 241058



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Santurce 14-5 
 2. Ponce 12-6 
 3. Mayaguez 11-8 
 4. Guayama 10-8 
 5. Quebradillas 10-9 
 6. Guaynabo 9-9 
 7. Humacao 9-9 
 8. Arecibo 7-11 
 9. San German 5-13 
 10. Bayamon 5-14 

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 12: Guayama - Santurce 93-102
May. 12: Bayamon - Guaynabo 90-93 OT
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. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.1 
 10. Galindo, Santurce16.9 
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. Graterol, Arecibo8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Harrellson, Guaya.8.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Scott, Humacao7.7 
 10. Gainous, Bayamon7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 4. Coronado, Guayama4.2 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.3.9 
 7. Pagan, Santurce3.5 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.3 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.1 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 4. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 5. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 6. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 7. Santiago, Ponce1.4 
 8. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.3 
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. Mata, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Brock, Guayama0.9 


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

29-year old swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) had an amazing evening in the last week for Humacao and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 21.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Arecibo (#8, 7-11) in overtime 80-74. Humacao maintains the 6th position in Puerto Rican league. Humacao 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 9-9 record. Carmona just recently signed at Humacao, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Carmona has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 54.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Quebradillas. He is a guard in his first season at Quebradillas. In the last game Melendez recorded impressive 32 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Quebradillas lost that game 79-97 to slightly higher-ranked Mayaguez (#3, 11-8). This loss caused Quebradillas to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Melendez is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) of San German (#10). Phillip scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Phillip's great performance San German lost 87-92 to the higher-ranked Guaynabo (#7, 8-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. San German can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Phillip he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Phillip has individually a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Mayaguez - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Guaynabo - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of San German - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Victor Liz (188-G/F-88) of San German - 26 points
8. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Mayaguez - 16 points and 9 rebounds
9. Denis Clemente (183-PG-86) of Humacao - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85) of Arecibo - 10 points, 10 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)



Bayamon and San German sign import guards - by Luis Modestti


Vaqueros de Bayamon and Atleticos de San German signed import guards looking for a reaction. Both teams are in the bottom of the league with a 5-13 record.

Bayamon signed Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) and released forward James Maye. De Leon played for Wollongong in Australia and averaged 16,4 points and 3,6 assists in 30 games. Maye played well for Vaqueros averaging 14,1 points in 18 games.

San German added Anthony Winchester (193-G-83, college: W.Kentucky) who averaged 15,9 points in 30 games for Leche Rio Breogan in Spain. They released Leroy Hickerson who averaged 19,8 points in 17 games.

Vaqueros play today against Mets de Guaynabo while San German goes to Santurce on Tuesday.



Indios heating up - by Luis Modestti

Indios de Mayaguez are heating up to close the first half of the season with five wins in a row.

Mayaguez is now in fourth place with an 11-8 record and defeated Capitanes and Piratas to close the week. Mayaguez went to Arecibo and defeated them 74-72 led by Danilo Pinnock who netted 18 points and Andres Ortiz who added 14.

Then on Saturday Mayaguez dominated Piratas de Quebradillas 97-79. Weyinmi Efejuku-Rose scored 21 points and Cliff Duran followed with 18.

Piratas defeated Brujos on Friday 90-78. Lorenzo Mata had 23 points and Kevin Lisch 22 for Piratas. Renaldo Balkman made his return to Brujos with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks on 37:58 played.

Leones de Ponce scored 54 points in the second half and defeated Bayamon 85-80. Ike Diogu scored 20 points and Rick Apodaca 16 for Leones who are in second place with a 12-6 record.

Mets de Guaynabo edged Atleticos 92-87 as Christian Dalmau and Larry Ayuso scored 19 points each. Victor Liz netted 26 for San German.

Caciques-Gigantes edged Capitanes de Arecibo 80-74 in overtime. Regulation ended tied at 66 after a basket by Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) with two minutes left.

Carmona finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Caciques-Gigantes who are now 9-9, including an 8-1 record at home.

Games for Sunday, May 12:

4:00 p.m. Mets de Guaynabo at Vaqueros de Bayamon
7:00 p.m. Cangrejeros de Santurce at Brujos de Guayama



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Trotamundos
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Petty, Trotamundos20.8 
 2. Darby, Rovinari20.7 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.20.3 
 4. Shepherd, CSM B.18.7 
 5. Horton, Timba Timi.18.3 
 6. Fisher, Dinamo B.18.2 
 7. Wisseh, Rovinari17.9 
 8. Barac, Pitesti17.8 
 9. Brown, Timba Timis.16.6 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu10.2 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.3 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.3 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.3 
 6. Darby, Rovinari7.2 
 7. Johnson, Timisoara6.8 
 8. Carutasu, CSM B.6.8 
 9. Cuic, Targu Mures6.8 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.6.8 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.4 
 3. Wisseh, Rovinari5.8 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures5.5 
 5. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.4 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 7. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.2 
 8. Petty, Trotamundos4.9 
 9. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.6 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.2.9 
 2. Fisher, Dinamo B.2.1 
 3. Petty, Trotamundos2.1 
 4. Dixon, Dinamo B.2.1 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets2.0 
 6. Henifin, Brisbane1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Farul C.1.9 
 8. Mandache, Gaz M.1.8 
 9. Wisseh, Rovinari1.8 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 3. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 5. Kickingstall., Tim.1.3 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti1.1 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 9. Barro, Targu Mures1.0 
 10. Morris, CSM B.0.9 



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 16-2 
 2. Khimky 13-5 
 3. Spartak SP 10-8 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-9 
 5. Unics 8-10 
 6. Triumph 8-10 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 8-10 
 8. N.Novgorod 8-10 
 9. Spartak-Prim. 7-11 
 10. Enisey 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 12: Spartak-Prim. - Triumph 78-71
May. 11: Krasnie Krilya - Enisey 78-60


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.4 
 2. Thompson, N.Nov.15.6 
 3. Gillenwater, Spart.15.2 
 4. Fridzon, Khimky15.1 
 5. Oguchi, Spartak-.15.0 
 6. Simmons, Krasnie14.5 
 7. Delaney, Spartak-.14.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph14.2 
 9. Kaimakoglou, Unics13.9 
 10. Eidson, Unics12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 2. Jefferson, Enisey7.6 
 3. Smith, Krasnie Kri.6.5 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.5 
 5. Maric, Lokomotiv6.4 
 6. Thompson, N.Nov.6.3 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics6.0 
 9. Gillenwater, Spart.5.9 
 10. Panin, N.Novgorod5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.6 
 2. McKee, Triumph5.2 
 3. Planinic, Khimky4.8 
 4. Delaney, Spartak-.4.6 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics4.3 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.4.2 
 8. Dowdell, Enisey3.9 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Lokomo.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksei SUROVTSEV
  Sparta.
  (202-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.4 
 2. McKee, Triumph2.3 
 3. Thompson, N.Nov.2.0 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.0 
 5. Eidson, Unics1.7 
 6. Fridzon, Khimky1.5 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Landry, Triumph1.5 
 9. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Monya, Khimky1.5 
 2. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.2 
 3. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 5. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 6. Mavrokefalid., Spa.0.7 
 7. Thompson, N.Nov.0.6 
 8. Maric, Lokomotiv0.6 
 9. Veremeenko, Unics0.5 
 10. Sokolov, CSKA0.5 


The End of PBL Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in PBL just ended. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

We should mention about the upset which took place in Vladivostok, where higher ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (8-10) lost to ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. (7-11) in a road game 71-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. They outrebounded Triumph Lyubertsy 43-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Artem Zabelin (215-88) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international Sergey Karasev (202-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak-Prim. maintains ninth place with 7-11 record. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Samara. Local Krasnie Krilya (8-10) beat 10th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (3-15) 78-60. It was a good game for American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Dmitry Kulagin contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Krasnie Krilya moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost.


Spartak-Prim. - Triumph 78-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Vladivostok, where higher ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (8-10) lost to ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. (7-11) in a road game 71-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. They outrebounded Triumph Lyubertsy 43-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Artem Zabelin (215-88) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Spartak-Prim. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international Sergey Karasev (202-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) added 14 points, 7 assists and 6 steals respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak-Prim. maintains ninth place with 7-11 record. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: A.Zabelin 17+8reb+1ast, P.Delaney 16+9reb+7ast, D.Gordeev 14+7reb+2ast, K.Nesterov 12+1reb+2ast, A.Surovtsev 9+11reb+1ast, A.Golyakhov 8+1reb+1ast
Triumph: S.Karasev 18+7reb+3ast, T.McKee 14+3reb+7ast, T.Mitchell 10+1reb, I.Lazarev 7+3reb, A.Vikhrov 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Naimy 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200858


Krasnie Krilya - Enisey 78-60

The game with biggest result difference took place in Samara. Local Krasnie Krilya (8-10) beat 10th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (3-15) 78-60. Krasnie Krilya players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Enisey Krasnoyarsk's players. It was a good game for American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Dmitry Kulagin (197-92) contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Krasnie Krilya players scored in double figures. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Krasnie Krilya moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: A.Smith 16+11reb+1ast, C.Simmons 12+1reb+1ast, D.Kulagin 10+3reb+4ast, O.Thomas 10+4reb+3ast, L.Wilson 10+5reb+1ast, A.Fedortchuk 5+3reb
Enisey: D.Jefferson 16+7reb+1ast, E.Kikanovic 14+9reb, A.Komarovskiy 10+2reb+2ast, M.Krivosheev 7+2reb+1ast, V.Zaytsev 6+1reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200859



Euroleague: CSKA snatch win over Barcelona to earn third place - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - FC Barcelona Regal 74:73

CSKA finished their EuroLeague campaign on a high note. They held off Barcelona to earn the third overall position. Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Both teams were coming off sour losses on Friday but managed to pull together and came up with an exciting battle.
CSKA looked slightly better in the first quarter. They opened the game on an 11:2 rally. Barcelona cut the deficit but still trailed by three points at the first break 12:15. Abrines tied things up at 17 early in the second frame. Joe Ingles soon put the Spanish team in front. However CSKA regained the lead late in the quarter before Marko Todorovic (210-C/F-92) made it 35:35 at halftime. CSKA tipped off the second half with 13 points in a row to surge ahead. The Russian powerhouse maintained the advantage securing a 59:54 lead into the fourth frame. Lorbek brought Barcelona within three points 65:68 with just over three minutes remaining. Viktor Khryapa made it 70:65 with two minutes to go. But Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) responded with a triple to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 68:70. Ante Tomic levelled things up at 70. Kaun gave CSKA a 72:70 lead but Juan Carlos Navarro connected once again from beyond the arc to put Barcelona in front 73:72. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) got fouled and sank two free throws with 27 seconds remaining to give CSKA a decisive lead. Marcelinho Huertas had a chance to win the game for Barcelona but missed a jumper. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) nailed 14 points, while Aaron Jackson added 13 points for the winners. Juan Carlos Navarro responded with 17 points for Barcelona. Marko Todorovic added 11 points in the loss.

CSKA: Viktor Khryapa 16, Sonny Weems 14, Aaron Jackson 13
FC Barcelona Regal: Juan Carlos Navarro 17, Marko Todorovic 11




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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Partizan 8-2 
 2. Mega Vizura 8-2 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 7-3 
 4. Vojvodina 6-4 
 5. Radnicki KG 5-5 
 6. Metalac 3-7 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 2-8 
 8. Konstantin 1-9 
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. 12: Mega Vizura - Radnicki KG 87-85
May. 11: Vojvodina - Partizan 85-100
May. 12: Crvena Zvezda - Konstantin 83-70

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 15: Mega Vizura - Metalac
May. 15: Radnicki KG - Crvena Zvezda
May. 15: Konstantin - Vojvodina
May. 15: Partizan - Sloboda Uzice


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.16.7 
 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: 11.7
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.7 
 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, UCAM M.5.8 
 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 Vizura4.9 
 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. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 7. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 8. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
 9. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 10. Seferovic, Jagodi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.4 
 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 


Macvan, Erceg, Perovic and Markovic cancel participation for Eurobasket? - by Igor Obradovic

These four players are likely to cancel participation in the forthcoming European Championships to be held in Slovenia this year.

This four players could join a member of the Turkish Anadolu Efes, Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) who said that his decision must to wait for the next few days and he will then make a final decision.
Almost certainly Dusan Ivkovic can count on Krstic, Teodosic and Nemanja Bjelica.

European Championships starts 4 September and will last to 22 September.
Serbian opponents in Group B will be Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Latvia.



Rakocevic best in Crvena zvezda win - by Igor Obradovic

In the Cair Hall 4,000 people could see the great resistance from last placed team from Nis, Konstantin against the winner of this year's Cup of Serbia, Crvena zvezda Telekom.

33 minutes, Konstantin was held in the game, they even won the second and third quarter of this game ( 17:12, 20:19) and honestly struggled a team that has high hopes for this season in Serbian Superleague competition. Finally, the quality and excellent Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) solve this tough game for team from Belgrade.
Match ended with a score 70:83 (14:26, 17:12, 20:19, 19:26).

In home team best was Milovan Savic (205-C-87) with 13pts, 4rbd and 12 with 18 index points, with him good game have and Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) with 11pts, 2rbd, 1ast and Bojan Petrovic (205-F/C-88) with 11pts, 3rbd and 1ast.
In away team again the most experienced player was again the most experienced. Igor Rakocevic recorded 25pts (10/12 FT, 3/7 2P, 3/5 3P), 5ast, DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 15pts, 3rbd, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 6rbd.

This is 7 win for Crvena zvezda and they are now in 3rd position in Serbian Superleague, behind Partizan mt:s and Mega Vizura and in front of Vojvodina Srbijagas and Radnicki Kragujevac.
Konstatin is on the last posistion with only one win and nine loses.

In next round on program is derby match of the round between Radnicki Kragujevac and Crvena zvezda. Konstantin will play against Vojvodina Srbijagas, Mega with Metalac Koteks and Partizan mt:s will be host to team from Uzice, Sloboda.

Today in early hours is played match between Mega Vizura and Radnicki Kragujevac and Dejan Milojevic players was better with result 87:85.



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  SLOVENIA   


Tomorrow final series start in Novo mesto - by Matej Bergant

Slovenian Telemach League finals will start tomorrow with the first game in Novo mesto, home of defending champions Krka. The finals will be played between two traditional opponents Krka Novo mesto and Union Olimpija Ljubljana. Second game will be played on Wednesday in Ljubljana's Stozice Arena. More experienced team Krka is a slight favourite to win the series, compared to young Union Olimpija. Krka finished the regular part of the season with only one loss, while Union Olimpija lost three times.

Game #1, Monday, May 13th, at 20.00:
KRKA : UNION OLIMPIJA

Game #2, Wednesday, May 15th, at 18.00:
UNION OLIMPIJA : KRKA

Game #3, Friday, May 17th, at 20.00:
KRKA : UNION OLIMPIJA

Possible Game #4, Monday, May 20th, at 18.00:
UNION OLIMPIJA : KRKA

Possible Game #5, Wednesday, May 22th, at 20.00:
KRKA : UNION OLIMPIJA

All games will be broadcasted by RTV Slovenija 2.



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 28-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 25-8 
 3. FCB Regal 21-11 
 4. Valencia 21-12 
 5. CAI Zaragoza 20-13 
 6. Gescrap BB 19-14 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 18-15 
 8. Unicaja 18-15 
 9. Blusens M. 17-16 
 10. CB Canarias 16-17 
 11. FIATC Joventut 15-17 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 15-18 
 13. UCAM Murcia 13-20 
 14. Cajasol 12-21 
 15. Blancos de R. 12-21 
 16. Mad-Croc 11-22 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-24 
 18. Assignia M. 6-27 

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 12: Caja Laboral - Asefa Estudian. 80-90
May. 11: Blancos de R. - Blusens M. 79-93
May. 12: Assignia M. - Cajasol 76-92
May. 12: Unicaja - G.Canaria 2014 67-65
May. 12: Gescrap BB - Valencia 61-72
May. 12: Mad-Croc - CAI Zaragoza 57-80
May. 12: UCAM Murcia - CB Canarias 111-108 OT

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 19: Real Madrid - Lagun Aro GBC
May. 19: FCB Regal - Unicaja
May. 19: G.Canaria 2014 - Blancos de R.
May. 19: Blusens M. - Gescrap BB
May. 19: Valencia - Assignia M.
May. 19: Cajasol - Mad-Croc
May. 19: Asefa Estudian. - FIATC Joventut
May. 19: CAI Zaragoza - UCAM Murcia
May. 19: CB Canarias - Caja Laboral

Round 33

May. 16: Lagun Aro GBC - FCB Regal
May. 16: FIATC Joventut - Real Madrid


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-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.7 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.5 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.3 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.1 
 8. Nocioni, Caja Labo.13.9 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 10. Nelson, G.Canari.13.4 
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.6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.1 
 6. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.1 
 7. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 8. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 9. Kurz, Mad-Croc5.9 
 10. Bjelica, Caja Lab.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, Cajasol4.3 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 7. Huertas, FCB Regal3.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia3.7 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.6 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.1 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.8 
 3. Finley, Lagun A.1.7 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 5. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 8. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 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-Croc1.4 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 7. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 8. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Hamilton, Gescr.1.0 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  Breog.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, Breog.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 4. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 5. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 6. Blanch, Andorra14.6 
 7. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.3 
 9. Otegui, Palencia14.3 
 10. Coppenrath, Luce.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan8.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.2 
 7. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 8. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 9. Otegui, Palencia6.8 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Perez, Andorra5.2 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.7 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.1 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Schreiner, Andorra3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas SIKMA
  A.Ford B.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 2. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 3. Otegui, Palencia1.8 
 4. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 5. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 6. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 7. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 8. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 9. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 10. Xavier, A.Ford B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 3. Flis, Andorra1.1 
 4. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Gatell, Lobe Hues.0.7 
 10. McDermott, Palen.0.7 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

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


EuroLeague: Olympiacos defend their title - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Real Madrid 100:88

Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London tonight. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final.
Real Madrid looked dominant at every end of the floor in the opening quarter. The Spanish team got to a flying start building a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiacos once again showed their character. They opened the second frame on a 12:2 rally. Sloukas capped the first half with three points to put Olympiacos within 4 points 37:41. Vassilis Spanoulis drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third term to give the Reds a 45:43 lead. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) made it 52:46 for Olympiacos midway through the third term. Real however did not allow the Reds to pull away entering the fourth frame all tied at 61. The Greek team opened the fourth frame on a 9:1 run to ensure a 70:62 advantage. Marcus Slaughter received a technical foul midway through the period and Olympiacos punished Real with a 6:0 run to extend the lead to 14 points 84:70. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) dragged the Madrid outfit within 8 points 79:87 but Vassilis Spanoulis reacted with a timely three-pointer and Olympiacos cruised to the victory from there on. Acie Law provided 20 points, while Kyle Hines netted 12 points for the winners. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) responded with 21 points for Real Madrid. Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 22, Acie Law 20, Kyle Hines 12
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 21, Sergio Rodriguez 17



Palma clinch LEB Silver title - by Eurobasket News

Clinicas Rincon - Palma 65:72

Palma Air Europe will play in LEB Gold next season. They defeated Clinicas Rincon in the decisive fifth game of the championship series to clinch LEB Silver title. Ivan Matemalas (193-F-80) delivered 18 points and 6 boards to pace the winners.
Palma ensured a quick start to the game. They reeled off to a 19:12 lead after the first quarter. Clinicas Rincon narrowed the gap in the second term. The hosts eventually erased the deficit and tied things up at 33 after twenty minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the intense third quarter. Palma however saved more energy for the key minutes in the fourth quarter. The visitors exploded with 25 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Jason Blair (201-F/C-79, agency: SDJ Sports, college: San Diego) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Robert Joseph (204-C-78, college: Union, TN) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Dejan Todorovic (F-94) answered with 19 points for Clinicas Rincon. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) had 13 points in the loss.

Clinicas Rincon: Dejan Todorovic 19, Alberto Diaz 13
Palma: Ivan Matemalas 18, Jason Blair 16, Robert Joseph 11



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

26-year old power forward Marcus Lewis (203-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCAM Murcia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out CB Canarias (#10, 16-17) in overtime 111-108. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. UCAM Murcia maintains the 13th position in Spanish league. UCAM Murcia is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-20 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Lewis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Oral Roberts University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lewis is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.1rpg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87). He is a forward in his first season at UCAM Murcia. In the last game Antelo recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for UCAM Murcia to edge the higher-ranked CB Canarias (#10, 16-17) in overtime by 3 points 111-108. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. UCAM Murcia keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-20 record. Antelo is a newcomer at UCAM Murcia and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Blagota Sekulic (209-C-82, agency: FCM) of CB Canarias (#10). Sekulic scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Sekulic's great performance CB Canarias lost 108-111in overtime to the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#13, 13-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of CB Canarias ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sekulic could help CB Canarias to bring them higher in the standings. Sekulic has a very solid season. In 32 games in Spain he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 54.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) of Caja Laboral - 27 points and 5 rebounds
5. Nacho Martin (205-F-83) of Blancos de R. - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Salah Mejri (217-C-86) of Blusens M. - 20 points and 15 rebounds
7. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86) of CB Canarias - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) of Asefa Estudian. - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89) of Assignia M. - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) of CAI Zaragoza - 12 points and 10 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)



Nathan Jawai sidelined for reminder of season - by Eurobasket News

Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) will have miss the rest of the season because of the foot injury. The Australian centre suffered the injury in the ACB game against Joventut. He appeared on court shortly against Real Madrid in EuroLeague semifinal but could not cope with the injury and would have to miss ACB playoffs now.
Nathan Jawai averaged 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game in ACB this season. He also delivered 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per EuroLeague appearance. It is his first season with Barcelona. The centre had spells in Australia, Russia, Serbia, NBA and D-League before. He was named All-Australian NBL Rookie of the Year back in 2008. Nathan Jawai also earned All-VTB Honourable Mention back in 2012. Jawai was the member of the Australian National Team in 2009.



Euroleague: CSKA snatch win over Barcelona to earn third place - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - FC Barcelona Regal 74:73

CSKA finished their EuroLeague campaign on a high note. They held off Barcelona to earn the third overall position. Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Both teams were coming off sour losses on Friday but managed to pull together and came up with an exciting battle.
CSKA looked slightly better in the first quarter. They opened the game on an 11:2 rally. Barcelona cut the deficit but still trailed by three points at the first break 12:15. Abrines tied things up at 17 early in the second frame. Joe Ingles soon put the Spanish team in front. However CSKA regained the lead late in the quarter before Marko Todorovic (210-C/F-92) made it 35:35 at halftime. CSKA tipped off the second half with 13 points in a row to surge ahead. The Russian powerhouse maintained the advantage securing a 59:54 lead into the fourth frame. Lorbek brought Barcelona within three points 65:68 with just over three minutes remaining. Viktor Khryapa made it 70:65 with two minutes to go. But Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) responded with a triple to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 68:70. Ante Tomic levelled things up at 70. Kaun gave CSKA a 72:70 lead but Juan Carlos Navarro connected once again from beyond the arc to put Barcelona in front 73:72. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) got fouled and sank two free throws with 27 seconds remaining to give CSKA a decisive lead. Marcelinho Huertas had a chance to win the game for Barcelona but missed a jumper. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) nailed 14 points, while Aaron Jackson added 13 points for the winners. Juan Carlos Navarro responded with 17 points for Barcelona. Marko Todorovic added 11 points in the loss.

CSKA: Viktor Khryapa 16, Sonny Weems 14, Aaron Jackson 13
FC Barcelona Regal: Juan Carlos Navarro 17, Marko Todorovic 11




NIJT London: Joventut claim the title - by Eurobasket News

IJT Joventut Badalona - IJT Barcelona Regal 82:59

Joventut Badalona clinched the title at the Nike International Junior Tournament. They overwhelmed Barcelona in the title clash at O2 Arena in London tonight. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) stepped up with 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Badalona outfit.
Joventut built a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the gap in the second quarter. The Badalona team raced to a 46:29 halftime advantage. The margin grew in the third term. Joventut dominated boosting the distance to as many as 33 points heading into the fourth stanza. Barcelona stopped the rot going on a 22:12 rally in the final period but it was far from enough to threaten the margin. Joventut never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) chipped in 14 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 boards, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 13 points for the winners. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) answered with 18 points for Barcelona. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

IJT Joventut Badalona: Alberto Abalde 18, Agusti Sans 14, Jose Nogues 13
IJT Barcelona: Marc Garcia 18, Adria Cantenys 14



ACB Round 33: Unicaja Malaga beats G.Canaria 2014 by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 33 in the ACB took place in Malaga. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked G.Canaria 2014 (18-15) to eighth ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-15) 67-65 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-65. It was a good game for guard Txemi Urtasun (193-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. American forward Andy Panko (205-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Unicaja Malaga's coach Jasmin Repesa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for G.Canaria 2014. Unicaja Malaga have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated G.Canaria 2014. Unicaja Malaga is looking forward to face higher ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. G.Canaria 2014 will play against Blancos de Rueda (#15) in Valladolid and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Caja Laboral (25-8) against twelfth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (15-18) on Sunday night. Host Caja Laboral was defeated by Asefa Estudiantes in Vitoria 90-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Caja Laboral. Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (186-89) stepped up and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Kyle Kuric chipped in 25 points. The best for the losing side was Italian-Argentinian Andres Nocioni (199-79) with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Asefa Estudiantes maintains twelfth place with 15-18 record. Caja Laboral at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Asefa Estudiantes will play against higher ranked FIATC Joventut (#11) in Badalona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caja Laboral will play on the road against CB Canarias (#10) in Tenerife and hopes to get back on the winning track.
10th ranked CB Canarias (16-17) fell to thirteenth ranked UCAM Murcia (13-20) in overtime by three points 108-111 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of CB Canarias. Jose Angel Antelo nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. Blagota Sekulic came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for CB Canarias in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. UCAM Murcia maintains thirteenth place with 13-20 record. Newly promoted CB Canarias keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. UCAM Murcia will meet higher ranked CAI Zaragoza (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CB Canarias will play against the league's second-placed Caja Laboral (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Bilbao was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Valencia Basket (21-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Gescrap BB (19-14). Valencia Basket defeated Gescrap BB 72-61. The best player for the winners was Justin Doellman who scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Valencia Basket's coach Velimir Perasovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Valencia Basket maintains fourth place with 21-12 record. Gescrap BB at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Valencia Basket's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa (#18) at home which should be an easy win for them. Gescrap BB will play against Blusens Monbus (#9) in Santoago de Comp.
The game between 15th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-22) and sixth ranked CAI Zaragoza (20-13) in Madrid on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Zaragoza outscored Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 80-57. It was a good game for Pablo Aguilar who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CAI Zaragoza moved-up to fifth place. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. CAI Zaragoza will face UCAM Murcia (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Cajasol in Sevilla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 33 Cajasol beat Assignia M. on the road 92-76. Blancos de R. lost to Blusens M. on its own court 79-93.
The most impressive performance of 33th round was 25 points and 10 rebounds by Marcus Lewis of UCAM Murcia.


Unicaja - G.Canaria 2014 67-65

The most exciting game of round 33 in the ACB took place in Malaga. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked G.Canaria 2014 (18-15) to eighth ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-15) 67-65 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-65. It was a good game for guard Txemi Urtasun (193-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. American forward Andy Panko (205-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Unicaja Malaga's coach Jasmin Repesa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American-Azerbaijani power forward Spencer Nelson (202-80, college: Utah St.) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for G.Canaria 2014. Unicaja Malaga have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated G.Canaria 2014. Unicaja Malaga is looking forward to face higher ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. G.Canaria 2014 will play against Blancos de Rueda (#15) in Valladolid and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
G.Canaria 2014: R.Toolson 22+5reb+2ast, J.Beiran 10+8reb, S.Nelson 8+9reb+2ast, E.Baez 7+6reb, B.Newley 6+2reb+1ast, R.Guerra 5
Unicaja: A.Panko 20+2reb+1ast, T.Urtasun 19+4reb+3ast, L.Zoric 15+5reb, F.Vazquez 4+1reb+1ast, E.Calloway 3+4reb+2ast, Z.Dragic 3+2reb
gschID: 185954


Caja Laboral - Asefa Estudian. 80-90

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Caja Laboral (25-8) against twelfth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (15-18) on Sunday night. Host Caja Laboral was defeated by Asefa Estudiantes in Vitoria 90-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Caja Laboral. The game was mostly controlled by Asefa Estudiantes. Caja Laboral was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asefa Estudiantes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Caja Laboral's 36. Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (186-89) stepped up and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) chipped in 25 points. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Asefa Estudiantes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Italian-Argentinian Andres Nocioni (199-79) with 27 points and 5 rebounds and Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Asefa Estudiantes maintains twelfth place with 15-18 record. Caja Laboral at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Asefa Estudiantes will play against higher ranked FIATC Joventut (#11) in Badalona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caja Laboral will play on the road against CB Canarias (#10) in Tenerife and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: A.Nocioni 27+5reb+1ast, M.Lampe 13+4reb+3ast, T.Heurtel 11+1reb+4ast, M.Bjelica 9+3reb, F.San Emeterio 8+1reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 5+5reb
Asefa Estudian.: K.Kuric 25+1reb+1ast, J.Granger 17+5reb+6ast, D.Clark 12+7reb+3ast, T.Kirksay 11+5reb+3ast, L.Barnes 8+6reb+2ast, L.Nogueira 7+5reb
gschID: 185953


Gescrap BB - Valencia 61-72

The game in Bilbao was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Valencia Basket (21-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Gescrap BB (19-14). Valencia Basket defeated Gescrap BB 72-61. The game was mostly controlled by Valencia Basket. Gescrap BB was better in third quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Gescrap BB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Ukrainian power forward Serhiy Lishchuk (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Valencia Basket's coach Velimir Perasovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) who recorded 15 points and Belgian forward Axel Hervelle (205-83) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Valencia Basket maintains fourth place with 21-12 record. Gescrap BB at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Valencia Basket's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa (#18) at home which should be an easy win for them. Gescrap BB will play against Blusens Monbus (#9) in Santoago de Comp.
Top scorers:
Gescrap BB: R.Grimau 15+2reb, A.Mumbru 15+4reb+2ast, A.Hervelle 9+10reb, M.Samb 8+1reb, N.Zisis 7+1reb+3ast, A.Moerman 7+7reb
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 16+1reb, J.Doellman 12+9reb, S.Lishchuk 10+7reb, T.Kelati 10+4reb+1ast, S.Markovic 8+2reb+5ast, R.San Miguel 5+3reb
gschID: 185951


Assignia M. - Cajasol 76-92

No shocking result in a game when sixteenth ranked Cajasol (12-21) beat on the road bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa (6-27) 92-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cajasol. Assignia Manresa was better in fourth quarter 34-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Assignia Manresa to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Assignia Manresa 37-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Cajasol looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Assignia Manresa was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Joan Sastre Morro (201-91) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Hungarian Adam Hanga (200-89, agency: TSS Management) answered with 19 points and 6 assists and Serbian power forward Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-87) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Assignia Manresa. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cajasol moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Blancos de R. Assignia Manresa lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Cajasol will face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#16) in Madrid in the next round. Assignia Manresa will play on the road against Valencia Basket where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Assignia M.: A.Hanga 19+3reb+6ast, N.Aleksandrov 14+5reb, T.DeVries 11+2reb+3ast, J.Salvador Arco 7+3reb+1ast, A.Georgiev 6, A.Hernandez 4+1reb+1ast
Cajasol: L.Bogdanovic 17+5reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 16+6reb+1ast, T.Satoransky 13+2reb+7ast, J.Holland 8, J.Triguero 8+7reb+1ast, B.Burjanadze 6+1reb
gschID: 185950


Mad-Croc - CAI Zaragoza 57-80

The game between 15th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-22) and sixth ranked CAI Zaragoza (20-13) in Madrid on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Zaragoza outscored Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 80-57. The game was mostly controlled by CAI Zaragoza. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for power forward Pablo Aguilar (203-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Pedro Llompart (190-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four CAI Zaragoza players scored in double figures. point guard Sergio Sanchez (190-81) answered with 12 points and naturalized Senegalese center Moussa Diagne (210-94) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CAI Zaragoza moved-up to fifth place. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. CAI Zaragoza will face UCAM Murcia (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Cajasol in Sevilla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mad-Croc: S.Sanchez 12+2reb+2ast, S.Gladyr 9+4reb, M.Diagne 8+7reb, J.Feldeine 8+2reb, R.Kurz 6+5reb, A.Munoz 5+1reb+2ast
CAI Zaragoza: P.Llompart 15+3reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 12+10reb, M.Roll 11+4reb, J.Jones 11+3reb+3ast, J.Stefansson 9+5reb+2ast, A.Garcia 6+2reb
gschID: 185949


UCAM Murcia - CB Canarias 111-108 OT

10th ranked CB Canarias (16-17) fell to thirteenth ranked UCAM Murcia (13-20) in overtime by three points 108-111 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of CB Canarias. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and American power forward Marcus Lewis (203-86, college: ORU) accounted for 25 points and 10 rebounds. Montenegrin center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86) added 22 points and 6 assists respectively for CB Canarias in the defeat. Five UCAM Murcia and four CB Canarias players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. UCAM Murcia maintains thirteenth place with 13-20 record. Newly promoted CB Canarias keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. UCAM Murcia will meet higher ranked CAI Zaragoza (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CB Canarias will play against the league's second-placed Caja Laboral (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
CB Canarias: B.Sekulic 25+13reb, N.Richotti 22+4reb+6ast, L.Rost 16+4reb, F.Lampropoulos 15+2reb+1ast, R.Guillen 10+1reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 9+4reb
UCAM Murcia: J.Angel Antelo 27+16reb, M.Lewis 25+10reb+3ast, M.Gatens 18+4reb, B.Rodriguez 12+3reb+2ast, K.Tillie 11+1reb, J.Ignacio Jasen 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 185948


Blancos de R. - Blusens M. 79-93

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Blancos de Rueda (12-21) lost to tenth ranked Blusens Monbus (17-16) in Valladolid 79-93 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Blusens Monbus. Blancos de Rueda was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Blancos de Rueda 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Canadian-Irish forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nacho Martin (205-83) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American-Irish forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Blancos de Rueda. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Blusens Monbus moved-up to ninth place. Loser Blancos de Rueda dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Blusens Monbus will face higher ranked Gescrap BB (#6) in Bilbao in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blancos de Rueda will play on the road against G.Canaria 2014 (#7) in Las Palmas.
Top scorers:
Blancos de R.: N.Martin 21+7reb+1ast, R.Montanez 16+1reb+1ast, I.O'Leary 14+5reb, J.Grimau 13+4reb+1ast, N.Sinanovic 7+7reb, D.Navarro 6+2reb+6ast
Blusens M.: S.Mejri 20+15reb, A.Corbacho 17+2reb+1ast, R.Hummel 15+2reb, L.Kendall 13+5reb+2ast, A.Rodriguez 9+1reb+3ast, B.Dewar 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 185952



LEB Gold Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Lucentum and Andorra claim second victories - by Eurobasket News

Lucentum - Palencia 81-74

Lucentum earned the second straight win over Palencia in the semifinal clash. Palencia Baloncesto was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Palencia Baloncesto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Swingman Carles Bravo (193-79) replied with 18 points and American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Palencia Baloncesto. Four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: S.Green 22+8reb+1ast, T.Coppenrath 19+5reb, R.Bas 9+2reb+2ast, A.Llorca 9+8reb+3ast, A.Sabat 7+1reb+1ast, P.Rivero 7+2ast
Palencia: C.Bravo 18+1reb+3ast, J.Durley 14+6reb, J.Porzingis 14+3reb+1ast, U.Otegui 11+4reb, R.Fornas 7+4reb+1ast, C.Mortellaro 4+1reb
gschID: 240666


Andorra - Caceres 82-59

Andorra stepped closer to the Final handing the second straight defeat to Caceres. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. Caceres Basket was better in second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caceres Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Marc Blanch (194-82) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four River Andorra players scored in double figures. American guard Zane Johnson (198-89, college: Hawaii) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida) scored 5 points and 7 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.
Top scorers:
Andorra: M.Blanch 24+4reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 11+4reb+6ast, T.Hampl 10+9reb, D.Flis 10+8reb+6ast, J.Safford 8+4reb, D.Wright 7+1reb
Caceres: Z.Johnson 17+5reb, R.Nguema 9+2reb+2ast, A.Pena 7+2reb, P.Robles 6+1ast, J.Duinker 6+7reb, R.Morentin 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 240665



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.1 
 2. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.9 
 7. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 8. Burrows, Starwings17.3 
 9. Dobbins, Starwings17.2 
 10. Draughan, Fribourg16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.4 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Garrett, Fribourg8.3 
 5. Barber, Lugano T.8.3 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.7 
 8. Volcy, BBC Nyon7.5 
 9. Gordon, Lugano T.7.5 
 10. Dubas, Leuven7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.2 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.5 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg4.0 
 9. Stimac, Geneve L.3.6 
 10. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 3. Laroche, Monthey2.5 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 7. Mladjan, Lugano T.1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 9. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 10. James, Geneve L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrius GARRETT
  Fribourg
  (205-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Garrett, Fribourg2.7 
 2. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.5 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 5. Dobbins, Starwings1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Barber, Lugano T.0.9 
 8. Badji, Neuchatel0.9 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 7-0 
 2. Big Texas 5-0 
 3. Fayetteville C. 4-3 
 4. Wilmington SD 1-6 
 5. Bull City L. 0-1 
 6. Nighthawks 0-6 
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. 12: Johnston County - Cary Invasion 90-163
May. 11: Queen City E. - Carolina G. 136-105
May. 11: PT Players - Fayetteville C. 133-100
May. 12: Wilmington SD - Big Texas 111-123
May. 11: HoopForLyfe - Johnston County 111-107
May. 11: Bull City L. - Cary Invasion 104-141

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 17: Queen City E. - PT Players
May. 18: Queen City E. - Hub City L.
May. 18: Fayetteville C. - Big Texas
May. 18: Cary Invasion - Greensboro C.
May. 19: Big Texas - Cary Invasion
May. 19: Johnston County - Wilmington SD
May. 19: Carolina G. - Fayetteville C.


Big Fourth Quarter Pushes NightHawks to First Win - by Eurobasket News

Smithfield, NC: The upstart NightHawks faced fellow TRBL-newcomers Team HoopForLyfe (H4L) Saturday night at the SRAC in Smithfield. The NightHawks were eager for their first win of the season, but the visitors had other ideas. H4L established their dominance early on the inside, building a healthy 31-24 lead after one quarter. A second quarter full of Johnston County turnovers (14) allowed H4L to increase their lead to 16 points at the half. An even 3rd quarter left H4L with a 87-70 lead with one period to go.

NightHawks Coach Tom Murray then turned to newly-acquired guard Aaron Suggs for answers. Suggs responded by scoring 15 points and dishing out 7 assists, most late in the game. NightHawk Chris Hill chipped in a game-high 30 points as Johnston Country outscored H4L 41-17 in the fourth quarter to win the game going away 111-107. Mark Carson (6'6''-F-87, college: RIT) led Team HoopForLyfe with 27 points.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



Cary Spoils Bull City Debut - by Eurobasket News

Cary, NC: The Bull City Legacy faced a daunting task in its first-ever TRBL game. The Legacy, playing as a TRBL travel team in 2013 with full admission planned for next season, faced an unbeaten Cary Invasion team on its home court. Eager to prove a point, the Legacy stunned the home team early, putting up the first 8 points of the game. The TRBL-newcomers looked like a seasoned veteran squad for the first 6 minutes of the game, but then the Invasion response came hard and came quickly.

A few quick inside buckets from Invasion forwards Charles Ward (6'7''-F/G-80, college: St.Augustine) and Daniel Jackson first evened things up. Then Invasion guard Paul Wright showcased his outside shooting skills with several three-point shots over the span of just a few minutes. The Invasion blew open the first quarter and carried a 37-18 lead into the second.

The Invasion slowly extended the lead in the second and third quarters through solid pressing defense and scoring from inside and out. Cary led at the halftime break 74-47 and then built the lead to 30+ points in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was a push and Cary went on to win 141-104.

Invasion guard Corey Evans (Cincinnati Christian) led all scorers with 31 points. Center Raheem Oshodi (NCCU) had a strong game for the Invasion, netting 18 points along with 6 blocked shots. Seven Cary players scored in double figures. Legacy guard Tim Vines (NCCU) had 28 points in the losing effort. Bull City forward James Crowder (Pfeiffer) dropped in 25 points and had 11 rebounds in the contest. Cary (6-0) plays next at home vs Johnston County on May 12th at 5 pm.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



Fayetteville Stops Big Texas Unbeaten Streak - by Eurobasket News

Friday night was a quiet night in the Tobacco Road Basketball League with only one game on tap. First-place and unbeaten Big Texas (Jacksonsville) visited Fayetteville to take on the TRBL's East Division third-place Crossover team. The game was anything but quiet. Fayetteville's largest and loudest crowd of the season helped the Crossover jump all over Big Texas with a 35-11 lead. A mostly even second quarter left the game at 71-53 at the mid-way point. Led by the hot 3 point shooting of Andre Gilchrist who finished with 19 points and the inside play of Brandon Streeter (6'6''-F-84, college: Mount Olive) who finished with a game high 34 points, the Crossover never looked back. Jacksonville made a run to bring the game to as close as 10 points, but the big early lead was too much to overcome. The Crossover won the game 143-114. Nate Priest and Omar Jones (6'5''-F, college: Elizabeth City) finished with 28 and 23 points respectively for Big Texas. The Crossover (5-2) have little time to celebrate as the undefeated PrimeTime Players come to Fayetteville on Saturday, May 11th at the John D. Fuller Sr. at 7pm. Big Texas (4-1) next plays Wilmington on May 12th.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



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  TURKEY   

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.1
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 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.1 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Carter, Usak20.5 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka17.9 
 6. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.5