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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.16.1 
 8. Lytch, Bameso15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.8 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 2. Phillip, San German10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.7.9 
 5. Battle, Lanus7.6 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
 10. Lytch, Bameso6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 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. Treise, Libertad S.3.6 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
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. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 8. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 10. Boccia, Lanus1.4 
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, Guaynabo1.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Regat.1.1 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 8. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 
 9. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Macae0.8 


LigaA Round 3 of Finals. Regatas Correintes get closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Regatas C. 76-78

Regatas Corrientes stole a road win over Lanus and are now step away from LigaA title. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Lanus won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. Naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 9 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and the former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Lanus.
Top scorers:
Lanus: C.Schattmann 21, F.Martina 21+7reb, W.McFarlan 9+4reb, R.Battle 9+4reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 9+3reb+3ast, L.Perez 5+2ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 29+3reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 10+4reb, J.Martinez 9+4reb+7ast, T.Washam 9+2reb, F.Kammerichs 8+7reb+3ast, P.I. Calderon 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240402



Estudiantes de Concordia claim TNA title - by Eurobasket News

San Martin - Estudiantes 77:78

Estudiantes de Concordia celebrated the TNA title. They snatched a thrilling road win over San Martin in the decisive fifth game of the title series. Estudiantes de Concordia thus guaranteed LigaA promotion for the next season. Eduardo Gamboa (189-G-84) exploded with 26 points to pace the visitors.
The visitors jumped to a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. San Martin reacted with more aggressive approach in the next period. The hosts erased the deficit and snatched a 38:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. San Martin and Estudiantes arrived at the final break tied at 60. Carnovale put San Martin up by three 74:71 late in regulation. However Gomboa answered with five straight points for Estudiantes to give the visitors the lead. Estudiantes held on to the advantage and claimed a historic victory at the end. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) delivered 16 points, while Sebastian Orresta (188-G-93) contributed 10 points for Estudiantes. Ivan Basualdo (200-F/C-90) and Patricio Rodriguez (193-F-84) responded with 16 points each for San Martin.

San Martin: Ivan Basualdo 16, Patricio Rodriguez 16
Estudiantes: Eduardo Gamboa 26, Lee Roberts 16, Sebastian Orresta 10



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 18-3 
 2 Satria Muda 16-6 
 3 KL Dragons 11-8 
 4 Thailand S. 7-14 
 5 Singapore S. 7-15 
 6 Saigon H. 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 14: Singapore S. - Satria Muda 53-63
May. 17: KL Dragons - Petron Blaze
May. 19: Saigon H. - KL Dragons



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  AUSTRALIA   


Taipans sign Mitchell Young - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Cairns Taipans today announced the signing of 206-centimetre Australian forward Mitchell Young (206-F-90) from St Mary's College of California to a two-year deal.

Young, 22, is a former Brisbane junior and played four years for the St Mary's Gaels alongside 2012 Olympian Matthew Dellavedova and current Taipan Clint Steindl.

He started all 35 games for the Gaels' 2012-13 campaign, averaging 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, and on Saturday was named to the 17-man Australian Boomers squad for the Sino-Australian series in June.

Taipans head coach, Aaron Fearne, said Young's signing marked a significant acquisition as the club strengthens its roster for the 2013/14 season and beyond.

'It was a tough process for Mitch, as he did have a lot of NBL teams show interest, but he feels that at this stage of his career this is the best opportunity for him and I'm confident we can help develop his game even further.'

Fearne said Young's experience in a successful St Mary's programme combined with his work ethic and ability to finish under the basket made him an exciting prospect.

2013/14 contracted players: Cameron Gliddon, Jamar Wilson, Mitchell Young, Clint Steindl, Cam Tragardh and Alex Loughton.



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 18-2 
 2. Muharraq 16-3 
 3. Al Ahli 16-5 
 4. Al Hala 14-6 
 5. Sitra 14-7 
 6. Nuwaidrat 12-9 
 7. Issa Town 11-10 
 8. Hidd 8-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 7-14 
 10. Al Najma 4-17 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-17 
 12. Samaheej 0-21 

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 12: Al Ahli - Sitra 73-87
May. 11: Al Najma - Hidd 69-79
May. 11: Al Hala - Al Manama 62-80
May. 13: Bahrain Club - Nuwaidrat 58-66
May. 13: Al Ittihad - Issa Town 56-65
May. 12: Muharraq - Samaheej 114-59

Round 19

May. 15: Al Manama - Muharraq



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

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



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  BELGIUM   

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, Aalstar18.2 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.3 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.1 
 9. Robinson, Leuven14.8 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.7 
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. Young, Aalstar6.1 
 7. Tofi, Aalstar6.0 
 8. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 9. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 10. Wright, Oostende5.9 
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. Moors, Antwerp3.7 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar3.5 
 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. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 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. Anderson, Aalstar1.5 
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, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Thondique, Antwe.0.6 


Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 Awards 2013 - by Bert Larsimont

Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 1st Team 2013
Domien Loubry
Loubry
Jason Westrol
Westrol
Christian Ilongo
Ilongo
Brian Tracey
Tracey
Mario Brown
Brown

Player of the Year: Domien Loubry (186-G-85) of Gembo BBC
Bosman Player of the Year: Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) of Spirou
Import Player of the Year: Jason Westrol (191-G-88) of Leuven
Domestic Player of the Year: Domien Loubry (186-G-85) of Gembo BBC
Defensive Player of the Year: Mario Brown (202-F-84) of Sint-Jan Ant.
Rookie of the Year: Louis Hazard (199-F-94) of CEP Fleurus
Coach of the Year: Stefan Sappenberghs of Gembo BBC

1st Team
G: Domien Loubry (186-G-85) of Gembo BBC
G: Jason Westrol (191-G-88) of Leuven
F: Christian Ilongo (194-F-85) of CEP Fleurus
F: Brian Tracey (195-F-88) of Houthalen
F: Mario Brown (202-F-84) of Sint-Jan Ant.

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Domien Loubry (186-G-85) of Gembo BBC
F/G: Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90) of M.Hainaut
G: Nick Celis (194-G-88) of Gembo BBC
F/G: Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) of Kangor.-Boom
C: Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87) of Oudenaarde

All-Defensive Team
F: Ward Lemaire (196-F-80) of Gembo BBC
PG: Xavier Collette (185-PG-85) of Excelsior
C: Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) of Waregem
F: Mario Brown (202-F-84) of Sint-Jan Ant.
C/F: Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73) of Houthalen



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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, Bosna6.4 
 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, Bosna4.1 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost3.9 
 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. Jovanovic, Radnik1.4 
 8. Knezevic, Mladost1.4 
 9. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
 10. Borovcanin, Radni.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 3. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 4. 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 


Siroki WWin and Igokea reach the Final series - by Eurobasket News

Mladost - Siroki WWin 53-70 (0-2)

The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. Mladost managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mladost to just 6 points in first quarter. HKK Siroki WWin made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Croatian Ivan Ramljak (203-90) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Drasko Knezevic (185-93) added 12 points in the effort for Mladost.
Top scorers:
Mladost: I.Bijelic 15+6reb, D.Knezevic 12+1reb+2ast, P.Ivanic 10+1reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 5+2reb, D.Stojkanovic 5+2reb, M.Kezic 4+1reb+2ast
Siroki WWin: Z.Sakic 16+6reb+4ast, M.Sutalo 14+2reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 13+7reb+2ast, B.Barac 13+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 8+1reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 3+1reb
gschID: 240941


Bosna - Igokea 58-86 (0-2)

Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna ASA BHT's 32. Igokea forced 24 Bosna ASA BHT turnovers. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Aleksandar Radukic (206-91) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Power forward Nermin Buza (206-91) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) scored 18 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:
Bosna: N.Buza 19+6reb+2ast, S.Demic 18+4reb+2ast, R.Rizvic 7+1reb+3ast, S.Leric 6+4reb+2ast, M.Vukovic 4+1reb+1ast, D.Hodzic 3+5reb+3ast
Igokea: S.Stemberger 17+3reb+1ast, Z.Kljestan 13+2reb, N.Sulovic 12+2reb+1ast, A.Radukic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Bocka 8+1reb+5ast, F.Adamovic 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 240940



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

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



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.8 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.3 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.3 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.16.9 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 10. Beal, Minas16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.8 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.3 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 9. Agba, Bauru6.9 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.7 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.8 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia4.9 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.3 
 9. Fischer, Bauru4.3 
 10. Garcia, Uberlandia4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 2. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 3. Pinheiro, Limeira0.1 
 4. Nunes, Minas0.1 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Ramon, Limeira0.1 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 8. Rossetto, Basque.0.1 
 9. Benite, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 8. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 9. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Sao Jose and Uberlandia grab the leads - by Eurobasket News

S.Jose/Unimed - Flamengo 80-72

Sao Jose/Unimed held off Flamengo to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. Flamengo was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of Sao Jose/Vinac, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Sao Jose/Vinac outrebounded Flamengo 45-22 including a 35-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (186-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) produced 17 points and 5 assists and the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 17+3reb+5ast, C.Silveira 13+8reb, E.Machado 12+2reb+1ast, K.Mensah 11+1reb, O.Rodriguez 7+5reb+2ast, V.Benite 7+2ast
S.Jose/Unimed: J.Antonio 27+13reb+2ast, F.de Assis 17+7reb+13ast, M.Becker 14+9reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 13+7reb+1ast, A.Laws 5+4reb+4ast, D.Costa 2+2reb
gschID: 241048


Bauru - Uberlandia 75-89

Uberlandia upset Bauru on the road to surge ahead in the semis. The game without a history. Uberlandia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Uberlandia had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Uberlandia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Audrei Parisotto (195-84) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Forward Pilar Alves (200-84) answered with 22 points and 5 assists and guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Five Uberlandia and four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bauru: P.Alves 22+1reb+5ast, J.Agba 13+5reb+1ast, A.de Sousa 13+7reb, R.Fischer 12+7reb+3ast, L.Taylor 7+5reb+3ast, G.Pereira 6+2reb+3ast
Uberlandia: A.Parisotto 23+2reb, L.Cipolini 20+8reb+1ast, R.Day 15+5reb+5ast, V.Silva 13+3reb+5ast, L.Felipe Gruber 10+5reb+2ast, R.Collum 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 241047



Fluminense is the new Champion of Super Cup Brazil - by Paulo Freire

The Fluminense FC has won the Super Cup Brazil against CD Macae Sports
The game was played at Macae city with a full crowd fans.
In the semifinals Fluminense FC has beat the Universo/Ajax team from Goiania and CD Macae Sports beat the ACBD Rio Claro team.
Starting the game with their loud fans, CD Macae Sports started better. In the face of a poorly positioned defense from Fluminense FC, the home team CD Macae Sports managed the score with Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: N.Mexico) and Joao Bernardi (F-90) opened 9 to 3 up with some easy baskets. Fluminense FC, however, recovered. Gradually, the Tricolor team organized their defense, hit the 3 points and took the difference. With the experienced point guard Facundo Sucatzky (175-PG-72), Fluminense FC opened a six point of advantage (22 to 16). The CD Macae Sports still took two points of difference before the break (28 to 24).
From the third quarter on Fluminense FC remained strong in the match, with Roberto Mafra (206-F/C-85, college: San Diego) and Juan Manuel Torres (210-C-84) dominating the paint while Eddie Miller (195-G, college: Cal-Davis), Luciano Junior (201-F-86, college: Idaho) and Juan Manuel Rivero (191-G/F-85) control the long distance shots and the fast break. In the last quarter, CD Macae Sports try to push their game with Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87), Ulisses Lima (192-F-85) and Atilio de Mello (203-C-82) while putting a strong defense but Thiago Perez (191-F/G-82), a guard from Fluminense FC did not miss his free trows, finishing the game 106 to 93.
The Fluminense FC head coach Marcio Andrade was select the best coach of the tournament.
That Fluminense FC roster is now on the history of the club, as the club did not win a tittle on the pro level for 25 years.

The Universo/Ajax team won the third place as they beat Rio Claro 100 to 92
In the fifth place, was the Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches team, while defeated Sport Club do Recife (PE), by 95 to 82 (44 to 34).
The Campo Mourao team finish in the seventh position.



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  CBL   


Hampton Joins Hornets - by John Guy

Maurice "Squeaky" Hampton will be making his season debut for the Hornets this Sunday, May 19th against the Middle Tennessee Storm in Nashville, TN. Squeaky's homecoming and home debut in Russellville, Kentucky will be at the next Hornets home game on Friday, May 31st at Russellville High School against Dayton. It'll be Squeaky's first game at RHS since graduating in 2002. After high school, Squeaky played 4 years at Austin Peay St., and 7 years of professional international basketball, including stints in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Scotland; and now plans to continue his professional basketball career by playing for the Bowling Green Hornets. Maurice Hampton (6'2''-G-84, agency: Two Points, college: Austin Peay St.)


Tony Key - by John Guy

UNFULFILLED DREAM

By ZACH GREENWELL The Daily News zgreenwell@bgdailynews.com/783-3239 | Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:30 am

On the basketball court, Tony Key is a self-proclaimed monster.

He bumps and bruises in the post. He talks some trash. He sometimes bickers with opponents, referees, teammates and coaches.

You might not like me after the game, but thats just between these lines, Key said. I just turn into another person. I play angry all the time. I play with a chip on my shoulder, and I like it. I like other players playing around me just like that.

Its basketball. Theres a little bit of trash talk and elbows, but if I give it, Im going to receive it and give it back.

The 6-foot-11-inch Key has embraced that intimidating persona since he was dominating the area hoops scene nearly 15 years ago at Russellville High School.

But time, travels and tragedy have changed the big man.

Hes back in Russellville, playing with the newly formed semi-professional Bowling Green Hornets, who play their home games at Russellville High School and are coached by his older brother, Otis.

While his professional basketball aspirations are still strong, Key has become more reflective at age 31. The NBA was once within his reach, but he says he listened to all the wrong people and didnt play with enough desire.

I never pushed myself beyond tired, he said. I never pushed myself to exhausted, sore, almost dead and still going at the end of a workout. Thats the only thing I regret about playing this beautiful game. I didnt give it 100 percent at that time. I gave it 90 a lot.

Key doesnt know if a second chance will come calling, and those closest to him still arent sure hes completely ready.

But Russellville has become his new jumping-off point, and hes 100 percent committed to starting fresh.

BUILDING A LEGEND

Russellville High School is where Tony Keys legend was made, and he did it in less than three full seasons.

Hes best known for his junior year in 1999-2000, when he led the Panthers to the state semifinals and broke three backboards during the season.

A video has circulated on YouTube of Key shattering the glass at Glasgow on a reverse alley-oop dunk.

When people think of Tony Key, they think of Russellville, they think of the backboards, they think of the state run, Otis Key said. Thats special.

Key wasnt even a fan of basketball until his older brothers got serious about the game. Otis played at Austin Peay State University, overseas and several seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters.

He has three brothers theres also Donte and Thad, and the latter played at Kentucky Wesleyan under current Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper.

I didnt grow up playing basketball in junior pro or any of that, Key said. I really didnt like basketball until I started following my brothers. But where I got all of my basketball IQ, my skill and my toughness was out at Hampton Park. We used to go over there on the other side of town and work on your game, because weve got people over there of all shapes, sizes and colors who are going to test you.

Theres no refs out there, so you gotta be tough.

Despite quitting the seventh-grade team and not playing in eighth grade, that raw, aggressive player entered high school as a freshman with good hands who quickly added post moves. Thad was a senior at the time.

Key scored the winning basket that season to send Russellville to the Sweet 16, but he defied coach Phil Todd at times, even at a young age.

Tony didnt always work for the next level, and thats what I wanted him to do, Todd said. He wasnt a guard, but I wanted our big man to get a long rebound and take it up the court. He would say, I aint no guard. Id say, I want you to be ready for the next level.

Keys coming-out party was his junior season at Russellville.

He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds and led RHS on a state tournament run before an 88-87 loss to Elizabethtown in the semifinals.

He broke his first backboard in warm-ups against Logan County, which Todd didnt even see because he was in the locker room.

I could see it in his eyes that it scared him, Todd said. He had cuts all over him.

Key broke another backboard later in the year against Bowling Green, but Todd had a replacement backboard behind the bleachers and maintenance workers on standby.

It was fixed in 35 minutes, but after he broke his third against Glasgow, the region coaches voted that if a player broke a backboard in the tournament, it would come out of that schools money allocation, Todd said.

By that time, Key was already hearing from a number of schools, including Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama and Southern California.

But those werent the only people telling him what he wanted to hear.

Theres a lot of people who want the best for the players, but theres also a whole lot of scavengers, Key said. I had everyone pulling at my coattails about one thing or the other.

THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

Key had started to buy into his own hype, and the lights in Russellville seemed much dimmer than those in major metro cities.

So after falling a half-credit shy of being academically eligible as a senior at RHS, Key packed up and moved to California to attend Compton Centennial.

Being here, I was in touch with a lot of people who were in bigger cities, talking about (NBA prospects) Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry, Key said. I felt like being in Russellville, I wasnt going to get that true shine that I needed, even though I was totally wrong. I was getting all the exposure I needed. I just had a lot of different people in my ear.

Otis Key, 38, wanted to be that influence who guided Tony, he said, but it wasnt a consistent message with him traveling with the Globetrotters.

You can only do so much from a phone or there for a few days, he said. It was trying to get him to see that its not just talent, and the bigger picture. He had to know he was dominating these people, but he was going to see a whole different level of talent, whether its the NBA, overseas or what have you.

Keys star only continued to brighten at Centennial, where he averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds before being declared ineligible because of transfer restrictions.

The transfer rules stated that a player had to live with a parent or legal guardian, which Key did not, and any other living situation needed to be approved by league officials.

Several reports stated that Key lived with his aunt, but he said he was living with Centennials assistant coach. The Apaches forfeited 11 of their 19 victories to that point.

With his academic eligibility in question and visions of the NBA in his head, Key finished high school early at Centennial and left for Las Vegas to train with his agent.

I had played about four years professionally, so I knew the caliber of guys hed be facing, Otis Key said. Youre fighting for a job, and I knew he wasnt ready. He wasnt ready from a mental aspect, he wasnt ready from a physical aspect. He had all the tools and gifts, but he hadnt applied himself to strengthen those.

If I could have and gotten him on a regimen, hed have been ready.

Key had been told there was a good chance hed be selected 47th by the Denver Nuggets in the 2001 NBA draft, but they went with Ousmane Cisse another high school senior.

The other star names that had buzzed around in his head as he dreamed of moving to L.A. Chandler and Curry went second and fourth overall.

Suddenly, Key had neither an NBA contract nor his Division I eligibility because he didnt remove his name for the draft.

If youve got the skill, and youre surrounded by good people, good family and good mentors, theres no reason you shouldnt be able to go to the NBA right out of high school, he said. But those kids have to know the ins and outs of the business, because I didnt have that. I had people just telling me the good things.

ANOTHER NEW HOME

Key didnt stray far for his next stop Los Angeles City College which has dropped its basketball program since he departed.

If Hampton Park in Russellville was where Key learned the game, LACC was where he truly became a basketball scholar.

Tonys a very honest and intelligent person, former LACC coach Mike Miller said. Tony doesnt lie to himself. He used to lie to a lot of people, but he would never lie to himself. I think thats how we were able to help him. I realized early on how intelligent he was, and nobody knew that.

Tony knows basketball as good as any player thats playing the game. He has a tremendous basketball IQ, and IQ in general. He really learned how to play basketball when he was here instead of just overpowering people.

When Key arrived, he was a mercenary, Miller said, not unlike many players hes had before.

He gave the impression he didnt care, he dressed rebelliously, and he became more trouble for Miller than he was worth, even though he averaged 15 points and eight rebounds as a freshman.

Miller says he had no choice but to kick Key off the team. Hes not totally sure what the reasoning was likely for being difficult and negatively affecting his teammates but he says hes sure it had to be the last straw to not provide a second chance.

After my freshman year, I couldnt stand coach Miller, Key said. I understood the philosophy, but as a coach, I hated him because he actually pushed me.

Key left for Vincennes University (Ind.), which in many ways, was a better deal than LACC. He was on a full scholarship, and no California junior college had scholarships, Miller said.

Living in East Hollywood at LACC, Key had to pay for his own one-bedroom apartment that he shared with two teammates, Miller said.

But he still wanted to come back to Los Angeles after a short stay at Vincennes, even though he wouldnt be able to play that season. Miller refused and Key persisted, so Miller threw down the gauntlet.

The exact details of the challenge are foggy between the two, but this much is certain Key wasnt allowed to return to LACC until he ran somewhere between 75 to 150 miles. Each marked a certain amount of time missed away from the program.

I ran all day and all night on this dirt track until he let me come back, Key said.

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

After finally making the decision to plant some roots, Key blossomed as a redshirt sophomore player who could only practice, Miller said.

He got in peak shape down to 270-280 pounds with the potential for bursts of speed and became a master of passing out of the post.

To this day, Ive never seen a post player whos as good a passer as Tony Key, Miller said.

But while he was shaping himself into a next-level player, Key endured the greatest tragedy of his life.

His two sisters his best friends were murdered in December 2002 in Russellville.

Hanna Key was 22 at the time, and Jessica Key was 18. Derrick Loving, Hannas boyfriend, turned himself into the police the same day after shooting both women twice outside Hanna Keys home. He was handed concurrent life sentences after pleading guilty to the murders.

Both sisters also played basketball at Russellville.

All my most fond memories were before my sisters passed away, Key said. My sisters were my best friends. They used to come to the games, and Id look up there and see their smiling faces, knowing they just got off the court on varsity. It was all about being in here with my family.

Key originally misheard the message about his sisters deaths while in California before a family friend called and relayed the real information.

I remember him letting out this scream that, like, shook the building, said Miller, who recalls sitting with Key on the stairs of his apartment while he wept.

Key said the gravity of the loss didnt resonate until he returned home to Russellville, the place hed largely left behind.

Hes embraced his home since then one of his sisters children sat nearby as he reflected on the incident but it was one of the most pivotal moments of his life, he said.

That took a big blow out of me, he said. Nothing was ever the same. I havent been the same person.

REACHING A PEAK

Although basketball was a changed game for Key from that point forward, he found a renewed focus and vigor in his third season at LACC.

That version of Tony Key was capable of playing at nearly any level, Miller said. He averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds and became a pristine passer.

It became nearly impossible to keep him off the court and out of the weight room. During a routine weightlifting session directly after a game, Key went so hard on a weight machine that he snapped a cable, which whipped around and cut a six-inch gash in his forehead.

The coaches had to kick him out of practice the next day, Miller said, and tell him to tone back the violent manner in which he approached the weights.

People had the impression that he was lazy and didnt care, and that couldnt have been further from the truth, he said.

The year before, LACC had 11 players sign with Division I schools while Key redshirted, knowing D-I wasnt an option for him.

While coaches scouted other players, they told Miller that Key was the best center theyd seen all season. Iowa State watched multiple practices and noted Key was better than any center in the Big 12 Conference.

They werent recruiting Tony because he had no eligibility, so they had no reason to tell me something that wasnt true, Miller said.

After playing his two seasons at junior college, Miller sent Key to Mountain State University (W.Va.) another program that no longer exists and Key played just 15 games at the NAIA school before beginning an overseas career.

But Miller thinks often about Keys level of play in his third season at LACC, he said. He thought about it most during the one season he spent with the Los Angeles Lakers organization in coach Phil Jacksons final year at the helm.

As Miller watched every Lakers practice, it became abundantly clear that Key at the top of his game was better than the teams reserve centers, Theo Ratliff and Derrick Caracter.

I would think, Man, this guy should be playing in the NBA for someone, Miller said. Im not saying hes an all-star or even a starter. But he should have been on a roster.

Key played professionally in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico before making his way to a few semi-pro teams.

After the 2009-10 season with the Oklahoma City Cavalry of the Premier Basketball League, Key returned home to Russellville for a short time to clear his mind. Basketball just wasnt fun anymore.

It was around that time that Miller expressed his same sentiment about the Lakers to Key via Facebook, but the center wrote back that he was focused on working and being there for his family, Miller said.

Thats the last contact hes had with his former player in the last 10 years, except for a call around Christmas about six years ago. Miller would love to watch Key on the court again, he said.

If a coach took the time with Tony to understand him and be honest with him, he would respond, Miller said. I think Tony senses people who lie real quick.

ONE MORE SHOT

With age has come a little more wisdom for Key.

Hes kept his commitment to family and now lives and works in Bowling Green, but hes back at it with the Hornets, trying to see if he has another opportunity left.

Hes still young enough where he has a little bit of time left maybe another opportunity, if he takes advantage of it, Otis Key said.

Key is down to 285 pounds, he said, which isnt far from his playing weight at LACC.

Through three games with the Hornets, hes averaged 10 points, 8.3 rebounds and three blocks per game. No broken backboards, though.

This right here is recreational to me, Key said. The pay isnt really good, but I take it serious because its still a game were trying to win. I just like being on the court and pleasing the fans. Its a great feeling. Russellvilles a hell of a community.

The same people watching you here are the same people youll be waving to at the store.

Theres no doubt Key takes things very seriously. During a home loss in overtime last week to St. Louis, he scolded former WKU guard Jamal Crook and former Kentucky guard Brandon Stockton for taking quick jump shots in transition late in the game.

After Key tossed a poor outlet pass that was intercepted by an opponent, Key loudly bickered with his brother with the length of the court between them.

He still has some maturing to do, Otis said. Hes added a lot to his game. I think hes a little bit of a calmer person on the floor. But at the same time, he still lets the little things affect him. He reacts to them instead of looking to the next play. Hes still working on pushing himself and not playing to the level of the competition. If he can get that fixed, he can take advantage of the rest of his career in a big way.

Key swears hes heard every word of advice Otis has provided all these years. He says its simply a case of the little brother refusing to take orders from the big bro, but hes listened all along.

After the volatile situation late in last weeks game, Key went into Otis office, surfaced several minutes later and went directly to sign autographs for the screaming group of children waiting intently.

One fight wont break the family bond, he said.

He was the type of player that worked hard and worked on his game before the game, after the game, before practice, after practice, Tony said. If I had a son and I wanted to model him around a guy whos a good person, a good competitor and a good player, I want him to be like my brother with a jump shot like mine, of course.

CONTINUING CYCLE

Mike Miller attended a junior-circuit tournament a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, and as he observed in the gym, he saw the next Tony Key.

It was a strong, 6-9 post player with all the skills. Confident, borderline arrogant demeanor. And as expected, a slew of handlers doing the talking for him.

This basketball circuit is very unforgiving, Miller said. A lot of those guys that are stars on the circuit at that point end up not making it because they jump from team to team, and they learn to be mercenaries. I think Tony enjoyed being part of our program because he put down some roots.

Millers heard this story before: A kid with all the talent bounces around, and his long-term future boils down to a potential second-round NBA draft pick.

Hes helping one of his players through a similar situation now as the coach at Los Angeles College Preparatory Academy. Hes got a 6-11 center named Norvel Pelle, once the top-rated player in his class, whos floated around but maintains a solid chance of getting picked in this years draft.

Pelle had numerous NBA general managers in to watch one of his workouts recently, but at 20, hes not even close to what Key was at the same age, Miller said.

When I left Russellville and got hyped up by all these people in my ear, I thought I was bigger than the game itself, Key said. I didnt put in the work it takes to get to that next level. I never transitioned to that great player. I was always a good player, but I never transitioned to that really great player.

I never pushed myself to clear that highest hurdle. Thats why Im not in the NBA now. But Im just getting back started here, seeing where it leads.

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



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Bambuqueros 10-5 
 2. Piratas 10-6 
 3. Bucaros 9-7 
 4. Once Caldas 8-7 
 5. Academia 5-11 
 6. Aguilas 5-11 
Places 7-8
 1. Caribbean Heat 10-18 
 2. Halcones 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 16

May. 14: Bucaros - Aguilas 99-89
May. 14: Academia - Piratas 95-98
May. 15: Bambuqueros - Once Caldas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Thomas, Piratas23.1 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.5 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.0 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 7. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 8. Crawford, Academia18.1 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 10. Gilbert, Bucaros18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros13.0 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.3 
 3. Crawford, Academia11.1 
 4. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.3 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Newsome, Bambuque.8.4 
 8. Blue, Academia8.3 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.7 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.0 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.3 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.1 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.6 
 4. Jordan, Once Cald.1.6 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Mendez, Piratas1.3 
 10. Garris, Once Cald.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Newsome, Bambuque.0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Smith, Aguilas0.5 
 7. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.0.5 
 9. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 10. Aguaslimpias, Aca.0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 14 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Aguilas is not ready for surrender, the Tunjas team bounce back from the previous fall and defeated the Academia in Tunja, Eddy Mayfield leaded the way for the winners.
Aguilas de Tunja 103- E. Mayfield 33 pts, Y. Fernandez 20 pts
Academia de la Montana 100- C. Chavez 28 pts, B. Crawford 22 pts.

The words in the Bambuqueros locker room after the previous fall in Bogota should be loud, the Neivas team had a different face to defeat the Piratas in Bogota leaded by Stalin Ortiz 26 pts, Piratas looks tired paying the effort of its last game.
Piratas de Bogota 73- E. Arteaga 13 pts, D. Quiroz 10 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 103- S. Ortiz 26 pts, D. Dorsey 17 pts.

In another exciting night the Bukaros Freskaleche took revenge of the last game and defeated the Manizales OC as visitor, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) had a monster game to lead the winners
Manizales OC 99- J. Garris 30 pts, R. Sanders 23 pts + 13 rebs.
Bukaros Freskaleche 101- J. Edwin 39 pts, S. Trocha 22 pts + 13 rebs.




PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 13 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia


Academia de la Montana defeated the Aguilas de Tunja as visitor in the fight between the 5th and 6th team trying to stay alive in the Cup, Aragon Crawford and Chavez scoring over 20 pts leaded the victory.
Aguilas de Tunja 77- Y. Fernandez 23 pts, E. Barlow 19 pts
Academia de la Montana 94- N. Aragon 23 pts, B. Crawford 23 pts + 12 rebs

Piratas has become in the black beast for the Bambuqueros , the Bogotas team defeated the leader in Bogota and took the first place in the standings, Piratas had a strong performance in the boards outrebounding the Bambuqueros 42 29 despite been undersized, Piratas also had an amazing 59% FG beyond the arc.
Piratas de Bogota 99- T. Thomas 26 pts, L. Mendez 25 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 79- S. Ortiz 23 pts, C. Edwards 14 pts.

Manizales OC achieved a dramatic victory against the Bukaros Freskaleche in Manizales, the locals won the game in the last posetion, Cesar Cortez (200-F/C) again was the best in the OC with double figures 21 pts, and 11 rebs.
Manizales OC 79- C. Cortez 21 pts + 11 rebs, J. Garris 17 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 78- L. Gilbert 20 pts , J. Hernandez 16 pts + 11 rebs.




PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 15 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros had a good night to defeat the Aguilasde Tunja, Parrish Brown (185-G-84, college: Maryland) in his last game scored 20 pts, Aguilas hopes to get a place in playoffs are almost over.
Bukaros Freskaleche 83- P. Brown 20 pts, J. Edwin 19 pts, + 10 rebs.
Aguilas de Tunja 69- Q. Smith 19 pts 10 rebs, J. Corpus 12 pts.

Piratas stole a great victory in Medellin that puts the Academia in a hard situation almost forced to win his remaining games to get a place in the playoffs.
Academia de la Montana 75- B. Crawford 18 pts + 14 rebs, C. Londono 16 pts.
Piratas de Bogota 77- T. Thomas 19 pts, E. Artega 15 pts




BUKAROS FRESKALECHE STRENGHTS ITS ROSTER ADDS BANGURA - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros Freskaleche gets the powerfull scorer Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) to replace Parrish Brown, after lost Phil Brooks due to an injury the team is trying to get back its fire power, Bangura should be the answer, the Red Storm alumni comes back to Colombia after been playing in Qatar, 8 month after his leave from Manizales OC.
The team is also ready for the debut of the Colombian talented center Freddy Asprilla who will comes within the next week.




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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cibona 12-2 
 2. Zadar 11-3 
 3. Cedevita 11-3 
 4. Jolly 7-7 
 5. Kvarner 2010 6-7 
 6. KK Split 5-8 
 7. KK Zagreb 2-12 
 8. Alkar Sinj 1-13 
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: Alkar Sinj - KK Zagreb
May. 14: Jolly - Zadar
May. 15: 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. Delas, Zadar14.8 
 5. Radic, Kvarner 201014.7 
 6. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 8. Strawberry, Cibona14.5 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.4 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alen TREPALOVAC
  Darda
  (214-C-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 2. Sobin, KK Split8.5 
 3. Mrva, Jolly7.3 
 4. Radic, Kvarner 20107.2 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.0 
 7. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 8. Travis, Zadar6.4 
 9. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 10. Budimir, Osjecki5.9 
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. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 3. Katic, KK Split1.8 
 4. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 5. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 6. Budimir, Osjecki1.6 
 7. Travis, Zadar1.6 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 9. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 10. Krivec, Kvarner1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Nurkic, Zadar1.0 
 3. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 4. Bilan, Cedevita1.0 
 5. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 6. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 
 9. Djerman, Zabok0.7 
 10. Hrncic, Darda0.7 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.3 
 5. Fields, Levice16.7 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 7. Meno, USK Praha16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Venta, J.Hradec15.3 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.6 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.6 
 5. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.4 
 6. Simmons, Levice7.4 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 8. Nuhanovic, Levice7.2 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 2. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.5 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.4.0 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.0 
 5. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 6. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin1.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Kohout, BK Prost.1.0 
 5. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 7. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 8. Mroz, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 



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  ESTONIA   


Tarvas wins the bronze - by Janar

BC Rakvere Tarvas ousted TYCO Rapla 75:57 in the decisive bronze-medal game and finished the season in top three for the second consecutive year. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) was unstoppable with 26 points and 7 rbs, Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) added 22 points and Kaido Saks (205-F-86) had his first double-double of the season with 10+10rb. Very experienced (19th season in KML) Andre Parn (202-F-77) was the only one with double numbers on the losing side, scoring 11 points. Rapla made only 31% fg and 9/20 FT but they still had their chances with only the last quarter to play. Than, Tarvas outsscored the guests 24:11 and secured the best possible result behind two big teams.




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Dirk Bauermann includes Marcin Gortat, Maciej Lampe and Thomas Kelati - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) includes Marcin Gortat (211-C-84), Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) and Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) to the list of Eurobasket 2013 participants. The three Polish stars are ready to help the National team.
Marcin Gortat just finished the NBA season with his Phoenix Suns. In 2012/2013 season his stats read 11.1 points per game as well as 8.5 rebounds.
Maciej Lampe is a player of Caja Laboral. He suffered serious hip injury and missed most of the season. He returned to the court at the end of February averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds for 21 games. The center picked up few important awards: Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Newcomer of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Bosmans Team -12. Lampe had amazing 2010/11 season with Unics Kazan. He was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year -11 and also Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year -11. In VTB United League Lampe was Center of the Year- 11. He helped Unics to win the EuroCup title averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.
Thomas Kelati spends 2012-2013 season with Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB, starting five). In EuroCup he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 70.6%, while in Spanish league his stats now 11.4 points per game.



Pau Gasol to miss Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) will miss Eurobasket 2013 and will not help Spanish National team in September. Pau Gasol will undergo ultrasonic treatment to remove scar tissue in both of his knees in an effort to 'regenerate his tendons'.
The player of Los Angeles Lakers for the last five years is one of the top European players in NBA. In 2011-2012 for Los Angeles Lakers (NBA, starting five) he averaged high 16.6ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 78.6%. This season his stats read 13.8 points per game.
Together with Pau Gasol Spain repeated as European Champions. They overcame France in the title game in Kaunas. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon accounted for 17 points each in the victory.
Earlier it was announced that Ricky Rubio confirmed EuroBasket 2013 participation for Spain. The top Guard will go to Slovenia with his National team.



Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko confirmed his trip to Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) confirmed the trip to Slovenia to help his side at Eurobasket 2013. Sweden will have an NBA-player in the squad in their reappearance at a EuroBasket in September.
Jonas Jerebko just finished his fourth straight season with the Pistons. In 2011-2012 for Detroit Pistons (NBA) he averaged 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 80.3%. In 2012-2013 his stats read 7.7 points per game.
At the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 Jonas Jerebko became the fifth top-scorer with 20.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 75.8%. His Sweden will play in Group D together with Finland, Greece, Russia, Italy and Turkey. Four best teams from each group will advance into the next stage of the tournament. There they will play in two groups with six teams in each. Best four teams from each Round 2 group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. EuroBasket 2013 is slated to start on September 4th.



Jeffery Taylor is set for his first appearance with the Swedish National Team - by Eurobasket News

Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) is set for his first appearance with the Swedish National Team. The NBA player who has experience with Swedish U16 National Team -05, Swedish U18 National Team -06-07 and Swedish U20 National Team -08 will debut for the Senior side.
Jeffery Taylor started his career in 2006-2007 for Hobbs HS / Hobbs, NM (USA). In 2008-2009 he moved to Vanderbilt (NCAA, starting five) and debuted with 12.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 22.0%, FT: 69.1%. In his last season with the college he averaged 16.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 60.5%. In 2012 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA,2rd (31)). In 2012 July Jeffery Taylor participated at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Charlotte Bobcats) and in 4 games showed 11.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg.
In 2012-2013 for Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) he averaged 6.1 points per game.



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  FBA   

Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 4-0 
 2. Florida Flight 2-2 
 3. Heartland P. 1-1 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-4 


Rebels Sweep Weekend - by Andrew Phillips

The Tampa Bay Rebels faced their first road test of the season as they played a back to back series against the Palm Beach Knights. The renovated Knights are loaded with young talent this year. "Coach Spruill Jr. has done a great job revamping the Knights roster. I have no doubt he is going to have a successful season," Coach Fernando Rojas commented.

The first game, on Saturday May 11th, saw the return of Tampa's point guard Jonathan Brown (6'1''-G-79, college: Tampa), who had been sidelined since training camp after suffering a leg injury. When asked about his injury, Brown replied, "My leg feels fine. Im just glad to be back."

The Knights started the contest by implementing a half-court press that allowed Palm Beach to play up-tempo basketball, keeping the score close at the half. The game, however, was dominated by Rebels center Charles Okwandu (7'1''-C-86, college: Connecticut), who patrolled the paint efficiently and finished the game with 27 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward Jamison Clark (6'5''-G-86, college: Limestone) also contributed 22 points for Tampa Bay as the Rebels pulled out a 128-106 victory. Earl Mills (6'7''-C) led the Knights with 22 points while Anthony Daniels (6'5''-F) chipped in 20 in the loss.

The following day, both teams headed back to Inlet Grove High School to face off in the weekend finale. The home team came out of the gate running the floor hard and made consecutive 3-point shots to end the first half 14 points ahead of the visiting team. The Knights Germer Kinsey teamed with Earl Mills and Anthony Daniels to score a combined 52 points throughout the game. In the third quarter, however, Tampa Bay made a comeback thanks to outstanding defensive efforts from guards Stan Bufford (6'4''-G-84, college: W.Michigan), Aubrey West (6'2''-G), and Jonathan Brown. Rebels shooting guard Robert Fuchs (6'0''-G) took full advantage of his time on the court, producing 25 points and 5 rebounds. Stan Bufford finished with a double-double adding 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Rebels completed the weekend sweep with a 118-97 victory.

The Rebels, who now stand at 4-0, return to action on Saturday, May 18th as they face the Palm Beach Knights at 7pm at Freedom High School in New Tampa. Children under 13 receive free admission to the game and tickets cost only $10 for those 13 and older. Tickets may be purchased at the gym on the night of the game or at the RSole store located within University Square Mall near the USF campus. For additional information, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Terence Stansbury back to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen

American Terence Stansbury , 52, will return back to Finland. Stansbury and Top League (Korisliiga) Team Korikobrat (Lapua) have signed a 1+1 year contract. Stansbury will be Lapua's new Head Coach!
Lapua, starting the second season on top level in Finland, will get a lot of experience in Coach Stansbury. As a player two years in the NBA (Indiana Pacers) 1984-86, later six years in France, a year in Israel, one season in Greece, then one and a half years again in France, one and a half years in Belgium and two seasons in Holland.
Finally coaching in Finland 2003-04 (BC JKL) and 2004-05 (Huima). Stansbury's coaching career continued in Luxembourg (three years) and in Holland (three years).
This man knows this ball game. Very interesting "catch"!



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Dwight BUYCKS
  Gravelines
  (190-PG-89)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Buycks, Gravelines18.5 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.3 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.1 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 6. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 7. Campbell, Stras.4.6 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.4 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 7. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 8. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 9. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 10. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Sy, AS.1.2 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 10. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.0 
 4. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 6. Hannah, Evreux17.4 
 7. McKines, Rouen17.3 
 8. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 9. Hilliard, Antibes16.9 
 10. Sonko, Bourg16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.8 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.2 
 8. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.2 
 9. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
 10. Rouse, St Vallier7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.6 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.1 
 3. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.7 
 5. Huffman, Antibes5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.4 
 8. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.3 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 7. Flowers, Denain1.8 
 8. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 9. Mathis, Nantes1.6 
 10. Wilson, Le Portel1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.6 
 3. Loum, Boulogne1.2 
 4. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 5. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 6. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 7. Johnson, Chalons-.1.0 
 8. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 9. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 


Rasheed Wright set to join Saint Quentin - by Eurobasket News

Saint Quentin are being active on the market recently. They have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Rasheed Wright (196-F/G-80, agency: Fusion Sports, college: ODU). The forward is not new to the team. He played for Saint Quentin earlier this season. Rasheed Wright notched 13.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in ProB. In December the forward moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. His stats read 12.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game there. Previously Rasheed Wright had spells in Saint Vallier, Besancon, Levallois, Poitiers. Rasheed Wright participated at the French N1 All-Star Game in 2004. He also made it into All-French N1 1st Team in 2006. The forward was French ProB champion in 2009.


Tony Parker leads Spurs to third win over Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (188-PG-82) had 25 points and 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Golden State Warriors' starting backcourt to 13 points for a 109-91 victory Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, Danny Green scored 16 and Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio. Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Jarrett Jack added 20 and Carl Landry 16 for Golden State. No other Warriors player had more than nine points. The Spurs held Mark Jackson's self-proclaimed "greatest shooting backcourt" in NBA history to 6-for-22 shooting. Stephen Curry finished with nine points, going 1 for 7 on 3-pointers, and Klay Thompson was held to four while not even attempting a 3. Curry has not missed any time since turning his right ankle late in Game 3, but the injury seemed to limit his explosiveness. Leonard stripped Curry and then outran him to the ball midway through the first quarter, feeding Parker for an uncontested layup. Curry appeared to grimace when he attempted to push off to sprint for the loose ball. The Spurs led for all but the opening 6 minutes of the game. San Antonio went on a 12-2 run to take a 102-84 lead with 4 minutes remaining. The Warriors missed two shots and had two turnovers to facilitate the Spurs' run. San Antonio shot 72 percent in the first quarter, pounding the ball inside for layups and kick outs to open shooters in taking a 10-point lead. Duncan battered Andrew Bogut early, making San Antonio's first three baskets on a drive and a jumper over the Australian and on a layup against Landry off a hard pick by Tiago Splitter. San Antonio went on a 15-0 run on a series of drives to the basket and low-post moves, taking a 27-15 lead. Curry and Thompson were held to a combined four points on 2-for-10 shooting in the opening 16 minutes, but Barnes had 13 points and Jack seven. Curry did not make his first 3 until there were 2 minutes left in the first half. The Spurs stopped going inside in the second quarter, helping Golden State rally. The Spurs returned to attacking the basket in the third, resulting in another double-digit lead.
Courtesy of: newser.com



ProA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL - Le Mans 69-52

ASVEL rolled past Le Mans in the playoffs opener. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Le Mans was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Le Mans 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Le Mans was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) answered with 19 points and the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points in the effort for Le Mans. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: A.Acker 17+7reb+5ast, A.Sy 13+3reb+2ast, E.Jackson 11+5reb+3ast, M.Thompson 9+4reb+3ast, L.Jean-Charles 6+5reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 4+3reb+1ast
Le Mans: D.Washington 19+3reb+2ast, A.Koffi 10+4reb, J.Paulo Batista 5+4reb+1ast, D.Issa 5+3reb, M.Keselj 4+6reb+1ast, C.Victor 4+1reb
gschID: 240308


Chalon - Roanne 78-68

Chalon grabbed 1-0 lead over Roanne following a home win. Chalon/Saor dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Chorale de Roanne's 26. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Fusion Sports) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) answered with 21 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Five Chalon/Saor and four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Chalon: S.Williams 17+7reb, I.Evtimov 14+2reb+6ast, S.Tchicamboud 11+4reb+4ast, B.Schilb 11+2reb+6ast, M.Denmon 10+3reb+2ast, J.Aboudou 9+3reb+1ast
Roanne: W.Gradit 21+2reb+4ast, C.Collins 13+7reb+1ast, M.Howard 12+5reb+1ast, R.Reid 10+2reb, S.Gray 7+1reb+3ast, P.Amagou 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 240306


Strasbourg - Dijon 75-57

Strasbourg held off Dijon at home court to make it 1-0 in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. JDA Dijon was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded JDA Dijon 35-21 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) answered with 18 points and American forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St., agency: Fusion Sports) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JDA Dijon. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 18+5reb+4ast, A.Ajinca 14+12reb+4ast, L.Campbell 11+1reb+5ast, J.Siggers 8+3reb+1ast, A.Toupane 7+2reb, J.Greer 6+2reb+1ast
Dijon: J.Leloup 18+2ast, T.Campbell 10+2reb+3ast, Z.Moss 10+5reb+1ast, D.Melody 8+2reb+2ast, A.Harris 7+3reb+2ast, M.Mutuale 3+1ast
gschID: 240307


Gravelines - Nanterre 95-101 OT

Nanterre forced overtime and eventually came out winners against Gravelines on the road. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Gravelines-Dunkerque won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Gravelines-Dunkerque used huge pressure winning it 17-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 18-24. JSF Nanterre forced 19 Gravelines-Dunkerque turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) answered with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) added 18 points and 4 steals in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 28+5reb+4ast, T.Meacham 16+6reb+5ast, J.Palacios 13+15reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 11+3reb, C.Oliver 10+2ast, S.Brun 9+5reb+1ast
Gravelines: D.Buycks 29+6reb+4ast, K.Winston 18+3reb+2ast, C.Akpomedah 12+7reb+1ast, L.Vaty 10+5reb, Y.Bokolo 9+5reb+6ast, J.Edwards 7+8reb+7ast
gschID: 240305



ProB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Boulogne - Antibes 99-91

Boulogne overcame Antibes in the first game of the series. Olympique Antibes was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 37-24 charge of SO Maritime Boulogne, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Olympique Antibes was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Valentin Bigote (196-92) nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side and point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) accounted for 19 points and 10 assists. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 16 points and the other American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for Olympique Antibes in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: V.Bigote 22+8reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 19+2reb+10ast, M.Jaiteh 14+6reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 12+3reb+2ast, A.Loum 11+15reb, A.Rowland 10+2reb+5ast
Antibes: T.Blue 16+3reb+2ast, L.Bengaber 13+2reb+2ast, R.Desroses 12+4reb, T.Huffman 12+1reb+6ast, A.Hilliard 12+3reb+5ast, G.Yango 11+6reb
gschID: 240301


Chalons-Reims - Fos Ouest 78-62

Chalons-Reims eased past Fos Ouest to open the series. Fos Ouest was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) added 2 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Fos Ouest in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: J.Burrell 17+9reb+3ast, T.Johnson 16+11reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 9+1reb+2ast, B.Mullins 8+1reb+3ast, R.Mels 7+2reb+1ast, K.Joss-Rauze 6+2reb+1ast
Fos Ouest: J.Williamson 18+8reb+1ast, C.Davis 9, M.Dia 9+2reb, C.Ferchaud 6, I.Soumahoro 6+3reb, I.Sy 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 240300


Evreux - Le Portel 62-68

Le Portel snatched a narrow win over Evreux in the opener. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ALM Evreux won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: D.Wilson 23+5reb+3ast, R.Taylor 12+10reb+3ast, S.Gay 8+3reb+1ast, M.N'Diaye 8+2reb, C.Bronchard 7+4reb+2ast, B.Mangin 5+6reb+7ast
Evreux: C.Hannah 26+6reb+5ast, D.Reed 10+8reb, G.Florimont 8+4reb, G.Costentin 6+4reb+5ast, S.Ho You Fat 6+6reb, B.Hunter 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240299


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Bourg 76-64

Pau-Lacq-Orthez are now 1-0 up on Bourg as they claimed a home victory. It looked good early as JL Bourg took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pau-Lacq-Orthez had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and JL Bourg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-76. They outrebounded JL Bourg 37-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Pau-Lacq-Orthez players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) came up with 24 points and 4 steals and American swingman Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for JL Bourg in the defeat. JL Bourg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 18+5reb+3ast, C.Jackson 18+8reb+1ast, I.Ordin 13+5reb+5ast, D.Denave 8+5reb+6ast, J.Morency 7+5reb, S.Driss 6+2reb+7ast
Bourg: M.Sonko 24+4reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 12+1reb+1ast, P.Braud 10+4reb+1ast, J.Forte 6+8reb+4ast, J.Sanchez 4+4reb+1ast, S.Dumas 4+3ast
gschID: 240298



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.7 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.4 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.5 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija16.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.16.1 
 6. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.5 
 7. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 8. Jelesijevic, Rabot.13.7 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija13.6 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.9 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.0 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.0 
 5. Kostevski, Vardar6.8 
 6. Jelesijevic, Rabot.5.8 
 7. Abukar, Rabotnicki5.7 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.5.4 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv4.0 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.5 
 5. McIntosh, Feni I.3.3 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.0 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 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. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.1 
 7. Simonovski, Feni I.1.1 
 8. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.1 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
 10. Kostoski, Kumano.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 5. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.5 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.0.5 
 10. Vucurovic, Feni I.0.4 


Prva Liga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. MZT Skopje advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Rabotnicki - Kozuv 95-87

Rabotnicki shot down Kozuv and cut the deficit in the series. Kozuv trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 29-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-95 at the end of the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Fersped-Rabotnicki especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Kozuv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: D.Karadzovski 16+2reb+4ast, V.Filipovic 15+2ast, S.Bozovic 14+6reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 13+1reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 10+1reb+2ast, P.Blazevski 9+3reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: J.Sharper 20+3reb+2ast, N.Zivcevic 16+6reb+5ast, M.Abukar 15+2reb+3ast, J.Petrovski 11+2reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Dimitrovski 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 240923


Feni Indistrija - MZT Skopje 77-84

MZT Skopje upset Feni Indistrija on the road to sweep the semifinal series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Indistrija won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Feni Indistrija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma) notched 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even 17 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) did not help to save the game for Feni Indistrija. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 18 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: B.Trajkovski 18+4reb, D.Sokolov 17+4reb+4ast, V.Brckov 15+4reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 9+2reb+1ast, H.Kamp 7+6reb+3ast, N.Vucurovic 6+2reb+1ast
MZT Skopje: C.Davis 28+6reb, T.Gecevski 20+10reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 17+4reb+2ast, D.Noa 7+3reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 6+3reb+2ast, B.Bakic 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 240922



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NY Phantoms extend contract with Immanuel McElroy - by Eurobasket News

New Yorker Phantoms made a big post-season move as they secured the services of Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati). The guard has extended his deal with the team for two more seasons. Immanuel McElroy joined the Phantoms in 2011. This season the guard notched 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in German Bundesliga. Previously Immanuel McElroy had stints with ALBA, Koeln, Dodge City Legend, Gary Steelheads, Grand Rapids Hoops. He participated at the Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Immanuel McElroy was trumped All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year in 2006. He also earned All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year in four occasions (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). Immanuel McElroy also got USBL Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2004. The guard was named CBA Rookie of the Year in 2003.


Musel Pikes waived coach Baum - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes (Total League) waived 43-year old German coach Frank Baum (agency: LUMANI 10.7). He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Baum coached in the final of Luxembourg League for two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He was selected to Luxembourgish League All-Star Game back in 2010. Baum used to coach Luxembourg National Team (as & arrNT2(10,4) & ) back in 2012.
He has coached also professionally in Germany (TBB Trier).

By Eurobasket Data Center



MLP Academics Heidelberg And Oliver Komarek Go Separate Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German Oliver Komarek (210-C/F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had played most of his career in Heidelberg except for a season in Kasierlauten, but today the era Oliver Komarek in Heidelberg came to an end. The German had played the last five years in Heidelberg and last season played 25 games: 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 73.9%. Komarek played a total of 196 games for Heidelberg. His best season was 2009-2010, where he played : 29 games: 17.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 75.5%. He played a total of nine years with Heidelberg.

Source: USC Heidelberg




Janis Stielow Returns To SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A year after playing with BG Halstenbek/Pinneberg (Regionalliga) last season playing 21 games: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1spg, played also at Piraten Hamburg (NBBL), Janis Stielow (192-G-95) returns back to SC Rist Wedel. He played with Sc Rist Wedel in the 2011-2012 season playing 11 games: 1.5ppg; played mostly for SC Rist Wedel 2 (2.Regionalliga): 12 games: 13.5ppg. He started his basketball career in 2008 with VfL Pinneberg (Germany-Oberliga) and also played with MTV Bad Bevensen/Lueneburg (2.Regionalliga) before going to SC Rist Wedel. The club also announced that Tim Parohl will no longer wear their jersey. Parohl played 66 PRO B games for SC Rist Wedel. Last season for SC Rist Wedel he played 25 games: 1.4ppg, 1.5rpg.

Source: SC Rist



Kyle Hines (Olympiacos Pireus) Bamberg Will Always Have A Place In My Heart - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats Kyle for your second Euroleague win. Nothing against athletes Dennis Davis and Shonn Greene, but are you now the most famous person in your hometown Sicklerville, New Jersey?

I dont really know. You would have to ask the town. There have been some well known people from my town. A kid won an Olympic gold medal at the last Olympics. I am happy though to be listed with them.


Are comebacks in your blood?

I think that our team has had experience in making comebacks the entire Euroleague season. It just shows the character of the team to be able to comeback and not be afraid or panic in uneasy situations. We never plan comebacks. We would rather be in games where we had a comfortable lead, but it seems that things always work out for us.

Who could forget the comeback last season winning the Euroleague. How was this win against Real Madrid special?

In our first Euroleague win last season, we werent able to enjoy it at all since we came back until the buzzer winning with a shot. We were able to enjoy the win against Real Madrid more. We had the lead in the fourth quarter and could sense the win.

Olympiacos Pireus was down bad in the first quarter and still trailed at halftime. What were the reasons for the slow start?

We didnt come out the right way and didnt have the right mentality. You had to give Real Madrid a lot of credit since they hit contested shots. We started to pick it up a bit in the second quarter. There was this sense of urgency and we knew that if we didnt pick it up that we could lose the game badly. We knew that our backs were to the wall and we finally showed up to play.

Vassilis Spanoulis had a very slow first half, but stormed out of the gates in the third quarter hitting three consecutive three pointers. Did that change the momentum of the game?

Yes his play and big shots definitely changed the momentum of the game. He got going and got the team going as well. At that moment in the third quarter, we knew that we were ready to go.


Olympiacos Pireus did a better job defending in the second quarter especially post defesne against Real Madrid. What adjustments did the team make?

We switched our game plan. We had given up too many easy points in the first half, because we werent physical enough. We started being more tough, compact and controlled the play of the game more. We got them out of their comfort zone which helped us get going on offense in the last quarter.


Olympiacos Pireus scored 39 points in the last quarter. What was key for getting the win in the last quarter?

We scored 90 points in the last three quarters and I think that that was the most that we had scored all season long in that span. The timing was perfect for that scoring explosion. Real Madrid is such a talented team, but our guard play really sparked us with Acie law, Vassilis Spanoulus, and Konstantinos Sloukas really got on fire. We showed that in a span of two games that we could change our style of play to fit how we wanted to play keeping CSKA Moscow to 52 points and then scoring 100 points against Real Madrid.

Greek Vassilis Spanoulis was MVP. Is he currently the best player in Europe?

Yes I think that he is now the best player in Europe if not the best European player in the world. I see what he does each day. He belongs to the best in world with guys like Dirk Nowitzki and the Gasol brothers.


How important was the production of young Greek Konstantinos Sloukas who contributed 11 points?

He played an important role the whole Final four weekend. His game is really overlooked being the back up to Spanoulis. He was clutch all season long hitting big shots all season long.

Were you able to comfort Marcus Slaughter after the game. What did you guys talk about?

It was tough to talk right after the win with the celebrating, but we talked a bit. He said good game and good luck. I have much respect for him and we have forged a great relationship over the years.

Is there a better Spanish duo in the world than Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez?

There are many great players coming from Spain. But they are one of the best. They are so talented and high scoring and so unpredictable. There are many players that can make big shots, but little players like them where you never know from exactly where.


Your defense played a big role in the second half of the final against Real Madrid. How has your defense improved in the last two years in Greece?

In my first years in Europe, I was seen more as a scorer. But since coming to Greece, I have had more of a role on the defensive side and help control the rebound margin. I just try to put my team in the best position to win every night


You played one season in Germany for the Brose Baskets Bamberg. How did Chris Fleming help you get prepared for Greece best?

It was definitely preparation. Having good preparation is key for having any kind of success on the floor. Chris taught me that being consistent in your work ethic gives you better chances to showcase your talent in order to win a title.


You have won two Euroleague titles and really have a name in European basketball. The next step is the NBA. Is that the vision for Kyle Hines in 2013-2014?

It is every players dream to play in the NBA, but I cant think about that now. My focus is too finish the season strong and accomplish our second goal of defending our Greek league title. Once the season is over than I will sit down with my family and agent and discuss the future.


Your favorite team are the Philadelphia 76ers. How does the combination of Spanoulis to Hines in a Sixers jersey sound?

Hahaha, I dont know. I think that we would be a good combination anywhere. I would love to play with him for many more years with Olympiacos Pireus.


Did you get a lot of congratulations from Bamberg?

Yes I did. Guys like scout Brendan Rooney, Chris Fleming, the rest of the coaching staff, Casey Jacobsen, Anton Gavel and all the fans. I am happy that I still have support from everyone there. I will always have friends there. Bamberg will always have a place in my heart.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I watched Untraceable on the London channel.


Thanks Kyle for the chat.





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  GREECE   


R.T. Guinn (ex Ferro-ZNTU) could sign at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is about to tab 32-year old American power forward R.T. Guinn (208-115kg-81, college: Baylor) who currently plays Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye in Ukraine. In 50 Superleague games he averaged 14.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. The last season Guinn played also at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 52 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2004 Cedar Rapids River Raiders selected him as first overall pick in USBL draft.
The former Baylor University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball. Guinn won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Guinn has played also professionally in Finland (Salon Vilpas), France (Limoges CSP Elite), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Turkey (Darussafaka), Ukraine (Budivelnyk, Azovmash and Poltava), Sweden (Sodertalje Kings) and USBL (Kansas C.).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Big, strong inside player capable of hitting the outside shot. A three man in a big man's body. Can score inside, or will trail the play and put it from the outside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Kormend
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Kormend20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.6 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.9 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 6. Wood, Albacomp19.0 
 7. Copeland, San G.18.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 9. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
 10. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.4 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 8. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
 10. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.3 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.0 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, San G.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 6. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 8. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 9. Lekli, Albacomp0.6 
 10. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 


A Division Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Szolnok and Albacomp are back in the lead - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Atomeromu 87-76

Szolnok held off Atomeromu and raced to a 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Atomeromu managed to win third quarter 29-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Atomeromu 48-33 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 29 points and 8 rebounds. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who recorded 23 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) added 14 points and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Florence 29+8reb+3ast, M.Bader 17+5reb+2ast, R.Bell 13+8reb, S.Sehovic 12+6reb+6ast, E.Kalve 8+5reb+1ast, M.Fodor 3+1reb+1ast
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 23+5reb+2ast, L.Williams 14+2reb+8ast, T.Kaman 14+4reb+1ast, J.Levy 10+3reb+4ast, S.Idlet 7+5reb+1ast, A.Toth 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 241078


Albacomp - Kaposvari 92-83

Albacomp posted a home win over Kaposvari to regain the lead in the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 23-19 last quarter charge of Kaposvari cut the lead to 92-83 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with 25 points, 6 assists and 6 steals and the former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kaposvari. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: J.Jones 21+11reb, A.Keller 20+7reb, D.Hollis 18+7reb+2ast, R.Moore 10+3reb+10ast, B.Wood 8+2reb+3ast, Z.Supola 6+2ast
Kaposvari: K.Swanston 25+3reb+6ast, C.Dunn 20+3reb+4ast, R.Hendlein 18+10reb+1ast, M.Spica 12+3reb+2ast, G.Drahos 4+3reb+2ast, G.David 4+7reb
gschID: 241077



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  IBL   


Kok ready for Lynden homecoming on Friday - by Kip Leonetti

Second-year Slam forward Chas Kok (6'5''-F) will be making his return to the hardwood at Lynden High School's Mayberry Gym and the timing couldn't be better.

Kok finds himself with the Slam's hot hand early in the 2013 International Basketball League season as the team is riding a three-game win streak and is coming off a record-setting 161-78 rout of the Japan Tornadoes last Friday.

The two teams meet in a rematch at Lynden High School this Friday, on the same court where Kok helped lead the Lions to the 2A State basketball championship as a senior in 2007.

"I really can't wait to play at LHS once again. When I was in the senior game, I couldn't stop thinking that it would be the last time I would play in that gym," explained Kok. "Fortunately, with the Slam I get another opportunity to play under the banners that my friends and I helped put up."

Following a complicated collegiate journey that took him from Skagit Valley College to Simon Fraser University before finally ending up at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, Kok was picked up by the Slam as a reserve player for the 2012 season on the advice of former assistant coach Mike Elsner.

Despite starting his pro career as a little-used forward, as the Slam's 2012 season wore on Kok found himself playing an increasingly larger role and he eventually enjoyed a breakout game last June when he scored 22 points in just 12 minutes in a win over the Yamhill Highflyers. Kok and the Slam went on to capture the IBL Championship in July.

Fast forward to the start of the 2013 season, when the Slam were searching for someone to fill a gaping hole in their offense following the departure of 2012 leading scorer Paul Hafford (6'5''-G-84, college: Portland St.), also a Lynden native, who left the team to accept a job in Portland. Kok was more than ready to fill that role, and has done so admirably through the first quarter of the season.

"I am very happy with how Chas has progressed over the last two years," commented Slam general manager Kip Leonetti. "We all knew he could be a great player his high school and college stats demonstrated that and it is great to see him now finding success at this level as well."

With a 21.3 points per game scoring average, Kok is among a trio of leading scorers for the Slam all averaging in the low 20's. He is also Bellingham's most accurate long-range shooter, connecting on nearly 52 percent of his three-point shots. In addition to his scoring prowess, this season Kok is also being called upon as a difference-maker on defense as well.

"This year has been a lot of fun because I worked extremely hard this off-season weight training and trying to more prepared for the IBL's stronger players and faster game," said Kok. "Because of that hard work, I have a ton of confidence in whatever responsibilities are thrown my way."

Look no further than Kok's stat line from last weekend's win over Japan for an example of that confidence. He finished with a game-high 34 points thanks in part to 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range and added 10 rebounds to post his first career double-double as a pro.

The Slam's game in Lynden this Friday will mark the teams second visit in the last three years. In addition to their Lynden trip, the team is also hosting a home game in Blaine on Saturday, June 1. These two games are part of an ongoing initiative to promote the team throughout Whatcom County and complement eight home games played at the teams usual home court of Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham.




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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Slingers lose key battle for playoff zone to Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - Indonesia Warriors 53:63

The Singapore Slingers are out of ASEAN League playoff race. They lost tonight to the Indonesia Warriors and got eliminated from the battle for the fourth position in the ladder. The Thailand Slammers will be the last (fourth) participant of the playoffs. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) stepped up with 15 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Warriors to the victory today.
The hosts jumped to a 13:6 lead midway through the first quarter. The Warriors though capped the opening period on a 9:2 rally to gain 15:13 lead. The visitors maintained the advantage throughout the second period. The Warriors arrived at halftime up by 7 points 33:26. The Slingers sparked intrigue late in the period cutting the deficit at 3-point mark. But the Warriors quickly responded and entered the fourth frame up by 8 points. They never looked back in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.), Jerick Canada (170-G) and Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) notched 12 points apiece for the visitors. Singleton Rashaad (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern) answered with 23 points for the Slingers. Morrison Phillip Aaron connected for 17 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Singleton Rashaad 23, Morrison Phillip Aaron 17
Indonesia Warriors: Chris Daniels 15+21 boards, Stanley Pringle 12, Jerick Canada 12, Steve Thomas 12



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  ISRAEL   

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.5 
 2. James, Hapoel K.22.8 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.20.2 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.5 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.3 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.2 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.6 
 5. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 6. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 7. Clemente, Ironi N.10.0 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Bouchman, Kiryat9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.8 
 3. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.6 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 7. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.4.3 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.4.2 
 10. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Hapoel K.3.0 
 2. Miller, Ironi N.2.8 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 4. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.5 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.4 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 9. Kent, Ironi R.2.1 
 10. Bouchman, Kiryat1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.2 
 3. McNeil, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi1.6 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Bouchman, Kiryat T.1.1 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 


National League Round 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hod Hasharon 73-57 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hod Hasharon managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hod Hasharon to just 7 points in first quarter. Ironi Nes-Ziona made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Hod Hasharon 41-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 15 points and 5 assists and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 17+6reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 16+8reb+6ast, E.Engel 12+3reb+3ast, C.Tate 11+8reb+1ast, G.Amitay 7+3reb+3ast, B.Sharoni 6+3reb
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 15+4reb+5ast, C.Odiakosa 12+8reb+1ast, O.Hover 9+6reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 7+3reb, G.Dotan 6+2reb+4ast, G.Gandel 5+3reb
gschID: 241102



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.9 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.6 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 5. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 6. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Langford, EA7 A.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.9 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.8 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.3 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA6.0 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.8 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Taylor, Acea V.4.1 
 7. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.1 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.9 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Tabu, Cantu3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 2. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.0 
 6. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.2 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.7 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 6. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 9. Cusin, Cantu1.1 
 10. Akindele, Champvi.1.1 


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.20.4 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Mays, Givova S.18.9 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.8 
 7. Jenkins, C.de L.18.3 
 8. Roderick, LeGamber.18.3 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.8 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.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.4.5 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. James, FCM F.2.3 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 5. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 6. Forray, Pall.Trento2.2 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 8. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.0 
 9. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Brkic, C.de L.1.0 
 8. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Butkevicius, Novi.0.9 


SerieA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - EA7 Armani 92-73

Montepaschi cruised past Emporio Armani to narrow the deficit in the series. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Montepaschi Siena forced 19 Armani Milano turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists. American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) who recorded 18 points and swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) added 17 points respectively. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Moss 26+4reb+1ast, D.Hackett 20+4reb+11ast, B.Brown 20+1ast, B.Eze 9+3reb, V.Sanikidze 7+5reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 7+3reb+1ast
EA7 Armani: M.Hairston 18+4reb+1ast, A.Gentile 17+2reb+2ast, N.Melli 11+4reb+1ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 10+3reb+1ast, A.Fotsis 7+3reb+1ast, M.Green 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 241009


Umana VE - Cimberio VA 79-93

Varese knocked down Umana Venezia to gain comfortable 3-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. It was a quality performance for American guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) came up with 29 points and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: A.Banks 23+6reb+3ast, B.Dunston 19+7reb, A.Polonara 14+3reb, E.Ere 8+1reb, E.Rush 7+7reb, M.Green 7+5reb+10ast
Umana VE: A.Young 29+4reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 15+6reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 8+10reb+2ast, D.Marconato 5, K.Kee Clark 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 241008


Cantu - Banco di Sard. 73-71

Cantu trimmed the deficit beating Banco di Sardegna at home court after a close battle. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Banco di Sard. won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cantu won last quarter 18-18. It was a good game for American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) contributed with 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 13 points and 5 assists and the other American import point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) added 19 points in the effort for Banco di Sard.
Top scorers:
Cantu: M.Leunen 17+3reb+3ast, J.Ragland 11+2reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 10+2ast, N.Mazzarino 9+5reb+1ast, J.Tabu 9+2reb+1ast, A.Tyus 8+14reb
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 19+1reb+1ast, D.Diener 13+4reb+5ast, M.Thornton 12+7reb+1ast, T.Easley 9+6reb+1ast, S.Becirovic 9+2reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 5+2reb
gschID: 241006


Trenkwalder RE - Acea Virtus RM 89-69

Trenkwalder coasted past Acea Virtus Roma to open win count. The game without a history. Trenkwalder RE led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Trenkwalder RE forced 23 Lottomatica Roma turnovers. Strangely Lottomatica Roma outrebounded Trenkwalder RE 32-18. It was a great evening for American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. International point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 20+4reb+4ast, M.Antonutti 17+2reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 16+4reb+4ast, G.Brunner 10+3reb+5ast, M.Jeremic 8+2reb, T.Bell 8+1reb+1ast
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 20+6reb+2ast, P.Goss 11+5reb+3ast, B.Bailey 11+4reb+3ast, P.Lorant 9+6reb, O.Czyz 8+7reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 241007



Lega2 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

C.de Latte BRE - LeGamberi FO 97-87

Brescia claimed the second straight win over Forli stepping closer to the semis. The game was mostly controlled by C.de Latte BRE. LeGamberi Foods Forli was better in second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. C.de Latte BRE made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. LeGamberi Foods Forli was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) replied with 25 points and 7 assists and naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for LeGamberi Foods Forli. Five C.de Latte BRE and four LeGamberi Foods Forli players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
C.de Latte BRE: D.Brkic 21+6reb+4ast, M.Jenkins 17+4reb+2ast, J.Giddens 15+8reb+1ast, F.Loschi 14+1reb, N.Barlos 12+4reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 12+6reb+4ast
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 25+4reb+7ast, B.Musso 20+6reb, S.Borsato 13+1ast, N.Natali 10+6reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 7+2reb, M.Soloperto 6+4reb
gschID: 240521


Novipiu Casale - Tezenis VE 69-59

Novipiu Casale held off Tezenis Verona for 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Novipiu Casale. Tezenis VE was better in third quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Lithuanian forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87, agency: Players Group) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Matteo Da Ros (204-89) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points and 4 steals in the effort for Tezenis VE. Tezenis VE's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: R.Green 16+4reb+4ast, N.Martinoni 11+5reb, S.Pierich 10+3reb, M.Malaventura 9+3reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 8+8reb, C.Ware 6+4reb+5ast
Tezenis VE: M.Da Ros 17+6reb, R.McConnell 16+3reb+3ast, O.Lawal 11+11reb, C.Westbrook 7+7reb, M.Chessa 5+1reb, D.Lauwers 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240520


Giorgo Tesi PT - Givova Scafati 83-72

Pistoia used home court advantage to hand the second consecutive loss to Givova Scafati. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tuscany Pistoia made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Brazilian swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Givova Scafati.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: D.Fajardo 17+8reb+1ast, A.Graves 15+3reb+3ast, M.Hicks 13+8reb+1ast, F.Toppo 11+8reb, L.Saccaggi 9+3reb+1ast, R.Cortese 7+4reb
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 27+5reb+4ast, J.Tavernari 14+7reb+1ast, R.Slay 11+3reb+4ast, D.Rosignoli 8+3reb, P.Baldassarre 5+6reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 4+3reb
gschID: 240518


Sigma Barcel. - Pall.Trento 93-95 OT

Trento shocked Sigma Barcellona for the second straight time on the road. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 20-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Pall.Trento made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!). Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Congolese point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) replied with 30 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: B.Elder 33+4reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 18+4reb, M.Umeh 18+6reb+4ast, L.Garri 13+11reb+1ast, M.Spanghero 6+1reb+1ast, A.Forray 5+1reb+1ast
Sigma Barcel.: D.Hardy 30+1reb+4ast, C.Callahan 22+5reb+2ast, T.Green 13+1reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 12+8reb+1ast, M.Giuri 6+7reb+2ast, J.Thomas 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240519



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  JAMAICA   


Guaiqueries add Scott to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guaiqueries de Margarita (LPB) added to their roster 30-year old Jamaican ex-international point guard Akeem Scott (186-82kg-83, college: High Point). He just played at Pioneros in Mexican LNBP. In 42 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Scott played at Mornar Bar (1A) in Montenegrin league. In 29 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Import Player of the Year. Scott also played 12 games in Balkan League where he averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
The previous (2011) summer Scott played at Geneva in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he averaged remarkable 21.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.7apg. He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. Scott's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, Steals-4 (2.2spg), FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 70.0%.
Scott has played also professionally in Finland (Espoo Honka, UU-Korihait, PuHu and Lappeenranta NMKY), Latvia (Ventspils) and SEBL (Baseline).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Scott attended High Point University until 2006 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
On Scott: Fleet-footed point guard who can also score... equally adept at creating his own shot or setting the table for others.
Akeem is a tremendous competitor with great speed and a good basketball mind
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.22.3 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.20.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras19.5 
 4. Sucre, Marinos18.3 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.17.5 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo17.1 
 7. Barrios, Toros16.7 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.16.6 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.15.9 
 10. Silva, Brasilia15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.8.5 
 4. Sucre, Marinos8.3 
 5. Rodriguez, Flame.7.6 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 7. Mikulas, Libertad6.3 
 8. Mata, Penarol6.2 
 9. Teague, Penarol6.0 
 10. Washam, Regatas6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Obras
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Osimani, Obras6.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.8 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 5. Ribeiro, Brasilia5.0 
 6. Ecker, Gaiteros4.5 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.3.8 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 9. Mijares, Marinos3.5 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 4. Washam, Regatas C.2.0 
 5. Benite, Flamengo1.7 
 6. Teague, Penarol1.6 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.6 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.3 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.2 
 10. Mijares, Marinos1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin LEIVA
  Penarol
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Leiva, Penarol1.3 
 2. Morro, Pinheiro.1.2 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 4. Alves, Brasilia1.0 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.0 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo0.9 
 7. Espinoza, Macae0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Meyinsse, Regat.0.7 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.7 



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Musel Pikes waived coach Baum - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes (Total League) waived 43-year old German coach Frank Baum (agency: LUMANI 10.7). He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Baum coached in the final of Luxembourg League for two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He was selected to Luxembourgish League All-Star Game back in 2010. Baum used to coach Luxembourg National Team (as & arrNT2(10,4) & ) back in 2012.
He has coached also professionally in Germany (TBB Trier).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 19-4 
 2. Guaymas 17-6 
 3. Tijuana 11-10 
 4. Navolato 11-12 
 5. Nogales 10-13 
 6. Cananea 9-14 
 7. Obregon 8-13 
 8. Guasave 8-14 
 9. Los Mochis 7-14 

Regular Season: Round 25

May. 14: Guaymas - Los Mochis 87-59
May. 14: Navolato - Cananea 86-84
May. 14: Obregon - Tijuana 83-89
May. 14: Nogales - Hermosillo 77-79

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 15: Guaymas - Los Mochis
May. 15: Nogales - Hermosillo
May. 15: Navolato - Cananea
May. 15: Obregon - Tijuana


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Cananea
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Monroe, Cananea24.8 
 2. Jones, Obregon24.4 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.4 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.0 
 5. McCullough, Nogales21.1 
 6. Sperling, Obregon20.5 
 7. Moss, Nogales19.2 
 8. Allen, Guaymas19.2 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana18.9 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Moss, Nogales10.4 
 2. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 3. Habel, Guaymas8.3 
 4. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 6. Selleaze, Navolato6.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales6.5 
 8. Strobbe, Nogales6.5 
 9. Spain, Hermosillo6.5 
 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. Shorter, Guaymas4.7 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana4.6 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana4.4 
 7. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana4.2 
 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. Ayala, Guaymas1.4 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 7. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 9. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerome HABEL
  Guaymas
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Habel, Guaymas1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Moss, Nogales1.5 
 4. Monroe, Cananea1.1 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 8. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 9. Villanueva, Hermo.0.5 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.5 


CIBACOPA Round 25: Rayos de Hermosillo beats Fuerza Guinda Nogales by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (10-13) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (19-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Hermosillo managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 15-11 charge of Rayos de Hermosillo, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-4 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Navolato. Fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (11-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-14) 86-84 on Tuesday evening. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fourth place. Mineros de Cananea at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will again play against Mineros de Cananea (#6) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
The game in Ciudad Obregon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (11-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-13). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83 on Tuesday. Luis Ramirez nailed 23 points for the winning side. Kenny Jones came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tijuana Zonkeys. They maintain third place with 11-10 record having ten points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play again against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to secure a win.
The game between second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (17-6) and 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-14) in Guaymas ended with biggest points difference. Ostioneros de Guaymas outscored guests from Los Mochis 87-59. Hector Hernandez fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.



Obregon - Tijuana 83-89

The game in Ciudad Obregon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (11-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-13). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) nailed 23 points for the winning side and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) added 25 points respectively for Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tijuana Zonkeys. They maintain third place with 11-10 record having ten points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play again against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: L.Ramirez 23+3reb+2ast, M.Morrison 21+5reb+1ast, O.Quintero 15+6reb+4ast, E.Medina 12+2reb+1ast, M.Thomas 11+5reb, J.Penny 7+8reb
Obregon: L.Davis 25+4reb+3ast, K.Jones 20+11reb+3ast, B.Sperling 14+5reb+2ast, L.Pulido 9+1reb+4ast, R.Navarro 6+1reb+3ast, J.Salcedo 4+2reb
gschID: 234949


Nogales - Hermosillo 77-79

Fourth-ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (10-13) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (19-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Hermosillo managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 15-11 charge of Rayos de Hermosillo, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-4 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 21+3reb+1ast, K.Spain 15+5reb+2ast, S.Monreal 12+3reb+7ast, J.Lopez 9+6reb+2ast, E.Little 8+8reb+3ast, J.Camacho 5+2ast
Nogales: O.McCullough 21+7reb+3ast, R.Moss 15+15reb+2ast, C.Gadson 13+2reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 9+5reb+1ast, B.Heredia 8+1reb+2ast, J.Mercado 5+2reb
gschID: 234947


Guaymas - Los Mochis 87-59

The game between second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (17-6) and 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-14) in Guaymas ended with biggest points difference. Ostioneros de Guaymas outscored guests from Los Mochis 87-59. The game without a history. Ostioneros de Guaymas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ostioneros de Guaymas outrebounded Pioneros Los Mochis 53-32 including a 43-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Pioneros Los Mochis' players. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import center Tyrone McNeal (213) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: H.Hernandez 21+12reb+2ast, S.Shorter 18+7reb+8ast, M.Ayala 14+6reb+1ast, V.Avila 11+10reb, J.Habel 8+4reb+1ast, C.Soto 7+3reb+2ast
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 23+11reb, T.McNeal 10+7reb+1ast, D.Onofre 8+2reb+1ast, P.Harris 6+1reb+1ast, J.Sandoval 6+2reb+2ast, J.Favela 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234946


Navolato - Cananea 86-84

Important game to mention about took place in Navolato. Fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (11-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-14) 86-84 on Tuesday evening. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fourth place. Mineros de Cananea at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will again play against Mineros de Cananea (#6) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
gschID: 234948



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BC Donbaschet sweep the Final series - by Eurobasket News

BC Donbaschet sweep the Final series and becomes a Champion in Moldova. The team overcame Gama in three consecutive games and won the Play-offs!
In Game 1 Donbaschet Casa Noastra USM edged Gama 92:89 in a real thriller. The teams stayed close to each other until the last seconds and Donbaschet managed to grab 3-point win. In Game 2 it was another struggle in the court and again 3 points decided the winner of the game. Donbaschet Casa Noastra USM celebrated a 69:66 victory. In the third game Donbaschet Casa Noastra USM won 75:71 and clinched the top place in Moldova. Vitaliy Oprea (200-C-86) was named MVP of the Finals. Ivan Cropotov (209-C-88) received best Center award, while Tkachenko Yvgen was named the best Forward. Roman Rusu (192-G-81) was awarded the best Guard in the league.
In the series for the 3-4 place BC UASM overcame Auto-Red 87:71 and 68:66. CS UTM-Politeh finished 5th in the League as they won both games against Soroca-Baschet, 82:74 and 86:62.



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EBL Finals 2013: Buducnost one step closer to the Title - by Darko Pekic

In the second game of 2013 EBL Finals the surprise did not happen. Although Sutjeska played another good game and had a lead even a nice lead in the first quarter, Buducnost got the second win in a row and pretty much got the job done in the Finals. Actually, the final score 77-62 does not say it all because it was a tied game that went in the wrong direction for Sutjeska only in the fourth quarter when Buducnost started hitting some 3 points.

Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) led once again Buducnost with 17 points. He was followed by Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) who scored 13 points, most of them in the first half. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) scored 18 points for the home team while Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) added 15 points.

The third and maybe last game will be played on Friday in Moraca hall.



MNE1A Erste League Play-Off / Final Round 2. : Buducnost win in Niksic - by Dragan Scepanovic

SUTJESKA Niksic - BUDUCNOST Voli Podgorica 62-77 (21:25, 12:22, 18:18, 11:22)
Niksic. City SC Spect: 2.000. Reff: Sutulovic, Jokic (Podgorica) and Rutesic (Niksic).
For 2 point : Buducnost 63% (27-17), Sutjeska 49% (43-21).
For 3 point : Buducnost 30% (23-7), Sutjeska 17% (18-3).
For 1 point : Buducnost 79% (28-22), Sutjeska 69% (16-11).
Reb. : Buducnost 32 (26+6), Sutjeska 29 (19+10).
Asis.: Buducnost 12 , Sutjeska 11.
Still ball: Buducnost 5 , Sutjeska 3.
Lose ball: Buducnost 4 , Sutjeska 6.

SUTJESKA : Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 18, Vusovic , Pejovic 4, Lalic 2, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 5, Radoje Vujosevic 8, Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) 15, Kuveljic , Marko Perovic , Djurovic 2 , Agramovic , Miceta 6
BUDUCNOST VOLI : Novosel , Mihailovic 6, Marko Popovic , Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) 11 , Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) 6, Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) 13 , Cedomir Vitkovac 7, Bunic 9 , Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) 17, Nikola Ivanovic 6 , Nikolic, Dee Bost 2



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.6 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 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.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 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. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Parker, San A.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..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. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


The Grizzlies waive coach Hecker - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) waived coach Barry Hecker.
Hecker has never been drafted by the NBA. He helped his team to make it to the NBA Western Conference Semifinals2011.
Hecker has coached also professionally in IBL (Las Vegas SB).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cuttino Mobley to Work Out for NBA Teams - by Eurobasket News

Cuttino Mobley (6'5''-G-74, college: Rhode Island) hasnt played in an NBA game since November 19, 2008. However, the 37-year-old is hoping to change that next season. Mobley is looking to attempt an NBA comeback after retiring nearly five years ago due to the heart ailment hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. On May 31, ASM Sports will be holding a pro-day for their draft prospects as well as their veteran free agents. Mobley will be one of the free agents participating in the veteran sessions, according to the agency.
The free agent workouts will include drills and five-on-five. Other notable free agents such as Josh Howard, Christian Eyenga and Rasual Butler will also be participating in the pro-day, which will be held at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas. Mobley played 11 seasons in the league for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers. The New York Knicks acquired Mobley, but he never played for the team due to his heart issue. The shooting guard, who attended the University of Rhode Island, exceeded all expectations after being drafted with the 41st overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. There are a number of players from Mobleys draft class who are still in the league including Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78), Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas), Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina), Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina), Mike James, Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky), Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) and Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80). Throughout the course of his career, Mobley averaged 16 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals.
Courtesy of: hoopsworld.com



Tony Parker leads Spurs to third win over Warriors - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio S. - Golden St.W. 109-91
Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had 25 points and 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Golden State Warriors' starting backcourt to 13 points for a 109-91 victory Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 17 points, Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 16 and Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio. Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) scored 25 points, Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 20 and Carl Landry 16 for Golden State. No other Warriors player had more than nine points. The Spurs held Mark Jackson's self-proclaimed "greatest shooting backcourt" in NBA history to 6-for-22 shooting. Stephen Curry finished with nine points, going 1 for 7 on 3-pointers, and Klay Thompson was held to four while not even attempting a 3. Curry has not missed any time since turning his right ankle late in Game 3, but the injury seemed to limit his explosiveness. Leonard stripped Curry and then outran him to the ball midway through the first quarter, feeding Parker for an uncontested layup. Curry appeared to grimace when he attempted to push off to sprint for the loose ball. The Spurs led for all but the opening 6 minutes of the game. San Antonio went on a 12-2 run to take a 102-84 lead with 4 minutes remaining. The Warriors missed two shots and had two turnovers to facilitate the Spurs' run. San Antonio shot 72 percent in the first quarter, pounding the ball inside for layups and kick outs to open shooters in taking a 10-point lead. Duncan battered Andrew Bogut early, making San Antonio's first three baskets on a drive and a jumper over the Australian and on a layup against Landry off a hard pick by Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances). San Antonio went on a 15-0 run on a series of drives to the basket and low-post moves, taking a 27-15 lead. Curry and Thompson were held to a combined four points on 2-for-10 shooting in the opening 16 minutes, but Barnes had 13 points and Jack seven. Curry did not make his first 3 until there were 2 minutes left in the first half. The Spurs stopped going inside in the second quarter, helping Golden State rally. The Spurs returned to attacking the basket in the third, resulting in another double-digit lead. Courtesy of: newser.com



Portland Trail Blazers hire Nate Tibbetts as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

The Portland Trail Blazers have hired Nate Tibbetts as an assistant coach, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. Tibbetts, 35, joins Head Coach Terry Stotts staff from the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons. Nate is an exceptional addition to our staff and I am very excited to welcome him to the Trail Blazers, said Stotts. He possesses a strong work ethic and a passion for coaching. He has been instrumental in developing young players in the D-League and in the NBA. Additionally, his successful head coaching experience in the D-League provides a unique ability, which will complement our current staff. Along with the rest of the staff, he will also assist in game plan preparation and execution. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Tibbetts spent two seasons as head coach of the NBA Development Leagues Tulsa 66ers. He guided the Oklahoma City Thunders D-League affiliate to a 64-41 (.610) record and two trips to the playoffs during his tenure there. Tibbetts was selected to be the United States head coach in the 2011 Pan American Games, where he led the group of D-League players to a bronze medal, USAs first medal since 1999. Tibbetts was a member of the D-Leagues Sioux Falls Skyforce coaching staff for four seasons and was promoted to head coach after his first two campaigns. The former University of South Dakota standout was an assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 2001-05. He joins current assistants Jay Triano , David Vanterpool , Kim Hughes and Dale Osbourne on Portlands coaching staff.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Pacers take commanding 3-1 lead over Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Indiana P. - New York K. 93-82
The Indiana Pacers finally figured it out. When given the chance to take command of a playoff series, they can't give it back. On Tuesday night, they didn't. George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) scored 26 points and Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, leading the Pacers past the New York Knicks, 93-82 and to within one win of their first conference finals appearance since 2004. "We wanted it," George said. "For us to come out with that edge, still, after being up 2-1 and being on our floor for Game 4, for us to be up and ready and have an edge to play, it just speaks to how focused we are right now." It was a far cry from what Indiana experienced a week ago in New York. Or last year at home against Miami. Last week, the Knicks rallied from a Game 1 loss, using a 30-2 run to blow out Indiana at Madison Square Garden and even the series. A year ago, the Pacers held a 2-1 lead over Miami but gave away Game 4 and never won again. Miami went on to win the NBA crown. So the Pacers went into Tuesday night determined not let it happen again, certainly not with former stars Reggie Miller and Rik Smits in the house watching their old team hand it to their old rivals. "I just think that our focus has been better than it was," Indiana's David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) said. "We might have surprised ourselves going in there and getting Game 1. Naturally, we may have had a little letdown, but we talked about maintaining our home court and our focus in these two games and we were able to accomplish that. Our next goal is to compete hard with an opportunity for a close-out game in a tough environment." The Pacers were strong defensively again, had another big rebounding advantage (54-36) and never really let the Knicks challenge them in the second half. They can wrap up the series Thursday night in New York. Desperate New York tried everything to change the script. Nothing worked. Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) played 29 minutes and J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) logged 31 1/2 despite missing practice Sunday and Monday because they were ill. Guard Iman Shumpert started even with a sore and swollen left knee that had the Knicks so worried they brought an orthopedic doctor to Indy to examine it Tuesday. The doctor determined there was no structural damage. Amare Stoudemire was called for four fouls in 11-plus minutes in his second game back since March 7 and had only four points and four rebounds. NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) finished with 24 points before fouling out with 2 minutes left in the game. He took only four shots in the fourth quarter and was held without a basket over the final 12 minutes for the second straight game. Smith, the NBA's top sixth man, scored 19 points, most coming in a futile attempt to rally his team late. And on a night New York shot just 35.6 percent from the field and 28.6 percent on 3-pointers, the ugliest part may have been how the Knicks lost their composure, giving away points on technical foul calls, arguing with the refs, even smacking the press table in frustration. "I can't lose hope," coach Mike Woodson said. "It takes four games to get out of this series. We go home, we handle our business and we get back here on Friday and see if we can force Game 7." Game 6 would be Saturday, but given the Knicks' track record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it might not matter. New York dropped to 0-4 at Indiana this season. The Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies are the only playoff teams that are unbeaten at home. Indiana has won all five home games by double digits and has won five of its last six overall. New York is convinced it can get things turned around quickly after losing five of its last seven, mostly because of horrendous shooting. "It's do or die, we got to win the next game," Anthony said. "But there's no need for anyone to hang their heads at this point. We've still got a game to play, we've still got to play basketball and we've got to do it being very confident and knowing and believing that we can do it." How bad was this one? New York tied the score at 14, then allowed the Pacers to go on a 9-2 run to make it 23-16 after one quarter. The Knicks never got as closer than five the rest of the way, and never led Tuesday night. Instead, Indiana methodically extended the lead by fighting off New York rallies. After the Knicks got within 35-30 in the second quarter, Indiana pulled way to make it 48-34 at halftime. When New York closed to 54-43 in the third, Indiana scored seven straight. And when the Knicks finally cut the deficit to 69-61 in the fourth, Indiana went on another 7-0 run to retake control. But if the Pacers have learned anything over the past year, it's this: The series is not over. "I think we have to go into New York like we're in an elimination game, like we're going about to get eliminated and play like we're down 1-3," Hill said. "I think if we do that and play with the same type of energy and passion that we played with tonight, we can come away with a win. But it's not going to be easy." Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com



Blazers' Damian Lillard leads NBA All-Rookie team - by Eurobasket News

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) collected another rookie honor on Tuesday, leading the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie first team. Already the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year, Lillard also was the only unanimous selection for the All-Rookie first team (58 points, 29 first team votes). The Wizards' Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) and the Hornets' Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) totaled 57 points each, with 28 first team votes. Cleveland's Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) (50 points, 21 first team votes) and Golden State's Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) (47 points, 18 first team votes) round out the first team.
Voted to the NBA All-Rookie second team: the Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93, college: Connecticut) (35 points, 10 first team votes), the Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) (31 points, six first team votes), the Charlotte Bobcats Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93, college: Kentucky) (29 points, three first team votes), the Detroit Pistons Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) (17 points, one first team), a Medford native, and the Cavaliers Tyler Zeller (7'0''-PF-90, college: N.Carolina) (15 points, three first team votes).
The All-Rookie teams were selected by the NBA's 30 head coaches, who chose five players for the first team and five for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches could not vote for their own players.
Lillard, the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, made a clean sweep of the NBA rookie of the month awards in the Western Conference this season. Lillard ranked first in scoring (19.0 ppg), assists (6.5 apg) and minutes (38.6 mpg) among rookies.


Courtesy of: oregonlive.com



All You Need is Love - by Tim Shea

Whether we're watching International teams or Under 21 games in International title tournaments we expect to see the best that Europe has to offer. Over the weekend the Euro League Final Four, being the king of European basketball, did not disappoint. We, for sure, got the best and a little bit more.

What we saw from the four participants playing was reflected in the following four human conditions: Love, Courage, Indifference and Pride.
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Witnessed in London was the fundamental nature of what makes one team a champion and what make others, by comparison, just "wanna-bes".
One team down from the cold and as cold as ice, another team long on talent but shortsighted and the third beat down by adversity but competing with dignity. The Euroleague Final Four weekend left nobody indifferent and offered us a basketball show to remember.

Final Standing:
1. Olympiacos
2. Real Madrid CF
3. CSKA
4. FC Barcelona


Olympiacos: All you need is Love with the permission of J. Lennon and P. McCartney. Returning Euro League Champion remained faithful to the same squad from last season and they played like they loved each other. They knew in every moment what they had to do to repeat as champions. If Love can be defined with words like sacrifice, compromise, belief, sharing and faith then they are, truly, in love with each other. Hats off to the players, coaches and directors that, in the real sense of the word, are a true team.

Real Madrid CF: Courage personified but in a do or die battle courage is insufficient. Even as the courageous bull fights on against he who sheaths the burnished blade of death the finish is almost always foreseeable and prearranged. This matador had a name: Vassilis Spanoulis.

CSKA: The grand favorites, their budget doubling their adversaries proved that (with the permission of the Beatles), Money Can't Buy Me Love. To be honest they appeared to have been playing only for their money. They were simply not ready to match Olympiacos desire and were spiritless and appeared almost bored in their Indifference. It was all personified in Milos Teodosic.

FC Barcelona: In the end they were a three wheeled wagon that competed and held together in this race by Pride. Missing important players like Pete Michael and Nate Jawai, with CJ Wallace and others nursing themselves along, they fought the brave fight. In the end they had to rely on youngsters like Abrines, Rabaseda and Todorovic and in these battle youngsters, are simply not ready. They did however, honor the tournament, the game and themselves by giving their all in every moment.

Tim Shea is an American and a long time European basketball coach and former International Scouting Director for NBA clubs NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Bobcats residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.



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FIBA ASIA 33 Championship for Men and Women: Nepals Schedule - by Dinesh Thapa

FIBA ASIA 33 Championship for Men and Women is scheduled for 15 16 May 2013 at Doha, Qatar. Nepals Mens and Womens team are participating in the championship.

Below is the Nepals game schedule of the championship.

Nepal Womens Team Schedule / 15th May 2013 / Qatar Time

1800 Nepal vs Lebanon
1920 Qatar Grey vs Nepal
2000 India vs Nepal
2040 Nepal vs Mongolia

Nepal Mens Team Schedule / 15th May 2013 / Qatar Time

1720 Nepal vs Lebanon
1820 S. Arabia vs Nepal
1900 C. Taipei vs Nepal





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Election: Tijjani return as NBBF president - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Tijjani Umar was on Tuesday reelected president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for another four years in office.

Also elected is Muktar Khaleh who returns as Vice President in an election supervised by officials of the Nigeria Sports Ministry.

Umar was nominated by Khaleh and was seconded by the duo of Patrick Omorodion and Felix Awogu who are making the board of the Nigeria federation for the first time.

Other board members are former Nigeria senior national team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Mustapha Suleiman and Coach Agboola Pinheiro.

The new board will be inaugurated on Friday by the Nigeria Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi.



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG18.3 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.5 
 8. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow6.9 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 10. Hrycaniuk, Valenc.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. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.7 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Robinson, PGE T.1.5 
 9. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.5 
 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. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 8. Harris, AZS K.1.0 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.0.8 


Dirk Bauermann includes Marcin Gortat, Maciej Lampe and Thomas Kelati - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) includes Marcin Gortat (211-C-84), Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) and Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) to the list of Eurobasket 2013 participants. The three Polish stars are ready to help the National team.
Marcin Gortat just finished the NBA season with his Phoenix Suns. In 2012/2013 season his stats read 11.1 points per game as well as 8.5 rebounds.
Maciej Lampe is a player of Caja Laboral. He suffered serious hip injury and missed most of the season. He returned to the court at the end of February averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds for 21 games. The center picked up few important awards: Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Newcomer of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Bosmans Team -12. Lampe had amazing 2010/11 season with Unics Kazan. He was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year -11 and also Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year -11. In VTB United League Lampe was Center of the Year- 11. He helped Unics to win the EuroCup title averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.
Thomas Kelati spends 2012-2013 season with Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB, starting five). In EuroCup he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 70.6%, while in Spanish league his stats now 11.4 points per game.



Stelmet ZG and PGE Turow take 2-0 Semifinals lead - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - AZS Koszalin 89-83 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-83. Stelmet ZG made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 AZS Koszalin turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by AZS Koszalin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Stelmet ZG's coach Mihailo Uvalin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) replied with 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) added 17 points in the effort for AZS Koszalin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: D.Borovnjak 20+5reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 16+6reb+3ast, L.Koszarek 11+3reb+6ast, O.Stevic 11+5reb+2ast, K.Chanas 9+1ast, M.Cesnauskis 9
AZS Koszalin: L.Wisniewski 17+2reb+3ast, P.Leonczyk 16+4reb+3ast, B.Woloszyn 14+2reb, S.Henry 10+4reb+4ast, A.Mielczarek 8+3reb+1ast, I.Milicic 7+3reb
gschID: 240688


PGE Turow - Anwil 83-80 (2-0)

It looked good early as Anwil took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then PGE Turow took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. They made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Anwil was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) responded with 23 points and guard Michal Sokolowski (196-92) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Anwil's coach Milija Bogicevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: I.Zigeranovic 20+5reb+1ast, M.Chylinski 18+4reb+4ast, R.Robinson 11+1reb+4ast, D.Kulig 9+8reb+1ast, D.Jackson 9+2reb, I.Opacak 8+4reb+1ast
Anwil: M.Ginyard 23+4reb, M.Sokolowski 13+6reb+3ast, S.Hajric 12+1reb, A.Eitutavicius 8+1reb+1ast, T.Weeden 7+5reb+1ast, P.Frasunkiewicz 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240687



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Interview with Marcel Momplaisir - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island)

Eurobasket.com: Tell us about your first job in Europe.
My first job in Europe was in Portugal Proliga I played in South America the year before and really wanted to prove I could play in Europe (16.8 pts 14.1 rbds 2.4 blks)

Eurobasket.com: Inform the decision, regarding basketball, you took in the past and changed your life.
My High School coach (Charles Jackson MCSM) was the one who who showed me with hard work basketball can take me very far in life. He is someone I looked up too so I decided to trust him and work hard. He was right because it earned me a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island and has taken me all over the world. (Norway, Brasil,Syria,Mxico). I have made life time friends here in Portugal and met my wife who has given me a beautiful baby girl. All this from basketball,its truly a blessing.

Eurobasket.com: What about you future plans, you see yourself playing in Portugal again or you are planning to find a job in a new league?
Portugal has been very good to me but I am looking to play in a new league to better support my family.

Eurobasket.com: What about the best game you had in till now in your career, what stats you had and when was it?
I have had a couple 20 point 20 rebound games but I think my best game was having 22 points 18 rebounds 4 blks and 19 14 rebounds 3 blks in games that helped us win proliga championships in 2008 and 2010

Eurobasket.com: How do you like to spend your free time?
I love spending all my free time with my wife and daughter.

Eurobasket.com: How you can describe yourself as a player.
I'm a hard worker and extremely passionate basketball who plays with a lot energy on both sides of the court.



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Santurce 15-5 
 2. Ponce 12-7 
 3. Mayaguez 12-8 
 4. Guayama 10-8 
 5. Quebradillas 10-9 
 6. Guaynabo 9-9 
 7. Humacao 9-9 
 8. Arecibo 8-11 
 9. San German 5-14 
 10. Bayamon 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 23

May. 14: Santurce - San German 75-69
May. 14: Arecibo - Bayamon 103-98
May. 15: Humacao - Guayama
May. 15: Quebradillas - Guaynabo


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, Bayamon18.1 
 7. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 8. Vassallo, Arecibo17.2 
 9. Ramos, Arecibo16.9 
 10. Jones, Guayama16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 2. Ramos, Arecibo10.4 
 3. Phillip, San German9.4 
 4. Graterol, Arecibo8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Harrellson, Guaya.8.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon8.2 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Scott, Humacao7.7 
 10. Gransberry, Mayag.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 4. Coronado, Guayama4.2 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.3.9 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon3.8 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Pagan, Santurce3.5 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 2. Coronado, Guayama2.3 
 3. Santiago, Ponce1.5 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 5. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 6. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.4 
 7. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
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, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Brock, Guayama0.9 



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Burtt, Avtodor21.2 
 2. Likholitov, Volgog.17.3 
 3. Makshantsev, Novo.16.1 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.15.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd15.2 
 7. Monroe, Ural E.14.7 
 8. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.2 
 10. McGhee, Ural E.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.7 
 3. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.4 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 5. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.6.9 
 7. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 9. Denison, Ataman6.6 
 10. Pavlov, TE.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Burtt, Avtodor5.6 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.0 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman4.3 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.3.7 
 10. Anisimov, Novosyb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ryazan2.2 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor1.8 
 5. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 6. Mateyunas, Ataman1.8 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 8. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
 9. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 10. Savenkov, Univ.Su.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hakeem ROLLINS
  Avtodor
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rollins, Avtodor1.6 
 2. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.3 
 3. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 4. Denison, Ataman1.2 
 5. Likholitov, Volgog.1.2 
 6. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 7. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 8. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 9. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 10. Oveshkov, Planet.0.9 


Superleague Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ataman - Ural Ekaterinb. 56-89 (1-2)

The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Ataman only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded Ataman 48-28 including a 35-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ataman was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 7 assists. Forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Five Ural Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Alexei Nesterov (204-88) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for Ataman in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Ataman: A.Nesterov 14+5reb+2ast, D.Zagnoyko 8+1reb+2ast, A.Mateyunas 8+3reb+4ast, A.Burtsev 7+5reb, D.Beliaev 4+6reb, P.Aleksandrov 4+2ast
Ural Ekaterinb.: C.Monroe 17+4reb+1ast, A.Glazunov 15+4reb+7ast, D.Nikolaev 13+11reb+1ast, D.Arteshin 13+11reb, A.McGhee 11+7reb+1ast, A.Dedushkin 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 241054


Avtodor - Univ.Surgut 78-81 (1-2)

It was a great evening for guard Anton Ageev (192-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. Forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) helped adding 16 points. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) with 18 points and 9 assists and American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Four Avtodor players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: H.Rollins 22+7reb, S.Burtt 18+3reb+9ast, I.Strebkov 15+7reb+3ast, A.Pushkin 10+1reb+1ast, A.Zaykin 5+4reb, S.Toropov 2+3reb+1ast
Univ.Surgut: A.Ageev 21+4reb+3ast, D.Hloponin 16+3reb+3ast, I.Aleksandrov 15+3reb, A.Savenkov 8+8reb+1ast, G.Zelenskiy 8+3reb+2ast, A.Rindin 5+4reb
gschID: 241055



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Joffrey Lauvergne going on NBA draft - by Igor Obradovic

After Bogdan Bogdanovic which are reported in this year's NBA draft, and Davis Bertans who is going to summer camp of San Antonio, another player of Partizan mt:s signed up to this year's NBA draft, the young French power forward, Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket).

Power forward, one of the key players for Partizan this year decided to take this step after the excellent games in Adriatic league and great play in the domestic Super League of Serbia. He is 211cm tall and is just 21 years old and has two and a half years contract for Belgrade club. Some forecasts say that the French basketball player projected to be selected at the end of the second round draft pick, or not to be chosen at all.

This year for the team Partizan in Adriatic league average of 13 games recording 14.4 minutes 5.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, in the Serbian Super League in 10 games he was able to gather 28 minutes per game, 11pts, 6.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists.



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  SINGAPORE   


ASEAN League: Slingers lose key battle for playoff zone to Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - Indonesia Warriors 53:63

The Singapore Slingers are out of ASEAN League playoff race. They lost tonight to the Indonesia Warriors and got eliminated from the battle for the fourth position in the ladder. The Thailand Slammers will be the last (fourth) participant of the playoffs. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) stepped up with 15 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Warriors to the victory today.
The hosts jumped to a 13:6 lead midway through the first quarter. The Warriors though capped the opening period on a 9:2 rally to gain 15:13 lead. The visitors maintained the advantage throughout the second period. The Warriors arrived at halftime up by 7 points 33:26. The Slingers sparked intrigue late in the period cutting the deficit at 3-point mark. But the Warriors quickly responded and entered the fourth frame up by 8 points. They never looked back in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.), Jerick Canada (170-G) and Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) notched 12 points apiece for the visitors. Singleton Rashaad (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern) answered with 23 points for the Slingers. Morrison Phillip Aaron connected for 17 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Singleton Rashaad 23, Morrison Phillip Aaron 17
Indonesia Warriors: Chris Daniels 15+21 boards, Stanley Pringle 12, Jerick Canada 12, Steve Thomas 12



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  SLOVAKIA   


Second final game about to start - by Thomas Kottra

Players of BK Inter Bratislava allowed their host to reach surprisingly high win in game one on Saturday. Now it's time for team from capital city to show their skills in front of home fans. MBK Rieker Komarno outscored and outjumped their opponent by 22 (99:77) points and 14 rebounds (35:12). "We were too soft, lacking energy. We should have fought more for the win," said Peter Sedmak (207-C-85), forward of BK Inter Bratislava who was leading the team.
Komarno also made huge part of win in defense. "The key to our play in the second half was our intensity on defense. We played at a high level on defense and that lead to easy fast break points and easy offense," claimed Amin Stevens (198-F-90, college: Florida A&M) of Komarno, the only player reaching double-double in game one.
The important thing about game two, Inter will field Martin Rancik (204-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) who did not play because of ban (three technical fouls in the season). "Rancik is very good player. It will make a big difference when he'll play in game 2," gives his respect Komarno's guard Vincent Simpson (185-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Hampton) and Kevin Thompson (205-F-89, college: Morgan St.), who led the season with rebounds agrees: "It's going to be a big difference because he is a really good player. We will have to take game 2 there, it will be a big game for us," shows his optimism.



Second final game about to start - by Thomas Kottra

Players of Inter Bratislava allowed their host to reach surprisingly high win in game one on Saturday. Now it's time for team from capital city to show their skills in front of home fans. MBK Rieker Komarno outscored and outjumped their opponent by 22 (99:77) points and 14 rebounds (35:12). "We were too soft, lacking energy. We should have fought more for the win," said Peter Sedmak, forward of Inter Bratislava who was laeding the team.
Komarno also made huge part of win in defense. "The key to our play in the second half was our intensity on defense. We played at a high level on defense and that lead to easy fast break points and easy offense," claimed Amin Stevens of Komarno, the only player reaching double-double in game one.
The important thing about game two, Inter will field Martin Rancik who did not play because of ban (three technical fouls in the season). "Rancik is very good player. It will make a big difference when he'll play in game 2," gives his respect Komarno's guardVincent Simpson and Kevin Thompson, who led the season with rebounds agrees: "It's going to be a big difference because he is a really good player. We will have to take game 2 there, it will be a big game for us," shows his optimism.



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  SPAIN   


Spanish EBA Best Performance of the week: Juan Jose Garcia - by Mariano Galindo

Juan Jose Garcia put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Eurocolegio Casvi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for EBA league. He had an amazing double-double of 27 points and 27 rebounds for 64 index rating, the best performance in the whole EBA for this 2012/13 season. Moreover, Juan Jose Garcia wins as well EBA MVP Group B, with 23.8 average and finishes in the second position in whole EBA league, only behind of Gabriel Diaz, 23.87


Marc Gasol Seizes The Moment For Memphis - by Eurobasket News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- At first glance it looked like Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) was hesitant. That he was looking elsewhere, or for someone else to take the biggest shot of the Memphis Grizzlies' season.

Oh wait, that's his brother Pau. Because Marc Gasol wasn't waiting for anyone else to take the shot that sealed the Grizzlies' 103-97 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

Marc Gasol was baiting Serge Ibaka. And then Marc Gasol was confidently stroking a 15-footer with 22 seconds remaining that gave Memphis a 3-1 series lead over the reigning, and now reeling, Western Conference champions.

"I looked down at Serge and he had his hand down," Gasol explained. "I put the ball over my head and took a little jab [step] and I knew the ball had to go up at that time.

"I'm lucky it went in."

Lucky, sure

But Gasol didn't smile as he added that line. He can be sarcastic and funny, but he doesn't play for the laugh.

He just plays.

Hard.

"Marc's from Memphis man," Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said. "Marc's tough. Marc played [high school and AAU ball] with all the guys from the ghetto, from south Memphis to north Memphis. And now he's been around me."

Randolph laughed at that one. People don't know Marc the way he does. The way Memphis does.

He's one of them. A graduate of Lausanne High over in nearby Germantown. Although no one who knew him as the chubby, baby-faced teenager then would recognize the bruising center who just won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year that he has become.

But that's part of his charm, too. He wasn't the lottery pick his brother was. He was the throw-in to the trade no one had ever heard of. He was the younger brother who got more of the baby fat and less of the skill.

If he was going to be anywhere as successful as his brother, a four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Marc Gasol was going to have to work hard for it. Very, very hard.

But you know what? He did.

"We crack jokes sometimes about what he used to [look like] in high school," Randolph said. "But man, he's just been growing as a person and individually. The guy's great, man. He's constantly getting better. I'm proud of him."

Gasol has been a leader for this Grizzlies team for a while now. He speaks up in huddles and team meetings. He spoke for point guard Mike Conley a few times over the years when Conley wasn't as comfortable delivering a message to someone.

"I just try to win. I take ownership of the team. Everybody has to do the same thing," Gasol said, oh so directly. "You have to earn respect, show people what you're all about, and the team will follow you."

Yep, I told you he was direct.

Wednesday night he led in a different way, though. This team is still sorting out who takes the most meaningful shots at the end of games after the Rudy Gay trade. Most of the time it's Conley now, but not every time. Not in the way it's pretty much always going to be Kevin Durant for the Thunder or Kobe Bryant for the Lakers.

The Grizzlies just lean Conley now. But if the opponent sends a trap at him, as the Thunder did at the end of the fourth quarter and overtime, Conley will pass out of it.

Gasol wasn't just ready for the ball, he wanted it. And when he stroked that 15-footer, it felt like something meaningful had happened for these Grizzlies.

This was the game two years ago their upstart run started to unravel. The set-up was eerily similar. Memphis held a 2-1 lead heading into a home game at the FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies took a 17-point lead in the first half, even.

But they weren't ready for success. Not yet. Durant and the Thunder were, and they seized an epic three-overtime victory.

This time it was the Thunder coughing up the big lead. Oklahoma City led by as many as 17 in the first half, but gave it all back in the third quarter and needed a finger roll from Durant with six seconds remaining to force overtime.

It was all Grizzlies in the overtime, though. Durant had nothing left after carrying the Thunder in the eight games they've played without Russell Westbrook. Durant made just two of his eight shots in the fourth quarter and none of the five he took in overtime.

"I'm giving everything I've got to my team," Durant said afterward. "I've been doing this since the playoffs started. I'm going to play for my team. I'll keep doing it however long I have to."

He made a joke about being tired because it was well past midnight by the time he came into the interview room with the late, 8:30 p.m. CT start.

The room offered a tepid laugh. But nothing's funny about what's happened to the Thunder since Westbrook's untimely injury. They're trying, Durant is trying, and they're making progress at times. Serge Ibaka rediscovered his midrange game with 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Kevin Martin delivered 18 points off the bench.

But they miss Westbrook. They aren't the same. And these Memphis Grizzlies aren't letting up anytime soon.

"We scratch and we claw," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "They say 'grit and grind.' I don't know what the heck that means, but we go out and we just battle. We just compete."
Courtesy of: http://espn.go.com



Pau Gasol to miss Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) will miss Eurobasket 2013 and will not help Spanish National team in September. Pau Gasol will undergo ultrasonic treatment to remove scar tissue in both of his knees in an effort to 'regenerate his tendons'.
The player of Los Angeles Lakers for the last five years is one of the top European players in NBA. In 2011-2012 for Los Angeles Lakers (NBA, starting five) he averaged high 16.6ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 78.6%. This season his stats read 13.8 points per game.
Together with Pau Gasol Spain repeated as European Champions. They overcame France in the title game in Kaunas. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon accounted for 17 points each in the victory.
Earlier it was announced that Ricky Rubio confirmed EuroBasket 2013 participation for Spain. The top Guard will go to Slovenia with his National team.



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  SWEDEN   


Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko confirmed his trip to Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) confirmed the trip to Slovenia to help his side at Eurobasket 2013. Sweden will have an NBA-player in the squad in their reappearance at a EuroBasket in September.
Jonas Jerebko just finished his fourth straight season with the Pistons. In 2011-2012 for Detroit Pistons (NBA) he averaged 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 80.3%. In 2012-2013 his stats read 7.7 points per game.
At the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 Jonas Jerebko became the fifth top-scorer with 20.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 75.8%. His Sweden will play in Group D together with Finland, Greece, Russia, Italy and Turkey. Four best teams from each group will advance into the next stage of the tournament. There they will play in two groups with six teams in each. Best four teams from each Round 2 group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. EuroBasket 2013 is slated to start on September 4th.



Jeffery Taylor is set for his first appearance with the Swedish National Team - by Eurobasket News

Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) is set for his first appearance with the Swedish National Team. The NBA player who has experience with Swedish U16 National Team -05, Swedish U18 National Team -06-07 and Swedish U20 National Team -08 will debut for the Senior side.
Jeffery Taylor started his career in 2006-2007 for Hobbs HS / Hobbs, NM (USA). In 2008-2009 he moved to Vanderbilt (NCAA, starting five) and debuted with 12.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 22.0%, FT: 69.1%. In his last season with the college he averaged 16.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 60.5%. In 2012 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA,2rd (31)). In 2012 July Jeffery Taylor participated at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Charlotte Bobcats) and in 4 games showed 11.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg.
In 2012-2013 for Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) he averaged 6.1 points per game.



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Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
 1. BC AKA 21-1 
 2. Vevey 17-5 
 3. Swiss Central 14-8 
 4. Pully 12-10 
 5. Acad.Fribourg 12-10 
 6. Bern 11-11 
 7. Meyrin Geneve 11-11 
 8. Villars 10-12 
 9. Lausanne 8-13 
 10. Kusnacht-Erl. 8-14 
 11. GC Zurich 8-14 
 12. Blonay Basket 0-22 


Stats Leaders - LNB

LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Myles, Pully 23.8
2 Marcario, Vevey 23.6
3 Hohler, AKA 22.7
4 Holland, Bern 22.0
5 Kautzor, Geneve 21.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lewis, Villars 11.8
2 Verbus, Kuesnacht 11.3
3 Myles, Pully 10.1
4 Holland, Bern 9.5
5 Mihajlovic, Bern 8.5
Assists Per Game
1 Hohler, AKA 7.5
2 Martin, Vevey 6.2
3 Stevanovic, Luzern 4.2
4 Nattiel Bern 4.1
5 Veglio, Villars 3.9


Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 1st Team 2013
Domenico Marcario
Marcario
Dejan Hohler
Hohler
Albert Myles
Myles
Kgomotso Sefolosha
Sefolosha
Yuanta Holland
Holland

Player of the Year: Dejan Hohler (187-G-86) of BC AKA
Guard of the Year: Dejan Hohler (187-G-86) of BC AKA
Forward of the Year: Kgomotso Sefolosha (199-F-83) of Vevey
Center of the Year: Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78) of Bern
Bosman Player of the Year: Dejan Hohler (187-G-86) of BC AKA
Import Player of the Year: Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78) of Bern
Domestic Player of the Year: Kgomotso Sefolosha (199-F-83) of Vevey
Defensive Player of the Year: Robbie Lewis (200-F-88) of Villars
Coach of the Year: Milenko Tomic of BC AKA

1st Team
PG: Domenico Marcario (180-PG-79) of Vevey
G: Dejan Hohler (187-G-86) of BC AKA
F/G: Albert Myles (198-F/G-75) of Pully
F: Kgomotso Sefolosha (199-F-83) of Vevey
F/C: Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78) of Bern

2nd Team
G: Matthias Kautzor-Schroder (196-G-75) of Meyrin Geneve
F: Mladen Radic (203-F-85) of BC AKA
C: Ignas Verbus (205-C-87) of Kuesnacht-Erl.
F: Robbie Lewis (200-F-88) of Villars
C: Ignas Verbus (205-C-87) of Kuesnacht-Erl.

Honorable Mention
Marco Lehmann (185-PG-93) of BC AKA
Gilles Martin (175-PG-89) of Vevey
Nikola Stevanovic (194-G-92) of Swiss Central
Andres Rodriguez (192-G/F-88) of Pully
Matthias Manz (195-SF-92) of Fribourg
Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) of Bern
Marko Kraljevic (196-G/F-91) of Villars
Andre Beetschen (185-G-85) of GC Zurich
Dario Sisljagic (186-G/F-83) of Kuesnacht-Erl.
Simon Bernet (204-F/C-84) of GC Zurich

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Marco Lehmann (185-PG-93) of BC AKA
G: Matthias Kautzor-Schroder (196-G-75) of Meyrin Geneve
G: Nikola Stevanovic (194-G-92) of Swiss Central
F: Kgomotso Sefolosha (199-F-83) of Vevey
F/C: Simon Bernet (204-F/C-84) of GC Zurich

All-Imports Team
G: Dejan Hohler (187-G-86) of BC AKA
PG: Domenico Marcario (180-PG-79) of Vevey
F/G: Albert Myles (198-F/G-75) of Pully
F: Robbie Lewis (200-F-88) of Villars
F/C: Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78) of Bern



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  TRBL   


NightHawks Grounded in Cary - by Eurobasket News

Cary, NC: The Johnston County NightHawks arrived in Cary Sunday afternoon fresh off of their first TRBL win of the season the night before. Energized and ready to make another statement, the visitors stepped on to the court with confidence and knocked down the first bucket of the game. It would be their only lead of the night. The pressing defense of the Invasion kept the game tempo high and led to a host of easy shots for the home team. Offense came from all directions and from all 9 dressed Cary players. The lead grew quickly throughout the game. Cary led 76-50 at halftime and continued to pile on in the second half. The final score was Cary 163, Johnston County 90.

Invasion guard Corey Evans (6'7''-G-75, college: Life) (Cincinnati Christian) once again showed his scoring prowess putting up 28 points. Invasion point guard Brian Waters (6'2''-G-85, college: Elon) (Elon) dished out 11 assists. Daniel Jackson (Shaw) added 25 points and 8 rebounds for the home team. Eight Cary players scored in double figures.

Former Invasion player Rodney Callwood (Shaw) dropped in 26 points for the NightHawks. Cary plays next on May 18th in Greensboro against the Cobras. Johnston County plays next on May 19th in Wilmington.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



Big Texas Races to Big Win over Wilmington Sea Dawgs, 123 - 111 - by Eurobasket News

Wilmington, NC: Thanks to some hyper-speed play from their guards and some aggressive defense, Jacksonville's Big Texas defeated the Wilmington Sea Dawgs by a score of 123 to 111 in Tobacco Road Basketball League action Sunday evening.

After some early Wilmington success in the first quarter, Big Texas came at them with a fast, tight, and physical defense that seemed to rattle the Dawgs, including some pickpocketing by the the lightning-fast Dana Pickett. At the quarter, Big Texas led 29-25.

Brian West took over for Dana Pickett to start the second quarter for Big Texas and proved just as much of problem, pushing the lead out to as much as ten. The Sea Dawgs countered by having forward J.J. Cook bring the ball up the court on a number of occasions and going to a tall lineup, playing Mike Gibbs and David Bushnell at the same time. This cut into the Big Texas margin and at the half it was Big Texas 62 - Wilmington 55.

Wilmington increased their physicality in the third quarter, which slowed the Big Texas attack down. But despite strong play from Mike Gibbs in the middle, the Sea Dawgs couldn't chip into the Big Texas lead and ended the third quarter still down by seven, 88-81.

Assertive inside offensive play by Kelvin Brown (6'7''-F-82, college: Murray St.) and Jamel Carpenter (6'2''-G/F, college: Fayetteville St.) brought the Sea Dawgs even to start the fourth quarter. Big Texas then turned up the speed and turned up the defense in response, pressing almost as if they were the team that was behind. Wilmington could never quite close the lead after that.

The Wilmington Sea Dawgs will be back in action at Blizzard Athletics Sunday, May 19 at 7PM when they host the Johnston County Nighthawks.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



PrimeTime Overcomes Slow Start to Handle Crossover - by Eurobasket

May 11th 2013 - The PrimeTime Players won their 17th-straight TRBL game on Saturday, knocking off the Fayetteville Crossover 133-100. For the second straight game, however, PrimeTime struggled out of the gates. The Players were held to just 27 points in each of the first two quarters, recording their lowest first-half total since the season opener in Greensboro. Cold shooting and a leaky defense allowed the Crossover to hang with PrimeTime in that first half as they were down just six at the break. As has been the story all year, though, PrimeTime came out on fire in the third quarter. Chris Moore (6'2''-G-86, college: Charleston So.) knocked down a couple of open threes while he wasn't feeding the ball to Thomas Pfaff (6'8''-C-87, college: Lipscomb) down low. Pfaff scored 11 of his 17 points during the decisive third period that pushed the Players' lead to 16 heading into the fourth. The fourth quarter held more of the same as Moore and Terell Smith (6'3''-G, college: Limestone) caught fire, combining for 23 of the team's 45 fourth quarter points with a total of seven threes. Brian Mobley (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) also came to life after spending most of the game as the Players' defensive stopper. A pair of threes and a pair of breakaway dunks helped PrimeTime seal the Crossover's fate.
Moore led PrimeTime with 32 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. Pfaff and Malaciah Jones held down the middle with authority on Saturday. Pfaff added 16 rebounds to his 17 points and Jones finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Mobley finished with 18 points while Smith finished with 26. Victor Street (5'11''-G, college: Erskine) tallied seven points and seven assists and Eric Mann (6'9''-C-77, college: VMI) chipped in five points to round out the scoring for PrimeTime.
Fayetteville's Brandon Streeter (6'6''-F-84, college: Mount Olive) led all scorers with 37 points while DeShawn McLean (6'7''-F/C) added 24.

PrimeTime will be in action again for a special Friday night game at Clinton Junior College against the Queen City Express at 7pm.



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  TURKEY   


TB3L Final Group Programme - by Baha Kurtulus

TB3L final group games will be held in Ugur Inan Sport Hall-Kusadasi on 15th-20th May 2013.

First three teams will advance to TB2L end of the games.

15th May 2013
Istanbul DSI - ITU
Ankara DSI ERA - Duzce Belediye
Boluspor - Buyukcekmece Basketbol

16th May 2013
Duzce Belediye - Istanbul DSI
Buyukcekmece Basketbol - Ankara DSI ERA
ITU - Boluspor

17th May 2013
Buyukcekmece Basketbol - Duzce Belediye
Istanbul DSI - Boluspor
Ankara DSI ERA - ITU

19th May 2013
Boluspor - Ankara DSI ERA
Istanbul DSI - Buyukcekmece Basketbol
ITU - Duzce Belediye

20th May 2013
Ankara DSI ERA - Istanbul DSI
Buyukcekmece Basketbol - ITU
Duzce Belediye - Boluspor






( Photo : www.tbl.org.tr )



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Angel Rivera reclassifies - by David Edole

Cincinnati Hughes, Angel Rivera-Cuencas (170-PG) has decided to reclassify back to the class of 2014. He was originally the class of 2014 but after moving to Cincinnati from Puerto Rico he lost a year of eligibility. Rivera will be attending IMG Academy in Tampa , Florida. He helped lead Hughes to its first district title since the 1955-56 season averaging 16 points, 9 assist and 4 rebounds per game this past season. Angel is a second half athlete and has been training with us for over a year now. I am proud to see all his hard work paying off, this young man has a bright future ahead of him!


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  UKRAINE   


R.T. Guinn (ex Ferro-ZNTU) could sign at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is about to tab 32-year old American power forward R.T. Guinn (208-115kg-81, college: Baylor) who currently plays Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye in Ukraine. In 50 Superleague games he averaged 14.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. The last season Guinn played also at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 52 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2004 Cedar Rapids River Raiders selected him as first overall pick in USBL draft.
The former Baylor University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball. Guinn won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Guinn has played also professionally in Finland (Salon Vilpas), France (Limoges CSP Elite), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Turkey (Darussafaka), Ukraine (Budivelnyk, Azovmash and Poltava), Sweden (Sodertalje Kings) and USBL (Kansas C.).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Big, strong inside player capable of hitting the outside shot. A three man in a big man's body. Can score inside, or will trail the play and put it from the outside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


New BBL Franchise Is Birmingham Knights - Holding Trials - by Paul Nilsen

BBL Birmingham has today announced the name of the new professional basketball team representing the city. Saturday nights will never be the same again...... welcoming your Birmingham Knights!

Jo Aldridge, Team Director, said "We decided to run a competition to let the fans name the team and this was a standout winner with the panel. We plan to take the team live in September and are very excited about working with a number of partners to help to bring the brand to life."

The Team's management has also been busy building a number of important partnerships within the city. Today they announce the Birmingham A's Basketball Club as the team's "Official Nursery Team" and the City of Birmingham basketball club as their "Official Junior Development Partner". Coach Paul Douglas said "Ensuring an effective player pathway in the city is really important to us. We want to create a team that local young players aspire to and a simple route by which they work their way up to playing professionally. We're confident that these important relationships will help us to achieve this and we're pleased to see the sport of basketball uniting in the city."

Coach Douglas starts his campaign with trials being held at the Doug Ellis Sports Centre on the 18th and 19th May. If you would like to know more about how to take part email info@bblbirmingham.co.uk.



Calvo Back At Riders - by Paul Nilsen

Leicester Riders took another step to rebuilding their championship winning team, by announcing the return of guard Jorge Calvo (190-G-87).

The 25 year old point guard, born in Ponferrada, Spain, was a huge hit with the Rider's fans last season, with his tenacious defence and in ability to run the offence, but also for his hugely engaging manner off the court. He was the first Spaniard to win a BBL Championship.

Calvo was very keen to return to the Jelson Homes DMU backed Riders, "From very early on with the Riders, as I came to understand the great mix of players we had, I was really keen to make Leicester more than a one year stop. I believe this is a team that can get better, and I can get better with the team."

"Playing in the BBL is a different challenge to Spain, but I think it is helping to develop my game. I will be looking to do things a little different, add some things to what I bring to the Riders, but it is really working with my team-mates and coaches that will help make the difference."

"I was also excited to see that Drew Sullivan had re-signed, because he is such an important player in our team. He and Rob (Paternostro) our coach are what make the big difference to the team, so that just reinforced my keenness to come back."

Calvo thinks Riders will have it much tougher in the BBL next season, but is looking forward to the challenge, "For sure, teams are going to be gunning for Leicester, and it will be difficult. We set a standard this season, and other teams will be out to put one over on us. But I think the Riders can get better, and particularly if we can keep most of the squad together."

Paternostro was very excited to have Calvo back, "Jorge is hugely under-rated in my opinion. He handles himself extremely well, is a very smart player, and is very much a team guy. There are a lot of decisions to make in his position on the court, particularly in terms of getting other guys involved in the offence, and that is where Jorge excels."



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  URUGUAY   

Stats Leaders - LUB

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


Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket

Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team 2013
Gustavo Barrera
Barrera
Walter Baxley
Baxley
Justin Keenan
Keenan
Jeremis Smith
Smith
Gregory Dilligard
Dilligard

Player of the Year: Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80) of Aguada
Guard of the Year: Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) of Guaiqueries
Forward of the Year: Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of Trouville
Center of the Year : Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85) of Aguada
Import Player of the Year: Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Aguada
Domestic Player of the Year: Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80) of Aguada
Coach of the Year: Javier Espindola of Welcome

1st Team
G: Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) of Hebraica
G: Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Defensor
F: Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of Trouville
F: Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Aguada
C: Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85) of Aguada

2nd Team
PG: Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Olimpia
G: Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89) of Defensor
F: Federico Haller (198-F-88) of Montevideo
C/F: Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) of Defensor
C: Hatila Passos (211-C-85) of Trotamundos

Honorable Mention
Krys Faber (208-C) of Mykolaiv
Terence Shellman (198-F-78) of Sayago
Kyle Hunt (207-F) of Olimpia
Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86) of Montevideo
Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85) of Bohemios
Anthony Johnson (203-F-88) of Bigua
Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Defensor

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) of Hebraica
G: Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80) of Aguada
F: Federico Haller (198-F-88) of Montevideo
F: Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) of Defensor
C: Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) of Malvin

All-Imports Team
G: Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87) of Bohemios
G: Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Defensor
F: Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of Trouville
F: Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Aguada
C: Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85) of Aguada




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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 35-11 
 2. Cocodrilos 32-15 
 3. Bucaneros 25-22 
 4. Gaiteros 25-22 
 5. Gigantes 24-24 
 6. Guaros 22-25 
 7. Trotamundos 21-28 
 8. Guaiqueries 18-28 
 9. Toros 17-30 
 10. Panteras 17-31 

Regular Season: Round 43

May. 13: Panteras - Gigantes 95-81
May. 13: Bucaneros - Guaiqueries 94-75
May. 13: Cocodrilos - Trotamundos 86-80
May. 14: Guaros - Toros
May. 14: Marinos - Gaiteros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Courtney FORTSON
  Trotamun.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Fortson, Trotamun.22.3 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros21.5 
 3. Martinez, Guaros19.2 
 4. Walker, Gigantes18.5 
 5. Hornsby, Bucaneros17.9 
 6. Silva, Gaiteros16.2 
 7. Bethelmy, Cocodril.15.8 
 8. Guillent, Guaros15.1 
 9. Sucre, Marinos14.9 
 10. Riley, Bucaneros14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.1 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros11.1 
 3. Colmenares, Cocod.8.0 
 4. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.7 
 5. Feeley, Gigantes7.0 
 6. Sucre, Marinos6.9 
 7. Riley, Bucaneros6.8 
 8. Lang, Cocodrilos6.2 
 9. Ofoegbu, Bucaneros6.0 
 10. Bayona, Bucaneros5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Vargas, Marinos6.3 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.1 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.5 
 4. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.3 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.1 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.0 
 7. Fortson, Trotamun.3.9 
 8. Herrera, Panteras3.5 
 9. Martinez, Guaros3.0 
 10. Vargas, Marinos2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.4 
 3. Guillent, Guaros2.3 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.2 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos1.9 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes1.9 
 7. Hornsby, Bucaneros1.9 
 8. Cubillan, Trotamun.1.8 
 9. Herrera, Panteras1.8 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristoffer LANG
  Cocodrilos
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  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lang, Cocodrilos1.8 
 2. Feeley, Gigantes1.1 
 3. Bethelmy, Cocodril.0.8 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros0.8 
 5. Bayona, Bucaneros0.8 
 6. Martinez, Guaros0.8 
 7. Mason, Guaros0.8 
 8. Riley, Bucaneros0.7 
 9. Caraballo, Cocodri.0.6 
 10. Marin, Gaiteros0.5 


Guaiqueries add Scott to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guaiqueries de Margarita (LPB) added to their roster 30-year old Jamaican ex-international point guard Akeem Scott (186-82kg-83, college: High Point). He just played at Pioneros in Mexican LNBP. In 42 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Scott played at Mornar Bar (1A) in Montenegrin league. In 29 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Import Player of the Year. Scott also played 12 games in Balkan League where he averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
The previous (2011) summer Scott played at Geneva in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he averaged remarkable 21.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.7apg. He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. Scott's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, Steals-4 (2.2spg), FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 70.0%.
Scott has played also professionally in Finland (Espoo Honka, UU-Korihait, PuHu and Lappeenranta NMKY), Latvia (Ventspils) and SEBL (Baseline).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Scott attended High Point University until 2006 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
On Scott: Fleet-footed point guard who can also score... equally adept at creating his own shot or setting the table for others.
Akeem is a tremendous competitor with great speed and a good basketball mind
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings

Standings
1. Iran0-0
2. Iraq0-0
3. Jordan0-0
4. Lebanon0-0



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WABA Final Standings

WABA League Standings
 1. Al Jaish 0-0 
 2. Al Karkh 0-0 
 3. ASU 0-0 
 4. Champville 0-0 
 5. Duhok 0-0 
 6. Foolad Mahan 0-0 
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Women News


Spirit gets major boost with Richards re-signing - by Eurobasket News

Spirit gets major boost with Richards re-signing. Key Bendigo Bank Spirit player Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84, college: Oregon) has committed to the club for the 2013/14 WNBL season. In 2012-2013 for Bendigo Spirit (WNBL) she became the 5th top-scorer with 15.8ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 80.4%.
Richards has been an integral part of the Bendigo Spirits short history. If not for a knee injury which plagued her throughout the second half of the season, she may even have had a better 2011/12 season.
Gabe has had an excellent junior and college career and was sought after by other WNBL clubs. Early in 2006 Richards played for the Bendigo Lady Braves in the SEABL competition and is leading the team in points (16.5 per game) and rebounds (10.6 per game). Richards is a former Country Victoria junior representative, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport (2002-03) and played for Oregon University in the United States (2004-06). Richards has previously been included in Australian national Young Women's Squad (23 & under) and the Opals Squad.



Gems roll past Brazil to finish Four Nations Tournament in China - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Brazil U19 87:70

Australian U19 National Team finished their Four Nations Tournament campaign on a high note. They held off Brazilian counterparts to improve at 5-4 record. The Gems thus shared the second position with hosting China. Brazil fell at 1-8 record at the tourney after the loss. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) was pivotal in the last game scoring 27 points and pulling down 5 boards.
Australia built a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. They continued to grow pressure on their Latin American opponents in the second quarter. The Gems established a 40:30 halftime lead. Brazil cut the deficit to 8 points in the third term but it was not enough. The Gems responded with a strong rally in the final period to seal a comfortable win at the end. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) delivered 13 points, while Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) added 12 points for Australia. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) answered with 26 points for Brazil. Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) had 17 points in the losing effort.

Australia: Casey Samuels 27, Stephanie Talbot 13, Vanessa Panousis 12
Brazil: Isabela Ramona 26, Vanessa Goncalves 17



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Exclusive interview with Zoran Mikes - One of the most talented coaches in Bosnia - by Tamara Ruzic

Bosnian specialist Zoran Mikes and his team WBC Mladi Krajisnik won the National Cup and Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina for season 12/13. Mikes was named Eurobasket.com Coach of the Year -11,-12 and -13. Also, Zoran Mikes was Head Coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina Women National Team -06-08, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Winner -10, 13, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -11
The basketball season has just finished in Bosnia and WBC Mladi Krajisnik won the National Cup and Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is his 4th time as a Head Coach to win with the same club 4 times Championship and 4 times National Cup of Bosnia

1. This season was very succesfull for you. You won the Championship and the Cup. Can you tell us more about this season it?
I am very satisfied with this season.We kept only three players from last years roster. We brought a few very talented players and we made good combination of youth and experienced players. As the time went by, we have played better and better. At the end of the season we played the best when it mattered the most,so I am very glad about it.Also,at the end of the season WNBA star Nykesha Sales came to our team and we just showed our domination in all competitions in Bosnia.

2. It is unusual for a coach to stay in one place for more than 10 years. How did you manage this?
First,I think that the fact that we have good results makes you stay in one place. I was also happy working with my staff,the assistant coach and everyone involved with the team.But as I said first,results are the most important in our work.

3. You are known in Bosnia as a coach who always requires order,work and discipline?
I think this is the only way to be succesefull. In my team players respect these rules and I am very pleased that we found young players who accept such a rules.
I believe that basketball talent is not just a sense for the game of basketball.It is combination of basketball knowledge,dedication to hard work,persistence,character,willingness to make sacrifices and dedication to the team.

4. Your U 16 team also played very well in the Adriatic league U 16?
Yes,our young team played great in Adriatic league U 16 and in the end we deserved to qualified for the Final Four of the competition where we took 3rd place.

5. You are the coach of U 18 women National team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.What are your expectations for European Championship division B which will be held this summer in Miskolc,Hungary?
After several years, Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to start again with the young national teams.They offered me to be a coach of U 18 selection because I have experience of working with a Senior National Team which qualified for Eurobasket Qualification 2009.
We have a lot of talents in the U 18 team and I hope that we can be surprise on EU Champioship division B.
Bosnia always had talented players but now we can offer them good working conditions and they will improve a lot during this summer.

6.Do you have some plans for the next season?

I am currently dedicated to the National Team,but I believe that the time has come to try abroad if I get a deal that would be in the line with my ambitions.

Thank you for the interview Coach Mikes, Eurobasket and Tamara Ruzic wish you a lot of success in your career coaching career.




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Gems roll past Brazil to finish Four Nations Tournament in China - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Brazil U19 87:70

Australian U19 National Team finished their Four Nations Tournament campaign on a high note. They held off Brazilian counterparts to improve at 5-4 record. The Gems thus shared the second position with hosting China. Brazil fell at 1-8 record at the tourney after the loss. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) was pivotal in the last game scoring 27 points and pulling down 5 boards.
Australia built a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. They continued to grow pressure on their Latin American opponents in the second quarter. The Gems established a 40:30 halftime lead. Brazil cut the deficit to 8 points in the third term but it was not enough. The Gems responded with a strong rally in the final period to seal a comfortable win at the end. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) delivered 13 points, while Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) added 12 points for Australia. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) answered with 26 points for Brazil. Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) had 17 points in the losing effort.

Australia: Casey Samuels 27, Stephanie Talbot 13, Vanessa Panousis 12
Brazil: Isabela Ramona 26, Vanessa Goncalves 17



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Tulsa Shock waives Doneeka Hodges-Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa Shock released 31-year old Bulgarian ex-international point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, college: LSU, agency: LBM Management).
This season Hodges-Lewis played at Canik Bld (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 21 games she had 14.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg this season.
The last season she played at Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 24 games she recorded 14.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Hodges-Lewis also played 14 games in Eurocup where she recorded 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Galatasaray (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 24 games she recorded 8.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg that season. She contributed to her team winning the cup and make to league final. Hodges-Lewis also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. She also spent pre-season at Istanbul Universitesi (TKBL) in Turkish league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hodges-Lewis was voted Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team in 2012. She also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: Score-2 (20.5ppg), 2.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 88.6%.
Hodges-Lewis is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Greece, Israel, Italy (Umbertide and Pomezia), Poland and other WNBA teams (Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm).
Hodges-Lewis attended Louisiana State University until 2004 and it is her ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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NetScouts USA All-Stars edge China to clinch Four Nations Tournament title - by Eurobasket News

China - USA NetScouts 61:66

NetScouts USA All-Stars selection capped their China tour on a high note. They defeated the hosts 66:61 to celebrate Four Nations Tournament title. Kate Thompson (6'4''-G-90) stepped up with 14 points to lead the winners.
The teams entered the court in front of a cheering crowd of 6,500 spectators. The USA team got to the better start and surged ahead in the opening quarter. China stuck around in the second period. They narrowed the deficit at a single point at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. USA NetScouts got key contributions from Morgan Johnson, Sam Heck and Sam Ostarello down the stretch and eked out a tough victory at the end. Jamie Russell (5'8''-G-90) delivered 10 points, while Jacqui Kalin (5'8''-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) contributed 11 points for the winners. Yang Hengyu (6'5''-F/C-95) responded with 18 points for China. Li Wei dropped 12 points in the loss. The USA finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record. China shared the second position with Australia at 5-4.

China: Yang Hengyu 18, Li Wei 12
USA NetScouts: Kate Thompson 14, Jacqui Kalin 11, Jamie Russell 10



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Pokey Chatman leaves Spartak Vidnoe MR - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region will have a new head coach next season. Pokey Chatman has decided to leave the team. She worked as head coach of Spartak since 2009. Previously Pokey Chatman spent two seasons as assistant coach with the Vidnoe team. The US specialist led the team to two EuroLeague titles in 2009 and 2010. She also guided Spartak to two European SuperCup trophies in 2009 and 2010. Pokey Chatman will now cotninue as the head coach of the Chicago Sky.
Chatman also worked as LSU head coach back in 2005/2007 seasons. She was named All-Europe Coach of the Year in 2010. The specialist was at helm of the Slovakian National Team in 2009.



Marta Xargay Casademont will continue with Spanish Champions - by Eurobasket News

Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will continue with Spanish Champions for the next season. Perfumerias Avenida clinched the LFB title after a year pause. They swept the championship series against Rivas Ecopolis to retain the title they lost to Ros Casares last season. Marta Xargay Casademont top-scored for the team in Game with 12 points.
Marta Xargay Casademont joined Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) in 2009 and in Euroleague after 13 games averaged 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg. In Spanish League after 29 games she showed 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg. In 2010-2011 for Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) she improved to 3.5ppg, 1.3rpg in EuroLeague and showed 4.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg in Spanish League.
In 2012-2013 for Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB, starting five) Marta Xargay Casademont averaged 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 72.5%. In Euroleague after 14 games her stats read 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 81.0%.
Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca already announced Mariona Ortiz (182-PG-92), Marta Fernandez (178-G/F-81), Leonor Rodriguez Manso (180-G-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Florida St.), Eshaya Murphy (181-G/F-85, college: USC), Krystal Thomas (195-C-89, college: Duke) and Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia).



CCC Polkowice keep Sharnee Zoll - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice keep Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86, college: Virginia) for another season. The American Point Guard will enter her fourth season next year with the team.
In 2009-2010 she played for Botasspor Adana (Turkey-TBBL, starting five) and in Turkish League averaged 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 63.9%.
In 2010-2011 Sharnee Zoll moved to CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and in 35 games averaged 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-1 (5.7apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 77.8%.
In 2011-2012 for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK, starting five) her stats read 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-1 (6.6apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 74.4% in Euroleague and in Poland she averaged 8.6 points per game.
Only last season she participated at the Polish PLKK All-Star Game -12, reached Polish Cup Semifinals -12 and was named into Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team -12. She was also in Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Import player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st team -12 and Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Imports Team -12. In 2013 she became Polish Cup Winner, Polish PLKK Regular Season Champion -13 and Polish PLKK Champion -13. In 2012-2013 for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK) her stats read 4.8ppg, 1.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg).



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Slovak Republic confirm American naturalized Erin Lawless - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic confirm American naturalized Erin Marie Lawless (185-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) to participate at Eurobasket 2013.The team will be awaiting her over this weekend.
At the European Championships in Poland -11 she averaged 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 26.7%, 3PT: 36.4%. Later at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 her stats read 9.3ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.8%.
After Purdue University, Erin Marie Lawless moved to New Wash Montigarda (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games averaged 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT-3 (84.7%). In 2008-2009 she moved to BK 99 PU Presov (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five), and in Feb.'09 moved to Maxima Broker Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five). In 32 games she became the top-scorer with 18.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 81.9%. In 2009-2010 for Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague and had 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg. In Slovakian League she became the fifth top-scorer with 15.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 79.0%.
In 2010-2011 continued with Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Extraliga) and averaged 3.7ppg, 1.2rpg in EuroLeague, while in Slovakian League showed 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.2%.
The season 2011-2012 her stats read 8.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 65.0% in EuroLeague and in Slovakian League she averaged 10.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT-3 (86.4%).
Last year Erin Marie Lawless became Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Domestic Players Team -10, 12 and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention -12. In 2012-2013 played for Dynamo Kursk (Russia-PBL) but showed only 2.6ppg, 2.8rpg. In EuroCup her stats read 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0spg.



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Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes start transfer market updates - by Eurobasket News

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes Charleville started transfer market updates and announced three players to remain with the team. They announced keeping Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87), Amel Bouderra (160-G-89) and Yacine Sene.
Yacine Sene is a French Forward that will enter her third season with the team. In 2011 season her stats read 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 60.3%. Last year she showed 7.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 59.0%
Ekaterina Dimitrova is a Bulgarian player who stayed with the team from season 2010. In 2011 she averaged 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg. Last season her stats read 5.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 60.4%.
Amel Bouderra was fourth top-scorer of the team in 2011/2013 season. The French Guard averaged 8.2ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 83.0%.In 2012-2013 for Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes ASPTT (LFB) her stats read10.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 83.6%.



Arras confirmed five players - by Eurobasket News

Arras confirmed that the team has five players for the upcoming season. Dawn Evans (170-PG-89, agency: LBM Management, college: JMU), Floriane Herrscher (187-F-84), Aurelie Carmona (185-C/F-87), Elodie Mendy (163-G-94) and Mamignan Toure (184-SG-94) were announced for 2013/2014 season.
Dawn Evans is a top player from the list. She signed with Arras last year. In 2007-2008 she started for JMU (NCAA, starting five) and debuted with 13.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3Pts: 35.1%, FT: 91.2%. In 2008-2009 she improved to 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3Pts: 35.0%, FT: 77.4%. Moreover in 2009-2010 her stats read 24.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 80.1%. In 2010-2011 for JMU (NCAA, starting five) she averaged 23.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 83.7%.
Dawn Evans became as CAA Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 10 and CAA Tournament Semifinals -08. She was chosen as CAAC All-Freshman Team -08 and CAA Tournament Finalist -09. She made it in CAA All-Tournament Team -09, 10, 11 and All-CAA 1st Team -09, 10, 11. Over the last two years Dawn Evans became CAA Tournament Winner -10, 11 and was named CAA All-Tournament MVP -10. She received WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention -10, became CAA Regular Season Champion -11, All-CAA Player of the Year -11 and All-CAA All-Tournament MVP -11.
Aurelie Carmona averaged 6.4 points per game, while Elodie Mendy had 0.9 ppg. Mamignan Toure showed 1.9 points per game.



Villeneuve lock Olayinka Sanni and Emma Meesseman - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve lock Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: W.Virginia) and Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) for another season. Two foreign players in the team proved their importance last season.
In 2010-2011 Olayinka Sanni appeared for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) and in French League averaged 14.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 69.4%. In EuroCup she became the fourth top-scorer with 19.0ppg, Reb-5 (9.4rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.0%, FT: 63.4%. In 2011 Olayinka Sanni also played for Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and in 12 games averaged 1.4ppg.
In 2011-2012 continued for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) and became the 5th top-scorer with 16.0ppg, Reb-4 (9.0rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 56.3%. In her top game she erupted with 28 points and 10 rebounds against Nantes in Round 9. That time the latter celebrated a 76:66 road win.
Olayinka Sanni was a member of the Nigerian National Team -06-07. Last season she was named into Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention -11 and reached WNBA Semifinals -11.
Emma Meesseman agreed on terms of contract with Villeneuve dAsco last season. Emma Meesseman spent the last four seasons playing in Belgium. She was the part of Blue Cats Ieper team. Fiba 2011 European Young Player Award holder had an amazing last season with Ieper. Emma Messeeman tallied 19.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game in D1. In EuroCup her stats read 14.8 points, 8.6 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Belgian League Player of the Year. She has been the member of Belgian National Team since 2010.
In 2012/2013 season Emma Meesseman averaged 12.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-5 (1.2bpg), FGP: 51.6%, FT: 78.2%.



Tarbes keep Joyce Cousseins-Smith - by Eurobasket News

Tarbes keep Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-PG-88) for the next season. The player moved to the team last year and will continue with them.
The season 2011 she spent with Arras averaging 7.7 points and 4 rebounds for 25 games in LFB. The player also added 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.9 apg for 10 EuroCup appearances. They reached EuroCup Quarterfinals. Arras was the LFB Cup winner last season. In 2010/11 Joyce Cousseins-Smith was member of Reze Nantes Basket and with them she also reached EuroCup Quarterfinals. From 2008 to 2010 she was a member of Calais. Coussenis-Smith was named Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Most Improved Player of the Year -10 and also to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Domestic Players Team -10. In the past, she played for Pays dAix, Union Basket and Montpeiller.
In 2012/2013 season for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) her stats read 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 84.3%,



Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Awards 2013 - by Simas

Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 1st Team 2013
Aurelie Cibert
Cibert
Carine Brossais
Brossais
Fabienne Constant
Constant
Jeanne Senghor
Senghor
Johanna Cortinovis
Cortinovis

Finals MVP: Johanna Cortinovis (190-F/C-86) of Angers
Player of the Year: Toure Oumou of LTB 29
Guard of the Year: Aurelie Cibert (168-PG-85) of COB Calais
Forward of the Year: Toure Oumou of LTB 29
Center of the Year: Johanna Cortinovis (190-F/C-86) of Angers
Import Player of the Year: Toure Oumou of LTB 29
Domestic Player of the Year: Johanna Cortinovis (190-F/C-86) of Angers
Defensive Player of the Year: Aurelie Cibert (168-PG-85) of COB Calais
Coach of the Year: David Girandiere of Angers

1st Team
PG: Aurelie Cibert (168-PG-85) of COB Calais
F: Carine Brossais (185-F-89) of Angers
F: Fabienne Constant (186-F-86) of Nice
C: Jeanne Senghor (191-C-82) of Nice
C: Johanna Cortinovis (190-F/C-86) of Angers

2nd Team
G: Camille Aubert (171-PG-89) of Angers
F: Mariame Dia (185-F-78) of Pau Orthez
F: Melanie Arnaud (184-F-88) of COB Calais
F: Floriane Herrscher (187-F-84) of Arras
F/C: Kierra Mallard (190-F/C-90) of COB Calais

Honorable Mention
Laurie Lapeyre (178-F-82) of Pau Orthez
Marie Butard (174-G-86) of LTB 29
Johana Tayeau (173-G-89) of Roche
Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) of Reims
Maud Lesoudard (185-F-88) of Reims
Celine Schmitt-Sender (185-C-80) of SIG
Dace Brumermane (187-F/C-81) of Dunkerque
Elena Vishnyakova (191-F-78) of Laveyron




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Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Simas

2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Chemnitz 22-0 
 2. Berlin 17-5 
 3. Goettingen 14-8 
 4. Gruenberg 13-9 
 5. Mainz 13-9 
 6. Neuss 12-10 
 7. Opladen 10-12 
 8. Quakenbrueck 9-13 
 9. Hagen Phoenix 7-15 
 10. Hannover 6-16 
 11. Bielefeld 5-17 
 12. Rhein MB II 4-18 
South
 1. Saarlouis 18-2 
 2. Heidelberg 14-6 
 3. Keltern 13-7 
 4. Viernheim 12-8 
 5. Speyer 11-9 
 6. Wuerzburg 10-10 
 7. Bad Aibling 10-10 
 8. Sandhausen 10-10 
 9. Jahn Muenchen 8-12 
 10. Leimen 2-18 
 11. Trier 2-18 

Semi-Finals: Round 3

May. 12: Chemnitz - Berlin 77-66



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The Semifinals are set, Awards are handed - by Eurobasket News

The Semifinals are set in the League. The winner of the Regular Season Tomang Sakti Mighty Bees Jakarta will face Medco Merah Putih Predators Jakarta in the second Semifinal game. Surabaya Emdee Fever and Sahabat Semarang will open the Day in another game. Both games to be played on May 22nd.
Meanwhile the Indonesia 2012-2013 First Team was announced in the country. The Best CENTER was named Gabriel Sophia (180-C-91), while the best FORWARD became Yuni Anggraeni (174-G-84). Another Best FORWARD was named Windi Hastari (PF), while the best GUARDs were Marlina Herawan (163-PG-83) and Wulan Ayu Ningrum (174-G/F-85). The Best Management Award went to Medco Merah Putih Predators Jakarta.
In the last games of the regular Season Tomang Sakti Mighty Bees Jakarta won the Season with 12-3 record due to 45:44 win against Surabaya Emdee Fever. The latter also has 12-3 record but finished second. Medco Merah Putih Predators overcame Sritex DS 80:58.



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  ITALY   


Emily Correal gets ready for Italy - by Interperformances

The process that started some months ago has come to a happy ending: Emily Correal (190-F-90, agency: Interperformances) will soon have her Italian passport and her wish to play for the Italian NT may someday come true.
Emily played basketball at the College of Wiliam & Mary where, on her senior year, she started all 30 games for the Tribe, leading the Green and Gold with 16.2 ppg and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Emily is a 6.3" Forward, with good hands and good feet. She is a solid athlete and has developed a solid face-up jumpshot out to 17-22 feet which has really helped expand her game and is quite affective coming off of screens ; runs the floor extremely well and can get to the basket with her surprising ball handling and body control for a player her size. She is a good area defensive rebounder and will block shots coming at her or chasing them in his area.



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Al Riyadi Beirut wins Lebanese Cup - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi Beirut wins Lebanese Cup. The team added another trophy after a 48:47 thrilling victory against Homenetmen Antelias. Chirine El Sherif paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rebecca Akl (169-F-92) netted 14 points. Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) and Sandra Najem (165-G-88) were the most conspicuous players for Homenetmen.


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Emily Correal gets ready for Italy - by Interperformances

The process that started some months ago has come to a happy ending: Emily Correal (190-F-90, agency: Interperformances) will soon have her Italian passport and her wish to play for the Italian NT may someday come true.
Emily played basketball at the College of Wiliam & Mary where, on her senior year, she started all 30 games for the Tribe, leading the Green and Gold with 16.2 ppg and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Emily is a 6.3" Forward, with good hands and good feet. She is a solid athlete and has developed a solid face-up jumpshot out to 17-22 feet which has really helped expand her game and is quite affective coming off of screens ; runs the floor extremely well and can get to the basket with her surprising ball handling and body control for a player her size. She is a good area defensive rebounder and will block shots coming at her or chasing them in his area.



NetScouts USA All-Stars edge China to clinch Four Nations Tournament title - by Eurobasket News

China - USA NetScouts 61:66

NetScouts USA All-Stars selection capped their China tour on a high note. They defeated the hosts 66:61 to celebrate Four Nations Tournament title. Kate Thompson (6'4''-G-90) stepped up with 14 points to lead the winners.
The teams entered the court in front of a cheering crowd of 6,500 spectators. The USA team got to the better start and surged ahead in the opening quarter. China stuck around in the second period. They narrowed the deficit at a single point at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. USA NetScouts got key contributions from Morgan Johnson, Sam Heck and Sam Ostarello down the stretch and eked out a tough victory at the end. Jamie Russell (5'8''-G-90) delivered 10 points, while Jacqui Kalin (5'8''-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) contributed 11 points for the winners. Yang Hengyu (6'5''-F/C-95) responded with 18 points for China. Li Wei dropped 12 points in the loss. The USA finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record. China shared the second position with Australia at 5-4.

China: Yang Hengyu 18, Li Wei 12
USA NetScouts: Kate Thompson 14, Jacqui Kalin 11, Jamie Russell 10



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  POLAND   


Basket ROW Rybnik announced the first signing - by Eurobasket News

Basket ROW Rybnik announced the first signing for the next season. The Polish team agreed terms with Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92).
Martyna Stelmach was born in Zabrze and she started her basketball career in local club MKS Zabrze. Martyna Stelmach graduated SMS PZKosz Lomianki special polish high school for young talented women's basketball players. She had been playing for schools team in polish 1 liga. She averaged 9,8 points and 9,8 rebounds.
She can play as a power forward and as a center as well. Martyna Stelmach had been playing for Polish U16 and Polish U18 national teams. Currently she is the part of Polish U20 NT.
The season 2012-2013 she started for KK ROW Rybnik (PLKK) and after 4 games averaged 2.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0spg. Then the team withdrew from PLKK in Nov.'12, and she moved to ITS Sleza Wroclaw (1Liga, starting five).



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  RUSSIA   


Pokey Chatman leaves Spartak Vidnoe MR - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region will have a new head coach next season. Pokey Chatman has decided to leave the team. She worked as head coach of Spartak since 2009. Previously Pokey Chatman spent two seasons as assistant coach with the Vidnoe team. The US specialist led the team to two EuroLeague titles in 2009 and 2010. She also guided Spartak to two European SuperCup trophies in 2009 and 2010. Pokey Chatman will now cotninue as the head coach of the Chicago Sky.
Chatman also worked as LSU head coach back in 2005/2007 seasons. She was named All-Europe Coach of the Year in 2010. The specialist was at helm of the Slovakian National Team in 2009.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovak Republic confirm American naturalized Erin Lawless - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic confirm American naturalized Erin Marie Lawless (185-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) to participate at Eurobasket 2013.The team will be awaiting her over this weekend.
At the European Championships in Poland -11 she averaged 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 26.7%, 3PT: 36.4%. Later at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 her stats read 9.3ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.8%.
After Purdue University, Erin Marie Lawless moved to New Wash Montigarda (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games averaged 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT-3 (84.7%). In 2008-2009 she moved to BK 99 PU Presov (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five), and in Feb.'09 moved to Maxima Broker Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five). In 32 games she became the top-scorer with 18.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 81.9%. In 2009-2010 for Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague and had 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg. In Slovakian League she became the fifth top-scorer with 15.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 79.0%.
In 2010-2011 continued with Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Extraliga) and averaged 3.7ppg, 1.2rpg in EuroLeague, while in Slovakian League showed 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.2%.
The season 2011-2012 her stats read 8.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 65.0% in EuroLeague and in Slovakian League she averaged 10.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT-3 (86.4%).
Last year Erin Marie Lawless became Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Domestic Players Team -10, 12 and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention -12. In 2012-2013 played for Dynamo Kursk (Russia-PBL) but showed only 2.6ppg, 2.8rpg. In EuroCup her stats read 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0spg.



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  SPAIN   


Marta Xargay Casademont will continue with Spanish Champions - by Eurobasket News

Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will continue with Spanish Champions for the next season. Perfumerias Avenida clinched the LFB title after a year pause. They swept the championship series against Rivas Ecopolis to retain the title they lost to Ros Casares last season. Marta Xargay Casademont top-scored for the team in Game with 12 points.
Marta Xargay Casademont joined Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) in 2009 and in Euroleague after 13 games averaged 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg. In Spanish League after 29 games she showed 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg. In 2010-2011 for Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) she improved to 3.5ppg, 1.3rpg in EuroLeague and showed 4.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg in Spanish League.
In 2012-2013 for Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB, starting five) Marta Xargay Casademont averaged 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 72.5%. In Euroleague after 14 games her stats read 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 81.0%.
Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca already announced Mariona Ortiz (182-PG-92), Marta Fernandez (178-G/F-81), Leonor Rodriguez Manso (180-G-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Florida St.), Eshaya Murphy (181-G/F-85, college: USC), Krystal Thomas (195-C-89, college: Duke) and Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia).



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  SWITZERLAND   


Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team 2013
Kirby Copeland
Copeland
Cameo Hicks
Hicks
Marielle Giroud
Giroud
Sarah Kershaw
Kershaw
Celeste Trahan-Davis
Trahan-Davis

Finals MVP: Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) of Helios
Player of the Year: Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85) of Fribourg
Guard of the Year: Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Fribourg
Forward of the Year: Cameo Hicks (182-F/G-84) of Riva Basket
Center of the Year: Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85) of Fribourg
Bosman Player of the Year: Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (200-C-82) of Helios
Import Player of the Year: Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85) of Fribourg
Domestic Player of the Year: Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) of Helios
Defensive Player of the Year: Alexia Rol (175-F-89) of Helios
Coach of the Year: Joakim Eriksson of Jamtland

1st Team
G: Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Fribourg
F/G: Cameo Hicks (182-F/G-84) of Riva Basket
F: Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) of Helios
SF: Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) of Helios
C: Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85) of Fribourg

2nd Team
G: Karen Twehues (182-G-83) of Helios
G: Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Helios
F: Alexia Rol (175-F-89) of Helios
F: Jalinka Michaux (173-F-87) of Hope-GBA
C: Katia Clement (183-C-85) of Ovronnaz-Mart.

Honorable Mention
Chelsea Snyder (198-C-90) of Highflyers
Julie Seabrook (190-F-90) of Bellinzona
Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Basel
Shantrell Moss (175-G-85) of Pully
Quiana Porter (187-F/C-91) of Pully
Lia Volpe (163-PG-86) of Ovronnaz-Mart.
Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) of Riva Basket
Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Helios
Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (200-C-82) of Helios

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Karen Twehues (182-G-83) of Helios
F: Jalinka Michaux (173-F-87) of Hope-GBA
SF: Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) of Helios
F: Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) of Helios
C: Katia Clement (183-C-85) of Ovronnaz-Mart.

All-Imports Team
G: Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Fribourg
G: Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Helios
F/G: Cameo Hicks (182-F/G-84) of Riva Basket
F: Julie Seabrook (190-F-90) of Bellinzona
C: Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85) of Fribourg



Celeste Trahan-Davis signs in Belgium for 2013-14 - by Melanie Nussbaumer

Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) leading scorer of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket and swiss league leading scorer and rebounder signs in Belgium with Eurocup team Castors Braine for 2013-14.
She played three and a half season in Switzerland, where she averaged 29.9ppg, 19.6rpg and 1.8apg this season, recording a couple of amazing performances, as 41pts & 23rbs against Ovronnaz-Martigny on March 17th!
Celeste Trahan-Davis will join Belgian coach Thibaut Petit (agency: LBM Management ), who coached in Switzerland a few years ago.



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  WNBA   


Los Angeles Sparks cut Brittany Chambers - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Sparks cut 22-year old guard Brittany Chambers (173-91, college: Kansas State).
This season Chambers played at Kansas State University. She helped them to make it to the NIT Final Four. They also made it to the NIT Final Four. A very good season in her career as she was awarded All-Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and voted to All-Big 12 1st Team and voted to Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team.
Chambers just graduated from Kansas State and it is her first season in pro basketball. Chambers received also WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention award in 2013 at her college time.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2011 and 2012).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Atlanta Dream waived Alverson - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream waived 22-year old swingman Blanche Alverson (190-91, college: Auburn).
This season Alverson played at Auburn University. She helped them to make it to the NIT Elite Eight. They made it to the NIT Elite Eight. A very good season in her career as she was awarded All-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Alverson just graduated from Auburn University and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



New York Liberty waived Moore - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty waived 30-year old former international guard Loree Moore (176-80kg-83, college: Tennessee).
Among other achievements Moore's team made it to the EuroCup Semifinals for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). She was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Moore is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia (Vologda-Chevakata), Turkey (Galatasaray), other WNBA teams (Los Angeles Sparks and San Antonio Silver Stars) and NWBL (San Diego S.).
Moore attended University of Tennessee until 2005 and it is her eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



New York Liberty cut Penn - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty cut 22-year old forward Karisma Penn (188-91, college: Illinois).
This season Penn played at the University of Illinois. She helped them to make it to the NIT Elite Eight. and they also made it to the NIT Elite Eight. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to All-Big Ten 2nd Team and Associated Press NCAA All-America Honorable Mention.
Penn just graduated from University of Illinois and it is her first season in pro basketball. Her team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Atlanta Dream waived Swanier - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream waived 27-year old point guard Ketia Swanier (170-68kg-86, college: Connecticut).
In 2008 Swanier was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
She attended University of Connecticut and it is her fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Swanier's team won Polish Cup in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team award in 2011.
Swanier is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Israel (Bnot Hasharon), Turkey (Tarsus Bld), other WNBA team (Phoenix Mercury) and Poland (BI SSA Gdynia and ROW Rybnik).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Los Angeles Sparks let Taylor go - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Sparks cut 32-year old former international center Lindsay Taylor (203-91kg-81, college: UCSB).
This season Taylor played at Qujing Yunnan (WCBA) in Chinese league. In 20 games she averaged impressive 24.3ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.9bpg this season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA Honorable Mention.
The last summer she was tested by Seattle.
In 2004 Taylor was drafted by Houston Comets (WNBA) in second round (26th overall).
The former Univ. of California-Santa Barbara staris in her ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements she played in the final of Polish PLKK in 2009. Taylor received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA 1st Team award in 2011. She was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2003.
Taylor is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Lattes Montpellier and Nantes Reze), Turkey (Ceyhan Bld and Botas), other WNBA team (Washington Mystics) and Poland (AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski and Energa Torun).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tulsa Shock released Lucas - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa Shock released 24-year old guard Italee Lucas (172-89, college: N.Carolina).
Lucas ended this season at Hondarribia-Irun (LFB) in Spanish league. In 9 games she had very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year she spent at CSM Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 13 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 17.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg and 2.3spg. Lucas also played 2 games in EuroCup where she recorded also great stats: 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg.
The last (2012-13) season she was tested by Bnot Hasharon (D2) in Israeli league. In 11 games she recorded 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Two years ago Lucas was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in second round (21st overall).
She attended University of North Carolina until 2011 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Lucas played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2011. She was also voted ACC All-Tournament 1st Team in 2011 at her college time.
Lucas was a member of USA U19 National Team back in 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tulsa Shock waives Doneeka Hodges-Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa Shock released 31-year old Bulgarian ex-international point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, college: LSU, agency: LBM Management).
This season Hodges-Lewis played at Canik Bld (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 21 games she had 14.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg this season.
The last season she played at Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 24 games she recorded 14.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Hodges-Lewis also played 14 games in Eurocup where she recorded 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Galatasaray (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 24 games she recorded 8.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg that season. She contributed to her team winning the cup and make to league final. Hodges-Lewis also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. She also spent pre-season at Istanbul Universitesi (TKBL) in Turkish league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hodges-Lewis was voted Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team in 2012. She also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: Score-2 (20.5ppg), 2.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 88.6%.
Hodges-Lewis is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Greece, Israel, Italy (Umbertide and Pomezia), Poland and other WNBA teams (Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm).
Hodges-Lewis attended Louisiana State University until 2004 and it is her ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center