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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Buducnost ink Suad Sehovic - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87). The deal is meant for two seasons. The guard spent the last season in Ukraine. Suad Sehovic played for Khimik Yuzny. Suad Sehovic tallied 9.2 points, 5.3 boards and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague the guard posted 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per appearance. Previously Suad Sehovic had stints with Budivelnyk, Bosna Sarajevo, Union Olimpija. He was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Forward of the Year in 2009. Suad Sehovic made it into All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team in 2010. Sehovic has been the member of the Montenegrin National Team since 2008. Previously he played for U20 and U21 Montenegrin National Teams.


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  ANGOLA   


Bai Basket Last Round With Thrilling Petro Vs 1 De Agosto Game - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The last round of the national senior males basketball championship final, kicks off this Thursday with the thrilling match between Petro de Luanda and 1 de Agosto, in Cidadela sports pavilion.
1 de Agosto will be received by Petro de Luanda and are "forbidden" to lose this match if they want to conquer the title, since they are the leaders of the competition with 16 points.
On the other match of group A, Recreativo do Libolo (second with 14 points) will play as visitor with Interclube, last with 12 points.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



1 De Agosto Need Two Victories to Win Basketaball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Luanda 1 de Agosto need only two victories to conquest the national championship of basketball, with three games to be played.
With 16 points, 1 de Agosto in a case of one defeat will have 21 points, as their main opponents, Recreativo do Libolo has 14.
In case of two victories, 1 de Agosto will become champions totalising 22 points.
But if 1 de Agosto lose two games and Libolo win three the teams will have the same points, which means that they will have to play again to find out the champion of the 2013 season.
Recreativo do Libolo is the title holder.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Awards 2013 - by Simas

Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA 1st Team 2013
Facundo Campazzo
Campazzo
Paolo Quinteros
Quinteros
Marcos Mata
Mata
John DeGroat
DeGroat
Daniel Santiago
Santiago

Finals MVP: Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C.
Player of the Year: Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C.
Domestic Player of the Year: Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C.
Import Player of the Year: Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German
Guard of the Year: Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C.
Forward of the Year: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol
Center of the Year: Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Guaynabo
Coach of the Year: Adrian Capelli of Argentino
Newcomer of the Year: Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) of Boca Jrs
Most Improved Player of the Year: Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) of Lanus
6th Man of the Year: Nicolas Romano (199-F/C-87) of Regatas C.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol
Coach of the Year: Nicolas Casalanguida of Regatas C.

1st Team
PG: Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Penarol
G: Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C.
SF: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol
F: John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Boca Jrs
C: Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Guaynabo

2nd Team
G: David Jackson (196-G-82) of Gimnasia
G/F: Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) of Lanus
F/C: Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras
F: Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German
C: Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus

Honorable Mention
Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Marinos
Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86) of GECR Indalo
Kavon Lytch (199-F-87) of Bameso
Nicolas Gianella (186-G-78) of La Union
Gabriel Mikulas (200-F-80) of Libertad S.
Alejandro Zilli (200-PF-82) of Sionista
Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) of Boca Jrs
Nicolas De los Santos (180-PG-88) of Argentino
Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) of Penarol

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Penarol
G: Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C.
G/F: Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) of Lanus
SF: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol
F/C: Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras

All-Imports Team
G: David Jackson (196-G-82) of Gimnasia
F: John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Boca Jrs
F: Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German
C: Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus
C: Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Guaynabo

All-Defensive Team
PG: Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Penarol
SF: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol
C: Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus
F: Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80) of Regatas C.
C: Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Marinos




Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Awards 2013 - by Simas

Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 1st Team 2013
Ramiro Iglesias
Iglesias
Mateo Gaynor
Gaynor
Lee Roberts
Roberts
Gordon James
James
Byron Johnson
Johnson

Finals MVP: Eduardo Gamboa (189-G-84) of Estudian.Con.
Player of the Year: Gordon James (198-F-79) of San Mart.C.
Guard of the Year: Ramiro Iglesias (186-G-90) of San Mart.C.
Forward of the Year: Gordon James (198-F-79) of San Mart.C.
Center of the Year: Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Estudian.Con.
Newcomer of the Year: Lucas Vildoza (191-SG-95) of Quilmes MP
Most Improved Player of the Year: Sebastian Morales (202-F/C-88) of Sport Club
Domestic player of the Year: Ramiro Iglesias (186-G-90) of San Mart.C.
Import player of the Year: Gordon James (198-F-79) of San Mart.C.
Coach of the Year: Pablo D'Angelo of San Mart.C.

1st Team
G: Ramiro Iglesias (186-G-90) of San Mart.C.
G: Mateo Gaynor (198-G-90) of San Lorenzo Ch.
F/C: Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Estudian.Con.
F: Gordon James (198-F-79) of San Mart.C.
F/C: Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80) of Huracan

2nd Team
F: Santiago Arese (196-F-87) of Banda Norte
F: Maximiliano Maciel (195-F-83) of Quilmes MP
F/C: Sebastian Morales (202-F/C-88) of Sport Club
F: Gaston Essengue (203-F-83) of Quilmes MP
F: Grady Reynolds (198-F-80) of Sport Club

Honorable Mention
Scott Cutley (196-F-85) of Alianza Viedma
Mariano Mazzini (193-F-81) of La Union
Robert Brown (196-F-80) of Alvear
Roberto Lopez (199-F/C-76) of Sport Club
Facundo Pinero (200-F-88) of Quilmes MP
Bruno Oprandi (192-G-85) of San Mart.C.
Eduardo Gamboa (189-G-84) of Estudian.Con.



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.0 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.5 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Richards, BC Vienna17.9 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 9. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.6 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.0 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.7 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.8 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.5 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna1.5 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 8. Boylan, BC Vienna1.3 
 9. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Chappell, Klostern.0.7 
 8. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 10. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 1 of Finals. BC Vienna take first win - by Eurobasket News

BC Vienna - Oberwart 75-66

BC Vienna rolled past Oberwart in the opening game of the championship series. American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) fired 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 15+7reb, R.Richards 14+4reb, M.Pearson 13+5reb, I.Boylan 11+5reb+8ast, B.Danek 8, S.Stazic 6+2reb+2ast
Oberwart: S.Boxley 18+6reb+2ast, D.Gant 12+3reb, R.Chaney 12+9reb+3ast, D.Hinson 11+4reb+3ast, J.Johnson 6+5reb, H.Ochsenhofer 4+2reb+1ast
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Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 18-3 
 2. Muharraq 17-3 
 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 71-78

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 17: Nuwaidrat - Hidd
May. 17: Bahrain Club - Issa Town
May. 18: Sitra - Al Ittihad
May. 21: Nuwaidrat - Al Hala
May. 21: Muharraq - Al Najma
May. 22: Al Ahli - Al Manama

Round 20

May. 18: Al Hala - Muharraq


Premier League Round 21: Muharraq defeats leader Al Manama - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Premier League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Al Manama (18-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Muharraq (17-3) 78-71. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of Al Manama. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Muharraq have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-3 record behind leader Al Manama. Al Manama at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Muharraq are looking forward to face Al Najma (#10) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Manama will play on the road against Al Ahli (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Al Ahli (16-5) against fifth ranked Sitra (14-7) on Sunday night. Host Al Ahli was defeated by Sitra in Manama 87-73. Sitra maintains fifth place with 14-7 record. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Sitra will play against Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Al Ahli will play at home against the league's leader Al Manama (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Al Manama (18-3) which played road game in Muharraq against 4th placed Al Hala (14-6). First ranked Al Manama had an easy win 80-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Hala. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Al Manama. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Al Manama will meet Al Ahli (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Al Hala will play against Nuwaidrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to second ranked Muharraq (17-3) 114-59. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Muharraq. They maintain second place with 17-3 record behind leader Al Manama. Samaheej lost their twentieth first game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Muharraq's next round opponent will be Al Najma (#10) in Manama and are hoping to win another game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Issa Town beat Al Ittihad on the road 65-56. Bahrain Club lost to Nuwaidrat on its own court 58-66. Hidd managed to outperform Al Najma in a road game 79-69.


Al Ittihad - Issa Town 56-65

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Issa Town (11-10) beat 10th ranked Al Ittihad (4-17) in Manama 65-56. Issa Town maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. Al Ittihad at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Issa Town's next round opponent will be Bahrain Club (#9) in Manama. Al Ittihad will play on the road against Sitra.
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Bahrain Club - Nuwaidrat 58-66

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Bahrain Club (7-14) lost to sixth ranked Nuwaidrat (12-9) in Manama 58-66. Nuwaidrat maintains sixth place with 12-9 record. Bahrain Club at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Nuwaidrat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bahrain Club will play at home against Issa Town (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237576


Al Hala - Al Manama 62-80

An interesting game for Al Manama (18-3) which played road game in Muharraq against 4th placed Al Hala (14-6). First ranked Al Manama had an easy win 80-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Hala. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Al Manama. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Al Manama will meet Al Ahli (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Al Hala will play against Nuwaidrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237573


Al Najma - Hidd 69-79

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Hidd (8-13) won against 10th ranked Al Najma (4-17) in Manama 79-69. Newly promoted Hidd maintains eighth place with 8-13 record. Al Najma at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Hidd's next round opponent will be higher ranked Nuwaidrat (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Najma will play against the league's second-placed Muharraq (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 237572


Al Ahli - Sitra 73-87

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Al Ahli (16-5) against fifth ranked Sitra (14-7) on Sunday night. Host Al Ahli was defeated by Sitra in Manama 87-73. Sitra maintains fifth place with 14-7 record. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Sitra will play against Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Al Ahli will play at home against the league's leader Al Manama (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237575


Muharraq - Samaheej 114-59

Bottom-ranked Samaheej is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to second ranked Muharraq (17-3) 114-59. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Muharraq. They maintain second place with 17-3 record behind leader Al Manama. Samaheej lost their twentieth first game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Muharraq's next round opponent will be Al Najma (#10) in Manama and are hoping to win another game.
gschID: 237574


Round 19
Al Manama - Muharraq 71-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Al Manama (18-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Muharraq (17-3) 78-71. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of Al Manama. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Muharraq have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-3 record behind leader Al Manama. Al Manama at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Muharraq are looking forward to face Al Najma (#10) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Manama will play on the road against Al Ahli (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237578



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Derek RAIVIO
  Aalstar
  (190-SG-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Raivio, Aalstar19.0 
 2. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.4 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.3 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.9 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.8 
 10. Black, Antwerp14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Green, Spirou7.1 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.6 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende6.3 
 5. Cummard, Aalstar6.1 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.1 
 7. Aska, Leuven6.0 
 8. Wright, Oostende5.9 
 9. Love, Antwerp5.9 
 10. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven4.9 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.2 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 5. Randle, Spirou3.9 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.7 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar3.7 
 8. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar3.5 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 7. Green, Spirou1.8 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.3 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Cummard, Aalstar0.5 


Excelsior signs rookie Brandon Ubel - by Eurobasket News

Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Ubel received Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   


Elvis Begic becomes an overnight sensation! - by Chris Mathieu

Elvis Begic becomes an overnight sensation!
A video of Elvis Begic has made its way through the internet and Facebook has created quite the stirring sensation. In the video number 12 is seen head and shoulders above the competition, dribbling from the outside, blocking shots and knocking down long jumpers all over the court. It has made Begic the darling of the day and gives Bosnia two excellent high school prospect big men in Samir Sehic and now Elvis Begic.
Elvis stands 210cm at only 15 years old being born in 1997. Some are projecting he could grow into 220-223cm in length. He does show a high skill level, however one needs to be cautious in watching internet videos of highlights. You can clearly see he isnt be challenged in his current setting and needs to take his game to another level if he is to become an elite level prospect. Still it gives Bosnia another potential option in the future for a team that already has a lot of options. The future is bright for BiH basketball and just became a bit brighter.




The criticism of Ognjen Kuzmic not warranted or deserved! - by Chris Mathieu

The criticism of Ognjen Kuzmic not warranted or deserved!
It has been announced that Ognjen Kuzmic will play in the NBA Summer League instead of representing BiH in Eurobasket Slovenia this summer. This has set off a firestorm of criticism against him that he misled BiH and KSBiH officials.
The criticism isnt deserved, first of all because he has offered to play with Bosnia before and was rebuffed, twice. Last year he joined the National Team but it became apparent early on he wasnt going to be given a shot to play significant minutes with the team and his agent told him he would be better off working out by himself and getting ready for the season. He then left the team and had the best season of his career in the best league outside of the NBA.
Again he was approached about representing BiH and his agent asked for a guarantee of 20 minutes a game, a condition that KSBiH and Petrovic wouldnt guarantee that everyone needs to compete for their jobs. This seems a bit disingenuous considering some players on the team are guaranteed to start and play big minutes on the team, including Mirza Teletovic and Nihad Dedovic. Kuzmic may prove to be a better professional than both of these players as hard as it is to believe at this point.
Kuzmic was never invited to the Bosnian U16, U18, U20 teams and was never treated as integral part of the future for Bosnia. He wasnt given the same opportunities as Nihad Dedovic, Mirza Teletovic or even Elemedin Kikanovic. Or as a core centerpiece of the future like Adin Vrabac, Nedim Buza and Jusuf Nurkic were last summer. Instead he was treated like Mirza Begic, Emir Preldzic, Nedzad Sinanovic and so many others before him who were never treated as a valuable commodity to be respected.
It is time to give Kuzmic the benefit of the doubt, he is well on his way to establishing himself as a legitimate NBA player unlike previous NBA rejects Ratko Varda, Mile Illic and Aleksandar Radojovic who also were Bosnian players. Kuzmic and his agent are doing whats best for him first, something you cant fault him for considering his previous treatment by Bosnian officials and fans. It is time to embrace Kuzmic, wish him luck and hope that once he establishes himself he will rejoin Bosnia and represent her internationally and not push him farther away.
Kuzmic has established himself as one of the best centers in Europe, a very good athlete for his size who can rebound, defend and guard the basket. You dont have to run any plays for him and he can backstop a defense for you. He is a bit like a poor mans Omer Asik, not a bad compliment considering Asik has developed into one of the best centers in the NBA.




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  BOTSWANA   


League games continue in the Botswana league - by Peter Ubakar

There will be two games in the Botswana basketball league. The first game sees defending champions Spartans logging horns with new comers Warriors. After last week's loss to Troopers, Spartans will hope to get back to winning ways and Warriors stand in their way of making that happen. The second game pits Troopers against Police. This should be an exciting game as in last season's fixture, Police sneaked a win from Troopers and will now be looking for revenge.
In other games to be played tomorrow, Cadets will batte it out with while Dolphins will slug it out against Spartans.



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  BRAZIL   


LUCAS NOGUEIRA on the radar for up coming NBA Draft - by Mel Devonne

Brasilian, Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) is getting strong consideration for being drafted
in the up coming NBA Draft.
Lucas is a strong 7'0 center and is currently playing for Asefa Estudian. (Spain-ACB)
He has been a member of the U19 national team and he played for Brasil
in the World Championships in 2011.
Many mock Drafts have him taken at Number 17 by the NBA Atlantic Hawks.
Be Be will turn 21 this July and he has loads of potential.





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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Boston C.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Boston32.0 
 2. Douby, Sagesse31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Dallas M.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Rio G.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, Austin T.27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Boston14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Ponce12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Rio G.11.3 
 9. Siler, Ponce11.2 
 10. Singleton, New Y.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Olympiacos6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, San A.5.1 
 7. Jeter, Shandong FB5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Olympiacos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Olympiacos2.6 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Douby, Sagesse2.4 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Hudson, Austin T.2.1 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Ponce2.3 
 4. Jones, New York K.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Rio G.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


East Asian Championship: China cruise past Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News

China - Hong Kong 84:59

China recorded the first win at the East Asian Championship that started tonight in Incheon, South Korea. They outgunned Hong Kong in Group B. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners.
China started the game with a stifling defence. They held Hong Kong to only 9 points in the first period and secured a 6-point advantage. Hong Kong however came back to life in the second frame. They dropped 25 points in the quarter to pull in front 34:31. China regained control after the big break. They notched 26 points in the third term to rally to a 57:49 lead at the final intermission. China finished off their opponents with a 27:10 spurt in the fourth stanza. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) netted 14 points, while Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) added 12 points for the winners. Lo Yi Ting (177-PG-87) responded with 19 points for Hong Kong. Liang Man Hung (173-G-86) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

China: Wang Zhelin 17, Guo Ailun 14, Zhao TaiLong 12
Hong Kong: Lo Yi Ting 19, Liang Man Hung 16



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  COLOMBIA   


Colombian DPB round 16 (Second Stage) best performance: Leonard Mendez - by Eurobasket News

American guard Leonard Mendez (196-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Piratas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (38 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Academia (#5, 5-11) 98-95. Piratas maintains the 2nd position in Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Piratas will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Mendez had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Leonard Mendez averages this season 15.1ppg. Worth to mention Mendez played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 36 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Aguilas lost that game 89-99 to the higher-ranked Bucaros (#3, 9-7). Aguilas is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Aguilas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Brandon Crawford (201-F-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Academia (#5). Crawford showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Crawford's great performance Academia lost 95-98 to the higher-ranked Piratas (#2, 10-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Academia not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Crawford could try to bring Academia's a little bit higher in the standings. Crawford has individually a great season in Colombia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) of Piratas - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80) of Bucaros - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jared Corpus (193-F) of Aguilas - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Once Caldas - 23 points and 8 rebounds
10. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CROATIA   


Interview with Ante Djugum - by Ivo Vukojevic

Ante Djugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side) made his first basketball steps in KK Ploce. KK Zadar recognized and recruited him while he was a cadet. As a very perspective player, Djugum was called to yougster national team where he had a solid role. A bad work of the KK Zadar club administration lost a lot of talented players. Djugum is one of them. He went to the city rival-Borik Puntamika which was another step to young Djugum to become a international player. After roles in Croatia, he moved to neighborhood, in Herzegovina. The club was Brotnjo, but he wasn't satisfied with his status so he found a new job. But this time it was in Austria. That wasnt the shiniest part of Djugum's career, but after that he got a call from Slovenian famous club, Geoplin Slovan. In only 25 minutes per game in season 2011/12, Djugum averaged 11.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Great roles from young Croatian center have been seen by more ambitious Slovenian club, Zlatorog Lasko, where he spent this season. In 30 games of Slovenian first division, in only 23 minutes per game, the 24 year old Croatian center, managed to average 10.5 ppg and 6 rpg with 10.4 ranking per game for the 4th ranked Lasko.


You have a international experience. You have played in a few countries (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Slovenia). Which is the best country to play basketball in?


I spent two seasons in Slovenia, one in Slovan and one in Lasko. Unlike in the previous countries, I got a real chance here in Slovenia and I think that I have a good use of it. Slovenian league is also stronger by my opinion. Play-off proved that, because anyone can beat anyone, there weren't any easy games.

What is your plan for the next season?

I think that I've matured in a basketball way, so I would like to play in a higher rank next season, somewhere where I could show my full talent and skills.

Do you think you will play in the Euroleague someday?

I certainly see myself in the Euroleague, but I'm conscious that I need to go step by step to that goal. Euroleague is my huge wish and I believe that I can make that dream come true.


Djugum proved his skills against best Slovenian teams. He "killed" Helios in the last round of the regular season in only 26 minutes on the floor where he scored 22 points (10-14 for 2pt) and outrebounded his opponents 11 times which gave him a ranking of 28. He also got a double-double in the second round of the play-off against 1st seeded Krka where he had 15 points and 10 rebounds. A great future is expected for this young center and we believe he would make his dreams of playing in the Euroleague.



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Nancy
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Nancy20.1 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Diggs, Barons k.15.3 
 6. Williams, Etha15.1 
 7. Fisher, AEK15.0 
 8. Warren, Wellington14.7 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Nancy7.6 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco7.4 
 4. Diggs, Barons k.6.9 
 5. Buljan, Keravnos6.6 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Boulaz.6.2 
 8. Maras, Ilysiakos6.0 
 9. Fisher, AEK5.9 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  Monaco
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, Monaco5.0 
 2. Diggs, Barons k.4.8 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 6. Demertzis, Kavala3.3 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel3.0 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.7 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, Waikato2.3 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.2.1 
 4. Poole, Etha1.8 
 5. Stiggers, Apoel1.8 
 6. Brown, Nancy1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 8. Williams, Etha1.5 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, AEK2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Boulaz.1.5 
 3. Brown, Nancy1.3 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Ilysiakos0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, Champville0.5 


Excelsior signs rookie Brandon Ubel - by Eurobasket News

Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Ubel received Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Arecibo
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dentmon, Arecibo22.9 
 2. Mitchell, Talk N.22.1 
 3. Lamb, Oklah.Ci.21.2 
 4. Goudelock, LA La.21.2 
 5. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 6. Samuels, Hapoel J.19.8 
 7. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 9. Nichols, Arecibo18.7 
 10. Joseph, Brooklyn18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Golden S.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Golden S.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, San German10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Arecibo6.8 
 5. Russell, Cocodrilos6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
 10. Joseph, San A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Murry, Rio G.1.8 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.7 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Miami H.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Varnado, Miami H.3.3 
 2. Melo, Boston C.2.9 
 3. Armstrong, Santa C.2.3 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Orton, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 7. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 9. Jordan, Talk N Te.2.0 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Calero stay unbeaten in District Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Calero recorded the fourth straight win in District Nacional championship. They overcame Huellas del Siglo 80:72 to improve at 4-0 record. Travis Gabbidon (201-F, college: UTSA) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners.
Huellas led by two points after the opening quarter 14:12. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Huellas opened a 37:28 halftime lead. But Calero took over in the third term. The league leaders went on a deadly 29:13 run to surge ahead. Travis Gabbidon and Co fired 23 points in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Hansel Salvador (186-G-80) provided 22 points, while Josue Abreu (188-G-66) added 17 points in the winning case. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: FIU) answered with 17 points for Huellas. Marvin Roberts (194-G/F-87, college: FIU) accounted for 16 points in defeat.



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  EABC   

Standing

Standings
Group A
1. S.Korea1-0
2. Taiwan1-0
3. Macau0-1
4. Japan0-1
Group B
1. China1-0
2. Mongolia0-0
3. Hong Kong0-1

Regular Season: Round 1

A

May. 16: JPN - KOR 55-74
May. 16: TAI - MAC 108-32

B

May. 16: CHN - HKG 84-59

Regular Season: Round 2

A

May. 17: KOR - TAI
May. 17: MAC - JPN

B

May. 17: HKG - MGL


Day 1 in Incheon - by Eurobasket News

Group A
South Korea - Japan 74:55
South Korea clinched the opening win at the East Asian Championship in Incheon. The hosts overcame powerful Japan in front of a supportive crowd at the Samsan World Gymnasium. Park Chan-Hee (190-G-87) posted 14 points, 6 rebound and 5 assists to lead the charge.
The hosts jumped to an early advantage. South Korea easily overcame Japan zone defence to take a 24:15 lead after the starting quarter. South Korea limited Japan to just 4 points in the second period to accumulate a 40:19 halftime advantage. The Korean team maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They made it a 61:34 advantage heading into the final period. Japan finally found the rhythm in the fourth period firing 21 points but it was too late to avoid the loss. Kim Min-Goo netted 13 points, while Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) and Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) added 10 points apiece in the victory. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) answered with 12 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) netted 9 points and grabbed 13 boards in the losing case.

South Korea: Park Chan-Hee 14, Kim Min-Goo 13, Park Jae-Hyun 10, Kim Jong-Kyu 10
Japan: Ryota Sakurai 12, Kosuke Takeuchi 9+13 boards

Taiwan - Macau 108:32
Taiwan victoriously opened their East Asian Championship campaign. They fired past Macau for 1-0 record in Group A. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) (192-G-87) came up with 28 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan reeled off to a 28:9 lead after the starting period. They boosted the gap by 20 points in the second frame to secure a massive 52:13 halftime advantage. Taiwan remained in charge after the big break. They dropped 56 points in the second half to cruise to the victory at the end. Lin Chin-Pang connected for 17 points for Taiwan. Lin Kuan-Lun (187-PG-84) (187-PG-84) and Lin Yi-Hui (193-F-86) (193-F-86) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Wu Ka Seng and Chi San Wong (175-PG-89) (175-PG-89) delivered 7 points apiece in the losing effort.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 28, Lin Chin-Pang 17, Lin Kuan-Lun 10, Lin Yi-Hui 10
Macau: Wu Ka Seng 7, Chi San Wong 7

Group B
China - Hong Kong 84:59

China recorded the first win at the East Asian Championship that started tonight in Incheon, South Korea. They outgunned Hong Kong in Group B. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners.
China started the game with a stifling defence. They held Hong Kong to only 9 points in the first period and secured a 6-point advantage. Hong Kong however came back to life in the second frame. They dropped 25 points in the quarter to pull in front 34:31. China regained control after the big break. They notched 26 points in the third term to rally to a 57:49 lead at the final intermission. China finished off their opponents with a 27:10 spurt in the fourth stanza. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) netted 14 points, while Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) added 12 points for the winners. Lo Yi Ting (177-PG-87) responded with 19 points for Hong Kong. Liang Man Hung (173-G-86) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

China: Wang Zhelin 17, Guo Ailun 14, Zhao TaiLong 12
Hong Kong: Lo Yi Ting 19, Liang Man Hung 16



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray6.0 
 10. Drozdov, Budiveln.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.2 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

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


Banks left Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

32-year old USA ex-international guard Marcus Banks (188-81, college: UNLV) left Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 14 games he had 6.4ppg and 1.7rpg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Banks also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The last season Banks was tested by Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.2spg.

He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Hornets in NBA. But the most of that year Banks spent at the Raptors in NBA. In three games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.0apg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in eighth round (73rd overall).
The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
Banks has played previously for five other NBA teams: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves.
On Banks: Strong body and good scorer but inconsistent shooter and true height is a concern. Has tremendous speed and quickness, and good passing skills, but is too much up-and-down performing to earn a starting spot at NBA level. Needs also to learn to play a slow-tempo game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Greeks abroad - New transfers for players and Coaches - by Chris Mammides

It seems that the next months will be crucial for all players and Coaches in Greece as it is expected a great moove towards foreign lands for most of the players and coaches. So after the great transfer of the Greek international Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) to Regal FC Barcelona, some more transfers took place while the transfer of the Greek Coaches is begginign to become more often than ever.

In regards to the Coaching positions we had Coach Vangelis Alexandris and Coach Ioannis Livanos to sign a contract with the Jordan National Team to lead the team to the Asian Games this summer. Their contract is for three months only but with the possibility to renew it if the results are there for the two Greek coaches.

Another Head Coach left Greece (and Cyprus leagues) for the Mexican one, as Coach Chris Chougaz agreed financial terms with the Mexican Correcaminos UAT Victoria.


Finally, the Greek guard Spyros Magounis (200-G-85, agency: FCM) agreed financial terms with Sigma Barcellona untill the end of the season.



Mavrokefalidis in Barcelona!! - by Chris Mammides

The Greek international Loukas Mavrokefalidis (according to all the Greek media) is officially player of Barcelona untill the end of the season. The Greek power forward will partner up with Tomic for the play-offs and will get the chance to do the great step in his career if he continues his great performances as he is doing in the European courts the last couple of seasons. Loukas had a great season with Spartak


Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team 2013
Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis
Vassilis Spanoulis
Spanoulis
Rudy Fernandez
Fernandez
Ante Tomic
Tomic
Nenad Krstic
Krstic

Finals MVP: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
Player of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
Guard of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
Forward of the Year: Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid
Center of the Year: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA
European Player of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
Import of the Year: Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A
Defensive Player of the Year: Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A
Rising Star Award: Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) of Olympiacos
Coach of the Year: Giorgos Bartzokas of Olympiacos

1st Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
SF: Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid
C: Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FCB Regal
C: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA

2nd Team
PG: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA
G: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of FCB Regal
F: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
F/C: Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid
C: Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A

3rd Team
PG: Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86) of Anadolu Efes
G/F: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
F: Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) of Olympiacos
F: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos
F/C: Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral

Honorable Mention
Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos
Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker
Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Khimky
Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi
Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Maccabi T-A
Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) of Brose Bask.
Marko Popovic (185-G-82) of Zalgiris

All-Europeans Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
SF: Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid
C: Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FCB Regal
C: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA

All-Imports Team
PG: Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86) of Anadolu Efes
PG: Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi
G/F: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
F: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos
C: Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.2 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 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, Strasbourg4.9 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Darius WASHINGTON
  Le Ma.
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Washington, Le Ma.2.2 
 2. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 8. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 10. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Sy, AS.1.3 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 
 10. Fall, Poitiers0.8 


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, Antibes19.3 
 4. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 6. McKines, Rouen17.3 
 7. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 8. Hilliard, Antibes17.1 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.0 
 10. Sonko, Bourg16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.6 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.2 
 8. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.2 
 9. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
 10. Blue, Antibes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.6 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.1 
 3. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.8 
 5. Huffman, Antibes5.5 
 6. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 7. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.3 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 7. Flowers, Denain1.8 
 8. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 9. Newson, Hyeres-T.1.6 
 10. Hannah, Evreux1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.5 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.1 
 6. Johnson, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 8. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 10. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 


St Quentin waives Bichard - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) waived 27-year old swingman Kevin Bichard (195-86). In 32 NM1 games he recorded 8.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg this season. Bichard played there also last season. In 33 NM1 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg (in top 4). He helped them to win the league title.
Bichard has played previously for three other France teams: Fos Ouest, Saint Vallier and Roche.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Campbell will remain with Strasbourg IG - by Eurobasket News

Louis Campbell (190-PG-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) will remain with Strasbourg IG for another season. The American player and the team agreed terms for 2013/2014 season.
Louis Campbell played in Japan for three years from year 2006. In2008-2009 for Toyota Alvark (Japan-JBL, starting five) he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 83.8%. In 2009-2010 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) and showed 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.7apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.6%.
The season 2010-2011 appeared for EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) and in EuroCup had 9.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 78.6%. In German League after 40 games his stats read 9.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 82.1%.
In 2011-2012 moved to Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) and showed 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 81.0%.
This year for 2012-2013: Strasbourg IG (France-ProA, starting five) his stats read 10.2 points per game and 4.5 assists.



ProB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Chalons-Reims reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Le Portel - Evreux 80-81

Evreux claimed a dramatic road win over Le Portel to force the decisive third game in the series. Le Portel was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 29-23 charge of ALM Evreux, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-21 charity shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) notched 26 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) supported him with 16 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 11 points and 9 assists by American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Le Portel. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Five ALM Evreux and four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: S.Gay 17+3reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 15+2reb+3ast, B.Mangin 11+1reb+3ast, R.Taylor 11+2reb+9ast, A.Charles 8+1reb, D.Wilson 7+4reb+1ast
Evreux: S.Ho You Fat 26+4reb+2ast, B.Hunter 16+3reb, G.Florimont 12+2reb+2ast, L.Konate 11+3reb, D.Reed 10+1reb+2ast, C.Hannah 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 241191


Bourg - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 77-62

Bourg shot down Pau-Lacq-Orthez to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by JL Bourg. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to win fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Alexis Tanghe (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) responded with 15 points and his fellow American import forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 15+3reb+2ast, R.Lesca 12+4ast, A.Mendy 11+4reb+1ast, C.Jackson 9+7reb+1ast, D.Denave 7+1reb+2ast, S.Driss 6+4reb+1ast
Bourg: A.Tanghe 21+6reb+1ast, M.Sonko 17+6reb, J.Delhomme 10+1reb+2ast, J.Forte 7+6reb+4ast, J.Sanchez 6+3reb, A.Gomis 6+3reb
gschID: 241190


Antibes - Boulogne 94-73

Antibes cruised past Boulogne at home court to secure the first win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. SO Maritime Boulogne managed to win third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 38-22 including a 24-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) chipped in 24 points. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94, agency: Fusion Sports) produced 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and Guinean-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia, agency: Fusion Sports) added 16 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: M.Jaiteh 19+4reb, M.Diane 16+1reb, K.Cunningham 9+3reb+1ast, M.Var 8+5reb, A.Loum 6+1reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 5+1reb+4ast
Antibes: T.Blue 28+10reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 24+2reb+2ast, M.Badiane 9+8reb, T.Huffman 7+5ast, L.Bengaber 6+6reb+6ast, R.Desroses 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 241189


Fos Ouest - Chalons-Reims 74-89

Chalons-Reims outgunned Fos Ouest on the road and advanced into ProB semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Fos Ouest was better in third quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Chalons-Reims won last quarter 25-12. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Fos Ouest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) replied with 21 points and his fellow American import power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) added 15 points in the effort for Fos Ouest. Five Chalons-Reims and four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: C.Davis 21+3reb, J.Williamson 15+4reb+3ast, S.Giffa 12+4reb+1ast, C.Ferchaud 11+2reb+3ast, F.Turner 5+6reb+8ast, M.Dia 3+1reb+2ast
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 17+2reb+2ast, B.Mullins 15+5reb+9ast, T.Johnson 13+6reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 10+1reb+1ast, K.Corre 10+6reb+1ast, P.Poupet 8+1reb
gschID: 241188



ProA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Nanterre and Strasbourg reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans - ASVEL 63-55

Le Mans avoided elimination beating ASVEL at home court. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket won third quarter 13-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) notched 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) supported him with 9 points and 5 assists. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) did not help to save the game for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: A.Acker 13+6reb, E.Jackson 13+2reb+2ast, A.Sy 11+7reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+9reb, P.Lacombe 4+2reb, M.Thompson 3+1reb+3ast
Le Mans: D.Washington 11+3reb+2ast, P.Sy 11+1reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 10+8reb+1ast, M.Keselj 9+4reb, C.Long 9+3reb+5ast, C.Victor 7+1reb
gschID: 241122


Roanne - Chalon 84-72

Roanne shot down Chalon at home court to tie things up at 1-1 in the series. The game without a history. Chorale de Roanne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Chalon: S.Williams 17+8reb+1ast, B.Schilb 15+4reb+4ast, J.Aboudou 13+4reb, M.Denmon 13+2reb, S.Tchicamboud 7+1reb+5ast, I.Evtimov 3+2reb
Roanne: C.Collins 23+8reb, S.Gray 18+2ast, W.Gradit 14+3reb+4ast, P.Amagou 9+10ast, M.Howard 6+8reb+3ast, R.Reid 4+3reb
gschID: 241121


Dijon - Strasbourg 66-75

Strasbourg defeated Dijon on the road and sealed their semifinal appearance. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) notched 14 points to lead the effort and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) supported him with 13 points. Even 21 points and 5 assists by forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 21+3reb+5ast, T.Campbell 11+2ast, A.Harris 11+5reb+2ast, F.Prenom 7+3reb, Z.Moss 6+3reb+1ast, D.Melody 4+3reb
Strasbourg: J.Siggers 14+1reb+3ast, R.Greer 13+4reb+1ast, A.Ajinca 12+4reb+1ast, A.Toupane 9+2reb, R.Duport 8+3reb, L.Campbell 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 241120


Nanterre - Gravelines 88-68

Nanterre fired past Gravelines to book the semifinal ticket. JSF Nanterre looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Gravelines-Dunkerque's players. American guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. The former international Yannick Bokolo (188-85) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) added 15 points in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: Y.Bokolo 19+2reb+4ast, K.Winston 15+3reb, C.Akpomedah 13+4reb, J.Edwards 9+2reb+2ast, L.Vaty 6+5reb+1ast, O.Camara 2+5reb
Nanterre: T.Meacham 19+4reb+6ast, S.Brun 18+7reb+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 14+5reb+1ast, C.Warren 13+7reb+4ast, J.Palacios 12+8reb+1ast, D.Lighty 8+6ast
gschID: 241119



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  GAMBIA   


Basketball level one course impresses coaches - by Eurobasket News

The coaches currently attending the Basketball Level one coaches course at the Bamboo Hotel in Kololi are very happy for having benefited from a high level coach for the country.

The course, which will end on May 19, is organised by the Gambia Basketball Federation in collaboration with The Gambia National Olympic Committee as well as the Olympic Solidarity.

Lamin Fadera, a participant from the Prisons police, said the course helped him a lot as before this time he did not know anything about basketball but he has gained a lot through the course.

According to Federa, after the training he would advise his fellow security officers to follow basketball.

Sports coordinator NBR, Alhagie Darboe, said he did not know anything about basketball but he is now conversant with the rules of the game especially.

Darboe said he would share the knowledge gained in his region.

Amadou Jawo, Sports Coordinator of URR, said basketball is an interesting game, which unfortunately many people in The Gambia have not taken interest in.

Wallidan Basketball coach Ousman Conateh said he has been coaching Wallidan team for the past five years, adding that he has done some courses but the course he is attending is the best. Conteh also promised to share the knowledge gained from the training.

Lamin Marena, a staff of Bamboo Hotel, expressed his delight for the hiring of the hotel by the basketball federation to run their course. He described the participants as friendly.

Course Director Professor Ronald Onyango Owino said the training is going on smoothly, adding that the coaches are working effectively.

The course covers the fundamentals of the basketball, how to dribble and how to pass rebounce.

According to the course director, this was his first time to come to The Gambia. Gambians are kind to me, especially the coaches, he said.

Author: Abdoulie Fatty, Photo Journalists
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  GERMANY   


Besart Kelmendi Named BG Dorsten Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



According to www.derwesten.de it didnt take BG Dorsten long to find a replacement for Torsten Schierenbeck by naming Besart Kelmendi head coach. Kelmendi is from Kosovo and has been living in Germany for three years. He coached Trepa Mitrovice (SuperLeague) from 2005-2008 reaching the semifinals twice and final once. He won over 200 games in the kosovo league and also coached the Kosovo U-14 and U 16 national teams. The 30 year old had to start a coaching career early as he had knee problems. "The team also announced that Marsha Owusu Gyamfi will serve as the assistant to Kelmendi.

Source: BG Dorsten



Aaron Schmitz Departs From The Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Dragons Rhondorf announced today that Aaron Schmitz (193-PG-93) will no longer wear their jersey. Schmitz is a 20 year old 193cm guard that was playing his first season in Rhondorf. Last season he played 20 games: 3.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, played also at Rhoendorfer TV II (2.Regionalliga). "Aaron developed nicely on the court and as a person and we would have liked to have continued the working relationship, but we couldnt come together on two points", stressed Dragons manager Sebastian Schmidt. Before coming to Rhondorf, the German played for TV Bad Bergzabern, Speyer and BG Karlsruhe. "I thank the fans and everyone in the organization for the great year. I had alot of fun here and wish the team luck in the next season", stated Aaron Schmitz.

Source: Dragons Rhndorf





Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) Playing For Frankfurt Wouldnt Be A Step Back For Me - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that just completed his third season in Germany and second for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. In 2010-2011, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played German League: 37 games: Score-5 (15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%. He spoke to eurobasket after losing the series against FC Bayern Munich.

If someone had told you before the FC Bayern Munich series that Alba Berlin would get swept what would you have thought?

I would have said that it was a lie. We played them very well this season winning in pre season, cup and in the regular season. If someone would of said that it would have been very hard to believe.

FC Bayern Munich won game one easily, but lost game two and game three with six points apiece. What was missing in the last two games to get over the hump?

The third quarter really hurt us in the last two games. Munich had some guys step up that made tough shots that usually they would not have made. We played the percentages, but you have to give them credit for having determination and effort to make those difficult shots. Those big shots gave them momentum just to slightly get the lead and hang on. I also think that we had 25 more Euroleague games in our bones and they just had more juice than we did.

Would a healthy Ali Traore have made a difference to get by Munich?

Yes he would have, but I would just have liked to have a healthy team. We had 3-4 guys that were lost with season ending injuries. Traore just brings so much to the table offensively that he really would have helped us.

Tyrese Rice/DaShaun Wood was an important match up. Rice scored 20 plus points in the last two games. Do you take some blame for not being able to keep him more in check?

Rice and I didnt really match up so much in that series. Pesic started Steffen Hamann and I started. I didnt see him as much, but we didnt play that style where you saw me scoring a lot and having that MVP type of season I once had. We had a system that I followed and we were successful in Euroleague and in the cup. My objective this season wasnt tos core 20 points, but play within the system which was team basketball. Like I have said many times, I came to Berlin to win titles and play team basketball.

It seems like FC Bayern Munich is slowly peaking. How good are their chances to win it all?

Munich have great chances. They are one of four teams that can win it all. They are playing very well now, are confident, healthy and have a lot of energy. It will be interesting to see how they do in next round.


What positives could you take out of this season besides winning the cup?

I came to Alba Berlin to make history and I believe we accomplished some things that no other German team has done. First we were the first German team to play against an NBA team. Second we won a game in top 16 that no other team was able to do and third we won the cup. These are all things that I was a part of and I am very proud and will always be a part of the Alba Berlin family.

How were you able to improve your game the last two seasons with Alba Berlin?

Especially this season, it was my defense and organization. I learned so much from coach Sasa. It was really the small details that made me better on defense. I became more of a complete player with Alba Berlin.


How much did the injury to Vule Avdalovic hurt Alba Berlin?

It wasnt only Vule, but it was many injuries that hurt us. Nathan peavey and Vule were big keys to our team and them being injured put a big stump on our season. Peavy for me is one of the top forwards in the league and Vule is such a great floor general. We would have been a different team with them healthy.


There were rumors that you and Sasa Obradovic didnt get along this season. But it seems like in the end, you had a good relationship.

Me and coach Sasa never had any problems. The media make things up the way they want to. Sasa and I were always on the same page. I did everything that Sasa wanted me to do running the system that he wanted. Sasa and I are very alike. We are both competitors and always want to win. If we are yelling at each other, it doesnt mean that we arent getting along, but that we are showing our competitive nature. We never had problems with each other.

Would you agree with me that American Zach Morley was the unsung hero of Alba Berlin?

No I wouldnt. I mean the whole team had their roles and each guy did the best that they could to fulfill them. Morley was an unbelievable unselfish player that brought a lot of experience to the team. He was a great team player. He brings things to the court that cant be coached. He was always working hard and gave us great leadership. You either have as a player or you dont and Zach had it.

During the playoff series with FC Bayern Munich, there were rumors that you were heading back to Frankfurt. Have you talked to them?

I havent talked to any team yet. I am still thinking about our loss to Munich. In my heart, I am still a member of Alba Berlin. Until I sign with a new team, I am still with Alba Berlin.

Could you imagine playing for Gordon Herbert again?

I could imagine playing for him again, but then again any player would because he is a players coach. He is a great coach that always is competing for titles. With Frankfurt we went to a game 5 against Alba Berlin and last season we reached the playoffs with Alba Berlin.

Could you imagine coming back to Frankfurt and play for a team that is rebuilding?

I wouldnt mind playing for Frankfurt again. They are a great club and I had a great experience playing there. Playing for Frankfurt wouldnt be a step back for me.

Air Tez would probably be booked again with many flights to the hoop thanks to your passes again.

Hahaha, yes Tez is a great player and has really improved on offense the last years. It has been nice seeing him play the last years. He was already a defensive animal and it is amazing that he plays almost every game for 40 minutes and doesnt get tired.


You have played against German talent Dennis Schroeder the last two years. Where do you see him landing in the NBA draft?

I really dont know as anything can happen in the NBA. He could be drafted in the first round, second round or not at all. He is very talented and so young and it is scary that he still has so much potential for his age. I wouldnt be surprised if he gets drafted in the first round or second round.


Are you cheering for Detroit native Rickey Paulding to win it all?

No I am not cheering for anyone in the Beko BBL. Since we are out, I could care less who wins.

NBA player Brandon Roy has been struggling with injuries the last two seasons. Will he be able to come back or is he done?

He is probably done. He has tried to come back, but it just hasnt gone the way he has wanted it too.


What is something you will do this summer that you havent been able to do the last years?

I am going to try to go to Disney World.

What will be the first thing that you will do when you land in Detroit?

Clean out my house.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Blue Streak.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.




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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 23-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 21-4 
 3. Panionios 19-6 
 4. PAOK 17-8 
 5. AGOR 17-9 
 6. Ikaros 12-13 
 7. Aris 12-13 
 8. Apollon Patras 11-14 
 9. KAOD 11-15 
 10. Kolossos 8-17 
 11. Panelefsiniakos 7-18 
 12. Ilysiakos 7-18 
 13. Peristeri GS 6-19 
 14. Kavala 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 8: Panathinaikos - Kavala 95-73
May. 11: Kavala - AGOR 80-82
May. 11: Apollon Patras - Panathinaikos 71-80
May. 16: Ilysiakos - Olympiacos 70-81
May. 11: KAOD - Panelefsiniakos 101-77
May. 18: Kolossos - Aris
May. 18: PAOK - Panathinaikos
May. 19: Peristeri GS - Ilysiakos
May. 18: Ikaros - Panionios
May. 18: Olympiacos - Apollon Patras


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.6 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.0 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.8 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.2 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.1 
 8. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.4 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.9 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.7 
 10. Dendy, Darussafa.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.2 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.6 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.2 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.1 
 9. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.8 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Periste.1.4 
 10. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 4. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Powell, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.8 


Season 2013-2014 Early transfers from the lower Divisions - by Chris Mammides

A2 Division
Ermis Lagkada agreed financial terms with the Head Coach Takis Xouridas
Pagrati agreed financial terms with Head Coach Dinos Kalabakos
AEK Athens renewed the contract of Head Coach Vangelis Ziagos

B Division
Livadeia agreed financial terms with head Coach Panayiotis Zontos and the player Giorgos Topouzidis
Polis Kallitheas renewed the contract of the head Coach Giorgos Simos
Ionikos Nikaias renewed the contract of Coach Nikos Karagiannis
Anatolia renewed the contract of head Coach Dimitris Tsourmas
Holargos renewed the contract of Head Coach Savvas Simeonidis
C Division
Apollon Arhaias Korinthou a newcomer team in the division agreed financial terms with Coach Makis Giatras
Ethnikos Piraeus renewed the contract of head coach Sorotos and agreed financial terms with Giannis Kountouras while three players have renewed their contracts for one year, Dimitris Giannaletsos, Alexis Karipidis and Pavlos Trafalis



Mavrokefalidis in Barcelona!! - by Chris Mammides

The Greek international Loukas Mavrokefalidis (according to all the Greek media) is officially player of Barcelona untill the end of the season. The Greek power forward will partner up with Tomic for the play-offs and will get the chance to do the great step in his career if he continues his great performances as he is doing in the European courts the last couple of seasons. Loukas had a great season with Spartak


Greeks abroad - New transfers for players and Coaches - by Chris Mammides

It seems that the next months will be crucial for all players and Coaches in Greece as it is expected a great moove towards foreign lands for most of the players and coaches. So after the great transfer of the Greek international Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) to Regal FC Barcelona, some more transfers took place while the transfer of the Greek Coaches is begginign to become more often than ever.

In regards to the Coaching positions we had Coach Vangelis Alexandris and Coach Ioannis Livanos to sign a contract with the Jordan National Team to lead the team to the Asian Games this summer. Their contract is for three months only but with the possibility to renew it if the results are there for the two Greek coaches.

Another Head Coach left Greece (and Cyprus leagues) for the Mexican one, as Coach Chris Chougaz agreed financial terms with the Mexican Correcaminos UAT Victoria.


Finally, the Greek guard Spyros Magounis (200-G-85, agency: FCM) agreed financial terms with Sigma Barcellona untill the end of the season.



Banks left Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

32-year old USA ex-international guard Marcus Banks (188-81, college: UNLV) left Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 14 games he had 6.4ppg and 1.7rpg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Banks also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The last season Banks was tested by Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.2spg.

He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Hornets in NBA. But the most of that year Banks spent at the Raptors in NBA. In three games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.0apg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in eighth round (73rd overall).
The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
Banks has played previously for five other NBA teams: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves.
On Banks: Strong body and good scorer but inconsistent shooter and true height is a concern. Has tremendous speed and quickness, and good passing skills, but is too much up-and-down performing to earn a starting spot at NBA level. Needs also to learn to play a slow-tempo game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Season 2013-2014 Early transfers from the lower Divisions - by Chris Mammides

A2 Division
Ermis Lagkada agreed financial terms with the Head Coach Takis Xouridas
Pagrati agreed financial terms with Head Coach Nikos Kalabakos
AEK Athens renewed the contract of Head Coach Evangelos Ziagkos

B Division
Livadeia agreed financial terms with head Coach Panagiotis Zontos and the player Giorgos Topouzidis (191-F-89)
Polis Kallitheas renewed the contract of the head Coach Giorgos Simos
Ionikos Nikaias renewed the contract of Coach Nikos Karagiannis
Anatolia renewed the contract of head Coach Dimitri Tsourmas
Holargos renewed the contract of Head Coach Savvas Simeonidis


C Division
Apollon Arhaias Korinthou a newcomer team in the division agreed financial terms with Coach Makis Giatras
Ethnikos Piraeus renewed the contract of head coach Costas Sorotos and agreed financial terms with Giannis Kountouras while three players have renewed their contracts for one year, Dimitris Yiannaletsos (203-F-85), Alexis Karipidis and Pavlos Trafalis (202-F-78)



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  HONG KONG   


East Asian Championship: China cruise past Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News

China - Hong Kong 84:59

China recorded the first win at the East Asian Championship that started tonight in Incheon, South Korea. They outgunned Hong Kong in Group B. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners.
China started the game with a stifling defence. They held Hong Kong to only 9 points in the first period and secured a 6-point advantage. Hong Kong however came back to life in the second frame. They dropped 25 points in the quarter to pull in front 34:31. China regained control after the big break. They notched 26 points in the third term to rally to a 57:49 lead at the final intermission. China finished off their opponents with a 27:10 spurt in the fourth stanza. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) netted 14 points, while Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) added 12 points for the winners. Lo Yi Ting (177-PG-87) responded with 19 points for Hong Kong. Liang Man Hung (173-G-86) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

China: Wang Zhelin 17, Guo Ailun 14, Zhao TaiLong 12
Hong Kong: Lo Yi Ting 19, Liang Man Hung 16



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  HUNGARY   


Tamas Bencze and the youngsters extended with Falco - by Levente Szabo

Fans of Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely should be very pleased with today's press conference held in Arena Savaria. It was announced that the head coach of the team Tamas Bencze (agency: Laszlo Vinko Group ) and his assistant Kornel Varadi (agency: Laszlo Vinko Group ) extended their contracts to another 1+1 seasons.

Tamas Bencze (agency: Laszlo Vinko Group ) joined the team in 2011 and in his first full season (2011/2012) on the bench of Falco he won the regular season and led his team to the Finals where they felt short against a very strong Szolnok squad. In this past season they had some ups and downs but they reached the playoffs to face Szolnok once again. Despite that they didn't survive the series the management decided to stay loyel to the coach and keep coach Bencze with the team.

At the press conference it was announced that the two very talented young players Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) and Benedek Varadi (194-G/F-95) received 2 years long professional contracts. Both players are still very young, just turned 18 and both of them saw already minutes this year in the top league. Zoltan Perl had his best game in the playoffs against Szolnok when he scored 12 points (4/5 FG; 1/2 3PT; 1/1 FT ) and had 2 rebounds and 2 assists in only 17 minutes of playing time. Benedek played his best game with the senior team in the regular season in a very important win against Kaposvar when he recorded 18 points (3/3 FG; 4/5 3PT) in 24 minutes of action.

The management of the team announced that another youngster, Krisztian Bakk (200-SF-94) received a 2 year contract also.




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  IRAQ   


Al Karkh and Duhok try hard at 14th WABA Champions Cup - by Eurobasket News

Al Karkh and Duhok try hard at 14th WABA Champions Cup. Both teams from Iraq compete against 5 other teams in Asia.
In Day 1 Duhok celebrated a 70:61 win against Al-Jaish from Syria. The latter took 22-12 lead after the first period, but the hosts managed to take control of the game with 20-13 surge in the third quarter and then an 18-15 rally in the third frame. Petrochimi overcame Al Karkh from Iraq 77:70.
In Day 2 Al Karkh won over Duhok 79:71. Duhok won the first period 21-18 and added 21-14 in the second frame. Due to the second half victories Al Karkh managed to win the game.
In Day 3 Champville overcame Duhok 99:75, while Al Karkh lost to Applied Science from Jordan 67:71.
On May 14th Al Karkh edged Al-Jaish from Syria 84:63 and then Foolad Mahan beat Duhok 95:89. Today Champville rolled over Al Karkh from Iraq 102:76.



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  ISRAEL   

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.6 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.3 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Calathes, Maccabi16.5 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 4. Calathes, Maccabi9.2 
 5. Uter, Maccabi9.2 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi9.2 
 7. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 8. Wright, Maccabi8.9 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
 9. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Netan.2.4 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.2 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Uter, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 


Maccabi T-A and Maccabi Haifa sweep the Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi T-A - Hapoel T-A 76-74 (3-0)

Hapoel Tel-Aviv was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 38-30 second half run of Maccabi T-A. It was a good game for international Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 20 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Brian Randle (203-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) added 18 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: R.Hickman 20+2reb+2ast, S.James 17+4reb+2ast, D.Smith 14+3reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 9+17reb+4ast, D.Logan 8+3reb+1ast, D.Planinic 4
Hapoel T-A: B.Randle 19+13reb+2ast, D.Stitt 18+2reb+4ast, A.Goods 11+1reb+2ast, C.Kelly 7+4reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+3reb+1ast, M.Naor 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241113


Netanya - Hapoel J-M 92-69 (1-2)

The game without a history. GreenTops Netanya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. GreenTops Netanya players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a quality performance for American power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). His fellow American import swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) accounted for 25 points and 4 steals for the winning side. American Josh Duncan (203-86) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and international Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Jerusalem 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:
Netanya: D.Washington 25+2reb+3ast, M.Killingsworth 22+9reb+2ast, Y.Orland 16+4reb, E.Gueta 9+2reb+1ast, R.Bradley 8+5reb+8ast, E.Shulman 8+1reb+6ast
Hapoel J-M: E.Kadir 17+5reb+1ast, J.Duncan 15+8reb+3ast, R.Limonad 12+4reb+1ast, C.Fells 9+7reb+1ast, S.Samuels 6+2reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 241112


Maccabi Haifa - Galil Gilboa 93-87 (3-0)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-18. But Galil Gilboa won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Galil Gilboa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: P.Calathes 32+12reb+5ast, P.Stoll 20+1reb+4ast, G.Mekel 10+3reb+10ast, J.Thomas 9+10reb, D.Smith 9+2reb+6ast, C.Colman 7+2reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: M.Watt 17+5reb+3ast, J.Smith 16+5reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 13+2reb+4ast, Y.Green 12+4reb+4ast, K.Hayes 10+4reb+2ast, R.Sanders 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 241111


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 69-67 (2-1)

It was a great evening for American forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra) with 24 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: E.Skverer 14+2reb+2ast, A.Nissim 14+2reb+3ast, E.Holman 13+6reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 12+7reb+1ast, J.Tillman 8+13reb+2ast, S.Hopson 6+4reb+2ast
Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 24+9reb+2ast, J.Wright 16+8reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 8+5reb+7ast, A.Ben David 7+3reb+2ast, L.Jones 6+2ast, O.Solomon 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241110



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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. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.2 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.2 
 6. Diener, Banco d.17.0 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Langford, EA7 A.15.4 
 10. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.8 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.7 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.6 
 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 VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.6 
 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
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 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. Thornton, Banco1.7 
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. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 8. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.1 


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.19.1 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.8 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.18.3 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.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. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.8 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.1 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.5 
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. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 7. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. 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. Green, Novipiu Cas.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 


DNB post season situation - by Armando Caporaso

After the quarterfinals (and the playout) this is the situation, group by group, in the division just below the DNA:

A
Controlgom Monticelli Brusati vs Vivigas Costa Volpino 2-0 (80-60, 68-63)
ABC Utensili Varese vs Kopa Engineering Torino 2-1 (89-75, 63-78, 77-66)
S.S.D. Pall. Marostica vs Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona 0-2 (55-59, 65-81)
Royal Castellanza vs LTC Sangiorgese Bk 0-2 (61-66, 63-79)

Semifinals (18-19/05)

Controlgom Monticelli Brusati vs Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona
ABC Utensili Varese vs LTC Sangiorgese Bk

B
Affrico Basket Firenze vs Missardi Montecatini 2-0 (73-66, 91-56)
Tramec Riduttori Cento vs Dini Bigioni Poderosa Montegranaro 2-1 (60-51, 60-71, 83-75)
Computer Gross Empoli vs Consum.IT Virtus Siena 1-2 (67-59, 78-80, 78-84)
Acmar Ravenna vs La Falegnami Castelfiorentino 2-1 (85-71, 91-97, 86-69)

Semifinals (18-19/05)

Affrico Basket Firenze vs Consum.IT Virtus Siena
Acmar Ravenna vs Tramec Riduttori Cento

C
Madogas Natural Energy BNB vs Assi Basket Ostuni 2-0 (74-45, 89-83)
Mec-Energy Roseto vs Ambrosia Technologies Bisceglie 2-1 (72-62, 54-80, 85-82)
Lighthouse Trapani vs Fondazione ANT Francavilla 2-0 (79-62, 76-65)
Autosoft Scauri vs Pall. Pescara 2-1 (62-45, 64-69, 78-60)

Semifinals (19/05)

Madogas Natural Energy BNB vs Autosoft Scauri
Mec-Energy Roseto vs Lighthouse Trapani


Playout

BBC Group Bernalda vs
Oasi di Kufra Fondi 2-1 (82-67, 75-76, 92-66)
Oasi di Kufra Fondi relegated to DNC



SerieA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - EA7 Armani 75-69

Montepaschi Siena claimed the second straight home win over Emporio Armani to level the series at 2-2. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Nigerian power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 17 points. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) produced 21 points and British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) added 9 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Brown 17+3reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 14+1reb+1ast, B.Eze 14+12reb+1ast, D.Hackett 10+4reb+5ast, D.Moss 6+2reb+4ast, M.Janning 5+1ast
EA7 Armani: K.Langford 21+1reb+1ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 9+13reb, M.Hairston 8+5reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 8+3reb, A.Gentile 8+4reb+1ast, M.Green 6+2ast
gschID: 241013


Umana VE - Cimberio VA 84-72

Umana Venezia opened the win count in the series against Varese. The hosts escaped elimination with a home victory in the fourth game. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Cimberio Varese managed to win fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umana Venezia made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 assists. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: K.Kee Clark 18+4reb+8ast, A.Young 16+2reb, Y.Diawara 14+5reb+2ast, S.Szewczyk 11+9reb, T.Bowers 8+1reb, G.Rosselli 6+2reb+2ast
Cimberio VA: D.Sakota 15+4reb, B.Dunston 14+9reb, A.Banks 12+4reb+1ast, M.Green 11+3reb+5ast, E.Ere 8+1reb, J.Talts 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241012


Trenkwalder RE - Acea Virtus RM 68-71

Acea Virtus Roma snatched a narrow road win in Reggio Emilia to even the series at 2-2. Trenkwalder RE was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Lottomatica Roma, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Lottomatica Roma outrebounded Trenkwalder RE 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American point guard Jordan Taylor (185-89, college: Wisconsin) who scored that evening 18 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) did not help to save the game for Trenkwalder RE. International point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) added 10 points and 6 assists for lost side. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 20+6reb+1ast, J.Taylor 18+8reb+2ast, B.Jones 12+5reb, G.Lawal 10+5reb, P.Lorant 9+9reb, O.Czyz 2
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 19+7reb+1ast, T.Bell 13+3reb, A.Cinciarini 10+4reb+6ast, G.Brunner 8+6reb+1ast, D.Slanina 7+1reb, M.Jeremic 5
gschID: 241011


Cantu - Banco di Sard. 82-80

Cantu posted the second straight narrow win over Sassari to make it 2-2. Banco di Sard. cut a 16-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Cantu brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists and American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side naturalized Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (196-81) responded with 19 points (made all of his seven free throws) and American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Cantu: J.Ragland 23+1reb+5ast, A.Tyus 16+9reb, P.Aradori 11+4reb+2ast, J.Brooks 7+2reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 5+1ast, M.Leunen 5+6reb+3ast
Banco di Sard.: S.Becirovic 19+2reb+1ast, M.Thornton 16+2reb+1ast, D.Gordon 13+9reb, B.Sacchetti 9+3reb, T.Diener 8+2reb+9ast, D.Diener 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 241010



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East Asian Championship: South Korea hold off Japan - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Japan 74:55

South Korea clinched the opening win at the East Asian Championship in Incheon. The hosts overcame powerful Japan in front of a supportive crowd at the Samsan World Gymnasium. Park Chan-Hee (190-G-87) posted 14 points, 6 rebound and 5 assists to lead the charge.
The hosts jumped to an early advantage. South Korea easily overcame Japan zone defence to take a 24:15 lead after the starting quarter. South Korea limited Japan to just 4 points in the second period to accumulate a 40:19 halftime advantage. The Korean team maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They made it a 61:34 advantage heading into the final period. Japan finally found the rhythm in the fourth period firing 21 points but it was too late to avoid the loss. Kim Min-Goo netted 13 points, while Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) and Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) added 10 points apiece in the victory. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) answered with 12 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) netted 9 points and grabbed 13 boards in the losing case.

South Korea: Park Chan-Hee 14, Kim Min-Goo 13, Park Jae-Hyun 10, Kim Jong-Kyu 10
Japan: Ryota Sakurai 12, Kosuke Takeuchi 9+13 boards



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  KENYA   


Tigers Up Against Muliro University - by Eurobasket News

UNITED States International University 'Tigers' face off against Masinde Muliro University of Agriculture and Technology (MMUST) as the Zuku Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) league throws off this weekend at Nyayo Stadium.
The match will be the main highlight in an opening fixtures that will see a total of three matches on card. Zuku has sponsored the league to the tune of Sh50 million.
The opening tie of the season will see Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) take on University of Nairobi 'Dynamites' in the opening fixtures of what will be a busy schedule according to the organiser Abel Nson.
The visiting Maseno University will then step on to the podium where they will face off against Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
Meanwhile, Joel Atebe scored 31 points to lead Don Bosco to a 61-33 win over CFC Stanbic Bank in the Nairobi Basketball League. The bankers had 16 points from Francis Ndobi. Old Pirates whipped Woodley Knights 68-32 while Baraka Xtreme sneaked to a narrow 60-58 win over Mount Kenya University (MKU) Thika.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LATVIA   


VTB League: Khimky cruise past VEF Riga in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - VEF Riga 103:82

Khimky cruise past VEF Riga in the opener of the Quarterfinal series. The Russian side edged the Baltic representative 103:82.
Khimky surged ahead against VEF Riga following a comfortable home win in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga managed to win fourth quarter 29-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 65.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. American forward Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) added 15 points respectively for lost side.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 15, Will Daniels 12, Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) 10, Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) 10, Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) 10
Khimky: Sergey Monya 16, Egor Vyaltsev (192-PG-85) 14, Zoran Planinic 12, Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) 10, Davis 10, Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) 10



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  LEBANON   


Byblos look to tie their series with visiting Mouttahed - by Michel Saddi

Al Moutahed Tripoli will look to end their series 3-1 with Byblos, when they meet this friday 17:30 at Jbeil in the fourth game of the best-of-five first-round playoffs series of the Lebanese League.
Moutahed was able to get the win in the game 1 after an overtime (87-80) where Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, agency: Fusion Sports, college: N.Mexico) finished with 21pts,5reb,5ass leading his team in crucial moments, Rony Fahed (184-PG-81) added 15pts, and Marc Saylers (205-F-79, college: Samford) had a double double 14points and 10 rebounds.
Byblos clinched game 2 by five points (81-76), all the credits go for Byblos defense who allowed Moutahed to score only 29points in the first two quarters, offensively Byblos imports Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) lead his team with 24pts,4reb,4ass and their canadian center Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist) had 19pts,9reb,3ass.
In game 3, Saylers scored 27points and Chatfield added 23pts,6ass while Youngblood scored 26points and Fraiser had 27points,16reb and Mouttahed queited Byblos in a 96-81 victory.



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VTB League: Third quarter allows Zalgiris to take 2-0 lead over Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - N.Novgorod 66:62


Third quarter allows Zalgiris to take 2-0 lead over Novgorod. The Lithuanian Champions posted a 66:62 win against BC Nizhny Novgorod and took on Thursday night.
The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 24-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris made 28-of-35 free shots during the game, while BC Nizhny Novgorod only scored seven points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) who scored 19 points. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) chipped in 14 points. Dmitry Golovin (192-F-88) produced 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88) also scored 9 points in the losing effort.
Game 3 will be played on May 18th in Nizhny Novgorod. Zalgiris can already book the spot in the Semifinal on Saturday and wait for Unics-Lokomotiv winner.

Novgorod: Dmitry Golovin 12+8reb+7ast, Dijon Thompson 9, Artem Yakovenko 9
Zalgiris: Darjus Lavrinovic 19, Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) 14, Oliver Lafayette 14



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  LUXEMBOURG   


AB Contern interested in signing Chad Gray - by Eurobasket

We are pleased to announce Chad Gray (200-F-85, college: Co.Carolina) on the second of our two NON-JICL spots.

His athletic and inside/outside game makes him interesting for AB Contern. Chad is a 27 year old, 200cm tall, athletic power forward who can play inside positions as well as taking three-point shots from outside.

Chad started his college career at University of South Carolina and played his last two years for the Coastal CarolinaCollege, where he finished his Senior year with 14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg & 1.2 bpg. He won twice the championship of the Big South Conference in NCAA.

He started his professional basketball career in Denmark for the champions of Bakken Bears and moved the same season to The Kapfenberg Bulls in Austria. Last season Chad played for Nrdlingen in Germany Pro B League.

Welcome in Contern Chad !



Etzella land Devin Taylor - by Eurobasket News

Etzella signed Devin Taylor (198-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) for the next season. The forward is looking to start his pro career in Luxembourg. Devin Taylor has just graduated from Slippery Rock University this year. He tallied 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in his senior season. He made it into All-PSAC West Division 1st Team in both 2012 and 2013. Devin Taylor also made it into NABC Division II All-Atlantic Region 2nd Team in 2013.


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East Asian Championship: Taiwan cruise past Macau - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Macau 108:32

Taiwan victoriously opened their East Asian Championship campaign. They fired past Macau for 1-0 record in Group A. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) came up with 28 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan reeled off to a 28:9 lead after the starting period. They boosted the gap by 20 points in the second frame to secure a massive 52:13 halftime advantage. Taiwan remained in charge after the big break. They dropped 56 points in the second half to cruise to the victory at the end. Lin Chin-Pang connected for 17 points for Taiwan. Lin Kuan-Lun (187-PG-84) and Lin Yi-Hui (193-F-86) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Wu Ka Seng and Chi San Wong (175-PG-89) delivered 7 points apiece in the losing effort.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 28, Lin Chin-Pang 17, Lin Kuan-Lun 10, Lin Yi-Hui 10
Macau: Wu Ka Seng 7, Chi San Wong 7



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Rougeau's 24 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old swingman Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cananea and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Cananea in his team's victory, helping them to beat Navolato (#5, 11-13) 95-82. Cananea maintains the 6th position in Mexican league. Cananea is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-14 record. In the team's last game Rougeau had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cananea, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rene Rougeau averages this season 19.8ppg and 7.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Obregon. He is American forward in his first season at Obregon. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Obregon lost that game 84-92 to the higher-ranked Tijuana (#3, 12-10). Obregon is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Obregon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.7ppg (#2). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of league's leader Hermosillo. Little showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Little's great performance Hermosillo lost 76-78 to #4 ranked Nogales. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Hermosillo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 5 lost games. Little has a very solid season. In 24 games in Mexico he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, 3.1apg and FGP: 59.0%. Little attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Navolato - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Guaymas - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Cananea - 29 points and 8 rebounds
7. Mugabe Thomas (193-F-80) of Tijuana - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Cheyne Gadson (192-G/F-80) of Nogales - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81) of Tijuana - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Buducnost ink Suad Sehovic - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87). The deal is meant for two seasons. The guard spent the last season in Ukraine. Suad Sehovic played for Khimik Yuzny. Suad Sehovic tallied 9.2 points, 5.3 boards and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague the guard posted 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per appearance. Previously Suad Sehovic had stints with Budivelnyk, Bosna Sarajevo, Union Olimpija. He was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Forward of the Year in 2009. Suad Sehovic made it into All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team in 2010. Sehovic has been the member of the Montenegrin National Team since 2008. Previously he played for U20 and U21 Montenegrin National Teams.


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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.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 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. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Parker, San A.7.4 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Spurs head to Western Conference Finals after win over Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - San Antonio S. 82-94
It all proved to be too much, the injuries, the minutes, the machine that is the San Antonio Spurs. Will simply wasn't enough. Golden State's dramatic playoff run came to an exhausting end Thursday night at Oracle Arena. The Spurs advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 94-82 win over the Warriors, winning the best-of-seven series 4-2. By the time the game ended, Warriors starting center Andrew Bogut was glued to the bench, hobbled and rendered ineffective for the second consecutive game. Their emerging rookie star, Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina), was in the locker room with a head injury that forced him to sit out the entire fourth quarter. And star guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), hounded and harassed for the 12th consecutive game and playing on a tender left ankle, didn't have enough in him to put the Warriors on his back. He missed his last four shots, all of them carried the Warriors' last hopes. In the end, the Warriors couldn't score enough, shooting just 39.3 percent from the field. They couldn't defend well enough, torched by San Antonio's precision execution that produced 27 assists on 32 baskets. As a result, the Warriors - who entered the playoffs as a No. 6 seed, upset the Denver Nuggets in the first round and had the No. 2 Spurs tied after four games - were bounced from their first postseason appearance in six years. The Warriors tried to put together a comeback, and was in striking distance to do so. Back-to-back jumpers by Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) and Curry, both after missed jumpers by San Antonio, cut Golden State's deficit to 77-75 with 4:52 left in the game. After a Spurs turnover, the Warriors had a chance to tie, but Curry missed back-to-back jumpers. San Antonio then snapped a three-minute drought when Parker, thanks to a blown assignment by the Warriors, drilled a wide-open 3-pointer from the left corner. After a Thompson missed jumper and a loose ball foul, the Spur went back up 82-75 with a pair of free throws by forward Kawhi Leonard. The Warriors answered with a floater in the lane by Jack. After another stop, a pair of free throws had the free throws down to four. But Leonard answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner, putting the Spurs back up by six. Thompson and Curry each had 3-pointers rattle out on the next possession. Then Spurs guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82), who finished with 13 points on 3 of 16 shooting, iced the series with a 3-pointer from the right side. Curry finished with 22 points, six assists and four rebounds. Guard Jarrett Jack had 15 points. Forward Carl Landry had 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. For the second consecutive game, the Warriors put together a brutal first-half for the home crowd. They managed 40 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Curry and Barnes combined for 24 points on 11 of 21 shooting. The rest of the Warriors: 16 points on 7 of 23 shooting. The Warriors went three minutes without scoring early in the second quarter and San Antonio turned that drought into a 10-point lead. And it wasn't the usual suspects who hurt the Warriors, but the role players. Big man Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored five points during the run. Matt Bonner hit a turnaround in the lane to put the Warriors down 35-35. Curry and Barnes got the Warriors back in the game. Curry converted back-to-back baskets off drives. A minute later, his 3-pointer cut the Spurs lead to five. Barnes caught Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) guarding him out by the three-point line and drove by him for a reverse layup. Another layup by Curry and Golden State trailed 39-36 with 3:11 left in the half. But the Warriors couldn't sustain the run and trailed 47-40 at the half. Curry opened the second half with a floater and the Bogut split a pair of free throws. But Golden State put together another drought, this time three minutes, 22 seconds. The Spurs scored six straight, the last four by Tim Duncan, and the Warriors were back down double-digits 53-43. It was a trend for most of the second half. Golden State got the stops. But they couldn't score. Golden State trailed by six after a jumper by Jarrett Jack but missed its next five shots. The Spurs scored five straight to push the lead to 61-48. The Warriors trailed 65-55 late in the third quarter. The Spurs failed to score on five straight possessions, but Golden State was only able to shave four points off the lead. A free throw by guard Manu Ginobili sent them into the fourth quarter down 66-57. At that point, the Warriors were shooting 39.1 percent from the field, making on 3 of 11 from deep. They took eight more shots than the Spurs and failed to take advantage. The Warriors simply looked tired, a step slow and running on fumes. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com



Maloofs Agree To Sell Kings To Ranadive-Group For $535M - by Eurobasket News

The Maloofs have agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a group led by Vivek Ranadive for $535 million, according to a source. The Maloofs had hoped to sell the Kings to a group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, but the NBA's Board of Governors voted against the sale by a 22-8 margin. The Hansen-Ballmer group intended to move the Kings to Seattle, which lost their NBA franchise to Oklahoma City in 2008. Ranadive is currently a part owner of the Golden State Warriors. The new ownership group is hoping to build a new arena in downtown Sacramento with public financing.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Kings will stay in Sacramento - by Eurobasket News

Too bad, Maloof bros. Despite your desperate attempts to move the Kings to Seattle, thanks to a 22-8 vote today by the NBAs Board of Governors, Sacramento will retain its basketball team. Per the Sac Bee: While the proposed move by the team to Seattle was turned down, the issue of who will own the team has not been settled. In a press conference following the meeting of the leagues 30 owners, NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league would encourage the Maloofs, who own the Kings, to sell to an investor group led by Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive. We will talk to the Maloofs and seek in the next 24 to 48 hours whether we can help facilities a deal between the Ranadive group and the Maloofs for the sale of the franchise in Sacramento, Stern said. The commissioner acknowledged that the Maloofs could refuse to sell, but added, It is my expectation that we will be able to make a deal with the Maloofs and the Ranadive group to transfer title in Sacramento. The Ranadive group has offered the Maloofs $341 million for their controlling 65 percent stake in the Kings, far less than the $406 million that the Seattle group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen had offered. Of Seattles prospects for getting an NBA expansion team, Stern said there was nothing to announce. We look forward to continuing a dialogue of some type with the citizens and the (Seattle) investors, he said. The Maloofs had said they would seek league approval for an alternative deal with the Hansen group if the NBA owners rejected the relocation and with it the sale of the team. Alternatively, the Maloofs proposed to sell 20 percent of the team to Hansen. Stern said that deal was not signed, however. The big winner here was Sacramento, Stern said.
Courtesy of: slamonline.com



Danny Ainge: Doc Rivers will be Celtics coach next season - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed Thursday that Doc Rivers would return to coach the Celtics for a 10th season. Yeah (hell be back), Doc and I are talking about our team next year, Ainge said. (No suspense) from my perspective. Weve got a great coach. Weve got a coach everybody would love to have and hes got three years left on his contract and I think Doc likes Boston, too. Coaches get tired, though. Its a hard job. You guys are the only one (who made it an issue).
Rivers was not present at the NBA Draft Combine because of a strained hamstring he suffered in a tennis match last Sunday. Rivers has three seasons remaining on a five-year deal he signed in May of 2011. Rivers coached the Celtics to an NBA title in 2007-08 and to the NBA Finals in 2008-09. He is 416-305 in nine seasons with the Celtics.
Ainge said hes not prepared to talk with the soon to be 37-year-old Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76)rnett, who is considering retirement. I dont think I have the answers that Kevin will want, Ainge said. So I gotta figure theres a lot to do (before we talk) and I think theres a lot of questions in Kevins mind as there is every year, to determine whether hes coming back. Im not ready to answer everything that he will want to know.
Courtesy of: sportsglory.com



Hawks seriously considering Ettore Messina - by Eurobasket News

Ettore Messina has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Messina was born in Italy and is the current coach of CSKA Moscow. Messina is a four-time Euroleague championship coach and two-time Euroleague coach of the year. Messina was part of the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching staff during the 11-12 NBA season. Messina left the NBA to take a $1 million-plus a year job with CSKA. Danny Ferry recently scouted CSKA as last weekend's Euroleague Final Four. Stan Van Gundy and Quin Snyder are also candidates.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Bulls Will Buy Out Richard Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 15 points in 35 minutes of the Chicago Bulls' Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat, and he knows he likely does not have a future with the organization. The Bulls will buy out Hamilton for $1 million this offseason. Hamilton has said he hopes to play two more seasons. "Even though the last two weeks have been hard, my teammates have been great," Hamilton said. "They were so supportive of me and dumbfounded by the situation. They kept me going."
Courtesy of: basketball.reagm.com



Knicks defeat Pacers to force Game 6 - by Eurobasket News

New York K. - Indiana P. 85-75
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and the Knicks broke out just enough to stay in it. Anthony scored 28 points and the Knicks avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 last night. Reserves J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) and Christopher Copeland (6'8''-F-84, college: Colorado) each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail 3-2 and will need a victory tomorrow in Indiana to force a seventh game at Madison Square Garden on Monday. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series. "I was totally impressed because we met the challenge," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "I think as a coach you come into games like this and you want to see who's going to step up and make plays, and I thought we did that tonight. We were the better team in terms of doing that." Anthony, who didn't make a basket in the fourth quarter of either game in Indiana, made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four points. He followed with two free throws, Raymond Felton made a layup, and the Knicks were never in jeopardy again. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers. They played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion and committed 19 turnovers. "We've just got to play more solid. There's no other way to put it," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. But George battled foul trouble and couldn't contain Anthony quite as well as he had while the Pacers easily won the previous two games. Anthony made his first two shots as the Knicks raced out to a 7-0 lead in a game it never trailed. He finished only 12 of 28, but got plenty of bench help. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who were trying to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. "We didn't play well. It was a bad game for us and we were still there," George said. The winner will face the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in a series that will start Wednesday. The Knicks didn't really shake their scoring slump, shooting only 41 percent from the field, but put together a few runs during the game to open just enough space against a Pacers team that shot 36 percent and was a dismal 19 of 33 at the free throw line. They clearly missed Hill after learning about four hours before the game they would be without him. Vogel said Hill was hurt after a collision with Knicks center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) during the first half of Indiana's 93-82 victory on Tuesday. Hill finished the game and scored 26 points, but experienced some headaches and showed concussion symptoms since and wasn't able to pass the league's concussion tests so he could play last night. The Knicks went back to their regular lineup, reinserting Pablo Prigioni, after going with a bigger group in Game 4 in a futile effort to match Indiana on the boards. The smaller group did a better job, getting outrebounded only 43-40. The Knicks finally opened it up midway through the third quarter with a 12-4 run, started by Smith's bank shot and featuring a 3-pointer and follow shot from Copeland, who got more playing time while Woodson gave little to veterans Amare Stoudemire and the slumping Jason Kidd, who missed his only shot and remains scoreless in the series. "Coaching is a feel. It's not always what players want at the end of the day, it's about winning," Woodson said. "That's all I'm in it for." Anthony made a jumper and a 3-pointer on his first two shots, and Iman Shumpert followed with another jumper for a 7-0 start. Smith got a big ovation when he checked in, which grew much louder when he made his first shot, dribbling back behind the arc for a 3-pointer that made it 17-12 with 2:56 left in the opening quarter. Smith has endured a miserable stretch since elbowing Boston's Jason Terry in the fourth quarter of Game 3 in the first round. Suspended for Game 4, he hasn't relocated his shot since, hitting 28 percent in the first four games and has been criticized for not being focused after he was seen out a nightclub with singer Rihanna the night before Game 1 - a day game. He was only 4 of 11, but hit the jumper that started the Knicks' run in the third quarter. The Knicks extended their 19-15 lead after one to 32-23 on Copeland's 3-pointer with 7:06 remaining in the second. The Pacers chipped away for most of the half but couldn't take the large in part because of their sloppy free throw shooting, going 8 of 16 in the half that agonizingly wouldn't end when both Chandler and the Pacers' Sam Young committed fouls more than 30 feet from the basket in the final 2.4 seconds. Courtesy of: nj.com



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Javier Martinez top-scores and wins the title with Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

Javier Martinez (189-G/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) top-scores and wins the title with Corrientes in Argentine. Regatas Corrientes are the new LigaA champions! They beat Lanus on the road to sweep the title series. Javier Martinez and Federico Kammerichs accounted for 15 points each to pace Regatas.
Regatas jumped to an early lead in the game. They held on to a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The Corrientes side stretched the gap in the second period. Regatas accumulated a 36:28 halftime advantage. Lanus were back in the mix in the third quarter. The hosts went on a strong rally to narrow the deficit at 2-point mark 48:50 at the final intermission. Lanus got within a single point 54:55 midway through the fourth frame but Regatas survived the challenge. They capitalized on the absence of Robert Battle who got fouled out in the fourth frame and sealed the historic victory at the end. Tony Washam posted 12 points for the winners. Adrian Boccia answered with 19 points for Lanus. William McFarlan provided 11 points in the loss.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.3 
 4. Bowles, San M.22.7 
 5. Sundov, Rain o.22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces20.1 
 8. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.14.0 
 10. Cardona, Meralco13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.3 
 2. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 4. Bowles, San M.15.2 
 5. Macklin, Barang.14.7 
 6. Sundov, Rain o.12.5 
 7. Abueva, Alaska Ac.8.6 
 8. Pingris, San M.7.8 
 9. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
 10. Aguilar, Global P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.0 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.5 
 8. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 9. Barroca, San M.3.8 
 10. Devance, San M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.1.0 
 10. Intal, Barako Bull1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.8 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.1 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Macklin, Barang.0.9 
 7. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 8. Pennisi, Barako Bu.0.8 
 9. Raymundo, Barang.0.7 
 10. Devance, San M.0.7 



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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 Turow6.8 
 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. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.5 
 9. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
 10. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.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. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Trotamundos
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Petty, Trotamundos20.8 
 2. Darby, Rovinari20.7 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.20.3 
 4. Shepherd, CSM B.18.7 
 5. Horton, Timba Timi.18.3 
 6. Fisher, Dinamo B.18.2 
 7. Wisseh, Rovinari17.9 
 8. Barac, Pitesti17.8 
 9. Brown, Timba Timis.16.6 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu10.2 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.3 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.3 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.3 
 6. Darby, Rovinari7.2 
 7. Cuic, Targu Mures6.8 
 8. Johnson, Timisoara6.8 
 9. Carutasu, CSM B.6.8 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.6.8 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.4 
 3. Wisseh, Rovinari5.8 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures5.5 
 5. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.4 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 7. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.2 
 8. Petty, Trotamundos4.9 
 9. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.6 
 10. Bubalo, Miercure.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.2.9 
 2. Fisher, Dinamo B.2.1 
 3. Petty, Trotamundos2.1 
 4. Dixon, Dinamo B.2.1 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets2.0 
 6. Henifin, Brisbane1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Farul C.1.9 
 8. Wisseh, Rovinari1.8 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
 10. Mandache, Gaz M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 3. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 5. Kickingstall., Tim.1.3 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti1.1 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 9. Barro, Targu Mures1.0 
 10. Morris, CSM B.0.9 



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Interview with Chester Simmons - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik

Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington), the leading scorer of Krasnie Krylia, prepares for the games against CSKA. In this interview he told about the season with Samara team and his plans for the near future.

This year you are playing in Samara. Which factors affected on your decision to move here and sign a contract with Krasnie Krylia?



First of all I knew Aaron Miles and Omar Tomas before. I talked with Miles about the team, coach and situation around the team.

How would you describe yourself your strong and weak sides?

I can score from many positions on the court, in a lot of situations. Splendid scoring in different ways is my strong side. Of course, everybody has weaknesses, but I cant tell about mine, because the opponents shouldnt know about them.

How would you describe coach Bazarevich?

He's a players' coach. He knows when we play hard and tells us when we play soft. He never yelled at me. All the players respect him.

The season is almost over. How hard was it for you?

It wasn't hard. Coach and teammates made it easier for me.

You've become a Eurochallenge Final Four MVP. Whats happened in the final game, when Krylia came back from 17 points deficit?

Our team chemistry is great. We were down before and even with big teams we managed to come back in such games. We played tough, willing to win the trophy. This was a great team effort. I got in foul trouble and Collins came in. He was impressive.

You will play a quarterfinal series against CSKA. How do you feel yourself any tiredness, soreness?

I feel well. There were some bumps and bruises during the season, of course, but coach gives us a lot of rest, so now I'm ok.

You're one of the top scorers this season in Russia and won two trophies already. Do you think you deserve the raise of salary next season and to play at a higher level?

I want to be in the right situation. Im having a great season and I think I deserve a better salary.

Do you prefer to be a top scorer, primary scoring option in the team or you will accept the position of 6th man, the role player?

In a good team with a good coach Im comfortable coming off the bench and do everything to help my team win.

Will you play in Summer league?

I'm 30 years old and Summer league deal is not for me. I got two kids and want to spend my time with them, at home, do my workouts and so on.





VTB League: Khimky cruise past VEF Riga in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - VEF Riga 103:82

Khimky cruise past VEF Riga in the opener of the Quarterfinal series. The Russian side edged the Baltic representative 103:82.
Khimky surged ahead against VEF Riga following a comfortable home win in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga managed to win fourth quarter 29-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 65.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. American forward Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) added 15 points respectively for lost side.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 15, Will Daniels 12, Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) 10, Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) 10, Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) 10
Khimky: Sergey Monya 16, Egor Vyaltsev (192-PG-85) 14, Zoran Planinic 12, Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) 10, Davis 10, Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) 10



VTB League: CSKA overwhelm visiting Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Krasnie Krilya 77:46

CSKA cruised past Krasnie Krilya for 1-0 lead in the series. CSKA Moscow dominated on the defensive end, holding Krasnie Krilya to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 42-18 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. CSKA Moscow players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Krasnie Krilya's players. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andrey Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Sasha Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. Anton Anton Pushkov (208-C-88, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 8 points and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 10 points in the effort for Krasnie Krilya. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow, May 17th.

Krasnie Krilya: Andre Smith 10, Anton Pushkov 8
CSKA: Sasha Kaun 16, Andrey Vorontsevich 15, Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) 11, Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) 10+10rebs, Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) 8



Dmitry Kulagin sidelined for one month - by Eurobasket News

Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) is expected to miss around one month after a knee injury. He suffered it during the first game of VTB quarterfinal series versus CSKA. The forward was diagnosed with the partial cruciate ligament rupture and would miss up to one month of action. Thus Krasnie Krilya would have to deal with CSKA without Dmitry Kulagin. The forward notched 3.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL his stats read 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Kulagin also notched 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds per appearance in VTB League this season.


VTB League: Lokomotiv steps closer to the semis - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Lokomotiv 65:77

Lokomotiv steps closer to the semis of the VTB league after another road win against Unics. Lokomotiv posted a 77:65 win in Game 2 and took 2-0 lead in the series before heading home for 2 games.
The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-65. The best player for the winners was Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) top-scored with 16 points and Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) added 11. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) produced 14 points and Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Game 3 will be played on May 18th in Krasnodar. In case of victory Lokomotov will wait for the winner of the series between Zalgiris and Nizhniy Novgorod.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 14, Ian Vougioukas 10, Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) 9, Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) 9
Lokomotiv: Andrey Zubkov 16, Richard Hendrix 15+8rebs, Nick Calathes 11,Mantas Kalnietis 10



VTB League: Third quarter allows Zalgiris to take 2-0 lead over Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - N.Novgorod 66:62


Third quarter allows Zalgiris to take 2-0 lead over Novgorod. The Lithuanian Champions posted a 66:62 win against BC Nizhny Novgorod and took on Thursday night.
The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 24-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris made 28-of-35 free shots during the game, while BC Nizhny Novgorod only scored seven points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) who scored 19 points. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) chipped in 14 points. Dmitry Golovin (192-F-88) produced 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88) also scored 9 points in the losing effort.
Game 3 will be played on May 18th in Nizhny Novgorod. Zalgiris can already book the spot in the Semifinal on Saturday and wait for Unics-Lokomotiv winner.

Novgorod: Dmitry Golovin 12+8reb+7ast, Dijon Thompson 9, Artem Yakovenko 9
Zalgiris: Darjus Lavrinovic 19, Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) 14, Oliver Lafayette 14



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East Asian Championship: South Korea hold off Japan - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Japan 74:55

South Korea clinched the opening win at the East Asian Championship in Incheon. The hosts overcame powerful Japan in front of a supportive crowd at the Samsan World Gymnasium. Park Chan-Hee (190-G-87) posted 14 points, 6 rebound and 5 assists to lead the charge.
The hosts jumped to an early advantage. South Korea easily overcame Japan zone defence to take a 24:15 lead after the starting quarter. South Korea limited Japan to just 4 points in the second period to accumulate a 40:19 halftime advantage. The Korean team maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They made it a 61:34 advantage heading into the final period. Japan finally found the rhythm in the fourth period firing 21 points but it was too late to avoid the loss. Kim Min-Goo netted 13 points, while Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) and Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) added 10 points apiece in the victory. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) answered with 12 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) netted 9 points and grabbed 13 boards in the losing case.

South Korea: Park Chan-Hee 14, Kim Min-Goo 13, Park Jae-Hyun 10, Kim Jong-Kyu 10
Japan: Ryota Sakurai 12, Kosuke Takeuchi 9+13 boards



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 29-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 25-8 
 3. FCB Regal 22-11 
 4. Valencia 21-12 
 5. CAI Zaragoza 20-13 
 6. Gescrap BB 19-14 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 18-15 
 8. Unicaja 18-15 
 9. Blusens M. 17-16 
 10. CB Canarias 16-17 
 11. FIATC Joventut 15-18 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 15-18 
 13. UCAM Murcia 13-20 
 14. Cajasol 12-21 
 15. Blancos de R. 12-21 
 16. Mad-Croc 11-22 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-25 
 18. Assignia M. 6-27 

Regular Season: Round 34

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

Round 33

May. 16: Lagun Aro GBC - FCB Regal 89-90
May. 16: FIATC Joventut - Real Madrid 64-85


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.7 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.5 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.3 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.1 
 8. Nocioni, Caja Labo.13.9 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 10. Fisher, FIATC J.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Martin, Blancos7.0 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.6 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.1 
 6. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.1 
 7. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 8. Kurz, Mad-Croc5.9 
 9. Bjelica, Caja Labo.5.9 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.3 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 7. Huertas, FCB Regal3.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia3.7 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.6 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.1 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.8 
 3. Finley, Lagun A.1.8 
 4. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 5. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.6 
 2. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 3. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.4 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Barnes, Asefa E.1.0 



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  TAIWAN   


East Asian Championship: Taiwan cruise past Macau - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Macau 108:32

Taiwan victoriously opened their East Asian Championship campaign. They fired past Macau for 1-0 record in Group A. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) came up with 28 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan reeled off to a 28:9 lead after the starting period. They boosted the gap by 20 points in the second frame to secure a massive 52:13 halftime advantage. Taiwan remained in charge after the big break. They dropped 56 points in the second half to cruise to the victory at the end. Lin Chin-Pang connected for 17 points for Taiwan. Lin Kuan-Lun (187-PG-84) and Lin Yi-Hui (193-F-86) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Wu Ka Seng and Chi San Wong (175-PG-89) delivered 7 points apiece in the losing effort.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 28, Lin Chin-Pang 17, Lin Kuan-Lun 10, Lin Yi-Hui 10
Macau: Wu Ka Seng 7, Chi San Wong 7



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  TANZANIA   


Rangers Too Strong for Stone Town in Isles League - by Eurobasket News

ZANZIBAR champions Stone Town succumbed to a 89-90 defeat at the hands of Rangers in a thrilling Unguja Zone Basketball League encounter at the Maisara courts here on Monday evening.
The result means Rangers moved top of the table on ten points. It was a close start to the contest, in which Rangers took a 25-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ranger's confidence soared as the game went on and extended their advantage to 47-38 points by half time.
At the third quarter, the Rangers' surge was put to a check as Stone Town threw everything up front which saw them managing to close the gap to a mere five points, and it ended 68-63 in favour of Rangers.
It only forced to a seesaw final quarter as Stone Town stretched their opponents to the limit as they game kept swinging from side to side. In the end, Rangers managed to hold on to the challenge and completed a deserved 90-89 victory The league was set to continue yesterday with two matches on the card.
The first match was set to pit Nyuki and Africa Magic, while Mwembetanga were to clash against Mbuyuni. Meanwhile, the Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) mini election scheduled for next month has attracted an isles-based journalist.
Munir Zakaria, working for Channel Ten, has underlined his desire to contest the ZFA president post, which was left vacant following the resignation of Amani Ibrahim Makungu early this year.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 27-3 
 2. Anadolu Efes 25-5 
 3. Banvit BK 25-5 
 4. Fener.Ulker 24-6 
 5. Karsiyaka 23-7 
 6. Besiktas 19-11 
 7. TED Kolejliler 18-13 
 8. Tofas 12-18 
 9. Gaziantep 12-18 
 10. Erdemir 11-19 
 11. Aliaga 9-21 
 12. Mersin 8-22 
 13. Turk Telekom 8-22 
 14. Olin Edirne 8-22 
 15. Hacettepe 6-24 
 16. Antalya 6-25 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 1: Mersin - Anadolu Efes 98-107
May. 4: Anadolu Efes - Gaziantep 95-57
May. 16: Karsiyaka - Erdemir 92-65
May. 7: Anadolu Efes - Besiktas 90-74
May. 5: Galatasaray - Turk Telekom 89-73
May. 13: Anadolu Efes - Tofas 86-72
May. 4: Mersin - Besiktas 84-102
May. 4: TED Kolejliler - Karsiyaka 81-64
May. 11: Tofas - Banvit BK 76-77
May. 7: Antalya - TED Kolejliler 73-103
May. 4: Antalya - Hacettepe 70-88
May. 5: Aliaga - Banvit BK 70-87
May. 4: Erdemir - Tofas 70-79
May. 4: Olin Edirne - Fener.Ulker 67-83
May. 10: Karsiyaka - Anadolu Efes 62-57
May. 13: Olin Edirne - Karsiyaka 60-81

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 17: Banvit BK - Besiktas
May. 17: Anadolu Efes - TED Kolejliler
May. 18: Galatasaray - Tofas
May. 18: Fener.Ulker - Karsiyaka


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.7 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.1 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Antalya15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Videnov, Olin Edir.15.7 
 10. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK7.5 
 5. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.1 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Stanojevic, TED K.6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.5 
 6. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 7. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.4 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu4.3 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 6. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 7. Markoishvili, Gala.1.5 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Ermis, Fener.Ulker1.3 
 10. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 5. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Plisnic, TED K.0.9 
 8. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 9. Besok, Hacettepe0.8 
 10. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 


Yucel number one in Turkey for round 30 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for TED Kolejliler, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 21 rebounds, while his team outclassed Antalya (#16, 6-25) with 30-point margin 103-73. TED Kolejliler maintains the 7th position in Turkish TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TED Kolejliler will need more victories to improve their 18-13 record. Yucel turned to be TED Kolejliler's top player in his first season with the team. Nedim Yucel has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.1rpg) and averages impressive 56.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian Alade Aminu (210-C-87) of Karsiyaka. Aminu had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Karsiyaka to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Olin Edirne (#14, 8-22) 81-60. Karsiyaka's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 23-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Aminu is a newcomer at Karsiyaka, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86) of Tofas (#8). Heytvelt scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Tofas, leading his team to a 79-70 win against slightly lower-ranked Erdemir (#10, 11-19). The chances of Tofas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Heytvelt could help Tofas to bring them higher in the standings. Heytvelt has a very solid season. In 30 games in Turkey he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Grundy (189-PG-79) of Hacettepe - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. David Holston (170-PG-86) of Mersin - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Damir Markota (209-F-85) of Besiktas - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Mersin - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) of Antalya - 18 points and 14 rebounds
9. J.P. Prince (201-G-87) of Mersin - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



The End of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TBL just ended. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) gave a tough game to third ranked Banvit BK (25-5) in Bursa on Saturday. The visitors from Balikesir managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 1 point. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Inanc Koc (202-79) with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Banvit BK have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Tofas at the other side keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Gaziantep.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Istanbul: Anadolu Efes (#3) and Besiktas (#6). Anadolu Efes (25-5) smashed visiting Besiktas (19-11) by 16 points 90-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Besiktas. International Kerem Gonlum (208-77) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Dusko Savanovic supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by Croatian-Swedish forward Damir Markota (209-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) did not help to save the game for Besiktas. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anadolu Efes moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Defending champion Besiktas keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) against fifth ranked Karsiyaka (23-7) on Friday night. Visiting Anadolu Efes was defeated by Karsiyaka in a tough game in Karsiyaka 57-62. The best player for the winners was Bobby Dixon who scored 19 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jamon Lukas Gordon who recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Karsiyaka have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 23-7 record. Loser Anadolu Efes dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Banvit BK.
Bottom-ranked Hacettepe managed to get a sixth victory. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Antalya 88-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference proves that Hacettepe was well-prepared to that game. It was a good game for Anthony Grundy who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Antalya's coach Timucin Meric rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hacettepe (6-24) moved-up to fifteenth place. Antalya lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom.
TBL top team - Galatasaray (27-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Turk Telekom (8-22) in Istanbul 89-73. Milan Macvan had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Turk Telekom lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 22 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Erdemir was destroyed by Karsiyaka on the opponent's court 92-65. Olin Edirne was outscored by Karsiyaka in a home game 60-81. TED Kolejliler rolled over Antalya on the road 103-73. Anadolu Efes defeated Tofas on its own court 86-72. Anadolu Efes beat Mersin in Istanbul 107-98. Mersin lost to defending champion Besiktas at home 84-102. Banvit BK managed to outperform Aliaga on the opponent's court 87-70. Anadolu Efes rolled over Gaziantep in a home game 95-57. Tofas defeated Erdemir on the road 79-70. Olin Edirne was beaten by Fener.Ulker on its own court 67-83. Karsiyaka lost to TED Kolejliler in Ankara 64-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 21 rebounds by Nedim Yucel of TED Kolejliler.


Karsiyaka - Erdemir 92-65

Very expected game when 10th ranked Erdemir (11-19) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Karsiyaka (23-7) 92-65 on Thursday. The game without a history. Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Karsiyaka outrebounded Erdemir 43-20 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Soner Senturk (194-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Karsiyaka's coach Ufuk Sarica felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Baris Ozcan (191-80) with 21 points and guard Melih Mahmutoglu (193-90) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Karsiyaka have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 23-7 record. Erdemir lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: B.Dixon 11+1reb+4ast, C.Mutaf 11+4reb, S.Senturk 11+5reb+6ast, B.Pacun 10+1reb, W.Thomas 10+4reb, U.Sonkol 8+3reb+2ast
Erdemir: B.Ozcan 21+1ast, M.Mahmutoglu 15+5reb, J.Balazic 12+5reb+1ast, N.Yildirim 8+5reb+1ast, E.Bayav 5+1reb, E.Eroglu 2+2ast
gschID: 240506


Olin Edirne - Karsiyaka 60-81

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Karsiyaka (23-7) smashed on the road 12th ranked Olin Edirne (8-22) 81-60 on Monday. The game without a history. Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Olin Edirne's 34. Nigerian center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Yunus Sonsirma (192-92) scored 9 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. Karsiyaka have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 23-7 record. Loser Olin Edirne keeps the twelfth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: A.Aminu 20+11reb+2ast, U.Sonkol 15+9reb+1ast, B.Pacun 11+5reb+2ast, J.Diebler 10+2reb, C.Mutaf 8+1reb, B.Dixon 6+1reb+1ast
Olin Edirne: F.Videnov 17+6reb+6ast, Y.Sonsirma 9+4reb+2ast, B.Candan 8+6reb, L.Bilgin 7+1reb, U.Atin 6+2reb+1ast, A.Parakhouski 6+2reb
gschID: 240505


Antalya - TED Kolejliler 73-103

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Antalya (6-25) was rolled over at home by seventh ranked TED Kolejliler (18-13) 103-73 on Tuesday. TED Kolejliler outrebounded Antalya 48-26 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five TED Kolejliler players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Eren Beyaz (208-85) with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Seray Yildirim (193-92) scored 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted TED Kolejliler maintains seventh position with 18-13 record. Antalya lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom.
Top scorers:
TED Kolejliler: N.Yucel 23+21reb+2ast, K.Penney 21+1reb, V.Plisnic 17+10reb+1ast, N.Ozbakir 13+5reb, B.Woodside 10+1reb+14ast, R.Murat Kaya 9+1reb
Antalya: E.Beyaz 23+5reb+1ast, S.Yildirim 19+2reb+2ast, R.Oz 9+4reb+1ast, B.Gulek 8+6ast, J.Theodore 5+2reb+4ast, V.Pastal 4+6reb
gschID: 240912


Anadolu Efes - Tofas 86-72

Everything went according to plan in Istanbul where third ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) beat 8th ranked Tofas (12-18) 86-72 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Tofas was better in second period 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Anadolu Efes outrebounded Tofas 37-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international power forward Semih Erden (211-86) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international Kerem Gonlum (208-77) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Croatian power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, agency: XL Basketball Agency) with 11 points and the former international guard Can Altintig (195-87) scored 16 points. Tofas' coach Ahmet Caki let to play eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anadolu Efes moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Loser Tofas keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: S.Erden 17+7reb+1ast, K.Gonlum 12+7reb, J.Lukas Gordon 12+3reb+3ast, D.Savanovic 10+2reb+2ast, S.Guler 10+3reb+1ast, E.Kuqo 8+3reb
Tofas: C.Altintig 16+1ast, A.Nichols 11+1reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 11+4reb+2ast, D.Senli 9+4reb, J.Heytvelt 8+5reb, K.Sipahi 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 240504


Tofas - Banvit BK 76-77

Eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) gave a tough game to third ranked Banvit BK (25-5) in Bursa on Saturday. The visitors from Balikesir managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 1 point. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Inanc Koc (202-79) with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 9 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Banvit BK have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Tofas at the other side keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Gaziantep.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: C.Davis 22+5reb+1ast, K.Bajramovic 13+5reb+2ast, S.Mejia 10+3reb+6ast, I.Turkyilmaz 7+3reb+2ast, E.Veyseloglu 7+4reb, K.Lucas 6+1reb+1ast
Tofas: K.Sipahi 16+2reb+2ast, J.Heytvelt 12+2reb+2ast, I.Koc 12+8reb+4ast, T.Ruzic 9+11reb+1ast, C.Elonu 8+2reb, I.Yildirim 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 240507


Karsiyaka - Anadolu Efes 62-57

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) against fifth ranked Karsiyaka (23-7) on Friday night. Visiting Anadolu Efes was defeated by Karsiyaka in a tough game in Karsiyaka 57-62. Anadolu Efes trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 21-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 57-62 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) who recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Karsiyaka have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 23-7 record. Loser Anadolu Efes dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Banvit BK.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: B.Dixon 19+4reb+6ast, E.Buker 17+2reb+1ast, U.Sonkol 10+12reb, A.Aminu 9+7reb+2ast, J.Diebler 7+5reb+2ast, B.Pacun 0+2reb
Anadolu Efes: J.Lukas Gordon 14+8reb+4ast, D.Savanovic 14+5reb+1ast, S.Guler 11+1reb, E.Kuqo 6+4reb, C.Osman 4+1reb+1ast, S.Erden 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 240503


Anadolu Efes - Besiktas 90-74

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Istanbul: Anadolu Efes (#3) and Besiktas (#6). Anadolu Efes (25-5) smashed visiting Besiktas (19-11) by 16 points 90-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Besiktas. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Besiktas was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Besiktas 42-21 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. International Kerem Gonlum (208-77) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by Croatian-Swedish forward Damir Markota (209-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) did not help to save the game for Besiktas. Slovenian power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87) added 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anadolu Efes moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Defending champion Besiktas keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: K.Gonlum 19+7reb, D.Savanovic 17+8reb, E.Kuqo 16+7reb+1ast, J.Shipp 11+1reb, S.Erden 11+4reb+1ast, J.Lukas Gordon 10+7reb+8ast
Besiktas: D.Markota 23+9reb+1ast, G.Vidmar 12+3reb, S.Cetin 11+1reb+1ast, C.Nalga 9+3reb+1ast, R.Minard 7+2reb+1ast, D.Ewing 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 240502


Mersin - Anadolu Efes 98-107

There was no surprise in Akdeniz where 12th ranked Mersin (8-22) was defeated by third ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) 107-98 on Wednesday. Mersin trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 98-107 at the end of the game. Anadolu Efes made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) with 28 points and American point guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St., agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. Four Anadolu Efes and five Mersin players scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Loser Mersin keeps the twelfth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: D.Savanovic 21+8reb+1ast, J.Shipp 19+4reb+3ast, K.Gonlum 16+4reb+3ast, S.Erden 15+3reb, B.Batuk 10+2reb+2ast, K.Tunceri 9+4ast
Mersin: A.Karadeniz 28+4reb+2ast, J.Prince 22+2reb+3ast, A.Scales 17+3reb+5ast, D.Holston 15+4reb+10ast, A.Erol 10+2reb+3ast, M.Demir 4+2reb
gschID: 240501


Mersin - Besiktas 84-102

No shocking result in a game in Akdeniz where sixth ranked Besiktas (19-11) won against 12th ranked Mersin (8-22) 102-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Besiktas. Mersin was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Besiktas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Mersin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international center Cemal Nalga (213-87, agency: Beo Basket) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) chipped in 20 points during the contest (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St., agency: Priority Sports) with 27 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and naturalized American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Besiktas have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 19-11 record. Loser Mersin keeps the twelfth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: R.Minard 20+3reb, C.Nalga 13+10reb+1ast, D.Markota 12+1reb+2ast, D.Ewing 10+1reb+1ast, G.Vidmar 10+4reb+3ast, T.Acik 8+5ast
Mersin: D.Holston 27+3reb+7ast, A.Karadeniz 25+7reb+1ast, J.Prince 19+11reb+2ast, A.Erol 9+1reb, T.Ilhan 2+1reb, A.Scales 1+1reb
gschID: 199123


Aliaga - Banvit BK 70-87

Very expected game when 11th ranked Aliaga (9-21) was defeated at home by third ranked Banvit BK (25-5) 87-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Banvit BK. Aliaga was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Erkan Veyseloglu (200-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 17 points during the contest (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was the former international forward Ersin Goerkem (195-77) with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Five Banvit BK and four Aliaga players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Banvit BK have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Aliaga lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: E.Veyseloglu 17+4reb+2ast, C.Davis 14+7reb+6ast, K.Simmons 13+3reb+2ast, V.Stimac 13+8reb+1ast, K.Lucas 11+1reb+2ast, S.Mejia 7+4reb+1ast
Aliaga: T.Francis 14+8reb, E.Goerkem 14+6reb+6ast, L.Chalmers 11+6reb+4ast, M.Arnold 10+10reb+1ast, P.Shumpert 8+1reb+1ast, M.Yildiz 5+2ast
gschID: 199129


Galatasaray - Turk Telekom 89-73

TBL top team - Galatasaray (27-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Turk Telekom (8-22) in Istanbul 89-73. The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Turk Telekom was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Turk Telekom 52-28 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian Milan Macvan (205-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Turk Telekom lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: C.Arroyo 13+2reb+6ast, M.Macvan 13+12reb+2ast, C.Akyol 12+4reb+2ast, C.Korkmaz 11+2reb+4ast, E.Dagli 11+5reb, M.Markoishvili 9+2reb+3ast
Turk Telekom: C.Ugur Ogut 12+5reb+10ast, D.Cevik 12, D.Pasalic 11+7reb+2ast, D.Brown 9+2ast, M.Zupan 8+2reb+1ast, A.Saruhan 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 199126


Anadolu Efes - Gaziantep 95-57

Very predictable result in Istanbul where third ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) smashed 9th ranked Gaziantep (12-18) 95-57 on Saturday. Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Gaziantep's 22. Anadolu Efes forced 24 Gaziantep turnovers. American Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international Kerem Gonlum (208-77) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Anadolu Efes' coach Oktay Mahmudi felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-83, college: Memphis, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 20 points. Anadolu Efes moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Newly promoted Gaziantep dropped to the eighth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: C.Osman 12+1reb, J.Shipp 11+3reb+1ast, J.Lukas Gordon 11+5reb+3ast, S.Erden 11+5reb+1ast, K.Gonlum 10+8reb, B.Batuk 10+3reb
Gaziantep: D.Page 20+3reb+1ast, A.Collins 17+1reb+5ast, J.Dorsey 11+13reb+1ast, M.Goktas 5+5reb, C.Ercan 2+5reb+1ast, H.Demirel 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 199130


Erdemir - Tofas 70-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Tofas and 10th ranked Erdemir had identical 11-18 record. But Erdemir was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Bursa 79-70 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-70. American power forward Joshua Heytvelt (210-86, college: Gonzaga) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Austin Nichols (200-82, college: Humboldt St.) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian center Emre Bayav (212-87) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 19 rebounds and American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Erdemir's coach Ozhan Civgin let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tofas maintains eighth position with 12-18 record, which they share with Gaziantep. Erdemir lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tofas: J.Heytvelt 26+9reb+2ast, A.Nichols 16+2reb, M.Lukauskis 9+3reb+5ast, C.Altintig 8+3reb, K.Sipahi 6+3reb+5ast, C.Elonu 5+4reb
Erdemir: S.Marshall 22+4reb+4ast, E.Bayav 11+19reb+1ast, B.Ozcan 9+2reb+2ast, M.Mahmutoglu 9+3reb, J.Balazic 9+3reb, C.Ozcan 6+3reb
gschID: 199128


Olin Edirne - Fener.Ulker 67-83

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) beat on the road 12th ranked Olin Edirne (8-22) 83-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce Ulker. Olin Edirne was better in third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce Ulker dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Olin Edirne's 34. They outrebounded Olin Edirne 36-23 including 17 on the offensive glass. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian-Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Greek forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82) with 20 points and Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) scored 13 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Fenerbahce Ulker went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Olin Edirne keeps the twelfth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: B.McCalebb 18+3reb+3ast, B.Bogdanovic 12+2reb+4ast, K.Peker 9+7reb, O.Savas 8+6reb, U.Tripkovic 7+3reb+2ast, R.Sato 7+2reb+1ast
Olin Edirne: C.Tapoutos 20+4reb, F.Videnov 13+1reb+2ast, Y.Sonsirma 10+1reb+4ast, B.Yarangume 6+1reb, B.Candan 6+6reb, U.Atin 5+1ast
gschID: 199127


TED Kolejliler - Karsiyaka 81-64

There was a minor upset in Ankara where 5th ranked Karsiyaka (23-7) was defeated by seventh ranked TED Kolejliler (18-13) 81-64 on Saturday. Karsiyaka was trailing by 14 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-12 charge of TED Kolejliler, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 14 points and 10 assists during the contest. Four TED Kolejliler players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) with 18 points and 6 assists and Nigerian center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Karsiyaka's coach Ufuk Sarica let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted TED Kolejliler maintains seventh position with 18-13 record. Loser Karsiyaka keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
TED Kolejliler: N.Yucel 25+16reb, B.Woodside 14+1reb+10ast, K.Penney 12+4reb+2ast, J.Stanojevic 11+7reb+3ast, R.Murat Kaya 7+1reb, V.Plisnic 6+7reb
Karsiyaka: B.Dixon 18+4reb+6ast, A.Aminu 14+6reb, C.Mutaf 8+7reb+1ast, U.Sonkol 8+7reb+1ast, C.Topaloglu 7+1reb, J.Diebler 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 199125


Antalya - Hacettepe 70-88

Bottom-ranked Hacettepe managed to get a sixth victory. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Antalya 88-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference proves that Hacettepe was well-prepared to that game. It looked good early as Antalya took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hacettepe took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 18 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Antalya's 40. It was a good game for American point guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Muhammed Baygul (191-92) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Hacettepe players scored in double figures. Center Eren Beyaz (208-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and the former international Reha Oz (200-78) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Antalya. Antalya's coach Timucin Meric rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hacettepe (6-24) moved-up to fifteenth place. Antalya lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom.
Top scorers:
Hacettepe: A.Grundy 18+12reb+4ast, O.Sevinc 15+5reb+1ast, E.Aydogan 13+1reb, M.Baygul 13+8reb+4ast, A.Isik 12+8reb, C.Eldridge 8+6reb+4ast
Antalya: R.Oz 21+5reb+3ast, E.Beyaz 18+14reb+1ast, J.Theodore 12+2reb+6ast, S.Yildirim 5+5reb+4ast, B.Gulek 5+1reb+1ast, A.Dogan 5+2reb
gschID: 199124



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  UGANDA   


Titans post second straight win as Warriors bounce back - by Eurobasket News

After edging out Charging Rhinos 75-70 ten days back, KIU Titans did not look comfortable against Heaters until late third quarter and the rest of the game. The university side rolled past Heaters 74-56 after pulling away in the twilight of the third quarter and taking the game out of Heaters reach in the final period.

Titans (2-1) edged the opening two quarters 14-12 and 16-15 respectively. Heaters (1-1) rallied back to tie the game at 42 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the third only for a pair of throws from Moses Olobo (196-F) (8 points) and a 3-pointer from Chris Omaye (5 points) to take KIU up 47-42 before closing the quarter on 51-42. KIUs 10-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter permanently curbed any legitimate Heaters momentum.

Donald Habiyambere scored team high 14 points to lead Titans. Centers, Bol Akol and Edwin Katerega added 12 points and 10 points respectively for the victors. Adam Kakurus game high 18 points were in a losing effort and so were Javan Adhiambos 10.

Meanwhile, Kyambogo Warriors bounced back from Fridays loss to UCU with an emphatic 78-40 win over Nkumba Marines. Guard, Ronnie Kasewu nailed game high 21 points to lead Warriors (2-1). Ivan Enabu added 13 points and handed out 5 assists. Centers, Sam Gombya chipped with 10 points and Henry Malinga also contributed 10 points off the bench in his first game of the season.

Marines (1-2) who put up a show against Power before switching off in the fourth quarter struggled offensively against Warriors. The teams best player Brian Sivach was 3-of-9 from the field and 4-of-8 from the line adding up team high 10 points. Emmanuel Nyabuto added 9 points.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Warriors unfazed - by Eurobasket News

Warriors centre Sam Gombya was no threat as UCU Canons Desmond Owili (with ball) flew past him to dunk four times during last Fridays league game.

Warriors centre Sam Gombya was no threat as UCU Canons Desmond Owili (with ball) flew past him to dunk four times during last Fridays league game. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA. There isnt anything fundamentally wrong with champions Warriors and there is no need to press the panic button, at least according to Ivan Enabu.


We are not worried at all, Enabu said after losing 63-58 to UCU Canons at the Lugogo MTN Arena last Friday. Judgement on his assertion can be made today as Warriors face strugglers Nkumba Marines at YMCA Court. Truth be told, we were not ready to play, Enabu lamented. He can answer those questions against a side expected to spend the year fighting relegation.


Nkumba lost their season opener to Power, 79-64, despite putting up a show for three periods.
Brian Sivachi scored 29 points and 15 rebounds but there wasnt much support on the offense for coach Timothy Odeke. John Chipulanghelo, with 11, was the only other in double figures. Odeke is honest about how far they can go. New team

We are building a totally new team, he noted. He has only eight players to rotate and the roster lacks genuine size. Warriors uncharacteristically disorganised start to the season has happened without big men Henry Malinga (injury) and Michael Kariuki (away in Kenya).

Their return is close. Likewise, centre Sam Gombya featured for the first time this season in the defeat after skipping the opening day 94-27 victory over Miracle Eagles.


Skipper Ronnie Kasewu is coming off a 13 points and six-rebound performance, having to play for long periods to cover for the thin team. In the other game, playoff hopefuls KIU Titans are widely expected to win for the first time against Proline.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Culpepper, Fe.21.5 
 2. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 3. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 4. Greer, Azovmash17.1 
 5. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Hal.16.5 
 7. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
 8. Songaila, BC Do.15.9 
 9. Mitchell, Halychyna15.8 
 10. Lyons, Budivelnyk15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.5 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.1 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk6.9 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn GREER
  Azovmash
  (186-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Greer, Azovmash7.1 
 2. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.2 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 3. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 4. Chappell, Fe.1.8 
 5. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.1.8 
 7. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 8. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 9. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 10. Eziukwu, Panele.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 5. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 6. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 7. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 9. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 10. Raduljica, Azovm.1.1 


Volodimir Kholopov takes the reins in Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

Volodimir Kholopov is back on the bridge in Cherkasy Monkeys. The team has agreed on terms of contract with the specialist to return to head coaching position. Volodimir Kholopov worked as head coach of Cherkasy in 2008/2012 seasons. He was replaced at helm of the team by Jovica Arsic before the season start. Kholopov worked as assistant coach during the last season. He will now try to improve Cherkasy position in the next season. The Monkeys finished the last regular season at 21-18 record in the 7th position in the ladder. They however surrendered against Ferro-ZNTU 1-4 in the quarterfinal series.


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  VENEZUELA   

Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Courtney FORTSON
  Trotamun.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Fortson, Trotamun.22.3 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros21.7 
 3. Walker, Gigantes19.5 
 4. Martinez, Guaros19.2 
 5. Hornsby, Bucaneros17.9 
 6. Horton, Panteras16.9 
 7. Silva, Gaiteros15.4 
 8. Bethelmy, Cocodril.15.4 
 9. Sucre, Marinos15.1 
 10. Riley, Bucaneros15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.3 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros11.1 
 3. Colmenares, Cocod.7.9 
 4. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.6 
 5. Feeley, Gigantes7.0 
 6. Sucre, Marinos6.9 
 7. Riley, Bucaneros6.7 
 8. Ofoegbu, Bucaneros6.1 
 9. Lang, Cocodrilos5.8 
 10. Herrera, Panteras5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Vargas, Marinos6.5 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.2 
 3. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.5 
 4. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.5 
 5. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.2 
 6. Fortson, Trotamun.3.9 
 7. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 8. Herrera, Panteras3.3 
 9. Vargas, Marinos3.0 
 10. Martinez, Guaros3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Horton, Panteras2.8 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.4 
 4. Guillent, Guaros2.3 
 5. Vargas, Marinos2.3 
 6. Baez, Gigantes2.0 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos1.9 
 8. Cubillan, Trotamun.1.8 
 9. Hornsby, Bucaneros1.8 
 10. Feeley, Gigantes1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristoffer LANG
  Cocodrilos
  (211-F/C-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lang, Cocodrilos1.9 
 2. Feeley, Gigantes1.2 
 3. Bayona, Bucaneros0.8 
 4. Bethelmy, Cocodril.0.8 
 5. Mason, Guaros0.8 
 6. Santana, Gaiteros0.8 
 7. Martinez, Guaros0.8 
 8. Riley, Bucaneros0.7 
 9. Caraballo, Cocodri.0.6 
 10. Bravo, Gigantes0.5 



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Dmitry Kulagin sidelined for one month - by Eurobasket News

Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) is expected to miss around one month after a knee injury. He suffered it during the first game of VTB quarterfinal series versus CSKA. The forward was diagnosed with the partial cruciate ligament rupture and would miss up to one month of action. Thus Krasnie Krilya would have to deal with CSKA without Dmitry Kulagin. The forward notched 3.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL his stats read 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Kulagin also notched 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds per appearance in VTB League this season.


Day 1 of Quarter-Finals. Khimky, CSKA, Zalgiris and Lokomotiv record wins - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - VEF Riga 103-82

Khimky surged ahead against VEF Riga following a comfortable home win in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga managed to win fourth quarter 29-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 65.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. Sergey Monya (202-83) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (198-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Five Khimky and four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: K.Janicenoks 15+1reb+2ast, W.Daniels 12+8reb+1ast, E.Rowland 10+2reb+3ast, L.Blaus 10+4reb, D.Bertans 10+2reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 9+4reb+1ast
Khimky: S.Monya 16+3reb+4ast, E.Vyaltsev 14+1reb+4ast, Z.Planinic 12+3reb+6ast, A.Zhukanenko 10+5reb, P.Davis 10+7reb+2ast, V.Fridzon 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 240474


CSKA - Krasnie Krilya 77-46

CSKA cruised past Krasnie Krilya for 1-0 lead in the series. CSKA Moscow dominated on the defensive end, holding Krasnie Krilya to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 42-18 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. CSKA Moscow players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Krasnie Krilya's players. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andrey Vorontsevich (207-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Center Sasha Kaun (211-85) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. Center Anton Pushkov (208-88, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 8 points and American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 10 points in the effort for Krasnie Krilya. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: A.Smith 10+1reb, A.Pushkov 8+4reb, O.Thomas 7+1reb, Y.Vasiliev 6+2reb, D.Kulagin 4+1reb, E.Kolesnikov 4
CSKA: S.Kaun 16+7reb+1ast, A.Vorontsevich 15+8reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 11+1reb+3ast, N.Krstic 10+10reb, V.Khryapa 8+4reb+4ast, E.Voronov 7+3reb
gschID: 240475


Zalgiris - N.Novgorod 75-63

Zalgiris knocked down Nizhny Novgorod in Kaunas for the opening victory. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris forced 19 BC Nizhny Novgorod turnovers. Center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Dmitry Golovin (192-88) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: D.Thompson 15+7reb+2ast, D.Golovin 11+3reb+2ast, A.Yakovenko 10+4reb, P.Korobkov 9+2reb, E.Baburin 8, I.Savelyev 5+4reb+3ast
Zalgiris: D.Lavrinovic 20+4reb, R.Kaukenas 12+2reb+7ast, A.Juskevicius 9, K.Lavrinovic 9+3reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 7+1reb+6ast, R.Javtokas 6+3reb
gschID: 240473


Unics - Lokomotiv 72-80

Lokomotiv snatched a road win in Kazan to pull in front in the quarterfinal series. Unics Kazan trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 22-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Valery Likhodey (205-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Chuck Eidson (203-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and Greek power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Unics Kazan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Unics: C.Eidson 19+6reb+4ast, K.Kaimakoglou 12+6reb+1ast, N.Shabalkin 12+2reb, M.Chatman 11+3reb+2ast, V.Veremeenko 8+7reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 4+3reb+3ast
Lokomotiv: N.Calathes 20+4reb+4ast, V.Likhodey 19+5reb+1ast, M.Grigoryev 10+2ast, M.Kalnietis 8+2reb+4ast, M.Sheleketo 6+3reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 240472



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  WABA LEAGUE   

WABA Final Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 16: ASU - Petrochimi 78-110
May. 16: Al Karkh - Champville 76-102
May. 16: Al Jaish - Foolad Mahan


Three teams share the top - by Eurobasket News

Three teams share the top with 1 loss at the West Asia Basketball League 2013 league.
Champville is on top with 5-1 record. Petrochimi has 4-1 record, while Foolad Mahad is with 3-1 record.
In Day 1 Foolad Mahad overcame Champville 84:83. Both teams scored 12 points each in the first period, while Foolad Mahad took 1-point advantage at the halftime due to 24-23 rally in the second frame. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 18 points in the losing effort. Petrochimi meanwhile overcame Al Karkh from Iraq 77:70.
In Day 2 Champville outscored Petrochimi 84:78. Jeremiah Massey scored 29 points to lead all the winners. Khatib posted 16, while Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) netted 13.
In Day 3 Petrochimi beat their rivals Foolad Mahad 87:86. On May 14th Foolad Mahan outscorted Duhok 95:89 and today Petroshemi won over Duhok 89:80.
Today Petroshemi overcame Applied Science from Jordan 110:78. Champville rolled over Al Karkh from Iraq 102:76.




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Women News


Maja Vucurovic stays with Waregem - by Eurobasket News

Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) stays with Waregem for another season. The Serbian player will continue in Belgium in 2013/2014 season.
Last year Declercq Stortbeton Waregem announced signing of Maja Vucurovic ,The Belgian team inked a deal with young Serbian forward Maja Vucurovic .The 22-year-old player finished 2011 season with Romanian BCT Alexandria. She joined them in January registering 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.3 spg for 17 games. Vucurovic started the season with Spanish Celta Vigo, but did not appear in any official game with them.
Maja Vucurovic won the Polish league title a year ago with TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. She had limited playing time, but did a good job for the minutes she was getting. Vucurovic played for Wisla also in 2009/10 and they reached Euroleague Semifinals. In the past, Vucurovic successfully played for Serbian youth National Teams.
In 2012-2013 for Declercq Stortbeton Waregem she averaged 10.9 points per game.



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

Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team 2013
Hind Ben Abdelkader
Ben Abdelkader
Sara Leemans
Leemans
Julie Wojta
Wojta
Janelle Bekkering
Bekkering
Djenebou Sissoko
Sissoko


Player of the Year: Djenebou Sissoko (185-F/C-82) of Belfius Namur
Guard of the Year: Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95) of Sint Katelijne
Forward of the Year: Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89) of S.Antonio SS
Center of the Year: Djenebou Sissoko (185-F/C-82) of Belfius Namur
Rookie of the Year: Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) of Sint Katelijne
Import Player of the Year: Djenebou Sissoko (185-F/C-82) of Belfius Namur
Domestic Player of the Year: Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95) of Sint Katelijne
Bosman Player of the Year: Janelle Bekkering (181-SF-88) of Kangoeroes-B.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marjorie Carpreaux (165-PG-87) of Castors Braine
Coach of the Year: Julian Alman Martinez of Belfius Namur

1st Team
PG: Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95) of Sint Katelijne
G/F: Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) of Sint Katelijne
G/F: Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89) of S.Antonio SS
SF: Janelle Bekkering (181-SF-88) of Kangoeroes-B.
F/C: Djenebou Sissoko (185-F/C-82) of Belfius Namur

2nd Team
PG: Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91) of Point Chaud
PG: Marjorie Carpreaux (165-PG-87) of Castors Braine
F: Melissa Dennett (188-F-83) of Waregem
PF: Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) of Kangoeroes-B.
C: Erica Davis (191-C-85) of Point Chaud

Honorable Mention
Dana Boonen (195-C-79) of Kangoeroes-B.
Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) of Mondeville
Soana Lucet (186-F-87) of Castors Braine
Lycka Sy (185-F-88) of Spirou Monceau
Tamara Van Respaille (186-C-77) of Tulikivi Deerlijk
Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) of Houthalen
Mia Fisher (175-G-82) of Castors Braine
Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) of Waregem
Laurence Van Malderen (192-C-81) of Belfius Namur

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95) of Sint Katelijne
PG: Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91) of Point Chaud
G/F: Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) of Sint Katelijne
PF: Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) of Kangoeroes-B.
C: Laurence Van Malderen (192-C-81) of Belfius Namur

All-Imports Team
G: Mia Fisher (175-G-82) of Castors Braine
G/F: Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89) of S.Antonio SS
F: Melissa Dennett (188-F-83) of Waregem
F/C: Djenebou Sissoko (185-F/C-82) of Belfius Namur
C: Erica Davis (191-C-85) of Point Chaud



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Stats Leaders - Women

D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Stankovic, Sloboda 20.8
2 Vujovic, Celik 18.4
3 Mikic, Celik 17.5
4 Gagic, Sloboda 16.3
5 Velinovic, Mladi 16.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Velinovic, Mladi 12.1
2 Stankovic, Sloboda 11.7
3 Jankovic, Celik 6.5
4 Mikic, Celik 5.6
5 Jerkovic, Celik 5.6
Assists Per Game
1 Vrancic, Mladi 4.7
2 Jerkovic, Celik 4.2
2 Jankovic, Celik 4.2
4 Latinovic, Sloboda 3.8
5 Vujovic, Celik 3.5


Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team 2013
Irena Vrancic
Vrancic
Zvjezdana Gagic
Gagic
Aleksandra Vujovic
Vujovic
Dragana Stankovic
Stankovic
Jelena Velinovic
Velinovic

Player of the Year: Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Mladi Krajisnik
Guard of the Year: Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) of Mladi Krajisnik
Forward of the Year: Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95) of UNIQA Eurol.
Center of the Year: Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Mladi Krajisnik
Domestic Player of the Year: Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95) of UNIQA Eurol.
Bosman Player of the Year: Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Mladi Krajisnik
Defensive Player of the Year: Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95) of UNIQA Eurol.
Coach of the Year: Zoran Mikes of Mladi Krajisnik

1st Team
G: Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) of Mladi Krajisnik
PG: Zvjezdana Gagic (165-PG-81) of Sloboda
G: Aleksandra Vujovic (184-G-80) of Celik
PF: Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95) of UNIQA Eurol.
C: Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Mladi Krajisnik

2nd Team
G: Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) of Celik
G: Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) of Zeljeznicar
PG: Natasa Kajtaz (169-PG-92) of Sloboda
F/G: Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of Mladi Krajisnik
C: Ivona Jerkovic (200-C-84) of Celik



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U22 League stats - by Greg

U22 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Radostina Dimitrova 18.1
2 Veronika Petkova 16.9
3 Kalina Marinova 16.8
4 Viktoria Stoycheva 16.4
5 Kristina Peychinova 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Tanya Eneva 11.0
2 Gabriela Kostova 10.6
3 Radostina Dimitrova 10.0
4 Yana Kozhuharova 9.6
5 Radina Kordova 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Lilia Georgieva 5.4
2 Viktoria Stoycheva 3.9
3 Kalina Marinova 3.4
4 Radostina Dimitrova 3.1
5 Martina Nikolova 3.1



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  CROATIA   


Novi Zagreb adds Karcic - by Zeljko Zule

Novi Zagreb are continuing to build the team's roster for the upcoming season with the signing of five players in the past few days, including former national team member Lisa Karcic (185-PF-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova) today. American born Karcic arrives from Hondarribia Irun, for whom she averaged 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.0 block in 20 Spanish League games this season. Karcic was league leader in steals. She was a member of Croatian Olympic team in London 2012.


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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Evanthia MALTSI
  Antakya
  (180-F-78)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Maltsi, Antakya18.8 
 2. Johnson, Tulsa S.18.5 
 3. Dotson, VS Praha16.5 
 4. Toliver, L.Angele.16.1 
 5. Papova, Olimpia15.9 
 6. Langhorne, Washin.15.7 
 7. Salagnac, Bourges15.0 
 8. Sanders, Kayseri14.6 
 9. Snytsina, Chevaka.14.6 
 10. Drozd, Olimpia13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Glory JOHNSON
  Tulsa S.
  (191-F-90)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Johnson, Tulsa S.13.2 
 2. Alyoshkina, Olimpia11.5 
 3. Robinson, Perfumer.9.9 
 4. Langhorne, Washin.9.2 
 5. Reisingerova, VS P.8.3 
 6. Kiseleva, Chevaka.8.3 
 7. Sanders, Kayseri8.1 
 8. Dotson, VS Praha8.1 
 9. Perostiyska, Valos.7.8 
 10. Lisina, Dynamo K.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Aubert, Nantes4.7 
 2. Bartakova, VS Pra.4.4 
 3. Toliver, L.Angele.4.3 
 4. Tarasava, VS Praha4.0 
 5. Turner, S.Antoni.4.0 
 6. Mincikova, MBK R.3.8 
 7. Michel, Nantes3.6 
 8. Drozd, Olimpia3.5 
 9. Martinez, Kayseri3.5 
 10. Bremont, Lattes3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Drozd, Olimpia2.9 
 2. Robert, Lattes M.2.5 
 3. Michel, Nantes2.5 
 4. Maltsi, Antakya2.3 
 5. Turner, S.Antoni.2.3 
 6. Aubert, Nantes2.1 
 7. Johnson, Tulsa S.2.1 
 8. Cernakova, MBK R.2.1 
 9. Arrondo, Nantes2.1 
 10. Garcia, Union Hai.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Olimpia
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Alyoshkina, Olimpia2.6 
 2. Lisina, Dynamo K.2.5 
 3. Myasoedova, Dynam.1.6 
 4. Reisingerova, VS P.1.3 
 5. Sanders, Kayseri1.2 
 6. Vidmer, Dynamo M.1.2 
 7. Dotson, VS Praha1.0 
 8. Loginova, Dy.0.9 
 9. Robinson, Perfumer.0.8 
 10. Kiseleva, Chevak.0.8 



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Alexandr Vasin takes over Spartak Vidnoe MR - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Vidnoe MR have quickly found the new head coach for the team. Alexandr Vasin will take over the Russian powerhouse after Pokey Chatman had decided to step down from the bridge. Alexandr Vasin worked as assistant coach with Nadezhda Orenburg during the last two seasons. Previously he also worked as assistant coach with Dynamo Moscow and St. Poelten in Austria. Alexandr Vasin also guided Dynamo Moscow Region, BC Moscow and Dynamo Moscow U23 teams. He was the head coach of U20 Russian National Team back in 2009.


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  FIBA AMERICAS U16   


The Draw held in San Juan - by Eurobasket News

The draw for the Fiba Americas U16 Championship was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tournament is scheduled to take place from June 19th to 23rd in Cancun, Mexico. Eight teams were drawn into two preliminary round groups. The tournament will serve as the qualifying round for U17 World Championship.

Group A: USA, Brazil, Costa Rica, Argentina
Group B: Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico.



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  FRANCE   


Charleville ink Giedre Paugaite - by Eurobasket News

Charleville bolstered their frontcourt. They added Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) to the roster for the next season. The Lithuanian centre is not new to France. She played for USO Mondeville for the last two seasons. Last season Giedre Paugaite notched 8.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LFB. She also posted 5.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per EuroLeague appearance. Previously Giedra Paugaite played in Lithuania. She was named All-LMKL Centre of the Year in 2011. She also earned All-BWBL Centre of the Year award in the same season. The centre has been the member of the Lithuanian National Team since 2008.


Toulouse inks Marie Mane - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB) signed 18-year old domestic forward Marie Mane (183-95). She played last season at the junior team of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB). But in only one game she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist.  She represented France at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) last year. Mane's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   


Heli Girls add American guard Vanessa House - by Eurobasket News

Heli Girls Noerdlingen Donau-Ries signed 25-year old American guard Vanessa House (170-G-88, college: W.Virginia). Last season she played for BG 89 Avides in DBBL. House helped her team get promotion to DBBL. In 20 Bundesliga games she had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.4apg (top 5) and 1.9spg this season. Great year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Honorable Mention. The 2011 season she played at Forssan Alku (SM-sarja) in Finnish league. In 35 games she was second best scorer with remarkable 17.5ppg and averaged 6.0rpg, 4.3apg (leader !!!) and 2.5spg (in top 2). She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Guard of the Year, Import of the Year and named to 1st Team. House played in the final of Big East Conference Tournament in 2010.
She graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 and it is her second season as a professional player.



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  HUNGARY   


DKSK Miskolc announced Reka Balint for 2013/2014 season - by Eurobasket News

DKSK Miskolc tabbed 22-year old former international small forward Reka Balint (182-SF-91). She played almost the whole career for Atomeromu. Last season in 28 games she was fourth best scorer with 14.4ppg and recorded 3.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The 2011/2012 season Balint played also at Atomeromu. In 24 A Division games she averaged 9.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team award back in 2009.
Balint was also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She played for Hungarian Senior National Team last year and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Balint represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.6ppg), 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP-3 (54.9%), 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 91.7%.
Balint has played previously for another Hungarian team Bacsbasket.



Hungary Women's National Team 2013 - by Adam Patonay

The head coach of National Team of Hungary, Sandor Farkas announced the 15 players who will start the training camp. The coach will travel with 12 players to their tour in China on the second part of June. Hungary couldn't qualify for Eurobasket 2013 and because the Eurobasket 2015 will be in Hungary the team don't need to play qualification in 2014, that's why some big name will missing from the list like Dora Horti, Anna Vajda or Allie Quigley who is in the WNBA with Chicago Sky.



The roster of Hungary National Team in 2013:

Reka Balint (182-SF-91)
Bettina Bozoki (191-F/C-89)
Timea Czank (176-G-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group)
Katalin Honti (177-G-87)
Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90)
Anna Lakloth (181-G-88, agency: Interperformances)
Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92)
Gyorgyi Ori (184-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group)
Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91)
Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Interperformances)
Nora Rujak (174-G-90, agency: TSS Management)
Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90)
Zsofia Simon (180-G-89, agency: Interperformances)
Virag Szalay (172-PG-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group)
Orsolya Zsovar (180-G/F-84)



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  KENYA   


USIU Flames lucky against Strathmore - by Eurobasket News

Runners up of the 2012 Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League womens category USIU Flames survived a scare when they narrowly beat fellow students Strathmore Swords 60-59 on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo gymnasium.
The Madaraka based students entered with guns blazing in the 1st quarter and they overwhelmed USIU with 17 points against their opponents 10 points. In the 2nd quarter the two teams went neck to neck but it was Sylvia Kamuas side that was on top once more with a slight 13-12 win over Flames to put the half time scores 30-22 in favor of Strathmore.
The 3rd quarter of the match saw another tough contest from the two side and they drew with 19 points each to see Strathmore still in the lead with the score being 49-41. In the last quarter Swords could not keep up with Flames onslaught and they slumped getting 10 points against USIU who sunk in 19 points to see Strathmore lose their third straight match in the league.
Grace Wanjiku had 15 points followed by Tanya Ogwel with 12 points for Strathmore who have failed to register a win so far in the 2013 season while Sarah Chan and Hilda Indasi had 17 and 13 points respectively for USIU.
In another match played earlier at the same venue Storms managed to beat Safe Spaces 56-36 while in the mens category Nakuru Club who were playing host to KPA in Nakuru were beaten 63-61 by the visitors.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



KPA registers double win in KBF Premier League - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Ports Authority ladies team won their two league matches over the weekend as the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League resumed at the Nyayo gymnasium. on Saturday KPA managed to beat Co-op Bank 43-33 winning all the quarters apart from the 3rd which they lost by a single point (1st quarter 13-7, 2nd quarter 8-6, 3rd quarter 10-11 and 4th quarter 12-9). Brenda Angeshi gave the Porters 9 points the same number of points Caro Ouma gave the Bankers.
On Sunday KPA had an easy time with KU Oryx whom they thrashed 42-12 with the 1st half of the match ending 24-7 in favor of the Mombasa based side. KU could only manage 7 points in the 1st quarter after which they failed to score a single point in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. On the other end KPA had 18 points in the 1st quarter, 6 points in the 2nd quarter and 13 points in the 3rd quarter. The two teams drew with 5 points each in the last quarter.
The weekend matches saw KU Oryx go home with 3 league points after they had beaten Mennonites 50-27 on Saturday to get 2 points plus 1 point from the loss to KPA. In the other matches played on Saturday Strathmore beat Safe Spaces 51-43 in the ladies category, while Defending Champions Co-op Bank beat KPA mens team 59-54 in the mens category. Nairobi Aviation also defeated UoN Terrorists 64-56 on the same day.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  PARAGUAY   


Los Angeles Sparks released Ferrari - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Sparks released 28-year old Paraguayan ex-international swingman Paola Ferrari (178-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. She won Spanish LFB championship title and made it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ferrari was voted Latinbasket.com All-South American Cup 1st Team in 2012. She also represented Paraguay at the South American Championships in Santiago (Chile) three years ago.
Ferrari is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Spain (Perfumerias Avenida, Jopisa Burgos, Rivas Ecopolis and Joventud Mariana), Paraguay (Sol de America Asuncion and Felix Perez), Brazil (Americana), Ecuador (UTE) and Argentina (Racing-Guarani).
Ferrari could be described: A very promising player, who can score a lot. She's further improved hers skils in last experiences abroad.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   


Alexandr Vasin takes over Spartak Vidnoe MR - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Vidnoe MR have quickly found the new head coach for the team. Alexandr Vasin will take over the Russian powerhouse after Pokey Chatman had decided to step down from the bridge. Alexandr Vasin worked as assistant coach with Nadezhda Orenburg during the last two seasons. Previously he also worked as assistant coach with Dynamo Moscow and St. Poelten in Austria. Alexandr Vasin also guided Dynamo Moscow Region, BC Moscow and Dynamo Moscow U23 teams. He was the head coach of U20 Russian National Team back in 2009.


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  SERBIA   


Maja Vucurovic stays with Waregem - by Eurobasket News

Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) stays with Waregem for another season. The Serbian player will continue in Belgium in 2013/2014 season.
Last year Declercq Stortbeton Waregem announced signing of Maja Vucurovic ,The Belgian team inked a deal with young Serbian forward Maja Vucurovic .The 22-year-old player finished 2011 season with Romanian BCT Alexandria. She joined them in January registering 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.3 spg for 17 games. Vucurovic started the season with Spanish Celta Vigo, but did not appear in any official game with them.
Maja Vucurovic won the Polish league title a year ago with TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. She had limited playing time, but did a good job for the minutes she was getting. Vucurovic played for Wisla also in 2009/10 and they reached Euroleague Semifinals. In the past, Vucurovic successfully played for Serbian youth National Teams.
In 2012-2013 for Declercq Stortbeton Waregem she averaged 10.9 points per game.



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  TURKEY   

TBB2L Standings - by Greg

TKB2L Final 6 Standings
 1. Altay Konak 0-0 
 2. Botas 0-0 
 3. Cankaya 0-0 
 4. Edirne 0-0 
 5. Orduspor 0-0 
 6. Orman 0-0 
Stage Two Standings

Finals: Round 1

May. 22: Orduspor - Orman
May. 22: Botas - Altay Konak
May. 22: Edirne - Cankaya


Ceyhan Belediyespor keep Carolyn Swords - by Eurobasket News

Ceyhan Belediyespor keep Carolyn Swords (198-C-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) for the next season. The American player will come back to Turkey after a WNBA season.
Carolyn Swords signed a deal with Ceyhan Belediyesi last year. She currently plays in the WNBA with the Chicago Sky. Swords split 2011 season between Spain and Turkey. She started it with Soller Joventud Mariana averaging 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds for 11 games in LFB. In January, the player moved to Istanbul Universitesi SK. With them she had 11.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg and 1 bpg for 12 games. It was the first season in Europe for Carolyn Swords, who graduated at the Boston College something more than a year ago. She had 17.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 1.5 rpg for her school in 2010/11. After that, Swords got a deal with Chicago Sky averaging 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds for 28 WNBA games.
In 2012-2013 for Ceyhan Belediyespor (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) she became the 5th top-scorer in the League with 16.3ppg, 8.1rpg, FGP-1 (67.8%), FT: 71.4%.



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  WNBA   


Los Angeles Sparks waived Clarke - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Sparks waived 22-year old forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt).
This season Clarke played at Vanderbilt University. A very good season in her career as she was voted to All-SEC 1st Team and WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention.
She just graduated from Vanderbilt University and it is her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Clarke's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sparks waive Nicky Anosike - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Sparks also waived Nicky Anosike (6'3''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee). The centre joined the Sparks after the season in Turkey. Nicky Anosike played for TED Kayseri. She tallied 6.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in TKBL. She also notched 7.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in EuroCup. Previously Nicky Anosike had stints in China, Spain, Romania, Poland, Israel and WNBA. The centre was trumped All-Chinese WCBA Player of the Year in 2012. She also made it into All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team in 2011. Nicky Anosike was the member of the USA U19 National Team back in 2005. Two years later she joined the USA National Team.


Elizabeth Cambage will play for Tulsa Shock this season - by Eurobasket News

The Tulsa Shock announced that Cambage Elizabeth (6'8''-C-91) would be returning to the team to play this season. Earlier the Australian star decided not to participate in the WNBA season but obviously changed her mind. Cambage Elizabeth just finished the season in China. She played for Zhejiang Far East. She averaged impressive 36.2 points, 11.1 boards, 2.5 blocks per game in WCBA. The Aussie was trumped All-Chinese WCBA Centre of the Year and made it into the 1st Team. She has been the member of the Tulsa Shock since 2011. Previously Cambage Elizabeth played in Australia. She was named All-Australian WNBL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. She has been playing for the Opals since 2009.


Los Angeles Sparks released Ferrari - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Sparks released 28-year old Paraguayan ex-international swingman Paola Ferrari (178-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. She won Spanish LFB championship title and made it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ferrari was voted Latinbasket.com All-South American Cup 1st Team in 2012. She also represented Paraguay at the South American Championships in Santiago (Chile) three years ago.
Ferrari is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Spain (Perfumerias Avenida, Jopisa Burgos, Rivas Ecopolis and Joventud Mariana), Paraguay (Sol de America Asuncion and Felix Perez), Brazil (Americana), Ecuador (UTE) and Argentina (Racing-Guarani).
Ferrari could be described: A very promising player, who can score a lot. She's further improved hers skils in last experiences abroad.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Washington Mystics let Novosel go - by Eurobasket News

Washington Mystics cut 24-year old guard Natalie Novosel (180-75kg-89, college: Notre Dame, agency: LBM Management).
This season Novosel was tested by CSM Targoviste (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 10 games she averaged 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg this season. She also played 2 games in Euroleague where she had 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Last year Novosel was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in first round (8th overall).
The former University of Notre Dame staris entering her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Novosel's team won Big East Conference Regular Season in 2012. She received also All-Big East 1st Team award in 2011 and 2012 at her college time.
Novosel was a member of USA University National Team two years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Minnesota Lynx released Adair - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Lynx released 27-year old center Jessica Adair (193-93kg-86, college: G.Washington, agency: LBM Management).
The most of this season Adair spent at Townsville Fire (WNBL) in Australian league. In 19 games she had 10.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2spg and 1.1bpg. She helped them to make it to the final. Adair also spent pre-season at Perfumerias Avenida (LFB) in Spanish league that year.
This summer she played at Minnesota.
In 2009 Adair was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (34th overall).
The former George Washington University staris in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention in 2011.
Adair has played also professionally for other Turkish teams like Tarsus Bld and Samsun.

By Eurobasket Data Center