EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/18/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 19-3 
 2 Satria Muda 16-6 
 3 KL Dragons 11-9 
 4 Thailand S. 8-14 
 5 Singapore S. 7-15 
 6 Saigon H. 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 15: Thailand S. - Saigon H. 71-63
May. 14: Singapore S. - Satria Muda 53-63
May. 17: KL Dragons - Petron Blaze 104-107
May. 19: Saigon H. - KL Dragons



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  AUSTRALIA   


Ater Majok wins the title in Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) wins the title in Belarus as his Tsmoki-Minsk became the Champions of the country! The defending champions swept the Finals series against Grodno-93 3-0 adding 74:66 road win.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grodno-93 won third quarter 24-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tsmoki-Minsk dominated on the defensive end, holding Grodno-93 to just 5 points in second quarter.
Lashkevich top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Aliaksei Trastsinetski added 14. Pavel Ulyanko netted 11, while Ater Majok and Korshuk added 7 apiece. Vidas Ginevicius followed them with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Kuzmin replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Mastou scored 12. Igor Konuyshenko produced 10 and Korzh had 9.



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  BAHRAIN   

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. Issa Town 12-10 
 7. Nuwaidrat 12-10 
 8. Hidd 9-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 7-15 
 10. Al Najma 4-17 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-17 
 12. Samaheej 0-21 

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 17: Bahrain Club - Issa Town 59-71
May. 17: Nuwaidrat - Hidd 51-54
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



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  BARBADOS   


Shot clock protest in key game - by Eurobasket News

The shot clock proved to be the biggest factor in one of the biggest basketball matches of the season. The outcome of Tuesday nights crucial clash between Pinelands and Warrens Sports Club at the YMCA is now in the hands of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Associations (BABA) technical committee after Pinelands lodged a protest following their 93-92 defeat. In a wild sequence of events in the games dying seconds, Pinelands Corey McDonalds potential game-winning layup in overtime was disallowed after the shot clock failed to restart with two seconds remaining. Referees ruled that despite the fact that the shot clock had not moved, the time it took for McDonald to get off his shot was more than the two seconds required to do so. The controversy had started moments earlier with Warrens in possession of the ball and 29 seconds left in the game. Their eventual shot, although not touching the ring, ended in Pinelands possession, but instead of allowing the game to play, the referees blew their whistle after the shot clock inadvertently went off. It resulted in a heated debate, with Pinelands arguing that the referees had stopped play, while Warrens insisted that time had expired. Two seconds were eventually added to the clock, and in Pinelands ensuing inbounds pass, Jeremy Gills shot was initially blocked, but he managed to tip the ball to McDonald who thought he had won it all with his layup. Despite the clock not moving, referees awarded the game to Warrens. Warrens knew the importance of this game, with Pearson Griffith (208-C-81, college: Murray St.), Kevin Austin (77) and Zahir Motara (180-G-81), all members of last years championship side, returning for the first time this season. A loss would put Warrens on the brink of demotion, while a victory would virtually relegate Clapham Bulls to the Intermediate division next season. In the nights second game, Lumber Company Lakers avenged their first round loss to Warriors with a 67-59 victory.
Courtesy of: nationnews.com



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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Eagles
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Eagles21.5 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel20.3 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.1 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch15.8 
 5. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.15.0 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.14.6 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.3 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Ignatiev, Impuls B.12.1 
 10. Khodov, Sozh Gom.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Konate, Svisloch12.0 
 2. Rutkauskas, Eagles10.2 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.0 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.1 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.9.0 
 6. Plivda, Rubon8.8 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.8.3 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.6 
 9. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.6 
 2. Polyulyak, Svisloch5.4 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch4.6 
 6. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.4 
 7. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.3.8 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.2 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.8 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.5 
 3. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.3 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.3 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 6. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.1 
 7. Konate, Svisloch2.1 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon2.0 
 9. Malkov, Grodno-932.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Tsmoki.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 4. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 5. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Syrovatko, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 
 10. Stsiapanau, Impul.0.0 


Tsmoki-Minsk became the Champions of Belarus! - by Eurobasket News

Grodno-93 - Tsmoki-Minsk 66:74

Tsmoki-Minsk became the Champions of Belarus! The defending champions swept the Finals series against Grodno-93 3-0 adding 74:66 road win.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grodno-93 won third quarter 24-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tsmoki-Minsk dominated on the defensive end, holding Grodno-93 to just 5 points in second quarter.
Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) added 14. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) netted 11, while Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) and Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) added 7 apiece. Yuri Kuzminets (204-F-84) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Mastou scored 12. Igor Konuyshenko (196-G/F-86) produced 10 and Korzh had 9.



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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.Hainaut15.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Green, Spirou7.1 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.5 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende6.3 
 5. Cummard, Aalstar6.1 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.1 
 7. Aska, Leuven6.0 
 8. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 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: 2.4
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.4 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 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: 1.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 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. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 9. Williamson, Liege0.6 
 10. Thondique, Antwe.0.5 


Ethias League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Aalstar and M.Hainaut sweep respective series - by Eurobasket News

Leuven - M.Hainaut 69-92

M.Hainaut toppled Leuven on the road and advanced into the Ehtias League semifials. The game without a history. Belfius Mons-Hainaut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 24. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Belfius Mons-Hainaut especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points and American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who 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:
Leuven: I.Hanavan 15+4reb, B.Burgess 14+3reb, E.Lasisi 13+2reb+2ast, G.Robinson 10+2reb+2ast, I.Aska 6+5reb, T.Deroover 6+1reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: J.Bostic 18+3reb+4ast, Q.Taylor 13+5reb+4ast, J.Cage 12+1reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+3reb+2ast, J.Wallace 9+3reb+3ast, L.Giancaterino 8+1ast
gschID: 241096


Antwerp - Aalstar 88-100

Aalstar had little problems against Antwerp to sweet the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 34-of-38 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game, while Antwerp Giants only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) contributed with 26 points for the winners. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) replied with 25 points and American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC) added 20 points in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Four Okapi Aalstar and five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Moors 25+4reb+2ast, T.Black 20+3reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 13+4reb+2ast, J.Love 12+8reb, J.Mwema 11+6reb, R.Biggs 3+2reb
Aalstar: D.Raivio 28+5reb+3ast, R.Thompson 26+3reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 14+4reb, L.Cummard 13+10reb+1ast, C.Young 9+6reb+2ast, J.Tofi 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241095



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  BERMUDAS   


National Team Announced for Buffalo Tour - by Eurobasket News

the Bermuda National Mens Basketball Team will be playing two games against the Pro team Buffalo Warriors May 17th and 22nd in Buffalo. National coach Roderick Spencer said, We are taking about 14 or 15 guys. All but 3 are players that have been part of our last Island Games and or Caribbean Basketball Conference teams with a few new faces that we are looking at. www.islandstats.com can report there will not be a Basketball Tournament for Island Games and we can also report that the Caribbean Basketball Championships this year has been cancelled/postponed. We can now bring you the list of players heading to Buffalo for the tour with Head Coach Spencer and Gavin Mackenzie the Assistant Coach.

Bermuda National Mens Basketball Team
Aaron Jackson (85)
Chris Crumpler (83)
Jahvon Dean Jones (198-F-83)
Jaren Haley (185-G)
Jason Lowe (85)
Jason Simons (86)
John Lee (82)
Shannon Thompson
Steven Simons (82)
Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist)
Tejour Riley (193-G-94) - Tentative
Vernon Lambe (86) III
William Trott II.

Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.8 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.1 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.3 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.16.9 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 10. Beal, Minas16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.8 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.3 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 9. Agba, Bauru7.0 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.7 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.7 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.0 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 9. Taylor, Bauru4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 2. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 3. Pinheiro, Limeira0.1 
 4. Nunes, Minas0.1 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Ramon, Limeira0.1 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 8. Rossetto, Basque.0.1 
 9. Benite, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 8. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 



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  CHINA   


Dragan Raca in Dallas Maverics Camp - by Chris Mammides

The Serbian/Cypriot Head coach Raca Dragan got an invitation for Dallas Maverics veteran camp and he will participate, in October 2013. Dallas Maverics is known for having international ties with international coaches and players . Raca Dragan is a recognised head coach not only in Europe but also in China where he is contining his career the last four years, currently being in Chongqing Fly Dragon and was a National team coach for Cyprus and Lebanon.

Raca is the only Serbian/Cypriot Head Coach next season to coach in CBA (Chinese Basketball Association). During successful career Raca Dragan wan on the bench of Cypriot and Greek teams like AEL Limassol, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia, AEP Olimpias Patron, in Beirut Al Hekmeh and now in China.



SHAANXI NBL TEAM signs Craig Smith - by Alex Yam

One of the new teams in the Chinese summer league known as the NBL has signed long time NBA veteran Craig Smith, the skilled power forward who played with the Clippers, Minnesota, and most Portland.

This brings immediate credibility to a team that is participating in its 1st year, in hopes of moving up to the CBA sometime in the near future. Smith brings a tough nosed style of play coupled with an NBA level skill set. Media reports are citing Smith is blending well with his new team, and has looked extremely sharp in the few practices they have had. The NBL season begins in less then 2 weeks, with high profile names such as Hilton Armstrong joining the league, this should be an interesting NBL season.




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  CYPRUS   


Dragan Raca in Dallas Maverics Camp - by Chris Mammides

The Serbian/Cypriot Head coach Raca Dragan got an invitation for Dallas Maverics veteran camp and he will participate, in October 2013. Dallas Maverics is known for having international ties with international coaches and players . Raca Dragan is a recognised head coach not only in Europe but also in China where he is contining his career the last four years, currently being in Chongqing Fly Dragon and was a National team coach for Cyprus and Lebanon.

Raca is the only Serbian/Cypriot Head Coach next season to coach in CBA (Chinese Basketball Association). During successful career Raca Dragan wan on the bench of Cypriot and Greek teams like AEL Limassol, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia, AEP Olimpias Patron, in Beirut Al Hekmeh and now in China.



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  EABC   

Standing

Standings
Group A
1. S.Korea2-0
2. Japan1-1
3. Taiwan1-1
4. Macau0-2
Group B
1. China1-0
2. Hong Kong1-1
3. Mongolia0-1

Regular Season: Round 2

A

May. 17: KOR - TAI 78-56
May. 17: MAC - JPN 53-101

B

May. 17: HKG - MGL 76-73

Regular Season: Round 3

A

May. 18: JPN - TAI
May. 18: KOR - MAC

B

May. 18: MGL - CHN


Day 2 in Incheon - by Eurobasket News

Group A
South Korea - Taiwan 78:56
South Korea claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the East Asian Championship in Incheon. The hosts held off Taiwan for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Taiwan fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) delivered 13 points to pace the winning team.
Taiwan surprised the home team in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 21:15 rally in the first term. But the Korean side quickly bounced back. They adjusted defensively and held Taiwan to 10 points in the second period. South Korea accumulated a 37:31 halftime lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 11 points 56:45. South Korea unloaded 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Doo Kung-Min netted 12 points, while Lee Seoung-Hyun added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) responded with 13 points for Taiwan. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) and Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) chipped in 9 points apiece in the defeat.

South Korea: Heo Il-Young 13, Doo Kung-Min 12, Lee Seoung-Hyun 11+10 boards
Taiwan: Tsai Wen-Cheng 13, Creighton Douglas 9, Tseng Wen-Ting 9

Japan - Macau 101:53
Japan claimed the first win at the East Asian Championship in South Korea. They fired past Macau for 1-1 record in Group A. Yuta Watanabe (200-SF-94) delivered 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Japan led from start to finish in this one. They dominated every facet of the game. Japan built a 25:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They exploded with 28 points in the second period to gain a 53:27 halftime advantage. Japan did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They dropped 23 points to secure a 35-point buffer before the final stanza. Taiwan managed just 12 points in the fourth quarter as Japan cruised to the victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) netted 15 points, while Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) added 14 points in the victory. Ka Tong Lai (191-C-95) responded with 15 points for Macau. Tong Fai Cheong (190-PG-93) had 14 points in the losing case.

Japan: Yuta Watanabe 22+14 boards, Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Makoto Hiejima 14
Macau: Ka Tong Lai 15, Tong Fai Cheong 14

Group B
Hong Kong - Mongolia 76:73
Hong Kong managed to open win count at the East Asia Championship in Incheon tonight. They narrowly defeated Mongolia to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Lo Yi Ting (177-PG-87) was instrumental in the victory scoring 25 points for Hong Kong. Mongolia fell at 0-1 record after the defeat.
Hong Kong got to a slightly better start to the game. They enjoyed a narrow 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. Mongolia pulled closer in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 35:33. Hong Kong stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They fired 24 points and piled up a 7-point buffer heading into the final frame. Mongolia tried hard to change the situation and cut the deficit but Hong Kong hung on to eke out victory at the end. Lee Ki (177-PG-87) netted 18 points, while Cheng Kam Hing (189-F-85) had 17 points for the winners. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) responded with game-high 39 points for Mongolia. Zoljargal Namjildorj (194-F-87) had 10 points in the loss.

Hong Kong: Lo Yi Ting 25, Lee Ki 18, Cheng Kam Hing 17
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 39, Zoljargal Namjildorj 10



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  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Malabo King 5-0 
 2. MBC 2-2 
 3. San Antonio 2-3 
 4. Six Stars 2-3 
 5. Rhema B. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 19: Malabo King - MBC
May. 19: Six Stars - Rhema B.



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.4 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.1 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.0 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 7. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock13.8 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas7.4 
 6. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 7. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.7 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.6 
 10. Arnold, TTU6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 3. Ingram, TU/Rock4.4 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas3.9 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 9. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 2. Dorbek, Rapla2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 7. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 8. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 4. Toome, TU/Rock0.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU0.9 
 6. Nelyubov, TU/Rock0.8 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 8. Grim, Valga0.6 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 
 10. Saarmets, TTU0.6 


KML: Kalev/Cramo makes a three-peat! - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo became the Estonian champion for the third year in a row beating TU/Rock 81:69 and clinching the series 4:0. For the third consecutive year the series ended with a 4:0 sweep. Kalev/Cramo is the first team since 1990 to win three back-to-back championships.
Tanel Sokk (182-G-85), who made the most important shot of the series in the last second of Game 2, was voted the MVP of the Finals. He averaged 11.3 pts in finals.

Kalev/Cramo made 77% of the shots in 1st quarter to go ahead 27:16. They won the first half 47:32. TU/Rock outscored the opponents 9:4 in first six minutes of the 3rd quarter to make it minus 10 but with a quarter to play it was 59:44. Brave performance by Rain Veideman kept the hopes of home crowd alive but three-pointers by Keith McLeod and Ty Abbott secured the victory to the guests.

Abbott led the winners in the last game with 16 points. Frank Elegar added 15+12, Armands Skele 13 and Gary Wilkinson 11+6. Veideman had 19 and Justin Ingram 14 points in losing effort.

The Estonian champions are:
Tanel Sokk (4th Estonian champ.),
Gert Dorbek (4th Estonian champ.),
Rait Keerles (6th Estonian champ.),
Indrek Kajupank (2nd Est. champ.),
Toomas Raadik,
Kristo Mangelsoo,
Keith McLeod,
Armands Skele (3rd Estonian champ., also Polish and Latvian champion),
Bamba Fall (2nd Est.champion),
Ty Abbott,
Frank Elegar and
Gary Wilkinson (also 2x Australian champion).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Sasa Obradovic instead Ivkovic after Eurobasket? - by Igor Obradovic

According to information came by the special basketball sites, after the European Championships in Slovenia in September, there may be changes in first coach place in Serbian national team.
In place of Dusan Ivkovic who was now coach in Serbian national team maybe came current coach of Germany Alba, Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ).
This is a second time that Ivkovic is coach of Serbian national team, and he come to this place in 2008.
From 1988 to 1995 is first team when Ivkovic led Serbian (Yugoslavia) national team.There is some information that Ivkovic is on a good way to take Fenerbahce Ulker.
Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ), a former national point guard now have 44 years and is currently the coach of Alba from Berlin, he started his coaching career at the team RheinEnergie Koln, then lead BC Kyiv, PGE Turow and BC Donetsk.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.4 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.3 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.21.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Clavell, Humacao20.0 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.3 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto19.1 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.17.1 
 10. Thornton, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.3 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.10.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.7 
 4. Conley, LrNM.9.5 
 5. Giles, KTP9.4 
 6. Quaintance, Kauha.9.3 
 7. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 10. Johnson, Namika8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.4 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.1 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.6 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.8 
 10. Holloway, Namika3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.3 
 3. Quaintance, Kauha.2.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 5. Smith, Kataja2.1 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Kauha.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Quaintance, Kauha.1.4 
 2. Fields, Kataja1.2 
 3. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Barrett, KTP1.1 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP1.0 
 7. Dyer, Hapoel Kazrin0.9 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 


KORISLIIGA: It's Bisons second time - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 5: The very last game of the season 2012-13. Bisons (Loimaa) vs KTP (Kotka) and mentally stronger team won. Bisons winning last season Finnish Championship first time ever and now, when playing the second season in Top League, winning the second Finnish Championship. Bisons beat KTP 85-67 (37-32). Quarters: 13-15, 24-17, 21-21, 27-14. Victories then 3-2 for the Bisons.
The beginning of this important contest was so nervous. After 16 minutes 10 points had been done. Bisons was leading 6-4! But during the second and last quarter the hosts were so much better in shooting, in rebounds, in everything. The primus motor was Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech), whose energy is almost unbounded. Zeno led Bisons with 23pts/12rbs/6a! Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) was 5/9 from down town, but he missed FT # 52 and the new record is then 51 FTs made in a row. Ivey has also made at least one 3-pointer in 159 consecutive games starting in September 2010, when playing on KTP roster. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) grabbed 15 rebounds and Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) surprised with 15 pts.

KTP's Finnish players combined tiny two (2) points in this game! Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, college: Cent.Michigan) led the visitors with 23 pts. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) added 18 pts. KTP Head Coach Sami Toiviainen was disappointed - of course. "The better team won. My players hardly made any big shot in this fifth final".
Bisons Head Coach Greg Gibson was a happy man. "My players were mentally tough, unbelievable tough!" Also game MVP Zeno was smiling, when the fight was over: "We are playing as a family. Fantastic Finals, fantastic season!"

Bisons - KTP 85-67 (37-32). (Martin Zeno 23/12/6a, Jeb Ivey 22, Ville Makalainen 15, Ryan McDade 4/15. 1 - 67% (14/21), 2 - 68% (19/28), 3 - 35% (11/31). R: 27+12=39. TO: 13. - Sefton Barrett 23, Devonne Giles 18/6, Bojan Sarcevic 14, Antwine Williams 10. 1 - 65% (11/17), 2 - 54% (19/35), 3 - 25% (6/24). R: 19+8=27. TO: 12. A: 1256).


2012-13: GOLD: Bisons (Loimaa), SILVER: KTP (Kotka), BRONZE: Kataja (Joensuu).



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  FRANCE   


Orleans keep Christopher Hill - by Eurobasket News

Orleans have extended Christopher Hill (191-G-83, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Michigan St.) for the next season. The guard joined the team at the start of this season. He notched 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Previously Christopher Hill had stints with Spirou Charleroi, Liege Basket, Banvit, Stade Clermontois, Evreux. He was the member of the USA National Team back in 2003.


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  GERMANY   


Richie Williams (SC Rasta Vechta) I Believe You Was Key In Getting The Pro A Title Against Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Richard Williams (178-PG-87, college: San Diego St.) is a 25 year old 178cm guard that played for SC Rasta Vechta this season and is sitting in the Pro A finals against the Duesseldorf Baskets. He is a very fast guard that can play either one or two. Great at pushing the break. Can score by shooting the three or using his explosiveness to beat his man. Gets to the basket and scores in traffic. A specialist in steals that uses his quickness to intimidate on defense. Great ball control. Gets the whole team involved when playing the point but can takeover a game at any time. He started his basketball career at San Diego St. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year he played 36 games: 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for The San Diego Surf (ABA), in Jan.'10 moved to FSU Selfoss (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 8 games: 27.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.7%. Last season he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB, starting five): 33 games: 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-2 (3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to eurobasket after beating Duesseldorf and winning the Pro A title.

Congrats on winning the 2013 Pro A title. How proud are you of the team that they pulled it out despite not having you in the lineup?

Very proud and I expected it. They've done it before against Gottingen at home and in Karlsruhe in the second half of the season. It was never a one man show this season

How tough was it not playing. When did you find out that you wouldnt play and why didnt you play?

It's the worst feeling ever. We put our blood, sweat and tears into what we do to play for moments like this and to not be apart it sucks.

Remembering winning this Pro A title will not be difficult, but what about the scores of the two final games were 84-78. Do you think anyone will ever remember these identical scores in 10 years or will that Pro A title always stick in the minds?

No way, being crowned champion means a lot more than the exact score of the game.

Was the quick start where SC Rasta Vechta led 30-16 the stepping stone of getting the 84-78 win?

Definitely. Dusseldorf rallied back in the second half but in the whole they created was too much for them to rebound from.

What was key in getting the two wins in the Duesseldorf Baskets series?

I would say "I believe you". Being champions is a goal that every team strives to achieve. The actual belief, confidence, hard work and togetherness is what separates teams from others in making that dream happen.

How vital was the work of head coach Pat Elze? What was his strongest suit in leading the team to the Beko BBL?

He's a players coach. He never lost confidence in us even when we started the season 0-3. Trust and confidence in your players goes a long way when coaching a team and he exemplified that all season long

SC Rasta Vechta will play in the Beko BBL. Hpw good are the odds that you will be playing against the Artland Dragons this coming season with SC Rasta Vechta?

I believe that we have a good chance. By no means am I saying we're better than the Artland Dragons but we can definitely compete and give them a run for their money.

How did your game develop in your second season as a professional? Do you think you can make the next step to the Beko BBL and be a force in the best basketball league in Germany?

I pride myself in working the hardest and winning. I've never been the strongest, best shooter, highest jumper but I feel I have great leadership skills, a fighting spirit and I will my teams to win. The BBL is for sure a different level of competition but I know I will be ready to make noise in the league next year. Being ready is never an issue.

Who was the unsung hero of SC Rasta Vechta this season?

The Unsung hero for me is Jacob Doerkson. Dude is a work horse and by far the craftiest player I've played. He posts hard, always aware of where he is on the court and he just makes things happen. The things he does you wont see on the stat sheet.

What will be the first thing that you will do when you touchdown in the States?

I will land in San Diego and head straight to the Taco shop to get a Carne Asada Burrito!

Which two NBA teams will reach the final and will the Miami Heat win again?

I think the Spurs will meet Miami in the finals but Miami will win it again

After you watch any given sunday, were you positive that SC Rasta Vechta would win the Pro A title?

Any Given Sunday gets me super hyped! Al Pacino gives one of the greatest pre-game speeches ever. After that I truly believed great things would happen


Thanks Richie for the chat.




NBC Extend Contract Of Head Coach Martin Ides - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club NBC didnt hesistate long to extend the contract of head coach Martin Ides making it public today. Ides was a rookie head coach that led NBC into the playoffs where they lost a hard fought five game series to the Duesseldorf Baskets. "I am happy about the contract extension. I am happy that the club has kept the trust in me and that we can continue to work together", stated Martin Ides . "We believe in the concept of Martin Ides . He showed last season despite in difficult situations that he could lead the team. He totally identifies with his task in Nurnberg and he wants to build something on the long term", stressed NBC CEO Alexander Lolis.

Source: NBC





German A-2 National Team Named - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


German A-2 head coach Mathias Fischer announced his 15 man roster that will have a training session from June 3rd until the 10th at Kienbaum in preparation for the universal games in Kasan, Russia. The German elected the following players:

Anthony Canty (Eisbren Bremerhaven), Bastian Doreth (TBB Trier), Till-Joscha Jonke (BG Illertal-Weienhorn/ratiopharrm Ulm), Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) (FRAPORT SKYLINERS), Florian Koch (Telekom Baskets Bonn), Dennis Kramer (Univeristy of San Diego/USA), Mathis Mnninghoff (TBB Trier), Stefan Schmidt (BBC Bayreuth), Simon Schmitz (BBC Bayreuth), Andreas Seiferth (TBB Trier), Christian Standhardinger (University of Hawai at Manoa), Johannes Voigtmann (FRAPORT SKYLINERS), Ole Wendt (Phoenix Hagen), Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (Telekom Baskets Bonn) and Malte Ziegenhagen (Hawai Pacific University/USA).

Source: DBB





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  HONG KONG   


East Asia Championship: Hong Kong snatch win over Mongolia - by Eurobasket News

Hong Kong - Mongolia 76:73

Hong Kong managed to open win count at the East Asia Championship in Incheon tonight. They narrowly defeated Mongolia to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Lo Yi Ting (177-PG-87) was instrumental in the victory scoring 25 points for Hong Kong. Mongolia fell at 0-1 record after the defeat.
Hong Kong got to a slightly better start to the game. They enjoyed a narrow 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. Mongolia pulled closer in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 35:33. Hong Kong stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They fired 24 points and piled up a 7-point buffer heading into the final frame. Mongolia tried hard to change the situation and cut the deficit but Hong Kong hung on to eke out victory at the end. Lee Ki (177-PG-87) netted 18 points, while Cheng Kam Hing (189-F-85) had 17 points for the winners. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) responded with game-high 39 points for Mongolia. Zoljargal Namjildorj (194-F-87) had 10 points in the loss.

Hong Kong: Lo Yi Ting 25, Lee Ki 18, Cheng Kam Hing 17
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 39, Zoljargal Namjildorj 10



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  ISRAEL   

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.5 
 2. James, Hapoel K.22.8 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.20.2 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.5 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.3 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 3. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.0 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.6 
 5. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 6. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 7. Clemente, Mayaguez10.0 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Bouchman, Kiryat9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.8 
 3. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.6 
 7. Dunne, Ironi N.4.4 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
 10. Farchi, Elitzur Y.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Hapoel K.3.0 
 2. Miller, Ironi N.2.8 
 3. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.6 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.5 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.4 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 9. Kent, Ironi R.2.1 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.2 
 3. McNeil, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi1.6 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Bouchman, Kiryat T.1.1 
 10. Labanowski, Macc.0.9 


Hod Hasharon tied National League Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 90-77 (1-1)

Hod Hasharon tied National League Finals at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona managed to win fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ironi Nes-Ziona 40-28 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hod Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Hod Hasharon's coach Roy Hagai used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tal Karpels (195-90) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 19+6reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 18+11reb+6ast, B.Walker 15+5reb+5ast, O.Hover 9+5reb, G.Dotan 9+3reb+9ast, I.Stolero 8+2reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Karpels 17+5reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+5reb+5ast, R.Zehavian 13+4reb+1ast, G.Amitay 11+4reb+2ast, E.Engel 9+2reb+2ast, B.Benn 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 241107



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.7 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.2 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 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.8.7 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.6 
 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. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.4.1 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.9 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Shakur, Erie Bay3.4 
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. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
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. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Cusin, Cantu1.1 
 8. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 9. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 


Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 1st Team 2013
Alessandro Piazza
Piazza
Davide Poltroneri
Poltroneri
Francesco Ihedioha
Ihedioha
Daniele Casadei
Casadei
Jakub Wojciechowski
Wojciechowski

Player of the Year: Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) of Torino
Guard of the Year: Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr.
Forward of the Year: Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Firenze
Center of the Year: Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) of Torino
Defensive Player of the Year: Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti
Coach of the Year: Stefano Pillastrini of Torino

1st Team
PG: Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr.
SG: Davide Poltroneri (195-SG-85) of Perugia
SF: Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86) of Castelletto
PF: Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Firenze
C: Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) of Torino

2nd Team
PG: Simone Ferrarese (182-PG-87) of Treviglio
SG: Davide Reati (193-G-88) of Treviglio
SF: Andrea Raschi (198-SG-79) of Chieti
PF: Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara
C: Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of San Severo

All-Defensive Team
PG: Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr.
SG: Ousmane Gueye (188-G-82) of San Severo
SF: Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86) of Castelletto
C: Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti
C: Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Firenze

Honorable Mention
Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) of Matera
Davide Parente (188-PG-83) of Lucca
Jordan Losi (182-PG-80) of Mirandola
Simone Bonamente (203-F-79) of Perugia
Alberto Chiumenti (204-F/C-87) of Casalpusterlengo
Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91) of Matera
Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85) of Agrigento



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East Asian Championship: Japan coast past Macau - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Macau 101:53

Japan claimed the first win at the East Asian Championship in South Korea. They fired past Macau for 1-1 record in Group A. Yuta Watanabe (200-SF-94) delivered 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Japan led from start to finish in this one. They dominated every facet of the game. Japan built a 25:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They exploded with 28 points in the second period to gain a 53:27 halftime advantage. Japan did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They dropped 23 points to secure a 35-point buffer before the final stanza. Taiwan managed just 12 points in the fourth quarter as Japan cruised to the victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) netted 15 points, while Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) added 14 points in the victory. Ka Tong Lai (191-C-95) responded with 15 points for Macau. Tong Fai Cheong (190-PG-93) had 14 points in the losing case.

Japan: Yuta Watanabe 22+14 boards, Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Makoto Hiejima 14
Macau: Ka Tong Lai 15, Tong Fai Cheong 14



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ASU competes WABA League - by Eurobasket News

ASU competes WABA League with 7 teams participating. The team from Jordan finished with 204 record on the 6th place.
On May 15th Champville overcame ASU 99:85. The team from Lebanon started with 26-25 lead and then led 51:36 at the halftime. Moreover the favorites had 77:53 advantage after three quarters and won the game by 14 points. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Wesam Al-Sous replied with 29 points and Ahmad Hamarsheh scored 14. Moussa Awadi delivered 12 and Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma) had 9.
Tonight Duhok from Iraq overcame Applied Science from Jordan 104:88. Yesterday Petroshemi from Iran smashed ASU 110:78. Champville meanwhile triumphs at WABA 2013 with 7 teams participating. The team from Lebanon finished with 5-1 record and stepped higher than Foolad Mahan and Petroshemi that also had the same record. The Lebanese team had a better difference in the game between three teams.



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BC Astana keep Anton Ponomaryov - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana have agreed on terms of contract extension with Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket). The centre has signed a new two-year contract with the team. Anton Ponomaryov joined BC Astana back in 2011. Last season he notched 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds per game in VTB League. He won the championship and Cup titles with BC Astana this season. Previously the centre had stints in Serbia, Russia and Kazakhstan. Anton Ponomaryov earned All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team appearance back in 2010. He has been the member of the Kazakhstan National Team since 2005. The centre also played for U18, U20 and University National Teams. Anton Ponomaryov shone at the 2009 Asian Championship in China. He tallied 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game at the tournament.


BC Astana farewell to Rawle Marshall, Andreas Glyniadakis and Nemanja Jaramaz - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana farewell to Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland), Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-SG-91, agency: Beo Basket) as well as to local Vsevolod Fadeikin (208-C-85) and Maxim Voyeykov (198-F-88). The five players will leave the team.
Maxim Voyeykov started the season 2012-2013 for BC Astana (D1), then moved to Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (Russia-Superleague, starting five), then signed at BC Astana (D1). In VTB league he averaged 2.1 points per game.
Vsevolod Fadeikin spent almost his all career with the team. Last season he averaged 1.0 points per game in VTB league.
Rawle Marshall was one of the key players and showed 11.1 points per game in VTB league. Last year he was mentioned and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention -12.
Andreas Glyniadakis showed 7.1 points per game in VTB league. He played for the team one season coming from Olympiacos.
Nemanja Jaramaz is a Serbian player who spent half of the year with the team. His stats read 1.8 points per game in VTB league.



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Armands Skele clinched the title in Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Armands Skele (192-G-83) wins the title in Estonia as his Kalev/Cramo became the Estonian champion for the third year in a row. In the fourth game Kalev/Cramo posted an 81:69 win for 4-0 in the series.
The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. TU/Rock managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TU/Rock 39-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kalev/Cramo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ty Abbott who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Armands Skele added 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Ivan Nelyubov responded with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Rain Veideman scored 19 points.



VTB League: Khimki celebrated the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Khimki-VEF Riga 104:82

Khimki celebrated the second straight win at the VTB League Quarterfinals. The Winner of Group A improved to 2-0 lead in the series after a 104:82 win in Game 2.
Both teams scored 27 points each in the first period as VEF Riga looked better in comparison with the first game. Khimki however pushed the tempo in the second quarter and after 30-20 surge took 10-point halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. The Russian team posted a 21-19 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 26-16 surge at the end.
Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) as well as Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 14 each. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) followed them with 12 points in a win. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) posted 20 points in the losing effort and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) scored 19.

Khimki: Vitaliy Fridzon 15, K.C. Rivers 14, Zoran Planinic 14, Petteri Koponen 12
VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 20, Donatas Zavackas 19



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Stats Leaders - Men

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Emmett, Amchit 33.2
2 Blair, Hoops 27.5
3 Khatib, Champville 26.8
4 Harper, Sagesse 26.4
5 Gray, Anibal 26.3
6 Youngblood, Byblos 24.0
7 Ampim, Antranik 22.8
8 Sims, Sagesse 23.1
9 Williams, Bejjeh 23.3
10 Salyers, Moutahed 21.7

Rebounds Per Game
1 Fraser, Byblos 17.1
2 Ampim, Antranik 12
3 Woods, Al Riyadi 11.4
4 Tskitishvili, Champv. 10.9
5 Hill, Amchit 10.8
6 Jamison, Bejjeh 10.4
7 Khazzouh, Sagesse 9.1
8 Perry, Hoops 9.1
9 Salyers, Moutahed 8.9
10 Ismail, Al Riyadi 8.9

Assists Per Game
1 Blair, Hoops 6.6
2 Williams, Bejjeh 6.5
3 Akl, Sagesse 6.4
4 Chatfield, Mouta. 6.3
5 Mahmoud, Al Riyadi 5.6
6 Zaloum, Antranik 5.2
7 Youngblood, Byblos 5.1
8 Fahed, Moutahed 5.1
9 Khatib, Champville 5
10 Khoury, Amchit 4.8

Steals Per Game
1 Blair, Hoops 3.2
2 Williams, Bejjeh 2.3
3 Youngblood, Byblos 2.1
4 Emmett, Amchit 2.1
5 Harper, Sagesse 1.9
6 Mahmoud, Al Riyadi 1.8
7 Zaloum, Antranik 1.7
8 Gray, Anibal 1.7
9 Ismail, Al Riyadi 1.5
10 Fahed, Moutahed 1.5

Blocks Per Game
1 Hill, Amchit 2.5
2 Woods, Al Riyadi 2.5
3 Tskitishvili, Champv. 1.5
4 Fraser, Byblos 1.4
5 Khazzouh, Sagesse 1.4
6 Fakhreddine, Hoops 1.3
7 Ismail, Al Riyadi 1.1
8 Ampim, Antranik 1.1
9 Terry, Champville 0.8
10 Freije, Amchit 0.8



Champville secure WABA Cup for first time in clubs history - by Eurobasket News

BEIRUT: Reigning Lebanese champions Champville secured their first WABA Cup title Friday after finishing first in standings with a 5-1 record.

Champville were level with both Iranian sides Petrochimi and Foolad Mahan at 5-1, but the head-to-head advantage saw the Lebanese side clinch the gold for the first time in history.

Foolad came in second, while Petrochimi completed the podium with the bronze medal. But it is Foolad who will represent Iran in the Asian clubs championship next September in Jordan next to Champville and Duhok, as only one team from each country is allowed in the championship.

The win is a major boost for Champville ahead of their final four clash with archrivals Riyadi Beirut in the domestic league as the best-of-five series starts early next week.

Champville used the tournament as a warm-up for the leagues semifinals, particularly because they were able to improve their chemistry with newcomer Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.), who showed brilliant form during the tournament and great abilities in scoring and rebounding.

Ghassan Sarkis side also earned the chance to play for the first time in the Asian championship, as the 58-year-old manager will look to retain Asian glory after guiding Sagesse to victory in 1999 and 2000 in Beirut.

His side grabbed their second title this season after they beat Anibal Zahle to the Super Cup in October.
By Danny Abboud
Courtesy of: http://www.dailystar.com.lb



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Vidas Ginevicius wins the title in Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) wins the title in Belarus as his Tsmoki-Minsk became the Champions of the country! The defending champions swept the Finals series against Grodno-93 3-0 adding 74:66 road win.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grodno-93 won third quarter 24-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tsmoki-Minsk dominated on the defensive end, holding Grodno-93 to just 5 points in second quarter.
Lashkevich top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Aliaksei Trastsinetski added 14. Pavel Ulyanko netted 11, while Ater Majok and Korshuk added 7 apiece. Vidas Ginevicius followed them with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Kuzmin replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Mastou scored 12. Igor Konuyshenko produced 10 and Korzh had 9.



Gediminas Orelikas moves to Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) will continue his career in Lietuvos Rytas. The forward has agreed on terms of two-year contract with the Vilnius powerhouse. Gediminas Orelikas has played for Rudupis Prienai since 2010. Last season the forward led LKL in scoring posting 16.8 points per game. He also tallied 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in LKL. In Baltic League Gediminas Orelikas notched 17.9 points and 5.6 boards per appearance. The forward also delivered 11.3 points, 3.3 boards and 2.8 assists per game in EuroCup. Eurobasket.com named Gediminas Orelikas All-Baltic League Player of the Year. He was also trumped All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year. The forward was the member of the Lithuanian University National Team in 2011.


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T71 Dudelange tab Timothy Kauffmann - by Eurobasket News

Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) will continue his career with T71 Dudelange. The Diekirch League champions signed a deal with the young talent. Timothy Kauffmann spent the last season with Sparta Bertrange. He notched 1.9 points per game in the League. Timothy Kauffmann used to play for U16 Luxembourg National Team.


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East Asian Championship: Japan coast past Macau - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Macau 101:53

Japan claimed the first win at the East Asian Championship in South Korea. They fired past Macau for 1-1 record in Group A. Yuta Watanabe (200-SF-94) delivered 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Japan led from start to finish in this one. They dominated every facet of the game. Japan built a 25:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They exploded with 28 points in the second period to gain a 53:27 halftime advantage. Japan did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They dropped 23 points to secure a 35-point buffer before the final stanza. Taiwan managed just 12 points in the fourth quarter as Japan cruised to the victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) netted 15 points, while Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) added 14 points in the victory. Ka Tong Lai (191-C-95) responded with 15 points for Macau. Tong Fai Cheong (190-PG-93) had 14 points in the losing case.

Japan: Yuta Watanabe 22+14 boards, Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Makoto Hiejima 14
Macau: Ka Tong Lai 15, Tong Fai Cheong 14



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ASEAN League: KL Dragons surrender against Blaze in triple-overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

KL Dragons - Petron Blaze 104:107 (3OT)

Westports KL Dragons and Petron Blaze came up with one of the most exciting clashes in the ASEAN League history. The teams came up with a triple-overtime thriller as Blaze snatched an impressive victory at the end. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) and Leo Avenido (186-G-78) accounted for 22 points to lead the Blaze to the 16th straight win in the season.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 24:24 at the end of it. The Blaze pulled ahead in the second frame. The Filipino team earned a 44:40 halftime lead. The Dragons did not allow the visitors to clear off. The Malaysian team got within three points at the third intermission. The home team were able to deny the deficit in the fourth period. Moreover KL Dragons surged ahead but Leo Avenido tied things up at 79 and forced overtime. KL Dragons stayed in front throughout the first overtime but once again Leo Avenido stepped up for the visitors and his three-pointer sent the game into the second extra period. The Blaze pulled ahead for a 100:98 lead late in the second overtime but Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the hosts and evened things up at 100. Leo Avenido and Paolo Hubalde (180-G-81) came up with key points in the third overtime to finally seal the victory for the Blaze. Paolo Hubalde delivered 18 points, while Acuna added 13 points for the winning side. Gavin Edwards responded with 29 points for the Dragons. Armon Siefain had 27 points in the loss.

KL Dragons: Gavin Edwards 29, Armon Siefain 27
Petron Blaze: Brian Williams 22, Leo Avenido 22, Paolo Hubalde 18



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  MONGOLIA   


East Asia Championship: Hong Kong snatch win over Mongolia - by Eurobasket News

Hong Kong - Mongolia 76:73

Hong Kong managed to open win count at the East Asia Championship in Incheon tonight. They narrowly defeated Mongolia to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Lo Yi Ting (177-PG-87) was instrumental in the victory scoring 25 points for Hong Kong. Mongolia fell at 0-1 record after the defeat.
Hong Kong got to a slightly better start to the game. They enjoyed a narrow 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. Mongolia pulled closer in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 35:33. Hong Kong stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They fired 24 points and piled up a 7-point buffer heading into the final frame. Mongolia tried hard to change the situation and cut the deficit but Hong Kong hung on to eke out victory at the end. Lee Ki (177-PG-87) netted 18 points, while Cheng Kam Hing (189-F-85) had 17 points for the winners. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) responded with game-high 39 points for Mongolia. Zoljargal Namjildorj (194-F-87) had 10 points in the loss.

Hong Kong: Lo Yi Ting 25, Lee Ki 18, Cheng Kam Hing 17
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 39, Zoljargal Namjildorj 10



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Interview with Acie Earl, former NBA big man and player of Buducnost - by Darko Pekic

Acie Earl (208-F/C-70, college: Iowa), former Boston Celtics draft pick and the second player ever, after Jerome James (216-C-75, college: Florida A&M) who signed in Montenegro with NBA experience on his resume, is talking to Eurobasket.com about his NBA experience, ups and downs in Europe and ambitions for the future.

Hello Acie, most true basketball fans have heard about you- at the University of Iowa, you were a 3 year starter, Playboy Pre Season All American, Chicago Tribune's Big Ten Player of the Year plus 2nd leading career scorer at Iowa and All Time shot block leader at Iowa. But I would like to hear how did it all start? Have you always considered basketball as your dream job?

As a kid in the 3rd grade I saw Magic Johnson (207-G-59, college: Michigan St.) play on tv and I wanted to play since and I followed the NBA and college on tv growing up, even collecting basketball cards.

You were the 19th pick in the 1st round of the '93 draft with the Boston Celtics. That draft class included some well known names such as Chris Webber (208-F/C-73, college: Michigan), Anfernee Hardaway (201-G/F-71, college: Memphis) or Allan Houston (198-G-71, college: Tennessee). Some great players such as Sam Cassell (191-G-69, college: Florida St.) or Nick Van Exel (185-G-71, college: Cincinnati) got the call after you did it while Bruce Bowen (200-F-71, college: CS Fullerton) and Charles Outlaw (203-F-71, college: Houston) were undrafted. Could you try to explain the feeling when NBA commissioner David Stern called your name? Did you have any guarantees or desires before the draft?

I was supposed to go lottery that year but the draft lottery had a lot of underclassmen come out of college as the 1st 7 or 8 picks were underclassmen, if they had not come out then I would have been a lottery pick, so to actually have David Stern say my name was unreal and the walk across the stage and shake his hand a dream come true.

You played 4 years in the NBA with the Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors in the 90s. The 90s were considered the era of Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) but also the golden age of big and talented post players. Who was the toughest opponent you have faced in your NBA career?

Patrick Ewing (214-C-62, college: Georgetown), Rik Smits (223-C-66, college: Marist), Hakeem Olajuwon (213-C/F-63, college: Houston), David Robinson (215-C-65, college: Navy) and Shaquille O'Neal (217-C-72, college: LSU) were all the best players and some best of all time.

In January 1998 you moved to France and signed with Racing Paris, a very ambitious club at that time, mostly known now as Tony Parkers first club. How hard for an experienced NBA player like you was the transition from NBA rules and comodity to European game?

It wasn't hard to play for the style, it was just hard to adjust to coaching style and philophies as I was playing for a Serbian coach (Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances )) who coached Dino Radja (210-C-67), Drazen Petrovic (196-G-64) and Toni Kukoc (210-F-68) so just hard to understand to that style of ball.

However, your overseas career lasted eight years in notable basketball countries such as Spain, Greece, France, Turkey. You won many individual awards such as Turkish League MVP in 2001 and Kosovo League MVP in 2004. Considering your enormous experience could you tell us which league was most competitive and where did you enjoy playing and living?

Australia was fun and good life, France also, Austria truly most interesting . Russia most wild, China so different.. all had such ups and downs , Poland Serbia ect.


In December 2003 you joined Buducnost and played for the club from Podgorica in ULEB Cup and Adriatic League. The falling giant from Podgorica did not have a great season but you, Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), Mladen Sekularac (203-G/F-81) and Tony Stanley (193-SG-77, college: Dayton) led them in both competitions along with prominent players such as Ivan Koljevic (187-PG-84), Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) and Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances). How did you like that team and how good were your relations with the coach Miodrag Baletic ?

The Buducnost team was cool. It was fun to play on such as famous euro league team ,but they were on the downward fall and I was brought in late to help but it was too late, the coach was okay, not great not bad, he felt a lot of pressure and I think they fired him after they then let me go.

Adriatic League is now considered as one of the best leagues in Europe. Back in 2003/2004 how competitive it was and did you like the level?

It was okay then, hard play but a lot of young prospects with Red Star and the other big team in the capital of Serbia. I could see it big now as the players could always dribble, shoot and were big, and also played a very smart floor game.

In August 2004 you suffered a career ending injury (torn Achilles tendon), just a week after you signed with Zadar, another Adriatic League team. How hard it was to quit basketball and what were the alternatives at that time?

It wasn't hard to quit, mentally I was drained, at 32 I was starting to feel it and could see myself retiring. I just was not ready off the court yet, also most of my friends were coaching in the states at college or semi pro, so I thought to do that but really after seeing it close up I didn't want to coach at a high level.

Your basketball program (more info at http://www.venomsportstraining.com) is proven for success. You have been running your own kids camp for 3-12th graders for years in Dubuque, Iowa. and also held individual workouts for past Iowa Hawkeyes who wanted to prolong and start their pro careers such as Glen Worley (203-F-81, college: Iowa), Duez Henderson (201-F-80, college: Iowa) and Jason Price (184-G-77, college: Iowa). What are your plans for your coaching career? Would you like to return to Europe as a coach?

I would never coach professional or overseas unless my wife divorced me and I wanted a new start, now I coach at that AAU level with boys and girls with www.venomsportsgirls.com or www.venomsportsboys.com

Thank you for this interview Acie. Eurobasket.com wishes you plenty of success in everything you do!

Actually, now I sell real estate, write a book and tutor student athletes at the University of Iowa. All the best!



EBL Finals 2013: Buducnost got the trophy! - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost is the new champion of Erste Basketball League! Actually, its not a big news in Montenegro knowing that the club from Podgorica won all league titles since the independence in 2006 but this time was a bit harder against a solid Sutjeska. Anyway, the third game was not as tied as the games before (67-51) but Dusan Dubljevic 's guys can not regret because they fought bravely against a much more experienced team. The game was decided after the first half when Buducnost got a big lead and burried Sutjeska's hopes to make a surprise in Podgorica. A curiosity of the game played tonight is that nobody scored in double digits for the winners but all players besides Danilo Nikolic (205-C-93) scored at least two points which proves that Buducnost has a deep rotation. The top scorers were Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) and Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) with 9 points each. On the other side the situation was the same, but the guests scored less points all together and thats was the main difference. The leading scorer was Radoje Vujosevic (209-C-89, agency: Interperformances) with 8 points.


MNE1A Erste League Play-Off / Final Round 3. : Buducnost new/old champion - by Dragan Scepanovic

BUDUCNOST VOLI Podgorica - SUTJESKA Niksic 67-51 (23:13, 18:13, 13:5, 15:20)
Podgorica . SC Moraca. Spect 400. Reff: Koljensic, Sundic (Podgorica) and Kaludjerovic (Niksic).
For 2 point : Buducnost 56% (27-15), Sutjeska 33% (39-13).
For 3 point : Buducnost 25% (20-5), Sutjeska 20% (20-4).
For 1 point : Buducnost 71% (31-22), Sutjeska 62% (21-13).
Reb. : Buducnost 38 (29+9), Sutjeska 28 (17+11).
Asis.: Buducnost 15 , Sutjeska 8.
Still ball: Buducnost 10 , Sutjeska 5.
Lose ball: Buducnost 15 , Sutjeska 11.

BUDUCNOST VOLI : Novosel 2, Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) 9, Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) 5 , Ivan Jelenic 6 , Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) 7, Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) 9 , Cedomir Vitkovac 6, Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) 8, Aleksa Popovic 3, Nikola Ivanovic 5 , Nikolic, Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) 7
SUTJESKA : Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 6, Vusovic , Pejovic 5, Lalic 5, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 3, Radoje Vujosevic (209-C-89, agency: Interperformances) 8, Darko Vujacic 6, Kuveljic 4, Marko Perovic (203-C-92) 7, Djurovic , Agramovic , Miceta 7




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SHAANXI NBL TEAM signs Craig Smith - by Alex Yam

One of the new teams in the Chinese summer league known as the NBL has signed long time NBA veteran Craig Smith, the skilled power forward who played with the Clippers, Minnesota, and most Portland.

This brings immediate credibility to a team that is participating in its 1st year, in hopes of moving up to the CBA sometime in the near future. Smith brings a tough nosed style of play coupled with an NBA level skill set. Media reports are citing Smith is blending well with his new team, and has looked extremely sharp in the few practices they have had. The NBL season begins in less then 2 weeks, with high profile names such as Hilton Armstrong joining the league, this should be an interesting NBL season.




When that Something Hits the Fan - by Tim Shea

Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down,
Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town.
Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall,
Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all.
It's tough out there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

XXX The Spanish Players Association the ABP, has given a 48 hour ultimatum to the Spanish League offices, the ACB to attend to its demands. If not a players strike is threatened 10 days before the league playoffs are scheduled to begin.

From the mouth of the Player Associations President the Spanish version of the NBA Derrick Fischer, Jose Luis Llorente, these words: "Our Association has left the negotiating table because the league has absolutely broken the basis of the negotiations, has broken the actual ground rules. From the very first moment of our reunion the actual, in force and legally valid collective agreement was the basis of negotiations. From the very first moment the league has broken this basis and collective agreement therefore we have left the table until these conditions are recovered. We have given the league 48 hours to return to continue negotiations".

Some of the demands of the Players Association include:

1.
Increase the Minimum Salary which at the moment is 25,000 Euros.
2. Double the actual coverage of the Guaranteed Salary Fund and ease the recovery process.
3. Teams that are not up to date on salary payments to players lose their right to first refusal on said players.
4. No restrictions on procuring a contract for those players that utilize the labor law (Real Decree #1006) to terminate their contracts with their clubs

Other negotiating points include: Christmas vacations, the conditions of unfulfilled contractual obligations to present players and that these clubs be prohibited from contracting new players, the ability of clubs to declare bankruptcy and continue to compete in the league and points regarding labor laws, free agent status, and the clubs social fiscal contributions.
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The economic situation is Spain is in dire straits with 27% general unemployment and in the age group of most players that unemployment figure reaches almost 50%. It is a bad time all around. Take my word for it... It's worse than a Ponzi Scheme and there seems no end in sight.

Highwater risin', rising night and day,
All the gold and silver are being stolen away.
Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind,
He made it to Kansas City, twelfth street and vine.
Nothin' standing there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

Tim Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




When that Something Hits the Fan - by Tim Shea

Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down,
Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town.
Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall,
Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all.
It's tough out there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

XXX The Spanish Players Association the ABP, has given a 48 hour ultimatum to the Spanish League offices, the ACB to attend to its demands. If not a players strike is threatened 10 days before the league playoffs are scheduled to begin.

From the mouth of the Player Associations President the Spanish version of the NBA Derrick Fischer, Jose Luis Llorente, these words: "Our Association has left the negotiating table because the league has absolutely broken the basis of the negotiations, has broken the actual ground rules. From the very first moment of our reunion the actual, in force and legally valid collective agreement was the basis of negotiations. From the very first moment the league has broken this basis and collective agreement therefore we have left the table until these conditions are recovered. We have given the league 48 hours to return to continue negotiations".

Some of the demands of the Players Association include:
1. Increase the Minimum Salary which at the moment is 25,000 Euros.
2. Double the actual coverage of the Guaranteed Salary Fund and ease the recovery process.
3. Teams that are not up to date on salary payments to players lose their right to first refusal on said players.
4. No restrictions on procuring a contract for those players that utilize the labor law (Real Decree #1006) to terminate their contracts with their clubs

Other negotiating points include: Christmas vacations, the conditions of unfulfilled contractual obligations to present players and that these clubs be prohibited from contracting new players, the ability of clubs to declare bankruptcy and continue to compete in the league and points regarding labor laws, free agent status, and the clubs social fiscal contributions.
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The economic situation is Spain is in dire straits with 27% general unemployment and in the age group of most players that unemployment figure reaches almost 50%. It is a bad time all around. Take my word for it... Right now the times are worse than a Ponzi Scheme and there seems no end in sight.

Highwater risin', rising night and day,
All the gold and silver are being stolen away.
Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind,
He made it to Kansas City, twelfth street and vine.
Nothin' standing there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

Tim Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




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  NCAA1   


Bolden moves to Kansas State University - by Eurobasket News

Kansas State University added Brandon Bolden (208-93kg) after he left Georgetown (NCAA). But in four games he did not score anything.
As mentioned above Bolden is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. His team won Big East Regular Season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 17: Nelson G. - Waikato P. 89-75
May. 17: Southland S. - Taranaki MA 105-83
May. 18: OceanaGold N. - Taranaki MA
May. 19: Super City R. - HBS Bank Hawks
May. 19: OceanaGold N. - Southland S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.6 
 2. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 3. Pace, Nelson G.21.0 
 4. Atkinson, Waika.20.2 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.20.0 
 6. Maxey, Nelson G.19.4 
 7. Conklin, Southland19.3 
 8. Greene, HBS B.19.2 
 9. Warren, Wellington18.2 
 10. Hagan, Hub Jets18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.6 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.2 
 3. Conklin, Southland10.2 
 4. Vukona, Nelson G.9.8 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 6. Greene, HBS B.8.6 
 7. Boucher, Wellingt.8.4 
 8. Pace, Nelson G.8.3 
 9. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.2 
 10. Bailey, Super C.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.7.7 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets6.7 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.6 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.6.3 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.3 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.2 
 7. Webster, Waika.3.8 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.8 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.6 
 10. Frank, Wellington3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.4.4 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.3.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets3.5 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.8 
 6. Martin, Southlan.2.3 
 7. Allen, OceanaGo.2.3 
 8. Buck, Super City R.1.8 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.1.7 
 10. Ruscoe, Nelson G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.4 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.8 
 3. Frank, Wellington2.1 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.7 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Dawson, Southlan.1.2 
 8. Greene, HBS B.1.2 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 
 10. Maxey, Nelson G.0.9 


Friday Night Round 5 - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Fico Finance Nelson Giants move to second spot, after defeating the ADVICE FIRST WAIKATO PISTONS 89-75, while in Invercargill the Zero Fees Southland Sharks have their fourth win of the season, dispatching the GOOD HOME TARANAKI MOUNTAIN AIRS 105-83.

ERRON MAXEY continued his hot form scoring twenty two points, while fellow American JOSH PACE collected 19 points and nine rebounds.

Pistons guard TAI WEBSTER had a game high 23 points, but it was another slow start for the visitors as they were down 15 at half time.

Nelson would extend their lead to 19, but a late rally by Waikato in the fourth quarter, managed to close the gap to only six points with still five minutes remaining.

After a time out, the Giants regrouped and put a halt to the Pistons momentum, pushing their lead back up to double-digits, sealing win number five for the season.

League leading rebounder ZACK ATKINSON had a solid double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, but Giants MIKA VUKONA replied with fourteen rebounds of his own.

It is the Pistons fifth loss of the season and they will play their fourth straight road next week, which will be against the Mountain Airs, who have had back to back twenty plus point losses.

It was not the start to the double down south the Airs were hoping for, as the Sharks outplayed them on every facet.

Sharks import Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis) was impressive scoring 31 points and only missed two field goals (12/14 FG), while Breakers development player REUBEN TE RANGI had 25 points, making four of eight three pointers.

Round Three player of the week KENNY GABRIEL had limited minutes due to foul trouble, eventually fouling out in fourteen minutes, only scoring five points.

It was also a tough night for JACK LEASURE who was held to 11 points, going 5-for-15 from the field.

Taranaki will now move on to Dunedin to face the red hot OCEANAGOLD NUGGETS tomorrow night, while the Sharks will have a night off before they also travel to play the Nuggets in arguably the game of Round Five.



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Jeleel Akindele wins West Asia Basketball League title - by Eurobasket News

Jeleel Akindele wins West Asia Basketball League title as his Champville triumphs at WABA 2013 with 7 teams participating. The team from Lebanon finished with 5-1 record and stepped higher than Foolad Mahan and Petroshemi that also had the same record. The Lebanese team had a better difference in the game between three teams.
On May 15th Champville outscored Al-Jaish from Syria 105:63. Champville dominated the whole game and enjoyed 51:36 lead at the halftime. The team improved to 77:53 after three quarters and managed to score three-digit number. Jeremiah Massey stepped up with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib had 24 points and 11 boards.
In the last game Champville rolled over Al Karkh from Iraq 102:76. The champions opened the game with 26-13 and added 26-16 in the second frame. Moreover they won the third quarter 30-23 and finished the game scoring another three digit number.



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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 ZG18.1 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.3 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.3 
 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.8.4 
 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 ZG7.2 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow6.8 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.8 
 3. Koszarek, Stelm.5.6 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Fos Ouest5.3 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 7. Hodge, Stelmet ZG4.7 
 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. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.7 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.5 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 10. Robinson, PGE T.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 


Stelmet reach TBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin - Stelmet ZG 66-96 (0-3)

Stelmet reach TBL Finals. Stelmet ZG 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 AZS Koszalin's 34. They outrebounded AZS Koszalin 34-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Stelmet ZG looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Stelmet ZG players scored in double figures. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) answered with 11 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-86) added 16 points in the effort for AZS Koszalin. 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:
Stelmet ZG: O.Stevic 19+5reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 14+6reb+5ast, D.Borovnjak 14+8reb+2ast, W.Hodge 13+3reb+1ast, K.Chanas 11+2reb, L.Seweryn 9
AZS Koszalin: B.Woloszyn 16+1reb, R.Jones 13+4reb, S.Henry 11+4reb+5ast, A.Mielczarek 8+1reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 6+3reb+3ast, D.Harris 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 240690


Anwil - PGE Turow 75-63 (1-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Anwil. PGE Turow was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Lithuanian point guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: his fellow American import) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87) scored 12 points. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Anwil: A.Eitutavicius 17+1reb+2ast, M.Ginyard 16+5reb+4ast, S.Hajric 14+4reb, M.Sokolowski 9+5reb+5ast, T.Weeden 7+2reb+2ast, R.Boykin 5+7reb+1ast
PGE Turow: I.Zigeranovic 14+11reb+1ast, A.Cel 12+4reb, R.Robinson 9+1ast, I.Opacak 8+4reb, D.Jackson 7+3reb, M.Chylinski 5+3ast
gschID: 240689



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Santurce 15-5 
 2. Mayaguez 13-8 
 3. Ponce 12-7 
 4. Quebradillas 11-9 
 5. Humacao 10-9 
 6. Guayama 10-9 
 7. Guaynabo 9-10 
 8. Arecibo 8-11 
 9. San German 5-14 
 10. Bayamon 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 24

May. 16: Mayaguez - Bayamon 85-74
May. 17: San German - Quebradillas
May. 17: Arecibo - Guayama
May. 17: Ponce - Guaynabo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Harris, Ponce21.4 
 2. Carmona, Humacao19.9 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.0 
 5. Gainous, Bayamon18.8 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.9 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.2 
 8. Brown, Humacao16.9 
 9. Ramos, Arecibo16.9 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 2. Ramos, Arecibo10.4 
 3. Phillip, San German9.4 
 4. Graterol, Arecibo8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon8.4 
 7. Harrellson, Guaya.8.1 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Scott, Humacao7.9 
 10. Gainous, Bayamon7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.3 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 4. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 5. Coronado, Guayama4.1 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.3.8 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon3.5 
 9. Pagan, Santurce3.5 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.4 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 3. Santiago, Ponce1.5 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 5. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Liz, San German1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Brock, Guayama0.9 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon0.8 


Peter John Ramos gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Arecibo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 23.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 21 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Bayamon (#10, 5-15) 103-98. Arecibo maintains the 8th position in American BSN. Arecibo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-11 record. Ramos just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ramos has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.9ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 32-year old Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Guaynabo. Lloreda impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Guaynabo lost that game 75-85 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#4, 11-9). This loss caused Guaynabo to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. Lloreda is one of the most experienced players at Guaynabo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was Panamanian Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) of Humacao (#5). Horne scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Humacao, leading his team to a 94-75 easy win against Guayama (10-9). Humacao needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Horne has a very solid season. In 19 games in Puerto Rico he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 61.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Quebradillas - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Javier Mojica (190-G-84) of Bayamon - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Wilfredo Pagan (184-PG-76) of Santurce - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Quebradillas - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) of San German - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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CS Concordia Chiajna and CSA Steaua Bucuresti take 3-0 records - by Eurobasket News

CS Concordia Chiajna and CSA Steaua Bucuresti take 3-0 records at the Liga I Semifinal Stage. Both teams added the victories last night.
Steaua overcame Politehnica Iasi 87:58. The hosts trailed 2 points at the halftime but then erupted with 28-9 in the third period. Moreover the favorites added a 22-10 surge in the last stanza to seal the third straight victory. Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Milos Petkovic (201-F/C-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 22. Ionut Hurjui replied with 17 points in defeat and Constantin Amarghioalei as well as Madalin Nicolae had 11 each.
CS Concordia Chiajna meanwhile edged CSU Stiinta Bucuresti 93:77. Nemanja Petrovic (90) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Vasile Stefan (192-F-85) had 12. Cosmin Barbu answered with 22 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.
In another game CSU Galati outscored CS Vabova Sfntu Gheorghe 90:73.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Burtt, Avtodor20.3 
 2. Likholitov, Volgog.17.3 
 3. Makshantsev, Novo.16.1 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.15.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd15.2 
 7. Monroe, Ural E.14.6 
 8. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.2 
 10. McGhee, Ural E.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.7 
 3. Rollins, Avtodor7.1 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 5. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.1 
 6. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 7. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.6.9 
 8. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 9. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 10. Denison, Ataman6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Burtt, Avtodor5.6 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.0 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman4.2 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.3.7 
 10. Anisimov, Novosyb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ryazan2.2 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 6. Mateyunas, Ataman1.8 
 7. Burtt, Avtodor1.7 
 8. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
 9. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 10. Semerninov, Rusko.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hakeem ROLLINS
  Avtodor
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rollins, Avtodor1.8 
 2. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.3 
 3. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 4. Likholitov, Volgog.1.2 
 5. Denison, Ataman1.2 
 6. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 7. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 8. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 9. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 10. Oveshkov, Planet.0.9 


VTB League: CSKA edged Krasnie Krilya in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA-Krasnie Krilya 87:78

CSKA edged Krasnie Krilya in Game 2 and stepped closer to the Semifinals of the VTB league. The Russian Champion posted a 87:78 win before heading to Samara.
It was not the easy game for CSKA as it was last night in Game 1. CSKA started with 29-21 lead in the first period and added 19-17 in the second frame for 10-point lead at the halftime. The hosts also won the third quarter 16-10 and did not mind the narrow loss in the last period. Krasnie Krilya produced a 30-23 burst to reduce to final 9 points.
Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) added 13. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) delivered 12, while Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) scored 11. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Aaron Miles (186-PG-83, college: Kansas) brought 13. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) 12, Evgeny Kolesnikov 8

CSKA: Viktor Khryapa 16, Sonny Weems 13, Sasha Kaun 12, Andrey Vorontsevich 11
Krasnie Krilya: Chester Simmons 23, Aaron Miles 13, Omar Thomas 12, Evgeny Kolesnikov 8



Surgut advanced to Superleague Finals - by Eurobasket News

Univ.Surgut - Avtodor 76-66 (3-2)

Surgut advanced to Superleague Finals after a 3-2 win the series against Avtodor. The game was mostly controlled by Universitet-Yugra. Avtodor managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Center Artem Klimenko (214-94) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: A.Ageev 21+8reb+1ast, A.Rindin 17+8reb+1ast, D.Hloponin 13+2reb+5ast, L.Lekavicius 11+7reb+6ast, G.Zelenskiy 8+4reb+1ast, A.Savenkov 2+3reb
Avtodor: A.Klimenko 14+9reb+1ast, S.Burtt 14+2reb+6ast, S.Toropov 12+3reb, H.Rollins 8+5reb, I.Strebkov 5+6reb+4ast, A.Pushkin 5+1reb
gschID: 241161



VTB League: Khimki celebrated the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Khimki-VEF Riga 104:82

Khimki celebrated the second straight win at the VTB League Quarterfinals. The Winner of Group A improved to 2-0 lead in the series after a 104:82 win in Game 2.
Both teams scored 27 points each in the first period as VEF Riga looked better in comparison with the first game. Khimki however pushed the tempo in the second quarter and after 30-20 surge took 10-point halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. The Russian team posted a 21-19 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 26-16 surge at the end.
Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) as well as Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 14 each. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) followed them with 12 points in a win. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) posted 20 points in the losing effort and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) scored 19.

Khimki: Vitaliy Fridzon 15, K.C. Rivers 14, Zoran Planinic 14, Petteri Koponen 12
VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 20, Donatas Zavackas 19



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Bamba Fall wins the title in Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) wins the title in Estonia as his Kalev/Cramo became the Estonian champion for the third year in a row. In the fourth game Kalev/Cramo posted an 81:69 win for 4-0 in the series.
The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. TU/Rock managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TU/Rock 39-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kalev/Cramo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ty Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. At the losing side Ivan Nelyubov responded with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Rain Veideman scored 19 points.
In 2012-2013 for Bamba Fall BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-KML, starting five) averaged 11.2ppg, 7.6rpg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 63.6%, FT: 66.7% in Baltic League In Estonia he showed 8.9 points per game.



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Dragan Raca in Dallas Maverics camp - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian coach Raca Dragan gets invitation for Dallas Maverics veteran camp in October 2013. Dallas Maverics is known for having international ties with international coaches and players . Raca Dragan is head coach in Chongqing Fly Dragon and was a National team coach for Cyprus and Lebanon. Raca will be only Serbian Head Coach next season to coach in CBA (Chinese Basketball Association). During successful career Raca Dragan wan on the bench of Cyprian and Greece teams like AEL Limassol, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia, AEP Olimpias Patron, in Beirut Al Hekmeh and now in China.


List of candidates for Serbian U18 National team - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian Basketball association announce list of candidates for Serbian U18 National team.

Rebic Nikola FMP Beograd
Djukanovic Brano FMP Beograd
Ristic Dusan FMP Beograd
Pusica Vasilije - Partizan Beograd
Jugovic Aleksa Partizan Beograd
Babovic Bozidar - Partizan Beograd
Jaramaz Ognjen - Mega Vizura
Zagorac Rade - Mega Vizura
Simovic Andrija - Mega Vizura
Jokic Nikola Mega Vizura
Veljkovic Milenko Mega Vizura
Simeunovic Djordje Mega Vizura
Guduric Marko Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Tejic Marko Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Kaplanovic Djordje Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Davidovac Dejan Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Bursac Aleksandar - Vrsac
Milanovic Djordje Leotar Trebinje
Ljubenovic Stefan Crna Gora
Salic Djoko - Spars 05
Milin Matija - Arcadia

Players will have gathering June 5 in Belgrade, when they start preparation for European Championship




Danilo Sibalic signed one-season deal with LF Basket - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Sibalic (204-F/C-88, agency: Beo Basket) signed one-season deal with ambitious Swedish team LF Basket (former Plannja Basket, Swedish champ 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007). The combo forward had 17.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg in Serbian league this season with Smederevo. He had 46.7% for 3-pts (49/105), No.1 in the league. The player started the season with Bosnian Servitium collecting 17.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 5 games. He also has experience from Austrian UBC St. Polten and Italian Snaidero Udine.


Sasa Obradovic instead Ivkovic after Eurobasket? - by Igor Obradovic

According to information came by the twitter, after the European Championships in Slovenia in September, there may be changes in first coach place in Serbian national team.
In place of Dusan Ivkovic who was now coach in Serbian national team maybe came current coach of Germany Alba, Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ).
This is a second time that Ivkovic is coach of Serbian national team, and he come to this place in 2008.
From 1988 to 1995 is first team when Ivkovic led Serbian (Yugoslavia) national team.There is some information that Ivkovic is on a good way to take Fenerbahce Ulker.
Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ), a former national point guard now have 44 years and is currently the coach of Alba from Berlin, he started his coaching career at the team RheinEnergie Koln, then lead BC Kyiv, PGE Turow and BC Donetsk.



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Sasa ZAGORAC
  Grosuplje
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Zagorac, Grosuplje17.5 
 2. Jagodnik, Polzela17.3 
 3. Abramovic, LTHcas.16.8 
 4. Span, Geoplin Slov.15.6 
 5. Blazic, Un.Olimpija15.5 
 6. Robertson, Polzela15.1 
 7. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 8. Udrih, Zlatorog14.8 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska14.4 
 10. Mlakar, Geoplin14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bristol, Polzela10.9 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.1 
 3. Collins, Elektra7.9 
 4. Zimic, Tajfun7.2 
 5. Zagorac, Grosuplje7.1 
 6. Jagodnik, Polzela6.8 
 7. Jakhel Kolar., LTH.6.6 
 8. Primorac, Tajfun6.4 
 9. Mijovic, Rogaska6.3 
 10. Martin, Polzela6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Vujasinovic, Polze.5.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.2 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska5.0 
 4. Zagorc, Elektra4.2 
 5. Vladovic, Krka4.2 
 6. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.0 
 7. Mlakar, Geoplin3.9 
 8. Mocnik, Helios3.8 
 9. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.8 
 10. Ferme, Tajfun3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog1.9 
 2. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 3. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 4. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.6 
 5. Robertson, Polzela1.6 
 6. Vujasinovic, Polze.1.5 
 7. Petrovic, Geopli.1.5 
 8. Span, Geoplin Slov.1.5 
 9. Mlakar, Geoplin1.5 
 10. Antonijevic, Gros.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bristol, Polzela2.4 
 2. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.9 
 3. Collins, Elektra1.7 
 4. Majstorovic, Helios1.1 
 5. Zimic, Tajfun1.1 
 6. Martin, Polzela1.1 
 7. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.8 
 8. Pavic, Krka0.7 
 9. Miljkovic, Grosupl.0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 


Olimpija beat Krka to stay alive - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija beat Krka 73-68 in Game 3 to avoid a sweep in the finals. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the first half, Drazen Bubnic (206-F-86) and Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) both poured in 11 points and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) came off the bench for 8 assists.
After tying at 27 midway through the second quarter, Olimpija scored five straight points to go up 32-27 and never looked back for rest of the game. They had their largest lead of the game at 45-33 early in the second half. Olimpija still had a double-digit advantage at 65-55 with five minutes left. Krka cut the deficit to 66-70 with 52 second into the game. Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) hit just one free throw for Olimpija, but Edo Muric (202-F-91) missed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two.
Olimpija was outrebouned 26-36 and missed 15 free throws, but they shot 56-percent from the field (27-of-48) to Krka's just 42 percent (24-of-57). Krka was led by Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) with his 13 points, Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) added 11, Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) posted 10 points and Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) had 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Game 3: Krka-Union Olimpija 68-73 (series 2-1)
KRKA 68 (22+12+11+23): Lorbek 10, *Vladovic 13+5 as, *Rojc, Lali 2, Smodis 11, *Pavic 8, *Lucic 8, Pajic DNP, Bolcina DNP, *Klobucar 8+9 rbs, Anderson 6, E.Muric 2.

UNION OLIMPIJA 73 (23+19+13+18): Kokol DNP, Rupnik 2, Prepelic 6+8 as, *Blazic 17, Rannikko 5, *Salin 9, *Bubnik 11, *Perkovic 11, *Mocnik 6, Sulejmanovic 2, Omic 4.



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East Asian Championship: South Korea roll past Taiwan for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Taiwan 78:56

South Korea claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the East Asian Championship in Incheon. The hosts held off Taiwan for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Taiwan fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) delivered 13 points to pace the winning team.
Taiwan surprised the home team in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 21:15 rally in the first term. But the Korean side quickly bounced back. They adjusted defensively and held Taiwan to 10 points in the second period. South Korea accumulated a 37:31 halftime lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 11 points 56:45. South Korea unloaded 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Doo Kung-Min netted 12 points, while Lee Seoung-Hyun added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) responded with 13 points for Taiwan. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) and Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) chipped in 9 points apiece in the defeat.

South Korea: Heo Il-Young 13, Doo Kung-Min 12, Lee Seoung-Hyun 11+10 boards
Taiwan: Tsai Wen-Cheng 13, Creighton Douglas 9, Tseng Wen-Ting 9



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When that Something Hits the Fan - by Tim Shea

Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down,
Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town.
Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall,
Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all.
It's tough out there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

XXX The Spanish Players Association the ABP, has given a 48 hour ultimatum to the Spanish League offices, the ACB to attend to its demands. If not a players strike is threatened 10 days before the league playoffs are scheduled to begin.

From the mouth of the Player Associations President the Spanish version of the NBA Derrick Fischer, Jose Luis Llorente, these words: "Our Association has left the negotiating table because the league has absolutely broken the basis of the negotiations, has broken the actual ground rules. From the very first moment of our reunion the actual, in force and legally valid collective agreement was the basis of negotiations. From the very first moment the league has broken this basis and collective agreement therefore we have left the table until these conditions are recovered. We have given the league 48 hours to return to continue negotiations".

Some of the demands of the Players Association include:

1.
Increase the Minimum Salary which at the moment is 25,000 Euros.
2. Double the actual coverage of the Guaranteed Salary Fund and ease the recovery process.
3. Teams that are not up to date on salary payments to players lose their right to first refusal on said players.
4. No restrictions on procuring a contract for those players that utilize the labor law (Real Decreto 1006) to terminate their contracts with their clubs

Other negotiating points are: Christmas vacations, the conditions of unfulfilled contractual obligations to present players and that these clubs be prohibited from contracting new players, the ability of clubs to declare bankruptcy and continue to compete in the league and points regarding labor laws, free agent status, and the clubs social fiscal contributions.
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The economic situation is Spain is in dire straits with 27% general unemployment and in the age group of most players that unemployment figure reaches almost 50%. It is a bad time all around. Take my word for it... It's worse than a Ponzi Scheme and there seems no end in sight.

Highwater risin', rising night and day,
All the gold and silver are being stolen away.
Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind,
He made it to Kansas City, twelfth street and vine.
Nothin' standing there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

Tim Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




When that Something Hits the Fan - by Tim Shea

Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down,
Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town.
Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall,
Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all.
It's tough out there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

XXX The Spanish Players Association the ABP, has given a 48 hour ultimatum to the Spanish League offices, the ACB to attend to its demands. If not a players strike is threatened 10 days before the league playoffs are scheduled to begin.

From the mouth of the Player Associations President the Spanish version of the NBA Derrick Fischer, Jose Luis Llorente, these words: "Our Association has left the negotiating table because the league has absolutely broken the basis of the negotiations, has broken the actual ground rules. From the very first moment of our reunion the actual, in force and legally valid collective agreement was the basis of negotiations. From the very first moment the league has broken this basis and collective agreement therefore we have left the table until these conditions are recovered. We have given the league 48 hours to return to continue negotiations".

Some of the demands of the Players Association include:
1. Increase the Minimum Salary which at the moment is 25,000 Euros.
2. Double the actual coverage of the Guaranteed Salary Fund and ease the recovery process.
3. Teams that are not up to date on salary payments to players lose their right to first refusal on said players.
4. No restrictions on procuring a contract for those players that utilize the labor law (Real Decree #1006) to terminate their contracts with their clubs

Other negotiating points include: Christmas vacations, the conditions of unfulfilled contractual obligations to present players and that these clubs be prohibited from contracting new players, the ability of clubs to declare bankruptcy and continue to compete in the league and points regarding labor laws, free agent status, and the clubs social fiscal contributions.
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The economic situation is Spain is in dire straits with 27% general unemployment and in the age group of most players that unemployment figure reaches almost 50%. It is a bad time all around. Take my word for it... Right now the times are worse than a Ponzi Scheme and there seems no end in sight.

Highwater risin', rising night and day,
All the gold and silver are being stolen away.
Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind,
He made it to Kansas City, twelfth street and vine.
Nothin' standing there,
Highwater everywhere.

Bob Dylan

Tim Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




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  SWEDEN   


08 Stockholm and Stockholm Eagles - out of the league - by Andreas Eriksson

Yesterday the Swedish Federation announced that two out of the leagues twelve teams have not been approved as members of Basketligan 2013-2014. Both 08 Stockholm Human Rights and Stockholm Eagles have been kicked out of the league due to various reasons. 08 Stockholm is kicked out because their organisation doesn't meet the standards of Basketligan, and Stockholm Eagles have not handled paperworks with work permits and staying permits for their american players correctly, and the federation have found that the club have debts.
The league next year will now be played with 10 teams instead of 12.



Danilo Sibalic signed one-season deal with LF Basket - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Sibalic (204-F/C-88, agency: Beo Basket) signed one-season deal with ambitious Swedish team LF Basket (former Plannja Basket, Swedish champ 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007). The combo forward had 17.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg in Serbian league this season with Smederevo. He had 46.7% for 3-pts (49/105), No.1 in the league. The player started the season with Bosnian Servitium collecting 17.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 5 games. He also has experience from Austrian UBC St. Polten and Italian Snaidero Udine.


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Al-Jaish comes back from Duhok - by Eurobasket News

Al-Jaish comes back from Duhok as the team participated at the West Asia Basketball League. The team from Syria finished on the last place with a 0-6 record.
On May 15th Champville outscored Al-Jaish from Syria 105:63. Champville dominated the whole game and enjoyed 51:36 lead at the halftime. The team improved to 77:53 after three quarters and managed to score three-digit number. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) stepped up with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) had 24 points and 11 boards.
On May 16th Foolad Mahan from Iran smashed Al-Jaish from Syria 105:58. Tonight Petroshemi - Iran overcame the representative from Syria 101.75.
Champville meanwhile triumphs at WABA 2013 with 7 teams participating. The team from Lebanon finished with 5-1 record and stepped higher than Foolad Mahan and Petroshemi that also had the same record. The Lebanese team had a better difference in the game between three teams.



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  TAIWAN   


East Asian Championship: South Korea roll past Taiwan for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Taiwan 78:56

South Korea claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the East Asian Championship in Incheon. The hosts held off Taiwan for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Taiwan fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) delivered 13 points to pace the winning team.
Taiwan surprised the home team in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 21:15 rally in the first term. But the Korean side quickly bounced back. They adjusted defensively and held Taiwan to 10 points in the second period. South Korea accumulated a 37:31 halftime lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 11 points 56:45. South Korea unloaded 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Doo Kung-Min netted 12 points, while Lee Seoung-Hyun added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) responded with 13 points for Taiwan. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) and Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) chipped in 9 points apiece in the defeat.

South Korea: Heo Il-Young 13, Doo Kung-Min 12, Lee Seoung-Hyun 11+10 boards
Taiwan: Tsai Wen-Cheng 13, Creighton Douglas 9, Tseng Wen-Ting 9



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.9 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.4 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Antalya15.8 
 8. Videnov, Olin Edir.15.7 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 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. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.1 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Stanojevic, TED K.6.4 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.0 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.5 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.4 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 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. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 6. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 7. Markoishvili, Gala.1.5 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Ermis, Fener.Ulker1.3 
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. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 8. Plisnic, TED K.0.9 
 9. Prince, Mersin0.8 
 10. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 



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Frank Elegar wins the title in Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) wins the title in Estonia as his Kalev/Cramo became the Estonian champion for the third year in a row. In the fourth game Kalev/Cramo posted an 81:69 win for 4-0 in the series.
The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. TU/Rock managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TU/Rock 39-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kalev/Cramo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ty Abbott who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Armands Skele added 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Ivan Nelyubov responded with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Rain Veideman scored 19 points.



Golden Eagles' Edwin transfers from USM - by David Edole

In search of more playing time, Southern Miss guard Deon Edwin (188-G) is expected to transfer from the men's basketball team.
Edwin, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard from the Virgin Islands, averaged 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game as a freshman for the 27-10 Golden Eagles.
USM coach Donnie Tyndall said he had talked with Edwin and couldn't guarantee him more minutes on the court in 2013-14.
Deons minutes were limited this year, and with the guys we have returning with the guys we have sitting out, he just felt like it was in his best interest to go play somewhere else where he can get more minutes, Tyndall said. Hes a great kid, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.



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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. Brazelton, Petroc.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. Culpepper, Fe.1.8 
 5. Chappell, Fe.1.8 
 6. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 7. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 8. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Mayo, Mykolaiv1.5 
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. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 8. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 9. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 10. Raduljica, Azovm.1.1 


Azovmash tied Superleague Finals at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

3-4 Place
Ferro-ZNTU - Halychyna 102-89 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Ferro-ZNTU. Halychyna managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferro-ZNTU shot 30 for 42 from the free-throw line, while Halychyna only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Halychyna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) scored 30 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 26 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. Ferro-ZNTU's coach Kiril Bolshakov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 23 points and Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: G.Ikonic 23+1reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 15+3reb+5ast, V.Vukosavljevic 14+12reb, L.Stefanishin 9+2reb+2ast, O.Saltovets 8+8reb+1ast, S.Vasiljevic 7+3reb+2ast
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 30+4ast, J.Chappell 26+3reb+5ast, D.Werner 14+6reb+4ast, A.Butskyy 12+3reb+6ast, R.Guinn 10+5reb+2ast, C.Moore 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 240432


FINAL
Budivelnyk - Azovmash 73-77 (1-1)

Azovmash tied Superleague Finals at 1-1. Budivelnyk trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 23-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-77 at the end of the game. Azovmash made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists during the contest. American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Volodymyr Egorov (200-91) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Budivelnyk's coach Ainars Bagatskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: M.Delaney 17+8reb+5ast, V.Egorov 16+3reb+6ast, D.Salenga 8+5reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 8+6reb, D.Kickert 7+1reb, R.Kuksiks 6+3reb+1ast
Azovmash: T.Dragicevic 21+10reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 18+3reb+4ast, L.Greer 17+4reb+8ast, O.Kolchenko 8+2reb+5ast, I.Zaytsev 6+4reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 240433



Andriy Novikov and Vitaliy Bliznyuk finished successful season in Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Andriy Novikov (200-F-89) and Vitaliy Bliznyuk (206-C-79) finished successful season in Belarus. Their Grodno-93 lost the Finals to Tsmoki-Minsk and finished second.
Tsmoki-Minsk became the Champions of Belarus! The defending champions swept the Finals series against Grodno-93 3-0 adding 74:66 road win.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grodno-93 won third quarter 24-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tsmoki-Minsk dominated on the defensive end, holding Grodno-93 to just 5 points in second quarter.
Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Aliaksei Trastsinetski added 14. Pavel Ulyanko netted 11, while Ater Majok and Dzianis Korshuk added 7 apiece. Yuri Kuzminets replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Mastou scored 12. Igor Konuyshenko produced 10 and Korzh had 9.
Andriy Novikov averaged 3.5 points per game, while Vitaliy Bliznyuk showed 4.3 points per game.



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Standings - LPB

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

Regular Season: Round 45

May. 17: Bucaneros - Marinos
May. 17: Gigantes - Gaiteros
May. 18: Trotamundos - Guaiqueries
May. 19: Cocodrilos - Marinos
May. 19: Trotamundos - Guaiqueries
May. 19: Toros - Bucaneros
May. 19: Gaiteros - Guaros


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, Guaros19.1 
 5. Rodgers, Marinos18.4 
 6. Hornsby, Bucaneros17.9 
 7. Horton, Panteras16.9 
 8. Silva, Gaiteros15.4 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodril.15.4 
 10. Sucre, Marinos15.1 
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, Marinos6.8 
 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, Guaros3.8 
 8. Herrera, Panteras3.3 
 9. Martinez, Guaros3.0 
 10. Vargas, Marinos2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Horton, Panteras2.8 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.5 
 4. Fortson, Trotamun.2.4 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.3 
 6. Baez, Gigantes2.0 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos1.9 
 8. Cubillan, Trotamun.1.8 
 9. Feeley, Gigantes1.8 
 10. Hornsby, Bucaner.1.8 
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. Adams, Guaros0.5 



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Day 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Krasnie Krilya 87-78

CKSA registered the second striaght win over Krasnie Krilya at the start of the quarterfinal series. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-23 Krasnie Krilya's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-78 at the end of the game. CSKA Moscow players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) replied with 23 points and his fellow American import point guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Krasnie Krilya. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 23+4reb+3ast, A.Miles 13+2reb+4ast, O.Thomas 12+2reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 8+3reb+1ast, V.Zaryazhko 6+2reb, Y.Vasiliev 6+1reb+2ast
CSKA: V.Khryapa 16+8reb+6ast, S.Weems 13+4reb+2ast, S.Kaun 12+5reb+1ast, A.Vorontsevich 11+3reb+1ast, E.Voronov 10+2reb+1ast, V.Micov 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240479


Khimky - VEF Riga 104-82

Khimky overcame VEF Riga to earn 2-0 lead in the series. Khimky shot 62.9 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by VEF Riga's players. The best player for the winners was Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (198-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 assists. American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Khimky players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 19 points and 6 rebounds 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:
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 20+5reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 19+6reb+1ast, W.Daniels 9+1reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 9+2reb+1ast, L.Blaus 9+3reb, D.Bertans 9+2reb
Khimky: V.Fridzon 15+4reb+1ast, P.Davis 14+6reb+5ast, K.Rivers 14+2reb+3ast, P.Koponen 12+2reb+4ast, Z.Planinic 11+1reb+13ast, E.Vyaltsev 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240478


Zalgiris - N.Novgorod 66-62

Zalgiris came from behind to knock down Nizhny Novgorod in Kaunas. 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 (80.0 percent) during the game, while BC Nizhny Novgorod only scored seven points from the stripe. Center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Forward Dmitry Golovin (192-88) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: D.Golovin 12+8reb+7ast, D.Thompson 9+6reb+4ast, A.Yakovenko 9, S.Antonov 8+4reb+5ast, S.Shashkov 8+2reb, P.Korobkov 6+4reb
Zalgiris: D.Lavrinovic 19+3reb, R.Kaukenas 14+1reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 14+1reb+2ast, A.Juskevicius 5+4reb+3ast, M.Kuzminskas 5+5reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 240477


Unics - Lokomotiv 65-77

Lokomotiv shocked Unics in Kazan for the second straight time stepping closer to the semifinal stage. 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. American power forward Richard Hendrix (204-86, college: Alabama) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. American guard Terrell Lyday (191-79, college: BYU) responded with 14 points and Greek power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Unics: T.Lyday 14+2reb+3ast, I.Vougioukas 10+6reb+3ast, M.Chatman 9+2reb+1ast, C.Eidson 9+3reb+4ast, P.Sergeev 8+3reb, K.Kaimakoglou 8+3reb+3ast
Lokomotiv: A.Zubkov 16+2reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 15+8reb, N.Calathes 11+4reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 10+6reb+4ast, D.Brown 8+3reb, V.Likhodey 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 240476



BC Astana farewell to Rawle Marshall, Andreas Glyniadakis and Nemanja Jaramaz - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana farewell to Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland), Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-SG-91, agency: Beo Basket) as well as to local Vsevolod Fadeikin (208-C-85) and Maxim Voyeykov (198-F-88). The five players will leave the team.
Maxim Voyeykov started the season 2012-2013 for BC Astana (D1), then moved to Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (Russia-Superleague, starting five), then signed at BC Astana (D1). In VTB league he averaged 2.1 points per game.
Vsevolod Fadeikin spent almost his all career with the team. Last season he averaged 1.0 points per game in VTB league.
Rawle Marshall was one of the key players and showed 11.1 points per game in VTB league. Last year he was mentioned and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention -12.
Andreas Glyniadakis showed 7.1 points per game in VTB league. He played for the team one season coming from Olympiacos.
Nemanja Jaramaz is a Serbian player who spent half of the year with the team. His stats read 1.8 points per game in VTB league.



Gediminas Orelikas moves to Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) will continue his career in Lietuvos Rytas. The forward has agreed on terms of two-year contract with the Vilnius powerhouse. Gediminas Orelikas has played for Rudupis Prienai since 2010. Last season the forward led LKL in scoring posting 16.8 points per game. He also tallied 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in LKL. In Baltic League Gediminas Orelikas notched 17.9 points and 5.6 boards per appearance. The forward also delivered 11.3 points, 3.3 boards and 2.8 assists per game in EuroCup. Eurobasket.com named Gediminas Orelikas All-Baltic League Player of the Year. He was also trumped All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year. The forward was the member of the Lithuanian University National Team in 2011.


BC Astana keep Anton Ponomaryov - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana have agreed on terms of contract extension with Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket). The centre has signed a new two-year contract with the team. Anton Ponomaryov joined BC Astana back in 2011. Last season he notched 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds per game in VTB League. He won the championship and Cup titles with BC Astana this season. Previously the centre had stints in Serbia, Russia and Kazakhstan. Anton Ponomaryov earned All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team appearance back in 2010. He has been the member of the Kazakhstan National Team since 2005. The centre also played for U18, U20 and University National Teams. Anton Ponomaryov shone at the 2009 Asian Championship in China. He tallied 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game at the tournament.


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  WABA LEAGUE   

WABA Final Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 17: Foolad Mahan - Al Karkh 87-66
May. 17: Duhok - ASU 104-88
May. 17: Petrochimi - Al Jaish 101-75


Champville triumphs at West Asia Basketball League 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Champville triumphs at West Asia Basketball League 2013 with 7 teams participating. The team from Lebanon finished with 5-1 record and stepped higher than Foolad Mahan and Petroshemi that also had the same record. The Lebanese team had a better difference in the game between three teams.
On May 15th Champville outscored Al-Jaish from Syria 105:63. Champville dominated the whole game and enjoyed 51:36 lead at the halftime. The team improved to 77:53 after three quarters and managed to score three-digit number. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) stepped up with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) had 24 points and 11 boards.
In the last game Champville rolled over Al Karkh from Iraq 102:76. The champions opened the game with 26-13 and added 26-16 in the second frame. Moreover they won the third quarter 30-23 and finished the game scoring another three digit number.




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Women News


Lithuania shock Belarus in Zloty Sokol opener - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Lithuania 38:57
Lithuania shock Belarus in Zloty Sokol opener. The Lithuanian team celebrated an easy 57:38 win at the International Tournament in Poland.
Both teams scored 12 points each in the first period and then Lithuanian grabbed a 5-point advantage at the halftime due to 19-14 surge in the second frame. Moreover the Baltic side added a 15-8 surge in the third period for a bigger lead. Belarus managed to score only 4 points in the last quarter and failed with 19 points difference.
Marina Solopova and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 10 points each. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) nailed 9, while Kristina Alminaite (205-C-90) scored 7.
In another game Poland needs two overtimes to beat Ukraine in Day 1 of the international Tournament Zloty Sokol. The hosts of the tournament grabbed an 87:83 win over Ukraine in their opener.
Tomorrow Ukraine will take on Belarus, while Poland will play against Lithuania.



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  FRANCE   


Fleur Devillers joins Lattes Montpellier - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) added to their roster 18-year old guard Fleur Devillers (181-95). She started last season at Centre Federal BB (LF2). In 15 games she had 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Devillers played also at Centre Federal BB (LF2). In 14 games she recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg. She represented France at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) last year. Devillers' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fleur Devillers joins Lattes Montpellier - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) added to their roster 18-year old guard Fleur Devillers (181-95). She started the season at Centre Federal BB (LF2). In 15 games she had 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Devillers played also at Centre Federal BB (LF2). In 14 games she recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg. She represented France at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) last year. Devillers' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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

Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 1st Team 2013
Slavica Dimovska
Dimovska
Andzelika Mitrasinovik
Mitrasinovik
Aleksandra Stojanovska
Stojanovska
Ana Zivkovic
Zivkovic
Elena Radenkovic
Radenkovic

Finals MVP: Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84) of Krosig Skopje
Player of the Year: Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84) of Krosig Skopje
Guard of the Year: Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) of Vigor Skopje
Forward of the Year: Ana Zivkovic (182-F-87) of Krosig Skopje
Center of the Year: Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84) of Krosig Skopje
Defensive Player of the Year: Ana Zivkovic (182-F-87) of Krosig Skopje
Coach of the Year: Zoran Balov of Krosig Skopje

1st Team
G: Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) of Vigor Skopje
PG: Andzelika Mitrasinovik (175-PG-93) of Badel
SF: Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) of Badel
F: Ana Zivkovic (182-F-87) of Krosig Skopje
C/F: Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84) of Krosig Skopje

2nd Team
PG: Simona Delovska (168-PG-92) of Vard.Mladinec
G: Kristina Semeredi (185-G-77) of Krosig Skopje
F: Ana Kotevska (F-94) of Pelister
F: Elena Trajcevska (176-F-92) of Badel
PF: Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) of Vigor Skopje



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  HOLLAND   


Connecticut Sun waived Van Grinsven - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun waived 24-year old Dutch ex-international forward Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-89, college: St.Joseph's).
Van Grinsven just graduated from Saint Joseph's University and it is her first season in pro basketball. Her team won Atlantic 10 Tournament. Van Grinsven received All-Atlantic 10 1st Team award in 2013 at her college time.
Van Grinsven was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She played for Dutch Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Van Grinsven represented Holland at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 12.6ppg, Reb-3 (11.6rpg), 1.3apg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 36.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 70.3%.
Van Grinsven has played also in Belgium (BBC Kangoeroes-Boom).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LATVIA   


Linda Rubene signs at Caja Rural - by Eurobasket News

Tintos de Toro Caja Rural Zamora (LFB) landed 22-year old Latvian ex-international forward Linda Rubene (190-91). She just graduated from Indiana (NCAA). The last season Rubene also at Indiana University in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. But in 24 games she averaged only 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it is her first season in pro basketball.
Rubene was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. She played for Latvian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U18 National Team in 2009. Rubene represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 0.9ppg.
Rubene has played previously for 47.vsk and SK Riga.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania shock Belarus in Zloty Sokol opener - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Lithuania 38:57
Lithuania shock Belarus in Zloty Sokol opener. The Lithuanian team celebrated an easy 57:38 win at the International Tournament in Poland.
Both teams scored 12 points each in the first period and then Lithuanian grabbed a 5-point advantage at the halftime due to 19-14 surge in the second frame. Moreover the Baltic side added a 15-8 surge in the third period for a bigger lead. Belarus managed to score only 4 points in the last quarter and failed with 19 points difference.
Marina Solopova and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 10 points each. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) nailed 9, while Kristina Alminaite (205-C-90) scored 7.
In another game Poland needs two overtimes to beat Ukraine in Day 1 of the international Tournament Zloty Sokol. The hosts of the tournament grabbed an 87:83 win over Ukraine in their opener.
Tomorrow Ukraine will take on Belarus, while Poland will play against Lithuania.



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  POLAND   


Poland needs two overtimes to beat Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Poland-Ukraine 87:83 2OT

Poland needs two overtimes to beat Ukraine in Day 1 of the international Tournament Zloty Sokol. The hosts of the tournament grabbed an 87:83 win over Ukraine in their opener.
Both teams posted 20 points in the first period as the battle continued until the end. Poland managed to take 1-point lead at the halftime due to 13-12 rally in the second frame. Ukraine however needed a 26-21 surge in the third quarter for their lead, but Poland tied the game after 13-9 in the fourth quarter. In the first extra time both teams scored 7 points, while Poland grabbed the victory due to 13-9 in the second overtime.
Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) netted 15. Magdalena Skorek (177-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) delivered 14, while Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) had 11.
Tomorrow Ukraine will take on Belarus, while Poland will play against Lithuania.



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  ROMANIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Awards 2013 - by Simas

Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team 2013
Jennifer Risper
Risper
Jence Rhoads
Rhoads
Chrissy Givens
Givens
Jillian Robbins
Robbins
Shanika Freeman
Freeman

Player of the Year: Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad
Guard of the Year: Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
Forward of the Year: Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad
Center of the Year: Mekia Valentine (193-F/C-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
Import Player of the Year: Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad
Bosman Player of the Year: Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) of Craiova
Domestic Player of the Year: Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87) of Targoviste
Defensive Player of the Year: Gabriela Toma (192-C-74) of Craiova
Coach of the Year: Dan Moraru of ICIM Arad

1st Team
G: Jennifer Risper (175-PG-87) of ICIM Arad
G: Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
F: Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad
F: Jillian Robbins (190-F-84) of Targoviste
F/C: Shanika Freeman (186-F/C-83) of Satu Mare

2nd Team
G: Tiffany Brown (165-G-86) of Timisoara
G/F: Jasmin Bailey (172-G/F-90) of Sf.Gheorghe
F: Rebecca Tobin (195-F-88) of Alba Iulia
F: Amanda Thompson (183-F-87) of Alba Iulia
F/C: Mekia Valentine (193-F/C-88) of Sf.Gheorghe

Honorable Mention
Gabriela Toma (192-C-74) of Craiova
Ashley Walker (187-F/C-87) of Targoviste
Khadijah Whittington (185-F-86) of Satu Mare
Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
Ashley Arlen (187-F-90) of Alexandria
Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) of Timisoara

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Annemarie Parau (170-G-84) of Satu Mare
G/F: Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) of ICIM Arad
F: Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87) of Targoviste
F: Claudia Pop (182-F-89) of Targoviste
C: Gabriela Toma (192-C-74) of Craiova

All-Imports Team
G: Jennifer Risper (175-PG-87) of ICIM Arad
G: Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
F: Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad
F: Amanda Thompson (183-F-87) of Alba Iulia
F/C: Shanika Freeman (186-F/C-83) of Satu Mare

All-Bosmans Team
G: Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) of Timisoara
G: Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
F: Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79) of ICIM Arad
C: Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) of Craiova
C: Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) of Sp.Studentesc

All-Defensive Team
G: Tiffany Brown (165-G-86) of Timisoara
C: Gabriela Toma (192-C-74) of Craiova
C/F: Adina Stoiedin (186-C/F-91) of Timisoara
F/C: Mekia Valentine (193-F/C-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
F: Jillian Robbins (190-F-84) of Targoviste




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  SPAIN   


Linda Rubene signs at Caja Rural - by Eurobasket News

Tintos de Toro Caja Rural Zamora (LFB) landed 22-year old Latvian ex-international forward Linda Rubene (190-91). She just graduated from Indiana (NCAA). The last season Rubene also at Indiana University in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. But in 24 games she averaged only 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it is her first season in pro basketball.
Rubene was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. She played for Latvian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U18 National Team in 2009. Rubene represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 0.9ppg.
Rubene has played previously for 47.vsk and SK Riga.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  UKRAINE   


Poland needs two overtimes to beat Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Poland-Ukraine 87:83 2OT

Poland needs two overtimes to beat Ukraine in Day 1 of the international Tournament Zloty Sokol. The hosts of the tournament grabbed an 87:83 win over Ukraine in their opener.
Both teams posted 20 points in the first period as the battle continued until the end. Poland managed to take 1-point lead at the halftime due to 13-12 rally in the second frame. Ukraine however needed a 26-21 surge in the third quarter for their lead, but Poland tied the game after 13-9 in the fourth quarter. In the first extra time both teams scored 7 points, while Poland grabbed the victory due to 13-9 in the second overtime.
Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) netted 15. Magdalena Skorek (177-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) delivered 14, while Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) had 11.
Tomorrow Ukraine will take on Belarus, while Poland will play against Lithuania.



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  WNBA   


Los Angeles Sparks released April Sykes - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Sparks released 23-year old ex-international swingman April Sykes (182-85kg-90, college: Rutgers, agency: Two Points).
This season Sykes played at Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL) in Australian league. In 21 games she was second best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 4.0rpg and 1.5apg this season.
Last year she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in third round (28th overall).
Sykes attended Rutgers, The State University until 2012 and it is her first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her team was regular season runner-up in WNBA Western Conference in 2012. Sykes was also voted All-Big East 2nd Team in 2011 and 2012 at her college time.
Sykes was also a member of USA international program for some years. She played for USA Senior National Team two years ago and two years ago for U22 National Team. Sykes represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 9.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 83.3%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Connecticut Sun waived Van Grinsven - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun waived 24-year old Dutch ex-international forward Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-89, college: St.Joseph's).
Van Grinsven just graduated from Saint Joseph's University and it is her first season in pro basketball. Her team won Atlantic 10 Tournament. Van Grinsven received All-Atlantic 10 1st Team award in 2013 at her college time.
Van Grinsven was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She played for Dutch Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Van Grinsven represented Holland at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 12.6ppg, Reb-3 (11.6rpg), 1.3apg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 36.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 70.3%.
Van Grinsven has played also in Belgium (BBC Kangoeroes-Boom).

By Eurobasket Data Center