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  ARGENTINA   



Argentinian National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
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Nicolas Laprovittola
Laprovittola
Facundo Campazzo
Campazzo
Federico Van Lacke
Van Lacke
Marcos Mata
Mata
Juan Gutierrez
Gutierrez
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Nicolas Laprovittola 187-PG-90 Lanus Argentina
Facundo Campazzo 179-PG-91 Penarol Argentina
Nicolas Richotti 181-PG-86 CB Canarias Spain
Adrian Boccia 195-G/F-82 Lanus Argentina
Federico Van Lacke 191-G-80 Boca Jrs Argentina
Marcos Mata 201-SF-86 Penarol Argentina
Franco Giorgetti 202-F-92 Penarol Argentina
Leonardo Mainoldi 203-F-85 Mad-Croc Spain
Matias Bortolin 205-C-93 Arkadia Austria
Marcos Delia 206-C-92 Boca Jrs Argentina
Juan Gutierrez 205-F/C-83 Obras Argentina
Juan Manuel Torres 210-C-84 Fluminense Brazil

Julio Cesar Lamas Head Coach Obras Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 10

BIG V

May. 18: Eltham W. - Ringwood H.
May. 18: Corio Bay S. - Werribee D.
May. 18: Bulleen B. - Hume City
May. 18: Melbourne T. - Waverley F.
May. 19: Sherbrooke S. - Diamond V.E.

Central ABL

May. 18: N.Adelaide R. - Southern T.
May. 18: S.Adelaide P. - Norwood F.
May. 18: Sturt S. - Woodville W.
May. 18: C.District L. - W.Adelaide B.
May. 18: Forestville E. - Eastern M.

QBL

May. 18: Northside W. - SW Metro P. 91-79
May. 17: Bundaberg B. - Gladstone P. 88-94
May. 18: Townsville H. - Rockhampton 84-77
May. 18: Brisbane C. - Gladstone P. 81-91
May. 17: Cairns M. - Rockhampton 80-81
May. 18: Suncoast C. - Gold Coast R. 76-78
May. 18: Ipswich F. - Mackay M. 59-74
May. 17: Toowoomba M. - Mackay M. 58-79

SBL

May. 17: Perry Lakes H. - Lakeside L.
May. 18: Geraldton B. - Willetton T.
May. 18: Mandurah M. - Wanneroo W.
May. 18: Goldfield G. - East Perth E.
May. 18: Cockburn C. - Perth R.
May. 18: Stirling S. - SW Slammers
May. 18: Rockingham F. - Kalamunda E.S.

SEABL

May. 17: Hobart C. - Bendigo B. 96-98
May. 18: Dandenong R. - Sandringham S. 94-83
May. 18: Brisbane S. - Kilsyth C. 91-75
May. 18: Ballarat M. - Knox R. 84-81
May. 18: NW Tasmania - Bendigo B. 77-82
May. 18: Canberra G. - Mt Gambier 77-106
May. 18: Nunawading S. - Albury W.B. 75-81
May. 18: Frankston B. - Geelong S. 64-90
May. 19: Geelong S. - Albury W.B.
May. 19: Sandringham S. - Knox R.

WARATAH

May. 18: Parramatta W. - Newcastle H.
May. 18: Colonial Hotel - Sutherland S.
May. 18: Cent.Coast C. - Maitland M.
May. 18: Sydney C. - Illawarra H.
May. 18: Norths Bears - Hornsby S.
May. 19: Hills H. - Parramatta W.
May. 19: Manly Warr. - Newcastle H.


SEABL: Miners tall Smith is committed to playing in Ballarat - by Eurobasket News

MINERS tall, Chris Smith (208-C-89, college: Chaminade), took a punt in moving to Ballarat to join a team that, when he arrived, had no coach and sparse roster.

He says it has been one of the best moves of his basketball career.

Its different with a new team and new coach and exciting with one of the Miners greats in Eric Hayes as an assistant coach. I definitely wouldnt be surprised if you see him as head coach of the Miners in a few years, Smith said.

(Head coach) David Flint has been great.

Even from the second week of him being coach, I knew he was definitely the best coach Ive ever had.

He has such a great positive vibe and knows his stuff you really want to play for him.

As a Brisbane junior, Smith had been unaware of Flint and Hayes old school legendary status in the South East Australian basketball league.

He learnt pretty quickly.

Smith arrived at the Minerdome after two years with south conference rival Mt Gambier, lured by Miners head coach Guy Molly.

Molloy unexpectedly resigned two weeks later but Smith remained committed to becoming a Miner.

Im a city guy and the country lifestyle in Mt Gambier was a bit too quiet for me, Smith said.

My girlfriend is in Melbourne and the airport is close, so I can go home more to Brisbane and its also a lot easier for my family and friends to fly down here and visit me without a five-hour drive or $200 flight to Mt Gambier from there.

Not once has Smith wanted to play SEABL with Brisbane Spartans.

It would not feel right.

Growing up, the Spartans were a nemesis in junior ranks and he never considered trying out to join their roster.

Smith instead signed up with Brisbane Capitals in the Queensland Basketball League.

It was wihle playing with the Capitals that he received a call out of the blue to join the Pioneers in the SEABL.

The 24-year-old now lives with Ballarat Subaru Miners American imports Matt Hanson and Keena Young and said it had all worked out pretty well except the Miners needed to pull themselves out of a slump.

They are ranked fifth in the south conference on five wins and seven losses.

The Miners excited fans with a string of wins early in the season then lost six of their past seven matches.

Tonight they face Knox Raiders, led by former Miners coach Matt Shanahan, who have been languishing without injured SEABL most valuable player CJ Messingale.

But SEABL competition is uncannily tight this season. No team is safe.

Smith said the Miners needed to find some spark. They could not afford to play any catch-up this season.

It is a very important game every week is in the 28-game competition, Smith said.

Before you know it, you can drop down the ladder quick ... we need to get out of this slump together, we need to find that click again.
Courtesy of: http://www.thecourier.com.au



SEBAL: Chargers brave big match-ups - by Eurobasket News

AS a coach, Anthony Stewart would love nothing more than to see his in-form guard Deba George (183-PG-85) shut down his opposite number Jazzmarr Ferguson when the two clash tonight.

But the pure basketballer inside the Hobart coach would also love to see the duo go head to head and put on a show in their own version of modern warfare at Aurora Sports Stadium.

The Chargers host Bendigo Braves in a blockbuster SEABL clash, with the back-court match-up just one of three subplots which are set to unfold during the contest.

Hometown titan Brandon Polk will square off with former NBA big man Ivan McFarlin inside the paint, while Sydney Kings teammates Graeme Dann (202-F-83) and Tom Garlepp will lock horns for the first time since the completion of the NBL season.

Games don't get any bigger, with both teams sitting second in their respective conferences and Stewart knows it.

"There are only certain times you can come and watch individuals go flat out at each other like Deba George and Jazz Ferguson," Stewart said yesterday.

"This is an exciting match-up and probably one you would love to see a bit of street ball with them going one on one. You wouldn't stop either of them.

"They are going to have some pride and certainly will take it at each other. I'm looking forward to it not only as a coach but as a spectator.

"Right now I rate Brandon Polk as the best big man in the competition and he is coming up against Ivan McFarlin.

"The match-ups all round, it is going to be an unbelievable night of basketball to watch three quality players in Bendigo come up against our side."

Arguably the biggest beneficiary could be swingman Jordan Gregg, who has been firing on all cylinders in the past month.

The American is averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds in his past three starts, but it is his energy that has helped lift Hobart from a sluggish start.

"Jordan has been a power of strength the last six to seven games," Stewart said.

"There is no secret why we have turned our season around. The bottom line is Jordan's productivity is very high at the moment.

"His stats across the board and what he does for the team in terms of picking up balls and rebounding, he is back to where he was in 2012."

Tip-off tonight is 8pm, with the women's clash starting at 6pm.
Courtesy of: http://www.themercury.com.au



SEABL: King keeps starring in latest homecoming to Bendigo court - by Eurobasket News

BASKETBALLER Lauren King (182-G-84) has always had a bit of wanderlust. In her own words, shes not someone who stays in the one spot very long.

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But of late, the 183cm Lady Braves star has come to a rather unexpected realisation.

After years of travelling the country for her sport, playing in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland the ACT and Victoria, she may have finally found a place to call home.

I never really considered Bendigo to be my home until recently, says the 28-year-old who arrived in central Victoria in 2008 to line up for the Bendigo Spirit after winning a WNBL premiership with Adelaide Lightning.

The ensuing years have seen King feature on the Dandenong Rangers roster, spend two consecutive stints at the Sydney Uni Flames, and captain the Lady Braves in SEABL competition, winning the clubs MVP award in 2011.

Although I have moved around for the past three years, six months on and six months off, I have kept all my stuff in Bendigo and just taken a car load to wherever I have been playing.

I took a car load to Dandenong for six months, then a load to Sydney, back and forth twice.

But I got sick of the travelling, to be honest. I got engaged at the end of last year (to long-time partner Kris Davis) and since then I have just wanted to be settled.

I realised that with basketball, sometimes I am a bit selfish and I need to think about not just myself. Im really comfortable in Bendigo with Kris... its been five years, so I guess it has to be home.

King also seems right back at home on court for the Lady Braves, averaging 12 points and eight rebounds a game in 2013 after taking time-out from the SEABL last year.

I broke my foot at the start of the previous WNBL season and missed the first six weeks. I played the season out, but took the foot injury as a sign I needed a break, she says.

King stayed in Bendigo during the self-imposed hiatus, relief teaching at Kennington Primary School, hanging out with Kris, and following her own training schedule.

The break not only did wonders for her physical condition; it also reminded her how much she loved basketball (though she admits having weekends to herself for once was nice).

It was a massive re- charge, she says. My body was feeling great you dont realise how many years you play and how much of a toll it takes on your body.

Just to be pain-free, not to have to run on those floorboards, and not taking the knocks in games you normally do was really good.

King came back to the WNBL court with Sydney in great shape, but laughs that she should probably have worked on her ball skills a bit earlier than she did.

I hadnt touched the ball and Im definitely not one of those people who can pick one up after six months and be a superstar... it took a few months to get back into the swing of things.

Returning to the Lady Braves, her experience is a valuable asset to the side that has made the play-offs for three consecutive years.

She happily points out she is the second-oldest player on the list behind captain and 200-game veteran Jane Chalmers and sees her job as leading by example, and helping out the younger girls.

I have learnt so much over the years playing with different clubs and if there is anything I can pass on to the girls to help them become better basketballers or to improve the team, I will.

King knows all about the trials and tribulations of being an aspiring basketballer from a regional area.

She grew up in Ballina, in northern NSW, and spent her early teenage years treading the boards up and down the coast as part of various representative squads.

By under-16s, she was a member of the NSW Country squad and thats when the hard work really began.

I would jump on a bus and travel nine hours from Ballina to Newcastle for state training, she recalls.

Mum was busy looking after (younger siblings) Hannah, Grace and Jake, so I would get on the bus at midnight, arrive in the morning, train, then back on a bus on Sunday to go home.

I hate buses now because of it I just cant sit on one and enjoy it.

King describes those junior training weekends as hell.

We would sleep on a mattress on the stadium floor and it was always freezing heading into winter. The mattress would go flat during the night so wed end up on the ground, then wed get up at six oclock to train.

I guess we were young, but I really dont know how we did it!

King left Ballina after year 11 when she was invited to join the Australian Institute of Sports basketball program in Canberra.

Among the players there at the same time were Opals Hollie Grima, Emma Randall and Hannah Zavecz, as well as former Spirit forward Eleanor Haring, with whom she now lives.

Though she was a bit blase at the time, King now realises just what a privilege it was to be offered a scholarship to live and learn at the nations premiere sporting facility.

She made her WNBL debut for the institute team during the 2001-02 season, spending two years at the AIS before heading north to the Townsville Fire.

Her 2008 championship at Adelaide remains the highlight of her playing career, though she represented Australia at the World University Games in Turkey in 2005 (winning a bronze medal) and Bangkok in 2007 (winning gold) while studying for her teaching degree.

The plan, according to King, was to have a portable profession that she could call on to supplement her basketball income, whatever location she landed in.

I am a kid at heart and love to laugh and joke around, she says. I also really love kids, so teaching fitted around my basketball well.

But its a lot harder than what it seems.

You think with relief teaching you can just jump into a school, but when youre going state to state, it can be super-hard to get your qualifications recognised.

The process takes quite a few weeks or even months.

And given the WNBL season runs over the long summer holiday period, then ends half way through term one of a new school year, the work-and-sport stars dont always align.

I do it as much as I can but it gets light on, King says. It works sometimes but it can be challenging.

That is especially true for someone on the move as often as King has been.

I never planned to travel so much it has just happened, but it is has been a really great experience, she says. And I have made many great friends, especially in Bendigo.

I have spread myself thin, but Im not someone who stays in the one spot long.

Ive never had family where I have played before so nothing has really held me down before. Looking back, I have just been excited by new opportunities, so I have taken them.

King says she would not be where she is today without the support of her family.

In early high school, I was getting selected to play for different representative teams.

We didnt have a lot of money back then, but somehow they always found the money so I could go. Even now, if I need anything they are always there to help out, no matter what.

Her only regret in life is that she was not around for her youngest siblings.

I left to go to the AIS when Jake was six and Grace was eight, so I missed out on them growing up, she rues.

Asked what has kept her going for so long, especially when she has a teaching career to fall back on, King laughs in reply.

My bank account should have been telling me for a long time to get out of this, but I dont know, Im not done with it...

I really, really love it. I dont do it for accolades, I do it because I love it.

I get a kick out of playing I wouldnt have lasted this long if I was sitting on the bench and playing no minutes. I just love playing.

Since her engagement to Kris, though, her priorities have started to change.

The couple met through basketball in Townsville and Kris followed her to Adelaide then later Bendigo, where he has tried his hand at Aussie Rules football (he presently plays for Harcourt).

They are planning their wedding, possibly next April, and look forward to a slightly more settled life together.

For nearly eight years we have been on this crazy ride and Kris has never complained, King says.

He has supported me through hundreds of games. I dont give him enough credit.

Basketball is not in the middle of my focus now. It has shifted a little bit, but in a good way. I still really love it, but it is not my everything.

I will keep playing it, but I dont know for how long.

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I have been in the WNBL for 12 seasons so when I finish I will miss it, but life goes on. Ill still have my friends, my family and Kris.

And though she is sick of constantly moving, at least one more shift is on the cards sometime down the track.

I would eventually love to live closer to my family, near the beach and warmer weather, she says.

But for now, Bendigo is definitely my home.
Courtesy of: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au



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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 Gomel19.9 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.0 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch15.5 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.14.6 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.3 
 7. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.14.2 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Charykau, Sozh G.12.3 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Konate, Svisloch11.5 
 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: 6.5
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.5 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 4. Polyulyak, Svisloch4.7 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch4.5 
 6. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.4 
 7. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.3.8 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.1 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Kryukov, 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. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 5. Charykau, Sozh G.2.2 
 6. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.1 
 7. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.0 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
 9. Konate, Svisloch2.0 
 10. Malkov, Grodno-932.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Fedor KRYUKOV
  Borisfen
  (181-PG-88)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 4. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 5. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 6. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 
 7. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 
 8. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Kopylov, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Strukau, Svisloch0.0 


Sozh Gomel step onto the pedestal - by Eurobasket News

Sozh Gomel step onto the pedestal of Belarus as they finished third in the country. In the series for the third place the team overcame Svisloch 3-1.
After the two home victories Sozh Gomel lost in Game 3 77:79. It was a great evening for Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) helped adding 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Sergei Dadukin with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former Siarhei Charykau scored 20 points and 5 assists.
In Game 4 Sozh Gomel grabbed an 88:86 win and won the series. Svisloch was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Sergei Dadukin who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 8 rebounds. Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Oleksandr Dolenko answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ilya Sharipov (198-G-91) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Svisloch. Five Svisloch players scored in double figures.



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  BOSNIA   


Sasa Vasiljevic and Goran Ikonic finished successful season in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Sasa Vasiljevic (180-PG-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) finished successful season in Ukraine with their Halychyna. The latter finished fourth, however showed great basketball during the season.
Tonight Ferro-ZNTU celebrated the Superleague Bronze medals. They knocked down Halychyna in the fourth game of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Randy Culpepper stepped up with 26 points to lead the visitors.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 at the first break. But Ferro-ZNTU shifted the gear in the second period. The visitors unloaded 28 points to gain a 9-point halftime lead. Ferro-ZNTU stayed aggressive offensively in the second half. They sank 25 points in the third quarter to build a 12-point lead before the fourth stanza. Halychyna managed just 7 points in the fourth quarter as Ferro-ZNTU sealed the victory at the end. Jeremy Chappell provided 20 points and 6 boards, while Alexander Rybalko connected for 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the victory. Sasa Vasiljevic answered with 17 points for Halychyna. Vladan Vukosavljevic netted 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the losing effort.



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.6 
 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. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Becker, S.Jose/U.16.7 
 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.8.3 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.8 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Agba, Bauru7.1 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.1 
 9. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.4 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Flamengo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Mensah, Flamengo0.2 
 2. Calvo, S.Jose/U.0.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 4. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 5. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 6. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 7. Dornelles, Pinhei.0.1 
 8. Zanotti, Flamengo0.1 
 9. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
 10. Vieira, Flamengo0.1 
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. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 8. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Uberland and Flamengo record wins - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - S.Jose/Unimed 100-84

Flamengo cruised past Sao Jose/Unimed to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The game without a history. Flamengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sao Jose/Vinac's 24 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Flamengo forced 19 Sao Jose/Vinac turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Ghanian guard Kojo Mensah (193-85, college: Buffalo St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Flamengo players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (186-81) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: C.Silveira 23+7reb, V.Benite 21+1reb+1ast, K.Mensah 14+6reb+6ast, M.Vieira 13+7reb+5ast, E.Machado 13+5reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 9+4reb+3ast
S.Jose/Unimed: F.de Assis 20+6reb+2ast, A.Calvo 17+5reb, M.Becker 17+8reb, J.Antonio 9+3reb+1ast, A.Laws 6+3reb, I.Parisotto 5
gschID: 241050


Uberlandia - Bauru 93-65

Uberlandia knocked down Bauru to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Uberlandia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Uberlandia outrebounded Paschoalotto/Bauru 39-25 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was international power forward Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Robby Collum (185-81, college: W.Michigan) chipped in 18 points. Five Uberlandia players scored in double figures. Uberlandia's coach Helio Rubens felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: L.Cipolini 21+8reb, R.Collum 18+3reb+3ast, A.Parisotto 14+3reb+2ast, R.Day 12+2reb+1ast, V.Silva 11+4reb+7ast, L.Felipe Gruber 6+6reb+1ast
Bauru: L.Taylor 16+2reb+4ast, J.Agba 15+8reb, A.de Sousa 10+4reb+2ast, P.Alves 9, R.Fischer 6+2reb+6ast, G.Pereira 5+7reb
gschID: 241049



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Surprises in store for Summer Basketball League 2013! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI The much anticipated BVI Basketball Federations Summer League will get underway with an opening ceremony from 6:30 P.M. in the Multi Purpose Sports Complex on Saturday May 18, 2013.

Whilst staying shy of giving names the BVI Basketball Federation President, Mr Byron Hodge, has baited the Basketball fans in the Territory in stating that all the big names from abroad will be back to play in the league but who they will be playing for will surprise people."

Looking through the rosters, Hodge noted who they played for dont have them now. It looks like teams have been shopping and the players want to see what they can do in bringing teams up to a higher level and of course, everybody wants to beat the Legs!

The Opening ceremony is at 6.30 P.M. and will be followed by a female exhibition game. That game will be followed by Young Starz against And One, before the 2012 defending Champions Legs face the Kings to round out the opening day.

On Sunday, action continues unabated from 5 P.M. with And One playing Fearless, Heats against the Rebels and East facing Game Boys.

Falling short of many peoples hopes that games would be played back in the villages and not just at one central location, Mr. Hodge applauded the efforts of the Recreation Trust in getting the Greenlands Court up to a high standard and commented that all the courts should be in the same condition. I was very impressed with the surface of the court and Im hoping the Recreation Trust can get the rest of the courts around the Territory to the same standard.

However, Hodge did note that because of the amount of matches scheduled to be played in the Summer League and of course because of the other events that take place in the sports complex, that matches would be played on the newly reconditioned gym in Belle Vue and the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.

There will be games every day of the week except Thursday, stated Hodge.

In an attempt to draw some crowds back to the game, one of the sponsors, Lime, will be doing give-aways, and the concession stand will be open and not only equipped with refreshments but also cable TV so fans can watch the NBA Championships during the games.

There will be a featured game every week that will be covered by television and replayed during the following week and fans will be able to follow regular updates on the Federation's Facebook page.

There will be no teams representing Virgin Gorda this time around, but Hodge quickly dispelled any rumours of a rift between the Summer League and Virgin Gordas Summer Jam. In speaking with Trevor West Stephens he said he was having difficulty in getting a team as most of the VG players are already playing for other teams and it certainly wasnt an intentional move or that the Federation had denied them entry.

With the so far undisclosed new rosters, fans will have to come out and see who is playing for whom but as Hodge concluded, There will be some surprises this year so come out and watch.



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Trotamundos18.8 
 3. Smith, Rilski S.17.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.0 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.3 
 6. Haritopoulos, Luko.16.1 
 7. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 8. Marinovic, Levski16.0 
 9. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 10. Panic, Balkan15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.7 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 7. Caloiaro, Rilski S.7.4 
 8. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 9. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.2 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.8 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.2 
 4. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.4.6 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Massamba, Lukoil3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.2 
 4. Green, Spirou2.1 
 5. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Caloiaro, Rilski S.1.7 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 5. Dupree, Rilski S.1.1 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Vrcelj, Cherno M.0.7 
 10. Pantic, Levski So.0.7 


Lukoil Academik and Levski Sofia head to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist 86-84 (3-2)

The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lukoil Academik forced 21 Rilski Sportist turnovers. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 assists. The former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Lukoil Academik's coach Sasho Vezenkov used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) answered with 24 points and naturalized Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Four Lukoil Academik and five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Avramov 24+2reb+2ast, B.Heath 23+2reb+6ast, D.Haritopoulos 12+5reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 11+3reb+1ast, T.Massamba 7+4reb+3ast, B.Popovic 7+4reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 24+4reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 17+6reb+5ast, T.Gugino 12+8reb, A.Caloiaro 10+6reb+3ast, S.Vaklinov 10+7reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 7+1ast
gschID: 241167


Levski Sofia - Balkan 80-76 (3-2)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Balkan won third quarter 29-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Levski Sofia won last quarter 23-20. Balkan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 assists for the winners and Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used entire bench in such tough game. Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Four Balkan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 25+2reb+6ast, N.Protic 14+1reb+1ast, M.Pantic 12+6reb, D.Anguelov 8+4reb, P.Ivanov 7+4reb+1ast, C.Kostov 5+3reb+2ast
Balkan: B.Jovovic 15+4reb, J.Bozov 14+3reb+6ast, V.Panic 14+7reb+3ast, U.Petrovic 13+5reb+2ast, M.Marinov 7+1reb+2ast, S.Marinov 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 241166



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  CBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 18: St.Louis H. - M.Tennessee S. 109-118
May. 19: M.Tennessee S. - Bowling Green H.


This Week 5/18 - by John Guy

Hawks seek payback against Storm

By Butch Cooper

NASHVILLE After a week that saw St. Louis return to its winning ways, the Hawks will be seeking a little payback for their lone loss of the year this weekend, while the newly christened Border War will be played for the first time as the Central Basketball League sits at the midway point in the 2013 season.

SATURDAY'S GAME
Middle Tennessee Storm (2-0) at St. Louis Hawks (5-1)
Game Time: 8:15 p.m. (CST)
Location: Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis
Last Meeting: Storm won 110-109 in overtime (May 4)
Saturday will mark a battle between the lone undefeated team in the CBL and the first-place team, whose only loss came to the aforementioned foe.
Middle Tennessee and St. Louis met two weeks ago in an overtime thriller in Nashville that saw Myles Thrash (5-foot-11, Stillman College) toss in 32 points, including five 3-pointers for the Storm, while Fred Hill (6-5, Tennessee State) netted 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, St. Louis' Lonnel Johnson (6-2, Missouri Western) scored 24 points and Corey Hill (6-4, Northern Iowa) added 21 in the loss.
Thrash is averaging 28 points per game, while Corey Hill is scoring 22.2 ppg and Johnson 18.4 ppg. Johnson also leads the league with 15 steals.
The game will also feature the debut of Michael France (6-2, Trevecca Nazarene) for the Storm, who just return to the U.S. after playing in Kuwait. France averaged 19 points per game during his senior season (2011-12) at Trevecca.

SUNDAY'S GAME
Bowling Green Hornets (1-2) at Middle Tennessee Storm (2-0)
Game Time: 5 p.m. (CST)
Location: Fisk University, Nashville
Last Meeting: First Meeting
This will be the first meeting between the two closest teams in the CBL as less than 60 miles separate the clubs in what is being dubbed the Border War.
The Hornets enter the game following a 105-103 overtime loss at St. Louis where Justin Taylor (6-3, Tennessee Tech) scored 20 points and Vic Moses (6-6, Georgetown College) added 18 points. Moses is averaging 22 ppg and 8.5 rebounds a game.
The Storm's last home game was an overtime victory against St. Louis.
Just as Middle Tennessee will be debuting a player return to the states this weekend after playing ball overseas, so will Bowling Green when Maurice Hampton (6-2, Austin Peay State) steps onto the floor.
Hampton has played all over Europe (Cypress, Greece, Czech Republic and the U.K.) along with his most recent stint in Israel, where he averaged 15.5 ppg. This will mark his first professional game in the United States as he played high school ball at Russellville, the home court of the Hornets.

CBL announces Fall micro-season

The Central Basketball League will hold a micro-season beginning Sept. 13 and ending on Nov. 9 with a championship game set for the following weekend.
The micro-season will offer an opportunity for current, or potential new teams to participate.
For more information, contact the CBL at info@CentralBasketballLeague.com or call the league offices at (623) 806-9767.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Alex Jackson, St. Louis Hawks
Jackson, a 6-6 forward from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, scored 24 points in last week's 96-84 win at River City.

Contact Butch Cooper, Director of Communications, at BCooper@MajorLeagueManagement.net

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



Adams Signed - by John Guy

The Middle Tennessee Storm have signed Isaiah Adams.
Height 6'5, Weight 218 lbs
College - Western Oregon University graduated 2008
High School - South Medford High School
HS teammate of Kyle Singler (Duke, Detroit Pistons)
Adams will debut 5/18 against Bowling Green in Nashville. Adams has been on the Reserve Roster of the Storm this season but will be activated to take the place of Forward Patrick Chambers who has been placed on the Medically Unable to Perform List.
Isaiah Adams (6'5''-G)



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  CHINA   


East Asian Championship: China ease past Mongolia - by Eurobasket News

China - Mongolia 109:45

China finished East Asian Championship preliminary round on a high note. They knocked down Mongolia to advance into semifinal stage from the top position in Group B. China will now take on Japan in the semis. Mongolia will face Taiwan in the clash for the fifth overall position at the tournament and the ticket to the Fiba Asia Championship.
China dropped 26 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. They extended the margin in the second quarter. China accumulated a 49:23 halftime lead. China went on a 30:9 rally in the third term to leave Mongolia behind. Six players scored in double digits for China as they cruised to the second straight win at the tournament. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) netted 21 points for the winning team. Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) contributed 15 points, while Meng Da (196-F/G-82) added 14 points for China. Deigernyam Davaasambuu responded with 12 points for Mongolia. Battur Ganbold (185-F-87) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

China: Guo Ailun 21, Yanyuhang Ding 15, Meng Da 14
Mongolia: Deigernyam Davaasambuu 12, Battur Ganbold 9



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Standings

DPB Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Bambuqueros 13-5 
 2. Bucaros 11-7 
 3. Once Caldas 10-8 
 4. Piratas 10-8 
 5. Academia 5-13 
 6. Aguilas 5-13 
Places 7-8
 1. Caribbean Heat 10-18 
 2. Halcones 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 18

May. 18: Bucaros - Piratas 98-91
May. 18: Bambuqueros - Academia 89-73
May. 18: Once Caldas - Aguilas 114-93

Second Stage: Round 19

May. 20: Piratas - Once Caldas
May. 20: Aguilas - Bambuqueros
May. 20: Academia - Bucaros


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Thomas, Piratas22.8 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.0 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.0 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 7. Crawford, Academia18.4 
 8. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.2 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros13.2 
 2. Crawford, Academia11.4 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.0 
 4. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.3 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Blue, Academia8.3 
 8. Newsome, Bambuque.7.8 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.2 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Thomas, Piratas3.4 
 8. Bacci, Aguilas3.2 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Jordan, Once Cal.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 4. Jordan, Once Cald.1.5 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 6. Bacci, Aguilas1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.3 
 9. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.9 
 3. Newsome, Bambuque.0.8 
 4. Farley, Academia0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 7. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 8. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 9. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 10. Hernandez, Bucar.0.5 


BUKAROS ADDS NICHOLAS COVINGTON - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros Freskaleche keeps fighting against all odds , the exciting debut of Alpha Bangura was followed by the bad news that the player had a injury in the game that takes him apart of the team for the next three weeks.
The team quickly choose to bring the american point guard Nicholas Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) with experience in Estonia and in the D- League.
Covington is an accurate 3 pt shooter and brings back to the team a reliable true playmaker.



PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 17 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros Utrahuilca, Bukaros Freskaleche, Piratas de Bogot and Manizales OC are the fourth teams qualified to the semifinal playoffs with 5 games remaining in the second phase.

Bambuqueros finished the Academia hopes to be in the semifinals defeating them 84 76 in Neiva, Academia had a good start taking a 2 points lead at the end of the first quarter, but Bambuqueros reaction was too strong and leaded by Darrin Dorsey claim the final victory.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 84- D. Dorsey 24 pts, E. Guevara 16 pts.
Academia de la Montana 76- B. Crawford 23 pts + 16 rebs, C. Chavez 23 pts.

Bukaros playing without one import defeated the Piratas in Bucaramanga, Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86, college: La-Monroe) leaded the Bukaros with 23 pts, while Leonard Mendez leaded Piratas with 20 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 85- L. Gilbert 23 pts, J. Edwin 15 pts
Piratas de Bogota 71- L. Mendez 20 pts, T. Thomas 14 pts.

Manizales OC clinched its playoff berth defeating the Aguilas de Tunja in Manizales, the OC is the fourth team to get the ticket.
Manizales OC 112- J. Garris 26 pts, P. Cubillan 15 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 81- G. Bacci 22 pts, Y. Fernandez 14 pts.




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

American Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Bambuqueros and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17 (Second Stage).
The -year old playmaker recorded a triple-double of 24 points addeding also ten rebounds and ten assists, while his team beat Academia (#5, 5-12) 84-76. It allowed Bambuqueros to consolidate first place in the Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Bambuqueros has a very solid 12-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Dorsey had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Bambuqueros, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dakota Wesleyan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dorsey is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 54.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Brandon Crawford (201-F-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Academia. Crawford impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Academia lost that game 76-84 to the higher-ranked Bambuqueros (#1, 12-5). Academia managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Academia managed to get this Second Stage. Crawford is one of the most experienced players at Academia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.4ppg (#7). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas (#4). Garris scored 26 points. He was a key player of Once Caldas, leading his team to a 112-81 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Aguilas (#6, 5-12). Once Caldas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 8 lost games. Garris has a very solid season. In 44 games in Colombia he scored 17.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Gianluca Bacci (187-G-89) of Aguilas - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) of Bucaros - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros - 7 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Sergio Trocha (204-C-87) of Bucaros - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) of Bambuqueros - 16 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Akono left Lille - by Eurobasket News

26-year old naturalized Congolese guard Loic Akono (177-87) left Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (ProB). In 34 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg this season.
The last season Akono played at JSF Nanterre (ProA). In 30 games he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won French ProB championship title in 2011. Akono was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He has played previously for two other France teams: Gravelines-Dunkerque and Etendard de Brest.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Ross, Jolly20.8 
 2. Budimir, Osjecki18.4 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.15.9 
 4. Saric, Cibona15.6 
 5. Delas, Zadar14.8 
 6. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.4 
 10. Brnas, Djuro D.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Sobin, KK Split8.9 
 2. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 3. Saric, Cibona8.4 
 4. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 5. Mrva, Jolly7.2 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 7. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.0 
 8. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 9. Travis, Zadar6.4 
 10. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Cibona
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Blassingame, Cibona5.3 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 3. Car, KK Zagreb4.0 
 4. Tomeljak, Osjecki3.9 
 5. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 6. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.4 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.4 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Strawberry, Cibona2.1 
 3. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 4. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 5. Saric, Cibona1.8 
 6. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 7. Travis, Zadar1.6 
 8. Budimir, Osjecki1.6 
 9. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Nurkic, Zadar1.0 
 3. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 4. Bilan, Cedevita1.0 
 5. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 6. Saric, Cibona0.8 
 7. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 8. Djerman, Zabok0.7 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 10. Hrncic, Darda0.7 



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  CYPRUS   


Cananea adds Jones to their roster, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Jaron Jones (198-89, college: E.Kentucky). He played this season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'12. In only one game he recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. Jones was voted All-OVC 2nd Team in 2012 at his college time.
Jones graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Jones: A mystery as a junior and a household name as a senior, Jones has the stroke and size to play in time at the highest level. Great midrange game, very efficient scorer.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

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


NH Ostrava force the decider - by Eurobasket News

NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov 86-66 (2-2)

NH Ostrava force the decider and tied the Semifinals at 2-2. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-66. NH Ostrava outrebounded BK Prostejov 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. At the losing side international Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92) scored 12 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Wilson 15+6reb+1ast, A.Dufault 14+6reb, R.Ames 14+4reb+5ast, M.Gniadek 13+6reb+2ast, F.Zbranek 10+3reb+1ast, A.Ciz 9+4reb+4ast
BK Prostejov: K.Svrdlik 16+5reb+1ast, O.Kohout 13+5reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 12+3reb+4ast, R.Marko 8+5reb+1ast, P.Slezak 7+1reb, F.Smid 5+3reb
gschID: 241162



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


San Lazaro narrowly edge El Million - by Eurobasket News

San Lazaro continued to fight for two available semifinal spots in District Nacional Group B. They defeated El Million 79:78 to gain the third win in the season. They are now at 3-3 record, while El Million fell at 0-6.
El Million dominated in the first half. They grabbed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes of action. El Million stretched the gap in the second quarter. They registered a 37:29 halftime advantage. San Lazaro increased the tempo in the third term. They fired 26 points but the effort was well matched by El Million. San Lazaro stull trailed by 8 points heading into the fourth period. However they ignited a massive 24:15 run in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Antabia Waller (188-G-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Auburn) stepped up with 30 points to pace San Lazaro. Jeff Robinson added 12 points for the winners. Christoffer Ruiz responded with 25 points for El Million. Bobby Pandy (198-F-84, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) chipped in 15 points and grabbed 10 boards in the loss.



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  EABC   

Standing

Standings
Group A
1. S.Korea3-0
2. Japan2-1
3. Taiwan1-2
4. Macau0-3
Group B
1. China2-0
2. Hong Kong1-1
3. Mongolia0-2

Regular Season: Round 3

A

May. 18: JPN - TAI 71-70
May. 18: KOR - MAC 124-39

B

May. 18: MGL - CHN 54-109

Semi-Finals: Round 1

5-6 Place

May. 20: TAI - MGL

SEMIFINAL

May. 20: KOR - HKG
May. 20: CHN - JPN


Day 3 in Incheon. Semifinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

Group A
South Korea - Macau 124:39

South Korea clinched the third straight win at the East Asian Championship. The hosts dismantled Macau in Incheon today. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) fired 29 points to lead the winners. South Korea will now take on Hong Kong in the semifinal on Monday.
South Korea stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. Macau managed to score just one point in the first ten minutes to face a woeful 33-point deficit at the break. South Korea sank 36 points in the second frame and gained a 70:12 halftime lead. The hosts scored eagerly in the second half cruising to a comfortable victory at the end. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) delivered 20 points for the winners. Lee Jung-Hyun (191-F-87) and Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) finished with 12 points each for the hosts. Ka Tong Lai (191-C-95) responded with 13 points for Macau. Chan Cheok Wa added 6 points in the loss.

South Korea: Heo Il-Young 29, Kim Jong-Kyu 20, Lee Jung-Hyun 12, Park Jae-Hyun 12
Macau: Ka Tong Lai 13, Chan Cheok Wa 6

Japan - Taiwan 71:70
Japan withheld a furious challenge from Taiwan to celebrate a crucial victory in the final day of the preliminary action at the East Asian Championship. Both teams entered the game at 1-1 record fighting for the second position and semifinal birth from Group A. Japan withheld a late rally from Taiwan to secure so needed victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) delivered 15 points to lead the winners. Japan will now face China in the semis.
Japan and Taiwan stayed on level terms in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Taiwan pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. But the third term proved decisive. Japan adjusted offensively and unleashed 22 points to surge ahead. They registered a 54:50 advantage at the final break. Taiwan worked hard to deny the deficit but Japan proved calm and accurate in the decisive moments to seal the winning outcome. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) and Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) delivered 12 points each for the winning side. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) responded with 21 points for Taiwan. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) and Hung Chih-Shan (176-PG-85) finished with 12 points apiece in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 12, Ryota Sakurai 12
Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 21, Creighton Douglas 12, Hung Chih-Shan 12

Group B
China - Mongolia 109:45
China finished East Asian Championship preliminary round on a high note. They knocked down Mongolia to advance into semifinal stage from the top position in Group B. China will now take on Japan in the semis. Mongolia will face Taiwan in the clash for the fifth overall position at the tournament and the ticket to the Fiba Asia Championship.
China dropped 26 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. They extended the margin in the second quarter. China accumulated a 49:23 halftime lead. China went on a 30:9 rally in the third term to leave Mongolia behind. Six players scored in double digits for China as they cruised to the second straight win at the tournament. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) netted 21 points for the winning team. Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) contributed 15 points, while Meng Da (196-F/G-82) added 14 points for China. Deigernyam Davaasambuu responded with 12 points for Mongolia. Battur chipped in 9 points in the loss.

China: Guo Ailun 21, Yanyuhang Ding 15, Meng Da 14
Mongolia: Deigernyam Davaasambuu 12, Battur Ganbold (185-F-87) 9



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  EBA   


Sherman holland - by Justin Moore

GymrRat sports management reports that Sherman Holland (6'1''-G-80) is ruturning to the pro basketball circuit after a layoff since 2010 due to family and injury issues. Holland has had stints on teams from Italy, Poland and several leagues in the States and is looking to regain his form playing several summer leagues in the States and is looking to be signed in the near future. Holland told gymrat sports management that he has stayed in pretty good shape and he is sure he can pick up where he last left in 2010 when he averaged 26.7ppg in the EBA while earning all eba honors. " I can still play and Im just waiting for the chance to prove it" Holland will be playing in summer leagues in RIchmond VA and NC. Holland led the G.R.S.M. traveling team in scoring 19.5ppg and assist 6.7 while traveling to varies cities such as DC, Atlanta, MD to play select teams and professional competition


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  ESTONIA   


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).

Coaches: Alar Varrak, Martin Muursepp.



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg4.9 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Washington, Le Ma.2.0 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 10. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Sy, AS.1.3 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 
 10. Issa, Le Mans0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.4 
 4. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 6. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 7. McKines, Rouen17.3 
 8. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 9. Hannah, Evreux16.9 
 10. Gay, Le Portel16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.7 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.2 
 8. Jackson, Pau-La.8.2 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.6 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.0 
 3. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.8 
 5. Dumas, Bourg5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.4 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.3 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Flowers, Denain1.8 
 7. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 8. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 9. Newson, Hyeres-T.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.5 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.1 
 6. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 7. Johnson, Chalons-.1.0 
 8. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 9. Flowers, Denain0.9 
 10. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.6 
 2. Hill, Angers BC 4917.2 
 3. Raji, Quimper17.0 
 4. Kaunisto, Blois16.9 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle16.7 
 6. Herard, Challans16.5 
 7. Pene, Rennes16.1 
 8. Petrovic, Orchy16.0 
 9. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.9 
 10. Davis, Blois15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.2 
 2. Pearson, St Ch.9.4 
 3. Raji, Quimper8.1 
 4. Alingue, Souffel8.0 
 5. Okafor, Rennes7.7 
 6. Tornato, Blois7.7 
 7. Cole, La Rochelle7.5 
 8. Inglis, CFBB7.3 
 9. N''Diaye, Souffel7.2 
 10. Diame, Rueil7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Christophe, Monaco6.7 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.1 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Thomas, Vichy4.4 
 8. Sauret, Chartres4.0 
 9. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 10. Minet, Souffel3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.5 
 2. Davis, Blois2.1 
 3. Bennett, Monaco1.8 
 4. Ipouck, Chartres1.8 
 5. Sauret, Chartres1.7 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.6 
 7. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 8. Saounera, Rueil1.6 
 9. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Blois1.8 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 7. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


Rueil keep three players - by Eurobasket News

Rueil started to build the roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract prolongation with three players. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80, agency: TSS Management, college: Weber St.), Moise Diame (205-C-86) and Dominique Gentil (195-G/F-88) will stay in the team.
Slobodan Ocokoljic joined NM1 side in November. The Serbian forward posted impressive 15.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Last season Slobodan Ocokoljic spent in Sourges BC. His stats read 11.7 points, 5.5 boards and 1.2 assists per appearance in NM1.
Moise Diame will enter his third straight season with Rueil. This current season the centre posted 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Dominique Gentil joined Rueil from WOSB. His stats read 10.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in his debut season with Rueil.



Akono left Lille - by Eurobasket News

26-year old naturalized Congolese guard Loic Akono (177-87) left Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (ProB). In 34 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg this season.
The last season Akono played at JSF Nanterre (ProA). In 30 games he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won French ProB championship title in 2011. Akono was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He has played previously for two other France teams: Gravelines-Dunkerque and Etendard de Brest.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Orleans tab Kyle McAlarney - by Eurobasket News

Orleans bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Kyle McAlarney (185-PG-87, college: Notre Dame). The deal is meant for the next season. The point guard spent the last two seasons with Limoges. Kyle McAlarney averaged 10.7 points, 1.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in ProA in the current season. Kyle McAlarney participated in ProA All-Star Game. Last season the guard made it into All-French ProB 1st Team. Previously Kyle McAlarney had stints in Greece and D-League. The point guard is the Notre Dame graduate. He was trumped into All-Big East 1st Team in 2008.


ProB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Antibes, Evreux and Pau-Lacq-Orthez complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Evreux - Le Portel 80-75

Evreux held off Le Portel at home court to reach the semifinal stage. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Portel won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Le Portel's 36. It was a great evening for American swingman Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Lahaou Konate (195-91) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Reed 17+5reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 16+4reb+2ast, G.Florimont 15+4reb+3ast, C.Hannah 14+3reb+4ast, L.Konate 13+5reb+4ast, B.Hunter 5+1reb
Le Portel: S.Gay 22+7reb+2ast, C.Bronchard 18+7reb+2ast, D.Wilson 15+8reb+2ast, B.Mangin 8+2reb+3ast, R.Taylor 6+1reb+6ast, M.Bigote 4
gschID: 241194


Boulogne - Antibes 95-98 OT

Antibes snatched a road overtime victory over Boulogne to advance into the semis. SO Maritime Boulogne trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-14 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 25-28. SO Maritime Boulogne was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) helped adding 27 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94, agency: Fusion Sports) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Mickael Var (205-90) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Antibes: A.Hilliard 27+9reb, T.Blue 25+11reb+1ast, T.Huffman 10+3ast, S.Fein 10+2reb+1ast, L.Bengaber 7+1reb+3ast, S.Essart 7+1reb+4ast
Boulogne: M.Diane 21+3reb+1ast, M.Var 20+4reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 16+13reb+1ast, Z.Bah 14+3reb+3ast, V.Bigote 8+4reb, A.Rowland 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 241193


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Bourg 77-69

Pau-Lacq-Orthez shot down Bourg before the home fans to punch the semifinal ticket. JL Bourg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez forced 21 JL Bourg turnovers and outrebounded them 32-19 including 19 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Spanish point guard Ignacio Ordin (183-78) helped adding 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Philippe Braud (194-85) with 16 points and power forward Alexis Tanghe (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: I.Ordin 20+3reb+1ast, A.Mendy 14+3reb, C.Jackson 12+11reb+2ast, B.Boddicker 11+4reb+4ast, R.Lesca 9+1reb+1ast, S.Driss 4+5reb+1ast
Bourg: P.Braud 16+3reb, A.Tanghe 15+2reb+1ast, A.Gomis 9+2reb, M.Sonko 8+6reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 7+1ast, J.Sanchez 6+2reb
gschID: 241192



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.7 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.3 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.5 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.16.1 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija16.1 
 6. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.5 
 7. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija13.6 
 9. Sokolov, Feni I.13.4 
 10. Kostevski, Vardar13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.9 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.0 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.0 
 5. Kostevski, Vardar6.8 
 6. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 7. Abukar, Rabotnicki5.7 
 8. Jelesijevic, Rabot.5.6 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.5.4 
 10. Lee-Ingram, Kuma.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv4.0 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.5 
 5. McIntosh, Feni I.3.3 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.1 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 9. Ugrinoski, Lirija2.5 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Balsa RADUNOVIC
  Lirija
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 5. Stajic, Lirija1.3 
 6. Mijajlovic, Kozuv1.1 
 7. Simonovski, Feni I.1.1 
 8. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.1 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.1 
 10. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.9 
 5. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.8 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.5 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.0.5 
 10. Zivcevic, Rabotni.0.4 


Prva Liga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Kozuv become the second finalists - by Eurobasket News

Kozuv - Rabotnicki 78-72

Kozuv shot down Rabotnicki at home court and joined MZT Skopje in Prva Liga Finals. Fersped-Rabotnicki trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 25-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Kozuv made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Center Aleksandar Shterjov (208-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) with 20 points and 4 assists and American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: I.Mijajlovic 19+4reb+3ast, D.Radulovic 13+2ast, A.Shterjov 12+7reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 12+4reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 8+4ast, V.Filipovic 6+2reb
Rabotnicki: J.Sharper 20+4reb+4ast, M.Abukar 16+6reb+1ast, N.Zivcevic 13+5reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 6+2reb, J.Petrovski 6+2reb+4ast, S.Avramovski 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241131



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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 5. Rice, B.Muenchen15.6 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.0 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.9 
 5. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 7. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 9. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 10. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.7 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.5 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.2 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 8. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.7 
 10. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.6 
 2. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. King, Art.Dragons0.9 


Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) If we would have played a better first quarter, then we would be playing game 5 in Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

A tough 92-75 loss in game four against Bamberg. How crazy were the last three days leading up to the game after the wacky game three and three player disqualifications?

It was too crazy, the thing with all of that with Mark Dorris was bogus and I felt that we got the short end of the stick.

What was your reaction to the three game suspension for Mr fantastic Mark Dorris?

It was very unfair and I think it should have been handled better than how it was. That ref who claimed Mark head butted Tadda was completely wrong and should be ashamed of himself. One player was not the cause of all that happened, Bamberg players should have been suspended as well. So it was disappointing when we heard he got suspended.

There was extra police in the Enervie arena. It never hurts to have extra precautions, but considering the type of fans that Phoenix Hagen wasnt the extra police protection a bit overblown?

Yes it was to me, but at the same time you never know what people will do when they are really passionate about their home team sport. Sports Fans are some of the craziest people in the world lol

Bamberg came out rocking leading 14-2 and soon led by 20 plus points. Was Phoenix Hagen a bit too overmotivated or why did they start so slow?

I think we tried too hard to be the aggressors, and things weren't going are way. So we dug ourselves and that hole and had to fight the whole game to try to Win. If we would have played a better first quarter, we will be playing a game 5 in Bamberg Saturday.

How key was Ole Wendt in the second quarter in the Phoenix Hagen 16-2 run getting back into the game?

He stepped up and played hard, and with a limited bench somebody had to do it and he did.

Phoenix Hagen cut the lead to 11 points in the third quarter, but Casey Jacobsen continued to hit big shots. Was it just one of those days where the shots werent falling at ease?

Well when your down the whole game, there is more pressure with every shot you take, every possession you get because making mistakes against a team like Bamberg, they always punish us for it

The Phoenix Hagen luck seemed to end in the fourth quarter as Davin White had to depart the game with 6.11 to play with an injury. Was that the last hit which slowly closed the season for the team?

I don't think so, it just showed that he was playing his heart out to help our team Win and just ran out of gas.

It seemed like Phoenix Hagen had too little fire power on this day as only David Bell and Davin White scored over 20 points. What other factors were key for not being able to win game four?

It was good that they led us and got us going, but we also turned the ball over numerous times and allowed so many offensive rebounds. It seemed they were well prepared for our pressure aggressive defense

How proud was Ingo Freyer after the game and what words did he chose to put a little smile on the faces of his players?

He was proud, we all were proud. We came a long way this season and the biggest thing was that we achieved our main goal of the season and that was to make the playoffs. Being a young club meant a lot for us to make the playoffs.

Are the New York Knicks done? Will Carmello Anthony ever be able to get rid of his label that he cant win a title?

I think they have something left in the tank, they better hope Indiana comes out flat. No he wont, he just going to go down as one of the best scorers in NBA history

Can the Golden State Warriors come down from 3-2 against the San Antonio Spurs?

I hope so, I really don't like the Spurs

What DVD movie will you watch to help forget game four against Bamberg?

Next Friday.

Thanks Larry for the chat.




Thorsten Weinhold Named Head Coach At MTV Herzge Wolfenbuettel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team MTV Herzoge Wolfenbuettel didnt waste any time finding a replacement quickly for Benjamin Travnizek naming Thorsten Weinhold new head coach. The German is no unknown face there as he has coached the Regionaliga team since 2002 and now has been rewarded with the Pro B assignment. The German has a lot of expereince, has found and formed young talents and knows the orgnaization. "We want to go back to our roots. I know that we have found a good choice with him", stated Wolfenbuettel CEO Klaus Duenwald.

Source: MTV Herzge





EWE Baskets secure the Semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets 89-80 (3-2)

EWE Baskets secure the Semifinal appearance after an 89:80 win in Game 5. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Five EWE Baskets and four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: C.Kramer 20+7reb+2ast, A.Chubb 13+5reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 13+3reb+4ast, R.Burrell 12+4reb+3ast, R.Paulding 12+4reb+1ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 9+1reb
Telekom Baskets: K.Weems 23+7reb+1ast, J.McLean 15+6reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 12+3reb+1ast, J.Jordan 12+2reb+8ast, D.McCray 8+2ast, F.Thuelig 6+1ast
gschID: 241163



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 24-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 22-4 
 3. Panionios 20-6 
 4. PAOK 17-9 
 5. AGOR 17-9 
 6. Aris 13-13 
 7. Ikaros 12-14 
 8. Apollon Patras 11-15 
 9. KAOD 11-15 
 10. Kolossos 8-18 
 11. Panelefsiniakos 7-18 
 12. Ilysiakos 7-18 
 13. Peristeri GS 6-19 
 14. Kavala 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 8: Panathinaikos - Kavala 95-73
May. 18: Kolossos - Aris 82-99
May. 11: Kavala - AGOR 80-82
May. 18: Olympiacos - Apollon Patras 80-53
May. 11: Apollon Patras - Panathinaikos 71-80
May. 16: Ilysiakos - Olympiacos 70-81
May. 18: Ikaros - Panionios 62-86
May. 18: PAOK - Panathinaikos 61-71
May. 11: KAOD - Panelefsiniakos 101-77
May. 19: Peristeri GS - Ilysiakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.6 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.6 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.2 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 8. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.6 
 10. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.8 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.7 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.7 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.6 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.2 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 10. Sloukas, Olympiac.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.1 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.8 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Perist.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Powell, Olympiacos0.8 



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Leiden takes 2-0 lead in Eredivisie Finals - by Eurobasket News

Leeuwarden - Leiden 63-68 (0-2)

Leiden takes 2-0 lead in Eredivisie Finals. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leeuwarden won third quarter 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Leeuwarden 42-30 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. International guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: R.Holcomb Faye 20+5reb+1ast, S.Givens 16+7reb+3ast, S.Poels 8+5reb, D.Michaels 5+3reb+2ast, J.Williams 5+5reb, T.de Paula 4+2reb+1ast
Leiden: A.Slagter 12+4reb+4ast, R.Bekkering 12+15reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 11+7reb, M.Schachtner 10+2reb, P.Hilliman 8+2reb, W.de Jong 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 241020



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Cananea
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Cananea20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.5 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.7 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 6. Wood, Albacomp18.9 
 7. Copeland, San G.18.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 9. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
 10. Spica, Kaposvari18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.3 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.1 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 8. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.5 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.9 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 7. Copeland, San G.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
 10. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 4. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 5. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 6. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 8. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 9. Lekli, Albacomp0.6 
 10. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 


A Division Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Albacomp advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Atomeromu - Szolnok 95-82

Atomeromu overcame Szolnok to force the decisive fifth game in the semifinal series. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Atomeromu's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-14 extending their advantage to 13 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Szolnok's 42. 28 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) fired 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 17 points. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Five Atomeromu and four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Florence 21+3reb+2ast, M.Bader 20+7reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 14+4reb+5ast, R.Bell 10+5reb+1ast, B.Simon 8+3ast, M.Szabo 4+1reb
Atomeromu: J.Levy 19+2ast, D.Vojvoda 17+2reb+3ast, L.Williams 14+5reb+5ast, A.Kovacs 12+3reb+3ast, A.Toth 10+5reb, T.Kaman 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 241080


Kaposvari - Albacomp 76-93

Albacomp shot down Kaposvari on the road and punched the ticket to the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Kaposvari managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists. Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) produced 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Kaposvari players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: M.Spica 24+9reb+4ast, K.Swanston 17+5reb, R.Hendlein 14+8reb+3ast, C.Dunn 11+3reb+10ast, G.Drahos 8+1reb+4ast, G.David 2+2reb+1ast
Albacomp: D.Hollis 24+6reb, B.Wood 16+5reb, R.Moore 12+2reb+11ast, L.Juhos 11+2reb, A.Keller 8+8reb+2ast, Z.Szabo 8+6reb
gschID: 241079



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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 17: Rochester R. - Albany L. 125-91
May. 17: Kankakee S. - Kenosha B. 124-109
May. 17: Lansing C. - Lake Michigan 117-116
May. 17: New Jersey G-F - West Virginia M.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan EDWARDS
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Edwards, Kankakee.32.2 
 2. Bostick, Kenosha31.9 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.26.1 
 4. Cobbs, Kenosha B.24.6 
 5. Bennett, Gary S.22.9 
 6. Thomas, Kenosha B.22.3 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.21.1 
 8. Motley, Lansing C.20.9 
 9. Pepper, St.Louis T.20.6 
 10. Bennett, Rochest.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Pettiford, India.11.1 
 2. Warren, Gary S.10.7 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.10.3 
 4. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.3 
 5. Haley, Rochester R.9.4 
 6. Devaughn, India.9.0 
 7. Love, Sauk V.8.3 
 8. Cobbs, Kenosha B.8.2 
 9. Williams, Lansing8.1 
 10. Anderson, Bloomi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.7.6 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.7.1 
 3. Ruffin, Blooming.5.0 
 4. Waller, Sauk V.5.0 
 5. Radcliff, Sauk V.4.5 
 6. Goldsberry, West V.4.4 
 7. Motley, Lansing C.4.4 
 8. Anderson, Rochest.4.0 
 9. Tunnell, West V.3.8 
 10. Pettiford, India.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.2.7 
 2. Collins, West V.2.2 
 3. Bostick, Kenosha2.0 
 4. Radcliff, Sauk V.1.8 
 5. Goldsberry, West V.1.7 
 6. Waller, Sauk V.1.6 
 7. Kyle, Kankakee S.1.6 
 8. Baptist, Kankakee.1.5 
 9. Bennett, Rocheste.1.5 
 10. Motley, Lansing C.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jason WARREN
  Gary S.
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Warren, Gary S.1.4 
 2. Pettiford, India.1.4 
 3. Green, Blooming.1.4 
 4. Carlwell, Chicago1.3 
 5. Wolfinger, Sauk V.1.2 
 6. Bostick, Kenosha1.1 
 7. Harris, Lake Michi.1.0 
 8. Eversley, West V.1.0 
 9. Barkdoll, Rocheste.0.9 
 10. Williams, Lansing0.8 



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Vancouver V. 7-3 
 2. Bellingham S. 6-1 
 3. Portland C. 3-3 
 4. Salem S. 3-4 
 5. Nippon T. 0-2 
International
 1. East Bay PB 0-0 
 2. Olympia R. 0-0 
 3. Seattle F. 0-0 
 4. LoneStar S. 0-3 
 5. Kitsap A. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 17: Nippon T. - Bellingham S. 83-130
May. 17: Vancouver V. - Salem S. 122-135
May. 18: LoneStar S. - Vancouver V. 113-134
May. 18: Portland C. - Salem S. 113-101
May. 17: LoneStar S. - Portland C. 105-124
May. 19: Nippon T. - Kitsap A.
May. 19: LoneStar S. - Bellingham S.



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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. Diener, Banco d.17.2 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
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. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.6 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.3 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.5 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.4.1 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 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. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.0 
 5. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 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 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.4 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.9 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.18.6 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.18.4 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.5 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.5 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.4.9 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 4. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.6 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.3 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. James, FCM F.2.3 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 5. Forray, Pall.Trento2.2 
 6. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 8. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.0 
 9. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.0 
 10. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.1.0 
 8. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Brkic, C.de L.0.9 


Lega2 Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Trento and Brescia advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

LeGamberi FO - C.de Latte BRE 79-87

Brescia stole a road win over Forli to seal the semifinal appearance. LeGamberi Foods Forli was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of C.de Latte BRE, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) with 28 points and naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
C.de Latte BRE: M.Jenkins 22+6reb+1ast, J.Giddens 22+9reb, D.Brkic 18+5reb+1ast, F.Loschi 8+1reb, J.Fernandez 8+4reb+6ast, S.Stojkov 4+2ast
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 28+4reb+1ast, B.Musso 13+4reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 9+2reb, B.Spencer 9+1reb, M.Soloperto 7+8reb+1ast, S.Borsato 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 240525


Tezenis VE - Novipiu Casale 85-73

Tezenis Verona cut the deficit in the series following a home win over Novipiu Casale. It looked good early as Novipiu Casale took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tezenis VE had a 29-14 second period charge getting the lead and Novipiu Casale was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-85. They outrebounded Novipiu Casale 38-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tezenis VE shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 31 points. Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: IBS) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Tezenis VE players scored in double figures. Tezenis VE's coach Alessandro Ramagli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who recorded 21 points and the other American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) added 21 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: R.McConnell 31+2reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 15+5reb, C.Westbrook 13+7reb+2ast, O.Lawal 10+12reb+2ast, D.Lauwers 8+3reb, G.Boscagin 5+4reb
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 21+4reb+1ast, R.Green 21+2reb+2ast, N.Martinoni 11+5reb, S.Pierich 9+5reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 5+4reb, P.Butkevicius 4+2reb
gschID: 240524


Pall.Trento - Sigma Barcel. 88-73

Trento cruised past Sigma Barcellona to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Pall.Trento. Sigma Barcellona managed to win second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Sigma Barcellona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Pall.Trento players scored in double figures. American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) answered with 25 points and naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sigma Barcellona.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: B.Elder 23+4reb+2ast, M.Umeh 22+1ast, D.Pascolo 15+7reb+2ast, L.Garri 14+7reb+1ast, M.Spanghero 5+3reb+3ast, L.Dordei 4+6reb+3ast
Sigma Barcel.: J.Thomas 25+3reb+1ast, R.Bucci 16+1reb+2ast, C.Callahan 11+8reb+1ast, T.Green 7+3reb+1ast, D.Hardy 7+4reb+5ast, A.Cittadini 6+7reb
gschID: 240523


Givova Scafati - Giorgo Tesi PT 83-81

Givova Scafati shot down Pistoia to force the fourth game in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But Tuscany Pistoia won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Givova Scafati made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) accounted for 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) came up with 30 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) added 15 points respectively for Tuscany Pistoia in the defeat. Tuscany Pistoia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 27+6reb+3ast, R.Slay 18+6reb, P.Baldassarre 17+10reb+5ast, J.Tavernari 11+4reb+1ast, F.Bushati 6+2reb+2ast, D.Rosignoli 2+2reb
Giorgo Tesi PT: M.Hicks 30+8reb+2ast, A.Graves 15+3reb+2ast, G.Galanda 8+4reb+1ast, D.Fajardo 8+4reb, R.Rullo 7, G.Meini 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240522



SerieA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Cimberio Varese reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Armani - Montepaschi 82-67

Emporio Armani knocked down visiting Montepaschi to regain the lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Montepaschi Siena was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 44-29 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Montepaschi Siena was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: I.Bourousis 18+12reb+2ast, M.Hairston 17+2reb+3ast, E.Bremer 15+3reb+2ast, A.Gentile 15+5reb+3ast, A.Fotsis 9+7reb, K.Langford 4+3reb+3ast
Montepaschi: V.Sanikidze 12+10reb+1ast, D.Hackett 10+1reb+3ast, B.Brown 8+2reb+2ast, D.Moss 7+1reb, B.Eze 6+3reb, M.Janning 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 241200


Cimberio VA - Umana VE 84-75

Cimberio Varese handed Venezia the fourth loss in the series and paved their way into SeriaA semifinals. Umana Venezia trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cimberio Varese's coach Francesco Vitucci used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Guido Rosselli (198-83) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) added 21 points and 4 steals in the effort for Umana Venezia. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: D.Sakota 23+4reb, A.Banks 14+1reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 10+9reb, B.Dunston 10+6reb+2ast, A.Polonara 9+6reb+3ast, E.Ere 7+7reb+2ast
Umana VE: Y.Diawara 21+3reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 15+9reb+3ast, T.Bowers 13+4reb+2ast, K.Kee Clark 12+6reb+2ast, A.Young 7+6reb+2ast, M.Bulleri 3
gschID: 241199


Acea Virtus RM - Trenkwalder RE 74-69

Acea Virtus Roma snatched a tough home win over Trenkwalder to gain 3-2 lead in the series. It looked good early as Trenkwalder RE took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lottomatica Roma had a 20-14 second period charge getting the lead and Trenkwalder RE was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-74. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. International point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) responded with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) scored 12 points. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: B.Jones 16+9reb, L.Datome 15+9reb+3ast, P.Goss 15+2reb+4ast, G.Lawal 10+6reb, P.Lorant 5+3reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 5+2reb+2ast
Trenkwalder RE: A.Cinciarini 12+5reb+5ast, G.Brunner 12+4reb+3ast, D.Taylor 10+7reb+2ast, T.Bell 9+2reb, M.Antonutti 8+3reb+1ast, D.Filloy 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 241198


Banco di Sard. - Cantu 81-58

Sassari stepped closer to the semifinal stage after they held off visiting Cantu. The game without a history. Banco di Sard. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Banco di Sard. forced 19 Cantu turnovers. Cantu was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Banco di Sard. players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 18+5reb+2ast, D.Gordon 13+9reb+2ast, M.Vanuzzo 13+4reb+1ast, S.Becirovic 11+1reb+3ast, T.Diener 8+3reb+5ast, T.Easley 7+4reb+1ast
Cantu: A.Tyus 13+12reb, P.Aradori 12+5reb+1ast, J.Ragland 10+1reb+1ast, J.Tabu 7+2ast, M.Leunen 5+4reb, M.Scekic 4+1reb
gschID: 241197



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  JAPAN   


East Asian Championship: Japan sneak past Taiwan - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Taiwan 71:70

Japan withheld a furious challenge from Taiwan to celebrate a crucial victory in the final day of the preliminary action at the East Asian Championship. Both teams entered the game at 1-1 record fighting for the second position and semifinal birth from Group A. Japan withheld a late rally from Taiwan to secure so needed victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) delivered 15 points to lead the winners.
Japan and Taiwan stayed on level terms in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Taiwan pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. But the third term proved decisive. Japan adjusted offensively and unleashed 22 points to surge ahead. They registered a 54:50 advantage at the final break. Taiwan worked hard to deny the deficit but Japan proved calm and accurate in the decisive moments to seal the winning outcome. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) and Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) delivered 12 points each for the winning side. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) responded with 21 points for Taiwan. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) and Hung Chih-Shan (176-PG-85) finished with 12 points apiece in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 12, Ryota Sakurai 12
Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 21, Creighton Douglas 12, Hung Chih-Shan 12



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Emmett, Amchit 33.2
2 Blair, Hoops 27.3
3 Khatib, Champville 26.8
4 Harper, Sagesse 26.4
5 Youngblood, Byblos 24.0
6 Williams, Bejjeh 23.3
7 Sims, Sagesse 23.1
8 Ampim, Antranik 22.8
9 Salyers, Mouttahed 21.7
10 Perry, Hoops 20.8

Rebounds Per Game
1 Fraser, Byblos 16.9
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 Fahed, Moutahed 5.1
8 Youngblood, Byblos 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 Emmett, Amchit 2.1
4 Youngblood, Byblos 2.1
5 Harper, Sagesse 1.9
6 Mahmoud, Al Riyadi 1.8
7 Gray, Anibal 1.7
8 Zaloum, Antranik 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 Khazzouh, Sagesse 1.4
5 Fraser, Byblos 1.4
6 Fakhreddine, Hoops 1.3
7 Ismail, Al Riyadi 1.1
8 Ampim, Antranik 1.1
9 Freije, Amchit 0.8
10 Vogel, Al Riyadi 0.8



Byblos send series back to Tripoli tied 2-2 - by Michel Saddi

In the fourth game of the best-of-five first-round playoffs series of the Lebanese League that took place yesterday at Jbeil, Byblos clinched the win (96-92) against Al Moutahed Tripoli, to force a decisive game 5 tomorrow in Tripoli at 16:00.
Al Moutahed Tripoli players started the game focused and they were able to put Byblos star player Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) in an early foul trouble in the first three minutes of the first quarter. But in the third quarter, Joe Moujaes men made the Break after an exceptionnal performance from Youngblood that lead them by 17 points going into the fourth quarter. In the last quarter, Al Moutahed Tripoli tried to make a comeback as Bachir Ammouri (197-F/C-83) scored a couple of three pointers but they failed to equalize the score.
Jasmon Youngblood was the best from Byblos side with 31points,5rebounds and 4 assists and Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist) had a double double 25points and 12rebounds. While from Al Moutahed Tripoli side, Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, agency: Fusion Sports, college: N.Mexico) finished with 20points and 5assists, Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, college: Tulsa) with 19points, Bachir Ammouri with 18points and Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) with 16points.



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VTB League: Nizhny Novgorod prolong the series against Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Novgorod - Zalgiris 60:59

Nizhny Novgorod prolong the series against Zalgiris after a thrilling win in Russia. The hosts grabbed a 60:59 win on Saturday and will need another win to head back to Lithuania. Game 4 is scheduled for tomorrow in Nizhny Novgorod.
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 9-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nizhny Novgorod dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 4 points in fourth quarter. BC Nizhny Novgorod forced 19 Zalgiris turnovers. The best player for the winners was Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 13 points. Evgeni Baburin (190-G-87) chipped in 11 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) netted 10 and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) brought 9 in defeat.

Zalgiris: Oliver Lafayette 17, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 12+10rebs, Ksistof Lavrinovic 10, Robertas Javtokas 9
N.Novgorod: Semen Antonov 13, Evgeni Baburin 11, Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) 7, Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88) 7



Mindaugas Kuzminskas may join Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (ACB) is close to sign 24-year old Lithuanian international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-98kg-89) who currently plays B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. Kuzminskas managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 19 LKL games he recorded 13.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Kuzminskas also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.9ppg and 4.0rpg. The last season Kuzminskas played also at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 23 LKL games he averaged 7.8ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and end the regular season at the top position. Kuzminskas also played 11 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played 4 games in Baltic League where he averaged 7.8ppg and 2.0rpg. And finally Kuzminskas played 14 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.8ppg and 2.9rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Kuzminskas received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2010.
He was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Kuzminskas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team in 2007. He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 78.9%.
Kuzminskas has played previously professionally in Italy and Lithuania (Siauliai, Sakalai, Zemaitis Raseiniai and Perlas).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MACAU   


East Asian Championship: South Korea stay undefeated with romp over Macau - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Macau 124:39

South Korea clinched the third straight win at the East Asian Championship. The hosts dismantled Macau in Incheon today. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) fired 29 points to lead the winners. South Korea will now take on Hong Kong in the semifinal on Monday.
South Korea stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. Macau managed to score just one point in the first ten minutes to face a woeful 33-point deficit at the break. South Korea sank 36 points in the second frame and gained a 70:12 halftime lead. The hosts scored eagerly in the second half cruising to a comfortable victory at the end. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) delivered 20 points for the winners. Lee Jung-Hyun (191-F-87) and Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) finished with 12 points each for the hosts. Ka Tong Lai (191-C-95) responded with 13 points for Macau. Chan Cheok Wa added 6 points in the loss.

South Korea: Heo Il-Young 29, Kim Jong-Kyu 20, Lee Jung-Hyun 12, Park Jae-Hyun 12
Macau: Ka Tong Lai 13, Chan Cheok Wa 6



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 21-5 
 2. Guaymas 18-6 
 3. Tijuana 13-11 
 4. Nogales 13-13 
 5. Navolato 12-14 
 6. Cananea 11-15 
 7. Guasave 8-16 
 8. Los Mochis 8-16 
 9. Obregon 8-16 

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 18: Nogales - Guasave 92-85
May. 18: Los Mochis - Navolato 81-84
May. 18: Tijuana - Cananea 107-80
May. 18: Hermosillo - Obregon 100-91

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 21: Navolato - Guaymas
May. 21: Guasave - Obregon
May. 21: Tijuana - Los Mochis
May. 21: Cananea - Hermosillo


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Jones, Obregon25.3 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.8 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.0 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas21.7 
 5. McCullough, Nogales20.6 
 6. Rougeau, Cananea20.2 
 7. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 8. Pearson, Los M.19.2 
 9. Allen, Guaymas19.2 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.2 
 4. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.3 
 6. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 7. Habel, Guaymas8.2 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea7.6 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato7.0 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Shorter, Guaymas5.0 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo4.8 
 5. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.5 
 7. Medina, Tijuana4.3 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana4.2 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.1 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Rougeau, Cananea1.4 
 8. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 10. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.8 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.5 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.1 
 6. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 8. Pearson, Los M.0.8 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 


Pearson number one in Mexico for round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Devon Pearson (198-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Los Mochis, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Navolato (#6, 11-14) 84-72. Los Mochis maintains the 9th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Los Mochis is bottom ranked team in the standings. They need more victories to leave last spot and improve bad 8-15 record. In the team's last game Pearson had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Los Mochis, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Devon Pearson averages this season 19.7ppg and 9.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Navolato. Elliott had a very good evening with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Navolato lost that game 72-84 to the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#9, 8-15). This loss caused Navolato to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Elliott is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Obregon (#7). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Jones' great performance Obregon lost 93-112 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 20-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Obregon not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could try to bring Obregon's a little bit higher in the standings. Jones has individually a great season in Mexico. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bernard Toombs (208-C-87) of Navolato - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Cananea - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) of Cananea - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tyrone McNeal (213-C) of Los Mochis - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Elvis Medina (183-PG-84) of Tijuana - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



CIBACOPA Round 28: Leader Rayos de Hermosillo gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twentieth first win on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-16) 100-91. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 29-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-100 at the end of the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 33-22 including 20 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) fired 26 points for the winners. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for lost side. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-5 record. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Guasave and Los Mochis. Rayos de Hermosillo are looking forward to face Mineros de Cananea (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Los Mochis. Sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (12-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (8-16) 84-81 on Saturday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Marcus Elliott contributed with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. point guard Phillip Harris (180, college: Oklahoma S&A) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for Pioneros Los Mochis. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fifth place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Obregon and Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tijuana. Local Tijuana Zonkeys (13-11) outscored 5th ranked Mineros de Cananea (11-15) 107-80 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of Marcus Morrison who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Kyle Austin responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 13-11 record having ten points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Mineros de Cananea dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will meet at home Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 28 Guasave was defeated by Nogales in Nogales 92-85.
The best stats of 28th round was 15 points and 19 rebounds by James Penny of Tijuana.


Tijuana - Cananea 107-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tijuana. Local Tijuana Zonkeys (13-11) outscored 5th ranked Mineros de Cananea (11-15) 107-80 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. The game without a history. Tijuana Zonkeys led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Tijuana Zonkeys had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Mineros de Cananea's players. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) who added 15 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. Five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 13-11 record having ten points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Mineros de Cananea dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will meet at home Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: L.Ramirez 22+1reb+9ast, M.Morrison 20+11reb+7ast, O.Quintero 18+8reb+6ast, E.Medina 17+2reb+7ast, J.Penny 15+19reb+3ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 7+2reb
Cananea: K.Austin 25+9reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 21+7reb+4ast, G.Giron 15+5reb+3ast, J.Jones 6+8reb+2ast, M.Valenzuela 6+2reb+5ast, G.Maciel 4+3reb
gschID: 234961


Hermosillo - Obregon 100-91

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twentieth first win on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-16) 100-91. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 29-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-100 at the end of the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 33-22 including 20 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) fired 26 points for the winners. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and forward Nate Carter (201-83, college: Oklahoma, agency: Fusion Sports) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-5 record. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Guasave and Los Mochis. Rayos de Hermosillo are looking forward to face Mineros de Cananea (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 26+3reb+2ast, E.Little 22+7reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 15+3reb+4ast, K.Spain 14+5reb, J.Lopez 13+7reb+1ast, S.Monreal 4+2reb+9ast
Obregon: K.Jones 30+5reb+2ast, N.Carter 16+4reb, L.Davis 16+1reb+1ast, J.Salcedo 11+2reb, H.Carrillo 6+6reb+2ast, H.Rivera 6+1ast
gschID: 234960


Los Mochis - Navolato 81-84

Important game to mention about took place in Los Mochis. Sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (12-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (8-16) 84-81 on Saturday evening. Pioneros Los Mochis cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to three at the end of the game. Garra Canera de Navolato made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) contributed with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. point guard Phillip Harris (180, college: Oklahoma S&A) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and center Tyrone McNeal (213) added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fifth place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Obregon and Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Navolato: F.Verdugo 29+4reb+2ast, M.Elliott 25+8reb+4ast, R.Selleaze 18+11reb+9ast, A.Villalobos 5+5reb+4ast, A.Chan 3+1reb, J.Angel Reatiga 2
Los Mochis: T.McNeal 22+10reb+1ast, P.Harris 19+8reb+6ast, J.Sandoval 15+4reb+3ast, D.Pearson 13+10reb+4ast, J.Favela 5+6reb+3ast, D.Onofre 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 234959


Nogales - Guasave 92-85

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-16) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-13) 92-85 on Saturday. Fuerza Guinda Nogales have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-13 record. Frayles de Guasave lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Obregon and Los Mochis. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 234958



Cananea adds Jones to their roster, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Jaron Jones (198-89, college: E.Kentucky). He played this season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'12. In only one game he recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. Jones was voted All-OVC 2nd Team in 2012 at his college time.
Jones graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Jones: A mystery as a junior and a household name as a senior, Jones has the stroke and size to play in time at the highest level. Great midrange game, very efficient scorer.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIBACOPA Round 27: Tijuana Zonkeys are defeated by Mineros de Cananea - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-11) and sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea (11-14) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Mineros de Cananea in a tough game in Tijuana 90-98. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tijuana Zonkeys won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for international guard Gabriel Giron (190-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) helped adding 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 11 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato 84-72. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Tyrone McNeal accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds. Pioneros Los Mochis' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) came up with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Pioneros Los Mochis (8-15) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Obregon and Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (20-5) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-15) 112-93. The best player for the winners was Steve Monreal who scored 18 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Kenny Jones who recorded 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-5 record. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis and Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-13) crushed at home 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-15) by 30 points 103-73, which is the biggest margin this round. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Cheyne Gadson who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fourth place with 12-13 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be again Frayles de Guasave (#8) at home.



Tijuana - Cananea 90-98

The game between third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-11) and sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea (11-14) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Mineros de Cananea in a tough game in Tijuana 90-98. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tijuana Zonkeys won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for international guard Gabriel Giron (190-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) helped adding 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Jamaican forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 11 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cananea: G.Giron 26+6reb+5ast, R.Rougeau 23+6reb+3ast, K.Austin 22+9reb+5ast, J.Jones 16+5reb+4ast, M.Acuna 4+1ast, O.Zuniga 4+1reb+2ast
Tijuana: M.Morrison 23+8reb+4ast, E.Medina 19+5reb+6ast, M.Thomas 18+9reb+4ast, L.Ramirez 16+2reb+3ast, O.Quintero 8+4reb+1ast, J.Penny 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 234957


Hermosillo - Obregon 112-93

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (20-5) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (8-15) 112-93. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rayos de Hermosillo made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who scored 18 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) added 26 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-5 record. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis and Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: K.Spain 20+7reb+1ast, E.Little 20+4reb+3ast, S.Monreal 18+3reb+9ast, J.Villanueva 18+5reb, P.Sanders 17+2reb+2ast, J.Camacho 7+5reb
Obregon: K.Jones 30+6reb, L.Davis 26+1reb+1ast, N.Carter 17+8reb+2ast, J.Salcedo 7+1reb, L.Pulido 5+6reb+4ast, H.Rivera 4
gschID: 234956


Los Mochis - Navolato 84-72

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato 84-72. Garra Canera de Navolato was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 42-27 second half run of Pioneros Los Mochis. They outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Tyrone McNeal (213) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Pioneros Los Mochis' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) came up with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) added 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Five Pioneros Los Mochis and four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis (8-15) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Obregon and Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 21+12reb+6ast, T.McNeal 18+9reb+3ast, J.Sandoval 13+9reb+1ast, P.Harris 12+4reb+10ast, C.Toussaint 10+4reb+5ast, D.Onofre 8+1reb+1ast
Navolato: M.Elliott 29+7reb+8ast, B.Toombs 14+11reb+4ast, F.Verdugo 12+2reb+2ast, R.Selleaze 11+6reb+3ast, A.Villalobos 6+3reb+6ast, J.Quintero 0+1reb
gschID: 234955


Nogales - Guasave 103-73

Fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-13) crushed at home 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-15) by 30 points 103-73, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Fuerza Guinda Nogales led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) answered with 18 points and forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales and five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fourth place with 12-13 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be again Frayles de Guasave (#8) at home.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 20+7reb, C.Gadson 14+5reb+9ast, A.Izaguirre 13+5reb, B.Heredia 11+1reb+2ast, R.Moss 10+9reb+1ast, J.Mercado 10+2reb
Guasave: N.Stallings 18+4reb+2ast, E.Frederick 14+9reb+1ast, J.Leyva 11+6reb+3ast, F.Harris 10+2reb+1ast, V.Buelna 10+2reb, A.Cervantes 4+5reb
gschID: 234954



Nate Carter joins Obregon - by Eurobasket News

Obregon bolstered their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Nate Carter (201-F-83, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Oklahoma). The forward spent this season in France. He played for Bordeaux. Nate Carter tallied 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in ProB. Previously Nate Carter had stints with Chalons-Reims, Nanterre, Saint-Etienne, San Miguel Beermen, Givat Shmuel, Gilboa/Migdal Haemek. He was trumped All-French ProB Player of the Year back in 2011.


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East Asian Championship: China ease past Mongolia - by Eurobasket News

China - Mongolia 109:45

China finished East Asian Championship preliminary round on a high note. They knocked down Mongolia to advance into semifinal stage from the top position in Group B. China will now take on Japan in the semis. Mongolia will face Taiwan in the clash for the fifth overall position at the tournament and the ticket to the Fiba Asia Championship.
China dropped 26 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. They extended the margin in the second quarter. China accumulated a 49:23 halftime lead. China went on a 30:9 rally in the third term to leave Mongolia behind. Six players scored in double digits for China as they cruised to the second straight win at the tournament. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) netted 21 points for the winning team. Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) contributed 15 points, while Meng Da (196-F/G-82) added 14 points for China. Deigernyam Davaasambuu responded with 12 points for Mongolia. Battur Ganbold (185-F-87) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

China: Guo Ailun 21, Yanyuhang Ding 15, Meng Da 14
Mongolia: Deigernyam Davaasambuu 12, Battur Ganbold 9



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Marygrove College: Grand Blanc Duo Sticks Together; Miller Commits - by Stephan Ditgens

GRAND BLANC, Mich.

Head coach Dave Sichterman and the men's basketball staff received a double-dip of great news when a pair of Grand Blanc High School's brightest stars, David Battle and Kenneth Miller, signed on to continue their educational and athletic pursuits at Marygrove College.

KENNETH MILLER

Miller, a crafty 6' guard, will join family member and 2010 Flint Hamady graduate, Darryll Dixon, and fellow commit David Battle on the Marygrove College Men's Basketball team next season. The three-year varsity standout for Grand Blanc High School culminated a stellar career by helping take the Bobcats to new heights in 2012-13. Leading the team in scoring at a 14PPG clip, Miller helped guide the Bobcats to the school's first undefeated regular season campaign (20-0). The season brought three Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) team awards: KLAA West Division Champions, Conference Champions, and KLAA Association Champions.

The phenomenal 2012-13 season ended shortly after Miller and the Bobcats brought home a MHSAA District Championship with a stellar record of 22-1. At season's end, the team captain and Co-MVP was named to his second straight KLAA All-Conference Team.

On the AAU circuit, Miller played six years for the heralded Flint Dream Team and was joined by fellow Marygrove signee David Battle last year. The pair helped the Dream Team to a great season.

IN THE NEWS: Grand Blanc Duo Sticks Together As David Battle Inks With Marygrove College Coach Sichterman on Miller: Like David, KJ is a great addition to our team. He will add to our depth at point guard and will have the unique opportunity to learn from his cousin, Darryll Dixon. KJ is a scoring point guard that can play off the ball which will bode well in our system. He was looked to for leadership on his successful high school team, which is another reason why we pursued him. I look forward to coaching KJ soon.

courtesy of: MarygroveMustangs.com



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Parker, San A.7.4 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Villanueva, Kleiza, Gray Exercise 2013/14 Options - by Eurobasket News

One ex-Raptor and two current Raps have opted in for the 2013/14 season, tweets Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com. According to RealGM's transactions log, Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut), Linas Kleiza (6'8''-SF-85, college: Missouri), and Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh) all picked up their '13/14 player options on May 13th. None of the decisions come as any surprise, given the production the three players provided on the court compared to the salaries they're now in line to earn next season. Villanueva had confirmed earlier in the season that he'd exercise his option, worth $8.58MM. In 69 games with the Pistons this season, Villanueva established career-lows in PPG (6.8), FG% (.377), and PER (14.0), among other categories. The Raptors duo won't be quite as expensive as Villanueva, as Kleiza's option is worth $4.6MM, while Gray's is worth about $2.69MM. Gray appeared in 42 games for Toronto this season, starting 16 of them, and averaged 2.8 PPG and 3.2 RPG. Kleiza played in just 20 contests for the Raps, missing time with a knee injury and then not getting back into the lineup even when he was healthy. While all three players are now set to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2014, free agency could come earlier for Villanueva and Kleiza. The Pistons and Raptors both still have the amensty provision available, and Villanueva and Kleiza represent the top amnesty candidates for their respective clubs.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Krzyzewski reconsidering return to USA Basketball through 2016 - by Eurobasket News

Mike Krzyzewski is now giving serious consideration to remaining as head coach of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics in Rio. "There's a chance," Krzyzewski said. "That's correct." Krzyzewski had said for eight months that he's not returning to his position with USA Basketball, but a final decision has yet to be reached. Jerry Colangelo said Saturday he and Krzyzewski have been discussing his return "in installments." "I think it's very close to being resolved," Colangelo said. "That's all I can say for sure." Krzyzewski has a 62-1 since 2005, a run that includes gold medal Olympic victories in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



When that Something Hits the Fan by Tim Shea - 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.




Pacers knock out Knicks with 106-99 win in Game 6 - by Eurobasket News

Indiana P. - New York K. 106-99
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90, college: Cincinnati) scored nine of his playoff career-high 23 points during a late 11-2 run Saturday night, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York Knicks, 106-99 and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. The New York native also had 10 rebounds and the Pacers were spurred by the return of point guard George Hill two days after he was diagnosed with a concussion. Next up is a rematch with Miami, the team that eliminated Indiana last season. Game 1 will be Wednesday at Miami. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored 39 points and Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) had 19 for New York. Indiana is 6-0 at home in the playoffs, but this one sure wasn't easy. Courtesy of: Associated Press

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



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Kansas State picks up Georgetown transfer Brandon Bolden - by Eurobasket News

It's been an offseason of personnel changes for Kansas State. Already having lost Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91), Martavious Irving (6'1''-PG-90) and Jordan Henriquez (6'11''-F-89) to graduation, the Wildcats also saw starting point guard Angel Rodriguez, backup big man Adrian Diaz (6'10''-F-93), and seldom-used guard Michael Orris (6'2''-G) all transfer. Coach Bruce Weber countered those losses with a five-man recruiting class -- and the acquisition of Justin Edwards (6'3''-PG-92), who transferred from Maine after averaging nearly 17 points. On Friday, Weber officially announced the addition of another transfer. Brandon Bolden (6'10''-C), a 6-foot-10 center from Georgetown, is heading to Kansas State. "With such a large incoming freshman class, we really wanted to add a more experienced player to our team plus we needed someone with his kind of size and length, Weber said. I think the year off will be great for Brandon to not only develop and improve his game, but also to get stronger in the weight room. He will be a great asset next season just as a practice player to make our guys better." Bolden, a South Carolina native, played one season at Georgetown. He appeared in four games, registering only a missed shot in five minutes.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 19: OceanaGold N. - Southland S. 95-66
May. 19: Super City R. - HBS Bank Hawks 90-88
May. 17: Nelson G. - Waikato P. 89-75
May. 18: OceanaGold N. - Taranaki MA 110-93
May. 17: Southland S. - Taranaki MA 105-83

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 24: OceanaGold N. - HBS Bank Hawks
May. 24: Taranaki MA - Waikato P.
May. 25: Southland S. - HBS Bank Hawks
May. 25: Waikato P. - Hub Jets
May. 25: Nelson G. - Taranaki MA
May. 26: Super City R. - Wellington S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.3 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.22.5 
 3. Pace, Nelson G.21.0 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Atkinson, Waika.20.2 
 6. Maxey, Nelson G.19.4 
 7. Conklin, Southland19.3 
 8. Greene, HBS B.19.2 
 9. Gabriel, Taranaki.18.3 
 10. Warren, Wellingto.18.2 
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. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.9.0 
 6. Greene, HBS B.8.6 
 7. Boucher, Wellingt.8.4 
 8. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.3 
 9. Pace, Nelson G.8.3 
 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. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.5 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.7 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.8 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.3 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.2 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.3.8 
 8. Webster, Waika.3.8 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 10. Frank, Wellington3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.4.0 
 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. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 9. Buck, Super City R.1.8 
 10. Anthony, OceanaG.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.4 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.5 
 3. Frank, Wellington2.1 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.9 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Dawson, Southlan.1.2 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.1.2 
 9. Greene, HBS B.1.2 
 10. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 


Rangers get their first win - by Mike Lacey



Nelson Giants defeated the Waikato Pistons 89-75 in the opening game of round 5 of the NBL. The Giants looked to be cruising to a comfortable win late in the third quarter as they led 71-51 but a 15-1 run from the Pistons changed that. With 6:09 remaining in the game the Pistons trailed by just six points, 72-66 but that was as close as they would get.
Imports Erron Maxey, 22 points and Josh Pace, 19 points steadied the ship and with Brooke Ruscoe contributing 16 points the home team closed out the game. Mika Vukona only scored 6 points but he did snare a game high 14 rebounds. Tai Webster with 23 points was the best of the Pistons while new import Garrius Holloman (198-F-89, college: Beth.-Cookman) scored 20 points although he did require 25 shots for that output.
Southland Sharks put together a strong performance, the game all but over by half time, the Sharks ahead of the Taranaki Mountain Airs 56-32 and eventually cruising to a 105-83 win. Import Brian Conklin (26 points) in his first year out of St Louis University continues to impress on his way to a season high 31 points. The eagerly anticipated matchup between Conklin and Taranaki star Kenny Gabriel did not eventuate as Gabriel fouled out in just 14 minutes playing time and with a mere 5 points to his name. Reuben Te Rangi also had a season best 26 points, he and Conklin combining for an eye catching 18 from 21 (86%) from the field. Senior players Aaron Bailey-Nowell (22pts) and Link Abrams (19pts) worked tirelessly for Taranaki. The Airs were faced with an equally tough task the following night when they took on the table topping Otago Nuggets in Dunedin. They made a much better fist of things in their second outing of the weekend trailing just 48-42 at half time. However, the Nuggets put their foot down in the third period winning the quarter 36-24 and going on to win 110-93. Kenny Gabriel made up for his lapses the previous day leading the Taranaki scoring with 21 points. Otago were without influential guard Hayden Allen but still possessed too much fire power for Taranaki. Akeem Wright dominated proceedings with 35 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and the NBLs leading scorer BJ Anthony chimed in with a double double of his own (22 points/13 rebounds). Point guard Mark Dickel dished off 12 assists as the Nuggets claimed their sixth straight win.
Billed as the game of the round the southern derby between the Southland Sharks and the Otago Nuggets, both teams playing their second game of the weekend, turned into a rather one sided affair. The Nuggets established a 27-10 first quarter advantage and although the lead was trimmed to eight points (43-35) by half time the Sharks were unable to mount a sustained comeback and the Nuggets eased to their seventh straight win,95-66, to distance themselves from the chasers at the top of the NBL ladder. Once again Wright (22 points) and Anthony (20 points) led the way for the Nuggets. Brian Conklin (23 points) and Kevin Braswell (21 points) scored two thirds of the points for the Sharks but young Reuben Te Rangi went from the penthouse to the outhouse in the space of 48 hours. Outstanding against Taranaki, shooting 10 from 15 from the field (4 from 8 threes) on his way to 26 points he shot 1 from 10 from the field against Otago.
The only game played in the North Island in this round pitted the winless James Blond Super City Rangers against the Bay Hawks played in Auckland. As usual the Hawks were without their captain Paora Winitana for a Sunday fixture but Jarrod Kenny was also missing injured and perhaps more significantly coach Tab Baldwin was serving a suspension for being ejected from the Taranaki game in round 3. The Rangers sniffed the opportunity of an upset and in an exciting game where the lead changed no fewer than 31 times, the Rangers eventually prevailed 90-88. The Rangers were well served by rookies Patrich Bolstad and Shea Ili who both scored 11 points in the first half to help their team to a narrow 52-49 advantage.
The second half had numerous momentum swings, unsportsmanlike fouls, missed free throws both teams shooting less than 50% from the line and key players in foul trouble.
With 2:40 remaining in the fourth quarter Balstad missed a pair of free throws to give the Rangers a four points advantage. The Hawks swooped and Everard Bartlett nailed a three followed by a Dion Prewster and one to give the visitors an 88-84 advantage with 1:50 remaining. The outstanding Johnny Fesolai (22 points/13 rebounds) reduced the arrears but when Prewster was fouled and presented with two free throws and an opportunity to extend the Hawks advantage it looked as if the Rangers endeavors would go unrewarded. Surprisingly, Prewster (18 points) who had had a fine game missed both shots and left the door ajar. First Fesolai climbed through it to tie the scores then Carl Buck (14 points) nailed a pair of free throws and although the Hawks had the final possession the Rangers were not to be denied.




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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 Turow6.9 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.7 
 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. Brandwein, 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. Adams, Rosa Radom1.3 
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 


TBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. PGE Turow join Stelmet ZG in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Anwil - PGE Turow 75-77 OT

PGE Turow used overtime to defeat Anwil in the fourth game of the semifinal series. The victory propelled PGE Turow into the TBL Final. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 15-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-11. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Croatian Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) replied with 20 points and 4 assists and naturalized Bosnian forward Seid Hajric (203-83) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Anwil.
Top scorers:
Anwil: M.Ginyard 20+3reb+4ast, S.Hajric 12+7reb+1ast, T.Weeden 10+3reb, R.Boykin 9+6reb+4ast, A.Eitutavicius 7+3reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 5+1reb+2ast
PGE Turow: I.Opacak 24+5reb+2ast, R.Robinson 12+1reb+4ast, A.Cel 10+11reb+1ast, M.Chylinski 9+3reb, I.Zigeranovic 8+5reb+1ast, D.Jackson 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 241227



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Balseiro, Academica16.6 
 7. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 8. Smith, CAB Madeira16.1 
 9. Dunn, Benfica15.7 
 10. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 3. Hallman, Academica10.4 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense8.4 
 9. Gomes, Benfica7.6 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 3. Fernandes, Acade.5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Pires, Alges4.4 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Costa, CAB Madeira3.8 
 10. Simoes, Academica3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.4 
 2. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 6. Jackson, CAB M.2.0 
 7. Andrade, Benfica1.9 
 8. Balseiro, Academica1.9 
 9. Hallman, Academica1.9 
 10. Freire, Fisica1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Lukasiak, Acade.1.1 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 5. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 6. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 7. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 8. Evora, Benfica0.8 
 9. Holt, Alges0.7 
 10. Gentry, Benfica0.7 


Proliga Round 3 of Finals. Oliveirense take the lead - by Eurobasket News

Oliveirense - Maia Basket 83-65

Oliveirense made another step towards Proliga title as they edged Maia Basket at home court for 2-1 lead in the championship series. The game without a history. Oliveirense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Maia Basket to just 7 points in third quarter. Oliveirense dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Maia Basket's 30. They outrebounded Maia Basket 45-25 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Oliveirense looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Joao Reveles (187-80) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Joao Abreu (179-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Five Oliveirense players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Paulo Diamantino (203-85) who recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Pedro Catarino (184-90) added 21 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Oliveirense: J.Reveles 18+13reb+7ast, J.Abreu 17+5reb+10ast, R.Azevedo 16+6reb+2ast, N.Cortez 16+12reb+2ast, A.Pereira 12+6reb+1ast, C.Resende 4+2reb
Maia Basket: P.Catarino 21+2reb, P.Diamantino 13+7reb+4ast, P.Tavares 7+1reb+4ast, N.Marcal 7+6reb+1ast, R.Pinto 5+2reb+1ast, A.Dara 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 240565



LPB Round 1 of Finals. Benfica snatch win in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - Academica 69-67

Benfica claimed the opening win in the title series versus Academica. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Benfica made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Benfica outrebounded Academica 35-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international Joao Gomes (201-85) chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Joao Balseiro (192-87) responded with 19 points and American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Benfica: L.Dunn 30+5reb, J.Gomes 18+13reb, D.Carreira 5+3reb+2ast, C.Fonseca 4+3reb, R.Franklin 4+2ast, E.Evora 2+5reb
Academica: J.Balseiro 19+1reb, A.Hallman 11+6reb+1ast, M.Fernandes 10+2reb+4ast, M.Goncalves 9+6reb, F.Sousa 7+2reb+3ast, D.Simoes 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 241173



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 25

May. 18: Bayamon - Humacao 74-67
May. 18: Santurce - Arecibo 73-84
May. 18: Guayama - Mayaguez 67-95
May. 18: Quebradillas - Ponce 110-87

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 19: Humacao - San German
May. 19: Santurce - Guaynabo
May. 20: Ponce - Guayama
May. 21: Arecibo - Humacao
May. 21: San German - Guaynabo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Harris, Ponce20.4 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Carmona, Humacao19.4 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo18.7 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon17.9 
 6. Ramos, Arecibo17.0 
 7. Brown, Humacao16.8 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.5 
 9. Galindo, Santurce16.4 
 10. Vassallo, Arecibo16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 2. Ramos, Arecibo10.3 
 3. Phillip, San German8.9 
 4. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
 6. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.2 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Scott, Humacao8.0 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.3 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 4. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 5. Coronado, Guayama4.1 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.3.9 
 7. Pagan, Santurce3.7 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon3.5 
 9. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 10. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.4 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 5. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 6. Santiago, Ponce1.3 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.2 
 9. Liz, San German1.2 
 10. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Brock, Guayama1.0 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Harris, Ponce0.9 


Indios climb to third place - by Luis Modestti


On Thursday Indios de Mayaguez dominated Vaqueros de Bayamon 85-74. Indios now have a seven-game winning streak and Bayamon has a five-game losing skid.

Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) netted 24 points and Weyinmi Efejuku-Rose 18 for the winners. Mayaguez has a 13-8 record and is currently in third place.

On Friday Atleticos de San German defeated Piratas de Quebradillas 85-77. Atleticos were led by Chris Massie who had 21 points while Anthony Winchester added 15.

Capitanes de Arecibo dropped Brujos de Guayama 92-86. Demetris Nichols and Peter John Ramos had 21 each.

Leones de Ponce dominated Mets de Guaynabo 92-66 led by Ike Diogu who scored 26 points while Mike Harris had 15 points with 13 boards.

The first half ended with a 41-38 lead by Ponce and they took off in the second half starting with two three-pointers by Manuel Fortuna and never looked back.

There are four games on Saturday:

Leones de Ponce at Piratas de Quebradillas
Caciques-Gigantes at Vaqueros de Bayamon
Capitanes de Arecibo at Cangrejeros de Santurce
Indios de Mayaguez at Brujos de Guayama



Mets make another coaching change - by Luis Modestti


Mets de Guaynabo announced that Angel Lopez Panelli resigned as head coach and signed veteran coach Carlos Mario Rivera.

Lopez Panelli had a 5-6 record with Guaynabo and in his last game they lost 92-66 to Ponce after a 51-28 second half.

Rivera coached for the last time in BSN during the 2010 season with Gallitos de Isabela. He has two championships in the league winning his first in 2002 with Ponce and in 2005 with Arecibo. In 2012 he coached Huracanes de Puerto Plata in the Dominican National League.

His debut with Mets is on Sunday as they visit league leaders Cangrejeros de Santurce.



Gates replaces Harellson in Guayama - by Luis Modestti


Brujos de Guayama announced the signing of forward/center Yancy Gates (206-F-89, college: Cincinnati). His debut is expected to be tonight against Indios de Mayaguez.

Gates played for Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuania. He replaces Josh Harellson who averaged 10,9 points and 8,2 rebounds in 20 games.

Guayama has struggled with a six game losing streak which includes who losses at home after starting 8-0 at Roque Nido Coliseum. Last night they were defeated by Capitanes 92-86.

The team hopes that a solid contributor inside can help them get off the losing streak. They have a 10-10 and are in sixth place after being first a couple of weeks ago.



Wins for Piratas and Caciques-Gigantes - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas and Caciques-Gigantes got wins on Wednesday to continue climbing in the standing.

Piratas defeated Mets de Guaynabo 85-75. Quebradillas won the third quarter 27-11 and never looked back.

Shawn Redhage scored 23 points, Kevin Lisch 21 and David Huertas 15 for the winners who are now 11-9.

Guaynabo had Jaime Lloreda with 23 and Joey Graham added 17. Mets have a 9-10 record.

In Humacao, Caciques-Gigantes crushed Brujos 94-75. Caciques-Gigantes took control early by winning the first quarter 25-9. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) had 27 points and Jamelle Horne 22 in the win.

Caciques-Gigantes improve to 10-9 while Brujos are 10-9, losing their last five in a row.

The only game scheduled on Thursday is Vaqueros de Bayamon at Indios de Mayaguez.



Diogu's 26 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old power forward Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) had a great game in the last week for second-ranked Ponce and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 24.
He had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds for Ponce in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Guaynabo (#7, 9-11) with 26-point margin 92-66. Ponce is placed at 2nd position in Puerto Rican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ponce will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. In the team's last game Diogu had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ike Diogu averages this season 22.6ppg and 9.6rpg.

Second best performed player last week was Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of San German. He is American in his first season at San German. In the last game Massie recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course San German cruised to a 85-77 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#4, 11-10). San German's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Massie is one of the most experienced players at San German and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International) of Quebradillas (#4). Lisch showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last week. Despite Lisch's great performance Quebradillas lost 77-85 to the lower-ranked San German (#9, 6-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Quebradillas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Lisch has a very solid season. In 5 games in Puerto Rico he scored 19.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Mayaguez - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Arecibo - 21 points and 12 rebounds
6. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Ponce - 15 points and 13 rebounds
7. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Joel Jones (196-G/F-81) of Guayama - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83) of Ponce - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) of Ponce - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

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


Targu Mures wins Game 1 of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
Oradea - Gaz Metan 73-68 (1-0)

The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 32-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard William Franklin (183-85, college: Bradley) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. The former international Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international swingman Andrei Mandache (191-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points in the effort for Gaz Metan. Gaz Metan's coach Marcel Tenter rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Pesic 18+7reb+4ast, W.Franklin 15+4reb+6ast, S.Topchov 15+2reb+1ast, D.Dillon 10+5reb+1ast, N.Maric 8+1reb+5ast, B.Tibirna 4+4reb
Gaz Metan: T.Nicoara 17+12reb, A.Mandache 16+3reb+1ast, Z.Krstanovic 12+6reb, S.Dundjerski 9+3reb+1ast, I.Lilov 5+4reb+2ast, I.Ivanovic 5+3reb
gschID: 241106


FINAL
Targu Mures - Ploiesti 91-81 (1-0)

Targu Mures wins Game 1 of the Finals . The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. Ploiesti managed to win second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Targu Mures forced 20 Ploiesti turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ploiesti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: A.Ciric 24+3reb, M.Ceskovic 21+1reb+5ast, O.Barro 17+7reb+1ast, B.Cuic 16+11reb+3ast, D.Kandic 7+1ast, D.Paltinisanu 4+1reb+1ast
Ploiesti: V.Tica 16+7reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 16+8reb+3ast, I.Timermanis 14+4reb+1ast, A.Tudor 11+2ast, V.Stanescu 8+5reb+1ast, A.Vlahovic 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 240942



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VTB League: Unics remain alive in the series - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Unics 65:68

Unics remain alive in the series after the road win over Lokomotiv in Krasnodar. Unics grabbed a 68:65 victory for 1-2 record in the series. Game 4 to be played in Krasnodar tomorrow.
Unics took 21-10 in the first period and dominated the game. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-7 Lokomotiv's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 68-65 at the end of the game. It was a good game for Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) and Pavel Sergeev (185-PG-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) followed them with 11 points each as four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) scored 11. Simas Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lokomotiv, while Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) also posted 7 points.

Lokomotiv: Nick Calathes 18, Maxim Grigoryev 11, Andrey Zubkov 7, Simas Jasaitis 7, Mantas Kalnietis 7
Unics: Terrell Lyday 15, Ian Vougioukas 14, Chuck Eidson 11, Pavel Sergeev 11



VTB League: Nizhny Novgorod prolong the series against Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Novgorod - Zalgiris 60:59

Nizhny Novgorod prolong the series against Zalgiris after a thrilling win in Russia. The hosts grabbed a 60:59 win on Saturday and will need another win to head back to Lithuania. Game 4 is scheduled for tomorrow in Nizhny Novgorod.
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 9-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nizhny Novgorod dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 4 points in fourth quarter. BC Nizhny Novgorod forced 19 Zalgiris turnovers. The best player for the winners was Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 13 points. Evgeni Baburin (190-G-87) chipped in 11 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) netted 10 and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) brought 9 in defeat.

Zalgiris: Oliver Lafayette 17, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 12+10rebs, Ksistof Lavrinovic 10, Robertas Javtokas 9
N.Novgorod: Semen Antonov 13, Evgeni Baburin 11, Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) 7, Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88) 7



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 12

May. 18: Vojvodina - Radnicki KG 78-85
May. 18: Sloboda Uzice - Konstantin 77-71
May. 19: Metalac - Partizan
May. 19: Borac - Mega Vizura


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Bakic, Metalac19.5 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.17.0 
 6. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 7. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 8. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.4 
 9. Kljajevic, C Afric.13.8 
 10. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.9 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.9 
 7. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 8. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
 9. Miceta, Sutjeska5.7 
 10. Zekovic, Vojvodina5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.8 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 9. Boltic, Vojvodina3.4 
 10. Velickovic, Konst.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 3. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Covic, Vojvodina1.6 
 6. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 7. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 8. Boltic, Vojvodina1.6 
 9. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 10. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.5 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.1 
 5. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 6. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 


Vojvodina and Radnicki battle for ABA and playoffs spot - by Ivan Milenkovic

After 11 out of 14 rounds played in Superliga, it is known that Partizan, Mega Vizura and Crvena zvezda will play in the playoffs (and Adriatic League next season), while Metalac, Sloboda and Konstantin have no chance to finish among top four teams.
Most important game in remaining three rounds will be played today in Novi Sad, where Vojvodina (7-4 record) will host Radnicki (5-6) in key battle for last remaining spot in ABA League and playoffs. Vojvodina have big advantage over Muta Nikolic's team - two wins more and '+15' from their first game in Kragujevac. This means that even if team from Novi Sad lose by less than 15 points today, they will be in better position prior to final two rounds.
After today's game, Vojvodina will visit Mega Vizura and host Crvena zvezda Telekom. They could win both games, but they could lose both games, too. On the other hand, Radnicki will have easy game against Sloboda at home in Round 13, but in final round they will visit Partizan in 'Pionir'. Easiest way for Vojvodina to secure fourth position is to win today. Radnicki will have to make at least one miracle in remaining three games - to win in Novi Sad by at least 16 points or to win in 'Pionir' against Partizan. However, even if team from Kragujevac make both of these miracles, it will not be enough for them if Vojvodina win their final two games. Everything could be decided today...



Serbian Vladan Vukosavljevic finished successful season with Halychyna - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished successful season in Ukraine with his Halychyna. The latter finished fourth, however showed great basketball during the season.
Tonight Ferro-ZNTU celebrated the Superleague Bronze medals. They knocked down Halychyna in the fourth game of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Randy Culpepper stepped up with 26 points to lead the visitors.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 at the first break. But Ferro-ZNTU shifted the gear in the second period. The visitors unloaded 28 points to gain a 9-point halftime lead. Ferro-ZNTU stayed aggressive offensively in the second half. They sank 25 points in the third quarter to build a 12-point lead before the fourth stanza. Halychyna managed just 7 points in the fourth quarter as Ferro-ZNTU sealed the victory at the end. Jeremy Chappell provided 20 points and 6 boards, while Alexander Rybalko connected for 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the victory. Sasa Vasiljevic answered with 17 points for Halychyna. Vladan Vukosavljevic netted 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the losing effort.



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Extraliga Round 3 of Finals. Inter narrow the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Komarno - Inter Bratislava 82-89

Inter Bratislava snatched a road win over Komarno to narrow the deficit at 1-2 in the championship series. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. 30 personal fouls committed by Komarno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. The former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Amin Stevens (201-90, college: Florida A&M) with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Inter Bratislava and four Komarno players scored in double figures. Komarno's coach Frantisek Ron rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Komarno: A.Stevens 26+8reb+3ast, C.Lowe 13+5reb+3ast, M.Bilik 11+7reb+1ast, K.Thompson 11+10reb, M.Kozlik 6+2reb+2ast, V.Simpson 5+2reb+6ast
Inter Bratislava: A.Tucker 21+13reb+3ast, M.Garnett 18+1reb+1ast, M.Rancik 15+8reb+2ast, P.Sedmak 14+5reb+1ast, N.Delic 11+4reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 5+6ast
gschID: 241057



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East Asian Championship: South Korea stay undefeated with romp over Macau - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Macau 124:39

South Korea clinched the third straight win at the East Asian Championship. The hosts dismantled Macau in Incheon today. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) fired 29 points to lead the winners. South Korea will now take on Hong Kong in the semifinal on Monday.
South Korea stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. Macau managed to score just one point in the first ten minutes to face a woeful 33-point deficit at the break. South Korea sank 36 points in the second frame and gained a 70:12 halftime lead. The hosts scored eagerly in the second half cruising to a comfortable victory at the end. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) delivered 20 points for the winners. Lee Jung-Hyun (191-F-87) and Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) finished with 12 points each for the hosts. Ka Tong Lai (191-C-95) responded with 13 points for Macau. Chan Cheok Wa added 6 points in the loss.

South Korea: Heo Il-Young 29, Kim Jong-Kyu 20, Lee Jung-Hyun 12, Park Jae-Hyun 12
Macau: Ka Tong Lai 13, Chan Cheok Wa 6



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  San G.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, San G.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 4. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 5. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 6. Blanch, Andorra14.5 
 7. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.3 
 9. Otegui, Palencia14.1 
 10. Ruiz de Gala., Cl.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan8.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.2 
 7. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 8. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 9. Otegui, Palencia6.7 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Perez, Andorra5.2 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.7 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.1 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Schreiner, Andorra3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB Regal
  (201-G/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 2. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 3. Otegui, Palencia1.7 
 4. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 5. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 6. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 7. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 9. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 10. Creus, Assignia M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 3. Flis, Andorra1.1 
 4. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Gatell, Lobe Hues.0.7 
 10. Coppenrath, Luce.0.7 


LEB Gold Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Lucentum reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Palencia - Lucentum 76-81

Lucentum snatched a road win over Palencia to advance into LEB Gold Final. Palencia Baloncesto was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Meridiano Alicante, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for power forward Guillermo Rejon (206-77) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). point guard Pedro Rivero (186-79) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Latvian forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Meridiano Alicante and four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Palencia: J.Durley 16+10reb, J.Porzingis 14+8reb+3ast, R.Fornas 14+5reb, C.Bravo 12+4reb+6ast, U.Otegui 9+3reb+1ast, X.Forcada 7+2reb+5ast
Lucentum: P.Rivero 17+1reb+2ast, G.Rejon 14+7reb+1ast, A.Sabat 12+4reb+2ast, T.Coppenrath 11+4reb, A.Llorca 10+7reb+2ast, R.Bas 8+1reb
gschID: 240668


Caceres - Andorra 73-56

Caceres avoided elimination beating Andorra at home court. The game was mostly controlled by Caceres Basket. River Andorra managed to win second period 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caceres Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding River Andorra to just 7 points in first quarter. Caceres Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by River Andorra's players. It was a good game for American guard Braydon Hobbs (195-89, college: Bellarmine) who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Marc Blanch (194-82) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Justin Safford (204-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for River Andorra. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Andorra: M.Blanch 11+7reb+1ast, J.Safford 9+9reb, D.Wright 8+6reb, P.Sanchez 8+2reb, A.Moncasi 6+1reb, D.Flis 6+3reb+1ast
Caceres: P.Robles 14+2reb+2ast, R.Morentin 13+4reb+1ast, A.Pena 10+3reb, B.Hobbs 8+7reb+9ast, O.Ashaolu 8+7reb+2ast, J.Duinker 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 240667



Mindaugas Kuzminskas may join Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (ACB) is close to sign 24-year old Lithuanian international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-98kg-89) who currently plays B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. Kuzminskas managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 19 LKL games he recorded 13.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Kuzminskas also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.9ppg and 4.0rpg. The last season Kuzminskas played also at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 23 LKL games he averaged 7.8ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and end the regular season at the top position. Kuzminskas also played 11 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played 4 games in Baltic League where he averaged 7.8ppg and 2.0rpg. And finally Kuzminskas played 14 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.8ppg and 2.9rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Kuzminskas received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2010.
He was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Kuzminskas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team in 2007. He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 78.9%.
Kuzminskas has played previously professionally in Italy and Lithuania (Siauliai, Sakalai, Zemaitis Raseiniai and Perlas).

By Eurobasket Data Center



When that Something Hits the Fan by Tim Shea - 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   


Thomas Massamba leads Lukoil Academik to the Final of the Bulgarian Championship - by Tamara Ruzic

Swedish National Player Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) helped his team Lukoil Academik to win in the semifinals over Rilski Sportist with 86-84 (3-2). Lukoil Academik forced 21 Rilski Sportist turnovers. In the finals, Lukoil Academik will face Levski from Sofia. In just 19 min, Massamba had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 ass and he saved his team by hitting 2 points in the last 2 seconds. Earlier this season, Massamba won the Bulgarian Cup and has played 6 games in EuroCup: 2.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1reb, 1steal.
Last two seasons, Massamba has spent two season in Cyprus with InterCollege Etha Engomis where he won the Cup 11 and Cyprus League Champion -11, 12.. He also played in Sodertalje Kings, Solna Vikings and 08 Stockholm .
He was member of Swedish U20 NT and part of the Swedish National Team 06, 08-09-12.
Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 6.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 72.2%




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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.20.9 
 2. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 7. Burrows, Starwings17.3 
 8. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.3 
 9. Dobbins, Starwings17.2 
 10. Reid, Fribourg16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.4 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Garrett, Fribourg8.1 
 5. Barber, Lugano T.8.0 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Gordon, Lugano T.7.7 
 8. Volcy, BBC Nyon7.5 
 9. Reid, Fribourg7.5 
 10. Dubas, Leuven7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.6 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.5 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
 10. Stimac, Geneve L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  MBC
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 2. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 3. Laroche, Monthey2.5 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 7. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 9. James, Geneve L.1.6 
 10. Ferguson, Boncou.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.5 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 5. Dobbins, Starwings1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel0.9 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.0.8 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 



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  TAIWAN   


Taiwanese National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Wen-Ting Tseng
Tseng
Chih-Shan Hung
Hung
Tsung-Hsien Chang
Chang
Wen-Cheng Tsai
Tsai
Douglas Creighton
Creighton
#e#5
4Tseng Wen-Ting 203-F/C-84 Shanghai S. China
5Hung Chih-Shan 176-PG-85 DongGuan L. China
6Chen Shun-Hsiang 190-F-85 Bank of Taiwan Taiwan
7Lin Kuan-Lun 187-PG-84 KKL Taiwan
8Ke Chi-Hao 181-PG-85 Pure Youth Taiwan
9Lin Ching-Pang 190-G/F-85 Pure Youth Taiwan
10Chou Po-Chen 196-SG-90 Yulon Luxgen Taiwan
11Tsung-Hsien Chang 192-G-87 BYU-Hawaii USA
12Lin Yi-Hui 193-F-86 Dacin Tigers Taiwan
13Lee Te-Wei 202-C-91 Yulon Luxgen Taiwan
14Tsai Wen-Cheng 190-G/F-85 Pure Youth Taiwan
15Creighton Douglas 196-F-85 Pure Youth Taiwan




East Asian Championship: Japan sneak past Taiwan - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Taiwan 71:70

Japan withheld a furious challenge from Taiwan to celebrate a crucial victory in the final day of the preliminary action at the East Asian Championship. Both teams entered the game at 1-1 record fighting for the second position and semifinal birth from Group A. Japan withheld a late rally from Taiwan to secure so needed victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) delivered 15 points to lead the winners.
Japan and Taiwan stayed on level terms in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Taiwan pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. But the third term proved decisive. Japan adjusted offensively and unleashed 22 points to surge ahead. They registered a 54:50 advantage at the final break. Taiwan worked hard to deny the deficit but Japan proved calm and accurate in the decisive moments to seal the winning outcome. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) and Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) delivered 12 points each for the winning side. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) responded with 21 points for Taiwan. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) and Hung Chih-Shan (176-PG-85) finished with 12 points apiece in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 12, Ryota Sakurai 12
Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 21, Creighton Douglas 12, Hung Chih-Shan 12



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 8-0 
 2. Big Texas 5-0 
 3. Fayetteville C. 4-3 
 4. Wilmington SD 1-6 
 5. Bull City L. 0-1 
 6. Nighthawks 0-6 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 7-0 
 2. HoopForLyfe 3-3 
 3. Greensboro C. 3-4 
 4. Queen City E. 3-4 
 5. Carolina G. 1-7 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 18: Cary Invasion - Greensboro C. 141-108
May. 17: Queen City E. - PT Players 117-138
May. 19: Big Texas - Cary Invasion
May. 19: Johnston County - Wilmington SD
May. 19: Carolina G. - Fayetteville C.



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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. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Videnov, Olin Edir.15.7 
 10. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 5. Elonu, Tofas7.4 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.1 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Stanojevic, TED K.6.4 
 10. Dagli, Galatasaray6.3 
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, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 7. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.4 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.3 
 9. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.3 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 6. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 7. Markoishvili, Gala.1.5 
 8. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
 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. Plisnic, TED K.0.9 
 8. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 10. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.5 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Carter, Usak20.5 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka17.9 
 6. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.5 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros17.4 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir17.3 
 10. Dearman, Gelisim16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wesson, Baskent13.6 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji12.2 
 3. Bristol, Polzela12.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.5 
 5. Moses, Final Gencl.10.1 
 6. Miller, Istanbul.9.7 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.7 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros9.3 
 9. Ofoegbu, Yesilgire.8.9 
 10. Knox, Vestel8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.6 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Grier, Pi Koleji5.2 
 4. El-Amin, Trabzons.4.9 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka4.8 
 6. Porrini, Gelisim4.6 
 7. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.5 
 8. Williams, Maliye M.4.2 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir3.9 
 10. Turna, Bandirma.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Pi Koleji
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grier, Pi Koleji2.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.5 
 3. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 4. Brown, Humacao2.0 
 5. Waller, San Lazaro1.9 
 6. Carter, Usak1.9 
 7. Lowery, Balikesir1.8 
 8. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 9. Erol, Gelisim1.6 
 10. Gordon, Yesilgire.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Buckner, Usak2.2 
 2. Bristol, Polzela1.6 
 3. Sykes, Bucaneros1.6 
 4. Wesson, Baskent1.3 
 5. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 
 7. Carter, Usak0.9 
 8. Brown, Pertevniyal0.9 
 9. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 10. Carter, Nippon T.0.9 


TBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals full of surprises - by Eurobasket News

Fener.Ulker - Karsiyaka 68-74

The guests trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 45-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for the winners and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-80, agency: Court Side) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Five Karsiyaka and four Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: U.Sonkol 16+8reb, B.Dixon 13+3reb+10ast, E.Buker 12+3reb+3ast, A.Aminu 10+5reb, W.Thomas 10+4reb+1ast, J.Diebler 6+2reb+2ast
Fener.Ulker: K.Peker 13+6reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 12+3reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 10+2reb+2ast, B.Ermis 10+4reb+2ast, U.Tripkovic 8+1reb+1ast, O.Savas 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 241185


Galatasaray - Tofas 92-64

Galatasaray made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Tofas only scored thirteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Tofas 38-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Tofas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points and 6 assists for the winning side and naturalized American power forward Ersin Dagli (203-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American Austin Nichols (200-82, college: Humboldt St.) added 12 points respectively for Tofas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: C.Arroyo 21+3reb+6ast, E.Dagli 16+8reb+2ast, J.Gordon 14+4reb+3ast, C.Akyol 10, M.Markoishvili 9+1reb+1ast, E.Arslan 6+2reb+1ast
Tofas: A.Nichols 12+2reb, C.Elonu 12+6reb+1ast, I.Yildirim 9+1reb+1ast, K.Sipahi 7+3reb+2ast, I.Koc 6+3reb+2ast, C.Altintig 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 241184


Banvit BK - Besiktas 68-65

The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Banvit BK dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Besiktas' 18. Dominican-American guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) fired 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American guard Keith Simmons (196-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points. Croatian-Swedish forward Damir Markota (209-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Tutku Acik (194-80) added 11 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: K.Simmons 12+3reb+1ast, S.Mejia 12+9reb+4ast, K.Lucas 8+1reb+1ast, S.Erdogan 7+2reb+1ast, V.Stimac 7+7reb, E.Veyseloglu 7+2reb
Besiktas: D.Markota 18+9reb, S.Cetin 13+6reb, T.Acik 11+4reb+7ast, C.Ozer 8+3reb, R.Falker 4+4reb+1ast, M.Guler 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 241182


Anadolu Efes - TED Kolejliler 76-79

TED Kolejliler made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of New Zealand guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International Kerem Gonlum (208-77) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Anadolu Efes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes' coach Oktay Mahmudi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
TED Kolejliler: K.Penney 27+8reb+1ast, J.Stanojevic 25+8reb+3ast, B.Woodside 12+2reb+5ast, V.Plisnic 11+1reb+1ast, N.Yucel 4+10reb, C.Erdogan 0
Anadolu Efes: K.Gonlum 16+9reb, D.Savanovic 15+5reb+5ast, S.Erden 10+6reb+1ast, J.Shipp 10+3reb+3ast, K.Tunceri 8+1reb+2ast, J.Lukas Gordon 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 241183



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  UBA   

Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Ohio H.G. 4-0 
 2. Cincinnati S. 1-2 
 3. Lancaster A. 0-1 
 4. Dayton K. 0-2 
Southern
 1. Georgia P. 17-1 
 2. GIE Maile M. 11-7 
 3. Georgia S. 7-8 
 4. S.Generals 5-11 
 5. Atlanta T. 2-15 
Western
 1. Houston E. 11-2 
 2. Cleveland H. 9-3 
 3. N.Texas F. 7-5 
 4. Texas C. 3-11 
 5. Dallas G. 0-0 
Independent
 1. Team Japan 0-0 
 2. Lonestar S. 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 18: S.Generals - Atlanta T.
May. 18: GIE Maile M. - Georgia P.
May. 18: Lonestar S. - Texas C.
May. 18: N.Texas F. - Cleveland H.
May. 19: Georgia S. - Georgia P.



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Culpepper, Fe.21.6 
 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.9.0 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk6.9 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn GREER
  Azovmash
  (186-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Greer, Azovmash7.1 
 2. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.2 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.1.8 
 7. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 8. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Lawrence, Hoverla1.5 
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. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 7. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 8. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 10. Raduljica, Azovm.1.1 


Ferro-ZNTU clinch Superleague Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Halychyna - Ferro-ZNTU 67:87

Ferro-ZNTU celebrated the Superleague Bronze medals. They knocked down Halychyna in the fourth game of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Randy Culpepper (182-PG-89, college: UTEP) stepped up with 26 points to lead the visitors.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 at the first break. But Ferro-ZNTU shifted the gear in the second period. The visitors unloaded 28 points to gain a 9-point halftime lead. Ferro-ZNTU stayed aggressive offensively in the second half. They sank 25 points in the third quarter to build a 12-point lead before the fourth stanza. Halychyna managed just 7 points in the fourth quarter as Ferro-ZNTU sealed the victory at the end. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris) provided 20 points and 6 boards, while Alexander Rybalko (190-G-79) connected for 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the victory. Sasa Vasiljevic (180-PG-79, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Halychyna. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Halychyna: Sasa Vasiljevic 17, Vladan Vukosavljevic 16+10 boards
Ferro-ZNTU: Randy Culpepper 26, Jeremy Chappell 20, Alexander Rybalko 13



BC Odessa land Klym Artamonov - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93). The deal is meant for three seasons. Klym Artamonov played in Lithuania lately. Last season he spent with Siauliai. The guard notched 2.6 points and 1.3 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League Klym Artamonov posted 4.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. Previously the guard had stints with Meresta, Delikatesas. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams. Klym Artamonov participated at U20 European Championship last year. The guard delivered 10.2 points, 5.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in Slovenia. Artamonov got invited to the Ukrainian National Team training camp in 2012.


Karlis Muiznieks to take over Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Khimik Yuzny will have a new head coach next season. Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport ) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the team. The Latvian specialist is not new to Ukraine. He worked with Kryvbasbasket this season. Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport ) led the team to 17 wins in 39 games played. Kryvbasbasket stopped just a step short of the Superleague playoff zone. Previously Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport ) worked with Trefl Sopot, Barons/LMT Riga and BK Ventspils. He was named All-Baltic League Coach of the Year in 2008. The same season Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport ) was trumped All-FIBA EuroCup Coach of the Year. The specialist also got two All-Polish League Coach of the Year awards in 2010 and 2012. Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport ) worked with the Latvian National Team in 2004/08 seasons.


Ukrainians step onto the pedestal in Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Sozh Gomel step onto the pedestal of Belarus as they finished third in the country. In the series for the third place the team overcame Svisloch 3-1. Five Ukrainians step onto the pedestal. Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83), Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86), Dmytro Khodov (203-F-87), Maksym Ozhegov (190-G-90) and Ivan Kaliayev (201-F-87) contributed into the team victory.
After the two home victories Sozh Gomel lost in Game 3 77:79. It was a great evening for Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. Oleksandr Dolenko helped adding 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Sergei Dadukin with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former Siarhei Charykau scored 20 points and 5 assists.
In Game 4 Sozh Gomel grabbed an 88:86 win and won the series. Svisloch was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Sergei Dadukin who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 8 rebounds. Kiril Sitnik contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Oleksandr Dolenko answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ilya Sharipov added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Svisloch. Five Svisloch players scored in double figures.



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  URUGUAY   


Dobbins scored 24 points during the opening game for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds leading Larre Borges to beat Welcome 79-66 in the opening day for the Metropolitan League. Dobbins also finished with 3 blocks and 4 assists, while Leandro Taboada (180-G-86) netted 21 and Renzo Lazzaroni (186-G-85) added 19 points. For Welcome Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) scored 26 points Santiago Moglia 18 and Diego Romero (203-C-82, college: Florida St.) 7 and David Oviedo (180-PG-86), both from Argentina, added 7.
The Metro league is played by 12 teams and the two best teams will be playing the Uruguayan League 2014.
Other results:
Urunday Universitario 74 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 17 points, 13 rebounds 3 blocks 2 assists, Diego Olivera (197-G-84) 16 points 4 rebounds 5 assists.
Marne 62 - Fernando Ferreira (204-C-87) 14 ponts 6 rebounds, Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 4 points 10 rebounds 1 block 3 assists
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Guruyu Waston 82 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 20 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks, Hugo Timote (198-F-87) 15 points 11 rebounds 2 blcos
Verdirrojo 73 - Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) 31 points 6 rebounds.



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 36-12 
 2. Cocodrilos 33-15 
 3. Gaiteros 26-23 
 4. Bucaneros 25-23 
 5. Gigantes 24-25 
 6. Guaros 24-25 
 7. Trotamundos 22-28 
 8. Guaiqueries 19-30 
 9. Panteras 19-32