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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Dino Muric ended the season due to torn ACL - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Dino Muric (200-F-90), who became one of the key players on the Union Olimpija Ljubljana squad after the departure of Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) to his homeland, has already ended the season due to a serious knee injury.

He played his last game this season on Saturday, April 27th, when his team faced KK Maribor Messer and picked up an injury. Medical examinations have shown that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament an will not play again this season. This is the second huge knee injury for the player, after he suffered similar problems in 2011, when he also finished the season already in early springtime.

The injury is a huge blow for coach Miro Alilovic and his team, as they will try to take over the Slovenian national championship title this year from Krka Novo Mesto, which has won it three times in a row.




Elton Brown and Crvena zvezda Telekom part ways - by Igor Obradovic

After tonight game in Pionir against Vojvodina, board of Crvena zvezda Telekom decided to terminate contract with USA center, Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia)

"The reason for this decision was dissatisfaction with his approach to commitments to training and very poor games in last few months" - this is said from board of Crvena zvezda Telekom.

Brown has already been removed from the team after he refused to go on the game against Galatasaray in Istanbul which is not resolved nothing as both team dropped chances to go in next stage before the last round of the Eurocup.
After a while he returned to the team, but tonight was contract cancelled.

Elton Brown played for Trabzonspor before Crvena zvezda where he he recorded excellent numbers throughout the season.
In Crvena zvezda this season in the ABA league he played 23 games and recorded approximately 15 minutes per game, 8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.0 index.
In Eurocup played 10 games, 16.9 minutes, 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while in the Super League Serbia played 7 games had 4.4 points in 14.3 minutes per game and 3.3 rebounds.





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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.1 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.3 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.6 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 8. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.7 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.3 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.0 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 9. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 10. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.7 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.4 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.9 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.5 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 6. Boylan, BC Vienna1.4 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 9. Chaney, Oberwart1.3 
 10. Woschank, Kapfe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 4. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Gant, Oberwart0.8 
 7. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 8. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 10. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Klosterneuburg and Kapfenberg record wins - by Eurobasket News

BC Vienna - Kapfenberg 70-76

Kapfenberg rallied past BC Vienna on the road to level the semifinal series. BC Vienna was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 26-12 charge of Kapfenberg Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for BC Vienna.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: R.Richards 33+13reb+1ast, I.Boylan 15+5reb+8ast, S.Ray 9+8reb, F.Trmal 6+1ast, B.Danek 5+3reb+7ast, S.Stazic 2+2reb+2ast
Kapfenberg: J.Dean Shaw 21+9reb, M.Sanchez 19+9reb+3ast, Q.Pryor 10+6reb+2ast, D.Mayes 8+1reb+2ast, D.Nelson 6+3reb, A.Woschank 6+4reb+11ast
gschID: 239921


Klosterneub. - Oberwart 81-74 OT

Klosterneuburg needed overtime to beat Oberwart for the first win in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Xion Dukes made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Redwell Gunners Oberwart helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) produced 19 points and 5 assists and American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Hinson 20+3reb+1ast, S.Boxley 19+3reb+5ast, R.Chaney 12+8reb+1ast, H.Artner 7+1reb+1ast, D.Gant 7+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 5+6reb
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 27+9reb, C.Nagler 21+5reb+1ast, C.Bobb 10+5reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 9+6reb, J.Chappell 6+9reb, K.Payton 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 239920



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  BRAZIL   


Super Brazil Cup ready to began - by Paulo Freire

The city of CD Macae Sports, in Rio de Janeiro State, will host the Super Cup Brazil, between 8 to the 12 of May. The Brazilian Confederation of Basketball (CBB) confirmed the location of the event, in the Juquinha gym, after the end of the Brazil Cup,that classified teams from each region: Midwest, Northeast and Southeast.

The Super Cup Brazil will gather the eight qualified teams in the Regional Cups: Universo/Ajax (Midwest); Sport Club do Recife (North-East); Associacao de Basquetebol de Anapolis (North); ACBD Rio Claro, Fluminense FC and CD Macae Sports (Southeast); Campo Mourao and Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (South).

The champion and the runner-up of the Super Cup Brazil will be automatically classified to the access to the next season of the NBB.



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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, Chernomo.18.8 
 3. Smith, Rilski S.16.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.8 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.7 
 6. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 7. Milosevic, Tundja15.9 
 8. Marinovic, Levski15.5 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.15.3 
 10. Panic, Balkan15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.8 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan9.0 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.4 
 8. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 9. Caloiaro, Rilski S.6.9 
 10. Agre, Spartak6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Marinovic, Levski5.6 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.5 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.9 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Massamba, Lukoil A.3.9 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (187-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 3. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 4. Green, Spirou2.1 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.0 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 7. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 8. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 4. Dupree, Rilski S.1.2 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Vrcelj, Cherno M.0.7 
 10. Galiotos, Periste.0.7 


Lukoil Academik, Levski Sofia and Balkan reach Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Tundja Yambol - Rilski Sportist 81-77 (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 41-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tundja Yambol had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international point guard Julian Radionov (187-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Brian Ormon (201-84, college: Mountain St.) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 22 points in the effort for Rilski Sportist.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 22+1reb+3ast, A.Caloiaro 19+5reb+2ast, T.Smith 15+2reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 7+5reb+2ast, T.Gugino 6+5reb+2ast, E.Binev 3+2reb
Tundja Yambol: B.Ormon 19+9reb, J.Radionov 17+7reb+5ast, N.Milosevic 14+10reb+1ast, M.Durchev 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Kascelan 8+1reb+4ast, S.Govedarov 6+3reb
gschID: 240234


Cherno More - Balkan 86-91 (0-2)

Euroins Cherno More was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 29-21 charge of Balkan, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 8 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. The former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Croatian-Canadian center Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-84, college: Jacksonville) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Balkan and five Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: V.Kyosev 17+3reb, A.Velikov 16+7reb+6ast, L.Vrcelj 15+8reb, P.Aleksiev 13+3reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 12+6reb+2ast, S.Tsonkov 5+1reb+3ast
Balkan: J.Bozov 20+2reb, U.Petrovic 16+1reb+1ast, V.Panic 16+4reb+4ast, M.Marinov 13+3reb, S.Marinov 11+4reb+4ast, A.Santos 8+14reb+3ast
gschID: 240233


Beroe - Levski Sofia 49-89 (0-2)

The game without a history. Levski Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 30. They outrebounded Beroe 52-35 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Levski Sofia looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International Pavel Ivanov (200-88) notched 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and international forward Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by Bosnian-Canadian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Beroe. point guard Planimir Dafinov (181-92) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Beroe: B.Bakovic 12+7reb+1ast, M.Hart 10+3reb+1ast, M.Dimitrov 10+6reb, P.Dafinov 9+6reb+5ast, E.Ivanov 3+4reb+1ast, S.Tsvetkov 2+1reb
Levski Sofia: M.Pantic 15+2reb, C.Kostov 11+4reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 11+6reb+4ast, S.Georgiev 10+8reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 10+8reb+2ast, N.Protic 9+6reb+4ast
gschID: 240232


Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 68-96 (0-2)

Chernomorets was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Lukoil Academik dominated on the defensive end, holding Chernomorets to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 34. They outrebounded Chernomorets 39-27 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points. The former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Coach Sasho Vezenkov's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ivo Slavchev (198-90) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: K.Raykov 17+6reb+1ast, I.Slavchev 14+8reb, B.Boev 11+1reb+1ast, M.Zahariev 8+2reb+2ast, T.Zahariev 7+1reb+2ast, S.Kesov 4+1reb
Lukoil Academik: P.Marinov 21+3reb+1ast, B.Avramov 14+3reb+5ast, D.Haritopoulos 13+2reb+3ast, B.Popovic 12+4reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 10+5reb, B.Heath 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 240231



Levski - Balkan is the first Semifinal in the Playoffs - by Valentin Anguelov

Having beat them easily in his first meeting Levski today won even more convincingly against the team Beroe from Stara Zagora and beat them by as much as 40 points difference - 89-49. So after a 2-0 quarterfinal series Levski already qualified for the semis. At this stage, the Levski will face Balkan, and the series will be played in best of 5 games. Semi-finals are suppose to be launched on May 7 with a match in Sofia at "Universiada" hall, but there is possibilty to start earlier.

Best scorer for the victory of Levski with 15 points was Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) despite playing only 17 minutes on the court. Pavel Ivanov added 11 and Chavdar Kostov, who returned to the game after an injury managed the same ammount of points. Two other basketball players of Levski finished in double figures - Stefan Georgiev and Dimitar Dimitrov - 10 points.

For Beroe Boris Bakovich finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Milen Dimitrov and Michael Hart added 10 points apiece. The team of Beroe, however, ended their participation in the championship with this match.

Besides Levski and Balkan Lukoil Academic also qualified for the semifinals by beating Chernomorets Bourgas. Only the series between Yambol and Rilski Sportist went to third and decisive game after Yambol tied the score at 1-1 with 81-77 home victory.




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  CBL   


CBL Upcoming Games - by John Guy

THIS WEEK IN THE CBL - April 30-May 6, 2013

By Butch Cooper

NASHVILLE The fourth week of the Central Basketball League season will mark the first-ever meetings between River City-Dayton and St. Louis-Middle Tennessee. It will also be the first time in 21 days that the Middle Tennessee Storm have stepped foot on the court after some transportation problems forced a game last week at River City to be postponed.

FRIDAY'S GAMES
River City Panthers (0-3) at Dayton Air Strikers (0-1)
Game Time: 6 p.m. (CST)
Location: Moraine Payne Center, Moraine (Ohio)
Last Meeting: First Meeting.
The Panthers and Air Strikers will meet with each team seeking their first win in Central Basketball League play.
Both teams will try to rebound following road losses last week. The Strikers opened their season with a 118-98 loss against Bowling Green, while the Panthers fell 117-64 to St. Louis.
Friday will mark the first home game for Dayton, which is scheduled to play all of its home games at Payne Center in Moraine, Ohio.
The Panthers are led by Brandon Lee, who is averaging 20.3 points per game, Mike Gills, Julius Jones and Josh Wagner.
Terry Heard scored 18 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in Dayton's opening loss, while Darius Foster added 17 points.

St. Louis Hawks (3-0) at Bowling Green Hornets (1-1)
Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)
Location: Russellville (Ky.) High School
Last Meeting: Hawks won 108-97 (April 27)
The Hornets will try to avenge a loss last Saturday when the Hawks roll into town. Without opening-game leading scorer Vic Moses, the Hornets struggled in their first road game.
In their initial meeting, Phillip Gilbert scored 27 points to led the Hawks, while Corey Hill and Lonell Johnson scored 17 apiece.
Leading the way for Bowling Green was Teeng Akol (6-11, Western Kentucky) with 25 points and Jamal Crook (6-3, Western Kentucky) 24. Kahili McDonald (6-3, Western Kentucky) pitched in with 14 points, while Tony Key (6-11, Los Angeles C.C.) grabbed 11 rebounds.
This will be the first road game for the Hawks, who will play in Nashville the next day.

SATURDAY'S GAME
St. Louis Hawks (3-0) at Middle Tennessee Storm (1-0)
Game Time: 8 p.m. (CST)
Location: Fisk University Gymnasium, Nashville
Last Meeting: First Meeting
The Hawks and Storm will meet in a battle of the only unbeaten teams in in the league (pending St. Louis' game at Bowling Green on Friday).
The Storm hasn't played since opening the CBL season on April 13 with a 104-92 home win at Lipscomb University against River City. Middle Tennessee was scheduled to play at River City last week, but the teams bus had mechanical problems in southern Illinois, forcing that game to be postponed until June 2.
The Storm are led by the guard duo of Myles Thrash and Demarco Polk, who scored 24 and 20 points respectively in the season-opening win. Meanwhile, Dominique Rouse (Week One Player of the Week), Kristoffer Smith, Wesley Poe and Fred Hill each had 10 or more boards against the Panthers.

SUNDAY'S GAME
Bowling Green Hornets (1-1) at Dayton Air Strikers (0-1)
Game Time: 4 p.m. (CST)
Location: Moraine Payne Center, Moraine (Ohio)
Last Meeting: Hornets won 118-98 (April 26)
The Air Strikers opened their season last week in a loss at Bowling Green and hope to return the favor as they play their second home game of the weekend.
Against the Air Strikers, Vic Moses (6-6, Georgetown College) led all scorers with 26 points, while Kahlil McDonald added 22 points and Jamal Crook 18. Justin Taylor (6-3, Tennessee Tech) added 14 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 free-throw shooting. Moses and Michael Stone (6-3, Transylvania) each grabbed 10 rebounds.
Terry Heard led Dayton with 18 points and 12 boards, while Darius Foster added 17 and Daquan Walker and Tyrone Bradshaw each netted 14.

Brandon Lee (5'11''-G-85, college: Northwestern) <<>><<>> Darius Foster (6'3''-G-89)



Moses Negotiating with Bengals - by John Guy


BREAKING NEWS: The Cincinnati Bengals have contacted and expressed interest in Bowling Green Hornets starting forward, Vic Moses (Georgetown College). Whether or not this ends up panning out for him, we are very proud of Vic for getting this opportunity and we hope other players on our team, as well as players on other franchises within the Central Basketball League, get opportunities to demonstrate their skills & talent in the NBA, NFL, or internationally.
Vic Moses (6'6''-F)



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 30: Bucaros - Once Caldas 88-73
Apr. 30: Academia - Aguilas 79-74
May. 1: Bambuqueros - Piratas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Thomas, Piratas22.4 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.2 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.8 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Halcones18.6 
 7. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
 10. Dorsey, Bambuque.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.8 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.1 
 3. Northern, Halcones10.9 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 5. Smith, Aguilas8.8 
 6. Blue, Academia8.6 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Trocha, Bucaros5.9 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.5 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.3 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.5 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.5 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.4 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.3 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.1 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.8 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 5. Jordan, Once Cald.1.5 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 8. Garris, Once Caldas1.3 
 9. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 10. Bacci, Aguilas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Halcones
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Halcones2.2 
 2. Farley, Academia0.8 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 4. Blue, Academia0.7 
 5. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 6. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 7. Smith, Aguilas0.5 
 8. Fernandez, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 10. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 



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  CROATIA   


Marko Ramljak claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for Zadar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 19-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out KK Zagreb (#7, 2-8) 82-80. Zadar maintains the 3rd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Zadar will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Ramljak had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Zadar, through which he has constantly improved. Marko Ramljak averages this season 12.7ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old international shooting guard Marko Car (188-SG-85) of KK Zagreb. Car impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 7 assists. Bad luck as KK Zagreb was edged by the higher-ranked Zadar (#3, 7-3) 82-80. KK Zagreb managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories KK Zagreb managed to get this Second Stage. Car is a newcomer at KK Zagreb and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of second-ranked Cedevita. Bilan scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Cedevita, leading his team to a 77-66 win against the lower-ranked KK Split (#6, 4-6). Cedevita is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Bilan has a very solid season. In 9 games in Croatia he scored 12.2ppg. He also has 7.3rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 65.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Cibona - 15 points and 4 assists
5. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of KK Zagreb - 15 points and 6 rebounds
7. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-C-87) of Cibona - 10 points and 8 rebounds
8. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) of Jolly - 11 points and 4 rebounds
9. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ivan Bender (170-G-95) of KK Split - 11 points and 2 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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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 Kolin17.4 
 5. Fields, Levice16.8 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 7. Meno, USK Praha16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.15.5 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.6 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.8 
 5. Simmons, Levice7.5 
 6. Nuhanovic, Levice7.3 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 8. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.2 
 9. Houska, BK Decin6.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.7 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.4 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. Carter, CEZ N.4.1 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.1 
 3. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin1.9 
 6. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 7. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Mroz, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.0 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.8 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 5. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.6 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock13.8 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.9 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU6.6 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.8 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 7. Laane, Rapla3.1 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 9. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Dorbek, Rapla2.1 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.6 
 9. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Toome, TU/Rock0.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU0.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 7. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 
 9. Grim, Valga0.6 
 10. Saks, Tarvas0.5 



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Salah Mejri reportedly on his way to Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Salah Mejri (217-C-86) is close to continuing his career in Real Madrid. The Tunisian centre is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. He will replace Mirza Begic (217-C-85) on the roster. Salah Mejri plays in Blusens Monbus Obradoiro. He tallies 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in ACB this season. Last season Salah Mejri spent in Belgium. He played for Antwerp Giants. His stats read 9.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in D1. In EuroChallenge the centre delivered 7.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per appearance. He has been the member of the Tunisian National Team since 2005. Salah Mejri participated at the 2012 Olympic Games. The centre posted 10.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.8 assists per game in London. He earned All-Olympic Games Honourable Mention.


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  FBA   

Standings

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


Rebels Prevail in Overtime Thriller - by Andrew Phillips

(Tampa, FL) The Tampa Bay Rebels started the 2013 season with a thrilling overtime victory against the Heartland Prowl, winning 123 122. Both teams offered fans the best basketball outside the NBA in this rematch of the 2012 FBA championship game.


Stane's Bufford (6'5''-F/G-84, college: W.Michigan), guard for the Rebels, was hot in the first quarter with 12 points, all from behind the three-point mark. The Rebels pull away by 16 points in the first quarter, but Prowls sharpshooter Bryce Kachinski scored 14 points in the half helping the Prowl get back into the game as they trailed 60-50 at the half.


The Prowl made a second-half run with strong play from guard Junior Geidi (6'1''-G-88), who finished with 26 points. As the horn sounded to end regulation, the teams were knotted at 107 points. Prowl power forward Derrell Hendrson finished the night with 12 points and made a crucial play in overtime to keep his team within striking distance. The Rebels, however, would not be denied in the extra period, and squeaked out the 1-point win.


Cornell Young, Head Coach of the Prowl, commented after the game, It was a very competitive game. Both teams showed the same determination to win. Its a tough loss, but we will be ready for the next game.


Rebels center Charles Okwandu (7'0''-C-86, college: Connecticut) was a force throughout the game scoring a double double with 22 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 75% from the free-throw line. As a team, the Rebels had a spectacular game from the free-throw line, shooting 87 percent. Chris Stephenson (6'3''-G, college: NC-Asheville) knocked down all 5 of his attempts, while forward Jamison Clark (6'5''-F-86, college: Limestone) was a perfect 9 for 9 from the charity stripe.


After the game, Coach Fernando Rojas said, "I am glad about the win. We played hard and won against one of the best clubs in the FBA. We had good moments of basketball, but we still need to work on the defensive end."


The Tampa Bay Rebels will return to action on Sunday, May 5th at Freedom High School in New Tampa as they face the Florida Flight. The game will start at 2pm.



Former Butler University Star Shawn Vanzant Joins Tampa Bay Rebels - by Andrew Phillips

Former Wharton High School and Butler University player Shawn Vanzant (6'0''-PG-88, college: Butler) has joined the Tampa Bay Rebels for the remainder of the 2013 FBA season. Vanzant is just returning to the area after having played the 2012-2013 season with the Springfield Armor of the NBAs Developmental League where he was averaging over 15 minutes per game before an injury slowed him in the second half of the season.

Vanzant has enjoyed success at all levels of basketball throughout his career. He scored 1,192 points during his career at Wharton High School where he played for coach Tommy Tonelli, and led the team to a 29-2 record and a district championship as a senior. With his high school career over, Vanzant took advantage of the opportunity to play at Butler University, improving each year as the program made 4 straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and back to back appearances in the NCAA National Championship games in 2010 and 2011. He was also named to the 2011 Horizon League All-Tournament Team.

After college, Vanzant embarked on his professional career by playing for UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki, a team from Finlands top league, the Korisliiga. Following his time in the Korisliiga, Vanzant also played for Kaarinan Ura Basket from Finlands First Division before heading back to the U.S. and entering the Developmental League draft. He was selected 62nd overall by the Springfield Armor, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, in the 2012 Developmental League draft.

Shawn is a tremendous young man to coach. He is a winner and will always do whatever necessary to help his team at both ends of the floor. He competes and plays as hard as any player I have ever coached. His success as a player at Wharton and Butler speaks for itself, stated Wharton Head Coach Tommy Tonelli.

The Tampa Bay Rebels will have Vanzant in uniform as they face the Florida Flight on Sunday, May 5th at Freedom High School in New Tampa. The game will start at 2pm. Tickets are free for children under 13 and are only $10 for those who are 13 and older, and may be purchased at the RSole store in University Square Mall or at the gate on the day of the game. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for additional information.



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  FRANCE   


Jeremy Leloup claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Dijon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding two rebounds and two assists for Dijon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cholet (15-15) 75-69. Dijon is placed at 9th position in French ProA. Dijon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-15 record. In the team's last game Leloup had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Dijon, through which he has constantly improved. Jeremy Leloup averages this season 12.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American Coleman Collins (206-C/F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Roanne. Collins impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Roanne was edged by the lower-ranked Poitiers (#16, 10-20) 68-65. This loss caused Roanne to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Collins is a newcomer at Roanne and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) of Cholet (#7). Gobert scored 11 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Gobert's great performance Cholet lost 69-75 to Dijon (15-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Cholet needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Gobert has a very solid season. In 27 games in France he scored 8.4ppg. He also has 5.4rpg, 1.9bpg and FGP: 73.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shelden Williams (206-F-83) of Chalon - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Max Kouguere (198-F-87) of Le Havre - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of ASVEL - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Le Havre - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tyler Smith (201-F-86) of Boulazac - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) of Nancy - 18 points 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)



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

25-year old swingman Drake Reed (196-G/F-87) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Evreux and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Nantes (#16, 10-24) with 24-point margin 116-92. Evreux maintains the 2nd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Evreux will need more victories to improve their 25-9 record. Reed turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Drake Reed averages this season 14.7ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jimmal Ball (179-PG-78, agency: Fusion Sports) of St Quentin. He is naturalized American guard in his second season at St Quentin. In the last game Ball recorded impressive 30 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for St Quentin to edge slightly lower-ranked St Vallier (#15, 10-24) by 2 points 83-81. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. St Quentin keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-19 record. Ball is well-known at St Quentin and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Antibes (#5). Blue scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Antibes, leading his team to a 96-91 win against slightly lower-ranked Le Portel (#7, 20-14). Antibes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 13 lost games. Blue has a great season in France. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of Maurienne - 23 points and 8 rebounds
5. Marcus Kitts (205-C/F-89) of Denain - 17 points and 17 rebounds
6. Charles Jackson (203-F-87) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Bordeaux - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Le Portel - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Lahaou Konate (195-G/F-91) of Evreux - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jonathan Rousselle (188-PG-90) of Boulogne - 24 points and 2 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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D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Kozuv 17-5 
 2. Feni Indistrija 13-9 
 3. Rabotnicki 12-10 
 4. Lirija 12-10 
 5. Kumanovo 10-12 
 6. MZT Skopje 7-1 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 8-9 
 2. Pelister Bitola 3-14 
 3. Vardar 3-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

May. 1: Kozuv - Kumanovo 91-86
May. 1: Rabotnicki - Feni Indistrija 83-78
May. 1: Lirija - MZT Skopje 80-93

Second Stage: Round 9

May. 4: Feni Indistrija - Kozuv
May. 4: Kumanovo - Lirija
May. 4: MZT Skopje - Rabotnicki


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.5 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.8 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija16.7 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.16.0 
 6. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.5 
 7. Jelesijevic, Rabot.14.5 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija13.6 
 10. Pekovic, Kozuv13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo10.0 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.3 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.2 
 5. Kostevski, Vardar6.8 
 6. Abukar, Rabotnicki6.3 
 7. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.2 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.5.7 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 10. Arsic, ABA S.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.8 
 3. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.6 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija3.3 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.1 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 9. Ugrinoski, Lirija2.4 
 10. Radunovic, Lirija2.4 
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. Stajic, Lirija1.4 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.1.3 
 7. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.2 
 8. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
 9. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.1 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 4. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.9 
 5. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.6 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.0.5 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar0.4 


Prva Liga Round 8 (Second Stage): Derby game ends with MZT Skopje's defeat of Lirija - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Prva Liga.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Lirija (#3). Lirija was defeated at home 80-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Lirija managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lirija 38-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Lirija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Montenegrin guard Boris Bakic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with 27 points and 6 rebounds for Lirija. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 7-1 record. Lirija lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Feni Indistrija (13-9) against fourth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (12-10) on Wednesday night. Visiting Feni Indistrija was defeated by Fersped-Rabotnicki in a tough game in Skopje 78-83. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and John Sharper who added 19 points during the contest. Fersped-Rabotnicki's coach Marjan Lazovski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Fersped-Rabotnicki moved-up to third place, which they share with Lirija. Feni Indistrija at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Prva Liga top team - Kozuv (17-5) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (10-12) in Gevgelija 91-86. The winners were led by Slobodan Bozovic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds by Aleksandar Kostoski did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Kozuv have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Kozuv will meet league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Lirija in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Places 1-6
Lirija - MZT Skopje 80-93

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Lirija (#3). Lirija was defeated at home 80-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Lirija managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lirija 38-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Lirija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Montenegrin guard Boris Bakic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with 27 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian guard Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Lirija. Five MZT Skopje and four Lirija players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 7-1 record. Lirija lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: B.Bakic 21+1reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 18+2reb+3ast, T.Gecevski 12+4reb+3ast, C.Davis 11+7reb+3ast, G.Cekovski 10+10reb+6ast, D.Noa 10+8reb+1ast
Lirija: B.Radunovic 27+6reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 15+3reb+1ast, T.Simic 11+2reb, A.Ugrinoski 11+4reb+6ast, J.Price 8+4reb, B.Stajic 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 235627


Rabotnicki - Feni Indistrija 83-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Feni Indistrija (13-9) against fourth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (12-10) on Wednesday night. Visiting Feni Indistrija was defeated by Fersped-Rabotnicki in a tough game in Skopje 78-83. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 27-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Feni Indistrija was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) who added 19 points during the contest. Five Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Fersped-Rabotnicki's coach Marjan Lazovski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 15 points. Fersped-Rabotnicki moved-up to third place, which they share with Lirija. Feni Indistrija at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: M.Abukar 21+8reb+2ast, J.Sharper 19+4reb, N.Zivcevic 16+4reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 13+2reb+5ast, S.Avramovski 10+4reb+3ast, N.Jelesijevic 3+1reb
Feni Indistrija: B.Trajkovski 26+7reb+2ast, N.Vucurovic 15+2reb+1ast, C.McIntosh 13+3ast, D.Knezevic 7+4reb+2ast, V.Brckov 6+6reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 235626


Kozuv - Kumanovo 91-86

Prva Liga top team - Kozuv (17-5) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (10-12) in Gevgelija 91-86. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Kumanovo 2009 won second period 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kozuv made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds by international guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) added 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the guests. Kozuv have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Kozuv will meet league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Lirija in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: D.Karadzovski 17+4ast, S.Bozovic 16+10reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 15+2reb+3ast, I.Mijajlovic 9+1reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 9+3reb, D.Radulovic 8+1reb+2ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 29+10reb+2ast, U.Lukovic 18+8reb, D.Mikic 14+4reb+5ast, D.Stanimirovic 9+1reb, M.Mladenovic 7+2reb+3ast, A.Lee-Ingram 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 235625



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  GERMANY   


The Fraport Skyliners Continue To Shine A Light On German Youth Development Handing Max Merz A 4 Year Deal - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last season, the Fraport Skyliners took their time with building the new team in the off season, but this off season they have been busy early keeping fan favorite Quantez Robertson and continue to show hard work in developing young Germans as was present this season with Konstatin Klein, Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtman. One German player MMax Merz (183-PG-94) that has made huge strides in the last two seasons in the PRO B saw some action in the last games in the Beko BBL and played very well was rewarded with a four year contract extenstion with the Fraport Skyliners. Merz isnt only a role model for every young German basketball player, but also for any young player as he played Beko BBL, Pro B and NBBL and also had school doing his senior year in high school. In the NBBL Merz played 17 games averaging 16,6ppg, 4,1rpg and 4,9apg. In the Pro B the German played 18 games averaging 19,7ppg, 2,4rpg and 3,3apg. He made his debut in the Beko BBL at home against Giessen getting an assist, then got minutes in Bonn and played 16 minutes against TBB Trier making six points.The German U-20 player is happy about remaining in Frankfurt. "I am happy that we came to an agreement. For me it is important to move ahead with basketball and I think that I have good chances with the coaches and infrastructure in Frankfurt. I want to slowly find that BBL level through the Pro B. At the same time I want to move ahead with my studies and thank the club for supporting me", stressed Max Merz. "Max is a clever guy that can study, play Pro B and also with the BBL team. I think that Max is ready as a basketball player and as a person not only to train with the BBL team, but also to get some minutes. We see him next season as our third point guard behnind Klein and another more experienced point guard. He is from Kronberg form the region and that makes us happy. He is still at the start of his career, but like Quantez Robertson has much effort, focus and toughness. This is important not only with basketball, but also with his studies at the Frankfurt school of finance and management. We know from experience that this isn't easy, but we feel that Max can make it. We are happy to support his challenge", stressed Fraport Skyliners manager Gunnar Wobke.

Source: Fraport Skyliners







Dirk Altenbeck Departs As Head Coach From Herten - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Herten Lions announced today that head coach Dirk Altenbeck will no longer have control of the reigns as head coach. The team now will have to look for a replacement for the upcoming season. Altenbeck had come to Herten to take over for Boris Kaminski who had gone to the Dragons Rhondorf. The German who had coached BSV Wulfen in the past and last season Giants Duesseldorf II (2.Regionalliga) did a good job with Herten reaching a third position in the standings of the Pro B north. He led the team past the Licher Basket Baeren, but losing to TV Langen 2-0 in the playoffs.

Source: Hertener Lwen



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Swanston, Kapos.21.2 
 2. Austin, Kormend20.6 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Wood, Albacomp20.0 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari19.8 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Spica, Kaposvari19.1 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.0 
 9. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 10. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
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. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.3 
 6. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 7. Austin, Kormend7.7 
 8. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 9. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.7 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.5 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.1 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.7 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.3 
 6. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 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. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 4. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 5. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 6. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.0.6 
 9. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 
 10. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 



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  IRAQ   


Al Kahraba beat Al Karkh in the final series 2/0 and clinch the league tittle - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Kahraba the club which founded 4 years ago won the 2nd tittle in the club history by beating Al-Karkh in the final series 2/0 .. the first game which held on Al-Karkh court, Al-Kahraba won it by 8points and the final result was 79/87
and in the second game which held in Al-Kahraba court was a close game, the game done after over time by 5pts and the final result was 96/91 for Al-Kahraba

Season 2012-2013 was the first season in Iraq with foreign players after the federation allowed each club to sign with 2 foreign players to play on the court .. the level of the league got more improved and the most games were interested and close games .. there is 1 game left for basketball season in Iraq, it'll be held soon between Al-Kahraba and Duhok in the final game of Iraqi Cup ..

Congrats Al Kahraba and Hardluck Al Karkh both teams had an amazing season ..





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  KAZAKHSTAN   


VTB League: BC Astana edge VEF Riga in the opener - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana - VEF Riga 89:76

BC Astana edge VEF Riga in the opener of VTB League 1/8 Finals. The team from Kazakhstan posted a 89:76 win.
VEF Riga was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 53-33 second half run of BC Astana. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 assists. His fellow American import David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for VEF Riga. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Game 2 is to be played on May 3rd in Latvia.

BC Astana: David Simon 19, Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) 18, Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Jerry Johnson 14
VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) 12, Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) 12, Antanas Kavaliauskas 12, Will Daniels 11, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) 10



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  KUWAIT   


Mccoy signs for Kazma - by Ali Ahmed

Kazma agreed terms with 37-years old American Center Jelani McCoy (208-C-77, college: UCLA) to play in GCC tournment.

A powerful inside player, Can also score , and has great timing for the rebounds.

Awards/Achievements:
Pac10 1st Team -96
NCAA Freshmen 1st Team -96
NBA Champion -02
NBA Western Conference Champion -02
Chinese CBA Regular Season Champion -05
Chinese CBA Finalist -05
ABA Quarterfinals -05
D-League All-Star Game -08
Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention -10



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  LATVIA   


VTB League: BC Astana edge VEF Riga in the opener - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana - VEF Riga 89:76

BC Astana edge VEF Riga in the opener of VTB League 1/8 Finals. The team from Kazakhstan posted a 89:76 win.
VEF Riga was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 53-33 second half run of BC Astana. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 assists. His fellow American import David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for VEF Riga. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Game 2 is to be played on May 3rd in Latvia.

BC Astana: David Simon 19, Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) 18, Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Jerry Johnson 14
VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) 12, Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) 12, Antanas Kavaliauskas 12, Will Daniels 11, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) 10



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  LEBANON   


Champville lands Jeremiah Massey before the playoffs - by Rabih Khoury

Just few hours before the playoffs, Champviile announced the big signing of one of the best forwards in Europe, Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.). Massey inked a one month contract coming from Germany's BBL. Champville will have a trio foreigner now with Jeleel, Nikoloz and Jeremiah and the coaching staff will be choosing two players to continue the playoffs.
Massey, a big European figure, was named Euroleague MVP of the year in 2008 while playing for Real Madrid. He then played in Spain and Russia. Massey will have his first experience in the middle east.

Here is some of his achievements:
HS second team all-state and first team all-city -01
Junior college All-American -03
JUCO One of three California Community College Players of the Year in 2003
JUCO first team all-state and first team All-Western States Conference -02, 03
Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year -04
All-Big 12 3rd Team -04
NABC All-NCAA District 12 2nd Team -05
All-Big 12 2nd Team -05
Greek League All-Star Game -07, 08
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -07
Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team -07, 08
Greek League Regular Season Runner-Up -07
Greek League Semifinals -07
Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 2nd Team -07
Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team -07
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention 2007, 2008
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Forward of the Year -08
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Import Player of the Year -08
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -08
Greek League All-Star Game -08 (Slam Dunk Contest)
Greek Cup Semifinals -08
Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 1st Team -08
Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team -08
FYR Macedonian National Team -08-09
Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 6 games: 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 74.2%
Euroleague Quarterfinals -09
Spanish ACB Semifinals -09
European Championships in Poland -09: 11 games: 13.1ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 64.2%
Russian Cup Semifinals -11
Russian PBL All-Star Game -11
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Forward of the Year -11
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Defensive Player of the Year -11
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team -11
Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team -11
EuroChallenge Finalist -11
Russian PBL Semifinals -11, 12
Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team -11, 12
Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Bosmans Team -11
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team -12
Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -12
Eurocup Quarterfinals -12
Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 2nd Team -12
Eurobasket.com VTB League All-Imports Team -12
VTB United League Semifinals -12
Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Bosman Player of the Year -12





Sagesse finish the Final 8 with a big moral win against Riyadi - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Sagesse managed to score a very important win against Riyadi a direct competitor to the League title in game the last game before the start of the playoffs on the score of 85-70.
Sagesse who will play against Hoops in the playoffs had a very big game which reminded all the critics about the big start of this season. As for Riyadi who will meet Bejjeh in the Playoffs welcomed Ismail Ahmad for his second game after a long period of injury. The game start for Sagesse and they led the tempo but Riyadi managed at the end of the quarter to take the lead on the score of 16-15. In the 2nd quarter Deshwan Simms , Quincy Douby carried Sagesse offensively and took the lead and didnt allow Riyadi to come back through the big defensive role played by Julien Khazzouh who finished the game with 13 pints and 13 rebounds. Sagesse finished the first half leading 35-29.

The 3rd quarter Simms and Douby continued their big performance and made Sagesse lead by 16 points at the end of the 3rd , 61-45. The last quarter didnt saw anything new and the game finished with a bi win for Sagesse on the score of 85-70.

Deshawn Simms finished as Sagesse best scorer with 25 points , followed by Quincy Douby with 24 points as for Dewarick Spencer he led all scorers with 36points.



Champville is set to Go, while Riyadi and Amchit are considering their options. - by Elie Khoury

As we First mentioned it here, Champville officially inked Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.).
Jeremiah was a dream for almost all Asian team, including Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut and Sagesse, where they both tried pushing too hard for signing the Euroleague Most Valuable player.

On the other hand, The Quarter Finals series between Champville and Amchit Club will take off Today at 5 pm Beirut Time after a very long night of debates and meetings.
According to our special sources, Amchit Club Management were pushing extremely hard to postpone this series , to an unknown date. ( most probably after Champville returns from WABA ).
Reasons are, and according to our sources , the recovery of Ghaleb Reda, who is not yet 100% fit to play a day to day series.
and the most important reason is that Amchit Club are looking to replace Hassan Whiteside who did not convince the coaching staff .

The winner of this series will meet the winner between Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut and Bejjeh, with a clear advantage for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut on that matter.
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut is not having a way better journey, as and according to some sources from inside the club, Coach Slobodan Subotic is clearly picking Dee Spencer and Lorren Woods for the final 4, while Club's managers are still trying to fix the small miss-understanding that happened between Ismail ahmad and Coach Subotic.

It was also reported that Coach Slobodan is demanding the highest level of a Scoring player to join Lorren Woods for the final 4 since he is far from being satisfied from his Local Player on that concern.

What would be the final decision of Amchit Club and Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut's management?
who's qualifying to the Final 4 ?

It's Playoff time, and there's no room for loosing .




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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 30: Tijuana - Guasave 89-76
Apr. 30: Obregon - Guaymas 88-89
Apr. 30: Nogales - Navolato 86-87
Apr. 29: Nogales - Navolato 85-83
Apr. 29: Tijuana - Guasave 110-93
Apr. 30: Cananea - Los Mochis 107-88

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 1: Cananea - Los Mochis
May. 2: Tijuana - Navolato
May. 1: Nogales - Navolato


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric FREDERICK
  Guasave
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Frederick, Guasave25.1 
 2. Jones, Obregon24.2 
 3. Monroe, Cananea23.1 
 4. Moss, Nogales20.9 
 5. Sperling, Obregon20.3 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas20.1 
 7. Polynice, Guasave19.1 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato19.0 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana18.3 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Moss, Nogales11.1 
 2. Crews, Guasave9.0 
 3. Habel, Guaymas8.7 
 4. Jones, Obregon8.2 
 5. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 6. Penny, Tijuana7.9 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato7.0 
 8. Frederick, Guasave6.7 
 9. Spain, Hermosillo6.6 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Allen, Guaymas6.6 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.6.0 
 3. Logan, Nogales5.2 
 4. Polynice, Guasave5.1 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas4.7 
 6. Insunza, Navolato4.5 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.1 
 9. Medina, Tijuana4.0 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andre MARTIN
  Navolato
  (--78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martin, Navolato2.0 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.1.9 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.6 
 4. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 6. Insunza, Navolato1.4 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 9. Shorter, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Dominguez, Guasa.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moss, Nogales1.9 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 4. Gonzalez, Cananea1.2 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea0.9 
 7. Crews, Guasave0.7 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 9. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 10. Frederick, Guasave0.5 


Frederick's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Eric Frederick (203-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guasave and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and eight assists for Guasave as his team lost the game against Tijuana (#6, 6-9) 76-89. Guasave moved-up to the 8th position in the Mexican league. Guasave is currently ranked second from the bottom. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 15 games. In the team's last game Frederick had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Texas Wesleyan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Frederick is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.1ppg), rebounds (7th best: 6.9rpg) and averages solid 59.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales. He is American swingman in his first season at Nogales. In the last game McCullough recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Nogales was edged by Navolato (7-8) 87-86. This loss caused Nogales to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. McCullough is one of the most experienced players at Nogales and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Obregon (#7). Jones scored 24 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Jones' great performance Obregon lost 88-89 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#1, 13-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Obregon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Obregon to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a great season in Mexico. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone McNeal (213-C) of Los Mochis - 23 points and 7 rebounds
5. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Elvis Medina (183-PG-84) of Tijuana - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Guaymas - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Navolato - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Guaymas - 22 points and 3 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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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
Play-Out
 1. Jedinstvo 6-4 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 6-4 
 3. ABS Primorje 6-4 
 4. Danilovgrad 5-5 
 5. Centar BP 5-5 
 6. S.Centar 2-8 
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-1 
 2. Sutjeska 6-4 
 3. Teodo Tivat 5-5 
 4. Ulcinj 4-6 
 5. Lovcen 3-7 
 6. Mornar Bar 3-7 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 1: Sutjeska - Buducnost 78-75
May. 1: Mornar Bar - Teodo Tivat 63-69
Apr. 30: Lovcen - Ulcinj 61-67


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vladimir BORICIC
  ABS P.
  (195-G/F-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Boricic, ABS P.18.7 
 2. Ljujic, Centar BP17.3 
 3. Milosevic, Ulcinj16.6 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen16.3 
 5. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.16.1 
 6. Mitchell, Centar B.15.7 
 7. Jovanovic, Danilov.14.5 
 8. Radulovic, Teodo T.14.0 
 9. Korac, Jedinstvo13.9 
 10. Djikanovic, Jaszb.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Jaszbere.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Jaszbe.9.4 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar9.2 
 3. Ljujic, Centar BP8.6 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.4 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.7.6 
 6. Young, Danilovgrad7.4 
 7. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.3 
 8. Bacovic, ABS P.7.1 
 9. Radak, ABS P.6.5 
 10. Zizic, Sutjeska6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marko MIJOVIC
  Teodo Tivat
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.9 
 2. Korac, Jedinstvo4.8 
 3. Boricic, ABS P.3.8 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.4 
 5. Mitchell, Centar B.3.2 
 6. Calic, Sutjeska3.0 
 7. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.9 
 8. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.9 
 9. Radosavljevi., Mor.2.4 
 10. Pajovic, Mornar B.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.0 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.1.9 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.6 
 5. Omerovic, Jedin.1.5 
 6. Stojanovic, Lovcen1.4 
 7. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.4 
 8. Ljujic, Jedinstvo1.4 
 9. Milosevic, Ulcinj1.4 
 10. Femic, Centar BP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Centar BP
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ljujic, Centar BP1.9 
 2. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.8 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.2 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.1 
 5. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.1 
 6. Karalic, ABS P.0.9 
 7. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 8. Young, Danilovgrad0.9 
 9. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.6 
 10. Radak, ABS P.0.5 


Interview with Dre Baldwin, former shooting guard of Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi and owner of DreAllDay.com and other popular basketball-related web sites - by Darko Pekic

Dre Baldwin (192-G/F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Penn St. Altoona) is a 31 year old shooting guard who has played in Montenegro, Germany and US minor leagues. For those who do not remember him, here is a link to the game Niksic vs Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi played in 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MqEpjXRnsXg#!. However, he became a worldwide phenomenon with over 34,100,000 results on Google thanks to his communication and networking skills. Here is his story..

Hello Dre, you are Philadelphia native and its a known fact that basketball is a part of a lifestyle in the city of Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving (201-F-50), Earl Monroe etc. Could you tell us more about your love for basketball and first steps on the basketball court?

Hello Eurobasket!
I actually started in basketball very late, relatively speaking -- age 14. Before that I tried football but my family could not afford the equipment. My father coached our local baseball team and I played baseball up until I realized that I could not hit live pitching, haha. I picked up basketball naturally, as in the inner city it is the most accessible and easiest sport to play: it requires no money or equipment and basketball is often the only thing to do other than stand on a corner or hang at the mall. I discussed a lot -- actually all -- of my pre-professional basketball life in my first book Buy A Game.

You spent your college career at a small college Penn St. Altoona (NCAA3) in Pennsylvania and you are now considered one of the best players coming out of that school. Knowing that its usually hard to get calls from small lower level school, how hard it was for you personally to get some looks from abroad after your college career was over?

One of the best??? My resume shows that I am clearly the best athlete, ever, out of PSU Altoona in any sport. That is a fact.
As for making the pros out of Altoona, it became painfully clear to me that my accomplishments as a player at the D3 level would have very little impact on my professional prospects (I had several teammates who had much better statistical careers than me who never played in a single professional game). This was good for me since my college stats were not impressive (roughly 9 points/6 rebounds per game), though it should be noted that I was miscast as a power forward and backup center for my last two years of college by my coach and NBA alum Armon Gilliam (205-F-64, college: UNLV). I am a 64 185lbs shooting guard. My plan after college was to attend some professional camp, get the video from said camp, and market myself to agents or to teams directly. Thats what I did, all while holding down a full time 9-to-5 job, and it worked in securing my first pro contract in September 2005. I must state that there were much fewer professional camps/combines in 2005 than there are in 2013, and thus much easier to find a reputable camp to attend that is not just about taking your money and not delivering on their sales pitch. It is a much harder job for players starting out now, with so much garbage to sift through, than it was back then.


Two years later you got a call from Hidruva-Atletas Kaunas (Lithuania Top Division) but spent only the preseason there. What went wrong and do you think you were ready for such a big challenge at that point of your career?

Well the team was not financially prepared for having import players, it seems to me in hindsight. Remember that this was my first job and I did not have the powers of discernment which I now possess at age 31.
When I arrived at the airport in Lithuania that team manager directed me to catch a cab to meet him somewhere in Kaunas, which off the top cost me about $50 USD. He then brought me to a building that was equivalent to a dilapidated college dormitory building -- no kitchen or refrigerator, disgustingly dirty bathroom, no food or water -- where I shared a room with another American whom I did not know would even be there. I was asked if I was ready to practice that day, 2 hours after getting off of the plane, and in the naivete of my youth thought I could prove my toughness by agreeing to practice. Anyone who has done this knows, its not that first day that hurts you, its the next day when you legs are concrete, haha...
We only had practices for about a week and I felt fine -- I was dunking all over the place in trainings and basically showing myself as the player I had sold myself as. The team one day, then, released me and the other American player and did not sign another, though I recall that they did sign a guy later in the season.
I do feel I was ready for the challenge in Lithuania; again I feel Atletas had more internal issues as a club than they had issues with me as a player. They did not have the business structure to accommodate an import player at that time. I only understood this as my career went on and I saw how other clubs I played for handled my arrival, housing, travel, trainings, etc. As they say, You dont know what you dont know.


After playing for the entertainment team Harlem Ambassadors, in the season 2007/2008 you got another chance in Europe and joined Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi in the newly formed Montenegrin League. How did you get a chance to play in Montenegro?

My situation in Montenegro, and how I obtained this job, was a turning point in my life when I realized that I had the power to take matters into my own hands and control situations.
I sent an email to the club management with some video highlights and they liked what they saw; we talked through email for about a week and then a stroke of luck intervened: The clubs management had friends living in the USA (who visited Herceg Novi every year) who lived in the same city as me in the USA. We arranged a meeting between me and the clubs American friends in the USA. They, apparently, let Primorje management know that I was a normal, not-crazy guy, haha, so Primorje was fine with finalizing our agreement and I was in Montenegro by the day after Christmas. I brokered this entire situation on my own, no agent.
People reading this may feel that this was merely luck that allowed this situation to be but that would be incorrect: this luck happened after I had decided that I could get things done on my own rather than depending on an agent. I spent months contacting agents and clubs, every day, to make this opportunity materialize (note that this deal was finished in December and I had been working on making something happen since July!). Most players would never even make it to the situation I experienced because they would have given up on trying to find a contract.


That team was led by Gavrilo Pajovic (187-G-71), Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) and U18 National Team member Slobodan Miljanic (201-F-90). How did you like the team and the level of competitiveness in the League?

The team in Montenegro was a peculiar situation. From the beginning I felt that my teammates were not that serious about basketball; they were playing because they could and would easily go and do something else. I should note that they were all very young -- I was 25 at the time and older than all of them.
After I had been there for a game or two -- which I inexplicably played a total of maybe 10 minutes in two substantial losses -- the team brought in two older Serbian guys who were much more experienced, serious and had the dominant personalities to take charge from their first day (let the record show that these new, older guys did not speak any English so I was kind of on an island on this team when it came to communications on the practice floor and in games as well). The younger players bent to these older guys will with no resistance and they were both inserted into the starting lineup -- one a point guard and the other a center. I never got on the same wavelength as these guys since, as I said, we couldnt have conversation, along with the coach also not possessing any English-speaking ability he naturally gravitated toward the payers he could actually speak to.
The point guard-playmaker -- I believe this was Gavrilo -- tried to yell at me a time or two in practice as he did the younger guys but I made it very clear to him, in language that anyone could understand, that I was not the guy he would express his aggression to.
Aleksandar Bogojevic , I believe he is the center the team brought in, impressed me the most. He was not at all athletic -- did not jump high, slow runner and not extremely strong -- but he was our most consistent player and absolutely dominated the other big guys in practice to the point that there was no competition for him in trainings. Aleksandar was also mostly quiet and led by example without all the shouting and aggression showed by Gavrilo, even though, again, I did not understand the words coming out of either guys mouths ever. Haha.
I found the league to be competitive and our team lacking the firepower to compete based on coach Marinko Kovacevic' s playing rotations -- I was clearly our best or second best scoring option along with Aleksandar -- but coach Marinko would not give me playing time even as we were being destroyed in games (with our leaders playing almost the entire games). There were no other Americans who I saw in my time there on any other clubs and no Montenegrin player could have matched up with me defensively. But this is hard to prove from the bench when your team is losing by 25 in the second quarter. We were in last place (or next-to-last) in the standings. Our team could have been a factor in the league if Marinko had played the players who gave the team the best chance to compete but it was very obvious to me after even two weeks that there were non-basketball-related factors influencing things with the club in Herceg Novi.


What do you still remember about Montenegro after five years? How did you like Montenegro?

I loved Herceg Novi! Beautiful city with a great climate that was surprisingly mild in the winter, being right on the water. As opposed to in Kaunas, where I received a few strange and dirty looks from (some of, not most) the locals (mostly men whom I supposed considered me competition for their females), the people in Montenegro were very friendly and outgoing in embracing me. I made many friends through simply walking the town and people saying hello to me. Despite my frustrations with the team situation, I could wake up every day in a very comfortable flat and look out my window at the sea and know that many of my friends in America would give anything to experience what I was experiencing. I will visit Herceg Novi again.

After Montenegro you played in Germany and US minor leagues and also participated in NBA League try-outs. At 31 do you still have ambitions to play abroad or you want to concentrate on your new business creating workout programs for youth ballers and marketing?

Good question.
What I have come to realize over the past 3-4 years is that aside from the highest levels of Europe and the established NBA players, many of us pro players are fungible and have very little power in this profession. We are replaceable employees to these clubs. I want to play professional basketball because my passion is competition, and basketball my chosen vehicle for finding that competition. At the same time it is important to me to have power and control over things in my life, as much as possible.
Being a pro player, you only play for a team when you are picked by a club -- someone must decide that you deserve to play for them. And when that employer decides that you no longer deserve to work for them, you are out of there and the next guy comes in. This is a position of dependence with little power. I cannot live my life beholden to another mans decisions on what I deserve, when I deserve it and where I deserve it. This is not to say that I would not take a job to play somewhere -- I definitely would! -- but I needed to create a vehicle which I controlled so that this position of hoping to be picked was not my only way to be a factor in this world.
I started my online work -- my websites, YouTube videos, etc -- around 2007 because I am what you could consider a computer geek (though I do not fit the stereotype in many ways and you would not guess this in meeting me), and I had visions of having my own websites as far back as 2002. As I continued to produce content -- sites, videos, blog posts -- my name and fanbase grew and I realized that my power in life could come from this free expression over which I had 100% control. So this is not really a new business. But every day there are hundreds of people who discover Dre Baldwin -- it is crazy to me, even now, to think about that there are people who look to me and find inspiration and motivation. This gives me a reason to get up in the morning.
My current business revolves around what I would be doing anyway: working out, training, staying in my best physical condition, and sharing that with the world. So I can do both -- play and do these things -- at the same time. Pro basketball affords an individual much free time on their hands. Some choose to play video games, some go to nightclubs, some chase girls, some make rap music. I write blog posts, make videos, and answer emails. No difference from anyone else.
So to answer your question: YES, I would definitely play for a club if the opportunity arises. But, I have created my own lane and my own power and control my own destiny. I want a team to sign me; I do not need a team to sign me.


Your YouTube account featuring your tip-touting videos has over 40,000 subscribers and has run up over 20 million views in 6 years. You also got a pair of websites running, WorkOnYourGame.net and HoopHandbook.com, in addition to your personal web site. Could you tell us more about all that?

My personal website DreAllDay.com was a vision realized that I had back in the early 2000s when I first got into using the Internet daily in our college computer lab. I knew, even then, that I wanted a space which was by me and about me, where I could express myself, and I knew I had thoughts and ideas to share that people would be interested in hearing. I was right.
YouTube, on the other hand, happened kind of by accident. The first video I ever posted was actually my Highlight Video from the 2005 Infosport combine in Orlando, FL. I only uploaded the video to YouTube because I wanted a place to safely keep the video without relying on my ability to keep a VHS tape from being lost or destroyed! This video is the same video I emailed to 100+ agents in 2005, securing my first agent who in turn got me that job in Lithuania.
I would make videos and post them to YouTube, honestly, just to watch myself play, not thinking anyone else would care since they had no idea who I was. My initial thoughts were, one day when Im 80 years old I can go back and see how I used to jump and dunk and make three-point shots.
Then some people stumbled into my videos and actually liked my game, even asking me if I could do certain things -- can you dunk? I would make a video of dunks. Can you shoot? Id make a video of my shooting. What I came to realize was that there were a ton of young and old players who were seeking direction -- How do you practice, what do you work on, how do you do it? Help us! This realization occurred in 2009 when YouTube was transforming itself from a simple video-hobby site into a full-fledged business driven by Google (who had recently purchased YouTube). I took stock of what I knew about the game and practicing and decided that I knew enough that I could make a new video every single day -- 365 days of the year -- without running out of ideas. I acted on this idea immediately -- the most important fact -- and the rest is history. I have pretty much covered every single request a player could make -- how to dribble, how to shoot, how to train the body, this technique, that technique, etc. Much of my new content is stuff that I come up with using my own creativity.
Of my training websites, WorkOnYourGame.net is a a subscription site where you sign up and receive new workouts on different aspects of the game for as long as you stay subscribed. So I am always writing new workouts for the site.
HoopHandbook.com is a static training program site: You purchase a program on any aspect of the game (we have it all covered: Dribbling, Left/Weak Hand, Off-Court, Post Moves, Crossover Moves, Passing, Vertical Jump, and everything else); the program is delivered straight to you digitally (i.e., online). HoopHandbook also features Mixtapes of my workouts and DVDs: My ball handling DVD The Real Is Back; For The Love (Tutorials DVD); Get Busy! (Motivational).
With all the questions and requests I receive from players through YouTube, I started posting videos where I simply discuss my philosophies on the game and life itself. My first talking video was what made my phrase Work On Your Game famous. I have moved on to create a Weekly Motivation series where I discuss topics that apply not only to basketball but to life in general; I hear from lots of people who do not play or even watch basketball who appreciate this series (which is in week #135 and has not missed a week, ever). I am currently in the editing phase of my second book which is motivational in nature; it will be available this summer.
Currently I have over 3,000 videos posted to YouTube and will surpass 10,000 before it is all said and done. There is no single-person sport-related channel on YouTube, or any other site in the universe, that even comes close to my output. I created this category -- basketball workouts online, for free -- and I am the best at it. I can create the content on the technical side, I can discuss and explain the content through verbal and written communication, and I can speak on it because I have lived it. I am the only person out there who has all three.


Thank you for this interview Dre. Eurobasket.com wishes you all the best in your career!

You are welcome and thanks a lot for the opportunity!



Superleague Round 10: Buducnost lost again in Niksic! - by Darko Pekic

The last Superleague is finished tonight and the four Final Four members are Buducnost, Sutjeska, Teodo and Ulcinj. Thats the most important news after the Round 10 but in addition to that its important to point out that Sutjeska showed again how tough opponent it is for Buducnost. Tonight in Niksic they won again, and its their second win this season against Buducnost (78-75). The game was tied and 2000 fans saw interesting battle between old rivals. Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) was Sutjeska's hero with 21 points and great shooting night. Nikola Zizic (195-G-94, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) scored 14 points and Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81) followed with 13 points. Buducnost was led by Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) and Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket). They scored 13 points each.

Mornar and Teodo played a tied game also but the club from Tivat was more motivated and won the game (69-63). Mornar lost every chance to qualify for the Final Four before this round so coach Mihailo Pavicevic gave more playing time to his young players. Mornar had a lead during most of the game but more experienced Teodo pushed harder in 4th quarter and got a nice lead to end the game in its favor. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) finished the season strong with 21 points and 13 rebounds. He was followed by Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) who scored 13 points. Mornar was led by the oustanding forward Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) who was dominant under the boards. He scored 17 points and added 22 rebounds.

In the Final Four Buducnost will face Ulcinj and is expected to qualify for the Finals while Sutjeska and Teodo will for sure fight a big battle to reach the Finals.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.8 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 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. Wade, Miami Heat20.9 
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. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.1 
 6. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.5 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Denver N.1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.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. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.8 
 10. Bogut, Golden S.1.8 


The Bucks fired coach Jim Boylan - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks parted ways with head coach Jim Boylan.
Jim Boylan took over the Bucks back in January. He compiled 22-28 record after replacing Scott Skiles. The Bucks made it into playoffs but were swept by the Heat in the first round. He worked as assistant coach with the Bucks for four seasons before taking over the head coaching position.
Boylan has coached previously in NBA, CBA, NCAA and Switzerland.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HoopsHype)



Rockets, Celtics and Pacers win on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Oklah.City T. - Houston R. 100-107
In their first home playoff game without injured point guard Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder looked like a shell of the team that had won the first two games of this series here at Chesapeake Energy Arena. And after a 107-100 loss to the eighth-seeded Rockets in Game 5, the top seed in the Western Conference now finds itself in a protracted first-round battle that few saw coming. Now trailing 3-2 in the series, the Rockets will enter Game 6 in Houston on Friday will their confidence soaring. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), who made 7 of 9 three-point shots, led the Rockets with 31 points. The Thunder's Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 36 but struggled shooting behind the three-point arc, as did the rest of his teammates. The Thunder made just 1 of 12 three-point shots in the first half and 8 of 33 overall in the game. Unable to stop the Rockets, who thrived beyond the three-point line, the Thunder resorted to repeatedly fouling center Omer Asik (7'0''-C-86), a 56.2 percent free throw shooter during the regular season, in the final six minutes of the game. They fouled Asik on six straight possessions, but he made 8 of those 12 free-throw attempts. Ever since a 29-point loss in Game 1, the Rockets have staged a serious challenge against the Thunder. And the absence of Westbrook, who tore his meniscus in the Game 2 victory, has left a significant void, even against the NBA's youngest and one of the least credible defensive teams that played its second straight game without injured guard Jeremy Lin. From the game's start, Thunder fans made clear who the most unpopular person was within city limits: Patrick Beverley, the Rockets point guard whose lunge at Westbrook in Game 2 caused him to tear his meniscus. They booed Beverley at every opportunity. Harden made all three of his three-point shots in the first quarter, scoring 11 points in the game's opening 12 minutes. The Rockets had 16 points five minutes into action, looking as if they could duplicate their 38-point third-quarter effort in Game 4. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Indiana P. - Atlanta H. 106-83
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 24 points and Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta 106-83 on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 playoff series lead. The Pacers have all won three home games in the best-of-seven series and are 5-0 at home this season against the Hawks. They'll go to Atlanta on Friday with a chance to clinch the best-of-seven series. But the Hawks have won 13 straight at home against the Pacers, including both games in this series. Atlanta was led by Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida), who each had 14 points. And it was every bit as ugly as the Hawks' first two double-digit losses in Indy. Indiana took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and opened the third period on a 12-3 run to make it 62-46. The Pacers put it away when the Hawks lost their composure. On an ugly night that included 18 fouls during a 57-minute third quarter, three technical fouls for defensive three-second violations, three more technical on Hawks players-Smith, Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson-and yet another on Pacers coach Frank Vogel, everything was exhilarating for an Indiana team that reverted to its old style. Indiana was the more physical team all night, outrebounding Atlanta 15-5 in the first quarter, 26-13 in the first half and 51-28 for the game. The Pacers outscored the Hawks 36-28 in the paint. West, who had been struggling, led the charge by scoring 10 of 11 points during a key second-quarter stretch. George was nearly flawless, making 7 of 8 shots and finishing with 10 rebounds and five assists. And for the first time in the series, Atlanta shot under 50 percent from the field. The Hawks were just 25 of 75 for 33.3 percent. Not surprisingly, the game looked more like the first two-both Pacers blowouts-than the last two, both Hawks wins. After a back-and-forth start that featured six lead changes and two ties in the first quarter, the Pacers took command midway through the second. West scored the last six points in an 8-0 run that turned a 31-28 deficit into a 36-31 Pacers lead. Indiana followed that with a 9-4 spurt to take a 45-37 lead and never trailed again. Indiana then opened the second half on the 12-3 run and extended the lead to 68-48 when George knocked down a 3 and George Hill made the free throw after Smith's technical, then knocked down a 19-footer. Atlanta cut the lead to 81-67 at the end of three, but the Pacers used a 12-4 run to build a 21-point fourth-quarter lead. The Hawks never challenged again. Courtesy of: pasadenastarnews.com

New York K. - Boston C. 86-92
Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) had 16 points and 18 rebounds and the Boston Celtics stayed alive in the NBA playoffs, cutting the Knicks' lead to 3-2 with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night. The Celtics will host Game 6 on Friday night, needing two victories to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) added 17 points, steadying Boston as it shook off an 11-0 deficit and pulled away in the second half to stop the Knicks again from their first playoff series victory since 2000. J.R. Smith, back from his one-game suspension for elbowing Jason Terry with the Knicks way ahead late in Game 3, missed his first 10 shots and finished 3 of 14 for 14 points. Terry also scored 17 off the bench. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 18 points and Paul Pierce had 16 as the two franchise stalwarts extended this season - and perhaps their Celtics careers - at least one more game. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored 22 points but was just 8 of 24 in another dismal shooting night for the Knicks, who blew a big lead in this game and now the series. They face an unwanted trip back to Boston instead of the rest this aging roster could surely use before the second round. If they get there. The Celtics were the first of the eight NBA teams that have come from 3-1 down, beating Philadelphia in 1968, and put themselves on the short list of teams that have erased a 2-0 deficit the next year in the NBA Finals. So perhaps it would be fitting if they were the first to overcome 3-0. "I think so. I mean, I think that would be wonderful, and someone's going to do it and I want it to be us, obviously, since that's the situation we're in," coach Doc Rivers said before the game. "Someone will do it, and I really want to be a part of that." He's still got a chance. The Knicks limited the Celtics to 75 points per game while winning the first three, and nearly came back to win Game 4 on Sunday even without Smith. So they felt good even after missing their first chance to wrap it up. Though few of these players were here for the streak, the Knicks were perhaps a bit overconfident leading into the game for a franchise that before last year had lost an NBA-record eight straight postseason games. Smith said Tuesday he'd have been playing golf instead of practicing had he played in Game 4, and players wore black to the game Wednesday as if they were heading to the Celtics' "funeral." Forget the funeral. The Celtics are still very much alive. Smith finally made a 3-pointer to end his drought, and then another cut what had been a 15-point Boston lead to 88-83 with 1:05 remaining. But Garnett made a jumper, then knocked down two free throws to clinch it. The Knicks were just 5 of 22 from 3-point range, which looked worse until Smith hit three late ones. The Sixth Man of the Year received a loud ovation when he went to check in during the first quarter, but heard a few boos by the third. They will likely be deafening on Friday, the kind usually reserved in Boston for a Lakers player. By the time Anthony drove right into the middle of the lane for a dunk that made it 11-0, the Celtics already had three turnovers. But Bass made a pair of free throws and then a dunk to settle them down. He added five more points in the period as Boston climbed within 22-20 even though Pierce missed all six shots in a scoreless 12 minutes. He made a 3-pointer shortly after returning from a break in the second, and another gave the Celtics their first lead at 34-33 with 5:46 remaining in the half. Then Garnett had two baskets in an 8-0 run that gave Boston a 42-37 advantage, and the Celtics walked off at halftime to mostly stunned silence within Madison Square Garden with a 45-39 lead. The second halves had belonged to the Knicks in the series, but the Celtics remained steady in the third quarter, opening a 69-60 lead on Terry's 3-pointer with 41 seconds left. Courtesy of: nj.com



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Leonardo Pomare is the Panamanian player of the week - by Robert OConnell

International Power forward Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) from the Kyoto Hannaryz of the Japan league is the Panamanian player of the week he average a double-double with 21 pts and 11 reb in three games. Second place was for the veteran shooting guard Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) from Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia of the Italian league with 15.6 pts and 7 reb in three games playes plus his team went 3-0. Third place was for forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) from the Shiga L- Star from the Japan League with 18.5 pts and 9.8 reb in two games. Honorary mentions for forward Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC) from Super Cable Grecia of the Costa Rica league with 35 pts in one game and veteran shooting guard Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) of the Southwest Slammers with 33 pts 10 reb and 3 ass in the Australian League. This is the rest of the active Panamanian players abroad:
PF Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona) Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico) 11.6 pts 5.6 reb in three games.
C Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico ( 10.5 pts 5.5 reb in two games
C Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico) 1.3 pts 3.0 reb in three games
SG Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) 8.3 pts 8.5 reb in three games
PF Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) Marinos de Anzoategui (Venezuela) 11.5 pts 2.5 reb in two games
PG Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (Brasil) 3.0 pts 1.5 reb in two games




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  POLAND   

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.5 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.6 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.9 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.0 
 6. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 9. Wilczek, Start Lub.14.5 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.2 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.8.9 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.7 
 6. Hyzy, Slask W.7.6 
 7. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.3 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.2 
 9. Luszczewski, Start6.8 
 10. Wyka, Polonia6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Start Lublin
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wilczek, Start Lub.7.0 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.6.0 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.0 
 4. Laczynski, MOSiR K.5.7 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.8 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pawel HYBIAK
  AZS P.
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.3 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 4. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 5. Grochowski, MKS D.2.0 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Flieger, Slask W.1.9 
 8. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.8 
 9. Zytko, P..1.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.4 
 3. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.3 
 4. Gabinski, Slask W.1.2 
 5. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.1 
 6. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.1 
 7. Metelski, AZS P.1.1 
 8. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.1.0 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.0.8 


1Liga Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Slask Wroclaw enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Slask Wroclaw - P.Cukier SIDEn 73-57

Slask Wroclaw became the 1Liga finalists following a home win over P.Cukier Siden in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. The game without a history. Slask Wroclaw led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Slask Wroclaw's coach Tomasz Jankowski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: M.Flieger 27+3reb+2ast, P.Kikowski 14+5reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 13+10reb+2ast, L.Diduszko 7+9reb+2ast, N.Kulon 5+4reb+1ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 3+2reb
P.Cukier SIDEn: L.Zytko 14+2reb+4ast, W.Barycz 10+3reb, J.Jarecki 9+1reb, P.Smigielski 7+7reb, B.Bochno 6+1reb, M.Kowalewski 3+5reb+1ast
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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 16

May. 1: Guaynabo - Guayama 90-98
May. 1: Bayamon - Quebradillas 68-74
May. 2: Santurce - Humacao
May. 2: Ponce - San German


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Marquise GAINOUS
  Bayamon
  (204-F-76)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Gainous, Bayamon22.6 
 2. Harris, Ponce22.1 
 3. Hickerson, San G.21.0 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.4 
 5. Brown, Humacao19.2 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.7 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon18.4 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.9 
 9. Jones, Guayama17.4 
 10. Phillip, Quebradi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harris, Ponce10.0 
 2. Phillip, Quebradil.9.9 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.4 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.9.2 
 5. Graterol, Arecibo8.5 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.5 
 7. Gainous, Bayamon8.1 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Williams, Santurce8.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.7 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.4 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 4. Coronado, Guayama4.5 
 5. Garcia, Quebradill.4.3 
 6. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.8 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon3.6 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.5 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 2. Rodriguez, Guayama1.8 
 3. Fortuna, Ponce1.8 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 5. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.5 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Strong, San German1.3 
 10. Harrellson, Guaya.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.7 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.4 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 7. Hickerson, San G.1.1 
 8. Brock, Guayama1.1 
 9. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 


Wins for Capitanes and Caciques-Gigantes - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes de Arecibo and Caciques-Gigantes got wins on Tuesday by defending their respective home courts.

Arecibo defeated Leones de Ponce 101-94 led by Justin Dentmon (182-G-85, college: Washington) who scored 26 points while Demetris Nichols and Windi Graterol added 20 each.

Capitanes dominated the first half 55-39 as Dentmon had 14 points while Nichols and Graterol had 12 each. A great shooting display was shown by Arecibo in order to dominate the first two quarters. Also a great defense over the backcourt of Ponce was important for their huge lead.

Ponce reacted in the second half with a full court press and offensively attacking the basket since their perimeter shots never came in with consistency. Mike Harris led the comeback and tied it at 92 with 2:54 left as part of an 11-2 run. A turnover by Ponce shortly after tying it was a key component of their demise as Arecibo took advantage of it quickly. Arecibo secured the win from the free-throw line.

Harris finished with 35 points and Garret Siler added 21 for Ponce who is now third with an 8-5 record.

Caciques-Gigantes edged Indios de Mayaguez 76-72 thanks to a 12-2 run in the final two minutes. Alejandro Carmona netted 17 points for Caciques-Gigantes.

Games for Wednesday, May 1:

Brujos de Guayama at Mets de Guaynabo
Piratas de Quebradillas at Vaqueros de Bayamon



Vassallo number one in Puerto Rico for week 15 - by Eurobasket News

Former international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) had a very impressive game in the last week for Arecibo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 15.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 42 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat San German (#9, 4-8) 105-93. Arecibo is placed at 7th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Arecibo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. In the team's last game Vassallo had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Virginia Tech star has very solid stats this year. Vassallo is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.7ppg).

The second best player in last week's games was 29-year old American Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Ponce. Harris had a very good evening with a double-double of 35 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Ponce lost that game 94-101 to the lower-ranked Arecibo (#7, 6-7). This loss caused Ponce to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 8-5 record is not bad at all. Harris is one of the most experienced players at Ponce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#1). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Arecibo's star - American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85). Ramos scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Arecibo, helping his team with a 105-93 win against slightly lower-ranked San German (#9, 4-8). The chances of Arecibo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ramos could help Arecibo to bring them higher in the standings. Ramos has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (4th best). Peter John Ramos has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marquise Gainous (204-F-76) of Bayamon - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) of Humacao - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of Guayama - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Garret Siler (213-C-86) of Ponce - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) of Santurce - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Windi Graterol (204-C-86) of Arecibo - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of Santurce - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Louis DARBY
  Rovinari
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Darby, Rovinari21.0 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.20.3 
 3. Shepherd, CSM B.18.7 
 4. Petty, Giurgiu18.6 
 5. Wisseh, Rovinari18.4 
 6. Horton, Timba Timi.17.5 
 7. Barac, Pitesti17.3 
 8. Brown, Timba Timis.16.9 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.16.3 
 10. Jones, Hub Jets16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu9.9 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.2 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.3 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.6 
 5. Miskovic, Craiova7.3 
 6. Darby, Rovinari7.1 
 7. Kinloch, Pitesti7.0 
 8. Carutasu, CSM B.6.8 
 9. Johnson, Timisoara6.8 
 10. Harvey, Giurgiu6.7 
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, Rovinari5.9 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures5.5 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.5 
 6. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.4 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 8. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.5 
 9. Petty, Giurgiu4.4 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.2.9 
 2. Petty, Giurgiu2.3 
 3. Jones, Hub Jets2.0 
 4. Henifin, Brisbane1.9 
 5. Mandache, Gaz M.1.8 
 6. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
 7. Burrell, Giurgiu1.7 
 8. Barac, Pitesti1.7 
 9. Wallace, Farul Con.1.6 
 10. Seals, Craiova1.6 
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. Kickingstall., Tim.1.4 
 5. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 6. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 7. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.0 
 9. Morris, CSM B.0.9 
 10. Knutson, CSU Sib.0.9 


Liga Nationala Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Oradea - Ploiesti 80-60 (1-0)

The game without a history. Oradea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ploiesti was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Zarko Comagic (201-85, college: N.Arizona) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and Australian-Trinidad and Tobago swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Court Side) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Oradea: Z.Comagic 18+4reb+1ast, W.Franklin 14+3reb+2ast, D.Dillon 12+7reb+1ast, M.Pesic 11+3reb+3ast, N.Maric 6+2reb+1ast, S.Lupusavei 6+2reb+1ast
Ploiesti: V.Tica 17+6reb, A.Mohammed 15+5reb+2ast, C.Burlacu 9+4reb+2ast, P.Miletic 7+5reb, A.Vlahovic 6+1reb+2ast, V.Stanescu 3+5reb
gschID: 239566


Targu Mures - Gaz Metan 89-69 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. Gaz Metan managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Gaz Metan only scored eight points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 16 points and American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Gaz Metan. Gaz Metan's coach Marcel Tenter rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: V.Peciukas 26+4reb+1ast, A.Ciric 24+6reb+4ast, B.Cuic 14+9reb+6ast, D.Kandic 8+2reb+1ast, D.Paltinisanu 6+4reb, O.Barro 5+5reb+1ast
Gaz Metan: A.Mladenovic 16+3reb+1ast, A.Mandache 11+2reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 11+4reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 9+5reb+5ast, S.Dundjerski 7+3reb+5ast, T.Dumitrescu 6+3reb
gschID: 239565



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Interview with Aaron Jackson - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik

After winning Russian championship Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) waits for the Euroleague semifinal game against Olympiakos to become a part of basketball history with desired trophy. In this interview to eurobasket he told about guarding Navarro and Carroll and his role in CSKA as a part of Messina's model.

Aaron, congratulations for advancing to Euroleague semifinals. Which game was the most difficult for you and your team on that way?



Most difficult games were on the road, in the noisy atmosphere against Partizan, Panathinaikos and Caja Laboral. The crowd tried to put pressure on us and the hosts made their best effort. Fortunately we came with key victories in those games.

Comparing to the last season with Bilbao, what has changed in your scoring and defensive mentality?


Ive been around with a lot of good talented players and I learned to be a factor on defense in CSKA while in Bilbao I was one of the key guys in the offense. Im trying to read offensive models of Messina and put the ball into the right places. Coach Messina is very precise in what he wants and I have ups and downs this season, but started to realize what he wants.

Which components of Ettore Messinas coaching style do you like most of all?


I like his defensive style. He has a lot of methods and play calls for his team, he wants the best defense from all of us.

Do you feel yourself more comfortable and natural at 1st or 2nd position on the court this season?

There were a lot of changes this season. Right now I found myself as 2 on offense and defending 1. I like to be at 1st position more, but it depends on the system Im in. It helps my team when Im at the 2, so Im now comfortable with that.

Which opponent player youve guarded this season in Europe and Russia was the toughest one and why?


Maybe Jaycee Carroll, because of the tough down screens and running he does. He comes off the screens, he catches and shoots. The other guy is Marcelinho Huertas. He is really good with picknroll, he is dangerous with one-legged shot and pass to the big man.

CSKA signed Theo Papaloukas during the season. What did this veteran player bring to the backcourt lineup?


Theo is a good signing. He brought a leadership in the locker room, mentality of winning. He still can play at a high level at his age. When he is on the floor he makes steals, he does a lot of things to make the game easier. Im learning a lot from him.

You played a lot against Barcelona and Real. What tips can you give about how to effectively guard Navarro and Carroll?


About Navarro you got to be physical with him. Referees make calls on him, protecting the star, so you must try to deny him from the ball. He comes from the screens from his left to right foot and you need to block him, because when he does that, he gets his speed set. You need to force him to go from the right to left foot, because he is not so effective then. Same thing with Carroll. He is so good off the dribble, so you need to deny him from the ball and be physical.

Bilbao always played very strong on its home court with a great support from fans. How different is home support in CSKA?

Moscow crowd is not passionate as Bilbao. People here are so certain, that you gonna win the game. But the crowd is still good and towards the end of the season you start to realize that more, because in important games fans really show up and get noisy.

What would it mean for you to lift the Euroleague trophy at the end of the season?

Thats all I think about right now. Just to be a Euroleague champion, be in a history, being known for all the hard work me and my team have done this season.





VTB League: EuroChallenge Champion roll over Triumph - by Eurobasket News

Triumph- Krasnie Krilya 69:76

EuroChallenge Champion roll over Triumph in VTB League 1/8 Finals. Krasnie Krilya posted a road 76:69 win for 1-0 record in the series.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Triumph Lyubertsy won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Aaron Miles (186-PG-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) produced 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Game 2 is scheduled on May 3rd in Samara.

Krasnie Krilya: Nikita Balashov 14+10rebs, Aaron Miles 12, Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) 9, Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) 9
Triumph: Tasmin Mitchell 20, Kyle Landry 14, Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) 11



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Partizan 6-1 
 2. Mega Vizura 6-1 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 4-3 
 4. Vojvodina 4-3 
 5. Radnicki KG 3-4 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 2-5 
 7. Metalac 2-5 
 8. Konstantin 1-6 
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 7

May. 1: Crvena Zvezda - Vojvodina 86-85
May. 1: Radnicki KG - Partizan 81-78
May. 1: Konstantin - Metalac 71-90
May. 1: Mega Vizura - Sloboda Uzice 100-62

Second Stage: Round 8

May. 4: Metalac - Vojvodina
May. 4: Crvena Zvezda - Sloboda Uzice
May. 4: Mega Vizura - Partizan
May. 4: Radnicki KG - Konstantin


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Bakic, Metalac18.8 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, Smederevo17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 6. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina15.2 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
 10. Kljajevic, C Afri.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.12.0 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda6.0 
 7. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 8. Zekovic, Vojvodina5.8 
 9. Marelja, Sloga5.8 
 10. Miceta, Sutjeska5.7 
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. Velickovic, Konst.3.6 
 10. Vasic, Sloboda Uz.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.2 
 3. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Boltic, Vojvodina1.7 
 6. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 7. Covic, Vojvodina1.6 
 8. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 9. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 10. Markovic, Vojvo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.4 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 6. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 


Elton Brown and Crvena zvezda Telekom part ways - by Igor Obradovic

After tonight game in Pionir against Vojvodina, board of Crvena zvezda Telekom decided to terminate contract with USA center, Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia)

"The reason for this decision was dissatisfaction with his approach to commitments to training and very poor games in last few months" - this is said from board of Crvena zvezda Telekom.

Brown has already been removed from the team after he refused to go on the game against Galatasaray in Istanbul which is not resolved nothing as both team dropped chances to go in next stage before the last round of the Eurocup.
After a while he returned to the team, but tonight was contract cancelled.

Elton Brown played for Trabzonspor before Crvena zvezda where he he recorded excellent numbers throughout the season.
In Crvena zvezda this season in the ABA league he played 23 games and recorded approximately 15 minutes per game, 8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.0 index.
In Eurocup played 10 games, 16.9 minutes, 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while in the Super League Serbia played 7 games had 4.4 points in 14.3 minutes per game and 3.3 rebounds.





Elton Brown and Crvena zvezda Telekom part ways - by Igor Obradovic

After tonight game in Pionir against Vojvodina, board of Crvena zvezda Telekom decided to terminate contract with USA center, Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia)

"The reason for this decision was dissatisfaction with his approach to commitments to training and very poor games in last few months" - this is said from board of Crvena zvezda Telekom.

Brown has already been removed from the team after he refused to go on the game against Galatasaray in Istanbul which is not resolved nothing as both team dropped chances to go in next stage before the last round of the Eurocup.
After a while he returned to the team, but tonight was contract cancelled.

Elton Brown played for Trabzonspor before Crvena zvezda where he he recorded excellent numbers throughout the season.
In Crvena zvezda this season in the ABA league he played 23 games and recorded approximately 15 minutes per game, 8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.0 index.
In Eurocup played 10 games, 16.9 minutes, 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while in the Super League Serbia played 7 games had 4.4 points in 14.3 minutes per game and 3.3 rebounds.





Rhapsody of Mega Vizura - by Igor Obradovic

Great game of Mega Vizura against Sloboda Uzice and the victory of 100:62 (31:16, 29:19, 17:14, 23:13).

With this win, team of Dejan Milojevic recorded six win in seven games in Serbian Super league and is coming closer to the ABA league which was the main goal of this team at the beginning of the season.

Best in home-winning team was Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) with 18pts and 9rbd, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 8rbd, 3ast, Nemanja Dangubic (196-G/F-93) 14pts, 3rbd, Sasa Avramovic (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) 12pts, 7rbd, 9ast.
In away team who played only with 10 players best was Aleksandar Stevovic with 15pts, 6rbd, 4ast and Nemanja Arnautovic (193-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 3rbd, 1ast.

This was fifth defeat for Sloboda.



Radnicki win against Partizan mt:s - by Igor Obradovic

In an excellent game, with good attacking mood Radnicki in the hall "Jezero" win against the reigning champion of the Adriatic League, Partizan mt:s with a score of 81:78 (22:23, 20:21, 21:16, 18:18).

The first half was played without any major series and is generally played point for point, and so went to halftime with a minimum advantage for Partizan 42:44. In the third quarter Partizan comes ahead +9, mostly due Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) great play who at that time made a few jumps and score few free throws.
Radnicki are then returned to the game mostly thanks to misses of Partizan.There were ahead 63-60. After that, the game was basket for basket and better and wiser from the line were the hosts. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) in the final seconds shot from half court to level but the shot hit the rim only.

This is the first defeat of Partizan in domestic league and are now 6-1 while the Radnicki was recorded third win (3-4).

Radnicki Kragujevac Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) 26pts, 2rbd, Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) 12pts, 7rbd, Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) 12pts, 2rbd, Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) 12pts, 6rbd, 2ast, Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) 8pts, 4ast
BC Partizan MT:S Beograd: Vladimir Lucic 20pts, 2rbd, Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) 11pts, 5rbd, Djordje Gagic 9pts, 5rbd, Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) 7pts, 5rbd, Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) 8pts, 4rbd



Crvena zvezda in last seconds win against Vojvodina! - by Igor Obradovic

In a game where guests are led almost the entire game at the end, home team won with a one point 86:85 (19:21, 23:21, 16:26, 28:17).

Vojvodina led almost the entire game, they had the advantage 9 and 11 in first half of the game against the. At half time Crvena zvezda still tied the game and finished the half 42:42.
At the start of the second half the result was largely equated or Vojvodina had a minimal advantage at the end of the third part Vojvodina is flipped and at one point was to +9 for team from Novi Sad.
End of the third quarter ended in favor of Vojvodina resulted 56:68.
During the last part of the game Vojvodina was able to maintain the advantage in their favor but the Crvena zvezda has gradually decreased Vojvodina advantage but they managed to make another mini-series and went on 73-81. Everyone at the time thought that the end of the game but the players of Crvena zvezda found the strength and kept his composure and went in turn.
Crucial detail was the score 83:84 when Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances) had two free throws. He managed only one to realize and the score was 83:85. In the next attack Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored three points and led Crvena zvezda to lead after a long time. The last attack had Vojvodina but failed to score over Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) and the match ended with a score 86:85.

With this win Crvena zvezda have 4 wins and now has a score of 4:3, while Vojvodina enrolled its third defeat so far for score 4-3, the same score as the Crvena zvezda but because of better head2head game Crvena zvezda is currently in third place while Vojvodina is fourth .

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd : Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) 33pts, 3rbd, 3ast index 39, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 17pts, 4rbd, 4ast, Marko Simonovic 10pts, 4rbd, 1ast, Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) 13pts, 8rbd
Vojvodina Srbijagas Novi Sad : Nikola Kalinic 20pts, 10rbd, 3ats, Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) 21pts, 3rbd, Stefan Stojacic 13pts, 4rbd, Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89) 12pts, 12rbd, 3ast.



Elton Brown and Crvena zvezda Telekom part ways - by Igor Obradovic

After tonight game in Pionir against Vojvodina, board of Crvena zvezda Telekom decided to terminate contract with USA center, Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia)

"The reason for this decision was dissatisfaction with his approach to commitments to training and very poor games in last few months" - this is said from board of Crvena zvezda Telekom.

Brown has already been removed from the team after he refused to go on the game against Galatasaray in Istanbul which is not resolved nothing as both team dropped chances to go in next stage before the last round of the Eurocup.
After a while he returned to the team, but tonight was contract cancelled.

Elton Brown played for Trabzonspor before Crvena zvezda where he he recorded excellent numbers throughout the season.
In Crvena zvezda this season in the ABA league he played 23 games and recorded approximately 15 minutes per game, 8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.0 index.
In Eurocup played 10 games, 16.9 minutes, 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while in the Super League Serbia played 7 games had 4.4 points in 14.3 minutes per game and 3.3 rebounds.





Dragan Milosavljevic injured - by Ivan Milenkovic

Partizan guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) will be out of action for seven do ten days.
Defensive specialist suffered quadriceps injury in the final game of Adriatic League, when center of Crvena zvezda Telekom, Rasko Katic, hit him with a knee. Dragan Milosavljevic will miss important games against Radnicki in Kragujevac, Mega Vizura in Krusevac and maybe even game against Crvena zvezda Telekom.
This leaves Partizan, Superliga leaders with perfect 6-0 record, with only three healthy guards - Leo Westermann (198-G-92), Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92).



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Dino Muric ended the season due to torn ACL - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Dino Muric (200-F-90), who became one of the key players on the Union Olimpija Ljubljana squad after the departure of Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) to his homeland, has already ended the season due to a serious knee injury.

He played his last game this season on Saturday, April 27th, when his team faced KK Maribor Messer and picked up an injury. Medical examinations have shown that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament an will not play again this season. This is the second huge knee injury for the player, after he suffered similar problems in 2011, when he also finished the season already in early springtime.

The injury is a huge blow for coach Miro Alilovic and his team, as they will try to take over the Slovenian national championship title this year from Krka Novo Mesto, which has won it three times in a row.




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Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 27-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 24-7 
 3. FCB Regal 20-11 
 4. Valencia 19-12 
 5. Gescrap BB 18-13 
 6. CAI Zaragoza 18-13 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 17-14 
 8. Blusens M. 16-15 
 9. Unicaja 16-15 
 10. FIATC Joventut 15-16 
 11. CB Canarias 15-16 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 14-17 
 13. Blancos de R. 12-19 
 14. UCAM Murcia 12-19 
 15. Mad-Croc 11-20 
 16. Cajasol 11-20 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-23 
 18. Assignia M. 6-25 

Regular Season: Round 32

May. 5: FCB Regal - FIATC Joventut
May. 5: G.Canaria 2014 - Lagun Aro GBC
May. 4: Blusens M. - Unicaja
May. 4: Valencia - Blancos de R.
May. 5: Real Madrid - Asefa Estudian.
May. 4: Cajasol - Gescrap BB
May. 4: CAI Zaragoza - Assignia M.
May. 5: CB Canarias - Mad-Croc
May. 5: Caja Laboral - UCAM Murcia

Round 29

May. 1: Gescrap BB - Caja Laboral 75-93


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc16.2 
 3. DeVries, Assignia.15.7 
 4. Doellman, Valencia15.4 
 5. Martin, Blancos15.1 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 8. Toolson, G.Canari.13.8 
 9. Nelson, G.Canari.13.7 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Martin, Blancos6.8 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.3 
 5. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Norel, CAI Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Lewis, UCAM M.6.1 
 9. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 10. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.6.1 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.1 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Huertas, FCB Regal3.9 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 8. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.6 
 9. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
 10. Markovic, Valencia3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.0 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Finley, Lagun A.1.7 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 5. Rost, CB Canarias1.6 
 6. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.4 
 10. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.6 
 2. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.6 
 3. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.4 
 4. Vazquez, Unicaja1.4 
 5. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 6. Barnes, Asefa E.1.1 
 7. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 8. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 9. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 10. Hamilton, Gescr.1.1 


Salah Mejri reportedly on his way to Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Salah Mejri (217-C-86) is close to continuing his career in Real Madrid. The Tunisian centre is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. He will replace Mirza Begic (217-C-85) on the roster. Salah Mejri plays in Blusens Monbus Obradoiro. He tallies 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in ACB this season. Last season Salah Mejri spent in Belgium. He played for Antwerp Giants. His stats read 9.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in D1. In EuroChallenge the centre delivered 7.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per appearance. He has been the member of the Tunisian National Team since 2005. Salah Mejri participated at the 2012 Olympic Games. The centre posted 10.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.8 assists per game in London. He earned All-Olympic Games Honourable Mention.


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  SWEDEN   


LF is first out on the market - by Andreas Eriksson

LF Basket is the first team to be active on the market, after previously changing coach and signing player Brandon Barton, they have also extended the contract with Christopher Ryan and they have announced their first signing of a foreign player, as they added Serbian player Danilo Sibalic (204-F/C-88) on a one year contract.
- Danilo will give us multiple dimensions. He's a very good shooter from the outside, but can also put the ball on the floor and attack. He will play both forward positions for uss. We're very happy to be able to land a player like Danilo this early in the off-season, says LF Head Coach Fredrik Joulamo in a pressrelease.ett pressmeddelande.



Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team 2013
James Miller
Miller
Alex Wesby
Wesby
Keith Wright
Wright
Hlynur Baeringsson
Baeringsson
Kenneth Simms
Simms

Player of the Year: Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje
Guard of the Year: James Miller (180-PG-79) of Boras
Forward of the Year: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Sundsvall
Center of the Year: Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje
Bosman Player of the Year: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Sundsvall
Import Player of the Year: Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje
Domestic Player of the Year: Michael Palm (209-C-79) of Boras
Defensive Player of the Year: Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje
Coach of the Year: Vedran Bosnic of Sodertalje

1st Team
PG: James Miller (180-PG-79) of Boras
G: Alex Wesby (198-G-80) of Sundsvall
F: Keith Wright (203-F-89) of Uppsala
F: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Sundsvall
C: Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje

2nd Team
G: Michael Cuffee (195-G-83) of Sundsvall
G: Kelvin Lewis (195-G-88) of Solna
G: Henry Dugat (183-G-87) of LF Basket
F: Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras
C: Michael Palm (209-C-79) of Boras

Honorable Mention
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) of Sundsvall
Johan Jeansson (198-SF-85) of Uppsala
Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Sodertalje
Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79) of Norrkoping
Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) of Boras
Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87) of LF Basket
Kodi Augustus (203-F-87) of 08
Boakai Lalugba (202-F/C-81) of Jamtland
Tut Ruach (188-PG-85) of Nassjo
Terell Castle (182-PG-72) of Eco Orebro
Christian Maraker (206-PF-82) of Norrkoping

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Rickard Eriksson (190-SG-82) of Uppsala
PG: Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) of Sodertalje
SF: Johan Jeansson (198-SF-85) of Uppsala
PF: Christian Maraker (206-PF-82) of Norrkoping
C: Michael Palm (209-C-79) of Boras

All-Imports Team
PG: James Miller (180-PG-79) of Boras
G: Alex Wesby (198-G-80) of Sundsvall
F: Keith Wright (203-F-89) of Uppsala
F: Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras
C: Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) of Sundsvall
PG: Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) of Norrkoping
F: Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Sodertalje
F: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Sundsvall
C: Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87) of LF Basket



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  UBL   


Lightning sign Martel Jones! - by Torrence Moody

Metroplex Lightning are pleased to welcome Martel Jones (6'3''-G-84, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) This will contribute big time to the powerhouse backcourt the Metroplex Lightning already have. He comes off a trip to the ABA finals with the North Dallas Vandals who fell in the championship this season. Jones born Aug.8, 1984 in London, England will make his debut in the UBL May 5th vs the defending champion Wranglers. Jones is a very exciting PG to watch "He definitely brings the Showtime to the game" says teammate Torrence Moody. His numbers for the 2012-2013 ABA season were 7.0 ppg 6.0 as 2.5 stls 2.0 rebs 50%fg 72%ft 30% 3fg. Metroplex Lightning are loading up to finish the UBL season out with a bang. Metro will be short handed vs the Wranglers due to PF Jarvis Bradley suspension of 1 game for reasons not disclosed at this time per Commissioner Ozzie Denson. Metroplex is looking to finalize the roster as of May 12th, 2013.


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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 20
 1. Culpepper, Fe.20.0 
 2. Adams, Orleans19.3 
 3. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 4. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 5. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Hal.16.7 
 7. Greer, Azovmash16.7 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna16.4 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk16.1 
 10. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.6 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.2 
 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, Budivelnyk7.0 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick LOW
  Dnipro
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 2. Greer, Azovmash6.8 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.3 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Brazelton, Petroc.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.1.9 
 3. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 4. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Chappell, Fe.1.8 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 7. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 8. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Mayo, Mykolaiv1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 8. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 9. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 10. Weaver, DniproAzot1.0 



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Paternostro Reflects - by Jeff King

Leicester Riders completed a fabulous treble-winning BBL season last Sunday in front of a capacity packed Wembley Arena to lift the Play-Off title and show their season-long supremacy. On the court the team and its players gelled magnificently and responded to their coach's callings throughout the campaign.

That coach is New Yorker Rob Paternostro and in his 5th season at the helm of the Midlands Club he very nearly guided them to the perfect season as three out of the four National titles came their way. The only blot on their landscape was the BBL trophy loss to Sheffield Sharks and even then they made the final and only went down on the last play of the game.

Riders have slowly but surely under Paternostro's guidance improved season upon season and now are deservedly up there as the team all others now have to chase and emulate after an unbelievable year that saw them dominate British basketball.

Understandably after another momentous win and a 5 0 sweep of closest rivals Newcastle Eagles in their season series, Paternostro was a jubilant man.

"I couldn't be more proud of this group. Not just for what they do on the floor but how they've stayed together off the floor. When you win in no matter what sport you play and you win with good people it makes it feel more special."

"I think in September when we saw the first couple of days of practice we knew we had a strong, athletic, talented team but what we didn't know was how they would stay together and how they wouldn't care about personal stats and about minutes. For me as a coach I feel lucky to be able to coach a group like that."

True words as Leicester have proved time and time again they are a team, anyone of a number will lead their scoring on any given night and they've really committed to Paternostro's ethics and defensive principles.

"That's the thing, team defence is huge for us, everyone's committed to it and I think that recruiting in the off season and going in to the season we wanted to make sure that guys were going to be strong at that end of the floor. Offensively some times maybe we had some lapses where we didn't put the ball in the hoop but we didn't get too concerned about that because we knew our defence would keep going."

Personally as previously stated this season and the way his side has played has been something that the coach has been building towards and he's got it so right this campaign.

"Its great. I feel blessed to be in the position. The Club and its management took a chance on me 5 years ago as when I took the job I had never coached before. I love living in Leicester, the fans have been tremendous. But the best part about it is those 12 guys. Not only are we going to remember this as basketball players we're going to remember this as a family."

But, its not just all about the support the coach gets on the court, behind the scene's he's supported by a forward-thinking organisation and their General Manager all of which he paid tribute to.

"My GM/Director and friend Russell Levenston couldn't be here today due to a family illness and I hope this helps the road to recovery. Together we worked so hard last summer to build a team and then there is the office staff. That's the beauty of this position for me as I'm watching it build not only on the court but off the court as well."

"We hope there are big things ahead. I think development is key for us with our Loughborough University programme we've got a lot of young guys coming through. I mean we did what we did today with only two Americans and a bunch of great British players on our team. For Great Britain as a country in basketball its great to see so many British players making such an impact in these big games."

Paternostro also expanded on that comment by considering what a great season it has been for British basketball and the BBL in general.

"When you look back at it after that great full house at the Cup Final in Birmingham in January there's been a lot of momentum. These two teams that played today are high-level talented teams. I think that the league is on the way up and that its obvious to see such good things happening."

"The league has filled all three different venues at different places throughout its entire locations for its finals and that hasn't always happened. You see that and it gives you a good feeling for basketball in general in Britain. We've just got to continue to push and push and push."

"I've been in this league for a long time as a player and now a coach, the same as Fab Flournoy and a lot of other guys behind the scenes and we're committed to it and we all want to continue to see it grow and go from strength to strength."

So, with the season done and dusted and the great prizes and rewards the BBL's Coach of the Year has reaped both for his Club and personally it's first of all a well earned rest and then big plans for this summer.

"I'm going to watch a lot of baseball (Paternostro is a committed Yankees fan) and hopefully play a lot of baseball too although I'm not sure yet where. But seriously we'll enjoy it for a while and then start thinking about next season. The reason why we've been able to continue to grow is because of the work we do in the summer and thats going to continue this summer as well."

"I'm committed to Leicester Riders right now and now were No. 1 we know they'll be coming for us so we have to work hard, probably harder than ever as once you reach the heights you don't want to come down."

"Each year is different and we'll see what everybody's rosters are like. As a Club you don't know what you're going to be able to have and also what other teams are going to be able to have and it's a little different in this league every year. I know one thing, whoever takes the floor for us has to commit to what we do and continue to work hard."

Paternostro is one of the most colourful, realistic, committed and passionate coaches around. He's shown he's a winner and he's shown he knows what it takes to build Championship teams and programmes. There's no doubting that even after the success of this season his hunger for more is more than still there and the rest of the BBL know they have a very hard man to emulate and beat.



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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2013 News - Trotamundos signs James Tyler - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Trotamundos de Carabobo, currently out of the playoffs spots in the LPB 2013 standings, decided to bring in another reinforcement player for the paint, by signing James Tyler (218-C-88), a 25 year-old, 2.18m giant who had been playing for Chernomorets in Bulgaria till last week.

Tyler was averaging 18.8 points and 13.5 points per game in 28 games in Bulgaria at the time he was contacted by Trotamundos. Prior to that, he had successful stints in leagues of Iran, Peru, Serbia and Lybia. The Venezuelan league will be his first high quality challenge in a Latin American league.

He'll join a team that's struggling due to the injuries of Trey Gilder and Hector Romero and that currently accounts Courtney Fortson, recently arrived Darius Rice and Brazilian Hatila Passos as active foreign players in the roster for Argentinian coach Guillermo Vecchio.



Venezuelans Abroad - Windy Graterol shines in Puerto Rico's BSN - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Windi Graterol (204-C-86), playing as a foreigner for Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico's BSN, had one of his best games of the season in a victory over Leones de Ponce, 101-94, as he supported his side with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, an assist and a steal in 33 minutes of action.

Graterol netted 9 of 12 two-point shots and 2 of 4 free-throws. Justin Dentmon led Capitanes with 26 points and 7 assists, Demetris Nichols added 20 points, Peter John Ramos followed them with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Angel Vasallo did so with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

For Leones, Mike Harris scored 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Garret Siler added 21 points and 10 rebounds Rick Apodaca finished up with 11 points.

Graterol is averaging 9.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 13 regular season games so far. This season, he skipped playing in Venezuela's LPB, in which he belongs to Cocodrilos de Caracas.

However, he'll be a part of Venezuela's Senior NT Pre-Squad, set to start training in July for the 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy, to be played in Caracas from August 30th till September 11th.



LPB 2013 News - All-Star Game (Venezuelans vs Foreigners) to be played in Caracas - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Liga Profesional de Baloncesto will celebrate its 36th edition of the LPB All-Star Game between Venezuelans and Foreigners on May 1st at Naciones Unidas Park, in Caracas.

In 2012, the game was won by the Foreigners, 137-131, thanks to a great performance by Darius Adams, then player of Guaiqueries de Margarita who was selected as Most Valuable Player.

The fans were enabled to vote for both teams's starting lineups. Leon Rodgers was the foreign player with the most votes (2.661) while Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76) got 2.458 to the most voted Venezuelan player. Both players belong to title holders and current leaders Marinos de Anzoategui

Torres will be joined in the starting five by Gregory Vargas and Axiers Sucre of Marinos de Anzoategui, Dwight Lewis of Trotamundos de Carabobo, and Richard Lugo of Guaiqueries de Margarita. They'll be coached by Jorge Arrieta (Marinos de Anzoategui).

The Venezuelans team bench will be completed by Heissler Guillent of Guaros de Lara, Carlos Cedeno of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Jesus Centeno of Cocodrilos de Caracas, Derwin Ramirez of Gigantes de Gjayana, Juan Herrera of Panteras de Miranda, Jesus Urbina of Toros de Aragua and Tulio Cobos of Guaiqueries de Margarita.

Meanwhile, the Foreigners squad will be coached by Argentinian Guillermo Narvarte of Bucaneros de La Guaira. Along with Leon Rodgers (Marinos), the other starting players will be Carl Elliott and Ryan Forehan-Kelly of Cocodrilos de Caracas, Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia and Jack Martinez of Guaros de Lara.

Players in the bench will be Kelvin Pena of Toros de Aragua, Micah Downs and Mykal Riley of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Blake Walker of Gigantes de Guayana, Chris Massie of Panteras de Miranda and Kris Lang of Cocodrilos de Caracas and Courtney Fortson of Trotamundos de Carabobo. Fortson came in as a replacement for injured Filiberto Rivera of Gaiteros del Zulia while Fortson is replacing another injured player, teammate Trey Gilder.

The Three-Point Shots contest will involve Robert Hornsby of Bucaneros de La Guaira and Ryan Forehan-Kelly of Cocodrilos de Caracas for the Foreigners and Heissler Guillent of Guaros de Lara, Oscar Torres of Marinos de Anzoategui and Carlos Cedeno of Bucaneros de La Guaira for the Venezuelans.

The Dunks contest will include Mikal Riley and Micah Downs of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Courtney Fortson of Trotamundos de Carabobo for the Foreigners, Darwin Matos and Kelvin Caraballo of Cocodrilos de Caracas and Dwight Lewis of Trotamundos de Carabobo for the Venezuelans.

The game will be broadcasted in High Definition TV by DirecTV and will also be broadcasted by Meridiano TV.

Former Dominican baseball player Sammy Sosa and the new Ministry of Sports, Alejandra Benitez, as well as Venezuela's U17 Soccer Team coach, Rafael Dudamel, will be among the celebrities invited to the game by the LPB's event coordinators.




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Women News


Americana adds Ferrari to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Americana (LBF) added to their roster 28-year old Paraguayan international swingman Paola Ferrari (178-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. Ferrari just played at Perfumerias in Spanish LFB league. In 14 games she recorded 5.9ppg and 2.4rpg this season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the cup final. Ferrari ended the last season at UTE in Ecuadorian league. In 6 South American Club Championships games she averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg. But the most of that year she spent at Joventud Mariana (LFB) in Spain. In 25 games she averaged remarkable 17.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (2011) summer Ferrari played at Racing-Guarani (Liga Nacional) in Argentinian league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Newcomer of the Year back in 2008. Ferrari also represented Paraguay at the South American Championships in Santiago (Chile) three years ago.
She has played also professionally in Peru (Regatas) and Paraguay (Sol de America Asuncion and Felix Perez).
The scouts decsribe her following way: A very promising player, who can score a lot. She's further improved hers skils in last experiences abroad.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Americana signs Damiris Do Amaral - by Eurobasket News

Americana (LBF) signed 21-year old international center Damiris Do Amaral (192-92). She just played at Maranhao (LBF). In 9 games she had 12.6ppg, 8.8rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.1bpg this season.
Last year Do Amaral was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in first round (12th overall). Do Amaral was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian LBF 2nd Team in 2013.
She was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. Do Amaral played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U19 National Team between 2009 and 2011. She also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 4.0ppg, 4.8rpg.
Do Amaral has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Celta Vigo and Asturias y Galicia) and Brazil (Ourinhos and Divino/COC/Jundiaí).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Americana signs Damiris Do Amaral - by Eurobasket News

Americana (LBF) signed 21-year old international center Damiris Do Amaral (192-92). She just played at Maranhao (LBF). In 9 games she had 12.6ppg, 8.8rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.1bpg this season.
Last year Do Amaral was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in first round (12th overall). Do Amaral was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian LBF 2nd Team in 2013.
She was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. Do Amaral played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U19 National Team between 2009 and 2011. She also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 4.0ppg, 4.8rpg.
Do Amaral has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Celta Vigo and Asturias y Galicia) and Brazil (Ourinhos and Divino/COC/Jundiai).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kristina SANTIAGO
  Dunav
  (185-F-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Santiago, Dunav21.6 
 2. Tomova, Montana20.2 
 3. Teilane, Haskovo17.8 
 4. Gayle, Neftochimic17.6 
 5. Robinson, Neftochi.16.5 
 6. Dubrovina, Neftoch.16.3 
 7. Naneva, Beroe15.6 
 8. Mehmedic, Haskovo15.2 
 9. Dimitrova, Dunav15.2 
 10. Peteva, Levski14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley GAYLE
  Neftochimic
  (193-F/C-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Gayle, Neftochimic12.4 
 2. Slavova-N., Montan.11.6 
 3. Teilane, Haskovo11.0 
 4. Johnson, Dunav 88.10.5 
 5. Tomova, Montana9.8 
 6. Santiago, Dunav9.4 
 7. Farrell, Rilski S.8.2 
 8. Robinson, Neftochi.8.2 
 9. Kovacevic, Haskovo7.0 
 10. Allen, Levski7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.5.9 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo5.2 
 3. Kostova, Dunav 88.4.7 
 4. Anderson, Dunav3.4 
 5. Samburska, Montana3.4 
 6. Nesheva, Montana3.3 
 7. Djikova, Rilski S.3.0 
 8. Allen, Levski2.8 
 9. Sokolan, Neftochim.2.7 
 10. Johnson, Dunav 8.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Levski
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Levski3.0 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo2.5 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.2.1 
 4. Santiago, Dunav2.0 
 5. Johnson, Dunav 88.1.9 
 6. Naneva, Beroe1.9 
 7. Koleva, Beroe1.8 
 8. Slavova-N., Montan.1.8 
 9. Peteva, Levski1.7 
 10. Dimitrova, Beroe1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Haskovo .
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Teilane, Haskovo3.6 
 2. Gayle, Neftochimic2.0 
 3. Tomova, Montana1.9 
 4. Santiago, Dunav0.9 
 5. Allen, Levski0.8 
 6. Ivanova, Levski0.7 
 7. Sharenkapova, Dun.0.6 
 8. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.5 
 9. Yancheva, Levski0.5 
 10. Kostova, Montana0.5 


Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team 2013
Olga Dubrovina
Dubrovina
Amra Mehmedic
Mehmedic
Kristina Santiago
Santiago
Ashley Gayle
Gayle
Anita Teilane
Teilane

Finals MVP: Kristina Santiago (185-F-89) of Dunav 8806
Player of the Year: Kristina Santiago (185-F-89) of Dunav 8806
Guard of the Year: Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) of Neftochimic
Forward of the Year: Kristina Santiago (185-F-89) of Dunav 8806
Center of the Year: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Haskovo 2012
Bosman Player of the Year: Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) of Neftochimic
Import Player of the Year: Kristina Santiago (185-F-89) of Dunav 8806
Domestic Player of the Year: Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82) of Montana 2003
Defensive Player of the Year: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Haskovo 2012
Coach of the Year: Panov Georgi of Slavia

1st Team
G: Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) of Neftochimic
G: Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) of Haskovo 2012
F: Kristina Santiago (185-F-89) of Dunav 8806
F/C: Ashley Gayle (193-F/C-90) of Neftochimic
C: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Haskovo 2012

2nd Team
G: Tahnee Robinson (175-G-88) of Neftochimic
G: Charel Allen (181-G-86) of Levski
G: Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) of Haskovo 2012
F: Amanda Johnson (187-F-90) of Dunav 8806
F/C: Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82) of Montana 2003

Honorable Mention
Anne Farrell (187-C/F-88) of Rilski Sportist
Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) of Levski
Radostina Slavova-Naneva (188-F/C-86) of Montana 2003
Olena Samburska (172-G/F-89) of Montana 2003
Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) of Beroe
Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81) of Dunav 8806
Viive Kai Rebane (182-F-89) of Neftochimic

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Zornitsa Kostova (176-G-82) of Dunav 8806
F: Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) of Levski
F/C: Radostina Slavova-Naneva (188-F/C-86) of Montana 2003
F: Maria Zhelyazkova (181-F-86) of Neftochimic
F/C: Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82) of Montana 2003

All-Imports Team
G: Charel Allen (181-G-86) of Levski
G: Tahnee Robinson (175-G-88) of Neftochimic
F: Amanda Johnson (187-F-90) of Dunav 8806
F: Kristina Santiago (185-F-89) of Dunav 8806
F/C: Ashley Gayle (193-F/C-90) of Neftochimic

All-Bosmans Team
G: Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) of Haskovo 2012
G: Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) of Neftochimic
G/F: Olena Samburska (172-G/F-89) of Montana 2003
F/G: Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81) of Dunav 8806
C: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Haskovo 2012



Dunav 8806 triumphs at NBL Finals! - by Eurobasket News

Dunav 8806 - Neftochimic 77-49 (3-1)

Dunav 8806 triumphs at NBL Finals! Dunav 8806 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Neftochimic's 32. They outrebounded Neftochimic 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kristina Santiago (185-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-85) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. Dunav 8806's coach Georgi Bozhkov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Ashley Gayle (193-90, college: Texas, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Estonian forward Viive Kai Rebane (182-89, college: Binghamton) added 14 points in the effort for Neftochimic.


Top scorers:
Dunav 8806: R.Dimitrova 19+5reb, K.Santiago 19+11reb+4ast, Z.Kostova 13+2reb+4ast, T.Sharenkapova 11+9reb+1ast, A.Johnson 6+13reb+3ast, V.Kocheva 5
Neftochimic: A.Gayle 14+13reb+2ast, V.Kai Rebane 14+4reb, O.Dubrovina 8+5reb+3ast, A.Sokolan 5+2reb+1ast, G.Kostova 5+2reb, S.Nikolova 3+2reb


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  CHINA   


Zhejiang Far East ink Brittney Griner - by Eurobasket News

Zhejiang Far East secured the services of the WNBA first overall Draft pick. They agreed on terms of contract with Brittney Griner (203-C-90). The Baylor sensation signed her first pro contract. She just went as top pick in the WNBA Draft. Griner was selected by the Phoenix Mercury. Brittney Griner will replace Cambage as import player on Zhejiang roster. Griner tallied impressive 23.8 points, 9.4 rebounds per game in her senior season with Baylor. She was named WBCA All-NCAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. The centre was also named into Associated Press NCAA All-America 1st Team. She was also trumped All-Big 12 Player of the Year for the third season in a row.


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A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly21.5 
 2. Matic, Ragusa18.4 
 3. Misura, Toulouse17.5 
 4. Williams, Novi Zag.16.6 
 5. Bosilj, Gospic16.5 
 6. Salopek, Gospic14.4 
 7. Erslan, Zadar14.3 
 8. Balic, Zadar14.3 
 9. Tikvic, Medvescak13.9 
 10. Mazic, Novi Zagreb13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly10.2 
 2. Zubak, Rockwool.9.9 
 3. Roje, Split9.5 
 4. Matic, Ragusa9.3 
 5. Mazic, Novi Zagreb8.2 
 6. Tikvic, Medvescak7.9 
 7. Ramljak, Rockwool.7.7 
 8. Begic, Podravac7.4 
 9. Anic, Studenec.7.3 
 10. Premasunac, Medv.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Antonija MISURA
  Toulouse
  (178-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Misura, Toulouse5.0 
 2. Mitchell, Novi Zag.4.0 
 3. Cvjetkovic, Zadar3.0 
 4. Tosic, Ragusa3.0 
 5. Salopek, Gospic2.9 
 6. Benic, Jolly2.9 
 7. Peric, Medvescak2.8 
 8. Cuncic, Tresnjevka2.7 
 9. Cacic, Novi Zagreb2.5 
 10. Vrvilo, Studenec2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Milena DINCIC
  Studenec Omis
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dincic, Studenec O.2.9 
 2. Matic, Ragusa2.9 
 3. Benic, Jolly2.8 
 4. Vrvilo, Studenec O.2.5 
 5. Gambiraza, Pleter2.5 
 6. Anic, Studenec.2.4 
 7. Salopek, Gospic2.3 
 8. Mitchell, Novi Zag.2.3 
 9. Misura, Toulouse2.3 
 10. Roje, Split2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita KELAVA
  Tresnjevka
  (185-PF-97)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kelava, Tresnjevka1.5 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.4 
 3. Williams, Novi Zag.1.3 
 4. Balic, Zadar1.1 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak0.8 
 6. Parunov, Split0.7 
 7. Matic, Ragusa0.7 
 8. Roje, Split0.7 
 9. Badanjak, Gospic0.6 
 10. Skara, Tresnjevka0.6 


Zagreb wins overtime to force do or die Game 5 - by Zeljko Zule

Novi Zagreb beat Gospic in overtime 76-70 in Game 4 to extend best-of-five series to one game final. Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC) scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Matea Vrdoljak (183-F-85) added 13 points, Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Richmond) had 11 points and 8 rebounds amd Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) handed out 8 assists. Gospic was led by Monika Bosilj (178-G-85, college: FIU) with her 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Iva Badanjak (191-C-85) and Josipa Bura (185-C-85, agency: IPSA) both posted 12 points and Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) dished out 7 assists.
Novi Zagreb had their largest lead of the game at 19-12 late in the first quarter. Gospic tied at 24 and held a 29-28 lead midway through the second quarter. Gospic extended their advantage to 14 points, 53-39, and the were still up by nine, 61-52, early in the final period. Novi Zagreb tied to 61 and Latoya Williams gave them its first lead since midway through the second quarter, 65-63, about two minutes left. Chevon Keith made first free throw to tie at 67 before missing the second. Leilani Mitchell had a poitential game-winning shot for Novi Zagreb blocked by Monika Bosilj. After tying at 70 in the overtime, Latoya Williams made a jumper and Leilani Mitchell added a crucial 3-pointer.
Game 4:
Novi Zagreb-Gospic 76-70 OT (21-17, 11-19, 17-20, 18-11 9-3)
Novi Zagreb: *Cacic 2, *Micthell 9+8 as, *Vrdoljak 13, Bedalov DNP, Marin DNP, Komplet, Juric 8, *Mazic 11+8 rbs, Pavetic, *Williams 33+13 rbs, Brkljacic, Butina DNP.
Gospic: Valentic DNP, G.Devcic DNP, *Dover, P.Devcic DNP, Jurcevic 5+7 as, *Salopek 7+8 rbs, *Keith 15+10 rbs, *Badanjak 12, *Bosilj 19. Bozikov DNP, Bura 12+7 rbs.




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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Ambrosia ANDERSON
  Trutnov
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Anderson, Trutnov18.4 
 2. Lowenthal, VSE P.17.0 
 3. Abdi, IMOS B.16.5 
 4. Vaughn, USK Praha16.5 
 5. Fontenette, Valos.16.1 
 6. Brunson, USK Praha16.0 
 7. Sprague, Valosun15.4 
 8. Krizova, Strakonice15.3 
 9. Dotson, VS Praha14.7 
 10. Mrhalkova, Valosun14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Trutnov
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Ervin, Trutnov11.8 
 2. Greer, Trutnov9.6 
 3. Jileckova, Strakon.9.3 
 4. Dotson, VS Praha9.2 
 5. Brunson, USK Praha8.7 
 6. Brown, DSK Karlin8.3 
 7. Anderson, Trutnov8.3 
 8. Vaughn, USK Praha8.0 
 9. Lowenthal, VSE P.8.0 
 10. Green, Slovanka7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  USK Praha
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Skerovic, USK Praha4.7 
 2. Nezdarilova, Slova.3.9 
 3. Milovanovic, Lokom.3.2 
 4. Horakova, IMOS B.3.1 
 5. Bartakova, VS Pra.2.9 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.2.9 
 7. Green, Slovanka MB2.9 
 8. Harapesova, VSE P.2.9 
 9. Uhrova, Slovanka.2.5 
 10. Lardy, USK Praha2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ashleigh FONTENETTE
  Valosu.
  (172-PG-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fontenette, Valos.3.0 
 2. Horakova, IMOS B.2.5 
 3. Thomas, Strakonice2.4 
 4. Green, Slovanka MB2.3 
 5. Nezdarilova, Slova.2.3 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.2.2 
 7. Selby, Strakonice2.1 
 8. Lowenthal, VSE P.2.0 
 9. O''Reilly, Lokom.2.0 
 10. Misurova, Hradec1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anna JURCENKOVA
  IMOS B.
  (195-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.3 
 2. Hartigova, Hradec1.0 
 3. Greer, Trutnov0.9 
 4. Ohlde, IMOS B.0.9 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha0.8 
 6. Anderson, Trutnov0.8 
 7. Sprague, Valosun0.7 
 8. Hanusova, IMOS B.0.6 
 9. Vaughn, USK Praha0.6 
 10. Peckova, IMOS B.0.6 


Hradec Kralove earn ZBL Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Hradec Kralove - Trutnov 88:83

Hradec Kralove celebrated ZBL Bronze medals. They defeated Trutnov in the decisive fifth game of the consolation final series. Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) stepped up with 21 points for the winners. Hradec Kralove trailed 1-2 in the series but came up with strong performances in last two games to upset Trutnov.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 25:25 after ten minutes. Hradec Kralove managed to put their noses in front in the second frame. The hosts eked out a 44:41 halftime lead. Hradec Kralove stretched the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 68:60 lead into the fourth period. The home side held on to the lead and earned a tough victory at the end. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) chipped in 20 points, while Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) added 19 points for the winners. Lauren Ervin (191-F-85, college: Arkansas) answered with 19 points for Trutnov. Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.

Hradec Kralove: Klara Pochobradska 21, Michaela Hartigova 20, Darina Misurova 19
Trutnov: Lauren Ervin 19, Katerina Hindrakova 16



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Merike Anderson lifts the title in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) lifts the title in Bulgaria with her Dunav 8806. The latter triumphs at NBL Finals! Dunav 8806 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Neftochimic's 32. They outrebounded Neftochimic 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kristina Santiago who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Radostina Dimitrova contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. Dunav 8806's coach Georgi Bozhkov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Ashley Gayle replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Estonian forward Viive Kai Rebane added 14 points in the effort for Neftochimic.


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Americana adds Ferrari to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Americana (LBF) added to their roster 28-year old Paraguayan international swingman Paola Ferrari (178-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. Ferrari just played at Perfumerias in Spanish LFB league. In 14 games she recorded 5.9ppg and 2.4rpg this season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the cup final. Ferrari ended the last season at UTE in Ecuadorian league. In 6 South American Club Championships games she averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg. But the most of that year she spent at Joventud Mariana (LFB) in Spain. In 25 games she averaged remarkable 17.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (2011) summer Ferrari played at Racing-Guarani (Liga Nacional) in Argentinian league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Newcomer of the Year back in 2008. Ferrari also represented Paraguay at the South American Championships in Santiago (Chile) three years ago.
She has played also professionally in Peru (Regatas) and Paraguay (Sol de America Asuncion and Felix Perez).
The scouts decsribe her following way: A very promising player, who can score a lot. She's further improved hers skils in last experiences abroad.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  POLAND   


Omanic and Idczak stay in Torun - by Grzegorz Ozog

Energa Torun announced that Elmedin Omanic will stay in Tourn as a head coach. Club also informed about extend the contract with Weronika Idczak (177-G-89).

Elmedin Omanic is a head coach of Energa Torun since 2008, previously he led Zeljeznicar Sarajevo, Wisla Can+Pack Krakow and Cenex Sarajevo.

Weronika Idczask spend in Torun last two season. In season 2012/13 she played 28 games average 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg.



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Switch to zone defense helps Celje to win in Game 1 - by Zeljko Zule

Celje had all five starters in double figures as they beat Triglav 58-46 in the game 1 of 2013 Slovenian Finals. Sanja Orozovic (183-G-90) scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Teja Oblak (171-G-90) added 14 points, Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) collected 12 points and 6 assists, Eva Lisec (190-C-95) grabbed 12 rebounds and Marica Gajic (187-C-95) had 11 rebounds.
It was a miserable shooting night for both teams. Celje shot 33-percent (17-51) from the field and commited 20 turnovers, while Triglav made just 21 of 71 shots from the field (30 percent). Celje scored 11 straight points to take a lead 23-10 late in the first quarter. Triglav answered with a 9-0 run and cut the deficit to 30-32 to the halftime break. Six straight points by Tina Jakovina (182-F-92) gave Triglav an 38-34 lead. At that point, Celje's coach Damir Grgic switched to zone defense, which helped his team to make a crucial run 15-1. Triglav opened the final quarter with 7 straght points and narrow the deficit to 46-49 with 5:32 remaining, but they were held scoreless through the end of the game. Tina Jakovina scored 14 points for Triglav, Ziva Zdolsek (178-G-89) grabbed 11 rebounds and Urska Zibert (174-G-93) picked up 10 rebounds.
Game 1: Athlete Celje-Triglav 58-46 (23-12, 9-18, 15-9, 11-7)
Athlete Celje: *Abramovic 12+6 as, *Gajic 5+11 rbs, *Orozovic 18+13 rbs, *Oblak 14, Gabrovsek, Macura 4, *Lisec 5+12 rbs, Ocvirk, Dimec DNP, Bosnjak DNP, Pucko DNP. Coach: Damir Grgic .
Triglav: *Zdolsek 2+11 rbs, *Duric 5, Jelenc, Sever DNP, *Adamovic 4, *Jakovina 14, Spacapan 3, Hafner -, Zibert 10, Purkat DNP, Jakobcic, *Pisic 8+8 rbs. Coach: Tomo Oresnik.
Game 2 will be played on Friday in Kranj and Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday in Celje.




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LFB2 Standings - by Greg

LF2 Play-Offs Standings
Group 1
 1. Casablanca 2-1 
 2. Al-Qazeres 2-1 
 3. Real Canoe 2-1 
 4. Aros Leon 0-3 
Group 2
 1. Pais Vasco 3-0 
 2. Orion-GDKO 2-1 
 3. Ferrol 1-2 
 4. Ensino 0-3 
Stage One Standings


Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 1st Team 2013
Maria Gomez
Gomez
Cecilia Lineira
Lineira
Ndidi Madu
Madu
Mireia Navarrete
Navarrete
Stephanie Madden
Madden

Player of the Year: Maria Gomez (170-PG-82) of Pais Vasco
Guard of the Year: Maria Gomez (170-PG-82) of Pais Vasco
Forward of the Year: Mireia Navarrete (184-F-80) of Ensino
Center of the Year: Stephanie Madden (185-C-88) of Pais Vasco
Bosman Player of the Year: Olga Fedorova (189-C-78) of Arxil Pontev.
Import Player of the Year: Stephanie Madden (185-C-88) of Pais Vasco
Domestic Player of the Year: Maria Gomez (170-PG-82) of Pais Vasco
Defensive Player of the Year: Maria Ylenia Manzanares (175-G-83) of Cortegada
Coach of the Year: Inigo Sainz de Trapaga of Orion-GDKO

1st Team
PG: Maria Gomez (170-PG-82) of Pais Vasco
G: Cecilia Lineira (180-G-86) of Orion-GDKO
PF: Ndidi Madu (185-PF-89) of Al-Qazeres
F: Mireia Navarrete (184-F-80) of Ensino
C: Stephanie Madden (185-C-88) of Pais Vasco

2nd Team
G: Paula Palomares (170-G-84) of Casablanca
G: Olivia Lett (182-G-90) of Ferrol
F: Margaret Roundtree (183-F-88) of Orion-GDKO
C: Miriam Foraste (190-C-91) of Pais Vasco
C: Yaiza Garcia (190-C-88) of Ensino

Honorable Mention
Marta Garcia (193-C-86) of Casablanca
Raquel Asensio (178-F-83) of Ferrol
Yaiza Garcia (190-C-88) of Ensino
Anna Boleda (181-F-81) of ADBA
Olga Fedorova (189-C-78) of Arxil Pontev.
Maria Bolonio (180-F/G-85) of Ourense P.
Leslie Knight (184-F-86) of Alcobendas
Cristina Salinas (162-PG-93) of Valladolid
Tynikki Crook (185-C/F-89) of Gernika
Maria Ylenia Manzanares (175-G-83) of Cortegada

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Maria Gomez (170-PG-82) of Pais Vasco
G: Cecilia Lineira (180-G-86) of Orion-GDKO
F: Mireia Navarrete (184-F-80) of Ensino
C: Miriam Foraste (190-C-91) of Pais Vasco
C: Yaiza Garcia (190-C-88) of Ensino

All-Imports Team
G: Olivia Lett (182-G-90) of Ferrol
F: Leslie Knight (184-F-86) of Alcobendas
PF: Ndidi Madu (185-PF-89) of Al-Qazeres
F: Margaret Roundtree (183-F-88) of Orion-GDKO
C: Stephanie Madden (185-C-88) of Pais Vasco

All-Bosmans Team
G: Cecilia Lineira (180-G-86) of Orion-GDKO
G: Carla Freitas (170-G-80) of Orion-GDKO
G: Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) of Al-Qazeres
F: Evelina Guneva (183-F-80) of Gernika
C: Olga Fedorova (189-C-78) of Arxil Pontev.



Avenida land Leonor Rodriguez - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida secured the services of Leonor Rodriguez Manso (180-G-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports). The deal is meant for three seasons. The guard has just graduated from the Florida State University. Leonor Rodriguez Manso averaged 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in her senior season with the Seminoles. She was named into All-ACC 1st Team. Leonor Rodriguez Manso used to play for Gran Canaria before. She was the member of U16, U18, U19 and U20 Spanish National Teams. The guard joined the Spanish National Team in 2012.
Perfumerias Avenida also completed the signing of Mariona Ortiz (182-PG-92) for the next season. In the meantime Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas) seems to be leaving the team after all. She has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with one of the Brazilian teams.



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Olga Dubrovina and Anna Sokolanfinished the successful season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87, agency: LBM Management) and Anna Sokolan (178-G-84) finished the successful season abroad as their Neftochimic finished second in Bulgaria. Dunav 8806 triumphs at NBL Finals as they won the series against Neftochimic 3-1.
Dunav 8806 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Neftochimic's 32. They outrebounded Neftochimic 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kristina Santiago who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Radostina Dimitrova contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. Dunav 8806's coach Georgi Bozhkov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ashley Gayle replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Estonian forward Viive Kai Rebane added 14 points in the effort for Neftochimic.
Olga Dubrovina averaged 16.3 points per game this season. Anna Sokolan showed 9.9 points per game.



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  WNBA   


Bernice Mosby joins Indiana - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever signed Bernice Mosby (6'1''-F-84, college: Baylor) to the training camp contract. The forward spent the last season in Spain. She played for Conquero Huelva. Bernice Mosby notched 19.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 assist per game. In 2011/12 season Bernice Mosby played for Caja Rural. Her stats read 17.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. She earned All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team honours. Previously Bernice Mosby played in Italy, Greece, France and Poland. She also had stints with the Mystics in the WNBA. The forward was named All-French LFB Newcomer of the Year in 2009. She also participated at the PLKK All-Star Game in 2011.


Atlanta Dream bring in Courtney Clements - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Dream announced the signing of Courtney Clements (6'0''-G-89) to the training camp contract. The guard has just graduated from San Diego State University. Courtney Clements tallied 17.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in her senior season with the Aztecs. She made it into WBCA Division I All-Region 7 Team. Courtney Clements also earned WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honourable Mention.