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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

ASEAN League Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 19-3 
 2. Satria Muda 16-6 
 3. KL Dragons 12-10 
 4. Thailand S. 8-14 
 5. Singapore S. 7-15 
 6. Saigon H. 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 19: Saigon H. - KL Dragons 89-78
May. 15: Thailand S. - Saigon H. 71-63
May. 14: Singapore S. - Satria Muda 53-63
May. 17: KL Dragons - Petron Blaze 104-107

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 23: Petron Blaze - Thailand S.
May. 24: Satria Muda - KL Dragons


Round 19: Petron Blaze clinch regular season title - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ASEAN League just ended.

Third-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (12-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (19-3) in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. The visitors from Manila managed to secure only three-point victory 107-104. However their fans expected easier game. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (12-10) against sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (4-18) on Sunday night. Visiting KL Dragons were defeated by Saigon Heat in Saigon 89-78. It was a great evening for American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds. David Palmer helped adding 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Armon Siefain responded with 22 points and 4 assists. KL Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat maintains sixth place with 4-18 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost.
The game in Singapore was also quite interesting. Second ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (16-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-15). Satria Muda defeated Singapore Slingers 63-53 on Tuesday. It was an exceptional evening for Chris Daniels who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds. Donald Dulay came up with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for Singapore Slingers in the defeat. Singapore Slingers' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Satria Muda. They maintain second place with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 15 games lost.

In the last game of round 19 bottom-ranked Saigon H. was beaten by Thailand S. on the road 71-63.


Saigon H. - KL Dragons 89-78

Quite interesting is a road loss of third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (12-10) against sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (4-18) on Sunday night. Visiting KL Dragons were defeated by Saigon Heat in Saigon 89-78. The game was mostly controlled by Saigon Heat. KL Dragons was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KL Dragons 52-24 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Saigon Heat players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a great evening for American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) helped adding 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Armon Siefain responded with 22 points and 4 assists and swingman Ban Sin Ooi (180-83) scored 17 points and 4 assists. KL Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat maintains sixth place with 4-18 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: D.Palmer 30+12reb+5ast, J.Howard 27+19reb+2ast, C.Sumalinog 10+6reb+4ast, N.Gonzales 9+10reb+2ast, L.Tieu 8+2reb+6ast, Q.To 5+1reb+1ast
KL Dragons: A.Siefain 22+1reb+4ast, B.Sin Ooi 17+4reb+4ast, G.Edwards 13+5reb+1ast, M.Hubbard 7+5reb+1ast, S.Fai Loh 6+2ast, Y.Seng John Ng 5+3reb+1ast
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Singapore S. - Satria Muda 53-63

The game in Singapore was also quite interesting. Second ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (16-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-15). Satria Muda defeated Singapore Slingers 63-53 on Tuesday. They outrebounded Singapore Slingers 50-25 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Filipino guard Donald Dulay (173-80) came up with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Vietnamese Phillip Aaron Morrison added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for Singapore Slingers in the defeat. Singapore Slingers' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Satria Muda. They maintain second place with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: C.Daniels 15+21reb+2ast, J.Canada 12+2reb, S.Thomas 12+15reb+1ast, S.Pringle 12+4reb+3ast, M.Wuysang 4+1ast, J.Smith 3+2reb+4ast
Singapore S.: D.Dulay 23+8reb, P.Aaron Morrison 17+1reb+4ast, S.Cabatu 4+2reb+2ast, W.Long Wong 3+2ast, M.Folkoff 2+2reb+1ast, S.Yu Lim 2+2reb+2ast
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KL Dragons - Petron Blaze 104-107

Third-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (12-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (19-3) in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. The visitors from Manila managed to secure only three-point victory 107-104. However their fans expected easier game. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost.
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Thailand S. - Saigon H. 71-63

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (8-14) beat bottom-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (4-18) in Bangkok 71-63 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Thailand Slammers dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 24. Thailand Slammers forced 25 Saigon Heat turnovers and outrebounded them 33-20 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thailand Slammers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Kannawat Lertlaaokul accounted for 10 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Thailand Slammers' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Saigon Heat in the defeat. Thailand Slammers maintains fourth place with 8-14 record. Loser Saigon Heat stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Charles 16+17reb+6ast, K.Lertlaaokul 10+6ast, D.Kongkum 9+1reb, D.Brannon 9+5reb, P.Sekteera 8+1reb, K.Samerjai 7+2ast
Saigon H.: D.Palmer 22+7reb+2ast, J.Howard 14+8reb+1ast, L.Tieu 9+1reb+3ast, J.Reyes 7+7ast, K.Dehesa 6+1ast, C.Sumalinog 5+3reb+2ast
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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 10

BIG V

May. 19: Sherbrooke S. - Diamond V.E. 81-94
May. 18: Eltham W. - Ringwood H. 76-101
May. 18: Melbourne T. - Waverley F. 68-71
May. 18: Bulleen B. - Hume City 116-78
May. 18: Corio Bay S. - Werribee D. 110-78

Central ABL

May. 18: N.Adelaide R. - Southern T. 92-76
May. 18: C.District L. - W.Adelaide B. 89-80
May. 18: Sturt S. - Woodville W. 79-75
May. 18: S.Adelaide P. - Norwood F. 63-80
May. 18: Forestville E. - Eastern M. 109-89

QBL

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

SBL

May. 18: Geraldton B. - Willetton T. 98-87
May. 17: Perry Lakes H. - Lakeside L. 96-108
May. 18: Goldfield G. - East Perth E. 89-85
May. 18: Rockingham F. - Kalamunda E.S. 116-106
May. 18: Stirling S. - SW Slammers 109-117
May. 18: Cockburn C. - Perth R. 104-99
May. 18: Mandurah M. - Wanneroo W. 104-115

SEABL

May. 19: Sandringham S. - Knox R. 98-92
May. 17: Hobart C. - Bendigo B. 96-98
May. 18: Dandenong R. - Sandringham S. 94-83
May. 18: Brisbane S. - Kilsyth C. 91-75
May. 18: Ballarat M. - Knox R. 84-81
May. 18: NW Tasmania - Bendigo B. 77-82
May. 18: Canberra G. - Mt Gambier 77-106
May. 18: Nunawading S. - Albury W.B. 75-81
May. 18: Frankston B. - Geelong S. 64-90
May. 19: Geelong S. - Albury W.B. 104-86

WARATAH

May. 19: Hills H. - Parramatta W. 97-82
May. 18: Colonial Hotel - Sutherland S. 96-81
May. 18: Sydney C. - Illawarra H. 93-65
May. 18: Norths Bears - Hornsby S. 91-93
May. 18: Cent.Coast C. - Maitland M. 79-74
May. 19: Manly Warr. - Newcastle H. 79-72
May. 18: Parramatta W. - Newcastle H. 104-108

Regular Season: Round 11

BIG V

May. 25: Melbourne - Ringwood H.
May. 25: Hume City - Sherbrooke S.
May. 25: Eltham W. - Diamond V.E.
May. 25: Werribee - Bulleen B.
May. 26: Corio Bay S. - Waverley F.

Central ABL

May. 25: Eastern M. - Southern T.
May. 25: Norwood F. - Sturt S.
May. 25: W.Adelaide B. - S.Adelaide P.
May. 25: Woodville W. - Forestville E.
May. 25: C.District L. - N.Adelaide R.

QBL

May. 25: Ipswich F. - Northside W.
May. 25: Brisbane C. - Toowoomba
May. 25: Gladstone P. - Townsville H.
May. 25: Gold Coast R. - Mackay M.
May. 25: Bundaberg B. - Cairns M.
May. 26: Rockhampton - Townsville H.
May. 26: SW Metro P. - Mackay M.
May. 26: Suncoast - Cairns M.
May. 26: Toowoomba - Gold Coast R.

SBL

May. 24: Perth R. - Perry Lakes H.
May. 24: Lakeside L. - SW Slammers
May. 25: Geraldton B. - Mandurah M.
May. 25: Goldfield G. - Rockingham F.
May. 25: SW Slammers - Wanneroo W.
May. 25: East Perth E. - Cockburn C.
May. 25: Kalamunda E.S. - Stirling S.
May. 25: Willetton T. - Perth R.

SEABL

May. 24: Mt Gambier - NW Tasmania
May. 25: Brisbane S. - Ballarat M.
May. 25: Geelong S. - Knox R.
May. 25: Bendigo B. - Dandenong R.
May. 25: Albury W.B. - Hobart C.
May. 25: Kilsyth C. - NW Tasmania
May. 25: Nunawading S. - Frankston B.
May. 26: Frankston B. - Hobart C.
May. 26: Knox R. - NW Tasmania

WARATAH

May. 25: Parramatta W. - Manly Warr.
May. 25: Hornsby S. - Hills H.
May. 25: Illawarra H. - Cent.Coast C.
May. 25: Maitland M. - Bankstown B.
May. 25: Norths Bears - Colonial Hotel
May. 25: Sydney C. - Sutherland S.
May. 26: Newcastle H. - Sutherland S.


SBL: Harrelson sparks Slammers in SBL (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Ty Harrelson put his South West Slammers team on his back in SBL action on Saturday night to keep them in touch for finals action while Samantha Whitcomb ensured the Rockingham Flames remained on top of the women's competition.

The Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers also moved to just percentage outside of the top-eight improving to a 7-6 record after a 117-109 win over the Stirling Senators at Warwick Leisure Centre.

Harrelson had a massive night for the Slammers finishing with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists while shooting 12-of-24 from the field, 6-of-14 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Jamahr Warren continued his terrific form with 27 points and seven assists with Clive Weeden (205-C-87, college: Dartmouth) adding 20 points and nine rebounds, Wade Hitchcock 13 points and Trent Worthington 11 points to go with 11 boards.

Jordan Wild did all he could for the Senators with 34 points and 15 rebounds with Cory Cooperwood (201-F-88, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wright St.) adding 28 points, 11 boards and four assists. Thomas Witts contributed 14 points, Sean Gilmore 12 and Josh Throns 11.

The Rockingham Flames won its third game of the season against the one-win Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

The 116-106 victory was set up with 27 points from Cooper Land, 26 from Steven Bennett and 25 from Trent Gerovich. Jake Amos also had 13 points and Marko Deric 12.

Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) had another terrific night for the Suns with 38 points and 15 rebounds. Ben Smith added 26 points and Joel Questel 22 to go with seven rebounds and six assists.

The Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers beat the Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers at Active West Stadium with Rob Kampman hitting 24 points, Carter Cook 19, Daniel Thomas 17 and Shamus Ballantyne 14.

Quinn McDowell had 27 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Tigers with Brandon Adams adding 21 points and 13 boards, and Kyle Armour 12 points, three assists, two steals and four rebounds.

The Silver Lake Resources Goldfields Giants stayed in touch with the top-eight with an 89-85 win over the third-placed People's Choice Eagles at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium on the back of a 29-16 opening quarter.

Jaycen Herring had a huge night for the Giants with 30 points with Markhuri Sanders-Frison adding 22, 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals in an impressive performance. Kyle Keirnan had 13 points and five assists, and Matthew Leske 13 points, six boards and three assists.

Joe-Allan Tupaea scored 24 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds for the Eagles with Tom Jervis adding 20 points, 12 boards, four blocks and three assists. Jarrod Balcombe finished with 15 points and Nathan Friend 11.

The Australian Belt Scrapers Wanneroo Wolves held onto fourth position ahead of the Mandurah Magic with a 115-104 win at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

Seb Salinas had a huge game for the Wolfpack with 36 points and eight rebounds while hitting six three-pointers along the way. Damian Matacz added 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists with Rhys Smith scoring 17 points, Reece Langford 15 and Rob Huntington 11.

The Magic were best served by Taylor Mullenax with 41 points and 14 rebounds with Taylor Land adding 14 points, Andrew Bowman 14 points and Ben Caporn 12.

The defending champion Cockburn Cougars also won its fourth game of the season with 104-99 victory over the BOQ Perth Redbacks at Wally Hagan Stadium.

In women's action, the Wanneroo Wolves beat the Mandurah Magic 64-42 after holding the Magic to just six first quarter points. Nikita Lee-Martin and Casey Lockwood both had 12 points for the Wolves with Alex Kerr adding 10 points.

Gemma Thomas scored 14 points for the Magic with Briana Klasztorny scored 10 points to go with 16 rebounds.

The Stirling Senators won its fourth game of the WSBL season downing the South West Slammers 81-67. Taylor Lilley top-scored with 24 points for the Senators to go with 19 points from Tegan Walker, 15 from Lyndal Gardner and 10 from Amber Land to go with 13 rebounds.

Shelby Davison scored 21 points to go with nine rebounds and assists for the Slammers with Zoe Harper scoring 11 points to go with 11 rebounds. Bianca Donovan also had 15 points and four assists.

The Rockingham Flames kept its hold on top spot in the WBSL with a 75-64 win over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

Whitcomb starred for the Flames with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists with Talisia Bourne adding 11 points and Kaye Tucker 10 to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Jennie Rintala scored 16 points and pulled in 11 rebounds for the Suns with Adrienne Jones adding 11 points and 10 rebounds. Racehl Muenggenborg also scored 13 points and Melissa Moyle 10.

The Cockburn Cougars beat the Perth Redbacks 75-68 after 24 points from Stephanie Jones. Emma Pass also added 20 points and 10 rebounds with Kate Fielding celebrating her 250th game with 16 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Marita Payne had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Redbacks with Rachel Lisch scoring 15 points to go with nine boards and four assists. Stephanie Sauter also had 11 points and Jessica Jakens 11.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



From Zero to Hero - by Eurobasket News

Adam Doyle (176-PG-91) never made a state team or junior development squad, and faced serious doubt that hed ever play basketball beyond junior level. Fast-forward to a breakout 2012 season, and the young Forestville point guard has quickly become one of the stars of the CABL competition.

Doyle admits to almost giving away the game after being told by a number of coaches he was too small to play at a high level.

Instead, he worked hard. Really hard.

Standing 510 in a really thick pair of socks, the Eagles floor general doesnt physically resemble the big, strong prototypical point guards favoured by modern coaches at elite levels of competition.

Instead, Doyle relies on dont-blink-or-youll-miss-it quickness, an outstanding basketball IQ, and perhaps his most valuable and feared trait- his relentless defensive pressure.

He has the ability to change a game with his defensive work, says Eagles coach Andy Simons. His offensive game has definitely improved, but his defence is what sets him apart. Hes just a really tough kid.

But the accolades didnt always come so readily. Doyle spent a large portion of his junior years playing division 2 behind 2012 Woollacott medallist Tom Daly at Sturt, and was told countless times he was too short to play.

It definitely puts you down, says the lightning-fast guard. But at the same time it motivated me to want to work harder my parents really helped me through it. I just thought screw it, Im gonna show you.

And show them he did.

After making the transition to Forestville in his last year of juniors, Doyle turned some heads with an outstanding season in the under 18s, catching Simons eye and earning himself a spot on the senior teams bench. However despite the unexpectedness of the accomplishment, Doyle quickly realised he was going to need something to make up for his lack of height if he wanted to compete at CABL level.

The only reason I made the CABL team in my first year was because Andy loved my defence, says Doyle.

I didnt really expect to make the team or get any minutes, but my job was just to get up the floor, pressure their guards, and get off again. That was it.

However after a tumultuous off-season that saw the departure of starter Matt Sutton and back-up guard Harri Harvey, Doyle found himself suddenly thrust into the starting role of a veteran team looking to make another tilt at a championship, an opportunity he admits came on sooner than expected.

I probably wasnt quite ready at the time my offensive game just wasnt quite there yet. We had scoring threats everywhere that year so we went okay, but guys were helping off me pretty easily and I just wasnt able to make them pay like I wanted to.

Despite a solid second season, Doyles confidence was rocked when he was dropped from the starting line-up for the finals, Simons electing to hand over the backcourt duties to the some of the Eagles more experienced guards.

The relegation, whilst disappointing, was what Doyle claims sparked his determination to train even harder over the summer. That off-season Doyle went down to Wayville and made 350 baskets everyday, turning his shot, until then a liability, into a strength.

Most of the time I was by myself, I had to rebound for myself, and it was boring, says Doyle matter-of-factly. But you have to do it to get to where you want to go.

The hard work gradually began to pay dividends over the next two seasons, his offensive numbers rising from 4.8ppg and 1.9apg up to 13.3ppg and 4.5apg by the end of the 2012 regular season.

But it was his impact in last years finals that announced his arrival as one of the premier players in the league, Doyle displaying the full extent of his new offensive capabilities during the post-season.

Bumping his scoring average up to 19.3ppg whilst shouldering heavy minutes for the Eagles, Doyle stepped up in the grand final with an MVP performance to lead the Eagles to their second straight title, netting a game-high 23 points in the match, earning himself a 36ers development contract for his feats.

It was an amazing feeling after putting in all the hard work to see it pay off. I was just happy to win the back-to-back titles, the MVP award just made it even better.

Asked if there was any advice that he would give to players of similar stature who had aspirations to play at a high level, Doyles response was simple.

Dont let people say you cant do anything. They dont know you or how you go about what you do, he says.

Dont try to focus on everything right away. Work at something you know you can be better at than anyone else, thats what gets you noticed. The rest will come.

At least if you work at it like Doyle did.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballsa.com.au



Big V: Round 9 Weekend Wrap - by Eurobasket News

Did you notice the top five teams scored a win and the bottom five teams had a loss? At the halfway mark of the season, it looks a race in six and for the likes of DV, Ringwood and Werribee its all about winning!
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 9
Ringwoods big last month continued with another win, this time toppling a faltering Eltham in a comfortable 101-76 win. Each team is currently on a different path, the Hawks boast-ing four straight wins, sitting in fifth and heading upwards, while the Wildcats have posted four successive losses, sit in seventh and hover just above the cellar dwellers in no mans land. The Hawks pulled clear in the second quarter of this one and never looked back. American Bryan Dougher (185-G-89, college: Stony Brook) posted 22pts in the first half and finished with a game-high 35pts on the back of nine triples, while teammate Sam Belt was solid with 21 pts. Lacking the depth to match it with the top half, the Wildcats battled bravely, but again too much was left to Scott Cuffe (18pts, 10rbs), David Buchberger (21pts) and John Lister (15pts).
Speaking of teams heading in different directions, the same can be said for Bulleen and Hume City, which was clearly evident when the Boomers eased past the Broncos, 116-78. It was Bulleens biggest score of the season, which probably tells us as much about Hume Citys woes as it does about the bouncing Boomers and their slick game style. Leading by 17pts at the half, the Boomers pressed home the ad-vantage in the third quarter with a stirring 36-15 run, which culminated with a 62% shooting clip by the home team after the long break. Adrien Sturt (28pts, 6 treys), Mike Rose (193-G-87, college: E.Kentucky) (23pts) and Corey Standerfer (201-PF, college: York, NB) (20pts) fired as usual, while for the Broncos it was Jermaine Maybank (21pts) leading a team that visibly started to provide extra opportunities to some up and coming players of the future.
Corio Bays enormous strength continues to shine through, as does their fantastic depth, arguably the best in the com-petition.
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Taking care of business against the gutsy Devils (110-78), the final margin blew out down the stretch when the home team went on a 33-16 run over the last 10 minutes. Highlighting the Stingrays power, they went at a 57% clip from the field, 79% from the foul line, won the rebounds by 10 and amassed 25 assists. Liam Nor-ton (24pts) had his best game of the season, Eric Wil-liams (22pts, 10rbs) and Michael Rebula (21pts) looked good, while Stefan Osborne netted his usual 20pts. The Devils continue to look good in patches, but stringing it together for four quarters against the heavyweights is still a work in progress. This time around Josh Oswald (15pts) and Jordan Hughes (14pts) were the best for the visitors.
Though the ladder will have an extra dash in the win column, there is no doubt that Waverley dodged a bullet against lowly Melbourne. An upset was on the cards until Brad Kelleher came up trumps with some clutch shooting for the Falcons in the final minute of play. Why or how Waverley found themselves on the ropes is a mystery, but be assured that such compla-cency wouldnt have gone unnoticed by other teams. Jonny Kloester (20pts) was Melbournes best contribu-tor, while for the visitors it was Ivan Platenik (27pts, 13rbs) doing the hard yards in a close call.
Rounding out the halfway mark of the season, Diamond Valley and former Suns coach Warren Estcourt headed up to the forest to meet an improving Sherbrooke outfit. Though the Suns still only show one win for the season, their recent form has at least been competitive, as was this 81-94 loss to the Eagles. The win came thanks largely to a 47-30 first half by the visitors, with Sher-brookes 51-47 second half at least providing the home fans with something to smile about. Despite winning the rebound count 44-42, Sherbrookes 29 turnovers proved costly against a team that shows no mercy in offensive transition. Matt Reynolds (G) (22pts), Matthew Fennell (18pts, 15rbs), Luke Valentine (14pts, 6ast, 5stl) and Adam Moore (18pts, 11rbs) were the best for the Eagles, while once again Josh Smith (17pts, 6ast, 3 treys), Bryan Moore (11pts, 14rbs) and Tim Mulhall (13pts, 5ast) stepped up for the Suns.
ROUND 9 RESULTS
Ringwood 101 defeated Eltham 76 Waverley 71 defeated Melbourne 68 Corio Bay 110 defeated Werribee 78 Diamond Valley 94 defeated Sherbrooke 81
Bulleen 116 defeated Hume City 78
Ringwoods dream run has them back in con-tention. Though their four straight victo-ries have included the scalps of lowly Hume City, Sherbrooke and Eltham, lets not forget the Hawks remain as the only team to beat Bulleen this season.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



Milestone for Medved - by Eurobasket News

Captain Jamie Medved (188-G-82) s 250th game will be the highlight for the Geelong Supercats double-header weekend in round nine of the SEABL.

Medved will reach the milestone when the Supercats face third-ranked East Conference rival Frankston on Saturday night before returning to the Arena to battle the Albury-Wodonga Bandits on Sunday afternoon.

Medved has made an enormous contribution to the club, both on and off the court, and is richly deserving of the accolades that will flow this weekend.

Hes scored 2229 points @ 8.95ppg, completed 441 assists, 30 blocks, 182 steals and hauled in 368 rebounds.

The Supercats hammered Frankston in a pre-season practice match, although a far tighter contest is forecast on Saturday night.

Geelong will also face a significantly different Bandits line-up than the side that took the points in round two.

It's been a roller-coaster ride for the SEABL champion in the past few days.

The Bandits replaced injured import and MVP Mohamed Ntumba on Monday, with Flenard Whitfield.

Point guard Eric Vann (182-PG-88, college: Bowie St.), the man who torched the Supercats for 39 points in the March meeting, was dumped a day later and the club introduced its new import to the SEABL on Wednesday.

Eric obviously was very passionate, sold himself really well, but at the end of the day, he didn't walk the walk, Bandits coach Brad Chalmers said.

I think we're going to play a much more, fundamentally sound basketball on both ends of the court.

Jermel Jenkins graduated through Iona College, just 36 kilometres north of mid-town Manhattan.

He isnt short on self-belief.

In college I learned to play the one and the two, so I can also score and pass, at the high school level and college level I've always been a winner, Jenkins said this week.

I'm definitely a professional player, where I can make the easy play and the smart play, and then sometimes if need be, I can do a flashy play.

The 22 year-old is 180 centimetres tall, and blitzed the Bandits for a US College All-Star team in the club's only pre-season match.

He had 41 points on us, I think he had eight assists, so that's a pretty good stat line, said Chalmers.

It's where we've been deficient in, he's going to really provide an improvement.

The seven-three Lady Supercats look likely to be too powerful for the Lady Bandits, given the northern rival has just one win in 2013. However Paul OBriens line-up is expected to have its hands full with the six and four Frankston Blues on Saturday night.

By Wes Cusworth for Step Up to the Microphone Media
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.3 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart18.9 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 9. Richards, BC Vienna17.3 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.6 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.2 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.7 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna3.9 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.8 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.5 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna1.5 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 9. Boylan, BC Vienna1.3 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 4. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.0.7 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.6 


Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Awards 2013 - by Stefan Prager

Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga 1st Team 2013
David Geisler
Geisler
Vladimir Sismilich
Sismilich
Dominik Mullner
Mullner
Spencer Rhynes
Rhynes
Jakob Poeltl
Poeltl

Player of the Year: David Geisler (186-G-80) of Mattersb.R.
Guard of the Year: David Geisler (186-G-80) of Mattersb.R.
Forward of the Year: Vladimir Sismilich (202-F-85) of Mistelbach
Center of the Year: Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) of Vienna Timb.
Import Player of the Year: Ashton Smith (187-G) of Dornbirn
Rookie of the Year: Marvin Ogunsipe (193-F-96) of Vienna Timb.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Roman Jagsch (178-G-92) of Basket Flames
Coach of the Year: Mike Coffin of Mattersb.R.

1st Team
G: David Geisler (186-G-80) of Mattersb.R.
F: Vladimir Sismilich (202-F-85) of Mistelbach
F: Dominik Mullner (190-F-85) of Basket Flames
G/F: Spencer Rhynes (196-G/F-74) of Mattersb.R.
PF: Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) of Vienna Timb.

2nd Team
G: Ashton Smith (187-G) of Dornbirn
F: Vladimir Gavranic (203-F-87) of Basket Flames
G: Stefan Ulreich (183-G-85) of Mattersb.R.
F/C: Denis Soldo (198-F/C-85) of Basket Flames
F/C: Ivo Prachar (208-F/C-82) of Mistelbach

All-Defensive Team
G: Roman Jagsch (178-G-92) of Basket Flames
: Roko Dominikovic of Metkovic
G: Daniel Gajdosik (190-G-80) of Mistelbach
PF: Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) of Vienna Timb.
G: Jan Nicoli (185-G-90) of Vienna Timb.



A Bundesliga Round 2 of Finals. BC Vienna claim second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

BC Vienna - Oberwart 78-76 OT

BC Vienna needed overtime to overcome visiting Oberwart. BC Vienna are now 2-0 up in the title series. Redwell Gunners Oberwart was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 13-12 charge of BC Vienna, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-8. Redwell Gunners Oberwart was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) produced 31 points and 7 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 28 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: M.Pearson 20+9reb, I.Boylan 13+4reb+8ast, J.Francois 9+7reb+1ast, F.Trmal 8+8reb+1ast, B.Danek 8+3reb+3ast, S.Stazic 7+1reb+1ast
Oberwart: R.Chaney 31+7reb+1ast, D.Hinson 28+2ast, J.Johnson 10+13reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 6, S.Boxley 1+6reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 0
gschID: 241180



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Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 18-3 
 2. Muharraq 18-3 
 3. Al Ahli 16-5 
 4. Sitra 15-7 
 5. Al Hala 14-7 
 6. Issa Town 12-10 
 7. Nuwaidrat 12-10 
 8. Hidd 9-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 7-15 
 10. Al Najma 4-17 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-18 
 12. Samaheej 0-21 

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 18: Sitra - Al Ittihad 69-66
May. 17: Bahrain Club - Issa Town 59-71
May. 17: Nuwaidrat - Hidd 51-54
May. 21: Nuwaidrat - Al Hala
May. 21: Muharraq - Al Najma
May. 22: Al Ahli - Al Manama

Round 20

May. 18: Al Hala - Muharraq 84-110



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Phil brooks - by Phil Brooks

Hello World...... looks like the top 4 teams for the playoffs will bambuqueros Bucaros Once caldas and Pirates....Bambuqueros and Bucaros are the Top 2 teams going into the playoffs it will be interesting.......And once Caldas and Pirates will be the underdogs....Its the playoffs where great players step up to the challenge...I hope that every team stays healthy and no injuries because this can hurt a team in important games like these coming up email phlbrooks2121@gmail.com any question..Stay tuned..Godbless


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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Ross, Jolly20.8 
 2. Budimir, Osjecki18.4 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.15.9 
 4. Saric, Cibona15.6 
 5. Delas, Zadar15.1 
 6. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.4 
 10. Brnas, Djuro D.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Sobin, KK Split8.9 
 2. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 3. Saric, Cibona8.4 
 4. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Mrva, Jolly7.2 
 7. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.0 
 8. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 9. Travis, Zadar6.4 
 10. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Cibona
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Blassingame, Cibona5.3 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 3. Car, KK Zagreb4.0 
 4. Tomeljak, Osjecki3.9 
 5. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 6. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci3.6 
 8. Panduric, Darda3.4 
 9. Katic, KK Split3.4 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Strawberry, Cibona2.1 
 3. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 4. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 5. Saric, Cibona1.8 
 6. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 7. Budimir, Osjecki1.6 
 8. Travis, Zadar1.5 
 9. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Bilan, Cedevita1.0 
 3. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 4. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 5. Nurkic, Zadar0.9 
 6. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 7. Saric, Cibona0.8 
 8. Djerman, Zabok0.7 
 9. Hrncic, Darda0.7 
 10. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 


Interview with Ante Djugum - by Ivo Vukojevic

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


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


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

What is your plan for the next season?

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

Do you think you will play in the Euroleague someday?

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


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



A1 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Zadar and Cibona open win count - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Cedevita 79-74

Zadar rallied past Cedevita for the opening win in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 27-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zadar made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. KK Zadar outrebounded Cedevita 37-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Ante Delas (200-88, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 20 points. KK Zadar's coach Ante Nazor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Marko Tomas (201-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 19 points and Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Zadar: A.Delas 20+2reb+2ast, R.Travis 16+7reb+2ast, B.Krasic 12+2reb, F.Kastropil 10+8reb+2ast, I.Ivanov 8+6reb+2ast, J.Nurkic 6+6reb
Cedevita: M.Tomas 19+2reb+1ast, P.Suput 14+5reb, M.Bazdaric 11+5reb+1ast, B.Wright 10+4reb+1ast, L.Andric 8+4reb, G.Suton 6+3reb
gschID: 241169


Cibona - Jolly 99-74

Cibona fired past Jolly to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Jolly's 34. Cibona players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Jolly was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Dario Saric (208-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Guard Luka Katura (194-89) answered with 19 points and center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Jolly. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 21+6reb, D.Saric 19+11reb+5ast, D.Kus 18+1reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 14+1reb+8ast, D.Strawberry 8+4reb+1ast, M.Rozic 7+2reb+4ast
Jolly: L.Katura 19+4reb, R.Ross 14+1reb+4ast, D.Bubalo 10+9reb+1ast, T.Gabric 8+1ast, J.Naletilic 8+1reb+6ast, M.Mrva 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 241168



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 28-4 
 2. TU/Rock 28-4 
 3. Tarvas 20-12 
 4. TTU 16-16 
 5. Rapla 14-18 
 6. Parnu 13-19 
 7. Valga 13-19 
 8. Tln Kalev 9-23 
 9. Hito/Johvi 3-29 

Finals: Round 4

May. 17: TU/Rock - Kalev/Cramo 69-81



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  FBA   

Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 5-0 
 2. Heartland P. 2-2 
 3. Florida Flight 2-3 
 4. Palm Beach T. 1-5 


Rebels Win 5th Straight - by Andrew Phillips

The Tampa Bay Rebels won their 5th straight game with a 127-95 victory over the Palm Beach Knights this past Saturday night at Freedom High School. Both teams played the game at a fast pace. Unlike last weekend, the Rebels started the game playing strong defense and running the floor effectively to take control of the game early on.

Rebels guard Robert Fuchs (6'0''-G) continues to improve his game, grabbing 9 rebounds and adding 10 points in the contest. "Rob is becoming a solid defensive player, tonight he took a defensive charge, and his rotation on the defensive end is helping our transition game," Coach Fernando Rojas commented after the game. Center Charles Okwandu (7'1''-C-86, college: Connecticut) had another strong showing with 32 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Stan Bufford (6'4''-G-84, college: W.Michigan) also added a double-double of his own with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

The Rebels will hit the road again next weekend when they face-off against the Heartland Prowl in Lake Wales. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for additional information.



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.5 
 5. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.4 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg4.9 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Washington, Le Ma.2.0 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 8. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Sy, AS.1.3 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 
 10. Fall, Poitiers0.8 


Karim Dahak signs at Cherbourg - by Eurobasket News

AS Cherbourg (NM3) landed 25-year old point guard Karim Dahak (180-80kg-88). He started the season at Vitre (NM2). The last season Dahak played at ALM Evreux (ProB). But in 16 games he averaged just 1.6ppg.
He has played previously professionally in France (Longwy and Vendee Challans) and Uruguay (Paysandu).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Karim Dahak signs at Cherbourg - by Eurobasket News

AS Cherbourg (NM3) landed 25-year old point guard Karim Dahak (180-80kg-88). He started the season at Vitre (NM2). The last season Dahak played at ALM Evreux (ProB). But in 16 games he averaged just 1.6ppg.
He has played previously professionally in France (Longwy and Vendee Challans) and Uruguay (Paysandu).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.7 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.3 
 3. Stojanovski, MZT S.18.2 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.5 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.16.1 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija16.1 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.15.9 
 8. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.5 
 9. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.9 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.0 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.0 
 5. Kostevski, Vardar6.8 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.6.5 
 7. Abukar, Rabotnicki5.7 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 9. Jelesijevic, Rabot.5.6 
 10. Cekovski, MZT S.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.8 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.4 
 5. McIntosh, Feni I.3.3 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.1 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 9. Cekovski, MZT S.2.8 
 10. Bakic, MZT Skopje2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Balsa RADUNOVIC
  Lirija
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 5. Stajic, Lirija1.3 
 6. Simonovski, Feni I.1.1 
 7. McIntosh, Feni I.1.1 
 8. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.1 
 9. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.1 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.9 
 6. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.8 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 9. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.5 
 10. Arsic, ABA S.0.5 


Prva Liga Round 1 of Finals. MZT Skopje grab the lead - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Kozuv 73-57

MZT Skopje outgunned Kozuv in the opening game of the championship series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Kozuv 37-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma) stepped up and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 9 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Noa 18+3reb, D.Stojanovski 16+6reb+1ast, C.Davis 15+6reb+4ast, T.Gecevski 11+8reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 5+4reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 3+1reb+2ast
Kozuv: D.Karadzovski 11+1reb, K.Pavlovski 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Gocevski 8+4reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 7+4reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 5+1reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 5+2reb
gschID: 241229



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Christoph Nicol And Gotha Part Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Oettinger Rockets Gotha announced today that the club will have a new coach this season. The team and head coach Christoph Nikol have parted ways. Both sides did agree though that the German will remain with the organization in some capacity. Nicol came to the team in the middle of the season and guided them to an 11-19 record. "It was a very turbulent time when I took over as head coach. Not everything went as plan and we at times were missing some luck. However we were able to do some things well and end the season on a good note",added Christoph Nikol .

Source: Oettinger Rockets Gotha



Ty Shaw not to renew his contract as Langen coach - by Moritz Korff

Ty Shaw will not renew his contract as head coach of TV Langen, the 2. Bundesliga Pro B team announced. The organization had not been able to give Shaw the economic perspective that he had wished for, Langen manager Juergen Barth said on the team's website.
In his first year as a head coach, the American led the Giraffes to a Pro B playoff semifinal appearance and to a 14-8 record in regular season.
Last spring the 2001 Albertson College graduate had completed a nine-year playing career.



Theron Laudermill: Production and potential - by Moritz Korff

When Theron Laudermill (200-F, college: CS San Bernar.) completed his college career last year, he left the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes as a decorated athlete who had done more than his fair share of helping the team win. When Laudermill recently left the Rattelsdorf Independents following his first season as a professional basketball player in Germany, he again left with personal accolades under his belt, but the feeling was not the same. Despite Laudermill was constant double-double threat the Independents had struggled throughout the season and had to accept relegation after finishing the 2012-13 season with a 5-21 record and at the bottom of the Regionalliga South-East standings. "It was a real disappointment because of the talent we had on the team and how we lost the games. If we weren't talented it would've been a little less disappointing but it just hurt especially when I was trying my best", Laudermill says.

The Riverside, California native had a productive year in Germany, averaging 17.8 points, 11 rebounds (second best in the league) and 1.5 blocked shots (third in the league) per contest. He and Romanian big Bogdan Sandu (200-F-87), who added 17.7ppg and 10.8rpg, provided inside presence for the Independents and combined for a rare double double-double average in scoring and rebounding. "We always hang out off the court so I think it just translates", Laudermill adds, "when I messed up he was there to clean up my mess whether it be a rebound, tip back or help rotation and vice versa."

Something Sandu couldn't help his team mate with, were the climatical challenges he would face in Germany. "It was really different especially coming from Southern California. After my Christmas trip home the second half of the season I enjoyed it a lot more though."

Laudermill's combination of production and potential should help him to land his next job in pro basketball. Considering the numbers he notched he could have done better in Rattelsdorf, he says, "but it was my first year and I had to adjust to the Euro style of play", he says and added: "[I have to work on] my foot speed when it comes to defense and making sure I can consistently knock down those open looks I get."



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 25-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 22-4 
 3. Panionios 20-6 
 4. PAOK 17-9 
 5. AGOR 17-9 
 6. Aris 13-13 
 7. Ikaros 12-14 
 8. Apollon Patras 11-15 
 9. KAOD 11-15 
 10. Kolossos 8-18 
 11. Panelefsiniakos 7-19 
 12. Ilysiakos 7-19 
 13. Peristeri GS 7-19 
 14. Kavala 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 8: Panathinaikos - Kavala 95-73
May. 19: Peristeri GS - Ilysiakos 83-82
May. 18: Kolossos - Aris 82-99
May. 11: Kavala - AGOR 80-82
May. 18: Olympiacos - Apollon Patras 80-53
May. 11: Apollon Patras - Panathinaikos 71-80
May. 16: Ilysiakos - Olympiacos 70-81
May. 18: Ikaros - Panionios 62-86
May. 18: PAOK - Panathinaikos 61-71
May. 11: KAOD - Panelefsiniakos 101-77

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 21: PAOK - AGOR
May. 21: Panionios - Aris
May. 22: Panathinaikos - Ikaros
May. 22: Olympiacos - Apollon Patras


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.6 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 8. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.7 
 10. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.8 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.7 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.7 
 10. Dendy, Darussafa.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.2 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Pa.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.1 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.8 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 10. Petway, AGOR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Powell, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.0.7 


Olympiacos clinch the Regular Season title - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A1 just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

An interesting game for Panathinaikos (22-4) which played road game in Thessaloniki against 4th ranked PAOK (17-9). Second ranked Panathinaikos managed to get a 10-point victory 71-61. PAOK was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Panathinaikos forced 22 PAOK turnovers. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 assists. American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) replied with 14 points for PAOK. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. PAOK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with AGOR.
A1 top team - Olympiacos (25-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Apollon Patras (11-15) in Athens 80-53. The former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Doron Perkins chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. Newly promoted Apollon Patras keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with KAOD.
A1 top team - Olympiacos (25-1) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Ilysiakos (7-19) in Athens 81-70. Kyle Hines notched 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 19 points by Dominique Morrison did not help to save the game for Ilysiakos. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympiacos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. Ilysiakos lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Panelefsiniakos and Peristeri GS.
The game in Kalitheas supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Panionios (20-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Ikaros (12-14). Panionios smashed Ikaros 86-62. The best player for the winners was Landon Milbourne who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Panionios maintains third position with 20-6 record having five points less than leader Olympiacos. Ikaros at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost.
The game in Patra was also quite interesting. Second ranked Panathinaikos (22-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Apollon Patras (11-15). Panathinaikos managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71 on Saturday. Ramel Curry orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. Newly promoted Apollon Patras keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Ilysiakos was beaten by Peristeri GS on the road 83-82. Kolossos lost to Aris on its own court 82-99. Panelefsiniakos was outscored by KAOD in Dramas 77-101. Bottom-ranked Kavala recorded a loss to AGOR at home 80-82. Bottom-ranked Kavala was crushed by Panathinaikos on the opponent's court 95-73.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 28 points and 8 rebounds by Marc Antonio Carter of AGOR.


Peristeri GS - Ilysiakos 83-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked Peristeri GS (7-19) edged 12th ranked Ilysiakos (7-19) in Athens 83-82 on Sunday. Ilysiakos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) saved the victory by scoring 24 points. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (200-87, college: Rutgers) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Peristeri GS players scored in double figures. American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) replied with 26 points and Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ilysiakos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Peristeri GS moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos and Ilysiakos. Ilysiakos lost fifth consecutive game.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: N.Papantoniou 24+4reb+1ast, D.Kompodietas 18+2reb, J.Mitchell 14+10reb+1ast, A.Kanonidis 13+4reb+3ast, A.Petroulas 7+7reb+5ast, F.Zoumpos 3+2reb
Ilysiakos: T.Stoglin 26+2reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 12+10reb+1ast, P.Kafkis 9+6reb+2ast, D.Morrison 8+3reb, N.Chatzis 8+4reb+3ast, P.Dorkofikis 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 203869


Olympiacos - Apollon Patras 80-53

A1 top team - Olympiacos (25-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Apollon Patras (11-15) in Athens 80-53. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Apollon Patras was better in second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiacos dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Apollon Patras' 24. They outrebounded Apollon Patras 45-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Nikos Argyropoylos (186-78) scored 10 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. Newly promoted Apollon Patras keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with KAOD.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 18+14reb+2ast, D.Perkins 9+5reb+3ast, V.Spanoulis 9+1reb+6ast, K.Papanikolaou 8+2reb+2ast, P.Antic 8+2reb, A.Law 7+2reb
Apollon Patras: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 12+5reb+1ast, N.Argyropoylos 10+2reb+4ast, K.Grant 8+3reb, E.McCollum 6+3reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 5+1reb, G.Molfetas 4
gschID: 203872


Ikaros - Panionios 62-86

The game in Kalitheas supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Panionios (20-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Ikaros (12-14). Panionios smashed Ikaros 86-62. The game without a history. Panionios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panionios outrebounded Ikaros 36-23 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Panionios especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) chipped in 13 points. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) produced 10 points and center Lazaros Agadakos (207-80, agency: FCM) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Panionios maintains third position with 20-6 record having five points less than leader Olympiacos. Ikaros at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Panionios: L.Milbourne 15+5reb+1ast, V.Jankovic 13+3reb+1ast, G.Bogris 10+2reb+1ast, M.Payne 9+7reb, D.Agravanis 9, N.Pappas 8+3reb+4ast
Ikaros: A.Kiritsis 12+1reb, L.Agadakos 10+4reb, M.Faye 10+4reb, S.Alabi 7+4reb, V.Symtsak 4+2reb+1ast, B.McKnight 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 203871


PAOK - Panathinaikos 61-71

An interesting game for Panathinaikos (22-4) which played road game in Thessaloniki against 4th ranked PAOK (17-9). Second ranked Panathinaikos managed to get a 10-point victory 71-61. PAOK was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Panathinaikos forced 22 PAOK turnovers. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 assists. American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) replied with 14 points and the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for PAOK. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. PAOK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with AGOR.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: R.Curry 19+2reb+3ast, D.Diamantidis 16+1reb+8ast, J.Gist 11+9reb, J.Maciulis 8+6reb+1ast, R.Ukic 6+3reb+1ast, M.Bramos 6+3reb
PAOK: K.Haralampidis 14+1reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 11+1reb+1ast, G.Dedas 10+2reb+3ast, L.Kaselakis 6+5reb+1ast, L.Papadopoulos 6+9reb+2ast, E.Margaritis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203867


Kolossos - Aris 82-99

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Kolossos (8-18) lost to seventh ranked Aris (13-13) in Rodou 82-99 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-82. Aris shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Power forward Kostas Charissis (212-79, college: USC, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Aris players scored in double figures. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and center Manolis Koukoulas (209-91, agency: FCM) added 16 points in the effort for Kolossos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aris have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Kolossos keeps the tenth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Aris: J.Hunt 18+5reb+2ast, M.Pelekanos 16+2reb+4ast, K.Charissis 15+11reb, M.Pasalic 11+1reb+2ast, S.Karapostolou 11+2reb+6ast, A.Asimakopoulos 7+3reb+1ast
Kolossos: B.Osby 18+7reb, M.Koukoulas 16+2reb+2ast, G.Kalambokis 10+2reb+6ast, S.Nadjfeji 9+1reb+1ast, K.Langford 8+1ast, D.Kapelan 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 203866


Ilysiakos - Olympiacos 70-81

A1 top team - Olympiacos (25-1) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Ilysiakos (7-19) in Athens 81-70. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-70. American forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Even 19 points by American forward Dominique Morrison (198-89, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Ilysiakos. Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympiacos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. Ilysiakos lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Panelefsiniakos and Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 14+4ast, A.Law 14+2ast, K.Hines 13+7reb, P.Antic 8+3reb+2ast, J.Powell 8+5reb, G.Printezis 5+5reb
Ilysiakos: D.Morrison 19+2reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 15+6reb, N.Chatzis 12+1ast, I.Maras 8+8reb+1ast, T.Zafiris 5+6reb+3ast, T.Stoglin 5+5ast
gschID: 240570


Apollon Patras - Panathinaikos 71-80

The game in Patra was also quite interesting. Second ranked Panathinaikos (22-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Apollon Patras (11-15). Panathinaikos managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71 on Saturday. Apollon Patras trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 22-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 71-80 at the end of the game. Panathinaikos shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) replied with 16 points and his fellow American import point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) added 16 points in the effort for Apollon Patras. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. Newly promoted Apollon Patras keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: R.Curry 18+3reb, S.Lasme 14+2reb, M.Bramos 10+4reb+1ast, V.Xanthopoulos 9+1reb+2ast, R.Ukic 7+2reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 7+5reb+4ast
Apollon Patras: E.McCollum 16+2reb, K.Grant 16+2reb+1ast, N.Argyropoylos 11+2reb+1ast, G.Thanopoulos 8+1reb, I.Lianos 6+1reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 5+1reb
gschID: 240571


KAOD - Panelefsiniakos 101-77

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked KAOD (11-15) rolled over 11th ranked Panelefsiniakos (7-19) in Dramas 101-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Panelefsiniakos was better in third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Panelefsiniakos only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 39-20 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. KAOD looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Forward Stelios Ioannou (200-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Panelefsiniakos. Five KAOD and four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. KAOD have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Apollon Patras. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
KAOD: K.Kakaroudis 24+1reb+2ast, G.Michel 14+4reb+1ast, S.Ioannou 12+10reb+1ast, K.Palmer 11+9reb+2ast, N.Radovic 11+7reb+3ast, T.Zaras 10+3ast
Panelefsiniakos: C.Eziukwu 17+5reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 17+2reb+11ast, J.Wilson 14+3reb+1ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 10+1reb+2ast, N.Papanikolaou 5+1reb, N.Mantzioris 4+1reb
gschID: 203870


Kavala - AGOR 80-82

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Kavala (5-21) was edged at home by fifth ranked AGOR (17-9) 82-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Giannis Demertzis (194-83) replied with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals and American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kavala. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. AGOR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with PAOK. Kavala lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games.
Top scorers:
AGOR: M.Antonio Carter 28+8reb+3ast, B.Petway 15+8reb, U.Duvnjak 12+2ast, N.Angelopoulos 11+3reb+1ast, G.Pruitt 5+7reb+4ast, N.Kommatos 4+1reb
Kavala: G.Arbet 16+1reb+1ast, B.Krstevski 15+4reb, N.Stylianou 13+3reb+1ast, W.Coleman 12+8reb, G.Demertzis 9+5reb+13ast, D.Kalampakas 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 203868


Panathinaikos - Kavala 95-73

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Panathinaikos (22-4) outplayed bottom-ranked Kavala (5-21) in Athens 95-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Kavala was better in third quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kavala to just 6 points in first quarter. Panathinaikos shot 63.8 percent from the field. They outrebounded Kavala 33-19 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Panathinaikos shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Kavala's players. American forward James Gist (205-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) added 8 points in the effort for Kavala. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Panathinaikos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. Kavala lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: J.Gist 20+9reb+1ast, R.Ukic 17+1reb+2ast, J.Maciulis 14+3reb+2ast, M.Banks 11+2reb, S.Lasme 10+5reb, M.Bramos 9+1reb+4ast
Kavala: W.Coleman 20+8reb+1ast, G.Demertzis 11+3ast, B.Krstevski 8+1reb+1ast, N.Mitrovic 8+4reb+3ast, G.Arbet 8+2reb+2ast, S.Manolopoulos 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240569



Printezis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Olympiacos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Apollon Patras (#8, 11-15) with 27-point margin 80-53. It allowed Olympiacos to consolidate first place in the Greek league. Olympiacos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 25-1. In the team's last game Printezis had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Olympiacos and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Printezis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.7ppg) and averages solid 70.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85) of AGOR. He is American guard in his first season at AGOR. In the last game Carter recorded impressive 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for AGOR to edge the lower-ranked Kavala (#14, 5-21) by 2 points 82-80. AGOR's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Carter is a newcomer at AGOR and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83, agency: FCM) of Panelefsiniakos (#11). Liakopoulos scored 17 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). Despite Liakopoulos' great performance Panelefsiniakos lost 77-101 to slightly higher-ranked KAOD (#9, 11-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Panelefsiniakos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Liakopoulos he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Liakopoulos has individually a great season in Greece. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Gist (205-F-86) of Panathinaikos - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83) of Kavala - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
6. William Coleman (206-F-88) of Kavala - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) of KAOD - 24 points and 2 assists
8. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Kolossos - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81) of Ilysiakos - 12 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  HUNGARY   


Hanga's season is over - by Tamas Deri

The best hungarian guard, Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) just finished his season last weekend. His team, Assignia Manresa lost - without Hanga as he could not play because of his sickness - against Valencia in the 34th round of the regular season and finished on the 18th place with a 6-28 record of the ACB.
Hanga, who got drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2nd round in 2011 spent two seasons in a row with Manresa. In his first season he averaged 7.8 points, 2.9 steals and 1.9 assists per game. During summer 2012 he was working out with the Spurs and helped our National Team with 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals in 8 games of the EC qualification. This season he was a key player of Assignia Manresa puting up 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 stelas in 25.6 minutes on the court.

You can watch his best moves of this season here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzODLlOwxd4





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  ISRAEL   

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.3 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.3 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Calathes, Maccabi16.5 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 4. Uter, Maccabi9.3 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi9.2 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.2 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 9. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Netan.2.4 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.2 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.8 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.3 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi17.0 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.6 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.2 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.5 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.3 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.4.0 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Shakur, Erie Bay3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 6. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Cusin, Cantu1.1 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.4 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Green, Novipiu Cas.19.1 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.18.6 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.18.4 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.5 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.4.9 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 4. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.5 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.3 
 6. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 7. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. James, FCM F.2.3 
 3. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 5. Forray, Pall.Trento2.2 
 6. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 8. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
 9. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.0 
 10. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 9. Brkic, C.de L.0.9 
 10. Butkevicius, Novi.0.9 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia19.5 
 2. Carrizo, Latina B.17.6 
 3. Parente, Lucca17.0 
 4. Casadei, Firenze16.5 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.5 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara15.4 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 8. Wojciechowsk., Tor.14.9 
 9. Prandin, Casalp.14.9 
 10. Vico, Matera14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.6 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.1 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.3 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 6. Ricci, Casalpus.8.2 
 7. Raminelli, Trevigl.8.0 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.0 
 9. Baldi Rossi, Torino7.9 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.6 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.5 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.5 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.4 
 7. Carrizo, Latina B.3.3 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.2 
 9. Rajola, Chieti3.1 
 10. Raschi, Chieti3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara2.8 
 4. Vico, Matera2.7 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 6. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 7. Gueye, San Severo2.6 
 8. Maggio, San Severo2.5 
 9. Mei, Perugia2.5 
 10. Casadei, Firenze2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.2 
 3. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 4. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 5. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 7. Iannuzzi, Matera0.7 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Metreveli, Omegna0.6 
 10. Bisconti, Bari0.6 


Lega2 Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Casale and Pistoia advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Tezenis VE - Novipiu Casale 67-76

Novipiu Casale snatched a road win over Tezenis Verona and secured the semifinal birth. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: IBS) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Giorgio Boscagin (196-83) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Tezenis VE. Tezenis VE's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: G.Boscagin 16+7reb, M.Chessa 15+1reb+1ast, O.Lawal 12+14reb+1ast, R.McConnell 7+2reb+1ast, D.Lamma 5+3ast, M.Da Ros 4+2reb
Novipiu Casale: R.Green 23+7reb+2ast, C.Ware 20+3reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 14+9reb, M.Malaventura 11+3reb, G.Ferrero 4+5reb+1ast, S.Pierich 2+1reb
gschID: 241217


Givova Scafati - Giorgo Tesi PT 70-81

Giorgio Tesi Pistoia upset Givova Scafati away from home and earned the place in the semis. Tuscany Pistoia made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia's coach Paolo Moretti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: R.Slay 19+6reb+3ast, P.Baldassarre 12+9reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 12+2reb, G.Sorrentino 9+6reb+2ast, K.Mays 9+1reb+5ast, D.Rosignoli 4+3reb
Giorgo Tesi PT: M.Hicks 16+7reb+1ast, A.Graves 15+6reb+2ast, G.Meini 11+3reb+2ast, R.Cortese 10+5reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 9+3reb+2ast, D.Fajardo 8+4reb
gschID: 241216



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  JAPAN   

BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama27.2 
 2. Cummings, Sendai22.0 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC21.8 
 5. Chandler, Chiba J.20.6 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.3 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.1 
 9. Keller, Gunma19.0 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.3 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.14.0 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets11.4 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.10.7 
 8. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 9. Williams, Saitama10.6 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.4 
 2. Togashi, Akita NH6.2 
 3. Namizato, Okina.6.1 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.2 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.6 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS4.1 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Parker, Shimane SM2.3 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 4. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 5. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 6. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 7. Brown, Toyama G.1.9 
 8. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 9. Burns, Yokohama BC1.9 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.5 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Ashby, Fukuoka1.7 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.4 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Bell, Osaka Eves.1.3 


Yokohama captures first-ever bj-league title - by Emeka Eke


According to the Japan Times, The Yokohama B-Corsairs outplayed the Rizing Fukuoka in Sundays bj-league championship game, controlling the tempo for larger stretches and making enough timely baskets to fill an instructional DVD on offensive skills for a 101-90 victory before 9,764 spectators at Ariake Colosseum.

And the first foreign head coach to capture a championship, Yokohamas Reggie Geary, brought the championship to a Kanto team for the first time in the leagues eight-season history.

It was only appropriate that the final second ticked off the clock with the ball in Yokohama guard and captain Masayuki Kabayas hands. He tossed it in the air with euphoric glee as his teammates surrounded him, jumped up and down and celebrated together.

We never stopped believing, said Geary, a former NBA guard, moments after the contest and before he flashed a golden smile when he was presented the championship trophy on the court alongside commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi.

The B-Corsairs have been a model franchise since entering the league and took a giant by winning their first title.

Its incredible. Its unbelievable, Geary said. I know this hasnt set in yet, but these guys have been through so much this season and really have just shown such high character throughout the entire season.

Around the league, not everybody believed we had a championship team in front of us, Geary said.

But the players in the locker room wearing the championship hats and T-shirts, Geary said, They just believed from Day One.

After finishing third overall at last seasons Final Four as an expansion team, the B-Corsairs had the second-best record in the rugged 11-team Eastern Conference, tied with the Toyama Grouses at 35-17, one victory behind the Niigata Albirex BB.

Yokohamas Big Three Thomas Kennedy (11 points), Draelon Burns (34 points) and playoff MVP Kabaya (35 points) combined for 80 points. Faye Pape Mour, a Senegalese big man, pumped in 11 points as well. All told, it was an impressive shooting effort for Yokohama, which shot 50 percent from 3-point range (9-for-18) and 54.1 from inside the arc. The champions also made 34 of 46 free throws; the Rizing were 14-for-19. Burns dished out a team-high five assists and collected two steals. Kenji Yamada led Yokohama with three steals.

Reflecting on the title, Geary said, It means a lot to be a second-year organization and have the success weve had over two years. Its phenomenal. It just shows what a lot of belief and hard work by a lot of high-character young men can accomplish.

And Im going to take equal pride just in terms of being the first foreign-born coach to win a championship here. Theres been a lot of great coaches, Japanese, American, Europeans that have competed in this league and for me to be the first one I take great honor and I will continue to work hard.

Josh Peppers paced Fukuoka with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting, Reggie Warren had a 20-point, 17-rebound effort. Akitomo Takeno put 19 points on the board and sank five 3s with four assists, and Julius Ashby had 16 points, eight boards and five assists.

Fukuoka was whistled for 32 fouls and Yokohama 18.

It was a poorly officiated game, I got to be honest with you, said Warren. I take my hat off to Yokohama; they took advantage of the situation.

Ashby said its been a great season with a disappointing finish for the Rizing, He said its ridiculous the free-throw numbers were so one-sided. The game was already decided, he said.

The 46-19 difference in free throws, Warren said, is unheard of. And it was physical at both ends.

Man, Im really proud of my team. Thats what I told them after the game.

Sideline supervisor Atsushi Kanazawa was instrumental in leading the Rizing to their first Final Four since the 2007-08 season. A former Takamatsu Five Arrows bench boss, he completed his first season at the helm in April. The results were impressive: 34-18 record and the team placed second overall in the 10-team West.

We were thrilled to play in such a great stage like this and I give the credit to all the members, including our players, staff and boosters. I appreciate them, Kanazawa said. We Rizing unfortunately came up short and its obviously disappointing but Im proud that we played as a team through the playoffs and this finals. As we hit problems every now and then, we overcame them aiming at our goal. And Im so proud of our effort. Todays game was fantastic and I send the utmost respect to Yokohama.

Fukuoka guard Jun Nakanshi, who has played in the bj-league since its inception in 2005, reacted to the loss this way: Im so disappointed. It was the final game for the championship. But we came up short and we are disappointed. We had things we could do and things we couldnt do. So we feel like we couldve done a bit better.

But we came all the way here and are extremely proud of ourselves, Nakanashi told reporters. We won the West title and it had never happened to us before. So we are proud.

Takeno scored seven fourth-quarter points in a spirited attempt to fuel a Rizing comeback.

We got there after playing a long 52-game season, Takeno said later. We had losing streaks but we never got broken and played as one.

We came up short for the championship so we should come back here again next year. We will do our best and hopefully step in here again next year.

A Peppers 3-pointer from the left wing put the Rizing in front 53-49 near the midway point of the third quarter.

Yokohama answered with an 18-5 run to take a 69-58 lead on a Burns free throw with 27.2 seconds left in the period. It was a sign of things to come.

During the spurt, Yokohama got scoring from Kabaya (he had 31 points on 12-for-15 shooting entering the fourth), Minoru Kimura, Kenji Yamada, Burns and Mour, who used his strength to scored a difficult hook shot with little space to maneuver in the low post.

Time after time, Kabaya showed no hesitation in taking his shot. It looked as natural as yawning in the morning.

Then Kennedy sank a straightaway 3-pointer to make it 75-64 as chants of Yokohama, lets go! reverberated through the building.

But the Rizing also relied on the long-range shot for timely baskets, and Takeno flushed a 3 to cut the margin to eight on their next strip down the court. And he did the same thing seconds later, cutting the lead to 75-70. Yokohama came back strong. Burns drew a foul driving to the basket and converted both shots. He was fouled again, the fourth called on Ashby, who went to the bench with 5:48 to play. Burns then nailed both shots to increase the lead to 80-70, and the Rizing never recovered.

Yokohama made 21 of 26 free throws in the fourth quarter, and outscored the Rizing 33-30 in the final period.

Our flexibility, Geary declared, is one of our strengths this year. He noted that the B-Corsairs triumphed in high-scoring duels against the Saitama Broncos and a grind-it-out 54-52 win over the Niigata Albirex BB to reach the title game.

Falling short of a championship last season motivated the B-Corsairs throughout their second campaign, said Burns. This just shows that hard work pays off, and it feels great.

Ashby, who played for three championship runnerup teams (Takamatsu, 2006-07; Tokyo 2007-08 and 2008-09), fouled out with 1:17 left. Mour scored inside on that play, a nifty pass from Burns in the lane for a layup and the subsequent free throw.

Peppers buried a 3-pointer after a Yokohama turnover to trim the lead to 98-90 with just under 30 seconds remaining. This occurred just after Warrens sledge-hammer power dunk.

Kabaya, a native of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, thrilled the local fans at the outset of the championship contest. He had the hot shooting touch in the first quarter to spark Yokohama to a 23-21 lead by quarters end. His shooting motion was fluid and his shots sailed through the bottom of the net the swish delighted the B-Corsairs faithful for 16 points in the quarter, including three 3-pointers and 6-for-7 shooting overall. Credit his teammates for setting good picks to free him for good looks.

The Yokohama captain added a 3 early in the third and Shawn Malloy scored an inside deuce to give Yokohama a 27-21 lead. Kabaya was one of the most talented Japanese perimeter scorers during his first stint in the league while playing for the Toyama Grouses from 2007-09 before a stint with the JBLs Mitsubishi squad. He then returned with the expansion B-Corsairs last season, was appointed the captain and has played an instrumental role in the teams success.

He really is a special scoring talent, Geary said of Kabaya, and Im just happy hes on my side.

Fukuoka made 9 of 16 shots in the first quarter to counter Kabayas sensational start. Ashby delivered four assists in the opening stanza, giving his teammates on-target passes.

The Rizing led 33-32 with 4:34 remaining in the half, and after Peppers sank a shot in the lane gave them a 37-34 advantage. Geary picked up a technical foul arguing a call, sending Takeno to the charity stripe for one shot. He nail it to briefly make it a four-point game. Kabaya buried another 3 his fifth of the half second later and Yokohama was within three.

After a Peppers shot was off the mark, Warren secured a 44-40 lead for Fukuoka to close out the half, outworking the B-Corsairs interior defenders for a putback before the buzzer sounded.

Kabaya scored 23 first-half points and made 9 of 11 shots from the field, while Burns had 12 points. So, to recap: the backcourt duo had 35 of Yokohamas 40 points.

Warren and Takeno had 13 and 10 points, respectively in the half and Ashby had eight.

We lost our composure there just for a second, Geary, referring to the end of the opening half.

But the B-Corsairs had strong confidence they would play stronger in the second half.

The focus, Geary said, was to get more balanced scoring in the second half after having a historic effort by Kabaya on offense in the opening half. He also said rebounding needed to improve a message to his players.

Geary praised Kabaya for setting the tone to the game. How he came out and started the game gave everybody a sense of belief that we can win this game.

Then they did.

Hannaryz top Albirex

In the earlier third-place game, the Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Niigata Albirex BB 79-72.

David Palmer scored Kyoto with 24 points, including 8-for-8 (6-for-6 in the fourth quarter) at the free-throw line. Gyno Pomare had 18 points and Masaharu Kataoka scored 14. Sunao Murakami added four steals and Yu Okada had seven points and three steals. Big man Marcus Cousin finished with five points and 10 rebounds.

Despite being outworked on the boards Niigata raked in 21 offensive rebounds to Kyotos eight and held a 46-36 overall edge in rebounds the Hannaryz played tough, physical defense, and to their credit, took away the Albirexs inside game. Niigata shot 16-for-47 from inside the arc; Kyoto shot 21-for-39 from that area of the court.

It was good to come back strong after a loss, Kyoto coach Honoo Hamaguchi said, referring to Saturdays Western Conference final, an 83-66 loss to the Rizing in which his team was outscored 25-1 in the pivotal decisive third quarter.

We finished with a win and our players could leave with a smile, and that pleases me, said Hamaguchi, who guided Kyoto to a fourth-place finish last season. It was a tough game, but we played for our boosters . . . we wanted to finish with a win.

Personally, theres no third-place game in myself; a loser should just leave. But we played for our supporters today.

Nile Murry led Niigata with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Shuhei Komatsu scored all 13 of his points in the second quarter, drilling three 3-pointers and two more field goals. Center Chris Holm also had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Albirex.

Kyoto trailed 41-34 at the half, but climbed into the lead and maintained a three-or four-possession advantage for key stretches of the final quarter.

It was a pretty physical game, a pretty tough game, Niigata coach Matt Garrison said. I thought that the first half we were up there and that coming into the third quarter we could turn things around and make a little move, make a run there, but I think we missed some shots again and starting taking some jumpers instead of attacking and trying to get inside and attack the rim and try to get to the foul line tonight. When we did go inside, I think we just got out-physicaled. Our guards were getting pushed around . . . Kyotos a big, good team. I thought they came out real physical in the second half. Palmer did a good job, (Jermaine) Boyette did a good job, a couple of their Japanese stepped up and hit shots when they needed to. They did what they needed to do. They played a pretty good game.

Near the end, a situation that often would lead to a coach getting tossed prolonged the final outcome.

After a tirade against the officials in the waning moments of the game, Hamaguchi had to be restrained on more than one occasion by Kyoto players and team staff, who tried to get him back to the bench before and after he was called for a technical foul.

Cousin said that his coach was mad about bad officiating and a call that went against him.

A furious Hamaguchi walked off the court without shaking the hand of his coaching counterpart after the game.

The Hannaryz were 0-8 to start the season, but picked up wins and climbed into the playoff hunt as the season progressed.

(We) kept our faith in each other and wound up united as one in the end, said Kataoka.

We failed to advance to the final, but finished third, which is one (place) better than we finished last year. It feels good to feel that we are a good basketball team.



Fukuoka Rizing and Yokohama reach BJ League Final - by Eurobasket News

Fukuoka Rizing - Kyoto Hannar. 83-66

Kyoto Hannar. was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Fukuoka Rizing dominated on the defensive end, holding Kyoto Hannar. to just 1 points in third quarter. They made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 21+13reb+2ast, J.Peppers 18+8reb+6ast, J.Ashby 15+8reb+2ast, A.Takeno 6+1reb+2ast, J.Johnson 5+3reb+2ast, M.Kano 4+2reb
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 19+2reb+3ast, D.Palmer 18+10reb, M.Kataoka 11+4reb+3ast, M.Cousin 6+3reb, Y.Okada 5, K.Setoyama 3+2reb+1ast
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Yokohama BC - Niigata Albirex 54-52

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Niigata Albirex won fourth quarter 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 22+8reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 9+5reb, P.Faye 8+9reb, T.Kennedy 7+7reb, L.Malloy 6+7reb+1ast, K.Yamada 2+5reb+2ast
Niigata Albirex: R.Webb 11+10reb, N.Murry 10+8reb+1ast, K.Sato 7+4reb, Y.Ikeda 7+1reb+3ast, T.Finger 6+2reb, C.Holm 6+8reb
gschID: 241123



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  JORDAN   


JBF invites 20 Players for the National Team; Daghlas & Abbas IN; Wright OUT! - by Omar Shafaamri

In a Press Conference was held in Amman today, Jordanian Basketball Federation introduced the new hired Coaching Staff lead by the Greek Coach Vangelis Alexandris and his Assistant Ioannis Livanos and declared the 20 Man initial list for the National Team, which will be begin Preparations on Wednesday for FIBA Asia Championship in Manila next August, the list included both Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) and Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) who declared their International Retirement earlier this year but seems that the Federation will discuss the Situation with them again.

Naturalized Rasheim Wright hasn't been invited since the Federation is considering to Naturalize another Player provided that the Concerned Authorities approves this step.

20 Man Initial List
Daghles Osama
Abbas Zaid
Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83)
Ahmad Al Dwairi (209-C-93)
Fadel Najjar
Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87)
Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88)
Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90)
Fares Saqfalhait (194-G-87, college: Calumet)
Abdallah AbuQoura (205-F/C-84)
Mohammad Hadrab (202-PF-84)
Ahmad Hamarsheh
Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85)
Majdi Al-Ghazawi (183-PG-93)
Mohammad Jamal
Khaldon Abu Ruqayah (200-F-83)
Hani AlFaraj (192-SG-87)
Malek Khashan (186-PG-85)
Ali El-Zubi (184-PG-89)<
Yousef Abu-Wazneh (200-C-93)




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  KENYA   


Co-op Bank slay Strathmore Blades in KBF Premier League - by Eurobasket News

KBF Premier League Defending Champions Co-op Bank beat Strathmore University 82-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Nyayo gymnasium to continue with their on and off performance in the league. Co-op has so far lost 3 matches in the league with last weekends loss to USIU Tigers being the latest.
Co-op Bank lost the 1st quarter 11-16 but they made a comeback in the subsequent quarters winning all of them (2nd quarter 18-11, 3rd quarter 22-15 and 4th quarter 25-19) to take the 2 league points home. Pascal Nabwana was Strathmores top point scorer giving the Makadara based students 13 points while Co-op Bank point guard Salim Ali sunk in 15 points for the Bankers.
In the other Premier league matches played at Nyayo Gymnasium Defending champs in the ladies category Eagle Wings beat newly promoted Kenyatta University Oryx 76-30 to remain unbeaten since the league kicked off in April. Anne Rose Atieno and Janet Akoth gave Eagle Wings 12 and 10 points respectively while Janet Shikuku had 8 points to her name for KU Oryx.
Sylvia Kamaus Strathmore Blades registered their first win in the 2013 season after they beat fellow University students KCA-U 54-27. Strathmore took the first 3 quarters the scores being 10-2 in the 1st quarter, 25-6 in the 2nd quarter and 5-3 in the 3rd quarter. KCA was able to take the last quarter of the match with a 2 point difference the score being 16-14. The league resumes on Sunday at the same venue.


SATURDAY RESULTS
KAKAMEGA POLICE CANTEEN

W/DELIGHT30/52 VS SAFE SPACES 16/40
16/14/12/10 07/09/10/14
10 pts Scarlet Ayamunda 11pts Evelyn Natinga
10 pts Opollo Ruth 11 pts Agusta Immaculate
NYAYO
KAA 28/64 VS K.U. PIRATES 24/60
11/17/21/15 20/04/19/17
20 pts Evans Ochieng 14 pts Collins Wekesa
11 pts Vincent Anyim 13 pts Douglas Momanyi
W/HOPE 21/45 VS PARKLANDS 33/70
11/10/09/15 16/17/24/12
12 Evans Orende 14 pts Richard Adega
10 pts Arnold Muoki
STRATH 35/54 VS KCA-U 08/27
10/25/05/14 02/06/03/16
15 pts Mellisa Akinyi 14 pts Mercy Achieng

K.U.ORYX 19/82 VS E/WINGS 31/76
07/10/02/11 25/06/25/20
08 pts Janet Shikuku 12 pts Annerose Atieno
10 pts Janet Akoth
COOPBANK 29/82 VS STRATHMORE 27/61
11/18/22/25 16/11/15/19
15 pts Salim Ali 13 pts Pascal Nabwana
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KOSOVO   


Peja, step away from championship title - by Dren Shporta

Peja has registered the first victory of the season against Sigal Prishtina in Prishtina. But this victory came in crucial moments of the final, to gave them advantage of 2-0 in the final series.

With this victory the yellow team from Peja is one win away from the championship title for the first time since 2004.

Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) showed his quality again, while Sigal Prishtina was in 10 points advantage. Berisha was unstoppable in third quarter, which gave Peja the advantage. He was matches high scorer with 27 points scored - only one to pass 20 point limit on the night.

At Cup Winners, Sigal Prishtina, only two players managed to fight yellow fury from Peja. Julian Terrell scored 18, while captain Edmond Azemi added 11 points more in the loss.

Third match of the series will be played in Karagac court of Peja, and if league leaders win this one, they will be crowned as a new champions of BKT Superleague of Kosova.



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  LATVIA   


VTB League: Khimky secure the Semifinal berth - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Khimky 60:82

Khimky secure the Semifinal berth in VTB League as they swept the series against VEF Riga. The Russian side posted an 82:60 win in Game 3 and sent Latvian side out of the Play-offs.
The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. It was an exceptional evening for James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) came up with 6 points and 11 rebounds. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat.

VEF Riga: Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) 14, Will Daniels 12, Bertans 11, Davis Geks (191-SG-95) 7
Khimky: James Augustine 16+7rebs, Kresimir Loncar 14+7rebs, Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) 11



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 33.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit33.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Khatib, Champville26.8 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos23.8 
 7. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 8. Sims, Sagesse23.1 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh23.1 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed22.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.9 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.4 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.1 
 8. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.9 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 3. Chatfield, Mouta.6.4 
 4. Akl, Sagesse6.4 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.6 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 8. Fahed, Moutahed5.0 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 10. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.3 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Amchit
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 4. Fraser, Byblos1.4 
 5. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Freije, Amchit0.8 
 10. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 


Final 4 Kick-off - by Elie Khoury

Ten teams started A very long Regular season followed by the playoffs, only four teams deserved the opportunity to compete for the only two tickets for the final battle .
League's leaders , Riyadi will be facing the League's ranked fourth Champville .
This Series will kick off on Friday the 24th of may .
Riyadi took its final decision by choosing Dewarick Spencer and Loren Woods to play along their Local team mates.
Champville and after winning their first ever Waba Trophy, decided on keeping both Jeleel Akindele and Jeremiah Massey who showed a tremendous level that took the Lebanese Current Champions to a very high level .

On the other side of the pool, Sagesse who finished the regular season as second, will face mouttahed ( third ) in a battle that is expected to be a thrilling war zone.
Thursday the 23rd will show this series' debut.
Sagesse is coming from a somehow easy series against hoops, and a withdrawal from Waba due to unknown reasons, while mouttahed just finished last night it's playoffs series against the power horse Byblos.





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  LITHUANIA   


VTB League: Zalgiris advanced to the Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Novgorod - Zalgiris 59:66

Zalgiris advanced to the Final Four of VTB League. The Lithuanian team won Game 4 in Nizhny Novgorod 66:59 and beat the local team 3-1 in the series.
It looked good early as BC Nizhny Novgorod took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while BC Nizhny Novgorod only scored four points from the stripe. BC Nizhny Novgorod was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Evgeni Baburin (190-G-87) added 12 points and 4 steals in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Novgorod: Semen Antonov 18, Evgeni Baburin 12, Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) 9, Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88) 7
Zalgiris: Oliver Lafayette 19, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) 12



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Contern add Chad Gray - by Eurobasket News

Contern bolstered their roster. They signed Chad Gray (200-F-85, college: Co.Carolina). The forward spent the last season in Germany. He played for Giants Noerdlingen. Chad Gray notched 17.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in ProB. Gray earned All-German 2.Bundesliga ProB Honourable Mention. Previously the forward had stints in Austria, Denmark. Chad Gray participated at Eurobasket Summer League in New York in 2011.


Soleuvre adds Bissener to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AS Soleuvre (Total League) added to their roster 27-year old forward Eric Bissener (196-86). He started the season at Etzella (Total League). But in 20 games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 4.0rpg this season. The last season Bissener played also at Etzella. In 27 Total League games he averaged 3.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the Luxembourg Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Bissener won Luxembourg League championship title in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2009.
Bissener has played previously for another Luxembourg team Contern.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Soleuvre adds Bissener to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AS Soleuvre (Total League) added to their roster 27-year old forward Eric Bissener (196-86). He started the season at Etzella (Total League). But in 20 games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 4.0rpg this season. The last season Bissener played also at Etzella. In 27 Total League games he averaged 3.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the Luxembourg Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Bissener won Luxembourg League championship title in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2009.
Bissener has played previously for another Luxembourg team Contern.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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ASEAN League: Heat finish season with victory - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - KL Dragons 89:78

The Saigon Heat finished the ASEAN League campaign on a winning note. The Vietnamese team claimed just the fourth victory in the season beating KL Dragons at home court. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) notched 30 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts.
The Heat stormed into the game. The home side fired 33 points in the opening frame to secure a 10-point advantage. The Dragons cut the deficit in the second term. The Malaysian team got within 7 points at the interval 41:48. But the Heat went off the dressing room recharged. The home side poured in 22 points in the third quarter to restore a comfortable 13-point lead. The Dragons fought till the end narrowing the deficit but had to surrender at the end. Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer) knocked down 27 points and grabbed 19 boards for the Heat. Chris Sumalinog added 10 points in the victory. Armon Siefain replied with 22 points for the Dragons. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) had 17 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: David Palmer 30+12 boards, Justin Howard 27+19 boards, Chris Sumalinog 10
KL Dragons: Armon Siefain 22, Ban Sin Ooi 17



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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

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



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-1 
 2. Sutjeska 6-4 
 3. Teodo Tivat 5-5 
 4. Ulcinj 4-6 
 5. Mornar Bar 3-7 
 6. Lovcen 3-7 
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 
Stage One Standings

Finals: Round 3

May. 17: Buducnost - Sutjeska 67-51


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, Ulcinj16.4 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen15.8 
 5. Mitchell, Centar B.15.7 
 6. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.15.4 
 7. Jovanovic, Danilov.14.5 
 8. Korac, Jedinstvo13.9 
 9. Radulovic, Teodo T.13.8 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.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.8.6 
 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. Johnson, Teodo T.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marko MIJOVIC
  Teodo Tivat
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.8 
 2. Korac, Jedinstvo4.8 
 3. Boricic, ABS P.3.8 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.5 
 5. Mitchell, Centar B.3.2 
 6. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.9 
 7. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.9 
 8. Calic, Sutjeska2.7 
 9. Popovic, Buducnost2.5 
 10. Radosavljevi., Mo.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.2 
 2. Mitchell, Centar B.1.9 
 3. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.1.8 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.6 
 5. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.5 
 6. Omerovic, Jedin.1.5 
 7. Young, Danilovgrad1.4 
 8. Ljujic, Jedinstvo1.4 
 9. Femic, Centar BP1.4 
 10. Stojanovic, Lovc.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Centar BP
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ljujic, Centar BP1.9 
 2. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.7 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.2 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.1 
 5. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.0 
 6. Young, Danilovgrad0.9 
 7. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 8. Karalic, ABS P.0.9 
 9. Bunic, Buducnost0.6 
 10. Skurdauskas, Morn.0.6 


Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Awards 2013 - by Darko Pekic

Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 1st Team 2013
Dee Bost
Bost
Nikola Pavlicevic
Pavlicevic
Aleksa Popovic
Popovic
Gerald Lee
Lee
Savo Djikanovic
Djikanovic

Player of the Year: Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost
Guard of the Year: Dee Bost (187-G-89) of Buducnost
Forward of the Year: Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost
Center of the Year: Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75) of Jaszberenyi
Domestic Player of the Year: Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost
Import Player of the Year: Dee Bost (187-G-89) of Buducnost
Young Player of the Year: Nikola Zizic (195-G-94) of Sutjeska
Coach of the Year: Dusan Dubljevic of Sutjeska

1st Team
G: Dee Bost (187-G-89) of Buducnost
SG: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) of Sutjeska
F: Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost
C: Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Buducnost
C: Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75) of Jaszberenyi

2nd Team
G: Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) of Lovcen
SG: Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) of Sutjeska
G/F: Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91) of Mornar Bar
F/C: Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) of Mornar Bar
F/C: Manuel Johnson (201-F-83) of Teodo Tivat

Honorable Mention
Brandon Roberson (180-PG-87) of RTV 21
Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91) of Mornar Bar
Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90) of Ulcinj
Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89) of Centar BP

All-Imports Team
G: Dee Bost (187-G-89) of Buducnost
G: Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89) of Centar BP
G: Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90) of Ulcinj
C: Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Buducnost
F: Manuel Johnson (201-F-83) of Teodo Tivat

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) of Lovcen
SG: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) of Sutjeska
SF: Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost
C: Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) of Mornar Bar
C: Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75) of Jaszberenyi



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

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


Spurs take the lead in Western Conference Finals - by Eurobasket News

Lionel Hollins isn't normally one for histrionics. The Memphis Grizzlies coach is the steady sort, a composed personality who reflects the confident steadiness of his workmanlike team with his courtside demeanor. So who was this guy on Sunday at the AT&T Center, the frustrated and furious fellow who spent so much of the afternoon flailing his arms, rolling his eyes and scolding his players who were so overmatched? It was Hollins alright. But this sure didn't look like his team. The San Antonio Spurs not only put his Grizzlies in a 1-0 hole in the Western Conference Finals by winning 105-83, but they also put Memphis in the sort of tailspin that they have spent their historical season avoiding. They trailed by double digits less than six minutes into play, then managed only one semi-believable comeback when a Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F-88, college: Washington) shooting show helped cut the lead to six in the third quarter. The Spurs put a quick end to any notion that they would blow this dominating debut, with Matt Bonner (6'9''-F-80, college: Florida)'s three sparking an 11-1 run to end the third quarter leading 73-57. But Hollins was hardly the only one who didn't look like himself, as the most ominous sign of them all for the Grizzlies was the disappearance of forward Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.). He checked out for good with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter and just two points to his name, setting a new season low after missing seven of eight shots. For all the well-deserved praise the Grizzlies had received for their classic approach inside-out offense and gritty defense it seems the Spurs are more than happy to beat them at their own game. San Antonio had just spent the previous six games chasing those sharpshooting, fun and run, Golden State Warriors, and the chance to slow down the style and make it a match of sheer force again against the Grizzlies was apparently welcomed. As has been the case so often of late, only one member of the Spurs' Big Three played big (Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting and nine assists), but the collective effort was more than enough. Their swarming defense held the Grizzlies to X shooting, and young guns Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) and Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) combined for 34 points on 13-for-19 shooting to lift the offense. By the time the first quarter came to a merciful close for the Grizzlies, they looked as if this was the end of a double-overtime affair. Darrell Arthur's chest heaved up and down as he tried to catch his breath late in the one-sided period, as did Randolph's, perhaps because Arthur had spent so much energy throwing his gum at the scorer's table in a fit of frustration. The Grizzlies forward had failed his assignment of guarding Matt Bonner miserably, letting him bury back-to-back three-pointers that pushed the lead to 17 points and left coach Lionel Hollins screaming on the sidelines. Bad went to worse moments later, when Arthur fouled GInobili outside the top of the arc on a questionable shooting foul call and his free throws brought their disastrous start to a bitter end. This was a much more daunting defensive assignment than the last one for Memphis, which faced an Oklahoma City Thunder team that was isolation-heavy without injured star Russell Westbrook and more than capable of exploiting that simplistic style. But the Spurs at their best are a thing of ball-moving beauty, and the Grizzlies couldn't contain them from the start. Leonard and Green hit open threes that were the byproduct of penetration, while Parker did what he so desired both inside and out. The Spurs led 18-6 less than six minutes in after hitting seven of their first eight shots. The edge grew from there, with Parker and Green combining for 22 points in the first half on a combined nine of 12 shooting. Nothing mattered more than Randolph's disappearing act, though, and it doesn't bode well for Memphis that their leading scorer in both the regular season and the playoffs was nowhere to be found. It was as if he was playing against himself, what with the way he was bumped and bullied and beaten down low. The Spurs' big bodies came with effective force, from Tiago Splitter to Bonner and Tim Duncan. It reached ridiculous levels in the second half, when Randolph missed a number of layups and putbacks that could have made the game so much more manageable for Memphis.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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2013 Akron-Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League Akron, Walsh, Mt Union, and Wooster Universities will highlight the 2013 Summer League!! - by Vance Marbury

The 2013 Akron-Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League is shaping up to be one of the Cleveland-Akron-Canton Am Pro Basketball League best ever.

Akron University Men's Basketball Team has committed to return for the summer of 2013. For the first time in the league six year history, Wooster University Fighting Scots (2012 DIII National Champs) and Ashland University Eagles will be participating. Lakeland Community College alumni (2012 Div II Juco Final Four participants) will be returning, along with the host Walsh University.

Former NBA Wingman Clinton Smith will be entering a team for the first time this summer. Returning for 2013 will be Mount Union University and State of Ohio Division I state champs Mentor Cardinals.

The league is hoping to get confirmation from Ashland University Falcons as well.

Once rosters become available we will definitely post those, along with video links to the games.

Special thanks to the 2013 Akron-Canton Am Pro Basketball League Sponsors: Atlantis Capital Mgt, Essentials Basketball Academy, Technical Search Consultants, The Money Nut (Financial Literacy), and Peter Lawson Jones!!

For all pertinent information in regards to this summer league please visit, www.clevelandakronampro.com



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  NEPAL   


Nepal 3x3 Boys and Girls team off to Bangkok - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepali Boys and Girls 33 basketball teams are leaving for Thailandtoday to participate in the First FIBA Asia U-18 boys and girls 3X3 Basketball Championship to be held in Bangkok from May 22-24, 2013. Coach Bikash Shahi will lead the Nepali teams as Manager/Coach. Sneha Shrestha, Anusha Malla, Shreya Khadka and Chhoki Dolma Tamang are in the Nepali womens team while the mens team comprises Dilli Kumar Limbu, Krishna Man Maharjan, Binesh Neupane and Sonam Thendu Sherpa.


Qatar, India lift first FIBA ASIA 3x3 Championship title - by Dinesh Thapa

India beat Mongolia 21-14 to win womens gold while Qatar beat Saudi Arabia 19-17 to win mens gold. Turkmenistan beat HK 10-8 to obtain 3rd place in womens category while Iran beat Jordan 19-8 to obtain 3rd place in mens category of the first FIBA ASIA 3x3 Championship.

Boney Watson of Qatar along with Fadel El Zubi of Jordan and Moosa Nabipour were declared members of Dream Team for the mens while Geethu Anna Jose of India along with Lea Abi Ghosn of Lebanon and Nigyara Nagiyeva of Turkmenistan were declared members of Dream Team for the womens.



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.9 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.22.4 
 3. Pace, Nelson G.21.3 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Conklin, Southland19.9 
 6. Greene, HBS B.19.2 
 7. Maxey, Nelson G.19.0 
 8. Gabriel, Taranaki.18.3 
 9. Warren, Wellington18.2 
 10. Braswell, Southla.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets14.2 
 2. Conklin, Southland9.9 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 4. Anthony, OceanaGo.9.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.9.0 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.7 
 7. Maxey, Nelson G.8.7 
 8. Bailey, Super C.8.7 
 9. Boucher, Wellingt.8.4 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.7.7 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.3 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.7 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.8 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.7 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.0 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.3.7 
 8. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 9. Frank, Wellington3.4 
 10. Bloxham, Nelson G.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.3.9 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.5 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.3.4 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.5 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.2.4 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 8. Martin, Southlan.2.1 
 9. Daly, HBS B.2.0 
 10. O''Riley, Super C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.3 
 2. Frank, Wellington2.1 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.9 
 4. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.1.0 
 7. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.1.0 
 9. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 10. Cohadarevic, HBS1.0 



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. Oluyole W. 6-0 
 2. Union Bank 4-2 
 3. Islanders 4-2 
 4. D.Warriors 3-3 
 5. Police Baton 2-4 
 6. Royal Hoopers 2-4 
 7. Comets 2-4 
 8. Customs 1-5 
Savannah Conference
 1. Kano Pillars 6-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 5-1 
 3. Niger Potters 4-2 
 4. Plateau Peaks 4-2 
 5. Bauchi Nets 3-3 
 6. Kada Stars 2-4 
 7. Immigration 0-6 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Atlantic

May. 19: Royal Hoopers - Police Baton 71-66
May. 19: Customs - Islanders 52-63
May. 20: Royal Hoopers - Police Baton

Savannah

May. 19: Plateau Peaks - Yelwa Hawks 83-51
May. 19: Bauchi Nets - Immigration 70-72
May. 19: Mark Mentors - Kada Stars 68-64
May. 19: Kano Pillars - Niger Potters 53-47



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  PANAMA   


Panamanian Leonardo Pomare clinched third place in Japan - by Eurobasket News

Panamanian Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) clinched third place in Japan as his Kyoto overcame Niigata Albirex 79:72 in the game for the third place.
Kyoto trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 45-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kyoto Hannar. made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of David Palmer who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Leonardo Pomare contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Nile Murry answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and the other American import center Chris Holm added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex.
In 2012-2013 for Kyoto Hannaryz (Japan-BJ League) Leonardo Pomare averaged 11.8 points per game.



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  PHILIPPINES   


2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: May 11-19, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The San Miguel Beermen continued their historic ABL run with close wins over the Thailand Slammers and the Malaysia Dragons, gaining significant momentum towards the semifinals, while the Indonesia Warriors also ended strong by beating the Singapore Slingers at home. In the meantime, the Saigon Heat continued to flounder, losing to Malaysia and Thailand before ending their campaign with an unexpected W over the Dragons yesterday.

As a result the past week cemented the semifinal pairings and effectively eliminated the Slingers from the title race (Saigon was eliminated millennia ago). The Beermen go up against the Slammers in their best-of-five semis match-up, while the defending champion Indonesia Warriors roll out versus the Dragons in their own race-to-three affair.

The winners of the semis will advance to the Finals for another best-of-five for all the marbles.

The following are league leaders at elimination rounds end:

The top overall scorer is Saigons Justin Howard with 20.4ppg, while SMBs Chris Banchero is the best-scoring local with 16.4ppg.

The overall rebounding leader is Rashad Jones-Jennings of Singapore with 15.1rpg, while Asi Taulava of San Miguel led all local players with 7.1rpg.

In terms of assists, Filipino import Froilan Baguion of Thailad led the whole league with 9.2apg, while Banchero was the top local with 4.2apg.

For steals, Chris Daniels of Indonesia led the way with 2.7spg even as Banchero once again was the top local with 2.2spg.

Thailands Christien Charles is the best blocker with 4.1bpg, while Taulavas 0.7bpg was the best among locals.

Malaysias Guga Batumalai had the highest 3-point completion rate at 44.7%, while Indonesias Mario Wuysang had the highest amount of three-point conversions with a total of 58. Thats good for 2.6 threes per game for the Indon playmaker.

Heres my micro-preview for the 2013 ABL Playoffs:

1- San Miguel Beermen versus 4- Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
The Beermen have been on a magnificent winning run lately, and its highly unlikely the inconsistent Slammers can stop it. Even with Chris Charles being one of the most productive imports in the league, I dont see Thailand winning more than one game against the well-oiled Beermen. Heck, one might even be a stretch.

The Beermen just have too many weapons. Brian Williams and Asi Taulava form maybe the best frontline in the league, while Chris Banchero has been enjoying a career season. Former Best Local awardee Leo Avenido is still solid, while other guys like Jeric Fortuna, JR Cawaling, and Val Acua can contribute at the drop of a hat. Justin Williams wont score in bunches, but his presence on the defensive end should stifle even Charles.

The x-factor here might just be the performance of Darius Brannon and local player Wuttipong Dasom. If they can put together a few awesome games, then maybe the Slammers can make a good series out of this, but, by all indications, this could be over in three games.

2- Indonesia Warriors versus 3- Westports Malaysia Dragons
Now THIS is going to be a helluva wonderful series. The match-up between Mario Wuysang and Justin Melton at the point should be awesome, while I cannot wait to see how Stanley Pringle and Julius Armon butt heads at the wings. I believe the teams respective imports will eventually cancel each other out, which means my x-factors are going to be Jerick Caada and John Smith for Indonesia and Moala Tautuaa for Malaysia.

If Caada and Smith can produce big numbers to backstop Wuysang and Pringle in the backcourt, then the Indons will be plenty tough to beat, no other locals aside from Wuysang are actually expected to produce big. On the other end, if Tautuaa can assert himself inside against the smaller Indon frontliners, then the Dragons lives will be much easier.

This is going to be a close one. It will go five games, but, in the end, the experience of the Warriors might be the big difference that will carry them through to the Finals. Now, whether or not they will be able to defend their title is another thing altogether.

Source:
Written by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com.



2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Finals Roundup: Game 3 - by Enzo Flojo

Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska. Thats probably the new go-to line of every PBA fanboy right now. After all, it sums up just how awesome the Alaska Aces have been in their quest to be this seasons Commish Cup Champions.

In retrospect, it seems this really was meant for them. They lost just three games in the eliminations to finish as the #1 seed. They exorcised their demons by beating San Mig Coffee in the semifinals, and now they completed their quest by sweeping an embattled Ginebra squad. It's a storybook tale fit for a franchise that seemed to lose its luster after going through more downs than ups in the past few seasons.

With its last title way back in 2010 and legendary coach Tim Cone jumping ship, it sure looked like Alaska was on its way to irrelevance, but with new blood and renewed fervor, the franchise's glory days (last seen in the 90s) may yet see the light of day anew.

As for Ginebra, it had its own fairy tale to spin, but all that happened here was the Kings fighting like mad dogs only to see everything spin out of control in the fourth quarter. Down by just 2 in the payoff period after Chris Ellis's last basket, the Kings went cold and witnessed a mind-blowing (and title-clinching) 24-2 flurry by the Aces that left more than 23,000 paying patrons at the Big Dome wide-eyed. Now the Kings are sent back to the drawing board, tired and broken.

Coach Luigi Trillo hit it on the head when he said, We have built a good foundation for this team and our new additions were the pieces we needed. These are good guys, character guys.

Indeed there was no shortage of character guys and heroes for Alaska, and perhaps there was nobody bigger than rookie sensation Calvin Abueva. Abueva was snubbed in the Best Player of the Conference vote, but he let his game speak in Game 3. The former San Sebastian Stag finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a performance worthy of greatness (and ire, if you're a Ginebra fan). Best Player? Nah. How about Beast Payer.

And how about the first ever recipient of the Bobby Parks Best Import of the Conference -- Rob Dozier? The former Memphis Tiger was dominant with 27 points, 20 points, 7 assists, and 6 blocks. Needless to say, he completely outplayed Ginebra's Vernon Macklin.

Also stepping up big were "The Boss" Sonny Thoss and former Gilas playmaker JV Casio. They were both the main sparks behind Alaska's series-ending run, scoring 18 and 13 markers respectively by game's end. Thoss, for his outstanding Finals performance, won the Finals MVP plum, while not a few people are probably relishing at the though of Casio maybe getting a late call-up to the Gilas squad.

And now we can all hum to that undying Alaska Milk jingle again

Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska.

Game Recaps:
ALASKA over GINEBRA, 104-80
The Alaska Aces defeated Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 104-80, in Game Three to sweep the Commissioners Cup finals Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Alaska used a furious fourth quarter run to end the game to win the 14th championship in franchise history.

Wala pa ring tatalo sa Aces, wala pa ring tatalo sa Gatas Republik, wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska! exclaimed Alaska chief executive officer Wilfred Uytengsu after the match

Best Import winner Robert Dozier dominated with 27 points, 20 rebounds, seven assists, and six blocks to lead the way for the Aces. Calvin Abueva added 22 points and 10 rebounds while Sonny Thoss posted 13 points and 14 rebounds for Alaska, who dominated the boards, 64-50.

With Ginebras backs against the wall, the Gin Kings put up a tough fight through three quarters. The game was still close early in the fourth quarter, with Alaska leading by just two points, 80-78.

Then all hell broke loose.

Alaska unleashed a 24-2 run to end the game, capped by a three-pointer from third-string point guard Raphy Reyes, to close out the series.

Thoss won finals Most Valuable Player honors after averaging 14.5 points in the series while anchoring the Alaska defense.

LA Tenorio carried the fight for Ginebra with 18 points. But import Vernon Macklin once again struggled, posting a quiet 12 points on just eight shots.

ALA 104 - Dozier 27, Abueva 22, Casio 18, Thoss 13, Baguio 7, Jazul 6, Hontiveros 5, Reys 3, Espinas 2, Belasco 1, Ramos 0, Eman 0, Bugia 0, Laure 0, Dela Cruz 0.
GIN 80 - Tenorio 18, Ellis 14, Macklin 12, Caguioa 12, Helterbrand 11, Baracael 5, Raymundo 4, Urbiztondo 2, Mamaril 2, Taha 0, Labagala 0, Espiritu 0, Hatfield 0.
QS: 23-20, 44-48, 71-72, 104-80

Sources:
Intro written by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com.
Game recap written by Rey Joble/InterAKTV.



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  POLAND   


Polish National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Polish National Team 2013
#s#
Michal Chylinski
Chylinski
Aleksander Czyz
Czyz
Jakub Dloniak
Dloniak
Tomasz Gielo
Gielo
Marcin Gortat
Gortat
#e#5
Michal Chylinski 190-PG-86 PGE Turow Poland
Aleksander Czyz 200-F-90 Acea Virtus RM Italy
Jakub Dloniak 192-F-83 Siarka Jezioro Poland
Tomasz Gielo 206-F-93 Liberty USA
Marcin Gortat 211-C-84 Phoenix Suns USA
Adam Hrycaniuk 206-C-84 Valencia Spain
Michal Ignerski 207-F-80 Banco di Sard. Italy
Przemyslaw Karnowski 216-C-93 Gonzaga USA
Thomas Kelati 195-G/F-82 Valencia Spain
Lukasz Koszarek 187-PG-84 Stelmet ZG Poland
Damian Kulig 206-F/C-87 PGE Turow Poland
Maciej Lampe 211-F/C-85 Caja Laboral Spain
Michal Michalak 196-SG-93 Trefl Sopot Poland
Piotr Pamula 194-G-90 Asseco Prok. Poland
Mateusz Ponitka 196-G/F-93 Asseco Prok. Poland
Szymon Szewczyk 209-C-82 Umana VE Italy
Krzysztof Szubarga 182-PG-84 Anwil Poland
Adam Waczynski 199-G/F-89 Trefl Sopot Poland
Lukasz Wisniewski 186-G-84 AZS Koszalin Poland
Jakub Wojciechowski 210-F/C-90 Torino Italy
Przemyslaw Zamojski 194-SG-86 Asseco Prok. Poland

Dirk Bauermann Head Coach Lietuvos rytas Lithuania



Polish U20 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Polish U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Jan Grzelinski
Grzelinski
Grzegorz Grochowski
Grochowski
Sebastian Kowalczyk
Kowalczyk
Jakub Schenk
Schenk
Michal Michalak
Michalak
#e#5
Jan Grzelinski 180-PG-94 WKK Wroclaw Poland
Grzegorz Grochowski 180-PG-93 MKS DG Poland
Sebastian Kowalczyk 190-PG-93 Start Gdynia Poland
Jakub Schenk 185-PG-94 Rosa Radom Poland
Michal Michalak 196-SG-93 Trefl Sopot Poland
Mateusz Ponitka 196-G/F-93 Asseco Prok. Poland
Filip Matczak 186-PG-93 Stelmet ZG Poland
Maciej Kucharek 204-SF-93 Start Gdynia Poland
Jakub Karolak 196-F/G-93 MKS DG Poland
Aleksander Lenczuk 193-SG-93 WKK Wroclaw Poland
David Brembly 197-G/F-93 Trefl Sopot Poland
Jakub Koelner 182-PG-93 WKK Wroclaw Poland
Kacper Radwanski 193-G/F-94 Polpharma Poland
Filip Malgorzaciak 193-G/F-93 Astoria Bydg. Poland
Jakub Garbacz 196-SF-94 SMS PZKosz Poland
Marcin Piechowicz 194-F-93 MKS DG Poland
Jakub Patoka 200-F-94 Siarka Jezioro Poland
Lukasz Bonarek 200-F-93 Znicz Basket Poland
Tomasz Gielo 206-F-93 Liberty USA
Kacper Borowski 205-F/C-94 SMS PZKosz Poland
Filip Put 201-F-93 GTK Gdynia Poland
Przemyslaw Karnowski 216-C-93 Gonzaga USA
Jaroslaw Trojan 207-C-93 WKK Wroclaw Poland
Grzegorz Paszek 203-C-93 MKS DG Poland
Dawid Czerniawski 201-F-93 Davenport USA
Damian Cechniak 208-C-93 Legia Poland




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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Balseiro, Academica16.5 
 7. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 8. Dunn, Benfica16.3 
 9. Smith, CAB Madeira16.1 
 10. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 3. Hallman, Academica10.3 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense8.4 
 9. Gomes, Benfica7.8 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 3. Fernandes, Acade.5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Pires, Alges4.4 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
 10. Costa, CAB Madei.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.4 
 2. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 4. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 5. Jackson, CAB M.2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 7. Hallman, Academica1.9 
 8. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 9. Andrade, Benfica1.9 
 10. Rosario, Fisica1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 4. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 5. Lukasiak, Acade.1.0 
 6. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 7. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 8. Evora, Benfica0.8 
 9. Holt, Alges0.7 
 10. Gentry, Benfica0.7 


Oliveirense claim Proliga title - by Eurobasket News

Oliveirense - Maia Basket 76:61

Oliveirense celebrated the Proliga title. They outscored Maia Basket in the fourth game of the championship series tonight to claim the crown. Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) delivered 23 points and 6 rebounds to pace the winners.
It was never an easy battle for the hosts. Maia Basket stayed in front throughout the first half. The visitors gained a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. Maia Basket stayed aggressive in the second frame. They kept Oliveirense at bay posting a 37:35 halftime lead. But the home team turned things around in the second half. Oliveirense shut down defensively. They held Maia Basket to 15 points in the third quarter to take a 54:52 lead at the final intermission. The home side went on a deadly 22:9 rally in the fourth frame to seal the triumph at the end. Joao Abreu (179-G-83) delivered 19 points and 6 assists for Oliveirense. Joao Reveles (187-G-80) added 14 points for the winners. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) responded with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Maia Basket. Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Oliveirense: Nuno Cortez 23, Joao Abreu 19, Joao Reveles 14
Maia Basket: Nuno Marcal 23+10 boards, Paulo Diamantino 20



LPB Round 2 of Finals. Benfica record second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - Academica 94-62

Benfica cruised past Academica to earn the second straight win in the LPB Final. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Benfica outrebounded Academica 42-24 including a 29-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 31 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Polish center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, college: Jacksonville, agency: Promotex) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Joao Balseiro (192-87) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Benfica: L.Dunn 31+7reb+2ast, F.Gentry 16+9reb+3ast, J.Gomes 11+12reb+2ast, C.Fonseca 8+6reb, C.Andrade 6+4reb+1ast, D.Carreira 4+1reb+7ast
Academica: S.Lukasiak 21+5reb, J.Balseiro 16+5reb+3ast, A.Hallman 10+6reb+1ast, F.Sousa 7+2reb+3ast, M.Fernandes 6+4ast, M.Goncalves 2+2reb
gschID: 241174



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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Trotamundos
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Petty, Trotamundos20.8 
 2. Darby, Rovinari20.7 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.20.3 
 4. Shepherd, CSM B.18.7 
 5. Horton, Timba Timi.18.3 
 6. Fisher, Dinamo B.18.2 
 7. Wisseh, Rovinari17.9 
 8. Barac, Pitesti17.8 
 9. Brown, Timba Timis.16.6 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu10.2 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.3 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.3 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.3 
 6. Darby, Rovinari7.2 
 7. Cuic, Targu Mures7.0 
 8. Johnson, Timisoara6.8 
 9. Carutasu, CSM B.6.8 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.6.8 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.4 
 3. Wisseh, Rovinari5.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.4 
 5. Cuic, Targu Mures5.4 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 7. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.1 
 8. Petty, Trotamundos4.9 
 9. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.6 
 10. Bubalo, Miercure.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.2.9 
 2. Fisher, Dinamo B.2.1 
 3. Dixon, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Petty, Trotamundos2.1 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Farul C.1.9 
 7. Henifin, Brisbane1.9 
 8. Wisseh, Rovinari1.8 
 9. Mandache, Gaz M.1.7 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 3. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 5. Kickingstall., Tim.1.3 
 6. Barro, Targu Mures1.1 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.1 
 9. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 10. Morris, CSM B.0.9 


Standings - D2

Liga I Semifinals Standings
 1. Steaua 5-0 
 2. Concordia 4-1 
 3. Politehnica 2-3 
 4. Stiinta B. 2-3 
 5. CSU Galati 2-3 
 6. Vabova 0-5 
Stage Two Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 5

May. 19: Stiinta B. - Vabova 86-62
May. 19: Concordia - Politehnica 66-58
May. 19: Steaua - CSU Galati 155-56


Ploiesti tied Liga Nationala Finals - by Eurobasket News

Targu Mures - Ploiesti 78-83 (1-1)

Ploiesti tied Liga Nationala Finals at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But Targu Mures won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Targu Mures.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: V.Peciukas 20+6reb+2ast, B.Cuic 16+12reb+3ast, M.Ceskovic 14+2reb+6ast, D.Paltinisanu 9+7reb, L.Dumitru 7+1reb, A.Ciric 5+1reb+1ast
Ploiesti: A.Mohammed 20+4reb+2ast, C.Burlacu 15+15reb+3ast, A.Vlahovic 13+3ast, V.Stanescu 11+3reb, A.Tudor 10+2ast, P.Miletic 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 241240





CSA Steaua Bucuresti wins Semifinals Stage with 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News

CSA Steaua Bucuresti wins Semifinals Stage with 5-0 record. The team recorded all five victories against the opponents.
In the last day CSA Steaua Bucuresti smashed CSU Galati 155:56. Thy erupted with 43-17 in the first period and added 34-9 before the halftime. Moreover CSA Steaua Bucuresti won the third period 38-10 and finished the game with 40-20 in the last quarter. Seven players scored in double figures as Gheorghe Balmus (180-PG-92) led them all with 30 points. Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) notched 29 and Vladimir Biasutti Vulpe brought 24. Bogdan Balanica (F) replied with 12 points in the losing effort.
CS Concordia Chiajna finished second with 4-1 record. In the last game they outscored Politehnica Iasi 66:58. CS Concordia Chiajna won the first period 26-13 and led 14 points at the halftime. Politehnica Iasi managed to win the third and the last quarters and reduced to final 8 points. Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86, college: Indian Hills CC) and Vasile Stefan (192-F-85) paced all the winners with 19 points each. Madalin Nicolae netted 18 in defeat, while Constantin Amarghioalei (196-G-86) scored 15.
CSU Stiinta Bucuresti meanwhile edged CS Vabova Sfantu Gheorghe 86:62.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague B

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


VTB League: Khimky secure the Semifinal berth - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Khimky 60:82

Khimky secure the Semifinal berth in VTB League as they swept the series against VEF Riga. The Russian side posted an 82:60 win in Game 3 and sent Latvian side out of the Play-offs.
The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. It was an exceptional evening for James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) came up with 6 points and 11 rebounds. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat.

VEF Riga: Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) 14, Will Daniels 12, Bertans 11, Davis Geks (191-SG-95) 7
Khimky: James Augustine 16+7rebs, Kresimir Loncar 14+7rebs, Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) 11



VTB League: Lokomotiv win the series against Unics - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Unics 68:64

Lokomotiv win the series against Unics and advanced to the Semifinals. The team from Krasnodar posted a 68:64 win in Game 4 and won the series 3-1.
The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 39-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lokomotiv dominated on the defensive end, holding Unics Kazan to just 7 points in third quarter. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida)fired 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Lokomotiv's coach Evgeny Pashutin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Greek power forward Kostas Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) produced 16 points and Greek Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
In the Semifinals Lokomotiv will face Zalgiris that advanced to the Final Four of VTB League also tonight. The Lithuanian team won Game 4 in Nizhny Novgorod 66:59 and beat the local team 3-1 in the series.

Unics: Kostas Kaimakoglou 16, Nikita Shabalkin (206-F-86) 11, Ian Vougioukas 10, Igor Zamanskiy (202-F-77, agency: Alti Sport) 8
Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) 14, Nick Calathes 13+7rebs, Maxim Grigoryev 13, Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) 11



VTB League: Omar Thomas brings the victory for Krasnie Krilya against CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - CSKA 50:49

Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) brings the victory for Krasnie Krilya against CSKA as his team won the game 50:49. Krasnie Krilya remained alive in the series and reduced to 1-2 deficit. Game 4 to be played again in samara tomorrow.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-8. But CSKA Moscow won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Omar Thomas who saved his team from a defeat with 14 points and 7 rebounds. He iced the contest at the free throw line. His fellow American import forward Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for CSKA Moscow.

CSKA: Andrey Vorontsevich 15, Aaron Jackson 11, Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) 9
Krasnie Krilya: Omar Thomas 14, Andre Smith 10+8rebs, Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) 10



VTB League: Zalgiris advanced to the Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Novgorod - Zalgiris 59:66

Zalgiris advanced to the Final Four of VTB League. The Lithuanian team won Game 4 in Nizhny Novgorod 66:59 and beat the local team 3-1 in the series.
It looked good early as BC Nizhny Novgorod took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while BC Nizhny Novgorod only scored four points from the stripe. BC Nizhny Novgorod was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Evgeni Baburin (190-G-87) added 12 points and 4 steals in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Novgorod: Semen Antonov 18, Evgeni Baburin 12, Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) 9, Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88) 7
Zalgiris: Oliver Lafayette 19, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) 12



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Pape Faye wins the title in Japan - by Eurobasket News

Pape Faye (200-C-87) wins the title in Japan as his Yokohama clinches BJ title after a 101:90 win against Fukuoka Rizing. Yokohamas Reggie Geary, brought the championship to a Kanto team for the first time in the leagues eight-season history.
Fukuoka Rizing was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 61-46 second half run of Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC shot 34 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Fukuoka Rizing only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Draelon Burns stepped up and scored 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and swingman Masayuki Kabaya chipped in 35 points (!!!) (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Pape Faye followed them with 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Reginald Warren responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and the other Josh Peppers scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 12

May. 19: Crvena Zvezda - Mega Vizura 84-78
May. 18: Vojvodina - Radnicki KG 78-85
May. 18: Sloboda Uzice - Konstantin 77-71
May. 19: Metalac - Partizan 62-88

Second Stage: Round 13

May. 22: Crvena Zvezda - Metalac
May. 22: Mega Vizura - Vojvodina
May. 22: Radnicki KG - Sloboda Uzice
May. 22: Konstantin - Partizan


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bakic, Metalac19.1 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 6. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 7. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 8. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.4 
 9. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
 10. Kljajevic, C Afri.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.9 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.9 
 7. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 8. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
 9. Miceta, Sutjeska5.7 
 10. Zekovic, Vojvodina5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.9 
 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.3.4 
 10. Boltic, Vojvodina3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 3. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Covic, Vojvodina1.6 
 6. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 7. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 8. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 9. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 10. Boltic, Vojvodina1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.6 
 2. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.1 
 5. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 6. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 


Crvena zvezda Telekom win against Mega in close game - by Igor Obradovic

In a very uncertain and an equal match Crvena zvezda got revenge by winning Mega Vizura with score 84:78 (22:18, 20:20, 18:16, 24:24).

The whole match was very uncertain and equalized, the biggest advantage on the game had Crvena zvezda was only 8 points. Towards the end of the match Mega's lead on two occasions with 2 points difference and was on the verge of victory but home team led again becouse Savovic who hit two free throws for score 77:76 and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78)a after that for 79:76 (before Igor Rakocevic hit two free throws Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) missed shoot for 3 point).
"Red&whites" gained the advantage before the end of the game. In the next attack Mega failed to bring the ball in the game for 5 seconds after the timeout that is requested by Dejan Milojevic.
After that, he made Mega Vizura fouled Lazic, who hit both free throws and so brought Crvena zvezda to advantage of +5, 81:76. Because at that time Mega was better in head2head score (Mega win in first match with +7) against Crvena zvezda was making a foul but this has not led to nothing as Novica Velickovic used both free throws. In the latest attack Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored three points for the final score 84:78 in favor of the red and white from Belgrade.

At home side best was DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke), although he scored only 6 points he recorded 8 rebounds and 12 assists and collected 23 index points. Beside him great was and Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) with 18pts and 3rbd, Marko Simonovic with 14pts and 6rbd and Igor Rakocevic with 19pts and 3ast.
In away team of Mega Vizura most notable were Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) with 16pts and 10rbd, Novica Velickovic with 17pts, 9rbd, 2ast and Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) with 18pts, 4rbd and 7ast and index 25.

Crvena zvezda and Mega was now tied on the table, they both have same score of winning and losing (9-3) but Mega is better in head2head becouse they win in first match with 7 points difference.

Early today, Partizan in away game was better then Metalac in Valjevo with a score 62:88.

Metalac :
Zivanovic 13pts,4rbd, Vranes 13pts, 4rbd.
Partizan mt:s : Bertans 24pts, 6rbd, 1ast, Gordic 9pts, 3rbd, 4ast.




Bertans' 24 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old Davis Bertans (210-SF-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Partizan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds for Partizan in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Metalac (#6, 3-9) with 26-point margin 88-62. It allowed Partizan to consolidate first place in the Serbian league. Partizan have a solid 10-2 record. In the team's last game Bertans had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Partizan's top player in his first season with the team. Davis Bertans averages this season 13.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) of league's second-best Mega Vizura. He is a guard in his 3rd season at Mega Vizura. In the last game Micic recorded impressive 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Mega Vizura lost that game 78-84 to Crvena Zvezda (9-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Mega Vizura still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Micic is one of the most experienced players at Mega Vizura and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85) of Crvena Zvezda (#3). Nelson showcased his all-around game by recording 6 points, eight rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 84-78 win against #2 ranked Mega Vizura. Crvena Zvezda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Nelson has a very solid season. In 9 games in Serbia he scored 10.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Jevtovic (208-F/C-89) of Sloboda Uzice - 14 points and 12 rebounds
5. Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) of Radnicki KG - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) of Mega Vizura - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) of Metalac - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points and 3 assists
9. Slavko Vranes (230-C-83) of Metalac - 13 points and 4 rebounds
10. Branko Andjic (201-F-82) of Sloboda Uzice - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Gasper Okorn to continue his coaching career in Kuwait - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Coach Gasper Okorn will not remain head coach of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana in the next season. After two seasons at Kodeljevo, he moves abroad again, this time to Asia, where he will coach Al Kuwait SC from Kuwait, where another Slovenian, Marko Milic (201-F-77) has shined at the end of this season and become MVP of the finals, after he led his team to the national championship title.

At the same time, Al-Kuwait reached an agreement with another player who comes from Slovenia. It's a Croatian power forward Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80), who joined Union Olimpija Ljubljana in January and is looking to win Slovenian Telemach League with the team from Ljubljana.




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Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 30-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 25-9 
 3. FCB Regal 23-11 
 4. Valencia 22-12 
 5. CAI Zaragoza 21-13 
 6. Gescrap BB 19-15 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 19-15 
 8. Blusens M. 18-16 
 9. Unicaja 18-16 
 10. CB Canarias 17-17 
 11. FIATC Joventut 16-18 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 15-19 
 13. UCAM Murcia 13-21 
 14. Mad-Croc 12-22 
 15. Cajasol 12-22 
 16. Blancos de R. 12-22 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-26 
 18. Assignia M. 6-28 

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 19: CB Canarias - Caja Laboral 99-94
May. 19: Valencia - Assignia M. 90-59
May. 19: Blusens M. - Gescrap BB 79-73
May. 19: G.Canaria 2014 - Blancos de R. 78-62
May. 19: Asefa Estudian. - FIATC Joventut 75-112
May. 19: Cajasol - Mad-Croc 68-76
May. 19: FCB Regal - Unicaja 57-50
May. 19: CAI Zaragoza - UCAM Murcia 108-74
May. 19: Real Madrid - Lagun Aro GBC 100-67

Round 33

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 23: Real Madrid - Blusens M.
May. 23: Valencia - CAI Zaragoza
May. 23: Caja Laboral - G.Canaria 2014
May. 23: FCB Regal - Gescrap BB


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.7 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.1 
 8. Nocioni, Caja Labo.13.9 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 10. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.6 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.5 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.1 
 7. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 8. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 9. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 7. Markovic, Valencia3.8 
 8. Huertas, FCB Regal3.7 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.0 
 2. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.7 
 3. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 4. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 5. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 6. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 7. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.6 
 2. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Hamilton, Gescr.1.0 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  San G.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, San G.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 4. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 5. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 6. Blanch, Andorra14.7 
 7. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.3 
 9. Ruiz de Gala., Cla.14.1 
 10. Otegui, Palencia14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan8.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.2 
 7. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 8. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 9. Otegui, Palencia6.7 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Perez, Andorra5.2 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.7 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.1 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Schreiner, Andorra3.1 
 10. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas SIKMA
  A.Ford B.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 2. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 3. Blanch, Andorra1.8 
 4. Otegui, Palencia1.7 
 5. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 6. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 7. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 9. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 10. Castro, Melilla1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 3. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 4. Flis, Andorra1.1 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Gatell, Lobe Hues.0.7 
 10. Mejeris, Clavijo0.7 


ACB Round 34: Real Madrid wins regular season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ACB just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Tenerife between second ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) and tenth ranked CB Canarias (17-17) on Sunday night. Caja Laboral was defeated by CB Canarias in a tough game on the road 94-99. Caja Laboral trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-99 at the end of the game. CB Canarias made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Caja Laboral helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Levi Rost (201-83, college: W.Michigan) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted CB Canarias maintains tenth position with 17-17 record. Caja Laboral at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost.
ACB top team - Real Madrid (30-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventeenth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) 100-67. International Sergio Llull (192-87) notched 17 points to lead the effort and Jaycee Carroll supported him with 16 points. Real Madrid's coach Pablo Laso felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by center David Doblas (206-81) did not help to save the game for Lagun Aro GBC. Real Madrid have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-4 record. Lagun Aro GBC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 26 games lost.
ACB top team - Real Madrid (30-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked FIATC Joventut (16-18) in Badalona 85-64. Jaycee Carroll fired 16 points for the winners. Corey Fisher produced 16 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Real Madrid have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-4 record. Loser FIATC Joventut keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost.
Seventeenth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) gave a tough game to third ranked Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in San Sebastian. The visitors from Barcelona managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Brad Oleson who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual let to play all 12 players in such tough game. Regal FC Barcelona have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 23-11 record having seven points less than leader Real Madrid. Lagun Aro GBC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 26 games lost.
An interesting game took place in Santoago de Comp where 6th ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Blusens Monbus (18-16) 79-73 on Sunday. Salah Mejri had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Blusens Monbus moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Unicaja. Loser Gescrap BB keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 34: UCAM Murcia was destroyed by CAI Zaragoza on the opponent's court 108-74. Asefa Estudian. was outscored by FIATC Joventut in a home game 75-112. Mad-Croc managed to beat Cajasol on the road 76-68. Valencia crushed Assignia M. on its own court 90-59. Blancos de R. was beaten by G.Canaria 2014 in Las Palmas 78-62. FCB Regal won against Unicaja at home 57-50.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 6 assists by Raul Neto of Lagun Aro GBC.


CB Canarias - Caja Laboral 99-94

The most important game in the last round took place in Tenerife between second ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) and tenth ranked CB Canarias (17-17) on Sunday night. Caja Laboral was defeated by CB Canarias in a tough game on the road 94-99. Caja Laboral trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-99 at the end of the game. CB Canarias made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Caja Laboral helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Levi Rost (201-83, college: W.Michigan) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and international swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-84) scored 27 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted CB Canarias maintains tenth position with 17-17 record. Caja Laboral at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
CB Canarias: L.Rost 19+5reb+2ast, F.Lampropoulos 17+3reb, B.Sekulic 16+6reb, R.Guillen 14+2reb+2ast, N.Richotti 10+1reb+1ast, J.Carles Bivia 7+3reb+5ast
Caja Laboral: F.San Emeterio 27+1reb+1ast, M.Lampe 25+5reb+2ast, F.Causeur 11+3reb+3ast, N.Bjelica 10+7reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 8+3reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 4+3reb
gschID: 185965


CAI Zaragoza - UCAM Murcia 108-74

Very expected game when 13th ranked UCAM Murcia (13-21) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked CAI Zaragoza (21-13) 108-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. CAI Zaragoza 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 UCAM Murcia's 46 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. CAI Zaragoza forced 22 UCAM Murcia turnovers. UCAM Murcia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Montenegrin-Serbian center Vladimir Golubovic (213-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five CAI Zaragoza players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Marcus Lewis (203-86, college: ORU) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Andres Miso (199-83) scored 11 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CAI Zaragoza have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 21-13 record. Loser UCAM Murcia keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
CAI Zaragoza: V.Golubovic 17+7reb+1ast, D.Rudez 16+2reb, J.Jones 15+5reb+2ast, J.Stefansson 14+3reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 13+6reb, S.Van Rossom 13+1reb+2ast
UCAM Murcia: M.Lewis 19+9reb+1ast, A.Miso 11+3reb+3ast, J.Angel Antelo 10+2reb, K.Tillie 8+1reb, M.Gatens 7+2reb+1ast, A.Marelja 6
gschID: 185964


Asefa Estudian. - FIATC Joventut 75-112

Everything could happen in Madrid at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked FIATC Joventut and 12th ranked Asefa Estudiantes had identical 15-18 record. But Asefa Estudiantes was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Badalona 112-75 on Sunday night. FIATC Joventut outrebounded Asefa Estudiantes 39-28 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. FIATC Joventut looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, agency: Beo Basket) scored 26 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and DR Congolese-American swingman Ehambe Moses Randall (198-86, college: ORU) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Five FIATC Joventut players scored in double figures. At the losing side British power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 18 points and American swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) scored 16 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FIATC Joventut maintains eleventh position with 16-18 record. Loser Asefa Estudiantes keeps the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
FIATC Joventut: C.Fisher 26+2reb+9ast, E.Moses Randall 21+3reb+1ast, N.Llovet 11+7reb, J.Trias 11+7reb+6ast, A.Suarez 11+4reb, S.Savane 9+3reb
Asefa Estudian.: D.Clark 18+3reb+1ast, K.Kuric 16+2reb+3ast, G.Gabriel 16+2reb+2ast, J.Granger 7+2reb+9ast, J.Fernandez 6+3reb, T.Kirksay 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 185963


Cajasol - Mad-Croc 68-76

There was a minor upset in Sevilla where 14th ranked Cajasol (12-22) was defeated by sixteenth ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) 76-68 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Cajasol won second period 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Robert Kurz (206-85, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Czech center Ondrej Balvin (216-92) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Czech point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Blancos de R. and Cajasol.
Top scorers:
Mad-Croc: R.Kurz 18+9reb, J.Feldeine 17+6reb+4ast, J.Colom 16+3reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 10+3reb, J.Cortaberria 5+3reb+1ast, A.Laso 4+2reb
Cajasol: T.Satoransky 14+3reb+4ast, O.Balvin 14+7reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 13+3reb+2ast, J.Sastre Morro 11+4reb+2ast, J.Triguero 6+3reb, J.Holland 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 185962


Valencia - Assignia M. 90-59

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Valencia Basket (22-12) outscored at home bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa (6-28) 90-59 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-59. Valencia Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Assignia Manresa to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Assignia Manresa's 28. They outrebounded Assignia Manresa 40-21 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valencia Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Assignia Manresa's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valencia Basket made 7 blocks. American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) chipped in 5 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) responded with 19 points and guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) scored 9 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valencia Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 22-12 record. Assignia Manresa lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.
Top scorers:
Valencia: J.Doellman 15+5reb+3ast, J.Robinson 11+3reb+3ast, V.Faverani 10+5reb+1ast, S.Lishchuk 10+4reb+1ast, P.Ribas 10+5reb+2ast, T.Kelati 9+1ast
Assignia M.: T.DeVries 19+2reb+1ast, J.Salvador Arco 9+3reb+1ast, J.Asselin 8+2reb, N.Aleksandrov 6+4reb, H.Palsson 5+2reb, F.Lavina 3+2reb
gschID: 185961


Blusens M. - Gescrap BB 79-73

An interesting game took place in Santoago de Comp where 6th ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Blusens Monbus (18-16) 79-73 on Sunday. Gescrap BB trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-79 at the end of the game. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-86) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian-Irish forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Blusens Monbus players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) scored 17 points. Blusens Monbus moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Unicaja. Loser Gescrap BB keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Blusens M.: A.Corbacho 14+1ast, L.Kendall 14+5reb+2ast, B.Dewar 13+1reb+4ast, S.Mejri 12+14reb, P.Pumprla 11+5reb+2ast, R.Hummel 10+3reb+1ast
Gescrap BB: N.Zisis 17+2reb, L.Hamilton 14+5reb, R.Grimau 10+2reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 9+4reb+4ast, A.Moerman 8+5reb, M.Samb 5+3reb
gschID: 185960


G.Canaria 2014 - Blancos de R. 78-62

There was no surprise in Las Palmas where 15th ranked Blancos de Rueda (12-22) was defeated by seventh ranked G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) 78-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by G.Canaria 2014. Blancos de Rueda was better in third quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Azerbaijani power forward Spencer Nelson (202-80, college: Utah St.) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four G.Canaria 2014 players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Nacho Martin (205-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American-Irish forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. G.Canaria 2014 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Gescrap BB. Blancos de Rueda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
G.Canaria 2014: E.Baez 14+6reb+1ast, R.Toolson 14+2reb+1ast, B.Newley 11+5reb+1ast, S.Nelson 10+8reb+3ast, R.Guerra 9+3reb+3ast, W.Tavares 6+4reb
Blancos de R.: N.Martin 19+10reb, I.O'Leary 11+8reb+1ast, V.Cizauskas 9+3reb, D.Navarro 9+2ast, N.Sinanovic 6+7reb+2ast, J.Grimau 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185959


FCB Regal - Unicaja 57-50

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) won against at home 8th ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-16) 57-50 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Unicaja Malaga won third quarter 12-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Regal FC Barcelona won last quarter 12-6. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Unicaja Malaga to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Unicaja Malaga was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Brazilian-Italian point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 7 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international center Fran Vazquez (209-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) scored 5 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Regal FC Barcelona have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 23-11 record having seven points less than leader Real Madrid. Loser Unicaja Malaga keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: A.Tomic 11+7reb+3ast, M.Huertas 7+5reb+2ast, J.Wallace 7+2reb, J.Ingles 6+2reb, B.Oleson 6+5reb, E.Lorbek 4+3reb+1ast
Unicaja: F.Vazquez 10+11reb, Z.Dragic 7+3reb, L.Zoric 7+2reb+1ast, T.Kinsey 5+4reb, E.Calloway 5+6reb+1ast, K.Perovic 4+4reb
gschID: 185958


Real Madrid - Lagun Aro GBC 100-67

ACB top team - Real Madrid (30-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventeenth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) 100-67. The game without a history. Real Madrid led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Real Madrid outrebounded Lagun Aro GBC 39-27 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lagun Aro GBC was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. International Sergio Llull (192-87) notched 17 points to lead the effort and American-Azerbaijani guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 16 points. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Real Madrid's coach Pablo Laso felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by center David Doblas (206-81) did not help to save the game for Lagun Aro GBC. American guard Morris Finley (180-81, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) added 14 points for lost side. Real Madrid have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-4 record. Lagun Aro GBC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Llull 17+4reb+2ast, J.Carroll 16+2reb, R.Hettsheimer 12+4reb, R.Fernandez 12+1reb+2ast, S.Rodriguez 9+3reb+5ast, T.Darden 8+3reb
Lagun Aro GBC: M.Finley 14+2ast, D.Doblas 12+11reb+1ast, I.Paunic 10+3reb, J.Salgado 9+1reb+2ast, E.Papamakarios 8+1reb, R.Neto 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 185957


Round 33
FIATC Joventut - Real Madrid 64-85

ACB top team - Real Madrid (30-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked FIATC Joventut (16-18) in Badalona 85-64. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. FIATC Joventut managed to win fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to FIATC Joventut's 24 and made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded FIATC Joventut 44-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Azerbaijani guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) fired 16 points for the winners. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points and center Nacho Llovet (202-91) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Real Madrid have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-4 record. Loser FIATC Joventut keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: J.Carroll 16+4reb+1ast, T.Darden 11+5reb, S.Llull 10+3reb+2ast, R.Fernandez 9+3reb+2ast, M.Begic 8+4reb, S.Rodriguez 7+6ast
FIATC Joventut: C.Fisher 16+2reb, A.Oliver 11+1reb+2ast, N.Llovet 7+8reb+1ast, S.Savane 7+4reb+1ast, A.Suarez 6, P.Tomas 5+2reb
gschID: 241061


Lagun Aro GBC - FCB Regal 89-90

Seventeenth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) gave a tough game to third ranked Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in San Sebastian. The visitors from Barcelona managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Lagun Aro GBC was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Regal FC Barcelona, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Regal FC Barcelona outrebounded Lagun Aro GBC 33-18 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American point guard Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists. International guard Victor Sada (192-84) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual let to play all 12 players in such tough game. Brazilian point guard Raul Neto (186-92) replied with 25 points and 6 assists and center David Doblas (206-81) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lagun Aro GBC. Regal FC Barcelona have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 23-11 record having seven points less than leader Real Madrid. Lagun Aro GBC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: B.Oleson 26+2reb+4ast, V.Sada 16+7reb, E.Lorbek 14+5reb, M.Huertas 8+4reb+3ast, J.Wallace 7+5reb+1ast, A.Tomic 6+7reb+3ast
Lagun Aro GBC: R.Neto 25+1reb+6ast, D.Doblas 20+6reb+2ast, J.Salgado 16+1reb+1ast, M.Finley 9+2reb+4ast, I.Paunic 8+3reb+3ast, D.Diez 7+2reb
gschID: 241060



Spanish ACB round 34 best performance: Brad Oleson - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American point guard Brad Oleson (191-PG-83, agency: Duran International) had a great game in the last round for FCB Regal, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, two rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lagun Aro GBC (#17, 8-26) 90-89. FCB Regal maintains the 3rd position in American ACB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. FCB Regal will need more victories to improve their 23-11 record. In the team's last game Oleson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at FCB Regal, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Brad Oleson averages this season 9.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Brazilian Raul Neto (186-PG-92) of Lagun Aro GBC. Neto had a very good evening with 25 points and 6 assists. Bad luck as Lagun Aro GBC was edged by the higher-ranked FCB Regal (#3, 23-11) 90-89. Lagun Aro GBC is still in a red zone at 17th spot in Round 33. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Lagun Aro GBC managed to get this year. Neto is well-known at Lagun Aro GBC and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Nacho Martin (205-F-83) of Blancos de R. (#16). Martin scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Martin's great performance Blancos de R. lost 62-78 to the higher-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#7, 19-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Blancos de R. not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Martin could try to bring Blancos de R.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Martin has individually a great season in Spain. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) of Caja Laboral - 27 points
5. Corey Fisher (186-PG-88) of FIATC Joventut - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) of CAI Zaragoza - 17 points and 7 rebounds
7. Salah Mejri (217-C-86) of Blusens M. - 12 points and 14 rebounds
8. Marcus Lewis (203-F/C-86) of UCAM Murcia - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. David Doblas (206-C-81) of Lagun Aro GBC - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jordi Trias (207-F-80) of FIATC Joventut - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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



LEB Gold Round 4 of Semi-Finals. River Andorra join Lucentum in Final - by Eurobasket News

Caceres - Andorra 70-82

Andorra claimed the third win in the series and advanced into Final. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. Caceres Basket managed to win third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marc Blanch (194-82) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-Canadian forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, agency: Norton Sports Management) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Antonio Pena (203-86, college: Villanova) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Caceres Basket. Four Caceres Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Caceres: O.Ashaolu 17+6reb, B.Hobbs 11+4reb, A.Pena 11+8reb+1ast, R.Morentin 10+2reb+1ast, R.Nguema 9+5reb+2ast, P.Robles 5+1ast
Andorra: M.Blanch 22+7reb+2ast, D.Flis 17+8reb+1ast, A.Maresch 11+4reb+2ast, T.Hampl 8+6reb, T.Schreiner 8+1reb+5ast, J.Safford 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241228



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PrimeTime Steamrolls Queen City, 138-117 - by Eurobasket News

May 17, 2013: The PrimeTime Players started off the second half of the 2013 TRBL season with a bang on Friday night, running away with a 138-117 victory against the Queen City Express in their annual match-up at Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill. PrimeTime got out to an early lead behind the long-range shooting of Chris Moore (6'2''-G-86, college: Charleston So.) and never looked back, taking a 40-22 lead into the first break and extending it into a 72-49 advantage at halftime.

Queen City could not find a rhythm offensively all night, tallying just 11 assists on 47 made shots on the night. The Express shot just 8-for-30 from behind the arc, often early in the shot clock, leading to long rebounds and fast break opportunities for the Players. PrimeTime celebrated the return of Donald Rutherford (6'7''-F/C-87, college: Catawba) from another successful season playing in Denmark on Friday, and Rutherford did not fail to impress, taking the ball to the hole for an emphatic dunk the first time he touched it. Rutherford finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in reserve action while he adjusts to playing back in the States.

The Players were led on the night by another outstanding effort from center Malachai Jones. Jones finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. Terell Smith weathered a rare off-night shooting the ball to finish with 18 points and 11 assists, while Chris Moore added 24 points and five assists. Thomas Pfaff hit his first eight shots on the night and finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. James Dillard and Brian Mobley also tallied double-digits with 17 and 10 points respectively. Mashon Farrior led the way for Queen City with a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-17 shooting. Dominique Jenkins knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 18 points on the night.

The PrimeTime Players will be in action again at home next Saturday at the Banks Street Gym in Fort Mill as they take on the Greensboro Cobras for the second time this season. PrimeTime won in Greensboro in the season opener, 111-96. Queen City will take on HoopForLyfe next Friday night at Carolina Courts in Concord in a key match-up that could go a long way towards determining playoff seeding in the Western Conference.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



Cary Pushes Pace Early, Wins 141-108 at Greensboro - by Eurobasket News

Greensboro, NC: The Cary Invasion made its first trip ever to Greensboro for a TRBL game on Saturday night. The Greensboro Cobras brought a a healthy fan base to Bennett College to cheer on the home team, and the game began with an exchange of baskets that lasted for most of the first quarter. But, the Invasion put its 11-man rotation to work, knocking down three pointers and playing stifling defense that forced the tempo. A big second quarter by the Invasion pushed the lead to more than 20 points. The visitors led at the break 67-47.

The Invasion stretched the lead to 32 points by the end of the 3rd quarter that was delayed by nearly 30 minutes due to a power outage caused by area thunderstorms. The teams played an even 4th quarter, and the Invasion won 141-108. Zeke Mayes led all scorers for Greensboro with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Paul Wright (6'2''-G-85, college: Mountain St.) and Corey Evans (6'7''-G-75, college: Life) had 21 and 22 points respectively for the Invasion. The Invasion (8-0) next host Big Texas (5-1) on May 19th at 5 pm. Greensboro (3-4) plays next at PrimeTime on May 25th.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



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Julius Ashby finished an outstanding season with Fukuoka Rizing - by Eurobasket News

Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) finished an outstanding season in Japan. His Fukuoka Rizing reached the Finals in BJ league, however lost to Yokohama 90:101.
Fukuoka Rizing was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 61-46 second half run of Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC shot 34 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Fukuoka Rizing only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Draelon Burns stepped up and scored 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and swingman Masayuki Kabaya chipped in 35 points (!!!) (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Pape Faye followed them with 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Reginald Warren responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and the other Josh Peppers scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Julius Ashby collected 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
In 2012-2013 for Fukuoka Rizing (Japan-BJ League, starting five) Julius Ashby averaged high 14.3 points per game.



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TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.5 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Carter, Usak20.6 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka17.9 
 6. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 7. Sykes, Bucaneros17.4 
 8. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.4 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir17.3 
 10. Brown, Humacao16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wesson, Baskent13.6 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji12.2 
 3. Bristol, Polzela12.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.5 
 5. Moses, Final Gencl.10.1 
 6. Miller, Istanbul.9.7 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.7 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros9.3 
 9. Knox, Vestel8.9 
 10. Ofoegbu, Yesilgir.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.6 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Grier, Pi Koleji5.2 
 4. El-Amin, Trabzons.4.9 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka4.8 
 6. Porrini, Gelisim4.6 
 7. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.5 
 8. Williams, Maliye M.4.2 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir3.9 
 10. Turna, Bandirma.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Pi Koleji
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grier, Pi Koleji2.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.4 
 3. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 4. Brown, Humacao2.0 
 5. Waller, San Lazaro1.9 
 6. Carter, Usak1.9 
 7. Lowery, Balikesir1.8 
 8. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 9. Erol, Gelisim1.6 
 10. Gordon, Yesilgire.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Buckner, Usak2.2 
 2. Bristol, Polzela1.6 
 3. Sykes, Bucaneros1.6 
 4. Wesson, Baskent1.3 
 5. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 
 7. Carter, Nippon T.0.9 
 8. Brown, Pertevniyal0.9 
 9. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 10. Carter, Usak0.9 


TB2L Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Usak - Akhisar Bld 86-82

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Akhisar Bld won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Usak dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Akhisar Bld's 40. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Akhisar Bld was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia St., agency: David Lee services) accounted for 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Usak's coach Ozan Bulkaz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Emre Ozpulat (200-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Akhisar Bld in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Usak: J.Carter 23+8reb+2ast, E.Buckner 21+10reb+1ast, O.Surucu 12+6reb+3ast, S.Kavut 11+2reb+2ast, E.Yetim 7+6reb+3ast, S.Akyol 5+1ast
Akhisar Bld: C.Terzioglu 17+1ast, E.Ozpulat 16+6reb+3ast, T.Nelson 16+11reb+3ast, S.Yavuz 13+4reb+3ast, G.Esmer 8+4reb, D.Morrow 5+7reb
gschID: 241117


Yesilgiresun - Trabzonspor 75-73

25 personal fouls committed by Trabzonspor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 41 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners and forward Ismail Cevik (206-81) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (207-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Trabzonspor's coach Hasan Ozmeric tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Yesilgiresun: A.Gordon 41+3reb+6ast, I.Cevik 11+9reb, J.Ofoegbu 7+4reb, M.Sevda 7+3reb+1ast, U.Turkoglu 5+4reb, G.Gen 3+1reb+1ast
Trabzonspor: K.Pinkney 26+9reb, A.Onder Kulcebas 15+7reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 10+2reb+5ast, G.Orcun Tunca 7+9reb+2ast, E.Turetken 4+1reb, Y.Akcay 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 241118



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Oilers at full strength for Falcons tie - by Eurobasket News


City Oilers Steven Okello (R) tries to find a way past Power skipper Isaac Afidra in the mens topflight league opener. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA We surely havent seen the best of the much-debated City Oilers. Neither have we seen the best of Falcons. This is mainly because they havent put their best team on the floor yet.

Tonight at Lugogo, they both could field their best sides as they meet for the first time in the Airtel Basketball League. Division Two champions City Oilers didnt have big men Ramadhan Arou and Kami Kabange as their clearances had not come through.

Both missed the opener which they lost to five-time champions DMark Power 68-65. Arou was cleared in time for the 102-44 rout of Miracle Eagles, scoring a game-high 26 points.

Kami will play for us for the first time, coach Mandy Juruni , who joined from champions Warriors in the off-season, told Daily Monitor. The Rwandese centre will be facing his former employers as he played for record champions Falcons three years ago.

He adds a lot. He is an all-round big man who can play away from the paint. He has a very good understanding of the game and also runs the floor, Juruni added. Like has been the norm in recent years, Falcons grow their team with time.

Tanzanian guard Abdullahi Ramadhan (Dulah) and Kenyan centre Philip Ameny are back and Falcons thin squad must feel relieved. I am here again to play for the title, as usual, Dulah, in his typical dismissive style, said.
The pair, part of the Falcons who reached the finals last year, for the first time since 2008, returned this week and their presence despite the obvious unfitness should help.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



City Oilers mean business - by Eurobasket News

Title hopefuls Warriors, UCU and Power all feature in a busy Sunday schedule against strugglers.
TODAY AT LUGOGO INDOOR
M: Warriors vs. Rhino (7.30pm)
M: UCU vs. Vegetarian (3.30pm)
M: Power vs. Heaters (1.30pm)
W: Stormers vs. UCU (5.30pm)
FRIDAY RESULTS
M: City Oilers 75-65 Falcons
W: KIU 54-52 A1 Challenge

Not since KCCA Leopards has a team had an introduction to the Airtel National Basketball League as grand as the one City Oilers is enjoying. When KCCA joined the league in 2004, with the financial backing of the then Kampala City Council (KCC), they rose up the ladder quickly and have since won three titles to their name including the last one.


Something they have never had is fans. Oilers have gone a step better. They had quite a crowd behind them in beating six-time champions Falcons 75-65 at the Lugogo MTN Arena on Friday night.Two years ago, Oilers were in Division Three. Successive promotions got them to the top tier and while here, coach Mandy Jurunis side mean business. The finances are a start. Their fans, most of whom had blue City Oil caps, know it after winning two of their opening three, narrowly losing the other tie 68-65 to five-time champions DMark Power.
Every dunk, most in empty channels, was cheered like someone jumped over an arcade. Impressive blocks, seven in all, received an even louder cheer. The early signs are positive.

Ramadhan Arou tilted the scale heavily, scoring a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds, seven of them in a forgettable third period. That period ended 15-15 as Oilers held onto their six-point lead (31-25) from the first half. Arou had a game-high 26 points in the 102-44 rout of Miracle Eagles. I think we are still a bit rusty. You can judge us again when we play them in the second round, Arou vowed.


Debut delight
Juruni had promised that Congolese-born Rwandese Kami Kabange, a Falcon three years ago, would play for the first time and he did. A return of 12 points and nine rebounds might look meager but his three blocks confirmed his all-round abilities. Both teams looked far from units with chemistry.
Our depth helped, Jimmy Enabu, 11 points on the night, said. We now have options on offense and were very strong on defence. Falcons coach Tony Oluka had Tanzanian guard Abdullahi Ramadhan (Dulah) and Kenyan centre Philip Ameny rejoin the team this week.
Whereas Ameny scored 13 points, treading a thin line having accumulated three fouls within the first two periods, Dulah didnt add much

His poor night was worth four points and four turnovers inside the first quarter. The umpires got him out the misery with a contentious ejection. We have a good team and will compete, Falcons players and coach said in chorus.


Not even Stephen Omonys 17 points from 12 attempts in total, most of them forced, and Geoff Omondis 15 papered a disjointed display.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Juruni eyes 2013 Basketball crown - by Eurobasket News

By Charles Mutebi
Today: National Basketball League
MTN Arena
Women: 6.30pm
KIU v A1
Men: 8.30pm
City Oil v Falcons
MANDY Jurunis last encounter with the Falcons ended with the humble coach exalted in championship glory.
His first this season finds Mandy on a new team but with the same old assignment winning the title. Safe to say, he might have to do it at the expense of the Falcons again.
Jurunis City Oil battle the Falcons today at the MTN Arena in a showdown of two frontrunners for the 2013 National Basketball League.
For the man who masterminded Kyambogo Warriors 4-2 defeat of the Falcons in last years FUBA mens top-division Finals, todays game is an opportunity to judge the progress of his newly-assembled side, promoted from the second tier last year.
It is always good to play against good teams, said Mandy. I cant say I am happy to face the team I beat for the title because I am on a new team now while the Falcons still have the same team.
Rwanda centre Kami Kabenge is set to make his debut for City Oil, who have a new albeit very strong side but Mandy doesnt see the lack of chemistry as a threat anymore.
We are ready, said the coach. We have worked so hard since the start of the year so chemistry is not a problem.
Falcons star Steven Omony expects a tough match from City Oil, whom he considers a good team.
He said: I believe they have a plan and there is nothing to underrate about them. We will approach them with respect.
The Falcons have won all two of their games while City Oil have split theirs.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Results for the Metro League - 1st. round - by Hector Lopez

Resukts for the Metropolitan League 1st. round:
25 de Agosto 79 - Andres Ferres (197-F-85) 28 points 6 rebounds 6 blocks, Rashad Chase (201-F/C-87, agency: Promotex, college: Georgia St.) 10 points 17 rebounds, Emiliano Gonzalez (198-F-88) 21 points 9 rebounds
Yale 77 - Santiago Noe (175-G-85) 21 points 2 rebounds 4 assists, Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 17 points 6 rebounds.
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Stockolmo 83 - Tirrell Baines (198-F-86, college: Marshall) 33 points 8 rebounds, Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 20 points 6 rebounds 5 assists
Capitol 79 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 28 points 11 rebounds 4 blocks
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Cader 71 - Damian Mujica (195-F-86) 15 points 12 rebounds, Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) 7 points 4 rebounds
Colon 53 - Maximiliano Alonso (193-G/F-91) 12 points Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 8 points 6 rebounds 3 blocks



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  VENEZUELA   


Durrell Summers signs at Trotamundos - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) landed 24-year old American guard Durrell Summers (196-93kg-89, college: Michigan State). He played recently at Idaho Stampede (D-League) in the U.S.. In 50 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg this season. Summers ended the last season at SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) in French league. In three games he had 5.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Maine Red Claws in D-League. In 12 games he had 10.8ppg and 3.2rpg.
Two years ago Summers was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (8th overall).
He attended Michigan State until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Summers' team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Possesses great length and is a true athlete. Summers can get to the basket past anyone, and often goes to the line because of it. In addition to his ability to drive, Summers hits the outside shot with ease and extremely efficient when spotting up or coming off the pick-and-roll. His size and strength make him incredibly hard to defend for smaller defenders, often creating a mismatch opportunity. His quickness and athleticism allow him to move well off the ball, coming around screens and creating space. Defensively his where Summers shines. His lateral quickness, length, and ability to change directions fluidly, while having the fundamentals and effort level to go along with it make Summers a great defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Stefhon Hannah joins Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) agreed terms with 28-year old American point guard Stefhon Hannah (185-85, college: Missouri, agency: N.E.T.). He just played at Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in the U.S.. In 55 games he had 14.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg and 1.9spg this season. He helped them to win the East Conference title. Quite impressive season as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year, named to Honorable Mention and named to All-Defensive 1st Team. Hannah was called during the season by the Golden State Warriors. The last season he played at AZS Koszalin (TBL) in Polish league. In 13 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (2011) summer Hannah was tested by San Mig Coffee Mixers (PBA) in Filipino league. The last (2011) season he played at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 48 games he recorded 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title.
In 202010 summer Hannah played at Marietta in U.S. semi-pro league WBA. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-WBA 1st Team.
He has played also professionally in Cyprus, Lithuania (Siauliai) and WBA (Marietta S.).
Hannah attended University of Missouri until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On Hannah: A fierce competitor and a winner at each level of competition. Brings great vision and ball-handling abilities to the backcourt. Talented shooter on the perimeter, but has a knack for scoring in traffic off of dribble penetration.
Flashy, creative player at the point and actually led the team in points in the paint despite his smaller size ... Able to score off the dribble or from the perimeter
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Trotamundos land Bill Walker - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) tabbed 26-year old American swingman Bill Walker (198-100kg-87, college: Kansas State, agency: N.E.T.). He was tested at Austin Toros (D-League) in the U.S. In three D-League games he averaged 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7spg this season. The last season Walker played at the Knicks in NBA. In 32 games he had 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (47th overall). The former Kansas State staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2009. Walker received also Big 12 All-Freshman Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Walker has played previously professionally in NBA (Boston Celtics) and D-League (Utah F. and Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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ASEAN League: Heat finish season with victory - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - KL Dragons 89:78

The Saigon Heat finished the ASEAN League campaign on a winning note. The Vietnamese team claimed just the fourth victory in the season beating KL Dragons at home court. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) notched 30 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts.
The Heat stormed into the game. The home side fired 33 points in the opening frame to secure a 10-point advantage. The Dragons cut the deficit in the second term. The Malaysian team got within 7 points at the interval 41:48. But the Heat went off the dressing room recharged. The home side poured in 22 points in the third quarter to restore a comfortable 13-point lead. The Dragons fought till the end narrowing the deficit but had to surrender at the end. Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer) knocked down 27 points and grabbed 19 boards for the Heat. Chris Sumalinog added 10 points in the victory. Armon Siefain replied with 22 points for the Dragons. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) had 17 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: David Palmer 30+12 boards, Justin Howard 27+19 boards, Chris Sumalinog 10
KL Dragons: Armon Siefain 22, Ban Sin Ooi 17



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Day 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - CSKA 50-49 (1-2)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-8. But CSKA Moscow won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) who saved his team from a defeat with 14 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Andrey Vorontsevich (207-87) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for CSKA Moscow. CSKA Moscow's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CSKA: A.Vorontsevich 15+7reb, A.Jackson 11+7reb+1ast, N.Krstic 9+1reb, V.Khryapa 4+11reb, V.Micov 3+2reb+1ast, A.Ponkrashov 2+2reb+4ast
Krasnie Krilya: O.Thomas 14+7reb+1ast, A.Smith 10+8reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 10+3reb+2ast, A.Miles 8+4reb+6ast, A.Pushkov 6+5reb, L.Wilson 2+3reb
gschID: 240483


VEF Riga - Khimky 60-82 (0-3)

The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. It was an exceptional evening for American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) came up with 6 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: A.Pasecniks 14+2reb, W.Daniels 12+6reb, D.Bertans 11+3reb+4ast, D.Geks 7+2reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 6+1reb, L.Blaus 6+11reb+2ast
Khimky: J.Augustine 16+7reb+1ast, K.Loncar 14+7reb+3ast, P.Koponen 11+3reb+3ast, P.Davis 9+1reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 8+1reb+1ast, K.Rivers 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240482


Lokomotiv - Unics 65-68 (2-1)

Lokomotiv trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 16-7 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-68 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Greek power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Terrell Lyday (191-79, college: BYU) helped adding 15 points. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Lithuanian Simas Jasaitis (202-82) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: N.Calathes 18+5reb+8ast, M.Grigoryev 11+2reb, M.Kalnietis 7+4reb+2ast, A.Zubkov 7+5reb+1ast, S.Jasaitis 7+6reb+1ast, M.Sheleketo 6+4reb
Unics: T.Lyday 15+4reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 14+6reb+3ast, C.Eidson 11+4reb+3ast, P.Sergeev 11+2reb, N.Shabalkin 9+1reb+2ast, K.Kaimakoglou 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 240480


N.Novgorod - Zalgiris 60-59 (1-2)

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 9-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nizhny Novgorod dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 4 points in fourth quarter. BC Nizhny Novgorod forced 19 Zalgiris turnovers. The best player for the winners was Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 13 points. Guard Evgeni Baburin (190-87) chipped in 11 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: O.Lafayette 17+2reb+4ast, M.Kuzminskas 12+10reb, K.Lavrinovic 10+3reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 9+3reb, R.Kaukenas 4+2reb, M.Delas 4+3reb+1ast
N.Novgorod: S.Antonov 13+3reb+1ast, E.Baburin 11+4reb, S.Shashkov 7+5reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 7+1reb, D.Golovin 6+3ast, I.Savelyev 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 240481




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Women News


Big V: Round 9 Weekend Wrap - by Eurobasket News

Ringwoods winning run continues, the Broncos buck back, DV finds another win and the Falcons continue to stalk the top four.
SCW ROUND UP
ROUND 9
Ringwood got round nine underway with an eighth successive win, marking one of the longest winning streaks across the whole Big V. Despite losing Jackie Vanderzaag to injury heading into the season, the Hawks have rarely missed a beat, this time taking care of business against the Wildcats with a strong 26-14 last quarter. Highlighting their increased depth, the Hawks had plenty to smile about with Tara Blair (20pts), Am-ber Hegge (15pts) and Emma Beddome (178-G/F, college: Florida Gulf Coast) (14pts) lead-ing the way. Hayley Munro (19pts, 12rbs) and Rebecca Guglielmino (13pts) stood tall for the Wildcats, while new recruit Isabella Brancatisano chipped in with 12pts.
Hume City bounced back with a comfortable win at Bulleen and, despite some recent inconsistencies the Broncos still sit in second place with an 8-2 record. The Broncos started with a 25-13 quarter and never looked back. Viv Saad hit 20pts at 75%, Yinka Olorunnife was strong with 14pts & 8rbs, while Sharin Milner reminded us all of her importance with 12pts, 3ast & 3stl. The Boomers have lost three straight games and have been replaced in the top four by Waverley, so it goes without saying that the slide needs to be stopped quickly. Best for the Boomers in this one included Fun-da Nakkasoglu (13pts) and Emily Simons (10pts, 7rbs).
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Diamond Valley scored a second straight win and despite sitting in seventh place they are just half a win behind Waverley in fourth spot. Best part about the 65-55 win was that it came with Carly Turner on the sidelines, meaning others stepped up for the Eagles. Jaclyn Smith (25pts, 8rbs, 4stl) had her best game of the season and Katie ONeill (15pts, 9rbs) maintained her form, while for the Suns it was Rachael Waterhouse keeping pace with a huge 19pts, 19rbs, 5ast & 5stl. As much as this was a good win for the Eagles, it was a sixth successive loss for the Suns and unfortunately the shades have well and truly been drawn on their season.
Here come the Falcons! Three wins on the trot has pushed Waverley into the top four for the first time since 2011 and there is no denying the likes of Ring-wood, Hume City and McKinnon know that the Fal-cons are the real deal. With Mikaela Dombkins (181-G/F-86) (15pts, 12rbs) leading a young group that includes Tahlia Higgs (14pts), Marlie Hayes (13pts, 7rbs) and Evangelia Nikolitsis (12pts, 6rbs), the Falcons scored a great 69-51 win against McKinnon in round nine. And that was with Brigette Ardossi having a stinker 4pts, 6rbs and fouled out in 20min. The Cougars will go away and lick their wounds and look to bounce back hard, hopefully pushing a few players to step up and do a bit more alongside Alex Lough (14pts, 10rbs).
ROUND 9 RESULTS
Ringwood 80 defeated Eltham 64 Diamond Valley 65 defeated Sherbrooke 55 Hume City 76 defeated Bulleen 58 Waverley 69 defeated McKinnon 51
After losing back in round one to Mel-bourne, the Hawks have now amassed eight straight wins with an average of 75pts for and 51pts against per game since round one. Impressive.
Three wins on end has propelled the Falcons into the top four, but a show-down with top team Ringwood in round 10 will tell us all if the Falcons are contenders or pretenders.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au/



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  BELARUS   


Poland triumphs at Zloty Sokol 2013 despite the loss - by Eurobasket News

Poland Belarus 49:60

Poland triumphs at Zloty Sokol 2013 despite the loss in the last game against Belarus. The latter overcame the hosts 60:49 but finished with 1-2 record on the last spot. Poland meanwhile celebrated the title with 2-1 record.
Poland clinched the top pace even before the game against Belarus and started with 17-15 in the first period. Belarus however won the second frame 15-10 and took 3-point halftime advantage. Moreover the guests limited Poland to just 6 points in the third quarter and increased to 13 points after 3 quarters. Poland won the last stanza 16-14 and reduced to final 60:49.
Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 10 points, while Haradzetskaya, Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Papova nailed 9 each. Tarasava followed them with 8 points in a win. Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex) and Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) answered with 8 points each in the losing effort. Idczak brought 7, while Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) poured in 6.

Poland: Paulina Misiek 8, Magdalena Leciejewska 8, Idczak 7, Agnieszka Majewska 6, Szott-Hejmej 5, Zietara 5, Skobel 5, Walich 4, Koc 1
Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 10, Haradzetskaya 9, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9, Papova 9, Tarasava 8, Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) 4, Murauskaya 3, Kress 3, Anufryienka 3, Istseliatsova 2



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D1 Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Police 5-0 
 2. BDF 4-1 
 3. Relics 4-3 
 4. Ravens 2-4 
 5. Panthers 1-4 
 6. Splinters 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 10: Dolphins - Police
May. 11: Relics - Splinters
May. 11: BDF - Ravens
May. 18: BDF - Splinters
May. 18: BDF - Splinters
May. 24: Relics - Police
May. 25: Dolphins - Relics
May. 25: Ravens - BDF
May. 31: Police - Ravens



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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Clarissa Dos Santos
Dos Santos
Damiris Do Amaral
Do Amaral
Debora Da Costa
Da Costa
Jaqueline Silvestre
Silvestre
Patricia Ribeiro
Ribeiro
#e#5
Izabela De Andrade 185-F-86 Sao Jose Brazil
Clarissa Dos Santos 187-C-88 Americana Brazil
Damiris Do Amaral 192-C-92 Americana Brazil
Debora Da Costa 165-G-91 Americana Brazil
Jaqueline Silvestre 178-F-86 Santo Andre Brazil
Patricia Ribeiro 176-G/F-90 Ourinhos Brazil
Franciele Nascimento 190-C-87 Recife Brazil
Taina Paixao 176-G-91 Sao Jose Brazil
Tatiana Nascimento 181-F-91 Recife Brazil
Fabiana De Souza 194-F/C-91 Americana Brazil
Carina Martins 177-G/F-92 Maranhao Brazil
Ariani Silva 170-G-89 Rogers St. USA




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  FINLAND   


Niina Laaksonen, Venlakaisa Holtta and Kaisa Valtakari re-sign with Torpan Pojat Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85), Venlakaisa Holtta (177-SG-84) and Kaisa Valtakari (177-F-87, college: Dowling) re-sign with Torpan Pojat Helsinki for the next season. Three players will remain with the team.
Venlakaisa Holtta is Finnish Shooting Guard that came to the team from Espoo. In 2011-2012 for Espoo Team (SM-sarja, starting five) she averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 74.2%. In 2012-2013 for Torpan Pojat Helsinki (SM-sarja, starting five) she improved to 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%.
Niina Laaksonen was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Domestic Player of the Year -12, 13 and Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Forward of the Year -13. In 2012-2013 for Torpan Pojat Helsinki (SM-sarja, starting five) she became the second top-scorer with 21.2ppg, Reb-3 (13.6rpg), 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 78.9%. She was also named into Eurobasket.com Finnish League All-Domestic Players Team -10, 11, 12, 13.
Kaisa Valtakari will enter her third season with the team. In 2012-2013 for Torpan Pojat Helsinki (SM-sarja) she averaged 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 82.4%.



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  FRANCE   


France leave no chance for Italy once again - by Eurobasket News

France - Italy 67:39

France leave no chance for Italy once again. The national team of Eurobasket 2013 home tournament overcame Italian squad 67:39 in Game 2. France will face Italy for the third time tomorrow.
France won the first period 14-7 and never looked behind. The hosts added 20-12 rally in the second frame and led 34:19 at the halftime. The third quarter was a disaster for Italy that managed to score only 4 points. France erupted with 20 and increased the lead to 31 points after 30 minutes. Italy however reduced to final 67:39 as they won the last period 16-13.
Cata Chitiga top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) added 11. Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) delivered 8, while Anael Lardy (170-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 7 and Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) added 6. Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) notched 7. Fassina and Valeria Battisodo (176-G-88, agency: Players Group) delivered 6 points apiece.

France: Cata Chitiga 12, Nwal-Endene Miyem 11, Marielle Amant 8, Anael Lardy 7, Sandrine Gruda 6, Skrela 4, Krawczyk 4, Dumerc 3, Tchatcouang 2, Ayayi 2, Sharp 2
Italy: Gaia Gorini 10, Kathrin Ress 7, Fassina 6, Valeria Battisodo 6, Formica 4, Consolini 2, Gatti 2



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  HOLLAND   


Latvia outscore Netherlands in Cesis - by Eurobasket News

Latvia -Netherlands 57:46

Latvia outscore Netherlands in Cesis for the second time within the last two days. The Baltic State posted a 57:46 win due to the last period.
Latvia opened the game with 17-14 and dominated the first half. They added 13-11 in the second frame and led 30:25 at the halftime. The Dutch side however tied the game after 30 minutes due to 12-7 rally in the third quarter. Only due to 20-9 in the last stanza Latvia managed to win the game.
Anda Eibele (170-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) notched 14. Zane Jakobsone (180-F-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Houston) and Ieva Kulite (191-C-88) netted 5 points apiece. Kuijt answered with 11 points in defeat and Rianne De Roos (191-C-89) brought 9. Kleijn scored 7, whilst L.Bettonvil and Klein delivered 5 apiece.

Latvia: Anda Eibele 16+10 rebs, Liga Surkusa 14, Zane Jakobsone 5, Ieva Kulite 5
Netherlands: Kuijt 11, Rianne De Roos 9, de Kleijn 7, L.Bettonvil 5, Klein 5



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  IRELAND   


Luxembourg and Ireland with three friendly games in Bertrange - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg and Ireland played three exhibition games in Bertrange. The hosts claimed two victories in those encounters.
Luxembourg opened the friendly series with a comfortable 73:39 victory. The hosts built a 35:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Liz Cathy Schmit (17-G-90)z finished with 14 points for the home side. Jil Haentges (184-F-90) added 13 points, while Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) had 11 points and 11 boards for Luxembourg. Indira Kaljo (178-G-87, college: Tulane) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Ireland. Aoife McDermott (185-91) had 11 points in the loss.
The Irish NT bounced back in the second game. The visitors used a 17:11 rally in the fourth period to snatch a 64:62 win at the end. Indira Kaljo stepped up with 26 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Sarah Woods had 12 points in the victory. Christine Fisher answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 11 points in the losing effort.
The hosts however managed to win the series. They came up with a 64:45 win in the third encounter. Christine Fisher led the home side with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cathy Schmit delivered 13 points for the winning team. Aoife McDermott replied with 14 points and 12 boards for Ireland. Indira Kaljo had another big game for the visitors scoring 12 points and pulling 7 rebounds.



Irish National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Sarah Woods
Woods
Indira Kaljo
Kaljo
Lorraine Scully
Scully
Christina Newton
Newton
Aoife McDermott
McDermott
#e#5
4Kathryn Fahy 164-PG-87 UL Aughinish Ireland
5Sarah Woods 174-G-88 DCU Mercy Ireland
6Leah Westbrooks 182-F/C-88 Killester Ireland
7Indira Kaljo 178-G-87 Meteors Ireland
8Tessa Solan 177-F-92 DCU Mercy Ireland
10Katie B. Kilbride 168-G-92 Meteors Ireland
11Lorraine Scully 176-G-83 Killester Ireland
12Michelle Clarke 178-G-94 Killester Ireland
14Christina Newton 180-C-90 DCU Mercy Ireland
15Aoife McDermott 185-91 UL Aughinish Ireland




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  ITALY   


France leave no chance for Italy once again - by Eurobasket News

France - Italy 67:39

France leave no chance for Italy once again. The national team of Eurobasket 2013 home tournament overcame Italian squad 67:39 in Game 2. France will face Italy for the third time tomorrow.
France won the first period 14-7 and never looked behind. The hosts added 20-12 rally in the second frame and led 34:19 at the halftime. The third quarter was a disaster for Italy that managed to score only 4 points. France erupted with 20 and increased the lead to 31 points after 30 minutes. Italy however reduced to final 67:39 as they won the last period 16-13.
Cata Chitiga top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) added 11. Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) delivered 8, while Anael Lardy (170-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 7 and Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) added 6. Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) notched 7. Fassina and Valeria Battisodo (176-G-88, agency: Players Group) delivered 6 points apiece.

France: Cata Chitiga 12, Nwal-Endene Miyem 11, Marielle Amant 8, Anael Lardy 7, Sandrine Gruda 6, Skrela 4, Krawczyk 4, Dumerc 3, Tchatcouang 2, Ayayi 2, Sharp 2
Italy: Gaia Gorini 10, Kathrin Ress 7, Fassina 6, Valeria Battisodo 6, Formica 4, Consolini 2, Gatti 2



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  KENYA   


Zuku Basketball league to be launched at Nyayo - by Eurobasket News

The official launch of the Zuku Universities Basketball League (ZUBL) will be held on Saturday 18th May at the Nyayo national stadium with breathtaking action expected to light up the Nyayo stadium gymnasium.
Action starts at 4:30PM with lots of entertainment also lined up to electrify the start of an action packed season.
Early this year, Zuku unveiled a 50 Million shillings sponsorship that will go towards supporting the running of the KUSA basketball league. This will also include the production of an exclusive basketball Television magazine show to be aired on Zuku Sports channels. The show -christened BaQe - premiered on Thursday night and will be hosted by top Kenyan Baller Silalei Shani and DNG.
On Saturday, three matches will highlight the action at Nyayo: The Tigers of USIU who were runners up in last years KBF Premier League will welcome Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology from Kakamega. This will be an explosive fixture as both teams are blazing with good experience gained from the premier league.
The University of Nairobi Terrorists will host KCA Dynamites while Maseno University Challengers will play JKUATs Straycats.
Besides the action on the court, the sidelines will also be full of excitement with DJ Styles and his CodeRed crew in charge of propelling excitement.
The Zuku Basketball League (ZUBL) seeks to open up opportunities for talents and also offer a good platform for university students to showcase their skills in basketball.
Besides the tournament, the ZUBL also organized a coaches clinic purposed to equip coaches with latest skills before commencement of the season.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Flames roast Dynamites as Zuku Varsity league kicks off - by Eurobasket News

The University of Nairobi Dynamites were handed a rude start to the Zuku Universities Basketball League ZUBL-going down 84-30 to USIU Flames in an entertaining match played at the packed Nyayo national Stadium Gymnasium on Saturday night.
This was the first match of the Zuku Sponsored KUSA league that was launched at the same gymnasium on Saturday. Zuku have sponsored the Universities league with 50 Million shillings.
Premier League side Flames exposed their experience dominating the struggling UoN in all quarters. Last years KBF Most Valuable Player Hilda Indasi steered her side to an easy win but said after the match, You know in competition you can never underrate anyone. It was not a very hard match but we wanted to start with a good punch said Hilda who had 22 points to account for her great form in the match.
The first quarter was a closely contested affair but Flames managed to hold on for a 12-09 win. Dynamites would still give a fight in the second quarter, but eventually losing 16-11, to put the half time scores at 28-20.
It was tight in the first quarter, the closed in quick and we also lost easy lay ups. Indasi added.
However, the UoN scholars found the going tough in the third quarter as the Flames came all guns blazing taking the quarter by a massive 29 points against UoNs 6. The final quarter was a walk in the park for USIU as they went up 27-04 to give a final 84-30 score line.
Dynamites Coach Calvin Opiti was visibly disappointed with the huge loss to the Flames and he said they have to increase their self confidence as well as seal loopholes in their defense.
We have to tighten our defense as well as play with confidence. You could easily notice that at some points we totally lacked confidence. We should also have more team work as that was something else that lacked today. We also dont train together a lot and that is another challenge that we have to work on, the coach told Michezoafrika.com.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Latvia outscore Netherlands in Cesis - by Eurobasket News

Latvia -Netherlands 57:46

Latvia outscore Netherlands in Cesis for the second time within the last two days. The Baltic State posted a 57:46 win due to the last period.
Latvia opened the game with 17-14 and dominated the first half. They added 13-11 in the second frame and led 30:25 at the halftime. The Dutch side however tied the game after 30 minutes due to 12-7 rally in the third quarter. Only due to 20-9 in the last stanza Latvia managed to win the game.
Anda Eibele (170-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) notched 14. Zane Jakobsone (180-F-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Houston) and Ieva Kulite (191-C-88) netted 5 points apiece. Kuijt answered with 11 points in defeat and Rianne De Roos (191-C-89) brought 9. Kleijn scored 7, whilst L.Bettonvil and Klein delivered 5 apiece.

Latvia: Anda Eibele 16+10 rebs, Liga Surkusa 14, Zane Jakobsone 5, Ieva Kulite 5
Netherlands: Kuijt 11, Rianne De Roos 9, de Kleijn 7, L.Bettonvil 5, Klein 5



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania pip Ukraine in Niemodlin - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania -Ukraine 71:61

Lithuania pip Ukraine in Niemodlin to clinch the second place at the Zloty Sokol 2013. The Baltic State overcame Ukraine 71:61 for 2-1 record. The only loss the team suffered from Poland that triumphed at the home tournament. Ukraine meanwhile finished third with 1-2 record.
Lithuania won the first period 25-9 and led 13 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 22 points each in third period that remained the difference on the board. Ukraine managed to win the last stanza 17-14 and reduced to final 71:61 result.
Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) led the way with 14 points and Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) nailed 11. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) added 9 each, whilst Nacickaite and Solopova poured in 8 apiece. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) delivered 19 points for Ukraine and Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) as well as Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) had 8 each. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89) scored 6 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania: Mante Kvederaviciute 14, Egle Siksniute 11, Giedre Paugaite 9, Inesa Visgaudaite 9, Nacickaite 8, Solopova 8, Grigalauskyte 5, Pikciute 2
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 19, Katerina Dorogobuzova 8, Ganna Zarytska 8, Aleksandra Khomenchuk 6, Maznichenko 5, Spitkovska 5, Mircheva 5, Kochubei 2, Matsko 2, Samburska 1



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
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Lisy Hetting
Hetting
Nadia Mossong
Mossong
Tessy Hetting
Hetting
Cathy Schmit
Schmit
Christine Fisher
Fisher
#e#5
4Lisy Hetting 172-G-90 Basket Esch Luxembourg
6Nadia Mossong 182-F-86 Point Chaud Belgium
7Tessy Hetting 184-SF-86 Basket Esch Luxembourg
8Cathy Schmit 17-G-90 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
9Lynn Schreiner 165-G-91 Etzella Luxembourg
10Laure Diederich 187-C-87 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
11Leonie De Jonge 182-C-90 Etzella Luxembourg
12Liz Schmitz 180-F-88 Jeugd Gentson Belgium
13Jill Bausch 170-G-87 Amicale Luxembourg
14Jil Haentges 184-F-90 Point Loma USA
22Anouk Wagener 160-PG-89 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
33Christine Fisher 183-F/C-83 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
34Magaly Meynadier 17-SG-91 Musel Pikes Luxembourg




Luxembourg and Ireland with three friendly games in Bertrange - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg and Ireland played three exhibition games in Bertrange. The hosts claimed two victories in those encounters.
Luxembourg opened the friendly series with a comfortable 73:39 victory. The hosts built a 35:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Liz Cathy Schmit (17-G-90)z finished with 14 points for the home side. Jil Haentges (184-F-90) added 13 points, while Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) had 11 points and 11 boards for Luxembourg. Indira Kaljo (178-G-87, college: Tulane) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Ireland. Aoife McDermott (185-91) had 11 points in the loss.
The Irish NT bounced back in the second game. The visitors used a 17:11 rally in the fourth period to snatch a 64:62 win at the end. Indira Kaljo stepped up with 26 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Sarah Woods had 12 points in the victory. Christine Fisher answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 11 points in the losing effort.
The hosts however managed to win the series. They came up with a 64:45 win in the third encounter. Christine Fisher led the home side with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cathy Schmit delivered 13 points for the winning team. Aoife McDermott replied with 14 points and 12 boards for Ireland. Indira Kaljo had another big game for the visitors scoring 12 points and pulling 7 rebounds.



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  NORWAY   


KL All-Stars surrender against University of Utah - by Eurobasket News

KL All-Stars took on the University of Utah basketball team recently. The Norwegian selection could not keep up with the tempo in the second half and had to surrender at the end 44:79. The US team gained a narrow 16:11 lead after ten minutes. The visitors boosted the gap in the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 8 points 33:25. The students took off in the third term. The Utes went on a 21:10 run to build a 19-point lead at the final intermission. The visitors finished off the hosts with a 25:9 rally in the fourth period. Rachel Messer (175-G-90) led the Utes with 19 points. Marianne Sand (184-C-93) answered with 9 points for Norwegian selection. Tina Moen (181-G-86, college: IPFW) added 8 points in the losing effort.


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  POLAND   


Poland triumphs at Zloty Sokol 2013 despite the loss - by Eurobasket News

Poland Belarus 49:60

Poland triumphs at Zloty Sokol 2013 despite the loss in the last game against Belarus. The latter overcame the hosts 60:49 but finished with 1-2 record on the last spot. Poland meanwhile celebrated the title with 2-1 record.
Poland clinched the top pace even before the game against Belarus and started with 17-15 in the first period. Belarus however won the second frame 15-10 and took 3-point halftime advantage. Moreover the guests limited Poland to just 6 points in the third quarter and increased to 13 points after 3 quarters. Poland won the last stanza 16-14 and reduced to final 60:49.
Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 10 points, while Haradzetskaya, Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Papova nailed 9 each. Tarasava followed them with 8 points in a win. Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex) and Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) answered with 8 points each in the losing effort. Idczak brought 7, while Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) poured in 6.

Poland: Paulina Misiek 8, Magdalena Leciejewska 8, Idczak 7, Agnieszka Majewska 6, Szott-Hejmej 5, Zietara 5, Skobel 5, Walich 4, Koc 1
Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 10, Haradzetskaya 9, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9, Papova 9, Tarasava 8, Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) 4, Murauskaya 3, Kress 3, Anufryienka 3, Istseliatsova 2



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Sky's Prince will be off to Russia - by Eurobasket News

Guard Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) will be fulfilling a contractual obligation for Russia with a new multi-year contract from the Chicago Sky. It's not as confusing as it sounds. Prince, the Sky's leading scorer last season, got a Russian passport in 2010. She will compete for the Russian National Team in the EuroBasket tournament that begins June 15 in France. The Sky announced Friday it had signed Prince, a fourth-year pro from Rutgers, to the new deal, with no length specified. Prince could miss up to seven of the 34 Sky games while trying to help Russia qualify for the 2014 World Championships - and possibly compromising the Sky's chances to make the WNBA playoffs for the first time in franchise history. "We knew all along this was going to happen," Sky coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said. "It's something you prepare for." Prince has played with two different Russian pro teams, leading Russian Premier League players in scoring this season for Dynamo Kursk. The Dynamo coach, Alfredas Vainauskas, recently became Russia's national team coach. She will leave the Sky after its third game of the season June 2 and could be away through June 30.
Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com



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Akin says Fenerbahes target is European Championship - by Can Ozay

After the valuable championship against Galatasaray, Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu's women team manager Didem Akn talks to the Turkish media. She says; "we are happy to gain another championship and congratulations to all of people who are the part of team and supports the team. We are proud to serve once again for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu's championship. My special thanks to our supporters and our staff. We did that with our supporters' positive energies. We had had an intensive schelude, consequently our players were too tired in spite of all, we played well. We have skillful and experienced players. We won 8 Turkish League Championship in a row and certainly that was not easy job for anyone. This season, we played the final game of Euro League but next season, we desire to win Euro League title."

This news quoted from the official Turkish basketball leagues website.



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Lithuania pip Ukraine in Niemodlin - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania -Ukraine 71:61

Lithuania pip Ukraine in Niemodlin to clinch the second place at the Zloty Sokol 2013. The Baltic State overcame Ukraine 71:61 for 2-1 record. The only loss the team suffered from Poland that triumphed at the home tournament. Ukraine meanwhile finished third with 1-2 record.
Lithuania won the first period 25-9 and led 13 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 22 points each in third period that remained the difference on the board. Ukraine managed to win the last stanza 17-14 and reduced to final 71:61 result.
Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) led the way with 14 points and Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) nailed 11. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) added 9 each, whilst Nacickaite and Solopova poured in 8 apiece. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) delivered 19 points for Ukraine and Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) as well as Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) had 8 each. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89) scored 6 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania: Mante Kvederaviciute 14, Egle Siksniute 11, Giedre Paugaite 9, Inesa Visgaudaite 9, Nacickaite 8, Solopova 8, Grigalauskyte 5, Pikciute 2
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 19, Katerina Dorogobuzova 8, Ganna Zarytska 8, Aleksandra Khomenchuk 6, Maznichenko 5, Spitkovska 5, Mircheva 5, Kochubei 2, Matsko 2, Samburska 1



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Sky's Prince will be off to Russia - by Eurobasket News

Guard Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) will be fulfilling a contractual obligation for Russia with a new multi-year contract from the Chicago Sky. It's not as confusing as it sounds. Prince, the Sky's leading scorer last season, got a Russian passport in 2010. She will compete for the Russian National Team in the EuroBasket tournament that begins June 15 in France. The Sky announced Friday it had signed Prince, a fourth-year pro from Rutgers, to the new deal, with no length specified. Prince could miss up to seven of the 34 Sky games while trying to help Russia qualify for the 2014 World Championships - and possibly compromising the Sky's chances to make the WNBA playoffs for the first time in franchise history. "We knew all along this was going to happen," Sky coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said. "It's something you prepare for." Prince has played with two different Russian pro teams, leading Russian Premier League players in scoring this season for Dynamo Kursk. The Dynamo coach, Alfredas Vainauskas, recently became Russia's national team coach. She will leave the Sky after its third game of the season June 2 and could be away through June 30.
Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com



Storm waive Samantha Mackay - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm waived guard Samantha Mackay (5'8''-G, agency: Interperformances, college: Dayton).
This season Mackay played at the University of Dayton. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team.
Mackay just graduated from University of Dayton and it is her first season in pro basketball. Her college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Seattle Storm waived Keisha Hampton - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm waived 23-year old forward Keisha Hampton (187-77kg-90, college: De Paul).
This season Hampton played at SK Cesis (LSBL) in Latvian league. In 15 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2.5spg and 1.0bpg this season. She helped them to win the league title.
Last year Hampton was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in second round (22nd overall).
The former De Paul staris in her first season in pro basketball. She received All-Big East 1st Team award in 2011 at her college time.
Hampton was a member of USA University National Team two years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center