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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Terrico White will leave Radnicki, eyes NBA - by Eurobasket News

Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) will leave Radnicki Kragujevac in the summer. The player will not prolong his deal with the Serbian team and will try to make it to the NBA. Terrico White is having a solid season with Radnicki. The guard notches 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in A League. Terrico White posted 14.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in Adriatic League. He made it into Adriatic League All-Imports Team. Terrico White tried to make it to the NBA last summer. The guard participated at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per appearance. White was the member of the U19 USA National Team in 2009. He participated at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Satria Muda and Thailand Slammers open win count - by Eurobasket News

Satria Muda - KL Dragons 72-63

Satria Muda gained the lead in the semifinal series against KL Dragons. The hosts were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 23 after three quarters before a 24-10 last quarter charge of KL Dragons cut the lead to 72-63 at the end of the game. Satria Muda forced 24 KL Dragons turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up and scored 6 points and 21 rebounds for the winners and Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 21 points. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Filipino guard Justin Melton (180-86, college: Mount Olive) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Pringle 21+4reb+3ast, J.Smith 17+1reb+2ast, M.Wuysang 14+1reb+4ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 8, S.Thomas 6+21reb+3ast, C.Daniels 4+10reb+3ast
KL Dragons: J.Melton 19+7reb+5ast, G.Edwards 17+9reb, M.Tautuaa 9+8reb+2ast, A.Siefain 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Seng John Ng 6+1reb, B.Sin Ooi 4+3reb
gschID: 241282


Petron Blaze - Thailand S. 60-62

The Thailand Slammers shocked Petron Blaze on the road to surge ahead in the semifinal series. Thailand Slammers forced 25 Petron Blaze turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Rwandan-American forward Darrius Brannon (206-83, college: Houston) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Petron Blaze. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Charles 24+13reb+1ast, K.Lertlaaokul 10+2reb+1ast, D.Brannon 8+10reb+2ast, C.Klahan 7+3reb, D.Apiromvilaichai 4+3reb, L.Gonzaga 4+1reb+2ast
Petron Blaze: C.Banchero 13+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 12+12reb, B.Williams 12+10reb+2ast, P.Taulava 6+5reb+1ast, L.Avenido 5+2reb, P.Hubalde 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 241281



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  BELARUS   


Martin Muursepp joins Belarusian NT coaching staff - by Eurobasket News

Martin Muursepp will join the Belarusian National Team coaching staff. One of the best players in the history of Estonian basketball will be assisting Ruslan Baidakov in the EuroBasket 2015 Qualifying Round. Martin Muursepp started his coaching career in 2010. He worked as an assistant coach with Kalev/Cramo during three seasons. Martin Muursepp had an outstanding career as a player. He spent two seasons in the NBA and claimed numerous title across Europe. Martin Muursepp was the member of the Estonian National Team in 1993-2007 seasons.


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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar18.8 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.8 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende17.5 
 5. Randle, Spirou17.3 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 10. Green, Spirou14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Green, Spirou7.1 
 3. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende6.3 
 5. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.3 
 6. Aska, Leuven6.0 
 7. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 8. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 9. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Cummard, Aalstar5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven4.9 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.2 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 5. Randle, Spirou3.8 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar3.8 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.7 
 8. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar3.4 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.4 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 7. Green, Spirou1.8 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.7 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Green, Spirou0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.6 


Ethias League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Mons-Hainaut and Oostende - by Eurobasket News

M.Hainaut - Spirou 74-66

M0ns-Hainaut claimed the second straight win over Spirou to step closer to the Ethias League Finals. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut forced 20 Spirou Charleroi turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who scored 26 points and 6 assists. Guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach Yves Defraigne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) added 17 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Green 17+3reb, J.Randle 16+6reb+1ast, A.Riddick 7+6reb, C.Beghin 6+1ast, S.Massot 6+6reb, D.Allen 6+2reb
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 26+4reb+6ast, J.Wallace 12+3reb, G.Muya 10+2reb+1ast, B.Qvale 8+5reb, J.Bostic 7+2ast, J.Cage 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 241223


Aalstar - Oostende 78-84

Oostende overcame Aalstar to even the semifinal series. It looked good early as Okapi Aalstar took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Base Oostende took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International guard Quentin Serron (190-90) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Okapi Aalstar.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: J.Tofi 23+7reb+3ast, R.Thompson 18+3reb+4ast, D.Raivio 13+3reb, C.Young 7+6reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 6+6reb+2ast, L.Cummard 5+5reb+3ast
Oostende: Q.Serron 20+3reb, D.Djordjevic 19+4reb+6ast, D.Drobnjak 12+2reb+4ast, M.Lojeski 9+4reb+2ast, V.Petrovic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Stojic 6+2reb
gschID: 241222



Aalstar keep John Tofi for the next season - by Eurobasket News

Okapi Aalstar have extended the contract with John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP). The Samoan centre will enter his second straight season with the team. This current season John Tofi notched 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the EuroChallenge. He also tallies 12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance in the Ethias League. Previously John Tofi played for Leuven Bears and Pepinster. He was named into All-Belgian League 2nd Team in 2011.


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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 8-0 
 2. BDF V 8-1 
 3. Spartans 6-1 
 4. Police 5-6 
 5. Cadets 4-4 
 6. Bullets 3-2 
 7. Saints 3-5 
 8. Flames 2-3 
 9. Dolphins 2-4 
 10. Splinters 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 16

May. 24: Spartans - Police
May. 25: Cadets - Spartans
May. 25: Splinters - Troopers
May. 25: Bullets - Cadets
May. 25: Flames - Splinters
May. 25: Spartans - Bullets
May. 25: Dolphins - Warriors



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  BRAZIL   


Sergio Hernandez takes over Uniceub/BRB - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB announced the name of their new head coach. Sergio Hernandez has agreed on terms of contract with former NBB champions. The deal is meant for one season. Sergio Hernandez has worked with Penarol Mar del Plata since 2007. He led the team to the Super 8 Cup title as well as Argentinean LigaA titles. The specialist was named All-Argentinean LigaA Coach of the Year in 2010. Last season Sergio Hernandez led Penarol to Liga Sudamericana Final Four. He also worked as head coach of the Argentinean National Team in 2005-10 seasons. He went to London as assistant coach last year. Sergio Hernandez will try to improve Uniceub/BRB performance after quite a skid this season when 2012 champions failed to reach the NBB semifinal stage.


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  CANADA   


Ross Bekkering wins the title in Holland - by Eurobasket News

Ross Bekkering (203-F-87) wins the title in Holland with his Leiden. The latter swept the Finals 4-0 against Leeuwarden and won 2012/2013 Play-offs. The second team of the Regular Season posted a 65:59 win in Game 4 to become the Champions of the country.
Leeuwarden had nothing to lose in the game and started with 14-11 lead. Leiden however replied with a 21-16 burst in the second frame and added 12-11 rally in the third period. They also won the last quarter 21-20 and sealed a 2012/2013 title.
Arvin Slagter fired 23 points for the winners. Worthy de Jong chipped in 12 points, while Ross Bekkering collected 4 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Samme Givens produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.



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Standings - Regional Leagues

District National Standings
 1. Rafael Barias 6-2 
 2. Bameso 5-2 
 3. Callero 5-2 
 4. Los Minas 5-3 
 5. San Carlos 4-3 
 6. San Lazaro 4-4 
 7. El Million 1-6 
 8. del Siglo 0-8 


Los Minas snatch overtime win over Rafael Barias - by Eurobasket News

Los Minas gained the fifth win in the District Nacional tournament. They prevailed against league leading Rafael Barias in overtime 100:97. The victory propelled Los Minas at 5-3 record in Group B. Rafael Barias remained on top of the standings at 6-2 record. Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) and Michael Mendoza stepped up with 24 points each to pace Los Minas.
Los Minas trailed by as many as 7 points at halftime 37:44. But they went on a 24:17 run in the third term to deny the deficit. The teams fired 26 points each in the fourth frame and had to go extra mile to decide on the winner. Los Minas outgunned their opponents in the overtime to seal the win. Josh Crawford (211-C-88, college: Indiana St.) accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Daniel Tavares (206-F-84, college: CS Dominguez H.) had 10 points for the winners. Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) responded with 19 points for Rafael Barias. Boita Martinez added 17 points in the loss.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Matjaz Smodis retires from basketball - by Diamadis Farmakis

One of the most dominant forwards of the past decade, three-time Euroleague champion Matjaz Smodis has decided to retire, at the age of 33, after finishing his career as a champion. Playing for his hometown team Krka Novo Mesto, a club where he started his career, Smodis was named the MVP of the playoffs finals, as Krka downed Union Olimpija 61-71 in Game 4, to win its fourth consecutive domestic title.

"Game 3 loss was a wake-up call for us, but we knew if we play tougher, harder, it will be difficult for Olimpija to beat us," Smodis said after scoring 21 points to lead Krka to Game 4 victory, and the national title, - "Thanks to all the fans, and all the people at the club, for an ideal end of a long and successful career"

For Smodis, this was his 16th domestic trophy, winning at least one with each of five clubs he played with during his career, in addition to three Euroleague titles he has to his name. The first Euroleague crown for Smodis came in 2001, in his Euroleague debut, when his Virtus Bologna won the best-of-five Finals against Tau Ceramica. Two more titles Smodis won with CSKA Moscow in 2006 and 2008, both coming against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Smodis was also a three-time Euroleague runner up, playing title games in 2004 with Fortitudo Bologna, as well as 2007 and 2009 with CSKA. He played 11 Euroleague seasons, amassing 170 games and ranks among Top 25 all time in both points (1,818) and rebounds (687), as he is one of only seven players to have tallied at least 1,800 points and 650 rebounds in his career.

Smodis went on to win Italian League trophies with Virtus Bologna in 2001 and with Fortitudo Bologna in 2005, as well as six consecutive Russian League titles with CSKA Moscow from 2006 to 2011. He also won six domestic cup titles.



Unicaja reportedly part ways with Krunoslav Simon and Kosta Perovic - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga continue to make changes. After parting ways with head coach Jasmin Repesa the Malaga team has reportedly split ways with Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85).
Krunoslav Simon joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 10.0 points, 3.3 boards and 2.5 assists per game in EuroLeague. The forward also posted 9.5 points, 3.1 boards and 2.0 assists per appearance in ACB. Previously Krunoslav Simon spent 12 straight seasons with KK Zagreb. Simon was named A1 League Player of the Year in 2011. Krunoslav Simon was trumped All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year in 2012. The forward has been the member of the Croatian National Team since 2008.
Kosta Perovic also moved to Unicaja at the start of the season. His stats read 3.3 points and 2.2 boards per game in EuroLeague. In ACB the centre had 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. Kosta Perovic previously played in NBA, Serbia, Spain. He has been the member of the Serbian National Team since 2008.



Emporio Armani will not keep Sergio Scariolo - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani will part ways with Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) in the post-season. The Italian powerhouse opted not to use the option to prolong the contract of the specialist for the third season. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) failed to advance into SeriaA semifinals this season. Emporio Armani lost to Montepaschi Siena in seven-game quarterfinal marathon. Last (11/12) season Emporio Armani also surrendered to Siena in the Finals. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) joined the Milan powerhouse back in 2011. Previously he worked with Khimky, Unicaja, Virtus Bologna, Real Madrid, Taugres Vitoria, Bologna, Desio and Pesaro. The specialist was named All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2006. He was also trumped All-VTB League Coach of the Year in 2011. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) guided the Spanish National Team in 2009/12 seasons. He led the Spaniards to the EuroBasket title in Lithuanian in 2011.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait found a new Head Coach - by Rauno Hurmalainen

UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) and Ari Mikkola , 36, have signed the contract model 1+2 years. Mikkola will be Korihait new Head Coach. Mikkola will replace Coach Jarmo Laitinen , 58, who was coaching Korihait only one season. Korihait was # 9 passed season with 13-31 record. Mikkola has played nine years on top level in Finland and has been coaching since year 2007 FoKoPo (as Head Coach and/or assistant coach). Last season Mikkola acted as assistant coach on Karhu (Kauhajoki) roster.


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  FRANCE   


Carlos Cherry signs with Angers - by Eurobasket News

Angers bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza). The point guard inked a two-year deal with NM1 side. Carlos Cherry is not new to France. The Spanish guard spent the last season with Quimper. He tallied 14.0 points, 6.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in NM1. Previously Carlos Cherry played for Caceres, CB Granada, Caja San Fernando Sevilla, Ourense, Los Barrios and CSKA Sofia. He made it into LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team in 2010. Carlos Cherry also played in Bulgarian League Finals back in 2007.
Carlos Cherry will try to help Angers improve their performance after they finished in the 12th position in NM1 season. The team won 16 out of 34 games played in regular season.



Gregor Beugnot leaves Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Gregor Beugnot has decided to put an end to his outstanding career in Chalon-sur-Saone. The head coach has decided to leave the team after 10 seasons at helm. Gregor Beugnot has the contract until 2014 but opted to split ways with the team after rather a successful season. Chalon finished fourth in ProA regular season and made it into the playoff semifinal stage. Last season Gregor Beugnot led the team to the ProA title last season. He was trumped All-French ProA Coach of the Year. Chalon also played in EuroChallenge Final last season. Gregor Beugnot also received ProA Coach of the Year award back in 2004. He guided the teams at the Pro All-Star Games in 1998, 2001, 2006 and 2007. He also worked with Villeurbanne and Metis Varese before taking over Chalon.


Alain Weisz takes over Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Alain Weisz will be the new head coach of SLUC Nancy. He will replace Jean-Luc Monschau on the bridge. The specialist started the season at helm of Antibes. However Alain Weisz left the team in March. Previously Alain Weisz worked with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket, Pays dAix Basket, Strasbourg, Le Mans, Montpellier, Sceaux. He guided the French National Team in 200-2003. Alain Weisz was also the head coach of the Senegalese National Team in 2011.


Robert Dozier top-scores and wins the title with Alaska Aces - by Eurobasket News

Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) top-scores and wins the title with Alaska Aces in Philippines. His team swept the final series against Barangay 3-0 and clinches the title.
The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 33-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Alaska Aces outrebounded Barangay Ginebra 62-47 including 23 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Alaska Aces made 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Barangay Ginebra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was French forward Robert Dozier who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 20 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks. Naturalized American forward Calvin Abueva chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Vernon Macklin who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and point guard LA Tenorio added 18 points respectively. Four Alaska Aces and five Barangay Ginebra players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
The season 2012-2013 Robert Dozier started for Miami Heat (NBA): only pre-season and in Nov.'12 signed at Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (Spain-ACB, starting five). In Eurocup he averaged 11.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, while in Spanish ACB showed 8.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3bpg. In Jan.'13 moved to Alaska Aces (Philippines-PBA, starting five) and in Commissioner's Cup 20 games showed 20.1ppg, Reb-1 (17.3rpg), 2.2apg, Blocks-1 (2.8bpg), FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 62.6%.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

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.17.1 
 4. Cekovski, MZT S.16.5 
 5. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.5 
 6. Trajkovski, Feni I.16.1 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija16.1 
 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. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.0 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.0 
 5. Kostevski, Vardar6.8 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.6.4 
 7. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki5.7 
 9. Cekovski, MZT S.5.7 
 10. Jelesijevic, Rabo.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.7 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. McIntosh, Feni I.3.3 
 5. Morban, del Siglo3.2 
 6. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.1 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 9. Bakic, MZT Skopje2.7 
 10. Cekovski, MZT S.2.7 
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, del Siglo1.4 
 5. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.3 
 6. Stajic, Lirija1.3 
 7. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.1 
 8. Simonovski, Feni I.1.1 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
 10. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.1 
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. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.7 
 9. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.5 
 10. Arsic, ABA S.0.5 


Prva Liga Round 3 of Finals. MZT Skopje claim third straight victory - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Kozuv 72-44

MZT Skopje rallied past Kozuv for the third straight win in the championship series. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 28. They outrebounded Kozuv 40-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 27+6reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 13+6reb+2ast, C.Davis 10+5reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 8+7reb+1ast, D.Noa 6+5reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 4+1reb+2ast
Kozuv: I.Mijajlovic 13+1reb, S.Bozovic 12+6reb+1ast, Z.Gocevski 4, K.Pavlovski 4+1reb, M.Pekovic 3+4reb+4ast, A.Shterjov 2+2reb
gschID: 241231



Pero Antic selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of FYR Macedonians who are currently playing abroad.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the 12th-ranked Ilysiakos (7-19) 81-70 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Thursday night's game. Antic scored 8 points in 22 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (25-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Antic averages: 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(28-49), 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 70.2% in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite McCalebb's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was defeated 74-68 on the road by the lower-ranked Karsiyaka (#5). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. McCalebb also added 4 assists and 4 steals. McCalebb belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(97-174), 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.2%. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia). Ilievski contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked KK Zadar (11-3) crushing them 91-61 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. He scored 6 points and added 5 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-8. KK Cedevita Zagreb (11-3) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ilievski's first season with the team. Ilievski's overall stats this year are: 5.5ppg, 2.5apg, 3FGP: 48.5%(16-33) and FT: 84.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Ilievski is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Armani Milano (19-11) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (18-12) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Armani Milano lost 66-72 in Siena to the lower-ranked (#5) Montepaschi. Green belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 4.3apg. This year he also averages: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4spg in the 24 games. Green is a naturalized American. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Apparently Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has FYR Macedonian passport:

   #1. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France) led Le Mans to a victory over the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) 63-55 in the French ProA on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Washington scored 11 points in 30 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (16-14) is placed sixth in the ProA. Washington is currently second on the list of most steals with 2.0spg. This year his other stats are: 15.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.8apg in the 14 games he played so far. Washington is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:

Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) plays for Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL
Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) plays for Zvezda in Serbian A League
Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian PBL
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) plays for BC Donetsk in Ukrainian Superleague
Oliver Dvojakovski (204-C-97) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Nemanja Temelkovski plays for Sloboda in Serbian A League
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) plays for Champville in Lebanese Division A
Bojan Krstevski (205-F/C-89) plays for Kavala in Greek A1
Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) plays for Stjarnan in Icelandic Dominos League

Notice: The list above includes only some of the FYR Macedonian playing currently abroad. Go to FYR Macedonian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.9 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi18.3 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.18.3 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.18.0 
 5. Nelson, Rustavi16.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi16.0 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.15.9 
 8. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.9 
 9. Ramishvili, Batumi15.8 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan MILOSEVIC
  Olimpi
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Milosevic, Olimpi12.2 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.6 
 3. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.11.4 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.2 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.0 
 9. Berishvili, Olimpi6.9 
 10. Prewitt, MIA A.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.0 
 2. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.7 
 3. Bowie, Rustavi5.5 
 4. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 5. Vaughn, MIA A.5.4 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 7. Bakradze, Lapua5.4 
 8. Sokk, Olimpi5.3 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.9 
 10. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 4. Vaughn, MIA A.1.9 
 5. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 6. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.6 
 8. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 9. Bakradze, Lapua1.5 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.0 
 2. Eliashvili, Batumi1.6 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.5 
 4. Milosevic, Olimpi1.4 
 5. Periashvili, Samed.1.2 
 6. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 7. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.1 
 8. Archibeque, MIA A.0.9 
 9. Jgerenaia, Armia0.8 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


Olimpi remains alive in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

MIA Academy - Olimpi 75-82 (2-2)

Olimpi remains alive in the Finals and ties the series at 2-2. MIA trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. 30 personal fouls committed by MIA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Darren Moore (190-89, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) replied with 25 points and his fellow American import power forward Chad Prewitt (206-80, college: Arizona St., agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MIA.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: D.Vaughn 25+4reb+3ast, C.Prewitt 16+7reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 13+10reb, V.Kounas 7+5reb+2ast, B.Raymond 5+3reb+3ast, M.Bokolishvili 4+1ast
Olimpi: D.Moore 22+2reb+3ast, L.Fatsatsia 18+7reb+3ast, I.Mikeladze 12+1reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 8+9reb+3ast, M.Berishvili 8+7reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241812



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  GERMANY   


Hirschberg commits to Wedel - by Moritz Korff

Jens Hirschberg (200-F-88) is set to join 2. Bundesliga Pro B SC Rist Wedel for the 2013-14 season. Hirschberg averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds for Licher Basket Baeren last season. He will add some Pro A experience to the roster as he appeared in 58 Pro A contests for Heidelberg until 2010. He then moved to Hanau, followed by a Lich move.
Meanwhile, Marvin Adu (203-F-87, college: Prairie View A&M), Tobias Lange (208-C-90) and Kai Schlueter (196-SF-92) have left the team.



Galkauskas staying with RLN team Itzehoe Eagles - four players leaving - by Moritz Korff

Aivaras Galkauskas (203-C-91) has committed his future to 1. Regionalliga North outfit SC Itzehoe. The club announced that the Lithuanian big man will play for the Eagles in the 2013-14 season and plans to stay beyond 2014. Galkauskas had 21 RLN appearances for Itzehoe last season, averaging 14.6 points as well as 6.7 rebounds per contest and was named Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North Honorable Mention.
Meanwhile, Amorrow Morgan (196-G-87, college: Idaho St.) and Jasper Chiwuzie (205-C-88) will not return to Itzehoe. Thorben Haake (188-PG-91) is going to move west to pursue his studies in Koeln, while Moritz Peiseler (197-F-84) will focus on his career outside of basketball.



Pro B newcomer Bochum hands contract extension to Ryon Howard - by Moritz Korff

Ryon Howard has agreed a contract extension to remain with the Bochum Astro Stars who will be playing in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B in the 2013-14 season. Thus, the Bronx, NY, native will enter his third year in Bochum.
Howard led the team to the 2012-13 1. Regionalliga West championship and received Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Player of the Year just recently. He averaged 18.1 points and 9.5 boards a game for the Astro Stars last season. Howard started his pro career at BSV Wulfen in 2009, followed by a single season with Rhoendorf playing in the Pro A.



Tim Schonborn Signs With The Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B club Dragons Rhondorf have announced the arrival of Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) Schonborn is a 22 year old 191cm guard that will play his first season with Rhondorf. Last season the German played for the Hertener Loewen (ProB) playing 26 games: 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 80.8%. "With Tim we have another young player that isnt at the end of his development yet. He will study in Cologne and I think that we can plan with him more long term", stressed Dragons head coach Boris Kaminski. He started his absketball career in 2006 for
Basketball Boele-Kabel (Oberliga). He played for the NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (2.Bundesliga) from 2007-2009. He played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga) from 2009-2012.

Source: Dragons Rhondorf




The Telekom Baskets Bonn And Head Coach Michael Koch Separate - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

On the court Michael Koch was a German basketball legend being one of the few players to win an Euroleague title and for some Bonn fans he leaves the club as a mini coaching legend as well. He may never have won atitle behind the bench, but he stood for consistency and more often than not led the team into the beko BBL playoffs. The team have decided for a rebirth and have decided not to renew the contract of the German who leaves the club after 8 years on the sidelines. "We thank Michael for the very good work since the 2005-2006 season", stressed Wolfgang Wiedlich. The biggest achievements for the 1993 German European champion was reaching the Beko BBL final in 2008 and 2009 losing to Alba Berlin and EWE Baskets Oldenburg and two Beko BBL Top appearnaces in 2009 and 2012.

Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn



Dino Gregory Remains With Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


2013 Beko BBL playoff candidate Phoenix Hagen coninue to build for the future and after keeping the coaching staff, Ole Wendt Larry Gordon, David Bell and Mark Dorris, the club announced today that Dino Gregory (200-F-89, agency: Two Points, college: Maryland) will also remain in Hagen. Gregory is a 23 year old 200cm forward that completed his second professional season with Phoenix Hagen playing 37 games and averaging 7,0ppg and 6,3rpg. He led the Beko BBL in blocks with 1,6bpg. "We are happy with the current standing of our planning for this upcoming season and are happy to keep stability in our team", stated Phoenix Hagen manager Oliver Herkelmann.

Source: Phoenix Hagen





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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.7 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.3 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris5.7 
 10. Petway, AGOR5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.4 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Pappas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 10. Carter, 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. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Powell, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 



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  IBA-PBL   


Breaking New: end of IBA-PBL Merger ! - by Gianni Pascucci

Usbasket.com has just received this official release from IBA:
May 24, 2013. The Independent Basketball Association announced today that merger that began in January of this year between the IBA and PBL has ended. On May 21, it was determined that the PBL officials and the owner of the Rochester RazorSharks were involved in actions determined to be detrimental to the League regarding the 2013 IBA-PBL Playoffs. In result, the IBA immediately removed the Rochester RazorSharks from the League, then removed the PBL name and teams from the brand. The League will return to and be branded as the formerly known and recognized Independent Basketball Association.
Contrary to previous reports, the IBA never requested or received any travel fees from the PBL. The Rochester RazorSharks were required to pay a travel credit. The travel credit was divided between three out of region teams including the Lansing Capitals, Gary Splash and Kankakee County Soldiers. All other claims regarding financial requests for travel gained from the PBL are false.
The IBA will continue to build in communities across the country with a focus on operating with integrity and growing minor league basketball in a sustainable and professional manor. The IBA is preparing for it's Spring 2013 playoffs and looks forward to crowing a new IBA Champion, said Barry Bradford President of the IBA.
For more information, please visit www.ibaball.net



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 8-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 7-4 
 3. Portland C. 4-3 
 4. Salem S. 3-5 
 5. Nippon T. 1-2 
International
 1. East Bay PB 0-0 
 2. Olympia R. 0-0 
 3. Seattle F. 0-0 
 4. Kitsap A. 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 24: Bellingham S. - Salem S. 129-112
May. 24: Vancouver V. - Portland C. 128-139
May. 25: Portland C. - Salem S.
May. 25: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
May. 27: Salem S. - Nippon T.
May. 27: Portland C. - Bellingham S.


Wilkins, Poole help Slam rally past Sabres - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam used a gutsy second-half effort to defeat the Salem Sabres, 129-112, at Chemeketa Community College on Friday night.

To start the game the Slam looked as sluggish as Friday's traffic on I-5, allowing the Sabres to race out to a 17-9 lead in the opening minutes. Despite the defensive lapses, the Slam had their moments, using a 10-0 run in the period's middle stages to take a 23-20 lead before Salem rallied to lead 43-37 at the quarter break.

The two teams played a nearly-even second quarter with Salem outscoring Bellingham 28-26 to account for a 71-63 halftime advantage.

The turning point of the game occurred late in the third quarter, when center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) hit back-to-back three-pointers to send the Slam into the fourth quarter with a 98-94 lead.

The Slam extended that advantage to 115-96 with a 17-2 run to start the fourth. Bellingham's defense held Salem to 14 fourth quarter points to preserve the victory.

Bellingham (8-1) was led in scoring by Poole and guard Rico Wilkins (6'0''-PG-88, college: W.Washington), who scored 34 points apiece. The Slam prevailed despite being hampered by a short bench as just seven players suited up for the game.

Salem (2-5) was led in scoring by forward Cory Largent (6'6''-G/F-80, college: W.Carolina) with 24 points.

Wilkins has enjoyed his two best nights of his short pro career in Salem, as he had 27 points in the two teams' first meeting at Chemeketa on May 4, a 143-101 win for the Slam.



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  INDONESIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.16.7 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.6 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.6 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya14.3 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.2 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.13.0 
 7. Nagata, Pacific12.9 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.12.8 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac11.7 
 10. Utomo, CLS Knigh.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.0 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.2 
 3. Sabara, Pacific8.5 
 4. Nolland, Garuda8.4 
 5. Gunawan, Satria M.8.3 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.7 
 7. Nugroho, Satya W.7.7 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.6 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.9 
 10. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.9 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.7 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.5 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.2 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti3.8 
 6. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 7. Gerungan, Dell A.3.2 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.3.1 
 9. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.1 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.4 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.3 
 5. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.2 
 6. Michel, Satria Muda1.9 
 7. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.1.9 
 8. Nolland, Garuda1.8 
 9. Ramadhani, Dell As.1.8 
 10. Sabara, Pacific1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.4 
 2. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.7 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.1.7 
 5. Nugroho, Satya W.1.6 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 9. Damanik, Pelita Ja.1.0 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 


ASEAN League: Stanley Pringle leads Warriors past Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - KL Dragons 72:63

The Indonesia Warriors claimed the opening win in the ASEAN League semifinal series versus KL Dragons. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) notched 21 points to lead the winners.
The Warriors dominated on the defensive end in the opening quarter. The hosts held their opponents to 10 points to take a 6-point lead. The Warriors stepped on the gas in the second term. The hosts accumulated a 38:24 halftime lead. The home side maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover the Warriors piled up a convincing 23-point lead at the final intermission. KL Dragons however refused to surrender and went on a 24:10 run in the fourth frame. The Warriors held on to the lead and sealed the win at the end. John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) netted 17 points, while Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) added 14 points in the victory. Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive) responded with 19 points for the Dragons. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) chipped in 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 21, John Smith 17, Mario Wuysang 14
KL Dragons: Justin Melton 19, Gavin Edwards 17



Dell Aspac reach the Final - by Eurobasket News

Garuda - Dell Aspac 53-61

Garuda was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 24-8 charge of Dell Aspac, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Garuda to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Garuda 46-30 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Diftha Pratama (186-89) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Garuda's coach Wan Amran rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Garuda: Surliyadin 12+1reb+2ast, D.Pratama 12+7reb+2ast, W.Wijaya 10+2reb+5ast, F.Minallah 6+6reb+2ast, J.Elyaday 6+1reb+1ast, V.Nolland 3+9reb
Dell Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 16+5reb+2ast, X.Prawiro 15+3reb+2ast, R.Effendi 11+5reb+1ast, D.Gerungan 9+5reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 5+5reb+2ast, W.Jati 3+11reb+2ast
gschID: 241813



Pelita Jaya advanced to NBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Pelita Jaya - Stadium Jak. 83-44

Pelita Jaya held Stadium Jakarta to an opponent 21.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 53-34 including a 40-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pelita Jaya looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Stadium Jakarta's players. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) chipped in 6 points and 13 rebounds. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Oei Abraham Trisakti (180-91) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and Mohammad Wicaksono (189-89) scored 8 points and 6 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.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 17+6reb+2ast, D.Wenas 13+5reb, D.Aryo Dewanto 11+4reb+3ast, E.Sebayang 10+1reb+3ast, S.Kurniahu 7+6reb+1ast, P.Indrawan 6+13reb+2ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Wicaksono 8+6reb+1ast, O.Abraham Trisakti 8+5reb+3ast, R.Ruslan 7+8reb, A.Sujarwo 6+1ast, E.Hadi 5, D.Leonardo 4+4reb
gschID: 241376


Dell Aspac - Garuda 69-53

Dell Aspac forced 24 Garuda turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dell Aspac made 9 blocks. 32 personal fouls committed by Garuda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Diftha Pratama (186-89) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Vinton Nolland (194-82) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: X.Prawiro 17+3reb+3ast, R.Effendi 13+1reb+1ast, W.Jati 9+8reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 9+7reb+5ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 8+2reb+2ast, P.Regowo 4+3reb
Garuda: D.Pratama 12+5reb+2ast, C.Pranatyo 9+1reb+1ast, J.Elyaday 8+2reb+2ast, V.Nolland 7+7reb+1ast, C.Gideon 6+5reb, F.Minallah 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241375



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Lalehzadeh having Workouts with NBA D-League Teams. - by Alireza

After having a great year, leading the Iranian Super League Regular Season in total points scored Yonas Lalezadeh is now training in the USA.

In an interview with Him we asked what his next move was. He responded with , "I love the game of basketball and I love improving, so right now I am training hard to get better."

We then asked how his training is going overseas. He stated, " it's a challenge, everyday is a challenge. I have great NBA trainers working with me and I feel the improvements daily."

We asked about his summer schedule and if he would return for National Team. He responded " it is an honor to be able to play with National Team. I respect and love the Coach, Players, and the Federation very much- they are like family... I have some workouts with the NBA DLeague teams coming up and I do not know the National Team schedule. Hopefully I can do both."

Lalehzadeh is the first National Team member born outside the country. Averaging over 20ppg this past season, Lalehzadeh helped the National Team win the West Asia Country Championship.

There was an article by the US Peace Institute that shares more on his story. Follow the link below:

http://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2013/may/13/sport-ii-basketball-bridge


Yonas Lalehzadeh (195-G-89, college: Cal-Irvine)



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  ISRAEL   

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.5 
 2. James, Hapoel K.22.8 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.20.2 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.6 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.3 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 3. Odiakosa, Hod H.11.7 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.6 
 5. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 6. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 7. Clemente, Mayaguez10.0 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Bouchman, Kiryat9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.8 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 4. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.6 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 7. Dunne, Ironi N.4.5 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
 10. Benn, Ironi N.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Hapoel K.3.0 
 2. Miller, Ironi N.2.8 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 4. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.5 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.4 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 9. Kent, Ironi R.2.1 
 10. Bouchman, Kiryat1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.2 
 3. McNeil, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi1.6 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Capitol1.4 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Bouchman, Kiryat T.1.1 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 


Ironi Nes-Ziona wins National League Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 73-83 (1-3)

Ironi Nes-Ziona wins National League Finals 3-1 in the series against Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Gil Amitay (197-89) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 21+7reb+2ast, G.Dotan 14+3reb+1ast, B.Walker 10+2reb+6ast, O.Hover 8+4reb, E.Asante Asare 8+6reb+5ast, I.Stolero 7+2reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Amitay 22+5reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+11reb+8ast, E.Engel 13+4reb+4ast, B.Benn 13+6reb+5ast, R.Zehavian 8+2reb+3ast, C.Tate 7+5reb
gschID: 241372



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Datome, Acea V.17.4 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.5 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.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: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.9 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Steele, Hapoel J.3.4 
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, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 8. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 9. Cusin, Cantu1.1 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia18.8 
 2. Parente, Lucca17.0 
 3. Carrizo, Latina B.16.8 
 4. Casadei, Firenze16.5 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.5 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara15.2 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 8. Wojciechowsk., Tor.14.9 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari14.9 
 10. Vico, Matera14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.6 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.1 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.9 
 4. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 5. Pazzi, Castelletto8.3 
 6. Ricci, Casalpus.8.3 
 7. Raminelli, Trevigl.8.0 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.0 
 9. Baldi Rossi, Torino7.7 
 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.4.4 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.4 
 7. Carrizo, Latina B.3.2 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.2 
 9. Rajola, Chieti3.0 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.0 
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. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 5. Gueye, San Severo2.7 
 6. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 7. Vico, Matera2.6 
 8. Maggio, San Severo2.4 
 9. Sanna, Firenze2.4 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.2 
 3. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 4. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 5. Chiacig, Agrigento0.8 
 6. Iannuzzi, Matera0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 
 10. Tagliabue, Recana.0.6 


Emporio Armani will not keep Sergio Scariolo - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani will part ways with Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) in the post-season. The Italian powerhouse opted not to use the option to prolong the contract of the specialist for the third season. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) failed to advance into SeriaA semifinals this season. Emporio Armani lost to Montepaschi Siena in seven-game quarterfinal marathon. Last (11/12) season Emporio Armani also surrendered to Siena in the Finals. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) joined the Milan powerhouse back in 2011. Previously he worked with Khimky, Unicaja, Virtus Bologna, Real Madrid, Taugres Vitoria, Bologna, Desio and Pesaro. The specialist was named All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2006. He was also trumped All-VTB League Coach of the Year in 2011. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) guided the Spanish National Team in 2009/12 seasons. He led the Spaniards to the EuroBasket title in Lithuanian in 2011.


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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, Champville26.6 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Spencer, Al Riyadi25.2 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.8 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh23.1 
 10. Sims, Sagesse22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.9 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.3 
 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, Sagesse6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed4.9 
 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 Riyadi1.9 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Spencer, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Amchit
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 5. Fraser, Byblos1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 


A big Start for Sagesse in the Final 4 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The 2012-2013 Final Four started as expected full of excitement , In Ghazir Sagesse welcomed Moutahed , the game Sagesses dominance from the first minutes of the game despite very good organized Moutahed team , but Sagesse key payers were always ready to deliver.

The first quarter saw Sagesse with a great 9-2 start but Moutahed was answering through Bassel BAWJI , the first quarter finished at the score of 26-21. The 2nd quarter was only Quincy DOUBY , he scored 4 3pointers and controlled the tempo through a big leadership , this performance gave Sagesse an 11 points lead , the score was 56-45.
The 2nd half the same tempo continued and Sagesse was increasing the lead which reached up to 16 through the trio of Quincy DOUBY , Deshawn SIMMS and Julien KHAZZOUH , KHAZZOUH had a huge game with 15points,15rebounds,6blockshots. He was the main reason that Sagesse dominated inside the paint defensively and offensively. Moutahed through BAWJI , Eric CHATFIELD and Marc SALYERS were always coming back in the game but the closest they got was within 7 points from Sagesse. The 2nd half saw also Douby continuing its performance , the game finished in the end on the score of 87-72.

Quincy DOUBY led all scorers with 38 points , Deshawn SIIMS finished with 18points , Julien KHAZZOUH with 15points,15rebounds,6blockshots.
From Moutahed side Bassel BAWJI finished with 20 and Eric Chatfield with 17.

Q1:26-21 Q2:56-45 Q3:68-58 Q4:87-72



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VTB League: Zalgiris opens Semifinals on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lokomotiv 80:53

Zalgiris open Semifinals on a high note and does not leave any chances for visiting Lokomotiv. In Game 1 the Lithuanian Champions posted an 80:53 victory.
Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) chipped in 15 points. Darius Lavrinovic scored 8 and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 7. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 12 points and American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) added 6 points and 4 assists 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.
Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow, May 25th.

Zalgiris: Ksistof Lavrinovic 19, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15+2reb+2ast, Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) 8, Oliver Lafayette 7
Lokomotiv: Mantas Kalnietis 12, Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) 10, Nick Calathes 6, D.Brown 6



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Stanley Pringle leads Warriors past Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - KL Dragons 72:63

The Indonesia Warriors claimed the opening win in the ASEAN League semifinal series versus KL Dragons. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) notched 21 points to lead the winners.
The Warriors dominated on the defensive end in the opening quarter. The hosts held their opponents to 10 points to take a 6-point lead. The Warriors stepped on the gas in the second term. The hosts accumulated a 38:24 halftime lead. The home side maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover the Warriors piled up a convincing 23-point lead at the final intermission. KL Dragons however refused to surrender and went on a 24:10 run in the fourth frame. The Warriors held on to the lead and sealed the win at the end. John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) netted 17 points, while Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) added 14 points in the victory. Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive) responded with 19 points for the Dragons. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) chipped in 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 21, John Smith 17, Mario Wuysang 14
KL Dragons: Justin Melton 19, Gavin Edwards 17



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 23-6 
 2. Guaymas 20-7 
 3. Tijuana 14-13 
 4. Nogales 14-13 
 5. Cananea 12-16 
 6. Navolato 12-17 
 7. Obregon 10-17 
 8. Guasave 10-17 
 9. Los Mochis 9-18 

Regular Season: Round 31

May. 24: Navolato - Guasave 91-99
May. 24: Obregon - Los Mochis 88-82
May. 24: Guaymas - Nogales 76-78
May. 24: Hermosillo - Tijuana 102-72

Regular Season: Round 32

May. 25: Hermosillo - Tijuana
May. 25: Obregon - Los Mochis
May. 25: Navolato - Guasave
May. 25: Guaymas - Nogales


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Jones, Obregon25.7 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.9 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas21.8 
 5. Elliott, Navolato21.7 
 6. McCullough, Nogales20.3 
 7. Pearson, Los M.20.3 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 9. Davis, Obregon19.4 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyrone MCNEAL
  Los Mochis
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. McNeal, Los Mochis10.4 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.0 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.4 
 5. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.2 
 7. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea7.8 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.7 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.7 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.6 
 3. Shorter, Guaymas5.2 
 4. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 7. Medina, Tijuana4.3 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Elliott, Navolato4.1 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.2 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
 9. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.8 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.6 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.2 
 6. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 7. Toombs, Navolato0.9 
 8. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 9. Pearson, Los M.0.8 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.0.8 


CIBACOPA roster Changes - by Alejandro Martinez

Teams are gearing up for a finish strong and are making roster changes in an effort to solidify its roster. Fuerza Guinda de Nogales, in a contested battle for third place, has signed mexican-american guard Justin Griffin (194-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) . The 6'5 sharp shooting guard is coming off a solid season with Soles de Mexicali. Frayles de Guasave has reached out to their Abeja connection and signed both Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) and .Eugene Phelps (198-F, college: Long Beach St.) Both had stellar seasons with Abejas this past LNBP season. Tijuana Zonkeys brought back forward Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) . Seay started the season with the team last season. The league is coming into its last week of play and it will be interesting to see how teams fare from the 3rd to the 8th spot


CIBACOPA Round 31: Fuerza Guinda Nogales defeat Ostioneros de Guaymas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most exciting game of round 31 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guaymas. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (20-7) to fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (14-13) 78-76 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Ostioneros de Guaymas outrebounded Fuerza Guinda Nogales 44-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Fuerza Guinda Nogales have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second position with seven games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play again at home against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hermosillo. First ranked host Rayos de Hermosillo (23-6) smashed 3rd placed Tijuana Zonkeys (14-13) 102-72. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who led the winners and scored 23 points. Kyle Spain accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-6 record. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 13 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis 88-82. Americans were the main players on the court. Kenny Jones fired 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Tyrone McNeal produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (10-17) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guasave. Loser Pioneros Los Mochis dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will again meet at home bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 31 Guasave won against Navolato on the opponent's court 99-91.


Guaymas - Nogales 76-78

The most exciting game of round 31 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guaymas. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (20-7) to fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (14-13) 78-76 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Ostioneros de Guaymas outrebounded Fuerza Guinda Nogales 44-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second position with seven games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play again at home against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Moss 19+8reb, C.Gadson 18+1reb+5ast, O.McCullough 14+5reb+1ast, J.Griffin 14+4reb, J.Mercado 5+4reb, B.Heredia 3+2reb+1ast
Guaymas: J.Habel 24+6reb, H.Hernandez 16+7reb+3ast, M.Allen 10+5reb+5ast, A.Pedroza 9+4reb+4ast, F.Benitez 8+9reb+2ast, M.Ayala 5+7reb+1ast
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Navolato - Guasave 91-99

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (12-17) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Frayles de Guasave (10-17) 99-91 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Jesus Gonzalez (195-86) produced 27 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave maintains seventh place with 10-17 record, which they share with Obregon. Garra Canera de Navolato lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again against Frayles de Guasave (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: S.Pettigrew 25+11reb+2ast, F.Harris 24+3reb+1ast, E.Phelps 23+8reb+1ast, V.Buelna 10, N.Stallings 8+3reb+5ast, P.Meza Rogel 5+2ast
Navolato: J.Gonzalez 27+5reb+7ast, R.Selleaze 22+7reb+1ast, M.Elliott 17+7reb+4ast, B.Toombs 10+6reb, F.Verdugo 9+2reb+8ast, A.Villalobos 6+1ast
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Obregon - Los Mochis 88-82

Bottom-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis 88-82. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) fired 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nate Carter (201-83, college: Oklahoma, agency: Fusion Sports) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Tyrone McNeal (213) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (10-17) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guasave. Loser Pioneros Los Mochis dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will again meet at home bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Obregon: K.Jones 29+8reb+3ast, L.Davis 21+4ast, N.Carter 20+7reb+2ast, G.Preer 11+3reb+4ast, H.Rivera 4+2ast, I.Robles 2+1reb
Los Mochis: T.McNeal 21+10reb+2ast, D.Pearson 20+8reb+2ast, J.Favela 10+4reb+2ast, D.Gage 10+3reb+3ast, D.Onofre 9+3reb+1ast, J.Sandoval 8+1reb+2ast
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Hermosillo - Tijuana 102-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hermosillo. First ranked host Rayos de Hermosillo (23-6) smashed 3rd placed Tijuana Zonkeys (14-13) 102-72. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 31-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. Rayos de Hermosillo brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who led the winners and scored 23 points. His fellow American import forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 15 points respectively for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-6 record. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 13 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 23+2reb+2ast, J.Lopez 14+3reb+1ast, J.Camacho 13+6reb+2ast, K.Spain 12+8reb+2ast, J.Esteva Hernandez 11+2reb, J.Villanueva 8+5reb
Tijuana: O.Quintero 15+3reb+2ast, J.Penny 13+8reb, M.Morrison 13+1reb+3ast, L.Ramirez 11+1ast, S.Seay 10+5reb, E.Medina 5+1ast
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Ramirez's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old point guard Luis Ramirez (180-PG-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Tijuana and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Tijuana in his team's victory, helping them to crush Los Mochis (#8, 9-17) with 18-point margin 106-88. Tijuana maintains the 3rd position in Mexican league. Tijuana is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-12 record. In the team's last game Ramirez had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Tijuana, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Luis Ramirez averages this season 18.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea. He is American forward in his first season at Cananea. In the last game Monroe recorded impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Cananea to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 22-6) 92-70. This victory allowed Cananea to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Monroe is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#2). He also registered 6.3 boards per game. Former Newberry College star Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Navolato (#6). Elliott got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Elliott's great performance Navolato lost 97-102 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#2, 20-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Navolato ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Elliott could help Navolato to bring them higher in the standings. Elliott has a great season in Mexico. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.1ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Obregon - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Guaymas - 30 points and 6 rebounds
6. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Guaymas - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Elvis Medina (183-PG-84) of Tijuana - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
10. James Penny (198-F-76) of Tijuana - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Milos Borisov selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad.

Milos Borisov
Milos Borisov
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Milos Borisov (198-85, currently plays in Serbia). Borisov led Radnicki KG to a victory over the 14th-ranked Vojvodina 85-78 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Borisov scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Radnicki Kragujevac (13-9) is placed third in Superliga group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Borisov's first season with the team. Borisov has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 87.5%. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain). Dubljevic was the main contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (21-13) crushing them 80-42 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. He was the best player in that game. Dubljevic recorded 15 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. Valencia Basket (22-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Dubljevic has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%(116-209), 3FGP: 47.1%(33-70) and FT: 84.7% in the 34 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Sead Sehovic
Sead Sehovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division. He could not help Szolnok (8-2) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's good performance the sixth-placed Szolnok lost 82-95 on the road to the second-ranked Atomeromu in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. Sehovic has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 73.5% in the 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin. Ex-BC Buducnost Podgorica player is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #4. Power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-88, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to help Metalac (3-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dasic's very good performance Metalac (#6) was defeated 88-75 in Beograd by the second-ranked Zvezda in the Superliga group. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Dasic also added 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Dasic is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg. Dasic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #5. International center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) 99-94 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (17-17) is placed tenth in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. Sekulic's stats this year are: 11.9ppg and 5.2rpg in the 33 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #6. Power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Regal FC Barcelona in a victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-16) 57-50 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Todorovic's overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.1rpg in the 23 games. He is U21 international player who is currently on the Montenegrin National Team roster.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #7. An experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Gaz Metan's victory against the 14th-ranked Oradea (0-27) 79-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. Ivanovic was the top player that evening. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. CS Gaz Metan Medias (20-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. Ivanovic's stats this season are: 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

Slavko Vranes
Slavko Vranes
   #8. Center Slavko Vranes (230-83, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dasic and both played together in the last Serbian A League game. Vranes, who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for Metalac (3-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Metalac (#6) was defeated 88-75 in Beograd by the second-ranked Zvezda in the Superliga group. Vranes was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 blocks. Vranes is the league's best blocker. This season he has very good stats: 10.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.5bpg. Vranes used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2011.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #9. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Blagota Sekulic in the Spanish ACB last game. Cook couldn't help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their game against CB Canarias (17-17). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Cook recorded only 2 points and added 4 passes in 19 minutes. Caja Laboral lost 94-99 in Tenerife to the much lower-ranked (#10) CB Canarias. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. This year Cook's total stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.8apg in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Cook is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #10. Power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar-Sharif Cook. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Bjelica helped Caja Laboral edge the seventh-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) 57-56. He recorded only 2 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (25-9) is placed second in the ACB. Bjelica has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Konstantin (1-12) in their last game. Despite Savic's good performance Konstantin (#8) lost 71-77 in Uzice to the higher-ranked (#7) Sloboda in the Superliga group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Savic also added 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Savic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg in the 34 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

   #12. International power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ilysiakos in their game against Olympiacos in the Greek A1. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team lost 70-81. Maras has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3spg in the three games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

   #13. International guard Boris Bakic (193-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) helped MZT Skopje win their game against the second-ranked Kozuv 73-57 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Sunday. Bakic recorded only 3 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bakic has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.7apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. International shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dasic. However that was another game of his team in Serbian A League which brought him to that list. Bakic couldn't help Metalac in their game against Partizan. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. His team was crushed by 26 points 88-62. Bakic is currently first on the list of top scorers with 19.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.9rpg and 2.4apg in the 25 games. Bakic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #15. Former U20 international center Milos Lopicic (216-90, currently plays in Poland) helped Stelmet ZG win their game against the leader AZS Koszalin crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL last Friday. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Lopicic has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team three years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Montenegrin passport but never been selected to any of Montenegrin national teams:

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Blusens Monbus (18-16) 90-75 in the Spanish ACB in Friday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg and 5.5rpg in the 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) was the major contributor in a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-11) 84-78 in the Belgian Ethias League in Thursday night's game. Djordjevic scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (20-8) is placed first in the Ethias League. Djordjevic is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers. This season he averages: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. Djordjevic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #3. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) led Targu Mures to a victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (23-7) 91-81 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Cuic recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Mures Targu-Mures (23-7) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Cuic belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 5.4apg.

   #4. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague could not help Olimpi (17-3) in their last game. Despite Milosevic's good performance the league leader Olimpi lost 71-79 in a derby game to the second-ranked MIA. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Milosevic also added 7 blocks in 34 minutes. Milosevic is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 12.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4bpg in the 25 games.

   #5. Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Bosnia) led Igokea to a victory over the second-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (9-1) 69-61 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Tuesday night's game. Komatina was the top player that evening. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This season Komatina averages: 5.6ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #6. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to help Vojvodina (8-5) in their last game. Despite Marojevic's good performance Vojvodina (#4) lost 78-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Radnicki KG in the Superliga group. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Marojevic's total stats are: 9.9ppg and 3.3rpg in the 39 games.

   #7. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd to win against the sixth-ranked Metalac 88-75 in the Serbian A League on Wednesday night. Subotic recorded only 4 points. Subotic has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #8. Damjan Kandic (208-F-84, currently plays in Romania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Cuic and both played together in the last Romanian Liga Nationala game. Kandic contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti 91-81. He recorded 7 points. Kandic has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg.

   #9. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Bojan Subotic in the Serbian A League last game. Marojevic was not able to secure a victory for Metalac in their game against Zvezda. He recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 88-75. Marojevic has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #10. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Konstantin in their game against Sloboda in the Serbian A League. He scored 5 points in 26 minutes. His team lost 71-77. Despotovic has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 39 games. He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities.



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Hicham Kherrazi finished the successful season in Holland - by Eurobasket News

Hicham Kherrazi (195-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) finished the successful season in Holland as his Aris Leeuwarden made it to the Finals of the Play-offs although they finished the Regular Season on the 4th place. Leiden won the Final series against Leeuwarden 4-0 and won 2012/2013 Play-offs. The second team of the Regular Season posted a 65:59 win in Game 4 to become the Champions of the country.
Leeuwarden had nothing to lose in the game and started with 14-11 lead. Leiden however replied with a 21-16 burst in the second frame and added 12-11 rally in the third period. They also won the last quarter 21-20 and sealed a 2012/2013 title.
Arvin Slagter fired 23 points for the winners. Worthy de Jong chipped in 12 points, while Ross Bekkering collected 4 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Samme Givens produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.



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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 Heat26.6 
 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.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.10.1 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
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.7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Biedrins exercising option, returning to Warriors - by Eurobasket News

As was expected, Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins (7'0''-C-86) will exercise his player option and return to the Bay Area for the 2013-14 season, according to his agent Bill Duffy. Biedrins, 27, held a player option for next season that will pay him $9 million for the final year of his six-year, $54 million contract the two sides agreed upon in the summer of 2008. The seven-footer could have declined the option, becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. However, that will not be the case. He will not opt out, Duffy stated clearly to CSNNW.com. General Manager Bob Myers has some tough decisions to make being that the Warriors are destined to be luxury tax payers next season with roughly $75 million in salary tied-up. The punitive luxury tax system goes into effect and Carl Landry (player option), Jarrett Jack (free agent) are integral pieces the organization would hope to retain. Biedrins appeared in 53 games while starting nine of those contests during his 2012-13 campaign. He averaged 0.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 9.3 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: csnnw.com



Determined Pacers even the series versus Heat - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - Indiana P. 93-97
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) gave it everything. And still more was required. This time, he wound up as something less than hero for the Miami Heat, with a pair of critical late turnovers. These Indiana Pacers aren't going anywhere, especially with the next two games of the Eastern Conference finals shifting to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Even with James at the top of his game for all but the final possessions, the Pacers had enough to tie the best-of-seven series with the Heat at 1-1 with a 97-93 victory Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. "This whole team has just shown great desire," Pacers Coach Frank Vogel said. "They believe we can win this series, and they're giving it all their might, all their might." To a degree, so did James, including blocking a shot against towering Pacers center Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) on one sequence and winning a jump ball against Hibbert on another. Yet while James closed with 36 points, what will be remembered from this one are his fourth and fifth turnovers, plays in the waning seconds that kept the Heat from the dramatics it produced in Wednesday's 103-102 overtime Game 1 victory. "He played one of the best basketball games I've ever seen anybody play," Vogel said. But there simply wasn't enough in support, with Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), with 17 points, and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), with 14, the only other Heat players in double figures. "This game was about them making great plays and us responding with even greater plays," Vogel said. Hibbert led the Pacers with 29 points, supported by 22 from Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.), 18 from George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) and 13 from David West. "We just didn't finish the game like we're capable of," Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We're supposed to find a way to close out those games and we didn't." With the Heat twice in position to tie late, James - the hero of Game 1 for Miami with his driving layup with 2.2 seconds left in overtime - this time came up short. The series now shifts to Indiana for Games 3 and 4, starting Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The winner of the series faces the winner of the San Antonio Spurs-Memphis Grizzlies series in the NBA Finals, with the Spurs up 2-0 in the Western Conference finals heading into Saturday's Game 3. "We still have a lot of work to do," Vogel said. After being forced out of Game 1 in the third quarter with a bruised left shoulder, Miami point guard Mario Chalmers was back in the starting lineup, although he appeared to be favoring the shoulder at times. Basically, the support system failed James, with Ray Allen and Shane Battier again unable to hit jumpers, and Chris Andersen this time limited by foul trouble. "We had enough opportunities there in the fourth to close it out," Spoelstra said. "Offensively we just did not execute or gets shots or the type of shots we wanted." When Bosh drained a three-point shot off a Chalmers assist, the Heat moved to an 88-84 Heat lead with 6:09 to play, completing a 7-0 run. But when Bosh later was off with a three-point shot, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson converted a three-pointer on the other end to draw Indiana within 88-87, with Hibbert scoring inside for an 89-88 Pacers lead. Following a 24-second violation on the Pacers, James scored in the lane, was fouled and converted the free throw for a 91-89 Heat lead, only to see Hibbert tie it 91-91 with a jump hook. James then was off with a three-pointer, as was Chalmers, with a West basket putting Indiana up 93-91. Bosh then worked his way to the line with 1:44 to play, tying it 93-93 with a pair of free throws. After a Heat defensive stop, Wade was off with a floater in the lane. Chalmers then fouled Pacers point guard George Hill, who converted both free throws to put Indiana up 95-93. James then followed with his consecutive turnovers, effectively ending it. "It's not just those two plays," Spoelstra said. Having won 46 of 49 prior to Friday's rare home loss, the Heat now have to go to a building where they were blown out twice during the regular season. "Look," Spoelstra said, "this series is very close, the lead changes, we had opportunities at the end. "The story lines will change, but we know the deal. It's a very close series." Courtesy of: latimes.com



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Sources: Vanderbilt blocks Sheldon Jeter from Pittsburgh - by Eurobasket News

Former Vanderbilt basketball player Sheldon Jeter (6'7''-F-94) has been blocked from being on scholarship next season if he transfers to Pittsburgh, sources close to the situation said. Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams said Commodores coach Kevin Stallings was concerned about releasing Sheldon Jeter to one of the schools, but Williams declined to identify the school. Stallings said he would not confirm nor deny whether Pittsburgh was the school. Stallings has released Jeter to all other schools Jeter and his father submitted as potential transfer destinations, the sources confirmed. Jeter is from Beaver Falls, Pa. Vanderbilt associate director of compliance Candice Storey Lee said that she has notified Jeters family of the university appeals process should he opt to challenge the decision. Multiple attempts to reach Jeter have gone unanswered. If Jeter does not appeal, he can either enroll at Pitt and pay his own way for one year prior to being placed on scholarship or he can enroll at another university and be on scholarship right away. The 6-foot-7 rising sophomore must sit out the 2013-14 season, per NCAA transfer rules. Jeter averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds as a freshman.
Courtesy of: tennessean.com



Five-star junior Theo Pinson announces for North Carolina - by Eurobasket News

When we spoke with Theophilus Pinson Jr. (96) in late April, he said he wanted to trim his list soon. And then suddenly last Saturday, reports surfaced that Pinson was cutting his list to five -- and ready to make a decision. That decision came on Wednesday afternoon: Pinson is headed to North Carolina. The 6-foot-5 wing from Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) chose the Tar Heels over primary competition from Indiana, although Louisville, Georgetown and Duke were also in his final five. Being an in-state prospect, the pull to stay home was too strong for Pinson. He's only a short drive to Chapel Hill, and he took several unofficial visits to the Tar Heels' campus. With people constantly in his ear about playing for the home-state powerhouse, Pinson ultimately couldn't say no. Indiana seemed to have the lead for most of his recruitment, with the Hoosiers having all the momentum and looking like the choice when Pinson said he would be deciding. Tom Crean and his staff have followed Pinson around the entire spring, making their presence known at each of his games. He was a top priority for the Hoosiers. But Pinson had no plans to leave Tobacco Road. At the next level, Pinson has the ability to be a matchup problem. He has good size for the perimeter, and his passing ability and vision are outstanding. Pinson can make difficult passes with either hand, and can see over the defense. He has great length and is very athletic. Pinson can also get to the rim on most defenders. In order to truly be a dominant player, he needs to become more consistent with his jumper and also improve his ball-handling ability. Defensively, Pinson can be a stud. He can guard multiple positions due to his length and size. It's that type of versatility that made Pinson such a sought-after recruit. He was ranked No. 12 in the 247 Sports Composite. Pinson is the third five-star player to commit to North Carolina for the 2014 class. He joins talented small forward Justin Jackson and point guard Joel Berry in that group. Those three will form the primary core in Chapel Hill for a few years. With four freshmen seeing minutes last season, and a very good three-man recruiting class coming in this season, there will be plenty of young talent on Roy Williams ' roster in 2014-15.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 24: Taranaki MA - Waikato P. 97-71
May. 25: Southland S. - HBS Bank Hawks 94-73
May. 24: OceanaGold N. - HBS Bank Hawks 90-85 OT
May. 25: Waikato P. - Hub Jets 75-89
May. 25: Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 103-88
May. 26: Super City R. - Wellington S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.1 
 2. Pace, Nelson G.22.4 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.21.9 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Conklin, Southland20.3 
 6. Atkinson, Waika.20.3 
 7. Hagan, Hub Jets19.1 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.19.0 
 9. Maxey, Nelson G.18.5 
 10. Greene, HBS B.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets14.6 
 2. Atkinson, Waika.13.9 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.6 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.4 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.9.1 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.9 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.7 
 8. Boucher, Wellingt.8.4 
 9. Pace, Nelson G.8.3 
 10. Maxey, Nelson G.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.7.7 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.4 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets7.0 
 4. Buck, Super City R.5.7 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 7. Webster, Waika.3.9 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.8 
 10. Frank, Wellington3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.3.4 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.3 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.3.1 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.0 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.5 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.2.3 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 8. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 9. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.1 
 10. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.3 
 3. Frank, Wellington2.1 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets1.6 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.5 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.1.1 
 8. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.0.9 
 10. Dawson, Southlan.0.9 



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Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Nigerians who are currently playing abroad.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey). He led Karsiyaka to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) 81-78 in the Turkish TBL in Tuesday night's game. Aminu was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (23-7) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 67.1%(153-228) and FT: 66.3% in the 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Italy). Eze led Montepaschi Siena to a victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (19-11) 75-69 in the Italian SerieA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Eze also added 2 blocks. Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Eze is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. This season he averages: 6.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 58.0%(83-143) and FT: 51.5%. Eze has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Italian. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). He led Leones to a victory over the sixth-ranked Brujos (11-12) 85-78 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Monday night's game. Diogu was the best player in that game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Leones de Ponce (12-0) is placed in the BSN. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. Diogu has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.5%(61-110), 3FGP: 46.2%(12-26) and FT: 75.4%. Diogu is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #4. Swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the eighth-ranked Umana Venezia (16-14) 84-75 in the Italian SerieA on Saturday night. Ere scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Cimberio Varese (23-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Ere has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Ere used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #5. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Pall.Trento's surprising victory against the second-ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-9) 88-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Friday. He scored 22 points in 25 minutes. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (14-14) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 31 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Umeh used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Aloysius Anagonye
Aloysius Anagonye
   #6. Forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help Ilysiakos (7-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Ilysiakos was edged 83-82 in a derby game by the one of league's weakest teams Peristeri GS (#13). Anagonye recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Regular Season already ended. Anagonye is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg and 7.3rpg. Anagonye holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #7. Former U19 international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Ikaros (12-14) in their game against Panathinaikos (22-4) in the Greek A1. He was the second best scorer with 9 points. Alabi also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. But Ikaros was crushed 88-57 on the road by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Alabi's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian U19 national team six years ago.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #8. Power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hod Hasharon (18-8) in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (22-4) in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. Odiakosa was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 47 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Odiakosa's third season in pro basketball. But Hod Hasharon lost 119-125 in Nes Ziyona to the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona. Odiakosa is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.7apg in the 35 games. Odiakosa used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain Oguchi
   #9. International shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in Spain) managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 in a victory against the 16th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (12-22) 78-62 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (19-15) is placed seventh in the ACB. Oguchi's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Oguchi averages just 1.0ppg in the two games. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #10. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Lebanon) helped Champville win their game against the league leader Al Riyadi (27-5) 85-81 in the Lebanese Division A last Friday. Akindele recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Champville (20-12) is placed fourth in the Division A. Akindele has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3bpg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Venezuela) helped Bucaneros win their game against the league leader Marinos 85-77 in the Venezuelan LPB on Friday night. Ofoegbu scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Ofoegbu's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 19 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:

   #1. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) led Lottomatica Roma to a victory over the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE (18-12) 72-59 in the Italian SerieA on Tuesday night. Lawal was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Lawal's third season in pro basketball. Acea Virtus Roma (20-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lawal is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.4bpg in the 36 games he played so far. Lawal has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Experienced Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle, currently plays in Brazil), who plays in the Brazilian NBB could not help Paschoalotto/Bauru (22-10) in their last game. Despite Agba's very good performance the league leader Paschoalotto/Bauru was edged 80-77 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Uberlandia. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Agba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Paschoalotto/Bauru's roster. This season Agba has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 7.1rpg in the 37 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Tofas (12-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Tofas was crushed 82-49 at home by the leading Galatasaray. Elonu had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 24 minutes. Elonu is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year his overall stats are: 9.8ppg and 7.5rpg in the 32 games.

   #4. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) in their game against Le Mans (16-14) in the French ProA. Nsonwu-Amadi scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 63-55 in Le Mans by the lower-ranked Le Mans (#6). Nsonwu-Amadi has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg.

   #5. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Golden State Warriors (47-35) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (58-24) in the NBA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Ezeli scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Golden State Warriors lost 82-94 in San Antonio to the Spurs. This year Ezeli's overall stats are: 2.4ppg and 3.8rpg in the 90 games.

   #6. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the major contributor in Indios' victory against the league outsider Vaqueros 85-74 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Thursday night's game. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Efejuku has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.0apg. Efejuku has both Nigerian and Jamaican nationalities.

   #7. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: IBS, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Tezenis VE in their game against Novipiu Casale in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. But his team lost 67-76. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year he has very good stats: 10.7ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.8bpg and 1.9spg in the 32 games. Lawal also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #8. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) faced previously mentioned Oritseweyinmi Efejuku in the Puerto Rican BSN last game. Ebi couldn't help Vaqueros in their game against Indios. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ebi also added 8 rebounds. He has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg and 6.8rpg.

   #9. Olu Ashaolu (200-F-88, agency: Norton Sports Management, college: Oregon, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket in their game against River Andorra in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. Ashaolu was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team lost 70-82. Ashaolu has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg in the 35 games. He holds both Nigerian and Canadian passports. Despite Ashaolu's Nigerian nationality, he previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #10. Brian Egwuatu (199-F-86, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Colombia) was the main contributor in Patriotas' victory against the leader Bambuqueros 98-82 in the Colombian DPB on Tuesday night. Egwuatu was the top player that evening. He scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Egwuatu has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg.



Chukwudinma Odiakosa finished high season with Hod Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) finished high season with Hod Hasharon in Israel. The team reached the Finals but lost to Ironi Nes-Ziona in four games.
Ironi Nes-Ziona wins National League Finals 3-1 in the series against Hod Hasharon. In Game 4 Ironi Nes-Ziona posted a road 83:73 win. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Gil Amitay (197-89) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Eran Asante Asare added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
In 2012-2013 he moved to Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League, starting five) and averaged 19.5 points per game as well as 11.9 rebounds.



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Jose Lloreda's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Panamanians who are currently playing abroad.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. He could not help Mets (11-13) in their last game. Despite Lloreda's very good performance Mets lost 100-111 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Capitanes. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. Lloreda also added 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Lloreda is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 10.6rpg. He also averaged so far 14.0ppg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 63.3% in the 14 games he played so far. Former Magnates de Calidonia starter played for the Panamanian senior national team two years ago.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, agency: Court Side, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy). Hicks led Tuscany Pistoia to a victory over the ninth-ranked Givova Scafati (14-14) 81-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hicks recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (19-9) is placed third in the Lega2. It's Hicks' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hicks averages: 17.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 83.3%. He played for the Panamanian national team in 2011.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Pinnock was the main contributor in Indios' victory against the seventh-ranked Brujos (11-13) crushing them 95-67 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Pinnock recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 21 minutes. Indios de Mayaguez (14-10) is placed third in the BSN. Pinnock is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals with 1.5spg. This year he also averages: 14.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 85.1% in the 24 games. Pinnock is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team. Pinnock used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #4. Forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in a Kyoto Hannaryz's victory against the leader Niigata Albirex (36-16) 79-72 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. He recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kyoto Hannaryz (29-23) is placed fifth in Western group. Pomare has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Pomare used to play for the Panamanian national team back in 2011. He played also for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #5. International forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to help Marinos (37-14) in their game against Bucaneros (27-24) in the Venezuelan LPB. Ayarza scored 8 points in 26 minutes. The league leader Marinos lost 77-85 in La Guaira to the lower-ranked (#4) Bucaneros. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ayarza's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 3.4rpg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

The list of other players, who all have Panamanian passport but never been selected to any of Panamanian national teams:

   #1. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Caciques to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Quebradillas (13-11) 81-78 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. Horne was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Horne's second season in pro basketball. Caciques de Humacao (11-12) is placed sixth in the BSN. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Horne has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Gabriel Giron (190-G-88, currently plays in Mexico) led Mineros de Cananea to a victory over the closely-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (14-13) 98-90 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Friday night. Giron was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. Mineros de Cananea (12-16) is placed fifth in the CIBACOPA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Giron has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.1apg in the 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Jamaal Levy (206-C-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) plays for Paulistano in Brazilian NBB
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Chinese CBA
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Mets in Puerto Rican BSN
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80) plays for Shiga L-Stars in Japanese BJ League
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) plays for Slammers in Australian State League
Darrell St.Rose (191-F-88) plays for Coopenae-USJ in Costa Rican LBS

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Panamanian playing currently abroad. Go to Panamanian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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PBA Stats Leaders

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



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Santurce 16-8 
 2. Ponce 15-8 
 3. Mayaguez 14-10 
 4. Quebradillas 13-11 
 5. Arecibo 12-11 
 6. Humacao 11-12 
 7. Guayama 11-13 
 8. Guaynabo 11-13 
 9. San German 8-15 
 10. Bayamon 7-17 

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 24: Guaynabo - Mayaguez 95-91
May. 24: Humacao - Quebradillas 81-78
May. 24: Bayamon - Guayama 77-68
May. 24: Santurce - Ponce 75-79

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 25: San German - Arecibo
May. 25: Ponce - Bayamon
May. 26: Santurce - Quebradillas
May. 26: Humacao - Mayaguez


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Harris, Ponce20.0 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo18.9 
 4. Carmona, Humacao18.3 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon18.3 
 6. Brown, Humacao17.4 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.0 
 8. Ramos, Arecibo16.5 
 9. Dentmon, Arecibo16.5 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Harris, Ponce11.0 
 2. Lloreda, Guaynabo10.6 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.7 
 4. Phillip, San German9.3 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon8.4 
 7. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 8. Carmona, Humacao8.1 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo8.1 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 2. Dentmon, Arecibo5.2 
 3. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 4. Rivera, Ponce5.0 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 6. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 7. Garcia, Quebradill.3.7 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Pagan, Santurce3.4 
 10. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.2 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.5 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 8. Santiago, Ponce1.2 
 9. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Harrellson, Guaya.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Penn, Humacao1.9 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Scott, Humacao1.2 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Brock, Guayama0.9 


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

26-year old swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last week for Arecibo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 27.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Guaynabo (#8, 10-13) 111-100. Arecibo maintains the 5th position in Puerto Rican league. Arecibo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-11 record. In the team's last game Vassallo had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Virginia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Vassallo is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.0ppg).

Second best performed player last week was Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Guaynabo. He is Panamanian forward in his first season at Guaynabo. In the last game Lloreda recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Guaynabo lost that game 100-111 to the higher-ranked Arecibo (#5, 12-11). Guaynabo is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-13 record. Lloreda is one of the most experienced players at Guaynabo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Arecibo's star - center Windi Graterol (204-C-86). Graterol scored 13 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Arecibo, helping his team with a 111-100 win against the lower-ranked Guaynabo (#8, 10-13). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Graterol has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Cortes Ruiz (194-F-82) of Arecibo - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Quebradillas - 9 points and 10 rebounds
7. Anthony Winchester (193-G-83) of San German - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85) of Santurce - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) of San German - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German - 14 points and 11 rebounds

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



Capitanes heating up, Cangrejeros stop Mayaguez winning streak - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes de Arecibo is on a five-game winning streak thanks to a great offensive output in all their games.

This week they dominated Caciques-Gigantes 91-75 and then on Thursday beat Mets de Guaynabo 111-100. Angel Vassallo scored 28 points and David Cortes added 25 against Mets.

Arecibo is now 12-11 and is now one game from fourth place and two from third.

The week started with a win by Leones over Brujos de Guayama 85-78. Ike Diogu scored 27 points while Mike Harris had 14 points and 23 rebounds. Guayama had Angel Figueroa with 25 points.

On Tuesday Atleticos dominated Mets de Guaynabo 85-72 with Carlos Strong leading the way with 17 points. San German is currently in ninth place.

The next day Cangrejeros stopped Mayaguez 80-76. Mayaguez came in with an eight-game winning streak. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) netted 27 for Santurce who is in first place with a 16-7 record.

Piratas dropped Vaqueros 75-65 with 18 points by Kevin Lisch and 13 from Carmelo Lee. Quebradillas is now 13-10 and Bayamon 6-17.

Finally Renaldo Balkman scored a basket after an offensive rebound and stole the ball in the final possesion to give Guayama a 78-77 win over San German. Guayama had lost their last eight games.

There are three games on Friday:

Leones de Ponce at Cangrejeros de Santurce
Piratas de Quebradillas at Caciques-Gigantes Humacao
Brujos de Guayama at Vaqueros de Bayamon



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VTB League: Zalgiris opens Semifinals on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lokomotiv 80:53

Zalgiris open Semifinals on a high note and does not leave any chances for visiting Lokomotiv. In Game 1 the Lithuanian Champions posted an 80:53 victory.
Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) chipped in 15 points. Darius Lavrinovic scored 8 and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 7. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 12 points and American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) added 6 points and 4 assists 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.
Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow, May 25th.

Zalgiris: Ksistof Lavrinovic 19, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15+2reb+2ast, Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) 8, Oliver Lafayette 7
Lokomotiv: Mantas Kalnietis 12, Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) 10, Nick Calathes 6, D.Brown 6



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bakic, Metalac19.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena18.9 
 3. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 5. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 7. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.6 
 10. Kljajevic, C Afri.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.8 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Dasic, Metalac8.1 
 4. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 5. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 6. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan6.2 
 8. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.8 
 10. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
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. Westermann, Parti.4.1 
 8. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 9. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 10. Rakocevic, Crvena3.5 
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. Dasic, Metalac1.9 
 5. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 6. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 7. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 8. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 9. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
 10. Sljivancanin, Bor.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Metalac
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vranes, Metalac2.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.6 
 3. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 4. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 5. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan0.8 
 8. Musli, Partizan0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 


Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Meridiana NS 21-5 
 2. Crnokosa 17-9 
 3. Napredak K. 16-10 
 4. Napredak A. 14-12 
 5. Morava 14-12 
 6. Mladost Zemun 13-13 
 7. Beovuk 72 12-14 
 8. Zeleznicar 12-14 
 9. Proleter Naftagas 12-14 
 10. Partizan II 11-15 
 11. Mladost Cacak 11-15 
 12. Radnicki OB 11-15 
 13. Plana 9-17 
 14. Spartak 9-17 


Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Mihajlo ANDRIC
  Partizan
  (200-SF-94)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Andric, Partizan19.5 
 2. Djordjevic, Parti.18.5 
 3. Glisovic, Plana18.1 
 4. Pavlovic, Mladost17.5 
 5. Samardzija, Spart.17.4 
 6. Stanojevic, Meridi.16.9 
 7. Mitic, Morava16.7 
 8. Stanojevic, Crnok.16.6 
 9. Savic, Meridian.16.5 
 10. Stanojevic, Zelez.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos JANKOVIC
  Mladost .
  (203-C-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Jankovic, Mladost11.3 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.9.3 
 3. Sikman, Napredak.8.3 
 4. Milincic, Napredak7.4 
 5. Boricic, Radnicki.7.0 
 6. Vukovic, Mladost7.0 
 7. Davidovac, Meridia.6.6 
 8. Lambic, Prolet.6.5 
 9. Tasic, Omonia6.3 
 10. Gugleta, Zeleznic.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Perica MITIC
  Morava
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mitic, Morava6.1 
 2. Boricic, Radnicki.5.7 
 3. Mukanovic, Crnok.5.7 
 4. Vukotic, Plana4.7 
 5. Djordjevic, Parti.4.6 
 6. Stamenkovic, Radni.4.4 
 7. Socanac, Mladost4.4 
 8. Savic, Meridian.4.0 
 9. Stanojevic, Meridi.3.8 
 10. Lambic, Prolet.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Meridi.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Stanojevic, Meridi.3.2 
 2. Boricic, Radnicki.2.4 
 3. Mitic, Morava2.4 
 4. Savic, Meridian.2.3 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.2 
 6. Lambic, Prolet.2.2 
 7. Jojic, Zeleznicar2.1 
 8. Djordjevic, Parti.2.0 
 9. Milisavljevi., Spa.2.0 
 10. Avramovic, Mlados.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (-C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.7 
 2. Stojanovic, Morava1.6 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.3 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.1.2 
 5. Martinovic, Prolet.1.0 
 6. Jovsic, Meridian.0.7 
 7. Ilic, Morava0.6 
 8. Tomic, Prolet.0.6 
 9. Milincic, Napredak0.5 
 10. Subotic, Prolet.0.5 


Terrico White will leave Radnicki, eyes NBA - by Eurobasket News

Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) will leave Radnicki Kragujevac in the summer. The player will not prolong his deal with the Serbian team and will try to make it to the NBA. Terrico White is having a solid season with Radnicki. The guard notches 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in A League. Terrico White posted 14.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in Adriatic League. He made it into Adriatic League All-Imports Team. Terrico White tried to make it to the NBA last summer. The guard participated at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per appearance. White was the member of the U19 USA National Team in 2009. He participated at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand.


Coaches of Serbian youth teams - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian basketball association announces names of Serbian youth team coaches. Serbian U16 National team will lead Vanja Gusa on European Championship in Ukraine from August 8 until August 18 and EYOF in Utrecht from July 14 until July 19. Last year Vanja Gusa was coach assistant in U16 team. On the bench of U18 team will be Aleksandar Bucan and they will compete on European Championship in Latvia from July 18 until July 28. Coach of U19 team will be Dejan Mijatovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and that team will play on European Championship in Check republic from June 27 until July 7. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) will be coach of Serbian U20 team for European Championship in Estonia from July 9 until July 21. University National team will play on University games in Kazan and team will lead Oliver Popovic (agency: Alti Sport ).



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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, Valencia15.6 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.1 
 8. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 9. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 10. Nocioni, Caja Lab.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 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: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 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, Valencia3.9 
 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. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 7. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, UCAM 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. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


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. Blanch, Andorra14.9 
 6. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 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. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Schreiner, Andorra3.1 
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 


LEB Gold Round 1 of Finals. River Andorra claim victory - by Eurobasket News

Andorra - Lucentum 87-85

Andorra snatched a narrow home win over Lucentum in the Finals opener. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Meridiano Alicante won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. River Andorra made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Meridiano Alicante helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marc Blanch (194-82) who helped to win the game recording 23 points (made all of his seven free throws). Naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alex Llorca (192-89) answered with 14 points and American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Meridiano Alicante. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Andorra: M.Blanch 23+4reb+2ast, D.Flis 17+5reb+1ast, A.Maresch 12+3reb+2ast, T.Schreiner 10+7reb+3ast, D.Wright 6+3reb, P.Sanchez 5+3reb
Lucentum: A.Llorca 14+4reb+1ast, T.Coppenrath 13+3reb+1ast, S.Green 13+5reb, R.Huertas 12+3reb+1ast, R.Bas 8+2reb+2ast, A.Sabat 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 241309



ACB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Victories for home teams - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Blusens M. 90-75

Real Madrid cruised past Blusens Monbus to open win count in the quarterfinal series. It looked good early as Blusens Monbus took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Real Madrid had a 28-11 second period charge getting the lead and Blusens Monbus was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-90. Real Madrid made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Blusens Monbus was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international Rudy Fernandez (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). The former international point guard Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian-Irish forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-86) added 15 points in the effort for Blusens Monbus. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: R.Fernandez 17+3reb+2ast, S.Rodriguez 15+5ast, N.Mirotic 11+8reb, F.Reyes 11+5reb+1ast, M.Begic 9+3reb+1ast, T.Darden 9
Blusens M.: S.Mejri 15+2reb+1ast, L.Kendall 14+8reb, A.Corbacho 14+3reb, O.Junyent 10+3reb+1ast, R.Hummel 8+4reb, B.Dewar 6+1ast
gschID: 241296


FCB Regal - Gescrap BB 88-62

Regal Barcelona thumped Gescrap Bilbao in the first game of the series. The game without a history. Regal FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Gescrap BB's 38. They outrebounded Gescrap BB 37-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Regal FC Barcelona players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Regal FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Belgian forward Axel Hervelle (205-83) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Roger Grimau (196-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 14 points in the effort for Gescrap BB.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: L.Mavrokefalidis 16+2reb+1ast, A.Tomic 13+5reb+6ast, E.Lorbek 12+5reb, M.Huertas 10+2reb+2ast, V.Sada 8+6reb+4ast, J.Wallace 7+6reb+1ast
Gescrap BB: A.Hervelle 17+8reb+1ast, R.Grimau 14+2reb+3ast, A.Mumbru 9+4reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 9+3reb, A.Moerman 7+2reb+1ast, N.Zisis 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 241299


Caja Laboral - G.Canaria 2014 57-56

Caja Laboral snatched a tough home win over Gran Canaria to take 1-0 lead. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 15-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. French guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) chipped in 8 points and 6 assists. American-Azerbaijani power forward Spencer Nelson (202-80, college: Utah St.) produced 16 points and swingman Roberto Guerra (195-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: M.Lampe 15+10reb, F.Causeur 9+3reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 8+6ast, A.Nocioni 7+5reb, F.San Emeterio 7+5reb, T.Pleiss 4+5reb
G.Canaria 2014: S.Nelson 16+4reb+2ast, R.Guerra 10+7reb+3ast, J.Beiran 8+8reb+2ast, B.Newley 7+3reb, U.Slokar 6+3reb, E.Baez 5+10reb+3ast
gschID: 241298


Valencia - CAI Zaragoza 80-42

Valencia trashed CAI Zaragoza at home court to gain the lead. The game without a history. Valencia Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to CAI Zaragoza's 24. Valencia Basket forced 21 CAI Zaragoza turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Rafael Martinez (191-82) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Belgian point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86) answered with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Montenegrin-Serbian center Vladimir Golubovic (213-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 7 points in the effort for CAI Zaragoza. 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:
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 15+1reb+1ast, R.Martinez 14+2reb+2ast, V.Faverani 14+9reb, J.Doellman 13+1reb+1ast, P.Ribas 6+1reb+2ast, S.Lishchuk 6+4reb+1ast
CAI Zaragoza: S.Van Rossom 17+3reb+2ast, V.Golubovic 7+4reb, J.Stefansson 5+2reb+2ast, D.Rudez 5+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 4+2reb+1ast, P.Aguilar 4+7reb
gschID: 241297



Unicaja reportedly part ways with Krunoslav Simon and Kosta Perovic - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga continue to make changes. After parting ways with head coach Jasmin Repesa the Malaga team has reportedly split ways with Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85).
Krunoslav Simon joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 10.0 points, 3.3 boards and 2.5 assists per game in EuroLeague. The forward also posted 9.5 points, 3.1 boards and 2.0 assists per appearance in ACB. Previously Krunoslav Simon spent 12 straight seasons with KK Zagreb. Simon was named A1 League Player of the Year in 2011. Krunoslav Simon was trumped All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year in 2012. The forward has been the member of the Croatian National Team since 2008.
Kosta Perovic also moved to Unicaja at the start of the season. His stats read 3.3 points and 2.2 boards per game in EuroLeague. In ACB the centre had 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. Kosta Perovic previously played in NBA, Serbia, Spain. He has been the member of the Serbian National Team since 2008.



Vasilis Spanoulis may sign to Regal Barcelona? - by Meidan Katsnelson

Deal of the Year in European basketball? Spanish media reported that Xavi Pasquale's team is interested in the the MVP of the Euroleague who led the Olympiacos two European championships, when the contract ends this summer.

Spanish media reported this morning that Barcelona is in advanced negotiations with Vasilis Spanoulis, the MVP of the Euroleague last season who was the main factor in two recent wins European Championships Olympiakos last two years.

According to the report, the center was bought in 2010 by Olympiakos Panathinaikos transaction is valued from $ 13 million and his contract ends this summer, may be the largest consolidation of the Catalans next season, after remaining two years without a European title and his ability to present the ongoing weakening of the Star team - Juan Carlos Navarro.

Greek 31-year-old who played one season in the NBA Houston Rockets, recorded a season averages of 14.7 points per game, 5.5 assists and scored 22 points in the final big win
Euroleague against Real Madrid. Spanoulis may find the transition challenging the Spanish champion the last two years.

source: ynet.co.il



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Valencia interested in Scotty Hopson and Matt Lojeski - by Meidan Katsnelson

Valencia is playing the quarterfinals in ACB but is already programming next season.
As reported by twitter , the Spanish team is pursuing Matt Lojeski and Scotty Hopson.

Matt Lojeski scored 19.7 points, took 5 rebounds and passed 3.3 asists per game this season.
Lojeski playing with BC Talented Oostende this season.
Scotty hopson score 19 points, took 5.4 rebounds and passed 2.8 assists per game.
Hopson signed Hapoel Eilat last summer to one season contract.
Hopson will play the Summer League with Miami Heat.



source: twitter


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TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 9-0 
 2. Fayetteville C. 6-3 
 3. Big Texas 5-2 
 4. Wilmington SD 2-6 
 5. Nighthawks 1-6 
 6. Bull City L. 0-1 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 7-0 
 2. Greensboro C. 3-4 
 3. HoopForLyfe 3-4 
 4. Queen City E. 3-5 
 5. Carolina G. 1-8 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 24: HoopForLyfe - Queen City E. 117-104
May. 25: Greensboro C. - PT Players
May. 25: Wilmington SD - Carolina G.
May. 26: HoopForLyfe - Wilmington SD
May. 26: Johnston County - Big Texas
May. 26: Cary Invasion - Carolina G.
May. 26: Hub City L. - Greensboro C.



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Hodge to play in spain - by David Edole

Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) will sign contract with Laboral Kutxa as reported by various sources. The guard is expected to ink a two-year deal with the Basque team. The guard is playing for Stelmet Zielona Gora this season. He notched 21.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) became the topscorer in the tournament. His stats also read 18.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per appearance in PLK. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. The guard had stints in Puerto Rico and Poland before. He was named All-Polish Player of the Year in 2012. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) has been the member of the US Virgin Islands Team since 2009. He notched 20.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 boards and 1.8 steals per game at the 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.


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Maksym Fomichov-the youngest Coach in Europe! - by Eurobasket News

Not many people know that for today Maksym Fomichov is the youngest coach of a professional basketball team in Europe! He is 23 years old, but he is already included of the VTB League team Basketball Club Donetsk, working with such great players as Darius Songaila.
Having heard that, I couldnt contact him to details about his live and his path. His main role in the team is - scout reports, at the same time he fulfills several other tasks, including individual work with players.

- Maks, at what age you was appointed as assistant of the Head Coach?
- I was born on February 21, 1990, so on date of my nomination I was 22 years old.

- What came within your duties?
- I was a second assistant of the Head Coach, and my primary task was to help to the first assistant in composing of the scout report.

- Please, tell us more in detail what is the scouting report?
- Scouting report is a game analysis of the future opponent, searching of strong and weak sides. Without it does not manage any professional team. It consists of two parts: text document and movies.
Scouting in writing usually takes 20+ pages, it includes detailed statistics of the opposing team and all their players, previous games (if they were). Their offensive and defensive systems. Detailed description of all players, their physical, technical and psychological characteristics. All this, we walk try in practices.
For example, as the player likes to attack? Immediately upon receiving the ball or after dribble. Can he go for a lay up or dunk, or will stop and shoot from the middle range? What is he able to do on the weak side? I mean, can he attack to the left, being right-hander? Same about defense! If he is aggressive defender? Can he deny in the paint?
Also, I pay a serious attention to the players character and his psychological steadiness.
The movies part consists of three clips, showing the players, combinations and defense. I try to get the total time of these movies not more than 40 minutes. Such duration is enabling the best to learning the information for the players.
From February, I was left the only assistant and perform all this work by myself. At this period we showed our best basketball. Have won 18 from 22 games, including 11 straight! Moreover, we accomplished a miracle when we won 4 in a row and beat Lietuvos Ritas for making playoff of the VTB League.

- Where are you getting information, how many games you watch to do you work?
- For scouting, I watch previous games of next opponent and make clips from it. Before every game I watch not less than three games, and before the rivalry games against so serious teams as Khimky, Lokomotiv Kuban or Spartak (St. Petersburg), I try to watch from seven to ten games! Depend of the time that I have for preparation.

- How meticulously you are analyzing opponent team and their players? Does it make sense to do it in details, or you leave only the most important points?
- My job and my primary responsibility is to find the maximum amount of useful information and to chose for the Head Coach all that I consider important! The Head Coach is the first who obtains the extended scouting with maximum information, later we decide together what we want to leave for the players. They will get only most important information.
The amount of scouting report directly depends from the time before the next game. Off course, when I have seven days before, we can study all aspects of our opponent and be prepared against all combinations. During the last season we are played in four tournaments: qualifications of Euroleague, Eurocup, VTB League and Ukrainian Superleague! In whole, without preseason, we had 71 official games! We practically had no days off and generally we were playing every third day! Under such circumstances it is a very difficult to conduct a good preparation. Sometimes I had to stay awake 24 hours to prepare. I could not let down my team.

- Who does usually pass information to the players? The head coach or you also taking part of this?
- I give a written report to the players. As for the movies, every coach is deferent. For example, with Vlado Jovanovich on meetings talk only first assistant. Joseph Maria Berrocal like to voice clips with plays by himself and let voice clips about players to me. He trust this to me, since I speak English well.

- How many languages do you speak?
- I have a fluent English, all work and practices are conducted solely in English. I can speak Serbian. And thanks to my two native languages (Russian and Ukrainian), I enable to understand all Slovenian dialects. Also, I speak a little bit and continue to learn Italian. I hope to learn it soon.

- You can be named as polyglot! You are learning quickly!
- It all depends on being in the language environment. In my childhood my farther drove me to the basketball camp YUBAC, Serbia, where I passed every summer. Today, I often spend my time in Italy, plus I really like this language.

- Please tell, how has it happened that during one season two coaching staffs were changed? As result you were found yourselves on the front line of professional basketball?
- The team was prepared for the season by Serbian staff, headed by Vlado Jovanovich. I was his second assistant. Preseason was in Serbia and Italy, where we were prepared to qualification of Euroleague. Unfortunately we lost the game against Le-Man and going to play in Eurocup. Two months later club changed coaching stuff on Spanish, headed by Josep Maria Berrocal, who left the team in January. Management has decided to appoint till the end of the season as acting head coach our sports director. He appointed me as his first assistant.
We already had a successful experience, after Serbian staff we were led the team for three games, because new staff just cannot be in time. All three games we won!
It was the first time, when I prepared all materials for the team alone! We had two days for preparation to closely game and then with two days interval two games in a row! Those days I could not sleep all three nights, in order to prepare everything in time. On the third day I had bloody nose, I was terribly tired, however I was so happy to see the numbers at the scoreboard in our favor! I am pleased when my work is a part of the victories of my team!
I got a huge experience in this season! As my friend Sergio Scariolo text me: Your season looks like if you graduated University and Masters degree in one year!

- Darius Songaila is the NBA player. Tell us please, what is the difference between him and other players, especially in their attitude to the game?
- Darius is great professional of the world class! Before beginning of every game, every practice, he is maximally concentrated. He is always ready to work with high productivity and only for the victory. Its a pleasure to watch his skill.

- And at what level you have played basketball?

- For children and youth, I played as a point guard. I was champion and vice-champion of Ukraine, playing in the team of my city - Odessa. As I said, I was several times in basketball camp YUBAC, which is one of the best basketball camps in Europe. By the way, my carrier as a coach also began there two years ago! Also I learn how to play in school of Sabonis, in Kaunas, and in school of Marciulionis, Vilnius, Lithuania. I passed couple months in the CSKA, Moscow. Have been in sport lyceum in St. Petersburg, headed by legendary Anatoly Steinbok!

- What do you think about the self-education and how important do you consider it? How much do you attend to it?
- Self-education it is very important aspect. Every day I read and watch something new. Surfing Internet in searching of coaching clinics and try to visit it when its possible! Last year, when I had more free time, I visited all clinics of the National Basketball Federation of Ukraine. Last summer I was at the coaching clinic in Rimini, Italy, where lectures were Ettore Messina, Xavier Pascual (head coach of Barcelona), Don Casey (former NBA coach), Steve Robinson (assistant in the University of North Carolina) and Kevin Boil (head coach and owner of the Montverde Academy).

- Also I understand that you are traveling to various specialists for internships
- Yes, last year I went five times to Sasha Obradovic to BC Donetsk, it was an excellent school for me, and helped to me to take invitation to join the team. Also I visited Donaldas Kayris, head coach of the BC Dnepr-AZOT. He studied in the USA, was an intern at San-Antonio Spurs and in DUKE University. Also he was assistant of Kemzura in the National Team of Lithuania. I was two months with Michael Fratello at the National Team of Ukraine. But the most that made an impression on me is the internship in Armani Jeans Olimpia Milano with Sergio Scariolo!

- You arrived to Scariolo and told him: Hello, I am Maks Fomichov from Ukraine!?
- In principle it was just so (laughs), we met near the gym before the practice. I walked up to him and said: Hi, I am Maks. We shook hands, and he invited me to go inside where he introduced me to his assistants and immediately begin the practice. I arrived to Milan during the semifinal of playoff. Preparation was in full swing. Sergio was so busy that he even could not stop to drink a cup of coffee!
I was with the team all the time. On all practices. I was even permitted to watch their pre games movies and seen a scout report. Assistants of Scariolo were a very friendly with me, they showed me how they work and taught me. Whole team, all managers, players treated me as a part of the team! Before the games, the team gets together in the hotel and spends the whole day together. They have rest, talk and stay to dinner. And I was there with them! Dined and talks with all coaches and players together. And the greatest honor which fell on me is present in the locker room before the game, where Mr. Scariolo gave his last instructions!

- What are your plans for the off-season? Will you have a rest?
- If I have a rest, it will not be long. I have several plans. I am going to Milan, later I hope to visit Virtus Roma and Mr. Marco Calvani, their Head Coach. They have a great season! Then I go to Adidas camp in Treviso. In mid-June I go to St. Petersburg, where I intend to enter the Lesgaft National State University of Physical Education, Sports and Health. It will be my third high degree. Previously I graduated the National University Odessa Law Academy and studying at the Faculty of Physical Education in Kherson National University.



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larre Borges 3-0 
 2. Guruyu Waston 2-0 
 3. Stockholmo 2-0 
 4. Capitol 2-1 
 5. 25 de Agosto 1-1 
 6. Verdirrojo 1-1 
 7. Welcome 1-1 
 8. Urunday Univ. 1-1 
 9. Cader 1-2 
 10. Colon 0-2 
 11. Marne 0-2 
 12. Yale 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 24: Cader - Larre Borges 77-87
May. 24: 25 de Agosto - Capitol 76-80
May. 24: Guruyu Waston - Yale 76-70
May. 25: Colon - Marne
May. 25: Stockholmo - Verdirrojo
May. 25: Urunday Univ. - Welcome




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Women News


Logan Thunder tab Laurie Koehn and Tegan Cunningham - by Eurobasket News

The Logan Thunder have secured the services of Laurie Koehn (173-G-82, college: Kansas St.) and Tegan Cunningham (185-F-88, college: Oklahoma St.) for the next season.
Laurie Koehn comes back to the Thunder after a solid season with the team. The guard notched 15.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in WNBL last season. She earned All-WNBL Honourable Mention. Previously Laurie Koehn had stints in Poland, Turkey, France, the United Kingdom and WNBA. She was the member of the USA National Team back in 2004.
Tegan Cunningham spent the last season with the Dandenong Rangers. The forward averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 boards per game in the WNBL. Tegan Cunninghan had stints with the Adelaite Link and Rockhampton Cyclones before. She was the 2012 WNBL champion with the Rangers.



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  BELGIUM   


Belgium continue Eurobasket 2013 preparation - by Eurobasket News

Belgium continue Eurobasket 2013 preparation. After the loss from Serbia, Belgium was defeated by Slovenia, but tonight overcame Luxembourg.
Slovenia won over Belgium 67:62. The latter started with 19-14 lead and led 10 points at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game when Slovenia grabbed a 51:50 lead with 10 minutes to go. They increased to 5 final points celebrated their first victory in the first game. Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Teja Oblak (171-G-90) brought 16. Mayombo replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) collected 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Tonight Belgium overcame Luxembourg 86:37. The Belgian side led 45:30 at the halftime and then erupted with a 41-7 in the second half.



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  BULGARIA   


Italy pip Bulgaria in Frosinone - by Eurobasket News

Italy- Bulgaria 48:47

Italy pip Bulgaria in Frosinone to start their winning series in preparation for Eurobasket 2013. The Italian side posted a 48:47 win in a defensive battle between two sides.
After the three losses from France, Italy hoped to add the victory to their preparation campaign. They lost the first period 16-7, but won the second 12-4 and took 28:21 halftime advantage. Bulgaria however tied the game at the end of the third period when Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) made two free throws at 39:39. Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88) gave Bulgari 47:43 lead with 4 minutes to go, but Bulgaria remained scoreless in the rest of the game. Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) brought the victory for Bulgaria in the last seconds after an assists from Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group).
Sabrina Cinili and Giorgia Sottana top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Chiara Consolini (186-F-88) netted 9, while Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) added 7. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Ekaterina Dimitrova scored 11. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 7 and Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) notched 6.

Italy: Sabrina Cinili 11, Giorgia Sottana 11, Chiara Consolini 9, Benedetta Bagnara 7
Bulgaria: Daniela Peteva 12, Ekaterina Dimitrova 11, Evelina Guneva 7, Milena Tomova 6



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Kara Trutnov keep Lenka Vetrovcova and Katerina Hindrakova - by Eurobasket News

Kara Trutnov keep Lenka Vetrovcova and Katerina Hindrakova for the next season. Both Czech players are happy to stay with their team.
Lenka Vetrovcova joined the team in year 2011. In 38 ZBL games she recorded 11.7ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.0apg last season. Vetrovcova's team made it to Czech Rep. D1 Semifinals. She represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 in Vannes eight years ago. Vetrovcova's team won Bronze. She played also professionally in Germany and Spain.
In 2012-201 for Kara Trutnov (ZBL) she average d 7.4ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT-2 (47.4%), FT: 87.5%.
Trutnov is the home town for Katerina Hindrakova. It will her 8th season with the team. In 2012-2013 for Kara Trutnov (ZBL, starting five) she averaged 11.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 79.5%.



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  FINLAND   


Torrens leads Spain once again over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Spain-Finland 58:38

Alba Torrens (188-F-89) leads Spain once again over Finland. The Spanish player scored 20 points in Game 2 as the hosts posted a 58:38 victory.
Spain started the game with a 13-3 lead and never looked behind in the game. Finland however looked better in the second period and managed to post a 13-8 rally to reduce to 21:16 result at the halftime. The tempo had dramatically increased in the second half as Spain posted two victories in the third and the last stanzas. Spain won the third frame 18-10 and finished the game with 16-12 rally.
Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 11 points for the winners and Lucila Pascua (195-C-83) notched 7. Rodriguez delivered 5, while Cindy Lima (196-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 4 apiece. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Vilma Kesanen (179-G-88) scored 6 and Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) added 4.

Spain: Alba Torrens 20, Marta Xargay Casademont 11, Lucila Pascua 7, Rodriguez 5, Cindy Lima 4, Laura Gil 4
Finland: Dionne Pounds 15, Vilma Kesanen 6, Taru Tuukkanen 4



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  HOLLAND   


Kooij back with national team - by Bas Hendriks

It's been some six weeks that Leonie Kooij (187-F-86), the multi talented Powerforward of Challenge Sports Binnenland Rotterdam went down with a clubseason ending injury. After recovering she now joins the national team for a doubleheader versus Croatia this weekend.

The powerforward with the soft touch from behind the arc looked agile and eager on trainings last week and appeared to be in relatively good shape. Headcoach Meindert van Veen added the defensive player of the year in Holland to his roster, as he did with talented forward Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) from Saarlouis Royals. After Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) and Eline Kasius (190-F-92) the third player to make her debut in the seniorsteam. The roster for the double header in Croatie is as follows:

Jamailah Adams (Saarlouis Royals)
Eline Kasius (Challenge Sports Binnenland Rotterdam)
Loyce Bettonvil (Lekdetec.nl)
Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) (Lekdetec.nl)
Karin Kuijt (175-G-90) (Lekdetec.nl )
Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, college: Colorado St.) (De Wit Grasshoppers)
Francis Donders (170-G-89) (Girolive Panthers)
Rianne De Roos (191-C-89) (Belfius Namur Capitale)
Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (Cadi la Seu)
Tanya Broering (178-G-84) (Conquero)
Fieke Ligthart (184-F/C-90) (Halle Lions)
Leonie Kooij (Challenge Sports Binnenland Rotterdam)
Maaike Klein (177-G-90) ( DOZY Den Helder)
Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) (CTO Amsterdam)




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  ISRAEL   


NOA GANOR SIGNED WITH ASHDOD ! - by Gil Goshen


The Israeli National Guard
signed with he cup holder - M. Ashdod for the second year.
She was the first player to sign with with the team.
2011-2012: A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1): 4 games: 1.3ppg; in Dec.'11 moved to Elitzur Netanya (D1, starting five): 15 games: 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 82.4%
2012-2013: Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (D1, starting five): 26 games: 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 71.4%
Noa Ganor (171-G-86)



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  ITALY   


Umana Reyer land Marie Ruzickova - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer bolstered their frontcourt. They added Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) to the roster. The Slovakian centre spent the last two seasons with Lucca. Last season Marie Ruzickova posted 12.7 points, 7.2 boards and 2.4 steals per game. She earned All-Italian A1 Honourable Mention. Marie Ruzickova was named into A1 All-Bosmans Team in 2012. Previously she had spells in Slovak Republic, Italy, France and Hungary. Marie Ruzickova made it into All-French LF2 2nd Team in 2011. The centre was the member of the Slovakian National Team in 2003-08 seasons. She participated at the 2003 EuroBasket in Greece.


Italy pip Bulgaria in Frosinone - by Eurobasket News

Italy- Bulgaria 48:47

Italy pip Bulgaria in Frosinone to start their winning series in preparation for Eurobasket 2013. The Italian side posted a 48:47 win in a defensive battle between two sides.
After the three losses from France, Italy hoped to add the victory to their preparation campaign. They lost the first period 16-7, but won the second 12-4 and took 28:21 halftime advantage. Bulgaria however tied the game at the end of the third period when Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) made two free throws at 39:39. Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88) gave Bulgari 47:43 lead with 4 minutes to go, but Bulgaria remained scoreless in the rest of the game. Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) brought the victory for Bulgaria in the last seconds after an assists from Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group).
Sabrina Cinili and Giorgia Sottana top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Chiara Consolini (186-F-88) netted 9, while Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) added 7. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Ekaterina Dimitrova scored 11. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 7 and Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) notched 6.

Italy: Sabrina Cinili 11, Giorgia Sottana 11, Chiara Consolini 9, Benedetta Bagnara 7
Bulgaria: Daniela Peteva 12, Ekaterina Dimitrova 11, Evelina Guneva 7, Milena Tomova 6



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  LEBANON   


Shada leads Riyadi to triumph in Lebanese Womens League - by Greg

Seasoned campaigner Shada Nasr played a pivotal role in leading Al Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut to triumph in the Lebanese Womens League beating Homentmen Antelias 3-1 in the Finals. Riyadi wrapped up the best-of-five titular contest with a 3-1 score.

Riyadi won 62-51 in Game 1 at the Mezher Stadium and followed it up with 83-73 win in front of their home crowd at the Manara.

Homentmen were to reduce the margin with a 71-58 in Game 3 when the series returned to Mezher, but their rally was thwarted with Riyadi romping home 68-48 in Game 4 at Manara.

With most of the rival defense revolving around guarding Nasr, young and upcoming guard Rebecca Akl (169-F-92) led Riyadis scoring with 18 points. Cherine El Sherif added 16 points with Nasr contributing a dozen points.

Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) 17 points led Homentmen and Sandra Nejim (165-G-88) had 14 points.

Source: FIBA Asia



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  POLAND   


Basket ROW Rybnik announced their second signing - by Eurobasket News

Basket ROW Rybnik announced their second signing for 2013/2014 season. After bringing Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92), the Polish team agreed terms with Joanna Labuz (174-G-93).
Joanna Labuz started her career for Arcus SMS PZKosz Lomianki (1Liga) in 2010 and averaged 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 34.0%, FT: 71.0%. In
2011-2012 she moved to SMS PZKosz Lomianki (1Liga). The last season Joanna Labuz started for KK ROW Rybnik (PLKK) but the team withdrew from PLKK in Nov.'12.
Polish champion CCC Polkowice meanwhile signed Slovenian National team member Teja Oblak (171-G-90). Last summer, after signing with EuroLeague side, Oblak suffered a knee surgery while playing for Slovenian national team and her contract was terminated. Oblak agreed to a one year deal. She averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 8 Slovenian league games for Athlete Celje this season.



Elzbieta Mowlik remains with Artego Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News

Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group) remains with Artego Bydgoszcz for 2013/2014 season. The Polish Forward will enter her third year with the team.
Early in 2011 Artego Bydgoszcz have agreed on terms of contract with Elzbieta Mowlik. In 2011-2012 her stats read 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 79.2%. In 2012-2013 for Artego Bydgoszcz (PLKK, starting five) she improved to 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 86.4%.
Earlier the forward played for Inea AZS Poznan. She tallied 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in PLKK. Previously Elzbieta Mowlik had stints with Dexia Namur and Utex Row. The forward is the member of the Polish National Team. She participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Her stats read 8.8 points, 2.2 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance at the tournament.



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  SERBIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A women

Points Per Game
 Ivana GRUBOR
  Jagodina.
  (185-F/C-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Grubor, Jagodina.20.4 
 2. Racic, Sumadija KG15.6 
 3. Radosevic, Celarevo15.6 
 4. Radosevic, Srbobran14.8 
 5. Jovovic, Vrbas M.14.5 
 6. Stanacev, Crvena14.5 
 7. Milic, Radnicki KG14.3 
 8. Ilic, Student14.3 
 9. Price, Vrbas M.13.8 
 10. Domazet, Srbobran13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirjana VELISAVLJEVIC
  Sabac
  (188-C-78)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Velisavljevi., Sab.8.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Radnick.8.0 
 3. Ilic, Student7.8 
 4. Domazet, Srbobran7.4 
 5. Milic, Radnicki KG7.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Sumadi.7.2 
 7. Vukovic, Stara P.7.0 
 8. Grubor, Jagodina.6.9 
 9. Lakovic, Celarevo6.8 
 10. Niksic, Crvena Z.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  Crvena Z.
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Stanacev, Crvena7.3 
 2. Radosevic, Srbobran5.0 
 3. Ninkovic, Celarevo4.0 
 4. Radosevic, Celarevo3.9 
 5. Prvulovic, Radnick.3.7 
 6. Musulin, Stara P.3.6 
 7. Grubor, Jagodina.3.6 
 8. Grahovac, Beocin3.2 
 9. Djordjevic, Jagodi.3.2 
 10. Cukic, Vrbas M.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Hristina MARJANOVIC
  Sumadija.
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Marjanovic, Sumadi.3.0 
 2. Price, Vrbas M.2.8 
 3. Popovic, Student2.6 
 4. Grahovac, Beocin2.5 
 5. Radosevic, Celarevo2.3 
 6. Stojanovic, Stude.2.3 
 7. Niksic, Crvena Z.2.3 
 8. Milosevic, Srbobran2.0 
 9. Grubor, Jagodina.2.0 
 10. Radosevic, Srbobr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marija TERZIC
  Celarevo
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Terzic, Celarevo2.2 
 2. Ilic, Student1.4 
 3. Milic, Radnicki KG1.0 
 4. Velisavljevi., Sab.1.0 
 5. Vuckovic, Crvena Z.0.8 
 6. Rajic, Vrbas M.0.7 
 7. Vukovic, Stara P.0.6 
 8. Srdjanov, Srbobran0.5 
 9. Terzic, Stara P.0.4 
 10. Crvendakic, Crven.0.4 



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  SLOVAKIA   


Umana Reyer land Marie Ruzickova - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer bolstered their frontcourt. They added Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) to the roster. The Slovakian centre spent the last two seasons with Lucca. Last season Marie Ruzickova posted 12.7 points, 7.2 boards and 2.4 steals per game. She earned All-Italian A1 Honourable Mention. Marie Ruzickova was named into A1 All-Bosmans Team in 2012. Previously she had spells in Slovak Republic, Italy, France and Hungary. Marie Ruzickova made it into All-French LF2 2nd Team in 2011. The centre was the member of the Slovakian National Team in 2003-08 seasons. She participated at the 2003 EuroBasket in Greece.


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  SLOVENIA   


Oblak joins CCC Polkowice part II - by Zeljko Zule

National team member Teja Oblak (171-G-90) has signed with Polish champion CCC Polkowice for the second consecutive year. Last summer, after signing with Eurolige side, Oblak suffered a knee surgery while playing for Slovenian national team and her contract was terminated. Oblak agree to a one year deal. She averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 8 Slovenian league games for Athlete Celje this season.



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  SPAIN   


Torrens leads Spain once again over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Spain-Finland 58:38

Alba Torrens (188-F-89) leads Spain once again over Finland. The Spanish player scored 20 points in Game 2 as the hosts posted a 58:38 victory.
Spain started the game with a 13-3 lead and never looked behind in the game. Finland however looked better in the second period and managed to post a 13-8 rally to reduce to 21:16 result at the halftime. The tempo had dramatically increased in the second half as Spain posted two victories in the third and the last stanzas. Spain won the third frame 18-10 and finished the game with 16-12 rally.
Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 11 points for the winners and Lucila Pascua (195-C-83) notched 7. Rodriguez delivered 5, while Cindy Lima (196-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 4 apiece. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Vilma Kesanen (179-G-88) scored 6 and Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) added 4.

Spain: Alba Torrens 20, Marta Xargay Casademont 11, Lucila Pascua 7, Rodriguez 5, Cindy Lima 4, Laura Gil 4
Finland: Dionne Pounds 15, Vilma Kesanen 6, Taru Tuukkanen 4



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Swedish National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swedish National Team 2013
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Malin Aasa
Aasa
Frida Aili
Aili
Kadidja Andersson
Andersson
Katarina Andersson
Andersson
Anna Barthold
Barthold
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Malin Aasa 180-SG-87 Norrkoping Sweden
Frida Aili 179-G-88 Northland Sweden
Kadidja Andersson 185-PF-80 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
Katarina Andersson 191-C-83 Solna Vikings Sweden
Anna Barthold 185-C/F-80 Northland Sweden
Elisabeth Egnell 185-F-87 Norrkoping Sweden
Elin Eldebrink 174-G-88 Cagliari CUS Italy
Frida Eldebrink 174-G-88 Bourges France
Louice Halvarsson 189-C-89 Cagliari CUS Italy
Danielle Hamilton-Carter 190-F-90 Georgia Tech USA
Johanna Kallman 172-G-87 Norrkoping Sweden
Agnes Nordstrom 181-G-88 Sallen Sweden
Martina Stalvant 181-G-89 Northland Sweden
Stefanie Yderstrom 173-G-90 Miami, FL USA

Lars Johansson Head Coach Norrkoping Sweden



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TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

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

Finals: Round 3

May. 24: Orduspor - Edirne 76-51
May. 24: Botas - Orman 58-76
May. 24: Cankaya - Altay Konak 57-71

Finals: Round 4

May. 26: Edirne - Botas
May. 26: Orduspor - Cankaya
May. 26: Orman - Altay Konak


TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Eurobasket

Points Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Houston, Nallihan24.8 
 2. Celebi, Burhaniye24.0 
 3. Dursun, Tekkekoy22.3 
 4. Jones, Bursa BSB20.5 
 5. Tulgar, Sirince19.4 
 6. Taylor, 55 Genclik19.1 
 7. Atila, Izmir BSB19.0 
 8. Melvin, Orman19.0 
 9. Thomas, Altay K.19.0 
 10. Ayim, Orduspor17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Houston, Nallihan18.9 
 2. Taylor, 55 Genclik14.9 
 3. Senyurek, Botas14.4 
 4. Stansbury, Cankaya14.1 
 5. Melvin, Orman13.5 
 6. Ozyigit, Asistanbul12.9 
 7. Lester, Edirne12.7 
 8. Jones, Bursa BSB12.5 
 9. Yalcinkaya, Sirince12.4 
 10. Thomas, Altay K.12.3 
Assists Per Game
 Merve UYGUL
  Dizdar
  (--88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Uygul, Dizdar6.3 
 2. Tongar, Antakya6.3 
 3. Boz, Altay Konak6.0 
 4. Usal, 55 Genclik5.7 
 5. Salter, Altay Konak5.5 
 6. Topdemir, Nallihan5.2 
 7. Turan, Bursa BSB4.9 
 8. Ozyigit, Asistanbul4.7 
 9. Atila, Izmir BSB4.7 
 10. Uykan, Edirne4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Berfu UZUN
  Harran Uni.
  (--88)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Uzun, Harran Uni.4.5 
 2. Ayyildiz, Tekkekoy3.9 
 3. Aksoy, Balcova3.7 
 4. Atila, Izmir BSB3.4 
 5. Inan, Bigaspor3.3 
 6. Kumandanoglu, Mers.3.1 
 7. Lester, Edirne2.5 
 8. Yalcin, Harran Uni.2.5 
 9. Bugdayci, Harran U.2.4 
 10. Karsavran, Anadol.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Houston, Nallihan3.7 
 2. Gokova, Dizdar1.7 
 3. Jones, Bursa BSB1.7 
 4. Ayim, Orduspor1.6 
 5. Oztekin, Sirince1.5 
 6. Karatas, Edirne1.4 
 7. Bilen, Nigde T.T.1.3 
 8. Ekiz, Gure1.3 
 9. Menderes, Izmir B.1.3 
 10. Taylor, 55 Genclik1.2 


TKB2L Round 3 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Botas - Orman 58-76

The game without a history. Orman led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Botas' 26. They outrebounded Botas 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American power forward Chasity Melvin (191-76, college: N.Carolina St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Seda Atli (-80) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Cansu Yetis (168-93) with 13 points and Aylin Darinc (184-96) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Orman: C.Melvin 22+17reb+2ast, S.Atli 16+5reb, D.Ozak 8+6reb+1ast, A.Korkmaz 7+2reb, A.Ivegin 7+2reb, G.Ertas 6+3reb
Botas: C.Yetis 13+2reb+3ast, A.Darinc 10+7reb, B.Ilba 8+1ast, B.Akbas 8+2reb+2ast, T.Senyurek 6+7reb, B.Akgun 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 241821


Orduspor - Edirne 76-51

The game without a history. Orduspor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Edirne's 22. They outrebounded Edirne 41-24 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Safiye Karaman (182-91) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Center Kubra Dicle (187-92) came up with 15 points and guard Nihan Demirkol (172-92) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Edirne in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Orduspor: M.Ayim 20+11reb+1ast, S.Karaman 18+5reb+1ast, A.Metin 14+1reb+5ast, M.Talay 7+3reb+4ast, A.Akay 6+4reb, G.Basaran 4+10reb+1ast
Edirne: K.Dicle 15+2reb+1ast, B.Yillar 12+5reb, N.Demirkol 11+6reb+1ast, D.Dogan 5, Y.Ibek 3+1reb, H.Uykan 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241820


Cankaya - Altay Konak 57-71

The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward LaToya Thomas (188-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Ronsport) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Seda Guclu (182-88) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American power forward Tiffany Stansbury (191-83, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and center Gulcin Cantekin (187-84) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cankaya.
Top scorers:
Altay Konak: L.Thomas 28+14reb+1ast, S.Guclu 12+3reb+3ast, B.Arseven 11+3reb+2ast, D.Boz 7+5reb+3ast, O.Salter 7+3reb+2ast, N.Bircan Gokdemir 6+7reb
Cankaya: T.Stansbury 25+16reb+2ast, G.Cantekin 11+7reb+1ast, P.Kuccuk 8+3reb+2ast, M.Ince 6+6reb, D.Gezgin 4+2reb+2ast, C.Ozturk 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241819



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Jennings, GB Women prepare for Surrey tournament - by Eurobasket News

Standard Life Great Britain coach Damien Jennings is excited about this weekends four team tournament at Surrey Sports Park.

GB face Israel, Germany and Greece in the British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 presented by Standard Life at the home of Surrey Heat, and Damien Jennings is clearly looking forward to his sides only games on home soil this summer.

Were really excited about playing at home over the weekend and showing people what weve done this summer," he said.

Weve had a great training camp and I think it will be great for the players to put themselves against three different teams in as many days. It simulates EuroBasket and is an important part of our build-up.

Its a fresh team in the sense that were missing four or five of the Olympic players, but the younger players have done so well in the first couple of weeks. The senior players have been a tremendous help and we have a special chemistry. So to be on home soil this weekend is exciting for us and we hope we get a lot of support.

Damien Jennings and his team have played three warm-up games so far this summer, following up a pair of losses against Belarus in Lithuania with a victory against Henley Academy under-19 mens team, and the GB coach was pleased with the win: Henley are linked with Reading Rockets and it was a good test for us. They had some decent big men and they pressured us up the floor, which is something we need to get used to.

Belarus offered us the test we needed early in the summer programme. They had a lot more on the floor than us with their defensive schemes, and they knew their go-to people. So to hold them to a three point game, after wed checked the stats, was encouraging and the scoreboard in the second game [a 14 point defeat] didnt really paint the full picture. We had some good open looks early in the game when they built a big lead but went on a good run to get back within five before one of their players had a bit of field day but it was the kind of test we needed.

While Israel and Germany have been regular opponents for GB over the last few years, Damien Jennings is excited about playing Greece for the first time: Its great to add another quality country to our fixture list, Im not sure why weve never played them before, but Im looking forward to it.

While GB will be using this weekends games as part of their preparation for EuroBasket Women in France in June, their three opponents will be warming up for the first stage of qualifying for the 2015 finals. Germany and Israel will meet each other in the competition along with Portugal, and FYR of Macedonia, while Greece are in a group with Estonia, Luxembourg and Netherlands.
By Dave Ryan
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 1-0 
 2. Atlanta D. 0-0 
 3. Chicago S. 0-0 
 4. Connecticut S. 0-0 
 5. New York L. 0-0 
 6. Washington M. 0-0 
Western
 1. L.Angeles S. 0-0 
 2. Minnesota L. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix M. 0-0 
 4. Seattle S. 0-0 
 5. Tulsa S. 0-0 
 6. S.Antonio SS 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

May. 24: S.Antonio SS - Indiana F. 64-79
May. 25: Connecticut S. - New York L.
May. 25: Atlanta D. - Tulsa S.


Fever Re-sign F Jasmine Hassell - by Eurobasket News

Rookie forward Jasmine Hassell (6'2''-F-91, college: Georgia) has been re-signed by the Fever as a replacement player for Friday's season-opening game against the San Antonio Silver Stars. Hassell was the Fever's second-round draft pick (21st overall), but waived in camp Wednesday. Due to Indiana missing three players to injury and a fourth, rookie first-rounder Layshia Clarendon (5'9''-G-91, college: California), attending college graduation, the Fever was granted the replacement player to enable nine active players. She averaged 3.0 points and 10.5 minutes per game through two preseason games, both also against San Antonio. Hassell will be in uniform when the Fever and Silver Stars meet for the third time in two weeks.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Indiana Opens 2013 Season with Win in San Antonio - by Eurobasket News

The defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever spotted the San Antonio Silver Stars an early 10-0 lead in the season opener for both teams, but the Fever outscored the home team 45-29 in the second half to roll to a 79-64 victory. Indiana got 19 points from Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) and Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh), and 18 from Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) as Indiana won its opener with just nine active players. Ironically, it was with just nine active players that the Fever also upset Minnesota last October, in Games 3 and 4 of the WNBA Finals, for the league title. The veteran Fever methodically climbed back into the game, trailing 19-14 at the end of the first quarter and taking its first lead just before halftime. The Fever outscored the Silver Stars 46-19 inside the lane, buoyed by the inside presence of Erlana Larkins (6'1''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) who contributed eight points and a regular-season career-high 12 rebounds. After shooting 5-of-16 in the opening quarter, Indiana responded to shoot 55 percent (27-of-49) the rest of the game. The Fever led by as many as 20 points, 75-55, in the final moments. San Antonio's Shenise Johnson (5'11''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) came off the bench to pace the Silver Stars with 14 points. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arkansas) added 10 while Danielle Robinson had four points and nine assists.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com