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  ARGENTINA   



Quilmes get second promotion to Liga A - by Facundo Iatzky

Quilmes Mar del plata won to San Martin Corrientes on Friday night to close 3-1 the repechage serie for the second promotion to Liga A of the season. Thus, Quilmes return once again to first division of argentinean basketball. Quilmes lost the first game but then could won the second one, and define in Mar del plata winning both games with authority. Maximiliano Maciel (195-F-83) was outstanding in the 4th game, accompanied by the always productive Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV), and Budding star Luca Vildoza (191-SG-95).
The last game can be watched by the following link: http://www.lnbvideos.net/MOT/uploads/pl.php?p=t324



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


SMB exacts revengle to level series - by Aris Ignacio

The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.

Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium.

Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) and Val Acuna (188-F-86) topscored for the Beermen with 14 points each, while Jeric Fortuna added 13. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) chipped in 12.

The ejection of import Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) in the third quarter due to a second unsportsmanlike foul hardly mattered as the Beermen already had a huge lead at that point.

The victory was the third largest winning margin in ABL playoff history since the Beermen and the Philippine Patriots posted 34-point victories against the Westports Malaysia Dragons in 2012 and 2010, respectively.

The Beermen raced to a 22-13 lead at the end of the first before a 7-0 run led to a 42-24 halftime advantage. SMB led by as many as 35 points.

The Slammers didnt have a fighting chance in Game Two as only Wutipong Dasom scored in double figures with 11 points.

Import Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) only had nine points and nine rebounds while Filipino imports Luis Gonzaga and Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) had seven apiece. But the Thai locals were hardly a factor unlike in Game One.

The scores:

San Miguel Beermen (91) - Banchero 14, Acuna 14, Fortuna 13, Avenido 12, Taulava 9, Cawaling 7, B. Williams 7, J. Williams 7, Menk 5, Hubalde 3, Luanzon 0, Thiele 0.

Sports Rev Thailand Slammers (60) - Dasom 11, Charles 9, Gonzaga 7, Baguion 7, Klahan 7, Brannon 6, Apiromvilaichai 5, Kongkum 2, Lertlaokul 2, Sekteera 2, Samerjai 0.

Quarterscores: 22-13; 42-24; 60-37; 91-60.

* Some credits goes to R. Terrado



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  AUSTRALIA   


Crocodiles named Shawn Dennis head coach - by Eurobasket News

The Townsville Crocodiles have appointed the new head coach. Shawn Dennis has signed a two-year contract with the team. Shawn Dennis worked as assistant coach with the Perth Wildcats over the last three seasons. He also had a stint as the head coach of SBLs Perry Lakes. Previously Shawn Dennis used to work with G&H Hawks in New Zealand NBL. The specialist led the team to the NBL title in 2006. He also had experience working as assistant coach with the Wollongong Hawks and the West Sydney Razorbacks. Shawn Dennis guided New Zealand Women U20 National Team back in 2006. He took over the Tall Ferns in 2009. Shawn Dennis is expected to join the Crocs at the beginning of June.


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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.3 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart18.8 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 8. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Richards, BC Vien.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.3 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.0 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna3.9 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.4 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna1.4 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 9. Cox, Furstenfeld1.2 
 10. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.0.7 
 10. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 4 of Finals. Gunners claim second straight win, force decider - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - BC Vienna 77-75 OT

Oberwart stole a tough overtime win over visiting BC Vienna to send the title series into the decisive fifth game. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Vienna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart and five BC Vienna players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: R.Chaney 20+11reb+1ast, D.Hinson 16+4reb+2ast, S.Boxley 15+8reb+2ast, H.Artner 12+3reb, J.Johnson 8+5reb, H.Ochsenhofer 2+2reb
BC Vienna: S.Ray 24+11reb, S.Stazic 13+5reb+2ast, J.Francois 12+3reb, R.Richards 11+10reb+1ast, B.Danek 10+3reb+5ast, I.Boylan 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 241825



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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, Aalstar18.9 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.5 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.3 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.2 
 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. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.3 
 5. Wilkinson, Oostende6.3 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.0 
 7. Aska, Leuven6.0 
 8. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 9. Love, Antwerp5.9 
 10. Aleksandrov, Assi.5.9 
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. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Green, Spirou1.8 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 8. Randle, Spirou1.7 
 9. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 10. Anderson, 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, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Green, Spirou0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.6 



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  BOSNIA   

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost16.6 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Sakic, Siroki WWin15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Goranovic, Radnik8.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Sakic, Siroki WWin8.0 
 5. Josilo, Radnik B.7.6 
 6. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 7. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 8. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 9. Rizvic, Bosna6.4 
 10. Bijelic, Mladost5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 6. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.1 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost3.9 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda3.8 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.8 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 7. Jorovic, Igokea1.5 
 8. Borovcanin, Radnik1.4 
 9. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 10. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan RAMLJAK
  Siroki W.
  (203-SF-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.1 
 2. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 4. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 5. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 6. Jones, Siroki WWin0.5 
 7. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 8. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 9. Radanovic, Mladost0.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 


Siroki WWin tied the Finals after a 72-71 victory - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Igokea 72-71 (1-1)

Siroki WWin tied the Finals after a 72-71 victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-19. But Igokea won second period 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Igokea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Boris Barac (205-92) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian point guard Filip Adamovic (181-88) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Aleksandar Radukic (206-91) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Igokea. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: Z.Sakic 18+14reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 11+1reb+3ast, J.Jones 11+2reb+3ast, B.Barac 11+7reb+2ast, R.Rikic 6+2reb, I.Ramljak 6+7reb+2ast
Igokea: F.Adamovic 14+5reb+5ast, S.Stemberger 13+3reb+1ast, A.Radukic 12+10reb, B.Jorovic 7+2ast, C.Edwards 7+4reb+1ast, M.Bocka 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 241374



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.5 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.1 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.3 
 8. Becker, S.Jose/U.17.2 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 10. Beal, Minas16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.1 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 6. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 7. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 8. Agba, Bauru7.1 
 9. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.0 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.4 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Flamengo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Mensah, Flamengo0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Dornelles, Pinhei.0.1 
 8. Machado, Flamengo0.1 
 9. Zanotti, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Boracini, Pinheir.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 8. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 9. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Flamengo join Uberlandia in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - S.Jose/Unimed 88-76

Flamengo came up strong in the second half and rallied past Sao Jose/Unimed in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. Flamengo will now take on Uberlandia in the Final. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Flamengo made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) who scored 26 points. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) produced 23 points and the former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (186-81) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: E.Machado 26+1reb+2ast, C.Silveira 13+3reb+3ast, M.Vieira 13+11reb+2ast, K.Mensah 9+3reb+2ast, B.Zanotti 9+1reb+1ast, V.Benite 6+2reb
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 23+3reb+2ast, J.Antonio 13+7reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 11+4reb, F.de Assis 9+7reb+9ast, A.Laws 9+2reb+2ast, A.Calvo 5
gschID: 241833



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Trotamundos18.8 
 3. Smith, Rilski S.17.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.0 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.3 
 6. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 7. Marinovic, Levski15.9 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 9. Panic, Balkan15.7 
 10. Bozov, Balkan15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.7 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Caloiaro, Rilski S.7.4 
 7. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 8. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.2 
 9. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.8 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.0 
 4. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.4.6 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Massamba, Lukoil3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.2 
 4. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 5. Green, Spirou2.1 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Popovic, Lukoil A.1.8 
 10. Holmes, Beroe1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 5. Dupree, Rilski S.1.1 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Vrcelj, Cherno M.0.7 
 10. Galiotos, Periste.0.7 


Lukoil Academik level the series - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academik - Levski Sofia 86-83 (1-1)

Levski Sofia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lukoil Academik made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Levski Sofia turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Veselin Veselinov (201-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points for the winners. The former international Dimitar Anguelov (203-79, agency: Interperformances) replied with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Levski Sofia. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: V.Veselinov 20+6reb+2ast, B.Heath 18+2ast, B.Avramov 18+2reb+1ast, T.Massamba 9+3ast, B.Popovic 7+4reb+4ast, D.Watkins 6+7reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: D.Anguelov 22+9reb+4ast, M.Pantic 19+10reb+2ast, C.Kostov 11+7reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 9+1reb+2ast, N.Protic 7+1reb+1ast, H.Dimitrov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241824



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.3 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 6. Fields, Levice16.7 
 7. Meno, USK Praha16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Venta, J.Hradec15.3 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.6 
 4. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.8 
 5. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.6 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.5 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.4 
 8. Nuhanovic, Levice7.2 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 3. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.6 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin4.3 
 7. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. Carter, CEZ N.4.1 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.0 
 5. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 6. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin1.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Kohout, BK Prost.1.0 
 5. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 7. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 8. Mroz, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 10. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 


CEZ Nymburk overwhelm Prostejov in NBL Final opener - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 108-51 (1-0)

CEZ Nymburk overwhelm Prostejov in NBL Final opener 108:51. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to BK Prostejov's 32. They outrebounded BK Prostejov 43-30 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. CEZ Nymburk looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by BK Prostejov's players. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Houska 18+3reb, V.Hruban 12+2reb+2ast, R.Rancik 11+5reb+2ast, P.Benda 10+5reb+1ast, L.Palyza 10+4reb+2ast, M.Efevberha 10+2reb+2ast
BK Prostejov: J.Bohacik 14+6reb+2ast, R.Marko 11+1reb, O.Kohout 11+9reb, K.Svrdlik 7+7reb, P.Slezak 6+4reb+1ast, F.Smid 2+2reb
gschID: 241368



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  EGYPT   


Zamalek participates at Al Shabab International Basketball Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Zamalek participates at Al Shabab International Basketball Tournament with 8 teams.
Al Shabab has been put in Group A along with Hoops from Lebanon, Al Sahel from Kuwait and University of Sharjah (UOS). Group B consists of US-based Team Unity, Al Ahli from Libya, Barako Bull and Zamalek from Egypt. The event will see the eight teams divided into two groups with the best two advancing to the knockout quarterfinals on May 22.
Barako Bull Philippines outscored Zamalek Egypt 80:72. Michael Singletary top-scored for the winners with 28 points.
Al Ahli from Libya won over Zamalek from Egypt 65:64.Barako Bull rolled over Team Unity (USA) 94:63. Mark Macapagal (188-G-79) scored 17 points for the winning side.
Zamalek of Egypt handed down a third consecutive defeat to Team Unity 78:72 to cement third place in Group B.
In the Quarterfinal games UAE hosts ease past Team Unity 108:82. Hoops won over Egyptians Zamalek.



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  FINLAND   


Teemu Rannikko left Un.Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Finnish international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-88kg-80) left Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League). In 10 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.0apg this season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Rannikko also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.2apg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.2apg.
The last season Rannikko played at Cimberio Varese (SerieA) in Italian league. In 31 games he recorded 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Guard of the Year back in 2007. Rannikko also represented Finland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 12 games: 7.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 82.5%.
Rannikko is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Khimky), Spain (CB Granada), Italy (VL Pesaro, Trenkwalder RE and Roseto) and Finland (Aura Basket).
Rannikko could be described: Great point guard. Eyes around his head. One of the best passers you ever seen. But can score too.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.6 
 2. Hill, Angers BC 4917.2 
 3. Raji, Quimper17.0 
 4. Cole, La Rochelle16.7 
 5. Kaunisto, Blois16.5 
 6. Herard, Challans16.5 
 7. Pene, Rennes16.1 
 8. Davis, Blois16.1 
 9. Petrovic, Orchy16.0 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Pearson, St Ch.9.4 
 3. Raji, Quimper8.1 
 4. Cole, La Rochelle7.8 
 5. Alingue, Souffel7.8 
 6. Tornato, Blois7.7 
 7. Okafor, Rennes7.7 
 8. Inglis, CFBB7.3 
 9. Diame, Rueil7.1 
 10. N''Diaye, Souffel7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Christophe, Monaco6.6 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 4. Fellah, Angers E.5.1 
 5. Rathieuville, Chal.5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Thomas, Vichy4.4 
 8. Minet, Souffel4.1 
 9. Sauret, Chartres4.0 
 10. Sahraoui, La Roch.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.5 
 2. Davis, Blois2.2 
 3. Ipouck, Chartres1.8 
 4. Bennett, Monaco1.8 
 5. Sauret, Chartres1.7 
 6. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 7. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
 8. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.6 
 9. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 10. Saounera, Rueil1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Davis, Blois1.7 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 5. Tornato, Blois1.3 
 6. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 8. Alingue, Souffel1.1 
 9. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


Julien Lesieu extends deal with Saint Quentin - by Eurobasket News

Julien Lesieu (201-C/F-83) has extended his deal with Saint Quentin. The new contract is meant for two seasons. The centre has been playing for the team since 2009. Last season Julien Lesieu notched 15.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. The centre was named into All-French NM1 1st Team in 2012.


NM1 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Souffel and Blois reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Souffel - Cognac 69-65

Souffel overcame a strong opposition from Cognac to enter NM1 Final. Cognac trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 25-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 65-69 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Guard Frederic Minet (188-81) contributed with 6 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) answered with 19 points and guard Romain Hillotte (197-91) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cognac.
Top scorers:
Cognac: D.Sencanski 19+2reb+1ast, M.Buval 10+3reb, R.Hillotte 10+6reb+1ast, J.Ludon 9+4reb+1ast, M.Toti 8+2reb+2ast, C.Bertorelle 4+4reb+5ast
Souffel: J.Tschamber 16+3reb+1ast, J.Cazenobe 13+6reb, J.Alingue 11+4reb, F.Broliron 11+3reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 7+3reb+1ast, F.Minet 6+4reb+10ast
gschID: 241259


La Rochelle - Blois 54-73

Blois cruised past La Rochelle in the first semifinal battle of the day and clinched the title game birth. The game without a history. Blois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding La Rochelle to just 5 points in third quarter. Blois made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded La Rochelle 42-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and guard Faycal Sahraoui (188-79) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for La Rochelle. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: J.Cole 18+17reb, F.Sahraoui 8+1reb+4ast, P.Bonnelalbay 7, J.Dalmat 6+1reb+2ast, A.M'Boma 5+3reb, L.Iglesias 3
Blois: J.Tornato 22+10reb+3ast, D.Davis 21+7reb+3ast, G.Staelens 8+5ast, V.Kaunisto 6+17reb+1ast, P.Brochard 5+2reb+3ast, G.Tacita 3
gschID: 241258



Charles Jackson joins Nanterre for ProA Finals - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Hawaii-Pacific). He will replace injured Chris Oliver in ProA Finals. He started the season at Pau-Lacq-Orthez in ProB. In 36 ProB, starting five games he recorded 13.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jackson played at Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (TB2L) in Turkish league. In 36 games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.4ppg and had 11.6rpg (leader !!!), 1.4apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 24 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 7.8rpg that season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Jackson also played at MBK Rieker Komarno (Extraliga) in Slovakian league earlier that season. In 17 games he averaged remarkable 19.2ppg, 11.2rpg (leader !!!), 1.1apg, 1.6spg and 1.4bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2006 and 2009.
Jackson graduated from Hawaii-Pacific University in 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Athletic undersized big guy who will be very good big for mid-level leagues. Can shoot up to 15 feet from basket, nice face-up game and good with back around the basket with decent hands. Runs floor well and footwork is good. Very good rebounder and shot blocker in lower leagues. Not extremely long, but very strong and will take up a lot of space around the basket at higher level, but length will be an issue that he will work hard to overcome. Did not play much at NCAA Division I level, but excelled at D-II level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



NBA: Parker puts Spurs on brink of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 26 points as the San Antonio Spurs put themselves a win away from the NBA Finals with 104-93 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies.Duncan scores late as Spurs survive Sunday 26th May 2013 Tim Duncan added 24 points, including the first five in OT, and 10 rebounds to help the Spurs, who trailed 29-13 at the end of the first quarter, claw their way back and establish a 3-0 win in the best-of-seven Western Conference Semi-Finals series.
Mike Conley scored 20 points to pace the Grizzlies, who will attempt to stay alive in Memphis on Monday.

Courtesy of: http://www.foxsportsasia.com



Kamel Ammour signs at Kaysersberg - by Eurobasket News

AS Kaysersberg Ammerschwihr BCA (NM2) landed 22-year old forward Kamel Ammour (203-91). He started the season at Tremblay (NM2). The last season Ammour played also at Tremblay.
He has played previously for two other France teams: Saint-Quentin and Margny.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Godin comes back to Mulhouse - by Eurobasket News

FC Mulhouse Basket (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old point guard Jonathan Godin (185-82). It is actually his comeback to Mulhouse as he played here before. Godin just played at Kaysersberg in French NM2 league. He also played at Lievin Basket earlier that season. The last season Godin played at Cognac BB (NM1). In 33 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.1apg (top 5) and 1.6spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011. Godin was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French N1 2nd Team back in 2008.
He has played previously for five other France teams: Le Mans JALT, Autun, Entente Orleans 45, Longwy and Le Portel.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.9 
 4. Rice, B.Muenchen15.8 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.0 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Redding, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.0 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.8 
 5. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Lischka, Walter T.6.3 
 10. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.7 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.4 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.2 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 8. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.6 
 10. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Burtschi, Fraport1.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.6 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 7. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 8. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. King, Art.Dragons0.9 


Andreas Seiferth Remains With TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is no secret that TBB Trier head coach Henrik Rodl has been developing German players for years, but he also doesnt shy away from keeping his young players in Trier. According to sportando, TBB Trier handed Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) a contract extension. Seiferth is a 23 year old 209cm center that was born in Berlin and will play his third season on the Mosel. In his first season in Trier, he played 34 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1r. Last season, he was able to increase his stats as he played 34 games averaging 9,5ppg, 5,0rpg and 1,2apg while averaging 24 minutes per game. The German already got substantial basketball experience with Alba Berlin from 2008-2011 where he got into 8 Beko BBL games.


The Miles Basketball Minute: 2013 Beko BBL Semi Final Basketball preview FC Bayern Munich-Brose Baskets Bamberg 3-2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


What do you get if you have big robust Jared human dressed in black without the Wil Smith men in Black shades with a broom ready to get busy on a long narrow dark tunnel all prepared to sweep, sweep, sweep? Well you would either have the American Homan fitted to clean a dark and dirty chimney or simply a country boy from Iowa that has been introduced to the real world of Europe as a basketball player doing a commercial on how to sweep a top Beko BBL team with Alba Berlin. Not to forget to spruce up the add with lightening quick Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) all dapper in his chimney dirt absorbers aiding Homan with his dirty work would have been the most adequate side kick in the chimney or in front of the camera with his quick hands to get more chimneys spotless or to help brighten up the lens with his smile. Rice did a super job time in and time out getting the Alba defense unrattled, but with next opponent Bamberg ready to square off, the cake walk that Munich had against Alba Berlin most likely wont happen again as the club most likely will have to keep the brooms in the closet as a sweep in this series will be as unlikely as Borussia Dortmund or FC Bayern Munich winning 4-0 in the Champions League final. The only broom that will be used in this series at the end will be to sweep away the tears as the loser will head home as a loser in the Beko BBL pre final final.

The Fc Bayern Munich-Alba Berlin head to head match up in the quarterfinals was like a final already and the Bavarian team was clearly more prepared. They didnt hesitate to get going showing the 8 time Beko BBL team their boundries in game one winning easily 88-67. The FC Bayern Munich offense was as smooth rolling as is Arjen Robben when he is dribbling down the wing toward the goal as they shot a hot 54% from the field and 53% from the parking lot and had five players in double figures. They were unable to contain Dashaun Wood or Nihad Djedovic, but kept everyone else in check and held Alba Berlin to under 40% shooting. FC Bayern Munich held their composure and showed mental strength in game two and three winning each game by six points. FC Bayern Munich continued to shoot very well keeping that team balance in scoring intact while Tyrese Rice took charge scoring 41 points in the last two games. FC Bayern Munich also stayed aggressive on defense keeping Alba Berlin to under 40% shooting in game three. One cant forget that Alba Berlin had the injury bug all season long. The third quarter really hurt us in the last two games. Munich had some guys step up that made tough shots that usually they would not have made. We played the percentages, but you have to give them credit for having determination and effort to make those difficult shots. Those big shots gave them momentum just to slightly get the lead and hang on. I also think that we had 25 more Euroleague games in our bones and they just had more juice than we did, stressed 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashun Wood.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg came into the series against Phoenix Hagen having to play against every bodies darlings and had no cake walk winning the series 3-1. It was a hard piece of work for Chris Fleming and co, but in the end the 5 time Beko BBL team once again showed despite increased criticism this season that they are past their prime that they are still the team to beat and when time comes to shove, can still shove the best and win big games in uncomfortable environments. That Bamberg can defend has always been known, but Phoenix Hagen had to defend very well to make any strides in this series, but averaged giving up 96 points in the four game series. They won game one 99-74 scoring 37 points in the fourth quarter when they had to and having six players in double figures. Phoenix Hagen won game two 95-89 playing their typical run and gun game scoring just a bit more than their opponent and shooting superbly at 49% from the field and 45% from downtown. Adam Hess burned Bamberg with 28 points and eight three pointers and they annoyed Bamberg and forced them to 20 turnovers. Game three will forever be known as the turning point of the series and didnt shine a bright light on Bamberg or the league as shortly before halftime, there was a skirmish on the court and three Hagen players were disqualified, but no Bamberg player. The Beko BBL then suspended American Mark mr fantastic four three games. Despite this turmoil, Hagen didnt sink their heads in the second half kept fighting, but lost 104-94. A big 31 point third quarter and the three ex NBA players Casey Jacobsen, Bostjan Nachbar and Sharod Ford contributed 66 points was just too much for the troops of Ingo Freyer. Everybody was awaiting a big battle in game four in Hagen, but instead Bamberg quickly played like they were three classes above Hagen leading 14-2 early, scored 34 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Phoenix Hagen made their runs, but it didnt help that American Davin White left early in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury. In the end, Bamberg won with their experience, cleverness and constant pressure on offense and defense and it didnt help that Hagen had a slow shooting day.

The clash between FC Bayern Munich and the Brose Baskets Bamberg is by far the most interesting series in the Beko BBL semifinals. FC Bayern Munich play their second final in a row while Bamberg play their first type final in the playoffs. Both teams are ready for a spirited and hard fought playoff series. FC Bayern Munich will be more rested, but also mentally strong after disposing of tough opponent Alba Berlin, while Bamberg couldnt pull out the lawn chairs in the series against Phoenix Hagen as they had to play against a very focused and annoying team. Both teams split the season series as Bamberg won at home 76-68. It was a very tight game, but Bamberg had a strong fourth quarter holding on too win as both teams didnt shoot particular well as it was more of a defensive minded game. FC Bayern Munich won at home 85-71 as they were more in control and easily dominated the boards. In this series, the question is can Bamberg win their only title of the season and fourth league title in a row, or is is the time ripe for FC Bayern Munich to make the next step make an upset and reach the Beko BBL final? Both teams have potent offenses whereas Bamberg has the advantage on defense a part of their game they will need to improve in the Munich series with more talent there than in Hagen as they gave up too many points to Phoenix Hagen. Both teams have enough fire power to have 5-7 players in double figures, but if one had to choose two players that will be key then it will be Tyrese Rice and Casey Jacobsen. Rice was on fire in game two and three and he carries the team no matter what while the ex NBA player Jacobsen is the heart and soul of the team. If there is one player that can make the big shot, rebound, assist or big play than it is Jacobsen. Bamberg will have to be mentally strong and simply out grind FC Bayern Munich. The inside game and rebounding could make the difference in this series.Interesting will see who will get the best of whom with Homan,Troutman and Roberts against Ford, Zirbes and Neumann. The experience factor could be crucial in crunch time situations. Both teams are still searching for their groove on defense and who finds it first will benefit. Bamberg has home court advantage, but winning in Bamberg seems to be getting easier and FC Bayern Munich will have to win on the road. This will be a big battle that will go five games. The time is right for FC Bayern Munich to make the next step while an era will end in Bamberg.




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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, Panionios17.6 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. Printezis, Olympia.13.3 
 9. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 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, Panionios7.1 
 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. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 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. Liakopoulos, Pane.1.3 
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. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 8. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 9. Powell, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 


Panionios complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Aris 74-67 (2-1)

Panionios complete the Semifinal picture as they won over Aris 74:67 in the decisive third game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-67. Panionios forced 19 Aris turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by Aris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Panionios: V.Jankovic 18+11reb+2ast, N.Pappas 17+2ast, C.Booker 11+3reb, M.Payne 5+2reb, G.Bogris 4+3reb, G.Athanasoulas 4
Aris: D.Verginis 12+1ast, M.Pelekanos 10+7reb+2ast, G.Tsiaras 10+3ast, K.Charissis 8+6reb, J.Hunt 8+8reb+1ast, M.Pasalic 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 241837



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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 17-5 
 2. Kankakee S. 14-5 
 3. Bloomington F. 11-6 
 4. Kenosha B. 11-9 
 5. Chicago R. 9-10 
 6. St.Louis T. 5-13 
 7. Springfield X. 3-11 
 8. Lake County S. 0-8 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 17-2 
 2. Gary Splash 15-8 
 3. Indiana D. 11-4 
 4. Holland Dream 7-8 
 5. Lansing C. 7-12 
 6. Lake Michigan 5-16 
 7. West Virginia M. 3-15 
 8. New Jersey G-F 2-2 
 9. Albany L. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 23

May. 25: Gary Splash - St.Louis T. 125-100
May. 24: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.
May. 25: Holland Dream - Indiana D.



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 8-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 8-4 
 3. Portland C. 4-4 
 4. Salem S. 4-5 
 5. Nippon T. 1-3 
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. 115-124
May. 25: Nippon T. - Vancouver V. 104-137
May. 27: Salem S. - Nippon T.
May. 27: Portland C. - Bellingham S.



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  INDIA   


India basketball team a possibility at Al Shabab Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Dubai: One of the sponsors of the annual Al Shabab Basketball Championship has backed the likely presence of an Indian team at the event next year.

We are proud to be sponsoring a sports event other than cricket for the first time in the history of our company. Considering the huge presence of Indians here, I dont see any reason why we should not be sponsoring a basketball team from India here next year, Saleem Ansari, Senior General Manager of sponsors Cars Vehicle Testing Centre, told media here on the sidelines of the second Al Shabab Basketball Championship.

For us, this is a mutually beneficial tournament where we can connect with our customers through a sport like basketball. I would be tempted to think that the crowd participation could be much better if we bring in a team like the Indian Services, Indian Railways or even Bank of India here next year, Ansari added.

This is the first time that Cars Vehicle Testing Centre has sponsored a sport other than cricket in the UAE. We view this sponsorship as something much more as we have plans to tie up with a successful club like Al Shabab for other sport such as handball, martial arts and volleyball in the long run, Ansari promised.
Courtesy of: http://gulfnews.com



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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. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 5. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 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. Bourousis, EA7 A.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA6.0 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.9 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Shakur, Erie Bay3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 6. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 8. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 4. 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 


SerieA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Montepaschi and Acea Virtus Roma post wins - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio VA - Montepaschi 72-80

Montepaschi Siena victoriously opened the series versus Cimberio Varese. The defending champions stole a road win in the opener. Cimberio Varese was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Montepaschi Siena made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) answered with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 15+8reb, M.Green 14+7reb+8ast, D.Sakota 13+2reb, A.Banks 11+2reb, B.Dunston 9+6reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 5+4reb+2ast
Montepaschi: B.Brown 29+5reb+4ast, D.Moss 17+4reb+1ast, D.Hackett 10+3reb+2ast, B.Eze 9+9reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 7+1reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 241455


Acea Virtus RM - Cantu 82-75 OT

Acea Virtus Roma claimed the opening win in the semifinal series versus Cantu. They needed overtime to prevail against pesky Cantu in the opener. Luigi Datome scored 23 points and grabbed 5 boards to pace the hosts. Cantu led by as many as 12 points at halftime. But Roma went on a 22:10 run in the fourth quarter to force the extra period. They managed to snatch the victory in overtime then. Phill Goss contributed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Joe Ragland answered with 16 points for Cantu. Alex Tyus had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Top scorers:
Cantu: J.Ragland 16+4reb+4ast, A.Tyus 15+12reb, P.Aradori 13+4reb+3ast, M.Leunen 9+3reb+4ast, N.Mazzarino 6+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 6+3reb
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 23+5reb, P.Goss 18+7reb+4ast, G.Lawal 14+8reb, J.Taylor 10+2reb+2ast, L.D'Ercole 8+3reb, B.Jones 5+1reb
gschID: 241454



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Matteo Boniciolli will guide Kazakh National Team at the Fiba Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News

Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) will be the head coach of Kazakh National Team. The Italian specialist will guide the team at the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship in Philippines. The tournament is scheduled for August 1-11. Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) has been working as the head coach of BC Astana since 2011. He led the team to the League title in 2012 and 2013. The team also gained back-to-back Cup titles in 2012 and 2013. The Italian specialist was named All-Kazakhstan League Coach of the Year in 2012. Previously Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) worked with Lottomatica Roma, Udine, Bologna, Messina, Oostende, Air Avellino. He was trumped the All-Italian SeriaA Coach of the Year back in 2008. Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) worked with the Italian U16 National Team in 1996-99 seasons.


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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Peiners, LU21.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.15.8 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera15.4 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Diggs, Barons k.14.3 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.6 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 3. Dargais, LU8.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.7 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Cavars, Valmiera7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera7.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga6.6 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.5.0 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.7 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.2 
 8. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
 9. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga2.0 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 10. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.2 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 7. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 8. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 


VEF Riga steps closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Ventspils - VEF Riga 69-78 (1-3)

VEF Riga steps closer to the title after a 78:69 road win in Game 4. It looked good early as Ventspils took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then VEF Riga took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. VEF Riga forced 23 Ventspils turnovers. Ventspils were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: F.Campbell 15+5reb+4ast, J.Timma 11+6reb+4ast, M.Laksa 10+4reb+2ast, S.Valters 9+4reb+1ast, A.Berzins 8+2reb+2ast, M.Meiers 7+2reb
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 18+6reb+4ast, W.Daniels 18+6reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 13+2reb+2ast, D.Bertans 13+2reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+6reb, D.Zavackas 8+6reb+5ast
gschID: 241328



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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, Sagesse22.8 
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, Sagesse9.4 
 8. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.3 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 8. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 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. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Spencer, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 3. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 5. Fraser, Byblos1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Freije, Amchit0.8 
 10. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 



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  LIBYA   


Al Ahli lost the Quarterfinal game in Dubai - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahli lost the Quarterfinal game in Dubai at the Al Shabab Basketball Championship.
Al Shabab has been put in Group A along with Hoops from Lebanon, Al Sahel from Kuwait and University of Sharjah (UOS). Group B consists of US-based Team Unity, Al Ahli from Libya, Barako Bull and Zamalek from Egypt. The event will see the eight teams divided into two groups with the best two advancing to the knockout quarterfinals on May 22.
In Day 1 Barako Bull overcame Libya's Al Ahli 80:75. Emmanuel Montfort produced 33 points for the winners, while Craig Winder (188-G-84, college: Texas) netted 16 points in a loss.
In Day 2 Al Ahli Libya won over Team Unity 102:92.
Later Al Ahli from Libya won over Zamalek from Egypt 65:64.Barako Bull rolled over Team Unity (USA) 94:63. Mark Macapagal (188-G-79) scored 17 points for the winning side.
In the Quarterfinal games Al Sahel of Kuwait overcame Libyas Al Ahli 101:89. Abdullah Al Shammari was most effective for the Kuwaiti side with seven points apiece in the opening two quarters, while Anthony Green added 11. For the Libyan side, the consistent Craig Winder was the only one in double digits.



Craig Winder (ex Wellington S.) joined Ahli Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahli Tripoli (D1) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas). He played last summer at Wellington Exodus Saints in New Zealand NBL league.
In 2007 Winder was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in eighth round (108th overall).
The former University of Texas star is in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Winder's team made it to the Mexican CIBACOPA Semifinals in 2011. He was also voted Big 12 All-Academic 2nd Team back in 2007 at his college time.
Winder is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Australia (Adelaide 36ers), China (Ningxia Hanas), Qatar (Al Rayyan), Syria (Al Jalaa), Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LITHUANIA   


VTB League: Lokomotiv demolish Zalgiris in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lokomotiv 63:85

Lokomotiv demolish Zalgiris in Kaunas to tie the Semifinal series at 1-1. The Russian team won the second game of the series 85:63 and now will head to Krasnodar for another two games.
The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Zalgiris managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Zalgiris' 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Zalgiris' players. The best player for the winners was Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) who scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Valery Likhodey (205-F-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in 17 points. Five Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.

Zalgiris: Darjus Lavrinovic 12, Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) 11, Oliver Lafayette 9, Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) 8
Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 23, Valery Likhodey 17, Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) 12, Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) 10, Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) 10



LSU-Baltai tour China - by Eurobasket News

LSU-Baltai traveled to China to play the series of exhibition encounters. The Lithuanian team opened their tour with six games against the USA selection consisting of college players.
LSU-Baltai suffered an 81:87 loss in the first game. LSU-Baltai led by 14 points at the interval but conceded a massive rally from the North American team in the second half to surrender at the end. Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-F-85) netted 18 points to pace the winners. Sarunas Vingelis (191-G-89) added 15 points in the loss.
Next game between the sides happened in front of 4500 spectators in Hongfu region. The game ended in a 75:75 draw. Sarunas Vingelis fired 28 points, while Arunas Sakalauskas (190-G-91) added 14 points for LSU-Baltai.
LSU-Baltai seemed en route to the victory in the third game of the series when they led by 17 points before the fourth frame. But the USA select team responded with a 34:15 in the final period and stole a 96:94 victory at the end. Sarunas Vingelis produced 20 points, while Arunas Sakalauskas added 13 points in the defeat.
LSU-Baltai suffered the fourth straight loss on the tour in Tianyao province 77:84. The USA selection used a 24:16 run in the final period to gain another victory. Sarunas Vingelis knocked down 21 points, while Taurantas Tamosiunas (192-PG-92) added 17 points in the loss.
The victory finally came in the fifth game of the tour. The Kaunas team rolled to a 101:73 success. Sarunas Vingelis once again topscored for LSU-Baltai providing 23 points. Taurantas Tamosiunas chipped in 20 points for the winning side.
LSU-Baltai followed with a 71:69 win in the next encounter. Sarunas Vingelis was a usual contributor with 25 points. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) delivered had 23 points for the Lithuanian team.



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Contern add Gregory Schmit - by Eurobasket News

Contern brought in Gregory Schmit (180-G-89). The player joined Contern on loan from T71 Dudelange. The guard played for T71 since 2009. Last season Gregory Schmit tallied 1.4 points and 0.5 rebounds per game in Diekirch League. Gregory Schmit was the member of the U18 Luxembourg National Team.


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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 24-6 
 2. Guaymas 21-7 
 3. Tijuana 14-14 
 4. Nogales 14-14 
 5. Navolato 13-17 
 6. Cananea 12-16 
 7. Obregon 11-17 
 8. Guasave 10-18 
 9. Los Mochis 9-19 

Regular Season: Round 32

May. 25: Hermosillo - Tijuana 98-92
May. 25: Guaymas - Nogales 93-87
May. 25: Navolato - Guasave 78-75
May. 25: Obregon - Los Mochis 75-72

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 28: Nogales - Obregon
May. 28: Tijuana - Guaymas
May. 28: Guasave - Cananea
May. 28: Los Mochis - Hermosillo


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Jones, Obregon25.6 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.9 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas21.8 
 5. Elliott, Navolato21.2 
 6. Pearson, Los M.20.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales19.9 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 9. Allen, Guaymas19.0 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Moss, Nogales10.5 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis10.2 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.2 
 4. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 5. Toombs, Navolato8.3 
 6. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 7. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea7.8 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.8 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.7 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Shorter, Guaymas5.2 
 4. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 7. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.5 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana4.3 
 10. Elliott, Navolato4.2 
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, Guaymas1.6 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.2 
 6. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 7. Toombs, Navolato0.9 
 8. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 10. Pearson, Los M.0.7 


CIBACOPA Round 32: Garra Canera de Navolato edges Frayles de Guasave by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in CIBACOPA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 32 in the CIBACOPA took place in Navolato. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (10-18) to sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (13-17) 78-75 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 28-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Garra Canera de Navolato looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 21 points. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fifth place. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play at home against Mineros de Cananea (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guaymas. Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas faced one of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Host Ostioneros de Guaymas (21-7) defeated guests from Nogales (14-14) 93-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 assists. Anthony Pedroza contributed with 28 points for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second position with 21-7 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Hermosillo. First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced 3rd ranked Tijuana Zonkeys. Host Rayos de Hermosillo (24-6) defeated guests from Tijuana (14-14) 98-92. Worth to mention a great performance of Emmanuel Little who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Marcus Morrison responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-6 record. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys keep the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Ciudad Obregon. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (9-19) to seventh ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (11-17) 75-72 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Kenny Jones who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 11-17 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.


Guaymas - Nogales 93-87

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guaymas. Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas faced one of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Host Ostioneros de Guaymas (21-7) defeated guests from Nogales (14-14) 93-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. It looked good early as Fuerza Guinda Nogales took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ostioneros de Guaymas had a 29-20 second period charge getting the lead and Fuerza Guinda Nogales were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-93. Ostioneros de Guaymas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Guinda Nogales' 38. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Justin Griffin (194-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) added 24 points in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second position with 21-7 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: A.Pedroza 28+1reb+2ast, M.Allen 24+4reb+8ast, J.Habel 16+10reb+2ast, F.Benitez 6+3reb, H.Hernandez 5+4reb+1ast, V.Avila 5+3reb
Nogales: J.Griffin 24+3reb+1ast, C.Gadson 17+3reb+3ast, O.McCullough 14+3reb+3ast, R.Moss 12+17reb, J.Mercado 9+4reb+1ast, B.Heredia 6+2reb
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Navolato - Guasave 78-75

The most exciting game of round 32 in the CIBACOPA took place in Navolato. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (10-18) to sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (13-17) 78-75 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 28-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Garra Canera de Navolato looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 21 points. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fifth place. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play at home against Mineros de Cananea (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Selleaze 21+4reb+3ast, M.Elliott 13+4reb+5ast, J.Angel Reatiga 12+2reb+7ast, F.Verdugo 12+6reb+2ast, B.Toombs 9+6reb+3ast, J.Gonzalez 7+1reb+3ast
Guasave: S.Pettigrew 21+3reb, E.Phelps 19+10reb+1ast, F.Harris 11+1ast, P.Meza Rogel 10+9reb+3ast, N.Stallings 7+2reb+7ast, V.Buelna 7+3reb
gschID: 234976


Obregon - Los Mochis 75-72

A very interesting game took place in Ciudad Obregon. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (9-19) to seventh ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (11-17) 75-72 on Saturday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-16. But Pioneros Los Mochis won second period 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Raul Navarro (192-84) supported him with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) did not help to save the game for Pioneros Los Mochis. His fellow American import center Tyrone McNeal (213) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 11-17 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Obregon: K.Jones 24+10reb+1ast, L.Davis 11+8reb, N.Carter 10+4reb+1ast, R.Navarro 10+7reb+3ast, J.Salcedo 9+3reb, H.Carrillo 5+2reb
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 30+13reb+3ast, T.McNeal 14+6reb, J.Sandoval 12+1reb, A.Verdugo 7+4reb, D.Onofre 4+5reb+1ast, J.Quintero 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234975


Hermosillo - Tijuana 98-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Hermosillo. First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced 3rd ranked Tijuana Zonkeys. Host Rayos de Hermosillo (24-6) defeated guests from Tijuana (14-14) 98-92. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) scored 23 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-6 record. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys keep the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Nogales. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: K.Spain 23+7reb+1ast, E.Little 21+6reb+6ast, P.Sanders 15+2reb, J.Villanueva 15+5reb, S.Monreal 8+2reb+5ast, J.Camacho 7+1reb+1ast
Tijuana: O.Quintero 23+2reb+5ast, M.Morrison 21+9reb+4ast, L.Ramirez 18, J.Penny 13+6reb+2ast, S.Seay 7+3reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 4+2ast
gschID: 234974



Jones number one in Mexico for round 31 - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Obregon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Los Mochis (#9, 9-18) 88-82. Obregon is placed at 7th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Obregon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-17 record. Jones just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Kentucky State University star has very solid stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.7ppg. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.2rpg) and averages impressive 64.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F-89) of Guasave. Pettigrew had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Guasave cruised to a 99-91 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Navolato (#6, 12-17). Despite this victory Guasave slide down in the standings to 8th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Pettigrew is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Jesus Gonzalez (195-F-86) of Navolato (#6). Gonzalez showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Gonzalez's great performance Navolato lost 91-99 to slightly lower-ranked Guasave (#8, 10-17). 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 17 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gonzalez could help Navolato to bring them higher in the standings. Gonzalez has a very solid season. In 3 games in Mexico he scored 13.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Eugene Phelps (198-F) of Guasave - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Nate Carter (201-F-83) of Obregon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyrone McNeal (213-C) of Los Mochis - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle Spain (196-F-87) of Hermosillo - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Froilan Verdugo (79) of Navolato - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

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.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.1 
 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.7.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
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 


Gentry expresses interest In Clippers job - by Eurobasket News

Alvin Gentry wants to be considered for the Los Angeles Clippers coaching vacancy. "If you look at that job, it's probably the best one out there," Gentry said. "When you take into consideration the talent level that they have and what they did this year." Gentry has spent time examining how Vinny Del Negro handled the team. "They need someone who can manage egos, that's huge with that team, Gentry said. You need someone who can manage the bench. That bench has been great for them and pretty much won probably 10-12 games outright for them. "And you need someone who can come up with plays at the end of the game, a little more ball movement maybe.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Jeff Hornacek leading candidate for Suns' coach opening - by Eurobasket News

Jeff Hornacek is the frontrunner for the head coach vacancy of the Phoenix Suns, according to league sources. Hornacek met with Lon Babby and Ryan McDonough in the past week. Hornacek, 50, played the first six seasons of his 14-year NBA career with the Suns and remains a popular figure in the community. Hornacek has also interviewed for the Charlotte Bobcats' coaching position. Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com


Spurs upset Grizzlies in Memphis, take 3-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 93-104 OT
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) scored the first five points of overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-93 Saturday night and move a win away from the NBA Finals. The Spurs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals and now have won five straight this postseason. With the memory of blowing a 2-0 lead a year ago in the West finals to Oklahoma City, when they lost the next four, the Spurs shook off their sloppy play early and pushed the young Grizzlies to the edge of elimination in the first West final played in Memphis. San Antonio, which didn't lead this game until the opening minute of the fourth quarter, can wrap up the series Monday in Memphis and get back to the finals for the first time since their last title in 2007. The Spurs hit eight of their 10 shots in overtime, with Duncan scoring seven of his 24 points. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had five of his 26 in overtime, and even Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), playing with four fouls, scored six in the extra five minutes to finish with 11. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) led Memphis with 20 points. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) added 14 and 15, and Quincy Pondexter had 15 points. But the Grizzlies, who thrived at the free throw line in knocking off No. 1 seed Oklahoma City in the semifinals, got there only 18 times and made only 10. The Grizzlies last led 85-84 with 1:04 left in regulation on a 15-footer by Gasol. After that, they managed only to tie it up twice, the last on a layup by Randolph with 4:28 left in overtime. Duncan scored and knocked down the free throw with 4:10 remaining to put the Spurs ahead to stay. The Spurs dominated the Grizzlies in the paint, outscoring Memphis 58-42 to offset their 17 turnovers, which the Grizzlies turned into 25 points. After the Grizzlies outscored San Antonio in the first quarter, the Spurs outscored them in each of the final three periods and overtime, where they had an 18-7 edge to put away the win. Memphis, which had a lead for only 90 seconds in San Antonio, opened up with its trademark grit and grind defense, forcing eight turnovers in the first quarter to grab an 18-point lead. The Spurs quit turning the ball over and whittled away that lead to set up a doozy of a fourth quarter where the teams swapped the lead 11 times with 10 ties - all in the final 17 minutes. With neither team leading by more than two in the final 8 minutes of regulation, fans stayed on their feet, holding their "Believe Memphis" towels trying to will the Grizzlies to yet another win. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) scored seven points in the quarter, and he put the Spurs back up first with a layup with 1:19 left and then a pair of free throws with 54.5 seconds remaining. But Emanuel Ginobili also picked up his fourth foul, giving Tony Allen a chance to split free throws and tie it up at 86 for the ninth time. Emanuel Ginobili then missed a 3-pointer with 20.9 seconds left with Allen getting the rebound. Memphis set up for the final shot, but Conley missed on a runner at the buzzer. With the Spurs taking control in their second straight overtime win in this series, they pushed their lead to as much as 11 down the stretch and sent fans heading toward the exits. The Grizzlies lost for the first time at home this postseason and just their second since Feb. 8. Conley, who led the NBA in total steals this season, set the tone with a steal on the Spurs' first possession. Parker, who set a career high in the postseason with 18 assists in Game 2, had four turnovers and finished with seven. San Antonio turned it over eight times, with the Grizzlies stealing seven of those in the first, the last with 4:53 left, prompting Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to pull his starters and go with five fresh Spurs. Memphis went up by as much as 18 and was up 29-13 at the end of the first quarter. The Spurs opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run and hit 10 of their first 15 to pull within 42-36. The Grizzlies went into halftime up 44-40. In the third, the Spurs pulled within a point six different times only to see the Grizzlies hit another bucket to hold onto the lead. San Antonio closed the quarter with a 12-4 run and trailed 65-64 on a bucket by Duncan. The Spurs picked up in the fourth quarter and finally got their first lead of the game on a corner 3-pointer from Danny Green - his first bucket of the game - with 11:45 left to set up the back and forth quarter. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com



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Craig Winder (ex Wellington S.) joined Ahli Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahli Tripoli (D1) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas). He played last summer at Wellington Exodus Saints in New Zealand NBL league.
In 2007 Winder was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in eighth round (108th overall).
The former University of Texas star is in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Winder's team made it to the Mexican CIBACOPA Semifinals in 2011. He was also voted Big 12 All-Academic 2nd Team back in 2007 at his college time.
Winder is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Australia (Adelaide 36ers), China (Ningxia Hanas), Qatar (Al Rayyan), Syria (Al Jalaa), Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center



NBL round up and more - by Mike Lacey

Former Breakers standout Kirk Penney (196-G-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin) helped his Turkish club side TED Kolejliler to an upset 79-76 victory over Anadolu Efes in game one of the quarter final of the Turkish Basketball Championships. TED Kolejliler finished seventh in the regular season and was not expected to upset their second ranked opponents. Kirk scored a game high 27 points (10 from 14 from the field) but he and his colleagues could not hold off Anadolu Efes in games two and three and bowed out of the competition with a two games to one defeat. Kirk averaged 18.3 points per game during the season, third in the leagues points per game standings.

Gary Wilkinson has kept up his winning ways helping BC Kalev/Cramo take out the Estonian League title. That makes it three championships in a row for Gary following his NBL double with the Breakers. He was also voted the Player of the Year in the Estonian League after averaging 14.4 points per game.

In the New Zealand National Basketball League, former Breaker BJ Anthony with 25 points and 10 rebounds helped the Otago Nuggets remain unbeaten following a 98-85 overtime victory over the HBS Bank Hawks. Anthony is averaging 22.9ppg and leads all scorers in the NBL. Hayden Allen contributed 14 points for the Nuggets and they have established a clear lead at the top of the league with their 8-0 record. Chasing them are the Wellington Saints and the Nelson Giants, both with a 6-2 record. Last week Mika Vukona pulled down 14 rebounds for the Giants. This week he had a more leisurely 7 rebounds, 7 points, 6 assists as he and Phill Jones (16 points/5 assists) helped the Giants to a 103-88 victory over the Taranaki Mountain Airs. Breakers Academy graduate Brad Anderson scored a career high 29 points for Taranaki. It was one way traffic at Trusts Stadium, Waitakere as the Wellington Saints dominated the James Blond Super City Rangers 106-61. Lindsay Tait had a double double of 22 points and 12 assists. However, Saints coach Pero Cameron already without the services of the injured Corey Webster, will be very unhappy with import Andrew Warren (24 points). Warren threw the ball in the face of an opponent and suffered the consequence of being ejected from the game and also incurring an automatic one game suspension.
Rounding out the top four are the Palmerston North Jets (5-2), they got the better of the Waikato Pistons 89-75 in Hamilton. Tai Webster recorded 22 points for the Pistons who remain at the foot of the table without a win.

Good news from BBNZ following the announcement that the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns will be playing a double header at North Shore Events Centre on August 14th against Australia. The games will be the first leg of this years Oceania Championship series and doubles as the World Championship Qualifying Series for both men and women. The Tall Blacks will feature many of the Breakers squad including Mika Vukona, Tom Abercrombie and Alex Pledger and of course the return of Andrej Lemanis in his new role as head coach of the Australian Boomers.





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SMB exacts revengle to level series - by Aris Ignacio

The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.

Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium.

Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) and Val Acuna (188-F-86) topscored for the Beermen with 14 points each, while Jeric Fortuna added 13. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) chipped in 12.

The ejection of import Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) in the third quarter due to a second unsportsmanlike foul hardly mattered as the Beermen already had a huge lead at that point.

The victory was the third largest winning margin in ABL playoff history since the Beermen and the Philippine Patriots posted 34-point victories against the Westports Malaysia Dragons in 2012 and 2010, respectively.

The Beermen raced to a 22-13 lead at the end of the first before a 7-0 run led to a 42-24 halftime advantage. SMB led by as many as 35 points.

The Slammers didnt have a fighting chance in Game Two as only Wutipong Dasom scored in double figures with 11 points.

Import Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) only had nine points and nine rebounds while Filipino imports Luis Gonzaga and Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) had seven apiece. But the Thai locals were hardly a factor unlike in Game One.

The scores:

San Miguel Beermen (91) - Banchero 14, Acuna 14, Fortuna 13, Avenido 12, Taulava 9, Cawaling 7, B. Williams 7, J. Williams 7, Menk 5, Hubalde 3, Luanzon 0, Thiele 0.

Sports Rev Thailand Slammers (60) - Dasom 11, Charles 9, Gonzaga 7, Baguion 7, Klahan 7, Brannon 6, Apiromvilaichai 5, Kongkum 2, Lertlaokul 2, Sekteera 2, Samerjai 0.

Quarterscores: 22-13; 42-24; 60-37; 91-60.

* Some credits goes to R. Terrado



Ginebra reviving bid for Global Port's Aguilar - by Aris Ignacio

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keen to revive the aborted trade for big man Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) as the Philippine Basketball Association's crowd darlings look for ways to shore up their frontline in time for the season-ending Governors' Cup.

A high-ranking team official who requested that he not be named pending a new round of talks for the athletic Global Port Batang Pier center stressing that they are very interested in acquiring the his services.

The team will also be pursuing other possible movements whose lack of depth in the frontline became exposed in a three-game loss to the Alaska Aces in the last Commissioner's Cup Finals.

Sources learned that just before the Commissioners Cup eliminations came to an end, Ginebra made a desperate effort to swing a trade for Aguilar, offering rookie Yousif Taha, Elmer Espiritu (193-F-85), and Robert Labagala (175-PG-84) for the 6-9 center and two-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller (180-PG-77).

Even the name of Ginebra veteran Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) was thrown into the mix at some point during the failed negotiations, sources added.

Aguilar, formerly of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, was supposed to be shipped to Ginebra early in the season by way of a multi-player, multi-team trade that also involved Global Port guard Solomon Mercado (181-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Raymundo, but the deal fell through as a top SMC official pulled the plug on the transaction at the last minute.

Ginebra's shallow frontline was dominated by Joachim Thoss (201-C-81) and Company in the Finals, and the lack of depth is expected to be more pronounced in the Governors' Cup where the Kings cannot avail of the services of a legitimate center like Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86, college: Florida).

Imports in the season-ending tournament will be no taller than 6-5.

Even star playmaker JayJay Helterbrand (183-PG-76, college: Kentucky St.) believes the Gin Kings are a dominant big man away from going all the way.

There have also been talks that if the bid for Aguilar fails again, Ginebra may go for ABL's San Miguel Beermen Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior), both of whom should be available by the time the Governors' Cup starts in August.

However, any move for Taulava should go through the Meralco Bolts, which still owns the rights to the 40-year-old former league MVP.



Energy fails bid at semis in Dubai tourney - by Aris Ignacio

The Barako Bull Energy rammed into a brick wall as it absorbed an 80-91 loss to Hoops Club of Lebanon in the semifinals and ended its title hopes in the 2nd Al Shabab Dubai Basketball Championship last May 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Energy Cola entered the semifinals on a four-game winning streak behind an average winning margin of 16.5 points.

But against the Lebanese club team, they ran into serious trouble especially Barako Bull Energy's big men, according to assistant coach Charles Tiu .

Tiu, one of the trusted deputies of Barako Bull Energy coach Rajko Toroman, said foul trouble among the teams big men and some questionable calls contributed to the Energy Cola's sputtering end.

Parading NBA D-League veteran Mike Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Texas Tech), the Barako Bull Energy opened its tournament campaign with four straight victories, beginning with its 80-72 triumph over Egypt's Al Zamalek, followed by an 80-75 win against Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya.

The Energy Cola continued their streak by demolishing US-based Team Unity, 94-63 before adding University of Sharjah (UOS) to their growing list of victims, 99-77.

Barako Bull Energy will now face the loser of the Al Sahel-Al Shabab Dubai semifinal match in the battle for third place.

* Some credits goes to R. Dy



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Maciej Lampe selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Poles who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game. Despite Lampe's very good performance Caja Laboral lost 94-99 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) CB Canarias. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Lampe also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Lampe has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(167-298) and FT: 84.7% in the 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Lampe is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Thomas Kelati
Thomas Kelati
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St., currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (6-28) crushing them 90-59 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kelati recorded 9 points. Valencia Basket (22-12) is placed fourth 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 very crucial. It's Kelati's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(38-69), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 91.9%(34-37). Kelati is another player who holds two passports: Eritrean and Polish. Ex-BOT Turow Zgorzelec player is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

Szymon Lukasiak
Szymon Lukasiak
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, agency: Promotex, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB. He was not able to help Academica (15-5) in their last game. Despite Lukasiak's very good performance Academica was crushed 94-62 on the opponent's court by the leading Benfica. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Lukasiak also added 5 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Lukasiak is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(74-116) in the 14 games. Lukasiak played for the Polish U18 national team eight years ago.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #4. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) led Torino to a victory over the fifth-ranked Casalpusterlengo (20-14) 77-66 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Wojciechowski scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. PMS Torino (26-8) is placed first in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Wojciechowski has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1spg. He has both Polish and Italian nationalities. Wojciechowski is also Polish national team player.

Aleksander Czyz
Aleksander Czyz
   #5. International forward Aleksander Czyz (200-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nevada, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Acea Virtus Roma to win against the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE (18-12) 74-69 in the Italian SerieA on Friday night. Czyz scored only 3 points. Acea Virtus Roma (20-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Czyz averages: 6.1ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Robert Skibniewski
Robert Skibniewski
   #6. Point guard Robert Skibniewski (183-83, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to a Inter Bratislava's victory against the closely-ranked Komarno (24-11) 89-82 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. Skibniewski scored 5 points and added 6 assists in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Inter Bratislava (20-15) is placed fourth in the Extraliga. Skibniewski is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 4.5apg. He also averaged so far 6.0ppg and 1.5rpg in the 15 games. Skibniewski is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

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

   #1. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help EWE Baskets (25-9) to beat ratiopharm Ulm (24-10). He did not have that impressive stats last Tuesday. Wysocki recorded only 1 points in 9 minutes on the court. EWE Baskets was edged 86-84 at home by the lower-ranked (#3) ratiopharm Ulm. This year Wysocki's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the 35 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and German.

   #2. Francis Jonathan Han (185-G-87, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to help Cangrejeros (16-8) in their game against Leones (15-8) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He recorded 5 points. The league leader Cangrejeros was defeated 79-75 on the road by the second-ranked Leones. Han's overall stats this season are: 1.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Puerto Rican.

Other top Polish players, who play abroad:

Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84) plays for Valencia Basket in Spanish ACB
David Logan (185-G-82) plays for Maccabi T-A in Israeli Winner League
Marcin Gortat (211-C-84) plays for Phoenix Suns in the NBA
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) plays for Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italian SerieA
Mathieu Wojciechowski (202-F-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) plays for Umana Venezia in Italian SerieA
Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84) plays for Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague
Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Jakub Parzenski (212-F/C-91) plays for Oknoplast BO in Italian SerieA
Michal Hlebowicki (204-C-76) plays for Jekabpils in Latvian LBL

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



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Balseiro, Academica16.6 
 7. Dunn, Benfica16.5 
 8. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 9. Smith, CAB Madeira16.1 
 10. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 3. Hallman, Academica10.4 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense8.4 
 9. Gomes, Benfica8.1 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Fernandes, Acade.5.5 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 7. Pires, Alges4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
 10. Costa, CAB Madei.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.4 
 2. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 5. Jackson, CAB M.2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 7. Hallman, Academica1.9 
 8. Sousa, Academica1.9 
 9. Andrade, Benfica1.9 
 10. Freire, Fisica1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 4. Lukasiak, Acade.1.1 
 5. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 6. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 7. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 8. Evora, Benfica0.8 
 9. Holt, Alges0.7 
 10. Gentry, Benfica0.7 


LPB Round 3 of Finals. Academica snatch overtime win over Benfica - by Eurobasket News

Academica - Benfica 79-74 OT

Academica escaped the elimination eding Benfica in overtime and remained in the title race. The teams will meet again tomorrow in the fourth game of the championship series. Benfica was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 15-10 charge of Academica, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-7. 25 personal fouls committed by Benfica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 9 assists (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) helped adding 14 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international Joao Gomes (201-85) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds and American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!).
Top scorers:
Academica: M.Fernandes 28+2reb+9ast, J.Balseiro 19+5reb, A.Hallman 14+14reb, S.Lukasiak 8+2reb, F.Sousa 6+3reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 2+3reb
Benfica: J.Gomes 25+17reb+1ast, L.Dunn 22+6reb+1ast, F.Gentry 10+6reb+1ast, E.Evora 7+5reb, R.Franklin 5+1reb+1ast, D.Carreira 4+2ast
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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 16-8 
 2. Santurce 16-8 
 3. Mayaguez 14-10 
 4. Quebradillas 13-11 
 5. Arecibo 13-11 
 6. Humacao 11-12 
 7. Guayama 11-13 
 8. Guaynabo 11-13 
 9. San German 8-16 
 10. Bayamon 7-18 

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 25: Ponce - Bayamon 87-78
May. 25: San German - Arecibo 77-80
May. 26: Santurce - Quebradillas
May. 26: Humacao - Mayaguez


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Harris, Ponce20.1 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo18.9 
 4. Carmona, Humacao18.3 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon18.2 
 6. Brown, Humacao17.4 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.1 
 8. Ramos, Arecibo16.6 
 9. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.1 
 10. Galindo, Santurce15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harris, Ponce10.9 
 2. Lloreda, Guaynabo10.6 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.7 
 4. Phillip, San German9.4 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon8.3 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.2 
 8. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 9. Carmona, Humacao8.1 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 3. Dentmon, Arecibo5.1 
 4. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 6. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 7. Garcia, Quebradill.3.7 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 2. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.5 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 8. Liz, San German1.2 
 9. Santiago, Ponce1.2 
 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. Scott, Humacao1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo1.0 
 10. Brock, Guayama0.9 


Shannon number one in Puerto Rico for week 28 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Bayamon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 28.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Guayama (#7, 11-13) 77-68. Bayamon maintains the 10th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 17 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Shannon had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Bayamon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Elgin CC star has very solid stats this year. Shannon is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 26-year old Belizean Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of league's leader Santurce. Williams had a very good evening with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Santurce was edged by slightly lower-ranked Ponce (#2, 15-8) 79-75. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Santurce still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 16-8 record. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Santurce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was British V.Islands center Kleon Penn (213-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Humacao (#6). Penn scored 9 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Humacao, leading his team to a 81-78 win against slightly higher-ranked Quebradillas (#4, 13-11). The chances of Humacao ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Penn could help Humacao to bring them higher in the standings. Penn has a very solid season. In 22 games in Puerto Rico he scored 4.9ppg. He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 71.4%. Penn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Guaynabo - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Quebradillas - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Quebradillas - 7 points and 11 rebounds
7. Alvin Cruz (186-PG-82) of Guaynabo - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Ponce - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) of Humacao - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. Antonio Latimer (204-F/G-78) of Guaynabo - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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



Indios add Wilkinson - by Marcos Carlo

Mayaguez signed forward Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) to replace Weyinmi Efekuku.

Wilkinson just played in Estonia for Kalev and averaged 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was one of the best imported players in that league.

He played his first season in BSN in 2012 with Bayamon scoring 15.5 points. He has also played in Australia.

Mayaguez plays tomorrow at Caciques-Gigantes in Carolina. Wilkinson can bring some scoring to the team.




Leones getting closer to first place - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce defeated Cangrejeros de Santurce 79-75 to get closer to first place. They are currently a half game behind Cangrejeros.

Mike Rosario scored three baskets from three-point range and Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) scored 6 points in the final minutes to get the win. Defensively Ponce stopped Santurce in the final three minutes.

Harris netted 20 points, Carlos Rivera 19, Ike Diogu 13, Rosario 11 and Chris Gaston 10 for the winners who are 15-8.

In other games played yesterda Caciques-Gigantes defeated Piratas 81-78, Mets won over Indios 95-91 and Vaqueros dominated Brujos 77-68.

There are two games tonight as Vaqueros visit Leones and Capitanes visit Atleticos de San German.



Mets sign Jordan Theodore - by Luis Modestti

Mets de Guaynabo signed Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) to cover the point guard position.

Starting guard Christian Dalmau has struggled with injuries all season long and Mets decided to cover the position with a guard who played well in Europe.

Theodore finished in Turkey with Antalya where he averaged 15,8 points and 4,7 assists in 29 games. He played previously in Seton Hall where he enjoyed a successful career.

His debut is expected to be on Wednesday against Caciques-Gigantes. Mets have a 11-13 record and are in eighth place.



Carlos Arroyo selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Puerto Rican players, who play currently abroad.

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU, currently plays in Turkey). He led Galatasaray to a victory over the eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) crushing them 92-64 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Arroyo was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 6 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. Arroyo is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 4.5apg. He also averaged so far 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 81.6% in the 19 games he played so far. Former Cangrejeros Santurce starter played for the Puerto Rican senior national team two years ago.

Richard Chaney
Richard Chaney
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Chaney could not help Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Redwell Gunners Oberwart was edged in an overtime 78-76 on the road by the second-ranked BC Vienna. Chaney was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 41 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. It's Chaney's first season with the team. Chaney has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 81.3% in the 28 games. Chaney has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. He played for the Puerto Rican national team in 2010. Chaney used to play for Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rican league.

John Holland
John Holland
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Cajasol (12-22) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) in the Spanish ACB. Holland recorded 5 points and added 4 passes in 17 minutes. Cajasol lost 68-76 at home to the higher-ranked (#14) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. The Regular Season already ended. Holland has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 87.7% in the 33 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Holland played for the Puerto Rican national team two years ago. He used to play for Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

Andres Rodriguez
Andres Rodriguez
   #4. Point guard Andres Rodriguez (184-81, college: American, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB to win against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 79-73 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Rodriguez recorded only 2 points and added 4 passes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (18-16) is placed eighth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Rodriguez is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.8apg and 1.1spg. Rodriguez is also Puerto Rican national team player.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet ZG to an easy victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL last Friday. Hodge scored 13 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. Hodge is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Experienced Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga could not help Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Redwell Gunners Oberwart was edged in an overtime 78-76 on the road by the second-ranked BC Vienna. Hinson was the second best scorer with 28 points. Hinson is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Hinson averages: 20.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Hinson used to play for Grises de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

   #3. Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to help Guaiqueries (20-31) in their game against Trotamundos (24-28) in the Venezuelan LPB. He scored 8 points in 31 minutes. Guaiqueries was edged 83-80 in Valencia by the higher-ranked (#7) Trotamundos. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Perez has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the 38 games he played so far. He has both Puerto Rican and Venezuelan nationalities.

   #4. Ivan Aska (200-F-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Leuven Bears (9-19) in their game against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-10) in the Belgian Ethias League. Aska scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Leuven Bears was crushed 92-69 in Quaregnon by the higher-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3). It was Leuven Bears' third consecutive loss in a row. Aska is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. Aska also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

Other top Puerto Rican players, who play abroad:

Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
Maurice Harkless (203-G/F-93) plays for Orlando Magic in the NBA
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) plays for Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL
Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) plays for ALBA Berlin in German BBL
Raul Orta (196-G-85) plays for Marinos in Venezuelan LPB
Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) plays for BC Kolin in Czech Republic NBL
Jesus Mora (191-G-86) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP

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



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Al Shabab inked Chauncey Leslie - by Eurobasket News

Al Shabab Dubai (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old American swingman Chauncey Leslie (183-81, college: Iowa). He started the season at Qatar in Qatari D1 league. In 14 games he was the best scorer with impressive 24.6ppg and averaged 6.2rpg, 5.3apg (top 4) and 2.6spg (in top 3) this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Honorable Mention. The last season Leslie played at Al Rayyan in D1. In 8 games he had 14.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Qatar League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Leslie was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Guard of the Year back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Leslie has played also professionally in Austria, France (JA Vichy), Germany (New Yorker Phantoms and Mitteldeutscher BC), Syria (Al Karameh), UAE, Hungary (Kormend), Egypt (Al Ittihad and Sporting) and United Arab Emirates (An Nasr and Sharjah).
He attended University of Iowa until 2003 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
On Leslie: His big physical presence on court, coupled with his ability to play on wing positions, makes him a dangerous proposition. Possessing quickness and sharp-shooting abilities, his defensive skills are also outstanding.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - Men

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


Targu Mures easily wins Game 3 of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ploiesti - Targu Mures 63-90 (1-2)

Targu Mures easily wins Game 3 of the Finals to take 2-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. Ploiesti managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ploiesti 40-29 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Targu Mures shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Targu Mures' coach Srecko Sekulovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Court Side) added 10 points in the effort for Ploiesti.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: V.Tica 21+8reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 10+4reb+2ast, P.Miletic 10+3reb, I.Timermanis 5+7reb, L.Szijarto 5+2reb+1ast, A.Tudor 4+1reb+5ast
Targu Mures: V.Peciukas 31+5reb+3ast, M.Ceskovic 14+2reb+6ast, A.Ciric 12+3reb+1ast, D.Paltinisanu 12+10reb+1ast, B.Cuic 10+7reb+8ast, L.Dumitru 4+8reb
gschID: 241308



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Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Burtt, Avtodor21.5 
 2. Likholitov, Volgog.17.3 
 3. Makshantsev, Novo.16.1 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.15.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd15.2 
 7. Monroe, Ural E.15.0 
 8. McGhee, Ural E.14.5 
 9. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
 10. Podkolzin, Novosy.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.7 
 3. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.3 
 4. Rollins, Trotamund.7.1 
 5. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 6. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 7. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 8. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.6.9 
 9. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 10. Denison, Ataman6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Burtt, Avtodor5.7 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.6 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.0 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman4.3 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Anisimov, Novosybi.3.7 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rya.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ryazan2.2 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor2.0 
 5. Mateyunas, Ataman1.8 
 6. Glazunov, Ural E.1.7 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.7 
 8. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
 9. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 10. Gladyshev, AltajB.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hakeem ROLLINS
  Trotamundos
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rollins, Trotamund.1.7 
 2. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.3 
 3. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 4. Likholitov, Volgog.1.2 
 5. Denison, Ataman1.2 
 6. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 7. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 8. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 9. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 10. Komarov, TE.0.9 


Ural posts the second win in the Superleague Final series - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinb. - Univ.Surgut 79-71 (2-1)

Ural posts the second win in the Superleague Final series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ural Ekaterinburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) helped adding 16 points and 9 assists. The best for the losing side was Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Anton Ageev (192-84) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: A.Ageev 15+1ast, A.Rindin 12+8reb, D.Hloponin 11+4reb, I.Aleksandrov 11+1reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 7+2reb+2ast, G.Zelenskiy 5+2reb+3ast
Ural Ekaterinb.: C.Monroe 17+8reb+4ast, A.Glazunov 16+3reb+9ast, D.Nikolaev 15+9reb, A.McGhee 15+4reb+3ast, M.Tkachenko 9+4reb+4ast, O.Baranov 6+4reb
gschID: 241440



VTB League: Lokomotiv demolish Zalgiris in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lokomotiv 63:85

Lokomotiv demolish Zalgiris in Kaunas to tie the Semifinal series at 1-1. The Russian team won the second game of the series 85:63 and now will head to Krasnodar for another two games.
The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Zalgiris managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Zalgiris' 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Zalgiris' players. The best player for the winners was Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) who scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Valery Likhodey (205-F-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in 17 points. Five Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.

Zalgiris: Darjus Lavrinovic 12, Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) 11, Oliver Lafayette 9, Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) 8
Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 23, Valery Likhodey 17, Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) 12, Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) 10, Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) 10



Avtodor clinches Bronze medals in Superleague - by Eurobasket News

Ataman - Avtodor 69:82

Avtodor clinches Bronze medals in Superleague as they swept the series for the third place against Ataman. Avtodor added 82:69 win for 3-0 in the series.
The game was mostly controlled by Avtodor. Ataman managed to win second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ataman 36-22 including a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Ataman helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Steven Burtt (185-G-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Iona) led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Hakeem Rollins (202-F/C-83, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Washington) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Alexey Kurtsevich (209-C-89) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Pavel Agapov (198-G-79) scored 12 points.



VTB League: Planinic leads Khimky against CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - CSKA 83:80

Khimky overcame CSKA to open the semifinal series with victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSKA Moscow won third quarter 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by CSKA Moscow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) added 14 points respectively for lost side. CSKA Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.

Khimky: Zoran Planinic 25, Sergey Monya 13, Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) 12, Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) 8
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 16+7rebs, Zoran Erceg 14, Eugeny Voronov (194-G-86) 9, Jackson 9



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Boniface Ndong selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Senegalese players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Karsiyaka (23-7) 70-54 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Ndong recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This year Ndong averages: 8.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(112-196) and FT: 71.9% in the 31 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese senior national team four years ago.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette, currently plays in Romania). Barro led Targu Mures to a victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (23-7) 91-81 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of his seven free throws). 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. Barro's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 63.9%(76-119) and FT: 70.7%. He played for the Senegalese U18 national team in 2002.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1. Faye could not help Ikaros (12-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Ikaros was badly defeated 78-62 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Faye scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. It's Faye's first season with the team. Faye is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). This year his overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 71.4% in the 28 games. Faye played for the Senegalese national team two years ago.

Bamba Fall
Bamba Fall
   #4. Center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked TU/Rock (28-4) 81-69 in the Estonian KML last Friday. Fall recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (28-4) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Fall is currently first on the list of best blockers with 2.3bpg. This year he also averages: 8.9ppg and 6.6rpg in the 23 games. Fall used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2007.

Antoine Mendy
Antoine Mendy
   #5. Former international forward Antoine Mendy (198-83, currently plays in France) was not able to help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (26-8) in their game against Olympique Antibes (21-13) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance on Thursday night He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mendy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's roster. Mendy has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and French. Mendy used to play for the Senegalese national team four years ago.

Babacar Toure
Babacar Toure
   #6. Power forward Babacar Toure (205-85, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a Geneve Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Lugano Tigers (16-10) 80-74 in the Swiss LNA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lions de Geneve (22-4) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Toure is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.5bpg. He also averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2spg in the 33 games. Toure is a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team two years ago.

Sitapha Savane
Sitapha Savane
   #7. Former international forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy, currently plays in Spain) helped FIATC Joventut win their game against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (15-19) crushing them 112-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 9 points. FIATC Joventut Badalona (16-18) is placed 11th in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. Savane's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team four years ago.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #8. Guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82, currently plays in Italy) led Mazzeo San Severo to a victory over the 12th-ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (16-18) 76-66 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Friday night. Gueye was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes. Mazzeo San Severo (11-23) is placed 17th in the Nazionale A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Gueye is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.7spg. This year his other stats are: 14.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 36 games. Gueye used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2011.

Pape Faye
Pape Faye
   #9. International center Pape Faye (200-87, currently plays in Japan) helped Yokohama BC win their game against the second-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (34-18) 101-90 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Eastern. Yokohama B-Corsairs (35-17) are placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Faye's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 8.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the Senegalese national team.

Abdoulaye N'Diaye
Abdoulaye N'Diaye
   #10. Power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC, currently plays in France) helped Souffelweyersheim win their game against the closely-ranked Cognac (23-11) 69-65 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 7 points and blocked 2 blocks in only 14 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (25-9) is placed second in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. N'Diaye is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. He also averaged so far 10.8ppg and 7.1rpg in the 29 games. N'Diaye is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Senegalese senior national team.

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

   #1. Mamadou Samb (208-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Blusens Monbus (18-16). He recorded 5 points. Gescrap BB was defeated 79-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#8). Samb's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Samb's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #2. Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: E.Carolina, currently plays in France) contributed to an overtime Olympique Antibes' victory against the league leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (26-8) 83-79 in the French ProB (second division) last Thursday. Badiane scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Olympique Antibes (21-13) is placed fifth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Badiane is currently first on the list of best blockers with 1.6bpg. This year he also averages: 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 39 games he played so far. Badiane is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and French.

   #3. Papa Beye (202-F-90, currently plays in France) contributed to a 1-point Chalons-Reims' victory against the closely-ranked ALM Evreux (25-9) 74-73 in the French ProB (second division) on Thursday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Chalons-Reims (23-11) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Beye's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #4. Mouhamadou M'Bodji (193-F/G-81, currently plays in France) managed to help BC Souffelweyersheim to win against the closely-ranked Cognac (23-11) 69-65 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He recorded only 1 points. BC Souffelweyersheim (25-9) is placed second in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. M'Bodji's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.0apg. He has both Senegalese and French nationalities.



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 25: Sloboda Uzice - Mega Vizura 95-82
May. 25: Partizan - Radnicki KG 91-79
May. 25: Metalac - Konstantin 69-52
May. 25: Vojvodina - Crvena Zvezda 61-74

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 28: Partizan - Vojvodina
May. 28: Crvena Zvezda - Mega Vizura


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Rakocevic, Crvena18.9 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Bakic, Metalac18.6 
 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, Metalac8.4 
 4. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 5. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 6. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan6.3 
 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. Westermann, Parti.4.3 
 7. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 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. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Dasic, Metalac1.8 
 6. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 7. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 8. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 9. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 10. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
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. Bertans, Partizan1.2 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 7. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 8. Lauvergne, Partizan0.8 
 9. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 10. Radenkovic, Smed.0.7 


Partizan revenge to Radnicki Kragujevac - by Igor Obradovic

With victory against Radnicki Kragujevac, Partizan mt:s who is the reigning champion Serbia has once again confirmed its leading position before the start of the playoffs.
They beat the team of Miroslav Nikolic with a score 91:79 (20:26, 29:13, 21:21, 21:19).

There were no big oscillation in the Partizan game. After first quarter Radnicki was in lead with a score 20:26 but after that Partizan took the things in their hands and won second part of the game with 16 point lead (29:13) and they go on halftime with 10 point lead against Radnicki. In the rest of the game Partizan was only maintained the lead and always have 10+ in their to their advantage. Finaly, game was ended with 91:79 for Partizan mt:s.

Partizan mt:s : Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) with 9pts, 4rbd and 7ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) 20pts, 4rbd, 4ast, Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) 12pts, 6rbd and Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) 17pts, 5rbd and 2ast.
Radnicki Kragujevac : Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) 19pts, 6rbd, Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) 15pts, 4rbd, 4ast, Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) 10pts, 5rbd, 9ast.



Crvena zvezda win in Novi Sad - by Igor Obradovic

Once again, Crvena zvezda Telekom win against Vojvodina Srbijagas. This time the game was not uncertain as it was in the first half of the season when Crvena zvezda won only with one point advantage (85:84).
Crvena zvezda without much tension defeated Vojvodina in Novi Sad with the score of 61:74 (11:21, 12:20, 18:15, 20:18).

Crvena zvezda is going really well right from the start of the game and in the end of the first half almost solved the winner of this match. At half time the red and white from Belgrade lead 23:40. After that chance for playing got some players who do not have much opportunity to play in this season (Djokic and Mitrovic).
Should be noted that in this game was not Igor Rakocevic and Michael Scott who are injured.

Vojvodina Srbijagas : Ognjen Kuzeta (194-G-87) 7pts, 6rbd, 1ast, Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 4rbd, Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) 11pts, 4rbd.
Crvena zvezda Telekom : DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 17pts, 2steals, 3rbd, 2ast, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 17pts, 6rbd, 2steals, 3ast, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 14pts, 8rbd, Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) 8pts, 5rbd, 3steals, 1ast.



Playoff begins! - by Igor Obradovic

A regular part of the Serbian Super League is over and these teams have qualified for the playoff :

Partizan mt:s
Crvena zvezda Telekom
Mega Vizura
Vojvodina Srbijagas


Partizan finished a regular part of the competition in first place with12-2 win-loss record, followed by Crvena zvezda which had a 11-3. The third is a Mega Vizura that she had the opportunity to be the second team at the end of the regular but in the last two rounds twice lost and in the playoffs entering with the score 9-5. Fourth team is Vojvodina, which was a great surprise and with the score 8-6 have secured a playoff and participate in the Adriatic League next season. They surprised everyone, but especially surprised Radnicki from Kragujevac, who remains without the playoffs and without the participation in the Eurocup in next season.

Semifinals :

Partizan mt:s - Vojvodina Srbijagas
Crvena zvezda Telekom - Mega Vizura

Semifinals in playof is on 28. and 30. june. Final series is scheduled for 5/7/10/12/15 June. If both semifinals are over in two games, final series start in 2. June.
The only thing that is not known is whether there will be changes to the game Crvena zvezda Telekom - Mega Vizura.
Both team (Crvena zvezda and Partizan) is host in Pionir Hall, and it is impossible for both teams to host the game in the same day (28 June) so there is a possibility that the game Crvena zvezda - Mega Vizura move to 29 Jun.



DeMarcus Nelson gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Crvena Zvezda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 17 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Crvena Zvezda in his team's victory, helping them to beat Vojvodina (#4, 8-6) 74-61. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Crvena Zvezda maintains the 2nd position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Crvena Zvezda will need more victories to improve their 11-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Nelson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. DeMarcus Nelson averages this season 10.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Crvena Zvezda's star - 32-year old center Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket). Katic impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Nelson he helped Crvena Zvezda with another comfortable win 74-61 over slightly lower-ranked Vojvodina (#4, 8-6) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Crvena Zvezda consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 11-3 record is not bad at all. Katic is a newcomer at Crvena Zvezda and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Pavle Reljic (193-G-93) of Mega Vizura (#3). Reljic scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Reljic's great performance Mega Vizura lost 82-95 to the lower-ranked Sloboda Uzice (#7, 4-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Mega Vizura needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Reljic has a very solid season. In 32 games in Serbia he scored 4.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dusan Kutlesic (195-SG-94) of Sloboda Uzice - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Branko Andjic (201-F-82) of Sloboda Uzice - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nikola Jevtovic (208-F/C-89) of Sloboda Uzice - 21 points and 2 rebounds
7. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Radnicki KG - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) of Radnicki KG - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of Partizan - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) of Mega Vizura - 10 points and 12 rebounds

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



Dusko Savanovic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Serbians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey). He led Anadolu Efes to a victory over the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (18-13) 96-79 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. Savanovic was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes on the court. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (25-5) is placed second in the TBL. Savanovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(109-186), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 82.1% in the 31 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nenad Krstic (212-83, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (12-6) 69-56 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Krstic recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. CSKA Moscow (15-3) is placed second in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Krstic has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(91-155) and FT: 73.0% in the 22 games. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nenad Krstic. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Erceg, who plays in Russia. He could not help CSKA Moscow (15-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Erceg's good performance the second-placed CSKA Moscow was edged 83-80 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 14 points (made all of his six free throws). This season Erceg averages: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 71.4% and FT: 85.7%. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Miroslav Raduljica
Miroslav Raduljica
   #4. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Azovmash (25-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Azovmash was badly defeated 80-63 at home by the leading Budivelnyk. Raduljica recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. It's Raduljica's first season with the team. Raduljica has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Tadija Dragicevic
Tadija Dragicevic
   #5. Former University international power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Miroslav Raduljica. However that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which brought him to that list. Dragicevic was the main contributor in Azovmash's victory against the league leader Budivelnyk (28-11) 77-73. He was the best player in that game. Dragicevic had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Azovmash Mariupol (25-14) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dragicevic's stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.0apg in the 51 games. He used to play for the Serbian university national team four years ago.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #6. Point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nenad Krstic. He played also in the last VTB United League game facing Zoran Erceg (above) in the other team. Teodosic was not able to secure a victory for CSKA Moscow (15-3) in their game against Khimky (14-4). He recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. CSKA Moscow (#2) was edged 83-80 in Khimki by the leading Khimky in the group B of VTB United League. Teodosic's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
   #7. International power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Bjelica's good performance Caja Laboral was defeated 99-94 in Tenerife by the much lower-ranked CB Canarias (#10). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bjelica's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Dejan Borovnjak
Dejan Borovnjak
   #8. Power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL on Friday night. Borovnjak scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. Borovnjak averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2009.

Nemanja Protic
Nemanja Protic
   #9. Former University international guard Nemanja Protic (182-86, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a Levski Sofia's victory against the league leader Lukoil Academik (24-3) 88-84 in a derby game in the Bulgarian NBL last Thursday. He recorded 17 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in a mere 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Levski Sofia (23-4) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Protic's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Serbian university national team four years ago.

Milan Macvan
Milan Macvan
   #10. Power forward Milan Macvan (205-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Turkey) helped Galatasaray win their game against the eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) crushing them 82-49 in the Turkish TBL on Tuesday night. Macvan scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. Macvan's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Stefan Markovic (194-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa crushing them 90-59 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 5 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 22 minutes. Markovic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 3.9apg. This year his other stats are: 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5spg in the 32 games. Markovic plays currently for the Serbian national team.

   #12. International center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey) helped Banvit BK win their game against the closely-ranked Besiktas 81-74 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Stimac is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. His total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 7.6rpg. Stimac is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Uros Petrovic (205-90, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Balkan (18-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Balkan was defeated 80-76 in Sofia by the second-ranked Levski. Petrovic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He averaged so far 11.4ppg and 4.0rpg. Petrovic used to play for the Serbian U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Bojan Popovic (191-83, currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Lukoil Academik win their game against the closely-ranked Levski Sofia 86-83 in a derby game in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. He scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. This year Popovic's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international guard Uros Tripkovic (197-86, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Fenerbahce Ulker in their game against Karsiyaka in the Turkish TBL. Tripkovic recorded 8 points in only 14 minutes. His team lost 68-74. He has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 1.5rpg in the 11 games. Tripkovic used to play for the Serbian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team CSKA Moscow to a victory over the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (12-6) 69-56 in the VTB United League last Monday. Micov was the best player in that game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. CSKA Moscow (15-3) is placed second in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Micov's first season with the team. This year Micov averages: 8.0ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #2. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the main contributor in a Levski Sofia's victory against the closely-ranked Balkan (18-9) 80-76 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Marinovic was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and added 6 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Levski Sofia (23-4) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Marinovic is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Marinovic averages: 15.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg in the 35 games he played so far.

   #3. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Panionios' victory against the closely-ranked Aris (13-13) 74-67 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Jankovic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (20-6) is placed third in the A1. Jankovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Panionios' roster. Jankovic is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.1rpg. He also averaged so far 12.9ppg and 1.8apg in the 28 games. Jankovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek. Despite his Serbian passport, Jankovic previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Serbian team.

   #4. Experienced Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a 3-point TED Kolejliler's victory against the second-ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) 79-76 in the Turkish TBL last Friday. He recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. TED Kolejliler Ankara (18-13) is placed seventh in the TBL. Stanojevic is currently second on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Stanojevic averages: 18.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.9apg.

   #5. Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, 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. He was the best player in that game. Sakota scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Cimberio Varese (23-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Sakota's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 2.4rpg in the 34 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Greek. Despite Sakota's Serbian nationality, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Serbian team.

   #6. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Bulgaria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Marinovic. But that was another game of his team in Bulgarian NBL which we would like to mention. Pantic, who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Levski Sofia (23-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Levski Sofia was edged 86-83 in a derby game by the leading Lukoil Academik. Pantic recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Pantic's stats this season are: 13.0ppg and 6.1rpg.

   #7. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland) helped Stelmet ZG win their game against the leader AZS Koszalin crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL in Friday night's game. Stevic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Stevic is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.2rpg. He also averaged so far 12.3ppg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the 36 games.

   #8. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) helped Base Oostende win their game against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar 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). Djordjevic is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. Djordjevic has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #9. Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the closely-ranked Ploiesti 91-81 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Ciric was the top player that evening. He recorded 24 points in 36 minutes. Ciric averaged so far 14.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 36 games.

   #10. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 was not able to help Cedevita (11-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cedevita (#2) was defeated 79-74 on the road by the lower-ranked KK_Zadar (#3) in the Places 1-8 group. Suput was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Suput averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg.



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Extraliga Round 5 of Finals. Komarno regain the lead - by Eurobasket News

Komarno - Inter Bratislava 88-81

Komarno outgunned Inter Bratislava at home court to surge in front 3-2 in the title series. The sixth and could be decisive game of the series is scheduled for Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American forward Amin Stevens (201-90, college: Florida A&M) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. The former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) responded with 28 points and 9 rebounds and American-Belizean guard Marlon Garnett (188-75, college: Santa Clara) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Komarno: A.Stevens 22+5reb+3ast, C.Lowe 13+4reb+7ast, O.Soska 9+3reb, V.Simpson 9+3reb+2ast, K.Thompson 8+9reb+3ast, M.Bilik 8+2reb
Inter Bratislava: M.Rancik 28+9reb+2ast, M.Garnett 14+3reb, P.Sedmak 11+4reb, A.Tucker 8+6reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 6+1ast, N.Delic 4+2reb+1ast
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Erazem Lorbek selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Slovenians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Erazem Lorbek
Erazem Lorbek
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain). He led Regal FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) crushing them 88-62 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. Lorbek recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Lorbek's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 10.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(112-197), 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 76.2% in the 35 games he played so far. Lorbek played for the Slovenian senior national team two years ago.

Bostjan Nachbar
Bostjan Nachbar
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Bostjan Nachbar (207-80, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. He could not help Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Nachbar's very good performance the league leader Brose Baskets Bamberg was defeated 98-85 on the road by the lower-ranked Bayern Muenchen (#4). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Nachbar has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 82.3%. He played for the Slovenian national team in 2010.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Mirza Begic (217-85, currently plays in Spain). Begic contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Blusens Monbus (18-16) 90-75 in the Spanish ACB on Friday night. He recorded 9 points in 15 minutes. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Begic's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(75-134) and FT: 75.4% in the 35 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Former Triglav Kranj starter played for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

Sani Becirovic
Sani Becirovic
   #4. Guard Sani Becirovic (196-81, currently plays in Italy) led Banco di Sardegna Sassari to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Cantu (17-13) crushing them 81-58 in the Italian SerieA in Friday night's game. Becirovic scored 11 points and added 3 assists. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (22-8) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Becirovic's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Slovenian and Italian. Becirovic used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2010.

Emir Preldzic
Emir Preldzic
   #5. Former international small forward Emir Preldzic (205-87, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) in their game against Karsiyaka (23-7) in the Turkish TBL. He scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 25 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker was edged 81-78 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#5) Karsiyaka. Preldzic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Fenerbahce Ulker's roster. Preldzic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6 with 4.5apg. This year he also averages: 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the 28 games. Preldzic has both Slovenian and Turkish nationalities. He used to play for the Slovenian national team five years ago.

Dragisa Drobnjak
Dragisa Drobnjak
   #6. Forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-11) 84-78 in the Belgian Ethias League on Thursday night. Drobnjak scored 12 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (20-8) is placed first in the Ethias League. Drobnjak's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Slovenian senior team five years ago.

Gasper Vidmar
Gasper Vidmar
   #7. Former international power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Besiktas (19-11) in their game against Banvit BK (25-5) in the Turkish TBL. Vidmar scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Besiktas lost 74-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Banvit BK. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. It's Vidmar's first season with the team. Vidmar is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. He also averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 31 games. Vidmar used to play for the Slovenian national team three years ago.

Aleksandar Capin
Aleksandar Capin
   #8. Point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Radnicki KG's victory against the 14th-ranked Vojvodina 85-78 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Radnicki Kragujevac (13-9) is placed third in Superliga group. The Second Stage already ended. Capin's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.1apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2008.

Zoran Dragic
Zoran Dragic
   #9. Former international swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (18-16) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in the Spanish ACB. Dragic recorded 7 points in only 9 minutes. Unicaja Malaga lost 50-57 in Barcelona to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC. It was Unicaja Malaga's first loss after four consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. This year Dragic's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

Nebojsa Joksimovic
Nebojsa Joksimovic
   #10. Small forward Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Igokea win their game against the second-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (9-1) 69-61 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Tuesday. Joksimovic recorded 7 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. 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. Joksimovic has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg in the 13 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Slovenian senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 couldn't help KK Zadar (11-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Nurkic's good performance the third-placed KK Zadar was crushed 91-61 in Zagreb by the second-ranked Cedevita in the Places 1-8 group. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Nurkic has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Slovenian U16 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Uros Slokar (210-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help G.Canaria 2014 in their game against Caja Laboral in the Spanish ACB. Slokar recorded 6 points in 15 minutes. His team was edged 57-56. Slokar has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.0rpg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Experienced Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia) 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. Ilievski 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. Ilievski has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.

   #2. Nejc Strnad (190-PG-83, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help Ikaros (12-14) to beat Panathinaikos (22-4). Strnad cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Ikaros was crushed 88-57 on the road by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. This season Strnad averages just 4.3ppg.



Teemu Rannikko left Un.Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Finnish international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-88kg-80) left Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League). In 10 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.0apg this season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Rannikko also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.2apg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.2apg.
The last season Rannikko played at Cimberio Varese (SerieA) in Italian league. In 31 games he recorded 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Guard of the Year back in 2007. Rannikko also represented Finland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 12 games: 7.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 82.5%.
Rannikko is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Khimky), Spain (CB Granada), Italy (VL Pesaro, Trenkwalder RE and Roseto) and Finland (Aura Basket).
Rannikko could be described: Great point guard. Eyes around his head. One of the best passers you ever seen. But can score too.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Al Shabab tabs Joseph Taylor, ex Goyang Orions - by Eurobasket News

Al Shabab Dubai (D1) inked 28-year old American forward Joseph Taylor (205-102kg-85, college: Wyoming). He played recently at Goyang Orions in South Korean KBL league. In 8 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.0bpg this season. Taylor also played at Bank of Taiwan (SBL) in Taiwanese league earlier that season. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 20.8ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.8apg, 2.4spg and 1.6bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Asia-basket.com Taiwanese SBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The last summer he was tested by Changan Group (NBL) in Chinese league. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com Chinese NBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The last () season Taylor played at White Eagles (D2) in Swedish league. In 23 games he had also remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.0apg, 2.8spg (in top 5) and 1.7bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Indeed an impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Taylor is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Hungary (Kaposvari), Turkey (Vestel), Sweden (Solna Vikings).
Taylor attended University of Wyoming until 2008 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze strike right back against Slammers, even the series - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Thailand Slammers 91:60

The Petron Blaze leveled the ASEAN League semifinal series versus the Thailand Slammers. They recovered well after the starting home loss to crash the visitors in Game 2. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) and Val Acuna (188-F-86) stepped up with 14 points each to pace the winners.
The hosts dominated in the first half. The Blaze cleared off to a 22:13 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Moreover the Beermen gained a 42:24 halftime advantage. The Petron Blaze boosted the gap in the third term. The Filipino team ensured a 23-point buffer before the fourth frame. The Slammers could not match their opponents conceding 31 points in the fourth frame and yielding at the end. Jeric Fortuna chipped in 13 points for the winners. Dasom Wutiping responded with 11 points for the Slammers. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) delivered 9 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Chris Banchero 14, Val Acuna 14, Jeric Fortuna 13
Thailand Slammers: Wutipong Dasom 11, Christien Charles 9



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  TRBL   

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 8-0 
 2. HoopForLyfe 3-4 
 3. Greensboro C. 3-5 
 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 114-160
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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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Antalya15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.1 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK7.6 
 5. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.0 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
 10. Dagli, Galatasaray6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 5. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.4 
 9. Holston, Mersin4.2 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. Markoishvili, Gala.1.6 
 6. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
 10. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Prince, Mersin0.8 
 8. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 9. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.3 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Carter, Usak20.4 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka17.9 
 6. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.5 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros17.4 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir17.3 
 10. El-Amin, Trabzons.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wesson, Baskent13.6 
 2. Bristol, Polzela12.2 
 3. Kambala, Pi Koleji12.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.6 
 5. Moses, Final Gencl.10.1 
 6. Miller, Istanbul.9.7 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.7 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros9.3 
 9. Knox, Vestel8.9 
 10. Ofoegbu, Yesilgir.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.5 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Grier, Pi Koleji5.2 
 4. Hall, Darussafaka4.8 
 5. El-Amin, Trabzons.4.8 
 6. Porrini, Gelisim4.6 
 7. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.5 
 8. Williams, Maliye M.4.2 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir3.9 
 10. Turna, Bandirma.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Pi Koleji
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grier, Pi Koleji2.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 3. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 4. Brown, Humacao2.0 
 5. Waller, San Lazaro1.9 
 6. Carter, Usak1.9 
 7. Lowery, Balikesir1.8 
 8. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 9. Gordon, Yesilgires.1.6 
 10. Turna, Bandirma.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Buckner, Usak2.2 
 2. Bristol, Polzela1.6 
 3. Sykes, Bucaneros1.6 
 4. Wesson, Baskent1.3 
 5. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 
 7. Brown, Pertevniyal0.9 
 8. Carter, Nippon T.0.9 
 9. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 10. Carter, Usak0.9 


Trabzonspor reach TB2L Finals - by Eurobasket News

Yesilgiresun - Trabzonspor 60-68 (1-2)

Trabzonspor reach TB2L Finals after a decisive 68:60 win over Trabzonspor. Yesilgiresun was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Yesilgiresun helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Alican Guney (194-89, agency: 1x1 Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Trabzonspor's coach Hasan Ozmeric used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) with 24 points and 7 assists and the other American import center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Yesilgiresun: A.Gordon 24+1reb+7ast, J.Ofoegbu 18+6reb, I.Cevik 9+5reb, B.Haluk Cinar 4+1reb, U.Turkoglu 3+4reb, A.Ozdemir 2
Trabzonspor: A.Guney 19+5reb, K.Pinkney 13+7reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 12+2reb+4ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 7+4reb+5ast, U.Ozyildirim 5+3reb, Y.Akcay 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 241448



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Steven Burtt leads his Avtodor to Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Steven Burtt (185-G-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Iona) leads his Avtodor to Bronze medals in Russia. Avtodor clinches Bronze medals in Superleague as they swept the series for the third place against Ataman. Avtodor added 82:69 win for 3-0 in the series.
The game was mostly controlled by Avtodor. Ataman managed to win second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ataman 36-22 including a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Ataman helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Steven Burtt led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Hakeem Rollins helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Alexey Kurtsevich with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Pavel Agapov scored 12 points.



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Dubai hosts Al Shabab Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Dubai hosts Al Shabab Basketball Championship from May 17 to 25.

Al Shabab has been put in Group A along with Hoops from Lebanon, Al Sahel from Kuwait and University of Sharjah (UOS). Group B consists of US-based Team Unity, Al Ahli from Libya, Barako Bull and Zamalek from Egypt. The event will see the eight teams divided into two groups with the best two advancing to the knockout quarterfinals on May 22.
In Day 1 Hoops posted a 94-91 win over hosts Al Shabab. Hassan Laqes top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Rashid Al Zaabi posted 22 points for the home side.
Barako Bull overcame Libyas Al Ahli 80:75. Emmanuel Montfort produced 33 points for the winners, while Craig Winder (188-G-84, college: Texas) netted 16 points in a loss.
In Day 2 Al Sahel Kuwait outscored University of Sharjah 104:65. Al Ahli Libya won over Team Unity 102:92. Barako Bull Philippines outscored Zamalek Egypt 80:72. Michael Singletary top-scored for the winners with 28 points.
In Day 3 Al Shabab overcame Al Sahel 99:85. Chauncey Leslie paced all the winners with 28 points Hoops survive against UOS in an 88:83 win.
In Day 4 Al Ahli from Libya won over Zamalek from Egypt 65:64.Barako Bull rolled over Team Unity (USA) 94:63. Mark Macapagal scored 17 points for the winning side.
In Day 5 Al Shabab overcame University of Sharjah 97:79. Joseph Taylor (205-F-85, college: Wyoming) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Al Sahel secured the top spot in Group B beating Hoops 91:83. Zamalek of Egypt handed down a third consecutive defeat to Team Unity 78:72 to cement third place in Group B.

In the Quarterfinal games UAE hosts ease past Team Unity 108:82. Hoops won over Egyptians Zamalek. Barako Bull from the Philippines kept up their winning streak with a convincing 99:77 result over winless University of Sharjah (UOS). Al Sahel of Kuwait overcame Libyas Al Ahli 101:89. Abdullah Al Shammari was most effective for the Kuwaiti side with seven points apiece in the opening two quarters, while Anthony Green added 11. For the Libyan side, the consistent Craig Winder was the only one in double digits.

In the semifinals Al Shabab posted a 94-87 win over Al Sahel of Kuwait as Rashid Al Zaabi top-scored with 24 points. Christopher Burgess helped the team at the end of the game with several treys. Hoops defeated Barako Bulls 91-80.



Al Shabab tabs Joseph Taylor, ex Goyang Orions - by Eurobasket News

Al Shabab Dubai (D1) inked 28-year old American forward Joseph Taylor (205-102kg-85, college: Wyoming). He played recently at Goyang Orions in South Korean KBL league. In 8 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.0bpg this season. Taylor also played at Bank of Taiwan (SBL) in Taiwanese league earlier that season. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 20.8ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.8apg, 2.4spg and 1.6bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Asia-basket.com Taiwanese SBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The last summer he was tested by Changan Group (NBL) in Chinese league. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com Chinese NBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The last () season Taylor played at White Eagles (D2) in Swedish league. In 23 games he had also remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.0apg, 2.8spg (in top 5) and 1.7bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Indeed an impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Taylor is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Hungary (Kaposvari), Turkey (Vestel), Sweden (Solna Vikings).
Taylor attended University of Wyoming until 2008 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Al Shabab inked Chauncey Leslie - by Eurobasket News

Al Shabab Dubai (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old American swingman Chauncey Leslie (183-81, college: Iowa). He started the season at Qatar in Qatari D1 league. In 14 games he was the best scorer with impressive 24.6ppg and averaged 6.2rpg, 5.3apg (top 4) and 2.6spg (in top 3) this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Honorable Mention. The last season Leslie played at Al Rayyan in D1. In 8 games he had 14.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Qatar League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Leslie was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Guard of the Year back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Leslie has played also professionally in Austria, France (JA Vichy), Germany (New Yorker Phantoms and Mitteldeutscher BC), Syria (Al Karameh), UAE, Hungary (Kormend), Egypt (Al Ittihad and Sporting) and United Arab Emirates (An Nasr and Sharjah).
He attended University of Iowa until 2003 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
On Leslie: His big physical presence on court, coupled with his ability to play on wing positions, makes him a dangerous proposition. Possessing quickness and sharp-shooting abilities, his defensive skills are also outstanding.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 25: Stockholmo - Verdirrojo 94-66
May. 25: Urunday Univ. - Welcome 83-81
May. 24: Cader - Larre Borges 77-87
May. 25: Colon - Marne 77-61
May. 24: 25 de Agosto - Capitol 76-80
May. 24: Guruyu Waston - Yale 76-70

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 27: Capitol - Larre Borges
May. 27: Verdirrojo - Colon
May. 27: Yale - Urunday Univ.
May. 28: Welcome - 25 de Agosto
May. 28: Marne - Cader
May. 28: Guruyu Waston - Stockholmo


Justin Dobbins scored 35 points for Larre, the Metro leader - by Hector Lopez

Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) scored 25 points, 12/18 two points shots and 11/11 free throws with 7 rebounds and 3 assists, leading Larre Borges to beat Cader 87-77, and his team is now leading the Metro League with a 3-0 record. Also for Larre Andres San San Miguel (198-F-82) added 18 points and Renzo Lazzaroni (186-G-85) other 12 points. For Cader Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) netted 19 points, while Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) added 10 with 4 rebounds.
Other results:
Guruyu Waston 76 - Brian Garcia (180-G-90) 15 points 4 rebounds, Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72) 12 points 4 assists, Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 9 points 10 rebounds 1 block
Yale 70 - Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87) 25 points 4 rebounds 2 assists, Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 23 points 6 rebounds 4 assists
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Capitol 80 - Ignacio Cambon (181-PG-92) 25 points 6 rebounds, Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) 19 points 6 rebounds, Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 12 points 13 rebounds, 7 blocks 4 assists
25 de Agosto 76 - Andres Ferres (197-F-85) 20 points 7 rebounds, Rashad Chase (201-F/C-87, agency: Promotex, college: Georgia St.) 13 points 14 rebounds, 2 blocks 3 assists.



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Standings - LPB

LPB 2013 Standings
 1. Marinos 38-14 
 2. Cocodrilos 35-16 
 3. Gaiteros 28-24 
 4. Bucaneros 27-24 
 5. Gigantes 26-25 
 6. Guaros 24-28 
 7. Trotamundos 24-28 
 8. Guaiqueries 20-31 
 9. Panteras 19-33 
 10. Toros 18-34 

Regular Season: Round 47

May. 23: Guaiqueries - Panteras 92-85
May. 23: Bucaneros - Gigantes 90-82
May. 23: Marinos - Toros 84-71
May. 23: Cocodrilos - Guaros 102-85

Regular Season: Round 49

May. 26: Marinos - Panteras
May. 26: Trotamundos - Gaiteros
May. 26: Guaiqueries - Toros
May. 26: Cocodrilos - Gigantes
May. 26: Bucaneros - Guaros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Toros21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros21.0 
 5. Maye, Bayamon20.4 
 6. Bailey, Panteras19.3 
 7. Martinez, Guaros19.3 
 8. Rodgers, Marinos18.2 
 9. Flores, Guaiqueries18.1 
 10. Johnson, Toros17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.1 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.1 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Toros9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 8. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.7 
 9. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 10. Sucre, Marinos7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Toros
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Toros6.1 
 2. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos6.0 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.7 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.6 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.4 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 4. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 6. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.1 
 7. Macuare, Gigantes2.1 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 9. Johnson, Toros2.1 
 10. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Marinos1.0 
 7. Massie, San German0.9 
 8. Santana, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Bayona, Bucaneros0.8 
 10. Bravo, Gigantes0.8 


LPB Round 47: No surprise as #1 Marinos defeat Toros - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

LPB top team - Marinos (38-14) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat tenth ranked Toros (18-34) in Puerto La Cruz 84-71. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Marinos outrebounded Toros 46-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Toros' players. It was a great evening for Dutch center Dan Gadzuric (211-78, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. The former international swingman Oscar Torres (198-76, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American forward Anthony Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marinos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 38-14 record. Toros lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 34 lost games. Marinos are looking forward to face Panteras (#9) in Caracas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toros will play on the road against Guaiqueries in Porlamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Cocodrilos (35-16) crushed at home 6th ranked Guaros (24-28) by 17 points 102-85, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a quality performance for international power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Kristoffer Lang accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds. Dominican forward Jack Michael Martinez (201-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Guaros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cocodrilos maintains second place with 35-16 record having four points less than leader Marinos. Guaros lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 28 games lost. They share it with Trotamundos. Cocodrilos will play against Gigantes (#5) in Puerto Ordaz in the next round. Guaros will play on the road against Bucaneros in La Guaira and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 47 Panteras lost to Guaiqueries on the opponent's court 85-92. Bucaneros managed to outperform Gigantes in a home game 90-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 14 rebounds by Elys Guzman of Panteras.


Marinos - Toros 84-71

LPB top team - Marinos (38-14) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat tenth ranked Toros (18-34) in Puerto La Cruz 84-71. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Marinos outrebounded Toros 46-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Toros' players. It was a great evening for Dutch center Dan Gadzuric (211-78, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. The former international swingman Oscar Torres (198-76, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. American forward Anthony Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center Alejandro Barrios (204-79) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marinos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 38-14 record. Toros lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 34 lost games. Marinos are looking forward to face Panteras (#9) in Caracas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toros will play on the road against Guaiqueries in Porlamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marinos: D.Gadzuric 25+14reb+3ast, O.Torres 19+8reb+4ast, J.Ayarza 11+5reb, J.Vargas 10+5reb+4ast, M.Marriaga 8+4reb, G.Vargas 5+1reb+6ast
Toros: A.Johnson 19+13reb+2ast, A.Barrios 19+4reb+2ast, A.James 15+1reb+2ast, J.Manaure 6+4reb+1ast, E.Gimenez 4, B.Fernandez 4+2reb
gschID: 232223


Cocodrilos - Guaros 102-85

Second ranked Cocodrilos (35-16) crushed at home 6th ranked Guaros (24-28) by 17 points 102-85, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Cocodrilos. Guaros was better in third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cocodrilos players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Guaros' players. It was a quality performance for international power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Kristoffer Lang (211-79, college: N.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Cocodrilos players scored in double figures. Dominican forward Jack Michael Martinez (201-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Dominican guard Gerardo Suero (193-89, college: Albany) added 19 points respectively for Guaros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cocodrilos maintains second place with 35-16 record having four points less than leader Marinos. Guaros lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 28 games lost. They share it with Trotamundos. Cocodrilos will play against Gigantes (#5) in Puerto Ordaz in the next round. Guaros will play on the road against Bucaneros in La Guaira and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: K.Lang 17+5reb+1ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 17+3reb+3ast, L.Bethelmy 16+7reb+7ast, N.Colmenares 14+5reb, W.Russell 10+2reb+6ast, C.Garcia 9+2reb+3ast
Guaros: G.Suero 19+3reb, J.Michael Martinez 17+10reb, R.Guevara 14+3reb+1ast, M.Collins 8+2reb+1ast, J.Martinez 7+6reb+1ast, H.Guillent 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 232221


Guaiqueries - Panteras 92-85

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Porlamar where 8th ranked Panteras (19-33) were defeated by ninth ranked Guaiqueries (20-31) 92-85. It was a great shooting night for Guaiqueries especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led the winners and scored 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international Tulio Cobos (197-86, college: Northeastern St.) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Guaiqueries' coach Carlos Mercado allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Dominican power forward Elys Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Juan Herrera (197-81) added 19 points respectively for Panteras in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guaiqueries moved-up to eighth place. Panteras at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 33 games lost. Guaiqueries will play against bottom-ranked Toros (#10) in Maracay in the next round. Panteras will play on the road against the league's leader Marinos and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: J.Baxter 27+2reb+3ast, A.Scott 17+2reb+6ast, T.Cobos 16+11reb+1ast, N.Felix 10+2reb+2ast, D.Guevara 6+2reb+5ast, R.Perez 6+2reb+1ast
Panteras: E.Guzman 22+14reb+3ast, J.Herrera 19+2reb+3ast, R.Horton 18+2reb+1ast, K.Palacios 14+6reb+1ast, E.Torres 7+5reb+2ast, D.Cristopher 5+1reb
gschID: 232220


Bucaneros - Gigantes 90-82

Everything could happen in La Guaira at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Bucaneros and 5th ranked Gigantes had identical 26-24 record. This time Bucaneros used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Puerto Ordaz 90-82. Bucaneros (27-24) moved-up to third place. Gigantes at the other side keep the fifth position with 25 games lost. Bucaneros will play against Guaros (#7) in Barquisimeto in the next round. Gigantes will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cocodrilos in Caracas and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 232222



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Day 1 of Semi-Finals. Khimky and Zalgiris earn home victories - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - CSKA 83-80

Khimky overcame CSKA to open the semifinal series with victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSKA Moscow won third quarter 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by CSKA Moscow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (198-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Sergey Monya (202-83) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian Zoran Erceg (210-85) added 14 points respectively for lost side. CSKA Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Khimky: Z.Planinic 25+5reb+6ast, S.Monya 13+5reb+2ast, P.Davis 12+4reb+4ast, V.Fridzon 8+3reb+4ast, J.Augustine 7+6reb, K.Loncar 6+3reb+1ast
CSKA: N.Krstic 16+7reb+2ast, Z.Erceg 14+2reb+2ast, E.Voronov 9+1ast, A.Jackson 9+1reb+2ast, M.Teodosic 8+5reb+4ast, S.Kaun 7+2reb
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Zalgiris - Lokomotiv 80-53

Zalgiris thumped visiting Lokomotiv to claim a comfortable opening win in the series. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points and American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) added 6 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lokomotiv. 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:
Zalgiris: K.Lavrinovic 19+6reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 15+2reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 8+2reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 7+1reb+5ast, A.Juskevicius 6+1reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 5+5reb
Lokomotiv: M.Kalnietis 12+1reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 10+1reb, D.Brown 6+1reb+2ast, N.Calathes 6+2reb+4ast, A.Zubkov 5+5reb, M.Grigoryev 4+1reb
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Women News


Elizabeth Cambage started the WNBA season with Tulsa Shock - by Eurobasket News

Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) started the WNBA season with Tulsa Shock. The Australian player scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the opener. Atlanta Dream however overcame Tulsa shock 98:81. Sancho Lyttle led the team with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals and Angel McCoughtry added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to keep the Dream in control of this game where there really wasn't any question on which team had the upper hand.
Last year Chinese Zhejiang Far East agreed on terms of contract with Elizabeth Cambage. The centre spent the previous season with the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers in WNBL. She tallied 21.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. The centre also had stints with Dandenong Rangers, AIS and Tulsa Shock during her career. Elizabeth Cambage was named All-Australian WNBL Player of the Year in 2011. She made it into WNBA All-Rookie Team in 2011. She was the member of U19 and U20 Australian National Teams. The centre has been recently selected for the Australian NT for Olympic Games in London.
In 2012-2013 for Zhejiang Far East (China-WCBA, starting five) Elizabeth Cambage became the second top-scorer of the League with 36.2ppg, Reb-5 (11.1rpg), Blocks-1 (2.5bpg), FGP-1 (78.5%), FT: 79.8%.



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  BELARUS   


Olimpia keep Alyoshkina, Drozd and Shapochkina - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia are building their roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract extension with Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81), Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) and Tatiana Shapochkina (179-G-85).
Tatiana Shapochkina had a solid season with the team. She posted 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in BWBL. The guard also delivered 12.3 points, 4.1 boards and 2.1 assists per appearance in EuroCup. Her stats read also 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in Belarusian League. She made it into All-Belarusian League 2nd Team.
Lyubov Alyoshkina delivered 11.9 points and 8.7 boards per game in BWBL. She also notched 11.1 points, 11.5 boards and 2.6 blocks per game in EuroCup. The centre also came up with 10.9 points, 10.6 boards and 1.1 steals per game in Belarusian League. Lyubov Alyoshkina was named All-EuroCup Defensive Player of the Year.
Nadzeya Drozd averaged 12.0 points, 6.6 boards, 4.6 assists per game in BWBL. Her stats read 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in EuroCup. The guard stepped up with 12.6 points, 5.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in Belarusian League. Eurobasket.com named Nadzeya Drozd All-Belarusian League Domestic Player of the Year.



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  BELGIUM   


Inge Op De Beeck pens deal with Kangoeroes-Boom - by Eurobasket News

Inge Op De Beeck (177-F-85) pens deal with Kangoeroes-Boom for 2013/2014 season. The Belgian Forward will come from Basket Groot Willebroek where she spent the last three seasons.
In 2002-2005 she appeared for Boom BBC (D1) and stayed there for three seasons. In 2007-2008 moved to IMC Dames Waregem. In 2008-2009 her stats read 11.6ppg, 1.5rpg. In 2010-2011 Inge Op De Beeck moved to Basket Groot Willebroek (D1, starting five) and showed 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 80.6%.
The last season with Basket Groot Willebroek (D1, starting five) she showed 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 58.5%.
Together with Basket Groot Willebroek Inge Op De Beeck became Belgian League Regular Season Champion -10. She reached Belgian League Semifinals 10 and was Belgian League Finalist -09.



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  BRAZIL   


Erika De Souza starts her 6th straight season with Atlanta Dream - by Eurobasket News

Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) starts her 6th straight season with Atlanta Dream in WNBA. The Brazilian player scored 10 points and added 6 rebounds in her opener. Atlanta Dream overcame Tulsa shock 98:81. Sancho Lyttle led the team with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals and Angel McCoughtry added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to keep the Dream in control of this game where there really wasn't any question on which team had the upper hand.
Erika de Souza player earlier for Sport Recife and tasted the title with them. In season 2013 she averaged 14.8ppg, Reb-1 (11.5rpg), 2.1apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-1 (1.6bpg), FGP: 47.7%, FT: 69.6%. In 2006 and 2009, De Souza was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Center of the Year. She spent those two seasons with Perfumerias. The center led them to Spanish and Euroleague titles in 2010. This season they won the Cup and De Souza was named MVP. Erika De Souza is active member of the Brazilian National Team since 2002.



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  BULGARIA   


Italy posted the second straight win in Frosinone - by Eurobasket News

Italy -Bulgaria 61:50

Italy posted the second straight win in Frosinone. The hosts edged Bulgaria on Saturday 61:50 for the second time in two days.
Bulgaria lost the first game only by one point and started the second game with a 17-10 surge. Italy however needed another 10 minutes to catch up with the guests and after 14-6 burst took 24:23 halftime advantage. Italy looked better in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third quarter 20-15 and finished the game with a 17-12 rally.
Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86, agency: Players Group) and Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Chiara Consolini (186-F-88) notched 10, while Fassini added 7 and Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) had 5. Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) answered with 11 points in the losing effort. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) followed her with 10 apiece, whilst Ivanova brought 9.

Italy: Ilaria Zanoni 11, Benedetta Bagnara 11, Chiara Consolini 10, Fassini 7, Gaia Gorini 5
Bulgaria: Ekaterina Dimitrova 11, Daniela Peteva 10, Milena Tomova 10, Ivanova 9, Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) 7



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  CANADA   


Kayla Alexander started her Professional career with San Antonio Silver Stars - by Eurobasket News

Kayla Alexander (193-C-91, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) started her Professional career with San Antonio Silver Stars. The Canadian player scored 4 points and added 5 rebounds in her opener. Indiana Fever however overcame the San Antonio Silver Stars 79:64 in the first game. The Fever outscored the Silver Stars 46-19 inside the lane. The Fever led by as many as 20 points, 75-55, in the final moments.
Kayla Alexander just graduated from Syracuse. In 2012-2013 she recorded 17.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.9bpg, FGP: 51.8%, FT: 72.6%. She made it into All-Big East 1st Team -11, 13, All-Big East 2nd Team -12, reached NIT Final Four -12. Moreover Kayla's team reached Big East Tournament Semifinals -13 and Big East All-Tournament Team -13. Kayla Alexander is the only Canadian player in WNBA this season.



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Croatia edge Netherlands in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Netherlands 102:49

Croatia claimed victory over Netherlands in the exhibition series opener. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Sunday.
Croatia led from start to finish. They built a 33:10 lead after the opening quarter. The Dutch team stopped the rot but could not get any closer in the second frame. Croatia gained a 53:27 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Croatia entered the fourth period up by as many as 39 points. Croatia never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Luca Ivankovic (207-C-87) delivered 17 points to lead the winners. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) finished with 15 points, while Iva Ciglar (168-PG-85, agency: Data Plus Group) had 12 points for Croatia. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) responded with 10 points for Netherlands. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Croatia: Luca Ivankovic 17, Ana Lelas 15, Iva Ciglar 12
Netherlands: Maaike Klein 10, Richelle Van Der Keijl 8



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  EUROCUP   


Olimpia keep Alyoshkina, Drozd and Shapochkina - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia are building their roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract extension with Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81), Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) and Tatiana Shapochkina (179-G-85).
Tatiana Shapochkina had a solid season with the team. She posted 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in BWBL. The guard also delivered 12.3 points, 4.1 boards and 2.1 assists per appearance in EuroCup. Her stats read also 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in Belarusian League. She made it into All-Belarusian League 2nd Team.
Lyubov Alyoshkina delivered 11.9 points and 8.7 boards per game in BWBL. She also notched 11.1 points, 11.5 boards and 2.6 blocks per game in EuroCup. The centre also came up with 10.9 points, 10.6 boards and 1.1 steals per game in Belarusian League. Lyubov Alyoshkina was named All-EuroCup Defensive Player of the Year.
Nadzeya Drozd averaged 12.0 points, 6.6 boards, 4.6 assists per game in BWBL. Her stats read 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in EuroCup. The guard stepped up with 12.6 points, 5.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in Belarusian League. Eurobasket.com named Nadzeya Drozd All-Belarusian League Domestic Player of the Year.



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Wisla Can-Pack built up the roster - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack built up the roster for the upcoming season. The team that finished second will definitely desire more in 2013/2014 season.
Wisla Can-Pack announced Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul), Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) and Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group). Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90), Justyna Zurowska (188-F-85) and Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) have been re-signed for the upcoming season.
Allie Quigley played last season for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five). In MEL she averaged 10.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, while in Euroleague her stats read 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 45.1%, FT: 73.2%. In Slovakian Extraliga Allie showed 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 83.0%.
Zane Teilane-Tamane spent the last season for Nadezhda Orenburg. In 24 games she averaged 6.5ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 79.4%. In Euroleague after 14 games her stats read 8.6ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 56.4%, FT: 71.4%.
Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej will come from Artego Bydgoszcz (PLKK, starting five). In 29 games last season she showed 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 31.5%, FT: 78.0%.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Slovenia fire past FYR Macedonia in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - FYR Macedonia 74:59

Slovenian National Team played their second exhibition encounter. This time they faced FYR Macedonia in Zrece. Slovenia claimed a comfortable 74:59 victory at the end. Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) knocked down 16 points to pace the winners.
Slovenia exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 12-point lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Slovenia secured a 12-point advantage at the interval 44:32. FYR Macedonia stiffened defensively in the third term. They held the hosts to 13 points to cut the distance to 10 points. However Slovenia went on a 17:12 run in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) delivered 14 points and 13 boards, while Martina Osterman (188-F-88) had 12 points for the home side. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with game-high 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for FYR Macedonia.

Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 16, Tina Trebec 14+13 boards, Martina Osterman 12
FYR Macedonia: Chrissy Givens 32



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  GERMANY   


Germany U20 lose two and win one in Jicin - by Eurobasket News

German U20 National Team traveled to Czech Republic to play three exhibition encounters against their local counterparts. German youngsters claimed one win in three games played.
The first game was rather slow for German side. They were adjusting slowly and faced a 33:45 halftime deficit. Czech Republic did not slow down in the second half and cruised to a 94:62 victory at the end. Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94) netted 15 points to pace the German side. Anna Heise (190-C-93) added 14 points in the loss.
Next day Germany came up with a much-improved performance. They stayed within striking distance for the bigger part of the game. But Czech Republic managed to eke out a narrow 80:75 victory at the end. Anna Heise finished with 16 points to pace Germany. Elisabeth Dzirma chipped in 13 points for the visitors.
Finally the victory came in the third game of the series. Germany started the game strong and built a 39:27 halftime advantage. The visitors maintained it throughout the third term. Germany built a 13-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Czech Republic outscored the visitors in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) chipped in 11 points for Germany. Anna Heise topscored with 19 points for the winning team.



Kellindra Zackery signs with BC Pharmaserv Marburg - by Eurobasket News

Kellindra Zackery (182-G/F-88, college: Newman) signs with BC Pharmaserv Marburg for 2013/2014 season. The American player became Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South Player of the Year -13.
Kellindra Zackery changed several colleges from 2006 to 2012. She appeared first for S.Carolina (NCAA) and then played also for Rutgers (NCAA), Labette CC (JUCO, starting five) and Newman (NCAA2). In 2012-2013 moved to TSV Amicitia Viernheim (Germany-2.Bundesliga) and became the top-scorer and top-Rebounder of the League. Her stats read: Score-1 (23.8ppg), Reb-1 (13.1rpg), 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 64.6%.
Kellindra Zackery was also named Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South Guard of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South Import Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South 2nd Team -13 and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga South All-Imports Team -13.Together with the team she reached German 2.Bundesliga Group South Semifinals -13.



Steffen Brockmann leaves the forces of Rhein Main Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Steffen Brockmann leaves the forces of Rhein Main Baskets. The German Specialist leaves the team after a successful season. He was named Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Coach of the Year in 2013.
Steffen Brockmann began as a Head Coach with TV Langen in 2007. In 2009-2010 he took Rhein Main Baskets (DBBL) women team under control and remained with the team for 4 seasons.
For his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that he became German 2.Bundesliga Group South Runner-Up -09, German DBBL Cup Finalist -12 and German DBBL Regular Season Runner-Up -12. Last season he was also German DBBL Finalist -13.
His Rhein Main Baskets finished the Regualr Season on the 7th place, but reached the Finals. Wasserburg however became 2012/2013 DBBL Champion. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-19 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime.



Greece rout Germany in Guildford - by Eurobasket News

Greece-Germany 61:42

Greece won the opener of the International Tournament in Guildford. The Greek side took the lead in the first period and increased to final 61:42 at the end of the game.
Greece won the first quarter 24-16 and never looked behind after. The tempo had slowed down in the second frame as the teams posted an 8-6 result in the period that gave the Greek side a 32:22 halftime advantage. Greece pushed the tempo in the third quarter and reached 47:31 after 30 minutes. They increased to final 19 points clinching their first victory at the tournament.
Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 10 points for Greece. Tina Menz (174-G/F-88) and Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort.
In another game Great Britain outscore Israel at Surrey Sports Park in the start of the Surrey Sports Park tournament. The home side posted a 73:64 win over Israel in Guildford.
Tomorrow Great Britain will take on Germany. Greece will face Israel in another game of Day 2.



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  GREECE   


Greece rout Germany in Guildford - by Eurobasket News

Greece-Germany 61:42

Greece won the opener of the International Tournament in Guildford. The Greek side took the lead in the first period and increased to final 61:42 at the end of the game.
Greece won the first quarter 24-16 and never looked behind after. The tempo had slowed down in the second frame as the teams posted an 8-6 result in the period that gave the Greek side a 32:22 halftime advantage. Greece pushed the tempo in the third quarter and reached 47:31 after 30 minutes. They increased to final 19 points clinching their first victory at the tournament.
Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 10 points for Greece. Tina Menz (174-G/F-88) and Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort.
In another game Great Britain outscore Israel at Surrey Sports Park in the start of the Surrey Sports Park tournament. The home side posted a 73:64 win over Israel in Guildford.
Tomorrow Great Britain will take on Germany. Greece will face Israel in another game of Day 2.



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Croatia edge Netherlands in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Netherlands 102:49

Croatia claimed victory over Netherlands in the exhibition series opener. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Sunday.
Croatia led from start to finish. They built a 33:10 lead after the opening quarter. The Dutch team stopped the rot but could not get any closer in the second frame. Croatia gained a 53:27 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Croatia entered the fourth period up by as many as 39 points. Croatia never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Luca Ivankovic (207-C-87) delivered 17 points to lead the winners. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) finished with 15 points, while Iva Ciglar (168-PG-85, agency: Data Plus Group) had 12 points for Croatia. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) responded with 10 points for Netherlands. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Croatia: Luca Ivankovic 17, Ana Lelas 15, Iva Ciglar 12
Netherlands: Maaike Klein 10, Richelle Van Der Keijl 8



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Great Britain outscore Israel at Surrey Sports Park - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain-Israel 73:64

Great Britain outscore Israel at Surrey Sports Park in the start of the Surrey Sports Park tournament. The home side posted a 73:64 win over Israel in Guildford.
Great Britain started with an 8:2 run, but allowed the guests to catch up with them later in the half. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) pulled her side with a 10-2 run in the third quarter that saw them go 54:41 clear. The team from Israel replied with a 12-0 run and later took 60:59 advantage. Great Britain needed another run to seal the victory in their opener.
Stefanie Collins (168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Rachel Vanderwal top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) replied with 13 points in the losing effort.
Tomorrow Great Britain will take on Germany. The latter lost their opener to Greece 42:61 in the first game of the tournament. Greece will face Israel in another game of Day 2.

Great Britain: Stefanie Collins 12, Rachel Vanderwal 12 points
Israel: Liron Cohen 13



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  ITALY   


Italy posted the second straight win in Frosinone - by Eurobasket News

Italy -Bulgaria 61:50

Italy posted the second straight win in Frosinone. The hosts edged Bulgaria on Saturday 61:50 for the second time in two days.
Bulgaria lost the first game only by one point and started the second game with a 17-10 surge. Italy however needed another 10 minutes to catch up with the guests and after 14-6 burst took 24:23 halftime advantage. Italy looked better in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third quarter 20-15 and finished the game with a 17-12 rally.
Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86, agency: Players Group) and Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Chiara Consolini (186-F-88) notched 10, while Fassini added 7 and Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) had 5. Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) answered with 11 points in the losing effort. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) followed her with 10 apiece, whilst Ivanova brought 9.

Italy: Ilaria Zanoni 11, Benedetta Bagnara 11, Chiara Consolini 10, Fassini 7, Gaia Gorini 5
Bulgaria: Ekaterina Dimitrova 11, Daniela Peteva 10, Milena Tomova 10, Ivanova 9, Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) 7



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Latvia U20 beat Ukraine U20 in the first appearance - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Ukraine U20 67:58

Latvia U20 beat Ukraine U20 in the first game. The Latvia players celebrated a 67:58 win due to the last-quarter push.
Latvia started the game with a 16-10 lead, but Ukraine reduced the gap to minimum after a 15-11 rally in the second frame. Moreover Ukraine took the lead at the end of the third period after a 17-15 in it. Latvia only needed a 25-16 final push to seal the victory in the opener.
Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Katrina Epnere (175-PG-93) nailed 7. Vineta Birina (185-C-96) and Agate Geka (176-G-93) delivered 6 each, whilst Renate Reine (180-G-94) and Ilze Jakobsone had 5 apiece.
Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow. The teams will also play the third game on Monday.



Latvia edge Lithuania in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Lithuania 67:63

Latvian National Team overcame their Lithuanian counterparts in the exhibition game at the Riga Arena today. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) nailed 19 points to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Latvia enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead at the first break. The hosts boosted their lead in the second frame. Latvia managed to pile up a 38:35 halftime advantage. Lithuania bounced back in the third quarter. The visitors adjusted defensively and held the home side to 14 points to take a 54:52 lead at the final break. But Latvia went on a 15:2 run in the fourth period to pull back in charge. The hosts held on to the advantage and sealed the win at the end. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) netted 10 points, while Anda Eibele (170-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) provided 9 points for the winners. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) answered with 12 points for Lithuania. Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 19, Kristine Karklina 10, Anda Eibele 9
Lithuania: Giedre Paugaite 12, Egle Siksniute 8



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Latvia edge Lithuania in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Lithuania 67:63

Latvian National Team overcame their Lithuanian counterparts in the exhibition game at the Riga Arena today. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) nailed 19 points to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Latvia enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead at the first break. The hosts boosted their lead in the second frame. Latvia managed to pile up a 38:35 halftime advantage. Lithuania bounced back in the third quarter. The visitors adjusted defensively and held the home side to 14 points to take a 54:52 lead at the final break. But Latvia went on a 15:2 run in the fourth period to pull back in charge. The hosts held on to the advantage and sealed the win at the end. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) netted 10 points, while Anda Eibele (170-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) provided 9 points for the winners. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) answered with 12 points for Lithuania. Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 19, Kristine Karklina 10, Anda Eibele 9
Lithuania: Giedre Paugaite 12, Egle Siksniute 8



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg with heavy loss to Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - Belgium 37:86

Luxembourg suffered a heavy loss in the hands of Belgian National Team in the exhibition encounter on Friday. Belgium eased to a massive 49-point victory at the end. Jana Raman (187-PF-91) stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close in the opening minutes. The scoreboard read 9:9 midway through the opening quarter. Belgium pulled ahead late in the period and posted a 22:18 advantage. Belgium cleared off in the second frame. They secured a 45:30 halftime lead. The third term turned disastrous for Luxembourg. They failed to score a point and allowed Belgium to take a massive 38-point advantage at the final intermission. Belgium never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) and Romina Ciappina (178-G/F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports) accounted for 10 points each for the winners. Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) had 8 points in the loss.

Luxembourg: Christine Fisher 9+10 boards, Nadia Mossong 8
Belgium: Jana Raman 18+10 boards, Noemie Mayombo 10, Romina Ciappina 10



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  POLAND   


Martyna Koc heads to CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News

Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) heads to CCC Polkowice for the next season. The Polish National Team center signed with the Polish Champions.
Last year she played for Energa Torun. In 2012-2013 she averaged 9.2ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 84.5%. Earlier she played for Artego Bydgoszcz, where she spent 2011 season. She appeared 33 times in PLKK collecting 9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.1 apg. The center participated at the PLKK All-Star Game. Before Bydgoszcz, Martyna Koc spent one year from Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow. There she had 6.4 ppg and 4 rpg for 29 games in the league. Koc also has experience from Utex Row Rybnik, PKM Duda Super Pol Leszno, Odra Brzeg and Sure Shot Wolomin. In 2008, Koc reached PLKK Semifinals with Leszno.



Wisla Can-Pack built up the roster - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack built up the roster for the upcoming season. The team that finished second will definitely desire more in 2013/2014 season.
Wisla Can-Pack announced Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul), Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) and Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group). Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90), Justyna Zurowska (188-F-85) and Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) have been re-signed for the upcoming season.
Allie Quigley played last season for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five). In MEL she averaged 10.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, while in Euroleague her stats read 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 45.1%, FT: 73.2%. In Slovakian Extraliga Allie showed 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 83.0%.
Zane Teilane-Tamane spent the last season for Nadezhda Orenburg. In 24 games she averaged 6.5ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 79.4%. In Euroleague after 14 games her stats read 8.6ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 56.4%, FT: 71.4%.
Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej will come from Artego Bydgoszcz (PLKK, starting five). In 29 games last season she showed 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 31.5%, FT: 78.0%.



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CSM Satu Mare part ways with Dan Fleseriu and Annemarie Parau - by Eurobasket News

CSM Satu Mare part ways with Dan Fleseriu and Annemarie Parau (170-G-84).Dan Fleseriu was the head Coach of the team for 5 seasons. This season he clinched Bronze with Satu Mare. The team won the third decisive game against Alba Iulia 75:71 and won the series 2-1. Utahya Drye, Andreea Orosz and Annemarie Parau each scored 15 points for the winners.
Annemarie Parau spent two season with the team. In 2011-2012 for CSM Satu Mare (Romania-D1, starting five) she averaged 9.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP-2 (62.9%), 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 64.1%. In 2012-2013 for CSM Satu Mare (Division A, starting five) her stats read 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 79.8%. In EuroCup she showed 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%. Annemarie Parau was named into Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team -13.



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B Liga Standings - by Eurobasket

2 ZLS Standings
Center
 1. Ljubovija 14-2 
 2. Radnicki B. 13-3 
 3. Time Out Arile 12-4 
 4. Karaburma B. 10-5 
 5. Play Off Uzice 9-7 
 6. Ivanjica 5-9 
 7. Zeleznicar 5-11 
 8. Vracarac B. 2-13 
 9. Loznica 0-16 
North
 1. Spartak 18-0 
 2. Kovin 14-4 
 3. Sivac 11-7 
 4. Basket Star 10-8 
 5. Ruma 92 10-8 
 6. Topolcanka 9-9 
 7. Gimnazija K. 8-10 
 8. Vojvodina Nis G. 7-11 
 9. Proleter NS 3-15 
 10. Vrsac MT 0-18 
South
 1. Palanka 2012 12-0 
 2. Gimnazijalac 10-2 
 3. Paracin 8-4 
 4. Bor 5-7 
 5. Kraljevo 5-7 
 6. Aktavis Akad. 2-10 
 7. Toplicanin P. 0-12 


Serbia prevail against in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Sweden 76:65

Serbia prevail against in Belgrade to continue their Eurobasket 2013 preparation. The Serbian side won 76:65 mostly due to the third period.
Sweden started the game with a 21-19 rally, while the host managed to take 1-point lead at the halftime due to 14-11 in the second frame. Serbia dominated the third quarter and posted a 26-14 burst that decided the winner of the game. Sweden replied with a 19-17 rally in the last stanza and managed to reduce to final 11 points.
Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) netted 10. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) scored 8 and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 7. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort and Stefanie Yderstrom (173-G-90) brought 11. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 10 points apiece in a loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 18, Milica Dabovic 10, Ana Dabovic 8, Tamara Radocaj 7
Sweden: Elin Eldebrink 12, Stefanie Yderstrom 11, Frida Eldebrink 10, Elisabeth Egnell 10, Louice Halvarsson 10



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Slovenia fire past FYR Macedonia in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - FYR Macedonia 74:59

Slovenian National Team played their second exhibition encounter. This time they faced FYR Macedonia in Zrece. Slovenia claimed a comfortable 74:59 victory at the end. Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) knocked down 16 points to pace the winners.
Slovenia exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 12-point lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Slovenia secured a 12-point advantage at the interval 44:32. FYR Macedonia stiffened defensively in the third term. They held the hosts to 13 points to cut the distance to 10 points. However Slovenia went on a 17:12 run in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) delivered 14 points and 13 boards, while Martina Osterman (188-F-88) had 12 points for the home side. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with game-high 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for FYR Macedonia.

Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 16, Tina Trebec 14+13 boards, Martina Osterman 12
FYR Macedonia: Chrissy Givens 32



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Serbia prevail against in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Sweden 76:65

Serbia prevail against in Belgrade to continue their Eurobasket 2013 preparation. The Serbian side won 76:65 mostly due to the third period.
Sweden started the game with a 21-19 rally, while the host managed to take 1-point lead at the halftime due to 14-11 in the second frame. Serbia dominated the third quarter and posted a 26-14 burst that decided the winner of the game. Sweden replied with a 19-17 rally in the last stanza and managed to reduce to final 11 points.
Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) netted 10. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) scored 8 and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 7. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort and Stefanie Yderstrom (173-G-90) brought 11. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 10 points apiece in a loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 18, Milica Dabovic 10, Ana Dabovic 8, Tamara Radocaj 7
Sweden: Elin Eldebrink 12, Stefanie Yderstrom 11, Frida Eldebrink 10, Elisabeth Egnell 10, Louice Halvarsson 10



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Latvia U20 beat Ukraine U20 in the first appearance - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Ukraine U20 67:58

Latvia U20 beat Ukraine U20 in the first game. The Latvia players celebrated a 67:58 win due to the last-quarter push.
Latvia started the game with a 16-10 lead, but Ukraine reduced the gap to minimum after a 15-11 rally in the second frame. Moreover Ukraine took the lead at the end of the third period after a 17-15 in it. Latvia only needed a 25-16 final push to seal the victory in the opener.
Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Katrina Epnere (175-PG-93) nailed 7. Vineta Birina (185-C-96) and Agate Geka (176-G-93) delivered 6 each, whilst Renate Reine (180-G-94) and Ilze Jakobsone had 5 apiece.
Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow. The teams will also play the third game on Monday.



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Great Britain outscore Israel at Surrey Sports Park - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain-Israel 73:64

Great Britain outscore Israel at Surrey Sports Park in the start of the Surrey Sports Park tournament. The home side posted a 73:64 win over Israel in Guildford.
Great Britain started with an 8:2 run, but allowed the guests to catch up with them later in the half. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) pulled her side with a 10-2 run in the third quarter that saw them go 54:41 clear. The team from Israel replied with a 12-0 run and later took 60:59 advantage. Great Britain needed another run to seal the victory in their opener.
Stefanie Collins (168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Rachel Vanderwal top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) replied with 13 points in the losing effort.
Tomorrow Great Britain will take on Germany. The latter lost their opener to Greece 42:61 in the first game of the tournament. Greece will face Israel in another game of Day 2.

Great Britain: Stefanie Collins 12, Rachel Vanderwal 12 points
Israel: Liron Cohen 13



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

May. 25: Atlanta D. - Tulsa S. 98-81
May. 25: Connecticut S. - New York L. 81-69
May. 24: S.Antonio SS - Indiana F. 64-79

Regular Season: Round 2

May. 26: L.Angeles S. - Seattle S.
May. 27: Tulsa S. - Washington M.
May. 27: Phoenix M. - Chicago S.


Sun, Dream and Fever open season with victories - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta D. - Tulsa S. 98-81
The Dream shot over 50% while the Shock shot well under 40% which made the margin of victory no surprise in this game, which also sends a message that Atlanta figures to be in the Eastern Conference picture for real, especially if the Dream can play like this for most of this season. For ATL, Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) led the team with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals and Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to keep the Dream in control of this game where there really wasn't any question on which team had the upper hand. For the Tulsa Shock, Riquna Williams (5'7''-PG-90, college: Miami, FL) led the way with 22 points and four steals but she also got 22 points in 18 shots and she only made a third of those shots. Liz Cambage came back in her first WNBA game since 2011 and had 13 points and 8 rebounds in a solid effort off the bench. The player who we all came to watch tonight and who's signing autographs for Dream fans now, okay, Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in her regular season debut on 4 of 13 shooting, which wasn't quite the start that she hoped for. Atlanta has nearly a week to regroup and get ready for a road game against Indy on May 31 in a battle of the last two Eastern Conference champs. Tulsa will head back home and hold its home opener in a nationally televised afternoon game against Tayler Hill and the Washington Mystics, a much easier team for the Shock to beat before a four game road trip or streak that goes from the East to West coast in this order: New York on 5/31, Chicago on 6/2, Seattle on 6/7, and Los Angeles on 6/8. Courtesy of: swishappeal.com

Connecticut S. - New York L. 81-69
Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) scored 23 points while Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the New York Liberty 81-69 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. The game marked the return of Bill Laimbeer and Anne Donovan to the pro sidelines. Laimbeer was coaching his first game since 2009, when he left the Detroit Shock four games into the season to pursue opportunities in the NBA. Donovan spent the past three seasons coaching Seton Hall after leaving the Liberty in 2010. Donovan took over a talented Connecticut Sun squad that made it to the Eastern Conference finals last season before losing to Indiana. The Sun let longtime coach Mike Thibault go after the season. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 23 for the Liberty. Courtesy of: newsday.com

S.Antonio SS - Indiana F. 64-79
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 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 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 added 10 while Danielle Robinson had four points and nine assists. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Hassell contract terminated as Fever replacement player - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever has announced that the contract for Jasmine Hassell (6'2''-F-91, college: Georgia), signed Friday as a replacement player for the Fever's opening game, has been terminated.
Hassell was the Fever's second-round draft pick (21st overall), but waived in training camp. 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. With Clarendon having returned from California, the Fever roster remains at nine active players. Hassell saw two scoreless minutes of playing time in Friday's 79-64 win at San Antonio. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com