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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Radnicki Kragujevac terminate contract with Steven Markovic - by Igor Obradovic

Disobedience and refusal to enter the game against Partizan in the Serbian Superliga seventh round, the club from Kragujevac has decided to immediately terminate the contract with Steven Markovic (190-G-85).

Club from Kragujevac were told that they could not tolerate disrespect of duties and the club decided to with the Australian playmaker terminate cooperation before they planned.

Markovic this season missed only one game in the Adriatic League, where he averaged 5.4 points, 1.7 rebound 3.5 assists as 20.1 minutes on the court.
In Serbian Superleague he played all seven matches and in 22.1 minutes he is recorded 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.




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  APBL   


2012-13 Season Recap: The Hudson Valley Kingz - by Mike Lee

The Hudson Valley Kingz quietly had the best season of their three-year existence during the 2012-13 season. The Kingz finished the season with an 11-5 overall record, good for second place in the Gateway Division of the Northern Conference of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL). Despite falling short in the playoffs, the Kingz have established a solid foundation that should lead to continued success in future seasons.

The Kingz won four games in their inaugural 2010-11 season in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL). Their 4-14 record (.286 win percentage) was not impressive but yet was still respectable for the young franchise. In their second season, the team improved their winning percentage to .500, winning seven of their 14 total games. Their 7-7 record marked great improvement for a still relatively young team. However, in their third and most recent season, the Kingz were able to improve their win percentage to .688 and proved to many that they are a team on the rise in the new APBL.

The Kingz have established a solid foundation led by guard Doug Herring Jr. (6'3''-G, college: Utica). Herring, Jr. had a spectacular year for the Kingz, finishing among the league leaders in a variety of different categories. He was third in the league in scoring by averaging 31.7 points per game, seventh in rebounding at 12.1 rebounds per game, second in assists at 8.8 assists per game and first in steals at 2.9 steals per game.

He highlighted the year by setting the APBL single-game scoring and assists records. On February 10th, in a 137-117 over the Manhattan Pride, Herring, Jr. scored 66 points to set the scoring record. He also added 13 rebounds and 10 assists in that game. On March 2nd, he added the assist record to his resume with 20 assists in a 142-128 win over the North Jersey Pros. Herring Jr. also received First Team All-APBL and Second Team All-Defense honors to further establish himself as one of the best players in the APBL.

The Kingz frontcourt was led this year by power forward Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.), who also received Second Team All-APBL honors this season. Cox finished the year seventh in the league in rebounding at 14.6 rebounds per game and sixth in the league in blocks at 3.4 per game. He also proved to be a solid scoring option for the Kingz by averaging 21.1 points per game. Center Kevin Briggs (7'0''-C, college: ASA) was this seasons defensive anchor for the Kingz. He led the league in blocked shots at 4.9 per game and also averaged 9.6 rebounds per game. His defensive performance helped him receive First Team All-Defense honor and the APBL Defensive Player of the Year award.

Leading the Kingz franchise is third year owner and head coach, Donald Herring Jr. . Donald Herring Jr. . has worked continually to improve the team and his efforts have been rewarded by his teams gradual improvement on the court. In addition, he was recognized for his efforts by the leagues front office and was named the 2013 APBL Executive of the Year.

Although, the Hudson Valley Kingz fell short in the playoffs this season, Donald Herring Jr. . is hoping that the teams success can continue into the future. An APBL championship remains the ultimate goal and the Kingz have developed into one of the stronger teams in the APBL. With continued growth and development, an APBL championship may not be far away.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, Santurce17.6 
 5. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.7 
 6. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.8 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.10.8 
 2. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.0 
 5. Battle, Lanus7.6 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
 10. Lytch, Argentino6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 7. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 9. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 10. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Marinos1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Regat.1.1 
 6. Torres, Fluminense1.1 
 7. Espinoza, Macae0.8 
 8. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 
 9. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 


LigaA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Lanus and Regatas advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Penarol 65-60

Lanus overcame Penarol in a crucial game of the series and booked the ticket into LigaA Final. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Penarol won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Italian guard Patricio Prato (195-79) contributed with 17 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Penarol. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 19+10reb, P.Prato 17+2reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 10+1reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 9+6reb+2ast, R.Battle 6+12reb, F.Giorgi 4+3reb
Penarol: F.Campazzo 16+6reb+3ast, S.Safar 11+2reb, L.Gutierrez 8+9reb, M.Leiva 7+6reb, M.Mata 6+5reb+1ast, L.Tischer 5+1reb
gschID: 240191


Regatas C. - Boca Jrs 82-74

Regatas Corrientes used home court advantage and denied Boca Juniors Final bid in front of the home fans in the fifth game of the series. It looked good early as Boca Juniors took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Regatas Corrientes had a 18-11 second period charge getting the lead and Boca Juniors was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-82. International power forward Nicolas Romano (199-87) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and international guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: N.Romano 19+6reb+2ast, J.Martinez 16+4reb+6ast, J.Meyinsse 14+1ast, T.Washam 11+10reb, F.Kammerichs 8+11reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 7+2reb+3ast
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 24+11reb, F.Van Lacke 14+3reb+2ast, M.Stanic 10+5reb+3ast, D.Santiago 10+7reb+1ast, P.Hopson 9+3reb, F.Aguerre 5+1reb
gschID: 240190



Cheyne Gadson (ex Quimsa) signs at Nogales - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Guinda de Nogales (CIBACOPA) landed 33-year old American swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-86kg-80, college: Oklahoma State). He played most recently at Quimsa in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team in Oct.'12. In 7 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg this season. The last summer Gadson played at Cocolos (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He also played at Atleticos (BSN) in Puerto Rican league that season. In 10 games he had 11.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The other team Gadson played shortly was Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 21.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. The last (11/12) season he played at Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 9 games he had also remarkable stats: 15.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season Gadson played at VEF Riga in Latvian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 5 Eurocup games he had 4.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg. Gadson also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 2 games in VTB United League where he had just 1.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg.
Two years ago (eight years after he left the college) Gadson was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (13th overall).
He attended Oklahoma State until 2003 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball. Gadson received All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Gadson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Haifa), Italy, United Kingdom, NBA (Golden State Warriors) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
His game is described as: A 6"4 all around guard who can bring the ball up, shoot off the a screen, create his own shot and can get his team into an offense. Gadson loves to isolate himself one on one or work the pick and roll with his big man. One of his biggest strengths over a lot of guards
is his size and quickness. He constantly causes match up problems against other guards and is an exciting player to watch
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 16-3 
 2 Satria Muda 13-6 
 3 KL Dragons 10-8 
 4 Thailand S. 7-12 
 5 Singapore S. 7-12 
 6 Saigon H. 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 3: Petron Blaze - Satria Muda 70-66
May. 2: Saigon H. - Singapore S. 62-63
May. 5: Singapore S. - KL Dragons



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Gala-Atena clinch D1 title - by Eurobasket News

Gala-Atena claimed D1 title. They swept the Final series against Gyandzha. Gala-Atena recorded a 72:65 victory in the second game of the series to claim the title. Gala thus repeated as Division champions. They overcame Araz-NTD in the last seasons Final.


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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 17-2 
 2. Al Ahli 16-3 
 3. Muharraq 15-3 
 4. Al Hala 14-5 
 5. Sitra 13-7 
 6. Nuwaidrat 10-9 
 7. Issa Town 9-10 
 8. Hidd 6-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 6-13 
 10. Al Najma 4-15 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-15 
 12. Samaheej 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 2: Sitra - Al Manama 56-74
May. 4: Al Najma - Bahrain Club
May. 4: Issa Town - Al Ahli
May. 6: Nuwaidrat - Al Ittihad
May. 6: Hidd - Samaheej


Before the Final 6 starts, Sitra and Al Ahli changed their foreigns !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli club the club which currently in 2nd position of the league decided to release Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) and signed with the Ivory cost National team player Lamizana Mamadou (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) .. Aaron was one of the best foreign players in the league this season .. and this decision surprised a couple of Bahrainian Basketball followers ..

at other hand Sitra club signed with its 5th foreign player this season .. he is former player of the club and Morroco National team player Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona), Youness will replace Jamal Holden ..

Good luck for both teams in the final 6



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 19-8 
 2. Spirou 17-9 
 3. M.Hainaut 17-10 
 4. Aalstar 16-10 
 5. Antwerp 15-11 
 6. Leuven 9-16 
 7. Liege 8-19 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 3: M.Hainaut - Oostende 75-63
May. 3: Liege - Spirou 74-97
May. 4: Aalstar - Verviers-Pep.
May. 5: Leuven - Antwerp


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, Aalstar18.1 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.8 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.1 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.4 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.3 
 9. Green, Spirou15.2 
 10. Black, Antwerp15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Green, Spirou7.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.6 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende6.5 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.1 
 7. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 8. Wright, Oostende6.0 
 9. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.0 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.4 
 4. Randle, Spirou4.1 
 5. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar3.8 
 8. Moors, Antwerp3.5 
 9. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 4. Green, Spirou1.9 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 7. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Iarochevitch, Liege1.6 
 9. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris FERGUSON
  Verviers.
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende1.1 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.5 


Jason Westrol signs at Leuven - by Eurobasket News

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Ethias League) landed 25-year old American guard Jason Westrol (191-88, college: Bentley). He started the season at CUVA Houthalen, the newcomer in Division II.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Westrol was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in seventh round (6th overall).
The former Bentley College (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Westrol's team won Romanian League Regular Season in 2011. He received also NABC All-NCAA D2 Player of the Year award and Daktronics Division II All-America 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Westrol has played also professionally in Romania (Ploiesti).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Igokea 7-1 
 2. Siroki WWin 7-1 
 3. Bosna 4-5 
 4. Mladost 4-5 
 5. Radnik B. 2-6 
 6. Capljina 1-7 
Places 7-14
 1. Zrinjski HT 11-11 
 2. Varda HE 10-12 
 3. Leotar 10-12 
 4. Posusje 9-13 
 5. Kakanj 9-13 
 6. Borac Nektar 8-14 
 7. Vogosca 8-14 
 8. Servitium 6-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

May. 1: Siroki WWin - Bosna 95-60
Apr. 30: Mladost - Capljina 80-55
Apr. 30: Radnik B. - Igokea 55-79



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 1: BDF V - Saints 74-59
Apr. 30: Cadets - Troopers 36-59

Regular Season: Round 12

May. 4: Dolphins - Bullets
May. 4: Saints - Splinters
May. 4: Police - Bullets
May. 4: Cadets - Splinters


League Games in the Botswana Basketball League - by Peter Ubakar

The Botswana basketball league continues this weekend with 7 games. On friday, top team in the league square off against BDF V who are their main rivals in trying to secure top 4 position. In another game we will see Troopers, last year runners up in the top 4 go at it with BC saints which is a young team and its prone to cause a major upset. In other games Dophins will try not to be drowned by the Bullets and anther enticing game to look forward to will be cadets against Splinters team of Francistown.


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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.9 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Day, Uberlandia19.0 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.0 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.1 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.16.7 
 10. Beal, Minas16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.4 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.1 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.3 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.6.9 
 10. Agba, Bauru6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.4 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia6.0 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.1 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Figueroa, Franca4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 4. Pinheiro, Limeira0.1 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Ramon, Limeira0.1 
 7. Rossetto, Basque.0.1 
 8. Mortari, Pinheiro.0.1 
 9. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
 10. Passilongo, Suza.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. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 5. Figueroa, Franca1.8 
 6. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 7. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 8. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 9. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.6 



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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.17.1 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.7 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.3 
 6. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 7. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 8. Marinovic, Levski15.5 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.15.4 
 10. Panic, Balkan15.3 
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, Balkan9.0 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.4 
 7. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 8. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
 10. Caloiaro, Rilski6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Marinovic, Levski5.6 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.9 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Massamba, Lukoil3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Green, Spirou2.1 
 4. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.1 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 8. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 4. Dupree, Rilski S.1.2 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Radev, Beroe0.7 
 10. Varbanov, Levski0.7 


Rilski Sportist takes the last Semifinal spot - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol 73-66 (2-1)

Rilski Sportist takes the last Semifinal spot. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-66. It was a good game for American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. International Hristo Zahariev (197-90) contributed with 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Brian Ormon (201-84, college: Mountain St.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tundja Yambol.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 24+2reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 17+4reb+6ast, B.Mirkovic 12+2reb+6ast, T.Gugino 12+11reb, A.Caloiaro 6+3reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 2+5reb
Tundja Yambol: N.Milosevic 17+9reb+3ast, B.Ormon 13+8reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 13+3reb+1ast, J.Radionov 7+3reb+2ast, S.Petkov 7, M.Durchev 5+4reb+3ast
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Levski vs Balkan, Lukoil vs Rilski at the semis in NBL - by Vladi Lazarova

The Big Four in Bulgarian Men's basketball league are ready to start the battle at the semis.

Bulgarian silver medalist for 2012 Levski will face the glory old team of Balkan Botevgrad in the duel of two great friends and coaches - Konstantin Papazov, head coach of Levski, and Leksandar Todorov - Macedonian born with Bulgarian passport and head coach of Balkan.

Bulgarian 10 times in a row champion Lukoil Academic on theory has an easy goal to win over Rilski sportist. The squad of Samokov finished third for the National Cup in March in Varna and two weeks ago won bronze medals in Balkan League, hosting the Final Four at home.

First games are on Monday (7th May). Levski plays at home in Universiada" hall against Balkan and Lukoilc waits Rilski in Pravec.



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  CBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 3: Dayton A.S. - River City P. 115-102
May. 3: Bowling Green H. - St.Louis H. 103-105

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 4: M.Tennessee S. - St.Louis H.
May. 5: Dayton A.S. - Bowling Green H.


Panthers Sign Two - by John Guy

The River City Panthers signed big man Chris Tarpley (Eureka College) and Rocky Robinson to contracts and activated them for Friday's game against the Dayton Air Strikers. Robinson comes to the CBL from the Springfield Express of the IBA-PBL-the first defector signed this season. Tarpley previously played with the Peoria ABA team while Robinson has also played for the Porter County Punishers-now Indiana State Warriors-of the ABA. Rocky Robinson (6'0''-G, college: Ill.-Springfield) Chris Tarpley (6'7''-F/C-84)


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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 9

May. 3: Academia - Once Caldas 97-102
May. 3: Bambuqueros - Bucaros 80-68
May. 3: Aguilas - Piratas 79-84

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 4: Bambuqueros - Bucaros
May. 4: Aguilas - Piratas
May. 4: Academia - Once Caldas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Thomas, Piratas23.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.3 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.1 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Halcones18.6 
 7. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
 10. Jordan, Once Cal.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.8 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.4 
 3. Northern, Halcones10.9 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 5. Smith, Aguilas8.7 
 6. Blue, Academia8.7 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Trocha, Bucaros5.8 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.5 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.5 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.4 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.2 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 4. Jordan, Once Cald.1.6 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas1.3 
 10. Mendez, Piratas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Halcones
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Halcones2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 7. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 8. Fernandez, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 10. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 7 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Academia sent the Aguilas to the bottom of the standings defeating the Tunja team in Medellin, Cesar Chavez had 28 pts for the winners.
Academia de la Montana 106- C Chavez 28 pts, N. Aragon 18 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 82- E Maydfield 21 pts, J, Corpus 1

Bambuqueros with a strong last quarter for 36 18 partial to defeat the Piratas in Neiva, and is the lonely leader in the second phase of the Professional Basketball Division.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 98- D. Dorsey 29 pts, R. Newsome 27 pts + 15 rebs
Piratas de Bogota 86 -
T. Thomas 27 pts, E. Moreno 20 pts.

Manizales OC got an important victory as visitor defeating Bukaros, 5 OC players scored in double figures.
Bukaros Freskaleche 84 -L. Gilbert 21 pts, P. Brooks 19 pts
Manizales OC 93- R. Sanders 18 pts, C. Cortez 16 pts.




PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 8 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Some damages on the gyms rouf delayed the start of the second half of the game but Academia keep the focus and defeatd an very competitive Aguilas team for the second straight night, a couple of turnoers of Eddy Mayfield and the end of the game were too expesive for his team
Academia de la Montana 79- B. Crawford 25 pts + 13 rebs, C. Chavez 24 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 74- E Mayfield 24 pts, J, Q. Smith 16 pts + 10 rebs

Piratas was the best after two overtimes in the National TV game, defeating the locals Bambuqueros, Thomas and Fahnbulled leaded the winners while S. Ortiz was the best in Bambuqeros
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 115- S. Ortiz 32 pts, R. Newsome 17 pts + 14 rebs
Piratas de Bogot 117- J. Fahnbulled 29 pts + 15 rebs, T. Thomas 26 pts.

Bukaros took revenge and defeated the Manizales OC, the Bukaros big guys duo of Trocha and Hernandez combined for a 31 pts and 2 rebounds night ruling the paint.
Bukaros Freskaleche 88- P. Brooks 26 pts, J. Hernandez 15 pts + 15 rebs
Manizales OC 73- A. Jordan 21 pts, C. Cortez 14 pts.




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  CYPRUS   


Linos Gavriel makes Cyprus proud! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Etoile de Sahel, Tunisia, where Linos Gavriel serves as the head coach finished 3rd in the regular season but managed to make the split against African and Rades at the playoffs.

In the last game it won Rades by 75-67 and won the title 2-0.

This makes Linos Gavriel the 1st Cypriot coach winning a title abroad.

Great game by John Gagaloudes who finished with 29 points and 12 assist. As John noted, Linos has been the motivational power behind his decision to join the team in Tunisia. As he adds, he is very satisfied from his cooperation with the Cypriot coach.

Etoile de Sahel has one more title to win and this is the Cup. The Cup final takes place on May 11th.

We wish to congratulate Linos Gavriel and wish him good luck in the future.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.3 
 5. Fields, Levice16.8 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 7. Meno, USK Praha16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.15.7 
 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. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Simmons, Levice7.5 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Nuhanovic, Levice7.3 
 8. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.2 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.6 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.4 
 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. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
 10. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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  FIBA AMERICAS   


Nestor Garcia finishes season in Argentina, Venezuela's Senior NT is the next stop - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Argentinian head coach Nestor Garcia finished up his season in Argentina's LNB, after leading Boca Juniors to the Semifinals and losing in a five-game series against Regatas Corrientes, 3-2. His next stop will be working for Venezuela's Senior NT in the upcoming 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, set to be played in Caracas from August 30th till September 11th.

Garcia, a two-time LPB champion in Venezuela with Trotamundos de Carabobo (2006) and Marinos de Anzoategui (2011) and former assistant coach for Julio Lamas in Argentina's Senior NT, won the Gold Medal for Argentina in the 2012 South American Championship as head coach and was recently hired to replace American Eric Musselman as the head coach of Venezuela for 2013 and 2014.

A 27-player list was published several weeks ago by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation and those players are supposed to start training in Caracas on July 1st at the recently built National Basketball Training Center.

Carmelo Cortez, president of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation, traveled to Colorado Springs, United States, to attend a FIBA Americas meeting in which he'll present the evolution of the preparation measures for the organization of the tournament, in which 10 countries will fight for 4 spots for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, to be played in Spain.

Cortez will also visit Miami, Florida to attent meetings that could lead to the possibility of taking the squad to private practices in the city after the third week of July.





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  FRANCE   


Maurienne tab Desmond Quincy-Jones - by Eurobasket News

Maurienne have secured the services of Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-F-85, college: Pace) for the next season. The forward played this season for Saint-Quentin in ProB. His stats read 6.2 points, 2.5 rebounds per game. Last season Desmond Quincy-Jones spent in NM1. He played for Sorgues BC. His stats read 6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance.


Nantes part ways with Guillaume Quintard - by Eurobasket News

Nantes have decided to part ways with Guillaume Quintard. The specialist has worked with the team since 2011. Nantes however won just 10 out of 34 games this season which led to the decision by the teams management. Guillaume Quintard previously worked as head coach of Aix-Maurienne and Roanne U20 teams. He led Maurienne to the French ProB semifinals in 2010.


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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 4. Nixon, NBC16.8 
 5. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.7 
 8. Williams, Vechta15.6 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 10. Khartchenkov, NBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.0 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 6. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 7. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Smith, NBC7.4 
 10. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Williams, Vechta6.7 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 8. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.2 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Williams, Vechta2.5 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Johnson, Duesseld.1.6 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 10. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.6 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.1 
 7. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 9. Johnson, Crailsheim0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


Larry Gordon extends Hagen stay - by Moritz Korff

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) has signed a new two-year deal with BBL club Phoenix Hagen, derwesten.de said today. The 26-year-old forward is averaging 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per contest in this Bundesliga season. Gordon is currently in his first year in Germany and has played in the Netherlands and Austria earlier in his professional career. From 2005 to 2009 he attended NCAA Division 2 program Cal Poly Pomona and was named to the NCAA D2 All-America First Team (by Division II Bulletin) following his senior season.


Gordon Herbert Heads Back To Frankfurt For Third Time Now To Coach Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Frankfurt Skyliners fans have been treated all week long with earky Christmas gifts with the three year contract extension for Quantez Robertson, Keeping Max Merz for another four years and today the club sent all fans happy into the weekend with the announcement that Gordon Herbert got a two year contract. Herbert returns back to Frankfurt for a third time after leading the club to the Beko BBL title in 2004 with the Opel Skyliners and 2010 Beko BBL final with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners losing a five game series to the Brose Baskets Bamberg. His last coaching gig was with Alba Belrin in the 2011-2012 season where they lost in the playoffs surprisingly to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. By bringing back Gordon Herbert , the Fraport Skyliners clearly demonstrate that they want to find success again as quickly as possible. "We were looking for a coach that would take our way independent from what legaue we were in and bond talented players for a while and I think Gordie can do that. More important was if he also wanted to do this. We were evry happy that he answered our question and wants to meet our challenge. We have set the important stepping stone for a successful future with Tez, Max and Gordie", stressed Fraport Skyliners manager Gunnar Wobke. Herbert has very much coaching experience having coached in Germany, France and Greece. He also was an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors. Herbert is very happy about returning back to Frankfurt. "I am happy to return back to Frankfurt to see many known faces and friends. Frankfurt was for some years like ahome and I can't think of a better place to coach for. I had some of my best years as a coach with Frankfurt and to have the chance to work with a known organization and the infrastructure and to work with Gunnar and the others will make the possibility of success easier. It was always a goal in Frankfurt to get young players and to develop them. There are some very talented players now on the roster and I can't wait to start", stressed Gordon Herbert .

Source: Fraport Skyliners




Jack Eggleston (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) Margin of victory is not something we're thinking about. We just know that if we win game 2, we are the champs. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jack Eggleston (203-PF-88, college: Pennsylvania) is a 24 year old 203cm power forward from Noblesville, Indiana that is playing his second year as a professional for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the German Pro B. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 2007-2011. He played a total of 125 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 28 games: 13.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 73.5%. Last season for Leverkusen he played 23 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.2%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 90-83 win in Schwelm.

Congrats on the 90-83 win against Schwelm. It was your first time playing them this season. How tough was it playing a totally new team at this stage of the season? Of course you watched film on them, but compared to the last series, you knew the opponent in and out.


When playing against a team for the first time, there is definitely a bit of a feeling out period. I think by the end of the first quarter we had a good idea of what they were doing against our zone and how they were guarding us. We'll see if they make any adjustments in game 2.


The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were up 45-39. What did head coach Achim Kuczmann tell the team to do better in the second half?

We needed to do a little better job of finding shooters in the zone. They shot the ball well against us, so we need to make sure we contest all of their shots.


Josh Parker scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. What else was key in the fourth quarter that wasnt necessarily seen in the stats that helped the Giants win?

I thought we did a pretty good job of getting to the offensive glass in the fourth quarter. When the defense has to rotate to contest Josh's shots, it leaves lanes open for offensive rebounding.


How much fun was it fighting Josh Parker for most assists in the game?

With as many points as Josh scores, you would think he'd at least let me be the high assist man. He and I both just try to make plays and get our teammates as many looks as possible. It's always fun to play with guys who think that way.


Both teams had problems from downtown. Do you think both teams will try to focus more on finding more perfection from outside?

They had a fair amount of success from deep so I think they will continue to look for those shots. We need to make sure we are aware of where their shooters are at all times. Offensively, I think we will shoot the ball better next game.

Schwelm guard tandem Coles and Hamilton combined for 52 points. How key will it be to contain them better in game two?

We just need to make sure they don't get any easy looks. Whether it's a three or a drive to the basket, we need to make sure we're contesting all of their shot attempts.

The Bayer Giants Leverkusen won by eight, so cant lose by more than eight points. How much are you looking forward to this game and what will be key in getting the win?

Margin of victory is not something we're thinking about. We just know that if we win game 2, we are the champs.


Where do you rate Carmelo Anthony with the best players in the NBA?

Carmelo is obviously one of the elite scorers in the NBA, but he doesn't have the complete game of someone like LeBron James. I'd say Carmelo falls somewhere in the 6-10 range of best players.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Upstream Color.


Thanks Jack for the chat.




Vechta wins ProA Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Duesseldorf - Vechta 78-84 (0-1)

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-78. SC Rasta Vechta shot 27 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Duesseldorf Baskets only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Duesseldorf Baskets 42-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SC Rasta Vechta made 9 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Duesseldorf Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) produced 21 points and guard Marc Liyanage (198-90, college: Delta St.) added 16 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: M.Petric 21+1reb+3ast, M.Liyanage 16+4reb, T.Tzakopoulos 9+3reb+5ast, N.Adamczak 8+4reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 7+2reb, K.Chones 7+4reb
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 20+7reb+4ast, R.Williams 16+4reb+2ast, D.Madrich 15+8reb, J.Doerksen 9+5reb+2ast, P.Heitzhausen 8, C.Hassan 5+5reb
gschID: 240203



San German lands Julian Sensley - by Eurobasket News

Atleticos de San German (BSN) tabbed 31-year old American (has also German passport) forward Julian Sensley (206-102kg-82, college: Hawaii). He played recently at Dongbu Promy in South Korean KBL league. In 41 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg this season. Sensley also spent pre-season at Samsung Thunders (KBL) in South Korean league that year. The last summer he played at Titanes (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The other team Sensley played shortly was Gigantes (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. Another team he played that season for was Caciques. In 15 games he had also remarkable stats: 19.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. The last (11/12) season Sensley played at Austin Toros in D-League. In 9 games he had 9.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Colorado 14ers (D-League) in fourth round (46th overall).
Sensley attended University of Hawaii and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won D-League Southwest Division championship title in 2010. Sensley received also All-WAC 1st Team award back in 2006 at his college time.
Sensley is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, Cyprus (Apollon), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Ikaros), Italy, Spain, Turkey (Bornova) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GREECE   

Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 19-5 
 2. Iraklis 17-7 
 3. Egaleo 16-8 
 4. Stratoni 14-10 
 5. Marousi 12-12 
 6. Periko/Arhelaos 12-12 
 7. Ionikos N.F. 12-12 
 8. Aias Evosmou 12-12 
 9. Doxa Pefkon 11-12 
 10. Anatolia 11-13 
 11. Metamorfosi 8-16 
 12. Ionikos Ionias 6-18 
 13. MENT 5-18 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 22-2 
 2. AEK Athens 21-3 
 3. Aetos 15-9 
 4. Panerythraikos 15-9 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 14-10 
 6. Enosi 11-13 
 7. Holargos 11-13 
 8. Doukas 10-12 
 9. Near East 9-15 
 10. Halkidas 9-15 
 11. Kronos AD 8-16 
 12. Esperos Patras 7-16 
 13. Perama Ermis 2-22 


Special Report Champion teams of the Division C - by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket is presenting for the first time a special report in regards to the champion teams of the C Division which qualified and will be playing in the second division in the season 2013-2014.
Polis Kallithea- The team of Head Coach Evangelos Petalas (he succeed Panayiotis Zontos who joined forces with AE Livadias) had no problem to win champion and the top seat in the South Group with 41 points and a record of 19-3. The veteran guard Spiros Panteliadis (191-G-77) was the leading figure for the team of Kallithea not only due to his 289 points (14 points per game) but with his overall performance and his leadership skills in the court but also his passion which was obviously, humongous at the age of 36 to still have the same passion and even more to lead his team to the second division and the championship of his group. From a close distance was Panagiotis Makropoulos (200-F-84) in one of the most mature season of his career, the 29 years old forward was the second scorer for his team and the 10th in the group ending his successful season with 290 and 13.5 points per game.


AE Livadia- The team of head coach Panagiotis Aridas at the end was able to win the championship in the second group of the South division and promoted in the second division. With 16 wins and only 4 defeats the team from Viotia ended at the top of the team mainly due to the super scorer Tasos Dimitriadis (204-C-82) who once more prove to be the A to Z for his team. A mature scorer, the experienced center at his 32nd year is better than ever, being the top scorer and the top rebounder of the Group. His 352 points an average of nearly 18 points per game and his nearly 9 rebounds per game gave him the top leading position in both the divisions and at the same time gave to his team the top seat in the league. An old time classic light center who can play both the forward positions can score in the paint and from the parameter with the same ease. The second key to success for the Livadias team was Dimitris Papantoniou (190-G-83), the ex player of AEK Argous in another great season ended with 252 points an average of 12.6 points per game continuing his careers double digits since this is his fourth consecutive season in double digits in both A2 and B Division. The 30 years old guard was the second of a great trio for Livadia, behind Dimitriadis and in front of Vangelis Papadopoulos (205-PF-85), the third top performer of the team who ended the season with 239 points, (an average of 12 points per game) the ex player of OFI was awesome also in the rebounding area as he ended the season with 6.7 rebounds per game. This awesome trio was probably one of the best trio in the overall league.

Ethnikos Piraeus - The second team of Piraeus (after Olympiakos) is officially in the second Division for the coming season after winning the play offs (as the top seated second team from all four groups). The team of Coaches Kligopoulos and Georgakis manage to beat the team of Ionikos and promoted to the second division even though they could have done better in the regular season as their record 17-5 was not the best feasible one having in mind that the two defeats out of five came only in the last three weeks. Having as a top performer an experienced player such as Dimitris Yiannaletsos (203-F-85), the experienced forward ended the season with 14 points per game and together with Themis Fotopoulos (193-F-79) who scored 329 points in total and 15 points per game were the two leading figures of the Piraeus team in the season.

In the North Division now, the First Group had the team of Argonaftis Kalamarias which was the top team and with a record of 18-4 won the league and the promotion to the second division, the team of Coach Georgios Karamousalidis had nearly four players with double digits at the end of the season since the experienced points guard Ilias Kalpaxidis (177-PG-86) ended the season with 314 points an average of 14.3 points per game, followed by Makis Papadopoulos (200-F-82), the experienced 32 years old forward who ended the season with 13.1 points but due to an injure lost the last 6 games. Fotis Zotos (193-G-84), the experienced guard was the third key for Coach Karamousalidis as he ended the season with 10.4 points but also he lost 7-8 games, and the last player who ended the game with nearly double digits was Nikos Koukouras (210-C-80), the veteran center and last transfer for the team of Kalamaria gave 9.2 points per game and 7 rebounds.

AS Pefkochoriou under the coaching of Coach Platis, won the league and the promotion to the second division having the record of 20-4 in the biggest group of the league, in terms of numbers since thirteen teams were participating in the specific group. Top scorer and leading figure for the team of Pefkochori was Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-F-80, agency: FCM), the second scorer of the league with his 469 points, a 20 points average per game. The 33 years old forward, an old time classic scorer was the main key to success for his team followed by Dimitris Deligiannis, the point guard who ended the competition with 347 points and average of 14.5 points per game, and it is worth mentioned that both these players were members of the same team last season when the team won the competition and promoted from the fourth to the third division so in two years two divisions. The third key to success for Coach Platis was Nikos Gamouras (202-F-86) who ended the season with 300 points and an average of 13.6 points per game, the ex player of Ermis Lagkada after many years in the A2, decided to agree with Pefkochori and his choice was obviously for his sake since his performance will give him the chance (probably) to look for even better contract. Last but not least, the 4th player who also helped his team to win the league and actually was a member of the team last season with Deligiannis and Panagiotopoulos, is Ilias Mourikis (192-F-81). The experienced forward ended a solid season with 10.7 points per game. The specific quartet of players was the most productive in the league (all four groups) since these 4 players were scoring an average of nearly 59 points the more points than any other quartet in the league.

HANTH was the sixth team to be promoted in the second division after winning at the play offs the other second team of the first group in the North, team of Argos Orestiko with 59-53 in a thrilling game. The team of Coach Petros Gaitatzis, ended the season with a record of 18-6 and the second place. Having as a top figure the ex guard of OFI, Christos Papanikolaou (195-G-85, agency: Interperformances) who ended the season with 12 points per game followed by Giannis Fotiadis (185-G-82) who had 11.1 points per game, the team of HANTH is returning to the second division after a decade.
These six teams will participate in the second division the coming season.
Eurobasket wishes them all the best



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Kormend
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Austin, Kormend21.1 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.9 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.8 
 5. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.9 
 8. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 9. Spica, Kaposvari18.7 
 10. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.2 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 8. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Keller, Albacomp7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.4 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.3 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.0 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.7 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 8. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 4. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.0.6 
 8. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 
 9. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 10. Idlet, Atomeromu0.6 


A Division Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Jaszberenyi, Kormend and PVSK Pannon force deciders - by Eurobasket News

Jaszberenyi - Kaposvari 84-82

Jaszberenyi rallied past Kaposvari at home court to secure 2-2 tie in the best-of-five series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kaposvari won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jaszberenyi made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Balint Horti (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) added 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Kaposvari. Five Jaszberenyi and four Kaposvari players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 16+5reb+1ast, S.Djikanovic 13+8reb+1ast, M.Markovic 12+10reb+3ast, B.Horti 12+8reb+3ast, M.Rakic 12+5reb+2ast, G.Soos 10+3reb+2ast
Kaposvari: R.Hendlein 21+14reb, C.Dunn 20+5reb+4ast, G.Drahos 13+3reb+1ast, K.Swanston 12+5reb+3ast, M.Spica 7+5reb+3ast, G.David 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 240315


Kormend - Atomeromu 93-83

Kormend overcame Atomeromu to force the decider in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Atomeromu managed to win third quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 5 rebounds and guard Andras Rujak (187-88, agency: TSS Management) who added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kormend: K.Austin 32+5reb+2ast, A.Rujak 21+8reb+4ast, A.Farkas 17+11reb+3ast, C.Ferencz 16+4reb+4ast, B.Sonyak 7+2reb+2ast, M.Somenek 0
Atomeromu: L.Williams 19+5reb+2ast, J.Levy 18+4reb+4ast, D.Vojvoda 16+4reb+2ast, T.Kaman 10+4reb+1ast, S.Idlet 8+6reb, A.Toth 5+6reb
gschID: 240314


PVSK Pannon - Albacomp 58-57

PVSK Pannon relied on a strong rally in the fourth frame to steal a vital home win over Albacomp in the fourth game of the series. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 16-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. PVSK Pannon dominated on the defensive end, holding Albacomp to just 6 points in fourth quarter. The former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: TSS Management) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Peter Kovacs (189-88) chipped in 15 points. Naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) added 16 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 17+11reb+1ast, P.Kovacs 15+2reb+3ast, B.Loesing 13+2reb+4ast, A.Csabay 5+3reb+3ast, K.Nagy 4+4reb+1ast, O.Biro 2+4reb+1ast
Albacomp: J.Jones 16+4reb+2ast, D.Hollis 16+5reb+3ast, Z.Supola 7+1reb, L.Juhos 6+4reb, A.Keller 5+13reb+2ast, B.Wood 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240313



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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 3: New Jersey G-F - Albany L. 130-104
May. 3: Bloomington F. - Gary Splash 114-102
May. 4: Indiana D. - West Virginia M.
May. 4: Gary Splash - Chicago R.
May. 4: Lake Michigan - Sauk Valley P.
May. 4: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.
May. 4: Lansing C. - Kenosha B.
May. 4: Bloomington F. - Kankakee S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devron BOSTICK
  Kenosha B.
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Bostick, Kenosha32.2 
 2. Edwards, Kankakee.30.8 
 3. Cobbs, Kenosha B.26.8 
 4. Baptist, Kankakee.26.3 
 5. Radcliff, Sauk V.23.7 
 6. Sutton, Springfi.23.3 
 7. Bennett, Gary S.22.5 
 8. Bennett, Rocheste.22.5 
 9. Farmer, Blooming.22.4 
 10. Thomas, Kenosha22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy BAPTIST
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Baptist, Kankakee.13.0 
 2. Warren, Gary S.10.5 
 3. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.0 
 4. Haley, Rochester R.9.3 
 5. Williams, Lansing9.0 
 6. Love, Sauk V.9.0 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.9.0 
 8. Edwards, Kankakee.9.0 
 9. Anderson, Bloomi.8.2 
 10. Reaves, Rocheste.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.6.5 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.6.5 
 3. Goldsberry, West V.5.3 
 4. Radcliff, Sauk V.5.0 
 5. Ruffin, Blooming.4.8 
 6. Anderson, Bloomi.4.2 
 7. Edwards, Kankakee.4.0 
 8. Waller, Sauk V.4.0 
 9. Anderson, Rochest.3.5 
 10. Bennett, Gary S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.3.0 
 2. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.7 
 3. Collins, West V.2.3 
 4. Bennett, Rocheste.2.3 
 5. Goldsberry, West V.2.0 
 6. Benson, Lake M.2.0 
 7. Smith, Rocheste.2.0 
 8. Wright, Gary S.1.8 
 9. Uqdah, Lake M.1.8 
 10. Edwards, Kankake.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James EVERSLEY
  West V.
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eversley, West V.1.8 
 2. Baptist, Kankakee.1.7 
 3. Green, Blooming.1.6 
 4. Barkdoll, Rocheste.1.5 
 5. Giddings, Rocheste.1.3 
 6. Williams, Lansing1.3 
 7. Bailey, West V.1.3 
 8. Warren, Gary S.1.0 
 9. Thomas, Kenosha B.1.0 
 10. Montgomery, Gary1.0 



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 3-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 2-1 
 3. Nippon T. 0-0 
 4. Salem Sabres 0-0 
 5. Portland C. 0-2 
International
 1. Lonestar S. 0-0 
 2. Olympia R. 0-0 
 3. Pit Bulls 0-0 
 4. Seattle 0-0 
 5. Kitsap Adm. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 3: Bellingham S. - Portland C. 108-107
May. 4: Kitsap Adm. - Vancouver V.
May. 4: Bellingham S. - Salem Sabres
May. 5: Vancouver V. - Salem Sabres


SLAM ROLL to Easy Win over Kitsap 166-117 - by John Gary

courtsey oursportscentral.co The Bellingham Slam posted their third best offensive night in team history as they routed the KITSAP ADMIRALS 166-117 in an IBL game at WHATCOM PAVILLION . Bellingham 2-1, broke open a competitive game in the late stages of the second quarter, closing the frame with a 35-8 run in the final six minutes too take a thirty point lead into halftime at 75-45. The Slam continued their offensive shocase throughout the second half extending their lead as high as 50 at 121-71 late in the third quarter. Kisap 0-1, didnt fare much better in the fourth quarter as they were only able to trim the decticit into the low forties before the Slam closed the game with a 15-5 run.


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze hold off Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 70:66

The Petron Blaze overcame the Indonesia Warriors in the clash of the ASEAN League leaders tonight. Val Acuna (188-F-86) and Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) posted 15 points each to lead the winners to the 16th win in the season. The Warriors are now three wins shy of the league leading Blaze.
The Beermen dominated in the opening frame. They reeled off to a 19:7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. They registered a 42:27 halftime advantage. The Warriors narrowed the gap in the third term. The visitors fired 21 points to get within 8 points at the final break. Canada put the Indonesian team within one 66:67 with 56 seconds remaining. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) answered with two free throws to extend the lead. Hubalde capped the regulation with a free throw to give the Blaze the victory at the end. Pauliasi Taulava provided 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with 18 points and 15 boards for the Warriors. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) had 15 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Val Acuna 15, Brian Williams 15, Pauliasi Taulava 12
Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 18+15 boards, Stanley Pringle 15



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  ISRAEL   

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.7 
 2. James, Hapoel K.22.8 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.20.5 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.3 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.3 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.5 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.6 
 5. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 6. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 8. Clemente, Ironi N.9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.8 
 3. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.6 
 7. Dunne, Ironi N.4.4 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.4.3 
 10. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Hapoel K.3.0 
 2. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 3. Miller, Ironi N.2.7 
 4. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 5. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.4 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 8. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.4 
 9. Kent, Ironi R.2.1 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.2 
 3. McNeil, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi1.7 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 8. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.2 
 9. Bouchman, Kiryat T.1.2 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.0.9 


National League Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya - Hod Hasharon 78-81

Ironi Nahariya cut a 17-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Guy Dotan (178-91) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Four Hod Hasharon and five Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 20+9reb+6ast, A.Zelkovits 16+1reb+3ast, R.Clemente 13+7reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 10+5reb, E.Saudai 10+2reb+1ast, N.Golan 9+1reb+3ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 22+13reb+1ast, I.Stolero 15+3reb+2ast, G.Dotan 14+4reb+5ast, G.Gandel 10+3reb+1ast, B.Walker 9+5reb+4ast, O.Hover 8+2reb
gschID: 240384


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi Ramat Gan 76-88

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ironi Ramat Gan forced 19 Ironi Nes-Ziona turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 22+6reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 21+2reb+1ast, G.Amitay 13+6reb+2ast, C.Tate 10+6reb+1ast, T.Karpels 8+2reb+1ast, R.Zehavian 2+4reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Kent 19+6reb+3ast, A.Tamir 18+7reb+4ast, T.Havkin 13+2reb+3ast, V.Yeremishin 11+3reb, D.Assaf 11+2reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240383


Group Play-out
Hapoel K/S - Maccabi K/G 76-66

Hapoel Kfar Saba made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Adir Harush (187-90) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach Dror Briger allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Damon Peterson (201-68, college: Oklahoma, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Or Ron (181-88) added 11 points in the effort for Maccabi K/G.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: D.Peterson 21+9reb+1ast, O.Ron 11+4reb+3ast, M.El Amin 9+4reb, T.Pisecki 9+5reb+1ast, M.Rahamim 6+4reb, S.Gueta 5+1ast
Hapoel K/S: E.Rotemberg 21+7reb, A.Harush 17+5reb+1ast, O.Lev 12+2reb, O.Cohen 9+1reb+1ast, M.Hampton 8+3reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 240296


Macc.B.Yaakov - Maccabi K/B 75-66

It looked good early as Maccabi Kiryat Bialik took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Beer Yaakov had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-75. It was a very good performance for point guard Nadav Dvash (180-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Forward Zafrir Volfer (200-81) contributed with 6 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Beer Yaakov's coach Yaron Aviv used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Almog Barak (185-92) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Ziv Tavor (182-75) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Four Maccabi Kiryat Bialik players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: M.Shamis 14+3reb+2ast, A.Barak 14+8reb, Z.Tavor 12+3reb+6ast, E.Gtoe 10+5reb+3ast, M.Sunego 5+6reb+2ast, D.Joyner 4+4reb+1ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Dvash 16+2reb, J.Alexander 10+1reb, J.Hall 9, S.Kleimintz 9+3reb+2ast, I.Iram 7+1reb+1ast, O.Ida 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 240295


Elitzur Ramla - Kiryat Tivon 77-83

Elitzur Ramla was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of Kiryat Tivon, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Kiryat Tivon forced 19 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. It was a very good performance for power forward Carmel Bouchman (206-91, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) added 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 26+19reb+2ast, V.Teel 18+11reb+10ast, O.Cohen 11+6reb+1ast, O.Zinderman 10+1reb+1ast, A.Fogel 4+3reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 3+1reb
Kiryat Tivon: A.Carcamo 16+6reb+2ast, G.Murray 16+7reb+1ast, C.Bouchman 12+11reb+4ast, S.Farine 10+6reb+4ast, I.Raguan 10+4reb, D.Aviv 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240294



Drucker, Jerusalem Overpower Maccabi 84-82 in OT Thriller - by David Pick

Sharon Drucker saw his team's commanding 82-72 overtime cushion with 1:54 remaining slip away as Tel Aviv forward Devin Smith (19) spurred a late yellow-and-blue blitz only to come up short 84-82, as Maccabi swallows its fifth Israeli League loss, and second pair of back-of-backs defeats this season.

In fact, over the previous eight rounds, Maccabi holds a surprising .500 record and will face No. 8 seed in crosstown rival Hapoel Tel Aviv. As far as Euroleague Thursday in Tel Aviv goes, last night was another chapter in the epic rival between Hapoel and Maccabi as Jerusalem completed its second road victory over the past two season. Previously to be accomplished with D.J. Strawberry, Yuval Naimy, and Jarvis Varnado.

Jerusalem's interim signee Samardo Samuels, known for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, struggled early but eventually established himself as a leading offensive threat against Tel Aviv's Shawn James, who was announced earlier today (Friday) among the top ten 2012-13 Euroleague players.

Samuels recorded 14 points and four boards to back up teammates Josh Duncan's 20 points and nine rebounds, and Ron Steele (15) who shot 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Former NC-State swingman Courtney Fells added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals for the winning squad, clinching the No. 5 seed and a playoff series battle versus No. 4 seeded Barak Netanya and ex-Jerusalem guard Ramel Bradley

Though he was sidelined during Tel Aviv's overtime deficit to Hapoel Eilat earlier this week, yesterday, Devin Smith led Maccabi with 19 points but missed a contested overtime buzzer-beating three pointer from the left wing. Shawn James, a high-quality power-forward/center, registered nine points, eight rebounds, six blocks, and a wide-open game-winning baseline jumper that sent the game into extra innings.

David Blatt's players will need to hit the drawing board to analyze the team's poor fourth-quarter defensive execution as Tel Aviv, for the second time this week, with a three-point advantage as the clock expires, allowed its opponents to force an extra period off relatively open three pointers.

As for Jerusalem, Drucker's rollercoaster season, beginning with waiving Craig Smith, then Jacob Pullen, to firing his assistant coach hours before yesterday's tipoff, capped a hard-fought week with a brilliant coaching display, beating two of the league's elite three teams since late April.





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BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama27.2 
 2. Cummings, Sendai22.0 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC21.4 
 5. Chandler, Chiba J.20.4 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.5 
 9. Keller, Gunma19.0 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.6 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.14.0 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets11.4 
 7. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.10.7 
 9. Williams, Saitama10.6 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.4 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 3. Togashi, Akita NH6.1 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.2 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.8 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS4.1 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Parker, Shimane SM2.3 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC2.0 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 9. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.6 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Ashby, Fukuoka1.7 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.4 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 



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VTB League: VEF Riga force decider - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - BC Astana 87:54

VEF Riga force decider in the series for the Quarterfinal spot in VTB League against BC Astana. The Latvian side tied the series at 1-1 after a 87:54 home win. Game 3 to be played tomorrow in Riga.
.VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Astana to just 5 points in fourth quarter. VEF Riga made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 BC Astana turnovers. BC Astana was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) replied with 18 points and Anatoly Bose added 5 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Astana.

VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 20, Will Daniels 19, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) 16, Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) 10
BC Astana: Brion Rush 18, David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) 8



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VTB League: VEF Riga force decider - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - BC Astana 87:54

VEF Riga force decider in the series for the Quarterfinal spot in VTB League against BC Astana. The Latvian side tied the series at 1-1 after a 87:54 home win. Game 3 to be played tomorrow in Riga.
.VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Astana to just 5 points in fourth quarter. VEF Riga made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 BC Astana turnovers. BC Astana was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) replied with 18 points and Anatoly Bose added 5 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Astana.

VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 20, Will Daniels 19, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) 16, Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) 10
BC Astana: Brion Rush 18, David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) 8



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Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 3: Hermosillo - Guaymas 90-88
May. 3: Nogales - Cananea 84-75
May. 3: Los Mochis - Guasave 81-89

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 4: Tijuana - Navolato
May. 4: Nogales - Cananea
May. 4: Hermosillo - Guaymas
May. 4: Los Mochis - Guasave


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric FREDERICK
  Guasave
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Frederick, Guasave24.7 
 2. Jones, Obregon24.6 
 3. Monroe, Cananea23.4 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas20.9 
 5. Moss, Nogales20.4 
 6. Sperling, Obregon20.3 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato19.5 
 8. Polynice, Guasave19.0 
 9. McCullough, Nogales18.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Moss, Nogales10.7 
 2. Crews, Guasave9.0 
 3. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 4. Habel, Guaymas8.3 
 5. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 6. Penny, Tijuana7.9 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato7.0 
 8. Frederick, Guasave7.0 
 9. Spain, Hermosillo6.9 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Allen, Guaymas6.6 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.6.4 
 3. Polynice, Guasave5.5 
 4. Logan, Nogales5.2 
 5. Insunza, Navolato5.2 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.6 
 7. Shorter, Guaymas4.2 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.1 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana4.0 
 10. Medina, Tijuana3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Andre MARTIN
  Navolato
  (--78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martin, Navolato2.0 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.6 
 4. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.4 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Dominguez, Guasave1.3 
 9. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 10. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moss, Nogales1.9 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.6 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 4. Mercado, Nogales1.2 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.2 
 6. Monroe, Cananea0.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Crews, Guasave0.7 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana0.6 
 10. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 


Jones number one in Mexico for round 18 - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Obregon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Guaymas (#1, 13-3) 89-87. Obregon is placed at 5th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Obregon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-9 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 in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.6ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 63.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana. Morrison had a very good evening with a triple-double of 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Bad luck as Tijuana was edged by the higher-ranked Navolato (#4, 8-9) 93-91. This loss caused Tijuana to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Morrison is one of the most experienced players at Tijuana and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 6.2rpg and 4.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers) of Cananea (#6). Rougeau scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Rougeau's great performance Cananea lost 90-93 to slightly lower-ranked Los Mochis (#8, 6-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cananea ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rougeau could help Cananea to bring them higher in the standings. Rougeau has a very solid season. In 4 games in Mexico he scored 18.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone McNeal (213-C) of Los Mochis - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Bernard Toombs (208-C-87) of Navolato - 22 points and 17 rebounds
6. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 26 points and 5 rebounds
7. Javier Insunza) of Navolato - 9 points and 15 assists
8. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea - 23 points and 2 rebounds
9. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Navolato - 26 points and 7 rebounds
10. Leroy Davis (200-F-81) of Obregon - 26 points and 3 rebounds

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



CIBACOPA Round 19: Ostioneros de Guaymas lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Round 19 in CIBACOPA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Hermosillo where host Rayos de Hermosillo (13-4) edged league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (13-4) 90-88 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ostioneros de Guaymas won third quarter 26-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rayos de Hermosillo won last quarter 24-24. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) produced 32 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas at home.
Bottom-ranked Frayles de Guasave managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against eighth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis 89-81. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Eniel Polynice contributed with 18 points and 9 assists for the winners. Frayles de Guasave's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Pioneros Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave (6-11) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Frayles de Guasave (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Nogales. Local Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-8) beat 6th ranked Mineros de Cananea (7-10) 84-75 on Friday night. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of O'Louis McCullough who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Sammy Monroe responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains third place with 9-8 record having four points less than leader Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will again meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#7) in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.


Hermosillo - Guaymas 90-88

Round 19 in CIBACOPA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Hermosillo where host Rayos de Hermosillo (13-4) edged league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (13-4) 90-88 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ostioneros de Guaymas won third quarter 26-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rayos de Hermosillo won last quarter 24-24. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) produced 32 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 24 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas at home.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 20+1reb+4ast, P.Sanders 16+2reb+3ast, K.Spain 14+11reb+3ast, E.Little 13+5reb+2ast, J.Lopez 8+8reb+1ast, J.Esteva Hernandez 7+3reb+2ast
Guaymas: S.Shorter 32+8reb+2ast, M.Allen 24+2reb+5ast, J.Habel 16+6reb+2ast, A.Zarco 12+6reb, F.Benitez 4+1reb, V.Avila 0+3reb
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Nogales - Cananea 84-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Nogales. Local Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-8) beat 6th ranked Mineros de Cananea (7-10) 84-75 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. Fuerza Guinda Nogales forced 19 Mineros de Cananea turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) helped adding 20 points and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains third place with 9-8 record having four points less than leader Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will again meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#7) in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 23+6reb+2ast, C.Gadson 20+2reb+7ast, R.Moss 12+5reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 9+7reb, J.Mercado 7+6reb, B.Heredia 6+2reb+3ast
Cananea: S.Monroe 28+7reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 19+5reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 15+8reb+2ast, D.Williams 5+3reb, O.Zuniga 3+1reb+2ast, M.Valenzuela 3+1reb+2ast
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Los Mochis - Guasave 81-89

Bottom-ranked Frayles de Guasave managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against eighth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis 89-81. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-20. But Pioneros Los Mochis won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) contributed with 18 points and 9 assists for the winners. Frayles de Guasave's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) added 11 points, 15 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Four Frayles de Guasave and five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave (6-11) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Frayles de Guasave (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: J.Leyva 21+4reb+2ast, E.Polynice 18+2reb+9ast, E.Frederick 18+12reb+2ast, J.Farrera 10+3reb, P.Meza Rogel 7+3reb+6ast, F.Harris 5+3reb+3ast
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 21+14reb+4ast, J.Sandoval 18+7reb+1ast, T.McNeal 15+9reb, D.Onofre 14+1ast, N.Stallings 11+3reb+15ast, C.MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ GARCIA 2+1reb
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Cheyne Gadson (ex Quimsa) signs at Nogales - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Guinda de Nogales (CIBACOPA) landed 33-year old American swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-86kg-80, college: Oklahoma State). He played most recently at Quimsa in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team in Oct.'12. In 7 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg this season. The last summer Gadson played at Cocolos (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He also played at Atleticos (BSN) in Puerto Rican league that season. In 10 games he had 11.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The other team Gadson played shortly was Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 21.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. The last (11/12) season he played at Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 9 games he had also remarkable stats: 15.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season Gadson played at VEF Riga in Latvian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 5 Eurocup games he had 4.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg. Gadson also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 2 games in VTB United League where he had just 1.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg.
Two years ago (eight years after he left the college) Gadson was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (13th overall).
He attended Oklahoma State until 2003 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball. Gadson received All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Gadson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Haifa), Italy, United Kingdom, NBA (Golden State Warriors) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
His game is described as: A 6"4 all around guard who can bring the ball up, shoot off the a screen, create his own shot and can get his team into an offense. Gadson loves to isolate himself one on one or work the pick and roll with his big man. One of his biggest strengths over a lot of guards
is his size and quickness. He constantly causes match up problems against other guards and is an exciting player to watch
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.5 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Milwaukee Bucks 2013 season recap - by Chris Mathieu

Milwaukee Bucks 2013 season recap
The Bucks started out the season well with high expectations. They solidified the center position and added significant depth. It was obvious from the beginning however that the Jennings/Ellis backcourt was seriously flawed and would prove to be as frustrating as beneficial. The trade for Dalembert went bad quickly when he clashed with Skiles and responded by giving poor effort. He fell into Skiles doghouse and had a hard time digging himself out of it. Sanders blossomed into a quality player who brought energy and excitement to a franchise lacking in both. Skiles eventually was fired and replaced by his loyal deputy Jim Boylan who proved to be nothing more than a stopgap solution to the teams problems.
The trade for J J Redick was a solid move as Tobias Harris proved little while in Milwaukee. He is a solid athlete who looks like he will never be a star on a big stage. He played well after going to the Magic but that means little on a team that wins 20 games a season. Redick proved to be a solid pickup during the season but struggles against high level of competition. In the playoffs he proved to be ineffective against aggressive, athletic teams.
Boylan struggled leading the team and they sputtered down the stretch and into the playoffs. The team benefited greatly from the weakness of the Eastern Conference as the drop off between the 8th seed and the rest of the conference was significant. The teams effort against the Miami Heat in the playoff was less than admirable. Brandon Jennings said the team would win in 6 games, a boast they had no chance of backing up. Miami toyed with the Bucks and swept the series without going full strength winning with minimal effort in an embarrassing display. The last game of the series the team looked like it had already made vacation plans and Jennings sat for long stretches. It appeared the team could have used Dalembert in the series but used the rookie John Henson instead in a puzzling move as he looked ill prepared for the big stage.
The team was less than thrilled with the coaching of Skiles and Boylan and tuned both out after a while. The team has an odd mix of players and they were less than professional during the season. They didnt respond and personal agendas took over down the stretch and into the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks
5 YEAR BUCKS DRAFT REVIEW:
2012 1 (14) John Henson: Henson flashed big time potential at times scoring and rebounding. His athletic limitations however may prevent him from ever being a big time player. He has excellent size and skill and may prove to be a valuable player especially considering where he was picked in the middle of the draft. He played very well down the stretch but that can be misleading as many also ran teams take off the last few weeks of the season when they have nothing to play for. GRADE: C+
2012 2 (42) Doron Lamb: Flashed occasional potential and was a key piece of the Redick trade.
2011 1 (10) Jimmer Fredette (traded for Tobias Harris) Tobias showed little as a rookie, even on a team that was struggling to put live bodies on the court at times. Harris was used as the main piece in the Redick trade. GRADE: D
2011 2 (40) Jon Leuer: Displayed the shooting touch to play in the league for a long time, needs to add weight and at least become a below average defender. He was attacked every time he stepped on the court. Has bounced around the league since being traded from the Bucks and has hard time finding a home. GRADE: C
2010 1 (15) Larry Sanders: Sanders blossomed in his third year in the league. He really limited his mistakes and played within himself. He took fewer long jumpers, didnt over dribble and played a basic simplified game and let his athleticism takeover. GRADE: B+
2010 2 (37) Darington Hobson: Never showed NBA talent. GRADE: F
2010 2 (44) Jerome Jordan: Never showed NBA talent. GRADE: F
2010 2 (47) Tiny Gallon: Never showed NBA talent. GRADE: F
2009 1 (10) Brandon Jennings: Came into the league with much fanfare, has failed to get markedly better in three years in the league. Brandon has regressed in his last two seasons with the Bucks looks like he will have an average career. GRADE: C
2009 2 (41) Jodie Meeks: A streak shooter who has found a niche coming off the bench for the 76ers. GRADE: C+
2008 1 (8) Joe Alexander: A volume shooter in college who parlayed (much like Tyrus Thomas) an outstanding NCAA tournament run into being over drafted into the NBA. Never displayed the talent or commitment to be able to compete in professional basketball, Joe isnt even in a significant league in Europe. GRADE: F-
2008 2 (37) Luc Mbah a Moute: Played well and was a surprise, gained a long term contract last offseason and responded by digressing defensively, his bread and butter. GRADE: C+

Monta Ellis: Monta was the best player on the team down the stretch. Skiles handcuffed him and Boylan failed to use him to his strengths. Ellis has lost some of his athleticism that made him so special early in his career. He plays a tough physical game, attacks the rim and is fearless. He is all the things that Jennings is not. He is a pretty good defender as well, gets into the passing lanes and gets steals which sometimes leads to easy baskets the other way. Ellis should be a key to the teams future if he doesnt opt out and they resign him. His biggest weaknesses is his passing and outside shooting. GRADE: B-

J J Redick: Redick was a disappointment after coming from Orlando. He has improved his defense since coming into the league but is still a limited player. He did little against the Heat and his limited athleticism prevents him from playing competitively against quality opponents. The team should move on and not invest resources in a player that is incapable of making impact plays against quality opponents. Redick is player who is most effective with the ball in his hands, shooting off the dribble or driving into the lane. His off the ball shooting and spot up shooting is not his strength. GRADE: C-

Sam Dalembert: Dalemebert disappointed and was benched during the season. He could have helped the team against the Heat but the team kept him glued to the bench. Dalembert only played 47 games for the Bucks and wont be back. For a player coming up on free agency to have performance issues is quite puzzling. The team didnt use him well and he didnt respond well. GRADE: F

Marquis Daniels: Marquis played well for the Bucks in spots but at this point in his career is a very limited player. His athleticism has waned and he struggles to defend bigger, quicker players. He shot poorly for the team and looks like a back of the roster player for another team next season. It seems unlikely he will be back with the team next season. He played way too much for a team with playoff ambitions. GRADE: C-

Gustavo Ayon: Ayon was a piece in the Redick trade and barely touched the floor with the Bucks. He is a limited role player who the team holds an option on for the next season, which they are unlikely to exercise. GRADE: D

Ish Smith: Smith is a limited player with limited upside who seems likely back with the team unless he is included in a trade. Smith is a poor shooter, average passer who gives effort and is a try hard back of the roster player at best. GRADE: D+

Joel Przbilla: Przbilla looked completely done on the court as a player last year and it appears unlikely he will ever play again. GRADE: F

Brandon Jennings: Jennings has regressed since his breakout rookie year. He is a decent shooter with good quickness. He is a decent passer and defender but has not one great skill you can rely on to build a team around. After three years in the NBA he still hasnt developed his passing, his defense or his finishing. Jennings is an unusual person who may not be motivated for greatness in the NBA. It appears he will never develop into the star player many had hoped for. He is a soft player who doesnt like contact and avoids getting fouled and getting to the free throw line. His shooting numbers remain low because he often takes long jumpers and rarely gets and easy shots in the lane. He sometimes fails to compete which is unacceptable for a player who considers himself one of the best PGs in the game. It will be interesting to see if he is back next season. The teams should have traded him last offseason when they could have recouped a decent pick for his talents. GRADE: C-

Drew Gooden: Drew Gooden has been stealing money from the Bucks since signing a big free agent deal with the Bucks a few years ago. He hardly played at all last season and seemed fine by it. He didnt complain publicly and could be included in a trade as part of an exchange of salary. He is owed over 15 million in the next two seasons. He only got into 16 games this season, even though he was healthy. GRADE: F

Ersan Illysova: Ersan responded well to the firing of Scott Skiles and went on to have a very good finish to his season. He continued his hot shooting from the 3 point line and shot .444 from the 3 point line. He was very productive in only 27 minutes a night. He appears to be a key player for the Bucks going forward. He does a little of everything well and presents matchup problems for some teams with his outside shooting. GRADE: B+

Mike Dunleavy: Dunleavy was one of the best players on the Bucks the last few seasons. Limited athletically he is such a good outside shooter and passer and with his size can present matchup problems for other teams. He can see the whole court and breakdown defenses and either hit the big shot or make the right pass. He was a bargain at 4 million a season and the team should consider resigning him next season. GRADE: B-

Luc Mbah a Moute: Luc got himself into great shape and signed a huge deal as one of the better defenders in the NBA. Since then he has struggled with injuries and has not kept himself in the same shape. He is an effort player who is giving less effort since signing a big deal with the team. The teams praise of his defense and effort appears to be overstated since he has no other skill and his defense has slipped recently. The team is on the hook for 9 million for the next two seasons with him but he could be used as a part of a trade. GRADE: C-

Beno Udrih: Udrih was a steady floor general who played well for the team coming off the bench until he was traded to Orlando. He proved to be a serviceable player for the team over the last few seasons. GRADE: C
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Ekpe Udoh: Udoh has decent size and athleticism but has no discernible skill other than good size. He is a decent defender but is a negative offensively. He should have a long career in the NBA as a Kwame Brown type big man who can deliver hard fouls and defend for 15 minutes a night. GRADE: C-

Tobias Harris: Harris flashed potential with the Bucks but could never put it all together with the team and was the key of the Redick trade. He played well for the Magic but he also was able to put up a lot of shots in an unstructured setting. It is always hard to tell if a player could repeat such a performance in a winning program. You can never trust a player who puts up big numbers on a team at the bottom of the standings. GRADE: D+

Larry Sanders: I was so wrong on Sanders, a player who struggled in his adjustment to the NBA. He finally learned not to do too much. He limited his mistakes and let his elite athleticism and shot blocking take over and he blossomed into one of the best shot blockers in the NBA. He provided defense, rebounding and plenty of highlights for the team. He is a building block the team should be able to build on for the future. GRADE: B

John Henson: Henson played well in stretches; he has a big frame and is highly skilled. He is slow and isnt a great athlete which may limit his upside. He played well down the stretch but that is overrated since many teams are already making offseason vacation plans by that time. That earned him some playing time in the playoffs but he appeared overmatched in the playoffs. He could develop into a quality big man over time but he could also be used in a trade. GRADE: C

Coach Scott Skiles: Skiles lost the confidence of the team and the front office. Skiles got off to a good start with the team a few years ago only to have relations breakdown last season. Skiles asked during the offseason to be bought out of his contract, when the team refused all signs pointed to a contentious season. Skiles rotations and lineups were not appreciated by the front office that spent a lot of money on players not getting a chance to play. Skiles complained about the composition and makeup of the Bucks roster which further alienated him from the front office. Skiles is a decent NBA coach who wears on his team after a while with his hard edge and poor communication between him and the players. Skiles defense rotations and play calling are solid but he just lacks the balance it takes to keep a job long term. To his credit he has softened a bit since his early days as an NBA coach. GRADE: D+

Coach Jim Boylan: Boylan benefited immediately from the fired coaches bounce after taking over the team. The team responded to change and an anyone but Skiles coaching style. Boylan is laid back and more of a consensus builder than the dictator Skiles. His actual coaching however leaves a lot to be desired. He defense rotations, philosophy and lineups leave a lot to be desired. The team had two solid point guards in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings yet, chose to go to Ish Smith to run the team during stretches towards the end of the season and the playoffs. It was a turning point in the second game of the playoffs when he inserted Smith into the lineup and Miami blew them out. Also the defensive rotations when he left Udoh to guard LeBron James one on one was beyond puzzling. Boylan did an ok job but clearly is over his head trying to run an NBA team. If he returned as the Bucks coach, it would have spelled disaster for the team. GRADE: D

Outlook: The team has a lot of decisions to make this offseason. They started the right way letting Jim Boylan go. Now they have to find a quality coach either a veteran coach like Stan Van Gundy, Jerry Sloan, Lawrence Frank or an up and coming defensive coach who can develop talent for the future. A good coach can win you 5 games a year, a great one is worth 10.
The team needs to make a decision on Brandon Jennings and a lot will depend on if Monta Ellis opts out of his contract. Redick should be allowed to walk since he isnt a difference maker on a championship quality team. The team has three solid players in Ellis, Sanders and Illyasova but need to find defensive minded shooting guard and a small forward. The Bucks overpay to find players willing to come to Milwaukee and that has been a bad approach. The team needs to find players who are undervalued and ones that are willing to play in a small market like Milwaukee. They missed last season on players like Kyle Korver and Omer Asik who would have been difference makers for the team. Players like Nate Robinson, Mike James, Kyle Korver, Corey Brewer, Matt Barnes and Chris Anderson should all get serious consideration from the team as free agents. The team has about 20 million to spend this offseason if they choose to and they should consider a trade for a player like Luol Deng who would solidify the starting lineup and bring needed toughness and defense to the lineup. They also should make a strong push to sign Tony Allen who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA and is from the Midwest and maybe willing to take his talents to a team like the Bucks. Adding two defenders, a coach and a scoring guard off the bench would push the Bucks into one of the best 4-5 teams in the east and make them a compelling watch for local fans to turn out to the games.
The Bucks always have the appearance of an organization that is happy making the playoffs and dont seem to have the focus, organization or vision to build a team that could compete for titles. The team has the flexibility and money to take a step back or a step forward it is really up to the organization to decide at this point. Small market teams are able to compete for titles in the NBA proof being the Thunder and Spurs.



Jarrett Jack Opted Against Extension to Become Free Agent - by Eurobasket News

According to multiple team sources, the Warriors initiated extension talks with guard Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) back in January. But Jack shut down such talks before they got rolling, looking to focus on the season and wanting to experience free agency. Jack, who drew interest from multiple teams during the trade deadline, is in the last year of his contract paying him $5 million this season. He is expected to be a fairly well sought after this offseason, especially with the postseason hes having, as multiple teams are looking for a point guard. Multiple teams are looking for point guards including Utah, Charlotte, Toronto and possibly Milwaukee (since Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) is a restricted free agent). Plus, Jack has proven to be a difference-maker off the bench, which has intrigued multiple teams that already have a point guard, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. Jack has been an integral part of the Warriors success this season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists off the bench in 29.7 minutes off the bench. He is a respected voice in the locker room and has proven a capable option when starter Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) out of the lineup. But will Jack turn down a lucrative offer from another team? Will the Warriors be be able and willing to match or compete? Money, however, isnt the only obstacle. Golden State will have to determine if it wants to commit so many minutes to Jack. As it stands now, Jack is playing minutes in the fourth quarter at the expense of rookie forward Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina). A bigger role for Barnes would probably mean a smaller roll for Jack (since sitting Curry or second-year guard Klay Thompson is not an option). Warriors general manager Bob Myers declined to comment until after the season. I believe everything will work out, Jack said in a previous interview. I want to be here and if they want me here, it will work out.
Courtesy of: ibabuzz.com



David Lee may play meaningful minutes against San Antonio Spurs - by Eurobasket News

So, does David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) have more minutes left in him for the San Antonio Spurs? It's possible, said Warriors coach Mark Jackson Friday, that Lee could take a more meaningful role beyond the inspirational one he gave in 11/2 minutes of Golden State's Game 6 win over Denver Thursday night. If it eventuates, it may be only for a few minutes at a time, but even that could make a difference in a specific situational matchup. "It depends on how he's feeling and what the doctors and training staff and everybody else says about it," Jackson said. "But he's excited about it, and if he's healthy, and he can give us something, I will certainly utilize those minutes properly." Jackson tempered his remarks by saying there shouldn't be any undue expectations on the power forward, who tore a hip flexor muscle in Game 1 in Denver and was thought lost for the rest of the year. He doesn't know what Lee can provide, but open to see. "Not really sure," the coach said. "I thought we got what we needed out of him (Thursday night) night. I was not going to put him in position where he could get hurt and I was not going to put a demand on his body. "I thought it was a perfect time to get him in, utilize him and then get him out," Jackson continued. "I think what we will do is stay true to the process, see how his body is today and move him forward, continue to get him treatment and play it by ear. But there are no expectations about David's role moving forward." Guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) said he only found out that Lee might play 30 minutes before Game 6, and called it "amazing."
Jackson said a took awhile for the team to decide to give it a try. "It was a long process because nobody has done that," he said. It's an absolute miracle. You look at the doctors and six experts have said this is unheard of and not seen before. And then to watch him running and dunking and shooting and defending and posting ... it's great to see. Here's a guy who could have just went away and waited until next year. But he wanted to be part of this because he senses something special." Jackson was asked if swingman Brandon Rush, out for the year with an ACL injury in his knee, has lobbied for time. "He did say to me, 'Coach, I can stand in the corner if you need me,' " he said.
Courtesy of: mercurynews.com



Alex Len undergoes surgery, will miss pre-NBA draft workouts - by Eurobasket News

Former Maryland center and anticipated NBA lottery selection Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) underwent successful surgery to stabilize a partial stress fracture in his left ankle, his agency Sports International Group announced Friday afternoon. The surgery, agent Michael Lelchitski said, will preclude Len from all on-court activities leading up to the 2013 NBA draft, scheduled for Thursday, June 27, at Brooklyns Barclays Center. Len will be sidelined for four to six months, certainly through summer league and possibly through NBA preseason. The tough part about Alexs injury is the timing, Lelchitski said in a release. Everyone who knows Alex knows that he would have been incredible in the pre-draft workout setting. However, Alex is one of the elite prospects with arguably the biggest upside of anyone in the draft. The most important thing is his long-term health.
Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte performed the surgery. The release said Len was diagnosed with the partial stress fracture after declaring for the draft, though Coach Mark Turgeon said throughout the postseason that ankle injuries had hobbled the 7-foot-1 center. This was a preventative measure to stabilize a partial stress fracture of the ankle, Anderson said. Although it is possible that this injury could have healed on its own, surgery was felt to be the safest and surest option to ensuring a long and successful NBA career for Alex. His prognosis is excellent, and I anticipate hell make a full return to basketball within the next few months. Projected generally between fifth and seventh by most prominent mock draft forecasters, Lens surgery could hamper his stock, especially since he wont work out for teams. The release said Len opted for surgery after consulting several orthopedic specialists. I decided that surgery was the best long term option for my career, Len said. I didnt want to risk it not healing properly. I want to make sure Im fully healthy and ready for training camp.
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



Pacers, Knicks, Thunder and Grizzlies advance - by Eurobasket News

Memphis G. - LA Clippers 118-105
Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 23 points each, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105 on Friday night to take the first-round series 4-2 and advance to their second Western Conference semifinals in three seasons. The Grizzlies had never won four straight postseason games before this series, and they became only the 10th team in NBA history to win four straight after trailing 0-2. They will open the second round at Oklahoma City on Sunday. Memphis finished with seven players in double figures. Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) had a postseason-best 19 points, and Jerryd Bayless had 16. Reserve Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) scored a career playoff-best 30 points for Los Angeles. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 28 points before being ejected with 2:29 left protesting a foul called on Barnes. Blake Griffin didn't start because of his sprained right ankle, and he scored nine points in 14 minutes. Caron Butler added 14. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Boston C. - New York K. 80-88
Twelve years without advancing in the playoffs. Two failed attempts to close out the Boston Celtics. Nineteen consecutive missed 3-pointers. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) brought all the slumps to a stop. Anthony made a pullup jumper and then sank his first 3-pointer in 20 tries to help the New York Knicks turn back Boston's comeback attempt on Friday night, beating the Celtics 88-80 in Game 6 to win a playoff series for the first time since 2000. "You should never play with any doubt out there on the basketball court," Anthony said. "I can't step onto the court thinking of failure. When you start second-guessing everything, when you start playing with doubt ... I can't afford to play under those circumstances." Anthony scored 21 points and the Knicks held on after blowing most of a 26-point lead to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers. Game 1 is Sunday in New York. Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, when the Celtics scored 20 straight points and cut a 75-49 deficit to four points. But Anthony made a 13-footer to give New York an 81-75 lead and followed with a 3-pointer - his first since Game 3. J.R. Smith converted a three-point play to restore the double-digit lead the Knicks had nursed most of the game. "There's definitely a moment in that run that I was thinking, 'What are we doing, fellas?'" said Knicks centre Tyson Chandler, who had nine points and 12 rebounds. "It's such a great learning experience when you get a win. It's tough when you get a loss. We've got to grow from it. I'm glad it happened. I'm glad it happened in the first round." Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 21 points for the Celtics, who had rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the series and had a chance, at home, to force a decisive seventh game. No NBA team has advanced in the playoffs after losing the first three games. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 14 points on 4-for-18 shooting, making one of nine 3-point attempts. Anthony also struggled from in- and outside the arc, going 7 for 23 from the floor and missing his first four 3-point attempts - that was 19 in a row in the series - before sinking the key basket with 1:43 to go. "For him to miss all the 3s that he missed - he hit the biggest one of the series and that's what counts," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "That's what I look at. When there are close games, I like to see who's going to step up and make plays, and he made the biggest play of the night." The Knicks had not won a playoff series since Patrick Ewing and Latrell Sprewell (and current backup centre Marcus Camby) helped them reach the 2000 Eastern Conference finals. "It's a major step for this organization, for our fans in New York who've been with us for many, many years," Woodson said. "I'm looking at the big picture and I'm only in this for one thing and that's to try to win an NBA title. We made a major step today, but we've got a long way to go." Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who now face another off-season of talk whether to break up the aging core that won the franchise's record 17th NBA title in 2008 and returned to the finals two years later. Reserve Jason Terry scored 14 points - the only points the Celtics got from their bench. Rivers said he hasn't thought about his future, or the future of his aging stars, calling Garnett "as tough a competitor as I've ever been around" and Pierce "one of the greatest Celtics to ever play." "He's done so much for this franchise," Rivers said. "We live in a day and time where guys change teams like socks. Paul has chosen to stay here throughout his career when he could have by all rights chosen to leave. "He wanted to get it done here. I hope he's remembered for that. I hope he comes back." A win on Friday would have made the Celtics the fourth NBA team to tie a series after losing the first three games. And it would have given them a chance to be the first in league history to win a series after trailing 3-0. The Celtics called upon local history to rally them, playing highlights on the scoreboard from the Red Sox comeback against the New York Yankees after a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 AL championship series. But Boston quickly fell behind 21-5 and trailed by double digits most of the way. The Knicks made it 75-49 with just under 10 minutes left before the Celtics scored the next 20 points, holding New York scoreless for 4:43 before Pierce threw the ball away and Shumpert took it in for an easy layup that made it 77-69 with 5 minutes left. Avery Bradley made a layup, then Green hit a pair of free throws to make it a four-point game. It was 79-75 when Anthony made a 13-footer and then followed Pierce's missed 3-pointer with a 3 from the top of the key. He then stripped Pierce going to the basket, and Smith converted a three-point play at the other end - Green fouled out on the play - to make it 87-75. Courtesy of: edmontonjournal.com

Atlanta H. - Indiana P. 73-81
The Indiana Pacers packed for an extended trip. Good call. George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) and David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) each scored 21 points and the Pacers withstood a furious Atlanta comeback in the fourth quarter, beating the Hawks 81-73 on Friday night to close out the opening-round playoff series four games to two. After snapping a 13-game losing streak in Atlanta dating to December 2006, Indiana headed off to New York to take on the Knicks in the first two games of the conference semifinals. The opener is Sunday at Madison Square Garden, an itinerary the Pacers prepared for by packing for a possible six days on the road. "Quick turnaround," said Indiana's Roy Hibbert, who led a dominating Pacers performance on the boards. "Enjoy tonight on the plane ride, get to New York, get something good in our bellies if stuff is still open." New York finished off the Celtics 88-80 shortly after the horn sounded at Philips Arena. The Pacers were certainly glad they didn't have to return to Indianapolis for a decisive game against the Hawks. "It's nice to be able to get it done here," Hibbert said. "We showed a lot of resolve when the other team made their run." The home team had won every game until the Hawks returned to Atlanta and set a franchise playoff record with just nine points in the second quarter on 1-of-15 shooting. The defense broke down in the third, allowing Hill and West to combine for 22 points, and the Pacers built a 65-50 lead going to the fourth. To their credit, the Hawks showed plenty of heart, slicing Indiana's lead to 76-73 on Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida)'s dunk with 2:13 remaining. But the comeback fizzled. Atlanta didn't score again, setting up what figures to be a tumultuous offseason. The Hawks have only three players who are definitely under contract for next season - Horford is the lone starter in the group - and it seems likely this will be a much different team next season. Plus, they very well could have a new coach. Larry Drew was in the final year of his contract, and general manager Danny Ferry figures to want his own man in the post as he heads to his second season. Longtime stalwart Josh Smith, an Atlanta native who has played for the team ever since he was drafted out of high school eight seasons ago, is among those heading into free agency. "There's plenty of time to think about what the future presents," Smith said. "I'm not really concerned about that right now." If that's it for Smith in Atlanta, he missed his final shot. How fitting on a night when the Hawks made only 26 of 78 (33 percent). Horford led with 15 points, while Smith and Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) finished with 14. Indiana bullied the Hawks much of the game, overcoming their own poor shooting (32 of 76) by bullying Atlanta in the lane. The Pacers finished with a staggering 53-35 lead on the boards. Hibbert added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Lance Stephenson also had 11 rebounds. Over the final two games of the series, the Pacers absolutely manhandled the Hawks on the glass, piling up a 104-63 rebounding edge. "I'm very proud of our guys to come in here, a tough place to win," coach Frank Vogel said. "A particularly tough place for us to win. It's good to end that streak. But more importantly, it's good to advance and show the type of toughness you need to make a deep playoff run. To win with defense and rebounding, that's been our identity all year, and that was the key to the last two victories." The Hawks went through an absolutely brutal stretch from early in the second quarter to nearly midway through the third, in which they did not actually put the ball in the hoop. In the equivalent of more than a quarter - 15:43 to be exact - Atlanta went 1 of 21 from the field, the only basket awarded to Harris on a goaltending call against Hibbert. At a time when the Hawks needed one of their best performances of the season, they produced one of their worst. "I wouldn't have believed it," Smith said. "We just couldn't get it going offensively." The Hawks couldn't play much worse than they did in the second quarter. They showed little energy. They put up some truly awful shots. They missed even when they got a decent look. Kyle Korver made the Hawks' only basket of the period on a jumper with 10:35 left. After that, they missed their last 13 shots before heading to the locker room to a round of boos from the home crowd. If not for Indiana having their own offensive issues - the Pacers made only 36.6 percent (15 of 41) - the game would've been a blowout. As it was, the Hawks trailed just 37-29. Perhaps the most telling sequence for both teams came late in the second. Jeff Teague fumbled away the ball out near the top of the key without being challenged. Indiana's D.J. Augustin took off the other way on an apparent layup, but only to throw up a wild shot that struck the bottom of the backboard. The Hawks followed up with such a pathetic offensive set that 7-footer Johan Petro wound up shooting a 3-pointer just ahead of the shot clocked. It missed. So did just about everything else the Hawks put up in the first half. Atlanta's offensive woes shifted to the defensive end in the third quarter. The Hawks continually got lost on switches, at one point leaving Hill totally alone on a 3-pointer. He knocked down the shot and Harris looked around, his arms in the air wondering what was happening to his team. The Hawks showed some resilience in their final quarter of the season. But they expended so much energy wiping out a deficit that had been as high as 19 points, there was nothing left at the end. Horford's rim-hanging dunk was their final basket. While clearly seeming to sense his three-year run in Atlanta is over, Drew said he was proud of a team that many felt would have trouble making the playoffs after trading away All-Star Joe Johnson and bringing in a bunch of guys in the final year of their contracts. Even the coach knew he was a lame duck, having the option on his contact picked up last summer but not getting an extension. "I'm really, really proud of my group," said Drew, who has led the Hawks to three straight playoff appearances but was eliminated in the first round the last two years. "When you've got 11 or 12 guys on one-year deals, and the coach is in his last year, it could've gone either way. But we hung in there and stuck with it." Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Houston R. - Oklah.City T. 94-103
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) can't carry the scoring load all by himself for the Oklahoma City Thunder. On Friday, he didn't have to. Sixth man Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) bounced back from a disappointing first five games in the series to score 25 points and help the Thunder secure a 103-94 win over the Houston Rockets to advance to the second round of the playoffs. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), the superstar the Thunder traded for Martin, battled through a case of strep throat that had him unable to drink water on the bench to score 26 points for the Rockets. The Rockets, led by Harden and Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) (25 points), kept it close in the first half and trailed by two going into halftime. However, Durant and Martin began to heat up in the third quarter and Oklahoma City never lost control of the game after that. Martin's performance was a welcome change of pace for the Thunder, who have not had a consistent second option on offense since Russell Westbrook went down with a season-ending knee injury in Game 2. In his place, point guards Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher combined for 26 points, and Jackson added 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin came off the bench for the first time since re-aggravating a chest injury in Game 3. He scored 3 points in 13 minutes. With Friday's win, the Thunder advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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Aussies consider NBL model - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Australia and the Australian National Basketball League have agreed to explore a de-merger with NBL clubs looking to resume effective commercial and operational control of the league for the 2013/14 season.

Earlier this year, Basketball Australia flagged Returning the League transferring the management and governance of the NBL to clubs as one of four possible outcomes of the NBL White Paper.

As part of the NBL White Paper consultation process, NBL clubs have identified Returning the League as their desired option and Basketball Australia has agreed to work with clubs to determine the best path forward in pursuing a possible de-merger.

Basketball Australia chief executive officer Kristina Keneally said: In 2008, Basketball Australia took on the governance and management of the NBL at a critical time, when attendances were in significant decline and the league was not on free-to-air television.

Ms Keneally said Basketball Australia had developed a strategic plan for the NBL, which drove significant progress in many areas, including:

- The league being back on free-to-air with Network Ten

- Fans enjoying, for the first time in the Leagues history, access to every game live and on-demand through the NBL.TV digital platform

- The Sydney Kings returning to the competition, filling what had been a vacancy in a major metropolitan market

- Game attendance increasing by an average of 24% during the 2012/13 season alone

- NBL per game average audience are up 59% across Network Ten during the 2012/13 season alone

- Game attendance and TV viewership statistics poised for a fourth consecutive year of growth.

However, Basketball Australia introduced the NBL White Paper earlier this year recognising that the status quo was not an option for the league, that further growth and change is required to achieve financial sustainability for the NBL, Keneally said.

Basketball Australia also acknowledges that the future of the NBL should in many respects be determined and driven by those who are financially supporting it.

As weve previously indicated, it is our intention to support a viable NBL into the 2013/14 season and we are working collaboratively with NBL Clubs to that end.

Quite simply, Basketball Australia sees a mens national competition as integral to the game and we want the NBL to succeed.

Importantly, we want to work with NBL clubs to explore the practical implications of a de-merger and if we decide to proceed, to provide the leadership and transition to commercial and operational control conducive to the leagues future success and viability.

We are making this issue public at this stage to allow the clubs to speak with sponsors and broadcast partners, but I do need to emphasise that the board of BA has not made a final decision yet.

Scott Stavretis, representing the NBL Clubs, acknowledged Basketball Australias stewardship of the league since 2008.

Basketball Australia has worked hard to boost viewership and attendance numbers since it took on management of the NBL in 2008, and we have seen those numbers grow in recent years, Stavretis said.

Its particularly important to acknowledge the White Paper process here, which has allowed serious and considered conversations about the future viability of the NBL to take place.

In the coming weeks, the NBL clubs intend to work closely with Basketball Australia to explore what a possible de-merger would involve and to ensure that any potential de-merger is undertaken in the most constructive way possible.

If a de-merger is undertaken, the National Basketball League will continue to be sanctioned by Basketball Australia, as is a requirement under FIBA rules.

Basketball Australia has initiated the legal work required to explore a de-merger and is in the process of providing further advice to clubs on its practical implications.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.1 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.3 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.7 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.0 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Walker, Kotwica6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.8 
 3. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 4. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 5. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.3 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.0 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
 10. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.3 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Robinson, PGE T.1.5 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 10. Henry, AZS Koszal.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 6. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 7. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


TBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. PGE Turow is the first semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin - Trefl Sopot 63-62

AZS Koszalin celebrated a narrow home win over Trefl Sopot to gain 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points and the other American import guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Trefl Sopot.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: P.Leonczyk 18+8reb+2ast, L.Wisniewski 15+2reb+4ast, S.Henry 12+2reb+3ast, D.Harris 6+11reb+1ast, I.Milicic 5+1reb+2ast, R.Jones 4+1reb
Trefl Sopot: F.Turner 16+3reb+2ast, A.Waczynski 9+2reb, S.Spralja 9+3reb, F.Dylewicz 7+2reb+1ast, L.Harrington 7+2ast, M.Michalak 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 239556


Energa Czarni - Stelmet ZG 68-78

Stelmet ZG surged ahead in the series following a road win over Energa Czarni. The game was mostly controlled by Stelmet ZG. Energa Czarni managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stelmet ZG made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) came up with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Energa Czarni in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: O.Stevic 22+11reb+3ast, D.Borovnjak 13+13reb, L.Koszarek 12+2reb+7ast, K.Chanas 12+1reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 9+7reb+3ast, W.Hodge 4+1reb
Energa Czarni: B.Gadri-Nicholson 15+6reb+2ast, T.Abernethy 15+8reb+6ast, B.Davis 12+4reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 10+1reb, L.Knutson 8+3reb+2ast, R.Trice 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 239557


Polpharma - PGE Turow 82-88

PGE Turow defeated Polpharma to secure the semifinal birth. Polpharma was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-41 second half run of PGE Turow. They made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Polpharma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Guinean point guard Russell Robinson (185-86) helped adding 19 points. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) with 21 points and the former international forward Lukasz Majewski (199-82) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Four PGE Turow and five Polpharma players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: I.Opacak 19+3reb+1ast, R.Robinson 19+4reb+3ast, M.Chylinski 16+5reb+6ast, D.Kulig 11+2reb+1ast, A.Cel 8+7reb+1ast, D.Jackson 6+1reb+2ast
Polpharma: U.Mirkovic 21+4reb+3ast, L.Majewski 20+5reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 15+2reb+5ast, M.Hicks 11+1reb, A.Lichodzijewski 11+12reb+1ast, B.Sarzalo 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239554


Anwil - Asseco Prok. 71-56

Anwil held off Asseco Prokom for the second win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Anwil. Asseco Prok. was better in third quarter 26-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who scored 25 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points. Anwil's coach Milija Bogicevic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90) who recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks and the former international Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-86, college: Independence CC, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Anwil: K.Szubarga 25+1reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 22+4reb+3ast, R.Boykin 9+5reb, T.Weeden 7, A.Eitutavicius 4+3reb+1ast, M.Sokolowski 2+2reb
Asseco Prok.: R.Mahalbasic 17+8reb+5ast, P.Zamojski 13+1reb+2ast, K.Roszyk 9+5reb+1ast, T.Snieg 6+3reb+1ast, P.Szczotka 6+3reb, M.Ponitka 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 239555



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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese basketball has a future? - by Hugo Carvalho

After bad political decisions taken in Portugal for years followed, life of the portuguese became a hell.
In Portugal 25 companies per day are closing doors, which represents that 85 persons lose their job each day.....
Financial problems also comes to basketball. In Portugal are publicly known cases of financial problems of some teams in the LPB (first portuguese league). There are players with five months of salary arrears. It is shameful!!
I write this topic on behalf of all the players and coaches and their families who are suffering.
They are very professional in their work and their resistance is admirable, but this situation is unsustainable. Players and coaches deserve respect.
FIBA should know what is happening.
If a team has no budget, should not compete at the professional level. There are several teams in Portugal in default.
We need to respect those who work in basketball in Portugal.



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 3: Humacao - Bayamon 88-84
May. 3: San German - Mayaguez 63-97
May. 3: Quebradillas - Arecibo 109-82
May. 4: Guayama - Ponce
May. 4: Arecibo - Santurce


Wins for Piratas, Indios and Caciques-Gigantes - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas, Indios de Mayaguez and Caciques-Gigantes got wins on Friday night over Capitanes, Atleticos and Vaqueros, respectively.

Piratas dominated Capitanes de Arecibo 109-82 as David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) led the way with 28 points. The first quarter was 30-29 in favor of Piratas but the hosts made some defensive adjustments and maintained their intensity on offense for the comfortable win.

Justin Dentmon scored 21 points and Angel Vassallo 19 for Arecibo who is now 6-7.

Indios de Mayaguez crushed Atleticos 97-63 with 27 points by Cliff Duran and 17 by Andres Ortiz. Mayaguez outscored San German 45-22 in the second and third quarter.

Victor Liz netted 15 points for San German who is 4-10 and has lost nine of their last ten.

Caciques-Gigantes edged Vaqueros 88-84 with a balanced attack. Jamelle Horne scored 22 points, Gilbert Brown 11 and Alejandro Carmona 14 with 11 boards for the winners.

Bayamon is 4-11 while Caciques-Gigantes improved to 8-7.

Games for Saturday, May 4:

Leones de Ponce at Brujos de Guayama
Cangrejeros de Santurce at Capitanes de Arecibo



Balkman and Young to make debut for Brujos on Saturday - by Luis Modestti


Forwards Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) and Kevin Young (203-F-90) will make their debut with Brujos de Guayama on Saturday as they host Leones de Ponce at Roque Nido Coliseum.

Balkman just played for Guaiqueries de Margarita where he averaged 19,2 points and 8,6 rebounds in 14 games. He also played for Petron Blaze in the Philippines earlier this year.

Young played at Kansas University and in his Senior year scored 7,8 rebounds and grabbed 6,8 boards. He is expected to go into some NBA Camps in the summer.

Both additions are very important for Guayama since it adds depth at the forward position.

Guayama has a 9-4 record and is the best team in the league at home with a 7-0 record.



Cangrejeros won their tenth game - by Luis Modestti

Cangrejeros de Santurce won their tenth game of the season on Thursday by defeating Caciques-Gigantes 82-74.

Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) scored 21 points while Luis Villafane, Ricky Sanchez and David Jackson netted 10 each.

The key to their victory was a 21-12 second quarter which gave Cangrejeros a 41-31 halftime lead.

Jamelle Horne scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Caciques-Gigantes who are now 7-7.

Brujos de Guayama got their ninth win in Guaynabo by dominating 98-90. Joel Jones scored 28 points and Angel Figueroa 21.

Quebradillas continued their positive streak by beating Bayamon 74-68. Piratas won the second quarter 24-6. David Huertas led the winners with 17 points.

Leones de Ponce edged Atleticos de San German 86-82 as Garret Siler scored 20 points and Ike Diogu added 16.

Ponce has a 9-5 record while San German is 4-9.

Games for Friday, May 3:

Vaqueros de Bayamon at Caciques-Gigantes in Carolina
Capitanes de Arecibo at Piratas de Quebradillas
Indios de Mayaguez at Atleticos de San German



San German cleans house - by Luis Modestti


Atleticos de San German cleaned house after dropping seven of their last eight games.

They released imports Brian Butch and Charles Garcia after not meeting expectations. They also released natives Paul Graham and Jeff Early.

Yesterday Atleticos lost to Leones 86-82 with just eight players. It was a great showing for them and it gives hope for the rest of the season. After that game their negative streak includes losing eight of their last nine.

San German signed Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii) to help them offensively. He averaged 19,7 points last season for Caciques de Humacao.

Their next game is today at home against Indios de Mayaguez.



San German waive Butch - by Eurobasket News

Atleticos de San German (BSN) waived 29-year old USA ex-international power forward Brian Butch (211-109kg-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports). In two BSN games he averaged 8.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg this season.
The most of this season Butch spent at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 49 games he had 12.9ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0bpg. He also spent pre-season at the Jazz in NBA that year.
The last (2012-13) season Butch was tested by the Hornets in NBA.
Butch received also 2012-2013 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) Center of the Year award in 2013.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by the Nuggets in NBA.
In 2009-10 season Butch was tested by Ilysiakos (A1) in Greek league. In three games he had 14.0ppg and 5.3rpg (#2 in the league). His team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2012. He also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. Butch's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Butch has played also professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), NBA (New Orleans Hornets and Denver Nuggets) and Germany (Noerdlingen).
He attended University of Wisconsin until 2008 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Butch's outlook: An inside player who can spend time in the 4 and 5 positions. Has a good touch front to the basket and he's enough tough to defend inside at Euroleague level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



San German lands Julian Sensley - by Eurobasket News

Atleticos de San German (BSN) tabbed 31-year old American (has also German passport) forward Julian Sensley (206-102kg-82, college: Hawaii). He played recently at Dongbu Promy in South Korean KBL league. In 41 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg this season. Sensley also spent pre-season at Samsung Thunders (KBL) in South Korean league that year. The last summer he played at Titanes (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The other team Sensley played shortly was Gigantes (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. Another team he played that season for was Caciques. In 15 games he had also remarkable stats: 19.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. The last (11/12) season Sensley played at Austin Toros in D-League. In 9 games he had 9.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Colorado 14ers (D-League) in fourth round (46th overall).
Sensley attended University of Hawaii and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won D-League Southwest Division championship title in 2010. Sensley received also All-WAC 1st Team award back in 2006 at his college time.
Sensley is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, Cyprus (Apollon), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Ikaros), Italy, Spain, Turkey (Bornova) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 16-2 
 2. Khimky 12-5 
 3. Spartak SP 9-8 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-8 
 5. N.Novgorod 8-10 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 7-9 
 7. Triumph 7-9 
 8. Unics 7-10 
 9. Spartak-Prim. 6-10 
 10. Enisey 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 26: Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 87-92
Apr. 29: Enisey - Unics 83-70
May. 3: CSKA - Khimky 74-65

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 5: Krasnie Krilya - CSKA
May. 8: Lokomotiv - Khimky
May. 8: Spartak SP - Enisey
May. 9: Spartak-Prim. - Unics


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.7 
 2. Oguchi, Spartak-.16.6 
 3. Thompson, N.Nov.15.6 
 4. Fridzon, Khimky15.6 
 5. McKee, Triumph15.1 
 6. Simmons, Krasnie15.0 
 7. Gillenwater, Spart.14.8 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics13.9 
 9. Delaney, Spartak-.13.9 
 10. Calathes, Lokom.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv6.7 
 3. Landry, Triumph6.4 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.6.3 
 5. Smith, Krasnie Kri.6.2 
 6. Kaimakoglou, Unics6.1 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.1 
 8. Gillenwater, Spart.5.9 
 9. Panin, N.Novgorod5.5 
 10. Karasev, Triumph5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky4.8 
 3. McKee, Triumph4.5 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA4.5 
 5. Delaney, Spartak-.4.3 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.4.3 
 7. Dowdell, Enisey4.3 
 8. Eidson, Unics4.2 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.9 
 10. Wright, Spartak SP3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.3 
 2. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.2 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.1 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.2.0 
 5. Eidson, Unics1.8 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 7. Landry, Triumph1.5 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.4 
 9. Wright, Spartak SP1.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Monya, Khimky1.5 
 2. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.3 
 3. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 5. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 6. Mavrokefalid., Spa.0.7 
 7. Maric, Lokomotiv0.7 
 8. Thompson, N.Nov.0.6 
 9. Kaimakoglou, Unics0.5 
 10. Sokolov, CSKA0.5 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Burtt, Avtodor20.1 
 2. Likholitov, Volgog.17.3 
 3. Makshantsev, Novo.16.1 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.15.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd15.2 
 7. Monroe, Ural E.14.9 
 8. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.3 
 9. McGhee, Ural E.14.3 
 10. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.9 
 3. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.8 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 5. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.6.9 
 7. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 9. Denison, Ataman6.6 
 10. Pavlov, TE.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Burtt, Avtodor5.6 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.3 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.7 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman4.2 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Amirkhanov, Ataman3.9 
 10. Anisimov, Novosyb.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ryazan2.2 
 3. Burtt, Avtodor2.0 
 4. Zakamov, Novosybi.1.9 
 5. Mateyunas, Ataman1.8 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 7. Glazunov, Ural E.1.7 
 8. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.7 
 9. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
 10. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  AltajBas.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 2. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.3 
 3. Denison, Ataman1.2 
 4. Likholitov, Volgog.1.2 
 5. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 6. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 7. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 8. Oveshkov, Planeta.0.9 
 9. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 10. Komarov, TE.0.9 


PBL Round 25: CSKA Moscow beats Khimky in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in PBL.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Moscow. First ranked CSKA Moscow faced their biggest opponent Khimky. Host CSKA Moscow (16-2) defeated guests from Khimki (12-5) 74-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Khimky. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) chipped in 10 points and 7 assists. International Sergey Monya (202-83) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-2 record. Khimky at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#6) in Samara in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Khimky will play on the road against Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk managed to get a third victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Unics Kazan 83-70. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Zabian Dowdell contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. point guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Unics Kazan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Enisey Krasnoyarsk maintains tenth place with 3-13 record. Unics Kazan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against higher ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unics Kazan will play against Spartak-Prim. (#9) in Vladivostok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 25 N.Novgorod defeated Spartak-Prim. in Nizhny Novgorod 92-87.


CSKA - Khimky 74-65

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Moscow. First ranked CSKA Moscow faced their biggest opponent Khimky. Host CSKA Moscow (16-2) defeated guests from Khimki (12-5) 74-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Khimky. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) chipped in 10 points and 7 assists. International Sergey Monya (202-83) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-2 record. Khimky at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#6) in Samara in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Khimky will play on the road against Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimky: K.Rivers 14+1reb, K.Loncar 10+4reb+2ast, S.Monya 10+7reb+1ast, Z.Planinic 9+3ast, V.Fridzon 6+4reb+4ast, J.Augustine 5+5reb
CSKA: N.Krstic 13+8reb+1ast, S.Weems 10+4reb+7ast, S.Kaun 10+4reb, A.Jackson 9+6reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+3reb+2ast, E.Voronov 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200844


Enisey - Unics 83-70

Bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk managed to get a third victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Unics Kazan 83-70. Enisey Krasnoyarsk dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Unics Kazan's 30. They outrebounded Unics Kazan 42-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. Unics Kazan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Enisey Krasnoyarsk players scored in double figures. point guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Chuck Eidson (203-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Enisey Krasnoyarsk maintains tenth place with 3-13 record. Unics Kazan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against higher ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unics Kazan will play against Spartak-Prim. (#9) in Vladivostok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unics: M.Chatman 19+6reb+1ast, C.Eidson 14+3reb+6ast, K.Kaimakoglou 9+9reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 8+2ast, I.Vougioukas 7, V.Veremeenko 5+3reb+1ast
Enisey: Z.Dowdell 17+3reb+8ast, E.Kikanovic 14+6reb+1ast, D.Jefferson 14+14reb+2ast, V.Zaytsev 13+5reb+5ast, A.Komarovskiy 9+4reb+1ast, M.Krivosheev 6+3reb
gschID: 240197


Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 87-92

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Spartak-Prim.'s (6-10) home loss to eighth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-10) 87-92. It was a very good performance for the former international Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Dmitry Golovin (192-88) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and power forward Artem Zabelin (215-88) added 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Spartak-Prim.Four BC Nizhny Novgorod and five Spartak-Prim. players scored in double figures. BC Nizhny Novgorod have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Spartak-Prim. at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak-Prim. will play at home against Unics Kazan (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: P.Delaney 23+4reb+4ast, A.Zabelin 20+5reb, C.Oguchi 13+4reb+4ast, K.Nesterov 13+2reb+2ast, T.Gillenwater 10+3reb, M.Kolyushkin 4+4reb+3ast
N.Novgorod: S.Antonov 24+6reb+1ast, D.Golovin 22+4reb+5ast, O.Trotter 17+3reb+1ast, V.Panin 10+7reb+1ast, I.Savelyev 6+5reb+4ast, S.Shashkov 6+3reb
gschID: 200842



Superleague Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ryazan - Ural Ekaterinb. 62-76

The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. Forward Dmitriy Arteshin (200-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) who recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds and forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ryazan: A.Kirjanov 11+3reb, N.Stepanenkov 10+6reb+3ast, M.Polyakov 10+4reb, A.Vzdykhalkin 10+1reb+2ast, O.Bartunov 9+4reb+5ast, D.Zibirov 5+3reb+3ast
Ural Ekaterinb.: C.Monroe 18+3reb+4ast, A.Glazunov 15+1ast, D.Arteshin 13+6reb+3ast, A.McGhee 12+3reb, A.Fedyushin 6+2reb, M.Tkachenko 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 240290


Ataman - Novosybirsk 68-58

The game was mostly controlled by Ataman. Novosybirsk managed to win second period 16-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Novosybirsk 50-39 including a 38-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Novosybirsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for center Alexey Kurtsevich (209-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-85) helped adding 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Ataman players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Pavel Podkolzin (226-85) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and center Evgeniy Kalinin (210-87) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Novosybirsk: P.Podkolzin 16+9reb, E.Kalinin 13+5reb, A.Sayapin 9+2reb+1ast, S.Tokarev 8+5reb+4ast, I.Novikov 6+5reb+3ast, A.Anisimov 4+3reb+2ast
Ataman: A.Kurtsevich 20+12reb+1ast, D.Zagnoyko 10+9reb+2ast, A.Mateyunas 10+3reb+7ast, P.Agapov 10+6reb, A.Burtsev 6+3reb+1ast, P.Aleksandrov 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 240289


Spartak V. - Avtodor 55-81

The game without a history. Avtodor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Avtodor forced 21 Spartak Vidnoye turnovers. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Forward Aleksander Pushkin (203-87) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Andrey Chernysh (212-90) who recorded 10 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Evgeny Marinin (192-92, agency: Interperformances) added 3 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. 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:
Spartak V.: V.Trushkin 11, A.Chernysh 10+7reb, D.Pastukhov 10+1reb+1ast, A.Tikhonin 9+2reb+1ast, A.Loginov 4+4reb+2ast, E.Marinin 3+5reb+7ast
Avtodor: S.Burtt 20+5reb+10ast, A.Pushkin 18+2reb+1ast, H.Rollins 13+4reb+2ast, A.Lavnikov 7+6reb, I.Strebkov 7+3reb+4ast, S.Toropov 6+5reb
gschID: 240288


AltajBasket - Univ.Surgut 81-85

Universitet-Yugra dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to AltajBasket's 26 and made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game. AltajBasket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. point guard Vasiliy Gladyshev (188-83) came up with 22 points and 7 assists and point guard Pavel Trushnikov (187-89) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for AltajBasket in the defeat. Five AltajBasket players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
AltajBasket: V.Gladyshev 22+1reb+7ast, P.Trushnikov 20+2reb+4ast, D.Ponosov 11+6reb, A.Diatchkov 11+2reb+5ast, D.Poleschuk 10+7reb, A.Lunev 3+2reb+1ast
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 18+5reb+4ast, I.Aleksandrov 15+3reb+1ast, A.Rindin 13+6reb, A.Savenkov 9+4reb+1ast, A.Ageev 9+4reb+1ast, D.Hloponin 8+3reb
gschID: 240291



VTB League: Krasnie Krilya advanced to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - Triumph 77:67

Krasnie Krilya advanced to the Quarterfinals of the VTB League. They swept the 1/8 series against Triumph after a 77:67 second win.
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Tywain Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) produced 22 points and 4 assists and Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Krasnie Krilya: Chester Simmons 25+10rebs, Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) 12, Andre Smith 11
Triumph: Tywain McKee 22, Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 11, Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) 10, Tasmin Mitchell 9



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Radnicki Kragujevac terminate contract with Steven Markovic - by Igor Obradovic

Disobedience and refusal to enter the game against Partizan in the Serbian Superliga seventh round, the club from Kragujevac has decided to immediately terminate the contract with Steven Markovic (190-G-85).

Club from Kragujevac were told that they could not tolerate disrespect of duties and the club decided to with the Australian playmaker terminate cooperation before they planned.

Markovic this season missed only one game in the Adriatic League, where he averaged 5.4 points, 1.7 rebound 3.5 assists as 20.1 minutes on the court.
In Serbian Superleague he played all seven matches and in 22.1 minutes he is recorded 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.




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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  Breog.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Winchester, Breog.15.8 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 4. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 5. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 6. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.4 
 7. Blanch, Andorra14.3 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.2 
 9. Ruiz de Gala., Cla.14.1 
 10. Otegui, Palencia14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan7.8 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.3 
 7. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 8. Otegui, Palencia6.9 
 9. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Perez, Andorra5.5 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.9 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.1 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Schreiner, Andorra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB Regal
  (202-G/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 2. Otegui, Palencia1.9 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 4. Perez, Andorra1.8 
 5. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 6. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 7. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 9. Xavier, A.Ford B.1.6 
 10. Castro, Melilla1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.8 
 2. Flis, Andorra1.2 
 3. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 4. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 5. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Gatell, Lobe Hues.0.8 
 10. Olmos, A.Ford B.0.7 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hanley, Valencia17.7 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.16.9 
 3. Luettgerodt, Avila16.2 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.1 
 5. Justo, Lan M.13.9 
 6. Matemalas, Palma13.9 
 7. Hidalgo, Castello13.4 
 8. Blair, Palma13.4 
 9. Ortega, Castello12.9 
 10. Cruz, La Palma12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Valencia11.2 
 2. Pantin, Lan M.10.3 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.8 
 4. Diagne, Mad-Croc8.7 
 5. Joseph, Palma8.2 
 6. Dominguez, G.Cana.8.1 
 7. Blair, Palma7.8 
 8. Ortega, Castello7.4 
 9. Elias, Aurtenec.7.3 
 10. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CARDENAS
  Oviedo CB
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Cardenas, Oviedo6.4 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 4. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.4 
 5. Herrero, Avila3.4 
 6. Santana, G.Canari.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.2 
 8. Vives, FIATC J.3.1 
 9. San Emeterio, Pal.3.1 
 10. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guillem VIVES
  FIATC J.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vives, FIATC J.2.2 
 2. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.1 
 3. Diaz, Unicaja2.0 
 4. Ros, Prat Juventud1.9 
 5. Santana, G.Canari.1.8 
 6. Forbes, Aurtenec.1.8 
 7. Balmon, Guadalaj.1.8 
 8. Rueda, Castello1.7 
 9. Cardenas, Oviedo1.7 
 10. Arruti, Aurtenec.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.2.0 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.8 
 3. Joseph, Palma1.6 
 4. Fall, Clinicas Rin.1.6 
 5. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.3 
 6. Niang, La Palma1.2 
 7. Diagne, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Pantin, Lan M.1.0 
 9. Hidalgo, Castello0.9 
 10. Malick, Clinicas.0.6 


LEB Gold Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Forca Lleida - Palencia 72-66

Force Lleida surged ahead in the quarterfinal series versus Palencia. Palencia Baloncesto was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Palencia Baloncesto 39-27 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Daniel Rodriguez (182-84) accounted for 17 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Roger Fornas (202-82) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for Palencia Baloncesto in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Palencia: U.Otegui 14+8reb+1ast, C.Bravo 12+4reb+3ast, R.Fornas 12+4reb+4ast, J.Porzingis 11+4reb+2ast, E.Garrido 8+3reb+1ast, A.Ott 7+2ast
Forca Lleida: P.Oriola 17+10reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 17+4reb+6ast, D.Bandoumel 14+11reb+2ast, S.Pino 11+8reb+3ast, J.Johnson 7+1reb+1ast, J.Simeon 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 239414


Lobe Huesca - Lucentum 68-66

Lobe Huesca escaped with a narrow home win over Lucentum to narrow the deficit in the series. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Lobe Huesca dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Meridiano Alicante's 28. Lobe Huesca forced 26 Meridiano Alicante turnovers. Strangely Meridiano Alicante outrebounded Lobe Huesca 39-27 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Jamar Samuels (200-89, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Eric Sanchez (181-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management) helped adding 13 points. Lobe Huesca's coach Quim Costa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Alex Llorca (192-89) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: T.Coppenrath 17+5reb+1ast, A.Llorca 16+8reb, S.Green 14+9reb, J.Fernandez 7+3reb+2ast, A.Sabat 5+2ast, P.Rivero 5+3reb+3ast
Lobe Huesca: E.Sanchez 13+1reb+1ast, J.Romero 9+2ast, J.Orfila 8+2reb+1ast, S.Cebular 8+3reb+4ast, J.Samuels 8+6reb+1ast, C.Abouo 8+2reb
gschID: 239413


Caceres - Breogan 52-74

Breogan surged ahead in the quarterfinal series versus Caceres following a comfortable road win. The game was mostly controlled by Leche Rio Breogan. Caceres Basket was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-Dominican point guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) who scored 24 points. Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida) who recorded 8 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Antonio Pena (203-86, college: Villanova) added 4 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. 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:
Caceres: B.Hobbs 10+2reb+4ast, R.Morentin 8+7reb+1ast, O.Ashaolu 8+5reb, A.Lopez 7+4reb+1ast, R.Nguema 5+1reb+1ast, J.Duinker 4+4reb
Breogan: S.Ogirri 24+2reb, A.Winchester 19+2reb, G.Leonavicius 14+3reb+2ast, R.Schaftenaar 8+9reb+4ast, C.Cobos 5+3ast, M.Diouf 4+9reb
gschID: 239415


Coruna - Andorra 67-56

Coruna are back in the lead after the home win over Andorra. River Andorra was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of Leyma Basquet, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding River Andorra to just 4 points in second quarter. They outrebounded River Andorra 44-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for center Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence, agency: Fusion Sports) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Daniel Perez (188-90) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) added 14 points in the effort for River Andorra. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Andorra: D.Perez 16+2reb+4ast, D.Flis 14+4reb, A.Maresch 6+4reb+2ast, D.Wright 6+3reb, J.Safford 4+4reb, M.Blanch 4+2reb+2ast
Coruna: J.Kale 17+9reb+1ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 16+15reb+3ast, M.Suka-Umu 9+6reb+1ast, A.Hernandez 7+2reb+2ast, R.Lazaro 6+2reb+1ast, P.Almazan 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 239412



LEB Silver Round 1 of Finals. Palma grab the lead - by Eurobasket News

Clinicas Rincon - Palma 59-74

Palma Air Europe defeated Clinicas Rincon in the Finals opener. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Palma forced 20 Clinicas Rincon turnovers. Haitian-American center Robert Joseph (204-78, college: Union, TN) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jason Blair (201-79, college: San Diego, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian forward Dejan Todorovic (-94) produced 12 points and point guard Jose Pozas (184-92) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Clinicas Rincon: D.Todorovic 12+1ast, J.Pozas 9+3reb+1ast, M.Soluade 7+1reb, L.Conde 6+2reb+2ast, D.Sabonis 5+5reb+1ast, A.Diaz 5+1reb+2ast
Palma: R.Joseph 15+6reb, I.Matemalas 12+2reb+2ast, J.Blair 9+7reb+3ast, C.San Emeterio 9+2reb+2ast, A.Garcia 8+1reb+1ast, I.Pampin 8+3ast
gschID: 240129



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Will has Metro motivated - by Torrence Moody

Metroplex Lightning keep getting stronger and stronger as the season comes to a close. They have traveled to North Dallas and acquired Southwest Division CO MVP
Will Haynes (6'8''-F-79, college: Manhattan). Haynes recorded a remarkable season in the ABA shooting 65% from the field. 22ppg and 9reb for the 2012-13 season. This will definitely lock down the middle with Haynes and Bradley. 'I am speechless' says Coach Johnson. Haynes will debut for the Metroplex Lightning, May 5th vs the defending UBL champion Texas Wranglers for the #1 seed in that division. Haynes will move promptly into the starting lineup which will place Bradley at the PF, moving Reed back to his natural position SF. The fast paced, high powered offense of Metro will but suitable for the style and play of Haynes.


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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Culpepper, Fe.20.2 
 2. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 3. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 4. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 5. Greer, Azovmash16.8 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Hal.16.7 
 7. Mitchell, Halychyna16.3 
 8. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk16.0 
 10. Songaila, BC Do.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.6 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.1 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.0 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn GREER
  Azovmash
  (186-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Greer, Azovmash6.9 
 2. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.3 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Brazelton, Petroc.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.1.9 
 3. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 4. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Chappell, Fe.1.8 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 7. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 8. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Mayo, Mykolaiv1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 9. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 10. Weaver, DniproAzot1.0 


Alex Len undergoes surgery, will miss pre-NBA draft workouts - by Eurobasket News

Former Maryland center and anticipated NBA lottery selection Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) underwent successful surgery to stabilize a partial stress fracture in his left ankle, his agency Sports International Group announced Friday afternoon. The surgery, agent Michael Lelchitski said, will preclude Len from all on-court activities leading up to the 2013 NBA draft, scheduled for Thursday, June 27, at Brooklyns Barclays Center. Len will be sidelined for four to six months, certainly through summer league and possibly through NBA preseason. The tough part about Alexs injury is the timing, Lelchitski said in a release. Everyone who knows Alex knows that he would have been incredible in the pre-draft workout setting. However, Alex is one of the elite prospects with arguably the biggest upside of anyone in the draft. The most important thing is his long-term health.
Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte performed the surgery. The release said Len was diagnosed with the partial stress fracture after declaring for the draft, though Coach Mark Turgeon said throughout the postseason that ankle injuries had hobbled the 7-foot-1 center. This was a preventative measure to stabilize a partial stress fracture of the ankle, Anderson said. Although it is possible that this injury could have healed on its own, surgery was felt to be the safest and surest option to ensuring a long and successful NBA career for Alex. His prognosis is excellent, and I anticipate hell make a full return to basketball within the next few months. Projected generally between fifth and seventh by most prominent mock draft forecasters, Lens surgery could hamper his stock, especially since he wont work out for teams. The release said Len opted for surgery after consulting several orthopedic specialists. I decided that surgery was the best long term option for my career, Len said. I didnt want to risk it not healing properly. I want to make sure Im fully healthy and ready for training camp.
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Leandro GARCIA MORALES
  Agu.
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Garcia Moral., Agu.26.4 
 2. Keenan, Arecibo26.3 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.26.1 
 4. Woodward, Welcome25.9 
 5. Danridge, Guaiquer.24.7 
 6. Taboada, Universo.22.7 
 7. Baxley, Defensor22.3 
 8. Elliott, Navolato22.1 
 9. Johnson, Toros20.9 
 10. Figueroa, Guayama19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Martin, Nacional15.6 
 2. Faber, Mykolaiv12.5 
 3. Hamilton, Defensor12.0 
 4. Passos, Trotamun.11.3 
 5. Blankson, Un.Atlet.10.5 
 6. Curtis, Bohemios10.5 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.10.4 
 8. Shellman, Sayago10.3 
 9. Smith, Aguada9.9 
 10. Johnson, Toros9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Guaiquer.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrera, Guaiquer.7.8 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.3 
 3. Vidal, Bigua6.2 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.0 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.7 
 6. Cortizas, Allavena5.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.4 
 8. Pereyra, Monte.4.7 
 9. Gonzalez, Aguada4.6 
 10. Hamilton, Defensor4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kristian CLARKSON
  Larre B.
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clarkson, Larre B.2.5 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.1 
 3. Vidal, Bigua2.0 
 4. Barrera, Guaiquer.2.0 
 5. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 6. Rovira, Tabare1.9 
 7. Trelles, Bohemios1.8 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville1.7 
 9. Cortizas, Allavena1.6 
 10. Nelson, Bohemios1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.7 
 2. Hunt, Olimpia2.1 
 3. Rogers, Georgia P.1.8 
 4. Cage, Planasa NV1.7 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.5 
 6. Bravo, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Faber, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Inman, Sitra1.1 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.1 
 10. Newsome, Bambuqu.1.1 



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 32-10 
 2. Cocodrilos 25-15 
 3. Gigantes 22-20 
 4. Bucaneros 21-20 
 5. Gaiteros 21-20 
 6. Guaros 20-22 
 7. Trotamundos 20-22 
 8. Guaiqueries 16-25 
 9. Toros 16-26 
 10. Panteras 15-28 

Regular Season: Round 39

Apr. 30: Trotamundos - Gaiteros 95-87
May. 3: Toros - Panteras 93-76
May. 2: Toros - Panteras 89-77
Apr. 30: Cocodrilos - Panteras 86-77
Apr. 30: Gigantes - Guaros 84-76
Apr. 29: Bucaneros - Marinos 73-74
May. 2: Guaiqueries - Trotamundos 108-110
May. 3: Marinos - Guaros 105-85

Regular Season: Round 40

May. 4: Toros - Panteras
May. 4: Marinos - Guaros
May. 4: Gigantes - Trotamundos
May. 4: Gaiteros - Cocodrilos
May. 5: Guaiqueries - Bucaneros
May. 5: Gigantes - Trotamundos


Stats Leaders - LPB

LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pena, Toros 22.0
2 Bailey, Panteras 19.7
3 Santana, Gaite 19.1
4 Martinez, Guaros 18.9
5 Flores, Guaique 18.6
6 Rodgers, Marinos 18.0
7 Horton, Panteras 16.9
8 Walker, Gigantes 16.0
9 Hornsby, Bucan 16.3
10 Gilder, Trotam 16.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Martinez, Guaros 12.4
2 Santana, Gaite 9.9
3 Massie, Panteras 9.9
4 Sucre, Marinos 7.7
5 Bethelmy, Coco 7.7
6 Urbina, Toros 7.5
7 Lugo, Guaiqueries 7.4
8 Feeley, Gigantes 7.3
9 Colmenares, Coco 7.0
10 Lang, Cocodrilos 6.3

Assists Per Game
1 Pena, Toros 6.0
2 Rivera, Gaiteros 5.9
3 G. Vargas, Marinos 5.8
4 Cubillan, Trotam 4.7
5 Cedeno, Bucaneros 4.6
6 Centeno, Cocodrilos 4.5
7 Guillent, Guaros 4.0
8 Flores, Guaiqueries, 3.3
9 Horton, Panteras 3.0
10 J. Vargas, Marinos 2.9

Steals Per Game
1 Cubillan, Trotam 2.7
2 G.Vargas, Marinos 2.6
3 Riley, Bucaneros 2.5
4 Guillent, Guaros 2.3
5 Macuare, Gigantes 2.2
6 Horton, Panteras 2.1
7 Rivera, Gaiteros 2.1
8 Pena, Toros 1.8
9 Flores, Guaiqueries 1.8
10 Lewis, Trotam 1.6

Blocks Per Game
1 Lugo, Guaiqueries 1.7
2 Lang, Cocodrilos 1.5
3 Feeley, Gigantes 1.1
4 Massie, Panteras 1.1
5 Matthews, Marinos 0.8
6 Adams, Guaros 0.7
7 Gilder, Trotamundos 0.7
8 Bethelmy, Coco 0.7
9 Bayona, Bucaneros 0.7
10 Martinez, Guaros 0.7

2FGP
1 Adams, Guaros 62%
2 Flores, Panteras 60%
3 Massie, Panteras 59%
4 Lewis, Trotam 58%
5 Riley, Bucaneros 57%
6 Pena, Toros 56%
7 Flores, Guaiqueries 55%
8 Santana, Gaiteros 55%
9 Sucre, Marinos 55%
10 Guillent, Guaros 54%

3FGP
1 Flores, Guaiqueries 51%
2 Forehan-K, Coco 44%
3 Rodgers, Marinos 43%
4 Hornsby, Bucan 42%
5 Guevara, Guaros 41%
6 Lucena, Toros 39%
7 Aguilera, Trotam 39%
8 Mussett, Gigantes 39%
9 Guevara, Guaique 39%
10 Cubillan, Trotam 39%

Free Throws
1 Hornsby, Bucan 92%
2 Flores, Guaiqueries 90%
3 Pena, Toros 87%
4 G. Vargas, Marinos 85%
5 Riley, Bucaneros 85%
6 Feeley, Gigantes 83%
7 Forehan-K, Coco 83%
8 Herrera, Panteras 81%
9 Aguilera, Trotam 81%
10 Horton, Panteras 80%



LPB 2013 Transactions - Jimmy Baxter replaces Renaldo Balkman in Guaiqueries - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita signed SF Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) as the replacement of Puerto Rican PF-C Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84), who moved to his country's BSN league after honoring his contract with the team.

Baxter, 1.98m tall, played in Germany and averaged 14.6 points per game in 9 games and then moved to Argentina's LNB, a league in which he averaged 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25 games.

GM Richard Medina expressed that he believed Baxter would adapt quickly due to his style and explained why they were unable to retain Balkman. "We were working very hard and made a very good offer, as his agent acknowledged, but the player decided to stay with Brujos de Guayama, a team in the Puerto Rican league".

Guaiqueries is out of the playoffs spots and has been suffering due to the injuries of key players, including point guards Diego Guevara (184-PG-77) and Antonio Torcatt (182-PG-76) and SG Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82).




Venezuelans defeat Foreigners 150-145 in LPB 2013 All-Star Game - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Stars defeated Foreigners Stars 150-145 at Jose Beracasa Arena of Naciones Unidas Park in Caracas, in the 36th edition of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto's All-Star Game.

It was the 13th ever victory for the Venezuelans, while the Foreigners have won 21 games. In only two of the 36 editions, the organization has used a different format, based on geographic location of the teams.

Prior to the game, a few skills competitions took place. Micah Downs (203-G/F-86) of Bucaneros de La Guaira defeated Kelvin Caraballo (195-F-88) of Cocodrilos de Caracas in the Dunks Contest, while Robert Hornsby (201-F-82), also of Bucaneros de La Guaira, finished at first place in the Three-Points contest.

Several special guests made appearances, including Dominican former baseball player Sammy Sosa, Venezuela's Soccer U17 National squad coach Rafael Dudamel and former players of Venezuela's Senior NT. Carmelo Cortez, president of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation, was also there.

The Foreigners ruled in the first three quarters, 36-29, 44-36 (80-65) and 42-46 (122-111), but the Venezuelans completed a huge comeback in the fourth quarter, thanks to their three-point shooting, to get the win with 39 points in just 10 minutes, allowing only 23.

Former NBA player Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76) led the winners with 21 points, Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) added 19, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) scored 18, Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86) followed them with 16, Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) added 13, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 12, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) completed a double double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) netted 11 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) and Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) scored 6 points each and Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) finished up with 2.

Torres and Cedeno shared MVP honors.The Venezuelan team was coached by Jorge Arrieta of Marinos.

For the Foreigners, Leon Rodgers (199-F-80) scored 35 points, Edward Santana (203-F-80) added 28 points and 8 rebounds, Micah Downs followed them with 16, Mykal Riley (198-F/G-85) and Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) scored 14 points each, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) and Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) scored 10 points each, Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79) netted 9, Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-F-80) 4, Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) 3 and Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) 2. Blake Walker (197-F/G-82) was the only player in the game with no points.

Robert Hornsby played in the game even though he was supposed to participate in the three-points contest only but his points were awarded to teammates. The Foreigners team was coached by Argentinian Guillermo Narvarte of Bucaneros.



Venezuelans Abroad - Gregory Echenique to work out for Boston Celtics - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) told Diario Lider's basketball writer Reiner Izturriaga that he will participate in a workout session for the Boston Celtics next May 25th.

Echenique, a starter in Venezuela's Senior NT and about to graduate from Creighton University following a great NCAA career with the Blue Jays, specially at the defensive end as a dominant player in the paint at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), said he is very excited about his chances of playing in the NBA.

"I'm very happy about this opportunity, the first concrete chance I get", he said according to the report. "I must talk to my agent to get to know the dynamics of the training sessions, to know who'll be the other players in attendance. I'll be ready", he added.

The player's agent is Ben Pensack, the same agent of fellow Venezuelan Senior NT player John Cox (196-G-81). Echenique is still in Omaha, Nebraska, finishing off his academic duties as a Marketing student to graduate while keeping himself in shape at the gym.

"I'm trying to handle my time properly. There's still about a week of classes ahead of me and once I'm done, everything will be easier for me because I'll be able to focus on one thing only".

The son of former player Jose Echenique, 22 years old and 2.05m tall, stressed out the importance of keeping himself "easy going, not thinking too much about it. That's always worked for me in my career and I'm not going to change it now.I'll keep myself focused so that things turn out all right".

"My mentality is focused on giving imy best for the Celtics. If everything goes well, I imagine the word will spread out and that could open doors in other organizations so that I can have a better chance (of playing in the NBA)", he said. Other teams linked to Echenique, according to the report, are the Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls.





Nestor Garcia finishes season in Argentina, Venezuela's Senior NT is the next stop - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Argentinian head coach Nestor Garcia finished up his season in Argentina's LNB, after leading Boca Juniors to the Semifinals and losing in a five-game series against Regatas Corrientes, 3-2. His next stop will be working for Venezuela's Senior NT in the upcoming 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, set to be played in Caracas from August 30th till September 11th.

Garcia, a two-time LPB champion in Venezuela with Trotamundos de Carabobo (2006) and Marinos de Anzoategui (2011) and former assistant coach for Julio Lamas in Argentina's Senior NT, won the Gold Medal for Argentina in the 2012 South American Championship as head coach and was recently hired to replace American Eric Musselman as the head coach of Venezuela for 2013 and 2014.

A 27-player list was published several weeks ago by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation and those players are supposed to start training in Caracas on July 1st at the recently built National Basketball Training Center.

Carmelo Cortez, president of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation, traveled to Colorado Springs, United States, to attend a FIBA Americas meeting in which he'll present the evolution of the preparation measures for the organization of the tournament, in which 10 countries will fight for 4 spots for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, to be played in Spain.

Cortez will also visit Miami, Florida to attent meetings that could lead to the possibility of taking the squad to private practices in the city after the third week of July.






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Women News

D1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 4: BDF - Relics


Women's Games continues in the Botswana League - by Peter Ubakar

There will be a league game in the Botswana Basketball League this weekend, this game will be between last years runners up versus the third place team. In a game between both team which was played a fortnight ago. BDF V ladies narrowly escaped victory by beating UB Relics 45-41. UB Relics will be looking to get one back on their arch rivals. This winner of this game will go along way in affecting the log standings as to which team will top the log. This will be an exciting game to look forward to.


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USK Praha land Jana Vesela, keep Kia Vaughn - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha are starting to build the roster for the next season. Just a day after winning ZBL title the team announced the market moves. USK Praha have agreed on terms of contract with Jana Vesela (194-PF-83). The Czech international spent the last season in Turkey. Jana Vesela played for Homend Antakya. She averaged 7.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in EuroCup. In TKBL her stats read 11.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per appearance. Previously Jana Vesela had stints with Gambrinus, Ros Casares and USK Praha. She has been the member of the Czech Republic National Team since 2001. Jana Vesela participated at the 2012 Olympic Games. Her stats read 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in London.
USK Praha also kept Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) for another season. The centre posted 12.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in ZBL.



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 20
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg20.0 
 2. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.18.9 
 3. Tatham, Halle18.4 
 4. Wright, Herner17.1 
 5. Korpivaara, Heli G.16.7 
 6. Byrd, Osnabruck16.3 
 7. House, BG 89 Avid.16.3 
 8. Nainima, Oberh.16.1 
 9. Beliveau, Rhein MB16.0 
 10. Young, Bamberg15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg14.5 
 2. Tatham, Halle10.9 
 3. Jordan, Oberhausen9.2 
 4. Benzio, Bamberg9.0 
 5. Pace, Osnabruck9.0 
 6. Beliveau, Rhein MB8.8 
 7. Wright, Herner8.6 
 8. White, Marburg8.4 
 9. Greene, Freiburg8.4 
 10. Covington, Rhein8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Heli Girls
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rego, Heli Girls7.1 
 2. Nainima, Oberh.4.3 
 3. Schindler, Freiburg4.1 
 4. Mankertz, BG 89 A.3.9 
 5. House, BG 89 Avid.3.4 
 6. Davidson, Marburg3.3 
 7. Barnert, Wasse.3.2 
 8. Richter, Heli Girls3.0 
 9. Brunckhorst, Wasse.3.0 
 10. Skuballa, Marburg2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha WHITCOMB
  Wolfenbu.
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.2.6 
 2. Rego, Heli Girls2.4 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg2.4 
 4. Nainima, Oberh.2.3 
 5. Richter, Heli Girls2.3 
 6. Beliveau, Rhein MB2.3 
 7. Pace, Osnabruck2.1 
 8. Tatham, Halle2.1 
 9. Karel, Rhein MB2.1 
 10. Young, Bamberg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chanita JORDAN
  Oberhausen
  (196-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jordan, Oberhausen2.0 
 2. Tracey, Freiburg1.2 
 3. Hoehne, Osnabruck1.2 
 4. Covington, Rhein M.1.1 
 5. Dalembert, Wasse.0.9 
 6. Fikiel, Wasserburg0.8 
 7. Benzio, Bamberg0.8 
 8. Greene, Freiburg0.7 
 9. Cannon, Wasserburg0.7 
 10. Karel, Rhein MB0.6 


Wasserburg wins the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
Freiburg - Osnabruck 62-62

The guests 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 power forward Juliane Hoehne (189-83, college: IPFW) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Angela Pace (178-87, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 4 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Jahzinga Tracey (185-86, college: Indiana, PA) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Eisvogel Freiburg. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:

Osnabruck: J.Byrd 16+2reb+2ast, J.Hoehne 16+7reb+1ast, A.Schwagmeyer 9+10reb, M.Mueller 6+3reb, M.Knopp 5+2reb+4ast, K.Schulte to Buhne 4+2reb
gschID: 240423


FINAL

Wasserburg - Rhein MB 68-51 (1-0)

TSV 1880 Wasserburg forced 26 Rhein Main Baskets turnovers and outrebounded them 45-27 including a 22-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward Emma Cannon (188-89, college: Cent.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. Finnish swingman Tiina Sten (189-85, college: St.John's, agency: Regeneracom Sports) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Alyssa Karel (170-89, college: Wisconsin) answered with 23 points and the former international forward Stephanie Wagner (182-90) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rhein Main Baskets.
Top scorers:
Wasserburg: E.Cannon 16+18reb+5ast, S.Barnert 14+1reb+3ast, T.Sten 12+9reb+3ast, A.Breitreiner 9+1reb+1ast, S.Brunckhorst 8+7reb+4ast, Z.Gray 5+2reb+1ast
Rhein MB: A.Karel 23+2reb+3ast, S.Wagner 9+6reb+1ast, D.Beliveau 7+8reb, F.Pieczynski 6+4reb, S.Greunke 4+2reb, N.Ripper 2+4reb+1ast


gschID: 240198



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Katie BUSSEY
  ProBuild.
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Bussey, ProBuild.21.2 
 2. Biesters, Lekdetec.18.0 
 3. Klein, Den Helder17.1 
 4. McDowell, ProBui.16.4 
 5. Van Den Adel, Gras.15.5 
 6. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl14.8 
 7. Butter, Binnenland14.6 
 8. Kooij, Binnenland13.9 
 9. Van der Hoek, Den13.2 
 10. Roubehie-F., Binn.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leonie KOOIJ
  Binnenland
  (187-F-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Kooij, Binnenland8.6 
 2. Horelika, ProBui.8.6 
 3. Bettonvil, Lekdete.7.7 
 4. de Jonge, Lekdete.7.6 
 5. Bettonvil, CTO7.5 
 6. Biesters, Lekdetec.7.1 
 7. Hof, CTO6.5 
 8. Van der Hoek, Den6.3 
 9. Nieuwveen, Grassho.6.1 
 10. Slim, CTO5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Karin KUIJT
  Lekdetec.nl
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl7.2 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.4.4 
 3. Cornelius, CTO4.0 
 4. Klein, Den Helder3.9 
 5. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.3 
 6. Roubehie-F., Binne.3.2 
 7. Slim, CTO2.6 
 8. Van Den Adel, Gras.2.5 
 9. Kooij, Binnenland2.2 
 10. Bettonvil, CTO2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Leonie KOOIJ
  Binnenland
  (187-F-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kooij, Binnenland3.3 
 2. Klein, Den Helder2.6 
 3. McDowell, ProBui.2.5 
 4. Biesters, Lekdetec.2.2 
 5. Butter, Binnenland2.2 
 6. Bettonvil, CTO2.1 
 7. Roubehie-F., Binne.2.0 
 8. Hartman, ProBuild.2.0 
 9. Van Den Adel, Gras.1.9 
 10. Slim, CTO1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  CT.
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.1.4 
 2. Hof, CTO1.2 
 3. de Jonge, Lekdete.0.8 
 4. Kooij, Binnenland0.7 
 5. Schoen, Den Helder0.7 
 6. Kasius, Binnenland0.6 
 7. Micir, Binnenland0.5 
 8. McDowell, ProBui.0.5 
 9. Van der Hoek, Den0.5 
 10. Appers, Binnenland0.4 



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Middle European League: UE Sopron edge MBK Ruzomberok to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

UE Sopron - MBK Ruzomberok 61:55

UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron became the first finalists of the Middle European League. They overcame MBK Ruzomberok in the first game of the Final Four in Kosice today. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) came up with 16 points to lead the Hungarian team.
MB Ruzomberok looked good in the opening quarter. They held their opponents to just 10 points to secure a 14:10 lead. Sopron picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Hungarian powerhouse erased the deficit and levelled things up at 28. UE Sopron pulled ahead in the third quarter. Jelena Milovanovic and Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped UE Sopron to a 45:43 lead at the end of the third quarter. Nadia Parker (191-C-87, college: USC) put MBK Ruzomberok within two 53:55 midway through the final frame. But Zsofia Fegyverneky and Krnjic stepped up for Sopron and sealed the victory for them. Zsofia Fegyverneky finished with 12 points, while Reka Cserny (190-F-81, college: Harvard) added 10 points in the winning effort. Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: UNLV) answered with 10 points for MBK Ruzomberok. Nadia Parker delivered 8 points in the loss.

UE Sopron: Jelena Milovanovic 16, Zsofia Fegyverneky 12, Reka Cserny 10
MBK Ruzomberok: Sequoia Holmes 10, Nadia Parker 8



Middle European League: Good Angels rally past UNI Gyor in semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels - UNI Gyor 75:55

Good Angels will play in the Middle European League Final. They outlasted UNI Gyor in the second semifinal in Kosice tonight. Good Angels will now take on UNIQA Euroleasing in the championship game on Saturday. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) fired 21 points to lead the Kosice team to the victory today.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Good Angels eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew wider in the second term. Good Angels accumulated a 38:31 lead at the interval. UNI Gyor tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third period. The Hungarian team trailed by just five points at the final intermission 48:53. But the fourth frame belonged to the hosts. Good Angels shifted the gear and ran away for good. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) produced 13 points, while Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) added 12 points for the winning side. Barbara Semsei (177-G-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 16 points for UNI Gyor. Anna Lakloth (181-G-88) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Good Angels: Allie Quigley 21, Barbora Balintova 13, Tijana Krivacevic 12
UNI Gyor: Barbara Semsei 16, Anna Lakloth 15



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Standings - WNBL

WBC Standings
 1. Hutt Valley 15-3 
 2. W.Auckland R. 12-6 
 3. Nelson S. 12-7 
 4. Otago Oceana 11-7 
 5. Harbour B. 9-9 
 6. Waikato W. 8-6 
 7. Taranaki T. 7-10 
 8. Cantenbury W. 5-9 
 9. Rotorua LV 4-10 
 10. Palmerston 2-8 
 11. Southland P. 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 3: Harbour B. - Nelson S. 64-47
May. 3: W.Auckland R. - Otago Oceana 63-51
May. 3: Waikato W. - Hutt Valley 54-64
May. 3: Taranaki T. - Canterbury W. 49-86
May. 3: Rotorua LV - Nelson S. 45-49


Best of both worlds - by Eurobasket News

Waikato Wizards have overcome the politics to finally put themselves back in contention for the New Zealand womens basketball crown.

After progressing unbeaten through the 2013 Womens Basketball Championship opening round in Rotorua last month, the Wizards lost their unblemished sheet yesterday in a top-of-the-table clash with Hutt Valley-Porirua Flyers, falling 54-64.

Forward Stella Beck starred for the Flyers with 24 points/12 rebounds, while Junior Tall Ferns team-mate Rhaiah Spooner-Knight had 16 points for the Wiz.

After opening up a 17-point lead before halftime, Waikato were still up by eight heading into the home stretch. But HV Porirua reeled off 17 unanswered points in the final period to leave their opponents standing.

Still, its a far cry from recent seasons, when the powerful Waikato association with a proud record of achievement in womens competition fielded two rival teams in the WBC, one filled with experienced campaigners and the other with promising teenagers.

That was one of the things I said when I took over, reflects coach Puke Lenden, another with tremendous playing experience in the mens NBL.

I wanted the best players on the team and I told them to just player let me deal with all the politics.

In his first season at the helm, Lenden guided his team to the WBC plate essentially the consolation prize for finishing just outside the top six but that was just a hint of the potential within his roster.

This year, its been ever better its awesome.

Young talents like Chelseah Savage, Dionne Martin, Kalani Purcell and Spooner-Knight have combined with the old heads like former Tall Ferns captain Leanne Walker (169-G-68) and Natasha Lenden (169-G-81) to produce the best from both worlds.

Purcell, in particular, was a revelation at Rotorua, putting up huge games against Harbour Breeze (18 points/15 rebounds/six assists/six steals) and champions Oceana Gold Rush Otago (26 points/14 rebounds), and featuring prominently in most statistical categories for the weekend.

But Waikato achieved their 4-0 record without the services of Spooner-Knight, who had starred (21 points/11 rebounds) in last years plate victory over Canterbury Wildcats. She sprained an ankle the week before this seasons opening round, necessitating a change to Lendens starting five, but shes back for this weekend.

I was surprised by our performance in Rotorua, but probably more surprised by other teams that werent as strong as last year, he said.

But one thing we learned last year was that every game matters. Last year, we lost three or four games by 5-6 points and you cant do that.

We also learned that each round is completely different from one month to the next, which is quite good. It gives you a chance to go home, take a break and think about what you did right or wrong.

A lot of girls play in the States and they come back in for the next round, which is what you want you want the best players out there.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



There can be only one - by Eurobasket News

Forward Stella Beck bagged a double double to lead Hutt Valley-Porirua Flyers to a 64-54 win over Waikato Wizards in a battle of previously unbeaten teams at the Womens Basketball Championship.

Waikato (4-1) dominated the early stages of the contest, opening up a 17-point advantage in the second quarter and still lead by eight points heading into the final quarter.

But the Flyers (5-0) reeled off 17 unanswered points in the final quarter to leave the Wizards standing. Beck compiled a 24 points/12 rebounds double double Margaret Scott chipped in 11 points for the winners, while Jacinta Beckley gathered 10 rebounds.

Guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight (178-F-94) had 16 points for Waikato, with Leanne Walker (15 points) and Kalani Purcell (five points/13 rebounds, seven steals) also prominent.

Earlier, champions Nelson Sparks breathed new life into their title defence with a 49-45 win over Rotorua Lady Vols, as the competitions second round began at Christchurch.

After a rough start in Rotorua last month, the Sparks are sitting mid-table, but consolidated their playoff aspirations with a narrow result over the Vols, climbing over their rivals in the standings.

Led by Lily Hospers (184-G-95) 16 points, Nelson (3-2) put just seven players on the court, receiving 11 points from Hana Wilkinson and nine points/12 rebounds/six steals from player/coach Kat Jones.

Rotorua (2-3) had double doubles from Makayla Daysh (180-F-95) (11 points/11 rebounds) and Aroha Haumaha (11 points/10 rebounds). Although they shot a better percentage from the field, they gave up 24 turnovers and 17 offensive boards, and sent their opponents to the free-throw line 17 times.

WBC Game On Newsletter, May 3

Womens Basketball Championship

Christchurch
Friday, May 3
Nelson Sparks 49 (Lilly Hospers 16, Hana Wilkinson 11) Rotorua Lady Vols 45 (Makayla Daysh 11, Aroha Haumaha 11)
Box Score

5pm
Auckland Lady Hawks 63 (Te Oramae Solomon 17, Penina Davidson 16, Brittany Lewis 13) Oceana Gold Rush Otago 51 (Danielle Calnan 11, Suzie Bates 10)
Box Score

Hutt Valley-Porirua Flyers 64 (Stella Beck 24, Margaret Scott 11) Waikato Wizards 54 (Rhaiah Spooner-Knight 16, Leanne Walker 15)
Box Score

7pm
Good Home Taranaki Thunder v Canterbury Wildcats
Referees: Leon Demetriades & Nick Naylor
Live stats

Harbour Breeze v Nelson Sparks
Referees: Ryan Jones & Marty Davison
Live stats
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



Home, where the heart is - by Eurobasket News

Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Kereama admits his attendance at this weekends Womens Basketball Championship round in Christchurch is partly business, partly pleasure.

Basketball is my pleasure, he grins. Officially, Ive come over for the purpose of selecting for the Tall Ferns programme and put the final list together for trials in August.

But they havent had womens basketball in Christchurch for a long time, so its also pretty special to come home and see two of my early mentors Phil Burns and Pina Lissaman coaching the Wildcats.

Kereama is entering his third season in charge of the national womens team, having just completed his first as a head coach in the Australian WNBL, albeit with bottom-of-the-table West Coast Waves.

Success is always measured by results, he admits. But this was a programme in dire straits it had a really poor culture, no strength and conditioning programme, no nutritional programme.

It was a professional programme in name, but not by nature. For me, it was about introducing people who could bring a winning.

He has tried to bring a similar approach to his Ferns, a programme struggling for funding and heavily reliant on the determination of its participants for survival.

When assessing players for any of his teams, Kereama has five selection criteria

Character very difficult to judge from a game of basketball, but could include body language and how they react to things

Physical attributes how fit or athletic are they

Mental attributes mental toughness, how they handle adversity or pressure

Basketball IQ how quickly can they pick things up and adjust to situations

Basketball skills can they play to their strengths, handle the ball, shoot the ball, all the fundamentals

These are the benchmarks hell be considering when he watches the talent on show in Christchurch this weekend.

With the Ferns due to meet Australia in world championship qualifying in August, Kereama has several spots to fill, due to retirements and unavailability. Hes also keeping an eye open for the next wave of players ready for the step up.

Kereama has tapped into his network of NZ-based coaches for feedback on some of the new names emerging through the WBC and age group programmes players like Penina Davidson (Auckland Lady Hawks) and Kalani Purcell (Waikato Wizards).

Hes particularly keen to catch up with Beijing Olympian Suzie Bates (pictured), who has since become one of the worlds best womens cricketers, but turned out for Otago in the last WBC round. She averaged 12.5 points a game, shooting a competition-best 58.1% from the field.

Suzie makes the people around her better players and Im tremendously proud of all the accolades that have come her way through cricket.

Ive spoken to her about coming back into the programme cricket is her first priority, but the fact shes playing means shes put her hand up and wants to be selected.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Brasov
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hoskins, Brasov19.3 
 2. Givens, ICIM A.18.3 
 3. Lucas, Hondar.-Irun17.2 
 4. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe16.9 
 5. Brown, Timisoara16.0 
 6. Pesovic, Timisoara15.2 
 7. Tobin, Alba Iulia15.1 
 8. Hilliard, Targu Mu.15.0 
 9. Lyons, Alexandria14.9 
 10. Ferenczi, Cluj N.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mekia VALENTINE
  Sf.Gheor.
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.10.5 
 2. Hilliard, Targu Mu.10.2 
 3. Thompson, Alba Iul.9.8 
 4. Demirovic, Sp.Stu.9.7 
 5. Arlen, Alexandria9.6 
 6. Toma, Craiova9.2 
 7. Thornton, Brasov8.3 
 8. Mitov, Craiova8.3 
 9. Givens, ICIM A.8.2 
 10. Stjepanovic, Bras.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jence RHOADS
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rhoads, Sf.Gheorg.5.8 
 2. Parau, Satu Mare5.1 
 3. Cursaru, Brasov4.6 
 4. Risper, ICIM A.4.4 
 5. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.2 
 6. Prlja, Craiova4.2 
 7. Arnold, Alexandria3.9 
 8. Ajavon, Targoviste3.9 
 9. Bajic, Sp.Stude.3.5 
 10. Jones, Cluj Napo.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tiffany BROWN
  Timisoara
  (165-G-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Brown, Timisoara3.9 
 2. Robbins, Targoviste3.0 
 3. Sipos, Alexandria2.8 
 4. Lyons, Alexandria2.8 
 5. Chis, Oradea2.7 
 6. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe2.6 
 7. Thornton, Brasov2.4 
 8. Vlaicu, Oradea2.4 
 9. Pesovic, Timisoara2.4 
 10. Ajavon, Targoviste2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela TOMA
  Craiova
  (192-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Toma, Craiova2.0 
 2. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.1.5 
 3. Stoiedin, Timisoara1.4 
 4. Stjepanovic, Brasov1.2 
 5. Whittington, Satu1.2 
 6. Blanaru, Timisoara1.0 
 7. Hilliard, Targu Mu.1.0 
 8. Arlen, Alexandria0.9 
 9. Thornton, Brasov0.9 
 10. Thompson, Alba Iu.0.9 



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Middle European League: Good Angels rally past UNI Gyor in semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels - UNI Gyor 75:55

Good Angels will play in the Middle European League Final. They outlasted UNI Gyor in the second semifinal in Kosice tonight. Good Angels will now take on UNIQA Euroleasing in the championship game on Saturday. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) fired 21 points to lead the Kosice team to the victory today.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Good Angels eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew wider in the second term. Good Angels accumulated a 38:31 lead at the interval. UNI Gyor tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third period. The Hungarian team trailed by just five points at the final intermission 48:53. But the fourth frame belonged to the hosts. Good Angels shifted the gear and ran away for good. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) produced 13 points, while Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) added 12 points for the winning side. Barbara Semsei (177-G-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 16 points for UNI Gyor. Anna Lakloth (181-G-88) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Good Angels: Allie Quigley 21, Barbora Balintova 13, Tijana Krivacevic 12
UNI Gyor: Barbara Semsei 16, Anna Lakloth 15



Middle European League: UE Sopron edge MBK Ruzomberok to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

UE Sopron - MBK Ruzomberok 61:55

UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron became the first finalists of the Middle European League. They overcame MBK Ruzomberok in the first game of the Final Four in Kosice today. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) came up with 16 points to lead the Hungarian team.
MB Ruzomberok looked good in the opening quarter. They held their opponents to just 10 points to secure a 14:10 lead. Sopron picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Hungarian powerhouse erased the deficit and levelled things up at 28. UE Sopron pulled ahead in the third quarter. Jelena Milovanovic and Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped UE Sopron to a 45:43 lead at the end of the third quarter. Nadia Parker (191-C-87, college: USC) put MBK Ruzomberok within two 53:55 midway through the final frame. But Zsofia Fegyverneky and Krnjic stepped up for Sopron and sealed the victory for them. Zsofia Fegyverneky finished with 12 points, while Reka Cserny (190-F-81, college: Harvard) added 10 points in the winning effort. Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: UNLV) answered with 10 points for MBK Ruzomberok. Nadia Parker delivered 8 points in the loss.

UE Sopron: Jelena Milovanovic 16, Zsofia Fegyverneky 12, Reka Cserny 10
MBK Ruzomberok: Sequoia Holmes 10, Nadia Parker 8



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Helena BOADA
  Domzale
  (174-G-87)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Boada, Domzale23.8 
 2. Gjerkes, Grosuplje18.1 
 3. Rupnik, Jezica16.5 
 4. Abramovic, Athlet.16.4 
 5. Tavic, Ilrija16.1 
 6. Orozovic, Athlete15.5 
 7. Oblak, Odeja KED14.5 
 8. Unverdorben, AJM M.14.1 
 9. Lisec, Athlete Cel.12.9 
 10. Zdolsek, Triglav12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marusa FURMAN
  GVT K.
  (184-F-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Furman, GVT K.10.1 
 2. Gajic, Athlete Cel.10.1 
 3. Prasnikar, Odeja K.10.1 
 4. Zdolsek, Triglav10.1 
 5. Skof, Grosuplje9.3 
 6. Pirsic, Triglav7.9 
 7. Klavzar, Ilrija7.8 
 8. Lisec, Athlete Cel.7.6 
 9. Orozovic, Athlete7.5 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bojana DURIC
  Triglav
  (174-G-91)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Duric, Triglav3.9 
 2. Boada, Domzale3.8 
 3. Skof, Grosuplje3.5 
 4. Zdolsek, Triglav3.2 
 5. Gjerkes, Grosuplje3.2 
 6. Meden, Ilrija3.2 
 7. Rupnik, Jezica3.0 
 8. Gabrovsek, Athlet.2.9 
 9. Abramovic, Athlet.2.9 
 10. Zupancic, Grosupl.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Helena BOADA
  Domzale
  (174-G-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Boada, Domzale4.1 
 2. Klancnik, GVT K.3.8 
 3. Abramovic, Athlet.2.7 
 4. Zdolsek, Triglav2.6 
 5. Rupnik, Jezica2.5 
 6. Prasnikar, Odeja K.2.2 
 7. Klavzar, Ilrija2.2 
 8. Gjerkes, Grosuplje2.0 
 9. Meglic, AJM M.2.0 
 10. Oblak, Odeja KED1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Viktoriya POMADINA
  Jezica
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Pomadina, Jezica0.9 
 2. Krznaric, AJM M.0.8 
 3. Dimec, Athlete Cel.0.8 
 4. Furman, GVT K.0.7 
 5. Jakobcic, Triglav0.6 
 6. Pirsic, Triglav0.6 
 7. Lisec, Athlete Cel.0.5 
 8. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 9. Skof, Grosuplje0.5 
 10. Lesek, Grosuplje0.5 


Celje one win away from the title - by Zeljko Zule

Athlete Celje need only one win to capture its ninth Slovenian championship after a road win over Triglav, 63-48, in Game 2. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) scored 15 points, Eva Lisec (190-C-95) 14, Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) 13 and Marica Gajic (187-C-95) had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Celje, who never trailed, opened the game with a 15-4 run and its lead never dipped below seven. Celje went on a 13-3 run spanning halftime to extend its advantage to 36-18. They had their largest lead of the game at 63-41 midway through the final quarter. Triglav's bench players outscored its starters 31-17. Katja Spacapan (187-F-87) came off the bench for 11 points, Ziva Zdolsek (178-G-89) and Masa Pirsic (184-F-86) both grabbed 10 rebounds.
Game 2: Triglav-Athlete Celje 48-63 (9-18, 9-12, 16-22, 14-11)
Triglav: *Zdolsek 5+10 rbs, *Duric, Jelenc 8, Sever 2, *Adamovic, *Jakovina 6, Spacapan 11, Hafner DNP, Zibert 8, Purkat DNP, Jakobcic 2, *Pirsic 6+10 rbs. Coach: Tomo Oresnik.
Athlete Celje: *Abramovic 13+5 as, *Gajic 10+12 rbs, *Orozovic 8+7 rbs, *Oblak 15, Gabrovsek 3, Macura, *Lisec 14, Ocvirk, Dimec, Bosnjak, Pucko. Coach: Damir Grgic.
Game 3 will be played on Sunday in Celje.



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  SWEDEN   


Twenty Four Players on Swedish Preliminary List - by Tamara Ruzic

Sweden has announced a list of 24 players, all of whom have been invited to camp, as preparations are about to start in a week.
The list features all fourteen players who played a game in EuroBasket Qualifiers last summer.
As was previously mentioned, Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) is attending Los Angeles Sparks training camp, so she would be available only when/if she gets cut.
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas)s rehab is going according to plan, which means she should be ready sooner rather than later. The Swedes are also optimistic about recovery of Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas), who underwent a knee surgery.
On the list theres also Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) American guard, who was third leading scorer in Swedish league this season. Key intends to obtain a Swedish citizenship in near future. If done in time she could give a boost for the Swedish guard corps.

Sweden announced their preparation plans in February. Only thing thats changed from back then is that theyll play in Lithuania against Lithuanians, Chinese and Japanese, instead of Latvians.

Malin Aasa (180-SG-87) -Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE)
Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) -BK IMOS Brno (CZE)
Frida Aili (179-G-88) - Northland Basket (SWE)
Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) - MBK Ruzomberok (SVK)
Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) - Solna Vikings (SWE)
Anna Barthold (185-C/F-80, college: St.Peter's) - Northland Basket (SWE)
Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) - Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE)
Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88,) - CUS Cagliari (ITA)
Frida Eldebrink - Bourges Basket (FRA)
Maria Gultekin - Canik Belediyesi (TUR)
Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89,) - CUS Cagliari (ITA)
Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) -Georgia Tech (USA)
Salome Kabengano (177-G/F-92) - Temple University (USA)
Ashley Key - Mark Basket (SWE)
Johanna Kallman (172-G-87) - Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE)
Jenny Lidgren (191-C-88) - Udominate Basket (SWE)
Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) - Lamar University (SWE)
Tanya Massamba (182-F/G-91) - Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE)
Agnes Nordstrom (181-G-88) - Sallen Basket (SWE)
Josefin Olheim (176-G-86) - Telge Basket (SWE)
Jennifer Stjarnstrom (187-F/C-87, college: Drexel) - Telge Basket (SWE)
Martina Stalvant (181-G-89) - Northland Basket (SWE)
Stefanie Yderstrom (173-G-90) -University of Miami (USA)



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  TURKEY   

TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

TKB2L Standings
Group D
 1. Cankaya 25-2 
 2. Orman 21-4 
 3. Nallihan 18-6 
 4. Dizdar 14-13 
 5. Asistanbul 11-14 
 6. Tekkekoy 7-20 
Group E
 1. Altay Konak 26-1 
 2. Edirne 23-4 
 3. Bursa BSB 18-7 
 4. Izmir BSB 13-12 
 5. Balcova 9-18 
 6. Burhaniye Bld 7-17 
Group F
 1. Orduspor 24-1 
 2. Botas 21-4 
 3. Sirince 16-11 
 4. Gure 16-11 
 5. Mersin Univ. 11-14 
 6. 55 Genclik 9-17 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

D

May. 4: Dizdar - Tekkekoy
May. 4: Nallihan - Asistanbul
May. 4: Orman - Cankaya

E

May. 4: Izmir BSB - Burhaniye Bld
May. 4: Bursa BSB - Balcova
May. 5: Edirne - Altay Konak

F

May. 4: Sirince - Mersin Univ.
May. 4: Botas - Orduspor
May. 5: Gure - 55 Genclik


TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Eurobasket

Points Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Houston, Nallihan24.8 
 2. Celebi, Burhaniye24.1 
 3. Dursun, Tekkekoy22.4 
 4. Jones, Bursa BSB20.5 
 5. Tulgar, Sirince19.8 
 6. Melvin, Orman19.2 
 7. Atila, Izmir BSB19.2 
 8. Taylor, 55 Genclik19.1 
 9. Ayim, Orduspor19.1 
 10. Thomas, Altay K.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Houston, Nallihan18.9 
 2. Taylor, 55 Genclik14.9 
 3. Senyurek, Botas14.7 
 4. Stansbury, Cankaya13.8 
 5. Melvin, Orman13.3 
 6. Lester, Edirne13.1 
 7. Yalcinkaya, Sirince12.6 
 8. Ozyigit, Asistanbul12.6 
 9. Jones, Bursa BSB12.5 
 10. Thomas, Altay K.12.3 
Assists Per Game
 Deniz BOZ
  Altay Konak
  (172-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Boz, Altay Konak6.6 
 2. Tongar, Antakya6.5 
 3. Uygul, Dizdar6.2 
 4. Salter, Altay Konak5.9 
 5. Usal, 55 Genclik5.7 
 6. Topdemir, Nallihan5.1 
 7. Uykan, Edirne4.9 
 8. Turan, Bursa BSB4.9 
 9. Ozyigit, Asistanbul4.6 
 10. Karsavran, Anadol.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Berfu UZUN
  Harran Uni.
  (--88)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Uzun, Harran Uni.4.5 
 2. Ayyildiz, Tekkekoy3.9 
 3. Aksoy, Balcova3.7 
 4. Atila, Izmir BSB3.4 
 5. Inan, Bigaspor3.3 
 6. Kumandanoglu, Mers.3.0 
 7. Akbas, Botas2.6 
 8. Yalcin, Harran Uni.2.5 
 9. Karsavran, Anadol.2.4 
 10. Lester, Edirne2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Houston, Nallihan3.7 
 2. Jones, Bursa BSB1.7 
 3. Gokova, Dizdar1.7 
 4. Karatas, Edirne1.6 
 5. Oztekin, Antakya1.5 
 6. Ayim, Orduspor1.4 
 7. Menderes, Izmir B.1.3 
 8. Bilen, Nigde T.T.1.3 
 9. Ekiz, Gure1.3 
 10. Taylor, 55 Genclik1.2 


Pinar Demirok left Kayseri - by Eurobasket News

22-year old domestic shooting guard Pinar Demirok (182-91, agency: 1x1 Sports) left Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (TKBL). In 29 games she had 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg this season. Demirok also played 12 games in Eurocup where she recorded 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg. She played there also last season. In 26 TKBL games she recorded 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Demirok also played at Kayseri earlier that season. She played there also last season. Demirok also played 12 games in Eurocup where she recorded just 2.0ppg. She represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 61.9%.
Demirok has played previously for another Turkish team Bay.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @1x1sports)



Pinar Demirok left Kayseri - by Eurobasket News

22-year old domestic shooting guard Pinar Demirok (182-91, agency: 1x1 Sports) left Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (TKBL). In 29 games she had 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg this season. Demirok also played 12 games in Eurocup where she recorded 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg. She played there also last season. In 26 TKBL games she recorded 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Demirok also played at Kayseri earlier that season. She played there also last season. Demirok also played 12 games in Eurocup where she recorded just 2.0ppg. She represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 61.9%.
Demirok has played previously for another Turkish team Bay.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @1x1sports)



Candide Ozturk gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TKB2L (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Candide Ozturk (188-C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Cankaya and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com TKB2L Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and sixteen rebounds, while her team outclassed Tekkekoy (#6, 7-20) with 78-point margin 139-61. It allowed Cankaya to consolidate first place in the Turkish TKB2L. Cankaya has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 25-2. Ozturk has many years of experience at Cankaya, through which he has constantly improved. Candide Ozturk averages this season 6.7ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 40-year old center Arzu Ozyigit (190-C-72) of Asistanbul. Ozyigit impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 23 rebounds. Bad luck as Asistanbul lost that game 69-76 to slightly higher-ranked Dizdar (#4, 14-13). Asistanbul managed to keep the same 5th spot in group D. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Ozyigit is a newcomer at Asistanbul and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Chasity Melvin (191-C/F-76) of second-ranked Orman. Melvin scored 22 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Melvin's great performance Orman lost 78-80 to #3 ranked Nallihan. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Orman had another "accident". It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 4th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Melvin's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Melvin has a great season in Turkey. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 13.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88) of Orduspor - 19 points and 12 rebounds
5. Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) of Botas - 16 points and 20 rebounds
6. Revaziye Atila (88) of Izmir BSB - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Susan Lester (188-F/C-88) of Edirne - 22 points and 13 rebounds
8. Seda Guclu (182-F-88) of Altay Konak - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Gizem Kazali (92) of Izmir BSB - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Muruvvet Menderes (79) of Izmir BSB - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  WNBA   


Liberty sign Loree Moore - by Eurobasket News

The New York Liberty signed Loree Moore (5'9''-G-83, college: Tennessee) to the training camp contract. The guard was last seen playing in Russia in 2011/12 season. She was the member of Vologda-Chevakata roster. Loree Moore averaged 4.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game in PBL. In EuroCup the guard posted 3.7 points, 5.5 boards, 3.8 steals and 2.1 assists per appearance. Loree Moore is not new to the Liberty. She played here in 2006/2009 seasons. Loree Moore reached the WNBA semis back in 2008. She also had stints in Turkey and Russia. The guard was among the USA National Team selection back in 2003. Loree Moore won the Silver medals at the Pan American Games that year.