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  AUSTRALIA   



Matt Knight re-signs with Wildcats for 3 more seasons - by Hugh McAuliffe

Perth Wildcats star centre Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary) has re-signed with the club for a further three seasons in a deal that will see him wear a Wildcats singlet until at least the end of the 2015/16 NBL season.

Knight picked up numerous accolades throughout the 2013 season, including finishing runner-up in the Wildcats MVP, being named in the All-NBL first team and voted as the starting centre in the All-Star game, reaffirming his status as the League's premier big man.

The 27-year-old says he's excited to re-sign with the Cats and the decision to stay in Perth was an easy one.

'I've loved Perth for three years and I wanted to continue to be here,' said Knight.

'The facilities are first class and we're playing in front of 13,000 people at the Arena. I feel that the Wildcats are starting to build on something special and I want to be part of that.'

Knight played 27 games in 2012/13 and hopes to win a championship that has so far eluded him in his 129-game NBL career.

'Personally, I want to build on what I've done so far, help win a championship and continue to bring success to the club,' said Knight.



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 4: Issa Town - Al Ahli 94-91
May. 4: Al Najma - Bahrain Club 64-71
May. 2: Sitra - Al Manama 56-74
May. 6: Nuwaidrat - Al Ittihad
May. 6: Hidd - Samaheej



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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Eagles
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Eagles21.5 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel20.3 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.1 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch15.8 
 5. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.15.0 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.14.6 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.3 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Ignatiev, Impuls B.12.1 
 10. Khodov, Sozh Gom.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Konate, Svisloch12.0 
 2. Rutkauskas, Eagles10.2 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.0 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.1 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.9.0 
 6. Plivda, Rubon8.8 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.8.3 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.6 
 9. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.8 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.6 
 2. Polyulyak, Svisloch5.4 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch4.6 
 6. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.4 
 7. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.3.8 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.2 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.8 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.5 
 3. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.3 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.3 
 5. Malkov, Grodno-932.2 
 6. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.1 
 8. Konate, Svisloch2.1 
 9. Indrikov, Rubon2.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Tsmoki.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 4. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 5. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Syrovatko, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 
 10. Stsiapanau, Impul.0.0 



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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 17-10 
 5. Antwerp 15-11 
 6. Leuven 9-16 
 7. Liege 8-19 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 3: M.Hainaut - Oostende 75-63
May. 3: Liege - Spirou 74-97
May. 4: Aalstar - Verviers-Pep. 101-69
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, Aalstar18.3 
 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, Aalstar6.3 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.1 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.0 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 9. Ferguson, Verviers.5.9 
 10. Aleksandrov, Assi.5.9 
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. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 9. Moors, Antwerp3.5 
 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. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
 10. Randle, Spirou1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 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 



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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, Uberlandia18.6 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.0 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.5 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Beal, Minas16.7 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 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. Agba, Bauru6.9 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.6.9 
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, Uberlandia5.9 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.0 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 8. Figueroa, Franca4.3 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Garcia, Uberlandia4.3 
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. Figueroa, Franca1.8 
 5. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 7. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 8. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 9. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.6 


NBB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Flamengo march into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Paulistano 84-64

Flamengo handed the third straight defeat to Paulistano and advanced into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Flamengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Paulistano's 30. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Flamengo made 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Eddy Carvalho (194-87) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Alex Oliveira (194-83) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: O.Rodriguez 22+13reb+1ast, M.Vieira 19+5reb+1ast, C.Silveira 11+6reb+1ast, K.Mensah 9+4reb+6ast, V.Benite 9+4reb, S.Santos 6+1reb+1ast
Paulistano: A.Oliveira 19+6reb, E.Carvalho 16+8reb+1ast, S.Toyloy 11+9reb, J.Munoz 7+1reb, R.Carbonari 5+2reb+1ast, W.Mattos 4+5reb
gschID: 240251


Uberlandia - Pinheiros/Sky 70-91

Pinheiros/Sky came up strong in the second half to stun Uberlandia. Uberlandia was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 53-31 second half run of Pinheiros. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a good game for American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 5 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international center Bruno Fiorotto (208-84) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Pinheiros' coach Claudio Mortari felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Luis Felipe Gruber (205-85) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Robby Collum (185-81, college: W.Michigan) added 14 points in the effort for Uberlandia.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: J.Smith 32+4reb+5ast, M.Ferreira 15+3reb, B.Fiorotto 12+6reb+3ast, P.Boracini 9+6ast, M.Dornelles 9, S.Stallworth 8+7reb+4ast
Uberlandia: L.Felipe Gruber 16+5reb, R.Collum 14+2reb+3ast, A.Parisotto 13+1reb, L.Cipolini 9+7reb, V.Silva 9+1reb+4ast, R.Day 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 240250


Bauru - Franca 87-78

Bauru celebrated the second consecutive home win and grabbed 2-1 lead in the series. It looked good early as Vivo/Franca took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paschoalotto/Bauru had a 25-17 second period charge getting the lead and Vivo/Franca was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-87. They outrebounded Vivo/Franca 42-18 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Caue Borges dos Santos (180-91) answered with 19 points and forward Leonardo Meindl (200-93) added 17 points and 4 blocks in the effort for Vivo/Franca. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru and four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bauru: L.Taylor 20+5reb+6ast, J.Agba 18+12reb, D.Coleman 18+12reb+5ast, P.Alves 13+4reb+4ast, G.Pereira 11+3reb+1ast, A.de Sousa 5+3reb+2ast
Franca: C.Borges dos Santos 19+3reb+3ast, L.Meindl 17+3reb, J.Pablo Figueroa 13+1reb+3ast, L.Mariano 11+2reb+1ast, A.Ferreira 6+5reb, D.Kurtz 6+2reb
gschID: 240249


Brasilia - S.Jose/Unimed 91-76

Brasilia spurred ahead 2-1 in the series following a comfortable home victory in Game 3. The game was mostly controlled by Brasilia. Sao Jose/Vinac was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) who led his team to a victory with 36 points (!!!) and 7 assists. International forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Andre Laws (188-80, college: San Diego) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Sao Jose/Vinac.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: W.Dos Santos 36+4reb+7ast, A.Silva 14+5reb+1ast, G.Giovannoni 13+5reb+2ast, A.Ribeiro 12+6reb+2ast, P.Prestes 8+9reb, R.Reis 4+1reb+1ast
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 25+10reb+1ast, A.Laws 17+7reb+4ast, J.Antonio 15+6reb, F.de Assis 9+10reb+6ast, D.Stefanelli 7+5reb+2ast, L.Felipe Lemes 3
gschID: 240248



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  CBL   

Standings

CBL Standings
 1. St.Louis H. 4-1 
 2. M.Tennessee S. 2-0 
 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.



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cibona 10-1 
 2. Cedevita 9-2 
 3. Zadar 8-3 
 4. Jolly 6-5 
 5. Kvarner 2010 5-6 
 6. KK Split 4-7 
 7. KK Zagreb 2-9 
 8. Alkar Sinj 0-11 
Places 9-14
 1. Darda 13-4 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 13-5 
 3. Zabok 9-8 
 4. Osjecki Sokol 7-9 
 5. Krizevci 7-10 
 6. Dubrovnik 2-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 4: Cedevita - Kvarner 2010 87-48
May. 4: KK Zagreb - Cibona 86-92
May. 4: Jolly - Alkar Sinj 86-80
May. 4: Zadar - KK Split 79-76

Second Stage: Round 12

May. 7: Cibona - Jolly
May. 7: Alkar Sinj - Cedevita
May. 7: Kvarner 2010 - Zadar
May. 7: KK Split - KK Zagreb


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ross, Jolly21.9 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.3 
 4. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 6. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 7. Radic, Kvarner 201014.6 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivica RADIC
  Kvarner 2010
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 2. Mrva, Jolly7.2 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 6. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 8. Ross, Jolly5.2 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.1 
 10. Krapic, KK Zagreb4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.3 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 4. Car, KK Zagreb3.7 
 5. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 6. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 7. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Segaric, KK Zagreb2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Car, KK Zagreb1.6 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 4. Krivec, Kvarner1.4 
 5. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 6. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 7. Petrovic, KK Zagreb1.3 
 8. Pesut, Zabok1.3 
 9. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
 10. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 5. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 7. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 
 8. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 
 9. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 10. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 


A1 Round 11: KK Zadar beats KK Split by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked KK Split (4-7) was very close to win a game against third ranked KK Zadar (8-3) on Saturday. KK Zadar managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But KK Split won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marko Ramljak (201-93, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 9 rebounds. Center Ive Ivanov (200-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. KK Zadar's coach Ante Nazor used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Srdan Subotic (190-80, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 19 points for KK Split. KK Zadar maintains third place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Darda. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. KK Zadar is looking forward to face Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka in the next round. KK Split will play at home against KK Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Zagreb: Cibona (#1) and KK Zagreb (#7). Despite it looked like an easy game for Cibona, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host KK Zagreb challenged much higher ranked Cibona giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 92-86. It was a great evening for American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. D.J. Strawberry helped adding 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International Marko Car (188-85) responded with 23 points and 6 assists. Cibona have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. KK Zagreb lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Cibona will play against Jolly (#4) in Sibenik in the next round. KK Zagreb will play on the road against KK Split and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Cedevita (9-2) which hosted in Zagreb 4th placed Kvarner 2010 (5-6). Second ranked Cedevita had an easy win 87-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. It was an exceptional evening for Ivan Buva who led the winners and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Cedevita's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dino Cinac came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Kvarner 2010 in the defeat. Cedevita have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record behind leader Darda. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Cedevita will meet Alkar Sinj (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kvarner 2010 will play against KK Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to fifth ranked Jolly (6-5) 86-80. The best player for the winners was Josip Naletilic who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jolly moved-up to fourth place. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Jolly's next round opponent will be league's leader Cibona in Zagreb and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alkar Sinj will play at home against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) in Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Jolly - Alkar Sinj 86-80

Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to fifth ranked Jolly (6-5) 86-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alkar Sinj won third quarter 31-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jolly players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Bosnian guard Josip Naletilic (195-89, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Jolly players scored in double figures. Swingman Slavko Modric (203-84) produced 21 points and point guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jolly moved-up to fourth place. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Jolly's next round opponent will be league's leader Cibona in Zagreb and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alkar Sinj will play at home against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) in Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jolly: J.Naletilic 17+7reb+9ast, D.Butorac 15+1reb+2ast, D.Bubalo 13+6reb+2ast, R.Ross 11+8reb+4ast, M.Mrva 8+2reb+2ast, T.Gabric 8+1reb
Alkar Sinj: S.Modric 21+4reb+2ast, R.Jugo 13+4reb+4ast, L.Zitko 13+1ast, N.Gaurina 9+2ast, Z.Zupic 7+8reb+4ast, J.Matic 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 236389


Cedevita - Kvarner 2010 87-48

An interesting game for Cedevita (9-2) which hosted in Zagreb 4th placed Kvarner 2010 (5-6). Second ranked Cedevita had an easy win 87-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Kvarner 2010 45-17 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cedevita shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for center Ivan Buva (208-91, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Dino Cinac (198-88) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Matteo Juricic (192-91, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) added 12 points respectively for Kvarner 2010 in the defeat. Cedevita have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record behind leader Darda. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Cedevita will meet Alkar Sinj (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kvarner 2010 will play against KK Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: I.Buva 18+8reb, P.Suput 11+6reb+2ast, R.Rogic 11+3reb+3ast, M.Bazdaric 11+4reb+1ast, M.Tomas 10+3reb+3ast, L.Babic 9+3reb+1ast
Kvarner 2010: D.Cinac 13+5reb+1ast, M.Juricic 12+1ast, H.Sirko 6+1reb+1ast, M.Veljacic 6+2reb+2ast, D.Stipcic 4+4reb+1ast, D.Jelenic 4
gschID: 236388


Zadar - KK Split 79-76

Sixth-ranked KK Split (4-7) was very close to win a game against third ranked KK Zadar (8-3) on Saturday. KK Zadar managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But KK Split won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marko Ramljak (201-93, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 9 rebounds. Center Ive Ivanov (200-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. KK Zadar's coach Ante Nazor used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Srdan Subotic (190-80, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 19 points and swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) added 16 points in the effort for KK Split. KK Zadar maintains third place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Darda. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. KK Zadar is looking forward to face Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka in the next round. KK Split will play at home against KK Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zadar: A.Delas 14+2reb+2ast, I.Ivanov 13+4reb+2ast, J.Nurkic 12+6reb, F.Kastropil 9+8reb, M.Ramljak 8+9reb+3ast, I.Batur 6+1reb
KK Split: S.Subotic 19+1reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 16+2reb+1ast, T.Katic 10+4reb+1ast, I.Bender 8+10reb+1ast, J.Sobin 6+4reb+3ast, B.Markulin 5
gschID: 236387


KK Zagreb - Cibona 86-92

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Zagreb: Cibona (#1) and KK Zagreb (#7). Despite it looked like an easy game for Cibona, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host KK Zagreb challenged much higher ranked Cibona giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 92-86. It looked good early as KK Zagreb took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cibona took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. KK Zagreb was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) helped adding 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International Marko Car (188-85) responded with 23 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Nikola Garma (203-85) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Cibona and five KK Zagreb players scored in double figures. Cibona have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. KK Zagreb lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Cibona will play against Jolly (#4) in Sibenik in the next round. KK Zagreb will play on the road against KK Split and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: J.Blassingame 22+5reb+7ast, D.Strawberry 20+7reb+5ast, D.Kus 13+2ast, A.Zizic 12+6reb, H.Kovacevic 6+1ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 6+7reb
KK Zagreb: M.Car 23+3reb+6ast, N.Garma 18+5reb, A.Krapic 15+6reb+2ast, I.Novacic 11+7reb, J.Segaric 10+2reb+4ast, K.Zganec 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 236386



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  CYPRUS   


First Cypriot coach to won a title abroad in basketball - by Michael Aristidou

Linos Gavriel manages to won Tunisian championship with his team Etoile du Sahel for the season 2012-2013. A great success for the Cypriot coach who had to fight against equal and better teams in the league, taking concern the budget they had. His team ended third in regular season but manage to won the away match against Club Africain Tunis and Etoile Sportive Rades reaching the championship with a sweep.

Linos Gavriel tried his luck in Tunisia this year and the season is full of success for him. His team is also in the cup final and Linos has the chance to succeed a double in the league. Linos served national teams in Cyprus from several positions and won as first coach with Proteas EKA AEL three doubles, reaching the eurocup quarterfinals in 2010.



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.3 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 6. Fields, Levice16.7 
 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, Levice7.4 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Nuhanovic, Levice7.2 
 8. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.2 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
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. McFadden, Usti n.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.0 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 6. Bolds, BC Kolin1.8 
 7. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 8. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 


BK Pardubice and BK Prostejov complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

BK Prostejov - Levice 80-73 (3-2)

International Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levice: W.Kemp 24+6reb+3ast, B.Fields 13+7reb+1ast, S.Nuhanovic 13+3reb, T.Mrvis 10+6reb+1ast, J.Simmons 9+5reb, R.Grznar 4+4reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: D.Pandula 22+7reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 22+10reb+2ast, R.Marko 12+2reb+3ast, O.Kohout 10+6reb+1ast, P.Slezak 8+7reb+3ast, J.Prasil 4+3reb
gschID: 240386


BK Decin - BK Pardubice 81-82 (2-3)

BK Decin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and the former international Jakub Houska (207-82) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BK Decin in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Sanders 20+6reb+6ast, J.Houska 20+8reb+1ast, L.Stria 15+4reb+3ast, M.Soukup 10+8reb+1ast, G.Kinter 7+1reb, P.Pope 5+6reb+6ast
BK Pardubice: E.Zabas 22+5reb+2ast, C.Muirhead 18+12reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 15+9reb+1ast, T.Nelson 11+2reb, L.Kotas 8+3ast, M.Carnecky 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240385



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Coach Ville Tuominen leaving Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Coaching first Pyrinto (Tampere) in Korisliiga (Top League in Finland) and moving then to Denmark! Pieti Poikola , 35, was Pyrinto Head Coach 2008-12 and now Poikola is the Head Coach of Denmark NT. Ville Tuominen , 31, was Pyrinto Head Coach 2012-13 and now Tuominen has signed a 1+1 year contract with Danish Champion Team Bakken Bears (Aarhus). Bakken beat Svendborg Rabbits in the 2013 Finals 4-3. Bakken has won three Danish Championships in a row and eight Championships during the last 11 years! Coach Tuominen led Pyrinto into Finnish Cup victory and Pyrinto was # 4 after the regular season with 31-13 record. In the quarter-Finals Pyrinto lost 1-3 vs Karhu (Kauhajoki).


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  FRANCE   


Joakim Noah, Bulls beat Nets in Game 7 - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK (AP) Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) climbed over the baseline seats, his foot that hurt so much two weeks ago that he feared he couldn't play looking pain-free as he embraced his mother.

The first Game 7 in Brooklyn belonged not to the Brooklyn Nets but to the guy who played here in high school.

"I'll remember this for the rest of my life," Noah said.

Injured, ill and just as determined as ever, the Chicago Bulls beat the Nets 99-93 on Saturday night to win the first-round series.

Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points to help the Bulls advance toa second-round series against the defending champion Miami Heatthat starts Monday night (7 ET, TNT).

Carlos Boozer added 17 points as the Bulls shook off injuries to two starters and every run the Nets tried to make in the second half to win a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history.

"I'm just so proud of this team. We've been fighting through so much all year and to be in this situation, play on the biggest stage in the world and to be able to win and now play against the Heat, all these experiences, I (don't) take those for granted," Noah said.

The Bulls opened a 17-point halftime lead with a rare offensive outburst, and found a way to get big baskets every time the Nets pulled close to win the NBA's only do-or-die game of the first round.

"I thought our guys, we took a big punch in Game 1 and we kept fighting back and that's been the story of the season," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.

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Deron Williams had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets. They were trying to become the ninth NBA team to win a series after trailing 3-1.

But they had a horrendous first-half defensive performance and Joe Johnson was bad all game on offense, finishing with six points on 2-of-14 shooting, including 1 of 9 from 3-point range.

With Luol Deng (illness) and Kirk Hinrich (bruised left calf) out again and Derrick Rose still not ready to return from last year's torn ACL, the Bulls leaned on Noah, who could barely play when the Bulls were blown out here two weeks ago in Game 1 because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He logged 41 minutes and shot 12 of 17 while also blocking six shots.

"It's disappointing. We won Game 6, we felt like this was our series, but they came out and played a great game," Williams said. "Noah, like I said, he's a warrior. He battled through his injuries and just had a monster game. We really had no answers for him down low tonight."

Noah helped the Bulls spoil the Nets' first home Game 7 in their NBA history at the end of their first season in Brooklyn. They had played only one Game 7 in all their years while they were based in New Jersey, falling at Detroit in 2004.

Chicago improved to 1-6 in road Game 7s.

Deng, tested for meningitis earlier in the week, was back in the hospital Friday night and unable to travel. Hinrich warmed up in hopes of playing before he was ruled out.

It didn't matter to the Bulls, who backed up Thibodeau's vow that they would have no excuses and play well.

Coming out ready to work, the Bulls got their first two baskets on offensive rebounds by Boozer and Noah, and they led most of the first quarter before bringing a 29-25 lead to the second on Taj Gibson's jumper with 0.8 seconds left.

It was 40-36 before the Bulls took control with solid offensive execution and poor Nets defense. Noah had consecutive baskets before seldom-used Daequan Cook made a 3-pointer to cap an 11-2 run, and after a basket by Andray Blatche, Boozer, Nate Robinson and Noah ran off the next six points to give Chicago a 57-40 lead as the crowd began to boo.

"I think we weren't as aggressive as they were, especially on the boards and the defensive end in the first half," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.

The Bulls capped it with a stunningly easy dunk by Boozer with 1.2 seconds left off an inbounds pass, sending the Bulls to the locker room with a 61-44 advantage.

Brooklyn burst out of the locker room with a 10-4 run, and back-to-back 3-pointers later in the third period by Gerald Wallace kicked off an 11-2 surge that got the Nets within 69-65 on Williams' free throw with 5:29 left.

Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer and Robinson scored to steady the Bulls and push the lead back to nine, and they led 82-75 after three.

The Nets opened the fourth with just one point in the first five minutes as consecutive baskets by Boozer pushed the lead back into double digits. The Nets kept trying to get back in it, getting it all the way down to four on a 3-pointer by Williams with 26 seconds left, but Belinelli hit four free throws from there.

Brook Lopez had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Wallace finished with 19 points for the Nets, who finished a successful first season in Brooklyn in a disappointing way, getting booed late in the first half while allowing Chicago to make eight of its final 12 shots.

Robinson finished with 12 points in his second straight start in place of Hinrich.

Notes: Rihanna, whose concert that was scheduled here for Saturday was postponed to Tuesday night after the Nets forced Game 7, sat in the courtside seats belonging to fellow music star Jay-Z. New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was in the crowd wearing a Brooklyn Dodgers hat.
Courtesy of: The Associated Press



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Kozuv 17-6 
 2. Feni Indistrija 14-9 
 3. Rabotnicki 12-11 
 4. Lirija 12-11 
 5. Kumanovo 11-12 
 6. MZT Skopje 8-1 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 8-9 
 2. Pelister Bitola 3-14 
 3. Vardar 3-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

May. 4: Kumanovo - Lirija 95-87
May. 4: Feni Indistrija - Kozuv 77-64
May. 4: MZT Skopje - Rabotnicki 100-85

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 8: Kozuv - Lirija
May. 8: Feni Indistrija - MZT Skopje
May. 8: Rabotnicki - Kumanovo


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.7 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.4 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.6 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija16.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.9 
 6. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.6 
 7. Jelesijevic, Rabot.14.3 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija13.6 
 10. Kostevski, Vardar13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo10.2 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.3 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.0 
 5. Kostevski, Vardar6.8 
 6. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.1 
 7. Abukar, Rabotnicki6.1 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.5.6 
 10. Arsic, ABA S.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.8 
 3. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.6 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.6 
 5. McIntosh, Feni I.3.2 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.2 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.7 
 9. Ugrinoski, Lirija2.4 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Balsa RADUNOVIC
  Lirija
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Radunovic, Lirija1.7 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 5. Stajic, Lirija1.3 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.1.3 
 7. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.2 
 8. Simonovski, Feni I.1.1 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
 10. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 4. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.9 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.9 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.6 
 9. Arsic, ABA S.0.5 
 10. Vucurovic, Feni I.0.4 


Prva Liga Round 9 (Second Stage): Feni Indistrija defeats leader Kozuv - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Prva Liga. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kozuv (17-6) in Kavadarci on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Feni Indistrija (14-9) 77-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kozuv. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Indistrija. Kozuv managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Harper Kamp (203-88, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 17 points for Kozuv. Feni Indistrija maintains second place with 14-9 record having just three points less than leader ABA Strumica. Kozuv at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#6) at home in the next round. Kozuv will play against Lirija (#4) in Skopje and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3). MZT Skopje (8-1) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (12-11) 100-85. International Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 assists for the winners and Gjorji Cekovski chipped in 24 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) with 19 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 8-1 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Lirija. MZT Skopje will play against league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play at home against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. 4th placed Lirija (12-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (11-12). Kumanovo 2009 managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Saturday. Aleksandar Kostoski nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Enes Hadzibulic came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Lirija in the defeat. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 11-12 record. Lirija lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Kumanovo 2009 will meet higher ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lirija will play against the league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 9th round was 26 points and 11 rebounds by Balsa Radunovic of Lirija.


Places 1-6
MZT Skopje - Rabotnicki 100-85

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3). MZT Skopje (8-1) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (12-11) 100-85. It looked good early as Fersped-Rabotnicki took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MZT Skopje had a 22-9 second period charge getting the lead and Fersped-Rabotnicki was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-100. Fersped-Rabotnicki was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 assists for the winners and the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) chipped in 24 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) with 19 points and 6 assists and American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) scored 13 points. Four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 8-1 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Lirija. MZT Skopje will play against league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play at home against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Stojanovski 28+3reb+5ast, G.Cekovski 24+3reb+2ast, D.Noa 21+8reb, O.Stojanovski 7+1reb+5ast, C.Davis 6+2reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 4+4reb
Rabotnicki: N.Zivcevic 19+4reb+6ast, M.Abukar 13+4reb+1ast, J.Sharper 13+3reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 10+4reb+3ast, S.Avramovski 9+3reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 7+4reb+5ast
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Kumanovo - Lirija 95-87

The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. 4th placed Lirija (12-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (11-12). Kumanovo 2009 managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kumanovo 2009 made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded Lirija 35-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Enes Hadzibulic (196-81) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: FIU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 22 points respectively for Lirija in the defeat. Four Kumanovo 2009 and five Lirija players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 11-12 record. Lirija lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Kumanovo 2009 will meet higher ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lirija will play against the league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 25+5reb+5ast, A.Lee-Ingram 23+8reb+3ast, U.Lukovic 17+13reb+3ast, M.Janevski 16+3reb, D.Stanimirovic 6+2ast, D.Mikic 4+3reb+2ast
Lirija: C.Morban 22+2ast, J.Price 18+4reb, E.Hadzibulic 17+8reb+2ast, T.Simic 16+3reb, A.Ugrinoski 10+2reb+3ast, B.Radunovic 4+2reb
gschID: 235630


Feni Indistrija - Kozuv 77-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kozuv (17-6) in Kavadarci on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Feni Indistrija (14-9) 77-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kozuv. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Indistrija. Kozuv managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Harper Kamp (203-88, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 17 points and Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kozuv. Feni Indistrija maintains second place with 14-9 record having just three points less than leader ABA Strumica. Kozuv at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#6) at home in the next round. Kozuv will play against Lirija (#4) in Skopje and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: H.Kamp 24+10reb+2ast, B.Trajkovski 14+6reb, D.Sokolov 13+3reb+2ast, V.Brckov 10+4reb+2ast, C.McIntosh 8+5reb+4ast, D.Knezevic 5+2reb
Kozuv: I.Mijajlovic 17+4reb+2ast, S.Bozovic 11+5reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 10, M.Pekovic 8+4reb+3ast, P.Blazevski 5+3reb+2ast, D.Radulovic 5+1reb
gschID: 235629



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. White, Phoenix17.3 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.3 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.5 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 6. Rice, B.Muenchen15.3 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.8 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.14.0 
 10. Redding, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.9 
 5. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.6 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.5 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 8. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 9. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 10. Lischka, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.8 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.6 
 3. White, Phoenix4.5 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 8. Guenther, Ratio.3.7 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.8 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 6. Ford, Brose Bask.1.1 
 7. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 8. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 9. King, Art.Dragons0.9 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.0.9 


ProB Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Schwelm - Bayer Giants 76-70 (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 47-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets forced 20 Bayer Giants turnovers. American players dominated the game. Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. point guard Dj Hamilton (183-90, college: MSU Moorhead) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Bayer Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: D.Hamilton 19+2reb+4ast, J.Coles 18+6reb+5ast, D.Fiorentino 16+8reb, A.Kronhardt 10+5reb+1ast, L.Wendt 6+3reb+5ast, S.Schroter 4+9reb+3ast
Bayer Giants: J.Eggleston 17+10reb+4ast, M.Rass 16+5reb+1ast, A.Parker 14+6reb+5ast, G.Twiehoff 11+3reb+5ast, M.Kuczmann 8+1reb+1ast, O.Legankovas 2+1reb
gschID: 240206



Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Giants) We Know What We Have To Do In Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) is a 30 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also ha sthe German citizenship. This season he is playing for the Duesseldorf Baskets in the Pro A. . He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3 (8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April '09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. '11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% Last season, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.'11, in Mar.'12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg He spoke to eurobasket after the 84-78 loss in Duesseldorf against SC Rasta Vechta.

A tough 84-78 loss agaisnt Vechta. Something like 700 Vechta fans came to the game and 1,600 fans were there. How did it feel having a more loud Castello than usual?

It was a tough lose but the atmosphere was great. They had huge fan support for the game and it really shows how nice Castello Arena can be.


This was a hard fought game from start to finish. Was this the kind of playoff atmosphere that players play the game for?

Yes, everyone in the game knew it was going to be a really physical, hard fought game. Both teams made the finals by playing hard-nosed basketball and it continued in game one and will continue into game two.


SC Rasta Vechta had the 45-42 lead at halftime. Why coulnt either team break away in the first half?

Both teams were playing pretty solid defense but the scoring in the first half was really strong. Both teams were knocking down shots from outside.


Duesseldorf had the tight lead in the fourth with 3, 00 minutes to play, but SC Rasta Vechta ended the game with a 12-3 run. What was key for the opponent clawing out the win?

They were able to run their plays and finish on offense where we struggled, and they out-rebounded us by a huge margin. That will have to change for us in game two.

Would a Chris Gadley on the court have made the difference?

Chris would have been a great inside presence for us, especially with the way all of our bigs struggled around the basket.


Duesseldorf has to win by seven points or better to win the Pro A title. This the biggest game of the season. The game. Do xs and Os take a more of a back seat now just to who wants it more?

Absolutely. We know what we have to do, we have had a very similar game plan the whole playoffs, but it is definitely about who wants it more.


What was key for the New York Knicks pulling out the series 4-2 agaisnt the Boston Celtics?

After blowing such a big lead, Carmelo Anthony stepped up and knocked down some big shots to hold off the Boston comeback.


There will be a game seven Chicago Bulls against Brooklyn Nets. Who will move on?

Chicago Bulls

After eating that tasty Burrito, what will be the second thing you will do after touching American soil?

Probably take my dog Barry out for a walk after the long 10 + hour flight home.


Thanks Adam for the chat.





Richie Williams (SC Rasta Vechta) I Will Watch Any Given Sunday Before Game 2 Against Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Richard Williams (178-PG-87, college: San Diego St.) is a 25 year old 178cm guard that played for SC Rasta Vechta this season and is sitting in the Pro A finals against the Duesseldorf Baskets. He is a very fast guard that can play either one or two. Great at pushing the break. Can score by shooting the three or using his explosiveness to beat his man. Gets to the basket and scores in traffic. A specialist in steals that uses his quickness to intimidate on defense. Great ball control. Gets the whole team involved when playing the point but can takeover a game at any time. He started his basketball career at San Diego St. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year he played 36 games: 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for The San Diego Surf (ABA), in Jan.'10 moved to FSU Selfoss (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 8 games: 27.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.7%. Last season he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB, starting five): 33 games: 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-2 (3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 84-78 win in Duesseldorf.

Congrats on the 84-78 win in Duesseldorf. How proud are you of the Vechta fans. Did this game feel like a home game?

It was amazing to see our fans support us like they did. It was nothing but orange shirts in the crowd.

The game was tight all throughout. Did both teams give a good example of what playoff basketball really should be?

The game was very intense and both teams were out to show why they deserve to win. Im just glad to be apart it

Why wasnt any team able to break away in the first half?

Its championship basketball. Either team losing by 20 or more points says they didnt deserve to be in the finals and I dont want to believe that's the case

In crunch time the Duesseldorf Giants had the slim 75-72 lead, but SC Rasta Vechta closed out the game with a 12-3 run. What was ke yin the last two minutes for getting the victory?

Getting to the basket. I felt like we were bailing them out by shooting 3's. We needed to get them in the bonus because they had key players in foul trouble and we had a lot of success with getting to the line.

You told me in the pre game interview that you had to control the Duesseldorf big men and you did winning the team rebound battle 46-26. What was the secret for this overwhelming domination of the boards?

Everyone needed to help rebound. Crash the boards every time shot goes up

Your team had many key players in this win, but talk about German Dirk Madrich who kept the defense together with big plays?

He's the anchor. He protects the basket, so if teams feel like they can get to the basket whenever they want we would be in serious trouble. His aggressiveness last night and last series have been getting us over the hump

SC Rasta Vechta won by six points and you cant let Duesseldorf win by more than six points. What will be key to getting the title on your home court?

Not getting complacent. The moment we get comfortable will be the moment we lose control of the series. I'm not worried about it though, we're focused

Did you know when Kobe B
ryant went down with the injury that the Lakers would be done in the playoffs?

Yes. When Kobe went down there was a void no one could fill. He's everything to that team.

What DVD will you watch to get hyped for the game on Sunday?

Any Given Sunday.

Thanks fort he chat Richie.




BBL All-Star Larry Gordon Signs Two-Year Contract Extension With Phoenix Hagen - by Daniel Poerschke

It has been said that, there is no substitute for hard work.

For Larry Gordon (6'5''-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona), the hard work and dedication displayed throughout his career and during his All-Star season for Phoenix Hagen in Germany's BEKO BBL is a constant reminder that these seven words still hold true. Now, Gordon -- the 6-foot-5, 225 pound swingman out of Division 2 Cal Poly Pomona -- is being rewarded for such efforts.

Scorers 1st Sportmanagement is very proud to announce that Larry Gordon will continue working hard in Hagen after signing a 2-year contract extension it was announced by the club on Friday.

"This accomplishment for Larry truly is a reflection of him setting career goals for himself and not stopping until he reached those goals. It has been that way since he came out of a small college, turned pro and put in the work and determination needed to succeed at this level, said Scorers 1st CEO and FIBA and NBA certified player agent Gerrit Kersten-Thiele.

"We couldn't be more happy and proud of Larry. He's a great player, but even a better person."

The extension comes during a season where Gordon was selected to the BEKO BBL All-Star Game during his first year playing in Germany and helped lead Phoenix Hagan to the BEKO BBL Playoffs by averaging 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, while growing into a league leader in a number of statistical categories.

As one of the most efficient players in the BBL, Gordon finished the regular season among the Top 10 and Top 20 league leaders in total rebounds (4th, 223), total offensive rebounds (ranks 6th, 72), rebounding (ranks 5th, 6.6 rpg), efficiency rating (ranks 6th, 502), effectiveness (8th, 14.8), double-doubles (ranks 9th, 4), 3-pt. field goal percentage (ranks 11th, 43.6%), total field goals made (ranks 13th, 158), efficiency rating per game (ranks 12th, 14:44), total steals (ranks 15th, 35), steals per game (ranks 17th, 1.0) and scoring (ranks 17th, 12.9 ppg).

Blessed with a combination of versatility and toughness, the four-year pro also was Hagen's team leader in three-point shooting (43.9%), offensive rebounds (2.1), defensive rebounds (4.4) and total rebounds (6.5) and finished second in FG % (53%) and FT% (82.6%).

During his first year in college at Cal Poly Pomona (California Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA Division 2) Gordon received Freshman Player of the Year honors and followed up his first year by earning a 1st team All-Conference award and leading the Broncos to a playoff birth as a Sophomore. As a Junior, Gordon continued to mature on the floor and in the class room: 1st team All-Conference for the second straight year, NABC All-Region, 1st team All-Tournament and Honorable mentioned All-American, and Cal Poly Pomona's first Conference Tournament Championship Game.

Gordon saved the best for last.

The aggressive playmaker led the Broncos to the Division 2 National Championship Game as a Senior after winning both the Conference and Regional Championships. Gordon took home the Conference Player of the Year award, was named MVP of the West Region and selected to the Elite 8 All-Tournament team. The mark Gordon left on Cal Poly Ponoma's program was indeed historic. Not only did was he named 1st team All-Conference for the third straight year, but the Pomona, California native became the 5th All-American basketball player in the history of Cal Poly Pomona, where Gordon remains the all-time leading rebounder and second all-time leading scorer in school history. Gordon also ranks in the Top-5 in several program records including career points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, steals and games played.

After a storied collegiate career at Cal Poly Pomona, Gordon embarked on a professional overseas career in 2009 that's spread from Holland, to Austria and now this season in Germany.

Gordon's rookie season took place in the Dutch Basketball League for Holland's Landstede Basketbal Zwolle where he averaged 14 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. The following two seasons Gordon was a fixture in the Ece Kapfenberg Bulls' backcourt, averaging both 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game (35 games) and 14.7 points, 8.4 rebounds per game and shot 65% from the field (38 games) in the Austria-A Budesliga. During Gordon's last season in Austria he turned heads by winning the Austrian All-Star Game's Slam Dunk Contest.

This season in Hagen, Gordon's made a direct impact in Germany's BEKO BBL: making the All-Star team -- where he competed in both the Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shootout -- and now preparing for the postseason.

Gordon and Hagen secured the 8th spot in the BEKO BBL Playoffs with their 99-88 win over MBC last Saturday, where Gordon went for 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the win. They will face No. 1 seeded Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) in the first round beginning on Sunday. The two teams split their series during the regular season and Gordon finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Hagen's respective 104-97 win.

It?s been an amazing first season in Germany with Phoenix Hagen for Larry Gordon and we wish him much success in the postseason and as he continues to work hard toward reaching new goals.

Source: http://scorersfirst.com/?&datenid=438



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  ISRAEL   


Miki Dorsman takes over as owner of Hapoel Holon - by Shai Levi

After overcoming a hard-fought 2012-13 campaign, seeing the team's playoff hopes go down the drain, and suffering from financial difficulties, Hapoel Holon can rest assure the team's financial future is (now) in good hands.
According to sources with knowledge of the team's latest movement, ownership of Holon was handed over this past weekend to a management group led by former coach and businessman Miki Dorsman, who coached Hapoel's championship-winning team six years ago, that had featured current NBA and top-European personnel in P.J. Tucker, Tre Simmons and Elton Brown.

Holon, during the last couple of years, experienced several financial problems and was nearly relegated to the minor leagues under the administration of former European coach Pini Gershon.

Dorsman, who served as both Holon coach and owner during the glorifying 2007-2008 title-season, is set to take on the general manager position.

Eurobasket was also informed that Holon will attempt to regroup will leading Israeli point guard Moran Roth, who hasnt found his mojo with Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv. Also high on Holon's recruiting list is playmaker Niv Berkowitz, who registers 10 points, 4.2 assists and 2.7 boards per during his breakout season for Bnei Herzliya.

David Pick contributed to this article



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  JAPAN   

BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama27.2 
 2. Cummings, Sendai22.0 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC21.4 
 5. Chandler, Chiba J.20.5 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.4 
 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 Jets11.5 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.10.7 
 8. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 9. Williams, Saitama10.6 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.4 
 2. Togashi, Akita NH6.2 
 3. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.6 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.2 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.8 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS4.1 
 10. Woods, Tokyo C.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. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC2.0 
 6. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 7. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 10. Dixon, Gunma1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.5 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Ashby, Fukuoka1.7 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 9. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.4 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 


BJ League Round 1 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Shiga L-Stars - Kyoto Hannar. 69-79

The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Shiga L-Stars.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 20+15reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 18+3reb+2ast, D.Palmer 17+6reb+1ast, J.Boyette 11+7reb, Y.Okada 9+1reb+1ast, T.Murakami 4+2reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: S.Colwell 19+8reb, D.Gomez Camargo 13+5reb+4ast, W.Arnold 11+1reb+1ast, D.Terashita 7+6reb, B.Yokoe 6+1reb+2ast, R.Nixon 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 240271


Iwate Big Bulls - Akita NH 79-74

Akita Happinets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Iwate Big Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tsukino Masato (178-88) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) answered with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) added 27 points in the effort for Akita Happinets.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 23+10reb+4ast, R.Okosa 16+6reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 12+4reb+1ast, T.Masato 9+7reb+8ast, K.Takahashi 8+3reb, M.Sawaguchi 5
Akita NH: D.Harris 27+1reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 18+2reb+9ast, M.Brown 15+14reb+10ast, M.Anderson 9+8reb+1ast, K.Shoji 5+2reb, S.Sawa 0
gschID: 240269


Toyama Grouses - Chiba Jets 97-77

The game was mostly controlled by Toyama Grouses. Chiba Jets managed to win second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyama Grouses dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 46. Toyama Grouses forced 21 Chiba Jets turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses' coach Bob Nash used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Crosse) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) added 24 points in the effort for Chiba Jets.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 21+11reb+3ast, J.Jacob 18+3reb+2ast, A.Garcia 17+4reb+5ast, T.Mito 16+4reb+4ast, M.Joho 10+3reb+4ast, T.Fujie 9
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 24+4reb+2ast, J.Werner 21+13reb+1ast, D.Bell 16+4reb+1ast, M.Gray 9+7reb+1ast, H.Sato 4+3reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 3+1ast
gschID: 240268


Shimane SM - Hamamatsu P. 80-67

The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hamamatsu Phoenix's 34. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 19+8reb+1ast, B.Freeman 19+3reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 14+4reb+1ast, J.Davis 12+11reb+2ast, K.Yamabuchi 10+5reb+5ast, K.Hatano 6+3reb+3ast
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 19+12reb+6ast, E.Fuqua 15+7reb+2ast, A.Ohta 9+9reb, J.Parmer 8+2reb+2ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+2reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 6
gschID: 240270



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VTB League: VEF Riga wins the decisive game to clinch the Quarterfinal berth - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - BC Astana 76:67

VEF Riga wins the decisive game to clinch the Quarterfinal berth of VTB League. The Latvian side posted a 76:67 win against BC Astana.
BC Astana trailed by 18 points at halftime and as many as 25 after three quarters before a 28-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 67-76 at the end of the game. VEF Riga made 18-of-23 free shots during the game. The best player for the winners was Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Dairis Bertans scored 13 and Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) added 11. At the other side the best for losing team was David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) added 18 points respectively. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 8 points.

VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans 13, Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) 11, Antanas Kavaliauskas 11, Earl Rowland 10
BC Astana: David Simon 20, Jerry Johnson 18, Branko Cvetkovic 8



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VTB League: VEF Riga wins the decisive game to clinch the Quarterfinal berth - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - BC Astana 76:67

VEF Riga wins the decisive game to clinch the Quarterfinal berth of VTB League. The Latvian side posted a 76:67 win against BC Astana.
BC Astana trailed by 18 points at halftime and as many as 25 after three quarters before a 28-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 67-76 at the end of the game. VEF Riga made 18-of-23 free shots during the game. The best player for the winners was Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Dairis Bertans scored 13 and Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) added 11. At the other side the best for losing team was David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) added 18 points respectively. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 8 points.

VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans 13, Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) 11, Antanas Kavaliauskas 11, Earl Rowland 10
BC Astana: David Simon 20, Jerry Johnson 18, Branko Cvetkovic 8



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 34
 1. Emmett, Amchit34.0 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Khatib, Champville27.0 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.8 
 7. Sims, Sagesse23.8 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos23.5 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed22.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.3 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.1 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.5 
 8. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.0 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Bejjeh
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Williams, Bejjeh6.6 
 2. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.5 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.1 
 8. Fahed, Moutahed5.1 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 10. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Blair, Hoops3.1 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.4 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Akl, Sagesse1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Amchit
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 4. Fraser, Byblos1.5 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 6. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.9 
 10. Terry, Champville0.8 



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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis16.6 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas15.9 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.15.5 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.1 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai15.0 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis13.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.13.4 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai13.3 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.5 
 10. Vene, Rudupis12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.3 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.5 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis5.8 
 7. Vene, Rudupis5.7 
 8. Kiausas, Sakalai5.6 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis5.5 
 10. Kupsas, Lietkabel.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.8 
 2. Viskontas, Juvent.4.5 
 3. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 5. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.6 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.3 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.3 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 10. Dainys, Neptunas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 5. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.5 
 7. Broadus, Neptunas1.5 
 8. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.5 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis1.4 
 10. Butkevicius, Nept.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 
 6. McClure, Neptunas0.8 
 7. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 9. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 10. Dia, Siauliai0.7 


Zalgiris takes 3-0 lead in the Final series - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lietuvos rytas 72-45 (3-0)

Zalgiris takes 3-0 lead in the Final series. In the latest game Zalgiris celebrated an easy 72:45 victory. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lietuvos rytas to just 7 points in third quarter. 27 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) who recorded 12 points and the former international power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) added 5 points and 8 rebounds 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:
Zalgiris: K.Lavrinovic 12+6reb, D.Lavrinovic 11+4reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 10+1reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 10+9reb, A.Juskevicius 9+5ast, R.Javtokas 7+4reb
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 12+2ast, T.Zubcic 8+4reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 5+8reb, N.Nedovic 5+1reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 5+3reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 4+1reb
gschID: 240123



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Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 4: Hermosillo - Guaymas 93-86
May. 4: Los Mochis - Guasave 76-88
May. 4: Tijuana - Navolato
May. 4: Nogales - Cananea


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Obregon24.6 
 2. Frederick, Guasave24.3 
 3. Monroe, Cananea23.4 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas21.3 
 5. Moss, Nogales20.4 
 6. Sperling, Obregon20.3 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato19.5 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana18.7 
 9. Polynice, Guasave18.7 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Moss, Nogales10.7 
 2. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 3. Habel, Guaymas8.2 
 4. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 5. Penny, Tijuana7.9 
 6. Frederick, Guasave7.2 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato7.0 
 8. Spain, Hermosillo6.8 
 9. Strobbe, Nogales6.6 
 10. Monroe, Cananea6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.6.5 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.5 
 3. Insunza, Navolato5.2 
 4. Polynice, Guasave5.0 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana4.6 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas4.2 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.0 
 8. Medina, Tijuana3.9 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo3.9 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.1.9 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.8 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo1.6 
 4. Allen, Guaymas1.5 
 5. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 8. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 9. Shorter, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Gonzalez, Cananea1.2 
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. Morrison, Tijuana0.6 
 8. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 9. Frederick, Guasave0.4 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.4 


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American Eniel Polynice (195-G-88) had a great game in the last round for Guasave and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding two rebounds and nine assists for Guasave in his team's victory, helping them to beat Los Mochis (6-11) 89-81. Guasave is placed at 8th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Guasave is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. In the team's last game Polynice had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Seton Hall University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Polynice is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of second-ranked Guaymas. Shorter impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Guaymas was edged by slightly higher-ranked Hermosillo (13-4) 90-88. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Guaymas still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 13-4 record is not bad at all. Shorter is one of the most experienced players at Guaymas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 4.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis (#9). Pearson showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Pearson's great performance Los Mochis lost 81-89 to Guasave (6-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Los Mochis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pearson could try to bring Los Mochis' a little bit higher in the standings. Pearson has a very solid season. In 7 games in Mexico he scored 20.0ppg. He also has 9.1rpg and 1.3bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Guasave - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Los Mochis - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 15 assists
7. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. James Sandoval (195-F) of Los Mochis - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jesus Leyva) of Guasave - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Cananea - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  MONTENEGRO   


EBL Play-Offs 2013: Buducnost and Sutjeska won at home - by Darko Pekic

The Erste Basketball League Play-Offs started tonight and home teams won their games as expected. Sutjeska and Teodo played a tied game with many lead change but the most important news after all is that Sutjeska lead in the series 1-0 (72-64). Teodo had a nice lead in the first half but Slobodan Savovic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija )'s boys stopped fighting in the second half which influenced the finals result. On the other hand, Sutjeska took advantage of Teodo's weak zone defense and punished them with their good 3 point shooting in the second half. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) led the run and helped his team with 18 points and 9 rebounds while Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) scored 14 points. Teodo stayed in the game thanks to Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) who had an outstanding performance (22 points and 12 rebounds). It was the game high in scoring and rebounding tonight. The next game will be played in Tivat and it can be a decisive one if Sutjeska wins again. If Teodo ties the series the last game will be played in Niksic again.

Buducnost had no problems against Ulcinj (87-64) and will try to close the story on Wednesday in Ulcinj. The game was decided after the first quarter when the home team got +15 lead. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) scored 16 points for his team and was the leading scorer. The veteran big man Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) fought hard against Buducnost, his old rival from Lovcen days, and scored 20 points shooting 6/7 from the 3 points line.



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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. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 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. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. 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 


LeBron James is the real defensive player of the year. - by Chris Mathieu

LeBron James is the real defensive player of the year.
Congrats to Marc Gasol for winning the award but really there is only one choice for defensive player of the year, LeBron James. Marc Gasol isnt even the best defender on his team, that title goes to Tony Allen who is widely considered the best perimeter defender in the NBA. This award has become more of a popularity choice for players who really dont deserve it like Dwight Howard.
Joakim Noah was likely to win the award before he got injured and struggled down the stretch. Marc Gasol gets a lot of the credit for the Grizzlies defense but it is more of a team effort than Gasol setting the tone for the team. LeBron James is a cut above all the others on the list and the only real argument this season could have been for Omer Asik. Gasol, James, Serge Ibaka, Noah and Allen were the top five vote getters. Gasol benefited from the splitting of the vote of his teammate Tony Allen.
The real top 5 should have looked like this

1) LeBron James: By far the best defender in the NBA. He can guard five positions and do it well. He can run down anybody in the NBA in transition and covers so much of the court. He can guard multiple players on the same possession, unheard of in basketball. He defends the other teams best player down the stretch in close games. He is a menace to opposing teams and an incredibly disruptive player.

2) Omer Asik: Omer does some of the same things that make James so special; he can cover a massive amount of floor space all by himself. When Omer was in the games for Houston they were number one in the NBA in half-court defense, when he wasnt they were dead last. He can switch and guard smaller players on the perimeter and can blow up screens. Asik is the best defensive center in the NBA.

3) Tony Allen: The best perimeter defender in the NBA and a hound who makes life difficult for opponents. A tough hard edge old school defender, Allen is the best defender on the best defensive team in the NBA.

4) Joakim Noah: Noah was playing at an elite level till foot injuries derailed his season. His energy and rebounding are elite but his help and recover defense is key to everything the Bulls do defensively. He can struggle guarding bigger players in the paint but is the best help defender in the NBA.

5) Serge Ibaka: Ibaka is spectacular athlete who puts up great defensive numbers. He is an excellent help defender and is able to guard multiple positions. He sometimes goes for the highlight play instead of the smart basketball play.

Honorable mention

Marc Gasol: A good solid defender, surprising athlete and shot blocker. He has great size and good feet and timing.

Tim Duncan: A smart positional defender who can still get it done against most opponents even at the age of 37.

Avery Bradley: A highlight a minute defender, next to Tony Allen the second best on the ball defender in the NBA.

Jimmy Butler: One of the best wing defenders and an up and coming top defender in the future. Butler is tough, athletic and fearless defender.

Larry Sanders: Sanders is elite shot blocker and help defender his lack of size sometimes works against him as it is hard to hold his ground. He has improved in not biting on pump fakes and getting caught out of position.

Paul George: One of the best young wing defenders in the NBA. George can guard multiple positions and has to be accounted for on defense by opponents.



Chicago 99, Brooklyn 93 - by Milord Nikolic

Joakim Noah had 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead the injury ravaged Bulls over the host Nets in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and Carlos Boozer added 17 as fifth-seeded Chicago advances to face the top-seeded Miami Heat in the conference semifinals, which begin Monday in Miami. Bulls forward Luol Deng missed his second straight game because of illness and was hospitalized in Chicago and point guard Kirk Hinrich (calf) missed his third consecutive contest. Deron Williams scored 24 points, Brook Lopez added 21 and Gerald Wallace tallied 19 for the fourth-seeded Nets. Brooklyn won back-to-back games to force a Game 7, but never led in the finale. The Nets trailed by 10 points with 7:07 remaining and were able to pull within 97-93 on a 3-pointer by Williams with 26.6 seconds left. Belinelli hit two free throws to push the margin to six but Williams and Joe Johnson missed 3-pointers on Brooklyns next possession as Chicago sealed its improbable victory. Noah had 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half as the Bulls took a surprising 61-44 halftime lead. Brooklyn rebounded to pull within four midway through the third quarter before Chicago took an 82-75 advantage into the final stanza.



Bulls eliminate Nets in Game 7 - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn N. - Chicago B. 93-99
The Nets fought back from a three-games-to-one deficit against the Chicago Bulls to earn this opportunity, a win-or-go-home game in their new arena and another chance for their black-clad fans to shower this rebranded franchise with full-throated adoration. They were confident because it was all right there, all on a platter, all for the taking. The Bulls' roster had been thinned by injury and illness. The Nets could surge into a second-round series with the top-seeded Miami Heat. But it all crumbled to pieces in a first-half performance that, for the Nets, could not have been scripted any worse. The Bulls went on to win, 99-93, on Saturday night, closing the inaugural season at Barclays Center with an anticlimactic thud and cutting short the season of a team with designs on a deeper postseason run. 'When we won Game 6,' Nets point guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) said, 'we felt like this was our series.' In front of a raucous capacity crowd - the first to watch a Game 7 in Brooklyn since the Dodgers hosted the Yankees in 1956 - the Nets shot 40.7 percent and fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half. They closed the gap to 4 in the fourth quarter, but Chicago, which scored 52 points in the paint and had 19 offensive rebounds, managed to hold on. The Bulls followed the energetic lead of their center, Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida), who had 24 points and 14 rebounds and blocked six shots. After the game, Noah, grinning broadly, leapt into the crowd to hug his mother, Cecilia Rodhe. 'I'm so proud of this team,' he said. 'All of these experiences I'll never take for granted.' In a dour and stunned Nets locker room, Williams tossed a crumbled score sheet to the floor. Joe Johnson, who shot 2 of 14 from the field and scored 6 points, barely whispered his explanation for what tied his lowest scoring output of the season. 'I was just out there trying to give the guys what I had,' Johnson said. 'It was tough not being able to come through.' The Nets entered Game 7 calm and confident, saying they believed that they were better than the Bulls - that they were better than the Bulls without the injuries and were certainly better than them now. The bravado had some foundation. The Nets won 49 games this season, earning the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with two of the N.B.A.'s highest-paid players, Williams and Johnson, and an All-Star center, Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford), at their core. They also had a full roster at their disposal, unlike Chicago, which was missing the starters Kirk Hinrich (calf) and Luol Deng (illness) on Saturday, not to mention its franchise player, Derrick Rose, who has not played this season. The Bulls got by mainly on heart and hustle, as well as the ingenuity of their coach, Tom Thibodeau , who was wringing a rolled-up statistics sheet in his hand for parts of the second half Saturday, looking the part of a mad scientist on the sidelines. The Nets were undone by the same inconsistent swings that plagued them all season and all series. They made two field goals in the third quarter of Game 2. They missed 25 of 26 shots in the first half of Game 3. They shot 27 percent in the second half of Game 6. On Saturday, they fell behind, 29-25, in the first quarter while relying on Williams, who scored or assisted on 15 of the team's first 20 points, to engineer the offense. Lopez was quiet, and Johnson struggled. The Bulls built up their lead in the second quarter, taking a 17-point lead into halftime. The crowd booed. 'They played like they weren't ready for their season to end,' forward Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) said. 'They ran what they wanted, and we were on the back of our heels.' After Game 6, Noah had sat at his locker and predicted the Bulls would win Game 7. 'We're going to go into a hostile environment in Brooklyn,' Noah said, 'and we're going to win.' It was a head-turning pronouncement. The Nets had won two straight, and the momentum was clearly in their favor. It tilted even further that way when Hinrich and Deng were announced out for Saturday's game. But that hardly mattered. The Nets opened the second half firing, and after a 21-8 rally, the score was 69-65. Wallace was explosive, flying to the rim for several emphatic slams and scoring 11 of his 19 points in the third quarter. The crowd was back into the game. The Nets trailed by 7, at 82-75, entering the fourth quarter, but they missed their first six shots and quickly fell behind by 10. A layup-and-one by Williams with 2 minutes 26 seconds left cut the lead to 5, 93-88. It was 95-90 entering the final minute, and with 40 seconds left Johnson missed a 3-pointer from the corner. Fans began gathering their belongings. A 3-pointer by Williams offered a glimmer of hope, but the season ended on a missed 25-foot 3-point attempt by Johnson with nine seconds remaining. The Nets and the Bulls hugged at midcourt after the buzzer. After seven hard-fought games, which included moments of rage, there was nothing left in either tank. The Bulls were exhausted but victorious. The Nets were humbled and muted. In Game 7 on their home court, with all on the line, the Nets never led. Courtesy of: nytimes.com



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BBL All-Star Larry Gordon Signs Two-Year Contract Extension With Phoenix Hagen - by Daniel Poerschke

It has been said that, there is no substitute for hard work.

For Larry Gordon (6'5''-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona), the hard work and dedication displayed throughout his career and during his All-Star season for Phoenix Hagen in Germany's BEKO BBL is a constant reminder that these seven words still hold true. Now, Gordon -- the 6-foot-5, 225 pound swingman out of Division 2 Cal Poly Pomona -- is being rewarded for such efforts.

Scorers 1st Sportmanagement is very proud to announce that Larry Gordon will continue working hard in Hagen after signing a 2-year contract extension it was announced by the club on Friday.

"This accomplishment for Larry truly is a reflection of him setting career goals for himself and not stopping until he reached those goals. It has been that way since he came out of a small college, turned pro and put in the work and determination needed to succeed at this level, said Scorers 1st CEO and FIBA and NBA certified player agent Gerrit Kersten-Thiele.

"We couldn't be more happy and proud of Larry. He's a great player, but even a better person."

The extension comes during a season where Gordon was selected to the BEKO BBL All-Star Game during his first year playing in Germany and helped lead Phoenix Hagan to the BEKO BBL Playoffs by averaging 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, while growing into a league leader in a number of statistical categories.

As one of the most efficient players in the BBL, Gordon finished the regular season among the Top 10 and Top 20 league leaders in total rebounds (4th, 223), total offensive rebounds (ranks 6th, 72), rebounding (ranks 5th, 6.6 rpg), efficiency rating (ranks 6th, 502), effectiveness (8th, 14.8), double-doubles (ranks 9th, 4), 3-pt. field goal percentage (ranks 11th, 43.6%), total field goals made (ranks 13th, 158), efficiency rating per game (ranks 12th, 14:44), total steals (ranks 15th, 35), steals per game (ranks 17th, 1.0) and scoring (ranks 17th, 12.9 ppg).

Blessed with a combination of versatility and toughness, the four-year pro also was Hagen's team leader in three-point shooting (43.9%), offensive rebounds (2.1), defensive rebounds (4.4) and total rebounds (6.5) and finished second in FG % (53%) and FT% (82.6%).

During his first year in college at Cal Poly Pomona (California Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA Division 2) Gordon received Freshman Player of the Year honors and followed up his first year by earning a 1st team All-Conference award and leading the Broncos to a playoff birth as a Sophomore. As a Junior, Gordon continued to mature on the floor and in the class room: 1st team All-Conference for the second straight year, NABC All-Region, 1st team All-Tournament and Honorable mentioned All-American, and Cal Poly Pomona's first Conference Tournament Championship Game.

Gordon saved the best for last.

The aggressive playmaker led the Broncos to the Division 2 National Championship Game as a Senior after winning both the Conference and Regional Championships. Gordon took home the Conference Player of the Year award, was named MVP of the West Region and selected to the Elite 8 All-Tournament team. The mark Gordon left on Cal Poly Ponoma's program was indeed historic. Not only did was he named 1st team All-Conference for the third straight year, but the Pomona, California native became the 5th All-American basketball player in the history of Cal Poly Pomona, where Gordon remains the all-time leading rebounder and second all-time leading scorer in school history. Gordon also ranks in the Top-5 in several program records including career points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, steals and games played.

After a storied collegiate career at Cal Poly Pomona, Gordon embarked on a professional overseas career in 2009 that's spread from Holland, to Austria and now this season in Germany.

Gordon's rookie season took place in the Dutch Basketball League for Holland's Landstede Basketbal Zwolle where he averaged 14 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. The following two seasons Gordon was a fixture in the Ece Kapfenberg Bulls' backcourt, averaging both 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game (35 games) and 14.7 points, 8.4 rebounds per game and shot 65% from the field (38 games) in the Austria-A Budesliga. During Gordon's last season in Austria he turned heads by winning the Austrian All-Star Game's Slam Dunk Contest.

This season in Hagen, Gordon's made a direct impact in Germany's BEKO BBL: making the All-Star team -- where he competed in both the Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shootout -- and now preparing for the postseason.

Gordon and Hagen secured the 8th spot in the BEKO BBL Playoffs with their 99-88 win over MBC last Saturday, where Gordon went for 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the win. They will face No. 1 seeded Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) in the first round beginning on Sunday. The two teams split their series during the regular season and Gordon finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Hagen's respective 104-97 win.

It?s been an amazing first season in Germany with Phoenix Hagen for Larry Gordon and we wish him much success in the postseason and as he continues to work hard toward reaching new goals.

Source: http://scorersfirst.com/?&datenid=438



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  NEPAL   


1st Nepal University Basketball Championship from 8 May 2013 - by Dinesh Thapa

University Sports Association of Nepal (USAN) is organizing the first Inter university Basketball Championship in Nepal from May 8, 2013 at Kathmandu, Nepal. The winner of the championship will be sent to participate in the FISU world university basketball champinship to be held at Russia from July 6 17, 2013.

The winners of the championship will get NRS. 110,000.00 while the 1st runners up and 2nd runners up will get Nrs. 70,000.00 and 35,000.00 respectively. This is so far the highest prized college basketball championship in Nepal.

The organizers are expecting 200 colleges from all over the country to participate in the championship.



KCM BB BASH >> Gurukul and Whitehouse will fight for title - by Dinesh Thapa

Gurukul defeated Prime in the second semifinal held in the capital on Saturday to set up a final date with Whitehouse in the boys category of Minsk KCM Basketball Bash 2013 .

Gurukul led all the quarters to register a comfortable 84-48 win over Prime. Gurukul took the four quarters 16-10, 26-14, 18-25 and 24-9 respectively. Bikram Joshi contributed the highest 27 points for the winning team while Sadish Pradhan netted 23 points. Siddhartha Maharjan scored 15 points for Prime.

In the first semifinal, Whitehouse had defeated Ace 53-37.

The final of girls section will feature Prime and Whitehouse. Both the boys and girls finals will be held on Sunday.

In the corporate bash played on Saturday, Diet Nepal defeated Minsk 34-11, Verisk Info Tech edged past Chilime Hydro Power 24-12, GGIC Admin saw off BPC 25-10 and KCM Admin defeated Presentsoft Inc 19-17. In other matches, KCM Admin defeated Desigh Enterprises 21-4, BPC defeated Ncell 15-9 and Verisk Info Tech overcame Mega Party Venue 12-9.





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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 4: Southland S. - Nelson G. 89-82
May. 4: Hub Jets - Wellington S. 77-107
May. 4: Taranaki MA - HBS Bank Hawks 101-86
May. 5: OceanaGold N. - Nelson G.
May. 5: Super City R. - Taranaki MA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Pace, Nelson G.23.8 
 2. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.7 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.22.0 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.20.0 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.19.3 
 7. Maxey, Nelson G.18.0 
 8. Buck, Super City R.17.8 
 9. Winitana, HBS B.17.7 
 10. Greene, HBS B.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets11.3 
 2. Conklin, Southland10.8 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.10.3 
 4. Maxey, Nelson G.10.0 
 5. Bailey, Super C.8.8 
 6. Boucher, Wellingt.8.8 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.3 
 8. Pace, Nelson G.8.0 
 9. Greene, HBS B.7.5 
 10. Frank, Wellington7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.6.8 
 2. Tait, Wellington S.6.4 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.0 
 4. Hagan, Hub Jets6.0 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.0 
 6. Bloxham, Nelson G.4.3 
 7. Martin, Southlan.3.8 
 8. Frank, Wellington3.8 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.3 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets4.0 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.4.0 
 3. Boucher, Wellingt.4.0 
 4. Dickel, OceanaGo.3.7 
 5. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 6. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.3 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.0 
 8. Tait, Wellington S.1.8 
 9. Daly, HBS B.1.8 
 10. Anthony, OceanaG.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.3.3 
 2. Frank, Wellington2.4 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 4. Dawson, Southlan.1.3 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 6. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 7. Markson, Wellingt.1.0 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.1.0 
 9. Maxey, Nelson G.1.0 
 10. Bolstad, Super C.1.0 



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  POLAND   

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. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
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. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
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. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Robinson, PGE T.1.5 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Koszarek, Stelm.1.4 
 10. Trice, Energa C.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 



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Balseiro, Academica16.8 
 7. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 8. Dunn, Benfica15.6 
 9. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
 10. Smith, CAB Madeira15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Hallman, Academica10.8 
 3. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Miranda, Ovarense8.6 
 7. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 8. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
 10. Gomes, Benfica7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.7 
 2. Fernandes, Acade.5.6 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 7. Pires, Alges4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Costa, CAB Madeira4.1 
 10. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.4 
 2. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 4. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 5. Hallman, Academica2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 7. Jackson, CAB M.2.0 
 8. Balseiro, Academica1.9 
 9. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 10. Oliveira, Barcelos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 4. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 5. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 6. Evora, Benfica0.9 
 7. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 8. Gentry, Benfica0.8 
 9. Holt, Alges0.7 
 10. Cunha, Vitoria SC0.6 


LPB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Benfica and CAB Madeira win convincingly - by Eurobasket News

CAB Madeira - Academica 91-74

CAB Madeira surged ahead in the semifinal series versus Academica beating those in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by CAB Madeira. Academica managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spanish power forward Jose Manuel Coego (204-78) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the losing side the former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) responded with 12 points and 5 assists and forward Joao Balseiro (192-87) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: J.Manuel Coego 21+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 18+3reb+4ast, F.Lima 15+6reb, J.Costa 11+1reb+4ast, J.Silva 9+2reb+2ast, S.Jackson 8+4reb+1ast
Academica: J.Balseiro 15+2reb+2ast, F.Sousa 14+4reb, M.Fernandes 12+2reb+5ast, S.Lukasiak 11+4reb+1ast, B.Costa 8+8reb+1ast, A.Hallman 6+3reb
gschID: 240369


Benfica - Ovarense 88-55

Benfica ensured the winning start of their semifinal series versus Ovarense. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Ovarense's 24 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Benfica forced 25 Ovarense turnovers. American forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St.) nailed 20 points for the winning side and the former international Joao Gomes (201-85) accounted for 11 points. International Fernando Neves (194-80) came up with 13 points and the former international forward Miguel Miranda (205-78, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ovarense in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Benfica: F.Gentry 20+4reb+1ast, J.Gomes 11+4reb+1ast, T.Barroso 9+1reb+3ast, L.Dunn 9+2reb, C.Fonseca 9+1ast, H.Evans 8+1reb+1ast
Ovarense: F.Neves 13+2reb+1ast, S.Coll 9+2reb, M.Miranda 9+6reb, E.Correia de Sa 6+6reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 6+2reb+1ast, C.Cordeiro 4
gschID: 240368



Proliga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Oliveirense and Illibaum surge ahead - by Eurobasket News

Electrico FC - Oliveirense 53-75

Oliveirense rallied past Electrico FC on the road to surge ahead in the series. The game without a history. Oliveirense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Oliveirense especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a good game for guard Joao Abreu (179-83) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Oliveirense players scored in double figures. Forward Aylton Medeiros (194-88) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Joao Lanzinha (188-89) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Electrico FC. 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:
Electrico FC: A.Medeiros 17+7reb+1ast, J.Lanzinha 12+6reb+1ast, P.Afonso 7+9reb+2ast, M.Neves 6+5reb+1ast, P.Francisco 5+1reb, P.Raminhos 3+1reb+5ast
Oliveirense: J.Abreu 19+6reb+3ast, N.Freitas 16+1ast, A.Pereira 15+6reb+1ast, N.Cortez 12+12reb+2ast, R.Azevedo 7+1reb, J.Reveles 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 239746


Illiabum - Maia Basket 76-71

Illibaum prevailed against Maia Basket for 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 24-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Illiabum dominated on the defensive end, holding Maia Basket to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was international Miguel Queiroz (202-91) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Joao Figueiredo (183-79) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and guard Pedro Catarino (184-90) added 18 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: P.Catarino 18+4reb+2ast, J.Diamantino 15+3reb, N.Marcal 14+14reb+1ast, R.Pinto 12+5reb+3ast, R.Sousa 6, A.Dara 4+4reb+6ast
Illiabum: M.Queiroz 19+8reb+3ast, J.Figueiredo 15+4reb+7ast, T.Raimundo 15+6reb+2ast, F.Martins 10+1reb+1ast, H.Sico 9+5reb+1ast, J.Fernandes 5+4reb
gschID: 239745



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 3: Humacao - Bayamon 88-84
May. 4: Arecibo - Santurce 84-87
May. 4: Guayama - Ponce 79-73
May. 3: San German - Mayaguez 63-97
May. 3: Quebradillas - Arecibo 109-82

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 5: Bayamon - San German
May. 5: Guaynabo - Quebradillas
May. 5: Mayaguez - Guayama
May. 6: Ponce - Humacao
May. 7: Guayama - Arecibo
May. 7: San German - Santurce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Marquise GAINOUS
  Bayamon
  (204-F-76)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Gainous, Bayamon22.3 
 2. Harris, Ponce22.2 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.4 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.9 
 5. Brown, Humacao18.9 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon18.4 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo18.3 
 8. Carmona, Humacao17.7 
 9. Jones, Guayama17.3 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Harris, Ponce10.5 
 2. Phillip, Quebradil.9.8 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.5 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.9.0 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Gainous, Bayamon8.6 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.1 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon8.1 
 9. Garcia, San German8.0 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.7 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 4. Coronado, Guayama4.5 
 5. Garcia, Quebradill.4.2 
 6. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.7 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon3.6 
 9. Hickerson, San G.3.5 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.4 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.6 
 5. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.5 
 6. Santiago, Ponce1.4 
 7. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Strong, San Germ.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Guaya.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Guaya.1.9 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.7 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.1 
 7. Brock, Guayama1.1 
 8. Gainous, Bayamon0.9 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Diaz, Quebradillas0.9 



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  RUSSIA   

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. McGhee, Ural E.14.3 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.2 
 10. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.8 
 3. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.7 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 5. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 6. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 7. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.6.9 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 9. Denison, Ataman6.6 
 10. Novikov, Sojuz Z.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.4.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman4.2 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Amirkhanov, Ataman3.8 
 10. Anisimov, Novosyb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ryazan2.2 
 3. Burtt, Avtodor2.0 
 4. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 6. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.7 
 7. Glazunov, Ural E.1.7 
 8. Mateyunas, Ataman1.7 
 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. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 9. Komarov, TE.0.9 
 10. Oveshkov, Planet.0.9 


VTB League: Nizhny Novgorod stay alive against Spartak SP - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Saint Petersburg - Nizhny Novgorod 57:62

Nizhny Novgorod registered a vital victory in the second game of the VTB League eighth-final series versus Spartak. Nizhny Novgorod earned victory in Saint Petersburg and would now try to win the series on Sunday. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 13 points to lead the winners.
Nizhny Novgorod aggressively started the game. They went on a 22:11 run in the opening quarter. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Nizhny Novgorod recorded a 37:23 halftime lead. Spartak finally adjusted their game in the third term. The hosts ignited an 18:12 rally to narrow the margin at 8-point mark at the final break. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) put Spartak within three points 54:57 midway through the fourth frame. Spartak got within two points with under a minute remaining 57:59. However Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) came up with three points late in regulation to seal the victory for Nizhny Novgorod. Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88) chipped in 12 points, while Obie Trotter finished with 10 points for the winning side. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) answered with 15 points for Spartak Saint Petersburg. Loukas Mavrokefalidis had 13 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Zack Wright 15, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 13
Nizhny Novgorod: Semen Antonov 13, Artem Yakovenko 12, Obie Trotter 10



VTB League: Lokomotiv sweep the Eighth-Final series - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk 88:77

Lokomotiv overcame BC Donetsk to sweep the eighth-final series. The Russian side posted another victory against BC Donetsk 88:77 and won the series 2-0.
The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. BC Donetsk managed to win fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots during the game. Lokomotiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lokomotiv made 7 blocks. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Mantas Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) scored 13 points and 4 assists.

Lokomotiv: Nick Calathes 23+9reb+8asts, Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) 19, Mantas Kalnietis 15, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) 11
BC Donetsk: D'or Fischer 14, Darius Songaila 13, Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) 12, Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) 9, Dmytro Gliebov (198-G/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) 9



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 8

May. 4: Crvena Zvezda - Sloboda Uzice 85-51
May. 4: Metalac - Vojvodina 71-75
May. 4: Radnicki KG - Konstantin 67-60
May. 4: Mega Vizura - Partizan 66-89

Second Stage: Round 9

May. 8: Radnicki KG - Metalac
May. 8: Konstantin - Mega Vizura
May. 8: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda
May. 8: Sloboda Uzice - Vojvodina


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bakic, Metalac19.1 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.7 
 6. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina15.1 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Kljajevic, C Afric.13.8 
 10. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.9 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.9 
 7. Marelja, Sloga5.8 
 8. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina5.8 
 10. Miceta, Sutjeska5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.7 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 9. Velickovic, Konst.3.6 
 10. Vasic, Sloboda Uz.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.1 
 3. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Boltic, Vojvodina1.7 
 6. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 7. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 8. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 9. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 10. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.4 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 6. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 


Another win for great Partizan mt:s - by Igor Obradovic

Black and white have recorded another win against Mega Vizura that was before this game had the same score as the team from Belgrade, 6-1.
Partizan in Krusevac win with a score 66:89 (22:25, 15: 19, 8:24, 21:21).

Partizan have not left any chance in this game to Mega Vizura because they imposed their rhythm and shooting great throughout the game - for 67% FT, 65% for 2p and great 57% for 3 points.

Mega Vizura : Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 12pts, 10rbd, 3ast, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) 21pts, 8rbd, 1ast
BC Partizan MT:S Beograd : Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) 17pts, 4rbd, 3ast, Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 1rbd, 4ast, Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) 10pts, 1rbd, 3ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) 13pts, 4rbd, 4ast

Mega Vizura now have score 6-2, while defending champion in Serbia, Partizan mt:s have 7-1.
In the next round on
scheduled was eternal derby against Partizan mt:s and Crvena zvezda Telekom.



Great second half for Crvena zvezda win - by Igor Obradovic

Crvena zvezda struggled again, this time only in the first half which ended with a score of 37-35 in favor of Crvena zvezda against KK Sloboda Uzice.
In the second half, a great game for players of Dejan Radonjic and victory of 85:51 (the result of the third and fourth quarter was 30:8 and 18:8).

After win against Vojvodina in last seconds, this is a second win in a row for Crvena zvezda and now they have 5 wins and 3 loses which is enough for 3rd posistion for now.
KK Sloboda Uzice recorded sixth loses with two wins in Serbian Super league competition.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd : DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 12pts, 3rbd, 6ast, Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) 17pts, 5rbd, Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) 11pts, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 10pts, 5rbd, Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) 7pts, 1rbd, 6ast
KK Sloboda Uzice : Andjic 12pts, 1rbd, Bogdan Obrenovic (206-F/C-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) 7pts, Ivan Cosovic (201-F, college: Seton Hill) 6pts, 2rbd

In next round Crvena zvezda play in away match against Partizan, while Sloboda will be host for Vojvodina from Novi Sad.



Bircevic number one in Serbian Superliga for round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Radnicki KG, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Konstantin (#8, 1-7) 67-60. Radnicki KG maintains the 5th position in Serbian A League. Radnicki KG is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 8 games. It's Bircevic's second year at Radnicki KG and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Stefan Bircevic averages this season 9.0ppg and 7.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) of league's second-best Mega Vizura. Velickovic had a very good evening with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Mega Vizura lost that game 66-89 to slightly higher-ranked Partizan (#1, 7-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Mega Vizura still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Velickovic is one of the most experienced players at Mega Vizura and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (195-SG-83, agency: Interperformances) of Metalac (#7). Bakic scored 26 points. Despite Bakic's great performance Metalac lost 71-75 to the higher-ranked Vojvodina (#4, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Metalac can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bakic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bakic has individually a great season in Serbia. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) of Mega Vizura - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) of Radnicki KG - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of Partizan - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85) of Crvena Zvezda - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89) of Vojvodina - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of Partizan - 11 points 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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  SLOVENIA   


Krka,Olimpija takes an easy wins in Game 1 - by Zeljko Zule

Krka and Union Olimpija both won Semifinals Game 1 on theirs homecourt. Regular season champion Krka outscored Zlatorog by 86-66, while Olimpija beat Maribor in its first ever play-off game 74-56.
Krka (1)-Zlatorog (4) 86-66 (1-0): Krka opened the game with 14 straight points an its defense held Zlatorog scoreless for a 4:56 span. The visiting team cut the deficit to six, 22-28, and the were down 32-39 early in the second half. In that point Krka went on a 16-4 run to go up 55-36 and led by as many as 23 points in the final quarters. All 12 players scored for Krka, whose bench players outscored opposing reserves by 43-8. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) came off the bench for 13 points including three 3-pointers, Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) posted 11 points, Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85), Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) all added 10 points. Zlatorog outrebouned Krka 33-27, picking up 12 offensive boards, but they shot just 39-percent (23-of-59) from the field to Krka's 56-percent (35-of-63). Jaka Brodnik (203-F-92) netted 24 points on shooting 8-of-10 from the field, Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) poured in 12 points apice.
Union Olimpija (2)-Maribor Messer (3) 74-56 (1-0): Olimpija trailed only once at 0-2 and went on a 19-6 run spanning the first and second quarters to take a lead 34-19. Olimpija scored douzen consecutive points to extend their advantage to 50-25 midway through the third period and had their largest lead of the game at 5-8-29. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) scored 13 points, Alen Omic (217-C-92) 11 and Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) came off the bench for 10 points. Olimpija shot 58-percent (29-of-50) from the field. Jure Pelko (190-G-90) led all scorers with 17 points including four 3-pointers for Maribor, Igor Josipovic (203-F/C-88) added 11 points and Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92) finished with 10 points.
Games 2 will be played on Tuesday in Lasko and Marinbor.




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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 27-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 24-7 
 3. FCB Regal 20-11 
 4. Valencia 20-12 
 5. Gescrap BB 19-13 
 6. CAI Zaragoza 19-13 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 17-14 
 8. Unicaja 17-15 
 9. Blusens M. 16-16 
 10. FIATC Joventut 15-16 
 11. CB Canarias 15-16 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 14-17 
 13. UCAM Murcia 12-19 
 14. Blancos de R. 12-20 
 15. Mad-Croc 11-20 
 16. Cajasol 11-21 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-23 
 18. Assignia M. 6-26 

Regular Season: Round 32

May. 4: Valencia - Blancos de R. 93-86
May. 4: CAI Zaragoza - Assignia M. 89-62
May. 4: Blusens M. - Unicaja 65-69
May. 4: Cajasol - Gescrap BB 60-81
May. 5: FCB Regal - FIATC Joventut
May. 5: G.Canaria 2014 - Lagun Aro GBC
May. 5: Real Madrid - Asefa Estudian.
May. 5: CB Canarias - Mad-Croc
May. 5: Caja Laboral - UCAM Murcia

Round 29

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


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc16.2 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.8 
 4. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 5. Martin, Blancos15.3 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 8. Toolson, G.Canari.13.8 
 9. Nelson, G.Canari.13.7 
 10. Fisher, FIATC J.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Martin, Blancos7.0 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.3 
 5. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.2 
 6. Lewis, UCAM M.6.1 
 7. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 8. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 9. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 10. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.6.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 7. Huertas, FCB Regal3.9 
 8. Markovic, Valencia3.6 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.6 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.1 
 2. Finley, Lagun A.1.7 
 3. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 4. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.7 
 5. Rost, CB Canarias1.6 
 6. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.4 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.6 
 2. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.6 
 3. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.4 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 7. Barnes, Asefa E.1.1 
 8. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 9. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 


The Moral of the Story by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea

"Broken cutters, broken saws, broken buckles, broken laws. Broken bodies, broken bones, broken voices on broken phones. Take a deep breath, feel like you're chokin', everything is broken".
Bob Dylan

The above prose speaks to the following NBA clubs: The Cavs, Bobcats, Pistons, 76ers, Bucks, and Nets who have all recently broken off their relationships with their Head Coaches... and in some cases more than once in the past six months. Needless to say coaches do get fired as it goes with the territory and its not unusual. Nevertheless, every other day there's another coach, either in the NBA or NCAA, who bit the dust. There's a firing frenzy afoot. Can you say virulent virus?

This detail from a Philadelphia news article:
"According to team sources, some of the players became frustrated with Doug Collins' old-school ways or, as one Sixer said, his "tendency to be overbearing".
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20130503_76ers_set_sights_on_new_head_coach.html

Now I don't assume to lecture or give advice to anybody, particularly coaching colleagues. Yet sometimes we all struggle to see the simplest of things, maybe misplacing an obvious certainty and subsequently destroying instead of creating. Conversely, a coach may fail due to "over-doing it". It does seem that we live in a world where "overkill" is king.

"Things are never as simple as they seem, even the rising and setting of the sun has its intricacies".
Unknown

The game in itself is simple and most attempts to complicate will usually come crashing down.
So as my American guys like to say:
Here's the deal.
In all sports there is one common denominator. Its called winning. Its the goal. It is what separates. It is what defines. Its whats sought after yet what few achieve.
Assuming that all coaches know their X's and O's then the issue becomes; What separates the winning coach from the others, the successful coach from his opponents?
First and foremost a coach is a leader and a collaborator. Below are some easy to forget and easy to remember reminders that I hope are helpful. If they help just one coach to be better at what he does, then it has been worth the time.

+ To begin every coach must always keep in mind a crucial, and very important fact (and its not related to the chicken or the egg question)... it relates more to humility and not forgetting that, Without Players There Are No Coaches. If and when a coach begins to think that he is more important than, or above his players, he is destined for a setback.
+ A coach must be able to adjust his methods to the talent and particular characteristics of the players that he has at his disposition. He does not imitate others, nor does he try to force the talent at hand to engage in his favorite playing style.
+ A coach is capable of convincing his players that what they are doing is their best chance for success so they are all on the same page. In essence, they buy-in to what they are doing.
+ The successful coach is able to learn from his players both individually and collectively.
** Coaches often talk about how and what they have learned from other coaches. I have mine in B. Knight, Dean Smith and Dan Peterson to name a few. And just as important were: Walter Berry of St. Johns; Andre Turner of Memphis ST.and Carlos Lisboa of Portugal via Mozambique (and too many others to fit here). Just recently the entire Nigerian National Team re-taught me the importance of Patience as a Virtue. My point is to stop, look and listen, be aware every day, every game and every practice of players' ploys such as the use of the butt in the lane, a shot fake or a simple spin move. It may help you become better at your job.
+ "La Mano Sinistra". An (amusing) Italian term which translates to The Left Hand and relates to mastering the ability of confronting situations indirectly. What Americans may call finesse, it refers more to the coaches psychological disposition regarding his interactions with players, while it implies the opposite of tackling any team/ player situation head-on and creating a confrontation. A wise coach learns how to use it and keeps it in mind. An NBA example is Mike D'Antoni of the LA'kers.
+ All coaches must appreciate the profound and pronounced differences between ROOKIES AND VETERANS and in the Coaches case here in Europe the diversity of international customs and cultures.
+ Finally, a smart coach is able to appreciate and react to the differences between pro players and amateur players (or here in Europe to youth programs) as it is fundamental to success. Pro players are their own bosses. Amateurs (NCAA) and European youth program players are not. A coach must adjust his "game" to fit each of their needs.

"The moral of this story the moral of this song is simply that one should never be where one does not belong, so if you see your neighbor carrying something, help him with his load and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road".
Bob Dylan



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 26-3 
 2. Fener.Ulker 24-6 
 3. Banvit BK 23-5 
 4. Anadolu Efes 22-4 
 5. Karsiyaka 20-7 
 6. Besiktas 19-10 
 7. TED Kolejliler 17-13 
 8. Tofas 12-16 
 9. Gaziantep 12-18 
 10. Erdemir 11-18 
 11. Aliaga 9-20 
 12. Mersin 8-21 
 13. Turk Telekom 8-21 
 14. Olin Edirne 8-21 
 15. Antalya 6-24 
 16. Hacettepe 6-24 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 4: Anadolu Efes - Gaziantep 95-57
May. 4: Mersin - Besiktas 84-102
May. 4: TED Kolejliler - Karsiyaka 81-64
May. 4: Antalya - Hacettepe 70-88
May. 4: Erdemir - Tofas 70-79
May. 4: Olin Edirne - Fener.Ulker 67-83
May. 5: Galatasaray - Turk Telekom
May. 5: Aliaga - Banvit BK


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.1 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.7 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.0 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Theodore, Antalya16.2 
 7. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.6 
 10. Videnov, Olin Edi.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.10.8 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.8 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.5 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.3 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.7 
 9. Vidmar, Besiktas6.4 
 10. Stanojevic, TED K.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Woodside, TED K.6.9 
 2. Brown, Turk T.5.0 
 3. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 4. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.6 
 6. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 7. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.2 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 6. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 7. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 8. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
 10. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.7 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas0.9 
 7. Prince, Mersin0.8 
 8. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 9. Besok, Hacettepe0.8 
 10. Erden, Anadolu E.0.8 


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.2 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Carter, Usak20.8 
 5. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 6. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.5 
 7. Sykes, Bandirma.17.4 
 8. Lowery, Balikesir17.4 
 9. Hall, Darussafaka17.3 
 10. Brown, Humacao16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wesson, Baskent13.6 
 2. Bristol, Polzela12.2 
 3. Kambala, Pi Koleji12.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.4 
 5. Moses, Final Gencl.10.1 
 6. Miller, Istanbul.9.7 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.5 
 8. Sykes, Bandirma.9.3 
 9. Knox, Vestel8.9 
 10. Ofoegbu, Yesilgir.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.8 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Grier, Pi Koleji5.2 
 4. Hall, Darussafaka4.9 
 5. Porrini, Gelisim4.6 
 6. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.5 
 7. Williams, Maliye M.4.2 
 8. Lowery, Balikesir4.0 
 9. Turna, Bandirma.3.7 
 10. Kan, Baskent3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Pi Koleji
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grier, Pi Koleji2.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.5 
 3. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 4. Brown, Humacao2.0 
 5. Waller, Vestel1.9 
 6. Carter, Usak1.9 
 7. Lowery, Balikesir1.8 
 8. Gordon, Yesilgires.1.7 
 9. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 10. Turna, Bandirma.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Buckner, Usak2.2 
 2. Bristol, Polzela1.6 
 3. Sykes, Bandirma.1.6 
 4. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 5. Wesson, Baskent1.3 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 
 7. Carter, Usak0.9 
 8. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 9. Brown, Pertevniyal0.9 
 10. Carter, Final Gen.0.9 



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Elegar leads BC Kalev/Cramo to the finals - by David Edole

For the third year in a row, BC Kalev/Cramo and Tartu University/Rock will battle for the Estonian basketball championship. BC Kalev/Cramo used home court advantage and defeated TYCO Rapla 80-69. Virgin Islander Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) only played two minutes of the game. However, he was a monster I the series. In the series opener, Elegar dominated at both ends, contributing 15 points, 21 rebounds and received 11 fouls. BC Kalev/Cramo started the semi-final series with a tough 63:60 win. The 6-foot-9 center followed up that effort with 22 points and 15 rebounds in game two win, 75-73. Tartu University/Rock also comes in to finals undefeated and one team will lose their first game on Sunday May 5th.


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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Culpepper, Fe.20.4 
 2. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 3. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 4. Greer, Azovmash17.0 
 5. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 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: 7.1
 1. Greer, Azovmash7.1 
 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. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 3. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 4. Culpepper, Fe.1.8 
 5. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 6. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 7. Chappell, Fe.1.8 
 8. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Mayo, Mykolaiv1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 8. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 9. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 10. Raduljica, Azovm.1.1 


Superleague Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Budivelnyk and Azovmash reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash - Ferro-ZNTU 93-89

Azovmash rallied past Ferro-ZNTU in Mariupol to complete the sweep of the semifinal series. Ferro-ZNTU was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Azovmash, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) who added 23 points and 16 assists during the contest. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) responded with 30 points and 9 assists and his fellow American import R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 30+1reb+9ast, R.Guinn 21+11reb+1ast, C.Moore 21+9reb, A.Butskyy 8+6ast, A.Rybalko 7+3reb+6ast, D.Werner 2+2reb+1ast
Azovmash: M.Raduljica 30+10reb+1ast, L.Greer 23+1reb+16ast, T.Dragicevic 16+15reb+1ast, O.Kolchenko 10+2reb+3ast, K.Natyazhko 7+1reb, I.Zaytsev 4+2reb
gschID: 240322


Halychyna - Budivelnyk 56-69

Budivelnyk snatched a road win in Lviv to advance into the Final. The game without a history. Budivelnyk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Halychyna outrebounded Budivelnyk 39-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who scored that evening 14 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Budivelnyk's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds by the former international forward Oleg Saltovets (202-77) did not help to save the game for Halychyna. American forward Michael Lee (207-86) added 7 points and 7 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: O.Saltovets 10+11reb, D.Mitchell 10+1reb+3ast, M.Lee 7+7reb+1ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 7+3reb, I.Shkurupiy 6+4reb, S.Alferov 5+3reb+2ast
Budivelnyk: M.Delaney 14+9reb+3ast, L.Lyons 12+7reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 11+2reb+4ast, R.Kuksiks 8+2reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 8+3reb+2ast, D.Kickert 8+4ast
gschID: 240321



VTB League: Lokomotiv sweep the Eighth-Final series - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk 88:77

Lokomotiv overcame BC Donetsk to sweep the eighth-final series. The Russian side posted another victory against BC Donetsk 88:77 and won the series 2-0.
The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. BC Donetsk managed to win fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots during the game. Lokomotiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lokomotiv made 7 blocks. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Mantas Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) scored 13 points and 4 assists.

Lokomotiv: Nick Calathes 23+9reb+8asts, Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) 19, Mantas Kalnietis 15, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) 11
BC Donetsk: D'or Fischer 14, Darius Songaila 13, Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) 12, Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) 9, Dmytro Gliebov (198-G/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) 9



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  URUGUAY   


Aguada-Defensor Sporting are tied 3-3 - by Hector Lopez

Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 34 points leading Aguada to beat Defensor Sporting 91-74 to tie 3-3 the Uruguayan League final series for the best of seven, and they will be playing the last game on Monday 6th. Aguada took a 18 points difference during the second quarter after a 20-6 run, and reached a 25 points difference during the last quarter (79-54). Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) was expelled from the field after a flagrant foul against Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL), after 45 seconds during the third quarter. For Aguada Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points, Pablo Morales (200-F-79) 14 and Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 14 and 9 rebounds. For Defensor Sporting, Hamilton scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) added 12, while Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill), injured, only played 16 minutes without points.


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Day 2 of 1/8 Finals. Lokomotiv, Krasnie Krilya and VEF Riga advance into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk 88-77

Lokomotiv overcame BC Donetsk to sweep the eighth-final series. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. BC Donetsk managed to win fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lokomotiv made 7 blocks. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: N.Calathes 23+9reb+8ast, D.Brown 19+3reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 15+2reb+6ast, A.Maric 11+5reb+1ast, S.Jasaitis 8+2reb+3ast, M.Grigoryev 6+1reb+1ast
BC Donetsk: D.Fischer 14+5reb+3ast, D.Songaila 13+4reb+4ast, R.Curry 12+4reb+1ast, C.Millage 9+3reb+6ast, D.Gliebov 9+5reb, I.Radenovic 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 237614


Spartak SP - N.Novgorod 57-62

Nizhny Novgorod outgunned Spartak in Saint Petersburg to tie things up at 1-1 in the series. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-11. But Spartak St.Petersburg won third quarter 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Artem Yakovenko (205-88) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo.) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: S.Antonov 13+5reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 12+6reb+1ast, O.Trotter 10+3reb+3ast, I.Savelyev 9+5reb+3ast, P.Korobkov 7+1reb, D.Thompson 4+3reb
Spartak SP: Z.Wright 15+3reb, L.Mavrokefalidis 13+6reb+3ast, J.Carter 8+2reb+1ast, V.Zavoruev 8+3ast, J.Strelnieks 3+2ast, Y.Korolev 3
gschID: 237613


VEF Riga - BC Astana 87-54

VEF Riga marched past BC Astana to level the series. The game without a history. 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 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 BC Astana turnovers. American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. American-Montenegrin guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points and Australian-Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) scored 5 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 20+1reb+3ast, W.Daniels 19+7reb+2ast, K.Janicenoks 16+2reb+2ast, D.Bertans 10+2reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 6+7reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 6+3reb
BC Astana: B.Rush 18+4reb+2ast, D.Simon 8+1reb+2ast, A.Glyniadakis 5+2reb, A.Bose 5+5reb+2ast, D.Klimov 5+6reb, V.Fadeikin 4+2reb
gschID: 237612


Krasnie Krilya - Triumph 77-67

Krasnie Krilya held off Triumph in Samara and booked the quarterfinal ticket. Triumph Lyubertsy was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Triumph Lyubertsy. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 25+10reb+2ast, D.Kulagin 12+5reb, A.Smith 11+5reb+2ast, L.Wilson 7+3reb, O.Thomas 5+1reb+2ast, D.Collins 5+2reb+2ast
Triumph: T.McKee 22+3reb+4ast, S.Karasev 11+3reb+1ast, A.Kuzyakin 10+4reb, T.Mitchell 9+8reb, A.Vikhrov 6+3reb+2ast, M.Kulagin 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 237611




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Women News


Prva Liga Round 1 of Finals. Vigor eke out victory - by Eurobasket News

Vigor Skopje - Krosig Skopje 56-55

Vigor snatched a narrow win over cross-town rivals Krosig to take 1-0 lead in the title series. Krosig Skopje was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Vigor Skopje forced 20 Krosig Skopje turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Slavica Dimovska (175-85) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Aleksandra Stojanovska (170-78) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Ana Zivkovic (182-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots) and the former international power forward Elena Radenkovic (186-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 11 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!) in the effort for Krosig Skopje.
Top scorers:
Vigor Skopje: S.Dimovska 32+7reb+1ast, A.Stojanovska 11+10reb+1ast, S.Radenkovic 5+3reb, A.Leskaroska 5+3reb, N.Sekuloska 3+4reb, I.Kmetovska 0
Krosig Skopje: A.Zivkovic 15+12reb+1ast, E.Radenkovic 14+11reb+1ast, S.Lazareska 10+6reb+1ast, Z.Ackovska 9+7reb+1ast, K.Semeredi 7+2reb+2ast, A.Agic 0
gschID: 240334



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ProBuild Lions wins 2012/2013 title! - by Eurobasket News

ProBuild Lions wins 2012/2013 title as they won the decisive fifth game. The Winner of the Regular Season overcame Binnenland 73:57 and on the series 3-2.
ProBuild Lions started with a 25-8 lead and never looked behind. Molly McDowell (178-G-81, college: S.Illinois) scored for 32:15, while Binnenland needed a 9-2 run at the end of the second frame for 47:35 at the halftime. Eline Kasius (190-F-92) cut it to 47:41, but Molly McDowell and Nadine Boesaart (185-C-81) brought the lead back to double digits. Molly McDowell later scored for 58:41 and the game was done at that time. Binnenland managed to reduce to final 16 points, but could not upset the Lions.
Katie Bussey (175-G-90, college: Montana St.) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Molly McDowell followed her with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Anete Horelika (177-F-87) added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hartman scored 7 and Nadine Boesaart delivered 6.



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Middle European League: Good Angels earn the title - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels - UNIQA Euroleasing 62:58

Good Angels celebrated the Middle European League Final. They outscored UNIQA Euroleasing in the championship game in Kosice tonight. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
It was a tough intense battle between two well-matched teams. UNIQA Euroleasing took a narrow 12:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Good Angels took over in the second quarter. The home team went on an 18:8 rally to ensure a 29:20 lead at the interval. The Sopron team however did not allow Good Angels to clear off in the third period. The Hungarian side stayed close trailing by just 4 points at the final break 42:46. Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put the Sopron team within two points 50:52 midway through the fourth frame. But Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) and Hruscakova scored four straight points to give a breathing room for Good Angels. Sverrisdottir made it 59:52 for the hosts and Good Angels never looked back en route to the victory. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) finished with 13 points, while Allie Quigley added 12 points for the winners. Shenise Johnson (180-G-90, college: Miami, FL) answered with 19 points for UNIQA Euroleasing. Zsofia Fegyverneky chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Good Angels: Tijana Krivacevic 18, Lucia Kupcikova 13, Allie Quigley 12
UNIQA Euroleasing: Shenise Johnson 19, Zsofia Fegyverneky 15



Middle European League: MBK Ruzomberok edge UNI Gyor for Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok - UNI Gyor 79:41

MBK Ruzomberok finished their Middle European League campaign on a high note. They shot down UNI Gyor in the consolation final tonight. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) knocked down 21 points to lead the winning side.
It was all the Slovakian team on the court right from the start. MBK Ruzomberok overwhelmed their opponents 19:8 in the starting period. The gap just kept on growing throughout the second frame. MBK Ruzomberok accumulated a 47:22 halftime lead. The Slovaks did not loosen the grip in the third term. They extended the margin to as many as 25 points heading into the fourth period 56:31. MBK Ruzomberok did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) chipped in 14 points, while Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) delivered 11 points in the win. Cindy Lima (196-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 13 points for UNI Gyor. Tangela Smith (193-F/C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Iowa) had 10 points in the loss.

MBK Ruzomberok: Eva Kmetova 21, Kadidja Andersson 14, Katarina Tetemondova 11
UNI Gyor: Cindy Lima 13, Tangela Smith 10



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Istanbul Universitesi adds Cohen to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul Universitesi SK (TKBL) added to their roster 31-year old Israeli ex-international guard Liron Cohen (173-82). She started the season at Goldbet Taranto in Italian A1 league. In 21 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Cohen played at Familia Schio (A1) in Italy. In 31 games she averaged 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the supercup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Cohen also played 18 games in Euroleague where she averaged 8.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.0apg. She won Italian A1 championship title in 2011. Cohen represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.3%.
Cohen is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Greece (Apollon Ptolemaidos), Poland (Wisla Can-Pak), Spain (San Jose), Israel (Ramat Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla), Turkey (Besiktas) and Slovakia (Good Angels).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 D''Andra MOSS
  Umbertide
  (178-SG-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Moss, Umbertide17.4 
 2. Morris, Pozzuoli16.5 
 3. Lavender, Familia16.3 
 4. Sepulveda, Chieti16.2 
 5. Hampton, Orvieto15.7 
 6. Kireta, Parma15.7 
 7. Harmon, Parma14.4 
 8. Eldebrink, Cagliar.13.4 
 9. Johnson, Lucca13.2 
 10. Maznichenko, Pozz.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelley CAIN
  Priolo
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Cain, Priolo9.3 
 2. Kireta, Parma9.3 
 3. Godin, Familia Sch.8.9 
 4. Hampton, Orvieto8.4 
 5. Seino, Priolo8.3 
 6. Lavender, Familia8.2 
 7. Harmon, Parma7.9 
 8. Karakasevic, Chieti7.8 
 9. Mahoney, Taranto7.3 
 10. Ruzickova, Lucca7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kathy WAMBE
  Familia Schio
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wambe, Familia Sch.3.5 
 2. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.4 
 3. Battisodo, Parma3.0 
 4. Striulli, Orvieto2.9 
 5. Infantes, Canik B.2.9 
 6. Cohen, Taranto2.9 
 7. Eric, Priolo2.7 
 8. Andrade, Lucca2.6 
 9. Sottana, Familia2.4 
 10. Gianolla, Lucca2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mery ANDRADE
  Lucca
  (181-F-75)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Andrade, Lucca3.6 
 2. Sepulveda, Chieti3.0 
 3. Moss, Umbertide2.9 
 4. Battisodo, Parma2.9 
 5. Seino, Priolo2.5 
 6. Ruzickova, Lucca2.4 
 7. Maznichenko, Pozzu.2.4 
 8. Mahoney, Taranto2.4 
 9. Dotto, Lucca2.3 
 10. Morris, Pozzuoli2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Federica BRUNETTI
  Cagliari.
  (184-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Brunetti, Cagliari.1.2 
 2. Petronyte, Taranto1.2 
 3. Cain, Priolo1.1 
 4. Godin, Familia Sch.1.0 
 5. Cinili, Umbertide0.9 
 6. Karakasevic, Chieti0.8 
 7. Ress, Lucca0.7 
 8. Sutherland, Orvieto0.7 
 9. Lavender, Familia0.5 
 10. Kireta, Parma0.5 


Familia Schio triumph at A1 Finals! - by Eurobasket News

Lucca - Familia Schio 48-67 (0-3)

Familia Schio triumph at A1 Finals! sweeping the series against Lucca. Familia Schio posted a 67:48 win in Game 3 and won the Play-offs. They led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lucca to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a good game for American center Jantel Lavender (190-88, college: Ohio St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Belgian guard Kathy Wambe (176-81) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. Familia Schio's coach Maurizio Lasi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Portuguese forward Mery Andrade (181-75, college: ODU) answered with 8 points and 14 rebounds and Slovakian center Marie Ruzickova (189-86, agency: LBM Management) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lucca.
Top scorers:
Lucca: M.Ruzickova 17+7reb, A.Johnson 8+7reb+1ast, M.Andrade 8+14reb+2ast, K.Ress 6+5reb, F.Dotto 5+2reb, A.Gianolla 2+4reb+8ast
Familia Schio: J.Lavender 15+15reb+1ast, L.Macchi 12+3reb+1ast, R.Masciadri 9+5reb, K.Wambe 9+4reb+5ast, G.Sottana 9+1reb+4ast, C.Consolini 6+1ast
gschID: 240382



Elite V.La Spezia head to A1 next season - by Eurobasket News

Elite V.La Spezia - Min.Battipaglia 60-42 (2-1)

Elite V.La Spezia head to A1 next season as they won the series against Battipaglia 2-1.The game was mostly controlled by Elite V.La Spezia. Min.Battipaglia managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elite V.La Spezia dominated on the defensive end, holding Min.Battipaglia to just 6 points in third quarter. Elite V.La Spezia forced 20 Min.Battipaglia turnovers and outrebounded them 41-23 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Silvia Favento (185-85) who scored 20 points. International center Maria Laterza (190-89, college: Marist, agency: Two Points) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Elite V.La Spezia's coach Dragomir Bukvic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Giovanna Granieri (170-74) who recorded 10 points and 7 rebounds and Francesca Di Battista (175-80) added 14 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Elite V.La Spezia: S.Favento 20+3reb, M.Laterza 9+10reb, I.Gentile 7+3reb+2ast, P.Montanaro 7+5reb+2ast, A.Contestabile 6+8reb, M.Filippi 4+5reb
Min.Battipaglia: F.Di Battista 14+2reb+1ast, G.Granieri 10+7reb, M.Orazzo 6+4reb, K.Treffers 6+4reb, E.Ramo' 4+1reb, E.Riccardi 2+5reb
gschID: 240387



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Anete Horelika wins the title with the Lions - by Eurobasket News

Anete Horelika (177-F-87) wins the title with the Lions as her ProBuild wins 2012/2013 title as they won the decisive fifth game. The Winner of the Regular Season overcame Binnenland 73:57 and on the series 3-2.
ProBuild Lions started with a 25-8 lead and never looked behind. Molly McDowell scored for 32:15, while Binnenland needed a 9-2 run at the end of the second frame for 47:35 at the halftime. Eline Kasius cut it to 47:41, but Molly McDowell and Nadine Boesaart brought the lead back to double digits. Molly McDowell later scored for 58:41 and the game was done at that time. Binnenland managed to reduce to final 16 points, but could not upset the Lions.
Bussey top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Molly McDowell followed her with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Anete Horelika added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hartman scored 7 and Boesaart delivered 6.



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  PORTUGAL   

D2 Standing - by Joao Santos

D1 Standings
 1. Uniao Sportiva 17-3 
 2. EMA Menres 16-4 
 3. S.C. Coimbroes 13-7 
 4. Calvao 13-7 
 5. E.S.A. 11-9 
 6. Juvemaia 10-10 
 7. Guifoes 10-10 
 8. Esgueira 8-12 
 9. C.S.M. / C.S.CAB 6-14 
 10. Simecq 4-16 
 11. Gafanha 2-18 
 12. Alges B 0-0 


Algs wins - by Joao Santos

Alges held off Olivais in the decisive game of the semifinal series and advanced into the Final.
Five Alges and four Olivais players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alges: L.Broomfield 19+13reb, A.Oliveira 13+3reb+1ast, M.Alves 12+3ast, J.Almeida 11+3reb, K.Gearlds 10+9reb+4ast, A.Coelho 0
Olivais: M.Goncalves 14+3reb, D.Eshe 14+13reb+1ast, M.McIntyre 11+6reb, A.Fonseca 10+3reb+2ast, J.Filipe 2+3reb, C.Silva 2+1reb+1ast



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  SLOVAKIA   


Middle European League: MBK Ruzomberok edge UNI Gyor for Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok - UNI Gyor 79:41

MBK Ruzomberok finished their Middle European League campaign on a high note. They shot down UNI Gyor in the consolation final tonight. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) knocked down 21 points to lead the winning side.
It was all the Slovakian team on the court right from the start. MBK Ruzomberok overwhelmed their opponents 19:8 in the starting period. The gap just kept on growing throughout the second frame. MBK Ruzomberok accumulated a 47:22 halftime lead. The Slovaks did not loosen the grip in the third term. They extended the margin to as many as 25 points heading into the fourth period 56:31. MBK Ruzomberok did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) chipped in 14 points, while Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) delivered 11 points in the win. Cindy Lima (196-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 13 points for UNI Gyor. Tangela Smith (193-F/C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Iowa) had 10 points in the loss.

MBK Ruzomberok: Eva Kmetova 21, Kadidja Andersson 14, Katarina Tetemondova 11
UNI Gyor: Cindy Lima 13, Tangela Smith 10



Middle European League: Good Angels earn the title - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels - UNIQA Euroleasing 62:58

Good Angels celebrated the Middle European League Final. They outscored UNIQA Euroleasing in the championship game in Kosice tonight. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
It was a tough intense battle between two well-matched teams. UNIQA Euroleasing took a narrow 12:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Good Angels took over in the second quarter. The home team went on an 18:8 rally to ensure a 29:20 lead at the interval. The Sopron team however did not allow Good Angels to clear off in the third period. The Hungarian side stayed close trailing by just 4 points at the final break 42:46. Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put the Sopron team within two points 50:52 midway through the fourth frame. But Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) and Hruscakova scored four straight points to give a breathing room for Good Angels. Sverrisdottir made it 59:52 for the hosts and Good Angels never looked back en route to the victory. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) finished with 13 points, while Allie Quigley added 12 points for the winners. Shenise Johnson (180-G-90, college: Miami, FL) answered with 19 points for UNIQA Euroleasing. Zsofia Fegyverneky chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Good Angels: Tijana Krivacevic 18, Lucia Kupcikova 13, Allie Quigley 12
UNIQA Euroleasing: Shenise Johnson 19, Zsofia Fegyverneky 15



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Istanbul Universitesi adds Cohen to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul Universitesi SK (TKBL) added to their roster 31-year old Israeli ex-international guard Liron Cohen (173-82). She started the season at Goldbet Taranto in Italian A1 league. In 21 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Cohen played at Familia Schio (A1) in Italy. In 31 games she averaged 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the supercup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Cohen also played 18 games in Euroleague where she averaged 8.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.0apg. She won Italian A1 championship title in 2011. Cohen represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.3%.
Cohen is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Greece (Apollon Ptolemaidos), Poland (Wisla Can-Pak), Spain (San Jose), Israel (Ramat Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla), Turkey (Besiktas) and Slovakia (Good Angels).

By Eurobasket Data Center