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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.8 
 2. Planinic, Maccabi15.7 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena15.7 
 4. Travis, Zadar14.7 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.6 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.4 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.14.4 
 8. Strawberry, Cibona14.3 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea14.2 
 10. Zizic, Cibona14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.2 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.8 
 3. Gordon, Banco d.7.5 
 4. Bader, Szolnok7.4 
 5. Baynes, San A.6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.2 
 7. Planinic, Maccabi6.1 
 8. Saric, Cibona6.1 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 10. Gecevski, MZT S.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.1 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.8 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.3 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.8 
 6. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.5 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 8. Wright, Cedevita3.3 
 9. Otasevic, MZT S.3.3 
 10. Rannikko, Un.Olim.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Green, EA7 Armani1.9 
 3. Otasevic, MZT S.1.7 
 4. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 5. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 6. Hammonds, Igokea1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 8. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 9. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.4 
 10. Travis, Zadar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.4 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Planinic, Maccabi1.1 
 4. Musli, Partizan1.0 
 5. Baynes, San A.0.9 
 6. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 7. Gordon, Banco d.0.8 
 8. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 9. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 10. Vujcic, KK Split0.7 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 16-3 
 2 Satria Muda 13-6 
 3 KL Dragons 11-8 
 4 Thailand S. 7-12 
 5 Singapore S. 7-13 
 6 Saigon H. 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 5: Singapore S. - KL Dragons 70-80
May. 3: Petron Blaze - Satria Muda 70-66
May. 2: Saigon H. - Singapore S. 62-63

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 10: Satria Muda - Singapore S.
May. 11: Petron Blaze - Thailand S.


Round 17: Singapore Slingers defeat Saigon Heat in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 17 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-15) to fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-13) 63-62 in the game for the fifth place. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Singapore Slingers forced 21 Saigon Heat turnovers. American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 21 rebounds for the winners and Vietnamese Phillip Aaron Morrison chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) responded with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Singapore Slingers maintains fifth place with 7-13 record. Saigon Heat lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Singapore Slingers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Very significant was Filipino Petron Blaze's (#1, 16-3) victory against second-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (13-6) 70-66. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) nailed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Paolo Hubalde accounted for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for Satria Muda in the defeat. Petron Blaze (16-3) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Petron Blaze will play against Thailand Slammers (#4) in Bangkok in the next round. Satria Muda will play at home against Singapore Slingers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Singapore was also quite interesting. Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (11-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-13). KL Dragons defeated Singapore Slingers 80-70 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Gavin Edwards who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Rashad Jones-Jennings produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KL Dragons maintains third place with 11-8 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Loser Singapore Slingers keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. KL Dragons will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Singapore Slingers will play against the league's second-placed Satria Muda (#2) in Jakarta and hope to secure a win.



Singapore S. - KL Dragons 70-80

The game in Singapore was also quite interesting. Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (11-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-13). KL Dragons defeated Singapore Slingers 80-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by KL Dragons. Singapore Slingers managed to win second period 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Singapore Slingers outrebounded KL Dragons 48-31 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KL Dragons made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Armon Siefain chipped in 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds and Vietnamese Phillip Aaron Morrison added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KL Dragons maintains third place with 11-8 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Loser Singapore Slingers keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. KL Dragons will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Singapore Slingers will play against the league's second-placed Satria Muda (#2) in Jakarta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: S.Yu Lim 19+2reb+1ast, P.Aaron Morrison 18+8reb+3ast, R.Jones-Jennings 16+20reb, R.Singleton 11+11reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 3+3ast, S.Cabatu 3+1reb
KL Dragons: A.Siefain 26+5ast, G.Edwards 18+13reb+1ast, M.Hubbard 13+7reb+2ast, J.Melton 8+2reb+4ast, M.Tautuaa 6+4reb+3ast, S.Kuppusamy 5
gschID: 229731


Petron Blaze - Satria Muda 70-66

Very significant was Filipino Petron Blaze's (#1, 16-3) victory against second-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (13-6) 70-66. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-7. But Satria Muda won third quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petron Blaze dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 7 points in first quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) nailed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Paolo Hubalde (180-81) accounted for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Satria Muda in the defeat. Petron Blaze (16-3) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Petron Blaze will play against Thailand Slammers (#4) in Bangkok in the next round. Satria Muda will play at home against Singapore Slingers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Thomas 18+15reb+2ast, S.Pringle 15+4reb+3ast, M.Wuysang 13+1reb, C.Daniels 9+11reb+2ast, J.Canada 9+1reb+3ast, A.Prihantono 2
Petron Blaze: V.Acuna 15+1reb, B.Williams 15+9reb+1ast, P.Taulava 12+9reb, P.Hubalde 8+5reb+9ast, J.Williams 8+5reb, L.Avenido 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 229730


Saigon H. - Singapore S. 62-63

The most exciting game of round 17 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-15) to fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-13) 63-62 in the game for the fifth place. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Singapore Slingers forced 21 Saigon Heat turnovers. American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 21 rebounds for the winners and Vietnamese Phillip Aaron Morrison chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) responded with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Singapore Slingers maintains fifth place with 7-13 record. Saigon Heat lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Singapore Slingers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: J.Reyes 26+5reb+5ast, J.Howard 14+12reb+2ast, D.Palmer 9+17reb+1ast, N.Gonzales 7+2reb+2ast, C.Sumalinog 6+2reb, A.Vergara 0
Singapore S.: P.Aaron Morrison 20+3reb+4ast, R.Jones-Jennings 17+21reb+2ast, R.Singleton 14+11reb, S.Cabatu 7+4reb+4ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 5+1reb+2ast, M.Folkoff 0
gschID: 229729



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 8

BIG V

May. 5: Hume City - Diamond V.E. 92-95
May. 4: Bulleen B. - Ringwood H. 86-88
May. 4: Werribee D. - Melbourne T. 81-77
May. 4: Sherbrooke S. - Waverley F. 71-84
May. 4: Eltham W. - Corio Bay S. 68-96

SBL

May. 4: Perth R. - Mandurah M. 94-95
May. 3: Mandurah M. - Willetton T. 94-87
May. 3: SW Slammers - Perth R. 94-101
May. 4: Kalamunda E.S. - SW Slammers 90-98
May. 5: Rockingham F. - Geraldton B. 90-91
May. 4: Goldfield G. - Lakeside L. 81-108
May. 4: Perry Lakes H. - East Perth E. 78-106
May. 4: Wanneroo W. - Geraldton B. 76-95
May. 3: East Perth E. - Rockingham F. 115-85
May. 4: Cockburn C. - Stirling S. 113-103

SEABL

May. 4: Kilsyth C. - Hobart C. 98-90
May. 3: Geelong S. - Hobart C. 93-103
May. 5: Knox R. - Canberra G. 92-94
May. 4: Ballarat M. - Brisbane S. 90-73
May. 4: Nunawading S. - Canberra G. 85-92
May. 4: Bendigo B. - NW Tasmania 85-79
May. 5: Frankston B. - NW Tasmania 85-70
May. 5: Dandenong R. - Brisbane S. 80-82
May. 4: Albury W.B. - Mt Gambier 77-93
May. 5: Sandringham S. - Mt Gambier 71-94

WARATAH

May. 4: Maitland M. - Hornsby S. 95-101
May. 5: Manly Warr. - Hornsby S. 95-101
May. 4: Hills H. - Newcastle H. 91-83
May. 4: Colonial Hotel - Sydney C. 77-88
May. 4: Bankstown B. - Cent.Coast C. 75-65
May. 4: Illawarra H. - Norths Bears 69-62
May. 4: Sutherland S. - Parramatta W. 67-68

Regular Season: Round 9

BIG V

May. 11: Corio Bay S. - Melbourne
May. 11: Ringwood H. - Sherbrooke S.
May. 11: Werribee - Hume City
May. 12: Waverley F. - Eltham W.

Central ABL

May. 11: Eastern M. - Sturt S.
May. 11: Norwood F. - C.District L.
May. 11: Southern T. - Forestville E.
May. 11: W.Adelaide B. - N.Adelaide R.
May. 12: Woodville W. - S.Adelaide P.

QBL

May. 10: Townsville H. - Mackay M.
May. 11: SW Metro P. - Bundaberg B.
May. 11: Toowoomba - Brisbane C.
May. 11: Cairns M. - Mackay M.
May. 11: Gladstone P. - Rockhampton
May. 11: Gold Coast R. - Ipswich F.
May. 12: Suncoast - Bundaberg B.
May. 12: Northside W. - Ipswich F.

SBL

May. 10: Perth R. - Lakeside L.
May. 10: Rockingham F. - Wanneroo W.
May. 10: East Perth E. - Mandurah M.
May. 10: Willetton T. - Kalamunda E.S.
May. 11: Geraldton B. - Perry Lakes H.
May. 11: SW Slammers - Goldfield G.
May. 11: Wanneroo W. - Willetton T.
May. 11: Lakeside L. - Cockburn C.
May. 11: Mandurah M. - Stirling S.
May. 11: Kalamunda E.S. - Perth R.
May. 12: Stirling S. - Goldfield G.

SEABL

May. 10: Hobart C. - Knox R.
May. 10: Mt Gambier - Geelong S.
May. 11: Canberra G. - Dandenong R.
May. 11: Brisbane S. - Albury W.B.
May. 11: Sandringham S. - Nunawading S.
May. 11: NW Tasmania - Knox R.
May. 11: Bendigo B. - Kilsyth C.
May. 11: Ballarat M. - Frankston B.
May. 12: Kilsyth C. - Ballarat M.

WARATAH

May. 11: Illawarra H. - Colonial Hotel
May. 11: Bankstown B. - Parramatta W.
May. 11: Hills H. - Manly Warr.
May. 11: Newcastle H. - Maitland M.
May. 11: Sutherland S. - Cent.Coast C.
May. 11: Sydney C. - Norths Bears
May. 12: Cent.Coast C. - Norths Bears
May. 12: Hornsby S. - Sydney C.


SBL: Balcombe fires Eagles to win over Hawks (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Jarrod Balcombe made a huge statement in the SBL on Saturday night that he's a force to be reckoned with leading the People's Choice Eagles to a thumping win over the previously on fire Perry Lakes Hawks.

The former Perth Wildcats development player had a career night at the WA Basketball Centre, a venue he is obviously familiar with from his hours spent practicing there, and finished with a massive 44 points on the back of 20-of-27 shooting from the field. He also had eight rebounds.

His performance was a huge reason as to why the Eagles beat the Hawks 106-78 even though Perry Lakes was without Ben Purser and Rob Cassir due to commitments at the Wildcats' MVP Ball on Saturday night.

As well as Balcombe's 44 points, Tom Jervis added in 18 points and 12 rebounds with Michael Jones scoring 10 points as well. Drew Williamson had nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Adrian Majstrovich continued his big weekend with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks with Corey Easley adding 23 points and eight boards. Michael Lay also had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Mandurah Magic beat the Michael Vigor (205-F/C-90), Joel Wagner-less BOQ Perth Redbacks 95-94 at Belmont Oasis with Taylor Mullenax scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic. Rhett Della Maddalena hit 24 points and 10 boards with Taylor Land scoring 23 points to go with seven rebounds.

Justin Brown had a huge night for the Redbacks finishing with 21 points and 21 rebounds. Jarrad Prior (188-G-87) scored 20 points in his 200th SBL appearance with Adam Johnston adding 19 points, Bennie Lewis 14 and Dennis Tawhiti 13.

The Lakeside Lightning beat the Silver Lake Resources Goldfields Giants 108-81 at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium with Ben Berran finishing with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Justin Cecil also had 24 points and 10 boards for the Lightning with Jarrad Prue (199-C-82) adding 13 points and 16 boards.

Dwayne Radcliffe scored 17 points for the Giants with Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-C-88, college: California) adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. Matthew Leske, Russell Hurst and Lordan Franich all hitting 10 points.

The Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers then also beat the undermanned Australian Belt Scrapers Wanneroo Wolves at Joondalup Basketball Stadium with a 95-76 victory.

Carter Cook scored 31 points for the Buccaneers with Daniel Thomas adding 19 points, Aaron Ralph 12, Matt Wunderberg 12 (14 rebounds) and Rob Kampman 11 to go with 12 boards.

The Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers lost at home on Friday to the Redbacks but bounced back on Saturday with a 98-90 victory over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns at Ray Owen Sports Centre.

Clive Weeden scored 22 points and had seven rebounds for the Slammers with Jamahr Warren throwing in 26 points and nine boards as well. Wade Hitchcock added 18 points and Ty Harrelson 14 points and 13 assists.

Giant centre Luke Nevill continued his outstanding form for the Suns with another 35 points and 11 rebounds on the back of 16-of-25 shooting from the field. Ben Smith added 14 pints, Joel Questel 13 and Louis Timms 12.

The defending champion Cockburn Cougars finally got a win on the board to improve to a 3-8 record with a 113-103 victory over the Stirling Senators at Wally Hagan Stadium.

Despite the absence of Gavin Field and Damien Scott, Brian Carlwell came up huge for the Cougars with 38 points and 14 rebounds with David Reichel also superb with 35 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Alex Prince had 18 points and Grant Davey 10.

Jordan Wild scored 31 points for the Senators with Josh Throns adding 19, Caleb Davis 15, Nikolas Iliadis 13, Sean Gilmore 11 and Ryan Woodbury 10. Iliadis also had 11 assists.

Meanwhile in women's action, the Perth Redbacks bounced back from a loss to South West on Friday with a 57-44 victory over the Mandurah Magic.

Marita Payne had a big game for the Redbacks with 19 points and 18 rebounds with Jessica Jakens adding 11 points and Gabby O'Sullivan 10. Ashlee Sidebottom top-scored for the Magic with 17 points with Casey Mihovilovich adding 10.

The Kalamunda Eastern Suns beat the South West Slammers 79-76 despite a 31-point final quarter from the visitors.

Adrienne Jones hit 16 points for the Suns with Chelsea Armstrong adding 13 points and Jennie Rintala 13 as well. Kimberly Sitzmann had a huge game with 37 points and 11 rebounds for the Slammers with Zoe Harper contributing 14 points and eight boards.

The Stirling Senators lost to Perry Lakes on Friday but bounced back on Saturday with an 86-72 victory over the Cockburn Cougars.

Taylor Lilley hit four three-pointers on her way to 24 points for the Senators to go with five rebounds and four assists. Tegan Walker added 16 points, Amber Land 15 points and 12 boards, Kelly Ellis 11 points and Fiona Madden 10.

Stephanie Jones had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars with Emma Pass and Kate Fielding both scoring 16 points, and Taryn Priestly 12.

The Perry Lakes Hawks made it a two-win weekend beating the East Perth Eagles comfortably 60-39 on Saturday night.

Natalie Burton had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks with Rosie Tobin contributing 14 points and seven boards and Kate Anthony 12. Nicole Jorre St Jorre had 13 points for the Eagles with Danielle Lipscombe adding 11.

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



SBL: Redbacks Split Ledger - by Eurobasket News

The BOQ Redbacks State Basketball League teams split the ledger with both the mens and womens teams having one win and one loss.

The Redbacks men had a strong 101 to 94 win over the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers in Eaton.

Swing-man Bennie Lewis top-scored with 23 while bringing down six rebounds and making five assists.

In his 200th game shooting guard Jarrad Prior (188-G-87) scored 21, which included hitting five from nine three-point shots, as well as making four steals and two assists and bringing down three rebounds.

However, the Redbacks men had a heartbreaking 94 to 95 overtime loss against Mandurah Magic after the game was tied 88 apiece at the end of regular time.

Centre Justin Brown top-scored for the Redbacks with 21 along with 21 rebounds, while point-guard Adam Johnston had 19 along with six assists and six rebounds and shooting guard Jarrad Prior scored 20 and had two steals.

The BOQ Redbacks men now have six wins and four losses and are in fifth place in the 14-team competition.

The BOQ Redbacks womens team lost to the Slammers 52 to 63.

Point-guard Rachel Lisch top-scored for the Redbacks with 21 and had five rebounds while centre Marita Payne scored nine along with nine rebounds.

However, they bounced back to beat Magic 57 to 44.

Payne dominated with 19 along with 18 rebounds.

Forward Jessica Jakens scored 11 and had three steals and four rebounds while point-guard Gabby OSullivan scored 10 along with steals.

The Redbacks women now have three wins and five losses and are in ninth-place in the 12-team competition.

The action continues on Friday at Belmont Oasis when the Redbacks take on Lakeside Lightning, with the womens game starting at 6.30PM and the mens game at 8.30PM.

Article by Redbacks Media



Braves dish up mixed bag in win against NW Tasmania Thunder - by Eurobasket News

IT was the good, bad and at times damn ugly as the Bendigo Bank Braves fortunes swung dramatically in Saturday nights basketball match against North West Tasmania Thunder.

When the final buzzer sounded, Bendigo led 85-79, but the final margin could have been so much more.

Midway through term three, the Braves led 68-44 on the Bendigo Stadium showcourt.

Jazz Ferguson scored 20 points in the first half, while the athleticism of Ivan McFarlin and Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB) more than matched Thunders big men Sam Harris, Blagov Janev and Eric Gaff as Bendigo led 52-41 at half-time.

The opening five minutes in the third quarter saw the Braves at their best as they racked up 16 points and kept Thunder to just three.

Momentum then swung dramatically as Thunder went on an 11-2 run to be within 15 as the final quarter began.

At five minutes to go, Bendigo led 76-68.

A three-pointer by Harris was cancelled out by McFarlins point from the foul line and then a two-point basket.

Tom Wright was right on target for a lot of the match and his three-point play kept the heat on.

It was McFarlin who again replied from the stripe before a three-pointer by Nick Haywood put Thunder within four points with 95 seconds to play.

When Payne drained two shots from the stripe, Bendigos lead was two and there was 55 seconds to go.

This time it was Tom Garlepp who nailed a two-point basket.

A Thunder strike missed and Taylor Bell won the defensive rebound.

Two more points from Tom Garlepp after a foul made it 85-79 in favour of the Braves and it was game over.

Bendigo coach Ben Harvey said there mixed emotions following the teams fifth victory in a row.

I was really happy with our first half (to be up by 11) and then the way we took control in the third quarter, Harvey said.

But in what has become a trend, the Braves then let a big lead slip.

We had done the same thing against Ballarat and Canberra, Harvey said.

To be a championship team we have to limit the damage from those lapses.

We have to play four quarters, not three.

The win was really important, but I am disappointed about the way Thunder was able to come back, and how quickly.

Harvey said the play of Tom Garlepp and Jazz Ferguson, especially in the first half, was outstanding.

Jazz didnt have as many scoring chances in the second half.

The coach said Braves co-captain Chris Hogan had worked extremely hard to limit the dangerous Troy Payne to 12 points.

Leading stats: Points Bendigo: 25 Jazz Ferguson, 24 Tom Garlepp, 20 Ivan McFarlin, 7 Chris Hogan, 4 Taylor Bell, Josh Garlepp, 1 Kevin Probert. NW Tasmania: 22 Wright, 19 Janev, 12 Payne, Gaff, 10 Harris. Rebounds Bendigo (39): 11 McFarlin, 10 T. Garlepp, 7 Probert. NW Tasmania (34): 8 Gaff, 6 Payne, Janev.

The Braves take on Kilsyth Cobras this Saturday at Bendigo Stadium. Tip-off is at 8pm.
Courtesy of: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au



SBL: Redbacks win on road over Slammers (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The BOQ Perth Redbacks men's SBL team impressed on Friday night becoming the first road team this season to win in Eaton while Taylor Mullenax led the Mandurah Magic to a strong win over the Willetton Tigers.

The Redbacks were impressive beating the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers 101-94 at Eaton Recreation Centre to improve to a 6-3 record on the season.

Bennie Lewis top-scored with 23 points with Jarrad Prior (188-G-87) adding 21, Joel Wagner 18 and Michael Vigor 11. Former Perth Wildcats centre Justin Brown also had nine points and 13 rebounds.

Jamahr Warren had 27 points and 10 rebounds for South West with Trent Worthington (F-88) adding 25 points and nine boards. Clive Weeden added 13 points and nine boards.

The Mandurah Magic beat the Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers 94-87 at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre thanks to a huge game from Mullenax who finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds on the back of shooting 14-of-20 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

He had good support from Ben Caporn with 14 points, Rhett Della Maddalena with 13 points, 14 boards and five assists, and Paul Pantaleo with 11 points.

Quinn McDowell hit 26 points for the Tigers with Brandon Adams adding 16 points, Hayden Noordhoek 11, Adam Nener 11 and Kyle Armour 10.

The People's Choice Eagles returned to the winner's list with a 115-85 thumping of the Rockingham Flames at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre after a huge first half out-scoring their opponent 70-44.

Drew Williamson (196-G/F-83, college: Metro St.) was on-fire for the Eagles with 31 points and seven rebounds while shooting 11-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range.

Tom Jervis also had 22 points and 13 rebounds with Michael Jones adding 10 points and Jarrod Balcombe 20. Austin Kisselev pulled in 12 boards as well.

Brendan Della Maddalena and Trent Gerovich (178-G-86) both had 20 points for the Flames with Cooper Land adding 15 points and Marko Deric 11.

The Perry Lakes Hawks improved to an 8-1 record under new coach Shawn Dennis with a thumping 114-84 win over the Stirling Senators at the WA Basketball Centre.

Adrian Majstrovich top-scored for the Hawks with 23 points and 11 rebounds with Corey Easley adding 18 points, Ben Purser 16, Michael Lay 16, Rob Cassir 14 and Tevin Jackson 12.

Jordan Wild was impressive for the Senators finishing with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Caleb Davis added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Josh Throns 16 points.

In women's action, the South West Slammers beat the Perth Redbacks 63-52 with Kimberly Sitzmann hitting 22 points, Kara Hargreaves 13 and Donnell Wallam 12.

Rachel Lisch top-scored for the Redbacks with 21 points with no other player scoring in double-figures. Marita Payne had nine points and nine rebounds.

The Willetton Tigers took care of business against the Mandurah Magic winning 62-48 thanks to a dominant 30-16 second half.

Lisa Wallbutton top-scored for the Tigers with 15 points and 13 rebounds with Emma Lobb adding 11 points. Melissa Marsh had just two points, but worked hard for eight rebounds and six assists to still be a strong contributor.

Ashlee Sidebottom had 20 points for the Magic with Briana Klasztorny adding 10 to go with six rebounds.

Last year's grand finalists Rockingham continued East Perth's horror start to the season with an emphatic 102-70 victory largely set up by a 35-point first quarter.

Samantha Whitcomb led the way for the Flames with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists with Kaye Tucker adding 23 points, seven assists and six boards. Jacinta Bourne chipped in with 12 points and Mary-Alice Telfer 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Denielle Lipscombe had 15 points for the Eagles with Nicole Jorre St Jorre adding 14 points and Elizabeth Cooke also 14.

The Perry Lakes Hawks beat the Stirling Senators 83-70 at home with Gabriella Clayton scoring 24 points, Natalie Burton 21 and Rebecca Boyanich 10. Rosie Tobin pulled in 11 rebounds.

Lyndal Gardiner hit 18 points for the Senators with Tegan Walker adding 17. Taylor Lilley finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

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



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.1 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.6 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.4 
 8. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Richards, BC Vien.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.7 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.2 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.0 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 9. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 10. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.6 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.8 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.5 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 6. Boylan, BC Vienna1.4 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 8. Chaney, Oberwart1.3 
 9. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 6. Washington, Wels0.8 
 7. Chappell, Klostern.0.7 
 8. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 9. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.6 
 10. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Kapfenberg and Klosterneuburg take leads - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg - BC Vienna 85-83

Kapfenberg snatched a tough home win over BC Vienna to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kapfenberg Bulls made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. American guard Giovonne Woods (191-86, college: Cent.Washington) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who recorded 20 points and 7 assists and British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 20+4reb+7ast, R.Richards 19+4reb+3ast, B.Danek 17+3reb+3ast, S.Stazic 13+5reb+6ast, F.Trmal 9+9reb+2ast, I.Boylan 5+4reb+2ast
Kapfenberg: M.Sanchez 33+6reb+1ast, G.Woods 13+2reb+10ast, D.Nelson 12+5reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 11+2reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 9+5reb+5ast, D.Mayes 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 240338


Oberwart - Klosterneub. 76-83

Klosterneuburg surprised Oberwart on the road to surge ahead in the semifinal series. It was a good game for the former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Two Points) contributed with 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) answered with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: S.Boxley 25+9reb+4ast, D.Hinson 22+1reb+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 11+4reb+3ast, D.Gant 7+4reb, J.Johnson 6+8reb, R.Chaney 2+4reb+1ast
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 24+3reb+1ast, C.Bobb 14+7reb+2ast, R.Suljanovic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 11+4reb+9ast, J.Chappell 9+5reb+2ast, L.Sallomon 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240337



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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 16-11 
 6. Leuven 9-17 
 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. 5: Leuven - Antwerp 55-84
May. 4: Aalstar - Verviers-Pep. 101-69

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 10: Spirou - Leuven
May. 11: Verviers-Pep. - M.Hainaut
May. 11: Oostende - Aalstar
May. 11: Antwerp - Liege


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. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.9 
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. Aska, Leuven5.9 
 10. Ferguson, Vervier.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. Raivio, Aalstar3.8 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 8. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 9. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 5. Green, Spirou1.9 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 8. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 9. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
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. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 7. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 8. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.5 


Ethias League Round 27: Belfius Mons-Hainaut defeats leader Base Oostende - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Ethias League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Base Oostende (19-8) in Quaregnon on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (17-10) 75-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Base Oostende. The game was mostly controlled by Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Base Oostende managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Base Oostende's 26. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds for Base Oostende. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains third place with 17-10 record having just two points less than leader Oostende, which they share with Aalstar. Defending champion Base Oostende still keeps top position with eight games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Base Oostende will play against Okapi Aalstar (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Leuven supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (16-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Leuven Bears (9-17). Antwerp Giants smashed Leuven Bears 84-55. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Ralph Biggs (199-76, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Jean-Marc Mwema helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 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. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth place with 16-11 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Antwerp Giants will play against Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round. Leuven Bears will play on the road against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Liege supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Spirou Charleroi (17-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Liege Basket (8-19). Spirou Charleroi smashed Liege Basket 97-74 on Friday. It was an exceptional evening for Jerome Randle who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 assists. Wen Boss Mukubu came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Liege Basket in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spirou Charleroi maintains second place with 17-9 record having just three points less than leader Oostende. Loser Liege Basket keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet at home Leuven Bears (#6) in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-10) and 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-23) in Aalst ended with biggest points difference. Okapi Aalstar outscored guests from Verviers 101-69. The best player for the winners was Derek Raivio who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Okapi Aalstar's next round opponent will be league's leader Base Oostende on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon.



Leuven - Antwerp 55-84

The game in Leuven supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (16-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Leuven Bears (9-17). Antwerp Giants smashed Leuven Bears 84-55. It looked good early as Leuven Bears took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Antwerp Giants had a 28-12 second period charge getting the lead and Leuven Bears were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-84. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Ralph Biggs (199-76, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. International forward Jean-Marc Mwema (195-89, agency: Court Side) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 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. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth place with 16-11 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Antwerp Giants will play against Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round. Leuven Bears will play on the road against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Biggs 25+2reb+1ast, R.Moors 13+3reb+4ast, B.Hopkins 13+2reb+3ast, J.Mwema 11+11reb+2ast, T.Black 11+3reb+6ast, J.Love 11+13reb
Leuven: B.Burgess 19+5reb, I.Aska 16+11reb+1ast, G.Robinson 8+2reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 4+3reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 4+6reb+5ast, Y.Desiron 4+2reb
gschID: 187367


Aalstar - Verviers-Pep. 101-69

The game between fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-10) and 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-23) in Aalst ended with biggest points difference. Okapi Aalstar outscored guests from Verviers 101-69. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Okapi Aalstar forced 19 VOO Verviers-Pepinster turnovers. The best player for the winners was American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import guard Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 20 points. Five Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was center Boris Penninck (202-88) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Okapi Aalstar's next round opponent will be league's leader Base Oostende on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: D.Raivio 23+6reb+3ast, A.Ruoff 20+4reb+3ast, C.Young 15+9reb, N.Hartsock 10+4reb+2ast, L.Cummard 10+2reb+6ast, T.Dreesen 8+1reb
Verviers-Pep.: B.Penninck 18+6reb+2ast, S.Moris 15+10reb, M.Zakharov 15, Y.Moray 9+6reb+5ast, C.Ferguson 6+7reb+1ast, B.Lemaire 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 187366


M.Hainaut - Oostende 75-63

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Base Oostende (19-8) in Quaregnon on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (17-10) 75-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Base Oostende. The game was mostly controlled by Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Base Oostende managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Base Oostende's 26. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) added 12 points in the effort for Base Oostende. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains third place with 17-10 record having just two points less than leader Oostende, which they share with Aalstar. Defending champion Base Oostende still keeps top position with eight games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Base Oostende will play against Okapi Aalstar (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: B.Qvale 24+11reb+1ast, J.Cage 14+6reb, Q.Taylor 13+5reb+3ast, J.Bostic 9+6reb+4ast, J.Wallace 9+1reb+3ast, A.Libert 4+1reb
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 16+1reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 12+4reb+3ast, B.Wright 11+5reb+3ast, M.Stojic 11+5reb+2ast, D.Drobnjak 5+5reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 3+2reb
gschID: 187365


Liege - Spirou 74-97

The game in Liege supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Spirou Charleroi (17-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Liege Basket (8-19). Spirou Charleroi smashed Liege Basket 97-74 on Friday. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. International forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and international power forward Ioann Iarochevitch (206-89, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Liege Basket in the defeat. Four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spirou Charleroi maintains second place with 17-9 record having just three points less than leader Oostende. Loser Liege Basket keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet at home Leuven Bears (#6) in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: J.Randle 20+2reb+5ast, D.Green 16+7reb+1ast, C.Beghin 15+4reb+1ast, A.Riddick 9+9reb+1ast, D.Allen 8+4reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 7+1reb+2ast
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 22+5reb+3ast, G.Hockins 11+2reb+2ast, I.Iarochevitch 11+7reb, L.Bosco 10+1reb+1ast, G.Ware 7+3reb, C.Banks 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 187364



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

24-year old center Brian Qvale (210-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for M.Hainaut and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Oostende (#1, 19-8) 75-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. M.Hainaut maintains the 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. M.Hainaut will need more victories to improve their 17-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Qvale as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Montana graduate has very impressive stats this year. Qvale is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 66.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) of Aalstar. He is American guard in his first season at Aalstar. In the last game Raivio recorded impressive 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Aalstar to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#8, 4-23) 101-69. Aalstar's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 17-10 record is not bad at all. Raivio is a newcomer at Aalstar and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#2). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Liege (#7). Mukubu scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Mukubu's great performance Liege lost 74-97 to the higher-ranked Spirou (#2, 17-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Liege can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mukubu he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mukubu has individually a great season in Belgium. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 6.0rpg (8th best). Wen Boss Mukubu has also Belgian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 15 points and 9 rebounds
5. Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Antwerp - 11 points and 13 rebounds
6. Timothy Black (178-PG-81) of Antwerp - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Bradford Burgess (198-G/F-90) of Leuven - 19 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jerome Randle (178-PG-87) of Spirou - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Boris Penninck (202-C-88) of Verviers-Pep. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alex Ruoff (198-G-86) of Aalstar - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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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Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 9

May. 4: Igokea - Bosna 90-58
May. 4: Siroki WWin - Capljina 71-64
May. 4: Radnik B. - Mladost 61-89


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost16.6 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Goranovic, Radnik8.5 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Josilo, Radnik B.7.9 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.5 
 9. Markovic, Radnik B.6.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 6. Bjelica, Capljina4.2 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.2 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.1 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda3.8 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.9 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 7. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik1.4 
 9. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 10. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 3. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 4. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 5. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 6. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 7. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 8. Radanovic, Mladost0.4 
 9. Karamatic, Capljina0.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 12

May. 4: Dolphins - Bullets 80-45
May. 4: Cadets - Splinters 67-64
May. 4: Police - Bullets 63-72
May. 4: Saints - Splinters 60-57

Regular Season: Round 13

May. 9: Saints - Spartans



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  CBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 4: M.Tennessee S. - St.Louis H. 110-109

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 11: Dayton A.S. - M.Tennessee S.
May. 11: River City P. - Bowling Green H.
May. 12: M.Tennessee S. - St.Louis H.



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Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 4: Academia - Once Caldas 81-76
May. 4: Aguilas - Piratas 81-72
May. 4: Bambuqueros - Bucaros 78-76

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 6: Piratas - Aguilas
May. 6: Once Caldas - Academia
May. 6: Bucaros - Bambuqueros


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Thomas, Piratas23.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.3 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.9 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Halcones18.6 
 7. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
 10. Dorsey, Bambuque.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.8 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.3 
 3. Northern, Halcones10.9 
 4. Smith, Aguilas8.9 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 6. Blue, Academia8.7 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.5.8 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.5 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.8 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.3 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.2 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.1 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 4. Jordan, Once Cald.1.6 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.3 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas1.3 
 10. Mendez, Piratas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Halcones
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Halcones2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 7. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 8. Fernandez, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 10. Aguaslimpias, Aca.0.5 


Thomas' 34-point game gives him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Piratas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 34 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Piratas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aguilas (#6, 2-7) 84-79. Piratas maintains the 2nd position in Colombian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Piratas will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Philadelphia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg. Thomas is in league's top in assists (8th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros. He is former international center in his 3rd season at Bucaros. In the last game Hernandez recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Bucaros lost that game 68-80 to the higher-ranked Bambuqueros (#1, 7-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bucaros still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Hernandez is one of the most experienced players at Bucaros and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Brandon Crawford (201-F-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Academia (#5). Crawford scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Crawford's great performance Academia lost 97-102 to slightly higher-ranked Once Caldas (#3, 5-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Academia not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Crawford could try to bring Academia's a little bit higher in the standings. Crawford has a very solid season. In 9 games in Colombia he scored 17.2ppg. He also has 11.6rpg and FGP: 65.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rome Sanders (203-F/C-84) of Once Caldas - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Once Caldas - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) of Piratas - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Bambuqueros - 16 points and 4 rebounds

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



Philip Brooks first Blog in Colombia.. - by Phil Brooks

Hello World..My first year in South America was a god experince..Played 40games in 3months its similar to the NBA schedule with all the games...This league needs more respect with all the players playing 4games a week..Thats not easy to do...I was playing for Buckaros got injured last Friday with a slight tear in my groin injury...But finish the season 7th in scoring,4th assist, 2nd in fg percentage and 2ndand freethrow percentage.... Im looking forward to next season...Headed home for the summer to rest and spend time with family and friends..And right back to summer workouts the 1st of June...The rest of the season will be interesting with Bambqueros,Pirates,Once Caldas,Buckaros, and Academia all fighting for the Final 4 spots with only 2weeks left.... Stay tuned for my 2nd blog..
Brooks



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Giovan Oniangue clinch the Trophy abroad - by Eurobasket News

Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) clinch the Trophy abroad as his Paris-Levallois finished their season on a high note in France. They defeated Nanterre in the Cup Final at the Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy. Sean May delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Paris-Levallois took control over the tempo in the starting frame. They held Nanterre to 14 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 5-point lead. Paris-Levallois maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:29 halftime advantage. Nanterre however turned the tables in the third quarter. They straighten up defensively and cut the deficit to just 7 points heading into the final period. Chris Warren put Nanterre within one with a three-pointer with just over two minutes remaining. However Sean May and Jawad Williams quickly restored a 7-point lead for Paris-Levallois. David Lighty tried to save the game for Nanterre but his four late points went in vain. John Cox had 18 points, while Julius Hodge and Jawad Williams provided 12 points each for the winners. David Lighty answered with 20 points for Nanterre. Chris Warren netted 15 points in the loss.



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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: 21.5
 1. Ross, Jolly21.5 
 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. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 3. Mrva, Jolly7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 6. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 7. Ross, Jolly5.3 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 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. Ross, Jolly3.8 
 5. Car, KK Zagreb3.7 
 6. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 7. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 10. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
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. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 5. Krivec, Kvarner1.4 
 6. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 7. Petrovic, KK Zagreb1.3 
 8. Glavinic, Sloboda1.3 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 10. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 5. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 6. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 7. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 
 8. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 


Strawberry's 20 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Cibona and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Cibona in his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Zagreb (#7, 2-9) 92-86. It allowed Cibona to consolidate first place in the Croatian league. Cibona has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game Strawberry had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. D.J. Strawberry averages this season 13.8ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Josip Naletilic (195-G-89, agency: Interperformances) of Jolly. He is Bosnia and Herzegovina guard in his first season at Jolly. In the last game Naletilic recorded impressive 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. It was enough for Jolly to edge Alkar Sinj (#8, 0-11) by 6 points 86-80. This victory allowed Jolly to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 6-5 record is not bad at all. Naletilic is one of the most experienced players at Jolly and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Marko Car (188-SG-85) of KK Zagreb (#7). Car scored 23 points and passed six assists. Despite Car's great performance KK Zagreb lost 86-92 to the higher-ranked Cibona (#1, 10-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. KK Zagreb can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Car he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Car has individually a great season in Croatia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Buva (208-C-91) of Cedevita - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Slavko Modric (203-F/G-84) of Alkar Sinj - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) of Jolly - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivan Bender (170-G-95) of KK Split - 8 points and 10 rebounds
8. Rudolf Jugo (183-PG-84) of Alkar Sinj - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Cibona - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Predrag Suput (200-F-77) of Cedevita - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Arecibo
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dentmon, Arecibo22.9 
 2. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.22.1 
 3. Lamb, Oklah.Ci.21.2 
 4. Goudelock, LA La.21.2 
 5. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 6. Samuels, Hapoel J.19.8 
 7. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 9. Nichols, Arecibo18.7 
 10. Joseph, Brooklyn18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Golden S.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Golden S.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, San German10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 6. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 7. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Arecibo7.0 
 5. Russell, Cocodrilos6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. Joseph, San A.5.5 
 10. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 6. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 7. Murry, Rio G.1.8 
 8. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 9. Leslie, Santa C.1.7 
 10. Singletary, Ooste.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Miami H.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Varnado, Miami H.3.3 
 2. Melo, Boston C.2.9 
 3. Armstrong, Santa C.2.3 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Orton, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 7. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Jordan, Talk N Te.2.0 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 



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  EABC   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Japan0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Macau0-0
4. Taiwan0-0
Group B
1. China0-0
2. Hong Kong0-0
3. Mongolia0-0

Regular Season: Round 1

A

May. 16: TAI - MAC
May. 16: JPN - KOR

B

May. 16: CHN - HKG



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  EGYPT   


National Team Training Camp to Start next Tuesday - by Mohamed Ramadan

Egyptian head coach Amr Abu El-Kheir has selected a squad of 24 players to start the training camp for the Mediterranean games which will take place in Mersin, Turkey end of June.

The squad which didn't contain any foreign based players will start training camp on Tuesday and left out some key players in the Egyptian league like Ahmed Mounier, Sherif Guneidy, Rami Guneidy & Amr Sherif.

The 24 player's selected are:

El Ahly Sc: Tarek El-Ghannam, Ibrahim El-Gammal, & Ibrahim Abu Khadra
Sporting: Wael Badr, Mohamed El-Kerdany, Ahmed Mohieb, Mohamed El-Leithy, Yousef Shousha, Ahmed Hisham, & Marwan Khorshed.
Al-Ittihad: Rami Ibrahim, Haitham Kamal, Mohannad El-Sabbagh, Ahmed El-Sabbagh, & Moataz Hosni
Zamalek: Haitham El-Saharty, Mohamed Salah, Moataz Okasha, & Anas Osama
El-Gezira: Roumeh Sameh, Sherif Gamil, & Ahmed El-Shibany
Smouha: Ahmed Fahmy
El-Geish: Mohamed Fouad



National Team Training Camp to Start next Tuesday - by Mohamed Ramadan

Egyptian head coach Amr Abu El-Kheir has selected a squad of 24 players to start the training camp for the Mediterranean games which will take place in Mersin, Turkey end of June.

The squad which didn't contain any foreign based players will start training camp on Tuesday and left out some key players in the Egyptian league like Ahmed Mounier, Sherif Guneidy, Rami Guneidy & Amr Sherif.

The 24 player's selected are:

El Ahly Sc: Tarek El-Ghannam, Ibrahim El-Gammal, & Ibrahim Abu Khadra
Sporting: Wael Badr, Mohamed El-Kerdany, Ahmed Mohieb, Mohamed El-Leithy, Yousef Shousha, Ahmed Hisham, & Marwan Khorshed.
Al-Ittihad: Rami Ibrahim, Haitham Kamal, Mohannad El-Sabbagh, Ahmed El-Sabbagh, & Moataz Hosni
Zamalek: Haitham El-Saharty, Mohamed Salah, Moataz Okasha, & Anas Osama
El-Gezira: Roumeh Sameh, Sherif Gamil, & Ahmed El-Shibany
Smouha: Ahmed Fahmy
El-Geish: Mohamed Fouad

It is expected that foreign based players will start to join the National team by end of this month.



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.0 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.6 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.7 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 7. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.6 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
 10. Ingram, TU/Rock13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.9 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas7.7 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.7 
 9. Arnold, TTU6.6 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.7 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.1 
 9. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Dorbek, Rapla2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.6 
 6. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.6 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 10. Puidet, TTU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.3 
 3. Toome, TU/Rock0.9 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU0.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 7. Nelyubov, TU/Rock0.6 
 8. Grim, Valga0.6 
 9. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 


Tarvas takes first step towards the bronze - by Janar

BC Rakvere Tarvas took a 75:63 away victory against TYCO Rapla to take the 1:0 lead in best-of-three series for the bronze medals. There's much more at stakes than just the 3rd place in this matchup because both Rakvere and Rapla fight for the symbolic title of the "Basketball Capital" of Estonia or, to be more objective, for the title of the best little city where basketball is sacred.
Anyway, the first game was played at Rapla but the hosts struggled a lot since the opening minutes. Tarvas made 10/10 from the free throw line in the opening quarter to build up a 19:10 lead. The hosts, on the other hand, were only 2/9 from the charity line during the whole (!!!) game (as opposed to the guests' 21/25).
Thanks to the three-pointers by Laane and Parn, the hosts came out from an undeserved deficit and closed dthe gap to a single point - 23:24. Tarvas answered with a 6:0 run to make it plus 7 but again, two acrobatic shots by Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) made the numbers almost even (27:30).
But that was the last hopeful moment for the hosts as Tarvas outscored them 19:4 in first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter to go ahead 51:31. The hosts could make it to minus 12 with a quarter to play but Tarvas held the firm lead in the last quarter.

Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) scored 22 for the winners, Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) added 16, Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) 13 and Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) had 11 points, 7 rbs, 4 assists and incredible 7 steals! For the hosts, Andre Parn (202-F-77) had 19, Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) 16 and Martin Paasoja 14 points.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.7 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.13.6 
 10. Krstic, CSKA13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.3 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 5. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos5.9 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.5 
 9. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 10. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Petrochimi
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 2. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 6. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 6. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Falker, Besiktas1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 



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  FBA   


Flight Sweep Knights; Start Season 2-0 - by Greg

(Palm Beach, FL) The Florida Flight handled the pressures of overtime to come out on top and sweep the Knights during the opening weekend of the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) this past weekend.

The Knights got off to a strong start in game 1 behing the sharp shooting of Guevara Raymond (5'10''-G) and Germer Kinsey (5'9''-G). The two guards combined for 6 of the Knights 9 three pointers in the first half. The stellar play of Jonathan Adamson (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Elmira) and Corey Williams (6'4''-G, college: Allen) kept the Flight alive. The Knights went to the locker room with a 68 56 advantage at halftime.
Flight Head Coach Rebekah Day made some adjustments for the second half, allowing the Flight to squeeze back into the game. A clutch 8 point 4th quarter performance from Ernest Jones helped the Flight force overtime. Marcus Patterson (6'3''-G, college: Livingstone) sealed the victory for the Flight with 7 points in overtime, including a game-clinching three pointer that put the Flight ahead for good. The final score was 140 132.
The Flight win carried over to game 2, as they came out the aggressors, leading most of the first 3 quarters. The Knights came alive at the end thanks to a 14-point second half from Anthony Daniels (6'5''-F). The Knights bridged the gap and forced overtime before the end.
Momentum stayed with the Knights for the first 2 minutes, jumping out to a quick 7 point advantage. Ernest Jones break the
7-0 run with a three pointer, followed by 2 more threes from Mark King (5'11''-G-76, college: Pikeville). King then hit 3 clutch free throws to put the Flight ahead. The final score was 117 108.
Our guys showed a lot of resilience this weekend, said Coach Day. Its hard enough to win on the road. Winning both of these 2 overtime games is a big confidence boost. Were not going to get too excited though. Weve got the defending Champion Rebels up next in Tampa on Sunday.

The Flights next game is Sunday, May 5th. They dont play at home until Saturday, May 18th against the Heartland Prowl. For tickets, email tickets@flighthoops.com or visit www.flighthoops.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.



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  FRANCE   


Paris-Levallois conquer French Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Nanterre 77:74

Paris-Levallois finished their season on a high note. They defeated Nanterre in the Cup Final at the Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Paris-Levallois took control over the tempo in the starting frame. They held Nanterre to 14 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 5-point lead. Paris-Levallois maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:29 halftime advantage. Nanterre however turned the tables in the third quarter. They straighten up defensively and cut the deficit to just 7 points heading into the final period. Chris Warren (178-PG-88, college: Mississippi) put Nanterre within one with a three-pointer with just over two minutes remaining. However Sean May and Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) quickly restored a 7-point lead for Paris-Levallois. David Lighty (195-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) tried to save the game for Nanterre but his four late points went in vain. John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) had 18 points, while Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) and Jawad Williams provided 12 points each for the winners. David Lighty answered with 20 points for Nanterre. Chris Warren netted 15 points in the loss.

Paris-Levallois: Sean May 21+13 boards, John Cox 18, Julius Hodge 12, Jawad Williams 12
Nanterre: David Lighty 20, Chris Warren 15



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.3 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.6 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 6. Rice, B.Muenchen15.3 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.7 
 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 Baskets7.0 
 5. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.6 
 6. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.5 
 9. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 10. King, Art.Dragons6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.7 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.6 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 5. White, Phoenix4.3 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 8. Guenther, Ratio.3.7 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 2. White, Phoenix1.8 
 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. Ford, Brose Bask.1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 9. King, Art.Dragons0.9 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 4. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 5. Nixon, NBC16.8 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.7 
 8. Williams, Vechta15.6 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 3. Gadley, Duesseldorf8.8 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 6. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Smith, NBC7.4 
 10. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Williams, Vechta6.7 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.2 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Williams, Vechta2.5 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Johnson, Duesseld.1.6 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 10. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.6 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.1 
 7. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 9. Johnson, Crailsheim0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


Vechta triumphs at ProA Finals - by Eurobasket News

Vechta - Duesseldorf 84-78 (2-0)

Vechta triumphs at ProA Finals. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-16. But Duesseldorf Baskets won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rasta Vechta forced 21 Duesseldorf Baskets turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Greek-Australian guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-85) produced 15 points and 8 assists and American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five SC Rasta Vechta and four Duesseldorf Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Vechta: C.Hassan 20+5reb+3ast, J.Doerksen 14+3reb+1ast, D.Madrich 13+9reb+5ast, F.Stuckemann 12+2reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 11+5reb+5ast, D.Krause 8
Duesseldorf: N.Adamczak 16+3reb+2ast, P.Flomo 15+4reb+1ast, T.Tzakopoulos 15+4reb+8ast, G.Johnson 13+7reb+3ast, M.Petric 9+1reb+2ast, A.Waleskowski 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 240425



BBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets 78-66

The game was mostly controlled by EWE Baskets. Telekom Baskets managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Telekom Baskets 48-32 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) added 20 points in the effort for Telekom Baskets.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+7reb, J.Jenkins 14+5reb+1ast, D.Joyce 9+3reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 9+7reb+2ast, R.Burrell 8+6reb+3ast, R.Smeulders 6+2reb
Telekom Baskets: J.McLean 22+11reb, K.Weems 20+4reb, B.Veikalas 9+1reb+3ast, C.Ensminger 6+4reb, D.McCray 4+5reb+1ast, J.Jordan 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 240168


Brose Bask. - Phoenix Hagen 99-74

Phoenix Hagen was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 37-10 charge of Brose Bask., which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Phoenix Hagen's 36. Brose Bask. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Phoenix Hagen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar (207-80) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. Brose Bask.'s coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Ole Wendt (190-92) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Dino Gregory (200-89, college: Maryland, agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: S.Ford 18+3reb+1ast, B.Nachbar 16+3reb+6ast, K.Tadda 13+6reb, A.Renfroe 12+7reb+7ast, A.Gavel 12+3reb+4ast, M.Zirbes 10+4reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 17+2reb, O.Wendt 16+6reb+4ast, D.White 11+1reb, D.Gregory 11+11reb+2ast, M.Dorris 9+2reb+2ast, L.Gordon 5+7reb+5ast
gschID: 240167


Ratiopharm - Art.Dragons 83-68

The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. Artland Dragons managed to win second period 31-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. International Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian center Petar Popovic (211-79) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Artland Dragons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: A.Ray 24+1ast, J.Bryant 24+10reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 17+7reb+1ast, P.Guenther 10+1reb+6ast, D.Theis 6+10reb+1ast, L.Jeter 2+2reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: P.Popovic 18+5reb+1ast, B.Taylor 17+5reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 14+1reb+1ast, A.King 12+11reb+4ast, D.Mallet 5+2reb, A.Njei 2
gschID: 240166


B.Muenchen - ALBA 88-67

The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. ALBA Berlin managed to win fourth quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. It was a very good performance for American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists. International Robin Benzing (209-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points and American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) added 12 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin. 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:
B.Muenchen: R.Benzing 16+2reb+3ast, T.Rice 15+3reb+5ast, S.Hamann 14+1reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 13+1reb+4ast, J.Homan 10+4reb+3ast, J.Jagla 7+2reb
ALBA: N.Djedovic 13+3reb+2ast, D.Wood 12+2reb+2ast, A.Miralles 9+5reb, Y.Idbihi 8+3reb, H.Schaffartzik 7+1reb+5ast, D.Thompson 7+5reb
gschID: 240165



The Miles Basketball Minute: 2013 Beko BBL Playoff Preview:Alba Berlin-FC Bayern Munich 3-2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There is always something happening in FC Hollywood or also known as FC Bayern Munich soccer team as they arent only the most famous sports team in Germany, have the best talented and expensive players, but also are used to mostly having success. The last two weeks have been sheer excitement as the team blew out FC Barcelona at home and then advanced to the Champions league final against German team Borussia Dortmund. With all this fuss happening with the soccer team, one may get a bit distracted from the basketball department FC Bayern Munich, but they quietly have reached their second playoffs in a row. There are thousands of bitter and unwanted things that have occurred in the Beko BBL this season for teams and players for instance Bamberg having so much misfortune and losing many close games in the Euroleague, a Jimmy Mckinney getting injured again a thing that unfortunately has plagued him throughout his career, a player like American Robert Vaden being released right before the playoffs hurting the playoff chances of the Telekom Baskets Bonn, Frankfurt losing in Oldenburg this season on a botched in bound play in the last seconds of the game or a traditional Beko BBL team like Giessen having financial woes, losing half their roster getting beat often by 40 points and then having to move down to the Pro A. With the post season starting, not only FC Bayern Munich have some misfortune, but also 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin who have to face each other in the quarterfinals of the playoffs in the best of five series. Both teams dont have any time to waste to ponder about their calamity, but need to get prepared as quickly as possible for the most exciting head to head competition in the first round of the playoffs.

After finishing last season their first in the Beko BBL since returning from the second division in fifth place with a record of 22-12, they couldnt make any real ground this season despite having the command from upstairs to improve their standings situation finishing in fourth place with a record of 21-13. One cant forget that the team had massive turmoil shortly before the start of the season as ex German national coach Dirk Bauermann was let go and they didnt name Svetisslav Pesic until December when he took over a 5-5 team. They did lose in the first game under his guidance in Berlin, but then as if a nasty cold Serbian wind had followed and blew away the next opponents won seven games in a row including the first four with 100 plus points and 11 of 12 wins. It didnt take Svetislav Pesic long to cradle his wan and put his stamp on how the team was to play. Disciplined, hard defense, quick sets on offense with the first open shot to be taken and unending freedom for his players was key to the success. The team did let up a bit in the last two months having a record of 5-6 and losing in the cup against Alba Berlin. Their biggest problem in the stretch drive was losing too many close games like with two points to Bremerhaven, with three to Tuebingen, four to Artland and three to Oldenburg. With three wins more, they would have an easier time now with the Vaden less Telekom Baskets Bonn. Their biggest wins of the season were against Bamberg and ratiopharm Ulm and they had a 1-2 record against Alba Berlin. Fc Bayern Munich has an incredible roster with possibly the best three man big man rotation in the league with Jared Homan, Chevon Troutman and Lawrence Roberts. Tyrese Rice is belongs to the top point guards and with Brandon Thomas an allrounder at the shooting guard position. Pesic has his freedom to pick from top talented German players like Robin Benzing, Jan Jagla, Stefen Hamann and Demond Greene. Top Israel player Yotam Halperin has been somewhat of a disappointment, but he can explode at anytime. It is always sweet when you have two starting five teams plus an 11th man like Aleksandar Nadjfeji that can still gun the ball out of the post to the open shooter. The biggest strength of FC Bayern Munich is their famous and experienced coach, deep roster and combination of lethal offense (83 points per game) and rebounding (37 per game).

Times werent easy for the organization or fans of Alba Berlin when the last time they were Beko BBL champion was 2008 and cup winner in 2009. Three seasons title less is about as difficult and grueling as trying to find your way through Berlin without a navigation system. However club and fans finally shared that winning feeling again when they won the 2013 Beko BBL cup in the O2 arena beating ratiopharm Ulm. The team has at least won one title, but a player like Dashaun Wood is still hungry for more hardware as is his team despite going 4-4 after winning the cup. Last season Alba Berlin finished third with a record of 26-8, but werent as productive this season finishing in fifth place with a 20-14 record which most likely added a few months on the body of tough head coach Sasa Obradovic who can yell and scream with the best of them. From the view of Alba Berlin except for a strong stretch in the first half of the season where they won eight games in a row, it was a very inconsistent Beko BBL season as they werent able to string together more than a two game winning streak the rest of the way. Their biggest wins were beating Bamberg at home and in Bamberg in Euroleague play. One of the reasons for the demise of the team in the second half was the injury to Vule Avdalovic who was the guy that kept the team together. Obradovic put together another strong team keeping Dashaun Wood who had less of an offensive role this season due to the many scorers, but was able to focus more on defense. Berlin has a very solid trio under the hoop with Yassin Idbihi, ACB veteran Albert Miralles and French man Ali Traore who recently got injured and will be lost for the season. Deon Thompson who still has aspirations of the NBA will have to help out even more under the basket. The unsung hero of the team is Zach Morely who has a lethal inside out game. German national player Heiko Schaffartzik is at home at any parking lot and will shoot over the meter maid if necessary and Nihad Djedovic can score in bunches and take over a game at anytime. The club picked up insurance down the stretch with Americans Derrick in flight Byers and 2009 Beko BBL champion Je Kel Foster. Experienced Sven Schultze is the bench leader, isnt afraid of anyone and can still hit the clutch three pointer. Alba Berlin also has a potent offense averaging 79 points per game and are always good for many points as they scored 80 plus points 20 times. They also do a great job taking care of the ball as they have the least turnovers in the league and are the best at hitting free throws at 80%. The biggest weakness of Alba Berlin is their outside shooting as they were third worst in the Beko BBL this season.

This is the most exciting series in the quarterfinals and should go the distance, but FC Bayern Munich has the home court advantage. The match up of the series will be the two top points guards Tyrese Rice and DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) Rice is a player that loves the big time moments in crunch time and is just unstoppable when he has to be while the danger with Wood is that he loves these type of challenges where he can shine and even if he is far from his Beko BBL MVP season of 2011, he can get hot and change a game at anytime. This makes him very unpredictable and extreme perilous since his main focus is playmaking now, but as soon as he sees the hole, he will be gone before Obradovic can yell road runner. Key for Alba Berlin will be to match the physicality of FC Bayern Munich which will be a real task with monsters like Homan and Roberts sitting in the paint. On offense they should use the pick and role option more to stifle the slower Munich big men and get them into foul trouble. FC Bayern Munich should test the Alba Berlin shooting early and if they arent on play zone and let them shoot. FC Bayern Munich also should run a lot and try to wear down Alba Berlin since their bench is thinner than that of FC Bayern Munich. If Alba Berlin can steal one in Munich right away, then that will only be an advantage. This series will go five games with an emotional fifth game in Munich. FC Bayern Munich have the 1-0 series lead and now it is time for Alba Berlin to strike back in game two. Dashaun Wood took over a game in 2011-2012 in Munich carrying Alba Berlin to a big win in the Audi Dome and will burning with fire in this series to repeat glory.




Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) We are not going down without a fight against Bamberg just because we are the 8th place team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket about the quarterfinals of the 2013 Beko BBL playoffs.

Congrats on making the playoffs. The players are excited, but how is the city of Hagen holding up? How much excitement is there in the city now?

There is a lot of excitement and pride around the city for those who are basketball fans. They usually come up to you and say something. And then you have a crowd of people chanting playoffs pretty much wherever you go. It's great feeling.


Reaching the playoffs was the goal of Phoenix Hagen. Was the biggest reason for making this goal become a reality that the team Belief never died down from day one until April 27th?

Yea I think so, we fought all season and we experienced our ups and downs and we learned a lot that put us in great position to reach our goal and make the playoffs.

How excited are you playing possibly a 5 game series against the top German team and many ex NBA players? Is this like a dream come true?

I wouldn't say a dream come true but I'm very amped up and excited for this series. The fact that they are the best is even more icing on the cake because this is what we worked hard for and why we play this game. We want to be the best, so we have to play the best.


Phoenix Hagen split the season series with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. How did the team develop from the first loss in Bamberg to the big win at home?

We just learned how to Win. Our chemistry as a team was much better than the first time we met Bamberg.


Phoenix Hagen will have to win in Bamberg to win the series something only three teams have done since June 2010. What kind of a series can we await?

Its going to be a real tough series we know that coming in. but at the same time, it's going to be tough for,them as well. We are not going down without a fight just because we are the 8th place team.


What is the biggest challenge guarding a Casey Jacobsen? Is his foot work or sheer determination to succede his biggest asset?

He is tough guy to guard, I have to be on my toes the whole game because he can light it up from 3 and he has a high basketball IQ and plays well without the ball. It's going to be a challenge but a challenge I'm prepared to face.


What is your take on the Alba Berlin-FC Bayern Munich series? Who will and by how many games?

Thats a tough one both good teams, but I think Alba will win 3-2


What is your take on the ULM-Artland series?

-Ulm will win 3-1. Can't sleep on big John Bryant


What is your prediction of the Bonn-Oldenburg series?

Oldenburg in 3-1


NBA player Jason Collins has come out saying he is gay. How many more professional athletes will follow his lead?

I have no idea, I really don't have no comments on this issue


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Frank &Robot.


Thanks Larry fort he chat




Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) 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.





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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orcas Urk 23-3 
 2. De Groene 21-5 
 3. Binnenland 19-7 
 4. Cangeroes 19-7 
 5. De Hoppers 15-11 
 6. Red Giants 12-14 
 7. Rotterdam 2 12-14 
 8. Almonte 11-15 
 9. Leiden 2 11-15 
 10. Punch 10-16 
 11. BC Apollo 2 9-17 
 12. MSV/Zeemacht 9-17 
 13. Almere P. 8-18 
 14. UBALL 3-23 

Top 4: Round 2

May. 4: Orca's Urk - Cangeroes 68-71
May. 4: De Groene - Binnenland 55-35


Leiden and Leeuwarden take 2-0 Semi-Finals lead - by Eurobasket News

Leeuwarden - Den Bosch 62-60 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) produced 22 points and American guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: K.Akerboom 22+3reb, A.Young 11+5reb+5ast, R.de Pagter 7+10reb+3ast, W.Carter 6+8reb, M.Bauscher 5+2reb+3ast, S.Wessels 4+4reb+1ast
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 16+9reb+2ast, J.Williams 13+8reb, R.Holcomb Faye 11+4ast, H.Kherrazi 7, T.de Paula 6+3reb+4ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 6+14reb+1ast
gschID: 240329


Groningen - Leiden 57-64 (0-2)

Groningen was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 37-29 second half run of Leiden. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Groningen to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Groningen 51-30 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Groningen was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Michael Schachtner (203-86, college: Green Bay) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) replied with 12 points and the former international center Thomas Koenis (206-89, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Groningen.
Top scorers:
Groningen: N.Rohnert 12+3reb+3ast, T.Koenis 11+5reb, R.Jansen 9+5ast, T.Theeuwkens 8+3reb+1ast, J.Voorn 7+2reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 6+9reb
Leiden: W.de Jong 18+11reb+1ast, M.Schachtner 16+9reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 11+8reb, R.Bekkering 8+6reb, M.Kherrazi 5+11reb+1ast, A.Young 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240328



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Kormend
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Kormend20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.6 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.9 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 6. Wood, Albacomp19.1 
 7. Spica, Kaposvari18.8 
 8. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 9. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 10. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 8. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
 10. Keller, Albacomp7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 6. Moore, Albacomp2.1 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 4. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 8. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 
 9. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 10. Idlet, Atomeromu0.6 


A Division Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Semifinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

Kaposvari - Jaszberenyi 84-69

Kaposvari rolled past Jaszberenyi right into the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-69. The best player for the winners was American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 23+8reb+4ast, M.Spica 20+13reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 10+8reb+2ast, B.Szoke 8+1reb, K.Swanston 8+4reb+3ast, G.Drahos 6+1reb+4ast
Jaszberenyi: M.Markovic 16+8reb+2ast, M.Rakic 13+7reb+3ast, G.Soos 12, R.Dramicanin 10+7reb+2ast, S.Djikanovic 6+7reb+1ast, B.Horti 6+3reb
gschID: 240408


Atomeromu - Kormend 90-61

Atomeromu overcame Kormend to advance into the next stage of the playoffs. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Atomeromu outrebounded Kormend 40-29 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Guard Andras Rujak (187-88, agency: TSS Management) answered with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 15 points in the effort for Kormend. 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:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 21+9reb+5ast, J.Eilingsfeld 14+2reb, J.Levy 14+2reb+6ast, L.Williams 12+3reb+5ast, A.Toth 10+8reb, G.Koertelyesi 7+6reb+2ast
Kormend: K.Austin 15+3reb+1ast, A.Farkas 10+4reb+2ast, A.Rujak 10+7reb+5ast, P.Grebenar 7+6reb, C.Ferencz 6+3reb+3ast, B.Sonyak 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240407


Albacomp - PVSK Pannon 82-46

Albacomp eased past PVSK Pannon to stay in the title race. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding PVSK Pannon to just 6 points in first quarter. Albacomp held PVSK Pannon to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: TSS Management) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for PVSK Pannon. 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:
Albacomp: D.Hollis 17+10reb+1ast, Z.Supola 12+1reb, J.Jones 11+4reb, Z.Szabo 10+9reb+2ast, B.Wood 9+2reb+3ast, A.Keller 7+4reb
PVSK Pannon: B.Loesing 21+5reb, A.Csabay 6+5reb+3ast, N.Toth 6+7reb+2ast, P.Kovacs 5+4reb, O.Biro 5+5reb+1ast, B.Bodor 2
gschID: 240406



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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 5: Lansing C. - Indiana D. 90-120
May. 5: Lake Michigan - Bloomington F. 80-100
May. 5: Kenosha B. - Lake County S. 138-109
May. 5: Sauk Valley P. - Kankakee S. 128-132 OT
May. 5: Rochester R. - New Jersey G-F 112-102

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 9: Rochester R. - Albany L.
May. 11: Gary Splash - West Virginia M.
May. 11: New Jersey G-F - Rochester R.
May. 11: Bloomington F. - Sauk Valley P.
May. 11: Kankakee S. - St.Louis T.
May. 11: Chicago R. - Lake County S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devron BOSTICK
  Kenosha B.
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Bostick, Kenosha32.2 
 2. Edwards, Kankakee.31.7 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.26.8 
 4. Cobbs, Kenosha B.25.5 
 5. Thomas, Kenosha B.22.8 
 6. Bennett, Rocheste.22.5 
 7. Bennett, Gary S.22.5 
 8. Broughton, Chica.21.8 
 9. Walker, Chicago R.21.4 
 10. Radcliff, Sauk V.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy BAPTIST
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Baptist, Kankakee.11.4 
 2. Warren, Gary S.10.5 
 3. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.0 
 4. Haley, Rochester R.9.3 
 5. Cobbs, Kenosha B.9.3 
 6. Williams, Lansing8.8 
 7. Edwards, Kankakee.8.8 
 8. Reaves, Rocheste.8.0 
 9. Caterina, West V.8.0 
 10. Anderson, Bloomi.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony KYLE
  Kankakee S.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Kyle, Kankakee S.6.8 
 2. Bennett, Rocheste.6.5 
 3. Radcliff, Sauk V.5.3 
 4. Waller, Sauk V.5.0 
 5. Ruffin, Blooming.4.8 
 6. Miller, Lansing C.3.8 
 7. Anderson, Bloomi.3.7 
 8. Bennett, Gary S.3.5 
 9. Anderson, Rochest.3.5 
 10. Tunnell, West V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.2.8 
 2. Collins, West V.2.3 
 3. Bennett, Rocheste.2.3 
 4. Bostick, Kenosha2.0 
 5. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.0 
 6. Wright, Gary S.1.8 
 7. Jefferson, Lansi.1.8 
 8. Uqdah, Lake M.1.8 
 9. Waller, Sauk V.1.8 
 10. Baptist, Kankake.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James EVERSLEY
  West V.
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eversley, West V.1.8 
 2. Barkdoll, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Green, Blooming.1.5 
 4. Giddings, Rocheste.1.3 
 5. Bailey, West V.1.3 
 6. Williams, Lansing1.0 
 7. Bostick, Kenosha1.0 
 8. Montgomery, Gary S.1.0 
 9. Wolfinger, Sauk V.1.0 
 10. Warren, Gary S.1.0 


Last IBA-PBL results - by Gianni Pascucci

Friday, May 3
New Jersey 130 vs Albany 104
Bloomington 114 vs Gary 114
Satruday, May 4
Gary Splash 110 vs Chicago Redline 106
Kenosha Ballers 130 vs Lansing Capitals 107
Bloomington Flex 102 vs. Kankakee County Soldiers 97
Lake Michigan Admirals 127 vs. Sauk Valley Predators 118 (This last was for sure the game of the round. The Admirals defeated at home league-leading Sauk Valley (9-2). Maurice Benson (6'0''-PG-84, college: Indiana Tech) led Lake Michigan with 29 points followed by returning Admiral Courtney Blackmore (6'2''-G, college: Ferris St.) with 24. Keith Radcliff (6'1''-G-86, college: Indianapolis) scored 38 for Sauk Valley and Kwan Waller (5'11''-PG-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 21.)

Will Bowser (6'6''-F/G-88, college: Hope) of leads the top scorers table with an impressive 41,0 ppg followed by Terrance Shaw (6'5''-F, college: Ferris St.) at 35,0ppg



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  IBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 4: Kitsap Adm. - Vancouver V. 93-131
May. 3: Bellingham S. - Portland C. 108-107
May. 4: Bellingham S. - Salem Sabres
May. 5: Vancouver V. - Salem Sabres



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  IRAQ   

Standings - D1

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kahraba 13-3 
 2. Al Karkh 13-3 
 3. Duhok 11-5 
 4. Zakho 9-7 
 5. Al Shurtah 9-7 
 6. Nift Al-Janoub 6-10 
 7. Al-Tadamoun 6-10 
 8. Al Hilla 4-12 
 9. Al-Mofiqia 1-15 



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Maccabi T-A 22-5 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 17-10 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 17-10 
 4. Netanya 15-12 
 5. Hapoel J-M 13-14 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 12-15 
Places 7-12
 1. Galil Gilboa 14-13 
 2. Hapoel T-A 13-14 
 3. Hapoel Holon 12-15 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 11-16 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 10-17 
 6. Elizur Ashkelon 6-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Places 1-6

May. 5: Maccabi T-A - Netanya 94-67
May. 2: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel J-M 82-84
May. 5: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 77-75
May. 5: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon 104-106

Places 7-12

May. 5: Bnei Hasharon - Elizur Ashkelon 99-81
May. 5: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 73-79
May. 5: Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Holon 70-77
May. 2: Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon 103-76

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 8: Netanya - Hapoel J-M
May. 9: Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon
May. 9: Maccabi Haifa - Galil Gilboa
May. 9: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel T-A


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.6 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.4 
 7. Collins, Maccabi17.0 
 8. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.0 
 10. Wright, Maccabi16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.0 
 4. Thomas, Maccabi9.3 
 5. Uter, Maccabi9.2 
 6. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 6. Collins, Maccabi4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 9. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.3 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 8. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.2 
 10. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.1 


Winner League Round 5: #1 Maccabi T-A is defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Winner League just ended. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Maccabi T-A (22-5) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) 84-82. Hapoel Jerusalem shot 30 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Maccabi T-A only scored ten points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Josh Duncan (203-86) stepped up and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and 5 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fifth place in League with 13-14 record. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top position with five games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Haifa. Third ranked Maccabi Haifa (17-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (17-10) 77-75 on Sunday evening. American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) nailed 22 points, 5 assists and 7 steals for the winning side and Donta Smith accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 9 points and 11 rebounds for Hapoel Eilat in the defeat. Maccabi Haifa maintains third place in League with 17-10 record having just -3 point less than leader Galil Gilboa.
A very close game took place in Jerusalem between Maccabi Rishon and Hapoel Jerusalem. Sixth ranked Maccabi Rishon (12-15) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14). Maccabi Rishon managed to escape with a 2-point win 106-104 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Or Solomon who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. Dan Grunfeld produced 22 points for the hosts. Maccabi Rishon maintains sixth place in League with 12-15 record. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Galil Gilboa (14-13) against fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-16) on Sunday night. Host Galil Gilboa was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in a tough game in Rosh Pina 73-79. Dror Hagag orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Ashdod maintains fourth place in League with 11-16 record. Galil Gilboa at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tel-Aviv. First ranked host Maccabi T-A (22-5) smashed 4th placed GreenTops Netanya (15-12) 94-67. Yogev Ohayon stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 22-5 record. Loser GreenTops Netanya keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5:
In League Elizur Ashkelon lost to Bnei Hasharon on the opponent's court 81-99. Hapoel T-A unfortunately lost to Hapoel Holon in a home game 70-77. Bnei Hasharon was rolled over Galil Gilboa on the road 76-103.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Demontez Stitt of Hapoel T-A.


Group Places 1-6
Maccabi T-A - Netanya 94-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tel-Aviv. First ranked host Maccabi T-A (22-5) smashed 4th placed GreenTops Netanya (15-12) 94-67. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. GreenTops Netanya was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. International point guard Yogev Ohayon (187-87) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 assists for the winners and international Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) scored 14 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 22-5 record. Loser GreenTops Netanya keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Logan 15+1reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 14+3reb+4ast, S.James 13+3reb, Y.Ohayon 12+2reb+8ast, D.Smith 12+9reb, S.Landesberg 9+4reb
Netanya: M.Killingsworth 21+5reb+3ast, R.Bradley 14+3reb+4ast, R.Morgan 13+5reb+1ast, D.Washington 9+5reb+2ast, Y.Orland 8+5reb+1ast, E.Gueta 2+1reb
gschID: 239193


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 77-75

Important game to mention about took place in Haifa. Third ranked Maccabi Haifa (17-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (17-10) 77-75 on Sunday evening. Hapoel Eilat was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 30-20 charge of Maccabi Haifa, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Hapoel Eilat turnovers. American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) nailed 22 points, 5 assists and 7 steals for the winning side and American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 9 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) added 11 points respectively for Hapoel Eilat in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa maintains third place in League with 17-10 record having just -3 point less than leader Galil Gilboa.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: P.Stoll 22+2reb+5ast, D.Smith 15+7reb+5ast, G.Mekel 14+2reb+4ast, P.Calathes 13+8reb+1ast, A.Chubrevich 7, C.Carr 3+2reb
Hapoel Eilat: L.O'Bannon 13+1reb, A.Nissim 13+2reb+1ast, E.Skverer 12+2reb+2ast, S.Hopson 11+4reb+2ast, E.Holman 9+11reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 239189


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon 104-106

A very close game took place in Jerusalem between Maccabi Rishon and Hapoel Jerusalem. Sixth ranked Maccabi Rishon (12-15) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14). Maccabi Rishon managed to escape with a 2-point win 106-104 on Sunday evening. Maccabi Rishon outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 38-23 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was international Or Solomon (200-93) who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. International Nitzan Hanochi (194-86) chipped in 19 points and 8 assists. Dan Grunfeld (198-84, college: Stanford) produced 22 points and American Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon maintains sixth place in League with 12-15 record. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: O.Solomon 27+9reb+1ast, A.Ben David 21+5reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 19+3reb+8ast, A.Uter 15+9reb+6ast, D.Aidan 12+2reb, J.Wright 9+3reb+2ast
Hapoel J-M: D.Grunfeld 22+4reb, C.Fells 15+4reb+2ast, E.Kadir 11+6reb+3ast, D.Tamir 11+3reb, J.Duncan 10+1ast, M.Tapiro 10+1reb+6ast
gschID: 239191


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel J-M 82-84

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Maccabi T-A (22-5) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) 84-82. Hapoel Jerusalem shot 30 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Maccabi T-A only scored ten points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Josh Duncan (203-86) stepped up and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hapoel Jerusalem and four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fifth place in League with 13-14 record. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 20+9reb, R.Steele 15+2reb+4ast, S.Samuels 14+4reb, C.Fells 14+6reb+3ast, E.Kadir 11+6reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 5+4reb+2ast
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 19+2reb+5ast, D.Logan 13+2ast, G.Pnini 12+2reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 11+6reb+2ast, S.James 9+8reb, Y.Ohayon 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 239194


Group Places 7-12
Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 73-79

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Galil Gilboa (14-13) against fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-16) on Sunday night. Host Galil Gilboa was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in a tough game in Rosh Pina 73-79. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-13. But Galil Gilboa won second period 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod forced 22 Galil Gilboa turnovers. Strangely Galil Gilboa outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 46-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. The former international point guard Dror Hagag (178-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Amit Simhon (197-89) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Galil Gilboa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Ashdod maintains fourth place in League with 11-16 record. Galil Gilboa at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Simpson 18+6reb+1ast, D.Hagag 15+7reb+4ast, M.Collins 14+4reb+6ast, A.Freeman 9+1reb+2ast, J.Skeen 8+7reb+3ast, G.Karni 8+2reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: S.Taggart 12+11reb+1ast, M.Watt 10+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 10+3reb+5ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 10+1reb+4ast, A.Simhon 9+12reb+1ast, A.Bier-Katz 9+9reb+1ast
gschID: 239192


Bnei Hasharon - Elizur Ashkelon 99-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Ironi Ashkelon's (6-21) road loss to fifth ranked Bnei Hasharon (10-17) 81-99 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bnei Hasharon. Ironi Ashkelon was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bnei Hasharon won last quarter 34-18. Bnei Hasharon outrebounded Ironi Ashkelon 49-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. American forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (204-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Bnei Hasharon's coach Matan Harush used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Marque Perry (185-81, college: St.Louis, agency: N.E.T.) scored 21 points. Four Bnei Hasharon and five Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon maintains fifth place in League with 10-17 record. Loser Ironi Ashkelon keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: R.Beck 25+1reb+3ast, I.Rosefelt 23+10reb+1ast, D.Caracter 22+10reb+1ast, J.Jones 10+17reb+10ast, B.Rice 8+8reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 7+1reb+6ast
Elizur Ashkelon: J.Mills 21+9reb+3ast, M.Perry 21+2reb+3ast, O.Shaashoua 12+4reb+2ast, D.Shamriz 11+1reb+1ast, G.Porat 10+5reb+2ast, A.Bukra 6+2reb
gschID: 239190


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Holon 70-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Hapoel Holon (12-15) defeated on the road second-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-14) 77-70 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) stepped up and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) chipped in 11 points and 18 rebounds. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) responded with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Brian Randle (203-85) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Hapoel Holon maintains third place in League with 12-15 record having just two points less than leader Galil Gilboa. Newly promoted Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps the second position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 24+5reb+3ast, D.Waters 15+3reb+10ast, Z.Rosen 11+3reb+3ast, F.Hassell 11+18reb, L.Hill 9+4reb+1ast, S.Harush 7+6reb+3ast
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 24+7reb+4ast, B.Randle 17+10reb+2ast, C.Kelly 13+10reb+5ast, M.Naor 6+3reb+1ast, A.Goods 4+1reb+5ast, B.Timor 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 239188


Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon 103-76

Not a big story in a game in Rosh Pina where 5th ranked Bnei Hasharon (10-17) was rolled over by first ranked Galil Gilboa (14-13) 103-76 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Bnei Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Bnei Hasharon's 50. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Bnei Hasharon's players. American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (204-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Ben Rice (195-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Galil Gilboa maintains first place in League with 14-13 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: M.Watt 22+5reb+5ast, S.Taggart 20+8reb+1ast, R.Sanders 14+1reb+3ast, A.Simhon 10+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Green 9+7reb+5ast
Bnei Hasharon: I.Rosefelt 20+9reb, R.Beck 17+2reb+2ast, B.Rice 13+8reb+3ast, B.Altit 7, D.Caracter 5+3reb, R.Ayalon 5+1reb
gschID: 239195



Maccabi F Nik Caner-Medley Hospitalized For Heart Checkup - by David Pick

Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Nik Caner-Medley (Agency: Beo Basket) was rushed to Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv yesterday after experiencing irregular heart beat, Eurobasket has learned earlier today (Monday).

According to sources, early indications on Caner-Medley, who was hospitalized overnight, revealed his condition is stable, rather than season-ending. Yet, the former Maryland Terp and Spanish ACB League star is set to undergo a Echocardiogram diagnosis later today.

Medley averages six points on 62 percent field goal shooting and 2.7 rebounds in 12 minutes of Israeli League action this season. The 6-foot-8, 29-year-old is hopeful to return for Maccabi's heated first-round domestic playoffs run against crosstown rival Hapoel Tel Aviv this Thursday.





Jumaine Jones' triple-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American forward Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bnei Hasharon (they play in Places 7-12), receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 33-year old player recorded a triple-double of 10 points addeding also 17 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team crushed Elizur Ashkelon (#0, 6-21) with 18-point margin 99-81. Bnei Hasharon is placed at -1th position in Israeli Winner League. Bnei Hasharon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 17th lost game this season out of 27 games. Jones turned to be Bnei Hasharon's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Georgia star has very solid stats this year. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.0rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Bnei Hasharon's star - 27-year old American Isaac Rosefelt (204-C/F-85, agency: Avi Zilberman). Rosefelt had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course together with Jones he helped Bnei Hasharon with another comfortable win 99-81 over slightly lower-ranked Elizur Ashkelon (#0, 6-21) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Bnei Hasharon to move up to -1th position in Places 7-12. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Rosefelt is well-known at Bnei Hasharon and together with Jumaine Jones are proven team's leaders.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89) of Hapoel T-A (#-4). Stitt showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Stitt's great performance Hapoel T-A lost 70-77 to #-3 ranked Hapoel Holon. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Hapoel T-A ranking at the top of Places 7-12, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stitt could help Hapoel T-A to bring them higher in the standings. Stitt has a very solid season. In 26 games in Israel he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and 3.0apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of Galil Gilboa - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Derrick Caracter (206-F-88) of Bnei Hasharon - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Isaac Rosefelt (204-C/F-85) of Bnei Hasharon - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) of Maccabi Haifa - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 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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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 23-7 
 2. Banco di Sard. 22-8 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 20-10 
 4. EA7 Armani 19-11 
 5. Montepaschi 18-12 
 6. Trenkwalder RE 18-12 
 7. Cantu 17-13 
 8. Umana VE 16-14 
 9. JuveCaserta 13-17 
 10. Sidigas AV 13-17 
 11. Vanoli CR 13-17 
 12. Enel Brindisi 11-19 
 13. Sutor MGR 11-19 
 14. Oknoplast BO 10-20 
 15. Pesaro 10-20 
 16. Angelico BI 6-24 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 5: EA7 Armani - Enel Brindisi 94-89
May. 5: Vanoli CR - Angelico BI 87-68
May. 5: Montepaschi - Banco di Sard. 86-92
May. 5: Acea Virtus RM - Sutor MGR 82-64
May. 5: Pesaro - Sidigas AV 80-93
May. 5: JuveCaserta - Trenkwalder RE 77-80
May. 5: Umana VE - Cimberio VA 76-71
May. 5: Oknoplast BO - Cantu 69-79

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 9: Cimberio VA - Umana VE
May. 9: EA7 Armani - Montepaschi
May. 9: Banco di Sard. - Cantu
May. 9: Acea Virtus RM - Trenkwalder RE


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.1 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.6 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 5. Diener, Banco d.17.2 
 6. Datome, Acea V.16.8 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Langford, EA7 A.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.9 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Brunner, Trenkwal.8.2 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.7 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.1 
 10. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.7 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.7 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi4.2 
 7. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 8. Taylor, Acea V.4.1 
 9. Tabu, Cantu3.7 
 10. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.5 
 2. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.0 
 6. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Green, Cimberio VA1.8 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.2 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.7 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 4. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Sigma Barcel. 19-9 
 2. Giorgo Tesi PT 19-9 
 3. Novipiu Casale 18-10 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 17-11 
 5. LeGamberi FO 16-12 
 6. Tezenis VE 15-13 
 7. Givova Scafati 14-14 
 8. Pall.Trento 14-14 
 9. Biancoblu BO 14-14 
 10. FCM Ferentino 12-16 
 11. Upea CdO 12-16 
 12. Fileni BPA Jesi 11-17 
 13. AcegasAps TR 11-17 
 14. Prima Veroli 10-18 
 15. Aget Service IM 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 5: C.de Latte BRE - Pall.Trento 90-79
May. 5: Fileni BPA Jesi - AcegasAps TR 84-73
May. 5: Prima Veroli - Giorgo Tesi PT 79-77
May. 5: Upea CdO - Aget Service IM 78-75
May. 5: LeGamberi FO - Tezenis VE 76-68
May. 5: Biancoblu BO - FCM Ferentino 64-65
May. 5: Givova Scafati - Sigma Barcel. 100-92 OT

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 11: Giorgo Tesi PT - Givova Scafati
May. 12: Sigma Barcel. - Pall.Trento
May. 12: Novipiu Casale - Tezenis VE
May. 12: C.de Latte BRE - LeGamberi FO


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.6 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.9 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Mays, Givova S.18.6 
 7. Jenkins, C.de L.18.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 9. Roderick, LeGamber.17.8 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.8 
 2. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.9 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.5 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.4.8 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.8 
 3. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.8 
 4. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.5 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.4 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. James, FCM F.2.3 
 5. Forray, Pall.Trento2.2 
 6. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 7. Westbrook, Tezen.2.1 
 8. Fernandez, C.de L.2.0 
 9. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
 10. Baldassarre, Givo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Brkic, C.de L.1.0 
 8. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Giddens, C.de L.0.9 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 25-8 
 2. Matera 22-12 
 3. Castelletto 20-14 
 4. Omegna 19-15 
 5. Casalpusterlengo 19-15 
 6. Agrigento 19-15 
 7. Treviglio 18-15 
 8. Lucca 18-15 
 9. Firenze 18-16 
 10. Reggio Calabr. 17-17 
 11. Recanati 16-18 
 12. Bari 16-18 
 13. Ferrara 15-18 
 14. Mirandola 15-20 
 15. Chieti 14-19 
 16. Latina Basket 13-21 
 17. San Severo 10-23 
 18. Perugia 8-25 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 37

May. 5: Lucca - Reggio Calabr. 89-83
May. 5: Ferrara - Perugia 86-70
May. 5: Matera - San Severo 84-72
May. 5: Castelletto - Bari 78-69
May. 5: Firenze - Casalpusterlengo 75-86
May. 5: Recanati - Mirandola 70-63
May. 5: Treviglio - Omegna 65-54
May. 5: Latina Basket - Torino 63-75

Regular Season: Round 38

May. 12: Torino - Recanati
May. 12: Perugia - Lucca
May. 12: Bologna - Matera
May. 12: Reggio Calabr. - Ferrara
May. 12: Omegna - Chieti
May. 12: Casalpusterlengo - Castelletto
May. 12: San Severo - Treviglio
May. 12: Bari - Latina Basket
May. 12: Agrigento - Firenze


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia19.8 
 2. Carrizo, Latina B.18.1 
 3. Parente, Lucca17.0 
 4. Casadei, Firenze16.5 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.7 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara15.6 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.0 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari14.9 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.8 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.3 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.4 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.3 
 7. Ricci, Casalpus.8.3 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 9. Raminelli, Trevigl.8.1 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.6 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.5 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.7 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.5 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.4 
 7. Carrizo, Latina B.3.3 
 8. Rajola, Chieti3.2 
 9. Cantone, Matera3.2 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 3. Vico, Matera2.8 
 4. Cortesi, Ferrara2.8 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo2.7 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 8. Maggio, San Severo2.5 
 9. Casadei, Firenze2.5 
 10. Ferri, Ferrara2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.3 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.2 
 3. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 4. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 5. Iannuzzi, Matera0.8 
 6. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.7 
 10. Pazzi, Castelletto0.6 


DNB playoff, round 1 - by Armando Caporaso

In the first round for the run to the DNA (or better for the new LegaA2 in Spanish style with 'Gold' and 'Silver' that will start with the next season) only 2 teams, both in the group A, lose his home games on 12 total matches:

Group A
Controlgom Monticelli Brusati 80 Vivigas Costa Volpino 60
Rombaldoni Rodolfo 17 pts, Giovanelli Matteo & Requena Federico Nicolas 14 pts, Masieri Luciano 13 pts, Pignalosa Gabriele 20 pts, Furlanis Guglielmo 13 pts
Abc Utensili Varese 89 Kopa Engineering Torino 75
Matteucci Luca 25 pts + 11 fls + 7 stl, Realini Maurizio 19 pts + 5 stl, Rovera Martino 17 pts, Santambrogio Marco 6 ass, Danna Andrea & Verri Damiano 14 pts, Vitali Paolo 5 stl + 5 ass
S.S.D. Pall. Marostica 55 O.R.S.I. Derthona Tortona 59
Tasca Jacopo 20 pts, Soave Mario 16 reb, Campiello Umberto 9 reb, Quaroni Mauro 14 pts + 11 reb, Anselmi Luca & Degrada Stefano 14 pts
Royal Castellanza 61 Ltc Sangiorgese 66
Cotani Simone 13 pts, Maiocco Federico 4 stl, Sacco Claudio 11 pts + 3 ass, Bianchi Sebastiano 13 pts, Zanelli Alessandro 12 pts + 10 reb, Benzoni Daniele Mario 4 stl
Playout
Graphistudio Spilimbergo vs Cartiere del Garda Riva

Group B
Enegan Affrico Bk. Firenze 73 Missardi Montecatini 66
Paparella Emiliano 21 pts + 4 ass, Fattori Giovanni 18 pts + 9 reb, Udom Mattia 9 reb, Russo Matteo 17 pts + 12 fls, Scarone German 14 pts
Tramec Riduttori Cento 60 Dini Bigioni Poderosa Montegranaro 51
Bona Marco 24 pts + 10 fls, Carretti Marcello 11 reb, Carretti Marcello 4 ass, Agusto Giovanni 4 blk, Andreani Lorenzo 17 pts + 9 reb, Bernardi Luca 13 pts + 4 stl
Computer Gross Empoli 67 Consum.it Virtus Siena 59
Terrosi Gianni 16 pts + 8 stl + 10 fls, Ravazzani Nicolo' 16 reb, Mariotti Daniele 12 pts + 9 reb + 5 ass, De min Thomas 14 pts + 12 reb, Colli Andrea 13 pts + 13 reb, Alessandri Filippo 12 pts + 5 stl + 5 ass + 11 fls
Acmar Ravenna 85 La Falegnami Castelfiorentino 71
Stefano Cernivani (185-G-91) 31 pts, Amoni Francesco 19 pts + 4 stl, Broglia Giorgio 12 pts + 9 reb, Rivali Eugenio 5 ass, Montagnani Giacomo 17 pts, Venucci Mattia 14 pts + 5 stl

Group C
Madogas Natural Energy BNB 74 Assi Basket Ostuni 45
Ferraro Innocenzo 15 pts, Stella Mauro 13 pts, Ancellotti Andrea 14 reb, Zaccariello Leonardo 4 ass, Morena Domenico 11 pts + 11 reb, Margio Ludovico 11 pts
Mec-Energy Roseto 72 Ambrosia Technologies Bisceglie 62
Petrucci Niccolo' 17 pts, Leo Arcangelo 15 pts + 11 reb, Di giuliomaria Christian 10 reb, Marini Pierpaolo 12 pts, Contento Marco 15 pts + 4 ass, Caceres Juan Manuel 12 pts, Maggiotto Andrea 4 stl
Lighthouse Trapani 79 Fondazione ANT Francavilla 62
Virgilio Davide 16 pts + 6 ass, Svoboda Ariel & Tardito Luca 14 pts, De gregori Mathias Gustavo & Ianes Luca 9 reb, Rotondo Paolo 19 pts + 10 reb
Autosoft Scauri 62 Pall. Pescara 45

Pozzi Jacopo 13 pts + 3 stl + 2 blk, Serino Davide 13 pts + 10 reb, Milnar Marko 12 pts + 14 reb, Maino Claudio 3 stl
Playout
BBC Group Bernalda 82 Oasi di Kufra Fondi 67



Best players of Italian SerieA round 30 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Travis Diener (184-PG-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Banco di Sard. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 30-year old playmaker had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Banco di Sard. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Montepaschi (#5, 18-12) 92-86. Banco di Sard. maintains the 2nd position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Banco di Sard. will need more victories to improve their 22-8 record. In the team's last game Diener had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Banco di Sard., through which he has constantly improved. Marquette University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Diener. Diener is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.2ppg) and averages solid 52.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: Beo Basket) of JuveCaserta. Jelovac impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as JuveCaserta was edged by the higher-ranked Trenkwalder RE (#6, 18-12) 80-77. This loss caused JuveCaserta to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-17 record. Jelovac is a newcomer at JuveCaserta and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84) of Umana VE (#8). Clark scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Umana VE, leading his team to a 76-71 win against the higher-ranked Cimberio VA (#1, 23-7). Umana VE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 14 lost games. Clark has a very solid season. In 25 games in Italy he scored 14.7ppg. He also has FGP: 57.7% and 3PT: 40.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Pesaro - 31 points and 3 rebounds
5. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Enel Brindisi - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) of EA7 Armani - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87) of Sidigas AV - 18 points and 16 rebounds
8. Andrea Cinciarini (190-PG-86) of Trenkwalder RE - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Vanoli CR - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) of Vanoli CR - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 2 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)



Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 37 - by Eurobasket News

Alberto Chiumenti (204-F/C-87, agency: Players Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for Casalpusterlengo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 34 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Firenze (#9, 18-16) 86-75. Casalpusterlengo is placed at 5th position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Casalpusterlengo will need more victories to improve their 19-15 record. Chiumenti has many years of experience at Casalpusterlengo, through which he has constantly improved. Alberto Chiumenti averages this season 14.2ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91, agency: Two Points) of second-ranked Matera. Iannuzzi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Matera cruised to a 84-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked San Severo (#17, 10-23). Matera's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 22-12 record is not bad at all. Iannuzzi is a newcomer at Matera and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Firenze (#9). Casadei scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Casadei's great performance Firenze lost 75-86 to the higher-ranked Casalpusterlengo (#5, 19-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Firenze needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 16 lost games. Casadei has a great season in Italy. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) of Torino - 16 points and 14 rebounds
5. Davide Reati (193-G-88) of Treviglio - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) of Matera - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ivan Scarponi (196-F/G-86) of San Severo - 33 points and 6 rebounds
9. Marco Caprari (195-G-76) of Reggio Calabr. - 22 points and 3 assists
10. Roberto Prandin (188-PG-86) of Casalpusterlengo - 22 points and 3 rebounds

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



Lega2 Round 30: Regular season ends with 7 games - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Lega 2 just ended. Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise took place in Scafati where host Givova Scafati (14-14) beat league's leader Sigma Barcellona (19-9) 100-92 in overtime on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime then Sigma Barcellona managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Givova Scafati who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-3. They made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 29 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds. Givova Scafati moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Pall.Trento. Sigma Barcellona at the other side dropped to the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Giorgo Tesi PT. They were replaced at the leadership position by Upea CdO.
The game had a very big importance for twelfth-ranked Upea CdO as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Upea CdO edged 15th ranked Aget Service IM in Capo d'Orlando 78-75. It was a good game for power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Alex Young contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Matteo Frassineti (195-87) replied with 25 points for Aget Service IM. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with FCM Ferentino. Aget Service IM lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost.

In the last two games of round 30 Tezenis VE was defeated by LeGamberi FO in Forli 76-68. Prima Veroli beat Giorgo Tesi PT at home 79-77. FCM Ferentino won against Biancoblu BO on the opponent's court 65-64. Fileni BPA Jesi managed to outperform AcegasAps TR in a home game 84-73. Pall.Trento recorded a loss to C.de Latte BRE on the road 90-79.
The best stats of 30th round was 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Eric Griffin of Fileni BPA Jesi.


LeGamberi FO - Tezenis VE 76-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli and 6th ranked Tezenis VE had identical 15-12 record. This time LeGamberi Foods Forli used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Verona 76-68 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tezenis VE won third quarter 23-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Amedeo Tessitori (207-94) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four LeGamberi Foods Forli players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) who recorded 18 points and Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: IBS) added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Tezenis VE's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory LeGamberi Foods Forli went down to sixth position due to points difference. Loser Tezenis VE dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
LeGamberi FO: B.Musso 20+8reb+4ast, A.Tessitori 16+6reb, B.Spencer 12+6reb+1ast, S.Borsato 11+2reb+3ast, N.Natali 9+4reb+2ast, M.Soloperto 6+8reb+1ast
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 18+3reb, R.McConnell 12+5reb+1ast, M.Chessa 10+1reb, G.Boscagin 8+5reb, O.Lawal 7+11reb, D.Lauwers 7+3reb
gschID: 188985


Prima Veroli - Giorgo Tesi PT 79-77

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Prima Veroli (10-18) edged at home second-best Tuscany Pistoia (19-9) 79-77 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 31-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Prima Veroli made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Tuscany Pistoia was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) who recorded 21 points and center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Prima Veroli maintains fourteenth position with 10-18 record. Loser Tuscany Pistoia keeps the second place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: P.Marigney 21+6reb+3ast, M.Jurevicus 17+4reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 12+1reb, L.Infante 11+6reb+1ast, G.Carenza 9+6reb, S.Berti 7+5reb+4ast
Giorgo Tesi PT: A.Graves 21+3reb+2ast, D.Fajardo 13+7reb+2ast, R.Cortese 13+1reb, M.Hicks 11+3reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 6+4reb+2ast, R.Rullo 3
gschID: 188983


Biancoblu BO - FCM Ferentino 64-65

There was a minor upset in Bologna where 8th ranked Biancoblu BO (14-14) was edged by eleventh ranked FCM Ferentino (12-16) 65-64 on Sunday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Biancoblu BO was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of FCM Ferentino, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Biancoblu BO turnovers. Strangely Biancoblu BO outrebounded FCM Ferentino 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 19 points. Four FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and American center William Mosley (202-89, college: Northwestern St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FCM Ferentino keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Upea CdO. Loser Biancoblu BO keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: D.James 19+3reb+3ast, L.Ekperigin 17+14reb+1ast, F.Guarino 12+1reb+4ast, G.Gurini 12+5reb, G.Tomassini 3+4reb+1ast, S.Parrillo 2+2reb+1ast
Biancoblu BO: D.Cournooh 13+7reb+3ast, A.Pecile 12+1reb+3ast, W.Mosley 10+11reb, D.Cutolo 7+8reb+1ast, M.Vitali 6+4reb+1ast, G.Pini 6+1reb
gschID: 188988


Fileni BPA Jesi - AcegasAps TR 84-73

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (11-17) beat at home 10th ranked AcegasAps TR (11-17) 84-73 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-73. Fileni BPA Jesi made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Marco Santiangeli (193-91) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Marco Diviach (200-88) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Luca Gandini (205-85) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Five AcegasAps TR players scored in double figures. Fileni BPA Jesi moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated AcegasAps TR.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA Jesi: E.Griffin 25+12reb+4ast, M.Santiangeli 20+5reb, M.Maggioli 14+7reb, R.Gaspardo 8+3reb, R.Hoover 7+5reb+4ast, F.Zanelli 6+1reb+2ast
AcegasAps TR: M.Carra 17+1reb+1ast, M.Diviach 17+8reb, S.Tonut 15+6reb, L.Gandini 10+12reb, M.Meshcharakou 10+3reb, A.Filloy 2+5reb+5ast
gschID: 188990


C.de Latte BRE - Pall.Trento 90-79

Not a big story in a game in Brescia where 7th ranked Pall.Trento (14-14) was defeated by fourth ranked C.de Latte BRE (17-11) 90-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by C.de Latte BRE. Pall.Trento was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. C.de Latte BRE made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Greek forward Nikos Barlos (203-79) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Five C.de Latte BRE players scored in double figures. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi 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 Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) who recorded 25 points and American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) added 21 points respectively. Despite that victory C.de Latte BRE went down to fifth position due to points difference. Newly promoted Pall.Trento dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
C.de Latte BRE: D.Brkic 21+7reb+1ast, N.Barlos 17+9reb+7ast, J.Giddens 16+3reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 16+3reb+3ast, F.Loschi 11+4reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 5+3reb+3ast
Pall.Trento: M.Umeh 25+2reb+1ast, B.Elder 21+2reb+3ast, M.Spanghero 10+4ast, L.Dordei 7+15reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 6+2reb, L.Garri 5+1reb
gschID: 188989


Upea CdO - Aget Service IM 78-75

The game had a very big importance for twelfth-ranked Upea CdO as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Upea CdO edged 15th ranked Aget Service IM in Capo d'Orlando 78-75. Aget Service IM was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Upea CdO, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Aget Service IM 43-29 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Upea CdO players scored in double figures. Swingman Matteo Frassineti (195-87) replied with 25 points and the former international center Francesco Foiera (207-75, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Aget Service IM. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with FCM Ferentino. Aget Service IM lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Upea CdO: A.Young 23+5reb+2ast, S.Huff 16+7reb+2ast, M.Poletti 16+16reb+2ast, A.Benevelli 15+5reb+2ast, D.Mathis 6+6reb+3ast, M.Palermo 2+2reb
Aget Service IM: M.Frassineti 25+1reb, F.Foiera 14+5reb+3ast, M.Chillo 11+6reb+2ast, M.Maestrello 9+4reb+2ast, D.Gay 6+6reb+4ast, M.Turel 5+2reb
gschID: 188987


Givova Scafati - Sigma Barcel. 100-92 OT

Round 30 in Lega 2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Scafati where host Givova Scafati (14-14) beat league's leader Sigma Barcellona (19-9) 100-92 in overtime on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime then Sigma Barcellona managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Givova Scafati who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-3. They made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 29 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and American-Congolese point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Givova Scafati and five Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. Givova Scafati moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Pall.Trento. Sigma Barcellona at the other side dropped to the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Giorgo Tesi PT. They were replaced at the leadership position by Upea CdO.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 29+4reb+4ast, R.Slay 25+7reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 15+10reb+5ast, J.Tavernari 13+3reb, A.Ghiacci 6+11reb+5ast, F.Bushati 5+5reb
Sigma Barcel.: A.Cittadini 17+5reb, D.Hardy 16+3reb+4ast, C.Callahan 15+8reb+1ast, T.Green 12+5reb+4ast, M.Giuri 10+7reb+2ast, M.Mocavero 10+3reb
gschID: 188984



SerieA Round 30: Cimberio Varese wins regular season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in SerieA just ended.

Top ranked Cimberio Varese (23-7) recorded its seventh loss on the court of eighth ranked Umana Venezia on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Umana Venezia 76-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) chipped in 9 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia maintains eighth position with 16-14 record. Cimberio Varese at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost.
The game in Siena was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Banco di Sard. (22-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Montepaschi Siena (18-12). Banco di Sard. managed to secure a 6-point victory 92-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Marvis Thornton contributed with 18 points for the winners. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 23 points and 5 assists for Montepaschi Siena. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Banco di Sard. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-8 record behind leader Cimberio VA. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Trenkwalder RE.
Ninth-ranked Juvecaserta (13-17) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Trenkwalder RE (18-12) in Caserta on Sunday. The visitors from Reggio Emilia managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected easier game. Andrea Cinciarini scored 19 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Stevan Jelovac with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Montepaschi. Juvecaserta lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Sidigas AV and Vanoli CR.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Cremona. Local Vanoli Cremona (13-17) outscored 16th ranked Angelico Biella (6-24) 87-68. Tuukka Kotti notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli Cremona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with JuveCaserta and Sidigas AV. Angelico Biella lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sutor MGR was defeated by Acea Virtus RM in Roma 82-64. Oknoplast BO was beaten by Cantu at home 69-79. Sidigas AV won against Pesaro on the opponent's court 93-80. EA7 Armani managed to outperform Enel Brindisi in a home game 94-89.


JuveCaserta - Trenkwalder RE 77-80

Ninth-ranked Juvecaserta (13-17) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Trenkwalder RE (18-12) in Caserta on Sunday. The visitors from Reggio Emilia managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 17-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) scored 19 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds and the former international Marco Mordente (192-79) scored 15 points and 7 assists. Four Juvecaserta players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Montepaschi. Juvecaserta lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Sidigas AV and Vanoli CR.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: A.Cinciarini 19+3reb+6ast, D.Taylor 18+6reb+2ast, D.Slanina 12, T.Bell 11+1reb+1ast, D.Filloy 9+4reb, G.Brunner 7+13reb+3ast
JuveCaserta: S.Jelovac 23+19reb+1ast, G.Maresca 15+5reb+1ast, M.Mordente 15+2reb+7ast, S.Gentile 12+4reb+3ast, L.Sergio 7+1reb, A.Michelori 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 185659


Acea Virtus RM - Sutor MGR 82-64

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (11-19) was defeated on the road by third ranked Lottomatica Roma (20-10) 82-64. It looked good early as Sutor Montegranaro took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lottomatica Roma had a 27-13 second period charge getting the lead and Sutor Montegranaro was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-82. Lottomatica Roma forced 22 Sutor Montegranaro turnovers. Hungarian Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) supported him with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) did not help to save the game for Sutor Montegranaro. Canadian-British guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: SportsTalent) added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lottomatica Roma have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 20-10 record having just three points less than leader Cimberio VA. Sutor Montegranaro lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: P.Lorant 15+11reb+2ast, L.Datome 13+6reb+4ast, G.Lawal 11+5reb, O.Czyz 10+3reb+1ast, J.Taylor 10+4reb+8ast, P.Goss 8+2reb
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 16+5reb+1ast, K.Johnson 11+9reb, D.Cinciarini 10+2reb, T.Slay 8+2reb, V.Mazzola 6+8reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 185658


Vanoli CR - Angelico BI 87-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cremona. Local Vanoli Cremona (13-17) outscored 16th ranked Angelico Biella (6-24) 87-68. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli Cremona. Angelico Biella was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli Cremona made 28-of-32 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Angelico Biella only scored six points from the stripe. Finnish Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and international point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) supported him with 18 points. Four Vanoli Cremona players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by the former international power forward Andrea Renzi (209-89, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Angelico Biella. American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) added 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli Cremona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with JuveCaserta and Sidigas AV. Angelico Biella lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: B.Chase 20+2reb+1ast, L.Vitali 18+4reb+3ast, J.Jackson 15, T.Kotti 14+15reb+2ast, H.Peric 6+3reb, A.Johnson 6+5ast
Angelico BI: A.Renzi 16+9reb, T.Rochestie 12+3reb+4ast, M.Lagana 10+3reb+1ast, T.Raspino 8+3reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 8+4reb+2ast, G.Jurak 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 185657


Umana VE - Cimberio VA 76-71

Top ranked Cimberio Varese (23-7) recorded its seventh loss on the court of eighth ranked Umana Venezia on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Umana Venezia 76-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) chipped in 9 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia maintains eighth position with 16-14 record. Cimberio Varese at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: K.Kee Clark 25+7reb+2ast, I.Zoroski 11+2reb, A.Young 9+1reb, S.Szewczyk 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 8+2ast, G.Rosselli 4+3reb+2ast
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 14+5reb+4ast, B.Dunston 13+6reb+2ast, M.Green 13+1reb+2ast, E.Rush 13+3reb, A.Banks 7+1reb+2ast, J.Talts 6+3reb
gschID: 185656


Oknoplast BO - Cantu 69-79

No shocking result in a game in Bologna where seventh ranked Cantu (17-13) defeated 15th ranked Oknoplast BO (10-20) 79-69. Oknoplast BO was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-34 second half run of Cantu. They outrebounded Oknoplast BO 39-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. American guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) notched 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) supported him with 15 points. Even 22 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) by American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St.) did not help to save the game for Oknoplast BO. International point guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) added 10 points and 7 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cantu maintains seventh position with 17-13 record. Oknoplast BO at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cantu: J.Ragland 16+5reb+2ast, P.Aradori 15+4reb+3ast, J.Brooks 11+3reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 9+2reb+2ast, A.Tyus 8+9reb, J.Tabu 7+2reb+1ast
Oknoplast BO: J.Pullen 22+3reb+1ast, M.Rocca 10+4reb, G.Poeta 10+2reb+7ast, A.Gigli 6+3reb+1ast, M.Imbro 6+2reb, D.Andjusic 4+1reb
gschID: 185655


Pesaro - Sidigas AV 80-93

Very expected game when 14th ranked VL Pesaro (10-20) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Air Avellino (13-17) 93-80. The game was mostly controlled by Air Avellino. VL Pesaro was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Air Avellino dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to VL Pesaro's 28. They outrebounded VL Pesaro 35-24 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) supported him with 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Air Avellino's coach Gianluca Tucci allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 31 points by Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) did not help to save the game for VL Pesaro. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 22 points. Air Avellino moved-up to ninth place, which they share with JuveCaserta and Vanoli CR. VL Pesaro at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: J.Richardson 21+4reb+1ast, N.Dragovic 18+16reb, J.Lakovic 14+1reb+3ast, J.Hunter 12+1reb+3ast, P.Biligha 10+1reb+2ast, V.Spinelli 9+4reb
Pesaro: R.Stipcevic 31+3reb, A.Barbour 22+4reb+2ast, D.Cavaliero 8+2ast, T.Thomas 6+2ast, A.Amici 6+3reb+3ast, L.Mack 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 185654


EA7 Armani - Enel Brindisi 94-89

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Armani Milano (19-11) beat at home 12th ranked Enel Brindisi (11-19) 94-89. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Armani Milano forced 21 Enel Brindisi turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Enel Brindisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and the former international Nicolo Melli (205-91) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 8 assists by American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Enel Brindisi. International swingman Jeffrey Viggiano (198-84, college: Massachusetts) added 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Armani Milano have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-11 record. Enel Brindisi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 18+6reb+10ast, N.Melli 15+8reb+3ast, I.Bourousis 12+5reb+1ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 11+6reb+1ast, M.Green 9+6ast, A.Fotsis 9+2reb
Enel Brindisi: S.Reynolds 25+3reb+8ast, A.Robinson 19+3reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 17+3reb+3ast, C.Simmons 6+3reb, K.Ndoja 6+2reb, M.Formenti 5+2ast
gschID: 185653


Montepaschi - Banco di Sard. 86-92

The game in Siena was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Banco di Sard. (22-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Montepaschi Siena (18-12). Banco di Sard. managed to secure a 6-point victory 92-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 27-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Banco di Sard. made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 23 points and 5 assists and the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Montepaschi Siena. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Banco di Sard. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-8 record behind leader Cimberio VA. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Trenkwalder RE.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 33+6reb+6ast, M.Thornton 18+3reb+1ast, T.Easley 11+8reb, D.Gordon 10+9reb, S.Becirovic 9+3reb+4ast, B.Sacchetti 3+1reb
Montepaschi: B.Brown 23+2reb+5ast, D.Hackett 15+5reb+5ast, K.Kangur 13+6reb+2ast, D.Moss 10+7reb, T.Ress 9+3reb+1ast, D.Christmas 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 185652



Nazionale A Round 37 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Nazionale A.

The biggest surprise of round 37 was guest Casalpusterlengo's (19-15) road victory over Firenze (#7) 86-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Firenze. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 11 points. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winners. point guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 22 points. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Omegna and Agrigento. Firenze at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Casalpusterlengo is looking forward to face higher ranked Castelletto (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Firenze will play against Agrigento (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Treviglio and 4th placed Omegna where host Treviglio (18-15) won against Omegna (19-15) 65-54. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Omegna. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Riccardo Pederzini contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Georgian Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Omegna. Treviglio moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lucca. Omegna at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo and Agrigento. Treviglio will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Omegna will play against Chieti (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Torino delivered the twentieth fifth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 16th ranked Latina Basket (13-21) 75-63. Jakub Wojciechowski stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Manuel Carrizo responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Torino maintains first place with 25-8 record. Loser Latina Basket keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Torino will meet at home Recanati (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Latina Basket will play against Bari (#12) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ferrara. Local Naturhouse Ferrara (15-18) beat 18th ranked Perugia (8-25) 86-70. Michele Ferri nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to thirteenth place. Perugia lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 25 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara's next round opponent will be higher ranked Reggio Calabr. (#10) in Reggio Calabria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perugia will play at home against Lucca (#8).

Other games of round 37 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
San Severo was defeated by Matera in a road game 84-72. Recanati beat Mirandola at home 70-63. Bari lost to Castelletto on the opponent's court 69-78. Lucca managed to outperform Reggio Calabr. in a home game 89-83.


Matera - San Severo 84-72

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (10-23) was defeated on the road by second ranked Matera (22-12) 84-72. Matera dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Mazzeo San Severo's 28. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) accounted for 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) came up with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and forward Ludovico De Paoli (206-92, agency: Two Points) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Mazzeo San Severo in the defeat. Matera maintains second place with 22-12 record having just two points less than leader Torino. Mazzeo San Severo lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Matera's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Bologna (#19) in Ozzano Emilia which should be an easy win for them. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against Treviglio.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Iannuzzi 20+14reb+2ast, C.Sebastian Vico 18+3reb+6ast, A.Vitale 13+3reb, C.Grappasonni 10+2reb, M.Rezzano 9+8reb+1ast, C.Cantone 5+2reb+5ast
San Severo: I.Scarponi 33+6reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 14+3ast, G.Sirakov 9+3reb+2ast, L.De Paoli 8+10reb, O.Gueye 6+4reb+1ast, F.Mirando 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191971


Latina Basket - Torino 63-75

Leader Torino delivered the twentieth fifth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 16th ranked Latina Basket (13-21) 75-63. The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Latina Basket managed to win third quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Latina Basket to just 6 points in first quarter. Torino made 29-of-29 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game, while Latina Basket only scored seven points from the stripe. Torino had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five Torino players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Torino maintains first place with 25-8 record. Loser Latina Basket keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Torino will meet at home Recanati (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Latina Basket will play against Bari (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 16+14reb, C.Tommasini 15, L.Gergati 12+4reb+3ast, M.Evangelisti 12+3reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 10+11reb, F.Conti 6+2reb+2ast
Latina Basket: M.Carrizo 17+6reb+1ast, T.Plateo 16+1reb, T.Milani 11+5reb+2ast, A.Cecchetti 8+5reb, R.Santolamazza 4+3reb+3ast, A.Poti 3+1ast
gschID: 191970


Recanati - Mirandola 70-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Recanati's (16-18) home victory over 13th ranked Mirandola (15-20) 70-63. Mirandola was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 37-26 second half run of Recanati. Guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) nailed 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Marco Maganza (204-91) accounted for 9 points and 11 rebounds. Four Recanati players scored in double figures. Guard Michele Venturelli (188-82) came up with 14 points and forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Mirandola in the defeat. Recanati moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bari. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Recanati's next round opponent will be league's leader Torino on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Recanati: R.Castelli 12+6reb, M.Gnaccarini 12+7reb+3ast, N.Benedusi 10+3reb+4ast, A.Pierini 10+6reb+1ast, M.Maganza 9+11reb, G.Tessitore 5+4reb
Mirandola: M.Venturelli 14+3reb+3ast, J.Losi 12+5reb+3ast, A.Pilotti 10+1reb, L.Pignatti 9+9reb+2ast, M.Fantinelli 8+4reb+5ast, G.Piunti 5+7reb
gschID: 191968


Castelletto - Bari 78-69

Very expected game when 11th ranked Bari (16-18) was defeated on the road by third ranked Castelletto (20-14) 78-69. It looked good early as Bari took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Castelletto had a 20-11 second period charge getting the lead and Bari was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-78. Castelletto made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Guard Marco Ceron (195-92) nailed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Marco Cardillo (196-85) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Bari in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Castelletto maintains third place with 20-14 record having four points less than leader Torino. Bari at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Castelletto's next round opponent will be Casalpusterlengo (#5) on the road. Bari will play against Latina Basket (#16).
Top scorers:
Castelletto: M.Ceron 22+7reb, F.Ihedioha 16+3reb, A.Simoncelli 12+1reb+6ast, M.Pazzi 11+7reb, A.Ranuzzi 9+4reb+3ast, F.Prelazzi 6+7reb
Bari: L.Bisconti 16+6reb+3ast, A.Ruggiero 14+2reb+2ast, S.Bonfiglio 14+3reb, M.Cardillo 14+8reb+1ast, D.Bonessio 8+6reb+1ast, D.Barozzi 2+2reb
gschID: 191967


Lucca - Reggio Calabr. 89-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Lucca's (18-15) home victory over 10th ranked Reggio Calabr. (17-17) 89-83. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Reggio Calabr.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 89-83 at the end of the game. Guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) nailed 26 points and 4 assists for the winning side and point guard Riccardo Bottioni (188-93) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Marco Caprari (195-76) added 22 points respectively for Reggio Calabr. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lucca moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Treviglio. Reggio Calabr. at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Lucca's next round opponent will be Perugia (#18) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Reggio Calabr. will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#13).
Top scorers:
Lucca: A.Barsanti 26+4ast, M.Negri 15+5reb, D.Banti 12+6reb, R.Bottioni 11+6reb+3ast, W.Santarossa 8+9reb+1ast, S.Crotta 7+5reb
Reggio Calabr.: M.Caprari 22+1reb+3ast, A.Fabi 15+10reb+1ast, F.Quaglia 11+8reb+5ast, G.Rugolo 11+2reb+1ast, E.Germani 7+2reb, A.Ricci 5+2reb
gschID: 191966


Ferrara - Perugia 86-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ferrara. Local Naturhouse Ferrara (15-18) beat 18th ranked Perugia (8-25) 86-70. The game was mostly controlled by Naturhouse Ferrara. Perugia was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturhouse Ferrara forced 20 Perugia turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturhouse Ferrara shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Perugia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Michele Ferri (191-85) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) came up with 10 points and 5 rebounds and Costantino Cutolo (198-89, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 4 steals respectively for Perugia in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to thirteenth place. Perugia lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 25 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara's next round opponent will be higher ranked Reggio Calabr. (#10) in Reggio Calabria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perugia will play at home against Lucca (#8).
Top scorers:
Ferrara: M.Ferri 23+5reb, V.Circosta 16+4ast, M.Benfatto 15+9reb, G.Gazzotti 9+7reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 7+3reb, A.Campiello 5+5reb
Perugia: C.Cutolo 16, D.Poltroneri 12+1reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 10+5reb+2ast, S.Bonamente 9+4reb+1ast, J.David Rath 6, M.Bei 6+7reb
gschID: 191965


Treviglio - Omegna 65-54

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Treviglio and 4th placed Omegna where host Treviglio (18-15) won against Omegna (19-15) 65-54. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Omegna. The game was mostly controlled by Treviglio. Omegna was better in third quarter 12-5. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Treviglio dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Omegna's 20. Treviglio forced 21 Omegna turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Georgian Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Pierpaolo Picazio (193-79, agency: Players Group) added 14 points in the effort for Omegna. Treviglio moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lucca. Omegna at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo and Agrigento. Treviglio will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Omegna will play against Chieti (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: D.Reati 20+7reb+2ast, R.Pederzini 12+4reb+5ast, S.Ferrarese 9+6reb+3ast, R.Perego 9+7reb+4ast, M.Raminelli 8+8reb, N.Cazzolato 5+2reb+1ast
Omegna: P.Picazio 14+3reb, N.Metreveli 14+6reb+1ast, M.Farioli 8+4reb+1ast, G.Mariani 7+5reb+3ast, M.Jovancic 5+4reb, M.Toure 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191964


Firenze - Casalpusterlengo 75-86

The biggest surprise of round 37 was guest Casalpusterlengo's (19-15) road victory over Firenze (#7) 86-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Firenze. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 11 points. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winners. point guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 22 points. Four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Omegna and Agrigento. Firenze at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Casalpusterlengo is looking forward to face higher ranked Castelletto (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Firenze will play against Agrigento (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 34+12reb, R.Prandin 22+3reb+1ast, T.Marino 13+2reb+9ast, S.Fiorito 12+6reb, G.Ricci 2+9reb+1ast, M.Venuto 2
Firenze: D.Casadei 25+8reb+1ast, S.Spizzichini 17+9reb+1ast, S.Rabaglietti 14+2ast, M.Sanna 6+3reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 5+8reb, M.Caroldi 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 191962



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 30 - by Eurobasket News

American Eric Griffin (203-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Fileni BPA Jesi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat AcegasAps TR (11-17) 84-73. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Fileni BPA Jesi is placed at 12th position in Italian Lega2. Fileni BPA Jesi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-17 record. Griffin turned to be Fileni BPA Jesi's top player in his first season with the team. Eric Griffin averages this season 17.5ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of league's best team Upea CdO. Poletti impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Upea CdO to edge the lower-ranked Aget Service IM (#15, 8-20) by 3 points 78-75. This victory allowed Upea CdO to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Poletti is a newcomer at Upea CdO and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino (#11). Ekperigin scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of FCM Ferentino, leading his team to a 65-64 win against slightly higher-ranked Biancoblu BO (#10, 14-14). The chances of FCM Ferentino ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ekperigin could help FCM Ferentino to bring them higher in the standings. Ekperigin has a great season in Italy. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikos Barlos (203-F-79) of C.de Latte BRE - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Keddric Mays (183-PG-84) of Givova Scafati - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. David Brkic (210-F/C-82) of C.de Latte BRE - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Givova Scafati - 25 points and 7 rebounds
8. William Mosley (202-C-89) of Biancoblu BO - 10 points and 11 rebounds
9. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) of LeGamberi FO - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Antonio Graves (191-G-85) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 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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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.20.6 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.5 
 9. Keller, Gunma19.0 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.6 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.14.0 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets11.4 
 7. 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.5.7 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.2 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.8 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS4.1 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Parker, Shimane SM2.3 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC2.0 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 6. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.5 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Ashby, Fukuoka1.7 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.4 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 


BJ League Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Shimane SM - Hamamatsu P. 82-73 (2-0)

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-9. But Hamamatsu Phoenix won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shimane Magic won last quarter 25-18. American players dominated the game. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: E.Fuqua 20+8reb, O.Shinnosuke 14+4reb+2ast, K.Galloway 14+13reb+1ast, J.Parmer 8+3reb+2ast, A.Ohta 7+3reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 7+2reb+4ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 18+10reb+2ast, B.Freeman 17+1reb+4ast, T.Yokoo 16+3reb, J.Davis 11+10reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 9+2reb+7ast, B.Puckett 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 240467


Shiga L-Stars - Kyoto Hannar. 75-89 (0-2)

The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Shiga L-Stars 43-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Shiga L-Stars were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Fusion Sports) scored 17 points. Five Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 17+2reb+2ast, S.Colwell 17+8reb, T.Fujiwara 11+2reb+7ast, J.Nakama 10+1reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 10+8reb, R.Nixon 4+1reb+4ast
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 23+8reb+2ast, M.Cousin 16+16reb+3ast, Y.Okada 11+1reb, M.Kataoka 9+4reb+2ast, L.Pomare 9+4reb+1ast, J.Boyette 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 240466


Iwate Big Bulls - Akita NH 71-72 (1-1)

Akita advanced to the Quarterfinals as they won the extra third game 25-24. In the second game the guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 14-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Iwate Big Bulls outrebounded Akita Happinets 45-27 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 18+10reb+8ast, R.Okosa 15+6reb+3ast, T.Masato 9+5reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 9+10reb, D.Sneed 6+6reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 6+2reb+2ast
Akita NH: M.Brown 25+12reb+5ast, M.Anderson 17+3reb, Y.Togashi 17+3reb+6ast, D.Harris 10+2reb+3ast, M.Kato 1+1reb, Y.Kato 1+4reb
gschID: 240465


Toyama Grouses - Chiba Jets 73-103 (1-1)

Toyama advanced to the Quarterfinals as they won the extra third game 19-17. In the second game Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Chiba Jets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Toyama Grouses' players. American forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) scored 24 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Crosse) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) scored 19 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:
Toyama Grouses: A.Garcia 19+5reb+2ast, M.Joho 19+1reb+2ast, I.Brown 18+11reb+2ast, J.Jacob 8+7reb, T.Mito 5+1reb, B.Cole 2+2reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 24+3reb+6ast, D.Bell 20+1ast, J.Werner 18+7reb+1ast, M.Gray 10+9reb+1ast, T.Ishida 9, T.Kensuke 7+4reb+8ast
gschID: 240464



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 33.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit33.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Khatib, Champville26.8 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.5 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Sims, Sagesse23.1 
 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.10.9 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 8. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.1 
 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, Sagesse6.4 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Fahed, Moutahed5.1 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos5.1 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 10. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.4 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.4 
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. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.9 
 10. Terry, Champville0.8 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.20.2 
 4. Vassallo, Arecibo19.4 
 5. Guzman, Panteras19.0 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.16.8 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.9 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo7.8 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.6 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo7.5 
 8. Hernandez, Pioneros7.2 
 9. Guzman, Panteras7.2 
 10. Battle, Lanus6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.9 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.3.4 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.1 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.6 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 6. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.4 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  S.Jose/U.
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Battle, Lanus0.9 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.8 
 5. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.4 
 8. McFarlan, Lanus0.4 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo0.3 



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Lietuvos rytas cut Patrick O'Bryant - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) cut 27-year old American center Patrick O'Bryant (213-113kg-86, college: Bradley). In 9 LKL games he averaged 4.9ppg and 2.3rpg this season. He also played 6 games in VTB United League where he had 5.8ppg and 3.3rpg.
O'Bryant managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). O'Bryant also played at Bighorns in D-League earlier that season. In four games he had 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0bpg.
He ended the last season at Tiburones (LNB) in Venezuelan league. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year O'Bryant spent at Indios (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 39 games he had 11.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
The last (2012) season O'Bryant played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) in Greek league. In 19 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in first round (9th overall). The former Bradley University staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won D-League West Conference championship title in 2011. O'Bryant received also All-MVC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2006 at his college time.
O'Bryant has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Very good agility for a 7 footer, light on his feet ... Not afraid of contact, good strength and improving rapidly ... Runs the court and moves very well, also quick getting into transition ... Great shot blocker, doesn't get overzealous. Can block a lot of shots without jumping ... Excellent rebounder ... Has good touch on his shot, solid free throw shooter ... Works hard to establish position under the basket ...
Body balance is weak, will improve in time with added strength ... Not a tremendous leaper, but above average for a 7 footer
.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lithuaniabasket)



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ASEAN League: KL Dragons clinch playoff ticket with win in Singapore - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - Westports KL Dragons 70:80

Westports KL Dragons celebrated a road win over the Singapore Slingers tonight. Armon Siefain scored 26 points to pace the Malaysian team to the 11th win in the ASEAN League season. The victory clinched the playoff birth for KL Dragons.
The Dragons dominated the opening quarter. The Malaysian team went on a 33:10 run in the first period. The Slingers improved their defence in the second term. They narrowed the deficit at 22:43 at halftime. The Slingers continued their comeback rally in the third term. The hosts got within 16 points at the final intermission. The Slingers unloaded 29 points in the fourth frame but never seriously threatened the deficit. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) accounted for 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lim Sheng Yu (190-F-90) responded with 19 points for the Slingers. Morrison Phillip Aaron had 18 points in the losing case.

Singapore Slingers: Lim Sheng Yu 19, Morrison Phillip Aaron 18
Westports KL Dragons: Armon Siefain 26, Gavin Edwards 18+13 boards, Marcus Hubbard 13



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 4: Hermosillo - Guaymas 93-86
May. 4: Tijuana - Navolato 86-74
May. 4: Los Mochis - Guasave 76-88
May. 4: Nogales - Cananea 101-108 OT

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 7: Hermosillo - Guasave
May. 7: Guaymas - Cananea
May. 7: Nogales - Tijuana
May. 7: Navolato - Obregon
May. 6: Nogales - Tijuana


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. McCullough, Nogales20.5 
 6. Moss, Nogales20.4 
 7. Sperling, Obregon20.3 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato19.0 
 9. Polynice, Guasave18.7 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Moss, Nogales10.8 
 2. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 3. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 4. Habel, Guaymas8.2 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 6. Selleaze, Navolato7.3 
 7. Frederick, Guasave7.2 
 8. Spain, Hermosillo6.8 
 9. Gonzalez, Cananea6.4 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales6.3 
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, Navolato5.1 
 4. Polynice, Guasave5.0 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana4.6 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas4.2 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.2 
 8. Medina, Tijuana4.1 
 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. Insunza, Navolato1.6 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.6 
 5. Allen, Guaymas1.5 
 6. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 7. Monroe, Cananea1.3 
 8. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 9. Shorter, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Moss, Nogales1.8 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.7 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 4. Mercado, Nogales1.2 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea0.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana0.6 
 9. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato0.4 


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

36-year old forward James Penny (198-F-76) had a very impressive game in the last round for Tijuana and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Navolato (8-10) 86-74. Tijuana is placed at 4th position in Mexican league. Tijuana is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-10 record. In the team's last game Penny had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Tijuana, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Texas Christian University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Penny is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 54.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers) of Cananea. He is American swingman in his first season at Cananea. In the last game Rougeau recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Cananea cruised to a 108-101 overtime win over the higher-ranked Nogales (#3, 9-9). This victory allowed Cananea to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Rougeau is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Tyrone McNeal (213-C) of Los Mochis (#9). McNeal scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite McNeal's great performance Los Mochis lost 76-88 to slightly higher-ranked Guasave (#8, 7-11). 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 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McNeal could try to bring Los Mochis' a little bit higher in the standings. McNeal has a very solid season. In 8 games in Mexico he scored 16.4ppg. He also has 9.8rpg and FGP: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Guaymas - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 35 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Bernard Toombs (208-C-87) of Navolato - 19 points and 14 rebounds
9. Quentin Gonzalez (200-F-84) of Cananea - 19 points and 10 rebounds
10. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo - 17 points, 4 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)



CIBACOPA Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

One of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-9) fell to seventh ranked Mineros de Cananea (8-10) in overtime by seven points 101-108 on Saturday night. The game took place in Nogales. But the guests from Cananea were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Sammy Monroe orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tijuana and Navolato. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Mineros de Cananea will face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 20th round was 35 points (!!!) by O'Louis McCullough of Nogales.


Nogales - Cananea 101-108 OT

One of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-9) fell to seventh ranked Mineros de Cananea (8-10) in overtime by seven points 101-108 on Saturday night. The game took place in Nogales. But the guests from Cananea were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Mineros de Cananea who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-10. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Guinda Nogales' 46. They outrebounded Fuerza Guinda Nogales 42-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Fuerza Guinda Nogales were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) replied with 35 points (!!!) and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) added 20 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Five Mineros de Cananea and four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tijuana and Navolato. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Mineros de Cananea will face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cananea: S.Monroe 24+8reb+5ast, R.Rougeau 20+11reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 19+10reb+1ast, D.Williams 18+3reb+1ast, M.Valenzuela 12+5reb+5ast, K.Arias 3+1reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 35+4reb+2ast, R.Moss 20+12reb+1ast, C.Gadson 19+1reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 12+3reb+1ast, J.Valdez 6+1reb, B.Heredia 3+2ast
gschID: 234927


Tijuana - Navolato 86-74

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (8-10) beat at home one of their biggest challengers Garra Canera de Navolato (8-10) 86-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tijuana Zonkeys. Garra Canera de Navolato was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 assists. American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cananea and Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys will face higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: L.Ramirez 28+4reb+5ast, J.Penny 21+10reb+1ast, O.Quintero 12+7reb+6ast, M.Morrison 10+5reb+4ast, E.Medina 9+7reb+6ast, S.Sanchez 4+1reb+1ast
Navolato: B.Toombs 19+14reb+1ast, M.Elliott 18+6reb+2ast, J.Insunza 14+4reb+3ast, R.Selleaze 12+11reb+4ast, A.Villalobos 5+1reb+2ast, F.Verdugo 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 234926


Los Mochis - Guasave 76-88

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave and 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis had identical 6-11 record. But Pioneros Los Mochis were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Guasave 88-76 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave forced 19 Pioneros Los Mochis turnovers. American forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. American center Tyrone McNeal (213) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) added 16 points and 9 assists in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave maintains eighth position with 7-11 record. Loser Pioneros Los Mochis stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will face league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Guasave: F.Harris 18+4reb+5ast, E.Frederick 18+11reb+2ast, E.Polynice 15+7reb, J.Farrera 12+4reb, J.Leyva 8+2reb+2ast, P.Meza Rogel 8+4reb+4ast
Los Mochis: T.McNeal 21+12reb, N.Stallings 16+4reb+9ast, J.Sandoval 13+3reb+2ast, D.Onofre 7+2reb+5ast, D.Pearson 7+4reb+1ast, J.Olvera 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 234929


Hermosillo - Guaymas 93-86

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both first ranked Rayos de Hermosillo and second-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas had identical 13-4 record. This time Rayos de Hermosillo used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Guaymas 93-86 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Ostioneros de Guaymas trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 31-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-93 at the end of the game. Rayos de Hermosillo made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) replied with 27 points and his fellow American import point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rayos de Hermosillo (14-4) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with five games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will face Frayles de Guasave (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Mineros de Cananea (#6).
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 20+3reb+2ast, J.Lopez 19+6reb+2ast, S.Monreal 17+4reb+2ast, K.Spain 15+5reb+1ast, E.Little 8+5reb+5ast, J.Villanueva 6+4reb+1ast
Guaymas: S.Shorter 27+4reb+3ast, M.Allen 23+5reb+5ast, A.Zarco 11+3reb, J.Habel 9+7reb, V.Avila 7+1ast, D.Barojas 6+1reb
gschID: 234928



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
Play-Out
 1. Jedinstvo 6-4 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 6-4 
 3. ABS Primorje 6-4 
 4. Danilovgrad 5-5 
 5. Centar BP 5-5 
 6. S.Centar 2-8 
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-1 
 2. Sutjeska 6-4 
 3. Teodo Tivat 5-5 
 4. Ulcinj 4-6 
 5. Lovcen 3-7 
 6. Mornar Bar 3-7 
Stage One Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 4: Buducnost - Ulcinj 87-64
May. 4: Sutjeska - Teodo Tivat 72-64

Semi-Finals: Round 2

May. 8: Ulcinj - Buducnost
May. 8: Teodo Tivat - Teodo Tivat


MNE1A Play-Off , Semi-Final Round 1. : First win for Buducnost and Sutjeska - by Dragan Scepanovic

Buducnost Voli - Ulcinj 87:64 (25:10, 25:21, 18:14, 19:19)
Podgorica - SC: Moraca. Spect: 100. Reff: Sutulovic (Podgorica), Rutesic (Niksic), Sundic (Podgorica).
Buducnost Voli: Mihailovic 9, M. Popovic 8, Jelenic 7, Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) 12, Novosel, Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) 16, Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) 13, Bunic, A. Popovic 7, Nikolic 4, Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) 11.
Ulcinj: Latkovic 3, N. Ivanovic 1, Taflaj, R. Ivanovic, Simonovic 8, Osmaic, Unkasevic, Djokovic 3, Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) 20, Klikovac 2, Sekula Jovanovic (202-F-88) 13, Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) 14.

Sutjeska - Teodo 72:64 ( 8:15, 24:14, 16:15, 24:20)
Niksic - City SC. Spect: 300. Reff: Vojinovic (Niksic), Dragojevic, Jokic (Podgorica).
Sutjeska: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 18, Ilic, Perovic 9, Lalic, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 2, Vujosevic 2, Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) 14, Kuveljic 8, Popovic, Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) 11, Zizic, Miceta 8.
Teodo: Fatic 2, Crepulja, Tepavcevic 2, Radulovic 9, Pekic, Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) 17, Boskovic, Subotic, Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) 22, Kunjic 6, Djordjevic 6, Lucic.



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Standings - Men

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. RSB Berkane 7-1 
 2. CRA Hoceima 5-2 
 3. MCO 4-3 
 4. MAF Fes 3-5 
 5. RST Tanger 0-8 
Group B
 1. WAC 8-0 
 2. ASS Sale 6-2 
 3. PCS Plazza C. 3-4 
 4. FUS Rabat 2-5 
 5. CMC 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 4: PCS Plazza C. - CMC 86-63
May. 4: FUS Rabat - WAC 70-72
May. 4: RST Tanger - RSB Berkane 59-95
May. 4: MCO - CRA Hoceima



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.4 
 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. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 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. Bogut, Golden S.1.8 


LeBron James wins 2012-13 NBA MVP award - by Eurobasket News

As widely expected, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) of the Miami Heat has won the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2012-13 NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today. James earns the honor for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in five seasons. The only other player to win the award in four of five seasons is Bill Russell (1961, 62, 63, 65), and the only other players to win at least four regular-season MVPs are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) (five), Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four). James totaled 1,207 points, including 120 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote. For the fourth consecutive season, the NBA gave fans the opportunity to submit their votes by ranking their top five choices through a dedicated Web page on NBA.com. The fan vote counted as one vote and was compiled with the 120 media votes to determine the winner. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for each third-place vote, three for each fourth-place vote and one for each fifth-place vote received.
Rounding out the top five in voting are Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) (765 points), the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse), (475 points, one first-place vote), the Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) (289 points), and the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) (184 points).
James, who led the Heat to a league-best and franchise-record 66-16 mark, was the only player in the NBA to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg). He shot a career-high from the field (.565) and from three-point range (.406). He produced a record streak of six straight games with at least 30 points and a .600-or-better field goal percentage (Feb. 3-12). Additionally, James led the NBA score differential (+9.5) and player impact estimate (22.1 percent), according to NBA.com/Stats.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Thunder and Pacers open Conferences semifinals with victories - by Eurobasket News

New York K. - Indiana P. 95-102
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 20 points, Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-95 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas) had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) was on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter, and easily held on to spoil the Knicks' first second-round game since 2000. Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but was frustrated by the Pacers' rugged defense and by the referees. He shot 10 of 28 from the field. Game 2 is here Tuesday night, and then the series takes a lengthy break before Game 3 on Saturday in Indiana. The Pacers, who allowed the second-fewest points per game and the lowest field goal percentage in the league during the regular season, mixed in solid offense as well. They outscored New York 59-38 across the middle two quarters and were comfortably ahead throughout the fourth. Roy Hibbert scored 14 points in thoroughly outplaying counterpart Tyson Chandler, and George Hill also had 14 for the Pacers. J.R. Smith scored 17 points but was 4 of 15 for the Knicks. Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) had 18 and Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) added 12 for the Knicks, who hope to have reserves Amare Stoudemire (right knee surgery) and Steve Novak (back spasms) back for Game 3 and certainly looked as if they could use the help. Both teams wrapped up their first-round series Friday night, the Knicks' victory in Game 6 in Boston giving them their first series victory in 13 years and sending them on to face a familiar postseason foe in Indiana, which ousted Atlanta. The teams met three straight years from 1993-95, then again from 1998-00, splitting their six series, and this was the type of slugfest so many of those matchups were. Indiana led 60-54 when Anthony committed his fourth foul and came out of the game with 7:48 remaining in the third quarter. The Pacers then outscored the Knicks 21-11 the remainder of the period, opening an 81-65 bulge on Augustin's 3-pointer with 31.5 seconds left in the quarter. Anthony came back on to start the fourth and scored the first six points to get the Knicks back within 10. He picked up a fifth on a questionable offensive foul call with 10 minutes left and appeared to wave off a substitution when Chandler checked in, so Martin ended up coming off instead. But there was no final flurry, and Chandler eventually fouled out with four points and three rebounds. Anthony wore a sleeve under his jersey to cover his sore left shoulder that was first hurt against the Pacers in April, then aggravated when Kevin Garnett pulled on his arm while setting a screen during the first-round series. That may have contributed to his poor shooting but certainly the Pacers had plenty to do with it, as did having to bang inside with the bigger West. The Knicks closed the first quarter with a 9-0 spurt, taking a 27-22 lead after 3-pointers by Smith and Felton to end the period. But the Pacers tightened up the defense in the second, holding the Knicks to two baskets in the final 5 minutes. Indiana outscored New York 13-4 during that stretch, taking a 52-46 lead to halftime after George hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 93-91
When Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, college: UALR) poked the ball away from Mike Conley and it ended up in Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas)'s hands, the Memphis Grizzlies were suddenly in trouble. The three-time NBA scoring champion raced from under his own basket into the open court, and Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) couldn't pull out of a full-speed backpedal in time to stop what was coming next. Durant pulled up and connected on a jumper with 11.1 seconds left for the last of his 35 points, lifting his Oklahoma City Thunder to a 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. 'Kevin Durant's a great player and he got going to make some good shots,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. 'Talk about whatever you want to talk about, but he made those shots. That last one was a great play. They were down one and he made that shot to put them up one. Not everybody is making that shot at that particular point.' Instead of calling for a timeout to set up a play, Thunder coach Scott Brooks trusted Durant to make something happen against a disorganized defense. 'I just wanted to get up the floor as quick as possible and find a shot,' said Durant, who finished second in league MVP voting announced Sunday. 'That was the only shot I could find and, by the grace of God, it went in.' Brooks said he might have called a timeout if the ball had ended up in someone else's hands, even though that would've given the league's stingiest defense a chance to get set. Instead, it went right to the man the Thunder wanted to have it. 'In any situation, he is going to be tough to guard,' Conley said. 'But obviously when they didn't call a timeout, it is tough to guard a guy when you've got a team backing up and you are trying to set up a defense. Either way, we were going to have our hands full.' Game 2 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Thabo Sefolosha kept the Grizzlies from going back ahead, deflecting a pass that Conley was able to corral - but only after diving out of bounds. Reggie Jackson then hit a pair of free throws for a three-point lead, and Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F-88, college: Washington) couldn't force overtime after getting fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left. Pondexter, a 72 percent career free-throw shooter, missed the first free throw. He made his second attempt before intentionally missing the third, but Durant swatted the rebound away and Marc Gasol's attempt at a buzzer-beater was late. 'We couldn't get stops. That's why we lost,' said Gasol, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. 'We didn't lose because of free throws.' Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 25 for Oklahoma City, which trailed for much of the game but was able to avoid repeating its Game 1 loss from when these two teams met in the West semifinals two years ago. The Thunder were able to rally and win that series in seven. 'At the end, they played a little better,' Gasol said. 'They were making a lot of tough shots and we didn't finish it up.' Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, and Pondexter and Conley scored 13 apiece. As a team, Memphis went 14 for 24 on free throws. Oklahoma City, which was the league's top foul shooting team with the third-best mark in NBA history, was 22 of 25. 'Obviously, we have to make free throws, especially myself,' said Pondexter, who was slapped on his right arm by Jackson on his attempt at the tying 3-pointer. 'We've just got to take this as a learning experience and move on.' The series opener was a competitive new chapter in an increasingly fierce rivalry, but there weren't any scuffles this time. They had combined for nine technical fouls in three meetings during the regular season, including one confrontation that got Randolph and Kendrick Perkins ejected. After letting a seven-point lead slip away in the first half, Memphis surged back ahead with a 15-4 run early in the third quarter that featured two driving layups and a jumper by Conley. The lead stretched to 70-58 when Conley hit a free throw following 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Pondexter and Prince. The Thunder started to rally before Pondexter's buzzer-beater from the half-court logo to finish the third quarter bumped the lead up to 73-64. That didn't stop Oklahoma City's comeback, though. Fisher opened the final period with a 3-pointer and Martin converted a three-point play and a 3-pointer as the Thunder went on a 9-2 run, prompting Memphis coach Lionel Hollins to call a timeout with the lead down to 75-73 with 10:08 left. 'That shot at the buzzer, that's a great shot on his part. That's one of those things that it could have really took us back a little,' Brooks said, 'but we still fought through that shot and kept competing when we were down.' After the timeout, the Grizzlies got their lead back up to seven before Durant sandwiched a pair of driving buckets around Fisher's 3-pointer in a 7-0 burst that tied it at 84 with 3:47 to play. The Grizzlies went back up 90-87 when Serge Ibaka missed one of two free throws and Gasol followed with a hook shot with 1:08 to go. 'If you're up 3 and you've got a minute and a half, you've got to get a stop,' Gasol said. 'We couldn't get a stop.' Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



Nets fire P.J. Carlesimo following first-round playoff series loss to Bulls - by Eurobasket News

The Brooklyn Nets will have a new coach next season. P.J. Carlesimo , who took over the team when Avery Johnson was fired in December, has been let go as the teams coach, general manager Billy King said Sunday. King told reporters that the team will reach out to Phil Jackson , an 11-time NBA champion coach with the Bulls and Lakers, among other candidates. Ex-Knicks coach Jeff van Gundy is not seen as a high-priority candidate, a source tells the Daily News, and its unlikely the ESPN analyst will even meet with the club.
The GM, who just inked an extension with the club, added that its not a priority for the team to add a high-profile coach, and cited Chicagos hiring Tom Thibodeau as a success story. Carlesimo, a veteran NBA coach, guided the Nets to a 35-19 record and the No. 4 seed in the East after taking over for Johnson.
The Nets were eliminated by the Bulls in Game 7 Saturday night in Brooklyn. Chicago faces the Miami Heat in the semifinals.
Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



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KCM BB BASH 2013 >> Gurukul and Whitehouse Lift title - by Dinesh Thapa

Gurukul and Whitehouse lifted the Boys and Girls title respectively of the KCM Basketball Bash 2013 here at Lalitpur, Nepal. In the boys final Gurukul defeated the Whitehouse 56 44 in the low scoring match with National Mens Basketball team skipper Sadish Pradhan scoring 15 pts and Binod Maharjan Scoring 14 pts. Despite Bijay Khatris 14 pts and Sanjay Byanjankars 11 pts. Whitehouse couldnot hold the Gurukul to lift the title.

Gurukul and Whitehouse lifted the Boys and Girls title respectively of the KCM Basketball Bash 2013 here at Lalitpur, Nepal. In the boys final Gurukul defeated the Whitehouse 56 44 in the low scoring match with National Mens Basketball team skipper Sadish Pradhan scoring 15 pts and Binod Maharjan Scoring 14 pts. Despite Bijay Khatris 14 pts and Sanjay Byanjankars 11 pts. Whitehouse couldnot hold the Gurukul to lift the title.

More Details and photographs can be found at http://www.facebook.com/nepalbasketball



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 5: OceanaGold N. - Nelson G. 90-59
May. 4: Southland S. - Nelson G. 89-82
May. 5: Super City R. - Taranaki MA 86-104
May. 4: Hub Jets - Wellington S. 77-107
May. 4: Taranaki MA - HBS Bank Hawks 101-86

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 7: Wellington S. - Hub Jets
May. 10: OceanaGold N. - Waikato P.
May. 11: Southland S. - Waikato P.
May. 11: Nelson G. - Wellington S.
May. 11: HBS Bank Hawks - Super City R.
May. 11: Taranaki MA - Hub Jets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.0 
 2. Pace, Nelson G.22.4 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.22.0 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.20.0 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.18.8 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.18.5 
 8. Buck, Super City R.17.8 
 9. Winitana, HBS B.17.7 
 10. Horvath, Hub Jets17.3 
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.10.6 
 4. Maxey, Nelson G.9.0 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.8.8 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.6 
 7. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.5 
 8. Pace, Nelson G.8.0 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.7.8 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.6.4 
 2. Tait, Wellington S.6.4 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.0 
 4. Buck, Super City R.5.8 
 5. Dickel, OceanaGo.5.8 
 6. Frank, Wellington3.8 
 7. Martin, Southlan.3.8 
 8. Allen, OceanaGo.3.7 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.6 
 10. Bloxham, Nelson G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.4.3 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets4.0 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.4.0 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.4.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 6. Allen, OceanaGo.2.7 
 7. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.2 
 8. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 9. O''Riley, Super C.1.8 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.3.5 
 2. Frank, Wellington2.4 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.5 
 5. Dawson, Southlan.1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.1.0 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 


NBL Low Down Round 3 - by Mike Lacey


The opening game of round 3 in the NBL featured two of last seasons top four teams, Wellington Saints (4-0) visiting the Palmerston North Jets (2-1). The Jets, led by 13 points from Marcel Jones trailed by just two points at half time and were sniffing a win. However the Saints opened the second half with a blistering 17-0 run, Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) contributing nine of those points and from there it was all uphill for the hosts. The Saints eventually won the third quarter 31-14 before cruising to a 107-77 victory. Corey Webster led all scorers with 28 points (10 from 14 from the field), American Bryant Markson (198-F-83, college: Utah) had a double double of 22 points/ 10 rebounds and Lindsay Tait chimed in with 22 points and 7 assists. Nick Horvath was the best of the Jets scoring 25 points.

The Southland Sharks took on the Nelson Giants in Invercargill, the Giants, playing their third consecutive road game had marginally the better of the opening stanza ahead 22-20 at the first break.
Leon Henry responded well to the disappointing news received earlier in the week, that he had been released by the Sky City Breakers, he scored 10 first half points to help the Sharks to a 50-38 lead.
The Giants made a strong run in the third period trimming the Sharks advantage to just five points, 61-56. A Brooke Ruscoe three early in the final period narrowed the Sharks advantage to just two points, Sharks coach Paul Henare calling a timeout to rally his troops. Both teams were struggling to score but the Sharks maintained their narrow advantage, up 78-74 with 3:20 remaining. Reuben Te Rangis pair of missed free throws with 1:47 remaining looked costly when Phill Jones scored a pair of baskets at the other end. However, a Luke Martin triple eased the nerves and the Sharks were able to celebrate their first ever victory against their South Island opponents 89-82. Brian Conklin had a massive double double of 14 points/15 rebounds for the hosts but the shooting of Te Rangi (16pts), Henry (18pts) and Martin (13pts) who combined for 18 from 26 from the floor did a lot to get the win. Josh Pace top scored for the Giants with 19 points but he was unusually wayward going just 8 from 21 from the floor. Brooke Ruscoe was also prominent with 17 points.

The third game on Saturday featured the Taranaki Mountain Airs hosting the Bay Hawks. The Hawks were up by a dozen points midway through the second quarter and were still in the ascendancy at half time 43-38. Hawks captain Paora Winitana leading his team with 11 points. The Airs responded admirably in the third quarter and took the lead shortly before the break courtesy of a Brad Anderson basket, to lead 63-61 with a period to play. The game was still in the balance deep into the final period. Winitana made a basket with 2:12 remaining, the Airs ahead 81-76 but what followed cost the visitors any chance of victory. Winitana committed a foul and followed up with a technical, his fifth foul. That was costly but two coach technical's and the automatic ejection from the game of Tab Baldwin was terminal. The Airs were gifted eight consecutive free throws and scored seven of them. Suddenly the Airs were 12 ahead and able to ease to a 101-86 victory. Jack Leasure led all scorers with 27 points including a perfect 12 of 12 from the charity stripe. Fellow American Kenny Gabriel had 25 points and 16 rebounds and for the Hawks, Winitana top scored with 21 points.

The Mountain Airs were quickly in action again, travelling up to Auckland to take on the James Blond Super City Rangers. The Airs were just ahead 55-52 at the main break on the back of 18 points from Kenny Gabriel. Guards Shea Ili and Houston ORiley contributed 13 third quarter points for the Rangers but five turnovers in the period gifted some easy transition points to the Rangers who extended their lead to 81-71 at three quarter time. Carl Buck (18 points) and Jack Salt (19 points) were valiant in defeat for the Rangers but ultimately the greater experience and firepower of the visitors ensured the Airs secured a valuable weekend winning double, 104-86. Gabriel led all scorers with 31 points ably supported by Jack Leasure (17pts), Brad Anderson (15pts) and Ethan Rusbatch (13pts).

The Nelson Giants were also in action on consecutive days, completing the southern swing in Dunedin but were beaten comprehensively 92-59 by the Otago Nuggets who won every quarter and now boast a 4-0 record. Beny Anthony collected a double double of 21 points and 14 rebounds and Akeem Wright, Antoine Tisby, Hayden Allen and Brendon Polyblank also made double figure contributions.
Josh Pace (17pts) once again led the Nelson scoring and Mika Vukona grabbed 10 rebounds but otherwise it was a game to forget for the Giants. You imagine both coaches will be calling for extra shooting practice in the week as collectively the two teams connected with just 5 of 37 attempts from behind the arc ouch.




Gabriel number one in New Zealand for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Kenny Gabriel (203-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Taranaki MA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Super City R. (#9, 0-5) with 18-point margin 104-86. Taranaki MA maintains the 6th position in New Zealand NBL. Taranaki MA is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Gabriel had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Taranaki MA, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Auburn University star has very solid stats this year. Gabriel is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 70.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old British forward Benny Anthony (198-F-88) of league's second-best OceanaGold N.. Anthony had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead OceanaGold N. to another comfortable win outscoring Nelson G. (3-2) 90-59. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Anthony is one of the most experienced players at OceanaGold N. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#1). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets (#4). Horvath scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Horvath's great performance Hub Jets lost 77-107 to #1 ranked Wellington S.. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Hub Jets needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Horvath has a great season in New Zealand. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.3rpg (#1 in league). Nick Horvath has also New Zealand passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryant Markson (198-F-83) of Wellington S. - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of Wellington S. - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S. - 27 points and 7 rebounds
8. Link Abrams (195-F-73) of Taranaki MA - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Southland S. - 14 points and 15 rebounds

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



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Jamahr Warren is the Panamanian Player of the week - by Robert OConnell

shooting guard Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) from the Southwest Slammers of the Australian League is the player of the week in a very tight decision with 27 pts 10 reb and 5 ass he is been putting strong numbers this year. The runner up is the forward Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona) from Caciques de Humacao played 3 games this week and put 19.6 pts 9.6 reb and 2 ass in another strong week in the Puertorican league. In third place came veteran center Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) of Mets de Guaynabo with a double-double 14pts and 13.5 reb in two games. This is the rest of the players:
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) from Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico16 pts 7 reb 3 ass in two games
Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) from Shiga L Stars in Japan 13pts 5 reb and 4 ass in one game
Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) from Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy 11pts 3 reb and 1 ass in one game
Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) from Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo in Brazil 3.5 pts and 1 reb in two games
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) from Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico 1 pt and 1 reb in two games
Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) from Kyoto Hannaryz in Japan 0 pts and 2 reb in one game
Good luck for all our players this week, if you want to send me your numbers please contact me at @oconelbaketbol



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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. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG18.7 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.4 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.7 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 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.5.3 
 5. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.3 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG4.9 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.3 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.5 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Robinson, PGE T.1.5 
 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 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.5 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.6 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.6 
 5. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 6. Dluski, AZS Kutno14.8 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 9. Wilczek, Start Lub.14.5 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.1 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.8.9 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.7 
 6. Hyzy, Slask W.7.6 
 7. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.3 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.2 
 9. Wyka, Polonia6.8 
 10. Luszczewski, Star.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Start Lublin
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wilczek, Start Lub.7.0 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.6.0 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.0 
 4. Laczynski, MOSiR K.5.7 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.8 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.7 
Steals Per Game