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  ANGOLA   



Petro De Luanda Thrash Interclube By 101-94 - by Eurobasket News

Luanda Petro de Luanda hammered on Tuesday Interclube by 101-94, in the third round of the group A's final four phase of the national senior males basketball championship (BAIBasket2013).
Petro de Luanda, 1 de Agosto and Recreativo do Libolo have five points, while Interclube de Luanda have four points at the bottom of the table.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



1 De Agosto Beat Petro in Baibasket - by Eurobasket News

Luanda 1 de Agosto defeated on Thursday Petro de Luanda by 100-80 at Luanda's Cidadela pavilion, in the opening of the second phase of group A's final four of the national senior males basketball championship (BAIBasket2013).
With this result, 1 de Agosto lead the competition with seven points, while Pegro de Luanda remain second with six points.
For the same round, Interclube beato n Thursday Recreativo do Libolo by 90-83.
On Saturday's fixtures, Interclube will receive 1 de Agosto, while Recreativo do Libolo will face Petro de Luanda.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ASEAN League round 17 best performance: Rashad Jones-Jennings - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Singapore S., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Saigon H. (#6, 3-15) 63-62. Singapore S. maintains the 5th position in ASEAN League . Singapore S. is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 7-13 record. Jones-Jennings turned to be Singapore S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Rashad Jones-Jennings averages this season 15.1ppg and 15.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) of league's second-best Satria Muda. Thomas had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Satria Muda was edged by slightly higher-ranked Petron Blaze (#1, 16-3) 70-66. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Satria Muda still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 13-6 record is not bad at all. Thomas is a newcomer at Satria Muda, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Armon Siefain of KL Dragons (#3). Siefain scored 26 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of KL Dragons, leading his team to a 80-70 win against slightly lower-ranked Singapore S. (#5, 7-13). KL Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Siefain has a very solid season. In 7 games in ASEAN League he scored 9.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of KL Dragons - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Petron Blaze - 15 points and 9 rebounds
6. Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87) of Singapore S. - 14 points and 11 rebounds
7. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Saigon H. - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87) of Singapore S. - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Jai Reyes (173-G) of Saigon H. - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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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  AUSTRALIA   


Shawn Redhage re-signs with Wildcats for 3 more seasons - by Hugh McAuliffe

Perth Wildcats co-captain Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) has become the fifth player on the roster for 2013/14 after re-signing with the club on a three-season deal, tying him to the Wildcats until at least the end of the 2015/16 NBL season.

Redhage joined the Wildcats in 2005 after a season with the New Zealand Breakers and has since gone on to captain his side to the 2010 Championship, win six club MVP awards and play 252 games for the club.

The 32-year-old was thrilled to put pen to paper.

'I'm really excited, Perth has become my home and my family's home and it's a dream of mine to finish my career with the Wildcats, and this is a huge step towards that and I'm excited to play another three years, and to be a part of this organisation and this team,' he said.

'Next season will be my ninth year with the Wildcats, so it's something that I definitely didn't think was in the realm of possibility when I came into the league as an import, and I think it's pretty special to be part of an organisation and a team for that length of time and one that's as successful as the Wildcats, so it's a huge honour.'

The Perth Wildcats announced star big man Matt Knight will also be on board for another three seasons earlier in the week, and Redhage is confident the team is destined for more success in the near future.



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 17-2 
 2. Al Ahli 16-4 
 3. Muharraq 15-3 
 4. Al Hala 14-5 
 5. Sitra 13-7 
 6. Nuwaidrat 11-9 
 7. Issa Town 10-10 
 8. Hidd 7-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 7-13 
 10. Al Najma 4-16 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-16 
 12. Samaheej 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 4: Issa Town - Al Ahli 94-91
May. 6: Hidd - Samaheej 91-64
May. 6: Nuwaidrat - Al Ittihad 70-63
May. 4: Al Najma - Bahrain Club 64-71
May. 2: Sitra - Al Manama 56-74

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 11: Al Najma - Hidd
May. 11: Al Hala - Al Manama
May. 12: Muharraq - Samaheej
May. 12: Al Ahli - Sitra
May. 13: Bahrain Club - Nuwaidrat
May. 13: Al Ittihad - Issa Town

Round 19

May. 15: Al Manama - Muharraq


Premier League Round 20: Issa Town defeats Al Ahli in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 20 in the Premier League took place in Issa Town. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Al Ahli (16-4) to seventh ranked Issa Town (10-10) 94-91 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Ahli. Issa Town maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Al Ahli at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Issa Town are looking forward to face Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama in the next round. Al Ahli will play at home against Sitra (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Premier League top team - Al Manama (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Sitra (13-7) 74-56. Al Manama have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Sitra at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Al Manama will play against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq in the next round. Sitra will play on the road against the league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-20) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to ninth ranked Hidd (7-13) 91-64 on Monday evening. Hidd moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bahrain Club. Samaheej at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings. Hidd will meet Al Najma (#10) in the next round. Samaheej will play against Muharraq in Al Muharraq and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 20 Al Ittihad lost to Nuwaidrat on the opponent's court 63-70. Al Najma unfortunately lost to Bahrain Club in a home game 64-71.


Hidd - Samaheej 91-64

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-20) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to ninth ranked Hidd (7-13) 91-64 on Monday evening. Hidd moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bahrain Club. Samaheej at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings. Hidd will meet Al Najma (#10) in the next round. Samaheej will play against Muharraq in Al Muharraq and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Nuwaidrat - Al Ittihad 70-63

Very expected game when 10th ranked Al Ittihad (4-16) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Nuwaidrat (11-9) 70-63 on Monday. Nuwaidrat maintains sixth position with 11-9 record. Loser Al Ittihad keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Al Najma. Nuwaidrat will meet Bahrain Club (#9) in the next round. Al Ittihad will play against Issa Town and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 237570


Issa Town - Al Ahli 94-91

The most exciting game of round 20 in the Premier League took place in Issa Town. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Al Ahli (16-4) to seventh ranked Issa Town (10-10) 94-91 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Ahli. Issa Town maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Al Ahli at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Issa Town are looking forward to face Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama in the next round. Al Ahli will play at home against Sitra (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 237569


Al Najma - Bahrain Club 64-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Bahrain Club's (7-13) road victory over 10th ranked Al Najma (4-16) 71-64 on Saturday. Bahrain Club moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hidd. Loser Al Najma keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Al Ittihad. Bahrain Club will meet at home higher ranked Nuwaidrat (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Al Najma will play against Hidd (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237568


Sitra - Al Manama 56-74

Premier League top team - Al Manama (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Sitra (13-7) 74-56. Al Manama have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Sitra at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Al Manama will play against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq in the next round. Sitra will play on the road against the league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 237567



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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

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 7: Bosna - Radnik B.
May. 7: Capljina - Igokea
May. 8: Mladost - Siroki WWin


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, Mladost16.5 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Goranovic, Radnik8.4 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Josilo, Radnik B.7.7 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.5 
 9. Markovic, Radnik B.5.9 
 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, Capljina4.3 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.2 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.0 
 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. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 9. Borovcanin, Radnik1.4 
 10. Milosevic, Mladost1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.2 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 3. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 4. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 5. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 6. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 7. Radanovic, Mladost0.4 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 9. Karamatic, Capljina0.4 
 10. Demic, Bosna0.4 


Division I Round 9: Igokea defeats Bosna ASA BHT in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Igokea (8-1) which hosted in Aleksandrovac 3rd placed Bosna ASA BHT (4-6). First ranked Igokea had an easy win 90-58. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna ASA BHT's 32. Igokea forced 22 Bosna ASA BHT turnovers. It was a good game for Slovenian Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81) who led his team to a victory with 14 points. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) answered with 14 points for Bosna ASA BHT. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Igokea have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Siroki WWin. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost.
The game in Bijeljina supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Mladost (5-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Radnik B. (2-7). Mladost smashed Radnik B. 89-61. Milan Kezic (193-86) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Igor Bijelic chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) with 17 points and 5 rebounds. 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. Mladost moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fifth position with seven games lost.

In the last game of round 9 Capljina was beaten by Siroki WWin on the road 71-64.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by Amin Hot of Vogosca.


Radnik B. - Mladost 61-89

The game in Bijeljina supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Mladost (5-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Radnik B. (2-7). Mladost smashed Radnik B. 89-61. Mladost shot 66.0 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Mladost especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Milan Kezic (193-86) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Five Mladost players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) scored 10 points. 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. Mladost moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fifth position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Mladost: M.Kezic 16+8reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 12+2ast, I.Bijelic 12+3reb+4ast, D.Knezevic 11+1reb+6ast, P.Ivanic 11+3reb+3ast, D.Stojkanovic 7+1reb
Radnik B.: F.Goranovic 17+5reb+1ast, N.Erkic 11+1reb+2ast, V.Borovcanin 10+4reb+1ast, D.Kokorus 6+3reb+3ast, D.Tolj 5+1reb+1ast, M.Markovic 5+5reb
gschID: 240552


Siroki WWin - Capljina 71-64

No shocking result in a game when second ranked HKK Siroki WWin (8-1) beat 6th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-8) in Siroki Brijeg 71-64. Capljina Lasta was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Boris Barac (205-92) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Capljina Lasta's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Igokea. Capljina Lasta lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: B.Barac 18+6reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 17+6reb+1ast, I.Ramljak 14+4reb, J.Jones 9+1reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 6+3reb, J.Bilinovac 5+1ast
Capljina: N.Popovic 25+10reb+1ast, N.Kovacevic 14+4reb+5ast, M.Maslac 9+2reb+2ast, B.Jelcic 5+9reb+4ast, K.Bjelica 5+5reb+5ast, D.Karamatic 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240551


Igokea - Bosna 90-58

An interesting game for Igokea (8-1) which hosted in Aleksandrovac 3rd placed Bosna ASA BHT (4-6). First ranked Igokea had an easy win 90-58. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna ASA BHT's 32. Igokea forced 22 Bosna ASA BHT turnovers. It was a good game for Slovenian Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81) who led his team to a victory with 14 points. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) answered with 14 points and the former international point guard Dino Hodzic (190-90) added 11 points in the effort for Bosna ASA BHT. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Igokea have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Siroki WWin. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Igokea: N.Joksimovic 14+1reb+3ast, M.Dozet 11+2reb+1ast, N.Sulovic 10+6reb, F.Adamovic 10+1reb+3ast, S.Stemberger 9+2reb+2ast, A.Radukic 8+4reb+1ast
Bosna: S.Demic 14+2reb+3ast, D.Hodzic 11+2reb+1ast, R.Rizvic 9+3reb+1ast, N.Buza 5+5reb+1ast, A.Suljagic 5, A.Demic 4+1reb
gschID: 240550



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.9 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Day, Uberlandia18.6 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.8 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.5 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Beal, Minas16.7 
 10. Becker, S.Jose/U.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.1 
 9. Agba, Bauru7.0 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.9 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.0 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.6 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 9. Garcia, Uberlandia4.3 
 10. Taylor, Bauru4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 4. Pinheiro, Limeira0.1 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Ramon, Limeira0.1 
 7. Rossetto, Basque.0.1 
 8. Mortari, Pinheiro.0.1 
 9. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
 10. Passilongo, Suza.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 7. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 8. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 9. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.6 



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  CANADA   


James Hillis resigns as Regina Cougars men's basketball head coach - by Eurobasket News

Source: Braden Konschuh, Regina Sports Info / Photo credit www.sportsshooter.ca
REGINA - University of Regina men's basketball head coach James Hillis (pictured) announced his resignation on Thursday afternoon effective immediately.

Hillis recently completed his 19th season as the school's head coach and finishes his time at the U of R with 175 conference wins and 28 postseason victories. The team participated in three Canada West Final Fours during Hillis' tenure, with the program's best season coming in 2005-06 when the Cougars put together a 16-4 conference record.

It was a very difficult decision, but after much deliberation I decided that after serving as a head coach for over 20 years and 19 years at the University of Regina, it was time to step down, Hillis said. Over the past 19 years, I have enjoyed tremendously the opportunity to coach various cohorts of fine young men who have worn the Cougar basketball uniform. I have had the great pleasure over the years to meet wonderful people and make many friendships at the University, in the community, and around the country. I would like to thank the University of Regina for the experience and wish the men's basketball team and the entire athletic department future and continued success.

The process to replace Hillis as head coach will begin immediately.
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca



Skyhawks Hire Kevin Keathley as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Ottawas newest professional basketball team, the Ottawa SkyHawks sign Kevin Keathley to a one year contract. SkyHawks owner, Gus Takkale announced today the hiring of Keathley as the clubs first Head Coach. Coach Keathley, 35, has spent over a decade coaching at the college and professional levels, setting pro basketball scoring records and winning two championships. Keathley comes with constant success over the course of his 10 year coaching career, never having posted a losing season.

Keathley will add great value to Ottawas expansion franchise by acquiring top level athletes and putting together a championship team. Over his career, he had discovered and developed great talent and placed over 40 players to the NBA, Euroleague and other international clubs. In 2011-2012, he was also selected by the NBA D-League to serve as a Coach in their Pre-Draft camps.

I'm honored to be named the Head Coach of the SkyHawks; Ottawa's first professional basketball franchise. I'm very thankful and humbled by the opportunity. The great City of Ottawa has a storied tradition in athletics, from the great Senators teams of the NHL over the last 100 years to the basketball programs at the University level. We will work just as hard to hold ourselves to the same standard of excellence on the basketball court that those teams have set over the years.

Coach K already has two pro basketball championship rings. He led the Louisville Eagles to the championships in 2003 and more recently, the ABA National Championship with the South East Texas Mavericks in 2010. He was named one of the top 10 Young Coaches in America by Pro Basketball News in 2006 and 2009.

Its his fast-paced offensive philosophy that makes his team fun to watch. It can only be compared to Loyola Marymount's Run-N-Gun style under Paul Westhead of the early 1990's. During his recent stint as Head Coach of the East Kentucky Miners of the CBA, his team set several pro basketball and CBA scoring records. One of his most notable records was setting the all-time single game scoring record for FIBA sanctioned teams in America -194 points in one game!

Gus Takkale says: I am excited to have Coach K alongside us as we prepare for Ottawas first championship run. As promised, we are going to show Ottawa a high-flying, up tempo, fast-paced basketball team; and Coach K has a track record of not only championships, but of also setting numerous records of high scoring at a pro level. His success speaks for itself. He has never had a losing season in his 10 year coaching career, he has built championship teams, and he is a published author on coaching. When he is not on the court, you will find him dedicating his time in the community and working with children. The Ottawa SkyHawks are honoured to have him.

Technical Director, Merrick Palmer, added "We interviewed several excellent and well-respected coaching candidates, and after careful consideration, agreed that Kevin would be best fit to lead this team at this time." Palmer goes on to say not only due to his high basketball IQ but also because he believes the community comes first. A character trait that is part of the SkyHawks mission and a great fit for the city of Ottawa.

The SkyHawks first preseason game will be end of October 2013. More information can be found on the teams website: www.OttawaSkyhawks.com
Courtesy of: http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com



Campbell names Toronto Varsity Blues men's basketball head coach - by Eurobasket News

TORONTO - The University of Torontos Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education today announced that John Campbell will assume the role of head coach of the Varsity Blues mens basketball program, effective May 13, 2013.

After a nation-wide search, it was clear to us that John is the right coach for the job, said Beth Ali, director of intercollegiate and high performance sport. His knowledge of the game and his coaching experience, not only across the CIS but on the international stage, will help us revitalize our program as we move into a new chapter of mens basketball at U of T.

Campbell joins the Blues after 11 seasons as the Dalhousie Tigers bench boss. During that time, he guided the Tigers to two AUS championship titles (2008-09, 2010-11) and earned Atlantic University Sport (AUS) coach of the year honours in 2010-11.

Internationally, Campbell helped Canada to a silver medal as the assistant coach at the FISU Games in Shenzhen, China. Most recently, he was an assistant with the British Basketball under-20 team that placed sixth at the 2012 European championships.

Prior to Dalhousie, Campbell was the head coach of the Laurentian Lady Vees womens basketball team, where he captured two Ontario University Athletics (OUA) titles, a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) bronze medal and was named the OUA East coach of the year three times (1999, 2001, 2002). He also worked as an assistant coach with both the University of Victoria (1996) and Laurentian University (1994) mens basketball teams.

Im excited for the opportunity to come to U of T, said Campbell. The investment that the athletic department is making in mens basketball is very exciting. I believe with the combination of the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and the support of the institution, theres a possibility of great success. Im very excited to meet the players and to continue the recruitment of top student-athletes.

Campbell is a graduate of the physical education program at Laurentian University, where he was a two-time provincial all-star during a successful playing career.
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca



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Bakken Bears hire Ville Tuominen - by Eurobasket News

The Ligaen champions Bakken Bears will have a new head coach next season. Steffen Wich has opted not to prolong his contract with the Bears and Bakken found the new name for the team. Ville Tuominen will take over the team from Aarhus in the next season. The Finnish specialist has signed 1+1 contract with the team. Ville Tuominen worked with Pyrinto last season. He led the Tampere team into the Korisliiga quarterfinals where they lost to Kauhajoki. Ville Tuominen previously worked with ToPo and BC Nokia. He also worked as coach assistant with the Finnish U18 and U16 National Teams. Ville Tuominen was named All-Finnish 1st Division Coach of the Year in 2012. Ville Tuominen is expected to start working with the team in August.


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Standings - Regional Leagues

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


Matrille is the new Indios de S.F.M. operations manager - by Kerwin Abreu

Junior Matrille a well known sports writer and journalist will be working as the Indios de San Francisco operation manager for the 2013 season.

Los Indios de San Francisco after making to the finals last year fired their GM, Luis Esmurdoc and in his place named the well known sports writer and journalist.

Matrille have experienced from the past, he had been champion in Regional Leagues in the Dominican Republic.

"This is the job I wanted, I know it won't be easy but I will have a good chance to make it right" I am sure we will be succesfull.

LNB League will start on june 25th, Indios de San Francisco will start practices on June 10th. Los Indios de San Francisco is a very complete team, having players like Richard Ortega, Reggie Charles (201-F-81), Alexis Montas, Eddy Elisma, Smailing Encarnacion, Rafael Martinez just to mention couple of the them.



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Weekend games results - by Jaime Arevalo

In the last round of Apertura Tournment, UTEC clearly defeated Chaleco de Santa Tecla, 88-60, with Eduardo Escalante (G-93) and Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) leading the way, at 22 and 21 points, respectively. At Santa Tecla side, the best performers were Rene Palma with 14 pts and Emilio Abullarade with 10.
In another game of the weekend, San Marcos defeated Denver 88-62 showing to be a solid, complete team. Another time more, Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) was the top scorer in San Marcos with 27 points, Carlos Arias (200-F/C-89) added 21, while Denver was led by Ernesto Lahud (176-PG-84) with 18 pts.
Roll Royce was the last winner of the round, thanks to a win on the road, 76-65 over AND1 San Miguel



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Addis Ababa Basketball Federation - by Eurobasket News

Weekend Basketball Games Schedule
Saturday May 5, 2012 at the Addis Ababa Mini Stadium
Radical Vs YMCA (3rd D) 9:00
Addis Faire Vs Hawks (3rd D) 10:30
Challenger Vs Cruz (3rd D) 13:00
Challenger Vs Federal Police (2nd D) 14:30
St. Joseph Vs Cathedral (2nd D) 16:00
Saturday May 5, 2012 at Arat Kilo Gymnasium
Olymiacos Vs Friends (1st D) 13:00
ICS Vs Addis Afros (1st D Women) 14:30
Water Sports Vs Addis Ababa University (1st D) 16:00
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 2-0 
 2. Florida Flight 2-1 
 3. Heartland P. 0-1 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-2 


Rebels Rise Above Flight - by Andrew Phillips

(Tampa, FL) The Tampa Bay Rebels won over the Florida Flight 124-107 in the second weekend of games for the Florida Basketball Association. Charles Okwandu (7'1''-C-86, college: Connecticut) scored 24 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Stan Bufford (6'4''-G-84, college: W.Michigan) contributed with 23 points, 15 of them in the second half. Rebels forward Brant Leitnaker (6'10''-F-88, college: Florida Southern) finished with 19 points on 9 for 11 (82%) shooting. With the win, the Rebels improve to 2-0 on the year.

The Flight were led by guard Ernest Jones (5'11''-PG-81, college: Florida St.), who was very active on both ends of the floor and scored 14 points in the first quarter. Forwards Adam Waldo (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Belmont) and Corey Williams (6'4''-G, college: Allen) gave the Flight consistent rebounding and hustle work throughout the game. The loss drops the Flight to 2-1 in 2013.

The Rebels now prepare to hit the road for the first time this season as they face the Palm Beach Knights. The Rebels and Knights will play back to back games on May 11th and May 12th. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for more information.



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Reynolds is back at Gravelines, ex Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard J.R. Reynolds (188-90kg-84, college: Virginia). It is actually his comeback to Gravelines-Dunkerque as he played here before. Reynolds started the season at Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League. In 15 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.6apg this season. The last season he played at Gravelines-Dunkerque. In 22 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. Reynolds also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg. He also played at Maine Red Claws in D-League earlier that season. In three games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (10-11) season Reynolds played at Entente Orleans 45. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 27 ProA games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg. Reynolds also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 11.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.5apg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.0ppg and 2.5apg.
In 2009-10 season Reynolds played at Cimberio Varese (SerieA) in Italian league. In 13 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won French ProA championship title in 2009. Reynolds was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket) and Italy (Napoli J.News and Vanoli Cremona).
Reynolds attended University of Virginia until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Reynolds: A natural-born scorer, very good 3 pts shooter, who can produce a lot of points. Started his collegiate career as an undersized, moderately recruited shooter, and become one of the best NCAA shooting guards in his last season. If he adds a reliabe defense on the perimeter, he could make the same route at pro level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 


Adam Chubb Stays In Oldenburg Until 2015 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

American Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) has been a professional basketball player since 2004 and except for a year in Korea and Spain, Chubb has always called his second home Germany as he has played in places like Giessen, Bremerhaven, Artland and Berlin. Today the EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced that the 31 year old 208cm center will stay until 2015 in Oldenburg. This season in the Beko BBL, Chubb played 33 games averaging 10,6ppg, 7,0rpg and 1,2apg. In the Eurochallenge, he played 17 games averaging 10,9ppg, 5,6rpg and 1,2apg. "It is a great perspective to stay two more years here. The working conditions with the coaching staff and players is very good. We are playing a great season, the club is well organized and my wife and I feel very comfortable in this city", stressed Adam Chubb

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg




The Miles Basketball Minute: 2013 Beko BBL Preview Brose Baskets Bamberg-Phoenix Hagen 3-2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The biggest news story in the German city of Hagen now is the success of basketball team Phoenix Hagen and them reaching their first playoffs in their short history. There have been quite a few surprises this season in the German basketball world like Tim Ohlbrecht reaching the NBA, the immense quick rise of German Dennis Schroeder who might be sooner in the NBA than Davin White can sneak penetrate to the hoop or the rapid development of TBB Trier German center Andreas Seifert, but most likely the biggest surprise this season and biggest story is the consistent season of Phoenix Hagen and actually having the opportunity of playing in May. Three seasons ago, they were the laughing stock of the Beko BBL as not even a Michael hakim Jordan locker room tirade in Frankfurt could steer the club in the right direction. However no one is laughing at Phoenix Hagen anymore as the team has arrived in the Beko BBL playoffs and no one is prouder than the long thunderbird Bernd Kruel who is playing his 16th season in Hagen.

Even if a certain basketball philosophy doesnt work right away, one could take a shooters slump and just keep shooting and try try try again. The basketball style of Ingo Freyer and his club since reaching the Beko BBL in 2009 has been run and gun and just score more than their opponent. Phoenix Hagen has had massive shoot outs the last three seasons losing the most, but this season their incredible knack of scoring rose even more, but they also decided to play defense something which had been irrelevant in the past. Larry Gordon has stressed all season long that we focus more on defense than our offense everyday. We know defense is what Wins. Phoenix Hagen reached the playoffs as the last team, but from all the teams that were fighting for that last spot, they definitely deserved it the most. They averaged a mind boggling 86 points per game and scored 80 points or more 21 times. They beat all the top teams in the Beko BBL, including Bamberg, Berlin and Oldenburg all in a row at home. There were times that they defended in a first class way keeping Oldenburg to 67 points and holding the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg to an average 67 points in the two games. Besides being a scoring machine and on certain nights being able to shoot out the lights of any team, they are also a very strong rebounding team despite being a smaller type of shooting team. Larry Gordon is one of the most underrated rebounders in the Beko BBL. He gives the word effort a new definition when hauling down rebounds. Another strength of the club is that their starting five of Davin White, David Bell, Larry Gordon, Adam Hess and Dino Gregory never missed a game playing all 34 games. Another strength is how the self confidence of the team has risen game by game. Knowing that they beat Bamberg at home will motivate them, but stealing a game in Bamberg is easier said than done and is like telling Anton Gavel to never defend again which is unlikely. Weaknesses of Phoenix Hagen is their bench. Their starters make 62 of the team 86 points, so the club is very dependent on their starting five something the Nordlingen Giants also were in the 2008-2009 season in the Beko BBL. The club have solid back ups with Mark Dorris, Abe Lodwick and Ole Wendt, but thats about it. One cant forget Bernd Kruel who is the Chris Ensminger of Hagen who is 36 and keeps coming back each season and can still bang with the best of them.

For the Brose Baskets Bamberg, it was another typical Beko BBL regular season as they finished in first place with a record of 25-8, but it was the most loses that they had since their first Beko BBL title in their three peat 2009-2010 as they lost 12 games. In the last two seasons 2010-2012 they only lost six games. With their nine game losing streak in March with Beko BBL/Euroleague games, it was obvious that Bamberg wasnt that invincible team that they once were. One cant forget that they also had much misfortune in the Euroleague losing many games by fewer than five points. Despite having winning streaks of eight and 11 games and winning 19 of 20 games in the Beko BBL, the Euroleague travel did have a strain on them as they lost three games in a row to weaker competition like Phoenix Hagen and the Fraport Skyliners. Injuries to guys like John Goldsberry, Matt Walsh, Maik Zirbes and Andrew Ogily disrupted the building of the team chemistry as well as the coming and going of players like Teddy Gipson. Jeremiah Massey also was unable to live up to the expectations of manager Wolfgang Heyder and had to go. Despite all the drama this season, the Brose Baskets Bamberg are still the team to beat. They have the second best offense and have a strong core of scorers with Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford), Bostjan Nachbar, Anton Gavel, Sharod Ford, and Matt Walsh and belong to the best on defense giving up an average of 73,0ppg. They continue to play with a lot of discipline and like FC Bayern Munich like that quick offense where their amazing quick ball movement gets good shots fast. They also have the ability to find the mismatches and use them. They continue to play with the heart of a lion led by ex NBA player Casey Jacobson who still is the most professional player in the league. The key duel of the series could be Anton Gavel against Davin White who led the Beko BBL in scoring. Both players are their teams MVP. If White is shut down which is seldom, then Phoenix Hagen may still win, but in a five series against Phoenix Hagen, they will need the production of White. White has led the team all season long and he sparks his teammates. Gavel does everything for Bamberg and even if he seems to have been burned out a bit in the last months, Bamberg needs their spark plug to be on each night. The two teams split the season series 1-1 as Phoenix Hagen played their typical run and gun and forced the five time champion Bamberg to their style of having shoot outs. Bamberg will have to defend a lot better especially the three as Phoenix Hagen shot 20/45 in the two games. If Phoenix Hagen wants to have any chance then they will have to defend and find a way to get around the Bamberg keen ability of using the mismatches. Bamberg should play pick and roll and just push the ball inside more, because despite Hagen having strong defender Dino Gregory, he cant cover the whole paint. Bamberg has had a long season and are used to the grind and just have so much more experience then does a Phoenix Hagen. This is a series where anything can happen. I could see Bamberg sweeping, but also going to five games , but in the end Chris Fleming will display a smile because Bamberg will win this series, but Phoenix Hagen will not make life easy for Bamberg and this is the perfect opponent for Bamberg to get warmed up for the winner of the Berlin-Munich series. Phoenix Hagen will fight until they fall over, but Bamberg will just be too strong and too experienced and clip the wings of the Phoenix Hagen thunderbird even if it will take a fight.




Michael Keeses transfers from Longwood to Alabama - by Daniel Poerschke

Former german junior national team player Michael Kessens (6'9''-F-91), who ended his freshman year at Longwood University with a 36-point, 16-rebound performance against VMI, is transferring to Alabama.
A 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward, Kessens made the Big South Conference's All-Freshman team. He averaged 13.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game for the Farmville, Virginia, school.
Kessens announced his plans to transfer with a tweet on Monday. He will have to sit out the 2013-14 season and then will have three seasons of eligibility.

Source: http://www.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2013/05/forward_michael_kessens_is_tra.html



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CEPS on fire - by Eurobasket News

SONY DSCBraves of CEPS continued their blistering form in the Greater Accra Basketball series with a comfortable 82-49 win over Prisons on Friday.
The star-studded team produced perhaps their best performance so far in the season to underline their intention of winning the title again with the easy victory.
It was a performance which was meant to silence critics who have questioned their ability to retain their crown following a slow start in their opening game against Police.
Once again Dodzie Baniba, Daniel Nii Aryee and Hashim Brimah came into the party with impressive lay-ups coupled with an aggressive offensive play to wallop their opponent.
With Prisons limitations on offense, they couldnt give away anything and allowed Braves much space on the scoreboard, particularly going into the third and fourth quarters.
CEPS sent Prisons to the free-throw line nine times and made all of them without much difficulty.
Braves did enough defensively to put Prisons in some crucial dry spells. There was a stretch in the first quarter and CEPS turned a 10-point lead into a 20-point advantage by the end of the third quarter.
CEPS have now won their opening two games and more likely to cement their status as the most powerful force in the game in Ghana.
Galaxy female lost to Prisons 44-27 in the first game at the Lebanon court.
Prisons Promise Ofori once again turned in an outstanding display to easily account for their opponent.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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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. Sutton, Springfi.24.8 
 6. Radcliff, Sauk V.24.6 
 7. Thomas, Kenosha B.22.8 
 8. Bennett, Gary S.22.5 
 9. Bennett, Rocheste.22.5 
 10. Broughton, Chica.21.8 
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. Walker, Lake Michi.8.3 
 9. Reaves, Rocheste.8.0 
 10. Caterina, West V.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.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Blooming.4.8 
 5. Waller, Sauk V.4.8 
 6. Miller, Lansing C.3.8 
 7. Bennett, Gary S.3.5 
 8. Anderson, Rochest.3.5 
 9. Tunnell, West V.3.3 
 10. Edwards, Kankake.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.2.8 
 2. Bennett, Rocheste.2.3 
 3. Collins, West V.2.3 
 4. Bostick, Kenosha2.0 
 5. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.0 
 6. Jefferson, Lansi.1.8 
 7. Uqdah, Lake M.1.8 
 8. Benson, Lake M.1.8 
 9. Wright, Gary S.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. Green, Blooming.1.6 
 3. Barkdoll, Rocheste.1.5 
 4. Giddings, Rocheste.1.3 
 5. Bailey, West V.1.3 
 6. Williams, Lansing1.0 
 7. Warren, Gary S.1.0 
 8. Montgomery, Gary S.1.0 
 9. Baptist, Kankakee.1.0 
 10. Bostick, Kenosha1.0 


Flex complete weekend sweep of tripleheader with road win over Admirals - by Gianni Pascucci

The Bloomington Flex completed a brutal three-games-in-three-days stretch with a convincing 100-80 win over the host Lake Michigan Admirals at Lake Michigan Catholic High School in St. Joseph, Mich., improving their record to 8-3 on the season. The Flex got off to a hot start with a three-pointer by Jemal Jemal Farmer (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Arkansas), but then Lake Michigan, which fell to 3-10, took the lead for the first time with 4:15 left in the first quarter. The teams traded the lead back and forth over the next two minutes before the Flex went on a run to end the period with a 29-19 lead. They never trailed the rest of the way. Jemal Farmer led the Flex with 18 points. Dyricus Simms-Edwards (6'3''-G-91, college: Bradley) added 13, as a total of five Flex players scored in double figures. Lake Michigan's Maurice Benson (6'0''-PG-84, college: Indiana Tech) led all scorers with 22 points. Lake Michigan got to within eleven twice in the second half, the last time with 4:05 left in the game. Flex coach A.J. Guyton called timeout to regroup, and the strategy worked. The Flex promptly pushed the lead to 23 before the final horn sounded with a 20-point margin. The Flex next play Sat., May 11 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum against the Sauk Valley Predators, when the first 1,500 fans will receive free Flex T-shirts courtesy of State Farm. The first 250 ladies in attendance will also receive a free carnation for Mothers Day.


Indiana Diesels roar past West Virginia Miners, 135-106 - by Gianni Pascucci

(Written for the Indiana Diesels by Tim Tuttle ) The Indiana Diesels roared back from an early 19-point deficit to run away to a 135-106 victory over the West Virginia Miners in an IBA-PBL pro basketball game Saturday at Broad Ripple High School. That is probably the best weve played all year for three and a half quarters, Diesels coach Aaron Hogg said. The Miners (2-8) broke out of the gate to a 29-10 lead in the opening six minutes. Hogg sent reserves Christopher Ames (6'3''-G/F-84, college: Ball St.) and Devin Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Palm Beach CC), from the University of Indianapolis, into the game and their quickness on defense ignited a turnaround. Our bench gave us good spark with Christopher Ames and Devin Williams, Diesels forward Billy Pettiford (6'7''-F, college: IUPUI) said. We had a couple of good runs back-to-back after the time out. The Diesels (6-3) scored the final 14 points of the first period to get within five, 29-24.
Chris and Devin are energy guys, Hogg said. Theyre both good defenders. Its what weve got them for, situations like that. They caused the Miners problems. Indiana took its first lead of the game at 41-40 with 5:46 left in the second quarter, but the Miners regained it twice. West Virginia's last lead of the game was 46-45. The Diesels out-scored the Miners 19-3 to take a 64-49 lead at halftime. Tre Kemp (6'5''-F), Harry Marshall (6'0''-G-88, college: Indiana St.) and Brandon McGee (6'6''-F-89, college: Georgia St.) all had dunks on the fast break during the run and Dave Inabnit s 3-pointer closed it out. Jabril Bailey (6'4''-G/F-87, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: Slippery Rock) s basket early in the third period cut West Virginias deficit to 65-53, the closest margin of the second half. The Diesels put together a third run, 15-4, to pull away to an 80-57 lead. Indiana had eight players score in double figures, led by Gerad Devaughn (6'8''-C)'s 22. Brandon McGee had 17 points, Marshall 15, Kemp and Inabnit 13 each, Pettiford 12, Sergey Struck (6'7''-F/C, college: Indianapolis) and Ames 10 each, Williams and Alex Stewart (6'2''-G) eight each and J.D. Clampitt seven. Gerad Devaughn was definitely a monster on the boards and in the post, Christopher Ames and Devin Williams gave us the energy we needed, Harry Marshall always runs the show good, Sergey Struck came off the bench and gave us good minutes, Billy Pettiford was the same as always, a rebounding machine, and Dave Inabnit didnt score as much as usual, but he still did a lot of good things. We played pretty good all around. The Diesels are in solid contention for one of the four playoff spots from the East division of the IBA-PBL. "Were trying to take it one game at a time so we can get to the playoffs", Pettiford said.
GAME BOXSCORE
West Virginia Miners 29 20 29 28-106
Indiana Diesels 24 40 32 39-135
West Virginia Miners
Chris Early 2 3-5 7, Ibrahaim Marone 5 1-2 11, Jabril Bailey 3 3-4 9, PJ Reyes 15 4-5 36, Brandon Tunnell 4 2-4 10, Jamal Caterina 4 0-0 8, Marco Richardson 0 4-6 4, James Eversley 4 0-0 9, Will Collins 4 3-3 11, Eddie Rock 0 0-0 0, Totals 41 FG, 20-29 FT-A, 106 TP.
3-point field goals: Reyes 2, Eversley 1, Collins 1.
Indiana Diesels
Billy Pettiford 5 2-4 12, Gerad Devaughn 10 2-2 22, Tre Kemp 6 0-0 13, Harry Marshall 6 3-3 15, Dave Inabnit 5 2-2 13, Devin Williams 4 0-0 8, Brandon McGee 8 0-0 17, Chris Ames 5 0-0 10, J.D. Camplitt 3 0-0 7, Sergy Struck 3 3-4, Alex Stewart 3 2-4, 58 FG, 14-21 FT-A, 135 TP.
3-point field goals: Kemp 1, McGee 1, Inabnit 1, Struck 1.



Razorshaks defeat G-Force - by Gianni Pascucci

After two and a half weeks off from game play, the Rochester RazorSharks faced off against the New New Jersey G-Force on Sunday May 5 in the Blue Cross Arena. This was a close game, however, in the end; the Rochester RazorSharks came out victorious with a final score of 112-102. Starting off the first quarter, David Seagers (6'2''-G, college: Dowling) scored the first two points, giving the G-Force an early 2-0 lead. Soon after, veteran Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) showed hes a force to be reckoned with. First, he drained two foul shots, tying the score 2-2. Then, he followed up with a three-pointer, giving the Rochester RazorSharks their first lead of the game, 5-2. Darin Mency drained a three with 1:17 on the clock and this was shortly followed by buzzer beater three-pointer by Jessan Gray (6'10''-F-84, college: Iowa St.), making the score 29-25 Rochester RazorSharks at the end of the first.
After a scoreless first minute of the second quarter, the Rochester RazorSharks gained momentum and went on an 11-1 run, increasing their lead to 40-26.
However, the G-Force rallied and decreased thier deficit to four points, 40-36. The Rochester RazorSharks ended the quarter strong with a three by Friel and a breakaway layup by Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84, college: Bradley), allowing the Rochester RazorSharks to go into the half with a 54-45 lead. New Jersey added points first to the scoreboard in the second half, cutting the score to 54-47. Bennett countered with a wide-open three point basket, giving the Rochester RazorSharks a 10 point lead.
The Rochester RazorSharks maximized on this lead for the remainder of the quarter. At the 2:16 mark, newly-acquired-veteran RazorShark Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga), and newcomer Nayal Koshwal (6'10''-F/C-87, college: De Paul) checked into the game for their first minutes of game play as Rochester RazorSharks this season. Crouchs return caused the crowd to cheer and many to stand and show their support of his return. Throughout the third quarter, the Rochester RazorSharks dominated the G-Force and increased their lead to 88-74. Starting out the fourth, the momentum shifted. The G-Force went on a 7-2 run and lessened there deficit to nine points. Down 81-90, the G-Force was playing catch-up. This all calumniated into the last minute of game play. At this time, the G-Force was down 101-107. The G-Force fouled Bennett on two different occasions in order to stop the clock. Bennett drained all four of his free throws. These key baskets increased the Rochester RazorSharks lead and ultimately would help the Rochester RazorSharks earn their eighth victory of the season 112-102 It feels good to win, said Bennett. The point part, it just comes. It feels good to know Im doing this from a leadership standpoint, its the best feeling in the world.
Tony Bennett, Joel Smith (6'4''-G-84, college: Chaminade), and Keith Friel all put up huge numbers for the Rochester RazorSharks. Bennett had 31 points and six assists, Smith had 22 points and five offensive rebounds, and Friel had 22 points.
G-Force players Seagers and Haron Hargrave (6'0''-G-84, college: Sacramento St.) also had performed well; finishing wih 30 and 24 points, respectively.
The Rochester RazorSharks hope to build on their 8-1 winning record on Thursday, May 9 against the Albany-Schenectady Legends.



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  IBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 4: Kitsap A. - Vancouver V. 93-131
May. 4: Bellingham S. - Salem S. 143-101
May. 5: Vancouver V. - Salem S. 131-111
May. 3: Bellingham S. - Portland C. 108-107

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 10: Nippon T. - Bellingham S.
May. 10: - Vancouver V.
May. 11: Kitsap A. -
May. 11: Vancouver V. - Portland C.



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  ISRAEL   


Shawn James has been chosen for the 2012-13 All-Euroleague second team - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv center, Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern), has been chosen for the 2012-13 All-Euroleague second team along side CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) & Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82), Real Madrid's Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) and Regal FC Barcelonas Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80). The 29-year-old was finalist in the defensive player of the year category, played in all 27 games and led the Euroleague in blocks, with 1.93 block per game. James was also ranked second in rebounding with 6.48 per gaem, fourth in performance index rating with 16.6 per game and eighth in FG% (63.7%) and was the third best scorer of Maccabi with 11.3 ppg.
The 2012-13 All-Euroleague first team players are Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85), Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) & Nenad Krstic (212-C-83).



Reynolds is back at Gravelines, ex Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard J.R. Reynolds (188-90kg-84, college: Virginia). It is actually his comeback to Gravelines-Dunkerque as he played here before. Reynolds started the season at Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League. In 15 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.6apg this season. The last season he played at Gravelines-Dunkerque. In 22 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. Reynolds also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg. He also played at Maine Red Claws in D-League earlier that season. In three games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (10-11) season Reynolds played at Entente Orleans 45. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 27 ProA games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg. Reynolds also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 11.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.5apg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.0ppg and 2.5apg.
In 2009-10 season Reynolds played at Cimberio Varese (SerieA) in Italian league. In 13 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won French ProA championship title in 2009. Reynolds was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket) and Italy (Napoli J.News and Vanoli Cremona).
Reynolds attended University of Virginia until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Reynolds: A natural-born scorer, very good 3 pts shooter, who can produce a lot of points. Started his collegiate career as an undersized, moderately recruited shooter, and become one of the best NCAA shooting guards in his last season. If he adds a reliabe defense on the perimeter, he could make the same route at pro level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KENYA   


Thunder roar past Ulinzi to make it six in a row - by Eurobasket News

Thunder basketball club remained unbeaten in the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier league after they beat Ulinzi Warriors 59-54 in a highly contested match on Sunday evening at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Thunder has so far beaten Defending Champions Co-op Bank, USIU Tigers, Blazers, UoN Terrorists, Nakuru Club and Ulinzi became their latest victims to continue with superb start to the 2013 season. In the 1st quarter it was the Defence Forces side that took the game to Thunder who seemed out of touch despite efforts by captain Griffin Ligare. At the end of the quarter Ulinzi had the upper hand with 19 points against Thunders 10 points.
The pep talk at the break seems to have done wonders for Thunder and they came out guns blazing. They managed to sink in 21 points against Ulinzis 6 points to put the half time scores at 31-25 in favor of the Shauri Moyo based side. In 3rd quarter Thunder managed to hold off Ulinzi once more with a close 18-17 win to maintain the lead, the scores being 49-42 at the end of the quarter.
The last quarter saw Ulinzi rally back with a 12-10 win but it was not enough as Thunder took the day. Ligare who has been instrumental for the side scored an impressive 30 points for Thunder while his fellow captain William Ochieng gave Ulinzi 14 points.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Co-op bounce back with win over mennonites - by Eurobasket News

Defending KBF Premier League Champions Co-op Bank shook off last weekends defeat to Ulinzi Warriors when they overcame Mennonites 88-45 on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Co-op Bank took the 1st quarter 29-13 but slumped in the 2nd quarter with Mennonites taking with a close 14 points against the Bankers 11 putting the half time scores at 40-27 in favor of Co-op Bank.
In the 3rd quarter Co-op Bank came out more revitalized and they overwhelmed their opponents with a whooping 28 points against Mennonites 4 points. It was the same case in the last quarter Co-op Bank getting 24 points while their opponents had 10 points sealing an easy win for Cary Odhiambos side.
Collins Ouko was Mennonites top scorer with 14 points while Allan Ouma (172-G-81) and Salim Ali sunk in 14 and 13 points respectively for Co-op Bank.
The Bankers have so far played four matches with two wins and two losses with the wins coming through the hands of league debutants Nakuru Club and Mennonites while the losses came from Thunder and Ulinzi respectively.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 33.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit33.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Khatib, Champville26.8 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos23.7 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.5 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Sims, Sagesse23.1 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.4 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.6 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.7 
 7. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.1 
 8. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed9.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Bejjeh
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Williams, Bejjeh6.7 
 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. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 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. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
 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. Freije, Amchit0.8 



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  LESOTHO   


LBA hosts a successful Basketball Tournament - by Eurobasket News

MAFETENG-The Lesotho Basketball Association held a one day Basketball League Tournament at the newly open Leshoboro Seeiso Sports Complex, the tournament was played on Saturday and only five teams reported for the tournament.
Other League matches were played on Friday night at Lehakoe Recreation and Cultural Centre Basketball Courts, this is where Lerotholi Polytechnic beat Limkokwing LUCT mens 43 -34 and in the womens category Lerotholi Polytechnic beat Limkokwing LUCT 30-21. All games were played in four quarters to complete the match.

Lerotholi Polytechnic men team won all the four quarters against LUCT 10-8, 11-8, 7-6 and 15-12, to make the total of 43-34 while the women Lerotholi Polytechnic beat LUCT over all after 6-7, 3-3, 14-3 and 7-5 to make the total of 30-21. On Saturday at Mafeteng in the first match Lialuma three quarters when they beat Mafokotsane 16-6, 4-8, 15-6 and 20 to make the total of 55-33.
In the second match Khubetsoana All Stars (KTA) defeated Buffalos 10-5, 12-6, 22-9 and 13-11 to make the total of 57-31. The last match was between Rovers and Lialuma and Rovers lost the first quarter 12-13 and won 26-16, 14-4 and 16-7 to make the total of 68-41.
On Saturday at Mafeteng the five clubs were Khubetsoana All Stars, Rovers, Buffalos, Lialuma and Mafokotsane. While Rangers, Rovers Development team, Naleli Vampires, Buffalos and Roma Young Stars Development team did not show up and the womens teams had no fixtures to play in Mafeteng.
All the teams which did not report at Mafeteng on Saturday will be forfeited their points, though most of them appear to be development teams which may not make a big difference on their log league standings.
All the courts are in need of a serious facelift as ruts could easily be spotted in the field of play, in the tennis courts, netball courts and Basketball courts. The basketball pools are not strong enough for basketball and the board is made of sheet boxes in the state of timber while the lines are also worn out.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



NBL RESULTS 1st May - by Eurobasket News

LUCT 40-47 BUFFALOS (A)
LUCT 50-11 BUFFALOS (L)
ROMA Y STARS 42-34 N VIPERS (D)
BBH 00-00 RANGERS (D)
BUFFALOS 00-20 N VIPERS (D)
KTA 52-17 BUFFALOS (L)
ROMA Y STARS 20-00 BBH (D)
LIALUMA 18-46 LP (A)
... ROVERS 118-18 MAFOKOTSANE (A)
BBH 97-31 LIALUMA (A)
MAFOKOTSANE 22-88 LUCT (A)
LP 36-42 ROVERS (A)
BBH 75-15 BUFFALOS (A)
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  MONTENEGRO   


Interview with Gentry Lewis, experienced globetrotter and former big man of BC Niksic - by Darko Pekic

Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith), an experienced globetrotter and husband of WNBA player Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-PG-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU), talks to eurobasket.com about his past in Montenegrin League with BC Niksic and latest achievements in his career. For those who do not remember him take a look at this buzzer beater from the past season in Kazakhstan http://www.eurobasket.com/VideoView.asp?video=18533.

Hello Gentry, tell us about your first steps on the basketball court. How did it all start?

I started playing basketball at age 7 but never really got really serious until I would say age 14 or 15. I started getting taller and I just wanted to shoot 3s and be like Larry Bird but because of my aggressiveness I had to play position 4-5 but I did not mind, I just focused on being a good position 4-5 while still practicing for other positions to have knowledge of them as well.

In spite of the fact that you have great size for a big man, you did not get a chance to play for a big school. How hard it was for you to make your own way in the world of professional basketball knowing that each year many Division I players struggle to get a playing opportunity abroad?

It was difficult but it had nothing to do with talent I could always score and rebound with any player in the world but when you don't come from big places or you do not fly as high as another guy it makes things difficult but it also makes them that much sweeter when you get your opportunity to make something happen for yourself and your career and you do it.

In the season 2005/2006 you both played in Poland. Detal Met Notec Inowroclaw offered you a chance at pro level. You played well but were released after few games due club financial problems. Was is difficult to adjust on playing a different basketball style and what are the biggest differences between basketball in United States of America and Europe?

Yes I love Poland still do nice country but very cold. It was sad they were having these problems and I never thought things like that occurred but it happened and you just move on. As for the adjustment period yes Europe is 100 percent a team game on offense and defense and is based on skill mainly and America basketball is more 1 on 1 and based on being athletic.

In January 2007 you got a call from Niksic, a club from newly founded Montenegrin League. How did that call arrive to your address and why did you decide to come to Montenegro?

My agent at the time was working with Rasa Mijuskovic . He convinced me to come there basically and I enjoyed Montenegro we also went to Bosnia and Croatia for practice games I believe so being on the road is always fun with the team bonded etc. I loved Montenegro though and my teammates and I still talk with many of them after I left there and thats one of the languages I loved as well, learning to speak serbian. I found out recently one of my teammates there Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) was killed, stabbed to death, one who I was particularly close with and it still sort of rocked me.

Niksic was a young team led by junior national team members such as Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88), Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija), Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88), Darko Kastratovic (189-PG-88, agency: BeoExcell) and more experienced Bosnian international Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84). How did you like your new team and did you have problems to adapt on Montenegrin League?


I liked the team we had many jokes and laughs anybody who knows me know I like joking. I liked coach Zoran Glomazic but it was different for me how he did his rotation it was more of team game where I didn't play so many minutes they were all spread out so that was different as well as the league but I enjoyed it, I learned how to Euro step there.

How did you like Montenegro and do you think coming to Montenegro was the right choice for your career?

I liked Montenegro..As for right choice for my career its hard to say but I will say after America back then Serbia and Montenegro and Yugoslavia was like 2nd or 3rd best countries for basketball in the world with Drazen Petrovic (196-G-64), Vladimir Divac (212-C-68), Toni Kukoc (210-F-68), and those guys.

After the experience in Montenegro, you traveled the globe and played in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand etc. You are 31 year old now and after so many years overseas you can tell us which league was the most competitive and where did you the best time?

Probably Montenegro or Turkey many of the other leagues fore mentioned are money leagues meaning pay very good money but mainly show leagues where all the weight is on the American players or most of it not like team game like Europe and as competitive as Europe but still cool. I enjoyed mostly Thailand- Bangkok and the travel in ASEAN League, going to Singapore Casinos and shopping with my wife was nice.

This season you played in BK Kapshagay (Kazakhstan). Kazakhstan is not famous for its basketball. What are your impressions? How good was your season there?

Well Kazakhstan is very wealthy country. However, they are not greatly known for basketball more ice hockey is what they are actually known for but they are a wealthy country very wealthy actually with the oil trade there. They have Astana in VTB and Kapshagay is also considering joining the VTB League and they have some teams in Baltic League so its on the rise like Lebanon and Middle East was a few years ago. It was cold very cold didn't like that and no one spoke english really maybe 20 people in all the country spoke english. Season was good we were in last place all season and I had the opportunity to play a key role in us turning that around and making the playoffs.

What are your plans for the future? For how long you think you can still play professional basketball?

Plans for the future are to continue to get better as a player and person and constantly evolve etc. As for how long who knows only God but I will just continue enjoying my travels and counting my blessings on the way.

Thanks for the interview Gentry. Eurobasket.com wishes you all the best in your career and personal life.

Thank you for your time Brate!



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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 Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Curry, Golden S.23.2 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.8 
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. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..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. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.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 


Chicago 93, Miami 86 - by Milord Nikolic

Nate Robinson had 27 points and nine assists and hit the go-ahead shot with 1:18 remaining as visiting Chicago stunned top-seeded Miami in the opening contest of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Jimmy Butler had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Joakim Noah had 13 points and 11 boards for fifth-seeded Chicago. The Bulls had a dominating 46-32 rebounding edge and again played without forward Luol Deng (illness) and point guard Kirk Hinrich (calf). LeBron James scored 15 of his 24 points in the final quarter and Dwyane Wade added 14 points for the Heat, who shot 39.7 percent from the field. Game 2 is Wednesday in Miami. The Heat had a 76-69 with 6:30 remaining after back-to-back three-point plays by James. Miamis lead was three before Marco Belinelli hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:59 left to start a game-ending 10-0 run that featured Robinson scoring the games final seven points. The score was tied at 37 at halftime as James had just two points on 1-of-6 shooting and the Heat shot just 33.3 percent from the field. Miami led 62-58 entering the fourth quarter and Chicago pulled within 70-69 on Butlers three-point play with 8:11 remaining.


Bulls shock Heat, Spurs outlast Warriors in semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - Chicago B. 86-93
Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) was spitting blood in the first half, then delivered the deepest cuts of the night in the final moments. And the Chicago Bulls reminded the Miami Heat that no one in the NBA plays them any tougher. Yes, the streakbusters struck again. Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) added 21 points and a career-high-tying 14 rebounds, and the Bulls beat Miami 93-86 on Monday night in Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference semifinal series. The team that snapped Miami's 27-game winning streak in the regular season - the second-longest in NBA history - found a way to topple the champs again, this time ending a run of 12 straight Heat victories overall. ''I've played on some tough teams,'' Robinson said. ''But this one, there's something a little different, something special about this group.'' A seven-point deficit midway through the fourth wasn't enough to doom the Bulls, who finished the game on a 10-0 run in the final 1:59. And to think, the Bulls weren't anywhere near full strength. Kirk Hinrich was out again with a calf injury. Luol Deng isn't even expected to rejoin the team until Tuesday, after dealing with an illness apparently so severe that a spinal tap - and other tests since - were needed to rule out things like meningitis. ''So proud of my team man, this bed might be good luck after all,'' Deng wrote on Twitter after the game, with a photo of him in a hospital bed. Oh, and Derrick Rose remains sidelined, as he's been since April 2012. No problem. The Heat are 41-3 in their last 44 games - with two of those losses to the Bulls, who are now 3-2 against Miami this season. ''I think when you're facing adversity, you have to be mentally tough,'' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''But this is just one game. We have to play a lot better in our next one.'' LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) got his MVP trophy from Commissioner David Stern before the game, then struggled to a two-point first half before finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami. Dwyane Wade added 14 for the Heat, who had no one else in double figures, finished shooting 40 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 46-32. ''I'm not stunned,'' James said. ''This is what the playoffs is all about. We're going against a really good team.'' Miami was outscored 35-24 in the fourth, something that drew the ire of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra afterward. ''There's no excuses,'' said Spoelstra, whose team had not played in more than a week. ''We're not making any excuses for time off or anything else.'' If anyone could have made excuses, it was Robinson. He needed 10 stitches, five in his lip and five more inside his mouth, to close a nasty cut that came when he dove for a loose ball with James and struck his head on the court late in the first half. And then not only did he play the whole second half, he scored 24 points in those 24 minutes, including the last seven points that finished the job for Chicago. ''He was born a scorer,'' Miami guard Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) said. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who got 12 from Taj Gibson and 10 from Marco Belinelli. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami. ''We're not really a flashy team,'' Gibson said. ''We like to go out and do our job.'' A pair of three-point plays by James - one of them coming when he just broke through a tackle attempt by Butler and muscled the ball to the rim anyway - gave Miami a 76-69 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the biggest deficit Chicago faced all night. The Bulls were undeterred. Coming off a Game 7 road win in Brooklyn two nights earlier just to get into a series with Miami, the Bulls just kept grinding. When Ray Allen made a 3-pointer to give Miami an 80-78 lead, Butler came back with one of his own to put the Bulls back on top. When the Heat went up by three after James made a free throw with 2:22 left, Belinelli connected for 3 - on a second-effort possession - to knot the game. Then when Robinson connected on a 20-footer with 1:18 left, the Bulls had the lead and plenty of swagger. Wade missed a 3-pointer on the next possession, Robinson drove the lane and scored with 45.5 seconds left, and suddenly the Bulls were up 90-86. James drove against Butler and tried a 12-footer that missed everything, the Bulls got the rebound, Robinson made a free throw to stretch the lead to five and the stunner was complete. Game 1 to the Bulls. ''It's all about being tough,'' said Butler, who played all 48 minutes for the third straight game. ''We're always going to be the underdogs and we take pride in that. Everybody can overlook us, but we feel like we're good enough to hang with a lot of these teams.'' It was a night that started with a celebration, James getting his MVP award from the commissioner. ''Thank you so much,'' James said. ''And let's get ready to go.'' And with that, the game started. Problem was, no one was ready to go. The Heat missed their first seven shots - maybe rust really was a factor. It was 37-all at the half and James wore twice as many pairs of sneakers in the opening two quarters (two) as he had field goals (one). He had two points at the break, the lowest of his 120-game postseason career, on just 1 for 6 shooting. He opened the second half with a 3-pointer, so the shoes were a quick fix. But the Bulls were in for the long haul, and after James made the consecutive three-point plays to open a seven-point lead, Chicago answered with seven straight points, knotting the game at 76-all when Belinelli made a 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes left. Momentum belonged to Chicago, and soon, so did the game. ''It's just one game,'' Belinelli said. Courtesy of: foxsports.com

San Antonio S. - Golden St.W. 129-127 2OT
Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) buried a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.2 seconds left in the second overtime Monday night, lifting the Spurs to a 129-127 victory over the visiting Warriors in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Spurs trailed by as many as 18 points and were down 16 with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter before a furious rally forced overtime. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) led the way with 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds and Danny Green knocked down six 3-pointers en route to 22 points as San Antonio won its fifth straight playoff game. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) played all 58 minutes and finished with 44 points and 11 assists, including the pass that led to Kent Bazemore's go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left in the second overtime that gave the Warriors a brief lead. Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) added 19 points and 12 rebounds and Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) scored 19 before fouling out during the Spurs' rally at the end of the fourth. Emanuel Ginobili came up short on a 3-pointer from the top of the key that led to a long rebound and Bazemore's transition layup. Emanuel Ginobili was left open on a defensive switch at the other end as the Golden State tried to guard an inbounds pass, and he banged home the winner. The Warriors led 104-88 with less than four minutes left before the Spurs made a run. Parker scored six straight and scooped in a transition layup to highlight a 15-0 run that cut it to 104-103 with 59 seconds to play. Jarrett Jack burned some clock before driving in and pulling up for a jumper from just outside the lane to push it back to three points. Green responded with a 3-pointer at the other end to cap the comeback and send it to overtime. Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com



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Michael Keeses transfers from Longwood to Alabama - by Daniel Poerschke

Former german junior national team player Michael Kessens (6'9''-F-91), who ended his freshman year at Longwood University with a 36-point, 16-rebound performance against VMI, is transferring to Alabama.
A 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward, Kessens made the Big South Conference's All-Freshman team. He averaged 13.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game for the Farmville, Virginia, school.
Kessens announced his plans to transfer with a tweet on Monday. He will have to sit out the 2013-14 season and then will have three seasons of eligibility.

Source: http://www.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2013/05/forward_michael_kessens_is_tra.html



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Guaynabo waives Ruben Garces - by Eurobasket News

Mets de Guaynabo (BSN) released 40-year old Spanish-Spaniard power forward Ruben Garces (206-112kg-73, college: Providence). In 15 BSN games he had 3.8ppg and 5.0rpg this season.
In 1997 Garces was drafted by Quad City (CBA) as #5 pick overall.
He attended Providence College and it is his 16th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Garces played in the final of Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) in 2006. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas 3rd Team in 2011. Garces represented Panama at the World Championships in Japan seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 45.8%, FT: 29.4%.
Garces is quite experienced player. He has played also in Argentina (Atenas and La Union), France, Mexico (Algodoneros and Soles), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), Panama, Spain (Valencia Basket, Asefa Estudiantes, Leche Rio Breogan and CAI Zaragoza).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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.15.3 
 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.7.4 
 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. Lewandowski, Astor.4.9 
 8. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.8 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pawel HYBIAK
  AZS P.
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.3 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 4. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 5. Grochowski, MKS D.2.0 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Hyzy, Slask W.1.9 
 8. Flieger, Slask W.1.9 
 9. Zytko, P..1.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.4 
 4. Gabinski, Slask W.1.2 
 5. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.1 
 6. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.1 
 7. Metelski, AZS P.1.1 
 8. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.1.0 
 10. Kukielka, Polonia0.8 


1Liga Round 2 of Finals. MOSiR Krosno clinch road victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Slask Wroclaw - MOSiR Krosno 73-84

MOSiR Krosno overcame Slask Wroclaw to tie things up in the Finals. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 55-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Slask Wroclaw helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Dawid Adamczewski (190-91) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) responded with 15 points and forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: R.Hyzy 15+2reb+2ast, L.Diduszko 12+7reb, T.Ochonko 11+1reb+4ast, N.Kulon 11+5reb, M.Gabinski 9+5reb+4ast, P.Kikowski 6+2reb
MOSiR Krosno: D.Adamczewski 21+7reb+1ast, M.Salamonik 19+6reb+1ast, D.Oczkowicz 15+7reb+3ast, W.Pisarczyk 14+5reb+3ast, L.Paul 8+6reb, L.Szczypka 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 240485



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 5: Mayaguez - Guayama 96-71
May. 6: Ponce - Humacao 95-71
May. 5: Guaynabo - Quebradillas 93-87
May. 5: Bayamon - San German 82-71
May. 7: Guayama - Arecibo
May. 7: San German - Santurce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Harris, Ponce21.8 
 2. Gainous, Bayamon20.5 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.3 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.6 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon18.4 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Brown, Humacao17.8 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.3 
 9. Carmona, Humacao17.3 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Harris, Ponce10.7 
 2. Ramos, Arecibo9.5 
 3. Phillip, Quebradil.9.4 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.8.7 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon8.6 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.1 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Gainous, Bayamon7.9 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.7 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 4. Coronado, Guayama4.5 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.4.2 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.7 
 8. Hickerson, San G.3.6 
 9. Mojica, Bayamon3.6 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.4 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.2 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.6 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 7. Santiago, Ponce1.4 
 8. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 10. Strong, San Germ.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Guaya.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Guaya.1.9 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.6 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.1 
 7. Brock, Guayama1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Hickerson, San G.0.9 


Guaynabo inks Renaldo Major - by Eurobasket News

Mets de Guaynabo (BSN) agreed terms with 31-year old USA ex-international forward Renaldo Major (201-95kg-82, college: Fresno State, agency: Edge Sports). He just played at Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in the U.S.. In 43 games he had 13.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg this season. Major also spent pre-season at Fuerza Regia (LNBP) in Mexican league that year. In 6 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg. The last season he was tested by the Clippers in NBA.
The previous (10-11) season Major played at Santa Cruz Warriors (previous name Dakota Warriors) in D-League. In 48 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.
In 2006 (two years after he left the college) Major was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in fourth round (44th overall).
He attended Fresno State until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Major's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2009 and 2012. He was also voted Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention in 2012. Major represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 4.6ppg, 1.8rpg.
Major is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Cantu), NBA (Golden State Warriors), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce), USBL (Dodge City L.) and IBL (Gary S.).
Major could be described: Poses serious matchup problems for opponents with his ability to shoot the three and slash to the basket; possesses a wiry body and the ability to play the two, three or four positions; He is also a tenacious defender;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Guaynabo waives Ruben Garces - by Eurobasket News

Mets de Guaynabo (BSN) released 40-year old Spanish-Spaniard power forward Ruben Garces (206-112kg-73, college: Providence). In 15 BSN games he had 3.8ppg and 5.0rpg this season.
In 1997 Garces was drafted by Quad City (CBA) as #5 pick overall.
He attended Providence College and it is his 16th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Garces played in the final of Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) in 2006. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas 3rd Team in 2011. Garces represented Panama at the World Championships in Japan seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 45.8%, FT: 29.4%.
Garces is quite experienced player. He has played also in Argentina (Atenas and La Union), France, Mexico (Algodoneros and Soles), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), Panama, Spain (Valencia Basket, Asefa Estudiantes, Leche Rio Breogan and CAI Zaragoza).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Piratas bring Lisch and Redhage, release Sanders and Phillip - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas added guard Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) and forward Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) to their roster. Because of this move they had to release forwards Thomas Sanders and Darren Phillip.

Team owner Felo Rivera announced the move explaining that Phillip could play as a Latin-American but decided to stay with Lorenzo Mata because he was a good defensive center.

Phillip averaged 15,9 points and 9,4 rebounds in 14 games. Sanders scored 60 points in 13 games for a 4,6 average.

Redhage and Lisch played for Perth in Australia and lost to the New Zealand Breakers in the finals. Redhage averaged 14,5 points and Lisch 15,2 points and 3 assists.

Their debut is expected to be on Wednesday as Quebradillas visits Ponce.



Wins by Vaqueros, Mets and Indios - by Luis Modestti


Vaqueros de Bayamon, Mets de Guaynabo and Indios de Mayaguez won on Sunday as part of the triple-header.

Vaqueros dominated Atleticos de San German 82-71 as Terrence Shannon led the way with 18 points. Ansel Guzman and James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) added 17 each.

Atleticos had Julian Sensley and Leroy Hickerson with 16 each. San German falls to last place with a 4-11 record while Bayamon improves to 5-11.

Mets de Guaynabo defeated Piratas de Quebradillas 93-87. Mets were without Christian Dalmau but Gaby Belardo did a good job running the offense. Larry Ayuso ended with 19 points for the Mets.

Indios de Mayaguez crushed Brujos de Guayama 96-71. Weyinmi Efejuku-Rose scored 23 points and Cliff Duran added 19.

The only game on schedule today is Caciques-Gigantes at Leones de Ponce.



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Lakers Rumors: Teams Plan A Now Reportedly Keeping Pau Gasol - by Eurobasket News

The possibility of bringing back this seasons Lakers, who saw fire and rain, made it to the playoffs and lasted four games, is no longer merely one of the teams options, but Plan A, said a source with knowledge of the discussions. However, the caveat in the plan assumes the team can re-sign Dwight Howard, who will become a free agent on July 1.

- How well do you know Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80)? Check out his player bio here! -

In this plan, instead of trying to trade Pau Gasol for younger, more athletic players to fit Coach Mike DAntonis spread offense (which weve heard so much about), the Lakers would keep both big men, play slow and pound the ball inside, which was exactly what they did in their 28-12 finish to this season.

Gasol was widely expected to be shopped at seasons end, when Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak made him no promises and Pau did about as much as said farewell after his exit interview.

Still, it was Kobe Bryant who first threw out the notion of bringing this team back for one more season publicly, noting he put in a pitch with Kupchak to keep Pau.

The Lakers have only Steve Nashs $9.7 million contractto which they hope to add that of Howardfor the 2013-14 season, after which the team is committed to getting below the luxury tax threshold, projected at approximately $80 million for next season (assuming no changes are made).

The Lakers, of course, hope Bryant will return from his Achilles injury and still manage to be productive. Steve Blake, who came on as the season progressed, would be a natural fit to stay. It remains to be seen if Metta World Peace will be considered part of the core group, but he has negligible trade value and amnestying him would net the Lakers no advantage on the cap or on the floor.

Still, with the latest revelation that the team may be considering hanging onto Gasol is surprising, but also not surprising. Gasol has been the focal point of trade rumors for over a year and a half now, but manages to remain a Laker.

For now.
Courtesy of: http://www.lakersnation.com



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.5 
 2. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 7. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.8 
 8. Burrows, Starwings17.3 
 9. Dobbins, Starwings17.2 
 10. Draughan, Fribourg16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.4 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Barber, Lugano T.8.4 
 5. Garrett, Fribourg8.2 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.7 
 8. Gordon, Lugano T.7.5 
 9. Volcy, BBC Nyon7.5 
 10. Dubas, Leuven7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.5 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.5 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg4.1 
 9. Stimac, Geneve L.3.6 
 10. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 3. Laroche, Monthey2.5 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 7. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 8. James, Geneve L.1.7 
 9. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 10. Freeman, SAM M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.5 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 5. Dobbins, Starwings1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Barber, Lugano T.0.9 
 8. Badji, Neuchatel0.9 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 


LNA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Geneve Lions and Lugano Tigers spur ahead - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Neuchatel 78-77

Geneve Lions escaped with a narrow home win over Neuchatel to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 18 points after three quarters before their 30-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Geneve Lions made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Geneve Lions outrebounded Neuchatel 29-13 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Neuchatel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 14 points. Four Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Geneve Lions' coach Ivan Rudez used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Quinton Day (185-84, college: UMKC, agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 18 points and naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) added 19 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Neuchatel: J.Aw 19+1reb, Q.Day 18+4reb+3ast, R.Reese 13+3ast, P.Badji 8, S.Louissaint 8+4reb+4ast, T.Quidome 5+1reb+3ast
Geneve Lions: J.James 22+9reb+1ast, T.Brown 14+2reb+3ast, M.Maruotto 13+5reb, K.Parker 13+2reb+2ast, O.Vogt 7+2reb+1ast, A.Stimac 7+5reb+3ast
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Fribourg - Lugano Tigers 76-82

Lugano Tigers overcame Fribourg on the road to surge ahead in the semifinal series. It looked good early as Fribourg took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lugano Tigers had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Fribourg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-82. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 assists. American power forward Matt Schneiderman (204-81, college: N.Iowa) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) answered with 26 points and American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fribourg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: E.Draughan 26+4reb+3ast, R.Yates 21+7reb+2ast, A.Reid 14+9reb+2ast, J.Kazadi 11+3reb+3ast, D.Garrett 4+11reb+1ast, R.Kovac 0+1ast
Lugano Tigers: B.Milisavljevic 21+1reb+9ast, D.Mladjan 18+3reb+3ast, M.Schneiderman 16+10reb+1ast, D.Stockalper 10+6reb+3ast, R.Gordon 8+3reb, W.Molteni 7+7reb
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Polisi, Rangers Win At Unguja Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Zanzibar POLISI Zanzibar and Rangers emerged winners in their respective matches at the ongoing Unguja Zone Basketball League in the isles. Rangers sneaked out with a narrow 61-59 victory over Mbuyuni in a closely fought match at the Maisara courts in an early match.
In the second match Polisi proved to be too strong for Nyuki after grabbing a 64-53 victory in a match played at the same venue. The league which has attracted ten men and eight ladies teams will continue today with only one match to pit Polisi and Stone Town.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Mete Babaoglu Interview : Solomon's behaviours are unacceptable - by Ugur Turker

Turker: What was the aim on the court behind your singing with Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) ?
Mete Babaoglu : After the exhibition games, we thought that we need a combo-guard who can score points. At this point we signed Willie Willie Solomon, who has experience in Turkey. This is my 25th season at the Turkish Basketbal League and I worked with so many different players. I made this decision on the basis of my experiences. I thought that I can work with Willie Solomon too. Actually we wanted Willie Solomon in the summer to but we could not agree due to some financial problems.
We talked with Willie Solomon. He said I want ball in my hands. I want to create, or pass the ball to my teammate in an interview. This is not todays basketball. Teams are playing with 2 point-guards and P&R plays are one of the key factor of the todays basketball.

Turker: So you told him that he will play with Holston, right?
Mete Babaoglu : Yes of course. Especially we said him he will play with Hakan Koseoglu. He didnt said No to any of those requests. He played nearly 30 minutes in his first games. That will show you easily my confidence on Willie Solomon. He has to said first that he will not accept that requests. But he said Yes to every requests.

Turker: He had an injury on 22.02.2012 in Ukraine before his arrival to Mersin. Is he fully recovered from the injury when he came to Mersin?
Mete Babaoglu : He passed all the controls. He had an injury at Ukraine but first controls revealed that he fully recovered. But after the controls, theres another injury seemed from the doctors. We felt there was something wrong in our first match playing with Gaziantep due to the fact that we had all the surveys with our clubs doctor EMG. In addition to this, the bone injury that he experienced in Ukraine on his left foot thigh bone also his nerves lost in time, appeared to have fallen to zero. Foot end of this muscle to lift up and pull through the knee. Thats what we call drop foot in physic. It does not affect his run but this fact prevents to pull his foot and prevents to jump because his foot is on the floor. Sometimes he forgets that, at that point we had to start the treatment. His attitudes made us to think about his injury positively but the problem prevent him to be better.

Turker: Is it possible for him not to know the problem about his foot because you noticed that later on ?
Mete Babaoglu : Impossible. It is almost known, not a secret. You understand the problem when you try to walk with your foot end hanging down. I made him play as a point guard in the second period of the Gaziantep match and the team never runs back. Score difference has jumped immediately to 15.

Turker: Willie Solomon said that signing with Mersin is worst decision of his career. What can you say about that?
Mete Babaoglu : In my 25-year career, I didnt say bad things on any of my players in front of media. Everytime I said good things but never bad. You know sometimes player will not fit the system and you will part ways with this player. That things can happen in basketball world. Same thing happening to us. Sometimes were parting ways with our club in mid-season. Because sometimes you cant fit the system. Or you cant get the success. But you cant say Coming Mersin is time-wasting. His behaviours are unacceptable. We talked with Willie Solomon privately about 3 or 4 times. I asked his requests and I told him my requests. But he said I want the ball everytime. If Willie Solomon were fully-healthy, of course we will give the ball to his hands. He was at treatments everyday. Theres two type Willie Solomon. Our Willie Solomon was not healthy. I talked with him and I told him that I will not work with him.

Turker: Did you face with any problem about his personal life?
Mete Babaoglu :We talked about that when he came and he knew his foots situation and he wanted to comeback to Euroleague-level. Actually were happy about his private-life. He acted like a professional.

Turker: In interview, it was claimed that Besiktas was also interested with him ?
Mete Babaoglu :This is not true. I asked to Erman Kunter about their interest on Willie Solomon. Absouletly we have no interest in Willie Solomon Kunter said to me. We always share our opinion.

Turker: As a result, he came and behaved professionally and left on the other side ?
Mete Babaoglu : We parted ways mutually. We tried to parted ways with Willie Solomon 2 times but conditions are not good. We made everything. He has no debt from Mersin. Anyone who needs any info about his injury, we will share it.





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  UBA   

Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Ohio H.G. 14-3 
 2. Dayton K. 9-10 
 3. Lancaster A. 7-9 
 4. Cincinnati S. 6-14 
Southern
 1. Georgia P. 18-1 
 2. GIE Maile M. 13-7 
 3. Georgia S. 10-8 
 4. S.Generals 6-12 
 5. Atlanta T. 4-14 
Western
 1. Cleveland H. 15-3 
 2. Houston E. 15-3 
 3. N.Texas F. 12-8 
 4. Texas C. 6-12 
 5. Dallas G. 2-16 
Dleague
 1. Team Japan 3-4 
 2. Lonestar S. 2-7 
 3. Atlanta A. 0-3 
 4. Austin K. 0-3 
 5. Queen City G. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 5: Houston E. - Austin K. 99-89
May. 5: Dayton K. - Cincinnati S. 98-89
May. 5: Cleveland H. - Lonestar S. 89-88
May. 4: Dayton K. - Lancaster A. 89-86
May. 4: N.Texas F. - Dallas G. 80-73
May. 5: Georgia S. - Atlanta T. 113-79
May. 4: GIE Maile M. - Atlanta T. 109-90
May. 4: Houston E. - Lonestar S. 103-90
May. 5: Ohio H.G. - Lancaster A. 101-99
May. 3: S.Generals - Atlanta A. 101-87
May. 4: Cleveland H. - Austin K. 100-86
May. 4: Georgia S. - Atlanta A. 100-80

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 11: Georgia P. - S.Generals
May. 11: GIE Maile M. - Atlanta T.
May. 11: Ohio H.G. - Dayton K.
May. 11: Lancaster A. - Cincinnati S.
May. 11: Houston E. - Cleveland H.
May. 11: Texas C. - Dallas G.
May. 11: N.Texas F. - Lonestar S.
May. 12: Lonestar S. - Cleveland H.
May. 12: Georgia S. - S.Generals


URBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.5 
 2. Antoine, Georgia S.25.7 
 3. Vanlandingha., S.G.24.8 
 4. Bowdy, N.Texas F.23.3 
 5. Morris, Houston E.23.2 
 6. Tairu, Kavala23.0 
 7. Sloan, Atlanta T.23.0 
 8. Allen, Georgia P.21.4 
 9. Brown, S.Generals21.3 
 10. Bryant, Texas C.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Morris, Houston E.14.5 
 2. Kelly, GIE M.13.1 
 3. Rogers, Georgia P.11.4 
 4. Abraham, Once C.10.4 
 5. Eichelberger, Geor.10.3 
 6. Briggs, Cleveland10.3 
 7. Morton, Georgia P.10.2 
 8. Chase, GIE M.10.2 
 9. Bennett, Georgia S.10.1 
 10. Turner, Georgia P.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bray, Georgia P.11.3 
 2. Barnes, GIE M.7.0 
 3. Morris, Houston E.6.5 
 4. De La Cruz, S.Gen.6.5 
 5. Belton, S.Generals6.3 
 6. Mardis, Houston E.6.1 
 7. Ragsdale, GIE M.5.9 
 8. Okada, Team Japan5.8 
 9. Turner, Texas C.5.1 
 10. Lusane, Georgia P.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quin HUMPHREY
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Humphrey, GIE M.4.2 
 2. Bray, Georgia P.3.9 
 3. Lusane, Georgia P.3.2 
 4. Antoine, Georgia S.2.6 
 5. Williams, GIE M.2.4 
 6. Brown, Houston E.2.2 
 7. Tairu, Kavala2.2 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.2 
 9. Williams, Atlanta1.9 
 10. Gainous, GIE M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morris, Houston E.5.1 
 2. Eichelberger, Geor.4.3 
 3. Morton, Georgia P.4.1 
 4. Bryant, Dallas G.3.7 
 5. Rogers, Georgia P.3.0 
 6. Abraham, Once C.2.4 
 7. Kelly, GIE M.2.3 
 8. Works, Dallas G.2.2 
 9. Johnson, Texas C.2.1 
 10. Hill, S.Generals2.0 


Barnes' 29 points edge GIE pass the Titans - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
5/6/2013

GIE Maile Matrix- Atlanta Titans 109-90
Atlanta, GA -- GIE wrap up their regular season in a big way with a win over the Atlanta Titans. Their now 13-7 behind the play of Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Point, GA). Saturday Barnes scored 29 points of 12-18 shooting from the field. Along with a big scoring night Barnes racked up 10 assists with 6 rebounds. Cervante Burrell (5'10''-PG-89, college: Seattle) was also big for GIE scoring 20 points and dissing out 10 assists in the win. Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.) continued his red out shooting finishing with 17 points (3-6 (3PFG)). The Matrix have now locked down the 4th spot in the UBA playoff seeding. Depending on the finish of the Western Conference will determine rather the Matrix will have a big with the Georgia PRIME. Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) led all scores with 32 points in a losing effort. The Titans will finish up there season next weekend to wrap up there season.




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Power, Nkumba Renew Rivalry - by Eurobasket News

D'MARK Power aim to bounce back from last year's first round exit in the FUBA playoffs and all the way to the championship. Nkumba are just starting to rebuild their team.
Today at Lugogo, the two get a chance to test their progress in a low-key affair as the young National Basketball League swings back in action following the conclusion of the East and Central Africa Inter Cities tournament.
Both sides recorded victories in their opening matches of the season but even if their paths cross today, Power and Nkumba are really headed to different destinations, at least in ambition.
Rebuilding process
In a sense, both clubs are rebuilding but for totally different reasons. Power, as ever, are gunning for the championship and have made a string of major signings, not least reigning Finals MVP Norman Blick. Nkumba Marines are just trying to find their feet, again.
"This year, we are not so much a contender for the championship," admitted Nkumba coach Timothy Odeke.
"But rather, we just want to find our footing because many of our crucial players left and we haven't found suitable replacements."
By contrast, Power star Isaac Afidra believes they have assembled a team that can propel them back to the title.
"This year, we have a stronger and more balanced team than last year," said Afidra. "We have more depth so even if we get injuries, we have good replacements."
Elsewhere, Charging Rhinos take on the KIU Titans in their second match back in the top flight, where they have incredible history.
National Basketball League:
Men
Rhinos v KIU (3.30 pm)
Power v Nkumba (7.30 pm)
Women
Sparks v Gladiators (5.30 pm)
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Top 10 - Things to Look Out for in New Hoops Season - by Eurobasket News

Nairobi City will be in the finals of the East and Central Inter-cities basketball tournament after they easily beat Kampala B 83-32 in the last preliminary match on Friday afternoon.
The Kenyan representatives took all the quarters with the 1st quarter ending 16-8 then in the 2nd quarter they added 25 points while the hosts had 13 points to put the half time scores at 41-21. The 3rd quarter saw Kampala B manage only 3 points while Nairobi thumped in 25 points once more with the quarter ending 66-24.
Nairobi had defeated Kampala A 62-44 on Thursday and they made sure that was the same fate with the B team and they finished off their opponents in the last quarter with a 17-8 win. Emma Nyakweba, Linda Alando and Zipporah Adhiambo gave Nairobi 13, 11 and 10 points respectively while Joy Chemutai gave Kampala B 10 points followed by Segai Asimwe who had 9 points.
Nairobi will therefore meet Mukono representing Uganda in the finals of the tournament on Saturday afternoon. Mukono is the team that has poised the biggest challenge in Nairobis title defence so far despite going down 73-67 in the preliminary matches on Wednesday.

# posted by afrbk : 15:35 0 comments
UGANDA : Top 10 - Things to Look Out for in New Hoops Season
The National basketball league is already underway and there is buzz on what this season will offer and who walk away with the championship.
Felix Eupal looks at the issues that will make headlines in the next nine months.
1. What will it take for Fuba to clean up there mess?
Local basketball body, Fuba, is not among the rotten sports organisations in the country but neither are Fuba leaders saints. With each passing season, Fuba comes up with weird decisions.
Two weeks back, Fuba was at it again when Ndejje Angels honoured their fixture against Heaters only for Fuba to call off the game because Heaters were not ready. According to Fuba rules and regulations, Ndejje should have been awarded victory and four points.
But to the surprise of Ndejje head coach Walker Obedi, Fuba didn't do that. And nothing has happened since. Which makes one wonder; why did Fuba register a team that wasn't ready?
2. How far will the Oilers go?
League debutants City Oilers have played two games so far but they already have the crowd talking. They narrowly lost 65-68 to Dmark Power in the opening game before blowing away Miracle Eagles 102-44. They look solid, convert on the transition with ease and they've looked good in the absence of 6'8 Rwandan centre Kami Kabange. Kabange will be around for their next fixture against Galaxy Falcons on May17.
The Oilers have set themselves a target of reaching the quarterfinals but already, they look like they can do better than that. And with last year's winning coach Mandy Juruni calling the shots, anything can happen.
3. Is this the end of Miracle?
After sponsor Rubaga Miracle Centre Church threw out the team, Miracle is a collapsing squad. Management is running the team on a shoestring budget and have only nine players of which only seven play meaning full basketball. At this rate they might need to call on the fans to come from the stands and make up the numbers. Otherwise, they need a miracle to stay up.
4. Can Warriors defend their title?
Only Falcons, Nkumba Marines and Power have been able to defend league titles in the men's topflight. Reigning champions Warriors are talking of dominating the region but on paper, their new recruits don't promise much and have not been tested in pressure moments.
Even new coach Emma Samanya is in his first season in charge of a topflight team. Factor in the departure of Norman Blick and Cyrus Kiviri and the Warriors look like an experimental team.
5. When will the long-awaited hoops arrive?
Last year, Fuba announced the acquisition of state-of-the-art hoops which they would replace with the old crappy ones at the Lugogo arena. Unfortunately Fuba officials said that they failed to get hoops because of the high taxes levied by Uganda Revenue Authority. Twelve months down the road, the hoops have still not been cleared. As per now, the basketball fraternity is still waiting.
6. Who will be the new sponsor?
Last year, telecom company Airtel Uganda announced a one-year sponsorship with Fuba. That deal expired and hasn't been renewed. Fuba highlighted that they are still working on securing sponsorship and that they would be calling for a press conference to announce who that will be. That was three weeks ago. Fans and stakeholders are still waiting on who the new sponsor will be.
7. Nothing will change in the women's league
After splitting the women's division into two, with each having eight teams, little has changed in terms of quality and competitiveness. It's still a two-horse race between UCU Lady Canons and KCCA, and the pair are leaps and bounds ahead of the chasing pack.
8. How will the issue of spreading the games to various regions work out?
Fuba's development league (formerly Division III) is made up of 25 teams. Fuba agreed that teams coming from various regions will play games from their home areas. The development league and Division III kick -off is slated for May 16 and so far, it seems a great move on paper but in reality, it leaves a lot to be desired going by Fuba's limited resources and lack of a sponsor.
9. Who will walk away with the title?
It is always the first question on fans lips before the start of a season. Going by how all teams have prepared, the Canons and Power look much better positioned to contest the playoff final.
10. Will we have the traditional dinner?
This might come as a by-the-way but last year, for the first time in seven years, Fuba failed to host an awards dinner. The excuse was lack of money despite having secured two big sponsors in Airtel and Castle Lite. The dinner and awards gala is a basketball tradition which speaks a lot about the organization of a federation. Fuba needs to quit whining and get it back.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Leandro GARCIA MORALES
  Agu.
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Garcia Moral., Agu.26.6 
 2. Keenan, Arecibo26.3 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.26.1 
 4. Woodward, Welcome25.9 
 5. Danridge, Guaiquer.24.7 
 6. Taboada, Universo.22.7 
 7. Elliott, Navolato22.1 
 8. Baxley, Defensor21.9 
 9. Johnson, Toros20.9 
 10. Figueroa, Guayama19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Martin, Nacional15.6 
 2. Faber, Mykolaiv12.5 
 3. Hamilton, Defensor11.9 
 4. Passos, Trotamun.11.3 
 5. Curtis, Bohemios10.5 
 6. Blankson, Un.Atlet.10.5 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.10.4 
 8. Shellman, Sayago10.3 
 9. Smith, Aguada9.9 
 10. Johnson, Toros9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Guaiquer.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrera, Guaiquer.7.8 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.3 
 3. Vidal, Bigua6.2 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.0 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.7 
 6. Cortizas, Allavena5.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.3 
 8. Pereyra, Monte.4.7 
 9. Gonzalez, Aguada4.6 
 10. Hamilton, Defensor4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kristian CLARKSON
  Larre B.
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clarkson, Larre B.2.5 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.1 
 3. Barrera, Guaiquer.2.0 
 4. Vidal, Bigua2.0 
 5. Rovira, Tabare1.9 
 6. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 7. Trelles, Bohemios1.8 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville1.7 
 9. Johnson, Toros1.6 
 10. Cortizas, Allavena1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.7 
 2. Hunt, Olimpia2.1 
 3. Rogers, Georgia P.1.8 
 4. Cage, Planasa NV1.7 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.5 
 6. Bravo, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Faber, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Inman, Sitra1.1 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.1 
 10. Newsome, Bambuqu.1.1 



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 33-10 
 2. Cocodrilos 27-15 
 3. Gigantes 23-21 
 4. Gaiteros 22-21 
 5. Bucaneros 21-21 
 6. Trotamundos 21-23 
 7. Guaros 20-24 
 8. Guaiqueries 17-25 
 9. Panteras 16-28 
 10. Toros 16-28 

Regular Season: Round 41

May. 6: Toros - Gaiteros 89-92
May. 6: Guaros - Cocodrilos 83-88
May. 7: Gigantes - Bucaneros
May. 7: Guaros - Cocodrilos
May. 8: Gigantes - Bucaneros
May. 8: Panteras - Gaiteros




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Women News


Gems claim third place at Four Nations Tournament in China - by Eurobasket News

Australian U19 National Team travelled to China for the series of exhibition tournaments. The first one took place in Nan'an. The Gems claimed one win in three games played.
Australia opened their campaign against Brazil. The Gems claimed a 62:46 victory. Brazil managed to build a 27:26 halftime lead. But the Aussies opened the second half on a 14:3 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) added 14 points for the Gems. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) answered with 13 points for Brazil. Vanessa Goncalves had 10 points in the loss.
Next Australia faced the USA NetScouts selection. The North American team escaped with a 68:67 victory at the end. Jacqui Kalin (173-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) delivered 18 points for the USA. Sam Ostarello (188-G/F-91, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 10 points for the winning team. Carley Mijovic answered with 19 points for the Gems. Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) had 14 points in the defeat.
Australia capped their Nan'an campaign against hosting China. The hosts rallied to a 67:55 victory. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) stepped up with 17 points for China. Ming added 11 points for the winning side.



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  BELARUS   


Anastasiya Veremeenko became the champion abroad - by Eurobasket News

Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) became the champion abroad. Her Fenerbahce grabbed 2012/2013 TKBL Crown in Turkey. They overcame their rivals Galatasaray 70:62 in the fifth decisive game. Galatasaray was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Serbian center Ivana Matovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Cappie Pondexter contributed with 27 points for the winners. Belgian center Ann Wauters answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Lindsey Harding added 16 points in the effort for Galatasaray.
In 2012-2013 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) her stats read 9.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 73.3% in Euroleague. In Turkish League she averaged 9.9 points per game.
To Fenerbahce the player from Belarus Anastasiya Veremeenko moved last season. In 2011-2012 she played for Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia-PBL) and averaged 9.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.5apg, Blocks-1 (1.6bpg), FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 76.2% in Russian League. In Euroleague her stats read 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.6%.



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  BELGIUM   


Tulikivi Deerlijk adds Naessens to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Tulikivi Deerlijk (Division I) added to their roster 21-year old forward Charlotte Naessens (176-92). She played last season at Jeugd Gentson (Division I). In 21 games she had just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Waregem adds Devliegher to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Division I) added to their roster 20-year old ex-international small forward Sien Devliegher (175-93). She just played at Blue Cats (Division I). This season Devliegher played at Blue Cats. In 21 Division I games she recorded 14.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 2.2spg this season. She won Belgian League championship title in 2012.
Devliegher was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. She played for Belgian Senior National Team two years ago and for U22 National Team last year. Devliegher represented Belgium at the European Championships U18 in Oradea (Romania) two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 43.8%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Waregem adds Devliegher to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Division I) added to their roster 20-year old ex-international small forward Sien Devliegher (175-93). She just played at Blue Cats (Division I). This season Devliegher played at Blue Cats. In 21 Division I games she recorded 14.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 2.2spg this season. She won Belgian League championship title in 2012.
Devliegher was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. She played for Belgian Senior National Team two years ago and for U22 National Team last year. Devliegher represented Belgium at the European Championships U18 in Oradea (Romania) two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 43.8%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tulikivi Deerlijk adds Naessens to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Tulikivi Deerlijk (Division I) added to their roster 21-year old forward Charlotte Naessens (176-92). She played last season at Jeugd Gentson (Division I). In 21 games she had just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Belfius Namur keep Julie Wojta - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Namur have agreed on terms of contract extension with Julie Wojta (183-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay). The forward joined the Belgian team at the start of the season. The American player averaged 14.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in EuroCup. She also posted 15.7 points, 11.1 boards and 2.1 assists per appearance. It was the first pro season for Julie Wojta. She graduated from Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2012. The forward was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury and then traded to the Minnesota Lynx. Julie Wojta was named All-Horizon Player of the Year in her senior college season. She also made it into Associated Press NCAA All-America 2nd Team. Julie Wojta has recently joined the San Antonio Silver Stars training camp.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U19 lose three in China - by Eurobasket News

Brazilian U19 National Team is now in China playing the series of friendly tournaments. The first tournament was held in Nanan City. Brazil were beaten by Australian counterparts 46:62. Brazil managed to build a 27:26 halftime lead. But the Aussies opened the second half on a 14:3 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Carly Mijovic scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) added 14 points for the Gems. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) answered with 13 points for Brazil. Vanessa Goncalves had 10 points in the loss.
Next Brazil faced hosting China. The home side recorded a 30:17 lead after twenty minutes. China opened the second half with five straight points and cruised to a 58:42 victory at the end. Isabela Ramona chipped in 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Brazil. Bruna Nathiely netted 6 points in the defeat. Gong Li (187-F-95) topscored with 15 points for China. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) contributed 12 points for the winners.
Finally Brazil faced the USA opponents. Jacqui Kalin (173-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) nailed 9 points to lead the North American side to a 51:45 win. Adrian Ritchie (180-G/F) added 8 points in the win. Isabela Ramona answered with 16 points for Brazil.
The next tournament will take place in Ganzhou.



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  CHINA   


China U19 clinch second place at Four Nations Tourney in Nanan - by Eurobasket News

Chinese U19 National Team claimed the second position at the international friendly tournament in Nanan. The hosts won two out of three games to finish in the second spot.
China faced the USA NetScouts selection in the opener. USA managed to eke out a 57:56 victory at the end. Jamie Russell (173-G-90) provided 11 points to lead the winners. Adrian Ritchie (180-G/F) added 8 points for the North American team. Quingyun responded with 19 points for China. Huang Sijing (190-F-96) added 13 points in the loss.
China recovered well in the second game. The home side recorded a 30:17 lead after twenty minutes. China opened the second half with five straight points and cruised to a 58:42 victory at the end. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) chipped in 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Brazil. Bruna Nathiely netted 6 points in the defeat. Gong Li (187-F-95) topscored with 15 points for China. Hengyu Yang contributed 12 points for the winners.
Finally China outgunned Australia 67:55. Yang Hengyu stepped up with 17 points for China. Ming added 11 points for the winning side.
The four teams will now travel to Ganzhou for the second tourney.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Kamila Stepanova will remain with Basket Landes - by Eurobasket News

Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) will remain with Basket Landes for the upcoming season. The player from Czech Republic will enter her second season with the team next year.
Last year Kamila Stepanova signed with Basket Landes for 2012/2013 season. The season 2011-2012 she started for MBK Ruzomberok (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five). In Slovakian League after 27 games her stats read 12.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP-1 (62.6%), 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 75.0%. In EuroCup she averaged 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT-1 (63.6%), FT: 76.2%. In 2012 she reached EuroCup Quarterfinals -12 and became Slovakian Extraliga Finalist -12. Togethher with her team she was Slovakian Extraliga Regular Season Runner-Up -12 and was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team -12. Kamila Stepanova also was awarded Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Imports Team -12.



American Amber Sprague will continue with Valosun KP Brno - by Eurobasket News

American Amber Sprague (196-C-86, college: San Diego) will continue with Valosun KP Brno for the next season. The player reached an agreement for 2013/2014 season.
In 2009-2010 she played for Aris Thessalonikis (Greece-A1, starting five) and averaged 13.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 41.0%, FT: 53.0%. In Jan.'10 moved to Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow (Poland-PLKK) and showed 3.0ppg, 3.5rpg. In 2011-2012 moved to Heli Girls Noerdlingen Donau-Ries (Germany-DBBL, starting five). Amber Sprague knew Amanda Rego and Morgan Henderson very well from College-Career. Sprague is not only a center, she can also hit the three pointer, passes the ball well and can bring up the ball. In 25 games in Germany she had 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1 (1.2bpg), FGP: 48.3%, FT: 75.7%.
This season with Valosun KP Brno (Czech Rep.-ZBL, starting five) her stats read 15.4 points per game and 7.2 rebounds. Valosun KP Brno finished A2 stage with 14-13 record, however lost to Hradec in the Quarterfinals.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Fenerbahce keep Polish International Agnieszka Bibrzycka - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce keep Polish International Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) for 2013/2014 season. The Turkish Champions announced prolonging Agnieszka Bibrzycka for another season. In 2012-2013 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Agnieszka Bibrzycka averaged 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 90.6% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 12.3 points per game. In 2012 the Polish National Team forward decided to accept the offer from the Turkish champion and at the same time turned down Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. Bibrzycka spent the earlier season with CCC Polkowice. Actually, she joined them in January averaging 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 17 games in Poland. Only last season Agnieszka Bibrzycka became Polish PLKK All-Star Game -12 (MVP) and reached Polish Cup Semifinals -12. She was reached also Polish PLKK Regular Season Runner-Up -12.


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  FRANCE   


Kamila Stepanova will remain with Basket Landes - by Eurobasket News

Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) will remain with Basket Landes for the upcoming season. The player from Czech Republic will enter her second season with the team next year.
Last year Kamila Stepanova signed with Basket Landes for 2012/2013 season. The season 2011-2012 she started for MBK Ruzomberok (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five). In Slovakian League after 27 games her stats read 12.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP-1 (62.6%), 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 75.0%. In EuroCup she averaged 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT-1 (63.6%), FT: 76.2%. In 2012 she reached EuroCup Quarterfinals -12 and became Slovakian Extraliga Finalist -12. Togethher with her team she was Slovakian Extraliga Regular Season Runner-Up -12 and was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team -12. Kamila Stepanova also was awarded Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Imports Team -12.



Landes add El Gargati to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Basket Landes (LFB) added to their roster 33-year old forward Naura El Gargati (192-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She started the season at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB). In 29 games she had 3.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1spg this season. El Gargati also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 3.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1spg. The last season she played also at Tarbes. In 28 games she recorded 6.6ppg and 7.0rpg. El Gargati also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 7.5ppg and 5.3rpg. She played in the final of French LFB in 2011.
El Gargati has played previously for three other France teams: Mondeville, Union Hainaut and Dijon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Landes add El Gargati to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Basket Landes (LFB) added to their roster 33-year old forward Naura El Gargati (192-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She started the season at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB). In 29 games she had 3.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1spg this season. El Gargati also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 3.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1spg. The last season she played also at Tarbes. In 28 games she recorded 6.6ppg and 7.0rpg. El Gargati also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 7.5ppg and 5.3rpg. She played in the final of French LFB in 2011.
El Gargati has played previously for three other France teams: Mondeville, Union Hainaut and Dijon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lattes Montpellier hold Fatimatou Sacko and Geraldine Robert - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier hold Fatimatou Sacko (177-F-85) and Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) for 2013/2014 season. The French duo will remain with the team for the upcoming season.
Geraldine Robert penned deal with Lattes Montpellier last year. The Top-scorer of the Polish League in 2011 season moved to France. In 2009-2010 she played for Club Atletico Faenza (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games became the second top-scorer averaging 16.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.7rpg), 1.1apg, 3.6spg, FGP: 51.3%, FT: 75.5%. Geraldine Robert became Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Player of The Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Bosman Player of The Year -10, Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Imports Team -10, Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Bosmans Team -10.
In 2010-2011 for Liomatic Umbertide (Italy-A1) she averaged 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.1%, FT: 70.9%. In 2011-2012 moved to Lotos Gdynia (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and in Euroleague showed 10.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.3%, FT: 60.0%. In Polish League she became the top-scorer of the League with 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 71.9%.
Fatimatou Sacko will enter her 4th season with the team. In 2012-2013 for Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) her stats read 11.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 47.6%, FT: 72.1% in EuroCup. In French League she averaged 9.0 points per game.



Bourges cut Diallo - by Eurobasket News

Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB) cut 20-year old former international center Christelle Diallo (190-93). In 30 LFB games she averaged 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Diallo also played 19 games in Euroleague where she had just 2.7ppg and 1.6rpg. She played there also last season. But in 23 LFB games she had only 1.0ppg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final.
Despite young age Diallo had impressive career. Her received Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 3rd Team award back in 2010.
She was also a member of French international program for some years. Diallo played for French Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011. She represented France at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) last year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.5%, FT: 60.0%.
Diallo has played previously for two other France teams: Centre Federal BB and Centre Federal BB II.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gunta Basko moves to Lattes Montpellier - by Eurobasket News

Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) moves to Lattes Montpellier for the next season. The Latvian player just finished the season with her Nantes Reze and lost the Final Cup to her new team.
Lattes Montpellier outscored Nantes Reze in Paris to clinch the French Cup title. Gaelle Skrela fired 24 points to pace the winners. She was named the MVP of the game.
Nantes Reze spurred ahead in the opening frame. They recorded a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the clash. But Montpellier turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 16:7 rally to accumulate a 32:26 halftime advantage. Lattes Montpellier stepped on the gas in the third term. They fired 21 points and posted a 53:42 lead heading into the fourth period. Gunta Basko put Nantes Reze within one 64:65 with 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Robert split free throws to make it a 2-point game. Then Kristen Mann added one more point from the stripe to seal the win for Lattes Montpellier. Fatimatou Sacko finished with 11 points, while Kristen Mann added 9 points for the winners. Bernadette Ngoyisa responded with 20 points for Nantes Reze. Sarah Michel had 12 points in the loss.



Lattes Montpellier adds Tanqueray to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) added to their roster 25-year old point guard Ingrid Tanqueray (166-88). She started the season at USO Mondeville (LFB). In 24 games she had 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg this season. Tanqueray also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. The last season she played also at Mondeville. In 28 games she recorded 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Tanqueray also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 6.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.8apg. She represented France at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) five years ago.
Tanqueray has played previously for two other France teams: Villeneuve D'Ascq and Quistrehem.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lattes Montpellier adds Tanqueray to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) added to their roster 25-year old point guard Ingrid Tanqueray (166-88). She started the season at USO Mondeville (LFB). In 24 games she had 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg this season. Tanqueray also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. The last season she played also at Mondeville. In 28 games she recorded 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Tanqueray also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 6.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.8apg. She represented France at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) five years ago.
Tanqueray has played previously for two other France teams: Villeneuve D'Ascq and Quistrehem.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   


Dutch Seniors tip off preparations - by Bas Hendriks

Last weekend the first players selected for the Dutch national team gathered in Amsterdam for the first practises of 2013 with the national seniors team. Several players being still in playoffs or injured it was all but the complete preliminary roster that found their way to Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Erik Braal and Robert Tinga will be the assistants for this years campaign. Meindert van Veen will aim for qualification for Euro2015 with his squad.

- Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) TV Saarlouis Royals (Duitsland)
- Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, college: Colorado St.) De Wit-Grasshoppers
- Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) Uni Girona (Spanje)
- Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) Lekdetec.nl
- Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) CTO Amsterdam Vrouwenbasketball
- Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) Lekdetec.nl
- Tanya Broering (178-G-84) Recreativo Conquero Huelva (Spanje)
- Zera Butter (179-G-92) Challenge Sports/Binnenland.Rotterdam
- Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) CTO Amsterdam Vrouwenbasketball
- Francis Donders (170-G-89) Girolive Panthers Osnabruck (Duitsland)
- Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) CTO Amsterdam Vrouwenbasketball
- Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) Liomatic Umbertide (Itali)
- Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-F-89, college: St.Joseph's) St. Josephs University / Connecticut Sun (USA)
- Eline Kasius (190-F-92) Challenge Sports/Binnenland.Rotterdam
- Maaike Klein (177-G-90) Dozy BV Den Helder
- Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) Cadi ICG Software (Spanje)
- Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) Challenge Sports/Binnenland.Rotterdam
- Karin Kuijt (175-G-90) Lekdetec.nl
- Fieke Ligthart (184-F/C-90) SV Halle Lions (Duitsland)
- Rianne De Roos (191-C-89) Belfius Namur Capitale (Belgi)
- Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-G-89) Challenge Sports/Binnenland.Rotterdam
- Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) CTO Amsterdam Vrouwenbasketball
- Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) Minibasket Battipaglia (Itali)
- Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) CTO Amsterdam Vrouwenbasketball



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  KENYA   


Nairobi cruises into finals after thrashing Kampala B - by Eurobasket News

Nairobi City will be in the finals of the East and Central Inter-cities basketball tournament after they easily beat Kampala B 83-32 in the last preliminary match on Friday afternoon.
The Kenyan representatives took all the quarters with the 1st quarter ending 16-8 then in the 2nd quarter they added 25 points while the hosts had 13 points to put the half time scores at 41-21. The 3rd quarter saw Kampala B manage only 3 points while Nairobi thumped in 25 points once more with the quarter ending 66-24.
Nairobi had defeated Kampala A 62-44 on Thursday and they made sure that was the same fate with the B team and they finished off their opponents in the last quarter with a 17-8 win. Emma Nyakweba, Linda Alando and Zipporah Adhiambo gave Nairobi 13, 11 and 10 points respectively while Joy Chemutai gave Kampala B 10 points followed by Segai Asimwe who had 9 points.
Nairobi will therefore meet Mukono representing Uganda in the finals of the tournament on Saturday afternoon. Mukono is the team that has poised the biggest challenge in Nairobis title defence so far despite going down 73-67 in the preliminary matches on Wednesday.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LATVIA   


Anete Jekabsone-Zogota wins the title with UMMC, extends with the team - by Eurobasket News

Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) wins the title with UMMC and extends with the team for another season. The Latvian star will enter her third straight season in Ekaterinburg.
In 2012-2013 for UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia-PBL) Anete Jekabsone-Zogota averaged 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 83.3% in EuroLeague. In Russian League her stats read 8.9 points per game.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogotas UMMC claimed the seventh PBL title in their history. They overcame Spartak V MR in Vidnoe to sweep the title series. UMMC swept the trophies this season winning Russian championship, Russian Cup and EuroLeague. Sandrine Gruda posted 23 points to lead UMMC to the decisive victory tonight.
UMMC set the tone early in the game. They shocked Spartak MR with a 30:13 rally in the opening quarter. UMMC boosted their lead in the second frame. The Ekaterinburg team gained a 47:25 halftime lead. The visitors cleared off for good in the third period. They accumulated a 71:36 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Spartak sweetened the pill with a 32:13 run in the final period but it could not stop UMMC from taking the title. Candace Parker posted 14 points, while Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi had 10 points each for the winners.



Gunta Basko moves to Lattes Montpellier - by Eurobasket News

Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) moves to Lattes Montpellier for the next season. The Latvian player just finished the season with her Nantes Reze and lost the Final Cup to her new team.
Lattes Montpellier outscored Nantes Reze in Paris to clinch the French Cup title. Gaelle Skrela fired 24 points to pace the winners. She was named the MVP of the game.
Nantes Reze spurred ahead in the opening frame. They recorded a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the clash. But Montpellier turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 16:7 rally to accumulate a 32:26 halftime advantage. Lattes Montpellier stepped on the gas in the third term. They fired 21 points and posted a 53:42 lead heading into the fourth period. Gunta Basko put Nantes Reze within one 64:65 with 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Robert split free throws to make it a 2-point game. Then Kristen Mann added one more point from the stripe to seal the win for Lattes Montpellier. Fatimatou Sacko finished with 11 points, while Kristen Mann added 9 points for the winners. Bernadette Ngoyisa responded with 20 points for Nantes Reze. Sarah Michel had 12 points in the loss.



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  MALTA   


Depiro land fifth title - by Eurobasket News

Luxol 58
Depiro 72

(16-16, 18-12, 6-22, 18-22)


Pavi Depiro were crowned womens champions for a fifth time in their history after they had the better of holders Luxol 72-58 in game five of the play-offs final and complete a 3-2 series victory.

After the two title rivals had shared the honours in the opening four matches of the series, everything was to be played for in yesterdays decisive match at the Ta Qali pavilion.

There was little to separate either sides in the opening two sessions with the lead changing hands several times.

However, it was Luxol who seized the initiative late in the second session as they surged six points clear to go at the interval with a commanding 34-28 advan-tage.

But Depiro had no plans to go down without a fight as Luxol started to show some frailties in their game.

Luxol were guilty of some erratic passing and that played in favour of Depiro who took full advantage to open the last 10 minutes 50-40 ahead.

The outgoing champions tried hard to recover lost ground but Depiro stood firm as they cruised to a comfortable victory to the delight of their fans.

Depiros Latisha Belcher (187-F/C-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) was the games leading scorer with 28 points.

Luxol: S. Pace 19; M. Sciortino 7; C. C Medina, B. Naudi 12; J. Busuttil Gaerty, G. Zarb 7; P. Ellul 1, M. Williams 10; D. Muscat 2, K. Portelli, M. Darmanin.

Depiro: Andrea Mifsud (159-G-94) 3, G. Mifsud 3, F. Bianco 2, M. Bonett, S. De Martino 18; M. Mifsud, M. Scicluna, Latisha Belcher 28, S. Micallef, B. Zammit 18.

Refs: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, A. Carbonaro.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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USA NetScots Selection win tournament in China - by Eurobasket News

USA selection celebrated victory at the international tournament in Nan'an, China. NetScots selection claimed three wins in as many games against U19 teams from China, Australia and Brazil.
They opened their campaign against hosting China. USA managed to eke out a 57:56 victory at the end. Jamie Russell (5'8''-G-90) provided 11 points to lead the winners. Adrian Ritchie (5'11''-G/F) added 8 points for the North American team. Quingyun responded with 19 points for China. Huang Sijing added 13 points in the loss.
Next USA took on Australia. And once again the teams came up with a thrilling performance. Once again the North American team proved the strength stealing a 68:67 victory at the end. Jacqui Kalin (5'8''-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) delivered 18 points for the USA. Sam Ostarello (6'2''-G/F-91, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 10 points for the winning team. Carly Mijovic answered with 19 points for the Gems. Vanessa Panousis had 14 points in the defeat.
USA finished their Nan'an campaign with a perfect record beating Brazil 51:45. Jacqui Kalin had 9 points to pace the winners. Adrian Ritchie added 8 points in the win. Isabela Ramona (5'10''-F-94) answered with 16 points for Brazil.



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Experienced Agnieszka Bibrzycka wins the title with Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) wins the title with Fenerbahce. Her Turkish team grabbed 2012/2013 TKBL Crown. They overcame their rivals Galatasaray 70:62 in the fifth decisive game. Galatasaray was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Serbian center Ivana Matovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Cappie Pondexter contributed with 27 points for the winners. Belgian center Ann Wauters answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Lindsey Harding added 16 points in the effort for Galatasaray.
In 2012-2013 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Agnieszka Bibrzycka averaged 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 90.6% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 12.3 points per game.
In 2012 the Polish National Team forward decided to accept the offer from the Turkish champion and at the same time turned down Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. Bibrzycka spent the earlier season with CCC Polkowice. Actually, she joined them in January averaging 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 17 games in Poland.



Agnieszka Majewska extend with the Polish Champions - by Eurobasket News

Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) extend with the Polish Champions. The Polish player will enter her 4th straight season with CCC Polkowice.
Last year CCC Polkowice announced keeping Agnieszka Majewska. Agnieszka Majewska joined the team in 2010-2011 and averaged 6.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 68.6%. In 2011-2012 for CCC Polkowice (PLKK, starting five) her stats read 4.6ppg, 5.1rpg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg) in Polish league and in Euroleague she showed 6.2ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 85.7%.
In 2012-2013 for CCC Polkowice (PLKK) Agnieszka Majewska played in 29 games and showed 6.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (1.6bpg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.1%. In Euroleague her stats read 6.5ppg, 4.2rpg, Blocks-2 (1.5bpg), FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 73.7%.
CCC Polkowice swept PLKK Finals to win 2012/2013 Gold. They had also an outstanding season in Euroleague.



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Yvonne Turner (ex Dynamo-GUVD) signs at Antakya - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya Belediyesi (TKBL) landed 26-year old American guard Yvonne Turner (174-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Regeneracom Sports). She started the season at Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk in Russian PBL league. In 17 games she averaged 14.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg this season. Turner also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg. The last season she played at Eisvogel Freiburg (DBBL) in German league. In 24 games she had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 2nd Team. The last summer Turner played at Bears (QBL) in Australian league. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements Turner played in the final of Australian ABA League QBL in 2011. She received also All-Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at her college time.
Turner graduated from University of Nebraska in 2010 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Istanbul Universitesi keep Irina Osipova - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul Universitesi keep Irina Osipova (196-C-81) for the next season. The Turkish team was happy with the Russian player and would like to see her again next season.
Irina Osipova became a new member of Istanbul Universitesi last season. In 2012-2013 her stats read 11.4 points per game. Osipova spent last seven years with Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region. She had 7.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.3 bpg for 15 games in Russia last season. Osipova also added 6.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg for 17 Euroleague games. She had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. Irina Osipova won many titles and personal awards with Spartak. They were Euroleague champions four straight times from 2007 to 2010. Osipova is active member of the Russian National Team since 2001. With them she also won big number of medals, including the Gold at 2011 EuroBasket in Poland. For 9 games at this even Irina Osipova averaged 5.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.



Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 1st Team 2013
DeWanna Bonner
Bonner
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Seimone Augustus
Augustus
Glory Johnson
Johnson
Candace Parker
Parker

Player of the Year: Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC
Guard of the Year: DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Nadezhda O.
Forward of the Year: Glory Johnson (191-F-90) of Chevakata
Center of the Year: Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC
Bosman Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC
Import Player of the Year: Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC
Domestic Player of the Year: Becky Hammon (175-PG-77) of Spartak V MR
Defensive Player of the Year: Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC
Coach of the Year: Olaf Lange of UMMC

1st Team
G: DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Nadezhda O.
SG: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC
SF: Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84) of Spartak V MR
F: Glory Johnson (191-F-90) of Chevakata
C: Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC

2nd Team
PG: Becky Hammon (175-PG-77) of Spartak V MR
G: Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Dynamo K.
F: Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) of Chevakata
F/C: Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Spartak V MR
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC

Honorable Mention
Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87) of UMMC
Deanna Nolan (183-G/F-79) of UMMC
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of Spartak V MR
Kara Braxton (198-C-83) of Nadezhda O.
Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86) of Dynamo M.
Ekaterina Lisina (203-C-87) of Dynamo K.
Yvonne Turner (174-G-87) of Dynamo-GUVD
Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) of Dynamo M.

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Becky Hammon (175-PG-77) of Spartak V MR
G: Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Dynamo K.
G/F: Deanna Nolan (183-G/F-79) of UMMC
C: Ekaterina Lisina (203-C-87) of Dynamo K.
C: Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) of Dynamo M.

All-Imports Team
G: DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Nadezhda O.
SF: Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84) of Spartak V MR
F: Glory Johnson (191-F-90) of Chevakata
F/C: Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Spartak V MR
C: Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87) of UMMC
SG: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC
SG: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) of UMMC
F: Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) of Chevakata
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC



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Ivana Matovic brings the Trophy from Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) brings the Trophy from Turkey as her Fenerbahce grabs 2012/2013 TKBL Crown! They overcame their rivals Galatasaray 70:62 in the fifth decisive game. Galatasaray was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Serbian center Ivana Matovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Cappie Pondexter contributed with 27 points for the winners. Belgian center Ann Wauters answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Lindsey Harding added 16 points in the effort for Galatasaray.
In 2012-2013 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) Ivana Matovic averaged 15.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 84.6% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 13.1 points per game. Together with Fenerbahce she became also Euroleague Finalist -13 and made it into Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team -13.



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Stats Leaders - Women

Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Murphy, Samorin 17.0
2 Sujova, Samorin 16.9
3 Palenikowa, Petrzalka 16.0
4 Belanska, Levice 15.5
5 Parker, MBK 15.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Krc-Turbova, Cajky 8.9
2 Felixova, Cajky 8.2
3 Murphy, Samorin 7.7
4 Parker, MBK 7.0
Assists Per Game
1 Bojovic, Kosice 5.9
2 Vandersloot, MBK 5.7
3 Sujova, Samorin 5.6
4 Timkova, Cassovia 4.2
5 Jalcova, SNV 3.4


Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Awards 2013 - by Barbora Stuchlikova

Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team 2013
Miljana Bojovic
Bojovic
Allie Quigley
Quigley
Sequoia Holmes
Holmes
Plenette Pierson
Pierson
Nadia Parker
Parker

Player of the Year: Timea Sujova (173-G-84) of Samorin
Guard of the Year: Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Good Angels
Forward of the Year: Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81) of Good Angels
Center of the Year: Nadia Parker (191-C-87) of MBK Ruzomb.
Import Player of the Year: Allie Quigley (180-G-86) of Good Angels
Domestic Player of the Year: Timea Sujova (173-G-84) of Samorin
Defensive Player of the Year: Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-F-89) of Piestanske C.
Coach of the Year: Stefan Svitek of MBK Ruzomberok

1st Team
G: Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Good Angels
G: Allie Quigley (180-G-86) of Good Angels
F: Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86) of MBK Ruzomb.
PF: Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81) of Good Angels
C: Nadia Parker (191-C-87) of MBK Ruzomb.

2nd Team
G: Timea Sujova (173-G-84) of Samorin
C: Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) of MBK Ruzomb.
G/F: Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) of Petrzalka
F: Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-F-89) of Piestanske C.
C/F: Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86) of Samorin

Honorable Mention
Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) of MBK Ruzomb.
Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) of SKBD Rucon
Renata Talajkova (189-C-81) of Samorin
Janka Mincikova (172-PG-89) of MBK Ruzomb.
Veronika Cernakova (175-G-90) of MBK Ruzomb.
Stefanie Murphy (192-F/C-89) of Samorin
Natasha Lacy (178-PG-85) of Good Angels

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Timea Sujova (173-G-84) of Samorin
G/F: Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) of Petrzalka
C: Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) of MBK Ruzomb.
F: Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-F-89) of Piestanske C.
C/F: Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86) of Samorin

All-Imports Team
G: Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Good Angels
G: Allie Quigley (180-G-86) of Good Angels
F: Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86) of MBK Ruzomb.
PF: Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81) of Good Angels
C: Nadia Parker (191-C-87) of MBK Ruzomb.



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Antakya signs Aneika Henry, ex Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya Belediyesi (TKBL) signed 27-year old American center Aneika Henry (193-86, college: Florida). She started the season at Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB league. In 22 games she had 9.7ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1apg this season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team. Henry also played 15 games in Euroleague where she recorded 11.4ppg, 8.5rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. The last summer she played at Atlanta in WNBA. In 37 games she recorded 4.6ppg and 3.9rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals. Earlier played at Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia in Polish league. In 14 Euroleague games she recorded 13.6ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (2011) summer she was tested by Seattle in WNBA. The last (2011) season Henry played at Mann Filter (LFB) in Spain. In 28 games she recorded 9.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Henry also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 11.1ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Gran Canaria (LFB) in Spanish league. In 26 games she recorded 9.7ppg and 6.0rpg. Henry also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 14.0ppg and 8.7rpg.
She has played also professionally in WNBA (Seattle Storm).
Henry attended University of Florida until 2009 and it is her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Spanish champions prolong Marta Fernandez - by Eurobasket News

Spanish champions prolong Marta Fernandez (178-G/F-81) for 2013/2014 season. She averaged 12.5 points (45% FG), 2.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in Spanish league and 13 points (43% FG), 1.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game in EuroLeague Women.
In 2011 Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca grabbed Marta Fernandez from Ros Casares. Marta Fernandez spent 2010-2011 season with Ros Casares Valencia (LFB) and in Euroleague after 17 games averaged 9.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 84.6%. In Spanish League after 30 games her stats read 10.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 67.8%.
In 2011-2012 for Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB, starting five) her stats read 11.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 81.4% in Spanish League. In Euroleague Marta Fernandez averaged 10.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT-3 (93.3%).



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Fenerbahce keep Polish International Agnieszka Bibrzycka - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce keep Polish International Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) for 2013/2014 season. The Turkish Champions announced prolonging Agnieszka Bibrzycka for another season. In 2012-2013 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Agnieszka Bibrzycka averaged 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 90.6% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 12.3 points per game. In 2012 the Polish National Team forward decided to accept the offer from the Turkish champion and at the same time turned down Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. Bibrzycka spent the earlier season with CCC Polkowice. Actually, she joined them in January averaging 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 17 games in Poland. Only last season Agnieszka Bibrzycka became Polish PLKK All-Star Game -12 (MVP) and reached Polish Cup Semifinals -12. She was reached also Polish PLKK Regular Season Runner-Up -12.


Istanbul Universitesi keep Irina Osipova - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul Universitesi keep Irina Osipova (196-C-81) for the next season. The Turkish team was happy with the Russian player and would like to see her again next season.
Irina Osipova became a new member of Istanbul Universitesi last season. In 2012-2013 her stats read 11.4 points per game. Osipova spent last seven years with Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region. She had 7.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.3 bpg for 15 games in Russia last season. Osipova also added 6.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg for 17 Euroleague games. She had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. Irina Osipova won many titles and personal awards with Spartak. They were Euroleague champions four straight times from 2007 to 2010. Osipova is active member of the Russian National Team since 2001. With them she also won big number of medals, including the Gold at 2011 EuroBasket in Poland. For 9 games at this even Irina Osipova averaged 5.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.



Antakya signs Aneika Henry, ex Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya Belediyesi (TKBL) signed 27-year old American center Aneika Henry (193-86, college: Florida). She started the season at Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB league. In 22 games she had 9.7ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1apg this season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team. Henry also played 15 games in Euroleague where she recorded 11.4ppg, 8.5rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. The last summer she played at Atlanta in WNBA. In 37 games she recorded 4.6ppg and 3.9rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals. Earlier played at Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia in Polish league. In 14 Euroleague games she recorded 13.6ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (2011) summer she was tested by Seattle in WNBA. The last (2011) season Henry played at Mann Filter (LFB) in Spain. In 28 games she recorded 9.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Henry also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 11.1ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Gran Canaria (LFB) in Spanish league. In 26 games she recorded 9.7ppg and 6.0rpg. Henry also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 14.0ppg and 8.7rpg.
She has played also professionally in WNBA (Seattle Storm).
Henry attended University of Florida until 2009 and it is her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Yvonne Turner (ex Dynamo-GUVD) signs at Antakya - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya Belediyesi (TKBL) landed 26-year old American guard Yvonne Turner (174-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Regeneracom Sports). She started the season at Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk in Russian PBL league. In 17 games she averaged 14.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg this season. Turner also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg. The last season she played at Eisvogel Freiburg (DBBL) in German league. In 24 games she had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 2nd Team. The last summer Turner played at Bears (QBL) in Australian league. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements Turner played in the final of Australian ABA League QBL in 2011. She received also All-Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at her college time.
Turner graduated from University of Nebraska in 2010 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Shenise Johnson signed with Istanbul Universitesi BGD - by Mustafa Bozkurt

Shenise Johnson (180-G-90, college: Miami, FL) who shined with Sopron on Euroleague last season with 18.3 points, 8 rebounds and 2.7 assists signed with Istanbul Universitesi BGD. Former Miami University player had pretty nice stats and took attention most of the European clubs but she decided to sign with Istanbul team. Johnson finished Hungarian League with 15 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists. Shenise Johnson will play Eurocup next season with Turkish club.