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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 1st Team 2013
Aleksandar Capin
Capin
Igor Rakocevic
Rakocevic
Branko Jorovic
Jorovic
Boris Savovic
Savovic
Todor Gecevski
Gecevski

Finals MVP: Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) of Partizan
Player of the Year: Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82) of Radnicki KG
Guard of the Year: Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82) of Radnicki KG
Forward of the Year: Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda
Center of the Year: Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje
Import Player of the Year: Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar
European Player of the Year: Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82) of Radnicki KG
Defensive Player of the Year: D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona
Coach of the Year: Dragan Bajic of Igokea

1st Team
PG: Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82) of Radnicki KG
G: Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda
F: Branko Jorovic (204-F-81) of Igokea
F: Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda
C: Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje

2nd Team
G: Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea
G: Terrico White (196-G-90) of Radnicki KG
SF: Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of Partizan
PF: Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar
C: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok

Honorable Mention
Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Igokea
Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) of Partizan
Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost
Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) of Szolnok
Marko Sutalo (193-G-83) of Siroki WWin
D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona
Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cibona
Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Zadar

All-European Players Team
PG: Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82) of Radnicki KG
G: Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda
F: Branko Jorovic (204-F-81) of Igokea
F: Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda
C: Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje

All-Imports Team
G: Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea
G: Terrico White (196-G-90) of Radnicki KG
G: D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona
PF: Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar
C/F: Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Igokea



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, Santurce17.6 
 5. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.7 
 6. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.9 
 8. Lytch, Bameso15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.8 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.10.8 
 2. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.7.9 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.5 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
 10. Lewis, Marinos6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 7. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 9. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 10. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Marinos1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Torres, Fluminense1.1 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Regat.1.1 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 8. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 9. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Macae0.8 


Manu Ginobili seals Spurs' 2OT Game 1 win vs. Warriors - by Eurobasket News

For the 30th consecutive time, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors at home.

If only it were that simple.

The Spurs' 129-127 Game 1 second-round victory didn't come until the second overtime had finished. It came only after Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) ended a game-long slump with a three-pointer to win it in the final two seconds. It required an 18-2 rally to end regulation. It meant withstanding a 22-point flurry by Stephen Curry in the third quarter. It caused some of their fans to leave before the rally commenced.

And who could blame them? The Spurs were down 16, dead-to-rights, with the upstart Warriors holding all the momentum. Tim Duncan, who was at Wake Forest when the Spurs last lost at home to the Warriors, wasn't even in for most of the run.

"I have no clue. I really got to watch it to see what happened," Emanuel Ginobili said of the comeback. "They started missing shots. Steph was unbelievable in the third quarter."

The Spurs hadn't led by two points until 113-111 in the final two minutes of the first overtime period. They hadn't led by three until 123-120 in final two minutes of the second overtime period.

The first key to the magnificent rally? Squelching Curry.

The Warriors point guard had 22 of his 44 points in the third quarter but struggled in the final five minutes of regulation and the two overtime periods. It was Jarrett Jack, Golden State's sixth man, who made the clutch shot to give the Warriors a three-point lead before the Spurs' final possession. And Jack made the first shot of overtime. And Jack took the final shot of the game, missing a three-pointer to win it at the buzzer.

Curry meanwhile clanked the last shot of regulation, a good look on a midrange jumper that he surely would have hit in his torrid third quarter, when he shot 9-for-12, including 4-for-6 from three.

"I don't remember stopping Curry," Popovich said, smirking. Curry did score four points during the second overtime period.

The second key to the rally? Tony Parker being Tony Parker.

The Spurs point guard struggled early in the game, but he had eight points in the final regulation rally, then eight more in the two overtime periods. Parker, the 2007 NBA Finals MVP, finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

But Emanuel Ginobili found the open three for the final shot for the Spurs. His three-pointer came on an inbound play with 3.4 seconds left in regulation and splashed through the net with 1.2 seconds left, setting up Jack's miss.

"I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook him breakfast tomorrow," Popovich said of Emanuel Ginobili, who finished 5-for-20. "That's the truth."

Duncan kept the Spurs in it early, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds before checking out with a stomach illness. But Emanuel Ginobili and Parker missed 22 of their first 30 shots combined, allowing the Warriors to build their lead.

Then Parker went off, scoring eight during the Spurs' stretch run during regulation. And Duncan checked back in for the Spurs' final possession in overtime. Everything was set up for the victory there. But Emanuel Ginobili clanked a good look from midrange, forcing the second overtime. He didn't miss his next shot to win.

Game 2 is Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

And it's in San Antonio.

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



LigaA Round 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - Lanus 90-64

Regatas Corrientes rallied past Lanus for the opening win in the championship series. The game without a history. Regatas Corrientes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Regatas Corrientes outrebounded Lanus 32-21 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Regatas Corrientes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) added 12 points in the effort for Lanus. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 21+2reb, M.Gerlero 15+2reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 14+5reb+1ast, J.Martinez 12+4reb+8ast, T.Washam 6+4reb, P.I. Calderon 6+2reb
Lanus: R.Battle 12+2reb+1ast, L.Perez 12+1reb, F.Martina 12+5reb+1ast, A.Boccia 9+2reb+1ast, P.Prato 6+1reb, F.Giorgi 6+2reb
gschID: 240400



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  BELIZE   


Milton Palacio finished successful season in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Milton Palacio (193-G-78, college: Colorado St.) finished successful season in Lithuania with his Lietuvos Rytas. The team reached the Final but lost to the favorites Zalgiris. Zalgiris clinched the third consecutive LKL title. They knocked down Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius tonight to sweep the championship series. Oliver Lafayette stepped up with 18 points and 7 assists to lead the Kaunas team to the victory.
Zalgiris eked out a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas stiffened defensively in the second period. The hosts held Zalgiris to 8 points in the next period and ensured a 32:29 halftime lead. But the Kaunas team solved the defensive riddles in the third term and went on a massive 26:19 run. The visitors arrived at the final break up by 4 points 55:51. Rimantas Kaukenas triggered a 17:2 rally from Zalgiris midway through the fourth period. The visitors never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas delivered 16 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas added 15 points for the winning side. Eimantas Bendzius answered with 15 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas 10 points in the loss.



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Igokea 9-1 
 2. Siroki WWin 8-1 
 3. Mladost 5-5 
 4. Bosna 4-7 
 5. Radnik B. 3-7 
 6. Capljina 1-9 
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 10

May. 7: Bosna - Radnik B. 70-74
May. 7: Capljina - Igokea 38-100
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, Capljina14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Goranovic, Radnik8.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Josilo, Radnik B.7.6 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik5.8 
 10. Markovic, Radnik5.7 
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, Bosna4.3 
 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, Capljina1.8 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 9. Milosevic, Mladost1.4 
 10. Borovcanin, Radni.1.4 
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. Popovic, Capljina0.4 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 10. Karamatic, Caplji.0.4 


KK SPARS LONDON PREVIEW! - by Chris Mathieu

KK SPARS LONDON PREVIEW!

KK Spars will be attempting to win it all in London next week for the NIJT finals. It is a big ambition for the upstart outfit from Bosnia whose rise to the top of European teams has been nothing short of meteoric considering how new the team is. They have been methodical, measured in their approach in developing basketball talents and it has really paid off in the last couple of years. The team after so much success in moving to the first division of the Bosnian domestic league and winning the NIJT leg in Rome, the team is focused on finishing the season strong. The team will play in group B along with FC Barcelona Regal, INSEP Paris and Team England.
The team opponents

May 9th KK SPARS vs INSEP PARIS
Insep runs one of the best basketball programs in France and will be a tough matchup for Bosnia. The team has talent and will compete.

May 10th KK SPARS vs FC BARCELONA REGAL
Regal is possibly the most talented team in tournament. The team is built upon internationals with Milovan Draskovic one of the best center prospects of his generation. Along with Mario Hezonja a top NBA prospect, will prove to be a very tough matchup for Bosnia. One interesting matchup will be Adnan Omeragic, a Bosnian native born in Spain (another top prospect) vs. Spars.
May 11th KK SPARS vs TEAM ENGLAND

England is one of the lesser talented teams in the tournament that will at least enjoy the home court advantage.
Spars starting five

PG) Aleksej Nikolic: A gritty intelligent player who has a high basketball IQ and runs the show for SPARS. When he plays well the team is nearly unstoppable.

SG) Adi Zahiragic: Another young talent for Spars who has grown into a reliable player on the team and gives them another ball handler.

C) Doko Salic: A physically imposing player who dominates young players who cant match his physical strength and inside post moves. Salic is also a strong rebounder who cleans the glass and has a bright future.

SF) Mahir Ferhatbegovic: A glue player who hustles and defends and plays within the team system.

PF) Nedim Buza: The most talented player on his team, Nedim has a bright future that may prove to burn brighter if he can lead his team to the Promised Land in London.

Key reserves: Atif Durak, Mirzad Pilavdzic, Faris Smajlovic, Alija Piric.



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  BOTSWANA   


Good Basketball over the Weekend in the Botswana League - by Peter Ubakar

In the past weekend a couple of games were played in the basketball league whihc saw POlice men losing tow games over the weekend. In the fist game POlice lost to BDF V 75-62 while the next day the lost to new comers Bullets 63-72. This were shock losses to Police as indicated by thier coach James Kalebwe, he observed that they still hope to make the top 4 at the end of the saeson and hope is not all lost yet. "we just have to go back to training and work on some fundamental" noted James. In other games Splinters narroowly lost to BC Saints 67-70 while Dolphins thrashe BUllets 80-45.


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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. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.5 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.8 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.4 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Beal, Minas16.7 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Prestes, 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, Uberlandia4.8 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.6 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 9. Taylor, Bauru4.3 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.4.2 
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. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 8. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Uberlandia, Sao Jose and Franca force deciders - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Uberlandia 76-89

Uberlandia shocked Pinheiros/Sky on the road to force the decisive fifth game in the series. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Uberlandia's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-20 extending their advantage to 13 points. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Uberlandia brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Robby Collum (185-81, college: W.Michigan) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points and 5 assists and American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pinheiros. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: L.Cipolini 20+5reb+3ast, L.Felipe Gruber 19+5reb, R.Day 14+3reb+2ast, R.Collum 13+4reb+7ast, A.Parisotto 11+4reb+2ast, V.Silva 7+5reb+2ast
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 19+3reb+5ast, A.Bambu 15+2reb, M.Dornelles 12+4reb, J.Smith 12+4reb+4ast, M.Ferreira 10+3reb, G.Araujo 4+1reb
gschID: 240462


S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia 84-70

Sao Jose/Unimed shot down Brasilia at home court to even the series at 2-2. The game was mostly controlled by Sao Jose/Vinac. Brasilia managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Brasilia 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Brasilia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-84) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. International forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points and the former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 25+11reb+2ast, J.Antonio 16+2reb+2ast, D.Stefanelli 13+6reb+3ast, A.Laws 10+7reb+3ast, L.Felipe Lemes 7+1reb+2ast, F.de Assis 7+5reb+7ast
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 18+4reb+2ast, W.Dos Santos 11+2reb+5ast, A.Alves 11+2reb+1ast, A.Ribeiro 8+3reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 7+1reb, P.Prestes 6+3reb
gschID: 240461


Franca - Bauru 70-62

Franca edged Bauru as the series would now be heading for the decisive fifth game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-2. But Paschoalotto/Bauru won second period 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vivo/Franca won last quarter 20-13. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Paschoalotto/Bauru to just 2 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of center Lucas Mariano (207-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and forward Leonardo Meindl (200-93) who added 19 points during the contest. Four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Franca: L.Meindl 19+3reb, R.Souza 16+5reb, C.Borges dos Santos 14+2reb+2ast, L.Mariano 14+12reb+1ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 3+5reb+14ast, A.Ferreira 2+1reb
Bauru: D.Coleman 16+7reb+2ast, P.Alves 14+9reb, J.Agba 10+11reb+3ast, L.Taylor 8+2reb, G.Pereira 6+1reb+1ast, A.Mosso 5+1ast
gschID: 240460



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Trotamundos18.8 
 3. Haritopoulos, Luko.17.4 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.17.2 
 5. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.5 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.3 
 7. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 9. Marinovic, Levski15.6 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.9 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.4 
 8. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 9. Caloiaro, Rilski S.6.7 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.7 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.4 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.8 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Massamba, Lukoil3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.2 
 4. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 5. Green, Spirou2.1 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.1.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Kostov, Levski S.1.8 
 10. Holmes, Beroe1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.5 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 4. Dupree, Rilski S.1.2 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Galiotos, Perister.0.7 
 10. Vrcelj, Cherno M.0.7 


Lukoil Academik and Levski Sofia won the Semifinals first games - by Eurobasket News

Levski Sofia - Balkan 78-77 (1-0)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-11. But Balkan won second period 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Balkan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. The former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 24 points and 4 assists and international guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) added 18 points in the effort for Balkan. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 20+2reb+1ast, N.Protic 14+2reb+2ast, C.Kostov 12+2reb, D.Anguelov 11+6reb+1ast, M.Pantic 11+6reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 6+5reb
Balkan: J.Bozov 24+3reb+4ast, S.Marinov 18+2reb+3ast, V.Panic 11+7reb, M.Marinov 8+1reb+2ast, A.Santos 4+8reb+1ast, U.Petrovic 4+2reb
gschID: 240414


Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist 96-85 (1-0)

Lukoil Academik shot 62.1 percent from the field. Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and international Hristo Zahariev (197-90) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Haritopoulos 21+5reb+3ast, B.Heath 21+1reb, T.Massamba 18+3reb+3ast, B.Popovic 14+4reb+7ast, B.Avramov 9+2reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 5+4reb
Rilski Sportist: H.Zahariev 22+1reb+1ast, T.Smith 19+4reb+4ast, B.Dupree 13+5reb, B.Mirkovic 12+2reb+10ast, T.Gugino 5+7reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 240413



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 6: Piratas - Aguilas 98-77
May. 6: Bucaros - Bambuqueros 94-87
May. 6: Once Caldas - Academia 84-78

Second Stage: Round 13

May. 10: Piratas - Bambuqueros
May. 10: Once Caldas - Bucaros
May. 10: Aguilas - Academia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Thomas, Piratas23.5 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.4 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.9 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 7. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.1 
 10. Jordan, Once Cal.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros13.0 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.2 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Smith, Aguilas8.8 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 6. Blue, Academia8.7 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.5.8 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.5 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.4 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.3 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.5 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.2 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.1 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 3. Jordan, Once Cald.1.6 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 5. Mayfield, Aguilas1.6 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas1.3 
 10. Bacci, Aguilas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Farley, Academia0.8 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 4. Blue, Academia0.7 
 5. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 6. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 7. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 8. Fernandez, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 10. Aguaslimpias, Aca.0.5 


Bucaros add Brown to their roster, ex Naglis Palangos - by Eurobasket News

Bucaros de Bucaramanga (DPB) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland). He just played at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL league. In 18 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg (in top 2) this season. Brown also played 15 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg. The last season he played at Mazeikiai (NKL) in Lithuanian league. In 46 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg and 2.3spg (in top 3). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team.
Brown has played also professionally in Germany (Bochum), Mexico (Potros) and IBL (Elgin R.).
He attended University of Maryland until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 12

May. 7: KK Split - KK Zagreb 84-76
May. 7: Cibona - Jolly 76-78
May. 7: Kvarner 2010 - Zadar 70-72
May. 8: Alkar Sinj - Cedevita


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Ross, Jolly21.4 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.3 
 4. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 5. Radic, Kvarner 201014.9 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 7. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivica RADIC
  Kvarner 2010
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 2. Mrva, Jolly7.0 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 6. Ross, Jolly5.4 
 7. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.1 
 10. Halilovic, KK Za.4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 4. Ross, Jolly3.8 
 5. Car, KK Zagreb3.8 
 6. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 7. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Car, KK Zagreb1.7 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 4. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 5. Krivec, Kvarner1.4 
 6. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
 7. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 8. Pesut, Zabok1.3 
 9. Glavinic, Sloboda1.3 
 10. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 5. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 6. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 7. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 
 8. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 


JOLLY SURPRISED IN ZAGREB AND SECURED PLAY-OFF SPOT - by Ivo Vukojevic

KK CIBONA - KK JOLLY JB 76:78

Tough match was played in capital of Croatia. It was time to see some of the most talented players in Croatia. We could see two great youngsters in starting lineups on both sides, Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) on home side and Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) on guest side. The real stars of first quarter were experienced players-Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Texas Tech) (10 pts in 1st qt) and Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) (8 pts in 1st quarter) who carried their teams in first ten minutes. Jolly's double team on Saric was great which led to three turnovers in first three minutes by one of the most talented European players. He reedemed his first bad quarter in first few minutes of the second where he scored six consecutive points. Zizic was real enigma for guest team, but the real hit was Velic's tactic with 2-3 zone which forced Cibona's backcourt for more shots. Cibona led most time of match, but Jolly answered well and took their lead in 35th minute of the game (68:69). After that, Gabric scored two consecutive threes, but Cibona player-Davor Kus (192-G-78, agency: Interperformances) answered with one. The result was tied (75:75) at the entrance of the last minute. Thanks to Luka Katura (194-G-89) offensive rebound, Jolly had two shot-clocks and Ross draw a foul 22 seconds left to the end. He made both free throws and aric took the ball. Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82) fouled him, but youngster scored only first and missed second free throw. Zizic instantly made a foul on Bubalo who also made first and missed second for two point Jolly lead (76:78) which was final score. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) took defensive rebound but Katura stole his ball and Jolly took important road game.

It was great performance by visitors who showed Cibona what is a great team game where each of first five players had "their time" of the game. With this win, Jolly secured their play-off spot and Cibona will now have to win two tough games for first spot-tough road game against Split and game in last round against their city rivals, Cedevita.

Dario Saric was impressive with 19pts (2pt 7/7, FT 5/9), 15 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 block, 9 fouls forced, but 7 turnovers. Zizic had 18 points and D.J. Strawbery finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

All five players of Jolly's starting lineup finished the game in double figures. Ross led the team with 18pts (9 rbs, 4 ast, 4 stl), Petkovic 14, Katura 13 (3P 3/5), Bubalo 11 and Gabric 10 (3P 3/7) points.


With this win,Jolly secured their final four spot and Cibona will play for first spot in last round against their city rivals-KK Cedevita.



Mario Delas and Marko Popovic win the title in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Mario Delas (207-F/C-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, college: S.Idaho JC) win the title in Lithuania as their Zalgiris clinched the third consecutive LKL title. They knocked down Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius tonight to sweep the championship series. Oliver Lafayette stepped up with 18 points and 7 assists to lead the Kaunas team to the victory.
Zalgiris eked out a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas stiffened defensively in the second period. The hosts held Zalgiris to 8 points in the next period and ensured a 32:29 halftime lead. But the Kaunas team solved the defensive riddles in the third term and went on a massive 26:19 run. The visitors arrived at the final break up by 4 points 55:51. Rimantas Kaukenas triggered a 17:2 rally from Zalgiris midway through the fourth period. The visitors never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) delivered 16 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas added 15 points for the winning side. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) answered with 15 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas 10 points in the loss.



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  CYPRUS   


Linos wins the title in Tunisia - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

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

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

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

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

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

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



Linos wins in Tunisia - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

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

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

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

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

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

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



The London final four - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

The Euroleague final four takes place in London between the 10th-12th of May. The action starts with two incredible semifinals on Friday the 10th. In the first game, Olympiacos Piraeus as the defending Euroleague champion battles against CSKA in a rematch of last year's final.

Later on the two giant rivalries Barcelona and Real Madrid battle for a place at the final.

In an interview taken by Frank Lawlor at Euroleague.net on May 3rd, Georgios Bartzokas of Olympiacos stated his opinion about the game. He admits of facing a problem against his rival but hopes to turn it into an advantage. Here it is what he said...

"the big size of CSKA mainly Kaun and Krstic and Erceg of course it's a problem for us. If we are smart and I do think we are smart enough we can make it an advantage for us by running and being fast than them. We will try and we will see if we get the advantage"



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.3 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 6. Fields, Levice16.7 
 7. Meno, USK Praha16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.15.6 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.6 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.8 
 5. Simmons, Levice7.4 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.2 
 8. Nuhanovic, Levice7.2 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 2. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.4 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin4.3 
 7. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
 10. Carter, CEZ N.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.0 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 6. Bolds, BC Kolin1.8 
 7. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 8. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
 10. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 



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  DENMARK   


Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 1st Team 2013
Adama Darboe
Darboe
Darko Jukic
Jukic
Nicolai Iversen
Iversen
Donald Rutherford
Rutherford
Bonell Colas
Colas

Player of the Year: Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken
Guard of the Year: Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC
Forward of the Year: Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) of Svendborg
Center of the Year: Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers
Import Player of the Year: Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers
Bosman Player of the Year: Miguel Ortega (188-PG-91) of Randers
Domestic Player of the Year: Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken
Defensive Player of the Year: Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89) of Horsens IC
Coach of the Year: Steffen Wich of Bakken

1st Team
G: Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg
G: Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC
F/C: Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken
F/C: Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) of Svendborg
F: Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers

2nd Team
PG: Miguel Ortega (188-PG-91) of Randers
G: Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89) of Horsens IC
G/F: Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU
F: Damian Ocana (198-F-86) of Randers
C/F: Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84) of Svendborg

Honorable Mention
Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88) of Svendborg
Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken
Keane Thomann (211-C-89) of Horsens IC
Mikael Nielsen (178-PG-90) of SISU
Chris Nielsen (192-G/F-85) of Randers
Caleb Walker (193-G-89) of Naestved
Casper Hesseldal (198-F-85) of Horsholm
Richard Delk (193-G-86) of Vaerlose
Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87) of Aarhus BC
Soren Sorensen (196-F/C-88) of Aalborg

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg
G: Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC
F/C: Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken
C: Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken

All-Imports Team
G: Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89) of Horsens IC
G/F: Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU
F/C: Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) of Svendborg
F: Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers
C/F: Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84) of Svendborg




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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Malabo King 4-0 
 2. Six Stars 2-2 
 3. MBC 2-2 
 4. San Antonio 1-3 
 5. Rhema B. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 10: Rhema B. - MBC
May. 11: Malabo King - San Antonio
May. 12: Six Stars - MBC


D1 Round 4: MBC loses to Malabo King in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

D1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 4 rounds left.

Very significant was Malabo King's (#1, 4-0) victory against their biggest opponent MBC (2-2) 71-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of MBC. Malabo King have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. MBC at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Six Stars. Malabo King are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rhema B. (#5) in the next round. MBC will play against San Antonio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Rhema B. (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Six Stars (2-2) 81-65. Six Stars moved-up to second place, which they share with MBC. Rhema B. at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Six Stars will play against San Antonio (#4) in the next round. Rhema B. will play against the league's leader Malabo King and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Rhema B. - Six Stars 65-81

Bottom-ranked Rhema B. (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Six Stars (2-2) 81-65. Six Stars moved-up to second place, which they share with MBC. Rhema B. at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Six Stars will play against San Antonio (#4) in the next round. Rhema B. will play against the league's leader Malabo King and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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MBC - Malabo King 66-71

Very significant was Malabo King's (#1, 4-0) victory against their biggest opponent MBC (2-2) 71-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of MBC. Malabo King have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. MBC at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Six Stars. Malabo King are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rhema B. (#5) in the next round. MBC will play against San Antonio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Ettore Messina is close to Turkish NT job - by Eurobasket News

Turkish Basketball Federation is closing on the deal with Ettore Messina . The Italian specialist will become the next head coach of the Turkish National Team. Ettore Messina is currently working with CSKA. He signed a three-year deal with the Russian powerhouse at the start of the current season. Ettore Messina spent the previous season working as assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Earlier he worked two seasons with Real Madrid. He also guided CSKA Moscow, Benetton Treviso and Kinder Bologna before. Eurobasket.com named Ettore Messina All-EuroLeague Coach of the Year in 2006. He also won All-Russian Superleague Coach of the Year award in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Ettore Messina used to work on international level before. He was at helm of the Italian National Team in 1993/97 seasons. If signed Ettore Messina would prepare Turkey for the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket. Turkey tip off their campaign on September 4 against Finland. They will also face Sweden, Greece, Russia and Italy in preliminary Group D in Slovenia.


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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.8 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.3 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.21.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Clavell, Humacao20.0 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.3 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto19.1 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.17.1 
 10. Thornton, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.3 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.10.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.6 
 4. Giles, KTP9.6 
 5. Conley, LrNM.9.5 
 6. Quaintance, Kauha.9.3 
 7. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 10. Johnson, Namika8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.4 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.1 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.6 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.8 
 10. Holloway, Namika3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.3 
 3. Quaintance, Kauha.2.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 5. Smith, Kataja2.0 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 8. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 9. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Kauha.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Quaintance, Kauha.1.4 
 2. Barrett, KTP1.3 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Fields, Kataja1.1 
 5. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Giles, KTP1.0 
 7. Dyer, Hapoel Kazrin0.9 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 


KORISLIIGA: KTP captured the advantage - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 1: Finally this season Finals got started. Regular season winner and last season Finnish Champion Bisons (Loimaa) vs KTP (Kotka). KTP in the Finals first time in 19 years. And KTP did tonight the same as in the semi-finals. Then KTP captured the home court advantage away from Kataja (Joensuu) in the first game, this time Bisons had to admit KTP was better. Bisons was shooting with terrible shooting percentages and KTP won by six 71-77 (34-33). Quarters: 16-20, 18-13, 23-28, 14-16.
Bisons was 2/23 (9%) from the distance and 50% (7/14) from the FT-line. Sharphooters Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) (0/7), Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (1/7), Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) (0/3) had it difficult from behind the arc, but Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) (KTP) made alone his three 3-pointers in this contest. KTP lost the rebounds 32-46 and in this part of the game KTP must be stronger in the near future.
Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) led the hosts with a double-double 23pts/11rbs. Heinonen and Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, college: Cent.Michigan) scored both 22 points for the visitors. Bisons - KTP 0-1. Next game on Friday, May 10, in Kotka.

Bisons - KTP 71-77 (34-33). (Martin Zeno 23/11, Matti Nuutinen 19, Kimmo Muurinen 10. 1 - 50% (7/14), 2 - 62% (29/47), 3 - 9% (2/23). R: 29+17=46. TO: 13) - Sefton Barrett 22/8a, Timo Heinonen 22, Devonne Giles 15/12. 1 - 77% (10/13), 2 - 55% (23/42), 3 - 28% (7/25). R: 23+9=32. TO: 9). A: 966).



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Saint Quentin tab Kevin Mondesir - by Eurobasket News

Saint Quentin started building the roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Kevin Mondesir (204-F-91). The deal is meant for one season. The forward spent this season with Toulouges in NM2. Last season Kevin Mondesir played for Montbrison. His stats read 9.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in NM1. The forward used to play for French U16 and U18 National Teams.


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D1 Standings

Prva Liga Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. MZT Skopje 8-1 
 2. Kozuv 6-3 
 3. Rabotnicki 5-4 
 4. Feni Indistrija 4-5 
 5. Kumanovo 3-6 
 6. Lirija 1-8 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 8-10 
 2. Pelister Bitola 4-14 
 3. Vardar 3-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

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



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The Miles Basketball Minute: 2013 Beko BBL Playoff 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.




The Miles Basketball Minute: 2013 Beko BBL Playoff Preview EWE Baskets Oldenburg-Telekom Baskets Bonn 3-1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


If one had to choose one Beko BBL player that could challenge ex NBA player and sunny boy Casey Jacobsens professionalism and his identity rate to his team Brose Baskets Bamberg, then it wouldnt take long to come up with EWE Baskets Oldenburg American Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri). The Detroit native like Jacobson has lesser ties to the NBA than the California native in that he never played, but was drafted by his hometown team Detroit Pistons. However Paulding is the kind of guy that can smile with the best of them when one mentions his good friend Jimmy Mckinney after a game, but also unleash that focused and straight ahead look similar to the way one can observe on a Jacobson on the court. Recently Oldenburg played their last regular season game in Giessen as it was more of a Sunday stroll than any player needing to sweat hard as they easily dismantled them 90-59 and after the game, Paulding as usual was prepared to answer any questions and did like a professional. He and his team after the win were exerting a careful confident, but not arrogant type of body language with their task the Eurochallenge Final 4 in Izmir. Nobody wanted to admit it really, but in a way they were favorites and why shouldnt they have been after they went undefeated in the regular season of the competition. It was so much more of a shock when they lost in the semi final to Krasiyaka 66-62. Oldenburg wanted so badly to win their second team title in their history, but the blow of not winning another hardware must have been as disappointing as it is for a Chevy car fan finding out that the car plant in Detroit only has Ford cars. Even if Oldenburg got third place beating French team Gravelines, there is no justice in that, but at least they still have the Beko BBL playoffs now.

So now the main focus for Oldenburg lies in the playoffs. The team led by 1995 Korac cup winner Sebastian Machowski as head coach came into the season as one of those teams that would be near the top and might be able to annoy some of the top teams. They didnt disappoint anyone by finishing the regular season in second place and reaching the Eurochallenge final 4. During the season, they whipped up winning streaks of six, five, four and three games. They were able to sweep FC Bayern Munich, Alba Berlin, Artland Dragons and the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Oldenburg is a team that can put points on the board averaging 78 this season. They may have the best starting five in the league. Machowski did a good job this season making their defense stronger as the team gave up under 70 points 17 times, finally brought in a classic point guard with Dru Joyce and lets his players use as many options as possible within the individual qualities that each player possesses. Machowski really has a very versatile lineup with Joyce/Kramer at the pg position, maybe the best shooting guard/small forward tandem in the Beko BBL with Julius Jenkins and Rickey Paulding, a good inside presence with experienced ex ACB American Adam Chubb and inside out player Ronny Burrell who showed Frankfurt why you cant leave him open from the parking lot. The bench is also has stability, but not depth with ex Skyliners Konrad Wysocki and Dominik Bahiense De mello. Robin Smuelders was a big surprise and should could have won most improved player. Their biggest weakness could be the possibility of underachieving, because everything is possible with this team and also consistency on defense as they havent been as strong as in the first half of the season.

Who could forget the end to last season as the Telekom Baskets Bonn won a do or die game against Frankfurt on the last game day and then shocked Bamberg on the road in game one with an upset as Tony Gaffney and Andrej Mangold danced on the court celebrating just the second win in Bamberg in two years for any Beko BBL team. Even though Bonn had to fight to get into the playoffs, this season was a bit less unspectacular than last season, but they did beat FC Bayern Munich in OT, the second win in a row at home. Possibly the biggest headline this season wasnt the play of Bonn, but the departure of Marquis Blakely. How much the departure of sniper Robert Vaden will effect the team now in the playoffs will be interesting to see. The season was pretty much up and down. Except for a five game winning streak in January/February and a three game winning streak recently, the team didnt have much to cheer about. Their two biggest highlights was sweeping ratiopaharm Ulm and beating Bamberg at home. Bonn is definitely a team with scorers, but that they would average 81 points per game as a team most certainly must have surprised some people. They scored over 80 points 17 times including 100 points or more five times and even out slugged Phoenix Hagen 103-101 which isnt easy to do beating them at their game. Their biggest strength and weapon is Jared Jordan. The team goes and sputters depending how he plays. It doesnt matter if he is held scoreless in Trier, he still effected the game with 17 assists or if he needs to be a scorer against MBC with 21 points or does it combined scoring and playmaking against FC Bayern Munich with 19 points and 13 assists, Bonn wins. However when he is shut down as he was in Frankfurt with two assists in 30 minutes, then Bonn is more prone to losing. Just the presence of dinosaur Chris Ensminger on the court or bench is a plus even if his minutes were strongly reduced. Bonn has a strong offense that has deadly scorers like Benas Veikalis and Kyle Weems. The addition of American Jamel Mclean has been a huge spark as he needed little integration and has been very solid finishing very well near the rim. David Mccray and Andrej Mangold are aggressive defenders that make the game faster and make their transition game more effective. The biggest weakness was the departure of Robert Vaden who puts a dent into their scoring and their thin bench. German Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann has made big strides, but the development of Fabian Thlig has stalled a bit with less minutes. Both will be needed to supply power in this series.

This will be an interesting series as you have the potent Oldenburg team against a weakened, but annoying Bonn team who will want to leave a lasting impression on this season. Oldenburg is the favorite in this series not only having the home court advantage, but because they have more talent and the deeper bench. The duel of the game could be Kyle Weems vs Ronny Burrell. Weems will have to have a very good series, while Burrell who has the stronger supporting cast wont have as much pressure to perform, but if he plays solid will be a thorn in the side of the Bonn defense. If Oldenburg can keep Jared Jordan from wheeling and dealing and making a mess in the Oldenburg defense then they will have good chances of easily winning this series. One cant forget that the teams split the season series. Bonn showed how effective they can be when they defend beating Oldenburg 90-57 and keeping Lebron James friend Dru Joyce scoreless and paralyzed forcing him to six turnovers and keeping them to 32% from the field and 17% from outside and dominating the boards. Rebound work will also be key for Bonn in this series. In the return game, Bonn lost 84-74 in Oldenburg where they had a very bad shooting day. Bonn will have to defend with heart to make any kind of progress in this series. They will have to find a way to contain the Oldenburg inside game as well as their dangerous perimeter shooters. Oldenburg should be able to win this series 3-1.




Frank Robinson (The Point Guard Battle Will Be Key In The Alba Berlin-FC Bayern Munich Series) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: CS Fullerton) is 28 year old 193cm guard that was born in Compton, California and grew up in Los Angeles. He played at Cal Fullerton (NCAA) from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played games: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3Pts: 34.2%, FT: 73.8%. In 2008-2009, he started with NBA club Atlanta Hawks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga UPC, starting five): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg; Euroleague: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, in Feb.'09 signed at EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 11 games: 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 73.5%. In 2009-2010, he started with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) again, only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 12.4 Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): EuroChallenge: 14 games: 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 59.5%; Israeli League: 28 games: 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 61.1% ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 69.2%. In 2010-2011, he played for Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague, starting five): Eurochallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg, in Oct.'11 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), in Nov.'11 signed at B.C. Habikaa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 21 games: 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 25.7%, FT: 54.1%. This past season, he played with Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-TBL), left in Nov.'12: Euroleague: 7 games: 7.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 50.0%; Polish TBL: 8 games: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 23.8%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 68.8%, in Dec.'12 moved to Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Eurocup: 6 games: 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg; Ukrainian Superleague: 9 games: 5.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 5.9%, FT: 46.7%, left in Feb.'13, later that month signed at s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg He spoke to eurobasket about the 2013 Beko BBL quarterfinals.

You returned back to the Beko BBL after playing in Ludwigsburg in 2008-2009. How has the league developed in the last 3-4 years since you were gone?

The league has developed tremendously. I mean any time you have league with six or seven teams playing internationally it shows how strong the league is top to bottom. I think there are a few variables that have led to the fast growth. One being the addition of Bayern Munich to the BBL. Financially they came to the league prepared to win championships although they have not done so yet it forced the teams to raise the bar and get higher level players. Another variable is the economic issues across Europe, guys feel safe coming to Germany and know that it is a professional league that does not tolerate late payments.

You have played in many countries the last years. How tough was it not reaching the Beko BBL playoffs with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?

Coming to Wurzberg I didnt know what to expect because I knew very little about the team or city. I spoke with Marc Stein (ESPN NBA reporter) and he had great things to say about it because he knows Dirk Nowtizki and has been here to see him play. When I got here I was pleasantly surprised at the type of players who were here. Guys that I may have not known before besides Lamont Macintosh and Jimmy Mckinney , but thir were guys who came to work every day and wanted to improve and for me that enviroment is important. When I stepped off the plane I knew we had 11 games left so I set a goal to at least go 7-4 in that time. For a while we were playing great I believe we won four of my first five games with the only loss being my first game against Oldenburg. So things were going well then we lost a tough one at Berlin. Caught Frankfurt when they were hot and lost a close one to them at home. One the next two and lost a heartbreaker to ULM. With one game left we sat at 6-4 and a must situation at home against Bamberg. Needless to say we lost the game and did not make the 7-4 mark that we needed to make the playoffs. That hurt but when I think of all the things these guys have had to overcome all year I am proud of them for not giving up and being in this position at the end of the season. Wit all the injuries they could have just gave up on the season shows a lot of character to keep going when times get tough.

The 2013 quarterfinal Beko BBL playoffs look to have some nice matchups. The most interesting is Alba Berlin-FC Bayern Munich. What kind of series can we await, will it go five games and what will be key for each team winning?

I think both teams are well coached and have a strong nucleus. The point guard battle will be key for each team. In my opinion whichever one of them has the better series the team will follow. I also like the Matchup between Deon Thompson and Chevon Troutman. Both players are really dominant when they want to be but Deon is playing at another level right now.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg have a real tough opening round with Phoenix Hagen. I see this as being a sweep by Bamberg if they are on or going five games. What kind of series can we await and what will be key for each team moving on?

Both teams are great at home. Bamburg has struggled as of late going 5-5 in the last ten games. If Phoenix continues to stay hot I also see this going five games. But if Bamberg senses any type of let down from Phoenix then they will smell blood and destroy them like all good teams do. Davin White and Larry Gordan will not let them get sweeped in my opinion. I think each team gets a win at home and after that its a toss up

Bonn plays Oldenburg a rematch of the 2009 Beko BBL final where Oldenburg won the title. What kind of series can we await and what will be key for each team advancing?

With Robert Vaden no longer on the team I dont see Bonn hanging with Oldenburg. Bonn is a really good team and Kyle Weems has come into his own as a first year player but Oldenburg in my opinion is the best team in the BBL this season. They have matchup problems all over the court and if you take one thing away they have the personal to go to the next option with any drop off

The Artland Dragons have to tangle with ratiopharm Ulm. This is also one of those series that can end quick for Ulm or possibly go five games. What kind of series can we await and what will be key for each team getting to the next round?

There are two matchups that will be key in this series. If Brad Buckman can keep John Bryant away from the basket and off the offensive glass Artland has a great chance. If Bryce Taylor has a great offensive series and either shuts down Allen Ray or Steven Esterkamp who is shooting 14-17 from the three in the last three games (thats ridiculous) then Artland has a chance. Than you have the x-factor Anthony King if he is playing well then it will be a long series for Ulm or short.

Thanks Frank for the chat.




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Leiden reach Eredivisie Finals - by Eurobasket News

Den Bosch - Leeuwarden 106-63 (1-2)

The game without a history. Den Bosch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Leeuwarden was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Leeuwarden. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: D.Wright 21+7reb+3ast, W.Carter 20+8reb+3ast, M.Bauscher 15, K.Akerboom 14+1reb, S.Wessels 10+9reb+6ast, A.Young 9+5reb+8ast
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 13+9reb+2ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 12+5reb, R.Holcomb Faye 9+4reb+7ast, T.de Paula 9+1reb, J.Williams 7+2reb+1ast, H.Kherrazi 4+3reb
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Leiden - Groningen 68-64 (3-0)

The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-64. The best player for the winners was international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Moroccan forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Thomas Koenis (206-89, agency: Court Side) who recorded 5 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) added 14 points and 4 steals respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leiden: W.de Jong 21+6reb+2ast, M.Schachtner 13+3reb, A.Slagter 12+2reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 11+6reb+1ast, R.Bekkering 6+8reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 3+3reb
Groningen: J.Dourisseau 14+4reb, J.Voorn 14+3reb+1ast, D.Van Der Horst 10+3reb+3ast, R.Jansen 10+3ast, J.Boykin 6+4reb+1ast, T.Koenis 5+12reb+3ast
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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. 90-124
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
 Ryan EDWARDS
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Edwards, Kankakee.33.2 
 2. Bostick, Kenosha32.8 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.26.5 
 4. Thomas, Kenosha B.23.8 
 5. Cobbs, Kenosha B.23.5 
 6. Bennett, Gary S.22.9 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.21.9 
 8. Bennett, Rocheste.20.9 
 9. Motley, Lansing C.20.9 
 10. Farmer, Blooming.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Pettiford, India.11.1 
 2. Baptist, Kankakee.11.0 
 3. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.9 
 4. Warren, Gary S.10.7 
 5. Haley, Rochester R.10.2 
 6. Devaughn, India.9.0 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.8.6 
 8. Love, Sauk V.8.5 
 9. Anderson, Bloomi.8.2 
 10. Edwards, Kankake.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.7.8 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.6.8 
 3. Marshell, Indiana5.7 
 4. Waller, Sauk V.5.1 
 5. Ruffin, Blooming.4.7 
 6. Radcliff, Sauk V.4.7 
 7. Motley, Lansing C.4.4 
 8. Goldsberry, West V.4.4 
 9. Tunnell, West V.3.8 
 10. Anderson, Roches.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.3.0 
 2. Collins, West V.2.2 
 3. Bostick, Kenosha2.1 
 4. Wright, Gary S.2.0 
 5. Marshell, Indiana2.0 
 6. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.0 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.1.8 
 8. Benson, Lake M.1.7 
 9. Goldsberry, West V.1.7 
 10. Kyle, Kankakee S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrence GREEN
  Blooming.
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Green, Blooming.1.6 
 2. Warren, Gary S.1.4 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.4 
 4. Bostick, Kenosha1.3 
 5. Wolfinger, Sauk V.1.1 
 6. Wright, Gary S.1.0 
 7. Barkdoll, Rocheste.1.0 
 8. Eversley, West V.1.0 
 9. Harris, Lake Michi.1.0 
 10. Carlwell, Chicago1.0 



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Slam End Oregon Road Trip with 143-104 win OVER SALEM - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com The Bellingham Slam shook off a slow start as they went on to rout the SAlem Sabres 143-104 in the International Basketball League game on the campus of Chemeketa Community College. Salem came out of the gate on fire in the franchises first IBL game racing out to a 17-7 lead by the first media time out. The Slam responded by battling back too take a 31-29 lead into the second quarter. A late 13-2 run helped Bellingham extend their lead to 17 at 67-50 at halftime. The Sabes didnt have an answer for the Slam in the BELLINGHAM DEFENSE REFUSED TO REST IN THE FOURTH QUARTER AS THEY HELD sALEM TO 19 POINTS WHILE THEIR OFFENSIVE BARRAGE CONTINUED. gUARD jACOB sTEVENSON LEAD SEVEN sLAM PLAYERS in double figures with 28 points. Rookie gurad Rico Wilkins enjoyed his best night of his young pro career with 27 points on 7 for 13 shooting from 3 pt range . For Salem forward Corey Largent took high scorer honors with 23 points.


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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.5 
 2. James, Hapoel K.22.8 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.20.2 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.5 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.3 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.4 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.6 
 5. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 6. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 7. Clemente, Ironi N.9.7 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Bouchman, Kiryat9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.8 
 3. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.6 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 7. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.4.3 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 10. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Hapoel K.3.0 
 2. Miller, Ironi N.2.9 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 4. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.5 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.4 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 9. Kent, Ironi R.2.1 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.2 
 3. McNeil, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi1.6 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.2 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Bouchman, Kiryat T.1.1 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.0.9 


Shivak: Our goal in Eurobasket 2013 is top 12 - by Idan Seggev

The Israeli national team orgenized press conference yesterday, when all the players showed up including Cavs Omri Casspi (204-SF-88), except Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84), Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) and Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) who play abroad. Israel will play in this summer Eurobasket in Slovenia and will play vs. France, Germany, Great Britain, Ukraine and Belgium. Here some comments from thre conference:

Arik Shivak, Israel's coach:"Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) is a wonderful addition for us along side other players. Our main goal is to qualify for the top 12 and then we can also think regarding the top 8. I told the players that we should start this campaign in the same way as we finished the last one. If we'll do this, I'm sure that we can achieve our goals. There are no "easy teams" in this tournament. Every single national team is strong".

As for the poor ability of Casspi, Eliyahu and Halperin this season, Shivak said:"Sometime a player can have a difficult time personally in his club but when he comes to the national team and gives wonderful campaign. The still great players and I believe in everyone of them".

Lior Eliyahu, forward: "There is always special atmosphire in the national team. Everyone gives a bit more from themselves and I believe that we will give our best in the Eurobasket.

Omri Casspi (204-SF-88), forward
: "I'm looking forward for my first big tournament with the natonal team. The togetherness should help us and I believe that we will achieve great things in this tournament if we will play as we know and can. I hope to sign in a club before the campaign starts".

Gal Mekel, guard: "I believe in our chances. We have more comfortable draw and we want to continue where we stopped in the last campaign".



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Mugabe Thomas joins Tijuana - by Eurobasket News

Zonkeys de Tijuana (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 33-year old Jamaican ex-international forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville). He played most recently at Barreteros (LNBP), but left the team in Oct.'11. In 15 games he had 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Thomas' team won Mexican LNBP Northern Division Regular Season in 2008. He was also voted NAIA D2 All-America 2nd Team back in 2006 at his college time. Thomas represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket seven years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 50.0%.
Thomas has played previously for five other Mexico teams: Marineros, Faraones, Lobos UAD Mazatlan, Lobos Grises and Guerreros.
He attended Cedarville University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis16.6 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas15.9 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.15.1 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.1 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai15.0 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis13.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.13.6 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai13.3 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.5 
 10. Vene, Rudupis12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.3 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.5 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis5.8 
 7. Vene, Rudupis5.7 
 8. Kiausas, Sakalai5.6 
 9. Dia, Siauliai5.5 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.8 
 2. Viskontas, Juvent.4.5 
 3. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 5. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.8 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.3 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 8. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.3 
 10. Dainys, Neptunas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Brown, Bucaros2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 5. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.6 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.5 
 7. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 8. Broadus, Neptunas1.5 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis1.4 
 10. Butkevicius, Nept.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 
 6. McClure, Neptunas0.8 
 7. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 9. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 10. Dia, Siauliai0.7 


Zalgiris celebrate third straight LKL title - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris 65:83

Zalgiris clinched the third consecutive LKL title. They knocked down Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius tonight to sweep the championship series. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) stepped up with 18 points and 7 assists to lead the Kaunas team to the victory.
Zalgiris eked out a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas stiffened defensively in the second period. The hosts held Zalgiris to 8 points in the next period and ensured a 32:29 halftime lead. But the Kaunas team solved the defensive riddles in the third term and went on a massive 26:19 run. The visitors arrived at the final break up by 4 points 55:51. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) triggered a 17:2 rally from Zalgiris midway through the fourth period. The visitors never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) delivered 16 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas added 15 points for the winning side. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) answered with 15 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) had 10 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Eimantas Bendzius 15, Mindaugas Katelynas 10
Zalgiris: Oliver Lafayette 18, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 16, Rimantas Kaukenas 15



Bucaros add Brown to their roster, ex Naglis Palangos - by Eurobasket News

Bucaros de Bucaramanga (DPB) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland). He just played at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL league. In 18 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg (in top 2) this season. Brown also played 15 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg. The last season he played at Mazeikiai (NKL) in Lithuanian league. In 46 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg and 2.3spg (in top 3). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team.
Brown has played also professionally in Germany (Bochum), Mexico (Potros) and IBL (Elgin R.).
He attended University of Maryland until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Sparta lands Thierry Abdiu - by Eurobasket News

BBC Sparta Bertrange (Total League) tabbed 26-year old former international forward Thierry Abdiu (192-87). He started the season at Residence (Total League). In 23 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 1.4rpg this season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The last season Abdiu played also at Residence. In 25 Total League games he had 11.2ppg and 3.4rpg.
Among other achievements he won Luxembourg Nationale 2 championship title in 2007. Abdiu received also Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Honorable Mention award back in 2008. He was a member of Luxembourg Senior National Team back in 2008.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sparta lands Thierry Abdiu - by Eurobasket News

BBC Sparta Bertrange (Total League) tabbed 26-year old former international forward Thierry Abdiu (192-87). He started the season at Residence (Total League). In 23 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 1.4rpg this season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The last season Abdiu played also at Residence. In 25 Total League games he had 11.2ppg and 3.4rpg.
Among other achievements he won Luxembourg Nationale 2 championship title in 2007. Abdiu received also Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Honorable Mention award back in 2008. He was a member of Luxembourg Senior National Team back in 2008.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 15-4 
 2. Guaymas 14-5 
 3. Tijuana 10-10 
 4. Navolato 9-10 
 5. Nogales 9-11 
 6. Cananea 8-11 
 7. Obregon 7-10 
 8. Guasave 7-12 
 9. Los Mochis 6-12 

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 7: Hermosillo - Guasave 93-73
May. 7: Navolato - Obregon 92-82
May. 7: Nogales - Tijuana 88-100
May. 6: Nogales - Tijuana 71-86
May. 7: Guaymas - Cananea 111-100

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 8: Hermosillo - Guasave
May. 8: Guaymas - Cananea
May. 8: Nogales - Tijuana
May. 8: Navolato - Obregon


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Obregon24.6 
 2. Frederick, Guasave24.2 
 3. Monroe, Cananea23.4 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas21.3 
 5. Sperling, Obregon20.3 
 6. McCullough, Nogales20.2 
 7. Moss, Nogales20.1 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato19.0 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana18.8 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Moss, Nogales10.6 
 2. Habel, Guaymas8.4 
 3. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 4. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 6. Selleaze, Navolato7.3 
 7. Frederick, Guasave6.9 
 8. Spain, Hermosillo6.6 
 9. Strobbe, Nogales6.5 
 10. Monroe, Cananea6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.6.5 
 3. Insunza, Navolato5.1 
 4. Polynice, Guasave4.8 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas4.5 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.5 
 8. Medina, Tijuana4.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.1.9 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.8 
 3. Insunza, Navolato1.6 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 5. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.4 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana1.3 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 9. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Shorter, Guaymas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 James PENNY
  Tijuana
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Penny, Tijuana1.6 
 2. Moss, Nogales1.6 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 4. Mercado, Nogales1.1 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.0 
 6. Monroe, Cananea0.9 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 8. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 9. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.5 


Mugabe Thomas joins Tijuana - by Eurobasket News

Zonkeys de Tijuana (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 33-year old Jamaican ex-international forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville). He played most recently at Barreteros (LNBP), but left the team in Oct.'11. In 15 games he had 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Thomas' team won Mexican LNBP Northern Division Regular Season in 2008. He was also voted NAIA D2 All-America 2nd Team back in 2006 at his college time. Thomas represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket seven years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 50.0%.
Thomas has played previously for five other Mexico teams: Marineros, Faraones, Lobos UAD Mazatlan, Lobos Grises and Guerreros.
He attended Cedarville University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIBACOPA Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The most shocking disappointment of round 21 in the CIBACOPA was a home defeat of 3rd placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-11) to fourth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (10-10) 100-88. Tijuana Zonkeys forced 19 Fuerza Guinda Nogales turnovers. Strangely Fuerza Guinda Nogales outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 49-28 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Tijuana Zonkeys looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Tijuana Zonkeys' (#4) 15-point road victory against 3rd placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales 86-71. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Luis Ramirez accounted for 21 points. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (15-4) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-12) 93-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The best player for the winners was Jesus Lopez who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Eric Frederick who recorded 23 points. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-4 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 21 Cananea lost to Guaymas on the opponent's court 100-111. Navolato managed to outperform Obregon in a home game 92-82.


Nogales - Tijuana 88-100

The most shocking disappointment of round 21 in the CIBACOPA was a home defeat of 3rd placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-11) to fourth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (10-10) 100-88. Tijuana Zonkeys forced 19 Fuerza Guinda Nogales turnovers. Strangely Fuerza Guinda Nogales outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 49-28 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Tijuana Zonkeys looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: L.Ramirez 23+2reb+5ast, M.Morrison 18+6reb+10ast, O.Quintero 17+6reb+8ast, M.Thomas 12+5reb+1ast, E.Medina 11+3reb+3ast, J.Penny 8+6reb+2ast
Nogales: C.Gadson 25+6reb+7ast, R.Moss 22+12reb+2ast, O.McCullough 15+7reb+3ast, J.Valdez 11+3reb, M.Strobbe 7+6reb+1ast, B.Heredia 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 234932


Guaymas - Cananea 111-100

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Mineros de Cananea (8-11) was defeated on the road by second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-5) 111-100 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 111-100. Ostioneros de Guaymas dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Mineros de Cananea's 54. Ostioneros de Guaymas looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) who recorded 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 14-5 record behind leader Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#6) in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: S.Shorter 22+7reb+11ast, A.Pedroza 18+1reb+2ast, F.Benitez 18+6reb+2ast, M.Allen 14+5reb+10ast, J.Habel 12+12reb+2ast, A.Zarco 7+3reb+1ast
Cananea: S.Monroe 24+8reb+5ast, R.Rougeau 20+5reb+2ast, G.Giron 17+3reb+3ast, D.Williams 14+7reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 10+5reb+2ast, M.Valenzuela 10+2reb
gschID: 234931


Hermosillo - Guasave 93-73

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (15-4) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-12) 93-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.1 percent from the field. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 42-21 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Frayles de Guasave's players. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 16 points. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) who recorded 23 points and guard Victor Buelna (192-78) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-4 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Lopez 16+7reb+2ast, J.Camacho 16+4reb+3ast, J.Villanueva 15+6reb, K.Spain 14+4reb+3ast, E.Little 11+4reb+3ast, P.Sanders 9+1ast
Guasave: E.Frederick 23+1reb+3ast, V.Buelna 14+5reb+1ast, E.Polynice 13+4reb+2ast, J.Farrera 10+3reb, J.Leyva 6+1reb, A.Cervantes 4+3reb
gschID: 234930


Navolato - Obregon 92-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato's (9-10) home victory over 7th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (7-10) 92-82 on Tuesday. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fourth place. Loser Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will again meet at home Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#7) in the next round. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
gschID: 234933


Nogales - Tijuana 71-86

Very significant was Tijuana Zonkeys' (#4) 15-point road victory against 3rd placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales 86-71. It looked good early as Fuerza Guinda Nogales took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tijuana Zonkeys had a 23-15 second period charge getting the lead and Fuerza Guinda Nogales were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-86. Tijuana Zonkeys players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) accounted for 21 points. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) added 10 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 30+6reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 21+4reb+3ast, J.Penny 10+10reb+1ast, E.Medina 9+4reb+10ast, O.Quintero 6+5reb+4ast, M.Thomas 5+8reb+1ast
Nogales: O.McCullough 22+10reb+2ast, C.Gadson 13+2reb+2ast, R.Moss 13+7reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 10+9reb+3ast, B.Heredia 6+3reb+5ast, V.Rojo 5+1ast
gschID: 240427



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EBL Play-Offs 2013: Budunost and Sutjeska in the Finals - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost and Sutjeska will meet again in the Finals! Thats the verdict after tonights games played in Tivat and Ulcinj. Both away teams won and qualified for the Finals where at least three interesting games will happen. Hopefully more of them..

Buducnost had no problems against Ulcinj and qualified easily for the Finals (104-68). The game was tied in the first quarter and Ulcinj's players showed some signs of hard defense and good ofense. But everything turned around before the halftime as Buducnost started making open shots and Ulcinj started playing playground basketball. By the halftime the game was over and both teams were just focused on finishing the formality in the second half. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) led his team with 19 points but he was followed by Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) who scored most of his 18 points in the first half, in the crucial moments of the game. Ulcinj counted on Sekula Jovanovic (202-F-88) who played well under the basket and scored 17 points.

Teodo and Sutjeska played another tied game which finished 60-59 for the guests.Teodo played well most of the game and had +11 after the end of third quarter but something unexpected happened to the boys from Tivat and they were not able to keep the lead and take the series back to Niksic! Young Sutjeska's guys won an important game which will serve them as confidence boost for the Finals against Buducnost. Sutjeska distributed its points well and the top scorer was Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) with only 12 points. On the other hands, Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) dominated again under the basket (17 points and 10 rebounds) and he was followed by Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) who scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds, but it was not enough to beat Sutjeska tonight knowing that Slobodan Savovic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija )'s guards scored only 25 points combined. It was the key of Sutjeska's success in Tivat.



MNE1A Erste League Play-Off Round 2. : Buducnost and Sutjeska in Final of Play-Off - by Dragan Scepanovic

Ulcinj - Buducnost Voli 68:104 (15:21, 18:34, 16:26, 19:23) , Score : 0-2
Ulcinj - SC Bratstvo and Jedinstvo.Spect: 250. Reff: Sutulovic (Podgorica), R. Vojinovic (Niksic), Dragojevic (Podgorica).
Ulcinj: Latkovic, N. Ivanovic, Taflaj 2, R. Ivanovic 6, Simonovic 9, Osmaic 6, Unkasevic, Djokovic 2, Milovic 12, Klikovac, Sekula Jovanovic (202-F-88) 17, Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) 14.
Buducnost Voli: Novosel, Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) 13, M. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) 6, Jelenic 8, Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) 18, Lee 5, Vitkovac 9, Bunic 8, Aleksa Popovic 19, Nikolic 8, Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) 10.

Teodo - Sutjeska 59:60 (12:6, 15:14, 20:16, 12:24) , Score : 0-2
Tivat - SC Zupa.Spect: 450. Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Koljensic (Podgorica), Savovic (Podgorica).
Teodo: Fatic 6, Tepavcevic, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 15, Pekic, Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) 10, Boskovic, Subotic 9, Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) 17, Kunjic, Djordjevic 2, Perovic, Lucic.
Sutjeska: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 11, Vusovic 2, Pejovic, Lalic, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 9, Vujosevic 4, Vujacic 4, Kuveljic 6, Perovic 6, Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) 12, Ilic, Miceta 6.




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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.2 
 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. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.3 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Harden, Houston R.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 


Phoenix Suns hire Ryan McDonough as general manager - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns have named Ryan McDonough the teams general manager, it was announced today. He will be introduced in a press conference on Thursday, May 9, at US Airways Center. Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position, said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years. We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization. The 33-year-old McDonough is considered one of the games brightest young minds, who combines a tireless work ethic with an expertise in player evaluation honed over the past 10 years at virtually every level of an NBA franchises basketball operations. McDonough joins the Suns after most recently serving the past three seasons as the assistant general manager of the Boston Celtics, where he assisted Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge on all basketball-related matters, while being principally responsible for the draft evaluation of college and international players. He combines the experience of nearly a decade of in-person scouting of prospects across the globe with an understanding of advanced metrics and statistical analysis. During his tenure with the Celtics, Boston made two appearances in the NBA Finals, and claimed the 2008 title. McDonough joined the Celtics front office in 2003 as a 23-year-old special assistant to basketball operations, rapidly moving up the teams ranks with increased responsibility at each stop, always with an emphasis in talent evaluation. He spent four seasons as a special assistant, a role that included a great deal of video scouting work (2003-07), one season as director of amateur scouting (2007-08), one season as director of international scouting (2008-09), and two seasons as director of player personnel (2008-10) before his promotion to assistant general manager in Sept. 2010. McDonough played a prominent role in the front office of a club that has kept a veteran-led roster in the playoffs the last six consecutive seasons thanks to an infusion of young talent acquired through quality late first-round draft picks and trades. Included in that list are the draft-day acquisition of four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) in 2006, and the 2010 selection of Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas), who was one of the NBAs most improved players in 2012-13. A graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, McDonough grew up in Hingham, Mass., the son of the late renowned Boston Globe columnist Will McDonough, and the brother of ESPN broadcaster Sean and NFL player personnel executive Terry.
Courtesy of: www.insidehoops.com



Grizzlies and Knicks even their series - by Eurobasket News

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 93-99
In a game that featured 27 lead changes and 12 ties, the Memphis Grizzlies found a way to stop Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) in the final two minutes and pull even in the best-of-seven series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant was once again sensational, finishing with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. But in the final minute, with his team down four points, Durant stumbled near the three-point line and lost the ball. And the Grizzlies held on for a 99-93 victory in Game 2 of this Western Conference second-round series at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis. After making just 5 of 15 field goal attempts in Game 1, Memphis' Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) was outstanding, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Conley's 18-foot jump shot with just over one minute remaining put the Grizzlies up four points. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances), who made his first four field goal attempts in the game, scored 24 points. Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, college: UALR), who had a key steal and fourth-quarter baskets in Game 1, came off the bench to score 14 points in his first nine minutes for the Thunder. He finished with 19 points. Fisher made three three-point shots within a two-minute span in the second quarter to keep the Thunder narrowly in front. On one possession, Durant shot faked, took one dribble inside three-point line and flipped a pass to the corner for Fisher, who buried his second three-point attempt in the game. Soon after, Fisher then buried a high arcing three-pointer over hand of Quincy Pondexter. Memphis scored 30 of its first 56 points in the paint. And the Grizzlies took advantage of sloppy play by the Thunder throughout the first half. At one point in the second quarter, the Thunder had as many turnovers (six) as made field goals. But in the final seconds of the third quarter, Durant threw down a resounding dunk and drew the foul. Amid chants of "M-V-P," Durant made the ensuing free throw, giving the Thunder a five-point advantage that appeared like a significant lead in a game that was tight throughout. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

New York K. - Indiana P. 105-79
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game. Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points, including a sensational follow dunk in the first half, and Raymond Felton scored 14 as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter. By the time the Pacers got on the board in the final period, the Knicks had opened a 26-point advantage. Game 3 is Saturday at Indianapolis. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 13 points for the Pacers, who committed 21 turnovers that led to 32 points, negating their height advantage that loomed so large in their Game 1 victory. Indiana had trailed most of the night before taking a 64-62 lead on George Hill's 3-pointer with 3:28 left in the third quarter that capped a 10-4 run, the Pacers seeming to have all the momentum. Vogel then called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left and subbed out centre Roy Hibbert. Anthony came back with a drive and then a dunk while drawing a foul that knocked over Hibbert's replacement, Jeff Pendergraph, and the game was never the same. New York closed the period on a 10-2 run, Pablo Prigioni opened the fourth with a 3-pointer and a jumper in the lane, drawing chants of 'Pablo! Pablo!' and then Anthony put it away. He hit a jumper and a 3-pointer, and after Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82)'s follow dunk, the NBA's scoring leader converted a three-point play and drilled another 3-pointer before another basket by Chandler made it 92-66, extending the run to 30-2. Tyler Hansbrough got the Pacers on the board with two free throws with 4:48 left, and the Pacers made a field goal when reserve Orlando Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 3:07 to go. Prigioni and Kenyon Martin finished with 10 points apiece as the Knicks endured another dreadful game from Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who was 3 of 15 for eight points. Anthony had shot 35 for 110 over his previous four games but broke out of his slump Tuesday, going 13 of 26 and adding nine rebounds as the Knicks, pummeled on the boards in Indiana's 102-95 victory in Game 1, finished with a 37-35 advantage. Indiana had a 44-30 advantage on the boards in its victory. The Game 1 winner has won all of the previous six series between these teams. The Pacers' only Game 1 win in New York had been exactly 18 years earlier, when Reggie Miller scored eight points in the closing seconds to stun the Knicks in a 107-105 victory. The Knicks scored seven straight points midway through the first quarter and led 29-20 at the end of the period. But unlike in Game 1, they extended the lead for much of the second. They got the lead to 11 a couple of times early in the period, once emphatically when Shumpert darted into the lane when Christopher Copeland (6'8''-F-84, college: Colorado) shot a 3-pointer from the other side of the floor, went unchecked toward the rim and grabbed the rebound with one hand and threw it down powerfully, a play that had the Madison Square Garden crowd still buzzing a few minutes later. Shumpert's jumper late in the quarter capped an 8-0 run and extended the Knicks' lead to 47-34 with 3:46 remaining, but West made a basket before George scored the final six points, his 3-pointer cutting it to 47-42 with 1:16 left, and neither team scored the rest of the way. Indiana committed 12 turnovers that led to 20 points in the half. Courtesy of: ottawacitizen.com



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Mike Moser Transfers To Oregon - by Eurobasket News

Mike Moser (6'8''-F-90) has decided to transfer to Oregon. Moser also considered Gonzaga and Washington. Moser can play immediately for the Ducks since he graduated from UNLV. Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com


Oakland leaving Summit League for Horizon - by Eurobasket News

Oakland, the easternmost member of the Summit League, announced its long-anticipated move to the Horizon League on Tuesday, leaving UNO in an eight-team conference. The move is effective July 1. Oakland University has been a member of the Summit League for the past 15 years and we wish them well in the future, Summit Commissioner Tom Douple said in a press release. In the ever-changing college athletics landscape, this move was rumored and anticipated for several months. Although it comes at a very late time in the year, we have adjusted our schedules accordingly and sent them to our member institutions today. Oakland replaces Loyola (Chicago) in the Horizon League. Loyola recently left for the Missouri Valley Conference to replace Creighton, which joined the new Big East. Oakland is the third team to leave the Summit since UNO accepted its invitation to join in 2011, following Oral Roberts and Missouri-Kansas City. Denver will join the league this summer after leaving the Western Athletic Conference. The other Summit members are IUPUI, IPFW, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. The Summit League remains steadfast in its commitment to strengthen as we move forward through the conference realignment that has transpired across the country, Douple said. Our current members believe that the leagues core of committed institutions gives us a solid foundation in which to build upon in the future. UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts, through a spokesman, referred to Douples statement and declined to further comment. As part of its transition to Division I, UNO isnt eligible for postseason play as a Summit League representative until the 2015-16 academic year. Oakland, located in the Detroit suburb of Rochester, had long been rumored to want in to the Horizon but apparently had been blocked by Detroit Mercy, which didnt want to share the market with the Golden Grizzlies, particularly in mens basketball. Moving to the Horizon League allows us to associate and compete with institutions with outstanding academic profiles and values, Oakland Athletic Director Tracy Huth said in a press release. They emphasize the experience of the student-athlete. It also gives us the opportunity to play the University of Detroit Mercy on a regular basis for some spirited metro Detroit competition. Both the Horizon and Summit focus on mens basketball as primary drawing cards the Horizon was the 12th-ranked league according to realtimerpi.com last season, while the Summit ranked 19th among the 31 conferences. The rest of the Horizons lineup is Cleveland State, Illinois-Chicago, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Youngstown State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wright State. Only Valparaiso (58) and Detroit (64) ranked among the top 129 in realtimerpi.com last season, while the Summit had four teams ranked that highly: South Dakota State (62), incoming Denver (66), North Dakota State (75) and Western Illinois (122). The Oakland University Board of Trustees accepted the invitation Tuesday. Oakland made the transition to Division I beginning in 1997 and started competition inside the Summit (formerly known as the Mid-Continent Conference) in 1999-2000. The Golden Grizzlies won 73 league championships. Oakland was the leagues premier mens basketball program for about a decade, frequently competing with and occasionally knocking off power conference foes before fading slightly last season. The Golden Grizzlies were fourth in the league last year, going 16-17 overall and 10-6 in the Summit. Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone, in a press release, described Oakland as a great fit for the conference. Oakland brings a tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, integrity and personnel, LeCrone said. As a conference driven by national prominence in mens basketball, Oakland further strengthens our league. Complementing their success in mens basketball is a broad-based sports program that will compete well. Courtesy of: omaha.com


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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 7: Wellington S. - Hub Jets 96-112
May. 10: OceanaGold N. - Waikato P.
May. 11: Southland S. - Waikato P.
May. 11: Nelson G. - Wellington S.
May. 11: HBS Bank Hawks - Super City R.
May. 11: Taranaki MA - Hub Jets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.0 
 2. Pace, Nelson G.22.4 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.20.5 
 4. Hagan, Hub Jets20.2 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.20.0 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.18.8 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.18.5 
 8. Buck, Super City R.17.8 
 9. Greene, HBS B.17.3 
 10. Horvath, Hub Jets17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets13.8 
 2. Conklin, Southland10.8 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.10.6 
 4. Maxey, Nelson G.9.0 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.8.8 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.6 
 7. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.5 
 8. Frank, Wellington8.2 
 9. Pace, Nelson G.8.0 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tait, Wellington S.6.8 
 2. Leasure, Taranaki.6.4 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.2 
 4. Dickel, OceanaGo.5.8 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.8 
 6. Martin, Southlan.3.8 
 7. Frank, Wellington3.7 
 8. Anderson, Taranaki.3.6 
 9. Bloxham, Nelson G.3.3 
 10. Braswell, Southla.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.4.3 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.4.0 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets4.0 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.5 
 5. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 6. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.2 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 8. Daly, HBS B.1.8 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.1.8 
 10. O''Riley, Super C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.3.5 
 2. Frank, Wellington2.5 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.5 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets1.4 
 6. Dawson, Southlan.1.3 
 7. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.0.8 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
1. Oluyole W. 4-0
2. Union Bank 3-1
3. Islanders 2-2
4. D. Warriors 2-2
5. Police Baton 2-2
6. Royal Hoopers 2-2
7. Comets 1-3
8. Customs 0-4
Savannah Conference
1. Mark Mentors 4-0
2. Kano Pillars 4-0
3. Niger Potters 3-1
4. Kada Stars 2-2
5. Plateau Peaks 2-2
6. Bauchi Nets 1-3
7. Immigration 0-4
8. Yelwa Hawks 0-4

Regular Season: Round 4

Atlantic

May. 4: Customs - Oluyole W. 82-83
May. 6: Royal Hoopers - D.Warriors 80-60
May. 5: Royal Hoopers - D.Warriors 75-71

Savannah

May. 5: Bauchi Nets - Niger Potters 89-103
May. 5: Mark Mentors - Yelwa Hawks 81-15
May. 5: Kano Pillars - Immigration 72-43
May. 5: Plateau Peaks - Kada Stars 68-58

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 10: D.Warriors - Union Bank
May. 10: Comets - Customs
May. 10: Islanders - Royal Hoopers



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Balseiro, Academica16.7 
 7. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 8. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
 9. Smith, CAB Madeira15.5 
 10. Pinto, Galitos-Tl.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Hallman, Academica10.7 
 3. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 7. Miranda, Ovarense8.5 
 8. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
 10. Gomes, Benfica7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Fernandes, Acade.5.6 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.2 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Pires, Alges4.4 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.0 
 9. Costa, CAB Madeira4.0 
 10. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.5 
 2. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 4. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 5. Hallman, Academica2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 7. Jackson, CAB M.2.0 
 8. Balseiro, Academica1.9 
 9. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 10. Miranda, Ovarense1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 4. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 5. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 6. Evora, Benfica0.9 
 7. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 8. Gentry, Benfica0.8 
 9. Holt, Alges0.7 
 10. Cunha, Vitoria SC0.6 



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Standings - BSN

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

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 79-92
May. 7: San German - Santurce 69-88

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 8: Mayaguez - Guaynabo
May. 8: Ponce - Quebradillas
May. 9: San German - Humacao
May. 9: Bayamon - 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.19.3 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon18.4 
 6. Brown, Humacao17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.4 
 8. Carmona, Humacao17.3 
 9. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Harris, Ponce10.7 
 2. Ramos, Arecibo10.0 
 3. Phillip, Quebradil.9.4 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.8.7 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon8.6 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.4 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Gainous, Bayamon7.9 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.6 
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, Guayama4.4 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.4.2 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon3.6 
 8. Hickerson, San G.3.5 
 9. Gonzalez, Santurce3.4 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.3 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.2 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.5 
 5. Williams, Santurce1.5 
 6. Santiago, Ponce1.4 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 10. Strong, San Germ.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Guaya.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrellson, Guaya.1.8 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.6 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Mata, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.1 
 7. Brock, Guayama1.0 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Diaz, Quebradillas0.9 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 



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Crvena zvezda Telekom : Cvetkovic injured - by Igor Obradovic

Crvena zvezda point guard Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) injured his ankle and will be absent from the basketball court for about three weeks.

It's another bad luck for the 'red and white' before the derby with Partizan on wednesday, having previously injured Vuk Radivojevic and Boris Savovic.
Cvetkovic in Serbian Superleague average recorded 3.6 points and 1.6 assist, and on Saturday in the win against Sloboda Uzice struck seven points and six assists.

He will probably replaced by Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) who has already played 2 matches for Crvena zvezda in Super League Serbia.




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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Sasa ZAGORAC
  Grosuplje
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Zagorac, Grosuplje17.5 
 2. Jagodnik, Polzela17.3 
 3. Abramovic, LTHcas.16.8 
 4. Span, Geoplin Slov.15.6 
 5. Robertson, Polzela15.1 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 7. Udrih, Zlatorog14.8 
 8. Miljkovic, Rogaska14.4 
 9. Mlakar, Geoplin14.3 
 10. Pelko, Maribor14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bristol, Polzela10.9 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.1 
 3. Collins, Elektra7.9 
 4. Zimic, Tajfun7.2 
 5. Zagorac, Grosuplje7.1 
 6. Jagodnik, Polzela6.8 
 7. Jakhel Kolar., LTH.6.6 
 8. Primorac, Tajfun6.4 
 9. Mijovic, Rogaska6.3 
 10. Martin, Polzela6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Vujasinovic, Polze.5.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.2 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska5.0 
 4. Zagorc, Elektra4.2 
 5. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.0 
 6. Mlakar, Geoplin3.9 
 7. Mocnik, Helios3.8 
 8. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.8 
 9. Ferme, Tajfun3.7 
 10. Brolih, Tajfun3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog1.9 
 2. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 3. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 4. Robertson, Polzela1.6 
 5. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.6 
 6. Vujasinovic, Polze.1.5 
 7. Span, Geoplin Slov.1.5 
 8. Mlakar, Geoplin1.5 
 9. Petrovic, Geopli.1.5 
 10. Jovanovic, Maribo.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bristol, Polzela2.4 
 2. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.9 
 3. Collins, Elektra1.7 
 4. Martin, Polzela1.1 
 5. Zimic, Tajfun1.1 
 6. Majstorovic, Helios1.1 
 7. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.8 
 8. Djugum, Zlatorog0.6 
 9. Robertson, Polzela0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 



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Lagun Aro to sign young serbian prospect? - by Eurobasket Center

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC is already thinking about the next season. According to our sources they are showing big interest in young serbian point guard - Marko Islamovic (188-PG-92). Marko played recently for San Agustin del Guadalix in 1Division and was named the best point guard in the pool voted by all coaches from the league. In 22 games his stats were 17.1ppg, 5.1apg and 2.1spg.
Scouts describe Marko as: a player with lot of potential and space to grown. Very unique style of play. Great court vision with outstanding range and oustanding quickness,he usually creates space easily. Can be compared to Juan Carlos Navarro.



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.1 
 2. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.9 
 7. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 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. Garrett, Fribourg8.3 
 5. Barber, Lugano T.8.3 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.7 
 8. Volcy, BBC Nyon7.5 
 9. Gordon, Lugano T.7.5 
 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.6.2 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.5 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg4.0 
 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. Mladjan, Lugano T.1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 9. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 10. James, Geneve L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrius GARRETT
  Fribourg
  (205-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Garrett, Fribourg2.7 
 2. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.5 
 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 2 of Semi-Finals. Geneve and Fribourg post victories - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Neuchatel 85-75

Geneve Lions recorded the second straight win over Neuchatel to step closer to the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Neuchatel was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Geneve Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Neuchatel's 34 and made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Geneve Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Croatian power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Geneve Lions' coach Ivan Rudez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Thomas Coleman (205-88, college: N.Carolina A&T) replied with 17 points and international point guard Steeve Louissaint (190-87) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Neuchatel.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: A.Stimac 18+4reb+3ast, J.James 16+1reb+3ast, K.Parker 11+1reb+6ast, T.Brown 9+2reb+1ast, J.Jaunin 7+1reb+2ast, B.Toure 7+5reb+1ast
Neuchatel: T.Coleman 17+4reb+1ast, S.Louissaint 13+2reb+4ast, J.Aw 10+4reb+1ast, Q.Day 8+4reb+3ast, D.Lang 8+2reb+3ast, T.Quidome 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 240351


Fribourg - Lugano Tigers 81-76

Fribourg overcame Lugano Tigers to even the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-76. Fribourg dominated on the defensive end, holding Lugano Tigers to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Fribourg's coach Damien Leyrolles used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Matt Schneiderman (204-81, college: N.Iowa) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: E.Draughan 17+5reb+1ast, R.Kovac 17+1reb, R.Yates 15+4reb+2ast, A.Reid 11+8reb+8ast, J.Almanson 11+3reb, D.Garrett 6+10reb
Lugano Tigers: B.Milisavljevic 20+2reb+1ast, M.Schneiderman 17+9reb, D.Mladjan 11+1reb+1ast, K.Barber 8+6reb, D.Stockalper 7+9reb+3ast, R.Gordon 6+6reb
gschID: 240350



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 27-3 
 2. Anadolu Efes 24-4 
 3. Banvit BK 24-5 
 4. Fener.Ulker 24-6 
 5. Karsiyaka 20-7 
 6. Besiktas 19-11 
 7. TED Kolejliler 17-13 
 8. Tofas 12-16 
 9. Gaziantep 12-18 
 10. Erdemir 11-18 
 11. Aliaga 9-21 
 12. Olin Edirne 8-21 
 13. Mersin 8-22 
 14. Turk Telekom 8-22 
 15. Antalya 6-24 
 16. Hacettepe 6-24 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 1: Mersin - Anadolu Efes 98-107
May. 4: Anadolu Efes - Gaziantep 95-57
May. 7: Anadolu Efes - Besiktas 90-74
May. 5: Galatasaray - Turk Telekom 89-73
May. 4: Mersin - Besiktas 84-102
May. 4: TED Kolejliler - Karsiyaka 81-64
May. 4: Antalya - Hacettepe 70-88
May. 5: Aliaga - Banvit BK 70-87
May. 4: Erdemir - Tofas 70-79
May. 4: Olin Edirne - Fener.Ulker 67-83
May. 10: Karsiyaka - Anadolu Efes
May. 13: Anadolu Efes - Tofas
May. 13: Olin Edirne - Karsiyaka
May. 16: Karsiyaka - Erdemir
May. 8: Tofas - Banvit BK


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.7 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.0 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Theodore, Antalya16.2 
 7. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.6 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.10.8 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.8 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.5 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.1 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.7 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Woodside, TED K.6.9 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.6 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.4 
 7. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.4 
 8. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu4.3 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 6. Markoishvili, Gala.1.5 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.7 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 7. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 8. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 
 9. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 
 10. Prince, Mersin0.8 


Ettore Messina is close to Turkish NT job - by Eurobasket News

Turkish Basketball Federation is closing on the deal with Ettore Messina . The Italian specialist will become the next head coach of the Turkish National Team. Ettore Messina is currently working with CSKA. He signed a three-year deal with the Russian powerhouse at the start of the current season. Ettore Messina spent the previous season working as assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Earlier he worked two seasons with Real Madrid. He also guided CSKA Moscow, Benetton Treviso and Kinder Bologna before. Eurobasket.com named Ettore Messina All-EuroLeague Coach of the Year in 2006. He also won All-Russian Superleague Coach of the Year award in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Ettore Messina used to work on international level before. He was at helm of the Italian National Team in 1993/97 seasons. If signed Ettore Messina would prepare Turkey for the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket. Turkey tip off their campaign on September 4 against Finland. They will also face Sweden, Greece, Russia and Italy in preliminary Group D in Slovenia.


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  UBA   


4 UBA players named to All-USA Team - by Travis McAvene

The 2012-2013 All-United States Awards were recently released, which had four UBA players on this impressive list.

Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland) of the Houston Express won power forward of the Year and All 1st Team honors. Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Point, GA) was named to the All 2nd Team for a second straight season. In 2011 Jermaine Barnes was named Usbasket.com All-United States Guard of the Year along with being spotlighted in SLAM Magazine. DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) was named to All 3rd Team honors. Finally, Michael Davis was named honorable mention for coach of the year.

The UBA has sent over 109 players overseas in just 4 seasons and continues to produce top-rated talent. The UBA play-offs will start later this month and look to see one these talented players take home a championship.



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  URUGUAY   


Aguada won the Uruguayan League beating Defensor 86-72 - by Hector Lopez

Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 36 points, incluiding 25/25 from the free throw line, leading Aguada to win the Uruguayan League Championship beating Defensor Sporting 86-72 to win 4-3 the best of seven final games. During the the three firs quarter both team where leading the score, but in the last one, Aguada scored 14-2 run during the first six minutes to take a 69-56 lead. Also for Aguada Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Pablo Morales (200-F-79) 17 points, Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84) 12 points and Alejandro Muro scored 10 points. For Defensor Sporting Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) and Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) scored 15 points each one, Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) 13 points and Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL)4 points, 9 rebounds 4 assists.


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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 34-10 
 2. Cocodrilos 28-15 
 3. Gigantes 23-22 
 4. Bucaneros 22-21 
 5. Gaiteros 22-21 
 6. Trotamundos 21-23 
 7. Guaros 20-25 
 8. Guaiqueries 17-26 
 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 82-86
May. 7: Guaros - Cocodrilos 81-93
May. 7: Guaiqueries - Marinos 79-94
May. 8: Gigantes - Bucaneros
May. 8: Panteras - Gaiteros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Cesar SILVA
  Gaiteros
  (190-G/F-81)
  Avg: 30
 1. Silva, Gaiteros30.0 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros26.0 
 3. James, Toros19.0 
 4. Wade, Toros17.0 
 5. Johnson, Toros12.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Gaiteros12.0 
 7. Miller, Gaiteros12.0 
 8. Barrios, Toros11.0 
 9. Urbina, Toros9.0 
 10. Rios, Toros7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Toros
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Johnson, Toros11.0 
 2. Wade, Toros10.0 
 3. Santana, Gaiteros8.0 
 4. Silva, Gaiteros5.0 
 5. Gonzalez, Gaiteros4.0 
 6. Diaz, Gaiteros2.0 
 7. Urbina, Toros2.0 
 8. Rios, Toros2.0 
 9. Marin, Gaiteros2.0 
 10. Diaz, Gaiteros1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Toros
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Johnson, Toros5.0 
 2. Wade, Toros4.0 
 3. Silva, Gaiteros4.0 
 4. Miller, Gaiteros3.0 
 5. James, Toros3.0 
 6. Urdaneta, Gaiteros2.0 
 7. Ecker, Gaiteros2.0 
 8. Urbina, Toros1.0 
 9. Valdez, Toros1.0 
 10. Sierralta, Toros1.0 
Steals Per Game
 James MILLER
  Gaiteros
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miller, Gaiteros6.0 
 2. James, Toros4.0 
 3. Santana, Gaiteros2.0 
 4. Silva, Gaiteros2.0 
 5. Johnson, Toros2.0 
 6. Rios, Toros2.0 
 7. Urbina, Toros1.0 
 8. Gimenez, Toros1.0 
 9. Diaz, Gaiteros1.0 
 10. Wade, Toros1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Toros
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Toros3.0 
 2. Silva, Gaiteros1.0 
 3. James, Toros0.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Gaiteros0.0 
 5. Gimenez, Toros0.0 
 6. Urbina, Toros0.0 
 7. Garrison, Gaiteros0.0 
 8. Santos, Gaiteros0.0 
 9. Fernandez, Toros0.0 
 10. Sanabria, Gaiteros0.0 




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Women News


Janelle Bekkering, Jasmina Rosseel and Verny Van Driel remain with Kangoeroes-Boom - by Eurobasket News

Janelle Bekkering (181-SF-88, college: Gonzaga), Jasmina Rosseel (175-SG-89, college: Drexel) and Vreny Van Driel remain with Kangoeroes-Boom. The team announced keeping three players.
Janelle Bekkering joined the team last year. The season 2011-2012 she started for Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (Spain-LFB, starting five), but in Nov.'11 moved to Grupo Marsol Conquero Huelva (Spain-LF2, starting five). In Spain she averaged 14.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 63.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.5%. In Feb.'12 signed at HLB Accountants Den Helder (Holland-Eredivisie) and later that month agreed terms with Lekdetec.nl Basketball (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five). In 7 games her stats read 21.6ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.9apg, 3.9spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 74.0%. In 2012-2013 for BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (Belgium-Division I, starting five) she averaged 15.8 points per game.
Jasmina Rosseel averaged 12.2 points per game. She played also at Lotto Young Cats (Eurocup, starting five) and in EuroCup showed 12.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 72.7%.
Vreny Van Driel (175-G-88) will remain with the team for another year. Her stats read 9.1 points per game last season.



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - Women

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Mladi Krajisnik 10-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 6-4 
 3. Sloboda 5-5 
 4. Celik 4-6 
 5. Zeljeznicar 4-6 
 6. Borac Zvonko 1-9 
Places 7-9
 1. Rudar Sport 4-6 
 2. Brcko 1-9 
 3. RMU Banovici 1-9 
Stage One Standings


WBC Mladi Krajisnik Won the National Championship Title in Bosnian League - by Tamara Ruzic

Domination of WBC Mladi Krajisnik in Bosnia has continued for 2012./2013. season
WBC Mladi Krajisnik won their 4th Bosnian Championship with 10-0 record in Bosnian league for championship.In their last game Mladi Krajisnik won against WBC Borac Zovko Osiguranje 82-51.The best player in the last game was Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) with 20 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) scored 8 points and has 13 assits from Mladi Krajisnik.In the other team Miljana Dzombeta (169-PG-94) had 16 points and Milica Maksic (186-C-84) ended up with 13 points. WBC Mladi Krajisnik dominated all the year winning National Championship and National Cup of Bosnia



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  BOTSWANA   


BDF V Ladies in hunt for top spot in the Botswana basketball league - by Peter Ubakar

In a game whihc was played at the \sskb courts over the weekend, two of Botswana's biggest teams squared off in what was meant to be a battle. The game ended up not leaving up to its billoing as both teams played sloppy defence and costly turnovers, in the end BDF V Ladies came out top 37-34. It is the second time this season that both teams have met and in both game the margin of victory has been three points. In the first game game UB relics lost to BDF V and lost again over the weekend to the same team. UB relics have vowed to playe better when net both teams meet again in the league


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  CHINA   


Australia Hads USA 1st Loss on NetScouts Basketball China Tour - by Carl Berman

The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Star Women's Team has made it to Anyaun, a district of the city of Pingxiang in Jiangxi province for the next three games. The city has lined the streets with over 1,000 flags welcoming the teams to their city for the basketball tournament. There was an opening ceremony and parade of players.

The games are all televised locally. There was a sellout (3,500) for tonight's China-Brazil game. There were 2,100 in attendance for the USA-Australia contest.

Australia tops USA 59-49

Australia handed the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars their first loss of the China tour. Australia used a 22-13 third quarter to build a lead they could hold onto and beat the USA 59-49. Although the Americans led by one at the half, the Aussies came out strong in the third period and although the fourth quarter was relatively even, the damage had been done.

Carley Mijovic (6'6''-C-94) (66 C) led the Aussies with a 16 & 10 double-double, Darcee Garbin had seven points and 12 rebounds. The Aussies had 17 offensive rebounds to take control of the game. The USA squad continues to struggle offensively, shooting a trip low 27% and making only eight FG's inside the arc. Fortunately for the USA, they did manage to make nine three-pointers but due to their inability to penetrate the Australian defense or find interior players, they only shot nine free throws.

The Americans were led in scoring by Jacqui Kalin and Jamie Russell who had 12 each.

Chris Denker, NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach

"Well, credit Australia. Their defense was good, solid. We missed a lot of good looks and some challenged shots. Bottom line is when you hold someone to 59 points and 30% shooting you would expect to win or at least have a chance. The issue we are having is not scoring points.

We finally shot the 3 decently but had our worst game from 2 at the same time. I told the team after, well keep working to improve and eventually the shots will fall but in the mean time we have to continue to play good defense which we have really done, I'm very happy with our defensive effort but, today we did not rebound the ball and that has to get better."

In the second game of the day, Brazil, who had been 0-3 in the first leg of the trip, shocked China by 8 points. Vanessa was a key to the victory for the Brazilians who played tough defense and finished drives at the basket. China struggled to make shots in the second half when Brazil took the lead. (no stats were available at the time of this post).

Statistics

USA (49)

Meghan Fulps 57 PG (Santa Clara) 0 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, Jacqui Kalin 58 PG (Northern Iowa) 12 points, 3 rebounds, Jamie Russell 58 G (Illinois State) 12 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, Adrian Ritchie 511 G (Green Bay) 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, Lauren Oosdyke 511 F (Northern Colorado) 9 points (3-of-6 3s), 1 rebound, Kate Thompson 64 F (Michigan) 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, Sam Ostarello 62 F (Purdue) 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, Samantha Heck 62 F/C (Evansville) 3 points, 6 rebounds, Stephanie Sension 63 F/C (Green Bay) 0 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, Morgan Johnson 65 C (Iowa) 1 point, 1 rebound

Australia (59)

Vanessa Panousis 3 points, 3 rebounds,Tiana Mangakahia No stats, Alex Wilson- 8 points, 5 rebounds, Louise Brown 0 points, 3 rebounds, Stephanie Talbot 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal, Jessica Good No stats, Darcee Garbin 7 points, 12 rebounds, Carley Mijovic 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, Tahlia Tupaea 2 assists, Lauren Schert 4 rebounds, Casey Samuels 14 points, Alicia Froling No stats

Carl Berman is a Managing Patner of NetScouts Basketball and can be followed on twitter here. You can follow the tour on the NetScouts Basketball blog here.



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Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 1st Team 2013
Ashleigh Fontenette
Fontenette
Hana Horakova
Horakova
Ambrosia Anderson
Anderson
Rebekkah Brunson
Brunson
Kia Vaughn
Vaughn

Player of the Year: Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of USK Praha
Guard of the Year: Ashleigh Fontenette (172-PG-89) of Valosun Brno
Forward of the Year: Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of USK Praha
Center of the Year: Kia Vaughn (193-C-87) of USK Praha
Bosman Player of the Year: Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) of USK Praha
Import Player of the Year: Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of USK Praha
Domestic Player of the Year: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) of IMOS Brno
Defensive Player of the Year: Ashleigh Fontenette (172-PG-89) of Valosun Brno
Coach of the Year: Natalia Hejkova of USK Praha

1st Team
PG: Ashleigh Fontenette (172-PG-89) of Valosun Brno
F/G: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) of IMOS Brno
F: Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84) of Trutnov
F/C: Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of USK Praha
C: Kia Vaughn (193-C-87) of USK Praha

2nd Team
G: Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80) of USK Praha
PG: Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) of Hradec Kralove
F: Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) of IMOS Brno
F: Lauren Ervin (191-F-85) of Trutnov
C: Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) of USK Praha

Honorable Mention
Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) of IMOS Brno
Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82) of IMOS Brno
Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) of Hradec Kralove
Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) of Hradec Kralove
Amber Sprague (196-C-86) of Valosun Brno
Marshae Dotson (180-F-87) of VS Praha
Petra Reisingerova (195-C-73) of VS Praha
Baendu Lowenthal (183-F-88) of VSE Praha
Porchia Green (180-G-87) of Slovanka MB
Zora Jileckova (194-C-81) of Strakonice
Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) of DSK Karlin

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) of DSK Karlin
PG: Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) of Hradec Kralove
F/G: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) of IMOS Brno
F: Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) of IMOS Brno
C: Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) of Hradec Kralove

All-Imports Team
PG: Ashleigh Fontenette (172-PG-89) of Valosun Brno
F: Marshae Dotson (180-F-87) of VS Praha
F: Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84) of Trutnov
F/C: Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of USK Praha
C: Kia Vaughn (193-C-87) of USK Praha

All-Bosmans Team
G: Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80) of USK Praha
PG: Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) of Hradec Kralove
SG: Anna De Forge (178-SG-76) of USK Praha
F: Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) of IMOS Brno
C: Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) of USK Praha



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Fenerbahce re-sign Pondexter, Matovic and Veremeenko - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce re-sign Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers), Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) for the next season. The Turkish side continues to be one of the active teams on the transfer market. They will join Angel McCoughtry, Birsel Vardarli and Kristen Newlin who already have contracts for the next season.
Anastasiya Veremeenko joined the team in 2012-2013 and in Euroleague averaged 9.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 73.3%. In Turkish League her stats read 9.9 points per game.
Cappie Pondexter showed 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 79.1% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League she showed 11.8 points per game.
Ivana Matovic was the top-scorer in the decisive fifth game for Fenerbahce that grabbed 2012/2013 TKBL Crown! Serbian center Ivana Matovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds.
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.



Spanish Roberto Iniguez remain with Turkish Champions - by Eurobasket News

Spanish Roberto Iniguez remain with Turkish Champions. The Head Coach of Fenerbahce will stay for another season.
In 2011 he was appointed Coach for Ros Casares in the middle of the season. The Valencia outfit decided to part ways with head coach Natalia Hejkova as Roberto Iniguez replaced her at the bench. Roberto Iniguez is not a well-known name in coaching world. The specialist has previously worked with Valencia youth teams.
Together with Ros Casares Roberto Iniguez became Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards Coach of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -12 and Euroleague Champion -12. He became also Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -12 and Spanish LFB Champion -12. Eurobasket.com awarded him as a All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -12.
Earlier Georgios Dikeoulakos farewell to Fenerbahce. The Greek specialist left the Turkish team for Romania.



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  FRANCE   


Nantes Reze keep the majority of the squad - by Eurobasket News

Nantes Reze keep the majority of the squad for the next season. The team announced keeping Caroline Aubert (168-PG-80, college: Colorado), Claire Stievenard (179-G/F-93), Yuliya Andreyeva (188-SF-83), Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89), Sarah Michel (180-SG-89) and Isis Arrondo (166-PG-89). The team also announced new Shamela Hampton (191-C-87, college: UNLV) and Cayla Francis (192-C-89).
Although the team finished the Regular Season on a 7th place with 13-13 record, Nantes Reze reached the Cup Final. 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.
For Caroline Aubert it will the 4th straight season with the team. In 2012-2013 for Nantes Reze Basket (LFB, starting five) she averaged 10.6ppg, 4.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), 2.1spg, FGP-2 (65.4%), 3PT: 38.1% in EuroCup. In French League her stats read 6.2 points per game.
Sarah Michel showed 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-3 (2.5spg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 53.3% in EuroCup. In French League her stats read 8.8 points per game.



Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team 2013
Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Edwige Lawson-Wade
Lawson-Wade
Angelica Robinson
Robinson
Geraldine Robert
Robert
Cayla Francis
Francis

Player of the Year: Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Bourges
Guard of the Year: Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Bourges
Forward of the Year: Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) of Lattes Montp.
Center of the Year: Cayla Francis (192-C-89) of Nantes
Domestic Player of the Year: Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Bourges
Import Player of the Year: Angelica Robinson (197-F-87) of Perfumerias
Bosman Player of the Year: Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of Villeneuve
Defensive Player of the Year: Cayla Francis (192-C-89) of Nantes
Coach of the Year: Valerie Garnier of Bourges

1st Team
G: Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Bourges
PG: Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) of Lattes Montp.
F: Angelica Robinson (197-F-87) of Perfumerias
F: Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) of Lattes Montp.
C: Cayla Francis (192-C-89) of Nantes

2nd Team
PG: Bintou Dieme (164-PG-84) of Villeneuve
G: Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84) of Bourges
PF: Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) of Bourges
F/C: Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) of Nantes
C: Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of Villeneuve

Honorable Mention
Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) of Bourges
Helena Ciak (197-C-89) of Perpignan
Mistie Mims (191-C-83) of Lyon
Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85) of Landes
Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve
Shona Thorburn (178-G-82) of Aix-en-Provence
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) of Bourges
Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89) of Mondeville
Dawn Evans (170-PG-89) of Arras

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Bourges
PG: Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) of Lattes Montp.
PF: Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) of Bourges
F: Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) of Lattes Montp.
C: Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) of Bourges

All-Imports Team
SG: Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85) of Landes
PG: Dawn Evans (170-PG-89) of Arras
F: Angelica Robinson (197-F-87) of Perfumerias
C: Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) of Bourges
C: Cayla Francis (192-C-89) of Nantes

All-Bosmans Team
G: Laura Garcia (176-G-81) of Union Hainaut
F: Adrijana Knezevic (185-F-87) of Toulouse
F: Jovana Rad (187-F-87) of Tarbes
F: Gunta Basko (181-F-80) of Nantes
C: Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of Villeneuve



Nantes bring in Shamela Hampton and Cayla Francis - by Eurobasket News

Nantes announced the teams reinforcement for the next season. They will be bringing in Shamela Hampton (191-C-87, college: UNLV) and Cayla Francis (192-C-89).
Shamela Hampton spent the last season in Italy. She played for Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto. Her stats read 15.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game in A1. Previously Shamela Hampton had stints with Lucca, Ano Liosa, Las Vegas Pride. She made it into Italian A1 All-Defensive Team in 2012.
Cayla Francis played for Pays dAix Basket this season. The Australian international posted 12.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per appearance in LFB. Previously Cayla Francis had stints with AIS, Adelaide Lightning and Logan Thunder.



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg20.1 
 2. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.18.9 
 3. Tatham, Halle18.4 
 4. Wright, Herner17.1 
 5. Korpivaara, Heli G.16.7 
 6. Byrd, Osnabruck16.3 
 7. House, BG 89 Avid.16.3 
 8. Nainima, Oberh.16.1 
 9. Beliveau, Rhein MB16.1 
 10. Karel, Rhein MB15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg14.5 
 2. Tatham, Halle10.9 
 3. Jordan, Oberhausen9.2 
 4. Benzio, Bamberg9.0 
 5. Pace, Osnabruck9.0 
 6. Beliveau, Rhein MB8.9 
 7. Wright, Herner8.6 
 8. White, Marburg8.4 
 9. Greene, Freiburg8.4 
 10. Covington, Rhein8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Heli Girls
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rego, Heli Girls7.1 
 2. Nainima, Oberh.4.3 
 3. Schindler, Freiburg4.1 
 4. Mankertz, BG 89 A.3.9 
 5. House, BG 89 Avid.3.4 
 6. Davidson, Marburg3.3 
 7. Barnert, Wasse.3.1 
 8. Brunckhorst, Wasse.3.0 
 9. Richter, Heli Girls3.0 
 10. Skuballa, Marburg2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha WHITCOMB
  Wolfenbu.
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.2.6 
 2. Rego, Heli Girls2.4 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg2.4 
 4. Beliveau, Rhein MB2.3 
 5. Richter, Heli Girls2.3 
 6. Nainima, Oberh.2.3 
 7. Pace, Osnabruck2.1 
 8. Tatham, Halle2.1 
 9. Karel, Rhein MB2.0 
 10. Young, Bamberg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chanita JORDAN
  Oberhausen
  (196-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jordan, Oberhausen2.0 
 2. Tracey, Freiburg1.3 
 3. Hoehne, Osnabruck1.2 
 4. Covington, Rhein M.1.1 
 5. Fikiel, Wasserburg0.9 
 6. Dalembert, Wasse.0.8 
 7. Benzio, Bamberg0.8 
 8. Greene, Freiburg0.7 
 9. Cannon, Wasserburg0.7 
 10. Karel, Rhein MB0.6 


Osnabrueck wins Bronze Medal - by Juliane Hoehne

After a tied game on Friday (62-62), the decision for third place had to be made on Sunday in Osnabrueck.
The hosts started the game off better, leading with 16-13 at the end of the first quarter. Also, in the second quarter this lead wouldn't diminish. The GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck managed to increase their lead to 13points (33-20) before Eisvogel USC Freiburg was able to come within single digits at halftime (35-26).
But then again the fatigue set in by the GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck, allowing Eisvogel USC Freiburg to cut the lead more and more down (50-45 30th min). The guests continued their run, and looked shortly before the end already like the winners, when they were up by 65-61, but then Juliane Hoehne (189-C/F-83, college: IPFW) hit a jumper, and Angela Pace (178-G-87, college: Robert Morris) knocked down both of her free throws to tie the game (65-65).
Unlike Friday, this time overtime was played- Also, in Overtime the GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck were mostly running behind. With 22seconds to go, Eisvogel USC Freiburg were up 71-70, and turned the ball over instead of playing the time down. In the upcoming offense, the GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck needed to score and Francis Donders (170-G-89) scored the game winning shot. With four seconds left on the clock, Eisvogel USC Freiburg managed to get a shot off, which didnt go in, and brought the GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck the Bronze medal in the German Championship 2013.


Top player for Osnabrueck was point guard Angela Pace with 24points, 8rebounds, 5assists and 2steals. Also, youngster Melina Knopp (170-G-94) did a great job, playing almost 38minutes, and reaching 6points, 6rebounds and 4assists.
Mariesa Greene (183-F-87, college: Barry) and Jahzinga Tracey (185-G/F-86, college: Indiana, PA) were the top performers for Eisvogel USC Freiburg scoring 20 and 24points and grabbing each 9rebounds.



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Australia Hads USA 1st Loss on NetScouts Basketball China Tour - by Carl Berman

The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Star Women's Team has made it to Anyaun, a district of the city of Pingxiang in Jiangxi province for the next three games. The city has lined the streets with over 1,000 flags welcoming the teams to their city for the basketball tournament. There was an opening ceremony and parade of players.

The games are all televised locally. There was a sellout (3,500) for tonight's China-Brazil game. There were 2,100 in attendance for the USA-Australia contest.

Australia tops USA 59-49

Australia handed the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars their first loss of the China tour. Australia used a 22-13 third quarter to build a lead they could hold onto and beat the USA 59-49. Although the Americans led by one at the half, the Aussies came out strong in the third period and although the fourth quarter was relatively even, the damage had been done.

Carley Mijovic (6'6''-C-94) (66 C) led the Aussies with a 16 & 10 double-double, Darcee Garbin had seven points and 12 rebounds. The Aussies had 17 offensive rebounds to take control of the game. The USA squad continues to struggle offensively, shooting a trip low 27% and making only eight FG's inside the arc. Fortunately for the USA, they did manage to make nine three-pointers but due to their inability to penetrate the Australian defense or find interior players, they only shot nine free throws.

The Americans were led in scoring by Jacqui Kalin and Jamie Russell who had 12 each.

Chris Denker, NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach

"Well, credit Australia. Their defense was good, solid. We missed a lot of good looks and some challenged shots. Bottom line is when you hold someone to 59 points and 30% shooting you would expect to win or at least have a chance. The issue we are having is not scoring points.

We finally shot the 3 decently but had our worst game from 2 at the same time. I told the team after, well keep working to improve and eventually the shots will fall but in the mean time we have to continue to play good defense which we have really done, I'm very happy with our defensive effort but, today we did not rebound the ball and that has to get better."

In the second game of the day, Brazil, who had been 0-3 in the first leg of the trip, shocked China by 8 points. Vanessa was a key to the victory for the Brazilians who played tough defense and finished drives at the basket. China struggled to make shots in the second half when Brazil took the lead. (no stats were available at the time of this post).

Statistics

USA (49)

Meghan Fulps 57 PG (Santa Clara) 0 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, Jacqui Kalin 58 PG (Northern Iowa) 12 points, 3 rebounds, Jamie Russell 58 G (Illinois State) 12 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, Adrian Ritchie 511 G (Green Bay) 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, Lauren Oosdyke 511 F (Northern Colorado) 9 points (3-of-6 3s), 1 rebound, Kate Thompson 64 F (Michigan) 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, Sam Ostarello 62 F (Purdue) 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, Samantha Heck 62 F/C (Evansville) 3 points, 6 rebounds, Stephanie Sension 63 F/C (Green Bay) 0 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, Morgan Johnson 65 C (Iowa) 1 point, 1 rebound

Australia (59)

Vanessa Panousis 3 points, 3 rebounds,Tiana Mangakahia No stats, Alex Wilson- 8 points, 5 rebounds, Louise Brown 0 points, 3 rebounds, Stephanie Talbot 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal, Jessica Good No stats, Darcee Garbin 7 points, 12 rebounds, Carley Mijovic 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, Tahlia Tupaea 2 assists, Lauren Schert 4 rebounds, Casey Samuels 14 points, Alicia Froling No stats

Carl Berman is a Managing Patner of NetScouts Basketball and can be followed on twitter here. You can follow the tour on the NetScouts Basketball blog here.



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CCC Polkowice announced Russian International Valeriya Musina for another season - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice announced Russian International Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee) for another season. After a successful season Valeriya will continue in Poland.
In 2012-2013 for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK, starting five) Valeriya Musina improved to 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 75.0%. In Euroleague after 14 games her stats read 7.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 24.1%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 59.5%.
In 2011-2012 for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK) Valeriya Musina averaged 7.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 19.1%, FT: 77.5% in EuroLeague and in Polish League had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 74.2%. Musina played most recently at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia), where in 6 games averaged 3.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. She started first with Louisville University. But she hoped for something more than just sitting on the bench (1.5ppg, 1.5apg). So she moved to Long Beach State. Due to NCAA rules, she had to redshirt the first season. In her second season at Long Beach State Musina had very solid 7.8ppg and 3.7rpg. Her final college year she spent at Lee University in NAIA. NAIA is not a part of NCAA, so she did not have to sit-out another year and had a very good season at Lee helping them to make it to NAIA D1 Elite Eight.



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Liga Feminina Round 2 of Finals. Alges record second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Alges - Lombos Quinta 83-58

Alges overcame Lombos Quinta for the second straight win in the title series. The game without a history. Alges led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Alges outrebounded Lombos Quinta 44-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Laura Broomfield (185-90, college: N.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 27 rebounds. The other American import swingman Katie Gearlds (186-84, college: Purdue) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Marcia Costa produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Hailey Dunham (188-87, college: USC, agency: Merit Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Alges: L.Broomfield 37+27reb+1ast, K.Gearlds 15+5reb+3ast, J.Almeida 12+2reb+2ast, S.Costa 7+1reb, M.Alves 7+5reb+1ast, A.Oliveira 4
Lombos Quinta: M.Costa 17+6reb, H.Dunham 15+6reb+1ast, D.Duarte 12+1reb+3ast, T.Gomez 6+7reb+2ast, I.Viana 5+1reb, F.Mendes 3+5reb+4ast
gschID: 240377



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Brasov
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hoskins, Brasov19.3 
 2. Givens, ICIM A.18.4 
 3. Lucas, Hondar.-Irun17.2 
 4. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe16.9 
 5. Brown, Timisoara16.0 
 6. Pesovic, Timisoara15.2 
 7. Tobin, Alba Iulia15.2 
 8. Hilliard, Targu Mu.15.0 
 9. Lyons, Alexandria14.9 
 10. Ferenczi, Cluj N.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mekia VALENTINE
  Sf.Gheor.
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.10.5 
 2. Hilliard, Targu Mu.10.2 
 3. Thompson, Alba Iul.9.9 
 4. Demirovic, Sp.Stu.9.7 
 5. Arlen, Alexandria9.6 
 6. Toma, Craiova9.2 
 7. Mitov, Craiova8.3 
 8. Givens, ICIM A.8.3 
 9. Thornton, Brasov8.3 
 10. Stjepanovic, Bras.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jence RHOADS
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rhoads, Sf.Gheorg.5.8 
 2. Parau, Satu Mare5.0 
 3. Cursaru, Brasov4.6 
 4. Risper, ICIM A.4.3 
 5. Prlja, Craiova4.2 
 6. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.2 
 7. Ajavon, Targoviste4.0 
 8. Arnold, Alexandria3.9 
 9. Bajic, Sp.Stude.3.5 
 10. Jones, Cluj Napo.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tiffany BROWN
  Timisoara
  (165-G-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Brown, Timisoara3.9 
 2. Robbins, Targoviste2.9 
 3. Lyons, Alexandria2.8 
 4. Sipos, Alexandria2.8 
 5. Chis, Oradea2.7 
 6. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe2.6 
 7. Pesovic, Timisoara2.4 
 8. Thornton, Brasov2.4 
 9. Vlaicu, Oradea2.4 
 10. Risper, ICIM A.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela TOMA
  Craiova
  (192-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Toma, Craiova2.0 
 2. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.1.5 
 3. Stoiedin, Timisoara1.4 
 4. Stjepanovic, Brasov1.2 
 5. Whittington, Satu1.1 
 6. Blanaru, Timisoara1.0 
 7. Hilliard, Targu Mu.1.0 
 8. Arlen, Alexandria0.9 
 9. Thornton, Brasov0.9 
 10. Thompson, Alba Iu.0.9 


ICIM Arad step closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

ICIM Arad - Targoviste 67-58 (2-1)

ICIM Arad step closer to the title as they won Game 3 67:58. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSM Targoviste won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ICIM Arad made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led her team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. Her fellow American import point guard Jennifer Risper (175-87, college: Vanderbilt) helped adding 19 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was LBRn point guard Matee Ajavon (170-86, college: Rutgers) with 16 points and 5 assists and American forward Jillian Robbins (190-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: C.Givens 24+9reb+3ast, J.Risper 19+11reb+1ast, C.Bartee 11+7reb, M.Boriga 5+3reb, C.Wirth 4+6reb, K.Laplante 4+5reb+1ast
Targoviste: J.Robbins 16+7reb, M.Ajavon 16+4reb+5ast, G.Marginean 15+6reb, K.Tikhonenko 5+9reb+1ast, M.Miljkovic 2+1reb+1ast, J.Davis 2+11reb+1ast
gschID: 240293



Satu Mare clinch third place - by Eurobasket News

Satu Mare clinch third place in Romania. The team won the third decisive game against Alba Iulia 75:71 and won the series 2-1. Utahya Drye (185-F-88, college: Virginia Tech), Andreea Orosz (183-G/F-86) and Annemarie Parau (170-G-84) each scored 15 points for the winners. Amanda Thompson (183-F-87, college: Oklahoma) replied with 22 points in the losing effort.
Earlier in Game 2 Alba Iulia won over Satu Mare 69:67. It was a good game for American forward Amanda Thompson who led her team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Rebecca Tobin contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Annemarie Parau answered with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and Utahya Drye added 18 points in the effort for Satu Mare.



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  RUSSIA   


CCC Polkowice announced Russian International Valeriya Musina for another season - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice announced Russian International Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee) for another season. After a successful season Valeriya will continue in Poland.
In 2012-2013 for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK, starting five) Valeriya Musina improved to 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 75.0%. In Euroleague after 14 games her stats read 7.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 24.1%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 59.5%.
In 2011-2012 for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK) Valeriya Musina averaged 7.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 19.1%, FT: 77.5% in EuroLeague and in Polish League had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 74.2%. Musina played most recently at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia), where in 6 games averaged 3.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. She started first with Louisville University. But she hoped for something more than just sitting on the bench (1.5ppg, 1.5apg). So she moved to Long Beach State. Due to NCAA rules, she had to redshirt the first season. In her second season at Long Beach State Musina had very solid 7.8ppg and 3.7rpg. Her final college year she spent at Lee University in NAIA. NAIA is not a part of NCAA, so she did not have to sit-out another year and had a very good season at Lee helping them to make it to NAIA D1 Elite Eight.



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Jelena Velinovic wins the title with Mladi - by Eurobasket News

Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) wins the title with Mladi as her Bosnian team became the Champion of the country. WBC Mladi Krajisnik won their 4th Bosnian Championship with 10-0 record in Bosnian league for championship. In their last game Mladi Krajisnik won against WBC Borac Zovko Osiguranje 82-51.The best player in the last game was Jelena Velinovic with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
In Round 9 Mladi Krajisnik beat Jedinstvo in Round 9 top game and improved to 9-0 record. The League-leader celebrated an easy 80:53 win. Mladi started with 30-10 lead and never looked behind after. They added 22-15 in the third quarter and finished the game with 13-9 rally in the last stanza. Milena Radenovic top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Jelena Velinovic brought 14. Zdenka Kovacevic replied with 24 points in the losing effort.



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MBK Ruzomberok appoint Juraj Sija as new head coach - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok have appointed Juraj Suja as the teams new head coach. He replaces Stefan Svitek on the bridge. Juraj Suja worked with SBK Samorin lately. Previously he guided MBK Rieker Komarno in Extraliga. He led Samorin to the Extraliga semifinals in 2012.


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Istanbul Universitesi signs Pinar Demirok - by Eurobasket News

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

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Istanbul Universitesi signs Pinar Demirok - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center



Spanish Roberto Iniguez remain with Turkish Champions - by Eurobasket News

Spanish Roberto Iniguez remain with Turkish Champions. The Head Coach of Fenerbahce will stay for another season.
In 2011 he was appointed Coach for Ros Casares in the middle of the season. The Valencia outfit decided to part ways with head coach Natalia Hejkova as Roberto Iniguez replaced her at the bench. Roberto Iniguez is not a well-known name in coaching world. The specialist has previously worked with Valencia youth teams.
Together with Ros Casares Roberto Iniguez became Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards Coach of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -12 and Euroleague Champion -12. He became also Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -12 and Spanish LFB Champion -12. Eurobasket.com awarded him as a All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -12.
Earlier Georgios Dikeoulakos farewell to Fenerbahce. The Greek specialist left the Turkish team for Romania.



Fenerbahce re-sign Pondexter, Matovic and Veremeenko - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce re-sign Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers), Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) for the next season. The Turkish side continues to be one of the active teams on the transfer market. They will join Angel McCoughtry, Birsel Vardarli and Kristen Newlin who already have contracts for the next season.
Anastasiya Veremeenko joined the team in 2012-2013 and in Euroleague averaged 9.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 73.3%. In Turkish League her stats read 9.9 points per game.
Cappie Pondexter showed 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 79.1% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League she showed 11.8 points per game.
Ivana Matovic was the top-scorer in the decisive fifth game for Fenerbahce that grabbed 2012/2013 TKBL Crown! Serbian center Ivana Matovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds.
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.