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SM-sarja Standings
 1. Catz 0-0 
 2. Espoo Team 0-0 
 3. Espoo Utd 0-0 
 4. FoA 0-0 
 5. Helmi Basket 0-0 
 6. Huima 0-0 
 7. HyPo 0-0 
 8. Kouvot 0-0 
 9. PeKa 0-0 
 10. ViVe 0-0 
Last:7/9/2017
1st Division Standings
 1. BC Nokia 0-0 
 2. Helmi Capitals 0-0 
 3. HNMKY MaHa 0-0 
 4. Honka 0-0 
 5. Kataja 0-0 
 6. PuHu 0-0 
 7. Pyrinto 0-0 
 8. SB-Girls 0-0 
 9. ToPo 0-0 
 10. TuRi 0-0 
Last:7/9/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Faith RANDOLPH
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Randolph, Huima21.8 
 2. Henderson, Espoo T.20.8 
 3. Jones, Catz19.2 
 4. Johnson, FoA19.0 
 5. Landry, Espoo Utd18.9 
 6. Snow, FoA18.8 
 7. Goss, HyPo18.6 
 8. Sims, PeKa18.1 
 9. Tuukkanen, HyPo18.1 
 10. Hardy, ViVe17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Batabe ZEMPARE
  Huima
  (188-F-94)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Zempare, Huima12.6 
 2. Tuukkanen, HyPo12.4 
 3. Landry, Espoo Utd11.8 
 4. Hunter, ViVe11.3 
 5. Robinson, Huima11.0 
 6. Jones, Catz10.3 
 7. Luna-Castro, Kouvot10.1 
 8. Frazier, Kouvot9.9 
 9. Sims, PeKa9.7 
 10. Hardy, ViVe9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kiana JOHNSON
  FoA
  (168-G-93)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Johnson, FoA5.8 
 2. Hardy, ViVe5.4 
 3. Simmons, PeKa5.3 
 4. Barton, Kouvot5.0 
 5. McFarland, Catz4.9 
 6. Massengale, Catz4.5 
 7. Augustin, Helmi B.4.1 
 8. Randolph, Huima3.9 
 9. Goss, HyPo3.9 
 10. Henderson, Espoo T.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyonna SNOW
  FoA
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Snow, FoA3.7 
 2. Barton, Kouvot3.1 
 3. Hardy, ViVe3.1 
 4. Henderson, Espoo T.3.1 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa2.6 
 6. Lahtinen, Helmi B.2.5 
 7. Simmons, PeKa2.3 
 8. Goss, HyPo2.2 
 9. Johnson, FoA2.2 
 10. Frazier, Kouvot2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shenita LANDRY
  Espoo Utd
  (188-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Landry, Espoo Utd1.5 
 2. Lassiter, PeKa1.3 
 3. Luna-Castro, Kouvot1.2 
 4. Tuukkanen, HyPo1.2 
 5. Reshetko, Catz1.0 
 6. Vapamaa, FoA0.9 
 7. Hunter, ViVe0.7 
 8. Lane, FoA0.7 
 9. Jones, Catz0.7 
 10. Zempare, Huima0.6 

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SM-sarja Round 34: Forssan Alku defeats Honka in the closest game of the week - Mar 16, 2013


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Laura
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There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in SM-sarja.

The most exciting game of round 34 in the SM-sarja took place in Espoo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Honka (16-12) to third ranked Forssan Alku (18-12) 83-80 in the game for the third place. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Honka won second period 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Forssan Alku won last quarter 22-20. Forssan Alku forced 19 Honka turnovers. The former international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-92) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 22 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Secily Ray (180-90, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jordan Murphree (183-87, college: Texas Tech, agency: Merit Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Forssan Alku maintains third position with 18-12 record having six points less than leader Catz. Newly promoted Honka keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with ToPo and HoNsU. Forssan Alku will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Honka will play on the road against HyPo (#11) in Hyvinkaa and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Forssan Alku (18-12) against ninth ranked TuRi (9-20) on Wednesday night. Host Forssan Alku was edged by TuRi in a tough game in Forssa 74-75. Canadian guard Brittany Hedderson (175-90, college: Buffalo) notched 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Sofia Pelander supported her with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Even 24 points by American guard Melissa Lechlitner (170-88, college: Notre Dame) did not help to save the game for Forssan Alku. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted TuRi maintains ninth position with 9-20 record. Forssan Alku lost third consecutive game. Forssan Alku at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
HoNsU (#4) was upset in Jyvaskyla by seventh ranked Aanekosken 66-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of HoNsU. Kenya Robinson fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Minna Sten produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks for lost side. Aanekosken maintains seventh position with 15-13 record. Loser HoNsU keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Honka and ToPo. Aanekosken will meet at home league's second-placed Peli-Karhut in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. HoNsU will play against the league's leader Catz Lappeenranta having rather not much hope for a victory.
SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (26-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kerava Energia Team (9-19) 99-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kerava Energia Team. Worth to mention a great performance of Chandrea Jones who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Catz Lappeenranta have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-2 record. Kerava Energia Team at the other side keeps the eighth place with 19 games lost. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be HoNsU (#4) in Jyvaskyla. Kerava Energia Team will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki.

In the last two games of round 34 bottom-ranked HyPo lost to PeKa on the opponent's court 65-79. BC Nokia unfortunately lost to ToPo in a home game 64-76.


Kerava - Catz 59-99

SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (26-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kerava Energia Team (9-19) 99-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kerava Energia Team. The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 38. They outrebounded Kerava Energia Team 45-31 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Catz Lappeenranta players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Kerava Energia Team's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Russian power forward Jelena Reshetko (184-86) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Four Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. American Earlysia Marchbanks (180, college: Oregon St., agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Italian-Ghanian point guard Rosetta Adzasu (165-90, college: Washington St.) added 11 points in the effort for Kerava Energia Team. Catz Lappeenranta have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-2 record. Kerava Energia Team at the other side keeps the eighth place with 19 games lost. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be HoNsU (#4) in Jyvaskyla. Kerava Energia Team will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
Kerava: E.Marchbanks 20+10reb+2ast, R.Adzasu 11+3reb+3ast, R.Lukkarinen 8+3reb, R.Pakarinen 8+2reb+1ast, H.Ala-Vahala 5+3reb, I.Makkonen 5+3reb+1ast
Catz: C.Jones 21+6reb+4ast, A.Anderson 17+4reb+3ast, J.Reshetko 16+8reb+5ast, K.Summala 15+3reb, L.Aaltonen 12+3reb+1ast, U.Nuolikoski 8+7reb
gschID: 194929


PeKa - HyPo 79-65

Very expected game in Kotka where 11th ranked HyPo (3-25) was defeated by second ranked Peli-Karhut (24-4) 79-65. Peli-Karhut forced 21 HyPo turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for swingman Korinne Campbell (182-88, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Peli-Karhut players scored in double figures. Peli-Karhut's coach Seppo Kurki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Phebe Smith (183, college: Columbus St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) replied with 6 points and 17 rebounds and forward Kathlyn Varno (185-88, college: Wofford) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for HyPo. Peli-Karhut have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-4 record having just two points less than leader Catz. HyPo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Peli-Karhut's next round opponent will be Aanekosken (#7) in Aanekoski where they are favorite. HyPo will play at home against Honka (#6) in Espoo.
Top scorers:
HyPo: K.Varno 17+7reb+1ast, N.Day 14+7reb+1ast, F.Kilpinen 8+5reb+1ast, P.Smith 6+17reb+2ast, N.Korhonen 5, A.Tuomi 5+1reb+1ast
PeKa: K.Campbell 20+16reb, R.Piipari 14+2reb+4ast, L.Lehtoranta 14+1reb, S.Landry 14+6reb+1ast, A.Pounds 7+2reb, M.McKenzie 6+12reb+2ast
gschID: 194928


Honka - FoA 80-83

The most exciting game of round 34 in the SM-sarja took place in Espoo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Honka (16-12) to third ranked Forssan Alku (18-12) 83-80 in the game for the third place. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Honka won second period 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Forssan Alku won last quarter 22-20. Forssan Alku forced 19 Honka turnovers. The former international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-92) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 22 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Secily Ray (180-90, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Forssan Alku players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jordan Murphree (183-87, college: Texas Tech, agency: Merit Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks and her fellow American import guard Melissa Jeltema (175-88, college: Oakland) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Forssan Alku maintains third position with 18-12 record having six points less than leader Catz. Newly promoted Honka keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with ToPo and HoNsU. Forssan Alku will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Honka will play on the road against HyPo (#11) in Hyvinkaa and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Honka: M.Jeltema 27+10reb+2ast, J.Murphree 25+14reb+7ast, R.Rits 16+8reb+1ast, V.Purhonen 8+2reb+1ast, E.Laaksonen 3+2reb+1ast, R.Myllyveraja 1+1reb
FoA: L.Saarinen 15+22reb, S.Ray 15+9reb+1ast, M.Lechlitner 13+6reb+3ast, S.Miles 13+3reb+6ast, H.Salomaa 13+1reb+1ast, N.Jarvikangas 10+2reb
gschID: 194926


BC Nokia - ToPo 64-76

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Torpan Pojat (16-12) defeated on the road 10th ranked BC Nokia (4-25) 76-64. Torpan Pojat made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Torpan Pojat outrebounded BC Nokia 48-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a very good performance for Venlakaisa Holtta (177-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. American forward Alberta Auguste (180-85, college: Tennessee) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and guard Katri Menna (170-86) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Nokia. BC Nokia's coach Antti Hyvarinen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torpan Pojat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Honka and HoNsU. BC Nokia lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 25 games lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be Kerava Energia Team (#8) at home.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: A.Auguste 17+15reb+1ast, N.Hyvarinen 12+4reb+1ast, K.Menna 11+7reb+4ast, N.Lakaniemi 7, E.Runsas 6+1reb+1ast, V.Pirttinen 5
ToPo: V.Holtta 16+10reb+1ast, N.Laaksonen 14+11reb+2ast, K.Valtakari 14+4reb+1ast, K.McBee 11+11reb+3ast, V.Kesanen 11+3reb+2ast, A.Arppe 8+1reb
gschID: 194927


HoNsU - Huima 53-66

HoNsU (#4) was upset in Jyvaskyla by seventh ranked Aanekosken 66-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of HoNsU. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded HoNsU 48-35 including 38 on the defensive glass. American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman Jasmin Holliday (182-90, college: Oregon) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Minna Sten (189-87) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks and American guard Brandi Davis (183-83, college: Oregon) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aanekosken maintains seventh position with 15-13 record. Loser HoNsU keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Honka and ToPo. Aanekosken will meet at home league's second-placed Peli-Karhut in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. HoNsU will play against the league's leader Catz Lappeenranta having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
HoNsU: B.Davis 13+6reb+1ast, N.Jackson 12+5reb+2ast, T.Lepisto 11+5reb, M.Sten 10+13reb, K.Lind 3+2reb, A.Karkkainen 2+2reb+1ast
Huima: S.Black 16+8reb, K.Robinson 15+18reb+1ast, J.Holliday 15+10reb+1ast, S.Viitanen 13+4reb, K.Rytkonen 7+3reb, J.Tiihonen 0+2reb
gschID: 194925


FoA - TuRi 74-75

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Forssan Alku (18-12) against ninth ranked TuRi (9-20) on Wednesday night. Host Forssan Alku was edged by TuRi in a tough game in Forssa 74-75. Forssan Alku was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-13 third quarter run of TuRi. Canadian guard Brittany Hedderson (175-90, college: Buffalo) notched 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Sofia Pelander (188-92) supported her with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Even 24 points by American guard Melissa Lechlitner (170-88, college: Notre Dame) did not help to save the game for Forssan Alku. The former international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-92) added 7 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted TuRi maintains ninth position with 9-20 record. Forssan Alku lost third consecutive game. Forssan Alku at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
FoA: M.Lechlitner 24+3reb+2ast, H.Salomaa 19+2reb+2ast, S.Helenius 8+2reb+1ast, H.Koponen 8+7reb+1ast, S.Ray 8+6reb+2ast, L.Saarinen 7+13reb+4ast
TuRi: B.Hedderson 24+6reb+3ast, S.Pelander 13+14reb+2ast, L.Berthelin 8+5reb+1ast, M.Makela 8+2reb+1ast, K.Karkkainen 8+2reb+3ast, C.Alander 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 194924


  



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