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LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Trotamundos 5-3 
 2. Marinos 5-3 
 3. Guaiqueries 2-6 
Group B
 1. Cocodrilos 5-3 
 2. Gigantes 4-4 
 3. Guaros 3-5 
Places 7-10
 1. Toros 17-19 
 2. Gaiteros 16-20 
 3. Bucaneros 13-23 
 4. Panteras 4-32 
Stage One Standings
Venezuelan men teams in Latin cups 2012-2013
 Liga Sudamericana:
 Liga Americas:
LPB Stage One Stage One Standings
 1. Marinos 40-14 
 2. Cocodrilos 36-17 
 3. Bucaneros 29-25 
 4. Gaiteros 28-26 
 5. Gigantes 27-27 
 6. Trotamundos 26-28 
 7. Guaros 25-29 
 8. Guaiqueries 21-32 
 9. Panteras 19-35 
 10. Toros 18-36 
Season 2013
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports
Abroad
Points Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Huracanes PP
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Pena, Huracanes PP22.7 
 2. Fortson, Caneros21.5 
 3. Maye, Titanes DN19.9 
 4. Bailey, Cocolos19.6 
 5. Martinez, Arecibo19.3 
 6. Flores, Titanes DN18.9 
 7. Balkman, Guayama18.4 
 8. Johnson, Cocolos18.4 
 9. Rodgers, Marinos17.5 
 10. Hornsby, Bucaner.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Arecibo
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, Arecibo12.4 
 2. Massie, San German9.9 
 3. Balkman, Guayama8.6 
 4. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 5. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.5 
 6. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.3 
 7. Colmenares, Cocod.7.2 
 8. Feeley, Gigantes7.0 
 9. Riley, Bucaneros6.7 
 10. Gadzuric, Marinos6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Huracanes PP
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Pena, Huracanes PP5.8 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 3. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 4. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.3 
 5. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.1 
 6. Guillent, Guaros4.0 
 7. Flores, Titanes DN3.4 
 8. Guevara, Guaiquer.3.0 
 9. Horton, Panteras2.8 
 10. Martinez, Arecibo2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis JONES
  Gigantes
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Jones, Gigantes3.3 
 2. Riley, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Smith, Gigantes2.6 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.5 
 5. Balkman, Guayama2.4 
 6. Guillent, Guaros2.3 
 7. Horton, Panteras2.2 
 8. Pena, Huracanes PP2.0 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.0 
 10. Baez, Gigantes1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Penn, Humacao3.6 
 2. Battle, Marinos1.7 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.7 
 4. Lang, Cocodrilos1.5 
 5. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.0 
 7. Camara, Gaiteros0.9 
 8. Massie, San German0.9 
 9. Barrios, Toros0.9 
 10. Martinez, Arecibo0.8 

Cocodrilos de Caracas wins the Venezuelan LPB 2013 title (Photo: meridiano.com.ve)

Cocodrilos de Caracas 2013
Nestor Salazar Nestor Salazar Salazar
Kristoffer Lang
Lang
Ryan Forehan-Kelly
Forehan-Kelly
Carl Edwards
Edwards
Rashad Anderson
Anderson
Jesus Centeno
Centeno
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
 Lang Kristoffer 211 (6'11'') F/C 79 USA
 Forehan-Kelly Ryan 196 (6'5'') F 80 USA
 Edwards Carl 196 (6'5'') F 81 USA
 Anderson Rashad 195 (6'5'') G/F 83 USA
 Centeno Jesus 190 (6'3'') G 85 Venezuela
6  Colmenares Nestor 203 (6'8'') PF 87 Venezuela
 Garcia Cesar 175 (5'9'') G 89 Venezuela
 Berroteran Carlos 206 (6'9'') C 89 Venezuela
 Rivas Miguel 182 (6'0'') G 90 Venezuela
 Urdaneta Kenji 188 (6'2'') G 85 Venezuela
 Lopez Lenin 198 (6'6'') F 91 Venezuela
 Caraballo Kelvin 195 (6'5'') F 88 Venezuela
 Matos Darwin 197 (6'6'') G/F 85 Venezuela
 Diaz Jovanni 195 (6'5'') G 92 Venezuela
 Rojas Jose Venezuela
 Altahona Juan 200 (6'7'') SF 92 Venezuela
 Palacios Yochuar Venezuela
30  Ruiz Diego 189 (6'3'') G 89 Venezuela
Head Coach: Nestor Salazar
Coach Assistant: Gustavo Maza
Coach Assistant: Miguel Gonzalez
Coach Assistant: Jose Dos Santos
Coach Assistant: Nelson Solorzano

Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Awards 2013 - Jul 18, 2013

Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team 2013
Gregory Vargas
Vargas
Kelvin Pena
Pena
Ollie Bailey
Bailey
Mykal Riley
Riley
Edward Santana
Santana

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- These are Venezuela's LPB 2013 Awards provided by your Latinbasket.com Venezuela correspondents:

Player of the Year: Edward Santana (203-F-80) of Gaiteros del Zulia
Guard of the Year: Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Forward of the Year: Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Panteras de Miranda
Center of the Year: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia
Newcomer of the Year: Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Most Improved Player of the Year: Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86) of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Imported Player of the Year: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia
Domestic Player of the Year: Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
Defensive Player of the Year: Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Coach of the Year: Carl Herrera of Gigantes de Guayana

1st Team
G: Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
SG: Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) of Toros de Aragua
SF: Ollie Bailey of Panteras de Miranda
F/C: Mykal Riley (198-F/G-85) of Bucaneros de La Guaira
C: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia

2nd Team
G: Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) of Gaiteros del Zulia
F: Robert Hornsby (201-F-82) of Bucaneros de La Guaira
SF: Leon Rodgers (201-F-80) of Marinos de Anzoategui
PF: Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
C: Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) of Guaros de Lara

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
SG: Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) of Marinos de Anzoategui
F: Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) of Marinos de Anzoategui
F/C: Luis Bethelmy of Cocodrilos de Caracas
C: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Guaiqueries de Margarita

All-Imports Team
PG: Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
SG: Kelvin Pena of Toros de Aragua
SF: Ollie Bailey of Panteras de Miranda
F/C: Mykal Riley of Bucaneros de La Guaira
C: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia

All-Defensive Team
Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
Kelvin Pena of Toros de Aragua
Oscar Torres of Marinos de Anzoategui
Mykal Riley of Bucaneros de La Guaira
Richard Lugo of Guaiqueries de Margarita

All-Newcomers Team
Yochuar Palacios (196-F-85) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Jhornan Zamora of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Albert Arias (194-F-89) of Gigantes de Guayana
Jose Manaure (193-F-87) of Toros de Aragua
Kelvin Caraballo (195-F-88) of Cocodrilos de Caracas


Cocodrilos de Caracas are crowned LPB champions - Jul 16, 2013

Marinos de Anzoategui - Cocodrilos de Caracas 61:63

Cocodrilos de Caracas claimed the LPB title! They defeated Marinos de Anzoategui on the road in the decisive seventh game of the championship series.
Cocodrilos got to a confident start. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) nailed 11 points in the opening to give the visitors a 19:15 lead. Marinos turned things around in the second frame. The hosts picked up the tempo to establish a 39:34 halftime lead. Cocodrilos stuck around in the third term. They cut the deficit to a single point 48:49 with ten minutes remaining. Cocodrilos pulled ahead late in the game and protected the lead well in the dying seconds. They snatched the victory at the end and dethroned Marinos. Andre Emmett finished with 26 points and was trumped the MVP of the Finals. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) added 16 points, while Windi Graterol (204-C-86) had 11 points and 12 boards for the visitors. Marinos answered with 15 points from Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86). Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Marinos: Gregory Vargas 15, Leon Rodgers 14
Cocodrilos: Andre Emmett 26, Carl Elliott 16, Windi Graterol 11+12 boards


Venezuelans defeat Foreigners 150-145 in LPB 2013 All-Star Game - May 3, 2013

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Stars defeated Foreigners Stars 150-145 at Jose Beracasa Arena of Naciones Unidas Park in Caracas, in the 36th edition of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto's All-Star Game.

It was the 13th ever victory for the Venezuelans, while the Foreigners have won 21 games. In only two of the 36 editions, the organization has used a different format, based on geographic location of the teams.

Prior to the game, a few skills competitions took place. Micah Downs (203-G/F-86) of Bucaneros de La Guaira defeated Kelvin Caraballo (195-F-88) of Cocodrilos de Caracas in the Dunks Contest, while Robert Hornsby (201-F-82), also of Bucaneros de La Guaira, finished at first place in the Three-Points contest.

Several special guests made appearances, including Dominican former baseball player Sammy Sosa, Venezuela's Soccer U17 National squad coach Rafael Dudamel and former players of Venezuela's Senior NT. Carmelo Cortez, president of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation, was also there.

The Foreigners ruled in the first three quarters, 36-29, 44-36 (80-65) and 42-46 (122-111), but the Venezuelans completed a huge comeback in the fourth quarter, thanks to their three-point shooting, to get the win with 39 points in just 10 minutes, allowing only 23.

Former NBA player Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76) led the winners with 21 points, Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) added 19, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) scored 18, Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86) followed them with 16, Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) added 13, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 12, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) completed a double double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) netted 11 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) and Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) scored 6 points each and Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) finished up with 2.

Torres and Cedeno shared MVP honors.The Venezuelan team was coached by Jorge Arrieta of Marinos.

For the Foreigners, Leon Rodgers (199-F-80) scored 35 points, Edward Santana (203-F-80) added 28 points and 8 rebounds, Micah Downs followed them with 16, Mykal Riley (198-F/G-85) and Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) scored 14 points each, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) and Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) scored 10 points each, Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79) netted 9, Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-F-80) 4, Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) 3 and Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) 2. Blake Walker (197-F/G-82) was the only player in the game with no points.

Robert Hornsby played in the game even though he was supposed to participate in the three-points contest only but his points were awarded to teammates. The Foreigners team was coached by Argentinian Guillermo Narvarte of Bucaneros.


LPB 2013 News - All-Star Game (Venezuelans vs Foreigners) to be played in Caracas - May 1, 2013

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Liga Profesional de Baloncesto will celebrate its 36th edition of the LPB All-Star Game between Venezuelans and Foreigners on May 1st at Naciones Unidas Park, in Caracas.

In 2012, the game was won by the Foreigners, 137-131, thanks to a great performance by Darius Adams, then player of Guaiqueries de Margarita who was selected as Most Valuable Player.

The fans were enabled to vote for both teams's starting lineups. Leon Rodgers was the foreign player with the most votes (2.661) while Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76) got 2.458 to the most voted Venezuelan player. Both players belong to title holders and current leaders Marinos de Anzoategui

Torres will be joined in the starting five by Gregory Vargas and Axiers Sucre of Marinos de Anzoategui, Dwight Lewis of Trotamundos de Carabobo, and Richard Lugo of Guaiqueries de Margarita. They'll be coached by Jorge Arrieta (Marinos de Anzoategui).

The Venezuelans team bench will be completed by Heissler Guillent of Guaros de Lara, Carlos Cedeno of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Jesus Centeno of Cocodrilos de Caracas, Derwin Ramirez of Gigantes de Gjayana, Juan Herrera of Panteras de Miranda, Jesus Urbina of Toros de Aragua and Tulio Cobos of Guaiqueries de Margarita.

Meanwhile, the Foreigners squad will be coached by Argentinian Guillermo Narvarte of Bucaneros de La Guaira. Along with Leon Rodgers (Marinos), the other starting players will be Carl Elliott and Ryan Forehan-Kelly of Cocodrilos de Caracas, Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia and Jack Martinez of Guaros de Lara.

Players in the bench will be Kelvin Pena of Toros de Aragua, Micah Downs and Mykal Riley of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Blake Walker of Gigantes de Guayana, Chris Massie of Panteras de Miranda and Kris Lang of Cocodrilos de Caracas and Courtney Fortson of Trotamundos de Carabobo. Fortson came in as a replacement for injured Filiberto Rivera of Gaiteros del Zulia while Fortson is replacing another injured player, teammate Trey Gilder.

The Three-Point Shots contest will involve Robert Hornsby of Bucaneros de La Guaira and Ryan Forehan-Kelly of Cocodrilos de Caracas for the Foreigners and Heissler Guillent of Guaros de Lara, Oscar Torres of Marinos de Anzoategui and Carlos Cedeno of Bucaneros de La Guaira for the Venezuelans.

The Dunks contest will include Mikal Riley and Micah Downs of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Courtney Fortson of Trotamundos de Carabobo for the Foreigners, Darwin Matos and Kelvin Caraballo of Cocodrilos de Caracas and Dwight Lewis of Trotamundos de Carabobo for the Venezuelans.

The game will be broadcasted in High Definition TV by DirecTV and will also be broadcasted by Meridiano TV.

Former Dominican baseball player Sammy Sosa and the new Ministry of Sports, Alejandra Benitez, as well as Venezuela's U17 Soccer Team coach, Rafael Dudamel, will be among the celebrities invited to the game by the LPB's event coordinators.



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