EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/29/2007Copyright © 1997-2006 Eurobasket
Game 1 of the Austrian Basketball League best-of-five series started yesterday as defeating champion Allianz Swans Gmunden blew out Gunners Oberwart 85-66, on the home floor, Volksbank-Arena in Gmunden. Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cal.St. Northridge) led the winners with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) added 18 points. Adam Boone (190-G-81, college: Minnesota) finished with 20 points and Armond Williams (196-F/C-82, college: Illinois-Chicago) with 14 points for the Oberwart Gunners. Williams heated up early in the first quarter as Oberwart took a 15-17 advantage but the Swans stepped up the second quarter, Oberwart reacted with Williams and Boone but couldn't manage to close the period/halftime for their side (40-37). Gmunden raised their level of defensive intensity, causing the visitors to struggle and allowed them 15 points while scoring 25 to raise the difference to 65-52, after 30 minutes, Gmunden never looked back in last quarter and controlled the game and Oberwarts attempts to close the gap.
Allianz Swans Gmunden (85): Ian Boylan 25, Deteri Mayes 18, Peter Hutter 12, Blake Hamilton 8, Florian Schoninger 8, Andreas Helmigk 6, Mathias Mayer 3, Kristjan Splajt 3, Bojan Barjaktarevic 2, Thomas Stelzer 0, Johannes Kienesberger 0
Macabido Gunners Oberwart (66): Adam Boone 20, Armond Williams 14, Hannes Artner 10, Cory Muirhead 8, Hannes Ochsenhofer 6, Jason Johnson 4, Tomislav Gaspar 2, Christoph Nagler 2, Ivan Kartelo 0, Paul Radakovics 0, Stefan Ulreich 0
(15:17, 40:37, 65:52)
Oberwart will host Game 2 and will try make it as hard as possible for the Swans on Thursday, 31-05-2007.
Vasilis Fragias and Keravnos have come to an agreement and the Greek coach will continue for another season as head coach of the Strovolos team.
According to the Keravnos official site (www.keravnosbc.com) the respect coach decided to turn down the offers he had from Greek A1 team Kolossos Rhodes and other interested parties and to remain in Cyprus.
In the first matchup of afternoon, Los Minas had greater dominion of the ball to dominate itself Naco with 93-89 board, in a game of much movement in which Naco desperately fought to give reach to the equipment of the Eastern margin, conscious of the importance of that game for its aspirations of classifying.Nevertheless, Los Minas had four players with double numbers and registered an impermeable defense to neutralize Naco. Los Minas went to the rest arrives in the board 41-39 and since it initiated the third quarter, Naco implemented a fast game but its lack security made him lose several balls at important moments, which was taken advantage by Los Minas. Whenever Naco approached, the players of Los Minas seemed to put an extra and with the push of Andy Williams (195-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) (195-G/F-80, agency: Court Side), Alberto Ozuna, Carlos Martinez and Andy William they could obtain the triumph. Several baskets of Carlos Martinez and Andy Williams at the beginning of the last quarter returned to increase the advantage of Los Minas 72-59, but Naco returned to against attacking and with a distance of three of Dominic Mejia, reducing 5:19 it put to Naco 75-71 and soon reducing 1:10 to conclude the game, Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) it placed a dangerous basket and it put the game 84-87, nevertheless, two free throws of Fortune, Ozuna and Martinez in the final seconds sealed the victory of Los Minas. Naco had many possibilities of reaching Los Minas, but their main gunners, Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) and Luis Flores, fell in the second half of the game.
Villa Duarte Wins
By his side, in the second game of the double header of yesterday, Calero of Villa Duarte won of comfortable way 94-77 to Villa Francisca to follow his firm steps towards the classification.
Calero had four players who had double numbers to dominate themselves Villa Francisca of comfortable way.Damian McSwing and Wilkin Tavarez had 19 points each to motorize the offensive of Calero, who like Naco has mark of 4 wins and five lost. Villa Duarte dominated first half of the game that concluded 51-39 and in all the passage of the game front to the Villa Francisca conserved a prudent distance. The directed by Santo Tolentino will play next Friday againts Los Minas and to classify has to their favor that their particular series dominates with Naco by five points.
Indonesia proved its place in the coming FIBA Asia Men's Championship by notching its third win this time against Singapore (89-67) of the just concluded 7th Southeast Asia Basketball Association Men's Championship.
Parading with a win loss record of 3-1, Indonesian five suffered its only defeat at the hands of mighty Philippines (85-49). Philippines, which swept all of its assignment with an average winning margin of 38 points, won the championship and the other berth for the Asian championship to be held in Tokushima, Japan.
Runner-up finish in this tournament and a spot in the Asian championship will assure that the Indonesian five will go to the coming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games basketball tournament which will also be held in Thailand.
Indonesia participated in the 2005 FIBA Asia championship in Doha Qatar with a 0-3 record against Asian power opponents Qatar, Japan and Kazakhstan in the preliminary rounds.
With Satria Muda Britama's Ronny Gunawan (current Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) Most Valuable Player) in his peak, the Indonesian five will try to improve their showing in this year's Asian championship and notch the gold medal in the coming SEA Games.
(28 may 2007) Malaysia is confirmed cannot achieve their target set before the begining of the SEABA( at least get silver) after beat by Philippines. The strongest Philippines is trash Malaysia NT by 102-72 in Sunday to lock the Champion for this competition. Malaysia NT is have a good opening in this game, but the filipino is quikly recover their form after shooter Renren Ritualo(188-G) is get 5 3-point in the second quarter to have a run of 32-17 to finish 53-36 in the half time.
In third quarter, Ritualo is still having a good performance to lead the filipinos have a easy win over the game against Malaysia NT, Ritualo get 27 points in this game by putting in 9 3-point.Malaysia NT captain Satyaseelan is still keep his performance in this game by score 23 points and Overseas Guganeswarran have 14 points in this game as well.
Malaysia NT head coach SIm Sin Heng is satisfied with his players overall performance however unbale to complete the mission. He said "the players is not give up even with the bad situation, i know the players was put all their effort to the competition, so i cannot require them to do more than it, now our next mission is get silver in SEA game host by thailand in December".
To conclude the overall performance for Malaysia in 7th SEABA, Satyaseelan(185-F-78) is the most outstanding player for the NT by his average point per game 17.5. Beside that, Guganeswarran(180-G-83) and Chai Chze Hian(180-G-83) is respectively get 10 points and 9.75 points per game. If without any surprise, Malaysia will get 3rd place for the 7th SEABA.
Malaysia V Philippines
Malaysia: Satyaseelan 23pts, Guganeswarran 14pts, Koh 10 pts, Chai 8pts, Chee 7pts, Soo 6pts, Chan 2pts, Ng 2pts
Philippines : Ritualo 27pts (3pt FG 9-12), Caguioa 20pts, Seigle 14pts, Tauvala 9 pts, Alapag 9pts, Helterbrand 7pts, Pennisi 6pts, De Ocampo 4pts, Villanueva 4pts, Canaleta 2 pts
RATCHABURI, Thailand - A mission accomplished for San Miguel-Pilipinas found a thrilling counterpart Monday as Thailand fulfilled a dream come true at the close of the 7th Southeast Asian Basketball Association Men's Championship.
Pre-ordained to sweep the qualifier to the FIBA-Asia Men's Championship in Tokushima, Japan this July, the Nationals climaxed its dominance of the regional competition by beating the host Thais, 96-76 at the New Ratchaburi gym, the venue festively adorned inred-and-gold and light blue-and-white silks in honor of the Crown Prince to whom the tournament was named after.
Though anticlimactic in nature with the Philippines (4-0) and Indonesia (3-1) having clinched the top two berths to Tokushima, site of the Olympic qualifier, the final game turned into a memorable one, both for the all-PBA squad and the proud Thais.
For once, SMC-RP trailed at the end of the first quarter, 23-24, and didn't taste the lead until after two minutes into the second on Mark Caguiao's driving layup, 28-27 - a testament to the tenacity put up by Thailand.
A three-point shot by Renren Ritualo gave the Nationals their first double-digit advantage at 37-27, with 5:35 left in the half, an unheard of occurrence since SMC-RP had gotten used to having the game blown open at this stage in their previous three games.
RP coach Chot Reyes raged at his players - another rare moment - at the end of the first quarter, and although the Nationals responded by streaking to several 25-point spreads in the third, the last at75-50 on a Kerby Raymundo basket, the Thais, with an 11-0 run, rallied to within 11 points, 77-66, in the fourth period with aggressive defense and impeccable shooting.
Not on few occasions did Asi Taulava (13 rebounds) and Danny Seigle (11 rebounds, 10 of 10 free throws) get tangled up with Thai defenders under the basket,resulting in tense moments diffused in time.
It was also the first time an opposing crowd outnumbered the Filipino followers who had faithfully cheered for the Nationals from Day One, turning the venue into haven for boisterous partisan applause and jeering.
In front of their home crowd, the feisty Thais came up with their best game in the tournament, a performance that would have merited a slot in the Olympic qualifier had they produced it in their game with Indonesia Saturday which they lost 65-55.
But the Nationals were not to be denied, concluding the SEABA tournament with a 38.5 winning margin in four games.
Reyes found little reason to celebrate.
"We didn't even have the game to beat Chinese-Taipei. Now we have two months to get to that level," said Reyes, who brought up the names of Willie Miller of Alaska, Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia and Gabe Norwood, a Fil-Am from George Mason University as possible additions to the national team.
"Essentially, we're basically cramming," he added, providing portents of big changes to come in the team within the next few days.
SMC-RP returns home for a final evaluation among Reyes, PBA commissioner Noli Eala, league chairman Ricky Vargas and team manager Robert Non beforeplunging back to training for the all-import Tokushima tourney where the Asian qualifier to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 will be chosen.
SMC-RP 96 - Seigle 22, Caguioa 18, Taulava 16 Alapag12, Hontiveros 9, Ritualo 9, Villanueva 6, Raymundo 4, De Ocampo 0, Pennisi 0, Helterbrand 0, Canaleta 0.
THAILAND 76 - Piyapong 11, Ratdech 11, Chaiwat 10, Attaporn 9, Mana 9, Darongphan 8, Jakkpapan 8, Sopon 7, Boonchai 3, Nontabob 0,
Quarters: 23-24; 52-41; 77-55; 96-76
source: pba media bureau
Player of the Year - Ricky Woods (198-F-84) (Ginasio)
Guard of the Year - Filipe Da Silva (193-G-79) (Cab)
Forward of the Year - Ricky Woods (Ginasio)
Center of the Year - Graham Brown (206-F/C-84) (Lusitania)
Newcomer of the Year - Edson Ferreira (-86) (Benfica)
Most Improved Player of the Year - Joao Gomes (199-F-85) (Barreirense)
Bosman Player of the Year - Marko Antonijevic (189-G-81) (Cab)
Import Player of the Year - Ricky Woods (Ginasio)
Domestic Player of the Year - Filipe Da Silva (Cab)
Defensive Player of the Year - Rodrigo Mascarenhas (198-F-79) (Porto)
Coach of the Year - Luis Magalhaes (Ovarense)
Filipe Da Silva (Cab)
Jason Robinson (199-F-80) (Belenenses)
Ricky Woods (Ginasio)
Mike Williams (203-F-81) (Lusitania)
Graham Brown (Lusitania)
Diogo Carreira (180-G-78) (Belenenses)
Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) (Porto)
Joao Gomes (Barreirense)
Greg Stempin (203-F-79) (Ovarense)
Cameron Echols (203-F-81) (Belenenses)
All-Domestic Players Team
Filipe Da Silva (Cab)
Nuno Marcal (Porto)
Rodrigo Mascarenhas (Porto)
Elvis Evora (205-C-78) (Ovarense)
Julian Blanks (188-G-80) (Porto)
Jason Robinson (Belenenses)
Ricky Woods (Ginasio)
Mike Williams (Lusitania)
Graham Brown (Lusitania)
Filipe Da Silva (Cab)
Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71) (Ovarense)
Ricky Woods (Ginasio)
Rodrigo Mascarenhas (Porto)
Graham Brown (Lusitania)
Edson Ferreira (Benfica)
Pedro Pinto (186-G-88) (Barreirense)
Frederico Tavares (194-F-88) (Cab)
Manuel Sico (202-F-88) (Barreirense)
Sergio Veiguinha (205-F/C-85) (Barreirense)
CSKA - Unics 72:64
CSKA came back from behind to claim a 72:64 win over Unics in Game 1 of the Final series. Moscow game tipped off quite unexpectedly for the hosts as Unics gradually took control of the game and posted a 17:14 first frame. CSKA did not manage to grab the lead in the second half as Sireika skillfully built his team's defence and limited hosts scoring ability. Unics led 32:27 at halftime. But the crowd was satisfied in the third quarter as CSKA spurred to a 53:49 lead. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) completed his 27-point blast in the final frame to ensure CSKA gains an important victory in the first game. CSKA fouled twice as much as Unics but Kazan team converted miserable 43% from the charity line. Moreover CSKA outrebounded Unics 32:27 and committed less turnovers. Matjaz Smodis led the action with 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) provided 12 points, while Zakhar Pashutin (195-G-74) had 10 points in a win. Darjus Lavrinovic chipped in 23 points and grabbed 5 boards to lead Unics. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points in a losing effort.
Game 2 is scheduled for today in Moscow. Both teams suffered a major losses as Oscar Torres and Saulius Stombergas announced to miss the rest of the season. Oscar Torres injured his knee and will be substituted by Thomas Van Den Spiegel. Saulius Stombergas did not participate in Game 1 of the series due to some major problems with his foot. Antanas Sireika confirmed that the leader of the team is not expected to take part in the Final series.
CSKA: Matjaz Smodis 27 points, Trajan Langdon 12, Zakhar Pashutin 10
Unics: Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) 23, Dusko Savanovic 14.
Partizan beat Crvena Zvezda again in eternal derby 91:86 and it is seventh win in the row against red and white team. Zvezda still has problems with injured players but they were at least equal rival to Partizan on Saturday night. Two minutes before the half time Zvezda had biggest advantage during the game 41:34 but Partizan succeeded to went on the break without minus after Tripkovic's successful 3-pts shot in last second. Game is decided in the last quarter when Zvezda's players didn't adapt so good on full court press and on the other side Partizan had 72% for FG2 and 37% for 3-pts at the end. Big guys Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) who added 18 points with 6 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) who netted 15 with only one missed shot were the best for the winners. Igor Milosevic (192-G-86) posted 21 points for Crvena Zvezda.
Mega Ishrana recorded easy win over Sloga at home 99:77
Hemofarm outplayed Masinac in Kraljevo 69:87 and there was no doubt about the winner of this game
After win in
Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 91:86
Partizan: Tepic 5, Bogdanovic 2, Kecman 10 (5 rebs, 5 st), Tripkovic 10, Velickovic 10, Perovic 4, Pekovic 15, Drobnjak 18 (6 rebs), Bozic 4, Cummings 13, Micov
Crvena Zvezda: Stewart, Milosevic 21, Popovic 2, Misanovic 5, Gurovic 10 (5 rebs), Radivojevic 8, Dragicevic 10, Antic 2, Cvetkovic 17, Aleksandrov 11 (6 rebs)
DNP: Kovac, Markovic.
Mega Ishrana - Sloga 99:77
Mega Ishrana: Dragicevic 15, Ratkovica, Maravic 4, Pekovic 13 (6 as), Despotovic 8, Nikolic 25, Mladenovic 3, Rakovic 10 (7 rebs), Markovic Miroslav 14 (4 rebs, 6 st), Markovic Radovan 7
DNP: Bajic, Bozovic.
Sloga: Bojovic 11 (4 as), Dasic 3, Trtic 10, Mijovic 13, Gemaljevic, Markovic 5, Atanasoski, Zivcevic 4, Grubisic 4, Mitic 14, Milovic 6, Tomasevic 7.
Masinac - Hemofarm 69:87
Masinac: Tutus, Sinadinovic, Mijajlovic 6, Dimitrijevic 14, Gambiroza 4, Stojanovic 4, Mirkovic 8 (6 as), Cupkovic, Razic 10, Knezevic 23 (11 rebs, 6 st), Karapandzic
Hemofarm: Bakic 15, Joksimovic 7, Suput 5 (6 rebs), Markovic 2, Nesovic 10 (5 as), Rakic 2, Radinovic 4, Topic 2, Borisov 2, Simonovic 3, Plisnic 16 (9 rebs), Vukosavljevic 19 (6 rebs).
Vojvodina Srbijagas - FMP 74:90
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Ivanovic 13 (5 rebs, 6 st), Nem
FMP: Teodosic 13 (7 rebs, 5 as), Cvetkovic 17 (6 rebs, 4 as), Erceg 24 (5 rebs), Labovic 9, Popovic 2, Krstovic 9 (4 as), Micic, Protic, Todorovic, Zigeranovic 4, Samardzijski 12, Osmokrovic.
Asian powerhouse Philippines found a Monday scare as Thailand fulfilled a dream come true at the close of the 7th Southeast Asian Basketball Association Men's Championship.
Expected to beat all their rivals with a big margin in the Asian championship qualifier, Philippines suffered some scare in the first half by beating the host Thais, 96-76.
The Thais came up with their best game in the tournament, leading at the end of the first quarter, 23-24.
Even with a win, Philippine coach Chot Reyes is not happy with the win, as they expect to play better than the said game.
Thailand finished the tournament with a 1-3 win-loss record which placed them for the fourth spot behind Philippines (4-0), Indonesia (3-1) and Malaysia (2-2).
Philippines and Indonesia will represent SEABA in the coming FIBA Asia Men's Championship to be held in Tokushima, Japan.
SMC-RP 96 - Seigle 22, Caguioa 18, Taulava 16 Alapag
12, Hontiveros 9, Ritualo 9, Villanueva 6, Raymundo 4,
De Ocampo 0, Pennisi 0, Helterbrand 0, Canaleta 0.
THAILAND 76 - Piyapong 11, Ratdech 11, Chaiwat 10,
Attaporn 9, Mana 9, Darongphan 8, Jakkpapan 8, Sopon
7, Boonchai 3, Nontabob 0,
Quarters: 23-24; 52-41; 77-55; 96-76
Guaros de Lara and Gaiteros del Zulia tied things up at home against the tough Cocodrilos de Caracas, league leaders, and Trotamundos de Carabobo, current champions, while Guaiqueries de Margarita got one game shy of advancing to the Semifinals as hosts against the still confused Marinos de Anzoategui.
May 27th, 2007 (Sunday)
Guaros de Lara 90 - Cocodrilos de Caracas 87
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara
(Series A tied, 2-2)
Quarter by quarter
GUA: 25-17-25-23= 90
COC: 17-18-17-35= 87
GUA: Alex Carcamo (200-F-77) 22 points, Marlon Parmer (191-G-80) 19 points, Tang Hamilton (201-F-78) 19 points and 10 rebounds, , Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 10 points
COC: Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) 21 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 20 points, Tim Jones (193-G/F-73) 14 points
Guaiqueries de Margarita 94 - Marinos de Anzoategui 90
Ciudad de La Asuncion Gymnasium - La Asuncion, Margarita Island
(Guaiqueries leads series B, 3-1)
Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 28-22-20-24= 94
MAR: 17-16-26-31= 90
GUAI: Rogers Washington (202-F-77) 26 points, Chris Jackson (208-C-81) 24 points and 10 rebounds, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 18 points, Carlos Cedeno (194-G/F-85) 11 points, Herberth Bayona (211-C-78) 10 points and 10 rebounds
MAR: Lee Benson (208-F/C-73) 24 points and 13 rebounds, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 17 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 13 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 12 points, Damond Williams (197-F-80) 12 points
Gaiteros del Zulia 121 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 98
Belisario Aponte Gymnasium - Maracaibo, Zulia
(Series C tied, 2-2)
Quarter by quarter
GAI: 20-36-30-37= 121
TRO: 10-27-27-34= 98
GAI: Chris Jeffries (199-F-80) 30 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 22 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 21 points TRO: Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 17 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 14 points
GAI: Chris Jeffries (199-F-80) 30 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 22 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 21 points
TRO: Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 17 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 14 points
The season 06-07 has been over now for a few weeks and as it goes every year in May and June, its transfer time. Several transactions\acquisitions have been made in the last weeks in women's basketball in Luxembourg. Here is a look at what we know thus far. We'll run it down for you club by club.
Lynn Biever, a 19 year old, 1.82 forward will be transfering to Basket Esch from T71. Basket Esch had a great finish under coach Jean-Francois Manti, winning the DBBL Title, but they lost in the Cup final to Musel Pikes.
It has been made official that Michael Slewinski's assistant coach, Erny Grusknoviak will take over at the helm as Head Coach of the Women's team in Contern. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90), the 16 year old, high scoring point guard, will be transfering to Contern from Etzella. Contern had a respectable season finishing 5th in the qualification round and bowing out to Basket Esch in the final four.
Former Musel Pikes' women coach Jacques Sitz has signed on as head coach in Etzella, replacing Dan Becker who resigned. Sitz coached the men at Racing Luxembourg last season. Musel Pikes' Ranela Skegro (187-F/C-71), who played for Sitz when he was head coach at Musel Pikes, is coming to Etzella. The dynamic duo won the cup together with Musel Pikes in 2005. The skillfull Bosnian all-arounder is 35 years old now, but can still put up big numbers and will be a great team leader for the young talented Etzella squad. Skegro recently became Cup Champions of Luxembourg again with Musel Pikes and head coach Tony Ostojic. Skegro is not new to Etzella as she played there back in 2002. Etzella had a dissapointing 3-11 record and a 7th place regular season finish and had to play in the playdown group where it had no competition winning the last 10 games with no problem to stay in the league.
Rene Kaiser has resigned and Head Coach Louis Wennig (185-G-79) acquired two new players for his team in Walferdange. Pivot player Michèle Orban(1,90) is transfering to Residence from BC Mess and forward Lisi Fritz is coming also to Residence from Amicale. Residence finished in 3rd place in the regular season and in the playoffs. Point guard Claudine Koch (175-G/F-77) will stop playing.
Canadian Foreign player Katie Donovan has decided to remain in Dudelange and has signed again for next season. Carsten Steiner will remain head coach. T71 had a 4th place finish this past season in the DBBL qualification round, but struggled for wins during the playoffs finishing 5th out of 6.
Head coach Tony Ostojic has extendended his contract with Musel Pikes, but must search for a new foreign player as Ranela Skegro is heading for Ettelbruck. The 47 year old Croatian Coach Ostojic led his team to Cup Champions this past season and they had a 2nd place finish in the DBBL.
Ashley Augspurger has decide to stop playing basketball in Europe as professional. The 26 year old forward will returnto the U.S. of A. to finish up her education and will try to become a doctor. Vanessa Di Bartolomeo will also stop playing and focus on her education. Lisi Fritz has left to play for Residence.
No word yet on any new players coming here. Rumor has it that many players will leave and or stop making it a very difficult situation for Mess to compete in the DBBL next season. No other teams from National 2 want to come up. Will the DBBL have 7 or 8 teams in 07-08? If BC Mess is forced to play in the league, it could be catostrophic.
Harbour Breeze claimed the top spot in the WBL northern conference after they edged Massey Fever 88:56. Harbour had a strong first frame 33:14 and later cruised to a victory. Jennifer Lingor (178-G/F, college: Centenary) led the action with 19 points. Jodi Tini finished with 13 points and 10 boards, while Karlene Kingi added 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Harbour improved to 12-0 in the season.
Before this encounter Harbour upset Auckland 102:66 to end their fight for the post season birth. The defending champions lost the opening frame 15:32 and struggled to come back into the game. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) scored 27 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Jess McCormack delivered 16 points and 11 boards. However it was not enough for Auckland to beat the current leaders and qualify for WBL finals. Jennifer Lingor was once again top scorer for the Breeze with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) produced 22 points, while Natalie Purcell contributed 20 points in a win.
Otago Goldrush finished their southern conference with a perfect record defeating University of Canterbury 51:35 in the last round fixture. Elise Cassidey and Toni Edmondson nailed 10 points apiece to secure the win for Otago. Stacey Hickford notched 11 points for University of Canterbury.
Wellington also qualified for the WBL semis after they handed in a 61:51 loss to Hutt Valley. Shiana Harris had 16 points for the winners. The only semifinal spot is to be decided today when Waikato will take on Church College.
Harbour - Auckland 102:66
Harbour: Jennifer Lingor 27 points, Noni Wharemate 22, Natalie Purcell 20
Auckland: Lisa Wallbutton 27, Jess McCormack 16
Harbour - Massey Fever 88:56
Harbour: Jennifer Lingor 19, Jodi Tini 13, Karlene Kingi 12
Otago - University of Canterbury 51:35
Otago: Elise Cassidey 10, Toni Edmondson 10
Canterbury: Stacey Hickford 11