EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/31/2007

Copyright © 1997-2006 Eurobasket
WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site!
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the report, nor will you attempt to do so.
More info:www.eurobasket.com


Men News

*****************************************************
ABA

Team news and transactions -by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association today announced that it would return to the city of Baltimore, Maryland in November under the leadership of businesswoman Kia Feaster. The new league team will be named the Baltimore Bay Lions, and another native of Baltimore, Kirk Mitchell will be Director of Operations and Head Coach. The Baltimore Bay Lions inaugural season begins in November at the 1st Mariner Arena. For more information, email mslady120@yahoo.com or visit www.abalive.com

Andre Levingston, President of the Halifax Rainmen, announced yesterday Kevin MaBone as Head Coach and General Manager of Basketball Operations. MaBone, 45, from Detroit, Michigan, will be responsible for overseeing team operations, including scouting and overall development for the new team. The Rainmen official website www.rainmenbasketball.com will be launched today and will be kept updated with all the latest Rainmen information and news (schedule, tickets, announcements, weathergirls try-outs, forum and more). The Rainmen are proud to announce that TPH, a nationwide printing company with over 70 company-owned locations across Canada, has been secured as one of their Rainmaker sponsors. Westin Hotel & Resorts and Halifax Daily News are continuing on board as a sponsor of the team, which was initiated during the 2007 ABA All-Star game.



Strong Island Sound Members Gearing up for Fireball Playoffs -by Surujh Roopnarine
Summer time in New York City is not all about baseball, hot dogs and barbeques; it is also about sweat, blood, blacktop and basketball. Long famed for its highly regarded playground tournaments like EBC at Rucker Park, Nike West 4th and Hoops in the Sun, elite players from across the country flock to New York City every summer to play alongside local legends and NBA-stars alike. While the crux of the summer tournaments have yet to begin, a little less known, but just as regarded tournament has been going on at Baruch College these last two months. Fireball Pro, an indoor tournament played at Baruch College in Manhattan has seen its share of talent walk in and out of its doors over the past eight years. The eight tem field consists of entries from different boroughs including the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. This season the always loaded roster of United Brooklyn finished first in the standings with a 6-1 record, while the defending champion X-Men, led by Strong Island Sound Head Coach Dytanya Mixson finished in a tie for second place at 5-2. Some notable players with ABA experience who have played in the tournament this season include a host of current and former Strong Island Sound players like Raphael Edwards (6'7''-F-75, agency: Rhonda Price, college: E.Carolina) (X-Men), Tommie “Gunnz” Eddie (X-Men), John “Mookie” Thomas (Diamonds), and John Strickland (United Brooklyn). Also on the X-Men squad are Strong Island Sound alum Greg Plummer (2007 ABA All-Star), Abdul Mills (6'3''-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha), Steve Chase (6'0''-G, college: Medgar Evers), Raheim Lowery (6'7''-C, agency: Vision Sports Management, college: Dowling) and Noah Coughlin (6'5''-G, college: Manhattan). Reggie Roberson (6'1''-G-75, college: Salem Intern.) (Harlem Strong Dogs - 2006) and James “Stixx” Williams (Newark Express - 2007) are some other notable ABA alum.I haven't even mentioned the NBA talent that abounds during any given Fireball game. Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington), 2006 All-Star Slam Dunk Champion, and current New York Knicks has been suiting up for United Brooklyn and dropped a season high 51 points in his second game for United Brooklyn. He is joined by former New York Knick and NBA-veteran Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams (NYAC) and former Chicago Bull and Strong Island Sound playmaker Charles Jones (6'3''-G-75, college: LIU Brooklyn) as NBA talent playing in Fireball. The tournament has also seen the likes of Rafer Alston (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.), Smush Parker (6'4''-G-81, college: Fordham) and ex Texas Tech star Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) grace its courts. The playoffs begin this Saturday as the X-Men take on NYAC in the first semifinal then followed by United Brooklyn facing Gunhill. The winners will then face off on Sunday in the Championship with a $5,000 cash prize on the line. Visit www.funsportinc.com for more details on the Fireball Pro Game.

*****************************************************
ANGOLA

1Agosto beat Petro and the fight for the title is open -by Carlos Pereira
1º Agosto beat Petro by 86-81 and open the title fight.

Box score
1º de Agosto: Mayzer Alexandre (2), Carlos Almeida (19), Armando Costa (8), Olimpio Cipriano (15), Joaquim Gomes (17), Felizardo Ambrosio (3), Vladimir Geronimo (13), Victor Muzadi (0), Walter Costa (0), Miguel Lutonda (3), Buila Katiavala (0), Walter Monteiro (6).

Petro de Luanda: Eduardo Mingas (4), Luis Costa (7), Carlos Morais (25), Frederick Gentry (11), Shannon Croocks (24), Idelfonso Kiteculo (0), Francisco Horacio (0), Milton Barros (2), Francisco Jordao (8), Victor Carvalho (0), Domingos Bonifacio (0), Fernando Albano (0).


*****************************************************
ANTIGUA

Defence Force Warriors are up 2-1 -by Eurobasket News
The Defence Force Warriors took the lead in the best-of-five series against Big Banana Express in the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association playoff Final. After the first two encounters the series was levelled at 1-1. Game 1 went in favor of the Defence Force Warriors, but Big Banana Express struck back in the second. However Game 3 was all about the Warriors as they cruised past the opponents 82:62 to grab the lead. The Warriors' leader Marlon Charles (-G-76) expressed the desire to complete the series in Game 4. He was sure the Warriors should decide on the winner in the fourth game, not allowing the series to go into the late stage. Game 4 is sheduled for tomorrow. If the series is drawn at 2-2 the decider is scheduled for Sunday.

*****************************************************
ARGENTINA

Leo Gutierrez MVP of the finals -by Facundo Iatzky
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) was named as the MVP of the finals. He was the leader of Boca Juniors averaging 15.5 points and being the star of the decisive game.
Leo was champion four times in Liga A and with four different team. Great stat.


Boca Juniors is the champion -by Facundo Iatzky
Boca Juniors Capital Feder was 0-2 against Ben hur in quarterfinals and Libertad in semifinals. but could survive and overcame to peñarol in an amazing final serie. In the sixth game Olympic champion Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) shined and lighted Boca to the third title in it's history. The result was 89-81. Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) was very important in the end making all his free throws. He finished as the best scorer of the game with 25 points. Raymundo Legaria (178-G-80) and Jamal Robinson (196-F/G-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia) also showed a high level. In a losing effort The regular season MVP Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) scored 24 points.

Boca Juniors (89): Raymundo Legaria 11, Gustavo Orona 25, Jamal Robinson 16, Leonardo Gutierrez 22, Martin Leiva 5 (x) (St), Lazaro Borrell 4, Leandro Palladino 0, Luis Cequeira 6. Coach: Gabriel Picatto .

Peñarol (81): Sebastian Rodriguez 7 (x), Juan Manuel Locatelli 16 (x), Josh Pittman 10 (x), Jason Osborne 18, Gabriel Mikulas 24 (St), Sebastian Festa 6 (x), Jose Muruaga 0, Alejandro Diez 0, Marcos Mata 0, Fernando Calvi 0. Coach: Carlos Romano


*****************************************************
BALTIC LEAGUE

Swedish teams could join the SEB BBL -by Eurobasket News
The SEB BBL Board met in Riga last Friday and approved upcoming season's competition format and discussed the possibility of two Swedish teams joining the league.

After reviewing applications from Stockholm 08 Stockholm Human Rights and Norrkoping Dolphins clubs, the SEB BBL Board decided that both teams must fulfill certain financial requirements. The Swedish clubs must provide the necessary documentation until June 15 and the Board will make further decisions during its next meeting scheduled on June 19.
The competition format of the upcoming season was also approved. Ten Elite Division teams will participate in a 2-round regular season. The first two teams will automatically advance to the SEB BBL Final Four. A likely twelve teams will participate in the Challenge Cup (second division) and also will play a 2-round regular season. The first four Challenge Cup teams will participate in division's final four tournament, which will determine the final standings of the Challenge Cup. Later the first team from the Challenge Cup will replace the tenth team from the Elite Division in the Play-offs of this division. The second team from the Challenge Cup will have to play the ninth team (in two games with the overall cumulative score determining the winner of the pair) from the Elite Division for the right to advance to the Elite Division Play-offs.
The last team of the SEB BBL Challenge Cup will have to play in an eliminatory tournament for the right to remain in the league. The SEB BBL Board decided that three teams wanting to enter the SEB BBL could participate in such tournament.
The best teams from the Challenge Cup will be able to advance to the Elite Division only by meeting certain sporting, financial and home arena requirements.
The SEB BBL Board debated the question of the tenth Elite Division team. Lithuanian Basketball League delegated Neptunas Klaipeda to the SEB BBL Elite Division. Estonian Basketball Association proposed Fausto Tartu to be the tenth team of this division. League's directorate must analyze both clubs and the final decision will be taken by the Board on June 19.
Courtesy of:http://www.bbl.net


*****************************************************
BELARUS

Vitalyur won the Championship 2007 !!! -by Eurobasket
Vitalyur won the most important game of the season, defeating in the 5th game of the final Grodno-93 91-67.
Vitalyur was clear favorite of the play-offs as they won the regular season without any diofficulties. However Grodno-93 was susprisingly equal partner in the finals and they barely avoided the biggest upset of the season as tehy stole 2 games in best of 5 final series.
Vitalyur - Grodno-93 91:67 (33:20; 20:16; 20:20; 18:11)


*****************************************************
BELIZE

The BNE Oilers Win Big In Orange Walk! -by David Magana
The BNE Oilers (2-3) went into the home of the Orange Walk Eagles (2-3) and stole away a valuable win which keeps them in the fight for the playoffs of the Belize Semi-Pro League.
The Eagles were confident of winning after they had shown a good example of team work against the Rebels (1-5). This time the team was different, the Oilers needed a win and from the start they went on playing hard and fighting for every ball. In the first quarter they had the Eagles trailing from a six point deficit but the Eagles managed to come back closing the quarter with only a one point difference (18-19). By the end of the second quarter the Eagles had made the turn over making the Oilers end the quarter with a one point deficit instead. In the third quarter, the Oilers gained back the lead but in the fourth quarter they found themselves down again after the Eagles had a nine point lead. The Oilers woke up and in the last seconds they were able to draw the game after Bart Sanchez (193-G/F) miraculously made a last minute three pointer play. The game went into overtime, the second one for the Oilers and again they were able to come out victorious 82-74.
Along with the loss, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) had his worst night performance as he was only able to score 16 points, his three point percentage was atrocious, from six attempts he made none. Sheldon Williams (180-F) had a great night, 20 points, and 12 rebounds. For the Oilers, Bart Sanchez had an even better night with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Aubrey Lopez (188-G) made 22 points, 8 rebounds, and Roger Hewlett (193-C) had 10 points, 8 assists


*****************************************************
BERMUDA ISLANDS

David Patrick gets assistant coach position -by Eurobasket News
Once one of the biggest prospects in Bermudas basketball David Patrick had to finish his career in the beginning of 2000s. He suffered the second major knee injury and decided to quit basketball. But it turned out that he left basketball as a player but returned there as a coach.
He was promoted to an assistant coach position at St.Mary's College. Patrick will help head coach Randy Bennett to guide the team through a tough NCAA schedule in the next season. David Patrick started his coaching career in Nicholls State University in Louisiana, where he used to be an assistant coach. Later he took the position of the head of basketball operations in St.Mary's college. And now he received an honourable postion of an assistant coach.
Patrick himself played for Syracuse in his college years. Later he was transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette college in 1997. Patrick tried his hand in couple of overseas championships. He spent three years in Australia, England and Spain.
David Patrick will guide one of the top teams in the Western Coast Conference. St.Mary's College reached the WCC semis last year, but fell short to Santa Clara and missed the Final.
David Patrick will change Lamont Smith at assistant coach position after Smith decided to take up the same opening at Santa Clara.


*****************************************************
CAPE VERDE

Betinho visits Unicaja -by Pedro Gomes
According to the Malaga hoy newspaper writer, Jose Olias, Joao "Betinho" Gomes visited team Unicaja Malaga of Spain for tryouts two weeks ago.
The coaching staff were very impressed with his performances, and vice versa, Betinho also liked the coaches.
They are in talks to try to sign him for next year, if he doesn't go into the draft.
It's almos a guarantee that if he doesn't enter the draft, he will be playing in Spain.


*****************************************************
CBA

Bama Hoops Players Win Again in China -by Eurobasket News
TUSCALOOSA - The third time was the charm for Reach USA, an eight-man team that includes University of Alabama basketball players Mikhail Torrance (6'4''-G) and Demetrius Jemison (6'7''-F) and is touring China to play teams from the Chinese Basketball Association.

After losing two games in a row to Zhe Jiang, the fourth place team in the CBA, Reach USA, 5-2, snapped back Friday with an 85-71 win against Zhe Jiang. Auburn's Quan Prowell led the win with 24 points, and Bama's Jemison was the second leading scorer for Reach USA with 12 points. He was 4-9 from the field and 4-6 at the free throw line. His game also included five rebounds, all defensive. Torrance came off the bench to score eight points and led the team with six assists. Lipscomb's Eddie Ard led the team with 11 rebounds.

The Reach USA team's tour plays its final game on Saturday, again against Zhe Jiang. Reach USA will have played eight exhibition games within eight days, four each from two CBA teams, most games in a different city each night. Players include Torrance and Jemison from Alabama, LSU's Garrett Temple, Auburn's Prowell and Rasheen Barrett, Lipscomb's Ard, Mississippi State's Brian Johnson and Paul Stoll from Texas Pan America. In their seven games so far, Jemison has averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds and Torrance has averaged 14 points and 5.0 assists. Both will be sophomore on the Crimson Tide's basketball team this fall.
Courtesy of:http://www.rolltide.com


*****************************************************
CHILE

Centro-Sur 2007: Stats -by Daniel Valencia
These are the stats of Centro-Sur league 2007 with 10 rounds played.

Points

1. Felipe Ziegele (Mod) 26.1
2. Hector Gomez (Cor) 21.3
3. Evandro Arteaga (Ucon) 20.7
4. Marco Cornez (Bos) 20.7
5. Rodrigo Espinoza (Lic) 19.3

Rebounds

1. Victor Venegas (And) 14.0
2. Mauricio Cisternas (Pue) 12.0
3. Jorge Valencia (Ucon) 11.9
4. Marco Cornez (Bos) 10.9
5. Ricardo Lepe (Bos) 10.7

Assists

1. Patrick Saez (Lic) 7.0
2. Francisco Zepeda (Bos) 6.4
3. Rodrigo Espinoza (Lic) 5.2
4. Joaquin Oliver (Cor) 5.1
5. Renato Torres (Aut) 4.2

Steals

1. Eduardo Marechal (Ucon) 5.1
2. Franco Garrido (Pal) 3.4
3. Pablo Yañez (Ale) 2.9
4. Rodrigo Ilabaca (Mod) 2.8
5. Patrick Saez (Lic) 2.7

Blocks

1. Alfredo Aliste (Mod) 2.6
2. Jorge Valencia (Ucon) 2.0
3. Franco Garrido (Pal) 1.6
4. Gerardo Melo (Ale) 1.4
5. Christian Diaz (Uc) 1.4


*****************************************************
CHINA

New Player fro Xin Jiang team -by Robert Wang
Today, China website released the info. saying Ba ter former NBA player signed with Xin Jiang team at big amount. He is the highest payment in China CBA history so far. Be Ter will be a free agent till August and then any team could sign with him with good money. There were many CBA teams try to get hold of him last 2 months and the info. just came out today. Hope Ba ter could give us a good performance this year and good luck.



*****************************************************
CROATIA

Warren buried Split in Game 3. Cibona advances to the Final -by Eurobasket News
Cibona-Split 87:84 (22:26, 26:19, 23:19, 16:20)

Cibona clinched the second Final place beating Split in a decisive semifinal game 87:84. The game was unbelievable and only the last seconds showed the winner on the board. Split deserved at least overtime, however Chris Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina)'s triple buried the guests. Davor Kus (190-G-78) led the winners with 27 points. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) posted 16 points and made 10 rebounds, while Luksa Andric (209-C/F-85) scored 12 points. Erick Barkley (186-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: St.John's) produced 25 points for the guests.

Split started better and finished better as well. Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) led the visitors to 12:18 in the middle of the first. Cibona managed to stay at 22:26 after the opening quarter. In the second quarter Cibona scored most of its points from the paint while Split hastily made some offensive fouls. After 26:19 in the second Cibona took a 48:42 halftime edge that the hosts extended to 57:47 midway through the third quarter. Home players struggled against Split's zone defense but eventually managed to take 71:64 lead for the final quarter. In the fourth Split reduced the score at 84 each. It was Chris Warren, who nailed a three to go to the Finals of Croatia.
Cibona will face Zadar in the Croatian League best-of-five finals, set to start in Zagreb on Saturday.

Cibona: Davor Kus 27 points, Brent Wright 16 points +10 rebounds, Luksa Andric 12 points, Andrew Wisniewski 11
Split: Erick Barkley 25, Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) 23, Damjan Rudez 10, Hrvoje Peric 10


*****************************************************
CYPRUS

12th Small States Basketball Games -by Chris Mammides
The Organizing Committee of the 12th Games of the Small States of Europe Monaco 2007 (COJPEE) 5-9 June, 2007 just announced that the basketball teams which will be taking part in the 12th Small States Games will be Cyprus, Iceland, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg and the host team of Monaco.
The Cyprus NT will be staying in an eleven floor cruise ship which will be situated in the Port of Monaco.
Cyprus NT together with the other five States which will take place in the Basketball tournament will be arriving in Monaco on Monday. There will be just one group consisting of the six teams and they will be playing all together like a mini league. The final game will be Cyprus NT against Iceland NT (according to the basketball experts, the winner will be the Gold medalist).

Tomorrow the American Cypriot center, Jo Jo Garcia will join the Cyprus NT and Coach Benacek with his assistant Christos Stylianidis are expected to cut from the final team the power forward of Omonoia, Mouktaris.

The final roster of the Cyprus NT is expected to be the following:
1. Giorgos Anastasiadis captain
2. Panos Serdaris
3. Darrin Fawlkes
4. Jo Jo Garcia
5. Panagiotis Trisokkas
6. Grigoris Pandouris
7. Alexis Liatsos
8. Aris Koronidis
9. Andreas Sizopoulos
10. Panagiotis Giannas
11. Giorgos Theocharidis
12. Mihalis Kounounis


Dragan Raca the new head coach of Lebanon! -by Erodotos Miltiadous
Dragan Raca is officially the new head coach of the Lebanon National Team. Following a Eurobasket exclusive, the Serbian-Cypriot announced on Wednesday (30/5) to Eurobasket.com that he agreed terms with the Lebanese Basketball Federation and will travel to the neighboring country on Sunday evening (3/6) and take over his new duties on Monday.

“The Lebanese Federation believed in me. It's a great honor for me since the Lebanese team is one of the best in Asia and basketball is the most popular sport in the country. Taking over the Lebanese National Team is a big challenge for me”, Dragan Raca told Eurobasket.com on Wednesday (30/5).

The 46 year old coach didn't accept the proposal from the beginning since he was waiting the see what the roster would look like a head of the Asian Championship qualifiers. The Basketball Federation of the country complied with Raca's demands and the successful coach will return to Lebanon, this time as head coach of the NT.

APOEL unaffected
Being head coach of Lebanon won't affect his duties at APOEL since the Nicosia club will start preparation for the new season long after their coach returns from Asia.

Asian powerhouse
Lebanon is currently considered the second best team in the Asian continent behind Yao's China. The country has featured in the last two World Championships and their goal is to make the 2008 Beijing Olympics. To achieve this, they need to win the Asian Championship or finish second behind China. If they finish in the top 4 of the tournament, though, they will have a second opportunity to claim an Olympic ticket in the 2008 World qualifying tournament.

Tour of Asia
But first Lebanon needs to qualify to the Asian Championship. The country will travel to Syria where on June 20th the West Asia qualifiers will take place with the participation of six teams (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon). The top three teams advance to the 2007 Japan Asian Championship.

Lebanon is expected to qualify easily and will then travel to Qatar, Philippines and China to give friendly games. After that the NT will arrive at Tokushima, Japan to compete in the Asian Championship which starts on July 28th.

Dragan Raca will return to Cyprus on August 5th.

Erodotos Miltiadous


*****************************************************
CZECH REP.

Mattoni NBL Semi-Finals: Prostejov eliminated Decin 3:2 and advanced to Finals. Game MVP: Radek Necas -by Pavel Majerik
(by ED)
Semi-Finals - Game 5: BK Decin - BK Prostejov 71:83 (22:21, 39:42, 57:56).
In the last quarter Milos hit a 3-pointer and the home team last time led (60-58, 31´). Prostejov run 5:16 next 7 minutes when Kudelin scored 8 (two triples) and Crisp added 6. The visitors took the 9-points advantage 65:74, 38´) and it was decisive. Series 3:2. Prostejov advanced to the Finals.
DEC: Levell Sanders 17 (4/9 1/8 6/6), Peter Mulligan 14 (3/10 1/5 5/6), Pavel Milos 13 (2/5 3/6), Houska Pavel 9 (4/7 - 1/1), Houska Jakub 8 (2/3 - 4/5), Balik Marek 6 (- 1/2 3/4), Futo Miroslav 3 (- 1/1), Soukup Miroslav 1 (- 0/1 1/2), Houser Lukas 0
PRO: Lamar Butler 15 (4/7 1/3 4/4), Igor Kudelin 14 (1/4 2/7 6/6), Radek Necas 12 (3/6 1/5 3/5), Crisp Cameron 12 (4/8 0/3 4/6), Bryan Sylvere 12 (6/9), Tomaszek Robert 11 (4/6 - 3/3), Czudek Petr 7 (2/2 0/1 3/4), Pavlik Jan 0, Novak Daniel 0 (0/3);
3FG: 23/7:19/4; 2FG: 34/15:45/24; FT: 24/20:28/23; Reb: 33:34 (Mulligan 11 - Tomaszek 10); Steals: Necas 6, Kudelin 5; Turnovers: 18:11 (Sanders 6); Assists: Sanders 6 - Butler 4; Fouls: 26:25; 5 fouls: 40. Milos - 39. Necas; TF: 37. Mulligan; Value rating: Sanders 14, Mulligan 13, J.Houska 11 - Tomaszek 19, Butler 17, Necas 15, Bryan 14; MVP: Radek Necas

Schedules:
Finals (best of five), TV live channel CT4:
01.06 17:50 Nymburk - Prostejov
06.06 17:50 Prostejov - Nymburk
09.06 17:50 Nymburk - Prostejov
if necessary 13.06 17:50 Prostejov - Nymburk
if necessary 16.06 17:50 Nymburk - Prostejov

Games for 3rd place (best of three):
06.06 17:30 A Plus Brno - Decin
09.06 18:00 Decin - A Plus Brno
if necessary 10.06 18:00 Decin - A Plus Brno


*****************************************************
DOMINICAN REP.

Villa Duarte & NACO Fighting For The Playoffs! -by Ozell Wells
This Friday June 1, 2007 will see Naco and Villa Duarte de Calero face off at the Palacio to find out who will qualify for the 4th playoff spot. San Carlos, San Lazaro and Leneros de Los Mina have already classfied to enter the playoffs and are only awaiting the victor of this hot contest. Duarte will be led by Damien McSwine (193-G-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Loyola, IL), Wilkin Tavarez (191-G-80) & Antoine Broxsie (208-F-79, agency: BeSeenHoop.com, college: Oklahoma St.) as Naco will ride the tough interior play of Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) & Benito Flores (198-F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) coupled with the perimeter play of Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) & Dominick Mejia (196-G, college: N.Carolina St.)

*****************************************************
ESTONIA

KML finals: Rock is the champion! -by Janar Filippov
TU/Rock Tartu defeated Kalev/Cramo Tallinn 82:72 and won the KML Finals series 4-2. Since 2000, it is the fourth championship title for the team from Tartu. Algirdas Brazys became the first Lithuanian coach to win Estonian championship.

Rock took the 9:4 lead in 1st, after 7:0 spurt. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83)'s triple made it 9:9 for the last time the score was even. The guests continued with 9:2 run and won the first quarter 27:17. In 2nd, Rock continued to dominate as both teams were having problems in offence. Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) and Silver Leppik (185-G-83) made the only baskets during almost 4 minutes to take Rock ahead 32:17 - the biggest gap of the game. Kalev repeteadly used the same screening combination to get back to minus 8 - 38:30 but Rock ended the first half with 7:2 run - 45:32.

After the intermission, as a habit in the series, Rock was having serious problems. Kalev made a 12:2 run and the gap was suddenly only 3 points. A helpful triple from Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) ended the drought for Rock but at 50:47 Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) was fouled out and it became obvious that for Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82), the game was over, too, due to an injury. Silver Leppik hit a triple for 60:50 and Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) also fell out with an ankle injury. Kendrick Johnson (185-G-75, college: Point Loma) ended the quarter with a three-pointer for 60:55 as the fate of the game was still far from clear.

Tanel Sokk (188-G-85), coming from the bench to substitute Kriisa, helped Kalev to take the upper hand again as he made a basket+free throw to cut the deficit to 2 points - 63:61 and another for 65:63.

Then the show of Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) started. The forward hit a triple for 70:65 with less than 4 minutes left. A minute later - another triple - 74:67. Thus, with 2.18 left, the game was almost decided. Kalev could not come any closer as Kikerpill and Tein made the last baskets of the game to take the title to Tartu for the first time since 2004.

Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) was chosen the MVP of the final series. He was the top scorer of TU/Rock in game 6 with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Kikerpill added 15, 10 of those in last 4 minutes!

For Kalev, Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) made 20 points and 8 rebounds but that was not enough this time.

GAME NOTES:
The lead changed only once, Kalev/Cramo led 4:2 for the last time...
Rock made 43% of three-point attempts in game 6, their 2nd best percentage in finals...
The bench of Rock outscored the bench of Kalev in all 6 games on finals.
Kalev's captain Valmo Kriisa was 11/18 for FG and 14/16 for FT in first three games of the series but only 2/13 and 3/6 in last three games...
Rock won all five games (twice in regular season, 3 times in finals) between the teams that were held in Saku Suurhall, the home court of Kalev...


*****************************************************
GERMANY

Stearns goes into 13th year at BSV Wulfen -by Moritz Korff
Veteran Rob Stearns (182-G-71, college: Baptist Bible (SC)) is going to play one more season with BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga West). It will be his 13th! The 36-year-old guard is the fans' favorit and a living legend in the city of Dorsten.
Meanwhile, Mirko Bregulla (184-G-78) will return to BSV. He moved to Citybasket Recklinghausen in December 2006 after playing for Wulfen since 2002.


Tarver signs with BG Karlsruhe -by Moritz Korff
Theodis Tarver (206-F/C-84, college: Georgia Tech) is following his Coach Nenad Josipovic to BG Karlsruhe. The 22-year-old post player signed a contract with the club from the new established Pro A-league. Both Tarver and Josipovic worked together at the Bremen Roosters during the past season. Also Clifford Crawford (192-G-81, college: N.Carolina St.), another player from Bremen, is mentioned when it's about potential newcomer for the Karlsruhe-team.

Corey Rouse to Giessen -by Thorsten Flink
Corey Rouse (203-F-84, college: E.Carolina) today signed a one Year Contract with the Giessen 46ers. The 23 old PF played last Season at Nuernberg including 10,4 Points and 8,6 Rebounds per Game.

BBV Hagen signed new players -by Daniel Poerschke
In the 1. Regionalliga West BBV Hagen already signed and re-signed the following players for the upcoming season: Jason Price (184-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Iowa), Chris Harris (203-C-79), Patrick Fiedler (196-F-85), Fabian Gentgen (191-G-87), Marcus Hoehn (200-F/C-81), Julian Poerschke (198-F-84) and Thomas Reuter (192-F-92) are staying with the club. Roman Hograefer (190-G-79) and Chris Wright (201-F) are joing the squad from Phoenix Hagen (2. Bundesliga) and CB Recklinghausen (2. Regionalliga 2 West). Youngster Yannick Opitz (185-G-90) leaves BBV and joins 1. Regionalliga West newcomer BG Hagen instead.

*****************************************************
GREECE

Olimpia Larisas for Harisis -by Kostas Papadopoulos
According to today's Greek site's superbasket.gr article, Costas Harisis (211-F/C-79, college: USC) interests Olimpia Larisas and in fact is one of the top priorities of the team's coach Giorgos Bartzokas . Since, Giorgos Printezis (205-F-85) possibly returns to Olympiakos, from which he had been borrowed this season, and Stephen Arigbabu (205-C-72, agency: Court Side) has already signed his contact for the next season, Olimpia would like to hire Costas Harisis as its main center, taking into serious account his excellent performances this season at Olimpiada Patras (average 6,8 points, 6,2 rebs, 1,1 turnovers, 0,4 assists and 1,6 blocks with over than 63% on field goals). Certainly, in such a case, Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) will probably leave Larisa. Besides, coach Giorgos Bartzokas searches for a forward to play in addition to Georgios Tsiaras (207-C/F-82), who is close to sign for the next season and continue playing for the team which impressed all the Greek funs this year with its performances.

Play offs: Big Sofo is back!!! -by Chris Mammides

Olympiakos equalise the series against Aris only because Pini Gershon added his big force in the team. Schortsianitis played for the first time after nearly one month and was the steping stone of the victory which is giving the right to the reds to play in the Alexandreion melathron in three days and be able to assert the victory and the possibility to play in the finals against Panathinaikos.

Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-F-85) played only 11 minutes (that's the time tha Pini Gershon "allowed" him to play) and it was enough to score 15 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block shot with a TENDEX of 1.139. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) was the top scorer with 18 points while from Aris, Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) scored 22 and Terrell Castle (182-G-72, college: Nicholls St.) 15. The quarters were: 19-15, 42-28, 71-57 and the final 92-68.



Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 2006-07 Season Awards -by Eurobasket
#s#
#e#6


Spanoulis


Moulakis


Lewis


Vardavas


Despos
Player of the Year - Dimitris Spanoulis (192-G-79) of Xanthi BF Fashion
Guard of the Year - Dimitris Spanoulis of Xanthi BF Fashion
Forward of the Year - Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Ago Rethimno
Center of the Year - Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) of MENT Vassilakis
Bosman Player of the Year - Darrel Lewis (191-G-76) of Sporting Athens
Domestic Player of the Year - Dimitris Spanoulis of Xanthi BF Fashion
Defensive Player of the Year - Kostas Vardavas of Ago Rethimno
Coach of the Year - Haris Markopoulos of IRAKLIS THESSALONIKI

1st Team
Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) of KAO Dramas of KAO Dramas
Darrel Lewis of Sporting Athens
Dimitris Spanoulis of Xanthi BF Fashion
Kostas Vardavas of Ago Rethimno
Dimitris Despos of MENT Vassilakis

2nd Team
Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-G-83) of Ago Rethimno
Nikos Spanos (193-G-78) of Ago Rethimno
Michail Paragios (205-F-82) of Ilysiakos Athens
Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Dafni Athens
Vassilis Simtsak (204-F/C-81) of Sporting Athens

All-Domestic Players Team
Vassilis Moulakis of KAO Dramas
Dimitris Spanoulis of Xanthi BF Fashion
Kostas Vardavas of Ago Rethimno
Vassilis Simtsak of Sporting Athens
Dimitris Despos of MENT Vassilakis

All-Bosmans Team
Darrel Lewis of Sporting Athens
Jarrett Hart (194-G-80) of AO Kolossos Rodou
Armend Kahrimanovic (198-F/G-80) of Iraklis Thessaloniki
Boris Dzidic (206-F/C-80) KAO Dramas
Kirsten Zoellner (216-C-81) of AONS Milonas Athens

All-Defensive Team
Thomas Georgiou (181-G-82) of Paleo Faliro Pireus
Kostas Vardavas of Ago Rethimno
Thanasis Kamariotis (201-F-77) of Ase Doukas Athens
Michail Paragios of Ilysiakos Athens
Dimitris Despos of MENT Vassilakis

All-Newcomers Team
Yannis Rodostoglou (191-G-83) of AONS Milonas Athens
Alexandros Petrakis (200-F-87) of Ase Doukas Athens
Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) of AONS Milonas Athens
Andreas Vlachopoulos (196-F-85) of Paleo Faliro Pireus
Nikos Tsoutsos (204-F-83) of Trikalla 2000


Match Day 28: Peristeri is officially in A2! -by Chris Mammides
Peristeri is the second teams to follow Panerythraikos to the A2 after its road win in Volos, while Pagrati needs just a single win over his next two games in order to lock the third position which leads to the A2. In regards to the fourth place there are four teams (Panorama, Keravnos Aigiou, Ermis Lagkada and Amyntas with Keravnos Aigiou having most chances of doing so!) which will try to grab the position within the next two games after the announcement of Makedonikos “giving up” his place in the A2 league due to financial reason, the North Hellas team can only play in the Second division.

The results for the 28th match day were:

Ermis Lagkada - Panorama 86-79
Pagrati - Alimos 84-62
Ionikos Nikeas - Siatista 20-0
Ikaroi Serron - Komotini 74-69
Amyntas - Aiginiakos 74-65
Panerythraikos - Poseidon Kalamatas 20-0
Keravnos Aigiou - Near East 74-56
Olympiakos Volou - Peristeri 50-71

Olympiakos Volou - Peristeri 50-71
Quarters: 16-17, 29-37, 38-52, 50-71.
Olympiakos Volou (Coach Karakatsounis): Nanis 8, Politis 8, Kyriakidis 14, Tsolis 5, Aggelakis 7, Ornithopoulos 1, Matzioris 7.
Peristeri (Coach Giannis Manos (186-G-71) Manouselis ): Mantzanas 9, Dip 2, Amato 9, Cuk 6, Fotiou 12, V.Mantzaris 9, Nikos Kotinis (201-F-82) 12, Antonis Mantzaris 2, Loukakis 1, Morfis 4.

Ermis Lagkada- Panorama 86-79
Quarters: 17-19, 37-39, 62-53, 86-79.
Ermis Lagkada (Coach Karadimos): Troulialis 3, Giannis Manos 24, Teloudis 4, Kloutzos 1, Gamouras 11, Darko Rallis (180-G-78) 22, Siolios 4, Dimitriadis 17.
Panorama (Takianos): Behlivanis 7, Kothras 17, Mihailidis 9, Bogdanos 17, Filiousis 8, Houbavlis 4, Zarogiannis 10.

Pagrati - Alimos 84-62
Quarters: 21-20, 42-41, 61-53, 84-62.
Pagrati (Coach Aris Likogianis): Kritikos 16, N. Voulgaris 19, Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) 21, Siristatidis 7, G. Voulgaris 7, Varipatis 12, Saltouridis 2.
Alimos (Kalogirou - Bastounis): Papantoniou 11, Katranas 6, Karalis 17, Emiris 2, Skoutaris 4, Yfantis 8, Zaharis 9, Vrinas 1, Thomas 4.

Keravnos Aigiou - Near East 74-56
Quarters: 16-13, 32-26, 55-37, 74-56.
Keravnos Aigiou (Coach Makis Giatras): Deraos 6, Stamopoulos 11, Papadopoulos 11, Vangelis Margaritis (198-F-82) 22, Daoularis 3, Trifonopoulos 3, Tserentzoulias 2, Gioupis 11, Stavroulakis 5.
Near East (Coach Tolis Karnesis): Nikou 8, Maramenos 3, Karabas 9, Kouklakis 8, Gavanopoulos 5, Livieratos 1, Giannaletsos 10, Mavraganis 12.

Amyntas - Aiginiakos 74-65
Quarters: 20-20, 39-38, 59-54, 74-65.
Amyntas (Coach Vlahos): Zoupas 8, Barbas 3, Makris 12, Grammatikos 3, Korizis 9, Papadopoulos 21, Hristofakis 1, Alexandr Moumouris (201-F/C-74) 14, Boutros 3.
Aiginiakos (Coach Hatzoulis): Mavridis 4, Mitsakis 13, Voultsidis 3, Pallis 16, Moutsiaras 20, Dalpas 7, Denis 2.

Ikaroi Serron - Komotini 74-69
Quarters: 19-18, 39-37, 55-48, 74-69.
Ikaroi Serron (Coach Spanos): Georgantzas 7, Pappoudas 2, Kadis 15, Siskos 5, Tsioulkas 17, Thanasis Topouzis (205-F/C-78, college: S.Illinois) 15, Asimakis 8, Giavropoulos 2, Mantiliotis 3.
Komotini (Coach Kamarakis): Mastrokostopoulos 9, Mouratoglou 11, Dinas 10, Koutsovasilis 21, Lehoudis 6, Veli 10, Halil 2.

TOP SCORER OF THE DIVISION AFTER 28 WEEKS
Giannis Manos of Ermis Lagkada 622
Greg Taylor of Ionikos Nikeas 430
Dimitris Papantoniou of Alimos 438
Angelos Siristatidis of Pagrati 434
Nikos Michalos of Near East 426
Nikos Kokkalis of Amintas 392
Frangiskos Amato of Peristeri 343
Philip Hoppson of Panerythraikos 342
Antonis Godopoulos of Komotini 340
Meletis Ornithopoulos of Olympiakos Volou 332
Christos Zarogiannis of Panorama 324
Costas Behlivanis of Ikaroi Serron 304
Panayiotis Daoularis of Keravnos Aigiou 300


*****************************************************
HUNGARY

Games for the bronze medal! -by Tamas Deri

PVSK-Expo Center Pecs - Falco KC-Szombathely 84-80
(18-28, 26-23, 25-15, 15-14)
Pecs, Att.: 2.500, Referees: Papp P., Hegedűs, Szilas
PVSK-Expo Center Pecs: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 27/3, Lakatos, Denes 6/6, Toth N. 6, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68) 19/9, Aleksic 7/3, Peter Kecskes (208-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Hawaii) 11, Wittmann 2, Hosszu 6/6, Grebenar, Coach Volgyi Peter
Falco KC-Szombathely: Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) 32/9, Tibor Pankar (195-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/6, Szabo Zs. 8/3, Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) 12/6, Aliakseyeu 8, Graczer, Borszeki 3/3, Will 5/3, Feigl, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Series: 1-0


Falco KC-Szombathely - PVSK-Expo Center Pecs 91-88

(24-17, 17-20, 20-16, 30-35)

SZOMBATHELY: Winsome Frazier 25, Will 6/3, Tibor Pankar (195-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/6, Wiley 11/6, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 18, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12, Szanati, Csiszar, Feigl, Borszeki, Graczer 3/3, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic

PECS: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 31/6, Peter Lakatos (194-G-79) 12, Denes 10/6, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10, Lapov 12/6, Aleksic 2, Kecskes 4, Wittmann 7/3, Hosszu, Coach: Volgyi Peter

Series: 1-1

The last game will be played on friday in Pecs!



*****************************************************
IBL

NBA prospect N'Diaye joins Volcanoes -by Trask Frost
The Vancouver Volcanoes added Senegal native Abdoulaye N'Diaye to the roster three games ago, and Volcanoes' officials have been very impressed with N'Diaye's short term performance and long term potential.

N'Diaye, 6'11”, has only been playing organized basketball for five years. His college career began at South Idaho Junior College where he played for two national championships and led the country in blocked shots as a sophomore. N'Diaye spent the last two seasons developing his game under the tutelage of Tim Floyd at the University of Southern California.

Vancouver Volcanoes Head Coach Theo Evans—“Physically Abdoulaye is ready for the NBA right now. He is already a great player, but, being relatively new to the game, he is still learning. I believe the combination of his desire to improve, work ethic and ability will lead to great things down the road.”

The Los Angeles Lakers have already taken notice, inviting N'Diaye to work out for the team in the coming weeks. In his first three games as a pro, N'Diaye is averaging 14.6 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks.

Next up for N'Diaye and the Volcanoes is a road trip to take on the 12-3 Salem Stampede on Saturday, June 2.


*****************************************************
ISRAEL

Hapoel Jerusalem 96-Bnei Hasharon 83 -by Josh Halickman
Hapoel Jersualem will play in the final on Thusrday night versus Maccabi Tel Aviv after a convincing win over Lee Nailon (204-F-75, agency: Guardian, college: TCU) and Bnei Hasharon 96-83. Captain Meir Tapiro (194-G-75) who started the game off cold came back to score a team high 22 points added 6 rebounds and 4 assists as Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) chiped in with 15 points.

After the first quarter the teams were knotted at 22 points a piece but Jerusalem began to slowly pull away and led 52-41 at the half. In a scary incident in the 2nd quarter, Jerusalem's big man Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) went down clutching his right shoulder in pain and had to be helped off the court. If Bnei Hasharon led by Nailon's 31 points ever had an opportunity to take control of the game the time was right there and then, but they couldn't contain the fine play of Timmy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) (15pts) and Guy Pniny (201-F-83)(11pts).

Austin returned in the 2nd half to a standing ovation and finished the game off with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Cookie Belcher (191-G-78, college: Nebraska) had 15 points and Ousame Cisse had 14 points in the loss.
Ousmane Cisse (206-C-82, agency: Octagon)


Maccabi Tel Aviv 93-Hapoel Galil Elyon 87 -by Josh Halickman
Maccabi Tel Aviv had a tough time against a game Galil team in the semi finals of the Israeli Final Four, but was able to come away with the 6 point victory, 93-87 at the Nokia Arena. Fine play by Jamie Arnold (203-F-75, college: Wichita St.) who finished the night with 19 points and 10 rebounds helped salvage Maccabi's season as they were behind for most of the game. Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) had a game high 29 points and Captain Derrick Sharp (183-G-71, college: S.Florida) chipped in with 14 points. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) played only 13 minutes as his back was giving him problems but was able to pull down rebounds. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) was also out with an injury as Maccabi had to rally to beat Oded Katash squad.

Kenny Adeleke (206-C-83, college: Hartford) scored 22 points and ripped down 12 boards leading the inspired northern club. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) had 16 points and Sasa Bratic (203-F/G-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 in the loss, that will see Galil play Bnei Hasharon for 3rd place on Thursday night. Poor foul shooting (15/37) plagued the team all night and as they say games are won and lost on the charity stripe, which unfortunately for galil this would be the case on this night.


*****************************************************
ITALY

Lega2- Finals game-2 -by Gabriele Fioretti
In the second game of the serie, Pesaro came back to success, leaded by a great game of Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) (24+11 rebs) helped by Mauro Morri (190-G-77) (17 with 4/6 by 3pt line) and Samuele Podesta (203-F/C-76) (13+7 rebs). Pavia tried to stay in the game with its starting five: Jeremy Veal (191-G-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Arizona St.) (16 scored), Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) (16+8 rebs), Ivan Gatto (207-F-78) (14 pts), Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) (13 scored) and Nkechi Ezugwu (203-C/F-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: E.Michigan) (10+9 rebs). But only 4 pts by Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81) form the bench weren't enough. Now the serie goes to Pavia for game 3 and 4 that will be played on friday June the 1st and the 3rd.
Pesaro-Pavia 80-73 (serie tie 1-1)
http://www.legaduebasket.it/game/?id=1704


*****************************************************
IVORY COAST

Zenith and ABC off to finals -by Kristian Santiago
In the last round of the play-offs , Zenith reported another win against Generation (62-60) after already qualifiying for the finals and ABC did the same by trouncing OBC 102-75.ABC now seeks for revenge after loosing to Zenith in the play-offs and finishing second behind the last years vice-champs.

*****************************************************
KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan NT won India 88:40 -by Yevgeniy Issakov
Last night Kazakhstan NT won India National Team 88:40 and get to final game of Asian Middle Zone qualification of Asian Championship.

Kazakhstan NT - India NT 88:40

Kazakhstan: Ponomarev 18pts, Evstigneev 17pts, Yargaliev 10pts.


*****************************************************
MALAYSIA

SHAFIEE SHARIFF ABDULLAH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT -by Chong Jzen

Subang Court 9 USJ 14 Basketball Committee launched their new series of SHAFIEE SHARIFF ABDULLAH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT which kick off on 7th July at USJ 14 Court 9 Basketball Court.

Same with last year, this event associate by Selangor Basketball Association, to promote healthy basketball sport, and the spirit of team building and unity amongst the youth of all races.

YB Dato' Lee Hwa Beng, ADUN Subang Jaya will officiate the Opening of the tournament.

It is a age groups competition, comprising 16-17 group (Boys), 13-15 Group (Boys) and 13-16 Group (Girls), each team will only require 8 players and a team manager and a coach.

Present national youth and SUKMA players are not eligible to participate in this competition; meanwhile, state players are allowed to participate. If there is no team sent by school, students are allowed to form their own team.

Registration fee for this championship only at RM 150.00, entry close on the 30th June. Trophies, medals and cash will be awarded to the winning teams.

For further enquiry of this championship, please contact Wea Hong (012-3197333/016-6891948) and Mr. Tong (016-2705233)

source from www.selangorbasketball.com



*****************************************************
NEW ZEALAND

NBL Week 13 predictions -by Eurobasket News
NBL action continues on Thursday with two games. Waikato takes on Canterbury at home, while the Easy LPG Bay Hawks host Auckland at Pettigrew Green Arena. Waikato has to win this one to keep the distance towards the top four teams. Their strong performance however was narrowly abrupted by the Bay Hawks last week as the defending champs celebrated a tough 88:86 win. The Pistons still have all the chances to qualify into the playoffs with arguably the easiest schedule remaining among the contenders. The Rams should not be a big trouble for the quick-paced Pistons and wait for the 9th victory from Waikato.
Another game will probably bring us the first class show as the defending champions Bay Hawks need to confirm their status against this season's favorites Auckland. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) seemed to gain the right form at the end of the regular season. He led the Bay Hawks with 24 points against the Pistons last week. Andrew Rice and Kareem Johnson povided a sufficient help. Will they be able to stop Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) and limit Lindsay Tait (193-G-82)'s offensive presence? The Bay Hawks' defence can be a key to their success in the upcoming battle.
On Friday the Wellington Saints will host the Manawatu Jets and must win to stay alive in the playoff race. Their last week's loss to the Giants put them on the brink of missing the playoffs this year. Bakari Hendrix (204-C-77, college: Gonzaga) continues to post strong figures for the Saints, but they got a short bench and could not compete with Nelson in the particular game. On the other hand the Saints were able to use Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos), who missed the start of the season. He logged just 8 minutes of action, but expect him to get more playing time against the Jets on Friday. If he produces needed digits this can be a clue.
Saturday will bring three more encounters with predictable outcome. Waikato should deliver another win over Otago, while Nelson have to grab a victory versus Manawatu. The third game can raise some questions as the recent leaders Harbour Heat will host the Taranaki Mountain Airs. Obviously the Heat are the favorites in this one, however Garry Hill-Thomas (195-G-82, college: Nevada-Reno) and Link Abrams (198-F-73) are going to trouble the home side and try to revenge the first round loss 73:84.


*****************************************************
NIGERIA

FIBA U19 Championship: Nigeria coach pleased with players turn-out -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The head coach of the Nigeria junior national team, Adeka Dauda said he is pleased with the response of players invited for the open camp which commence in Lagos last Monday.

Speaking with our correspondence the Nigerian tactician is optimistic that with the turn-out and response of the players to training the African champion will go places in Serbia when the World Championship jumpstart on July 12.

“I am thrilled with the response of the boys to training and if they continue in this manner then Nigeria and indeed basketball fans in the Africa continent should be rest assured that the team will not disappoint at the big ocassion”

The coach gave insight into what to expect at the end of the ten-day scremage on June 8 with the 25 players and what to come thereafter as the championship commencement date draws nearer.

“We will select the best 15 players from the present exercise to be joined by three foreign-based players mainly post players for a full one month close camping slated for Kaduna so as to avoid distraction where the final twelve-man team will be selected.

On whether the team would embark on any foreign tour before heading for Novi Sad, Serbia venue of the championship, the former, Dodan Warriors and Ebun Comets basketball clubs coach says only the Technical Committee and the Youth Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF can provide answer to that.

According to him, it would have been a good idea if the team is meant to play some tough friendly matches before the commencement of the world championship but in the absence of an opportunity to go on a training tour, the team would rather settle to play against some of the top clubs in the country as tune-up for the championship.


*****************************************************
PARAGUAY

13th Round results -by Gianni Pascucci
Sol de America had to face an unexpected challenge from Universidad Catiolica, and managed to win the game 80.79, at the end of a long battle. Instead, Felix Perez Cardozo found a Sportivo San Lorenzo with a youngsters-filled roster and won very easily, 78 -29. Led by Sebastian Lopez (186-G-77), who scored 29 points, and Francisco Velazquez (182-G-65), who added 11 pts and lots of assits, Rowing Club defeated 73-64 Ciudad Nueva, keeping alive the hopes to advance at the second leg of the competition, named "Hexagonal". In the other games of the round, Libertad defeated UAA 104-82 and Deportivo San Jose destroyed Olimpia, 102-42.

*****************************************************
PHILIPPINES

Pinoy's dribbling feat officially makes it to Guinness Book of World Records -by Hector Santos
The Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized Erwin Evangelista as owner of a new mark for the longest dribbling record yesterday, six months after he accomplished the feat.

The United Kingdom-based record organizing body had to process the application for months and has made the official announcement just recently. Evangelista, a 22-year-old Libis, Quezon City native, dribbled the ball in a new record time of 45 hours and 22 minutes.

Evangelista, who practices his dribbling skills in a covered court in Libis, joined the Revicon Forte-sponsored dribbling contest that attracted hundreds of participants, seeking to erase the record previously set by African-American Joseph Odhiambo.

The old mark was 26 hours and 40 minutes, which was easily surpassed by 54 Filipinos. But it was only Evangelista who endured the grueling challenge by coming out with the longest dribbling time.

“I would have reached 48 hours if they didn't stop me,” said Evangelista, who started dribbling Saturday afternoon and finished Monday noon in front of his family and friends.

The event, dubbed “Astig Revicon: Guinness Dribbling Challenge,” drew participants not only from Manila but also from Cebu, Dagupan in Pangasinan and Davao City.

“We're proud of him,” said Alexander Panlilio, assistant vice-president for Unilab Consumer Health.

For his feat, Evangelista received P500,000 from Unilab, a full scholarship from AMA Computer and a one-year supply of Revicon Forte.

“That he pushed back the boundaries of what is physically possible is a triumph to be shared by the whole human race,” said Shaoi Aquino, product manager of Revicon Forte.

“Because of him, we now have a new benchmark for human endurance, it's our credit as a nation that it is a Filipino who redefined resilience for the rest of the world,” she added.


courtesy of Philippine Star


*****************************************************
POLAND

Griszczuk stays in Slupsk -by Karol Machera
Igor Griszczuk the head coach of Czarni Slupsk has signed a contract for next season. That would be his third season in Slupsk where he startet to work in season 2005/2006. Many of players from this season said that they would stay in Slupsk only if Griszczuk sign. This case Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz, Miah Davis and Omar Barlett are closer to sign contracts for next season.

It's very possible that Marcin Flieger the best scorer of 1Liga from 2005 would search for another Club. 23 year old guard is not playing so many minutes as he would like to (5 mpg).


*****************************************************
PUERTO RICO

Santurce wins in dramatic fashion -by Joel Quinones
A spectacular half court basket from Raymond "Richie" Dalmau (198-G-73, college: South Plains JC) (198-G-73, college: South Plains JC) gave the Cangrejeros de Santurce a 97-96 dramatic win over the Conquistadores de Guaynabo. After Antonio Latimer (204-F/G-78, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri Southern) hit the second of two free throws that put Guaynabo in front 96-94, Dalmau hit a three point shot from beyond half court as time expire, giving the Crabbers their fourth win in a row. Guaynabo took the first quarter 29-17 led by Carmelo Lee (200-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) who scores 13 points in a row and 15 in the quarter. A full court defense and consecutives 3 pointers from Sammy Villegas (198-G-83, college: Toledo) help Santurce to tie up the score, but Latimer hit a shot with :01.4 left, that gave the Conquistadores a 48-46 first half lead. The third quarter saw lead exchanges from both teams until the Crabbers went on a 15-9 run, lead by Richie and brother Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports), finishing with a 74-66 lead. By the fourth quarter it seems that Santurce would have the game secure, with a three point play from Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan) and a three point basket from Orlando "Guayacan" Santiago (186-G-75, college: Dowling); But the Conquistadores went on a 9-0 run to pull within two points. Dalmau made one of two free throws and a shot form Latimer put Guaynabo within one 94-93. Richie went again to the free throw line with 20 seconds left, but missed on both shots. Two free throws from import player Kevin Pittsnogle (210-C-84, college: W.Virginia) put the Conquistadores up 94-93, Santurce then miss on a jump shot from Guayacan and was force to foul Latimer with :01.5 left. After Latimer hit on one free throw, Richie made up for the missed free throw and hit the miracle shot. For Santurce Richie Dalmau scored 26 points, eight rebounds and 6 assists, his brother Ricardo Dalmau had 20 points with five assists while Sammy Villegas added 12 coming off the bench. For Guaynabo Carmelo Lee lead the way with 29 points, Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Elgin CC) had 23 points with 17 boards and Antonio Latimer added 14 points.

On other games, the Atleticos de San German beat the Indios de Mayaguez 92-83 to take over third place on the Juan "Pachin" Vicens section. Carlos Rivera (188-G-83, college: Hofstra) and Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) led San Geraman with 24 and 22 points respectively. Keenan Jourdon (200-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) was the leading scorer for Mayaguez, with 34 points, while veteran Orlando Vega (193-G/F-68, college: Providence) added 17 points. Indians, Eddie Casiano (188-G-72) and Giovanni Jimenez (187-G-82, college: St.Johns River CC), were remove on the first quarter due to injuries and did not came back to the game; their status is uncertain. With the win the Athletics improve their record to 8-12 and are unbeaten in the three games Apodaca had played.

Finally, the Brujos de Guayama defeated the Criollos de Caguas 93-86, extending the defending champions losing streak to seven. For Guayama, Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79) led the way with 28 points and Rafael Perez (184-G-82) added 23 points, including four three pointers. In a losing cost Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) had 25 points and 12 boards while Fernando Ortiz (196-F/G-77, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 13 points. After the loss, Caguas announced the sinning of Brian Bracey (201-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon) as their new import player. Bracey will replace David Young (196-G/F-81, college: N.C.Central) who suffered an injury and is unable to play.


*****************************************************
RUSSIA

The series goes to Kazan -by Eurobasket News
CSKA-Unics 70:58 (19:15, 17:18, 18:15, 16:10)

CSKA celebrated the second victory in the Final series of Russian Play-offs. With a tough game from both teams Moscow gained 70:58 win. The result was mostly solved in the last quarter when CSKA won 16:10. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79)h led the winners with 16 points. Papalukas posted 15, while Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) ended up with 10. Darjus Lavrinovic (210-C-79) (212-C-79) produced 15 points in the losing effort.
That was a game that depicted the Final series well. The carousel could be noticeable throughout the game and only in the end CSKA advantage with a win. The hosts started on a high level and remembered the loss in the second game against Dynamo. That time after a confident win in the first game, CSKA lost the second semifinal game, however revenged later.
Unics was close all the time and desired the win not less than the hosts. Unics won the second quarter 17:18 and stayed only 3 points behind at the half. A good game was shown by brothers Lavrinovics.
In the second half CSKA increased the tempo and led the game till the happy end. The favorites went to 2-0 series which is one step from the triumph. In the after game conference Ettore Messina , CSKA head coach, noticed that it was another hard game. He added that both teams had hard times trying to score and both had poor shooting percentage. The games in Kazan would be even more difficult and CSKA should be ready for that.

CSKA: Matjaz Smodis 16, Papalukas 15, Alexei Savrasenko 10
Unics: Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) 15, Mesheryakov 10, Ksystof Lavrinovic 10


*****************************************************
SERBIA

List with 32 candidates for Serbian National Team by Zoran Moka Slavnic -by Dragan Jankovski

On the meeting of management board of Serbian Basketball Federation it is officially confirmed that Zoran "Moka" Slavnic will lead NT in the future projects. Slavnic was first wish of expert advisers team which management board accepted immediately.

Here is the list of 32 candidates of Serbian National Team for European championship in Spain this summer:

-

NBA:

Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of New Jersey Nets, Darko Milicic (212-C-85) of Orlando Magic, Vladimir Radmanovic (208-F-80) of Los Angeles Lakers, Marko Jaric (198-G-78) of Minnesota Timberwolves, Aleksandar Pavlovic (200-F-83) of Cleveland Cavaliers

-

Turkey:

Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Efes Pilsen

-

Greece:

Milos Vujanic (190-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens

-

Russia:

Bojan Popovic (190-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) of Dynamo Moscow

-

Spain:

Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Pamesa Valencia, Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of TAU Ceramica and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) of Akasvayu Girona

-

Serbia:

Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) of Partizan, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Partizan, Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) of Partizan, Milenko Tepic (202-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan, Luka Bogdanovic (207-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan, Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Crvena Zvezda, Petar Popovic (211-C-79) of Crvena Zvezda, Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda, Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena Zvezda, Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena Zvezda, Nemanja Aleksandrov (211-C/F-87) of Crvena Zvezda, Dragan Labovic (208-C/F-87) of FMP, Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) of FMP, Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) of FMP, Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Hemofarm, Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) of Hemofarm, Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) of Hemofarm.

-

USA Universities:

Nikola Dragovic (203-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) of UCLA NCAA1, Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84) of Arizona NCAA1, Vuk Ivanovic (208-C/F-83, college: Seton Hill) of BYU NCAA1

-

Slavnic didn't add on the list players who still don't know are they will play for Serbia or Montenegro like it is situation Nikola Pekovic of Partizan, so if they choose Serbia they will receive a call later. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83), Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77) and Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) are not on the list because of injuries.



*****************************************************
SPAIN

Recker two more years -by Robert Mayor
American player Luke Recker (198-G/F-78, college: Iowa) will continue two more seasons in Lagun Aro Bilbao according to Txus Vidorreta team. Recker has averaged 14'4 points per game being one of the best scorers of the squad. Guard will continue in Bilbao with Javi Salgado, Frederic Weis, Pedja Savovic, Martin Rancik and Marko Banic, players with contract.

Ricoh could leave Manresa -by Robert Mayor
Basquet Manresa could have serious financial problems if Ricoh, club main sponsor, decides to leave club. Ricoh Group, one of the industry's most extensive sales and support network, arrived to Manresa 5 years ago and signed a five years deal with Catalonian club that ends this June. Now, Ricoh could be thinking of being one of small team sponsors, but not the main, as it was.

*****************************************************
SWEDEN

Swedish teams could join the SEB BBL -by Eurobasket News
The SEB BBL Board met in Riga last Friday and approved upcoming season's competition format and discussed the possibility of two Swedish teams joining the league.

After reviewing applications from Stockholm 08 Stockholm Human Rights and Norrkoping Dolphins clubs, the SEB BBL Board decided that both teams must fulfill certain financial requirements. The Swedish clubs must provide the necessary documentation until June 15 and the Board will make further decisions during its next meeting scheduled on June 19.
The competition format of the upcoming season was also approved. Ten Elite Division teams will participate in a 2-round regular season. The first two teams will automatically advance to the SEB BBL Final Four. A likely twelve teams will participate in the Challenge Cup (second division) and also will play a 2-round regular season. The first four Challenge Cup teams will participate in division's final four tournament, which will determine the final standings of the Challenge Cup. Later the first team from the Challenge Cup will replace the tenth team from the Elite Division in the Play-offs of this division. The second team from the Challenge Cup will have to play the ninth team (in two games with the overall cumulative score determining the winner of the pair) from the Elite Division for the right to advance to the Elite Division Play-offs.
The last team of the SEB BBL Challenge Cup will have to play in an eliminatory tournament for the right to remain in the league. The SEB BBL Board decided that three teams wanting to enter the SEB BBL could participate in such tournament.
The best teams from the Challenge Cup will be able to advance to the Elite Division only by meeting certain sporting, financial and home arena requirements.
The SEB BBL Board debated the question of the tenth Elite Division team. Lithuanian Basketball League delegated Neptunas Klaipeda to the SEB BBL Elite Division. Estonian Basketball Association proposed Fausto Tartu to be the tenth team of this division. League's directorate must analyze both clubs and the final decision will be taken by the Board on June 19.
Courtesy of:http://www.bbl.net


*****************************************************
SWITZERLAND

Fribourg won the LNA Championship 2007 !!! -by Jay
Fribourg did not allow the title to slip out of their hands as they won the 4th game of the finals against Lugano Tigers 79-69
Fribourg - Lugano Tigers 79-69
Fribourg : Bah 6, Crnogorac 17, Grimm 12, Dacevic 12, Draughan 20 , Fischer 0, Lukovic 2, Pantic 0
Lugano Tigers: Perrier-David 5, Quidome 16, Orr 16, Vogt 6, Esterkamp 18 , Mrazek 12, Polk 5, Vilimonovic 0, Geiser 0, Laass 1, Vertel 0
The game took place at Istituto Elvetico with 1200 of the audience.


*****************************************************
TBL

TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCE 2007 COACHES CLINICS -by Charles Johnson
30-May-2007
Arlington, Texas - - The Texas Basketball League and Head Coach Tony Dunn announce the 1st Annual Coaches Clinic. Coach Dunn will discuss player drills, plays and other important tips with emphasis on teaching fundamentals. Don't miss this rare opportunity to become part of the Texas Basketball League.

Each coach will receive a complete coach's packet and an official t-shirt.

The dates are Saturday, June 16, Saturday, June 23, and Saturday June 30.

Place:
Metro Charter Academy
804 Lynnfield Dr
Arlington, Texas 76014


Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Cost: $25.00 per coach. Hurry, space is limited to 100 coaches.

Mail completed registration form to:

Texas Basketball League
804 Lynnfield Dr
Arlington, Texas 76014

For more information, call 817-803-6186 or 214-306-9549, email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


TSL ANNOUCES TEXAS SUMMER PRO LEAGUE -by Charles Johnson
Tryout Camp dates are June 2, June 8, June 15, June 23, June 30
League dates are July 1 - July 31, 2007.
3 games per day at: 6:00, 7:30, and 9:30 pm.
*Excludes opening day and playoffs

The Texas Summer Pro League ("TSPL") is entering its 1st year as the premier summer showcase for Texas basketball's greatest basketball players and teams. The League is the sole summer stage upon which both former college all-stars and undiscovered players perform. It is the medium through which both raw and experienced basketball talent can maintain and hone their skills through competitive league play.

Every TSPL team will participate in the TBL during the inaugural season in November. Not surprisingly, TSPL has served as a launching pad for many great basketball careers. No basketball organization in the state of Texas will possesses the quality and diversity of great competitors that the Texas Summer Pro League will bring to the state of Texas in the next couple of years. Former high school all-Americans, international basketball players, and the greatest basketball league in Texas--the Texas Summer Pro League has it all!

For more information, call 817-803-6186 or 214-306-9549, email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


TBL ANNOUNCES OUR LEAGUE TRYOUTS REFERRALS PROGRAM -by Charles Johnson
30-May-2007
Texas Basketball League Refer a Friend Bonus
Earn up to $50 for every Registered Player you refer

We would like to offer you a chance to earn up to $50 for referring your friends! Offer ends June 30, 2007.

Step One: Recruit your friends!

Step Two: Call TBL league office at (817)803-6186 for a promotional code

Step Three: Complete our online application to mail back

Step Four: Submit payment via overnight mail or fax. Remember, Cash or money order.
No personal checks or credit cards.

Step Five: Enter the promo code on your application's payment that you received on the phone

Step Six: Email your name and the names of each friend you refer to texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com ,or mail to league office.

Step Seven: You and your friends must all complete your applications and pay in full within 48 hours of the first registered camper or you will be required to pay the full rate
(or the rate based upon the number of actual confirmed campers referred by you) before your admission to the camp will be confirmed.

Note: Any promo codes that are used without consent of Nike SPL will result in an incomplete payment and the camper will be denied admission if he does not pay in full.
Special offer ends June 30, 2007.

# of campers in your referral $ off each application fee
1 campers $10
2 campers $20
3 campers $30
4 campers $40
5 campers $50


TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE OPEN TRYOUT REMINDER -by Charles Johnson
30-May-2007
Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Basketball League will be holding an open tryout on Saturday, June 2nd for an opportunity to fill several vacant roster spots. The upcoming season will be a break-out year for the TBL and we're looking for the most talented players around.

July will mark the beginning of the first season for the Texas Basketball League. If you think you have what it takes, and you are interested in registering for the tryout, log onto usbasket.com/tbl/tbl.asp for details and information.

Date: Saturday, June 2nd at 2 pm
Location: Metro Charter Academy
Address: 1111 Gibbons Street, Arlington, Texas 76011

Registration will begin promptly at 12pm and will close at 1:45pm. Tryout sessions start at 2pm until 6pm.
The fee to register is $125.00 Money Order or Cash (no checks will be accepted).

For additional information on the Texas Basketball League log onto usbasket.com/tbl/tbl.asp, email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com , or call (817) 803-6186.


*****************************************************
TURKEY

Fenerbahce Ulker win TBL Final Game 3 -by Iva Ivanova
Fenerbahce Ulker winTBL Fnal Game 3 with 66-78. This is third win and looks like Fenerbahce is one step close to the Champion Title. Fenerbahce
Ulker won over Efes Pilsen and lead 3-0 in the TBL final series. Fenerbahce Ulker won the game 66-78.
The hero`s for fenerbahce shining Mirsad Turkcan with 17 points, Damir Mrsic added 16. Efes Pilsen player`s Nikolas scoerd 17 points.
The next game will be on Friday 1 June.

Fenerbahce Ulker - Efes Pilsen 66-53
Fenerbahce Ulker: Solomon 8, Turkcan 17, Onan 10, Erden 2, Kutluay 2, Savas 6, Mrsic 16, Clark 7, Basden 7, Demirel
Efes Pilsen: Nicholas 17, Kurtoglu 7, Akin 2, Granger 6, Akyol, Abi 1, Erden 14, Gonlum 14, Haislip 8, Herseg 1

Team statistics:
2 pts: Fenerbahce Ulker (19/39 - %48.7) - Efes Pilsen (12/39 - %48.7)
3 pts: Fenerbahce Ulker (10/25 - %40.0) - Efes Pilsen (11/31 - %35.4)
Free throus: Fenerbahce Ulker (10/12 - %83.3) - Efes Pilsen (9/18 - %50.0)
Rebounds: Fenerbahce Ulker 29 - Efes Pilsen 27


*****************************************************
UKRAINE

3rd and 4th final games stats -by Alexander Muzyka
Superleague. Play-off
Finals
. Best-of-five games series

Third game. May 25
Azovmash - BC Kyiv 99:69 (23:13, 24:22, 23:17, 29:17)
A
: el-Amin 29 + 5 rbs + 6 ast + 3 stl, Liadelis 16, Bajramovic 16 + 4 tos, Buford 12 + 7 rbs, Lischuk 9 + 5 rbs, Gulyas 9,Skutelnik 5, Botichev 3 + 4 rbs, Raievskyi 0, Loktionov 0, Ivshyn 0, Podorvannyi 0
K: Dozet 12, Maravic 11 + 4 rbs, Kravtsov 9, Rancic 8, Drozdov 7, Jackson 6, Pecherov 5 + 7 rbs, Saltovets 5, Greer 4, Mujezinovic 2 + 4 tos, Zavoruev 0, Annenkov 0

Fourth game. May 27
Azovmash - BC Kyiv 78:79 (27:23, 17:21, 17:14, 17:21)
A
: Liadelis 20, el-Amin 16 + 4 tos, Lischuk 12 + 5 rbs + 4 bls + 5 tos, Bajramovic 10 + 10 rbs + 4 tos, Buford 8 + 7 rbs, Podorvannyi 6, Gulyas 4, Skutelnik 2, Raievskyi 0, Botichev 0, Loktionov 0, Ivshyn 0
K: Greer 18, Maravic 15, Drozdov 11 + 6 rbs + 4 stl, Rancic 10, Dozet 9, Jackson 9 + 5 rbs, Mujezinovic 7, Pecherov 2, Annenkov DNP, Zavoruev DNP, Saltovets DNP, Kravtsov DNP

Draw in series 2:2


Khimik is bronze third time in a row -by Alexander Muzyka
Superleague. Play-off
3d place best-of-five-games series

Third game. May 22
Khimik - Cherkasy Monkeys 86:77 (18:22, 28:21, 23:16, 17:18)
Kh
: Cakic 23 + 9 rbs + 4 ast, Djuric 18 + 4 rbs, Kolchenko 9 + 6 rbs, Korochkin 8, Lepojevic 7, Maye 5, Kelly 4 + 6 rbs + 6 ast, Zubrytskyi 4, Sokolov 3, Markovic 3, Agafonov 2, Kalnichenko 0
ChM: Dickens 21 + 5 rbs, Johnson 18 + 10 rbs, Lebedev 12 + 5 rbs,
Gurtovoi 11 + 6 rbs, Fesenko 10 + 7 rbs, Butskyi 3 + 5 ast, Umbrasko 1, Valeiko 1, Zhuk 0, Y.Lokhmanchuk 0

Fourth game. May 24
Khimik - Cherkasy Monkeys 87:74 (27:14, 16:16, 20:22, 24:22)
Kh
: Kelly 21 + 9 rbs, Djuric 19, Korochkin 14, Lepojevic 8 + 5 ast + 4 rbs, Maye 8, Zubrytskyi 7, Kolchenko 5, Cakic 3, Agafonov 2 + 5 rbs, Sokolov 0, Markovic 0, Kalnichenko 0
ChM: Johnson 23 + 5 rbs, Fesenko 20 + 6 rbs, Lebedev 8, Dickens 8 + 6 rbs, Butskyi 6, Gurtovoi 4, Umbrasko 3, Valeiko 2, Zhuk 0, Y.Lokhmanchuk 0

Khimik wins series 3:1 and becomes a bronze medalist


The Golden Game is scheduled for tomorrow -by Eurobasket News

With 2-1 lead in the Final series, Azovmash was defeated by BC Kyiv in Mariupol. BC Kyiv claimed a breathtaking 79:78 victory and will have home advantage in the decisive game. The golden game is scheduled for tomorrow, May 31st. As the whole country is expecting such an event, it was decided to hold the game in Sport Palace, where the capacity is much bigger than in Meridian, the arena where the teams played first two games.

Ukraine will find out the winner of the Play-offs tomorrow in the fifth decisive game between two best teams in our country. Azovmash and BC Kyiv tasted the victories at home and in a road and it is still very difficult to predict the winner. In Game 4 BC Kyiv stole an important win from Azovmash with 18 points from LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.). Kyiv started strongly and raced into a 15:10 lead, however the hosts soon struck back and finished the opening quarter with 27:23. Both squads ended up the half with 44:44 on the board.
Azovmash and BC Kyiv went toe-to-toe until the closing stages when Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76, college: Detroit Mercy) put Kyiv into a 77:76 lead with one minute remaining. It was Jackson again who increased the vistors' lead to 79:76. What Azovmash could do, was only to reduce the score by free throw from Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut).

Just a reminder that last year Azovmash won the Final of the play-offs. The team from Mariupol finished the series with 3-1 and celebrated the win in the League. Two yars ago Kyiv swept the Final series. So, what to expect tomorrow?

Game 4:
Azovmash Mariupol- BC Kyiv 78:79 (27:23, 17:21, 17:14, 17:21)

Azovmash Mariupol: Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) 20, Khalid El-Amin 16, Lischuck 12+5 rebs
BC Kyiv: LaMarr Greer 18, Marko Maravic (201-F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) 15, Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) 11+6 rebs.



*****************************************************
URUGUAY

Bohemios promoted to the Uruguayan League 2008 -by Hector Lopez
Bohemios won the promotion to the Uruguayan League 2008 after beating Nacional 98-75 with only one round still to be played. The second promotion will be decided on a playff sistem to be played by Goes, Larre Borges, Tabare and Cordon or Larrañaga. Goes beat 25 de Agosto 76-75; Tabare defeated Larre Borges 87-54; Cordon won over Urunday 107-91 and Yale 88 Larraniaga 77. Cordon was taken out 5 points after fans rioted following the game Bohemios 109 Cordon 97.

*****************************************************
USBL

Patroons Fight Off Visiting Legend 90-89 -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Albany Patroons needed a fourth quarter comeback to stave off the visiting Dodge City Legend, 90-89 last night. Down four heading into the final quarter, the Patroons got their cohesiveness back and outscored the Legend 24-19 to seal the victory. Ronald Ross (6'2''-G-83, college: Texas Tech) led all scorers with 19 points and a game high five assists for Albany, while Jamar Howard (6'5''-F-83, college: Wichita St.) and Brian Lubeck (6'7''-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisiana Monroe) scored 16 points a piece for Dodge City.
LEGEND: Brian Lubeck (16p+10rb), Jamar Howard (16p+5rb+5to), Chris Sockwell (13p+6to), Kenyon Gamble (6p+11rb)
PATROONS: Ronald Ross (19p+5as), Kareem Reid (17p), Eric Williams (12p), Antoine Jordan (11p)


*****************************************************
ZIMBABWE

Garura's charges take the Championship. -by Gracey Chirumanzu
DEFENDING champions, Kingdom Cavaliers proved an invincible force
on the national scene as eleven men's teams competed for honors in
a three-day National Basketball Championships held in the capital, Harare
last weekend.

Cavaliers and national men's team coach, Ronald Garura spoke highly of
his charges telling Eurobasket “there is no doubt that we are the best
team in the country.”

“Cavaliers have so far won every competition at the local scene, we have
come a long way and after today's victory again we can safely say, we
are the best team in the country, there is no doubt about that,” declared Garura.

Cavaliers boasted of their experienced national team players Nyasha Mushekwi,
Farai Tumbare, Allan Tegunde, Tafirenyika Soko and Taurai Chitsinde who made
the side's first five. Their opponents, JBC, could see their fate awaiting them from
the first quarter as they trailed 16-23 eventually losing 48-69 to the national coach's
charges in the finals on Sunday.

Five minutes into the last quarter, Tumbare scored a stylish basket that sent the
crowd screaming as the clock ticked to his team's decisive victory.

He had maximum points of 13 as well as team-mate Mushekwi.

The other teams that participated in the national showcase were the Midlands State
University, three teams from Bulawayo, Highlanders, Giants, Kings, Stars and other
Harare league's top six teams -UZ Stars, Raiderz, Hawks and Varsity Leopards.




*****************************************************

Women News

*****************************************************
BULGARIA - Women

Bojkov: "Unique season for us" -by Eurobasket News
The head coach of CSKA Georgi Bojkov was very happy after his team won third trophy for the season.
“Unique season for us. We had a very hard time in the beginning and I have doubt that we can have enough to get to the end. I thought we played well in the Final of the Playoffs and despite the absents of both Americans we won the title. We proved we are very good team. Nothing new for me, I won lot of titles and cups in my career. All of those players are in this team because I know very well what they can give”, said Bojkov.
“We will look for new additions for the new seasons but first we need to make conclusions after this season”, ended Bojkov.
Courtesy of:http://bulgarianbasket.com


Marinov: "We don't have enough depth on our bench" -by Eurobasket News
Peter Marinov was realistic after his team Lukoil Neftochimic couldn't defend the title.
“CSKA is a better team. They have the best Bulgarian players and those players will be included in Women National team for the qualifications in the summer. Plus they have couple very good Serbians in the team, especially Tanja Cirov. I knew that we have to play well above our abilities to beat them in the Final. We don't have enough depth on our bench. Most of the players are 18-19 years old and it is too early for them. Congratulation to CSKA, they deserved to win”, said coach Peter Marinov .
“Regarding the new season, I already talked to Valentin Zlatev and he promised to me after the Cup of Bulgaria in Pernik that we will make better team for the new season. It will be helpful also if we play in European competitions as some players refuse to come to our team this year as we didn't play there”, continue Peter Marinov .
“There is lot of interest in women's basketball in our country. In Rouse they are working well, in Stara Zagora they have a good squad, in Samokov Lepichev is building the new team, so I think overall women's basketball in Bulgaria is improving. However we need more sponsors and lift the quality of the teams”, ended Petko Peter Marinov.
Courtesy of:http://bulgarianbasket.com/


*****************************************************
HOLLAND - Women

The road after the Play-Offs - Wright returns -by Eurobasket News
The most striking player from the passed season in the crimson gold from AutoCAD Amazone is Judy Wright (172-G-84). In the beginning of the season she score two thirties on a row and her fame as a macro producer from points is throwing a shadow forwards in the following games. With 18.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists per game the forward gave her introduction in Holland. Besides that the from Roberts Weslean College to the Dutch National League going shooter developed herself well.


The step from the Divison II to Amazone sees the quick forward as a chance in a still empty history book. ,, When I came here I had no expectations for the team or the country, I was just excited for the opportunity to play at the professional level,'' says the top shooter from Amazone.


WRIGHT LANDS ON SEPTEMBER 12TH AND …

At September 14th she makes her debut against ProBuild Lions with a 47-71 win in Landsmeer in a preseason game. ProBuild then plays without the Dutch internationals, AutoCAD has in that game three Americans, and that is remarkable. Besides Wright also Bianca and Rachael Ziemann are on the court. A part of the neat preseason time that gains in the end of the competition the third spot. ,, I thought that we (the girls and I) did an exceptional job of playing hard and staying together game in and game out,'' is Wright satisfied. ,,Even with the many distractions that we often had to deal with. We showed more heart then I've ever seen from a team. I also think that the way the season ended this year is just added motivation to everyone in organization for next season.'' The whole season 2006-2007 is a great period for the always laughing Wright. ,, The whole season was a highlight I had so much fun, on and off the court with the team.,'' enjoys the in New York City born American player. ,,But I have to say the biggest highlight of all was reaching an agreement to come back for another season.''


WRIGHT VISITES FAMILY IN THE STATES

After an exciting season, that ends on May 5th in Den Helder in the semi final, Wright stays for another three relaxing weeks in Holland, before returning to the States on June 1st. ,, Go home,'' is the first thing she will be doing. ,,And see my new born nephew from two months old and the rest of my family. Then try to find a summer job.'' It will need time to get used to the American environment again. The questions about what she will most in Holland is the answer to that; ,, My friends, the team.''


WRIGHT ANOTHER YEAR IN CRIMSON GOLD

Next season Wright will return in the Amazone team. ,, I am so excited about coming back. I love this team with all my heart I take pride in putting on the Amazone Uniform. Even more than that I have made some true friends here and it has been a great experience.'' After a season in Rochester (New York) the forward will return in the month August and there will be a new season starting against BV Lely on October 20th and a new challenge.
Courtesy of:http://www.amazone-leidscherijn.nl


*****************************************************
NCAA - Women

Arizona Women's Basketball Beats Pomezia, 71-48 -by Eurobasket News
Pomezia, Italy - When in Rome... Arizona discovered the essence of Rome with a 71-48 win over Pomezia on Thursday night. The win gave the Wildcats a perfect 5-0 record on their tour of Italy.
In an unforgettable game, the Wildcats battled tough with Pomezia before finally pulling away in the second half.
Arizona was led by junior Suzy Bofia who finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds, and sophomore Amina Njonkou who chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman Rhaya Neabors posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, and junior Ashley Whisonant had 11 points and four rebounds.
In a closely-contested first half, Arizona was down 7-4 before a three-point play by Njonkou tied the game at 7-7 at the 6:15 mark. The game was back-and-forth the entire first half, and the teams ended up tied at 20-20 entering the second quarter.
Arizona opened the second quarter with a 6-0 scoring run in the first minute to take a 26-20 advantage. Then, in an unexplainable set of circumstances, the game's referee walked off the court in frustration and did not return.
After a 10 minute delay of the game, a new referee was found, and the game continued as the Wildcats rolled in the second half.
Courtesy of:http://www.arizonaathletics.com





Big 12 Tourney Back in OKC in 2009 -by Eurobasket News
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Big 12 Conference concluded its annual spring meetings on Thursday at the Broadmoor. The sessions held included the full Joint Council, consisting of faculty athletic representatives, athletics directors and senior woman administrators representing each of the member institutions. The Board of Directors also met at the site.

As part of the meetings, the Big 12 Conference approved future championship sites in football and basketball, pending completion of final negotiations with each of the cities. The conference also approved the adjustment of the schedule formats for the men's and women's basketball championships to Wednesday - Saturday and Thursday - Sunday, respectively.

The 2008 football title game would be in Kansas City and the Big 12 would go to Arlington, Texas to hold the 2009 and `10 contests in the new stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. The 2009 basketball championships would be held in Oklahoma City, with the 2010 and `11 events conducted in Kansas City.
Courtesy of: http://www.soonersports.com


*****************************************************
NCAA2 - Women

Freeland Named Head Women's Basketball Coach -by Eurobasket News
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The University of Indianapolis has named Florida Gulf Coast University women's basketball assistant LeAnn Freeland as its new head women's basketball coach. She succeeds Teri Moren, who resigned earlier this month to take a job on the staff at Georgia Tech. Freeland has been the top assistant for FGCU the past four seasons, helping the Eagles compile a 102-20 record during her tenure. Freeland becomes the seventh head women's basketball coach in UIndy's history.


"LeAnn Freeland brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the UIndy Women's Basketball program," Director of Athletics Dr. Sue Willey stated. "It will be exciting to watch her put all of those qualities to work as the next head coach for Indianapolis. The players anxiously await her arrival and the impact she will bring to the program in the coming months. We are excited to bring a product of the GLVC back home to Indiana and especially to our Greyhound Athletics family."

This past season, Freeland helped the Eagles finish the regular season ranked number one in the nation, making it all the way to the NCAA Division II National Championship game. FGCU was an impressive 63-3 in the past two seasons combined.

"I am really excited to be the head coach at the University of Indianapolis," said Freeland. "I met with the team and was very impressed with their commitment level and enthusiasm. I am eager to start working with these young ladies and hope to make the most of this great opportunity."

Prior to joining the FGCU staff, Freeland was the top assistant at her alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana. There, she helped lead the program to 78 wins, one Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season title and two GLVC tournament championships, as well as two NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2001 squad advanced to the NCAA DII Elite Eight. She spent the 1998-1999 year as a social studies teacher and volleyball and basketball coach at Castle Junior High in Newburgh, Ind.

She ended her playing career as the most decorated player in Southern Indiana history. She was named First Team Division II All-American three times, GLVC Player of the Year twice, and was inducted into the GLVC Hall of Fame. She led the Screaming Eagles to the 1997 NCAA Division II Championship game.

Freeland was named the College Sports Magazine Player of the Year in 1995. She set six career records at USI, including scoring (2,269) and rebounding (961), as well as three single-season marks and three single-game marks. She was inducted to the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2004 and was one of ten players nominated for the NCAA Division II 25th Anniversary Team in 2005.
Courtesy of:http://athletics.uindy.edu/


Leazier Takes Control At St. Anselm -by Eurobasket News
MANCHESTER, N.H.- Chris Leazier has recently been named the new head women's basketball coach at St. Anselm. Chris Leazier comes to the Hilltop after serving as an assistant coach at Dartmouth since 2002. He helped guide the Big Green to a pair of Ivy League Championships (2005, 2006), a string of five consecutive winning seasons, a 50-20 Ivy League record and an overall mark of 85-56.
Chris Leazier assisted in the development of a number of outstanding players at Dartmouth, including the 2007 Ivy League Player of the Year, the 2004 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and 14 players who earned All-Ivy League recognition.

Chris Leazier 's coaching career began in 1995 at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and Central in 1996-97 before he headed to the Northeast as the head boy's basketball coach at Thetford Academy in Vermont. After serving as head coach at Thetford from 1997-2000, Chris Leazier joined the Dartmouth staff as a men's assistant coach in 2000 before eventually moving into his position with the women's program after two seasons.

A graduate of Miami (Ohio), Chris Leazier graduated in 1992 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He earned his master's in 1996 from DePaul, graduating with a distinction with a degree in philosophy. He currently resides in Norwich, Vt., with his wife, Amy, and three children, Clark, Oliver and Isabelle.
Courtesy of:http://d2basketball.com


*****************************************************
NIGERIA - Women

Zenith Bank Female Premier League: First Bank is beatable …..Dolphins chairman Aboderin boast -by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the final leg of the 2006/2007 Zenith Bank Female Premier league enter day-4 today, financier and chairman of Dolphins basketball club of Lagos, Wale Aboderin is upbeat about one fact that the nation's long standing champion, First Bank “Elephant Girls” basketball club of Lagos can be beaten just like any other team in the league.

Speaking in a chat with our correspondent Tuesday night at the Lagos National Stadium, Aboderin said fans should watch out for an exciting encounter in the First/Dolphins match-up come Saturday when both team clash.

First Bank has remain unbeaten since 2005 when Zenith Bank teamed up with the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF to bankrole the female league, but Aboderin says that breaking the jinx is a matter of time.

In the matches decided Tuesday Delta Force walloped AHIP by 96-56 points; Customs shoved aside Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano 59-47 points; Dolphins went wild agianst Dodan Amazons with a 92-52 points spanking while defending champions, First Bank handed down a 69-45 points defeat of Sunshine Angels of Akure.

Action continue today with four matches on the bill, Dolphins will take on Immigration, First Bank versus AHIP, Delta Force will take to the court against Amazons just as Customs and Sunshine Angels rekindled their rivalry.


*****************************************************
SPAIN - Women

Laura Camps signs with Rivas and Milka Bjelica with Ros Casares -by Ivan Villar
Rivas Futura bets high for next season and with this last signing will be a new force in LF.Laura Camps (180-F-76),the shooting guard of Perfumerias Avenida of last years signed by team of Alberto Ortego to take the team the highest possible.Ros Casares keeps on half roster of last season,but signed Milka Bjelica who played in Italy with great stats.She's a 3-4 with great 3 points shoot and good moves in low post.In Galicia the managers of federation decided that this year the national team wiil be coached by Miguel Mendez,in the game that they play against Bielorrusia on June 18th in Fontecarmoa Arena of Vilagarcia de Arousa.

*****************************************************
TRINIDAD - Women

Goring At Mystics -by Don Farrell

TRINIDAD and Tobago have another player in the Women National Basketball Association in the United States.

This came about after Gillian Goring was drafted in the third round by the Washington Mystics.

And the lanky 6 foot- 7 inches centre was handed the No 55 jersey and a spot on the 12-member Mystics roster by coach Richie Adubato.

Goring was selected in the third round, 32nd overall in the April 4 draft coming out of North Carolina State after attending Germantown Academy.

The 24-year-old ex-Wolfpack as NC State are nicknamed, follows another Trinidadian Pietra Gay who was a member of the New York Liberty during the third season of the WNBA.

When the Washington Mystics reduced their roster to 12 players they decided to go with 6-7 Goring, instead of 6-3 Teana Miller.

General Manager Linda Hargrove said Goring is “young,” and at 6-6, 6-7, she's such a presence. Her upside is too great.”

Two other players were released by the Mystics, Megan Vogel and Rita Williams.

The decision as to which three players to cut did not come easily, Mystics GM Hargrove explained.

Meanwhile, Tiffany Williams became Tobago's first ever professional female basketball player. Her present professional team, Romania based Alexandra Telephon copped the final play-off berth for the Big Eight in the Division “A” of the Romania Euro FIBA Professional Basketball League.

However, in their quarter-final they matched up against the number one team Trigovisa and was knocked out.

The 23-year-old standout averaged 13 points 16 rebounds and two block shots per game for her team.

But Williams most likely will be displaying her wares for her former club, Hill Bouncers, in the Tobago Zonal Basketball Commission 2007 season.

The 6' 7'' centre who attended Roxborough Composite School returned home for a short break.

She has been guaranteed selection for the national team that is schedule to compete in the Caricom Championships next month by coach Jackson Charles once she is available.........newsday


*****************************************************
TURKEY - Women

Topplayers Horasan and Karsli signed with Italian clubs -by Iva Ivanova
The hot news from the last hours in Turkish basketball league is conected with a famous young national domestic Yasemin Horasan and Saziye
Ivegin-Karsli. After the very succesful season in Turkey, ex-Besiktas Horasan singed with Phard Napoli. Phard Napoli is the Champion team in league
after 3-1 wins over Faenza. The young national Horasan will have a great opportunity in this team to go on in other prestigious Championship after Turkey.
Saziye Ivegin past a very good season in Turkish Champion Fenerbahce. Team released the main target in league - 1st position and it seems that Karsli
make well her job there. Karsli put sign with 1st Division team Montigarda Basket. Both transfers are opening market in Turkish women basketball.


*****************************************************
U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Griffith switches allegiance to Rams -by David Edole
Riverbend High School girls basketball standout forward Stacy Griffith signed a national letter of intent to play for Central Florida University in November.

But after Gail Striegler resigned as coach in March and was replaced by Joi Williams, Griffith had a change of heart.

She asked to be released from her letter of intent, and her request was granted.

Griffith then accepted a full scholarship offer from Virginia Commonwealth University. She recently signed a letter of intent with the Rams.

"She chose Central Florida because they had an offer on the table," said Peter Garrison, Griffith's AAU assistant coach with Fairfax Stars-South. "But VCU said they wish she had waited."

Garrison said the Rams were interested in Griffith when she chose Central Florida, so they were willing to accommodate her when her release was granted.

"When it was a coaching change at Central Florida, she waited to see who the new coach was going to be and she made a decision," Garrison said.

The 5-foot-11 Griffith was a Free Lance-Star All-Area selection this past season.

She averaged 14.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game while helping lead the Bears to their third consecutive appearance in the Group AA state tournament.

Her reputation has also blossomed on the AAU circuit, Garrison said.

He said she was an "integral" part of the Stars run to a national runners-up finish last season.

Griffith was a first-team Virginia High School Coaches Association all-state selection. She will play in the VHSCA all-star game on July 10 in Hampton.


*****************************************************
WNBA - Women

Phoenix saves the day against Sacramento -by Eurobasket News

Phoenix trailed by 17 points in the second half but manage to deliver an overall 76:75 over their Western conference rivals Sacramento Monarchs. All-Star Diana Taurasi picked up to technical fouls in 1 minute to be sent off in the middle of the second frame. The scoreline was showing 41:24 in favor of the Monarchs. However it was not the end of the story for the home side. They first cut the lead to 10 points at halftime 48:38. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) nailed 21 points after Taurasi's ejection and lifted the Mercury to the win. Pondexter converted a layup to tie the game 71:71. Later on Kelly Miller (5'10''-G-78, college: Georgia) added three free throws to make it 5-point Mercury's advantage. This was too much for Sacramento as they fell to draw in the dying seconds. Cappie Pondexter finished the game with 23 points for the Mercury. Kelly Miller produced 15 points for the winners. Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown) (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown) secured 16 points and 10 boards for the Monarchs. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in a loss.
The San Antonio Silver Stars drove to another win in the season this time over the Houston Comets 82:71 away from home. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) scored 26 points to ensure the third victory for the Silver Stars. Houston got off to the worst start in their history as they are at 0-3 for the moment. Michelle Snow (6'5''-C-80, college: Tennessee) chipped in 20 points for the Comets. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) provided 18 points in a losing effort. The Comets committed 18 turnovers comparing to 9 from the Silver Stars, moreover they did not convert a single three pointer missing all 7 attempts.

Phoenix - Sacramento 76:75
Phoenix: Cappie Pondexter 23 points, Kelly Miller 15, Tangela Smith 11
Sacramento: Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown) 16+10 boards, Nicole Powell 13, Demya Walker 12

San Antonio - Houston 82:71
San Antonio: Becky Hammon 26, Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) 16, Erin Buescher 11
Houston: Michelle Snow 20, Tina Thompson 18, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba 12

Indiana - Minnesota 89:75
Indiana: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) 21, Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C-77, college: Memphis) 17, Tammy Suuton-Brown 11
Minnesota: Simona Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) 23, Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) 17.



Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
1. Indiana F. 3-0
2. Detroit S. 2-0
3. New York L. 2-0
4. Chicago Sky 1-2
5. Connect. S. 1-2
6. Charlotte S. 0-0
7. Washingt. M. 0-3
Western
1. Phoenix M. 3-1
2. S.Antonio SS 3-1
3. Seattle S. 2-1
4. L.Angeles S. 2-1
5. Sacram. M. 2-2
6. Houston C. 0-3
7. Minnesota L. 0-5


*****************************************************
ZIMBABWE - Women

Marvericks set record -by Gracey Chirumanzu
NEW kids on the block, Stanbic Mavericks set a record last weekend
winning the finals of their debut perfomance in the 2007 National Basketball
Championships as defending champions Varsity Leopards fall to JBC in the
semi-finals.

Mavericks beat an equally competitive JBC 94-69 having trailed 17-18
in a blazing first quarter with Helena Nyagato shooting the most baskets
for 28points, powering her side to a magnificent victory.

Mavericks coach, Spencer Nyamadzawo told Eurobasket “the victory is
important to the team, it is a special record for us as this is our first
participation in the national championships having formed the club this
year.”

Key player, Regina Chisale was also outstanding scoring 18points for
the winning team as Fadzai Mabasa kept the action bouncing for JBC.

JBC who seemed comfortable with a 36-40 halftime scoreline lost control
of the game with Nyagato splitting through their defence in the third quarter
which ended 52-61.

The Nyamadzwo-coached side also gave basketball powerhouses, Varsity
Leopards their first defeat, in the second round of the Harare Basketball
League a fortnight ago.