EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/10/2007

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ANTIGUA

ABBA VP offers congrats to champs -by Eurobasket News
Vice President of the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association, Jerry “Energy” Williams, has offered congratulations to the national champions, the Big Banana Express, who captured the top flight in the Digicel/Coca Cola/ Royal Bank of Canada National Basketball League last Saturday.
According to Williams, Express, who came from 2-1 down to capture the five-game series by a 3-2 margin, is a symbol that the quality of basketball in Antigua is constantly improving.
“Based on the youthfulness of the team and persons not expecting a newly promoted team to come out and top I would say the level has improved because I don't think that the other teams played bad but it's that this team stepped up their game a notch and now the other teams will have to do the same. Even looking at the Second Division, you could see that it was of a high standard and that any teams from down there could hold their own in the First Division,” Williams said.
“I think that it's good for basketball because when you look at the team it's a very young one and even one of the leading players just finished playing with Pitt Bulls (national team) a couple of years ago, so there you can see the fruits of the national programme,”
The former Express player added that the Association's President, Senator Chester Hughes, offered his congratulations to the winners on their championship night.
“On the night of the final match the president presented the champions with their trophy and also took the time to offer his congratulations to the winners. St. Kitts will be having their opening on 17 June where Express, as champions, will be representing Antigua,” he said.
After levelling the series at 2-2 with a 94-85 victory last Thursday, Express came back on Saturday night to take the series with an 84-74 victory over the favoured Warriors team.
Speaking to the SUN about his team's triumph in an earlier edition of the SUN, head coach of the Express team, Bobby Joseph, said that it a pretty good feeling emerging victorious - especially since they were the “underdogs” of the entire competition.
“I feel pretty good because it's a lot of youngsters we have now who are between 19 and 23 years. We were the underdogs in this playoffs - I didn't even know that there was to be a tournament in St. Kitts this Sunday - it's only when we won on Saturday that the president came and told us that we have to go to St. Kitts on Sunday and other teams already knew about it because they didn't expect Express to win the playoff,” Joseph said.
“The guys came out to practise regular - they were focussed and gave me their attention and they worked very hard on defence. The guys feel really good about the championship because for many of them it's the first time they are winning anything - for most of them it's the first time the playing in the First Division,” he added.
Courtesy of: www.antiguasun.com


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BELARUS

Mikhail Feiman Will Be Vitalyur Minsk Head Coach -by Viktar Tkachou
Vitalyur Minsk team managers are going to sign contract with Mikhail Feiman for head coach position. He will replace Alexander Borisov who won with Vitalyur last champion title. Mikhail Feiman trained Vitalyur from the foundation date until the end of 2005-2006 regular season; then he was suddenly retired, and Alexander Borisov was named as head coach of Vitalyur. After this displacement, from the start of 2006-2007 season, Mikhail Feiman got to Grodno and, with Grodno-93, faced Vitalyur in the final series where his team made a sensation lost only in the Golden match.

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BELGIUM

Coaches News -by Peter Buyse

Eurobasket received information that Leuven coach Yakov Gino is about to return to his country to coach Galil Elyon.
Gino came to Belgium to replace Eric Buis and had agreed to stay with Leuven before they got relegated to D2;


Okapi Aalstar Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Eurobasket Belgium has learned that Okapi Aalstar is close to signing Damian Cantrell (198-F-76, college: USF).
The former San Fransisco forward will also be the last player signed by Aalstar.

Cantrell was a CBA All League selection as well as Newcomer of the Year during the 2002-2003 season.

That season he also led the CBA in rebounding with 12.8rpg.

Spent a lot of his career in Argentina, Venezuala and the Phillipines.

This past season he played in Lebanon for Blue Stars and averaged 22.3 ppg and 13.6 rpg.

Damien was among the leading rebounders in whatever league he played.

He was voted Player of the Year in Jordan during the 2005-2006 season. His team Fastlink also won the Jordanian championship and Damien scored 36 pts and grabbed 15 rebs in the final game.



Playoffs Game 4 needs to be replayed -by Peter Buyse


At the end of the game the scoreboard showed 73-73, so an overtime period seemed in order.
Then however the official scorers table announced they made a mistake some time earlier putting 3pts on the scoreboard instead of 2, giving Bree a 73-72 win after the end of the game.
Oostende protested this and after several hours of deliberation the decision was made to replay the game on Wed in Bree.

The reason for the replay was that the last minutes were played under misleading circumstances since both teams were basing their tactical decisions on the score shown on the board.



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BOSNIA

One on One with Mujo Tuljkovic -by Nedzad Kladusak


Could you please introduce yourself and describe your career path?

I am a modest person, who came from Kladanj to Sarajevo after the hard years of war.
My career started in 1997/1998 in Sarajevo where I joined CENEX. After three years I came to Bosna where I staid two seasons. After Bosna I signed a deal with KK Sloboda Dita where I played for a short period. 2001 I played in Croatia for KK Istra from Pula. Afterwards I continued my career a little further from Bosnia, in Crakow, where I joined the rows of Unia Wisla Krakow. Finally I played for Helios the entire last season.

Which impression leaves Bosna to you after such a long time?

After 6 years I am back in KK Bosna and many things improved which makes me happy. Better times came and KK Bosna is on higher level of competition it used to be. I am very satisfied with the conditions, the workouts and the training sessions.Everything is on a high level of professionalism.

Are you satisfied with your results so far? Are you satisfied with your games so far?

After all I think we can be satisfied with the results we achieved so far. Our only failure was Posusje where we lost in the quarter-final of the cup competition. Personally I am not happy with my game so far, because I think I can contribute much more. I hope I can show it in the next matches.

Are there any chances to see you in Bosna next year?

As I told you I I am very happy with the conditions Bosna offered me. Currently I am not thinking about it because I am focused on this season and how to finish it successfully.
It is not only depending on me whether I will stay in Bosna. There are many other factors and the best will be to wait, to finish the season as good as we can and the title stays in Sarajevo.

Why did you accept the call of Bosna?

Seeing that I did not have any team on the beginning, I received an offer from Poland (Slupsk). We have been very close to an agreement when I received a call of Nenad Markovic. We quickly agreed the most important points and I preferred to play in our country in front of my audience. If there would not be Nenad Markovic I would not have signed with Bosna.

How would you describe your role in the team and skills you bring to Bosna?

Considering I play forward I have to play defence the best I can and to grab some rebounds, when it comes to offense ….

Most people don t know that you knew some guys like Elnis Prasovic and Edin Bavcic over a longer period? Could you explain it to us?


Yes that is true. I met them while being with my good friend Adel Prasovic where we practiced all together. We make friends and this friendships still lasts.

The audience in Sarajevo was frisking and insulting you during when you came with Helios to Sarajevo. Has this any influence on you?

I think this is normal when a bosnian player plays for a foreign team. I ve been 100% concentrated on the match and I did not hear the chants and the things they shout. This has not an influence and it must not have it.

Recently you married the sister of Sani Becirevic. It seems to me that you are floating and that it makes you emotionally more stable. What does it mean to you?

I met the love of my life. From the day I met her first time all my problems have been swept away. My life turned 180°. Of course in the right direction. Life changed and I began to see things in a different way, including basketball. My wife Sanela gives me support whenever I need and I very grateful for it. When you have such a person next to you feel much safer and more stable. You simply have all you want to have. I think that I matured a lot through the advises of father in law Mehmed and brother in law Sani and that I reached an equilibrium in my mind which also refelcts on my game.

Nenad Markovic praised you to be a very studious “worker” and pointed out that Ermin Jazvin, Gordan Firic and you have been working best in the NT camp. What means it to you to wear the bosnian NT jersey?

I am naturally motivated to work hard, practice, take good advises and correct my mistakes. So it has also been in the NT camp. I worked hard and waited to get my chance. It is a dream of every player to play for the NT, to represent his country proudly and honorably. My dream became true and whenever I wear this jersey I give the maximum on the court, because representing my country in the world means a lot to me. It is a wonderful feeling hardly to describe.

However your playtime has been more than small despite we are in a crisis over a longer period.How do you accept the role of a joker being in the background?

I can t talk much about the playtime because it is up to the coach. He knows when and how long a player will play. I do what he wants from me and wait for my chance. Every minute I play for the NT is precious for me.

Barisa Krasic, Ivan Opacak, Ermin Jazvin, Gordan Firic, Ramiz Suljanovic, Damir Krupalija, Mujo Tuljkovic - all of them hard workers but always underestimated. How do you motivate yourself to do all the small things while the fans are screaming the names of others?

Every team has got ist „stars“ and „workers“. Some make 20 points, others give their maximum while playing defense. It is true that people always first see the points but I am satisfied when I don t score but I also managed to stop a player through my defense. I motivate myself to play a tough defense, knowing that good defense often gives you the opportunity to score. You see I am always motivated because I didn t achieve all my objectives and makes me working and working.

What are the reasons for our failure to qualify directly to the EC in Spain?

It is hard to talk about it now. We did not make big mistakes nor in the approach nor tactically. Maybe we needed a little bit luck.

With which NT colleagues do you have contact ? Sa kojim kolegama iz repke se cujes ovako privatno?

Mostly with Kenan and Jazvin. Now of course with Bavcic and Firic. A couple of times I spoke with Mrsic.

How would you describe our chances to qualify in the second stage? What do we have to improve?

Of course there is still a chance and it is on us to prepare as best as we can and play teamoriented basketball. I think if we “die” on the coach and play all matches with heart and the will to win we will qualify for Spain.

Who is the strongest player you ever played against?

The best player I ever played against was Dirk Nowitzki.

Every player has to know his strengths and flaccidities. What would you improve in your game? Which points do you consider to be a strength?

Of course every player knows his strengths and weakenings. We are tending to get more perfect and to fix our weak points. I think that my athletic skills, I ve been granted by mother nature is my main asset.I think my quickness, leaping ability, coordination and fitness. My weak points are all caused by the fact that I found my way into basketball very late. I need a lot of work on my ballhandling and shooting technique.

Who helped you most in your basketball career?

The names I will always remember of persons which helped me most are:
The man who brought me from Kladanj to Sarajevo - Salko Camdzic. He is the most merited man that the basketballer Tuljkovic is playing basketball. He is still helping me through his advises. I get also help of Rusmir Halilovic, Edo Omanic, Vjecislav Tolj, Drasko Prodanovic and my friend Adel Prasovic.

Who is you basketball idol and who is currently the best basketball player in the world? Ko ti je kosarkaski uzor i ko je trenutacno najbolji igrac na svijetu?

When I was young my idol was Michael Jordan. He really does not have weak points and no one will ever be on his place. The best player on the world? Sani Becirovic! ; )))) Currently the best player in the world is Papaloukas.

Who is going to be the bosnian champion 2007?

Man didn t you the TV spot ?!?!?!?!? The title stays in Sarajevo...Not only this year!
(Two days after the interview Mujo made 18 points , 11 in a row in the first quarter, he is serious ;)!)

What would you recommend to young players?

I know that today in time of internet, tv and computer games it is not easy for young people to find the time and the motivation to practice. However I would recommend them to invest a lot of sweat and tears in order to get some results. Only by hard work you can achieve your objectives.


Mujo thank you for the interview and I wish you health, luck and success!

Thank you for you very interesting questions. It was a pleasure to answer them and I wish you luck,health and success as well!



Bosnian League - Siroki Prima Pivo is Champion -by Elvir Halilovic
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Siroki Prima Pivo 81:84
(18:17, 17:22, 26:21, 20:24)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 2.000; Ref.: Jovanic, Adamovic, Babic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Gilbert 21 (4 reb, 3 ass), Sehovic Su., Ikonic 11 (5 reb, 3 ass), Bavcic 15, Djedovic, Rizvic 8, Damjanovic 3, Firic, Pasalic, Rahimic 18 (5 reb), Tuljkovic 2, Bremer 3
SIROKI PP: Opacak 7, Barac 4 (8 reb), Brkic, Stemberger 3, Princ 9, McLinton 24 (3 ass), Zupic 1, Sola 5, Spralja 2, Mimica 10 (5 reb), Apkomedah 12 (8 reb), Bethel 7


Siroki new BIH basketball champion 84-81!! -by Nedzad Kladusak


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BULGARIA

Traykov to receive call-up by Papazov -by Lubomir Neshev
Konstantin Papazov will add one more player to the extended roster of the National team for the additional qualifications for Eurobasket 2007.
22-year old Nikola Traykov (198-G), who is currently playing for Bloomsberg University in NCAA D2 will get the chance to make the preparation camp with the team and if he shows the required abilities to make it to the 12 players squad for the qualifications.
Before going to USA, Traykov was playing for Lukoil Academic junior teams. Then he spent an year in Lebanon High School and two years in St. Francis in NCAA D1. This season he moved to Bloomsberg University and played 30 games averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds.
Traykov himself was suprised but very happy learning this news:
"I'm flattered by Papazov's decision. Initially I had planned to use the summer to rest but invitation to play for the National team of your country cannot be turned down. Of course, making it to the 12 players for the qualifications depends only by me. I'm for first time in the Men National team and I'll be honoured to play with Videnov and Stoykov. I believe we can defeat not only Bosnia and Hungary but also the other teams and even make it to the finals in Spain. I'm playing as shooting guard and small forward but I can be used at point guard position as well, just like in the last games for my university" said Traykov.
"I heard pretty good things from different places about Nikola. Lately I haven't been able to watch him but my information is that he has improved a lot in his development and that is why I want to give him a chance. I know also that he can be used at the point guard position, and thanks to his size he might give us new options for our attack. We'll play enough games where I'll test him and be sure of his abilities" said National coach Konstantin Papazov .


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CANADA

Concordia wins the Friendship Games in Israel -by Eurobasket News
The Concordia University basketball team recently visited Tel Aviv, Israel for the second annual Friendship Games. This tournament comprised 30 college teams from all around the world including Russia, China, Serbia, Jordan, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Ukraine, Cyprus, Slovenia, Israel and Canada. The Games were started by the Atlanata Hawks' co-owner Ed Peskowitz in 2006. The teams played in round-robin system with 5 games each. The Friendship Games also included a coaching clinic led by NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler and Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Herb Brown of the NBA. Concordia were perfect throughout the tournament gaining all five victories.
In the opening game of the competition Canadian team upset China players 46:36. In Game 2 the Stingers overcame Italy 65:36. Later on Concordia rallied over Nazareth 71:29 and Ireland 62:51 in the semifinal. In the final game Concordia faced Serbia. In a tough encounter the Stingers managed to claim a narrow win 45:40 and went home victorious. Damian Buckley (186-G) scored 15 points to lead Cocncordia in the Final. Andre Johnny added 11 points in a win.
Concordia also managed to celebrate another title as they succeeded in the International Academic Sport Association Tournament in Be'er Shava.


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CYPRUS

Benacek's crucial time for the +17 -by Chris Mammides
After the unexpected defeat of the Cyprus NT against Luxembourg with three points, Predrag Benacek 's and Stylianides troops needs a plus seventeen points victory in order to claim the gold medal and prove that all the rumors (of being the best team among the small states) it's nothing but true.
Eurobasket.com, Cyprus will try to analyze their next and most crucial opponent, the Icelandic NT. Basketball is a popular sport in Iceland, with a special stronghold in Keflavik and the Reykjanes region, a legacy of the US base. Several teams play in Iceland, often with one or two professional international players. An Icelander, Petur Gudmundsson, was the first foreigner to play in the NBA. He played for the Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs and a short spell with the LA Lakers. The basketball season runs from September to April or May and tickets can be purchased at the site of the game.

A further analysis of the current situation in the Iceland NT

The roster of the Icelandic team is the following:

In the guards:
4 Magnus Gunnarsson (184-G-81) of Keflavik
5 Fridrik Stefansson (195-G-82) of UMFN Njardvik
6 Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Bayer Giants Leverkusen (GER)
11 Brenton Birmingham (195-G-73) of UMFN Njardvik
14 Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) of BBC Bayreuth (GER)
9 Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) of Pamesa Valencia (ESP)

In the forwards:
15 Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82) of BC Boncourt (SUI)
10 Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) of U.M.F. Grindavik
13 Hlynur Baeringsson (199-F-82) of Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (NED)
7 Jon Hafsteinsson (196-F-81) of Keflavik

In the centers:
8 Egill Jonasson (217-C-84) of UMFN Njardvik
12 Fannar Olafsson (203-C-78) of KR Reykjavik

The stars and top scorers of the team is a deadly quartet who has an average of 58 points in the first four games of the tournament. A detailed analysis for the four players is below:

Top scorer in the first four games is the American with Iceland passport Brenton Birmingham, Brenton is averaging nearly 20ppg with his top performance being against the Luxemburg NT, the 34 years old guard is helping a lot in the rebounding area as he is currently averaging 6.7rpg and at the same time his defense over his opponent is quite hard and the result is his nearly 3spg. Brenton is also among the players who are “helping” his team in the assists as he is currently averaging nearly 3apg.

The 25 years old point guard Logi Gunnarson (who is playing currently in the Spanish league after his successful season in Finland - Second scorer in the Finnish league) is the number two in Iceland's NT with 15ppg and very hard work in the organization and control of their team, he is averaging 2.3apg and 3rpg, he has also tremendous sense of rebound and many times is among the players who are running and posting for the rebound. His top game was against Monaco where he scored 31 points!

The third player of Iceland's NT, Jakob Sigurdarson is a player who played in the same league as the American-Cypriot Jo-Jo Garcia, in ACB league with Gestiberica Vigo, before that though, the 24 years old guard played in the NCAA with Birmingham - Souther (NCAA,1T) with averages in his senior year of 15.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3Pts: 36.4% in 30 games. His best game in this tournament was against San Marino where he scored 22 points. Jakob has a very good three pointer and in his day he can win any opponent.

The fourth player of the National team of Iceland is Jon Stefansson, the small forward/shooting guard, is a talented and very accurate player in his duties, is a modern point guard who is actually doing his job and the job of a small forward (rebounds, block shots, defense). That's the reason why he became one of the first players from Iceland playing in Euroleague with the Italian site of Lottomatica Virtus Roma. The international guard is scoring 13.6ppg in this tournament while he is dashing down 5.7rpg. He is fourth in the playing time as he averages nearly 24.5 minutes per game.

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Cyprus NT.


GSSE Monaco 2007: Cyprus - Iceland game abandoned! Bronze medal for Cyprus -by Erodotos Miltiadous

The game between Cyprus and Iceland for day 5 of the Games of Small States of Europe was abandoned with 2'50'' minutes to go because of trouble between the players of the two teams! The game was awarded in favor of Iceland with Cyprus finishing in third place.

Cyprus was leading 72-78 when Aris Koronides was disqualified from the match. At that point the players started clashes between them forcing the Monaco police to intervene! The game was abandoned with Iceland taking the game on the papers and Cyprus having to settle with the Bronze medal.

Standings:

1. Iceland 5-0

2. Luxemburg 4-1

3. Cyprus 3-2

4. San Marino 2-3

5. Andorra 1-4

6. Monaco 0-5


More info will be coming up thanks to our correspondent Tasos Manole who is at Monaco
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CZECH REP.

Nymburk is Czech champion again. Game MVP: Radoslav Rancik -by Pavel Majerik
(by ED)
CEZ Basketball Nymburk - BK Prostejov 98:74 (27:19, 49:34, 73:56)
Nymburk dominated all quarters. Series 3:0. For Nymburk it is the fourth Czech title in a row.
NYM: Radoslav Rancik 24 (10/17 - 4/5), Washington Darius 15 (7/9 0/2 1/1), Mack Monty 14 (1/2 3/4 3/3), Sokolovsky Ladislav 12 (3/6 2/6), Savanovic Goran 12 (2/2 2/4 2/4), Mirkovic Milos 10 (3/4 0/1 4/4), Votroubek Stanislav 6 (- 2/2), Benes Pavel 3 (1/1 0/1 1/2), Kremen Michal 2 (1/2), Nikkila Antti 0 (0/1), Sykora Matej 0 (0/1)
PRO: Stuchly Marek 14 (1/2 2/4 6/6), Necas Radek 13 (4/6 - 5/8), Tomaszek Robert 10 (4/7 - 2/2), Bryan Sylvere 9 (2/4 - 5/9), Pavlik Jan 8 (1/1 2/5), Crisp Cameron 7 (2/4 1/1), Novak Daniel 5 (1/2 1/2), Czudek Petr 4 (2/3), Soska Ondrej 2 (1/5), Butler Lamar 2 (- 0/1 2/2), Jurecka Ludek 0 (0/1);
3FG: 20/9:13/6; 2FG: 45/28:35/18; FT: 19/15:28/20; Reb: 22:32; Assists: Washington 8; Turnovers: 10:23 (Bryqan 5); Fouls: 22:19; 5 fouls: 34. Tomaszek; Value rating: Washington 26, Rancik 22, Mack 20 - Necas 16, Stuchly 14; MVP: Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.)
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Final standings of the Mattoni NBL 2006/07:
1. Nymburk, 2. Prostejov, 3. A Plus Brno, 4. Decin, 5. Mlekarna Kunin, 6. Pardubice, 7. Liberec, 8. NH Ostrava, 9. USK Praha, 10. Usti nad Labem, 11. Sadska, 12. (relegated) BBK Brno.


For third place: Decin - A Plus 62:72. A Plus Brno third. Game MVP: Petr Benda -by Pavel Majerik
(by ED)
Decin failed at home. Brno led most of the game on the road by leading of the duo Benda - Vrubl. Series 0:2. Final standings: 3rd A Plus Brno, 4th BK Decin.

BK Decin - A Plus OHL ZS Brno BC 62:72 (16:18, 35:40, 53:56)
DEC:
Houska Pavel 15 (7/8 - 1/2), Sanders Levell 14 (4/9 - 6/6), Mulligan Peter 9 (3/9 1/2), Houska Jakub 7 (2/7 1/2 0/4), Soukup Miroslav 5 (- 1/5 2/2), Milos Pavel 4 (1/3 0/3 2/2), Holanda Jiri 3 (1/1 0/4 1/2), Jiran Ales 3 (1/3 0/2 1/2), Balik Marek 2 (1/2), Panacek David 0 (0/1 0/1), Houser Lukas 0, Futo Miroslav 0 (- 0/3)
BRN: Vrubl Stepan 22 (5/9 2/6 6/8), Petr Benda 17 (8/13 - 1/2), Machac David 9 (3/5 1/4), Prach Pavel 8 (2/5 1/4 1/2), Chan Ales 6 (2/6 - 2/3), Gajdosik Daniel 3 (1/1 - 1/2), Whitehead Ladrell 3 (- 1/3), Skala Jakub 2 (1/3), Roland Lamont Lee 2 (1/4);
3FG: 22/3:17/5; 2FG: 43/20:46/23; FT: 20/13:17/11; Reb: 38:39 (Benda 17); Assists: Vrubl 6; Turnovers: 12:13 (Sanders 4); Rec.Fouls: Sanders 5 - Benda 5, Vrubl 5; Fouls: 20:24; 5 fouls: 38. J.Houska; Value rating: P.Houska 20, Sanders 16 - Benda 30, Vrubl 27; MVP: Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side)


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DOMINICAN REP.

Los Mina Makes The Finals! -by Ozell Wells

Alberto Ozuna (203-F-82) scored 20 points and Los Mina classified to the Finals last night after beating Villa Duarte handily 86-71.
Ozuna, once again proved to be the moving force for Los Mina who now stands at 4-0 in the playoff round of the champioonsip.
The Los Mina team jumped out early and took control in the first quarter and was able to rest their staters and play primarily with reserve playery on their way to a 48-33 halftime lead. They closed the 3rd period 68-48 and forced a tough 4th quarter on Villa Duarte. Villa Duarte could only get as close as 68-78 after a 3-pt shot from Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) with 2:20 left in the game. Los Mina pressured the ball the rest of the way and finished with the decisive win!
For Los Mina, Carlos Martinez (196-F-70) added 16 points and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) added 15.
Village Duarte was led by Juan Carlos Eusebio (203-C/F-73) with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Osvaldo Lopez added 16 and Jose Fortuna (180-G-84) 10.

In the other night's match!, San Lazaro got closer to the Finals by beating San Carlos 76-74. Juan Bautista Araujo (206-F/C-83) made a jumpshot with only 1.9 seconds in the game to give his team the win!
San Lazaro now sits at 2-2 in the table and a win in eithe rof their next 2 games will put them in the Finals. San Carlos is sitting at 1-3 and needs to win both of their last two games to qualify for the Final.
Joel Ramirez (191-G-81) led San Lazaro with 19 points he was aided by Alexis Montas (202-F/C-79) with 18 & "GAME HERO" Araujo with 12pts & 14 rebs.
San Carlos had a great game from Jorge Almanzar (193-G/F-76) with 24 pts, Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) witht 21 pts and Cesar Rosario (180-G) 15 pts.

The next round will be played on Sunday and the games of Sunday are:
Los Mina vs. San Lazaro, 3
San Carlos vs. Villa Duarte Calero, 5 pm

STANDINGS:
Team G P Pts.


Los Mina 4 0 8

San Lazaro 2 2 6

Villa Duarte 1 3 5

San Carlos 1 3 5



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EUROLEAGUE

Dejan Bodiroga announced retirement -by Nenad Ilijev
Playing last game in this season with Lottomatica Roma, Dejan Bodiroga (204-G/F-73) finished his successful basketball career couple of days ago. Montepaschi Siena won fourth game of playoff semifinal and goes to the final winning the series 3-1. 'Bodi Bond' decided to stop his impressive career which last for almost 15 years and most possible will take Director seat at Lottomatica.
Bodiroga was four time European champion with three different teams. With Yugoslav National Team Bodiroga won European championship in three occasions and was two time World champion. He started his career with BC NAP when he was 17 years old then he played in famous European teams (Zadar, Stefanel, Real M., PAO, Barcelona and Roma). Dejan was drafted by Sacramento Kings in NBA Draft 1995 (2rd, 51) but he never played in NBA.


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FRANCE

Pro A & B : Latest signings -by Aurelien Hipp

*Pau is rebuilding a brand new team after the disappointing 2006/07 one. Curtis Withers (203-F-84, college: Charlotte) has just signed and will try to show his skills at the upper european level.He had a great rookie season in Turkey (16.1ppg 11.3rpg in Allpella Istanbul). Withers is known for his excellent rebouding skills and will bring all that in Pau. As a teammate, he'll have Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group), coming from Italy. Stanic, who has an argentinian and an italian passport, was posting 7.0ppg 3.3apg 2.5spg 2 seasons ago with Scafati, 10.3ppg 7.0apg with Pavia last season.

*Orleans signed Luc Louves (205-F/C-89), coming for INSEP.

*Simon Darnauzan (175-G-80) leaves Maurienne for Besancon. The best french PG of the division will join Besancon for the "go back to ProA challenge". The team also signed Johan Blot and Eric Schmieder recently.

*Yaya Adamou (198-G-82) is back in Brest. After a good season in Quimper, he couldn't play the playoffs because of an injury.He posted 8.0ppg 3.0rpg and played for Brest in 2004-2005. Brest also signed Aaron Cel (203-F-87), from Le Mans. The young power-forward, who has excellent offensive skills, will have to prove his talent in this professional division, after having dominated the U21 league. Brest also extended Loic Akono (178-G-87), Damien Jean-Joseph (182-G-87) and Christopher Cologer (209-C-78, college: St.Joseph's) for next season.

*Ivan Almonte (198-F-81, college: Florida Intern.) was maybe expected to play in ProA next season. The best player of the year in ProB, as far as only ranking is concerned, finally signed for Limoges. His challenge will be to help the team to go to ProA. He posted 16.2ppg 10.2rpg this season.

*Nantes was supposed to play in N1 next season. But thanks to the fusion between Levallois and Paris, a place is being let free in ProB. Nantes was 15th last season and first team relegated. That's why this is the first team to be saved in the waiting queue. Nantes is now building a ProB team and signed Regis Boissie (179-G-78), from Evreux. The french PG posted 6.1ppg 6.1apg this year.Nantes also decided to extend Nicolas Gayon (190-G-82)'s contract for 2 more seasons.

*St-Quentin won't be coached by Savo Vucevic next season. The coach will go back home for family reasons. Moustapha N'Diaye (201-F-84) and Michel Ipouck (198-F-86) will stay with the team next season.



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GERMANY

Bayreuth re-sign Sebastian Schoch -by Moritz Korff
Sebastian Schoch (197-F-80) decided to stay with BBC Bayreuth (Pro A) and will go into his 6th season with the team. He averaged 6.2 points, 3.8 boards, 1.9 steals and 1.4 assists in 28 games for Bayreuth during the past season.

News from Iserlohn -by Daniel Poerschke
The new name for the Iserlohn Kangaroos club in the Pro B division will be NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos.
Yannis Konstantinidis (180-G-79), Dennis Shirvan (180-G-83), Sidney Venderbosch and Ingmar Janke (208-C/F-81) are staying with the club. Also Christoph Venderbosch (200-F-78) and Karol Jozefiak (180-G-83) are expected to re-sign shortly. Coach Paris Konstantinidis will again stay at the sidelines and announced that Jason Rueter (192-G-77) and Matondo Ngoma (190-G/F-81) will not play for the Kangaroos next season. Youngster Theodoros Ioannidis (193-G-88) will be loaned to a Regionalliga squad to get more playing time. The signing of a new german Power Forwrd is expected in the near future.


Cem Dinc to Harvard? -by Daniel Poerschke

The saga continues:
Cem Dinc (211-F-85, college: Indiana), the 21-year old German-Turkish basketball player, may be taking his game and his bizarre story to Harvard next year.
The 6-10 Dinc played one season at Indiana University in 2005-06 and then declared for the NBA Draft.
But nobody was willing to draft Dinc, and with good reason - he played just 12 minutes total and scored three points in his freshman year. Local journalists had lambasted his work ethic and basketball IQ. Without much room or desire for him at Indiana, Dinc transferred to Marshalltown Community College in Iowa where he played last year and averaged 10.6ppg and 5.8rpg. Now, he's looking to transfer back to Division I, and Harvard seems to be a leading candidate. Always known for his intelligence, observers are not surprised Dinc would be attracted to the school.
Crimson coach Tommy Amaker would not confirm that Dinc was being actively recruited, but did confirm that he had applied to Harvard for fall enrollment.

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Giessen: Wasshuber remains Assistant Coach -by Moritz Korff
Gerald Wasshuber will remain the Assistant Coach of the Giessen 46ers (1. Bundesliga). He extended his contract, which will run through the 2007-2008 season. The 31-year-old Austrian worked for the Kapfenberg Bulls Youth Program prior to moving to Germany.

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INDIA

India earn Level I promotion -by Santhosh Kumar
Geethu Anna Jose's whooping 47 points powered India to a comprehensive 86-68 win over Malaysia in a promotion play-off of the FIBA Asia Basketball Championship in Incheon City, South Korea, on Saturday. With this victory, India, who finished 10th in the last championship in China, booked their spot in the Level I for the next edition. India were leading right from the start against Malaysia and were 49-38 up at the end of the first quarter.
India took the vital lead of 20 points at 73-53 at the end of the third quarter and maintained their lead well throughout to win the match and earn a promotion. Geethu, who emerged as the leading scorer of the event with 197 points in six matches, has been invited to play in the Basketball Association of Chile's professional league.
Last year, Geethu became the first Indian to play in the Australia's Big V league, touted as one of the best pro-leagues and next only to WNBA. Meanwhile, South Korea will take on China in the final on Sunday.
Result: India 86 (Geethu Anna Jose 47, Rashmi Channegowda 14) bt Malaysia 68 (Goh Beng Fong 15, Chow Siao Foong 13, Low Bee Chuan 12)


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ITALY

Serie A Semifinals Game 4: The final will be Siena-Bologna -by Luca Bianchin

VidiVici Bologna-Armani Jeans Milano 81-73 (23-25; 45-37; 62-52)
Bologna wins the series 3-1 and goes to serie A final
The first home win of the series sent VidiVici Bologna to serie A final, the first for Virtus since 2001. Brett Blizzard (191-G-80, agency: Octagon, college: NC-Wilmington) was the man of the match with 3 key triples and 9 total points, but the simbol of the success is probably Zare Markovski, that reached his first final in Italy. VidiVici had also a good game by Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), top scorer from the bench with 16 points. Milano closed a strange season (good and bad games in the same series) with a question: Sasha Djordjevic will be the coach also for the next season?
Top scorers: BOL Ilievski 16, Giovannoni 10 & 5 rbs
MIL Garris, Blair, Calabria 14

see complete boxscore on www.legabasket.it



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JORDAN

Jordan B Team preliminary roster -by Mohammed Malas
Jordanian Basketball Federation (JBF) announced the preliminary roster of Jordan B team which consists of 25 players to get ready for Pan Arab Championship in Egypt and Brunei Cup in August.

- The preliminary roster contains:
Abdalla Abu Koura of Orthodox
Shadi Flaifel of Orthodox
Arafat Abu Khadra of Orthodox
Mahmoud Abdeen of Orthodox
Amro Tkaidek of Orthodox
Omar Al Asi of Orthodox
Laith Al Abdallat of Orthodox
Mohammad Hamdan of Fastlink
Mohammad Bushnaq of Fastlink
Sufiyan Al Shiyyab of Fastlink
Ali El-Zubi of Fastlink
Ahmad Hamarsheh of Fastlink
Khaldon Abu Rukayeah of Arena Amman
Hamzeh Khalili of Arena Amman
Faisal Kheir of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Malek Khashan of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Saif Amer of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Ali Jamal of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Mohammad Jamal of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Mahmoud Maff of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Muath Salameh of Al Wihdat
Ali Sit Abouha of Hussein Erbid
Omar Al Mallah of Husein Erbid
Ihab Khreis of Al Jalil
Ahmad Al Moughrabi of Al Jalil

- Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Muntaser Abu Al-Tayyeb of Fastlink
Assistant: Haitham Qahtan


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LUXEMBOURG

GSSE Monaco 2007: Luxembourg Defeats Cyprus! -by Ozell Wells

After easily handling Andorra, Luxembourg faced gold medal favorite Cyprus last night and in a tough match decided in the final moments, emerged victorious 86:83.
After being down 24-19 24-19, early in the 2nd period, Luxembourg went on a 16-0 run and took the lead 24-35, and held on for a 40-30 halftime lead. Luxembourg was able to hold off a tough Cyprus rally in the 4th period. Team Luxembourg was led by Tom Schumacher (188-G-87) with 21 points. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) added 11 pts and Christian Schartz (184-G-86) 10 pts. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) scored an amazing 15 pts and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 13 mintues n the game!

Matthias Fischer stated after the game, "I am proud of my team, they played an amazing game! Everyone handled their reponsibilities and were totally devoted to the team. Tom Schumacher always has the "green light" to shoot the three and it worked perfectly tonight! On defense, we were able to resist a team physically stronger than we are and BECAUSE of this, we absolutely deserved to win!"

Currently in 2nd place in the table at 3-1, the team is assured a medal in the closing ceremonies after this brilliant victory!
Cyprus was led by Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81, agency: Interperformances) with 23 pts & Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) with 20 pts & 9 rebounds.

Next up for Luxembourg is the host team, Monaco. Game Time is 13:00.



GSSE Moncao 2007: Luxembourg Wins Again! Wins the Silver! -by Ozell Wells
After the shocking defeat of cyprus last night, Team Luxembourg continued their brilliant play and defeated host team Moncao 74-69. Led by the efforts of Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) who had 22 pts, they played with a resilience and a determeniation likened to that of a champion ballclub. Pit Hoffmann (200-F/C-85) added 7 rebounds and Christian Schartz (184-G-86) had 7 assists.
Monaco was led by the heroic effort of Philippe Poli (201-C-79) who led all scorers with 31 pts and also 6 rebounds.
Wth this win, Team Luxembourg finishes the GSSE 2007 with a record of 4-1 and the silver medal!
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM LUXEMBOURG!
Final Standings for the GSSE 2007:
Iceland 5-0
Luxembourg 4-1
San Marino 2-3
Andorra 1-4
Monaco 0-5
Cyprus ( Team withdrawn by the National Organizing Committee)


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MALAYSIA

NBL selection team set out for Jakarta Invitation game -by Chong Jzen

(9 June 2007)The NBL selection team, the players are from the NBL team like YSL, Melaka Chinwoo, and Klang WCT Land, is set out for a invitation game in Jakarta from June 10 to June 16. There are many National Player participate in this competition, like Francis Loh Hoo Won(190-C/F-82), Chai Chze Hian(180-G-83)and Wee Chuan Chin(180-G-84).NBL Marketing manager and NBL selection team assistant manager,Tan Kee Hian said "The participation in this invitation game is purpose to give the opportunity to the player to play in the high level international game, to gain experiance". Beside that, Kee Hian also appreciate the sponsor in support the NBL and the outlay for this trip. The Jakarta Invitaion game being start in year 2004, and this year is to work in Jakarta 480 anniversary celebration.
The participant team is NBL selection team (Malaysia), Beijing QingHua University(China), Metropolitan(ThailandI), seoul University(Korea), Istanbul Basketball team(Turkey), Perpetual University(Philippines), Indonesia National Team, Jakarta Junior selection team(Indonesia)

source from nanyang.com



NBL Selection Team Roster to Jakarta Invitation -by Chong Jzen

Name Height Position Team
Lau Er Kheng 178cm G Klang WCT Land
Wee Chuan Chin 180cm G Klang WCT Land
Hong Kah Hau 186cm G Melaka Chinwoo
Chai Chze Hian 180cm G Melaka Chinwoo
Tee Chun Guan 187cm F YSL

John Ng Yew Seng 190cm F Klang WCT Land

Francis Loh Hoo Won 190cm C/F Melaka Chinwoo

Chin Choon Siong 195cm C/F YSL

Toh Chin Thiam 193cm C/F YSL

Auyong Kah Weng 188cm C/F YSL



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NBA

J.R. Smith injured in a car ccident -by Paolo Comitti
Denver Nuggets third-year shooting guard J.R. Smith was seriously injured Saturday when the SUV Smith was driving collided with another vehicle.

Smith, and an unidentified passenger in his vehicle were both ejected in the crash which happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Stagecoach Road in Millstone Township, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones.

Smith's passenger had serious head wounds and was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune.

Smith was taken to the same hospital by ambulance.

Smith's vehicle reportedly ran a stop sign and collided with another car, injuring the driver of that vehicle. Two other passengers in Smith's SUV were also injured. All three were taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

Smith, 21, had the best season of his young NBA career, averaging 13.0 points in 63 games this season.


Spurs show Cavs that experience counts -by Mohammed Malas
Warren Blatt, NBA Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If Game 1 of the 2007 NBA Finals was any indication of how the best-of-seven series if going to play out, it's going to be a very short series. The San Antonio Spurs did everything right, and at times looked like they were simply allowing the Cleveland Cavaliers to hang around.

All-Stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were outstanding in the opener, as San Antonio knocked off the Cavaliers, 85-76, at the AT&T Center. Parker finished with 27 points and seven assists, while Duncan contributed 24 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.

San Antonio played incredible defense on Cleveland superstar LeBron James, who finished just 4-of-16 from the floor for 14 points in the Cavaliers' first- ever NBA Finals contest. The Spurs outrebounded the Eastern Conference champions, 43-32, and seemed to be in control of the contest right from the start.

Manu Ginobili added 16 points and eight boards in 28-plus minutes of action off the bench in the victory for the Spurs, while reserve big man Francisco Elson made both of his shots from the floor and ended with five points and six rebounds in just over 15 minutes of court time.

"It takes five guys understanding what we're doing, understanding a game plan and sticking with it," said Duncan after Game 1's victory. "Even with the re- picks and the re-posts and everything else, it might be a different guy in the play, but we've been sticking to what we do. I think that's a lot of credit to our coaching staff getting us prepared at that point, and five guys on the floor, whoever it may be, getting it done.

"Five of them played great tonight. Francisco (Elson) stepped up and played really well for us, got us some stops, some rebounds, scored a couple points. We just get play from different people. I think guys continue to step up, guys that aren't usually there continue to step up for us."

Stopping James means the other Cavaliers need to come up big. Rookie Daniel Gibson stepped up and scored 16 points off the bench. But, Cleveland needs big production from James, center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who scored just two points, and power forward Drew Gooden if it hopes to have any chance in the series.

Gooden did score 14 points. However, he was quiet on the boards with just four rebounds and did not make the impact the Cavaliers need from him. Anderson Varejao netted 10 off the bench and was solid in his 31-plus minutes of action.

"All in all I thought we did a pretty decent job," said Duncan. "Fourth quarter we gave up a little more than we should have. I thought they did a good job of dissecting it big towards the end there. But all in all I thought we contained very well. We did a pretty good job on LeBron, not giving him the lanes that he's used to. We won the game, we held them to 76 points. That's right where we need to be. "

The Spurs shot 45.3 percent from floor, including 37.5 percent from beyond the arc in the victory. Cleveland made 42.9 percent of its attempts from the field, including 33.3 percent from three-point range.

"I was pleased with our defense," San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich said after Game 1's victory. "I thought after the long layoff that we maintained a pretty good intensity defensively. We were a little bit discombobulated, I guess, to start the game offensively, but I thought defensively we kept our focus pretty good for 48 minutes, and that's what got us through tonight.

San Antonio is playing in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history and is a perfect 3-0 in this round. The Spurs defeated the New York Knicks in five in 1999, the New Jersey Nets in six in 2003 and the Detroit Pistons in seven in 2005.

Experience is going to be a big asset for San Antonio against the Cavaliers. Parker can do it all and has been on this stage before, while Duncan is simply one of the greatest to ever play the game and is playing like a man on a mission.

Duncan, Parker and company have been here before, and it showed in Game 1.


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NCAA

Apologetic Donovan returns to Gainesville -by Mohammed Malas
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Billy Donovan apologized to just about everyone in the Sunshine State and returned to the University of Florida on Thursday after a week-long dalliance with the NBA's Orlando Magic.

Donovan decided to leave the program he has built into a national power and last Friday signed a lucrative five-year deal with the Magic, but immediately had second thoughts and spent a week trying to opt out of the deal.

The Magic finally made it official on Wednesday and let him out of the deal, apparently when they settled on a replacement in Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy was announced as the Magic's new head coach on Thursday.

"The last four or five days certainly have been difficult," Donovan said Thursday at a news conference. "I want to take this time to apologize, first and foremost to the Orlando Magic for what's happened. I feel terrible about it, very sorry about it.

"I've talked to Jeremy [AD Jeremy Foley] and [Florida president] Dr. Machen a lot about what I've put the University of Florida through as well. I'm sorry for that.

"I'm also sorry for what I put my family through for the last four or five days. It was my decision, it was my mistake. I have to take responsibility for that, which I'm trying to do. When I made the decision, the next morning it just did not feel right for me.

"I've got too much respect for the Magic, for their organization, for their team, for their fans. To continue on, I thought it would have been totally unfair to them, knowing where my heart was at, where I wanted to be. They were relying on me, depending on me, and I thought the mistake that I made would have become a greater mistake, not only for myself, but for the Magic if I would have continued on."

Donovan is now back where he feels he belongs. He has compiled a 261-103 mark over 11 seasons in Gainesville, leading the Gators to the national championship the last two years and a championship game appearance in 2000.

"Really, my decision came down to my love for the University of Florida, how much I want to be here, how much I love the people I work with and really where my heart's at," Donovan continued. "I'm just sorry that it took all the way to this point to get there, because I know it's been a difficult time for a lot of people. Certainly for the Orlando Magic. They're a great organization, a class organization. I apologize to them, their team, their fans for what has happened."

Donovan, who earlier this spring turned down an offer to leave Florida for the vacancy at the University of Kentucky, doesn't plan on another flirtation with the NBA.

"As long as the University of Florida would like to have me here, this is where I want to be," Donovan added. "I think, sometimes, you make statements like 'the rest of my life, forever,' there is both sides to it. In my heart, I want to be at the University of Florida for the rest of my time coaching. That's really where I want to be.

"It's been a growing and learning experience in a lot of ways for me, personally. But, I'm not interested in the NBA. I'm not interested in going there. All I'm really interested in is coming back to Florida and doing the best job I can in a place I love dearly."

In 13 years of collegiate coaching, which included two years at Marshall before joining the Gators, Donovan has compiled a 296-123 record.


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NEW ZEALAND

The Bay Hawks book semifinal spot -by Eurobasket News

The defending champions Easy LPG Bay Hawks secured the postseason birth today after they defeated the Auckland Stars 110:99 on the road. The loss drastically weakened Auckland chances for playoff appearance and they now need a miracle to advance. The hosts started the game with a slight edge winning the opening frame 24:23. The Bay Hawks had a strong second quarter to enjoy a 52:45 lead at halftime. Andrew Rice (205-C-80) was unstoppable in the first half ending with 24 points for the visitors.
Auckland pushed ahead by the fans and the need to win rushed to a 12:2 frame in the third quarter catching the momentum to extend their lead to as many as 9 points. However reigning MVP Paora Winitana reminded of himself draining a couple of difficult shots and Aidan Daly added some coming off the bench to spark 17:2 reply from the defending champs en route an overall victory. Andrew Rice finished the game with 28 points for the Bay Hawks. Paora Winitana and Aidan Daly delivered 22 and 21 points respectively. Kareem Johnson produced a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards. Lindsay Tait was the top scorer for the Stars with 26 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in a loss.
Auckland now must win against Otago at home next week and wait for the gift from Waikato. The Pistons must lose both remaining games against Harbour and Taranaki for Auckland to progress.
The bottom-table Manawatu Jets brought their fans a rare pleasure of win as they beat the Wellington Saints 103:84 at home. Brandon Payton (184-G-79, college: Oregon) reigned the court sinking 36 points in the Jets' victory. The home side took advantage in the second frame and never surrendered it. Reece Cassidy ensured 21 points in the third success of the season for the Jets. Nick Horvath (209-F-81, college: Duke) answered with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints.

Auckland Stars - Bay Hawks 99:110
Auckland
: Lindsay Tait 26, Dillon Boucher 18, Casey Frank 16, Charlie Piho 14
Bay Hawks: Andrew Rice 28, Paora Winitana 22, Aidan Daly 21, Kareem Johnson 17, Paul Henare 16

Manawatu Jets - Wellington Saints 103:84
Manawatu
: Brandon Payton 36, Reece Cassidy 21, Matt Te Huna 18
Wellington: Nick Horvath 25, Jonathon Southey 10, Corey Vessey 10, Bakari Hendrix 10.



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NICARAGUA

Red Nicarao and Tigres take another win -by Gianni Pascucci
Red Nicarao-Pumas enlarged their winning streat to 3, defeating 94-84 Lobos de la UCC, at thei debut in the ACB league. Raul Perez was unstoppable, and scored 33 points o lead Red Nicarao, followed by Jorge Rodriguez (182-G) with 17 pts and Juan Frech with 16. With 23 points, Jesse Hamilton was the best in Lobos, and Ramon Espinales added 14 pts. In another game, Tigres de la UdeM largely defeated Delfines de la BICU on the road, at Bluefields, Region Autonoma del Atlantico Sur. Julio Gonzalez was the main scorer in Tigres, and Jose Mendoza (175-G-78) added 15 at the winning side, in Delfines, Windell Sloan scored 17 and Garnett Lampson 10.

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OMAN

Oman National Team 2007 -by Mohammed Malas
- Players:
Mohammed Al Uwaisi
Amman Al Kithiri
Shafeeq Al Bursaeedi
Issa Al Ghameri
Hatem Al Musalami
Maher Al Ameri
Nayef Al Dameri
Hussein Al Kindi
Ali Al Sabahi
Mohammed Al Qasimi
Qasem Al Qasimi
Mahmood Al Soomali

- Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Imad Abdel Halim (Egyption)
Assistant: Jum'a Al Muharami
Physio: Mansoor Al Za'abi


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PANAMA

CBS 2007 continues today with 2 interesting games.- -by Edgardo Munoz
Tonight beginning at 6:00pm Toros del Chorrillo and Jets de Costa Del Este will be in the court of de Epiho trying to obtain a victory that help them to be in Semifinals. in the 2nd game Navieros de Colon play vs. Canguros de Parque Lefevre. In the last date Magnates de Caldionia stayed alone in the 1st place with a record of 5-1 winning over Jets 96-88 the best by Magnates were Joel Munoz (179-G-80) 37 pts. and Ricardo Yearwood 17 pts. by the Jets were Angel Rivera 27 pts. and Oscar Boza 26 pts. In the 2nd game Toros del Chorrillo won over Navieros de Colon 89-78.

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PARAGUAY

Round 15 complete results -by Gianni Pascucci
After that Universidad Autonoma had defeated 91-70, the night after were played all the remaining games, and the results were as follows: San Jose - Rowing 90-63, Libertad - Sport. San Lorenzo 106-61, Ciudad Nueva - Olimpia 93-75. In the main game of the round, Sol de America defeated Felix Perez Cardozo 83-61, taking the maximum advantage from the debut of Javier Martinez (189-G-78), who scored 19 points. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was better than him, pouring in 22 pts for Sol, while FPC has been led by Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) with 18.

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PHILIPPINES

Tigers Move Up, San Miguel Knock Out Sta. Lucia 102-85 -by Mohammed Malas
Grace Basa-Castillo, Arab News

MANILA, 9 June 2007 — Put in basically the same spot to win a game for Coca-Cola in only his second outing, Rashad Bell made sure this one didn't slip away.

Locked in a heated shooting duel with James Yap all night long, Bell won out in the offensive battle and did a lot of extras on the other end to lead the Tigers past Purefoods, 100-97, and into the final stage of the PBA Fiesta Cup's wildcard phase.

Bell scored a season-high 45 points, 13 of them coming in the wild and wooly fourth period, before he botched up the potential game-tying Purefoods play that allowed the Tigers to live another day and gain a shot at the quarterfinals.

The Tigers next face San Miguel in another KO game tomorrow after the Beermen started out hot, blew cold for a time, but then poured it all in the final 15 minutes to eliminate the under-achieving Sta. Lucia Realtors, 102-85, in the first game.

Bell's performance last night was one to marvel at, as he worked himself silly in carrying the Tigers before polishing off the Tender Juicy Giants with a key triple with 40.8 left and that defensive gem.

And the way he played the stretch was a far cry from the way he debuted, when he elected to take a floating running jumper in the dying seconds of a 105-103 loss to Red Bull last week instead of taking it hard to the hoop.

“Yes, we talked about that shot,” Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis said. “And he responded in a big way. He's like a sponge, absorbing everything I tell him. We're lucky to have him as an import.” It wasn't only the import who did well for Favis, but the entire team as well. The Tigers committed a franchise-low six errors.

Bell scored 10 of his total inside the final 5:24, with that triple giving the Tigers a 97-93 before he came up with two free throws in the final 12.1 to eventually round out scoring.And if contributing heavily wasn't enough, Bell knocked the ball out of the hands of Yap in the final Purefoods play, forcing the reigning MVP to scamper for a shot that didn't even come close to connecting.It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Giants, who led by seven near the halfway mark of the fourth. It was also particularly galling for Yap, who finished with 40 points, just one short of his career-high chalked up on Wednesday. Yap also had a crucial blunder, when he split his free throws off Ricky Calimag with 14.5 seconds left for 97-98 that gave the Giants no choice but to foul Bell for those clinching charities.

“We couldn't find a way to stop James,” Favis added.

“I guess we were also lucky because he (Yap) started missing in the end.” “We still need to get another win,” said coach Siot Tanquingcen, now 11-6 since taking over the Beermen three losses into the tournament. “We still can't celebrate because there's another game to win - against a surely tough team at that.” San Miguel closed out the first period with a 22-10 lead, allowed the Realtors to close to within one before breaking the game wide open in a span that bridged the third and fourth periods to win pulling away.

Chris Calaguio hit a triple to open up the fourth, and Danny Ildefonso a layup after that as the Beermen bloated a 65-53 lead to 70-53 to cruise the rest of the way and get to live another day.

Ildefonso wound up with 19 points to lead all San Miguel shooters, while Calaguio chipped in with 12 - all coming from beyond the three-point area - as a total of five players scored in twin digits for Tanquingcen.

The two-time MVP Ildefonso actually hit 13 of his total in the first two periods before Enrico Villanueva, who was acquired in a controversial trade with Red Bull, hit 10 of his 12 in the final frame.

The Realtors closed out their season with another losing record, 18-28, despite having the best rookie in the field in Kelly Williams and some of the highest priced players in the league.

Since last season, Sta. Lucia has gone 30-53.Jamaal Williams paced the Realtors with 25 points while his namesake Kelly chipped in with 22. But the inability of their teammates to provide solid help told in this game - as in the other losses before this — with only Nelbert Omolon scoring in twin digits with 11.


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Fans Speak -by May Arevalo


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POLAND

Transaction news -by Karol Machera

Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) has signed a new contract with BOT Turow Zgorzelec. He was the best scorer of the team with 15.7 ppg (2FGP: 62%, 3FGP: 43%, FT: 76%%). After good season in the 2nd team he had many offers from all over the Europe, he also wanted to go to the NBA Summer League but finally he decided to stay in Saso Filipovski team.

The best scorer of the DBE - Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston)
has signed a contract with WTK Anwil Wloclawek. Okafor was tested in Polpak Swiecie in 2005 but he decided to leave the team. In last season he joined SKS Polphamra-Pakmet Starogard Gd. and he was the most valuable player of the team with 17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg.

AZS Koszalin has got the new coach but the board of the Club would announce his name after signing the contract.

Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa)
is not going to play in ASCO Slask Wroclaw. He wants to stay but the team is not interested in extending his contract. Radoslaw Hyzy (200-F-77), Branislav Jancikin (198-G-86) and Oliver Stevic (201-F-84) have valid contracts for next season and the Club is interested in signing Dominik Tomczyk (205-F/G-74). Ime Oduok and Zendon Hamilton (209-C-75, college: St.John's) would not play in Slask. Coach Andrej Urlep is not satisfied from their play in last season.

Marcin Stefanski (199-F-83) was catched on using steroids - metanabol. He would be suspended by the league and he would be banned from the Polish NT.



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RWANDA

B-ball league put on hold -by Mohammed Malas
Written by JULIUS MBARAGA


With just under two months to the 24th edition of African Cup of Nations basketball championship in the Angolan capital Luanda, the local league has been suspended to give enough room for the national team preparations. Local basketball governing body, Ferwaba has suspended the men's basketball league so that the national basketball team can have enough time to concentrate on preparing for the August championship.

“We have suspended the league in order to give the national team enough room to prepare for CAN,” Federation Secretary General Jean Lucien Mugabo confirmed.
Mugabo added noted that only the men's category will be affected, “Since it's only the men's category being affected here, the ladies' league will go as scheduled.”
The team of 18 players started residential training last Sunday at Amahoro Indoor stadium with three training sessions everyday. The team is residing at Hilltop hotel, Remera.
Making her debut at the bi-annual event, Rwanda is pooled in the same group as the hosts [Angola], Morocco and Cape Verde.
Meanwhile, the new national coach Kavedzija Vaceslave from Croatian jetted into the country yesterday.
Among the 16 countries expected to take part in the championship, Angola has won the most CAN titles with eight.

(Courtesy of Basketball in Africa)


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SERBIA

Superleague: Partizan takes lead against FMP in the semis 1-0 -by Dragan Jankovski

Partizan made big step to the final of play-off after they beat FMP on their court in Zeleznik 77:81. Panthers opened game making 12:2 at the beginning but in 13th minute Partizan equalized 27:27. Almost same scenario was seen in the third quarter when Serbian champs had plus 8, 62:54 but FMP made run 9:0 and went on two minutes break with plus 1. In the last quarter it was real war on the court and fight for every ball. Partizan whole time had small advantage and at the end Tripkovic made lay up after what Cummings was concentrated from FT line and brought chance to Partizan to finish semifinal series in “Pionr” on Sunday. Point guard Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) also was MVP of the game collecting 18 points and 5 assists with index value 26. In almost every game against FMP this season Cummings was a clutch player for Partizan. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for FMP.
After the game head coach of FMP Dusko Vujosevic said that nothing is over yet and he expects much better performance from both teams on Sunday.
FMP's head coach Vlada Vukoicic said that their own mistakes cost them a lot but also he said they will try to bring back semifinal series in Zeleznik.

FMP - Partizan 77:81
(24:17,19:24,20:21,14:19)


Hall: FMP, Belgrade
Refs: Milivoje Jovcic, Dragan Neskovic, Aleksandar Glisic

FMP: Teodosic 18, Cvetkovic 3, Djerasimovic 3, Erceg 15 (6 rebs), Dramicanin, Labovic 8, Popovic, Krstovic 12, Micic 2, Protic, Zigeranovic, Samardzijski 14 (8 rebs).
Partizan: Tepic 3 (4 rebs), Bogdanovic, Kecman 4, Tripkovic 9, Velickovic 8 (4 rebs), Perovic 10 (4 rebs), Pekovic 6 (4 rebs), Drobnjak 9 (5 rebs, 5 as), Bozic 4, Cummings 18 (5 as), Micov 10
DNP: Bakic.

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Hemofarm will play today at 19:00h against Crvena Zvezda in their “Millennium”.



Superleague play-off semifinals: The show begins tonight !! -by Dragan Jankovski
Battle for the title of Serbia will start tonight in Zeleznik. National Cup holders FMP will host current Serbian and Adriatic league champs Partizan Belgrade at 20:00h (TV live - RTS 2) while Hemofarm will meet Crvena Zvezda tomorrow at 19:00h. Final of play-off will reach the team who first made two wins. Atmosphere before tonight's and tomorrow's games is extremely "hot". Head coach of Partizan Dusko Vujosevic said that he believes in his team who showed very good performance in Euroleague and Adriatic league this season while guard Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) said that his team wants to celebrate in the first game and to finish this semifinal in “Pionir” on Sunday.
Head coach of FMP Vlada Vukoicic's words was that current shape, inspiration or luck can decide first game but for the rest we will see.
Hemofarm's gurad/forward Milos Borisov (201-F-85) said that Hemofarm never been prepared and motivated as it is now for the games against Crvena Zvezda.
Serbian champ will play in Euroleague next season and all of play-off semifinals participant are extremely interested in it so let's enjoy.


Dejan Bodiroga announced retirement -by Nenad Ilijev
Playing last game in this season with Lottomatica Roma, Dejan Bodiroga (204-G/F-73) finished his successful basketball career couple of days ago. Montepaschi Siena won fourth game of playoff semifinal and goes to the final winning the series 3-1. 'Bodi Bond' decided to stop his impressive career which last for almost 15 years and most possible will take Director seat at Lottomatica.
Bodiroga was four time European champion with three different teams. With Yugoslav National Team Bodiroga won European championship in three occasions and was two time World champion. He started his career with BC NAP when he was 17 years old then he played in famous European teams (Zadar, Stefanel, Real M., PAO, Barcelona and Roma). Dejan was drafted by Sacramento Kings in NBA Draft 1995 (2rd, 51) but he never played in NBA.


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SPAIN

Real wins the super-thriller -by Francisco Martinez
Real Madrid 2 - DKV Joventut 2: (72-70, 69-76, 85-71, 72-20)
The game started easy for Real Madrid. DKV had no inspiration and the ysuffered the good hand of Hervelle and Mumbru from beyond the arc: 0-9. 3-13... However, the intensty added by the bench player of DKV (Bennett, Ricky, Flis) was a great adding that help them to not leave the game go. They were back in the scoreboard, but they were there in spite of Rudy was not very good. Real, meanwhile, was keeping the gap with colective play: Tomas, Reyes, Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) in the defensive end.. everybody added. But in the last quarter DKV started the defensive 1-3-1 zone and that collapsed Real. They came back and the last minutes were terrible. In the ending seconds every team did fouls and DKV had the last play, but Rudy could not make the shot. THe fifth game will be played in Madrid next Tuesday.


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SYRIA

Sneed arrives for the NT -by Mohammed Malas
New head coach of Syria National Team american John Sneed arrived yesterday to Damascus to begin preparing the NT for WABA for NTs which will be held in Aleppo from 18 until 23rd of June and FIBA Asia Championship (Japan 28 July - 5 August).

Sneed, a former US college player, has lifted the UAE to new heights, Under Sneed, the UAE achieved a bronze medal at the Arab Games in Lebanon in 1997 and finished fourth the year before in the Asian Cup., Coach John worked also in Qatar and this Season in Bahrain with Manama Club.

Syria was drawn in Group D of FIBA Asia Championship with South Korea, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei.

Nade Nakdali of the Syria Basketball Association said to FIBA.com after the draw in Japan: "I think that the (Group D) competition will be between three teams and Korea will be favourites to top the group.

"The second position will be between Chinese Taipei and Syria who will fight for the second place while Hong Kong could be the weakest link in the group."
Nakdali says neither he, nor the players, can wait for the tournament to begin.

"The players are ready and we will start our preparation starting from next week," he said.

"We will prepare through the West Asian Championship which will prepare us for the Asian Championship."


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TURKEY

Ene in charge for Antalya -by Sinan Can
BEKO Basketball Leauge newcomers Antalya Buyuksehir Belediyespor agreed terms with Orhun Ene for the coaching position. Antalya BSB GM Dogan Hakyemez announced that the club will sign a contract with Orhun Ene who is already coaching to Turkish Cadet NT. Ene who has known as one of the best basketball players in Turkish history coached to 2nd Division side FMV Isiksipor last year and helped them to reach Final Group stage.

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ULEB CUP

Azovmash Mariupol extended contract with Khalid El-Amin -by Dragan Jankovski
According to the Ukrainian media USA point guard Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) extended contract with Azovmash Mariupol for one more season. El-Amin was MVP of Ukrainian championship last season where Azovmash defended title. They also played in the final of FIBA EuroCup where they lost against Akasvayu Girona 79:72. El-Amin played last two seasons for Azovmash and value of his new contract is unofficially 1,4 million USD. It is still not known will Azomash play next season in ULEB Cup or in FIBA EuroCup.

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URUGUAY

Truscott will join Paysandu to play the Uruguayan League -by Hector Lopez
Louis Truscott (198-F-78, college: Houston) will play for Paysandu BBC the Uruguayan League 2007, the head of the team, Homero Nolla, announced last night. Truscott already played for Paysandu durng the 2005 season (16 games 20.6 ppg, 13.4 rpg and 1.1 apg). Andrew is expected here Aug. 15, Nolla said.

Goes took a 1-0 lead over Larre Borges -by Hector Lopez
Juan Andres Cambon (180-G-88) scored 24 points and Eric Cardenas (206-C-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Oklahoma Baptist) added 15 when Goes beat Larre Borges 91-85 in the first game of the best-of-three semifinal series of the Metropolitan League. 9. The best scorers for Larre Borges were Fernando Cabral (190-G) and 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) with 25 The other semifinal Tabare-Cordon will be played Saturday. For Tabare will play Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) but Cordon will play without an import player after the Panamenian Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) refused to travel to Montevideo and also failed the possibility to ink Oliver Morton (207-C-78, college: Chattanooga).

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WBA

Mayas-USA beats Ravia 114-104, captures WBA Crown... -by David Archer
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Lilburn, GA - Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79, college: Kennesaw St.) poured in 29 points, as he helped his Mayas-USA team put a stamp on the 2007 WBA Championship, by beating Ravia 114-104 on Friday night at Berkmar High School.

Mayas-USA led by as many as 21 mid-way through the second quarter, before Ravia began a methodical comeback, finally taking its first lead late in the third quarter at 75-73.

Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79) turned in a mammoth performance for Ravia with 25 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks. Robert Cox (6'5''-G/F-83) also downed 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Chris Jackson (6'2''-G-82) had 20 points and six assists, while Evan Brock got 13 points and nine rebounds. Golden Ingle also contributed eight points and eight assists.

Kareem Grant (6'6''-F/G-82) had 26 points and 11 rebounds, While Reo Logan chalked up 22. MaJic Dorsey (6'1''-G-81) of Mayas-USA had a balanced game with 18 points and 10 assists and Edmund Saunder only tallied nine points, but snatched 15 rebounds and doled out an impressive eight assists, coming close to a triple-double.

After averaging 29 ppg during the two-games, Bobby Brown was selected as the Championship Series Most Outstanding Player.

(FULL STORY TO BE POSTED SHORTLY)




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Women News

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ASIAN CHAMPS(W) - Women

Korea and China will find out the winner of Asia Championship -by Eurobasket News
Saturday was the semifinal game for 4 teams as well as the day for the Play-offs. India advanced to Level I for the next Championship, while Malaysia will have to start from Level II. Thailand defended the place in Level I over Hong Kong. The semifinals brought two teams that will face each other in the Final. China and Korea will meet tomorrow in the last game of the Championship. Chinese Taipei and Japan will struggle for the third spot.

Thailand celebrated 71:41, the second and the last win in the Championship and saved the place in Level I for the next Championship. Hong Kong meanwhile lost for the second time and stayed in Level II. Thailand was led 16 points from Naruemol. Nantana ended up with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Roong-Aroon posted 12 points and 8 rebounds. Yau Ka Wai (-78) finished with 11 points in the losing effort.
India qualified to Level I of the next Championship. In the Play-off game over Malaysia, India celebrated 86:68 win. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) was unstoppable in this game leading the winners with 47 points and 12 rebounds.
Korea earned the only Olympic qualifying berth available from this Championship. With 22:13 in the third quarter the hosts of the tournament won over Chinese Taipei 80:70. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) led the winners to the Final with 19 points. Park collected 16 points and made 10 rebounds, while Jin and Jung added 11. Chiang top-scored for Chinese Taipei with 20 points.
In the second semifinal game China beat Japan 74:62. A 28:14 benefit in the third quarter allowed them not to worry about the rest of the game. Ma Zheng Yu (183-F-83) paced the winners with 21 points. Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) led Japan with 20, while Yuko Oga added 10.
So, tomorrow Chinese Taipei and Japan will struggle for the bronze of the Championship. The Final game between Korea and China is tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Play-offs
Thailand-Hong Kong 71:41
Thailand: Naruemol 16, Nantana 13+7 rebs, Roong-Aroon 12+8 rebs
Hong Kong: Yau Ka Wai 11, Cheung 10

Malaysia-India 68:86 (18:25, 20:24, 15:24, 15:13)
Malaysia: Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) 15, Chow 13, Low 12
India: Geethu Anna Jose 47+12 rebs+5 blocks+3 steals+2 ast, Channegowda 14


Semifinals
Korea-Chinese Taipei 80:70 (26:20, 15:19, 22:13, 17:18)
Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 19, Park 16+10 rebs, Jin 11, Jung 11
Chinese Taipei: Chiang 20, Wen 15

Japan-China 62:74 (13:16, 9:15, 14:28, 26:15)
Japan: Ryoko Utsumi 20, Yuko Oga 10
China: Ma Zheng Yu 21, Guan Xin 20


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BARBADOS - Women

Women take over court in men's basketball game -by Eurobasket News
Basketball history was made on Wednesday night at the YMCA when the first all-woman cast officiated a Men's Premier League match.
Gillian Martindale, Shakira Shorey and Jennifer Joseph-Hackett, all senior national team players, carried the whistles for the encounter between Grace Pinelands and Nation Nico Deacons Fastbreaks .
Those missing out on this momentous occasion can still get a chance to witness the historic event, at least the remaining four minutes and 22 seconds of it, since the match was halted due to rain and will resume on a date to be determined.
There was initially some surprise, and even cynicism from the stands when the trio walked onto the court, but this changed as the game progressed and they received high marks from several quarters.
"It feels good," the 22-year-old Shorey told Weekend Sport after the match about being part of history.
"I am glad that the senior officials have the confidence in us to put all three of us out there together. It is one step forward for female officials."
Shorey, who plays for Solar Dynamics Clapham Bulls, was the only local woman official when she started at the age of 15 working in the lower leagues. She also had coaching stints in the schools' league, most recently with Division One champions The St Michael School.
Martindale and Joseph-Hackett had a busy night, as they had just played against each other in a women's league match between Challengers and Pepsi Tigers. They turned from rivals to teammates after hustling off to swap their respective club colours for the grey and black referees' uniforms.
Martindale, who plays for Challengers and also coaches mini league teams and assists with Holford's Academy, believes that being a player and a coach is actually an advantage when refereeing, since it helps with understanding the nuances of the game.
"As a coach, you know the fundamentals and different violations. As a player you are familiar with the emotional and physical aspect," the 33-year-old explained.
"Years ago, you would have men officiating in women's sports, so it is a privilege to officiate at the highest level of men's basketball," added Martindale, who also is a football official.
Joseph-Hackett, a member of the Tigers team, has been a familiar face at the officials' desk, assisting with the statistics, timekeeping or scorekeeping duties like Shorey and a number of other women.
The 24 year-old six-footer has been refereeing for over a year, but has already adjusted to the abuse that officials can be subjected to.
"I don't take it on. There is more pressure when certain teams with their big followings are playing and their supporters are going to be more vocal, but I don't let it get to me," she said.
Courtesy of: www.nationnews.com


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CANADA - Women

University of Saskatchewan gets set to host again -by Eurobasket News
The last and only time the University of Saskatchewan hosted the CIS Women's Basketball Championship was in 1982; that year, the University of Victoria rolled into Saskatoon and won the title. Twenty-six years later the Huskies are getting set to host the Championship yet again, and the planning committee couldn't be more excited. Chair of the 2008 Championship Host Committee, Pat Rogal, says that this tournament will present Saskatoon fans with an elite level of basketball and give the hometown crowd a chance to get behind their Huskies.

"As a Huskies basketball alumni, I am very proud of the U of S women's basketball program and have a great respect for what Coach Lisa Thomaidis has done to build the program; it has become one of the top programs in the country. The CIS women's Basketball Championship will bring together the top student-athletes from across Canada and will showcase some of the best basketball Saskatoon has seen."

You can be sure that the Host Committee will be ready to put on a show to remember, but whether or not the hometown team will be able to compete is yet to be seen. That said, if the Huskies head coach Lisa Thomaidis has anything to say about it, then her team will once again be a team to watch out for all year. Being able to coach in a national championship has to be every coach's dream; for Thomaidis, this will be her second time heading to the show.

"Being able to coach in a national championship is always a very exciting honour. Being able to do so in your own gym is even more incredible," says Thomaidis. "We have a whole season to get to where we want to be and we know that just showing up is not enough. We're going to be very competitive by the time March rolls around."

In just one year as athletic director at the University of Saskatchewan, Bill Seymour has already seen some incredible championships hosted: The PotashCorp Vanier Cup and CIS Wrestling Championship are two great examples of this. Now in his second year at the helm, Seymour will watch proudly as the Huskies gear up to host another CIS Championship.

"Over the years, the University of Saskatchewan has shown the rest of Canada that we know how to host an event. With all the community support Saskatoon - the volunteer capital of Canada - has, and the pride the entire province has in their Huskies, I have no doubt that the women's basketball championship is going to be another huge success."

The push toward the Championship starts now, and Chair Pat Rogal is urging the people of Saskatoon to get on board now to create an electric atmosphere for the tournament.

"Let's fill the stands to show our support for our own Huskies and student-athletes from across the country. Let's show the rest of the country that Saskatoon has the best fans! "

The kick-off media conference will take place Wednesday, June 13 in Saskatoon, SK.
Courtesy of: www.universitysport.ca


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CHINA - Women

Korea earned the only Olympic qualifying berth available from this Championship. The Final however is tomorrow -by Eurobasket News
Korea-Chinese Taipei 80:70 (26:20, 15:19, 22:13, 17:18)

Korea is the first team to advance the Finals of FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team that stayed unbeaten in Group A had a semifinal win over Chinese Taipei. With 22:13 in the third quarter the hosts of the tournament won 80:70. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) led the winners to the Final with 19 points. Park Se Mi (165-G-86) collected 16 points and made 10 rebounds, while Jin and Jung added 11. Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) top-scored for Chinese Taipei with 20 points.

The whole country celebrated the semifinal win of Korea tonight. That is however not the main task the team has to solve in this Championship. As it is already known Korea will face China in the Final game tomorrow.

Taking the court at 41:39, Korea produced a 12-0 run in the first two minutes of the third quarter, thanks to three-pointers from Beon Yeon Ha and Park Se Mi Jung Eun. The third quarter was the most productive for the hosts as they won 22:13 in it. Eleven points before the last quarter was enough to stay unbeaten in the tournament. Korea earned the only Olympic qualifying berth available from this Championship. Chinese Taipei lost the fourth game, however will have a good chance to finish third. Tomorrow the team faces Japan that was beaten by China in another semifinal.


Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 19, Park Se Mi 16+10 rebs, Jin 11, Jung 11
Chinese Taipei: Chiang Feng Chun 20, Wen 15


China advances to the 4th consecutive Final beating Japan -by Eurobasket News
Japan-China 62:74 (13:16, 9:15, 14:28, 26:15)

China is getting better and better and is ready to play in the fourth consecutive Final of FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the semifinal game China beat Japan 74:62. A 28:14 benefit in the third quarter allowed them not to worry about the rest of the game. Ma Zheng Yu (183-F-83) paced the winners with 21 points. Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) led Japan with 20, while Yuko Oga (170-G-82) added 10.
That was the second game for the teams in the tournament. In the opener of the Group A Japan upset China 72:67. Not a good start of the Championship was followed with a loss from Korea in the last game. As a total China finished group with 3-2 record.
Japan had a better record, but could not find its game in the opening quarter. Japan stayed 13:16 behind and then failed more and more. The teams went for interims with 22:31. China had a great third quarter that they won 28:14. It was not a big deal to stay cool in the end. Japan won the last quarter 26:15 but lost anyway 62:74.

Japan: Ryoko Utsumi 20, Yuko Oga 10
China: Ma Zheng Yu 21, Xin Guan (195-C-87) 20


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CROATIA - Women

Game 5 is scheduled for tomorrow -by Eurobasket News
Gospic and Sibenik made the Finals this year unbelievable. With a win at home in each game the teams came to Game 5 with 2-2 in the series. Game 5 is scheduled for tomorrow, June 10th in Sibenik.
In Game 3 Sibenik overcame Gospic 62:51 and went on a lead. Gospic answered with 78:72 win to tie the series. With outstanding three quarters Gospic relaxed, however lost the last quarter 16:31. Luckily for the team the opponents could not catch them up.


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HONG KONG - Women

Thailand stays in level I after beating Hong Kong -by Eurobasket News
Thailand-Hong Kong 71:41 (26:18, 13:6, 13:5, 19:12)

Thailand celebrated the second and the last win in the Championship and saved the place in Level I for the next Championship. Hong Kong meanwhile lost for the second time and stayed in Level II. FIBA Asia Championship for Women said good bye to both teams this year.

Thailand was led 16 points from Naruemol Bamoo. Nantana Charoenrat ended up with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Roong-Aroon posted 12 points and 8 rebounds. Yau Ka Wai (-78) finished with 11 points in the losing effort.
The first quarter was the open quarter for both squads and both of them played offensive basketball. Thailand took a lead and finished the first with 26:18. The favorites paid more attention to defense in the next two quarters and let the opponents to score only 11 points in the second and the third quarters. Thailand won 13:6 the second and 13:5 the third to have a confident lead before the last quarter. Unfortunately for Hong Kong they had only 29 points in the beginning of the fourth and they worried more about their points than the total score. Thailand overwhelms Hong Kong 71:41 and survives in Level I.
Hong Kong will have better chances in the next Championship in winning the Level II as India qualified to Level I. The latter was the only team in the Preliminary Round that upset Hong Kong.


Thailand: Naruemol Bamoo (185-F-87) 16, Nantana Charoenrat (175-G-77) 13+7 rebs, Roong-Aroon 12+8 rebs
Hong Kong: Yau Ka Wai 11, Cheung Wai Hong (-G-88) 10


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INDIA - Women

Jose set a new game record pouring in 47 points against Malaysia -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia-India 68:86 (18:25, 20:24, 15:24, 15:13)

India qualified to Level I of the next Championship. In the Play-off game over Malaysia, India celebrated 86:68 win. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) was unstoppable in this game leading the winners with 47 points. She grabbed 12 rebounds, made 5 blocks, 3 steals and 2 assists. That was a new game record in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. Rashmi Channegowda (-86) added 14 points for the winners. Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) posted 15 points for Malaysia, while Chow scored 13.

Unbelievable game by Geethu Anna Jose was the best player tonight not only for India, not in the game, but probably today in all games. Indian coach Sat Prakash was very happy about the game, however the coach mentioned that all the girls deserved congratulations.
India took a lead in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Gose played the best games for India and spent most of the time in the court. India increased to 11 points to finish the half.
Meanwhile, Malaysia could not use their leaders against India. Even though they tried hard, there was no weapon they could find over Geethu Anna Jose. Malaysia won only the last quarter with 15:13 and it was the last they could do.
For India it is a real holiday. The team will taste another Level next time, while Malaysia will be one of the favorites in Level II.

Malaysia: Beng Fong Goh 15, Chow 13, Low 12
India: Geethu Anna Jose 47+12 rebs+5 blocks+3 steals+2 ast, Rashmi Channegowda 14


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ITALY - Women

Market news -by Carlo Grilli


The Italian market is on fire: a lot of teams have recently announced players moves, as it follows:

Ines Ajanovic (195-C-80) from Viterbo to Saint Amand (Fra)
Milica Beljanski (185-F-83) from Cavezzo to Reims (Fra)
Monica Bello (170-G-78) from Parma to Taranto
Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) from Taranto to Valencia (Spa)

Monica Bonafede (184-F-85) from Taranto to Viterbo
Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, college: Georgetown) from Dynamo Moscow (Rus) to Taranto
Deanne Butler (169-G-81) from Melbourne (Aus) to Schio

Kristina Cesnaviciute (203-C-83) from Tarbes (Fra) to Priolo
Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) from Venezia to Faenza

Cintia Dos Santos from Vigo (Spa) to Faenza
Begona Garcia (171-G-76) from Venezia to Hondarribia Irun (Spa)
Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) from Besiktas (Tur) to Napoli
Saziye Ivegin (185-F-82) from Fenerbahce (Tur) to Montichiari
Adriana Knezevic (184-F-87) from Salamanca (Spa) to Faenza
Lolita Limoura (180-G-85) from Esperides (Gre) to Viterbo
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) from Ribera to Schio
Katarina Manic (180-G-80) from Viterbo to Montpellier (Fra)
Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) from Dorsten (Ger) to Viterbo
Chelsea Newton (180-G-83, college: Rutgers) from Sacramento (Usa) to La Spezia
Elena Paparazzo (193-C-73) from Como to Parma
Piotrkiewitz from Calais (Fra) to La Spezia
Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) from Montichiari to Viterbo
Diana Razmaite (196-C-75) from Marijampole (Lit) to Ribera
Martina Rejchova (196-C-83) from Cavezzo to Parma
Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86) from Kosice (Slk) to Montichiari

Sauret-Gillespie from Ekaterinburg (Rus) to Taranto

Diana Skrastina (188-F-72) from Ribera to Ancona (A2)
Deanna Smith from Perth (Aus) to Montichiari
Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84, college: Stanford) from Stanford U. (Usa) to Viterbo
Belinda Snell (180-F-81) from La Spezia to Bourges (Fra)
Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) from Ribera to Parma
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) from Schio to Ekaterinburg (Rus)
Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) from Ribera to Parma



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JAPAN - Women

China advances to the 4th consecutive Final beating Japan -by Eurobasket News
Japan-China 62:74 (13:16, 9:15, 14:28, 26:15)

China is getting better and better and is ready to play in the fourth consecutive Final of FIBA Asia Championship for Women. In the semifinal game China beat Japan 74:62. A 28:14 benefit in the third quarter allowed them not to worry about the rest of the game. Ma Zheng Yu (183-F-83) paced the winners with 21 points. Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) led Japan with 20, while Yuko Oga (170-G-82) added 10.
That was the second game for the teams in the tournament. In the opener of the Group A Japan upset China 72:67. Not a good start of the Championship was followed with a loss from Korea in the last game. As a total China finished group with 3-2 record.
Japan had a better record, but could not find its game in the opening quarter. Japan stayed 13:16 behind and then failed more and more. The teams went for interims with 22:31. China had a great third quarter that they won 28:14. It was not a big deal to stay cool in the end. Japan won the last quarter 26:15 but lost anyway 62:74.

Japan: Ryoko Utsumi 20, Yuko Oga 10
China: Ma Zheng Yu 21, Xin Guan (195-C-87) 20


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KOREA - Women

Korea earned the only Olympic qualifying berth available from this Championship. The Final however is tomorrow -by Eurobasket News
Korea-Chinese Taipei 80:70 (26:20, 15:19, 22:13, 17:18)

Korea is the first team to advance the Finals of FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team that stayed unbeaten in Group A had a semifinal win over Chinese Taipei. With 22:13 in the third quarter the hosts of the tournament won 80:70. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) led the winners to the Final with 19 points. Park Se Mi (165-G-86) collected 16 points and made 10 rebounds, while Jin and Jung added 11. Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) top-scored for Chinese Taipei with 20 points.

The whole country celebrated the semifinal win of Korea tonight. That is however not the main task the team has to solve in this Championship. As it is already known Korea will face China in the Final game tomorrow.

Taking the court at 41:39, Korea produced a 12-0 run in the first two minutes of the third quarter, thanks to three-pointers from Beon Yeon Ha and Park Se Mi Jung Eun. The third quarter was the most productive for the hosts as they won 22:13 in it. Eleven points before the last quarter was enough to stay unbeaten in the tournament. Korea earned the only Olympic qualifying berth available from this Championship. Chinese Taipei lost the fourth game, however will have a good chance to finish third. Tomorrow the team faces Japan that was beaten by China in another semifinal.


Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 19, Park Se Mi 16+10 rebs, Jin 11, Jung 11
Chinese Taipei: Chiang Feng Chun 20, Wen 15


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MALAYSIA - Women

Jose set a new game record pouring in 47 points against Malaysia -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia-India 68:86 (18:25, 20:24, 15:24, 15:13)

India qualified to Level I of the next Championship. In the Play-off game over Malaysia, India celebrated 86:68 win. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) was unstoppable in this game leading the winners with 47 points. She grabbed 12 rebounds, made 5 blocks, 3 steals and 2 assists. That was a new game record in FIBA Asia Championship for Women. Rashmi Channegowda (-86) added 14 points for the winners. Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) posted 15 points for Malaysia, while Chow scored 13.

Unbelievable game by Geethu Anna Jose was the best player tonight not only for India, not in the game, but probably today in all games. Indian coach Sat Prakash was very happy about the game, however the coach mentioned that all the girls deserved congratulations.
India took a lead in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Gose played the best games for India and spent most of the time in the court. India increased to 11 points to finish the half.
Meanwhile, Malaysia could not use their leaders against India. Even though they tried hard, there was no weapon they could find over Geethu Anna Jose. Malaysia won only the last quarter with 15:13 and it was the last they could do.
For India it is a real holiday. The team will taste another Level next time, while Malaysia will be one of the favorites in Level II.

Malaysia: Beng Fong Goh 15, Chow 13, Low 12
India: Geethu Anna Jose 47+12 rebs+5 blocks+3 steals+2 ast, Rashmi Channegowda 14


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MALTA - Women

Changes approved to format -by Eurobasket News
Delegates from the eight GSSE Olympic Movements yesterday approved amendments to the rules on the calendar of sport for future Games.

In another development, the International Bureau announced the list of host nations for the Games until 2015.

The meeting, traditionally held on the opening day of the Games ever since their inception in 1985, discussed primarily a proposal by the Technical Commission aimed at giving the Games a more stable base in its list of sport for future GSSE editions.

At present, the host country is obliged to organise competitions in athletics and swimming and another team sport.

However, the Technical Commission, which also includes MOC Director of Sport Pippo Psaila, suggested that the list of compulsory sport be broadened to six to give countries a better and longer-term development plan.

They also proposed that the calendar of sport be announced at least four years in advance.

Sources told The Times yesterday that delegates reached a consensus on the matter and added that any country looking to include a non-Olympic sport in its programme must have the backing of at least five countries.

The new format of the Games will be adopted as early as the next edition in Cyprus in 2009 and the next one in Liechtenstein two years later.

The six compulsory sport in the list for future editions of the Games now are tennis, table tennis, swimming, athletics, judo and shooting, besides basketball or volleyball, or both.

Farrugia Sacco appointment
Also during yesterday's Bureau meeting, Maltese Olympic Committee president Lino Farrugia Sacco was elected to form part of the Jury of Appeal of the Monaco Games along with Mark Theisen, of the Luxembourg NOC.

Kiki Lazarides, the president of the Cypriot Olympic Committee, announced that the calendar of sport in his country in two years' time will comprise 10 disciplines.

These will be: athletics, basketball, gymnastics (rhythmic and artistic), judo, sailing, shooting (target and clay), swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.

The list signals a return for clay shooting events, one of the pillars of Malta's success in GSSE sport, and women's basketball. Rhythmic gymnastics will be introduced for the first time in 2009.

The Cyprus Games will be held between June 1 and 6, 2009.

Liechtenstein have also revealed their list of sport for 2011.

This will be made up of cycling (road and mountain bike), judo, shooting, squash, swimming, athletics, tennis, table tennis and volleyball.

The Games in Liechtenstein will take place between May 30 and June 4, 2011.

Meanwhile, the International Bureau yesterday announced the host GSSE nations for 2013 and 2015. These will be Luxembourg and Iceland respectively.
Courtesy of:http://www.timesofmalta.com


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Long-awaited title finally goes to Harbour -by Eurobasket News
Harbour Breeze - Waikato Lady Titans 82:63

The Harbour Breeze finally accomplished what they were about to do last year. In this WBL season's Final they celebrated a 82:63 victory over the Waikato Lady Titans. This came one year after a disappointing loss to Auckland last year.
Harbour started the game confidently and their leader Natalie Purcell (183-F-82) spurred the Breeze to an impressive 11:0 run to make it 23:11. She also ensured a 5:0 start of the second frame to clear off the Lady Titans. The Breeze drove to a comfortable 51:32 advantage at halftime and seemed to have little doubts who is going to claim the title. The Lady Titans had not enough options to chamge the course of the encounter and slipped behind 35-point deficit. Just at the dying stage of the game with Harbour bench on the court the Lady Titans managed to post 17:0 frame to cut an overwhelming advantage. Tall Fern Natalie Purcell produced 21 points for the winners. Jennifer Lingor (178-G/F, college: Centenary) added 18 points. Jo Kailahi scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a losing effort.
Natalie Purcell received a competition MVP award. She was also named on the tournament team together with teammates Noni Wharemate and Jennifer Lingor. The team also comprised Jo Kailahi from Waikato and Sezen Mercan from Wellington.

Sezen Mercan meanwhile helped her Wellington to edge Otago in the consolation final 81:62. She chipped in 31 points. Elise Cassidy (172-G-87) (172-G-87) replied with 23 points for Otago.

Harbour - Waikato 82:63
Harbour: Natalie Purcell 21, Jennifer Lingor 18, Jody Tini 11
Waikato: Jo Kalahi 20, Tasha Lenden 16

Wellington - Otago 81:62
Wellington: Sezen Mercan 31, Nola Wainohu 21, Kate Hockings 10
Otago: Elise Cassidy (172-G-87) 23.


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POLAND - Women

Slovakian Barbora Gatialova died in a car crash... -by Jakub Gieryluk
One of the most talented Slovakian players, 21-year-old Barbara Gatialova (200-C-86) died in a car crash on Thursday, May 31st. Gatialova started professional career in SCP Ruzomberok, and the moved to Poland to be playing for Lotos Gdynia and AZS Poznan. Recently she decided to start studies, came back to Slovakia and spent the 2006-07 season in Viktoria Kosice.

Gatialova won bronze U20 European Championship medal and started in EuroCup (with Ruzomberok) and Euroleague (with Lotos). She was also one of the tallest women in history (198-200 cm, according to various sources).

according to Slovakian media


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SEYCHELLES - Women

nvincibility battle for HotShots and Stars -by Mohammed Malas
UNTIL the top two local women's sides - HotShots and Anse Etoile Stars - meet in a must-see encounter on June 22 at Victoria Gymnasium, the Anse Boileau-based team are setting the pace of the championship with maximum points.

Against a new-look Bel Air in their recent match, HotShots got more than half of their points - 58 - from their two main scorers - Tina Agathine and Myra Solin. A member of the country's volleyball pre-selection, centre Agathine got 31 points and international forward Solin added 28 in the 102-24 win over Bel Air.

The win was HotShots' fourth in as many games played and it will be interesting to see if the reigning Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup winners will extend their winning run when they meet defending League champions Stars who are unbeaten in three matches.

The Stars' latest win was against Cadettes on a 120-10 score. Coach Michel Malbrook had six players scoring in double digits - Simone Malbrook (30), Sylvia Sophie (21), Barbara Hoareau (17), Dynah Louis (16), Magdeline Julienne (14) and Priscilla Devasin (12).

In the Men's division 1B league, RC Dynamics were unbeaten in four games and had looked like imposing their authority on how the championship should progress. But this was before they met Praslin Warriors who taught the former Men's division 1A side a lesson of quick and reliable basketball.

With skipper Jackson Auguste (32 points) and Ryan Volcère (21 points, including two 2-pointers) combining for 53 points in their 83-60 win, the Warriors look like championship material only if they can maintain the rhythm and discipline in their game.

After welcoming back Volcère, who had a spell with Men's division 1A side MBU Rockers, and acquiring former Falcons playmaker Auguste, the Warriors, a good running side with tall and skilful players, only need a good coach on their bench to see them progress and why not make the grade to the highest 1A league next season.

With the kind of game they produced last Saturday, thumping Bel Air Blazers 93-66, Juniors, who are under the guidance of coach Gregoire Scholastique and assistant Pascal Fostel, look capable of challenging for the Men's division 1B title.

Lanky Abdel Sylla controlled the defensive and offensive boards and had 25 points, while the Ah-Kongs - Sergio and captain Reggie - proved to their retired dad Nigel, who was present to see them in action and even called them to the sidelines for additional coaching, that they too can play the game and score.
A playmaker just like his dad, elder brother Reggie scored 18 points including three 3-pointers while Sergio netted four treys on the way to a 16-point performance.

In another Men's division 1B encounter last Sunday, Anse Etoile beat LMS Jazz 66-56, while there were wins for Mont Fleuri Dawgz and RA Herons against LMS Youth (44-39) and Fire Brigade (59-27) respectively in the men's lowest division.

G. G.


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TAIWAN - Women

Korea beat Taiwan, qualifies for Beijing Olympics -by Chris Wang
Taiwan lost to South Korea 80-70 in the semifinal of the Asian Championship for Women and China beat Japan 74-62 in the other semi as the Koreans qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by advancing to the championship game.

The loss means Taiwan's last Olympics hope will be the world qualifying tournament next June, which will determine 5 wildcard teams out of 12 participants. Taiwan will meet Japan for bronze Sunday.

South Korea led by only two at halftime but used a 12-0 run in the first two minutes of the third quarter to open up the game. Beon Yeon-ha led with 19 points. Park Jung Eun had 16. Jung Sun-min and Jin Mi Jung each added 11 points.

Power forward Chiang Feng-chun paced Taiwan with 20 points. Wen Chi had 15.


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THAILAND - Women

Thailand stays in level I after beating Hong Kong -by Eurobasket News
Thailand-Hong Kong 71:41 (26:18, 13:6, 13:5, 19:12)

Thailand celebrated the second and the last win in the Championship and saved the place in Level I for the next Championship. Hong Kong meanwhile lost for the second time and stayed in Level II. FIBA Asia Championship for Women said good bye to both teams this year.

Thailand was led 16 points from Naruemol Bamoo. Nantana Charoenrat ended up with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Roong-Aroon posted 12 points and 8 rebounds. Yau Ka Wai (-78) finished with 11 points in the losing effort.
The first quarter was the open quarter for both squads and both of them played offensive basketball. Thailand took a lead and finished the first with 26:18. The favorites paid more attention to defense in the next two quarters and let the opponents to score only 11 points in the second and the third quarters. Thailand won 13:6 the second and 13:5 the third to have a confident lead before the last quarter. Unfortunately for Hong Kong they had only 29 points in the beginning of the fourth and they worried more about their points than the total score. Thailand overwhelms Hong Kong 71:41 and survives in Level I.
Hong Kong will have better chances in the next Championship in winning the Level II as India qualified to Level I. The latter was the only team in the Preliminary Round that upset Hong Kong.


Thailand: Naruemol Bamoo (185-F-87) 16, Nantana Charoenrat (175-G-77) 13+7 rebs, Roong-Aroon 12+8 rebs
Hong Kong: Yau Ka Wai 11, Cheung Wai Hong (-G-88) 10


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WBCBL - Women

1st Year Coach Gets Big Win -by Willie McCray
In maybe, the most intense basketball game in WBCBL history, 1st year Arkansas Ballers Coach, Jessica Kern, earned a tough win. The Out West held the lead most of the first half, but with only a 6 point spread.

Canada's Coach Russell indicated the Ballers were the quickest team Out West has faced so far and stronger than most European teams Out West has gone up against in the past several seasons.

Ballers point guard, Maxanne Reese put on a gutsy performance with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals.


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WNBA - Women

Champs on fire -by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Shock remained the only undefeated team in the WNBA action after they celebrated a 67:57 win over the New York Liberty today. The teams were close in the third quarter but the Shock used a couple of lay ups to extend the lead to 10 points at the end of the third frame. The Shock continued to dominate in the final quarter as they drove to a 16-point advantage and secured the 5th win in the season. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) provided 17 points to pace the Shock. Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) had 14 points in a win. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) answered with 18 points in the first loss for the Liberty in the season.

Houston meanwhile are still looking for their first win in WNBA action this season. They were unable to succeed against the Connecticut Sun today falling short 77:88 at home. The Comets seemed to be in the right form for the winning night as they recorded a spectacular 25:8 second frame and spurred away to a 16-point lead at halftime. But the Sun did not look disappointed as theu hit back with a 32:11 third quarter to grab the lead back. Houston never solved that one and lost the 6th straight game. Nykesha Sales notched game-high 26 points to lead the Sun. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) contributed 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Asjha Jones counted for 19 points in a win. Michelle Snow (6'5''-C-80, college: Tennessee) posted 22 points for Comets. The Sun dominated the paint with 34 rebounds comparing to 26 from the Comets.

Detroit - New York 67:57
Detroit: Deanna Nolan 17 points, Swin Cash 14, Plenette Pierson 13
New York: Shameka Christon 18, Cathrine Kraayeveld 13

Houston - Connecticut 77:88
Houston: Michelle Snow 22, Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) 19, Latasha Byears 14
Connecticut: Nykehsa Sales 26, Katie Douglas 22, Asjha Jones 19

Los Angeles - Minnesota 90:87
Los Angeles: Taj McWilliams-Franklin 20, Marta Fernandez 19, Chamique Holdsclaw (6'2''-F-77, college: Tennessee) 12
Minnesota: Simona Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) 28, Nicole Ohlde 15, Kristen Mann 15

Washington - Indiana 69:74
Washington: Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) 23, Nakia Sanford 13, Tamara James 10
Indiana: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) 24+12 boards, Anna Deforge 13, Tamika Whitmore 10.


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
1. Indiana F. 6-1
2. Detroit S. 5-0
3. New York L. 5-1
4. Connect. S. 4-2
5. Chicago Sky 3-3
6. Charlotte S. 0-0
7. Washingt. M. 0-7
Western
1. Sacram. M. 4-2
2. S.Antonio SS 4-3
3. Phoenix M. 4-4
4. L.Angeles S. 3-2
5. Seattle S. 2-2
6. Minnesota L. 1-8
7. Houston C. 0-6


Sparks edge Lynx -by Mohammed Malas
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mwadi Mabika nailed four clutch free throws down the stretch to guide the Los Angeles Sparks past the Minnesota Lynx, 90-87, in LA's home opener.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin netted 20 points and Marta Fernandez added 19 for the Sparks, who were the last team in the league to play at home. They did it in their fifth game of the season.

The Lynx were paced by Seimone Augustus, who had a game-best 28 points.