EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/18/2008

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ABA

Vermont and Manchester go on in winning -by Gianni Pascucci
The Vermont Frost heaves clearly defeated the Montreal Royal, 108-95 on the road at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre on Friday night. The game ended with a basket by new Frost Heaves signee Ted Skuchas (6'11''-C-83, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) and the Royal, led by Quilninious Randall (6'6''-F-78, college: Northeastern), who scored 17 points, never got closer than five points. The best performers in Vermont were Dokun Akingbade (6'9''-F-84, college: George Washington) with 19 points, Terrance Greene (6'4''-G/F-81, college: Nevada) with 15 and Issa Konare (6'8''-F-80, college: High Point) with 14. Another ABA top team, the Manchester Millrats, dominated the Quebec Kebekwa from start to finish, winning 145-106. The torrid shooting of Mason, Anderson and Young was the main reason of the huge points difference. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) led Manchester with 30 points, P.J. Young (6'6''-F, college: S.New Hampshire) added 18, Charles Mason (6'8''-F-75, college: Bunker Hill) 16, and Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Drake) 12 points to go with 9 assists. Before the game, the Millrats welcomed the addition to their roster of swingman Dwight Brewington (6'5''-G-84, college: Liberty), who scored 21 in 23 minutes off the bench. Thanks to these two wins and their market moves, Vermont and Machester confirm to be the main teams at the Eastern side of the ABA, and we expect them to go very ahead in the 2008 title race. The season of the Halifax Rainmen, instead, is ending in a disappointing way. This team felt for the sixth time in a row, this time 139-129 to the Boston Blizzard in Boston. Tonight the team meets the Frost Heaves in Barre, and we can forecast another loss.

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Partizan remains on top of Adriatic league -by Dragan Jankovski
In derby game of 21st round of Adriatic league Partizan Igokea once again was better than Crvena Zvezda 88-81. The game was played at the front of the around 1.500 spectators who had a yearly tickets because the other tickets for today's game were not on sale. It was maybe the most interesting derby between two eternal rivals in the last two years. The game is decided in the last quarter after 3-pointer by Tripkovic and Palacio's lay-up. After serious defeat in Siena, Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic was satisfied with this win and the fact that black and whites has two wins more than Zadar which gives them right to play without bigger pressure until the end of the regular season.

Partizan got 24 points from PG Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) and 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists from Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket). MVP of the game was Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), who added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) netted 26 points and 4 rebounds for Zvezda while Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85) followed him with 18 points and 4 rebounds.


Crvena Zvezda - Partizan Igokea 81-88

Crvena Zvezda:
Cook 26 (4 rebs), Sljivancanin 18 (4 rebs), Misanovic 14 (5 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Palacio 24, Kecman 13 (4 rebs, 5 as), Velickovic 10 (11 rebs)


FMP surprised Zadar in "Jazine", Olimpija outplayed Vojvodina -by Dragan Jankovski
FMP made surprise beating, this season very good, Zadar on the road 84-78. Until Saturday Zadar lost only one game on their home court 'Jazine'. After 6-6 at the beginning FMP, mostly owing to Zoran Erceg, made 14-0 run setting the score on 20-6 and very soon to 28-7. Panthers finished the first quarter with plus 20 but Zadar succeeded to make a turn in 29th minute and later to extend lead on plus 8. FMP didn't give up and took lead again 72-71 with three minutes to go. At the very end FMP's players netted 4 FTs what was enough for the 11th win in Adriatic league. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) added 22 points and 5 rebounds for FMP while Zadar got 20 points and 5 rebounds from Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF).

Vojvodina Srbijagas, who has a lot of problems this season, wasn't able to resist Olimpija in Ljubljana. Slovenian Natonal Cup holder made easy win 58-72. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners netting 23 points including 5 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) was better than the others in Vojvodina with 19 points and 5 rebounds.

Hemofarm STADA beat Zagreb on Friday 73-66.


Zadar - FMP 78-84
(11-31,24-13,30-13,13-27)

Zadar:
Stallworth 20 (5 rebs), Gecevski 15 (11 rebs), Bruer 12 (4 rebs)
FMP: Erceg 22 (5 rebs), Jeremic 14 (4 rebs), Labovic 12 (7 rebs)


Olimpija - Vojvodina Srbijagas 72-58
(23-14,18-11,14-15,17-18)

Olimpija:
Hukic 23 (5 rebs), Rizvic 14 (6 rebs), Dragic 12 (8 rebs, 6 as)
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Ivanovic 19 (5 rebs), Bojovic 11 (6 rebs), Golubovic 8 (8 rebs)


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AUSTRALIA

All set for Playoffs in NBL -by Eurobasket News
The regular season was completed yesterday in the NBL with 8 teams able to book their post season birth. The actual intrigue of the last day of action was the distribution of the places inside the Top 8. The Perth Wildcats took on the New Zealand Breakers in one of the most interesting clashes of the final day of the regular season. The Wildcats extended the winning tradition against the Breakers at the Challenge Stadium rolling to a 98:85 victory. It allowed Perth to finish the season at the 4th spot. The Breakers meanwhile fell to the 7th place and would start their quarterfinal campaign away from home. They face the Taipans on February 21 in the elimination matchup in Cairns. Perth meanwhile will wait for the outcome of another quarterfinal battle between the Blaze and the Crocs to take on the winners. Brisbane Bullets will play against the winner of the Breakers vs. Taipans duel.
The Sydney Kings completed their high-flying regular season on a high note winning against the Melbourne South Dragons 88:81. The teams played in the open air as Vodafone Arena opened its roof to the stars. The South Dragons were eager to add some sweetness to their unfortunate season and dominated early on. They were up by 3 points at halftime and extended the margin to 4 points heading into the fourth period. But the Kings found the way to step in front. Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) and Dontaye Draper (180-G, college: Charleston) came up with three consecutive trebles for the Kings as they claimed the lead for good in this one. Jason Smith (194-G-74) ended up with 22 points for Sydney. Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) had 15 points, while Russell Hinder notched 12 points for the winners. Matt Burston (210-F/C-82) answered with 30 points for the South Dragons. Sydney registered the 27th win and wrapped up the regular season at 27-3 record winning the last 8 games.


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AUSTRIA

Klosterneuburg defeats Allianz Swans Gmunden -by Eurobasket News
Last night Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg beat Allianz Swans Gmunden 90:81. The hosts opened the game with 21:20 advantage and improved to 23:18 in the second. Gmunden however replied with 20:29 in the third but then again Klosterneuburg won the fourth 26:14 and the game itself. Melvin Creddle (186-G-82, college: Mount Olive) led the winners with 28 points. Calvin Watson (196-G-85, college: N.Texas) netted 17, while Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) and Kevin Leon Martin scored 14 points each. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) produced 24 points in the losing effort. The winner improved to 14-11 record and stays 6th. Allianz Swans Gmunden fell at 18-7 and now 2 wins behind from Oberwart Gunners. The next games are planned for today.
The draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Division B tournament will take place in Targu Mures, Romania in early August. The teams were distributed in 4 groups with 5 teams in Groups A, B and C and 4 teams in Group D. Two best teams out of each group will advance to the qualifying round. Austria will play in Group C with Slovak Republic, Estonia, Belgium and Switzerland.

Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg - Allianz Swans Gmunden 90:81
Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg: Melvin Creddle 28, Calvin Watson 17, Christoph Nagler 14, Kevin Leon Martin 14
Allianz Swans Gmunden: Deteri Mayes 24, Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) 19, Matthias Mayer 14


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AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijan U20 will play in Group B -by Eurobasket News
The draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Division B tournament will take place in Targu Mures, Romania in early August. The teams were distributed in 4 groups with 5 teams in Groups A, B and C and 4 teams in Group D. Two best teams out of each group will advance to the qualifying round. Azerbaijan will play in Group B together with Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Czech Republic. It will be a great experience for the young talents from the country.

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BAHRAIN

Sitra Easy Win Over Najma -by Walter Neto
SITRA recorded an emphatic 97-72 victory over Al Najma in the Bahrain Basketball League match last night at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex. It was a crucial match for both sides, especially Sitra who were keen to maintain their chances of taking one of the top four positions and a berth in the Golden Square final round.

With this win, Sitra moved up to share Muharraq third place with 22 points from 14 matches, three points behind leaders and reigning champions Al Ahli. Jamel Coachmen of the US led Sitra to their eighth win in the season, scoring 29 points. Other top players for Sitra were Younis Hassan (17 points) and Abdulaziz Abdulbaqi (15). But it was Sitra who dominated the match from start to finish, taking a 57-29 lead at half-time which virtually secured their victory.

Al Najma, on the other hand, went into yesterday's game hoping to continue their recent good run and move away from the bottom of this 10-team table. The team in blue and white jerseys suffered their ninth defeat and are presently taking a joint seventh position with Al Ittihad with 17 points each. Nigeria's Tyril Awere made the bulk of scoring for Al Najma with 33 points. Al Najma were also represented by Sayed Mohammed, Arif Ismail, Ali Abdulhamid and Hussain Mohammed.

Four more matches will be held over the next two days as defending champions Al Ahli and 15-time winners Manama set out as favourites to extend their joint lead today when they clash with Bahrain Club and Al Ittihad, respectively. Muharraq are looking to maintain their third position when they take on Isa Town tomorrow at 5.30pm.

That will be followed by what promises to be a thriller at 7.30pm as sixth-placed Al Hala hope to maintain their recent comeback when they encounter Nuwaidrat who are holding fourth spot.

Meanwhile, Al Najma Club honoured members of its basketball team in appreciation to their recent good results in the league. During a special ceremony, the club also presented special prizes to players Mohammed Al Busta and Hassan Sultan. Al Busta showed excellent discipline during training sessions this season while Sultan was honoured due to his remarkable performance this month.

The function was attended by club's board member Yousif Al Harmi, basketball team head Abdulbasit Al Busta and other team officials. The team, under coach Abdulla Jassim who was recently appointed by the board, showed major development in their performance this season by winning two of their three matches.

SOURCE GDN: RAMI Hulayyel


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Kalev ripped Rock -by Janar Filippov
In SEB BBL Elite Division, BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn led for the whole game against arch-rivals TU/Rock and won comfortably 85:64. Kalev stays 7th, Rock is 8th in Elite Division.

The hosts started well and led 18:9 in sixth minute of the game. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74), Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) and Ed Scott (182-G-81, college: Clemson) had scored a three-pointer, already.

Rock came back thanks to brave offensive performances by Tsintsadze (192-G-86). Team-mates followed and three baskets from Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) decreased the gap to four points - 22:18. It could have been a tie but Rock made only 1/6 free throws in 1st quarter.
In 2nd, both teams struggled offensively. Kalev maintained a lead of at least two baskets. Rock had most of their points from Cusworth who had 15 in 1st half. Dusan Jelic made three difficult shots in a row for Kalev. First half ended 41:34.
Third quarter became a decisive one. Kalev made 12:2 run as a trio of guards - Howard Frier (193-G-76, agency: EM-PA, college: Colorado), Scott and Kriisa turned the tempo too high for the guests. With 4 minutes played in 3rd, Kalev led 55:39, already but there was more to come. Hosts made another 10:2 run behind two three-pointers from Kriisa, and the score was 66:45. The last quarter was a pure formality.

Kriisa scored 19 for the hosts, Kedzo and Frier added 13 and Tanel Sokk 10 points. Brian Cusworth topped all players with 20 points and 9 rebounds, Giorgi Tsintsadze added 18 and Kestutis Sestokas (203-F-76) 12 for Rock.

In Kalev, 8 players scored 6 or more points. Rock made only 1/13 three point attempts and 15/24 free throws.


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BELGIUM

Recap D1 Rd 21 -by Peter Buyse


Good weekend for Oostende who now reclaim the lead in D1. This not only thanks to their win at Gent but also the rather unexpected loss of Mons at Verviers-Pepinster.
Oostende took a blazing start outscoring the home team 0-10 in the first 3 minutes of the game. Gent fought its way back to 13-15 thanks to Freeman, Oefugbu and Miller.
That was the last of the Gent scoring in the first Q which finished at 13-22.
The second quarter saw both teams score in spurts, Gent opened best and got to within 4 pts of Oostende (20-24). Oostende led by McCray and Davis then ran off to 26-37.
It was again Miller, Oefugbu and Rotsaert who brought the home-team to within 5 pts at 34-39. Oostende was able to extend their lead at the half to 36-45.

Oostene took final control of the game at the beginning of the 3rd quarter and quicky took an 18 pt lead (40-58). The visitors never looked back and took the biggest lead of the game with 4 minutes gone in the 4th Q at 59-83.

Gent never really gave up and thanks to scoring by Freemand and Oefugbu got to within 12 pts at the end of the game.

Gent missed John Turek for the second straight game.

Next up for Oostende is the Uleb Cup game vs Kyiv on Tuesday in Oostende.


Nothing seemed wrong for Mons-Hainaut in their game at Verviers. They led 24-28 after the first quarter and held on to that 4 pt lead at the half.

A dramatic 3rq quarter which saw the home team outscore Mons 25-10 changed all that and Verviers held on to the hard fought win 82-76.


The Antwerp Giants who had been struggling lately maneaged to get a nice win over Liege. At the end of a very close game 79-80 and with 0.2 seconds on the clock, Mladen Selularac only made one of 2 Ft's to get Antwerp the overtime period. It only postponed the inevitable since Antwerp outscored Liege 17-4 to take the home win.


No suprised in the other games with Charleroi getting its first win under coach Jacques Stas beating Leuven 78-60.


Okapi Aalstar held on for dear life at Bree but could not stop the home team from getting the win 85-78.


MVP of Rd 21 was Bree's D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) 19pt, 13 rebs and 4 blocks.



Charleroi Coaches News -by Peter Buyse

Charleroi has announced Drazen Anzulovic as their new head-coach. He signed a contract for a year and a half with an option for an extra year.
Anzulovic is expected to arrive in Belgium on Monday and should coach his first game against Oostende.
Coached KK and Cibona Zagreb in the past and won 3 championships with Cibona.

Coached Ural Great Perm untill this weekend when he left the team. Coached 2 former Oostende players at Perm in Ralph Biggs, Brent Wright and Vanja Plisnic.


Below is extract from Ural Great Perm website.


Today (Sunday) in the morning the head coach of Ural Great Drazen Anzulovic left the club. On Friday, February 15th, Anzulovic informed the staff of the club about his intension to retire. The club refused to accept the decision. Ural Great regards the departure of the Croatian coach as an unauthorized abandonment of the job.
According to the informal information Drazen Anzulovic received an offer from one of the European top-clubs. And that's the reason for his decision to terminate the contract with Ural Great one-sidedly without clarifying the real reasons.



Charleroi's new forward Matt Walsh also arrived recently and should play this coming weekend vs Oostende too.



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BRAZIL

FLAMENGO and CETAF won their games in Nacional Masculino.- -by Ed Goodman

Flamengo Petrobras had to make their best effort in order to keep their undefeated condition in the league and obtain their 9th win in a row, defeating Universo BRB. Universo tried to be the 1st team to defeat Flamengo but they lost a 10 point lead at the beginning of the 4th quarte. At the end of regulation the score was tied at 92. Flamengo eventually won in overtime 106-102. Marcelinho, with 46 points, was the Flamengo hero. For Universo the best was Ratto with 24 Pts.

In the other game Cetaf/ Garoto/ UVV won over Univates Bira 82-77. Jefferson scored 24 Pts for Cetaf and Thulius scored 18 Pts for Univates.



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BULGARIA

Deane rewarded with new contract extension -by Valentin Anguelov

Just days before the ULEB CUP 32 playoff games begin; the player Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) signed a valuable contract extension with the Bulgarian Club Lukoil Academic that ensures he remains with the club even after the ULEB CUP season unless a NBA or Euroleague team is willing to pay a buyout.

Deane who is the ULEB Cup regular season assist leader and ranks 9th in scoring is proving that he is one of the best point guards in Europe. He may be the best point guard anywhere in the world that is just starting to get some attention.

His agent, Craig McKenzie, of Higher Vision Sports says for BulgarianBasket.com, 'It didn't take me long to figure this out. Willie can shoot the long ball. He can defend. He is quick. He jumps over power position players and dunks. He can pass. What more do you want from a point guard. I won't be surprised to see him in the NBA next season or at least on one of the higher eschelon European Clubs.'


His agent states that he is already fielding calls from NBA teams for the summer. Willie was the last cut this season with Washington Wizards.



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CHINA

Guangdong Goes Up 3-0 -by Arthur Volbert
Today's contest with Guangdong was a must-win game for Liaoning. Liaoning lost.

Guangdong crushed Liaoning 106-83 at Liaoning to take an almost-insurmountable 3-0 lead in the CBA finals. Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) continued his superlative play with 28 points on 9 of 11 shooting, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. He is making a strong argument for retaining his starting spot at small forward on the Olympic team. Perhaps he is finally realizing the potentential he showed when he scored 14 points against the United States team in 2002 at alleged age 19.

Lamond Murray scored 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Jason Dixon shot only 8 of 19 but had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 12 points and 14 rebounds in 42 minutes for Liaoning while Jamal Sampson had only 3 points and 3 rebounds in 8 minutes.

So Guangdong's imports outscored Liaoning's 33-15, though Liaoning's imports had a slight 17-14 rebounding edge. Guangdong's imports clearly were superior today.

Chen Jianghua had another good game and is making a strong argument for inclusion on the Olympic team as instant offense off the bench. He had 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. He spent about 10 minutes playing as a combo guard alongside Liu Xiaoyu. This is the position that may be his most effective in international competition, perhaps with 6-9 Lakers draftee Sun Yue at point guard.

Bian Qiang was the most effective player for Liaoning with 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Liu Xiangtao played 17 minutes and scored 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Yang Ming had 13 points in 25 minutes but Zhang Qingpeng only had 2 points in 34 minutes, missing all 3 of his shots from the floor and committing 5 turnovers.


Liaoning---- 20 23 22 18 83
Guangdong 29 26 26 25 106

Guangdong 106
Lamond Murray 17p+2r+1s+1bl, Jason Dixon 16p+12r+1a+5s, Zhu Fangyu 28p+6r+4a+3s, Liu Xiaoyu 31min+4p+1r+2a+1s+2to, Du Feng 11p+4r+5a+2s, Wang Shipeng 8p+4r+1a, Chen Jianghua 27min+17p+5r+4a+2to
Liaoning 83
Gu Liye 5p+1r+1a, Bian Qiang 21p+2a+1s, Zhang Qingpeng 2p+5r+3a+1s+5to, Li Xiaoxu 9p+4r+1a+2bl, Lu Yao 4p+2r+2a, Olumide Oyedeji 12p+14r+2a+1s+2bl, Yang Ming 13p+1r+2a+3s+0to, Jamal Sampson 8min+3p+3r, Liu Xiangtao 17min+14p+1r


Guang Dong has 1 Step to Champion -by Robert Wang

Guang Dong beat Liao ning at 106:83. Liao ning played at home but struggled for the whole game. It seems that Yang ming can't play at the same level as he was at 3 years ago. He can't organize the team well and he forced the coach to put Zhang qing Peng in. Zhang made some good penetration and helped his team in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. While, Chen Jiang hua has played very well by using his speed, he made some good points under the basket.

The best player for Guang dong was Zhu Fang yu, as he scored 28 points. In Liao ning, Oyedeji Olumide got 14 points and 12 rebounds. But Jamal Sampson only played 8 minutes and got 3 points and 3 rebounds. Liao ning played very hard for the whole game but the team couldn't match Guang dong. It seemed like division 2 team played against a division 1 team. Guang dong only needs to win one more game to become the champion. We will see how liaoning plays next game.



GUANDONG LOOKING TO SWEEP SERIES!!!! -by Ogoh Odaudu
Poetry in motion is the only way one could describe the rythm and metrical pattern that the Guandong Tigers used to further their intentions of clinching the CBA title this season, as they handed down another defeat to Liaoning Panpan this evening in Liaoning. Final scores were 106-83. Guandong, who won all four quarters at 20-29, 23-26, 22-26 and final quarter score of 18-25 are now one game shy of the CBA title. Liaoning who put up a great fight to stay in the game had their efforts thwarted by Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) who kept the visitors ahead with a bunch of points. He ended up with 28pts and 6rebs. Murray Lamond (201-F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: California) and Chen Jianghua (188-G-89) added 17pts each while Dixon Jason (205-C-73, college: Liberty) scored 16pts and grabbed 12rebs. For Liaoning,Bian Qiang (192-G-79) led scoring with 21pts while Liu Xiangtao (202-F/C-80) who came back after twisting his ankle in game 1 added 14pts. Yang Ming (193-G-87) and Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) each scored 13 and 12pts respectively. Oyedeji also grabbed 14 boards. Game 4 will be played on the 20th.

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CROATIA

Sibenik leads with 11-3 -by Eurobasket News
Sibenik leads Croatian league with 11-3 record. In the last game of the latest round the team overcame Dubrava 77:72. Sibenik had 13-3 lead that was extended to 25:11 by the end of the opening quarter. Karlo Vragovic was at the helm with three 3-pointers of his own and brought his team to 37:32. In the end the hosts had 74:72 and score three more points for the win. Zoran Vrkic (203-G/F-87) and Jure Roncevic (194-F/G-84) had 17 points each for the winners. Petar Males (202-F-72, agency: Heinrich Sports) scored 13 while Petkovic added 11 points and 9 assists. In another games Alkar Sinj beat Dubrovnik 92:71, Zabok won over Borik 66:65. Osijek 2006 lost at home to Cedevita 60:85 and Kvarner NR beat Slavonski Brod 84:79.
Meanwhile the draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Four groups with 4 teams in each were chosen for Division A competition. The U20 European championship will take place in Ventspils, Latvia from August 1 through August 10. Three top teams of each group will advance to the qualifying round, where they will fight for the right to go into the semifinal stage. In Group A Croatia will play with Ukraine, Lithuania and Greece.


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CYPRUS

Limassol powerhouse captures OPAP National Cup trophy -by Nemanja Bjedov
Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) scored 19 points and Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) added 17 as Proteas EKA AEL beat Intercollege ETHA 79-75 to claim the OPAP National Cup title on Friday night at the Kition Athletic Center in Larnaca.

The reigning champions propelled to a 27-16 lead at the end of the opening period as Intercollege ETHA's players committed unusually high number of turnovers. However, Kyriakos Adamou's men overcame their initial nervousness in the second quarter and led by Nikolas Papadopoulos reduced their deficit to seven points at 46-39 going to the half-time break. The Nicosia team continued in the same fashion after the interval and with 5:41 remaining to play in the third they were trailing by one at 50-49. Proteas EKA AEL then went on a 10-2 run as they closed the quarter with a twelve-point lead. When it seemed like the game was out of reach, Intercollege ETHA fought back and they cut Proteas EKA AEL's lead to only two points at 75-73 with 1:03 left on the clock. Unfortunately for the Nicosia fans they had no strength to take the lead as the ruling champions held their nerves and deservedly won the first trophy of the season for the eighth time in the club's history.

Aleksic was the MVP of the game with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Ryan Randle and Vasily Zavoruev had 11 and 10 points respectively.

Davorin Dalipagic led Intercollege ETHA with 17 points, while Gary Ware added 16. Nikolas Papadopolouos had 15, while Bojan Vukadinovic finished the game with 12.


Proteas EKA AEL won the Cup -by Chris Mammides

Proteas EKA AEL beat Intercollege Etha Engomis 79-75 to win the title.

The game was a derby as the Limassol team had total control and it was a matter of changing gears. When AEL was speeding up the difference went sky high, when the Limmasol team was running low in energy (and probably thinking about the crucial game for its European duties) the Engomis team was running after the score. This was thanks to the efforts of Davorin Dalipagic (203-F-76, college: S.Alabama) and Nikos Papadopoulos (197-G/F-81), mostly, as he was 'in' the game untill the end.

The Engomis team showed that it will be a tough nut for any team to play against in the Playoffs as Head Coach Adamos Adamou made some really good transfers and, together with the Cypriot players, Etha showed that it could 'harm' any team in the league.

The MVP of the Cup's final was once again the Serbian guard Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82). Aleksic not only scored 19 points but was the one to show energy and spirit, and with this passion he 'pushed' his team to another title.


The quarters were: 27-16, 46-39, 68-56 and the final 79-75


Top scorers for the two teams were:

AEL: Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) 17 points, Milutin Aleksic 19 points, Randle 11 points

Etha: Dalipagic 17, Ware 16, Papadopoulos 15


This is the 8th Cup title for the Limassol team!!



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CZECH REP.

Nymburk improves to 28-1 record -by Ondra Simecek

In the games that were played yesterday Nymburk improved to 28-1 record after a road 54:83 win over BK Kondoři Liberec. The first quarter was a disaster for the hosts that lost 2:24. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) led the winners with 23 points. Jan Pastyrik (208-C-83) ended up with 16 points in the losing clause. Kolin beat Usti Labem 98:66, Ostrava overcame USK Praha 77:69. Decin was stronger than Sadska 100:70 and Prostejov won over A Plus 102:74.

In last game o 29th round Mattoni NBL Pardubice won 77-59 over Novy Jicin. Geofin scored first points as last as 6th minute and lost first quarter 30-5. Home team had edge over visitors more than 30 points, but later in the game Pardubice lost concentration and Geofin revised score. Very good performance in winner‘s team demonstrated Kamaldin Gamma (10 pts and 9 rebounds) and Jiri Novotny (16 pts). Robert Sarovic in Geofin's jersey ended up game with 17 points (message from Geofin by Radek Horak)
Czech Republic will play in Group D in the next EuroBasket that will take place in Poland from 7th through 20th September 2009. So the draw of the qualifying stage in Division A was held in Italy. Seventeen teams were distributed into 4 groups. Three groups will comprise 4 teams and one will consist of 5 contenders. The top team in each group and three more best-ranked squads will automatically qualify for EuroBasket. One more spot will be raffled off in an additional qualifying tournament.
Group A drawn together Italy and Serbia that will definitely fight for the top spot. Alongside this obvious favorites Bulgaria will try to make impact. Hungary and Finland can also come up with some sort of surprises.
Group B will enjoy the battle of last EuroBasket participants Latvia and Portugal clash together. Macedonia and Estonia will also fight for the lucky ticket.
Group C seems as the toughest possible one. Turkey and France are obvious favorites, while Ukraine and Belgium are ambitious teams that are capable of sensation at this stage.
Group D brought together Czech Republic, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Great Britain.
The draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Division B tournament will take place in Targu Mures, Romania in early August. The teams were distributed in 4 groups with 5 teams in Groups A, B and C and 4 teams in Group D. Two best teams out of each group will advance to the qualifying round. In Group B Czech Republic will play against Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Azerbaijan.



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E.CHAMPS U20

The Draw for U20 European championship is being held in Venice -by Eurobasket News
Yesterday the draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Four groups with 4 teams in each were chosen for Division A competition. The U20 European championship will take place in Ventspils, Latvia from August 1 through August 10. Three top teams of each group will advance to the qualifying round, where they will fight for the right to go into the semifinal stage.
So the Groups are as follows:
Group A: Croatia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Greece
Group B: Israel, Georgia, Turkey, Italy
Group C: Latvia, Montenegro, Spain, Bulgaria
Group D: Russia, Slovenia, France, Serbia

Meanwhile Division B tournament will take place in Targu Mures, Romania in early August. The teams were distributed in 4 groups with 5 teams in Groups A, B and C and 4 teams in Group D. Two best teams out of each group will advance to the qualifying round.
Group A: Norway, Portugal, Great Britain, Finland, Macedonia
Group B: Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan
Group C: Slovak Republic, Estonia, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland
Group D: Netherlands, Romania, Poland, Hungary


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EGYPT

Egyptian federation opens importing players till the end of the season -by Sherif Soliman
At last ,Importing players this season was released till the end of the season. The last date to add a player was the end of Jan this didn't help clubs to finish good deals. It seems that Somouha, Ahly ,Gezira, should benefit from this situation as they couldn't import a player yet. The team who will get a better player will be to close to win the league this season .Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Columbus St.)

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ESTONIA

Kalev ripped Rock -by Janar Filippov
In SEB BBL Elite Division, BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn led for the whole game against arch-rivals TU/Rock and won comfortably 85:64. Kalev stays 7th, Rock is 8th in Elite Division.

The hosts started well and led 18:9 in sixth minute of the game. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74), Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) and Ed Scott (182-G-81, college: Clemson) had scored a three-pointer, already.

Rock came back thanks to brave offensive performances by Tsintsadze (192-G-86). Team-mates followed and three baskets from Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) decreased the gap to four points - 22:18. It could have been a tie but Rock made only 1/6 free throws in 1st quarter.
In 2nd, both teams struggled offensively. Kalev maintained a lead of at least two baskets. Rock had most of their points from Cusworth who had 15 in 1st half. Dusan Jelic made three difficult shots in a row for Kalev. First half ended 41:34.
Third quarter became a decisive one. Kalev made 12:2 run as a trio of guards - Howard Frier (193-G-76, agency: EM-PA, college: Colorado), Scott and Kriisa turned the tempo too high for the guests. With 4 minutes played in 3rd, Kalev led 55:39, already but there was more to come. Hosts made another 10:2 run behind two three-pointers from Kriisa, and the score was 66:45. The last quarter was a pure formality.

Kriisa scored 19 for the hosts, Kedzo and Frier added 13 and Tanel Sokk 10 points. Brian Cusworth topped all players with 20 points and 9 rebounds, Giorgi Tsintsadze added 18 and Kestutis Sestokas (203-F-76) 12 for Rock.

In Kalev, 8 players scored 6 or more points. Rock made only 1/13 three point attempts and 15/24 free throws.


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EURO CHAMPS

Italy will fight with Serbia for Eurobasket 2009 -by Gianni Pascucci
The draw of the Qualifying rounds for the 2009 edition of the Eurobasket tournament has been held yesterday in Venice. Team Italy will compete in the only group made of five teams, and the top ranked opponent drawn is Serbia. The four groups will be as follows:
Group A: Italy, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Finland
Group B: Latvia, Portugal, Estonia, Fyrom-Macedonia
Group C: Turkey, France, Belgium, Ukraine
Grpup D: Czech Republic, Israel, Great Britain, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The four winners of every group plus the three best second placed teams will be promoted to the final phase of the competinion, joining the eight teams yet qualified, that are Russia, Spain, Lithuania, Greece, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland. An additional 16th place will be decided in the so-named Additional Round (scheduled for Augusr 2009). The games of the Qualifying Groups will be played between August and September, 2008.


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EUROLEAGUE

NBA Expansion to Europe is not likely in near future -by Eurobasket News
NBA Commissioner David Stern held an annual press-conference during New Orleans All-Star Weekend. He talked about his ongoing plans for the NBA Expansion to Europe. As we told you before it would possibly include 5 more teams joining the league. David Stern outlined the key problem for the NBA being presented on a wide scale in Europe. It is the absence of NBA-caliber Arenas across the continent. But as there is a movement in that direction with O2 Arenas being built in London and Berlin the idea would reliably come up in the nearest decade. He also pointed out that the NBA is mulling over the possibility of establishing expansion teams in London, Madrid, Berlin and Rome rather than European franchises joining the league. However the idea now stands at the developing stage. It is not about the nearest future that NBA will include European-based franchises in its calendar. But the market insists that one day it should become a reality.

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Tim Kisner to Poland -by Rauno Hurmalainen

American Guard Tim Kisner (188-G-78, college: Cent.Michigan) has left Finland (Honka, Espoo) to Poland (Prokom Trefl, Sopot) for the rest of this 2007-08

season. Kisner played 18 games this season on Honka roster and averaged 8,7 ppg and 3,4 apg. Last season Kisner left Poland during the season and

entered back to Finland and Honka to win in the spring his first Finnish Championship with Honka.



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FRANCE

Pro B - Round 22 : Bourg, the only leader ! -by Maxime Lory

After his easy victory vs Saint-Etienne and the defeat of Rouen, JL Bourg Basket is the new leader. The MVP of the day is Terrance Johnson (196-G-82, college: Cal.Baptist) of Besancon with a top ranking of 35. He scored 36p, shooting 10 of 13 from the 3p range.

JL Bourg Basket (1)* 94-70 Saint-Etienne (4)
Cedric Melicie & Ludovic Chelle combined 40p, 15rbs and 4ast to leaded JL Bourg Basket to the victory. They maked the difference in the third quarter with a 28-13. Thomas Andrieux, for his first game in Pro B posted 5p and grabbed 2rbs.
Cedric Melicie : 27p, 7rbs, 3asts, 1stl
Johan Passave : 14p, 8rbs

Rouen (1) 80-81 Quimper (12)
Big surprise at 'Cotonniers' where the men of Michel Veyronnet was beated by Quimper, only twelfth of the division. From the start to the end, the Breton lead the game with a maximum difference of 15 in the second quarter.
Darnell Williams : 13p, 7rbs, 4asts
Larry Stewart : 19p, 6rbs, 3asts

Nanterre (3) 80-77 Aix-Maurienne (8)
Tigh game between the 2 teams, but Nanterre with a big last quarter, finally win 80-77. The quartet Bradford-Rivers-Moerman-Cisse combined 69p, 22rbs, 7asts to leaded Nanterre to a new victory ! For Maurienne, big game of Jo. McClark with 30p at ranking.
Steffon Bradford : 15p, 10rbs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk
Jonathan McClark : 20p, 11rbs, 5asts

Evreux (10) 88-82 Poitiers (5)
Leaded by 7 at half time, the men of Remy Valin, thanks to Jerome Monnet and James Mathis catched up his lateness, and win after a big last quarter 88 to 82.
Jerome Monnet : 15p, 4rbs, 4asts, 4stls, 1blk
Pierre-Yves Guillard : 18p, 6rbs, 2asts

Brest (11) 64-67 Limoges (6)
Another win for Limoges after the one of last Tuesday vs Besancon. In spite of the 17p, 5rbs and 3asts of Sherman Gay, the Breton's team lost another time ( 4 of their last 5 games are defeats ) and see the playoffs far away ! For Limoges, Dragan Lukovski scored 13p and dished out 5asts.
Sherman Gay : 17p, 5rbs, 3asts, 3stls, 1blk
Olivier Gouez : 10p, 7rbs, 1blk

Le Portel (16) 86-81 Reims (18)
Chalons (15) 70-78 Saint-Vallier (16)
Saint-Quentin (14) 74-75 Nantes (7)
Besancon (13) 94-68 Boulazac (9)


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FYR MACEDONIA

The results of the draw -by Eurobasket News
The next EuroBasket will take place in Poland from 7th through 20th September 2009. So the draw of the qualifying stage in Division A was held today in Italy. Seventeen teams were distributed into 4 groups. Three groups will comprise 4 teams and one will consist of 5 contenders. The top team in each group and three more best-ranked squads will automatically qualify for EuroBasket. One more spot will be raffled off in an additional qualifying tournament.
Group A drawn together Italy and Serbia that will definitely fight for the top spot. Alongside this obvious favorites Bulgaria will try to make impact. Hungary and Finland can also come up with some sort of surprises.
Group B will enjoy the battle of last EuroBasket participants Latvia and Portugal clash together. Macedonia and Estonia will also fight for the lucky ticket.
Group C seems as the toughest possible one. Turkey and France are obvious favorites, while Ukraine and Belgium are ambitious teams that are capable of sensation at this stage.
Group D brought together Czech Republic, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Great Britain.

The draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Division B tournament will take place in Targu Mures, Romania in early August. The teams were distributed in 4 groups with 5 teams in Groups A, B and C and 4 teams in Group D. Two best teams out of each group will advance to the qualifying round. Macedonia will play in Group A with Norway, Portugal, Great Britain and Finland.

Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin)'s Khimky consolidated their second spot with a hard-fought 65:64 win over Triumph. Khimky kept Triumph scoreless for about 5 minutes early in the game. Fedor Likholitov broke the deadlock midway through the frame but Khimky still won the starting stanza 14:8. But Triumph quickly recovered in the second quarter and began their way back into contest. Triumph soon ignited a 5:0 run and later Khloponin fired from downtown to put the hosts in front. Mire Chatman and Terrell Lyday soon led Triumph to a 50:35 advantage midway through the third period. Nevertheless Khimky did not surrender and tied the scoreline at 64 with seconds left in regulation. Daniel Ewing got fouled with 1.4 second left in the game and sank one of two free throws to make it 65:64 for Khimky. The ball was handed to Terrell Lyday but his jumper missed the target and finalized Triumph's loss. Kelly McCarty paced the visitors with 12 points and 10 boards. Clay Tucker added 12 points for the winners. Mike Wilkinson collected 4 points and 4 rebounds. Before that Mike Wilkinson won the Russian Cup. Khimky beat CSKA 85:67 in the final.


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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 20: Weekend Results Febuary 17th! -by Michael Taylor
Bayer Leverkusen earned an exciting home win against brose Baskets Bamberg; Ewe Baskets Oldenburg topped Telekom Baskets Bonn; Eisbaren Bremerhaven finished strong against NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig; EnBW Ludwigsburg broke open their game against Trier in the second half; and Deutsche Bank Skyliners played extremely well against digibu Baskets Paderborn. In short, it was an outstanding day of Bundesliga basketball action all over Germany Sunday as Game Day 20 played out.

Sunday Febuary 17th
Eisbaren Bremerhaven 81 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 72
Eisbaren Bremerhaven had 5 players in double figures and shot 51% from the floor in a solid 81-72 team win over visiting NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig Sunday in Bremerhaven. Nate Funk led the way for the winners with 15pt 6reb and 3 of 4 from three. Matt Haryasz added 13pt 7reb, Zygimantas Jonusas 12 and newcomers Anthony Tolliver and Tony Bobbitt 11pt apiece. Braunschweig earned a 23-21 lead after 1Q before Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas and his me rallied to take a 44-38 lead at half. The Phantoms answered in the 3Q pulling within one 58-57 going into the 4th. Bremerhaven sealed the game down the stretch for the hardfought win. John Allen paced Braunschweig with a strong 21pt night and Jason Cain added 12pt 3reb for the Phantoms. Bremerhaven limited their guests to 39% shooting, outrebounded Braunschweig 37-32 and made 19 of 26 FT (73%) to the Phantoms 15 of 23 (65%). Bremerhaven improved to 11-8 while Braunschweig slipped to 11-9.

EnBW Ludwigsburg 99 TBB Trier 75
On the strength of a 26-9 4Q, EnBW Ludwigsburg earned an important road win beating TBB Trier 99-75 Sunday at Trier Arena. Outscoring the hosts 53-25 in the 2nd half, Head Coach Silvano Poropat and his men notched their 2nd consecutive victory. Ronald Ross topscored with 25pt 9reb and Brandon Woudstra added 19pt 5reb 8ast in the win. Coleman Collins contributed 15pt 7boards and Jason Dourisseau finished with 11pt for Ludwigsburg. Caleb Green (18pt 6reb), James Gillingham (16pt) and Josh Almanson (14pt) were productive for Trier. Ludwigsburg upped their record to 10-10 while Trier fell to 4-16.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 86 Telekom Baskets Bonn 72
Behind a strong first quarter and a balanced team effort putting five players in double figures , Ewe Baskets Oldenburg beat Telekom Bonn 86-72 Sunday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Predrag Krunic and his team jumped to a 25-17 lead after 1Q and held a 47-32 lead at half. They maintained their advantage into the 3Q and went into the 4th up 69-52. Rickey Paulding (18pt 5reb 3 of 6 from three), Jason Gardner (16pt 4ast 3 of 4 from three), Jasmin Perkovic (14pt 7reb 4ast), Branimir Longin (11pt) and Reuben Boumtje-Boumtje (10pt 6reb) played well for Oldenburg. Meanwhile, Bonn played without injured All Star Jason Conley for the first time but also did not use recently signed Eddie Basden. PG Miah Davis enjoyed a terrific game topscoring with 27pt on 10 for 11 from the floor and 2 for 2 from three. John Bowler added 20pt including 2 for 3 from three. Oldenburg shot 56% from the floor and made 24 of 34 FT (70%). Bonn shot 49% but made only 12 of 20 FT (60%) and suffered 19 turnovers in the loss. Oldenburg improved to 11-10 while Bonn slipped to 13-7.

Deutsche Banks Skyliners 86 digibu Baskets Paderborn 66
Deutsche Bank Skyliners ran to a 28-16 lead after 1Q and went on to earn an 86-66 road win over digibu Baskets Paderborn Sunday in Paderborn. Tough team defense from head coach Murat Didin's team limited Paderborn to 36% shooting and 4 of 24 from three (16%). Skyliners also outrebounded their hosts 48-31. Frankfurt shot 50% from the field and drilled 11 of 24 (45%) from three. Ilian Evtimov led the Skyliner effort with a strong 26pt 9reb night. Pascal Roller added 16pt on 4-8 three point shooting and Koko Archibong totaled 15pt 8reb on a perfect 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. Derrick Allen added 13pt 6reb 5ast and Ken Johnson produced a 10pt 10reb double double. Tim Black paced Paderborn with 19pt, Marius Nolte 14pt, Nathan Peavy 12 and Steve Esterkamp went for an 11pt 10reb double double. Frankfurt upped their record to 12-8 while Paderborn dropped to 7-13.

Bayer Leverkusen 70 brose Baskets Bamberg 68
Nate Fox made several big baskets in a Leverkusen 3Q run but his tip off his own missed free throw wasted the final seconds as Head Coach Achim Kuczmann and his men beat brose Baskets Bamberg 70-68 at historic Wilhelm Dopatka Halle in Leverkusen Sunday live on BBL.TV. Leverkusen jumped to a 21-11 lead before Bamberg responded with a 22-13 2Q sending the game to half with Leverkusen up one 34-33. Behind Fox's perimeter shooting, Leverkusen charged ahead in the third and took a 54-44 advantage into the 4th. Bamberg ralled down the stretch trimming the deficit with Darren Fenn perimeter shooting, Robert Garrett basket cutting and Predrag Suput post ups. Jared Rainer also made his presence felt on the offensive glass. Rainer's tip pulled Bamberg within two when Bamberg sent Fox to the line with 2 seconds remaining. Although Fox missed both, he alertly tipped the long rebound away to the corner and time ran out. Fox led the winners with 17pt 11reb 5ast 5stl, Brendan Winters added 15pt and Brant Bailey contributed 12 for Leverkusen. Darren Fenn was excellent for Bamberg scoring 18pt with 12reb, Predrag Suput had 16pt and Robert Garrett 15pt 9reb. Bamberg was without Ademola Okulaja on the evening as he rested an injury. The nearly even game statistically showed little difference between the two teams and Leverkusen made one more three pointer and one more free throw in the tough home win. Leverkusen improves to 15-5 while Bamberg falls to 12-6.


Bundesliga Game Day 20: Weekend Results Febuary 16th! -by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 20 tipped off Saturday all over Germany with league leading ALBA Berlin and Artland Dragons capturing key wins atop the table. Walter Tigers Tubingen also earned a critical road win at Jena Saturday night.

Saturday Febuary 16th
Artland Dragons 87 ratiopharm Ulm 84
Lamont McIntosh's NBA range 3pt basket with 40sec to play gave Head Coach Chris Fleming and the Artland Dragons a hardfought 87-84 road win at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm Saturday afternoon. Ulm's EJ Gallup had two game-tying looks rim out before Konrad Wysocki's desperation three at the buzzer fell short. Ulm started strong taking a 24-23 lead after 1Q and extending it to 44-39 at half. Ulm charged to a 62-54 lead with just under 2min remaining in the 3Q and held a 67-60 lead heading into the 4th. Artland's outstanding team defense made the difference in the 4Q comeback and clutch one on one baskets from Leon Rodgers, Terrence Thomas and Lamont McIntosh sparked the win. Both teams shot 50% from the floor with Ulm outrebounding the Dragons 37-26. Artland buried 10 of 22 threes (45%) compared to Ulm's 6 of 18 (33%) and the Dragons earned the win at the line making 21 of 25 FT (84%) while Ulm converted only 12 of 21 (57%) FT. Leon Rodgers led Artland's attack with 21pt 7reb followed by Lamont McIntosh with 18pt on 4 of 6 threes. Terrence Thomas chipped in 13pt and Chad Prewitt added 11. Kyle Bailey topscored for Ulm with a strong 18pt performance followed by 16pt 9reb from Jeff Gibbs, 14pt from EJ Gallup, 12pt 9reb from Konrad Wysocki and 10pt from Sean Finn. Artland remains atop the Bundesliga with a terrific 16-4 mark while Ulm falls to 9-10.

Koln 99ers 78 LTi Giessen 46ers 67
On a day when a new sponsor was announced for Koln, Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his men added to the good news with a strong 78-67 home win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. Yassin Idbihi enjoyed a terrific game topscoring with 24pt and an impressive 18reb in the win. Milko Bjelica added 18pt 7reb for Koln and PG Derek Raivio contributed 15pt 5reb 4ast. The teams exchanged runs in the first half with Koln earning a 20-18 lead after 1Q before the 46ers responded to take a 38-36 halftime lead. Koln powered ahead in the 3Q outscoring their guests 24-11 to take a commanding 60-49 advantage heading into the 4th. Rouven Roussler led Giessen with 20pt 5reb and Michael Umeh added 15pt in the loss. Koln outrebounded the 46ers 40-35. Despite their recent issues and playing with a young lineup, Koln continues to drive forward and are now 12-8. Giessen slips to 4-16.

ALBA Berlin 70 BG74 Gottingen 66
Five Berliners scored in double figures to help ALBA Berlin hold off an upsetminded BG74 Gottingen team 70-66 Saturday night at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Patrick Femerling and Julius Jenkins topscored with 14pt apiece while Aleksander Nadjfeji added 13pt, Bobby Brown 12pt and Dijon Thompson 10pt 10reb for Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his team. ALBA shot 45% from the floor and outrebounded Gottingen 39-33. Berlin started better leading 19-12 after 1Q but Gottingen responded with a strong 2Q to earn a 32-32 halftime tie. ALBA moved ahead in the 3rd taking a 53-48 lead into the 4th. Berlin's depth and experience made a difference down the stretch. Jamar Thorpe led Gottingen with 18pt 5reb and Michael Schroeder added 14pt 8reb. Gottingen shot 41% from the floor but made only 4 of 21 (19%) from three. ALBA improves to 17-4 while Gottingen drops to 7-13.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 84 Science City Jena 64
In a key road win, Walter Tigers Tubingen broke open a tight 41-41 game at half with a strong 21-11 third quarter on their way to an 84-64 road win over Science City Jena Saturday night in Jena. Ray Nixon sparked the Tigers with 17pt 7ast 5stl and AJ Moye produced 16pt for Head Coach Tola Ongoren. DeAndrew Hulett (14pt 3 for 5 threes) and Bingo Merriex (13pt 7reb 3 of 5 threes) also were strong for Tubingen. In Sean McCaw's first game as newly named head coach, Jena shot 46% from the floor, outrebounded Tubingen 32-30, dished out a solid 18ast but suffered 19 turnovers. Ajmal Basit topscored with 14pt 8reb and Mark Davis added 11pt 10reb. Tubingen improves to 6-14 while Jena falls to 2-18.


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GREECE

Market news -by Chris Mammides

Anthony Goldwire (186-G-71, college: Houston) agreed to terms with Egaleo. The veteran player will try to get Jaaber's role. Anthony was training with the team the whole week and showed that he is in very good shape. Egaleo will be his fourth team in Greece over the last decade.

Giannis Georgikopoulos (194-G-73) the ex-player of Panathinaikos, is the new Head Coach of P. Faliro. Giannis Georgikopoulos replaced Dimitris Tsolakis who quit his job. Some behind the scenes news says that there are serious problems financially which have to do with his retirement.


Other news

Barcelona could make an offer to Gershon?? according to some Spanish media, the Catalonian team is very close to agreeing to terms with the ex-Olympiakos Head Coach, Pini Gershon.



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HOLLAND

PromotieDivisie Scores weeks 16-18: MyGuide2 upsets MSV! -by Terry Cooper
Week 16 in league play consisted of upsets from lower seed teams as well as top battles that may be seen later in the playoffs. MyGuide2 hosted league leaders MSV Noordwijk. MSV was up by seven points with five minutes left in the game when MyGuide2 scored clutch baskets in the final minutes to win 74-67 and hand the Noordwijkers their first lost of the season. EBBC2 edged Cangeroes at home 70-67 while BV Rooi won over Initial High Five 92-84. Landstede2 defeated Orca's 82-62 while Punch handled de Pigeons 105-65. Finally De Groene Uilen won at home over a tough VBC Akrides team 82-72 while Leiden2 had the week off. Week 17 provided teams to bounce back from the previous week defeats to get back in to the swing of things. VBC Akrides got revenge on EBBC2 with a 92-51 victory at home while Cangeroes won 74-57 over Orca's. MSV took their anger out on Initial High Five with a 84-66 win while Landstede2 defeated Punch 73-59. MyGuide2 scorched De Groene Uilen 92-79 while Leiden2 won convincinly over BV Rooi 94-66. Week 18 was mostly won by the road teams as clubs started making winning streaks of their own. MyGuide2 is on a 3 game winning streak as they edged EBBC2 74-72 while the Cangeroes fought off a fiesty Punch team winning 69-64. VBC Akrides held off last place Orca's winning 72-64 while Initial High Five defeated Leiden2 65-51 at home. BV Rooi edged de Pigeons in a high scoring affair 96-92 while MSV man-handled De Groene Uilen 97-59. The Final Four is beginning to form shape as the number 1 and 2 seeds are almost clinched while other teams are neck and neck to secure the final two spots. It is still early but time is winding down. Stay tuned...


Week 16 Scores:

MyGuide2 - MSV 74-67
EBBC2 - Cangeroes 70-67
BV Rooi - Initial High Five 92-84
Orca's - Landstede2 68-82
Punch - Pigeons 105-65
De Groene Uilen - VBC Akrides 82-72

Week 17 Scores:

VBC Akrides - EBBC2 92-51
Cangeroes - Orca's 74-57
MSV - Initial High Five 84-66
Landstede2 - Punch 73-59
MyGuide2 - De Groene Uilen 92-79
Leiden2 - BV Rooi 94-66

Week 18 Scores:

Punch - Cangeroes 64-69
EBBC2 - MyGuide2 72-74
Orca's - VBC Akrides 64-72
Initial High Five - Leiden2 65-51
BV Rooi - Pigeons 96-92
De Groene Uilen - MSV 59-97


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HUNGARY

All-Star Game: starting five voted -by Tamas Deri

This year the Hungarian Federation organizes the male and female All-Star Game on the 1st of March in Pecs. In the last several years the games were always played between the best players of the eastern and western hungarian teams, but this year the both hungarian national teams will be playing against the League-All-Stars.
The players of the starting five's got voted by the fans on internet (the election run till 12pm yesterday).

LEAGUE SELECTION, MEN'S TEAM
Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) (SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK)
Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) (PLANET-LEASING DOMBOVAR)
Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) (BODROGI-BAU HODMEZOVASARHELY)
Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) (FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY)
Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) (PLANET-LEASING DOMBOVAR)

The coah of the League-Seleciton will be the head coach of No. 1 Team Falco KC, Srecko Sekulovic . HIs assistant will be the coach of the 2nd place team Pecs, Peter Volgyi . The bench players will be elected by the coaches.



Round 19: saturday's games -by Tamas Deri
Without Carl Edwards (left to Argentina), Roland Hendlein (injury) and Ferenc Csirke (sickness), the guests did not have a chance against last season's all-in-one Szolnok. From the home team five players scored in double figures, which was the key of the 30points victory.

SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - KAPOSVARI KK 86-56
(28-19, 15-15, 25-14, 18-8)
Szolnok, Att.: 2000, Referees: Hartyani, Pozsonyi, Szabo
SZOLNOK: Kelley 13/3, Hollins 14, Molnar A. 10/6, Donatas Sabaliauskas (200-F-75) 20/15, Gobi 6, Tamas Harazin (204-F-85) 10, Viktor Toth (181-G-82) 8/6, Cseh 3/3, Kovacs, Szabo P. 2, Coach: Por Peter
KAPOSVAR: Ceskovic 6, Vojvoda 5/3, Szőke 6, Mike Kinsella (213-C-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Marquette) 27/6, Orosz 2, Tomosvary 3/3, Kiss K. 7/3, Kovacs Domonkos, Markus, Coach: Horvath Imre


After a very strong first quarter of the home team Albacomp could win the second and third and tie the game in the 35. minute. However, last night the team of Sopron was leaded by its foreigners again, the four players scored 87 of the teams 97 points, so they still have good chances to reach the playoffs.

SOPRONI SÖRDÖGÖK - ALBACOMP 97-91
(37-18, 14-26, 21-26, 25-21)
Sopron, Att.: 800, Referees: Foldhazi, hegedűs, Toth K.
SOPRON: Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 20/6, Lakatos 2, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 24/6, Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) 33/9, Pavel Frana (212-C-77) 10, Boldizsar 1, Vesztergom 4, Pojbics 3, Kortelyesi, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 27/6, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 20/12, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 18/6, McClendon 8, Bencze 11, Soos, Boozer, David 5, Hanga 2, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos


As in Sopron even in Dombovar the foreigners were the leaders of the home team. Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) had a tripple-double again with 14 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, but even Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) had a nice double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. With this win Dombovar kept the chance to reach the 2nd place after the regular season.

PLANET LEASING DOMBÓVAR KC-ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK 86-68
(26-13, 17-13, 24-16, 19-26)
Dombovar, Att.: 1000, Referees: dr. Vigh, Kothay, Szilas
DKC: Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 14, Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 20/9, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 12/12, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 22, Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) 14/12, Balogh, Bodi 4, Simon, Molnar M., Vas, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
ZTE: Miskovic 12/6, Walters 2, Hoffmann 4, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/9, Reggie Bassette (206-C-77, college: ODU) 22, Simon L. 11/9, Kovats V., Keresztes, Baki, Toth A., Coach: Nikola Lazic


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ICELAND

Four Iceland Express games. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Njardvik did not have problem to beat Hamar who needs to winn all four of their last games to have chance to stay in the league. Final score 120 86 for Njardvik. Brenton Birmingham 30. Damon Bailey 25. Hjortur Einarsson 17. For Hamar Roni Leimu 27. Nicholas King 20.

Keflavik 95. Stjarnan 78. Bobby Walker 25 for Keflavik. Jarrett Stephens 27 for Stjarnan.

It's hard to loose, but it's much harder to loose by 1 point and that on a buzzer shot. That happend to Thor tonight when Tindastoll beat them 94-93.
Cedric Isom & Luke Marolt 23 each for Thor. Svavar Birgisson 27. Joshua Buettner 24. Philip Perre 21 for Tindastoll.

Snaefell won the west coast battle tonight by beating Skallagrimur 85-77. Slobodan Subasic (191-G-79, agency: Icebasket) with good game for hometeam 25 pts. Justin Shouse 17. Hlynur Baeringsson 16. Darrell Flake 22. Allan Fall 19 for Skallagrim.


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ITALY

Italy will fight with Serbia for Eurobasket 2009 -by Gianni Pascucci
The draw of the Qualifying rounds for the 2009 edition of the Eurobasket tournament has been held yesterday in Venice. Team Italy will compete in the only group made of five teams, and the top ranked opponent drawn is Serbia. The four groups will be as follows:
Group A: Italy, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Finland
Group B: Latvia, Portugal, Estonia, Fyrom-Macedonia
Group C: Turkey, France, Belgium, Ukraine
Grpup D: Czech Republic, Israel, Great Britain, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The four winners of every group plus the three best second placed teams will be promoted to the final phase of the competinion, joining the eight teams yet qualified, that are Russia, Spain, Lithuania, Greece, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland. An additional 16th place will be decided in the so-named Additional Round (scheduled for Augusr 2009). The games of the Qualifying Groups will be played between August and September, 2008.


Treviso, Avellino and Siena win anticipated games. -by Gianni Pascucci

Benetton Treviso showed some signs of their past brilliance yesterday night in the anticipated game of the Serie A Round 23. Despite the great performance of Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky), who scored 29 points (7/12 in 3 pointers), Benetton prevailed over the home team Tisettanta Cantu 74-72 led by Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier), who scored 16 points and Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.), who added 15 pts and 7 rebs.

In the other Saturday night game, Air Avellino continued its magic by winning on the road against Biella 82-71 with five players scoring in double figures, led by Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77), with 17 pts and 5 rebounds, while Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.) scored 17 pts in losing effort for Angelico.

Led by Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), who scored 18 pts and grabbed 7 rebounds, Serie A tableheaders of Montepaschi Siena destroyed Armani Jeans MIlano on the road in the 'lunch time game', winning 90-79 after having led in th score by more than 20 points. Four other players in Siena ended the game in double digits, the best performer in Armani was Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi), with 24 points and 4 rebounds.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it



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LATVIA

Latvijas Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvijas Basketball League

Division II


February, 12

ASK Juniors - RNS-D/Livani 78-86 (17-20; 19-26; 20-17; 22-23)

Freimanis 28, J.Rozitis 16; Baranovskis 18, Kalnins 16, Slesers 13+12as


February, 13


LU/Ridzene - BK Zemgale 61-77 (21-18; 18-17; 13-24; 9-18)


Mizis 18+14reb, Zeidaks 14+10reb, Ei.Tukiss 13; Martins Berkis (198-F-85) 28, Raiskums 17, A.Lagzdins 10





Division


SEB Baltic Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

SEB Baltic Basketball League

Elite Division

February, 16

SK Valmiera - Barons/LMT 75-97 (17-19, 13-27, 24-21, 21-30)

Stimac 18, Olivero 15, Cavars 15; Batista 20, Hlebowicki 14, Skele 14, Gustas 14


Neptunas - ASK Riga 79-91 (22-25, 15-26, 23-18, 19-22)


Runkauskas 21, Pridotkas 16, Peciukas 13; A.J. Bramlett (208-C-77) 24, Millage 16, Valters 13


Lietuvos Rytas - BK Ventspils 88-86 (12-20, 28-21, 25-21, 23-24)


Bajramovic 19, Petravicius 15, Slezas 13, Vroman 13; Baxter 18, Vairogs 15, Love 14



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MEXICO

Halcones Xalapa dominate the Southern Division Final series -by Eurobasket News

Halcones Xalapa got to a flying start of their Division Final series against Halcones Cordoba. Xalapa were victorious in the first two encounters and grabbed a 2-0 lead. They are now one step away from the LNBP Grand Finale. The series opened in a highly impressive manner as the teams came up with a sizzling performance. The first half of the matchup turned out to be a real scorcher with neither team giving up an inch. Cordoba managed to clinch a minimum 27:26 lead after the opening frame and extended it to 57:55 at halftime. But Xalapa exploded with 40 points in the third stanza and jumped in front. Cordoba fought for life in the fourth term but the hosts used all of their experience to maintain the lead and celebrated an important 123:115 victory. Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) notched 33 points for Xalapa. Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) added 23 points, while Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) tallied 21 points and 12 boards for the winners. Dallas Logan (193-G-82, college: Northwood) answered with 23 points for Cordoba. Jose Portillo (200-G/F-74, college: N.Mexico Highlands) and Mike Smith netted 21 points apiece in defeat.

Xalapa stretched their winning habit with a 113:91 win yesterday. This time the hosts laid claim early on. They outscored their opponents 35:21 in the starting stanza to build a safe buffer. The gap grew wider in the second stanza and reached a comfortable 25 points at the break. Cordoba struggled to make impact in this one as they trailed by as many as 28 points heading into the fourth term. Xalapa finalized a winning outcome in the fourth stanza and moved closer to the league Final. Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) topscored with 24 points. Jermaine Watson had 22 points, while Mike Johnson (193-G-79) delivered 18 points in a win. Dallas Logan accounted for 24 points, while Mike Smith dropped 18 points for Cordoba.

Game 1

Xalapa - Cordoba 123:115

Xalapa: Jermaine Watson 33, Sam Bowie 23, Gustavo Ayon 21+12 boards

Cordoba: Dallas Logan 23, Jose Portillo 21, Mike Smith 21

Game 2

Xalapa - Cordoba 113:91

Xalapa: Victor Mariscal 24, Jermaine Watson 22, Mike Johnson 18

Cordoba: Dallas Logan 24, Mike Smith 18



CIBACOPA: Mineros signings -by Alejandro Martinez
Mineros de Cananea have agreed the hiring of head coach Victor del Barba. Del Barba is no stranger to cibacopa, as he has guided two different teams to the playoffs in the past two seasons. Del Barba guided expansion team Colorados de San Luis last year to the conference finals, losing in 4 games to Agua Prieta. In addition, the club has announced the return of fan favorite Scott Freymond (188-G-80, college: Cent.Washington. Freymond was part of the 2006 team who went undefeated at home that season. In addition the club has signed former NBA player Leon Smith (209-F-80)and former Guaymas guard Benny West (191-G-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Howard Payne) . On the mexican side, the team has agreed terms with Regional players Jorge Salcedo (194-F-86) and Arturo Velasco (200-F-77). There is one spot open in the roster for a National player, which the club must decide in the next couple of days. All these players have reported to training camp, under the guidance of coach Del Barba.

CIBACOPA: Mazatlan signings -by Alejandro Martinez
Lobos UAD Mazatlan have announced the signings of its three imports for the upcoming 2008 season. The first import is Mugabe Thomas (193-F-80, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Cedarville), who had a sensational season last year with Mazatlan. In addition, the club has agreed to terms with former Frayle de Guasave sensation Larry Taylor (186-G-80, college: Missouri Western) and the return of fan favorite Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield). All of these players were reccomended by head coach Lasalle Taylor. On the national side, the club has come to terms with forward Julio Everardo (200-C-81) . Everardo is coming off a solid season with Durango of the LNBP, a team coached by head coach Taylor.

CIBACOPA: Fuerza Guinda signings -by Alejandro Martinez
Fuerza Guinda de Nogales has announced they have agreed to terms with Nogales' 2007 leading scorer Noah Brown (186-G-81, college: Appalachian St.) for the 2008 season. Brown led the team in scoring in the '07 season and is coming off a solid season with LNBP Algodoneros de Torreon. In addition, the team has announced the signing of Center Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer). Howard played half a season with Nogales in 2006 and will replace previously signed Letheal Cook on the roster. On the regional side, the team has agreed to terms with Forward Jean Gameros (199-F/C). Gameros played for Colorados last season in CIBACOPA. All players have reported to training camp under the guidance of head coach Nathan Mott.

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MOROCCO

Day 14 results -by Nour Amri
IRT's team scoring guard Mustapha Khalfi took charge with only two minute left in the game and hit 2 three-pointer to give his team the lead and the win against local rival FUS. IRT had to work hard for the victory, having been incomprehensively outplayed by FUS in the first half (37-16). FUS players showed much better tactical organisation on the court and IRT's coach Bouzidi had tried unsuccessfully many different defenses (m&m, zone, triangle & 2). IRT players were playing without desire and showed a worrying lack of aggressiveness in defense and lack of ideas in offense, which is still based only on individualities. But right after half time IRT came more and more into the game thanks to a simple and normal 1-2-2 zone press and the lack of experience of FUS young line up. FUS resisted to IRT comeback on the score thanks to Bangoura Mourlaye (18 points, 11 rebounds) but Tunisian player Marouane Kechrid (20 points) took the ball in crunch time and made the decisive baskets to tie the game 2:30 minutes remaining in the game. Then Mustapha Khalfi (19 points) netted is only 3 three-pointer shots of the game and sealed another victory for IRT (65-75).
Despite this lost the inexperienced young and hunger FUS players showed in general a high level of discipline in offense and good consistency in defense, and are promising good results to come.

MAS secured his second place after a home victory over WAC (91-82). The teams exchanged runs in the first half with WAC earning a 14-16 lead after 1Q before MAS players responded to take a 38-36 halftime lead. Things stayed the same until MAS switched to a 2-3 zone defense and created many problems to WAC players. When WAC's coach decided to set a box and one defense in order to stop Alpha Traore good shooting range, Matar M'baye appeared and enjoyed a terrific game topscoring with 24 points and 8 assists. WAC players tried to stop the fire with a terrible unorganised match-up zone defense where Aloui Brahim (4 out of 5 three-pointer) and Hjira's double double (14 points, 14 rebounds) found easily the way to the basket. Michel Lasme topscored for WAC with a strong 21 points performance but was not enough as he did not receive any help from his teammates.

Saturday's other result saw RCA edge past ASS 81-77 and KAC struggling for a win over MET 61-64. TSC recovered from last weeks defeats with a 97-69 strong victory over CMC.


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NAIA

Cal Baptist Lancers ousted -by Stephan Ditgens
LA MIRADA, Calif. — Despite dropping a 58-50 decision to Biola, California Baptist still remains atop the Golden State Athletic Conference in a tie with Concordia. The Lancers (19-4, 11-4 GSAC) shot less than 30 percent (14-for-53) from the floor.

CBU got a team-high 14 points from Marquis Kennedy who went 4-for-9 form the floor and 2-for-4 from outside. Dave Cernin also scored 13 while Mark Roussin added 12.

Danny Jones scored a game-high 17 points for Biola while Rocky Hampton added 14 as the Eagles shot 51.2 percent (22-for-43) from the field.

CBU was out rebounded 40-24, but was able to force 21 turnovers, compared to giving up 13, and was 15-for-18 at the free throw line.

The Lancers led early, 13-6, taking their biggest lead of the half on a Cernin trey. The lead vanished on a 20-6 run by Biola as the Eagles took their biggest lead of the half at 26-19. Roussin cut it to 26-21 at the half with a pair of three throws.

After CBU got within two at 26-24 early in the second half, Biola outscored the Lancers 18-5 over the next nine-plus minutes to take its biggest lead of the game at 44-29.

California Baptist cut it to seven, 49-42, on a 13-5 run that was capped by a Michael Brewer jumper with 3:35 left to play, but the Eagles pushed it back out to 13 with less than a minute to go to seal the fate of the Lancers.

CBU will now host Hope International, Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m.



source: www.cbulancers.com


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NBA

NBDL All Star Game - Saturday -by Darryl Reshaw

The NBDL All Star game is one event in the NBA weekend where the
players give full effort.
Some of these guys will eventually play in the NBA and this game
showcases the best talent in the D-League.
Every year the NBDL has a lot of players who will get called up to
the NBA and some players have been allocated from the NBA to the
assigned D-League franchises.
In the first half the blue team marched to a 53-43 lead with the
quality play from Jeremy Richardson (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) with 11 points.
Elton Brown (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) dominated the inside play

in the first with a collection of nice post moves to tally 13 points.
In the third quarter the blue team opened up an 87-67 lead with Richardson leading the way.
Elton Brown and Kaniel Dickens (6'8''-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Idaho) looked good for the red team but the blue team had better all around play.
The red team won the game by a 117-99 margin and Jeremy Richardson won the games MVP honors by scoring 22 points.
However Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) definitely was a factor in the MVP voting as he chipped in 20 points for the winners.
Elton Brown led the red team with an impressive 20 point performance.



Mike Bibby heading to Atlanta -by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks recharged their backcourt as they acquired Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) in a 5-player deal. Atlanta sent starting point guard Anthony Johnson (6'3''-G-74, college: Charleston), back up guard Tyronn Lue (6'0''-G-77, college: Nebraska), veteran forward Lorenzen Wright (6'10''-C/F-75, college: Memphis), sophomore Shelden Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: Duke) and a 2008 second-round draft pick to the Kings in exchange. Michael Bibby averages 16.7 points throughout 10 years of his NBA career. He missed the start of the current season because of a thumb injury but already managed 15 games in which his stats came up to 13.5 points and 5 assists per game. Michael Bibby was among the only three players in the Kings' history to score 8,000 points and dish out 2,500 assists. The departure of Anthony Johnson and Tyronn Lue means a new role for rookie point guard Acie Law. He is expected to step up as a back-up guard for Mike Bibby and would definitely receive more court time. Texas A&M graduate appeared in 38 games this season nailing 4.2 points and issuing 2.3 assists per game.
Meanwhile the Sacramento Kings continued rebuilding their squad. Michael Bibby and Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) were long talked as possible trade aims for many teams in the league. Sacramento acquired Shelden Williams who was averaging 5.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in his rookie year. However his digits fell in the current season and stand now at 2.9 points and 2.9 boards per game. Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue and Lorenzen Wright all have the expiring contracts. The Kings immediately waived Justin Williams (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) and Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke). Justin Williams scored 1.4 points in 22 games this season, while Dahntay Jones appeared in 25 games netting 3.2 points per game.


NBA Expansion to Europe is not likely in near future -by Eurobasket News
NBA Commissioner David Stern held an annual press-conference during New Orleans All-Star Weekend. He talked about his ongoing plans for the NBA Expansion to Europe. As we told you before it would possibly include 5 more teams joining the league. David Stern outlined the key problem for the NBA being presented on a wide scale in Europe. It is the absence of NBA-caliber Arenas across the continent. But as there is a movement in that direction with O2 Arenas being built in London and Berlin the idea would reliably come up in the nearest decade. He also pointed out that the NBA is mulling over the possibility of establishing expansion teams in London, Madrid, Berlin and Rome rather than European franchises joining the league. However the idea now stands at the developing stage. It is not about the nearest future that NBA will include European-based franchises in its calendar. But the market insists that one day it should become a reality.

NBA All Star Weekend - Saturday -by Darryl Reshaw

The New Orleans Arena had the jazzy blues atmosphere on Saturday
night featuring Dr. John playing that down home type of music.
The arena was full of past and present legends including George
Gervin, Darryl Dawkins and Julius Erving just to mention a few.
The team competition was won by the surprised team of San Antonio
featuring a couple of seven footers of Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) and David Robinson.
In the skills challenge Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) defeated hometown favorite
Chris Paul in a record time. Defending champion Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) finished
in last place.
Jason Kapono (6'7''-F-81, college: UCLA) out dueled Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) and Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) to capture
back to back NBA 3pt shooting contests.
He tied the the record held by Craig Hodges in the 1986.
The dunk contest was the featured event of the evening and was the most entertaining contest in recent years.
Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) and Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) put on a show of electrifying dunks with a variety of imagination which the world of basketball has not seen.
Gerald Green actually blew a candle out which was place on the ledge of the rim after dunking the basketball.
He also windmill dunk barefooted which was a first to the basketball world.
However this night belong to Dwight Howard who had a creative dunk where he bounced the ball off of the backside of the backboard and still dunked the ball on the front side of the goal without hitting his head on the rim.
He also surprised the audience by wearing a superman cape where he flew and displayed a spectacular dunk.
His other dunks were very creative as well as he shocked the basketball world with his new found creativity.
Dwight Howard was the NBA Dunk Champion in New Orleans in 2008 with big time style points.

by Darryl Reshaw



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NCAA2

#7 versus #8 in the entire NCAA D2 Nation,Findlay/Gannon! Final Score 90-61! -by Lucius Jones
#7 Findlay (OH) defeated #8 Gannon 90-61 for their 57th regular season win at home in a row. The win was a decisive victory in a pivital moment of the season with Regional rankings soon ending and conference tournaments beginning soon. The Oilers stretched a 40-31 halftime lead with intense, defensive pressure that has become the staple of this traditionally winning program. The pressure resulted in 28TO's and ignited the uptempo game Findlay (OH) has employed all season long.

Gannon's Kyle Goldcamp displayed consistent inside production to the tune of 27pts 16rebs and 5blks.

Findlay (OH) was led by the insanely efficient Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87) who scored 22pts on 9-10FG,4-5 3pt in less than 29mins and added 4rebs(3off),1stl,1blk as well. The high flying talent also had yet another dunking highlight moment that will be added to his www.youtube.com highlight dunks currently being dispalyed. He is a true professional prospect at the 2 guard position. All American Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87) had another solid outing with 17pts on 7-12FG and 6rebs(3off)2asts,3stls,2blks all in 26mins of play. A third double figure scorer, Lee Roberts (6'7''-F/C-87) ,who is currently ranked Nationally in FG% at over 70%FG for the year, had 14pts, 6rebs(4off), 1ast,3stls in 26mins. The big man completes what has to be one of the top frontcourts in the nation,if not THE top overall in NCAA D2 basketball.


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NIGERIA

Lagos City league starts March 20… Pardon Seyi Ayodele -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 4th editions of the Lagos City league will jump-start on March 20 this year at the Sports Hall of the Lagos National Stadium.

The league according to the Chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association, Babs Ogunade will retain the twelve team format for men and four for women.

The date was agreed on at the association's stakeholders meeting held last Wednesday at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba with members of the LSBBA led by Ogunade and club owners/ representatives.

LSBBA Secretary, Uthman Ola-Okunnu told the gathering that team will be admitted on first come first serve basis as the association is providing a level playing ground for all the teams in Lagos State with March 8 as deadline for registration.

All FIBA rules will be adhere to in the organization of the league which is to provide an alternative to the premier league organized by the Nigeria Basketball Federation.

City league secretary and image maker of the LSBBA, Olusegun Ikuesan says this year's edition of the league will be far better organized than that of last year.

'We will definitely improve on our last year record where a total number of 145 matches were played by the twelve teams from the regular stage to the playoff.

'The league is growing and so also the organization and sponsorship drive as we strive to give our teeming clubs, coaches, players and fans a worthwhile time.

A combine referee and coaches clinic will precede the league so as to keep everybody abreast of the latest rules that govern the game especially when Lagos has been chosen as one of the venue for the hosting of the 2009 edition of the biggest basketball fiesta on the Africa continent - The 24th FIBA Africa Championship for Men known as the Cup of Nations.

The association also announced the lifting of the one year suspension placed on Dodan Warriors guard and former junior international, Seyi Ayodele.

It will be recalled that the Warriors guard was suspended by the LSBBA after he was found wanting for assaulting a referee in the week-two game involving his team, Warriors and Islanders basketball club last year.

LSBBA chairman, Ogunade who announced the lifting of the ban on the player says the player has tendered a letter of apology and has promised to be of good behaviour In future.

The decision to lift the ban on player was applauded by the stakeholders present at the meeting.


Ivy League - ISL in double win over Belina -by Olusegun Ikuesan
University of Lagos International School last week recorded a double victory over Belina College in the boys' and girl's cadre of the Ivy league.

The ISL as the UNILAG International are often called handed down a 16-04 points defeat to the Belina girls while its male counterpart rose from an 8 points down in the first half (26-18) to inflict a 50-34 points defeat on the Belina boys.

In another match played last week also America International School defeated Greensprings by 52-27 points in the boys category while Avi-Cenna and Ifako International posted a 39-19 points and 41-19 points wins over Indian Language School in the boy's cadre.

The Indian Language School girls unlike their male counterpart were more purposeful in the three matches they played last week with victories over Avi-Cenna (14-11), Vivian Fowler (24-05) and Ifako International School (14-03) respectively.

Action continues this week as group games draw to a close.


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NPBL

Bulldogs preparing their NPBL season -by Gianni Pascucci
Fourteen players, most of them former members of the ABA teams named Syracuse Bullies and Corning Bulldogs, are sweating at the Elmira Bulldogs preseason camp, guided by Head Coach and team owner James R. Schutz . The Bulldogs will enter in the new league meeting the NPBL Defending Champs Hudson Valley Hawks in their Home Opener, Saturday March 1st at 7pm at the Chemung County YMCA (former South Side High School)

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PANAMA

Douglas scores 23 but Pamesa loses -by Miguel Sanchiz
Panama International Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) scored a game-high 23 points, but PAMESA VALENCIA basketball club lost to archrival REAL MADRID on Sunday action of the ACB Spanish Professional Basketball League. Real Madrid beat Pamesa 97 to 74, spite of Douglas effort. Real Madrid leads the Spanish League and now leads Pamesa 9 to 8 in their last encounters. Pamesa Valencia has had to losses in a row, but Douglas has excelled in both of them.

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PARAGUAY

Ferguson joins Sol de America -by Gianni Pascucci
The answer from Jamal Nichols hasn' t yet arrived, this is why Metropolitan league champions of Sol de America called at tryout USA-ARG Calvester Ferguson (207-C-68, college: Georgia Southern) and started negotiations with Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.). To further strengthen the roster, Sol de America has yet inked domestic star Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80), and is expected to ink some other players, at present competing in Pilar league finals.

Pilar Finals postponed -by Gianni Pascucci
1 de Mayo and America will play tonight at 10pm Game 1 of the Pilar Reg.League Finals, after that the game, scheduled for the past friday, had been postponed due to inclement weather. Given the results of the last games, 1 de Mayo seems favourite, but the difference between the two teams is so thin that anything could happen. The best scorer of the regulsr season was Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82), from America..

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PBL

Weekend games results -by Gianni Pascucci
The good new is that the Dallas Defenders traveled till Chicago and Quad Cities to play, being defeated two times, OK, but showing that their owner, Erin Patton, is making important efforts around completing the season in the PBL, which is in the best interest of the Defenders and the league the same. Talking about the game results, Rochester took an easy win over Wilmington, confirming its leadership overall the league, and Quad Cities won two games, keeping the lead of the Western Division. Some of the weekend games were postponed to the league showcase, named 'Super Scouting Showcase' and scheduled for the first weekend of March. See here down all the results:
Rochester def Wilmington 114-84
Maryland def Jacksonville 144-116
Quad Cities def Arkansas 118-105
Arkansas def Rockford 123-107
Chicago def Dallas 112-102
Quad Cities def Dallas 121-100
Rockford def Maryland 133-121


Traveling team finally unveiled -by Gianni Pascucci

The PBL has coordinated with Coach Thaddeus Hill and 'ReelSports' to make this the official 'PBL Travelers' team, that has been used to fill some voids left in teams schedules due to travelling problems of the visiting teams. To say the truth, the current roster is comprised of players almost all from the Wilmington, NC, area, most of them with only high school and intramural college basketball experience, and this explains why they lost a game by 31 points and another one by almost 50.... The team list released is the one down:
Number Name pos height weight School
20 YahYa Kaazim G, 6'3 195lbs Livingston College
33 Morton Dowdy G, 6'0 185lbs Cape Fear C.C.
22 Shaun Collins G/F, 6'3 205lbs Coastal Carolina
40 Travis Corpening G/F, 6'2 190lbs UNC Wilmington
30 DeJuan Green F, 6'4 195lbs Chowan
25 Desmond Sneed F, 6'4 200lbs Coastal Carolina
20 Daniel Smith G, 6'3 180lbs Pender High School
34 Mike Gibbs C, 6'9 280lbs UNC Wilmington
32 Chris Shurford G, 6'2 210lbs Laney High School
25 Jeffrey Cook F, 6'3 190lbs West Forsythe High School
24 Stevie Stucks G, 6'3 195lbs New Hanover High School
33 Michael Pierce F, 6'4 215lbs Coker

Head Coach: Thaddeus Hill



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PUERTO RICO

Indians counting on Offense -by Luis Ramirez
Of all the BSN teams in this upcoming season, it seems like the Indians will need an extra stroke of luck to make it into the postseason. The Indians on paper do not intimidate, but Head Coach Manuel Cintron likes being the underdog and looks to surprise some teams this year. Cintron is counting on his 3 import players to make the difference. The Indians will have import players DaJuan Tate, Takais Brown and Community player Carl Krauser. According to Cintron the team will have a good chance to win if these players show up with their promised offense. To assist the import players Mayaguez will count on veteran scorer Eddie Casiano, who will come from the bench this year, rounding out the team will be Angel Caballero, Giovanni Jimenez, Angel Paniagua, TJ Latson and Keenan Jourdan among others. Mayaguez will be playing in a tough group which includes Ponce, San German, Arecibo, Guayama and Caguas, so you can see that Coach Cintron has his work cut out for this team to try to make it into the postseason.

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ROMANIA

Harlem Globetrotters -by Bogdan Bocaniala
Harlem Globetrotters will have a show in Romania in Bucarest, Sibiu, Cluj and Timisoara in March.
17 march they will play in Bucarest, 18 march they will play in Sibiu
19 march they will play in Cluj Napoca and 20 March in Timisoara
Last time Harlem Globetrotters were in Romania it was back in 1966 when they played in Bucarest and in Cluj against our National Team


Round 17 -by Bogdan Bocaniala
Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca - BCMUS Arges Pitesti 94- 74
The game against BCMUS Arges Pitesti looked like It was a easy victory for U Mobitelco, even thou game was not easy.
Cluj team is looking more and more like a team with big ambition.
The big difference was made by the easy score of mobitelco( they scored a lot form they're transition game).
The scorers for cluj were Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) 18 points; Brad Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) 17; Flavius Lapuste (201-F-78) 16; LeVar Seals (194-G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: De Paul) 14.

BC Tirgu Mures - Gaz Metan Medias 105- 94

CSU Ploiesti - CSS BC Ramnicu Valcea 89- 61

BCM Timisoara - BC Targoviste Bucuresti 101- 77

CS Otopeni Bucuresti - CS Rapid Neoset Bucuresti 69- 84

CSM Leonardo Oradea - CSU Cuadripol Brasov 85- 84

CSU Atlassib Sibiu - Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti 84- 83


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RUSSIA

CSKA victimizes Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in Moscow -by Eurobasket News
CSKA extended their winning run in Russian Superleague as they destroyed Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 130:61 at home. Seven CSKA players scored in double figures en route to a stunning victory. CSKA were coming off a difficult Euroleague win over Lottomatica Roma but it never influenced the tempo of the game. The hosts dominated every facet of the game and established a 28:10 lead after the opening frame. Lokomotiv tried to answer every bucket from the home team in the second quarter but the gap still grew to 23 points at halftime. CSKA ensured the winning outcome after the break as they outscored the visitors 36:12 in the third term and cruised to an outstanding victory at the end. Zakhar Pashutin (195-G-74) topscored with 22 points for CSKA. Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) had 18 points, while David Andersen (212-C-80) secured 17 points and 12 boards for the winners. Ilia Aleksandrov (194-G-81) and Maxim Krivosheev (204-F/C-88) responded with 14 points apiece for Lokomotiv.
Meanwhile Khimky consolidated their second spot with a hard-fought 65:64 win over Triumph. Khimky kept Triumph scoreless for about 5 minutes early in the game. Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) broke the deadlock midway through the frame but Khimky still won the starting stanza 14:8. But Triumph quickly recovered in the second quarter and began their way back into contest. Triumph soon ignited a 5:0 run and later Khloponin fired from downtown to put the hosts in front. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) soon led Triumph to a 50:35 advantage midway through the third period. Nevertheless Khimky did not surrender and tied the scoreline at 64 with seconds left in regulation. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) got fouled with 1.4 second left in the game and sank one of two free throws to make it 65:64 for Khimky. The ball was handed to Terrell Lyday but his jumper missed the target and finalized Triumph's loss. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) paced the visitors with 12 points and 10 boards. Clay Tucker (194-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 12 points for the winners. Terrell Lyday delivered 18 points for Triumph, while Mire Chatman had 12 points in a losing clause.


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SERBIA

FMP surprised Zadar in "Jazine", Olimpija outplayed Vojvodina -by Dragan Jankovski
FMP made surprise beating, this season very good, Zadar on the road 84-78. Until Saturday Zadar lost only one game on their home court 'Jazine'. After 6-6 at the beginning FMP, mostly owing to Zoran Erceg, made 14-0 run setting the score on 20-6 and very soon to 28-7. Panthers finished the first quarter with plus 20 but Zadar succeeded to make a turn in 29th minute and later to extend lead on plus 8. FMP didn't give up and took lead again 72-71 with three minutes to go. At the very end FMP's players netted 4 FTs what was enough for the 11th win in Adriatic league. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) added 22 points and 5 rebounds for FMP while Zadar got 20 points and 5 rebounds from Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF).

Vojvodina Srbijagas, who has a lot of problems this season, wasn't able to resist Olimpija in Ljubljana. Slovenian Natonal Cup holder made easy win 58-72. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners netting 23 points including 5 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) was better than the others in Vojvodina with 19 points and 5 rebounds.

Hemofarm STADA beat Zagreb on Friday 73-66.


Zadar - FMP 78-84
(11-31,24-13,30-13,13-27)

Zadar:
Stallworth 20 (5 rebs), Gecevski 15 (11 rebs), Bruer 12 (4 rebs)
FMP: Erceg 22 (5 rebs), Jeremic 14 (4 rebs), Labovic 12 (7 rebs)


Olimpija - Vojvodina Srbijagas 72-58
(23-14,18-11,14-15,17-18)

Olimpija:
Hukic 23 (5 rebs), Rizvic 14 (6 rebs), Dragic 12 (8 rebs, 6 as)
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Ivanovic 19 (5 rebs), Bojovic 11 (6 rebs), Golubovic 8 (8 rebs)


Partizan remains on top of Adriatic league -by Dragan Jankovski
In derby game of 21st round of Adriatic league Partizan Igokea once again was better than Crvena Zvezda 88-81. The game was played at the front of the around 1.500 spectators who had a yearly tickets because the other tickets for today's game were not on sale. It was maybe the most interesting derby between two eternal rivals in the last two years. The game is decided in the last quarter after 3-pointer by Tripkovic and Palacio's lay-up. After serious defeat in Siena, Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic was satisfied with this win and the fact that black and whites has two wins more than Zadar which gives them right to play without bigger pressure until the end of the regular season.

Partizan got 24 points from PG Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) and 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists from Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket). MVP of the game was Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), who added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) netted 26 points and 4 rebounds for Zvezda while Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85) followed him with 18 points and 4 rebounds.


Crvena Zvezda - Partizan Igokea 81-88

Crvena Zvezda:
Cook 26 (4 rebs), Sljivancanin 18 (4 rebs), Misanovic 14 (5 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Palacio 24, Kecman 13 (4 rebs, 5 as), Velickovic 10 (11 rebs)


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SPAIN

ACB Round 21 -by Paul Nilsen
It is a case of as you were at the top of the ACB classifications with the top five sides all winning to retain the status quo writes www.acb-basket.com - Real Madrid remain top with DKV Joventut, Bilbao, Tau Ceramica and Barcelona all tied with the same 15-6 records.

Real Madrid travelled to Fuente San Luis and recorded a 97-74 win over Pamesa in front of 8,500 Valencia fans. The whites were generally in control from start to finish with a strong third quarter seeing off the home team who are yet to find their feet with many players easing their way back into things after lengthy injuries. As in the Copa last weekend when Valencia were dismal, only Ruben Douglas truly carried the fight to the opposition and he scored 23 points although Shammond Williams did dish out 8 assists. Real had five players reaching double-figures with the pick being Charles Smith with 18 points and five assists as the capital side remain two wins ahead of the pack.

Copa Del Rey champions DKV Joventut picked up where they left off last weekend with Rudy Fernandez showing why he was the Copa MVP with another big performance against injury hit Fuenlabrada. Rudy claimed 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 7 assists to help Badalona beat the men in orange by 89-63. His all action display wasn't all good though as his usual accurate perimeter shooting let him down. However with Jerome Moiso scoring 16 points and only two Fuenla players scraping into double-figures, it was a breeze for La Penya. Nicola Vasic scored 14 points for the visitors while basket difference lifted Badalona into second spot. Fuenla remain firmly entrenched in a relegation dogfight to avoid LEB basketball next season.

A week after losing in the Copa Del Rey final on their own floor, Tau Ceramica took their ACB frustration out on Akasvayu Girona, a club who are rumoured to be in financial trouble. A devastating final quarter destroyed the visitors as Baskonia outscored the Catalan club by 41-20 to pick up a 111-86 victory. Pete Mickeal continued the good form he showed in the Copa and made up for the technical foul that handed Joventut the initiative last week with a great performance. Mickeal recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds while Zoran Planinic also made up for a quiet final with 14 points and 7 assists. Pablo Prigioni had 20 points and missed just one shot all night although Coach Spahija will be ruing the fact that his side finally cut out their errors and stopped turning the ball over - a week too late. Girona had Marc Gasol in his usual impressive form with 19 points, 4 boards and 5 assists but it was San Emeterio who starred with a sensational six from seven three-pointers on his way to 25 points.

Barcelona produced a strong final quarter at Blaugrana to take a scrappy and hard fought 69-62 win over Valladolid in their first game since the departure of Dusko Ivanovic. Interim coach Xavier Pascual went into the game with a win already under his belt courtesy of Thursday nights Euroleague success over Unicaja but he had to sweat for this first league victory. Barcelona were never in control until the final six or seven minutes and were behind 17-14 after the first quarter. While they sneaked in front by half-time, Valladolid began to look dangerous in the third quarter with some excellent perimeter shooting from Boddicker and in particular Joao Santos. The visitors looed like they would take a lead into the final period but right on the buzzer Pepe Sanchez produced a stunning half-court three-pointer to give the initiative back to Barca. Interestingly, the new coach gave significant minutes to the players not truly utilised by Ivanovic in Mario Kasun and Alex Acker and they both stepped up to show what they are capable of. The pair combined for 41 points with Acker top scoring with 24 along with 9 rebounds while Sanchez served up 10 assists to show his class. Visiting play-caller Javier Imbroda will be disappointed that his team faded and nobody truly supported Joseph Gomis who scored 15 points, the only member of his side to manage double-digits.

Bilbao produced a real surprise by completing a comfortable home win over a lacklustre and bitterly disappointing Polaris World Murcia. Bilbao were expected by many to struggle because of long term injuries to Luke Recker and Martin Rancik, both sustained last weekend in the Copa but there is little stopping Bilbao at home in the ACB. They cruised to a 71-60 success thsanks mainly to a big second quarter when they outscored Murcia by 26-13. A phenomenal rebounding performance by the hosts was key, they outrebounded their opponents 45-26 with Weis claiming 13 of them while fellow big man Marko Banic completed a double-double. Up and coming guard Javier Salgado also continued his recent fine run with a top score of 17 points.

At the bottom of the table the future really does look bleak for Estudiantes who have had a very difficult run of fixtures and they remain in second bottom spot after slumping at 87-71 at Unicaja. To make matters worse for Estu, they are now level with Leon on just five wins all season after their relegation rivals pulled off a shock victory at Granada. Estu were always going to struggle in the Martin Carpena as Unicaja are strong at home and they were never really in the game after a poor start that left them 28-16 down after the opening quarter. Malaga had Kus, Haislip and Santiago all chalking up scores in excess of 20 and the big factor in the game was the confidence of the home side against the low confidence of the visitors. Unicaja had 21 assists in the contest compared with a terrible 6 for Estudinates and the loss was tough on Florent Pietrus returning to his former club. The Frenchman had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Unicaja meanwhile moved away from Pamesa Valencia and clearly into sixth place to keep in touch with the possibility of home advantage in the play-offs if they can maintain some form.

Grupo Begar Leon pulled off a real surprise by picking up an 87-92 win in Granada to give their survival hopes a real shot in the arm. Leon started strongly with a 29-17 first quarter advantage and never let up in their quest for that elusive away victory with two stellar performances from Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Thomas More) and Javier Bulfoni laying the foundation. Bulfoni fired up six three-pointers while Hughes produced a monumental display for a valuation of 35 with a double-double 23 points and 12 rebounds. Although Granada didn't have Curtis Borchardt, this will not take anything away from the visitors achievement in picking up this lifeline. For Granada have won games without Borchardt many times before and did have Italian duo Andrea Pecile and Nic Gianella in hot form, combining for 50 points.

Both Leon and Estu were helped by Cajasol slumping to a disappointing home loss against Gran Canaria. Seville coach Manel Comas will do well to steer his team away from the drop-zone if his team continues to give up so many points defensively, this time losing 89-98 at home. 25 points from Ignerski wasn't enough to prevent a dismal home loss with a poor start to the second half proving costly. Marcus Norris and Carl English combined for 39 points to seal a rare road win for Granca.

ViveMenorca made home advantage count after sneaking past Ricoh Manresa 63-62 to pull further away from the bottom of the table. Never a classic game, Menorca's control of the boards was vital and Ricard Casas will be overjoyed at the fact that his team pulled together to secure an amazing 45 rebounds although he might be disappointed at their shooting percentages of course. He will simply be happy to have dodged a bullet in truth picking up an important victory. Ratko Varda just missed out on a double-double with 11 points and 9 boards for Menorca while Josh Asselin top scored in the game for the visitors with just 15 points. Toby Bailey had a nightmare debut for Manresa and was 1 from 6 from inside and 0 of 2 from outside.


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TRINIDAD

QRC maintains unbeaten run in schools basketball -by Don Farrell

Queen's Royal College's Under-20 basketballers continued their hot streak at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain, on Friday, when they beat Fatima College 59-50 in the NGC/Express Secondary Schools Basketball Association North Zone.

The Royalians are now three-from-three after wins against HYPE and the International School of Port of Spain (ISPS) earlier this week.
Again, point guard Shemuel Bartholomew was the main aggressor, sinking 25 points, to lift his team to victory. Halfway through the final period, the game could have swung either way, but QRC stole the momentum towards the end and the result as well, as Fatima faded in the closing minutes.
The teams were evenly matched in the first half, to which a 22-21 scoreline in favour of QRC would attest. But Jaeon Bobb (14 points) lent firm support to Bartholomew and the pair stretched their lead, especially with drives to the basket and close range layups.
Fatima's main threats came via lanky guard Caleb Cudjoe (14 points), who hustled the QRC defence and found his way through for a few baskets, but one foul too many saw him sitting out the end of the game.
Daniel Francis (ten points) took the lead role in Cudjoe's absence, but by then QRC had already opened up a healthy lead that would see them to a comfortable victory.
The shot of the day, though, came from QRC's Ricardo Fournillier, who collected from Bartholomew to calmly sink a three-pointer that helped wrest the initiative from a battling Fatima. QRC settled for defence in the last two minutes to close out very exciting encounter.
Friday's SSBA results

Boys Under-20

- QRC 59 (Shemuel Bartholomew 25, Caleb Cudjoe 14) Fatima 50 (Jaeon Bobb 14, Daniel Francis)


Thursday's results


Boys Under-17

- Russell Latapy Sec 28 (Dillon Thomas 14) Tranquility Gov't 59 (George Dixon 21, Richard Taitt 14)


Boys Under-20

- Malick Sec Comp 72 (Anthon Trim 38) CIC 46 (Darson Hamilton 17)


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TURKEY

TB2L: Week 16 -by Serdar Ortakuyu

Week 16 featured more than a few tough match ups such as FMV Isikspor-Vestel, Erdemir-ITU games and Tofas-Pertevniyal. Home teams came up as victors in these three decisive games thanks to their big men who made the difference.

These results took Tofas to the top of Group A as ITU put an end to their hopes to finish the regular season at the top of Group B since Ryan Sidney (188-G-82, agency: EM-PA, college: Boston Coll.) and his Aliaga keep winning.

On the other hand TB2L newcomers Eyup secured a place in the league for the next season with this week's victory as Anadolu Uni who have a 0-16 record, are ready to say goodbye

Group A
FMV Isikspor - Vestel: 78-74
Gazi Uni - Eyup: 59-73
Izmir Bsb - Genc Banvitliler: 83-84

Cukurova Uni - Orman: 67-63
Tofas - Pertevniyal: 79-71
Akcakokca Poyraz - Usak: 78-69

Group B
Anadolu Uni - Bursa Basketbol: 68-85
Ankara Basketbol - TED Istanbul: 88-70

Yesilyurt - Aliaga: 59-76

Gelisim Koleji - Duzce Genclik: 83-94
Canakkale - Golcuk: 86-63
Erdemir - ITU: 68-62


(Click on the results to go to the stats page.)



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U.KINGDOM

Saturday results -by Eurobasket News
Great Britain found out the opponents in the next euro battles. The next EuroBasket will take place in Poland from 7th through 20th September 2009. So the draw of the qualifying stage in Division A was held today in Italy. Seventeen teams were distributed into 4 groups. Three groups will comprise 4 teams and one will consist of 5 contenders. The top team in each group and three more best-ranked squads will automatically qualify for EuroBasket. One more spot will be raffled off in an additional qualifying tournament.
Group A drawn together Italy and Serbia that will definitely fight for the top spot. Alongside this obvious favorites Bulgaria will try to make impact. Hungary and Finland can also come up with some sort of surprises.
Group B will enjoy the battle of last EuroBasket participants Latvia and Portugal clash together. Macedonia and Estonia will also fight for the lucky ticket.
Group C seems as the toughest possible one. Turkey and France are obvious favorites, while Ukraine and Belgium are ambitious teams that are capable of sensation at this stage. Group D brought together Czech Republic, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Great Britain.

The draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Division B tournament will take place in Targu Mures, Romania in early August. The teams were distributed in 4 groups with 5 teams in Groups A, B and C and 4 teams in Group D. Two best teams out of each group will advance to the qualifying round. Great Britain will play in Group A together with Norway, Portugal, Finland and Macedonia.
Saturday was rich with 4 games and only Team Birmingham Panthers celebrated the win away from home. The team beat PAWS London Capital 60:64 as Rob Paternostro (180-G-73, college: S.New Hampshire) top-scored with 16 points. Daniel Gilbert (197-G-83, college: Buffalo) led Guildford Heat over BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 111:91. Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) nailed 27 as his Kularoos Plymouth Raiders overcame Sheffield Sharks 85:73. Worcester Wolves won over Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 67:66.

Guildford Heat - BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 111:91
Heat: Daniel Gilbert 31, Jones 22, Harrison 15
Jets: Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) 27, Otten 27, Moore 14

PAWS London Capital - Team Birmingham Panthers 60:64
Capital: Santa Ataha (178-G-84) 20, Bradley 14, Stancil 9
Panthers: Rob Paternostro 16, Sandell 14, Omope 11

Kularoos Plymouth Raiders - Sheffield Sharks 85:73
Raiders: Andrew Lasker 27, Beasley 17, Moore 11
Sharks: Shelby Chaney (206-C, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) 14, Virgil 11, Graham 10

Worcester Wolves - Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 67:66
Wolves: Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) 23, Life 18, Harker 12
Riders: McKnight 16, White 16, Burns 11


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

NBA should do better job marketing Spurs' Duncan -by David Edole
By Evan Mohl
With the NBA All-Star Game set to take place today in the week full of sports news (Roger Clemens on Capitol Hill, Kelvin Sampson under investigation, the Daytona 500), it got me thinking about a relevant basketball question that was posed to me a couple of months ago.

My cousin asked me with a straight face, 'Evan, how come nobody likes the (San Antonio) Spurs?'

When I answered with the traditional answers of 'they're boring' and 'no one appreciates good defense,' it became clear that the NBA has failed the best team in the last 10 years. Even more disappointing, the NBA has neglected one of the best power forwards of all time in Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest).

On stats alone, Duncan holds his own among the greats. He's averaged 21.7 points, 12 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in his 11-year career. He shoots nearly 51 percent from the field while dishing out over three assists a contest - not a bad number for a seven footer.

Duncan's awards are endless: two MVPs, three finals MVPs, rookie of the year and nine all-star game appearances among others. Oh, and he's only missed the postseason once.

Outside of tangible evidence, Duncan is also the quintessential team player. He's unassuming and does whatever it takes to make his team better. How many times has he made a pass or set a pick so Robert Horry could hit a game-winning shot?

So, unless you're an irrational and homer-ific Mavericks, Suns or Pistons fan, there's absolutely no reason why you should dislike Duncan.

There's one problem though: Duncan's game has no sex appeal. He's a cerebral player who takes pride in fundamentals like footwork. His 15-foot jump shot off the glass, no matter how difficult it is to accomplish, will never be deemed entertaining. His commitment to defense so the Spurs can hold opponents to 85 points will never be described as awesome.

But, this is exactly where the NBA has failed. Because good marketing, no matter what the product is, will find a way to sell something great.

Take, for example, Peyton Manning. He's about as vanilla as they come. Yet, the NFL has found a way to sell Manning. Viewers have come to appreciate the Colts quarterback as he calls five audibles at the line of scrimmage and takes 30 seconds to hike the ball.

The NBA should be able to do this with Duncan.

Even companies like Mastercard and Sprint have found ways to sell Manning. They even mock his insipid personality with segments like 'priceless pep talks.'

When was the last time Duncan was in a commercial?

Perhaps the irony of the NBA's failure with Duncan is that the league has been trying for the past few years to reinvent itself. Ever since the infamous Palace Brawl between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers, the NBA has desperately wanted to get away from the thug, me-first perception.

In 2005, the NBA introduced a new business casual dress code. They have levied heavier fines and suspensions for player's misconduct. A new rule was put in place a few years ago on technicals. It states when a player reaches the 16 technical foul mark on a season, a suspension will be handed down to that player.

Still, Duncan remains neglected and unappreciated by the NBA. Last season, his jersey ranked just 15th in terms of overall sales.

Dunks, selfishness, dangerous and provocative might be easier to market, but the NBA missed out on a great opportunity with Duncan. Not only did the league fail to reinvent itself with him at the center, but it deprived its consumers - the fans - of one of the greatest all-around players of all time.


At home with a storm - Duncan at work -by David Edole
Buck Harvey
Express-News staff writer

NEW ORLEANS — Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) practiced Saturday inside the New Orleans convention center. He's never had to camp outside of it.

He's also never had to signal for help from a roof, and he's never had to wait five days for FEMA to think that water might come in handy. But Duncan knows hurricanes, and one changed his life.

Maybe that's why, when the NBA paraded its stars to various work sites this weekend, attempting to help New Orleans as well as promote its own image, something that NBA staffers were saying to each other made sense.

'Anyone notice how much Duncan wanted to work?'

Duncan managed to have some fun, too, because playing with David Robinson always has been. When the two 7-footers teamed up with Becky Hammon to win a shooting contest Saturday night, Duncan and Robinson picked up where they left off. They shared a trophy.

But that's part of the disconnect about this weekend. The NBA had its dunk contests and opulence, and at the same time the league wanted to portray itself as a civic partner.

The league helped post-Katrina New Orleans just by bringing the All-Star Game here. But the 'NBA Cares' program has always had the sincerity of a political-campaign photo op, and a marketing idea added to that. Then the league mailed work gloves to the media, when a house in the 9th Ward could have been rebuilt for the price.

The gloves were to promote a Day of Service, which involved putting millionaires to work with cameras nearby. A picture of Jason Kidd on ESPN.com summed up the so-called service; standing on a ladder, Kidd was surrounded by, among other devices, a boom mic.

But some athletes like to be involved, and Yao Ming was. His job Friday was to lay sod at a school, and when he arrived at the site, it was raining. His handlers told him not to worry, because they had a plan.

Run out for two minutes, get a quick picture and we're-outta-here.

Yao chose to stay a while. He didn't put in an eight-hour day, but he lifted sod, and he tried to be helpful, and the NBA also got what it wanted. He was pictured with muddy gloves and muddy shoes on the front page of the local New Orleans newspaper.

Chances are, a lot of these guys want to do something, which is where their foundations come in. Duncan has one of those, too. His program in San Antonio affects about 1,200 kids.

But hurricane damage hits close to home for him, because one hit his home. Late in the evening of Sept. 17, 1989, while Robinson prepared for his rookie NBA season, Hurricane Hugo came to St. Croix.

Bill Duncan sat in a bedroom, monitoring a house he had long ago fortified as a handyman. His family, including 13-year-old Tim, huddled in a bathroom made of cinder blocks for five hours.

Duncan remembers losing only a large window. His roof stayed intact, as did a Christmas present given to him by one of his sisters the year before. The backboard and pole, planted deep into the soil by his father, remained stable for further use.

But fishing boats were tossed into the streets. Power was out for six months, and the hospital was so damaged that Duncan's mother, Ione, had to endure cancer treatments in a tent.

As for the other damage that changed a franchise in South Texas: St. Croix's only Olympic-sized pool was destroyed, pushing a teenager toward another sport.

Duncan says Hugo wasn't Katrina. Still, there were response issues, and 'there's still stuff there that has not been rebuilt.'

What he learned: 'You work around that, accept that, and you move on.'

Duncan has. He provided grants to buy equipment for a local hospital, to re-establish a Red Cross chapter in St. Croix and to aid the United Nations in restoring Virgin Islands communities damaged by hurricanes.

That's why New Orleans wasn't just another stop for him. 'I think I had a different perspective,' he said Saturday, 'on what people have gone through.'

With that, Duncan went to his assigned site Friday, where he helped build a playground along with fellow players such as Chauncey Billups. Duncan put in some effort, as the NBA staff noted, albeit without the need for new apparel.

He's been wearing his own work gloves for a while.


NBA All-Star Game: Duncan is a fixture despite his style -by David Edole
Mike Monroe
Express-News staff writer


NEW ORLEANS — Wearing hip-hop attire, the questioner had a yellow microphone and a breezy patter.

In the middle of a Friday afternoon interview session with players selected for today's NBA All-Star Game at New Orleans Arena, he asked Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) to record a voice mail message for his cell phone.

Sliding a 'script' across the table at which Duncan was seated, he demanded Duncan read it, word for word.

Patiently, but firmly, the Spurs' All-Star power forward rebuffed repeated requests.

At last, the young man's persistence reached its limit. Dejected, he reached for his unused script and headed off to pester another All-Star victim.

'Nice try,' Duncan said, rolling his eyes. 'Maybe next year.'

For a brief moment, the insolent interrogator shared something with LeBron James. During the 2007 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star discovered that no matter how hard you try, when Duncan is determined, he can make you wait until next year.

Today, Duncan will be the starting power forward for the Western Conference for a ninth consecutive All-Star Game. He still professes astonishment that fans who value highlights over consistent excellence choose him for a game dedicated not to fundamentals, but to showing off.

Only as a rookie did Duncan have to wait until next year for the fans to embrace him as one of the NBA's very best.

'Every year I get voted in, I say this, but every year I mean it,' Duncan said. 'It's amazing the fans continue to support me and vote me onto this team. It's an honor to be here, especially for the 10th time. I love playing this game.'

Duncan's solid game is made for the championship grind, not the All-Star Game, when some players pass to themselves off the backboard for dunks that bring down the house. He has been called the most boring MVP in league history.

Let James and Amare Stoudemire get the 'oohs' and 'aahs' today. Duncan prefers to bide his All-Star time, hoping for a close fourth quarter, waiting for crunch time.

When a game is on the line, even one played mostly for entertainment value, he always has been a go-to guy.

The West went to him in the clutch in 2000, when it repelled a rally and earned a 137-126 victory in Oakland, Calif. Then, Duncan made 12 of 14 shots, grabbed 14 rebounds and shared All-Star MVP honors with Shaquille O'Neal.

'My game's not made to be All-Star MVP,' Duncan said. 'I got lucky one night. It just worked out the way it did.'

Duncan has been making things work out well for the Spurs since 1997, when he was NBA Rookie of the Year.

His four championships in nine years make him the No. 1 NBA winner of the past 10 seasons. Though his scoring average for six seasons has been on a steady decline from his career-best 25.5 points per game in 2001-02 — it slipped all the way to 18.3 in '05-06 before a jump to 20.0 last season — his consistent excellence has remained.

'The better the team, the less important statistics are,' said Hall of Fame center and ABC/ESPN analyst Bill Walton. 'My guess is, as the team has gotten better and better and better, Tim's stats have gotten worse.'

Of far greater importance, Walton said, is how Duncan has put his stamp on games. Few players in NBA history have had greater bearing on the outcome.

'In terms of impact and control, he has everything,' Walton said. 'He's like Oscar Robertson. He does everything fabulously well, and his team wins all the games. Is there anything else to ask of a player?'

Nobody asks more of Duncan than Duncan.

His work ethic is legendary. He was blessed with size (7-foot, 260 pounds), but not athleticism. He has remained an All-Star by constantly improving his skills.

Duncan's performance during the past six weeks has reminded the world he also remains basketball's best big man.

In 22 games since the start of the new year, he has averaged 21.7 points and 12.9 rebounds. His scoring average has crept up to 19.9 points per game. In the last four games of the Spurs' nine-game rodeo road trip, he had at least 21 points and 13 rebounds.

The headlines, of course, went to his teammates.

Robert Horry's wake-up call in Washington after a season of slumber helped produce a victory there. Michael Finley's clutch 3-pointers punctuated a win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Then Manu Ginobili scored 34 and 46 in victories at Toronto and Cleveland.

Isn't that how Duncan likes it?

'It's not whether you like it or not,' he said. 'It is what it is. As long as we're winning games, it doesn't matter who gets the credit for what. At the beginning of the year, I was playing five, eight minutes less than I am now. I feel very good on the court now.

'I feel like I'm playing well, but in this league, one person doesn't win games. You need a bunch of guys playing well, and you can do your part as much as you can. When help is there, you appreciate help and give credit wherever credit is due.'

Duncan never worries about getting proper credit himself. An All-Star amazed by the fans' acceptance of his excellence never judges his place among the pantheon of basketball greats.

Rest assured, others understand his legacy already is certain.

'Tim Duncan will go down as one of the handful of greatest players ever, regardless of position,' Walton said. 'Tim will be discussed not in terms of statistics; not in terms of highlight plays; not in terms of anything other than his overall brilliance and that his teams won all the games. And the teams that did beat him, you had to beat him with the best you had, and that would mean that you would get the championship.'




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Ragusa creates a sensation -by Eurobasket News
Three games were played last night in Adriatic league for Women. In all of them the hosts won the campaigns, including a sensation from Ragusa in the game against Gospic.
Ragusa defeated Gospic 67:48 in a great defensive game for the team. A 13:5 in the third was a shock for the guests that lost for the third time this season. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 20 points. Matea Vrdoljak (-85) netted 10, while Anica Tesic (180-F-81) and Popovic posted 9 each. Cori Enghusen (200-C-80, college: Stanford) finished the game with 12 points in defeat.
Another Croatian Jolly smashed another Croatian Medvescak 83:56. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) produced 19 points for the winners. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) posted 17 and JURIC Tihana scored 14. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) drilled 15 points in the losing clause.
Bosnian Mladi beat Jedinstvo 79:70. The game was done in the end of the battle with 21:14 in the last quarter. Svetlana Stanic (189-C-77), Aida Pilav (187-C-87) and Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) top-scored with 15 points each. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) poured in 20 points for Jedinstvo.

Ragusa - Gospic 67:48 (21-19, 19-8, 13-5, 14-16)
Ragusa: Marta Cakic 20, Matea Vrdoljak 10, Anica Tesic 9, POPOVIC 9
Gospic:Cori Enghusen 12, Popovic-MANDIR Sandra 10

Jolly - Medvescak 83:56 (26-15, 17-13, 16-16, 24-12)
Jolly:Anda Jelavic 19, Luca Ivankovic 17, JURIC Tihana 14
Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 15, KLEIN - SUMANOVAC Dea 13

Mladi - Jedinstvo 79:70 (15-12, 21-14, 22-20, 21-14)
Mladi:Svetlana Stanic 15, Aida Pilav 15+13 rebs, Dragoslava Zakula 15
Jedinstvo: Jelena Maksimovic 20, SEMEREDI Kristina 15


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Sibenik 13-2
2. Buducnost 12-2
3. Gospic 12-3
4. Ragusa 9-6
5. Crvena Zv. 7-8
6. Celje 6-9
7. Jedinstvo 5-9
8. Medvescak 5-10
9. M.Kraj. BL 3-12
10. Vojvodina 2-12


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ANGOLA - Women

Primeiro de Agosto are the Champions! -by Eurobasket News
Primeiro de Agosto are the Champions of National Championship. In the second game against Interclube Primeiro de Agosto celebrated 64:58 win. In the first game the champions were also stronger 47:30. Just a reminder that last year Interclube won the title, but this season the winner had changed. We shall live and see how the things will go on the nearest future.




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BOSNIA - Women

Mladi beat Jedinstvo 79:70 -by Eurobasket News
Bosnian Mladi beat Jedinstvo 79:70. The game was done in the end of the battle with 21:14 in the last quarter. Svetlana Stanic (189-C-77), Aida Pilav (187-C-87) and Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) top-scored with 15 points each. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) poured in 20 points for Jedinstvo. Mladi left the last spot and now 3-12 in the league. Vojvodina covers the bottom with 2-12, while Jedinstvo dropped to 5-9.
In Round 13 of Bosnian League Zeljeznicar beat Sloboda 46:88 on a road. Celik overcame Brotnjo Citluk 90:56, while Jedinstvo won over Mladost BL 97:73. Banovici was stronger than Spars 82:74.
The next EuroBasket will take place in Latvia from 7th through 20th June 2009. So the draw of the qualifying stage in Division A was held today in Italy. Nineteen teams were distributed into 4 groups. Three groups will comprise 5 teams and one will consist of 4 contenders. The teams will fight for 9 available spots. Bosnia and Herzegovina will play in Group B with Turkey, Finland, Italy and Poland.

Mladi - Jedinstvo 79:70 (15-12, 21-14, 22-20, 21-14)
Mladi:Svetlana Stanic 15, Aida Pilav 15+13 rebs, Dragoslava Zakula 15
Jedinstvo: Jelena Maksimovic 20, Kristina Semeredi (185-G-77) 15


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BWBL - Women

Barsy Atyrau lose to Cesis -by Eurobasket News
Cesis - Barsy Atyrau 87:45

BWBL schedule for Saturday included a clash between Cesis and Barsy Atyrau. Latvian side entered the game 7-4 record at the 5th spot, while Barsy Atyrau posted their first win just a day ago against TTT/Rapa. Cesis however did not allow Kazakh team to extend their winning streak. The teams looked pretty matched in the opening frame as Cesis held to a 20:16 lead. But the hosts took over in the second period and started to build an unassailable lead. The Latvian players outscore the visitors 25:14 in the second term and posted a 45:30 advantage at halftime. It went from bad to worse for Barsy Atyrau in the second half. Cesis tightened up their defense and Kazakhstan outfit struggled to deliver. They were limited to only 15 points after the break and suffered a stunning 45:87 loss. Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) provided game-high 21 points for Cesis. Ifeoma Okonkwo (183-F-84, college: Northwestern) produced 15 points, while Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) added 13 points and 5 boards for the winners. Ekaterina Dvorskaya (199-C-73) answered with 14 points and 7 boards for Barsy Atyrau. Svetlana Serdukova (175-F) notched 9 points in a loss. Cesis dominated the boards 37:24 and forced the visiting side to as many as 26 turnovers. Latvian team also converted 56% from the field.
Barsy Atyrau fell to 1-11 record and would next take on TLU/Volta in a double-header on February 18 and 19. Cesis will visit Tallinn to face Tallinna Living on Thursday.

Cesis: Jessica Moore 21, Ifeoma Okonkwo 15, Willnett Crockett 13
Barsy Atyrau: Ekaterina Dvorskaya 14, Svetlana Serdukova 9


Standings
BWBL Standings
1. Tim-Scuf 12-0
2. Arvi 11-1
3. Laisve 9-2
4. Berezina 9-3
5. Cesis 8-4
6. RGUOR 7-5
7. Olimpia 7-5
8. Audentes 5-5
9. Lemmink. 5-6
10. Ol.-NAEK 5-7
11. TLU/AJ 3-7
12. Avantis T. 3-9
13. Lintel 118 1-11
14. TTT/Rapa 1-11
15. Barsy Atyr. 1-11


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CROATIA - Women

Derbies between each other -by Eurobasket News
Three games were played last night in Adriatic league for Women. Croatia could enjoy two games with their four teams in the tournament. Ragusa defeated Gospic 67:48 in a great defensive game for the team. A 13:5 in the third was a shock for the guests that lost for the third time this season. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 20 points. Matea Vrdoljak (-85) netted 10, while Anica Tesic and Popovic posted 9 each. Cori Enghusen (200-C-80, college: Stanford) finished the game with 12 points in defeat.
Another Croatian Jolly smashed another Croatian Medvescak 83:56. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) produced 19 points for the winners. Luca Ivankovic posted 17 and Tihana Juric (194-C-76) scored 14. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) drilled 15 points in the losing clause.
The next EuroBasket will take place in Latvia from 7th through 20th June 2009. So the draw of the qualifying stage in Division A was held today in Italy. Nineteen teams were distributed into 4 groups. Three groups will comprise 5 teams and one will consist of 4 contenders. The teams will fight for 9 available spots. Croatia was sent to Group C with Romania, Slovak Republic, France and Hungary.

Ragusa - Gospic 67:48 (21-19, 19-8, 13-5, 14-16)
Ragusa: Marta Cakic 20, Matea Vrdoljak 10, Anica Tesic 9, POPOVIC 9
Gospic:Cori Enghusen 12, Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) 10

Jolly - Medvescak 83:56 (26-15, 17-13, 16-16, 24-12)
Jolly:Anda Jelavic 19, Luca Ivankovic 17, Tihana Juric 14
Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 15, KLEIN - SUMANOVAC Dea 13


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CYPRUS - Women

KV Imperial AEL wins the Cup -by Chris Mammides

KV Imperial AEL Limassol won the cup last Friday, upon beating the team of Move Smart Anagennisis Yermasogeias with 70-49. The very strong team of Linos Gavriel prove in practice all the rumors which wanted the powerfull club to win the title very easy.
Top scorers for the winning team of AEL were:
Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) 20 points, Chrystalla Phedonos (183-F-77) 12 and Eleni Theodorou (170-G-85) 9 points
From the team of Anagennisis Yermasogeias top scores were:
Vassiliki Kanatselou (171-G-85) 21 and Eleana Pantazi (177-G-83) 8.

This is the 7th cup for the Limassol team



New Head Coach for Etha Engomis -by Chris Mammides

The Serbian Nemanja Bjedov (192-F/G-77) is the new head Coach of the Women's team of Etha Engomis. The young coach will try to help the young women's team in the difficult continuation of the league. Nemanja Bjedov is an ex player who spent the last part of his career in the Cyprus courts, mostly in the Second division. This will be his first job as a coach in a team.

Other news

The teams of Achilleas Kaimakliou and Apoel Nicosia have withdraw from the Cyprus league due to financial reasons, so after AYMA (At the beggining of the seazon) another two teams were added in the 'problematic' situation. The league currently consist of only 5 teams, AEL, Keravnos, Etha, Anagennises Yermasogeias and ENAD.



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CZECH REP. - Women

Gambrinus wins the battle of titans -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - USK Praha 91:76

Round 17 of Czech ZBL brought a real treat for all basketball fans. Gambrinus and USK Praha clashed in Brno. Gambrinus extended their perfect run as they bumped their arch-rivals 91:76 and remained spotless at 16-0 record. USK Praha meanwhile suffered their second loss in the season losing both regular season games to Gambrinus.
Brno outfit was busy in midweek as they completed the win over MiZo Pecs in Euroleague tournament. It could be a reason for somehow weary start of the hosts. USK Praha scored the first 5 points and grabbed an early lead. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) soon nailed back-to-back three-pointers to put the visitors up by 6 points 13:7. Later Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) and Michaela Pavlickova (190-F-77) teamed up for 9 points as USK Praha accumulated a 22:8 lead. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) netted 5 consecutive points and USK Praha led by as many as 18 points. Finally Gambrinus began to return to life. Timea Beres (192-C-76) scored 6 points, while Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) added 7 for the hosts to trim the gap to 10 points 30:40 midway through the second stanza. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) capped the first half with 4 straight points for Gambrinus and they trailed 46:51 at halftime. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) and Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) quickly nailed 4 points to open the second half and Gambrinus climbed within a single point from USK Praha. Marketa Mokrosova drained a trey as the visiting side maintained the advantage for some time but the home team soon denied it. Hana Machova was perfect from charity stripe and Ivana Vecerova converted a jumper to put Gambrinus up by 3 points 59:56. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) and Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) fired from beyond the arc and Gambrinus opened a double digit lead for the hosts. But not for too long as Jannell Burse, Katerina Elhotova and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) made it all square at 68 after 30 minutes of action. Eva Viteckova poured in 4 points and Hamchetou Maiga added 4 more to carry Gambrinus to an 82:72 distance. USK Praha failed to come any closer to the hosts and lost the battle. Hamchetou Maiga paced the hosts with 17 points and 7 boards. Hana Machova provided 15 points and 10 boards, while Eva Viteckova added 15 points for the winners. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) nailed 23 points and pulled down 7 boards for USK Praha. Marketa Mokrosova contributed 17 points in defeat.

Gambrinus: Hamchetou Maiga 17, Hana Machova 15+10 boards, Eva Viteckova 15
USK Praha: Lindsay Whalen 23, Marketa Mokrosova 17


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E.CHAMPS U20 - Women

The Draw for U20 European championship is being held in Venice -by Eurobasket News
Yesterday the draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Four groups with 4 teams in each were chosen for Division A competition. The U20 European championship will take place in Chieti and Pescara, Italy from July 11 through July 20. Three top teams of each group will advance to the qualifying round, where they will fight for the right to go into the semifinal stage.
Group A: Serbia, Germany, Italy, France
Group B: Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Greece
Group C: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia
Group D: Spain, Belarus, Montenegro, Belgium

Meanwhile Division B tournament will take place in Poznan, Poland. The teams were distributed in 2 groups with 5 teams in each. Four best teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinal knockout stage.
Group A: Great Britain, Ireland, Slovak Republic, Romania, Hungary
Group B: Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Israel, Sweden


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Espoo Team defeated FoA -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 27: Only one game on Sunday. Espoo Team won Alku (Forssa) by 26 pts even was down by three pts during the half time. Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) led Espoo Team with 27 pts and 20 rbs. Pauliina Oksanen (178-F-81) added 27 pts as well. Jamie Hawkins (185-F-84, college: Oregon) scored 20 pts for FoA. Alku (Forssa) has 'won' only one game during the whole season by now.

Espoo Team - FoA 95-69 (43-46) (Yolanda Jones 27/20, Pauliina Oksanen 27 - Jamie Hawkins 20, Megan Griffith 15).



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HUNGARY - Women

Hunagrian Cup- Quarter Finals -by Csilla Kantor
This weekend four games were played in the Hungarian Cup. On Saturday both ZTE and Szolnok beat their opponents, so they entered the Semi-Finals, as it was their second winning.
ZALA VOLAN-ZTE - VASAS-CSATA 80-53
ZTE: PUNGOR 15/6, CREAMER 12, Szelesy 2, TÚRÓCZI 25/3, Milkova 6. HERSICS 11/3, Horvath Zsofia 7/3, Ambrus 2, Gerencser, Bojti, Bencze. Head-coach: Bencze Tamas
VASAS-CSATA: Izsak 5/3, Lakloth 6/3, Fritz 4, KONCZ 11/3, Fejes 4. Rasheed, CZANK 10/3, Kovalcsik 6, Mansare 2, Manyoky 5/3. Head-coach: Tursics Sandor

SZOLNOKI NKK - ATOMERŐMŰ-KSC-SZEKSZARD 84-60 (20-10, 26-17, 10-12, 28-21)
SZOLNOK: Sonyak 2, DJELMIS 22/15, Kozdron 6/6, Hegedus 7, KELLER 5.Boskovics 9/6, VESCAN 17/3, Szavercsenko 4, Furtos 7/3, Adamecz 5/3, Kmezics. Vezetőedző: Kmezics Zoran. Head-coach: Meszaros Zoltan
SZEKSZARD: Bukovszki 7, BALINT R. 13/6, Tamas R. 8, MAKSZIMOVICS 17/3, Varda 9. Tamis 6, Balogh D. Head-coach: Ujhelyi Gabor

On Sunday Mizo Pecs 2010 played against Szeviep Szeged and beated them 89-65.
MIZO PECS 2010 - SZEVIEP-SZEGED 89-65 (17-16, 28-11, 17-13, 27-25)
PECS: IVANYI 16/3, FEGYVERNEKY 12/3, Meszaros, PODRUG 28, Graziane 7/3. Krivacsevics 4, VAJDA 14/3, Somogyi 8/6, Sarok. Head-coach: Ratgeber Laszlo
SZEGED: FŰRESZ 16, Torok 7/3, Szlimak 4, Tomova 4, ZSERZSERUNOVA 23. Vrancseva 5/3, Russai 2, Kovacs K. 4. Head-coach: Fodor Peter

The fourth game took place between MKB Euroleasing Sopron and BSE where Sopron succeeded to win.
BSE - MKB-EUROLEASING SOPRON 70-86 (20-25, 14-29, 19-10, 17-22)
BSE: Furesz D. 3/3, CASTILLO 33/9, Kiss G. 7/3, VIDA 15/3, Horvath E. Vincze V. 4, Zsovar 8/6. Head-coach: Farkas Sandor
SOPRON: SEMSEI 14/6, Honti, GORBUNOVA 17/3, Karolyi, BRANZOVA 21/3. Milovanovics 2, Eordogh 11/6, Horvath Zsuzsanna 3/3, Horti 11, KOCSIS 7/3. Head-coach: Szekely Norbert

The second round between will be played on Wednesday.


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ICELAND - Women

Iceland Express league. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Fjolnir 59 Haukar 91. Another loss for Fjolnir. Only one win so far in the league is hard for young team. Slavica Dimovska 28 for Fjolnir. Kiera Hardy 22. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 17. Unnur Tara Jonsdottir 16 for Haukar.
Valur 69 Grindavik 57. Valur keeps on winning but probably it's coming too late to make it to the play-offs. Top scorers for Valur Molly Peterman (179-G-80, college: Detroit Mercy) 33. For Grindavik. Tiffany Roberson 18.


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Cohen in Spain -by Gil Goshen


THE SPANISH CUP :

The Israeli national guard Liron Cohen agency - GG basktball was chosen as the MVP of the Spanish Cup tournament !!!!

Althiugh her team CLUB BALONCESTO SAN lost the final game vs. CIUDAD ROS CASARES VALENCIA ( the champion and the cup holder ) 66:68.
Liron was chosen by all the coaches as the MVP.
On the final game Liron led her team and had 12 points, 3 ast. 2 rb.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


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KAZAKHSTAN - Women

Barsy Atyrau lose to Cesis -by Eurobasket News
Cesis - Barsy Atyrau 87:45

BWBL schedule for Saturday included a clash between Cesis and Barsy Atyrau. Latvian side entered the game 7-4 record at the 5th spot, while Barsy Atyrau posted their first win just a day ago against TTT/Rapa. Cesis however did not allow Kazakh team to extend their winning streak. The teams looked pretty matched in the opening frame as Cesis held to a 20:16 lead. But the hosts took over in the second period and started to build an unassailable lead. The Latvian players outscore the visitors 25:14 in the second term and posted a 45:30 advantage at halftime. It went from bad to worse for Barsy Atyrau in the second half. Cesis tightened up their defense and Kazakhstan outfit struggled to deliver. They were limited to only 15 points after the break and suffered a stunning 45:87 loss. Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) provided game-high 21 points for Cesis. Ifeoma Okonkwo (183-F-84, college: Northwestern) produced 15 points, while Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) added 13 points and 5 boards for the winners. Ekaterina Dvorskaya (199-C-73) answered with 14 points and 7 boards for Barsy Atyrau. Svetlana Serdukova (175-F) notched 9 points in a loss. Cesis dominated the boards 37:24 and forced the visiting side to as many as 26 turnovers. Latvian team also converted 56% from the field.
Barsy Atyrau fell to 1-11 record and would next take on TLU/Volta in a double-header on February 18 and 19. Cesis will visit Tallinn to face Tallinna Living on Thursday.

Cesis: Jessica Moore 21, Ifeoma Okonkwo 15, Willnett Crockett 13
Barsy Atyrau: Ekaterina Dvorskaya 14, Svetlana Serdukova 9


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MALI - Women

Hamchetou continues to shine -by Eurobasket News
Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) and her Gambrinus extended their Euroleague season as they won the decisive third encounter of the eighth-final series against MiZo Pecs 84:45. Gambrinus did not look particularly impressive in the first two matchups of the series as they resembled of the Gambrinus that won the Euroleague trophy two years ago. The Czech powerhouse took over right from the start and did not give too much breathing space for the visitors. MiZo Pecs tried to answer for every strike from Gambrinus early on but Eva Viteckova and Petra Kulichova scored 6 straight points late in the opening frame as the hosts grabbed a 20:11 lead. Zuzana Zirkova opened the second stanza with a trey and Petra Kulichova added a jumper as Gambrinus took off to a 14-point distance. Tamika Whitmore later stepped up with 5 straight points for the home team to enlarge the margin. Zsofia Fegyverneky capped the first half with a jump shot to trim the difference to 19 points at 22:41. Timea Beres, Tamika Whitmore and Hamchetou Maiga ignited a 6:0 run to start the second quarter and Gambrinus enjoyed a 49:22 advantage. It was virtually no stoppage for the home side as Timea Beres and Hamchetou Maiga soon carried Gambrinus to a massive 72:25 buffer after 30 minutes of action. The intrigue passed away and Czech favorites cruised to an overall win afterward. Zuzana Zirkova led Gambrinus with 18 points, while Hamchetou Maiga provided 12 points. Tamika Whitmore and Timea Beres added 10 points for the winners. Anna Vajda was the only Pecsi player to score in double figures as she posted 10 points in defeat. Zsofia Fegyverneky contributed 8 points for Hungarian team. Dalma Ivanyi played only 13 minutes and was kept scoreless as the injury troubled her throughout the game. Gambrinus held their opponents to only 33% from the field and forced Pecsi to 27 turnovers. Gambrinus will now take on Ros Casares in the quarterfinals. Game 1 of the best-of-three series is scheduled for February 26 in Spain.
In Round 17 of Czech ZBL Gambrinus and USK Praha clashed in Brno. Gambrinus extended their perfect run as they bumped their arch-rivals 91:76 and remained spotless at 16-0 record. USK Praha meanwhile suffered their second loss in the season losing both regular season games to Gambrinus.
Brno outfit was busy in midweek as they completed the win over MiZo Pecs in Euroleague tournament. It could be a reason for somehow weary start of the hosts. USK Praha scored the first 5 points and grabbed an early lead. Katerina Elhotova soon nailed back-to-back three-pointers to put the visitors up by 6 points 13:7. Later Jannell Burse and Michaela Pavlickova teamed up for 9 points as USK Praha accumulated a 22:8 lead. Marketa Mokrosova netted 5 consecutive points and USK Praha led by as many as 18 points. Finally Gambrinus began to return to life. Timea Beres scored 6 points, while Hamchetou Maiga added 7 for the hosts to trim the gap to 10 points 30:40 midway through the second stanza. Hana Machova capped the first half with 4 straight points for Gambrinus and they trailed 46:51 at halftime. Ivana Vecerova and Tamika Whitmore quickly nailed 4 points to open the second half and Gambrinus climbed within a single point from USK Praha. Marketa Mokrosova drained a trey as the visiting side maintained the advantage for some time but the home team soon denied it. Hana Machova was perfect from charity stripe and Ivana Vecerova converted a jumper to put Gambrinus up by 3 points 59:56. Eva Viteckova and Zuzana Zirkova fired from beyond the arc and Gambrinus opened a double digit lead for the hosts. But not for too long as Jannell Burse, Katerina Elhotova and Elodie Godin made it all square at 68 after 30 minutes of action. Eva Viteckova poured in 4 points and Hamchetou Maiga added 4 more to carry Gambrinus to an 82:72 distance. USK Praha failed to come any closer to the hosts and lost the battle. Hamchetou Maiga paced the hosts with 17 points and 7 boards. Hana Machova provided 15 points and 10 boards, while Eva Viteckova added 15 points for the winners. Lindsay Whalen nailed 23 points and pulled down 7 boards for USK Praha. Marketa Mokrosova contributed 17 points in defeat.


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POLAND - Women

FGE Gameday 20: MVP Ewelina Kobryn (eval: 32) -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
INEA AZS Poznań - Cukierki Odra Brzeg 81:51 (22:5, 16:16, 21:9, 22:21)
INEA AZS Poznań: Joanna Jarkowska 20, Paulina Dąbkowska 12, Reda Aleliunaite-Jankowska 10, Monika Sibora 8, Amy Sanders 7, Beata Krupska-Tyszkiewicz 6, Małgorzata Mycka 6, Marlena Wdowczyk 6, Joanna Lorek 3, Anna Pamuła 2, Agata Rafałowicz 1, Olga Pacyńska 0.
Cukierki Odra Brzeg: Ludmiła Lyubarska 10, Shantia Owens 10, Khaili Sanders 9, Justyna Daniel 9, Joei Clyburn 6, Daria Cybulak 5, Magdalena Rzeźnik 2, Marta Szymańska 0.

Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki 103:58 (17:14, 25:17, 30:13, 31:14)
Wisła Can-Pack Krakow: Monika Krawiec 26, Ewelina Kobryn 25, Anna DeForge 13, Natalia Trafimawa 12, Dorota Gburczyk 11, Agnieszka Pałka 10, Agata Gajda 5, Jelena Skerovic 1, Anna Wielebnowska 0.
Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki: Olivia Tomiałowicz 22, Claudia Sosnowska 14, Magda Kaczmarska 9, Katarzyna Arak 5, Aneta Kotnis 3, Katarzyna Bednarczyk 2, Małgorzata Misiuk 2, Agnieszka Modelska 1, Agnieszka Śnieżek 0, Anna Soszyńska 0, Katarzyna Cwiklińska 0.

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia - Energa Toruń 91:75 (28:21, 26:16, 23:12, 14:26)
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia: Chamique Holdsclaw 15, Patrycja Gulak 14, Dominique Canty 12, Anna Breitreiner 11, Magdalena Leciejewska 11, Ganna Zarytska 9, Slobodanka Maksimovic 8, Marta Jujka 5, Jekaterina Snicyna 4, Natalia Waligorska 2, Karolina Ambrosiewicz 0.
Energa Toruń: Amy Denson 12, Alicja Perlińska 11, Justyna Grabowska 11, Lindsay Taylor 10, Beata Predehl 8, Anna Marczewska 8, Joanna Chełczyńska 6, Emilia Tłumak 5, Latoya Bond 4, Justyna Zielińska 0, Patrycja Bajerska 0.

PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno - CCC Polkowice 78:57 (29:13, 16:10, 20:11, 13:23)
PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno: Edyta Krysiewicz 21, Daria Mieloszyńska 16, Ryan Coleman 15, Agnieszka Budnik 11, Martyna Koc 10, Agnieszka Makowska 2, Olga Żytomirska 2, Anna Talarczyk 1, Anna Krzywicka 0, Agnieszka Krol 0, Monika Soroczyńska 0.
CCC Polkowice: Jennifer Lacy 19, N.Ndiaye 17, Ilona Jasnowska 8, Olga Masilione 6, Petra Stampalija 3, Justyna Jeziorna 2, Veronika Bortelova 2, Anna Szycko 0, Marta Gajewska 0, Magdalena Pietrzak 0.

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. - ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź 69:57 (23:20, 13:17, 17:12, 16:8)
KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.: Carrie Moore 21, Katarzyna Czubak 9, Justyna Żurowska 8, Joanna Czarnecka 7, Agnieszka Szott 7, Katarzyna Ristic 7, Aleksandra Chomac 5, Denaimou N'Garsanet 3, Małgorzata Babicka 2, Barbara Kaszewska 0.
ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź: Katarzyna Kenig 18, Sylwia Wlaźlak 17, Jennifer Humphrey 8, Renata Oliveira 5, Dorota Sobczyk 4, Birute Dominauskaite 3, Milena Owczarek 2, Agnieszka Wilk 0.

Utex ROW Rybnik - MUKS Poznań 69:47 (20:10, 17:16, 14:7, 18:14)
Utex ROW Rybnik: Edyta Błaszczak 12, Hollie Merideth 12, Olena Proszczenko 11, Nikita Bell 10, Minja Siljegovic 10, Magdalena Skorek 9, Marquetta Dickens 3, Joanna Gorzyńska-Szymczak 2, Małgorzata Chomicka 0, Barbara Głocka 0, Sonia Moszkowicz 0, Natalia Przekop 0.
MUKS Poznań: Agnieszka Skobel 19, Paulina Antczak 6, Justyna Nieznalska 6, Okeisha Howard 4, Ilona Mądra 4, Barbara Skowronek 4, Żaneta Durak 3, Marijana Ivovic 1, Adrianna Najtkowska 0, Katarzyna Rezler 0, Martyna Mickow 0.


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RUSSIA - Women

UMMC bruises ailing Dynamo Moscow -by Eurobasket News
UMMC overcame Dynamo Moscow 69:60 in Ekaterinburg to improve to 13-2 record. Dynamo continued to struggle to find the right form on the local scene as they dropped to 7-9 record in the bog of the ladder. UMMC did not wait for too long before taking over in this one. The hosts opened the game with a 24:16 rally to leave Dynamo behind. UMMC limited Dynamo's leaders offensively and extended the gap to 16 points at halftime 44:28. Dynamo however refused to surrender that early. They showed a nearly perfect defensive effort in the third term holding the hosts beyond 10-point mark and trimming the deficit to 3 points heading into the final period. But UMMC withstood the momentum and eased to an overall win at the end. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) fired 22 points for UMMC. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) added 18 points and 10 boards for the winners. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 17 points for Dynamo. Nuria Martinez (176-G-84) had 11 points in defeat.
The league leaders CSKA thumped Dynamo Kursk 95:58 away from home yesterday. CSKA cruised past their opponents and easily secured their 15th straight win in the season. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) stepped up with 16 points apiece for CSKA. Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) scored 15 points apiece in winning case. Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) answered with 14 points for Dynamo Kursk as they fell to 7-8 record.


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SENEGAL - Women

Gomis top-scores in her last game of Euroleague this season -by Eurobasket News
Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) and her Valenciennes stopped just one step from producing the loudest sensation of the Euroleague playoffs as they were close of eliminating Ros Casares. But Ros Casares proved the strength in the decider and advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the competition. USVO handed the first loss to Ros Casares in the Euroleague season in the previous game but in Valencia Spanish outfit restores status quo. Krissy Bade and Emilie Gomis scored first 4 points in the game to spark USVO but Ros Casares quickly responded with a 15:0 run that put gave them a firm hold of the initiative. Elena Tornikidou and Katie Douglas nailed a bunch of free throws to extend the gap to 21:6 after the starting frame. Elisa Aguilar connected from afar early in the second stanza but her attempt was well-matched by Laurie Koehn. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period and Ros Casares drove to a 38:23 advantage at the break. Laia Palau and Ferragut gave the hosts a 46:27 lead midway through the third term but Emilie Gomis crowned the stanza with 4 consecutive free throws to trim the deficit to 17 points. Katie Douglas completed a three-point play, while Delisha Milton-Jones and Baranova added 4 points for the home team as they opened a 20+ advantage with almost 7 minutes left in regulation. Valenciennes never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Katie Douglas provided game-high 17 points for Ros Casares. Elena Tornikidou posted 12 points, while Milton contributed 9 points and 13 boards for the winners. Emilie Gomis and Krissy Bade answered with 10 points apiece in a losing case. Reka Cserny dropped 8 points for French team. USVO converted just 29% from the field and committed 19 turnovers.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Javois held to 14 points -by David Edole
Fort Hays State University did its best to make sure the fight for that eighth and final spot in the MIAA's postseason tournament stays interesting as the regular season winds down, handing Missouri Western State University an 81-79 defeat, and forcing a three-way tie for that eighth spot. The Griffons fall to 9-13 overall and 4-10 in the MIAA.
Western senior guard Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis), who scored 24 in the Griffons' 22-point shellacking of the Tigers in St. Joseph, Mo., had just 14, with eight coming in the first half.
They have some premiere players,' Tigers Coach Annette Wiles said of Missouri Western. 'Yanique is a tremendous player and you're not going to go into a game and hold her to zero points, but we ran a lot of different players at her all night long.'
Missouri Western led by as many as six in the first half, but had several second-half leads. The Griffons, who shot 8-for-10 from the free throw line for the game, led 75-72 with 2:19 to play and 77-74 with just over a minute to play. Tiger senior guard Naomi Bancroft, hit the last of her four 3-pointers for the game to tie the game with 1:07 to play.
'After so many times of getting beat over and over gain, we didn't learn from it and it caught up with us,' Lynn Plett said.
Bancroft was 4-for-13 from long range, as the Tigers hit nine bombs from downtown.
Fort Hays went up 79-77 on a pair of free throws from Bancroft, but Jill Johnson tied it on a backside lob, setting up Fort Hays with the ball with 26 seconds to play. Brianna Willhite took her shot, and Meshia Mason followed with the game-winner as time expired.
'The ending was fitting,' Plett said. 'All game long we did a horrendous job of keeping Fort Hays off the offensive boards. Ironically, that's the way they won the ball game with the shortest player on the floor getting the offensive rebound, and putting it back for the game winner.'