EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/24/2008

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AUSTRALIA

The Breakers unable to pass Brisbane test -by Eurobasket News
Brisbane Bullets - New Zealand Breakers 106:89

The Brisbane Bullets ensured their NBL semis appearance as they outlasted the Breakers in the quarterfinal today. They now have to prepare for the exciting semifinal clash against the Melbourne Tigers. The Breakers in the meantime can take a rest after the best season in the franchise history as they reached the post-season and surpassed the Cairns Taipans in the opening round of NBL playoffs. But the task of routing the defending champions appeared to be a bit too difficult for the Breakers. The Bullets dominated from the start but were not able to succeed late in the quarter as the Breakers built a 4-point buffer at the first intermission. However the hosts did not wait for too long to shift to full speed. They came out firing from all guns in the second quarter and stunned the visiting Breakers with a 41:18 rally. The things got even worse for the visitors in the third stanza as some of their key players got into a foul trouble, while the Bullets were consistent offensively. The margin grew to as many as 21 points after three quarters of action. Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) became the first victim of the referees as he got fouled out early in the fourth period. The Breakers still fought bravely and trimmed the deficit by 4 points but it was just not enough to threaten the hosts. The Bullets secured a winning outcome and moved into the semifinal stage of the competition. Kiwi international Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) paced Brisbane with 23 points and 10 boards. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) and Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) scored 22 points apiece in a win. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) answered with 24 points for the Breakers. Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, college: Duquesne) provided 22 points and 7 boards in defeat. The Bullets outmuscled the visitors under the rims 54:44 and converted 44% from the field.
So now the Brisbane Bullets will tip off their best-of-three semifinal series against Melbourne next Wednesday. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday.

Brisbane: Craig Bradshaw 23+10 boards, Ebi Ere 22, Dusty Rychart 22
NZ Breakers: Kirk Penney 24, Derrick Alston 22


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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

Kleon Penn scores 15 points and blocks six shots -by David Edole
McNeese State had one of its better shooting games of the season in posting a 77-48 Southland Conference basketball victory over Central Arkansas here Saturday.

The Cowboys, who have won three of their last four games, knocked down 58.3 percent of their three point shots, 55.8 percent of their total field goals and 75 percent of their free throws.

McNeese also held a 41-28 rebound advantage as the Cowboys notched their fifth victory in 12 league games and their 11th in 24 contests on the year. Central Arkansas fell to 3-10 in the SLC and to 13-14 overall.

The Cowboys led from the outset and ran up a 37-24 halftime advantage. In that first half McNeese missed only 12 shots from the floor, only two from three point range and was perfect at the line.

Kleon Penn (211-C-86), the Cowboys' 6-11 center, led the McNeese scoring attack with 15 points while Jarvis Bradley and Diego Kapelan had 14 each. A total of 11 McNeese players got into the scoring column.

John Pichon led McNeese in rebounding with eight with Bradley and Penn getting seven each and Penn also blocking six shots.

The Bears had only one double figure scorer and that was Nate Bowie who hit for 13, four under his league leading average.

A tight defense by the Cowboys forced Central Arkansas into one of its worst nights shooting the basketball. On the game the Bears connected on only 23 percent of its field goals and but 14.3 percent of its three point shots.


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CAMEROON

Collegiate News: Bitee parfait staying on top of the competition... -by Yann Tientcheu
Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) is undoubtedly the Cameroonian player with the most impact on the becoming of his collegiate team in the NCAA DIVI. The numbers displayed on
February 18th address clearly the increasing role he has to sustain as a member of the Rhode Island University men's basketball program. With a 25pts team-high, Game-high and Career high, the Yaounde native demonstrated
the high caliber player he has come to be in NCAA Div I. Bitee added 7asts, 3rbds and was 4 for 6 from the 3-point line that night in a 77-81 loss of Rhode island
to Xavier University. The 6'2' Point guard of the Cameroonian National Team will come out strong again on feb 21st scoring 13pts and dishing 5 asts in 25mns
of playing time in another loss of thr Rams who did not have a solution to the Massachusetts University equation. Joe Mbang (198-F-86, college: RIU) had a solid 9pts, 6rbds and was
3 for 4 from the floor.

The Cameroonian Forward of Florida A&M, Akini akini (6-10, 231 Forward) is coming off a stunning double-double performance on feb. 18th against Coppin State. Akini railed in the game
with 18pts and 14rbds in a 68-69 loss of the Rattlers. The Florida A&M forward also registered 11pts and 5rbds in a 90-89 Overtime win of the Rattlers against Morgan
State on Feb 16th.

Yves Mekongo Mballa (6-7, 210 Forward) has been averaging 15.5pts and 6.5rbds over the last two games of the Lasalle University Explorers. He signed 17pts, 5rbds and 2 steals in a 90-89
win of Lasalle over St Joseph's on Feb 1th, and came back on the same note on feb. 21st,scoring 14pts, grabbing 8rbds ,and dishing 3Asts in an Overtime win against
the major program of the University Of Dayton.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) had 8pts and 7rbds in a 84-49 win of UCLA over Oregon State on Feb 21st.This follows a double-double performance of 10pts and 10rbds registered on feb 17th against
O. J Mayo's University of California. UCLA overpowered USC 56-46. Alfred Aboya (203-F/C-85) who was 2 for 2 from the floor had 4pts against Oregon State.

Philipe Tchekane Bofia (6-6, 230 forward) averaged 7.5pts and 3rbds per game in the last two meetings of Maine University. He had 9pts, 3rbds and 1blk on feb 20th, and 6pts and 3rbds
on feb 23rd respectively against Boston University and Stony Brook. Maine University lost both games.

Alexis Wangmene (203-F/C-89) recorded 4pts and 3rbds in 6mns of playing time in a 77-50 win of University of Texas over Texas A&M on Feb 18th.

Gaston Moliva (201-F-85) of Richmond University, finished his Feb 23rd game with 9pts and 6pts, facing the competition of George Washington University. The Spiders could not
overcome george Washington who won the game by the final score of 59-53. Moliva was coming of a 8pts-7rbds performance against the UNC-Charlotte 49ers
of Gaby Ngoundjo, winning the game in overtime with the Spiders by the final score of 79-76.

Boris Siakam (201-F) of Western Kentucky University recorded 6pts and 12rbds against South Alabama on Feb. 21st. The Final score of the game, 64-69, revealed a win for South Alabama.

Stephane Bakinde (203-F-87, college: Stony Brook) had 16pts and 8rbds in a 63-71 loss of the Newberry Indians to Tusculum. Bakinde is currently the second best scorer of his team with 11.8pts per game, and the best rebounder
with 6.3 rbds per game.


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CANADA

Calgary, Regina and UBC take the lead in Canada West finals -by Eurobasket News
Canada College season entered the playoffs with Canada West and OUA Divisions enjoying the stage. The Canada West Division already held semis and now three final games tipped off. Calgary got to a difficult 87:78 win over Alberta at the Jack Simpson Gym. Alberta used a 6:0 run late in the first half to accumulate a 44:39 advantage at the interval. The Dinos however quickly regained the lead after the break. Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, college: E.Washington) notched 9 points in a 13:3 run for the hosts as they built a 69:60 lead heading into the fourth term. The Dinos dominated from now on extending the gap to as many as 14 points late in the game. The Golden Bears trimmed the difference at the end of regulation but could not revive the intrigue. Henry Bekkering finished with game-high 27 points and 10 boards for Calgary. Robbie Sihota (196-F-87) contributed 17 points and 10 boards in a winning case. Alex Steele (186-G-84) and Neb Aleksic (196-G-86) dropped 20 points apiece for Alberta. Game 2 is scheduled for today.
Regina handled Brandon giving them the first home loss in the season 87:85. The Cougars stunned the hosts early in the game and piled up a seemingly unassailable 29-point lead in the second half. But the Bobcats fought back. Brave Brandon compiled a fierce comeback effort to deny the visitors' advantage and tied the scoreline late in regulation. But it turned out to be not enough. Paul Gareau (201-F) drained a decisive jumper with 10 seconds left in the game to bring Regina to a narrow win. He ended up with game-high 31 points to pace Regina. Jamal Williams (196-F-86) scored 15 points, pulled down 7 boards and issued 6 assists. Yul Michel (187-G-80) answered with 21 points for Brandon. Dany Charlery (191-G-83) and Yuri Whyms (206-C-82) netted 16 points apiece in a losing effort.
UBC secured a tough win over Victoria 70:67 to grab the lead in the series. The T-Birds trailed by 7 points going into the final period but recharged effort from the hosts saw them outscore finalize an important home win. Matt Rachar (201-G) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Chris Dyck (190-G-85), Bryson Kool (203-F) and Alex Murphy (185-G) nailed 11 points apiece for the T-Birds. The Vikes replied with 19 points from Tyler Hass (196-F-86). Brandon Dunlop (186-G-88) and Mitch Gudgeon (198-F-86) produced 11 points apiece in defeat.


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CHINA

MVP might go to Zhu Fang Yu -by Robert Wang
Zhu Fang Yu has been the best shooter in Guang Dong team and China National team. He helped his team both in regullar season and finals this year. Zhu has received MVP in regullar season at 18.6 points and 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 steal. Guang dong team win 26 games and 4 lost. He had MVP in the season of 2004-2005. and he has played so so from the year 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Now, he is back! He might get another MVP in the finals and he would be another MVP for both regullar season and finals after Wang Zhi Zhi, Liu Yu dong, Yao Ming in CBA history. Hope he could help China in Olympic Game this year.

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COLOMBIA

New directive board in the Colombian National Federation of Basketball -by Victor Garcia
In the 2008 meeting of Leagues, Mr Jairo Romero were elected as president of the Colombian National Federation, Mr Romero has been Vicepresident of the Federation and one of the historic players of Colombia, Mr Jose Firsman and Carlos Julio Guzman also were elected as members of the board.
This new administration has the Challenge to find a sponsor for the main events in the country, probably the biggest task is to put togoether players like Juan Diego Tello Palacios, Stuard Baldonado, Stalin Ortiz, Edgar Moreno, Hardy Asprilla, Norbey Aragon,in the National Team for the Southamerican Championship, and also keep alive the work of the young National Teams that played in last year's Southamerican Tournaments.


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CYPRUS

Play offs: Apoel and AEL beat easily their opponents -by Chris Mammides

Play offs: Round 1 - Apoel and AEL beat their opponents (AEK and Apollon respectively) and made the 1-0 in their best of three series for this first round.
Aspis Apoel beat BMC AEK in
Nicosia 83-57 in a game which was a continuous monologue for Yiangoulis's Yellows. The quarters were: 17-13, 36-30, 59-47 and the final 83-57.
The MVP of the game and Top performer was the Serbian Forward Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80). The scorers of the two teams were:
Aspis Apoel: Hansen 6, Serdaris 3, Miseta 4, Jones 10, Lopatka 4, Balca Radunovic 17, Wheeller 16, Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) 13, Sokratous 2 and Jo-Jo Garcia 8.
BMC AEK Larnakas: Kouzapas 3, Berton 19, Dann 11, Marko Kandic (203-F-79) 20, Panteli 4.

In the last night's game, AEL thrashed the junior team of Pizza Express Primetel Apollon with 114-42. The game was really a 'joke' as Apollon couldn;t play against AEL since all the foreign players (with the exception of Ekine) were dismissed so the team came to the game mostly with members of its junior team. The quarters were: 28-13, 59- 18, 91-26 and 114-42. Top performer and scorer on behalf of the permanent champions was Souchu with his 22 points.

The scorers for the two teams were:

Proteas EKA AEL: Alexis Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) 13, Cuic 13, Souchu 22, Aleksic 4, Radle 9, Zanveni 8, Buzian 4, Zavoriev 13, Palalas 4, Loizidis 9,

Express Primetel Apollon: Antonis Kazoulis 2, Markou 4, Foklas 8, Hatzitheodosiou 2, Antonov 2, Kaskiris 4, Ierodiakonou 2, Koutousis 2, Ekine 13.


Other news

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon Limassol agreed terms with the American Head Coach James Weldon, the American Coach allread yarrived in Cyprus and will be arranging everything before takes over. The contract is for one year with option of renewall. His assistant Coach for the next seazon will be the veteran player of Apollonas Akis Konstantinou who is currently and for the Play-offs the Assistant Coach.



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Doping and drugs not allowed! -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Basketball Association and Finnish Teams Honka (Espoo) and Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) do not accept doping or drugs in Finnish sport and Basketball.
As American G-F Monte Cummings (193-G-76, college: Florida St.) (third season on Honka roster) and American F Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) (first season on Topo roster) have been caught using drugs (cannabis), both players have been fired immediately. These players are no more on their Teams' rosters.


KORISLIIGA: Team Componenta scored 100 pts -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 34: Four games this Saturday and as a result two home wins and two victories on the road. Team Componenta (Karkkila) scored 100 pts,
when beating Pyrinto (Tampere) by 23 pts. Nick Wallery (201-F-81, college: Albany St.) led TC by 27 pts and 11 rbs. Home Team was shooting treys 65,0% (13/20). Another home win in Porvoo, where local Tarmo defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) fourth time this season in as many contests. This time the difference was 11 pts. Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) (Tarmo) was the game MVP: 29 pts, 13 rbs and three blocks. Kouvot (Kouvola) won 24th time this season. This time it happened on the road in Uusikaupunki. And Honka (Espoo) won also 24th time this season by winning over KTP in Kotka by eight pts. Eldar Skamo (195-F-86) came from the bench and scored his career high 18 pts on top level.

Team Componenta - Pyrinto 100-77 (50-41) (Nick Wallery 27/11, Chris Hester 26 - Damon Williams 21/14, M.C.Mazique 12).

Tarmo - Kauhajoki 87-76 (49-39) (Mark McCarroll 29/13, Travis Leech 16/4 - Darryll Hudson 24, Mario Porter 23/10).

Korihait - Kouvot 72-80 (31-42) (Jussi Kumpulainen 21, Kyle Shiloh 16 - Wayne Bernard 20, Peter Cipriano 14).

KTP - Honka 80-88 (46-44) (Toni Ilmonen 20, Jari Vekkila 16 - Petteri Koponen 27, Kimmo Muurinen 21, Eldar Skamo 18).



KORISLIIGA: Honka has signed Keddric Mays -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Transfer news: Honka (Espoo) has signed American G Keddric Mays (183-G) for the rest of this season. Mays is a young talented man out of Chattanooga Univiversity, where he averaged as a Sr 14,3 ppg (3pt - 41,3%). Mays will start his international basketball career in Finland next week. Team Componenta has waived Jerome Rogers and Rogers will be replaced by Naynyaw Awuah-Addae out of 1. Division. American G-F Eric Washington will play on Karhu (Kauhajoki) roster for the rest of the season.

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FRANCE

Mitchell is injured ! -by Maxime Lory
The american PG of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone, is out because of a thigh's pain. He will miss the game vs Paris-Levallois (tonight), and he's very uncertain for the second game vs Akasvayu Girona in ULEB CUP next Tuesday. Tomorrow, he will see the physiotherapist to know the seriousness of his injure. Bad news for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone, since his arrival, Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) scored in average 14p and dishes out 6asts.

Round 19 Predictions -by Sean Davis

Round 19 Predictions


After last nights exciting upsets look for the home teams to dominate once again in round 19 of the LNB!



Le Mans 90 - 75 Orleans

Cholet 62 - 55 Le Havre.........Game Of the Week!

Paris 77 - 70 Chalon

Clermont 76 - 75 Strasbourg

Vichy 81 - 83 Hyeres-Toulon.......Heyeres-Toulon tries to win another important game without team leader Sean Colston



Roanne 89 - 72 Gravelines




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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 21: Weekend Results Febuary 23rd! -by Michael Taylor
Saturday Febuary 23rd Bundesliga Game Day 21

Bayer Leverkusen 93 ALBA Berlin 90
Overcoming a 7pt deficit with 3min to play, Bayer Leverkusen earned an impressive 93-90 come from behind road win over ALBA Berlin Saturday at Maxschmellinghalle in Berlin. Leverkusen started fast with a 20-16 1Q but the powerful ALBA team ran to a 36-29 2Q and a 52-49 halftime lead. Berlin lengthened their lead to 77-73 after three but it was Leverkusen who stormed back down the stretch. Brant Bailey keyed the Leverkusen attack with a terrific 20pt 8reb performance off the bench. Veterans Eric Taylor added 16pt 6reb and Tyron McCoy 14pt in the win. Gordon Geib sank two of three 3pt shots to finish with 10pt. Bobby Brown topscored for Berlin nailing 5 threes on his way to 24pt, Julius Jenkins totaled 22 and Aleksander Nadjfeji added 13pt before fouling out. Leverkusen shot 49% from the floor while ALBA hit 47%. Berlin outrebounded Leverkusen 40-30 but suffered 18turnovers. Leverkusen also sank 35 of 32 (78%) from the foul line compared with Berlins 14 of 20 (70%). With the win, Head Coach Achim Kuczmann and his team pull closer to the top of the Bundesliga. ALBA slips to 17-5 while Leverkusen improves to 16-5.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 76 Science City Jena 64
Strong team defense keyed Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his NewYorker Phantoms to a 76-64 home win at Volkswagonhalle Saturday night in Braunschweig. Jena started strong with an 18-15 1Q but Braunschweig answered with a 2Q run to take a 34-32 halftime lead. The Phantoms got some breathing room in the 3rd and took a 51-45 lead into the 4th. Down the stretch, strong defense and big baskets and free throws sealed the win. Domonic Jones led the Braunschweig attack with 18pt 6reb 5ast with support from Jonathan Levy and Andrew Drevo's 14pt apiece. Ajmal Basit led Jena with 12pt 12reb and Lavelle Felton and Brendon Plavich chipped in 11pt each. The Phantoms shot 41% and held Jena to 33% in the win. Jena suffered 23 turnovers. Braunschweig ups their record to 12-9 while Jena slips to 2-19.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 73 digbu Baskets Paderborn 63
John Bowler scored 20pt and Ronnie Burrell added 11pt 8reb as Telekom Baskets Bonn beat digibu Baskets Paderborn 73-63 Saturday night at Hardtberghalle in Bonn. In the debut of Eddie Basden for Bonn, Head Coach Michael Koch and his men opened a 17-12 1Q lead and extended their advantage to at the half. Artur Kolodziejski drilled key momentum building threes in the run. Bonn built a 65-51 lead before Paderborn battled back. Down the stretch, Bonn maintained their cushion until the final buzzer. Tim Black (21pt 5reb), Nathan Peavy (15pt 8reb) and Greg Jenkins (12pt 6reb) were most productive for Paderborn. Bonn shot 51% to Paderborn's 39% making the big difference in the game. Bonn improved to 13-7 while Paderborn fell to 7-13.

Artland Dragons 90 TBB Trier 83
Artland used a well-timed 4Q run to seal their hardfought 90-83 road win over Trier at Trier Arena Saturday. In an exciting open court first half, Trier held a two point lead after 1Q 27-25 and Artland cut the lead to one at half, 45-44. C Darius Hall was a perfect 6-6 from the floor for 14pt at the break. The back and forth action continued into the 3Q until 5pt in sequence from John Goldsberry gave Artland a 65-61 lead and 5pt from Leon Rodgers gave Head Coach Chris Fleming and his team a 70-65 lead heading into the 4Q. But it was Trier's run in the early 4th that gave them a 74-72 lead. Artland's depth and experience helped them with a run over the last minutes to take control of the game. Trailing 85-83, Trier's three point looks rimmedout and Adam Chubb scored a big bucket followed by key FT from Goldsberry and Lamont McIntosh to secure the win. Hall finished with 18pt to lead Artland and McIntosh (16pt), Goldsberry (13pt 7ast), Chubb (12pt) and Rodgers (10pt 4reb) were solid in the win. John Whorton and Caleb Green scored 16pt apiece for Trier followed by James Gillingham with 14pt, Austen Rowland with 13pt and Daniel Cage with 11. Artland shot a sizzling 57% (7 for 14 from three) in the game and Trier hit a hot 50%. The Dragons outrebounded Trier 32-27 and made 19 of 26 (73%) from the foul line to 12 of 14 (85%) from Trier. Artland improves to 17-4 while Trier slipped to 4-17.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 83 Walter Tigers Tubingen 78
Saturday night at Tubingen Arena, Ewe Baskets Oldenburg used a focused efficient game to build a lead then hold off a rallying Tiger team in their 83-78 road win. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Oldenburg team opened with a 23-16 1Q but Tubingen battled back and when Igor Perovic sank a late first half three, Tubingen trailed 49-43 at half. Oldenburg led 65-57 heading into the 4th. But the Tigers fought back. Tubingen cut the margin and gave themselves a chance to tie. Trailing 76-74 Rasko Katic missed 2FT. Oldenburg's Branimir Longin sank a clutch shot to extend the lead to 78-74 with just under 2min to play. After a Katic basket, Jason Gardner buried a big 3 giving Oldenburg an 81-76 lead with 18sec. The final buzzer sounded for Oldenburg in their hardfought 83-78 road win. Branimir Longin led the winners with 18pt followed by 17pt from Dan McKlintock and 16pt 4ast from Jason Gardner. Katic was excellent for the Tigers topscoring with 31pt 6reb, Bingo Merriex added 12pt 7reb and AJ Moye 10pt 5boards. Oldenburg sank 23 of 27 FT (85%) and suffered only 5 turnovers as keys to their win. Oldenburg upped their record to 12-10 while Tubingen slipped to 6-15.


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HUNGARY

Round 20: saturday's games -by Tamas Deri
NYKK beat Szolnok easily by 40 points last night. In the first quarter it was a tied game, Srdjan Helbich scored under the rim for the home, Kelley and Hollins had easy layups and nice shoots for the guest team. After 10 minutes there got a big difference between the shooting percentages of the teams: the home team scored with 73% their field goals in the first half, the players of Szolnok missed a lot of shots, even free throws. The four foreigners made 76 of home team's 101 points. With this win NYKK made a big step to come into the best four after the regular season.

In Paks Du Juan Wiley scored the first three in the game, but after that the guests did not have a lot of fun. After five minutes it was already plus ten for the home team and the difference got close to thirty in the first half.
Int he first half the guest were shooting with 16% from the field, the home team with 42%, and it did not really change after.

The team of ZTE was leaded by the americans, Basette and Walters last night and coudl beat KKK in the home arena. Basette had a season high 37 points and was also very active in grabbing the rebounds. Even the foreigners were the best on the other side, Kinsella and Ceskovic scored 46 points together.

It was a very important victory for Albacomp to stay on the road into the playoffs. In both teams were extra performances: McClendon had a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds, from the guests Blair and Jefferson made 72 of team's 86 points.

Kormend had one easy win against MAFC, which team played yet without new american guard Anthony Harris and hungarian guard Zsolt Graczer, who was sick the last some days. The home team played its own basketball again: full court press, a lot of steals, easy layups, nice shoots and dunks. There were five players again scoring in double figures. With this win Kormend is on the 8th place right now and has a great chance to be in the playoffs.

The team of Pecs without the injured guards Wittmann and Hosszu could beat the team of Hodmezovasarhely by 24 points. Key player was Gergely Kutasi, who replaced Wittmann better, than excepted and scored 19 points.


MARSO-VAGEP NYÍREGYHAZI KK - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 101-61
(36-26, 23-13, 25-9, 17-13)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 2000, Referees: Bodnar, Szilas, Győrffy
NYÍREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 25/6, Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) 24/9, Ross Mouton (201-G/F-85, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) 11/3, Sitku 11, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 16/3, Trepak 2, Siska, Krasznai 7/3, Farkas A. 5, Nagy K., Bus M., Toth D., Coach: Deri Csaba
SZOLNOK: Kelley 13, Cziczas 4, Hollins 9, Sabaliauskas 5/3, Gobi 11/3, Molnar A. 8/6, Ledoux 3/3, Cseh 3/3, Toth V., Harazin, Gaal 5/3, Coach: Por Peter


ATOMERŐMŰ SE - PLANET LEASING DOMBÓVAR KC 81-46
(24-12, 21-5, 10-15, 26-14)
Paks, Att.: 1500, Referees: Cziffra, Hegedűs, Torok
ATOMERŐMŰ: Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) 13/9, Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) 19/9, Kiss Zs. 3/3, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 21/6, Panta, Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) 7, Brooks 6/6, Toroman 1, Csaplar-Nagy E., Horanyi 3/3, Morgen, Coach: Sabali Balazs
DOMBÓVAR: English 8, Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 15/3, Deak 3/3, Wiley 9/6, Sanders 6, Bodi 2, Balogh, Molnar M. 3/3, Vas, Coach: Dzunic Branislav


PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS - BODROGI BAU-VASARHELY 97-73
(28-21, 28-15, 23-11, 18-26)
Pecs, Att.: 1800, Referees.: Kiraly, Farkas, Gal.
PECS: Gergely Kutasi (190-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/9, Williams 8/3, Denes 5/3, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15, Lapov 11/3, Aleksic 8/6, Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) 16, Jovanovic 7, Czigler 4, Kovacs P. 2, Eilingsfeld 2, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
HÓDMEZŐVASARHELY: Drahos 10, Brooks 8/3, Robert Kovats (199-F-84) 18, Freeman 13/3, Gemes 10, Babut, Boszormenyi 8/3, Kukla 4, Csorba 2, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo


ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK - KAPOSVARI KK 86-78
(31-21, 18-18, 20-19, 17-20)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 1000, Referees: Palla, Kiss L., Kapitany
ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK: Miskovic 6, Mark Walters (188-G-82, agency: Warren Sports, college: N.Mexico) 13/3, Kovacs 9/9, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/3, Reggie Bassette (206-C-77, college: ODU) 37, Keresztes, Simon 2, Coach: Nikola Lazic
KAPOSVARI KK: Ceskovic 22/6, Vojvoda 11/3, Szőke 10/6, Hendlein 7, Mike Kinsella (213-C-84, agency: 24-seconds, college: Marquette) 22/9, Tomosvary 5, Csirke 1, Coach: Horvath Imre


POLAROID-LAMI-VED KÖRMEND - MAFC 101-67
(24-17, 28-14, 31-20, 18-16)
Kormend, Att.: 2300, Referees: Benczur, dr. Szakall, Makovsky
KÖRMEND: Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, college: La Salle) 22/9, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 8/6, Ferencz 9/3, KENNETH Henderson 15, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) 10/3, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), Ocitti 3/3, Ed McCants (193-G-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 18/9, Toth G. 3, Kocsis 3/3, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
MAFC: Jitim Young (188-G-81, college: Northwestern) 20, Wehner 9/3, Misek 5/3, Andras Vavra (202-F-78) 10/3, Peter Kecskes (208-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Hawaii) 12, Radovics 3, Fulop 4, Fodor K. 4, Bodrogi, Coach: Dinnyes Attila


ALBACOMP - UNIVER KSE 98-86
(23-14, 23-23, 31-19, 21-30)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2200, Referees: Vigh, Boglar, Gorka
ALBACOMP: Simon 10/3, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 18/6, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 16, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) 25/3, Bence 14, Lamont Boozer (208-F/C-75, college: JMU) 8, Soos 5/3, Hanga 2, David G, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos
UNIVER KSE: Sigurdarson 2, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 42/6, Horvath A. 2, Szabo Zs. 2, Fiegi 6, Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) 30/15, Halmai, Lekli 2, Toth P., Csorvasi, Vida, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


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ITALY

Two wins on the road on saturday night -by Gianni Pascucci

The two anticipated Serie A games of yesterday night ended both with an expected result. In the first one, Eldo Napoli defeated on the road Premiata Montegranaro 85-72, with Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) leading the way at 21 points and 11 rebs, and Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) adding 19 points and 10 rebs. Jamal Thomas was another important winning factor, with 19 points he too. Thanks to this unexpected win, Napoli makes an important pace ahead in the battle to enter in the playoff grid. Montegranaro did not show the usual 'hunger' and only Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) was at his level, with 20 poins and 3 rebounds. In the other game of the saturday night, Benetton Treviso felt to Armani Jeans Milano 73-98, at the end of an awful performance, causing lots of protesting from the team fans. In fact, only Marco Mordente (192-G-79) (18 points) played at his usual level in the Greens, while Milano kept the head of the score at the beginning and never left it, ending the game with five players in double figures, led by Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group), who scored 18 pts and grabbed 12 rebounds to be the saturday night MVP.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it



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KOREA

LG SAKERS DONGBU PROMY & SK KNIGHTS ALL WINNERS -by Rick Ross

The 6th and Final Rounds started today with LG SAKERS #5 Hosting #2 SAMSUNG THUNDERS
In Changwon, Leather Terrence (206-C-81, college: S.Florida) was superb nocking down 38 pts with 22 pts at the half,
He was unstoppable with power dunks and post play and no answer until late in the 3rd
Quarter as the Sakers Duo Of Blankson Odartey (201-F/G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: UNLV) and

Warner Calvin (201-F/C-80, college: Jacksonville) Found there teams rythm and started
A roll that notched a relentless come back as The Big O Knocked Down 35 pts and 8 rebs and Calvin Warner
Chipped in 22 pts and 8 rebs 16 coming in the last Quarter.

Dongbu Promy still commands the stage as they up-held #3 KT&G 93-78 No statistics at time of this report.
Nunber #4 KCC EGIS was up-staged by #7 SK KNIGHTS 92-84 No statistics at time of this report.



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LATVIA

SEB Baltic Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

SEB Baltic Basketball League

Division I

February, 22

Kalev/Cramo Tallinn - Barons/LMT Riga 69-83 (18-21, 9-16, 17-28, 25-18)

Kedzo 17, Freier 16, Kangur 13, Kriisa 8; J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81) 14, Gustas 14, Berzins 13, Skele 11, Adomaitis 9, Hlebowicki 8
, Alexander 7


Team standigs

1. Zalgiris 14-1

2. Lietuvos Rytas 14-1

3. ASK Riga 11-5

4. Barons/LMT 10-7

5. Siauliai 10-7

6. BK Ventspils 6-9

7. Kalev/Cramo 5-9

8. Rock 5-12

9. Valmiera 3-14

10. Neptunas 2-15




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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

LSB 2008 - Group A: Cocodrilos (VEN) and Boca (ARG) start with triumphs -by Francisco Vega

Caracas, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela) and Boca Juniors (Argentina) started their participation in Liga Sudamericana 2008's Group A, with well deserved triumphs over Regatas de Lima (Peru), 116-79, and Universo BRB (Brazil), 93-80, respectively, as Matchday 1 was played at Naciones Unidas Park, the home of Cocodrilos.

The Venezuelan side showed their lack of rythm, due to the fact that Venezuela's LPB hasn't started yet and their merely in a preseason stage right now. However, the Peruvians did not take advantage of that and could not overcome the more effective shots of Caracas.


Cocodrilos de Caracas 116 - Regatas de Lima 79


COCODRILOS (VEN)= 116 (32+26+32+26)
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 4 points, Kelley McClure (186-G-74) 11 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 16 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 12 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 17 points (Starting Five). Henry Paez (184-G-70) 26 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 12 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 6 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 6 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 4 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 2 points, Boris Urbina (195-G/F-84) 0 points. Coach: Nestor Salazar

REGATAS (PERU)= 79 (18+22+23+26)
Hugo Rangel 2 points, Tim Parham (206-F-83) 25 points, John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82) 9 points, Julio Monges (191-G-80) 27 points, Mouhamadou Diop (210-C-87) 16 points (Starting Five) Nicolas La Rosa 0 points, Roberto Puente (192-F-77) 0 points, Daniel Del Carpio (198-F/C-75) 0 points, Aldo De Ferrari (205-C-82) 0 points, Alvarado Rojas 0 points. Coach: Carlos Zanelatto


Boca Juniors 93 - Universo BRB 80


BOCA JUNIORS (ARG)= 93 (21+26+28+15)

Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) 21 points, Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) 7 points, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 19 points, Devon Ford (193-G-77) 12 points, Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) 11 points (Starting Five) Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) 9 points, Jamal Robinson (196-F/G-73) 6 points, Fernando Funes (193-G-83) 6 points, Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) 2 points Coach: Gabriel Picatto


UNIVERSO BRB (BRA)= 80 (17+17+25+21)

Arthur Belchior Silva (198-G-82) 17 points, Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) 6 points, D Spillers 21 points, Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) 10 points, Luis Fernando de Souza (210-C-78) 8 points (Starting Five) Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) 4 points, Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) 10 points, Charles Silva (203-F/C-81) 4 points, Brasilia Clemente (200-C-72) 0 points Coach: Paulo dos Santos



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LITHUANIA

LKL All-Star 2008 -by Lukas Zajancauskas

LKL 3 point Shootout -
1st. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) 22. (Semi-Final score - 26 - All-Time Record)
2nd. Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) 19.
3rd. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) 15.
4th.Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) 14.


Slam Dunk 2008 Champion - Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances).

Lithuanians - Foreigners 110:109.
MVP - Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) 27 points.



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MONTENEGRO

MNT1B 16 Round : Budva win against Zeta 112-67 in Podgorica -by Dragan Scepanovic
New basketball champion of MNT1B Division win in 16 Round in Podgorica against BC Zeta 112-67.Best in team of BC Budva Mega Promet was Igor Kunjic (202-F-87) 19 points and Filip Goranovic (208-F/C-85) 18 Points and 9 rebounds.In team of BC Zeta best was Lekovic ho score 23 points.On this moment BC Budva Mega Promet have score 16-0 in season 2007-2008.In last two round BC Budva will first play in Budva against BC Teodo from Tivat and in last round against BC Ljubovic in Podgorica

MNT1A : Djurkovic to strong for Jedinstvo -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club Niksic win in game of 15 Round of MNT1A Opportunity Division against BC Jedinstvo B.Polje 71-68 (20-18,25-23,10-11,16-16).Once again in team of BC Niksic best was Radoje Djurkovic (202-F/C-87) with 16 points and 15 rebounds.Good game play Goran Gajovic 15 Points,4 rebounds and Nemanja Vranjes 16 points.In team of Jedinstvo good game play Vladimir Grdinic with 7 points and 5 asisst.In next round BC Niksic play against ABS Primorje in H. Novi very important game for placement in Montenegrin superleague.

MNT1A : Mogren win vs ABS Primorje 94-79 -by Dragan Scepanovic
First team of championship in MNT1A Opportunity Divison BC Mogren Budva win in first game of 15 Round against ABS Primorje form H.Novi 94-79.In team of Mogren Budva good game play Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 18 points,5rebound and Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 13points,7 rebounds.In team of ABS Primorje best was Komatina with 31 points and 8 rebounds.In next round Mogren will play against BC Danilovgrad in Danilovgrad and ABS Primorje will play at H.Novi against BC Niksic in very important game for placement in Montenegrin basketball superleague.

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NBA

Boston loses third in a row -by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics losing skid continued as they travel around the Western conference. Yesterday they visited Phoenix and were handed the third straight defeat to fall to 41-12 record. It was the second game for Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) in the Suns' starting lineup and it all pretty smooth for #32. Shaq teamed up with Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) for 27 rebounds as the Suns dominated the boards 50:32. It was an obvious shift in the Suns approach as they paid much more attention to defense limiting Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) and Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) to 19 points combined. Phoenix fired up a 16:2 run midway through the second quarter to accumulate a 43:28 lead. The hosts maintained the lead in the second half despite playing without Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82) who got a cut above his eye in did not return to action. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) finished with 28 points, while Grant Hill tallied 14 points and 13 boards for the winners. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) added 18 points to a winning effort. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) scored 19 points and 5 boards in a loss.
In the meantime the undermanned Chicago Bulls put on a scoring show against Denver and deservedly celebrated a 135:121 victory. With Ben Wallace left and Larry Hughes and Gooden have not arrived in yet the Bulls performed one of the best offensive game in the season and surpassed hot-shooting Denver for the 22nd win. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) posted 37 points in the best offensive performance for the Bulls in the last 17 years. Chicago were comfortably up by 23 points in the third frame but it was not the end yet. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) ignited a three-pointer show for Denver burying 3 back-to-back treys and cut the deficit to 6 points midway through the fourth term. But Ben Gordon stepped up for the hosts as he drained 10 points in a 14:3 run that allowed Chicago to clear off for good. Andres Nocioni (6'7''-F-79) accounted for 21 points, while Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) contributed 18 points and 11 boards in a win. J.R. Smith answered with career-high 43 points, including 8/14 treys. Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) notched 29 points in the 21st loss for the Nuggets.


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NEW ZEALAND

The Breakers unable to pass Brisbane test -by Eurobasket News
Brisbane Bullets - New Zealand Breakers 106:89

The Brisbane Bullets ensured their NBL semis appearance as they outlasted the Breakers in the quarterfinal today. They now have to prepare for the exciting semifinal clash against the Melbourne Tigers. The Breakers in the meantime can take a rest after the best season in the franchise history as they reached the post-season and surpassed the Cairns Taipans in the opening round of NBL playoffs. But the task of routing the defending champions appeared to be a bit too difficult for the Breakers. The Bullets dominated from the start but were not able to succeed late in the quarter as the Breakers built a 4-point buffer at the first intermission. However the hosts did not wait for too long to shift to full speed. They came out firing from all guns in the second quarter and stunned the visiting Breakers with a 41:18 rally. The things got even worse for the visitors in the third stanza as some of their key players got into a foul trouble, while the Bullets were consistent offensively. The margin grew to as many as 21 points after three quarters of action. Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) became the first victim of the referees as he got fouled out early in the fourth period. The Breakers still fought bravely and trimmed the deficit by 4 points but it was just not enough to threaten the hosts. The Bullets secured a winning outcome and moved into the semifinal stage of the competition. Kiwi international Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) paced Brisbane with 23 points and 10 boards. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) and Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) scored 22 points apiece in a win. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) answered with 24 points for the Breakers. Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, college: Duquesne) provided 22 points and 7 boards in defeat. The Bullets outmuscled the visitors under the rims 54:44 and converted 44% from the field.
So now the Brisbane Bullets will tip off their best-of-three semifinal series against Melbourne next Wednesday. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday.

Brisbane: Craig Bradshaw 23+10 boards, Ebi Ere 22, Dusty Rychart 22
NZ Breakers: Kirk Penney 24, Derrick Alston 22


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PARAGUAY

1 de Mayo leads the finals -by Gianni Pascucci
1 de Mayo defeated America 80-83 at teh end of a very well played Game 3 of the Pilar Regional Finals, keeping the lead of the series 2-1. Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) and Hugo Paredes (198-F-84) were the best at the winning side, scoring 21 and 18 points, respectively, and three other players ended the game in double figures in 1 d eMayo. Cuban Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) took game scoring honors with 24 points in losing effort. Game 4 will be played tonight, and in case of win, 1° de Mayo will become the 2008 Pilar league champion.

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PHILIPPINES

PBA Philippine Cup Finals - Giants Level Series -by Lorenzo Gahol
PBA Philippine Cup Finals - Giants Level Series
Purefoods TJ Giants 106 - Sta. Lucia Realtors 98: The finals series is back to square one. James Yap (190-F/G-82) bucked an impending suspension to score a season-high 35 points, helping the Giants level the series at 2 games each. Yap will not play on Sunday due to a flagrant foul in Game 3 and was fined PHP 20,000. Joseph Yeo may join Yap in the sidelines after a flagrant foul on Noy Castillo with less than 20 seconds remaining. The Realtors are expected to come back strong on Game 5, especially with Purefoods' top gunner out of the match. J. Bagulaya

PBA Philippine Cup Finals - Giants Back In The Groove
Purefoods TJ Giants 118 - Sta. Lucia Realtors 107: The Purefoods TJ Giants are back in the best-of-seven title series. Peter June Simon scored 26 points to help the Giants dominate the Realtors and avoid a 3-0 hole. Purefoods was on control most of the game, as the its shooters finally clicked after falling silent in the first two games. Coach Ryan Gregorio's players now have the chance to level the series in Game 4 on Friday. J. Bagulaya


Williams Named BPC -by Lorenzo Gahol

Kelly Williams (196-F-82, college: Oakland) has been named as the PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference (BPC). The athletic forward garnered 1393 total points to beat Alaska guard Willie Miller (878), Purefoods forward Kerby Raymundo (810), Air21's Arwind Santos (413) and Coca Cola Tigers big man Asi Taulava (390) for the award. Williams, last year's Rookie of the Year, averaged 18 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game before Game 4 of the best-of-seven finals.


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SERBIA

Srdjan Jovanovic moves to Hungary -by Dragan Jankovski

Experienced point guard Srdjan Jovanovic (194-G-76) agreed terms with Hungarian team PECS, whose head coach is Stojan Ivkovic. Jovanovic started the season in Polish Polpak but got released in December. In the past Jovanovic used to play for Aris, Milan, Cantu, Crvena Zvezda, Imola, Kecskemeti and Makedonikos.


PECS is currently on the third place in Hungarian A league with 12 wins and 6 defeats.



A league: Important win of Zdravlje Actavis in Novi Sad -by Dragan Jankovski
At the opening game of 17th round of Serbian A league Zdravlje Actavis grabbed very important road victory for the survival against Radnicki Ivnest Inzenjering 71-67. It seems that after win over Mega Aqua Monta in the last round Zdravlje saw the light at the end of the tunnel so the team from Leskovac has a chance to survive in A league. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81), who added 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Uros Lucic (207-C-83), who had 19 points and 4 rebounds, were the best for the winners.

After 17 rounds Zdravlje and Radnicki have the same score, 6 wins and 11 defeats.


Radnicki Invest Inzenjering - Zdravlje Actavis 67-71
(21-21,26-18,9-14,11-18)

Radnicki:
Fekete 14 (8 as, 5 st), Popovic 14 (9 rebs)
Zdravlje Actavis: Marojevic 20 (7 rebs), Lucic 19 (4 rebs), Bogavac 14


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TANZANIA

JKT, Chang\'ombe Boys meet in Kili Super Cup opener -by Carlos Pereira
By Renatha Msungu

JKT start to defend their title today when they play Chang`ombe Boys in the Kili Super Cup men`s opening match at the Indoor Stadium.
The Dar es Salaam Basketball (BD) Information Officer, Michael Maluwe, said yesterday that JKT Queens and Don Bosco Queens would also meet in the women`s match on the same ground today.
He said the league would attract six men`s and four women\'s teams.
Other men`s teams are Vijana, Oilers, UDSM Outsider and Savio. Women`s teams are Jeshi Stars, Cargo Ladies, Don Bosco Queens and JKT Stars.
Men`s winners will be awarded 6.5m/-, a trophy and individual certificates while first and second runners-up will be given 3m/- and 2m/- respectively.
Women`s winners will pocket 500,000/- while first and second runners-up will take home 300,000/- and 100,000/- respectively.
There will be also awards for best player, best coach, best defender and best scorer in both categories.
Meanwhile, Oilers have revealed players who will play for them in the league.
The team`s coach, Salehe Zonga, yesterday named foreign players in the team as Yoni Wanambiro from KCB of Kenya and Albert Lukunje from APR of Rwanda.
Local players in the squad are Alex George, Albert Kasigara, Naftal Msogot, Lusajo Samwel, Ntwa Mwandemani, Philip Haule, Gerald Baru, Amos Mgwasa, George Baguma, Steve Mtemilonda, Godfrey Bayeke, Habib Kassim and Isaac Kimambo.
The team will play Savio on Monday.


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URUGUAY

Teams are arriving to Montevideo to play the stage of Liga Sudamericana -by Walter Sobrero
According to Press Secretary of Club Trouville, Mr. Horacio Abadie, all the teams and the referees arrived to Montevideo to play the stage of South American League.
The final schedule is as follows (all time is PM):

Monday, 25 feb 2008
7:00 Millonarios Tarija Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro
9:00 Libertad Sunchales Club Trouville

Tuesday, 26 feb 2008
7:00 Libertad Sunchales Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro
9:00 Club Trouville Millonarios Tarija

Wednesday, 27 feb 2008
7:00 Libertad Sunchales Millonarios Tarija
9:00 Club Trouville Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro

Due to the quit of Malvin to play the stage, the team that qualifies third in this stage, will probably qualify as the better third, and this increases Club Trouville's options to go to next round. Also, the semi finals of the Uruguayan League will be suspended this three days as a support to the only uruguayan team in the competition so everybody can go to see this League.


The semifinals are tied 1-1 -by Hector Lopez
The two semifinal playoff series for the Uruguayan League are now tied 1-1, after Defensor Sporting beat Bigua 89-86 and Hebraica defeated Atenas 67-66.
David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) netted 30 points for Defensor while for Bigua, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 24, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 22 and 11 rebounds, Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Hebraica won after Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) scored two free throws with 1.7 secnds to play. For Hebraica Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) netted 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds and Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) scored 10 points.
For Atenas Luis Silveira (190-G/F-71) scored 18 points, Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) 14 and 10 rebounds, and Letheal Cook 10 points.




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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Dandenong ends Canberra title race -by Eurobasket News
Canberra - Dandenong 54:60

Dandenong abrupt the Canberra Capitals season in the semifinal by winning 60:54 yesterday. The Capitals being favorites of this one entered the game quite confidently and piled up a 33:18 lead at halftime. But the Rangers reignited their game after the break. They adjusted shooting accuracy and evened the Capitals under the boards to start fighting back. Dandenong limited their opponents to only 9 points in the third frame and trailed by only 4 points before the fourth stanza. Dandenong speeded up in the fourth term and soon grabbed the lead. They were up by 4 points with a minute to go in the game. Canberra got into foul trouble and the Rangers proved deadly from free throw line. It was not the end however as Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) scored a vital three-pointer for the hosts but it was not enough. The Rangers were unstoppable and celebrated an outstanding victory at the end. They will now take on the loser of today's major semifinal clash between the Adelaide Lightning and Sydney Uni Flames. Caitlin Ryan (178-G-81) topscored for the surprising Rangers as she nailed 18 points. Michelle Brogan contributed 12 points, while Shelley Hammonds (188-F-83, agency: LBM Management) had 9 for the winners. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) answered with 15 points for Canberra. Tracey Beatty (202-C-79) and Crista Hays (188-C-80) scored 8 points apiece in a losing case. Tully Bevilaqua notched 8 points in her curtain-call for the Capitals. Canberra's veteran announced about the retirement from active professional career after 17 seasons in the WNBL.

Canberra: Abby Bishop 15, Tracey Beatty 8, Crista Hays 8, Tully Bevilaqua 8
Dandenong: Caitlin Ryan 18, Michelle Brogan 12, Shelley Hammonds 9


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BELARUS - Women

Lemminkainen and Laisve win the games in Minsk -by Eurobasket News
Minsk hosted two games last night between Lithuanian and local teams. Guests seemed to be more experienced and grabbed the wins in all the games.
Lithuanian Lemminkainen overcame Berezina-RCOR 72:81 to improve to 6-6. The guests started with 13:19 in the opening quarter and increased to 7 points advantage at the half. Berezina-RCOR could win only the last quarter which was not enough for the total campaign. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) led the winners with 21 points. Kontvainyte netted 14, while Zygelyte added 12. Padabed ended up with 26 points in the losing effort. After a loss Berezina-RCOR fell to 9-4.
Laisvė upset BC Minsk-2006 73:89 to take 10-2 record. Lithuanian team looked better throughout the game to reach a positive result. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) and Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Sandra Cizauskiene followed them with 12. Anastasiya Ramanava poured in 20 points for the home side. BC Minsk-2006 has still positive record, 7-6.

Berezina-RCOR - Lemminkainen 72 : 81 ( 13 : 19, 17 : 18, 18 : 23, 24 : 21 )
Berezina-RCOR: Padabed 26, Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73) 14, Yakoviz 12
Lemminkainen: Daina Staugaitiene 21,Kontvainyte 14,Zygelyte 12

BC Minsk-2006 - Laisvė 73 : 89
BC Minsk-2006:Anastasiya Ramanava 20, Alesia Pushko (186-F-81) 14, Natalia Krauchuk 11
Laisvė:Jovita Jutelyte 20, Jolanta Marmiene 20, Sandra Cizauskiene 12


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BULGARIA - Women

Vrantcheva and Tomova struggles for Szeviep -by Eurobasket News
Both Ivelina Vrantcheva (175-G-82) and Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) could not help their team in Hungary. Ivelina Vrantcheva Ivelina scored 13 points for Hungarian Szeviep in a 56:68 loss to Mizo Pecs. Bulgarian Milena Tomova poured in 16 points and it was also not enough.
Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) and Gospic lost in the opening leg of their EuroCup Women Quarter-Final Clash to Beretta Famila 63:68. A 16:21 in the first quarter gave the guests a good chance to control the game. Elena Yolovska produced 6 points and made 2 rebounds. Even though Raffaella Masciadri opened the game with a three Croatian side scored 5 consecutive points to take the lead. A high scoring first quarter saw the away side take their advantage of 16:21. Gospic could not regain the lead in the second stanza and were down for the whole time in it. The visitors subsequently held on to a 31:34 lead at the half-time break. Ngoyisa scored a jump shot and then a lay-up to give 31:38 for the Italians. Maloca was the last to score in the third quarter as Beretta-Famila had 41:50 after 30 minutes of the game. Once in the fourth the home side re-asserted themselves on the game and scored the first 5 points. With a minute to play in the game Gopsic trailed 59:68 and then reduced to 63:68.


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BWBL - Women

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


Guests get all the victories -by Eurobasket News
Three games were played in Baltic League in Minsk and Tallinn. Guests seemed to be more experienced and grabbed the wins in all the games.
Lithuanian Lemminkainen overcame Berezina-RCOR 72:81 to improve to 6-6. The guests started with 13:19 in the opening quarter and increased to 7 points advantage at the half. Berezina-RCOR could win only the last quarter which was not enough for the total campaign. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) led the winners with 21 points. Kontvainyte netted 14, while Zygelyte added 12. Padabed ended up with 26 points in the losing effort. After a loss Berezina-RCOR fell to 9-4.
Laisvė upset BC Minsk-2006 73:89 to take 10-2 record. Lithuanian team looked better throughout the game to reach a positive result. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) and Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Sandra Cizauskiene followed them with 12. Anastasiya Ramanava poured in 20 points for the home side. BC Minsk-2006 has still positive record, 7-6.
In Tallinn Latvian Cesis stole the victory from TLU/VOLTA. Cesis moved themselves into the third position thanks to 56:79 road victory.Both sides traded baskets throughout the opening two quarters. Cesis won the first quarter 21:22 and then the second 10:15. It gave them 6 points deficit to control the game at the half. Latvian side continued to dominate TLU/VOLTA, and led 23 points going into the final stanza. In the final quarter, the home side tried desperately to claw their way back into the game but Cesis held on in the closing stages to secure the important victory. Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) paced the winners with 19 points. Derevjanik nailed 15, while Neimane scored 13. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) finished the game with 17 points for the hosts. Cesis improved to 10-4, while TLU/VOLTA fell at 4-8.

Berezina-RCOR - Lemminkainen 72 : 81 ( 13 : 19, 17 : 18, 18 : 23, 24 : 21 )
Berezina-RCOR: Padabed 26, Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73) 14, Yakoviz 12
Lemminkainen: Daina Staugaitiene 21,Kontvainyte 14,Zygelyte 12

BC Minsk-2006 - Laisvė 73 : 89
BC Minsk-2006:Anastasiya Ramanava 20, Alesia Pushko (186-F-81) 14, Natalia Krauchuk 11
Laisvė:Jovita Jutelyte 20, Jolanta Marmiene 20, Sandra Cizauskiene 12

TLU/VOLTA - Cesis 56 : 79 ( 21 : 22, 10 : 15, 8 : 23, 17 : 19 )
TLU/VOLTA: Jana Rannaveski 17, Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) 13, Skorohhodova 7
Cesis: Jessica Moore 19, Derevjanik 15, Neimane 13


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D.R. CONGO - Women

Ngoyisa's team wins in the opening leg of Quarter-Finals -by Eurobasket News
Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) scored 11 points and made 2 rebounds for Italian Beretta Famila Schio in the opening leg of their EuroCup Women Quarter-Final Clash. Her team beat Gospic 63:68 in Croatia. A 16:21 in the first quarter gave the guests a good chance to control the game. Raffaella Masciadri and Laura Macchi paced the winners with 14 points each. Bethany Donaphin (190-C-80) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, being the top player in the last seconds of the game. Mirjana Tabak finished the game with 16 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.
Even though Raffaella Masciadri opened the game with a three Croatian side scored 5 consecutive points to take the lead. A high scoring first quarter saw the away side take their advantage of 16:21. Gospic could not regain the lead in the second stanza and were down for the whole time in it. Bernadette Ngoyisa scored a very good lay-up to give her team 26:33 advantage. The visitors subsequently held on to a 31:34 lead at the half-time break.
Ngoyisa scored a jump shot and then a lay-up to give 31:38 for the Italians. Maloca was the last to score in the third quarter as Beretta-Famila had 41:50 after 30 minutes of the game. Once in the fourth the home side re-asserted themselves on the game and scored the first 5 points. Bernadette Ngoyisa scored an important jump-shot for 57:63. With a minute to play in the game Gopsic trailed 59:68 and then reduced to 63:68.


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ESTONIA - Women

Latest results -by Eurobasket News
In Baltic League Latvian Cesis stole the victory from Estonian TLU/VOLTA. Cesis moved themselves into the third position thanks to 56:79 road victory.Both sides traded baskets throughout the opening two quarters. Cesis won the first quarter 21:22 and then the second 10:15. It gave them 6 points deficit to control the game at the half. Latvian side continued to dominate TLU/VOLTA, and led 23 points going into the final stanza. In the final quarter, the home side tried desperately to claw their way back into the game but Cesis held on in the closing stages to secure the important victory. Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) paced the winners with 19 points. Derevjanik nailed 15, while Neimane scored 13. Jana Rannaveski finished the game with 17 points for the hosts. Cesis improved to 10-4, while TLU/VOLTA fell at 4-8.
In the latest game of the Estonain League Audentes lost to Tartu Ülikool/Loctite 62:79. Mailis Pokk paced all the winners with 23 points. Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) scored 20 and Annika Ruutli (165-G-85) ended up with 13. Helena Malton (180-G-89) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.

Baltic League
TLU/VOLTA - Cesis 56 : 79 ( 21 : 22, 10 : 15, 8 : 23, 17 : 19 )

TLU/VOLTA: Jana Rannaveski 17, Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) 13, Skorohhodova 7
Cesis: Jessica Moore 19, Derevjanik 15, Neimane 13

Meistriliiga
Audentes - Tartu Ülikool/Loctite 62:79

Audentes:Helena Malton 18
Tartu Ülikool/Loctite:Mailis Pokk 23 points, Liisi Sokman 20, Annika Ruutli 13.


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LITHUANIA - Women

Lemminkainen and Laisve win the games in Minsk -by Eurobasket News
Minsk hosted two games last night between Lithuanian and local teams. Guests seemed to be more experienced and grabbed the wins in all the games.
Lithuanian Lemminkainen overcame Berezina-RCOR 72:81 to improve to 6-6. The guests started with 13:19 in the opening quarter and increased to 7 points advantage at the half. Berezina-RCOR could win only the last quarter which was not enough for the total campaign. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) led the winners with 21 points. Kontvainyte netted 14, while Zygelyte added 12. Padabed ended up with 26 points in the losing effort. After a loss Berezina-RCOR fell to 9-4.
Laisvė upset BC Minsk-2006 73:89 to take 10-2 record. Lithuanian team looked better throughout the game to reach a positive result. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) and Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Sandra Cizauskiene followed them with 12. Anastasiya Ramanava poured in 20 points for the home side. BC Minsk-2006 has still positive record, 7-6.

Berezina-RCOR - Lemminkainen 72 : 81 ( 13 : 19, 17 : 18, 18 : 23, 24 : 21 )
Berezina-RCOR: Padabed 26, Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73) 14, Yakoviz 12
Lemminkainen: Daina Staugaitiene 21,Kontvainyte 14,Zygelyte 12

BC Minsk-2006 - Laisvė 73 : 89
BC Minsk-2006:Anastasiya Ramanava 20, Alesia Pushko (186-F-81) 14, Natalia Krauchuk 11
Laisvė:Jovita Jutelyte 20, Jolanta Marmiene 20, Sandra Cizauskiene 12


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ST.VINCENT - Women

Young scores 16 points in the quarter-final -by Eurobasket News
Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) and Turkish Galatasaray steals the victory from Electra Ramat-Hasharon in the first leg of the EuroCup Women quarter-final. A 15:25 in the last quarter gave the guests a great end and the way to start a second game. Petra Ujhelyi led the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Isil Alben produced 18 and Sophia Young collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belarus international Tatyana Troina top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Galatasaray opened the game with 7-0 run to show the class of the Turkish ambitions. Electra Ramat-Hasharon did not fall down and replied with the same run to tie at 7:7. Isil Alben's jump shot closed the first period as the guests had 11:17 advantage. The hosts however came back to the game in the second quarter and produced 22:14 in it. Melvin gave the home team 33:31 deficit at the half.
Sophia Young was the top player in the court in the third quarter scoring some important baskets. Her last jump-shot reduced the host's lead to 54:49. The run that killed the home side came after they had taken a 56:52 lead in the last quarter.Petra Ujhelyi made a pair of free throws to spark the 7-0 spurt that she finished off herself with a lay-up. The game was tied at 69:69 but Sophia Young hit a pair of free throws for a win. Esra Sencebe buried a three-ball for the final 69:74 score.


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WNBA - Women

Ferdinand-Harris sings with LA and SANFORD RE-SIGNS WITH MYSTICS -by Bruno Baltazar
Free agent three-time WNBA All-Star guard Marie Ferdinand (5'9''-G-78, college: LSU)-Harris has signed with the Los Angeles Sparks, it was announced. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In six years in the WNBA with the Utah Starzz/San Antonio Silver Stars, Ferdinand-Harris has averaged 11.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists. A WNBA All-Star in 2002-03 and 2005, Ferdinand-Harris was among the Silver Stars' top 10 in numerous career offensive categories. Her best season was 2002, when she averaged 15.3 points per game. She was named to the WNBA Select Team that earned the Silver Medal at the 2003 FIBA World Cup.

A native of Miami, Fla., the 5-9 Ferdinand-Harris was an All-American at Louisiana State University, where she is one of only three players to record at least 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals. She is married to former LSU baseball star Cedrick Harris. They have a son, Cedrick Michael Harris, Jr., 20 months old.

'Marie is a very good basketball player,' said head coach Michael Cooper. 'I'm happy to have her join the team. Her addition gives us a good slashing, shooting guard that we are going to need this upcoming season.'

'I'm very excited to be joining an organization with such a rich tradition and to play alongside Lisa Leslie and Temeka Johnson,' Ferdinand-Harris said. 'I'm thrilled to work with coach Cooper and can't wait to bring another championship to L.A.'