EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/25/2008

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  ANGOLA   


Quidome wins the Cup with Fribourg - by Eurobasket News
Tresor Quidome (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and his Benetton Fribourg added another trophy to their impressive haul as they claimed the Swiss League Cup title yesterday. They overcame the Starwings in the game that had become a big-time rivalry in this season 82:65. These teams are fighting for the top spot in the LNA and battled for another trophy in Genève yesterday. It was the third frame that shifted the trend of the final game. The teams were on even terms for the major part of the first half. Fribourg were slightly better in the opening frame and built a 22:17 lead. But the Starwings never allowed Fribourg to clear off in the second stanza and trimmed the difference to just 3 points at the break 31:34. But it all turned too bad for the Starwings right after the main break. A tight defense from Tresor Quidome forced the Starwings to numerous mistakes and limited them to only 12 points in the third quarter. In the meantime Dave Esterkamp paced the Swiss champs to an impressive tally of 29 points in the term and Fribourg accumulated a comfortable 63:43 lead before the final period. The Starwings just managed to outscore their opponents 22:19 in the fourth term but it was not enough to impact the outcome. Fribourg finalized an impressive victory and celebrated the League Cup triumph. Dave Esterkamp provided 25 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Fribourg. Pascal Perrier-David contributed 20 points and 9 assists, while Erroyl Bing added 15 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jared McCurry nailed 20 points for the Starwings. Sheray Thomas totaled 18 points and 11 boards in defeat. The teams were well-matched on boards 27:27. Tresor Quidome ended up with 4 points for the winners.

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  CHINA   


Jamal Sampson-Leading Liaoning to CBA Finals - by Eurobasket


Jamal Sampson-Leading Liaoning - by Eurobasket
Arguably the most expensive and impressive import in CBA history, Jamal Sampson delivered what was expected and promised, a trip to the CBA finals to battle perennial powerhouse the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Despite being laden with a shoulder injury, Sampson proved to be the ultimate team player, well received by coaches, teammates and fans of Liaoning.

The rumors of Sampson are ill feeling towards the team, and refusal to participate in team drills and film sessions, is just that a rumor. I spoke with management a few days before game 4 of the CBA finals, and they were not upset with Sampson, but concerned over his shoulder which he hurt in the previous game, they continue to praise his skill and effort, even though he has been unable to perform.

At the time of his injury, the series was near complete as Guangdong had a 3-0 lead on Liaoning. Sampson could only watch as the CBA Championship was slipping away, his competitive spirit would not allow them to get swept, and sure enough Liaoning won game 4, behind import Olumide Oyedeji stellar play, picking up for the injured Sampson.


Despite, the effort from the Liaoning team, they eventually would lose to Guangdong in Game 5, thus losing the CBA Championship in 5 games, but one has to ask, where would Liaoning have finished in the regular season, if Sampson chose to play elsewhere? The standings tell all.


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  ICELAND   


Snaefell wins the second Trophy this season - by Eurobasket
Snaefell is the Lysing Cup Champions after they beat Fjolnir today in packed National Hall.
Game was in Snaefell hand from beginning leading 30-20 after first period and 48-38 at halftime. Lead went up to 77-60 in third period. With good rebound 48-29 for Snaefell and well organized offense Snaefell did not have any problem to secure big win 109-86
Great win for coach Geof Kotila and his well balanced team. Great team work from everybody on the team.
Fjolnir did not play well today, special not on defense.
Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80, agency: IceBasket) was hot from outside today with 7 treys. Justin Shouse (180-G-81, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) was also shooting very well 11/15 in shooting and 27 pts & 10 assist. Slobodan Subasic (191-G-79, agency: Icebasket. 24 pts. 9/11 shooting. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82, agency: IceBasket) 8 + 18 rebs. Jon O. Jonsson 7. Anders Katholm 6. Magni Hafsteinsson 2. Atli Hreinsson 2. Arni Asgeirsson 2. Gudni Valentinusson 1. For Fjolnir. Anthony Drejaj (188-G-83, college: St.Louis) 26. Niels Pall Dungal 17. Sean Knitter (204-F/C-82, college: Lafayette) 12. Pete Strobl 8. Tryggvi Palsson 6. Kristinn Jonasson 5. Valur Sigurdson 5. Hjalti Vilhjalmsson 5. Helgi Thorvaldsson 2.


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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   


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

Caracas, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela) and Boca Juniors (Argentina) advanced to the next round of Liga Sudamericana 2008, with victories over Universo BRB (Brazil) and Regatas de Lima (Peru), respectively, in Matchday 2 of Group A, played at Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas.

The Venezuelan team was lethal in field goal attempts during the last minutes of their match, while Boca had it easy against the Peruvians and did not hesitate in their quest for the next round. Now both winners will face each other to determine the group's leader, while Universo and Regatas will complete the calendar and fight for third place.


Cocodrilos de Caracas 78 - Universo BRB 70


COCODRILOS (VEN)= 78 (13+15+24+26)
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 7 points, Kelley McClure (186-G-74) 7 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 15 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 18 points and 8 rebounds, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 16 points (Starting Five). Henry Paez (184-G-70) 3 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 4 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 5 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 3 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points, Boris Urbina (195-G/F-84) 0 points. Coach: Nestor Salazar


UNIVERSO BRB (BRA)= 70 (19+11+21+19)

Arthur Belchior Silva (198-G-82) 15 points, Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) 12 points, D Spillers 18 points, Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) 9 points, Luis Fernando de Souza (210-C-78) 3 points (Starting Five) Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) 0 points, Estevam Ferreira (211

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  NCAA1   


Tennessee handles Memphis in top-rank battle - by Eurobasket News
Memphis - Tennessee 62:66

The Tennessee Vols erased the last 0 in the losses column in the championship handing previously unbeaten Memphis the first defeat of the season. It was the battle of two best-ranked teams in the country and drew a sell out crowd at the FedExForum in Memphis. The Tigers were eager to extend their impressive winning run but despite might have lost the nation's top rank. It was for just the fifth time in the NCAA history that the two top-ranked teams playing were from the same state. The Vols got to a better start to this one as JaJuan Smith (6'2''-G-85) and Tyler Smith (6'7''-F-86, college: Iowa) scored 4 unanswered points for the visitors early in the game. But the hosts quickly evened the encounter and soon Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) and Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85) converted back-to-back treys for Memphis to grab a 17:11 lead. The Tigers managed to maintain the margin due to a high accuracy from beyond the arc. But Wayne Chism (6'9''-F-87) and Tyler Smith knocked down 7 points late in the first half to trim the deficit to just a single points at 34:35 at the break.
Tyler Smith sank a jumper to open the second half and put the Vols up. The teams traded baskets and kept it close throughout the major part of the second half. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) and Chris Douglas-Roberts notched 4 points in a row for Memphis to put them up by 3 points with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation 61:58. But Tyler Smith was inexorable as he dropped 4 straight points and retained the lead for Tennessee with 30 seconds left. J.P. Prince (6'7''-G, college: Arizona) extended the gap to 3 points with 8 seconds on the clock. Derrick Rose hit a free throw and missed the second one but Chris Lofton fought out a defensive board and sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Tyler Smith paced the Vols with 16 points. Wayne Chism and J.P. Prince contributed 13 points apiece for the winners. Derrick Rose replied with game-high 23 points for Memphis. Chris Douglas-Roberts notched 14 points in defeat.

Memphis: Derrick Rose 23, Chris Douglas-Roberts 14
Tennessee: Tyler Smith 16,<


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Powell signs for Sharjah - by Ali Ahmed
An Nahl Sharjah basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Rashaad Powell (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Idaho) to play for them this season.



Powell's grit and determination made him an effective rebounder and inside presence. Was only 6-2 at High School, and played guard. Then, he grew up 3 inches, and played inside at college level, showing great defensive skills, despite having to play against players who were five, six, sometimes seven inches taller. Now, he' a small forward who can play at both guard positions.

He has great fundamentals, and can do almost anything on the court. One of the most versatile player in the world market. Powell scores effectively inside and from the perimeter. Has a nice soft touch. Great defender.


Awards/Achievements:
Big West Conference Defensive Player of the year -04
ABA Quarterfinals -05
IBL West Conference Regular Season Champion -05
IBL All-Star Game -06 (MVP)
All-IBL 1st team -06
One quadruple double and 2 triple double in the IBL -06
PBN.com's top 20 minor league players (Rated most versatile player) -06




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Buducnost catches up the leader - by Eurobasket News
Another three games saw the spectators of three different cities last night in Adriatic League.
Buducnost upset Merkur 69:50 to catch up with Sibenik with the number of wins. Buducnost started with 19: 9 in the opening quarter and led the game to the happy end.
Croatian Gospic smashed Mladi 75:49. The latter opened the game surprisingly with 20:22, but then could not stay in the game. Gospic replied with 16:6 in the second quarter and then advantaged in the last two periods. The last quarter was a disaster for the guests that trailed 22:5. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) led the winners with 16 points. Lindsay Bowen (170-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 13, while Katarina Maloca (190-F/C-75) netted 10. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) poured in 20 points for Bosnian team.
Crvena overcame Medvescak on a road 67:71. The game had an intrigue throughout 40 minutes of it. Medvescak resisted in the opening quarter but had to admit 16:19 loss. The wins in the second and last quarters were only by one point and that was not enough for the total success. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. KENDRICKS Alexis nailed 16 and Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) produced 12. Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) top-scored for Croatian side with 22 points.

Gospic - Mladi 75:49 (20-22, 16-6, 17-16, 22-5)
Gospic:Marina Mazic 16, Lindsay Bowen 13, Katarina Maloca 10
Mladi:Dragoslava Zakula 20, Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) 12

Medvescak - Crvena 67:71 (16-19, 17-16, 12-15, 22-21)
Medvescak:Dea Klein-Sumanovac 22, Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) 15
Crvena: Jelena Velinovic 20+11 rebs, KENDRICKS Alexis 16, Nina Bogicevic 12

Buducnost - Merkur 69:50 (19-9, 13-13, 18-14, 19-14)


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Last but one - by Eurobasket News
Minsk, Tallinn and Vilnius host the last round of the regular season. Six games were played yesterday and six are planned for today.
In Minsk Belorussian teams revenged for the losses the day before beating the representatives from Lithuania. Olimpia beat Laisvė 93:80 in a key game of the round. Both squads stayed knee to knee but then the hosts took a control in the last quarter. With 24:11 spurt they finished the campaign with the victory. Tatiana Lihtarovich (176-G-88) led the winners with 25 points. Olga Kopylova nailed 24, while Natalya Kozun scored 17. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) top-scored for the guests with 21 points. Olimpia improved to 8-5, while Laisvė is 10-3.
BC Minsk-2006 was stronger then Lemminkainen 85:79. Even though that both teams lost the chances to advance the game became interesting. The hosts outscored the opponents in the majority of the game but the final whistle showed 6 points advantage. Anastasiya Ramanava paced the winners with 17 points. Natalia Krauchuk (185-F-73) ended up with 16, while Hanna Hrauskaya added 12. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) resisted for the visitors with 22 points. BC Minsk-2006 finished the regular season with 8-6 record. Lemminkainen still has one more game and so far 6-7.
In Tallinn Estonian teams dominated over Latvian and reached two wins in two games. Tallinna Living grabbed a positive record, 7-6 defeating Avantis/Turiba 80:53. A 22:9 in the start of the game gave a good opportunity not to worry about the end. Tallinna Living won in all the quarters to finish with 16:12 in the last. Anderson paced the winners with 17 points. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) and Mitt followed her with 12 points each. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort.
TLU/VOLTA improved to 5-8 after an easy victory over RS TTT Rapa 118 : 51. A very good start with 38:10 answered for all the questions in the game. TLU/VOLTA won every aspect of the game and deserved the win truthfully. RS TTT Rapa fell at 1-12 and will try however to leave the last spot today. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) led the winners with 25 points. Kostla and Rosenfeldt supported her with 19 points each. Indriksone poured in 16 points for the Latvian squad.
In Vilnius the spectators did not see the interesting games, but could enjoy the games of two best teams in the regular season. Lithuanian Arvi without any problems beat Olimp-NAEK 93:65. TIM-SCUF smashed LTU j. team 35:108 to tie Lithuanian-Ukrainian campaign. The game between Arvi and TIM-SCUF is planned for today and will be the key game probably of the whole season as the game will tell us about the winner of the regular season.

Olimpia -Laisvė 93 : 80 ( 26 : 23, 19 : 19, 24 : 27, 24 : 11 )
Olimpia: Tatiana Lihtarovich 25, Olga Kopylova 24, Natalya Kozun 17
Laisvė: Jolanta Marmiene 21, Jutelyte 19, Nikonovaite 12

BC Minsk-2006 -Lemminkainen 85 : 79
BC Minsk-2006:Anastasiya Ramanava 17, Natalia Krauchuk 16, Hanna Hrauskaya 12
Lemminkainen: Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) and Triin Mitt (185-C-90) followed her with 12 points each. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort.
TLU/VOLTA improved to 5-8 after an easy victory over RS TTT Rapa 118 : 51. A very good start with 38:10 answered for all the questions in the game. TLU/VOLTA won every aspect of the game and deserved the win truthfully. RS TTT Rapa fell at 1-12 and will try however to leave the last spot today. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) led the winners with 25 points. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) and Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) supported her with 19 points each. Indriksone poured in 16 points for the Latvian squad.
Today Tallinna Livingwill meet RS TTT Rapa, while TLU/VOLTAwill take on Avantis/Turiba.

Tallinna Living - Avantis/Turiba 80 : 53 ( 22 : 9, 22 : 15, 20 : 17, 16 : 12 )
Tallinna Living: Anderson 17, Viive-Kai Rebane 12, Triin Mitt 12
Avantis/Turiba: Anete Horelika 16, Vitola 12, Zarina 10

TLU/VOLTA - RS TTT Rapa 118 : 51 ( 38 : 10, 29 : 14, 24 : 12, 27 : 15 )
TLU/VOLTA: Jana Rannaveski 25, Gerly Kostla 19, Heila Rosenfeldt 19
RS TTT Rapa: Indriksone 16,Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) 8, Gailite 6


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  ICELAND - Women  


Results from Iceland Express league - by Eurobasket
Haukar 61 Valur 67. Valur needed to win by more points to have chance to make it to play offs. Haukar now secure in there.
Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) 24. Kiera Hardy 21 for Haukar. Molly Peterman 21 for Valur.
Grindavik 101. Keflavik 106 ( OT) Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga) with another huge game 44 pts & 18 rebs for Grindavik. TaKesha Watson 36 for Keflavik.
KR 74 Fjolnir 64. Candace Futrell 35 for KR. Slavica Dimovska 28 for Fjolnir


Grindavik wins the Lysing Cup 2008 - by Eurobasket
Lysing Cup Final is the biggest game every year in Iceland. To play in the final in National Hall is big.
Haukatr have the Cup few times but Grindavik have lost few finals there. Did not look good for Grindavik at halftime down by 12 points. Team not playing good defense or boxing out well as Haukar took 17 offensive rebounds in first half. It only took Grindavik one quarter to turn it around as they won that period 28-10 and did not look back after that. Grindavik shooting was better in all area. Grindavik took 17 three point shots. Kiera Hardy (168-G-85, college: Nebraska) took 20 and only made 3 of them for Haukar.Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga) had a bad first half but great second half and end up with 24 pts & 13 rebs. Joanna Skiba (163-G-85, agency: IceBasket, college: Bryant) 22. Petrunella Skuladottir 15. Jovanna Stefansdottir 6. Olof Helga Palsdottir 6. Berglind Magnusdottir 2. Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir 2.
Kiera Hardy 19. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) 17. Ragna M Brynjarsdottir 8.Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 9. Helena Holm 5. Telma Fjalardottir 4. Unnur Tara Jonsdottir 3. Bara Halfdanardottir 2.


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  LEBANON - Women  


End of Regular Season - by Eurobasket
In the last round of the lebanese basketball league Blue Stars, Homenetmen Antelias, and Antranik Beirut all had wins. In the first game Blue Stars had a close game with Homenetmen Beirut but managed to win the game with the score 58-48. In the second game, Anibal played their final game of the season in home and lost against Homenetmen Antelias with the score 46-72. In the last game of the round and the regular season Antranik Beirut hosted Riyadi Beirut and had a close game till the last 4 minutes of the game when the experience of Shada Naser paid off and Antranik managed to win their 12th consecutive game and ended the regular season without any loss by beating Riyadi Beirut with the score 69-54. The postponed games Antranik Beirut vs Anibal Zahle, and Riyadi Beirut vs Anibal Zahle were not played since Anibal Zahle didn't show for the both games so Antranik Beirut and Riyadi Beirut won their games with the score 20-0. The regular season is over and in the semi final round (Final 4) Antranik Beirut will play against Champville and Riyadi Beirut will play against Homenetmen Antelias. The team that wins three games out of five will reach the final round of the lebanese league. Here to note that the amazingly the Final 4 will not start before one month after the end of the regular season, while in the regular season teams played three games in one week...

Results - Round 14

Homenetmen Beirut - Blue Stars 48-58
Anibal Zahle - Homenetmen Antelias 46-72
Anibal Zahle: Nancy Abedayem 30, Cythia El Barrak 6, Sabine Freiha 6, Elian Randa 4.
Homenetmen Antelias: Sandra Najem 24, Nathalie Sevajian 11, Alek Tabakian 9, Mira Rizk 7, Eliane Chalhoub 6, Leila Fares 5, Christine Moufarej 4, Caroline Moufarej 2, Eliana Abou Jawdeh 2, Nayiri Voskerijian 2.

Antranik Beirut - Riyadi Beirut 69-54

postponed game from round 8
Antranik Beirut - Anibal Zahle 20-0

postponed game from round 11
Riyadi Beirut - Anibal Zahle 20-0


Results - Round 13 of the Lebanese League - by Eurobasket

Round 13 of the lebanese league had three games in schedule. In the first game Blue Stars responded well to the first leg defeat against Anibal Zahle and managed to win in style with the final score 83-59. In the second game Riyadi Beirut had an easy game against Champville and won with the score 66-40. The third game of the round was between Homenetmen Antelias and Antranik Beirut. The game that was expected to be entertaining just like the first leg game that is with no doubt the best game of the season so far dissapointed almost everyone in the court since the entertainment came from not the baskeball players but the huge number of military forces who shocked the fans specially the huge number of Homenetmen fans by acting violently with them and with no reason. Here to note that this is the first time a women league game sees this kind of security measurements. Antranik Beirut sealed the win almost from the first quarter when got a 20 point advantage and the game ended with the final score 77-50.

Results - Round 13

Blue Stars - Anibal Zahle 83-59
Riyadi Beirut - Champville 66-40
Homenetmen Antelias - Antranik Beirut 50-77
Homenetmen Antelias: Sandra Najem 13, Leila Fares 12, Nahtalie Sevajian 9, Eliane Chalhoub 5, Tsoline Kazandjian 4, Caroline Moufarej 4, Alek Tabakian 3.

Antrnaik Beirut:Tamara Khalil 20, Shada Nasr 18, Nisrine Dandan 12, Nayla Alammeddine 8, Nathalie Mamo 7, Marie Imad 6, Chirine El Charif 6.