EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/26/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

FMP made victory in derby against Hemofarm, Vojvodina beat Helios -by Dragan Jankovski
In derby game of 22nd round FMP outplayed Hemofarm STADA at home 79-61. Panthers dominated from the beginning making plus 11 already in the first quarter. Ten minutes later the hosts extended lead to 45-29 and since then there was no doubt about the winner of this game, especially because Rawle Marshall sprained his ankle at the middle of the first quarter and wasn't able to continue. During the game young Milan Macvan of Hemofarm also got the same injury as Marshal, so head coach Nikolic for sure can not count on these two players for the very important ULEB Cup game against Buducnost Podgorica where Hemofarm will try to defend plus 26 from the first game. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) led the winners adding 17 points and 4 assists while Hemofarm got the most from center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), who shined with 25 points and 7 rebounds.

Crvena Zvezda suffered inconvenient defeat on the road against Zagreb 82-84 so the team from Belgrade will travel to Treviso to defend plus 10 a bit frustrated. In the very interesting finish Cook drained a 3-pointer equalizing the score on 80-80 after what Kovacevic netted two FTs for Zagreb. At the next possession Cook equalized again with 2 FTs. Zagreb had the last offense, Simon missed a shot but Kovacevic made an off rebound. Vladovic attempted from behind the arc to finish the game but he also missed. Zvezda's players couldn't catch the ball neither this time so Antic grabbed it, passed it to Simon who got fouled and was concentrated from the FT line bringing the 7th win for his team this season in Adriatic league. Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) scored 26 points, including 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) followed him with double-double, 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Luke usually the killing tandem Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who added 22 points and 6 rebounds, and Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's), who finished the game with 18 points, were the best in Zvezda.

Vojvodina Srbijagas was better than Helios Domzale in Novi Sad 87-79. Game is decided in the last quarter when the Tulips touched plus 15, 80-65. MVP of the game was strong Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) who dominated in the paint registering double-double. Serbian hot prospect netted 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) also had a very good night adding 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Helios got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Aleksei Lashkevich (203-F-78). Vojvodina currently has 11 wins and 11 defeats while Helios is on 5-17.

Game Partizan Igokea - Cibona is postponed.


FMP - Hemofarm STADA 79-61
(22-11,23-18,14-10,20-22)

FMP:
Krstovic 17 (4 as), Jeremic 13, Erceg 11, Labovic 11
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 25 (7 rebs), Pavkovic 7 (4 rebs, 5 as)


Zagreb - Crvena Zvezda 84-82
(26-24,23-24,20-16,15-18)

Zagreb:
Simon 26 (5 rebs, 4 as), Tomic 20 (10 rebs, 5 as), Vladovic 10
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 22 (6 rebs), Cook 18, Kikanovic 10 (4 rebs), Bakic 10


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Helios Domzale 87-79
(26-22,21-20,22-17,18-20)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivanovic 21 (4 rebs, 4 st), Golubovic 20 (11 rebs), Bojovic 11 (4 as)
Helios Domzale: Troha 22, Lashkevich 21 (10 rebs), Janza 13


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ARGENTINA

Interperformances- Available Players -by Interperformances
As of today Interperformances is glad to announce that it has placed over 98 percents of its clients. Among the 2 percent of available clients most of them already had a job this season and they are looking now for a second job, having finished their respective season. We still have available great players of the like of former NBA Star Lamond Murray who is finishing his season in China, Rashad Phillips who did not meet the deadline to sign in Sopot and others such as the former Euroleague guard Nathan Erdmann and others that you can check inside our constantly updated web page. A page that will have the updated statistics of each players at the beginning of the next week.

Liga A: sunday games -by Facundo Iatzky
Obras Sanitarias 70-69 central entrerriano
Central was better all the game but in the last seconds Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) (24 pts) was outstanding. Gabriel Cocha was important too with 21 points despite he fouled out. Kevin Sowell scored 18 for central.
Independiente 99-86 Quimsa
good victory for independiente who try to escape from the bottom of the standings. Nicolas Romano (197-F-87) had maybe the best game of his short career with 26 points. Terry Taylor added 24. Cleotis brown made 25 in a losing effort.
Penarol 87-73 belgrano
neither of the teams played well but Penarol won without problems and keeps going up. Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) 20 pts and 8 rebs. Q Wadley scored 17 and Marcus Fleming 20 for belgrano.
Sionista 61-71 El nacional
The surprise of the tournament won another hard game. Four players scored 10+ points shining Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.) with 17 while Antwon Hall led sionista with 19.


Central Entrerriano news -by Facundo Iatzky

Gabriel Diaz got injured and will miss the rest of the season so the team decided sign Fernando Malara (194-F-80, agency: Interperformances). Fernando played in sionista this season.
On the other hand Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) was allowed to play by the Lebanese club and FIBA. It's a good new for central because he is an important scorer.

Central have lost too many games in the last weeks so they will need both players to play in a good level.



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AUSTRALIA

Sydney Kings helm Game 1 against Perth -by Eurobasket News
Sydney - Perth 101:98

The indisputable regular season victors Sydney Kings got to a winning start of their semifinal clash against the Perth Wildcats. They managed to withstood a fierce fourth-term comeback effort from the visitors to survive and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) scored 4 straight points for the Wildcats to open the encounter. Setting a high tone Perth continued to stay ahead but 15 points from Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) in the opening frame allowed the home side to take over. Dontaye Draper (180-G, college: Charleston) came off the bench to inspire an 11:0 run to help the hosts grab a 27:23 lead after 12 minutes of action. Sydney extended the lead to double figures in the second term before Perth shaved it back to 7 at the interval 46:53. The deficit went down to 3 points early in the third period but not for long. Sydney reacted with consecutive three-pointers from Luke Kendall (193-G-81, college: Metro St.) and Jason Smith (194-G-74) and soon the Kings opened up an 11-point cushion. Sydney stayed calm late in the third and enjoyed a 78:69 advantage after three quarters. The Kings seemed to coast to a comfortable win in the fourth stanza when Perth returned to life. Shawn Redhage and Peter Crawford (193-G-79) fired from downtown to erase the deficit to 4 points at 85:89 midway through the term. However the Kings found the hero to calmly seal the outcome for the hosts. Glen Saville who kept mom for two quarters exploded with three trebles late in the game to ice Perth winning aspirations. Moreover Shawn Redhage was fouled leaving the Wildcats with little offensive options. It all worked well for the Kings as they stepped closer to the NBL Grand Final.
Glen Saville notched 24 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for the Kings. Dontaye Draper contributed 15 points and 5 steals off the bench, while Ian Crosswhite (212-F-82, college: Oregon) scored 13 points for the winners. Shawn Redhage responded with 26 points, 9 boards and 4 assists for the Wildcats. Peter Crawford poured in 21 points in defeat. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday in Perth.

Sydney: Glen Saville 24, Dontaye Draper 15, Ian Crosswhite 13
Perth: Shawn Redhage 26, Peter Crawford 21


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AUSTRIA

Oberwart Gunners upset Gmunden -by Eurobasket News
The Oberwart Gunners proved the seriousness of their ambitions with a 67:62 road win over the defending champions Gmunden. The current league leaders stepped up early on as they outscored the hosts 21:11 in the opening frame. Gmunden playing without key scorer Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) struggled to answer and trailed by 12 points at halftime 35:23. Gmunden however revived in the third stanza as Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) had a momentum and paced his teammates to a 28:15 rally after the main break. But the spark went cold pretty quickly as Oberwart denied all the efforts by limiting the home team to just 11 points in the fourth period and finalizing an important victory. Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) provided 18 points for the winners. Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) had 17 points, while Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) added 10 points and 14 boards for the Gunners. Ian Boylan delivered game-high 22 points for Gmunden. Florian Schoninger (186-G-82) and Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) scored 13 points apiece in defeat. The Gunners thus improved to 20-6 record on top of the ladder.
Furstenfeld remained in the second place with an 85:81 win over Arkadia. It was a close battle with neither side able to build a decisive lead throughout the contest. Furstenfeld enjoyed a 48:40 advantage at the interval but it was all in vain as Arkadia erased the deficit in the third quarter. A well-balanced offense allowed the visitors to surge up late in the third stanza and the teams then traded baskets till the crunch time. Furstenfeld were more consistent late in regulation ensuring a tough victory. Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) notched 19 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) added 15 points and 9 boards for the winners. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points for Arkadia. Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87, agency: Interperformances) and Benedikt Danek (174-G-86) dropped 15 points apiece as Arkadia fell to 16-10 record.


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BELIZE

Lake I Boyz first ever 100+ point game in U-26 Competition history!!! -by David Magana
Last night at the Civic Center in Belize City the regular season in the U-26 tournament continued with two exciting games. The first game in the schedule was not played since Buttonwood Bay has stepped out of the tournament becuase of their loosing record. Buttonwood Bay defaulted their second game in a row and are now disqualified from further competition. All teams still yet to play against Buttonwood Bay will get an automatic win. Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs got an easy game win 20 - 0.
In game two, the game was very trilling as Belmopan Tuff e Nuff lose their third game with less that 3 pts. Due to an amatuer mistake, Tuff e Nuff had possession with seconds remaining but turn the ball over while inbounding on a back court violation causing them to lose the game 59 - 58 to Mesop Guardian Bombers. For the Bombers, Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) had a double double nigth scoring 17 pts / 12 rebound while Bernard Felix (183-G-85) 13 pts. In a losing effort, Eric 'Rico' Reyes scored 13 pts and had 7 assists while Shane Lino 13 pts.
In game three, Lake I Boyz were on fire throughout the game to post a first ever 100+ point game in the U-26 Competition history over Complex Bombers. The Bombers were humilated as they lost 106 - 48 and made history as one of the worst beaten team in the tournament. For Lake I, Eden Serano (191-F) had a double double night with 25 pts / 16 rebounds while Ashton 'Koolie' Edwards 23 pts (5-3's) / 6 rebounds. In a losing effort, Ernest 'Fiddle' Tench also had double duoble figures, 16 pts / 11 rebounds and Troy 'Toby' Williams 10 Pts / 6 rebounds.

NEXT GAMES --- GRUDGE NIGHT --- Friday 22 February 6:30 pm at Civic Center

Game 1 - Complex Bombers vs Mesop. Guardian Bombers
Complex loss the 1st meeting 60-53. Can they dish out payback and become spoilers in the playoff drive
of the Mesop. Guardian Bombers.

Game 2 - Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs vs The Future
Future are still reeling from their 76-70 loss and are out to tame the Bulldogs and give them (Bulldogs)
their first loss of the season.

Game 3 - Lake I Boyz vs UB Black Jaguars
Can Lake I Boyz maintain their heat coming off of the first ever 100+ point game in U26 Competition history
and defend their home court honor against the UB team that beat them in Belmopan 72-65.

Come out and enjoy an exciting night of Basketball..............


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BULGARIA

Bulgarian All star game: Fans voting -by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian All Star game this year will be held on 8th March in the new arena in Samokov. Here are the official results from fans voting in round one. In round two the fans will give their vote online for the starting line-ups of two teams.

FANS VOTING
1. Larry O'Bannon (Lukoil): 3324
(191 cm, 1983, USA, 13,6 ppg, 3,4 rpg)
2. Willie Deane (Lukoil): 3042
(186 cm, 1980, USA, 17,5 ppg, 6,5 assists per game)
3. Dwayne Morton (Balkan): 3020
(200 cm, 1971, USA, 16,1 ppg, 7,4 rpg)
4. Pero Antic (Lukoil): 2974
(210 cm, 1981, FYROM, 22,2 ppg, 9,3 rpg)
5. Riste Stefanov (Lukoil): 2788
(198 cm, 1981, FYROM, 12,7 ppg, 4,0 rpg)
6. Bryce Sheldon (Cherno more): 2278
(193 cm, 1983, USA, 17,8 ppg, 1,9 rpg)
7. Tencho Banev (Lukoil): 2048
(210 cm, 1980, 5,7 ppg, 4,6 rpg)
8. Sasha Topcov (Spartak): 1710
(207 cm, 1980, Serbia, 14,2 ppg, 5,0 rpg)
9. Mike Henderson (CSKA): 1658
(188 cm, 1984, USA, 14,0 ppg, 3,8 rpg)
10. Nikolay Varbanov (Levski): 1626
(209 cm, 1985, 4,9 ppg, 4,3 rpg)
11. Lavell Payne (CSKA): 1556
(204 cm, 1985, USA,14,3 ppg, 7,6 rpg)
12. Georgi Davidov (CSKA): 1516
(206 cm, 1976, 11,7 ppg, 5,6 rpg)
13. Todor Stoykov (Lukoil): 1416
(198 cm, 1977, 12,3 ppg, 3,3 rpg)
14. Avgustinas Vitas (Cherno more): 1394
(210 cm, 1982, Lithuania, 13,0 ppg, 8,1 rpg)
15. Hrisimir Dimitrov (Spartak): 1342
(197 cm, 1974, 16,6 ppg, 5,6 rpg)
16. Yulian Radionov (Levski): 1260
(188 cm, 1979, 6,5 ppg, 2,1 assists per game)
17. Asen Velikov (Levski): 1168
(188 cm, 1986, 6,1 ppg, 2,5 assists per game)
18. Ludmil Hadjisotirov (CSKA): 1156
(189 cm,1980, 11,4 ppg, 2,8 assists per game)
19. Ivan Lilov (Balkan): 986
(196 cm, 1988, 18,6 ppg, 4,8 rpg)
20. Hristo Nikolov (CSKA): 778
(200 cm, 1985, 13,6 ppg, 4,9 rpg)


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CHINA

China National Team Assemble -by Robert Wang
CBA season 2007-2008 finished last week.Guang Dong team received their another Championship.CBA will assemble the new China National team on March 7th. Zhu Fang Yu, Du Feng, Wang Shi Peng are still the national players. The full roster would be about 15-16 persons. The players from Guang Dong and Liao ning are allowed to go to CBA report 1 week later after March 7th. The training place would be in the south of China. There are 5 months before Olympic Games for the China National team and they would play about 18 games in some tournament. These games are all settled in China area but not overseas.

Interperformances- Available Players -by Interperformances
As of today Interperformances is glad to announce that it has placed over 98 percents of its clients. Among the 2 percent of available clients most of them already had a job this season and they are looking now for a second job, having finished their respective season. We still have available great players of the like of former NBA Star Lamond Murray who is finishing his season in China, Rashad Phillips who did not meet the deadline to sign in Sopot and others such as the former Euroleague guard Nathan Erdmann and others that you can check inside our constantly updated web page. A page that will have the updated statistics of each players at the beginning of the next week.

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COLOMBIA

Stalin Ortiz shines in Avellinos lost against Bologna -by Victor Garcia
Stalin Ortiz had one his better games with the Air Avellino, Ortiz scored 16 pts, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 1 assist, but his effort was not enough and the Air Avellino (2nd place in Lega A) lost against Upim Bologna.
Ortiz fished with 6 of 8 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throws line, this is just the 8 lost of the Air Avelino in the season, and proves that Stalin belong to the Elite of Basketball


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CROATIA

Zadar drops at 17-5 -by Eurobasket News
Split and Zagreb won the games in Adriatic league, while Zadar lost to Geoplin Slovan.
Zagreb beat Crvena Zvezda 84:82 in Croatia. Cook drained a 3-pointer equalizing the score on 80:80 after what Kovacevic netted two FTs for Zagreb. At the next possession Cook equalized again with 2 FTs. Zagreb had the last offense, Krunoslav Simon missed a shot but Kovacevic made an off rebound. Vladovic attempted from behind the arc to finish the game but he also missed. Zvezda's players couldn't catch the ball neither this time so Antic grabbed it, passed it to Krunoslav Simon who got fouled and was concentrated from the FT line bringing the 7th win for his team this season in Adriatic league. Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) led the winners with 26 points. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) followed him with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Zadar lost to Geoplin Slovan 73:78. De Marco Johnson led Slovan with 18 points. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) had 25 points for Zadar while Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) added 12 for the guests. Both teams were tied at 73:73 in the final minute but the hosts ended the game with 5-0 run.
KK Split edged Buducnost 80:72 with 27:20 in the opening quarter. Deian Ivanov (205-C-86) led the winners with 19 points. Peric netted 16 and Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) ended up with 15. Zvezdan Dragojlovic (-75) produced 17 points in the losing clause.
The game between Cibona and Partizan Igokea was postponed due to security issues.


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CUBA

"El Gato" Silvestre rules and Cuban Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-Time in Cuba, Ciego de Avila won an important game against Guantanamo with a great Geoffrey Silvestre. 'El Gato' was the MVP of the game with 28 pts (12/21 2pts, 4/12 FT) and 8 rebounds. Capitalinos won easily against Villa Clara with a great Giordano Leguen and Matanzas played another game without Allens Jemmott and They won against Santiago de Cuba 86-58.
Today there will be the 'Big Match' Camaguey-Matanzas. Camaguey has a 13-10 standings and Matanzas a 14-8 standings, Camaguey has to win if They want to qualify for the Second Round of this LSB 2008.
LSB Results:
Metropolitanos- Villa Clara= 114-104 (M= Borlot 26, Simon 19, Dube 14; VC= Boffill 22, Carta 22)
Santiago de Cuba- Ciego de Avila- = 71-99 (S= Martinez 17, Area 13; CAV= Perez 14, Luis 13, Silvestre 12)
Santiago de Cuba- Ciego de Avila= 102-104 (S= Martinez 24, Caballero 16; CAV= Silvestre 24, Perez 19, Luis 16)
Camaguey- Metropolitanos= 96-79 (C= Jimenez 24, Polas 23, Batista 21; M= Dube 15, Simon 14)
Matanzas- Santiago de Cuba= 86-58 (M= Norona 21, Torriente 18, Duarte 10; S= Garcia 11, Echevarria 11)
Guantanamo- Ciego de Avila = 75-78 (G= Elias 21, Simon 17; CAV= Silvestre 28, Guerra 15, Granda 10)
Villa Clara- Capitalinos= 64-82 (VC= Carta 12, Arden 11; C= Alorda 13, Leguen 13, Lavastida 11)
Next games will be on 25th February: Ciego de Avila- Villa Clara; Camaguey-Matanzas; Metropolitanos-Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba- Capitalinos.

CUBAN ABROAD
Lazaro Borrell palyed a great game in Argentina with his team Obras. Obras won against Belgrano 82-78. For Borrell 17 pts (3/7 2pts, 3/8 3pts, 2/4 FT) and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes.
A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

Play offs: Round 2 - Big Surprise in Larnaca - AEK - Apoel 86-79!! -by Chris Mammides
BMC AEK Larnakas succeeded a great victory over Aspis Apoel Nicosia and there will be a third game (best of three series) in Nicosia. Coach Michael's team was much better in the fourth and most crucial quarter, while this is the first victory after three games this seazon, the last time that AEK beat Apoel is registered in 2002 which is 6 years ago, in a game took place in Larnaca for the regular seazon.Next game will take place in Nicosia at the end of this week. In Kition arean, top performer was AEK's player Marko Kandic (203-F-79)

BMC AEK forces the decider after Kition win -by Nemanja Bjedov
Ivan Miceta (205-C/F-81)'s 35 points for Aspis APOEL was never going to be enough as the stubborn BMC AEK uoset the odds winning 86-79 in the second game of the first round of the playoffs on Monday night at the Kition Athletic Center in Larnaca.

The visitors controlled the game in the first period easily reaching 25-17 lead, but the hosts managed to level the score at 39 going to the half-time break. After trailing by one at the beginning of the last quarter Isaac Burton and Christopher Dunn scored some difficult lay-ups to provide their team with an unlikely victory.

Isaac Burton led BMC AEK with 26 points, while Charis Fantousis added 18. Iakovos Panteli and Marko Kandic had 16 and 10 points respectively.

Balsa Radunovic netted 16 points for Aspis APOEL, while Jo Jo Garcia chipped in with 14.

SOURCE: CyBasketball.com


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ESTONIA

FIBA EUROCUP: Rock and Ural Great tied 1:1 -by Janar Filippov

Ural Great Perm, former superclub from Russia, had a tough time against Estonian champions TU/Rock in Game 2 of FIBA EuroCup quarter-final but managed to take 68:61 victory and force a deciding Game 3. It will be playd in March 4th, in Tartu.


The hosts bounced back from a 75:78 loss in Game 1, starting with a 9:0 spurt in first five minutes. Rock came back thanks to their big men Cusworth and Talts and took the lead in 2nd quarter after a three-pointer from Tsintsadze. Three-pointers by Belov and Zozulin secured a 32:28 half-time lead for the hosts who were led by 11 points from Brindley Wright.
In 2rd quarter, Rock made a 10:2 run thanks to 2 three-pointers by Tein, and went ahead 38:36. Sadly for Estonian team, this was the last happy moment for them today. Ural Great made 3 three-point attacks in 2 minutes, combined an 14:0 run and went up by 12 points. They held a double-digit lead for most of the 4th quarter and back-to-back baskets from Zozulin secured the victory with two minutes left.

Wright led the hosts with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Wisniewski, Zozulin and Plisnic added 10. Cusworth led Rock with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Tein added 13. Rock made 25 three-point attempts.

In Game 1, Estonian champions led for the most of the time, showing very disciplined game in both offence and defence, whereas Ural Great tried to score from a long range and had managed to keep the game even only thanks to enormous shooting by Plisnic and successful hunting of offensive rebounds. Rock won the first half 40:37 and made an 11:1 run in 3rd quarter, going ahead 52:42. Three minutes later it was even, 53:53 but a three-pointer by hot-handed Tein took the 3rd quarter 59:54 for the hosts. He started the 4th quarter with another triple and with 7 minutes left to play, Rock led 69:54! But it was not over yet. Wright and Zozulin made most of the damage and with 3 minutes left, Rock led only 73:69. Wisniewski made a crucial 2+1 with 34 seconds left, cutting hosts' lead to three - 78:75. Kullamae missed on the next attack and perm had the chance to tie the game. Luckily for the hosts, Wright missed.

Tein scored 18 for the winners, Tsintsadze added 16, Cusworth and Kullamae 13. Janar Talts cheered the crowd with 6(!) blocks. Plisnic made 5 three-pointers and led his team with 19 points.



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Torpan Pojat lost by 44 pts! -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 34: Monday night, only one (TV)game, where # 1 Team Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) hosting and as the visitor YMCA Lappeenranta.
Yes, all folks saw on TV, that ToPo's game is in disorder right now. Team is missing Jerald Fields a lot. And Team needs quickly a good player to
replace Fields. There are only a few days time to find a new American player. ToPo did not have a slightest chance tonight vs Lappeenranta. The
game was over in 10 minutes. Visitor was better in everything. Rebounds 36-53 and shooting %: ToPo shot treys 9,5% (2/21)! Visitor's Pasi Riihela (199-F-75)
made six treys out of eight shots. Riihela finished with 34 pts.

Torpan Pojat - YMCA LPR 56-100 (22-53) (Iiro Tenngren 20, Josh Gonner 9 - Pasi Riihela 34/10, Ivan Harris 18).



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FRANCE

Player of the Week! Antonio Graves of Pau-Orthez -by Sean Davis


Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) of Pau-Orthez is Eurobasket's France Pro A Player of
the Week for the second time! Graves went off scoring 40 very
important points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals in a one-point road victory
over 1st place ASVEL. He also scored 7 of the last 9 points and hit
the game winning free throw with 5sec left to put Pau back in playoff
contention. Graves had an evaluation of 38 and his 40pts sets a
season high for points in a single game. He scored the 40pts on 12 of
19 shooting from the field, 3 of 5 from the 3pt line, and 13 of 15
from the free throw line. Graves is averaging 22.5ppg and 3apg in 7
games this season and in the month of February he averaged 26.5ppg and
should be a contender for player of the month.


Honorable Mention

Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) of Pau-Orthez had an outstanding game in a road win
over 1st place Nancy. Robinson scored 20pts while shooting 6 of 7
from the 3pt line and some very important baskets at critical points
in the game.

Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) took over for ASVEL and almost led them to a win over
Pau, but fell just short. Conley got in foul trouble early but
bounced back to score 24pts, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.


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FYR MACEDONIA

Feni Industri successful in Bitola -by Todor Chalovski

Feni Industri gan a very valuable victory away from home, in Bitola, beating Swisslion Pelister 80:78 in a game from Round 23 in the First Macedonian league.

Zlatko Gocevski and Donald Cole led the scoring, with 18 points each for Feni Industri.

Champions Strumica 2005, playing without suspended players Miljan Pupovic and Ivan Bosnjak, beat easily Vardar Osiguruvanje 84:67.
Macedonian NT forward Dime Tasovski lead Strumica 2005 with 28 points.

Last season runners up Ferspred Rabotnicki suffer their fourth straight defeat, going down to Amak SP in Ohrid 78:83. Jarrid Frye scored 25, while Vojdan Stojanovski added 22 points for Amak SP.

MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje proved they are in a great form, beating bottom of the league Karpos Sokoli 2000 115:91.
Srdjan Zivkovic scored 26 points for MZT, while home crout favourite Muhamed Thaci scored 24.



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GEORGIA

Shermadini has 141 points in 3 games / Vita won its important game -by Levan Mikeladze
< 'Students' beat Aviators >
Avia convincingly won the first quarter, but after the big break they missed a lot of shots from the perimeter, had problems in defense and finally lost the game VS TSU. Giorgi Kvelashvili (202-F-83) got very important 6 offensive rebounds in the last quarter and was named as the MVP of this match.

< 'VITA'RCA DINAMOS SHINA >
Vita is doing very good and Tomaradze proved that in this round. Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87, agency: Naiditch Entertainment) played amazing defense and finished the game with 4 block shots. Great play was showed by Giorgi Markhvashvili (190-G-85) as well.

< Gio's Show number 3 >
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89, agency: Life Sports) scores 43 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 block shots. Despite of that, Jovan Stefanov (208-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals, and Zviadi Babiashvili (200-F-78) 29 points and 3 rebounds, beat Maccabi T. No luck for outside shots of Maccabians. Only Shermadini, who hit the mid-range shot in the last second.


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GERMANY

Regionalliga Notes -by Moritz Korff
North
SSV Lok Bernau edged past UBC Hannover 77:76 at home and handed the Tigers the second loss of the season. However, this could have been crucial as league-leader P4two Ballers Osnabrueck earned a 114:106-overtime win at MBC Weissenfels. Thus, Osnabrueck is still on top, but now two points ahead of Hannover. Bernau was led by 24 points of Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cleveland St.) in the victory. David Arigbabu (203-C-75, agency: Court Side, college: Rhode Island) answered with 23 points for UBC. Osnabrueck's Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) led all scores in the encounter against Weissenfels and drilled in 5 threes. He tallied 37 points. His teammate Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, college: Delaware St.) added 25, while hosting Weissenfels was paced by Cornell Kairies (193-F-80) (193-F-80) who produced 25 points.
SC Rist Wedel stormed past Central Hoops Berlin 107:78. Six Rist-players finished the game in double-figure scoring, led by Holger Jacobsen (203-C-80) and Kristof Schwarz (186-G-87) with 17 points apiece. Edwin Ofori Attah (192-G-85, college: William & Mary) had 27 points in the losing effort. EBC Rostock dropped to a relegation spot after falling short 80:86 to Oldenburger TB at home. Marco Adamczewski (192-F-81) got his job done from outside and nailed 7 treys. He had 24 points totally, Robert Schmidt (190-G/F-82) had 15 points when his Rostock team suffered the 4th loss in a row. The Itzehoe Eagles earned their 2nd straight victory by holding off SG Wolfenbuettel 98:71. Itzehoe's American trio John Waller (193-F-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: ODU), Tony Champion (208-C-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Sacramento St.) and Ivan Jenkins (180-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Lambuth) combined for 73 points with Waller earning the topscoring honors once again. He had 34 points. Junior Denson (180-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led the Wolfenbuettel attack with 31 points.

West
Schwelmer Baskets and SVD 49 Dortmund are still head to head on top of the West-division after both teams came out victorious of their away-games this weekend. Schwelm overcame Salzkotten 77:58. Keith Harris (196-G/F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Christian) netted 24 points, Kristofer Speier (206-F-81, college: Lewis-Clark) added 16, while Daniel Lieneke (200-G-81) put in 20 points for Salzkotten. Dortmund could again count on the scoring ability of Frank Benson (196-F, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Baptist). He finished with 31 points in a 79:73 win over the Bergheim Bandits. Even an outstanding performance of Chris Rodgers (186-G-81, college: Bucknell) who scored 37 points could not prevent the Bandits' loss. The Elephants Grevenbroich rolled over visiting Meckenheim for a 91:67 win and remain in 3rd place. Brian Graves (188-G, college: Catawba) was impressive with 19 points, 15 assists and 7 boards, Matthias Wojdyla (199-F-80) added 15 points in the win. BG Suedpark Bochum earned a narrow 89:86 victory over the NVV Lions Moenchengladbach. Bochum's Parrish Brown (185-G, college: Maryland) scored 27 points, Patrick Abraham (189-F-82) had 16. BSV Wulfen racked up its 5th victory within in the last 6 games and managed to hold off BG Hagen 93:75 at home. Wulfen-playmaker Rashad McSwine (180-G-83, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: St.Joseph, IN) topscored with 21 points, Isaac Jefferson (196-G/F-81, college: Hampton) had 17 points in defeat.

South-West
League-leading ASC Theresianum Mainz picked up a 94:80 win at TV Konstanz and improved to a 18:3-record. Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary) nailed 6 threes and tallied 24 points for Mainz, Michael Comick (191-G, college: Staten Island) and Ilija Ickert (201-C-81) (201-C-81) each added 19 points. Brian Lang (191-G-81, college: S.Nevada CC) answered with a game-high 31 points for Konstanz, Chris Fantroy (201-F-82, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) scored 17 points in the loss. BC Groer Recycling Weissenhorn underlined its second spot in the league by defeating TSV Gruenberg 85:76 and got 25 points from Raheim Lamb (198-F-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Massachusetts), Monyea Pratt (195-F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Stillman) added 17. Gruenberg's Robin Goltze (190-F-84) dropped 25 points, Alexander Atoberhan (189-G-85) had 19. One week after saying goodbye to championship-dreams the Schwenningen Panthers returned to success and held off VfB Giessen 77:68. Marco Schlafke (185-G-82) and Tomislav Topic (206-C/F-78) led the Panthers' point-production with 21 points apiece.
MTV Stuttgart ended a four-game losing streak when defeating Union Shops Rastatt 85:62. Stuttgart's Kresimir Miksa (194-F/G-72) scored a game-high 17 points, Thomas Wrobel (200-F/C) added 15. On the other end of the court Bernd Huebner (203-C-82) collected 16 points. After 5 wins and only one defeat in 2008 so far SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim fell short 69:78 at Kronberg. TS Goeppingen remains in danger of dropping out of the league at the end of the season as the team lost to Treis-Karden (61:72). Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) tallied 18 points for Goeppingen, Mensah Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) scored 31 for Treis.

South-East
FC Bayern Muenchen stayed in a first place in the South-East with 104:74-win over Rattelsdorf. Bayern's David Rotim (197-F-85) poured in a game-high 21 points, Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 18 points. Darryl Sommerset (206-F-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.) finished the game with 20 points in the Rattelsdorf squad.
Also chasing TG Renesas Landshut claimed another victory and knocked off BC Energie Zwickau 81:68 on the road. Landshut was led by its post-players Arnold Tchiegne (200-F-76) and Brandon Crawford (198-F/C-84, college: Albion) who scored 18 and 15 points respectively. Chris Brown (201-F-83, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Chattanooga) posted a game-high 27 points for Zwickau. BiG Gotha stays in 3rd place though falling short at HSB Basket Landsberg (86:99). Landsberg's Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF) nailed 6 treys and had 32 points totally, Larry Johnson (191-G-79, college: Niagara) (191-G-79, college: Niagara) netted 23 points, while Phillip Hillstock (202-F, college: Barber Scotia) and Michael Rost (183-G-85) each tallied 26 points for Gotha.
Hrvoje Pervan (203-F-84, college: Mercer) and Mike Moten (203-C-71, college: Rhode Island) each scored 18 points to lead the Baskets Wuerzburg to an 80:69-away win over TuS Jena. Oliver Golla (202-F-81) netted 16 points for the home side. The COOCOON Baskets Weiden improved to a 12:7-record after edging the Dresden Titans 99:96. Weiden's topscorer Stephen Cramer (188-G, college: Hope (MI)) netted 35 points, Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) added 26 points. Konrad Tota (196-F-80, college: Dickinson St.) connected on 6 3-pointers and scored 36 points for the Titans. The basketball-fans in Dachau saw an exciting game, when the hosting Spurs lost to BG Leistershofen/Stadtbergen 110:115 in double overtime. Dachau got 36 points from Calvin Wooten (186-G-84, college: Oakland), Benny Brendli (186-G-81) nailed 4 triples and tallied 18 points. The winners were led by Luke Kunkel (201-F/C-81, college: Rocky Mountain) with 30 points, Matt Benson (196-F-83, college: Point Loma) and Robert Rieplinger added 23 points apiece. FC Baunach hold off Breitenguessbach II on the road and claimed a 83:60-win. Manuel Bischof (183-G-85) tallied 20 points for Baunach, Angelos Plantzas (176-G-71) contributed 19 points, while Stefan Dinkel (183-G-89) led the Breitenguessbach offense with 26 points (including 6 3-pointers).


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GREECE

Kalafatakis: The new coach of AEL Larisa -by Kostas Papadopoulos
After Kostas Pilafidis resigned yesterday, after AEL's defeat from Olimpiada, many coach's names have been heard for his place. Giorgos Kalafatakis , though, was the one selected for this place. The ex-coach of Panellinios (he has been fired earlier this season) stated after the official agrrement with the team that his major goal until the end of this season is to lead the team back to the wins in order to achieve whatever it gets this season.
On other news from A1 championship, Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76) has been announced as the MVP of the last day of the championship as a reward for his marvellous appearance last afternoon against Panathinaikos and his help (18 points, 2 steals, 5 assists) to Aris to get its first win after 6 games both at the championship and Euroleague


Kalaitzis broke Panathinaikos unbeaten record! -by Chris Mammides

After 16 weeks unbeaten, Panathinaikos lost the game in the Alexandreion Melathron and the deficit between Panathinaikoas and Olympiakos minimised. The reason of this defeat was simply an ex Green player, Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76) was magnificent last night, the experienced ex Panathinaikos player was the MVP of the 17th week after his amazing performance against the permanent champions of Obradovic. Not only his points but his amazing passion, very good defence and truly leading role in Aris's team, Giorgos Kalaitzis was most certainly the man of the game and the man of the week. Giorgos Kalaitzis scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 asssits and 5 steals in 30 minutes with nearly perfectly shooting percentages. The final score was 82-75. The quarters of the game were: 23-19, 52-36, 65-63 and the final 82-75. Top scorer of the game was Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) who added another amazing game in his career, this time the American power forward stopped at 21 point and 12 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 block shots. Wright was also very good with his 20 points. On behalf of the worst team of Panathinaikos only the Lithuanian Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) tried to continue the winning tempo of the Triple crowners by scoring 15 points followed by Dikoudis's 14.

In the other games of the 17th week we had the first victory of Coach Dragan Raca and Olympiada Patras over AEL 1964 which created a lot of troubles for the Larissa team, the very crucial victory of Kolossos Rodou over their rivals from Crete, Rethymno, the very important win of Coach Angelou and AEK Athens over Panionios and the road win of Coach Panagiotis Giannakis over his ex team Maroussi. The results and the top scorers were the following:

Olympiada Patras - AEL 1964 81-75

Top scorers: Necovic, Dewayne Jefferson (191-G-79, college: Miss.Valley St.) and Periklis Dorkofikis (206-F-80) 15 per head, Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76) 24 points.

Head Coach Kostas Pilafidis resign just after the game.

Egaleo - Panellinios 87-80

Top scorers: Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) 23, Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, college: N.Carolina St.) 20.

Kolossos Rodou - Rethymno 85-80

Top scorers: Giorgos Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) 17, David Young (196-G/F-81, college: N.C.Central) 30.

Olympia Larissas - PAOK 80-69

Top scorers: Mike King (193-G-78, college: George Washington) 25, Kutluay 17

AEK - Panionios 72-62

Top scorers: Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) 18, Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76) 14

Maroussi - Olympiakos 66-75

Top scorers: Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) 19, Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) 18.



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HOLLAND

MyGuide Amsterdam Too Much For Hanzevast Capitals In 2nd Half -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday's MyGuide Amsterdam-Hanzevast Capitals matchup in the Martiniplaza, was a Jekyll-and-Hyde type game, with MyGuide digging themselves out of a big 1st half hole, keeping their streak intact and winning convincingly 106-93. While MyGuide had a similar start like the Phoenix Suns did on Sunday versus the Detroit Pistons, being down 35-20 at the end of the 1st quarter (59-42 deficit at halftime),clearly the halftime trip to the locker room did the trick, with MyGuide turning into the Pistons and Hanzevast into the Suns the 2nd half, with MyGuide outscoring Hanzevast 31-16 in the 3rd to come within 75-73 at the end of the 3rd quarter, and finishing Hanzevast off in the last quarter with a 33-18 difference. Hanzevast had difficulties with the MyGuide wing combination of
Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) and Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) who combined to make 20 of 22 total free throws. Roberts scored a game-high 30 pts., with Gipson adding 24 and Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) scoring 20. In all, MyGuide shot 63.4% FG, made 9 of 17 threes and shot 27 of 32 from the free throw line. Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) led Donar with 23 pts. It was MyGuide's 8th straight win and improves its record to 25-4, while Hanzevast falls to 16-12.


Rotterdam Challengers Win On Road In Leeuwarden -by Sanders Jackson

In Leeuwarden Rotterdam Challengers got off to a good start vs. Aris Friesland, leading 26-14 at the end of the 1st quarter and 47-29 at halftime, keeping Aris at bay throughout, going on to win 83-70.
Djoenie Steenvoorde (195-G/F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy) led all scorers with 22 pts., with new recent addition Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) adding 17, and Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) adding 12 pts. and 12 rebounds. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) led Aris with 16 pts. The Rotterdammers forced 24 Aris turnovers. Rotterdam Challengers are now 15-12 and a half-game out of 5th place in the FEB standings.


Landstede Basketball On A Roll, Wins Over Matrixx Magixx -by Sanders Jackson

The team of Landstede Basketball head coach Herman van den Belt is playing excellent basketball lately, are a really hungry team now.

Saturday night in the ZBC-hal, thanks to a good start and solid leadership from leading scorer
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius), Landstede wins its 3rd in a row and 6 of last 8, winning over Matrixx Magixx by the score of 82-73. Wilson put on his hard hat and took his lunch pail, scoring a season-high 32 pts., with 12 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists. Wilson got good help from Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman), who added 17 pts. and 5 assists, and Gerad Punch (193-G/F, college: Furman), who added 18 pts. with 4 three-pointers. Antoine Jordan (195-G-83, college: Siena) led Matrixx with 15 pts. Landstede also forced 27 Matrixx turnovers. With the win, Landstede continues its ascent in the FEB standings with a 12-17 record and a half-game from Upstairs Weert in the FEB standings.


West-Brabant Giants Win Thriller In Den Bosch -by Sanders Jackson

West-Brabant Giants are slowly gaining more and more confidence every week.

In the Maaspoort Sunday against defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers, the West-Brabant Giants did not allow Eiffel to stand in their way for their quest for the Dutch championship, with a strong start helping their cause, weathering the storm in the 4th quarter, winning a 96-92 thriller. West-Brabant had leads of 52-41at halftime, 82-63 at the end of the 3rd quarter and held off a furious Eiffel 4th quarter rally.
Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) led the Giants with 22 pts., with ' Mr. Double-Double' Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech) adding his 21st double-double of the season, with numbers of 17 pts. and 10 rebounds. Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led all scorers with 26 pts., with Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) adding 21. West-Brabant Giants wins its 6th straight and improves to 21-9.


Den Helder Seals Snap Losing Streak, Win Over Upstairs Weert -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night in Den Helder, Den Helders Seals snapped a seven-game losing streak, thanks to hot three-point shooting, including a hot 3rd quarter that gave them the upper hand throughout, winning over reeling Upstairs Weert by the score of 106-94. Den Helder made 13 of 24 three-pointers.
J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) scored 24 pts. to lead Den Helder, with Robert Kulawick (191-G-86) and Bradley Strickland (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) adding 16 pts. each. Den Helder are now 4-24.


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SLAM ADD 3 EX-Vikings -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Bellingham Slam have strengthened their roster for the 2008 IBL season with the addition of three players that will be familiar faces to Whatcom COUNTY BASKETBALL fans . Forward LUkAS Henne and guards RYAN diggs and Paul Hafford have signed to play for the Slam this season. Making the announcement was Slam General manager Bob Hofstter.

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INDIA

Southern railway lifts title -by Anil Kumar
One thought life without star international Geethu Anna Jose would be would be tough for Southern Railway. But P.Anitha and Renjini Peter rose to the occasion nicely as the Chennai side defeated Mumbai's Western Railway 76-58 and won the women's title in the 14th YMCA all-India basketball tournament at the floodlit Nehru Stadium court here on Sunday evening. Geethu, who has given Southern Railway some big wins in the national circuit, is now playing in the Big-V professional league in Australia.

Though the final score this evening offered a one-sided picture, the league decider was close till half-time with Southern leading by just two points — 38-36 — at that point. But the Chennai side raced ahead soon after the break, with Anitha driving in smartly and scoring with some nice under-baskets. There was a nice rhythm and many shrewd moves in Southern's play, including a few bounce passes which caught the Western defence napping.

S. Kokila did a smart distribution job while Renjini was impressive with the rebounds. Anitha also kept Western's star Lincy Joseph on a tight leash and as the teams entered the final quarter, Southern had built up a 20 point lead.

The results: Women: League decider: Southern Railway, Chennai 76 (Renjini Peter 17, P.Anitha 23, Shyamala 18) bt Western Railway, Mumbai 58 (Reshmi Chengappa 18, Lincy Joseph 14).

Saturdays late matches: M en: Semifinals: Central Excise, Kochi 77 (Sunny Thomas 18, Eudrick Pereira 18, S.S. Deepu 13) bt Indian Bank, Chennai 63 (Amarnath Gopi 20).

Women's league: Southern Railway 40 (Anitha 11) bt Kerala 22 (Seena Joseph 11).


MEG enters final -by Anil Kumar
Lloyd Antony was in fine nick as defending champion Madras Engineering Group (MEG) crushed Army Service Corps 86-54 in an all-Bangalore encounter and entered the men's final of the 14th YMCA all-India basketball tournament at the Nehru Stadium here at Kottayam on Saturday.

In Sunday's final, MEG will play the winner of the semifinal between Indian Bank (Chennai) and Central Excise (Kochi).

In the women's section, Chennai's Southern Railway will meet Western Railway (Mumbai) in the league decider.

The results: Men's semifinal: MEG (Bangalore) 86 (Lloyd Antony 22, Tinu Joseph 13, Peter John 23) bt ASC (Bangalore) 54 (G.R.L. Prasad 17).

Friday's matches: League: Men: Group ‘A': MEG 83 (Tinu Joseph 23, Peter John 23, C. Sreedharan 20) bt Central Excise (Kochi) 64 (Sunny Thomas 30, Eudrick Pereira 17).

Women: South Western Railway (Hubli) 33 (Anu Mathew 15, Rajeshwary 10) bt Kerala 25.


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ITALY

Serie A Week 24: Upim beats Avellino seven days before the derby -by Luca Bianchin
Six days to the derby, Virtus and Fortitudo approach this key week with different feelings. Upim won in Avellino, defeating the hottest team in Serie A thanks to Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83) and Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson), able to combine for 34 points, while La Fortezza lost at home against a good Pesaro, that trailed even by 12 during the second quarter. Bad news for Virtus, bad news for Lottomatica: Roma lost the game (by 8 in Rieti) and the third place. For the fifth time in the season, no bad news for Varese, that found the perfect duo with Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) and Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU), top scorers in serie A for the week. Holland had 32 points, Lloreda added 26 and 19 rebounds: Cimberio prevailed over Angelico Biella after one, tough overtime. The challenge to avoid relegation, however, still seems very (too?) hard. In the other games of the week, Montepaschi Siena won the 22nd game easily defeating Legea Scafati with a 30-8 run in the second quarter, while Snaidero on Sunday night scored 100 points to beat Capo d'Orlando. Taking a look to the standings, playoff race reveals more and more interesting: Biella, Milano and Fortitudo divide the seventh spot with a 12-12 record.

Interperformances - Available Players. -by Interperformances
As of today, Interperformances is glad to announce that it has placed over 98 percents of its clients. Among the 2 percent of available clients most of them already had a job this season and they are looking now for a second job, having finished their respective season. We still have available great players of the like of former NBA Star Murray Lamond (201-F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: California) who is finishing his season in China, Rashad Phillips who did not meet the deadline to sign in Sopot and others such as the former Euroleague guard Nathan Erdmann and others that you can check inside our constantly updated web page. A page that will have the updated statistics of each players at the beginning of the next week.

Lega2-21th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
German Scarone (190-G-75) and Omar Thomas (195-F-82, college: UTEP) scored 23 each but Rimini didn't win against Caserta (Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) at 26). Fabriano get success on Soresina (J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) at 22 scored) thanks to 27 scored by Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan). All the starting five in double figure, but Livorno lost at home against Ferrara (Francesco Foiera (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) at 16 pts). Five players in double figure gave victory to Pavia on Montecatini (Mike Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova) at 20 pts). Novara (Hassan Adams (193-G-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Arizona) at 28 scored) resist at Sassari (Brent Darby (185-G-81, college: Ohio St.) 25 pts) until the ovetime when the team coached by Demis Cavina gain the victory. Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Stanley International) scored 22 but weren't enough for Pistoia that lost at Veroli (17+8 by Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, college: St.John's)). 28+14 by Otis George (205-C-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) and Casale keep on running, while Jesi (David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) at 15) is stopped by Reggio Emilia (Alvin Young (191-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Niagara) at 14 scored).
Coopsette RN-Pepsi Caserta 82-92
Indesit Fab-Vanoli Soresina 80-75
TDShop.it LI-Carife FE 80-87
Edimes PV-Agr.Glo.Mont. 97-75
BancoSardegna-Ignis Novara 90-85
Prima Veroli-Carmatic PT 70-68
Fastweb Casale-Aget Imola 89-83
Trenkwalder RE-Fileni Jesi 76-58
See complete boxscores www.legaduebasket.it


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JAMAICA

Valpo survives double-overtime thriller against Miami (Ohio) -by Leonard Whyte
Valparaiso, IN (2-24-2008) - Freshman guard, Michael Rogers, took advantage of his first career start to record a career-high 10 points as Valparaiso University outlasted Miami (Ohio) University 99-94 in double overtime on Saturday night in a game broadcasted live on ESPN Classic. Rogers was very efficient in his 29 minutes as he went 4-of-6 from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds. Valpo improved to 16-12 overall.

Tulsa extends winning streak to five games -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (2-24-2008) - Center Jerome Jordan continues to be a force in the middle for the University of Tulsa and on Saturday night he produced another double-double (10 points and 13 rebounds) to help Tulsa win their fifth straight game, a 77-58 victory over Presbyterian University. Tulsa moves to 15-10 win the win. Jordan also had three blocks to raise his season total to 82 which is just four blocks shy of tying the school's single-season record.

Notre Dame earns share of AMC North Division title -by Leonard Whyte
South Euclid, OH (2-24-2008) - Notre Dame College (NDC) defeated Daemen College 84-72 on Saturday night to untangle a three-way tie atop the conference and earn at least a share of the American Mideast Conference North Division title in just the seventh year of its basketball program. After the game, NDC players cut down the nets in celebration of the feat. Center Karim McFarlane finished with nine points and forward Paul Spencer added six points and six rebounds for NDC who evened its overall record at 14-14 and improved to 7-3 in conference play.

Florida Southern clinches SSC title -by Leonard Whyte
Winter Park, FL (2-24-2008) - Andrei Grant and Florida Southern College (FSC) went from worse to first in just one season as they defeated Rollins College 80-76 on Saturday night to clinch the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) regular season title after finishing dead last one year ago. FSC became the first team in the 33-year history of the conference to have such a dramatic turnaround in just one season. This was the first league title for FSC since sharing the title in 2004, and their first out-right title since 2001. Rollins entered the game ranked #1 in the nation in three-point field goals made per game, and Florida Southern came in at #5, and when it was over both teams combined to sink 27 shots from beyond the arc. FSC (21-7, 12-3) plays its final regular season game on Wednesday against Tampa University.

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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

Libertad Sunchales and Flamengo won in day 1 -by Hector Lopez
Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel) netted 26 points and grabbed 15 reboudns leading Libertad Sunchales to beat Trouville 88-70 for the day 1 of the group B of the South American League. For Libertad Andres Pelussi added 20 points and for Trouville Thurman Zimmerman scored 19. The Argentinian team scored 31-17 in the third quarter to take the neccesary lead to defeat Trouville. Flamengo, from Brazil beat Millonarios, from Bolivia 121-43. For Flamengo Eduardo Machado (-F) (Duda) scored 22 points and Marcelinho 19. Libertad will play Flamengo and Trouville- Millonarios Tuesday.
FLAMENGO - 121 - Marcelinho 19, Helio 17, Wagner 6, Fernando 15, Fred 6, Duda 22, Maicon 11, MArcellus 4,Colonese 6, Alirio 15
MILLONARIOS 43 - Ichazu 0, Montellano 0, Espinoza 0, Torrez 0, Triver 16, Abratansi 13, A. Espana 4, Martinez 7, Mendoza 3, G. Espana 0, Vaquera 0
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LIBERTAD 88 - Landoni 7, Moldu 10, Benitez 6, Muller 2, Pelussi 20, Ginobili 8, Saglietti 9, Battle 26.
TROUVILLE 70 - Rivera 12, Izuibejers 13, Trasante 8, Perez 6, Borges 5, Marichal 0, Aguilera 2, Campora 0, Bouzout 4, Zimmerman 19, Thomas 1


Malvin accepted to play the South American League -by Hector Lopez
Malvin from Montevideo agreed to play Group C of the South American League, hosted by Regatas Corrientes from Argentina, announced Hugo Couto, presidente of the Uruguayan League. Last week Malvin announced the team will not participate. But after several talks with the main officials from Malvin, they chand their minds and will be travelling on Wednesday, Couto said. Other teams will be Deportivo Tachira (Venezuela) and Sol de America (Paraguay).

LSB 2008 - Group A: Cocodrilos (VEN) ends undefeated, Boca in second place -by Francisco Vega

Caracas, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela) ended at first place of Group A in Liga Sudamericana 2008, after successfully earning a triumph over Boca Juniors (Argentina) in matchday 3 at Naciones Unidas Park, with a final scoreboard of 91-79. Meanwhile, Universo BRB (Brazil) maintained options to advanced as one of the best lucky loosers squads in third place with a comfortable 120-68 victory over Regatas de Lima (Peru).

Cocodrilos de Caracas 91 - Universo BRB 79


COCODRILOS (VEN)= 91 (14+26+22+29)
, Kelley McClure (186-G-74) 20 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 14 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 6 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 12 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 4 points (Starting Five). Henry Paez (184-G-70) 14 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 0 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 15 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) 3 points. Coach: Nestor Salazar


BOCA JUNIORS (ARG)= 79 (19+14+24+21)

Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) 7 points, Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) 2 points, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 18 points, Devon Ford (193-G-77) 20 points, Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) 3 points (Starting Five) Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) 11 points, Jamal Robinson (196-F/G-73) 7 points, Fernando Funes (193-G-83) 10 points, Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) 1 point, Raymundo Legaria (178-G-80) 0 points, Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) 0 points, Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87) 0 points. Coach: Gabriel Picatto



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LITHUANIA

Interperformances Available Players. -by Interperformances
As of today, Interperformances is glad to announce that it has placed over 98 percents of its clients. Among the 2 percent of available clients most of them already had a job this season and they are looking now for a second job, having finished their respective season. We still have available great players of the like of former NBA Star Murray Lamond (201-F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: California) who is finishing his season in China, Rashad Phillips who did not meet the deadline to sign in Sopot and others such as the former Euroleague guard Nathan Erdmann and others that you can check inside our constantly updated web page. A page that will have the updated statistics of each players at the beginning of the next week.

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LUXEMBOURG

Etzella blasts Contern for the third straight win -by Eurobasket News
Etzella continued to steer in the DBBL after shooting down Contern 60:47 at home court. The defense appeared to be a key for Etzella early on as they limited the visitors to 6 points in the first frame. Etzella piled up a 22:6 advantage and controlled the tempo. The home team obviously shifted to a lower gear after the intermission and Contern used it to trim the gap by 4 points. It however had little impact on the complexion of the game as Etzella dominated every aspect of the encounter and pretty soon restored a 16-point buffer to take a sigh of relief. They coasted to an overall victory in the fourth term and secure their 3rd win in a row in the second part of the championship. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) was productive with 22 points, 5 assists and 5 boards for Etzella. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) accounted for 12 points and 11 boards in a winning case. Yves Braun (194-F-76) answered with 17 points for Contern.
In the meantime Sparta finally skipped their losing skid bruising Residence 87:77 away from home. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) was topscorer for Sparta with 36 points and 8 boards to return Sparta to winning ways. Christian Wulff (181-G-75) contributed 18 points for the visitors. Will Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) responded with 22 points and 11 boards for Residence. Yannick Julien (195-C-84) buried 17 points in a loss. Sparta led by just a single point at halftime 45:44 but strong second half helped the defending champs celebrate a vital victory at the end. They face the league leaders Etzella in the next round showdown.
Musel Pikes outlasted Amicale 73:63 behind 21 points and 9 boards from Samy Picard (195-F-88). Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) tallied 19 points and 13 boards in a win. Sam Ney (194-F-87) answered with 16 points for Amicale.


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NBA

Tracy McGrady scores 24 points as Houston rolls to the 12th straight win -by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets continued their impressive run in the West as they registered the 12th consecutive and the 16th victory in the last 17 games. Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) nailed 24 points and issued 8 assists as the Rockets handled the refurbished Chicago Bulls. The game was pretty close throughout three quarters before the hosts got off in the fourth frame. Veteran guard Bobby Jackson (6'1''-G-73, college: Minnesota), who was recently acquired from the New Orleans Hornets, tallied 5 consecutive points for Houston to build an 84:74 lead. Later Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) exploded with three straight treys to give the home team an insurmountable 16-point buffer. Seven Houston players scored in double figures. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) scored 17 points, while Bobby Jackson netted 14 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) answered with 18 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the Bulls. Larry Hughes (6'5''-G-79, college: St.Louis) and Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, college: Kansas) made their debut for Chicago. Hughes accounted for 13 points, while Gooden finished with 12 points and 8 boards.
The Lakers extended their winning streak to 8 games as they swamped Seattle 111:91 at the Key Arena. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was ejected late in the third frame receiving his second technical foul but it was of little help to the Supersonics. By the time they trailed by as many as 31 points and simply floated towards the end of the game. Kobe Bryant managed to accumulate 21 points and 10 assists before getting ejected. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 22 points, while Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) secured 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. Mickael Gelabale (6'7''-F-83) produced career-high 21 points and 8 boards. Seattle missed Chris Wilcox (6'10''-F/C-82, college: Maryland) and Donyell Marshall (6'9''-F-73, college: Connecticut) as both were sidelined being sick.
Meanwhile the new-look Cleveland were impressive bringing down Memphis 109:89 at home. With 4 new faces on the squad the Cavs got rolling straight away dismantling the Grizzlies. Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) started in the power forward position and notched 12 points and 10 boards. Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) also was awarded a starting five spot and contributed 5 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland) and Wally Szczerbiak (6'6''-F-77, college: Miami, OH) came off the bench and teamed up for 24 more points to carry the Cavs to the 32nd win in the season. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) delivered 25 points and 11 assists for resurging Cleveland.


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PANAMA

Lloreda top scorer of the week in Italy -by Miguel Sanchiz
Six days to the derby, Virtus and Fortitudo approach this key week with different feelings. Upim won in Avellino, defeating the hottest team in Serie A thanks to Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83) and Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson), able to combine for 34 points, while La Fortezza lost at home against a good Pesaro, that trailed even by 12 during the second quarter. Bad news for Virtus, bad news for Lottomatica: Roma lost the game (by 8 in Rieti) and the third place. For the fifth time in the season, no bad news for Varese, that found the perfect duo with Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) and Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) top scorers in serie A for the week. Holland had 32 points, Lloreda added 26 and 19 rebounds: Cimberio prevailed over Angelico Biella after one, tough overtime. The challenge to avoid relegation, however, still seems very (too?) hard. In the other games of the week, Montepaschi Siena won the 22nd game easily defeating Legea Scafati with a 30-8 run in the second quarter, while Snaidero on Sunday night scored 100 points to beat Capo d'Orlando. Taking a look to the standings, playoff race reveals more and more interesting: Biella, Milano and Fortitudo divide the seventh spot with a 12-12 record.

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PARAGUAY

1° de Mayo wins Pilar League -by Gianni Pascucci
Led by Gustavo Torres (175-G-80), 1 de Mayo defeated America 82-74 in Game 4, becoming the 2008 Pilar League champion, as it was expected after that the blue and garnet team had won Game 3. The game, however, ended in an unexpected way, because America de Pilar officials decided to retire their team from the court with only few seconds before the final buzzer in consequence of some contested calls from the referees.

Pilar League Awards -by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of the decisive Game 4, the individual awards of the Pilar Regional League 2008 were given as follow:
Most Valuable Player: Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) - 1 de Mayo
Tournment Best Scorer: Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) - America
Best 3points shooter: Victor Brizuela (195-F-76) - Deportivo Obrero
Best Young Player: Saul Salinas (187-G.88) - 1 de Mayo


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PBL

Last PBL results -by Gianni Pascucci
Some of the games scheduled for the past weekend were chosen by the league officials to be played at the upcoming Triple 'S' Showcase Weekend. This is why only seven games were played, and the Rochester Razorsharks at the East and the Quad City Riverhawks at the West are keeping again the lead. But it wasn 't so easy. After that Rochester had won the first game vs. Maryland, in the second game the Nighthawks were led by a superlative Randy Gill (6'2''-G-78, college: Bowie St.), who scored 45 points as his career-high, Nighthawks all-time high and PBL season-high scoring record. Rochester needed of a very good night from Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) (30 pts), Ron Rollerson (6'11''-C-80, agency: Duran International, college: Temple) (14 points and 9 rebounds) and James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Niagara) (10 pts and 9 boards) to win the game. The third weekend game of the Razorsharks was a fell to the Reading Railers, a team that was eventually defeated by Quad Cities, winners even over Chicago. Another team who took two wins is the Rockford Fury, thriumphant over Chicago behind Daniel Artest (6'5''-F-81, college: Westchester CC), who scored 30 points, and Reggie George (6'10''-C-85, college: Robert Morris), who finished with 21 points, and winner over Dallas, with Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) leading the way with a season-high 36 points, despite the good performing of Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.), who led Dallas with 29 points. See here down the last results:
Rochester def Maryland 125-106
Reading def Rochester 114-99
Jacksonville def Wilmington 106-103
Rockford def Dallas 151-131
Quad Cities def Chicago 113-96
Rochester def Maryland 108-104
Rockford def Chicago 120-115
Quad Cities def Reading 96-93


Randolph joins back the Riverhawks -by Gianni Pascucci
The Quad City Riverhawks announced that the team has resigned Lonnie Randolph (6'1''-G-83, college: Drake). Randolph was a 2007 ABA All-Star for the Riverhawks and was a late training camp cut this season, prior to play in the PBL with the Dallas Defenders. To make room for Randolph on the roster, the Riverhawks released Chauncey Jones (6'2''-G-76, college: Alabama).

Dallas PBL Updates -by Jean-Paul Afif
Dallas, TX: The Dallas PBL franchise have terminated the contracts of several players including: Lonnie Randolph, Kenneth Barnes, Jimmy Miggins, Maurice Shaw, Ronald Blackshear, Billy Richmond, and Derreck Wabbington. Seven foot Center Brian Gilic (7'1''-C-82, college: Santa Monica CC) and Forward O'Neal Mims (6'10''-F-83, college: Angelo St.) have been placed on the inactive list. The team has also parted ways with Head Coach Chuck Davisson.

Despite being in last place in the league and shaky local ownership at best, the PBL headquarters has helped by taking the necessary steps to maintain the franchise. Prior to next weeks Triple 'S' Super Scouting Showcase in Chicago; the Dallas PBL will announce a new and improved roster which boasts local 'Texas' players all of whom possess a proven winning track record.


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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad and Boricuas Hall of Fame -by Alessandro Fontana

BORICUAS ABROAD
In Spain, Unicaja Malaga was defeated by ViveMenorca 86-80. Daniel Santiago played 18 minutes with 9 pts (2/3 2pts, 5/6 FT), 4 rebs and 1 steal. Fuenlabrada won against Barcelona 77-69 but Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) did not play.
In Poland, Polpharma was defeated by Prokom 79-60. Donald Copeland played a good game with 16 pts (3/7 2pts, 1/4 3pts, 7/8 FT) and 3 assts in 29 minutes.
In the Adriatic League Siroki was defeated by Olimpia Ljubljiana 63-60, for Sharif Fajardo only 3 pts (0/3 3pts, 3/4 FT), 2 rebs and 2 assts in 23 minutes. In Germany, Paderborn was defeated by Bonn 73-63. Nathan Peavy scored 15 pts (3/6 2pts, 2/3 3pts, 3/7 FT) + 8 rebs.
In Turkey, Besiktas won another important game against Darussafaka 79-59. Christian Dalmau scored 4 pts+3 rebs+ 3assts and Rick Apodaca scored 6 pts+3 rebs and 5 assts.
In NBA, Dallas won against Minnesota 99-83. For Jose Juan Barea only 1 minute and 0 pts.
BORICUAS HALL OF FAME
'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso and 'El Magnifico' Carlos Arroyo were chosen with other great 'Boricuas' Legends as Piculin Ortiz as two of the 'Best Players in Puerto Rico', They were chosen for the 'Boricua Hall of Fame'.

The players of the second generation (1970-2000) who were chosen as Best Players were: Neftali Rivera (He scored 79 pts in a game), Georgie Torres, Ruben Rodriguez, Raymond Dalmau, Charlie Bermudez, Angelo Cruz, Fico Lopez, Jerome Mincy, 'Quijote' Morales, 'Piculin' Ortiz, 'El Jefe' Ayuso and Arroyo.
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Moreno for Mayaguez and Bryant- Ashby for Caguas -by Alessandro Fontana
Indios de Mayaguez signed Edgar Moreno. Moreno comes from Colombia, He played last season in Venezuela for Cocodrilos de Caracas where He scored 11.4 ppg, 4.3 apg and 3.5 spg. He played also with the colombian national team. Indios de Mayaguez will play with this starting-five: Edgar Moreno, Eddie Casiano, Michael Sanders, Keenan Jourdon and Jermaine Williams.
Criollos de Caguas signed Marlyn Bryant and Julius Ashby. Marlyn Bryant is a shooting guard who played college at S. Florida. He had experiences also in Mexico and in CBA with Great Falls Explorers (10.8 ppg).
Julius Ashby is a strong power forward-center who comes from Trinidad & Tobago. He is a great rebounder and He can score 8-10 points per game. This season He was playing in Japan with Takamatsu Five Arrows.
BORICUAS ABROAD
Dallas defeated Chicago Bulls 102-94, for Jose Juan Barea only 2 minutes with 0 pts.
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BSN Briefs -by Luis Ramirez
The Ponce Lions have signed Thompson Garnett (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) as their import player, Thompson will replace Aaron McGhee. Thompson is 6'10 and has some international experience as he has played in both Poland and China. In other BSN news the San German Athletics have signed Hiram Fuller and community player Kyle Neptune. Fuller is 6'9' who last played in China and has international experience playing in France, Korea, Philippines, CBA and NBDL. Neptune last played in Lithuania.

Guayama Brujos revamp team -by Luis Ramirez
With their main point guard gone the Guayama Brujos will try to make a run for the postseason. Wilfredo Pagan was traded to the Lions in the offseason, gone also is Erick Rodriguez who along with Pagan provided a 1-2 punch for the Brujos last season. Another noticeable loss for the Brujos will be import Monty Wilson. The Brujos will also sport a new Head Coach, sharpshooting George Torres takes over the reins from Carlos Mercado and based on what I saw in a recent team practice, the Brujos are planning to run and gun in a rapid pace game. The Brujos seem conditioned to run with the best of the teams. At point guard the Brujos will have Ismael Caro who was acquired from the Fajardo Cariduros. They will also have the following players, Rafael Perez, import players Matt Freije and Major Wingate, Carlos Payano, Pavel Melendez, Jonathan Oliver, Axel Rivera, Tim Gittens, Steve Parillon and they will also have community player Amaury Fillion. The Brujos will no doubt be in the hunt for a postseason slot.

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ROMANIA

Round 18 -by Bogdan Bocaniala
GAZ METAN Medias - Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca 76- 78
Alter tow lost games with a difference of 3 and 2 points, U-Mobitelco find ed a way to win in medias with just 2 points.
With this victory Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca remains on forth position and with a big opportunity to finish championship on third position. Next tow games will be essayer and after that Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca will receive the visit of RAPID DROMEAS Bucuresti witch will be the game that may send RAPID DROMEAS Bucuresti on third position.

BC Râmnicu Vâlcea - BCMUS Arges Pitesti 79- 81

BC Targoviste - BC Tirgu Mures 79- 92

RAPID DROMEAS Bucuresti - CSU Ploiesti 79- 82
Great game in Bucharest were Rapid had a chance to win Asesoft but in the end the champion team win in last quarter.

CSU MUNICIPAL Cuadripol Brasov - BCM Timisoara 76- 89

CSU Atlassib Sibiu - CS Otopeni 97- 77

Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti - CSM Leonardo Oradea 122- 67


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RUSSIA

Interperformances - Available Players. -by Interperformances
As of today Interperformances is glad to announce that it has placed over 98 percents of its clients. Among the 2 percent of available clients most of them already had a job this season and they are looking now for a second job, having finished their respective season. We still have available great players of the like of former NBA Star Murray Lamond (201-F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: California) who is finishing his season in China, Rashad Phillips who did not meet the deadline to sign in Sopot and others such as the former Euroleague guard Nathan Erdmann and others that you can check inside our constantly updated web page. A page that will have the updated statistics of each players at the beginning of the next week.

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SCOTLAND

An upset from Guildford Heat -by Eurobasket News
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks lost to Guildford Heat 72:84 at the Braehead Arena on Sunday evening. The Rocks scored the opening basket of the game, but were not to lead again in the match. Jones and Michael Martin (200-F-74) led the Heat scoring with 21 points each. Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) led all scorers in the game bagging 22 points for the Rocks.
In the next game SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks will meet Worcester on the first day of March. Sor far the team is 5th with 14-9 record.


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SERBIA

A league, round 17: Swisslions won in derby, furious week-end by Vizura -by Dragan Jankovski
Mega Aqua Monta lost at their home court in derby game of 17th round against Swisslions Takovo 65-77. Visitors from Vrsac proved their quality and experience so they are currently on top of A league with 13 wins and 4 defeats. Youngsters from Mega AM couldn't stop Nikola Jovanovic (205-C-81), who collected 22 points and 6 rebounds. PG Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) followed him with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Hot prospect Uros Nikolic (207-F-87) netted 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the hosts. Head coach of Swisslons Takovo Dejan Mijatovic after the derby said that it was very important game between two best teams in A league so after this win his team is pretty close to finish regular season on top. On the other side Mega AM's head coach Aleksandar Kesar's words were: 'It was a game without bigger pressure for us because our main target is not to reach Super league. We want to let our young and very talented players to play, what we are successfully doing since the beginning of the season'.

The most pleasant surprise this season for sure is newcomer Vizura, who is currently on the fantastic second place with score 12-5. The team from Belgrade destroyed Radnicki 034 Group on the road 90-61. After every quarter Vizura extended lead more and more. Dejan Buric (204-C-81) led the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds. The top scorers for Radnicki were Mitic and Glisovic with 10 points ?!

Ergonom lost at home over Napredak Rubin 88-92. The top scorer of A league, experienced Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) again paced his team scoring 34 points.

Borac unexpectedly lost against Sloga 69-71 while Masinac was better than Novi Sad 85-77.


Mega Aqua Monta - Swisslions Takovo 65-77
(14-27,19-20,14-19,18-11)

Mega AM:
Nikolic 20 (7 rebs), Markovic 11 (6 rebs), Mitrovic 9
Swisslions: Jovanovic 22 (6 rebs), Aleksic 15 (4 rebs, 4 as), Vlaskovic 13


Radnicki 034 Group - Vizura 61-90
(13-19,15-23,17-23,16-25)

Radnicki 034 Group:
Mitic 10, Glisovic 10
Vizura: Buric Dejan 19 (12 rebs), Sinovec 15 (6 rebs), Karic 14 (9 as)


Ergonom - Napredak Rubin 88-92
(26-21,19-22,8-22,35-27)

Ergonom:
Koprivica 30 (11 rebs), Djulovic 14, Dzambic 13 (6 st)
Napredak Rubin: Markovic 34 (5 rebs), Miletic 24 (7 st), Gojnic 17 (7 rebs)


Borac - Sloga 69-71
(19-9,19-19,14-17,17-26)

Borac:
Ilic 32 (12 rebs), Radisavljevic 11
Sloga: Pejovic 20 (10 rebs, 5 as), Grubisic 15 (10 rebs), Mijovic 13, Dasic 13


Masinac - Novi Sad 85-77
(24-26,22-14,16-14,23-23)

Masinac:
Becin 20, Mirkovic 18, Rakic 17 (4 as)
Novi Sad: Sutalo 22, Martinic 21, Radenkovic 11 (11 rebs)


FMP made victory in derby against Hemofarm, Vojvodina beat Helios -by Dragan Jankovski
In derby game of 22nd round FMP outplayed Hemofarm STADA at home 79-61. Panthers dominated from the beginning making plus 11 already in the first quarter. Ten minutes later the hosts extended lead to 45-29 and since then there was no doubt about the winner of this game, especially because Rawle Marshall sprained his ankle at the middle of the first quarter and wasn't able to continue. During the game young Milan Macvan of Hemofarm also got the same injury as Marshal, so head coach Nikolic for sure can not count on these two players for the very important ULEB Cup game against Buducnost Podgorica where Hemofarm will try to defend plus 26 from the first game. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) led the winners adding 17 points and 4 assists while Hemofarm got the most from center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), who shined with 25 points and 7 rebounds.

Crvena Zvezda suffered inconvenient defeat on the road against Zagreb 82-84 so the team from Belgrade will travel to Treviso to defend plus 10 a bit frustrated. In the very interesting finish Cook drained a 3-pointer equalizing the score on 80-80 after what Kovacevic netted two FTs for Zagreb. At the next possession Cook equalized again with 2 FTs. Zagreb had the last offense, Simon missed a shot but Kovacevic made an off rebound. Vladovic attempted from behind the arc to finish the game but he also missed. Zvezda's players couldn't catch the ball neither this time so Antic grabbed it, passed it to Simon who got fouled and was concentrated from the FT line bringing the 7th win for his team this season in Adriatic league. Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) scored 26 points, including 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) followed him with double-double, 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Luke usually the killing tandem Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who added 22 points and 6 rebounds, and Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's), who finished the game with 18 points, were the best in Zvezda.

Vojvodina Srbijagas was better than Helios Domzale in Novi Sad 87-79. Game is decided in the last quarter when the Tulips touched plus 15, 80-65. MVP of the game was strong Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) who dominated in the paint registering double-double. Serbian hot prospect netted 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) also had a very good night adding 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Helios got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Aleksei Lashkevich (203-F-78). Vojvodina currently has 11 wins and 11 defeats while Helios is on 5-17.

Game Partizan Igokea - Cibona is postponed.


FMP - Hemofarm STADA 79-61
(22-11,23-18,14-10,20-22)

FMP:
Krstovic 17 (4 as), Jeremic 13, Erceg 11, Labovic 11
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 25 (7 rebs), Pavkovic 7 (4 rebs, 5 as)


Zagreb - Crvena Zvezda 84-82
(26-24,23-24,20-16,15-18)

Zagreb:
Simon 26 (5 rebs, 4 as), Tomic 20 (10 rebs, 5 as), Vladovic 10
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 22 (6 rebs), Cook 18, Kikanovic 10 (4 rebs), Bakic 10


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Helios Domzale 87-79
(26-22,21-20,22-17,18-20)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivanovic 21 (4 rebs, 4 st), Golubovic 20 (11 rebs), Bojovic 11 (4 as)
Helios Domzale: Troha 22, Lashkevich 21 (10 rebs), Janza 13


New head coach in Radnicki Invest Inzenjering -by Dragan Jankovski
After home defeat against Zdravlje Actavis on Friday, management of Radnicki Invest Inzenjering waived head coach Mladen Mikic. The team immediately hired Velisav Veskovic as a new head coach. Veskovic started the season in BC Kotez, participant of Serbian B league.

Radnicki Invest Inzenjering and Zdravlje Actavis currently have the same score 6-11 and it seems that these two teams will fight for the survival in Serbian A league until the very end.


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SLOVAKIA

Puljko nailed 41 points for HBK Prievidza -by Eurobasket News

The league-leading Pezinok survived a scare before emerging victorious at BK Dolny Kubin recording a 78:82 win. They were led by their big men as Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) had 31 points. Brlit posted 14, while Dosek had 13. Petrovic led the hosts with 20 points. It was BK Dolny Kubin that came out quickest as they edged a 17:16 lead in the first quarter. Amazingly the guests produced 16:23 in the second quarter and lost only 2 points in the second half.
Inter Bratislava beat ESO CLUB Lucenec 87:73 to stay on the second position. The hosts domianted in the court winning three quarters and tying the second one. Marek Homola (193-F-86) paced the winners with 22 points. Micka nailed 20, and Novak scored 19. Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) ended up with 25 points in defeat.
Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 41 points for his HBK Prievidza and became the top-scorer of the round. HBK Prievidza overcame Slavia TU Kosice 84:73 with 22:3 in the second quarter. Richard Misinsky (186-G-80) poured in 23 points in the losing clause.

The next round will be on February 27th.

BK Dolny Kubin - SKANSKA Pezinok 78:82 (17:16, 16:23, 24:22, 21:21)
BK Dolny Kubin: Petrovic 20, Kurilic 20, Cvitanovic 14
SKANSKA Pezinok: Andrej Lukjanec 31, Brlit 14, Dosek 13

Slovintegra Levice - BK CASTA SPU Nitra 70:76 (16:16, 19:18, 12:26, 23:16)
Slovintegra Levice: Mladen Gambiroza (206-C-75, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15, Pohanka 14, Lutovsky 12
BK CASTA SPU Nitra: Hill 25, Andrej Cervenka (198-G/F-84) 14, Jankovic 11

Inter Bratislava - ESO CLUB Lucenec 87:73 (21:17, 20:20, 22:16, 24:20)
Inter Bratislava: Marek Homola 22, Micka 20, D. Novak 19
ESO CLUB Lucenec: Antonio Bicvic 25, Praznovsky 18, Nuber 9

MBK Rieker Komarno - Chemosvit Svit 70:82 (14:20, 16:14, 12:14, 28:34)
MBK Rieker Komarno:Stipe Pivac (204-F/C-78, agency: Heinrich Sports) 20, Barisic 15, Majoros 15
Chemosvit Svit:Zachary Ingles (188-G-83, college: E.Kentucky) 24, Znanec 16, Pezer 10

MBK Handlova - Nova Ves 80:68 (18:13,13:17, 21:16, 28:22)
MBK Handlova: Milosevic 21, Marko Vlaic (206-C-81) 21, Stefanik 15
Nova Ves: Igor Pesta (203-F/C-84) 13, Ridzon 13, Madaj 9

HBK Prievidza - Slavia TU Kosice 84:73 (15:22, 22:3, 23:20, 24:28)
HBK Prievidza: Hrvoje Puljko 41, Immink 14, Storcel 10
Slavia TU Kosice: Richard Misinsky 23, Probala 20, Baťka 14



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SLOVENIA

Injury report -by Zeljko Zule

Marijan Mance (197-G-78) of Helios suffered a bone chip fracture in his finger an will be sidelined two weeks.
Tadej Keblic (195-G-80) of Konjice (B1) will undergo ankle surgery and miss the rest of the season. He averaging 37,1 minutes, 14,8 points (2P 55-103, 3P 13-35, FT 66-85), 5,6 rebounds, 1,1 assists, 0,9 steals, 0,1 blocks and 1,8 turnovers in 14 games of B-1 League.

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SPAIN

Week 21: Jonathan Barcelo MVP LEB Silver and Cameron Echols / Shawn Jackson MVP in LEB Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

Jonathan Barcelo (192-G-79) (CB Tarragona) was the MVP in the 21st round in the Adecco LEB Silver with 29 of efficiency. Cameron Echols (203-F-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Ball St.) (Alaior Jovent) and Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) (Gestiberica Vigo) were the MVP in the Adecco LEB Bronze with 37 of efficiency. Gestiberica Vigo is leading this league with 15 wins and 5 loses.


Week 21 LEB Silver: TOP 5 by Effiency

Jonathan Barcelo (192-G-79) (CB Tarragona): 29 (20pt + 8rb)

Jason Blair (201-F-79) (Plasencia): 28 (17pt + 13rb)

Andreu Matali (204-F/C-81) (CAI Huesca): 28 (25pt + 5rb)

Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) (Caja Rioja): 28 (21pt + 9rb)

David Garcia (190-G-80) (Basquet Muro): 25 (20pt + 5as)


Week 21 LEB Bronze: TOP 5 by Efficiency

Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71) (Gestiberica Vigo): 37 (25pt + 12rb)

Cameron Echols (203-F-81) (Alaior Jovent): 37 (30pt + 11rb)

Brett Beeson (193-G-72) (Archena): 32 (29pt + 6rb)

Jan Martin (203-F/C-84) (Real Madrid) 30 (26pt + 10rb)

Dreike Bouldin (201-G/F-80) (Carrefour Avila): 30 (24pt + 7rb)



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TANZANIA

JKT hit UDSM Outsiders in Kili basketball Super Cup -by Carlos Pereira
DEFENDING Champion JKT yesterday thrashed UDSM Outsiders 72-39 in a one-sided Kili Super Cup basketball League at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam. The victors started strongly taking 19-6 lead in the first quarter.
The one way traffic continued in the second quarter as the army side keeps scoring almost at will to post 31-13 lead at the breather. In the third quarter, UDSM Outsiders woke up from their cat-nap to reduce the tally as they scored 24 points against 10 of JKT. However, they could not contain the charging army-men in the last quarter.
JKT's points were scored by Ashraf Haroun who managed 15 points while Juma Kissoky scored 12 points. Claudio Kisanko and Ibrahim Mwinyi of UDSM Outsiders score 11 and 9 points respectively. It was a second successive victory for JKT. They launched their campaign on a sound note on Saturday, beating Don Bosco 56-45 at the same venue.
In another men's game, Savio beat Vijana ‘City Bulls' 68-57 in a lively match played at the same venue. Both team started strongly as they exchanged quick points. Savio took 16-14 lead in the first quarter before extending their lead to 37-25 at the break. The third quarter saw Savio maintaining their command to lead 48-39.
Savio's Mohammed Yusuf score 17 points, while Gilbert Batungi scored 16 points. Evergreen Mohammed Ally ‘Dibo' and Abdallah Ramadhani ‘Dulla' were the highest scorers for Vijana as they scored 20 and 10 points respectively. Earlier, JKT Stars beat Jeshi Stars 64-23 in ladies league.


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TPBL

TPBL CLASSIC (APRIL 25-27, 2008) -by Chris Cardenas

biggest tournament in texas!!
SAN ANGELO,TX WILL BE THE SITE FOR THE TPBL'S END OF SEASON OPEN TOURNAMENT. ANY TEAMS THAT FEEL THEY CAN COMPETE ARE WELCOME TO TAKE A SHOT AT THE $5000 1ST PRIZE AS WELL AS OTHER AWARDS. HERE IS THE INFO ON THE EVENT WHICH WILL FEATURE A MENS AND WOMENS DIVISION:

WHAT : TPBL CLASSIC MENS PRO/AM BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

WHEN: APRIL 25-27 , 2008

WHERE: SAN ANGELO , TX

ENTRY FEE : $750 PER TEAM

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FEE : MARCH 15 , 2008

AWARDS FOR THE TOURNAMENT :
1ST PLACE (MENS OPEN DIVISION) - $ 5,000 ......2ND-3RD PLACE - TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS.....ALL TOURNAMENT AND MVP AWARDS
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FOR THE WOMEN :

ENTRY FEE : $200 PER TEAM
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FEE: MARCH 15, 2008

AWARDS FOR THE WOMENS TOURNAMENT : 1ST-3RD PLACE TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS.....ALL TOURNAMENT AND MVP AWARDS.

FOR AN OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM FOR THE TPBL CLASSIC EMAIL LEAGUE OWNER CHRIS CARDENAS : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM OR CALL 325-763-6630


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U.KINGDOM

Weekend results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Plymouth Raiders moved up to second in the table with an 83:92 win over Birmingham Panthers. Lasker led the way with 19 points. Anthony Michael Martin (200-F-74) and DeAntoine Beasley followed him with 13 points apiece. The Panthers were led by LaTaryl Williams's 23 points.
Lions forced a road win over Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 61:74. Tony Windless (196-F-70, agency: TASM, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 17 points, whilst former Rider Yorick Williams had 15, and Dru Spinks added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Newcastle Eagles outscored PAWS London Capital 73:80 to stay on top of group. Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple) had 25 points, Darius Defoe scored 17, and Olu Babalola added 12.
Worcester Wolves scored a massive victory as they beat the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets by 117:107. Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) poured in 32 points and James Life supported him with 30. Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) and Trey Moore completed a night of awesome individual performances collecting 67 points together.
On Sunday Sheffield Sharks overcame Marshall MK Lions 83:66 at the Bletchley Leisure Centre. Shelby Chaney (206-C, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) led the Sharks scoring with 17 points, while Michael New also had 17 points to lead the scoring for the Lions.
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks lost to Guildford Heat 72:84 at the Braehead Arena on Sunday evening. The Rocks scored the opening basket of the game, but were not to lead again in the match. Jones and Michael Martin led the Heat scoring with 21 points each. Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) led all scorers in the game bagging 22 points for the Rocks.
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders beat BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 93:84.

Saturday 23
Team Birmingham Panthers -Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 83:92

Panthers: Williams 23, Lekan Popoola (183-G-81) 21, Sandell 19
Raiders: Andrew Lasker 19, Beasley 13, Michael Martin 13

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders - Marshall MK Lions 61:74
Riders: McKnight 10, Jordan 9, White 9
Lions: Tony Windless 17, Williams 15, Spinks 10

PAWS London Capital- Newcastle Eagles 73:80
Capital: Bradley 18, Tayo Ogedengbe 16, Mbeye 15
Eagles: Lynard Stewart 25, Defoe 17, Babalola 12, Bridge 12

Worcester Wolves - BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 117:70
Wolves: Anthony Paez 32, Life 30, Evans 22
Jets: Jayson Obazuaye 37, Moore 32, Otten 17

Sunday 24
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets - Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 84:93

Marshall MK Lions - Sheffield Sharks 66:83
Lions: New 17, Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) 15, Heizer 11, Brown 11
Sharks: Shelby Chaney 17, White 14, A Virgil 12

SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks - Guildford Heat 72:84
Rocks: Robert Yanders 22, Joseph 17, Hampton 12
Heat: Michael Martin 21, Jones 21, Gilbert 14


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URUGUAY

Malvin accepted to play the South American League -by Hector Lopez
Malvin from Montevideo agreed to play Group C of the South American League, hosted by Regatas Corrientes from Argentina, announced Hugo Couto, presidente of the Uruguayan League. Last week Malvin announced the team will not participate. But after several talks with the main officials from Malvin, they change their minds and will be travelling on Wednesday, Couto said. Other teams will be Deportivo Tachira (Venezuela) and Sol de America (Paraguay).

Libertad Sunchales and Flamengo won in day 1 -by Hector Lopez
Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel) netted 26 points and grabbed 15 reboudns leading Libertad Sunchales to beat Trouville 88-70 for the day 1 of the group B of the South American League. For Libertad Andres Pelussi added 20 points and for Trouville Thurman Zimmerman scored 19. The Argentinian team scored 31-17 in the third quarter to take the neccesary lead to defeat Trouville. Flamengo, from Brazil beat Millonarios, from Bolivia 121-43. For Flamengo Eduardo Machado (-F) (Duda) scored 22 points and Marcelinho 19. Libertad will play Flamengo and Trouville- Millonarios Tuesday.
FLAMENGO - 121 - Marcelinho 19, Helio 17, Wagner 6, Fernando 15, Fred 6, Duda 22, Maicon 11, MArcellus 4,Colonese 6, Alirio 15
MILLONARIOS 43 - Ichazu 0, Montellano 0, Espinoza 0, Torrez 0, Triver 16, Abratansi 13, A. Espana 4, Martinez 7, Mendoza 3, G. Espana 0, Vaquera 0
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LIBERTAD 88 - Landoni 7, Moldu 10, Benitez 6, Muller 2, Pelussi 20, Ginobili 8, Saglietti 9, Battle 26.
TROUVILLE 70 - Rivera 12, Izuibejers 13, Trasante 8, Perez 6, Borges 5, Marichal 0, Aguilera 2, Campora 0, Bouzout 4, Zimmerman 19, Thomas 1




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Women News

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AUSTRIA - Women

Wels clinches Chevrolet Cup title -by Eurobasket News
Powerbasket Wels - Klosterneuburg 84:73 (OT)

The Chevrolet Cup brought a real basketball show at the end as Wels took on Klosternueburg in the final game. Wels came from behind to force overtime and then celebrated a triumph in a thrilling basketball event. Leaving the league favorites Herzogenburg and Vienna 87 behind Wels and Klosterneuburg entered the final game hopeful of putting on the Chevrolet Cup crown. Wels got to a slightly better start as Tamara Ruzic (181-G-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.) nailed a couple of bucket to get things going. Klosterneuburg kept it close and trailed by just 4 points after the starting frame 14:18. They however quickly denied the deficit getting to the driving seat in the second stanza. Kloserneuburg ensured the winning outcome of the first half as they were up by one 33:32 at halftime. The game remained to be a real scorcher after the break with the margin highlighting minimum numbers. Klosterneuburg maintained the gap and stretched it to 4 points with 3 quarters gone. Wels revived with a 7:0 run early in the fourth period and retained the lead. The teams exchanged blows before it was all square at 68 after 40 minutes of action. Wels accounted for a couple of buckets early in the extra time and it proved to be decisive. Wels never surrendered the lead and coasted to an overall win. Tamara Ruzic scored 20 points to pace the winners. Dana-Ranae Jones (183-F/C-81, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 19 points for triumphant Wels. Sophia Plank (179-G/F-83) answered with game-high 35 points for Klosterneuburg. She was named the Chevrolet Cup Final MVP. Viktoria Prudnikova (195-C-65) nailed 16 points in defeat.
Herzogenburg rolled past Vienna 87 86:59 in the game for the third place. Humphries notched 32 points for Herzogenburg. Caroline Nwafor (174-F-83) replied with 12 points in a losing case for Vienna 87.

Wels: Tamara Ruzic 20, Dana-Ranae Jones 19
Klosterneuburg: Sophia Plank 35, Viktoria Prudnikova 16


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BELARUS - Women

Olimpia and Berezina advance to the next round -by Eurobasket News
In Minsk Olimpia grabbed the last ticket to the Play-offs beating Lemminkainen 109 :100. In a very offensive game the spectators could enjoy the win of the local team. The win strengthened the hosts place in sixth with 9-5 record. Olimpia opened the scoring to set the tone for the first quarter as the teams traded their way to a 25:24 lead for the hosts. Another 25:17 was a good achievement for the total win. Tatiana Lihtarovich (176-G-88) paced the winners with 32 points. Kozun posted 27, whilst Natalia Anufrienko (174-G-85) added 16. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) and Staugaitiene produced 22 points for the guests.
The game between Berezina-RCOR and Laisvė was the one between the teams that advanced to the Play-offs. Berezina-RCOR outscored Laisvė 74:67 to tie them at 10-4 record. The team from Belarus started with 26;18, but then saw 13:22 in the second. A 21:10 in the third quarter was the result of the 10th victory for the hosts. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) paced all the winners with 24 points. Padabed nailed 21 and Zhurauliova had 10. Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) ended up with 18 points in defeat.

Olimpia - Lemminkainen 109 : 100 ( 25 : 24, 25 : 17, 22 : 26, 37 : 33 )
Olimpia: Tatiana Lihtarovich 32, Kozun 27, Natalia Anufrienko 16
Lemminkainen: Egle Zygelyte 22, Staugaitiene 22, Naidėniene 20

Berezina-RCOR - Laisvė 74 : 67 ( 26 : 18, 13 : 22, 21 : 10, 14 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) 24, Padabed 21, Zhurauliova 10
Laisvė: Ilona Nikonovaite 18, Jutelyte 16, Marmiene 10


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BULGARIA - Women

Round 18 results -by Eurobasket News
After the thriller with each other Dunav and Lukoil Neftochimic took on weaker teams in Round 18. Both favorites reached the easy victories.
Lukoil Neftochimic smashed Rilski Sportist 94:50 to take 14-2 record. Only 16:14 in the opening quarter saw the spectators that came to support their team. Later the hosts pushed the tempo and increased from every minute of the game. With 33:10 Lukoil finished the last period. Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) led the winners with 20 points. Zornitsa Kostova netted 15, while Daniela Georgieva added 14. Agnesa Doychinova collected 20 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Dunav Econt had a tougher game as the team played away from home. Montana 2003 struggled hard but had to admit 74:86 loss. Daniela Peteva (177-F-89) paced the winners with 25 points. Diana Naydenova nailed 14, while Hristina Minkova scored 12. Marieta Karchovska (171-G-86) and Zheni Dimitrova ended up with 21 points each for the hosts.
Beroe 07 beat Slavia 78:58 as Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) was unstoppable making 23 points and 14 rebounds. After the games played she was named MVP of the round. Ralitsa Naneva produced 15 points and Neli Pasheva scored 12. Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) poured in 19 points for Slavia.

Beroe 07 - Slavia 78:58
Beroe 07: Zhaneta Zhelyova 23+14 rebs, Ralitsa Naneva 15, Neli Pasheva 12
Slavia: Tonka Tencheva 19, Lilyana Ilieva 11, Tsvetelina Nikolova 11

Montana 2003 - Dunav Econt 74:86
Montana 2003: Marieta Karchovska 21, Zheni Dimitrova 21, Tsvetomila Petrova 13
Dunav Econt:Daniela Peteva 25, Diana Naydenova 14, Hristina Minkova 12

Lukoil Neftochimic - Rilski Sportist 94:50
Lukoil Neftochimic: Katya Kordova 20, Zornitsa Kostova 15, Daniela Georgieva 14
Rilski Sportist: Agnesa Doychinova 20+11 rebs, Galina Stancheva (170-G-85) 9, Hristina Ivanova 9


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BWBL - Women

The end of the regular season -by Eurobasket News

Sunday, February 24th was the last day of the regular season in Baltic League. Minsk, Tallinn and Vilnius hosted the last games of the round.
The most interesting game was played in Vilnius between Lithuanian Arvi and Tim-Scuf from Ukraine. Two teams showed the best games during the season and became the favorites of the league. In order to decide the winner of the season four quarter were even not enough for the battle. Arvi created 11-0 in overtime to take 99:88 victory.
It was a game where Tim-Scuf could have also won. Ukrainian side trailed 25:20 after the opening quarter but then replied with 12:23 in the second.Arvi tried hard and caught up the opponent in the end of the game to tie it after the fourth quarter. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) led the winners with 21 points.Briedyte and Moore followed her with 14 points each. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 23 points.
In another game in Vilnius the spectators did not see the intrigue throughout the game as Olimp-NAEK smashed LTU j. team 49:97. Lithuanian team however could win one quarter when they struggled with 19:17 in the second. the most troubles the home side got in the third quarter with 5:25 loss. Oksana Buryak (176-G-79) paced the winners with 26 points. Mykhailenko netted 21 and Kniazieva scored 14. Radvile Autukaite (175-G-91) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.
In Minsk Olimpia grabbed the last ticket to the Play-offs beating Lemminkainen 109 : 100. In a very offensive game the spectators could enjoy the win of the local team. The win strengthened the hosts place in sixth with 9-5 record. Olimpia opened the scoring to set the tone for the first quarter as the teams traded their way to a 25:24 lead for the hosts. Another 25:17 was a good achievement for the total win. Tatiana Lihtarovich (176-G-88) paced the winners with 32 points. Kozun posted 27, whilst Anufrienko added 16. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) and Staugaitiene produced 22 points for the guests.
The game between Berezina-RCOR and Laisvė was the one between the teams that advanced to the Play-offs. Berezina-RCOR outscored Laisvė 74:67 to tie them at 10-4 record. The team from Belarus started with 26;18, but then saw 13:22 in the second. A 21:10 in the third quarter was the result of the 10th victory for the hosts. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) paced all the winners with 24 points. Padabed nailed 21 and Zhurauliova had 10. Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) ended up with 18 points in defeat.
Tallinn saw the last battles between Estonian and Latvian squads. The home teams proved one more time that at home they look much better than the opponents. Tallinna Living outscored RS TTT Rapa 73:51 to finish with 8-6 record. An easy 27:8 in the opening tip was the result of the 8th victory.
The teams traded baskets in a high-scoring and high-tempo second quarter. With 14:15 in the last Latvian team lost the total campaign. Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Anderson posted 18 and Puu had 17. Anna Gailite (196-C-90) finished the game with 16 points for Rapa that ended up with 1-13 record.
TLU/VOLTA edged Avantis/Turiba 100 : 77 to finish with 6-8 record. A massive opening quarter saw the hosts taking 36:19 lead. The hosts followed that up with 26:21 tear to close the first half. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) led the winners with 25 points. Zilmer ended up with 20, whilst Wallace posted 19. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) chipped in 15 points for Avantis/Turiba that finished the regular season having 3-11 record.

Olimpia - Lemminkainen
109 : 100 ( 25 : 24, 25 : 17, 22 : 26 ,37 : 33 )
Olimpia: Tatiana Lihtarovich 32, Kozun 27, Anufrienko 16
Lemminkainen: Egle Zygelyte 22, Staugaitiene 22, Naidėniene 20

Berezina-RCOR - Laisvė 74 : 67 ( 26 : 18, 13 : 22, 21 : 10, 14 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Aksana Dauharukava 24, Padabed 21, Zhurauliova 10
Laisvė: Ilona Nikonovaite 18, Jutelyte 16, Marmiene 10

Arvi -TIM-SCUF 99 : 88 ( 25 : 20, 12 : 23, 25 : 24, 37 : 21 )
Arvi: Irma Raugaite 21, Briedytė 14, Moore 14
TIM-SCUF: Inna Yegorova 23, Dorogobuzova 17, Savina 14

LTU j. team -Olimp-NAEK 49 : 97 ( 15 : 28, 19 : 17, 5 : 25, 10 : 27 )
LTU j. team: Radvile Autukaite 11, Grigaitė 7, Zintikaitė 6
Olimp-NAEK: Oksana Buryak 26, Mykhailenko 21, Kniazieva 14

Tallinna Living -RS TTT Rapa 73 : 51 ( 27 : 8, 15 : 14, 17 : 14, 14 : 15 )
Tallinna Living: Mari Saarniit 23, Anderson 18, Puu 17
RS TTT Rapa: Anna Gailite 16, Indriksone 9, Racinaja 6

TLU/VOLTA - Avantis/Turiba 100 : 77 ( 36 : 19, 26 : 21, 21 : 16, 17 : 21 )
TLU/VOLTA: Heila Rosenfeldt 25, Zilmer 20, Wallace 19
Avantis/Turiba: Anda Eibele 15, Vorma 13, Zarina 8

TEO and TTT Riga will join the first six teams in another Round that will be played on March 28-30.

Group A
1. Vilnius TEO (Lithuania)
2. TIM - SCUF (Ukraine)
3. Laisvė (Lithuania)
4. Olimpia (Belarus)

Group B
1. Riga TTT (Latvia)
2. Arvi (Lithuania)
3. Berezina - RCOR (Belarus)
4. Cesis (Latvia)



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


Stats Leaders
BWBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Yegorova TIM 301
2. Savina TIM 271
3. FaskhuldinovaTIM266
4. Wallace TLU 248
5. Lihtarovich Olim 237
Rebounds Per Game
1. Krosovskaja Bar 121
2. Savina TIM 120
3. Crockett Cesis 114
4. Bills Arvi 110
5. Paugaitė Arvi 103
Assists Per Game
1. Nikonovaitė Lais 3.2
2. Yegorova TIM 3.4
3. Rinkevičiūtė Arvi 3.6
4. Zubrytskaya Min 3.3
5. Anufrienko Olimp 3.2
Steals Per Game
1. Strikasa Cesis 4.3
2. Zubrytskaya Min 3.8
3. Naidėnienė Lem 3.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Paugaitė Arvi 2.4
2. Savina TIM 1.1
3. Alminaitė LTU 1.7
2FGP
1. Poldmaa TLU 100
2. Romaniuk Olim 100
3. Jumike TTT 100
3FGP
1 Strikasa Rapa 82.6
2 Marmienė Laisvė 81.4
3 Autukaitė LTU 78.2
Free Throws
1 Wallace TLU 61
2 Moore Arvi 60.9
3 Duboiskaya Ber 60.8


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COLOMBIA - Women

Elena Diaz extends its contract in Leipzig -by Victor Garcia
BV Leipzig Eagles is not having a good seson, but the Team have a long term program to develop.
Leipzig directives agrees with Elena Diaz to extends her contract for the next season, the Colombian forward averages 9,8 PPG and 5 RPG, and her contribution in the Eagles roster is big.
Elena had limited minutes in the last games trying to heal an injury in her ankle, but now looks close to her best shape and ready to bring energy in the court.
Congratulations to Elena.
Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska)


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DENMARK - Women

Vitus wins two in a row and closes on leaders -by Eurobasket News
The Vitus Bering Pirates had a successful week claiming two straight wins and cutting the distance to the leading group in the Dameligaen. Vitus opened the week with a storming 87:64 road win over Falcon. The game was pretty close before the interval as Flacon held a 36:34 lead. But Vitus fought their way back early in the third stanza and soon cleared off to a decisive advantage. Emma Kiis (183-F-89) scored 16 points for the Pirates. Camilla White (181-C-80), Margerat Ohara (190-C-85) and Kaja Siig Laursen (183-F-83) nailed 14 points apiece in a winning effort. Kalis Loyd (183-F-89) notched game-high 29 points and 7 steals for Falcon.
Later in the week Vitus returned home to take on the league leading Horsholm. The game turned out to be a real scorcher with the hosts taking over early on. The Pirates piled up a 19:14 lead after the starting frame. The 79ers stayed close and struck back after the intermission. They tightened up defense and limited the home team to 11 points to take the lead. The 79ers maintained the distance throughout the third frame but Vitus spurred in front late in the game. They capitalized on numerous mistakes from the visitors and celebrated the 11th win in the season. Kaja Siig Laursen and Astrid Gadeberg (168-G-78) provided 12 points apiece for the Pirates. Margerat Ohara tallied 11 points and 12 boards in a winning case. Kristine Jensen produced 18 points in defeat. Mie Burlin had 13 points for the 79ers as they dropped to 12-3 record on top of the ladder.


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ESTONIA - Women

Like a day before -by Eurobasket News
Tallinn saw the last battles between Estonian and Latvian squads. The home teams proved one more time that at home they look much better than the opponents. Tallinna Living outscored RS TTT Rapa 73:51 to finish with 8-6 record. An easy 27:8 in the opening tip was the result of the 8th victory.
The teams traded baskets in a high-scoring and high-tempo second quarter. With 14:15 in the last Latvian team lost the total campaign. Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Anderson posted 18 and Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) had 17. Anna Gailite (196-C-90) finished the game with 16 points for Rapa that ended up with 1-13 record.
TLU/VOLTA edged Avantis/Turiba 100 : 77 to finish with 6-8 record. A massive opening quarter saw the hosts taking 36:19 lead. The hosts followed that up with 26:21 tear to close the first half. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) led the winners with 25 points. Irja Zilmer (167-G-68) ended up with 20, whilst Wallace posted 19. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) chipped in 15 points for Avantis/Turiba that finished the regular season having 3-11 record.
Cesis and TTT Riga will represent Latvia in the next round and will be in the same group together with Arvi and Berezina.


Tallinna Living -RS TTT Rapa 73 : 51 ( 27 : 8, 15 : 14, 17 : 14, 14 : 15 )
Tallinna Living: Mari Saarniit 23, Anderson 18, Pirgit Puu 17
RS TTT Rapa: Anna Gailite 16, Indriksone 9, Racinaja 6

TLU/VOLTA - Avantis/Turiba 100 : 77 ( 36 : 19, 26 : 21, 21 : 16, 17 : 21 )
TLU/VOLTA: Heila Rosenfeldt 25, Irja Zilmer 20, Wallace 19
Avantis/Turiba: Anda Eibele 15, Anete Vorma (168-G-89) 13, Zarina 8


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FRANCE - Women

La Coupe de France -by Eurobasket News
Over the weekend French teams were busy with the Cup games. A good game was played against Tarbes GB and Bourges Basket. The latter celebrated 55:62 win on a road. Pays d'Aix Basket beat US Valenciennes Olympic in a defensive game 47:42. Challes-les-Eaux Basket was stronger that St Amand PH 67:61 and ESB Villeneuve d'Ascq beat Arras PABF. NF1 representatives FCB Ardennes ASPTT and Avenir de Rennes lost to USO Mondeville and SJS Reims respectively. BLM Montpellier outscored Stade Clermontois AB 72:61.

Tarbes GB - Bourges Basket 55-62
Pays d'Aix Basket 13 - US Valenciennes Olympic 47-42
Challes-les-Eaux Basket - St Amand PH 67-61
Arras PABF - ESB Villeneuve d'Ascq 59-74
FCB Ardennes ASPTT (NF1) - USO Mondeville 69-80
Avenir de Rennes (NF1) - SJS Reims 67-70
Stade Clermontois AB - BLM Montpellier 61-72


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-21: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli
Phard Napoli - Fiera di Roma 78 - 53
(24-20, 45-28, 59-37)
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. 4 (2/3, 0/1), Cirone M. 8 (2/4, 0/2), Mauriello P. 12 (3/3, 2/4), Giauro S. 3 (1/3), Barnes A. 7 (2/6, 1/2), Immacolata Gentile (175-G-75) 5 (1/1, 1/2), Horasan Y. 7 (3/5), Ndiaye A. 6 (3/3), Lesdema N. 7 (3/6), Holland-Corn K. 19 (7/12, 1/4). Coach Molino Nino
FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. 5 (1/2, 1/3), Servillo M. dnp, Hodges D. 4 (2/9, 0/3), Cinili S. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Mendes Da Silva T. dnp, Scimitani S. 2 (1/3), Machanguana C. 18 (8/11), Lichnerova J. 9 (1/4, 2/3), Beljanski M. 6 (3/6, 0/3), Gattini C. 6 (2/4). Coach Incecchi Sandro

Levoni Taranto - Umana Venezia 46 - 58
(18-13, 23-34, 33-44)
LEVONI TARANTO: Balleggi M. , Corbani C. (0/1), Greco M. 16 (6/10, 0/4), Zimerle A. 6 (0/4, 1/5), Sauret Gillespie A. 3 (1/6, 0/1), Griffith Y. 2 (1/6), Prado F. 2 (1/2), Frohlich L. 4 (1/2, 0/4), Brunson R. 13 (5/12), Masoni M. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. , Modica F. 7 (2/2, 1/3), Johnson S. 14 (2/10, 0/3), Sanford N. 6 (2/6), Andrade M. 10 (4/7, 0/1), Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) 6 (1/4), Giauro E. 4 (2/5), Romagnoli A. dnp, Vujovic A. 11 (1/4, 1/3), Zampieri A. dnp. Coach Riga Massimo

Lavezzini Parma - Famila Wuber Schio 57 - 63 (ot)
(20-18, 34-31, 43-47, 54-54)
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. (0/2), Stabile S. 13 (2/6, 3/6), Paparazzo E. 11 (5/8), Zanoni I. 4 (2/3, 0/1), Battisodo V. dnp, Rejchova M. (0/3), Mahoney M. 13 (3/8, 2/9), Zanon M. (0/4, 0/2), Screen J. 7 (3/4, 0/4), Sulciute E. 9 (3/6, 1/3). Coach Scanzani Maurizio
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Moro E. 8 (1/4, 2/4), Butler D. , Donaphin B. 11 (5/13), Tassara S. 7 (1/2, 1/2), Masciadri R. 4 (0/1, 1/4), Rubino J. , Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) 14 (4/6), Ress K. 2 (1/4, 0/1), Ciampoli F. 2 (1/2), Macchi L. 15 (5/9, 1/5). Coach Orlando Sandro

Italmoka Pozzuoli - Acer Priolo 74 - 65
(21-12, 35-27, 60-41)
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 5 (1/3), Cirov T. 11 (3/5, 1/3), Ferazzoli I. dnp, Franchetti M. 1 (0/4), Minervino M. 4 (2/4), Grima H. 14 (3/5, 2/4), Linguaglossa E. dnp, Grasso A. 2 (0/7), Andjelic N. 8 (0/3, 2/4), Tamecka Dixon (176-G-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) 29 (6/12, 2/2). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 7 (1/6, 1/2), Bonfiglio S. dnp, Palie S. 5 (2/6), Milazzo O. 6 (2/3), Fabbri E. NE , Seino T. 4 (1/4, 0/3), Sciacca B. 3 (1/2, 0/3), Pascalau F. 4 (1/6), Meneghel R. 15 (3/4, 2/2), Phillips T. 21 (8/16, 0/2). Coach Coppa Santino

Germano Zama Faenza - New Wash Montigarda 73 - 64
(15-18, 29-26, 52-43)
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Marija Eric (164-G-83) 14 (3/6, 2/5), Franchini M. 3 (1/3, 0/3), Ramon E. 7 (2/2, 1/4), David I. 8 (2/5, 0/1), Casadio G. 8 (1/1, 2/2), Jokic D. 19 (7/10, 1/2), Knezevic A. 6 (3/6), Dos Santos C. 8 (3/7), Chiarini A. dnp, Morsiani L. dnp. Coach Rossi Paolo
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. , Colico R. 10 (2/6, 2/4), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 15 (6/14), Rossi C. , Smith D. 8 (4/7, 0/2), Dimitrova E. 6 (0/2, 2/3), Albertazzi S. 4 (2/4), Ruzickova M. 9 (3/5, 1/1), Lawless E. 12 (4/10, 0/2). Coach Fossati Fabio

Carispe La Spezia - Pool Comense 57 - 50
(19-10, 24-16, 41-26)
CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno M. dnp, Corradini L. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Pastore C. 14 (3/5, 1/2), Callens E. (0/2, 0/5), Templari E. dnp, Newton C. 12 (4/8, 0/2), Bagnara B. 11 (1/4, 3/6), Vukovic V. 5 (2/5), Sarti R. 4 (1/6, 0/1), Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Carolina) 9 (4/13). Coach Papini Giovanni
POOL COMENSE: Bouderra F. 10 (5/9, 0/1), Bestagno E. , Fabbri V. , Spreafico L. dnp, Slavcheva G. 3 (0/4, 1/3), Turner L. 11 (3/9), Invernizzi M. 8 (4/6, 0/3), Hall V. 11 (1/9, 1/2), Zampella A. 2 (1/4, 0/2), Sarni S. 5 (1/2, 1/4). Coach Ricchini Roberto

Gescom Viterbo - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 82-54

(18-17, 34-36, 56-40)

GESCOM VITERBO: Debora Danzi (192-C/F-75) 6 (3/5), Kouznetsova S. (-, 0/2), Santucci L. 11 (4/6, 1/2), Brunelli G., Smith B. 16 (8/12), Maslowski M. 28 (11/15, 0/2), Limoura L. 2 (1/3, 0/2), Siccardi V. 10 (2/6, 1/4), Gorla L. (-, 0/1), Crepaldi C. 9 (-, 3/10). Coach Agresti Claudio

BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. 12 (3/4, 2/3), Duffy M. dnp, Favento S., Bona G., Riccardi E. (0/3, 0/4), Montagnino J. 13 (2/10, 1/4), Perfetti C. 9 (2/3, 1/5), Pys'Mennik O. 6 (3/8, 0/3), Razmaite D. 12 (6/10), Morrison J. 2 (1/7). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco



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LATVIA - Women

Like a day before -by Eurobasket News
Tallinn saw the last battles between Estonian and Latvian squads. The home teams proved one more time that at home they look much better than the opponents. Tallinna Living outscored RS TTT Rapa 73:51 to finish with 8-6 record. An easy 27:8 in the opening tip was the result of the 8th victory.
The teams traded baskets in a high-scoring and high-tempo second quarter. With 14:15 in the last Latvian team lost the total campaign. Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Anderson posted 18 and Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) had 17. Anna Gailite (196-C-90) finished the game with 16 points for Rapa that ended up with 1-13 record.
TLU/VOLTA edged Avantis/Turiba 100 : 77 to finish with 6-8 record. A massive opening quarter saw the hosts taking 36:19 lead. The hosts followed that up with 26:21 tear to close the first half. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) led the winners with 25 points. Irja Zilmer (167-G-68) ended up with 20, whilst Wallace posted 19. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) chipped in 15 points for Avantis/Turiba that finished the regular season having 3-11 record.
Cesis and TTT Riga will represent Latvia in the next round and will be in the same group together with Arvi and Berezina.


Tallinna Living -RS TTT Rapa 73 : 51 ( 27 : 8, 15 : 14, 17 : 14, 14 : 15 )
Tallinna Living: Mari Saarniit 23, Anderson 18, Pirgit Puu 17
RS TTT Rapa: Anna Gailite 16, Indriksone 9, Racinaja 6

TLU/VOLTA - Avantis/Turiba 100 : 77 ( 36 : 19, 26 : 21, 21 : 16, 17 : 21 )
TLU/VOLTA: Heila Rosenfeldt 25, Irja Zilmer 20, Wallace 19
Avantis/Turiba: Anda Eibele 15, Anete Vorma (168-G-89) 13, Zarina 8


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LITHUANIA - Women

Arvi wins the regular season of BWBL -by Eurobasket News
Sunday, February 24th was the last day of the regular season in Baltic League. Minsk, Tallinn and Vilnius hosted the last games of the round.
The most interesting game was played in Vilnius between Lithuanian Arvi and Tim-Scuf from Ukraine. Two teams showed the best games during the season and became the favorites of the league. In order to decide the winner of the season four quarter were even not enough for the battle. Arvi created 11-0 in overtime to take 99:88 victory.
It was a game where Tim-Scuf could have also won. Ukrainian side trailed 25:20 after the opening quarter but then replied with 12:23 in the second.Arvi tried hard and caught up the opponent in the end of the game to tie it after the fourth quarter. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) led the winners with 21 points.Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) and Moore followed her with 14 points each. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 23 points.
In another game in Vilnius the spectators did not see the intrigue throughout the game as Olimp-NAEK smashed LTU j. team 49:97. Lithuanian team however could win one quarter when they struggled with 19:17 in the second. the most troubles the home side got in the third quarter with 5:25 loss. Oksana Buryak (176-G-79) paced the winners with 26 points. Mykhailenko netted 21 and Kniazieva scored 14. Radvile Autukaite (175-G-91) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.
In Minsk Olimpia grabbed the last ticket to the Play-offs beating Lemminkainen 109 : 100. In a very offensive game the spectators could enjoy the win of the local team. The win strengthened the hosts place in sixth with 9-5 record. Olimpia opened the scoring to set the tone for the first quarter as the teams traded their way to a 25:24 lead for the hosts. Another 25:17 was a good achievement for the total win. Tatiana Lihtarovich (176-G-88) paced the winners with 32 points. Kozun posted 27, whilst Anufrienko added 16. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) and Staugaitiene produced 22 points for the guests.

Olimpia - Lemminkainen 109 : 100 ( 25 : 24, 25 : 17, 22 : 26 ,37 : 33 )
Olimpia: Tatiana Lihtarovich 32, Kozun 27, Anufrienko 16
Lemminkainen: Egle Zygelyte 22, Staugaitiene 22, Naidėniene 20

Berezina-RCOR - Laisvė 74 : 67 ( 26 : 18, 13 : 22, 21 : 10, 14 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) 24, Padabed 21, Zhurauliova 10
Laisvė: Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) 18, Jutelyte 16, Marmiene 10

Arvi -TIM-SCUF 99 : 88 OT ( 25 : 20, 12 : 23, 25 : 24, 37 : 21 )
Arvi: Irma Raugaite 21, Ela Briedyte 14, Moore 14
TIM-SCUF: Inna Yegorova 23, Dorogobuzova 17, Savina 14

LTU j. team -Olimp-NAEK 49 : 97 ( 15 : 28, 19 : 17, 5 : 25, 10 : 27 )
LTU j. team: Radvile Autukaite 11, Grigaitė 7, Zintikaitė 6
Olimp-NAEK: Oksana Buryak 26, Mykhailenko 21, Kniazieva 14


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Basket Esch consolidate their leading position -by Eurobasket News
Basket Esch used the loss of T71 Dudelange and their win over Residence to strengthen the position on top of the DBBL ladder. Basket Esch visited Residence and overcame the hosts 77:70 in a closely fought clash. It allowed Basket Esch to improve to 12-3 record. Residence meanwhile fell to 9-6 and share the second spot with T71 Dudelange and Musel Pikes.
T71 Dudelange hosted Contern and pretty unexpectedly fell short 69:74. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) was doubtful before the encounter but managed to start for the home team and came up with 22 points and 13 boards. However it did not help the home side as Contern used a 26:16 rally in the second period to build a decisive lead in the game. Carrie Bacon (183-F-80, college: Wyoming) was outstanding with game-high 30 points and 13 boards to pace Contern. Claire Margue (170-G-81) contributed 10 points for the winners. Rachel Wagener (167-G-86) scored 15 points for T71.
Musel Pikes joined a three-team tie for the second spot with a thrashing 79:32 victory over Amicale. The hosts took over right from the start and built a 20:10 advantage after the starting frame. It all got worse for the visitors in the second quarter as the buffer grew to 25 points 40:15. Musel Pikes continued to mount the pressure and accumulated an unassailable 36-point advantage heading into the fourth period. They later coasted to their 9th win in the postseason. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) led all scorers with 22 points and 8 boards. Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) nailed 13 points for the winners. Jill Bausch (168-F-87) was the only Amicale player to score in double figures as she drained 11 points.


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MALI - Women

Sangare paced all the winners from Poprad over Myjava -by Eurobasket News
In the games for 7-10 places in Slovak Republic Poprad overcame BO TJ Spartak Myjava 78:92 away from home. The guests never looked behind after they produced 14:25 in the opening quarter and 15:25 in the second. Sadio Sangare (191-C-80, college: Oklahoma City) paced all the winners with 27 points. Gibsova netted 17 and Kmetova added 15. Michaela Malinkova top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.
Sadio Sangare spends an outstanding season for her team. Once again we hear from Malian player abroad.

BO TJ Spartak Myjava - Poprad 78:92 (14:25, 15:25, 27:22, 22:20)
BO TJ Spartak Myjava: Michaela Malinkova 18, Zakova 14, Kudelova 14
Poprad: Sadio Sangare 27, Gibsova 17, Kmeťova 15


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ROMANIA - Women

Round 16 -by Bogdan Bocaniala
BC Teleorman Alexandria - National Iasi 80- 63

ICIM Arad - OLIMPIA Bucuresti 87- 34

RAPID CFR Marfa Bucuresti - CET Govora 74- 61

CSM U Oradea - CS UNIREA Dej 103- 37

CSS-LMK Sf. Gheorghe - U - Trustul CRE Cluj-Napoca 91- 57

Sportul Studentesc OMNILOGIC UNIVERSUL Bucuresti - Municipal Targoviste 82- 57




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SLOVAKIA - Women

Upper and lower play-offs -by Eurobasket News
KOSIT 2013 have reached the first win for the 1-6 places tournament and the 19th as a total. the defending champion overwhelmed Cassovia Kosice 115:28. It was more of the same to open the game and the second stanza as they pushed the lead out to 48:15. Led by Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82), Kosite looked very impressive. Daniela Cikosova led the winners with 33 points. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) produced 26, whilst Michulkova added 16. Katarina Balintova (177-G-90) ended up with 6 points for the guests. KOSIT 2013 maintained that lead throughout the second half and were never threatened.
In the games for 7-10 places Poprad overcame BO TJ Spartak Myjava 78:92 away from home. The guests never looked behind after they produced 14:25 in the opening quarter and 15:25 in the second. Sadio Sangare (191-C-80, college: Oklahoma City) paced all the winners with 27 points. Gibsova netted 17 and Kmetova added 15. Michaela Malinkova (170-F-85) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.
AT GEMTEX Roznava edged Slovan Bratislava 82:63 to stay on top of their group for the 7-10 places. The first half was the decisive in the game as the hosts took a great control of it. they won the first quarter 20:11 and then increased the lead due to the second, 27:14. Csavasova poured in 23 points for the winners. Eva Antalecova (180-F-66) posted 12, while Ciulisova scored 11. Capova finished the game with 13 points for Slovan.

1-6 places
KOSIT 2013 - Cassovia Kosice 115:28 (22:7, 26:8, 33:8, 34:5)

KOSIT 2013: Daniela Cikosova 33, Ivana Jalcova 26, Michulkova 16
Cassovia Kosice:Katarina Balintova 6

7-10 places
BO TJ Spartak Myjava - Poprad 78:92 (14:25, 15:25, 27:22, 22:20)

BO TJ Spartak Myjava: Michaela Malinkova 18, Zakova 14, Kudelova 14
Poprad: Sadio Sangare 27, Gibsova 17, Kmeťova 15

AT GEMTEX Roznava - Slovan Bratislava 82:63 (20:11, 27:14, 19:19, 16:19)
AT GEMTEX Roznava: Csavasova 23, Eva Antalecova 12, Ciulisova 11
Slovan Bratislava: Capova 13, Hana Krizmova (170-F-85) 9, Smutekova 8, Kubikova 8


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TANZANIA - Women

JKT beat Don Bosco in Super Cup -by Carlos Pereira
JKT yesterday launched their campaign in the basketball Kili Super Cup with a win after beating Don Bosco Lady Lions 56-45 at the Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam. JKT started strongly taking the lead in the first quarter of the game 18-10.
They continued to boss the game and finished the first half 29-20. With inspirational Nelly Ayigite who managed to score 16 points, Lady Lion could not manage to close the gap and the game finished 56-45. In the men's category JKT played Chang'ombe boys late in the evening.
Today the tourney continues with six teams battling it out. Jeshi Stars against JKT Stars, JKT will be up against UDSM Outsiders whereas Vijana will sort out their differences with Savio. Special guest players from Uganda and Kenya are expected to spice up the one-week event.
The winner is expected to bag 6.5m/-, first runner up 3m/- whereas the team which finishes third will smile away with 2m/-. The Super Kili six teams are Vijana City Bulls, Savio, Oilers, JKT, Chango'mbe Boys and UDSM Outsiders while ladies category there are JKT Stars, Jeshi Stars Don Bosco Lady Lions and Cargo ladies.


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TURKEY - Women

Fenerbahce will face Galatasaray the next week, so far Round 17 results -by Eurobasket News

The key game of the Turkish league is scheduled for March 3rd when Fenerbahce will face Galatasaray. In Round 17 both favorites reached the victories.
Fenerbahce improved to 16-0 record defeating Cankaya 64:69 on a road. The game was tied at 58:58 and only then the favorites grabbed the win. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) led the winners with 16 points. Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Pondexter nailed 12. Henry
ended up with 19 points for the hosts.
Galatasaray won over Ceyhan 70:53 to take 13-3 record. Secebe paced the winners with 15 points. Johnson collected 14 and 9 rebounds, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) and Isil Alben (170-G-86) had 11 points each. Campbell top-scored for the visitors with 15 points.
In another games Botas beat IUSK 78:68 and Burhaniye bld. overcame Mersin 86:77. Migros was stronger than TED Kayseri 72:57. Edremit did not come for the game against Besiktas, 0:20.



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UKRAINE - Women

Tim-Scuf loses an overtime thriller -by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was played in Vilnius of Baltic League between Lithuanian Arvi and Tim-Scuf from Ukraine. Two teams showed the best games during the season and became the favorites of the league. In order to decide the winner of the season four quarter were even not enough for the battle. Arvi created 11-0 in overtime to take 99:88 victory. It was a game where Tim-Scuf could have also won. Ukrainian side trailed 25:20 after the opening quarter but then replied with 12:23 in the second.Arvi tried hard and caught up the opponent in the end of the game to tie it after the fourth quarter. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) led the winners with 21 points.Briedyte and Moore followed her with 14 points each. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 23 points.
Ukrainian team finished the regular season on the second place and will play in Group A with TEO, Laisve and Olimpia.
In another game in Vilnius the spectators did not see the intrigue throughout the game as Olimp-NAEK smashed LTU j. team 49:97. Lithuanian team however could win one quarter when they struggled with 19:17 in the second. the most troubles the home side got in the third quarter with 5:25 loss. Oksana Buryak (176-G-79) paced the winners with 26 points. Maria Mykhailenko (181-G-87) netted 21 and Kniazieva scored 14. Radvile Autukaite (175-G-91) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.

Arvi -TIM-SCUF 99 : 88 ( 25 : 20, 12 : 23, 25 : 24, 37 : 21 )
Arvi: Irma Raugaite 21, Briedytė 14, Moore 14
TIM-SCUF: Inna Yegorova 23, Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) 17, Savina 14

LTU j. team -Olimp-NAEK 49 : 97 ( 15 : 28, 19 : 17, 5 : 25, 10 : 27 )
LTU j. team: Radvile Autukaite 11, Grigaitė 7, Zintikaitė 6
Olimp-NAEK: Oksana Buryak 26, Maria Mykhailenko 21, Kniazieva 14