EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/27/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

MVP and the leading scorer after 22 rounds - Tadija Dragicevic -by Dragan Jankovski
Below is the list with the stats leaders after 22 rounds of Adriatic league. Power forward of Crvena Zvezda Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) is currently the MVP and the leading scorer of the league with 19.81 points per game. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) of Vojvodina Srbijagas is the top rebounder with 8.36 rebounds per game while Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) is the leading assistant. He dished out 6.36 assists per game.


Ranking MVP:
1 Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena zvezda 21.24
2 Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Crvena Zvezda 20.36
3 Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) of Cibona 19.94
4 Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) of Zagreb 19.18
5 Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan Igokea 17.90

Points per game:
1 Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena Zvezda 19.81
2 Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) of Split CO 18.77
3 Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) of Zagreb 17.64
4 Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Crvena Zvezda 16.91
5 Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) of Cibona 16.53

Rebounds per game:
1 Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) of Vojvodina Srbijagas 8.36
2 Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of Zagreb 7.27
3 Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) of Cibona 7.18
4 Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) of Split CO 7.14
5 Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) of Zadar 7.00

Assists per game:
1 Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Crvena Zvezda 6.36
2 Tony Akins (180-G-80, college: Georgia Tech) of Split CO 6.00
3 Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) of Zagreb 4.32
4 Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) of Partizan Igokea 3.71
5 Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) of Zadar 3.68

Blocks per game:
1 Slavko Vranes (229-C-83) of Partizan Igokea 1.94
2 Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) of FMP 1.65
3 Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) of Zadar 1.14
4 Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Crvena Zvezda 1.00
5 Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) of Helios Domzale 0.86

Steals per game:
1 Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Crvena Zvezda 3.09
2 Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) of Zagreb 2.09
3 Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) of Zadar 2.05
4 Tony Akins (180-G-80, college: Georgia Tech) of Split CO 1.91
5 Ricky Clemons (180-G-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) of Geoplin Slovan 1.81


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BAHRAIN

Manama beat Nuwaidrat -by Yousef Ahmed

MANAMA registered a tough 116-110 overtime victory over Nuwaidrat last night in a hotly contested game in the Bahrain Basketball League, writes Patrick Salomon.

The victors were able to draw inspiration from their rowdy fans to come back from being down late in the fourth quarter and force the extra session deadlocked at 100-apiece.

Fans began to throw water bottles and other objects onto the court as they were displeased with the game's refereeing.

The disturbance resulted in a lengthy delay, until officials and security were able to restore order.

They then went on to take control of the contest in overtime, led by star guard Mahmood Mahmood Ghuloom (187-G-79) and ageless veteran Nooh Najaf, who played key roles in closing out the hard-earned six-point win.

Mahmood Ghuloom scored a game-high 36 points to lead the winners, while Najaf added 22. Nuwaidrat were paced by court general Hussain Taqi, who nearly matched Mahmood Ghuloom's output with 35 points of his own. Hussain Ali also put in a valiant effort of 28 points in the loss.

Both teams played without their American professionals in overtime. Both Manama's Donald Little and Nuwaidrat's Wayne Houston fouled out during regulation.

Both also played limited minutes in the game due to foul trouble.

Little was held to just 13 points, while Houston finished with just 11.

With the win, Manama stayed joint-first on the standings with defending league champions Al Ahli, who cruised to a 107-74 triumph over Al Najma in yesterday's other game.

Both Manama and Ahli have 14-1 win-loss records, as they are both virtually ensured of a top two finish heading into the Golden Square semifinals.

Nuwaidrat, meanwhile, failed to take advantage of a golden opportunity to take sole possession of the fourth and final spot in the Golden Square.

They remained tied with Sitra on the table with similar 9-6 win-loss marks.

The other teams fighting for a spot in the final four are Muharraq and Al Hala. Muharraq are currently third on the standings with a 10-5 mark, while Al Hala are still in the fight although they own a 7-8 record and will need both Nuwaidrat and Sitra to slip in their final three games to sneak away with a semifinal place.


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BELIZE

Last Weekend's Games in U-26 Tournament!!! -by David Magana
Friday 22 February
Game 1
Mesop. Guardian Bombers 76 Complex Bombers 51
Top Scorers
Mesop. - Egbert 'Eggy' Walford 27 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 steal
Dwayne 'Kila' Davis 14 pts / 12 rebounds / 4 assist / 2 steal
Complex - Densford Bevans 15 pts / 5 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Ronald Rivers (183-G-84) 15 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals

Game 2
Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs 64 The Future 55
Top Scorers
Bze Bank - Densmore 'Denz' Edwards 16 pts / 2 rebounds / 5 steals
Greg Rudon 11 pts / 3 rebounds
Future - Winston 'Air Jun' Pratt 20 pts / 15 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Leroy Louriano 14 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals

Game 3
Lake I Boyz 64 UB Black Jaguars 58
Top Scorers
Lake I - Tyrone Edwards (186-G, college: Hillsdale) 19 pts / 6 rebounds / 3 assist / 4 steals
Eden Serano (191-F) 12 pts / 9 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal
UB - Farron Lauriano 17 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 blocks / 3 steals
Lindbergh 'Prince' Graham 13 pts / 10 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals

Sunday 24 February
Game 1
Mesop. Guardian Bombers 71 Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs 68 (1st loss of the season for the Bulldogs)
Top Scorers
Mesop. Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) 21 pts / 21 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 block / 1 steal
Egbert 'Eggy' Walford 20 pts / 4 rebounds / 1 steal
Bze Bank - Marcel Orosco 16 pts / 6 rebounds / 4 steals
Paul Swasey (193-F-82) 14 pts (10-ft's) / 5 rebouds / 1 assist / 1 block / 2 steals

Game 2
The Future 62 Belmopan Tuff e Nuff 47
Top Scorers
Future - Winston 'Air Jun' Pratt 19 pts / 13 rebounds / 4 assist / 1 block / 1 steal
Duane 'Bub' Staine 15 pts / 8 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals
Tuff e Nuff - Rhetton Belisle (186-G) 14 pts / 5 rebounds / 3 steal
Dorian Jones (186-G) 8 pts / 11 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 blocks / 1 steal


Lake I Boyz and UB Win in U-26 Tournament -by David Magana

This past Monday the U-26 tournament's regular season continued with two games. In game one, Lake I Boyz beat Belmopan Tuff e Nuff 61 - 59. Again, Belmopan lost in the lost minutes of play when Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) of Belmopan Tuff e Nuff hit 1 of his 2 free-throws for his only point in the game to tie it at 59 with seconds remaining. At the other end, Tyrone Edwards (186-G, college: Hillsdale) (186-G, college: Hillsdale) then drove to the hole drawing the defense then dished the ball to Jerome 'Penny' Ellis who hit the 6 foot buzzer beater for the game winning shot.
Top Scorers
Lake I - Tyrone Edwards 19 pts / 13 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Eden Serano (191-F) 12 pts / 14 rebounds / 2 assist
Tuff e Nuff - Jay Chavarria (191-F) 22 pts / 4 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Rhetton Belisle (186-G) 11 pts / 6 rebounds
In game two, the UB Black Jaguars defeated Mesop. Guardian Bombers 61 - 53. The game was stopped, ending with 34.6 seconds remaining when a Mesop. player lost his mind and in a display of unsportsmanship, kicked the ball into the stands. Bernard Felix (183-G-85) needs to grow if he has further aspirations in the field of basketball...

Top Scorers
UB - Stephen Williams (188-G-83) 18 pts (4-3's) / 11 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block / 2 steals
Farron Lauriano 10 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 block
Mesop. - Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) 18 pts / 14 rebounds / 2 blocks / 1 steal
Egbert 'Eggy' Walford 10 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 steal



The SHJC/BNE Team Start The BECOL Tournament With a Blowout!!!! -by David Magana
Last Saturday night at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio, Cayo, the BECOL Tournament continued its sheduled games featuring a U-20 game between Hydro Power and Cayo Ballers. The Hydro Power team proved to be the much better team as they walked over the Cayo Ballers by a score of 47 - 27. For the winning team, Derrick Garbutt scored 11 points and had 5 rebounds. For the losing team, Brandon Teck and Dudley Smith had 7 points each. In the Over - 35, ICB Veterans defeated Hydro Power by forfeit, since Hydro Power was unable to field a team on time.
In the senior division, Sacred Heart Junior College/Belize Natural Energy team defeated Venus Warriors by a blowout of 33 points (82 - 49). From the beginning to the end, the SHJC/BNE team was much more superior than the Warrios as they had a field day scoring at will. For SHJC/BNE, Lucas Wordsworth (188-F) scored 21 points and had 5 rebounds, Omar Yacab - 17 points and 8 rebounds, Halil Alcoser - 15 points and Cesar Castellanos - 11 points and 3 assists. In a losing effort, Derrick Garbutt scored 14 points and 7 rebounds while Daniel Johnson - 9 points and 6 rebounds.


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BRAZIL

FTCEAD obtained 2nd win in Nacional Masculino.- -by Ed Goodman
FTC EAD defeated tonight Cetaf Garoto 71-58. in a game where Cetaf started winning the 1st half 36-29 the in the 3rd and 4th quarters FTC EAD close their defense and won 42-22 the 2nd half, the best men by the winners were Jefferson, Henrique and Joel Munoz with 17, 15, and 14 Points respectively and Manuil and Jefferson both with 12 Points by Cetaf. FTC EAD was needed of a victory making an effort to climb positions in the table.

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BULGARIA

Lukoil writes history -by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Akademik is writing history in Europe. For the first time in their five consecutive participations in ULEB Cup since 2003, 'The Students' succeed to pass the first round of playoffs. They have three lost 1/8-final battles: against Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (2003/2004), Belgian Charleroi (2004/2005) and Serbian Red Star (2005/2006). Last season Lukoil didn't qualify for elimination round for the first time in the tournament.
Tonight Akademik wrote history in Latvian town Ventspils, after beating the hosts by 73:55. The squad of Jeljko Lukajic won this serie with 2-0 victories. The furst match in 'Universiada' hall last week finished 67:64.
The big hero for the club from Sofia in Ventspils was the biggest debtor in game one - Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue). Tonight 186 cm tall playmaker led his teammates from the first to the last second on the floor. 27-years old American scored 23 points, 14 of the tem in the first half. He added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for 37 minutes, so we have all rights to call him 'The professor' - with that nickname in Bulgaria was famous former playmaker of Lukoil Akademik Lamont Jones.
The last addition for 'The Students' - Haris Mujezinovic made a new outstanding performance, scoring 16 very important points, most of them in key moments and proved, that his coming in Sofia was really on time.
Now Lukoil don't have a lot of time to celebrate, because on the door is knocking Russian giant Dinamo Moscow. The battle against them will be a battle between two Serbian head coaches - Lukajic of Lukoil and Svetislav Pesic. Game 1 is on 11th March in Bulgarian capital, game 2 is on 18th March in Russian capital.


Boyko Mladenov in KK Split -by Vladi Lazarova
According to Bulgarian daily sports newspaper 'Tema sport' and the agency of 'Interperformances' Boyko Mladenov (212-C/F-81, agency: Interperformances)will play in KK Split. 212 cm tall National center signed the contract this afternoon and will stay in Croatian club till the rest of the season. The transfer was made less than an hour after Mladenov decided to say 'no' to Swedish Stockholm 08. In KK Split 26-years old Boyko will play next to one of the biggest Bulgarian prospects Deyan Ivanov. The head coach of the team and former player of Olympia Lujbliana, FC Barcelona and Aris Slobodan Subotic is very excited to have second Bulgarian in his squad.
'I am happy. I still couldn't believe that happened, because it happened so fast. I hope to play well and I will give all my best to prove they didn't make a wrong choice with me. Also, I am happier, because I will have Deyan by my side ovber there. For me, to wear the jersey of KK Split is a big honour', were the first words of Mladenov for 'Tema sport'.
'I am sure Boyko will show his best in KK Split. This is a great chance for his career and Mr Subotic is a big friend of our firm, so we are glad to work together', added the agent of Mladenov - George Patapatiou of 'Interperformances'.


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CHINA

Yao Hurt -- Will Miss NBA Season But Should Return for Olympics -by Arthur Volbert

Ming Yao (226-C-80) will miss the remainder of the NBA season with a stress fracture in his left foot. However, he is likely to be able to play in the Olympics this August.

If Yao chooses surgery, according to Houston Rockets team doctor Tom Clanton, it would involve placing screws across the bone to hold it together. The second option would be to treat it with a cast and crutches. Both options involve a healing time of about four months.

This would enable Yao to return to play in late June or early July.

'It is not an injury we feel he can play with,' Clanton said. 'I've made the recommendation that it be treated surgically and we are working with him to get other opinions just to be certain that that is indeed what should be done.'

Clanton said that the injury was caused by an 'accumulation of stresses on the bone. Yao first experienced soreness and pain in his ankle before the All-Star game and tests were done Monday when the situation didn't improve.'
This is Yao's fourth major injury in the last two years. He missed 32 games last season with a fracture in his right leg and 21 games in late 2006 with a toe infection that required surgery. He missed four games in April 2006 after breaking his foot. Yao was having a great season for the Rockets, averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.



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COLOMBIA

Another Colombian in JUCO -by Jair Perea
Colombian Center Luis Angulo Murillo is playing for the Lake Region State College of North Dakota, which is a member of the NJCAA. Luis is known for his great athleticism and power on the boards. Now Luis adds his name to the ever growing list of Colombian players making it to the States; Colombia now has several players with international experience both in the pros and at the college level. The only thing missing is the appearance of a big sponsor for the Colombian Federation. This is a call up for the new members of de Federation, let's get this guys the chance to be part of the basketball elite!

Edgar Moreno to Puerto Rico -by Victor Garcia
Colombian star, Edgar Moreno has ageed with Indios de Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico's BSN, Edgar is traveling today to Mayaguez and will be working with Coach Manolo Cintron and with former Caimanes de Barranquilla player Eddie Cassiano.
Edgar made a name playing in Venezuela with Cocodrilos de Caracas , he played the Venezuela's LPB finals against Guaiqueries de Margarita, and was Julio Toro Guaiqueires coach, who made mention of his name in Puerto Rico.
Agent Jose Paris close the deal with Indios, and Edgar will be in a five days try-out.
Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP)


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CROATIA

Market news! -by Dani Erceg

Mario Bosnjak (209-C-79) and Hrvoje Gasparac (189-G-84, college: S.Nevada CC) signed for Dubrava (A1). Bosnjak was injured almost whole last season and Gasparac played in Slovakia.


Marin Vrsaljko (201-F-83) and Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) signed for Vrijednosnice Darda (A2). Vrsaljko came from Posusje (BiH-D1) while Delic came from Macedonian team Strumica.



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CUBA

LSB Cuba, Matanzas, Capitalinos and Ciego de Avila ok. -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-time in Cuba!. Matanzas won easily against Santiago de Cuba and They are almost sure to be qualified as 4th team for the Second Round of LSB 2008. Ciego de Avila won against Guantanamo a difficult game, MVP of the game as always 'El Gato' Geoffrey Silvestre with 15 pts and a lot of intensity in the area. To mention also the game of Michael Guerra and his incredible assists. Capitalinos won against Villa Clara, Giordano Leguen was the man of the match.
Other Results:
Matanzas- Santiago de Cuba= 94-74 (M= Norona 17, Albelo 16, Diaz 14; S= Martinez 20, Del Toro 17)
Guantanamo- Ciego de Avila= 68-71 (G= Simon 22, Elias 13; CAV= Guerra 15, Silvestre 15, Luis 11)
Villa Clara- Capitalinos= 63-78 (VC= Boffill 24, Rodriguez L. 11; C= Leguen 18, Garcia 10, Lima 8)
A. Fontana


Polas is "the man" and Camaguey defeats Matanzas -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-Time in Cuba, Camaguey (15-10) defeated Matanzas (15-9) in an incredible game. Yorman Polas (192-F-85) was 'el hombre del partido', our MVP with 25 pts (9/12 2pts, 2/5 3pts, 1/2 FT)+ 7 rebounds. With this Victory, Camaguey can still qualify for the second round. Matanzas is always nearer and Matanzas is playing without Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) due to an injury and without 'the Caribbean MJ' is very difficult for Matanzas. To mention the game of Danys Torrientes (190-G-85) who played with his heart and He scored 28 pts.
Guantanamo won easily against Metropolitanos and Capitalinos also against Santiago de Cuba. Ciego de Avila won only with a +5 advantage against Villa Clara. It was a difficult game, too difficult for Ciego de Avila which was sure to win easily. MVP was as always 'El Gato' Geoffrey Silvestre with 25 pts (11/12 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 3/4 FT).
The Results:
Metropolitanos-Camaguey= 78-82 (M= Borlot 26, Dube 22; C= Yorman Polas 19, Batista 18, Jaca 13)
Ciego de Avila- Villa Clara= 68-63 (CAV= Silvestre 25, Guerra 9, Luis 9; VC= Boffill 17, carta 16)
Camaguey-Matanzas= 90-88 (C= Yorman Polas 25, Batista 15, Jaca 15; M= Torriente 28, Rosell 21)
Metropolitanos- Guantanamo= 74-89 (M= Borlot 16, Dube 9; G= Soria 23, Simon 21, Elias 18)
Santiago de Cuba- Capitalinos= 62-85 (S= Galan 15, Del Toro 12; C= Lavastida 14, Valdes 12, Leguen 11)
A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

FIBA Europe Cup: Khimik - Proteas EKA AEL in a decisive second game. -by Chris Mammides

Great Success for the Cyprus Basketball as Fiba Europe Cup decided to show alive through the official site of the league at http://www.fibaeurope.com/, this is the most historic game for any Cyprus team as possible victory in Ukraine will bring the Cyprus site of AEL in the final four of the competition which will be held (most probably) in Limassol, Cyprus. So who will be the winner, the Serbian, Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: Beo Basket), the top performer and scorer of Khimik with 16 points per game or the other Serbian Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82), the top performer and top scorer of AEL with 19 points per game. By tonight everybody will know whether another golden page will be added for the Cyprus Basketball. All the friends of AEL and generally Cyprus Basketball can follow the game through the internet. Just for the information of the general public the Ukrainian TV channel MEGASPORT will have the game alive.

Eurobasket.com - Cyprus wishes all the best to the Limassol team.



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CZECH REP.

Market news - transaction deadline coming soon -by Ondra Simecek
Because the deadline for players transfers in the Czech Republic is coming (9th March), the teams have to make the final moves and decisions about thein rosters until the end of this week:
Liberec signed a tryout with center Marko Janjusevic from Montenegro, who should help the team under the basket. Janjusevic is coming to the team from KK Luka Koper, Slovenia.
Prostějov will be testing a guard Modibo Niakate, coming from Limoges (France ProB). Niakate should help Prostejovs point guard Rashaan Ames to have a quality backup.
BK Decin made a few moves in the team: Alexandar Tanaskovic was released from the contract. Lukas Houser, current team manager and former player of Decin, is coming back to the roster to help the team on the court. Decin is exchanging American Kevin Thomas from Usti nad Labem for Ales Jiran.


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EBA

Last Weekends Results -by Justin Moore
In Last weekends EBA action most games were run away's. The Alexandria Avengers Ran over the Schuylkill Firedogs 147-95 with 7players in Double figures led by Brian Carter (6'6''-F-81, college: Catawba) 26pts,15rebs,4ast,3blks,Justin Moore (5'9''-G-80, college: St.Augustine) 23pts,7ast,5stls,4rebs, Tyree Harris (6'1''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer) 21pts,7rebs,5stls,4rebs, Carlos Jones (6'2''-G-81, college: Mountain St.) 17pts,7ast,6rebs,4stls, Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) (6'2''-G-81, college: American) 18pts,9ast,7rebs,4stls, Daryl Owens (6'2''-G, college: Nova CC) had a huge game with 16pts,22rebs,7stls,5ast, Julius Stewart (6'6''-F, college: Florida St.) added 14pts,10rebs. The Firedogs were led by Bryant Thomas (5'8''-G) 22pts 9rebs. In Other EBA games The Harrisburg Horizon defeated The Delaware Destroyers 138-106 the Horizan still could slow down the EBA's leading scorer Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-82, college: California (PA)) 33pts,18rebs,5ast, Dan Oneil 19pts,8rebs, and Hakim Hart (6'3''-G-79, college: Bridgeport) 15pts,11rebs all in losing efforts.
New Jersey Starting 5ive 158-96 over Philadelphia Power
North Jersey Lakers 118-80 over Wilkes-Barre Barons


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EL SALVADOR

Zona Premier: Semifinals are set -by Jaime Arevalo
After that Cosmos, UFG and Denver triumphed 2-0 in their quarterfinal series, defeating La Jugada, Santa Tecla and Felinos, respectively, only Santa Ana and UTEC were 1-1 and went to the third game. This Game 3 was played on the past saturday night, and Santa Ana won 97-69, winning its quarterfinal 2-1 and advancig to the semifinals where will meet UFG. In the other semifinal series, Cosmos-2 will meet Denver-2. Even the semifinals are best of three games.

Zona Nacional: playoff at the start -by Jaime Arevalo
Even in the part of National League named 'Zona Nacional' the regular seaosnn has ended, and the final standings are as follows:
GROUP 'A'
pos J-J J-G J-P PTS
1. Delgadense 17 14 3 31
2. San Marcos 17 13 4 30
3. UES Ssanta Ana 17 7 10 22
4. Acajutla 17 6 11 22
5. Puerto LL 17 5 12 22
GROUP 'B'
pos J-J J-G J-P PTS
1. ITCA 17 11 6 28
2. ITEXSAL 17 11 6 27
3. EXBau 17 10 7 26
4. Embajadores 17 8 9 23
5. Delta 17 1 16 15
The first two teams of each Group, advanced to the playoffs, that start with semifinals. The pairings are as follows:
Delgadense - ITEXSAL
San Marcos - ITCA
Even these serieas are best of three games, and will start the next weekend.


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GERMANY

Juefan Geiger leaves USC Freiburg -by Moritz Korff
Juefan Geiger (204-C-81) has decided to quit USC Freiburg (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 27-year-old Center had 18 apperances for USC this season. He averaged 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16 minutes per contest. Geiger is now leaving because he found a job in the Mannheim/Ludwigshafen area. It is no sure yet if he will continue to play basketball. If he does Geiger will probably put on the jersey of the BIS Baskets Speyer.

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GREECE

Second Division: Week 19 - Results and Scorers -by Chris Mammides
Aigio - Olympiakos Volou 113-81
Quarters: 30-16, 53-38, and 83-57,113-81.
Aigio: Prokos 34, Gioupis 11, Stamopoulos 6, Tirlas 18, Deraos 6, Manolas 8, Stavroulakis 16, Mandalakis 14.
Olympiakos Volou: Vogiatzis 10, Tsourelis 18, Arnaoutakis 6, Tsolis 29, Michos 16

Komotini - Ikaroi Serron 70-71
Quarters: 10-25, 30-37, 39-53, 70-71.
Komotini: Mouzakitis 2, Mouratoglou 2, Lehoudis 6, Dinas 9, Koutsovassilis 13, Tsakonitis 19, Holevas 3, Veli 3, Souflias 12, Halil 1.
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 18, Sdrakas 29, Pappoudas 8, Asimakis 14, Topouzis 10.

Amyntas - Goumenisa 60-58
Quarters: 19-14, 31-30, 44-43, and 60-58.
Amyntas: Zoupas 8 (1), Barbas 3, Samothrakis 9, Grammatikos 1, Boutros 8, Dorkofikis 8, Korizis 2, Vogiatzis 15, Moumouris 6.
Goumenisa: Bagi 12, Imeridis 8, Matenidis 5, Klepkos 8, Andreadis 4, Darakis 2, Antoniadis 4, Gotsos 15 (1).

Near East - KAOD 78-68
Quarters: 25-24, 46-32, 62-48, and 78-68.
Near East: Nikou 2, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) 30 (4), Neofytou 12, Gavanopoulos 4, Papargyropoulos 6, Lykogiannis 8, Papoulidis 16
KAOD: Bourdanos 7, Papadopoulos 12, Kiosses 2, Filioussis 20, Michaelides 3, Maslarinos 18, Koukouravas 3, Daliaris 3.

Alimos - Ermis Lagkada 84-90 in OT (73-73)
Quarters: 17-16, 42-36, 56-57, 73-73, 84-90.
Alimos: Moutoupas 13 (3), Tsolakis 17, Vrinas 7, Bourousis 3, Ifantis 17, Kallimanas 12, Tzougarakis 15,
Ermis Lagkada: Troulialis 24 (6), Kloutzos 2, Paritsis 14, Papakonstantinou 9, Siolios 9, Gamouras 16, Akepsimaidis 2, Dimitriadis 14 (2).

Lavrio - Anagennisi/Floga 72-83
Quarters: 15-18, 28-32, 45-47, 72-83
Lavrio: Rallis 3, Kousoulas 10 (2), Giannakopoulos 9 (1), Agapitos 3, Kassanos 4, Bakas 8, Psileas 25 (3), Trikaliotis 4, Notis 6.
Anagennisi/Floga: Rozolis 11, Moisiadis 14, Galanidis 1, Pittakas 3, Sidiropoulos 11, Thymnios 4, Zarogiannis 20, Spiropoulos 6, Pallis 13

Makedonikos - Doukas 73-76
Quarters: 14-24, 32-42, 53-59, 73-76.
Makedonikos: Bohoridis 9 (1), Tanakidis 17, Mitsakis 15, Kogias 12, Pappoulidis 4, Bouintas 2, Samourellis 14 (1),
Doukas: Tsohlas 9 (1), Kamariotis 9, Petrakis 15, Arsenis 6, Kouvaris 1, Kritsalos 16, Matzioris 18, Karatzios 2.

Ikaros Kallitheas - Milonas 98-61
Quarters: 18-11, 49-21, 70-44, 98-61.
Ikaros Kallitheas: Martzos 18, Georgiou 13, Emmanouilidis 12, Katranas 13, Karastamatis 12, Agelopoulos 10, Hiolos 5, Katoufas 10, Koukouras 5 (1).
Milonas: Kalaintzakis 5, Ventouris 6, Karababas 5, Vlavianos 14, Kiritsis 5, Bourazanis 3, Efstratiou 7, Bikas 5 (1), Ballas 11

Top scorers after 19 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 427 points
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 346 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 330 points (in 18 games)
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 326 points (in 17 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 306 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 283 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 286 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 275 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 275 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 272 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 265 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 257 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 240 points
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 232 points
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 235 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 219 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 219 points
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 216 points
Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) of Doukas 215 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 186 points (in 18 games)


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HONDURAS

Liga Centroamericana at the start -by Gianni Pascucci
On Thursday, February 28, will start in Hoduras the first edition of the CentroAmerican League for Clubs, organized by FIBA-America. Two teams from Honduras will participate to this competition, Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa and Icevic Tegicigalpa, and their opponents will be a team from Nicaragua, Jaguares de la UAM (titleholders of Fupade Coast decided not to compete due to lack of financial coverage), SAS from Guatemala, a team called 'Nacionales de El Salvador', Copenao-Liceo de Costa Rica From Costa Rica and Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun, from Mexico. Another team from Yucatan, Mexico, withdrew from the tournment some days ago, it too probably due to economic problems. The teams will be divided into two qualifying groups, the 'A', with Pioneros, Liceo de Costa Rica, Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa and Jaguares and the 'B', with Nacionales, SAS and Icevic Tegicigalpa. The teams of every group will meet themseves in round-robin format, playing a game each at home, and the best two teams of Group A and the first of the Group B will advance directly to the Final Four, named 'Super 4'. The fourth team for the Final Four will came out from an additional series between the third placed of Group A and the second placed of Group B

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HUNGARY

Two games have to be played again! -by Tamas Deri
The Hungarian Basketball Federation decided to accept the protest of Alba Regia SC Kft. because of the problem with the shot clock in the game in Zalaegerszeg on the 18th of January 2008. The game has to be played again until the end of the regular season (18th of April 2008).

There will be no game tomorrow between Dombovar and Albacomp in the quarterfinals of the Hungarian Cup, as MKOSZ accepted the protest of Siokosar-Budaors, which team lost again Albacomp in the last round. The game of the 1/8 final has to be played again until the 28th of February 2008.


Hungarian Cup, 1/4 Final -by Tamas Deri

It was well known already some days ago, that the starting point guards, Kalman and Wittmann will not be able to play because of their injuries. Tonight the guests found a better replacement, Srdjan Jovanovic scored 11 points in the first half already. On the other side, Kornel Varadi could not replace Kalman as excepted.

In the first two quarters the guests ruled the game - leaded by Dragan Aleksic - and were up by three points after twenty minutes.

There was a big change from the 24th minute of the game, the home team found the rhythm, the guests could not score for 4 minutes, when Williams scored a three pointer. In the last quarter FALCO played a lot of zone defense, which destroyed Pecs's offensive game, so the home team could won by 13 points and keep the chance to reach the Final Four.

Player of the game was lithuanian forward Arnas Kazlauskas who had 29 points and scored 6 three pointers!



FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY - PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS 86-73
(15-17, 22-23, 19-13, 30-20)
Szombathely, Att.: 2000, Referees: Papp, Pall, Torok
SZOMBATHELY: Varadi K. 9/6, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 22/6, Draughan 14, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 29/18, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 12, Feigl, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
PECS: Kutasi 2, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 22/12, Jovanovic 11/3, Toth N. 4, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68) 15/9, Aleksic 13/3, Grebenar 2, Czigler 4, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic



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IBL

Hotshots add fourth All-Star--finalize 2008 roster -by Trask Frost
Bend, OR- The Central Oregon Hotshots have announced the addition of three final players to the 2008 roster. Jeff Dunn (6'5''-G-83, college: Corban), Bryan Zamore, and Dustin Hummel have joined the team, finalizing this season's line-up. Dunn is the fourth member of the 2008 Hotshots squad to have earned IBL All-Star honors—joining Arthur Lewis, Chucky Frierson and Jamal Walker.

Dunn, 6'5', played at Linfield and Corban College before joining the Salem Stampede (IBL) in 2006. Dunn averaged 24.8 points per game for the Stampede in '06, and 19.0 points per game last year—finishing as an IBL All-Star in both seasons. Hotshots Owner Mikal Duilio describes Dunn as ‘one of the best pure shooters in minor league basketball.'

Zamore, 6'9', played collegiately at Florida A&M. Zamore played for the Vancouver Volcanoes last season, averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Hummel, 6'6', was Dunn's teammate on the Stampede the past two seasons, and is a solid defender with a great motor. Duilio—'adding Bryan Zamore and Dustin Hummel solidifies our commitment to defense as both players are known for their athleticism, rebounding and defense'.

The Hotshots have also announced that Joe Becerra will be the team's head coach. Becerra is a proven winner in the IBL, having led the Salem Stampede to an 18-4 mark last season. Becerra has also worked as an assistant coach and Chemeketa CC, Mount Hood CC, and Columbia Basin CC. During a 3-year stretch at Chemeketa, Becerra helped current head coach Marty Branch lead the women's team to a record of 150 wins to only 12 losses. During another 1 year at Chemeketa, the team placed all 10 players on that year's roster to Division 1 schools. Duilio—'Joe is an experienced and successful minor league coach; Joe communicates well and will be a great fit for the championship caliber players we have assembled'.

The Hotshots' home opener is on Friday, April 25 against a team from China--the Shanxi Kylins. For information on Hotshots season or single-game tickets, contact the team at (541) 848-8562 or visit the Hotshots team page at www.centraloregonhotshots.com


Reminder: Two IBL Exposure camps scheduled in March -by Trask Frost
The International Basketball League has scheduled two separate exposure camps for players interested in earning a roster spot on an IBL team for the 2008 season. The first camp will take place on Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16 at the Genesis Center in Gary, Indiana. The second camp will be held in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23.

Each camp offers several guarantees for players who attend:
• Attendees will play in actual IBL games
• At least 6 IBL teams will be in attendance at each game
• At least 5 agents will be in attendance at each camp

Additionally, each player will be given a thorough evaluation. Camp Directors and coaches will give each player feedback on whether that player's skills are sufficient to play in the American minor leagues, and/or whether that player can expect to earn a contract overseas.

Following the 2007 season, the IBL had over 100 players earn contracts with overseas teams. The IBL expects this number to grow to at least 125 players following the 2008 season.

2008 IBL Exposure Camp Information:

Camp 1- Gary Indiana
March 14 and 16
Genesis Center (1 Genesis Center Plaza, Gary, IN)
Camp begins at 9:30am on both dates

Camp 2- Portland Oregon
March 22 and 23
Life Christian School (5585 SW 209th Ave., Aloha, OR)
Camp begins at 9:30am on both dates.

The cost for each camp is $125. To learn more or register, contact Terrance Dickens at (503) 805-3311, or visit the ‘Tryouts' section of the IBL website at www.iblhoopsonline.com.


Snohomish County Explosion announce 2008 roster -by Trask Frost
Monroe, WA—The Snohomish County Explosion begin defense of their West Division Title March 1 on McGough Court at the Monroe Sport Arena versus the Seattle All-Stars. Brad Sturlaugson, Explosion GM, has released the roster for the Explosion's 2008 campaign. Nine players will be returning from last year's squad. They will be joined by six new faces. Below you will find the player's name, height, position, and jersey number; accompanied by a short player bio.

If you would like a disc of player headshots, please contact Zack Mennie. He can be reached by phone directly at 425-328-9825, or by email at zmennie@explosionbasketball.net.

Returning Players

Jamaal Miller (6'2''-G-82, agency: Court Side), 6'1', G, #1
The 2007 mid-season addition of the play-making point guard proved to be a valuable addition to the West Division Champions. Miller averaged 19.6 points, 4.3 assists, and 4 rebounds in 8 games for the Explosion last season. Miller played with former Husky and current Portland Trailblazer Brandon Roy at Garfield High School.

Chris Weakley, 6'3', G, #3
The 3-point threat of Chris Weakley returns for another year with the Explosion. Weakley averaged 12.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. Weakley led the team with 3-pointers made (57) and set an IBL playoff record with 10 threes in the 145-114 drumming of the Vancouver Volcanoes.

Justin James, 6'6', F, #11
The younger brother of former Seattle Supersonic, Jerome James, returns for his second season with the Explosion. James brings an athletic presence to the low post. He averaged 8.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. He is a nice piece of the Explosion's athletic offensive attack.

Corby Schuh, 6'5', G, #22
Schuh averaged 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1 assist per game in 2007. The scrappy lefty brings a fiery intensity and 32% 3-PT percentage to the floor. Schuh is also a teacher in the Marysville School District.

Donald Watts, 6'3', G, #23
The former UW Husky returns for the 2008 season. The 2007 IBL All-Star averaged 20.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. Watts is a valuable veteran presence with a proven track record. He is the son of Sonics legend Slick Watts.

Justin Murray, 6'6', F, #33
The former WSU Cougar looks to build off of his 44-point output in the 2007 All-Star Game. Murray led the 2007 Explosion with 146 rebounds. He averaged 14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game last season. Murray will return to the team in May, as he is playing over seas in Dubai

Mike Jones, 6'10', C, #35
Jones returns as a dominate presence in the paint. Jones shot 75% from the field, averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game playing limited minutes. Jones is physical post player who does shy away from contact nor back down from anyone.

David White, 6'11', C, #55
The 6'11' big man saw limited action in 5 games with the Explosion last season. The graduate of Highline High School averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds a game for Seattle University in 2007 and holds the Single Season Blocked Shot record. White has been an key part of the IBL's expansion into Asia. His love for the game and ability to speak fluent Chinese were valuable assets in bringing the Chinese Basketball Association's Shanxi Kylins to the IBL.

Rashaad Powell, 6'6', G/F, #99
The 2006 IBL All-Star Game MVP led the Explosion in Total Points (456) and Free Throws Made (137) in 2007. Powell had an 82% Free Throw Percentage and shot 49% for the field last season. The former Idaho Vandal averaged a team high 28.5 points per game, along with 4 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is currently playing with Murray in Dubai and will not join the team until May.

New Faces

Milton Wright, 6'2', G/F, #5
This Akron, Ohio native most recently played in the ABA for the Tacoma Navigators. Wright broke the Ohio High School State record for Triple-Doubles in a season and is 3rd in state scoring, averaging 25 points per game. He averaged 30 points per game for Seattle in the 3BA '05-'06 World Tour.

Sam Kirby, 6'0', G, #6
Kirby recently concluded the 2008 season at Seattle University. He was an All-League Freshman at Foothill HS, averaging 15 points per game. Foothill HS went on to win the State Title his freshman year.

Jamie Booker, 6'4', G, #20
This ex-Husky will be a new, familiar face to Explosion guard Donald Watts. After his four years at Washington, Booker played for the Harlem Globetrotters and overseas in Australia and Brazil. Booker was part of three championship seasons (two undefeated) at Portageville HS in Portageville, MO.

Kyle Keyes, 6'1', G, #30
Keyes adds to the strong back court of the Explosion. His professional stops include the Buffalo City Thunder (XBA-MBA '03), the Idaho Stampede (CBA '04), Harlem All-Stars ('06), and the King County Royals (ABA '07). Keyes averaged 21 points, 10.5 assists, and 3.1 steals for the Royals in '06-'07. The #1 Overall Draft Pick of the NW Summer Pro League has participated in the Sonics Pre-Season Workout during the '05-'06 season (invited by former Head Coach, Bob Weiss) and the '06-'07 season (invited by Assistant Coach, Jack Sikma).

Chris Keller, 6'5', G, #32
2008 marks Keller's rookie season of post-collegiate basketball. He had a full-ride to Northwest University who advanced to the NAIA Final Four in 2007. The 2003 Jackson HS graduate is a solid outside player that has a deadly 3-pointer and runs the floor well.

Jackie Jones, 6'8', F/C, #40
An ex-Oklahoma Sooner, Jones strengthens the Explosion's low post by playing hard, blocking shots, and 'rebounding to win'. Jones is a well-traveled veteran playing professionally in Spain, the Korean Basketball League, and the ABA.
The Explosion season tips-off at the Monroe Sports Arena on Saturday, March 1. Opening tip will be at 7:15pm, with the doors opening at 6pm. The first 500 fans through the door will receive a Magnetic Schedule.


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IRELAND

Irish Players in Europe -by Mariano Galindo
James Larranaga (195-G-75, college: Bowling Green) scored 19 points and caught 3 rebounds in the Pepsi Caserta's triumph over Rimini (82-92). Caserta remains in the fourth position whitin Legadue Championship after this victory.
On the other hand, Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) played 18 minutes but did not score any point. The 29 years old forward only could add 2 rebounds and 2 assists to his statistic. With this bad performance, Moran could not avoid Kalise Canarias's defeat against Pamesa Valencia (80-84) in a new ACB round.
Finally, Pat Burke (208-C-73, college: Auburn) and his team, Khimky, didn't play last weekend in the Russian Superleague.


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ISRAEL

Omri Casspi - NBA Talent -by Interperformances
Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances), the young Israeli who is considered to be a top NBA prospect, had a great game and led all scorers with 20 points in Maccabi Home win over Hapoel Afula 82-74. Omri played 32 minutes, had 6 for 9 for 2, and 1-1 from the 3 points. It was a difficult win for Maccabi and thanks to Casspi's good performance they had another win in the tough Israeli competition....

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ITALY

Lega2 - Market news -by Gabriele Fioretti
As happens during the Final Four period, some teams look for change some in the roster. Pavia announced the sign of Mats Levin (188-G-77), one day after he agreed to part ways with Novara. Stilla Pavia is talked by rumours to other changes: David Brkic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) could be sent to Caserta to have Cristiano Grappasonni (205-F/C-72), while Caserta could sign Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL).

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JAMAICA

SIC stifles Wabash to remain in conference lead -by Leonard Whyte
Mount Carmel, IL (2-26-2008) - Coach Todd Franklin's stifling defense proved too much to overcome for Wabash College and Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) cruised to an easy 74-51 victory to remain on top in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC). Forward Andree Wilson, who helped spark SIC to an insurmountable lead in the second half, finished with 17 points. SIC improved their season record to 23-5 overall and 11-3 in the GRAC.

Cedarville wraps up 20th victory -by Leonard Whyte
Rio Grande, OH (2-26-2008) - Ricardo Alliman scored 13 points and Christopher Walker added 12 to lead four players in double figures as NAIA Division II No. 21 Cedarville University repelled the late charge of Rio Grande University in an American Mideast Conference (AMC) South Division game last night to conclude the regular season. Cedarville, 20-7 overall and 10-4 AMC, led by 15 points at the half and 17 midway in the second half before hanging on for the 77-70 victory to finish in second place in the division while posting their seventh straight 20-win season. Daniel Rose came off the bench and contributed seven points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

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JORDAN

Round 2 of Final 4 -by Mohammed Malas
Things did'nt change, Orthodox and Zain are still dominating the and controling in the Excellent League, Two games were played last sunday in Round 2 of the Final 4.

Orthodox 96 - Al Riyadi/Aramex 75 (Qs: 31-21, 54-36, 76-58 & 96-75)

Orthodox's import Chris Campbell (194-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Harding) (28 points) was superb in that game and helped his team to be the leaders all the time, Ayman Idais (19 points), Kelly Wise (16 points) and Naser Bassam (17 points) were also having nice time in the game, While Al Riyadi/Aramex were out of action today despite the effort of Wesam Sous (22 points) with Demitris Montgomry (18 points) but the lack of performance and effect of the other players in the team led for the 2nd consecutive loss in Final 4.

Zain 80 - Arena Amman 73 (24-20, 39-36, 54-55 & 80-73)

Again, Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) was the survivor for Zain in this match by scoring 38 points by his own, His pefromance was the key of the win esspecially in the last quarter alongside with Enver Soobzokov (11 points), Moussa Al Awadi (17 points), Zaid Al Khas (15 points), While from the other side, Arena Amman were fighting well today but the small experience of their young player did'nt help Mark Strickland (16 points), Nidal Shareef (19 points) and Josh Cooperwood (21 points) to remain in same pefromance during the game to loose again.

Soumaila Samake (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) played his debut yesterday with Zain but he need to get more involved to the team's system adding the he still did'nt practice with the team before the game.


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KOSOVO

Short transitory term closed -by Edona Shabani
On Sunday, February 24 on 12:00 pm was closed the mini transitory term for seniors. Registering Commission got these signing requests:

1. ALPAY YZTASH from Turkey to 'Sigal Prishina'
2. NEXHAT SPAHIQ from Bosnia and Herzegovina BC'Peja'
3. YLBER BACAJ from BSCH'12' to BC'Peja':
4. ARTAN KURTI from BC'Ylli' to BC'Bashkimi'
5. VISAR BUNJAKU from BC'Ylli' to BC'RC Cola Drita'
6.VISAR XHEMAJLI from BC 'Kastrioti' to BC'RC Cola Drita'
7 ALBESIAN ADEMI from BC 'Kastrioti' to BC'RC Cola Drita'
8. ARMEND XHEMAJLIU from BC'Bashkimi' to BC'Ylli'
9. AGON SYLEJMANI from BC'Peja' to BC 'Eurosport'
10. SHKËLQIM BLLATA from BC'Vushtria Basket' to BC'Kosova'

Registering Commissin of BFK will analyze all the requests and if all the conditions are fulfilled according to the Regulation for Registering( consent form the clubs and 50 € for locals, respectively the declaration that he/she is not playing in another state, photocopy of passport and 100 € for foreign players) they will have the right to play in the matches of the first week in Mebetex Super League respectively First League of Kosova.

The extraordinary term for transitions will start on February 25 and it will end 72 hours before the end of the second part of the Mabetex Super League A and B competition, respectively Firs League. In the extraordinary term for transitions has to be paid a fee n the amount of 350 €.
Transitory term for women ends on March 5th 2008 whereas for young categories February 27, 2008.


Source: www.basketbolli.com


As Prishtina withdraws from competition -by Edona Shabani
AS PRSHTINA WITHDRAWS FROM COMPETITION

Today, in the Basketball Federation of Kosova arrived a request from BC' As Prishtina' signed by the authorized representative of the club Albert Sylejmani where it said that BC' As Prishtina' because they can't fulfill their financial obligation by paying the fee to BFK and also further fund of the club, they will withdraw from the Competition of Mabetex Super League.

Source: www.basketbolli.com


Mabetex Super League first week schedulle -by Edona Shabani
MABETEX SUPER LEAGUE A FIRST WEEK SCHEDULE

This is the schedule

Wednesday, 27.02.2008

SIGAL PRISHTINA - KOSOVA on 20,00
Referees; Alban Vula,Xhavit Beqiri,Fisnik Ramadani
Monitors: Lulzim Maloku

TREPCA - YLLI , on 19,30
Referees: Mehdi Gashi, Zaim Zenuni,Xhelal Mumini
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi

PEJA - BAMBI postponed

Source: www.basketbolli.com


On Wednesday starts Mabetex Super Lague A and B -by Edona Shabani
On 27/28.02.2008

MABETEX SUPER LIGA A

SIGAL PRISHTINA - KOSOVA
TREPCA - YLLI
PEJA - BAMBI

MABETEX SUPER LIGA B
DRITA - SHB '12'
KASTRIOTI - BASHKIMI
AS PRISHTINA free


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KUWAIT

Game Day 23 finds in Kuwait Club in firm control of Kuwait Basketball League remaining undefeated at 16-0!!! -by Mohammed Al Raad
Kazma's Albert Mourning buries Al Arabi at the buzzer.
Andre Pitts(185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) & Co. are on automatic pilot and are running away with the Kuwait Basketball League 2007-08 firmly in hand... ...And they're not looking back. The team appears to be fine tuning for bigger and better things to come later on down the road. They won last Sunday evening by 18 point at Al Sahel and have Al Tadhamon and Al Qadsia remaining on their schedule. For the regular season, it looks like it could be a wash. Since the arrival of pivot player Ira Clark, things for coach Zoran have been smooth sailing.
Al Jahra(11-4) is having a great season and are in a stromg postion to finish is second place for the regular season with games left against Yarmouk(last night's game was postponed), Al Sulaibkhat and Al Arabi.
Kazma's Albert Mourning (191-G-79, college: Connecticut) hit a three pointer at the buzzer last night to give Kazma(9-9) its 9th win as their regular season comes to an end. Al Arabi(11-6) gained its 6th loss which will most likely drop them to a regular season finish in 4th place.
In other action, Al Qadsia(12-4) had an easy time hosting Al Sulaibikhat(0-17) and running away with a lop-sided 113-49 win. Al Qadsia's fate remains in their own hands with two road games remaining. At Al Nasr and at Al Kuwait. Al Qadsia must win both to finish in second if Al Jahra wins its last three. The odds are against this happening as Al Kuwait is looking unstoppable.
So, the final four for 2007-08:
Al Kuwait
Al Jahra
Al Qadsia
Al Arabi

2/17/2008: Al Qadsia - Kazma 83-56
Al Kuwait - Al Nasr 87-65
Yarmouk - Al Tadhamon 65-68
Al Sahel - Al Sulaibikhat 69-48

2/20/2008: Al Arabi - Al Sulaibikhat 88-29
Al Sahel - Al Nasr 99-94
Yarmouk - Kazma 63-93
Al Tadhamon - Al Jahra 46-94


2/24/2008: Al Qadsia - Al Sulaibikhat 113-49
Al Sahel - Al Kuwait 95-115
Kazma - Al Arabi 75-73
Al Jahra - Yarmouk(postponed)

2/27/2008: Al Nasar - Al Qadsia
Al Kuwait - Al Tadhamon
Al Jahra - Al Sulaibikhat

3/2/2008 Al Kuwait - Al Qadsia
Al Arabi - Al Jahra


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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

Flamengo beat Libertad Sunchales and is leading group B -by Hector Lopez
Marcelinho scored 21 points and Alirio added 17 when Flamengo beat Libertad Sunchales 89-72 to lead the Group B for the South American League, played in Montevideo. Flamengo is now 2/0 and tomorrow will face Trouvile, the local team, which beat Millonarios Bolivia 96-76 and they are tied 1/1 with Libertad. Millonarios is 2/0.
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Flamengo 89 - Marcelinho 21, Helio 13, Wagner 8, Fernando 0, Fred 0, Duda 7, Maicon 9, Coloneze 14, Alitrio 17
Libertad Sunchales 72 - Moldu 6, Benitez 5, Muller 6, Pelussi 6, Ginobili 11, Saglietti 18, Battle 20
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Trouville 96 - Rivera 7, Izuibejeres 6, Reymondez 2, Perez 14, Borges 17, Marichal 7, Aguilera 19, Campora 4, Thurman Zimmerman 14.
Millonarios 76 - Meyer 4, Espinoza 3, Torrez 5, Triver 5, Abratanski 16, A. Espana 16, Martinez 14, Mendoza 13.


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LITHUANIA

Petravicius gets injured! -by Simas Baranauskas
After the earlier loss of Matt Nielsen, another Lietuvos Rytas big man Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) suffered an injury. The Lithuanian center has broken his foot and will be out of the game for sime time. Petravicius will be sidelined for about 6-8 weeks. This injury will be a mighty blow on Lietuvos Rytas chanses of qualifying for the quaterfinals of Euroleague. The club from Vilnius is now left with only three active big guys: Jackson Vroman, Kenan Bajramovic, Michailas Anisimovas.

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MALTA

Regular season is over in Malta -by Eurobasket News
The Maltese National championship past its equator and the leader had been cleared. Luxol won all of their 10 games to consolidate their leading position. Lately Luxol overcame Depiro 87:52 away from home to register their 10th win in the season. The teams traded baskets early in the game before Luxol fired 15 consecutive points to clear off. The visitors controlled the tempo and drove to a 37:26 advantage at halftime. Luxol stretched the lead to as many as 21 points in the third period and coasted to the victory in the fourth stanza. Robert Azzopardi notched 22 points to lead all scorers. Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) added 14 points in a win. Roderick Vella netted 17 points for Depiro.
Compleet secured their 7th win at the tournament and remained at the second spot in the ladder. In Round 10 Compleet hosted Floriana and bruised them 84:63. Floriana looked competitive in the first half and trailed by just a single point at the break 31:32. But Compleet speeded up in the third frame and widened the margin to 12 points before the fourth term. Floriana never recovered late in the game and suffered the 10th straight defeat. Omar Said (177-G-80) provided 22 points for Compleet. Silvio Cassar (208-C-71) dropped 25 points in a win. Sassoun Saakian responded with 29 points for Floriana.
Siggiewi Smina ensured a narrow 73:71 win over Mellieha to stay third in the table. Siggiewi trailed by 17 points at halftime but revived after the main break and pulled out a spectacular win. Abraham Portelli (-79) stepped up with 22 points for Siggiewi. Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) poured in 29 points for Mellieha.


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MEXICO

Soles and Halcones in LNBP Finals Rematch -by Justin Brink

The Mexicali Soles made quick work of the Santos of San Luis sweeping them out of the LNBP Northern Division Finals in four games. Mexicali wrapped the the series last night with an 86-84 last second win in San Luis. A three from James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) with 19 seconds to play put Mexicali up by two and after a time out from San Luis, the ball was inbounded at half court to Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) who was unable to get a good luck thanks to staunch 'D' from Richard Lopez (192-G-78, college: Cal.Baptist) and James Penny. The last second push from Santos fell short and the Soles wrapped up their second LNBP Northern Division Title in as many years.


Mexicali will face the Halcones of Xalapa in a rematch of the 2006 LNBP Finals in which the Soles won, after playing in only their second year in the LNBP. Greg Lewis again led the Soles with 27 and 11 while teammates James Penny had 18, (four three pointers) and Richard Lewis tallied 18. For Santos, Erron Maxey had a team high 25 followed by Sanjey Noriega (196-G/F-77, agency: Players Group, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Ramel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) who finished with 15 each. Click here for more on the LNBP Finals.



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NBA

Deshawn Stevenson career-game propels Washington past New Orleans -by Eurobasket News
DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81) fired a career-high 33 points against New Orleans yesterday. But it is not the whole story about the Wizards' guard. He also drained a decisive trey with time expiring to snatch the 27th win for Washington in the season. The Hornets seemed to be on the way to another win but DeShawn Stevenson threw their plan into confusion. He dropped two free throws to give the visitors a 92:91 lead with 14 seconds on the clock in the fourth frame. Hilton Armstrong (6'10''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) hit one out of two free throws to tie it at 92 with 7 seconds remaining. But DeShawn Stevenson had the last laugh as he poured in a decisive treble with less than a second left. Roger Mason (6'5''-G/F-80, college: Virginia) and Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, agency: Octagon, college: N.Carolina) compiled 12 points apiece for the Wizards. Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) and Antonio Daniels (6'4''-G-75, college: Bowling Green) had 10 points for the winners. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) answered with 22 points and 8 assists in defeat. It was the third straight loss for the Hornets who slid to 37-18 record at the fifth spot in the West.
Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) returned to where it all started for him - to Dallas. He first appeared on court of the American Airlines Arena after being traded to the Mavericks last week. It was the first home game for Jason Kidd in Dallas uniform for about 11 years and he highlighted it with 11 points, 9 boards and 8 assists to help the Mavs beat Chicago 102:94. Dallas led almost all the way through the encounter relying upon 29 points and 10 boards from Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78). Jerry Stackhouse (6'6''-G-74, college: N.Carolina) matched his season-high 23 points coming off the bench, while Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.) notched season-high 16 boards and 7 blocks in a win. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) paced the Bulls with 25 points, while newcomers Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, college: Kansas) and Larry Hughes (6'5''-G-79, college: St.Louis) added 17 and 14 points respectively. The Bulls lost their seconds straight game after the mega-trade that left them without Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) and Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland).


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NCAA2

Last Weekend's GNAC Results -by Sanjey Noriega
Alaska-Fairbanks 109, Montana State-Billings 69
Fairbanks, Alaska

UAF(2-12)
Keven Campbell-17pts
David Cannamore-16pts

MSUB(1-14)
John Brooks-19pts
Kirk Blaine-17pts and 6 rebs


Northwest Nazarene 64, Saint Martin's 62
Lacey, Washington

NNU(8-6)
Joel Ryman-20pts
Scott Helpenstell-6pts, 14rebs

SMU(7-8)
Bill Richardson-22pts, 7rebs
Jake Linton-17pts, 6 ass


Seattle Pacific 61, Western Oregon 59
Monmouth, Oregon

Seattle Pacific(9-5)
Casey Reed-12pts
Rob Will-8pts, 10 rebs

WOU(6-9)
Liam Hughes-16pts, 11rebs
Mike McLaughlin-11pts, 9 rebs

Alaska-Anchorage 73, Seattle University 60
Anchorage, Alaska

UAA(13-1)
Chris Bryant (6'4''-G-85, college: Drake)-22pts
Carl Arts-21pts, 8 rebs

SU(9-6)
Ryan Coldren-17pts

Central Washington 68, Western Washington 58
Bellingham, Washington-WWU

CWU(11-3)
Brandon Foote-15pts
Johnny Spevac-14pts

WWU(6-8)
Steve Alford-11pts
Calin Schell-9pts, 13rebs


West Region Rankings -by Sanjey Noriega
NCAA DIvision II West Region Rankings

1 Alaska Anchorage
2. Cal State San Bernardino
3. Seattle Pacific
4. Humboldt State
5. Central Washington
6. Chaminade
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills
8. Seattle
9. Brigham Young-Hawaii
10. Northwest Nazarene






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NORWAY

BLNO reaches quarterfinal stage -by Eurobasket News
The regular season was successfully completed in BLNO. Top eight teams in the ladder advanced to the playoffs. Kristiansand lost to Ammerud in a thrilling encounter 103:110 to be left in the basket missing the playoffs. Asker Aliens finished the regular season atop of the ladder and tipped off theor quarterfinal campaign against 8th-ranked Ammerud. The first game took part on February 22 and the Aliens easily secured the first win in the series. Asker dominated throughout the game and deservedly posted an 85:53 victory at the end. Ronny Karlsen (203-F-78, college: Independence CC) was massive with 23 points and 17 boards. Jeremy VanKlompenburg (206-C-85, college: SW Minnesota St.) added 15 points and 9 boards for the winners. Thomas Ble (186-G-89, college: Njard IL) answered with 14 points for Ammerud. Two days later the teams moved to Ammerud's court and Asker completed the sweep of the series. The Aliens managed to pull away with a 76:68 win to finalize a 2-0 success in the matchup. Ammerud were much more competitive in this one as they held to a 39:38 lead at halftime. But a strong defensive effort from the visitors allowed them to have the last laugh. Ronny Karlsen was once again impressive with 27 points and 16 boards for Asker. Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) contributed 19 points in a win. Thomas Ble and Rodney Hawthorne (195-F-75, college: Mo.-Kansas City) replied with 15 points apiece for Ammerud.
The Harstad Vikings also needed two games to decide on the outcome of their quarterfinal series against Gimle. Game 1 was played on February 22 and ended up with a 91:69 victory of Harstad. Six Harstad players scored in double figures en route to a comfortable success. Robertas Bitinas (184-G-84) paced the hosts with 20 points. Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky) had 17 points in a winning case. Brian Harper responded with 20 points for Gimle. The Vikings dominated the boards 29:20 and shot solid 50% from the field. Harstad avoided the third game with a hard fought 99:88 road win two days later. The Vikings piled up a decisive 24:16 advantage after the opening frame and later maintained the buffer till the final buzzer. Robertas Bitinas fired 30 points for the Vikings. Jeff Rogers nailed 19 points and collected 8 boards for Harstad. Brede Ellingsen (188-G-88) banked 22 points for Gimle in a loss.
The Ulriken Eagles got to a winning start of the series against 3B. The Eagles were victorious at home court 84:68. Marco Elsafadi (193-G/F-76) and Peter Bullock (198-F-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) notched 17 points apiece for the winners. Ronald Timus (198-F, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) totaled 22 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Tromso also clinched a 1-0 lead in the series as they bruised Fjellhamar 93:56 at home. Hani Issahli finished with 21 points, 6 boards and 4 steals for Tromso. Willy Sharma (184-G-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Aleksandar Paunovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 21 points apiece for the Stallions.


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PANAMA

Joel Munoz outstands in FTC EAD victory.- -by Eddie Munoz

Joel Munoz leaded his team FTC EAD to a needed victory in the brazilian league over CETAF GAROTO 71-58 Munoz helped his cause with 14 Points and 4 Assistances. Joel has the following figures in 7 games played 10.9 Points, 6.6 Assistances; 4.0 Rebounds ; 2.0 Steals in 37 Minutes per game. FTC EAD is in the 9th popsition with a record of 2-6. The other victory of FTC EAD was over Pitagoras Minas in overtime.



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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad and PJ Ramos in BSN -by Alessandro Fontana

BORICUAS ABROAD
In Uleb Cup, Besiktas played a great game against Hapoel Jerusalem. In Istanbul Apodaca's team won with a +20 advantage and They qualified for the next round where Besiktas will play against Red Star Beograd. 'Man of the match' was 'The Wizard Apocadabra' Rick Apodaca who played 37 minutes with 15 pts (6/10 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 3/3 FT), 5 rebs and 3 assists. For 'our other Boricua' Christian Dalmau 12 pts (1/2 2pts, 3/6 3pts, 1/2 FT), 1 reb and 2 assts in 28 minutes.
Turow won against Nymburk 68-66 and also Turow qualified for the next round, the polish team will play against Kiev. Andres Rodriguez played 40 minutes with 7 pts (2/4 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 3/3 FT), 3 rebs and 8 assts.

PJ RAMOS IN BSN
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) will come back in Puerto Rico to play the BSN 2008. Fuenlabrada let free 'Our Snoop Dogg' who is very happy to come back and play since the beginning the BSN. Ramos should play for Criollos de Caguas, his past team in Puerto Rico.

A. Fontana



Fajardo Cariduros beaming with confidence -by Luis Ramirez
Hoping to build upon what they did last year the Fajardo Cariduros start the season full of optimism. They were a very impressive team last year and this time around are looking to go al the way to the finals. With young legs and good speed the Cariduros will present the following players: Omar Quintero who will their point guard, was brought as their community player, in the import slot the Cariduros will have Chris Jackson and Uka Agbai who played well for them last year. Also returning to the team will be Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Holy Cross). Head Coach Carlos Calcano will as always have his team defend from start to finish. Joining the team this year will be veteran player Jorge Rivera who last year played with Bayamon. It is said that Jesse Pellot Rosa will be with the team from day 1 a real plus for this team as it will add another pair of young legs to an already speedy team. To round out the team the Cariduros will have Miguel Gonzalez, Elisamuel Morales, Albert Arroyo, Christian Vazquez and Luis Salgado. My outlook for this team is that once again it will be in the post season and with a little luck a finalist.

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ROMANIA

Targu Mures will host the FIBA European Championship U20 for men - Division B -by Adrian Popa
Between 1-10 august 2008, Targu Mures will be the host of the U20 FIBA European Championship for men, Division B. The decision was made by the FIBA general secretary Nar Zanolin, during a recent visit in Romania. Zanolin inspected the facilities and even some changes still have to be done he was satisfied with the will and interest of the Romanian Basketball Federation and the local authorities to organize this event.
„If before the meeting with the local authorities I said that Targu Mures will host the EC 99 percent, no I can say that this percent became 100. Everything because of the will local authorities showed to me' said Zanolin in Targu Mures.
The city has a 3500 places arena, where the local team Muresul Targu Mures plays its home games. As FIBA regulations ask for 2 gyms, for this kind of competition, the second one will be the Sports Hall of the Medicine University, where major reconstrucion work will be done till the start of the event.
Targu Mures is one of the oldest cities on the basketball map of Romania, having a basketball team in the first romanian league since 1952. The local team, under different names during the years, struggled for a long period, especially after 1989, playing even in the second league for few seasons. But they came back in 2003-2004 season and basketball is now the most loved sport in the city. Muresul Targu Mures, the actual name of the team, had many sold out games during the last two seasons, qualified in playoff, and even the national team choosed to play here its qualification game for Division A against Finland, last year.
„I was impressed since my first visit here in Targu Mures, by the atmosphere in the arena. I saw politicians standing in cue to buy entrance tickets. It is a wonderful audience who deserves to have such a competition' said the president of the Romanian Basketball Federation, Carmen Tocala
19 national teams will come to Targu Mures this year in august to fight for the Divison B title of European Championship. The teams were drawn as follows:
Group A: Norway, Portugal, Great Britain, Finland, FYROM; Group B: Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Azerbajian; Group C: Slovak Republic, Estonia, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland; Group D: Holland, Romania, Poland and Hungary


Tab Baldwin: „I want to win a title with Cluj“ -by Adrian Popa

A chat with a coach of Tab Baldwin caliber is a regale, no matter what your name is and where you come from.
Coach Baldwin accepted a 10 minutes interview with HalfCourt, but after an hour he was still explaining the differences between the pressing zone and his own defense.

For sure one of the best specialists to coach on Romanian land, Tab Baldwin is a model of erudition in sports in general (he studied and coached rugby as well).
He is a teacher (no matter what his profession is) who has been showing his students on 3 continents that if you want and if you do it properly, you can win.

HalfCourt - Why did you choose U-Mobitelco after your Greek experience? I would have expected you to pick another Greek team, especially because you have family there.
Tab Baldwin - Yes, I do have family in Greece, in Thesaloniki. Cluj has been talking to me, my greek assistant coach has gone to school to Cluj, so when I lost my job, it was almost a no-brainer. I found the people very friendly and very organized.

HalfCourt - Was it a long negotiation?
Tab Baldwin - Actually it was not. When the job fell over, the decision was there. My mentality was 'I want to keep coaching'. I was so disappointed with the Greek management, so poor and so unreliable. The negotiation with Mircea Cristescu was very simple and honest.

HalfCourt - How is your adjustment going so far ?
Tab Baldwin - I've been around for 20 years. I think I'm adaptable to any environment. Comparing with the unreliability from Greece and Turkey, it is different to me in Romania. My management here in Cluj is very accountable to their word. I guess it is very specific, depending on the organization.

HalfCourt - What do you like and what you don't like the Cluj's team ?
Tab Baldwin - The team has good characters. When I arrived to Cluj, they lacked strong leadership and had a disjointed mentality. The players have began to realize how serious I am about coaching and how important is being a good team. We have now the spirit of a good team, Serbians, Romanians and Americans blending in naturally in their background to be submissive.

HalfCourt - How different is Romania from Greece ?
Tab Baldwin - I think Greece mentality is very laid back, fantastic from the personal point of view. Romania is to me a more dependable and professional society.

HalfCourt - What made you not change the team after you've taken over U-Mobitelco Cluj ? Each coach would like to bring over his own players.
Tab Baldwin - I have a rear philosophy: I don't like to change personnel. I'm big on loyalty. When players sign contracts, you have a responsibility, whose fault is if it doesn't work ? Who am I to change this ? I know many of the coaches don't think like that.

HalfCourt - When you took over the team, rumors said that you wanted to bring over Pero Cameron, your New Zealander star. How true that was ?
Tab Baldwin - Just rumors. If I could, he would be the first one to pick. But Pero is a man of honor, he is under contract and he will keep his word.

HalfCourt - Going back in time, 2002 and 4th place at the World Cup with the Tall Blacks has been the best moment of your life ?
Tab Baldwin - Tremendous moment for me. Although draining, I was working for few years 2 jobs, for a Basketball Performance association in New Zealand and the national team, and then I was coaching Banvitspor, the Turkish team, and the Kiwi national team in the same time. You need an off-season and I wasn't getting that. I hated to leave New Zealand.

HalfCourt - How would you characterize yourself as a coach ?
Tab Baldwin -I'm more focused to the defensive end. I don't like the European style of basketball the one that Americans use right now. That one says this player is PG that one is a SG and so on. I like complete players. Complete players that play complete type of basketball .

HalfCourt - Could you be more detailed with your defense ?
I've been working a lot of years on a specific type of complex defense and I tried to implement that to my new team. I mix man-to-man with zone, sometimes during the same possession. All my players can play all of type the defenses. The frequency of the execution though is the problem we have from time to time. But we're getting there.

HalfCourt - What do you think about the Romanian refs so far ? Last week Cluj fans and lots of other Romanian fans sympathized with you when you took a technical foul for saying to referee Banica: 'I have absolutely no respect for you'. What triggered that unorthodox way of getting a T?
Tab Baldwin - First of all, the comment was referring to one specific play only. At that play, all three referees didn't call a blatantly evident foul. What I expect from a referee is not to be a judge, but to be consistent and to call the game by the rules. After the game we played in Medias, I went to the referees and I thanked them for the consistent way they refereed. And I meant it. As a coach I used to be able to go to the referees before the game and ask them how they normally call this rule or that rule (hand check rule, 3 seconds etc). That gave me an idea about the way the referee behaves and I could send the information to my players. But lately, more and more refs avoid talking to the coaches at all before the games.

HalfCourt - How close is your relationship with your assistant coaches ? How skilled are they ?
Tab Baldwin - I'm really fortunate to have Dorin and Marcel as assistant coaches. They are both very organized and extremely helpful. Dorin (N.R. Dorin Pintea) gives me ad-hoc kind of scouting reports, stories about teams and players, everything we need, schedules, meals, water etc, really doing a very good job. Quality basketball info, which is a plus. Marcel Tenter is a guy that has a big future in coaching, he played and coached under very good coaches. He is an enthusiastic, has the passion. That could be though an asset and a liability. He does the scouting report and the analysis. Very good tactical knowledge reports, very good input during the games, strategic and tactical moves. He is very advanced in the coaching career

HalfCourt - What did you do to Silvasan ? He seems to be the hot hand these days ? Did you inject him with some confidence ? How did you do that ?
Tab Baldwin - I don't think it's anything that I did. He is a smart, energetic and enthusiastic player. He has very good skills, just a matter in getting in better shape. He had take better decisions when shooting, otherwise a coachable player.

HalfCourt - Where do you see you team at the end of the season ? What are you trying to leave behind you ?
Tab Baldwin - I understand the spirit of your question. I would like my guys to execute critical plays and to understand to play as a team and how much more to produce for themselves and for the team. I just don't think we have the talent as individuals, but if they can take their abilities and put it together, we can be as good as the other teams and maybe better. We should be in a good position in the Play-offs. I really want to win the title with my team.

HalfCourt: We wish good luck !
Tab Baldwin - Thank you very much.

source: www.halfcourt.info



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RUSSIA

Khimki took it easy... Koln found money to travel in Russia -by Max Brodsky

Khimki is all but in the ULEB Cup Last 16 after a 19-point road victory in the first leg at Koln 99ers. Head coach Kestutis Kemzura 's Khimki grabbed a 91-72 win over an inspired Koln, which was under-manned due to a near financial collapse. Khimki shot 52% for the game and forced 17 turnovers while turning the ball over only 9 times. Kemzura's Russian team eventually proved too much for Koln, blowing the game open after leading by only three points going into the fourth. Center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) dominated the game at times in scoring 23 points while playmaker Dan Ewing had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Small forward Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) had 13 points, new shooting guard Clay Tucker (194-G-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also had 13 and reserve forward Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.

With the big lead and returning to its home court, Khimki looks like a sure bet to reach a Last 16 showdown with either DKV Joventut Badalona or Allianz Swans Gmunden. Koln 99ers meanwhile was happy just to play the game after having been told it would have its license for the German league revoked hours before the first leg only to shortly thereafter announce the team had been saved. Head coach Sasa Obradovic's under-manned team (it released its top three players - Toby Bailey, Immanuel McElroy and Aleksandar Nadjfeji - to stay alive financially) held tough for three quarters before finally losing the fourth quarter 25-9. Koln shot just 44% and struggled handling the ball with 17 turnovers. Forward Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) did all he could to make up for the lost production with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Playmaker Derek Raivio (191-G-84, college: Gonzaga) added 14 points and 4 assists and forward Marko Keselj had 13 points and power forward Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) chipped in 10. And while those were solid numbers, the rest of the players totaled just 9 points. With the club's immediate future now saved and nobody believing Koln has a chance to advance, Obradovic will likely tell his troops to go out and have fun and see what happens.



Unics lost away... 1:1 -by Max Brodsky
Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) had another outstanding game as Unics Kazan advanced to a ULEB Cup Last 16 showdown with Artland Dragons despite losing at Turk Telekom Ankara 96-93 in the Last 32 return leg. Unics ended up winning the two-game series with a 184-161 aggregate score. With Telekom leading by 16 points just after the break, Unics used a 25-11 third quarter run to take the life out of the hosts, who had to make up a 26-point loss from last week's game at Kazan. Unics' all-around star Tariq Kirksay collected 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77 college: S.Alabama) added 17 points and 11 rebounds while Dusko Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) (204-F/C-83) had 17 points and 5 assists, Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) chipped in 12 points and Victor Keyru 10. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) paced Turk Telekom Ankara with 20 points and 6 rebounds while Kris Lang (211-F/C-79, college: N.Carolina) had 19 points, Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72) 15, Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) 13 and Muratcan Guler (192-G-80) 12. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, college: Alabama) collected just 6 points and 1 rebound as Turk's ULEB Cup campaign ends after such a successful regular season.

Williams hit the first basket of the game for the hosts, but Chikalkin answered with a triple. Lang's second score of the night and a bucket by Bekir Yarangume made it 9-5, however Tariq Kirksay soon evened things at 9-9. Tariq Kirksay and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) would not let Turk Telekom Ankara pull away, though back-to-back scores by Williams made it 24-17. The hosts led 25-19 after one period. Stanescu scored the first three points of the second for Unics only to see Ivica Jurkovic's three open a 30-22 gap. Tariq Kirksay answered from long range, but Williams went back-to-back again and El-Amin and Guler knocked down three-pointers as the Tutk Telekom advantage increased to 46-31. Stanescu scored three baskets to close out the half with Kazan trailing 49-37 - but still leading the series by 14 points.

Scores by Williams and Lang to open the second half made it 53-37. But Tariq Kirksay answered with a three-pointer and a second basket to start a 4-13 Kazan surge which included three-pointers from Dusko Savanovic and Chikalkin to get within 57-52. Five Turk Telekom Ankara foul shots reestablished a 10-point lead, 62-52. Stanescu and Tariq Kirksay both scored 4 points in a 2-10 Unics run, which was stopped by an El-Amin long ball. But Keyru answered with a triple of his own and Tariq Kirksay's foul shot made it a one-point game, which it was after three periods at 69-68. Jerry McCullough (179-G-73, college: Pittsburgh) opened the fourth quarter with his first two baskets of the game for a 69-73 Kazan advantage. Williams and Yildirim both hit threes to pull within 75-76. But with the 26 points to make up from the first leg, Turk had no chance - especially as Tariq Kirksay got scoring in the fourth and his three made it 81-87. El-Amin and Yildirim both hit three-pointers to even the game. And two foul shots by Yildirim gave the hosts the lead 93-91. Dusko Savanovic tied the game but Guler's three-ball gave Turk the consolation victory.


Eremin's Triumphal Arch -by Max Brodsky
Triumph Lyubertsy looks to end Artland Dragons' fairy tale run in the ULEB Cup Last 32 but will have to reverse an 81-75 loss as it returns to its home court. Head coach Stanislav Eremin 's Triumph was held to just 5-of-20 (25%) from long range and made just 18-of-29 (62%) from the free throw line in losing in Germany. Playmaker Mire Chatman (187-G-78, college: UTPA) was the only starter to find a rhythm offensively with 16 points. Forward Sergey Toporov (7 points) and center Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79) (5) were both held well below their averages though reserve guard Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored 11 points and forward Igor Zamanskiv added 12 off the bench. Returning to Russia to play at home will help Eremin's team. But Triumph will have to shoot the ball better from the outside. Its defense did force Artland 15 turnovers, which could be enough with a repeat game in the return leg. Artland head coach Chris Fleming (201-F) meanwhile has to be pleased his team grabbed the critical home win - and with a decent point difference. The team overcame a big Triumph first quarter (24-16 lead for Lyuberty) and settled down to win the final three quarters. Dragons shot 48% for the game and 20-23 (87%) from the free throw line while also out-rebounding Triumph 33-29. Small Leon Rodgers (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois) continued his excellent play with 16 points and 7 rebounds while playmaker John Goldsberry (191-G-82, college: NC-Wilmington) had 14 points and 5 assists. Fleming also got 11 points from shooting guard Lamont McIntosh (191-G-82, college: Georgia St.) and 10 from reserve guard EJ Rowland. Center Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) slumped to just 7 points (7 below his average) and will undoubtedly bounce back. And Fleming has to be pleased knowing that. But Artland needs to handle the ball better. It will also have to realize that Triumph will make a series of runs and Dragons has to keep its cool and fight through them to reach a Last 16 with either Unics Kazan or Turk Telekom Ankara.

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SENEGAL

Results of the 4th Round Men -by Lamine Ndiaye

Here are the results of the 4th round of the senegalease national Championship Div 1 for men:

USL players lost for the fisrt time at their home court from DUC 43-48.Duct cover Alcess Badji after injury .Itthad players are getting better every game they are sending a clear message to everyone that they will do something this season.


Rail-SIBAC: 71-68


USL-DUC :43-48


SLBC-JA:65-56


ASFA-POLICE:70-56


HBC-Ndiambour: 63-44
Douanes-UGB: 75-47



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SERBIA

Vladimir Radmanovic got injured -by Dragan Jankovski
Forward of NBA team LA Lakers Vladimir Radmanovic (208-F-80) suffered injury late in the first quarter in the game against LA Clipers. Radmanovic strained his right calf and wasn't able to continue. It is still not known how long he won't be ready to join his teammates.

Lakers outplayed Clippers 113-95 so they are currently the team with best score in Western conference (39 wins and 17 rebounds).


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SPAIN

Kevin Thompson back in Spain -by Francisco Martinez
After parting ways with Grupo Begar Leon and fying to Turkey, center Kevin Thompson (208-C-71, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) has not spent much time out of Spain. The player has agreed ways with Plus Pujol Lleida nad it's expected his arriving to the Catalonian city to join the trainings and debut soon in LEB Gold League. Thompsons has played for 5 seasons in Spain, including teams like Caceres, Girona, Valladolid and Murcia.

Omri Casspi - NBA Talent -by Interperformances
Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances), the young Israeli who is considered to be a top NBA prospect, had a great game and led all scorers with 20 points in Maccabi Home win over Hapoel Afula 82-74. Omri played 32 minutes, had 6 for 9 for 2, and 1-1 from the 3 points. It was a difficult win for Maccabi and thanks to Casspi's good performance they had another win in the tough Israeli competition....

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ST.KITTS

Basketball Association To Elect New President -by Jay
Basseterre, St.Kitts ( February 25, 2008) :- The St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association will get the ball rolling this Tuesday February 26th 2008 when they convene the first general meeting of 2008. The meeting will be held at the Foundation of National Development Conference room at 6pm. According to officials of the association most of the letters were sent out during the latter part of last week inviting member clubs and teams to the very important general meeting. Notices have also been sent out to the various local media houses inviting all interested persons and teams to the meeting.
The main agenda item is the Bi-Election for the post of President. Glen 'Ghost' Phillip resigned from the post in January after a historic yet tumultuous year at the helm. Under his leadership the association was able to procure the association's biggest sponsorship deal ever with well over $30,000 in sponsorship from DIGICEL, KFC and National Bank. Despite the immense influx of financial support from the corporate community, the league fell below expectations as the absence of a playing surface seriously hampered a season that could have been the most exciting in recent times. Because of the matting situation the league was concluded in December. The league began in June. The premature exit of Phillip has the potential of setting the association back. The association has not indicated the reasons given by Phillip for his premature exit but speculation has been rife that Phillip was frustrated by the lack of support of his executive and other forces.
Former President James 'Barman' Hanley as well as former and current Vice Presidents Wallis Wilkin and Dr. Garfield Alexander are some of the names being tossed about as possibilities to fill the vacant post.
Other key matters on the agenda for the Tuesday 26th meeting are the Year in Review and Financial Report.
The meeting will also serve to officially discuss and finalize the start date of the 2008 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


(juarez / el paso ) Gallos take 2 big wins from Albaquerque All Stars -by Chris Cardenas
El Paso , Tx - with the Gallos in sole posession of 1st place in the TPBL standings they let a team from outside of Texas know who the team to beat is. The Gallos took two very impressive wins from the New Mexico All stars basketball team over the weekend and here are the results. The Gallos schedule this week takes them to Midland,Tx for a two game set against the Midland Heat !

Game 1
Gallos de Pelea 130 Pts.
New Mexico all-stars 110 pts.

high scorers in the game for each team :
gallos :
Dany Anaya 29 pts.
Omar Duran 25 pts.

New Mexico All-Stars
Kelvin Scarborough 32 pts.
Tony Becerra 25 pts.

Game 2
Gallos de Pelea 112 pts.
New Mexico All-Stars 108 pts.

high scorers in the game for each team
Gallos De Pelea
Dany Anaya 25 pts.
Toraino Johnson 25 pts.

New Mexico All-Stars
Walter Hairston 21 pts.
Tony Becerra 20 pts.


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TURKEY

TB2L: Week 17 -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Tofas topped newly promoted Akcakoca Poyraz to continue their winning streak thanks to Sean Morgan Denison (210-F/C-85, agency: TASM, college: Santa Clara) who was perfect at the charity stripe (9/9) and managed to stay at the top of Group A in a week their rivals Pertevniyal and Vestel both posted victories. On the other hand FMV Isikspor and this year's surprise Eyup both came up with victories to chase the play off train. In Group B Aliaga keeps on winning and they are about to clinch the first place for the regular season. Most recently they thrashed Bursa Basketbol in a game five of their player scored in double digits. Their rivals Erdemir defeated Canakkale Belediye in a very tough game to stay in the leadership race while Turkish basketball legend Harun Erdenay (190-G-68) who has been taking the player/manager position at ITU where he started his career - in addition to national team duty - nailed 19 points including 5/7 from beyond the arc and kept his team over Yesilyurt who have posted a very important win on the road over Duzce.

Group A
Pertevniyal - Gazi Uni: 62-55
Vestel - Cukurova: 87-73
Orman - Usak: 89-77
Tofas - Akcakoca: 76-59
Eyup - Izmir BSB: 93-77
Genc Banvitliler - FMV Isik: 64-67

Group B
Anadolu Uni - Golcuk Belediye: 71-85
Istanbul TED - Gelisim: 79-67
ITU - Ankara Basket: 81-70
Erdemir - Canakkale: 50-48
Aliaga - Bursa Basketbol: 89-53
Duzce Genclik - Yesilyurt: 64-69


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Who you got from distance? Gerard or Peltier -by David Edole

Jason Edwin may be one of the better shooters in recent Virgin Islands Basketball history but they are two young guns who are vying for his title. Sharp shooters Khalid Gerard and Devon Peltier (178-G) have been on fire for distance for the entire season. Gerard has done more damage in New York, while Peltier has been putting on a daily show in Missouri.
Both guys have Region play this weekend and are hoping to see each other in the Junior College Championships on March 18 in Hutchinson Kansas.
Gerard and #2 Technical Career Institute (TCI) takes on #3 Monroe College on Thursday February 28, in the Division I Region XV Men's Semifinals. Things were tight all season for the Division I schools as #1Globe Institute, Monroe and TCI split all their games to finish in a three tie for first place that had to be decided by a coin flip.
Peltier and the Missour State West Plains Grizzlies compiled a 26-4 overall record and a 5-3 Region 16 record, and earned the right to play third seeded Mineral Area College (19-11, 4-4) of Park Hills in a Region 16 semifinal game at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.


Below is quick look at their numbers. Who you got as a top gun?
Khalid Gerard
College: Technical Career Institute
Scoring: 16.0 ppg
Rebs.: 4.4 rpg
Assists: 1.7 apg
Steals: 1.1 spg
FG%: 49.5% (151-305)

3FG %: 46.3 (70-151)

FT%: 79% (44-56)

Devon Peltier

College: Missouri State West Plains (26-4)

Scoring: 13.6 ppg in only 17.7 minutes a game

Rebs: 1.1 rpg

Assists: 0.9 apg

Steals: 0.9 spg

FG% 50.6% (136-269)
3FG% 47.5% (87-183)
FT% 86.2% (50-58)



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URUGUAY

Flamengo beat Libertad Sunchales and is leading group B -by Hector Lopez
Marcelinho scored 21 points and Alirio added 17 when Flamengo beat Libertad Sunchales 89-72 to lead the Group B for the South American League, played in Montevideo. Flamengo is now 2/0 and tomorrow will face Trouvile, the local team, which beat Millonarios Bolivia 96-76 and they are tied 1/1 with Libertad. Millonarios is 2/0.
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Flamengo 89 - Marcelinho 21, Helio 13, Wagner 8, Fernando 0, Fred 0, Duda 7, Maicon 9, Coloneze 14, Alitrio 17
Libertad Sunchales 72 - Moldu 6, Benitez 5, Muller 6, Pelussi 6, Ginobili 11, Saglietti 18, Battle 20
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Trouville 96 - Rivera 7, Izuibejeres 6, Reymondez 2, Perez 14, Borges 17, Marichal 7, Aguilera 19, Campora 4, Thurman Zimmerman 14.
Millonarios 76 - Meyer 4, Espinoza 3, Torrez 5, Triver 5, Abratanski 16, A. Espana 16, Martinez 14, Mendoza 13.


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VENEZUELA

Marinos shakes things around, brings in Allison, Peralta and Pradia -by Francisco Vega
Marinos de Anzoategui decided to shake things around in their imported players staff, after they decided to let go Dominican forward Alejandro Flores (201-F) to look for a taller option for the painted zone, and also had to let go Steve Logan (182-G-80) due to injury. Their departures were followed by the signings of Panamanian guard Jair Peralta (178-G-76), Dawan Allison (178-G-78), who only played two games, and Jai Pradia (198-F-79).

'We were waiting on Steve, but his injury might take longer than expected for him to heal and come back, so we had to make a definitive decision', said president Domingo Cirigliano about his organization's move. Allison only played a couple of friendly matches filling in for Logan, but is now he's going to be replaced by Jair Peralta.


Gatos acquire Alejandro Flores from Marinos -by Francisco Vega
Only a few hours after Marinos de Anzoategui had announced his release, Alejandro Flores (201-F) was signed by Gatos de Monagas to become their communitary reinforcement player for the upcoming LPB 2008 season.

Flores, a 26 year-old small and power forward, will now strengthen the team's defense and will give coach Jose Maita Mercedes another shooting option. 'The Horse' is a powerful and athletic weapon that played last season in the country's Liga Nacional with Estudiantes de Guarico. Later on, he played as a reinforcement player for Pescadores de Sucre in the playoffs and for Duros de Lara in the South American Clubs Championship.




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Women News

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BWBL - Women

Standings
BWBL Standings
Group A
1. Laisve 0-0
2. Tim-Scuf 0-0
3. TEO Vilnius 0-0
4. Olimpia 0-0
Group B
1. Arvi 0-0
2. TTT Riga 0-0
3. Cesis 0-0
4. Berezina 0-0


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GREECE - Women

Round 19 wrap up -by Eurobasket News
The league leaders Esperides got to an easy 83:63 road win over Apollon Ptolemaidas. It was the 15th victory for Esperidas in the championship and they secured the top spot. Esperidas outscored the hosts 28:13 in the opening frame and then stretched the lead to 26 points at halftime. The task was completed and the visitors simply coasted to yet another successful night in the tournament. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) scored 21 points to pace Esperides. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C-83) notched 19 points, while Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) contributed 15 points in a win. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) produced 23 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Panionios overcame their key rivals Aris Holargou 73:69 away from home and widened the gap between the teams. Panionios remained at the second spot with 14-5 record, while Aris slipped at 13-6 in the third place. It were the hosts to claim an early lead at 20:19. But Panionios took over in the second term and surged ahead to be up by 7 points at halftime 43:36. Aris refused to surrender and retained the advantage after 30 minutes of action 59:57. Nevertheless it was Panionios day as Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, college: Boston Coll.) and Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) ensured the winning outcome for the visiting side at the end. Brooke Queenan provided 19 points and 11 boards for Panionios. Erin Thorn nailed 15 points, while Maria Samorukova (191-C-71) added 11 points in a winning effort. Zoe Kehagia (170-G-80) paced Aris with 18 points. Giuliana Mendiola (182-G-81, college: Washington) netted 17 points in a loss.
Athinaikos reached Aris in the ladder after they registered an 80:70 home win over Siemens. The start of the game was not a joyful one for Athinaikos as they trailed 20:22 at the first intermission. Siemens kept dominating in the second stanza and extended the margin to 5 points at the main break. But the hosts outscored their opponents 23:10 in the third period to grab the lead for good. Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) drained 19 points to lead Athinaikos. Vassilia Gouzni added 16 points, while Nicole Farris notched 15 points and 11 boards for the winners. Erika Quigley (188-C-84, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 20 points and 8 boards for Siemens as they fell to 9-10 record.


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LATVIA - Women

Baltic Woman`s Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

Baltic Woman`s Basketball League

Tallinna Living - SK Cesis 61-80
Rebane 16, Jallai 14, Raussberg 12; Jessica Moore (191-C-82) 21, Cinite 17, Crockett 17


TLU/VOLTA - SK Cesis 56-79

Rannaveski 17, Wallace 13; Jessica Moore 19, Derevjanik 15, Neimane 13


Tallinna Living - Avantis/Turiba 80-53

Anderson 17, Rebane 12, Mitt 12; Horelika 16, Vitola 12, D.Zarina 10


TLU/VOLTA - RS TTT/Rapa 118-51

Rannaveski 25, Kostla 19, Rosenfeldt 19; Indriksons 16


Tallinna Living - RS TTT/Rapa 73-51

Saarniit 23, Anderson 18, Puu 17; Gailite 16


TLU/VOLTA - Avantis/Turiba 100-77

Rosenfeldt 25, Zilmer 20, Wallace 19; Eibele 15, Vorma 13


Regular season final standings

1. Arvi 13-1

2. TIM-SCUF 13-1

3. Laisve 10-4

4. Berezina-RCOR 10-4

5. SK Cesis 10-4

6. Olimpia 9-5

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7. BC Minsk-2006 8-6

8. Tallinna Living 8-6

9. Lemminkainen 6-8

10. TLU/VOLTA 6-8

11. Olimp-NAEK 6-8

12. Avantis/Turiba 3-11

13. RS TTT/Rapa 1-13

14. Barsy Atyrau 1-13

15. LTU Junior team 1-13


Semifinal groups

'A' group

1. TEO, Vilnius (Lithuania )

2. TIM-SCUF, Kyiv (Ukraine)

3. LAISVE, Kaunas (Lithuania)

4. OLIMPIA, Grodno (Belorussia)


'B' group

1. TTT- RIGA, Riga (Latvia)

2. ARVI, Marijampole (Lithuania)

3. BEREZINA-RCOR, Borisovo (Belorussia)

4. SC CESIS, Cesis ( Latvia)



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MALTA - Women

Luxol climbs on top in the Peugeot League -by Eurobasket News
Luxol capitalized on Hibs Medsea being out of action last week to snatch the first spot in the standings. Luxol thrashed St. James Hospital to go up at 6-1 record. Luxol built a 25:10 lead at halftime and eased to an overall 68:30 win at the end. Hibs Medsea remained perfect at 6-0 record.
Meanwhile Depiro improved to 5-2 record with a comfortable win over SN Suns. Depiro was impressive down the line and ensured a 98:21 victory. Joselle Cardona tallied 23 points for the winners.
Sliema posted their second straight win as they outscored Kerygma 48:38. Sliema thus improved to 2-5 record in the standings.


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NORWAY - Women

Gimle is perfect in Norway -by Eurobasket News
Gimle extended their winning streak to 12 games with three more victories during the last week. They started the week with a comfortable 84:60 road win over Hop. The visitors accumulated a 42:33 lead at halftime and Hop were unable to threaten it after the break. Kristina Tattersdill (181-F/C-83) tallied 20 points and 13 boards for Gimle. Kim Gibbs (180-F) contributed 20 points and 9 boards for the winners. Lise Johannesen (-F-83) and Stephanie Johannesen (-G-90) responded with 15 points apiece for Hop. Gimle enjoyed an overwhelming advantage in the paint outrebounding the hosts 36:19.
Later in the week Gimle continued their road tour visiting one of their main rivals Ullern. The game lived up to the highest expectations with Ullern seriously challenging the league leaders. Gimle got to a better start of the game as they grabbed a 23:18 lead after the starting frame. But Ullern struck back in the second quarter outscoring the opponents 24:20 and trimming the deficit to a single point 42:43 at the interval. But Gimle improved their defense after the break and it paid off. They were just a bit better in each of the remaining quarters and pulled away a hard 76:71 win. Kim Gibbs came up with 20 points and 7 boards for Gimle. Sigrun Eskeland (-83) topscored with 23 points for the winners. Kristine Kristiansen (-75) had 14 points in defeat. Guro Nyquist (-83) and Emilie Ravn (186-G/F-83) poured in 13 points as Ullern fell to 7-3 record.
Gimle wrapped up the week's action against Baerums Verk and once again came out on top 81:41. The outcome was decided in the first 10 minutes as the visitors built a 29:9 lead and never looked back again. Sigrun Eskeland notched 20 points and 11 boards for Gimle. Marianne Hella (-77) posted 15 points and 9 steals in a win. Nanna Sand (-77, college: Arizona St.) registered 20 points and 14 boards for Baerums Verk.


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RUSSIA - Women

Monique Currie launches 45 points in BC Moscow win -by Eurobasket News
Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) exploded with career-high 45 points to ensure a dramatic 102:101 overtime win of BC Moscow over Vologda yesterday. It was just an amazing present that Monique Currie presented to herself in her birthday. The 25-year-old guard converted 12/22 FG and 19/23 FT to go along with 2 assists, 7 boards and 2 steals to help BC Moscow to post their 12th win in the season. The hosts looked pretty comfortably in the first half as they dominated the game and built a 53:46 lead at halftime. But Vologda gradually overtook the initiative and started to pave their way back into the contest. They tied the scoreline and eventually forced overtime. But it was all in vain as Monique Currie who spent all 45 minutes of action on court was not about to stop. She completed her impressive 45-point haul and sentenced Vologda to the 7th defeat. Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) contributed 17 points and 12 boards, while Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) scored 16 points for the winners. Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) answered with 23 points and 10 boards for Vologda. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) notched 19 points in a loss.
Nadezhda registered the 4th win in the Superleague beating Dynamo-Energia 76:55. The teams mingled around close in the first half with Nadezhda piling up a 36:33 lead at halftime. But Nadezhda ran away in the third period. They outscored the visitors 23:13 to build a decisive 13-point advantage going into the fourth period. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) paced the winners with 26 points. Elen Shakirova (192-C-70) totaled 23 points and 8 boards for Nadezhda. Olga Kozorez replied with 18 points for Dynamo-Energia as they fell to 9-9 record.


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SENEGAL - Women

Results of the 4th Round Women -by Lamine Ndiaye
In the women league , SLBC 'Saint Louis Basket Club) won their 4th straight game in a row, the last one was on the road by a Gap of 30 pts agains Saltigues of Rufisque. Who can stop ndeye Sene and Nene Diame, that's the real problem that other teams have to solve. US rail won against ASCFO on the road 48-40 and DUC won her 4th to.


Sibac- JA :41-45
Jaaraf-DUC:44-67
ASCFO-RAIL: 40-48
Saltgue-SLBC: 27-57
Ndiambour-Bopp: 48-58
USO-EMBB :61-40


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ST.KITTS - Women

Arcilla Scores 40 To Lead College Team To Conference Championship -by Jay
SKABA Female league superstar and St.Kitts female national team forward Arcilla Jeffers blitzed the SUNY Canton Roos for an amazing 40 of her teams 70 points to lead the University of Maine at Fort Kent to a 70-65 victory in the championship game of the Sunrise Conference women's basketball tournament on Sunday.
The Roos, who were the top seed after winning the regular season championship with a 12-9 record. The Bengals, who lost twice to the Roos during the regular season, improved to 18-10.
Freshman guard Alisa Licata came up with the biggest shot of the night for the Bengals as she broke a 65-65 tie with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 38 seconds left. Sophomore forward Arcilla Jeffers sealed the championship with a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining.
Jeffers proved to be too much inside for the Roos as she powered her way to a tremendous performance with 40 points and 17 rebounds. Jeffers shot 16-for-24 from the floor and nine of her rebounds came on the offensive end.
Both games the two teams played in the regular seasons were close battles and Sunday's contest followed suit.
SUNY Canton had opened a nine-point lead with 9:14 left in the first half following a Julie Vander Wiel (Malone, N.Y.) basket.
Fort Kent responded with seven straight points to pull within two and the Roos eventually took a 35-31 into the locker room at halftime.
The Bengals came out strong in the second half scoring five straight points in the opening minute to re-take the lead. There would be seven ties and 10 lead changes the rest of the way.
Kristi Farrell put the Roos ahead for the final time sinking a pair of free throws with 1:34 remaining that made the score 65-64. Jeffers than hit one of two free throws to tie the game for the last time and after SUNY Canton misfired on their next possession, Licata buried the game-winning basket.
Shannon LaFave (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) scored 17 points, 14 coming in the first half, and grabbed seven rebounds for the Roos.
Vander Wiel came up big off the bench finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. Lauren Ploof (Hammond, N.Y.) added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Farrell had eight points and Jackie Maynard (Brasher Falls, N.Y.) chipped in with six points and seven rebounds.
Ashley Ames added 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bengals and Licata ended with 13 points and eight assists.