EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/12/2008

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AUSTRALIA

Chris Anstey is the Best Defensive Player of the Year -by Eurobasket News
Chris Anstey (213-C-75) added to his prizes tally as he was named the NBL Best Defensive Player of the Year. It came just days after Chris Anstey was awarded the NBL MVP title. Chris Anstey gathered 47 votes to surpass Aaron Grabau (196-G-78) of the Cairns Taipans for the award. The Sydney Kings' captain Jason Smith (194-G-74) finished third with 32 votes.
Chris Anstey was a key stone in the well-crafted Tigers' defense. Melbourne averagely restricted held their opponents to just 96 points per game. It was the fourth-best result in the league. Chris Anstey averaged 9.3 boards and 1.9 blocks per game. Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) of the Brisbane Bullets won the title in 2007.
Meanwhile Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) from the Wollongong Hawks claimed the title of the NBL Most Improved Player. The Hawks' forward got 81 votes in the poll to better Darren Ng (189-G-83) of the 36ers and Mika Vukona (197-F-82) of the NZ Breakers. Tragardh improved in the majority of the facets. His average stats came up t0 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. The last year the award was handed to Liam Rush (198-F/G-82) from the West Sydney Razorbacks.
With all the titles being handed out it is all about the NBL title which still waits for the team to claim it. Melbourne leads 2-1 in the series against Sydney and takes on their opponents at home tomorrow.


Aleks Maric scores 17 points and 16 rebounds as Nebraska beats Colorado 68 - 49 -by Sohail Nasri

The Nebraska men's basketball team sent senior center Aleks Maric out in style on Sunday, as the Huskers cruised past Colorado, 68-49, in Maric's final home game of the regular season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.


Center Aleks Maric was honored before the game as the Huskers' lone senior in his final home game of the regular-season. The Australian National Anthem was played before the National Anthem of the United States. Prior to Maric and his parents (father, Stevan and mother, Draginja) coming to center court, a letter from his sisters and nephews in Sydney, Australia, was read. Coach Sadler and Athletic Director Tom Osborne then presented Maric with a framed Nebraska jersey.

The big Aussie had 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Huskers picked up their 18th win of the season and improved to 7-9 in league play. With an Oklahoma State loss Sunday, the Huskers moved into a three-way tie for seventh place in the final regular-season Big 12 standings, alongside OSU and Texas Tech.

As he has the past four years, Maric came up big when the Huskers needed him, helping NU race out to a 36-14 halftime lead and never looking back. After missing his first two shots from the floor, Maric posted his first basket at the 5:10 mark when he brought the crowd of 10,915 to its feet with his first 3-pointer of the season.

Maric was one of four Huskers to hit from long range, led by Paul Velander's career-high five 3-pointers. Velander, who scored a season-high 16 points off the bench, helped Nebraska to nine treys on a season-high 26 attmepts. Over the past two games, Nebraska has hit 19 3-pointers, a two-game season high.
The day belonged to Maric, who was honored before the game along with his parents, Stevan and Draginja. Following a senior video of Maric, the PA announcer read a letter from Maric's sisters and nephews back in Sydney, Australia, before Maric and his parents came out to a loud round of applause.

Once he hit the floor, Maric did not disappoint as he hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor for 17 points while collecting 16 rebounds, the ninth game of his career with at least 15 boards. Maric got his teammates involved early and often, as he contributed a career-high six assists without a turnover. He also paced the Huskers with three steals and two blocked shots before earning a standing ovation by the crowd as he exited the game with 2:03 remaining.

Maric, who scored 17 points and had 16 rebounds, had a career-high six assists on the day including three in the first half. Maric's previous career best was four assists on three occasions, including twice this year. Maric also had three steals and two blocked shots to lead the Huskers.



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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

. Rams top BVI Tech, 62-44, to retain Inter-Secondary crown -by David Edole
By DEAN GREENAWAY, BVI News Senior Sports Correspondent

Led by tournament MVP Kelvin Samuel, the Elmore Stoutt High School Rams boys' team overpowered the BVI Technical and Vocational Institute, 62-44, in Monday's final of the second inter-secondary schools basketball tournament at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

SamuelŚthe leading scorer in all three gamesŚburnt the nets for a 31 point 14 board double double. He also had eight assists and two blocks. Captain Leslie Smith contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, in the contest that the Rams lead 26-20, at the half, before putting the game away in the fourth quarter with a 16-8 run.

Kevin Issac topped BVI Tech with 12 points, to go with eight rebounds and five steals. Jensen SamuelŚKelvin's cousinŚfinished with 11 points, while Coy Dore added another nine.

Bodean Samuel scored 16 of his game high 18 points in the first half, to lead the Bregado Flax Educational Center senior squad to third place, with a, 44-30, victory over St. Georges. Irvin Young and Kirk O'Neal added six points each. St. Georges got 10 points from Quemelle Hodge, with Jacoy Brathwaite and Deron Smith contributing eight and seven points to the tally.

The tournament award recipients are as follows:

Girls:
Most points: Tiffany Jennings, Elmore Stoutt, 35. Most Rebounds: Kishma Martin, Elmore Stoutt, 14. Most
Blocks: Dominique Wattley, Elmore Stoutt, 2. Most Assists: Tiffany Jennings, Elmore Stoutt; 7. Most Steals: Tiffany Jennings, Elmore Stoutt, 16.
MVP: Tiffany Jennings, Elmore Stoutt.

Boys:
Most points: Kelvin Samuel, Elmore Stoutt, 66. Most Rebounds: Jacoy Bratwaithe, St. Georges, 28.
Most Blocks: St. Georges, 5. Most Assists: Kelvin Samuel, Elmore Stoutt, 15. Most Steals: Daryl Alexander, Elmore Stoutt, 16.
MVP: Kelvin Samuel, Elmore Stoutt.


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BULGARIA

Reality struck Lukoil -by Valentin Anguelov
We all hoped for this season to bring the long expected breach into the ULEB Cup. Obviously we will have to wait some more. The tough draw determined one of the richest and mightiest clubs in Europe to be Lukoil's rival. For some time many people believed that even they could be eliminated, but tonight in front of the full 'Universiada' hall it became clear how much the two teams differ in class and standard. In spite of the maximum efforts Lukoil's players made, Svetislav Pesic's team left the court with a comfortable lead of 14 points, before the rematch in Moscow, defeating Lukoil with 75-89.

The game started very equally mostly thanks to Todor Stoykov, who played with a lot of enthusiasm both offensively and defensively and almost single-handedly kept his team in the game. However nothing could stop Dynamo's quick offensive plays. The long distance shooting was also a strong weapon for the Russians and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois), Antonis Fotsis and Milos Vujanic scored 4 three-pointers in the first quarter. With an 8-0 run the guest showed how dangerous they can be and took the lead by 9 points. Lukoil managed to get back into the game and at the end of the first 10 minutes they were only 4 points behind Dynamo (25-29).

In the opening minutes of the second quarter Lukoil made an impressive start and had the opportunity to take the lead at 29-30 but they missed their chance, making lots of mistakes. Those mistakes were punished by Dynamo and the Russians made an 11-0 run led by Dmitri Domani, who scored 8 of the points. From that moment on the Russian team had no problems maintaining their lead with its aggressive defense and excellent shooting. On the other side, the man whose contribution was vital for Lukoil - Pero Antic - wasn't able to convert his points and it was necessary for Stoykov to show his class again. He scored 7 consecutive points, finishing with a triple for 44-51. In the remaining seconds before the end of this quarter Dynamo managed to score a basket and the score was 44-53 at the half.

The second half started with an 11-2 run for Dynamo, making Lukoil's deficit 18 points (46-64). The Bulgarians found strength to fight back inspired by their captain and scored 9 unanswered points for 55-64, but that was the most they could do. Dynamo's supremacy was obvious and they managed to stay ahead throughout the whole game.

At the end of the third quarter the score was 57-68 and Lukoil's hopes for a win were starting to fade away. However they didn't give up and tried once more to turn things around. At 65-80 Willie Deane finished effectively two of his lay-ups to cut the lead to 11 points. Then Lukoil scored 6 more points, letting only 2 in their basket and 1 minute before the end of the game the Bulgarians were trailing by only 7 (75-82). But that was their maximum and in the remaining seconds Dynamo showed that they are the more experienced team and scored 7 unanswered points, including a long distance shot by Domani with the buzzer.

For Dynamo 5 players finished with 10 or more points: Henry Domercant - 18 (4 triples), Hansen -14 (2 triples), Fotsis - 12 (2 triples), Domani- 11 (3/3 triples). Javtokas added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his double-double.


For Lukoil Willie Deane scored 18 poits, followed by Stoykov and Antic with 14. Antic also added 8 rebounds to his stats, but his shooting percentage was terrible- 3/10 for 2 points(30%), 1/8 for 3 points (12%).

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LUKOIL ACADEMIC - DYNAMO MOSCOW



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CANADA

Saint Mary's wins AUS championship -by Eurobasket News
The Saint Mary's Huskies toppled the Acadia Axemen 75:72 in the heated battle at the Halifax Metro Centre to capture the Atlantic University Sport basketball championship. Thus the Huskies booked their ticket to the CIS Final 8 in Ottawa. The title became the first one for the Huskies since 1999. It was a close battle throughout the whole game with the outcome decided in the crunch time. Saint Mary's raced to an early lead and held to a 29:20 advantage after the opening frame. Acadia stayed contestant and managed to trim the deficit by 2 points in the second period. The Axemen worked hard in the second half to deny the difference. They outplayed to more points in the third stanza and the game carried the intrigue till the final seconds. Shawn Berry (196-F, college: Sauk Valley CC) knocked down 2 free throws to put the Axemen ahead with less than two minutes remaining. But Saint Mary's survived the threat. Shane Morrison fired a buzzer-beating jumper that brought the Huskies to an overall victory. Aaron Duncan (196-G) secured 21 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to pace the Huskies. Ikeobi Uchegbu (196-F) added 16 points, while Mark McLaughlin (188-G) scored 15 in a winning case. Achuil Lual (203-F-82) dropped 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Axemen. Leonel Saintil (196-F) had 15 points and 10 boards in defeat. Acadia outrebounded the Huskies 36:33 but shot just 14% from beyond the arc. Saint Mary's converted 47% from the field including 41% from downtown.
Saint Mary's take on Western Ontario in the CIS Championship quarterfinal. Acadia also was awarded a spot in the Final 8 as a wildcard. They face Laval on March 14.


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CAPE VERDE

Rodrigo and Marques Wins Angola Supercup -by Pedro Gomes
1║ de Agosto on Tuesday won the 16th edition of the 'Wladmiro Romero' Super Cup in basketball, by beating Petro Atletico by 71-69, a victory only achieved eight seconds before the end of the game, with a triple shot by Carlos Almeida. In a balanced match in which the two teams could explore well the attack moves, 1┬║ de Agosto, that was in disadvantage for most of the time, only made the draw at the last minute of the third quarter, at 53 points. In the last period, 1┬║ de Agosto led the score for the first time (55-53) and re-enlivened the game when it seemed to be in total control of Petro Atletico that was still keeping the same positive performance. 1║ de Agosto's Olimpio Cipriano was the best scorer with 23 pints, followed by Petro's Carlos Morais.
With this triumph, 1┬║ de Agosto have eight Super Cup titles.

Super Cup Box scores:

Atletico Petroleos de Luanda: Eduardo Mingas (11), Luis Costa (0), Carlos Morais (22), Fernando Albano (0 ), Leonel Paulo ( 1 ), Francisco Horacio ( 3 ), Milton Barros (2 ), Victo de Carvalho (7), Joaquim Xavier ( 0 ), Domingos Bonifacio ( 3 ), Victor Muzadi ( 16 ).
Coach: Alberto de Carvalho 'Ginguba'.

1┬║ de Agosto: Amando Costa ( 6 ), Marques Houtman (190-G-79, college: Stonehill) ( 2 ), Olimpio Cipriano ( 23 ), Felizardo Ambrosio ( 4 ), Vladimir Ricardino ( 2 ), Francisco Jordao ( 2 ), Carlos Almeida ( 7 ), Miguel Lutonda (12 ), Rodrigo Mascarenhas (198-F-80) ( 9 ), Hermenegildo Santos (0 ), Simao Joao ( 0 ).
Coach: Luis Magalhaes.

Final score Petro- 69 1║Agosto- 71


Rudolph Capture Major MAAC Awards -by Pedro Gomes
Albany, N.Y. - Loyola freshman guard Brian Rudolph (180-G-88) was named the Co-Rookie of the Year and junior guard Marquis Sullivan was named the Sixth Man of the Year in announcements made Thursday afternoon by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at its annual Awards Reception taking place at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., the site of this weekend's championships.

Rudolph shared his award with Marist's Jay Gavin. Rider University captured the other three major awards as head coach Tommy Dempsey was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year and Broncs senior center Jason Thompson collected both the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

'This is a significant step for our program to receive these awards that are voted on by the other coaches in the league,' Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos stated. 'Clearly, the coaches respect and acknowledge the type of talent we have brought in. In addition to their recognition of what Brian and Marquis have meant to our success this year, they rewarded two of our seniors - Gerald Brown and Michael Tuck - with all-league honors.'

A 5-11 freshman from New Bedford, Mass., Rudolph captured a league-high six Rookie of the Week awards, all of them coming during conference weekends, including four straight during February. He led Loyola to wins in 12 of its final 16 games after being inserted into the starting lineup in mid-January, averaging 7.1 points while handing out 134 assists. The selection as Rookie of the Year is Loyola's third in the MAAC with previous winners being Nsilo Abraham (1996) and John Reimold (2001).

http://loyolagreyhounds.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/030608aaa.html


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CBA

The playoff stage is ready for tip off in CBA -by Eurobasket News
The regular season came to an end in the CBA. The Association announced the format of the playoff race for the title. It will comprise 5 best teams from the American and National Conferences. In the American Conference the East Kentucky Miners will take on the Pittsburgh Xplosion in the preliminary semifinal. The one-game series will be played today in Pittsburgh. The winner of the series advances to the semifinal to play against the Minot Skyrockets in the best-of-three series. Minot will play the first game away from home, two other encounters are scheduled to take place in Minot.
In the National Conference the Yakama Sun Kings and the Oklahoma Cavalry will clash in the CBA semis. It will also be the best-of-three series with the first game tipping off today in Oklahoma. The next two fixtures are planned to be held in Yakama. The winners of the CBA semis will qualify for the Final. The main CBA event will be the best-of-five series.


Standings
CBA Standings
1. Yakama S. 43-5
2. Minot S. 38-10
3. Oklahoma C. 30-18
4. Pittsburgh X. 29-19
5. E.Kentucky 26-22
6. Albany P. 21-26
7. Butte D. 17-31
8. Great Falls E. 13-23
9. Rio Grande 13-35
10. Atlanta KW 9-34


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COLOMBIA

Norbey Aragon released -by Victor Garcia
Guaiqueries de Margarita, released Colombian Guard/Forward Norbey Aragon, Norbey played 4 games but few minutes.
The arrival of Rogers Washington sent Norbey to the bench, and now the Venezuelan Champion could try to find a Latin American point guard, or a Latin American big man to fill their roster.
Aragin will come back to Colombia soon.
Guaiqueries are already with 2 wins a two losses in the standings


Moreno's Indios lost against Leones in BSN -by Victor Garcia
Edgar Moreno had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist in the lost of Indios de Mayaguez against Leones de Ponce in the fourth game in this 2008 Puerto Rican BSN.
For the Indios it was the second straight lost and now they are third in the Island Division with 1-3 record.
Edgar is getting his place in the team, in four games Edgar averaged 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Indios goal for this year is to come to semifinals for first time in the frachise history


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CYPRUS

Market news -by Chris Mammides

Proteas EKA AEL Limassol beat Aspis Apoel in Melford Arena, and showed once more that it will not be a piece of cake for Aspis Apoel to qualify in the Finals against the permanent Champions of Cyprus. The final score was 100-76 with quarters being 24-24, 54-35, 81-52 and 100-76. The Cyprus International Liatsos was the man of the game and the stand out for Limasol site, with his 14 points and his very good defence. Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) was once more the top scorer with 19 points while another five players finished the game with doubled digits, Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) 15, Buziane 12, Woodward and Radle 13 each and Suchu 10.

On behalf of Aspis Apoel only Wheeler and Hansen tried their best with 17 and 13 points respectively while Radunovic scored 10. The third game will take place in Nicosia but the psychology factor has now moved in Limassol.

Other news
Patrick Lee (187-G-75, college: Va Commonwealth) of Keravnos Strovolou is loosing the rest of the season and probably retired as the initial health report does speak about 8 months out of the courts, which means for the 33 years old guard at least one year (in total) out of the basketball courts. It will need a small miracle to continue his career. Keravnos Strovolou and its management are really disappointed and discussing about their very bad luck, as their top performer and brains of the team is out for ever!!

In pure numbers, Keravnos will loose the 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and the 'dirty job' -defence wise from the American experienced guard. Keravnos lost its number one player and together many hopes for the title in its best season (the last couple of years). Keravnos Strovolou after the unsuccessful results in the Cup and in the European competition is watching its last chance to close successfully the season to head off.

It is worth mentioning the fact that the psychology of the Strovolos Red/Yellows is at the lowest possible level as Lee was the physical leader of the team, American player Smith loosing his best friend in the team, proved to be really negative for Keravnos as his performance in the game against Omonia dropped to zero after the injury incident of his fellow-player. Lastly, the fact that Keravnos lost both of his point guards as Jarred Hart got injured last month (he is expected to return at the beginning of April) is quite unique negative wise, if Keravnos is still in the play-offs, the American with British passport will be changing roles roles in the team, from a second (and sometimes third point guard) will become the leading positioned point guard for Frangias team. Who knows what the future predicts for Keravnos Strovolou team.



Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 16.4
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 16
Christodoulou (APOP) 16
Alexandrou(Anagen) 15
Antoniou (APOP) 15
Georgiadis (Philips) 15
Grigoriou (Anagen) 14
Papadopoulos(Paral)14
Rebounds Per Game
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 8
Papadopoulos (Paral) 7.5
Alexandrou (Anagen) 7.1
Hristodoulou (APOP) 7
Christodoulou (Digeni) 7 Grigoriou (Anagen) 6
Assists Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 2.9
Georgiadis (Philips) 2.4
Papadopoulos(Paral) 2.1
Hatzifedonos (Olym) 2.1
Daniel (Digenis) 1.7
Steals Per Game
Karagiannis (Anagn) 2.1
Hristodoulou (APOP) 2.1
Alexandrou (Anagen) 2.1
Karvazonis (Digen) 1.5
Achilleos (Argon) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
Christodoulou (APOP) 2
Papadopoulos (Paral) 1.5
Hatzifedonos (Olymp) 1.1
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 1
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 1
Zagorov (Philips) 1
2FGP
Prokopiou (Anagn) 68
Antoniou (APOP) 65
Haralambus (Doxa) 60
Mihail (Achilleas Ag) 58
Christodoulou (Digen) 58
Zagorov (Philips) 57
3FGP
Christodoulou (Digen) 55
Philippou (Doxa) 54
Shiakallis (Olympos) 53
Papanikolaou (Philips) 50
Georgiadis (Philips) 50
Free Throws
Prokopiou (Anagen) 85
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 85
Hatzifedonos (Olymp) 83
Antoniou (APOP) 82
Mastoris (APOP) 82
Ranking
Prokopiou (Anagen)
Christodoulou (APOP)


Aspis Apoel wins Proteas EKA AEL in the third semi final game ans is now 2-1 -by Chris Mammides

Aspis Apoel beat Proteas EKA AEL in a game which took place earlier today (11/03/2008). Cyprus International Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) was the top performer and MVP of the game. The talented guard scored 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in less than 31 minutes in the game. The first quarter was a real derby among two balanced teams. The next two quarters (2nd and 3rd) were a continuous monologue for the Nicosia team and with an amazing 17-2 made the score 52-35 in the 26th minute, in the remaining 14 minutes, Proteas EKA AEL tried to make the comeback but it was too late as Gerben Van Dorpe (211-F/C-76, college: Mt.St.Mary's) with 15 points, Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, college: Rhode Island) and Mike Jones (196-G-84, college: Maryland) with14 points points per head and Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80) 12 points, were scoring and returning the points which mainly Ali Bouziane (192-G-77) and Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) were scoring on behalf of AEL. The Limasol team had as a standout the amazing Ali Bouziane, who performed his best game since his arrival in Aphrodite's Island with the yellow jersey of AEL, the French forward scored 23 points but unfortunately for his team, his team-mates and especially top players such us Randle and Woodward were in a very bad day scoring all and all 12 points together (4 by Randle and 8 by Woodward). The quarters of the game were: 19-18, 40-31, 60-53 and the final 82-71. Next game will take place in Melford Arena where AEL in unbeatable, if APOEL brakes the Limasol home court then it will be Head Coach Yiangoulis's team to qualify in the big final against either Keravnos Strovolou or Omonia Nicosia.



A1 Stats Leaders
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Davis (Omonoia) 16.6
Dalipagic (Enad) 14.7
Papadopoulos (Etha) 14
Ryan Randle (AEL) 13.5
Kitsoulis (Apollon) 13.2
Kandic (AEK) 13.1
Ryan Diggs (Apollo) 13
Rebounds Per Game
Trisokkas (Keravnos) 8.8
Garcia (Apoel) 7.6
Ware (Etha) 7.6
Trepalovac (AEK) 7.1
Aleksic (AEL) 6.9
Dalipagic (Etha) 6.4
Assists Per Game
Aleksic (AEL) 4.2
Wheeler (APOEL) 3.85
Lee (Keravnos) 3.8
Diggs (Apollon) 3.2
Papadopoulos (Etha) 3
Woodward (AEL) 2.8
Steals Per Game
Panteli (AEK) 2.8
Papadopoulos (Etha) 1.9
Burton (AEK) 1.6
Wheeler (Apoel) 1.6
Pilavas (keravnos) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
Trepalovac (AEK) 1.78
Radojevic (Keravnos) 1.5
Ware (Etha) 1
Broxsie (AEK) 2
Radunovic (Apoel) 0.8
2FGP
Tarver (Apoel) 81
Aleksic (AEL) 73.5
Zianveni (AEL) 68.75
Trisokkas (Keravn) 66.7
Radojevic (Keravnos)66
Radojevic (Keravnos) 67
3FGP
Mucic (omonia) 66.67
Aleksic (AEL) 47.37
Kitsoulis (Apollon) 42.86
Lee (Keravnos ) 40.74
Papadopoulos (Etha) 35
Free Throws
Wheeler (APOEL) 92.3
Hart (Keravnos) 88
Kosanovic(Keravnos) 86
Ranking
Stone (Omonoia) 1.13
Garner (Achilleas) 1.12
Trisokas (Keravnos) 1.01
Cuic (AEL) 0.96
Aleksic (AEL) 0.96


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
1. Keravnos 17-1
2. APOEL 15-3
3. AEL 14-4
4. Etha 9-9
5. Omonia 8-10
6. AEK 6-12
7. Apollon 6-12
8. ENAD 4-14
9. Achilleas K. 2-16


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CZECH REP.

Last signings of the season -by Ondra Simecek
Nymburk decided to fill the hole in the roster that had since the autumn and signed Jiri Jelinek (202-F-87, agency: PPGroup) from Pardubice until the end of this season. Jelinek is young perspective, who should help the team to equaly spread the minutes to more players.
BK Prostejov signed Marton Bader, Hungarian national player. Bader was playing for Panellinios this season but was not getting that many minutes. He should start with the team this week.
As of the 9th of March the transaction period is over and therefore no new players can the Czech clubs sign.


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
1. Nymburk 32-1
2. Geofin 25-8
3. Prostejov 25-8
4. Decin 20-13
5. Pardubice 20-13
6. Ostrava 16-17
7. A Plus B. 14-19
8. Sadska 14-19
9. USK Praha 11-22
10. Liberec 10-23
11. Kolin 8-25
12. Usti n/Labem 3-30


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D-LEAGUE

Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
1. Dakota W. 22-16
2. Sioux Falls S. 22-19
3. Iowa E. 17-21
4. Ft.Wayne MA 13-23
Southwest Division
1. Austin T. 25-11
2. Colorado 14ers 23-15
3. Tulsa 66ers 21-16
4. Rio Grande VV 15-25
5. Albuquerque T. 14-22
West Division
1. Idaho S. 28-10
2. LA D-Fenders 25-11
3. Utah 18-19
4. Anaheim A. 14-24
5. Bakersfield J. 7-32


Warriors Re-Assign O'Bryant to Jam and Re-Call Perovic -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Golden State Warriors have re-assigned second year center Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) to the Bakersfield Jam, while re-calling Serbian center Kosta Perovic (7'2''-C-85).
Perovic has appeared in 21 games with Bakersfield, averaging 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.57 blocks per game.
O'Bryant appeared in 25 games for the Jam during the 06-07 season, averaging 12.0 ppg and ranked second in the D-League with 9.6 rpg and topped all players with 2.9 bpg.


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DOMINICAN REP.

Felipe Lopez back in Dominican Republic -by Oscar Peralta
St John's standout Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) is back in Dominican Republic. He in playing in Santigo for the GUG club. In his first game although they lost by 3, he had a game-high of 24. On his second game Lopez had a game high of 21 to help his club beat the defending champion Sameji. He is expected to Help GUG make the playoffs. GUG hasn't qualify for the playoffs in the past few years. Is good to see big names come back and represent in Dominican Republic. Lopez is a treat to the fans of basketball in Dominican Republic.

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GERMANY

2. Regionalliga West champs: BG Dorsten and Bayer Uerdingen -by Daniel Poerschke
The 2. Regionalliga West season came to an end on last weekend: Bayer Uerdingen from Group 1 and BG Dorsten from Group 2 won their divisions and therefore will play in the 1. Regionalliga West next season. Dorsten relied on the strong play of Dalun Smith (175-G-81), Michael Parker (192-G-80, college: Springfield) and Carlos Cogsdell (203-F-82, college: Pitt-Johnstown) to capure their title.
TuS Meckenheim and Capone Dusseldorf instead will drop down to the 2. RL. The Bergheim Bandits could also be relegated after the season, but this will depend on how many west teams from the Pro B will move down to the 1. RL West.


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
1. Art.Dragons 38-8
2. Leverkusen 36-10
3. Berlin 36-12
4. Bamberg 30-14
5. Bonn 30-16
6. Oldenburg 28-20
7. Frankfurt 26-22
8. Braunschweig 24-20
9. Ludwigsburg 24-22
10. Koeln 24-22
11. Bremerhaven 22-22
12. Goettingen 20-26
13. Ulm 20-28
14. Paderborn 16-28
15. Tuebingen 14-32
16. Giessen 12-34
17. Trier 10-36
18. Jena 4-42


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GREECE

Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Fotiou, Sporting 19.5
2 Liakopoulos, Pagr, 17.8
3 Kaklamanos, Trik,17.4
4 Despos, MENT 16.3
5 Tomaras, Halkida 16
6 Totsios, Iraklis 15.8
7 Moulakis, Xanthi 15.7
8 Mandic, MENT 14.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Despos, MENT 8.82
2 Koutroulias, Ilys. 8.43
3 Symeonid. Irakl, 8.37
4 Petrodimop, Dafni 7.64
5 Bucci, Peristeri 7.09
6 Moutran, Sporting 6.95
7 Perakis, Sporting 6.91
Assists Per Game
1 Karidas, MENT 5.41
2 Moshovitis, Perist. 4.52
3 Liakopoulos, Pagr. 4.25
4 Kantartz, Halkida 4.00
5 Kekelis, Ionikos 3.65
Steals Per Game
1 Karidas, MENT 2.64
2 Tomaras, Halkida 1.9
3 Bucci, Peristeri 1.73
Blocks Per Game
Trybanski, Peristeri 1.50
Psathas, Halkida 1.09
Koutroulias, Ilysiak 1.05
Papanikol. Ilysiak.1.05
2FGP
1 Despos, MENT 68%
2 Pashalis, Ionikos 64%
3 Harismidis, Trikala 63%
3FGP
1 Fountas, Trikala 49%
2 Apostolop, Iraklis 48%
3 Panagiot, Panorama 48%
Free Throws
1 Daniel, Iraklis 87%
2 Bucci, Peristeri 85%
3 Mandic, MENT 85%
Ranking
Harismidis, Trikala 0.598
Anagnost, I.C.B.S. 0.577
Paschalis, Lamia 0.567
Papanikolaou, Ilisiakos 0.555
Koutroulias, Ilisiakos 0.554


A1: Match Day 19: Results and Scorers. -by Chris Mammides
Aris - Marousi 72 - 59
With Massey in another great performance (the steadiest player in the Greek league for the 2007-2008), scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 block shots, Gordon Herbert's team faced some major problems from Soulis Markopoulos team only for the first 25 minutes as the two Americans of Marousi together with Kojadinovic were in an amazing crescent. The quarters were: 15-14, 30-28, 51-45 and 72-59. Greek Head Coach, Markopoulos made a wonderful job in Marousi and this shows that the victory over the permanent champions (Panathinaikos) was not at all due to lack. A very good job is taking place In Agios Thomas, with Soulis Markopoulos , Nicos Linardos and the other coaches in the coaching team. Very good performance from Washington in one of his very good games in the Greek league with Aris's jersey, scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in less than 19 minutes.
Olympiada Patras - Rethymno 78 - 95
Coach Raca's team seems to be doomed as Rethymno's unexpected great performances from players which have not perform as well in the previous games (Gitzogiannis, Nadjfey and Karapostolou) put actually the tombstone for Patras's team. Even though, Dragan Raca's coaching was the best feasible (with the existing players and without Pettas and Karavolas due to their punishment), Jefferson, Dorkofikis, Soulis and Necovic gave their best and had a wonderful first half, the islanders from Crete, had always an answer to the offensive crescent of the four pre-mentioned players and with seven players with double digits change into a faster speed in the second half and won the game quite easy, at the end. This game was crucial for both teams, as Patras team is now nearly 100% in the A2 while Cretans have gain some hopes to remain in the division after the specific road win. The quarters were: 24-27, 43-46, 60-69 and 78-95
Egaleo - PAOK 94-80
Another great victory for Skourthopoulos team, with an amazing American triplet, Goldwire, Bracey and Patterson in an extra ordinary day in the third quarter they have outscored their opponents with 25-14 and made the comeback which finished in the fourth quarter. Coach Flevarakis saw only three of his players believing in the double, but they got tired after the first 25 minutes and couldn't follow the home teams rhythm, Kutluay with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Verginis (who has been called for the Euro FIBA All Star Show which will take place in Limassol, Cyprus) with 17 points and the Moroccan center Rhalimi with 16 points and 5 rebounds. The quarters were 20-29, 45-47, 70-61 and 94-80.
Panionios - AEL 1964 89 - 60
Coach Markovic's Panionios came back to the positive results after the clear victory over AEL with 29 points difference! With Lonny Baxter's greatest performance since his arrival in the team and with his 15 points in less than 18 minutes and with Newley's 14 points, 4 rebounds and assists, Panionios took the most wanted win with very good presentation in the court against AEL's Papanikolopoulos and Ceranic who lead their team with 20 and 15 points respectively and Keys negative from the parameter 0/4 three pointers, the home team took an early lead and with a slow tempo increase it to the maximum at the end. The quarters were: 18-14, 40-31, 59-45 and 89-60.
Kolossos Rodou - Olympiakos 69-96
Panagiotis Giannakis 's Olympiakos has nothing to do with Gershon's Olympiakos, in only 40 days, the Greek NT's Head Coach changed totally the Piraeus team. The Reds are playing defene, listening to their coach, follow strategy and play with passion, all these is 100% Panagiotis Giannakis success who is showing all over Europe his coaching talents. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) was marvellous and with 23 points and 7 rebounds in 22 minutes reminded to all of us why he will be called in the Hellenic NT, 16 points were added by Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85) and Greer 12 with 4/5 three pointers. On behalf of Kolossos Rodou, top scorer was Diamantopoulos with 16 followed by Pinnock with 15.
Olympia Larissas Panathinaikos 63-83
Panathinaikos started to find his old good self, with very good second half and with Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) reminding us why he is the most well paid player in Europe, scoring 16 points and 7 assists in 23 minutes, Obradovic's Greens over scored the Olympia by 20 points and added another road win in their record. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) and Prkacin added 10 each while Hatzivretas was quite unlucky as he got injured and will be out for at least three weeks (minimum time)
AEK - Panellinios 88-89
Great road win for Zontos's Panellinos, AEK proved to be one of the most unsteadies teams in the A1 as after a couple of amazing road wins, this home loss brought Aggelou's team right at the starting point. The quarters were: 21-21, 43-44, 62-68 and 88-89. It was an amazing derby and Grundy was definitely the MV Pod the 19th week with his 28 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, against Tapoutos and Avery's 19 points each, the American guard was unstoppable. Dimitris Papanikolaou return (he played for 12 minutes) was not the best one, the Greek International scored 2 points and 4 rebounds in his 12 minutes in the court.


Market news -by Chris Mammides

A1
Olimpiada PAtras released four players earlier today, the Americans Dewayne Jefferson (191-G-79, college: Miss.Valley St.), Ernest Brown (213-C-79, college: Indian Hills CC) and the Serbs Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85) and Branko Jorovic (205-F-81) have been released from the Patras team. After the latest result it is more obvious than ever that the Patras team will be the first team to relegate in A2. The Serbian-Cypriot Head Coach Dragan Raca will remain in the coaching possition untill the end of the seazon (as his job consider to be vital) and then there will be some discussion for possible collaboration in the A2 league, there are though some rumors that one of the major teams in the Cyprus league will offer hism the head coaching position. In the next coming weeks Eurobasket.com will be informing its readers about the latest news in regards to the specific subject.


There are rumors that within the next fw days PAOK will begin to release players. Coach Flevarakis first cut will be the American with Bosman passport Antoine Gillespie (194-G-76, college: UTEP) after the arrival of Kutluay and Rowe, his time in the court got minimised a lot, the Thessaloniki team wants to give some chances to younger players the rest 5-6 games of the seazon.


Egaleo agreed to terms with the Montenegran center Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84), to replace the German center Maras who allready sing in LEB league.


Some rumors are bringing Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) very close to Olympiakos with possible release of Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC)


A2

P.J. Isaacson (197-G/F-84, college: S.Connecticut) and Apollon Patras split ways. The Greek-Australian guard allready agreed to terms with the Australian team Manly Warringah Sea Eagles



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GUATEMALA

SAT Cybertech geared up for Liga Metropolitana 2008 -by Victor Padilla
Sat Cybertec early started its preparation for the 2008 Liga Metropolitana season, which launches March 25th at Gimnasio Nacional Teodoro Palacios Flores. With the added motivation of playing in the First Edition of Liga Centroamericana, and a renovated roster that now includes Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82), Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) and Gerson Duarte (202-C-83), the Liga Premier 2007 Champions seek this year to capture nothing less than the first places in both official competitions of Liga Metro. -'It was time for Guatemala to have a reference, all star team that could really make a difference in how our Basketball is perceived by our fans and sponsors', veteran player Victor Padilla (196-G/F-70) meditated while working out in court with the rest of players. -'We want a disciplined, organized team and clubů', shares Otto Larios, Head Coach, 'so we can seize the new opportunities that are opening up internationally for those who love this game. And we want our people to come back to our sport venues to see their team competing successfully in our region'. Sat Cybertec opens up this year's tournament against Zenca, a squad that has not presented any modification to their roster since 2007.

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HOLLAND

Omniworld Basketball want to return in the Eredivisie -by Fred Roggen

Omniworld Almere wants to return in the eredivisie the coming season. According to Vice-President Joop Epskamp of the Almeerse club, the FEB has already received the registration. Omniworld basketball disappeared end previous year after the bankruptcy of the club.

According to Joop Epskamp there now promises of a number of entrepreneurs and Companies who wants to sponsor Omniworld the coming season.
Beginning April, the boardmember hopes to say with certainty if Omniworld Basketball play coming season at the highest level.



BS Weert 25 years in the Dutch Eredivisie -by Fred Roggen

The basketballteam of BS Upstairs Weert plays already 25 years continuously in the Dutch Eredivisie.
In those 25 years, BS Upstairs Weert reached 18 times the play-offs, playing 100 play-off games of which 43 games were won. The absulote highlight in those 25 years was the winning of the Dutch title in 1994.

History:
Dutch Champion: 1994
Play Offs-finalist: 1988 - 1993 - 2001
Ricoh Cup: 1999

Games:

Eredivisie: 427 - 390

Play Offs: 43 - 57



All the facts about those 25 years Eredivisie have been written down in a book 'BSW 25 jaar in cijfers'



PromotieDivisie Scores Week 19: Final Four coming near... -by Terry Cooper

PromotieDivisie basketball got back on schedule as teams are battling for the final spots for the playoffs. Teams that had injuries are back to 100% and it shows in week 19 results. EBBC2 trounced Orcas at home 110-73 to fight for a chance to return to the final four. VBC Akrides fell short to BV Rooi 59-58 making it tougher for them to secure a playoff spot. The Cangeroes keep their chances alive with a 90-79 victory over Initial High Five while MSV demolished the Pigeons 104-66 with the return of big Bart Koek (206-C-76)(27/9) and six players in double figures. Landstede2 held off Leiden2 90-82 to be currently in third place in the standings and Punch edged De Groene Uilen 64-62 on the road. MyGuide2 had the week off. The competition is heating up and getting serious for teams that are trying to get those final four spots. It is clear that it is time for an 8 team playoff in the Promotie. Stay tuned.

Week 19 Scores:


EBBC2 - Orca's 110-73
VBC Akrides - BV Rooi 58-59
Cangeroes - Initial High Five 90-79
MSV - Pigeons 104-66
Landstede2 - Leiden2 90-82
De Groene Uilen - Punch 62-64



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HUNGARY

Bader signed for czech side Prostejov -by Balazs Radics
27 years old center Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) has found his new team in the Czech Republic. After having left Panellinios a month ago already found a new challenge where he can work himself back to the European elit. He had this season for the greeks 8 games with the averages of 6.3 mins, 1.5 ppg, 2rpg, 62FG%, 60FT%. Marton was having difficulties with a back injury, but now ready to perform on such a high level he did with Cibona Zagreb in the past. Prostejov is now 2nd on the championship table behind Nymburk, but still in the competition for the title! Eurobasket Hungary wishes him good luck at his new team!

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ITALY

Lega2-22th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
Ferrara won on friday tv-game with Harold Jamison (204-C-76, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Clemson) (21 pts) and defense against Veroli (Keith Carter (194-G-76, college: Mississippi) at 17 scored). 23 scored by Troy Ostler (209-F-78, college: Hawaii) led Livorno to another great success on the road at Jesi (Farrington and Maggioli both at 14 pts). Caserta (Tutt at 16 scored) won easily on Pavia (Bagnoli at 14 scored). On Biella court, Novara (15 pts by Adams) lost against Rimini (Thomas and Bell both at 22 scored). Six players between 8 and 19 pts gave Cremona success on Casale (Matteo Formenti (194-G-82) 26 pts). With the new player Guido Rosselli (196-G-83), Pistoia won against Fabriano (Flores and Infanti at 17 pts). 20 by Pickett weren't enough for Imola that lost at home with Sassari (Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) at 20). Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) and his 26 pts led Reggio Emilina to win at Montecatini (Niccolai at 18 scored).
Carife FE-Prima Veroli 70-64
Fileni Jesi-TDShop.it LI 70-73
Pepsi Caserta-Edimes PV 80-61
Ignis Novara-Coopsette RN 73-86
Vanoli Soresina-Fastweb Casale 83-72
Carmatic PT-Indesit Fab 71-65
Aget Imola-BancoSardegna 66-80
Agr.Glo.Mont.-Trenkwalder RE 70-76
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
1. Carife 17-5
2. Trenkwalder 16-6
3. Banco Sard. 16-6
4. Pepsi 14-8
5. Vanoli 14-8
6. Carmatic 13-9
7. Fastweb 12-10
8. Fileni 12-10
9. Edimes 10-12
10. Coopsette 9-13
11. TDShop.it 8-12
12. Indesit 8-14
13. Aget 8-14
14. Prima Veroli 8-14
15. Agricola G. 6-16
16. Ignis 4-18


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JAPAN

Standings - BJ League
BJ League Standings
1. Evessa 25-9
2. 89ers 24-10
3. Five Arrows 23-11
4. Albirex 23-13
5. Broncos 18-16
6. Apache 18-16
7. Heat Devils 15-19
8. Fukuoka 13-21
9. Golden Kings 9-25
10. Grouses 4-32


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
JBL Pro Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Estill OSG 24.88
Williams HOK 24.69
O'Banon TOY 24.17
Hawkins OSG 23.50
Klette PAN 20.97
Rebounds Per Game
Estill OSG 16.03
Custis PAN 12.49
Cornell HIT 12.06
Newton HOK 10.97
Smith TOS 10.71
Assists Per Game
Hawkins OSG 7.53
Campbell TOY 6.17
Custis PAN 4.60
Sakurai HOK 4.06
Kashiwakura MIT 4.03
Steals Per Game
Hawkins OSG 2.29
Honeycutt MIT 2.26
Kashiwagi AIS 2.21
Custis PAN 2.09
O'Bannon TOY 1.57


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KOSOVO

Games' schedule for 12-13 March 2008 -by Edona Shabani
MABETEX SUPER LEAGUE A

Week -XIV-

KOSOVA-YLLI, Wednesday on 19,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka,Mehdi Gashi,Daut Mehmeti
Monitors: Lulzim Maloku

TREPCA-PEJA, Wednesday on 18,00
Referees: Faton Kurshumliu,Azem Hoxhaj,Arbnor Rifati
Monitors: Agim Visoka

TOYOTA WOMEN LEAGUE

WEEK IX-

TREPCA - DRITA, Wednesday on 11,00
Referees: Zaim Zenuni,Isa Prebreza
Monitors: Mehmet Xhemaili

SIGAL PRISHTINA - V╦LLAZNIMI, Wednesday on 19.30
Referees: Fisnik Ramadani,Xhelal Mumini
Monitors: Sejdi Mehmeti

KASTRIOTI - PENZA, Wednesday on 14,00
Referees: Burim Berisha,Bashkim Berbatovci
Monitors: Isak Jashari

BASHKIMI - PRISHTINA PROBASKET, Thursday on 14,00
Referees: Urim Hasani,Hysen Hasani
Monitors: Tajar Rifati

FIRST LEAGUE

Week -II-

FUSH╦ KOSOVA - EUROSPORTI, Wednesday on 12,00
Referees: Alban Vula,Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Remzi Ramadani

LLAPI-VERTIKALI, Wednesday on 13,30
Referees: Daut Mehmeti,Alban Vula
Monitors: Alban Lumi

MALISHEVA rests

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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KUWAIT

Daniels signs for An Nasr -by Ali Ahmed
An Nasr basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center Larry Daniels (204-C-72, college: E.Michigan) to play for them this season .



Daniels has experience in Europe. Is a very strong inside player and he cannot be stopped when he has the ball inside. A very aggressive rebounder.


Awards/Achievements:
All World Asia Allstar Game
Estonian Cup Finalist -99
Eurobasket.com All-Estoniaonia 1st Team -99,03
Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team -99, 03, 04
Belgian League All-Star Game -00,01
Dutch Cup Winner -02
Dutch Eredivisie Quarterfinals -02
Estonian League Champion -03
Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year -03
Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Import Player of the Year -03
All-Estonian League 1st Team -03 (by Estonian basketball Association)
Estonian League Semifinals -04
Estonian Cup Winner -04


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LATVIA

LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
1. Valmiera 10-7
2. ASK Riga 9-0
3. Barons/LMT 9-1
4. Liep.Lauvas 9-8
5. BK Ventsp. 8-2
6. VEF Riga 8-9
7. Bum./ASK 2-14
8. Keizarmezs 1-15
Division II
1. Zemgale 23-5
2. Ventspils au. 20-6
3. RNS-D/Livani 18-10
4. ASK/Juniors 18-11
5. LU/Ridzene 13-14
6. Jurmala 13-16
7. Roja 10-18
8. Saldus 5-21
9. Cesis/Remarks 5-24


Stats Leaders
LBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Ozols (Jurmala) 20.9
Kanbergs (VA) 20.3
Rudzitis (Bum.) 19.4
Jurevicus (Liepaja) 18.3
Delveris (Roja) 18.2
Rebounds Per Game
Stimac (Valmiera) 11.3
Ed.Eglitis (LU/Ridz.) 9.0
Licitis (Saldus) 8.5
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 8.0
Bucs (VA) 8.0
Assists Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 7.13
Buskevics (ASK) 4.8
Skele (Barons) 4.1
Tiss (Saldus) 4.0
Olivero (Valmiera) 4.0
Steals Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 3.3
Skele (Barons) 2.8
Millage (ASK) 2.7
Blocks Per Game
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 2.7
D.Rozitis (Cesis) 2.4
Rich (Liepaja) 2.4
Ranking
Stimac (Valmiera) 22.5
Kanbergs (VA) 21.3
Raiskums (Zemgale) 20.6


Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi 1-4
1. Valmiera-2 12-0
2. Maksis/LTI 9-3
3. DU/Hansabanka 8-4
4. Madona 5-7
Austrumi 5-7
1. Jekabpils 3-9
2. Preili 3-9
3. Ezerzeme 2-10
Centrs 1-4
1. ASK Kadeti 2-0
2. Keizarmezs-2 1-1
3. Ogre/Sonora 1-1
4. Jurmala 2 0-2
Centrs 5-8
1. VIA Riga 0-0
2. Kursa/MRU 0-0
3. Turiba 0-0
4. LU 0-0
Centrs 9-12
1. Saulkrasti 0-0
2. Salacgriva 0-0
3. Ridzene 89 0-0
4. VEF Riga 0-0
Centrs 13-16
1. Ridzene M. 7-11
2. ASK Kadeti-2 6-12
3. 3.BJSS 5-11
4. I.O.S. 4-12
Centrs 17-20
1. DSN 3-15
2. Ridzene 91 1-15
3. LNSF 0-18
Rietumi 1-4
1. Dartija 12-4
2. Liepajas Papirs 11-5
3. Kandava 10-6
4. Variants 10-6
Rietumi 5-9
1. Zemgale/Juniors 10-6
2. Perkons 9-7
3. Talsi 8-8
4. Olaine 2-14
5. Baldone 0-16


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LEBANON

Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
1. Al Riyadi 9-0
2. Moutahed 9-2
3. Sagesse 8-3
4. Blue Stars 5-5
5. Feytroun 4-7
6. Champville 4-8
7. Antranik 3-8
8. Anibal 1-10


Standings - Div.1
Div.1 Standings
1. Tebnine 15-1
2. Antonins 14-3
3. Kahraba 13-4
4. ENB 12-6
5. Tadamon 10-8
6. Homenetmen 9-8
7. Club Central 8-9
8. Army 6-12
9. Animation 4-12
10. Ghazir 4-12
11. St.Georges 3-13
12. Anoubine 1-11


Riyadi smashes Al Hilla Iraq with a double score (110-55) and registers its second win in WABA -by Wael Yaman
The champions of Lebanon did not face any hurdles outclassing al Hilla from Iraq by 55 pts (110-55) in their second game within the West Asian Basketball Association tournament that qualifies the top 3 teams in the tournament to the Asian Cup. Riyadi who missed the efforts of the injured players from their first game Hussein Tawbi and Ali Mahmoud, relied on the rest of the stars to score that easy win. The highlight of the night was Riyadi scoring 24 three pointers out of 57 attempts distributed among Mazen Mneimneh (6), Rami Akiki (6), Omar Turk (5), Fadi Al-Khatib (4), and Ismail Ahmad (3).

Rami Akiki scored 20 pts for his team, while Mazen Mneimneh (the star of the game) netted 29 pts and grabbed 10 rebs. Khatib shined with 17 pts, 10 rebs, and 4 asts, along with the Pharaoh Ismail Ahmad who was close from scoring a triple double (10 pts, 10 rebs, 8 asts) and Joe Vogel 11 pts, 9 rebs). The gentleman Omar Turk added 15 pts to his team. The iraqi's team participation in this tournament is by itself an achievement to respect knowing what this Arab country has been going through in the past few years. The stars of Al Hilla were Mostapha Jasem Hamza with 19 pts and Haytham Abdel Wahed with 14 pts.

Riyadi lead all 4 quarters as follows: (33-17), (60-30), (93-40), and (110-55)


Riyadi Win The Second Game -by Hassan Thini
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut overcomes Alhula 110 - 55 in the second mtatch of the eleventh copy of the west asian championship of Basketball.
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut played a very easy game especially from outside the semi-circle to shoot 57 times and score 24 times by Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) (192-G-86) 6 times and Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) 4 times and Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) 5 times and rami akiki 6 times to end the quarters as below.
Q1:33-17 ; Q2:27-13 ; Q3:33-10 ; Q4:17-15
Best Scorers:
Mazen Mneimneh (29 points,10 rebounds)
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) (17 points,10 rebounds)
Jasem Hamza (19 points)


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LIBERIA

Coach Nathaniel Richardson is dead -by Numennie Williams
Death has once again hit the basketball community in Liberia. One time coach of Mighty Barrolle basketball team and a founder of the NPA Pythons basketball team Nathaniel Richardson is dead. According tothe Secretary General of the Liberia Basketball Federation Fred J.A. Pratt the former coach died Sunday March 9, 2008 at hospital in the capital Monrovia. The actual cause of his death is not yet known , but said the coach was ill for some time. He was one of those who broke away from the Barrolle basketball team to form the today Liberia champion NPA Pythons.
In a related development, two former basketball stars who died two weeks ago were on Saturday March 8, 2008 laid to rest. The two Barbara Geekor formerly of Invincible Eleven basketball team and Tommy Satiah formerly of LPRC Oilers will be remembered for their exceptional skill in Liberian basketball history


Pythons beaten again -by Numennie Williams
Liberia Basketball Federation champion NPA Pythons on Sunday fell to one time champion Mighty Barrolle 66-69 points in a highly contested battle in continuation of the national league. Joseph Lackey of Mighty Barrole was too hot to catch. He scored 22 points. Early in the day , Malcolm Joseph's Cestor Mogars went down to Wildcats 52-61 points in the second division. On Monday March 10, Venture Knights lost to Commissioners 60-65 points in the first division and in the female division, Commissioners whipped SOS Trotters 59-19 points

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MEXICO

Gonzalez joins Pioneros -by Gianni Pascucci
Diego Gonzalez (177-G-84), an Uruguayan player who holds also a Mexican passport, joined back last week Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun and is expected to play the next Liga Centroamericana games with the Mexican team. Coach Daniel Jaule stated to local media that he's confident that the tiny PG will be of great help for his team, thanks to his sparkling playing style.

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MONTENEGRO

New form BC Budva : Zeljko Maricic singed first profi contract -by Dragan Scepanovic
One of most perspective young basketball player in Montenegro Zeljko Maricic (185-G-90) singed his first professional contract with BC Budva Mega Promet champion of MNT1B division in season 2007-2008.Zeljko Maricic in season 2007-2008 score 12.6 points per game in MNT1B division. Basketball Club Budva Mega Promet yesterday renew contract with Drazen Nikic (197-G/F-82) and Dejan Bozovic (201-F-82).With MVP of season 2007-2008 Filip Goranovic (208-F/C-85) and basketball player Igor Kunjic (202-F-87) and Dalibor Franeta (197-G/F-83) contract will renew today.

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
1. Mogren 12-5
2. Danilovgrad 12-5
3. ABS Primorje 11-6
4. Lovcen 11-6
5. Niksic 11-6
6. Mornar Bar 9-8
7. Ulcijn 9-8
8. Jedinstvo 6-11
9. Primorje-M. 5-12
10. Rudar 0-17
Will join on later stage:
1. Buducnost -


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
1. Budva 18-0
2. Kotor 13-5
3. Ljubovic 12-6
4. Teodo Tivat 11-7
5. Gorstak 10-8
6. S.Centar 8-10
7. Un.Mediteran 7-11
8. Centar B.Polje 6-12
9. Buducnost II 4-14
10. Zeta 1-17


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NCAA

Southern Conference Season 2007-08 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
North Division
1 Appalachian St. 13-7 18-13
2 Chattanooga 13-7 18-13
3 NC-Greensboro 12-8 19-12
4 Elon 9-11 14-18
5 W.Carolina 6-14 10-21
South Division
1 Davidson 20-0 25-6
2 Georgia Southern 13-7 20-12
3 Charleston 9-11 16-17
4 Wofford 8-12 16-16

Tournament Final: Davidson - Elon 65-49
Tournament Semifinals:
Davidson - UNC Greensboro 82-52
Elon - College of Charleston 75-61

All-Southern Conf. Tournament MVP: Stephen Curry (6'0''-G-88) of Davidson
Southern Conf. All-Tournament Team
Stephen Curry of Davidson
Jason Richards (6'2''-G) of Davidson
Brett James (6'5''-G-86) of Elon
Montell Watson (6'1''-G-85) of Elon

All-Southern Conf. 1st Team
Stephen Curry of Davidson
Kyle Hines (6'6''-F-86) of UNC Greensboro
Louis Graham (6'8''-F-84) of Georgia Southern
Jason Richards of Davidson
Donte Minter (6'8''-F) of Appalachian State

All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team
Nicchaeus Doaks (6'7''-F) of Chattanooga
Brandon Giles (6'6''-G) of Western Carolina
Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G) of Chattanooga
Jermaine Johnson (6'7''-F-85) of College of Charleston
Andrew Goudelock (6'1''-G-88) of College of Charleston

All-Southern Conf. 3rd Team
Tony White (6'0''-G-88) of College of Charleston
Ola Atoyebi (6'8''-F-86) of Elon
Thomas Sander (6'8''-F) of Davidson
Drew Gibson (6'2''-G-85) of Wofford
Jeremy Clayton (6'7''-F-86) of Appalachian State

Southern Conf. All-Freshman Team
Cameron Wells (6'1''-G-88) of The Citadel
Andrew Goudelock of College of Charleston
Donald Sims (6'1''-G) of Appalachian State
Willie Powers (6'2''-G-89) of Georgia Southern
Justin Dehm (6'1''-G-88) of Furman

All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year: Stephen Curry of Davidson
All-Southern Conf. Freshman of the Year: Cameron Wells of The Citadel
All-Southern Conf. Coach of the Year: Bob McKillop of Davidson



MAAC Season 2007-08 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
1 Rider 13-5 23-9
2 Siena 13-5 20-10
3 Niagara 12-6 19-9
4 Loyola, MD 12-6 19-13
5 Marist 11-7 17-14
6 Fairfield 11-7 14-16
7 Iona 8-10 12-20
8 Manhattan 5-13 12-19

Tournament Final: Siena - Rider 74-53
Tournament Semifinals:
Rider - Marist 76-71
Siena - Loyola 65-63

All-MAAC Tournament MVP: Tay Fisher (5'9''-G-86) of Siena
MAAC All-Tournament Team:
Tay Fisher of Siena
Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86) of Siena
Jason Thompson (6'11''-F) of Rider
Harris Mansell (6'3''-G) of Rider

All-MAAC 1st Team
Gerald Brown (6'4''-G-84) of Loyola
Charron Fisher (6'4''-G/F-85) of Niagara
Jason Thompson of Rider
Kenny Hasbrouck of Siena
Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86) of Siena

All-MAAC 2nd Team
Jonathan Han (6'0''-G) of Fairfield
Tyrone Lewis (6'0''-G-87) of Niagara
Ryan Thompson (6'6''-G) of Rider
Todd Sowell (6'7''-F-86) of Saint Peter's
Alex Franklin (6'5''-F-88) of Siena

All-MAAC 3rd Team
Michael Tuck (6'7''-F-83) of Loyola
Antoine Pearson (6'2''-G-88) of Manhattan
Ryan Stilphen (6'8''-F/C) of Marist
Stanley Hodge (6'1''-G-86) of Niagara
Harris Mansell of Rider

MAAC All-Freshman Team
Brian Rudolph (5'11''-G-88) of Loyola
Jay Gavin (6'3''-G-89) of Marist
Anthony Nelson (6'1''-G-89) of Niagara
Mike Ringgold (6'7''-F) of Rider
Wesley Jenkins (6'2''-G-89) of St.Peter

All-MAAC Player of the Year: Jason Thompson of Rider
All-MAAC Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Thompson of Rider
All-MAAC Co-Freshman of the Year: Brian Rudolph of Loyola, Jay Gavin of Marist
All-MAAC Sixth Man of the Year: Marquis Sullivan (6'1''-G-87) of Loyola
All-MAAC Coach of the Year: Tom Dempsey of Rider


Sun Belt Conference Semi-Final -by Darryl Reshaw

Release: 03/10/2008



MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Kevin Kanaskie (6'2''-G-86) had 23 points to lead Middle Tennessee to an 82-73 win over South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference semifinals Monday night.


The underdog Blue Raiders shattered the Jaguars' dream of winning the Sun Belt Conference title and getting an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. MTSU improved to 17-15, while South Alabama, which saw its six-game winning streak end, dropped to 26-5.

Kanaskie was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line and led four MTSU players in double figures. Demetrius Green (6'4''-G-84) had 21, Nigel Johnson (6'2''-G-86, college: Tallahasse CC) 19, and Desmond Yates (6'7''-F-86) 12.

South Alabama was led by Demetric Bennett (6'4''-G-85) game-high 32 points. But he was the only Jaguar in double figures as USA managed to shoot only 46.4 percent from the field, including a miserable 5-for-22, or 22.7 percent, from 3-point range.

MTSU was 28-of-34 from the free-throw line, while USA was 16-of-23.

Middle Tennessee led by seven twice in the first half before South Alabama battled back and took a 32-31 lead on a Bennett basket.


After the Blue Raiders regained the lead on Green's 3-pointer, the Jags battled back and tied the game twice. But Kanaskie nailed another 3-pointer to put MTSU up 39-36.


USA fought back and eventually regained the lead on Dominic Tilford's running layup. The Jaguars led by as many as three before Johnson's basket trimmed the lead to one just before the half.

Johnson's 3-pointer early in the second half put the Blue Raiders up 44-42. MTSU went up by nine before USA went on a 6-0 run to trim the lead to three. The Jags, however, would get no closer as they were forced to foul and the Blue Raiders went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the last two minutes.


Sun Belt Tourney Semi Final Game Two -by Darryl Reshaw


Release: 03/10/2008


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F) (6'9''-F) had 16 points to help lead Western Kentucky to a 70-55 victory against Arkansas-Little Rock in the Sun Belt Conference semifinals Monday night.


The Hilltoppers, who improved to 26-6, face Middle Tennessee, an 82-73 winner against South Alabama, in the final at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Evans led four WKU players in double figures, as the Hilltoppers managed to shoot 46.3 percent from the field. Tyrone Brazleton had 15 points, while Ty Rogers and Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F) added 12 apiece.

Arkansas-Little Rock, which ended the season 20-11, outrebounded WKU 37-36 but shot only 40 percent from the field and was only 3-for-12 from the free-throw line. Steven Moore and Matt Mouzy led the Trojans with 12 points apiece.

The first half was not exactly an offensive display, as both teams were sluggish in the early going.

UALR led by four early in the first half, and stayed in front of Western Kentucky for almost 10 minutes before Rogers' 3-pointer put the Hilltoppers up 15-13.

Western Kentucky took advantage of a couple of Trojan shooting dry spells to go on a 12-4 in an eight-minute span to go up by 10 before John Fowler's dunk at the buzzer trimmed the lead to 27-18.

A pair of Rogers' 3-pointers early in the second half helped WKU go up 38-24 with 14:23 to go in the game. But UALR made a run with a little under 10 minutes left when Mouzy nailed a pair of 3-pointers to make it 46-40.

That would be as close as the Trojans would get, as the Hilltoppers went on a 13-4 run to go up by 15 and put the game out of reach.


Sun Belt Tourney Final Pre Game Summary -by Darryl Reshaw

By Darryl Reshaw


There is a lot of talent in the Sun Belt Confernce but the big surprise was the elimination of the number one seed South Alabama.

Last night in the first semi-final game Middle Tennessee knocked out South Alabama which shocked the nation because a lot of the bigger teams throught the nation needed the favorites to win.

Eurobasket was surprised by the talent level in the Sun Belt Conference and the athmosphere iin the Mitchell Center was big time.

The was an abundance of NBA scouts in the arena to watch Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F) and Demetric Bennett (6'4''-G-85).

This is definitely a mid-level conference that deserves at least two teams to receive bids from the NCAA selection committee.

Courtney Lee is the top NBA talent in the conference but Demetric Bennett known as the the SEC killer could be a big time sleeper after scoring 92 points in three games against top SEC teams this year.

Bo McCalebb (6'0''-G-85) is another talented prospect who will probably be invited to the NBA pre-draft PIT camp later in April.

Other talented performers in the Sun Belt includes Demetrius Green (6'4''-G-84) , Desmond Yates both from Middle Tennessee and Tyrone Brazleton from Western Kentucky.

South Alabama had some great wins and performances against SEC and other NCAA Tourney bound teams and should receive an at large bid but strange things happen in March.

Tonight you would expect that Western Kentucky would beat Middle Tennessee with the Sun Belt's MVP Courtney Lee but the game has to be played.

There are no guarantees with the selection process unless a team from a mid-major conference wins the conference tournament and after playing three games back to back is tough task.

In the future don't sleep on the talent level in the Sun Belt because I was surprise lasy night and a few of these teams can play with anyone in the country.


Tonight the pressure is on because the automatic bid to the NCAA tourney is the prize at hand an both of these teams will come out hungary for the March madness.



Summit League Season 2007-08 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
1 ORU 16-2 23-8
2 IUPUI 15-3 26-6
3 Oakland 11-7 17-14
4 N.Dakota St. 10-8 16-13
5 IPFW 9-9 13-18
6 S.Utah 9-9 11-19
7 W.Illinois 7-11 12-18
8 UMKC 6-12 11-21
9 Centenary 4-14 10-21
10 S.Dakota St. 3-15 8-21

Tournament Final: Oral Roberts - IUPUI 71-64
Tournament Semifinals:
Oral Roberts - IPFW 58-42
IUPUI - Oakland 80-65

All-Summit League Tournament MVP: Moses Ehambe (6'6''-G/F) of Oral Roberts
Summit League All-Tournament Team:
Jaraun Burrows (6'8''-F-85) of IPFW
George Hill (6'2''-G) of IUPUI
Robert Jarvis (5'11''-G) of Oral Roberts
Derick Nelson (6'5''-F-86) of Oakland
Moses Ehambe of Oral Roberts

All-Summit League 1st Team
George Hill of IUPUI
Robert Jarvis of Oral Roberts
Derick Nelson of Oakland
Geoff Payne (6'5''-F) of Southern Utah
Brett Winkelman (6'6''-F-86) of North Dakota State
Ben Woodside (5'11''-G-85) of North Dakota State

All-Summit League 2nd Team
Jaraun Burrows of IPFW
Dane Brumagin (6'4''-G-86) of UMKC
Jonathon Jones (5'11''-G-88) of Oakland
Shawn King (6'10''-C) of Oral Roberts
Gary Patterson (5'10''-G) of IUPUI

All-Summit League Honorable Mention
Moses Ehambe of Oral Roberts
Tyrone Hamilton (6'1''-G-86) of Centenary
David Jackson (6'4''-G-86) of Western Illinois
Austin Montgomery (6'5''-G) of IUPUI
Nick Stallings (6'2''-G-83) of Centenary

Summit League All-Newcomer Team
Reggie Hamilton (6'0''-G-89) of UMKC
Robert Jarvis of Oral Roberts
Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F) of Oral Roberts
Geoff Payne of Southern Utah
David Dubois (6'5''-F-86) of Western Illinois

All-Summit League Player of the Year: George Hill of IUPUI
All-Summit League Defensive Player of the Year: Yemi Ogunoye (6'9''-G/F) of Oral Roberts
All-Summit League Newcomer of the Year: Geoff Payne of Southern Utah
All-Summit League Sixth Man of the Year: Robert Jarvis of Oral Roberts
All-Summit League Coach of the Year: Scott Sutton of Oral Roberts


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SAC Season 2007-2008 Summary -by Jay
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Regular Season Standings
1 Wingate 12-2 .857 23-6
2 Lenoir-Rhyne 12-2 .857 22-6
3 Carson-Newman 8-6 .571 18-9
4 Catawba 7-7 .500 19-11
5 Tusculum 6-8 .429 13-15
6 Mars Hill 5-9 .357 14-16
7 Newberry 5-9 .357 12-16
8 Lincoln Memorial 1-13 .071 8-20
^ Brevard 0-0 .000 4-24
^ not ranked


Tournament Final: Catawba - Mars Hill 54-52
Tournament Semifinals:
Mars Hill - Wingate 91-90
Catawba - Lenoir-Rhyne 84-83


All-SAC Tournament MVP: Antonio Houston (6'3''-G) of Catawba


SAC All-Tournament Team
Antonio Houston of Catawba
Dominick Reid (5'11''-G) of Catawba
Stoney Polite (5'10''-G) of Mars Hill
Jamarl Glen (6'4''-C) of Mars Hill
Sean Barnette (6'4''-F) of Wingate


All-SAC 1st Team
Antonio Houston of Catawba
Josh Kindred (6'6''-F) of Lenoir-Rhyne
Reggie Bratton (6'4''-G/F) of Lenoir-Rhyne
Clemente Martin (6'4''-F-86) of Newberry
Sean Barnette of Wingate
Bryan Grier (6'5''-F) of Wingate


All-SAC 2nd Team
Jordan Dixon (6'0''-G) of Carson-Newman
Josh Rudder (6'1''-G) of Lenoir-Rhyne
Terry Delaney (6'5''-F) of Lincoln Memorial
Jamarl Glen of Mars Hill
Jordan Lear (6'7''-F) of Tusculum
Kyle Moore (6'3''-G) of Tusculum


SAC All-Freshman Team
Cameron Sharp (5'11''-G) of Carson-Newman
Dominick Reid of Catawba
Ryan Whitaker (6'3''-G) of Lincoln Memorial
Grant Domsic (6'3''-G) of Newberry
Robert Troutman (6'5''-F) of Tusculum


All-SAC Player of the Year: Sean Barnette of Wingate
All-SAC Freshman of the Year: Dominick Reid of Catawba
All-SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jesse McMurray (5'10''-G) of Carson-Newman
All-SAC Coach of the Year: John Lentz of Lenoir-Rhyne



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PHILIPPINES

Alaska Signs Import Returnee -by Lorenzo Gahol
MANILA - Former Talk 'N Text import Randy Holcomb (204-F/C-79, college: San Diego St.) will be back in the Philippine Basketball Association, but this time he will be playing for defending Fiesta Conference champion Alaska. The former Atlanta Hawk in the National Basketball Association, who played for only six games for the Phone Pals, is hoping to make it until the end of the conference this time. He averaged 25.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in his maiden stint in the league. The Aces won the Fiesta Cup title last year over the Phone Pals with Rosell Ellis taking charge for coach Tim Cone's squad. J. Bagulaya

Realtors Pin Hopes On 'Tallest' Import -by Lorenzo Gahol
MANILA - The Sta. Lucia Realtors' bid for a first-ever back-to-back titles will be anchored on a 1.86-meter import. Coach Boyet Fernandez said he personally chose Wesley Wilson (211-C/F-80, college: Georgetown), the tallest among the first five imports to sign with their respective teams, to lead the Realtors in the Philippine Basketball Association Fiesta Conference. The upcoming conference will be the second time for Wilson in the country following his stint with the now-defunct Shell Turbo Chargers in 2004. He played ten games for Shell with averages of 28.6 points and 13.9 rebounds. Fernandez is confident that Wilson's presence will help the Realtors improve their rebounding. The import will arrive in the country on March 24 as he is currently playing in the Turkish league. J. Bagulaya

Welcoat Signs 1st Import -by Lorenzo Gahol
MANILA - The Welcoat Dragons are one import short of completing their line-up for the Philippine Basketball Association Fiesta Conference. The team revealed that it has acquired the services of point guard Corey Santee (188-G-83, college: TCU). Manager Boy Lapid said the 200-pound former National Basketball Association Developmental League (NBDL) player has the skills to help the Dragons compete against the rest of the teams. He added that Santee is like former NBA star Tim Hardaway. Meanwhile, coach Leo Austria said the Dragons are still undecided on who to choose for their second import. Former U.S. collegiate league players Jason Beau Keep of San Diego and Georgia's Sylvester Morgan are on top of Welcoat's list.

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PUERTO RICO

Matthews is a Lion and Joel Jones "roars" -by Alessandro Fontana
Leones de Ponce signed Bryant Matthews. Matthews is an american guard-forward with a lot of experience. He played in Portugal, Italy, Spain, Australia and the US Minors. He will be very important for a young team as Leones de Ponce.
BSN-time in Puerto Rico!. Ponce won against Mayaguez 91-65. MVP of the game was Joel Jones with 32 pts. Jones played a 'partidazo' (8/10 2pts, 4/5 3pts, 4/4 FT) with also 4 rebs, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Jones was 'the Man' for this important victory for Ponce. Bryant Matthews played his first game with Ponce, He scored only 2 pts+2 rebs in 5 minutes.
Bayamon won against Caguas 98-93, MVP was Christopher Vega with 27 pts, To mention also the game of 'Snoop Dogg' Peter John Ramos with 24 pts and 10 rebounds. Cariduros Fajardo was defeated by Carolina 84-102, MVP of the game was Ebi Ere, He played 37 minutes with 31 points (6/7 2pts, 5/7 3pts, 4/5 FT) with 4 rebs and 4 assts. Arecibo won against Guayama 101-91, Rodney White and Angel Figueroa were the best players of the game (57 pts in two!!!). Angel Figueroa catched also 13 rebounds and He is always more one of the potential MVP of the League.
BSN BOXSCORES
MAYAGUEZ-PONCE= 65-91
M= Sanders 15, Jourdon 13, Venzen 9, Jimenez 7, Williams 7, Caballero 6, Moreno 6, Zayes 2, Caraballo 0
P= Jones 32, Martinez 13, Colon 10, Rosario 8, Latimer 7, Curbelo 6, Aubry 6 (11 rebs), Pagan 4, Matthews 2, Padilla 2, Mendez 0
BAYAMON-CAGUAS= 98-93
B= Vega 27, Western 14, Benson 13 (13 rebs), Hinson 12, Lopez 11, Kavossy 8, Anderson 8, Valencia 5, J. Lopez 0, Valenzuela 0, Salgado 0
C= Melendez 25, Ramos 24 (10 rebs), Ortiz 14, Garcia 9, Mc Sweeney 7, Ashby 5, Bryant 5, Konecky 2, Alamo 2, Davila 0
FAJARDO-CAROLINA= 84-102
F= Agbai 20, Mojica 19, Jackson 11 (9 rebs), Quintero 10, Hamilton 9, Pellot Rosa 8, Gonzalez 7, Salgado 0, Rivera 0, Arroyo 0, Vazquez 0, Collazo 0, Morales 0
C= Ere 31, Carmona 26 (8 rebs), Rivera 15 (7 assts), Cruz 10, Rice 8, Reyes 6, Villafane 6, Hiraldo 0, Brown 0, Rosa 0
GUAYAMA-ARECIBO= 91-101
G= Beard 25 (14 rebs), Payano 18, Perez 17, Caro 9, Freije 9, Melendez 6, Lopez 4, Rivera 2, Oliver 1
A= White 31, Figueroa 26 (13 rebs), Cruz 15, Hatton 15, Rivera 10, Cortes 4, Ricardo 0, Rosa 0, Rosario 0
A. Fontana


Lions defeat Indians -by Luis Ramirez
The Ponce Lions defeated the Mayaguez Indians 90-65. A rally in the 4th quarter opened the game which up to that point had been close. Joel Jones almost single handedly took the Indians as he was simply unstoppable on the court. The Indians took the 1st quarter 21-18 but the Lions came back in the 2nd to take the lead 37-34. In the 3rd quarter the Lions defended well the Indians and kept them at bay. In the 4th the Lions went on an offensive rally as they would go on to score 31 point in that quarter while keeping the Indians to just 15 points for the win. For Ponce it was Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) with 32 points followed by Freddie Martinez (196-F/G-76, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 13 points. It is interesting to mention that Jose Rosario played just over 6 minutes and had 11 rebounds for the Lions plus he added 8 points. For Mayaguez, Michael Sanders (187-G-76, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Shaw) scored 15 points followed by Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) who scored 13 points.

Over at Caguas the Bayamon Cowboys defeated the Criollos 98-93. Bayamon took control of the game in the 1st quarter 24-22. They were also leading at the half 42-38. In the 2nd half it was much of the same as the Cowboys continued to dominate the Criollos who although put up a fight were outhustled by the Cowboys. For Bayamon, Christopher Vega scored 27 points, hitting 3 out of 4 three pointers in the game followed by Franklin Western who scored 14 points. For Caguas, Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) scored 25 points followed by Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

At Carolina, the Giants continued to play well as they beat the Fajardo Cariduros 102-84. The Cariduros had taken the 1st quarter 27-23, but the Giants outscored the Cariduros in the 2nd quarter to reclaim the lead for good as the half ended 47-40. In the second half the Giants never looked back and keep pressuring the ball for an easy win. For Carolina, Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) scored 31 points followed by Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) with 26 points. For Fajardo, Uka Agbai (203-F-81, college: Boston Coll.) scored 20 points followed by Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) with 19 points.

In the last game of the night, Arecibo played a tough game against the Guayama Brujos as they defeated the Brujos 101-91. It was a hard fought contest as the Brujos took the lead in the 1st quarter 23-16 but Arecibo came back in the 2nd to end the half on top 42-39. In the 2nd half the Captains were able to score effectively and get the win. For Arecibo, Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds followed by Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) who scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. For Guayama, Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds followed by Carlos Payano (196-F/G-71, college: Dowling) who scored 18 points.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
1. San German 5-0
2. Arecibo 5-2
3. Ponce 3-3
4. Guayama 2-4
5. Mayaguez 1-3
6. Caguas 1-4
Metro
1. Santurce 5-1
2. Guaynabo 4-1
3. Carolina 2-2
4. Fajardo 2-3
5. Bayamon 2-5
6. Humacao 0-4


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ROMANIA

Standings
Div.A Standings
1. CSU Ploies. 19-2
2. CSU Sibiu 18-3
3. Rapid Buc. 14-7
4. UMobitelco 14-7
5. Tg Mures 13-8
6. BCM Tim. 12-9
7. Dinamo Buc. 12-9
8. Gaz Metan M. 12-9
9. BCM Pitesti 10-11
10. CS Otopeni 8-13
11. CSU Brasov 6-15
12. CSM Oradea 3-18
13. Targoviste 3-18
14. Rm Valcea 3-18


Vlad Moldoveanu is going to NCAA Tournament -by Adrian Popa
George Mason, the college where romanian Vlad Moldoveanu (208-F-88) is a freshman, won monday evening the CAA Tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will find out their opponent, game date, time and location on March 16 during the NCAA Selection Show.

Moldoveanu played only two minutes in the 68-59 final victory against William&Mary, a college where another romanian player, Vali Lazarescu (193-G) is in the roster also as a freshman. Vlad Moldoveanu finished the season with 2,4ppg, 2,1rpg in 11,6mpg. He played in 30 games this season, 4 of them as a starter and had 80% FT percentage on 16 for 20 shooting over the season.

George Mason finished the regular season with a 20-10 record, reaching the 20 victories mark for the eighth time in school history. They started the CAA Tournament as third seed, and won 63-52 against Northeastern in the quarter-finals and 53-41 against UNC in the semifinals.


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SAUDI ARABIA

Webb signs for Al Ahli -by Ali Ahmed
Al Ahli Jeddah basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Joe Webb (198-F-83, college: Bellevue) to play for them this season.


Webb is a very gifted athlete. Very Athletic.
Is above average in every aspect of the game.
Very unselfish, can create for himself as well as team-mates.


He has great court awareness and vision.
Great outside shooter, extremely well midrange game but steps out and shots it well from behind the arche.
Handles the ball like a point, which is what's separates him from others.
All Around great athlete, would be a great pick up.


Awards/Achievements:
NAIA D2 All-America 3rd Team -06
NAIA D2 All-America 2nd Team -07
Nominated for NAIA Player of The Year 2006/2007
2 Time MCAC 1st Team ALL- Conference 2005/2006; - 2006/2007
MCAC New Comer of the Year 2005-2006
2 Time Nebraska All NAIA Basketball Team
Latinbasket.com All-Chilean DIMAYOR Honorable Mention -08


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SERBIA

Lower leagues - results -by Nenad Ilijev
B League
Round 20

Vujic Metalac - Beograd 109-108 ET
Tamis Petrohemija - Kikinda 64-62
Sloboda - Prva Petoletka 79-69
FMP 2 - Kotez Bambi 76-58
Proleter Naftagas - Beovuk 72 88-78
Vrbas - Vojvodina Zlatiborac 105-90
Crnokosa - Zeleznicar 90-77


First Serbian League - North
Round 20

Topola - Viva Basket 79-83
Polet Keramika - Srem 96-85
Zemun Lasta - Mladost (Ze) 87-83
Radnicki (Bg) - Spartak 96-57
Grocka - Radnicki (Ob) 66-91
Sport Key - FKL Temerin 86-64
Partizan 2 - Superfund BP 61-77


First Serbian League - South
Round 20

Novi Pazar - Mladost (Ca) 64-74
Krusevac - Napredak Maksi-Ko 76-79
Maraton Atlantik - Prokuplje 90-67
Bor RTB - Zlatibor 78-70
Jablanica - Svilajnac Kompo 63-66
Goc - Mladost (Za) 86-75
Nis - Pirot 77-84


Crvena Zvezda - Besiktas Cola Turka 80-80 -by Dragan Jankovski
In the first game of the ULEB Cup 1/8 finals Crvena Zvezda and Besiktas Cola Turka finished it without the winner 80-80 so the Turkish team, who ended the regular season undefeated, has a nice chance to reach the Final 8 in Torino, Italy. It was obvious that Zvezda opened the game with pressure because they probably wanted to beat Besiktas with a huge point-difference. During the entire game neither team made double digits advantage. The hosts had the biggest lead in 34th minute, 75-68, but experienced Turkish team succeeded to make a turn quickly 78-79. At the very end Apodaca made one FT while Kikanovic netted both for the final score 80-80.

Hero of the game was Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) of Beskitas, who collected 32 points and 4 rebounds. Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) finished the game with 12 points. On the other side Crvena Zvezda got 22 points and 5 redounds from Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket). Bosnian hot prospect Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) followed him having the best game in Zvezda's jersey so far as he added 18 points and 6 rebounds.

After the game head coach of the Turkish team Ergin Ataman said: 'It was a tough game what we expected. I am very satisfied with our zone defense and with the fact that we succeeded to stop one of the best Europe's PGs Omar Cook. We have to focus on the game in Istanbul which will start from the zero. We will go step by step to become the ULEB Cup champions.'


Crvena Zvezda - Besiktas Cola Turka 80-80
(20-17,14-19,25-22,21-22)

Crvena Zvezda:
Dragicevic 22 (5 rebs), Kikanovic 18 (6 rebs)
Besiktas: Shumpert 32 (4 rebs), Drobnjak 12, Peker 10 (5 rebs)


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
1. Metalac 17-3
2. Tamis 16-4
3. Crnokosa 15-5
4. Beograd 13-7
5. Proleter Naft. 13-7
6. FMP II 12-8
7. Kikinda 11-9
8. Vrbas 11-9
9. Beovuk 72 9-11
10. Kotez Bambi 8-12
11. Vojvodina Z. 8-12
12. Prva Petolet. 3-17
13. Sloboda U. 3-17
14. Zeleznicar C. 1-19


Standings - 1 Srpska Liga
1Srpska Standings
Group North
1. Radnicki B. 17-3
2. Superfund 16-4
3. Obrenovac 16-4
4. Partizan II 15-5
5. Zemun Lasta 14-6
6. Mladost Z. 12-8
7. Sport Key NS 11-9
8. Viva Basket 8-12
9. Srem 8-12
10. FKL 7-13
11. Grocka 7-13
12. Polet 7-13
13. Sinalco Spart. 1-19
14. Backa Topola 1-19
Group South
1. Maraton 16-4
2. Mladost C. 15-5
3. Bor RTB 13-7
4. Pirot 13-7
5. Napredak A. 12-8
6. Zlatibor 12-8
7. Ribnica 10-10
8. KK Nis 9-11
9. Svilajnac 8-12
10. Prokuplje 7-13
11. Mladost PP 7-13
12. Novi Pazar 7-13
13. Jablanica M. 6-14
14. Krusavec 5-15


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SLOVENIA

Slovenian National Champion News -by *AddMe
At the end of the regular part of UPC Telemach League, Union Olimpija, Helios Domzale, Luka Koper, Krka, Geoplin Slovan, Zlatorog Lasko, TCG Mercator and Electra Esotech will play for the title of Slovenian National Champion. Teams Hopsi Polzela, Alpos Sentjur, Kraski Zidar Jadran, Zagorje KD FT and Rogla Zrece will play for the existence in the UPC Telemach League.

The most efficient players of the regular part of UPC Telemach League:
Stipe Modric (207-F-79) 20 in 15 games
Nemanja Jelesijevic (208-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) 18,7 in 19 games
Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) 18,3 in 20 games

The best three scorers of the regular part of the UPC Telemach League:
Miroslav Juric (194-G-75, agency: Interperformances) 19,6 in 22 games
Primoz Skok (192-G-84) 18,2 in 22 games
Jasmin Catovic (199-G-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 17,6 in 17 games

The best three rebounders of the regular part of the UPC Telemach League:
Stipe Modric 9,1 in 15 games
Nemanja Jelesijevic 8,5 in 19 games
Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) 7,7 in 21 games

The best three assistants of the regular part of the UPC Telemach League:
Miha Cmer (182-G-77) 5,1 assists in 21 games
Nejc Glavas (190-G-86) 5,1 assists in 19 games
Jure Mocnik (183-G-85) 4,8 assists in 20 games

Source: KZS


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SOUTH KOREA

Standings
KBL Standings
1. Dongbu 36-13
2. Samsung 30-19
3. KCC 29-19
4. KT&G 29-20
5. LG 29-21
6. ET 25-24
7. SK 24-24
8. KTF 20-29
9. Mobis 13-36
10. Orions 10-40


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TPBL

Standings
TBPL Standings


GALLOS TAKE TWO GAMES FROM THE LAKERS IN EL PASO,TX -by Chris Cardenas
With the 2008 TPBL playoffs just around the corner LOS GALLOS DE PELLAE are making a big name for themselves by defeating the Lake Jackson Lakers in a two games series over in El Paso,tx...Here are the scores and stats and for more game info call the TPBL AT : 325-763-6630

Game 1

Gallos de Pelea 118
Lakers 99
gallos high scorers
Juan Escalante 26
Dany Anaya 17
Toraino Jhonson 16
lake jackson high scorers
Jonah Broussand 35
Marketh Brown 27
Sylvester Simple 17

Game 2

Gallos de Pelea 103
Lakers 82
high scorers for gallos
Dany Anaya 18
Leonard Owens 17
Lakers
Marketh Brown 27
Takuya Okada 15

THIS WEEK:
GALLOS AT CHAPARRALS (SAT AND SUN)
HEAT AT LAKERS (SAT AND SUN)


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TURKEY

Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
1. Tofas 16-3
2. Pertevniyal 15-4
3. Vestel 14-5
4. Usak 12-7
5. Akcakoca P. 10-9
6. FMV Isik 10-9
7. Eyup 9-10
8. Genc Banvit. 9-10
9. Gazi Univ. 7-12
10. Orman 6-13
11. Cukurova 4-15
12. Izmir Bld. 2-17
Group B
1. Aliaga 18-1
2. Erdemir 15-4
3. ITU 13-6
4. Canakkale 12-7
5. Yesilyurt 11-8
6. Duzce Genclik 11-8
7. Bursa B-bol 9-10
8. Ankara Basket 9-10
9. Gelisim 7-12
10. TED Istanbul 6-13
11. Golcuk 3-16
12. Anadolu Univ. 0-19


Stats Leaders - D1
TBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Q.Hosley, Karsi. 22.9
2.K.Braswell, Selc 21.4
3.L.Gordon, Kepez 21.0
4.S.Marshall, Karsi. 19.6
5.R.Marsh, Ant. 19,1
Rebounds Per Game
1.Q.Hosley, Karsi. 12.0
2.D.Kinloch, Alpella 11.0
3.K.Adeleke, Banvit 10.9
4.D.Harvey, Banvit 10.4
5.C.Burgess, Beykoz 9.2
Assists Per Game
1.H.Koseoglu, Kepez 6.8
2.K.Braswell, Selc. 5.8
3.W.Solomon, FB 5.3
4.H.Dobie, Ted K. 5.0
5.C.Dalmau, BJK 4.7
Steals Per Game
1.K.Braswell, Selc. 2.4
2.S.Cetin, Alpella 2.1
3.J.Lucas, Ant. 2.0
4.C.Williams, Turk T. 2.0
5.Q.Hosley, Karsi. 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1.O.Asik, FB 1.9
2.D.Harvey, Banvit 1.6
3.C.Burgess, Beykoz 1.4
4.S.Nicevic, BJK 1.2
5.S.Erden, FB 1.0
Ranking
1.Q.Hosley, Kars. 558
2.L.Gordon, Kepez 515
3.W.Carter, Selc. 422
4.C.Burgess, Beyk 416
5.A.Adeleke, Banvit 410


Beko TBL Week 23 -by Onur Decani

In the week 23 of Beko TBL maybe had some surprises but the top two teams proceeded with victories. The derby match of the week was between the rivals Besiktas Cola Turka and Galatasaray Cafe Crown. It was a derby match but Besiktas win the match 17 points ahead ,83-66 a big difference for a derby match. In this victory most valuable player for Besiktas was the teams top scorer Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds.Anyway the top scorer of the match was Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) of Galatasaray who scored double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.After another victory Besiktas still leads the league with 18 victories, while Galatasaray is in the 4th place with 15 wins. It was not hard for Efes Pilsen to beat Banvitspor.They played a good match and won 83-61. For Efes Pilsen , Ender Arslan (190-G-83) scored 19 points while Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) scored 17. In the derby of Ankara , Casa TED won against Turk Telekom 73-71.For Casa Ted Antawn Dobie (183-G-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 16 points - 7 rebounds - 6 assists , while 29 points of Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) couldn't help the Turk Telekom to win. Fenerbahce made a 28 points differnce against Mersin to win 83-55. All players of Fenerbahce played in this match , while Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87, agency: Interperformances) was thier best score with 12 points and 6 rebounds.The surprise of the week was the lose of Pinar Karsiyaka against Beykoz who win the match 97-89.Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah) scored double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds to be the man of the match, while for P.Karsiyaka Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 24 points and Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) did not stop scoring , in this match he scored 21 points.Darussafaka had a good performance to win a match againts Kepez Bld and they should win another matches to play again in this league in the following seasons. Oyak Renault beat Antalya 77-76 but Antalya is still the 3rd on the league. Selcuk Uni. beat Alpella 82-76 , to get thier 8th victory of the season. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) scored 29 points for Selcuk Uni.


Best Five:

Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) of Selcuk Uni

Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) of Turk Telekom

Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah) of Beykoz

Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) of Besiktas

Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) of Darussafaka


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
1. Besiktas 18-5
2. Efes P. 17-6
3. Antalya 15-8
4. Galatasaray 15-8
5. Fenerbahce 15-8
6. T.Telekom 15-8
7. Karsiyaka 14-9
8. Kepez Bld 11-12
9. Mersin 9-14
10. TED Koleji 9-14
11. Banvit 9-14
12. Selcuk Uni. 8-15
13. Alpella 8-15
14. Oyak Renault 8-15
15. Beykoz 7-16
16. Darussafaka 6-17


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Buck Harvey: Jumping for joy, Duncan gets a twin -by David Edole
San Antonio Express-News

Kurt Thomas did not make the critical jumper. Let's get that straight.

With about a minute left, after Tony Parker drove and kicked back to Thomas, jumping had nothing to do with what followed.

Jumping also had little to do with Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) chasing down 18 rebounds Monday night, which is why he and Thomas go together like gravity and the earth. They get by with long arms and wide hips, and they showed for the first time since the trade was made what can happen in fourth quarters.

Dunks didn't follow, but a win did.

The Spurs haven't been leapers in this era, but this group has set some kind of land record. Combine the vertical jumps of Duncan, Thomas and Fab Oberto, and the total wouldn't surpass one LeBron bound after breakfast.

Or, as Bruce Bowen put it when asked about the jumping ability of his big men, 'They conserve their energy very well.'

They are especially conspicuous when playing against a team such as the Nuggets. When J.R. Smith wasn't driving for a dunk Monday night, Kenyon Martin was slamming an alley-oop.

But there are advantages to being grounded, and the Nuggets showed the other side of that, too. George Karl complained afterward about a couple of goaltending calls, and Duncan and Thomas never have to worry about goaltending. Who gets that high?

And sometimes, as the Nuggets fly at the basket, they fly off the handle. That happened, as it has in past playoff series against the Spurs, Monday.

Karl gets some of the blame. 'We were fighting against a lot of calls, and we needed calls all night long,' he said afterward. 'I told the team during halftime that we aren't the team that gets calls in this building.'

Instead of telling his players to fight through, he added to their belief that they were getting jobbed. No wonder, late in the third quarter, the Nuggets acted precisely like the kind of team that hasn't handled playoff pressure before.

Duncan jumped out to double Carmelo Anthony (correction: he didn't actually jump). As Bowen angled from one side and Duncan the other, Anthony felt cornered and came apart. Called for an over-and-back, he flung the ball and drew a technical foul.

One point, on this night, made a difference.

It's a trend against the Spurs this month. David Harrison opted for the death threat the previous time the Spurs played in the AT&T Center, and Mike D'Antoni nearly killed the Suns on Sunday with a silly technical foul late.

The Spurs argue, and Gregg Popovich can turn red in the face, too. He was ejected in the same game that featured Harrison.

But Popovich's outburst came early, and it came with a point. These other tantrums are less clever than they are foolish.

Besides, Duncan could have bitterly complained Sunday when there were non-calls on drives late in the game. He chose not to, instead coming out Monday as if determined not to use the back-to-back situation as an excuse.

His 23-point, 18-rebound line defined this, as did a rare moment late in the fourth quarter. Then, he took Manu Ginobili's 14th assist Ś and dunked to tie the game.

Banging next to him, using the same fundamental sense of positioning, was Thomas. 'Tim tells me he can't jump,' Thomas said. 'But I promise you, he can jump higher than I can.'

Let's get this straight, too. The difference might be measurable only by sensitive equipment.

But Thomas comes with something else, and this is what the Spurs traded for. He displayed that Monday.

Thomas banged with Shaquille O'Neal the game before, and the pick-and-roll option was available for him throughout the game. O'Neal rarely defends it.

This will come in handy in the playoffs, too, when defenses collapse, and the Spurs need one basket. So what happened Monday meant something, when Parker drove with a two-point lead, and he passed out to Thomas, and Thomas threw in the non-jumper.

Some think they saw Duncan jump for joy.


UVI loses a tough one -by David Edole
The University of the Virgin Islands Bucs loss a close game to Catolica University of Ponce on Monday evening, damaging their play-off hopes for 2008. UVI trailed for most of the game and found themselves down, 39-24, at the half. The Bucs fought themselves back into the contest cutting the lead to three twice in the third behind the play of Robert Duck and Nashon Jeffers. However, in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers went to the free throw line 18 times and converted 14 of them to hold the Bucs at bay. With forty five seconds to play the score was 72-68 and the Pioneers finished the scoring from the line to win 81-68.
Robert Duck led the Bucs with 23 points, 14 rebounds, senior Oma Olivacce had 13 points and 9 boards, while freshman Nashon Jeffers finished with 11 points and 7 assists.
The Bucs are schedule to complete their season at home on Wednesday against Inter-American University at 1:00 pm.


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UAE

McCaskill signs for An Nasr -by Ali Ahmed

An Nasr basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Marquette) to play for them this season .



Mccaskill is one of the Top shooters, rebounders and shot blockers in Marquette History. Is a very mobile big man who runs the floor very well and is very quick for his size; very good rebounder; has range up to 15 feet and is a good shooter. Thanks to his great touch and true inside presence, he will help any team at any level in Europe.



Awards/Achievements:
CUSA 2nd Team -96
NBA Midwest Division Champion -02
NBA Western Conference Semifinals -02
CBA All-Star Game -08


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ULEB CUP

Crvena Zvezda - Besiktas Cola Turka 80-80 -by Dragan Jankovski
In the first game of the ULEB Cup 1/8 finals Crvena Zvezda and Besiktas Cola Turka finished it without the winner 80-80 so the Turkish team, who ended the regular season undefeated, has a nice chance to reach the Final 8 in Torino, Italy. It was obvious that Zvezda opened the game with pressure because they probably wanted to beat Besiktas with a huge point-difference. During the entire game neither team made double digits advantage. The hosts had the biggest lead in 34th minute, 75-68, but experienced Turkish team succeeded to make a turn quickly 78-79. At the very end Apodaca made one FT while Kikanovic netted both for the final score 80-80.

Hero of the game was Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) of Beskitas, who collected 32 points and 4 rebounds. Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) finished the game with 12 points. On the other side Crvena Zvezda got 22 points and 5 redounds from Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket). Bosnian hot prospect Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) followed him having the best game in Zvezda's jersey so far as he added 18 points and 6 rebounds.

After the game head coach of the Turkish team Ergin Ataman said: 'It was a tough game what we expected. I am very satisfied with our zone defense and with the fact that we succeeded to stop one of the best Europe's PGs Omar Cook. We have to focus on the game in Istanbul which will start from the zero. We will go step by step to become the ULEB Cup champions.'


Crvena Zvezda - Besiktas Cola Turka 80-80
(20-17,14-19,25-22,21-22)

Crvena Zvezda:
Dragicevic 22 (5 rebs), Kikanovic 18 (6 rebs)
Besiktas: Shumpert 32 (4 rebs), Drobnjak 12, Peker 10 (5 rebs)


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URUGUAY

Kevin Young signs in Marinos de Anzoategui - Venezuela -by Walter Sobrero
After being the most dominant foreign player in Uruguay where he was Champion of the League, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) signs with Marinos de Anzoategui and he will arrive in Caracas next friday to be playing under coach Keith Legree as was told in Marino's web page by President Domingo Cirigliano. He leaves Uruguay being voted the best foreign player by all the readers of Latinbasket in the poll where he got 31% of the votes over David Jackson. He is also the best player of all Uruguay in value according to the stats of the Uruguayan Federation with 29.5 points average and fighting the chance to be MVP of the season with his teammate. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M). He leaves Uruguay being leader in rebounds, leader in value points, 7th. top scorer, 18.7 ppg and 13 rpg.

1988, 1989, 1990... 2007 !!! Bigua Uruguayan Champion !! -by Walter Sobrero
After winning the Federal (Former League) in 1988, 1989 and 1990; and Champion of South America in 1992; Bigua is the new Champion of Uruguay. With a team made fully of players born in the team and playing together since kids, a young coach and the best couple of foreign players in the Uruguayn League, they took home the Cup who is named after the former President of the team Bartolome Colom who died some years ago. For a team who lost last seasons title against Malvin, this was a long and hard year of work in order to get this Trophy that honours one of them. Congratulations Bigua !

Players of Bigua dominate Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Awards 2008 -by Eurobasket
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Bortz
Player of the Year: Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) of Atletico Bigua
Guard of the Year: Martin Osimani (194-G-81) of Atletico Bigua
Forward of the Year: Kevin Young (206-C-84) of Atletico Bigua
Center of the Year: Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82) of Atletico Bigua
Newcomer of the Year: Fernando Alvarez (200-F/C-80) of Atletico Atenas
Most Imporoved Player of the Year: Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) of Atletico Olimpia
Import Player of the Year: Kevin Young of Atletico Bigua
Domestic Player of the Year: Leandro Garcia Morales of Atletico Bigua
Defensive Player of the Year: Martin Osimani of Atletico Bigua
Coach of the Year: Gerardo Jauri of Defensor SC

1st Team
Martin Osimani of Atletico Bigua
Leandro Garcia Morales of Atletico Bigua
Grady Reynolds (198-F-80) of Hebraica Macabi
Kevin Young of Atletico Bigua
Mark Alan Bortz of Atletico Bigua

2nd Team
Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) of Hebraica Macabi
David Jackson (196-G-82) of Defensor SC
Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83) of Atletico Atenas
Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83) of Atletico Atenas
Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79) of Defensor SC

All-Domestic Players Team
Martin Osimani of Atletico Bigua
Leandro Garcia Morales of Atletico Bigua
Sebastian Vazquez of Atletico Olimpia
Gaston Paez of Defensor SC
Juliano Rivera (202-C-72) of Trouville

All-Imports Team
David Jackson of Defensor SC
Wendell Gibson of Atletico Atenas
Grady Reynolds of Hebraica Macabi
Mark Alan Bortz of Atletico Bigua
Kevin Young of Atletico Bigua

All-Newcomers Team
Gustavo Barrera of Hebraica Macabi
Fernando Alvarez of Atletico Atenas
Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) of Trouville
Sebastian Vazquez of Atletico Olimpia
Nicolas Borsellino (201-C-86) of Malvin


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VENEZUELA

Here we go! -by Wolfgang Lucena

Guaiqueries de Margarita hit first on defending its crown in the opening of the 2008 Professional basketball league of Venezuela. The hero of tonight game was 9 years experienced Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) whom made six points from the three point line during the last quarter of the game; Torcatt finished with 12 points for the tribe.
Panteras of Miranda had a great night as well but the luck was not with them at this time.

The last score of tonight game was, Guaiqueries 77 , Panteras of Miranda 71



His name in the history -by Yelitza La Torre
Victor David Diaz (195-F-68, college: Houston) put his name long time ago in the history of the Venezuela's basketball and now, once again he stressed it, reaching 17000 points.
Victor has been playing professional basketball for 21 seasons. Basketball fans are not expecting his last game yet.
There're many good thing to say about Victor David Diaz, but constancy and discipline are the first. 23 games remaining to beat Sam Sheppard who has 840 but his big concern this year is Cocodrilos Championship.
David, thank you very much for all you have done for Venezuela's basketball.




Trotamundos swept Gaiteros -by Antonio Gomez
There was no alternative. Trotamundos de Carabobo squashed Gaiteros del Zulia in the two games series disputed on sunday and monday at the Valencia's Forum.

On sunday's game, the Guillermo Narvarte's squad, defeated the zulian team 99-92 with Aaron Harper (201-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi), Lawrence Wallace y Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) in a outstanding evening. Harper scored 19 points, Wallace 17 and Aguilera 17.

The story get worst for Gaiteros on monday's game. Trotamundos won 103-85. The 'Expreso Azul' stays unconquered with 4 victories and counting. Also, that game was the 1000 in Trotamundos history.


Ronald Blackshear, player of he week -by Antonio Gomez
And the award goes to...Ronald Blackshear (196-G-78, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Marshall). The guard was designated today Player of the Week by the technical commission of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto de Venezuela.

Blackshear, who played for Guaros de Lara in three games, scored 24,6 per game with 2.33 assist. From the free throw line got 85% (20-17).

Guaros de Lara has one victory and four defeats. Also occupies the ninth place of general classification.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Trotamundos 4-0
2. Gatos 4-1
3. Cocodrilos 3-2
4. Guaiqueries 3-2
5. Gaiteros 3-2
6. Panteras 2-3
7. Gigantes 1-2
8. Marinos 1-3
9. Guaros 1-4
10. Dep.Tachira 0-3


Stats Leaders - LPB
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
R. Blackshear (Gua) 24.6
K. Lowe (Mar) 21.7
Washington (Guai) 20.6
R. Guevara (Gua) 20.2
K. Capers (Gat) 19.4
Rebounds Per Game
A. Sucre (Mar) 10.5
R. Allen (Gig) 10.5
H. Bayona (Guai) 10.2
J. Martinez (Gua) 7.6
R. Osorio (Pan) 7.6
Assists Per Game
J. Smith (Tach) 5.6
L. Wallace (Tro) 5.5
E. Mijares (Gat) 4.8
R. Guevara (Gua) 3.7
J. Peralta (Mar) 3.6
Steals Per Game
J. Espinoza (Gai) 5.0
C. Cedeno (Guai) 4.0
G. Vargas (Pan) 4.0
R. Guevara (Gua) 3.5
T. Hamilton (Gua) 3.5
Blocks Per Game
R. Allen (Gig) 4.5
J. Pradia (Mar) 2.7
A. Patterson (Gat) 2.6
A. Barrios (Tro) 2.0
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 1.6
2FGP
L.Berroteran (Gua) 86.0%
D.Aranguren (Gig) 83.0%
M.Berroteran (Tro) 80.0%
R. Charles (Gig) 80.0%
M. Jarrell (Gua) 80.0%
3FGP
C. Morris (Tach) 89.0%
G. Araujo (Tach) 67.0%
J. Vargas (Tro) 65.0%
L. Wallace (Tro) 58.0%
M. Marriaga (Gai) 57.0%
Free Throws
H. Paez (Coc) 100%
K. Palacios (Coc) 100%
C. Salcedo (Gai) 100%
C. Mitchell (Pan) 92.0%
D. Cedeno (Mar) 90.0%
Ranking
R. Blackshear (Gua) 266
K. Lowe (Mar) 244
R.Washington (Guai) 223
R. Guevara (Gua) 221
K. Capers (Gat) 219


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WABA

Day 3 - WABA for Clubs 2008 -by Mohammed Malas
Orthodox (JOR) 79 - Al Ahli Sanaa (YEM) 56 (Qs: 18-16, 42-26, 60-36 & 79-56)

# Best performance:
* Orthodox:
Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) (16 pts)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (15 pts, 9 reb)
Naser Bassam (198-G/F-76) (12 pts, 5 ast)
* Al Ahli Sanaa:
Taha Alassari (180-G/F-84, college: Fredonia St.) (21 pts)
Sabri Sadaqah (188-F-89) (13 pts)
Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) (10 pts)

Zain (JOR) 74 - Al Hilla (IRQ) 69 (Qs: 20-15, 48-26, 55-48 & 74-69)

# Best performance:
* Zain:
Soumaila Samake (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) (21 pts, 11 reb)
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) (18 pts, 9 reb)
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) (14 pts)
* Al Hilla:
Mustafa Hamza (187-G-87) (17 pts, 5 stl)
Leigh Gayden (170-G-80, college: Tennessee Tech) (20 pts)
Rahman Ahmad (14 pts, 8 reb)

Saba Battery (IRI) 79 - Petrochimi Imam Harbour (IRI) 59 (Qs: 19-16, 39-33, 62-47 & 79-59)

# Best perfromance:
* Saba Battery:
Omar Sneed (203-F/C-76, college: Memphis) (25 pts, 11 reb, 6 stl)
Mike Jones (196-G-75, college: TCU) (13 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast)
Karam Ahmadian (197-F-77) (12 pts)
* Petrochimi Imam Harbour:
Tony Madison (197-G-71, agency: China-Hoop, college: New Orleans) (17 pts)
Art Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) (10 pts, 10 reb)
Mojtaba Bordbar (202-F-84) (12 pts)

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 96 - Al Ittihad Aleppo (SYR) 70 (Qs: 24-18, 45-32, 71-49 & 96-70)

# Best perfromance:
* Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) (32 pts)
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) (16 pts, 12 reb, 6 ast)
Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) (12 pts, 8 reb)
* Al Ittihad Aleppo:
Jay Joseph (193-G-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: NC-Greensboro) (17 pts)
Tyrone Washington (208-C/F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) (14 pts, 8 reb)
Amir Hasan (193-G) (12 pts)

# Groups standings:
* Group A:
Saba Battery 3-0
Petrochimi Imam Harbour 2-1
Orthodox 1-2
Al Ahli Sanaa 0-3
* Group B:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 3-0
Zain 2-1
Al Ittihad Aleppo 1-2
Al Hilla 0-3

# Quarterfinal games:
* Wednesday 12-3:
Saba Battery - Al Hilla
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut - Al Ahli Sanaa
Petrochimi Imam Harbour - Al Ittihad
Zain - Orthodox


Standings
WABA Standings
Group A
1. Saba 3-0
2. Petrochimi 2-1
3. Orthodox 1-2
4. Al Ahli 0-3
Group B
1. Al Riyadi 3-0
2. Zain 2-1
3. Ittihad 1-2
4. Al Hilla 0-3




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Women News

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CZECH REP. - Women

Gambrinus beats USK Praha for the third time in the season -by Eurobasket News
USK Praha once again could not match the Czech powerhouse Gambrinus losing to them in the opening round of the second stage of ZBL. Gambrinus overwhelmed their arch-rivals 86:51 to hand USK Praha the third loss in the season. Now USK Praha stands three victories shy of Gambrinus in the ladder. Kulichova and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) opened the scoring list with 4 points for Gambrinus. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) and Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) quickly restored a tie-game but soon Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) connected from afar to put the hosts in front. Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) scored 4 straight points and Gambrinus cleared off to a 15:6 distance. She later capped the first frame with 4 more points and the home team enjoyed a 21:13 lead after 1o minutes. USK Praha could not scored for more than 4 minutes at the beginning of the second frame and the gap grew to 27:13. Finally Ferancikova broke the scoring drought but Gambrinus were already on the march. Hamchetou Maiga and Jana Vesela (194-F-83) stretched the lead 15 points. Zuzana Zirkova crowned the first half with 5 points in a row to accumulate a 43:23 advantage for the hosts at halftime. The teams exchanged buckets throughout the third period but the visitors struggled to get any closer. Eva Viteckova stepped up with 5 consecutive points midway through the period and Gambrinus posted a 60:34 cushion. The home team enjoyed a 70:38 lead after three quarters and Gambrinus never looked back afterwards winning 86:51.
Hamchetou Maiga finished with 18 points and 10 boards for Gambrinus. Eva Viteckova contributed 12 points, while Zuzana Zirkova and Timea Beres (192-C-76) had 10 points apiece in a win. Katerina Elhotova responded with 15 points and 6 boards for USK Praha. Lindsay Whalen dropped 12 points in a losing case.
In another game Karlovy Vary beat Valosun Brno 81:77. Magerciakova Magerciakova (188-C-77) secured 19 points and 10 boards to pace the hosts. Miroslava Vodrazkova (191-C-78) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Wynter Whitley (187-F/C-82, college: Duke) managed game-high 20 points for Brno outfit in a loss.


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ISRAEL - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Ivory latta Hulon 25.
2. Tamara Booye Hpoel Tel Aviv 23.4
3. Deanna Jackson Ramat Hasharon 21.8
4. Ayana Walker Maccabi Ashdod 21.2
5. Shaunzinski Gortman Maccabi Tel Kabir 20.8
6. Detrina White Hulon 20.7
7. Tanasha Wright Bnot Hasharon 20.5
8. La'Tangela Atkinson MACLAREN Holon 20.3
9. Mistie Williams Bnot Hasharon 18.1
10. Renee Taylor Bnei Yehuda 17.7
11. Brandi Mccain Maccabi Ashdod 17.5
12. Michelle Woods Maccabi Tel Kabir 17.1
13. Edwina Brown Ramat Chen 16.5
14. Shay Doron Ramla 15.9
15. Edniesha Curry Hapoel Tel Aviv 15.4
16. Tatiana Troyana Ramat Hasharon 14.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Detrina White Hulon 13
2. Ayana Walker Maccabi Ashdod 12.1
3. Tamara Boowe Hpoel Tel Aviv 12.0
4. Shaunzinski Gortman Maccabi Tel Kabir 11.4
5. La'Tangela Atkinson MACLAREN Holon 10.9
6. Daliborka Vilipic Ramat Hasharon 9.6
7. Deanna Jackson Ramat Hasharon 8.6
8. Edwina Brown Ramat Chen 8.6
9. Dionnah Jackson Bnei Yehuda 8.1
10. Michelle Woods Maccabi Tel Kabir 8.0
11. Mistie Williams Bnot Hasharon 7.6
12. Jaclyn Johnson Ramla 7.3
13. Tanasha Wright Bnot Hasharon 6.2
Assists Per Game
. Tanasha Wright Bnot Hasharon 6.1
2. Lainy Selwin Ramla 4.8
3. Limor Mizrachi Ramat Hasharon 4.5
4. Neda Djuric Bnot Hasharon 4.1
5. Ivory Latta MACLAREN Holon 4.1
Steals Per Game
1. Edwina Brown Ramat Chen 3.5
2. Tanasha Wright Bnot Hasharon 3.2
3. Neda Djuric Bnot Hasharon 3.1
4. Dionnah Jackson Bnei Yehuda 2.8
5. Brandi Mccain Maccabi Ashdod 2.7
6. Shaunzinski Gortman Maccabi Tel Kabir 2.6
7. Jia Perkins Ramat Hasharon 2.6
8. Renee Taylor Bnei Yehuda 2.3
9. Ayana Walker Maccabi Ashdod 2.2
10. Deanna Jackson Ramat Hasharon 2.1
11. Lainy Selwin Ramla 2.0
12. Mistie Williams Bnot Hasharon 1.9
13. Detrina White MACLAREN Holon 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1. Ayana Walker Maccabi Ashdod 2.1
2. Dterina White Hulon 2.0 Tel Aviv 1.1
3. Tamara Boowe Hpoel Tel Aviv 1.1
4. Daliborka Vilipic Ramat Hasharon 0.9
5. Deanna Jackson Ramat Hasharon 0.7
6. Mistie Williams Bnot Hasharon 0.7
2FGP
1. Mistie Williams Bnot Hasharon 63.2
2. Deanna Jackson Ramat Hasharon 62.9
3. Daliborka Vilipic Ramat Hasharon 62.3
4. Detrina White MACLAREN Holon 60.1
3FGP
1. Brandi Mccain Maccabi Ashdod 43.0
2. Hen Nussel Bnot Hasharon 41.5
3. Shira Haelion Hapoel Tel Aviv 40.3
4. Tatiana Troyana Ramat Hasharon 40.0
5. Shaunzinski Gortman Maccabi Tel Kabir 39.6
6. Neda Djuric Bnot Hasharon 39.3
7. Ivory Latta MACLAREN Holon 39.3
8. Inbal Mizrachi MACLAREN Holon 38.8
Free Throws
1. Tatiana Troyana Ramat Hasharon 91.7
2. Rivi Grinboym Bnei Yehuda 86.8
3. Shay Doron Ramla 86.6
4. Daliborka Vilipic Ramat Hasharon 83.8
5. Tanasha Wright Bnot Hasharon 82.8
Ranking
1. Ayana Walker Maccabi Ashdod 28.1
2. Detrina White Hulon l 26.6
3. Deanna Jackson Ramat Hasharon 26.2
4. Shaunzinski Gortman Maccabi Tel Kabir 24.0
5. Tanasha Wright Bnot Hasharon 23.3
6. La'Tangela Atkinson MACLAREN Holon 22.3
7. Tamara Boowe Hpoel Tel Aviv 21.7
8. Mistie Williams Bnot Hasharon 20.6
9. Michelle Woods Maccabi Tel Kabir 19.8


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KOSOVO - Women

Games's schedule for 12-13 March 2008 -by Edona Shabani
TOYOTA WOMEN LEAGUE

WEEK IX-

TREPCA - DRITA, Wednesday on 11,00
Referees: Zaim Zenuni,Isa Prebreza
Monitors: Mehmet Xhemaili

SIGAL PRISHTINA - V╦LLAZNIMI, Wednesday on 19.30
Referees: Fisnik Ramadani,Xhelal Mumini
Monitors: Sejdi Mehmeti

KASTRIOTI - PENZA, Wednesday on 14,00
Referees: Burim Berisha,Bashkim Berbatovci
Monitors: Isak Jashari

BASHKIMI - PRISHTINA PROBASKET, Thursday on 14,00
Referees: Urim Hasani,Hysen Hasani
Monitors: Tajar Rifati

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO wins the LMKL regular season -by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius clinched the regular season title in LMKL. They suffered just a single defeat en route to an impressive 25-1 record. TEO capped the regular season with a road trip. They played with Atletas, Laisve and Lemminkainen away from home and celebrated three victories to finalize their record. TEO started their tour against Atletas and topped the hosting side 108:78. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) tallied game-high 28 points, 9 boards and 5 assists to pace the visitors. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) answered with 24 points for Atletas. TEO then faced the third-ranked Laisve but still had little problems handling them 102:76. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) knocked down 25 points for TEO. Gintare Petronyte scored 22 points in a win. Laisve responded with 27 points from Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75).
Finally TEO Vilnius visited Lemminkainen and once again were stronger 81:69. Despite being tied after the opening frame TEO looked more convincing and took over in the second period. They stepped on the gas and cleared off to a 9-point distance which proved to be just enough for the visitors to secure the positive outcome at the end. Sandra Valuzyte blasted 21 points, 8 boards and 4 rebounds for TEO. Streimkyte contributed 19 points for the Vilnius outfit. Klaipeda team relied on 18 points from Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80).


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NCAA - Women

Connecticut to play against Louisville in Big East Final -by Eurobasket News
Louisville toppled the 18th-ranked West Virginia 67:60 yesterday to reach their first ever Big East final. Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) nailed 24 points to pace the Cardinal to the Big East title decider. It was the 10th win for Louisville in the last 11 games. Louisville had an obvious advantage in the first half and built a massive 41:21 lead at halftime. But LaQuita Owens (5'9''-G) ignited a strong second half for the Mountaineers. She notched 15 out of her 23 points after the long break and West Virginia trimmed the deficit to just 5 points with just over 2 minutes remaining. But the Cardinal survived in the dying seconds and celebrated a historic Big East Final appearance. Brandie Radde (5'11''-G-88) poured in 10 points for the winners. Chakhia Cole (5'10''-F) had 15 points and 7 boards for West Virginia in a loss. The Cardinal will now face the top-ranked Connecticut Huskies in the Final.
The Huskies put up an impressive performance to upset Pittsburgh 74:47 in the Conference semis. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) knocked down 21 points for Connecticut. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) secured 15 points as the Huskies enjoyed their 31st overall win in the season. UConn got to a flying start and led 11:1 early on. They fueled a 19:2 rally midway through the first half to open up a 39:12 lead which proved to be too big for the Panthers. They never came closer than 20 points in the second half and Connecticut quite expectedly reached the final game. Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86) had 11 points for Pittsburgh. Marcedes Walker (6'3''-C-86) added 10 points in defeat.


Southern Conference Season 2007-08 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
1 Chattanooga 18-0 29-3
2 W.Carolina 15-3 25-8
3 Davidson 13-5 19-11
4 Georgia Southern 13-5 17-13
5 Charleston 9-9 14-16
6 Elon 6-12 12-20
7 Furman 5-13 10-20
8 Appalachian St. 5-13 8-22
9 NC-Greensboro 4-14 7-24
10 Wofford 2-16 10-21

Tournament Final: Chattanooga - Western Carolina 71-59
Tournament Semifinals:
Chattanooga - College of Charleston 68-53
Western Carolina - Elon 72-66

All-Southern Conf. Tournament MVP: Alex Anderson (6'1''-G/F) of Chattanooga

Southern Conf. All-Tournament 1st Team

Alex Anderson of Chattanooga
Laura Hall (5'6''-G) of Chattanooga
Jessika Johnson (6'2''-F) of Western Carolina
Tierra Bumbrey (5'5''-G-86) of Elon
Kitara McMoore (5'11''-F-85) of Elon

Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team
Shanara Hollinquest (6'0''-F) of Chattanooga
Nikki Williams (5'9''-F-87) of College of Charleston
Emily Clarke (-G/F) of Western Carolina
Ashley Pellom (5'7''-G) of Western Carolina
Liz Miller (5'8''-G-87) of Wofford

All-Southern Conf. 1st Team
Alex Anderson of Chattanooga
Tierra Bumbrey of Elon
Chevon Keith (5'11''-G) of Western Carolina
Mercedes Robinson (6'1''-F) of Davidson
Whitney Tossie (5'9''-G) of Appalachian State

All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team
Shawnda Atwood (5'10''-G-86) of Georgia Southern
Tiffany Brown (5'5''-G-86) of Georgia Southern
Monique Dawson (5'8''-G) of Western Carolina
Jill Furstenburg (5'10''-G/F-84) of College of Charleston
Shanara Hollinquest of Chattanooga

Southern Conf. All-Freshman Team
Emily Clarke of Western Carolina
Tonia Gerty (5'3''-G) of College of Charleston
Frances Hernandez (5'8''-G) of Appalachian State
Sam Ramirez (5'8''-G) of Appalachian State
Mahagony Williams (6'0''-F) of Wofford

All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year: Alex Anderson of Chattanooga
All-Southern Conf. Freshman of the Year: Mahagony Williams of Wofford
All-Southern Conf. Coach of the Year: Wes Moore of Chattanooga


Atlantic 10 Season 2007-2008 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
1 George Washington 12 2 .857 25 6 .806
2 Temple 12 2 .857 21 12 .636
3 Xavier 11 3 .786 24 8 .750
4 Charlotte 9 5 .643 18 13 .581
5 Dayton 9 5 .643 25 8 .758
6 St.Joseph's 8 6 .571 17 14 .548
7 Duquesne 6 8 .429 15 15 .500
8 Richmond 6 8 .429 14 17 .452
9 St.Bonaventure 6 8 .429 18 12 .600
10 Massachusetts 5 9 .357 13 17 .433
11 Rhode Island 5 9 .357 13 18 .419
12 St.Louis 5 9 .357 10 20 .333
13 La Salle 4 10 .286 12 17 .414
14 Fordham 0 14 .000 0 29 .000

Tournament Final: Xavier - Temple 47-42
Tournament Semifinals:
Temple - Dayton 56-51
Xavier - George Washington 63-59

All-Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP: Tashia Phillips (6'6''-C) of Xavier
Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team:
Ashley Morris (5'5''-G) of Temple
Lady Comfort (6'2''-C) of Temple
Nikki Oakland (6'2''-F-86) of Dayton
Amber Harris (6'5''-F-88) of Xavier
Tashia Phillips of Xavier

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team
Jessica Adair (6'4''-F/C-86) of George Washington
Kimberly Beck (5'8''-G-85) of George Washington
Amber Harris of Xavier
Carlene Hightower (5'11''-F) of La Salle
Ashley Morris of Temple

All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team
Lady Comfort of Temple
Kate Mills (6'1''-F-86) of Massachusetts
Dana Mitchell (6'1''-F-88) of St. Bonaventure
Nikki Oakland of Dayton
Tashia Phillips of Xavier

All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team
Sarah Acker (6'3''-C) of Saint Joseph's
Sabrina Gregory (5'9''-G-86) of Charlotte
Sarah-Jo Lawrence (5'11''-G-86) of George Washington
Theresa Lisch (5'9''-G) of Saint Louis
Kristi Little (5'4''-G-86) of Duquesne

All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention
Danielle Burgin (6'5''-F/C-87) of Charlotte
Johanna McKnight (5'9''-G-86) of Richmond
Pam Rosanio (5'10''-G/F-86) of Massachusetts
Brittani Shells (5'7''-G) of Richmond

Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team
Sarah Acker of Saint Joseph's
Kristin Daugherty (6'0''-F) of Dayton
Megan Mahoney (5'7''-G) of Fordham
Tashia Phillips of Xavier
Brittani Shells of Richmond

Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team
Whitney Allen (5'11''-F-85) of George Washington
Kimberly Beck of George Washington
Lakeisha Eaddy (5'6''-G) of Temple
Sabrina Gregory of Charlotte
Kristi Little of Duquesne
Johanna McKnight of Richmond

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team
Christina Campion (6'0''-F-85) of Richmond
Karah Cloxton (5'8''-G) of Dayton
Sabrina Gregory of Charlotte
Sarah-Jo Lawrence of George Washington
Katelyn Murray (5'8''-G-87) of St. Bonaventure

All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year: Kimberly Beck of George Washington
All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year: Kristi Little of Duquesne
All-Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year: Tashia Phillips of Xavier
All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year: Ashley Morris of Temple
All-Atlantic 10 Sixth Player of the Year: Tudy Reed (5'11''-G) of Xavier
All-Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year: Sarah-Jo Lawrence of George Washington
All-Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year: Jim Jabir of Dayton


Big Ten Season 2007-2008 Summary -by Jay
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Regular Season Standings
1 Ohio St. 13-5 1271 1119 22-8
2 Iowa 13-5 1219 1145 21-10
3 Minnesota 11-7 1211 1119 20-11
4 Purdue 11-7 1063 1062 17-14
5 Michigan St. 10-8 1140 1151 19-13
6 Indiana 10-8 1214 1182 18-14
7 Michigan 9-9 1077 1040 17-13
8 Wisconsin 9-9 1282 1230 16-13
9 Illinois 8-10 1076 1040 19-13
10 Penn St. 4-14 1074 1241 13-18
11 Northwestern 1-17 913 1211 5-26



Tournament Final: Purdue - Illinois 58-56
Tournament Semifinals:
Illinois - Michigan State 55-41
Purdue - Iowa 80-73
All-Big Ten Tournament MVP: Fahkara Malone (5'3''-G-87) of Purdue


Big Ten All-Tournament Team
Rebecca Harris (5'8''-G-86) of Illinois
Jenna Smith (6'3''-F/C-88) of Illinois
Fahkara Malone of Purdue
Keshia Mosley (6'1''-F) of Purdue
Kalika France (5'9''-G) of Purdue
Danielle Campbell (6'4''-C) of Purdue


All-Big Ten 1st Team
Jenna Smith of Illinois
Kristi Smith (5'6''-G-87) of Iowa
Emily Fox (5'9''-G-87) of Minnesota
Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) Ohio State
Jolene Anderson (5'8''-G-86) of Wisconsin


All-Big Ten 2nd Team
Jamie Braun (5'8''-G-87) of Indiana
Johanna Solverson (6'2''-F) of Iowa
Allyssa Dehaan (6'9''-C-88) of Michigan State
Leslie Knight (6'1''-F-86) of Minnesota
Marscilla Packer (5'9''-G-86) of Ohio State


All-Big Ten 3rd Team
Lori Bjork (5'11''-G-86) of Illinois
Whitney Thomas (6'0''-F-87) of Indiana
Carly Benson (6'2''-F-87) of Michigan
Kamela Gissendanner (6'1''-G-85) of Penn State
Danielle Campbell of Purdue
Lakisha Freeman (6'1''-F) of Purdue


All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
Jessica Minnfield (5'5''-G-87) of Michigan
Kalisha Keane (6'1''-F-89) of Michigan State
Ashlee Trebilcock (5'9''-G) of Ohio State
Tyra Grant (5'11''-G-88) of Penn State
Brianne O'Rourke (5'6''-G-87) of Penn State
Fahkara Malone of Purdue
Janese Banks (5'10''-G-86) of Wisconsin


Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Kalisha Keane of Michigan State
Brittney Thomas (5'10''-G) of Michigan State
Amy Jaeschke (6'5''-C-89) of Northwestern
Jantel Lavender of Ohio State
Lin Zastrow (6'4''-F) of Wisconsin


Big Ten All-Defensive Team
Kim Roberson (5'10''-F-86) of Indiana
Allyssa Dehaan of Michigan State
Shavelle Little (5'8''-G) of Ohio State
Danielle Campbell of Purdue
Fahkara Malone of Purdue


All-Big Ten Player of the Year: Jantel Lavender of Ohio State
All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year: Shavelle Little of Ohio State
All-Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Jantel Lavender of Ohio State
All-Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year: Megan Skouby (6'6''-C-86) of Iowa
All-Big Ten Coach of the Year: Lisa Bluder of Iowa



Big East Season 2007-08 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
1 Connecticut 15-1 .938 31-1 .969
2 Rutgers 14-2 .875 24-6 .800
3 W.Virginia 12-4 .750 24-7 .774
4 Notre Dame 11-5 .688 23-8 .742
5 Pittsburgh 10-6 .625 22-10 .688
6 Syracuse 10-6 .625 22-8 .733
7 Louisville 10-6 .625 24-8 .750
8 Marquette 8-8 .500 16-14 .533
9 De Paul 8-8 .500 20-11 .645
10 St.John's 7-9 .438 16-14 .533
11 S.Florida 5-11 .312 16-15 .516
12 Villanova 5-11 .312 15-15 .500
13 Georgetown 5-11 .312 15-14 .517
14 Seton Hall 3-13 .188 13-15 .464
15 Cincinnati 3-13 .188 12-16 .429
16 Providence 2-14 .125 12-17 .414

Tournament Final: Connecticut - Louisville 65-59
Tournament Semifinals:
Louisville - West Virginia 67-60
Connecticut - Pittsburgh 74-47

All-Big East Conf. Tournament MVP: Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86) of Connecticut
Big East Conf. All-Tournament Team
Charde Houston of Connecticut
Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) of Connecticut
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of Connecticut
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) of Louisville
Candyce Bingham (6'0''-F-86) of Louisville

All-Big East 1st Team
Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86) of Rutgers
Charel Allen (5'11''-G-86) of Notre Dame
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of Connecticut
Krystal Ellis (5'9''-G) of Marquette
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) of Louisville
Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) of Connecticut
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) of Connecticut
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G) of Rutgers
Allie Quigley (5'11''-G-86) of DePaul
Olayinka Sanni (6'2''-C-86) of West Virginia
Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86) Pittsburgh

All-Big East 2nd Team
Candyce Bingham (6'0''-F-86) of Louisville
Meg Bulger (6'0''-F) of West Virginia
Essence Carson (6'0''-G/F-86) of Rutgers
Shantia Grace (5'6''-G-86) of USF
Chandrea Jones (5'9''-G-87) of Syracuse
Laura Kurz (6'2''-F) of Villanova
LaQuita Owens (5'9''-G) of West Virginia
Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87) of Rutgers
Marcedes Walker (6'3''-C-86) of Pittsburgh
Kia Wright (5'8''-G) of St.John's

All-Big East Honorable Mention
Ashley Barlow (5'9''-G-88) of Notre Dame
Kieraah Marlow (5'10''-F) of Georgetown
Nicole Michael (6'2''-F-87) of Syracuse
Deirdre Naughton (5'10''-G-87) of DePaul
Lindsay Schrader (6'0''-G-87) of Notre Dame
Ketia Swanier (5'7''-G-86) of Connecticut

Big East All-Freshman Team
Chelsea Cole (6'3''-F) Pittsburgh
Lorin Dixon (5'4''-G) Connecticut
Mi-Khida Hankins (6'1''-G/F-89) of Providence
Tasha Harris (5'9''-G) of Syracuse
Taneisha Harrison (-G) of Pittsburgh
Sky Lindsay (5'11''-G) of St.John's
Brittany Mallory (5'10''-G) of Notre Dame
Maya Moore of Connecticut
Erica Morrow (5'8''-G-89) of Syracuse
Devereaux Peters (6'2''-F) of Notre Dame
Angel Robinson (5'8''-G-89) of Marquette
Ebonie Williams (5'8''-G) of Seton Hall

All-Big East Player of the Year: Maya Moore of Connecticut
All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year: Essence Carson of Rutgers
All-Big East Freshman of the Year: Maya Moore of Connecticut
All-Big East Sixth Man of the Year: Ketia Swanier of Connecticut
All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year: Epiphanny Prince of Rutgers
All-Big East Sportsmanship Award: Meg Bulger of West Virginia
All-Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Allie Quigley of DePaul
All-Big East Co-Coach of the Year: Geno Auriemma of Connecticut and Quentin Hillsman of Syracuse


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SCOTLAND - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. St.Mirren 15-0
2. Polonia P. 13-3
3. Edinburgh KK 7-7
4. Gladiators 5-9
5. Falkirk F. 5-10
6. Flyers 0-16


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SWEDEN - Women

Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
Group 1
1. Solna Vikings 0-0
2. 08 0-0
3. Lulea Basket 0-0
4. Telge Energi 0-0
Group 2
1. Marbo Basket 0-0
2. Norrkoping 0-0
3. Visby 0-0
4. Jamtland 0-0


Solna triumphs in Damligan regular season -by Eurobasket News
The Solna Vikings finished the regular season with a 78:59 victory over 08 Stockholm and clinched the top spot in the Damligan regular season. They claimed 20 victories and overcame Telge that ended with a 19-3 record at the second place.
Just 5 days after the end of the regular season the quarterfinal stage got under way. The first four teams were comprised for a quarterfinal group and would fight for three spots available in the playoffs. Solna tipped off the stage with a 77:58 victory over Lulea. The Vikings stunned the visitors with a 24:9 first frame and seemed to be comfortably ahead. But Lulea Basket replied with 24:10 strike in the second period and trimmed the difference to just a single point at halftime. Solna however recovered in the second half and proved the strength due to an impressive performance from Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.). She notched 25 points, 8 boards and 3 steals to lead the hosts. Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) added 13 points for the winners. Frida Aili (178-G-88) had 14 points and 4 assists for Lulea. Leah Rush (185-F-84, college: Oklahoma) and Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa St.) scored 12 points apiece in defeat.
In the meantime Telge also got to victorious start of the quarterfinal stage. They bumped 08 Stockholm 81:66 to stay on level terms with Solna. The game was pretty close in three quarters but Telge's rally in the second term proved decisive. Telge outgunned their opponents 20:9 to build a 48:34 advantage at the break. It was just enough for Telge to celebrate an overall win at the end. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) netted game-high 19 points for Telge. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) had 14 points, while Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) scored 12 in a win. Amber Petillon (193-C-82, college: Richmond) poured in 17 points and pulled down 8 boards for 08 Stockholm.