EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/15/2008

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ABA

The Aces move to West -by Gianni Pascucci

Todd Triplett , Owner and GM of the ABA team named Orlando Aces, has announced that his team will stay in the ABA, and will relocate to North Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2008-09 season. The Las Vegas Aces will hold basketball and dance try-outs July 10th- 12th. For more information please visit www.abalive.com or the team website www.2acesbasketball.com



"The fat lady has sung",Gwizzlies seasons ends -by Jay
The American Basketball Association Macon-based Georgia Gwizzlies 2007-08 ended last nite,just as it had started last November,quietly.The team from Midland Texas had scheludling conflict due to other committments and could not play the Gwizzlies on Friday.Atlanta Vision was selected to represent the South Region in the ABA Super 8,since they sported an undefeated record in the division.'We want to thank the ABA league officials for a chance to be ABA and in the playoffs, fans,local Macon media as we build toward a championship caliber team for 2008-09' states Gwizzlies owner Embry Malone.The Gwizzlies hope to open it's next season on the road against the Nashville Broncos in November.Winston-Salem and Mississippi also will be opponents of the Gwizzlies in 2008-09

Standings
ABA Standings
Blue Conference
Central Div.
1. Manchester 27-11
2. Westchester P. 8-6
3. Boston B. 8-16
North Div.
1. Jersey Expr. 7-10
2. Delaware 1-7
Northeast Div.
1. Vermont FH 26-4
2. Quebec City 11-16
3. Montreal R. 8-17
4. Halifax R. 8-18
South Div.
1. Atlanta V. 6-2
2. Bahama PS 1-5
3. Georgia G. 1-9
Red Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Beijing O. 19-1
2. S.Francisco R. 5-10
3. Maywood B. 3-23
South Div.
1. Texas T. 10-1
2. W.Texas W. 3-6
3. Houston T. 3-8
Southwest Div.
1. San Diego W 21-7
2. OC Gladiators 14-12
3. L.Beach B. 10-7


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ARGENTINA

Stats Leaders - TNA
TNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. B Assie, SM cor 24.1
2. D Miller, Ital 20.7
3. S Ravina, Reg 20.1
4. P Thornton, PEch 19.9
5. W Davis, olimC 19.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. M Fierro, SM cor 11.7
2. S Gonzalez, PEch 8.8
3. D Jones, Oli C 8.5
4. S Pardal, AEch 8.3
5. E Price, Alma 7.6
Assists Per Game
1. J Olmedo, LAN 4.7
2. L Saul, Alma 4.7
3. S Vesco, AEch 4.3
4. L RMoreno, Ech 3.6
5. E Martin, Reg 3.4
Steals Per Game
1. L Saul, Alma 2.0
2. D Eiguren, PEch 1.9
3. A Glover, COli 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1. B Assie, SMCorr 1.3
2. F Gutman, CIC O 1.0
3. Q Alexander, Esp 0.9
2FGP
1. S Easterling, Reg 75.2
2. D Jones, OLI C 71.2
3. M Negri, Alma 70.8
3FGP
1. V Andrizzi, Lan 60.0
2. L Gornatti, Uni 46.0
3. S Rodriguez, Ital 45.6
Free Throws
1. M Trovellesi, olim90.3
2. J Ruiz, Alma 89.6
3. D Belvedere, Cicl 88.4
Ranking
1. B Assie, SMCor19.1
2. D Jones, OliC 18.7
3. M Fierro, SMCorr 17.1
4. P Thornton, PEch 16.9
5. D Miller, Ital 16.4


Stats Leaders - LigaA
LigaA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 B Johnson, Ind 21.2
2 L Gutierrez, Boca 21.1
3 C Brown, Quims 20.2
4 P Gil, Est 18.5
5 D Brown, BHur 18.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 R Battle, Lib 9.8
2 B Johnson, Ind 8.6
3 D Kante, ELN 8.5
4 J Levy, Est 8.3
5 L Borrell, Obras 7.7
Assists Per Game
1 J Martinez, REG 5.4
2 B Labaque, Ate 4.4
3 S Rodriguez, Pen 4.3
4 F Tittarelli, Obr 3.9
5 L Cequeira, Boca 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 D Alba, Gim 1.8
2 B Johnson, Ind 1.7
3 B Labaque, Aten 1.6
Blocks Per Game
1 J Moore, Aten 2.6
2 R Battle, Lib 1.9
3 B Johnson, Ind 1.3
2FGP
1 J Moore, Aten 66.2
2 C Robinson, Reg 65.3
3 D Romero, Quil 65.2
3FGP
1 J Locatelli, Pen 48.0
2 P Gil, Est 45.5
3 S Rodriguez, Pen 44.6
Free Throws
1 C Colla, Belg 92.0
2 J Mazzaro, Quim 90.2
3 S Rodriguez, Pen 88.4
Ranking
1 B Johnson, Ind 23,8
2 L Gutierrez, Boca 21.0
3 R Battle, Lib 20,1
4 R Gonzalez, Pen 19,3
5 W McFarlan, Qui 19.2


LSB Quarterfinals: game 1 -by Facundo Iatzky
REgatas got a huge victori in venezuela against Deportivo Tachira. Great game of Damian Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency: Players Group). And Boca defeated Libertad with a buzzer beat of Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78).

Deportivo Tachira (69): Johnell Smith 9, Edgard Lugo 16, Esterlin Guedez 8, Carlos Morris 9, Quincy Davis 7 (St), Derwein Ramirez 6, Daniel Gutierrez 2, Chris Powell 8, Alejandro Omana 4. Coach: Carlos Gil.

Regatas Corrientes (78): Alejandro Montecchia 3, Javier Martinez 9, Ramzee Stanton 6, Chuckie Robinson 12, Damian Tintorelli 31 (St), Roberto Lopez 4, Agustin Carabajal 0, Diego Cavaco 10, Juan Manuel Rivero 3. Coach: Silvio Santander.

20-18, 40-38 y 54-54.
Referees: Carlos Renato Dos Santos (Brazil), Sergio Pacheco (Brazil) Flavio Zabala (Ecuator).
Court: Arminio Gutierrez Castro.
Serie: Regatas 1-0.


Boca Juniors (82): Luis Cequeira 10, Devon Ford 6, Gustavo Orona 8, Leonardo Gutierrez 24, Gabriel Fernandez 8 (x) (St), Raymundo Legaria 9, Alejandro Alloatti 10 (x), Fernando Funes 5, Antonio Reynolds 2. Coach: Gabriel Piccato.

Libertad (79): Martin Muller 3, Marcos Saglietti 17, Pablo Moldu 8, Andres Pelussi 16, Robert Battle 22 (St), Jorge Benitez 5, Sebastian Ginobili 8. Coach: Julio Lamas.

22-16, 47-38 y 65-52.
Referees: Pablo Estevez, Daniel Rodrigo Alejandro Ramallo.
Court: Luis Conde.
Serie: Boca Juniors 1-0


Reynolds for Reynolds -by Facundo Iatzky
Boca Juniors cut Antonio Reynolds who just could play 4 games due to an old injury. Recently the injury got worse so Boca decided cut him and signed Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) who played in Estudiantes Bahia blanca two years ago. He was playing in Uruguay recently. Boca Juniors is tryin to finish in the best position for the playoffs and is also winning in the quarterfinal serie of the southamerican league against Libertad.

Last movement in TNA -by Facundo Iatzky

-La union formosa: Juan Sartorelli was not authorized to play in the team so they decided to sign veteran Mario Romay (188-G-73) for the rest of the season.
-Lanus: released Jameel Heywood due to injury and signed Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra)

The playoffs will start the upcoming week and Lanus and La union are two of the candidates to get the right to play in Liga A the next season.


TNA 2007/2008 recap -by Facundo Iatzky
The regular season has come to an end and the playoffs will start the next week.
Final Standings:
TNA1: http://www.a-d-c.com.ar/TABLA_tna1_2F0708.html
TNA2: http://www.a-d-c.com.ar/TABLA_tna2_2F0708.html

Qualyfied directly to Quarterfinals:
1 Union sunchales
2 San Martin Marcos Juarez
3 San Martin Corrientes
4 Pedro Echague Saladillo

1st round playoffs:
La Union formosa - Atletico echague
Ciclista junin - Argentino junin
Olimpico - alma juniors
Lanus- -Asoc italiana

Regatas San Nicolas and Olimpia Catamarca will play in Liga B (third division) the next season.

Highlights:
Th best players of this season were Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) and Mariano Fierro (200-F-86), both of them of San Martin Corrientes, the surprise of the tournament. Good season for super veteran Donald Jones too but his team Olimpia Catamarca was the last one. Derrick Miller of Italiana was maybe the best foreigner.
The best team was Union Sunchales. They were outstanding during all the tournament with a lot of players in a great level. They are the favourites.


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AUSTRALIA

Brisbane Bullets up for sale -by Eurobasket
The Brisbane Bullets are up for sale after Eddy Groves has announced he was ending his ownership of the 2006-07 NBL champions.
And Brisbane's players have offered to take across-the-board pay cuts to keep the NBL foundation club from folding.
Groves made the announcement via a media release today after a private meeting with the players.
After nine years of ownership, he said his business interests with his ABC Learning Centre child care empire had forced him to relinquish the Bullets.
'The Brisbane Bullets has been a significant part of my life for almost a decade and has given me some incredible experiences,' Groves said.
'Owning a professional basketball team presents you with all the drama that only professional sport can conjure up - ups, downs, and amazing times.'
Groves called the players together last night to explain his financial situation and his reasons for selling the team.
It's understood Groves want the Bullets to continue and could offload the licence at a bargain price.
The only players missing from last night's meeting were Ebi Ere, Craig Bradshaw and Dillon Boucher.
Groves will honour outstanding player payments for the season just completed. Subsequent arrangements would be the responsibility of any new owner.
'I want a buyer to come in and hopefully buy the club, we all do,'' an emotional Brisbane captain Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) said.
'I want that to happen.
'The guys are committed to staying here, they want the Bullets to survive.'
Mackinnon said Groves was 'shattered' when he told the players of his decision on Thursday night.
'Eddy was pretty devastated,' he said.
'He loved the Bullets and he poured a lot of money into the organisation and basketball.
'It was good for the group to have him there rather than hear it from someone else.
'I admire him for that.
'He's got a big heart and he wants the club to survive.'
Rival NBL clubs reported agents representing Brisbane players had contacted them about next season.
Mackinnon said the players were all willing to take pay cuts if there were any interested parties.
'There's a group that's interested but things aren't going to happen super quick,' he said.
'As a team we're trying to put everything on the table, put down what everyone is prepared to play for so we can package it and make it appealing for anyone interested in being an owner.
'We've got families and basketball is our livelihood so it's an individual thing.'
NBL interim chief executive officer Chuck Harmison said he understood a number of interested parties had contacted the club.
'We're confident that the Bullets are not in any imminent danger of withdrawing from the NBL and we'll work closely with them to identify a new owner to ensure the club is in the best position in the long-term,' he said.
Courtesy of AAP


NBL title decider goes in favour of Melbourne -by Eurobasket News
Sydney - Melbourne 73:85

The Melbourne Tigers completed the Grand Final series with a close victory at the Sydney Entertainment Centre today and clinched the NBL title. The spirit could have been low for the Tigers after they lost the chance to decide the series at home. But Melbourne did not say die and resurrected in the fifth game to upset the regular season champs and the hosts of the game Sydney to be crowned the new NBL champions. The encounter turned out to be a bunch of nerves with the outcome being solved in the last minutes. Sydney rushed into the game taking it aggressively at both end and supported well by a sell-out home crowd. As the defense prevailed the Kings accumulated a 19:16 lead after the opening frame. The home side stretched the gap to 7 points at the start of the second period but now the Tigers began waking up. They trimmed the deficit and surged ahead when Chris Anstey (213-C-75) fired from downtown. Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) picked up the scoring frenzy and dropped back-to-back triples to enlarge the margin to 9 points for the Tigers. Sydney however cut to 6 at halftime 38:44. The seesaw battle continued after the break. Brian Goorjian 's outfit quickly denied the difference and retained the lead. Chris Anstey had to head to the bench getting his fourth personal foul but it never prevented Melbourne from regaining the advantage and entering the fourth period up by 2 points 63:61. Melbourne dropped 8 straight points at the start of the final quarter and ran away to a 10-point distance. It was too much for the hosts. And though they battled bravely throughout the fourth stanza it was too much too handle for the Sydney Kings and they lost the game at the end. Chris Anstey finished with 21 points and 12 boards. Dave Thomas secured the same 21 points and 12 boards, while Sean Lampley (201-F-79, college: California) added 12 points and 6 boards for the champions. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) had 17 points for the Kings. Isiah Victor (206-F-78, college: Tennessee) dropped 16 points and pulled down 8 boards in defeat. Both teams struggled in accuracy as the Kings converted 32%, while the Tigers notched 34% of field goals. The visitors at the same outrebounded Sydney 56:47 and forced the hosts to 12 turnovers.

Sydney: Mark Worthington 17, Isiah Victor 16+8 boards, Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) 8
Melbourne: Chris Anstey 21+12 boards, Dave Thomas 21+12 boards, Sean Lampley 12


Ogilvy Career-Best 27 Points in Vandy SEC Tourney Win -by Sohail Nasri
ATLANTA, Georgia - Andrew Ogilvy (Sydney) handled things on the inside. Shan Foster took care of the outside.

It proved to be a devastating 1-2 punch for Vanderbilt.

Ogilvy, a lumbering freshman from Australia, scored a career-best 27 points and Foster was right behind with 26, leading the Commodores (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) past Auburn 93-82 in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday.

Vanderbilt (26-6) shot 67 percent (33 of 49) from the field, falling just short of the tournament record. The Commodores advanced to face Arkansas in the quarterfinals Friday.

Ogilvy, a 6-foot-11 center who towered over the Tigers, teamed with Foster to provide an unstoppable inside-outside punch for the Commodores. The big man made 12 of 13 shots, nearly all of them gimmes after he got loose underneath. He did step out to hit one long jumper with his foot on the 3-point line.

Foster, the SEC's top scorer and named player of the year by the league's coaches earlier in the week, handled most of the outside shooting. The 6-6 senior connected on 6 of 9 from beyond the arc to add another notch to his brilliant season, giving him at least 20 points in six straight games and 19 overall.

'We really made an emphasis with our team not to take quick 3s, and make a few extra passes and see if we could put the ball in A.J.'s hands,' coach Kevin Stallings said. 'As a result, not only did A.J. touch it more but Shan touched it more.'

Vanderbilt built a double-digit lead 5 1/2 minutes into the game, and was comfortably out front most of the first half with the Big Two leading the way. Foster had 19 points and Ogilvy 14 by halftime.

Auburn (14-16) will miss out on a postseason berth for the fifth year in a row. The Tigers got a taste of what they were in for right from the start.

Ogilvy scored on his first three shots, then Foster swished a 3. After Ogilvy slipped inside for another easy basket, Alex Gordon connected on a 3 that made it 14-4 and forced Tigers coach Jeff Lebo to call a quick timeout.

'I got a couple of good looks and I felt like I pretty much played myself into a good position,' Ogilvy said.

The Tigers simply didn't have anyone who could guard the Vanderbilt center, who was 3 inches taller than anyone in their two-forward, three-guard lineup.

'It was hard for our kids against Ogilvy,' Lebo said. 'He is savvy and he has size. It reminds me of playing in the backyard against my 6-year-old son. I can beat him anytime I want to.


NBL Awards 2008 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Grand Final MVP: Chris Anstey (213-C-75) of Melbourne Tigers
Player of the Year: Chris Anstey of Melbourne Tigers
Domestic Player of the Year: Chris Anstey of Melbourne Tigers
Import Player of the Year: Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) of Brisbane
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Anstey of Melbourne Tigers
Most Improved Player of the Year: Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) of Wollongong Hawks
Sixth Man of the Year: Dontaye Draper (180-G) of Sydney Kings
Rookie of the Year: Nathan Jawai (207-C-86) of Cairns Taipans
Coach of the Year: Brian Goorjian of Sydney Kings

All-Australian NBL 1st Team
Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) (Brisbane)
Chris Anstey (Melbourne)
Mark Worthington (202-F-83) (Sydney)
Kirk Penney (194-G-80) (New Zealand)
Shawn Redhage (202-F-81) (Perth)

All-Australian NBL 2nd Team
Nathan Jawai (Cairns)
Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79) (Adelaide)
Corey Williams (191-G-77) (Townsville)
CJ Bruton (188-G-75) (Brisbane)
James Harvey (196-G/F-79) (Gold Coast)

All-Australian NBL 3rd Team
Kavossy Franklin (188-G-75) (Wollongong)
Paul Rogers (213-C-73) (Perth)
Julius Hodge (199-G-83) (Adelaide)
Dontaye Draper (Sydney)
Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) (West Sydney)

All-Imports 1st Team
Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) (Brisbane)
Shawn Redhage (202-F-81) (Perth)
Corey Williams (191-G-77) (Townsville)
Dontaye Draper (Sydney)
Kavossy Franklin (188-G-75) (Wollongong)

All-Imports 2nd Team
Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) (West Sydney)
Julius Hodge (199-G-83) (Adelaide)
Larry Abney (206-F/C-77) (Cairns)
Rod Grizzard (203-G-80) (Singapore)
Dusty Rychart (201-F-78,) (Brisbane)


All-Domestic Players 1st Team
Chris Anstey (Melbourne)
Mark Worthington (202-F-83) (Sydney)
Kirk Penney (194-G-80) (New Zealand)
Nathan Jawai (Cairns)
CJ Bruton (188-G-75) (Brisbane)


All-Domestic Players 2nd Team
James Harvey (196-G/F-79) (Gold Coast)
Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79) (Adelaide)
Paul Rogers (213-C-73) (Perth)
David Barlow (205-F-83) (Melbourne)
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) (South)

All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention
Larry Abney (206-F/C-77) (Cairns)
Rod Grizzard (203-G-80) (Singapore)
David Barlow (205-F-83) (Melbourne)
Dusty Rychart (201-F-78,) (Brisbane)
Jason Crowe (193-G-76) (Gold Coast)
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) (South)
Alex Loughton (205-F/C-83) (Perth)
Cameron Tragardh (Wollongong)
Stephen Black (186-G-80) (Cairns)
Jason Smith (194-G-74) (Sydney)
Sean Lampley (201-F-79) (Melbourne)
John Rillie (195-G-71) (Townsville)
Mike Helms (184-G-80) (Singapore)
Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) (Brisbane)
Orien Greene (193-G-82) (New Zealand)
Mika Vukona (197-F-82) (New Zealand)
Phill Jones (196-G-74) (New Zealand)
Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) (Sydney)
Gerald Brown (191-G-75) (Perth)
Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72) (New Zealand)
Pero Cameron (199-F-74) (Gold Coast)
Stephen Hoare (201-F-75) (Melbourne)
Juaquin Hawkins (201-F-73) (Gold Coast)
Galen Young (201-F/G-75) (Townsville)
Rick Rickert (210-F-83) (New Zealand)
Martin Cattalini (202-F-73) (Cairns)
Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83) (Brisbane)
Troy DeVries (193-G-82) (West Sydney)
Cortez Groves (196-G/F-78) (South)
Ben Knight (204-F-76) (Singapore)
Shane Heal (182-G-70) (South)
Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) (West Sydney)
Ben Pepper (213-C-75) (Townsville)
David Cooper (204-F/C-76) (Adelaide)
Luke Kendall (193-G-81) (Sydney)



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AUSTRIA

Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
Group Middle East
1. LZ NO Sud 10-1
2. Baden BJ 10-2
3. WAT Wieden 6-4
4. UBBC Wien 5-7
5. Basket 2000 4-8
6. GeeBau AF 3-8
7. Mattersburg 2-10
Group South
1. Villach 7-2
2. Klagenfurt 6-3
3. ATSE Graz 6-3
4. Mattersburg R. 3-4
5. Worthersee 2 1-6
6. UBSC Graz 1-6
Group West
1. Schwaz 9-1
2. Salzburg 6-4
3. Dornbirn 6-4
4. SVO/BRG 5-5
5. TI Sparkasse 4-6
6. Bludenz 0-10


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BALTIC LEAGUE

The first encounter for the Play-offs -by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga-Valmiera 64:66 ( 14-16, 19-12, 16-22, 15-16 )

Even though there regular season is not over in Elite Division VEF Riga and Valmiera started the campaign for the ticket into play-offs. Valmiera grabbed 64:66 win in the first game, however the total result will be known tomorrow. Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87, agency: Interperformances) paced the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh) netted 13, while Sandis Amolins (190-G-81) posted 7. Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) finished the night with 17 points in the losing clause.
The game was close in the opening quarter, with Valmiera in the majority in front. They built on that narrow margin after 4:9 and finished the period at 14:16. VEF Riga battled back with some straight points, and had 33:28 at the half time. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) made one free throw for the hosts to give them 5 points lead.
The game remained close in the second half. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter, as Valmiera gradually edged a little further ahead at 49:50. Sandis Amolins opened the last period with a lay-up and Jose Olivero made plus eight later in the quarter. VEF Riga fought throughout the fourth quarter, but could not reach the opponents. Valmiera will now have a two-point lead before the next game. The winner of this encounter will face Barons in the play-offs.

VEF Riga:Maksim Sheleketo 17, Ronalds Zakis 12, Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) 10, Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) 10
Valmiera: Vladimir Stimac 19+10 rebs, Jose Olivero 13, Sandis Amolins 7


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BARBADOS

Pinelands tame COugars to open Intermediate -by Justin Marville
Recently demoted Premier League side Pinelands has served notice to the rest of the league; the club has no intentions of sticking around in second division.

Boosted by the return of forwards Gary Miller and Trevor Small, Pinelands made an early example of perennial title contenders Jose y Jose Cougars, thrashing last year's league finalists 80-58 on Thursday at the YMCA in the opening night of the BABA Intermediate Division.

Hoping to follow the route of 2005 and 2007 second division champs Jackson, Pinelands seemingly intend to make a brief stop in the Intermediate league and what better way to make that statement than to steamroll one of the division's top tier teams in their very first game of the season.

Small wasted no time in getting things started, running out in transition for six quick points to begin the first quarter as Pinelands raced to an early 14-4 lead by creating several turnovers.

With small forward Ryan Maynard adding a couple perimeter jumpers and Gary Miller working the middle of the paint, the Pine squad soon transformed a 16-7 first quarter cushion into a 28-15 advantage midway through the ensuing period as the Hothersal based side struggled against Pinelands' surprising stifling defence.

With the former Premier League contenders leading by thirteen points, star combo guard Kirk Patrick picked up what appeared to be an unnecessary technical foul for arguing a trivial call with 3:19 left in the first half.

This should have worked in the Cougars favour but they soon found out what happens when veteran sides get riled up.

Led by a rejuvenated effort at the defensive end of the floor, Pinelands responded in kind to Patrick's 'wakeup call', closing out the quarter by scoring 11 unanswered points as Maynard and Small got out in the open court for easy baskets in transition off of the several forced turnovers committed by the opposition.

Trailing 39-15 to start the second half, Cougars swingman Ricardo Bartlett threatened to ignite a run in the third quarter, torching his Pinelands' perimeter defenders with some streaky outside shooting for 12 points in the period.

But the Pine was in full cruise control with Miller having his way against the opposing frontcourt, turning to the middle of the paint at will for his favoured short jumper as the Cougars could only manage to get within 15 points during the third.

Back to back treys from combo guard Francois Badenock and a further triple from Maynard pushed Pinelands' lead back over twenty points at the start of the fourth quarter as the Pine exploited the opposition's soft 2-3 zone defence through sound ball movement.

Last season's defensive player of the year Ricardo Jemmott and Mark Gittens would combine for 17 points down the stretch of the fourth but the deficit was way too much for them to overcome, only managing to trade baskets back and forth with the prolific Miller the rest of the way.

Miller ended on a game high 23 points with Maynard adding 16 and Small chipping in with a further 14 points. For the Cougars, Bartlett top scored with 15 points while Jemmott and Gittens both finished with 11 points apiece.

In the evening's first game, title contenders Patriots held Challengers to just nine fourth quarter points, breaking open a 50 all deadlock at the end of the third quarter to come away 75-59 winners in their opening game of the season.

National forward George Haynes had a solid all-round performance on his way to a team high 16 points, with Jehnard Brewster scoring 14 points and Anthony White and Rawle Conway both adding a further 10 points each.

Challengers Antonio Yearwood led all scorers with 18 points while Adrian Fowler was the only other player in double digits with 15.


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BELIZE

UB Black Jaguars Play For Gold in Central American University Games!!! -by David Magana
Last Thursday afternoon the UB team pull out an important victory over a Panama team who were bigger and stronger than the local boys. Thanks to their team effort-putting their heart and soul they were able to end the night victorious by a score of 73 - 71. Stephen Williams (188-G-83) led the team in scoring with 26 pts, 12 rbs, Lennox Bowman (180-G) had 16 pts, 5 steals and Travis Lennan had 13 pts, 9 rbs. The whole team played great winning more fans and getting a chance to play for the gold against the host country team, University of Costa Rica on Saturday at 1pm. We wish the best to the UB squad hoping they bring in the gold for Belize.

Last Weekend Games in the BECOL Tournament!!! -by David Magana

Last Friday night at the Falcon Field week 4 of the regular season continued in the BECOL Tournament with three games being played. In the U-20 division, Young Stars(2-0) beat Hydro Power(1-2) by 37 - 30. Abel Simpson for Young Stars finished with 12 pts while regis Morries with 8 pts and 10 rbs. In a losing effort, Shelton Defour ended with 8 pts and 15 rbs.
In the second game, Christ for Life(1-1) defeated Spartans(0-2) by 58 - 46. For the winning team, Linden Gillett scored 17 pts, 7 steals, Jamie Gillett 14 pts, 6 rbs and Brett Smith with a double double, 10 pts and 10 rbs. For the losing team, Dylon Ayuso had a double double, 13 pts, 10 rbs and Aubrey Lopez (188-G) 10 pts.
In the third game, Belize Bank Diamonds(2-0) walked over Venus Warriors(0-2) by 66 - 29. For Belize Bank Diamonds, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) scored 21 pts, 7 rbs and 2 assits, Milton Hoare 10 pts, 5 rbs and Micheal Martinez 10 pts and 8 rbs. In a losing effort, Jaime Edwards lead the Warriors with 10 pts, 7 rbs and Derrick Garbutt with 8 pts.

On Saturday night, Christ for life(2-1) took an early lead which the SHJC/BNE(2-1) Harpies were unable to over come. The Harpes got the closest in the third quarter but due to lack of concentration they let go the run falling to Christ for Life by 38 - 49. For the winning team, Mark Gentle scored 9 pts, 8 rbs, Korie Williams 9 pts, 6 rbs and Linden 'Tahu' Galvez 8 pts. In a losing effort, David 'Dabo' Frutos had 10 pts, 8 rebs and Omar Yacab 9 pts.

In the O-35 division, Hydro Power(1-1) beat Esperanza(0-2) by 49 - 40. Samuel 'Spup' Martinez lead the winning team with 22 pts, 8 rbs, Douglas 'Doc' Smith with 11 pts and 8 rbs. In a losing effort, Evan Reynolds ended up the night with 11 pts, 8 rbs and 2 assists. Benque Rockers (2-1) beat Belmopan Bandits(1-1) in a close game by 52- 50. For the winning team, Maino 'Skull' Bevans scored doubles, 21 pts, 10 rbs, Marlon 'Snake' Villanueva 17 pts, and Pulu Lightburn 8 pts, 8 rbs.

On Sunday night in the U-20 category, SHC(1-1) beat the Wolves (1-1) by 49 - 43. For the winning team, Shimeon 'Shimo' Simpson scored 27 pts and 2 steals while Mark Anderson 9 pts and 5 rbs. In a losing effort, Devon Brown scored 15 pts and 9 rbs while Amir Westby 10 pts, 4 rbs.

In the Senior divison, E-Three Stars(2-0) beat Venus Warriors(0-3) by 66 - 44. For the winning team, Elroy 'Shabba' Willis scored 18 pts, 7 rbs, 4 assists, 3 steals, Mark O'Brien and Cecil Myers had a double double, 10 pts, 15 rbs, 3 assists and 2 blocks, and 10 pts 11 rbs, respectively. In a losing effort, Flavous 'Flagga' Johnson scored 22 pts, 9 rbs and 4 assists and Daniel 'Dirk' Johnson 10 rbs.

In the O-35, Belmopan Bandits(2-0) beat Esperanza(0-3) by a score of 64 - 52. For the Bandits, Austin Flores scored 24 pts, 2 assists and 3 steals while Clive Sutherland 15 pts, Fren Banks 10 pts and Clifford King 9 pts, 4 rbs and 5 assists. In a losing effort John Trapp scored 12 pts, 6 rbs, Ernest Thompson with a double double, 12 pts, 12 rbs and 2 blocks while R. Amaya 9 pts and 11 rbs.


Games for this coming weekend. First game starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Friday night: Game 1(U - 17) - SHC vs. L.A. Tigers

Game 2(Srs.) - E-Three Stars vs. SHJC

Game 3(Srs.) - Venus Warriors vs. Spartans

Saturday night: Game 1(U - 20) - West Side vs. St. Ignatius High School

Game 2(Srs.) - Belize Bank Diamonds vs. Patriots

Game 3(O - 35) - Hydro Power vs. Benque Rockers




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BOSNIA

Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Leagues Standings
A1 League
1. Novi Grad 13-2
2. Limometal 12-2
3. Kakanj 12-3
4. Brcko 12-3
5. Velpak 10-5
6. Trica 5-10
7. Student T. 5-10
8. Lukavac 5-10
9. Play Off 5-11
10. Velez 4-11
11. Bihac 4-11
12. Bosnjak 3-12
D1 Srpska Liga
1. Mladost MG 16-3
2. Bratunac 13-5
3. Radnik B. 13-5
4. Varda 12-6
5. Rudar 11-7
6. Glasinac 10-8
7. Igokea II 10-8
8. Bijeljina 8-10
9. Wolf Security 7-12
10. Sutjeska 6-12
11. Mladost 76 3-15
12. Vrelo 0-18
Herceg-Bosne
1. Vitez 13-1
2. Siroki II 11-2
3. Mostar 11-3
4. Rama 6-6
5. Ljubuski 6-7
6. Odzak 5-5
7. Tomislav 5-6
8. Posusje II 4-7
9. Brotnjo Citluk 4-8
10. Busovaca 3-11
11. Livno 1-13


Stats Leaders - D1
LIGA 13 BIH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Bakovic (CAP) 20,57
2. Stazic (IGO) 17,67
3. Rothbart (BOR) 17,33
4. Matic (SLO) 17,32
5. Timotic (HER) 16,95
Rebounds Per Game
1. Rothbart (BOR) 9,8
2. Ramljak (POS) 8,7
3. Timotic (HER) 5,9
4. Petani (CAP) 5,9
5. Sadibasic (ZEN) 5,7
Assists Per Game
1. Allen (IGO) 6,0
2. Gvozdenovic (SLA) 5,1
3. Bailey (BOS) 4,5
4. Bocka (IGO) 3,9
5. Ross (SLO) 3,8
Steals Per Game
1. Bocka (IGO) 2,5
2. Crnobrnja (HER) 1,9
3. Stazic (IGO) 1,8
Blocks Per Game
1. Rothbart (BOR) 1,3
2. Ramljak (POS) 1,1
3. Wright (IGO) 1,1
2FGP
1. Timotic (HER) 6,67
2. Matic (SLO) 6,28
3. Rahimic (SLO) 5,39
3FGP
1. Skerovic (HER) 2,71
2. Bakovic (CAP) 2,62
3. Tosic (IGO) 2,28
Free Throws
1. Petani (CAP) 6,35
2. Bakovic (CAP) 6,18
3. Ross (SLO) 4,5
Ranking
1. Rothbart (BOR) 11,6
2. Matic (SLO) 9,1
3. Ramljak (POS) 8,8


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CAMEROON

March Madness... -by Yann Tientcheu
The decisive month of March is following its course and the NCAA 2007-2008 season is living its closing weeks. College teams compete in conference tournaments, and every ball possession, more than ever, counts toward the gain of a win and an eventual participation to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. Our young countrymen are bringing
Valuable contributions to the success of their teams, and the National triangle can only be proud of them.

Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) honored Rhode Island University and the Indomitable Lions by being named to the A10 Conference Frst Defensive Team. Throughout the season, the Ram's point guard carried the tough responsibility of both guarding the toughest backcourt player of the opponent team, and running Rhode Island's offense. Bitee is only the third Rhode Island University player to be acknowledged as member of a A10 All-Defensive Team (the latest being Antonio Reynolds-Dean, honored in 1996-1997). Bitee recorded 10pts, 6 asts and 2 rbds as the Rams fell (73-75) to UNC-Charlotte of Gaby Ngoundjo (201-F-88) on March 13th. Gaby Ngoundjo, the 6'8' freshman from Douala, signed 5pts and 2rbds in 10mns of playing time to help the 49ers overcome Rhode Island.

Boris Siakam (201-F) and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers are the 2008 Sunbelt Conference Champion, and got a ticket to the upcoming NCAA Tournament after defeating Middle Tennessee University 67-57. Western Kentucky University will attend the NCAA Tournament for the 2oth time in school history, and 4th time in this decade. Boris Siakam had 3pts and 3rbds in the championship game.

Florida A&M of Akini Akini (210-F)stumbled on Norfolk State University on March 13th in the Quarterfinals of the MEAC Tournament by the final score of 61-69. Akini signed 6pts and 8 rbds in this game after posting 13 and 8rbds in the previous game against UMES on March 12th.

Yves Mekongo Mballa (201-F) and his Lasalle University Explorers were eliminated in the Quarterfinals of the A10 Tournament by Temple after our countrymen averaged 14pts and 6.5 rbds over the two tournament games. Mballa had 12pts and 7rbds against Duquesne on March 12th, and added 14pts and 6rbds in the Explorers' loss to Temple on March 13th. Our countryman was also named to the All Conference Academic team.

The Green Waves of Tulane University fell to Memphis University (56-75) in the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament on March 13th. Our countrymen, Erick Vianney (188-G) had 6pts in 17mns of playing time


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CANADA

2007-08 CIS MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS WERE ANNOUNCED -by Fatih Akser
Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Aaron Doornekamp, Carleton University Ravens

Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Kale Harrison, Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks

Defensive player of the year: Yul Michel, Brandon University Bobcats

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (coach of the year): Mike Katz, University of Toronto Varsity Blues

Ken Shields Award (outstanding student-athlete): Matthew Opalko, University of Winnipeg Wesmen



First Team
Position Athlete University Year Hometown Faculty


Forward Aaron Doornekamp Carleton 4 Odessa, Ont. Commerce

Forward Jean-Philippe Morin Laval 5 Aylmer, Que. Physical Education

Guard Alex Steele Alberta 5 Edmonton, Alta. Business

Forward Leonel Saintil Acadia 3 Ottawa, Ont. BA

Forward Andrew Spagrud Saskatchewan 5 Saskatoon, Sask. Engineering



Second Team


Forward Greg Surmacz Windsor 4 Peterborough, Ont. General Arts

Guard Erfan Nasajpour Winnipeg 5 Winnipeg, Man. Psychology

Guard Damian Buckley Concordia 3 Montreal, Que. Independent

Forward Eric Breland Cape Breton 5 Cooksville, Md. BACS

Point guard Brad Rootes Brock 5 Niagara Falls, Ont. Masters




All-Rookie Team
Forward Kale Harrison Wilfrid Laurier 1 Stratford, Ont. Business

Forward Islam Luiz de Toledo StFX 1 Sao Paulo, Brazil BA

Guard Tyler Fidler Calgary 1 Calgary, Alta. Coms & Culture

Guard Xavier Baribeau Laval 1 Quebec City, Que. Bus.Admin

Guard Ryan MacKinnon Victoria 1 Comox, B.C. Social Sciences



Coach Katz Was Named "Coach Of The Year" -by Fatih Akser
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues bench boss Mike Katz was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Coach of the Year when major awards were announced at the All-Canadian dinner Thursday night at the Congress Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Katz is only the second U of T coach to receive the Stuart W. Aberdeen Trophy since it was first awarded in 1972-73. Ken Olynyk was the recipient in 1994-95.

In his fourth year at University of Toronto, Coach Katz led the Varsity Blues to a 17-5, in the regular season, their best conference record since going 10-2 in 1995-96. The Blues took second place behind 22-0 Carleton in the ultra-competitive OUA East, improving from back-to-back third-place finishes the previous two seasons. Toronto, which went on to drop a heartbreaking 63-60 decision to Ottawa in the OUA East semifinals, was third on offence in the 16-team OUA averaging 77.8 points per game and fifth on defence with 69.1 points allowed per contest.


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CHILE

Libsur 2008 round 1 results -by Cristian Quiroga
Libsur 2008 started last weekend. Results are:
Zone A
Deportivo Valdivia 77- Deportes Castro 65
CDV: Francisco Bravo 17, Claus Prutzmann 13
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 19, Pedro Sandoval 16

Provincial Llanquihue 45 - Deportes Lautaro 82
LLA: Matias Sepulveda 10, Sebastian Raimann 8
LAU: Joseff Krause 24, Ronald Cruces 21

Provincial Osorno 79 - Deportes Ancud 69
OSO: Rodrigo Zuniga 28, Cristian Perez 17
ANC: Kurt Kruger 21, Fernando Campos 16

Zone B
Universidad de Los Lagos 106 - Universidad Arturo Prat 58

ULA: Leonel Mendez 25, Haralt Funk 17
UNAP: Alex Sepulveda 20, Victor Sanhueza 12

Deportivo Carahue 95 - Deportivo Imperial 113
CAR: E. Soto 22, Sebastian Carrasco 19
IMP: NIck Morales 29, Cristian Zamorano 23

Deportes Puerto Varas 91 - Deportes Las Animas 84
DPV: Felipe Valenzuela 18, Rodrigo Munoz 12
DLA: Sandor Bravo 21, Juan Kairath 20


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COLOMBIA

Edgar Moreno's Indios defeat Brujos in BSN -by Victor Garcia
Indios de Mayaguez with Edgar Moreno in its roster achieved its second victory of the season, this time the Indios defeated Brujos ,101-82 , Edgar played 16 minutes with 3 rebounds, 3 asists and 1 steal, Edgar is leading Indios in steals and one of the leaders in assits, from the field Edgar soht just 0 of 1, to finish without points, but with a great defensive performance.
The return of Indios'star Eddie Casiano, limited Edgar's minutes in the court.
This was he second victory on the road for Indios this season, the Indios are now 2-3 without victories at home


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CROATIA

Market news! -by Dani Erceg
Petar Cosic (183-G-85, agency: Interperformances) left Zabok (A1). He played 17 games and averaged 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg.

Cedevita (A1) signed Forehan-Kelly Ryan (197-F/G-80, college: California). He came from China where he played for Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing.


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DENMARK

Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
1. Bakken 21-3
2. Svendborg 19-5
3. Amager BK 15-9
4. Horsholm 11-13
5. Randers 11-13
6. Horsens IC 10-14
7. Naestved 9-15
8. SISU 6-18
9. Aabyhoj 6-18


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D-LEAGUE

Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
1. Dakota W. 23-16
2. Sioux Falls S. 22-20
3. Iowa E. 18-21
4. Ft.Wayne MA 13-25
Southwest Division
1. Austin T. 25-13
2. Colorado 14ers 23-16
3. Tulsa 66ers 22-16
4. Albuquerque T. 16-22
5. Rio Grande VV 15-25
West Division
1. Idaho S. 29-10
2. LA D-Fenders 27-11
3. Utah 18-21
4. Anaheim A. 15-24
5. Bakersfield J. 7-33


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.M. Almond, UTA 25.3
2.D. Farmer, RGV 22.5
3.S. Banks, LAD 22.1
4.K. Powell, SIF 21.9
5.K. Dickens, COL 20.4
Rebounds Per Game
1.R. Benson, DAK 12.2
2.C. Alexander, SIF 11.0
3.L. Allred, IDA 10.0
4.M. Sene, IDA 9.3
5.M. Campbell, IDA 8.2
Assists Per Game
1.R. Livingston, IDA 11.0
2.A. Barrett, BAK 8.7
3.E. Gill, COL 8.3
4.K. Kruger, UTA 7.0
5.C. Gadson, AUS 5.8


Last Night in the D-League -by Surujh Roopnarine
Anaheim Arsenal (107) at Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (104)
ARSENAL: Marcus Campbell (7'0''-C-82, college: Mississippi St.) (22p+10rb+5to), Ejike Ugboaja (19p+6rb), Kedrick Brown (17p+9rb), Will Blalock (11p+9as)
MAD ANTS: Roderick Wilmont (6'4''-G-83, college: Indiana) (20p), Cheikh Samb (12p+10rb+7bs), Ron Howard (16p), Earl Calloway (15p+8rb)

Colorado 14ers (102) at Tulsa 66ers (111)
14ERS: Roderick Riley (6'11''-C-81, college: Prairie View A&M) (23p+9rb), Justin Cage (16p+10rb), Eddie Gill (10p+9rb+12as), Eric Osmundson (19p)
66ERS: Adam Harrington (6'5''-G-80, college: Auburn) (27p+7as), Keith Closs (20p+11rb+5as+5bs), David Noel (22p+6rb), Scott Merritt (19p+7rb)

Austin Toros (112) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (120)
TOROS: Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) (36p+7rb), DeMarr Johnson (19p+6st+8to), Cheyne Gadson (18p+6as), Justin Bowen (11p)
T-BIRDS: Julius Hodge (6'7''-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) (27p+7rb+9to), Will Conroy (22p+13as), Kevin Pittsnoggle (23p+6rb+6to), Darvin Ham (15p+6rb)

Idaho Stampede (100) at Utah Flash (99)
STAMPEDE: Cory Violette (6'8''-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga) (21p+10rb), Roberto Bergersen (20p), Randy Livingston (11p+5rb+12as), Luke Jackson (16p)
FLASH: Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) (24p), Morris Almond (23p), Kyrylo Fesenko (18p+8rb), Kevin Kruger (6p+12as)


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DOMINICAN REP.

Santos Martinez playing in Bulgaria -by Oscar Peralta
Dominican player Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) is playing for Rilski in Bulgaria A-1. in 9 games he is leading the team in scoring with 15.11 PPG. Including a 27 point Performance. so far He started 7 out of 9 games. The team is in last place but Martinez was sign late to help them turn things around. he is the best player on the team as they are trying to make a finishing season run. we hope he plays hard and help his team move up in the standings.

Charlie Villanueva Better As Starter -by Herubey Grassals

The dominican Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) has been playing better gamer when a starter, in the month of March he is averaged 18.40 points with 8 boards, 1.1 assist and 1 blocks per game in 7 games all like a starter. He is shooting for 44% from the field, 36 % from 3 points and 85% from free throws, when he came from the bench in 45 games he averaged 9.4 points, 4.8 boards, 0.8 assist, 43% from the field and 74& from free throw.


Garcia & Horford

Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) is leading the Sacramento Kings in 3 points percentage with 47.70 %, also he averaged 11.8 points,3.3 boards,1.5 assit and 1 blocks per game. Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) lead the Atlanta Hawks and all rookies in rebounds with 9.8 boards per game also 9.7 points.


Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 28 points and 19 boards to lead los grises de humacao to their first win over los gigantes de carolina on the Puerto Rico bsketball league. Alejandro Flores (201-F, agency: Strategic Sports, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) made 23 points and 9 boards to help los Gatos de Monagas Cats get a win over las Panteras de Miranda in Venezuela basketball league, los Gatos de Monagas Cats is coached by dominican Jose Mercedes (Maita).




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EUROLEAGUE

Third win for Partizan Igokea in Euroleague TOP 16 ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea grabbed the third win in The Euroleague TOP 16, this time against Efes Pilsen in Istanbul 83-79. This means the black and whites are currently in second place in group D with a margin of 3-2 (Montepaschi and PAO also have 3-2). Partizan demonstrated a pretty good performance in Istanbul letting Efes just once to take a lead, 19-18. After that moment Pekovic made a 6-0 run which gave Partizan a 5 point lead after the first 10 minutes. Later, the visitors extended their lead through Tepic and Vitkovac to 23-36. In the third quarter Efes totally lost control which Partizan exploited upping the score to 39-60. The biggest lead for the reining Serbian and Adriatic league champions came after Tepic's 3-pointer at the beginning of the last quarter, that made it plus 23. Efes threatened at the end as they came on 72-80 with 21 seconds to go but Gregory and Penn just succeeded in making it a bit closer.

Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) shinned once again setting the pace for his team to win with 22 points (9/12 FG2, 4/5 FT). Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) was behind him scoring 12 points while on the other side Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) netted 33 points and dished out 4 assists.

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic said: 'It was a very important game for us as we had to play and not to loose with more than 13 points because in that case Efes would have a chance to reach the quarterfinals. We had a very good night and we deserved this win. My guys are in shape with a winning streak and we are waiting PAO with optimism.'

The most important game of the season so far, both for Partizan and reining European champion Panathinaikos, will be played next Wednesday in Belgrade's arena 'Pionir'. There is no doubt that atmosphere in Pionir will be hotter then ever as Partizan has a chance to make amazing and totally unexpected success in Euroleague this season.


Efes Pilsen - Partizan Igokea 79-83
(19-24,10-14,18-30,32-15)

Efes Pilsen:
Penn 33 (4 as), Abi 12, Kuqo 10 (6 rebs), Gregory 10
Partizan Igokea: Pekovic 22, Tripkovic 12, Palacio 11 (5 rebs), Tepic 11


Maccabi Elite advanced to the Quarterfinal Playoffs -by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid-Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 100:103

Maccabi Elite advanced to the Quarterfinal Playoffs after a thriller in Spain over Real Madrid. A fascinating game in the capital of the country the hosts lost 100:103 as Derrick Sharp scored six free throws in the final stanza for the guests. Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) followed him with 13, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) scored 10. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Maccabi needs a win against Zalgiris next week to win Group F. Real Madrid will have a battle versus Olympiacos for the second ticket.
Madrid team got an early 7-2 lead as Hervelle scored from long distance. Mumbru and Felipe Reyes kept Madrid ahead with 23:19 after the first period. The hosts increased to 6-point advantage in the beginning of the second quarter and had 40:34 edge. Terence Morris fixed the halftime score at 46:40 still for the team from Madrid. Louis Bullock sank his second three-pointer to give the biggest lead for the hosts, 58:45. Maccabi however stayed in the game and produced a 0-11 run to finish the third at 70:71. A back-to-back game in the last period dominated for the entire time. Yotam Halperin tied the game with a jumper for 78:78 and then Terence Morris made the same for 86:86. Real had the last lead at 94:93 and then followed the winning team. Derrick Sharp from the free throw line set up the final, 100:103 advantage for the guests.

Real Madrid:Felipe Reyes 21 points, 11 rebounds, Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) 20 points, 11 rebounds, Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) 17 points, 7 assists, Raul Lopez (182-G-80) 13 points, Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) 12
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv:Terence Morris 23 points and 13 rebounds, Yotam Halperin 13, Nikola Vujcic 13, Esteban Batista 10


Scoonie Penn and Axel Hervelle share Week 5 MVP -by Eurobasket News
Week 5 of Top 16 brought two players for the MVP honor as Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) and Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) were unstoppable for their teams. Real and Efes however lost the campaigns.
One of the most interesting games was played in Athens as Panathinaikos edged Montepaschi Siena 77:76. Mike Batiste led Panathinaikos with 18 points. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 13 and Sarunas Jasikevicius had 12. Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) paced Montepaschi with 19, whilst Terrell McIntyre scored 15.
Partizan Igokea grabbed the third win in Euroleague Top-16, stealing the victory from Efes Pilsen in Istanbul 83:79. Partizan demonstrated a pretty good performance letting Efes just once to take a lead, 19:18. After that moment Pekovic made run 6-0 which brought plus 5 to Partizan after the first 10 minutes. Later, visitors extended lead through Tepic and Vitkovac to 23:36. In the third quarter Efes totally lost control which Partizan exploited setting the score on 39:60. The biggest lead reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion had after Tepic's 3-pointer at the beginning of the last quarter, it was plus 23. Efes threatened at the end as they came on 72:80 with 21 seconds to go but Gregory and Penn just succeeded to decrease the minus. Scoonie Penn scored 33 points being the top-scorer of the week.
Lithuanian Rytas survived in a tight-battle against Fenerbahce in Vilnius and secured chances of making it to the Euroleague quarterfinal. However their chances are still pretty dim as Fenerbahce enjoyed a 4-point at home advantage. This means they would have an advantage in case of a tie-record at the end of Top 16 stage. Now both teams are knotted at 2-3 record in Group E. Fenerbahce hosts Tau, while Lietuvos Rytas visits Greece to take on Aris in the last round. The game was a heated clash right from the start as the teams exchanged baskets early on. Rasim Basak nailed a trey and Fenerbahce grabbed a 14:11 lead. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) and Omer Onan added to the damage late in the first period and the visitors accumulated a 26:18 advantage at the first break. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) and Rasim Basak traded triples at the beginning of the second term. Chuck Eidson and Arturas Jomantas fired from downtown and Lietuvos Rytas cut the deficit. But the long range artillery worked well from Fenerbahce side. Omer Asik and Tarence Kinsey hit treys and the visiting side ran away to a double-digit lead. Finally Hollis Price penetrated under the rim for an easy layup and finalized a 38:46 outcome of the first half. Lietuvos Rytas fired from all guns at the start of the second half posting a 10:0 run and closing the gap to just a single point at 50:51. Tarence Kinsey and Will Solomon however teamed up for 5 straight points to give Fenerbahce some breathing space. The hosts struggled to come any close afterwards and headed into the fourth period trailing by 7 points 63:70. Hollis Price hit three trebles early in the fourth term to pull Rytas right back into contest. Lietuvos Rytas grabbed an 83:82 lead with two minutes remaining in regulation. Hollis Price hit a free throw and Mindaugas Lukauskis nailed a triple to stretch the gap to 87:82 with one minute to go. Tarence Kinsey replied with a three-pointer to keep Fenerbahce in visibility. Lietuvos Rytas wasted their offensive possession but Will Solomon was given an offensive foul and the hosts simply killed the remaining time to seal the win. Hollis Price was the topscorer with 22 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Chuck Eidson added 16 points, while Kenan Bajramovic had 15 points and 7 boards for the winners. Tarence Kinsey answered with 20 points for Turkish side. Will Solomon nailed 18 points and issued 6 assists in defeat.
Tau Ceramica trounced Aris TT Bank 90:74 to remained undefeated in the Top 16. Tiago Splitter led Tau with 18 points, Pablo Prigioni added 16 points and Igor Rakocevic scored 11 points. Jeremiah Massey posted 26 points for the guests.
Maccabi Elite advanced to the Quarterfinal Playoffs after a thriller in Spain over Real Madrid. A fascinating game in the capital of the country the hosts lost 100:103 as Derrick Sharp scored six free throws in the final stanza for the guests. Terence Morris led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Yotam Halperin and Nikola Vujcic followed him with 13, while Esteban Batista scored 10. Felipe Reyes collected 21 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Maccabi needs a win against Zalgiris next week to win Group F. Real Madrid will have a battle versus Olympiacos for the second ticket.Madrid team got an early 7-2 lead as Hervelle scored from long distance. Mumbru and Felipe Reyes kept Madrid ahead with 23:19 after the first period. The hosts increased to 6-point advantage in the beginning of the second quarter and had 40:34 edge. Terence Morris fixed the halftime score at 46:40 still for the team from Madrid. Louis Bullock sank his second three-pointer to give the biggest lead for the hosts, 58:45. Maccabi however stayed in the game and produced a 0-11 run to finish the third at 70:71. A back-to-back game in the last period dominated for the entire time. Yotam Halperin tied the game with a jumper for 78:78 and then Terence Morris made the same for 86:86. Real had the last lead at 94:93 and then followed the winning team. Derrick Sharp from the free throw line set up the final, 100:103 advantage for the guests.
Zalgiris Kaunas dropped to 1-4 and has no hope of reaching the next stage of Top 16. Olympiacos Piraeus won in Kaunas to 52:61 to improve to 3-2 and will advance to the Quarterfinal Playoffs with a win next week over Real Madrid. Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) paced all the winners with 14 points and 5 steals. Marc Jackson netted 11, whilst Ioannis Bourousis collected 9 points and 8 rebounds. Jonas Maciulis was the only one to reach the double digits for the hosts nailing 10 points. It was more a defensive game for both teams and the opening quarter was a good proof for it. Zalgiris won the opening tip but Olympiacos stayed ahead at 4:10. DeJuan Collins closed the first 10 minutes making 9:13 for the guests. The score after the second quarter reminded the end of the opening one as the teams had 28:27 margin. Marcus Brown made it 28:27 for Kaunas team at the half. Olympiacos waited for its time but had nothing to do in the third quarter yet. Marco Popovic's three showed 43:37, but it was Ioannis Bourousis who was left alone under the basket and his dunk closed the third quarter at 43:39. A 7-0 run in the last period opened the winning campaign for the guests. Zalgiris had a 52:49 lead, but they stayed scoreless until the end of the game. A 12-0 run closed the nightmare for Zalgiris that could not stay in the game anymore.
CSKA Moscow beat Unicaja 93:70 to improve to 4-1 and advanced to the playoffs. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) led the winners with 16 points. Matjaz Smodis added 14 and Trajan Langdon posted 13.
Lottomatica Roma edged AXA FC Barcelona 68:63 in Italy. Barcelona holds the tie-break advantage against Lottomatica and Unicaja, so it will reach the playoffs if it beats CSKA at home next week.


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group D
1. Partizan 3-2
2. Panathin. 3-2
3. Montepas. 3-2
4. Efes P. 1-4
Group E
1. Tau 5-0
2. Fenerbahce 2-3
3. Lietuvos 2-3
4. Aris 1-4
Group F
1. Macc.T-A 3-2
2. Olympiak. 3-2
3. Real 3-2
4. Zalgiris 1-4
Group G
1. CSKA 4-1
2. Lottomatica 2-3
3. Barcelona 2-3
4. Unicaja 2-3


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Team Componenta in danger? -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 40: Team Componenta (Karkkila) is in danger to be dropped down to 1. Division. TC lost again tonight (fourth loss in a row), when visiting
in Uusikaupunki. Local Korihait, winning the fourth game in a row, defeated TC 95-80. Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) (Korihait) was hot again: 32 pts. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) had no difficulties this time, when beating visitor KTP (Kotka) 90-71. ToPo's three American players combined 55 pts. Takais Brown (203-F, college: SE Illinois JC) and Josh Gonner (188-G-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: S.Carolina) scored both 19 pts.

Korihait - Team Componenta 95-80 (59-47) (Glenn Stokes 32, Jussi Kumpulainen 23/13, Darius Glover 21 - Nigel Moore 24/14, Chris Hester 23/15, Jari Vanttaja 13).

Torpan Pojat - KTP 90-71 (43-28) (Takais Brown 19/11, Josh Gonner 19/10, Tyson Patterson 17 - Jermaine Spivey 19, Steve Smith 16/10, Michael Pounds 11).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
1. ToPo 30-10
2. Kouvot 28-11
3. Honka 26-13
4. Lahti 20-19
5. Korihait 18-22
6. Tarmo 17-22
7. Pyrinto 17-22
8. Kataja 16-23
9. KTP 16-24
10. LrNMKY 14-5
11. Kauhajoki 12-27
12. Componenta 12-28


Stats Leaders - Division I
1.Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bennett, Ura 37,2
2 Scott, PuHu 29,2
3 Bojang, Lapua 25,4
4 Clark, FoKoPo 23,5
5 McGinn, Vilpas 22,4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Bojang, Lapua 15,8
2 Housman, Vilpas 14,0
3 Jones, HNMKY 12,5
4 C.Smith, FoKoPo 12,0
5 J.Smith, Ura 11,7
Assists Per Game
1 Conerly, FoKoPo 5,9
2 Riihela, BC Nokia 4,5
3 Jarvinen, Vilpas 3,4
4 Bennett, Ura 3,4
5 Carhart, Lapua 3,1


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Williams, Pyrinto 23,2
2 Henning, LrNMKY 22,5
3 Hester, TC 21,6
4 S.Smith, KTP 21,4
5 C.Smith, Kouvot 20,9
Rebounds Per Game
1 McCarroll, Tarmo 12,6
2 Wallery, TC 12,0
3 Dies, KTP 11,4
4 Williams, Pyrinto 11,2
5 Dantzler, Pyrinto 10,8
Assists Per Game
1 Patterson, ToPo 4,9
2 Sten, LrNMKY 4,6
3 Hinnant, Kataja 4,5
4 Virtanen, LrNMKY 4,2
5 Williams, Pyrinto 4,1


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GERMANY

Osnabrueck: Two get contract extension -by Moritz Korff
Uwe Hebbelmann (203-C-82) and Steve Wachalski (203-F-83) have earned contract-extensions with the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck, the top-team of the Regionalliga North. Hebbelmann who averages 11.4 points per game this campaign is going to stay one more season, Wachalski's new contract will run through the 2009-2010 season. He is posting 15.3 points per outing.
Hebbelmann and Wachalski are the players number three and four who are going to stay in Osnabrueck for the next season. The other two are Lamar Morinia and Bernd Faehrrolfes.


Nate Fox caught using cannabis -by Moritz Korff
According to a press release of the Basketball Bundesliga Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) of the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (1. Bundesliga) has been tested positive for THC, an active agent of cannabis. Following the positive test - the urine sample had been taken after the game against Frankfurt on March 2nd - Fox was suspended. Also, the Bayer Giants dismissed him from practice and game-action for the remainder of the season and are considering to take legal action. Fox admited having violated the regulations of the National Anti Doping Agency. The 29-year-old team captain has been the topscorer of the Giants in this season and also the best rebounder of the team that is currently in 2nd place in the Bundesliga-standings.

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HOLLAND

Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
1. Amsterdam 27-6
2. West-Brabant 23-10
3. M.Magix 20-13
4. Eiff.Towers 19-11
5. Hanzev.Cpt 19-14
6. Rotterdam 18-13
7. Leiden 14-18
8. Zwolle 13-19
9. Weert 13-20
10. Aris Friesland 7-26
11. Den Helder 4-27
12. Almere 0-0


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IBL

IBL KNIGHTS READY TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights are driven to be the best team on the courtand to be the best franchise off the court. Since the Knights and the Ibl began in the same year, the Battle Creek Franchise has been the shining star of the league. When it tips off the season, it will have some of the top players and arguably the most dedicated owners. While many Ibl teams still use high school gyms to play their games, the Knights play at Kellog Arena,giving the team a professional feel.

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IRAN

Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
1. Mahram 20-2
2. Saba 18-4
3. Zob Ahan 16-6
4. Kaveh 15-7
5. Pardis 13-9
6. Petrochimi 12-10
7. BEEM 11-11
8. Ararat 9-13
9. Gorgan 7-15
10. Gol-e Gohar 5-17
11. Azad 4-18
12. Tarbiat B.SK 1-21


Saba and Petro from Iran thrash Hilla and Ittihad -by Houman Bagheri

Mahshahr (WABA Championships)- On the fourth day of West Asian Basketball Association championships, underway in the southern Iranian port city of Mashahr, both Iranian representatives handed their opponents tragic loss, to secure their way to the next round.

Here are the overal results of Day 4:

Saba Battery (IRI) - Al Hilla (IRQ) 122-51
Petrochimi (IRI) -Al Ittihad (SYR) 77-59
Orthodox (JOR) - Zain (JOR) 63-71

Al Riyadi (LEB) - Al Ahli (YEM) 94-61



West Asian Basketball Association Championships; Semi-Final Results -by Houman Bagheri
Mahshahr (WABA Championships) - Iran's Saba Battery, the champions of last season's FIBA ASIA, found their way to the final stage of West Asian Basketball Association competitions, underway in the Iranian southern port city of Mahshahr, to play against their arch-rival, Lebanon's Al-Riyadhi.

Here are the overall results of the semi-final stage:
Saba Battery (IRI) - Zain (JOR) 112-77
Petrochimi (IRI) - Al Riyadhi (LEB) 62-73

5th to 8th place games:
Al-Hilla (IRQ) - Orthodox (JOR) 60-73
Al-Ittihad (SYR) - Al Ahli (YEM) 71-64


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ISRAEL

Maccabi Elite advanced to the Quarterfinal Playoffs -by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid-Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 100:103

Maccabi Elite advanced to the Quarterfinal Playoffs after a thriller in Spain over Real Madrid. A fascinating game in the capital of the country the hosts lost 100:103 as Derrick Sharp scored six free throws in the final stanza for the guests. Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) followed him with 13, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) scored 10. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Maccabi needs a win against Zalgiris next week to win Group F. Real Madrid will have a battle versus Olympiacos for the second ticket.
Madrid team got an early 7-2 lead as Hervelle scored from long distance. Mumbru and Felipe Reyes kept Madrid ahead with 23:19 after the first period. The hosts increased to 6-point advantage in the beginning of the second quarter and had 40:34 edge. Terence Morris fixed the halftime score at 46:40 still for the team from Madrid. Louis Bullock sank his second three-pointer to give the biggest lead for the hosts, 58:45. Maccabi however stayed in the game and produced a 0-11 run to finish the third at 70:71. A back-to-back game in the last period dominated for the entire time. Yotam Halperin tied the game with a jumper for 78:78 and then Terence Morris made the same for 86:86. Real had the last lead at 94:93 and then followed the winning team. Derrick Sharp from the free throw line set up the final, 100:103 advantage for the guests.

Real Madrid:Felipe Reyes 21 points, 11 rebounds, Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) 20 points, 11 rebounds, Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) 17 points, 7 assists, Raul Lopez (182-G-80) 13 points, Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) 12
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv:Terence Morris 23 points and 13 rebounds, Yotam Halperin 13, Nikola Vujcic 13, Esteban Batista 10


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JAMAICA

Tulsa stuns No. 2 UAB in Overtime; Jordan sets new career-high -by Leonard Whyte
Memphis, TN (3-14-2008) - Sophomore center Jerome Jordan continued his assault on the Conference USA tournament last night when he scored a career-high 23 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, and blocked five shots to lead University of Tulsa to a 78-68 overtime upset of the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). Tulsa advanced to the semifinals and will play the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) today at 6:00 pm. Jordan not only set a new career-high for points but his 17 rebounds also tied a tournament record, and his five blocks raised his total to a single-season league record of 113.

Jordan continues to be the talk of the tournament. His status is growing with each game, but the humble Jamaican, formerly of Jamaica College and Florida Air Academy, prefers to talk about his teammates rather than himself. 'It just feels good knowing that we're doing well because we put in so much work in the preseason,' Jordan said. 'I'm just glad everyone stuck in there in the good times and the hard times and during the losing streaks.'


Cedarville impressive in first round victory -by Leonard Whyte
Point Lookout, MO (3-14-2008) - No. 15 seed Cedarville University defeated Jamestown College 83-59 in convincing style last night in the 17th annual NAIA Division II National Tournament being played in Missouri. Cedarville, who remained perfect at 5-0 in first round playoff games, connected on 12 three-pointers and committed just eight turnovers. Center Daniel Rose came off the bench to contribute eight points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots in only 17 minutes of play. Cedarville plays No. 2 Mid America Nazarene College at 4:00 pm today for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

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JORDAN

Standings - Excellent League
Excellent Standings
Play Off
1. Zain 5-1
2. Arena 4-2
3. Orthodox 2-4
4. Al Riyadi 1-5
Play Out
1. Hussein Erbid 7-7
2. College SC 7-7
3. Al Wihdat 6-8
4. Al Awdah 0-14


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KENYA

Semifinals are set -by Eurobasket News
St Austin's and the Nairobi Jaffery's Academy will meet each other in the semifinals of the Nairobi Secondary School Sports Association boys' basketball. Last year St. Austin's won all their games on their way to the nationals, including a 62:45 win over Jaffery's. St. Austin's are five-time national and nine time provincial champion. In the other semifinal St. Mary's School will meet Strathmore.Abraham Kimeu and Marvin Gitungo for sure will be the key players for the team to pull it to the Final. The games are expected with a lot of interest.

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LATVIA

The first encounter for the Play-offs -by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga-Valmiera 64:66 ( 14-16, 19-12, 16-22, 15-16 )

Even though there regular season is not over in Elite Division VEF Riga and Valmiera started the campaign for the ticket into play-offs. Valmiera grabbed 64:66 win in the first game, however the total result will be known tomorrow. Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87, agency: Interperformances) paced the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh) netted 13, while Sandis Amolins (190-G-81) posted 7. Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) finished the night with 17 points in the losing clause.
The game was close in the opening quarter, with Valmiera in the majority in front. They built on that narrow margin after 4:9 and finished the period at 14:16. VEF Riga battled back with some straight points, and had 33:28 at the half time. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) made one free throw for the hosts to give them 5 points lead.
The game remained close in the second half. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter, as Valmiera gradually edged a little further ahead at 49:50. Sandis Amolins opened the last period with a lay-up and Jose Olivero made plus eight later in the quarter. VEF Riga fought throughout the fourth quarter, but could not reach the opponents. Valmiera will now have a two-point lead before the next game. The winner of this encounter will face Barons in the play-offs.

VEF Riga:Maksim Sheleketo 17, Ronalds Zakis 12, Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) 10, Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) 10
Valmiera: Vladimir Stimac 19+10 rebs, Jose Olivero 13, Sandis Amolins 7


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LEBANON

Riyadi knocks out Petrochimi and heads to the final game of WABA -by Wael Yaman
Al-Riyadi is now one game away from the title of WABA after knocking out the Iranian Petrochimi out of competition in the semi final game that ended for the champions of Lebanon (73-61). Fouad abou Chakra knew right away if he wanted to win the game, he had to stop as much as possible Petrochimi's star and Riyadi / Champville's ex-captain the Magician Tony Madison. The tough mission was assigned to Mazen Mneimneh and Omar Turk who did their best, yet Madison was unstoppable with 32 points. Riyadi, who was playing man-to-man defense, failed from behind the arc and scored only 7 times out of 34 attempts of which a couple netted by Turk and Vogel in the fourth quarter were crucial to respond to the 4 in a row three pointers by Madison.

Khatib ended the game with 25 pts, Ismail Ahmad with 16 pts, 14 rebs, Joe Vogel 14 pts, 12 rebs, Ali Mahmoud 10 pts, 6 rebs, 4 asts, and Omar Turk with 8 pts.
Riyadi will face Saba Battery from Iran in the final game. Saba is the current Asian Champion.

In a previous game, Al-Riyadi qualified to the semi final stage of the West Asian Basketball Association cup after overcoming AL Ahali from Yaman 94-61 in the absence of the Lebanese tiger Fadi Al Khatib. The easy game gave the opportunity to Fouab Abou Chakra to use all his players who excelled especially Mazen Mneimneh with 18 pts, Ali Fakhreddine with 15 pts and 25 rebs. The four quarters ended with Riyadi in the lead (29-23), (58-32), (71-50) and (94-61). Al Riyadi will face Petrochimi from Iran in the semi final.


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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

LSB Quarterfinals: game 1 -by Facundo Iatzky
REgatas got a huge victori in venezuela against Deportivo Tachira. Great game of Damian Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency: Players Group). And Boca defeated Libertad with a buzzer beat of Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78).

Deportivo Tachira (69): Johnell Smith 9, Edgard Lugo 16, Esterlin Guedez 8, Carlos Morris 9, Quincy Davis 7 (St), Derwein Ramirez 6, Daniel Gutierrez 2, Chris Powell 8, Alejandro Omana 4. Coach: Carlos Gil.

Regatas Corrientes (78): Alejandro Montecchia 3, Javier Martinez 9, Ramzee Stanton 6, Chuckie Robinson 12, Damian Tintorelli 31 (St), Roberto Lopez 4, Agustin Carabajal 0, Diego Cavaco 10, Juan Manuel Rivero 3. Coach: Silvio Santander.

20-18, 40-38 y 54-54.
Referees: Carlos Renato Dos Santos (Brazil), Sergio Pacheco (Brazil) Flavio Zabala (Ecuator).
Court: Arminio Gutierrez Castro.
Serie: Regatas 1-0.


Boca Juniors (82): Luis Cequeira 10, Devon Ford 6, Gustavo Orona 8, Leonardo Gutierrez 24, Gabriel Fernandez 8 (x) (St), Raymundo Legaria 9, Alejandro Alloatti 10 (x), Fernando Funes 5, Antonio Reynolds 2. Coach: Gabriel Piccato.

Libertad (79): Martin Muller 3, Marcos Saglietti 17, Pablo Moldu 8, Andres Pelussi 16, Robert Battle 22 (St), Jorge Benitez 5, Sebastian Ginobili 8. Coach: Julio Lamas.

22-16, 47-38 y 65-52.
Referees: Pablo Estevez, Daniel Rodrigo Alejandro Ramallo.
Court: Luis Conde.
Serie: Boca Juniors 1-0


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LITHUANIA

No hopes to advance for Kaunas team -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Kaunas -Olympiacos Piraeus 52:61

Zalgiris Kaunas dropped to 1-4 and has no hope of reaching the next stage of The Top 16. Olympiacos Piraeus won in Kaunas to 52:61 to improve to 3-2 and will advance to the Quarterfinal Playoffs with a win next week over Real Madrid. Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) set the pace for the winners with 14 points and 5 steals. Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) netted 11, whilst Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) collected 9 points and 8 rebounds. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) was the only one to reach double digits for the hosts nailing 10 points.
It was more a defensive game for both teams and the opening quarter was good proof of it. Zalgiris won the opening tip but Olympiacos went ahead 4:10. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) closed the first 10 minutes making it 9:13 for the guests. Later on, Marcus Brown made it 28:27 for Kaunas team at the half.
Olympiacos waited for its time but had nothing to do in the third quarter. Marco Popovic's three brought it to 43:37, but it was Ioannis Bourousis who was left alone under the basket and his dunk closed the third quarter at 43:39. A 7-0 run in the last period opened the winning campaign for the guests. Zalgiris had a 52:49 lead, but they stayed scoreless until the end of the game. A 12-0 run closed the nightmare for Zalgiris which just could not stay in the game anymore.

Zalgiris Kaunas: Jonas Maciulis 10 points, DeJuan Collins 9, Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 8 points and 10 rebounds
Olympiacos Piraeus:Lynn Greer 14 points and 5 steals, Marc Jackson 11, Ioannis Bourousis 9 points, 8 rebounds


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MEXICO

LNBP Title Will Return to Xalapa -by Justin Brink
It took seven games but the Halcones Xalapa made their own history putting a stop to Mexicali's in the process. The convincing 107-92 game seven win gave Xalapa their second LNBP title and put the breaks on the Soles hopes to repeat as LNBP Champions. Both teams battled all year long for league supremacy and though Xalapa was on top of the leader board all season, the Soles had mucho momentum coming into the post season and looked poised to repeat. To seal the deal Xalapa won the final two games of the series at home to bring the title back to 'Halconelandia.' Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) played like a man possessed finishing with 31 while Mike Johnson (193-G-79) (201-F-78) and Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) backed him up with 19 and 16 respectively. LNBP league leader in double double's and likely series MVP if the Soles won, Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) had 39. Point guard De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) had 19 and Victor Esquer (188-G-81, college: Cal Lutheran) 15 in the loss. Comment on the LNBP and Xalapa's win here.

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NBA

Caron Butler returns to action to upset the Cavs -by Eurobasket News
Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) returned into the Washington's lineup on his 28th birthday and knocked down 19 points to lead the Wizards past the visiting Cleveland 101:99. Butler missed 16 games due to a hip injury but looked fit enough in the 32nd win for the Wizards. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) answered with 25 points, 7 boards and 7 assists but looked pallid in the fourth period missing a potential winner with the time expiring and picking up an offensive foul a moment earlier with the Cavs trailing 94:96. Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) finished with 17 points and 10 boards, while Darius Songaila (6'9''-C/F-78, college: Wake Forest) had 15 points for the winners. Aleksandar Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) accounted for season-high 24 points as Cleveland fell to 37-29 record. The Cavs signed centre Lance Allred (6'11''-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) from the D-League's Idaho to a 10-day contract. Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed 7 games already with a bulging disc in his back. Ben Wallace played with back spasms so the Cavs decided to strengthen their backcourt for now.
The Sacramento Kings could not boast of their recent form. They lost 7 out of the last 11 games but it the changes seemed to arrive with the win over the LA Lakers on Sunday. The winning attitude was stretched as Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) scored 22 points and made 6 steals to pace the Kings past the visiting Trail Blazers at the ARCO Arena. Sacramento built a 58:44 lead at halftime and never looked back afterwards claiming the 29th victory in the season. Beno Udrih (6'5''-G-82) added 14 boards, 8 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) managed 21 points and 9 rebounds in a losing case. Meanwhile there was some good news for Portland in recent days. The top draft pick of 2007 Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) started training for the first time in the season. He did not play a game for the Trail Blazers after having surgery on his right knee in the summer. The 20-year-old centre is expected to play not earlier than in the next season.


Stats Leaders
NBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 James, CLE 30.9
2 Bryant, LAL 28.2
3 Iverson, DEN 26.6
4 Anthony, DEN 25.6
5 Wade, MIA 24.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Howard, ORL 14.5
2 Camby, DEN 13.8
3 Kaman, LAC 13.1
4 Chandler, NOR 12.3
5 Jefferson. MIN 11.7
Assists Per Game
1 Nash, PHX 11.5
2 Paul, NOR 11.1
3 Kidd, DAL 10.3
4 Williams, UTA 10.3
5 Calderon, TOR 8.6
Steals Per Game
1 Paul, NOH 2.7
2 Davis, GSW 2.4
3 Butler, WAS 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Camby, DEN 3.8
2 Smith, ATL 3.0
3 Kaman, LAC 2.8
2FGP
1 Biedrins, GSW 62.8
2 Howard, ORL 60.3
3 Chandler, NOR 60.0
3FGP
1 Kapono, TOR 50.5
2 Jones, POR 48.3
3 Gibson, CLE 47.6
Free Throws
1 Butler, WAS 91.3
2 Billups, DET 91.0
3 Gordon, CHI 90.9


Standings
NBA Standings
1. Boston C. 51-13
2. Detroit P. 47-18
3. Los Angeles L. 45-20
4. Houston R. 45-20
5. N.Orleans H. 44-20
6. San Antonio S. 44-21
7. Utah J. 44-23
8. Phoenix S. 43-22
9. Dallas M. 43-23
10. Orlando M. 43-24
11. Golden St. 40-24
12. Denver N. 39-26
13. Cleveland C. 37-29
14. Toronto R. 34-31
15. Portland T.B. 34-32
16. Washington W. 32-32
17. Philadelphia 32-34
18. Sacramento K. 29-35
19. New Jersey N. 27-38
20. Atlanta H. 26-38
21. Chicago B. 26-39
22. Indiana P. 25-40
23. Charlotte B. 24-41
24. Milwaukee B. 23-42
25. Los Angeles C. 21-43
26. New York K. 19-46
27. Seattle S. 16-50
28. Minnesota T. 15-49
29. Memphis G. 15-49
30. Miami H. 11-52


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NCAA1

Horizon League Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Butler 16-2 28-3
2 Cleveland St. 12-6 21-11
3 Wright St. 12-6 21-10
4 Ill.-Chicago 9-9 18-15
5 Wisc.-Milwaukee 9-9 14-16
6 Valparaiso 9-9 21-13
7 Wisc.-Green Bay 9-9 15-15
8 Loyola, IL 6-12 12-19
9 Youngstown St. 5-13 9-21
10 Detroit Mercy 3-15 7-23

Tournament Final: Butler - Cleveland St. 70-55
Tournament Semifinals:
Cleveland State - Valparaiso 78-73
Butler - UIC 66-50

All-Horizon League Tournament MVP: Mike Green (6'1''-G-85) of Butler

Horizon League All-Tournament Team:
Mike Green of Butler
Matt Howard (6'7''-F) of Butler
Drew Streicher (6'7''-G/F-85) of Butler
Jnathan Bullock (6'4''-F-87) of Cleveland

Jarryd Loyd (6'0''-G) of Valparaiso

All-Horizon League 1st Team
A.J. Graves (6'1''-G-85) of Butler
Mike Green of Butler
Jnathan Bullock of Cleveland State
Josh Mayo (5'10''-G-87) of UIC
Vaughn Duggins (6'3''-G-87) of Wright State

All-Horizon League 2nd Team
Matt Howard of Butler
Cedric Jackson (6'2''-G-86) of Cleveland State
Jon Goode (5'10''-G-85) of Detroit
Mike Schachtner (6'9''-F-86) of Green Bay
Paige Paulsen (6'7''-F-84) of Milwaukee

Horizon League All-Newcomer Team
Matt Howard of Butler
Cedric Jackson of Cleveland State
Rahmon Fletcher (5'10''-G-88) Green Bay
Deonte Roberts (6'3''-G) of Milwaukee
Vytas Sulskis (6'7''-G-88) of Youngstown State

Horizon League All-Defensive Team
Mike Green of Butler
Drew Streicher of Butler
Cedric Jackson of Cleveland State
Terry Evans (6'5''-F-86) of Green Bay
Scott VanderMeer (6'11''-C-86) of UIC

All-Horizon League Player of the Year: Mike Green of Butler
All-Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year: Terry Evans of Green Bay
All-Horizon League Newcomer of the Year: Matt Howard of Butler
All-Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year: Jarryd Loyd of Valparaiso
All-Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year: Gary Waters fo Cleveland State; Brad Brownell of Wright State



Ivy Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Cornell 14 0
2 Brown 11 3
3 Pennsylvania 8 6
4 Columbia 7 7
4 Yale 7 7
7 Dartmouth 3 11
7 Harvard 3 11
7 Princeton 3 11

All-Ivy League 1st Team
Damon Huffman (6'1''-G-85) of Brown
Mark McAndrew (6'2''-G-84) of Brown
John Baumann (6'8''-F) of Columbia
Louis Dale (5'11''-G) of Cornell

Ryan Wittman (6'6''-G/F) of Cornell

All-Ivy League 2nd Team
Chris Skrelja (6'5''-F-87) of Brown
Jeff Foote (7'0''-C) of Cornell
Adam Gore (6'0''-G) of Cornell
Alex Barnett (6'6''-G/F-86) of Dartmouth
Jeremy Lin (6'2''-G) of Harvard
Brian Grandieri (6'4''-G-85) of Penn
Noah Savage (6'5''-F-86) of Princeton
Ross Morin (6'7''-F-86) of Yale
Travis Pinick (6'6''-G/F-86) of Yale

All-Ivy League Honorable Mention
Tyler Bernardini (6'6''-G-88) of Penn

All-Ivy League Player of the Year: Louis Dale of Cornell
All-Ivy League Freshman of the Year: Tyler Bernardini (6'6''-G-88) of Penn
All-Ivy League Coach of the Year: Steve Donahue of Cornell



Patriot League Season 2007-08 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
1 American 10-4 .714 20-11 .645
2 Navy 9-5 .643 16-14 .533
3 Colgate 7-7 .500 18-13 .581
4 Lehigh 7-7 .500 14-15 .483
5 Army 6-8 .429 14-16 .467
6 Lafayette 6-8 .429 15-15 .500
7 Bucknell 6-8 .429 12-19 .387
8 Holy Cross 5-9 .357 15-14 .517

Tournament Final: American - Colgate 52-46
Tournament Semifinals:
American - Army 72-60
Colgate - Bucknell 54-40

All-Patriot League Tournament MVP: Garrison Carr (5'11''-G) of American
Patriot League All-Tournament Team:
Kendall Chones (6'6''-F-84) of Colgate
Brian Gilmore (6'8''-F) of American
Josh Miller (6'0''-G) of Army
Kyle Roemer (6'3''-G/F-85) of Colgate
Alex Woodhouse (6'8''-F-86) of Colgate
Garrison Carr of American

All-Patriot League 1st Team
Jarell Brown (6'2''-G-85) of Army
Garrison Carr of American
Tim Clifford (6'11''-C-86) of Holy Cross
John Griffin (6'0''-G-85) of Bucknell
Greg Sprink (6'5''-G-85) of Navy

All-Patriot League 2nd Team
Bilal Abdullah (6'5''-G) of Lafayette
Andrew Brown (5'11''-G) of Lafayette
Marquis Hall (5'11''-G) of Lehigh
Chris Harris (6'2''-G-86) of Navy
Derrick Mercer (5'9''-G) of American
Kyle Roemer of Colgate

Patriot League All-Freshman Team
Andrew Beinert (6'3''-G) of Holy Cross
Romeo Garcia (6'4''-G) of Navy
Rob Keefer (6'2''-G) of Lehigh
Todd Obrien (6'11''-C-89) of Bucknell
Mike Venezia (6'1''-G-88) of Colgate

All-Patriot League Player of the Year: Greg Sprink of Navy
All-Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year: Stephen Tyree (6'3''-G-87) of Bucknell
All-Patriot League Freshman of the Year: Rob Keefer of Lehigh
All-Patriot League Scholar-Arthele of the Year: Matt Betley (6'4''-G) of Lafayette
All-Patriot League Coach of the Year: Billy Lange of Navy


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Williams, Virg. M 27.8
2. Fisher, NIA 27.6
3. Beasley, Kansas St. 26.5
4.Hudson, UT-Mar 25.7
5. Curry, Davidson 25.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Beasley, Kan St 12.5
2. Thomspon, Rider 12.0
3. Vinson, Wagner 11.5
4. Brockman, Washin. 11.5
5. Blakley, Vermont 11.0
Assists Per Game
1. Richards, Davidson 8.0
2. Greene, Mar-Bal 7.3
3. Bannister, Liberty 7.2
4. Stoll, Texas-PA 7.2
5. Jefferson, High Point 7.0
Steals Per Game
1. Downey, S. Carolina 3.2
2. Gaynor, Winthrop 2.9
3. Hudson, UT-Mar 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Varnado, Mississ. 4.8
2. Gladness, Alab. 4.5
3. Thabeet, Connect. 4.5


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LSC Regular Season 2007-08 summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
North Division
1 Cent.Oklahoma 11-1 25-5
2 SW Oklahoma St. 9-3 21-7
3 Northeastern St. 7-5 14-14
4 Tex.A&M-Comm. 7-5 14-16
5 East Central 4-8 14-13
6 Cameron 4-8 6-21
7 SE Oklahoma 0-12 3-24

South Division
1 W.Texas A&M 11-1 21-7
2 Tarleton St. 9-3 23-6
3 Abil.Christian 6-6 20-9
4 Angelo St. 6-6 17-11
5 Tex.A&M-Kingsv. 5-7 16-11
6 Midwestern St. 5-7 13-13
7 E.New Mexico 0-12 6-21

Tournament Final: Cent.Oklahoma - Texas A&M-Commerce 72-70
Tournament Semifinals:
Texas A&M-Commerce - Abilene Christian 70-65
Cent.Oklahoma - Tarleton State 77-65

All-LSC Tournament MVP: Sam Belt (6'5''-G/F-84) of Cent.Oklahoma

LSC All-Tournament Team
Sam Belt of Central Oklahoma
Lance Harper (6'6''-F-86) (6'6''-F-86) of Central Oklahoma
Kevin Widemond (6'0''-G-85) of Texas A&M-Commerce
Scooby Johnson (6'7''-F-83) of Texas A&M-Commerce

Avery Patterson (6'4''-G-86) of Tarleton State
Cameron Holson (6'5''-F-87) of Abilene Christian

All-LSC North Division 1st Team
Sam Belt of Central Oklahoma
Scooby Johnson of Texas A&M-Commerce
Terrell Carpenter (6'0''-G-85) of East Central

Nate Perry (6'5''-F-85) of SW Oklahoma
Steve Neal (6'6''-F) of Northeastern State

All-LSC North Division 2nd Team
Kevin Widemond of Texas A&M-Commerce
Trevor Guy (6'4''-F-86) of Southwestern Oklahoma
Leslie Malone (6'7''-F) of Cameron
Aaron Arango (6'2''-G) of Northeastern State
Clarke Hale (6'3''-G-85) of Southwestern Oklahoma

All-LSC North Division Honorable Mention
Greg Morgan (5'10''-G) of Cameron
Eric Cazenave (6'2''-G-87) of Central Oklahoma
Brian Walker (6'3''-G-86) of Central Oklahoma
John Neal (5'9''-G) of Central Oklahoma
Lance Harper of Central Oklahoma
Michael Sosanya (6'6''-F-88) of Central Oklahoma
Kyric Rambo (5'9''-G) of Southeastern Okla.
Abdullah Lawal (6'2''-G) of Southeastern Okla.

All-LSC South Division 1st Team
Robert Lee (6'3''-G-85) West Texas
Corwin Ragland (6'2''-G-86,) Abilene Christian
Avery Patterson of Tarleton State
Dejan Sencanski (6'6''-F-84) of Abilene Christian
Marcus Hubbard (6'9''-C-83) of Angelo State

All-LSC South Division 2nd Team
Nolan Richardson Iv (6'1''-G) of Midwestern State
Denell Stephens (6'4''-G/F-86) of Angelo State
Wendell Mulkey (6'0''-G) of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Brandon Callahan (5'10''-G-85) of Abilene Christian
Justin Redman-Trotter (6'3''-G) of Eastern New Mexico
Eric Williams (6'6''-F-86) of Tarleton State

All-LSC South Division Honorable Mention
Jerod Haynes (6'0''-G-85) of Angelo State
Christopher Davis (6'3''-G-81) of Midwestern State
Jeffrey Henfield (6'4''-G-85) of Tarleton State
Terrence Gamble (6'11''-C-83) of Tarleton State
Reggie Love (6'3''-G) of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Stephen Story (6'7''-C) of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Tyler Cooper (6'4''-F-86) of West Texas A&M
Chris Hinz (6'6''-F) of West Texas A&M
Andre Hill (6'9'') of West Texas A&M
Pierre Barlow (6'2''-G) of West Texas A&M

LSC All-Academic Team
Tyler Cooper of West Texas A&M
Christopher Reay (6'9''-C) of Midwestern State
Sam Belt of Central Oklahoma
Ian Adams (6'10''-C-81) of East Central
Kallan Glasgow (6'2''-G) of Cameron

LSC All-Academic Honorable Mention
Riley Lambert (5'10''-G) of Abilene Christian
Brooks Norman (6'8''-F) of Abilene Christian
Cody Shead (6'0''-G) of East Central
Russell Button (6'0''-G) of Midwestern State
Dan Eichel (6'7''-F-87) of Tarleton State
Derrell Blackburn (6'1''-G) of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Ben Doherty (5'10''-G) of West Texas A&M

All-LSC North Division Player of the Year: Sam Belt of Central Oklahoma
All-LSC North Division Defensive Player of the Year: Abdullah Lawal of Southwestern Oklahoma
All-LSC North Division Co-Freshman of the Year: Ken Reed (6'6''-F) of Southeastern Oklahoma; Michael Sosanya of Central Oklahoma
All-LSC North Division Newcomer of the Year: Scooby Johnson of Texas A&M-Commerce
All-LSC North Division Co-Coach of the Year: Todd Thurman of Southwestern Oklahoma; Terry Evans of Central Oklahoma
All-LSC South Division Player of the Year: Robert Lee of West Texas A&M
All-LSC South Division Defensive Player of the Year: Wendell Mulkey of Texas A&M-Kingsville
All-LSC South Division Freshman of the Year: Wale Ogunoye (6'6''-F) of Tarleton State
All-LSC South Division Newcomer of the Year: Robert Lee of West Texas A&M
All-LSC South Division Coach of the Year: Rick Cooper of West Texas A&M
LSC Student-Athlete of the Year: Tyler Cooper of W.Texas A&M



MIAA Regular Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 SW Baptist (15) [3] 14 4 0.778 | 21 7
2 NW Missouri St. [4] 12 6 0.667 | 23 7
3 Cent.Missouri St. 11 7 0.611 | 18 10
4 Missouri So. 11 7 0.611 | 17 11
5 Ft.Hays State [8] 10 8 0.556 | 19 10
7 Pittsburg St. 9 9 0.500 | 18 10
6 Washburn [10] 9 9 0.500 | 18 11
8 Emporia St. 7 11 0.389 | 14 16
9 Truman St. 4 14 0.222 | 5 22
10 Missouri Western 3 15 0.167 | 9 18


Tournament Final: Northwest Missouri State - Emporia State 57-51
Tournament Semifinals:
Northwest Missouri State - Washburn 50-49
Emporia State - Fort Hays State 71-63

All-MIAA Tournament MVP: Hunter Henry (6'9''-F-86) of NW Missouri St.

MIAA All-Tournament Team
Hunter Henry of NW Missouri St.
Lance Sullivan (5'11''-G) of NW Missouri St.
Deandre Townsend (5'8''-G) of Emporia St.
Andrew Davison (6'3''-G) of Emporia St.
Andrew Meile (6'2''-G-86) of Washburn

All-MIAA 1st Team
Cory Abercrombie (6'7''-F/C) of PSU
Matt Rogers (6'10''-C) of SBU
Vincent Ateba (6'4''-F-85) of MSSU
Jim Grabowski (6'7''-F) of SBU
Deandre Townsend of ESU

All-MIAA 2nd Team
Tyrone Evans (6'1''-G) of FHSU
Dante Harrison (6'3''-G) of SBU
Hunter Henry of NWMSU
Matt Withers (6'7''-F-84) of NWMSU
Joe Young (6'2''-G-87) of UCM

All-MIAA Honorable Mention
Reggie Bunch (6'5''-F) of MWSU
Nick Certa (6'6''-F-85) of TSU
Octavius Hawkins (6'3''-G-81) of MSSU
Lonnel Johnson (6'2''-G) of MWSU
Andy Peterson (6'4''-G-85) of NWMSU
Kyle Snyder (6'6''-F) of WU
Tony Webb (6'2''-G-85) of MSSU
Keith Windom (6'0''-G) of PSU

MIAA All-Defensive Team
Cory Abercrombie of PSU
Skyler Bowlin (6'2''-G-89) of MSSU
Tj Britton (6'3''-G-82) of MSSU
Matt Rogers of SBU
Matt Withers of NWMSU

All-MIAA Player of the Year: Cory Abercrombie of PSU
All-MIAA Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Rogers of SBU
All-MIAA Freshman of the Year: Skyler Bowlin of MSSU
All-MIAA Coach of the Year: Robert Corn of MSSU



Peach Belt Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 S.Carol.-Aiken 19-1 0.950 27-3
2 Augusta St. 17-3 0.850 22-6
3 Georgia Coll. 13-7 0.650 20-9
4 N.Georgia 12-8 0.600 18-11
5 Armstrong Atlantic 11-9
6 Clayton St. 9-11 0.450 17-14
7 Columbus St. 9-11 0.450 13-18
8 Francis Marion 6-14 0.300 12-16
9 Lander 6-14 0.300 10-19
10 Georgia SW 5-15 0.250 8-19
11 NC-Pembroke 3-17 0.150 8-20

Tournament Final: Clayton State - USC Aiken 89-87, 3OT
Tournament Semifinals:
Clayton State - Georgia College & State 73-65
USC Aiken - N.Georgia 88-83

All-PeachBelt Tournament MVP: Tracy Williams (6'0''-G) of Clayton St.

PeachBelt All-Tournament Team:
Tracy Williams of Clayton St.
Bernard Fields (6'4''-G) of Clayton St.
Kingsley Oguchi (6'2''-G) of USC Aiken

All-PeachBelt Team
Tyrekus Bowman (6'5''-F-86) of Augusta State
Aaron Clark (6'9''-C) of GCSU
Chris Commons (6'8''-Fof USC Aiken
Jeremy Fears (6'5''-G-85) of USC Aiken
William Kane (5'11''-G) of Armstrong Atlantic State
Shaun Keaton (6'0''-G) of GCSU
Ben Madgen (6'4''-F-85) of Augusta State
Andre Morgan (6'3''-G-86) of North Georgia
Nick Pope (6'5''-F) of North Georgia
Anthony Sargent (5'11''-G) of Georgia Southwestern State
Garret Siler (6'11''-C-86) of Augsuta State
Michael Sloan (6'4''-G) of Clayton State

All-PeachBelt Co-Player of the Year: Tyrekus Bowman of Augusta State; Chris Commons of USC Aiken
All-PeachBelt Freshman of the Year: Simel Boyd (6'4''-G/F) of Francis Marion
All-PeachBelt Coach of the Year: Vince Alexander of USC Aiken



SSC Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1. Florida Southern 12-4 .750 24-8 .750
2. Tampa 11-5 .688 20-8 .714
2. Eckerd 11-5 .688 19-9 .679
4. Florida Tech 9-7 .563 20-8 .714
5. Rollins 8-8 .500 19-9 .679
5. Lynn 8-8 .500 16-13 .552
7. St.Leo 6-10 .375 14-15 .483
8. Nova SE 5-11 .313 10-18 .357
9. Barry 2-14 .125 10-20 .333


Tournament Final: Florida Southern - Tampa 83-81, OT
Tournament Semifinals:
Florida Southern - Lynn 76-62
Tampa - Saint Leo 75-55

All-SSC Tournament MVP: Braxton Williams (6'4''-G-85) of Florida Southern

SSC All-Tournament Team:
Braxton Williams of Florida Southern
Rob Eldridge (6'2''-G-87) of Florida Southern
Will Graham (6'8''-F-85) of Florida Southern
Jeremy Black (6'8''-F-85) of Tampa
Rashad Callaway (5'9''-G-89) of Tampa
Chris Hall (6'2''-G) of Lynn

All-SSC 1st Team
Jeremy Black of Tampa
Rob Eldridge of Florida Southern
Carl McNally (6'4''-G/F) of Florida Tech
Damone Morris (6'3''-G) of Eckerd
Jonny Reibel (6'2''-G-86) of Rollins

All-SSC 2nd Team
Tim Coenraad (6'7''-G-85) of Nova Southeastern
Chris Evans (6'8''-F-86) of Tampa
Jordan Prais (6'7''-F) of Saint Leo
Hans Christian Schur (6'8''-F/C-83) of Lynn
Justin Sedlak (6'9''-F-87) of Florida Tech

SSC All-Freshman Team
Rashad Callaway of Tampa
Chris Hall of Lynn
Brandon Jenkins (6'2''-G-89) of Florida Southern
Rion Rayfield (6'1''-G-87) of Florida Southern
Jeremy Sharpe (6'6''-G-87) of Rollins
Nick Wolf (6'6''-G) of Rollins

All-SSC Player of the Year: Jeremy Black of Tampa
All-SSC Defensive Player of the Year: Johnathan Ball (6'4''-G-87) of Tampa
All-SSC Freshman of the Year: Rion Rayfield of Florida Southern
All-SSC Coach of the Year: Linc Darner of Florida Southern



SIAC Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard

Regular Season Standings
1 Benedict 20-2 909 741 599 25-4 862 741 613
2 Le Moyne - Owen 14-8 636 770 731 14-14 500 779 796
3 Miles 13-9 591 742 743 15-13 536 745 745
4 Clark Atlanta 13-9 591 685 662 16-14 533 687 673
5 Ft.Valley St. 13-9 591 753 731 15-14 517 748 746
6 Paine 12-10 545 683 694 14-15 483 706 741
7 Tuskegee 11-11 500 690 721 14-16 467 717 749
8 Albany St. 11-12 478 640 634 13-16 448 645 649
9 Kentucky St. 11-12 478 735 765 12-16 429 737 781
10 Morehouse 9-13 409 706 720 12-15 444 713 708
11 Lane 5-17 227 682 761 5-23 179 663 753
12 Stillman 1-21 045 664 729 1-27 036 654 738


Tournament Final: Benedict - Tuskegee 74-69, OT
Tournament Semifinals:
Benedict - Clark Atlanta 81-57
Tuskegee - Fort Valley State 88-73


All-SIAC Tournament MVP: Michael Holmes (6'4''-F) of Benedict
All-SIAC Tournament Outstanding Coach: Fred Watson of Benedict

SIAC All-Tournament Team:
Martinez Woody (6'7''-F/C)
of Benedict
Michael Holmes of Benedict
Keith Flournoy (6'1''-G) of Tuskegee
Preston McCarter (6'1''-G) of Tuskegee
Najee Lane (6'4''-F-88) of Clark Atlanta

All-SIAC 1st Team
Kenny Jones (6'6''-F) of Kentucky St.
Rasul Buulu of LeMoyne-Owen
Flawaan Flaggs (6'1''-G) of Miles
Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C) of Morehouse
Scheraun King (6'4''-G) of Albany State

All-SIAC 2nd Team
Kevin Johnson (5'8''-G-84) of Clark Atlanta
Michael Holmes of Benedict
Bennie Lewis (6'7''-G/F) of Benedict
Martrez Scott (6'3''-G) of Fort Valley State
Kevin Johnson of Paine

SIAC All-Academic Team
Jacarri Neal (5'11''-G) of Lane
Christopher Bush (6'4''-F) of Tuskegee
Bennie Lewis of Benedict
Jermaine Bentley (6'2'') of Kentucky State
Paul Nickerson (5'10''-G) of Clark Atlanta

All-SIAC Player of the Year: Kenny Jones of Kentucky State
All-SIAC Freshman of the Year: Michael Holmes of Benedict
All-SIAC Coach of the Year: Edward Newton of LeMoyne-Owen



ECC Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 LIU - C.W.Post 18-2 26-4
2 Adelphi 14-6 20-10
3 SUNYIT 13-7 16-12
4 St.Thomas Aquinas 12-8 17-12
5 Bridgeport 11-9 13-15
6 Concordia (NY) (N.Y.) 10-10 12-17
7 Molloy 8-12 10-18
8 Dowling 8-12 9-19
9 New Haven 7-13 11-16
10 Mercy 7-13 8-19
11 Queens (NY) (N.Y.) 2-18 4-23


Tournament Final: C.W. Post - Adelphi 60-57
Tournament Semifinals:
Concordia (N.Y.) - Adelphi 62-66
St. Thomas Aquinas - C.W. Post 65-82

All-ECC Tournament MVP: Jonathan Schmidt (6'0''-G) of C.W. Post

ECC All-Tournament Team:
Jonathan Schmidt of C.W. Post
Brandon Butler (6'0''-G) of C.W. Post
Chris Diasparra (6'2''-G-86) of Adelphi
Richard Fields (6'4''-F) of Concordia
Akeem Comas (6'5''-F) of Saint Thomas Aquinas

All-ECC 1st Team
Vincent Falzone (6'5''-F) of Molloy
Richard Fields of Concordia
Bryant Lassiter (5'10''-G-87) of NYIT
David Seagers (6'2''-G) of Dowling
Tetrick Stonar (5'10''-G) of New Haven

All-ECC 2nd Team
Brandon Butler of C.W. Post
Richard Byrd (6'3''-G) of Adelphi
Ra Chase (6'5''-F) of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Akeem Comas of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Teairez Stennis (6'5''-G/F) of Bridgeport
Chanze Wellington (5'8''-G) of Mercy

All-ECC 3rd Team
Khaleef Allicott (6'0''-G) of Queens
Cassius Chaney (6'6''-F) of New Haven
Glenn Martin (6'3''-G/F) of Molloy
Alvin Vivican (6'0''-G) of Adelphi
Andre Wright (6'7''-F) of NYIT

All-ECC Player of the Year: Jonathan Schmidt of C.W. Post
All-ECC Freshman of the Year: Richard Byrd of Adelphi
All-ECC Coach of the Year: Tim Cluess of C.W. Post



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NEW ZEALAND

Casey Frank and the Stars beat the Ozjets -by Eurobasket News
Manawatu - Auckland 73:93

Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) is impressive at the start of the NBL season. He was trumped the NBL Player of the Week for Round 2 and never slowed down one round later. Today he produced a monster night of 27 points and 9 boards to lift the Stars past the Manawatu Ozjets at the Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North. The Tall Black forward fired down the hosts in the first half already. He hit his first 8 field goals, two treys among them, to finalize a 20-point tally after the first half. It allowed Auckland to dominate fully and built a 48:32 buffer at the long break. It was the first game for Manawatu in the season and it never looked smooth. The Stars kept piling up the lead after the break. American point guard Kantrail Horton (185-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) was the only bright spot for the Jets as he nailed game-high 28 points. But had little support from the teammates and the Auckland Stars coasted to the 2nd win in the season. Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) scored 14 points, while Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) and Tyrone Davey (188-G-86) added 10 points apiece for the winners. Keith Davis (198-F-82) was the second player to score in double figures for the hosts as he netted 13 points. Auckland plays against the Canterbury Rams on Sunday. The Manawatu OzJets will face the Bay Hawks tomorrow. Manawatu finished the last season at the bottom of the table at 4-14 record. The Stars just missed the playoff zone being one win shy of the 4th-ranked Bay Hawks.

Manawatu: Kantrail Horton 28, Keith Davis 13
Auckland: Casey Frank 27+9 boards, Adrian Majstrovich 14, Dillon Boucher 10, Tyrone Davey 10


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PUERTO RICO

Mayaguez Indians surprise Guayama Brujos -by Luis Ramirez
With Eddie Casiano (188-G-72) playing what could be his next to last game in the BSN, scored 20 points to help the Indians win over the Guayama Brujos 94-71. The Brujos which had been hot lately were cooled off by the Indians; Mayaguez scored 32 points in the first quarter to send a message to the Brujos. The 2nd quarter was played a lower pace by the Indians but they were leading as the half came to a close 47-35. In the 3rd quarter the Brujos made a better offensive efforts but it was not enough to overcome the Indians. In the 4th quarter the Indians once again went on an offensive run and defended the Brujos well, as these could only muster 10 points in the quarter and the Indians cruised to a much needed win. For Mayaguez, it was Eddie Casiano and Giovanni Jimenez (187-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: St.Johns River CC) who scored 20 points each. For Guayama, Tanoka Beard scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

In other BSN action, the Guaynabo Conquistadors beat the Fajardo Cariduros 84-68. Guaynabo took an early lead in the 1st quarter 27-21 but Fajardo kept it close and the 1st half ended 37-35. In the 3rd quarter the Conquistadors once again opened somewhat the game and finally cruised to a win as the Cariduros could not contend Carlos Escalera who was the top scorer for the Conquistadors with 24 points. He was followed by Monty Wilson with 17 points. For Fajardo, Kevin Hamilton scored 21 points followed by Chris Jackson with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Over at Bayamon the Carolina Giants beat the Bayamon Cowboys 110-87. Carolina held a 2 point advantage at the end of the 1st quarter 26-24 and were also leading at the half 50-40. In the 3rd quarter the Giants just blew the Cowboys away with a 34-19 quarter and then coasted for the rest of the game for the win. For Carolina, Alejandro Carmona scored 27 points followed by Ebi Ere with 25 points. For Bayamon, Diego Guevara scored 20 points followed by Franklin Western with 16 points.


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RUSSIA

Statement of Thomas Gardner - He is leaving Lokomotiv - Destination Unknown -by Max Brodsky

Thomas Gardner (born February 8, 1985) is a 6'5' guard who played three seasons of college basketball at the University of Missouri and he was averaging 19.7 points per game in 28 games in his senior season. Before joining the Chicago Bulls in 2007, he played professionally in Belgium.

Gardner made his NBA debut on November 15, 2007, playing against the Phoenix Suns. On November 20, 2007, in what would be his last game as a Bull, Gardner scored a career-high 14 points against Denver Nuggets. He left Chicago Bulls on December 7, 2007 and joined Russian club Lokomotiv-Rostov.

Eurobasket reporter Max Brodsky spoke with Thomas Gardner regarding his Russian season. So read on!

Thomas Gardner:
Adjusting to European basketball was a little tougher this year because I came to Lokomotive in the middle of their season. So it was tough getting adjusted to my teammates and the style of basketball the coach wanted to play. Overall basketball is basketball and its pretty much the same where ever you go. except it takes awhile to get a feel for your teammates and adjust to the pace of the game especially coming from the NBA. The russian super league is very competitve. I think alot of young players who are in their first year or so overseas can sometime under estimate the competition level of being overseas. The russian league has a good bunch of talented players. Daniel Ewing, Trajon Langdon, Junior Harrington, Lee Nailon, Joseph Blair, J.R Holden, J.R Bremer, Alex Scales, Marquee Perry and not just good americans; it has Lampe from Khimky, Loncar from Lokomotiv, Terrance Kingsey from Unics, the point guard from CKSA from greece etc. The league is very competitive and it makes you give your best every night.

This season has been good for me and I have had some great experiences. Starting way back in July in playing summer league with the Chicago Bulls and leading that team in scoring and then getting invited to camp and experiencing vet camp and really getting a chance to see where I was as a NBA player. Summer league is filled with a bunch of rookies and 2nd year players so camp is a big step and seeing how good you really are when your playing against the starting five of an NBA team. I was challenged everyday by Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, Lual Deng etc. and I think it really helped me out. Coach Scott Skiles also never let anything pass him and the staff did a great job and staying on me and helping me improve. I would say Lokomotive was a good experience from a basketball stand point. The competition was good and I was able to make some good frienships with other players.


Max Brodsky: As for college, and leaving college early, how much would staying an extra year in school have helped your NBA career?

Thomas Gardner: Its hard to say if I wouldve stayed in college another year would I have been drafted or would I have ben in the same situation. I dont at all regret my decision to leave college early. It was a choice that I made and I stand by it. I think not getting drafted, not getting invited to the pre draft camp, getting cut from my first summer league team with the Spurs, etc. made me alot hungrier and was nothing but motivation. So thats why when I got an opportunity with the bulls I made the best of it and too full advantage. I told myself going in that Im going to make it hard for the bulls to not invite me to camp and not to keep me after camp.

Max Brodsky: What do you think, why did Bulls choose Demetris Nichols instead of you? Do you think that it was a mistake?
Thomas Gardner:
The situation with the bulls letting me go for Nichols was a business decision and was something that I couldnt control. Yeah it was tough to hear that I was getting waived but I am thankful for the opportunity John Paxson and Scott Skiles gave me. Im not the first and im not the last player who is ever going to get waived from a NBA team. You can either let it kill you and be pissed of everyday or you can turn a negative into a postive and use it as motivation.


I decided to leave Lokomotive bacause they failed to follow my contract and didn't want to pay me the money that they had signed in my contract. On arrival to Lokomotiv I was suppose to recieve a large sum of my contract after passing my physical. I played in our first 2 FIBA cup games which were very tough for me because I was still tired from the flight and the time difference, plus I didnt know any plays or how my teammates played. The sponsors said they was not going to give me the money they owed me upfront because of my performance in those two games. They never gave me a chance and I guess they wanted results right away. So the president said he wanted me to stay because I had not practice and sat out the Samara game because of no pay. He paid me my salary for january and then when february came around they wanted to pay me half of my moths salary for the rest of they year and pay me based on my performance. They wanted to throw my contract out and create their own. I refused to do that but kept playing and practcing with the team because the president had agreed they would pay me my regualr salary and then at the end of the month of february they gave me half again. So I didn't practice again for a week and sat out of the Unics game. My agent repeatedly talk to them and told me to get as much money as I could from them and try to have good games so we could put pressure on them to pay. So after I scored 21 against triumph and helped us beat dynamo we called and told them either they payed me everything they owed me or I wanted out of my contract. They siad they wouldnt pay so I left. They never gave me a reason and why they wouldnt follow my contract so maybe you can get that answer out of them.



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SERBIA

Third win for Partizan Igokea in Euroleague TOP 16 ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea grabbed the third win in The Euroleague TOP 16, this time against Efes Pilsen in Istanbul 83-79. This means the black and whites are currently in second place in group D with a margin of 3-2 (Montepaschi and PAO also have 3-2). Partizan demonstrated a pretty good performance in Istanbul letting Efes just once to take a lead, 19-18. After that moment Pekovic made a 6-0 run which gave Partizan a 5 point lead after the first 10 minutes. Later, the visitors extended their lead through Tepic and Vitkovac to 23-36. In the third quarter Efes totally lost control which Partizan exploited upping the score to 39-60. The biggest lead for the reining Serbian and Adriatic league champions came after Tepic's 3-pointer at the beginning of the last quarter, that made it plus 23. Efes threatened at the end as they came on 72-80 with 21 seconds to go but Gregory and Penn just succeeded in making it a bit closer.

Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) shinned once again setting the pace for his team to win with 22 points (9/12 FG2, 4/5 FT). Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) was behind him scoring 12 points while on the other side Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) netted 33 points and dished out 4 assists.

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic said: 'It was a very important game for us as we had to play and not to loose with more than 13 points because in that case Efes would have a chance to reach the quarterfinals. We had a very good night and we deserved this win. My guys are in shape with a winning streak and we are waiting PAO with optimism.'

The most important game of the season so far, both for Partizan and reining European champion Panathinaikos, will be played next Wednesday in Belgrade's arena 'Pionir'. There is no doubt that atmosphere in Pionir will be hotter then ever as Partizan has a chance to make amazing and totally unexpected success in Euroleague this season.


Efes Pilsen - Partizan Igokea 79-83
(19-24,10-14,18-30,32-15)

Efes Pilsen:
Penn 33 (4 as), Abi 12, Kuqo 10 (6 rebs), Gregory 10
Partizan Igokea: Pekovic 22, Tripkovic 12, Palacio 11 (5 rebs), Tepic 11


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SLOVENIA

Krka inks Djapa, Rogla and Sporar part ways -by Zeljko Zule
As we forecast a few days ago, Krka inked Dalibor Djapa (206-F/C-84) ex Lions Vrsac for the second stage of A-1 UPC Telemach League. He averaged 22,8 minutes, 11,1 points (2P 36-56, 3P 7-21, FT 29.32), 3,8 rebounds, 0,5 assists, 0,9 steals and 1,4 turnovers in 11 games of Serbian Championship.
Rogla and former NT member Milos Sporar (187-G-76) parted ways due to personal reasons. He has averaged 29,5 minutes, 11,7 poimts (2P 26.47, 3P 43-116, FT 53-63), 1,8 rebounds, 4,4 assists, 0,7 steals and 2,5 turnovers in 20 games in the A-1 UPC Telemach League.


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SOUTH KOREA

Standings
KBL Standings
1. Dongbu 36-13
2. KCC 31-19
3. Samsung 30-19
4. KT&G 29-21
5. LG 29-22
6. ET 26-24
7. SK 25-25
8. KTF 21-29
9. Mobis 13-37
10. Orions 10-41


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SPAIN

Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
1. Real 20-4
2. Joventut 18-6
3. Barcelona 17-7
4. Tau 17-7
5. Pamesa 15-9
6. Lagun Aro 15-9
7. Unicaja 14-10
8. Akasvayu 13-11
9. G.Canaria 11-14
10. Grupo Capitol 10-14
11. Murcia 10-14
12. Granada 9-14
13. Ricoh Man. 9-15
14. Menorca 9-15
15. Fuenlabrada 8-16
16. Cajasol 8-16
17. Estudiant. 7-17
18. Leon 6-17


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SWEDEN

Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
1. Solna 22-9
2. Sundsvall 22-9
3. Plannja 22-9
4. Sodertalje 19-12
5. 08 18-13
6. Oresundskraft 15-16
7. Uppsala 15-16
8. Boras/Marbo 14-17
9. Norrkoping 13-18
10. Jamtland 10-21
11. Akropol 8-23
12. Gothia Basket 8-23


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TPBL

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

San Angelo,Tx - still looking for that BIG TOURNAMENT ? Here it is the TPBL CLASSIC promises to bring you the best basketball in the state of Texas as well as many teams from different states.
The cash prize for this years tournament is 1st place $5000, so if want to show your teams talent , this is where to do it.

TPBL CLASSIC
when: APRIL 25-27
where: SAN ANGELO,TX
entry: $750 per team
to enter call league owner chris cardenas: 325-763-6630 or email CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Ivan Aska, Boyd Anderson senior, 6A-5A-4A Player of the Year; NEW VIDEO -by David Edole

By Christy Cabrera Chirinos | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There were days his coach told him to go home.

Practice was over. He had done enough. It was time to rest.

But Ivan Aska didn't listen.

The Boyd Anderson forward felt there were still things he needed to do to get better. So he'd stay in the gym and shoot another round of free throws or work on his defense.

'Every good player, there's still something they can work on,' Aska said. 'Everyone should always keep working at their game. I wanted to get better.'

Aska's dedication and effort not only helped him reach his goal of becoming a stronger player. It also helped Boyd Anderson reach the Class 6A state championship. Aska was selected the Class 6A-5A-4A Player of the Year.

The Cobras came up short in their effort. Their 59-54 loss to Miami Norland in the state championship game ended Boyd Anderson's 26-game win streak and Aska's season, but when it was all over, it was his play that coaches believed help the Cobras on their run.

'I told him from the start that he was going to be the catalyst of this team,' Boyd Anderson coach Eugene Richardson said. 'Anywhere we went, it was because of him. He was double-teamed and triple-teamed all season, and he found ways to handle it. The consistency and heart were always there.'

Aska finished among the team's leading scorers, averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. His free-throw shooting percentage was .710.

Last fall, programs including Jacksonville, Boston University and FAU recruited the 6-foot-7 forward. He chose Murray State and is eager to prove he can compete at the next level.

'I told my parents not to worry about college. I was going to work hard to earn my scholarship,' Aska said. 'I'm ready for college. I've had good coaches and good people that have inspired me and helped me get better.'


VIDEO OF IVAN IN ACTION



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UGANDA

April expects hot games -by Eurobasket News
Mogas Falcons will begin their MTN Basketball League title defense against Uganda Christian University Canons on April 11. Falcons upset Canons last year in the semifinal, even though the latter stayed undefeated through the regular season. In another game KCC Leopards will meet KIU Rangers. The game is planned for April 11 as well. At first it was scheduled to start the games on April 4th, but due to the bookings of the gym the start was postponed. It will give a bit more time for the teams to prepare. Two campaigns will be played in Lugogo Indoor Stadium.


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UKRAINE

Some news -by Alexander Muzyka

- Azovmash filled the Superleague pause by Croatian voyage. As azovmashfans.org.ua has reported, The Mariupolyû team was stronger then Slovenian Krka 85:66 (Rodney Buford and Panagiotis Liadelis were the best scorers). In other news, Becirovic's team crushed KK Zagreb 76:61 - Oleksandr Skutelnik was the star of the show. As for the roster - Tomas Delininkaitis is now back. (and he really scored his 3p's this time!) Tyus Edney however, has some real problems with his health and, probably, should be out for a month at minimum.

- Also Khimik has invited Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84) for try-outs.



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URUGUAY

Diego Pereyra will play in Venezuela -by Hector Lopez
The Uruguayan Diego Pereyra (184-G-85) flies to Venezuela today to join Gaiteros del Zulia, and is expected to play tomorrow, against Guaiqueries from Margarita. During the last season of The Uruguayan League, Pereyra completed 42 games playing first for Aguada and later on with Atenas. He had an average of 14.o ppg and 4.7 apg, and was fouled 3.4 times per game. With Atenas, Pereyra reached the semifinals playoff 2-3 against Hebraica. In other news, another Uruguayan player, Fernando Martinez, was announced to play for Guaros de Lara.



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Women News

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ANGOLA - Women

De Agosto win the Cup -by Eurobasket News
Primeiro de Agosto became the winner of Angola League Cup. In the second game the winners beat Grupo Desportivo do Maculusso 68:36. The game took place in Rio Seco Pavilion and was highly valued b the fans. Primeiro de Agosto took the lead from the first minutes and enjoyed 31:17 after the first half. Nassecela Mauricio (-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Felizarda Jorge produced the same number of points in the losing effort. Primeiro de Agosto added Cup win to Super Cup that they won earlier against Inter Clube.

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AUSTRALIA - Women

The Logan Thunder becomes the 11th squad in the WNBL -by Eurobasket News
The newly established franchise, Logan Thunder, have officially joined the WNBL for the 2008/2009 season. The team met all the conditions for the entry in the WNBL and was announced as the 11th participant for the upcoming season. The club was given a conditional license last year from Basketball Australia and was working to meet financial requirements from the league. With almost all formalities being fixed the Logan Thunder is now officially the part of the Australian Defense Force WNBL. With the free agent list coming out on March 20 the Thunder is expected to be one of the most active players in the market. The $17 million Metro Centre at Brown Plains also played a big role in the Thunder being granted an honour to participate in the WNBL. The team is expected to play at the new venue in their second season.


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AUSTRIA - Women

Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
1. Fl.Foxes 12-2
2. Herzogenb. 11-2
3. Wels 8-5
4. Wien 3-2
5. Klosterneub. 3-11
6. Graz 2-2
7. Baden 2-3
8. Vienna 87 0-14


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DENMARK - Women

Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
1. SISU 14-4
2. Amager 14-4
3. Horsholm 13-4
4. Vitus B. 12-6
5. Aabyhoj 6-11
6. Virum 6-12
7. Falcon 3-13
8. Vaerlose 2-16


Amager holds off Horsholm in Round 18 -by Eurobasket News
The key game of the Dameligaen Round 18 was obviously the clash of the top-ranked teams in the ladder at the moment. Amager took on Horsholm at home and celebrated their 14th win in the tournament to leapfrog the 79ers in the table. The game turned out to be a real drama that included thrilling comebacks from both sides and finally an extra time where the hosts proved the strength. Amager opened the game quite aggressively and led 19:9 after the first frame. But the 79ers slowed down the home side in the second period before taking over in the third. A massive 24:11 rally from the visitors allowed the 79ers to build a 45:39 advantage heading into the fourth period. But once again it was a strong defensive performance from Amager that saw them force overtime at the end. Tine Freil (180-G-70, college: Pacific) and Emilie Ramberg (173-G-79) nailed a couple of vital jumpers in the extra term to bring the hosts a key 69:62 victory. Emilie Ramberg finished the game with 15 points. Tine Freil added 12 points, 13 boards and 9 assists, while Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) had 10 points in a winning case. Kristine Jensen dropped 14 points for the 79ers. Mie Bulrin scored 11 in defeat.
SISU used the loss from Horsholm to occupy the second spot in the ladder. They thrashed Falcon 85:91 on the road to improve to 14-4 record. The teams played a close game in the opening frame and the visitors were up by just 2 points 25:23. But SISU tightened defense after the first intermission limiting the hosts to only 28 points in the three other quarters and celebrated well-deserved victory. Sarah Lini (183-F-82, college: Colorado) notched 21 points and 10 boards to pace SISU. Mandakova Clark (170-G-82) and Louise Gronemann (184-F-84, college: Denver) secured 12 points apiece for the winners. Sofie Nielsen had 14 points for Falcon.


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FRANCE - Women

Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
1. Bourges 18-0
2. USVO 14-3
3. Montpellier 13-5
4. Mondeville 11-6
5. Reims 10-8
6. Clermont 9-9
7. Villeneuve 8-9
8. St Amand 8-9
9. Challes 8-10
10. Pays d Aix 6-12
11. Tarbes 6-12
12. Arras 5-12
13. COB Calais 5-13
14. Mourenx 2-15


Lawson wins the Three-point contest of Euroleague All Star game -by Eurobasket News
French Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) that plays for Russian CSKA won Three-point contest of Euroleague All Star game.
European Stars were stronger than the Rest of the World beating them 111:86. With the victories in all quarters Europe was outstanding in the campaign. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) led the winners with 25 points. Hammon produced 17 points, Maria Stepanova collected 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 14. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) shone for the Rest of the World with 24 points. Diana Taurasi opened the show with a three and then Nevriye Yilmaz brought first points for Europe. Right after Hammon made it 16:16, Europe started to control the game. Europe held the early advantage and secured 28:22 after the opening quarter. Chamique Holdsclaw made a jump-shot for the Rest of the World to stay in the game. Nevriye Yilmaz made plus 13 for Europe in the beginning of the second quarter making 37:24. Diana Taurasi reduced to 42:32 and then her team mate Jackson closed the first half at 56:44.
In the second half, it was European Stars who came out strong and increased the lead. Eva Viteckova made it 85:63 after three quartets played. The last period both teams enjoyed the game and did not pay attention to the score as it was clear that Europe would benefit from the game. Rest of the World attempted to get back into the game, but could not close the deficit fully as Europe ran out eventual winners. Amaya Valdemoro was named MVP of the game and got new Mercedes for her effort. French Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges scored 3 points and made 6 assists. She made one out of three shots from the arc.


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GERMANY - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Woods, LEIPZIG 19,0
2. Tulikihihifo,GÖTT 18,9
3. Barker, OBER 18,8
4. Hibbert, W'BURG 18,1
5. Paunovic, FRE 18,7
Rebounds Per Game
1. Dennett, FRE 10,8
2. Triggs, HALLE 10,6
3. Page, SAARL 9,1
4. Zberch, CHEM 9,0
5. Tulikihihifo, GÖTT 8,9
Assists Per Game
1. Woods, LEIPZIG 6,1
2. Pop, W'BURG 5,7
3. Comteße, SAARL 4,6
4. Austmann, OBER 4,5
5. Mersch, OBER 4,2
2FGP
1. Tulikihihifo, GÖTT 226
2. Hibbert, W'BURG 230
3. Paunovic, FRE 228
4. Barker, OBER 222
5. Dennett, FRE 200
3FGP
1. Carroll, MÜNCH 171
2. Davidson, MARB 132
3. Barker, OBER 114
4. Hibbert, W'BURG 105
5. Özen, MARB 99
Ranking
1. Tulikihihifo, GÖTT 322
2. Barker, OBER 320
3. Hibbert, W'BURG 307
4. Carroll, MÜNCH 306
5. Paunovic, FRE 298


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
1. Wasserburg 34-0
2. Saarlouis 28-6
3. Oberhausen 26-8
4. Goettingen 20-14
5. Freiburg 18-16
6. Marburg 16-18
7. Halle 14-20
8. Chemnitz 12-24
9. Munich Basket 12-24
10. Herne 6-30
11. Leipzig 4-30


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ISRAEL - Women

Round 22th first team -by Gil Goshen

Shay Doron led Ramla to a win in Ramat Hasharon to win this week's award. Joining her on the first team are three other great guards, and the best center in the league.

Round 22 MVP - Shay Doron
Ramla's mind was in the 2nd game in Moscow, but a road game against a big rival which beat them twice stood in the way. Doron set the tone from the start and made it clear to everyone that Ramla came to win. She drove into the lane time after time against Ramat Hasharon's zone, and hit the biggest shot of the game with 49 seconds left to give Ramla a 77-73 lead. She finished with 23 points and 5 assists.

Round 22 First Team
Shay Doron - 5th time in the last 8 games that Doron scored over 20 points.

Sherill Baker - a season high of 21 points of Ramla's quick guard, who caused havoc in Ramat Hasharon's defense as she beat everyone on the break. Without Jackie Johnson, Ramla needs Baker to do a lot more and in Ramat Hasharon she stepped up to the challenge.

Armintie Price - Agency GG basketball a delight, there's no other word to describe Price's game vs. Bnot Hsharon . She scored 17 points in an amazing 3rd quarter on her way to a season high 28 points with just 3 misses from the field and 8 for 10 from the line. She also added 10 rebounds.

Tanisha Wright - Agency GG basketball when Ramat Hen or rather Price, played her tight, she set up her teammates. Against the zone, she got to the rim. When Price gave her a little space, she knocked down jumpers. Wright demonstrated once again what an intelligent player she is with 23 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds.

Taj McWilliams Franklin - quiet, efficient, unstoppable. McWilliams finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds despite taking only 9 shots from the field, Ramat Hen's life would be much easier if they went to her more.


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KENYA - Women

Everything is ready for the semifinals -by Eurobasket News
The defending champions St. George's will play against the former champions Pangani Girls in the semifinals of Kenya. The campaign brings a lot of interest between these two teams. For sure only one of them will advance to the Final and close the season with a solving task. In another semifinal Moi Nairobi Girls will meet Buruburu Girls. Both teams are underdogs of the league, however might bring some interest.
Meanwhile Kenya Basketball Federation national elections will be held at Nyayo National Stadium. The national officials to be elected will serve KBF for a period of four years. Paul Otula is the only candidate, who has shown interest in the chairman's post so far.


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NCAA1 - Women

SunBelt Season 2007-2008 Summary -by Jay
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Regular Season Standings
East Division
1 W.Kentucky 16-2
2 Middle Tenn.St. 14-4
3 S.Alabama 10-8
4 Florida Intern. 8-10
5 Troy 5-13
6 Florida Atlantic 2-16
West Division
1 UALR 14-4
2 Arkansas St. 13-5
3 La-Monroe 10-8
4 N.Texas 8-10
5 New Orleans 7-11
6 Denver 6-12
7 La-Lafayette 4-14


Tournament Final: WKU - Middle Tennessee 65-49
Tournament Semifinals:
Middle Tennessee - UALR 57-45
WKU - Arkansas State 70-56


All-Sun Belt Tournament MVP: Dominique Duck (5'11''-F-87) of WKU


Sun Belt All-Tournament Team
Sherina (shay) Scott (6'2''-F) of Arkansas State
Amber Holt (6'0''-G/F-85) of Middle Tennessee
Arnika Brown (6'2''-F-87) of WKU
Crystal Kelly (6'3''-F-86) of WKU
Kenzie Rich (5'7''-G-88) of WKU
Dominique Duck of WKU


All-Sun Belt 1st Team
Nikya Hughes (6'3''-F/C-85) of UALR
LaQuetta Ferguson (5'8''-G-85) of FIU
Amber Holt of Middle Tennessee
Amy Lewis (5'9''-G-86) of Troy University of Troy
Crystal Kelly of WKU


All-Sun Belt 2nd Team
Anshel Cooper (5'10''-G-88) of UALR
Kim Sitzmann (5'10''-G-88) of UALR
Ledella English (5'9''-G-86) of New Orleans
Amber Jackson (6'2''-F-86) of North Texas
Dominique Duck of WKU


All-Sun Belt 3rd Team
Veronica Smith (5'10''-G-88) of Arkansas State
Carla Stubbs (5'10''-G-88) of Florida Atlantic
Iva Ciglar (5'7''-G-85) of FIU
Alicia McDaniel (5'7''-G-86) of Louisiana-Lafayette
Shannon Lloyd (6'2''-C-86) of ULM


All-Sun Belt Player of the Year: Crystal Kelly of WKU
All-Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year: Amber Holt of Middle Tennessee
All-Sun Belt Freshman of the Year: Arnika Brown of WKU
All-Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year: Brittany Helm (5'8''-G-88) of New Orleans
All-Sun Belt Coach of the Year: Mary Taylor-Cowles of WKU



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SERBIA - Women

Stats Leaders - 1A women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Grubor I. 25,4
2.Vidacic J. 20,7
3.Scekic M. 20,4
4.Rad J. 18,3
5.Bucevac N. 18,3
Rebounds Per Game
1.Vidacic J. 10,8
2.Jovanovic T. 10,7
3.Cvetanovic M. 10,5
4.Velinovic J. 8,8
5.Krnjic S. 8,6
Assists Per Game
1.Ristic M. 6,0
2.Musulin I. 5,4
3.Stankovic B. 4,9
4.Radocaj T. 4,3
5.Baculov D. 4,3
Steals Per Game
1.Caran M. 4,6
2.Bucevac N. 4,0
3.Scekic M. 3,9
4.Radic J. 3,3
5.Radocaj T. 3,2
Blocks Per Game
1.Jovanovic T. 1,9
2.Cvetanovic M. 1,5
3.Krnjic S. 1,1
4.Maksimovic N. 1,1
5.Dobranic A. 1,0
2FGP
1.Mitic J. 4/5 80%
2.Dosen M. 20/27 74,1%
3.Rizvic D. 16/23 69,6%
4.Butulija D. 56/81 69,1%
5.Grubor I. 59/86 68,6%
3FGP
1.Rizvic D. 10/15 66,7%
2.Matovic I. 3/5 60%
3.Stankovic B. 18/37 48,6%
4.Veselinovic J. 7/15 46,7%
5.Mitov Z. 11/25 44,0%
Free Throws
1.Milosavljevic A. 13/13 100%
2.Gobeljic D. 12/12 100%
3.Veselinovic J. 10/10 100%
4.Dosen M. 10/10 100%
5.Krstajic M. 31/34 91,2%
Ranking
1.Grubor I. 30,1
2.Vidacic J. 29,8
3.Bucevac N. 24,2
4.Rad J. 24,1
5.Jovanovic T. 21,9


Market news -by Dragana Vukovic
ZKK Kraljevo signed Milica Cvetanovic to help them to reach SuperLeague.
Stara Pazova added Snezana Mirkov as a replacement for Bojana Bogdanovic who injured knee.They have big strugle to stay in the First Division.
Mirjana Velisavljevic left Kovin and signed for Keravnos,Cyprus,to play play-of.The team will stay in the First Division for sure,so the managemant left her to go.
Crvena Zvezda broke contract with Brankica Hadzovic.She is the fourth player in this season that coach Bukvic fired,but they are still loosing the games and play very bad.They added Sy Miriam in the roster,but she will have the right to play in SuperLeague.


Kovin upset Crvena zvezda,Partizan lost in Subotica -by Dragana Vukovic
We saw very good basketball in the last two games of the 18th round.
First,Kovin almost beat
Crvena Zvezda Beograd on the away.The girls from Kovin was very motivated and all of them left the heart on the court,but luck was on the Zvezda's side.Kovin led almost the whole game,but 38 seconds befor the and of game Tijana Zupancic brought her team extra time with the 3 point shoot.In extra time Zvezda took the victory from the free throw line,Nina Bogicevic scored both free throws.In Kovin Marina Caran had 24 points,while Natsa Djordjevic scored 23 points,Mina Jovanovic had 12 points,while Dragana Vukovic added 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.For Crvena Zvezda Beograd Velinovic Jelena scored 22 points,Biljana Pesovic 19 points and Nina Bogicevic added 20 points.
In the last game of this round Spartak beat Partizan what brought them the 2nd position.It was very interesting game in wich domestic team led all the time.Partizan caught them in the 4th quarter but they missed few easy shoots and Spartak took an very important victory.In Partizan Andrijana Vasovic scored 17 points,Milena Krstajic 10 points and Biljana Stjepanovic added 9 points.For Spartak Jovana Rad had 16 points,Aleksandra Cabarkapa scored 12 points,while Erak had 12 points and 13 rebounds.


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SPAIN - Women

Spanish legion in All Star game -by Eurobasket News
Spanish legion was represented by Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76), Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) in Euroleague All Star Game. Amaya Valdemoro top-scored in the game for the winners and was named MVP of the game. An outstanding event, atmosphere, players, spectators and we can continue to list all the special features of the show. European Stars were stronger than the Rest of the World beating them 111:86. With the victories in all quarters Europe was outstanding in the campaign. Amaya Valdemoro led the winners with 25 points. Hammon produced 17 points, Maria Stepanova collected 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Eva Viteckova netted 14. Cappie Pondexter shone for the Rest of the World with 24 points.
Diana Taurasi opened the show with a three and then Nevriye Yilmaz brought first points for Europe. Right after Hammon made it 16:16, Europe started to control the game. Europe held the early advantage and secured 28:22 after the opening quarter. Chamique Holdsclaw made a jump-shot for the Rest of the World to stay in the game. Nevriye Yilmaz made plus 13 for Europe in the beginning of the second quarter making 37:24. Diana Taurasi reduced to 42:32 and then her team mate Jackson closed the first half at 56:44. In the second half, it was European Stars who came out strong and increased the lead. Eva Viteckova made it 85:63 after three quartets played. The last period both teams enjoyed the game and did not pay attention to the score as it was clear that Europe would benefit from the game. Rest of the World attempted to get back into the game, but could not close the deficit fully as Europe ran out eventual winners. Amaya Valdemoro was named MVP of the game and got new Mercedes for her effort. Elisa Aguilar from Ros Casares netted 6 points, while Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) ended up with 4 points. By the way Marta Fernandez remains second with her Wisla in Poland. In the last game against the leader, Lotos, Marta Fernandez produced 9 points in a 61:66 loss. Before that Wisla had a road win over Utex Row 60:75. Utex Row struggled hard and won the opening quarter 15:14 in the defensive beginning. Later on the teams exchanged the baskets and Utex Row still kept 1 point advantage at the half. Only in the last quarter Wisla proved the class between two teams. The favorite created 5:20 in the final stanza to reach the 20th win. Brown-Braxton led the winners with 15 points. Marta Fernandez and Candice Dupree followed her with 13 points apiece. Bell ended up with 18 points for the hosts.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Richards Triple double not enough! -by David Edole


Once is not enough for Atholton's girls basketball team.

The five senior starters want to add a second state title to the one they earned in Class 2A last season, and they will get their chance tomorrow. Now in Class 3A, they all contributed to an effort that upset No. 5 Western, 60-56, last night in overtime in the state semifinals at UMBC's RAC Arena.

Julianne Conroy, Brittany Coughlan and Taylor Chapman all scored in the final two minutes as the No. 11 Raiders (22-5) rallied from three points down with two minutes to go. Lorri Toler also grabbed a key rebound. Elie Snyder led the team with 17 points before fouling out early in overtime.

'Us five seniors have been together for four years, so we definitely know where each other are on the floor and what we had to do,' Snyder said. 'Even when Brittany was off the floor [with four fouls], we knew that we had to step it up. We knew each person had to do their part and take it a little farther.'

Coach Maureen Shacreaw's Raiders, who will meet Paint Branch, a 69-58 winner over Great Mills, on Saturday at 9 p.m. at RAC Arena, played solid, fundamental basketball throughout the game.

Western coach Tiffany Silver said her team did not, and that was a big difference, especially on the boards, where Atholton had a 58-50 edge.

'We're so much taller than every last one of them down bottom,' Silver said. 'For them to out-rebound us is very heartbreaking right now. We couldn't get any clean fast breaks because we couldn't get any clean rebounds because we did not box out.'

The Raiders dominated the boards, led by the 5-foot-10 Chapman with 22 rebounds. They hit 22 of 30 free throws. They played a strong zone defense that kept the Doves' floor leader, All-Metro guard Akeema Richards, from driving and limited her to two field goals.

Still, Richards finished with a triple double - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals - and she gave the Raiders trouble with her defensive quickness late in regulation that helped the Doves rally from eight points down. Jenesis Jones tied it with a follow shot with six seconds left.

In overtime, the Doves (23-4) pulled ahead 54-52 on a layup by Ashle Craig and two free throws.

Conroy then hit a 12-footer, and Coughlan, who survived with four fouls, made a 21-foot jumper for 56-54.


| Sun reporter



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UKRAINE - Women

Kozachka is victorious in Kiev -by Eurobasket News
Kozachka defeated Tim Skuf in Kiev and tied them with the number of wins, nine. The team from Zaporozhye won the first half 34:23 and the game 71:59.Irina Biriuk (178-G-78) led the winners with 28 points and 5 steals. Tetyana Shablinska (191-C-74) netted 15 for the win and supported the top-scorer of the campaign. Irina Krasnoschek top-scored with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Meanwhile Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) took part in Euroleague All Star game as she was the leader of her MKB Euroleasing Sopron during the season. Her European Stars were stronger than the Rest of the World beating them 111:86. With the victories in all quarters Europe was outstanding in the campaign. Diana Taurasi opened the show with a three and then Nevriye Yilmaz brought first points for Europe. Right after Hammon made it 16:16, Europe started to control the game. Europe held the early advantage and secured 28:22 after the opening quarter. Chamique Holdsclaw made a jump-shot for the Rest of the World to stay in the game. Nevriye Yilmaz made plus 13 for Europe in the beginning of the second quarter making 37:24. Diana Taurasi reduced to 42:32 and then her team mate Jackson closed the first half at 56:44.
In the second half, it was European Stars who came out strong and increased the lead. Eva Viteckova made it 85:63 after three quartets played. The last period both teams enjoyed the game and did not pay attention to the score as it was clear that Europe would benefit from the game. Rest of the World attempted to get back into the game, but could not close the deficit fully as Europe ran out eventual winners. Amaya Valdemoro was named MVP of the game and got new Mercedes for her effort. Ukrainian Olexandra Gorbunova scored a three-pointer to finish the show with 3 points and 4 rebounds.


Standings (Women)
Higher Standings
Places 1-3
1. Dnipro 11-2
2. Tim-Scuf 9-4
3. Kozachka 9-5
Places 4-6
1. Ol.-NAEK 6-8
2. Chaika 6-8
3. Dynamo-NPU 0-14