EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/19/2008

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ABA

Remaining ABA All-Star Selections Announced -by Surujh Roopnarine
The American Basketball Association announced the final 10 participants for ABA All-Star Weekend, which the Vermont Frost Heaves will host at the Barre (VT) Municipal Auditorium on March 21 and 22.

East All-Stars
Joey Britto (6'6''-G-83, college: Mass.-Dartmouth) - New Jersey
P.J. Young (6'6''-F, college: S.New Hampshire) - Manchester
Charles Fortier (6'4''-G-79) - Quebec
Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC) - Montreal

West All-Stars
Kenny Wright (6'0''-G) - Long Beach
Chancey Ephraim (6'4''-G-81, college: Texas-PB) - West Texas
Robin Kennedy (5'11''-G-74, college: Nevada) - Orange County
Sean Dixon (6'2''-G-85) - Atlanta
B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83, college: Clayton St.) - Atlanta


Rainmen Split Pair with Vision to Close Home Schedule -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Halifax Rainmen split a pair of home games with the visiting Atlanta Vision to close out their 2007-08 home schedule.
The Rainmen will finish up on the road prior to their opening round playoff game against either Jersey or Montreal.

Friday, March 14th
Atlanta Vision (118) at Halifax Rainmen (134)
VISION: Darnell Richardson (6'3''-F-82) (35p), B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83, college: Clayton St.) (28p+14rb)
RAINMEN: Brian Silverhorn (6'6''-G-84, college: Georgetown, KY) (35p), Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) (29p+12rb+7as), Blandon Ferguson (17p+5as), Akeem Clark (17p)

Saturday, March 15th
Atlanta Vision (131)
at Halifax Rainmen (126)
VISION: Donielle Davis (6'4''-F, college: Anderson) (33p), B.J. Puckett (22p+17rb)
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (21p+10rb), Brian Silverhorn (20p), Jimmy Twyman (17p), Jon Clark (12p+10rb)


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AUSTRIA

All-Star game voting is over! -by Stefan Heinrich
#s#
#e#6


Mayes


Nagler


Lamesic


Johnson


Diwald
Yesterday the deadline for voting the Austrian All-Stars expired and the fans voted the following teams:

Austrian All-Stars:

Starting 5:
Deteri Mayes (189-G-74) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Davor Lamesic (205-F-83) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners
Andreas Diwald (186-G-82) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg

Bench:
Armin Woschank (184-G-82) of Kraftwerk Wels
Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of Basketball St. Polten
Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Florian Schoninger (186-G-82) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Martin Speiser (200-F-83) of Basketball St. Polten
Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) of Basketball St. Polten

Substitute:
Christian Kollik (203-G/F-80) of Basketball St. Polten

Coach: 'Bimbo' Huber Schreiner
Ass. Coach: Zoran Kostic

Hannes Artner (185-G-84) was voted into the game but he will miss it due to a season ending injury.


International All-Stars:

Starting 5:
Adam Boone (190-G-81) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners
Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Kevin Johnson (201-F) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Jay Youngblood (196-G-84) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners

Bench:
Calvin Watson (196-G-85) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Shawn Ray (193-F-80) of Kapfenberg Bulls
Damir Zeleznik (190-G-80) of Kapfenberg Bulls
Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Milan Goljovic (203-F-71) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Richard Anderson (199-F-77) of Kraftwerk Wels
Mike Fraser (203-C) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Substitute:
Samo Grum (194-G/F-79) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Coach: Aaron Mitchell
Ass. Coach: Ante Perica

Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of Kapfenberg Bulls and Dragan Miletic (195-G-82) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers were voted into the game but they are injured and cant participate.

Contenders for the Dunking Contest:
Domonique Crawford (193-G-84) of Macabido Oberwart Gunners
Manuel Gartner (199-F-86) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Cedrick Hensley (196-F/G-83) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Rashard Sullivan (203-F/C-84) of Malvin (URU)
Marquis Wright (203-F/C-80) of kelag Worthersee Piraten
Ajay Calvin (196-F-85) of Gussing Knights (his participation isnt confirmed yet)


Contenders for the 3 Point Shoot-out:
Milan Goljovic
Florian Schoninger
Jason Forrestal (204-F-69) of Kapfenberg Bulls
Christoph Nagler
Andreas Diwald
Matthias Mayer
Spencer Rhynes (196-G/F-74) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Deteri Mayes


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BAHRAIN

Manama bring down Al Ahli -by Yousef Ahmed

MANAMA proved once again that they are the team to beat in the Bahrain Basketball League after a thrilling 77-70 win over defending champions Al Ahli last night in a jam-packed Umm Al Hassam sports complex.

The result secured the victors the number one seed in the Golden Square semifinal round, where they will face fourth-ranked Sitra in a best-of-three series which tips off this Wednesday.

With the loss, Ahli dropped to number two and will take on third-seeds Muharraq in their own three-game series.

The winners of each match-up move on to the league final to be played under the same format.

Manama, who are this year's Cup champions, used a determined second-half performance to take control of the game and later secure the win late in the fourth quarter.

Young forward Hasan Ebrahim nailed an erratic three-point attempt with the shot-clock winding down to give Manama a 65-59 advantage late in the final period. The basket halted a dangerous Ahli run that had earlier cut the lead to three points.

Teammate Hussain Mohammed then made another key play down the stretch, sinking an off-balance jumper from the right wing to keep his team in command (70-63) with two minutes left.

Manama then secured the victory sinking seven of their final 10 free-throw attempts, including four pressure-packed charities from Ebrahim.

'It was important for us to get this win, not only because we will lead the league, but it's also a boost mentally to beat a leader like Ahli,' Manama head coach Salman Ramadhan told the GDN. 'It's the second time we beat them this season, and they are the champions, so it was a good result for us.'

In yesterday's other games that had no bearing to the semifinals, Muharraq thrashed winless Bahrain Club 94-75, and Sitra beat Isa Town 73-52.


SOURCE GDN


Standings
Premier League Standings
1. Al Manama 16-2
2. Al Ahli 15-3
3. Muharraq 13-5
4. Sitra 12-6
5. Nuwaidrat 11-7
6. Al Hala 9-9
7. Al Ittihad 6-12
8. Issa Town 5-13
9. Al Najma 3-15
10. Bahrain Club 0-18


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Group 1
1. Lietuvos 16-1
2. Zalgiris 15-3
3. ASK Riga 13-5
4. Barons/LMT 11-7
5. Siauliai 10-8
6. BK Ventsp. 8-10
7. BC Kalev 6-11
8. TU/Rock 5-13
9. Valmiera 3-15
10. Neptunas 2-16
Group 2
1. Nevezis 15-5
2. VEF Riga 15-5
3. Liep.Lauvas 13-7
4. Panevezys 12-8
5. Suduva 12-8
6. Atletas 12-8
7. Sakalai 9-11
8. Alita 8-12
9. Dalkia/Nybit 8-12
10. Tar.Fausto 4-16
11. Bum./ASK 2-18


Latvian derby in BBL -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga -Ventspils 61 : 59 ( 10-20, 22-11, 15-12, 14-16 )

ASK Riga improves on the third position after a home win over another Latvian team in Baltic league Ventspils 61:59. In the game with no leaders, but with team game preserved, Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) top-scored with 10 points each. The latter added also 10 rebounds, while A.J. Bramlett (208-C-77, college: Arizona) posted 8 points. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84, agency: FCM) ended up with 15 points in defeat and Nigerian Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Ventspils went on an 11-0 run in the middle of the first quarter to win the first 10:20. Akin Akingbala made a jump shot in the end of the quarter and A.J. Bramlett closed the period from a free throw line. ASK Riga woke up in the second period and replied with 22:11. It helped the hosts to take 1 point advantage at the half time. Curtis Millage 's free throw with 12 seconds in the half closed the second stanza. It was him again to give his team plus 4 making a three pointer in the end of the third. Before that Ventspils could not score for almost four minutes.
In the middle of the last quarter ASK had 56:45 deficit, but could easily lose the game. Akin Akingbala found Vairogs as the latter nailed a three for 60:59. Buskevics's free throw was the last point in the game and Vairogs's three did not reach the aim with the buzzer.

ASK Riga:Smiljan Pavic 10, Curtis Millage 10+10 rebs, A.J. Bramlett 8
Ventspils:Raimonds Gabrans 15, Akin Akingbala 12+12 rebs


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BARBADOS

Pinelands nip Patriots to remain undefeated -by Justin Marville
With a line-up that boasts many an accomplished Premier League player it was an unheralded reserve that would come through for Pinelands in the clutch.

Backup point guard Steve Sealy scored a crucial lay-up and added a free throw in the game's dying moments as the former Premier League club squeezed out a narrow 67-65 home win against title contenders Patriots on Sunday in the latest action of the BABA Intermediate Division.

Despite a combined 39 points from star forwards Gary Miller and Ryan Maynard, the home side only found itself leading by one point, 66-65, within the last minute of the fourth still needing a couple of plays down the stretch to ensure victory.

Sealy provided them.

Matched up against guard Jehnard Brewster with under a minute remaining, the overlooked reserve blew by the diminutive shooting guard on the left wing, deftly laying up over 6'8' national forward George Haynes at the basket to put his side ahead 66-63 with thirty seconds remaining.

The Patriots then missed a quick shot at the other end of the floor and were forced to foul veteran forward Trevor Small to stop the clock.

Small would leave the door open however, failing to convert both ensuing free throw attempts leading to Patriots ‘big man' Anthony White getting away at the other end for an easy lay-up to reduce the deficit to one point.

Having to foul once more to stop the clock, the visitors intentionally wrapped up Sealy and sent him to the charity stripe with four seconds remaining in hopes of getting one last possession to either force overtime or win the game.

But Sealy would make good on one of his two shots from the line and then watched at the other end as opposing swingman Julian Walcott missed a potential game winning three pointer as time expired to seal the dramatic victory.

Despite a strong start offensively from the prolific Miller, the visiting Patriots side managed to hold their own early in the first quarter, getting some key baskets in the paint from centre Kevin Lashley while guard Stevenson Callender exposed the Pine in the open court.

Maynard would also get going in the first quarter, joining Miller in taking advantage of the lesser experienced opposition in the key but Pinelands could only muster a 17-16 advantage at the end of the period as the Patriots' strong transition game kept them in the contest.

Both sides traded baskets back and forth to start the ensuing quarter until the Pine was forced to bring in its reserves, resulting in the Patriots scoring six unanswered points off transition lay-ups from Walcott and Rawle Conway to take a 26-20 lead midway through the quarter.
But Miller would respond to ignite a run of his own, scoring five quick points to spark a subsequent 14-2 Pinelands surge as the home side dominated the key at both ends of the floor while creating some timely turnovers which led to points in the open court on offence.

Leading 35-32 after the half-time break, Pinelands opened the third quarter with yet another run and had seemingly grabbed full control of the game after opening up a double digit lead for most of the period.

The visitors found it almost impossible to contain Maynard and Miller in the paint at the offensive end while Pinelands' sting man defence created problems at the other side of the court.

However, the Pine failed to put away their opposition after taking a 49-39 lead, missing several easy opportunities around the basket while failing to convert from the charity stripe thus allowing the opposition to forge a comeback in the fourth quarter.

Miller led all scorers on the night with 22 points, Maynard finished with 17 and Kirk Patrick chipped in with 10 points. For the Patriots, White top scored with 14 points while Haynes and Walcott ended with 11 and 10 points respectively


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BELIZE

1st round of Semi-Final actions in the U26 Basketball Tournament!!! -by David Magana
Game 1
#2 Lake I Boyz 51 #3 UB Black Jaguars 49 - in overtime
Top Scorers
Lake I Boyz - Tyrone Edwards (186-G, college: Hillsdale) 13 pts / 14 rebounds / 6 assist / 3 steals
Jerome 'Penny' Ellis 9 pts / 6 rebounds / 5 assist / 3 steals
UB Black Jaguars - Lindsberg Graham (178-G-83) 13 pts / 7 rebounds / 4 assist / 2 steals
Stephen Williams (188-G-83) 10 pts / 15 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals
One could probably argue that fatigue may have set in on the UB Black Jaguars as they where outscored 16 - 3 in the 4th quarter as Tyrone 'Joka' Edwards scored a clutch 3 to tie the game at 40, or was it the pressing defense by the Lake I Boyz. In the overtime UB came out to a quick 4 point lead but Lake I bounce back and regained the lead and in the closing seconds both Travis Lennon and Stephen 'Muerte' Williams missed put backs which could have sent the game into double overtime.

Game 2
#1 Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs 58 #4 Mesop. Guardian Bombers 57
Top Scorers
Bze Bank - Ty Bradley (183-G-85) 13 pts / 8 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal
Paul Swasey (193-F-82) 12 pts / 10 rebounds / 2 blocks / 1 steal
Mesop. - Egbert 'Eggy' Walhford 20 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block
Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) 13 pts / 10 rebounds / 2 blocks / 2 steals
This was a close game throughout with the Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs leading at the end of every quarter including the most important one - the 4th. 1st 9 - 8, 2nd 24 - 22, 3rd 40 - 39 and the 4th 58 - 57.

Next Games:

Tuesday 18 March 2008 7:30 pm at UB Stadium in Belmopan
#3 UB Black Jaguars (0-1) vs #2 Lake I Boyz (1-0) - This is a must win game for the UB team.

Wednesday 19 March 2008 7:00 pm at Civic Center
#4 Mesop. Guardian Bombers (0-1) vs #1 Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs (1-0) - This is a must win game for Mesop.
#2 Lake I Boyz vs #3 UB Black Jaguars - If necessary...


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BULGARIA

Quarterfinals start in Bulgarian Cup -by Eurobasket News

The National Cup quarterfinals tipped off in Bulgaria. The teams clashed in the best-of-three series for a chance to advance to Final Four. The A1 leaders Lukoil Academic took on Spartak Pleven. Lukoil got to a better start but Spartak managed to stay in visibility. The visitors trailed by 11 points at halftime but failed to cut the deficit after the break. Lukoil looked too confident to give up an inch of the initiative and eased to an 88:71 victory at the end. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) produced 24 points and 17 boards for Lukoil. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) dropped 21 points for the winners. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74, agency: Interperformances), Vladimir Jojic (181-G-75), Iliya Stankov and Todor Todorov (199-F-82) all scored 13 points apiece in a loss. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday.
Balkan dismantled Cherno More 90:70 in the first game of the quarterfinal series. Ivan Lilov (196-F-88) paced the hosts with 24 points and 8 assists. Atanas Radev (200-F-81) and Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) netted 12 points apiece in a win. Cherno More answered with 20 points from Bryce Sheldon (193-G/F-84, agency: Interperformances). The teams will play again later today.
CSKA overcame Yambol 89:85 in a heated battle at home. Leading comfortably by 10 points at the start of the final frame CSKA wasted the major part of the buffer and were on the brink of the elimination. But due to an impressive performance from Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85). He finished with 25 points, 7 assists and 5 boards. Georgi Davidov (204-C-76) provided 16 points and 11 boards in a winning effort. Vadim Reka (208-F/C-83) answered with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Yambol.
Levski outpaced Rilski 89:85 at home to take the lead in the series. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) led the hosts with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) responded with 20 points in a loss.


Cup Quarterfinals:


Lukoil - Spartak 88:71

Balkan - Cherno More 90:70

Levski - Rilski 89:85

CSKA - Yambol 89:85



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CHINA

New Coach for Jiang su team -by Robert Wang
Former China national team head coach Gong Lu Ming signed with jiang su team for the new season. He has started to train the jiang su team for 3 days with his stricted training style. Hu Wei dong is still the coach of jiang su team. Hu wei dong was coahc Gong's player when hu was in China national team and Hu said he would learned some thing from his coach from now on. Jiang su has been searching for many coaches both in China and abroad and they signed china local coach finally this week. coach Gong knows every player of Jiang su team and it might be good for the player and coach to be known well and improved. Hope Gong can help jiang su team this year.

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COLOMBIA

Edgar Moreno released for Indios -by Victor Garcia
Colombian guard, Edgar Moreno was released for Indios the Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican BSN, Edgar played 7 games coming from the bench as Indios sixth man, is numbers were rising untilthe return of Eddie Cassiano, the Edgar's minutes dropped , and finally the team choose to change Edgar as Latinamerican import.
In the seven games Edgar had averaged of 5 PPG, 1.6 APG, 2.1 RPG, 1 SPG, in 16 MPG, Edgar high in scoring was 12 points, and 2 assits.
Indios are currently last in its conference of the BSN


Colombians Abroad in the pros -by Victor Garcia
Stalin Ortiz scored 10 points in 17 minutes for Air Avelino in Italian Leaga A, Stalin shot 5 of 6 from the field and grabbed one rebound, the Avelino defeated Cimberio Varese 99-75

Edgar Moreno played two games in the last days, in the first one the Indios fall 83 - 77 vs Ponce, Edgar scored 4 points in 12 minutes, also served 1 assist and 2 rebounds.
In the second Indios lost against Arecibo 86 - 78, Edgar scored 2 points in 14 minuts, and dished 2 assists.

Hardy Asprilla is back in the Marinos lineup, and Marinos won its second game of the season, this time against Panteras, Hardy helped with 9 points and 45% fron the field, including 2 three pointers and lots of energy, Hardy played 16 minutes and also send 4 assits and 2 rebounds, the marinos won 105 - 94

Enielsen Guevara with Gaiteros lost against Guaiqueries in Margarita.

Yader Fernandez did not played in the back to back games of Cocodrilos against Trotamundos


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COSTA RICA

Barva introduced to media -by Gianni Pascucci

The reigning champions of Ferreteria Brenes Barva were introduced to local media some days ago. The team will be again sponsored by Ferreteria Brenes and the clear score of the playeras and coaches is only one: to threepeat, winning the National League even in 2008. The team coach wil be again Luis Blanco , who stated that all his players are working hard in practice sessions and will be very effective on the court. Franklyn Ferguson (198-C/F-77, college: Ks Wesleyan) will be again in the team as soon as he will end his Swiss commitment, and Isaac St.Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown) has been confirmed in the import spot. The new players in roster are Amir Alvarado (198-G/F-84, college: Marshalltown CC), who comes back in Barva from Liceo, Cristian Chavarria (177-G-78) and Dave Milliner (195-C-81), they too from Liceo and Jefferson Dixon (196-C-85), from Saprissa. The other members of Ferreteria Brenes Barva 2008 are Andres Barrantes (183-G/F-80), one of the leaders on and off the court, Luis Castillo (185-G/F-78), Jose West (203-C-86), Federico Barrantes (180-G-81), Marlon Fonseca (G/F), Roberto Arguedas (190-F-88), Cesar Carrillo (F), Peter Hidalgo (F), David Carnegie (192-F-85), Jose Pablo Coto (F/C) and Frank Brown (188-C-76). The techincal staff is made of Luis Blanco (Head Coach), Jimmy Garcia and Luis Diego Arguedas (Coach Assistants) and Alexander Arias (Trainer)



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CUBA

Super Jemmott and Matanzas is 2-0 -by Alessandro Fontana

Matanzas won both the first and now the second game against Guantanamo as well. MVP of the games was as always 'El Magnifico' Allens Jemmott. In the first game he scored 23 pts+7 steals, and in the second game 'El Magnifico' scored 29 pts+6 assts and added a lot of intensity in defense. He was unstoppable for Guantanamo. Matanzas with this 2-0 result, is now in the third place of the LSB 2008. It is a great result for 'Los Yumirinos', They classified after two great teams (unbeatable in Cuba) as Capitalinos and Ciego de Avila.

Matanzas could not do anymore. They look poised and ready to fight for another good result in LSB.
LSB BOXSCORES
GUANTANAMO-MATANZAS 82-87
G= Simon 17, Masso 16, Elias 15, Pulsan 10, Pons 8, Soria 7, Calzada 5, Castilla 2, Castillo 2, Favier ndp, Brown ndp, Rojas ndp, Noblet ndp, Sanchez ndp
M= Diaz 28 (9 steals), Jemmott 23, Albelo 15, Gonzalez 10, Norona 9, Rosell 2, Ugarte 0, Herrera 0, Torriente ndp, Dechapelle ndp, Duarte ndp, Leon ndp, Hernandez ndp
MATANZAS-GUANTANAMO= 95-89
M= Jemmott 29 (6 assts), Norona 20, Albelo 18, Diaz 14, Ugarte 10, Gonzalez 4, Herrera 0, Rosell 0, Torriente ndp, Leon ndp, Duarte ndp, Hernandez ndp, Dechapelle ndp
G= Simon 31, Soria 21, Elias 14, Masso 14, Castilla 5, Calzada 2, Pulsan 2, Castillo 0, Favier ndp, Brown ndp, Rojas ndp, Noblet ndp, Sanchez ndp
A. Fontana



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CYPRUS

A1 Stats Leaders
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Davis (Omonoia) 16.5
Dalipagic (Enad) 14.7
Papadopoulos (Etha) 14
Ryan Randle (AEL) 13.5
Kitsoulis (Apollon) 13.2
Kandic (AEK) 13.1
Ryan Diggs (Apollo) 13
Rebounds Per Game
Trisokkas (Keravnos) 8.8
Garcia (Apoel) 7.6
Ware (Etha) 7.6
Trepalovac (AEK) 7.1
Aleksic (AEL) 6.9
Dalipagic (Etha) 6.4
Assists Per Game
Aleksic (AEL) 4.2
Wheeler (APOEL) 3.85
Lee (Keravnos) 3.8
Diggs (Apollon) 3.2
Papadopoulos (Etha) 3
Woodward (AEL) 2.8
Steals Per Game
Panteli (AEK) 2.8
Papadopoulos (Etha) 1.9
Burton (AEK) 1.6
Wheeler (Apoel) 1.6
Pilavas (keravnos) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
Trepalovac (AEK) 1.78
Radojevic (Keravnos) 1.5
Ware (Etha) 1
Broxsie (AEK) 2
Radunovic (Apoel) 0.8
2FGP
Tarver (Apoel) 81
Aleksic (AEL) 73.5
Zianveni (AEL) 68.75
Trisokkas (Keravn) 66.7
Radojevic (Keravnos)66
Radojevic (Keravnos) 67
3FGP
Mucic (omonia) 66.67
Aleksic (AEL) 47.37
Kitsoulis (Apollon) 42.86
Lee (Keravnos ) 40.74
Papadopoulos (Etha) 35
Free Throws
Wheeler (APOEL) 92.3
Hart (Keravnos) 88
Kosanovic(Keravnos) 86
Ranking
Stone (Omonoia) 1.13
Garner (Achilleas) 1.12
Trisokas (Keravnos) 1.01
Cuic (AEL) 0.96
Aleksic (AEL) 0.96


Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
1. A.Yermasogias 20-1
2. Philips Coll. 18-2
3. Doxa 14-5
4. Olympos A. 14-6
5. APOP Paphou 14-6
6. Digenis 13-6
7. Paralimni 10-9
8. Achilleas Agrou 9-11
9. Asteras 6-13
10. Enosis K. 4-15
11. Argonaftes 3-16
12. Onisilos 1-18
13. A.Yeroskipou 0-20


APOEL in the Finals - AEL will not defend its title after 5 consecutive years. -by Chris Mammides

There were two winners in Nicosia on Tuesday night as Aspis Apoel Nicosia beat Proteas EKA AEL 91-84, but the Cyprus Basketball confirms its upgrading structure as the Limasol team might loose after five years the chance to win the Cyprus league for sixth consecutive year but there are many chances to add another golden page for Cyprus Basketball as the spot in the Semifinals of the FIBA EuroCup which will take place in Melford Arena in Limasol gives many chances to the host team to bring a unique trophy in Cyprus as the teams from the Baltic Sea, the Estonian TU Rock, the Latvian Barons together with the Belgian Dexia Mons Hainaut (of the 8 Americans!!) are opponents which are very much respected by the Cyprus Basketball fans but there is no doubt that these opponents are not 'forbidden' zone for AEL, especially in its own home court.

The defending Cyprus league champions gave their best shot to win a thrilling game that went down against them from the very first quarter. The game was a back-and-forth battle with the home team of Head Coach Kyriakos Yiangoulis coming out red-hot from downtown as they built slowly - slowly a 6-7 points lead in the first 13 minutes. AEL stormed back to cut the deficit up to 1-2 points but by the halftime the score went down to 7 points 46-39. Aspis Apoel Nicosia with Wheeler in a great night being the man of the game was scoring unstoppable and keeping his team in the leading role but AEL never quit down to the last minutes but an unproductive 3 minutes driven APOEL to a 10-0 series which was the final countdown for Limassol Yellows and Coach Charles Barton . The quarters were: 23-20, 46-39, 67-63 and the final 91-84. Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, college: Rhode Island) led Aspis Apoel Nicosia with 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting. The American veteran was the Top performer and the MVP of the game, he can easily characterized as the man who stopped AEL in the Cyprus league.



Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 16.1
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 15
Christodoulou (APOP) 15
Alexandrou(Anagen) 14
Antoniou (APOP) 14
Georgiadis (Philips) 13
Grigoriou (Anagen) 13
Papadopoulos(Paral)13
Rebounds Per Game
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 8
Papadopoulos (Paral) 7.5
Alexandrou (Anagen) 7.1
Hristodoulou (APOP) 7
Christodoulou (Digeni) 7 Grigoriou (Anagen) 6
Assists Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 2.9
Georgiadis (Philips) 2.4
Papadopoulos(Paral) 2.1
Hatzifedonos (Olym) 2.1
Daniel (Digenis) 1.7
Steals Per Game
Karagiannis (Anagn) 2.1
Hristodoulou (APOP) 2.1
Alexandrou (Anagen) 2.1
Karvazonis (Digen) 1.5
Achilleos (Argon) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
Christodoulou (APOP) 2
Papadopoulos (Paral) 1.5
Hatzifedonos (Olymp) 1.1
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 1
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 1
Zagorov (Philips) 1
2FGP
Prokopiou (Anagn) 68
Antoniou (APOP) 65
Haralambus (Doxa) 60
Mihail (Achilleas Ag) 58
Christodoulou (Digen) 58
Zagorov (Philips) 57
3FGP
Christodoulou (Digen) 55
Philippou (Doxa) 54
Shiakallis (Olympos) 53
Papanikolaou (Philips) 50
Georgiadis (Philips) 50
Free Throws
Prokopiou (Anagen) 85
Hristodoulou (Digenis) 85
Hatzifedonos (Olymp) 83
Antoniou (APOP) 82
Mastoris (APOP) 82
Ranking
Prokopiou (Anagen)
Christodoulou (APOP)


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CZECH REP.

Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
1. Nymburk 34-1
2. Geofin 27-8
3. Prostejov 26-9
4. Pardubice 22-13
5. Decin 20-15
6. Ostrava 17-18
7. A Plus B. 16-19
8. Sadska 14-21
9. USK Praha 12-23
10. Liberec 11-24
11. Kolin 8-27
12. Usti n/Labem 3-32


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D-LEAGUE

NBA --> D-League Player Assignments -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Chicago Bulls have assigned Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, college: Michigan St.) and Cedric Simmons (6'9''-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) to the Iowa Energy while re-calling rookie guard Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Brown, who was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 21st, has appeared in four games with Chicago. On the season, Brown is averaging 6.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 19 games. The former Michigan State guard has appeared in five games previously with Rio Grande Valley (Cleveland Affiliate) and averaged 20.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 39.2 minutes.
Simmons has seen even more limited NBA action, and played in three games as a Viper, tallying 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per contest.
Demetris Nichols has played in 14 games during two assignments with Iowa, and is averaging 19.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 37.6 minutes.

The Portland Trail Blazers have re-assigned rookie forward Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) to the Idaho Stampede. The 37th overall selection of the 2007 NBA Draft has only appeared in five games this season with Portland. During his first assignment with Idaho, the former Duke Blue Devil averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in eight games.


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DOMINICAN REP.

Olivero could not help Valmiera -by Eurobasket News
Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh) could not advance together with Latvian Valmiera to the play-offs of Baltic league. Even though the 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 as Vladimir Stimac paced the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jose Olivero netted 13, while Sandis Amolins posted 7. 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 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.
In the second game VEF Riga created a small miracle and advanced to the Playoffs. The team that started in Challenge Cup and finished in the second position took the ticket from Valmiera, a team with a name in Europe. After four quarters the result was plus 2 for VEF Riga, the opposite of what they had in the first game and the game went to overtime. VEF Riga won 7:8 which made the total 72:75. Evgeni Kolesnikov top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jose Olivero ended up with 3 points in defeat. Jose Olivero made 4:1 for the home team after a lay-up, but then with the help of Evgeni Kolesnikov and Ronalds Zakis VEF Riga closed the opening quarter at 11:20. Valmiera improved its defense early in the second quarter and started to catch up with the guests. Agnis Cavars fixed the halftime score at 29:37. With 44:55 Valmiera had nothing to lose and used all their power. It helped them to produce 6-0 run to stay within 51:55 before the fourth, not the last quarter. Vladimir Stimac gave the hosts 61:60 with 5 minutes to play and in the end it was Maksim Sheleketo who scored 3 times from the free throw line for 65:67, overtime. Evgeni Kolesnikov gave his team 72:75 while Ingus Bankevics missed a desperation jump shot at the buzzer.


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EL SALVADOR

LSB last results -by Jaime Arevalo
Boosted by its new imports, Victor Toribio (198-G/F-82) and Doug Whittler (208-C-83, college: Morehouse), ExSal defeated San Marcos 100-99. The game was very spectacular and battled, and needed of three overtimes to find a winner. Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84) scored 27 points to lead the way for ExSal, while Kenya Carruthers (201-F-79, college: Ks Wesleyan) was again the best in San Marcos with 25 points. In another LSB game, Universidad Tecnologica (UTEC) prevailed over Cosmos 101-92, with Joaquin Morataya (-77) topping the scoring at 22 pts. Anotehr time more, Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) showed his scoring skills with 24 points in losing effort.

Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
1. UTEC 2-0
2. ExSAL 2-1
3. San Marcos 2-1
4. Denver 0-2
5. Cosmos 0-2


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FRANCE

Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
1. Bourg 18-8
2. Nanterre 17-9
3. Rouen 17-9
4. Poitiers 16-10
5. Limoges 16-10
6. Nantes 16-10
7. Maurienne 14-12
8. Saint-Etienne 14-12
9. Quimper 13-13
10. Boulazac 13-13
11. Besancon 13-13
12. Evreux 13-13
13. Brest 12-14
14. St.Quentin 11-15
15. Chalons 9-17
16. Le Portel 9-17
17. St.Vallier 8-18
18. Reims 5-21


Pro B- Round 26 : What a suspense ! -by Maxime Lory

Chalons (15)* 75-90 JL Bourg Basket (1)
Nanterre (3) 67-66 Rouen (2)
Poitiers (4) 82-73 Boulazac (10)
Le Portel (16) 72-79 Limoges (5)
Reims (18) 71-81 Nantes (6)
Evreux (12) 87-71 Aix-Maurienne (7)
Brest (13) 81-56 Saint-Vallier (17)
Saint-Quentin (14) 60-54 Quimper (9)
Besancon (11) 70-62 Saint-Etienne (8)


After the defeat of Rouen vs Nanterre, JL Bourg Basket -who win vs Chalons- is the only leader of Pro B. Aurelien Salmon (202-C/F-87), the forward of Limoges, is the MVP of the day with a top ranking of 29. He scored 26p, grabbed 4rbs and blocked 2 shoots.

Kareem Reid, the american point guard of JL Bourg Basket, who score 0p, posted all the same 17p at ranking. He dished out 14asts, taked 7rbs, stealed 1ball in 34 minutes.


Big games for big mens : Rashaun Freeman --> 26p, 6rbs, 2blks, 27rkng | Aurelien Salmon --> 26p, 4rbs, 2blks, 29rkng | Kenny Younger --> 21p, 9rbs, 3asts, 3blks, 21rkng | Branko Sindjelic --> 17p, 7rbs, 3stls, 24rkng.


Fifth defeat consecutive for Reims which is going in NM1 .....


A problem ? Ronald Dorsey : 3p ( 1/8 - 1/3 2p - 0/5 3p) | Steffon Bradford : 6p (3/7), 3rbs | Joah Tucker : 4p (3/7), 6rbs | Jonathan McClark 7p (3/10), 9rbs, 3to | Frederic N'Kembe 3p (1/8), 2to, -5rkng | Terrance Jonhson : 4p (2/14 - 0/10 3p !!!!! ), -7rkng |


First professional game for the brother of Tnoy Parker, Pierre, with Aix-Maurienne. The brother of the NBA Finals' MVP scored 2p, grabbed 1rb, dished out 2asts


Big collective for Evreux : 87p, 6 players scored 10p, 29asts, 111rkng.


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GERMANY

Belmont's Mike Dejworek is dancing -by Daniel Poerschke
Belmont University sophomore center Mike Dejworek (211-C-87) is he only german college player, who will play in the NCAA 1 tournament this year. The Ulm native averaged 1.6ppg and 1.1rpg in 24 games so far for the A-Sun Conference champions Belmont. His season-high was 12 points and 4 rebounds versus Fisk College in December. The Belmont Bruins will play as the # 15 seed in the West Region on Friday against highly favoured # 2 Duke University.

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GREECE

An interview with Mike Batiste of Panathinaikos -by Chris Mammides

When the going gets tough, there isn't a team on the planet that wouldn't want power forward Mike Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) of Panathinaikos in uniform. The defending champs have had it so tough in the Top 16 that they must win against Partizan in Belgrade on Wednesday or give up the Euroleague crown. But they have Michael Batiste in uniform, and his personal Top 16 couldn't be much better. He ranks third among all Top 16 players in performance index rating and second in two-point shooting accuracy while leading the Greens in both scoring and rebounding. A stand-up performer on the court, Michael Batiste was just as professional off it while talking with Euroleague.net about the situation that the champs must confront on Wednesday in Belgrade. 'The road to a Final Four is never picture perfect,' Michael Batiste said. 'There are always going to be bumps and bruises along the way. This is just part of the scenario we have to go through. We put ourselves in this situation, and the only way to get back to normal is to work our way out of it. We understand the situation, we're focused and we're ready to play.'

Everyone wants to know how you guys feel going to Belgrade to try to keep the season alive against Partizan?

'We feel good, but at the same time, we do not underestimate Partizan at all. They are a good team and a young team that plays with a lot of energy and fights every single second they are on the court. If we don't match their energy it will be a long night for us. We know it will be difficult, but we have been in a lot of difficult situations before and we are willing to get the job done tomorrow.'

You've had three previous games with Partizan this season, all close, but you won them all. Is that a good sign for you?

'Yeah, but at same time Partizan knows that without making one turnover or getting one extra possession they could have won those games. We have to really be careful against them. They are a dangerous team. But like you said, we beat them three times, so we know we can do the job for the fourth.'

After three games against them, what do you expect from Partizan on Wednesday?

'I expect, first of all, for them to play extremely hard. The crowd they play in front of at home is one of the most unbelievable crowds in Europe. The people of Serbia love basketball and they push their team to play to the best of their ability. But we've played in hostile environments before and we know what we've got to do.'

And what exactly does Panathinaikos need to do to win in a tough gym like in Hala Pionir this time?

'First of all, we've got to make sure not to let them have second-chance points. They are a good offensive rebounding team. We also have to avoid turnovers, which are one of big reasons why we've been struggling in this round. We're averaging almost 17 turnovers a game. We're the kind of team that needs to score to put pressure on an opponent, so we have to cut to down the turnovers, and if we can do this tomorrow night, it'll be an advantage for us.'

Is you team's experience an advantage going into the game?

'Of course, we've got to make experience work for us against such a good team. This is a team that fights and has talent. Their post man, Nikola Pekovic, is having a great season. Milt Palacio at guard keeps the fire going for them. Then you got Uros Tripkovic, Milenko Tepic and Dusan Kecman on the perimeter, all of them dangerous. Of course, they know they are playing against a better team, but at the same time, they aren't the kind of players to complain. They just fight hard, and that's the reason they win. They go 100% until the game is over and what happens- happens.'

Is it fair to say Panathinaikos didn't expect to be in this situation? Looking back, did you realize it was such a tough Top 16 draw?

'I can say yes and no. It was tough but fair because of the players we have. Regardless, the road to a Final Four is never picture perfect. There are always going to be bumps and bruises along the way. This is just part of the scenario we have to go through. We put ourselves in this situation, and the only way to get back to normal is to work our way out of it. We understand the situation, we're focused and we're ready to play.'

As a frontcourt guy, you would know better than anyone: how much have the injuries to big men Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73) and Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) affected Panathinaikos in the Top 16?

'They have really affected us a lot, especially for a guy like me, playing inside, who now must carry most of the load instead of getting help from them. They are guys who know their roles on the team and what's expected of them. Dejan was out most of the season, but Kostas is someone we are really missing in this round. He's another defender down low, another rebounder and another three-point shooter. He can guard the five, four and even three spots if needed. His versatility as a big man is something. We're missing a lot with him out.'

Hala Pionir might be the closest in crowd similarity to OAKA in the entire world. Some players prefer that loud atmosphere, even as visitors, because it gets their adrenaline working. How about you?

'It's the same for me, yeah. We play for the fans, first of all, whether in Greece, Italy, Spain or Serbia. And the energy that the Serbian fans of Partizan bring to the game is unbelievable. There are 8,000 or so of them, not an empty seat, and they are singing and chanting, on their feet, behind their team every minute. That gives the opposing team energy, too. I love to play these types of games in a full gym with so warm atmosphere, and I'm eager to play this one.'

Now that you are in the thick of trying to do it for the first time, what can you say about how difficult it is to repeat as Euroleague champion?

'It's more difficult than you think. Last year, we were the hunter. We were hungry and wanted to go out and win everything. We are still hungry, but at the same time, we are the hunted now. Every team in Europe and every domestic team wants to beat you. It's like you are a marked man every single game. To become the Euroleague champ means making history for any team. For that reason, there's a lot more pressure this year than last.'

Interview given to Frank Lawlor for Euroleague.net



Standings - B-C leagues
B Standings
B Division
1. Near East 17-5
2. Ikaros K. 16-6
3. Komotini 15-7
4. Aigio Helesi 15-7
5. KAOD 14-8
6. Lavrio 14-8
7. Anagennisi 14-8
8. Amyntas 13-9
9. Ikaroi Serron 13-9
10. Ermis L. 13-9
11. Doukas 10-12
12. Goumenissa 9-13
13. Alimos 5-17
14. Makedonikos 5-17
15. Milonas 2-20
16. Olympiakos V. 1-21
C North - Group 1
1. AIAS Evosmou 19-3
2. Arhelaos 18-4
3. Aiginiakos 14-8
4. Filippos V. 14-8
5. Niki Volou 13-9
6. HANTH 12-10
7. Argos Orestiko 12-10
8. Galaxias 10-12
9. Proteas G. 9-13
10. Foinikas 9-13
11. Siatista 8-14
12. Ionas Volou 8-14
13. Ifestos T. 5-17
14. Megas Al. 3-19
C North - Group 2
1. Apollon K. 20-2
2. Stratoni 19-3
3. Enosi Kavalas 18-4
4. Mantoulidis 16-6
5. Halkidona 15-7
6. Eleftheroupoli 13-9
7. M.Alexandros 12-10
8. Makabi 11-11
9. Ionikos Ionias 10-12
10. Thermaikos 6-16
11. Komotinis 5-17
12. VAO 5-17
13. Arion Xanthis 4-18
14. Nikiti H. 0-16
C South - Group 1
1. Arkadikos 19-3
2. Gyziakos 19-3
3. Kronos l. 15-7
4. Agia Paras. 15-7
5. AEK/Pegasus 13-9
6. Peiraikos 13-9
7. KAO Palaimon 13-9
8. Kefallonias 12-10
9. Apolloniada 10-12
10. Doxa Lefkadas 9-13
11. Papagou 6-16
12. AEM Polyvios 4-18
13. EA Patron 3-19
14. Messinis 3-19
C South - Group 2
1. OFI 19-2
2. Ierapetra 18-4
3. Zografou 15-7
4. Panelefsiniakos 15-7
5. Filathlitikos 14-8
6. Kronos AD 13-9
7. Ionikos N.F. 11-11
8. Arditos 11-11
9. Ionikos Nikaias 10-11
10. Aris Nikaias 9-13
11. Apollon Sm. 7-15
12. Ermis S. 6-16
13. Diagoras 3-19
14. Halkida 2-20


Greek U16 National Team 2007-2008 -by George Manousidis

Sokratis Psaropoulos (188-G-92) of DASH Peristeri Athens
Kostas Georgakiou (190-G) of Egaleo AO
Christos Keskenidis (199-F-92) of Ilysiakos Athens
Marios Dermitzakis (199-F-92) of Ekpedeftiria Platona
Tasos Antonakis (202-C-92) of AEK Athens
Thomas Tsalkitzis (190-G-92) of Iraklis Thessaloniki
Alexandros Georgelis (196-F-92) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
Panagiotis Papoulis (187-G-92) of G.S. Niki Volou
Giorgos Mavrogiannis (192-F-92) of G.S. Niki Volou
Sokratis Hatziharisis (192-G-92) of Filippos Veroias
Linos Hrysikopoulos (199-F-92) of Kerkyra
Petros Gripsios (196-F-92) of Ikaroi Serron
Panagiotis Skondras (196-F-92) of Esperos
Spyros Grillis (198-F-92) of Irakleio
Konstantinos Tagaris (203-F-92) of Panathinaikos

Paris Maragos (205-C-94) of Panathinaikos

Haralampos Sikalides (200-F-92) of P.A.O.K.

Nikos Terpos (194-F-92) of Asteria
Head Coach: Nikos Toufas

Ass. Coach: Dimitris Avdalas



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HOLLAND

Rotterdam Challengers extends contract with Dutch talent Jeroen Slor -by Fred Roggen
Rotterdam Challengers also extends the contract with Dutch talent Jeroen Slor (204-F-85) as it did with Charles Richardson yesterday, also with an option for the season 2009-2010.
Jeroen Slor is seen as one of the biggest Dutch prospects at the moment and also for him there were several teams who were interested in him.
He developed very quick in Rotterdam this season when you consider that he played last season with the Dunckers in the first Division..
Comment of Jeroen Slor: 'I think also that Rotterdam is the best club for me. Coach Toon van Helfteren give me trust and playingtime, what is very important for the development of a young player'.


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IBL

IBL announces top 10 players from Gary showcase -by Trask Frost
Gary, IN - The International Basketball League has selected the top 10 players from the All-Star teams pitted against IBL opponents on Friday, March 14 and Sunday, March 16 at the Genesis Center in Gary, Indiana. Five of these players have already received offers from IBL teams, with several more being considered for roster spots. Additionally, Tywan Gonzales, a member of the USA All-Star squad that faced the Snohomish County Explosion on March 1, has recently been signed by the Explosion. The top 10 players from the Gary event are listed below.

Lebraun Andrews, 6'7', forward - Andrews' strong showing earned him an offer from the Grand Rapids Flight, where he will likely see time at shooting guard and small forward.

Marc Williams, 6'4', guard - The Portland Chinooks have added Williams to one of the most talented rosters in the league.

Shonn Williams, 6'5', guard/forward - Williams' outstanding play earned him an offer from the host Gary Steelheads.

Devin Smith, 6'9', forward/center - Smith was outstanding against a terrific Gary team on Friday—scoring 11 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and blocking six shots.

Shane Thorson, 6'6', guard/forward - Thorson proved to be versatile enough to play a number of positions, resulting in an offer from the Grand Rapids Flight.

Walter Waters, 6'11', center - Waters turned heads on Sunday with his great hands and footwork, and was picked up by the Grand Rapids Flight.

Zach Ramey, 6'3', guard - Ramey was an excellent floor leader from the point guard position, and proved to be adept at scoring and running the offense. The Central Oregon Hotshots have offered Ramey a one-month deal.

Antjuan Koger, 6'7', forward - Koger steady shooting impressed several teams. An offer for Koger's services is likely in the coming days.

Mike Hadley, 6'3', guard - Hadley played in the IBL last season (scoring 45 points for the Windy City Soldiers against Elkhart in the playoffs).

David Fisher, 6'7', forward - Fisher is long and athletic with a tremendous amount of upside.


IBL's USA All-Stars find success in Gary -by Trask Frost
Gary, IN - The USA All-Stars, a developmental team in the International Basketball League, played eight games in two days in Gary, Indiana over the weekend, and the IBL is pleased with the results. The All-Stars' win/loss record was less than stellar, but the games were exciting, and the players were thoroughly evaluated by the pro scouts and IBL teams in attendance. Moreover, five All-Stars earned contracts with IBL teams. With nine USA All-Star games in the books, a total of six players have been picked up by IBL teams—with several more players still being considered.

IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio - 'I am very happy with the progression of the USA All-Star team. The concept was to give these players the opportunity to showcase their ability and sign with one of our teams, and for players that don't, to provide feedback on how to improve—and we have succeeded on both levels. I am encouraged that six players have already earned roster spots with many games yet to be played.'

Next up for the All-Stars is a two-day event in Beaverton, Oregon. On Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, the All-Stars will take on the Jazz of Tacoma, Central Oregon Hotshots and Vancouver Volcanoes. The All-Stars' rosters for this event will be released on Thursday, March 20.

USA All-Stars who have made the transition to full time IBL players:

LeBraun Andrews 6'7' Grand Rapids Flight
Tywan Gonzales 6'7' Snohomish County Explosion
Shane Thorson 6'6' Grand Rapids Flight
Shohn Williams 6'5' Gary Steelheads
Walter Waters 6'11' Grand Rapids Flight
Marc Williams 6'4' Portland Chinooks


The Knight Is Young -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights will open their fourth season in the IBL on thursday against the Gary Steelheads at 7:15PM. The Knights tipped off the season with a 'Meet The Knights,' for the fans and the media at the Battle CREEK Holiday Inn. This weekend is opening weekend for the IBL team that includes a game on saturday against the Windy CITY Soldiers also at the Kellog Arena. After wining the IBL championchip in their first season,the Knights have fallen short the past two years.

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ICELAND

Regular season last round -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last round played tonight. Thor last team to make it to play-offs.

IR 102- Hamar 74. No stats available yet. IR in 7 place. Hamar drop down to 1 div.
Stjarnan 85. Tindastoll 83. Both teams hoing to make it to play-offs but ince Thor won they did not make it. Dimitar Karadzovski 21. Jovan Zdravevski 20. Joshua Buettner 21. Phil Perre 18.
Thor 88 Snaefell 78. Great win for Thor. Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) with another big game 35 pts. Luke Marolt 23. Justin Shouse 19. Hlynur Baeringsson 16.
Njardvik 102. Grindavik 92. Njardvik kept homecourt advance in first round against Snaefell. Damon Bailey 25. Hordur A. Vilhjalmsson 21. Jamaal Williams 23.
KR 103. Skallagrimur 75. J J Sola 20. Joshua Helm 19. Darrell Flake 31.
Keflavik 93 Fjolnir 58. Keflavik regular season champions.Bobby walker 22. Tommy Jihnson 21.


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ITALY

Mutombo joins Ferrara -by Gianni Pascucci
In consequence to the stop given by doctors to Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F/C-78, college: Marquette), who is out for at least three weeks due to a muscular injury, Carife Ferarra decided to sign Patrick Mutombo (197-F/G-80, college: Metro St.) till the end of the current season. The player has been yet registered and can go on the court in next Lega 2 round.

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JAPAN

Standings - BJ League
BJ League Standings
1. Evessa 26-10
2. Five Arrows 24-12
3. 89ers 24-12
4. Albirex 23-13
5. Apache 20-16
6. Broncos 19-17
7. Heat Devils 17-19
8. Fukuoka 13-23
9. Golden Kings 10-26
10. Grouses 4-32


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JORDAN

Market News ..... -by Mohammed Malas
Final 4 teams are active nowadays before the begining of the Excellent LEague's play-offs which will begin tomorrow..Orthodox will meet Arena while Zain will wait for Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman....

# Zain:
Tony Madison (190-G-71, agency: China-Hoop, college: New Orleans)'s deal with Zain is not confirmed yet, The club is still negotiating with the player and in the same time with another players as back-ups, Some news will be known soon...

# Orthodox:
After the ban of Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) which will force him to be out for the season, The management of Orthodox Club are trying their best to have the best available center with another player as a 3rd import to be with the team as soon as possible, Some updates will happen in the next few hours...

# Arena Amman:
Arena basketball team management decided to utilize the services of Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quinnipiac) to play with them in the Excellent League play-offs...

Jolley left Champville of Lebanon before few days, He played before in Germany, Syria and Portugal and waiting for his 1st career in Jordan....

# Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman:
The american forward Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) joined the trainings Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman yesterday to play with them for the reminder of the season.....

Ex-George Mason University player played professional basketball in Holland, Mexico and some leagues in USA, Another serbian center will follow Anderon in the team...


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LATVIA

Latvian derby in BBL -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga -Ventspils 61 : 59 ( 10-20, 22-11, 15-12, 14-16 )

ASK Riga improves on the third position after a home win over another Latvian team in Baltic league Ventspils 61:59. In the game with no leaders, but with team game preserved, Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) top-scored with 10 points each. The latter added also 10 rebounds, while A.J. Bramlett (208-C-77, college: Arizona) posted 8 points. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84, agency: FCM) ended up with 15 points in defeat and Nigerian Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Ventspils went on an 11-0 run in the middle of the first quarter to win the first 10:20. Akin Akingbala made a jump shot in the end of the quarter and A.J. Bramlett closed the period from a free throw line. ASK Riga woke up in the second period and replied with 22:11. It helped the hosts to take 1 point advantage at the half time. Curtis Millage 's free throw with 12 seconds in the half closed the second stanza. It was him again to give his team plus 4 making a three pointer in the end of the third. Before that Ventspils could not score for almost four minutes.
In the middle of the last quarter ASK had 56:45 deficit, but could easily lose the game. Akin Akingbala found Vairogs as the latter nailed a three for 60:59. Buskevics's free throw was the last point in the game and Vairogs's three did not reach the aim with the buzzer.

ASK Riga:Smiljan Pavic 10, Curtis Millage 10+10 rebs, A.J. Bramlett 8
Ventspils:Raimonds Gabrans 15, Akin Akingbala 12+12 rebs


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MONTENEGRO

MNT Play-out start on March 22,2008 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In 1 Round of Montenegrin Play-out league wich start on March 22 ,2008 will play: in Bar: Mornar Bar- BC Kotor , in Ulcinj: BC Ulcinj-BC Rudar Pljevlja , in Bjelo Polje : Jedinstvo B.Polje-Primorje H.Novi.MNT Play-out league will play 10 Rounds and last two basketball teams will next basketball season 2008-2009 play in MNT1B league.BC Budva champion MNT1B league for season 2008-2009 directly go in MNT1A league.

MNT Super league start on April 1,2008 with derby Buducnost-Lovcen -by Dragan Scepanovic
In Basketball Federation of Montenegro yesterday basketball teams wich will play in MNT Super league take numbers for MNT Super league 2007-2008 : 1 Buducnost Podgorica , 2 Mogren Budva , 3 BC Niksic , 4 ABS Primorje H.Novi , 5 BC Danilovgrad , 6 BC Lovcen Cetinje. In 1 Round on April 1,2008 of MNT Super legue will play Buducnost Podgorica -Lovcen Cetinje (derby game ) , Mogren Budva -BC Danilovgrad , BC Niksic-ABS Primorje H.Novi.MNT Super league will play 10 Rounds and after that first four basketball teams will play semi final of play-off 1-4 and 2-3

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NBA

Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
1. Boston C. 53-13
2. Toronto R. 34-33
3. Philadelphia 33-34
4. New Jersey N. 28-38
5. New York K. 19-48
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 48-18
2. Cleveland C. 38-30
3. Chicago B. 26-40
4. Indiana P. 26-41
5. Milwaukee B. 23-43
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 45-24
2. Washington W. 33-33
3. Atlanta H. 28-38
4. Charlotte B. 24-43
5. Miami H. 11-53
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 45-24
2. Denver N. 40-26
3. Portland T.B. 35-32
4. Minnesota T. 16-50
5. Seattle S. 16-51
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 45-21
2. Phoenix S. 44-22
3. Golden St. 41-24
4. Sacramento K. 30-36
5. Los Angeles C. 21-45
Southwest Div.
1. Houston R. 46-20
2. N.Orleans H. 45-21
3. Dallas M. 44-23
4. San Antonio S. 44-23
5. Memphis G. 16-50


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NCAA1

B10 Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Wisconsin 16-2
2 Purdue 15-3
3 Indiana 14-4
4 Michigan St. St. 12-6
5 Ohio St. 10-8
6 Minnesota 8-10
7 Penn St. 7-11
8 Iowa 6-12
9 Illinois 5-13
10 Michigan St. 5-13
11 Northwestern 1-17


Tournament Final: Illinois - Wisconsin 48-61
Tournament Semifinals:
Illinois - Minnesota 54-50
Wisconsin - Michigan State 65-63

All-Big Ten 1st Team
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88) of Indiana
D.J. White (6'9''-F-86) of Indiana
Jamar Butler (6'1''-G-85) of Ohio State
Robbie Hummel (6'8''-G/F-89) of Purdue
Brian Butch (6'11''-F/C-84) of Wisconsin


All-Big Ten 2nd Team
Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89) of Michigan
Raymar Morgan (6'7''-F-88) of Michigan State
Drew Neitzel (6'0''-G-85) of Michigan State
Etwaun Moore (6'3''-G-89) of Purdue
Michael Flowers (6'2''-G-86) of Wisconsin


All-Big Ten 3rd Team
Shaun Pruitt (6'10''-C-85) of Illinois
Armon Bassett (6'1''-G-86) of Indiana
Kosta Koufos (7'0''-F/C-89) of Ohio State
Jamelle Cornley (6'5''-F) of Penn State
Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88) of Purdue
Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85) of Wisconsin


All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
Jamarcus Ellis (6'5''-G/F-85) of Indiana
Tony Freeman (6'1''-G-86) of Iowa
Kalin Lucas (6'0''-G-89) of Michigan State
Dan Coleman (6'9''-F-85) of Minnesota
Lawrence McKenzie (6'2''-G-85) of Minnesota
Kevin Coble (6'8''-F-87) of Northwestern
Craig Moore (6'4''-G-86) of Northwestern
Keaton Grant (6'4''-G-86) of Purdue
Trevon Hughes (6'1''-G-87) of Wisconsin


Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Eric Gordon of Indiana
Manny Harris of Michigan
Kosta Koufos of Ohio State
Robbie Hummel of Purdue
Etwaun Moore of Purdue


Big Ten All-Defensive Team
Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F-87) of Michigan
Travis Walton (6'2''-G-87) of Michigan State
Chris Kramer of Purdue
Michael Flowers of Wisconsin
Joe Krabbenhoft (6'7''-G/F-87) of Wisconsin


All-Big Ten Player of the Year: D.J. White of Indiana
All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Kramer of Purdue
All-Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Eric Gordon of Indiana
All-Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year: Jason Bohannon (6'2''-G-87) of Wisconsin
All-Big Ten Coach of the Year: Matt Painter of Purdue



Big12 Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Texas 13-3 26-5
2 Kansas 13-3 28-3
3 Kansas St. 10-6 20-10
4 Oklahoma 9-7 21-10
5 Baylor 9-7 21-9
6 Texas A&M 8-8 22-9
7 Nebraska 7-9 18-11
8 Texas Tech 7-9 16-14
9 Oklahoma St. 7-9 16-14
10 Missouri 6-10 16-15
11 Iowa St. 4-12 14-17
12 Colorado 3-13 11-19


Tournament Final: Kansas - Texas 84-74
Tournament Semifinals:
Texas A&M - Kansas 71-77
Oklahoma - Texas 49-77


Big 12 All-Tournament Team
Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) of Kansas
Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86) of Kansas
A.J. Abrams (5'10''-G-86) of Texas
D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87) of Texas
Damion James (6'7''-G/F-87) (6'7''-G/F-87) of Texas


All-Big 12 1st Team
Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-G-87) of Baylor
Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88) of Kansas
Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) of Kansas
Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89) of Kansas State
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F) of Oklahoma
D.J. Augustin of Texas


All-Big 12 2nd Team
Mario Chalmers of Kansas
Aleks Maric (6'11''-C-84) of Nebraska
A.J. Abrams of Texas
Damion James of Texas
Martin Zeno (6'5''-G-85) of Texas Tech


All-Big 12 3rd Team
Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) of Colorado
Jiri Hubalek (6'11''-C-82) of Iowa State
Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85) of Kansas
Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87) of Kansas State
Byron Eaton (5'11''-G-86) of Oklahoma State


All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Henry Dugat (6'0''-G-87) of Baylor
Kevin Rogers (6'9''-F-86) of Baylor
Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F-87) of Iowa State of
DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86) of Missouri
James Anderson (6'6''-F-89) of Oklahoma State
Marcus Dove (6'9''-G/F-85) of Oklahoma State
Josh Carter (6'7''-G/F-88) of Texas A&M
Joseph Jones (6'9''-F/C-86) of Texas A&M


Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Rahshon Clark (6'6''-F-84) of Iowa State
Mario Chalmers of Kansas
Russell Robinson (6'1''-G-86) of Kansas
Marcus Dove of Oklahoma State
Justin Mason (6'2''-G-88) of Texas


Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Michael Beasley of Kansas State
Bill Walker of Kansas State
Blake Griffin of Oklahoma
James Anderson of Oklahoma State
DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88) of Texas A&M


Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team
Josh Lomers (7'0''-C-87) of Baylor
Mark Shepherd (6'9''-F-85) of Baylor
Jeremy Case (6'1''-G) of Kansas
Sasha Kaun (6'11''-C-85) of Kansas
Clent Stewart (6'4''-G-86) of Kansas State
Paul Velander (6'2''-G) of Nebraska
Connor Atchley (6'9''-F/C-85) of Texas
D.J. Augustin of Texas
Damion James of Texas
Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C) of Texas


Big 12 All-Academic 2nd Team
Mark Currie (6'4''-G) of Iowa State
Alex Thompson (6'10''-F) of Iowa State
Russell Robinson of Kansas
Matt Lawrence (6'7''-G) of Missouri
Taylor Griffin (6'7''-F-86) of Oklahoma
Austin Johnson (6'3''-G-87) of Oklahoma
Justin Mason of Texas
Ian Mooney (6'3''-F) of Texas
Chinemelu Elonu (6'10''-F/C) of Texas A&M
Trevor Cook (6'8''-F-87) of Texas Tech


All-Big 12 Player of the Year: Michael Beasley of Kansas State
All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Dove of Oklahoma State
All-Big 12 Freshman of the Year: Michael Beasley of Kansas State
All-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year: DeMarre Carroll of Missouri
All-Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year: Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87) of Kansas
All-Big 12 Coach of the Year: Rick Barnes of Texas



ACC Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 N.Carolina St. 14-2 29-2
2 Duke 13-3 26-4
3 Clemson 10-6 22-8
4 Virginia Tech Tech 9-7 18-12
5 Miami, FL 8-8 21-9
6 Maryland 8-8 18-13
7 Georgia Tech 7-9 14-16
8 Wake Forest 7-9 17-12
9 Florida St. 7-9 18-13
10 Virginia Tech 5-11 15-14
11 Boston Coll. 4-12 13-16
12 N.Carolina St. 4-12 15-15

Tournament Final: North Carolina - Clemson 86-81
Tournament Semifinals:
North Carolina - Virginia Tech 68-66
Duke - Clemson 74-78

All-ACC Tournament MVP: Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of North Carolina


All-ACC 1st Team
Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina
Tyrese Rice (6'1''-G-87) of Boston College
Sean Singletary (6'0''-G-85) of Virginia
DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85) of Duke
Jack McClinton (6'1''-G-85) of Miami


All-ACC 2nd Team
Greivis Vasquez (6'5''-G-87) of Maryland
James Gist (6'8''-F-86) of Maryland
Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87) of North Carolina
A.D. Vassallo (6'6''-G/F-86) of Virginia Tech
K.C. Rivers (6'5''-G/F-87) of Clemson


All-ACC 3rd Team
Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) of Duke
Cliff Hammonds (6'3''-G-85) of Clemson
Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86) of Florida State
James Johnson (6'8''-F-87) of Wake Forest
Greg Paulus (6'1''-G-86) of Duke


All-ACC Honorable Mention
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) of North Carolina
J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C) of North Carolina State
Deron Washington (6'7''-G/F-85) of Virginia Tech
Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85) of Georgia Tech


ACC All-Freshman Team
Kyle Singler of Duke
James Johnson of Wake Forest
J.J. Hickson of North Carolina State
Jeff Allen (6'7''-F-87) of Virginia Tech
Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88) of Wake Forest


ACC All-Defensive Team
DeMarcus Nelson of Duke
Toney Douglas of Florida State
Tyrelle Blair (6'11''-C-85) of Boston College
Marcus Ginyard (6'5''-G/F-87) of North Carolina
James Gist of Maryland


ACC All-Defensive Honorable Mention
Cliff Hammonds of Clemson
Dandre Bell (6'5''-G/F) of Georgia Tech
Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina
Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech
Deron Washington of Virginia Tech
James Mays (6'9''-F-86) of Clemson


ACC All-Academic Team
Gary Clark (6'4''-G) of Wake Forest
Cliff Hammonds of Clemson
Ben McCauley (6'10''-F/C-86) of NC State
Jack McClinton of Miami
Jerome Meyinsse (6'8''-F/C) of Virginia
Greg Paulus of Duke
Matt Zitani (6'7''-F) of Florida State
Brian Zoubek (7'1''-C-88) of Duke


All-ACC Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough of N.Carolina
All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year: DeMarcus Nelson of Duke
All-ACC Freshman of the Year: Kyle Singler of Duke
All-ACC Coach of the Year: Seth Greenberg of Virginia Tech



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NCAA2

Heartland Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1. St.Edward's 9-1 22-5 W10 13-2 8-3 1-0
2. Incarnate World 6-4 17-10 W1 12-4 5-6 0-0
2 St.Mary's (TX) 6-4 15-12 W3 9-6 6-6 0-0
4. Dallas Baptist 5-5 13-14 W8 10-6 3-7 0-1
5. Oklah. Panhandle St. 2-8 10-17 L3 7-7 3-9 0-1
5 Lincoln (MO) 2-8 7-20 L5 4-8 3-12 0-0
Newman 0-0 14-13 L2 9-5 4-8 1-0
Texas-PB 0-0 11-16 L1 6-5 5-11 0-0
Texas A&M Int. 0-0 10-16 W2 6-5 3-8 1-3

Tournament Final: St. Mary's - St. Edward's 79-70
Tournament Semifinals:
St. Mary's - Incarnate Word 62-56
St. Edward's - Dallas Baptist 103-93 of 2OT


All-Heartland Tournament MVP: Robert Owens (6'6''-F) of St.Mary's


Heartland All-Tournament Team
Robert Owens of St. Mary's
Marcus Hill (6'3''-G) of St. Mary's
Allen Coleman (5'11''-G) of St. Mary's
Daniel Pierre (-F/C) of St. Edward's
Michael Moss (6'0''-G) of St. Edward's
Brandon Wash (-F) of Dallas Baptist
Cameron Teague (6'6''-F) of Incarnate Word


All-Heartland 1st Team
Pierce Caldwell (6'3''-G) of Incarnate Word
Shawn Weinstein (6'1''-G) of St. Edward's
Daniel Pierre of St. Edward's
Will Stephenson (6'6''-F) of OPSU
Robert Harris (6'5''-F) of UTPB

All-Heartland 2nd Team
Latez Williams (6'6''-F) of St. Mary's
Chris Swan (6'11''-G) of TAMIU
Nick Michels (-G) of Dallas Baptist
Marcus Hill of St. Mary's
Ryan Bradley (6'10''-F/C) of Newman


All-Heartland Honorable Mention
Taylor Mullenax (6'7''-F) of StEU
Manny Montano (-F) of DBU
Eric Nuncio (5'9''-G) of UIW
Cole Elliott (6'2''-G) of NU
Shelby Lewis (-G) of DBU
Derek Barnes (6'0''-G) of TAMIU
Cameron Teague of UIW
Lorenzo Anthony (6'3''-F) of StMU


All-Heartland Player of the Year: Pierce Caldwell of UIW
All-Heartland Newcomer of the Year: Robert Harris of UTPB
All-Heartland Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Shelby Lewis of DBU
All-Heartland Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Lorenzo Anthony of StMU
All-Heartland Co-Freshman of the Year: Braxton Adamson (-G) of DBU
All-Heartland Co-Freshman of the Year: Tracy Robinson (6'6''-F) of UIW
All-Heartland Coach of the Year: Ryan Marks of StEU



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NIGERIA

Akingbala makes a double-double -by Eurobasket News
Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) made a double double in Baltic League in the last game for his Ventspils in the regular season. ASK Riga however improved on the third position after a home win over another Latvian team in Baltic league Ventspils 61:59. In the game with no leaders, but with team game preserved, Smiljan Pavic and Curtis Millage top-scored with 10 points each. The latter added also 10 rebounds, while Bramlett posted 8 points. Gabrans ended up with 15 points in defeat and Nigerian Akin Akingbala collected 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Ventspils went on an 11-0 run in the middle of the first quarter to win the first 10:20. Akin Akingbala made a jump shot in the end of the quarter and Bramlett closed the period from a free throw line. ASK Riga woke up in the second period and replied with 22:11. It helped the hosts to take 1 point advantage at the half time. Millage's free throw with 12 seconds in the half closed the second stanza. It was him again to give his team plus 4 making a three pointer in the end of the third. Before that Ventspils could not score for almost four minutes.
In the middle of the last quarter ASK had 56:45 deficit, but could easily lose the game. Akin Akingbala found Vairogs as the latter nailed a three for 60:59. Buskevics's free throw was the last point in the game and Vairogs's three did not reach the aim with the buzzer.
Akin Akingbala averages 9.1 points per game, 6.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists.


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PHILIPPINES

Austria Abandons Dragons -by Lorenzo Gahol

MANILA - The Welcoat Dragons will have to look for a coach fast if they want to start their campaign in the Philippine Basketball Association Fiesta Cup on the right foot. Leovino Austria resigned as Welcoat's mentor, saying that he has nothing more to offer to the team, which he guided to a championship in the Philippine Basketball League in 2002. His resignation comes as a surprise as the Fiesta Cup is just over a week away. Assistant coach Alex Compton is likely to take over the team. A team insider said Austria may have been upset when the management traded Nic Belasco to the Coca-Cola Tigers for Mark Isip and two future draft picks. The Dragons are expected to perform better in the Fiesta Cup compared to the Philippine Cup as they will have two imports. J. Bagulaya


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PORTUGAL

Proliga round 26 -by Luis Rocha
Everything runned according to what was expected in this round. The 'big game' was played at Ilhavo where the home team Illiabum face Vitoria. Things were very close but at the end Vitoria showed that by now they are better than Illiabum winning 89-82. In Coimbra , the home team Academica won over Queluz, the game was easier than expected and end with 81-67. The rest was business as usual.... games very umbalanced and the teams with better players won easily. The MVP of the round was Byron Ray (201-C-84, college: UALR) of Sangalhos, with an amazing performance, 41 points, 24 rebounds 4 steals and 4 blocks....tremendous!

Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
1. Benfica 23-1
2. Vitoria 22-2
3. Queluz 18-6
4. Illiabum 17-7
5. Fisica 15-9
6. Academica 13-11
7. Esgueira 12-13
8. Sampaense 11-13
9. Angra 11-14
10. Sangalhos 10-15
11. Atletico 9-15
12. Seixal 9-15
13. Galitos FC 6-18
14. Maia 6-19
15. Aguiar 0-24


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PUERTO RICO

Crabbers get come from behind Victory -by Luis Ramirez
The Santurce Crabbers made a great push in the 4th quarter to come from behind to win over the Carolina Giants 82-77. The Crabbers took the 1st quarter 20-18, but in the 2nd quarter it was Carolina who played better defense and took the lead to end the 1st half leading 40-37. In the 3rd quarter both teams seem intent in preventing the other from taking a commanding lead as the quarter ended with the Giants leading 59-55. In the 4th quarter it was crunch time for the Crabbers and they came through as they applied a tight defensive pressure on the Giants while Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) helped with the offensive to take the win. For Santurce, Larry Ayuso scored 30 points followed by Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan) with 15 points. For Carolina, Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) scored 19 points followed by Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) with 16 points.

Over at Guaynabo, the Cowboys beat the Conquistadors 98-92. The Cowboys took the 1st quarter 26-25 and also lead by the end of the 1st half 50-40. In the 2nd half the Conquistadors played better defense but were just not able to overcome the Cowboys. For Bayamon, Christopher Vega (182-G-84) scored 28 points followed Diego Guevarra who scored 23 points, Lee Benson grabbed 24 rebounds in the game. For Guaynabo, Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) scored 24 points followed by Monty Wilson (197-F-73, agency: Edge Sports, college: Tennessee St.) with 23 points.


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ROMANIA

Brawl shadows superb basketball game -by Adrian Popa
The big game in Transilvania, U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca-CSU Sibiu, a game that matters, for the fans, more than the national title, ended with a brawl, despite a superb 39 minutes long basketball performance.

Lot of trash talk between Branko Cuic (196-G-78) and Jason Smith (197-F-77, college: Mississippi) emerged on an aggresive foul by the american player with 44 seconds to go. Later after the game, Smith said for the press that Cuic „grabbed him from genitals' one action prior to the foul. After the foul some players from the court were involved in a brawl, and Jason Smith throws a punch in the Cuic's head. The referees sended Smith out of the game with an eliminatory foul. On the way to the locker room, Smith is challanged by the local fans, and one of them comes down to the court and hits the player. Smith respond and a new brawl between Cluj fans and Sibiu players is about to begin. But the forces managed the new conflict and the fans were calmed down also by the manager of U Cluj Mircea Cristescu.

After reviewing the incident, the referees eliminate from the game another three players from Sibiu, Tripplet, Barbary and Clavon, and Branko Cuic had 8 free throws in a row and made them all to seal the game.

Cluj had a flying start with Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) and Brad Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) scoring for a 9-0 run. Cluj continued the march to a 28-11 lead with few minutes till the end of quarter, but then Sibiu climbed back in the game and with a 7-0 run cut the diference to 28-18 after the first quarter. With Krstanovic and LeVar Seals (194-G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: De Paul) on the bench, Cluj lost the momentum in the second quarter and Sibiu players were all over the court, scoring or defending. Tab Baldwin is forced to call a time out, he puts Krstanovic back in the lineup and the serbian centers delivers finishing the first half with 21 points and 100% shooting from the field and from the line. 48-40 at halftime.

Peter Schomers throws a small line-up on the court and Keith Triplett (191-G-80, college: Toledo), William Hatcher (188-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) and Darnell Clavon (188-G-72, college: Chaminade) contribute to a 16-8 run and Sibiu evens the situation, 56-56 close to the half of the third quarter. But then Seals stops Menelik Barbary (208-C-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: San Jose St.) with a tremendous block and puts back Cluj on the driver seat. Brad Buckman is taking control of the boards and Milan Medvedj finishes the third quarter with an amazing basket from his own foul line who electrified the crowd.

U Mobitelco 2 Cluj-Napoca continues the domination in the begining of the fourth, Seals and Krstanovic are fighting from beyond the arc with Clavon, but Sibiu players become more and more nervous, falling in the trash talk trap. Clavon got range and kept Sibiu's hopes alive but then the brawl ends up brutally one of the nicest games this season in the romanian first league.

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SCOTLAND

Edinburgh Kings triumphs in Scottish Cup Championship -by Eurobasket News
Edinburgh Kings - Troon Tornadoes 79:60

The Edinburgh Kings defended the Scottish Cup Championship at the weekend. The Kings held off brave Troon to celebrate the second straight Cup success. The teams kept it close in the first period with neither side able to dominate. Edinburgh outfit that has four Scotland National team players on the squad gradually took over. They raised the tempo and started to get away. The Tornadoes were pretty sloppy defensively and the Kings used it to pile up the advantage in the second half. Brett Jefferies (200-G/F-75, college: Pacific Union) provided 9 points for Edinburgh in the third period and helped the Kings to stretch the lead to as many as 17 points. Troon struggled to revive the intrigue in the fourth period. Laurie Costello (188-G-82) and Brett Jefferies widened the gap to 19 points early in the final stanza. The Tornadoes had to call for timeout but it had little impact on the game. Two trebles from Patrick Campbell (191-F) silenced the Tornadoes' supporters. Edinburgh coasted to an overall win and clinched the Cup title at the end. Brett Jefferies finished the game with 28 points to lead the Kings. Kevin Anderson (187-G) secured 17 points and Patrick Campbell added 15 for the winners. Ifedade Thomas (185-F-88) answered with 12 points for Troon. Ross Campbell (198-F-81) had 10 points in a loss.

Edinburgh: Brett Jefferies 28, Kevin Anderson 17, Patrick Campbell 15
Troon: Ifedade Thomas 12, Ross Campbell 10


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SERBIA

A league, round 20: Superleague doors are open yet -by Dragan Jankovski
After 20 rounds of Serbian A league it is not known yet who will, except Swisslions Takovo, advance to the Superleague. It is also not known who will be the second team who will join Ergonom in the Serbian B league next season so it seems that last two rounds of A league will be extremely exciting.

In this round Zdravlje Actavis was better than Masinac at home 79-67 so the team from Leskovac has a chance to survive in A league. Their main rivals in this battle are Radnicki Invest Inzenjering, who outplayed Borac on the road 81-69, while the second is Napredak Rubin, who lost in Belgrade 91-101 against newcomer and the most pleasant surprise of the year Vizura.

Swisslions Takovo smashed Ergonom with plus 40, 120-80, mostly owing to 32 points and 8 rebounds from Danilo Mijatovic (204-F-83).

Sloga Kraljevo suffered home defeat vs Radnicki 034 Group 80-86, who remains one of the candidates for the Superleague. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) was the best in Radnicki adding 15 points and 6 rebounds while on the other side Nemanja Dasic (191-G-86) had almost the same digits for Sloga, 15 points and 4 rebounds.

Novi Sad beat Mega Aqua Monta after over time 110-107 in the most interesting game of the round. The spectators could see 217 points scored by both teams. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) and Nenad Tomasevic (192-G-84) netted 23 points each for the winners. Mega AM got 25 points and 5 rebounds from Strahinja Dragicevic (194-F-86) and 18 points and 4 rebounds from PF Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket).


Zdravlje Actavis - Masinac 79-67
(19-13,24-21,22-17,14-16)

Zdravlje Actavis:
Bogavac 22 (9 rebs), Miljkovic 13 (4 rebs), Mukanovic 11 (5 rebs, 7 as)
Masinac: Mirkovic 23 (6 rebs), Rakic 13 (6 as)


Borac - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 69-81
(11-21,16-15,20-15,22-30)

Borac:
Markovic 20, Radisavljevic 16, Ilic 13 (7 rebs)
Radnicki: Bolic 22 (6 rebs), Popovic 15 (7 rebs), Rajkovic 14


Sloga - Radnicki 034 Group 80-86
(24-24,15-20,18-22,23-20)

Sloga:
Dasic Nemanja 15 (4 rebs), Pejovic 13 (7 as), Popovic 12 (4 as)
Radnicki: Janjusevic 15 (6 rebs), Glisovic 13 (4 rebs), Draskovic 12 (5 rebs), Dzambic 12 (4 as)


Swisslions Takovo - Ergonom 120-80
(36-28,32-17,26-21,26-14)

Swisslions:
Mijatovic 32 (8 rebs), Jelenic 19 (4 rebs), Marjanovic 17
Ergonom: Koprivica 25 (7 rebs, 4 as, 4 st), Djulovic 13, Virijevic 12


Vizura - Napredak Rubin 101-91
(29-23,23-27,26-20,23-21)

Vizura:
Sinovec 28 (6 rebs), Balzamovic 19, Glintic 16 (8 rebs)
Napredak Rubin: Markovic 30 (11 rebs), Zujovic 16 (4 rebs), Milicevic 12 (8 rebs)


Novi Sad - Mega Aqua Monta 110-107
(18-16,27-28,24-18,22-29,19-16)

Novi Sad:
Sutalo 23 (7 as), Tomasevic 23 (4 rebs, 7 st), Zolotic 22 (5 rebs)
Mega AM: Dragicevic 25 (5 rebs), Stefanovic 18 (4 rebs), Mitrovic 16


Standings - A Liga
A League Standings
1. Swisslion Tak. 16-4
2. Vizura 13-7
3. Radnicki 034 13-7
4. Borac 12-8
5. Mega AM 11-9
6. Sloga 10-10
7. Novi Sad 10-10
8. Masinac 9-11
9. Zdravlje 8-12
10. Napredak 8-12
11. Radnicki NS 8-12
12. Ergonom 2-18
13. Vojvodina -
14. FMP -
15. Hemofarm -
16. Crvena Zv. -
17. Partizan -


Serbians stopped in 1/8 finals of ULEB Cup -by Dragan Jankovski
In the second game of the ULEB Cup 1/8 finals Spanish team Akasvayu Girona once again was better than Hemofarm STADA 76-62. The team from Vrsac played this game without head coach Miroslav Nikolic, who stepped down on Saturday. Hemofarm was an equal rival only in the second quarter when the orange team had a small lead couple of times. After the half time Girona started to play much better so with two wins they totally deserved to qualify for the ULEB Cup Final 8 in Turin. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) scored 16 points each for the winners while on the other side Hemofarm got double-double from center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), 23 points and 15 rebounds.

After 80-80 in the first game in Belgrade, Besiktas Cola Turka easily beat Crvena Zvezda in the second game in Turkey 81-69 and remains undefeated on his home court in ULEB Cup. It wasn't Zvezda's night at all as strong Besiktas reached plus 20 at the beginning of the third quarter. With eight minutes remaining Zvezda came on minus 7 but Raicevic made a mistake at the next possession while Besiktas with following two offences succeeded to reach double digits advantage again. Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners while Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) also had 24 points but with 6 rebounds. Bosnian hot prospect Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) was the best in Zvezda finishing the game with 17 points and 5 rebounds.


Akasvayu Girona - Hemofarm STADA 76-62
(19-14,16-17,18-14,23-17)

Akasvayu Girona:
Gasol 16 (5 rebs), Cvetkovic 16, McDonald 11 (4 st), Daniels 10
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 23 (15 rebs), Marshall 13 (4 rebs)


Besiktas Cola Turka - Crvena Zvezda 81-69
(24-18,17-16,24-16,16-19)

Besiktas:
Apodaca 24 (7 rebs, 4 as), Shumpert 24 (6 rebs)
Crvena Zvezda: Kikanovic 17 (5 rebs), Raicevic 10 (5 rebs)


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SEYCHELLES

Jhelum Cup - Stars-HotShots women's final match-up -by Carlos Pereira
THEY clashed a fortnight ago in the Charity match and the winners were decided in the dying seconds when veteran Simone Malbrook scored the game's last two free-throws for the 44-42 win.
Anse Etoile Stars and HotShots will clash in the women's Jhelum Cup finalAnse Etoile Stars and HotShots will match up again on Saturday March 29 in the final of the Women's Jhelum Cup (formerly Curtain-raiser tournament). The two sides qualified for the final of the Jhelum-sponsored tournament with wins over the weekend in the semifinals played at the Palais des Sports.
HotShots were the first of the two teams to book their place in the final last Saturday. Trailing by two points 15-17 at half-time after having lost the first quarters 8-13 before winning the second 10-minute spell 7-4, defending champions HotShots upped the tempo in the second period, winning the next two quarters 20-3 and 13-10 for a 48-30 victory over RA Sisters.
Coach Philip Arrisol had centre Tina Agathine (16 points) and power forward Myra Solin (14 points) combining for 30 of their team's points and their total equalled RA Sisters' tally.
Sylvie Port-Louis led RA Sisters in scoring 8 points.
On Sunday, Anse Etoile Stars rested Simone Malbrook, but her husband Michel Malbrook was on the team's bench to guide the defending League champions to victory against their daughter - Jana Malbrook - and the rest of the Cadettes team.
Interestingly enough, Cadettes, who are preparing for the forthcoming sixth edition of the Jeux de la Commission de la Jeunesse et des Sports de l'Ocean indien (CJSOI), scored 28 points against the Stars who got 69.
Jessica Fanchette had 12 points for Cadettes, while the Stars had three players - Zita Simeon (16 points), Georgia Desir (14 points) and Dynah Louis (12 points) - scoring in double figures.

In the men's competition, the semifinals will be played early next week after the taking place of the quarterfinals this week.
In yesterday's first quarterfinal encounter, PLS Hawks, 85-44 winners against Mont Fleuri Dawgz, were to meet Cascade Bullets. The winners will clash with the victors of the Juniors-Angels encounter scheduled for tomorrow.
Juniors eliminated RA Herons on a 54-51 score, while Angels beat LMS Youth 93-44.
In the bottom bracket, MBU Rockers face defending champs Premium Cobras on Thursday after both teams won their matches over the weekend.
The Rockers beat Men's First Division newcomers Beau Vallon Heat 78-44 and Premium Cobras, who gave a debut to their two Nigerian recruits - Simon Pusam and Alao Solomon - dispatched RC Dynamics 87-52.
In today's quarterfinal match, Baya, who defeated defending League and Cup double achievers PLS Hawks in the recent Charity match, face AAP Brothers.
Coach Michel Malbrook's Baya collected an 86-50 win against Falcons to make the quarterfinals.G. G.


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SLOVENIA

Market News from B-1 League -by Zeljko Zule

Parklji Bezigrad (B1) have parted ways with coach Muharem Vugdalic and replaced him with former NT assistant coach Franci Podlipnik ex Triglav.
Triglav (B1) announced Mitja Steblaj as new head coach.

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SOUTH KOREA

Standings
KBL Standings
1. Dongbu 37-14
2. KCC 32-19
3. Samsung 30-21
4. KT&G 30-22
5. LG 29-23
6. ET 27-24
7. SK 27-25
8. KTF 22-30
9. Mobis 13-39
10. Orions 11-41


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SWITZERLAND

Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
1. Fribourg 18-3
2. Lugano Tigers 17-4
3. The Starwings 15-6
4. Monthey 13-8
5. Vacallo 10-11
6. Boncourt 10-11
7. Herens 10-11
8. Geneve 9-12
9. Nyon 8-13
10. Lausanne 7-14
11. Meyrin Gr.-S. 5-16
12. Vevey 4-17


Birstal Starwings drop behind the leaders in LNA -by Eurobasket News
The Starwings were unable to keep the winning tempo in the LNA as they suffered a sour defeat in Round 21. The Basel outfit visited Geneva Devils and lost narrowly 91:93. The visitors looked pretty comfortable in the first half and grabbed a 59:49 lead at halftime. But the Devils changed the complexion of the game after the long break. A bunch of long bombs from Ross DeRogatis (186-G-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: San Diego) and Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) trimmed the deficit to just 2 points heading into the fourth stanza. In a heated dying moments the hosts proved just a bit more accurate and sealed the winning outcome from free throw line. Ross DeRogatis notched 25 points to lead the home side. Frank Bennett (200-F-82, college: Georgia Southern) added 17 points and 7 boards as Geneva improved to 9-12 record. The Starwings answered with 26 points from Jared McCurry (191-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Bellarmine). Sheray Thomas (203-F-84, college: Kentucky) had 19 points and 19 boards in a losing effort.
Meanwhile Lugano Tigers easily dispatched Lausanne Basket 105:90 at home court. Thus the Tigers improved to 17-4 record just one win shy of the recent leaders Fribourg. The defending champions hosted Vevey in Round 21 and celebrated a 90:63 victory. The league underdogs stunned the hosts with a 26:23 first frame to pick up the lead. But everything returned to more usual way of things as Fribourg outmuscled the visitors 35:7 in the second frame to surge ahead. Vevey looked pretty contestant in the second half but with the damage done never seriously threaten Fribourg. Pascal Perrier-David (184-G-75) scored 18 points for the winners. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for Fribourg.


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TURKEY

Hosley in Maccabi's sights -by Murat Ogzur
Karsiyaka's Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.),who will probably end up as the TBL MVP of the year is under the radar of Israeli super club - Maccabi Tel-Aviv,According to Karsiyaka's Manager -Nihat Mala.
Mala tried to offer Hosley a new contract but the player wants to wait until the summer and see which offers are on the table.According to Mala,several top European clubs had an inquairy for Hosley's services during the season but they all rejected.but in the summer Karsiyaka knows that its not in their hands.according to Mala the club who already made a contact for next season to Hosley is Maccabi Tel-Aviv.but for now its only on low key.
Hosley is having a great season in TBL with monstrous avreges of 23 PPG,12RPG,2SPG.he came from Frenso state University after Karsiyaka coach Ahmet Kandemir saw him in the Las Vegas Summer league in july 2008.


Turkish Sides Remain into Last 8 of Uleb Cup -by Uygar Karaca

Last seven,out of eight teams of the 2007-2008 ULEB CUP is determined last night.The representatives of Turkey,Besiktas ColaTurka and Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul both advanced to the next round and became rivalsin the Final Eight Round in Turin,Italy.

Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul,who fixed the score at 80-80 draw at Belgrade in the first encounter,beat KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd with a margin of 12 points,81-69 in the second leg of Last 16 Round.Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) were active again,both scored 24 points.Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) with 8 points and 6 rebounds and Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) with 3 points and 5 asists also contributed.However,KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd 's unsuccessful shooting percentage from the foul line with %47 free throw performance made the home side's job easier.Serbian side's point guard,Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) recorded 0/6 3 pointers percentage, 8 points and 7 asists,whereas Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points and Miroslav Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) with 10 points were the only ones who reached the double digits for the Red Star.

Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul started with points from Rick Apodaca, Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) and Christian Dalmau to make it 6-0 early.KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd's first points came with the Miroslav Raicevic's three pointer,whereas after Kaya Peker increased the margin to 15-10 before Mirko Kovac hitted another triple to tim the difference to 2.Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul scored 6 points in a row,where 4 of them from Rick Apodaca to finish the first period 24-18 for the home side.

The second quarter started with a duel between Marko Cvetkovic (197-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) who finished the game with 5 points and Predrag Drobnjak up to the point Preston Shumpert gave the home side their first double-digit lead of the game 31-20.Dragicevic's first points,which came with a 3 pointer,made the score 41-32,whereas the remaining two minutes in the first half let Red Star only score two more points.41-34.

In the starting minutes of the third quarter ,points from Schumpert and a brilliant serie of 10-1 to increase the lead: 51-35.Omar Cook's layup and Sandro Nicevic's baskets where not enough to stop the gap growing,Mladjen Sljvancanin's triple decreased it only to 16 with 59-43.Although Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul was able to increase the lead to 20,third period finished 65-50.

Cook's freethrow points and Kikanovic's three baskets opened the last quarter,whereas the score came to 65-58.Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul kept its score advantage until the second part of the quarter.A nice layup from Schumpert and with the help of Adoadaca,they were able to finish it 81-69.It is may be necessary to note that Dalmau got an knee injury in the final minute of the match.

The other Turkish team,who remained in the Last 8 of the Uleb Cup became Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul,altough they were beaten to Gran Kanaria 88-79.

Robert Hite,who scored 20,hitting 4 triples out of 6 and Chris Owens,who contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds were crucial for the visitors side advancing to the Last 8.
Galatasaray,visited the Canaria Islands with an advantage of 25 for the second leg,was some anxious in the first half although they managed to keep the differences plausible with 25-20 in the first quarter and t48-41 at the end of the half.

Homesiders were trying to increase the lead with triples,the most successful player was Carl English with 24 points,who was also hitted 4 'long-distanced' shots out of 8.His performance was not enough though,Galatasaray took the lead at the end of the third quarter 59-61.
The efforts of David Kornel with 12 points and Roberto Guerra with 11,were just able to bring the match to Gran Canaria,who won 88-79 in the end,not the ticket for Turin.




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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Krauser to BSN -by David Edole
The Mayaguez Indians announced a change of community player when they signed Carl Krauser (188-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) to replace Columbian Edgar Moreno in Puerto Rico's Superior Basketball League (BSN).
Krauser was the fourth selection in the community player draft but could not arrive early due to commitments with the CBA. Krasuer played with the Virgin Islands Senior men's national team last summer in the FIBA Americas Championship and the Pan Am Games.
Moreno was signed as a replacement and in six games averaged 5.2 points and 1.7 assistances.
Krauser is expected to make his debut on Tuesday when the Indians visit Caguas.
The signing of Krauser sets up a battle of Virgin Islands point guards on Saturday when Mayaguez (2-5) takes on Kevin Sheppard and Guyanabo (5-3) on Saturday at 7:35pm on TUTV.


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UKRAINE

Higher League is ready for the second stage -by Alexander Muzyka
Higher League has just finished the first stage games in the A and B Groups. Now we have a picture of the remainder of the process in determining the Higher League champion. There are just 10 teams left who can fight for the crown. Joining the standings of the first stage, the starting pool for these teams is the following:

Team

G

W

L

P

1 BC Donetsk (Donetsk)

16

14

2

30

2 MSDUShOR (Vinnytsia)

16

10

6

26

3 Dnipro-Azot (Dniprodzerzhynck)

16

9

7

25

4 Domograd (Odesa)

16

9

7

25

5 Hoverla (Ivano-Frankivsk)

16

8

8

24

6 Kremin-Politekhnik (Kremenchuk)

16

8

8

24

7 KDPU (Kryvyi Rih)

16

8

8

24

8 KTU (Kryvyi Rih)

16

6

10

22

9 Hryfony (Simferopol)

16

5

11

21

10 Koksokhim-Stal (Alchevsk)

16

3

13

19


Each team has to meet the opponent it hasn't met in the first stage. Schedule of the first round:
Mar. 22-23
Hryfony - BC Donetsk
Kremin-Politekhnik - Dnipro-Azot
Hoverla - KTU
KDPU - Domograd
MSDUShOR - Koksokhim-Stal

The other 8 teams will fight for their rights to stay in Higher League by the same system.


Modric to Azovmash? / Budivelnyk - BC Odesa post scandals -by Alexander Muzyka
The Budivelnik - BC Odesa game was rich in bad news. The awful behaviour of the Budivelnyk's fans is the reason why headquarters have to pay 2000hrv. If they refuse to pay, Budivelnyk's home court will be disqualified. BC Odesa's head coach Vitali Lebedintsev has to pay 5000hrv for his comments and foul language in the incident. If he doesn't then Lebedintysev will be disqualified.

In other news, as azovmashfans.org.ua informes, Stipe Modric can help Azovmash soon. He was invited for try-outs by Mehmet Becirovic.


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ULEB CUP

Serbians stopped in 1/8 finals -by Dragan Jankovski
In the second game of the ULEB Cup 1/8 finals Spanish team Akasvayu Girona once again was better than Hemofarm STADA 76-62. The team from Vrsac played this game without head coach Miroslav Nikolic, who stepped down on Saturday. Hemofarm was an equal rival only in the second quarter when the orange team had a small lead couple of times. After the half time Girona started to play much better so with two wins they totally deserved to qualify for the ULEB Cup Final 8 in Turin. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G-84) scored 16 points each for the winners while on the other side Hemofarm got double-double from center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), 23 points and 15 rebounds.

After 80-80 in the first game in Belgrade, Besiktas Cola Turka easily beat Crvena Zvezda in the second game in Turkey 81-69 and remains undefeated on his home court in ULEB Cup. It wasn't Zvezda's night at all as strong Besiktas reached plus 20 at the beginning of the third quarter. With eight minutes remaining Zvezda came on minus 7 but Raicevic made a mistake at the next possession while Besiktas with following two offences succeeded to reach double digits advantage again. Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners while Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) also had 24 points but with 6 rebounds. Bosnian hot prospect Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) was the best in Zvezda finishing the game with 17 points and 5 rebounds.


Akasvayu Girona - Hemofarm STADA 76-62
(19-14,16-17,18-14,23-17)

Akasvayu Girona:
Gasol 16 (5 rebs), Cvetkovic 16, McDonald 11 (4 st), Daniels 10
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 23 (15 rebs), Marshall 13 (4 rebs)


Besiktas Cola Turka - Crvena Zvezda 81-69
(24-18,17-16,24-16,16-19)

Besiktas:
Apodaca 24 (7 rebs, 4 as), Shumpert 24 (6 rebs)
Crvena Zvezda: Kikanovic 17 (5 rebs), Raicevic 10 (5 rebs)


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URUGUAY

Bortz will join Trotamundos in Venezuela -by Hector Lopez
Mark Bortz fly to Venezuela where he will join Trotamundos de Carabobo, it was announced by the web site Urubasket, Bortz was a member of Bigua, the team that won the last Uruguayan League. He played the full 44 season games of this team with an average of 30.4 minutos, scored 13.3 points per game (57.8% two point shots and 64.3% for free throws), grabbed 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists. He get a ranking value of 20.2.

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VENEZUELA

Player of the week! -by Yelitza La Torre
Cornelius Mitchell (180-G-82, college: Charleston) earned the mention, player of the week. The Professional Basketball league's technical staff based this decision on Mitchell's performance, Panteras point guard finished with 19.33 points per game, 7 assist, made 12 from 20 shots he took from the three point line and 60% from free throws.
Last week the player of the week was Guaros de Lara's soothing guard Ronald Blackshear.

Good for you dude!




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Women News

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AUSTRIA - Women

Flying Foxes take care of Wels -by Eurobasket News
Despite a slow start Flying Foxes came back from behind to upset Wels in the Austrian Bundesliga qualifying round. Wels looked more convincing in the opening frame and claimed a 21:18 lead. Flying Foxes struggled to find the rhythm in the second period but still managed to claw their way back. They pulled to a 38:36 advantage at the long break and appeared from the dressing room recharged. A near perfect defense limited Wels to just 9 points in the third term and the Foxes ran away for good in this one. Wels had little to oppose in the dying stages of the game and fell short 58:76 at the end. Martina Remler (185-F/C-75) topscored with 19 points for the Flying Foxes. Yaneth Arias (188-F-82) added 16 points for the winners. Tamara Ruzic (181-G-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.) scored game-high 24 points for Wels. Radwan notched 9 points in a losing effort.
Earlier Herzogenburg stayed tuned with a 93:63 victory over Klosterneuburg. It was all over for the visitors after the starting period. Herzogenburg dominated every facet of the game and registered a 34:11 advantage after 10 minutes. The hosts switched to a lower gear afterwards coasting to the 12-2 record. DiAndrea Humpries (170-G-85) knocked down 32 points to pace the home side. Edith Szoke (186-F/C-69) contributed 16 points for the winners. Sophia Plank (179-G/F-83) dropped 19 points in defeat. Bachler had 10 points as Klosterneuburg slipped to 3-12 record.


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
Hauptrunde 1
1. Fl.Foxes 13-2
2. Herzogenb. 12-2
3. Wels 8-6
4. Klosterneub. 3-12
5. Vienna 87 0-14
Hauptrunde 2
1. Wien 5-2
2. Graz 2-3
3. Baden 2-4


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CAPE VERDE - Women

Game Results -by Pedro Gomes
Game Results

Saturday March 15

ABC (31) - (22) Seven Stars - Senior Women

The two best team in league gave an excellente performance for the small crowd who showed up at the pavillion.
Seven stars has been dominating the leage, however ABC managed to take this win from last years champions.

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Sunday March 16

Órgaos (14) - (98) Bairro Senior Women
The team from the interior of the Santiago Island (Orgaos), showed their inferiority agains the teams from the city.
This scores, continues to show the lack of investments in basketball in the towns outside of the city.
The teams contiue to come to the city, and give their best.


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CYPRUS - Women

Standings - women
A1 Standings
1. AEL 14-0
2. Keravnos 12-2
3. Anagennises 8-6
4. Achilleas 8-6
5. Etha 4-10
6. ENAD 4-10
7. Apoel 3-11


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E.CHAMPS (W) - Women

European Championship for Women 2011 is awarded to Poland -by Eurobasket News
FIBA Europe decided to give Poland the right to organize the 2011 EuroBasket for Women. The decision was reached during the Board meeting in Bucharest at the weekend. The championship will be sited in Sopot, Gdynia and Gdansk. These three cities will welcome the games of the preliminary round. The qualifying round and the final games will be held at the newly built arena between Sopot and Gdansk. The 2009 event is scheduled to take part in Latvia. In the meantime Poland is getting ready for European Championship for Men in 2009. The tournament will be played in Gdansk, Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lodz and Poznan.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Huima to the semi-finals -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Quarter-Finals, Game 3: Espoo Team - Huima (Aanekoski) 62-68 (31-32) (Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) 24/11, Siiri Nuutinen (188-F-83) 16 - Sanna Jamsen (183-F-79) 23, Crystal Erwin (188-F-85, college: Notre Dame) 15, Keena Wicker (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) 13). Espoo Team - Huima 1-2. Huima to the semifinals. The semi-finals will start on Saturday, March 22: PeKa (Kotka) vs Huima (Aanekoski) and Catz (Lappeenranta) vs YMCA Helsinki. The best out of five contests and the winner will be in the Finals.

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FYR MACEDONIA - Women

Another Cup for Vigor Skopje -by Todor Chalovski

Champions Vigor Skopje won the Macedonian National Cup for the 6th time in their club history.
The team that dominated the national female basketball scene in the last two seasons won narrowly against Izgradba Komer Mladinec in the final, played in Kavadarci, by 73:67.
Vigor Skopje lead from the start, but their opponents fought well. They tied the game with 6 minutes remaining, but youngster Simona Janevska scored 5 points, to give her team a lead, which they held until the end.

Ana Zivkovic was MVP of the final, after scoring 19 points. Her team mate Zorica Ackovska, also scored 19, while Lemana Latifovic added 17 for Izgradba Komerc Mladinec.


RESULTS

Final

Izgradba Komerc Mladinec - VIGOR SKOPJE 67:73.

Semifinals

IZGRADBA KOMERC MLADINEC - Biljana 006 75:54,


VIGOR SKOPJE - Vodnjanski Lisici 91:43.



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GREECE - Women

Standings -A2 Women -by George Manousidis
A2 Standings
Group North
1. Apollon K. 20-1
2. Olympiada L. 17-4
3. PAOK 15-6
4. Aris Thessal. 14-7
5. Artemis Volou 13-8
6. Pylaia 13-8
7. AO Serron 11-10
8. Asteras Kavallas 11-10
9. Komotini 10-11
10. Apollon K. 9-12
11. Triglias 5-16
12. Lassanis 4-17
13. Aspis 4-17
14. Elimeias 1-20
Group South
1. P.Faliro 20-0
2. Ano Liosa 19-2
3. Attalos 17-4
4. Aris T. 14-7
5. Amarillida 14-7
6. Hania 13-8
7. Eleutheria M. 10-11
8. Paraskevis 9-12
9. Argyroupolis 9-12
10. Proteas V. 8-13
11. Irodotos 8-13
12. Amilla Tripolis 2-18
13. Iviskos 2-18
14. Panionios 1-19


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ICELAND - Women

Haukar-Keflavik -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
After a overtime loss in first game of play-offs between Keflavik & Haukar hometeam Haukarwere hoping for good result in yesterday game at home.
But Keflavik team was too strong again and won 96-85.
Good outside shooting and good performance again from TaKesha Watson 34 pts. Birna Valgardsdottir 23 & Susanne Biemer 18 pts was the key for the win.
For Haukar Victoria Crawford 31. Telma Fjalardottir 12 + 12 board. Rgana Margret Brynjarsdottir 10 .

KR - Grindavik & Keflavik-Haukar could end in next round tomorrow. KR & Keflavik leads the serie 2-0


Haukar-Keflavik -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
After a overtime loss in first game of play-offs between Keflavik & Haukar hometeam Haukarwere hoping for good result in yesterday game at home.
But Keflavik team was too strong again and won 96-85.
Good outside shooting and good performance again from TaKesha Watson 34 pts. Birna Valgardsdottir 23 & Susanne Biemer 18 pts was the key for the win.
For Haukar Victoria Crawford 31. Telma Fjalardottir 12 + 12 board. Ragna Margret Brynjarsdottir 10 .

KR - Grindavik & Keflavik-Haukar could end in next round tomorrow. KR & Keflavik leads the serie 2-0


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POLAND - Women

European Championship for Women 2011 is awarded to Poland -by Eurobasket News
FIBA Europe decided to give Poland the right to organize the 2011 EuroBasket for Women. The decision was reached during the Board meeting in Bucharest at the weekend. The championship will be sited in Sopot, Gdynia and Gdansk. These three cities will welcome the games of the preliminary round. The qualifying round and the final games will be held at the newly built arena between Sopot and Gdansk. The 2009 event is scheduled to take part in Latvia. In the meantime Poland is getting ready for European Championship for Men in 2009. The tournament will be played in Gdansk, Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lodz and Poznan.


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SERBIA - Women

Ivana Matovic will play for Serbia -by Dragana Vukovic
Jovica Antonic ,NT team coach,spent few days in Moscow.He was watching Euroleague All-Star game,but the main reason of visiting Moscow was meeting with Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) and Srdjan Saric.Ivana Matovic,one of the best centers in Europe, has a strong wish to play for Serbian National Team in qualification round this summer.Only what can stop her is if she plays WNBA.Jovica Antonic was also speaking with Srdjan Saric,NT athletic preparator,and they made plan for the summer preparation camp.

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SEYCHELLES - Women

Jhelum Cup - Stars-HotShots women's final match-up -by Eurobasket News
THEY clashed a fortnight ago in the Charity match and the winners were decided in the dying seconds when veteran Simone Malbrook scored the game's last two free-throws for the 44-42 win.
Anse Etoile Stars and HotShots will clash in the women's Jhelum Cup finalAnse Etoile Stars and HotShots will match up again on Saturday March 29 in the final of the Women's Jhelum Cup (formerly Curtain-raiser tournament). The two sides qualified for the final of the Jhelum-sponsored tournament with wins over the weekend in the semifinals played at the Palais des Sports.
HotShots were the first of the two teams to book their place in the final last Saturday. Trailing by two points 15-17 at half-time after having lost the first quarters 8-13 before winning the second 10-minute spell 7-4, defending champions HotShots upped the tempo in the second period, winning the next two quarters 20-3 and 13-10 for a 48-30 victory over RA Sisters.
Coach Philip Arrisol had centre Tina Agathine (16 points) and power forward Myra Solin (14 points) combining for 30 of their team's points and their total equalled RA Sisters' tally.
Sylvie Port-Louis led RA Sisters in scoring 8 points.
On Sunday, Anse Etoile Stars rested Simone Malbrook, but her husband Michel Malbrook was on the team's bench to guide the defending League champions to victory against their daughter - Jana Malbrook - and the rest of the Cadettes team.
Interestingly enough, Cadettes, who are preparing for the forthcoming sixth edition of the Jeux de la Commission de la Jeunesse et des Sports de l'Ocean indien (CJSOI), scored 28 points against the Stars who got 69.
Jessica Fanchette had 12 points for Cadettes, while the Stars had three players - Zita Simeon (16 points), Georgia Desir (14 points) and Dynah Louis (12 points) - scoring in double figures.


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Top seeds are easily through to the semis -by Eurobasket News
The three top-ranked teams coasted to respective wins in the quarterfinal series to qualify to the semifinal stage of the LNA. They swept the best-of-five series and never bothered spending some extra time at the stage. The regular season champs Universite Neuchatel bruised Pully 100:49 in the third game of the series at home. There were little doubts about the outcome after the hosts stunned the visitors 40:13 in the starting quarter. Neuchatel stretched the gap to 46 points at the long break and never looked back again. Alexia Rol (170-G-82) tallied 32 points and 10 boards for Neuchatel. Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) had 19 points, while Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) added 16 for the winning side. Fatou Kine N'Diaye (198-C-85) produced 20 points and 20 boards for Pully. Raeven King (175-G/F-81, college: Wichita St.) scored 15 points in defeat.
BBC also had no problems securing the win in the series as they outgunned Meyrin 77:62 in Game 3. Meyrin got to a brave start and held a 16:12 lead after 10 minutes of action but BBC quickly shook off the sloppiness and stepped up in the second quarter to lead by 6 points at halftime. Meyrin never recovered after the break and lost the battle. Linda Guy (178-G/F-80, agency: LBM Management) provided 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82, college: W.Michigan) contributed 17 points and 12 boards for the hosts. Meyrin were paced by 17 points and 12 boards from Celine Maclot (186-F-71, agency: LBM Management).
Riva Basket edged Fribourg 76:60 to complete the series. Jessica Smith (183-F/C-85, college: Stony Brook) and Jocelyn Logan-Friend (189-F/C-83, college: Virginia) dropped 26 points apiece for the winners. Simona Soda (185-F-74) replied with 18 points for Fribourg.
Finally Martigny took a 2-1 lead in the series against Brunnen Basket. Martigny were stronger 80:72 at home and would now travel to Brunnen for a possible decider on March 19. Shannon Perry (179-F-80, college: Bryant) was impressive with 21 points and 18 boards to pace Martigny. Khady Ngom (179-F-79, college: S.Nazarene) drained game-high 31 points for Brunnen in a loss.