EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/2/2008

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ARGENTINA

Liga A round 23 -by Facundo Iatzky
Huge victory of Ben Hur in Monte Hermoso against El Nacional. This is very important because ben hur played without Durelle Brown and what is more Ben hur got out of the last positions. Fabian Elias Saad (187-G-83) was very important with his three point shoots (19 points) and Eduardo Calvelli added 17. Djibril Kante was the best in El Nacional with 18.
Gimnasia Comodoro beat the leader Libertad Sunchales with a great deffense and taking advantage of the great amount of games that Libertad played in the last days among Liga Sudamericana and Liga A. Diego Prego (198-F-77) scored 13 points but all the players of gimnasia scored. Robert Battle made 23 in a losing effort.
Boca Juniors defeated Penarol in a rematch of the last finals. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) was outstanding again (27 pts). Devon Ford added 16. Quincy Wadley made 22 in Penarol.
Estudiantes Bahia got an important victory on the road against Central Entrerriano. Central is in the red zone. Pablo Gil (188-G-78) scored 24 points and Antonio Garcia added 17. Kevin Sowell with 17 was the best of central.
Belgrano overcame Independiente in another important game for the last places of the standings. Marcus Fleming (204-F-78, college: Alcorn St.) shned with 27 points. Nicolas Ferreyra scored 15 and Byron Johnson 26 in Independiente.
Quilmes played one of his best games of the season and beat Obras with the debut of Arceneaux and the good game of Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) with 26 points. Lazaro Borrell scored 16 points despite he did not play in the last quarter.
Quimsa defeated Sionista. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois) (18 pts) BJ Will McFarlan (15 pts). Pablo Jaworski 15.


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AUSTRALIA

Sydney outmuscle Perth to reach NBL Grand Final -by Eurobasket News
Sydney - Perth 110:77

The regular season winners Sydney Kings completed the task of reaching the NBL Grand Final. They outscored the surprising Perth Wildcats in the decisive third game of their semifinal series. Perth put a big question mark on the Kings' final birth when they edged them in Game 2. However it all resumed to predictability today with Sydney routing their opponents. The teams traded baskets for some time at the start of the game before the Kings ran away. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), who missed Game 2 because of suspension, ignited a 12:0 run that broke the game clear. Perth struggled to find easy chances in offense and it resulted in a 22-point buffer built by the hosts at the end of the opening frame 36:14. The offensive drought obviously continued in the second term as the Wildcats scored only 3 points in the starting 6 minutes. The margin grew to devastating 37 points at halftime. The dogged Perth never surrendered and tried to change the complexion of the game after the main break. Paul Rogers (213-C-73, college: Gonzaga) launched quick 6 points for the visitors to tip off the second half. But it did not help the sinking Wildcats. BJ Carter (186-G-80) notched a three-pointer late in the third frame to highlight a 50-point advantage for the home team. It was all over for the Perth Wildcats but they still fought back to the ropes. They outscored the Kings in the fourth period and trimmed the deficit only to see their hopes vanishing with the final buzzer.
Isiah Victor (206-F-78, college: Tennessee) paced the hosts with 19 points and 7 boards. Mark Worthington added 17 points, 6 assists and 5 boards, while Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) added 17 points for the winners. Gerald Brown (191-G-75, college: Pepperdine) answered with 23 points for Perth. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) knocked down 20 points in a losing case.
Sydney will now host the Melbourne Tigers on March 5 in the Grand Final series opener.

Sydney: Isiah Victor 19, Mark Worthington 17, Russell Hinder 17
Perth: Gerald Brown 23, Shawn Redhage 20


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Nevezis is the best in Challenge Cup! -by Eurobasket News
Nevezis triumphs in Challenge Cup 2007/08 season. In the Final game Lithuanian team overcame Latvian VEF Riga 81:68. Two teams truthfully entered the game as both of them finished the regular season with 15-5 record. After a semifinal wins only one of them could celebrate in the battle and Nevezis took its glory. A 22:19 in the opening quarter proved the ambitions of both teams, but then Nevezis increased to 18:11 in the second to take 10 points advantage of the first half. VEF Riga bounced back with 20:17, however that was all they could do. Lithuanian team ended up the last period with another 6 points advantage and lifted the Cup in the air. Benas Veikalas (193-G-83, college: Metro St.) led the winners with 21 points. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) produced 14, while Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell) added 13. Maris Gulbis (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for Latvian team with 19 points.
Panevezys grabs bronze of the Challenge Cup defeating Liepajas Lauvas 84:79. Panevezys started very offensively and produced 28:13 in the opening quarter. Lithuanian team had 20 points at the half and held the score for good even though Liepajas Lauvas looked better in the second half. Paulus Staskunas (200-F-74) and Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-G-73) led the winners with 21 points each. Stasaitis and Phillip Williams (206-F-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Winthrop) followed them with 12 points apiece. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) top-scored for Latvian team with 22 points.

Final
VEF Riga -Nevezis 68 : 81 ( 19-22, 11-18, 20-17, 18-24 )

VEF Riga:Maris Gulbis 19, Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) 14, Shelekto 13
Nevezis:Benas Veikalas 21, Gintaras Leonavicius 14, Zydrunas Stankus 13

3-rd place
Liepajas Lauvas -Panevezys 79 : 84 ( 13-28, 16-21, 24-19, 26-16 )

Liepajas Lauvas: Mareks Jurevicus 22, Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) 15
Panevezys: Paulus Staskunas 21, Mindaugas Budzinauskas 21, Stasaitis 12, Phillip Williams 12+10 rebs


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BOLIVIA

Millonarios finish 2008 edition of Liga Sudamericana winless -by Eurobasket News
Bolivian powerhouse just finished their Liga Sudamericana campaign in Montevideo. They were drawn into Group B of the preliminary round together with Uruguayan Trouville, Flamengo from Brazil and the reigning Liga Sudamericana champs Libertad Sunchales from Argentina. Two top teams from the group were to get the quarterfinal tickets. Unfortunately Millonarios failed to get in the mix. The Bolivian outfit started the tournament with a stunning defeat to Brazilian Flamengo 43:121. Flamengo were better in each component of the game and deservedly celebrated an easy victory at the end. Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) led the victors with 22 points. Horacio Martinez (190-G-70) answered with 16 points and 8 boards for Millonarios. Bruno Abratanski added 13 points and 7 boards in a losing case.
Millonarios continued the action against the hosting Trouville and were tamed 76:96. The visitors managed to keep the hosts in visibility in the first half and trailed 34:43 at the interval. But Uruguayan team raised the tempo and ran away for good in the third period. Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) launched 19 points and 10 boards for Trouville. Bruno Abratanski and Alejandro Espana had chipped in 16 points apiece for Millonarios. Horacio Martinez (190-G-70) added 14 points in defeat.
Bolivian team failed to deliver a single win as they were edged by Argentinean Libertad 54:130 in Round 3. Libertad was obviously a stronger team and accumulated an unassailable 64:29 halftime lead. The scoring show continued after the break as Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86) and Martin Muller (191-G-85) registered 29 points apiece in a win. Bruno Abratanski responded with 15 points in a losing case.

Millonarios - Flamengo 43:121
Millonarios - Trouville 76:96
Millonarios - Libertad 54:130


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BULGARIA

No problems for Levski against the poor defense of Cherno more -by Valentin Anguelov

Every time when Cherno more plays good in defense they have to be awarded by their sponsor Asen Hristov or Simeon Varchev should take them to a restaurant. After making a hint last week against CSKA that could happen with them as well, today they let Levski reach almost a three-digit score and lost by 97-90. The way Cherno more did in offence may impress the simply basketball fans, but it will not lead to big successes for the team. In the last eight games, Cherno more received a minimum of 90 points six times which means they play a terrible and irresponsible defense. And if they continue like this, the future of the team will be no pink at all no matter how frightful they are in offence.

Tonight's game in not an exception. Cherno more let their opponents from Levski score 37 points after 10 minutes on the court and the difference was 10 points advantage for the hosts (37-26). The players of Lubomir Minchev made six three-pointers and showed their big will for final success. At the half time the result was 61-47 in favour of the 'blues'.

During the second half nothing changed. In the 26th minute the difference grew up to 17 points after Vesko Veselinov scored. A kind of relaxation in the last seconds of the third made the result 75-65. 13 seconds before the final whistle, the difference was only 5 points, but the time was not enough for the guys from Varna to make something more.

For the hosts, Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: W.Virginia St.) was the one to score most - 20 points, while else 6 players ended with more than 10 points in their count.

Two players of Cherno More finished with a double-double - Augustinas Vitas (22 points and 11 rebounds) and Simeon Tsenov (20 points and 10 rebounds). The Americans in the lines were on the average - Bryce Sheldon scored 14 points and Todd Galoway - 12 points. This game again, some of the main figures in Cherno More, such as Bogdan Boev (2 points), Plamen Aleksiev (6 points) and Vladimir Marinov (3 points) did not perform as expected and their presence on the court was somehow insignificant.

FULL STATS OF THE GAME LEVSKI - CHERNO MORE


by Lubomira Genova - BulgarianBasket.com



A well suffered victory for Spartak against Yambol -by Valentin Anguelov
Spartak Pleven won with difficulty against Yambol in this round of the Bulgarian A-1. The final result 90-86, only 4-point-advantage for the home team speaks for itself how equal the game at 'Balkanstroy' was.

After Spartak took the lead with 85-81 half a minute before the last siren all home team's fans thought the match was over. The players of Spartak, however, did their best to keep the game going till the last second. They let the tall Vadim Reka, score a three-pointer, and a second later Stanislav Govedarov stole a ball from the home team's guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev and put Yambol a point ahead with only 19 seconds left.

Ilja Stankov (198-F-76), who had an impressive game today, scored at a crucial moment 10 seconds before the end to give his team the lead - 87-86. Then Govedarov made a turnover and four seconds before the end an unsporting foul was whistled. Hrisimir Dimitrov scored one of the free-throws and two seconds later another two for the final score 90-86.

The guests, however, played as equals to the favourites in this game and also deserved the win. After ten minutes of play they were leading by 5 points (18-23), but in the second quarter their performance dropped and the hosts ended the first half with a 10-0 run, which put them ahead with 2 points (46-44).

Instead of securing their lead earlier, Darin Velikov's players expected Yambol to lose the game by themselves. They, on the other side, played really hard and after thirty minutes took the lead again (61-63). They led with as many as 6 point in the final quarter, but nevertheless Spartak were repeatedly coming back into the game. When all came to the dramatic ending the hosts showed stronger nerves. With this win Spartak Pleven took a rematch for the two consecutive losses in Yambol a month ago.

Stankov was the top scorer with 24 points (3 three-pointers) and the Croatian Bojo Barac added 17 points and 5 rebounds. The captain Hrisimir Dimitrov wasn't as successful as usual in the shooting and thanks to nine points from the free-throw line, was able to achieve double figures to finish with 11 points. Sasha Topchov scored 15 points before leaving the court for 5 personal fouls.

For the guests Govedarov had 22 and grabbed 10 rebounds but also made 10 turnovers. Vadim Reka added 19 while shooting 6/6 from the field, 1/2 from the three point line and made all 4 of his free throws.

Three players from the visiting team left the game for 5 personal fouls - Kirilo Skumatov, Martin Horozov and Stoyo Cholakov.

In the final round before the break for the HDI All Star Game and the tournament for the Bulgarian Cup next Wednesday, Spartak Pleven is visiting Cherno More in Varna, while Yambol hosts Balkan Botevgrad.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME SPARTAK PLEVEN - YAMBOL

by Svetlin Petrov - BulgarianBasket.com


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CYPRUS

Play Offs: Aspis Apoel in the Semis -by Chris Mammides
Yiangoulis's Apoel is the team to qualified in the Semis after the new victory over the team of BMC AEK Larnacas with an easy 97-73 and with a 2-1 qualified in the Semi finals. The quarters were: 27-18, 58-38, 79-56, 97-73. Five players on behalf of the Nicosia team finished the game with double digits. Top scorer and top performer was the American-Cypriot Center Joseph Garcia (206-C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
The points for the two teams were as follows:
Aspis Apoel: Van Dorpe 2, Hansen 11, Miceta 11, Jones 11, Lopatka 2, Radunovic 5, Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, college: Rhode Island) 21, Pantouris 9, Sokratous 1, Garcia 25.
BMC AEK Larnacas: Fantousis 10, Kouzapas 2, Kuprijanov 3, Dann 8, Marko Kandic (203-F-79) 16, Iacovos Panteli (188-G-85) 14, Berton 12, Simunovic 8


Limassol hosts EUROCUP ALL STAR GAME -by Alkis Spyrou
Cyprus and Limassol more specifically, will be hosting -for the 5th year running- of the EUROCUP ALL STAR GAME. The match will take place on Tuesday 25th March in the 'Spyros Kyprianou' (Past president of Cyprus) Sports Hall while a number of other events will be hosted by the Cypriot city on Monday 24th March and prior to the main event on Tuesday 25th March.

In the press conference, held in Pissouri, Michael Loizidis (Chairman of PROTEAS EKA A B.C.) outlined the agenda for both days and the numerous surprises that will entertain the fans.

As an 'hor d'oveur' of the 2-day celebrations of European basketball, a MINI ALL STAR will take place on the 16th March in the Melford Arena in collaboration with all the Cyprus Youth Teams. 48 children (24 boys & 24 girls) between the ages of 9-12 will to take part in an eventful day with exhibition games, competitions and three-point contests.

On Monday 24th March, in down town Limassol, the Basketball Festival will be hosted. An exhibition match of the youth teams will be the main attraction as well a cheerleader show. On the evening, a party will take place at the Limassol Nautical Club.

Finally, on Tuesday, 25th March, 2 seminars will take place at the Four Seasons hotel. The first will revolve around the possibility of PROTEAS EKA AEL taking part in the Greek A1 league and the second will be a discussion between the coaches of PROTEAS A AL's youth team and their counterparts of other European teams.

The main 'course' will take place on Tuesday evening at the 'Spyros Kyprianou' sports hall. EUROPE Vs REST OF THE WORLD will be the central attraction. The annual three-point and slam-dunk contest will add to the extravaganza of the evening! So far, they have accepted the invitation, the MagicFreestyle and Faceteam-Dunkers groups as well the cheerleaders from CSKA Moscow and Queens (PROTEAS A AL's cheerleaders).

In his closing remarks, FIBA EUROPE general secretary, Nar Zanolin, stated that he is happy to be once again in Cyprus 'amongst the great friends that he and FIBA have made the last years in Cyprus'. He also added that he is sure that, just like the 4 previous years, that this Cypriot tradition will suppress FIBA's expectations.


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EL SALVADOR

Nacionales fall at thome in the opening game -by Gianni Pascucci
Despite having added to their roster Bob Hunter (193-F-76) and Jose Orellana, Nacionales de El Salvador felt to Hondurean team Icevic Tegicigalpa 74-88 in the inaugural game of the Liga Centroamericana 2008. Icevic took immediately the lead, ending 27-24 the first quarter and never looked behind, ending each of the successive partials ahead by at least 10 points. The two teams will play again tonight, in the second game of the 'Group B'

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Corey Smith 27 pts/11 rbs -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 36: Three games tonight. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) is winning again after three lost contests in a row. Team gave a birthday present to the Club
(75 yo) by defeating Pyrinto (Tampere) 95-67. Tyson Patterson (175-G-78, college: Appalachian St.) and Josh Gonner (188-G-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: S.Carolina) combined 45 pts for ToPo. Tarmo (Porvoo) lost fourth time this season vs Kouvot (Kouvola) and lost the American G Tony Bennett (185-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Bradley) into injury list (ankle). Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) (Kouvot) scored game high 27 pts and grabbed 11 rbs. Team Componenta (Karkkila) beat YMCA Lahti 91-82, when visitor Lahti had only one American (Ed Williams) player in action. Pierre Jallow and Davont Jackson have injuries and DNP.

Torpan Pojat - Pyrinto 95-67 (57-33) (Tyson Patterson 25, Josh Gonner 20 - Damon Williams 18, Damion Dantzler 16/10).

Tarmo - Kouvot 67-81 (36-39) (Travis Leech 15, Esa Maki-Tulokas 13 - Corey Smith 27/11, Wayne Bernard 20).

Team Componenta - YMCA Lahti 91-82 (40-44) (Nick Wallery 26/10, Nanyaw Awuah Addae 16 - Ville Makalainen 26, Ed Williams 25/10).



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GERMANY

Paderborn: Esterkamp stays two more years -by Thomas Wolfer


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GREECE

Match Day 18:Third consecutive loss for the triple crowners!! -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos is obviously having its worst shape the last seazons after the third consecutive negative result, so after Aris and Siena, Marousi added in the teams to win the Greens during the last 2 weeks.Iif we add the defeat from Efes Pilsen three weeks ago, then definitely February 2008, was one of the worst month for Obradovic's greens. With the two defeats in the Euroleague, Panathinaikos needs to be very careful in the next three games to keep alive possible dreams for repeating last years triumph, the same goes for the Hellenic league as with the two negative results from Aris and Marousi, Panathinaikos lost the 3 wins advantage and another negative result could put the Greens in troubles in regards to the regular season.

Panathinaikos - Marousi 89-93
Soulis Markopoulos 's team prove to be in an amazing shape and with Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) in an enormous day, scoring 20 points and actually beating all the big Greens (Andrija Zizic , Nikola Prkacin , Dimos Dikoudis ) was the man of the game, the ex Panionios player, took the advantage of all the great assists received mainly from Haralambidis, who made indeed a great game too, with his 15 points and 4 assists. On behalf of Panathinaikos whop saw its super star, Jasikevicius in another negative game, with 7 false balls and missing all the crucial shots, with 1 out of 4 in 2's and 2/5 in 3's, he just offer 10 points for his team and only the duet Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) tried to turn the game upside down at the end but they couldn't do it as they were lonely, Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) was bad, Dimos Dikoudis was negative in defense as he lost nearly all the personal defenses against Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) and Dimitris Mavroeidis, Andrija Zizic and Nikola Prkacin were medium and Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) 1/5 free throws couldn't really help the Greens who saw Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) playing only some minutes due to an injury suffered at the early beginning. Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis scored 19 and 18 points respectively.

In SEF, Olympiakos beat Olympia Larissas 65-61 and minimized the difference from Panathianikos to just one point. Olympia Larissas was really very bad in the third quarter, Bartzokas's players scored jut 9 points in 10 minutes and with 7/23 three pointers and 16/24 free throws, are very lucky to lose only with 4 points. Top scorer on behalf of Olympiakos who's game changed totally after the arrival of Panagiotis Giannakis, was Mark Jackson with 4 points followed by Kostas Vasiliadis 10 while on behalf of Olympia Larissas the top performer was Tsiaras who kept his team very close in the score with his 20 points, 16 points were added by Koumpouras.

Rethymno beat in Crete, the team of Egaleo 73-69 and regain the few hopes to 'survive' the division. Bennett Davison (203-F-75, college: Arizona) and Alex Vougioukas (208-F/C-90) were the top performers and top scorers with 18 points and 8 rebounds each while David Young scored 11 points. On behalf of Egaleo, the veteran Goldwire scored 18 points while Patterson and Kallinikidis scored 13 and 12 respectively, with the American power forward dashing down 9 rebounds and the Greek guard, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

The game between AEL 1964 and AEK Athens was interrupted and stopped by the referees, 25 seconds before the end of the first quarter due to fights between the fans of the two teams. Never the less, the game continued after 45 minutes with the home team under the newcomer Kalafatakis succeeding a great win over AEK Athens with 86-78 with Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) succeeding a seazons high after an amazing game with his 42 points (27 of which with three 9 pointers!!) followed by the great game of the Lithuanian Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) who scored 14 points and dashed down 12 rebounds.


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GUATEMALA

A Guatemalan team to compete in CentroAmerican league -by Gianni Pascucci
A team from Guatemala, named SAT-Cybertech, will participate to the new Liga Centroamericana de Baloncesto. This team won the National League in 2007, led by imports Oscar Rivera (186-G-80), from El Salvador, and Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78), from Panama, and was coached by well-known Salvadorean international Ernesto Rodriguez (181-G-66). The 2008 roster of the team hasn' t been disclosed yet, but lots of the best players from the Metropolitan League are expected to join SAT for the continental competition. Its first game is scheduled for March 7, at home, vs. Nacionales de El Salvador, and in this occasion, the SAT fans will welcome Alejandro Cajar, now a member of opponent team.

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ICELAND

Upset in Iceland Express league. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Skallagrimur 83 Thor 88. Skallagrimur usually don't loose home games and not against lower standing teams but they did this time. Team has faced a lot of injuries through the season. Good win for Thor who moved into play-offs spot with this win.
Leading scorers for Skallagrim. Darrell Flake 19. Allan Fall 20. Florian Miftari 16. For Thor. Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) 20. Odinn Asgeirsson 17. Luka Marolt 16. Magnus Helgason 15. Robert Reed 11 + 15 rebounds.

Stjarnan 105. KR 106. Almost an upset in this game. Stjarnan leading after three quarters and up by one 7.5 second left after three pointer from Kjartan Kjartansson. Intensional foul on J J Sola who miss both freethrow but KR got the inbounds at halfcourt. 2 second before the end Brynjar Bjornsson (188-G-88) made the winning basket with a lay-up.
Leading scorers for Stjarnan. Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 36. Jovan Zdravevski 26. For KR. Joshua Helm 27. Brynjar Bjornsson 23 J J Sola 17. Avi Fogel 16.

Hamar 94 Keflavik 88. Upset of the year. Hamar who everybody thought was dropping down from the league beat the top team. Hamar playing without American player who was sent home and their other leading scorer Roni Leimu ( sick) Hamar still have little chance to stay up in top league.
Leading scorer for Hamar. Roman Moniak (196-F-84, college: Adams St.) 32. Svavar Palsson 23. Larus Jonsson 19. For Keflavik. Magnus Gunnarsson (184-G-81) 29. Anthony Susnjara 18. Bobby Walker 18.


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ITALY

Lega 2 FF 2008: the Final is Jesi-Ferrara -by Gianni Pascucci

Yesterday started in Ferrara the 2008 edition of the Lega 2 Final Four - Niagara Trophy. The best four teams of Lega 2 met themselves to battle for the Lega 2 Italy Cup, a competition that is becoming more important and attractive year after year. In the first semifinal, Fileni Bpa Jesi defeated Vanoli Soresina 85-75, thanks to a monumental Michele Maggioli (212-C-77), ranked by most of the observers as the best domestic player in the league. Maggioli scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebs and blocked 3 shots to end the game as the unanimous MVP. Rodger Farrington (200-C-76, college: Arizona St.) added 15 pts and 4 rebs and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) 11 pts and 9 rebs in Jesi, while Mauro Morri (190-G-77) and James Reynolds (188-G) led Soresina with 19 points each, and Quadre Lollis (200-F/C-73, college: Montana St.) was very good he too, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. In the second game, host team Carife Ferrara prevailed over Banco di Sardegna Sassari 85-72, thanks to a stellar performing from Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD), who scored 21 points, dished 3 assits and stealed 3 balls as the game MVP. Daniel Farabello (194-G-73) added 14 pts and 4 assits, and Harold Jamison (204-C-76, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Clemson) dominated under the boards with 13 ts and 9 rebs. Scoring 23 point in losing effort, Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) showed to be fully recovered in Sassari, and Brent Darby (185-G-81, college: Ohio St.) added 12 points despite not being so healthy. The main factor in Ferrara win was the game in the paint (Banco Sardegna was outrebounded 28-22), but this could change this afternoon, because Jesi is stronger in the middle than Sassari.
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it



Serie A first results -by Gianni Pascucci

Two important wins for Milano and Napoli were the result of the two anticipated games of Serie A Round 25. Led by Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college: Missouri), who scored 20 pts and added 4 rebs, 3 assists and 2 steals, Armani Jeans Milano prevailed over Premiata Montegranaro 78-74, staying ahead in the score almost all the game. Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 17 and 16 pts, respetcively, at the winning side, while Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) (18 pts, 3 rebs, 3 stls) and Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) (14 pts, 6 rebs, 3 stls) outstood in Montegranaro. In the other saturday night game, Eldo Napoli defeated Cimberio Varese 84-75 thanks to a great comeback during the third quarter (at the half time Varese was leading 43-31). Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) outstood in this part of the game and his total score was 24 pts, 9 rebs, 3 steals, but Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) was instrumental in keeping Napoli on the road during the bad first half. Rocca scored 14 pts and grabbed 13 rebounds in one off his classic double-doubles. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) played a good defense and added 13 points in Napoli, while Varese had a great first half from Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: Mc Neese St.) (11 pts at the end) and had Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) and Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) (14 and 18 pts respectively) as its best performers. Thanks to this wins, both Napoli and Milano make an important step towards the playoff grid, while Varese is almost surely relegated to Lega 2.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it



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JORDAN

Round 4 of Excellent League's Final 4 -by Mohammed Malas
The game between Arena and Orthodox was the headline of Round 4 of Excellent League's Final 4 which was held yesterday in Prince Hamza Hall....

Arena 73 - Orthodox 71 (Qs: 17-19, 43-31, 52-53 & 73-71)

A 'Buzzer Beater' from the american veteran center Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) '14 points' gave the important win over Orthodox 73-71 despite the reds' lead in the whole game but a big drop happened in the last 2 minutes....

Arena utilized the absence of Orthodox's stars Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) and Ghazi Naber (178-G-76) due to injuries and that gave them advantage to have a solid performance till the final wistle, Credits must be given also to Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) '18 points and 6 assists', Nidal Shareef (190-G-82) '17 points' and Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) '15 points', While Chris Campbell (194-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Harding) '24 points', Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) '18 points & 11 rebounds' and Abdalla Abu Koura (202-C-84) '12 points' were the best from Orthodox.

Zain 96 - Al Riyadi/Aramex 56 (Qs: 24-13, 48-29, 69-41 & 96-56)

Zain continued with their stable performance after their 4th victory in a row in the final 4 and this time over Al Riyadi/Aramex, Zain's coach Maz Trakh gave the rest to Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) and played most of the time with Antonio Wyche (193-F-77, college: Notre Dame) '7 assists' who is getting used to his new team adding to givinng more minutes of play to Fadi Al Saqa (179-G-77), Moussa Basheer (208-C-78), Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) and Khaldon Abo Rukayeah (198-F-83)......

The youngester Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) was on the top of his performance by powering 30 points (Season high), Soumaila Samake (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) '11 points & 13 rebounds' who played in 3 quarters only made a big game esspecially in defense and Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '4 3pts' was having a nice time from the arc, In the other side from the game, Wesam Sous (181-G-83) '15 points' and Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) '19 points & 10 rebounds' found themselves without big support from their colleagues in the team and tried their best to do something but that did'nt happen to loose the game with big range...

# Daghlas to be back next season....

Zain's point guard Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) assured that he will be 100% fit for next season, He had a surgery on his left knee yesterday and everything went well.

Daghlas was injured during his participation with the jordanian champions in Dubai International Tournament last january...

We wish all the best to Sam....


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KUWAIT

Game Day #24: Al Kuwait cruised easily past Al Tadhamon! Al Jahra & Al Qadsia also win!!! -by Mohammed Al Raad
Wednesday February 27, 2008

Al Qadsia slipped past Al Nasr club on the road with a not so easy one point victory. Al Jahra enjoyed a 40 point blowout win at home against Sulaibikhat and Al Tadhamon struggled without their leading scorer, combinaton guard Nowaf Al Dhafairy as they bowed out to Al Kuwait 101-52 in their final game of the regular season. Ira clark led all scorers in the game with 23 points. 'Without Nowaf on the court, we are lost. Especially against any kind of full court pressure. He brings so much to thiam. We miss his on court leadership. He probably leads the league in scoring as well as he has had games where he scored 41, 36 and many more over 20 per game. We hope his knee is better and can contribute in the post-season cups'. explains Al Tadhamon's Head Coach Paul Missavage. 'Our 3-15 record is not indicative of how well we played this regular season'. Missavage continues, We had moments of excellence with the youngest team. in the country. We lost games by 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 points. We also had to play the entire season without the multi-talented Hussien Al Ali , who because of a military duty, could not play one game for us this season. Its areally too bad. With Hussien, maybe we are over .500. If this great group of young guys stay together and they keep working hard to improve their skills and physical strength, they have a trmendous future ahead of them. They are fun to coach and to be around on and off the court. I am happy, but not satisfied, with our results thus far. We arned some respect from all the best teams in the league this season'.

Al Nasar - Al Qadsia 84-85
Al Jahra - Al Sulaibikhat 89-49
Al Kuwait - Al Tadhamon 101-52


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LATVIA

Nevezis is the best in Challenge Cup! -by Gunars Gailitis
Nevezis triumphs in Challenge Cup 2007/08 season. In the Final game Lithuanian team overcame Latvian VEF Riga 81:68. Two teams truthfully entered the game as both of them finished the regular season with 15-5 record. After a semifinal wins only one of them could celebrate in the battle and Nevezis took its glory. A 22:19 in the opening quarter proved the ambitions of both teams, but then Nevezis increased to 18:11 in the second to take 10 points advantage of the first half. VEF Riga bounced back with 20:17, however that was all they could do. Lithuanian team ended up the last period with another 6 points advantage and lifted the Cup in the air. Benas Veikalas (193-G-83, college: Metro St.) led the winners with 21 points. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) produced 14, while Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell) added 13. Maris Gulbis (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances) (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for Latvian team with 19 points.
Panevezys grabs bronze of the Challenge Cup defeating Liepajas Lauvas 84:79. Panevezys started very offensively and produced 28:13 in the opening quarter. Lithuanian team had 20 points at the half and held the score for good even though Liepajas Lauvas looked better in the second half. Paulus Staskunas (200-F-74) and Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-G-73) led the winners with 21 points each. Stasaitis and Phillip Williams (206-F-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Winthrop) followed them with 12 points apiece. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) top-scored for Latvian team with 22 points.

Final
VEF Riga -Nevezis 68 : 81 ( 19-22, 11-18, 20-17, 18-24 )
VEF Riga:Maris Gulbis 19, Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) 14, Shelekto 13
Nevezis:Benas Veikalas 21, Gintaras Leonavicius 14, Zydrunas Stankus 13

3-rd place
Liepajas Lauvas -Panevezys 79 : 84 ( 13-28, 16-21, 24-19, 26-16 )
Liepajas Lauvas: Mareks Jurevicus 22, Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) 15
Panevezys: Paulus Staskunas 21, Mindaugas Budzinauskas 21, Stasaitis 12, Phillip Williams 12+10 rebs


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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

A Guatemalan team to compete in CentroAmerican league -by Gianni Pascucci
A team from Guatemala, named SAT-Cybertech, will participate to the new Liga Centroamericana de Baloncesto. This team won the National League in 2007, led by imports Oscar Rivera (186-G-80), from El Salvador, and Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78), from Panama, and was coached by well-known Salvadorean international Ernesto Rodriguez (181-G-66). The 2008 roster of the team hasn' t been disclosed yet, but lots of the best players from the Metropolitan League are expected to join SAT for the continental competition. Its first game is scheduled for March 7, at home, vs. Nacionales de El Salvador, and in this occasion, the SAT fans will welcome Alejandro Cajar, now a member of opponent team.

Nacionales fall at thome in the opening game -by Gianni Pascucci
Despite having added to their roster Bob Hunter (193-F-76) and Jose Orellana, Nacionales de El Salvador felt to Hondurean team Icevic Tegicigalpa 74-88 in the inaugural game of the Liga Centroamericana 2008. Icevic took immediately the lead, ending 27-24 the first quarter and never looked behind, ending each of the successive partials ahead by at least 10 points. The two teams will play again tonight, in the second game of the 'Group B'

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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

Group C: day 1 -by Facundo Iatzky
Malvin (61): Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 17, Pablo Viera 9, Nicolas Borselino 10, Adrian Laborda 8, Alex Blackwell 13 (St), Martin Lasarga 4, Javier Crocano 0. Coach: Pablo Lopez.

Deportivo Tachira (66): Johnell Smith 21, Carlos Morris 12, Quincy Davis 16, Derwein Ramirez 2, Edgard Lugo 9 (St), Daniel Gutierrez 0, Alejandro Omana 0, Chris Powell 2, Esterlin Guedez 4.Coach: Carlos Gil.

Malvin started very well with Fernando Martinez and Alex Blackwell scoring. They were winning 17-6 but Tachira played better in the second half and could get the victory.

Sol de America (76): Gustavo Paniagua 13, Juan Ocampo 3, Tim Jones 9, Peter Kiganya 11, Guillermo Araujo 26 (St), Victor Villalba 6 (x), Eulalio Ramoa 5, Rodrigo Lopez 0, Christian Viveros 1, Ivan Lafuente 2, Leonardo Maier 0. Coach: Juan Pablo Feliu.

Regatas Corrientes (96): Alejandro Montecchia 9, Javier Martinez 13, Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: W.Chester) 22, Chuckie Robinson 15, Damian Tintorelli 8 (x) (St), Juan Manuel Rivero 5, Agustin Carabajal 6, Diego Cavaco 10, Milton Temute 2, Sergio Zacarias 0, Raul Serantes 6, Alan Zucconi 0. Coach: Silvio Santander

Regatas played well in the second half and could win in his first game of an international league. Ramzee Stanton was the best of Regatas. Juan Manuel Rivero left the game with an injury and he could be out for the other two games.


Sol de America falls for the second time -by Gianni Pascucci
After beiing defeated 76-96 by host team Regatas Corrientes in Day 1 of the Liga Sudamericana 'Group C', Sol de America played a very good game yesterday night, falling only by 4 points to Venezuelan team Tachira (80-76) and tonight will point all its fiches to the game vs. Malvin. A large win, in fact, could mean the qualification to the second leg of the competition as the best third placed team. Uruguayan club Malvin was defeated in Da1 by Tachira and felt again to Regatas, and seems absolutely not out of reach for the Paraguayan team, that showed a good game organization and some players (Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82), Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.), Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80)) in very good conditions.

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LITHUANIA

Nevezis is the best in Challenge Cup! -by Eurobasket News
Nevezis triumphs in Challenge Cup 2007/08 season. In the Final game Lithuanian team overcame Latvian VEF Riga 81:68. Two teams truthfully entered the game as both of them finished the regular season with 15-5 record. After a semifinal wins only one of them could celebrate in the battle and Nevezis took its glory. A 22:19 in the opening quarter proved the ambitions of both teams, but then Nevezis increased to 18:11 in the second to take 10 points advantage of the first half. VEF Riga bounced back with 20:17, however that was all they could do. Lithuanian team ended up the last period with another 6 points advantage and lifted the Cup in the air. Benas Veikalas (193-G-83, college: Metro St.) led the winners with 21 points. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) produced 14, while Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell) added 13. Maris Gulbis (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for Latvian team with 19 points.
Panevezys grabs bronze of the Challenge Cup defeating Liepajas Lauvas 84:79. Panevezys started very offensively and produced 28:13 in the opening quarter. Lithuanian team had 20 points at the half and held the score for good even though Liepajas Lauvas looked better in the second half. Paulus Staskunas (200-F-74) and Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-G-73) led the winners with 21 points each. Stasaitis and Phillip Williams (206-F-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Winthrop) followed them with 12 points apiece. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) top-scored for Latvian team with 22 points.

Final
VEF Riga -Nevezis 68 : 81 ( 19-22, 11-18, 20-17, 18-24 )

VEF Riga:Maris Gulbis 19, Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) 14, Shelekto 13
Nevezis:Benas Veikalas 21, Gintaras Leonavicius 14, Zydrunas Stankus 13

3-rd place
Liepajas Lauvas -Panevezys 79 : 84 ( 13-28, 16-21, 24-19, 26-16 )

Liepajas Lauvas: Mareks Jurevicus 22, Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) 15
Panevezys: Paulus Staskunas 21, Mindaugas Budzinauskas 21, Stasaitis 12, Phillip Williams 12+10 rebs


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N.MARIANA

Fiesta-Grand and Hyatt cruise past foes -by Eurobasket News
League-leading Fiesta-Grand Hotel and Hyatt Regency Saipan cruised past their opponents as second round action in the 2nd Annual HANMI Cup Inter-Hotel Basketball League continued last Wednesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. Fiesta-Grand streaked to its eight straight win after a 110-96 victory over upset-conscious Saipan World Resort, while Hyatt slammed the Marlon Bamba-led Hafadai Beach Hotel, 103-83. It was the eighth win in nine games for Fiesta-Grand and they continued to lead the seven-team field while handing World Resort its seventh loss against two wins. Ryan Sanciangco and Elmer Esdrelon continued to pace the Fiesta-Grand offense but this time they had plenty of help from William Opone, who joined in the scoring fray. Sanciangco and Esdrelon ended up with their usual numbers of 40 and 29 points, respectively, but it was Opone's second-half exploits that made the difference for Fiesta-Grand. Opone, after being held to two points in the first half, scored 11 points in the second half to help Fiesta-Grand rally back from several nine-point deficits in the third quarter. His consistent shooting also kept World Resort at bay. Opone finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and one steal. Esdrelon also had 10 rebounds, three assists, and six steals. Noel David added 11 points also for Fiesta-Grand. Jerryfel Mangahis paced World Resort with 25 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while backcourt mate Dennis Vinas had 22 points, three rebounds, five assists, and five steals before fouling out in the final two minutes of the game. James Wabinga and Jam Navarro combined for 23 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while Schneider Lanzo only had five points but grabbed a team high nine rebounds against Fiesta-Grand's big men.
In the second game, Hyatt took Hafadai center Marlon Bamba out of his comfort zone to breeze to a 103-83 victory. Hyatt ganged up Bamba whenever he received the ball inside the shaded area, at times double-teaming the Hafadai workhorse to force him to commit a turnover or kick out the ball. Bamba fell into early foul trouble picking up his third with still four minutes left in the first quarter. Steven Tenorio sacrificed his body to force Bamba's third foul, establishing his position against a charging Bamba to draw the charge. Hafadai was within striking distance when Bamba was pulled out of the game and only trailed Hyatt by six, 9-15. With Bamba gone, Hyatt went on a closing 14-4 exchange with Tenorio's triple touching off that scoring binge. Bamba was inserted in the second quarter and barely two minutes gone was whistled for his fourth foul, his third offensive foul, this time Mike Umali drawed the charge with 7:59 to go. From there it was an all Hyatt show as Bamba rode the bench for most of the match and when he came back in the third quarter, Hyatt was already up by 24 points. Edsel Mendoza (-F) led Hyatt with 25 points and five rebounds, while Bernard Aquino had 19 markers, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Tenorio had his first double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds to go with his four assists, while Umali added 16 markers, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Bamba had his sixth career double-double game with 27 points and 12 rebounds, but those numbers were not enough to lift Hafadai to victory. He also had two steals and two shot blocks. Peter Iguel added 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal, while Remar Mendoza and Mike Olaitiman combined for 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
Courtesy of www.saipantribune.com


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NBA

Toronto falls to Indiana, Chris Bosh leaves with sore knee -by Eurobasket News
It was not a good day for the Raptors yesterday as they suffered two painful blows losing to the Pacers at home and having their key player Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) sidelined with a sore knee. The All-Star Raptor left the game deep in the first quarter piling up 7 points and 5 boards and is now doubtful for the upcoming games. The Pacers capitalized on a small squad of the hosts to grab a 32:22 lead after the opening frame. But the Raptors did not say die and started to pave their way back in the second term. They trimmed the deficit to 7 points at the interval and came as close as just a single point late in the third stanza. But Mike Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) took over for the visitors exploding with 11 straight points and giving Indiana some breathing space at 89:81 after three quarters. The guests withstood all the comeback efforts from Toronto in the fourth period and celebrated the 23rd win in the season. Mike Mike Jr. Dunleavy repeated his career-high 36 points hitting 6/9 three-pointers. Kareem Rush (6'6''-F-80, agency: Beo Basket, college: Missouri) notched 23 points for the winners. Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) ensured 27 points for Toronto. Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) stepped up with 25 points in a losing case for the Raptors as they were denied the 4th win in a row.
The Los Angeles Lakers 10-game winning streak came to an end at the Rose Garden in Portland when the Trail Blazers celebrated a 119:111 victory yesterday. Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) returned on court after resting his sprained ankle for two games and banked 20 points and career-high 12 assists to make sure Portland clinch their 31st win. It was a close battle with the hosts holding to just a 6-point advantage at the start of the final period. However Alexander Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) squared it up at 107 with just over 3 minutes remaining. Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) and Travis Outlaw (6'9''-F-84) scored 6 points in a row to put the home team up for good. After Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) missed a three-pointer it was all over for the Lakers. LaMarcus Aldridge came up with 22 points and 8 boards to pace the Trail Blazers. Jarrett Jack (6'3''-G-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 21 points and 10 assists off the bench for the home team. Kobe Bryant launched 33 points for the Lakers. Luke Walton (6'8''-F-80, college: Arizona) and Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) had 17 points apiece in defeat.
The Houston Rockets were not really slowed down by the loss of Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) and posted their 14th consecutive victory beating Memphis 116:95. It marked the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. It is also one step away from the franchise-best record of consecutive victories. Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) notched 25 points and issued 6 assists to pace the Rockets. Dikembe Mutombo (7'2''-C-66, college: Georgetown) fit well in the starting spot of Ming Yao. Veteran centre totaled 13 boards and 4 blocks in the win. Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, college: Georgia Tech) answered with career-high 22 points for the Grizzlies as they lost the 7th straight game.


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NEW ZEALAND

The defending champions are impressive at the start -by Eurobasket News
The NBL reigning champs Nelson Giants got to a flying start of their new season campaign. They tipped off the season with an 83:77 victory over the Canterbury Rams in Christchurch. The Giants started to prove the difference right from the start at the Cowles Stadium. Michael Harrison (206-F, agency: Interperformances) marked his presence in the paint and pumped Nelson as they clinched a 21:12 advantage after the opening frame. The Rams mostly relied on an outstanding performance from Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) to stay at striking distance at the break 38:45. But the Giants were solid in the second half giving up not an inch of the lead. Michael Harrison sparked with 19 points, 11 boards and 4 blocks for Nelson in his debut. Christopher Daniel (197-G/F-85) contributed 15 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jeremy Kench answered with game-high 20 points for the Rams. Joe Harrell (185-G-75, college: Bethune-Cookman) was also productive with 16 points in defeat.
Meanwhile the Wellington Saints rebounded after the loss in the championship opener. Marquis Webb (196-G/F-84, college: Rutgers) notched 27 points as the Saints outpaced the Auckland Stars 85:81 at the ASB Stadium. Wellington got to a better start and accumulated a 20:13 lead after the opening frame. The margin was stretched to as many as 12 points at the interval. Auckland recovered in the third period and led by Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) were able to shave the deficit to 5 points. But a hot-shooting Marquis Webb finalized a winning outcome for Wellington in the final minutes. Nick Horvath (209-F-81, college: Duke) tallied 16 points and 6 boards, while Luke Martin (181-G-81, college: UTEP) netted 13 points for the winning side. Casey Frank finished with 21 points, 13 boards and 6 assists for the Stars. Adrian Majstrovich (201-F/G-80) added 16 points and 9 boards in a loss.
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PARAGUAY

Sol de America falls for the second time -by Gianni Pascucci
After beiing defeated 76-96 by host team Regatas Corrientes in Day 1 of the Liga Sudamericana 'Group C', Sol de America played a very good game yesterday night, falling only by 4 points to Venezuelan team Tachira (80-76) and tonight will point all its fiches to the game vs. Malvin. A large win, in fact, could mean the qualification to the second leg of the competition as the best third placed team. Uruguayan club Malvin was defeated in Da1 by Tachira and felt again to Regatas, and seems absolutely not out of reach for the Paraguayan team, that showed a good game organization and some players (Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82), Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.), Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80)) in very good conditions.

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PERU

Regatas Lima unable to succeed in Liga Sudamericana -by Eurobasket News
Peruvian Regatas Lima completed their Liga Sudamericana campaign winless. The Lima outfit played in Group A of the tournament alongside Boca Juniors from Argentina, Cocodrilos de Caracas from Venezuela and Brazilian Universo/BRB. The games were played in Caracas with two teams making their way into the quarterfinals of the competition.
Regatas Lima tipped off their campaign against the hosting Cocodrilos. The visitors could hardly match Caracas team as Cocodrilos thrashed their opponents 116:79. Henry Paez (184-G-70) bruised Regatas for 26 points. Peruvian team was paced by 27 points from Julio Monges (191-G-80). Tim Parham (206-F-83, agency: Octagon, college: Md-Eastern Shore) notched 25 points, while Mouhamadou Diop (210-C-87) provided 16 in a losing effort.
In the next round Regatas Lima faced Boca Juniors and needed a victory to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive. But Boca Juniors were not about to give the up the win. The Argentinean side dominated the contest finalizing a massive 101:68 success. Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87) produced 19 points to bury Regatas qualification ambitions. Julio Monges and Mouhamadou Diop scored 15 points apiece in defeat.
Regatas Lima were unable to post a single win at the tournament as they fell short to Universo/BRB 62:120 in the third round. The loss wrapped up the Liga Sudamericana campaign for the Peruvian team. They occupied the last spot in Group A.

Regatas Lima - Cocodrilos Caracas 79:116
Regatas Lima - Boca Juniors 68:101
Regatas Lima - Universo/BRB 62:120


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PUERTO RICO

Omar Alvarado gives San German win in Buzzer Beater -by Luis Ramirez
With just 2.7 seconds left in the game, Omar Alvarado (180-G-83, agency: Next Level) drove to the basket and just floated a soft shot which went in just as the final buzzer sounded to give the San German Athletics a home opener win. Alvarado had given the Lions fits as he had been able to score at will from almost every corner of the court. Ponce threw a slew of different players at Alvarado to try to stop him but he would keep finding the way to score. Ponce took the lead in the 1st quarter 13-8. In the Second quarter San German started making their shots and overtook the lead from the Lions to finish ahead at the end of the half. The Lions at times look somewhat timid and would settle for outside shoot instead of looking to penetrate to the basket. Coach Worthen did come up with some important plays which gave the lions a chance to little by little catch the Athletics. Wilfredo Pagan scored his 5,000th point during this game, a very important plateau for this player. With less that 10 seconds in the game the lions took the lead, but the Athletics with 5.7 seconds got the ball and when they inbounded the ball Ponce had a foul left and used it to stop the clock with 2.7 seconds. The Athletics gave the ball to Alvarado who came thru for his team. For San German the hero of the night Alvarado scored 29 points followed by Robert Lazor with 23 points. For Ponce, Joel Jones scored 25 points with 9 rebounds followed by Garnett Thompson who scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

In other BSN action, Arecibo beat Bayamon 99-84 to avenge their loss last night against Santurce and give their home fans something to root about. Arecibo took the lead right in the first quarter and maintained their lead thru out the game; at the end of the 1st half the Captains were leading 52-40. The second half was much about the same and the Captains coasted the rest of the game. For Arecibo, Angel Figueroa scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; he was followed by Rafael Cruz with 16 points. For Bayamon, Christopher Vega scored 20 points, while both Josue Nieves and Ivan Lopez scored 17 points.

Over at Caguas the Criollos squeaked by the Brujos of Guayama 93-91. Caguas took the 1st quarter 15-14, and were leading at the end of the half 47-38. In the second half the Brujos made a run in the 4th quarter but just fell short. For Caguas, Ricardo Melendez scored 26 points followed by Peter John Ramos who scored 23 points. For Guayama Rafael Perez scored 30 points followed by Matt Freije with 23 points.

In the last game of the night Guaynabo beat Fajardo 76-75. Fajardo took the first half 42-39, but Guaynabo managed to overcome the deficit and with Monty Wilson at the helm beat the Cariduros.


Martinez in Humacao and BSN Box Scores -by Alessandro Fontana
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports), the dominican power forward-center, will play for Humacao. He is already training with his new team. Martinez played in Puerto Rico only in 2005 with Atletico San German where He scored 18.8 ppg+14.2 rpg and He was the best rebounder of the league. Martinez is a good scorer and a great rebounder (in 2006 He was the best rebounder of the Italian League with Roseto). Martinez played in his carreer in his land, in Venezuela, France and in Italy.
BSN BOX SCORES.
GUAYAMA-CAGUAS= 91-93
G= R. Perez 30 (8 rebs), Freije 23, Payano 15, Caro 7 (10 asts), Gittens 7, Wingate 6, Oliver 3, Aponte 0, Brignoni 0, Melendez 0
C= Melendez 26, PJ Ramos 23 (14 rebs), Bryant 18, Konecny 8, McSweeney 6, Garcia 5, Ashby 4, Davila 3, Alamo 0, Ortiz 0
PONCE-SAN GERMAN= 75-76
P= Jones 25 (9rebs), Thompson 14 (10 rebs), Colon 10, Aubry 6, Curbelo 6, Latimer 6, Pagan 6, Lopez 2, Martinez 0, Rosario 0
S= Alvarado 29, Lazor 23, Dyer 6, Villegas 6, De Jesus 4, Mendez 3, Neptune 3, Herrera 2, Torres 0
GUAYNABO-FAJARDO= 76-75
G= Wilson 28, Escalera 19, Sheppard 12, Ortiz 8, Simon 4, Sanchez 3, Langhi 2, Duran 0, Padilla 0
F= Agbai 20 (7 rebs), Pellot 13, Gonzalez 12, Mojica 12, Jackson 9, Salgado 8, Vazquez 1, Arroyo 0, Collazo 0, Rivera 0
BAYAMON-ARECIBO= 84-99
B= Vega 20, Lopez 17, Nieves 17, Benson 15 (17 rebs), Western 10, Valenzuela 3, Valencia 2, Colon 0, J. Lopez 0, Salgado 0
A= Figueroa 34 (10 rebs), R. Cruz 16, Hatton 13, White 12, C. Rivera 11, Rosa 6, Butler 3, Osiris 2, Rivera 2, Rosario 0
A. Fontana


BSN News and Results. -by Alessandro Fontana
Tonight Conquistadores de Guaynabo will play against Cariduros de Fajardo. Omar Quintero, one of the new players of Fajardo can not play.
Peter John Ramos will play also this BSN 2008 with his past team Criollos de Caguas. The center should play already tonight with his team against Guayama.
Yesterday Santurce won against Arecibo= 85-74. MVP of the game was Larry Ayuso (18pts).
BOX SCORE:
Santurce= Ayuso 18, Ray Dalmau 12 (6rebs+6assts), Falcon 10, Rivas 10, Traylor 10, O. Santiago 8, R. Dalmau 4, Narvaez 4, E. Santiago 3, Watson 3, Melendez 2, Berdiel 0
Arecibo= White 23, Figueroa 19 (16 rebs), Hatton 14, R. Cruz 8, Rivera 5, Rosario 3, Rosa 2, Cortes 0, Ricardo 0, Rivera 0 .
A. Fontana


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TANZANIA

Vijana outwit Oilers 62-42 -by Carlos Pereira
by JAPHETH KAZENGA
Dar es Salaam

VIJANA made a shot at winning this year's Kili Super Cup basketball tournament with a convincing 62-42 win over Oilers in a match held at the National Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
Vijana, who are the reigning Kili RBA champions, did not hesitate to make their desire for yet another trophy known as they played their hearts out throughout the match.
The well attended match Vijana pouncing on Oilers from the very first quarter and enjoyed excellent services of dependable players Abdallah Ramadhan 'Dulla', Alphonce Kusekwa, Jacob Malenga and Mohamed Ally 'Dibo', who were at their best in the game.
Oilers, however, refused to buckle down to their opponents' pressure during the quarter and made a series of fancy moves to score points and set up a slim margin. Vijana led 12-11 when the quarter came to a close.
The match's tempo somehow slowed down in the second quarter because of a serious of fouls committed by players from both sides. With a lot of three pointers' exponents in their side, Vijana exploited their arsenals fully to race to 32-24 lead at half time.
The remaining two quarters, again, largely belonged to Vijana as its players picked from where they left in the first two quarters and managed to widen the score margin, leading 49-27 at the third quarter.
They had little to worry about at the time despite the absence of Dulla, who had to be substituted after committing five fouls that made him ineligible for the rest of the game.
Oilers failed to display the teamwork that won them plaudits during a match against Savio as the squads' players now and then found it difficult to get past tight marking Vijana defense.
They nevertheless managed to press hard and slot in points during the closing stages of the match but their efforts failed to change the course of the game. It was the second consecutive defeat for Oilers who are now out of contention for the trophy.
Vijana, on their part, meet Chang'ombe Boys in the semi-final tomorrow at the same venue. It is set to be a tightly contested match as the two teams' rivalry is still fresh.

The ladies' category saw Cargo Ladies coming from behind to beat highly fancied Jeshi Stars 53-48 in an entertaining match held at the same venue earlier.


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TURKEY

Hutson Stays, Others Leave -by Serdar Ortakuyu

Efes Pilsen management released a media story about Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia), Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland), Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) and Loren Woods (215-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) who refused to go to Belgrad for last week's Euroleague Top 16 clash due to security reasons.
Andre Hutson who has been rumored to improve his attitude during the crisis, is staying with the team and will see action against Besiktas Cola Turka on Sunday while the rest of the group will be released by the Turkish contenders.

It's been also told that the negotiations with Nicholas' release came to an end as the club is still in talks with Woods and Wright to take care of the contract details.



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U.KINGDOM

Home victories -by Eurobasket News
Three games were played last night in the United Kingdom and in all of them the hosts dominated over the guests. Everton Tigers overcame Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders by 101:99. The Tigers stepped up their defense in the second stanza and held their visitors to just 11 points. Richard Midgley (189-G-83, college: California) paced all the winners with 24 points. Robertson nailed 21, while Davis netted 18. Terrence Woodyard (206-F/G, college: W.Carolina) rode the Ridesr with 23 points.
Newcastle Eagles won all the games in the month and beat Marshall MK Lions 87:78. The closest that the visitors came in the final quarter was 77:69.
Hyatt hit a three and Bridge added a basket as the Eagles pushed it back out to a double-digit lead at 82:69. Stewart top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) produced 22, whilst Hyatt added 18. Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.
Sheffield Sharks have won over BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 89:81. A tight first quarter was shaded by the Sharks, after their visitors had had much the better of it during the early exchanges. With 78:75 Sharks created an 8-0 burst to seal the win. Justice Graham (195-G-79, college: Glenville St.) poured in 23 points to lead all the winners in his team. Chaney posted 17, whilst Whyte chipped in 16 points. Moore finished the night with 22, points in the losing clause.

Everton Tigers - Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 101:99
Tigers: Richard Midgley 24, Robertson 21, Davis 18
Riders: Terrence Woodyard 23, McKnight 22, Carlo White (202-F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Appalachian St.) 20

Newcastle Eagles - Marshall MK Lions 87:78
Eagles: Stewart 24, Olu Babalola 22, Hyatt 18
Lions: Robert Youngblood 17, New 14, Williams 14

Sheffield Sharks -BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 89:81
Sharks: Justice Graham 23, Chaney 17, Whyte 16
Jets: Moore 22, Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) 21, Hamilton 14, Otten 14


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Aska, Boyd Anderson in tonights Finale -by David Edole
For the first time in 55 years, teams from Miami-Dade and Broward counties will meet to decide a large school state boys' basketball championship.

On Saturday, Norland will try to become the first Dade team to win such a matchup when the Vikings take on Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson in the Class 6A state championship at 7 p.m. at The Lakeland Center.

Overall, only three state championship games in the 86-year history of the event have pitted Dade and Broward teams. The last came in 1996 when Florida Christian, coached then by Miami Heat advance scout Octavio De La Grana, defeated Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy to win the Class 2A championship.

Fort Lauderdale defeated Miami High in 1943 and again in 1953 in the only public school matchups.

Boyd Anderson (30-1), ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 6A, enters the game as the favorite to win its first state title since 1994.

But the Vikings (25-6), ranked fourth, feel confident they can come away with their second state championship in three seasons.

''One thing's for sure, these kids won't be intimidated,'' Norland coach Lawton Williams III said.

The Vikings handed Class 5A champion Fort Lauderdale Dillard one of its two defeats this season. The Panthers are the only team to beat Boyd Anderson so far.

Norland's pressure defense will be put to the test against the Cobras' solid backcourt of Martavious Irving and Frank Gaines.

Vikings' senior forward Antonio Hester will matchup against Cobras' 6-7 forward and Murray State signee Ivan Aska.

Williams know his team must play more consistently on Saturday than it did Thursday when it almost gave up an 18-point lead and missed 17 free throws, including 11 in the fourth quarter against the Bears.

''We made them shoot a ton of [free throws] in practice,'' Williams said. ``It will come down to who guards the other team better.''


Oakwood makes finals with 82-78 win over Apprentice School -by David Edole
Dewitt Henley (183-G-86) scored 19 points and three assists to lead three in double figures for sixth-seeded Oakwood University as they held off second-seeded Apprentice School 82-78 in the USCAA Semifinals on Friday afternoon.

The Builders opened the game on an 8-2 spurt before the Ambassadors eventually took their first lead at 17-16 on a pair of James Doggette free throws with 10:02 left. Oakwood, a Seventh-Day Adventist school in Huntsville, Alabama, held the lead through out the first half though the Builders cut it to one with 2:58 left on a pair of Warren Cherry free throws.

In the second half, the Ambassadors' advantage grew to 11 points on four occasions with a Ronald Bushner layup with 7:22 remaining making it 70-59. The Builders scored the nexst nine points capped by a Jason Arrington pair of foul shots to cut that deficit to 70-68 with four minutes left.

Apprentice School had a final chance as Oakwood called a timeout after they ran out of timeouts. Antione Paige hit one of two from the line cutting the lead to 77-74 with 75 seconds left. Joe hit a jumper in the paint with 43 seconds left cutting the deficit to 77-76, but Oakwood hit enough foul shots down the stretch to keep Apprentice School away.

Oakwood takes on #5 seed Florida College tonight at 7 p.m. for the USCAA championship.


West Plains buries Cardinals from long range -by David Edole
By MATT KING
Daily Journal Sports Writer

HILLSBORO, Mo. The Mineral Area men's basketball team struggled to defend the perimeter and failed to generate much interior scoring on Friday night. The Cardinals saw their season end in uninspired fashion with a 77-60 loss to MSU-West Plains in the Region XVI semifinals.

Three-point shooting excellence in the early going quickly propelled the 19th-ranked Grizzlies to a double-digit lead that would not be challenged. West Plains made 8-of-15 shots from three-point range before halftime.

Raason Young buried four triples on his way to a game-high 15 points, and Devon Peltier (178-G) finished with 13 for the Grizzlies (27-4). Morris Smith netted 12 points on a quartet of threes, and Danny Sanders had 12 points with eight rebounds.

Mineral Area (19-12) battled back from a slow start to pull within 21-16 when Marcus Scott scored in a congested lane, but Sanders cashed a turnover into a soaring dunk to regain the momentum.

Young and Smith knocked down consecutive threes after the Cardinals missed two shots early in the shot clock, and the Grizzlies surged to a 40-25 advantage at the intermission.

After Rolando Little elevated for his second powerful slam on a lobbed inbound pass, Peltier extended the margin to 49-29 with a corner three. West Plains frustrated the Cardinals into three straight turnovers and just two made field goals over a span of 7:20.

Sophomore Barry Wellington sparked a 9-0 rally for Mineral Area with a pair of driving layups, and Kyle Hubbard trimmed the difference down to 64-52 with 4:55 remaining, but Peltier stopped the run with another timely triple. A putback by Sanders punctuated the win by restoring a 72-54 lead.

Hubbard scored a team-high 12 points in his final game for Mineral Area. Wellington and Sean Scott added eight points each. Jerwin Callaway and Marcus Scott were recently named to the all-region team, but combined for only 11 points.

West Plains will face top-seeded Three Rivers for the region title tonight at Jefferson College. The Raiders rallied from a 10-point deficit to dispatch upstart State Fair, 68-54 on Friday night.

Mineral Area 25 35 - 60

MSU-West Plains 40 37 - 77

SCORING:

Mineral Area - Hubbard 12, Wellington 8, S Scott 8, Callaway 7, Felton 6, Lawrence 6, Fulton 5, M Scott 4, Pickens 3, Young 1.

3-point FG - S Scott 2, Hubbard 2, Fulton.

MSU-West Plains - Young 15, Peltier 13, Smith IV 12, Sanders 12, Allison 8, Fermin 4, Smith 4, Little 4, Carter 3, Hurvey 2.

3-point FG - Young 4, Smith IV 4, Peltier 3, Allison.


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VENEZUELA

Cocodrilos bite first -by Wolfgang Lucena
Cocodrilos de Caracas won the first 2008 official game at home. The owner of the house received Gatos de Monagas to opening the regular season of the Profesional Basketball league of Venezuela. Tonight game was a really close game until a referee's controversial decision put the game favored to Cocodrilos with 41 minutes remaining to the end of the game.
The best man for Gatos was
Alejandro Flores (201-F,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) with 25 points followed by Kenya Lamonto with 25 as well. Cocodrilos' best player was Kevin Freeman (201-F-78, college: Connecticut) 19 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) and Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) both with 16 points. The final score was Cocodrilos 93 Gatos de Monagas 87.


Trotamundos beat Marinos -by Yelitza La Torre
Marinos de Oriente couldn't win tonight as guest in Valencia. The blue express looks huge in the beginning of the 2008 LPB just with its native players versus Marinos de Anzoategui that has been carrying some cohesion problems.
The first five for Trotamundos were Lawrence Wallace,
Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77), Aaron Harper (201-G-81) and Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82, college: San Jacinto CC). Marinos openers were, David Cedeno (190-G-83), Jair Peralta (178-G-76, college: Tennessee-Martin), Axier Sucre (198-F-78), Kenneth Low and Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78). Trotamundos led the whole game, the score of the first period was 49-35 and the final score Trotamundos 85 points Marinos 66.
Trotamundos had its best players in hands of
Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) with 13 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 22, Aaron Harper 14 and Luis Hurtado 14 points. For Marinos; Jay Pradia 13 points Axier Sucre 14 and Kenneth Low with 19.




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Gospic will host Final Four -by Eurobasket News
Croatian Gospic will host Final Four tournament of Adriatic league. This outcome became evident after Buducnost from Podgorica had withdrawn from hosting the tournament and Croatian team accepted the offer. Final Four tournament is scheduled for March 21-23. Buducnost, Sibenik and Gospic have already advanced to it and there is one ticket still available. The end of the season will be very interesting!
Buducnost improves to 14-3 record defeating Vojvodina 95:68 in the last day of February. A fascinating 28:9 run in the opening quarter led the team to the easy win. In the next quarters of the game Vojvodina tried to catch up, but the task for the hosts was to get 100. In the last quarter Vojvodina was stronger 13:21 and did not allow Buducnost to reach triple digits. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) led the winners with 26 points. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) nailed 16 and Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) scored 15. Iva Musulin (170-G-84) ended up with 8
points in the losing effort.
The rest of the games are scheduled for the first day of March. The key game of the round between Gospic and Sibenik will be played on Sunday. If Gospic wins then three teams including Buducnost will have 3 losses on top of the standings.

Buducnost - Vojvodina 95:68 (28-9, 22-21, 32-17, 13-21)
Buducnost:Iva Perovanovic 26, Maja Milutinovic 16, Nikolina Popovic 15
Vojvodina: Iva Musulin 8


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Adelaide joins Sydney in the Grand Final -by Eurobasket News
Adelaide - Dandenong 74:64

The Adelaide Lightning outgunned the surprising Dandenong Rangers to advance to the main event of the WNBL season. They now joined the Sydney Uni Flames in the Grand Finale matchup scheduled for March 8 at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre. The Adelaide Lightning entered the game with a key loss as their star import Tracy Gahan (183-G-80) was not able to compete. But Adelaide found some other options to use. They opened the game with a 7:0 run to claim the initial lead. Renae Camino (177-G-86) ended up nailing 8 points in the opening frame and giving the hosts a 21:12 advantage at the first intermission. Renae Camino also posted 7 rebounds in the frame as the Lightning marked their advantage on the boards 12:3. The things got even brighter for the hosts as they accounted for the first four points in the second term and stretched the gap to 13. The teams then traded baskets for some time before Renae Camino delivered some more impressive plays and made it 39:22 for the Lightning late in the second quarter. The Rangers fought back in the last minute of the half scoring quick 9 points and trailing 31:42 at the interval. Michelle Brogan kept the Rangers within a visibility early in the third period and the intrigue continued to burn. The visitors cut the deficit to 7 points at some point of the third term but unstoppable Renae Camino immediately restored a comfortable margin at 58:44. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) and Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) knocked down back-to-back triples for the hosts to build a 64:50 buffer for Adelaide after three quarters. Brave Dandenong remained competitive throughout the fourth stanza and trimmed the deficit to 6 points with less than a minute to go in regulation. But it was never enough to change the outcome. Adelaide survived the threat and qualified for the main game of the season. Renae Camino came up with game-high 24 points for Adelaide. Erin Phillips contributed 18 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for the winning side. Michelle Brogan answered with 18 points for Dandenong. She also announced about her retirement just after the game. Emily McInerny (184-F-78) scored 11 points in defeat.

Adelaide: Renae Camino 24, Erin Phillips 18+10 boards, Jessica Foley 11, Sam Woosnam (185-F-78) 9+12 boards
Dandenong: Michelle Brogan 18+11 boards, Emily McInerny 11+10 boards, Larissa Anderson (180-F/C-77) 10


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BELARUS - Women

Tatyana Troina top-scores, but finishes EuroCup, Leuchanka still in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray stole the victory from Electra Ramat-Hasharon in the first leg of the EuroCup Women quarter-final. A 15:25 in the last quarter gave the guests a great end and the way to start a second game. Petra Ujhelyi led the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Isil Alben produced 18 and Sophia Young collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belarus international Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Galatasaray opened the game with 7-0 run to show the class of the Turkish ambitions. Electra Ramat-Hasharon did not fall down and replied with the same run to tie at 7:7. Isil Alben's jump shot closed the first period as the guests had 11:17 advantage. The hosts however came back to the game in the second quarter and produced 22:14 in it. Melvin gave the home team 33;31 deficit at the half. Sophia Young was the top player in the court in the third quarter scoring some important baskets. Her last jump-shot reduced the host's lead to 54:49. The run that killed the home side came after they had taken a 56:52 lead in the last quarter.Petra Ujhelyi made a pair of free throws to spark the 7-0 spurt that she finished off herself with a lay-up. The game was tied at 69:69 but Sophia Young hit a pair of free throws for a win. Esra Sencebe buried a three-ball for the final 69:74 score.
In the second game Tatyana Troina collected 3 points and 3 rebounds as Galatasaray edged Electra Ramat-Hasharon to reach the semifinals of the EuroCup Women. After a road 69:74 win Turkish team won once more 70:53 to prove their ambitions. Esra Sencebe led the winners with 20 points. Petra Ujhelyi collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Sophia Young netted 14. Daliborka Vilipic finished the night with 15 points for the guests. The game was opened in an offensive style due to the last game result. Electra Ramat-Hasharon desired to tie the margin at once but trailed 3 points after the opening quarter. Sophia Young with a jump-shot made it 21:18 for the Turkish team. The visitors struggled against the vaunted defense of Galatasaray early on and trailed 37:22. Elektra responded by going on an 8-0 run that bridged the end of the second quarter and the start of the third. Daliborka Vilipic made the score 41:35 and hoped for staying closer with her team. Galatasaray hit their opponents with an 18-1 run to seal another victory of the campaign. Electra Ramat-Hasharon could score 8 last points of the game for 70:53 loss. Galatasaray wins 144:122 and advances to the semis.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stays with UMMC that overcame the favorite of Euroleague CSKA. UMMC opened the quarterfinal stage of Euroleague with an outstanding victory against previously undefeated CSKA. Moscow powerhouse was absolutely spotless in any kind of competitions this season but their impressive winning run came to an end. UMMC came back from behind to handle CSKA and put themselves on the brink of the Final Four. The teams kept it close early in the game. UMMC kept in front for some time but Nicole Powell drilled a three-pointer to put CSKA up by 3 with just over a minute to go in the first frame. Asjha Jones capped the quarter with a jump shot to make it 22:23 at the end of the period. Ann Wauters converted two free throws and Becky Hammon fired from downtown for CSKA to take up a 30:24 lead early in the second stanza. Penny Taylor and Sandrine Gruda trimmed the difference and Kristi Harrower hit from beyond the arc to return the advantage to UMMC. The lead changed hands thrice before Edwige Lawson sealed it at 44:43 for CSKA at halftime. Amaya Valdemoro opened the third term with a trey and Edwige Lawson added three points to give the hosts a 6-point cushion. But Penny Taylor fired with 6 points for the visitors and Svetlana Abrosimova connected from downtown to shave it back to a single point late in the third quarter. CSKA withheld all the efforts from UMMC and remained atop 60:59 after 30 minutes. Not for too long though. Deanna Nolan, Natalia Vodopyanova, Penny Taylor and Asjha Jones combined for 8 unanswered points at the beginning of the final period and made it 67:60 for UMMC. Amaya Valdemoro quickly responded with a three-pointer for the hosts but Penny Taylor continued to reign in the court with two more points from charity stripe. Maria Stepanova and Ann Wauters carried CSKA within 3 points but just to see Sandrine Gruda hit a jump shot and restore a 5-point buffer. Sandrine Gruda and Kristi Harrower extended the margin to 6 points shortly after. Caroline Aubert sank two free throws and UMMC appeared up by 8 points with 32 seconds left in regulation. Becky Hammon sparked a hope for the hosts with a trey but it was well-matched by Bibrzycka. Finally Penny Taylor crowned the game with two more free throws and ensured the winning outcome for UMMC. The Australian point guard scored posted 18 points to lead UMMC. Sandrine Gruda and Asjha Jones netted 15 points apiece for the winners. Yelena Leuchanka collected 6 points and 10 rebounds.
In the second game UMMC Ekaterinburg and 7000 spectators were satisfied of the Quarterfinals of Euroleague. UMMC beat one of the favorites CSKA 94:90 and advanced to the Final Four. Agnieszka Bibrzycka paced the winners with 22 points. Sandrine Gruda nailed 17, while Yelena Leuchanka collected 14 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Hammon top-scored for the guests with 24 points.
Lawson-Wade opened the game with a tap-in as CSKA took the first lead in the quarter. In a back-to back period the hosts enjoyed 24:19 advantage after 5-0 run in the last minute. Ekaterinburg found its game in the middle of the second as they led by as many as 12 points. Jones made it 45:33, but then CSKA reduced to 45:39 at the half time.
Yelena Leuchanka brought the hosts the biggest lead at 62:48 advantage. The game could not go on the same stream and the visitors replied with 13-0 spurt. At first they finished the third with 65:61 and then tied the game at 68 for both squads. Caroline Aubert showed her quality again by nailing a three-ball before Stepanova replied with a basket to leave the game knotted at 73:73. Again Caroline Aubert shots from the arc for 76:73. Later in the period Becky Hammon answered with a three for 87:85. Her another shot from a far distance saw 93:90 with 11 seconds remaining, but Harrower's free throw sealed the win for UMMC.


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CANADA - Women

Sutton-Brown finishes the campaign in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket advanced to the Final Four and left Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) together with Fenerbahce to stay out of it. A 72:74 win in Istanbul allowed them to sweep the series over Fenerbahce. Five players scored more than 10 points for the winners. Belinda Snell led all of them with 20 points, while Miyem added 12. Cappie Pondexter shone for the Turkish side with 31 points.
After 85:69 in France Bourges Basket realized that the road to Istanbul will be tough. Petrovic gave the guests 0-3 lead after the shot from the arc. Ndongue with a tap-in and then a free throw kept French advantage to 2:8. It seemed that the visitors would not have problems in the game, but they already had them in the end of the first period. Vardarli's three reduced the gap to 16:19. Tammy Sutton-Brown with a jump-shot brought the hosts the first lead at 25:24. In a back-to-back period Bourges Basket was still in front. Tammy Sutton-Brown sent both squads to the lockers making 31:34 margin.
A lay-up by Ndongue opened another battle for the teams in the third quarter. Fenerbahce could not tie the game but stayed 3-4 points behind. Belinda Snell made it 41:44 and then her three-pointer reached 43:48. Lepron brought her team 45:52 lead before the final quarter. The last period was the game between Bourges Basket and Cappie Pondexter who took the leading skills of her team. She made first eight points of Fenerbahce that still trailed 53:62. Tammy Sutton-Brown reduced to 60:65 with 3.35 to play in the game. Cappie Pondexter scores another 9 points in a row for 69:70. She was the last to pour in the game but her free throw only gave 72:74 as Dumerc's four free throws reached the aim. Tammy Sutton-Brown produced 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Gimle and Kim Gibbs (180-F) extended their winning streak to 12 games with three more victories during the last week. They started the week with a comfortable 84:60 road win over Hop. The visitors accumulated a 42:33 lead at halftime and Hop were unable to threaten it after the break. Kristina Tattersdill tallied 20 points and 13 boards for Gimle. Kim Gibbs contributed 20 points and 9 boards for the winners. Lise Johannesen and Stephanie Johannesen responded with 15 points apiece for Hop. Gimle enjoyed an overwhelming advantage in the paint outrebounding the hosts 36:19.
Later in the week Gimle continued their road tour visiting one of their main rivals Ullern. The game lived up to the highest expectations with Ullern seriously challenging the league leaders. Gimle got to a better start of the game as they grabbed a 23:18 lead after the starting frame. But Ullern struck back in the second quarter outscoring the opponents 24:20 and trimming the deficit to a single point 42:43 at the interval. But Gimle improved their defense after the break and it paid off. They were just a bit better in each of the remaining quarters and pulled away a hard 76:71 win. Kim Gibbs came up with 20 points and 7 boards for Gimle. Sigrun Eskeland (topscored with 23 points for the winners. Kristine Kristiansen had 14 points in defeat. Guro Nyquist and Emilie Ravn poured in 13 points as Ullern fell to 7-3 record. Gimle wrapped up the week's action against Baerums Verk and once again came out on top 81:41. The outcome was decided in the first 10 minutes as the visitors built a 29:9 lead and never looked back again. Sigrun Eskeland notched 20 points and 11 boards for Gimle. Marianne Hella posted 15 points and 9 steals in a win. Nanna Sand registered 20 points and 14 boards for Baerums Verk.


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CROATIA - Women

First round of the A-1 Championship Stage -by Eurobasket News
In the first round of the women A-1 Championship Stage Sibenik smashed Medvescak 38:81 in a road victory. Sibenik did not care too much losing 6 points in the opening tip of the game. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points for the winners while Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) and Neda Lokas (182-F-85) added 11 each. Mazic and Seda had 6 points each in defeat. In another game that was played Zadar beat Studenac Omis 88:74.
Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) and her Bourges Basket advanced to the Final Four and joined two Russian squads there. A 72:74 win in Istanbul allowed them to sweep the series over Fenerbahce. Five players scored more than 10 points for the winners. Belinda Snell led all of them with 20 points, while Miyem added 12. Cappie Pondexter shone for the Turkish side with 31 points.
After 85:69 in France Bourges Basket realized that the road to Istanbul will be tough. Petrovic gave the guests 0-3 lead after the shot from the arc. Ndongue with a tap-in and then a free throw kept French advantage to 2:8. It seemed that the visitors would not have problems in the game, but they already had them in the end of the first period. Vardarli's three reduced the gap to 16:19. Sutton-Brown with a jump-shot brought the hosts the first lead at 25:24. In a back-to-back period Bourges Basket was still in front. Sutton-Brown sent both squads to the lockers making 31:34 margin.
A lay-up by Ndongue opened another battle for the teams in the third quarter. Fenerbahce could not tie the game but stayed 3-4 points behind. Belinda Snell made it 41:44 and then her three-pointer reached 43:48. Lepron brought her team 45:52 lead before the final quarter. The last period was the game between Bourges Basket and Cappie Pondexter who took the leading skills of her team. She made first eight points of Fenerbahce that still trailed 53:62. Sutton-Brown reduced to 60:65 with 3.35 to play in the game. Cappie Pondexter scores another 9 points in a row for 69:70. She was the last to pour in the game but her free throw only gave 72:74 as Dumerc's four free throws reached the aim. Sonja Kireta nailed 10 points and made 8 rebounds.
In the first game French Bourges Basket met little resistance en route to a solid victory over visiting Fenerbahce to open the Euroleague quarterfinal series. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) scored quick 6 points for the hosts early in the game and Bourges grabbed a 13:7 lead. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) hit from beyond the arc and Sonja Kireta added two more points to her scoring haul as the hosts stretched the gap to as many as 9 points 20:11. Nevriye Yilmaz answered with 4 points in a row to cut the margin but Florence Lepron completed a three-point play and Emmeline Ndongue capped the frame with a jump shot to give Bourges a 25:15 lead. Cappie Pondexter and Tammy Sutton-Brown kept Fenerbahce close early in the second quarter. Endene Miyem and Belinda Snell however soon opened 12-point buffer, while back-to-back treys from Belinda Snell and Sonja Petrovic stretched it to 16 points. Cappie Pondexter finalized the first half with 4 points in a row and the teams went into the dressing room with Turkish team trailing by 10. Esmeral Tuncluer scored 6 points at the start of the second half to erase the deficit to only 5 points. Emmeline Ndongue reacted with 4 straight points and Sonja Petrovic fired one from the outside to ice Fenerbahce efforts. Endene Miyem accounted for the last 6 Bourges points in the frame and allowed the hosts to enjoy a 64:54 lead before the final period. Belinda Snell and Sonja Kireta combined for 7 more points at the start of the fourth quarter and Bourges Basket ran away for good. Sonja Kireta led 5 Bourges players to score in double figures with 19 points and 6 boards. Endene Miyem added 16 points, while Belinda Snell notched 14 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the winning side.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: PeKa had seven players in double figures -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 29-30: When the # 1 Team PeKa (Kotka) beat today YMCA Helsinki 116-71, PeKa had seven players in double figures. Dionne Pounds (178-F-84, college: Lamar) led PeKa with 23 pts (treys 6/9). Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) added 22 pts. The # 2 Team Catz (Lappeenranta) had only one player in double figures as Catz defeated visitor PuHu (Vantaa) by 14 pts 57-43. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) (Catz) scored game high 18 pts. BC Nokia won over Huima (Aanekoski) 88-74 and Alku (Forssa) lost again.This time it was Espoo Team, which crushed FoA by 42 pts (52-94).

PeKa - YMCA Helsinki 116-71 (51-32) (Dionne Pounds 23, Shanika Freeman 22 - Jenni Laaksonen 21, Mari Puustinen 19).

Catz - PuHu 57-43 (27-18) (Tamara Tatham 18, Elena Reshetko 9 - Venlakaisa Holtta 12, Katherine Sunwall 10).

BC Nokia - Huima 88-74 (46-31) (Sheree Thompson 23, Joanna Rhoads 21 - Kenya Robinson 31/13, Shakeena Wicker 22).

FoA - Espoo Team 52-94 (31-47) (Megan Griffith 15, Jamie Hawkins 12 - Siiri Nuutinen 24/13, Pauliina Oksanen 23).



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FRANCE - Women

Aubert and Gruda win the battle over Lawson -by Eurobasket News
French Caroline Aubert (168-G-80, college: Colorado) and Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) together with Russian UMMC Ekaterinburg and 7000 spectators were satisfied after the second game of the Quarterfinals of Euroleague. UMMC beat one of the favorites CSKA 94:90 and advanced to the Final Four. Agnieszka Bibrzycka paced the winners with 22 points. Sandrine Gruda nailed 17, while Yelena Leuchanka collected 14 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Hammon top-scored for the guests with 24 points. French Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) was eliminated with CSKA.
Edwige Lawson opened the game with a tap-in as CSKA took the first lead in the quarter. In a back-to back period the hosts enjoyed 24:19 advantage after 5-0 run in the last minute. Ekaterinburg found its game in the middle of the second as they led by as many as 12 points. Jones made it 45:33, but then CSKA reduced to 45:39 at the half time.
Yelena Leuchanka brought the hosts the biggest lead at 62:48 advantage. The game could not go on the same stream and the visitors replied with 13-0 spurt. At first they finished the third with 65:61 and then tied the game at 68 for both squads. Caroline Aubert showed her quality again by nailing a three-ball before Stepanova replied with a basket to leave the game knotted at 73:73. Again Caroline Aubert shots from the arc for 76:73. Later in the period Becky Hammon answered with a three for 87:85. Her another shot from a far distance saw 93:90 with 11 seconds remaining, but Harrower's free throw sealed the win for UMMC.
In the first game UMMC opened the quarterfinal stage of Euroleague with an outstanding victory against previously undefeated CSKA. Moscow powerhouse was absolutely spotless in any kind of competitions this season but their impressive winning run came to an end. UMMC came back from behind to handle CSKA and put themselves on the brink of the Final Four. The teams kept it close early in the game. UMMC kept in front for some time but Nicole Powell drilled a three-pointer to put CSKA up by 3 with just over a minute to go in the first frame. Asjha Jones capped the quarter with a jump shot to make it 22:23 at the end of the period. Ann Wauters converted two free throws and Becky Hammon fired from downtown for CSKA to take up a 30:24 lead early in the second stanza. Penny Taylor and Sandrine Gruda trimmed the difference and Kristi Harrower hit from beyond the arc to return the advantage to UMMC. The lead changed hands thrice before Edwige Lawson sealed it at 44:43 for CSKA at halftime. Amaya Valdemoro opened the third term with a trey and Edwige Lawson added three points to give the hosts a 6-point cushion. But Penny Taylor fired with 6 points for the visitors and Svetlana Abrosimova connected from downtown to shave it back to a single point late in the third quarter. CSKA withheld all the efforts from UMMC and remained atop 60:59 after 30 minutes. Not for too long though. Deanna Nolan, Natalia Vodopyanova, Penny Taylor and Asjha Jones combined for 8 unanswered points at the beginning of the final period and made it 67:60 for UMMC. Amaya Valdemoro quickly responded with a three-pointer for the hosts but Penny Taylor continued to reign in the court with two more points from charity stripe. Maria Stepanova and Ann Wauters carried CSKA within 3 points but just to see Sandrine Gruda hit a jump shot and restore a 5-point buffer. Sandrine Gruda and Kristi Harrower extended the margin to 6 points shortly after. Caroline Aubert sank two free throws and UMMC appeared up by 8 points with 32 seconds left in regulation. Becky Hammon sparked a hope for the hosts with a trey but it was well-matched by Bibrzycka. Finally Penny Taylor crowned the game with two more free throws and ensured the winning outcome for UMMC. The Australian point guard scored posted 18 points to lead UMMC. Sandrine Gruda and Asjha Jones netted 15 points apiece for the winners.


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Cohen The Player of the month -by Gil Goshen

The Iraeli combo Guard agency -GG BASKETBALL is the Febuary player !!!!
The Israeli star Liron Cohen had an amazing month where she led Leon to a historic cup finals which ended a basket shy of the title. She was the tournament MVP February.

In three league games and three cup games she had . 17.3 points (50% 2PT, 62.5% 3PT, 87.8% FTs) and 4.0 assists in 33.5 minutes per game. But the stats don't tell the story. For example, the numbers don't show how she hit 7 of 8 threes en route to 33 points in Leon's win over league leading Valencia, 73 - 71.

Between the 15th and 17th of February, Leon played in Spain's Queen's Cup tournament. In the quarter finals Cohen had 11 points and 7 assists in a 71 - 61 win over Extrugasa which sent them to meet Salamanca in the semis. In league play Salamanca destroyed Leon by 34, but the cup semi was a different story. Leon got off to a 22 - 7 start with 10 points by Cohen, and Leon went on to win 76 - 63 behind 27 points and 6 assists by Cohen.

Leon made the cup finals for the first time in club history, and went up against the cup holders - Valencia. After being burned for 33 a week earlier, Valencia made sure to focus on Cohen throughout the game. Leon chased Valencia all night and never gave up, and Cohen hit an amazing three to cut it to 66 - 68 with 30 seconds left but her layup at the buzzed rimmed out. The Israeli guard finished with 12 points and was named tournament MVP after averaging 16.7 points (42.8% 2PT, 50% 3PT, 91.7% FTs) and 5.3 assists per game.


Liron Cohen in Spain -by Gil Goshen

On the 18th round CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE - EXTREMADURA DATO 79-64 .
Liron - agency GG BASKETBALL led her team to win the game vs. EXTREMADURA DATO 79-64 and she had 9 points ( 3/5 from the 3 points ) 1 rb and 7 ast. !!!!!
Her team is ranked at the 2nd - 3rd place with 4 losses together with Salamanca who lost the game tonight vs. EBE PROMOCIONES SANTA EULALIA 55:70 !!!!
On the first place is ranked CIUDAD ROS CASARES VALENCIA with 2 losses which will play tomorrow vs. C.B. OLESA - ESPANYOL .

Next week Leon will play vs. EXTRUGASA ( away ).


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JORDAN - Women

Orthodox Club dominates women basketball in Jordan -by Fadi Sabbah
Orthodox Club Under 16 girls won their 3rd game in a row against their rivals Al Riyadi to add the age group title to the Under 14 and senior titles the club had won earlier this year.
the last game was close and both teams exchanged the lead several times, but poor free throw shooting from Al Riyadi players - who made 5 out of their 30 attempts - cost them the title.
Top players from both teams will start practicing together with the U18 National team which will be coached by veteran coach Emad Saiid.
The U18 National Team is scheduled to play in the Pan Arab Scholastic Games which will be played in Amman in August


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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO improves to 22-1 in LMKL -by Eurobasket News
As you remember TTT Riga left the LMKL in the middle of the League. It was a pity for TEO that had at least one team to struggle with. Without Latvian team TEO crashes the opponent after the opponent.
The last victim of the defending champions were Egle. TEO thrashed the visitors 96:47 with 19:7 in the opening quarter. The hosts took a control of the first minutes and led the game to another win. Pavilionyte paced all the winners with 17 points. Bimbaite nailed 16, while Elena Gogiya (190-F-87, agency: LBM Management) added 14. Milda Dulksnyte (170-G-86) was the only one to reach the double digits scoring 15 points for the guests. TEO improved to 22-1 and Egle fell at 0-25.
Yesterday Egle lost to Laisve that is third in the standings. The latter had a road 67:99 victory with 12:27 in the second quarter. Puplauskaite top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Brovkiene netted 14 and Jutelyte scored 13. Milda Dulksnyte led Egle again with 15 points.
A good game was played in Lemminkainen where local team beat Arvi 85:66. The result became sensational as Arvi follows TEO in the league. Lemminkainen moved to the fourth spot and now has 12-11 record. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) led the winners with 30 points. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) scored 16 and Siksniute posted 15. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) produced 19 points in the losing effort. Arvi fell at 19-7 after an upset away from home.


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POLAND - Women

Round 23 starts in the first day of March -by Eurobasket News
Four games are planned for tonight in Polish PLKK. AZS J.Gora will face T. Leszno, Utex Row will play against Wisla. Lomianki hosts AZS Gorzow and Cukierki will struggle versus MMKS Energa. Tomorrow two games will close the round.
Meanwhile Polish Superstar Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) buried the favorite of Euroleague Russian CSKA. Her UMMC Ekaterinburg and 7000 spectators were satisfied an hour ago after the second game of the Quarterfinals of Euroleague. UMMC beat one of the favorites CSKA 94:90 and advanced to the Final Four. Agnieszka Bibrzycka paced the winners with 22 points. Sandrine Gruda nailed 17, while Yelena Leuchanka collected 14 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Hammon top-scored for the guests with 24 points. Lawson-Wade opened the game with a tap-in as CSKA took the first lead in the quarter. In a back-to back period the hosts enjoyed 24:19 advantage after 5-0 run in the last minute. Ekaterinburg found its game in the middle of the second as they led by as many as 12 points. Jones made it 45:33, but then CSKA reduced to 45:39 at the half time.Yelena Leuchanka brought the hosts the biggest lead at 62:48 advantage. The game could not go on the same stream and the visitors replied with 13-0 spurt. At first they finished the third with 65:61 and then tied the game at 68 for both squads. Caroline Aubert showed her quality again by nailing a three-ball before Stepanova replied with a basket to leave the game knotted at 73:73. Again Caroline Aubert shots from the arc for 76:73. Later in the period Becky Hammon answered with a three for 87:85. Her another shot from a far distance saw 93:90 with 11 seconds remaining, but Harrower's free throw sealed the win for UMMC.


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SAINT VINCENT - Women

Sophia Young reaches the semifinals of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) and her Turkish Galatasaray edged Electra Ramat-Hasharon from Israel to reach the semifinals of the EuroCup Women. After a road 69:74 win Turkish team won once more 70:53 to prove their ambitions. Esra Sencebe led the winners with 20 points. Petra Ujhelyi collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Sophia Young netted 14. Daliborka Vilipic finished the night with 15 points for the guests.
The game was opened in an offensive style due to the last game result. Electra Ramat-Hasharon desired to tie the margin at once but trailed 3 points after the opening quarter. Sophia Young with a jump-shot made it 21:18 for the Turkish team. The visitors struggled against the vaunted defense of Galatasaray early on and trailed 37:22. Elektra responded by going on an 8-0 run that bridged the end of the second quarter and the start of the third. Daliborka Vilipic made the score 41:35 and hoped for staying closer with her team. Galatasaray hit their opponents with an 18-1 run to seal another victory of the campaign. Electra Ramat-Hasharon could score 8 last points of the game for 70:53 loss. Galatasaray wins 144:122 and advances to the semis.


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TURKEY - Women

Big Game on Monday -by Cem Guvener
Two of the biggest candidates of championship, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, will meet on Monday at Caferaga Sports Hall. Fenerbahce has recently been knocked out from European Cups. Fenerbahce is having a perfect season so far and they will be looking to continue with that and have a 1-0 lead over Galatasaray in a possible playoff match up. Galatasaray will have their European semifinal game on Thursday. With the injury of Sebnem Kimyacioglu being a big problem, Galatasaray will try to end Fenerbahce's winning streak in TBBL.