EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/21/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Siroki Prima pivo splits with Lever-Pedroza -by Dragan Jankovski
Bosnian team Siroki Prima pivo terminated the contract with Mexican player Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) just one round before the end of Adriatic league regular season. Management of the club, who is curently on the 13th place in regional championship with 6 wins and 19 defeats, stated that Pedroza's performance wasn't on such level like they expected to be.

Pedroza played 15 games for Siroki in Adriatic league averaging 8.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.9 apg.


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ANGOLA

1║ De Agosto Beats Petro in Balanced Encounter -by Carlos Pereira
1║ de Agosto senior team of basketball Tuesday night in Luanda beat its Petro-Atletico de Luanda counterpart by 75-80, in a balanced first leg match of Angola Cup quarter finals.
In the 10 minutes of the game, 1║ de Agosto (African champion) was winning by 09-11, but the initial period ended in a 21-17 score.
By the first break of the competition, the team coached by Alberto de Carvalho was losing by 34-51.
In the third period, Petro scored a significant recovery, having led the score to 44-50.
However, 1║ de Agosto kept its advantage throughout the whole third part of the game that ended in a 53-45 score.
The narrowest gap in the game score was 68-71, when four minutes were left for the end of the encounter. 1║ de august owed its 80-75 win to its serenity in the last minutes of the competition.
The second leg match will take place on Tuesday at 'Rio Seco' pavilion.

Box scores
Petro de Luanda: Eduardo Mingas ( 11), Luis Costa( 11),Carlos Morais ( 03 ),Fernando Albano( 00),Victor Muzadi ( 13 ),Leonel Paulo(00), Shannon Croocks (18 ),Francisco Horacio(00 ),Milton Barros (03 ), Domingos Bonifacio (14 ), Victor de Carvalho (00), Joaquim Xavier (02).
Coach- Alberto de Carvalho (angolano)

1║ de Agosto:Armando Costa ( 07 ), Marques Houtman (00), Olimpio Cipriano (09), Joaquim Gomes ``Kikas`` (16), Felizardo Ambrosio (02 ),Vladimir Ricardino(11 ),Francisco Jordao(09 ), Carlos Almeida(08), Miguel Lutonda (11), Rodrigo Mascarenhas (07), Hermenegildo Santos(00), Simao Joao(00).
Coach- Luis Magalhaes (portuguese)


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BAHRAIN

Muharraq rally to shock Al Ahli -by Yousef Ahmed

MUHARRAQ took a major step towards booking a berth in the Golden Square final of the Bahrain Basketball League after an impressive 83-74 win over defending champions Al Ahli last night at Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex.

Mohammed Al Durazi and Mohammed Abdulmajeed inspired Muharraq to a late comeback after Al Ahli had dominated the early proceedings.

Both teams will clash again in their second best-of-three playoff scheduled for March 30 at the same venue and another win for Muharraq will seal their spot in the final.

If Al Ahli win there will be a third match scheduled for April 2 to decide the team to qualify for the final.

In the other semi-final match, 15-time champions Manama will be looking forward to bag their second successive win over Sitra when the two sides clash on March 29 at 7pm.

Manama defeated Sitra 74-52 in the first match on Wednesday. A win for Sitra will extend this playoff to a third match to be held on April 1.

The final match will be also played in a best-of-three format. The first final is scheduled for April 7, the second on April 10 and a possible third match will be on April 14.

Yesterday's thriller started with Al Ahli proving the better of the two sides as they took a three-point lead of 27-23, thanks to crucial points from Sayed Hashim Habib and veteran Ahmed Malalla.

Coached by Nigeria's Fredrick Femi, Al Ahli continued to stamp authority in the second quarter during which they went ahead by 16 points following contributions from their US professional Jamal Holden, playmaker Hussain Shaker and Sadeq Mahdi.

However, Al Ahli showed overconfidence as they started to waste a string of chances which allowed Muharraq's US coach John wojtak to lead his side to perform a strong comeback and cut the deficit to 44-39 at half-time.

Al Durazi was the highlight of this quarter when he scored 14 consecutive points, including two three-pointers in a space of 40 seconds which put Muharraq back in the game.

The third quarter was the most exciting stage in the match with both teams giving their best.

Abdulmajid scored two points to give Muharraq their first lead in the match at 53-51 with two minutes remaining but Al Ahli soon regained momentum to level the scores 58-58 at the end of the quarter.

The match became a neck-and-neck affair until the last two minutes when Holden was pulled out after suffering an ankle injury.

That proved vital and Muharraq took full advantage to score from all over the court through Abdulmajeed Shahram, Al Durazi and Abdulmajeed.

Muharraq secured victory as they went up 75-66 with less than two minutes remaining.

The team in red jerseys successfully managed to consume time and maintained the good margin lead for a moral-boosting victory.

Source: GDN


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BELIZE

Diamonds Still With Pefect Record in BECOL Tournament!!! -by David Magana
Last Saturday night in the BECOL Tournament three games were played. In the U-20 division, St Ignatius High School(3-0) defeated in a close and exciting game West Side(0-2) by a score of 32 - 28. For the winning team, Frank Fuller scored 17 pts and had 5 rebs. In a losing effort, Halil Alcoser scored 10 pts while F. Kotch scored 9 pts.
In the Over-35, Hydro Power(1-2) fell to Benque Rockers(3-1) by 45 - 56. For the winning team, Marlon 'Snake' Villanueva scored 20 pts, 6 rebs, Maino 'Skull' Bevans 16 pts and 6 rebs. In a losing effort Gerald Usher scored 20 pts while Douglas 'Doc' Smith 13 pts and 6 rebs.
In the Senior division, Belize Bank Diamonds(3-0) won its third game in a row after defeating the Maratown Patriots(0-2) by 67 - 54. Even with Richard Troyer's (196-F-84) excellent presentation in the tournament, the Patriots couldn't fight back enough to win the Diamonds in an exciting ball game. For the Diamonds, Emerson 'Emo' King had double double figures with 23 pts and 12 rebs while Lester Cadle (188-G-80) 14 pts and 9 rebs. In a losing effort, Richard Troyer scored 22 pts, 11 rebs while Jovian Urbina 10 pts and Jermaine Pandy 8 pts.

This coming weekend will be Easter Break - no games.

Games for next weekend, March 28th & 29th. First game starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Friday night: Game 1(U - 17) - Wolves vs. L.A. Tigers
Game 2(U - 20) - Young Stars vs. St. Ignatius High School
Game 3(Srs.) - SHJC/BNE vs. Belize Bank Diamonds

Games for Saturday night will be played at the UB gym in Belmopan City, starting at 6:30 p.m. Entrance fee will be $3, and food and drinks will be on sale. The association is doing a fundraising drive to purchase a set of shot clocks.

Saturday night: Game 1(U - 20) - Hydro Power vs. West Side
Game 2(Srs.) - Patriots vs. Christ for Life from Roaring Creek
Game 3(O - 35) - Hydro Power vs. Belmopan Bandits


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BOSNIA

Bosnians abroad -by Eurobasket News
Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) (205-F-74, college: Indiana) scored 15 points and made 5 rebounds for the Bulgarian defending champions Lukoil Academic that did not pass the ULEB Cup Top 16 test and fell short at the stage of the tournament. Lukoil took on Dynamo Moscow and were narrowly beaten in both encounters. Yesterday Lukoil travelled to Russian capital having a 14-point deficit after the home game and never seriously threatened Dynamo in Moscow. The 2006 ULEB Cup champions dominated throughout the game and easily booked their Final Eight ticket. Lukoil entered the game bravely and the visitors grabbed a 12:10 lead early in the game. Sergei Monya nailed a treble and Milos Vujanic added a jumper for Dynamo to build a 25:21 lead at the first intermission. Travis Hansen opened the second quarter with 5 straight points as Dynamo started to get away. Riste Stefanov and Haris Mujezinovic nailed jump shots, while Willie Deane III connected from beyond the arc to keep Lukoil within striking distance. But Travis Hansen and Henry Domercant fired from downtown and Dynamo cleared off to a 13-point distance. Pero Antic and Haris Mujezinovic dragged Lukoil back but Henry Domercant hit another triple for Dynamo to stay ahead 55:41 at halftime. Antonis Fotsis, Milos Vujanic and Travis Hansen opened up a 20+ cushion for the hosts at the beginning of the third stanza. Willie Deane III battled back for Lukoil with 5 points in a row but his effort was immediately matched by Javtokas and once again Travis Hansen. Dynamo enjoyed an insurmountable 86:59 advantage after three quarters. Samoylenko stretched it even further to tip off the fourth period and the teams simply coasted to the game finale. Henry Domercant scored 25 points to pace Dynamo. Travis Hansen dropped 23 points, while Sergei Monya added 13 in a winning cause. Willie Deane III answered with 24 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for Lukoil. Riste Stefanov had 16 points and 7 boards in a loss. The home side outrebounded Lukoil 37:33 and held them to 34% from the field.

Stanko Barac (217-C-86) had 2 points and 2 rebounds for Spanish Pamesa Valencia that reached the Final 8 last as the team overcame Croatian Zagreb tonight 93:70. A fascinating second half for the hosts had nothing to do with Zadar's hopes to advance. Ruben Douglas paced Pamesa with 29 points. Fred House netted 16, while Dejan Milojevic ended up with 14 points. Juby Johnson finished the game with 20 points in the losing clause.In an offensive opening quarter both teams exchanged the baskets, but Pamesa was glad to take 14:7 lead. After three three-pointers the hosts held their seven, 28:21. An 11-0 run in the beginning of the second did not upset Zadar as they started to play better. Corey Brewer and Johnson got Zadar within 47:40. Both teams disappeared in the lockers with 47:43.In the third quarter it became clear that Zadar would not advance to the Final 8. After some points from Dejan Milojevic and then Ruben Douglas Pamesa had 59:46 lead. Another Ruben Douglas's triple made it 68:51. A 25:8 and 21:9 were too much for the Croatian team to stay in the game. Spanish squad benefited from it and won the encounter.

Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) produced 13 points for Rytas that overcame Zalgiris 91:79 with the help of 11,000 spectators in Vilnius. A confident second half was decisive in the game and allowed Rytas improved to 16-1. Chuck Eidson and Martynas Gecevicius led the winners with 19 points. Kenan Bajramovic supported them with 13 and Jared Jordan scored 11. DeJuan Collins and Jonas Maciulis chipped in 14 points in the losing effort. In the first game of these teams of BBL this season Zalgiris beat Lietuvos 80:72. the game was played on 17th November and it is the only defeat for Rytas in the season. Jonas Maciulis opened the game for the guests and kept them in front in the early going. After 12:16 Lietuvos Rytas mounted in 10-0 run to close the quarter at 26:19. Martynas Gecevicius buried a stop-and-pop jumper in transition right at the start second quarter, but then it was Zalgiris to take the control of the game. Rytas could not find the way to the basket and allowed the guests to tie at 39. Moreover Jonas Maciulis ended up the half from the arc for 39:42. Jurak gave the guests 44:49 and then the game has chanced again. An 11-0 run saw the hosts improved to 55:49 in the end of the third. Zalgiris's defense could not figure out which Rytas's scorers to try to stop.Lietuvos kept rolling anyway and had 70:65 after 30 minutes. The hosts speed up the tempo early in the fourth quarter and never looked behind. Price with a three set up the final, 91:79 score.

Besiktas Cola Turka beat Crvena Zvezda in the second game in Turkey 81:69 and remained undefeated on their home court in ULEB Cup. Rick Apodaca scored 24 points, made 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners while Preston Shumpert also had 24 points but with 6 rebounds. Bosnian Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) was the best in Zvezda finishing the game with 17 points and 5 rebounds.


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CAMEROON

NCAA Tournament... -by Yann Tientcheu
The 2008 edition of the NCAA Tournamnent has already been launched, and less Cameroonian players are living the breath-taking excitment of March
Madness. Only five countrymen are competing in the NCAA tournament and this with UCLA (Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Alfred Aboya), University of Texas
(Alexis Wangmene (203-F/C-89)),Villanova University (Frank Tchuisi (203-F/C-86)) and UNLV (Beas Hamga (213-C) who is surrently red-shirted for injury).
UCLA defeated Mississipi Valley State University by the resounding score of 70-29 on march 20th. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) had 9pts and 9rbds in that game in 18mns of playing
time. Alfred Aboya (203-F/C-85) ,who saw more playing time than Mbah A moute (who sprained his ankle last week during the Pac 10 Tournmant) scored 4pts and grabbed 6rds. UCLA will
face Texas A&M on March 22nd.
The Texas Longhorn of Alexis Wangmene will face the Austin Peay Governors today at 3pm, while Villanova of Frank Tchuisi will have much to deal with in Clemson University
at 9:50pm. University of Nevada at las Vegas of Beas Hamga defeated Kentucky University by the score 71-58. They will face Kansas University on the 22nd.


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CAPE VERDE

Standings
D1 Standings
1. ABC 5-1
2. Seven Stars 5-1
3. Predio 3-3
4. Ach.Grande 0-6


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CBA

CBA hands out season awards -by Eurobasket News
With the CBA season coming to an end the Association named the Best Rookie, the Best Coach and the Best Defensive Player of the Year. The Yakama Sun Kings centre Anthony Washington (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Duran International, college: Portland St.) received the Best Rookie of the Year award. The Portland State graduate averaged 7.0 points and 3.6 boards per game in his initial season. He also shot 68% from the field and blocked 1.2 shots per appearance. Anthony Washington was accompanied by Marcus Heard (6'7''-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) of East Kentucky, Tyrone Anderson (6'4''-G-84, agency: TASM, college: Concord) of the Pittsburgh Xplosion and Bilel Simmons (6'6''-G-83) from the Atlanta Krunk for the place in the CBA All-Rookie Team.
The Yakama Sun Kings' Paul Woolpert was named the CBA Coach of the Year. He steered the Sun Kings to a 43-5 record and set the record of wins in 48-games regular season. For the third consecutive season, and forth in his coaching career, Woolpert was named the 2008 CBA All-Star Classic head coach of the CBA's National (Western) Conference. Woolpert guided his All-Stars to a 109-107 victory. His record of 248 career victories placed him at the fifth spot in the CBA all-time coaching win list.
Meanwhile the Oklahoma Cavalry forward Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin) was voted as the Best Defensive Player of the Year. Marvin Phillips averaged 10 boards, 1 block and 1 steal per game in the season. He joined the Cavalry this season coming from Albany. Harvey Thomas (6'9''-F-82, college: Baylor) of Yakama, Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) and Sidney Holmes (6'7''-F-82, college: Lewis) of Minot and Steve Thomas (6'8''-F-81, agency: Promotex, college: Middle Tenn.St.) from East Kentucky joined Marvin Phillips for the CBA All-Defensive Team.
Earlier the CBA announced that James Jackson (5'10''-G-89) from the East Kentucky Miners was chosen as the Newcomer of the Year. He averaged 21.4 points and 10.4 boards per game winning to player of the week awards during the season.


Minot reaches the CBA Final -by Eurobasket News
The Minot Skyrockets needed two games to complete their American Conference Final series against the Pittsburgh Xplosion. Minot won both games and advanced to the CBA Final, where they would clash with the Oklahoma Cavalry. Minot opened the series against Pittsburgh with a confident 105:87 victory. It was a well-matched battle throughout three quarters but the Skyrockets held the visitors to just 9 points in the final stanza and ran away for good. Ray Cunningham (6'7''-F-79, agency: Warren Sports, college: Murray St.) led the hosts with 20 points, 14 boards and 5 blocks. Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) provided 26 points to lead all scorers, while Kevin Johnson dropped 17 points for the winners. John DeGroat (6'6''-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 23 points and 9 boards for the Xplosion. Lincoln Glass (5'11''-G-79, college: Auburn) had 10 points, 11 assists and 8 boards in defeat.
Game 2 also took part at the Minot Municipal Auditorium and the Skyrockets swept the series beating Pittsburgh 103:89. The Skyrockets made it into history as they reached their first ever CBA final in the second season of the CBA action for the franchise. Kevin Rice (6'4''-G-75, college: Utah St.) ignited a 10:2 run late in the first frame that allowed the hosts to grab a 30:21 lead. The Xplosion stayed at a striking distance losing by 6 points at halftime 48:54. The situation hardly changed in the third period as the home side managed to stretch the margin by only 2 points. However Ronnie Fields and Ray Cunningham accounted for a couple of vital buckets midway through the fourth period and Pittsburgh never recovered at the dying stages. Ronnie Fields finished with 20 points for Minot. Sidney Holmes (6'7''-F-82, college: Lewis) provided 16 points and 16 boards, while Ray Cunningham added 14 in a winning clause. Kevin Mickens (6'9''-F-83, college: George Mason) answered with 23 points, while Albert White (6'6''-G/F-77, college: Missouri) secured 21 in a loss.


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DENMARK

Svendborg beats Amager in Game 1 of the semifinal -by Eurobasket News
Svendborg- Amager 103:83

The Svendborg Rabbits got to a spectacular start of their semifinal series against BK Amager. The second-ranked team of the regular season dominated merely every facet of the game and deservedly took a 1-0 lead in the series. The Rabbits jumped to a stunning 33:18 advantage after 10 minutes of action. Amager struggled to adjust their offense and were limited to 13 points in the second period. It resulted in Svendborg grabbing a massive 27-point advantage at halftime. The things never changed after the long break. The hosts mounted the pressure and stretched the gap to insurmountable 32 points heading into the final period. The generous home team allowed Amager to win the final term but it had little impact on the outcome. Svendborg stepped in front in the title chase and would now travel to Amager to play Game 2 on Saturday. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Arlington) paced the hosts with 28 points and 7 assists. Claus Magaard (194-G/F-86) had 17 points, while Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) secured 14 in a winning case. Matt Cooper (201-F-85, college: Le Moyne) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Amager. Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Amager were slightly better under the rims outrebounding Svendborg 31:30. Amager converted 40% from the field, while Svendborg sank solid 56% of field goals.

Svendborg: Jarrett Howell 25, Claus Magaard 17, Ivan Hoger 14
Amager: Matt Cooper 25, Peter Johansen 21+10 boards


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EUROLEAGUE

Lietuvos Rytas finish their Euroleague campaign -by Eurobasket News
Aris - Lietuvos Rytas 83:74

Lietuvos Rytas ended their Euroleague action yesterday losing to Aris at the Palais des Sports in Thessaloniki. Both teams entered the game with no chances to advance to the quarterfinal stage and played for dignity. The teams played evenly in the opening minutes with the score tied at 10. The visitors then spurred ahead and managed to secure a 19:18 lead after the starting frame. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) stepped up with 5 straight points early in the second quarter to put the hosts up 24:23. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) soon accounted for 4 points as Aris went on a 6:0 run and stretched the gap to 8 points 34:26. But Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) connected from downtown late in the half and dragged Lietuvos Rytas within 4 points at the break 36:40. Jeremiah Massey continued to terrorize the visitors' defense as he nailed two baskets at the start of the third period to keep Aris in front. Darius Washington scored a triple and the home side ran away to a 9-point distance. However Lietuvos Rytas answered with a 7:0 run that allowed them to come as close as 2 points from Aris with 2 minutes left in the third frame. Nevertheless Aris had the last laugh in the quarter as Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Washington made it a 57:48 advantage for the home team after 30 minutes of action. Bajramovic teamed up with Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) to trim the deficit to 6 points early in the fourth. Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) and Iliadis however quickly restored a 10-point buffer and eventually never looked back. Jeremiah Massey finished with game-high 28 points and 12 boards for Aris. Darius Washington added 18 points and 4 assists, while Iliadis contributed 13 points for the winners. Kenan Bajramovic answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Jackson Vroman secured 13 points in a losing effort. Despite the loss Lithuanian team managed to surpass Aris in Group E due to a 15-point victory in Vilnius.

Aris: Jeremiah Massey 28+12 boards, Darius Washington 18, Iliadis 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 14+10 boards, Jackson Vroman 13


Partizan Igokea knocked out big PAO and reached Euroleague play-offs !!! -by Dragan Jankovski

Partizan Igokea - Panathinaikos 82-73

It was a totally unforgettable last night in Belgrade's arena 'Pionir' as Partizan Igokea finally crushed reining European champion Panathinaikos from Athens by knocking them out of the competition! At the same time Partizan made unbelievable success entering into the Euroleague play-offs. What seemed to be an almost unreachable dream before the TOP 16 has now become reality! Partizan Igokea is for sure the most pleasant surprise of the season in all European international competitions.

Pionir was absolutely packed up to the last seat and almost a thousand people had to stay outside. After the first ten minutes, Partizan made 26-17 showing strong potential to finally crush the Greek giants this season as they celebrated 3 times very luckily. PAO woke up a little bit in the second quarter but Partizan still kept plus 5 at half time. Despite amazing pressure from the Partizan's fans visitors succeeded to equalize in the third quarter 53-53 but very soon Partizan made run 7-0 after which Prkacin made it minus 5 before the last period. At the half way point of the last quarter green PAO took the lead 64-66 for the first time since the early beginning and it seemed that the team from Athens would once again beat Partizan at the very end. The crucial moment of the game was a 3-pointer by Novica Velickovic over Michael Batiste for 73-67 after which Pekovic and Palacio led their team to the Eurolegue play-offs with routine. Pinir was full almost 45 minutes after the game where Partizan's fans celebrated one of the most important victories in the last 15 years. The black and white team totally out rebounded the visitors as they had 38 rebounds with only 18 by PAO.

Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) was the best for the winners scoring 24 points. Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) also had amazing night registering a double-double. He was MVP of the game with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) added 11 points while Partizan's first star Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 9 points and 5 rebounds. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) netted 20 points for Panathinaikos while Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) followed him with 12 points and 4 rebounds.

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic said: 'I am extremely happy because of this unbelievable win against current Euroleague champion. I want to congratulate my players and to say them a big thank you because they gave 100% in every game of TOP 16 phase. I really don't remember when the atmosphere and audience was better than tonight! We are ready for the battle against TAU in the 1/4 finals'.

PAO's guard Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) said: 'I want to congratulate Partizan on this win. Everything was on extremely high level: audience, performance, everything. We lost because of rebounding tonight.'


Partizan Igokea - Panathinaikos 82-73
(26-17,16-20,18-18,22-18)

Partizan:
Palacio 24, Kecman 16 (13 rebs, 5 as), Velickovic 11 (4 rebs), Pekovic 9 (5 rebs)
Panathinaikos: Jasikevicius 20, Batiste 12 (4 rebs), Spanoulis 11



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


Olympiakos qualified in Euroleagues quarterfinals after winning Real 72-63! -by Chris Mammides
It is now a fact! Greek Basketball will have at least one representative as Olympiakos just kicked out of Euroleague the host team of Final Four, Real Madrid!
Olympiacos is headed to the Quarterfinal Playoffs! Panagiotis Giannakis Reds downed Real Madrid 72-63 at the end of an intense battle in front of a sold-out crowd at the Peace and Friendship Stadium to wrap up second place in Group F and a playoff match up with last season's runner-up, CSKA Moscow. In a game that was closer than the final score would indicate, Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) returned from injury to join Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) and Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) in scoring crucial fourth-quarter points as Olympiacos held off Madrid and eliminated the powerful team that was expected to compete for the title at the Final Four in its own city in May. Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84) led the Reds with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) added 12 and the Top 16's top scorer Lynn Greer and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) netted 9 apiece. Raul Lopez led Madrid with 16; Axel scored 12 and Louis Bullock 10.
Panagiotis Giannakis prove once more how big Coach he is as he turned Gershon's team from a loosing site to a victorious site in just 1.5 months!!

It was an extraordinary night for Olympiacos fans from the beginning as the heroes from the Olympiacos team that won the 1997 Euroleague title, Giorgos Siagalas, Panagiotis Fassoulas, Milan Tomic and Coach Dusan Ivkovic were honored by Euroleague Basketball before the tip-off


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FRANCE

NM1: The leaders and their chances to reach ProB -by Chris Spiesser
Last week, Antibes and Charleville took a two wins margin over Blois and Fos, their closest followers. Eight games are remaining the competition is still opened. But have the followers a true chance to stick back to the first rank is question that needs to be asked. Considering the trend, the calendar or the head-to-head games, which team is the most likely to conceed losses, which one could set a perfect 8-0 sheet?

The calendar
Nobody has any particular asset considering the upcoming games. Each team has 4 games to play at home and 4 games on the road. The leader's adversaries have quite the same balance. Maybe we could stress out a little advantage for Fos which has a couple of underdogs on the menu but nobody can count on an easy schedule. The main information revealed by the calendar is that there is only one game remaining that will oppose two of our four leading teams. Over the last days, no team showed a real weak trend but Blois should be happy to welcome the return of the suspended Lorenzo Orr.

The importance of Blois-Charleville
This confrontation will take place next week and is gonna give the pace to a thrilling or quiet season ending. With a win, Blois (and Fos) could maintain pressure on the ardennians. With a road victory, Gretouce and Co will make a huge step to ProB. After this game no direct confrontation will happen anymore. In Charleville, Blois lost by 11 points, an addition that the greens should try to overcome in order to take the most profit of this game.

The other head-to-head games
The biggest beneficiary is Antibes which has the best balance over the other team, what gives one more joker to the provencals. Charleville conceeds 2 points to Fos and 5 to Antibes, which stresses out a new time the weight of the game against Blois. Fos' situation is quite alright with a better point average than Chaleville (+2) and Blois (+7), but the other provencal team will have to post a perfect balance over the last games to remain in the decisive race. Blois can't miss it's rendez-vous against Charleville but this will only be the aperitive to a tricky final, especially as Fos and Antibes have a better point average.

To conclude, it is obvious that Antibes has more than one foot in the upper level but the situation remains open for the other teams. Of course, Charleville has the best spot with its margin but Blois and Fos could be back in buisness in a few days. Concerning the Get Vosges, they could still grab one of the two first spots but with a tricky calendar and no favourable point average to Antibes and Charleville only a bunch of hypotetical circumstance could lead the vosgians to the upper level.



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GERMANY

Yusuf Baker leaves Chemnitz -by Moritz Korff
Five match-days prior to the end of this current season Yusuf Baker (203-F/C-84, college: Mountain St.) has left BV Chemnitz 99 (2. Bundesliga Pro A) and returned to the USA for personal reasons. Baker asked to cancel the contract and the club-officials agreed. The 24-year-old Forward/Center had 8 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga for the Niners since he joined the team in January. He scored an average of 7.3 points per contest and was Chemnitz' second best rebounder with 7.8 boards per outing.

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GREECE

Olympiakos qualified in Euroleagues quarterfinals after winning Real 72-63! -by Chris Mammides
It is now a fact! Greek Basketball will have at least one representative as Olympiakos just kicked out of Euroleague the host team of Final Four, Real Madrid!
Olympiacos is headed to the Quarterfinal Playoffs! Panagiotis Giannakis Reds downed Real Madrid 72-63 at the end of an intense battle in front of a sold-out crowd at the Peace and Friendship Stadium to wrap up second place in Group F and a playoff match up with last season's runner-up, CSKA Moscow. In a game that was closer than the final score would indicate, Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) returned from injury to join Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) and Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) in scoring crucial fourth-quarter points as Olympiacos held off Madrid and eliminated the powerful team that was expected to compete for the title at the Final Four in its own city in May. Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84) led the Reds with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) added 12 and the Top 16's top scorer Lynn Greer and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) netted 9 apiece. Raul Lopez led Madrid with 16; Axel scored 12 and Louis Bullock 10.
Panagiotis Giannakis prove once more how big Coach he is as he turned Gershon's team from a loosing site to a victorious site in just 1.5 months!!

It was an extraordinary night for Olympiacos fans from the beginning as the heroes from the Olympiacos team that won the 1997 Euroleague title, Giorgos Siagalas, Panagiotis Fassoulas, Milan Tomic and Coach Dusan Ivkovic were honored by Euroleague Basketball before the tip-off


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HUNGARY

Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
1. Falco 19-4
2. Dombovar 15-7
3. Pecs 14-7
4. Szolnok 14-7
5. Atomeromu 14-8
6. Nyiregyhazi 13-9
7. Albacomp 12-10
8. Kormend 12-10
9. Univer KSE 10-12
10. ZTE KK 9-11
11. Soproni 9-12
12. MAFC 6-16
13. Bodrogi Bau 4-18
14. Kaposvari 4-18


Hungarian Cup: Albacomp in Final4 -by Tamas Deri
Mike English had a tripple-double again, but not even him and Wiley could lead the team of Dombovar into the Final Four. Mills and Sanders did not have their best day and even the Hungarians could not improve as in so many games this season.
All the starters of the home team scored in double figure and with win Albacomp got as 4th team into the Cup Final4.

Albacomp-Planet Leasing Dombovar KC 98-79
(26-24, 25-16, 21-19, 26-20)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 1000, Referees: Hartyanyi, Benczur, Hegedus
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 15/6, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 29/12, Radovic 14/3, McClendon 11/3, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 21, David G. 2, Boozer 6, Antal, Soos. Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
DKC: Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) 18, Mills 18/12, Deak 11/6, Sanders 8, Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) 22/12, Bodi, Balogh L. 2, Molnar M., Coach: Dzunic Branislav


ASE won in Kecskemet -by Tamas Deri
Last night the team of ASE managed to pull of a win in Kecskemet even without big man Robert Gulyas and made a big step to come into the fourth spot after the regular season.

UNIVER-KECSKEMET - ATOMERŐMŰ SE 75 - 85
(15-24, 23-24, 21-18, 16-19)
Kecskemet, Att.: 700, Referees: Foldhazi, Kothay, Szilas
UNIVER: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Birmingham Souther) 15/12, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 17/3, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 4, Jefferson 11, Fiegi 11/3, Szabo 12/3, Toth 3/3, Halmai 2, Vida, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
ASE: Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) 13/3, Murry 2, Kiss 11/6, Zoltan Horvath 18/3, Csaplar-Nagy 9, Toroman 11/6, Brooks 9/3, Panta, Stevenson 12, Coach: Balazs Sabali


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IBL

Standings
IBL Standings


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ICELAND

1.division play-offs. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
1.division started last night. FSU did not have hard time beating Haukar. Final score 113-90. Haukar playing without any foreign player has done well with young team. Top scorers for FSU. Matthew Hammer 26. Emil johannsson 20. For Haukar Sveinn Sveinsson 16. Oskar Magnusson 15.

Valur beat Armann in the other play-off game 79-77 on a three point shot by Ragnar Gylfasom. Valur up by as many as 16 points in first half but team did struggle against Armann zone defense in second half.
Top scorers for Valur. Craig Walls (201-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: New Hampshire) 23.Hordur Hreidarsson 19. Ragnar Gylfason 16. For Armann. Steinar Kaldal 19. George Byrd 16. Gunnlaugur Elsuson 16


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JAMAICA

Decatur Christian wins National basketball title -by Leonard Whyte
Decatur, IL (3-19-2008) - Senior forward, Demeatrio Wade, formerly of Excelsior High School, ended his high school career with a bang when he led Decatur Christian School to the National Association of Christian Athletes National Championships in Dayton, Tennessee, over the weekend. The team returned home to Decatur on Monday and was met by a large and jubilant group of fans who lined the parade route to congratulate their heroes. Decatur Christian won the eight team tournament to end its season 29-3. Wade was voted the 'Most Valuable Player' of the tournament after finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and six block shots in the deciding game.

Southeastern Illinois win opener of NJCAA National Tournament -by Leonard Whyte
Hutchinson, KS (3-20-2008) - Forward Andree Wilson, playing one of his biggest games since his arrival at Southeastern Illinois College (SIC), scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead SIC to a close 63-57 triumph over Paris Junior College in the opening round of the NJCAA Men's National Tournament on Tuesday night. SIC will now face Salt Lake Community College in the quarterfinals today. Wilson, a 6' 4' sophomore forward, made the biggest play of the game when he grabbed a crucial offensive rebound and scored on the put-back and was fouled. He calmly sank the free throw to give SIC a five-point lead with 23 seconds remaining.

Tulsa continues winning ways with victory over Miami-Ohio -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (3-20-2008) - Center Jerome Jordan scored six points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds as the University of Tulsa defeated the University of Miami-Ohio 61-45 last night in the first round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational Tournament. Tulsa, who have won now 11 of its last 14 games, including a run to the championship game of the Conference USA tournament, advances to play the University of Utah next Monday. The victory helped Tulsa improve to 21-13 on the season.

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JAPAN

Aisin takes Game 1 of JBL Finals -by Kenny
The Aisin Sea Horses drew first blood as they beat the Toyota Alvark 81-65 in Game 1 of the JBL Finals on Thursday, March 20th in Tokyo. After getting off to a slow start in the 1st quarter, Aisin turned the game around in the 2nd quarter as they outscored Toyota 21-12 despite playing most of the 2nd quarter without C J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UCLA) who had to sit out most of the quarter after picking up 3 fouls in the 1st quarter. The Sea Horses were outscored 27-19 in the 1st quarter and it looked like they were in tough, especially after Sakuragi picked up his 3rd foul late in the 1st quarter, but key 3-pointers by F James Maye and PG Shinsuke Kashiwagi brought them back into the game and they never looked back after that.

Aisin was led by Sakuragi's 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Swingman Alpha Bangura also contributed to the win by making some big shots in the 2nd half for a total of 19 points. Regular season MVP Kashiwagi made 4 out of 5 3-point attempts and finished with 16 points overall while fellow countryman F Kosuke Takeuchi also pitched in with 13 points and 10 boards. Toyota was led by F Charles O' Bannon's 26 points and 15 rebounds, although some of those points came in garbage time at the end of the game.

Aisin not only has the advantage now with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series, but they also have a huge advantage inside with the dominant 6-8 Sakuragi posting up on the block against Toyota's 6-6 center Satoru Furuta or the 6-5 O'Bannon. Both Furuta and O'Bannon had a tough time in Game 1 defending the much taller and much longer Sakuragi. Toyota will most likely make some adjustments in Game 2 in order to stop Sakuragi.

Game 2 will be played on Saturday, March 22nd in Tokyo.


Notes: Over 70% of teams that win Game 1 of the JBL Finals end up winning the series, although that number is slightly misleading since the JBL only started playing a best-of-5 Finals from the 2005 JBL Finals. Prior to 2005, the JBL Finals was a best-of-3 series.


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JORDAN

Market News... -by Mohammed Malas


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JUCO

Salt Lake CC and Three Rivers CC are the first semifinalists -by Eurobasket News
The NJCAA National Championship continued its action in Hutchinson yesterday. Two teams already booked their spots in the semifinal. The Salt Lake Bruins clashed with the Southeastern Illinois Falcons in the first quarterfinal battle. A strong defensive effort and the dominance in the paint played a key role as the Bruins overcame their opponents to become the first semifinalists. They stunned the Falcons 41:20 in the first half and never looked back. The 4th-ranked Bruins looked too good for the Falcons yesterday and celebrated a well-deserved 74:45 victory. Brian Green paced the winners with 23 points. Papa Samba Guisse (6'8''-C-85) contributed 10 points and 6 boards for Salt Lake. Monie Hudson answered with 18 points for Southeastern Illinois. Austin Hill chipped in 17 points in a losing effort.
Salt Lake CC will face Three Rivers CC at the semifinal stage. The Raiders took care of Eastern Arizona in a closely-fought encounter 75:73. The Monsters got to a better start to the game and held to a 38:29 lead at halftime. But the Raiders recovered just well after the break. Bryan Sherrer led the offensive charge, while Jeff McClain dominated inside the paint as Three Rivers caught up with the Monsters and turned out to be just more accurate at the crunch time. Bryan Sherrer topscored with 24 points for Three Rivers. Ken Bingham added 19 points, while Jeff McClain grabbed 12 boards for the winners. Will Bynum (6'3''-G) responded with 16 points for Eastern Arizona.
Three Rivers and Salt Lake will play are scheduled to play on Friday.


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KOSOVO

Weekend Schedule for 22/23.03.2008 -by Edona Shabani
This is weekend schedule :

MABETEX SUPER LEAGUE A

Week VI-

KOSOVA-SIGAL PRISHTINA, Saturday, on 19,00
Referees :Arbnor Rifati, Xhelal Mumini, Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors :Tajar Rifati

YLLI-TREPCA, Sunday on 15,00
Referees :Daut Mehmeti, Alban Vula, Isa Prebreza
Monitors :Agim Visoka

MABETEX SUPER LEAGUE B

Week III-

KASTRIOTI - SHB'12', Saturday on 18,00
Referees :Hektor Grezda, Vllaznim Rraci, Zaim Zenuni
Monitors :Bajrush Ademi

BASHKIMI - RC COLA DRITA, Sunday on 17,00
Referees :Hajredin Zeka, Mehdi Gashi, Faton Kurshumliu,
Monitors :Muhamet Ahma

FIRS LEAGUE

-IV-

LLAPI - MALISHEVA, Saturday on 16,00
Referees :Mehdi Gashi, Daut Mehmeti
Monitors :Remzi Ramadani

VERTIKALI - EUROSPORTI ,Saturday on 20,00
Referees :Fisnik Ramadani, Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors :Alban Lumi

FUSH╦ KOSOVA rests

TOYOTA WOMEN LEAGUE

WEEK XI

V╦LLAZNIMI - DRITA, Sunday on 12,00
Referees :Hektor Grezda, Vllaznim Rraci.
Monitors :Blerim Vula

TREPCA - KASTRIOTI, Saturday on 11,00
Referees :Ilhan Xhaka, Armend Sejdiu
Monitors :Mehmet Xhemaili

SIGAL PRISHTINA - PRISHTINA PROBASKET, Saturday on 18,00
Referees :Fisnik Ramadani, Fitim Gashi
Monitors :Sejdi Mehmeti

PENZA - BASHKIMI, Saturday on 16,00
Referees :Labinot Belegu, Dren Pudarolli
Monitors :Gazmend Pupovci

JUNIOR'S LEAGUE

GROUP A

WEEK VII

PEJA - YLLI, Sunday on 11,00
Referees :Agim Halili, Nol Spahija
Monitors :Gazmend Pupovci

BASHKIMI - ISTOGU, Saturday on 17,00
Referees :Glauk Collaku, Egzon Thaqi
Monitors :Tafil Hoxha

GROUP B
WEEK XI

TREPCA - KOSOVA, Saturday on 13,00
Referees :Ilhan Xhaka, Albert Verbiqi
Monitors :Mehmet Xhemaili

RC COLA DRITA - VERTIKALI, Sunday on 11,00
Referees :Burim Berisha, Bashkim Berbatovci
Monitors :Nuri Selmani

Rests: 'SIGAL PRISHTINA' 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

CADET'S LEAGUE

GROUP A

WEEK XI

YLLI - KALAJA, Friday on 13,00
Referees :Hazir Haxha, Abedin Berisha
Monitors :Ruzhdi Kuqi

PEJA AG - RC COLA DRITA, Saturday on 12,00
Referees :Dren Pudarolli, Egzon Gashi
Monitors :Bekim Agusholli

ABS V╦LLAZNIMI - BASHKIMI, Saturday 11,00
Referees :Vllaznim Rraci, Amir Mamusha
Monitors :Burim Koshi

Rests: 'TUSHI&GRUDA'

GROUP B

WEEK XI

PRISHTINA PROBASKET - VUSHTRIA BASKET, Saturday on 16,00
Referees :Fitim Gashi, Kushtrim Gashi,
Monitors :Alban Lumi

TREPCA - EUROBASKET, Sunday on 11,30
Referees :Amend Sejdiu, Burim Beqiri
Monitors :Mehmet Xhemaili

SIGAL PRISHTINA - MITROVICA, Saturday on 10,00
Referees :Alban Vula, Burim Berisha
Monitors :Remzi Ramadani

VERTIKALI - BONUSI Saturday on 12,00
Referees :Xhelal Mumini, Isa Prebreza
Monitors :Sejdi Mehmeti

PIONEER'S LEAGUE ' STOBI FLIPS '
GROUP A

WEEK XI

KALAJA - NBA 23,Saturday on 13,00
Referees :Fjolla Elshani, Egzon Thaqi
Monitors :Tafil Hoxha

ABS V╦LLAZNIMI - PEJA AG, Saturday on 10,00
Referees :Vllaznim Rraci, Amir Mamusha
Monitors :Burim Koshi

BASHKIMI - YLLI, Sunday on 11,00
Referees :Hysen Hasani, Kushtrim Cocaj
Monitors :Tafil Hoxha

SHB '12' - RC COLA DRITA, Saturday on 13,30
Referees :Labinot Belegu, Drin Veselaj
Monitors :Mahir Spahija

GROUP B

WEEK XI

BONUSI - VERTIKALI
Referees :Bashkim Berbatovci, Flamur Ajeti
Monitors :Hasim Jashanica


TREPCA - EUROBASKET, Sunday on 10,00
Referees :Albert Verbiqi, Burim Beqiri
Monitors :Mehmet Xhemaili


MEGABASKET - PRISHTINA PROBASKET ,Sunday on 13,30
Referees :Zaim Zenuni, Xhavit Beqiri
Monitors :Bajrush Ademi

Rests: 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LATVIA

LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
1. Barons/LMT 11-1
2. Valmiera 10-8
3. ASK Riga 9-1
4. BK Ventsp. 9-2
5. Liep.Lauvas 9-8
6. VEF Riga 9-9
7. Bum./ASK 2-15
8. Keizarmezs 1-16
Division II
1. Zemgale 25-5
2. Ventspils au. 22-6
3. RNS-D/Livani 18-10
4. ASK/Juniors 18-12
5. Jurmala 14-16
6. LU/Ridzene 13-17
7. Roja 11-19
8. Cesis/Remarks 6-24
9. Saldus 5-23


Stats Leaders
LBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Ozols (Jurmala) 21.0
Kanbergs (VA) 19.9
Rudzitis (Bum.) 18.6
Delveris (Roja) 18.5
Mizis (LU/Ridz.) 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
Stimac (Valmiera) 11.3
Ed.Eglitis (LU/Ridz.) 8.8
Licitis (Saldus) 8.5
Alexander (Bar.) 8.1
Bucs (VA) 8.1
Assists Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 7.3
Buskevics (ASK) 4.5
Olivero (Valmiera) 4.0
Tiss (Saldus) 4.0
Raiskums (Zem.) 3.9
Steals Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 3.3
Skele (Barons) 2.8
Millage (ASK) 2.7,
Blocks Per Game
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 2.7
D.Rozitis (Cesis) 2.4
Rich (Liepaja) 2.4
Ranking
Stimac (Valmiera) 22.5
Kanbergs (VA) 21.1
Raiskums (Zemgale) 20.5


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


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LIBERIA

Pythons bounce back -by Numennie Williams
NPA Pyhtons bounced back last weekend to beat Uhuru Kings 84-78 points in a tense match that was characterized by fist fight and injuries. Uhuru led Pythons in three quarters and lost in the last seven minutes of the match.Python's Mark Smith receives head injuries in the dyingminutes of the match after he was challenged by Uhuru King's Richelieu Allison in a lay out process. Earlier on Saturday, in the female division, former female champion Phoenix buried TIimber wolves 52-22 points. On Sunday March 16, Timber wolves fell to Rock Angels Shooters 53-54 points in a female clash. The league continus this week.

Several qualified for Second Round -by Numennie Williams
Several teams have qualified for the second round of the Liberia Basketball Association national league. Those qualified in the first division are NPA Pythons, LPRC oilers, Uhuru Kings and Mighty Barrolle. The rest Dream Team and Flames and in the female division, champion K-Deltas, Phoenix, Survivors and Commissioners are through. The rest are Destiny Queens and Rockers Angels Shooters. Those that booked tickets in the second division are, Cestor Mogars, Dream Team, Flip Star, Wild Cats, Urban Invaders amongst others.
Meanwhile the first phase of the league continued during the week. On Sunday March 16, Flames fell to LPRC Oilers 63-102 and Mighty Barrolle went down to Commissioners 63-68 points to the disbelief of the many spectators. On Monday March 17, Cestor Mogars clipped Supreme Brothers 49-47 points in a breath taking encounter and in the second match Uhuru Prince slapped Urban Invaders 67-61 points.v


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LITHUANIA

Lietuvos Rytas finish their Euroleague campaign -by Eurobasket News
Aris - Lietuvos Rytas 83:74

Lietuvos Rytas ended their Euroleague action yesterday losing to Aris at the Palais des Sports in Thessaloniki. Both teams entered the game with no chances to advance to the quarterfinal stage and played for dignity. The teams played evenly in the opening minutes with the score tied at 10. The visitors then spurred ahead and managed to secure a 19:18 lead after the starting frame. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) stepped up with 5 straight points early in the second quarter to put the hosts up 24:23. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) soon accounted for 4 points as Aris went on a 6:0 run and stretched the gap to 8 points 34:26. But Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) connected from downtown late in the half and dragged Lietuvos Rytas within 4 points at the break 36:40. Jeremiah Massey continued to terrorize the visitors' defense as he nailed two baskets at the start of the third period to keep Aris in front. Darius Washington scored a triple and the home side ran away to a 9-point distance. However Lietuvos Rytas answered with a 7:0 run that allowed them to come as close as 2 points from Aris with 2 minutes left in the third frame. Nevertheless Aris had the last laugh in the quarter as Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Washington made it a 57:48 advantage for the home team after 30 minutes of action. Bajramovic teamed up with Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) to trim the deficit to 6 points early in the fourth. Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) and Iliadis however quickly restored a 10-point buffer and eventually never looked back. Jeremiah Massey finished with game-high 28 points and 12 boards for Aris. Darius Washington added 18 points and 4 assists, while Iliadis contributed 13 points for the winners. Kenan Bajramovic answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Jackson Vroman secured 13 points in a losing effort. Despite the loss Lithuanian team managed to surpass Aris in Group E due to a 15-point victory in Vilnius.

Aris: Jeremiah Massey 28+12 boards, Darius Washington 18, Iliadis 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 14+10 boards, Jackson Vroman 13


Lithuanians in Uleb Cup -by Eurobasket News
Unics Kazan used a 17-5 push to book its spot in the ULEB Cup Final Eight with a 74:59 victory over Artland Dragons. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) had another tremendous game with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Artland was led by 16 points from Adam Chubb, while John Goldsberry scored 14 points and Leon Rodgers had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) nailed 7 points and made 6 rebounds for Dynamo Moscow that advanced to Final 8 of Uleb Cup. Lukoil took on Dynamo Moscow and were narrowly beaten in both encounters. Bulgarian team travelled to Russian capital having a 14-point deficit after the home game and never seriously threatened Dynamo in Moscow. The 2006 ULEB Cup champions dominated throughout the game and easily booked their Final Eight ticket. Lukoil entered the game bravely and the visitors grabbed a 12:10 lead early in the game. Sergei Monya nailed a treble and Milos Vujanic added a jumper for Dynamo to build a 25:21 lead at the first intermission. Travis Hansen opened the second quarter with 5 straight points as Dynamo started to get away. Riste Stefanov and Haris Mujezinovic nailed jump shots, while Willie Deane III connected from beyond the arc to keep Lukoil within striking distance. But Travis Hansen and Henry Domercant fired from downtown and Dynamo cleared off to a 13-point distance. Pero Antic and Haris Mujezinovic dragged Lukoil back but Henry Domercant hit another triple for Dynamo to stay ahead 55:41 at halftime. Antonis Fotsis, Milos Vujanic and Travis Hansen opened up a 20+ cushion for the hosts at the beginning of the third stanza. Willie Deane III battled back for Lukoil with 5 points in a row but his effort was immediately matched by Robertas Javtokas and once again Travis Hansen. Dynamo enjoyed an insurmountable 86:59 advantage after three quarters. Samoylenko stretched it even further to tip off the fourth period and the teams simply coasted to the game finale. Henry Domercant scored 25 points to pace Dynamo. Travis Hansen dropped 23 points, while Sergei Monya added 13 in a winning cause. Willie Deane III answered with 24 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for Lukoil. Riste Stefanov had 16 points and 7 boards in a loss. The home side outrebounded Lukoil 37:33 and held them to 34% from the field.
Mindaugas Timinskas (201-F-74, college: Iona) 's Pamesa Valencia reached the Final 8 last as the team overcame Croatian Zagreb tonight 93:70. A fascinating second half for the hosts had nothing to do with Zadar's hopes to advance. Ruben Douglas paced Pamesa with 29 points. Fred House netted 16, while Dejan Milojevic ended up with 14 points. Juby Johnson finished the game with 20 points in the losing clause.In an offensive opening quarter both teams exchanged the baskets, but Pamesa was glad to take 14:7 lead. After three three-pointers the hosts held their seven, 28:21. An 11-0 run in the beginning of the second did not upset Zadar as they started to play better. Corey Brewer and Johnson got Zadar within 47:40. Both teams disappeared in the lockers with 47:43.In the third quarter it became clear that Zadar would not advance to the Final 8. After some points from Dejan Milojevic and then Ruben Douglas Pamesa had 59:46 lead. Another Ruben Douglas's triple made it 68:51. A 25:8 and 21:9 were too much for the Croatian team to stay in the game. Spanish squad benefited from it and won the encounter.


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MEXICO

Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
Group North
1. Fuerza Guinda 8-6
2. Mineros 8-6
3. Vaqueros 7-7
4. Bucaneros 1-1
Group South
1. Frayles 9-5
2. Caballeros 9-5
3. Lobos UAD 8-6
4. Trigueros 8-6
5. Pioneros 6-8
6. Paskolas 6-8


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NEW ZEALAND

Standings Men
NBL Standings
1. Auckland 4-1
2. Waikato 3-0
3. Nelson 3-2
4. Harbour Heat 2-1
5. Wellington 2-2
6. Taranaki 2-2
7. Canterbury 1-2
8. G&H Hawks 1-2
9. Manawatu 0-3
10. Otago 0-3


Waikato keeps perfect record -by Eurobasket News
The Waikato Pistons remained undefeated as they stormed past the Manawatu Jets 99:61 in Hamilton. Seven players scored in double digits as the Pistons looked dominant and posted their third straight success in the tournament. Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) once again topscored for Waikato with 22 points. Jason Crowe (193-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) had 13 points and 12 assists spending the major part of the second half on the bench. Keith Davis (198-F-82) replied with 15 points for Manawatu. James Paringatai (202-F-86) added 10 points as Manawatu suffered their third straight loss.
The Auckland Stars secured their top spot in the ladder as they outpaced the visiting Otago Nuggets 92:82. The visitors kept it close throughout the main part of the encounter but fell just short when it was needed the most. Otago trailed by only 3 points with just over 3 minutes to go in regulation. But the hosts ignited an 8:1 run in the crunch time to pull away with the 4th win in the season. Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) led the action with 25 points and 12 boards. Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) contributed 23 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. Lemar Gayle (198-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield) finished with 20 points. This American guard joined the Nuggets on Monday following the departure of Rashaan Smith. Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon) had 18 points and 7 boards in defeat.
Meanwhile the Dynamos Taranaki headed to Taradale to face the Hawkes Bay Hawks. The hosts were leading by 5 points midway through the fourth period but Taranaki did not give it up. They exploded with 17:4 run and stole the victory away from the home team. Keith Salscheider (196-G/F-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: San Diego Chr.) notched game-high 29 points to pace Taranaki to a 99:96 victory. Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) added 21 points and 10 boards for the winners. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) answered with 24 points for the Hawks as they slipped to 1-2 record.


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NIGERIA

Comets beat Bullets 77-69 in warm-up game -by Olusegun Ikuesan
As organisers of the Lagos City league put finishes touches to the commencement of the 4th edition of the league, teams have begun to test their readiness for the league as former Nigeria Premier League Champion, Ebun Comets basketball club handed down a 77-69 points defeat to 2007 third place finisher, Kennys' Bullets in a friendly game at the Indoor of the Nigerian Air Force Base Thursday.

Thursday's match is the first between both side since Bullet's defeated the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored side to the third place in the 3rd edition of the City league last year.

The friendly battle was played over five quarters with Comets winning three of the quarters (Q1: 14-11, Q2: 17-15 and Q5: 15-11), Bullet's had the fourth quarter under its grip with a narrow 16-15 points win while both sides shared the third quarter with 16 points apiece.

At the end of the energy sapping encounter Bullet's coach and former Comets and Nigeria International point guard, Ogoh Odaudu praised his players for putting up a fight against Comets.

He, however, promised that the team wll be ready for action before the commencement of the league.

'I am pleased with the performance of the my players today (March 20) and I can assure Bullet's fans and board members that the team will not disappoint when the league finally dunks-off,' opined the coach popularly refered to as man-of-wisdom in his playing days .


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NPBL

Week 3 results -by Gianni Pascucci
The New York Strikeforce kept the lead in the NPBL table defeating the debuting NPBL team Alexandria Avengers 111-108. The leading scorers for the Strikeforce were Carl Lee and Prince Jackson with 24 points a piece. The Avengers leading scorers were Devon Neckles (6'7''-F/C) with 29 points followed by Daryl Owens (6'2''-G, college: Nova CC) with 20 points. The Hudson Valley Hawks suffered another loss to the Westchester Monarchs. The final score was 131-144 with Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) of the Monarchs leading his team to victory with 29 points and Henri Burford (6'2''-G-78) adding 24 points at teh winning side. The Hawks leading contributors were Willie Coleman (6'0''-G-84) and Amseshem Foluke-Henderson (6'6''-G/F-84, college: New Paltz St.) with 32 points each (15 of Coleman's 32 points came off of three pointers). The Hawks fall to 1-3 on the season with this lose, and look to bounce back in their next game on the road March 29th at the Maryland Bayraiders. This last team, however, won their home opener by 10 pts against a strong Elmira Bulldogs team. David Ruffin (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Hartford) outstood in the the Bulldogs with 42 pts, but it wasn't enough to hold onto a victory. Darnell Hopkins (6'2''-G-84, college: Murray St.) led the Bayraiders with 35 points and Darnell Sneed (6'2''-G-70, college: Charleston So.) contributed to victory with 33 pts.

Standings
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PANAMA

Douglas Ruben top-scores abroad -by Eurobasket News
Panamanian Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) top-scored for Spanish Pamesa Valencia that reached the Final 8 last as the team overcame Croatian Zagreb tonight 93:70. A fascinating second half for the hosts had nothing to do with Zadar's hopes to advance. Ruben Douglas paced Pamesa with 29 points. Fred House netted 16, while Dejan Milojevic ended up with 14 points. Juby Johnson finished the game with 20 points in the losing clause.In an offensive opening quarter both teams exchanged the baskets, but Pamesa was glad to take 14:7 lead. After three three-pointers the hosts held their seven, 28:21. An 11-0 run in the beginning of the second did not upset Zadar as they started to play better. Corey Brewer and Johnson got Zadar within 47:40. Both teams disappeared in the lockers with 47:43.In the third quarter it became clear that Zadar would not advance to the Final 8. After some points from Dejan Milojevic and then Ruben Douglas Pamesa had 59:46 lead. Another Ruben Douglas 's triple made it 68:51. A 25:8 and 21:9 were too much for the Croatian team to stay in the game. Spanish squad benefited from it and won the encounter. His team mate Panamanian Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) ended up with 6 points and 4 rebounds.

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PARAGUAY

Even Concepcion preparing for Liga Nacional -by Gianni Pascucci
The Regional Basketball Federation of Concepcion, a region north of the capital town Asuncion, announced the plans of the local team, named Gigantes del Norte (Northern Giants) that will represent this part of the country in the upcominig National League, scheduled to start on next April 25. The President of Concepcion Basketball, Mr. Evemero Villalba, stated to media that his institution is working to refurbish the arena 'Estadio de Concepcion' till a seating capacity of 3,000 people. The Gigantes del Norte coach will be Daniel Espinola , and some well-known local players like Alvaro Cardozo (181-G), Carlos Farina (-G), Carlos Blanco (172-G) and Mauro Rolon will be the main nucleus of the team, that has just signed Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) as its first import player, beating the competition of Universal de Encarnacion.

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PBL

Surprise: the PBL Final is Rochester-Arkansas -by Gianni Pascucci
The Reading Railers defeated the Maryland Nighthawks two nights ago at the Attack Athletics Center in Chicago 104-96. Thanks to this win, Reading advanced to the PBL Semifinal/Eastern Division Championship game against the Rochester RazorSharks. The game took place yesterday night at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester New York, and the Razorsharks prevailed 100-76. Rochester had balanced scoring. Six players were in double figures led by Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, college: Newberry) who had 16 points. The Sharks won each quarter and gradually pulled away from the Railers to win by 24.
At the other side of the PBL Playoff Grid, the Arkansas Impact defeated the Rockford Fury 112-108 on March 19 at the Attack Arena and then upset the Quad City Riverhawks in the first PBL West Division Championship game, played yesterday night at the Black Hawk College. The game ended 102-93 for the surprising Impact, that now have another game on the road, the PBL Final, scheduled for next Saturday, March 30, at the Blue Cross Arena, in Rochester, where the favourite Rochester RazorSharks will play the unexpected Arkansas Impact.


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POLAND

Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
1. Turow 16-6
2. Prokom 15-7
3. Anwil 14-9
4. Slask 13-10
5. Atlas Stal 12-10
6. Polpak 12-11
7. AZS Koszalin 11-11
8. Basket 10-12
9. Kotwica 9-13
10. Energa Czarni 9-13
11. Gornik W. 9-13
12. Polpharma 8-15
13. Polonia 7-15


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PORTUGAL

Portuguese cup 8 finalists -by Bruno Baltazar
In the games of to advance to the round of 8 in the Portuguese Cup, we saw a few surprises.
In all the 8 games we witnessed a matchup between PROLIGA teams(2nd division)and LIGA UZO teams(1st division).
3 PROLIGA teams surprised everyone -Benfica,Vitoria and Fisica.

Complete list of results:
Benfica X LusitÔnia - 73/69
Esgueira X CAB - 69/87
Atletico X Barreirense - 73/90
Povoa X Ovarense - 59/107
Queluz X Ginasio - 82/85
Fisica X Belenenses - 88/85
Sampaense X Porto - 54/77
Guimaraes X Vagos - 91/76


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PUERTO RICO

Final Eight inUleb Cup with Our Boricuas and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
Turow and Besiktas are qualified for the Uleb Cup Final Eight 2008. The Finals will be played in Turin (Italy) from 10th to 13th April.
'Our Three Boricuas' will play in these Final Eight and They have the chance with their own teams to win the Ulep Cup 2008.. Andres Rodriguez was the Leader of the Polish Team Turow. This is the best result of a Polish Team in an european basketball competition. Andres Rodriguez played 14 games with 6.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 4.8 apg. He was 'the head of the team' and with his assists and his intensity in defense He gave a great contribution. Turow will play on 10th december against Dynamo Moscow.
Besiktas is one of the strongest teams in this Final Eight 2008. The turkish team will paly against another turkish team Galatasaray on 11th april. 'The Wizard' Rick Apodaca played 13 games with 11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.2 apg. Christian Dalmau, always for Besiktas, played 14 games with 10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 4.4 asts.
BSN BOXSCORES
GUAYNABO-BAYAMON= 95-92
G= Wilson 24, Sheppard 18, Escalera 16, Sanchez 14, Ortiz 11, Langhi 8, Simon 2, Paniagua 2
B= Benson 25 (19 rebs), Vega 25, Valenzuela 14, Guevara 13, Western 10, Hinson 5, Anderson 0, Lopez 0, Chapell 0
CAROLINA-SANTURCE= 77-63
C= Ere 20, Carmona 15 (13 rebs), Rivera 11 (7 asts), Cruz 9, Reyes 9, Edwards 8, Brown 3, Villafane 2, Rosa 0
S= Traylor 15 (16 rebs), Rivas 13, Ayuso 10, Watson 6, Ra. Dalmau 6, R. Dalmau 6, Berdiel 4, E. Santiago 3, Melendez 0, Falcon 0, O. Santiago 0
A. Fontana


Boricuas Abroad and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
BORICUAS ABROAD
In Euroleague, Unicaja Malaga won against Lottomatica Roma 79-58. For Daniel Santiago 10 minutes with 0 pts, 1 rebs and 4 turnovers. In NBA
BSN
In Puerto Rico, Mayaguez won against Santurce, MVP the new american Thomas Gardner. San German was defeated by Fajardo 60-74, with a great Uka Agbai (17 pts), the best player of the game. Caguas won against Guaynabo 82-81 and Carolina defeated Ponce with a great 'duo', Ebi Ere (21 pts) and 'El Bimbo' Alejandro Carmona (21 pts).
SANTURCE-MAYAGUEZ= 68-85
S= Traylor 16, Rivas 15, Dalmau 13, Ayuso 6, Ra. Dalmau 5, Berdiel 4, Watson 4, O. Santiago 3, Melendez 2, Falcon 0
M= Gardner 19, Jimenez 15, Jourdon 15, Casiano 9, Venzen 8, Krauser 8, Fuller 7, Caballero 4, Lopez 0, Zayas 0
SAN GERMAN-FAJARDO= 60-74
SG= Burrough 13, Alvarado 10 (9 asts), J. Villegas 10, Lazor 9, S. Villegas 6, De Jesus 5, Andino 3, Dyer 2, Herrera 0, Acosta 0, Mendez 0
F= Agbai 17, Mojica 13, Jackson 10 (13 rebs), Quintero 10, Hamilton 9, Pellot Rosa 6, Rivera 4, Morales 3, Salgado 2, Davila 0, Collazo 0, Vazquez 0, Matos 0
GUAYAMA-HUMACAO= 79-96
G= Freije 21, Perez 14, Beard 13 (9 rebs), Caro 10, Melendez 7, Rivera 6, Soto 2, Brignoni 2, Rivera 2, Aponte 1, Oliver 1, Lopez 0, Parillon 0, A. Rivera 0
H= Guzman 22, Jackson 17, R. Sanchez 17, Nieves 16, Sanchez 9, Ayala 6, Malpica 5, Richards 4, Febres 0
CAGUAS-GUAYNABO= 82-81
C= Melendez 25, Ramos 21, Bryant 15, Alamo 10, Konecny 5, Ortiz 4, Davila 2, McSweeney 0, Rivera 0, Martinez 0
G= Escalera 32, Sanchez 15, Wilson 15, Langhi 8, Sheppard 6, Simon 2, Duran 2, Ortiz 1, Paniagua 0
PONCE-CAROLINA= 95-103
P= Thompson 31, Martinez 19, Pagan 19, Colon 17, Aubry 6, Rosario 3, Curbelo 0, Padilla 0, Orta 0
C= Ere 22, Carmona 21, Reyes 18 (12 rebs), Hiraldo 11, Edwards 10, Cruz 8, Rivera 6 (7 asts), Villafane 5, Brown 2, Rosa 0
A. Fontana


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SEBL

Atlanta roughs up Renegades, Summer Hill sweeps Cedartown... -by David Archer


February 2, 2008 - SEBL Action


Atlanta Speedboys 81 Renegades 51...

College Park, GA - The Speedboys continued their winning ways after a 30-point beating of the Renegades in the College Park Pro Am. The win was Atlanta 4th straight, prompting Head Coach LT Jefferson to claim, 'the team seems to be coming together at the right time.'


Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) again helped pace Atlanta with 18 pts and five assists, while Carlos Lumpkin (6'6''-F/C) put in 15 points, recent signee Ronald Lewis (6'0''-G) of Mars Hill College hit 11 and Shawn Cox (5'7''-G-82) formerly of the Atlanta Vision had 10 points.


Atlanta was scheduled to take on undefeated the Rim Rockers (11-0) on Wednesday.


REYNOLDS EXPLODES FOR 47 POINTS IN DEVILS 136-78 ROUT...
Cedartown, GA - The Summer Hill Blue Devils scored quick and often Saturday night on the road, making the Cedartown Boys & Girls Club their like home, in a 136-78 rout of the Cedartown Post Grad squad.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a double-digit lead early, before Cedartown cut it down eight after a flurry of three-pointers by Ivy Boozer. However, Summer Hill's stepped up its defense to trigger a huge run. When Mike Reynolds wasn't getting easy transition baskets, Stuart Mitchell was knocking down threes and Chris Jones was powering his way in the paint. The Devils carried an insurmountable 63-36 lead into the half.

The second half was no different in the abundance of scoring, but it came from the perimeter instead as the Devils shot 13 of 18 from beyond the arc, with Reynolds canning six of his own. DeMarlow Simmons went on a string, scoring eight consecutive points in one stretch. But, it was Renolds who stole the show down the stretch, hitting four treys in a row at one point and scoring 31 of his 47 total points in the second half alone. As a team, the Devils shot 65.8% from the field (54/82), while hitting 19 of 31 three-point attempts, good for 61.3%. Defensively, Summer Hill held Cedartown to 39% from the field (33/84).

After a forfeit win over Fort McPherson, the Blue Devils now sit at 15-4 on the season and will be back in action next Sunday when Ware Prep (Atlanta, GA) comes to town for a 4:30pm tipoff at JH Morgan Gym.

CHRIS BROWN STREAKS FOR 43 IN B-TEAM WIN OVER CEDARTOWN...
Cedartown, GA - In SEBL Select Division action, Chris Brown raced his way to 43 points, leading the Summer Hill B-team to a 96-87 win over the Cedartown B-squad Saturday night in Cedartown.
The Devils fought to a 45-38 half-time lead, then held on in the second half after fighting off several Cedartown rallies. The win moved the Devils B-team to 5-1 on the season.

For Cedartown, who slipped to 2-4, Albert Ware pounded his way to 39 points, while J. Penson had 16, L. Diamon 15, A. Diamond 10 and Terry Albert three.

Dee Henderson also had 20 points for Summer Hill, while Scott Windom had 14, Kevin Green nine, Justen Beavers seven and Dustin Glenn four.



Summer Hill rallies past Gordon for 11th straight win; other results... -by David Archer
Summer Hill rallies past Gordon College, 92-81

By Joseph Myers Sports Editor
http://www.daily-tribune.com

January 27th, 2008 - The Summer Hill Blue Devils completed a run of three wins in four days Sunday with a 92-81 win over Gordon College at the J.H. Morgan Gym on Aubrey Street.

The victory over the Highlanders didn't come easy, as Gordon raced out to a 50-37 lead at halftime before Summer Hill (13-4) rallied in the second half.

'I feel like this game validated the progress we've made since the start of the season,' said Summer Hill men's coach David Archer. 'We've done a lot of things well since the season started, but I think this game really showed how far we've come.'

Summer Hill's women also won Sunday, holding off a second-half charge to beat the Atlanta Lady Pride, 68-60.

Gordon (11-11) used 20 first-half points from Mikyle McGee and 16 more out of Junior Ajayi to build a 50-37 halftime advantage, but the Blue Devils started the second half with a 26-3 run to take a 63-52 lead with 10:21 to go in the game. Mike Reynolds was the catalyst for Summer Hill, scoring 11 points during the spurt.

The Blue Devils held the Highlanders without a field goal for more than eight minutes, but Gordon was still within 63-58 with 8:38 still remaining. Summer Hill took control with another 13-2 burst to go up 78-63 and the Highlanders never got closer than nine in the final 5:35 of the game.

'We were able to come back in the second half for several reasons,' said Archer. 'We started boxing out on the boards and instead of throwing away a lot of long passes, we started taking care of the ball better.

'Our zone was more active in the second half and we forced Gordon to miss some shots. We slowed (McGee) down and that opened things up for us.'

Reynolds led the Blue Devils with 32 points, 21 of which came in the second half. Chris Jones poured in 23, 15 in the second half, Brandon Harris had 10, DeMarlow Simmons chipped in nine and Scott Windom finished with eight for Summer Hill.

McGee finished with 28 to pace Gordon, but just eight of those points came after halftime. Ajayi had 21, with five after the break and Jaroan Bailey pitched in 14 for the Highlanders.

In the women's game, Summer Hill led 37-30 at halftime before the Lady Pride tied the game at 41 with 14 minutes to go. The Lady Devils promptly went on an 11-0 run to build a 52-41 advantage, but the Lady Pride rallied again, getting to within 58-56 and having a shot to tie the game with less than four minutes remaining. However, Summer Hill got a stop and Brandi Smith drained a 3-pointer to make it 61-56 with 3:02 left and the Lady Pride never threatened again.

Melissa Bunce-Winters had 15 points to lead Summer Hill. Shameka Doxie added 11, Leah Kessenich pitched in 10 and Smith chipped in seven for the Lady Devils.

Summer Hill Blue Devils-B 115 GA Elite Christian 108:
In SEBL Select Division Action, Dee Henderson recorded a triple-double and paced the B-Team Blue Devils to a 115-108 victory over GA Elite Christian. Henderson had 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, while Scott Windom had 24, Chris Brown 14, Justen Beavers 14, Kevin Green 12, Brandon Davis 11 and Kyle Ready seven. For GA Elite, Keith Walker had 27, Devin Brown 16, Cody Simmons 14, Allen Jarmon 14 and Drew Davis 12. The Devils moved to 4-1, while GA Elite slipped to 0-4.

Cedartown-B 103 Smyrna Knicks 88:
Also, AC Ware downed 39 points to lead Cedartown-B to a 103-88 win over the Smyrna Knicks. LaCurtis Diamond also had 17, Terry Albert 13 and Joseph Pinson 11. For the Knicks, Byron Hall poured in 30, while Quentin Kent had 19 and O'Brian Wilkins 10. Cedartown-B moved to 2-3, while the Knicks fell to 0-4.

Summer Hill Blue Devils Post Grad 100 Oxford College 46:
Prior to Sunday's win over Gordon College, Summer Hill's Post Grad men dismantled Oxford College, 100-46, Saturday in Oxford in Newton County. Reynolds scored a game-high 34 points, Windom netted 18 and Simmons and Chris Brown threw in 13 apiece. With the win, the Blue Devils moved to 12-4 on the season. Marcus Henderson suffered and ankle injury in the Oxford game.

Summer Hill's men and women are back in action Saturday at Fort McPherson in Morrow.


Speedboys clip Mac-town; Blue Devils race past Reinhardt College, 129-76... -by David Archer
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January 23, 2008 - SEBL Action...


Atlanta Speedboys 81 Mac-town Ballers 74:

Macon, GA - The Speedboys took hard-fought road win over the the Mac-town Ballers. Mac-town led at the half, 43-40, and despite many lead changes in the second half Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) of Atlanta Speedboys took control downt he stretch with his penetration and ball distribution. Kelley also went 4 for 4 at the line in the closing moments to ice the win for Atlanta.


Steve Grayer (6'8''-F-65) of Mac-Town Ballers lead Mac-town with 25 points, while Quintin Matthews had 13 and LJ Jackson 10.


For the Speedboys, Jamal Johnson (6'7''-C-81) of Central Entrerriano Gualeguaychu (ARG) downed 20 pts and pulled nine boards, while Kelley finished with 19 pts and dished out 10 assists. Also, newcomer Carlos Lumpkin downed 14 and DeCourney McGowan had 11.


Summer Hill Blue Devils 129 Reinhardt College 76:

Waleska, GA - After having all three scheduled games last week postponed due to the wintery weather, the Summer Hill Blue Devils were chomping at the bit to get back on the court versus the JV Eagles of Reinhardt College on Wednesday night. After a quick start, then a lull, the Blue Devils got cranked up and raced to a 129-76 win over the Eagles.

For Summer Hill, who moved to 10-4 on the season, Michael Reynolds led all scorers with 21, as Marcus Henderson (6'8''-F-79) got 19, Chris Brown 18, Scott Windom 16, Cook 15 and Harris 13. Mitchell collected seven, while Marlow Simmons, Dee Henderson, Sid Narcisse and Gardner each contributed five points. Henderson also finished the night with 14 rebounds and five blocks.

The Devils will put an eight-game win streak on the line when they travel to Oxford College on Saturday night. Tipoff is set for 7:00pm. On Sunday, Summer Hill will return home to host a much improved Gordon College Highlander squad. Sunday's tipoff is scheduled for 4:30pm at JH Morgan Gym in Cartersville.


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Baseline nips Macon, Devils out-run Ware, Ft. Mac pulls away from GEC... -by David Archer

February 10, 2008 - SEBL Action...


Baseline Warriors 103 Macon Raiders 98...

Cartersville, GA - Baseline after being off for several weeks, got back on the court against a Macon Raiders club who came to play. The lead changed hands numerous times, with Macon leading by as many as 11 in the first half. The Warriors' Casey Moore got the hot hand heading into the break to help Baseline take a 52-49 lead at the break. Moore had 24 by half time, including seven trey-balls! The teams continued to battle in the second half, but Baseline was able to build a slim lead behind 8-consecutive points by Golden Ingle. From there Macon was forced to fight from behind. Baseline held on in the final seconds for the win.


Roderick Wilson had 25 for Macon, while Arthur Pie had 18, Ray Head 17 and Antwan Jones 14. Casey Moore poured in 42 for Baseline, as Joe Hamilton had 18, Chris Jones 14, Ingle 13 and Bobby Rouse 10.


Summer Hill out-races Ware for 123-100 win...
(Cartersville, GA ) - The Blue Devils could never fully get rid of Ware Prep until the final three minutes, when they finally pulled away for good to win 123-100 Sunday afternoon at JH Morgan Gym.

Summer Hill lead 39-20 in the first half, but Ware fought back to cut it to nine by the break. In the second half, the Blue Devils re-built a huge 80-51 lead at the 11-minute mark.

But, Ware Prep took advantage of Summer Hill's second unit and raced back to cut the lead to as little as eight with 5:10 remaining. But, the Devils slowed the Raiders down and pulled away in the final minutes. Summer Hill moved to 16-4 with the victory.

Chris Jones led the way with 28 points, while shooting 13-18 from the field. Reynolds logged 40 minutes in the game and downed 26 points. Chris Brown came off the bench to streak his way to 23 points in 21 minutes of playing time. Scott Windom chalked up a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. DeMarlow Simmons hit 11, Brandon Harris nine and Dee Henderson two. The injured Marcus Henderson got back on the floor, and though only playing 10 minutes, showed dedication and leadership and went 3 of 3 from the field for seven point.

Summer Hill now prepares for a formidable opponent in Atlanta Metro, when the Panthers come to town Friday for a 7:00pm tipoff.

Fort McPherson 83 GA Elite Christian 66...
Cartersville, GA - Fort Mac built a 49-34 lead by half-time and held off several GEC rallies to get a much needed victory. P. James led the Knights with 18 points, while Wesley Crumes had 15, Price had 14 and Harold Scott 12. For GEC, Keenan Palmore had 24 and Drew Davis 16.


Fort Mac Lady Knights 75 Summer Hill Lady Devils 74...

Cartersville, GA - The Lady Devils let a 14 point lead fade away in the second half, as the Lady Knights came back to re-take the lead in the final seconds, keeping their unbeaten record over Summer Hill alive. Melissa Bunce-Winters had 27 points, while Leah Kessenich downed 22 and Shagera Irwin 15. For Fort Mac, F.McGhee had 23, C. Williams20 and K.Hill 16.

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February 8th, 2008 - SEBL Action...


Cedartown-B 123 GA Elite Christian 96...

Cedartown, GA - Cedartown over-powered a smaller GEC squad on this night for an impressive 123-96 win. Reonde Bailey poured in 35 for GEC, while Devin Williams had 17 and Devon Brown and Drew Davis 15 each. For Cedartown-B, AC Ware pounded in 46 points, while Terry Albert had 24, J.Gibson 16, J.Penson 13 and L.Diamond 10.


Summer Hill-B 86 Smyrna Knicks 57...

Cartersville, GA - The Smyrna Knicks came out strong, leading by as many as 10 in the first half, before a weary Summer Hill B-team got cranked up, raced back to go into the half up 48-25. Smyrna fought back and cut their deficit to 14 behind the shooting of Terry Albert. Summer Hill re-generated and finshed the game on a big run.


Albert led all scorers with 33 on the night, whiule Mykal Jackson scored 10. For Summer Hill-B, Scott Windom had 23, Chris Brown 22 and Dee Henderson 14.







Speedboys, Marietta and Jonesboro advance to Georgia State Regionals... -by David Archer
February 13, 2008 - SEBL Results...

College Park, GA - After losing their regular season finale 79-72, to the Rim Rockers, the Atlanta Speedboys went into the College Park Pro Am Tourney knowing they had to get by the Renegades in the 1st Round, only to face the Rim Rockers again in the Semis.

Atlanta Speedboys 42 Renegads 41...
The Speedboys may have been looking beyond the Renegades, whom they had beaten by 30 just 10 days earlier. The Renegades put a scare into Atlanta before bowing in a 42-41 defensive battle. Jamal Johnson (6'7''-C-81) led the Speedboys with 17 points while Charles Williams (6'10''-C) had nine pts and 12 rebounds. Now through the 1st round, Atlanta again looked to the #1 team in the College Park Pro Am...

Atlanta Speedboys 62 Rim Rockers 59...
The Speedboys exacted their revenge, shocking the Rim Rockers in what Coach LT Jefferson called a 'thrilling, well played basketball game.' The game was knotted at 29-all at the half, but the Speedboys were able to scrape out the big upset. Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) of Atlanta Speedboys downed 24 to lead the way, while Jamal Johsnon had 13 points and 10 boards. Atlanta moves on to face old nemisis, and fellow SEBL Independent member, Jonesboro South in the Championship Game. The two teams have split their head-to-head matchups so far this season.

Jonesboro South 75 Atlanta Speedboys 68...
Jonesboro claimed the College Park Pro Am City Title with a solid win over the Speedboys. The Speedboys advance to the Georgia State Men's Open Regionals in Villa Rica (GA), while Jonesboro gets a bye to the State Tourney in Statesboro (GA) by virtue of being the three-time defending Georgia State Champions.

In other SEBL Independent team news, Marietta Outlaw claimed the Smyrna Pro Am City Title and advanced to the Georgia State Men's Regionals in Dalton (GA).


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SERBIA

Partizan Igokea knocked out big PAO and reached Euroleague play-offs !!! -by Dragan Jankovski

Partizan Igokea - Panathinaikos 82-73

It was a totally unforgettable last night in Belgrade's arena 'Pionir' as Partizan Igokea finally crushed reining European champion Panathinaikos from Athens by knocking them out of the competition! At the same time Partizan made unbelievable success entering into the Euroleague play-offs. What seemed to be an almost unreachable dream before the TOP 16 has now become reality! Partizan Igokea is for sure the most pleasant surprise of the season in all European international competitions.

Pionir was absolutely packed up to the last seat and almost a thousand people had to stay outside. After the first ten minutes, Partizan made 26-17 showing strong potential to finally crush the Greek giants this season as they celebrated 3 times very luckily. PAO woke up a little bit in the second quarter but Partizan still kept plus 5 at half time. Despite amazing pressure from the Partizan's fans visitors succeeded to equalize in the third quarter 53-53 but very soon Partizan made run 7-0 after which Prkacin made it minus 5 before the last period. At the half way point of the last quarter green PAO took the lead 64-66 for the first time since the early beginning and it seemed that the team from Athens would once again beat Partizan at the very end. The crucial moment of the game was a 3-pointer by Novica Velickovic over Michael Batiste for 73-67 after which Pekovic and Palacio led their team to the Eurolegue play-offs with routine. Pinir was full almost 45 minutes after the game where Partizan's fans celebrated one of the most important victories in the last 15 years. The black and white team totally out rebounded the visitors as they had 38 rebounds with only 18 by PAO.

Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) was the best for the winners scoring 24 points. Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) also had amazing night registering a double-double. He was MVP of the game with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) added 11 points while Partizan's first star Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 9 points and 5 rebounds. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) netted 20 points for Panathinaikos while Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) followed him with 12 points and 4 rebounds.

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic said: 'I am extremely happy because of this unbelievable win against current Euroleague champion. I want to congratulate my players and to say them a big thank you because they gave 100% in every game of TOP 16 phase. I really don't remember when the atmosphere and audience was better than tonight! We are ready for the battle against TAU in the 1/4 finals'.

PAO's guard Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) said: 'I want to congratulate Partizan on this win. Everything was on extremely high level: audience, performance, everything. We lost because of rebounding tonight.'


Partizan Igokea - Panathinaikos 82-73
(26-17,16-20,18-18,22-18)

Partizan:
Palacio 24, Kecman 16 (13 rebs, 5 as), Velickovic 11 (4 rebs), Pekovic 9 (5 rebs)
Panathinaikos: Jasikevicius 20, Batiste 12 (4 rebs), Spanoulis 11



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SLOVENIA

Juric sidelined with broken hand, TCG adds Cubela -by Zeljko Zule
League top scorer Miroslav Juric (194-G-75, agency: Interperformances) of Kraski zidar Jadran will remain sidelined for the rest of the season with a broken hand. He has been averaging 35,5 minutes, 19,6 points (2P 84-148, 3P 63-169, FT 113-135), 2,4 rebounds, 2,4 assists, 0,5 steals and 0,9 turnovers in 24 games of A-1 League UPC Telemach.
TCG Mercator inked Ivan Cubela (201-F-84) ex Honka Espoo Playboys for the rest of the season.


Battle to stay in the first division continues -by Uros Vujic
Zagorje KD FT continues with good games by crushing Kraski Zidar Sezana 83-58 at Zagorje. Milos Savkovic (207-F/C-86) peformed great again and produced 22 points and collected 13 rebounds and Sanel Bajramlic (198-F-85) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Zagorje KD FT . Mitar Trivunoovic (196-G-77) had 16 points and 9 rebounds for Kraski Zidar Sezana.

Alpos Sentjur team effort defeated Hopsi Polzela 82-63 at Sentjur. Zivko Misiraca (202-F/C-72) played well again and produced 16 points and 10 rebounds for Alpos. Rajko Rituper (202-F-75) scored 14 points for Hopsi.


Geoplin Slovan and Zlatorog Lasko started the league for the champion -by Uros Vujic
Geoplin Slovan defeated Zlatorog Lasko 99-86. Simon Petrov (191-G-76) had 27 points and De Marco Johnson (204-F-75) added 24 points and collected 9 rebounds for Geoplin Slovan., Lance Harris (196-G-84) had 24 points and 9 rebounds for Zlatorog Lasko.
Union Olimpija started the domestic competition defeating Elektra Esotech 56-78 in Sostanj. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79) scored 15 points and Goran Dragic (192-G-86) added 13 points for Olimpija, Zan Vrecko (194-G-86) scored 16 points for Elektra.


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SOUTH KOREA

Standings
KBL Standings
1. Dongbu 37-15
2. KCC 33-19
3. Samsung 31-21
4. KT&G 30-22
5. LG 29-23
6. SK 28-25
7. ET 27-25
8. KTF 22-30
9. Mobis 13-39
10. Orions 11-42


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SPAIN

Cajasol shell shocked at home defeat to relegation rival -by Paul Nilsen
Cajasol suffered a crushing home loss to ViveMenorca on Wednesday with the Seville club going down 75-77. It was a real heartbreaking defeat in the fight for ACB survival but for the visitors and Ricard Casas, the victory was perfectly timed after their recent poor run that had put them back in danger.

A terrible second quarter in a tight game cost Cajasol dearly. There was little daylight between the teams in the other three quarters but being outscored 26-17 left Seville with a double digit deficit to pull back in the second half after losing the opening period by a point. While they valiantly tried to recover they just came up short much to the horror of over 5,000 partizan home fans - now fearing the worst after this real hammer blow.

Veteran guard Elmer Bennett tried everything he knew with 13 points and 6 assists while English centre Andy Betts pulled down 9 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Menorca clung on for the win. After a few quiet games, Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) was back on form for the visitors with a terrific 17 points and 8 boards, something they have missed of late. His performance the difference between the sides.


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SWEDEN

The playoffs begins -by Frankie Afzelius
The regualr season ended with some drama. Teams batteling for play off positions and some batteling for a play off spot. Norrkoping Dolphins slid in to the eight spot on a buzzer beater in overtime by Gee Gervin (188-G-76, college: Houston). This gave them the 8th and last spot in the play offs.

The quarter finals start on the 25th of March. The teams plays best of 5 and the bracket looks like this:
Solna Vikings - Íresundskraft
Plannja Basket - Uppsala Basket
Sundsvall Dragons - Norrkoping Dolphins
Sodertalje Kings - 08 Stockholm Human Rights


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TURKEY

Chase at Besiktas -by Sinan Can
THE succesful run at both ULEB Cup and Beko Basketball League inspired Besiktas management to add some depth to the roster as Turkish club agreed terms with American play-maker Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech). Coach Ergin Ataman officially announced the transfer at BJK TV. After spending some time at NBA camps and US minor leagues, Besiktas will be Chase's first European experience. Player who will not be eligible for ULEB Cup games will only play at Beko Basketball League games. Chase has averaged 29.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists at LA D-Fenders of D-League.

Beko All Star 2008 Teams -by Onur Decani

The players that will be parcipiating in the Beko All Star 2008 match have now been chosen. The match will be played on the 22nd of March, 2008 in Abdi Ipekci Arena.

Turkish Stars Team :
Omer Onan (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) - Fenerbahce Ulker
Ersin Gorkem (198-F-77) - Antalya
Tutku Acık - Turk Telekom
Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances) - Galatasaray
Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: Interperformances) - Turk Telekom
Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77) - Galatasaray
Omer Asik (211-C-86) - Fenerbahce
Ermal Kurtoglu (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) - Efes Pilsen
Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) - Besiktas
Ender Arslan (190-G-83) - Efes Pilsen
Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) - Besiktas
Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) - Efes Pilsen
Coach : Ergin Ataman - Besiktas
Ass. Coach : Ufuk Sarica - Besiktas

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Foreign Stars Team :

Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) - Fenerbahce

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

Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) - P.Karsiyaka

Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) - Kepez

Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) - Kepez

Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) - Banvit

Daniel Brown (191-G/F) - Galatasaray

Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) - Antalya

Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) - P.Karsiyaka

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

Andre Woolridge (183-G-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa) - Oyak Renault

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

Coach : David Blatt - Efes Pilsen

Ass. Coach : Ekrem Memnun - Efes Pilsen

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Three Point Shoutout :

Preston Shumpert - Besiktas

Alper Saruhan (200-F-82) - Oyak Renault

Demir Kaan (188-G-70) - Fenerbahce

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

Omer Unver (204-F-81) - Casa TED

Ogun Seving (198-F-88) - Alpella


Slam Dunk :

Curtis Withers (203-F-84, college: Charlotte) - Beykoz

James Hughes (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Illinois) - Alpella

James White (198-G-84, college: Cincinnati) - Fenerbahce

Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) - P.Karsiyaka

Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) - Oyak Renault

Semih Erden (211-C-87) - Fenerbahce




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UKRAINE

Jackson instead of Mazeika / Budivelnyk is second in Tbilisi -by Alexander Muzyka
- Budivelnyk took part in an international tournament in Georgia. 'Builders' crushed Hapoel TA 82:62 in semifinals but lost to Maccabi Tbilisi in finals 81:87.

- Khimik wants to say thanks and good luck to Martynas Mazeika (192-G-85). Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) will be playing in Khimik now. He made a good showing in a friendly vs Khimik's farm and BC Odesa. He scored 11 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in the game vs BC Odesa (remind, Khimik won 98:67 over Khimik's farm at Mar. 6 and 72:70 over BC Odesa at Mar. 9)




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Women News

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BULGARIA - Women

The semifinal stage is almost set in Bulgarian Cup -by Eurobasket News
The National Cup enjoyed the quarterfinal stage in Bulgaria. Dunav Econt surpassed Cherno More in the best-of-three series. Dunav swept the series with two straight victories. First they dismantled their opponents 111:61 at home court. Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) secured 19 points and 7 boards for Dynav. Petja Djambazka (178-F-77) and Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) scored 18 points apiece for the winners. Vesela Marinova (170-G-89) answered with 18 points for Cherno More.
Dunav did not wait for too long to decide on the outcome of the series. They visited Varna and routed the hosts 71:41 to advance to the semis. Petja Djambazka and Daniela Peteva (177-F-89) scored 13 points each and Dunav celebrated a well-deserved success. Antoaneta Stoykova dropped 14 points for Cherno More. Dunav will now face the winner of the Rilski vs. Slavia series. The teams are tied at 1-1 and play the decider today in Samokov.
In the meantime Beroe 07 qualified for the semifinal stage beating Tony 7 in two games. Beroe 07 overwhelmed their opponent 91:39 in the first game. Zlatina Kaloferova (192-C-86) tallied solid 26 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Eli Mladenova (180-F-73) had 14 points in a loss. Beroe also dominated the second game and thrashed Tony 7 91:63. The home side kept it close in the first half but Beroe got into a driving seat in the fourth period and coasted to an overall victory. Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) chipped in 22 points, while Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) provided 21 to pace the visitors. Vesela Tihina (171-F-88) recorded 26 points for Tony 7. Beroe 07 will take on Lukoil on March 24.


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FYR MACEDONIA - Women

Another Cup for Vigor Skopje -by Todor Chalovski

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

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


RESULTS

Final

Izgradba Komerc Mladinec - VIGOR SKOPJE 67:73.

Semifinals

IZGRADBA KOMERC MLADINEC - Biljana 006 75:54,


VIGOR SKOPJE - Vodnjanski Lisici 91:43.



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ICELAND - Women

Keflavik to the finals -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Keflavik made it to the play-offs final by beating Haukar 82-67 and win the serie 3-0. Not a good year for last years winner of everything. Haukar lost two of their best players from that team before this season. Palina Gunlaugsdotir to Keflavik and Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) to College in US. ( TCU) Sverrisdottir was Conference rookie of the year..
leading scorers for Keflavik. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 22. TaKesha Watson 18. For Haukar Victoria Crawford 25.

After two good win over Grindavik KR faced a loss at homecourt. 66-78. So more games needed in this serie which stands now 2-1 for KR and next game is in Grindavik on saturday.
Leading scorers for KR. Candace Futrell 29. Hildur Sigurdardottir 22. Tiffany Roberson 26. Joanna Skiba 15 for Grindavik


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ISRAEL - Women

Ramla beat Ramat Hashron and take the "WINNER" cup. -by Netanel Dahan

Ramla won Ramat Hsahron and achieve twice consecutively at the 'WINNER' cup.


Ramla 65 - Electra Ramat Hasharon 61(First quarter 18-16 Ramla,Seacond quarter 20-17 Ramla,Third quarter 15-14 Ramat Hashron,Fourth quarter 13-13).
The summary of the game('Safsal'):
The first half was close as Gourevitch on one side and Perkins on the other scored 15 points each, and Ramla led 38-33 at the half after losing a 9-point edge. Gourevitch cooled off in the 2nd half, Perkins didn't but Ramla had Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F/C-87) with big rebounds and baskets in the 4th, and proved yet again that they just know how to win close games even when Selwyn & Doron combine to score only 7 points.

Ramla scored the first six points of the game against Ramat Hasharon's zone in less than 2 minutes. Ramat Hasharon missed inside too much but dominated the offensive glass, and eventually generated some points off it. Ramat Hasharon got on the board with a three from Troina, which sparked a 12-2 run with points from the outside and from the line, two steals by Perkins led to easy baskets and Ramat Hasharon went up 12-8. Ramla returned from a timeout without Doron & Selwyn, and Eli Rabi got his team to stop settling for outside shots. Baker found Snow for a layup and added a transition basket of her own to give Ramla the lead back, 18-16 after 1.

Perkins tied the score to start the 2nd but Ramat Hasharon got stuck against Ramla's active defense, with Snow covering for everyone inside with 6 blocks in the game. Despite that Ramla wasn't able to build a lead and Monique Coker (188-F-82, college: ODU)'s 3 cut it to 21-22 with 7 minutes till halftime. Gourevitch started to hit from everywhere and Ramat Hasharon struggled against Ramla's box and 1 on Perkins, 32-24 after Doron's dish to Gourevitch. Doron then picked up her 3rd foul but Gourevitch with another 3 gave Ramla their biggest lead of the game, 35-26. Perkins got Ramat Hasharon back in it despite Taly Noy tight defense, and it was only 31-35. Gourevitch broke loose again and Ramla led 38-33 at the half.
Baker with a 3 made it 41-33 to start the 3rd but Ramat Hasharon wouldn't let Ramla get away. Troina and Perkins completed a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 1, timeout Ramla. Ramla returned with much better ball movement against the zone and again built a 52-44 lead with 3 minutes to go. Perkins single handedly kept Ramat Hasharon in the game, she dropped two mid range jumpers in the defener's face to cut it to 48-52 heading into the 4th.
Vilipic who got rejected by Snow again was able to recover and score, while Doron and Baker missed threes on the other end. Abramzon with good work on the glass on both ends helped Ramla go up 56-52 before Limor Mizrachi (172-G-70) with a 3 and Vilipic from the line cut it to 57-58 with under 5 minutes to play. The pressure was starting to get to both teams as nobody could get the ball in the rim. Eli Rabi decided he's seen enough and called timeout with 2:25 to go, but Ramat Hasharon took the lead on Perkin's two free throws, 59-58. Selwyn then answered with her only basket of the game, a huge three. Perkins tied it with 1:30 to play and the rest you already know. The cup stays in Ramla, much to the delight of Ramla's fans who won the match up in the stands by a knock out.
(Photo:'ONE').
For Ramla
Ina Gourevitch (180-G-68) (180-G-68) 19 pts,15 of her points she make at the First quarter.
Sherill Baker (174-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia) 15 pts.
Ekaterina Abramzon 13 pts,9 reb.
Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) 8 pts.
Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) 4 pts.
Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh)&Tali Noy 3 pts each.

For Ramat Hasharon:
Jia Perkins (173-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) 26 pts, 7 st.
Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) 9 pts.
Monique Coker 8 pts, 15 reb.
Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) 8 pts,8 reb.
Limor Mizrachi 6 pts.
Mirav Dori (178-F-86) & Naomi Kolodny (172-G-82) 2 pts each.

MVP of the game:Ina Gourevitch.



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LATVIA - Women

Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
1. Cesis 28-1
2. Avantis T. 20-10
3. Liepajas met. 18-12
4. RTU/Klond. 17-13
5. TTT Riga 15-1
6. TTT/Rapa 14-16
7. Ridzene 10-20
8. SK Riga 5-25
9. LU/US 0-29


Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Tillis (TTT) 20.0
Ozolina (Rapa) 19.8
Okonkvo (Cesis) 19.3
Niedola (Liepaja) 18.6
Malkevica (Rapa) 17.4
Rebounds Per Game
Niedola (Liepaja) 11.5
Vitola (Riga) 10.3
Crockett (Cesis) 10.2
Okonkvo (Cesis) 10.2
Kityzina (TTT) 9.7
Assists Per Game
Ose-Hlebovicka (Kl.) 5.9
Derevjanik (Cesis) 5.1
Eibele (Avantis) 4.7
Z.Eglite (TTT) 3.9
Kackane (Rapa) 3.3
Steals Per Game
Okonkvo (Cesis) 3.5
Z.Eglite (TTT) 3.2
Babkina (TTT) 3.0,
Blocks Per Game
Vitola (Riga) 3.6
Gailite (TTT/Rapa) 1.9
Kityzina (TTT) 1.8
Ranking
Okonkvo (Cesis) 27.4
Kityzina (TTT) 23.8
Niedola (Liepaja) 22.8


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NAIA - Women

Northwestern clinches NAIA Division II National championship title -by Eurobasket News
Northwestern - Ozarks 82:75

Northwestern overcame the College of the Ozarks 82:75 to celebrate victory in the 17th edition of the NAIA Division II National Championship. The final game was played at the Tyson Events Centre in Sioux City, Iowa. Ozarks and Northwestern entered the game with similar 35-2 records for the season and proved pretty well-matched during the game. Ozarks got to a better start mainly due to a tremendous performance from senior guard Janessa Demuth. She tallied 20 points and 6 steals to pace the Bobcats' offense in the first half and allowed Ozarks to pile up a 47:40 advantage at halftime. However the Red Raiders adjusted their defense and held DeMuth to just 4 points in the second half. Ozarks led 68:62 with 7 minutes left in the game. But Northwestern fueled a 15:2 run to jump in front. Deb Remmerde (5'9''-G) scored 8 points in the rally. The Red Raiders grabbed a 77:73 lead with just over 2 minutes remaining. The Bobcats had to foul late in the game as they tried to deny the deficit. But Deb Remmerde was deadly from the stripe as she finished the game on 14/14 free throw shooting. Northwestern withstood all Ozarks' efforts to save the game and celebrated the second title in the school-history. They repeated the 2002 season result. Deb Remmerde led all scorers with outstanding 41 points. The Red Raiders' senior guard was named the NAIA Division II Player of the Year as well as the tournament's MVP. Amy Larson had 15 points, while Mandy Carr accounted for 12 points in a win. Janessa DeMuth nailed 24 points to pace the Bobcats. Kayli Combs (5'6''-G) had 23 points
in the third straight NAIA finals defeat for Ozarks.

Northwestern: Deb Remmerde 41, Amy Larson 15, Mandy Carr 12
Ozarks: Janessa DeMuth 24, Kayli Combs 23


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NCAA1 - Women

BigSouth Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Liberty 11-1
2 Radford 8-4
3 Winthrop 7-5
4 High Point 6-6
5 Co.Carolina 4-8
6 Charleston So. 3-9
7 NC-Asheville 3-9


Tournament Final: Liberty - Radford 66-65
Tournament Semifinals:
Liberty - High Point 80-43
Radford - Winthrop 50-44

All-Big South Conf. Tournament MVP: Megan Frazee (6'3''-G/F-87) of Liberty


All-Big South Conf. 1st Team
Megan Frazee of Liberty
Kelli Darden (6'3''-C) of Radford
Ashley Fann (6'0''-F-87) of Winthrop
Moriah Frazee (6'3''-F-87) of Liberty
Pamela Tolbert (5'8''-G-86) of Charleston Southern

All-Big South Conf. 2nd Team
Johnette Walker (5'8''-G) of Radford
Mackenzie Maier (6'3''-F/C) of High Point
Ashton Barton (5'8''-G) of UNC Asheville
Victoria Blanchard (5'9''-G-86) of Coastal Carolina
Courtney Watkins (5'9''-G-86) of Liberty


Big South Conf. All-Freshman Team
Mackenzie Maier of High Point
Taleia Moton (5'4''-G) of Radford
Jurica Hargraves (5'4''-G) of High Point
Crystal Robinson (5'10''-F-74) of Charleston Southern
Sydnei Moss (5'10''-G/F) of Coastal Carolina
Frances Fields (5'6''-G) of High Point


Big South Conf. All-Academic Team
Tina DeCarvalho (5'11''-G) of Charleston Southern
C.J. Ware (5'6''-G-86) of Coastal Carolina
Amy Will (5'10''-F) of High Point
Allyson Fasnacht (5'8''-G-86) of Liberty
Amy Jones (5'9''-G) of Presbyterian
Johnette Walker of Radford
Ana Baker (5'6''-G) of UNC Asheville
Ashley Fann of Winthrop

All-Big South Conf. Player of the Year: Megan Frazee of Liberty
All-Big South Conf. Defensive Player of the Year: Kelli Darden of Radford
All-Big South Conf. Freshman of the Year: Mackenzie Maier of High Point
All-Big South Conf. Coach of the Year: Carey Green of Liberty



American East Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Hartford 14-2 24-5
2 Vermont 13-3 22-7
3 Boston U. 11-5 18-11
4 Albany 10-6 12-17
5 Binghamton 9-7 11-18
6 Md-Balt.County 5-11 9-20
7 New Hampshire 4-12 7-21
8 Maine 4-12 7-22
9 Stony Brook 2-14 7-22


Tournament Final: Hartford - Boston U. 61-45
Tournament Semifinals:
Hartford - Albany 60-40
Boston U. - Vermont 76-74

AEC All-Tournament Team:
Daniellle Hood (6'1''-F/C) of Hartford
Lisa Etienne (5'6''-G) of Hartford
Erica Beverly (6'0''-F) of Hartford
Cheri Raffo (5'7''-G-86) of Boston University
Jesyka Burks-Wiley (6'1''-F) of Boston University

All-AEC 1st Team
Laine Kurpniece (6'2''-C-86) of Binghamton
Daniellle Hood of Hartford
Erica Beverly of Hartford
Carlee Cassidy (5'9''-G-88) of UMBC
Courtnay Pilypaitis (6'0''-G-88) of Vermont


All-AEC 2nd Team
Laine Kurpniece of Binghamton
Daniellle Hood of Hartford
Erica Beverly of Hartford
Carlee Cassidy of UMBC
Courtnay Pilypaitis of Vermont


All-AEC 3rd Team
Kristin Higy (6'1''-F) of Albany
Laura Sario (6'1''-G-84) of Binghamton
Christine Kinneary (5'8''-G-87) of Boston U.
Kristin Drabyn (5'7''-G-85) of UMBC
Dana Ferraro (6'1''-F-86) of Stony Brook

AEC All-Academic Team
Gia Sanders (6'0''-G/F-86) of Albany
Erica Beverly of Hartford
Carlee Cassidy of UMBC
Amy Rosenkrantz (5'9''-G) of Vermont
May Kotsopoulos (5'10''-G) of Vermont

All-AEC Player of the Year: Courtnay Pilypaitis of Vermont
All-AEC Defensive Player of the Year: May Kotsopoulos of Vermont
All-AEC Coach of the Year: Trina Patterson of Albany



CAAC Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 ODU 17-1 29-4
2 JMU 14-4 22-9
3 Va Commonwealth 13-5 25-7
4 Drexel 13-5 18-12
5 Towson 12-6 22-10
6 Northeastern 8-10 14-16
7 NC-Wilmington 7-11 17-14
8 William & Mary & Mary 7-11 14-18
9 Delaware 6-12 7-24
10 Georgia St. 5-13 8-22
11 George Mason 3-15 9-21
12 Hofstra 3-15 5-25


Tournament Final: Old Dominion - VCU 71-64
Tournament Semifinals:
Old Dominion - Towson 74-51
VCU - James Madison 69-60


CAAC All-Tournament Team:
Radoslava Bachvarova (6'0''-F-87) of VCU
Tiffany Green (6'2''-F-85) of Old Dominion
T.J. Jordan (5'8''-G-86) of Old Dominion
Latavia Rorie (5'8''-G-88) of VCU
Krystal Vaughn (6'1''-F-86) of VCU


All-CAAC 1st Team
T.J. Jordan of Old Dominion
Kyra Kaylor (6'0''-F-84) of William & Mary
Gabriela Marginean (6'1''-F-87) of Drexel
Krystal Vaughn of VCU
Tamera Young (6'2''-G-86) of James Madison


All-CAAC 2nd Team
Brittany Blackwell (6'1''-G/F) of UNC Wilmington
Tiffany Green of Old Dominion
Quanitra Hollingsworth (6'5''-C-88) of VCU
Holly Mahan (5'9''-G-86) of Towson
Shaleyse Smallwood (5'5''-G-86) of Northeastern


All-CAAC 3rd Team
Shanae Baker-Brice (5'6''-G-87) of Towson
Jessica Canady (6'1''-F) of Old Dominion
Kyle DeHaven (5'9''-G-84) of Delaware
Brittany Hollins (5'9''-G-87) of Georgia State
Narissa Suber (5'9''-G) of Drexel
Sahsha Taylor (6'0''-G/F-85) of UNC Wilmington


CAAC All-Freshman Team
Brittany Blackwell of UNC Wilmington
Dawn Evans (5'7''-G) of James Madison
Jasmine Parker (5'6''-G) of Old Dominion
Britne Rodgers (5'9''-G/F) of Hofstra
Jasmina Rosseel (5'6''-G-89) of Drexel


CAAC All-Defensive Team
Tiffany Benson (6'1''-F) of William & Mary
Kyle DeHaven of Delaware
Tiffany Green of Old Dominion
Brittany Hollins of Georgia State
Holly Mahan of Towson


CAAC All-Academic 1st Team
Radoslava Bachvarova of VCU
Christina Biedny (6'5''-C) of Hofstra
Jen Nuzzo (5'8''-G) of Old Dominion
Megan Pym (6'4''-F/C) of Old Dominion
Niki Williams (5'6''-G) of Hofstra


CAAC All-Academic 2nd Team
Jennifer Brown (6'2''-F) of James Madison
Farrah Ferguson (6'4''-C) of Delaware
Stephanie Fernald (5'8''-G-86) of UNC Wilmington
Rashauna Hobbs (5'6''-G) of George Mason
Brittany Hollins of Georgia State
Kyra Kaylor of William & Mary
Jamie Mundy (6'0''-G) of Delaware
Linn Quamme (6'0''-F) of Hofstra
Casey Quigley (5'10''-G-86) of George Mason
Jennifer Stjarnstrom (6'2''-F) of Drexel


All-CAAC Player of the Year: Tamera Young of James Madison
All-CAAC Most Outstanding Performer: Shahida Williams (5'11''-F-86) of Old Dominion
All-CAAC Defensive Player of the Year: Kyle DeHaven of Delaware
All-CAAC Freshman of the Year: Brittany Blackwell of UNC Wilmington
All-CAAC Leadership Award: Kyra Kaylor of William & Mary
All-CAAC Coach of the Year: Wendy Larry of Old Dominion



Mid-American Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
East Division
1 Bowling Green 13-3 25-6
2 Miami, OH 12-4 21-10
3 Ohio 10-6 18-12
4 Buffalo 8-8 15-15
5 Kent St. 5-11 9-21
6 Akron 2-14 7-24
West Division
1 E.Michigan 11-5 17-12
2 Ball St. 11-5 15-15
3 W.Michigan 9-7 15-19
4 N.Illinois 6-8 10-19
5 Toledo 5-10 14-15
6 Cent.Michigan 2-13 6-23


Tournament Final: Miami - Ohio 67-56
Tournament Semifinals:
Ohio - Bowling Green 68-66
Miami - Toledo 70-66


All-MAC Tournament MVP: Amanda Jackson (5'9''-G-85) of Miami


MAC All-Tournament Team
Amanda Jackson of Miami
Laura Markwood (6'2''-F-85) of Miami
Lauren Hmiel (5'11''-G/F) of Ohio
Jenny Poff (5'5''-G) of Ohio
Tayani Clark (5'7''-G-86) of Toledo
Tara Breske (6'0''-F/C-88) of Bowling Green


All-MAC 1st Team
Kate Achter (5'8''-G-86) of Bowling Green
Tiera DeLaHoussaye (5'6''-G-87) of Western Michigan
Porchia Green (5'8''-G-87) of Ball State
Amanda Jackson of Miami
Lauren Kohn (5'11''-G-85) of Ohio


All-MAC 2nd Team
Stephanie Bennett (5'8''-G-85) of Buffalo
Whitney Lowe (6'0''-G/F-86) of Northern Illinois
Lauren Prochaska (5'11''-G) of Bowling Green
Colleen Russell (6'5''-C-86) of Eastern Michigan
Jenna Schone (5'7''-G-87) of Miami


All-MAC 3rd Team
Julie DeMuth (5'10''-G-86) of Ball State
Anna Kowalska (6'4''-F-86) of Kent State
Britni Houghton (5'11''-G/F) of Central Michigan
Laura Markwood of Miami
Kara Murphy (5'8''-G) of Akron


All-MAC Honorable Mention
Chenel Harris (5'11''-G/F) of Kent State
Alyssa Pittman (5'8''-G-88) of Eastern Michigan
Lisa Rusche (6'1''-F-86) of Ball State
Tamesha Scotton (5'10''-F-85) of Toledo
Heather Turner (6'0''-F-85) of Buffalo


MAC All-Freshman Team
Chenel Harris of Kent State
Kara Murphy ofAkron
Emily Maggert (6'1''-F) of Ball State
Lauren Prochaska of Bowling Green
Keyla Snowden (5'7''-G) of Akron


All-MAC Player of the Year: Kate Achter of Bowling Green
All-MAC Freshman of the Year: Lauren Prochaska of Bowling Green
All-MAC Sixth Player of the Year: Emily Maggert of Ball State
All-MAC Coach of the Year: Curt Miller of Bowling Green



MEAC Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 N.Carolina A&T 15-1 25-7
2 Coppin St. 13-3 22-11
3 Delaware St. 12-4 18-14
4 Morgan St. 10-6 19-12
5 Hampton 10-618-13
6 Md-Eastern Shore 10-6 17-13
7 S.Carolina St. 9-7 13-17
8 Florida A&M 3-13 14-17
9 Howard 3-13 4-26
10 Bethune-Cookman 2-14 6-24
11 Norfolk St. 1-15 5-23

Tournament Final: Coppin - North Carolina 72-70
Tournament Semifinals:
Coppin - Delaware 63-56
North Carolina A&T - Hampton 74-71

All-MEAC Tournament MVP: Shalamar Oakley (5'6''-G) of Coppin


MEAC All-Tournament Team
Rashida Suber (5'8''-G-85) of Coppin St
Rachel Butler (5'8''-G-86) of Hampton
Lamona Smalley (6'0''-F) of NC A&T
Latricia Jones (6'0''-F-85) of Morgan State


All-MEAC 1st Team
Shalamar Oakley (5'6''-G) of Coppin St.
Rashida Suber of Coppin St.
Amber Bland (5'11''-G) of North Carolina A&T
April McBride (6'1''-F-88) of Maryland Eastern Shore


All-MEAC 2nd Team
Tawuana Cook (5'8''-G) of North Carolina A&T
Brittanie Taylor-James (6'0''-G/F) of North Carolina A&T
Raquel Collier (5'10''-G/F-86) of Delaware State
Katreem Palmer (6'1''-F-86) of Delaware State
Rachel Butler of Hampton
Tiffany Reid (5'9''-G/F-87) of Maryland Eastern Shore


MEAC All-Freshman Team
Casey Morton (5'9''-G) of Maryland Eastern Shore
Demetria Frank (5'9''-G) of Bethune-Cookman
Raychele Payne (5'6''-G) of Norfolk State
Quanneisha Perry (5'10''-F) of Hampton
Jalessa Sams (5'11''-G/F) of North Carolina A&T


All-MEAC Player of the Year: Shalamar Oakley of Coppin St.
All-MEAC Defensive Player of the Year: Corin Adams (5'7''-G-88) of Morgan St.
All-MEAC Freshman of the Year: Casey Morton of Maryland
All-MEAC Coach of the Year: Patricia Cage-Bibbs of N.Carolina A&T



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POLAND - Women

Interview with Joei Clyburn -by Jay
Versatile guard/forward from Detroit during the summer came to play in Poland. Joei Clyburn (185-G/F-84, college: Xavier) signed contract with Cukierki Brzeg and since 24 games she is one of the team leaders, choosen already 3 times MVP of the week. During 32 mpg alumn of 2007 from Xavier averaged 16.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.0 bpg!

1) You are first season in Poland. How do you like Brzeg?
- This is my first season in Poland and in Europe, so I would have to say Brzeg is a bit different from home but it's ok.

2) What do you think about polish league?
- I think the polish league is very competitive. A lot of good Americans and Polish players.

3) You just graduated NCAA top school Xavier how to compare this game style to european?
- This is very different from college as far as the games and the players. I think european basketball is more physical, a lot of things players get away with over here, in most cases they wouldn't get away with it in college.

4) How you describe Cukierki situation in the league at the moment and past results?
- The situation right now is kind of rocky, we are not having a good season and hopefully it can be better for them next year.

5) Your objectives for current season?
- I want to win in the playouts so the team doesn't have to go to the first league and I want to make sure I help that happen.

6) And for another year? Going to stay in Poland or move another country?
- I haven't figured that one out yet:).

7) What are you doing in free time after the season?
- I want to play in the WNBA but if not I will go home and work, and also play basketball the whole summer


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RUSSIA - Women

Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
1. CSKA 19-0
2. Spartak MR 18-1
3. UMMC 17-3
4. BC Moscow 12-8
5. Vologda 11-8
6. Dyn.-Energia 10-10
7. Dynamo M. 8-11
8. Dynamo K. 8-12
9. Nadezhda 7-13
10. Spartak SP 5-16
11. Cheliabinsk 2-18
12. Shelen 1-18


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SERBIA - Women

Stats Leaders - 1A women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Grubor I. 25,4
2.Vidacic J. 20,4
3.Scekic M. 19,3
4.Bucevac N. 18,3
5.Rad J. 17,7
Rebounds Per Game
1.Vidacic J. 11,1
2.Jovanovic T. 10,7
3.Cvetanovic M. 10,5
4.Velinovic J. 8,8
5.Krnjic S. 8,6
Assists Per Game
1.Ristic M. 6,0
2.Musulin I. 5,4
3.Stankovic B. 4,8
4.Radocaj T. 4,3
5.Baculov D. 4,1
Steals Per Game
1.Caran M. 4,8
2.Bucevac N. 4,0
3.Scekic M. 3,6
4.Radic J. 3,3
5.Rad J. 3,2
Blocks Per Game
1.Jovanovic T. 1,9
2.Cvetanovic M. 1,5
3.Krnjic S. 1,1
4.Dobranic A. 1,0
5.Maksimovic N. 1,0
2FGP
1.Mitic J. 4/5 80%
2.Dosen M. 22/29 75,9%
3.Grubor I. 59/86 68,6%
4.Butulija D. 56/82 68,3%
5.Rizvic D. 19/28 67,9%
3FGP
1.Matovic I. 3/5 60%
2.Rizvic D. 10/17 58,8%
3.Stankovic B. 19/39 48,7%
4.Cabarkapa A. 10/22 45,4%
5.Veselinovic J. 8/18 44,4%
Free Throws
1.Milosavljevic A. 13/13 100%
2.Dosen M. 13/13 100%
3.Gobeljic D. 12/12 100%
4.Mlinar V. 6/6 100%
5.Zupancic T. 5/5 100%
Ranking
1.Vidacic J. 30,5
2.Grubor I. 30,1
3.Rad J. 24,3
4.Bucevac N. 24,2
5.Jovanovic T. 21,9


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SPAIN - Women

Historic game: Ros Casares - USA National team in Valencia (72-82) -by Ivan Villar
Spanish women basketball wrote new page on its history yesterday.Recent spanish champion,Ros Casares,played against USA national team.American team is practicing right now for next olimpic games in China.Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Delisha Milton played against their teammates with american team.In spite of this Ros Casares lost game fighting until the end with Tornikidu (20 p) and Erika de Souza (16 p-9 reb) as best players.Renee Brown,operation's boss of WNBA,watched game as fan more.USA will play other game in Spain today.This time the opponent will be Perfumerias Avenida,so Salamanca's fans can enjoy a great show.

Erika de Souza,gets spanish nationality -by Ivan Villar
Good news for spanish basketball.Erika De Souza (197-C-82) got spanish nationality after years of waiting.Brazilian center lives in Spain for 5 years when arrived to Barcelona.She wished to be spanish because felt herself as spanish and finally her dream was real.Ros Casares extended a long time ago contract of Souza so they assured a great player who let free place for import player.Erika sweared spanish constitution and caught her new ID as spanish.