EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/24/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Hemofarm STADA and Crvena Zvezda qualifies for the ULEB Cup 2008/2009 -by Dragan Jankovski

In the last round of Adriatic league regular season Hemofarm STADA and Crvena Zvezda succeeded to earn a spot for the ULEB Cup 2008/2009.

Vojvodina Srbijagas - Hemofarm STADA 59-66
With a head coach Vukoicic on the bench Hemofarm STADA was better than Vojvodina Srbijagas finishing the regular season on the very good third position with 16 wins and 10 defeats. Both teams started the game with lot of erratic shots as they had together 10-0 from behind the arc. Teams demonstrated better performance in the second half. Crucial period of the game was the last quarter when with one minute remaining Joksimovic scored for 63-57 for Hemofarm. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) led the orange team to win adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. Vojvodina, who didn't succeed to qualify for the play-off, got 19 points from Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services).

Zadar - Crvena Zvezda 74-86

After almost two decades, actually after 19 years, Zadar suffered defeat at their home court in arena Jazine against Crvena Zvezda. It was the most important game of the season for Crvena Zvezda, who with this win earned a spot for ULEB Cup 2008/2009 what was their main target of the season. Visitors played furious last quarter and mostly owing to Kikanovic and Cook finished it with 11-23. Zvezda's captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) was on his level collecting 25 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian hot prospect Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) continued with a good performances as he added 19 points and 4 rebounds. USA PG Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) also had a good night finishing the game with 10 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) was the best in Zadar with 19 points and 11 rebounds.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Hemofarm STADA 59-66
(11-17,14-10,25-23,9-16)

Vojvodina:
Nemeth 19, Ivanovic 9, Golubovic 8 (13 rebs, 4 st)
Hemofarm: Marshall 18 (6 rebs), Joksimovic 9 (5 rebs), Bozovic 9


Zadar - Crvena Zvezda 74-86
(18-18,23-24,22-21,11-23)

Zadar:
Gecevski 19 (11 rebs), Johnson 10 (5 rebs), Brewer 11 (4 rebs)
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 25 (5 rebs), Kikanovic 19 (4 rebs), Cook 10 (11 as, 4 st)



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AUSTRALIA

Australian Junior team is 1-1 at the start of Albert Schweitzer Tournament -by Eurobasket News
The Junior Australian national team tipped off the prestigious Albert Schweitzer tourney in Germany yesterday. In the opening game the Emus took care of Italy 85:63. The junior Aussies dominated from the start piling up a 23:14 lead after the opening stanza. They stretched the gap to as many as 19 points by halftime. Italy showed some signs of recovery in the third period but a strong effort from the Emus in the final quarter finalized a stunning defeat for Italian team. Christian Salecich (193-G-90) and Motum provided 14 points apiece for the winners. Jordan Page (178-90) secured 11 points and 8 assists for the Emus in the winning effort. Pasquale Paolisso (203-F-90) replied with 18 points and 7 boards for Italy.
But today the Emus had to experience some negative emotions as they were bruised by Canada. Aussie youngsters jumped to a 16:12 lead after the first frame but soon Canadian team took over. They outscored the Emus 25:10 in the second period to take a 37:26 lead at halftime. The game turned into a heated battle after the break but Canada withheld all comeback efforts from brace Australian players and celebrated a tough win at the end. Gagliardi led all scorers with 19 points and 8 boards for Canada. Arop tallied 18 points and 10 boards for the winners. Matthew Dellavedova (184-G-90) stepped up for Australia with 13 points and 9 boards. Motum contributed 7 points and 4 boards as the Emus dropped to 1-1 record. Australia will next take on Russia.


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BAHRAIN

Standings
Premier League Standings
1. Al Manama 17-2
2. Al Ahli 15-4
3. Muharraq 14-5
4. Sitra 13-6
5. Nuwaidrat 12-7
6. Al Hala 10-9
7. Al Ittihad 6-13
8. Issa Town 5-13
9. Al Najma 3-16
10. Bahrain Club 0-19


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BALTIC LEAGUE

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


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BARBADOS

McDonald records fifth straight doube-double; leads Warriors past Cavs -by Justin Marville
After suffering a humiliating twenty point defeat at the hands of Clapham, the league's best player was not about to let his side suffer a similar letdown against Station Hill.

Corey McDonald poured in a game high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his fifth straight double-double in as many games, as the Playfair Warriors took sole possession of first place with a 68-62 victory over the pre-season favourites Cavaliers in the Sprite/BOA Premier League on Saturday night at the YMCA.

With McDonald struggling from the field to begin the contest the Cavs (3-2) jumped out an early 9-1 advantage within the first two minutes of the opening period as they executed their half court offence to perfection, finding open looks for guards Corey Williams and Jason Smith.

But it wouldn't take long for the league's leading scorer to get going offensively, with the versatile swingman scoring back to back baskets to spark a revival at both ends of the floor for the Dayrell's Road side.

Led by a resurgent defensive effort in the half court, the Warriors (4-1) held their opponents to just a further five points in the first quarter, making life difficult for national forward Junior Moore in the paint while forcing Smith and Moore into taking bad shots.

That momentum carried over to the ensuing period with the Warriors opening the second quarter on an 8-3 run, scoring four unanswered baskets at one point, as the Cavs fell behind 17-19 at the 6:30 mark.

By that time McDonald was in full flight, using his entire offensive arsenal to dominate the game's proceedings as the Warriors threatened to run away with the contest late in the second quarter.

Through an array of moves the prolific forward went for 12 points in the period, going a scorching five for six from the floor, but he only found himself trading baskets with burly Station Hill inside player Andre Jean-Pierre.

The former Bulls forward carried the Cavs' offence by scoring six points down low and providing the necessary space for Smith to operate on the perimeter as Station Hill trailed by only one, 32-31, heading into the half.

However, the Cavaliers failed to sustain that groove on offence start the third, having to encounter yet another stifling defensive wave from an invigorated Warriors squad.

Station Hill would go a woeful four of sixteen from the field in the third quarter while committing nine turnovers in the period as the Warriors went on a 13-6 run, transforming a point lead into a double digit advantage.

The Cavs' deficit could have ballooned to almost twenty points if not for a couple missed lay-ups in the open court from opposing point guard Nicholas King but it would not matter in the end with Ricardo Yearwood sealing his own team's doom early in the fourth quarter.

After Station Hill managed to reduce the lead to just six points early in the fourth by holding their opponents without a field goal for the first three minutes of the period, Yearwood picked up a pointless unsportsmanlike foul, resulting in an ensuing 10-2 Warriors run that put the game well out of the Cavs' reach.

Nation forward Kevin Sealy top scored for Station Hill with 12 points and Jean-Pierre added 10.

The night's first game saw the Bulls improve their record to 3-2 after routing winless British American Insurance Jackson 98-57 to register the Clapham side's second successive victory.

Ryan Leacock led the Bulls with 23 points, younger brothers Neil and Kodia Leacock added 16 and 11 points respectively, while Alvin Padmore scored 15 points and Halley Franklyn chipped in with 12 points and 13 boards.

For Jackson, Peter Alleyne top scored with 18 points, Ricardo Boyce netted 13 and Jason Waithe finished with 12 points.


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BELGIUM

Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
1. Oostende 19-7
2. Bree 19-6
3. M.Hainaut 18-8
4. Charleroi 17-9
5. Liege 16-9
6. Verviers-Pep. 11-15
7. Aalstar 11-15
8. Antwerp 9-17
9. Leuven 5-21
10. Gent 4-22


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BOSNIA

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
1. Bosna S. 19-3
2. Sloboda Dita 18-5
3. Igokea 15-7
4. Grude 14-8
5. Slavija 12-10
6. Borac Nektar 11-10
7. Zrinjski MC 11-11
8. Posusje 10-13
9. Zenica Celik 9-13
10. Hercegovac 8-13
11. Leotar 7-15
12. Capljina 7-15
13. Vogosca 2-20
14. Siroki -


Ademir Zurapovic referee at women Euroleague Final4 -by Sead Buljina
FIBA has announced that our best referee, Ademir Zurapovic will be among refs at the women Euroleague Final 4 tournament. The Final 4 will be played in Brno, April 11-13. Zurapovic has called games at men European Championships, has significant experience and the latest announcement is only a confirmation that FIBA counts on our best referee in the future. As one of FIBA`s referee inspectors told us, 'We`re waiting for Zurapovic and I`m sure the time will come he will call the most important games in men basketball. We expect from him to become one of the referees who will be in charge of the final games at future men European and World Championships.'

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CAMEROON

NCAA Tournament: 5 of the 6 advance to the Sweet 16.... -by Yann Tientcheu
Of the 6 Cameroonian players who were officially partaking to the NCAA Tournament on friday 19th, 5 will have the privilege to compete
with their team in the Sweet 16.
Boris Siakam (201-F) and the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky had the remedy to the adversity that San Diego University opposed them today, and beat the torreros
by the final score of 72 to 63. Western Kentucky is having a fabulous run thus far, advancing the to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 15 years. The cameroonian
senior, Boris Sialkam had 6pts and 3rbds in 17mns of action, hitting 3 for 3 from the floor. Western Kentucky will be opposed to UCLA on the 27th, in Phoenix,
Arizona and it will be interesting to see Boris Siakam going against Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) and Alfred Aboya (203-F/C-85) of UCLA.
Villanova University of Frank Tchuisi overcame Siena by the final score of 84 to 72.Tchuisi played a minute in the game.'nova will be opposed to Kansas University on the 28th.
The Texas Longhorns of Alexis Wangmene (203-F/C-89) overlasted Miami University (75-72) and Wangmene saw 7mns of action. Texas will face Stanford University on the 28th.


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CANADA

Canadian Junior team off to winning start in Germany -by Eurobasket News
Canadian Junior team posted two straight wins at the start of the renowned Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. Canadian team looked impressive in their first game at the tourney and deservedly drove to a 74:48 win over Russia. Canada overcame a sloppy start to the game to pull away a stunning victory. Russia outscored Canada 23:8 in the first period but North Americans quickly came back to life. They trimmed the deficit by 10 points and trailed by 5 at halftime. The things changed drastically after the long break as Canadian youngsters came out of the dressing room firing from all guns. They outscored Russian counterparts 25:4 to take a driving seat. Canada overcame massive 26 turnovers to celebrate a win at the end. Simon Bibeau paced Canadian team with 26 points. Mangisto Arop notched 20 points and 15 boards, while Rob Gagliardi had 8 points and 8 boards for the winners. Evgeny Valiev (202-F-90) replied with 13 points for Russia.
Canada extended their winning streak today beating Australia 66:53. And once again Canadian players got to a slow start and were down by 4 points after 10 minutes of action. Nevertheless they recovered pretty quickly and tallied a 25:10 rally in the second frame to deny the deficit and built a safe buffer. Australia fought bravely in the second half but Canada survived and registered their second win at the tournament. Mangisto Arop finished with 18 points and 10 boards for Canada. Rob Gagliardi secured 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Mike Allison crafted 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Canada is scheduled to take on Italy in Round 3.


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COLOMBIA

Juan Tello Palacios back in the starting five, and the Cards in the Sweet Sixteen -by Victor Garcia
Colombian forward Juan Tello Palacios is back in the Louisville Cardinals starting five, after his recovery of an injury, Tello has been rising his level, and Rick Pitino choose to put him in the starting five for the National Tournament games.
In the first round game against Boise State Juan scored 13 pts (second in the team) and grabbed 3 rebounds, shooting an amazing 100% from the field including 2 three pointers, Juan played 16 minutes but in the first quarter score 7 points, the Cards won 79-61
In the second round game Tello scored 7 points with 3 rebounds and 3 of 4 from the field, the cards blasted Oklahoma sooners 78 48 to clinch a place in the sweet sixteen
Juan Palacios (203-F-85)


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DENMARK

Amager ties the series with Svendborg -by Eurobasket News
Amager used the support of the home crowd and some luck to celebrate an 81:80 victory in a nail-biting second game if their semifinal series against Svendborg. The victory squared things up in the series and the third game is scheduled for the day after tomorrow in Svendborg. The opponents kept it close in the starting frame however Amager still went out on top leading 21:19 after 10 minutes of action. But the Rabbits quickly restored status quo and leveled things at 44 at halftime. Svendborg took over in the third period and started to get away. Paced by topscorer Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Arlington) the Rabbits took off to a 9-point distance after 30 minutes of action. But the hosts refused to give up. Matt Cooper (201-F-85, college: Le Moyne) and Kristian Jakobsen (190-G/F-79) teamed up in the final stanza to deny the deficit. Amager were down by a single point late in the game but Joseph Smith (198-F-82, college: Hamilton) nailed a go-ahead jumper with less than a second left in regulation to carry the home side to an impressive victory. Kristian Jakobsen led his teammates with 23 points. Matt Cooper provided 22 points and 9 boards, while Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jarrett Howell answered with 24 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Svendborg. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 10 points and 7 boards in defeat.
In the meantime the Bakken Bears enlarged the lead in the series against Horsholm. The Bears coasted to an 89:73 win away from home to take a 2-0 advantage. Bakken claimed a decisive lead in the opening frame bruising the home team 19:11. The 79ers tried to stay contestant outscoring the visitors 25:21 in the second term but the Bears were implacable. They stretched the margin to 13 points in the third quarter and never looked back afterwards. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) led balanced Bakken offense with 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)) dropped 15 points and dished out 7 assists. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) registered 12 points in a win. Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) answered with 20 points, 12 boards and 7 blocks for Horsholm. Allan Ehte (189-G/F-86) netted 18 points, while Duane James (198-F-83, college: Binghamton) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.


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EGYPT

Derrik Fraklin flys back home for 10 days -by Sherif Soliman
Derrik Franklin Itthads Center will fly to the states for 10 days vacation, he will share his family the death of his father. Derrick will miss at least 2 games in the finals one of the games against Zamalek. We all share Derrick hard feelings and condolences. Derrik was the best import this season and helped his team to reach the top of the first round table. Itthad administration are trying to let him reach Zamalek game.

Super League Finals starts next Saturday -by Sherif Soliman
Super league finals starts on saturday. Itthad finished the 22nd round on the top with 3 defeats, Gezira came second with 4 defeats , Sporting and Zamalek came 3rd and 4th with 5 defeats ,Ahly came 5th with 6 defeats while Somouha was the last team who went to the finals. Itthad,Gezira,Sporting,Zamlek seems having the same chances to win the league while history adds Ahly to the competition. Ahly was hurt by the the club board decision not allowing the team to import a player but Ashraf Tawfeek is the type of coaches that never gave up easily. Somuha almost have no chances to win the league but they will hurt big teams at their home court.Derrick Franklin was the best import so far he is helping Itthad and getting better everyday.

Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Al Ittihad 19-3
2. Gezira 18-4
3. Sporting 17-5
4. Zamalek 17-5
5. Ahly 16-6
6. Somouha 13-9
7. Shams 8-14
8. Geish Army 8-14
9. Shorta-Police 6-16
10. Gazco 6-16
11. Eastern Co. 5-17
12. Damenhor 0-22


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FRANCE

Injury Blow for French Star -by Umberto Scogni
The young French Nt player Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) is injured deeply . It is expected that he will be out of action for around 6-7 months at least. Players has torn knee ligaments and will have to go under a surgery . But according to Gelabale it is not decided yet to make it in France or in Seattle. Some resources think that; with this injury the nba door will be closed for Gelebale after a bad season. We all wish him to be healthy as soon as possible and continue to help French basketball.

French Cup: The leaders show strong, Challans also -by Chris Spiesser
During this Easter Week-end, the 16th final round of the French Cup took place. This was the first step for the Pro A top 8, and on the starting line we had 15 A level teams, 8 ProB teams and 9 NM1 participants.

At final we can note only one surprising result in Challans, where the home team downed Limoges. The vendeans could count on a bright Seth Scott (28pts) to overcome the former french champ for the great pleasure of the 2800 spectators. Among the other results, we have to underline the nice performances of some other outsiders. Lille (Malet 18pts, 8rbs, 5ass) lost contact to Pau in the final minutes for a short loss. Brest lost on the final possession against Cholet with the eternal Jimmy Verove (11pts 4/5, 4rbs, 5ass). Bourg showed that there is only a narrow gap between the top of ProB and the bottom of ProA. The big figures of the week go to Le Havre which blasted Dijon 127-95 with a 69 shooting percentage and two players above 30 raking points. Fabien Causeur prove his all-aroundness (21pts 6/6, 5rbs, 6ass) while Marcellus Sommerville (201-F-82, college: Bradley) wore his scoring machine jersey: 42pts (16/22), 5rbs, 3ass for 46 ranking points!! At final, the actual french champ also left the competition with a loss in Orleans. Marc Salyers did the job (32pts, 11rbs) but coach Choulet stressed out the few implication of some of his players.

The results:
Lille Metropole Basket (NM1) - EB Pau Orthez (Pro A) : 72-78
ADA Blois Basket 41 (NM1) - Elan Sportif Chalonnais (Pro A) : 61-92
SLUC Nancy (Pro A) - Paris Levallois (Pro A) : 70-68
Entente Orleanaise (Pro A) - Roanne Chorale (Pro A) : 81-76
ALM Evreux (Pro B) - Hyères Toulon VB (Pro A) : 61-79
Angers BC (NM1) - Fos Ouest Provence Basket (NM1) : 76-65
Etoile de Charleville Mezières (NM1) - JA Vichy (Pro A) : 64 - 107
JL Bourg Basket (Pro B) - BCM Gravelines Dunkerque GL (Pro A) : 90 - 99
Andrezieux ALS Basket (NM1) - ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne (Pro A) : 56 - 98
Union Poitiers Basket 86 (Pro B) - Saint-Quentin BB (Pro B) : 82 - 77
GET Vosges (NM1) - Strasbourg IG (Pro A) : 59-90
Etendard Brest (Pro B) - Cholet Basket (Pro A) : 78 - 80
Feurs Forez Basket (NM1) - JSF Nanterre (Pro B) : 57-71
Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) - Limoges CSP Elite (Pro B) : 91 - 86
STB Le Havre (Pro A) - JDA Dijon Bourgogne (Pro A) : 127-95
Le Mans (Pro A) - Besancon BCD (Pro B) : 92-76

For the next round (April, 16th), among the 16 remaining teams, 12 are coming from ProA, 2 from ProB and 2 from NM1. Those two cinderellas are located in the West: Angers and Challans


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FYR MACEDONIA

D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Feni Indistrija 22-3
2. Strumica 19-6
3. AMMAK SP 15-10
4. F.Rabotnicki 14-11
5. Pelister 14-11
6. MZT Skopje 12-13
7. Vardar 9-15
8. Karpos 2-22


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
1. Pop Sport S. 15-6
2. Centar S. 14-6
3. Ovce Pole 14-7
4. Torus 13-8
5. Goce Delchev 12-9
6. Negotino 11-9
7. Plejmejker C. 10-10
8. Teteks 9-12
9. Kozuv 9-12
10. Heraklea 4-17
11. ABA 3-18


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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 25: Weekend Results March 20-24th! -by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 25 tipped off Thursday with a strong Koln 99er performance to top Trier and continued with Saturday wins for Deutsche Bank Skyliners, Ewe Baskets Oldenburg, Telekom Baskets Bonn and digubu Baskets Paderborn in an upset over Artland. Here are the results from the exciting Easter Weekend action!

Thursday March 20th
Koln 99ers 82 TBB Trier 70
All 5 Koln starters scored in double figures as the 99ers earned an 82-70 home win over Trier Thursday night at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his team held a 17-13 lead after 1 and kept a tight 38-35 cushion at half. The 99ers pushed the margin to 6 61-56 after three and finished the game strong for the home win. Milko Bjelica topscored for Koln producing 23pt 6reb, PG Derek Ravio added 15pt 4ast with Brian Greene, Philip Schwethelm and Marko Keselj scoring 11pt apiece. For Trier, Daniel Cage hit 4 of 7 threes to lead scoring with 18pt while Marshall Philips added 13pt and Caleb Green 11. A positive in the loss, Marcus Taylor returned to action for Trier after missing most of the season with injury. Koln shot 51% to Trier's 47% and sank 24 of 29 FT (82%) to Trier's 15 of 24 (62%) in the game. Koln improved to 13-12 while Trier dropped to 5-20.

Saturday March 22nd
Deutsche Bank Skyliners 77 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 65
Ilian Evtimov scored 24pt 8reb and Derrick Allen added 19pt 6 boards to power Deutsche Bank Skyliners past NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 77-65 Saturday night in Braunschweig. Jimmy McKinney chipped in 13pt 6reb and Pascal Roller 11pt 5ast for the Skyliners. Frankfurt buried 13 of 24 (54%) threes and shot 52% from the floor while holding Braunschweig to 41% in the win. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners took a 36-30 halftime lead on the road at Volkswagonhalle but the Phantoms trimmed the deficit to 53-52 heading into the 4th. Frankfurts strong 4Q earned the important road win. John Allen scored 16pt and Jonathan Levy 15 for the Phantoms. Skyliners upped their record to 14-11 while Braunschweig fell to 13-11.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 83 LTi Giessen 46ers 76
Rickey Paulding scored 18pt 5reb, Jason Gardner 17pt 4ast and Jasmin Perkovic 15pt 10reb leading Ewe Baskets Oldenburg to an important 83-78 road win over LTi Giessen Saturday night in Giessen. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his team held a 1pt 20-19 lead after 1Q but a strong 2Q gave the 46ers a 38-30 halftime lead on their home floor. Giessen maintained a 56-53 margin heading into the 4th but Oldenburg's 30pt 4Q secured the road win. Oldenburg shot 46% from the floor while Giessen hit 37% but both teams struggled from beyond the arc as Oldenburg made only 3 of 15 threes while Giessen sank only 4 of 21. Rebounds were even at 36 and both teams sank 26FT. Corey Rouse led the 46ers with 19pt 6reb while Bill Philips added 15pt 5 boards. Oldenburg is now 15-10 while Giessen drops to 6-18.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 77 Walter Tigers Tubingen 73
Miah Davis topscored with 15pt with support from John Bowler (12pt 6reb), Winsome Frazier (11pt 7reb) and Ronnie Burrell (10pt) as Telekom Baskets Bonn staged an impressive comeback 77-73 road win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Saturday night at Tubingen Arena. Head coach Michael Koch and his men opened with a 26-22 1Q and held a 44-40 lead at half but the Tigers responded in the 3rd with a 20-13 quarter to take a 60-53 lead into the 4th. Bonn earned the win with a strong 20-13 4Q of their own. In the even game, Bonn shot 46% while Tubingen hit 47% from the floor and Bonn outrebounded the Tigers 32-29. Rasko Katic and AJ Moye both scored 19pt with 6reb to lead Tubingen's attack. Bingo Merriex added 12pt 7reb and PG Jermaine Anderson 11pt 8ast for the Tigers. With the win, Bonn ups their record to 16-9 while Tubingen slipes to 7-18.

digibu Baskets Paderborn 80 Artland Dragons 73
Tim Black scored 20pt, Steve Esterkamp 17pt and Nathan Peavy 14 to lead digibu Baskets Paderborn to an 80-73 victory over league leading Artland Dragons at Artland Arena Saturday night. Artland held an 18-16 lead after 1Q and matched that production in the second to take a 36-32 lead at half. Paderborn battled back in the 3Q but Artland took a 56-55 lead into the 4Q. Head Coach Doug Spradley and his Paderborn team outscored Artland 25-16 in the 4th for the upset road win. Paderborn hit 48% from the floor while holding Artland to 42% including 3 for 16 from three. Artland enjoyed a 28-38 (73%) night from the foul line while Paderborn sank 15 of 25 FT. The Dragons outrebounded Paderborn 40-31 but suffered 16 turnovers in the loss. Leon Rodgers posted 15pt 9reb with Adam Chubb adding 12pt 5reb for Artland. With the win Paderborn improves to 11-15 while Artland falls to 19-6.

Sunday March 23rd
ALBA Berlin 73 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 64

ALBA Berlin captured their 20th win of the season beating Eisbaren Bremerhaven 73-64 Sunday afternoon live on BBL.TV. Bremerhaven took a 17-16 lead after 1Q but Berlin worked ahead for a 37-36 lead at half. After an even 3rd, ALBA broke the game open in the 4Q for the win. PG Bobby Brown led the way with 18pt 4ast while Patrick Femerling and Dragan Dojcin added 14pt 8reb each. Immanuel McElroy (11pt) and Aleksander Nadjfeji (10pt) reached double figures for Head Coach Luka Pavicevic's team. ALBA shot 47% from the floor but only 4 of 22 (18%) from three and 52% from the foul line. Anthony Tolliver led Bremerhaven with 21pt 14reb but the Eisbaren hit 38% and suffered 18 turnovers. ALBA remains improves to 20-6 while Bremerhaven falls to 12-13.

brose Baskets Bamberg 71 EnBW Ludwigsburg 66

Jared Reiner posted a 17pt 14reb double double while Ademola Okulaja scored 11pt and Predrag Suput added 10 to lead brose Baskets Bamberg to a hardfought 71-66 road win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Sunday night. Head Coach Dirk Bauermann and his men jumped to a 22-11 1Q and held a 40-30 halftime lead. Ludwigsburg bounced back with an 18-9 3Q cutting the lead to 49-48 after 3. Bambergs 22-18 4th sealed the win. Bamberg shot 44% from the floor and limited Ludwigsburg to 33% while outrebounding them 40-36. Ludwigsburg made 10 of 34 threes (29%) to Bambergs 3 of 12 (25%). Heiko Schaffartzik led Ludwigsburg with 17pt while Ronald Ross, Coleman Collins and Michel Nascimento added 11pt apiece. Bamberg upped their record to 17-8 while Ludwigsburg slipped to 12-13.


Science City Jena 74 BG74 Gottingen 59

Science City Jena won their first road game of the season with a strong second half push to beat BG74 Gottingen 74-59 Sunday afternoon at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Jason Miller led the way for Jena topscoring with a 20pt 6reb performance. Lavelle Felton added 13pt 8reb 4ast, Mark Davis totaled 11pt 7reb along with Gregor Linke and Ali Seggelke chipped in 10pts apiece. Jeb Ivey (13pt) and Ben Jacobsen (10pt) were the only double digit scorers for the Violets. Gottingen opened strong with a 12-8 lead after 1Q but a 23-18 2Q gave Jena a 31-26 lead at half. Jena added one point to their cushion after three (48-42) before breaking the game open with a 26-17 4Q. Jena shot 49% to Gottingens 31% and outrebounded the hosts 38-35. Gottingen made only 8 of 35 threes (22%) to Jena's 8 of 18 (44%). Sean McCaw and his team won their 4th game of the season improving to 4-21 while Gottingen dropped to 11-15.

Monday March 24th
ratiopharm Ulm v Bayer Leverkusen 3pm BBL.TV



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GREECE

The Greek Men's National Team U16 has the first victory over the France 56-51 in Almpert Schweitzer tournament -by George Manousidis

The team began its obligations with a victory in the Almpert Schweitzertournament in Mannheim, Germany. In the premiere, Giorgos Vlasssopoulos' team beated France 56-51, having the support of 100 Greek fans who are always found by the Greek team.
The quarter's: 14-8, 11-16, 18-14, 13-13
Greece: Papantoniou 8, Roussis, Karathanasis, Dimitris Arapis (203-F-90, agency: FCM), Papanikolaou 8, Georgatos, Giankovits 5, Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) 23, Kasselakis 13.
France: Hay, Sadiku, Albicy 7, Faye Djobo, Thibedore, Tanghe 14, Lang 17, Leonarnd 11, Ramassamy 2, Buval, Celerier.
The National Team is competing against Israel on 23rd March in 17:00.

16 teams -separated in four groups- participate in the tournament: Group [A]' : Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Holland. Group [B]': Spain, Argentina, Croatia, New Zealand. Group [C]': Russia, Italy, Australia, Canada. Group [D]' : USA, Greece, France, Israel.


The schedule of Almpert Schweitzer tournament is:

PRELIMINARY ROUND


Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

MWS resounds at the Herzogenried

12:00: Spain - new Zealand 104:66

14:00: Argentina - Croatia 78:76

16:00: Turkey - Sweden 97:85

20:30: Germany - Netherlands 99:57

US of sport arena

12:30: Greece - France 56:51

14:30: Australia - Italy 85:63

16:30: Russia - Canada 48:74

20:00: The USA - Israel 83:61


Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

MWS resounds at the Herzogenried

14:00: New Zealand - Argentina

16:00: Netherlands - Turkey

18:00: Sweden - Germany

20:00: Croatia - Spain

US of sport arena

14:00: Canada - Australia

16:00: Israel - Greece

18:00: Italy - Russia

20:00: France - the USA


Monday, March 24th, 2008

MWS resounds at the Herzogenried

14:00: Sweden - Netherlands

16:00: Croatia - new Zealand

18:00: Spain - Argentina

20:00: Turkey - Germany

US of sport arena

14:00: Italy Canada

16:00: France - Israel

18:00: Russia - Australia

20:00: The USA - Greece



QUALIFICATION ROUND

GROUP E

1st Group A, 1st Group C, 2nd Group A, 2nd Group C

GROUP F

1st Group B, 1st Group D, 2nd Group B, 2nd Group D

GROUP G

3rd Group A, 3rd Group C, 4th Group A, 4th Group C

GROUP H

3rd Group B, 3rd Group D, 4th Group B, 4th Group D


Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

MWS resounds at the Herzogenried

14:00: 3rd Group A - 4th Group C

16:00: 4th Group A - 3rd Group C

18:00: 1st Group A - 2nd Group C

20:00: 2nd Group A - 1st Group C


US of sport arena

14:00: 3rd Group B - 4th Group D

16:00: 4th Group B - 3rd Group D

18:00: 1st Group B - 2nd Group D

20:00: 2nd Group B - 1st Group D


Thursday, March 27th, 2008

MWS resounds at the Herzogenried

14:00: 4th Group C - 4th Group A

16:00: 3rd Group C - 3rd Group A

18:00: 2nd Group C - 2nd Group A

20:00: 1st Group C - 1st Group A


US of sport arena

14:00: 4th Group D - 4th Group B

16:00: 3rd Group D - 3rd Group B

18:00: 2nd Group D - 2nd Group B

20:00: 1st Group D - 1st Group B


PLACEMENT ROUND - SEMI FINALS

Friday, March 28th, 2008

US of sport arena

09:00: 4th Group G - 4th Group H (Place 15)

11:00: 3rd Group G - 3rd Group H (Place 13)

14:00: 2nd Group G - 2nd Group H (Place 11)

16:00: 1st Group G - 1st Group H (Place 9)

18:00: 1st Group E - 2nd Group F (Semi final 1)

20:00: 1st Group F - 2nd Group E (Semi final 2)


PLACEMENT ROUND - FINALS

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

US of sport arena

09:00: 4th Group E - 4th Group F (Place 7)

11:00: 3rd Group E - 3rd Group F (Place 5)

14:00: Loose Semi final 1 - loose Semi final 2 (Place 3)

16:00: Winner Semi final 1 - Winner Semi final 2 (finally)


Follow all the action on the official website of the Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament: http://www.ast-basketball.de



Stats Leaders - A1
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Jaaber, Egaleo 22.4
Grundy, Panellinios 20.6
Massey, Aris 18.5
Nikolaidis, Egaleo 14.3
Pinnock, Kolossos14.2
Kiritsis, AEK 14
Wesson, AEK 13.8
Tsiaras, Olimpia 13.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Wesson, AEK 8.52
2 Bourousis, Oly. 8.2
3 Massey, Aris 8.1
4 Ceranic, AEL 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Spanoulis, PAO 5
2 Jaaber, Egaleo 4.2
3 Diamantidis, PAO 3.7
4 Kojadinovic, Mar. 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 Jaaber, Egaleo 2.80 2 Massey, Aris 2.35 3 Grundy,Panellinios2.2
Blocks Per Game
Klimavicius, AEL 1.35
Bourousis, Oly. 1.16
Massey, Aris 0.95
2FGP
Dikoudis, PAO 71%
Newley, Panionios 68%
Klimavicius, AEL 65%
Giannoulis Pan 63%
Massey, Aris 62%
3FGP
Kurtovic Olympias 48%
Tsaldaris, Aris 46%
Jasikievicius, PAO 46%
Vasiliadis, Olympiakos 46%
Free Throws
Haralampidis, Marousi 96%
Wright, Aris 87%
Verginis, PAOK 86%
Ranking
Bourousis Oly 0.790
Massey Ais 0.694
Batiste Pan 0.679
Jackson Oly 0.638
Ostojic Pan 0.633
Vougioukas Reth. 0.605
Wesson Aek 0.590
Baxter Panionios 0.589


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
1. Panathin. 19-2
2. Olympiak. 18-3
3. Aris 14-7
4. Panellinios 12-9
5. Panionios 11-10
6. Egaleo 11-10
7. AEK 10-11
8. AEL 10-11
9. Maroussi 9-12
10. PAOK 8-13
11. Olimpia L. 8-13
12. Rethimno 7-14
13. Kolossos 7-14
14. Olimpiada P. 3-18


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HUNGARY

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


Saturday's games -by Tamas Deri
Albacomp started very well the game against Falco KC last night, so was up by 7 points after the first quarter already. In the second quarter the guests got closer and closer, the score was 53-52 after twenty minutest.
There was a big battle in the second half even, and the home team could beat Falco by 4 points. We have to write about some interesting stats: the home team shot 48 free throws and made 40 of them - Velibor Radovic had 15 fouls against and was 21/27 from the line -.

Second place team Dombovar had to work hard for the overtime-victory against Sopron. It was a big surprise, that the guest were up by 7 points after twenty minutes. In the third quarter the home team could get closer by one point and tie the game after fourth. Three seconds before the end of the overtime Bodi scored a three pointer and decided the game. With this win Dombovar made a big step to keep the second place after the regular season.


ALBACOMP - FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY 108-104
(33-26, 20-26, 30-27, 25-25)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2500, Referees: Valovics, Palla, Bognar
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 26, Bradford 16/6, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 30/3, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.), 17 Bencze 7, David, Soos 5/3, Lamont Boozer (208-F/C-75, college: JMU) 7, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Aks
SZOMBATHELY: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/6, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 29/12, Draughan 9/6, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 29/24 Aliakseyeu 6, Borszeki 5/3, Kornel Varadi (198-G-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8/6, Feigl, Will


PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC - SOPRONI SORDOGOK 79-78
(19-19, 19-26, 12-13, 20-12, 9-8)
Dombovar, Att.: 1100, Referees: Kothay, Kiraly, dr. Pali
DOMBOVAR: Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 26/6, Laszlo Balogh (190-G-77) 8, Deak 6, Bodi 4/3, Wiley 11/9, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 14, English 10/3, Molnar M., Coach: Dzunic Branislav
SOPRON: Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 16/6, Lakatos 5, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 31/12, Lesko 13, Kortelyesi 4, Vesztergom, Boldizsar, Pojbics 9/9, Frana, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


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IRELAND

Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
1. Killester 17-4
2. St.Vincent 14-7
3. MDS Star 10-11
4. Sham.Rovers 9-12
5. UCD Marian 8-13
6. UU 3-18
South Conference
1. Tigers 15-6
2. UCC Demons 14-7
3. Neptune 13-8
4. St. Pauls 10-11
5. Limerick Lions 7-14
6. Ballina 6-15


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ITALY

Serie A Week 28: Siena with home court advantage -by Luca Bianchin
Montepaschi Siena clinched first spot in Serie A playoffs with six games to play after a 74-66 win in Treviso. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) was Montepaschi top scorer with 18, while Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) and Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 14 and 12. Behind Siena, the struggle continues: Lottomatica, Air and Pierrel won tricky games, while Premiata will play on Tuesday in Bologna against La Fortezza. In a weekend without big games at the top of the standings, Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) impressed again scoring 28 against Snaidero Udine in Sunday anticipated game. At the bottom no hopes for Varese (Cimberio however wants to win next week derby against Cantu), while Legea Scafati won a key game against Biella. Eldo Napoli answered beating Rieti to mantain a 4 points advantage.

Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
1. Montepas. 26-2
2. Lottomatica 19-9
3. Premiata 18-9
4. Air AV 18-10
5. Pierrel 17-11
6. Armani 15-13
7. Scavolini 15-13
8. Upim 14-14
9. Tisettanta C. 13-15
10. Solsonica 13-15
11. Angelico 13-15
12. Siviglia Wear 12-16
13. Snaidero 12-16
14. Eldo 12-16
15. Benetton 11-17
16. La Fortezza 10-17
17. Legea 8-20
18. Cimberio 5-23


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JORDAN

Round 3 of Excellent League's Semi-Finals -by Mohammed Malas
* Sunday 23rd of March

Orthodox 88 - Arena Amman 73 (Qs: 17-24, 34-41, 60-55 & 88-73) 'Orthodox leads the series 2-1'

# Best performance:
- Orthodox:
Chris Campbell (194-G/F-81, college: Harding) (29 pts, 4 ast)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (20 pts, 12 reb)
Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, college: Xavier) (13 pts, 9 reb)
- Arena Amman:
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) (22 pts, 10 reb)
Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) (22 pts, 6 ast)
Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) (17 pts, 9 reb)

Zain 89 - Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman 77 (Qs: 31-19, 50-36, 67-59 & 89-77) 'Zain leads the series 2-1'

# Best performance:
- Zain:
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (23 pts, 8 ast)
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) (22 pts, 9 reb)
Soumaila Samake (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) (20 pts, 16 reb, 3 blk)
- Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman:
Yousef Faqs (200-F-85) (17 pts, 7 reb)
Issa Kamel (192-F-83) (17 pts)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (16 pts, 3 ast)

* Round 4 of Excellent League's Semi-Finals will be played on Friday 28th of March..
* The final game of Jordan Cup between Zain and Orthodox is going to be on Tuesday 25th of March..


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JUCO

Mott CC defends Division II title -by Eurobasket News
Mott CC - Columbus State CC 83:73

Mott CC rewrote history yesterday claiming their third Division II National title. Their victory also marked the back-to-back title wins for the Bears. Mott CC opened the game aggressively and accounted for first 12 points of the game. But Columbus State stayed alert and clawed their way back into contest. The Cougars stepped in front midway through the half and kept ahead till late in the half. But consecutive triples from Jeremie Simmons and Jacquez Williams put the Bears in front at halftime. Jeremie Simmons and Deandre Nealy spurred Mott at the start of the second half. Consequently Columbus State did not recover after the long break. The Bears looked too good and kept the Cougars at bay for the reminder of the game. Jeremie Simmons paced Mott CC with 23 points. Deandre Nealy posted 21 points, 5 boards and 4 blocks, while Jacquez Williams scored 11 points for the winners. Greg Rice nailed 26 points for Columbus State CC. Marcus Britt (6'3''-G) dropped 21 points for the Cougars. Deandre Nealy was named the tournament's MVP. He averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 boards and 6 blocks in 4 games for Mott. Columbus State shot impressive 62% from the field including 55% from beyond the arc but still did not manage to succeed.
Penn Valley's Peirre De Clue received the Jack Cistriano Award as the Best Small Man of the tournament. Danville's Anthony Lee Ingram was given the Sportsmanship Award. All-Tournament Team included Jacquez Williams and Jeremie Simmons of Mott, Greg Rice, Mariano Bowles and Marcus Britt of Columbus State, Ali Farokhmanesh and Cory Viet of Kirkwood, Sergey Struck from Danville, Robert Tre Golston of South Mountain, Ray Blcackburn of Erie and South Suburban's Elijah Muhammad Cunningham.

Mott CC: Jeremie Simmons 23, Deandre Nealy 21, Jacquez Williams 11
Columbus State: Greg Rice 26, Marcus Britt 21


South Plains are crowned Division I champions -by Eurobasket News
South Plains - Salt Lake CC 67:56

South Plains edged Salt Lake CC to claim the second straight Division I national title for WJCAC yesterday. They brought the trophy back to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference following the last season triumph of Midland. But the way to cutting down the net was not an easy one. The Bruins kept South Plains scoreless for some time early in the game and despite breaking the scoring deadlock the Texans were down 4:17 midway through the half. But South Plains found their savior in sophomore guard Nick Okorie (6'0''-G). He drained 7 points to fuel a 20:5 run for the Texans as they capped the first half leading by 5 points 24:19. The scoring improved drastically in the second half but Nick Okorie was unstoppable at the moment. He fired from all distances and ignited an 11:0 run that put South Plains up by 16 points with just over 6 minutes remaining. Salt Lake struggled to hit open shots and though they trimmed the deficit to 9 points late in the game it was as close as they could get. Nick Okorie finished with game-high 29 points for the Texans. David Tairu added 14 points, while Jonathan Hall (6'4''-G) provided 13 points and 6 boards for the winners. Davell Jackson had 19 points and 8 boards for Salt Lake. Andy Palmer dropped 10 points in a losing case. The Bruins outrebounded the winners 44:40 but were less accurate from the field. They launched 50% of field goals, while the Texans sank 55%. The Bruins also suffered 15 turnovers down the stretch.
Jonathan Hall was trumped the tournament's MVP. South Plains' head coach Steve Green was named the Coach of the Year. Brain Green of Salt Lake was proclaimed the Best Small Player. All-Tournament Team included Brian Green and Davell Jackson of South Plains, Nick Okorie and Jonathan Hall of South Plains, Dwight Buycks and Dwight Hardy of Indian Hills, Reggie Chamberlain and Darko Cohadarevic (6'9''-F-86) from Seward County, Mario Little of Chipola, Bryan Sherrer of Three Rivers, Eric Tramiel of Paris and Eastern Arizona's Will Bynum (6'3''-G).

South Plains: Nick Okorie 29, David Tairu 14, Jonathan Hall 13
Salt Lake: Davell Jackson 19, Andy Palmer 10


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LEBANON

Riyadi WABA Champion -by Hassan Thini
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut confirmed its supremacy in West Asia after beating Saba Battery in the final of the 11th WABA Champions Cup on the score of 83-82 after overtime.

Riyadi didn't participated in the previous 3 seasons in the WABA Champions Cup, It's the second title this season for Riyadi after wining the strong Dubai International Tournament .

The first half saw the small dominance from Saba but the lead was exchanged so many times , Saba led at the half on the score 36-32 through the heroic efforts of Hamid Islamieh and his 3points shooting.

In the third quarter Riyadi led as much as 10 points but the home team made a big run and tied the game at the end of the third 57-57 .

In the 4th Riyadi once again led by 10 points but Saba came back and led 77-74 before 34 seconds from the end , a 3 points shot made by Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) tied the game and sent it to a overtime in which Joseph Vogel scored the wining basket , the game finished on the score of 83-82.

After this big win Riyadi is expected to retain its Arab Title at the end of April in Jordan and to secure his first Asian Title in Kuwait in May.



Best Performances :

Ismail Abed El Moneim (24pts) , Omar Turk(19pts) ,Fadi Khatib(17pts), Joseph Vogel(14pts)


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MEXICO

LICOMUBA Playoffs! -by Charles Elwes

In the post-season in the LICOMUBA league from the state
of Chihuahua have two interesting games in road to the
LICOMUBA championship.

The games are between:
Mineros Parral vs Faraones Nvo.Casas Grandes
Liebres ITCJ vs Choriceros Camargo

The surprise team in the season were Liebres ITCJ from Cd.Juarez that have
all young talent from there campus, led by sharp shooter
Francisco Marmolejo and Joel Palma as the leaders with head coach
Benjamin Ortega an icon in basketball in the state


Choriceros Camargo actual champion in the league tries to win there third

consecutive tittle with players like

Mike Thompson (198-F-77, college: Salem Intern.), Manuel Gandarilla, and

Jose Escobedo (202-F-78, college: UTEP) as there leaders with nice

bench players with allot of talent to play in more important leagues in Mexico.

All of theme coach by coach Rufo Torres another legendary coach in Mexican

basketball. Choriceros have one of the best gym's in the state of Chihuahua with

a bearly 2 years of being built complex of 3,500 fans arena.


Faraones Nvo. Casas Grandes led by:

Cade Romney (-75), Damion Staple (201-F/C-80, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Iowa St.)

and the rest of team are a solid candidate to be in the final game.


Mineros Parral led by

Melvin Williams (201-F-82)who avg 21ppg and all the local players are very tough to beat at home where there's always

a packed house with 800 fans per game. In the small gym.


The series begin friday 28 of march and continue saturday 29.!

Star tuned fore more LICOMUBA action.



CIBACOPA News -by Charles Elwes

The season has started and the second best league in Mexico
has given very good games in the pacific coast of Mexico.
Fans have gone to games more than past seasons and league it's growing in
popularity in the region, more Tv channels have in there schedule CIBACOPA games.


The leader up to the moment with 16 games played are
Caballeros Culiacan with 11 wins and 5 lost games, follow by
another Sinaloa team Lobos UAD Mazatlan with 10 wins and 6 losses.

Culiacan has a very good team with important players like:

Cedric Patton (201-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia St.),

Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon),

Jorge Rochin (202-F-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Portland)

They have the base team from last LNBP season.


Lobos UAD Mazatlan have the best trio of imports in the league led by:

Larry Taylor (186-G-80, college: Missouri Western),

Mugabe Thomas (193-F-80, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Cedarville),

Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Mexican veteran

Octavio Robles (201-F-66) and a young power foward Julio Everardo (200-C-81).


Mineros Cananea with a record (10-6) have there local icons the players like:

Davin White (186-G-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who has spent time in the

D League with the Anaheim Arsenal and Colarado 14ers.

Scott Freymond (188-G-80, college: Cent.Washington) and

Efrain Acuna (180-G-81).


Fuerza Guinda Nogales (10-6)

Have there home gym always packed.

Tony Stockman (186-G-81, college: Ohio St.),and great rebounder and blocker

Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer) and

Eduardo Linan (187-G-75) as a great 3 point shooter have there best players.


Other teams in the league are Frayles Guasave (9-7), Pioneros Los Mochis (8-8),

actual champ Trigueros d.Obregon (8-8), Vaqueros Agua Prieta(7-9),

Paskolas Navojoa (6-10) and the last team in the table Bucaneros Guaymas (1-15)


Stay tuned for more news of the CIBACOPA League.

Leader in assists:

Will Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) 6.6 apg Frayles Guasave

Leader in rebounds:

Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer) 11.5 rpg Fuerza Guinda Nogales

Point Leader:

Davin White (186-G-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 35.7 ppg Mineros Cananea


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MONTENEGRO

MNT 1A Play-Out 1.Round : Ulcinj-Rudar 88-73,Mornar-Kotor 108-77 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In first two game of MNT1A Play-Out BC Ulcinj win against BC Rudra Plevlja in Ulcinj 88-73 (28-12,15-16,32-17,13-23) and BC Mornar Bar in Bar win against BC Kotor 108-77 (32-9,21-29,30-14,25-25).In tema of BC Ulcinj best was Sokolj Kasmi with 26 points and in tema of BC Rudar Pljevlja Mirko Vukajlovic (198-G-80) with 19 points.In second game in team of BC Mornar bar best was Igor Bjelic (208-F/C-87) with 21 points and in team of BC Kotor Mandic ho score 26 points.

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NAIA

The quarterfinal stage wraps up in NAIA Division I Championship -by Eurobasket News
The things getting more intriguing in the 2008 NAIA Division I National Championship held in Kansas City. The teams played quarterfinal yesterday and spectators saw some first-class clashes at this stage.
The 8th-ranked Mountain State University took on Azusa Pacific University in the first battle of the night. Azusa Pacific looked good in the first half leading all the way through. However Mountain State capped the half with a 9:2 run to tie the score at 32 at halftime. But the second half was all about Mountain State. They outscored their opponents 40:19 to roll to a confident 72:51 win at the end. James Spencer scored 20 points and grabbed 9 boards for Mountain State. Jarvis Jackson (6'0''-G) added 17 points, while Adron Marshall (6'4''-G) had 15 points and 7 boards for the winners. Mike Danielian (6'1''-G, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) led Azusa Pacific with 13 points. Davon Roberts (6'6''-F) had 10 points and 6 boards in a loss. It would be the first semifinal appearance for Mountain State since their triumph in 2004.
Campbellsville University managed to topple Oklahoma Baptist University 74:69 to reach their first-ever NAIA Fab Four. Campbellsville held a 68:67 lead with less than a minute to go in regulation. Bubba Long (5'10''-G) nailed two free throws to stretch the advantage to 3 points. Evan Grace (6'1''-G) answered with accurate shots from charity stripe and the Bison trim the deficit back to a single point. Troy Harris (6'0''-G) dropped just one free throw for the Tigers but Bubba Long pulled down an offensive rebound and then sank two free throws to make it 73:69 with 13 seconds left in the game. Oklahoma Baptist committed turnover and Marcus Nicks sealed the winning outcome from free throw line. Nestor Colmenares (6'7''-F) led the action with 17 points and 17 boards for the Tigers. Bubba Long secured 13 points, while Jordan Benock (6'2''-G) had 11 points for the winners. Oklahoma Baptist were paced by Justin Williams and Charles Carter (6'10''-F/C) with 12 points apiece.
Campbellsville will now face the 7th-ranked Oklahoma City University in the semifinal. Oklahoma City handled the 2nd-seeded Lee University 86:66. Kameron Gray (6'1''-G-82, college: Cal Poly - SLO) produced a triple-double of 13 points, 11 boards and 10 assists to propel the Stars to an impressive win. Ollie Bailey (6'7''-F-85) notched game-high 27 points as Oklahoma City ensured the third straight semifinal appearance in the National Championship. Elmar Kuli-Zade (5'9''-G) tallied 18 points, 4 assists and 3 steals for Lee. Harold Griffin (6'7''-F) nailed 14 points for the Flames.
The top-ranked Georgetown College completed the Fab Final picture when they took care of Robert Morris College 88:84 in the quarterfinal. Gus Chase and David Graham (6'4''-G-85) provided 20 points each for the Tigers to prevail. Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Tennessee Tech) secured 15 points and 10 boards as Georgetown kept their record spotless 34-0. Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, college: Ill.-Chicago) topscored with 25 points for Robert Morris.


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NBA

Standings
NBA Standings
1. Boston C. 56-14
2. Detroit P. 51-20
3. Los Angeles L. 49-22
4. N.Orleans H. 48-21
5. San Antonio S. 48-23
6. Phoenix S. 48-23
7. Houston R. 48-23
8. Utah J. 46-26
9. Orlando M. 46-27
10. Dallas M. 44-27
11. Golden St. 43-27
12. Denver N. 43-28
13. Cleveland C. 41-31
14. Portland T.B. 37-34
15. Washington W. 36-34
16. Philadelphia 36-35
17. Toronto R. 36-35
18. Sacramento K. 31-39
19. Atlanta H. 30-39
20. Indiana P. 30-41
21. New Jersey N. 29-42
22. Chicago B. 27-43
23. Charlotte B. 26-44
24. Milwaukee B. 24-45
25. Los Angeles C. 22-48
26. New York K. 19-51
27. Memphis G. 18-51
28. Minnesota T. 18-52
29. Seattle S. 16-55
30. Miami H. 12-58


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NCAA1

Western Virginia eclipses Duke in second round -by Eurobasket News
It turned out to be too devilish for the Blue Devils yesterday as they took on West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA national championship. Duke could not cope with an aggressive defense from the Mountaineers and had to face their second straight early exit in the NCAA national tournament. The last season's loss in the second round of the championship snapped a 10-year streak in which the Bluw Devils reached Final 16 of the NCAA national championship. Now Mike Krzyzewski outfit could not get back on track. Duke needed some luck to surpass Belmont 71:70 in the opening round. But Western Virginia relied on dogged defense to make Duke's offense to suffocate. The Blue Devils led at the break 34:29 but the Mountaineers recovered well after the intermission. Western Virginia got to a flying start of the second half and Joe Alexander (6'8''-F) soon put them up 40:38. Joe Mazzulla (6'2''-G) provided the spark from the bench and the Mountaineers spurred ahead to pile up a 47:40 lead midway through the second half. Duke failed to get any closer to emphatic Western Virginia. Joe Alexander finished with 22 points and 11 boards for Western Virginia. Alex Ruoff (6'6''-G) added 17 points, while Joe Mazzulla had 13 points, 11 boards and 8 assists for the winners. Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87) paced Duke with 18 points. Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87) secured 15 points, while Greg Paulus (6'1''-G-86) dropped 13 points in defeat.
UCLA toppled Texas A&M 53:49 to advance to the Top 16 stage. The West Region's top-seeded UCLA overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to come out on top against the Texas A&M Aggies. Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87) scoed 4 straight points for the Bruins to put them ahead for good in the final seconds. Josh Shipp (6'5''-G/F-86) also blocked Donald Sloan (6'2''-G-88) in the final possession as UCLA made their way through to the next round. Darren Collison dropped 21 points for UCLA. Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88) added 19 points and 11 boards for the Bruins. Donald Sloan answered with 12 points for the Aggies.
Kansas also qualified for the Top 16 stage as they knocked out UNLV. A well-balanced offense from the Jayhawks simply overwhelmed their opponents as Kansas transformed a 5-point halftime lead into a massive double-digit advantage in the second half. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86) ensured the winning outcome for Kansas scoring 17 points. Russell Robinson (6'1''-G-86) notched 13 points, while Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) added 12 for the winners. Wink Adams (6'0''-G-85) responded with 25 points for UNLV.


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NCAA3

Washington State beats Amherst in Division III championship game -by Eurobasket News
Washington State - Amherst 90:68

Amherst failed to defend their Division III title as they fell short to Washington State in the title decider yesterday. Senior Troy Ruths (6'6''-F-85) exploded with game-high 33 points to propel the Bears to the first ever national title. Troy Ruths was active in the opening minutes as he scored quick 6 points and Washington State jumped to an 8:2 lead. Cameron Smith (6'5''-F-87) added 5 point in a row for the Bears and stretched the lead to 13:4. Washington State was not about to stop as Aaron Thompson drilled back-to-back trebles and Ruths posted two points from charity stripe to build a 21:8 margin midway through the first half. Amherst trimmed the gap a bit and trailed by 10 points late in the half. But Caleb Knepper (6'6''-F) connected from afar and Troy Ruths was unstoppable inside the paint to carry Washington State to a 45:32 advantage at the long break. Troy Ruths opened the second half with 6 consecutive points to deepen the damage. But Amherst refused to give up with straight triples from Andrew Olson (5'10''-G) and Fletcher Walters (6'7''-F). Soon the Jeffs cut the deficit to 6 points but it was as close as Amherst could get. Washington State reacted with a 16:2 run to restore a comfortable buffer. Amherst never returned into contest and had to surrender at the end. Aaron Thompson (6'3''-G-88) nailed 19 points for the winners. Fletcher Walters scored 17 points for Amherst. Andrew Olson had 16 points in defeat. Troy Ruths was named the tournament's MVP after the game.
The All-Tournament Team included Troy Ruths and Aaron Thompson of Washington State, Andrew Olson of Amherst, Derek Van Solkema (6'0''-G, college: Hope (MI)) of Hope and Ursinus's John Noonan.

Washington State: Troy Ruths 33, Aaron Thompson 19, Tyler Nading (6'7''-F-87) 13
Amherst: Fletcher Walters 17, Andrew Olson 16


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NEW ZEALAND

Junior Tall Blacks lose to Spain -by Eurobasket News
The New Zealand Junior team opened their campaign at the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany with a 66:104 loss to Spanish youngsters. Junior Tall Blacks looked pretty convincing in the opening stanza but still trailed by 8 points after 10 minutes of action. However later on turnovers and low shooting accuracy plagued New Zealand team. Spaniards outscored Kiwis 27:16 in the second period to stretch the lead to 19 points at halftime. The situation hardly changed after the break as Spain continued to prove their excellence piling up an advantage. Kiwi team headed into the fourth period trailing by 32 points and could not match Spain in the final stanza. Francisco Llovet (193-F-80, agency: Next Level) led balanced Spanish offense with 13 points and 6 boards. Franch and Daniel Perez (175-G-90) provided 11 points apiece for the winners. Ruscoe answered with 20 points and 6 boards for Junior Tall Blacks. David Beck (203-F) secured 13 points, while Dion Prewster (196-G/F-91) had 11 points, 12 boards and 8 assists in a loss. Kiwis outrebounded Spanish side 40:39 but suffered deadly 30 turnovers. They face Argentina late today.

Nick Horvath puts on impressive performance -by Eurobasket News
Wellington - Canterbury 92:80

Centre Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) propelled his Wellington Saints past Canterbury in the final game of Round 4. He finished the game with outstanding 28 points and 13 boards carry the Saints to the third victory in the season. Horvath will now leave the team for a month due to his wedding. Horvath was virtually unstoppable in the first half pouring in 21 points and grabbing 7 boards as Wellington opened up 52:41 advantage. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third period and continued to roll at the start of the fourth. Marquis Webb (197-G/F-84, college: Rutgers) hit from the outside and the Saints seemed en route to an easy win with a 9-point cushion. But the Rams came back into life with a stifling defense. They capitalized on number of turnovers and missed shots from Wellington and came close. Gerard Bowden (191-G-83) fired from downtown to tie things up at 76 with under 5 minutes to go. But it gave the home side a wakeup call. Luke Martin (181-G-81, college: UTEP) and Troy McLean (194-G-79) exploded with back-to-back triples and the Saints closed the game on 16:4 run and pulled away victory. Marquis Webb contributed 22 points, while Troy McLean and Terrence Lewis (193-G-69, college: Washington St.) dropped 13 points apiece for the winning side. Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) knocked down 18 points. Joey Harrell (204-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) launched 16 points, while Gerard Bowden added 13 in the third loss for the Rams. Wellington tips off Round 5 against the Hawkes Bay Hawks at the Pettigrew Green Arena. Canterbury takes on Taranaki at the Cowles Stadium on Saturday.

Wellington: Nick Horvath 28+13 boards, Marquis Webb 22, Troy McLean 13, Terrence Lewis 13
Canterbury: Jeremy Kench 18, Joey Harrell 16, Gerard Bowden 13


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


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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. AZS Koszalin 12-11
7. Polpak 12-11
8. Basket 10-13
9. Kotwica 9-13
10. Energa Czarni 9-13
11. Gornik W. 9-14
12. Polonia 8-15
13. Polpharma 8-15


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PORTUGAL

Proliga Round 27 -by Luis Rocha
Coming to it's end Proliga had is 27th round played this weekend. Illiabum made the best result winning over Queluz on the road 96-88. It was a great game well played, with Illiabum taking is revenge over the defeat they had at home and they made it without their big man Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Hofstra) Fisica become very close to win at Esgueira but they lost at the end 81-79. A tough match were the victory could go to any of the contenders. Another unexpected close game was the one were Vitoria hosted Sampaense. The away team was great and made Vitoria work with all they had just untill the final blow. At the end Vitoria prevail, but only by two points (91-89), in a very hot and emotional game. The MVP of the round was Malcolm Thomas (192-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Widener) with 34 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

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PUERTO RICO

Athletics in downward spiral lose 7th in a row -by Luis Ramirez
The San German Athletics lost their 7th consecutive game as the Humacao Grays beat the Athletics 88-66. The Athletics looking to reverse their misfortunes started out the 1st quarter with an aggressive offense and took the lead 26-18, but in the 2nd quarter they just couldn't simply buy a basket as the Grays came right back and with some great defense kept the Athletics to just 8 points to take the lead at the half 41-34. In the 2nd half the Gray kept the Athletics in check and cruised to an easy victory. The game was played at San German and this loss would seem to warrant pressing the panic button for the Athletics. For Humacao, Ricky Sanchez (212-C-87) had a great game as he scored 28 points and shot the daylights out of 3 point range shooting 8 out of 11 from 3 point land. He was followed by Ansel Guzman with 15 points. For San German, both Robert Lazor and Omar Alvarado scored 17 points.

Over at Carolina, the Arecibo Captains came from behind to win against the Carolina Giants 85-84. The Giants took the 1st period 25-22. They also had a comfortable lead at the half 51-35. But in the 2nd half the offense started clicking for the Captains and they started their comeback in the 3rd quarter. At the start of the 4th quarter the Giants were still leading but Arecibo kept finding the right player to score and kept trimming the lead to finally overcome the Giants for the win. For Arecibo Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) scored 24 points followed by Rodney White with 23 points. For Carolina, Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds followed by Christopher Hiraldo with 14 points.

At Santurce the Crabbers beat the Fajardo Cariduros 79-72. The Crabbers opened up a 9 point lead in the 1st quarter and never looked back as they lead 48-34 at the end of the 1st half. In the 2nd half the Crabbers were not too effective but the Cariduros would never catch up. For Santurce, Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) scored 18 points followed by Robert Traylor with 15 points. For Fajardo, Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 16 points followed by Chris Jackson with 12 points.

In the final game of the night over at Mayaguez, it took a double overtime to decide the winner. The Guaynabo Conquistadors edged the Mayaguez Indians 104-101. The Indians had taken the lead at the 1st quarter 30-22, but the Conquistadors came right back in the 2nd quarter to take the lead 40-38 to end the 1st half. In the 3rd quarter the Indians once again pulled ahead to end the quarter leading 63-59. In the 4th quarter the Conquistadors would eventually tie the game to send it to its first overtime period. Both teams ended tied at 92 points to go into the 2nd overtime period. This is when Monty Wilson (197-F-73, agency: Edge Sports, college: Tennessee St.) of the Conquistadors took control of the game. He scored 9 out of the 12 points in this overtime period to give the Conquistadors the win. For Guaynabo, Monty Wilson scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds followed by Kevin Sheppard with 22 points. For Mayaguez, Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 24 points followed by Eddie Casiano with 17 points.


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SERBIA

Hemofarm STADA and Crvena Zvezda qualifies for the ULEB Cup 2008/2009 -by Dragan Jankovski

In the last round of Adriatic league regular season Hemofarm STADA and Crvena Zvezda succeeded to earn a spot for the ULEB Cup 2008/2009.

Vojvodina Srbijagas - Hemofarm STADA 59-66
With a head coach Vukoicic on the bench Hemofarm STADA was better than Vojvodina Srbijagas finishing the regular season on the very good third position with 16 wins and 10 defeats. Both teams started the game with lot of erratic shots as they had together 10-0 from behind the arc. Teams demonstrated better performance in the second half. Crucial period of the game was the last quarter when with one minute remaining Joksimovic scored for 63-57 for Hemofarm. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) led the orange team to win adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. Vojvodina, who didn't succeed to qualify for the play-off, got 19 points from Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services).

Zadar - Crvena Zvezda 74-86

After almost two decades, actually after 19 years, Zadar suffered defeat at their home court in arena Jazine against Crvena Zvezda. It was the most important game of the season for Crvena Zvezda, who with this win earned a spot for ULEB Cup 2008/2009 what was their main target of the season. Visitors played furious last quarter and mostly owing to Kikanovic and Cook finished it with 11-23. Zvezda's captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) was on his level collecting 25 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian hot prospect Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) continued with a good performances as he added 19 points and 4 rebounds. USA PG Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) also had a good night finishing the game with 10 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) was the best in Zadar with 19 points and 11 rebounds.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Hemofarm STADA 59-66
(11-17,14-10,25-23,9-16)

Vojvodina:
Nemeth 19, Ivanovic 9, Golubovic 8 (13 rebs, 4 st)
Hemofarm: Marshall 18 (6 rebs), Joksimovic 9 (5 rebs), Bozovic 9


Zadar - Crvena Zvezda 74-86
(18-18,23-24,22-21,11-23)

Zadar:
Gecevski 19 (11 rebs), Johnson 10 (5 rebs), Brewer 11 (4 rebs)
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 25 (5 rebs), Kikanovic 19 (4 rebs), Cook 10 (11 as, 4 st)



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SOUTH KOREA

KBL PLAY-OFFS START REGULAR SEASON ENDS -by Rick Ross
Dongbu Promy Clinched The Number One Spot and KCC placed 2nd
Samsung 3rd KT&G 4TH SK Knights 5th and LG Sakers 6th.

1st Round opens with SK vs KT&G.......see Schedule Below,

On March 29th Sat 4th Vs 5th Place Team 4th Team Home Court Advantage
On March 30th Sun 3rd Vs 6th Place Team 3rd Team Home Court Advantage
On March 31th Mon 5th Vs 4th Place Team 5th Team Home Court Advantage

On April 1st Tue 6th Vs 3rd Place Team 6th Team Home Court Advantage
On April 2nd Wed 4th Vs 5th Place Team 4th Team Home Court Advantage
On April 3rd Thur 3rd Vs 6th Place Team 3rd Team Home Court Advantage

2nd Round

On April 5th Sat 1st Vs 4th Or 5th Place Team 1st Team Home Court Advantage
On April 6th Sun 2nd Vs 3rd Or 6th Place Team 2nd Team Home Court Advantage
On April 7th Mon 1st Vs 4th Or 5th Place Team 1st Team Home Court Advantage
On April 8th Tue 2nd Vs 3rd Or 6th Place Team 2nd Team Home Court Advantage

On April 9th Wed 4th Or 5th Vs 1st Or Place Team 4th Or 5th Team Home Court Advantage
On April 10th Thur 3rd Or 6th Vs 2nd Or Place Team 3rd Or 6th Team Home Court Advantage

On April 11th Fri 4th Or 5th Vs 1st Place Team 4th Or 5th Team Home Court Advantage
On April 12th Sat 3rd Or 6th Vs 2nd Place Team 3rd Or 6th Team Home Court Advantage

On April 13th Sun 1st Vs 4th Or 5th Place Team 1st Team Home Court Advantage
On April 14th Mon 2nd Vs 3rd Or 6th Place Team 2nd Team Home Court Advantage


3rd Round and Finals

On April 17th Thur 1st 4th 5th Vs 2nd 3rd Or 6th Place Team Highest Standing Team Home Court Advantage
On April 19th Sat 1st 4th 5th Vs 2nd 3rd Or 6th Place Team Highest Standing Team Home Court Advantage

On April 21st Mon 2nd 3rd 6th Vs 1st 4th Or 5th Place Team Lowest Standing Team Home Court Advantage
On April 23rd Wed 2nd 3rd 6th Vs 1st 4th Or 5th Place Team Lowest Standing Team Home Court Advantage
On April 25th Fri 2nd 3rd 6th Vs 1st 4th Or 5th Place Team Lowest Standing Team Home Court Advantage

On April 27th Sun 1st 4th 5th Vs 2nd 3rd Or 6th Place Team Highest Standing Team Home Court Advantage
On April 29th Tue 1st 4th 5th Vs 2nd 3rd Or 6th Place Team Highest Standing Team Home Court Advantage


Standings
KBL Standings
1. Dongbu 38-16
2. KCC 33-21
3. Samsung 32-22
4. KT&G 30-24
5. SK 29-25
6. ET 29-25
7. LG 29-25
8. KTF 24-30
9. Mobis 14-40
10. Orions 12-42


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TAIWAN

Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
1. Yulon Dinos 23-7
2. Taiwan Beer 20-10
3. dmedia 19-11
4. Pure Youth 15-15
5. Dacin 13-17
6. Taiw.Mobile 9-21
7. Bank of Taiwan 6-24


Weekly Summary -by Chris Wang
March 23
BOT 92-83 TM
BOT: Lin Chih-lung 24p, Lin Chun-feng 20p, Hsu Chih-chang 16p, Chen Shun-hsiang 15p
TM: Hung Chih-chao 21p, Lai Kuo-hung 18p, Chen Hui 12p+12a, Chen Yao-ting 13p+10rb

TB 93-91 PY
TB: Lin Chih-chieh 26p, Ho SHou-cheng 26p, Lo Hsin-liang 10p
PY: Hsu Shih-ching 17p, Lin Chin-pang 15p, Chen Shih-chieh 13p

March 22
TM 91-90 dmedia
TM: Lai Kuo-hung 21p, Hsu Wei-sheng 19p, Liu Sheng-yao 18p
dmedia: Wang Nan-kuei 30p (10-13 3PT), J. Sanders 27p+16rb, Ouyang Ching-heng 15p

Dacin 76-75 Yulon
Dacin: Lee Fung-yung 16p, Wang Chih-chun 15p, Chen Tzu-wei 15p


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TANZANIA

Dar saves the day -by Carlos Pereira
Dar es Salaam region has saved the day for Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) from being embarrassed by fielding six teams in the national league championship slated for next Wednesday at Mkwakwani stadium, Tanga.
The move follows the failure by some regions to confirm or bring teams for the tournament, warranting TBF to call for more teams from Dar es Salaam who responded by registering more than 14 men`s teams.
The league regulations however, demand that every region must be represented by only one team and that must be the region`s men`s champions.
Following the situation, Dar es Salaam has been allowed to field six men`s teams, four being those that performed well in last year`s national league and two that did well in the region`s league.
``It`s true, the regulations want every region to come up with a team, but since we are running short of time and the response is rather poor probably because of financial constraints, we have allowed Dar es Salaam to come with additional teams,`` Cheyo said.
The teams are JKT, Savio, Vijana, Oilers, ABC and Magereza who are standing in for Chang`ombe Boys who are serving a ban following their fans unruly behaviour in one of the matches.

Women`s teams whose encounter will be open are Don Bosco Queens, Jeshi Stars, Cargo Ladies and JKT Stars.


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TURKEY

Beko All Star 2008 -by Onur Decani

Beko All Star 2008 Match has been played today , March 22 , 2008 in Abdi Ipekci Arena. It was a great organization there.The most important event was the All Star Match , but there were also 3 point shoutout challenge and Powerade Dunk challenge. There were also several activities , such as the concert of turkish pop singer Yalin and Chigaco Bulls Girls. The activities started with 3 point shoutout challenge , then Powerade Dunk challenge and in the end was the All Star Match.
All Star Match
The All Star Match has been played between turkish and foreign players which play in the TBL. LIke all another All Star Matches which have been played , the foreign team won again. But this year was different then others because the turkish team was leading all the time until the foreign team made a 15-2 serie and change the score from 100-91 to 102-106 to win the match.It was a good chance for the turkish team to bring the first All Star Match victory, but the foreigns stop them again. The MVP of the match was scoring and rebound leader of the league, Quinton Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) .In this match he scored 15 points and 8 rebounds , most of them in the last period to bring the victory.

Turkish Stars(102): Ender Arslan 15, Omer Onan 6, Haluk Yildirim 11, Kaya Peker 10, Huseyin Besok 4, Ermal Kurtoglu 13, Sinan Guler 8, Kerem Gonlum 8, Tutku Acik 6, Ersin Gorkem 10, Cuneyt Erden 0, Omer Asik 11

Foreign Stars(106): Khalid El-Amin 6, Will Solomon 13, Quinton Hosley 15, Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) 10, Kenny Adeleke 18, Sean Marshall 10, Ricardo Marsh 6, Lorenzo Gordon 11, Dee Brown 9, Andre Woolridge 0, Tomislav Ruzic 8

(31-26 , 59-61 , 89-89 , 102-106)


3Point Shoutout

In the 3 point shoutout challenge were parcipiating : Alper Saruhan from Oyak Renault , Eric Chatfield from Darussafaka , Preston Shumpert from Besiktas , Ogun Seving from Alpella and Omer Unver (204-F-81) from Casa TED. In the first round Alper Saruhan scored 15 points , Eric Chatfield 10 , Preston Shumpert 15 , Ogun Seving 8 and Omer Unver scored 19 points. So in the final 3 players were challenging. Preston Shumpert scored 15 points and Alper Saruhan 13 , while Omer Unver scored 18 points and became the winner.


Powerade Dunk Challenge , James White the flying man

The challengers were : James White from Fenerbahce , Curtis Withers from Beykoz , James Hughes from Alpella , Quinton Hosley from P.Karsiyaka and Richard Chaney from Oyak Renault.In the first round James White scored 98 points and Richard Richard Chaney 92 so both of them were finalist. The final round was spectacular.The players were challenging with great dunks and both bring maximum points . So it was decided to challenge again. In his last attempt James White was spectacular , he jumped from the free throw line to make an unbelievable dunk , so he got 50 points while Richard Richard Chaney bring only 46 and this dunk decided the winner. Here's the video : http://www.ntvspor.net/modules/Video/Video.asp?CatID=2&cbVideo=137&cbQuality=1.



Two Game Winning Streak In Albert Schweitzer -by Serdar Ortakuyu

The annual Albert Schweitzer Tournament kicked off this week and Turkish Juniors who cruised past Sweden on the opening day, faced Holland who came over to replace South Africa.

After a slow start Turkey took over and opened up a 17 point deficit at the end of the first quarter thanks to Can Maxim Mutaf (192-G-91) of Fenerbahce Ulker. In the rest of the game Turkish NT took advantage of a large rotation and turned the second half into a warm up game to post a 98-76 win and improved to 2-0.

Sertac Sanli (206-F-91), Deniz Kilicli (204-F/C-90) and Can Maxim Mutaf all scored in double digits for the winners while Joost Padberg (202-C-91) hit a team high 18 for the Dutch side. On Monday Turkey will play the hosts, Germany and finish the first round.

Holland76): S. Mulder 3, J. Voorn 0, Van der Waard 11, T. Robinson 2, Van Vugt 12, Van Der Horst 11, K. Schroder 1, J. Kramer 4, M. Kherrazi 5, M. Hof 4, J. Joost Padberg 18, L. Kortekaas 5
Turkey(98): Firat Toz 0, Deniz Kilicli 16, Melih Mahmutoglu 8, Can Maxim Mutaf 19, Erolcan Cinko 9, Furkan Aldemir 9, Ibrahim Yildirim 8, Volkan Incekara 5, Baris Gokalp 5, Enes Kanter 4, Erdinc Balto 5, Sertac Sanli 10

(16-33, 31-58, 55-80, 76-98)



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U.KINGDOM

Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
1. Newcastle E. 24-3
2. Plymouth R. 20-8
3. Guildford H. 18-7
4. Milton Key. 17-9
5. Scottish R. 16-11
6. Everton T. 12-13
7. Worcester W. 12-15
8. Sheffield S. 12-15
9. Cheshire J. 9-17
10. Leicester R. 8-20
11. London C. 7-20
12. Birmingh.P. 5-21


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UKRAINE

Kyiv Win 21st Straight / All Star Game starters announced -by Alexei Naumov

BC Kyiv

Despite a guaranteed first place finish in the domestic Superleague and a bunch of starters nursing their injuries, BC Kyiv stormed past visiting Cherkaski Mavpy 88:61.

Kyiv's Manu Markoishvili sparked his team's 9:0 run, extending the lead to double digits at 14:4. He had 8 points during the stretch. Cherkassy's John Edwards and Pavlo Revsin got the Mavpy back in the game, reducing the gap to just 1. This served as a wake up call for the hosts, who ended the quarter 23:17.

Kyiv rallied behind balanced performance in the second quarter to create a comfortable 12-piont cushion entering half-time.

The home side continued to dominate on the floor in the second half, holding on to the win, their 21st straight.

Markoishvili scored a game-high 24 points, Marco Maravic and Artur Drozdov contributed with 14 and 12 points respectively, adding 8 rebounds apiece.

Cherkassy's Pavlo Revsin and John Edwards shared team-best 11 points.

Meanwhile, Kyiv's farm squad also beat their Cherkassy opponents 92:63.

Kyiv's Andrei Novikov had a team-high 20 points, Ruslan Otverchenko added 18 and 13 rebounds, Andrei Lebedintsev contributed with 16 and 8 steals.

'It was hard for us to recover from the two losses we suffered in the last two games', said after the game Kyiv Farm Team's head coach Vitaliy Cherniy. 'We had some problems with rebounding in the losses, so the 44 boards we grabbed tonight showed we fixed the issue. We also tried to increase the pace of the game and this led to a number of fast breaks'.

Ukrainian Basketball Federation summarized the results of the fans' votes that determined the starting line-ups for the first Superleague All Star Game. Ukraine's two top teams (Kyiv and Azovmash) will be represented by 3 players each.

Ukraine

Oleksandr Raievskyi (MBC Mykolaiv)
Serhi Gladyr (MBC Mykolaiv)
Artur Drozdov (BC Kyiv)
Serhi Lischuk (Azovmash)
Volodymyr Gurtovoi (Politekhnika-Halychyna)

Legion

Eugene Jeter (BC Kyiv)
Marcus Faison (BC Kyiv)
Olumuyiwa Famutimi (Khimik)
Yahor Mescherakau (Azovmash)
Robert Jr. Archibald (Azovmash)





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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Jolly Sibenik triumphed in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News

Jolly Sibenik triumphed in Adriatic League this season beating their rivals Gospic 72:66 in the Final. With a dominance in the first half, Jolly led the game to the glory. Tihana Juric (194-C-76) paced all the winners with 23 points. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) nailed 13, while Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) scored 11. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) was the best in the losing effort with 20 points.
Jolly Sibenik came out on top in the battle taking advantage from the early beginning. Sibenik opened the game with 15:10 to take control of the first quarter. They increased to 11 points deficit after the first half as both squads disappeared in the lockers. Gospic CO woke up in the third period producing 24:15 and reduced the game till two points before the final stanza. Jolly Sibenik however stayed tough and replied with 23:19 in the last to triumph in the Final.
Anda Jelavic was named MVP of the Finals. Her team mate Tihana Juric (194-C-76) received the MVP of the tournament. Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) from Gospic was named the best assist-player of the tournament.
In the game for the third place Ragusa joined Croatian trio to take the first three places in the tournament. Ragusa overcame Buducnost 78:67 and sent them to the fourth position.
Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 26 points. Anica Tesic (180-F-81) netted 13, whilst Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) scored 12. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) collected 27 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. She received the trophy being the best rebounder in the tournament.

FINAL
Gospic CO - Jolly Sibenik 66:72 (10-15, 13-19, 24-15, 19-23)

Gospic CO:
Marina Mazic 20, Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) 12, Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) 12
Jolly Sibenik: Tihana Juric 23,
Luca Ivankovic 13, Anda Jelavic 11

Game for the third place
Buducnost - Ragusa PGM 67:78

Buducnost:Iva Perovanovic 27 points and 10 rebounds

Ragusa PGM:Marta Cakic (175-G-82) 26 points. Anica Tesic 13, Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) 12.



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BOSNIA - Women

Ademir Zurapovic referee at the women Euroleague Final4 -by Sead Buljina
FIBA has announced that our best referee, Ademir Zurapovic will be among referees at the women Euroleague Final 4 tournament in Brno, April 11 - 13. Zurapovic has called games at men European Championships, has significant experience and this announcement is only a confirmation that FIBA counts on our best referee. It`s only a matter of time before Zurapovic gets invitation to call men Euroleague key games.

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. Zeljeznicar 14-0
2. Jedinstvo 13-3
3. Celik 12-4
4. Spars 10-6
5. Banovici 8-7
6. Brotnjo Citluk 8-8
7. Mladost BL 7-9
8. Zrinjski 3-12
9. Sloboda 2-14
10. Jablanica 0-14
11. M.Kraj. BL -


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BRAZIL - Women

Adriana Pinto received assists honors of Adriatic league -by Eurobasket News
Brazilian Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) from Gospic was named the best assist-player of the Adriatic League. Her team finished second in the tournament.
In the semifinal Gospic took on Montenegrin powerhouse Buducnost . The game quite unexpectedly turned into a one-sided traffic as Croatian outfit dominated right from the start. They opened up a double-digit lead before the halftime. They situation never changed after the break as Gospic enjoyed an 18-point cushion at times. Finally Gospic secured a 75:60 victory to book their place in the final. Sandra Popovic-Mandir topscored with 23 points for Gospic. Marina Mazic had 10 points, while Adriana Pinto added 8 for the winners. Iva Perovanovic answered with 20 points for Buducnost.
In the Final Jolly Sibenik triumphed in Adriatic League this season beating their rivals Gospic 72:66. With a dominance in the first half, Jolly led the game to the glory. Tihana Juric paced all the winners with 23 points. Luca Ivankovic nailed 13, while Anda Jelavic scored 11. Marina Mazic was the best in the losing effort with 20 points. Jolly Sibenik came out on top in the battle taking advantage from the early beginning. Sibenik opened the game with 15:10 to take control of the first quarter. They increased to 11 points deficit after the first half as both squads disappeared in the lockers. Gospic CO woke up in the third period producing 24:15 and reduced the game till two points before the final stanza. Jolly Sibenik however stayed tough and replied with 23:19 in the last to triumph in the Final. Anda Jelavic was named MVP of the Finals. Her team mate Tihana Juric received the MVP of the tournament. Adriana Pinto was named the best assist-player of the tournament.


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CAMEROON - Women

NCAA Tournament... -by Yann Tientcheu
Cameroon was represented in the NCAA Tournament this year by Nadege Muna (178-F-87, college: Western Kentucky) and Alice Jamen (191-F) who played respectively for Western Kentucky and
Ohio State University.
The tournament started today and it is heartbreaking to notice that our two countrywomen are already out of the competition, and won't be with their teams
in the 2nd round.Western Kentucky of Nade Muna lost to UTEP by a large margain (92-60), while OSU was eliminated by Florifa state (60-49). Nadege Muna
saw 3mns of action against UTEP, two more than Alica Jamen's 1mn against Florida State.


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CROATIA - Women

Jolly Sibenik triumphed in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News

Jolly Sibenik triumphed in Adriatic League this season beating their rivals Gospic 72:66 in the Final. With a dominance in the first half, Jolly led the game to the glory. Tihana Juric (194-C-76) paced all the winners with 23 points. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) nailed 13, while Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) scored 11. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) was the best in the losing effort with 20 points.
Jolly Sibenik came out on top in the battle taking advantage from the early beginning. Sibenik opened the game with 15:10 to take control of the first quarter. They increased to 11 points deficit after the first half as both squads disappeared in the lockers. Gospic CO woke up in the third period producing 24:15 and reduced the game till two points before the final stanza. Jolly Sibenik however stayed tough and replied with 23:19 in the last to triumph in the Final.
Anda Jelavic was named MVP of the Finals. Her team mate Tihana Juric (194-C-76) received the MVP of the tournament. Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) from Gospic was named the best assist-player of the tournament.
In the game for the third place Ragusa joined Croatian trio to take the first three places in the tournament. Ragusa overcame Buducnost 78:67 and sent them to the fourth position.
Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 26 points. Anica Tesic (180-F-81) netted 13, whilst Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) scored 12. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) collected 27 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. She received the trophy being the best rebounder in the tournament.

FINAL
Gospic CO - Jolly Sibenik 66:72 (10-15, 13-19, 24-15, 19-23)

Gospic CO:
Marina Mazic 20, Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) 12, Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) 12
Jolly Sibenik: Tihana Juric 23,
Luca Ivankovic 13, Anda Jelavic 11

Game for the third place
Buducnost - Ragusa PGM 67:78

Buducnost:Iva Perovanovic 27 points and 10 rebounds

Ragusa PGM:Marta Cakic (175-G-82) 26 points. Anica Tesic 13, Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) 12.



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GREECE - Women

Standings - Women
A1 Standings
1. Esperides 18-4
2. Panionios 17-5
3. Aris H. 14-8
4. Apollon 14-8
5. Athinaikos 14-8
6. Panathin. 13-9
7. Kastoria 12-10
8. M.Aleksandros 10-12
9. Siemens 10-12
10. Sporting 10-12
11. Paghiakos 10-12
12. Asteras 7-15
13. Iraklis 3-19
14. Aias Evosmou 2-20


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HUNGARY - Women

Cup Final Four, Day one -by Tamas Deri
As two years ago even tonight the two top female teams of our country will play in the Final of the Hungarian Cup.
In the first semifinal Sopron eliminated Szolnok and won every quarter at least by 10 point. Andrea Karolyi could not play because of her injury, and Iva Sliskovic was the one foreigner who was not allowed to play. Even without those two players Sopron beat Szolnok by 49 points and will meet the home team of Pecs in the Final. Best scorer was Olexandra Gorbunova with 17, but even hungarian point guard Bernadett Nemeth scored 15.
The team which beat Zalaegerszeg „only' by 21 points in yesterday's second semifinal. Pecs won only 3 of 4 quarters and lost the last one by one point. However, the home team lead by Dalma Ivanyi, who scored 14 points, had one easy victory and will be in the big final tonight.

Last time - in 2006 - Sopron and Pecs met in the Final of the Cup, Pecs won 65-62.


Zala Volan-ZTE - MiZo Pecs 2010 63-84
(17-26, 10-29, 23-21, 13-8)
Pecs, Att.: 3000, Referees: Hegedűs T., Gorka, Szilas
ZALAEGERSZEG: Creamer 8/3, Krisztina Pungor (170-G-85) 13/3, Judit Szelesy (184-F-78) 14/3, Milkova 6, Turoczi 6, Zsofia Horvath (191-C-82) 9/3, Marinova 7/3, Hersics, Ambrus, Gerencser, Coach: Bencze Tamas
PECS: Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) 14/6, Fegyverneky 4, Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) 11/9, Podrug 12/3, Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) 11, Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) 8/3, Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) 7/6, Krivacevic 9, Sarok 1, Kovats N. 5, Kopacsi, Balla 2, Coach: Ratgeber Laszlo


SZOLNOKI NKK - MKB-EUROLEASING SOPRON 61-110
(15-25, 14-27, 22-32, 10-26)
Pecs, Att.: 1000, Referees: Győrffy, Farkas G., Makovszky
SZOLNOK: Sonyak 1, Angela Djelmis (173-G-75) 14/6, Kozdron 3, Bianca Vescan (186-C-78) 12/3, Keller 8, Boskovic 10/3, Furtos 4, Hegedűs R. 2, Kmezic 5/3, Szavercsenko 2, Coach: Zoran Kmezic
SOPRON: Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) 15/9, Katalin Honti (178-G-87) 13/3, Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) 17/6, Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) 13/3, Branzova 7/3, Semsei 11/3, Dora Horti (195-C-87) 14, Horvath I Zsuzsanna 4, Eordogh 9/3, Kocsis B. 7, Coach: Szekely Norbert


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IRELAND - Women

Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
1. Hotel Cork 17-1
2. Mercy 15-3
3. UL Aughinish 12-6
4. Wildcats 8-10
5. Meteors 5-13
6. Killester 5-13
7. Tolka Rovers 1-17
8. Glanmire 0-0


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ITALY - Women

Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
1. Taranto 22-3
2. Schio 21-4
3. Venezia 18-6
4. Napoli 17-8
5. Parma 13-12
6. Faenza 12-13
7. La Spezia 12-13
8. Priolo 12-13
9. Comense 10-14
10. Viterbo 10-15
11. Pozzuoli 9-16
12. Roma 8-17
13. Ribera 6-19
14. Montigarda 4-21


Serie A1, day-25: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli

Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Levoni Taranto 59 - 77
(20-23, 32-36, 42-61)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. 6 (3/3, 0/1), Duffy M. 12 (5/13), Favento S. 4 (2/8), Bona G. 2 (1/1), Kajdacsi J. 8 (4/8), Riccardi E. 5 (1/5, 1/1), Montagnino J. 10 (1/1, 2/2), Perfetti C. (0/6), Pys'Mennik O. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Razmaite D. 10 (3/4, 1/1). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
LEVONI TARANTO: Balleggi M. 9 (2/5), Corbani C. (0/2), Greco M. 4 (2/5), Zimerle A. 8 (1/1, 2/2), Audrey Sauret Gillespie (179-G/F-76) A. 12 (6/10), Summerton L. 12 (5/9), Prado F. , Frohlich L. 6 (3/4), Brunson R. 25 (11/13, 0/1), Di Monte M. 1. Coach Corno Aldo

Carispe La Spezia - Acer Priolo 64 - 63
(18-21, 36-28, 59-49)
CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) 2 , Corradini L. 6 (2/3), Pastore C. 13 (2/4, 2/2), Callens E. 6 (1/3, 1/2), Templari E. dnp, Newton C. 8 (1/4, 1/4), Bagnara B. 14 (4/4, 2/7), Vukovic V. (0/3), Sarti R. 4 (2/2, 0/1), Willis C. 11 (4/8). Coach Papini Giovanni
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 22 (2/7, 3/4), Bonfiglio S. dnp, Palie S. 4 (2/6, 0/1), Milazzo O. dnp, Fabbri E. (0/1), Seino T. 11 (1/4, 2/2), Sciacca B. 5 (0/1, 1/4), Pascalau F. 12 (3/9), Meneghel R. (0/1), Phillips T. 9 (4/7). Coach Coppa Santino

Famila Wuber Schio - Fiera di Roma 87 - 61
(28-18, 48-35, 63-50)
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Moro E. 21 (6/7, 3/3), Butler D. 3 (1/3, 0/2), Donaphin B. 15 (6/8), Tassara S. 4 (2/2, 0/2), Sanchez R. 4 (0/3, 1/3), Masciadri R. 11 (1/4, 2/6), Ngoyisa B. 4 (1/1), Ress K. 8 (3/5, 0/1), Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80) 6 (2/2, 0/2), Macchi L. 11 (3/5, 1/4). Coach Orlando Sandro
FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. 5 (1/3, 1/4), Servillo M. 1 , Hodges D. 12 (4/5, 1/5), Mendes Da Silva T. 3 (1/1), Arimattei G. dnp, Scimitani S. 8 (4/8), Machanguana C. 14 (4/10), Lichnerova J. 6 (3/4, 0/2), Beljanski M. 9 (0/1, 2/2), Gattini C. 3 (0/3, 1/1). Coach Incecchi Sandro

Gescom Viterbo - Germano Zama Faenza 45 - 37
(12-8, 25-15, 31-28)
GESCOM VITERBO: Danzi D. (0/2), Kouznetsova S. dnp, Santucci L. 3 (0/1, 1/3), Brunelli G. dnp, Smith B. 16 (5/11), Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) 9 (4/13, 0/1), Limoura L. 1 (0/2, 0/4), Siccardi V. 16 (3/7, 1/3), Gorla L. (0/1), Crepaldi C. (0/5). Coach Agresti Claudio
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 7 (3/4, 0/8), Franchini M. 4 (1/2, 0/2), Ramon E. (0/2), David I. 9 (4/11), Ballardini S. dnp, Casadio G. 6 (2/7), Jokic D. 4 (2/7), Bandini E. dnp, Knezevic A. (0/1, 0/2), Dos Santos C. 7 (3/8). Coach Rossi Paolo

Lavezzini Parma - Phard Napoli 73 - 62
(8-20, 38-39, 61-51)
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. 3 (0/1, 1/3), Stabile S. (0/3), Paparazzo E. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Zanoni I. 3 (1/1), Battisodo V. 7 (3/6, 0/1), Van Malderen L. 2 (1/1, 0/2), Mahoney M. 16 (3/8, 2/2), Zanon M. 2 (1/2), Screen J. 19 (2/4, 1/2), Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) 19 (7/11, 1/3). Coach Scanzani Maurizio
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. , Cirone M. 15 (2/5, 2/3), Mauriello P. 2 (1/2, 0/3), Giauro S. (0/3), Barnes A. 13 (4/8, 0/1), Gentile I. , Horasan Y. 6 (2/9), Ndiaye A. 12 (4/10), Lesdema N. , Holland-Corn K. 14 (1/6, 2/8). Coach Molino Nino

New Wash Montigarda - Italmoka Pozzuoli 64 - 66
(25-16, 44-33, 52-49)
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. dnp, Colico R. 10 (2/2, 2/7), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 15 (7/11, 0/2), Rossi C. (0/2), Smith D. 21 (7/14, 1/2), Dimitrova E. (0/3), Albertazzi S. (0/1, 0/1), Ruzickova M. 6 (3/4, 0/1), Lawless E. 12 (4/12, 1/3). Coach Fossati Fabio
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 4 (2/2), Cirov T. 3 (1/2, 0/1), Ferazzoli I. (0/1), Franchetti M. (0/1, 0/2), Minervino M. , Grima H. 19 (8/11), Linguaglossa E. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Adriana Grasso (188-C-74) 6 (2/4), Andjelic N. 11 (1/2, 3/8), Dixon T. 20 (8/13, 1/3). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

Umana Venezia - Pool Comense

scheduled for monday, March 24th.



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JUCO - Women

Top-ranked Kirkwood celebrates victory in Division II Championship -by Eurobasket News
Kirkwood - Kankakee 78:53

The Kirkwood Eagles edged Kankakee to grab their second straight Division II national title. It was also the fourth title in school history. Kirkwood were almost perfect in defending the title as they dominated the game and outclassed their opponents. The Eagles shot 57& from the field in the first half and piled up a 37:28 lead at halftime. The Cavaliers simply were torn apart after the long break. Kirkwood obviously dominated the boards and played a stifling defense. They limited Kankakee to only 24% from the field including 0/5 from downtown. They outrebounded the Cavaliers 53:32 and forced those to 13 turnovers. The Eagles outscored the counterparts 41:25 to coast to the second straight NJCAA Division II title. Lauren Thomas-Johnson (5'9''-G-88) scored 21 points to pace the winners. She was trumped the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Rachele Monroe added 14 points and 6 boards, while Breann Hill contributed 13 points for Kirkwood. Casey Siddens dropped 13 points for Kankakee. Abby Willams and Ashton Mertens scored 8 points apiece in defeat.
Kirkwood's head coach Kim Muhl was named the Coach of the Year. All-Tournament Team included Breann Hill and Allie Lindemann of Kirkwood, Abby Williams of Kankakee, Trinka Boatwright from Mott, Lauren Mouthaan of Muskegon, Nikita Norwood of Penn Valley, Meghan Waggoner from Johnson County, Kylee Grant from Illinois Central, Ariel Smith of Genesee, Mindy Sharp of Garrett, Rachel Murray of CC of Rhode Island and Carl Sandburg's Heather Larson.

Kirkwood: Lauren Thomas-Johnson 21, Rachele Monroe 14, Breann Hill 13
Kankakee: Casey Siddens 13, Abby Willams 8, Ashton Mertens 8


Gulf Coast handles Central Arizona to clinch Division I National Championship title -by Eurobasket News
Gulf Coast CC - Central Arizona College 62:61

Gulf Coast CC handed Central Arizona the first loss in the season and it was just the right time for it. The Commodores outlasted the previously undefeated Vaqueras in the championship game and claimed the national title. The game favorites took to a better start to the encounter and led through the major part of the first half. They rolled to a 33:27 lead at halftime. But Jackie Sanders knocked down back-to-back treys and Dee Liles added a layup to make it all square at 35 early in the second half. Soon the Commodores cleared off to a 4-point distance however Lonnie Sanchez drained a three-pointer to trim the deficit. Jackie Sanders would not stop as she drilled another long bomb to keep Central Arizona at distance. With seconds left in regulation the Commodores were up by 2 points. Ashlee Kelly missed a three-pointer but Jackie Sanders got an offensive rebound and converted a jumper to put Gulf Coast away for good. She finished with 13 points and 12 boards to pace the Commodores. Dee Liles tallied 11 points and 10 boards for the winners. Lonnie Sanchez and Precious Robinson (6'0''-C-87) produced 14 points apiece for Central Arizona. Tenaya Watson added 11 points in a losing clause. Gulf Coast shot 39% from the field, while keeping Central Arizona to just 30% field goals accuracy. The Commodores outrebounded the Vaqueras 50:41 and forced those to 17 turnovers.

Gulf Coast: Jackie Sanders 13+12 boards, Dee Liles 11+10 boards, Alexis Givands 10
Central Arizona: Lonnie Sanchez 14, Precious Robinson 14, Tenaya Watson 11


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LEBANON - Women

Antranik and Homentmen in the Final -by Hassan Thini
The Women's Final this season will join Antranik - Beirut to Homentmen - Antelias , the two teams qualified to the final after wining their semi final series .

Antranik reached the final after wining its series 3-0 against Champville ,(Game 1 : 72-34 ,Game 2: 54-37 , Game 3 : 73-42) .The series saw the absence of Antranik's stars Chada Nasr and Nayla Alammeddine who were rested after the Cup Final.

Homentmen - Antelias met with Riyadi for the 3rd consecutive season in a very exciting series like the past years and managed this year to prevail 3-1 , the games were full of intensity and saw a big number of fans attending the games. (Game 1 : 63-47 , Game 2: 53-63 , Game 3: 75-56 , Game 4 : 61-42).Sandra Najem from Homentmen - Antelias was the start of this series , she had a great performnce and led her team to the finals.

The two teams will meet this year in their third final , the first one was the Final of Hariri Tournament in which Antranik - Beirut won on the score of 91-64 , in the Cup Final Antranik - Beirut one more time won on the score of 82-48.

The two teams met also this year in the regular season two times, the first one was a very close one , Antranik - Beirut suffered to win it 66-60 after a very big performance from Homentmen - Antelias , in the second it was a different story , the game finished 50-77 for Antranik - Beirut .


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Buducnost ended up 4th in Adriatic -by Eurobasket News
Buducnost lost the last game of Adriatic League. In the game for the third place Ragusa joined Croatian trio to take the first three places in the tournament. Ragusa overcame Buducnost 78:67 and sent them to the fourth position. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 26 points. Anica Tesic (180-F-81) netted 13, whilst Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) scored 12. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) collected 27 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. She received the trophy being the best rebounder in the tournament. Jolly Sibenik triumphed in Adriatic League this season beating their rivals Gospic 72:66 in the Final.

Game for the third place
Buducnost - Ragusa PGM 67:78

Buducnost:Iva Perovanovic 27 points and 10 rebounds
Ragusa PGM:Marta Cakic 26 points. Anica Tesic 13, Natasa Popovic 12.


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NAIA - Women

Tennessee State dominates in NAIA quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Three squads out of Tennessee reached the semifinal stage at the NAIA National Championship. The top-ranked Union University made it to their 4th consecutive Final Four. They maintain their perfect record for the season with an 82:57 win over Lewis-Clark State College. Lewis-Clark opened the game with 4 quick points but it was the deepest lead they could get on the night. Union exploded with a 30:4 run to claim the lead for good. The Lady Bulldogs were up by 13 points at halftime but never allowed Lewis-Clark to endanger the margin in the second half. Kaitlin Dudley scored 21 points for Union. Crystal Eason had 15 points in a win. Vanessa West dropped 18 points in a losing effort.
Freed-Hardeman University narrowly defeated Lubbock Christian University 76:70 to reach the second Final Four in school history. Freed-Hardeman trailed by 7 points at the long break. But Jana Cross scored 7 points in a 15:0 run from the Lady Lions that propelled them to a 10-point advantage and they never looked back again. Jana Cross produced game-high 27 points, including 19 in the storming second half. Kori Bledsoe (-G) added 15 points for the Lady Lions. Jordan Hampton (5'10''-G) paced Lubbock Christian with 18 points.
Trevecca Nazarene University outpaced Loyola University New Orleans 68:50 to become the third Tennessee-based team to advance into Final Four. It was a historic victory for the Trojans as it would be the first ever semifinal for Treveca Nazarene's history. The Trojans relied on 20 points and 9 boards from Jennifer Bognar to drive to the victory. Trenell Smith answered with 20 points for Loyola.
Vanguard University shook off Carroll College 71:56 to complete Final Four picture. Lauren Gregory led all scorers with 22 points and 6 boards for the 2nd-ranked Vanguard. Jessica Richter (5'10''-G) accounted for 18 points in a win. Jolene Fuzesy replied with 11 points in defeat.


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NCAA3 - Women

Howard Payne suffers no loss en route to the title -by Eurobasket News
Howard Payne - Messiah 68:54

Howard Payne made into history as they became the fifth team ever to reach the Division III National championship with a perfect record. The last time it was Washington University in 2000. Howard Payne overcame Messiah at the DeVos Fieldhouse to capture their first Division III National title. Kimberly Hoffman topscored with 21 points and 8 boards to pace Howard Payne past dangerous Messiah. The teams kept it close at the start but the Lady Jackets used a late rally to accumulate a 35:25 lead at halftime. The Falcons struggled to find open shots in the second half and Howard Payne spurred ahead to clear off to a 19-point distance midway through the second half. Messiah pulled as close as 14 points but Howard Payne easily secured the winning outcome in the final minutes. Stacey Blalock provided 15 points and 10 boards for the Lady Jackets. Meia Daniels (-G) had 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. She was named the tournament's MVP after the game. Nikki Lobach (5'9''-G) answered with 20 points and 7 assists for Messiah. Lauren Shurr dropped 11 points in defeat.
The All-Tournament Team was named after the game. It included Meia Daniels, Kimberly Hoffman of Howard Payne, Nikki Lobach of Messiah, Tiffany Morton (6'0''-F/C) from Wisconsin-Whitewater and Oglethorpe's Tina Grace. It was the first title for Howard Payne as well for any American Southwest Conference team. The Lady Jackets reached the National tournament for the fourth time in school history. Messiah marked their 10th championship appearance and once played in the final game losing to Washington in 2001.

Howard Payne: Kimberly Hoffman 21+8 boards, Stacey Blalock 15+10 boards, Meia Daniels 15
Messiah: Nikki Lobach 20, Lauren Shurr 11


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POLAND - Women

Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
1. Lotos 24-0
2. Wisla 21-3
3. AZS Gorzow 17-7
4. T. Leszno 17-7
5. CCC 14-10
6. Utex Row 14-10
7. AZS Poznan 11-13
8. LKS 11-13
9. MMKS Energa 11-13
10. MUKS Poznan 8-16
11. Cukierki 5-19
12. AZS J.Gora 2-22
13. Lomianki 1-23


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Standings - Women
EBL Standings