EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/29/2008

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ABA

U18: USA names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
1 Irving Walker (5'10''-G) of High School USA
3 Cashmere Wright (6'2''-G) of High School USA
5 Jeff Shelton (6'1''-G) of High School USA
7 Brent Schuck (6'7''-F) of High School USA
8 Oscar Bellfield (6'4''-G) of High School USA
9 Travis Releford (6'5''-G) of High School USA
10 Andrew Shannon (6'11''-C) of High School USA
11 Jeffree Withey (7'1''-C) of High School USA
12 Anthony Stover (6'10''-F/C) of High School USA
13 Wally Judge (6'8''-F) of High School USA

14 Brendan Lane (6'9''-F) of High School USA
15 Erik Murphy (6'10''-F/C) of High School USA


First Quarterfinal results -by Gianni Pascucci
The Vermont Frost Heaves used consecutive three-point baskets from Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) to build a 9-2 lead and never looked back in a 118-93 quarterfinal defeat of the San Francisco Rumble in the ABA Final 8 Championship played yesterday night at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse in Quebec City. Burks finished with 25 points, including 7 of 9 from beyond the arc. Issa Konare (6'8''-F-80, college: High Point) added 22 points and 10 rebounds and Dwayne Lee (6'0''-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.Joseph's) scored 13 in Vermont, while Derek Foster (-G-81, college: Cal-Santa Cruz) led San Francisco with 25 points. In the other yesterday game, home team Quebec City Kebekwa almost upset the Texas Tycoons. This last team (ranked at 5th place in last ABA Power rankings) had to overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to win its quarterfinal, for a final score of 122-120 that allows the Tycoons to play Vermont in Semifinal. These two teams will meet themselves on Saturday at 5 p.m.and it will be an ABA dejavu, given that the Frost Heaves defeated Texas in last season's ABA title game. We remember that another quarterfinal doubleheader is set for tonight, with the Manchester Millrats and Montreal Royal meeting at 5 p.m., and the San Diego Wildcats and Atlanta Vision taking each other on at 8 p.m.

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Play-off quarterfinals: Pekovic leads Partizan to Final 4, Buducnost and FMP also won -by Dragan Jankovski
It seems that no one can stop reining Serbian and Adriatic league champions this season. Cibona suffered home defeat against Partizan Igokea 93-100 so the team from Belgrade is the first participant of Adriatic league Final 4. It is the third win of Partizan against Cibona during the last 6 days. Partizan had advantage during the entire game and every time when Cibona came closer Partizan immediately made run making lead of 8 to 10 points. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86), who scored 26 points, and center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket), who once dominated in the paint almost registering double-double, led the winners. Pekovic finished the game with 22 points and 8 rebounds and was MVP of the game with index value 36. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) added 26 points for Cibona.

Buducnost succeeded to beat Hemofarm STADA at home 64-55 and to equalize the score in play-off quarterfinals of Adriaitc league to 1-1. Buducnost played very good first half which outcame with plus 13 after 20 minutes. In 28th minutes, after successful shot by Dragojlovic, Buducnost reached 49-34 and it was clear that game in Vrsac will be decisive who will qualify for the Final 4. Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) paced the winners scoring 15 points. On the other side Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points for Hemofarm STADA.

Almost same scenario from the last game happened in Zeleznik where this time FMP was better than Zadar after overtime 99-94. FMP had 63-53 in 33rd minute but their lead melted very quickly. In extra 5 minutes FMP intensified defense and rejected 3 consecutive offenses by Zadar what was enough for the win at the end. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) posted 17 points including 6 rebounds for FMP. Young FIlip Covic scored 14 points. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) added 31 points for Zadar.


Cibona - Partizan Igokea 93-100
(21-26,23-23,24-27,25-24)

Cibona:
Williams 26, Rozic 13 (5 rebs), Andric (6 rebs)
Partizan: Tripkovic 26, Pekovic 22 (8 rebs), Kecman 14


Buducnost - Hemofarm STADA 64-55
(18-11,17-11,18-18,11-15)

Buducnost:
Gordic 15, Otasevic 9, Dasic 8, Popovic 8
Hemofarm STADA: Joksimovic 13, Markovic 12, Vukosavljevic 11 (9 rebs)


FMP - Zadar 99-94
(17-27,17-6,18-16,33-36,14-9)

FMP:
Labovic 17 (6 rebs), Covic 14, Jeremic 12
Zadar: Stipcevic 31, Brewer 23 (4 as), Johnson 21 (5 rebs, 4 st)


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ARGENTINA

LSB, Libertad (1) 82 - Boca jrs (1) 72 -by Ana Soifer
Libertad from Sunchales beat Boca jrs by 82 to 72. Tomorrow they will decide who will play against the Brazilian team Universo.
The game was intensive as all this kind of games have to be, but from the beginning Libertad showed they are still alive, despite on the injuries affected to a few players on the team.

Libertad: Starters: Martin Muller 0, Pablo Moldu 12, Laron Profit 8, Andres Pelussi 11, Robert Battle 18; Off the bench: Jorge Benitez (202-C-73) 21, Marcos Saglietti 10 y Emilio Dominguez 2. DT: Julio Lamas

Boca Juniors: Starters: Luis Cequeira 7, Gustavo Orona 2, Devon Ford 9, Leonardo Gutierrez 8, Gabriel Fernandez 15; Off the bench: Alejandro Alloatti 2, Leonel Schattmann 8, Fernando Funes 2, Grady Reynolds 8 y Raymundo Legaria 11. DT: Gabriel Piccato.


Liga A. Reclasification series: 2nd Game -by Ana Soifer
El Nacional (2) 77 - Ben Hur (0) 73
Atenas (1) 91 - Quilmes (1) 87
Quimsa (2) 89 - Gimnasia y Esgrima 80 (0)
Obras (0) 77 - Sionista (2) 83

El nacional made the work they have to; winning the two games at home, next Tuesday (April 1st) will be the 3rd game at Ben Hur gym. If El Nacional won will be the first classified to the quarterfinals.
El Nacional (77): Starters: Fabian Sahdi 9, Patricio Rodriguez 5, Mike Manciel (196-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Cent.Michigan) 15, Federico Ferrini 10, Djibril Kante 8; Off the bench: Cristian Amicucci (201-F/C-85) 17, Mariano Castets 0, Sebastian Farias 13
Ben Hur (73): Starters: Gustavo Martin 11, David Harrison 20, Eduardo Calvelli (195-G-82) 16, Sebastian Uranga 4, Ruperto Herrera 7; Off the bench: Felipe Ederra 6, Elias Saad 9

Atenas won having the control from the beginning, being always at least 10 points up, but Quilmes always gives fight up to the end of the game. They will play again next Tuesday and Thursday in Mar del Plata gym.
Atenas (91): Starters: Bruno Labaque 10, Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82) 30, Leandro Palladino 10, James Moore 15, diego Osella 10; Off the bench: Juan Figueroa 11, Mauro Bulchi 5
Quilmes (87): Starters: Hernando Salles (188-G-79) 24, Eduardo Villares (186-G-79) 19, Carl Edwards 13, Harold Arceneaux 10, Ezequiel Dentis 4; Off the bench: Salem Safar 0, Nicolas Aguirre 3, Diego Romero 14

Quimsa put the series 2-0 against a team never give up in neither of the two games playing in Santiago del Estero, now they travel to Comodoro to decide if Gimnasia finish the season or continue with the fighting winning the games at home and trying to back to Santiago to play the 5th game. Quimsa is one of the favourite to win the championship so the expectation is to finish next Tuesday in the 3rd game between them.
Quimsa (89): Starters: Jonatan Triese 4, Julio Mazzaro 16, Cleotis Brown 12, William McFarlan 12, Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) 23; Off the bench: Andres Rodriguez 8, Victor Cajal 0, Alejandro Reinick 2, Sebastian Castineira 12
Gimnasia y Esgrima (80): Starters: Diego Alba 7, Charles Jones 17, Matias Fioretti 2, Diego Prego 11, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 18; Off the bench: Ariel Eslava 2, Sebastian Festa 3 Federico Mansilla 8, Bruno Ingratta 4, Jose Alessio 8

Sionista got very important points winning in the two opportunities on the road. Now they will play Tuesday at home and could be the last game of the season for Obras and the pass to the quarterfinals for Sionista.
Obras (77): Starters: Fernando Titarelli 2, Gabriel Cocha 14, Chris Jeffries 9, Lazaro Borrel 13, Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) 23; Off the bench: Fernando Calvi 9, Daniel Chaer 5, Facundo Venturini 2
Sionista (83): Starters: Mariano Byro 21, Juan Cantero 10, Michael Robinson 10, Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) 20, Alejandro Burgos 5; Off the bench: Agustin Carnovalle 0, Pablo Jaworsky 3, Hall 9, Daniel Hure 5


LSB, Boca Juniors is in semi final -by Ana Soifer
Libertad (1) 76 - Boca jrs (2) 81
Libertad the last champion of South American and Boca of Argentinean League gave a Spectacular game.
In the beginning the local shows Absolute domain with great defends and no taking away the good opportunities to make the score in their favour, the maximum difference was 41 to 19 in the first quarter, but Boca wake up in the last part of the second quarter with good percentage of 3 points finishing the half time loosing only by 8 points, 48 to 40.
The second half was complete different with a Boca focus into the game, taking advantage from a diminished Libertad, with intensive defense, only shooting to make the points and no allowing any mistakes, all this, makes Boca won the game.
Boca is the new semi final, will play against the Brazilian team Universo BRB.

Libertad(76): Starters: Joaquin Giordana 7, Pablo Moldu 10, Laron Profit 11, Andres Pelussi 11, Robert Battle 8; Off the bench: Jorge Benitez 8, Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86) 21 y Emilio Dominguez 0. DT: Julio Lamas

Boca Juniors(81): Starters: Raymundo Legaria (178-G-80) 12, Gustavo Orona 3, Devon Ford 14, Leonardo Gutierrez 28, Gabriel Fernandez 10; Off the bench: Alejandro Alloatti 5, Leonel Schattmann 0, Fernando Funes 9, Grady Reynolds 0. DT: Gabriel Piccato.


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AUSTRALIA

The Emus reach semifinal in Germany -by Eurobasket News
Australian Junior National team enjoys a fine performance at the prestigious Albert Schweitzer tournament in Germany. The Emus posted two victories in the qualifying round and advanced to the semifinal of the tournament. First Australian youngsters upset Sweden 72:48. Building a 42:26 advantage at the interval Aussie players never looked back afterwards. Matthew Dellavedova (188-G-90) notched 13 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Australia. Cody Ellis (202-F-90) added 11 points, while Brock Motum (205-F-90) and Christian Salecich (193-G-90) had 9 points apiece in a win.
Next the Emus took on Turkey and drove to an impressive 89:71 victory. Turkish team got to a better start and was up by 3 points after the opening frame 19:16. But a strong attacking approach from the Aussie team in the second term allowed them to enjoy a 47:33 advantage at halftime. The game was pretty even in the second half but Australia held off their opponents to advance to the semis. Matthew Dellavedova tallied 22 points to pace the Emus. Mitchell Young (205-F-90) had 15 points, while Ryan Broekhoff (195-F-90) chipped in 11 in a win. Australian U18 team will play against Greece in the semifinal later tonight.


U18: Australian names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Dellavedova


Page


Harris-Trunk


Salecich


Young
4 Cody Ellis (202-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
5 Ryan Broekhoff (195-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
6 Matthew Dellavedova (188-G-90) of Australian Institute Sport
7 Brock Motum (205-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
8 Todd Blanchfield (200-F-90) of Mackay Meteors
9 Hugh Greenwood (187-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
10 Mitchell Young (205-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
11 Dwayne Radcliffe (203-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport
12 Jordan Vandenberg (212-C-90) of Australian Institute Sport
13 Jorden Page (182-G-90) of Australian Institute Sport
14 Shane Harris-Trunk (207-C-90) of Australian Institute Sport
15 Christian Salecich (193-G-90) of Australian Institute Sport


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AUSTRIA

Transfer update -by Stefan Heinrich
Kapfenberg send Mike Hall for 4 weeks home to be able to see the birth of his first child, its possible that he will return to Kapfenberg for this year and also for the next season. After the injury of Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, college: Monmouth) the Bulls signed the Croatian international Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side) to a one week try-out and they still have Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) on try-out.

Klosterneuburg extended the contract of Melvin Creddle (186-G-82, college: Mount Olive) for the next season.


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BELGIUM

Belgian Cup Semi-Finals -by Peter Buyse


Strange semi-finals in for the Belgian Cup where in 4 games no home team won a game.
Telindus Oostende came the closest with a 59-59 tie in its home game vs Bree.
In a rematch from last years playoff finals Oostende took the first leg of the semi-finals in Bree on a close 75-77 score.
With 39 seconds and leading 55-59 in the return game Bree took a serious option on qualification for the Cup final but Oostende managed to fight back.
Brunner scored a basket to make it 57-59, Perkins the missed with 6 seconds to play and Jerry Green on an assist by Sam Van Rossom tied the game at 59-59 in the closing seconds.
Seeing the series is decided on goal differential there was no overtime period after the tie and Oostende moves on the the Final on April 26th.


Their opponent is Dexia Mons-Hainaut who eliminated Okapi Aalstar. Mosn had the best chance of advancing after the 85-95 win on the road in Aalst.

Aalst however did not want to go down without a fight and managed to get a road win in Mons but the score was not enough for Aalstar to advance only winning 71-73.



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BELIZE

Junior Bulldogs Swept the Black Jaguars in U-26 Tournament!!! -by David Magana
The Junior Bulldogs beat the Black Jaguar in the openning game by a score of 59 - 47. UB took the lead at the end of the 1st quarter 17 - 19 but lost it at the half 34 - 31. From there the Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs never relinquished the lead with the 3rd quarter ending 49 - 39. In the 4th quarter the defense on both ends was tight with the 1st basket not being scored until 3:54 remaining. In the end the Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs turned the UB Black Jaguars roar into a mere kitty cat meow.
Top Scorers
Bze Bank - Darwin Leslie (191-F/G-81) 16 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block / 2 steals
Densmore 'Wabble' Edwards 14 pts / 7 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals
UB - Stephen Williams (188-G-83) 12 pts / 6 rebounds / 2 assist / 2 blocks / 1 steal
Lennox Bowman (180-G) 10 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist

In the second game, the game started in similar fashion as game 1 with UB leading at the end of the 1st quarter 20 - 17 and Bze Bank at the end of the 2nd quarter 34 - 33. The 3rd quarter it was UB leading 50 - 47. In the 4th the Bze Bank team defense held UB to their lowest points per quarter and outscoring 16 - 11 to win the game. Travis Lennon got fouled with 1 sec remaining in the game for a chance to send it into overtime, but he missed the first. He then intentionally missed the second and Stephen 'Muerte' Williams also had a chance to tie the game but missed the putback at the buzzer. Belize Bank Junior Bulldogs were able to tame the Black Jaguars and become the 2008 U26 Basketball Champions. Congratulation goes to the Bulldogs squad for an outstanding performance in this U-26 Tournament, job well done!!!
Top Scorers
Bze Bank - Greg Rudon (180-G) 20 pts (4-3's) / 4 rebounds / 2 assist
Darwin Leslie 10 pts (8-ft's) / 9 rebounds / 4 assist / 2 blocks / 7 steals
UB - Lennox Bowman 14 pts / 7 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal
Stephen Williams 13 pts / 8 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal


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BOSNIA

Ado Kahrimanovic left Celik -by Sead Buljina
The best player of Zenica Celik, Ado Kahrimanovic (198-G/F-76) has left Celik since the club had not fulfilled its contract obligations. Kahrimanovic has played in several European leagues, including Greece, Slovenia where he was selected to the All-star team. He has also played at the European Championship in France with Bosnian National team as well as Mediteranian Games. Kahrimanovic has a couple offers on table and we`ll see what team will benefit from his services in the play offs. In the meantime, Celik has not won a single game since Kahrimanovic`s departure.

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
1. Bosna S. 19-3
2. Sloboda Dita 18-5
3. Igokea 16-7
4. Grude 14-8
5. Slavija 12-10
6. Borac Nektar 11-11
7. Zrinjski MC 11-11
8. Posusje 10-13
9. Hercegovac 9-13
10. Zenica Celik 9-14
11. Leotar 7-15
12. Capljina 7-15
13. Vogosca 2-20
14. Siroki -


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CAMEROON

NCAA Tournament:: 2 Cameroonians remaining in the race... -by Yann Tientcheu

As of March 29th, only two Cameroonians players will be carrying the National triangle's colors in the remainder of the NCAA Tournament competition.
Villanova University of Frank Tchuisi (203-F/C-86) and Western Kentucky of Boris Siakam (201-F) (201-F) (201-F) were defeated respectively by Kansas University and UCLA. The game opposing
Western Kentucky saw Boris Siakam, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88), Alfred Aboya (203-F/C-85), Frank Tchuisi and Alexis Wangmene (203-F/C-89) adamantly pursuing the win for their respective teams.

Boris Siakam remained faithful to the trend of effort and production he set as a standard since the begining of the tournament. Siakam, the Hilltoppers senior ended his
collegiate career on a brave note by scoring 7pts and grabbing 7rbds in 28mns of playing time. Siakam undoubtedly gained the trust of his coach
averaging 23.3mns per game and bringing 6.7pts and 4.7 rbds on the table throughout his three NCAA Tournament games. Boris Siakam surely
gave an incredible boost to his basketball career by adding the NCAA Tournament to his resume. The eventuality of him getting a nice professianal
contract his clearly envisageable given his solid performance at the NCAA Tournament.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and UCLA took a substantial lead at the beginning of the game and never allowed Western Kentucky to come back. carried by the 29pts and
14rbds of Kevin Love (Kevin Love), the Bruins got themselves a ticket to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament and will be facing Xavier University. Mbah A Moute had 7pts and 7rbds in the game
and Alfred Aboya who remains a key defensive player for the Bruins had 2pts in 5mns of playing time. The Final score was 88-78, UCLA.
Frank Tchuisi, the Cameroonian junior, originally from Douala, saw his team, Villanova University, eliminated by a dominating Kansas University team. Tchuisi played 1 mn in the game and the final score was 57-72.

Alexis Wangmene and the Texas Longhorns overpwered Stanford University to advance to earn a spot in the Top 8 of the NCAA Tournament. Stanford lost by \

20pts and the scoeboard read 62-82 when the buzzer resounded. Alexis Wangmene played 6mns in the game



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CANADA

U18: Canadian names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard

4 Evaldas Zablas (186-G-88)

5 Ty Nurse (182-G-90)
6 Simon Bibeau (185-G-91)
7 Rob Gagliardi (185-G-90)
8 Nicolas Langley (197-G/F-92)
9 Mangisto Arop (197-G-90)
10 Murphy Burnatowski (197-G/F-90)
11 Ludovic Tshimpanga (200-F-90)
12 Roger Dugas (203-F-90)
13 Jesse Feith (203-F-90)
14 Mike Allison (206-F-90)
15 Robert Dewar (208-F/C-91)



U18: USA names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
1 Irving Walker (5'10''-G) of High School USA
3 Cashmere Wright (6'2''-G) of High School USA
5 Jeff Shelton (6'1''-G) of High School USA
7 Brent Schuck (6'7''-F) of High School USA
8 Oscar Bellfield (6'4''-G) of High School USA
9 Travis Releford (6'5''-G) of High School USA
10 Andrew Shannon (6'11''-C) of High School USA
11 Jeffree Withey (7'1''-C) of High School USA
12 Anthony Stover (6'10''-F/C) of High School USA
13 Wally Judge (6'8''-F) of High School USA

14 Brendan Lane (6'9''-F) of High School USA
15 Erik Murphy (6'10''-F/C) of High School USA


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CAPE VERDE

Seven-Stars defeats ABC 71 to 67 -by Pedro Gomes

Seven Stars defeated ABC 71 to 67 in the game that finished the 7th week of play in Santiago South regional championship of basketball. As usual, the game was played at the V
ava Duarte Pavilion Duarte, with a good crowd on hand to assist.

Seven Stars began with strong pressure against ABC, forcing them to commit successive offensive and defensive errors.
Seven took good advantage of the momentum to close the first period with an advantage of 10 points.
ABC was able to shake the pressure in the second period, reducing the advantage by 4 points with the score at half time 36 - 32.
ABC took the lead, for the first and last time, at the beginning of the 3rd period, but it didn't last long, as Seven went back to their original game plan, and finished
the quarter with a 9 point advantage.
In the final period of the dramatic game, Seven was able to secure a small lead of four points (71-67), to grab their first victory over ABC, in the present season.
Aquiles Semedo, captain of ABC, says that 'the game was well disputed and that Seven Stars had a just win.'
Antonio Tavares, captain of the Seven Stars, said that his team demonstrated that it has conditions to conquer the Santiago South championship.
With this result Seven Stars and ABC have the same points, but ABC continues at the top, fruit of two victories against Seven.

In the first game, Predio defeated Achada Grande 68 to 47.

In the next round of play for the Regional Championship of Basketball in Santiago: Seven Stars x Achada Grande and Predio x ABC.



Standings
D1 Standings
1. ABC 5-2
2. Seven Stars 5-2
3. Predio 4-3
4. Ach.Grande 0-7


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CHAD

Bourgeon Head Coach Sasom .T -by Emery Doradji
Samson Head Coach of Bougeon BasketBall Club
Sason Tatoloum and his Assistance Djangyo Meldang are ready for 2008 championship with the first win Bourgeon versus TUC. Samson said that with the Chadian crisis last month it is hard to coach a team with no sponsor, but because of the love of basketball the kids practice and still around the BasketBall. He said that they won the championship last year in the same condition. Mamoute director of BIBO helped again start the season 2007/2008. He said no matter what they will stay focus and try to defend their title.


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CROATIA

U18: Croatian names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Fodor


Delas


Kovac


Smajlagic


Rikic

4 Ivan Kovac (188-G-90) of Svjetlost Slavonski Brod
5 Ivan Ramljak (200-F-90) of HKK Posusje (BIH)
6 Josip Bilinovac of Siroki Prima pivo (BIH)

7 Sven Smajlagic (190-G-90) of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb
8 Sime Olivari (190-G-90) of KK Zadar
9 Goran Fodor (195-G-90) of SK Vindija Varazdin
10 Robert Rikic (217-C-90) of KK Dubrovnik
11 Tomislav Zubcic (210-C/F-90) of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb
12 Dragan Sekelja (209-C-91) of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb

13 Mario Delas (208-C-90) of KK Split
14 Leon Radosevic (208-F/C-90) of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb
15 Darko Planinic of Siroki Prima pivo (BIH)


Reserve:
Toni Prostran (190-G-91) of KK Zadar
Ivica Radic (207-F-90) of KK Split
Ivan Batur (190-G-91) of KK Zadar



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CYPRUS

Keravnos beat Apoel 83-70 and is leading the final series with 1-0 -by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou beat Aspis Apoel Nicosia in a game which was a continuous monologue for Coach Frangias team. The game was initially (at the first quarter) an old time classic derby, which found the Strovolos team having the leading role but couldn't not take a bigger lead than seven points, with the first quarter finally ending up with a 20-15 lead for Keravnos team.
During the second quarter though, there was only one team in the court, Keravnos with an amazing defense and with Smith and Anastasiadis in a very good shape together with Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.)'s very good passing game, over score coach Yiangoullis team who had only Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80) and Gerben Van Dorpe (211-F/C-76, college: Mt.St.Mary's) trying their best, finally, the Strovolos yellows, end the half time with a 12 points lead, 44-31.
Everybody was expecting the reaction of the visiting site but.... Keravnos was a real lightning (this is the English translation of the word Keravnos) during the third quarter, with a 10-0 in the first minutes of the third quarter increase the deficit to +23 points (54-31) and somewhere there the game was almost finished for the home team but Aspis Apoel Nicosia is a team which fights every single game even in its worst day, and that was proved earlier on, last week against the last year's champions, team of AEL. Coach Kyriakos Yiangoulis's team with control game and very good rebounding (especially after Trisokkas fifth foul, 8 minutes before the end of the game) balanced the game with Balca Radunovic being the top scorer and top rebounder for Nicosia yellows, decreased the deficit to five points (68-63) and somewhere there, the Strovolos fans believed that the end was coming but .. for another crucial game, Keravnos's natural captain was there! Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77) reminded us why he still remains the top local player in the Cyprus league, with his amazing passion and winning spirit, took the Strovolos team and lead it as a true captain to the victory over their equal (at that point) opponent.

It is worth mentioning here, that the Cypriot captain was 'forgotten' in the bench most of the regular season and had the minimum presentation in both European and Cup games, where Keravnos had unfortunate results, hopefully this will not happen from now on.

The quarters of the game were: 20-15, 44-31, 60-42 and the final 83-71
The scorers for the two teams were:

Keravnos: Pilavas 2, Anastasiadis 20, Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, college: Auburn) 17, Jarrett Hart 13, Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) 13, Trisokkas 9, Kosanovic 5, Radojevic 4

Aspis Apoel: Gerben Van Dorpe 11, Serdaris 2, Hansel 4, Miceta 7, Jones 6, Balca Radunovic 27, Wheeller 3, Pantouris 6, Garcia 4

The next game in series will take place in Agios Dhometios on April 1st, in the basketball court of ENAD as Aspis Apoel was penalized with one game away for the incidents happened in the game of the semi final round against AEL.



Finals: First Blood -by Alkis Spyrou
After 5 years, they meet again for another final rendez-vous! Keravnos and Aspis APOEL or Aspis APOEL and Keravnos, are back. These rivals from Nicosia will start tonight (28/03, 19.30pm local time) their bras de fer as they face each other in Game 1 at Strovolos. The ultimate trophy awaits them: Crown of the Champion. Whichever team first reaches 3 wins (Best of 5 series) will de-thrown Proteas EKA AEL, which holds the record of 5 consecutive championships, and regain the trophy. Will it be Keravnos, last champion in 2001, when they swept aside Apollonas (3-0) or Aspis APOEL will repeat their easy series-win over Keravnos (3-1) just like 2002?

Keravnos finished to of the league with a 15-1 record (only defeat away at Aspis APOEL on the 31/10/07 with 76-64). Aspis APOEL on the other hand finished 2nd in the regular season with a 14-2 record (Lost to Keravnos 85-62 at Strovolos and away to Intercollege ETHA 97-92). The best teams of the regular season will shine their armours and show how many arrows they have left in one's quiver. Keravnos hold the home advantage -courtesy of the 1st place at regular season- but Aspis APOEL's supporters will surely have their own saying in this.

The 2nd match of the series will take place in a neutral ground -and not at 'Eleftheria'- as Aspis APOEL was punished due to their fans behaviour in the 5th semi-final with Proteas EKA AEL. Agios Dometios will be the venue on Tuesday 1/04/08 at 8pm (local time).

In the last 12 years, they previously met 3 times in the finals (1996, 1998, 2002) with APOEL being the winner in every single one of them (4-0, 4-3, 3-1 respectively). Will Keravnos make it 4th time lucky or will Aspis APOEL continue their dominance over their local rivals. Stay tuned!


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DENMARK

Bakken Bears are in the Final -by Eurobasket News
The Bakken Bears swept the series against Horshom with an 81:69 victory in Game 4. The Bears came to Horshom having three victories in store and did not postpone their final tickets booking. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) led balanced Bakken offense with 17 points, 16 boards and 4 blocks. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) scored 15 points, while Jens Jensen (195-G/F-75, college: Cal-Irvine) provided 13 points for the winners. Duane James (198-F-83, college: Binghamton) was a usual topscorer for the 79ers as he chipped in 19 points. Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) added 15 points and 8 boards, while Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) secured 10 points and 7 assists in defeat. The Bears will now await the outcome of another semifinal clash between Svendborg and Amager to get to know their opponents in the Final series.
Meanwhile the intrigue keeps growing in the clash. Svendborg tied the series at 2-2 with an 87:83 road win yesterday. The Rabbits came to the Amagerhallen trailing in the series and needed to win this one to stay alive in the semifinal battle. Amager however was not about to give it up that easy. The hosts notched 28 points in the first frame and claimed a 4-point lead after 10 minutes of action. But Svendborg eventually took over in the second term and accumulated a 50:47 advantage at the interval. The game turned into a seesaw contest after the long break as Amager regained the lead heading into the fourth stanza up by 2. But a couple of key buckets from Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Arlington) and Danilo Fatic (191-G-77) ensured the winning result for the Rabbits. Jarrett Howell produced 20 points and 6 steals to pace the visitors. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82) had 14 points and 10 boards, while Brayden Billbe (208-C-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: American) added 16 points for Svendborg. Kristian Jakobsen (190-G/F-79) dropped 18 points for Amager. Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) delivered 17 points in a loss. Game 5 is scheduled for March 31 in Svendborg.


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D-LEAGUE

Thursday Night's Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Colorado 14ers (112) at Bakersfield Jam (121)
14ERS: Kaniel Dickens (6'8''-F-78, college: Idaho) (24p+5rb), Billy Thomas (20p+7rb), Eric Osmundson (15p+10as), John Thomas (12p+10rb)
JAM: Mateen Cleaves (6'2''-G-77, college: Michigan St.) (32p+8rb+17as), Justin Reed (24p+5as), Patrick O'Bryant (19p+10rb), Michael Cuffee (16p+6rb)

Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (121) at Iowa Energy (133)
MAD ANTS: Earl Calloway (6'3''-G-83, college: Indiana) (36p+6as), Ron Howard (25p+5rb), James Peters (17p+7rb), Dahntay Jones (14p)
ENERGY: Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, college: Michigan St.) (34p+14rb+8as), Adam Haluska (29p), Cedric Simmons (19p+12rb+5bs), Curtis Stinson (16p+5to)


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
1. Dakota W. 26-18
2. Sioux Falls S. 25-20
3. Iowa E. 19-25
4. Ft.Wayne MA 15-29
Southwest Division
1. Austin T. 27-16
2. Tulsa 66ers 24-19
3. Colorado 14ers 23-20
4. Albuquerque T. 20-23
5. Rio Grande VV 17-29
West Division
1. Idaho S. 30-12
2. LA D-Fenders 30-13
3. Utah 20-23
4. Anaheim A. 20-25
5. Bakersfield J. 10-34


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.M. Almond, UTA 24.7
2.D. Farmer, RGV 23.4
3.K. Powell, SIF 22.3
4.C. Powell, DAK 22.2
4.S. Banks, LAD 22.2
Rebounds Per Game
1.R. Benson, DAK 12.0
2.C. Alexander, SIF 11.1
3.L. Allred, IDA 10.0
4.M. Campbell, IDA 8.3
5.I. Mahinmi, AUS 8.1
Assists Per Game
1.R. Livingston, IDA 10.7
2.A. Barrett, AUS 8.5
3.E. Gill, COL 8.4
4.K. Kruger, UTA 7.1
5.J. Horner, IOW 5.9


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GARCIA MAKING US PROUD -by Ozell Wells
Dominican NBAer Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) will soon be joining an exclusive group. The Sacramento Kings forward will soon become the sixth Latino player in NBA history to score more than 100 three-point shots in an NBA season. He will also become the first Dominican player to do so. At the moment Garcia has 97 three-point field goals in 249 attempts for a 39% average. Garcia, who is battling a knee injury, is slowly coming into his own, scoring 11.5 points this season with 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. These numbers are outstanding, considering that Garcia is only playing 25 minutes per contest.
-story courtesy of dr1.com


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ESTONIA

Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
1. BC Kalev 27-2
2. TU/Rock 26-3
3. Triobet/Dalkia 22-8
4. Pirita 22-9
5. Tar.Fausto 18-16
6. Valga Welg 16-17
7. Parnu 9-24
8. Kraft Mooel 6-26
9. Rakvere 6-28
10. TTU KK 5-24


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EUROLEAGUE

Zisis: Olympiacos is a completely different team now -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) gave an interesting interview at the official site of Euroleague, maintaining on the different picture that Olympiakos gives at his recent games after coach Panagiotis Giannakis took the lead of Reds' coaching. The 24-year-old CSKA Moscow's point guard, one of only five CSKA players to see action in all 20 games so far, expressed his opinion:
'It's been a nice season until now. We qualified for the quarterfinals. Now the important things start. Our goal is to go to the Final Four and do what CSKA did two years ago. I think it was a very tough Top 16. We struggled in the very first game, but managed to take a win on the last-second shot by Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke), which turned out to be very important. We had started February badly, also losing in the Russian Cup final, but after that we started playing much better basketball. We saw that with our wins against Barcelona at home and Unicaja at home, and then at Rome against Lottomatica. We played well and deserved first place. The last defeat to Barcelona wasn't important in the standings, because we were first anyway. If you take out the first and last games, we made convincing performances and played good enough basketball to deserve our spot.'
'The Euroleague is different than anything else, domestic leagues, for instance. Not only are the best teams there, but the Top 16 is completely different from the first phase. It's all about being in good shape physically and psychologically. Three big teams who were top seeds before the Top 16 - Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Lietuvos Rytas - are out now, whether because of injuries, or a key loss or a psychological letdown. All that says that in the Euroleague, you never know. Panathinaikos and Real Madrid played finals in the last week and didn't manage to win them. We got lucky in our first game with an unbelievable comeback and Trajan's three, an unbelievably tough shot. But after that we convinced ourselves, not just by winning but by the way we played, that we can be a good team.'
About Olympiakos, Nikos Zisis stated: 'To tell the truth - because I am Greek, so I know - Olympiacos is a completely different team now. We know their players, for sure. But the coach changed, the system changed. The Olympiacos we played against in Athens and Moscow played 40 minutes of zone defense both games. That's not going to happen now. Their new coach is defensive-minded and for sure these games will be more physical. This coach is not like Coach Pini Gershon , who liked a high tempo. That won't happen even in their home games now. The pace will be more defensive, for sure.'
'First of all, when a coach come in February to a team, he's not able to change a lot because he can't choose the players on the roster. He can't change so much in so little time, with the games always coming every three or four days. A coach is not a magician. But I think that in this case, for sure, coach Panagiotis Giannakis has changed the psychology of the players. He managed to bring the Greeks back into the rotation, which was smaller under coach Pini Gershon . This brings to the team a different psychology, that anyone can help, whether it's playing three minutes or 30 minutes. That's good for the spirit of a team. Everyone plays together. For sure, their defense is much better, forcing to turnovers and being more aggressive than before. And on offense, of course, they have players with value and personality who on any given night can take the team on their shoulders and make big plays.'
Finally, concerning CSKA's opponents, the Greek point guard mentioned that 'Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) was out a long time, came back a couple games ago and seems to be trying to get back to normal. For sure, it will be tough for him, but with Arvydas Macijauskas on the roster, Olympiacos is much more dangerous. We all know what a great scorer he is. With him, Olympiacos has a great perimeter team, and is also good close to the baskets, with great rebounders and big bodies who won't let us make easy baskets. It's going to be a tough series for sure, and for fans, fun to watch. It may not be decided with 90-point games, but it will be great, great basketball.'

By the courtesy of Euroleague.net


Macijauskas: We want to be in the Final Four but we know that nothing will come easy -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiakos and its playoff opponent, CSKA Moscow, played twice in the regular season and split home victories. The big difference now is that Olympiakos will have two key people whom they didn't have in those previous games: head coach Panagiotis Giannakis and shooting star Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80). Although he was injured off for more than nine months, Arvydas Macijauskas had started the season as the Euroleague's top-ranked player through 10 games. He returns for the playoffs, after two months and the game against Real Madrid, still trying to regain game shape under a new coach with a new system, but he was glad to talk about the upcoming series at Euroleague.net.

'I am recovered from the injuries finally, and feeling better and better every day. But I still need this time before the playoffs to get back into playing shape and get my timing and do it without taking away from the team. The team has been playing without me a long time, and playing well, so all I want to do is add to what they have already been doing. We want to be in the Final Four and CSKA wants to be there, too, so we know that nothing will come easy, but we are preparing to be ready.'

'I only started being able to play a couple of weeks ago, so for me it is not easy yet. While I was out, of course, we had a coaching change, and I had only played for the coach who left. Now with coach Panagiotis Giannakis , it's up to me to learn the new system, and the truth is that we have changed a lot the way we play. First, in practice, I want to contribute and help the guys get better, and then be able to do the same even if I go on the court for a few minutes in a game. The chemistry is good with our new coach and I want to help with that chemistry.'

About his injury, the Lithuanian star mentioned that 'I had one injury, my back, and then when I was playing again for a couple of days, got injured again. Nothing was very big, but still the injuries took me out of basketball for a couple months, which was not good for me and not good for the team. But fortunately, we have a lot of good players and a good team. Everyone is happy, and it's not important if one player here or there cannot play, because everyone feels responsibility to help the team.'

Concerning the new style on the Reds' game, he stated that 'defense has definitely become the most important part of the game for us now. That is what we concentrate on, and that helped the team win. The mood of the team was good, and even though we lost the Greek Cup final that we wanted to win, and came close, we will have to forget about that. The mood will still be good going into the playoffs because we want to get ready for CSKA and we don't want anything to interfere with us trying to take the extra step to the Final Four.'

'At home, we are a very strong team with our fans behind us. The fans give us an advantage against anyone. That's how we beat a team like Real Madrid, which was hoping to be at the Final Four in their city and was built to make it there. This was more than an accident. We have a lot of faith playing at home, and that's what makes the first game against CSKA the most important. If we make something happen in Moscow, we know that we can beat big teams on our own court. CSKA, of course, is full of good players and they have one of the best coaches anywhere, someone who does a good job no matter where he goes. What's most important about CSKA is that they know how to play team basketball. That makes a team much more difficult to stop. When a team depends on one or two guys, they can be stopped. This is what's so good about CSKA: it's a great team that plays like a team.'

By the courtesy of Euroleague.net


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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18

U18: Russain names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Slepukha


Ivlev


Murychev


Karpukhin


Antipov

4 Kirill Slepukha (170-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
5 Dmitry Kryukov (-90)
7 Grigoriy Andreev (195-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
9 Maxim Grigoryev (-90)

10 Aleksandr Karpukhin (188-G-90) of Avtodor Saratov
11 Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) of Dynamo-2 Moscow
12 Pavel Antipov (200-F-91) of CSK VVS-Standart Samara reg.
13 Alexey Murychev (203-F-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
14 Andrey Vorobyev (-90)
15 Evegeny Valiev (204-F-90) of Triumph Lyubertsy
17 Vadim Odintsov (205-C-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
18 Sergey Dankevich (206-C-90) of Dynamo-Teplostroy Cheliabinsk

Reserve:

Aleksey Gladkiy (201-F-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
Ivan Usik (197-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
Kirill Kuznetsov (187-G-90) of Spartak-2 St.Petersburg
Alexander Lavnikov (205-C-91) of Triumph Lyubertsy
Boris Sprygin (187-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy



U18: Turkish names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Toz


Kilicli


Mahmutoglu


Cinko


Yildirim
4 Firat Toz (187-G-91) of Tofas Bursa
5 Deniz Kilicli (204-F/C-90) of Pertevniyal Istanbul
6 Melih Mahmutoglu (192-G-90) of Pertevniyal Istanbul

7 Can Maxim Mutaf (192-G-91) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
8 Erolcan Cinko (187-G-90) of Banvit Basketbol Kulubu
9 Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91)
10 Ibrahim Yildirim (190-G-90) of Banvit Basketbol Kulubu
11 Volkan Incekara (192-G-90) of Alpella Istanbul
12 Baris Gokalp (198-F-90) of Tofas Bursa
13 Enes Kanter (204-C-92) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
14 Erdinc Balto (206-F-90) of Genc Banvitliler
15 Sertac Sanli (206-F-91) of Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir

Reserve:
Levent Yavuz (196-G-90) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Oguzhan Sungur (199-F-91) of Tofas Bursa


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Timo Nieminen re-signed with FoKoPo -by Rauno Hurmalainen
FoKoPo (Forssa) making come back to Korisliiga (Top League) with a 24-2 record in 1. Division, will be coached by Head Coach Timo Nieminen , 42, also
next season. Nieminen and FoKoPo have agreed and re-signed the new contract for the season 2008-09. Actually Nieminen will be a full time
basketball coach in the future. Nieminen has been coaching eight seasons on top level earlier. He has been the Head Coach in Forssa (FoKoPo),
in Kouvola (Kouvot) and in Uusikaupunki (Korihait). Nieminen has won bronze with FoKoPo in the year 1994 and was named 'The Coach of the Year'
that season.


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GERMANY

Bond and Ulin got two-year suspension for doping violation -by Moritz Korff
Chris Bond (198-F-81, college: Cent.Washington) and Kasey Ulin (185-G-82, college: Dickinson St.) received a two-year suspension by the Anti-Doping-Commission of the German basketball-federation for testing positive for cocaine. The ban will be effective worldwide. Bond and Ulin were caught using cocaine at the beginning of February, after the samples had been taken after a league-game with Hertener Loewen against Crailsheim. Both players got dismissed from their club immediately after the positive doping-test had been published.

Femerling suffered torn ligament -by Moritz Korff
Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington), record holder for caps for the German national team and team captain of ALBA Berlin (1. Budnesliga), has suffered an injury in his left foot in the game against Jena on Thursday. The doctors diagnosed a torn ligament in the ankle. Though Femerling is not going to undergo surgery and will start rehab immediately, it is unsure for how long he will be out of action. The 33-year-old veteran is averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds for Berlin this season.

U18: German names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Schmitz


Zirbes


Debelka


Giffey


Land

4 Harald Debelka (194-G/F-91) of TSV Crailsheim Merlins 2nd team
5 Simon Schmitz (188-G-90) of BIS Baskets Speyer
6 Niels Giffey (198-F-91) of TUS Lichterfelde Berlin
7 Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90) of Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig
8 Melvin Gyau (183-G-90) of BIS Baskets Speyer
9 Erik Land (203-C-90) of TSV Troester Breitenguessbach
10 Marvin Kruchen (208-C-90) of Bayer Giants Leverkusen
11 Bastian Winterthaler (200-F-90) of SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf
12 Robert Huelsewede (198-F-90) of TSVE Dolphins Bielefeld
13 Femi Oladipo (197-F-90) of BSG Bremerhaven
14 Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) of TBB Trier
15 Jonas Wohlfahrt-Bottermann (207-C-90) of Telekom Baskets Bonn

Reserve:

Nico Adamczak (189-G-90) of VfB Hermsdorf Berlin
Nico Draegert (205-C-90) of ALBA Berlin
Yannick Schicktanz (185-G-90) of MTV Kronberg



Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
1. Berlin 42-12
2. Leverkusen 38-12
3. Art.Dragons 38-12
4. Bamberg 34-16
5. Bonn 32-18
6. Oldenburg 32-20
7. Frankfurt 30-22
8. Koeln 26-24
9. Braunschweig 26-24
10. Ludwigsburg 24-26
11. Bremerhaven 24-26
12. Ulm 24-28
13. Goettingen 22-30
14. Paderborn 22-30
15. Tuebingen 14-36
16. Giessen 12-38
17. Trier 10-40
18. Jena 8-44


Standings - 2. Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
ProA
1. Noerdlingen 42-10
2. Cuxhaven 42-10
3. K'lautern 38-14
4. MBC 36-16
5. Rhoendorf 36-16
6. Karlsruhe 34-18
7. Hagen 30-22
8. Bayreuth 24-28
9. Duesseldorf 20-32
10. Langen 20-32
11. Lich 20-32
12. Heidelberg 18-34
13. Bremen 18-34
14. Schalke 16-36
15. Chemnitz 14-38
16. Nuernberg 8-44
ProB
1. Essen 42-10
2. Freiburg 40-12
3. Kirchheim 40-12
4. Muenchen 38-14
5. Crailsheim 36-16
6. Ehingen 30-22
7. Herten 30-22
8. Braunschweig 26-26
9. B'guessbach 26-26
10. Stahnsdorf 24-28
11. Wolfenbuettel 18-34
12. Speyer 16-36
13. Lichterfelde 14-38
14. Iserlohn 12-40
15. Ansbach 12-40
16. Bielefeld 12-40


Standings - Regionalliga
Regionalliga Standings
North Group
1. Hannover 38-4
2. Osnabrueck 34-4
3. Bernau 26-14
4. Wedel 20-18
5. Magdeburg 20-20
6. Oldenburg 18-22
7. Itzehoe 18-24
8. Berlin 14-24
9. Wolfenbuettel 14-24
10. MBC II 14-28
11. Aschersleben 12-28
12. Rostock 10-28
South-East Group
1. Muenchen 42-2
2. Landshut 42-4
3. Gotha 32-14
4. Wuerzburg 30-14
5. Baunach 28-18
6. Weiden 26-18
7. Dachau 22-24
8. Landsberg 22-24
9. Leitershofen 18-26
10. Dresden 18-28
11. Zwickau 12-34
12. B'guessbach II 12-34
13. Rattelsdorf 8-38
14. Jena II 6-40
South-West Group
1. Mainz 40-6
2. Weissenhorn 36-10
3. Schwenningen 36-10
4. Konstanz 26-20
5. HD-Kirchheim 26-20
6. Kronberg 26-20
7. Treis-Karden 24-22
8. Giessen 20-26
9. Stuttgart 20-26
10. Rastatt 18-28
11. Goeppingen 16-30
12. Gruenberg 14-32
13. Trier 14-32
14. Lich II 6-40
West Group
1. Dortmund 44-8
2. Schwelm 42-10
3. Grevenbroich 42-10
4. Bochum 32-20
5. Salzkotten 30-22
6. Wulfen 30-22
7. M'gladbach 26-26
8. BBV Hagen 26-26
9. BG Hagen 24-28
10. Waltrop 22-30
11. Leverkusen II 20-32
12. Bergheim 14-38
13. Capone D. 12-40
14. Meckenheim 0-52


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GREECE

Interview with Michael Jordan, the new PAOK Thessaloniki signing -by Eurobasket

Michael Jordan (183-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) started this season at Charleroi in Belgium and just this month moved to PAOK.


Eurobasket: Michael what are your first impressions from your new team ?
I've had a warm welcome from everybody in the team, especially my teamates. I like the guys, they are all good players.

Eurobasket: What are your feelings about playing in Greece?
The Greek league is very competitive and I am very excited I have the opportunity to play here. I am really looking forward for the challenge.

Eurobasket: M.J., you've come at a point that PAOK are struggling, they are just one win above relegation zone with 5 games to go. How much does that concern you?
I am aware of that. All I can promise is that I will try my best to help my team any way I can and hopefully at the end of each game we score more points than our opponnents do.

Eurobasket: How do you feel about the fact that you've only come to play 5 games? Is some extra-pressure on you?
Well, the deal between me and PAOK is for me to play 5 games, so I focus totally on these games; I will try to show my best and help PAOK get the right results and hopefully I can stay here in PAOK for the next year as well. This is a situation that arises often in professional basketball, I understand it and as a professional basketball player. I have to accept it. It is up to PAOK, but I hope I'll stay here next year.

Eurobasket: M.J. you have earned the reputation of being a formidable scorer. Which are your main assets?
Apart from scoring I generally make my teamates' life easier and help the whole team perform better. I could say I am a team player. I have also the experience, having played in many different leagues around Europe. (MJ has played in Spain, Germany, Italy and Belgium).

Eurobasket: How important was for you become German Bundesliga champion with Koln in 2006?
The feeling of winning a championship is very special in team sports; it boosts your confidence, it is a very positive experience overall. Everybody played for the team back then and that was the key of our success. We managed to beat teams with bigger budgets like ALBA Berlin.

Eurobasket: In this year, PAOK have been playing their home games usually in front of a handful of spectators. On Sunday's game however, a 4000 attendance and warm atmosphere are expected at Pylaia Sport Arena. How do you feel about this?
The crowd can always help the team, they energise the guys on the floor. It's gonna be huge for us to have that kind of support; we gonna try play well and get the crowd behind us and in the end make them happy.

Eurobasket: Can you tell us any funny incident about your name (Michael Jordan) ?
Yes, when I was 14 the police stopped me and asked me for ID. I didn't have any, so they asked me what my name is. I told them 'Michael'. They said 'Michael who'?. I said 'Michael Jordan'. One policeman laughed and said 'Right, and I am Larry Bird'. They handcaughed me because they thought I was being 'smart'.

Eurobasket: At your previous European teams you had been wearing jersey number 5. PAOK fans fancy you wearing number 23!
I used to wear number 23 in the USA but when I moved to play in Europe, at that time I could only choose numbers from 4 to 15. So I chose number 5, which works 2+3 ! Here at PAOK I was given number 12.

Interview by Dimitris Dimitriadis & Giorgos Manousidis



Greece is the first team qualified for semi finals -by George Manousidis
In the top match of group F between Greece and Argentina the Greeks wins very easy.
With Pappas, Jankovic, Sloukas, and Konstantinos Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) Greek had four players in double figures after the third quarter already.
In the final ten minutes the Greeks played with bench players solely but were still in control of the game.
The 76:63 win takes Greece to the AST semi finals. With Turkey loosing against Australia the Greeks remain the only team undefeated at this year's tournament.

Greece: Konstantinos Papanikolaou 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists - Pappas 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals - Jankovic 12points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals - Sloukas 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
Argentina: Orlietti 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals - Ramirez Barrios 11points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals - Levrino 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals - Landoni 11 points and 4 rebounds.


Turkey vs. Greece in the final of Albert Schweitzer tournament -by George Manousidis
With a remarkable performance from Nikos Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM), in a very tuff game (29 fouls for Australia and 22 for Greece) Greece beat Australia 84-79.
Nikolaos Pappas with 39 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals it was the MVP of the game. Kasselakis 13 points, Sloukas 12 points and Jankovic 10 points it was the best scorers from Greek team.
Page 17 points, Broekhoff 11 points, Blanchfield 10 points and Ellis 10 points it was the best scorers from Australia
The final of the Albert Schweitzer tournament is between the Turkey and Greece .
The game for the 3rd place is between the USA and Australia


Zisis: Olympiacos is a completely different team now -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) gave an interesting interview at the official site of Euroleague, maintaining on the different picture that Olympiakos gives at his recent games after coach Panagiotis Giannakis took the lead of Reds' coaching. The 24-year-old CSKA Moscow's point guard, one of only five CSKA players to see action in all 20 games so far, expressed his opinion:
'It's been a nice season until now. We qualified for the quarterfinals. Now the important things start. Our goal is to go to the Final Four and do what CSKA did two years ago. I think it was a very tough Top 16. We struggled in the very first game, but managed to take a win on the last-second shot by Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke), which turned out to be very important. We had started February badly, also losing in the Russian Cup final, but after that we started playing much better basketball. We saw that with our wins against Barcelona at home and Unicaja at home, and then at Rome against Lottomatica. We played well and deserved first place. The last defeat to Barcelona wasn't important in the standings, because we were first anyway. If you take out the first and last games, we made convincing performances and played good enough basketball to deserve our spot.'
'The Euroleague is different than anything else, domestic leagues, for instance. Not only are the best teams there, but the Top 16 is completely different from the first phase. It's all about being in good shape physically and psychologically. Three big teams who were top seeds before the Top 16 - Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Lietuvos Rytas - are out now, whether because of injuries, or a key loss or a psychological letdown. All that says that in the Euroleague, you never know. Panathinaikos and Real Madrid played finals in the last week and didn't manage to win them. We got lucky in our first game with an unbelievable comeback and Trajan's three, an unbelievably tough shot. But after that we convinced ourselves, not just by winning but by the way we played, that we can be a good team.'
About Olympiakos, Nikos Zisis stated: 'To tell the truth - because I am Greek, so I know - Olympiacos is a completely different team now. We know their players, for sure. But the coach changed, the system changed. The Olympiacos we played against in Athens and Moscow played 40 minutes of zone defense both games. That's not going to happen now. Their new coach is defensive-minded and for sure these games will be more physical. This coach is not like Coach Pini Gershon , who liked a high tempo. That won't happen even in their home games now. The pace will be more defensive, for sure.'
'First of all, when a coach come in February to a team, he's not able to change a lot because he can't choose the players on the roster. He can't change so much in so little time, with the games always coming every three or four days. A coach is not a magician. But I think that in this case, for sure, coach Panagiotis Giannakis has changed the psychology of the players. He managed to bring the Greeks back into the rotation, which was smaller under coach Pini Gershon . This brings to the team a different psychology, that anyone can help, whether it's playing three minutes or 30 minutes. That's good for the spirit of a team. Everyone plays together. For sure, their defense is much better, forcing to turnovers and being more aggressive than before. And on offense, of course, they have players with value and personality who on any given night can take the team on their shoulders and make big plays.'
Finally, concerning CSKA's opponents, the Greek point guard mentioned that 'Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) was out a long time, came back a couple games ago and seems to be trying to get back to normal. For sure, it will be tough for him, but with Arvydas Macijauskas on the roster, Olympiacos is much more dangerous. We all know what a great scorer he is. With him, Olympiacos has a great perimeter team, and is also good close to the baskets, with great rebounders and big bodies who won't let us make easy baskets. It's going to be a tough series for sure, and for fans, fun to watch. It may not be decided with 90-point games, but it will be great, great basketball.'

By the courtesy of Euroleague.net


Macijauskas: We want to be in the Final Four but we know that nothing will come easy -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiakos and its playoff opponent, CSKA Moscow, played twice in the regular season and split home victories. The big difference now is that Olympiakos will have two key people whom they didn't have in those previous games: head coach Panagiotis Giannakis and shooting star Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80). Although he was injured off for more than nine months, Arvydas Macijauskas had started the season as the Euroleague's top-ranked player through 10 games. He returns for the playoffs, after two months and the game against Real Madrid, still trying to regain game shape under a new coach with a new system, but he was glad to talk about the upcoming series at Euroleague.net.

'I am recovered from the injuries finally, and feeling better and better every day. But I still need this time before the playoffs to get back into playing shape and get my timing and do it without taking away from the team. The team has been playing without me a long time, and playing well, so all I want to do is add to what they have already been doing. We want to be in the Final Four and CSKA wants to be there, too, so we know that nothing will come easy, but we are preparing to be ready.'

'I only started being able to play a couple of weeks ago, so for me it is not easy yet. While I was out, of course, we had a coaching change, and I had only played for the coach who left. Now with coach Panagiotis Giannakis , it's up to me to learn the new system, and the truth is that we have changed a lot the way we play. First, in practice, I want to contribute and help the guys get better, and then be able to do the same even if I go on the court for a few minutes in a game. The chemistry is good with our new coach and I want to help with that chemistry.'

About his injury, the Lithuanian star mentioned that 'I had one injury, my back, and then when I was playing again for a couple of days, got injured again. Nothing was very big, but still the injuries took me out of basketball for a couple months, which was not good for me and not good for the team. But fortunately, we have a lot of good players and a good team. Everyone is happy, and it's not important if one player here or there cannot play, because everyone feels responsibility to help the team.'

Concerning the new style on the Reds' game, he stated that 'defense has definitely become the most important part of the game for us now. That is what we concentrate on, and that helped the team win. The mood of the team was good, and even though we lost the Greek Cup final that we wanted to win, and came close, we will have to forget about that. The mood will still be good going into the playoffs because we want to get ready for CSKA and we don't want anything to interfere with us trying to take the extra step to the Final Four.'

'At home, we are a very strong team with our fans behind us. The fans give us an advantage against anyone. That's how we beat a team like Real Madrid, which was hoping to be at the Final Four in their city and was built to make it there. This was more than an accident. We have a lot of faith playing at home, and that's what makes the first game against CSKA the most important. If we make something happen in Moscow, we know that we can beat big teams on our own court. CSKA, of course, is full of good players and they have one of the best coaches anywhere, someone who does a good job no matter where he goes. What's most important about CSKA is that they know how to play team basketball. That makes a team much more difficult to stop. When a team depends on one or two guys, they can be stopped. This is what's so good about CSKA: it's a great team that plays like a team.'

By the courtesy of Euroleague.net


U18: Greek names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Mantzaris


Papanikolaou


Sloukas


Pappas


Kaselakis

4 Epameinondas Papantoniou (185-G-90) of Costa Cafe Marousi
5 Evangelos Mantzaris (190-G-90) of DASH Peristeri Athens

6 Michail Roussis (202-F-91)
7 Ioannis Karathanasis (200-F-91) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
8 Dimitrios Arapis (202-F-90) of MENT Vassilakis
9 Konstantinos Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) of Aris Thessaloniki
10 Jeff Georgatos (203-F/C-92) of Highland CC (USA)
11 Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) of Mas Mantoulidis
12 Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
13 Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Panellinios Athens
14 Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) of Ilysiakos Athens
15 Emmanouil Koukoulas (205-C-91) of Ilysiakos Athens


Reserve:
Georgios Georgakis (205-C-91) of Mas Mantoulidis
Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) of Mas Mantoulidis
Andreas Papadimitriou (187-G-90) of Ilysiakos Athens
Ioannis Tozios (198-F-90) of MENT Vassilakis
Georgios Papadakis (198-G-90) of Ilysiakos Athens
Spyros Mourtos (190-G-90) of Aris Thessaloniki



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GUATEMALA

Winning debut for Elite Sport too -by Gianni Pascucci
Elite Sport Pollo Rey defeated Corpoevisa 78-54 in the first game of Liga Metropolitana at the Gimnasio Nacional Teodoro Palacios Flores. Massive inside player Bernie Diaz (198-F/C-81) was the best scorer at 26 pts, while Hector Vandeveire confirmed his great shooting skills scoring 14 points, hittint 4 trhree pointers. Panamanian Dangelo Vaughn (189-G/F) was the best in Corpoevisa, with 14 points, and domestic player Daniel Villeda added 10 pts at the losing side. Elite B.C. plays tomorrow the second game in Liga Metro, meeting R L Creaciones.

Guatemala is candidate to host the Final Four Round of Liga Centroamericana -by Victor Padilla
Fibaamericas (www.fibaamericas.com) has invited Liga Premier 2007 Champions, SAT-Cybertech, and the National Basketball Federation of Guatemala to host the Final Four Round of Liga Centroamericana de Clubes 2008, scheduled tentatively for the end of April. Although the Second Round of the classification phase is still under way, having Sat Cybertec at the top of Group B of the tournament has ignited the process to evaluate the feasibility of this event, which will include an International Satellite TV Broadcast under FIBA requirements for the six final games of the competition. -'It will be very interesting to organize this event in Guatemala, as our people would have the chance to see at home a high level of professional basketball, because the leading teams in the competition are including former NBA players in their rosters', meditated Mr. Everardo Berreondo, owner of SAT-Cybertech. Preliminary talks have concluded that Gimnasio Nacional Teodoro Palacios Flores, with a 5000 seats capacity, would be used as the main venue for the event, and discussions are under way with TV stations and sponsors to define key details for the project. 1st and 2nd places of the Final Four of Liga Centroamericana will capture two spots to participate in the Second Edition of Liga de las Americas, a tournament that is also organized by Fibaamericas and is scheduled for later this year.

Standings
Liga Metropolitana Standings
1. Lemans 1-0
2. Leones de Marte 1-0
3. Elite Sport 1-0
4. Markvision 1-0
5. R L 0-0
6. Estudiantes 0-0
7. SLT 0-0
8. USAC 0-0
9. Millonarios 0-1
10. URL 0-1
11. Zencas 0-1
12. Corpoevisa 0-1


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GUYANA

Guyana's best in the news these days -by Kristian Santiago
Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) contributes to his teams' success in the Adria League on a weekly basis.
The 6-7 shooting guard scored 25 points, pulled four rebounds and gave six assists in Hemofarm's 87-71 winner over Montengrinian champions Buducnost Podgorica in the quarter-finals of the prestigious Adria-League.
Rawle, who has shown interest to represent Guyana internationally, is currently averaging 16,8 ppg (42,5 % 3p-FG) for Vrsac after a disappointing season in the NBA with Indiana.

Another Guyanan in the news is Darren Collison (183-G-87) , who could be soon the next Guyanan player in the NBA.
The 6-1 point guard had a slow start into the season mainly due to a knee-injury he sustained in the pre-season but had recently some great games for UCLA and is helping his team with 15,1 ppg (52% 3p-FG !) and 3,8 apg in his junior-season.
Yesterday , the Bruins finished off Western Kentucky and advanced to the Elite Eight. 'DC' had a bad day scoring only four points but it's already sure that the talented guard will be bouncing back with marvellous performances in the next rounds.


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HOLLAND

U18: Dutch names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Robinson


Hof


Kortekaas


Kramer


Kherrazi

4 Stefan Mulder (194-G-91)
5 Jesse Voorn (186-G-90) of MyGuide Amsterdam
6 Kaz Van Der Waard (188-G-91) of MyGuide Amsterdam
7 Terence Robinson (186-G-90)
8 Joren Van Vugt (192-G-91) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch

9 Dimeo Van Der Horst (193-G-91) of MyGuide Amsterdam
10 Ken Schroder (195-F-90)
11 Joshua Kramer (195-F/G-90) of Omniworld Almere
12 Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90) of MyGuide Amsterdam
13 Mark-Peter Hof (200-F-90) of Hanzevast Capitals Groningen
14 Joost Padberg (202-F/C-91) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
15 Luuk Kortekaas (211-C-90) of Hanzevast Capitals Groningen



Director Louis Geleijnse leaves the NBB -by Fred Roggen
On 26 March, Louis Geleijnse informed the governing board of the Dutch Basketball Association (NBB) that he wishes to stop his employment as Director as of 1 June.
The decision has to do with personal reasons of Louis Geleijnse, Louis Geleijnse lay down his function over two months for health reasons.
Louis Geleijnse started his job as Director of the NBB on 1 June 2006. The governing board of the NBB has started a procedure to find a new
Association Director.


Rotterdam Challengers Blow Huge Lead, Hold On To Win Over West-Brabant Giants -by Sanders Jackson

On Thursday night in the Topsportcentrum, this time with Rotterdam Challengers holding a big lead versus West-Brabant Giants, the Rotterdammers found a way to squander a big lead, but nevertheless did not fold in the end, winning for the first time this season over the Giants by the score of 84-74. Rotterdam jumped out to leads of 30-11 at the end of the 1st quarter, 49-29 at the half, and 66-50 at the end of the 3rd, but West-Brabant went on a 16-4 run in the 4th to cut the Rotterdammers' lead to 70-66. But a clutch three-pointer by
Stephan van der Schoot (198-F-82) in crunch time helped the Rotterdammers keep the Giants off their backs, and the guests could not come any closer. Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) led Rotterdam with 22 pts., and Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) and Djoenie Steenvoorde (195-G/F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 16 pts. each. Maurice Sumter (196-G/F, agency: Court Side, college: Longwood) led West-Brabant with 16 pts. The Rotterdammers move into 5th place in the FEB standings, while West-Brabant Giants, who could not cash in after a signature win over MyGuide Amsterdam, have a Sunday rematch with MyGuide Amsterdam in the Dutch Cup final.


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HUNGARY

Week's games -by Tamas Deri
The home team was ruling the whole game and won all the four quarters. Key players were Lapov with 24 and Denes with 19 points.

PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 89-67
(23-16, 23-21, 22-15, 21-15)
Pecs, Att.: 1800, Referees: Foldhazi, Benczur, Győrffy
PVSK-Expo Center Pecs: Jovanovic 4, Williams 8, DENES 19/15, TTH N. 11, LAPOV 24/12, ALEKSIC 16/6, Grebenar 7, Czigler, Kutasi, Kovacs P., Polya, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Szolnoki Olaj KK: Kelley 12/3, CZICZAS 14/3, Hollins 10, Sabaliauskas 2, GBI 18/3, Harazin, Molnar A. 3/3, Ledoux, Cseh 3/3, Toth V. 5/3, Gaal, Coach: Por Peter


After 9 wins Kormend lost in a very tied game in Sopron. 12 seconds before the end the guests were up by 1 points but made a turnover and the home team decided the game with free throws.

SOPRONI SORDOGOK - POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND 86-81
(17-17, 25-22, 20-26, 24-16)
Sopron, Att.: 1500, Referees: Forrai, Benczur, Torok
SOPRON: BRADLEY 10/3, Lakatos 7, VIGGIANO 20, LESKO 29/6, Frana 3, Vesztergom, Pojbics 6/6, BOLDIZSAR 11/3, Kortelyesi, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
KORMEND: FODOR 12/6, MCCANTS 21/15, Ferencz, Henderson 7, Ocitti 2., Fodor G. 8/3, THOMAS 23/3, Kocsis, Vavra P. 8., Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic



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IBL

Jermaine Blackburn joins Snohomish County Explosion -by Trask Frost
MONROE, Wash. - March 28, 2008 - General Manager Brad Sturlaugson announced that the Explosion basketball team has signed 6'7' shooting guard for this weekends two game back to back IBL Western Conference matchup. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) 6'7' shooting guard from Boise State College, will be wearing number 20 for the Explosion coming off the 2007-2008 CBA Season as an All-Star averaging 29 minutes per game with a double digit numbers in points and rebounds. Blackburn has played with the Boise Stampede in the NBA D-League helping his team get into the SemiFinals.

'We still have some guards that our on the injured reserve and we did not want to have a situation like last week with Miller out of the game and be limited at the guard position.' said Sturlaugson, 'Our goal is clear and after last weekends game I talked with Nathan Mumm about making sure we have the horses to be the Champions in our Division. Jermaine is an extremely talented left-handed player that has the ability to be very productive as an NBA guard. He has a great point-guard like ability to handle the basketball and he can create opportunities for himself and teammates off the dribble and is a great passer. In addition to being a great passer and strong offensively, Jermaine is a long paralyzing defender and rebounder.'


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ICELAND

Iceland Express league play-offs. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Iceland Express league play-offs started tonight with two game. Both games won at home.
Grindavik 106. Skallagrimur 95. (57-40) Grindavil played very well in first half. Skallagrimur came back strong in third quarter and cut the lead down to 5 points but Grindavik was strong enought in fourth quarter to win.
Pall Axel Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) was hot tonight with 36 points. Adam Adame Darboe (190-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) 17. Jamaal Williams (196-F-83, agency: Life Sports, college: Washington) & Thorleifur Olafsson (192-G/F-84) 14. For Skallagrim Darrell Flake (193-F-80, agency: IceBasket, college: McKendree) 29. Milojica Zekovic (203-F/C-75) 21. Next game sunday.

Keflavik did not have problem beating Thor. Bobby B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) 6/8 & Magnus Gunnarsson (184-G-81) 6/11hot from three point line both ended with 22 points. Tommy Johnson (196-G/F-81, college: Texas Wesleyan) 15. For Thor only Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) & Robert Reed (210-F/C-80, college: Rider) played up to their standard. Isom 24 points Reed 14.
Next game sunday.


1 division play-offs final. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Valur took a big step to the Iceland Express league tonight when they beat FSU away in overtime 89-85. ( 75-75)
Better shooting from three point line and freethrow line + fewer turnovers and more steals was a key factor for Valur.
Saevar Sigmundsson 23 + 12 boards Matt Matt Hammer, Agency.Icebasket.college: Northern St.) 20 + 10 played well for FSU
Craig Walls (201-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: New Hampshire) had a very good game for Valur 32 pts & 14 boards + 8 assist. Player/coach Robert Hodgson (199-F-74, agency: IceBasket, college: Rutgers) did also very well with 19 pts 5/7 from three point line.
Next game sunday at Valur and win there secure their spot in top league next season.


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IRELAND

Standings - EBS Division I
Division Standings
North Conference
1. Tolka Rovers 15-0
2. Ballina 10-5
3. Falcons 8-7
4. Portlaoise 6-9
5. Sligo 5-10
6. Queens 1-14
South Conference
1. St.Brendan 10-2
2. Moycullen 9-3
3. St.Mary s 7-5
4. Titans BC 3-9
5. Waterford 1-11


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ISRAEL

U18: Israeli names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Ventura


Reis


Sabag


Tamir


Shiran
4 Elad Ventura (190-G-90) of Maccabi Raanana
5 Tal Kareplesz (195-F-90) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion

6 Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) of Hapoel Galil Elyon
7 Chen Zigdon (174-G-90) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan
8 Ben Reis (196-F-90) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv
9 Liran Moran (192-G-90) of Maccabi Qiryat Motzkin
10 Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) of Maccabi Haifa
11 Daniel Rom (206-F-90) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv
12 Ron Sabag (184-G-90) of Hapoel Galil Elyon
13 Igor Nasterenko (200-C-90) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion
14 Daniel Tamir (206-C-91) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
15 Carmel Bouchman (200-F-91) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv

Reserve:
Or Eida (202-F-90) of Hapoel Givatayim
Omer Rub (173-G-90) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan
Matan Marciano (-90) of Baitar Benyamina
David Shamriz (192-G-91) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan
Guy Dotan (175-G-91) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem


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ITALY

Wilks joins Siena -by Gianni Pascucci
Just before the game vs.Pesaro, the Montepaschi Siena officials announced they have moved to strengthen their squad by securing the signature of Mike Wilks (179-G-79, college: Rice), last at Seattle Supersonics. He will replace one of the current import players in case of injury, and is considered to give some rest to Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), whose anlke is not yet fully recovered.

U18: Italian names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Muner


Paolisso


Spizzichini


Crotta


Sandri

4 Federico Vidani (182-G-90) of Alike Monfalcone
5 Albo Moreno (187-G-90)
6 Stefano Crotta (204-F/C-90) of Montepaschi Siena

7 Marcello Cozzoli (190-G-90) of Pasta Granoro Corato

8 Oleksandar Kushchev (200-F-90) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma
9 Jacopo Borra (211-C-90) of Upim Bologna
10 Davide Bonacini (186-G-90) of Fulgor Fidenza
11 Daniele Sandri (194-F-90) of Benetton Treviso
12 Andrea Muner (196-F-90) of Benetton Treviso
13 Pasquale Paolisso (203-F/C-90) of Air Avellino

14 Stefano Spizzichini (201-F-90) of Nuova Pallacanestro Gorizia
15 Paolo Paci (200-F/C-90) of Fastweb Casale Monferrato

Reserve:
Marcello Cozzoli
Stefano Crotta
Luca Campani (204-F-90) of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia
Raffaele Martone (211-C-90) of Montepaschi Siena



Edimes Pavia sign Demetric Shaw -by Eurobasket
Edimes Pavia (Lega2) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St., Agency: HM Sports Agency). Shaw played most recently at Halcones UV Cordoba (Mexico): 35 games: Score-1(33.0ppg), 8.0rpg, 4.0apg, 3.0spg, (35.5 credits/gm) FGP: 51%, 3PT: 1st(54%), FT: 83%

Siena destroys Pesaro -by Gianni Pascucci

Despite a 0-7 start, Montepaschi Siena kept the summit of the Italian Serie A largely defeating Scavolini--Spar Pesaro 105-74.in yesterday night 29th Round anticipated game. Eight players in Siena ended the game in double digits, led bu Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier), who shined in the first quarter with 12 points to lead the Siena reaction, and ended the game at 19 pts, 3 rebs, 4 steals. Even playing over an injured ankle, Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) added 15 points and 5 assits, and Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebs in the Montepaschi triumph. Panamanian Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) was the game best scorer with 29 points, and Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, college: Kansas St.) was the other one player in Pesaro to score in double digits, at 11.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it



Standings - B1
B1 Standings
Group A
1. Venezia 16-6
2. Casalpuster. 16-6
3. Forli 15-7
4. Ticino 14-8
5. Lumezzane 14-8
6. Vigevano 12-10
7. Fidenza 12-10
8. Omegna 11-11
9. Treviglio 10-12
10. Ozzano 9-13
11. Asti 7-15
12. Vado Ligure 6-16
13. Modena 6-16
14. Riva del Garda 6-16
Group B
1. Siena Virtus 16-6
2. Brindisi 16-6
3. Trapani 16-6
4. Osimo 15-7
5. Latina 13-9
6. Matera 12-10
7. S.Antimo 12-10
8. Ferentino 11-11
9. Fossombrone 10-12
10. Potenza 9-13
11. Patti 8-14
12. Firenze 7-15
13. Gragnano 6-16
14. Porto Torres 3-19


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JAMAICA

Tulsa leaps into College Basketball Invitational finals -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (3-28-2008) - The University of Tulsa might not have been invited to the NCAA 'March Madness' tournament, but so what. Tulsa is making up for their exclusion in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational Tournament, a run that has them contesting the finals next Monday. Last night center Jerome Jordan added 18 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocked shots as Tulsa edged Conference USA rivals University of Houston 73-69 to reach the championship game where they will face Bradley University. Leading 72-69, Jordan rebounded a Houston miss with just .04 seconds left and was fouled. He sank one of two shots to provide the final margin.

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JORDAN

Gopher Junior Jamal Abu-Shamala Named Academic All-Big Ten -by Mohammed Malas
Courtesy: Minnesota
Release: 03/27/2008

The Big Ten Conference announced today that Gopher Jordanian forward Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) has been named to the Big Ten Academic Team. The last Gophers to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors were guards Adam Boone (190-G-81, college: Minnesota) and Ryan Saunders (185-G) following the 2005-06 season.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter winners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

Abu-Shamala, a junior from Shakopee, Minn. (Shakopee HS), averaged 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 13.2 minutes per game this season for the Gophers. He is tied for fourth all-time in career three-point percentage at .419 (93-222) and is seven trey's shy of the Gophers career top-10 in three-point field goals made.

The Gophers (The nickname of Minnesota) wrapped up the regular season with a loss to the University of Maryland on Mar. 18 in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. This was the first post-season appearance for the Gophers since making the 2006 NIT Tournament.

The Gophers finished 20-14 on the season, an 11-game change in the win column from the 2006-07 season which is the largest season turnaround in school history and is tied for the second-best turnaround in Division I this season. Also, with eight wins in conference play, the Gophers tied Purdue for the biggest conference turnaround.


Zain & Orthodox are through to the Excellent League's finals....... -by Mohammed Malas
* Friday 28th of March

Zain 105 - Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman 97 (Qs: 26-26, 48-49, 81-69 & 105-97) 'Series ended for Zain 3-1'

# Best performance:
- Zain:
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) (41 pts, 4 stl, 3 ast)
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (20 pts, 4 ast)
Moussa Basheer (208-C-78) (17 pts, 9 reb)
- Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman:
Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) (33 pts, 8 reb)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (17 pts, 6 ast)
Faisal Kheir (204-C-85) (15 pts, 8 reb)

Orthodox 91 - Arena Amman 81 'Series ended for Orthodox 2-1'

* Raphael Madera played his 1st game with Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman and showed good performance...
* The finals and 3rd place rounds of Excellent League will be played in Prince Hamza Hall in Amman from the beginning of next friday 4th of April......


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LATVIA

LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
1. Barons/LMT 11-2
2. BK Ventsp. 11-2
3. Valmiera 11-8
4. VEF Riga 10-9
5. ASK Riga 9-2
6. Liep.Lauvas 9-9
7. Keizarmezs 2-16
8. Bum./ASK 2-17
Division II
1. Zemgale 26-5
2. Ventspils au. 23-7
3. ASK/Juniors 20-12
4. RNS-D/Livani 19-12
5. Jurmala 14-17
6. LU/Ridzene 13-18
7. Roja 12-20
8. Saldus 7-24
9. Cesis/Remarks 6-25


Stats Leaders
LBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Ozols (Jurmala) 21.5
Kanbergs (VA) 19.8
Rudzitis (Bum.) 18.3
Berkis (Zemgale) 17.8
Jurevicus (Liepaja) 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
Stimac (Valmiera) 11.3
Ed.Eglitis (LU/Ridz.) 8.8
Licitis (Saldus) 8.4
Neilands (Roja) 8.4
Bucs (VA) 8.2
Assists Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 7.3
Tiss (Saldus) 4.5
Buskevics (ASK) 4.4
Olivero (Valmiera) 4.0
Raiskums (Zem.) 4.0
Steals Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 3.2
Millage (ASK) 2.6
Skele (Barons) 2.5
Blocks Per Game
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 2.7
D.Rozitis (Cesis) 2.4
Rich (Liepaja) 2.4
Ranking
Stimac (Valmiera) 21.7
Kanbergs (VA) 20.9
Raiskums (Zemgale) 20.2


Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi 1-4
1. Valmiera-2 10-1
2. DU/Hansabanka 7-4
3. Maksis/LTI 5-6
4. Madona 0-11
Austrumi 5-7
1. Preili 5-2
2. Jekabpils 3-3
3. Ezerzeme 2-5
Centrs 1-4
1. ASK Kadeti 4-1
2. Jurmala 2 3-2
3. Keizarmezs-2 2-3
4. Ogre/Sonora 1-4
Centrs 5-8
1. Kursa/MRU 2-0
2. Turiba 2-1
3. LU 1-2
4. VIA Riga 0-2
Centrs 9-12
1. VEF Riga 1-0
2. Salacgriva 1-1
3. Ridzene 89 0-0
4. Saulkrasti 0-1
Centrs 13-16
1. I.O.S. 1-0
2. Ridzene M. 1-0
3. ASK Kadeti-2 0-1
4. 3.BJSS 0-1
Centrs 17-20
1. DSN 0-0
2. LNSF 0-0
3. Ridzene 91 0-0
Rietumi 1-4
1. Liepajas Papirs 6-4
2. Variants 5-5
3. Kandava 4-5
4. Dartija 4-5
Rietumi 5-9
1. Perkons 9-2
2. Zemgale/Juniors 9-3
3. Talsi 5-6
4. Baldone 3-9
5. Olaine 3-9


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LITHUANIA

Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
1. Lietuvos 17-0
2. Zalgiris 14-2
3. Siauliai 12-6
4. Alita 9-7
5. Neptunas 7-9
6. Sakalai 5-10
7. Nevezis 5-11
8. Panevezys 5-11
9. Atletas 4-12
10. Suduva 3-13


Rytas wins the regular season -by Lukas Zajancauskas
Lietuvos Rytas wins the LKL regular season. They beated Neptunas 100:78 and achieved 17th victory. Zalgiris has 14/2 record with two games left and no chance to be at the top after the regular season. If Lietuvos Rytas will win against Zalgiris next Saturday, they will finish the regular season without defeats.

Lietuvos Rytas - Neptunas 100:78

Rytas: Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) 22, Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) 14, Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) 13.
Neptunas: Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, college: Hawaii) 19, Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college: Pennsylvania) 18, Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) 13.

Alytus - Zalgiris 86:119

Alytus: Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) 19, Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) 15, Marius Janisius (203-F-77) 15.
Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 26, Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) 17, Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) 15.


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MEXICO

Edimes Pavia sign Demetric Shaw -by Eurobasket
Edimes Pavia (Lega2) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St., Agency: HM Sports Agency). Shaw played most recently at Halcones UV Cordoba (Mexico): 35 games: Score-1(33.0ppg), 8.0rpg, 4.0apg, 3.0spg, (35.5 credits/gm) FGP: 51%, 3PT: 1st(54%), FT: 83%

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NBA

Nene is back in action in the Nuggets' win -by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets' forward Nene Nene Hilario (6'10''-C-82) returned to action yesterday after missing two and a half months sidelined. He underwent a surgery to remove malignant tumor and was doubtful to come back in the season. But Nene Nene Hilario played a minute in yesterday's game against Dallas and received a standing ovation from the Pepsi Center. Brazilian forward averaged 6.4 points and 6.4 boards before sitting out.
Meanwhile the Nuggets rolled to a vital 118:105 win over Nowtizki-less Dallas as the fight for the 8th spot in the West reaches the highest degree. Denver is now one game behind Dallas and a half-game behind Golden State in the race for the final available spot in the Conference. They will next take on the Warriors at home in another do-or-die battle. Yesterday Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) nearly missed triple-double to pace the Nuggets to an impressive rout of the visiting Mavs. He came up with 32 points, 10 boards and 8 assists to lead the hosts to the fourth straight win. Dallas though were up throughout three quarters and enjoyed a 79:71 advantage midway through the third period. But the home side answered with an 18:2 rally to clear off for good. Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) contributed 31 points for the winners. Josh Howard had 30 points for the Mavs. Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) was helpful with 19 points and 15 assists in defeat. Dallas skidded to 10-9 record with Jason Kidd in the lineup. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) is still out of action indefinitely although there was news of his quick recovery.
Golden State kept their playoff hopes alive with a 111:95 home win over Portland. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler County CC) scored 14 points in the third frame and the Warriors built a decisive lead during that frame. The shooting guard finished with 24 points, while Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) added 18 points, 10 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Steve Blake (6'3''-G-80, college: Maryland) responded with 22 points for the Trail Blazers who dropped 7 games behind Golden State in the West.


Standings
NBA Standings
1. Boston C. 57-15
2. Detroit P. 51-21
3. San Antonio S. 50-23
4. N.Orleans H. 49-22
5. Houston R. 49-23
6. Los Angeles L. 49-24
7. Phoenix S. 48-24
8. Utah J. 48-25
9. Orlando M. 47-27
10. Dallas M. 45-27
11. Golden St. 44-27
12. Denver N. 44-28
13. Cleveland C. 40-32
14. Washington W. 38-34
15. Portland T.B. 38-35
16. Toronto R. 37-35
17. Philadelphia 37-36
18. Atlanta H. 32-40
19. Sacramento K. 32-40
20. New Jersey N. 31-42
21. Indiana P. 30-43
22. Chicago B. 28-44
23. Charlotte B. 27-45
24. Milwaukee B. 24-47
25. Los Angeles C. 21-51
26. New York K. 20-52
27. Memphis G. 19-53
28. Minnesota T. 18-53
29. Seattle S. 17-56
30. Miami H. 13-59


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NCAA1

Louisville ends title run for Tennessee -by Eurobasket News
Louisville played dogged defense and tried to outmuscle Tennessee in every corner of the court. It worked pretty well against the Volunteers. Louisville dismantled the nation's 5th-ranked Tennessee 79:60 to advance to the East Regional final. Rick Pitino's outfit bettered the Volunteers everywhere round the floor. They limited their opponents to 34% from the field and forced them to 17 turnovers. Earl Clark (6'8''-G/F-88) led his teammates with 17 points and 12 boards. Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87) and Andre McGee (5'10''-G-87) dropped 13 points apiece for the winners. Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86) answered with 15 points for Tennessee. The Cardinals were up by 7 points at halftime but wasted almost all of their lead in the starting minutes of the second half. Tennessee came as close as a single points however the Cardinals survived. Earl Clark ignited a 13:5 run that put Louisville up for good. JaJuan Smith (6'2''-G-85) scored 12 points, while Tyler Smith (6'7''-F-86, college: Iowa) had 11 in a losing effort. Louisville will now face North Carolina in the Regional final.
The Tar Heels made it look routine as they thumped Washington State 68:47 to reach East Regional final. The top-ranked North Carolina got 16 points from Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) in the second half and rolled to a confident victory over the Cougars. It is going to be the second straight visit to the final eight round for the Tar Heels. Danny Green (6'5''-G/F-87) came up with 15 points to pace North Carolina. Tyler Hansbrough finished with 18 points for the winners. Derrick Low (6'2''-G-86) and Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86) notched 14 points apiece for the Cougars.
Xavier needed an extra period to overcome West Virginia 79:75. The Musketeers were up by as many as 18 points in the first half but wasted it all. Joe Alexander (6'8''-F) made a jumper with 14 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. West Virginia jumped to a 71:65 lead early in overtime but Xavier survived. B.J. Raymond (6'6''-G/F-87) nailed two three-pointers to carry the Musketeers to the Regional final. There they will meet UCLA. The Bruins took care of West Kentucky 88:78 behind career-high 29 points and 14 boards from Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88). James Keefe (6'8''-F) added 18 points and 12 boards as UCLA nearly wasted their 21-point halftime advantage just to stay alive at the end. Tyrone Brazelton (5'11''-G, college: West Plains JC) answered with 31 points for the Hilltoppers.


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NCAA2

Augusta State and Winona will contend for the title -by Eurobasket News
Augusta State was the first squad to advance to the national championship game yesterday. They edged Alaska-Anchorage 56:50 in the first semifinal. A stifling defense from the Jaguars in the first half of the yesterday's encounter proved decisive. Augusta State limited their opponents to only 19% accuracy from the field and held them to 11 points in the opening 20 minutes of action. It was worth piling up a 28:11 lead at the interval that Alaska-Anchorage never overcame. The Seawolves' 11 points in the first half tied the Elite Eight record of the fewest points in a half belonging to Oglethorpe since 1963. The Seawolves stepped on the gas in the second half trying hard to get rid of the deficit but it was too late. Augusta State kept their opponents at bay through the reminder of the contest and celebrated an outstanding victory. AJ Bowman delivered 18 points, 9 boards and 3 assists for the Jaguars. Garret Siler (6'11''-C-86) added 17 points for the winners. Carl Arts (6'6''-F-85) answered with 19 points for Alaska-Anchorage. McCade Olsen (6'8''-F-84) dropped 14 points and grabbed 8 boards in defeat. Augusta State reached the national championship game in their first appearance at the Elite Eight stage.
Winona also made it to the final. They toppled Bentley 86:75 to hand them the first loss in the season. Winona State snapped the perfect run of Grand Valley a day ago and now scalped another undefeated opponent. Bentley held to a 36:30 advantage at halftime but could not cope with 56 second-half points from Winona State and lost the battle. John Smith (6'8''-F) led the victors with 22 points. Jonte Flowers (6'5''-G) canned 20 points and collected 8 boards for Winona State. Nate Fritsch (6'6''-F-83) netted 18 points for Bentley. Lew Finnegan (6'4''-G-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO) had 17 points in a losing case.


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NEW ZEALAND

Hawkes Bay Hawks demolish Wellington at Pettigrew Green Arena -by Eurobasket News
The Hawkes Bay Hawks snapped their home losing skid with a confident 98:72 victory over the visiting Wellington Saints today. Kevin Smith (198-F-79, college: Lee) and Paora Winitana (195-G-76) teamed up for 35 points and ignited the hosts to the 2nd win in the season. The Saints got to a slightly better start and held on to a 25:24 lead after 10 minutes of action. But the home side jumped to an 8-point lead at halftime mainly due to a 17:3 rally early in the second period. The momentum shifted to the Hawks as they stretched the margin to 18 points on a mad halfcourt buzzer-beater Aidan Daly (182-G-78) at the end of the three-quarter time. The Bay Hawks deepened the damage to 20 points at the beginning of the fourth period and never looked back. Paora Winitana led the action with 20 points, 10 boards and 5 steals. Kevin Smith tallied 15 points and 17 boards, while Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) dropped 19 points for the winners. The Saints answered with 17 points and 15 boards from Owens Kevin (209-C-80, college: Monmouth) who replaced Nick Horvath in the starting lineup. Troy McLean (194-G-79) added 13 points as Wellington dropped to 3-3 record.
Meanwhile the Dynamos Taranaki tied the Saints in the ladder beating the Otago Nuggets 84:73 at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin. Taranaki lost the first quarter but quickly denied the deficit and surged ahead 42:37 at the interval. The Nuggets remained close in the third stanza and trailed by 3 points heading into the final quarter. But Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) and Link Abrams (198-F-73) combined for 13 points in the fourth frame to propel the visitors to their 3rd win in the season. Link Abrams notched 21 points, 11 boards and season-high 5 blocks for Taranaki. Tony Rampton added 16 points, while Keith Salscheider (196-G/F-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: San Diego Chr.) accounted for 15 for the Dynamos to go 3-3. Lemar Gayle (198-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon) came up with 24 points apiece for the Nuggets. Nat Connell (185-G-80) added 7 points in defeat.


Junior Tall Blacks complete Albert Schweitzer tournament -by Eurobasket News
The Junior New Zealand national team completed their Albert Schweitzer tournament campaign in the 14th spot. On March 26 the Junior Tall Blacks finally tasted victory as they outgunned Israel 68:54 in the lower playoffs. Kiwis opened the game in a storming manner leaving Israeli team behind 29:11. Junior Tall Blacks dominated the encounter from now on and enjoyed 20-point advantage at moments. Brook Ruscoe came up with 18 points. Logan Van Beek added 13 points, while Dion Prewster (196-G/F-91) drained 12 points, 9 boards and 6 assists in a win.
Next day New Zealand youngsters faced the last year's champions France and fell short 65:84. French team collected 20 offensive rebounds during the action which proved to be one of the reasons for New Zealand loss. Brook Ruscoe and Dion Prewster completed the game with 14 points apiece. Poutu Edwards had 10 points in a losing effort.
Finally Kiwis took on Russian squad in the game for 13th-14th spots. Russia grabbed the initiative right from the start and accumulated a 55:31 advantage at halftime. New Zealand failed to erase the deficit and suffered a stunning 65:90 defeat. Dion Prewster and Brook Ruscoe teamed up for 14 points each once again. Robert Loe (204-C) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds in a loss. Russia dominated the boards 47:37 and held Kiwi players to only 36% accuracy from the field.


U18: New Zealand names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
4 Logan van Beek (178-G-90) of Canterbury Rams
5 Justin Edwards (197-F-90) of Southeastern Louisiana University (USA)
6 Brooke Ruscoe (189-G-90) of Hoop Club Porirua
7 Adam Rainbird of Nelson Giants
8 Morgan Nathan (197-F-91) of Otago Nuggets
9 David Beck (204-F-90) of Wellington Saints
10 Adam Dunstan (-91)
11 Sam King (197-F-91) of Otago Nuggets
12 Duane Bailey (192-G/F-91)
13 Dion Prewster (196-G/F-91)

14 Dennis Tawhiti (197-F-90) of Counties Manukau Herons
15 Robert Loe (207-C-91) of Harbour Heat

Reserve:
Poutuuterangi Edwards (180-G-90) of Counties Manukau Herons


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


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NORWAY

Aliens up 2-0 -by Kaare Vangen
Asker Aliens took the important second win in the best-of-five-series in the BLNO finals and are now up 2-0. Harstad missed their playmaker Jeff Rogers who went out with a bad ankle in the first final and rotated only six players. Asker gave minutes to eight players and got the important five point win. Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) secured the win by converting two from the line in the final minutes of the match. Ronny Karlsen (203-F-78, college: Independence CC) was once again the top scorer for Asker. Mario Woodsen had a very good match with 17 points and 20 boards. Asker can now take the title on Sunday on their own court.

Harstad Vikings - Asker Aliens : 67-72 ( 20 -15 20 -21 13 -12 14 -24 )
Harstad: Risshall 18, Woodsen 17, Bitinas 12, Knudsen 8, Vangen 6, Fonnes 6
Asker: Karlsen 21, Mahnin 17, Mjs 11, VanKlompenburg 9, Torkildsen 4, Hinsch 4, Olsson 4, E. Stien 2


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OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS U18

U18: New Zealand names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
4 Logan van Beek (178-G-90) of Canterbury Rams
5 Justin Edwards (197-F-90) of Southeastern Louisiana University (USA)
6 Brooke Ruscoe (189-G-90) of Hoop Club Porirua
7 Adam Rainbird of Nelson Giants
8 Morgan Nathan (197-F-91) of Otago Nuggets
9 David Beck (204-F-90) of Wellington Saints
10 Adam Dunstan (-91)
11 Sam King (197-F-91) of Otago Nuggets
12 Duane Bailey (192-G/F-91)
13 Dion Prewster (196-G/F-91)

14 Dennis Tawhiti (197-F-90) of Counties Manukau Herons
15 Robert Loe (207-C-91) of Harbour Heat

Reserve:
Poutuuterangi Edwards (180-G-90) of Counties Manukau Herons


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PBL

PBL Championship set for Sunday -by Gianni Pascucci
While rumors about a merge beteeen the PBL and the CBA fly around, the Premier Basketball League is preparing is first Championsip Game, scheduled for Sunday, March 30 in Rochester, N.Y., at 1 p.m. The game will be telecasted by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. The Rochester RazorSharks are the favourite team, thanks to their best record and their stay at the top of the PBL table all season long. Also, they play for their second championship in three years, and have players who are proven winners. The hottest one is, however, Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, college: Newberry), a young guy who adjusted very well at an higher level after graduating from tiny Newberry College in 2006. In the semifinal game, he led the Razorsharks scoring 16 points, while veteran James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Niagara) added 13 pts plus lots of intensity in the paint. The Rochester challenger is the Arkansas Impact, winner of three games in a row in the playoffs, with Jeremy Bell (6'0''-G-83, college: Williams Baptist) outstanding with 29, 13 and 23 points, respectively. The second ace of the Impact is Ryan Holmes (6'6''-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith), who averaged 17,6 ppg during the playoffs. Given their very good shape, we believe that the Todd Day 's coached guys will make the Sharks sweat a lot on Sunday afternoon.....

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PUERTO RICO

"El Jefe" Ayuso is on fire and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
BSN Time in Puerto Rico!
Santurce won against San German 92--83. MVP of the game was Larry Ayuso, 'El Jefe' scored 31 points (5/8 2pts, 6/11 3pts, 3/4 FT)+3 rebs and 3 assts in 36 minutes. Ayuso is playing a 'wonderful BSN 2008', 'El Jefe' came back in Puerto Rico after his experience in Croatia and with his team Santurce is having a good season and Cangrejeros are one of the strongest teams of this BSN. Larry Ayuso is scoring 19.1 ppg (50% 2pts, 36% 3pts, 86% FT) and He is one of the best players of the League.
Fajardo won against Arecibo 102-96, MVP of the game was Jesse Pellot-Rosa with 33 pts. To mention the game of Angel Figueroa, for Arecibo, 'Buster' scored 32 pts but It was not enough to win the game.
BSN BOXSCORES
SANTURCE-SAN GERMAN= 92-83
S= Ayuso 31, Ra. Dalmau 16, Traylor 16, Dalmau 15, Rivas 6, Falcon 4, Melendez 4, Berdiel 0, O. Santiago 0
SG= Lazor 28, S. Villegas 17, Burrough 10, Alvarado 10 (10 asts), De Jesus 8, Dyer 6, J. Villegas 4, Avila 0, Herrera 0, Mendez 0
FAJARDO-ARECIBO= 102-96
F= Pellot Rosa 33, Mojica 21, Gonzalez 13, Agbai 11, Jackson 10, Hamilton 7, Salgado 4, Quintero 2, Collazo 1, Rivera 0
A= Figueroa 32, White 24, Hatton 20, Rosario 6, Rodrgiuez 6, Cruz 4, Butler 2, Rosa 2, Cortes 0, Payano 0, Rivera 0, Ricardo 0
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

U18: Russain names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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#e#6


Slepukha


Ivlev


Murychev


Karpukhin


Antipov

4 Kirill Slepukha (170-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
5 Dmitry Kryukov (-90)
7 Grigoriy Andreev (195-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
9 Maxim Grigoryev (-90)

10 Aleksandr Karpukhin (188-G-90) of Avtodor Saratov
11 Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) of Dynamo-2 Moscow
12 Pavel Antipov (200-F-91) of CSK VVS-Standart Samara reg.
13 Alexey Murychev (203-F-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
14 Andrey Vorobyev (-90)
15 Evegeny Valiev (204-F-90) of Triumph Lyubertsy
17 Vadim Odintsov (205-C-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
18 Sergey Dankevich (206-C-90) of Dynamo-Teplostroy Cheliabinsk

Reserve:

Aleksey Gladkiy (201-F-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
Ivan Usik (197-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy
Kirill Kuznetsov (187-G-90) of Spartak-2 St.Petersburg
Alexander Lavnikov (205-C-91) of Triumph Lyubertsy
Boris Sprygin (187-G-90) of Triumph-2 Lyubertsy



Khimki's U22 on Spanish International Tournament -by Max Brodsky
In Villagarcia de Arosa, Spain, came to the end the traditional international tournament among young player U22. Russian basketball was represented by players of youth team of BC Khimki. Our guys didn't let down and achieved a success - they reached the final.

'This tournament has staged the 10th time' said the head coach of this team Mikhail Soloviev. The organization was on a high level with TV translations and sold-out stadium. Khimki's opponents were very strong teams. In first match Russian team beat Serbian team 84-57, then they lost to Zalgiris - 84-91, then were stronger than Spanish team - 92-79. And in a final Khimki played against Unicaja - the winner of other group and lost only 1 point - 68-69. Timofey Mozgov became the best player (rebounds). I can mark Petr Gubanov (207-C-87), Teymuraz Babunashvili (186-G-90) and Igor Smygin (198-G/F-87).


Olympiakos released Marc Jackson -by Max Brodsky
Five days before its best-of-three playoff series against CSKA Moscow begins, Olympiacos Piraeus unexpectedly released center Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple), it's top rebounder and inside scorer, on Thursday. Jackson averaged 15.1 points, 6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20 Euroleague games this season, his first in the competition. Jackson played more minutes, made more two-point shots and more free throws than any other Olympiacos player this season. He was the seventh-ranked player overall in performance index rating for the entire Euroleague season to date. Olympiacos announced the move on Thursday, one day after it lost the Greek Cup final to rival Panathinaikos. Jackson, 33, played 16 minutes in the Greek Cup final and posted 10 points, but he was on the bench in crucial minutes of the game.

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RWANDA

Basketballers to honor fallen officials -by Roger Karake
Local basketball federation, Ferwaba is planning to organize a tournament in memory of two fallen figures, Jean de Dieu Nizeyimana and Aimable Shampiyona.
The one-week tournament is scheduled to start on March 29 and run through April 6 in Kigali.
According to a Ferwafa senior official, the event is being organized to honor both Nizeyimana and Shampiyona both of them played major roles in developing the sport in the country.
'We are organizing this tournament for the first time with plans to make it an annul event,' Ferwaba Secretary General Jean Lucien Mugabo said yesterday.
Both Nizeyimana and Shampiyona are credited for fostering basketball in Lycee de Kigali, one of the leading high schools in the country as well as the current league side GBU.
By the time of his sudden death, which shocked the entire local basketball fraternity last year, Nizeyimana was serving as assistant national team coach.
All local clubs and their senior sides have been invited to take part in the tournament that will be staged at Amahoro indoor stadium courts.
So far, nine clubs including six in the boys' category and three in the girls' have confirmed their participation.
APR, Rwanda National University (UNR), KIE, Espoir, CSK A and the national Junior team in the boys' while APR, UNR and a specially formed federation team in the girls'.
By Timothy MUVUNYI


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SEBL

Warriors to play exhibition game against Atlanta Speedboys.. -by David Archer
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Rouse


Jones


Witherspoon


Cox


Kelley

Cartersville, GA - The Cartersville-Baseline Warriors will host the recently crowned Atlanta Speedboys in an exhibition tune-up Saturday afternoon at JH Morgan Gymnasium in preparation for their upcoming pro tour to China.

The Warriors will play a couple of exhibition games leading into their April 7th departure for Shang Hai. After Saturday's tilt, Baseline will play the Speedboys again on April 5th, then play another scrimmage game on April 6th.

This Sunday, the Warriors will be with out several key players, but will have the services of Bobby Rouse (6'5''-G/F-76), Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82), Stanley Burrison, Anthony Witherspoon (6'6''-F-82) and Golden Ingle. Casey Moore, who is coming back from an ankle injry, will also participate. Bayete Gordon, who is slated to make the trip with Baseline on its second visit to China in September will also suit up for the Warriors.


Michael McCowan (6'8''-F-83), Jeff Daisley, Kareem Ward, Marcell Scott and Lance Perique will be arriving in Cartersville from April 1st-3rd to begin preparations for the China Tour.


Atlanta, fresh off its impressive trek to the Georgia State Men's Open Championship, will counter with former Georgia Tech player, Martice Moore, Charles Williams, DeCourey McGowan, along with guards Shawn Cox (5'7''-G-82) and Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84).


The game is set to tip-off at 5pm on Sunday afternoon. General Admission will be $3.00.



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SERBIA

Cakic and Bratic extends in Ukraine, Buducnost inks Markovic and Bjelica -by Dragan Jankovski
Management of Ukrainian team BC Himik Yuzhny decided to extend contract with their two best players Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: Beo Basket). Cakic is current MVP of the Ukrainian Superleague while Bratic played on All-Star game of FIBA Cup as well as of Ukrainian Superleague. Both players extended contract until the end of season 2008/2009.

Buducnost from Podgorica decided to reinforce its roster for the Montenegrin Superleague. They signed guard / small forward Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) from Mega Aqua Monta and guard Krsto Bjelica (191-G-88) from Radnicki Invest Inzenjering. Bjelica will play in Buducnost like loaned player until the end of the current season.


Play-off quarterfinals: Pekovic leads Partizan to Final 4, Buducnost and FMP also won -by Dragan Jankovski
It seems that no one can stop reining Serbian and Adriatic league champions this season. Cibona suffered home defeat against Partizan Igokea 93-100 so the team from Belgrade is the first participant of Adriatic league Final 4. It is the third win of Partizan against Cibona during the last 6 days. Partizan had advantage during the entire game and every time when Cibona came closer Partizan immediately made run making lead of 8 to 10 points. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86), who scored 26 points, and center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket), who once dominated in the paint almost registering double-double, led the winners. Pekovic finished the game with 22 points and 8 rebounds and was MVP of the game with index value 36. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) added 26 points for Cibona.

Buducnost succeeded to beat Hemofarm STADA at home 64-55 and to equalize the score in play-off quarterfinals of Adriaitc league to 1-1. Buducnost played very good first half which outcame with plus 13 after 20 minutes. In 28th minutes, after successful shot by Dragojlovic, Buducnost reached 49-34 and it was clear that game in Vrsac will be decisive who will qualify for the Final 4. Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) paced the winners scoring 15 points. On the other side Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points for Hemofarm STADA.

Almost same scenario from the last game happened in Zeleznik where this time FMP was better than Zadar after overtime 99-94. FMP had 63-53 in 33rd minute but their lead melted very quickly. In extra 5 minutes FMP intensified defense and rejected 3 consecutive offenses by Zadar what was enough for the win at the end. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) posted 17 points including 6 rebounds for FMP. Young FIlip Covic scored 14 points. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) added 31 points for Zadar.


Cibona - Partizan Igokea 93-100
(21-26,23-23,24-27,25-24)

Cibona:
Williams 26, Rozic 13 (5 rebs), Andric (6 rebs)
Partizan: Tripkovic 26, Pekovic 22 (8 rebs), Kecman 14


Buducnost - Hemofarm STADA 64-55
(18-11,17-11,18-18,11-15)

Buducnost:
Gordic 15, Otasevic 9, Dasic 8, Popovic 8
Hemofarm STADA: Joksimovic 13, Markovic 12, Vukosavljevic 11 (9 rebs)


FMP - Zadar 99-94
(17-27,17-6,18-16,33-36,14-9)

FMP:
Labovic 17 (6 rebs), Covic 14, Jeremic 12
Zadar: Stipcevic 31, Brewer 23 (4 as), Johnson 21 (5 rebs, 4 st)


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SEYCHELLES

Men's Jhelum Cup - Baya through to final at Premium Cobras' expense -by Carlos Pereira
PLS HAWKS v BAYA. That's the match-up for tomorrow's men's Jhelum Cup final and it's going to be a repeat of the Charity match played on Sunday March 2 to officially open the 2008 season.

In Wednesday's second semifinal encounter of the Jhelum Cup (the new name of the annual Curtain-raiser tournament) played at Victoria Gymnasium, Baya dethroned champions Premium Cobras, depriving them of a third successive trip to the final and an attempt to win the title three times in a row. With a 12-point margin victory - 84-72 - Baya look good to conquer and their final prey will be the Hawks who are themselves good at hunting down opponents in big games.
Fielding a starting six of Jean-Paul JP' Camille, Steve Denis, Hendricks Denis, Robert Leon and Nigel Cafrine, Baya's coach Michel Malbrook went for speed and the ability to execute in attack. His players responded to the call as they outscored Premium Cobras 24-18 in the opening quarter.
With skipper-of-the-day Steve Denis firing on all cylinders - bagging 13 of his 26 points in the first half - it was just no stopping Baya who want to play the lead role this year.
Playing with an all-Seychellois line-up, Baya only lost the second quarter by one point - 19-20 - but they were able to come back and dominate Premium Cobras, winning the other two quarters 21-17 and 20-17 for a famous win and a place in the final.
Other than Steve Denis, Robert Leon (13 points) and JP' (12 points) made double digit contributions in Baya's victory.
Like against MBU Rockers in the quarterfinal, Nigerian shooting guard Alao Solomon carried the Cobras' scoring load with 27 points and it proved to be the game-leading mark, but not enough to earn his new team a place in the final.
Having already gunned down the Hawks 71-64 in the Charity match, tomorrow's final looks to be an interesting affair.
A former playmaker with PLS Hawks and the Seychelles national team, coach Malbrook is ready to guide Baya to victory tomorrow.
'Against PLS Hawks in the final, we will take the same approach as we did when we played Premium Cobras. We will be all out for a win,' he said.
Malbrook's opposite number, Tony Juliette said that 'I was expecting Premium Cobras to reach the final. It's Bay and my team have to play despite missing some players through injury. It is important we get a win on Saturday to put us in good heart for the IOCC.'
It is to note that defending League and Cup champions PLS Hawks eliminated Anse Boileau-based Angels 95-67 in the first semifinal played on Tuesday.by G. G.


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SPAIN

Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
1. Zaragoza 21-5
2. Bruesa 20-6
3. Alicante 19-7
4. Leche Rio 17-9
5. Plus Pujol 15-11
6. Rosalia 14-12
7. La Laguna 14-12
8. Tenerife 14-12
9. Melilla 13-13
10. Los Barrios 12-14
11. Huelva 11-15
12. L Hospitalet 10-16
13. Cantabria 10-16
14. Burgos 10-16
15. Palma Aqua 9-17
16. Basquetinca 8-16
17. Aguas Gandia 8-18
18. La Palma 7-19


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SWEDEN

U18: Swedish names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Ryan


Holmberg


Zaghden


Lindell


Nilsson
4 Andreas Person (188-G-91) of Uppsala Basket
5 Ronnqvist Adam (182-G-90) of Lulea BG
6 Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) of Lulea BG
7 Victor Holmberg (190-G-90) of Sanda BG Wolves
8 Christopher Czerapowicz (195-G-91) of Sanda BG Wolves

9 Daniel Persson (195-G-91) of S:t Helena
10 Omar Zaghden (204-F/C-90) of 08 Stockholm
11 Odin Lindell (201-F-90) of IK Eos
12 Andreas Nilsson (204-F-84) of Sundsvall Dragons
13 Andreas Person (188-G-91) of Uppsala Basket
14 Niklas Sellin (197-F-91) of Lulea BG
15 Kevin Okot (209-C-90) of 08 Stockholm

Reserve:
Jakob Batiacky (208-C-91) of Malbas Oresund
Marcus Davidsson (197-F-90) of Norrkoping Dolphins
Jimmy Pettersson (207-C-91) of Lulea BG
Ludvig Hans Lofving (188-G-90) of Norrkoping BK
Emanuel Lindback (193-F-91) of Lulea BG
Kassim Nagwere (187-G-90) of Talje BK
Bjorn Reynsson (201-F-90) of Uppsala Basket


Sodertalje jumps to 1-0 lead against 08 -by Eurobasket News
Sodertalje - 08 Stockholm 94:88

In the battle of the 4th and 5th ranked teams of the regular season Sodertalje succeeded and clinched a 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. They gradually piled up the advantage and never looked back during the close encounter yesterday. The Kings opened a 26:22 advantage after the opening stanza. The gap was stretched to 8 points at the interval. 08 struggled to climb any closer in the second half and managed to cut the deficit to 6 points only late in the regulation. Rickard II Eriksson (189-G-82) and Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) notched 19 points apiece to pace the hosts. Johan Jeansson contributed 15 points in a winning effort. Nashid Beard (208-F-82, college: Lamar) poured in 19 points for Stockholm outfit. Johan Westerlund (190-G/F-84) added 18 points in a losing case. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday in Stockholm.

Sodertalje: Rickard II Eriksson 19, Jonathan Skjoldebrand 19, Johan Jeansson 15
08 Stockholm: Nashid Beard 19, Johan Westerlund 18


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TPBL

2008 TPBL PLAYOFFS SET -by Chris Cardenas


2008 TPBL PLAYOFFS SET (MIDLAND, LAKE JACKSON, EL PASO, SAN ANGELO) -by Chris Cardenas

It's been a long hard fought season, but the TPBL is ready to start the playoffs!!!! The two 1st round match ups will make for really good playoffs games with teams that can really put some points up on the board.
Los Gallos De Pellae are the 2008 regular season champions and dont seem to be ready to let anyone take the Championship trophy. Good luck to all the TPBL playoffs teams!!

1st ROUND PLAYOFF GAMES:

GAME 1 FRIDAY (APRIL 4) 8:00 PM : GALLOS DE PELLAE (JUAREZ/EL PASO) AT MIDLAND HEAT - LAKE JACKSON LAKERS AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS

GAME 2 SATURDAY (APRIL 5) 7:30 PM : MIDLAND HEAT AT GALLOS DE PELLAE - SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT LAKE JACKSON LAKERS

GAME 3 (IF NEC) SUN (APRIL 6) 4:00PM : MIDLAND HEAT AT GALLOS DE PELLAE - SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT LAKE JACKSON LAKERS

The two winners of each series will play for the 2008 TPBL CHAMPIONSHIP APRIL 11-12!!


Standings
TBPL Standings


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TURKEY

U18: Turkish names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Toz


Kilicli


Mahmutoglu


Cinko


Yildirim
4 Firat Toz (187-G-91) of Tofas Bursa
5 Deniz Kilicli (204-F/C-90) of Pertevniyal Istanbul
6 Melih Mahmutoglu (192-G-90) of Pertevniyal Istanbul

7 Can Maxim Mutaf (192-G-91) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
8 Erolcan Cinko (187-G-90) of Banvit Basketbol Kulubu
9 Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91)
10 Ibrahim Yildirim (190-G-90) of Banvit Basketbol Kulubu
11 Volkan Incekara (192-G-90) of Alpella Istanbul
12 Baris Gokalp (198-F-90) of Tofas Bursa
13 Enes Kanter (204-C-92) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
14 Erdinc Balto (206-F-90) of Genc Banvitliler
15 Sertac Sanli (206-F-91) of Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir

Reserve:
Levent Yavuz (196-G-90) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Oguzhan Sungur (199-F-91) of Tofas Bursa


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VENEZUELA

Kenya became the best of this week -by Wolfgang Lucena
Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) got player of the third week of the Venezuela Professional Basketball league. Kenya was the main piece of Gatos de Monagas against Marinos de Oriente and Guaros de Lara. 22.3 points per game, 3 rebounds, 1.67 assist, 87% from the free throw line and 43% field goals, are the main reason of the LPB technical staff to considering Mr. Capers as player of the week of Venezuelan most important basketball league. Kenya Capers is the third foreign player on the Venezuelan League that becomes player of the week. Ronald Blackshear (196-G-78,college: Marshall) got this honor the first week as well as Cornelius Mitchell (180-G-82, college: Charleston) the second week.

Venezuela men's basketball head coach Sergio Rouco -by Wolfgang Lucena
Originally from Cuba, he moved to USA with his Parents when he was three year-old. At 26, he began to build a great basketball career in the United State of America, to then, cross the seas to South America and the Caribbean.
Sergio Rouco is a strong candidate to take Venezuela's basketball responsibilities. His basketball career started at Miami Loyola High School as a Head Coach (1986-87) and then, Florida International University, Assistant Coach (1987-91), Miami Norland High School, Head Coach (1991-95), Club Mauricio Baez, Dominican Republic, Head Coach (1995), Club Los Minas, Dominican Republic, Head Coach (1996), Club Trotamundos de Carabobo, Venezuela, Head Coach (1996-97), Florida International University, Assistant Coach (2000-03), University of Texas-El Paso, Assistant Coach (2003-04) and Florida International University, Head Coach (2004-present).
Sergio Rouco has 4 more years of contract with Florida International University which is one of the biggest Universities of the United State of America with 35 thousand Students from every corner of the world.

'I am really excited' ' It is an honor to take this responsibility' 'I am Venezuelan as well as my family, my father -in- law calls me son' 'Venezuela adopted me'

Sergio Rouco's wife, Kelly Rouco Torres is from Valencia, Carabobo. They are parents of a great baseball player named Sergio Alesandro, who is seven year-old.




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Div.A
1. Dexia 5-1
2. Waregem 4-2
3. BBC Boom 3-3
4. N.Namur 0-6
Div.B
1. Sint Kateline 2-0
2. Point Chaud 2-2
3. Houthalen 1-1
4. Monceau 1-2
5. Runkster 0-2


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CANADA - Women

U18: Canadian names team for the U18 World Championship -by Richard
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Alexander


Clarke


Jobin


Seabrooks


Vaughan
Natalie Achonwa (188-F-92)
Kayla Alexander (193-F-91)
Nicole Clarke (175-G-90)
Abbey Duinker (188-F-91)
Elyse Jobin (180-G-90)
Takima Keane (175-F-90)
Julie Seabrooks (191-C-90)
Jacklyn Selfe (178-G-90)
Simone Thomas (183-F-91)
Jennifer Vaughan (175-G-90)
Felicia Wijenberg (188-F-91)


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ESTONIA - Women

Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
1. TLU/Volta 21-4
2. Tall.Living 20-5
3. Tallinna Kalev 15-10
4. BC Star 10-14
5. Audentes 4-20
6. Tartu 4-21


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EUROCUP WOMEN - Women

Schio beat BC Moscow in the first leg of the final act -by Carlo Grilli
BERETTA FAMILA SCHIO-BC MOSCOW 87-67
(21-21; 40-35; 66-51)
Beretta Famila Schio: Consolini dnp, Moro 11, Butler 3, Donaphin 8, Tassara 4, Masciadri 12, Rubino dnp, Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) 18, Ress 3, Ciampoli 8, Laura Macchi (187-F-79) 20, Zambon dnp.
BC Moscow: Latysheva 7, Currie 13, Vukicevic dnp, Savelyeva 3, Beglova dnp, Zakalyuzhnaya 17, Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) 15, Logunova dnp, Pierson 12, Grishaeva dnp.

Schio grabbed the first leg of Eurocup Final by a solid +20 cushion against BC Moscow.
The Russian squad started strong (2-10 after 3 minutes), but Schio didn't struggle, and evened the score at the end of the first quarter (21-21), lead by Moro and Ngoyisa. After that, Moscow tried to escape (28-35), but the hosts placed a 12-2 break to stay ahead at halftime (40-35).
In the third quarter the Italian outfit didn't slow the rhythm, and soared the gap to 15 points (66-51). In the last stanza Schio flew further, to 79-54 lead with 6 minutes to go, but Moscow posted a 9-0 break to cut the deficit to 16 points (81-65); Laura Macchi found the last buckets of the game and Schio returned in control.
Leg-2 will be played on Thursday, April 3rd in Moscow.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: YMCA Helsinki winning bronze -by Rauno Hurmalainen

YMCA Helsinki has won bronze medals. This took place in Helsinki on Friday night as YMCA Helsinki defeated Huima (Aanekoski) 93-78 (52-37).
The value of these bronze medals is bigger than normally, as YMCA Helsinki played the whole season totally with Finnish players. This was Team's
8th season on top level. Earlier YMCA Helsinki has won silver 23 years ago in the year 1985. Team's Head Coach is nowadays Jussi Laakso.

YMCA Helsinki - Huima 93-78 (52-37) (Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) 29/17, Jenni Laaksonen 24/14, Henna Salomaa 16/4, Mari Puustinen 13/8, Laura Toivonen 6/0, Laura Kangas 5/2. - Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) 23/8, Sanna Jamsen 17/4, Nita Lahtinen 13/1, Chrystal Erwin 11/12, Shakeena Wicker 8/5, Noora Kotisaari 5/4, Maria Pekkarinen 1/1).



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ITALY - Women

Schio topped BC Moscow in Eurocup first-leg final -by Carlo Grilli
BERETTA FAMILA SCHIO-BC MOSCOW 87-67
(21-21; 40-35; 66-51)
Beretta Famila Schio: Consolini dnp, Moro 11, Butler 3, Donaphin 8, Tassara 4, Masciadri 12, Rubino dnp, Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) 18, Ress 3, Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80) 8, Macchi 20, Zambon dnp.
BC Moscow: Alexandra Latysheva (175-G-76) 7, Currie 13, Vukicevic dnp, Savelyeva 3, Beglova dnp, Zakalyuzhnaya 17, Danilochkina 15, Logunova dnp, Pierson 12, Grishaeva dnp.

Schio grabbed the first leg of Eurocup Final by a solid +20 cushion against BC Moscow.
The Russian squad started strong (2-10 after 3 minutes), but Schio didn't struggle, and evened the score at the end of the first quarter (21-21), lead by Moro and Ngoyisa. After that, Moscow tried to escape (28-35), but the hosts placed a 12-2 break to stay ahead at halftime (40-35).
In the third quarter the Italian outfit didn't slow the rhythm, and soared the gap to 15 points (66-51). In the last stanza Schio flew further, to 79-54 lead with 6 minutes to go, but Moscow posted a 9-0 break to cut the deficit to 16 points (81-65); Laura Macchi found the last buckets of the game and Schio returned in control.
Leg-2 will be played on Thursday, April 3rd in Moscow.


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KOSOVO - Women

FINAL MATCH IN WOMEN CATGORY BETWEEN BASHKIMI -SIGAL PRISHTINA -by Alban Salihu

These are the result for semifinal matches for Kosova Cup in women category:

SIGAL PRISHTINA - TREPCA 69:55

VLLAZNIMI - BASHKIMI 64:73

So, for the ninth time in the final match of Kosova Cup in women category will meet Bashkimi and Sigal Prishtina (ex Universiteti). The Cup is one seven time form Prishtina, while in 2007 BC'Bashkimi' from Prizren won the Cup.

source:fbk-ks.com



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LATVIA - Women

Avatis/Turiba step closer to semifinal -by Gunars Gailitis
'Avantis/Turiba' opened the quarterfinal stage with victories. 'Avantis/Turiba' overcame 'TTT-Rapa' 97:79 to enjoy the advantage in the matchup.

Latvia Woman`s Basketball League

1/4 final, first game (best of three)

Avantis/Turiba - TTT-Rapa 97-79 (25-23; 16-28; 22-19; 24-19). Serie 1-0

Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) 22+7reb, Lapsina 16, D.Zarina 15+7reb, Vitola 14; D.Ozolina 18, Malkevica 16, Gailite 13, Kackane 10


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MONTENEGRO - Women

MNT CUP Finlal-Four 2008 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In Podgorica today will be play two games of semi-final of final -four of Montenegrin basketball cup 2008.In first game at 18h will play Bududcnost Podgorica vs Kastel Nuovo from Herceg Novi and in second game at 20h will play Jedinstvo B.Polje vs Baskteball Club Roling from Niksic.Final game will be play at Saturday March 30,2008 in Podgorica at 20h .After playing at final-foru WABA league for season 2008 basketball club Budbucnost form Podgorica is favorite for first place.

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NCAA2 - Women

South Dakota upsets top-ranked Delta State in the semis -by Eurobasket News
South Dakota handed Delta State the first loss in the season and knocked them out of the Division II national tournament. Delta State was widely taken as the main favorites for the upcoming game but the Coyotes beat the odds. They dominated in the first half and led at the interval. South Dakota stretched the margin to 9 points midway through the second half. But Delta State refused to give up. They rallied back from the deficit and surged ahead with 5 minutes remaining. However Amber Hegge stepped up for the Coyotes when they needed it most. She converted a go-ahead layup with just over 3 minutes left in regulation. She then added 4 more points to give the Coyotes a 63:58 advantage with over a minute to go. Delta State had no answer for that. Amber Hegge finished with 15 points. Jenna Hoffman (5'8''-G-85) dropped 19 points to pace South Dakota. Jessica Boyd scored 12 points for Delta State.
Northern Kentucky will join South Dakota in the championship game. They narrowly defeated Alaska-Anchorage 57:54 to reach the title decider. Danyelle Echoles scored 13 points to lead the Norse. Jessie Stack registered 12 points, while Cassie Brannen and Angela Healey nailed 10 points apiece for the winners. Rebecca Kielpinsi replied with 16 points for the Seawolves. Ruby Williams (5'10''-F) accounted for 12 points and 9 boards in a loss.


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POLAND - Women

Stats Leaders - PLKK
PLKK Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. J. Jarkowska 16.7
2. J. Clyburn 16.5
3. L. Taylor 16.3
4. N. Malaszewska 15.9
5. C. Holdsclaw 14.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. J. Humphrey 10.7
2. N. Bell 10.0
3. H. Merideth 9.5
4. L. Taylor 9.3
5. N. Ndiaye 8.8
Assists Per Game
1. J. Skerovic 5.0
2. N. Malaszewska 4.7
3. S. Wlazlak 3.6
4. A. Jaroszewicz 3.2
5. V. Bortelova 3.1
Steals Per Game
1. A. Skobel 3.40
2. N. Malaszewska 2.84
3. N. Bell 2.83
4. L. Bond 2.58
5. N. Waligorska 2.52
Blocks Per Game
1. R. Aleliunaite-Jankovska 2.04
2. J. Clyburn 2.04
3. K. Sanders 1.68
4. A. Palka 1.65
5. J. Jarkowska 1.46
2FGP
1. J. Grabowska 70.0%
2. N. Waligorska 61.0%
3. C. Dupree 61.0%
4. M. Babicka 61.0%
5. E. Kobryn 61.0%
3FGP
1. A. Breitreiner 45.0%
2. E. Krysiewicz 43.0%
3. B. Jackson 41.0%
4. I. Jasnowska 41.0%
5. J. Skerovic 40.0%
Free Throws
1. J. Zurowska 89.0%
2. A. DeForge 87.0%
3. K. Ristić 86.0%
4. R. Coleman 86.0%
5. E. Snytsina 85.0%
Ranking
1. L. Taylor 21.0
2. J. Humphrey 18.8
3. J. Jarkowska 18.2
4. J. Clyburn 17.2
5. C. Dupree 17.0


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ROMANIA - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. Arad 21-1
2. Sibiu 18-2
3. Cluj Napoca 15-7
4. Rapid 15-7
5. Alexandria 15-7
6. S.Studentesc 13-9
7. Govora 12-10
8. Oradea 8-14
9. Iasi 6-16
10. Olimpia 4-18
11. Targoviste 2-20
12. Dej 1-21


Sf. Gheorghe and Sportul Studentesc will play in the Cup final -by Eurobasket News
Sf. Gheorghe and Sportul Studentesc made their though to the Romanian Cup Final. Yesterday the Cup enjoyed semifinal stage and the finalists became known. Sf. Gheorghe overcame Arad the D1 leaders Arad 64:52 to advance to the Cup title game. Sf. Gheorghe led by 10 points at halftime and managed to maintain the winning margin throughout the second half. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) fired 26 points to pace Sf. Gheorghe. Salimata Diatta (178-F/G-81) added 12 points, while Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) dropped 9 for the winners. Anita Meszaros (189-C-88) answered with 13 points for Arad. Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV) had 10 points in a losing effort.
Sportul Studentesc also faced one of the season favorites Cluj Napoca and drove to a difficult 66:57 win at the end. Bucharest outfit clinched a 41:29 advantage at halftime and withstood all the efforts from Napoca to deny the deficit. Todorovic was impressive with 23 points and 6 boards for Studentesc. Vesna Dzuver (190-C-70) contributed 18 points and 16 boards in a win. Tasha Phillips (176-G-84) scored 14 points for Cluj Napoca.
The Final game is scheduled for the weekend. Arad and Cluj Napoca will clash in the Bronze medals game.


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
1-6 Places
1. Kosit 2013 26-0
2. MBK Ruz. 19-7
3. Nitra 16-10
4. Viktoria K. 12-13
5. UMB B.B. 12-13
6. Cassovia K. 8-16
7-10 Places
1. Roznava 11-11
2. Poprad 10-10
3. Slovan 2-19
4. Myjava 2-19