EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/30/2008

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ABA

Manchester and San Diego advance to Semis -by Gianni Pascucci
The Day Two of the ABA Final 8 Championship didn' t produce any surprise, given that the best ranked teams defeated their opponents. The job of the San Diego Wildcats, however, seems to have been easier. The Wildcats prevailed over the Atlanta Vision 145-99, showing the usual great points production. The Manchester Millrats, instead, faced a strong opposition from the Montreal Royals, betaing them 146-140, at the end of a battled, high scoring game, that needed of an overtime to find the winner. As usual, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) led Manchester in scoring, with 29 points, Charles Mason (6'8''-F-75, college: Bunker Hill) added 25 points and Cedric McGinnis (6'9''-C-77, college: Georgia Southern) scored 24 pts and grabbed 8 rebs. Two other Millrats, Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Drake) and P.J. Young (6'6''-F, college: S.New Hampshire) scored more than 20 points. San Diego and Manchester will play tonight the second ABA semifinal game at 8 pm in Quebec City

The ABA Final is San Diego-Vermont -by Gianni Pascucci
In the first ABA Semifinal Game, played yesterday at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, Canada, the Vermont Frost Heaves defeated the Texas Tycoons 106-100, advancing to their second consecutive ABA title game. Vermont closed ahead, 53-51, a see-saw first half in which Vermont forged a five-point lead and Texas went out to a six-point lead. In the second half, with Texas leading 68-64, Vermont outscored the Tycoons 20-4 behind center Dokun Akingbade (6'9''-F-84, college: George Washington), who led Vermont with 20 points for the game. But Andre Heard (6'3''-G-83, college: Binghamton) and Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.), who led Texas with 22 points each, shot the Tycoons back into the game. Then, Vermont built a double-digit lead midway through the fourth quarter on a put back from forward Issa Konare (6'8''-F-80, college: High Point), only to watch Texas reel off 10 unanswered points to gain a 90-90 tie. But from that point on, guard Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) keyed the defending champs, scoring nine of Vermont's final 16 points. Other double-figure scorers for Vermont included Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) with 18, including five three-pointers; Rice and Konare, who each chipped in 15. In the second Semifinal, the Manchester Millrats pushed to the limit the toughest team from the West, the #3 seed San Diego Wildcats, before falling 115-106 in overtime. After a game head to head, San Diego claimed significant fourth quarter leads, but Charles Mason (6'8''-F-75, college: Bunker Hill) and Rashid Al-Kaleem (6'4''-G-83, college: Florida) drilled numerous huge three pointers to keep the Millrats within striking distance. None was bigger that Al-Kaleem's trifecta from the corner while falling out of bounds with 4.7 seconds left to tie the score at 104-104. Manchester grabbed a two point lead in the beginning of overtime, but the high scoring Wildcats made a flurry of baskets that gave them the win. Cardell Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.) confirmed his All-Star status scoring 38 for San Diego in the main scoring performance of the ABA playoffs, and Jerome Habel (6'10''-F-85, college: San Diego St.) added 21 at the winning side. Charles Mason and P.J. Young (6'6''-F, college: S.New Hampshire) each scored 21 points for Manchester, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) 19, and Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Drake) 16. Vermont and San Diego will play for the ABA title this afternoon at 4 p.

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AUSTRALIA

Bogut 27 Pts & Bloody Nose in Bucks Loss To Hawks -by Sohail Nasri

ATLANTA, Georgia - One game, it's one thing for the Milwaukee Bucks. The next game, it's something else.

Two nights after scoring a paltry 73 points in a loss to the Miami Heat, the Milwaukee Bucks didn't play a lick of defense in a 115-96 loss to the playoff-hopeful Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

The Hawks shot 64.9% en route to a five-point halftime lead and ended the game at a 57.3% shooting clip in dealing the Bucks their seventh straight road defeat.

Lousy offense one night. Lousy defense the next.

'It's like rolling the dice and just seeing what happens, I guess,' said Bucks center Andrew Bogut, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a bloodied face and what might be a broken nose. 'Or flipping a coin. Heads or tails. Heads is defense. Tails is offense.

'I can't let it affect me or bring me down. I just try and play as hard as I can. I'm trying to play defense and I'm trying to play offense. But as a team, we're definitely one of the worst at it.'

It was a rather strange night all around for the Bucks.

Michael Redd scored 19 points in the first quarter, scored one the rest of the way and did not play in the fourth quarter. Bogut scored 16 of his 27 points in the second quarter. The Hawks made seven of their first eight shots in the third quarter and took a 12-point lead into the fourth.

Bogut left the game with 7 minutes 7 seconds left after being inadvertently swatted across the face by Atlanta's Marvin Williams on a lob play. No foul was called on Williams, but it was typical of the evening for the Bucks, who didn't see eye-to-eye with the referees on many occasions. Bogut threw a towel in the general direction of the referees as he sat on the bench during a timeout getting the blood cleared off his face.

Redd, meanwhile, spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench as Krystkowiak went largely with Royal Ivey, Awvee Storey, Mo Williams and Ramon Sessions at guard and small forward. Bobby Simmons did not play because of the flu.

Asked about the fourth quarter, Redd said, 'I watched the same game you watched. I'm dumbfounded. I don't know. But I refuse to let it get to me. Stay professional. Come to work the next day and keep playing hard. But I'm frustrated. I'm beyond frustrated. I mean, it's ridiculous . . . just the overall situation.'

Redd said that he had expected to go back in.

'Absolutely,' he said. 'But it just didn't happen. I'm not going to say, 'Put me in.' But it's bizarre.'

Krystkowiak said that he hadn't really considered going back to Redd in the fourth quarter.

'Not at that point,' he said. 'We had a group of guys that were scrapping and I was a little bit cognizant of some injuries at that point. Those guys were out there playing hard. Sessions and Awvee and Ivey and those guys got after it pretty well. That's what I wanted to see more than anything was some scrapping and some ball movement.'


Baynes & WSU Beaten by UNC in Sweet 16 -by Sohail Nasri
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - North Carolina went from running it up to locking it down. Now the Tar Heels are a step away from the Final Four again, hoping they can avoid another collapse like last year.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half Thursday night and the top-seeded Tar Heels, not known for their defense, held Washington State to 32-percent shooting in a 68-47 win in the East Regional semifinals.

North Carolina is back to the NCAA round of eight for the second straight season.

Danny Green had 15 points to help the Tar Heels (35-2) set a school record for victories in a season while continuing their dominant tournament run. The No. 1 overall seed will play the Louisville-Tennessee winner Saturday with a clear home-court advantage, playing in an arena located about two hours from its Chapel Hill campus.

When it was over, North Carolina had improved to 24-1 in NCAA games played in its home state, including 7-0 in Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Now the Tar Heels can focus on erasing the lingering memories from last year's final game: a blown double-digit lead late in the second half in an overtime loss to Georgetown in the regional finals.

For the first time in this tournament, the Tar Heels didn't crack 100 points. It didn't matter. Nor did it matter that Hansbrough struggled much of the way. Instead, facing a deliberate Washington State team that had completely shut down its first two tournament opponents, the Tar Heels looked determined to prove they could play some tough defense, too.

Fourth-seeded Washington State missed shot after shot - sometimes open, more often not - while the Tar Heels kept pushing forward with their slowed-but-effective transition attack. The Cougars (26-9) got little from the perimeter, with Derrick Low, Kyle Weaver and Taylor Rochestie scoring a combined 26 points on 10-for-37 shooting.

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels kept the pressure on, gradually getting more runouts in transition and increasing the pace to steadily build the lead. North Carolina led 35-21 at halftime on a 3-pointer from Ty Lawson just before the horn, then got a quick six-point burst to push the lead to 47-27 on Alex Stepheson's three-point play with 11:45 left.

The Cougars had allowed a combined 81 points in its tournament wins against Winthrop and Notre Dame, but the Tar Heels had just too many weapons for Washington State's methodical offense to keep pace.

Hansbrough had all kinds of trouble early while facing constant double teams any time he touched the ball near the paint. He went 0-for-4 from the floor and managed only a pair of free throws while committing three turnovers in the first half, but scored eight points in the first 6 1/2 minutes after the break to finally get going.

Green, seemingly the only Tar Heel to struggle with his shot in the first two rounds, provided an immediate lift off the bench, scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.

Low and Aron Baynes scored 14 points to lead the Cougars. Baynes, who added 8 boards, was the last Aussie standing in the NCAA Tournament (D1) on both the men's and women's side.


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BAHRAIN

Manama book berth in finals -by Yousef Ahmed

MANAMA defeated Sitra 66-61 last night to sweep their Golden Square semifinals series and reach the Bahrain Basketball League finals, reports Patrick Salomon.

The victors cruised for the first three periods but then used a 10-0 run to begin the fourth quarter to create a formidable lead. They staved off a late Sitra fightback and booked their berth in the best-of-three championship series.

American professional Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 31 rebounds to spur Manama. Young point guard Mohammed Hussain contributed 12 points in the win.

The finals tip off on April 7. Manama will face the winners of the other semifinal match-up between Muharraq and Al Ahli, who face off tonight in game two of their series at 7pm. Muharraq won game one.

'It's great to be back in the finals; our players deserve it,' Manama head coach Salman Ramadhan told the GDN post-game. 'Sitra did a great job throughout the series, especially defensively.'

Manama were in control of the contest from the start, but could not break away from their resilient rivals. Sitra import Jamal Coachman picked up his fourth foul early in the third and had to be benched by coach Najah Isa, but Abdulaziz Abdulbaqi and Ali Kowaid were able to hold their own against Little. Manama went ahead by just three (47-43) after three quarters.

Starting the fourth however, the 15-time league champions quickly poured in 10 unanswered points. They built their advantage to 14 points (57-43), but Sitra were able to regroup and they cut the deficit to as little as three points (59-62) on a three-pointer by Abdulbaqi with two minutes left. But Little answered with an uncontested two-handed dunk.

SOURCE: GDN


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BELGIUM

Okapi Aalstar Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

Eurobasket has learned that Okapi Aalstar reached an agreement with shooting guard Damon Huffman (185-G-85).
Damon is the younger brother of Aalstar's guard Trevor Huffman. He just finished his college career at Brown University and was selected All Ivy league first team for the past season.
In 29 games at Brown this season he averaged 15.8 ppg and made 82 of 182 3pt shots.

Okapi also extended the contracts of Piet De Bel and Olivier Foucart.


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
1. Oostende 20-7
2. Bree 20-6
3. Charleroi 18-9
4. M.Hainaut 18-9
5. Liege 16-10
6. Aalstar 12-15
7. Verviers-Pep. 11-16
8. Antwerp 9-18
9. Gent 5-22
10. Leuven 5-22


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CBA

Stats Leaders
CBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pace, E.Ky 23.0
2 Selvy, Oklah. 22.7
3 Hunter, Atlanta 22.4
4 Burton, Albany 22.0
5 Dean, E.Ky 21.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Thomas, E.Ky 11.4
2 Jackson, E.Ky 10.3
3 Phillips, Oklah. 10.0
4 Holmes, Minot 8.8
5 Hunter, Atlanta 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Norris, Yakama 8.9
2 Cook, Butte 6.4
3 Fields, Minot 4.9
4 Forte, R.Gran.V. 4.8
5 Krauser, Pittsb. 4.8
Steals Per Game
1 Fields, Minot 2.7
2 Rice, Minot 2.4
3 Krauser, Pittsb. 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Tyson, R.Gran.V. 1.9
2 Thomas, E.Ky 1.8
3 Freeman, Butte 1.7
2FGP
1 Thomas, E.Ky 62.5
2 Mattear, Minot 61.7
3 Thomas, Yak. 60.9
3FGP
1 Horton, E.Ky 50.0
2 Spanich, Oklah. 45.2
3 Krauser, Pittsb. 44.8
Free Throws
1 Dean, E.Ky 88.3
2 Selvy, Oklah. 85.8
3 Johnson, RGrV. 83.9


Standings
CBA Standings
American
1. Minot S. 38-10
2. Pittsburgh X. 29-19
3. E.Kentucky 26-22
4. Albany P. 21-26
5. Atlanta KW 9-34
National
1. Yakama S. 43-5
2. Oklahoma C. 30-18
3. Butte D. 17-31
4. Great Falls E. 13-23
5. Rio Grande 13-35


Everything set for do-or-die fight in CBA Final -by Eurobasket News
Minot - Oklahoma 96:82

With their backs against the wall the Minot Skyrockets did what they needed to survive edging the Oklahoma Cavalry 96:82 at the Minot Municipal Auditorium yesterday. Minot tied the series at 2-2 and would host the fifth and decisive encounter tonight at the Auditorium. Sidney Holmes (6'7''-F-82, college: Lewis) fueled the home side in the starting frame. He notched 10 points and made 4 blocks and Minot grabbed a 22:20 lead 12 minutes into the action. The Skyrockets remained in front throughout the second period and finished the first half up by 7 points 48:41. Chris Reaves (6'3''-G-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Chaminade) came off the bench in the third stanza and ignited a decisive run for the Skyrockets. He accounted for 9 points in a 14:2 rally that allowed Minot to clear off to 19 points. The Cavs refused to surrender and Daryan Selvy (6'6''-F/G-79, college: Oklahoma) trimmed the deficit back to 12 points early in the fourth frame. However Kellen Miliner (6'4''-G-83, college: Creighton) nailed a trey and Ray Cunningham (6'7''-F-79, agency: Warren Sports, college: Murray St.) dunked it hard for Minot to go up by 21 points with under 5 minutes left. Oklahoma failed to recover and lost the second game in the series. Ray Cunningham provided 16 points to pace the hosts. Kevin Johnson (6'8''-F-80, college: Charlotte) had 14 point, while Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports), Sidney Holmes and Chris Reaves added 13 points each to secure the vital win for Minot. Daryan Selvy responded with 16 points for Oklahoma. Nate Green (6'6''-F-75, college: Dayton) and Curtis Haywood (6'6''-G-75, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Oklahoma City) netted 13 and 12 points respectively in defeat. Minot's bench outscored their counterparts 43:22. The Skyrockets also outrebounded their opponents 50:34.

Minot: Ray Cunningham 16, Kevin Johnson 14, Ronnie Fields 13, Sidney Holmes 13, Chris Reaves 13
Oklahoma: Daryan Selvy 16, Nate Green 13, Curtis Haywood 12


CBA 2007-08 Awards Summary -by Eurobasket
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CBA Player of the Year: Daryan Selvy (6'6''-F/G-79) of Oklahoma Cavalry
CBA Defensive Player of the Year: Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83) of Oklahoma Cavalry
CBA Coach of the Year: Paul Woolpert of Yakama Sun Kings
CBA Rookie of the Year: Anthony Washington (6'9''-F/C-83) of Yakama Sun Kings
CBA Newcomer of the Year: James Jackson (6'9''-F-81) (5'10''-G-89) of East Kentucky Miners

CBA All-Defensive Team
Marvin Phillips of Oklahoma Cavalry
Harvey Thomas (6'9''-F-82) of Yakama Sun Kings
Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77) of Minot Skyrockets
Steve Thomas (6'8''-F-81) of East Kentucky Miners
Sidney Holmes (6'7''-F-82) of Minot Skyrockets

CBA All-Rookie Team
Anthony Washington of Yakama Sun Kings
Marcus Heard (6'7''-F-84) of East Kentucky Miners
Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84) of East Kentucky Miners
Tyrone Anderson (6'4''-G-84) of Pittsburgh Xplosion
Bilel Simmons (6'6''-G-83) of Atlanta Krunk


Oklahoma wins CBA Championship title 2008 !!! -by Eurobasket

Minot - Oklahoma 76:86

Oklahoma Cavalry won CBA Championship defeating in the 5th final game Minot Skyrockets 86-76 and ending final series 3-2.
It's important success in the franchise short history as they won CBA title in their first season they joined the league.
The Oklahoma Cavalry got to a better start as they led 24:19 after the opening stanza. But the hosts quickly returned into the driving seat as they outgunned their opponents in the second period and came out of the first half on top 45:42. But the spectators at the Minot Municipal Auditorium saw a different Oklahoma in the second half. The team came out of the dressing room firing from all guns and what most important playing some impenetrable defense. The visitors limited their opponents to only 29% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 56:39 overall. Minot simply could not find the way to shake the stinging Cavalry off. Oklahoma accumulated opened up double-digit lead in the third stanza and never gave it up to celebrate their first CBA championship. They also became the first expansion team to win the Jay Ramsdell Trophy since 2002 when the Dakota Wizards succeeded.

Shawn Daniels (6'7''-C-79, college: Utah St.) dominated for the Cavalry with game-high 23 points and 16 boards. Daryan Selvy (6'6''-F/G-79, college: Oklahoma) notched 22 points and Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Arkansas) added 14 points for the winners. Kevin Johnson (6'8''-F-80, college: Charlotte) answered with 14 points for the Skyrockets. Lee Scruggs (6'11''-F-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown) dropped 13 points, while Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) was held to only 12 points in defeat. Brandon Dean who was the real leader for the Cavalry during the Final series was trumped the CBA playoffs MVP. Oklahoma's head coach Michael Ray Richardson joined Phil Jackson, Cazzie Russell and Henry Bibby on the list of former NBA players to win CBA championship.

Minot: Kevin Johnson 14, Lee Scruggs 13, Ronnie Fields 12

Oklahoma: Shawn Daniels 23+16 boards, Daryan Selvy 22, Brandon Dean 14




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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti lost the touch -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Play-off-games, Game 1: Honka (Espoo) dominating at first, YMCA Lahti then coming back to the game during the second and third quarter and
taking the lead (64-71) during the fourth quarter with 4:28 minutes to go. Time out (Honka) at that moment changed the nature of the game. YMCA Lahti
scored one (1) point during the last 4:28 minutes! Missing the shots, offensive fouls, turnovers...Honka scoring 13 more points and winning 77-72.
Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led Honka with 19 pts. Ed Williams (200-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NC-Wilmington) netted 24 pts for YMCA Lahti.

Honka - YMCA Lahti 1-0.

Honka - YMCA Lahti 77-72 (41-35) (Petteri Koponen 19, Jukka Matinen 18, Kimmo Muurinen 13/10 - Ed Williams 24, Sami Pekkola 13, Ilkka Vuori 11).



KORISLIIGA: Team Componenta survived -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Qualification, Game 2: Korikobrat (Lapua) - Team Componenta (Karkkila) 87-95 (44-44). This result means, that Team Componenta will continue
playing at the top level (Korisliiga) and Lapua stays in the 1. Division. This was a fair result as TC (Karkkila) wants to play in 'Korisliiga', but Lapua's ambitions
are not that clear. Team gave away their Center Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, college: Illinois St.) in February and Bojang would have been the key player Lapua needed yesterday and on Wednesday. Bojang played 20 regular season games on Lapua's roster and averaged 25,4 ppg - 15,8 rpg in the 1. division. Then Bojang transfered
into KTP (Kotka) roster in Top League replacing injured Manny Dies. Maybe next season, Lapua?

Lapua - Team Componenta 87-95 (44-44) (Tyrwone Still (196-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.), Jussi Turja 16, La Trice Little 13/10, Kyle Carhart 14 - Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) 27/15, Chris Hester 21, Kimmo Tolvanen 16).



KORISLIIGA: Favourite teams winning -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Play-off-games, Game 1: Favourite Teams YMCA Lappeenranta, Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Kouvot (Kouvola) winning on Friday night.
YMCA LPR crushed Pyrinto (Tampere) by 39 pts and Kouvot defended and kept visitor Korihait (Uusikaupunki) to 49 pts, the fewest pts and smallest figure ever
in play-off-games. Kouvot scored 40 pts more, 89 pts. In Helsinki Torpan Pojat was leading all the time vs Tarmo (Porvoo), but that contest was the tightest anyway. ToPo won after all by 13 pts. Takais Brown (203-F, college: SE Illinois JC) (ToPo) scored 28 pts in 31 minutes. Honka (Espoo) vs YMCA Lahti tonight. The next games are on Sunday, March 30.

YMCA LPR - Pyrinto 105-66 (47-23) (Ivan Harris 27, Petri Virtanen 23, Pasi Riihela 12 - M.C.Mazique 24, Damon Williams 11/10, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 11).

Kouvot - Korihait 89-49 (41-24) (Wayne Bernard 19, Corey Smith 17, Roope Suonio 15 - Kyle Shiloh 15, Niilo Lehtila 10).

Torpan Pojat - Tarmo 101-88 (51-44) (Takais Brown 28, Josh Gonner 26, Tyson Patterson 18/13 - Mark McCarroll 27/12, Tony Bennett 15, Esa Maki-Tulokas 14).



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FRANCE

Round 23 Round Up -by Sean Davis
ASVEL 75 - 86 Le Mans

Le Mans went on the road and pulled off a very big win over ASVEL
gaining sole possession of 1st place. Le Mans played a flawless game
as a team by shooting 57% from the field. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) displayed why he will be a 1st round pick in
this year's NBA draft by leading his team to victory by scoring 23pts
and grabbing 6rebs. Yannick Bokolo scored 17pts while shooting 8 of 9
from the field and Alain Koffi had 11pts, 8rebs, and 4ast. Lamayn
Wilson scored 17pts for ASVEL and Robert Conley added 15pts in the
loss.

Paris 71 - 88 Gravelines

Gravelines went on the road and routed Paris by 17pts gaining their 9th win of the season. Paris shot a very good 56.3% from the
field, but committed 25 turnovers, which proved to be the difference.
Gravelines moved the ball well accumulating 25ast and also recorded 16
steals as a team. Marcus Slaughter had an outstanding game scoring
18pts on 8 of 9 shooting and also grabbed 8 boards. Tony Stanley had
a solid game scoring 17pts along with 4 steals. Je'Kel Foster tried
to keep Paris in the game scoring 21pts, but it was not enough for the
win.

Nancy 85 - 62 Orleans

Orleans suffered an important loss dropping them to 10-13
and into a 3-way tie for 10th place. Their season could go either way
resulting in the playoffs or possible the bottom three. Nancy had a
balanced scoring attack with 5 players scoring in double figures
leading to a 23pt beat down on Orleans. Michael Bauer had a game high
16pts and 7rebs for Nancy, while Ricardo Greer added 13pts, 5rebs, and
5ast. On the other side Orleans also had a balanced scoring attack,
although it was awfully balanced low with only two players reaching
double figures. Aloysius Anagonye and Brandon Heath both had a team
high 11pts.

Vichy 80 - 88 Le Havre

Le Havre got a difficult road victory by beating Vichy by 8pts. Le
Havre's horses John Cox and T.J. Thompson carried them to victory.
John Cox had a game high 22pts getting 11 of those points from the
stripe. T.J. Thompson scored 15pts while Marcellus Sommerville
chipped in with 16pts. Zach Moss and Jimmal Ball led Vichy with 16pts
each. Curttis Sumpter and Rasheed Wright added 11pts each. Vichy and
Le Havre are now 13-10 both heading for a postseason appearance.

Cholet 60 - 64 Roanne

This game was a slop fest from the start with Cholet shooting an
embarrassing 30% from the field while Roanne committeed 17 turnovers.
Roanne manage to pull of the 8pt road victory thanks to Marc Salyers
23pts and 6rebs. Derrick Byars got his first action scoring 14pts on
6 of 13 shooting. Nando De Colo, Claude Marquis, and Steed
Tchicamboud were the only players to record double figures for Cholet
but combined to only shoot 12-38 from the field.

Strasbourg 60 - 64 Dijon

Strasbourg made a late surge, but were unable to bounce back from
their 19pt half time deficit. Dijon picked up a much-needed win while
Strasbourg is slipping out of the playoffs. Four players combined for
58 of Dijon's 64pts led by David Simon with 18pts. Maleye Ndoye added
16pts and 7rebs. Derrick Obasohan was the only player to reach
double digits for Strasbourg with 13pts.

Chalon 81 - 74 Hyeres-Toulon

Hyeres-Toulon is starting to struggle with out star player Sean Colson
dropping to Chalon. Bryan Bracey led the way for Chalon scoring 23pts
and grabbing 6rebs. Jermaine Guice chipped in with 16pts while John
Ford added 17pts. Daniel Horton had a team high 22pts for
Hyeres-Toulon and Hrvoje Perincic added 14pts and 12boards.


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
1. Le Mans 17-6
2. Nancy 16-7
3. ASVEL 16-7
4. Roanne 15-8
5. Le Havre 13-10
6. Vichy 13-10
7. Cholet 12-11
8. Strasbourg 11-12
9. Hyeres-Toulon 11-12
10. Orleans 10-13
11. Chalon 10-13
12. Pau 10-13
13. Dijon 9-14
14. Gravelines 9-14
15. Paris-Levall. 8-15
16. Clermont 4-19


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GREECE

Greece wins the first place in the Albert Schweitzer tournament. -by George Manousidis
Greek team overcame the very easily the Turkey 96-82.
The game it was judged in the second Quarter when the Greek team lead 54-38.
Papanikolaou with 27 points and Sloukas with 20 points were leading scorers of Greek team.
Mahmutelu with 29 points and Kilicli with 17 points were the leading scorers of Turkey team.
Nikos Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) was MVP of the tournament
The Starting Five of the tournament was: guard: Irving Walker (the USA), shooting guard: Nikos Nikolaos Pappas (Greece), small forward: Tomislav Zupzic (Croatia), power forward: Deniz Kilicli, center: Enes Kanter (both Turkey).

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Greece
2. Turkey
3. Australia
4. USA
5. Canada
6. Argentina
7. Spain
8. Sweden
9. Germany
10. Croatia
11. France
12. Italy
13. Russia
14. New Zealand
15. Israel
16. Netherlands


Tsartsaris renewed his contract with Panathinaikos untill 2011!! -by Chris Mammides
The MVP of the Helleniv Cup finals against Olympiakos, Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) renewed his contract untill 2011. The successfull Greek power-forward was one of the hottest names this seazon in the European market as apart of Panathinaikos, the teams of CSKA Moscow, Olympiakos and Barcelona wanted to sign the 'silent' force of Zelimir Obradovic's team. Kostas Tsartsaris joined Panathinaikos in 2004 by the end of 2011 he will be in the Green team for seven years...

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HOLLAND

Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
1. Amsterdam 28-7
2. West-Brabant 24-12
3. M.Magix 23-13
4. Eiff.Towers 21-13
5. Rotterdam 20-14
6. Hanzev.Cpt 20-15
7. Zwolle 16-19
8. Leiden 15-21
9. Weert 14-22
10. Aris Friesland 8-27
11. Den Helder 4-30
12. Almere 0-0


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HUNGARY

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


A Division Stats Leaders
A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Mills, Dombovar 23.09
2. Gulyas, ASE 22.91
3. Blair, Univer 22.36
4. Lesko, Sopron 21.83
5. Kalman, Falco 21.33
Rebounds Per Game
1. Freeman, Bodrogi 9.82
2. Horvath, ASE 9.36
3. Hendlein, KKK 9.05
4. Ocitti, Kormend 8.62
5. Aliakseyeu, Falco 8.53
Assists Per Game
1. English, Dombovar 8.96
2. Savic, NYKK 7.39
3. Kalman, Falco 7.24
4. Simon, Albacomp 5.96
5. Meszaros, ASE 5.64
Steals Per Game
1. Savic, NYKK 3.87
2. English, Dombovar 3.18
3. Doyne, Falco 3.13
4. Drahos, Bodrogi 3.05
5. Hendlein, KKK 2.71
Blocks Per Game
1. Wiley, Dombovar 1.78
2. Gulyas, ASE 1.62
3. Hendlein, KKK 1.48
4. Aliakseyeu, Falco 1.35
5. Viggiano, Sopron 0.95
Ranking
1. Gulyas, ASE 30.38
2. Mills, Dombovar 30.14
3. Kalman, Falco 29.38
4. English, Dombovar 28.23
5. Blair, Univer 27.68


Week's games -by Tamas Deri
The home team ruled the whole game and won all four quarters. The 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, Gabor Denes (197-F-82) 19/15, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68) 24/12, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 16/6, Grebenar 7, Czigler, Kutasi, Kovacs P., Polya, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Szolnoki Olaj KK: Kelley 12/3, Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79) 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 tight game in Sopron. 12 seconds before the end the guests were up by 1 point 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: Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 10/3, Lakatos 7, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 20, Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) 29/6, Frana 3, Vesztergom, Pojbics 6/6, Ferenc Boldizsar (201-C/F-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/3, Kortelyesi, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
KORMEND: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/6, Ed McCants (193-G-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 21/15, Ferencz, Henderson 7, Ocitti 2., Fodor G. 8/3, Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 23/3, Kocsis, Vavra P. 8., Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic


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IBL

Standings
IBL Standings
East
1. Holland B. 3-0
2. Windy City S. 3-3
3. Elkhart E. 2-0
4. Battle Creek K. 1-1
Midwest
1. Gary S. 3-2
2. G.Rapids F. 2-2
3. USA All-Stars 1-13
4. Elgin R. 0-0
Southwest
1. C.Oregon H. 2-0
2. Portland C. 0-0
3. Los Angeles 0-0
4. Las Vegas 0-0
5. Shaanxi 0-0
West
1. Vancouver V. 3-1
2. Snohomish C. 3-2
3. Bellingham S. 2-1
4. Tacoma J. 1-1
5. Edmonton C. 0-0


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ICELAND

Play-offs -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Yesterday it was two home games win. Today t was two away games win.
KR second place team lost to seven place team IR. 76-85. (37-48) Strong defense and well organized offense was the main different today.
Same result was last year in first round in play-offs and KR ended up winning the title.
Leading scorers for KR. Joshua Helm 22 & 13 boards. Avi Fogel 17. For IR. Tahario Sani 18. Nate Brown 17 & 11 assist. Steinar Arason 16.

Njardvik lost at home against stron Snaefell team 71-84.Njardvik playing without their starting big men Fridrik Stefanson who had to quick because of heart problem did not have good game today.
Will be difficult for them to get a win at Snaefell home next monday.
Leading scorer for Njardvik. Damon Bailey 29. Johann Olafsson 14. Gudmundur Jonsson 13. for Snaefell. Justin Shouse 20. Slobodan Subasic 19 Magni Hafsteinsson 13


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ITALY

Saturday wins for Rieti, Avellino and Montegranaro -by Gianni Pascucci

After that Siena played a Serie A 29th Round on Friday night, three other games of the same Round were played yesterday. In the first one, Solsonica Sebastiani Rieti defeated La Fortezza Bologna 83-81, reaching in this way the aritmetic certainty to stay in Serie A. Scoring 19 points each, Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) and Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure) were the best in Rieti, while Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) topped Bologna with 18 points each. Largely defeating Legea Scafati 103-84 in a regional derby, Air Avellino added another win to its impressive record. Nothing less than seven players of Avellino ended the game in double digits, with Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scoring 21 pts and Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) scoring 18 and grabbing 15 rebounds, being the game MVP. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) led Scafati with 17 pts in losing effort. In the last game of day, Premiata Montegranaro came back from a -10 deficit during the 4th quarter to defeat Pierrel Capo D'Orlando, another time enlightened by a fantastic Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72), who performed for 22 points, 6 rebs and 7 assists. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) scored 22 pts he too at the winning side, Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) added 18 pts and Kiwane Garris (188-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) quaterbacked the comeback, scoring also the last, decisive 3 points for Premiata, ending the game with 13 points and 3 asists.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it



Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
1. Montepas. 27-2
2. Lottomatica 19-9
3. Air AV 19-10
4. Premiata 19-10
5. Pierrel 17-12
6. Armani 15-13
7. Scavolini 15-14
8. Upim 14-14
9. Solsonica 14-15
10. Angelico 13-15
11. Tisettanta C. 13-15
12. Snaidero 12-16
13. Eldo 12-16
14. Siviglia Wear 12-16
15. Benetton 11-17
16. La Fortezza 11-18
17. Legea 8-21
18. Cimberio 5-23


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JORDAN

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, 8 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 93 - Arena Amman 81 (Qs: 19-29, 47-44, 76-63 & 93-81) 'Series ended for Orthodox 2-1'

# Best performance:

- Orthodox:
Chris Campbell (194-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Harding) (36 pts, 3 ast, 4 stl)
Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, college: Xavier) (21 pts, 12 reb)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (21 pts, 17 reb)
- Arena Amman:

Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) (24 pts, 5 ast)
Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) (23 pts, 10 reb)
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) (12 pts)

* 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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MEXICO

Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
1. Mineros 14-6
2. Fuerza Guinda 13-7
3. Caballeros 13-7
4. Lobos UAD 12-8
5. Pioneros 11-9
6. Frayles 10-10
7. Trigueros 9-10
8. Paskolas 8-11
9. Vaqueros 8-12
10. Bucaneros 1-19


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NBA

Kobe Bryant's 53 points not enough against Memphis -by Eurobasket News
The LA Lakers replied on 53 points from Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) but did not quite relied on their defense as the worst road team in the league bruised the Lakers 114:111 at the Staples Center. The Lakers now fell one game behind the Western leaders San Antonio and New Orleans. Bryant scored 47 in the first three frames but was held to just 6 in the fourth one. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) responded with 28 points for the Grizzlies. Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) delivered 22 points and 12 boards for the winners. Alexander Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) notched two treys late in regulation to drag the hosts within 2 points with 50 seconds left. Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) nailed two free throws to stretch the lead to 113:109. Ronny Turiaf cut the gap back to 2 points but then Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) and Vujacic missed their chances and Rudy Gay sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Alexander Vujacic contributed 14 points in defeat.
The Indiana Pacers drove to a vital 123:115 victory over New Jersey at the Conseco Fieldhouse to stay alive in the playoff race. Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) paced his team with 21 points and 17 boards as the Pacers recovered after a two-game losing skid. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 26 points and Indiana remained in the playoff picture with 2½ games behind Atlanta in the eighth place in the East. New Jersey is 1½ game shy of the Hawks. Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) notched 33 points for the Nets, while Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) accounted for career-high 27 points in the losing effort.
Atlanta capitalized beating the Chicago Bulls 106:103 at the Phillips Arena. Ben Gordon came up with 16 points for Chicago in the fourth frame and almost erased Atlanta's 12-point lead before the quarter. But his final attempt went off mark and the Hawks celebrated an important victory. Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) tallied 30 points, while Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) added 13 points and 11 boards. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, college: Duke) answered with 19 points and Ben Gordon chipped in 18 in a loss.
The LA Clippers signed forward Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) for the reminder of the season. They also waived forward Aaron Williams (6'9''-F-71, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier). Marcus Williams played for the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League. He averaged 19.2 points and 6.9 boards there.


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NCAA1

Memphis continue their journey -by Eurobasket News
The nation's second seed Memphis routed Michigan State to reach the regional final. The Tigers will next take on Texas with the Final Four appearance at stake. Memphis stormed past Michigan State 50:20 in the first half and switched to a lower gear afterwards. They closed the first half on a 15:0 run with the Spartans looking hapless at the moment. The regional final is the deepest Memphis could get for two straight years. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) fired 27 points to pace the Tigers. Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) contributed 25 points, while Robert Dozier (6'9''-F-85) had 9 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Goran Suton (6'10''-C-85) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Spartans. Chris Allen (6'3''-G-88) notched 20 points in a loss. Memphis shot 53% from the field and outrebounded their opponents 32:25. Memphis now takes on Texas on March 30.
Kansas cruised past Villanova 72:57 to advance to the Elite Eight. Kansas will now face the most surprising visitor of the Elite Eight stage Davidson in the Midwest Regional final. The Jayhawks had little problems in dealing with the Wildcats piling up a 41:22 advantage at the interval. The Jayhawks held on to the cushion after the break pretty easily and secured their Elite Eight birth. Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) scored 16 points and Russell Robinson (6'1''-G-86) produced 15 in a winning effort. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86) dropped 14 points for Kansas. Dante Cunningham (6'6''-F-87) and Shane Clark (6'7''-F-85) chipped in 10 points apiece for Villanova.
Davidson meanwhile kept on piling up the scalps of the higher-seeded opponents. Stephen Curry (6'0''-G-88) was once again influential with game-high 33 points for the Wildcats as they traumatize Wisconsin. The score was tied at 36 at the break but Stephen Curry dropped 22 points to singlehandedly outscore the Badgers in the second half. The Wildcats were unbelievably persuasive against one of the league's stiffest defense. They sank 49% from the field including 12/24 from downtown. Jason Richards (6'2''-G) drilled 11 points and dished out 13 assists. Andrew Lovedale (6'8''-F) contributed 12 points for the winners. Michael Flowers (6'2''-G-86) paced the Badgers with 12 points.


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NCAA2

The East wins Division II All-Star Game -by Eurobasket News
East - West 103:97

The Springfield Basketball Hall of Fame enjoyed one of the most interesting events in the NCAA Division II schedule - the annual All-Star Game. Twenty top athletes all over the league gathered to participate. The game was a real treat for all basketball fans with a lot of dunking and fast-breaking. Steve Dagostino (5'11''-G) alley-ooped it to Charlie Parker (6'4''-G/F) and the East went up by 10 points with 5 minutes to play. However the West had the answer that was worth it. Robert Lee (6'3''-G-85, college: Houston) notched 8 points in the dying minutes and trimmed the deficit to just 2 points with less than a minute on the clock. Virginia Union's Brad Byerson (6'7''-F) was put to the charity stripe with 14 seconds left but missed both free throws to give a chance to the West. Western squad missed their shot and Jeremy Black (6'8''-F-85) grabbed an offensive board to seal the winning outcome from free throw line at the end.
Charlie Parker provided team-high 18 points for the East. He was pronounced the Game's MVP for the East. Jeff Fahnbulleh (6'7''-C) responded with game-high 21 points for the West. He received the MVP honours for the West.


Winona State wins their second NCAA D2 Championship in three years -by Eurobasket
Winona State completed its run to a second national championship in three years in stylish fashion by rallying from a 16-point, 53-37, first half deficit en route to an 87-76 victory against Augusta State this afternoon at the MassMutual Center. The Warrior's 17-point shortfall marks the second largest comeback in an NCAA Division II Championship Game.
Winona State got to today by beating a pair of undefeated teams earlier in the tournament with a 67-54 quarterfinal victory against Grand Valley State on Wednesday and an 86-75 semifinal win versus Bentley on Thursday.
The Warriors (38-1) forced the Jaguars into nine turnovers, which yielded 18 points throughout the second half, and limited them to 14 points throughout the opening 10 minutes of the second stanza; after giving up 44 first half points. On the other end, they shot 41.2 percent (7-for-17) from the arc and 50.0 percent (20-for-40) overall during that span.
'I guess in the first half, we caught ourselves getting behind. It was one thing to be behind two or four points, but when it started to get to double digits, our defense wasn't doing what it was supposed to do. We then wanted to diminish the deficit in the last few minutes, which were able to do,' said Winona State head coach Mike Leaf. 'In the locker room, we said that we're only down 12 and that it wasn't that much. We just had to make sure that we did it one possession at a time.'
Senior guard and Tournament Most Outstanding Player Jonte Flowers (6'5''-G) scored 25 of his 30 points after halftime to lead the Warriors. In the process, he became only the ninth player to score 30 or more points in the NCAA Division II Title Game.
Senior forward John Smith contributed 18 points and five rebounds, senior guard Quincy Henderson finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists; and junior guard Travis Whipple added 13 points for Winona State.
Senior forward AJ Bowman led Augusta State (27-7) with 26 points on 12-for-15 shooting from the floor, while sophomore forward Ben Madgen and junior center Garret Siler tossed in 20 points each to lead Augusta State (26-7). Madgen also pulled down seven boards and handed out five assists.
Henderson foreshadowed the Winona State comeback by knocking down a 3-pointer from the left wing with four seconds remaining that cut the Warriors deficit to 12 points, 44-32, at intermission.
Augusta State boosted its advantage back to 16, 53-37, throughout the opening four minutes of the second half, but then Winona State took off on a 9-2 spurt that brought them to within single digits, 55-46, with 14:43 remaining after Smith, who had 15 treys all season, knocked down one of his four 3-pointers on the afternoon.
Five minutes later, Flower drained a jumper from the left elbow that tied it up, 58-58. The lead swayed both ways during the five minutes, before freshman guard Ben Fischer finished a pair of layups to put the Warriors ahead for good, 69-65, with 5:13 remaining.
After junior guard Steve Smith drained a trey to make it a one point, 69-68, ballgame; Flowers knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers that afforded the Warriors a seven point, 75-68, advantage with 3:58 left. A 3-pointer by Henderson boosted the lead to 10, 80-70, and in the process pretty much removed all doubt about the eventual outcome. They then sealed the victory by converting five of their eight free throws from that point on.
'I told our guys in the locker room that if this is the worst thing they go through in their life, then they'll have a good life. We accomplished a lot of things this year and just came up short to a great and expericened Winona State team. I think their experience helped a lot,' said Augusta State head coach Dip Metress.
The first half was quite a different story as Augusta State shot 67.9 percent (19-for-28) from the floor, and outscored Winona State 28-4 in the paint. The Jaguars limited the Warriors to four points throughout a five minute span in the latter stages that allowed them to transform a two point, 24-22, cushion into a l0 point, 36-26, lead with 3:34 to go until the break.

Elite Eight All-Tournament Team
Jonte Flowers, Winona State (Most Outstanding Player)
AJ Bowman, Augustus State
John Smith, Winona State
Garret Siler, Augusta State
Lew Finnegan, Bentley

Courtesy of NCAA


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POLAND

Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
1. Turow 17-7
2. Prokom 17-7
3. Anwil 14-10
4. Slask 14-10
5. Atlas Stal 13-11
6. Polpak 13-11
7. AZS Koszalin 12-12
8. Basket 11-13
9. Kotwica 10-14
10. Polonia 9-15
11. Energa Czarni 9-15
12. Gornik W. 9-15
13. Polpharma 8-16


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PUERTO RICO

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
1. Arecibo 10-5
2. Ponce 8-6
3. Caguas 6-7
4. San German 5-9
5. Mayaguez 4-9
6. Guayama 4-10
Metro
1. Santurce 10-4
2. Guaynabo 9-5
3. Carolina 8-5
4. Fajardo 7-7
5. Humacao 6-7
6. Bayamon 6-9


Lions get first Road Win -by Luis Ramirez
The Lions who had been winless on the road are winless on the road no more. They squeaked past the Humacao Grays 83-82. The Grays took the 1st quarter 20-18, but in the 2nd quarter the Lions got an offensive lift from Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) and Gabriel Colon to put the Lions on top 41-32. In the 3rd the Grays came back with an intense press that kept the Lions off balance as the Grays went on a 8-3 run, the quarter ended in favor of the Grays 63-61. In the fourth quarter the Lions fell behind and with less than 2 minutes to go they were down 6 points. The Lions then got some important buckets from Wilfredo Pagan who got a three pointer to cut down the lead and then a crucial tap by Jeff Aubry to take the lead in the final seconds. The Grays had an opportunity to seal the win with a pair of free throws but Ansel Guzman (175-G-84, agency: Next Level) missed both shots. For Ponce Joel Jones scored 21 points followed by Gabriel Colon with 18 points. For Humacao, Ansel Guzman scored 23 points followed by David Jackson and Kennel Sanchez both with 14 points.

In other action, Guaynabo beat Guayama 100-99. The game was played at a close pace all thru out the final seconds. It was Guayama taking the 1st quarter 24-23, but Carolina came right back in the 2nd quarter to take the half 53-50. In the 3rd quarter the Brujos managed to tie the game as the quarter ended 73-73. This set up the 4th quarter for a dramatic ending as Carolina would take the lead with a basket from Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) and the Giants would hold the lead for the win. For Carolina, Angelo Reyes scored 24 points and 12 rebounds followed by Alejandro Carmona with 18 points. For Guayama, Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) scored 33 points and 12 rebounds followed by Tanoka Beard with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Over at Bayamon, the Cowboys beat the Mayaguez Indians 87-79. The Indians took the 1st quarter 22-16, the Cowboys battled back in the 2nd quarter and took the lead to end the half 38-36. In the 3rd quarter it was the Indians who came back with a good offensive run and dominated the quarter to once again take the lead 64-59. In the 4th quarter the Indians went on a offensive slump while the Cowboys would make their shots to overcome the Indians and finally take the win. For Bayamon, Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) scored 22 points followed by Lee Benson who scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. For Mayaguez, Thomas Gardner (195-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) scored 27 points followed by Angel Caballero with 13 points.

In the last game of the night, the Guaynabo Conquistadors got a strong game from Carmelo Lee (200-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) to beat the Caguas Criollos who have lost their last 3 games; the final score was 102-98. Caguas was playing under new head coach Georgie Torres who had started this season as head coach of the Guayama Brujos. The Criollos started the game with a great offensive attack as they took the 1st quarter 30-21. In the 2nd quarter the Conquistadors got an offensive run of their own and trimmed the lead to end the half down by just 4 points 49-45. In the 3rd quarter the Criollos once again dominated the period and were leading 79-72. But in the 4th quarter it was all Conquistadors as they kept the Criollos to just 19 points in the quarter while they went on to score 30 points to get the win. For Guaynabo, Carmelo Lee and Monty Wilson both scored 25 points to lead the Conquistadors. For Caguas, Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) scored 24 points followed by Peter John Ramos with 19 points.


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RUSSIA

Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
1. CSKA 22-1
2. Khimky 20-2
3. Unics 15-7
4. Triumph 15-7
5. Dynamo M. 15-8
6. Ural Great 11-11
7. Lok.Rostov 11-11
8. Samara 10-12
9. Spartak-P. 9-12
10. Univ.Surgut 6-16
11. Spartak St.P. 4-18
12. Lokomotiv N. 4-20
13. Krasnoyarsk 2-19


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SAUDI ARABIA

Stone signs for Ittihad -by Ali Ahmed
Al Ittihad Jeddah basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center Marvin Stone (208-C-81, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville) to play for them this season.



Possesses a variety of skills, including great hands, passing out of the post and scoring to 15 feet Can also run the floor and defend with his 6-10 frame



Awards/Achievements:
USA U18 National Team -99
Hoop Summit on March 28, 1999
USA Today's 1998-99 Preseason Super 25 Team
NCAA Sweet 16 -01,02
SEC Tournament Winner -01
Conf.USA Tournament Champion -03
Spanish LEB1 Semifinals -05


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SERBIA

Vizura inks Milan Radovanovic for the Superleague -by Dragan Jankovski
The most pleasant surprise of the season, young BC Vizura from New Belgrade, got a new reinforcement for the Serbian Superleague. The team agreed terms with experienced point guard Milan Radovanovic (197-G-76, agency: Beo Basket), ex player of FMP, Radnicki, Beograd, Khimik Yuzny, Etha Engomis and Kecskemeti. Radovanovic started the season in Bosnian team Leotar from Trebinje, who didn't succeed to qualify for the Bosnian league 8.

A league, round 22: Novi Sad finished the season with win -by Dragan Jankovski
At the opener of the last round of Serbian A league Novi Sad celebrated against Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 91-89 in the local derby so the hosts improved to score 11-11 while Radnicki dropped on 9-13. Goran Martinic (187-G-87) was the best for the winners adding 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. On the other side Novak Popovic (207-C-81) and Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points each for Radnicki.


Novi Sad - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 91-89
(26-27,24-16,19-29,22-17)

Novi Sad:
Martinic 24 (6 rebs, 4 as), Tomasevic 12, Zolotic 11
Radnicki: Popovic 20 (8 rebs), Bolic 20 (5 rebs), Fekete 14 (4 st)


Aleksandar Smiljanic and Nenad Stefanovic in Montenegro -by Dragan Jankovski

Montenegrin team Mogren from Budva decided to reinforce its roster for the Superleague. Management of the team signed experienced guard Aleksandar Smiljanic (196-G-76, agency: Beo Basket), ex player of FMP Zeleznik, Buducnost, Maroussi Athens, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu and Ukrainian Lvov.

Mogren also agreed terms with point guard Nenad Stefanovic (193-G-85, agency: Interperformances), who moved from FMP to Polish team Polpak Swecie in February. Before FMP, Stefanovic used to play for BC Beograd, Partizan and Sloga.



Standings - A Liga
A Standings
1. Swisslion Tak. 16-5
2. Vizura 14-7
3. Radnicki 034 13-8
4. Borac 13-8
5. Sloga 11-10
6. Mega AM 11-10
7. Novi Sad 11-11
8. Masinac 10-11
9. Napredak 9-12
10. Radnicki NS 9-13
11. Zdravlje 8-13
12. Ergonom 2-19
Will join on later stage:
1. Vojvodina -
2. FMP -
3. Hemofarm -
4. Crvena Zv. -
5. Partizan -


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SOUTH KOREA

KT&G Win 1st Round Play-Off Game Best Of 3 In The KBL -by Rick Ross

KT&G Number 4 seed Host SK Knights number 5 seed Opened the 2008
Korean Basketball Play-Offs with an exciting overtime game, Sk Knights up by
3 pts with 3.7 sec remaining in regular play when KT&G play maker guard number 9
Joo Hee-Jung (181-G-77) hit a long 3 to tie the score 81-81. In Overtime

Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) Fouled out
at the 1:20 mark down 87-83 but Number 11 Yang Hee Jong (195-F-84) for KT&G

Hit a big 3 to close the gap 87-86 and number
9 Joo Hee-Jung got a steal with 25.2 sec and a lay in to take the lead 88-87,

SK turn over at 20.1 sec. sent Cummings T.J. (204-F-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UCLA)

to the strike and converted both free throws to win 90-87 in the best of 3 series

hoping to advance to meet Number 1 Regular Season Champions Dongbu Promy,


Samsung Thunders number 3 seed Host LG Sakers number 6th seed Sun March 30th

The winner advances to play 2 seeded KCC Egis.



Today's MVP -Yang Hee Jong -by Sean Choi
Coach Yoo Do Hoon can only hope Yang Hee Jong doesn't miss much time with the Kites.

Yang hee jong scores 13points,and he seems ok in kites' win over Knights

Yang Hee Jong scored 13 points ,and he provided a ton of offense today.

He was limited to 3 points in the QT especially.

TJ cummings chipped in 27 points and 10 rebounds,and Maquin chandler Knocked down 27 points 16 rebounds.

Today's MVP : Yang Hee Jong
Yang Hee Jong (195-F-84)


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SWEDEN

Norrkoping tames Sundsvall in Game 2 -by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping - Sundsvall 116:111

The Norrkoping Dolphins celebrated a tough win over top-ranked Sundsvall in a scoring fiesta yesterday. The teams brought up one of the staggering performances of the season going on a wild attacking approach. The Dolphins outgunned the visiting Dragons 34:27 in the sizzling first frame. The tempo was not about to fall down in the second period as Sundsvall managed to cut the gap by one point trailing 49:55 at the interval. The scorcher continued after the break. The tension grew with every passing minute but the Dolphins bravely maintained the distance and led by 5 points at three quarter time. Sundsvall kept at a striking distance throughout the fourth period but still failed to surpass the deficit. Norrkoping rolled to an impressive 116:111 victory to tie the series at 1-1. Gee Gervin (188-G-76, college: Houston) canned amazing 53 points to pace the hosts. Ian Johnson (206-F-84, college: Davidson) contributed 21 points, while Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson) secured 17 points in a winning case. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) dropped 25 points for Sundsvall. Adam Alexander (176-G-80) and Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) provided 22 points apiece for the losing side. Game 3 is scheduled for April 1 in Sundsvall.

Norrkoping: Gee Gervin 53, Ian Johnson 21, Conor Grace 17
Sundsvall: Joakim Kjellbom 25, Adam Alexander 22, Alex Wesby 22


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SYRIA

jalaa beat Karama and went to final four, Wehda out of final four -by Bashar Nashef
The Jalaa team after all the crissis that has passed on the team, with the injury of micheal Maadanli and the slow recovery of Hikmat Haddad and Tommy Smith and the bad social problems happening with Sharif sharif. The team is completely crippled and un able to compete very strongly, but they are still compeeting and they were able to enter the final four. While with the winning of the Jalaa team the Wehda team is out of the final four, and they were not able to compete to reach that level while they had changed their team completely this season by buying players like ousayed Kalo, and some other to become stronger and more competitive. SO now the final four would be as follows Army team, Jalaa Team, Ittihad Team, Karama Team It will start next week after the 15th of april we will give you schedule later.

jalaa beat Karama and went to final four, Wehda out of final four -by Bashar Nashef


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TURKEY

Sudden move from Banvit -by Sinan Can
BANDIRMA Banvitspor agreed to part-ways with Chris Hill and thanked him for his services as the Turkish side replaced the shooting guard position with Mike Jones (196-G-75, college: TCU). Jones is a familiar name with Turkish basketball as sharp-shooter guard, he spent some time with Fenerbahce and Darussafaka. Jones played his first game against Antalya Buyuksehir Belediyespor as he scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds to help his team to an important 80-78 win.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Coop and Manchester advances. -by David Edole
The Manchester Millrats dodged a playoff bullet at the end of regulation and held on to defeat Montreal, 146-140, in an overtime nail-biter at Quebec City last night.

The second-ranked Millrats held a 90-75 lead in the fourth quarter but couldn't put away Montreal in regulation. The 12th-ranked Royal scorched the nets in a comeback and missed a potential game-winner at the fourth-quarter buzzer.

'Montreal really wouldn't quit. They kept hitting 3-pointers and got some turnovers. We ended up in a dogfight at the end,' Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy said. 'Fortunately, we made plays at the end of overtime, and they had to foul us.'

Manchester forward Charles Mason, who came up with strong defensive play in OT, netted 25 points for the Millrats. Guard Al Stewart tallied 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists. Cedric McGinnis added 23 points.

Former Manchester Central standouts P.J. Young (22 points) and David Cooper (201-F-83, college: JMU) (15 points) were instrumental in the win. Cooper grabbed in eight rebounds in 'one of the best games of his pro career,' Millrats team owner Jason Briggs said.

Montreal's Mitchell was relentless, hitting all 13 free-throw attempts and connecting on seven of 17 attempts from three-point range. The game featured 12 lead changes and 16 ties.

'It was a scary game. Give Montreal credit. We're happy to get out with a win,' Briggs said.

Quebec City, celebrating its 400th anniversary, brought a crowd of 2,000 to opening-day play at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse. Manchester, improving to 22-10, advanced to tonight's semifinals against the winner of Atlanta vs. San Diego.


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UKRAINE

Kyiv suffer first Superleague loss -by Alexei Naumov
Azovmash Mariupol managed to end Kyiv's 21-game winning streak, blowing their main rivals out 88:68.

Kyiv's depleted line-up had difficulty dealing with Mariupol's pick and rolls as the home side's big men contributed to Azovmash's initial 12:6 lead. Tomo Mahoric's frontcourt changes did not help and the host finished the 1st quarter up with 15 more unanswered points - 27:6.

Mariupol zoned up on defense in the second and the visitors took advantage, nailing some shots from downtown. Josh Davis also managed to get his team several more second chances, reducing the lead to 12 by halftime.

Kyiv kept up the pressure after the intermission: tough defense made the hosts rush their shots, while Artur Drozdov scored a couple of threes and a dunk to bring his team within 4, which made Mariupol call time.

The timeout ignited Azovmash's 12:0 run, giving Kyiv an unrecoverable blow. The defending champions had no difficulty holding on to the win thereafter.

Kyiv are now waiting for an outcome of the remainder of the Saturday's Superleague games to finish. That's when they will learn who their first playoff opponent will be.

Kyiv's juniors, meanwhile, were more successful in Mariupol. They managed to defeat Azovmash 100:87 behind an even production from 6 players that scored in double figures.

Ruslan Otverchenko scored 8 quick points for the visitors, giving his team a 17:8 lead. Mariupol reduced the lead to 3 by the end of the 1st quarter.

The hosts even managed to briefly get ahead, but Otverchenko drained a big three and Denys Lukashov initiated several fast-breaks to regain the lead.

After finishing the first half 41:34, Kyiv held on to the lead till the end.

Kyiv's Denys Lukashov was the game's top scorer with 22 points. Andrei Lebedintsev demonstrated a solid all-around game: 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 steals.


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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Interview with Al Sharjah's import Murray -by Mohammed Malas

After the end of the regular season in UAE, Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.), The american import in Al Sharjah Club opened his heart to Asia-Basket and spoke about his 1st career in middle east....


1- Who is Justin Murray?
Justin Murray is a determined hard working guy from Tacoma, Washington who has an undying passion for the game of basketball. I try to make the most of my God given talents by being a positive influence in the lives of others while doing my best to make my family proud!

2- This is your 1st experience in Middle East..How did you see it so far?
Being that this was my first time coming to the Middle East, i wasn't exactly sure what to expect when i arrived. Coming from the states you have all these perceptions of different places by what you see on the news and read about in the news papers, but i was pleasantly surprised with the area. It has definitely been a great experience for me up to this point!

3- What's your 1st impression about UAE?
The first thought that came into my head when I came to the UAE was, 'WOW!'. I didn't expect to see what I saw. The UAE is beautiful man. It is one of those places that should be on everyone's list of 'things to see.' It is really amazing out here!

4- How did you find your coach and teammates?
I love my coach! I think Coach Imad Othman is a really good coach and has a great understanding of the game of basketball. I really enjoy playing for him! As good as he is with the X's and O's, he is just as good of a person! When you are playing for a coach like that it makes very easy to come to work every day and give everything you have to make the team better. I have a very deep respect for my coach!

My teammates have a lot of potential. We are a very young and inexperienced team, so we deal with the frustrations that come along with that situation. But I think our future is bright. My guys just need some more experience and confidence in game situations. I have taken a leadership role, not only to lead by example, but also offering my basketball knowledge to my teammates so that we can become better as a team and they can be better individual basketball players. My teammates are a good bunch of guys and I want them to be able to look to me as an example on the court and a friend off the court.

5- Tell me your opinion on the league until now?
The league is a solid league. There are some really good teams that we face and it is pretty competitive.

6- How far you think that Sharjah can reach this year?
Honestly...I think the sky is the limit for Sharjah! Yes we are young, and yes we are a little inexperienced, but we have the potential to be a team to be reckoned with in this league!

7- What's the difference between basketball in UAE and other leagues you played in your point of view?
The difference in the basketball in the UAE I would have to say the pace of the game. Games tend to be more of a half court game than I am used to playing.

8- What do you do when you have free time in UAE?
When I have a little free time, I like to relax and get my rest. I also like to go to Dubai and see some of the sights, because there is a lot of interesting things to see here. Sometimes I spend my days at the beach, but for the most part I try to relax in my free time.

9- Did you try to get close to the other imports in UAE? Do you know any of them before?
All the other imports that are here are all good guys. As I would think most people would do, when they are half way around the world from home, I try to get to know some of these guys a little better. I did not know any of the imports before I came until my team made a recent roster change. We brought in Rashaad Powell (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Idaho) and I have played with him before on a couple of other teams back in the states.

10- Last word to fans
To the fans that do attend the games, thank you for your support. It is much appreciated! I hope to see a lot more of you in the future!

- Season Stats
22.9 points per game
10.2 rebounds per game
3.5 assists per game
1.7 steals per game
1.2 blocks per game

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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

No luck in the first two days -by Eurobasket News
Berezina from Belarus, being one of two representatives in BWBL got to a semifinal stage of the competition. Eight teams in two groups started fighting for 4 tickets into Final Four. Yesterday four games were played. Arvi drove to a confident win over Berezina 91:48. Ela Briedyte scored 17 points to pace Arvi. Giedre Paugaite and Keisha Moore (189-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) added 14 points apiece for the winners. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) answered with 16 points for Berezina. Tim-Scuf thrashed Olimpia 94:64 to celebrate their initial victory at the stage. Tim-Scuf dropped 30 points in the opening stanza gaining an 18-point lead and never looked back. Faskhuldinova poured in 24 points for Ukrainian team. Lemisha scored 21 points for the winning side. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) had 17 points for Olimpia. TTT Riga struck back after a starting loss overcoming Berezina 98:57 today. White came up with 20 points, while Elizaveta Kityzina (194-C-80) canned 19 to lead TTT Riga to the first success at the semifinal stage. Aksana Dauharukava answered with 18 points for Berezina. Today Olimpia lost to TEO 61:102.

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BWBL - Women

Standings
BWBL Standings
Group A
1. TEO Vilnius 2-0
2. Tim-Scuf 2-0
3. Laisve 0-2
4. Olimpia 0-2
Group B
1. Cesis 2-0
2. TTT Riga 1-1
3. Arvi 1-1
4. Berezina 0-2


The semifinal stage tips off in BWBL -by Eurobasket News
The BWBL teams got to a semifinal stage of the competition. Eight teams in two groups started fighting for 4 tickets into Final Four. Yesterday four games were played. Arvi drove to a confident win over Berezina 91:48. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) scored 17 points to pace Arvi. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) and Keisha Moore (189-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) added 14 points apiece for the winners. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) answered with 16 points for Berezina. In another Group B encounter Cesis bruised TTT Riga 62:53. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) notched 14 points, while Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) and Jennifer Derevjanik (175-G-82, college: George Mason) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) had 14 points for Riga outfit.
Tim-Scuf thrashed Olimpia 94:64 to celebrate their initial victory at the stage. Tim-Scuf dropped 30 points in the opening stanza gaining an 18-point lead and never looked back. Faskhuldinova poured in 24 points for Ukrainian team. Lemisha scored 21 points for the winning side. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) had 17 points for Olimpia.
TEO Vilnius had little problems handling Laisve 85:52. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) accounted for 26 points to lead TEO. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) scored 16 points in a win. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) responded with 14 points in a losing case.
Tim-Scuf extended their winning streak today surpassing Laisve 78:68. Faskhuldinova once again topscored for Ukrainian side with 20 points. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) dropped 14 points in a winning effort. Jovita Jutelyte chipped in 20 points in the second loss for Laisve.
TTT Riga struck back after a starting loss overcoming Berezina 98:57 today. White came up with 20 points, while Elizaveta Kityzina (194-C-80) canned 19 to lead TTT Riga to the first success at the semifinal stage. Aksana Dauharukava answered with 18 points for Berezina.


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Choen in Spain -by Gil Goshen

On Round 22th .

CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE - REAL CLUB CELTA VIGOURBAN 63:56.

Liron led her team to win very important game 63:56.

Liron played 27 minutes and had 9 points 2rb. 1 as.

CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE is keeping the 4th place.

Nexr week CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE will play (away ) vs. ARRANZ-JOPISA BURGOS ( ranked 14th ).

on 12/4 Liron team will play ( home ) vs. EBE PROMOCIONES SANTA EULALIA ( 3th place ).

This game will determine which team will be ranked 3th or 4th before the play-off games..
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


Season 07/08 Awards !!!!! -by Gil Goshen

07/08 Season MVP - Tanisha Wright (180-G-83)

07/08 1st Team
Tanisha Wright
Shay Doron, Ramla
Jia Perkins, Electra Ramat Hasharon
Ayana Walker, Maccabi Ashdod
Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Maccabi Ramat Hen

Coach of The Year - Shiki Falach, Raanana Hertzeliya

Breakout Season - Katia Abramzon

6th Player of The Year - Nomi Kolodny, Electra Ramat Hasharon

Defensive Player of The Year - Armintie Price agency GG basketball , Ramat Hen


The Under-appreciated Player of The Year - Dada Vilipic, Electra Ramat Hasharon

The Israeli Coaches Voted:

Player of The Year
- Tanisha Wright - agency GG basketball

07/08 First Team

Shay Doron - 1st among Israelis in points per game with 16.8 (14th in the league), 2.8 assists per game (12th in the league)
Jia Perkins 20.0 points per game (9th in the league), 5.2 rebounds per game
Tanisha Wright - 21.3 points per game (5th in the league), 1st in assists with 6.2 per game, 1st in steals with 3.2 per game, 6.4 rebounds per game
Mistie Williams agency GG basketball - 18.2 points per game (12th in the league), 62.7% 2pt field goal percentage (3th in the league), 7.6 rebounds per game (13th in the league)
Ayana Walker - 20.1 points per game (8th in the league), 11.6 rebounds per game (3rd in the league), 1st in blocks with 2.2 per game


Coach of The Year - Shiki Falach

Breakout Season of The Year - Katia Abramzon



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LATVIA - Women

Liepajas metalurgs beats RTU/Klondaika at home -by Gunars Gailitis
Latvia Woman`s Basketball League

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

Liepajas metalurgs - RTU/Klondaika (Riga) 61-52. Serie 1-0

Kristina Cirsa (176-F-87) 19, Niedola 16+9reb, Nazarova 13+10reb, Pelse 6, Zuzane 3, M.Line 2, Alilujeva 2, Bauze, Pinstere, Zdanovska; Anete Klintsone (176-G-90) 15, Indrane 9, Jakobsone 6, Bicane 5+5reb, Kulite 4, Brice 4, Purina 3, Barkane 2, Upeniece 2, Piterniece.


Cesis and TTT Riga win -by Gunars Gailitis
Baltic Woman`s Basketball League

Semi-final round, Group B in Cesis

Day 2

Berezina -RCOR (BLR) - TTT Riga 57-98 (14-31; 18-15; 10-22; 15-30)

Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) 18+6reb, Harelchik 13, Duboiskaya 9; LaTanya White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) 20+5st, Kityzina 19+7reb, Brumermane 11+6reb, Riley 12+9reb

SK Cesis - Arvi (LTU) 73-68 (15-16; 20-25; 21-18; 17-11)

Jennifer Derevjanik (175-G-82, college: George Mason) 21, Sales 16, Crockett 10; Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) 18, Briedyte 17, Bills 11

1. SK Cesis 2-0
2. Arvi 1-1
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3. TTT Riga 1-1
4. Berezina 0-2


Crockett leads Cesis over TTT Riga -by Gunars Gailitis

Baltic Woman`s Basketball League

Semi-final round, Group B in Cesis

Day 1

TTT Riga - SK Cesis 53-62 (18-20; 15-14; 12-12; 8-16)

Riley 14+7reb, Kityzina 12, Tare 11+8as; Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) 14+7reb, Derevjanik 12, Sales 12+6reb

Arvi (LTU) - Berezina-RCOR (BLR) 91-48

1. Arvi 1-0
2. SK Cesis 1-0
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3. TTT Riga 0-1

4. Berezina 0-1



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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO and Arvi step closer to Final Four -by Eurobasket News
The BWBL teams got to a semifinal stage of the competition. Eight teams in two groups started fighting for 4 tickets into Final Four. Yesterday four games were played. Arvi drove to a confident win over Berezina 91:48. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) scored 17 points to pace Arvi. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) and Keisha Moore added 14 points apiece for the winners. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) answered with 16 points for Berezina.
TEO Vilnius had little problems handling Laisve 85:52. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) accounted for 26 points to lead TEO. Gintare Petronyte scored 16 points in a win. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) responded with 14 points in a losing case.


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NCAA2 - Women

Northern Kentucky is in the National Title Game tonight on ESPN 2 at 6pm!!!! -by Lucius Jones
N.Kentucky has somewhat flown under the radar this season and not really been considered a true national title contender. Simply put,the critics were totally off base and this team is obviously one game away from completing their quest for excellence and a National Championship. This team has come together at just the right time and seems primed for an astonishing season-ending finish that could result in their crowning as champions.

In their Final 4 game versus Alaska Anchorage, N.Kentucky was led by a balanced attack that produced a 9pt 12reb game by Nicole Chiodi and 4 other scorers in between 10-13pts. The amazing effort was led by D1 transfer, Jessica Slack (5'11''-G) and her 12pts on 3-4FG 2-2 3pt 4-5FT, 1reb, 3asts, 5stls in 30mins. The junior is a natural insipratonal leader and may be the key to the national championship game for this title contender.


Northern Kentucky Captures D-II Title -by Eurobasket
Cassie Brannen (6'1''-C/F-86) scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half, helping Northern Kentucky rally from two big deficits and beat South Dakota 63-58 in the NCAA Division II women's national championship game on Saturday night.
Brannen scored nine straight points before fouling out with 1:13 left and the Norse (28-8) leading 54-52. By then, Northern Kentucky had erased deficits of 12 and nine points and was on its way to a second national championship. The Norse also won the 2000 title, and lost the 2003 championship game to South Dakota State.
Jeana Hoffman scored 19 points for South Dakota (33-2), which played its first and last championship game. The Coyotes, who had their 31-game winning streak stopped, begin the transition to Division I next season. The game also was the final for head coach Chad Lavin, who is retiring.
For much of the second half, it appeared both would go out in style. But the Coyotes went into a late shooting slump and were outscored 18-8 in the last 3:58.
The Coyotes shot themselves out of a similar slump in the first half to take a 26-23 lead into the break when Hoffman made a layup at the buzzer.
Hoffman was the only USD player in double figures. The Coyotes, who led Division II in 3-point shooting, made just seven of 30 3-point attempts and missed all eight tries in the final 8:55.
The Norse trailed 50-45 when Brannen took charge down low. She converted a three-point play, followed by back-to-back layups to tie the game at 52-52.
Brannen made two free throws with 2:09 remaining to give Northern Kentucky its first lead of the second half at 54-52.
The Norse never trailed again.
Angela Healy (6'1''-C-86) scored 18 points, Danyelle Echoles (5'6''-G-87) 12 and Jessie Slack (5'10''-G-86) 11 for Northern Kentucky. Healy also had 13 rebounds, helping the Norse to a 43-36 rebounding edge.

Courtesy of NCAA


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NIGERIA - Women

Zenith Bank Women League: First Bank, Dolphins in good start -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Reigning Nigeria Women league champion First Bank basketball club and runner-up, Dolphins basketball club began their quest for glory at the 2007/2008 season of the Zenith Bank Women Premier league on a good note Friday.

First Bank coached by former Nigeria Women National team assistant coach, Adewumi Aderemi defeated new entrant FCT Queens basketball club by 85-30 while Dolphins handled by its proprietor, Wale Aboderin posted a staggering 82-19 victory over another new comer Plateau Rocks of Jos.

Scott Nnaji tutored Nigeria Customs Women basketball club had the better of Amazons basketball club in the last game played Friday at the Sports Hall of the Abuja National Stadium with a 43-32 points win.

Sunshine Angels of Akure defeated AHIP by 49-29 while Delta Force basketball club of Asaba walloped Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano by 60-30 points.

Sunday - March 30 Games:

Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano will slug it out against newcomer, FCT Queens at 10.00 hours, Nigeria Customs will take to the floor against Plateau Rocks at 12.00 hours, First Bank is handed another easy pairing as it will confront AHIP basketball club of Kano at 14.00 hours, the fourth game of the day between Delta Force and Sunshine Angels fixed for 16.oo hours look like the Star-Match of the day going by both sides pedigree while the last match of day-3 will Dolphins unleashing its arsenal against Amazons at 18.00 hours.


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ROMANIA - Women

Sfantu Gheorghe is the Cup winner -by Eurobasket News
Sf. Gheorghe - Sportul Studentesc 74:55

Sf. Gheorghe snapped the Cup dominance of CSM Targoviste to claim the title in 2008. They routed Sportul in the yesterday's final to raise the trophy. Sf. Gheorghe were a bit more consistent in the opening frame and drove to a 20:18 lead after 10 points of action. They stayed ahead in the second term and stretched the margin to 5 points at the interval 38:33. Sportul Studentesc seemed to have run out of steam in the second half as Sf. Gheorghe started to prevail. They accumulated a 13-point advantage heading into the fourth period and never looked back. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) led all scorers with 15 points for Sf. Gheorghe. She was named the Final Four MVP. Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) added 14 points, while Brosovszki contributed 10 points for the winners. Ivana Todorovic (187-C-73) answered with 11 points for Sportul. Monica Urse (186-F/C-81) provided 10 points in a losing case.
Prior to the final Arad and Cluj Napoca played in the Bronze medals game. Arad came out on top 95:80. They trailed 24:28 after the opening stanza but managed to bounce back later on. Arad outgunned their opponents 46:29 in the next two frames and cleared off to a comfortable distance. Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, college: Florida St.) led Arad with 19 points. Dragana Zoric (178-F-78, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points for the winning side. Andreea Orosz (179-G-86) replied with 22 points for Cluj Napoca.

Sf. Gheorghe: Ildiko Vass 15, Gabriela Toma 14, Brosovszki 10
Sportul: Ivana Todorovic 11, Monica Urse 10


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RUSSIA - Women

Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
1. CSKA 20-0
2. Spartak MR 19-1
3. UMMC 17-3
4. BC Moscow 12-8
5. Vologda 11-9
6. Dyn.-Energia 10-11
7. Dynamo M. 8-11
8. Dynamo K. 8-12
9. Nadezhda 7-13
10. Spartak SP 5-16
11. Cheliabinsk 2-18
12. Shelen 1-18


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UKRAINE - Women

Tim-Scuf proves the ambitions in BWBL -by Eurobasket News
Tim-Scuf thrashed Olimpia 94:64 to celebrate their initial victory of BWBL Round 2. Tim-Scuf dropped 30 points in the opening stanza gaining an 18-point lead and never looked back. Faskhuldinova poured in 24 points for Ukrainian team. Lemisha scored 21 points for the winning side. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) had 17 points for Olimpia. Tim-Scuf extended their winning streak today surpassing Laisve 78:68. Faskhuldinova once again topscored for Ukrainian side with 20 points. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) dropped 14 points in a winning effort. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) chipped in 20 points in the second loss for Laisve.