EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/4/2008

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ANGOLA

Males Cup -by Eurobasket News
Interclube overcame Uniao da Catumbela 81:48 in a fourth round match of the national basketball tournament. The winner started the game with 27:12 that gave them an opportunity to control the game. Interclube enjoyed double digits at the half, having 46:23 advantage. It the second half the game had the same scenario as the favorites dominated in the game. Lifetu Selengue (202-C-76) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Euclides Camacho (192-G-80) supported him with 13.

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ARGENTINA

Group C: day 3 and quarterfinals draw -by Facundo Iatzky

Regatas Corrientes (88): Alejandro Montecchia 2, Javier Martinez 7, Ramzee Stanton 14, Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) 15, Damian Tintorelli 13 (St), Diego Cavaco 11, Agustin Carabajal (179-G-78) 17, Juan Manuel Rivero 5, Milton Temute 1, Nestor Serantes 3, Alan Zucconi 0, Sergio Zacarias 0. Coach: Silvio Santander.

Deportivo Tachira (60): Johnell Smith 7, Edgard Lugo 4, Esterlin Guedez 2, Carlos Morris 6, Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) 25 (St), Derwein Ramirez 11, Daniel Gutierrez 3, Alejandro Omana 0, Chris Powell 2. Coach: Carlos Gil.

21-15, 39-34 y 57-46.
Referees: Alvaro Trias (Uruguay), Patricio Menares (Chile) y Bladimir Revollo (Bolivia)
Court: Jose Jorge Contte.

Malvin (70): Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 18, Pablo Viera 13, Adrian Laborda 3, Nicolas Borselino 12 (x), Alex Blackwell 16 (St), Cristian Tysierre 0, Bruno Fitipaldo 2, Martin Lasarga 2, Javier Crocano 4. Coach: Pablo Lopez.

Sol de America (92): Gustavo Paniagua 4, Daniel Ocampo 20, Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.) 39, Peter Kiganya 11, Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) 11 (St), Victor Villalba 0, Eulalio Ramoa 3, Sergio Marquez 0, Rodrigo Lopez 4. Coach: Juan Pablo Feliu.

17-25, 34-38 y 49-59.
Referees: Alejandro Ramallo (Argentina), Roberto Smith (Argentina) y Alvaro Trias (Uruguay).
Court: Jose Jorge Contte

Quarterfinals:


Flamengo (1) - Sol de America (8)
Cocodrilos (2) - Universo (7)
Regatas Corrientes (3) - Deportivo Tachira (6)
Libertad (4) - Boca Juniors (5)

source: www.pickandroll.com.ar



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AUSTRIA

H1 - OEBL-Round 6 -by Cueneyt Tuerk
Oberwart Gunners got back to the race by beating St.Polten on road, on Sundaynight. Oberwart raised its record to 21-7 and holds sole position at the topof the standings, while St.Polten fell to 10-17. Oberwart took the led earlyin the first quarter and never looked back. Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) led the winners witha double-double of 17 points and 10 boards. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) added 16 on 70% shooting from the floor. Stefan Kerschbaummayer scored 22 and ThomasSchreiner 14 for the hosts.

UBC St.Polten (69): Stefan Kerschbaummayr (183-G-84) 22, Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) 14, MartinKohlmaier 12, Christian Kollik 10, Andreas Bauch 7, Lukas Bock 2, RobertWagenlechner 2, Christoph Greimeister 0, Alexander Heuberger 0, Jakob Breinl 0

Oberwart Gunners (89): Marko Moric 17, Jason Johnson 16, Crawford 15, Adam Boone 15, Jasmon Youngblood 10, Tomislav Gaspar 8, Hannes Ochsenhofer 4,Paul Radakovics 2, Yao Schaefer 2, Stefan Ulreich 0,

(14:22, 22:24, 15:24, 18:20)
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Furstenfeld showed why it¹s considered by being a favorite by downing visiting Klosterneuburg, 101:83 on Sunday night in Furstenfeld. Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) scored a game high 33 points and collected 6 rebounds, Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM)posted 22 and Shelton Colwell added 13 for the hosts who pulled away thesecond quarter and never let the visitors to bounce back. Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) had adouble-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Christoph Nagler added 19 and Melvin Creddle 16 for the Dukes. The result dropped Klosterneuburg to 15-13.

BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld (101): Milan Goljovic 33, Samo Grum 22, SheltonColwell 13, Slobodan Ocokoljic 11, Michael Fraser 8, Anthony Shavies 7,Michael Dale 5, Cedric Hensley 2, Alexander Lanegger 0

Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg (83): Kevin Martin 21, Christoph Nagler 19, MelvinCreddle 16, Marquis Wright 10, Andreas Diwald 8, Calvin Watson 5, ImmanuelGartner 2, Damir Hamidovic 2, Lukas Sallomon 0

(24:21, 27:20, 23:18, 27:24)
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Wels camo out strong but still lost the battle it¹s way to a 96:85 lost overArkadia Traiskirchen on Sunday night in Traiskirchen. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 23 points and 7 boards. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) (21) and DraganZekovic (29) both were good for a double-double of 21-20 points and 10 rebounds. The game started with a one way affair for the visiting team, theyled the first minutes of the game 0:8 and 8:18 after 6 minutes of playing,as Traiskirchen stormed back with Zekovic, Milosevic and Lamesic who gave their team a 31-28 lead after 10 minutes. The hosts started the second period with the same fashion and allowed all Traiskirchen fans to celebratea big home win.

Arkadia Traiskirchen (96): Stevan Milosevic 23, Davor Lamesic 21, DraganZekovic 20, Joey Vickery 11, Bendedikt Danek 10, Dzmitry Paliashuck 5, DavidGeisler 2, Kristijan Bokanovic 2, Nemanja Bjelica 2, Spencer Rhynes 0

WBC Kraftwerk Wels (85): Kendrick Davis (193-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Texas) 18, Markus Pargfrieder 14, Pavel Stanek 13, Armin Woschank 12, Casey Archibald 11, Elijah Palmer 7, RichardAnderson 7, Kyle Wilson 3

(31:28, 25:15, 24:24, 16:18)
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Gmunden survived a tough battle when it pulled past Kapfenberg Bulls 55:68 in Kapfenberg, on Monday night. Gmunden improved to 19-8 in standings, whileKapfenberg dropped to 19-9. Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) led the winners with 16 points and7 rebounds. Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 15 and Ian Boylan 11 and 5 assists for thevisitors. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had 16 and 11 rebounds for Kapfenberg, MichaelHall added 11. It was a balanced game till the last quarter 41-41. The visitors came out strong and kept full control of the game early till the buzzer in last quarter and scored 27 comparing 14 for the hosts.

Kapfenberg Bulls (55): Ramiz Suljanovic 16, Mike Hall (191-G/F-82, college: BYU) 11, Corey Hallet 8, Shwan Ray 4, Damir Zeleznik 4, Jesse Seilern 4, Jason Forrestal 4, SamuelKnabl 3, Branimir Josipovic 2, Moritz Lanegger 0

Allianz Swans Gmunden (68): Kevin Johnson 16, Peter Hutter 15, Ian Boylan11, Deteri Mayes 11, Thomas Stelzer 6, Rashard Sullivan 4, Matthias Mayer4, Florian Schoninger 1, Eis Murati 0

(15:17, 16:14, 10:10, 14:27)


Oberwart stays on top -by Eurobasket News
The Oberwart Gunners had mixed emotions during the last week as they suffered an unexpected loss from Arkadia but quickly rebounded and edged St. Polten for the 21st win in the season.
The Gunners got to a shaky start of the week as Arkadia showed a strong defensive performance in the second half of their encounter against the league leaders and celebrated a surprising 82:77 victory. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) fueled the visitors with 23 points. Benedikt Danek (174-G-86) delivered 13 points in a winning case for Arkadia. Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) answered with 20 points for the Gunners.
But Oberwart quickly came back to normality and fired down St. Polten 89:69 on the road. The hosts kept it close in the first half and trailed by just 9 points at the interval. But the Gunners raised the tempo after the break and St. Polten could not escape the inevitability. Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) paced Oberwart with 17 points and 10 boards. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) accounted for 16 points and 8 boards to help the Gunners to stay atop of the Bundesliga standings. Stefan Kerschbaummayr (183-G-84) netted 22 points as St. Polten lost the 17th game in the season.
Furstenfeld remained at the second place in the table and stunned Klosterneuburg 101:83 in Round 6. Furstenfeld dominated throughout the game and led at all intermissions. Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) came up with a sizzling performance as he produced 33 points and 6 rebounds. Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) notched 22 points in a win. Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) dropped 21 points and collected 10 rebounds for Klosterneuburg. Furstenfeld maintained their one-win distance from the third-ranked Kapfenberg.


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BARBADOS

HOME WANTED: Basketball head stresses urgency for home -by Justin Marville
'The time has come to take our operations to the next level' and for Barbados Amateur Basketball Association president Terry Inniss reaching that next level can only come when the sport acquires its own indoor home.

Speaking to an audience which included the Minister of Family, Youth Affairs, Sports and the Environment, the Honourable Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo and permanent secretary in the same ministry Lionel Weekes, the head of local basketball expressed this sentiment during his opening address at the BABA's 2008 opening ceremony on Sunday at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports.

'We don't only want an indoor facility to play basketball but we think it is critical if we are to continue to help our young people in self improvement through this sport' stressed Inniss, who was a former national player and served on previous councils as the public relations officer.

'The facility is also critical as it relates to developmental, structured age group programmes. FIBA currently offers funding for such programmes but not having our own indoor facility hampers the coordination of these programmes.'

According to Inniss, 'the Lord helps those who help themselves' and in that vein his executive has instituted a building fund and have had plans drawn for a complex which seats around two thousand to be completed in the next two years.

However, he still foresees the sport needing further assistance from the Government.

'We are hoping to have discussions with the Minister with a view to the possibility of the Volleyball and Basketball associations leasing land from Government to construct this facility. We are hoping that an agreement can be garnered to lease us the land for about twenty-five years and after that we think we would be in a position to purchase the land.'

Despite the setback of local basketball not owning its own home, Inniss still believed that 2007 was a reasonably successful year for his executive.

'With the help of the National Sports Council and the Barbados Olympic Association we were able to attend the 2007 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships where we performed creditably in both the men's and the women's tournaments By placing fourth at those championships the women were recently invited to compete in the 2008 Centrobasket tournament being held in Puerto Rico.'

'But our major achievement came when we were able to attain full basketball scholarships for two of our young basketballers. In the context of our sport that would be a good season considering we did all that and we are not too far in the red.'



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BRAZIL

Supercopa: League play started on Thursday -by Gustavo Cardoso
Supercopa de Basquete, an alternative national league created by clubs that were unpleased with the ruling of CBB in its own national league, started last week. Franca, Limeira, Paulistano, and Assis went undefeated in their first two games ('Double Game').

Game Results:

Thursday, February 28th

Limeira 82-61 Sao Jose
Rodrigo Bahia Bispo (LIM) 20 pts; Thiagao 17 pts
Assis 76-59 Araraquara
Di Galvao (ASS) 22 pts; Lucas Tischer (ARA) 12 pts

Friday, February 29th

Paulistano 81-63 Bauru
Fernandinho Penna (PAU) 27 pts; Alex (BAU) 19 pts
Limeira 71-70 Sao Jose
Renato Pinto (LIM) 25 pts; Andre dos Santos (SJO) 19 pts
Assis 83-81 Araraquara
Nezinho (ASS) 27 pts; Lucas Tischer (ARA) 18 pts
Franca 109-95 Pinheiros
William Drudi (FRA) 30 pts; 'Paulinho' Boracini (PIN) 41 pts

Saturday, March 1st

Franca 106-81 Pinheiros
Marcio Dornelles (FRA) 25 pts; 'Paulinho' Boracini (PIN) 31 pts
Paulistano 90-64 Bauru
'Dede' Stefanelli (PAU) 32 pts; Otavio Castro (BAU) 22 pts

Note: On Thursday ESPN Brasil will air one game, and on Friday Band Sports will be the oficial broadcaster.


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BURKINA FASO

Telesphore SOME is the MVP of the season 2006-2007 -by Michel Pacere
We know now who is the best player of our league. They were three in the starter of the AJSB (Association des Journalistes Sportifs du Burkina).
- the first player was Mariam TRAORE (best female player since many years, electricians, champions of season 2006-2007, winners of the President Cup)
- the second was Isaac Palenfo (-C) of Kadiogo Bulls
- the third was Telesphore SOME of RCK (falcons, champions 2006-2007, winners of the President Cup)
It was hard for Mariam to got the trophy because the best player of the season 2005-2006 was a female player. Isaac didn't win a final during the season. So, Telesphore became the last season MVP.
Telesphore SOME, Guard, RCK falcons, heigh 1,87m, weight 86kg
This little guard begins basketball with the coach Voulot OUEDRAOGO; he won the championship in the season 1995-1996, 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 (U18) with the stellar of Ouagadougou (EFO); in 1998-1999, he was the U20 champion with the same team.
For some problems, he changed team in 1999-2000 and played with the Petroliers (AS-Sonabhy); he was again champion with the U20. The same season he was designed as the U20 best player by the 'Ligue du Centre'.
During 4 years, HE disappears from our statistics (problems with his team and the coach).
Coach COULIBALY of the falcons called him 3 years ago. It was a good choice. With his new team, Telesphore found again the way to win. He played more and became slowly, a big warrior. With the little center Innocent Hien (-G) (MVP in 2004-2005), Namory Kone, Ben Sada DABIRE, they work so hard as they begins their walk to became the best team of the three last season. They lost the championship in 2004-2005 but they win the president cup the same season. One year later, they lost the two competitions. Last season they won all the trophies and Telesphore became the MVP of the season.
Telesphore is the guy that every coach wants to have in his team; he does't speak too much when he plays; he just work; he does all the things you want. He likes all the things the others players don't like: defence. He defends on all the players, and sometimes he is able to stop some centers; he is not tall; but he is very strong, just look at his arms and his legs. He moves very fast and his fastbreak finish all the time by a big dunk; he has a big jump and loves playing rebound in his team. He never say never.
Younger, his big dream was to play in NBA; now, he just want to play and defend his trophy of MVP. As he know, it'll not be easy; but as he says every time, 'don't be afraid of tomorrow, let tomorrow come himself...'


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CAPE VERDE

Seven Stars defeats Predio (65-57) -by Pedro Gomes
Seven Stars beat Predio 65 to 57 for the third round of the Santiago South.

A game which was waited with some expectation from the fans of the game did not disappoint them. Both teams delivered an excellent game, which guaranteed the excellent show. After Predio had beaten last year champion ABC at the Vava Duarte Pavilion, this game also presented a test for the Seven-Stars, which strengthened significantly, and is fighting for the regional title.
The first half was marked by the balance and constant alternation of the score, with Predio leading most of the way, due to the strong inside play, and excellent rebounding from Biliku and Lamine. On the other side, Seven managed to stay close, with their long range game, supported by Odair. At the half Seven lead 28 to 26.

The beginning of the second half was fatal to Predio. Seven were able to synchronize everyone to play collectedly, and with continue success from the three point range, allowed them to increase the difference, by the end of the third period, Seven lead by 14 points (51-37). From that point, Seven managed to control the game, and hold on to the lead until the end.

We highlight the good performance by Victor from Predio, Vasco and Antonio Tavares (180-G-74) from Seven, their unaccounted contribution were vital to the win. With this result, three teams are tied for the top spot of the Santiago South Championship; Predio, Seven and ABC, giving the idea that this will be the most competitive championship in the last years.


Q&A with Avery Oliver -by Moritz Korff -by Pedro Gomes
It is obvious that TV Hohenlimburg has dominated the action in the NRW-Landesliga 5 so far in this 2007-2008 season. Loosing only one of 13 games the team from Hagen ranks first in the table looking to move up to the next level. The main reason, why TV is so impressive stands 1,93m tall, is 24 years of age and comes from Massachusetts.
Avery Oliver (193-F-83, college: Indiana, PA), a versatile Guard/Forward, is the go-to-guy of Hohenlimburg. He spent the final two years of his collegiate career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a D2-school, and averaged 11.8 points, 5.7 boards and 1.8 assists in 22 games as a senior. He is currently in his first year in Europe. Eurobasket Germany had the chance for an interview.

Have you enjoyed your holidays?

Yes, my holidays were great. I spent 10 days in the states for christmas with family and friends, which is exactly what I needed for this time of year. Then I flew back into Germany the day after christmas, it felt good to be back at my second home in Hohenlimburg. My first European New Years was a good time, also I spent 3 days in Amsterdam. The atomosphere was real nice, they had a simliar ceremony to New York City but not with one million people. I had the best of both worlds for the holidays, America and Europe, so I can't complain.

You have been playing for Hohenlimburg from the Landesliga so far this season: How is the level of competition in this minor league?

The level of competition is very low for me throughout the whole league. After every game my opponets are asking me why I am in the Landesliga. I let them know that it was a foot in the door for me and I'im just here until I get the oppurtunity to leave. My teammates have even asked me occasionally. All the 40 points games, triple doubles (maybe even a quadruple double or two) and highlight dunks do not add up to much in this league. With that being said it is also better than sitting at home right now wondering what the basketball is like over here.

It looks like if you are much better than most of the opponents in your league. Do you think you could also keep up with the players in a higher German league?

I am positve that I can do well and keep up with the other leagues in Germany. It would be very different if I was on the outside looking in and was saying this, but I have had the oppurtunity to workout with other teams while Hohenlimburg has off days. I practice with the Pro B Iserlohn Kangaroos two times a week, every week. I have also practced with 1st Regionalliga BBV Hagen on a few occasions when both teams are off that day. The best oppurtunity I had to judge my talent level was around Thanksgiving time when I worked out with Ratiopharm Ulm of the Bundesliga for a whole week. I obviously did not dominate like I do in the Landesliga but I held my own and can see myself contributing at that level in a few years down the road. It was just a amazing experience for any player in his first year abroad.

Are you available right now or are you going to stay in Hohenlimburg for the remainder of this current season?

Yes I am available at the moment, I have actually been available since day 1. My coach explained to me how playing at this level and for the team TV Hohenlimburg is a favor to my organizaton and I am not obliged to stay when a higher level team shows interest. Although I am treated good here and it would be difficult to leave some of my teammates, fans, and sponsers it is just a step that has to be made to establish a career in Europe. As of right now the team is in first place and capable of winning the league to move up, so I would be leaving the team on a high note. If I do have to stay for the remainder of the season my main goal is to win the league regardless of the level of competition. Seeing these guys move up would be nice because they came so close last season but failed.

How would you describe yourself as a person and as a basketball player?

Well, as a person I would have to say I'm straight forward with a good sense of humor and can get along with all different types of people. I want to say I'm a people person but people have told me I seem to be intimadating when I'm not smiling. Once they got to know me those same people noticed that I am far from intimadating and am fun to be around. I just like the whole experience of being in a different country far from home and having the chance to see another culture along with everything else that is involved with being here.

As a basketball player I'd say I'm a teammate first and basketball player second. What I mean is I'm just in it to help the team and my teammates get better. I can work as hard as I can on my game but you have to elevate those around you also. Very hardnosed player that likes to score but is not very fond of getting scored on. I can play inside and outside, I just let whoever is guarding me determine that. Most of all I like to win and will do anything fo the team to make that happen, I've just been blessed to always have a important role on the past teams that I played for. After the begining of this year; being a role player off the bench in a higher league would not be a bad thing to me at all. I'm a competitor and want to play at the highest level that I can. It's good to face a challenge and see how you react... I want to rise to the level of those I'm playing with and against.


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COLOMBIA

Colombians abroad, Colombians in the Pros -by Victor Garcia

Stalin Ortiz scored 4 pts, and grabbed 4 rebounds in the second straight lost of the Air AV, this time against Pierrel D'Orlando.

Edgar Moreno played 15 minutes as reserve in hi first game against Indios de Mayaguez, Edgar scored 2 pts, grabbed 1 rebound, and dished 2 assists, Indios fall 80 - 81 vs San German , in Puerto Rico's BSN.

Hardy Asprilla scored 6 pts (3 of 2 from the 3pt line), took 2 rebounds and serve 4 assists in the first game of the season for Marinos de Anzoategui, Hardy played 25 minutes until he sprained his ankle, due to the injury Hardy did not played the second game, Hardy also steal 4 balls, Marinos lost against Trotamundos in the opener, but won the second game without Hardy.


Enielsen Guevara scored 8 pts in the first game and 15 pts in the second helping Gaiteros to win two straight games against Guaros de Lara, Enielsen was close o be traded to Guaros in the preseason.


Not numbers are availble for Norbey Aragon and Yader Fernandez, but Aragon's Guaiqueries defeated Panteras in back to back games, and Cocodrilos split victories with Gatos de Monagas in Caracas.



Norbey's defense helps Guaiqueries -by Victor Garcia
Norbey Aragon's shooting is still not at its well known level, in the first game just score 2 points, and 8 in the second, but his effect goes beyond the numbers, in the second game Norbey's defense stopped Pantera's Corneulius Mitchell and limited just to 16 points, Mitchell was the most important ofensive of Panteras.
Guaiqueries fans began to see in Aragon a warrior, Guaiqueries is already on the top of the standings


Hardy confident -by Victor Garcia
Hardy Asprilla looks happy after his first official game with Marinos de Anzoategui, Asprilla is resting trying to heal his ankle for the next wednesday, 'Dr says i could play on Wednesday but is still painfull' Hardy says, Hardy almost sprained his ankle in a play against Trotamundos' star Aaron Harper.
'We are working hard and building the chemistry of the team, says Asprilla, and for sure they will.


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COSTA RICA

Liceo limited by the absence of Ben Davis -by Gianni Pascucci
The debut of Copenau-Liceo de Costa Rica in Liga Centroamericana was disappointing. In the first series played at Cancun, Liceo felt two times to Pioneros, being simply dominated in Game 1 52-92, and being only a little better in Game 2, ended with a more 'presentable' 53-69. The team coached by Rodolfo Fonseca showed only in Game 2 a decent defense, and without any doubt its best player was Brian Evans (185-G-82, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Texas A&M - C.C.), almost unstoppable from the perimeter, who scored 45 points in two games. The two losses were excpected, after all Pioneros is the favourite team for the final win, but not of this siez. A very important reason of this flop. however, was the unavailability of Ben Davis (205-F-72, college: Arizona), the NBA veteran expected to be the main player of Liceo, who was found iunjured at his Achilles tendon just after his arrive in Costa Rica. It is yet unknown if Liceo will keep Davis in roster or will try to replace him in time for the next series of Liga Centroamericana, scheduled for March 14 and 15, at home vs. Jaguares de la UAM-Nicaragua.

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CUBA

LSB, Jemmott MVP and Matanzas can dream -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB- Time in Cuba, Matanzas won the 'big match' against Camaguey. With this victory Matanzas has a 17-9 standings and Camaguey a 15-11 standings, Matanzas is more than sure to be qualified for the Semifinals of this LSB 2008. ' El hombre del partido' was Allens Jemmott, He came back after some physical problems and He scored 29 points (9/9 2pts, 1/8 3pts, 8/9 FT) with 7 steals. To mention also the game of Danys Torrientes with 20 pts and a lot of intensity in defense. Matanzas with this Allens Jemmott can really dream. ' El Magnifico' is back.
Ciego de Avila won against Villa Clara thanks to Geoffrey Silvestre, another great game for 'El Gato' with 23 pts (10/11 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 3/5 FT) and 7 rebs. Capitalinos won easily in Santiago and Guantanamo won against Metropolitanos an important game, because with this victory also Guantanamo is qualified for the LSB Semifinals. MVP of the game was Henry Simon, who played the TNA with Holguin and only for this LSB can play for Guantamo, with 30 points.
The Results:
Ciego de Avila- Villa Clara= 82-76 (CAV= Silvestre 23, Guerra 14, Reyes 13; VC= Boffill 26, Carta 13)
Camaguey- Matanzas= 84-91 (C= Polas 29, Batista 19; M= Jemmott 239, Torriente 20, Diaz 14)
Metropolitanos- Guantanamo= 83-94 (M= Zequeira 12, Richarson 10; G= Simon 30, Soria 19, Elias 15)
Santiago de Cuba- Capitalinos= 79-103 (S= Del Toro 22, Martinez 17; C= Torres 16, Lavastida 11, Alvarez 11)
A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

Ready to rumble! -by Alkis Spyrou
Let the games begin! The 2 semi-final series of the Cyprus basketball league is commencing on Tuesday 4th March and the temperature is rising. Any mistake is crucial and a loss can -and probably will- be catastrophic.
At 6.10pm (local time) at Strovolos, Keravnos will host HASSAPIS Omonoia. The team that captured the pole position at the end of the regular season will try and capitalise on the home advantage where is unbeaten this year. In fact, Fragkias' only yellow slip came 4 months ago (31.10.07) when they lost away to ASPIS APOEL 76-64.
Two hours later (8.10pm), ASPIS APOEL will face PROTEAS ΕΚΑ ΑEL in Leukotheo, Nicosia. AEL, still celebrating the success of the EUROCUP F4 place, will start the Herculean task of twice breaking (Semi-final and final) the home court advantage in order to become the first Cypriot team to win 6 consecutive championship titles!

The second legs, that will take place in the visiting teams' home court, will be played on Friday and Saturday. On Friday 7th March at 7.30pm, PROTEAS EKA AEL will host in Melford Arena ASPIS APOEL and on Saturday 8th March, HASAPPIS Omonoia will entertain KERAVNOS (7pm).

So sit back, relax and enjoy both series that for sure will keep the interest at its highest level.


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EUROLEAGUE

Euroleague MVP for February: Marvis "Bootsy" Thornton, Montepaschi Siena -by Eurobasket
Some of the most crucial games of any Euroleague season come in the first half of the Top 16, when a good start to the new round can point the way toward bigger success later. Only two teams won all three Top 16 games in February, and between them, Montepaschi Siena was the bigger surprise. To win a crucial overtime game on the road and then to stop the defending champions, Siena relied on the experience of the last holdover from the club's previous Final Four teams, Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's),, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as MVP for February. Thornton showed all month that, true to his history in the competition, he keeps lifting his performance precisely when the games get tougher. Thornton did so in his first go-round with Siena, in the 2003-04 season, almost doubling his numbers during the Top 16 and Final Four. Last month, he got rid of the 'almost', more than doubling his regular season scoring average to assure Siena's perfect 3-0 record and first-place standing in Group D of the Top 16. After his eight-steal performance in a home victory over Partizan Igokea to open the Top 16, Thornton willed in a crucial late shot to seal an overtime win at Efes Pilsen and then led all scorers as Siena undid visiting Panathinaikos at home. Playing always within Siena's team-oriented system, Thornton finished the month with 16.7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals on average while helping his team's defense limit opponents to fewer than 70 points per game. For fitting perfectly into an undefeated Top 16 team but stepping up when needed, Bootsy Thornton is a more-than-deserving choice as Euroleague Basketball's MVP for February.
Euroleague Basketball's MVP of the Month honor is in its fourth season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance during the previous month or more. The award for February was decided considering the three Top 16 games played by all teams during that month.
In February's first game, the Top 16 opener at home against Partizan, Thornton was credited with 8 steals as Siena's defense shut down the visitors in a solid 71-54 decision. He also scored 9 points and pulled 4 rebounds. Next, in the first away game of the round, Siena faced an Efes Pilsen team that had defeated Panathinaikos at home the previous week. Efes was leading by 11 points shortly before halftime when Thornton scored 6 in a row to make it a close game the rest of the way. He was there, too, with 18 seconds left in overtime to make an acrobatic shot that assured Montepaschi the 76-79 victory behind his team-high 18 points. Panathinaikos visited the next week with some not-so-slight pressure to steal a road win, but Siena stayed a step ahead of the champs all game to win 84-75. Thornton was the pace-setter on offense again, pouring in a game-high 23 points. His scoring included 5 points in a row when Siena fell behind soon after the tipoff, 6 more to start the second half and a key fourth-quarter triple when Panathinaikos had rallied to within 3 points of tying. By the time Thornton and his teammates were done, Siena had finished a perfect month sitting alone atop Group D with the biggest lead of any team in the Top 16.
Thornton had made his Euroleague debut and been Siena's top scorer at the 2004 Final Four, so his return this season was a treat in itself for the local fans. His performance in February, leading a workmanlike team to a perfect month in the toughest stage of the season, will have those fans dreaming bigger dreams now. They will also get to celebrate with Thornton again when he receives the February MVP award at an upcoming home game.
Courtesy of Euroleague.net


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Corey Smith The Player of February -by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) (Kouvot, Kouvola) has been named The Player of February. His Team Kouvot was 6-1 in February and Smith was averaging in those games 21,1 ppg, 8,1 rpg, 2,4 apg and 1,9 spg. Smith was also The Player of January. Last Year Damon Williams (199-F-73, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (Pyrinto, Tampere) was The Player of December, Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) (Torpan Pojat, Helsinki) The Player of November and Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) (Honka, Espoo) The Player of October.

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

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

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

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

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



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FYR MACEDONIA

Results from Round 20 in the Second league -by Todor Chalovski
Results from Round 20 in the Second league:

TORUS - HERAKLEA 89:76,
TETEKS - VARDAR CENTAR 86:87,
ABA - NEGOTINO 80:67,
KOZUV - OVCE POLE 63:67,
PLEJMEJKLER KUBUS - GOCE DELCHEV 77:64.

Torus leads the table, ahead of Pop Sport VSA and Vardar Centar. These three teams, together with Ovce Pole and Negotino are safe into the newly formed First 'B' League, which will give us the two newly promoted teams in the First league next season.


League leaders fall in Strumica -by Todor Chalovski
Current league leaders Feni Industri suffer a 71:76 defeat to champions Strumica 2005 in Round 26 in the First Macedonian league.
Serbian Damir Latovic had a great game for the home team, scoring 30 points, while Macedonian NT member Toni Grncarov added 20.

Swisslion Pelister won in Skopje, against MZT FON Univerzitet 78:69.
Milan Miljkovic led the Bitola team with 22 points, while his Serbian compatriot Aleksandar Held added 16.

Amak SP squander a 20 plus lead, and struggled to beat Vardar Osiguruvanje 98:92 eventually.
Formen U 20 Macedonian international Vojdan Stojanovski scored 32 points vor Ohrid based team.

Fersped Rabotnicki had little trouble disposing of Karpos Sokoli 2000 96:77.
Dimitar Mirakovski scored 29, and Bojan Trajkovski added 15 for Fersped Rabotnicki.


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GAMBIA

Gambians in the US ( Player update) 3/08 -by Rolando Delabarrera
It has been a lackluster year for Gambians stateside. Gone are the days of Pierre Jallow and Bojang where some productivity could be had in the collegiate ranks. The next crop of college players will have to cary the mantle for Gambian basketball in the US. Saihou Jassey of SIU-Edwardsvilleijan finished the year averaging 2.6 ppg 1.3 rpg while playing 7.6 minutes per game. Tijan Jobe of Olney Central finished his season averaging 3.0 ppg and 3.0 rpog.

On the high school/prep front we will not know where Dawda Njie will end up till April when the late signing period begins. Mohammed Conteh was to attend Bloomington South High School but instead returned to Providence School in Jakcsonville Florida. Conteh signed with Western Michigan in August. No real news has emerged on Amadou Sambou. The 5th year senior has not been heard of on the recruitng trail , but if he qualifies , look for a low major to take a chance on this 6'9'' Center.

Libasse Saye is transferring to Shaw University at last report. Libasse had a scholarship offer from Rogers State at the end of the 06/07 year but decided to expand his options.

Gallo Cham is finishing school at North Florida and no longer on the Team.
Tijan Jobe (213-C, college: Butler County CC)


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GEORGIA

Players abroad -by Eurobasket News
BC Kyiv and Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) continued their impressive winning run in the Ukrainian Superleague as they stretched a perfect rally to 19 games. Yesterday Kyiv outfit punished visiting Mykolaiv 121:77 to stay undefeated. The hosts opened the game with a three-pointer from Manuchar Markoishvili to set the tone. Manuchar Markoishvili and Eugene Jeter soon made it a 7:3 game but Mykolaiv were not taken aback. Led by veteran guard Aleksandr Rayevskyy the visitors surged ahead 10:9 midway through the first frame. Ryan Stack and Manuchar Markoishvili restored the hosts' lead but Aleksandr Rayevskyy remained hot-shooting to keep Mykolaiv at a striking distance. Krstic scored 5 in a row for BC Kyiv to open the second quarter and gave the home side a 34:22 advantage. Later Marcus Faison and Manuchar Markoishvili came up with back-to-back treys and widened the damage. Aleksei Beskov trimmed the gap but BC Kyiv was rolling confidently now. Josh Davis and Marcus Faison finalized the first half at 65:45 for the hosts. Jacob Jaacks and Artur Drozdov teamed up for 17 points in the third stanza to enlarge the gap to an unassailable 35 points. The teams coasted to the finale in the fourth term and BC Kyiv managed to notch season-high 121 points at the end. Marcus Faison accounted for 18 points to pace BC Kyiv. Josh Davis and Jacob Jaacks scored 15 points apiece in a win. Aleksandr Rayevskyy answered with game-high 27 points for Mykolaiv. Aleksandr Gilevich added 16 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Vilnius saw another win of Lietuvos Rytas over Rock 104 : 77. The favorite produced another great game and proved the ambitions for the top place in Baltic League. Michailas Anisimovas opened the game for the hosts with a lay-up and they never looked behind after. Jackson Vroman closed the quarter with a free throw to give Lithuanian team 8 points deficit. Martynas Gecevicius made a jump-shot after a massive second quarter for 54:35 advantage. In the end of the game it was him again to score three-pointers in a row to set up the final 104:77 win. Martynas Gecevicius poured in 28 points as a total. Jackson Vroman netted 21, whilst Michailas Anisimovas and Bajramovic had 11. Brian Cusworth chipped in 19 points in the losing clause. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) collected 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) ended up with 3 points for Atlanta in NBA in a 88:98 loss to Boston.


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GERMANY

Regionalliga Notes -by Moritz Korff
North:
Another win for league-leading P4two Ballers Osnabrueck: The Ballers rallied past the Aschersleben Tigers 82:59 at home and were led by Steve Wachalski who finished the game with 22 points. Lamar Morinia added 18 points, Aaron Fleetwood had 16. Bryan Harrison tallied 18 points for Aschersleben in defeat. A great individual performance of Jason van Eck, who drilled in 6 threes and had 40 points totally, helped #2UBC Hannover defeat MBC Weissenfels 102:85. Van Eck's teammate and countryman Tim Haley scored 24 points, David Arigbabu added 17. MBC was paced by Johnnie Gilbert with 18 points, followed by Cornell Kairies and David Knowles with 16 apiece. Though starting Center Jason Boone had moved to BG 74 Goettingen recently, SSV Lok Bernau remained successful and earned a 91:85 win at SG Wolfenbuettel. Jermaine Robinson produced 25 points for Bernau, Felix Grohmann had 19. Wolfenbuettel's Junior Denson replied with a game-high 28 points. Volodymyr Ivanov, Bennie Miller and Peter van Rij each chipped in 19 points as BG Magdeburg held off struggling EBC Rostock 86:79. Without Big Man Kevin Field who was headed to a club in Slovakia recently Rostock suffered its 5th defeat in a row. Sven Hellmann and Joni Kaiser led the Rostock attack with 17 points apiece. Oldenburger TB had a trio of players score 15 or more points in a 93:83 victory over the Itzehoe Eagles. OTB-Center Joleik Schaffrath was impressive with 26 points and 10 boards, also Jasper Knoch posted a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds), while Steffen Kiese had 16 points. Ivan Jenkins made 7 shots from beyond the arc and tallied 34 points for Itzehoe, John Waller had 4 treys and 31 points.

West:
The Schwelmer Baskets maintain the best team in the West-division after overcoming Bayer Leverkusen II 86:78. Schwelm's Keith Harris led all scores with 31 points (5 threes), Kristofer Speier had 18, while Tom Spoeler put in 28 points (5 threes) for Leverkusen; Matthias Goddeck added 17 points in the loss. But it remains a close race between Schwelm and SVD 49 Dortmund, because the 49ers edged past BG Suedpark Bochum 85:83 this weekend and still lie in wait for Schwelm to stumble. Frank Benson produced 24 points in the win over Bochum, Gary Johnson had 21, while BG Suedpark was paced by Parrish Brown who scored 21 points. The Elephants Grevenbroich picked up a narrow 87:84 away-win over Capone Duesseldorf, that was without topscorer Kemmy Burgess. Chris Wooldridge posted a double-double (26 points, 10 rebounds) for the Elephants, Andreas Fabian followed with 23 points. Chris Lee led Capone with 28 points. A game-high 33 points of Canadian Chris Wright were not enough for BBV Hagen as the team was handed a 84:89-loss by BSV Wulfen. Robert Franklin had 23 points in the win, Tim Thompson added 19. The NVV Lions Moenchengladbach earned a 92:75-win over the Benslips Baskets Salzkotten and strengthened their position in the middle of the table. Brad Shove led the Lions' point-production once again and scored 23. Clayton Longmire and Chet Johnson each had 17 points. At the end of the ladder the Bergheim Bandits carried home an important victory (80:64) over TuS Meckenheim. The Bandits were led by Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville), who stood out with a huge performance. He scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, snagged 8 steals and blocked 6 shots. His teammate Chris Rodgers finished the game with 31 points.

The South-West division took a break this past weekend.

South-East:
1800 fans filled the gym in Landshut as hosting TG Renesas took on FC Bayern Muenchen for the clash of the two leading teams. FC Bayern came out victorious (91:77) and looks like a champion with six games left to play in this season. Bayern took the lead in the first half, but the hosts came back after the break and cut the lead to three. However, the visiting team stayed calm to pick up the win after 40 minutes. Tony Thomason nailed 4 threes for Bayern and had 23 points totally, Claus Weiss added 17 points in the win. Landshut got 18 points from Jon Simon and 16 from Justin Allen who was affected by an injury.
The COOCOON Baskets Weiden were without topscorer Stephen Cramer when they fell short 74:93 at BIG Gotha. Michael Rost scored a game-high 23 points in the win, Jason Boucher had 20 points for Weiden. 5 triples and 27 points totally of Josef Eichler paced HSB Landsberg in 85:83 win over local rival BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen. Jonathan Genck answered with 24 points for the hosts. The Dachau Spurs earned a surprising but well deserved 81:74-victory on the road against the Wuerzburg Baskets. Dachau's Calvin Wooten put on quite a show as he chipped in 38 points. Markus Hallgrimson had 22 points (including 5 treys) for Wuerzburg. 27 and 22 points by Andreas Saller and Bernd Endres respectively led FC Baunach in an easy 81:53-triumph over TuS Jena. Also SpVgg Rattelsdorf had no problems to hold off Breitenguessbach II 98:72, while the Dresden Titans returned to success by overcoming BC Energie Zwickau in a derby. Andre Spalke led the Titans with 28 points, Konrad Tota had 19 and Eric Voisin added 18 points. Jeremy McCullouch put in 22 points for Zwickau, Chris Brown tallied 21 points.


Padeborn: Esterkamp stays until 2010 -by Thomas Wolfer
Bundesliga-side Digibu Baskets Paderborn extended the contract with Steve Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio) until the end of the 2009/2010 gametime. Esterkamp, who plays for the team of coach Doug Spradley since 2004, averaged 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg in 32 competitions last season. The 6'6'' forward played college basketball at the University of Ohio, averaging 14.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg in his senior-year. Before coming to Germany, the 27-year old was a member of Steiner Swans Gmunden.

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GUATEMALA

Elite Sport 2008 introduced to media -by Gianni Pascucci
The Liga Metropolitana reigning champions of Elite Sport B.C. have been introduced to media the past weekend in Guatemala City. The 2008 edition of the team will be very younger and inexperienced, a consequence of the leaving of most of its top players. In fact, as team GM/Head Coach Walfred Corado told to media, even Enrique Samayoa left the team, together with Walter Morales, Fernando Marroquin and Rudy Rosales. the new players are: Paulo Castillo (199-C-78), who arrives from USAC, Luis Garcia (198-F), who comes from Pacay and will be at his first year in Liga Metro, Gary Alvarez (194-F-83), Hector Vandenveire (G/F), Walter Orellana (G) and Byron Cruz (G). The import players will be two, one from USA and another from Mexico, and their names will be announced as soon as they will land in Guatemala. Despite the reduction of talent and experience, the team is plenty of energy and athletic skills, and Corado is confident to battle for the first place even in 2008.

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HUNGARY

Kormend: Auriantal signed for the next season -by Tamas Deri
The management of Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend did not waste the time and signed canadian guard Manix Auriantal (187-G-80, college: NYIT) for the season 2008/09. Auriantal arrived on the 22nd of February to Hungary, but because of some problems with his letter of clearence he could not be signed for the rest of this season.
He has been practicing with the team and the coaching staff is talking more than positive about player's skills, who was tested by Union Olimpija Ljubljana in October 2007.
'I like the atmosphere of this small city, the practices and the whole management, which set us a great goal for the next season!' - said Manix. 'I'll be back to Canada for a while, but flying to Hungary in the summer and start to work out with my new team in August.'


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IBL

Explosion BLOW UP ALL_STARS 169-85 -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Snohomish County Explosion started the 2008 IBL season in style dismantling the USA ALL Stars 169-85. Explosion guard Donald Watts led the team with 26 points and contributed 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Point guard Jammaal Miller picked up where he left off last season with 19 points 7 assits and 2 steals. Guard Chris Weakley put up 14 points before leaving the game with a dislocated finger.

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ISRAEL

Limonad wins Le Havre -by Tamar Goldman
The Israeli player Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) led his French team Le Mans to a big victory in the 20th round of the LNB. The game was tied in the final minutes and with 10 second left in over time Le Havre led 93:98. Limonad took the ball ran cost to cost and made a three pointer. Le Havre had the ball under Le Mans Basket, but the pass wasn't good, the ball was stolen by Le Mans, Limonad gained control over the loose ball and made another three pointer that gave his team the Victory - 99:98.

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ITALY

Serie A Week 25 Recap -by Stefano Pini
Great basketball show yesterday at Bologna. Upim overcame La Fortezza after an OT. Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson) leaded his team with 27 points but was Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: Megasport, college: N.Carolina) with 9 points in a row in the OT that decided the game. For La Fortezza Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) had 16+13 and was an hammer in the paint for all the game. Angelico lost his 6 game in a row, even if against Montepaschi was predictable. Also Benetton is a team with trouble. Lottomatica runned away since the first quarter. Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Capo D'Orlando routed Avellino playing a great first half (45-24). Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina) had 13 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals. Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) 10 assists. Judson Wallace (204-F/C-82, college: Princeton) 20+14. Solsonica Rieti made an important step forward to keep his playoff dream. Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) pushed his team with 26 points and Snaidero Udine was in trouble since the first half. Stefano Sacripanti came back to Cantu against the team that coached for 7 years. But Pesaro suffered again close to the rim: Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) had 20 points and 14 rebounds, Pavelas Cukinas (210-C-83) 11 in 14'. Pesaro had a bad shooting night (23/53 by 2p. - 5/21 by 3p.). In the last game of the week Legea Scafati dominated Siviglia Wear Teramo: 6 players in double digit to continue to hope the tough battle to keep Serie A next season.

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KENYA

St. Mary's School beat Aquinas -by Eurobasket News
St. Mary's School beat Aquinas 57:45 in the first match in the second round of the Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association boys' basketball league. St. Mary's School used a 23-17 first half lead to pull away and defeat their surprised opponents. Marvin Gitungo paced all the winners with 27 points. Abraham Kimeu and Masuud Issa scored 12 points apiece. Bill Omaya netted 15 points in defeat.

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KUWAIT

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

Al Qadsia slipped past Al Nasr club on the road with a not so easy one point victory. Al Jahra enjoyed a 40 point blowout win at home against Sulaibikhat and Al Tadhamon struggled without their leading scorer, combinaton guard Nowaf Al Dhafairy as they bowed out to Al Kuwait 101-52 in their final game of the regular season. Al Kuwait's Ira Clark led all scorers in the game with 23 points. 'Without Nowaf on the court, we are lost. Especially against any kind of full court pressure. He brings so much to the team. We missed his on court leadership. He plays with confidence and his teammates follow suit. He probably leads the league in scoring as well . He has had games where he scored 41, 36 and had many more where he scored over 20 We hope his knee is better and that he can contribute in the post-season cups' explains Al Tadhamon's Head Coach Paul Missavage. 'Our 3-15 record is not indicative of how well we played this regular season'. Missavage continues, 'We had moments of excellence with the youngest team. in the country. We lost games by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11 points. We also had to play the entire season without the multi-talented Hussien Al Ali , who because of a military duty, could not play even one game for us. We hope he is able to be with us now for the cups. It is really too bad. With Hussien, maybe we are over .500. If this great group of young guys stay together and they keep working hard to improve their skills and physical strength, they have a tremendous future ahead of them. They are fun to coach and to be around on and off the court. I am happy, but not satisfied, with our results thus far. Canadian pivot player Kevin Shand (209-C-74, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Duquesne) is showing some good leadership and we are heading in the right direction. We earned some respect from all the teams in the league this season'.

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


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LATVIA

SEB Baltic Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

SEB Baltic Basketball League

Elite Division

Barons/LMT - Neptunas 89-68 (24-17, 19-20, 23-18, 23-13)
Skele 18, Batista 18+9reb, Gustas 15, Adomaitis 12; Gailius 13, Trakimas 12, Dainys 10, Pociupa 10

Kalev/Cramo - SK Valmiera 93-90 (25-34, 16-22, 27-18, 25-16)
Kriisa 25, Reed 14, Scott 14, Kedzo 12; Stimac 23, Bankevics 21, Jansons 14, Amolins 12

Siauliai - BK Ventspils 65-67 (12-16, 23-17, 17-20, 13-14)
Grant 21, Zavackas 10+7reb; Baxter 17, Akingbala 11+15reb, Vairogs 10


ASK Riga - Zalgiris 74-69 (18-18; 22-25; 23-12; 11-14)

Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78) 24, Millage 19, Bramlett 12+9reb; Ndiaye 16, Jankunas 12+8reb, Collins 11,



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LEBANON

Al-Riyadi scores an easy win over Antranik in the absence of Ahmad and Mneimneh -by Wael Yaman
Al Riyadi hosted Antranik in Manara and scored on them an easy 20-point-win (83-63) in the absence of Ismail Ahmad, Mazen Mneimneh, and….. Riyadi fans…. Fouad Abou Chakra started the game with Rami Akiki, Omar Turk, Hussein Tawbi, Damon King and Joe Vogel. King came out as the best scorer for the yellows with 19 pts, 7 asts, 4 rebs, and 2 stls. Joe Vogel came in right behind him with 16 pts, and 9 rebs. Rami Akiki and Omar Turk each added 11 pts to their team's tally, while Hussein Tawbi excelled with 9 rebounds. From Antranik's side, Maloy was the best with 31 pts, and 9 rebs while his mate Spencer added 13 pts, 5 asts, and 2 stls. The four quarters ended as follows (24-15), 13-13), (27-18), and (19-17).

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LIBERIA

Pythons, Barrolle beaten -by Numennie Williams
NPA Pythons and Mighty Barrolle were last weekend beaten in continuation of the Liberia Basketball Federation national lerague. Champion Pythons fell to Flames 52-53 points in a highly contested encounter on Friday February 29. On Saturday March 1, LPRC Oilers dragged Mighty Barrolle 97-61 points in another division one chase and female champion K- Deltas whipped Survivors 56-44 points while division three Georgia Raptors crushed Diviers 50- 21 points. On Yestrday Sunday, Flames whipped Commissioners 52-42 points.

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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Liceo limited by the absence of Ben Davis -by Gianni Pascucci
The debut of Copenau-Liceo de Costa Rica in Liga Centroamericana was disappointing. In the first series played at Cancun, Liceo felt two times to Pioneros, being simply dominated in Game 1 52-92, and being only a little better in Game 2, ended with a more 'presentable' 53-69. The team coached by Rodolfo Fonseca showed only in Game 2 a decent defense, and without any doubt its best player was Brian Evans (185-G-82, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Texas A&M - C.C.), almost unstoppable from the perimeter, who scored 45 points in two games. The two losses were excpected, after all Pioneros is the favourite team for the final win, but not of this siez. A very important reason of this flop. however, was the unavailability of Ben Davis (205-F-72, college: Arizona), the NBA veteran expected to be the main player of Liceo, who was found iunjured at his Achilles tendon just after his arrive in Costa Rica. It is yet unknown if Liceo will keep Davis in roster or will try to replace him in time for the next series of Liga Centroamericana, scheduled for March 14 and 15, at home vs. Jaguares de la UAM-Nicaragua.

Jauguares roster released -by Gianni Pascucci
Jaguares de la UAM unveiled their roster for the upcoming series vs. Pioneros in Liga Centroamericana de Baloncesto 'Group A'. Game 1 is scheduled for the next friday, March 7, in Polideportivo Espana Arena, Tegucigalpa. The two imports of Jaguares will be veteran Jason Walters (196-G-72, college: Mt.Senario), a very well-known player in Nicagragua, and Ben McCain (206-C-83, college: Houston Baptist). The domestic players of Jaguares will be Rudy Taylor (198-F-83), Troy Watson (197-F/C-82), Gonzalo Lopez, Donald Olivas (188-F-85), Henry Garcia, Esmilder Rojas (187-G/F-85), Augusto Lopez, Jose Perez (178-G-80), Harold Rios, Walter Solis, Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83), Roger Munoz (208-C-84) and Alifa Silva.

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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

Group C: day 3 and quarterfinals draw -by Facundo Iatzky

Regatas Corrientes (88): Alejandro Montecchia 2, Javier Martinez 7, Ramzee Stanton 14, Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) 15, Damian Tintorelli 13 (St), Diego Cavaco 11, Agustin Carabajal (179-G-78) 17, Juan Manuel Rivero 5, Milton Temute 1, Nestor Serantes 3, Alan Zucconi 0, Sergio Zacarias 0. Coach: Silvio Santander.

Deportivo Tachira (60): Johnell Smith 7, Edgard Lugo 4, Esterlin Guedez 2, Carlos Morris 6, Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) 25 (St), Derwein Ramirez 11, Daniel Gutierrez 3, Alejandro Omana 0, Chris Powell 2. Coach: Carlos Gil.

21-15, 39-34 y 57-46.
Referees: Alvaro Trias (Uruguay), Patricio Menares (Chile) y Bladimir Revollo (Bolivia)
Court: Jose Jorge Contte.

Malvin (70): Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 18, Pablo Viera 13, Adrian Laborda 3, Nicolas Borselino 12 (x), Alex Blackwell 16 (St), Cristian Tysierre 0, Bruno Fitipaldo 2, Martin Lasarga 2, Javier Crocano 4. Coach: Pablo Lopez.

Sol de America (92): Gustavo Paniagua 4, Daniel Ocampo 20, Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.) 39, Peter Kiganya 11, Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) 11 (St), Victor Villalba 0, Eulalio Ramoa 3, Sergio Marquez 0, Rodrigo Lopez 4. Coach: Juan Pablo Feliu.

17-25, 34-38 y 49-59.
Referees: Alejandro Ramallo (Argentina), Roberto Smith (Argentina) y Alvaro Trias (Uruguay).
Court: Jose Jorge Contte

Quarterfinals:


Flamengo (1) - Sol de America (8)
Cocodrilos (2) - Universo (7)
Regatas Corrientes (3) - Deportivo Tachira (6)
Libertad (4) - Boca Juniors (5)

source: www.pickandroll.com.ar



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LITHUANIA

Siauliai parts away with K.Neptune -by Lukas Zajancauskas
Kyle Neptune (196-G-85, agency: 011 Sports) leaves Lithuania. Kyle arrived to Lithuania only month ago, he was a replacement for Jose Olivero. But his career in Siauliai was unsuccessful, the American guard played only 3 games and averaged 2 points and 2 rebounds in LKL and BBL. Siauliai won't search for a replacement, because the player registration period is over. Siauliai was his first professional club, because before that Kyle Neptune played only in NCAA, Lehigh university.

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LUXEMBOURG

Sparta beats Etzella for the second straight win -by Eurobasket News
The DBBL defending champs Sparta seems to rebound after a shaky start of the qualifying round of the championship. They stretched their winning streak to 2 games outgunning their key rivals Etzella 89:75 at home yesterday. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) fired 22 points and Sohrab Ziai (197-F-78) added 17 points to improve Sparta's record. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) secured game-high 25 points for Etzella as their 3-game winning streak was snapped. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) had 14 points in defeat.
Amicale thrashed Residence 111:57 at home court. The hosts routed their opponents 41:11 in the second quarter to accumulate insurmountable lead and later eased to a confident victory. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) tallied a triple-double producing 26 points, 11 assists and 10 boards for the winners. Christian Schartz (184-G-86) scored 26 points as Amicale climbed to 12-10 record. Thierry Abdiu (192-F-87) nailed 18 points in a loss. There were some more good new for Amicale at the weekend. Travis DePree and Christian Schartz prolonged their contracts for the reminder of the season. The team's captain Christian Schartz praised the atmosphere in the team and an excellent work of Amicale's head coach Rick Brooks .
Musel Pikes remained at the third spot following a 91:64 road win over Contern. The game was close in the opening frame as the hosts trailed by just a single point. But Musel Pikes exploded with 31 points in the second stanza and ran away for good. Guy Schmit (185-G-80) drilled 27 points for Musel Pikes. Samy Picard (195-F-88) had 26 points and 7 boards in a win. Christophe Donnersbach (190-G-84) provided 17 points for the home team.


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NAIA

NAIA II National Tournament Spots on the Line -by Brandon Woudstra
Many teams are making their way through conference tournaments in search of a coveted national tournament berth in NAIA II. Others have clinched already through their fine season play or regular season conference championship. The men's national tournament is once again being held in Branson, MO March 12-18 while the women's tournament runs on the same days but in Sioux City, IA. For a look at how things are shaking down:

NAIA I Men's

NAIA II Women's


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NBA

Kobe Bryant sinks 52 as LA Lakers triumphs against Dallas -by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was characterized as ‘unstoppable' by the Mavs' head coach Avery Johnson and he definitely was. The Lakers All-Star guard bruised the visiting Mavericks for season-high 52 points including 30 in the fourth term and overtime to carry the hosts to the 42nd win. Kobe Bryant kept it pretty quiet in the first half but when it mattered the most he shone in all of his beauty. The majority of Bryant's second-half points came when Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) was guarding him. Kobe Bryant accounted for the last 14 Lakers' points in regulation to send the game into extra time. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and Alexander Vujacic exchanged three-pointers at the start of the overtime but then Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) gave the home team a 6-point cushion. Dirk Nowizki netted 6 straight points for the Mavs to trim the gap to 2. And later Jason Kidd converted a lay-up to make it a 104:105 game. But Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom were deadly from charity stripe in the final seconds to pull the victory away for the Lakers 108:104. Kobe Bryant added 11 rebounds and 4 assists to his tally. Pau Gasol produced 17 points and 14 boards in a winning case. Dirk Nowitzki replied with 30 points and 13 boards for Dallas. Erick Dampier had 16 points and 17 boards in a losing effort. The Lakers now cleared off to a 3-victories distance from the Mavs in the West.
Meanwhile the Houston Rockets continued to pile up wins. They matched a franchise-record of 15 straight wins edging Denver 103:89 at the Toyota Center yesterday. Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) notched 22 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to pace the Rockets to their 39th win in the season. The win also shifted Houston into the fifth spot in the West. Shane Battier added 20 points, while Luis Scola contributed 18 points and 14 boards for the winners. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) registered 19 points, 6 boards and 4 assists as the Nuggets are now 4 wins shy of the Rockets in the ladder.
Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) matched his career-high 36 points for the second time in a row and his Indiana Pacers drove to the second consecutive victory outscoring Milwaukee 128:106. Danny Granger came up with 27 points and 9 boards, while Jeff Foster was solid under the rims with 16 boards. Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) answered with 28 points for the Bucks. Milwaukee also lost Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) as he sprained his left ankle indefinitely. Ronald Murray (6'4''-G-79, college: Shaw) signed for the Indiana Pacers two days ago. With Jamaal Tinsley out for long time Ronald Murray can provide some sufficient back up for a starting point guard Travis Diener (6'0''-G-82, college: Marquette). He spent 8 minutes on the floor against the Bucks and posted 4 points in the debut.


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NICARAGUA

Jauguares roster released -by Gianni Pascucci
Jaguares de la UAM unveiled their roster for the upcoming series vs. Pioneros in Liga Centroamericana de Baloncesto 'Group A'. Game 1 is scheduled for the next friday, March 7, in Polideportivo Espana Arena, Tegucigalpa. The two imports of Jaguares will be veteran Jason Walters (196-G-72, college: Mt.Senario), a very well-known player in Nicagragua, and Ben McCain (206-C-83, college: Houston Baptist). The domestic players of Jaguares will be Rudy Taylor (198-F-83), Troy Watson (197-F/C-82), Gonzalo Lopez, Donald Olivas (188-F-85), Henry Garcia, Esmilder Rojas (187-G/F-85), Augusto Lopez, Jose Perez (178-G-80), Harold Rios, Walter Solis, Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83), Roger Munoz (208-C-84) and Alifa Silva.

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PARAGUAY

Araujo moves to Venezuela -by Gianni Pascucci
The very good performing of Sol de America at the Liga Sudamericana 'Group C' in Corrientes payed an immediate dividend when top Paraguayan player Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was offered a contract from Venezuelan team Deportivo Tachira. In fact, just after the end of the competition, Araujo had some fruitful talks with Tachira GM Tomas Morris and agreed to join that team for the LPB season, becoming the first Paraguayn ever to play in Venezuela. The player, however, will join back Sol de America for the upcoming Liga Sudamericana quartefinal series vs. Flamengo, that has been officially scheduled by FIBA-America for March 12 and 23, with the first game played in Asuncion.

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PHILIPPINES

PBA Philippine Cup Finals - Realtors Bag Title -by Lorenzo Gahol
PBA Philippine Cup Finals - Realtors Bag Title
Sta. Lucia Realtors 100 - Purefoods TJ Giants 88: Dennis Espino (203-C-73) scored 22 points in the second half to help give the Realtors their first-ever Philippine Cup title. Espino finished with 29 points, including key baskets in the fourth quarter that allowed Sta. Lucia to take control of the game. Purefoods came out firing in the first 24 minutes of play to take a 46-44 lead into the break. However, the Realtors responded with tough defense in the second half to take the upper hand, 71-70, going into the final canto. Espino was named as the Finals Most Valuable Player. It is the Realtors' second championship in franchis history after winning the 2001 Governor's Cup. J. Bagulaya


Air21 Acquires Rebounder For Import -by Lorenzo Gahol
MANILA - The Air21 Express will finally have someone to man the middle for them. The Express have acquired the services of Steve Thomas (203-F-81, agency: Promotex, college: Middle Tenn.St.), the U.S. Continental Basketball Association's (CBA) leading rebounder, for the coming Philippine Basketball Association Fiesta Conference. The 245-pound import stands 2.1 meters and averages 10.8 rebounds per game in the current CBA season. Recruiter Sam Unera said Thomas will fly to the Philippines as soon as the CBA season ends in the middle of the month, just in time for the March 30 opening of the Fiesta Conference. The Express are trying to recover from a dismal performance in the Philippine Cup, where they failed to make it past the wild-card phase. J. Bagulaya

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POLAND

DBE enjoys All-Star Game -by Eurobasket News
'Day' Team - 'Night' Team 114:112

The weekend brought some treat for real basketball fans in Poland. DBE organized an annual basketball show, which was crowned by the All-Star Game. The event took place before a sellout crowd in Wroclaw. The league's best performers were divided into Day and Night teams and clashed in an exciting basketball encounter. It was all thrown into the scales of entertainment as the game lived up to the highest expectations. 'Day' team used a 27:21 run in the third period to accumulate a decisive lead and celebrated a close 114:112 victory at the end. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) topscored for the winners with 21 points. He was trumped the MVP of the All-Star Game. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) produced 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Norman Richardson (196-F/G-77, college: Hofstra) secured 16 points for the triumphant side. D.J. Thompson (173-G-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Appalachian St.) answered with 18 points for 'Night' team. Donald Copeland (178-G-84, college: Seton Hall) accounted for 15 points in a losing effort.
Andrzej Pluta also clinched the victory in the Three-Point Shootout. He posted 21 points in the final round and edged his main rival Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) who shot down 18 points.
Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) put on the crown of the best dunker. Aivaras Kiausas and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) advanced into the final round of the Slam Dunk contest and Slask forward celebrated an impressive victory. He totaled 73 points and clinched the title of the best dunker.

'Day' team: Andrzej Pluta 21, Jared Homan 19+16 boards, Norman Richardson 16
'Night' team: D.J. Thompson 18, Donald Copeland 15, Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 15


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PORTUGAL

Galitos change players -by Luis Rocha
Galitos FC decided to change things in their roster. They let go George Baker (195-F-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Georgetown, KY), and sign Donald Gray (198-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands). Gray is a player who plays as a forward (nbormally position 3) and Baker use to play as a 1 or 2. The results this season are not the ones that were expected from the Barreiro team, and so with this change maybe something good happens. It's very dificult to the team to achieve the playoofs, but there are still some chances, Galitos certainly will try everything to get there.

Proliga round 24 -by Luis Rocha
Another normal round in a season where things begin to get boring...Benfica completely dominates, apart some interference (strong interference) of Vitoria the other teams are not showing what it takes to overpower Benfica or even Vitoria. This weekend things run normally although Fisica played with great determination against Benfica and was winning in the last minute, but at the end another victory for the leaders. Nice game of Atletico in Coimbra, they battle the entire game and finish close ...but no cigar. Galitos won against the last, but the team seemed more determined with their new addition, or was it just because the opposition were very weak? The MVP of the round was Malcolm Thomas (192-F-85, college: Widener) of Illiabum, he scored 37 points and get 11 rebounds.

New player in Illiabum -by Luis Rocha
Illiabum sign Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Hofstra) to it's roster, where he substitutes Robert Cheeks (202-F/C-79, college: St.Bonaventure). Uter can provide strenght and power in the painted area, where Illiabum has been feeling some problems since the begginning of the season. Now it's time for the player to show his credits, and help Illiabum to achieve better results, first in regular season, then in the playoffs. Illiabum is really trying to get a stronger roster, to erase some of the injury problems that they have to face this season.

Galitos change players -by Luis Rocha
Galitos FC decided to change things in their roster. They let go George Baker, and sign Donald Gray. Gray is a player who plays as a forward (nbormally position 3) and Baker use to play as a 1 or 2. The results this season are not the ones that were expected from the Barreiro team, and so with this change maybe something good happens. It's very dificult to the team to achieve the playoofs, but there are still some chances, Galitos certainly will try everything to get there.

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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad, Apodaca "The wizard" and Besiktas is OK. -by Alessandro Fontana
BORICUAS ABROAD
In Spain, Unicaja Malaga won against Granada 63-61. For Daniel Santiago 18 minutes with 13 pts (5/6 2pts, 3/3 FT) and 6 rebs. In Spain, Malaga is 7th with a 14-9 standings.
In Turkey, Besiktas won against Efes Pilsen 93-77. An incredible game, Besiktas is always the leader of the Turkish League with a 17-5 standings. MVP of the game was 'The Wizard' Rick Apodaca with 25 points. Christian Dalmau scored 7 pts and He played very good with a lot of intensity in defense.
In the Adriatic league, Siroki won against Vojvodina 87-83. For Sharif Fajardo 21 pts (3/4 2pts, 3/5 3pts, 6/6 Ft) and 5 rebs in 22 minutes. Fajardo played a great game and He was the MVP of the game. Siroki has now a 6-17 standings and Fajardo is scoring 15.6 ppg + 4.6 rpg.
In Germany, Padeborn won against Tubingen 89-56, for Nathan Peavy 12 pts (3/4 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 3/3 FT) and 4 rebs in 19 minutes. In Poland, Turow was defeated by Koszalin 67-64, for Andres Rodriguez 25 minutes with 0 pts 80/2 2pts, 0/4 3pts)+4 rebs+4 assts.
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Dan Langhi what a game! and BSn Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
BSN-Time in Puerto Rico. Guaynabo won the second game of this BSN 2008 against Humacao. 'Hombre del partido' was Dan Langhi who played an incredible game with 33 points (3/5 2pts, 4/8 3pts, 15716 FT) and also 13 rebs. To mention also the game of the new player of Humacao, the dominican Jack Michael Martinez, He was just arrived in Puerto Rico and in his first game 24 pts+18 rebounds.
San German won a dififcult game against Mayaguez, in San German MVP of the game was Omar Alvarado with 18 pts and 6 assists. Arecibo won another game with a great, as always, 'Buster' Angel Figueroa 17pts+9 rebs and the MVP of the game Rodney White (26 pts).
BSN BOX SCORES
SANTURCE-PONCE= 77-63
S= Traylor 16 (7 rebs), E. Santiago 13, Ayuso 12, Falcon 9, Rivas 9, Narvaez 8, Dalmau 5, O. Santiago 3, Berdiel 2, Watson 0
P= Latimer 12, Jones 11, Colon 10, Pagan 10, Rosario 8, Thompson 7, Aubry 4 (7 rebs), Lopez 1, J. Colon 0, Curbelo 0
BAYAMON-FAJARDO= 78-83
B= Benson 29 (11 rebs), Lopez 19, Vega 11, Western 11, J. Lopez 6, Colon 2, Nieves 0, Salgado 0, Valencia 0, Valenzuela 0
F= Mojica 29, Jackosn 11(9 rebs), Rivera 11, Agbai 10, Salgado 8, Collazo 4, Vazquez 4, Gonzalez 4, Pellot-Rosa 2
ARECIBO-GUAYAMA= 102-84
A= White 26, Figueroa 17 (9 rebs), Rivera 17, Hatton 13 (9 asts), Cruz 12, Rosa 8, R. Rivera 5, Rodriguez 2, Rosario 2, Butler 0, Ramirez 0, Ricardo 0
G= Freije 23, Perez 16 (9 rebs), Wingate 10, Caro 9, Gittens 8, Rivera 7, Payano 3, Soto 2, Oliver 2, Melendez 2, A. Rivera 2, Brignoni 0, Aponte 0
SAN GERMAN-MAYAGUEZ= 81-80
S= Villegas 20, Alvarado 18 (6 assts), Fuller 13, Lazor 13, Dyer 8, Herrera 5, De Jesus 4, Mendez 0, Neptune 0, Torres 0
I= Jourdon 22 (17 rebs), Sanders 14, Jimenez 13, Casiano 8, Williams 8, Caballero 7, Zayas 6, Moreno 2, Lopez 0
GUAYNABO-HUMACAO= 86-80
G= Langhi 33 (13 rebs), Escalera 21, Ortiz 11, Sheppard 7, Sanchez 6, Wilson 4, Duran 2, Padilla 2, Kortwright 0, Lopez 0, Simon 0
H= Martinez 24 (18 rebs), Richards 13, De Jesus 12, Nieves 11, Guzman 10, Febres 7, Ayala 2, Sanchez 1, J. Nieves 0

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Arecibo Beats Guayama for 2nd win -by Luis Ramirez
With Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) and Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) combining their offense the Arecibo Captains took an early lead in the game, the 1st quarter ended with Arecibo in the lead 25-14. Guayama could not catch the Captains in the second half and the half ended with Arecibo leading 44-34. The Captains continued their offensive run in the 3rd and by the end of the 3rd they had obtained a big lead, 75-56. It was lights out early in the 4th quarter for the Brujos as Arecibo finished strong for the win. For Arecibo, Rodney White scored 26 points while Angel Figueroa contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds. For Guayama, Matt Freije scored 23 points followed by Rafael Perez (185-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) with 16 points.

In other BSN action, the San German Athletics won another nail bitter as once again Omar Alvarado (180-G-83, agency: Next Level) came thru for the team by scoring the winning point, this time from the free throw line. Final score was 81-80. Mayaguez had a great 1st half, the 1st quarter ended 28-18 in favor of Mayaguez as did the 1st half 48-35. But in the 2nd qtr the Athletics played better defense and contained the Indians to once again survive on a 1 point win. For San German Samuel Villegas scored 20 points followed by Omar Alvarado with 18 points. For Mayaguez, Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds followed by Michael Sanders who scored 14 points in a losing cause.

Over at Humacao, the Guaynabo Conquistadors did enough damage in the first half to get the win over the Grays by a score of 86-80. The Conquistadors held the 1st qtr 20-15 while the half also ended in favor of Guaynabo 49-31. The Grays however made a serious comeback in the second half but it was just not enough to overcome the Conquistadors. For Guaynabo Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt) scored 33 points and captured 13 rebounds followed by Carlos Escalera who scored 21 points. For Humacao, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 24 points with 18 rebounds followed by JA JA Richards with 13 pints and 10 rebounds.


Ayuso, Jones and Rice "on fire" and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
Santurce won his third game against Bayamon. MVP of the game was 'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso with 20 points (272 2pts, 5/8 3pts, 1/2 FT). Santurce seems to be unbeatable. To mention also the game of Lee Benson, one fo the best players of Bayamon with 17+13.
Ponce won in Caguas an important game, MVP of the game Joel Jones who scored 29 pts and gave a lot of intensity in defense. Carolina won his first game in this BSN 2008, Darius Rice was 'the man' with 32 pts and 10 rebs. For Humacao, another good game for Jack Michael Martinez who catched 10 rebounds and He is the best rebounder of the BSN
BSN BOXSCORES:
SANTURCE-BAYAMON= 72-68
S= Ayuso 20, Rivas 13, O. Santiago 10, Narvaez 8 (7rebs), R. Dalmau 7, Falcon 6, Traylor 6, Melendez 2, Berdiel 0, E. Santiago 0
B= Benson 17 (13 rebs), Vega 17, Western 8, Lopez 7, J. Lopez 6, Franklin 5, Valencia 4, Colon 2, Valenzuela 2
CAGUAS-PONCE= 61-76
C= Melendez 19, Alamo 10, Bryant 8, McSweeney 7, Ramos 6 (9 rebs), Konecky 5, Ashby 4, Anderson 2, Casablanca 0, Garcia 0, Rivera 0
P= Jones 29, Pagan 17, Curbelo 9, Aubry 8, Colon 6, Martinez 3, Rosario 2, Latimer 2, J. Colon 0, Mendez 0, Lebron 0, Thompson 0
HUMACAO-CAROLINA= 91-105
H= Martinez 20 (10 rebs), Guzman 20, Sanchez 12, Ayala 11, Nieves 9, Richards 7, De Jesus 6, Febres 6, Morales 0
C= Rice 32 (10 rebs), Delk 18, Carmona 16, Reyes 10, Brown 9, A. Cruz 8, Rivera 8, Rosa 2, Hiraldo 2.
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RUSSIA

Superleague A results on 01.03.2008 -by Marina Vyalova
Superleague A results on 01.03.2008

On saturday BC Khimky played at home against one of the Superleague leaders - UNICS-Kazan. Althought BC Khimky didnt use their key players, it couldn't prevent the victory — 77-71 (17-17, 21-25, 24-16, 15-13). Next match BC Khimky will play against 'Ural'Great' in Perm on 7th of March.
Top scorers: Lampe (30), Fridzon (15), Ponkrashov (14), Tucker (10).

Khimky - UNICS: 77-71 (17-17 21-25 24-16 15-13)
Khimky (Moscow region)
5 + TACKER Clay 10
7 FRIDZON Vitaliy 15
13 + WILKINSON Michael 6
SHABALKIN Nikita 2
18 + PONKRASHOV Anton 14
30 + LAMPE Machey 30
Coach KEMZURA K.

UNICS (Kazan)

7 + LAWRYNOWICZ Darjusz 17
10 PADIUS Nikolay 4
15 + CHIKALKIN Sergey 16
20 + SOKOLOV Dmitriy 8
21 + KIRKSAY Tarik 12
23 + KEYRU Viktor 5
30 SАVАNOVIC Dusko 4
31 STANESCU Virgil 5
Coach PETROVIC A.


Spartak St.P - Spartak Primorje: 74-91 (23-25 15-21 16-24 20-21)
Spartak (St.Petersburg)
9 ABRIKOSOV Aleksandr 11
11 ARAUZHO Rafael 12
14 + SMIT Dzhozef 18
15 + EKIMOV Aleksey 1
23 SOTNIKOV Stanislav 1
24 IVANOV Andrey 8
42 + PAVLOV Aleksandr 11
45 + SIMS Lewis Elliot 8
91 RAKOVIC Milovan 4
Coach MIGLINIEKS I.

Spartak-Primorje (Primorskiy region)
4 FOMIN Aleksandr 3
6 + MILJKOVIC Damir 8
7 + MAKSHANTSEV Stanislav 26
9 SUKHORUKOV Nikolay 2
20 + PANIN Vadim 19
22 + BREMER J R 12
24 GINEVICIUS Vidas 5
50 + BLAIR Dzhozef 16
Coach BABKOV S.


Confident win of CSKA against Universitet Surgut while Triumph wins Lokomotive-Rostov -by Aleksandra Sanders
CSKA - Universitet (Surgut) - 101-52 (25-12 37-7 21-13 18-20)

The CSKA team gained 40 points adventage in the end of the 2nd quater. The short stats of the game is:
# CSKA
4 T. Papaloukas 11
6 N. Zisis 19
7 A. Kashirov 1
9 R. Siskauskas 14
10 J. Holden 2
11 Z. Pashutin 14
13 D. Andersen 15
15 A. Zabelin 2
22 M. Goree 4
23 A. Shved 4
31 V. Khryapa 15
HC Ettore Messina

# Universitet
6 A. Milosserdov 3
10 V. Karassev 3
11 I. Gratchev 7
12 C. Gray 8
14 A. Savenkov 7
20 S. Krasnikov 3
22 D. Pervukhin 3
23 V. Shevel 5
42 K. Fletcher 13

HC Sergey Olhov


Triumph (Lyubertsy, Moscow region) - Lokomotiv-Rostov (Rostov-na-Donu) 97 : 90 (23-23 33-23 15-30 26-14)
Short stats of the game is
Triumph (Lyubertsy, Moscow region)
6 LYDAY Terrell 21
9 + VYALTSEV Egor 12
10 + SLOKAR Uros 4
12 DMITRIEV Fedor 11
14 + ASKRABIC Ognjen 5
15 + TOPOROV Sergey 13
21 LIKHOLITOV Fedor 15
31 + VALTERS Kristaps 16
Coach EREMIN S.

Lokomotiv-Rostov (Rostov-na-Donu)

4 VZDYKHALKIN Aleksey 3
5 GARDNER Tomas Earl 21
6 + LONCHAR Kreshimir 17
7 + KUBRAKOV Valentin 15
8 + KUZYAKIN Artem 6
9 VOROTNIKOV Sergei 15
11 + HARRINGTON Loriza 9
13 ZIBIROV Dramir 2
14 KARAULOV Sergey 2

Coach MINICH M.




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SERBIA

A league, round 18: Beautiful week-end for the visitors -by Dragan Jankovski
Swisslions Takovo remains on top of Serbian A league after 18 rounds confidently beating Radicki Invest Inzenjering 85-77. Crucial period of the game was the third quarter, which the hosts finished 25-11. After this round Swisslions has two wins more than Radnicki 034 Group and Vizura while Radnicki Invest Inzenjering will have to fight until the last round in order to survive in A league. Swisslions got the most from PF Nikola Jovanovic (205-C-81), who added 19 points and 10 rebounds. SG Radovan Markovic (192-G-82) had 22 points while experienced Sava Rajkovic (201-G/F-73, agency: Beo Basket) collected 20 points and 6 rebounds for Radnicki.

The most pleasant surprise this season Vizura suffered the shocking defeat against Ergonom 88-94. After the game Vizura's head coach Oliver Popovic resigned on his own request but the management board didn't want to let him go so Popovic changed his mind and agreed to stay until the end of the season. Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds while Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) scored 22 points for the hosts.

Zdravlje Actavis suffered very inconvenient home defeat against Radnicki 034 Group 68-76 wasting the chance to move up from the dangerous 11th position. Novi Sad also lost at home against Borac 66-76. Masinac took care that the hosts win only two games in this round beating Napredak Rubin on the road 97-87.

Sloga was better than Mega Aqua Monta 96-81. The hosts dominated until the end of the third quarter, what was enough for the win. Two brothers Nemanja Dasic (191-G-86) and Jugoslav Dasic (197-G-80) paced the hosts scoring 34 points together. On the other side young prospect Uros Nikolic (207-F-87) shined again adding 25 points and 6 rebounds.


Swisslions Takovo - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 85-77
(21-25,20-21,25-11,19-20)

Swisslions:
Markovic 22, Jovanovic 19 (10 rebs), Jelenic 13
Radnicki: Rajkovic 20 (6 rebs), Popovic 13 (7 rebs), Kuzeta 10 (6 rebs)


Vizura - Ergonom 88-94
(22-23,26-25,17-18,23-28)

Vizura:
Sinovec 22, Glintic 14 (6 rebs), Karic 13 (4 rebs, 4 as)
Ergonom: Koprivica 22 (8 rebs), Dzambic 15 (5 as), Majstorovic 14 (9 rebs, 5 st)


Zdravlje Actavis - Radnicki 034 Group 68-76
(24-20,10-13,12-20,22-23)

Zdravlje:
Marojevic 17 (6 rebs), Lucic 12 (6 rebs), Jovanovic 11 (4 as)
Radnicki 034 Group: Veljovic 17 (6 rebs), Pesic 13 (4 as), Milosevic 12


Novi Sad - Borac 66-76
(21-23,14-14,16-16,15-23)

Novi Sad:
Martinic 18, Zolotic 12 (10 rebs), Radenkovic 11 (14 rebs), Kovacevic 11
Borac: Ilic 23 (7 rebs), Dramicanin 13 (11 rebs, 4 as), Maric 10 (6 rebs)


Napredak Rubin - Masinac 87-97
(22-24,21-20,16-29,28-24)

Napredak:
Markovic 28 (4 rebs), Miletic 28, Milicevic 14
Маsinac: Dimitrijevic 15 (6 rebs), Milasinovic 15, Bozovic 15, Becin 14


Sloga - Mega Aqua Monta 96-81
(26-21,29-20,27-19,14-21)

Sloga:
Dasic Jugoslav 18, Dasic Nemanja 16 (6 rebs), Grubisic 13 (14 rebs)
Mega AM: Nikolic 25 (6 rebs), Dragicevic 12 (5 as), Katnic 11, Stefanovic 9


Lower leagues, round 19 -by Dragan Jankovski
B league:

Zeleznicar - Vujic Metalac 63:86
(10:23, 22:21, 11:20, 20:22)

Vojvodina Zlatiborac - Crnokosa 85:87
(24:15, 19:32, 19:19, 23:21)

Beovuk 72 - Vrbas 99:87
(21:27, 23:16, 23:27, 32:17)

Kotez Bambi - Proleter Naftagas 68:76
(18:22, 27:22, 10:19, 13:13)

Prva Petoletka - FMP 2 69:97
(16:19, 09:26, 29:20, 15:32)

Kikinda - Sloboda 76:59
(18:16, 20:12, 15:16, 23:15)

Beograd - Tamis Petrohemija 85:82
(21:14, 23:21, 20:26, 21:21)



Third league, group North:

Superfund BP - Topola 94:64
(21:08, 29:12, 28:22, 16:22)

FKL Temerin - Partizan 2 75:83
(13:27, 27:13, 17:29, 18:14)

Radnicki (Ob) - Sport Key 100:59
(20:10, 22:19, 30:15, 28:15)

Spartak - Grocka 76:71
(16:19, 25:13, 21:13, 14:26)

Mladost (Ze) - Radnicki (Bg) 71:75
(17:22, 11:19, 19:10, 24:24)

Srem - Zemun Lasta 72:83
(22:20, 15:23, 22:21, 13:19)

Viva Basket - Polet Keramika 85:89
(16:15, 22:24, 28:22, 19:28)



Third league, group South:

Pirot - Novi Pazar 81:63
(18:22, 19:09, 24:16, 20:16)

Mladost (Za) - Nis 78:85
(19:25, 17:17, 21:15, 21:28)

Svilajnac Kompo - Goc 86:64
(18:21, 19:15, 25:09, 24:19)

Zlatibor - Jablanica 82:73
(22:19, 23:14, 18:19, 19:21)

Prokuplje - Bor RTB 75:80
(10:24, 17:18, 22:16, 26:22)

Napredak Maksi-Ko - Maraton Atlantik 74:62
(27:20, 17:13, 15:16, 15:13)

Mladost (Ca) - Krusevac 99:82
(28:23, 20:18, 25:22, 26:19)


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SLOVENIA

Olimpija part ways with Gorenc, Koper inks Finzgar, Panic moves to Bosna -by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija parted ways with former NT member Boris Gorenc (195-G-73) due a injury. He averaging 17,0 minutes, 4,8 points (2P 4-13, 3P 2-8, FT 5-5), 2,0 rebounds, 1,0 assists, 0,5 steals and 1,8 turnovers in just 4 games of Adriatic League.

Luka Koper inked their former member Simon Finzgar (196-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) of TCG Mercator for the second stage of A-1 UPC Telemach League. He averaging 37,9 minutes, 18,2 points (2P 79-157, 3P 52-105, FT 69-91), 5,7 rebounds, 2,3 assists, 1,0 steals, 0,5 blocks and 2,1 turnovers in 21 games of A-1 UPC Telemach League.

Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) has left Luka Koper to join Bosna. He averaging 35,2 minutes, 18,6 points (2P 81-162, 3P 26-62, FT 114-133), 4,9 rebounds, 2,9 assists, 1,3 steals, 0,1 blocks and 2,8 turnovers in 19 games of A-1 UPC Telemach League.



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SPAIN

ACB Round 23 -by Paul Nilsen
Real Madrid bounced back from their Euroleague mauling at Maccabi by steamrollering Valladolid 114-80 at Vistalegre to maintain top spot after Round 23 of the ACB writes www.acb-basket.com. The Whites dominated the first three quarters of the game racing into a 15 point first quarter lead and one they had doubled by the half-time break. The Real big men were on form with Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) top scoring with 26 points while Papadopolous was back with a double-double 13 points and 10 rebounds. Joseph Gomis and Brian Boddicker both scored 20 points for the visitors.

DKV Joventut handed a first home defeat of the season to Bilbao after winning 84-75 thanks mainly to a mature and stellar performance from Ricky Rubio who recorded 18 points and 9 assists. Badalona caught the hosts cold at the start of the game and raced into a 23-11 lead after the first ten minutes and despite Bilbao's best efforts, they couldn't overhaul that poor start. Much of that was down to the home team turning the ball over under intense defensive pressure from Joventut and the 20 Bilbao turnovers were pivotal in the game. Huertas had 17 points and 7 assists for the hosts although Mile Illic did not make his debut as had been expected as he has not yet trained enough with his new team-mates. The win moved Badalona into outright second place while Bilbao slipped to fifth place in the race for home court advantage for the end of season play-offs.

Tau Ceramica were almost shocked by an outstanding effort by ViveMenorca at the Fernando Buesa Arena where the home team left it late to squeak out a crucial 88-85 win. It was tough on Ricard Casas and his team who controlled the boards and had several players in form with five chipping in with double figure scores. Mario Stojic top scored with 18 for the away team but it was Pablo Prigioni and Sergi Vidal who got Tau over the line in front of one of the lowest crowds of the season. Just over 7,000 fans watched them both score 14 points and dish up 7 and 5 assists respectively. Tau arfe in third place with the same record as Barcelona.

Barca romped to a fine 78-58 win in the Catalonian derby game with Akasvayu Girona even though Marc Gasol played after a late fitness test. Girona were trailing 41-29 at the half and while they rallied in the third quarter to plug the gap to just six points, the depth of Barca blew them away with an outstanding 24-10 last period. Only Gasol and Victor Sada performed for Akasvayu with 15 points a piece while the latter also completed a double-double with 10 rebounds. For Barca this was a true team perfromance with all 12 players on the score sheet. Turkish youngster Ersan Ilyasova impressed the home fans with 9 points and 6 rebounds as he further builds his reputation. It is beginning to look like Girona will have a real fight on their hands to secure a play-off spot - but only if those teams just outside of the top eight spots begin to put pressure on them - something that didn't happen this weekend. For two of the three teams below Girona also lost including Valladolid who were thumped in Madrid while Gran Canaria went down at Polaris World Murcia.

A powerful performance by German Federico Kammerichs for Murcia helped them overcome a poor start to pick up a vital 80-71 win with Granca fading badly in the last ten minutes after that great start which had them a double figure lead inside the first quarter. The scores were tied going into the fourth but Murcia finally took control to outscore their opponents 21-12. Kammerichs secured 18 points as he also pulled down 11 rebounds while former Granca star Jimmie Hunter enjoyed a win against his old club. Carl English continued his good recent form with 17 points for the Canary Islanders.

Pamesa Valencia and Unicaja consolidated their play-off positions with wins against MMT Esudiantes and Granada respectively. Unicaja overcome a plucky Granada in the Andalucian derby by 63-61 in a gritty low scoring game. The home team had Berni Rodrqiguez back from injury but were still without Carlos Cabezas and had to contend with Marcus Haislips sudden loss of his majestic form - the forward failing to get on the score sheet. However his fellow big men Daniel Santiago and Boniface N'FDong both scored 13 points to get Malaga the win. Italian guard Andrea Pecile again stood out for Granada who made a great recovery in the last quarter to get themselves back in the game. His 17 points and 9 rebounds were impressive although the second quarter of the game was certainly not! The home team managing just 11 points and the visitors a meagre 7! Not exactly a classic!

Valencia cruised to a convincing 73-53 victory over an awful MMT Estudiantes who are having a terrible season but especially away from home where they are just dreadful. The orange men looked to have the game by the scruff of the neck early with an 18-7 lead after ten minutes but to their credit Estu stormed back to cut the arrears to just three points at the midway point of the game. Just when it looked like they might be able to compete in a road game for once, Pamesa destroyed their hopes with a massive 25-11 third period to secure the win. 17 turnovers from Estu didn't help and neither did the form of Shammond Williams with 6 assists while Dejan Milojevic was back on song with 13 points and 8 rebounds as Valencia injury problems look to be firmly behind them. Shockingly Larry Lewis was the only Estudiantes player to maange double figures as he fought a lone battle with 12 points. Estu remain in trouble and are now two wins from safety after victory for Cajasol at bottom team Leon.

Leon must have fancied themselves to get a win against their fellow strugglers but will be devastated that they allowed the Seville club a stunning 30-17 second quarter that almost handed them the win before half-time. It was a mountain that the home team could not climb in front of almost 6,000 disappointed supporters while Manel Comas continues his slow but steady rescue mission for Cajasol. He was delighted to get his usually poor offensive team working together and the fruits of this were Bennett, Ellis, Miles, Kakiouzis and Ignerski all reaching double figures. Lamont Barnes was the games top scorer with 17 for Leon.

In the final game of the weekend Fuenlabrada couldn't follow up last weeks win against Barca with a victory against another Barcelona club in Ricoh Manresa. The orange men went down 85-73 after a poor start which had them down by double digits after ten minutes at 27-17. 22 points from Radivojevic wasn't enough to save them. Home boy Guillem Rubio fired 15 points and claimed 8 rebounds to help Manresas survival cause as they moved further away from the relegation spots.


Week 22: Fran Rueda MVP LEB Silver and Brett Beeson MVP LEB Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

Francisco Rueda (196-F-76) (196-F-76) (C.B. Blanes Almeria) was the MVP in the 22nd round in the Adecco LEB Silver with 31 of efficiency. He scores 30 points and grabs 2 rebounds. Fran Rueda is a player with a great experience in the Spanish Basketball and he has played in the ACB with CB Granada.
Brett Beeson (193-G-72, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) (Balenario Archena) was one more time the MVP in the Adecco LEB Bronze with 38 of efficiency. He leads his team to the victory against Rayet Guadalajara.

Week 22: LEB Silver TOP 5 by Effiency
Francisco Rueda (196-F-76) (C.B. Blanes Almeria): 31 (30pt + 2rb)
Matt Kiefer (208-F-83) (Farho Gijon): 30 (29pt + 7rb)
Jesus Castro (190-G-83) (C.B. Blanes Almeria): 29 (22pt + 4as)

Andreu Matali (204-F/C-81) (CAI Huesca) 28 (18pt + 9rb)

Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) (C.B. Blanes Almeria) 25 (19pt + 9rb)


Week 22: LEB Bronze TOP 5 by Efficiency

Brett Beeson (193-G-72) (Archena): 38 (30pt + 8rb + 5as)

Hernan Faletto (193-G/F-80) (Cajasur): 32 (27pt + 5rb)

Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) (CB Tijola): 31 (25pt + 10rb)

Dreike Bouldin (201-G/F-80) (Carrefour Avila): 31 (19pt + 9rb)

Pablo Aguilar (203-F-89) (Real Madrid): 30 (21pt + 11rb)



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SWITZERLAND

Lugano Tigers holds the second spot in LNA -by Eurobasket News
The Lugano Tigers grabbed the second straight win and secured their second spot in the standings. In round 19 the Tigers dismantled Vevey 101:71 at home court. The hosts got an energetic start to the game and quickly ran away to a safe distance. They held on to a 23:13 advantage after the first frame and managed to stretch it to 29 points at the interval scoring 35 points in the second term. Vevey never recovered in the second half and the Tigers had little problems posting their 15th win in the season. Dusan Mladjan (200-G-86, agency: Interperformances) topscored with 22 points to lead Lugano. Kamil Pietras (209-F/C-88) notched 18 points and 8 boards for the Tigers. Daniel Nyom (201-F-80, college: NW Nazarene) answered with game-high 25 points and 7 boards for Vevey. Herman Alston (190-G-69, college: Kean) nailed 18 points as the visitors fell to 4-15 record at the bottom of the table.
Meanwhile the LNA leaders Fribourg kept up the winning tempo as they registered a 91:79 home victory over Meyrin. It was all done before the main break as the hosts built a decisive 49:35 advantage. The teams played an even game after the intermission but with the damage done Meyrin had to surrender at the end. Erroyl Bing (198-F-82, college: E.Carolina) chipped in 20 points for Fribourg. Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU) delivered 12 points and 5 boards in a winning case. Fribourg remained one win ahead of the Lugano Tigers.
The Starwings remained third as they also rolled to a victorious result in Round 19. The road encounter against Lausanne was not an easy jog for the Starwings but they still managed to succeed overcoming the home side 68:63. Jared McCurry (191-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Bellarmine) led the visitors with 18 points. Ray Henderson (203-F/C-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Clemson) added 17 in a win. Tony Brown (193-G-79, college: Arkansas St.) scored 22 points as Lausanne slipped to 7-12 record.


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SYRIA

Wasl's bad decisions -by Bashar Nashef
The Wasl Mangment has decided to ban all Syrian players that have played with other national teams in their life. Since they have two nationalities like for example eduardo Farhat not to play with their teams as nationals but to play as foreigners. And this rule is only made to ruin this competion not like other competions. And their is no rule in the whole fiba that states this info is true, and saying that a player that has played with his other nationality(brazilian junior team) to be considered as brazilian only and not syrian also. But as you know this is all for some benfits of some other teams in the region that the syrian teams are going to play against.

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UGANDA

Miracle Invitational tournament -by Eurobasket News
National Basketball League finalists Kyambogo Warriors and Mogas Falcons are ready to participate in the Miracle Invitational tournament at Wandegeya. Last year Warriors suffered a bitter loss to Falcons in the best five final series 2-3. The event has attracted several top teams including Sadolin Power, Knight Riders, Crane High and hosts Miracle. The three-day event has received a sponsorship boost from Rwenzori Beverages.
It should be a great tournament before the championship and the teams will do their best to make the other teams be surprised about them.


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UKRAINE

Fon and Wilson make the wins / Jackson and Garma to Ukraine? -by Alexander Muzyka
- Kryvbasbasket-Lux with the help of Miha Fon (194-G-84) was stronger then Khimik. Slovenian guard scored 7 points (2p: 2/5, 3p: 0/2, FT: 3/6) and grabbed 4 rebounds with 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block-shot.

- Marcus Wilson was the best scorer in a buzz-battle vs BC-93 Pulsar - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.

- Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) will arrive to Yuzhnyi tomorrow. Khimik invited talented American guard to help the team to end the end of the championship as the one of the leaders.

- Cherkasy Monkeys invited Josko Garma from ZTE for try-outs. Maris Laksa was inked for a month. Ioannis Gagaloudis and Kaspars Cyprus weren't satisfied Monkeys' headquarters.


Round 19 results -by Alexander Muzyka


Round 19 results -by Alexander Muzyka
Mar.1

Sumykhimprom - Azovmash 67:93 (19:21,11:28, 15:22, 22:22)
S
: R.Kryvych 22 + 5 stl, Kojenets 16, Butskyi 9, Tomic 6, Malysh 4, Zozulia 4, Lepinaitis 2 + 5 ast + 5 rbs + 6 tos, Krasavtsev 2, Gabsis 2
A: Buford 18 + 6 rbs, Liadelis 18, Henderson 14 + 5 ast, Lischuk 13 + 8 rbs, Mescherakau 9, Archibald 8 + 4 rbs, van de Hare 6, Skutelnik 5, Ivshyn 2, Baida 0

Cherkasy Monkeys - Dnipro 106:71 (21:21, 34:22, 24:11, 27:17)
ChM
: Cekovski 23 + 4 rbs + 4 stl + 3 ast, McLinton 21, Jarutis 15 + 6 ast + 4 rbs, Edwards 15 + 6 rbs, Lebedev 13 + 6 rbs, Revzin 10 + 7 rbs, Markovic 6 + 5 ast, Y.Lokhmanchuk 3
D: Khyzhniak 16 + 9 rbs + 3 bls, Kornienko 12 + 9 rbs + 6 tos, Panchenko 11 + 7 ast + 4 rbs + 6 tos, Kobzystyi 9, Kozlov 7 + 5 rbs, Vilkhovetskyi 6, Matiukevych 4, Ol.Schepkin 3, Shvets 3, Berkhin 0

Kryvbasbasket-Lux - Khimik 78:64 (16:10, 28:8, 21:25, 13:21)
KL
: Korabliov 20 + 9 rbs, Pavlovic 12 + 8 rbs, Shaposhnykov 12, D.Glebov 9, Kondratovets 8 + 5 ast + 4 rbs, Fon 7 + 4 ast + 4 rbs, Neukhatskyi 7, Herasymchuk 2, Synytskyi 1 + 4 ast, Blyzniuk 0
Kh: Agafonov 14 + 8 rbs, Mazeika 11, Cakic 10 + 14 rbs + 7 tos, Korochkin 9, Famutimi 7 + 5 rbs + 4 ast + 3 stl, Kelly 6, Zavadskyi 2, Bratic 1, Kolchemko 0, S.Sabutskyi 0

BC Kyiv - MBC Mykolaiv 121:77 (29:22, 36:23, 30:15, 26:17)
K
: Markoishvili 18 + 4 ast, Faison 18 + 4 ast, Davis 15 + 10 rbs, Jaacks 15 + 6 rbs, Jeter 14 + 4 ast, Maravic 14, Drozdov 12 + 5 rbs, Krstic 7 + 7 ast + 4 rbs, Stack 6, Saltovets 2, Lebedintsev 0
M: Raievskyi 27, Hilevych 16 + 5 rbs, Beskov 11, Gladyr 10, Silkovskyi 5, Tonchenko 4, Vynohradov 4, Onufriev 0, Norenko 0, Krivtsov 0

BC-93 Pulsar - BC Odesa 63:68 (17:20, 16:17, 20:17, 10:14)
P
: Dubniuk 12 + 6 rbs, Artymovych 12 + 5 rbs, Shkurupii 8 + 5 rbs, Fraseniuk 8, Zakhozhyi 7, Diatlovskyi 6, Sokur 5 + 5 rbs, Riabinin 5
O: Wilson 24 + 5 tos, Barlow 14 + 4 ast + 4 rbs, Yakovlev 8, Yushkin 7, Poltoratskyi 5 + 5 rbs, G.Kuznetsov 4 + 5 rbs, Podolian 2, Bailey 2, Rybalko 0

Politekhnika-Halychyna - Budivelnyk 81:75 (17:19, 20:15, 25:16, 19:25)
PH
: Golubev 23 + 7 ast, Ulianko 18, Gurtovoi 10 + 14 rbs, Kouzmine 8, Zubrytskyi 6, Lobanov 5, Annenkov 5, Umbrasko 4, Bulajic 2, Goliakhov 0
B: Stefanishyn 19 + 6 rbs + 4 ast, Coleman 15, Vucicevic 14 + 7 rbs, Yailo 9, M.Balashov 9, Orlenko 3, Horbenko 2, Briantsev 2, Zabirchenko 2, Kovalenko 0, Nerush 0. Y.Kravets 0


Markets -by Alexander Muzyka


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VENEZUELA

The Horse kicked the Cocodrilos -by Wolfgang Lucena
After a wonderful night in the Saturday game with 25 points on Alejandro, unlucky Gatos lost it in the last few seconds of the game.
Alejandro Flores (201-F,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), 'El Caballo' or 'The Horse', went to the second game on Sunday, ready to kick Cocodrilos out of their house.
Coach Maita Mercedes focused his strategy on playing defend based on Cocodrilos main shooters as,
Kevin Freeman (201-F-78, college: Connecticut), Henry Paez (184-G-70) and Victor David Diaz. While Alejandro Flores (201-Fcollege: E.Oklahoma St. JC), from Gatos, sneaked around Cocodrilos' defenders, he made 23 points and cached 11 rebounds.
The final score was Gatos de Monagas 84 and Cocodrilos de Caracas 64. The best player of the game was Alejandro Flores with 23 points and 11 rebounds, followed by his team mate
Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC) with 17 and Kenya Lamont with 13 points. For Cocodrilos Aaron Eneas (202-F-78,) 18 points and Victor David Diaz 16.


Araujo moves to Venezuela -by Gianni Pascucci
The very good performing of Sol de America at the Liga Sudamericana 'Group C' in Corrientes payed an immediate dividend when top Paraguayan player Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was offered a contract from Venezuelan team Deportivo Tachira. In fact, just after the end of the competition, Araujo had some fruitful talks with Tachira GM Tomas Morris and agreed to join that team for the LPB season, becoming the first Paraguayn ever to play in Venezuela. The player, however, will join back Sol de America for the upcoming Liga Sudamericana quartefinal series vs. Flamengo, that has been officially scheduled by FIBA-America for March 12 and 23, with the first game played in Asuncion.



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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

The repetition before the Final? -by Eurobasket News
Two Croatian titans Jolly Sibenik and Gospic met each other in Adriatic League. In a Croatian battle Sibenik grabbed 54:52 win. JURCEVIC Ivana led the winners with 22 points. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) collected 11 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) netted 9. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) top-scored for Gospic with 15 points.
Both Croatian teams continued their push towards the top positions of Adriatic League. Was it a repetition before the Final? Who knows, the teams show a good basketball, but will Buducnost agree with it?
The visiting Gospic had the better of the early exchanges and led by 14:23 after the first ten minutes of the game. Jolly Sibenik stepped up their defence in the second stanza and held their visitors to just 8 points, whilst they produced 12 points. Gospic came back into the game after the break as an 8-2 run helped them within striking distance at 6 points lead going into the fourth quarter. Jolly Sibenik had another opinion for it and in another defensive quarter showed 13:5, enough for 54:52 win.

Another Croatian Ragusa had a road win over Mladi from Bosnia. Ragusa stayed in front in the whole opening quarter and after the first half. Mladi started to catch up in the third quarter producing 22:15 in it. With more desire for the win needed to take the fourth position Ragusa led the game to the happy end. Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Anica Tesic (180-F-81) scored 12, while Josipa Bura (185-C-85) had 11. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) finished the game with 32 points in defeat.

Jolly Sibenik - Gospic 54:52 (14-21, 12-8, 15-18, 13-5)
Jolly: JURCEVIC Ivana 22, Evelina Guneva 11+17 rebs, Luca Ivankovic 9
Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 15, Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) 11

Mladi - Ragusa 74:76 (14-23, 16-15, 22-15, 22-23)
Mladi: Dragoslava Zakula 32, Aida Pilav (187-C-87) 14
Ragusa: Natasa Popovic 18+10 rebs, Anica Tesic 12, Josipa Bura 11


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Sibenik 14-2
2. Buducnost 14-3
3. Gospic 12-4
4. Ragusa 10-6
5. Crvena Zv. 10-7
6. Jedinstvo 6-10
7. Celje 6-11
8. Medvescak 5-12
9. M.Kraj. BL 3-14
10. Vojvodina 2-13


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BELARUS - Women

Olimpia and Berezina are already 20-2 -by Eurobasket News
Olimpia and Berezina are already 20-2 in Belarus League. In the latest games Olimpia smashed BRGU 77:108 and 75:125 on a road. Berezina did the same with Mogilevchanka 87: 51 and 78:41. Minsk-2006 had the biggest wins overwhelming Gomel 22:92 and 26:93.

Meanwhile two Croatian titans Jolly Sibenik and Gospic met each other in Adriatic League. In a Croatian battle Sibenik grabbed 54:52 win. Jurcevic Ivana led the winners with 22 points. Evelina Guneva collected 11 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Luca Ivankovic netted 9. Sandra Popovic-Mandir top-scored for Gospic with 15 points. Natalia Tratsiak-Terglav (195-C-80) scored 5 points and made 3 rebounds.
The visiting Gospic had the better of the early exchanges and led by 14:23 after the first ten minutes of the game. Jolly Sibenik stepped up their defence in the second stanza and held their visitors to just 8 points, whilst they produced 12 points. Gospic came back into the game after the break as an 8-2 run helped them within striking distance at 6 points lead going into the fourth quarter. Jolly Sibenik had another opinion for it and in another defensive quarter showed 13:5, enough for 54:52 win.

Wisla improved to 20-2 which is the second result in the league. As Lotos did not play in the round Wisla had a chance to catch up and closed the record to the leader that is 21-0.
Wisla had a road win over Utex Row 60:75 as the latter fell at 13-8. Utex Row struggled hard and won the opening quarter 15:14 in the defensive beginning. Later on the teams exchanged the baskets and Utex Row still kept 1 point advantage at the half. Only in the last quarter Wisla proved the class between two teams. The favorite created 5:20 in the final stanza to reach the 20th win. Brown-Braxton led the winners with 15 points. Fernandez and Candice Dupree followed her with 13 poiints apiece. Bell ended up with 18 points for the hosts.Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) chipped in 3 points for Wisla.


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BELGIUM - Women

BBC Boom creates a sensation -by Eurobasket News
Round 3 of the Belgian Division A brought a sensational result from Waregem where the local IMC Dames Waregem lost to BBC Boom 50:53. The guests suggested their own game and the hosts did not have answer for it. Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) and Sofie Hendrick paced the winners with 15 points. Corina Arts (184-C-76) followed them with 11, while Nele Deyaert scored 15 for the hosts.
Dexia Namur had a road win over Novia Namur 54:59 to take 4-0 record. szymanska paced all the winners with 15 points. Karolina Piotrkiewicz (190-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Liberty) added 13 and Romina Ciappina (180-F-88) posted 10. Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85) chipped in 19 points for Novia.
Meanwhile Ann Wauters (194-C-80) finished Euroleague campaign with CSKA. UMMC beat the favorites 94:90 and advanced to the Final Four. Lawson opened the game with a tap-in as CSKA took the first lead in the quarter. In a back-to back period the hosts enjoyed 24:19 advantage after 5-0 run in the last minute. Ekaterinburg found its game in the middle of the second as they led by as many as 12 points. Jones made it 45:33, but then CSKA reduced to 45:39 at the half time.Yelena Leuchanka brought the hosts the biggest lead at 62:48 advantage. The game could not go on the same stream and the visitors replied with 13-0 spurt. At first they finished the third with 65:61 and then tied the game at 68 for both squads. Caroline Aubert showed her quality again by nailing a three-ball before Stepanova replied with a basket to leave the game knotted at 73:73. Again Caroline Aubert shots from the arc for 76:73. Later in the period Becky Hammon answered with a three for 87:85. Her another shot from a far distance saw 93:90 with 11 seconds remaining, but Harrower's free throw sealed the win for UMMC. Ann Wauters ended up with 16 points in defeat.
In the first game UMMC opened the quarterfinal stage of Euroleague with an outstanding victory against previously undefeated CSKA. Moscow powerhouse was absolutely spotless in any kind of competitions this season but their impressive winning run came to an end. UMMC came back from behind to handle CSKA and put themselves on the brink of the Final Four. The teams kept it close early in the game. UMMC kept in front for some time but Nicole Powell drilled a three-pointer to put CSKA up by 3 with just over a minute to go in the first frame. Asjha Jones capped the quarter with a jump shot to make it 22:23 at the end of the period. Ann Wauters converted two free throws and Becky Hammon fired from downtown for CSKA to take up a 30:24 lead early in the second stanza. Penny Taylor and Sandrine Gruda trimmed the difference and Kristi Harrower hit from beyond the arc to return the advantage to UMMC. The lead changed hands thrice before Edwige Lawson sealed it at 44:43 for CSKA at halftime. Amaya Valdemoro opened the third term with a trey and Edwige Lawson added three points to give the hosts a 6-point cushion. But Penny Taylor fired with 6 points for the visitors and Svetlana Abrosimova connected from downtown to shave it back to a single point late in the third quarter. CSKA withheld all the efforts from UMMC and remained atop 60:59 after 30 minutes. Not for too long though. Deanna Nolan, Natalia Vodopyanova, Penny Taylor and Asjha Jones combined for 8 unanswered points at the beginning of the final period and made it 67:60 for UMMC. Amaya Valdemoro quickly responded with a three-pointer for the hosts but Penny Taylor continued to reign in the court with two more points from charity stripe. Maria Stepanova and Ann Wauters carried CSKA within 3 points but just to see Sandrine Gruda hit a jump shot and restore a 5-point buffer. Sandrine Gruda and Kristi Harrower extended the margin to 6 points shortly after. Caroline Aubert sank two free throws and UMMC appeared up by 8 points with 32 seconds left in regulation. Becky Hammon sparked a hope for the hosts with a trey but it was well-matched by Bibrzycka. Finally Penny Taylor crowned the game with two more free throws and ensured the winning outcome for UMMC. The Australian point guard scored posted 18 points to lead UMMC. Sandrine Gruda and Asjha Jones netted 15 points apiece for the winners. Ann Wauters provided 16 points and 11 boards for CSKA.

IMC Dames Waregem - BBC Boom 50:53
IMC Dames Waregem:Nele Deyaert 15, Kamila Oplustilova 11
BBC Boom:Annelies Blommaers 15, Sofie Hendrick 15, Corina Arts 11

Novia Namur -Dexia Namur 54:59
Novia Namur:Stephanie Dubuc 19, Simona Nicolae 12
Dexia Namur:szymanska 15, Karolina Piotrkiewicz 13, Romina Ciappina 10


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BOSNIA - Women

Mladi loses two points in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Bosnian Mladi lost a good game to Croatian Ragusa in the latest game of Adriatic League. Ragusa stayed in front in the whole opening quarter and after the first half. Mladi started to catch up in the third quarter producing 22:15 in it. With more desire for the win needed to take the fourth position Ragusa led the game to the happy end. Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Anica Tesic (180-F-81) scored 12, while Josipa Bura (185-C-85) had 11. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) finished the game with 32 points in defeat.

Mladi - Ragusa 74:76 (14-23, 16-15, 22-15, 22-23)
Mladi: Dragoslava Zakula 32, Aida Pilav (187-C-87) 14
Ragusa: Natasa Popovic 18+10 rebs, Anica Tesic 12, Josipa Bura 11


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BRAZIL - Women

Catanduva and Ourihnos get ready for the 5th game -by Eurobasket News
The CNBF Final series reached the decisive game after the teams exchanged another victories. Game 3 turned out to be a real thriller as Catanduva grabbed 91:84 advantage and took 2-1 record. Karina Jacob (185-F-85) led the winners with 20 points. Natalia Burian (162-G-84) and Ariadna Felipe (179-G-83) followed her with 18 points each. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) and Lisdeivi Pompa (193-C-74) top-scored with 21 points apiece for the guests. Catanduva won the opening tip 25:21 and increased the lead to 6 points at the half. Ourihnos bounced back within one quarter and grabbed the lead before the final stanza having 4 points deficit. A 30:19 in the last quarter was enough for Catanduva to lead the series.
Ourihnos had nothing to lose in the 4th game and showed an amazing game reaching 68:79 road win. Trailing 40:34 at the half,Ourihnos smashed the opponent 8:23 in the third and had 20:22 in the last quarter. Lisdeivi Pompa paced all the winners with 19 points. Karen Gustavo (177-F-84) scored 18, while Iziane Castro and de Andrade Izabela added 11 each. Ariadna Felipe ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.
Game 5 is scheduled for Monday in Ourinhos.


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BULGARIA - Women

Agnesa Doychinova produced 39 points for Rilski Sportist -by Eurobasket News
Round 19 was massive for the individual performances and brought 39 and 37 from two players. Lukoil Neftochimic and Dunav Econt again smashed their opponents as Rilski Sportist beat Montana 2003.
Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (188-F-73) produced 39 points for Rilski Sportist. In a game against Montana 2003 it helped her team to win the matchup 92:86. Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova did not struggle alone and had support from Galina Stancheva and Vasileva who scored 19 and 14 points respectively. Zheni Dimitrova,Nadejda Simeonova (183-F-83) and Tsvetomila Petrova posted 65 points altogether.
Dunav Econt overwhelmed Slavia 116:64 to reach 16-1 record. The leader of the league won the every aspect of the game and all the quarters.
Daniela Peteva (177-F-89) poured in 37 points in the game being the second top-scorer in the round. Viktoria Mircheva and Hristina Minkova followed her with 23 points each. Boyka Zareva (170-G-84) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.
Lukoil Neftochimic smashed Beroe 07 99:54 to go on 15-2 record. The hosts dominated in the game and in the end did not care about the result. The did however try to score 100, but could not get another point.
Nataliya Topalova (187-F-80) collected 20 points and 8 rebounds. Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) netted 16 and Radostina Slavova added 11. Zlatina Kaloferova (192-C-86) finished the game with 22 points in defeat.

Lukoil Neftochimic - Beroe 07 99:54
Lukoil Neftochimic:
Nataliya Topalova 20+8 rebs,Katya Kordova 16,Radostina Slavova 11
Beroe 07:
Zlatina Kaloferova 22, Ralitsa Naneva 11,Neli Pasheva 9

Rilski Sportist - Montana 2003 92:86
Rilski Sportist:
Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova 39,Galina Stancheva 19, Vasileva 14
Montana 2003: Zheni Dimitrova 23,
Nadejda Simeonova 22, Tsvetomila Petrova 20

Dunav Econt - Slavia 116:64
Dunav Econt:
Daniela Peteva 37, Viktoria Mircheva 23, Hristina Minkova 23
Slavia:
Boyka Zareva 17, Tonka Tencheva 14, Hristina Deyanova 11


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COLOMBIA - Women

Elena and Yaneth keep playing well -by Victor Garcia
Elena Diaz scored 11 pts and took 1 rebound, but Leipzig Eagles fall againts Oberhausen in the Germany's women Bundesliga.
Elena is coming back from an injury and his level is rising, the Eagles are still in the bottom of the standings

Yaneth Arias scored 21 pts in the victory of the Flying Foxes over Hzburg, in the Austrias 1st division.
Flying Foxes are still on the top of the standings, the team did no played since February 21st
Yaneth Arias (188-F-82)


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CROATIA - Women

The repetition before the Final? -by Eurobasket News
Two Croatian titans Jolly Sibenik and Gospic met each other in Adriatic League. In a Croatian battle Sibenik grabbed 54:52 win. JURCEVIC Ivana led the winners with 22 points. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) collected 11 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) netted 9. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) top-scored for Gospic with 15 points.
Both Croatian teams continued their push towards the top positions of Adriatic League. Was it a repetition before the Final? Who knows, the teams show a good basketball, but will Buducnost agree with it?
The visiting Gospic had the better of the early exchanges and led by 14:23 after the first ten minutes of the game. Jolly Sibenik stepped up their defence in the second stanza and held their visitors to just 8 points, whilst they produced 12 points. Gospic came back into the game after the break as an 8-2 run helped them within striking distance at 6 points lead going into the fourth quarter. Jolly Sibenik had another opinion for it and in another defensive quarter showed 13:5, enough for 54:52 win.

Another Croatian Ragusa had a road win over Mladi from Bosnia. Ragusa stayed in front in the whole opening quarter and after the first half. Mladi started to catch up in the third quarter producing 22:15 in it. With more desire for the win needed to take the fourth position Ragusa led the game to the happy end. Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Anica Tesic (180-F-81) scored 12, while Josipa Bura (185-C-85) had 11. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) finished the game with 32 points in defeat.

Jolly Sibenik - Gospic 54:52 (14-21, 12-8, 15-18, 13-5)
Jolly: JURCEVIC Ivana 22, Evelina Guneva 11+17 rebs, Luca Ivankovic 9
Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 15, Adriana Pinto (170-G-78) 11

Mladi - Ragusa 74:76 (14-23, 16-15, 22-15, 22-23)
Mladi: Dragoslava Zakula 32, Aida Pilav (187-C-87) 14
Ragusa: Natasa Popovic 18+10 rebs, Anica Tesic 12, Josipa Bura 11


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Shakeena Wicker The Player of February -by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Keena Wicker (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) (Huima, Aanekoski) has been named The Player of February. Huima was 4-2 in February and Wicker was averaging 21,1 ppg, 8,8 rpg and 3,2 spg in those six games. This season Wicker is averaging 16,9 ppg and 6,7 rpg. Ashley Haynes (176-G/F-84, college: Austin Peay St.) (PeKa, Kotka) was The Player of January, Elena Reshetko (185-C-86) (Catz, Lappeenranta) The Player of December, Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) (Catz, Lappeenranta) The Player of November and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) (YMCA Helsinki) The Player of October.

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HOLLAND - Women

Yellow Bike and Amazone won the latest games -by Eurobasket News
The latest round of Dutch league saw the leaders winning their games. Yellow Bike overcame Woonbron DAS 95:63. It was an easy start for the hosts that opened the game with 24:10. Another 31:17 in the second answered for all the questions in the game. For the visitors it seemed impossible to reduce 55:27 margin in the second half. Marloes Roetgerink (189-C-77) led the winners with 19 points. Laura Kooij (183-F-82) nailed 17, while Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) added 16.
Amazone beat BV Lely 83:62 to reach 14-3 record and maintained at the second rank. BV Lely however started the game better and enjoyed 2:7 run.
van de Bovenkamp M. and Petra Rutgers went on a 9-0 run to grab 27:21 advantage. The home side kept the deficit at the half, 40:32. In the third quarter the score started to grow and in the middle of it the spectators enjoyed 53:39. Judy Wright (172-G-84) and Rutgers decided the game in a phase the game speed is very high, 68:51. Chukwuma Patricia and van de Bovenkamp M. led the winners with 16 points each. Judy Wright collected 12 points and 5 rebounds, whilst Tyler McIlwraith netted 10.
In another games ProBuild Lions sent number six Perik Jumpers home with a loss, 81:65. Renes Binnenland worked itself up by a 59:56 against STOL Grasshoppers and went up to the seventh spot and passed Celeritas Donar in the ranking.


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IRELAND - Women

DCU Mercy snaps Hotel Cork winning streak -by Eurobasket News
DCU Mercy handed the first loss to previously undefeated Hotel Cork. DCU dominated the game against the regular season champs and built a 38:33 halftime lead. Hotel Cork never recovered in the second half and suffered a 69:82 defeat at the end. Mary Fox (180-G-83) knocked down 20 points to lead DCU Mercy. Ann-Marie Healy (191-C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) provided 17 points in a winning effort. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) answered with 25 points and Jennifer Strong (183-F-84, college: Dayton) dropped 23 points in a loss.
But the league favorites quickly returned to winning ways as they proved strength against UL Aughinish. UL Aughinish relied on a strong performance from Caitlin Oneill (175-G) to keep close in the first half. But a well-balanced offensive effort from the hosts turned out to be decisive after the break. Niamh Dwyer and Grainne Dwyer nailed 18 and 16 points respectively to ensure the winning outcome for Hotel Cork. Caitlin Oneill poured in game-high 29 points for the visitors.
DCU Mercy stretched their winning run with an overwhelming 81:45 success over Meteors on the road. The visitors piled up an unassailable 45:20 advantage at the interval and coasted to an overall win at the end. Lindsay Peat (170-G-80) accounted for 18 points for DCU Mercy. McGuire netted 15 points, while Mary Fox dropped 11 points for the winners. Leah Truncale (180-G-80, college: Binghamton) responded with 13 points in defeat.


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-22: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli
Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Carispe La Spezia 67 - 71 ot
(22-23, 39-30, 52-42, 61-61)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. 4 (2/2), Duffy M. 25 (5/6, 4/4), Favento S. , Bona G. dnp, Riccardi E. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Montagnino J. 12 (3/5, 2/2), Perfetti C. 5 (1/6, 1/1), Pys'Mennik O. 2 (0/6, 0/3), Razmaite D. 10 (4/7), Morrison Jara Z. 7 (3/4). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno M. 2 (1/1), Corradini L. (0/3), Chiara Pastore (172-G-86) 13 (5/9), Callens E. 2 (1/4), Templari E. dnp, Newton C. 11 (1/5, 1/1), Bagnara B. 7 (2/4, 1/1), Vukovic V. 18 (7/12), Sarti R. 6 (2/6), Willis C. 12 (4/7). Coach Papini Giovanni

Famila Wuber Schio - Gescom Viterbo 75 - 53
(20-21, 35-34, 54-45)
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Moro E. 6 (0/1, 2/5), Butler D. 1 (0/2, 0/3), Donaphin B. 12 (5/12), Tassara S. 3 (1/3), Masciadri R. 12 (3/9, 1/6), Rubino J. (0/1, 0/1), Ngoyisa B. 13 (5/6), Ress K. (0/2), Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80) 10 (5/7, 0/1), Macchi L. 18 (6/9, 1/6). Coach Orlando Sandro
GESCOM VITERBO: Danzi D. 4 (1/3), Kouznetsova S. 3 (1/2), Santucci L. (0/2), Brunelli G. dnp, Smith B. 8 (4/13), Maslowski M. 21 (7/10, 1/1), Limoura L. 9 (1/5, 2/2), Siccardi V. 8 (3/4, 0/2), Gorla L. , Crepaldi C.. Coach Agresti Claudio

Fiera di Roma - New Wash Montigarda 64 - 60
(15-19, 33-29, 51-47)
FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Servillo M. dnp, Hodges D. 15 (3/6, 3/6), Cinili S. 2 (1/2), Mendes Da Silva T. dnp, Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, college: ODU) 20 (8/12), Lichnerova J. 7 (2/2, 1/2), Beljanski M. 5 (1/2), Scimitani S. 6 (1/1, 1/1), Gattini C. 7 (2/4). Coach Incecchi Sandro
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. dnp, Colico R. 12 (0/3, 3/7), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 8 (4/8, 0/2), Rossi C. dnp, Smith D. 13 (3/5, 2/3), Dimitrova E. (0/1), Albertazzi S. 2 (1/1), Ruzickova M. 12 (5/8), Lawless E. 13 (3/4, 0/1). Coach Fossati Fabio

Germano Zama Faenza - Phard Napoli 63 - 66
(13-20, 28-37, 47-48)
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 11 (3/4, 1/8), Franchini M. 9 (0/4, 3/5), Ramon E. 4 (1/2), David I. 12 (4/8), Casadio G. 4 (2/2, 0/2), Jokic D. 11 (3/7, 1/1), Bandini E. dnp, Knezevic A. 2 (1/2), Dos Santos C. 10 (5/8, 0/1), Morsiani L. dnp. Coach Rossi Paolo
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. dnp, Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) 15 (4/4, 1/1), Mauriello P. 3 (1/2), Giauro S. 5 (2/2), Barnes A. 4 (1/4, 0/1), Gentile I. 5 (1/2), Horasan Y. 5 (2/9), Ndiaye A. 2 (1/4), Lesdema N. 4 (2/4), Holland-Corn K. 23 (3/6, 4/7). Coach Molino Nino

Pool Comense - Lavezzini Parma 70 - 65
(13-18, 26-35, 45-54)
POOL COMENSE: Bouderra F. 6 (3/5, 0/2), Bestagno E. , Fabbri V. 2 (1/1), Slavcheva G. 5 (2/5, 0/2), LaToya Turner (191-C-80, college: Ohio St.) 10 (4/5), Invernizzi M. 8 (1/1, 2/3), Hall V. 20 (4/7, 2/4), Zampella A. 16 (3/3, 2/3), Pasqualin G. dnp, Sarni S. 3 (0/1, 1/1). Coach Ricchini Roberto
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. (0/1), Stabile S. 9 (1/3, 1/6), Paparazzo E. 2 (1/3), Zanoni I. 9 (3/6, 0/2), Battisodo V. (0/1), Van Malderen L. 7 (2/6, 1/1), Mahoney M. 18 (4/8, 2/4), Zanon M. 5 (0/1, 1/2), Screen J. 4 (2/5, 0/1), Sulciute E. 11 (4/6, 1/2). Coach Scanzani Maurizio

Umana Venezia - Italmoka Pozzuoli 86 - 46
(23-7, 45-28, 72-35)
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 9 , Modica F. 14 , Johnson S. 15 , Sanford N. 10 , Andrade M. 8 , Nadalin J. 7 , Giauro E. 8 , Romagnoli A. 2 , Vujovic A. 10 , Arianna Zampieri (182-F-88) 3. Coach Riga Massimo
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 2 , Ferazzoli I. dnp, Franchetti M. , Minervino M. 4 , Grima H. 15 , Linguaglossa E. dnp, Cirov T. 2 , Grasso A. 8 , Andjelic N. 6 , Dixon T. 9. Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

Acer Priolo - Levoni Taranto 55-72

(19-19, 32-45, 46-59)

ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 6 (2/4, 0/1), Bonfiglio S. 9 (2/5), Milazzo O. dnp, Fabbri E. dnp, Seino T. 1 (0/4, 0/2), Sciacca B. 4 (2/3), Pascalau F. 12 (3/5), Meneghel R. 2 (1/2, 0/3), Glaubitz D. 6 (2/6, 0/3), Phillips T. 15 (7/14). Coach Coppa Santino

LEVONI TARANTO: Greco M. 13 (5/7, 1/4), Zimerle A. 14 (3/6, 2/7), Sauret A. 8 (4/9), Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) 19 (9/15), Prado F. dnp, Froelich L. 6 (0/1, 2/2), Brunson R. 12 (6/12), Di Monte M. dnp, Mandrillo F. dnp, Lauria S. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo



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LEBANON - Women

Lebanese Cup Competition - Semifinal Round -by Raffi Kassabian
In the quarterfinal round of the lebanese cup competition the top four teams all had wins and proceeded to the semi final round. Lebanese cup holder Antranik Beirut had a big win against St. Georges Zalka with the score 99-23. Champville had a narrow but an important win against Blue Stars with the score 54-51. Riyadi Beirut won the game they had against Antranik Sinelfil with the score 72-46, while Homenetmen Antelias won against La Toure Aintoura with the score 68-35. The semi final round of the cup competition will have the tradition pair Riyadi Beirut against Homenetmen Antelias and Antranik Beirut against Champville.

Results - Quarter Final Round

Antranik Beirut - St. Georges Zalka 99-23

Champville - Blue Stars 54-51

Riyadi Beirut - Antranik Sinelfil 72-46

Homenetmen Antelias - La Toure Aintoura 68-35

Homenetmen Antelias: Nathalie Sevajian 16, Sandra Najem 12, Leila Fares 10, Alic Tabakian 7, Eliana Abou Jawdeh 7, Eliane Chalhoub 6, Tsoline Kazandjian 4, Caroline Moufarrege 2, Mira Rizk 2, Christine Nadjarian 2.
La Toure Aintoura: Taline Matar 8, Jessy Nasrallah 7, Rita Kassis 7, Karen Sfeir 6, Josiane Salameh 2, Nancy Maalouf 2, Ghada Yammine 2, Nathalie Ghabayen 1.


Schedule - Semi final Round

Tuesday 4/3/2008
Antranik Beirut vs Champville Sagesse Jdeideh 20:30

Riyadi Beirut vs Homenetmen Antelias Antranik's Court 20:30


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Basket Esch is perfect at the second stage of the DBBL -by Eurobasket News
Basket Esch stretched their winning approach as they punished T71 Dudelange to go up at 12-3 record. The visiting T71 surprised the home team in the starting stanza grabbing a 20:18 advantage. But Basket Esch and their leader Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) gradually found their game. The hosts tied the scoreline at 40 at the sides change and prevailed after the break. A strong defensive effort was the key to success as Basket Esch limited their opponents to 8 points in the third period to claim a decisive 10-point lead. T71 never overcame the deficit and lost 62:82 at the end. Leah Metcalf was outstanding with team-high 29 points, 7 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals. Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) and Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) dropped 12 points apiece for the winning side. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) responded with game-high 31 points and 12 boards for T71.
Musel Pikes and Residence posted respective victories and remained sharing the second spot in the ladder. Musel Pikes visited Contern and rolled to a hard-fought 63:59 win. The visitors were just better in the first half building a narrow 31:27 lead before halftime. But it appeared to just enough to celebrate an overall victory at the end. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) paced the visitors with 16 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) scored 11 points for Musel Pikes. Carrie Bacon (183-F-80, college: Wyoming) was the only player to score in double figures for the hosts. She had massive 28 points, 18 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists in defeat.
Residence stormed past Amicale 79:61 away from home. Residence piled up a comfortable 23-point buffer at halftime and never looked back afterwards. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) notched 34 points for the visiting side. Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) answered with 31 points and 17 boards for Amicale.


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SLOVAKIA - Women

KOSIT 2013 beat MBK Ruzomberok in a key game -by Eurobasket News
The key game of the Round was played between KOSIT 2013 and MBK Ruzomberok. Once again the defending champions proved the strength and won the encounter. KOSIT 2013 opened the game taking 27:21 lead in the opening quarter. MBK Ruzomberok stayed calm in the first half and produced 19:22 in the second to close the gap at the half. The third and the fourth quarters were defensive as the tempo went down. KOSIT 2013 saved the game for good and led the game to the 20th win. Janel McCarville paced all the winners with 28 points. Jalcova nailed 21, while Michulkova added 9. Wilson finished the game with 22 points in defeat.
Viktoria stole the victory from Cassovia Kosice 69:76. A massive second quarter saw the hosts taking 26:10 advantage, but then Viktoria replied with 14:25 in the third and 12:21 in the last. Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) led the winners with 26 points. Pindrochova posted 18, whilst Kovalova and Perostijska had 10 each. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) chipped in 20 points in the losing clause.
Nitra smashed Banska Bystrica 58:35 in a defensive game.
In the lower play-offs BO TJ Spartak Myjava overcame Slovan Bratislava 80:50 with 23 points from Michaela Malinkova (170-F-85). Poprad beat AT GEMTEX Roznava 76:51 as Zuzana Brezaniova (167-G-87) posted 22 points.

1-6 places
Cassovia Kosice - Viktoria 69:76 (17:20, 26:10, 14:25, 12:21)

Cassovia Kosice: Adriana Gresnerova 20, Beňuskova 14, Kolkusova 10
Viktoria: Dasa Krasnockova 26, Pindrochova 18, Kovaľova 10, Perostijska 10

KOSIT 2013 Kosice - MBK Ruzomberok 77:63 (27:21, 19:22, 18:12, 13:8)
KOSIT 2013 Kosice:Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) 28, Jalcova 21, Michulkova 9
MBK Ruzomberok: Wilson 22, Palusna 15, Kupcikova 10

Nitra - Banska Bystrica 58:35

Places 7-10
BO TJ Spartak Myjava - Slovan Bratislava 80:50 (25:22, 23:9, 13:12, 19:7)

BO TJ Spartak Myjava: Michaela Malinkova 23, Mullerova 16, Ogunjimiova 14
Slovan Bratislava: Renata Kozmonova (190-C-81) 11, Capova 10, Smutekova 8

Poprad - AT GEMTEX Roznava 76:51 (23:16, 12:8, 16:17, 25:10)
Poprad: Zuzana Brezaniova 22, Sangare 20, Petrikova 10, Kmeťova 10
AT GEMTEX Roznava: Eva Antalecova (180-F-66) 14, Csavasova a Barenyiova 10


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SPAIN - Women

Round 18: PDV-Ibiza,new candidate to tittle and Hondarribia fell again -by Ivan Villar
Not many changes after 18th round in Liga Femenina.This round let good taste in Ibiza specially.If San Jose Leon confirmed itself as new candidate to tittle after Queen's Cup,this weekend PDV-Ibiza made the same.Team coached by Jordi Fernandez was best of February and is fighting for top 4.Perfumerias Avenida keeps on its crisis after very bad last month.Team of Jose Ignacio Hernandez should to change many things if wants to fight for last chance of success,spanish league.PDV built its win around Sancho Lyttle (18 p-11 reb),Silvia Morales (17 p-6 as.) and Kristen Rasmussen (13 p-6 reb).Anna Montanana didn't shine like other times scoring 16 points with bad percentages (7/19 shoots) and 8 turnovers.Anna was supported only by Isa Sanchez (13 points).Ros Casares got new easy win at home after Euroleague competition.This time Olesa was the victim,although catalan team left good image in its first game in La Fonteta.Delisha Milton was MVP of game with 18 points and 25 of efficience in 21 minutes.Lecoe Willingham made her usual stats,17 points and 15 rebounds.Filter Mann Zaragoza is loosing chances each round.Rivas Futura conquered its court without many problems.Centers of Rivas,Jelena Dubljevic (16 p-6 reb) and Rankica Sarenac (14 p-4 reb) were too much for a team which begins to look Liga Femenina 2 near.San Jose Leon sweated to defeat Extremadura Dato.Team of Fernando Mendez was hard opponent for recent finalist of Queen's Cup.Until last quarter San Jose Leon couldn't dominate score.Murriel Page is reborn after her great Queen's Cup with 17 points and 8 rebounds (26 efficience).Allison Feaster destroyed again from 6,25 m.line with 19 points (5/9 - 3 points throws).Mandisa Stevenson was best player of Badajoz's team with 13 points and 13 rebounds.Cadi la Seu breathes after defeating Extrugasa at their court.Victor Lapena's team dominated all game with Helen Santos leading her team (21 points-5 rebounds).Agne Ciuderiane with 13 points and 7 received faults was best player of galician team.Hondarribia Irun still is living a nightmare.New coach Manel Sanchez doesn't seem to be able to change situation of vasc team.They play a final with other team as Gran Canaria,in similar way.Island's team broke game in first quarter with partial of 10-25.Brooke Wyckoff (17 p-11 reb.) destroyed vasc team supported by Hodges (16 p-7 as.) and Tuukkanen (18 p-8 reb).Liene Jansone was best team of irregular Hondarribia with 11 points and 7 rebounds.Shameka Christon scored 21 points but with horrible average (8/24 throws).Arranz Burgos begins to watch nearer LF2.They lost against Celta Vigo in Iciss Tillis's debut (23 points for her).But Miguel Mendez's team didn't give any option after halftime.Pilar Valero (173-F-70) is living new youth after scoring 32 points (6/8-3 points shoots).Shooting guard from Vigo was MVP of beautiful round.

Ros Casares improves to 16-2 in Spanish LFB -by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares improved to 16-2 in the Spanish LFB. The defending champions beat Olesa 74:57 in Round 18 that was played in the first day of March. Olesa looed tough, however lost all the quarters 4/5 points. Ros Casares took a control of the game in the first period after 14:10 and never looked behind. Milton led the winners with 18 points. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) netted 13, while De Souza posted 12 points and made 11 rebounds. Willingham produced 17 points in the losing effort.
Perfumerias fell at 14-4 after a loss from EBE. The latter played at home and satisfied the spectators with 70:55 victory. Lyttle paced the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) nailed 17 and Kristen Rasmussen (188-C-78, college: Michigan St.) netted 13. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
San Jose keeps the same record, 14-4 after a win over Extremadura 79:64.Extremadura opened the game with 13:19 that upset the hosts too much. A 20:12 was a good reply from them and 29:18 was another drop for the guests. Feaster led all the winners with 19 points. Page collected 17 and Revuelto had 13. Da Silva Santos ended up with 16 points in defeat.
Meanwhile Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) finished Euroleague campaign with CSKA. UMMC beat the favorites 94:90 and advanced to the Final Four. Lawson opened the game with a tap-in as CSKA took the first lead in the quarter. In a back-to back period the hosts enjoyed 24:19 advantage after 5-0 run in the last minute. Ekaterinburg found its game in the middle of the second as they led by as many as 12 points. Jones made it 45:33, but then CSKA reduced to 45:39 at the half time.Yelena Leuchanka brought the hosts the biggest lead at 62:48 advantage. The game could not go on the same stream and the visitors replied with 13-0 spurt. At first they finished the third with 65:61 and then tied the game at 68 for both squads. Caroline Aubert showed her quality again by nailing a three-ball before Stepanova replied with a basket to leave the game knotted at 73:73. Again Caroline Aubert shots from the arc for 76:73. Later in the period Becky Hammon answered with a three for 87:85. Her another shot from a far distance saw 93:90 with 11 seconds remaining, but Harrower's free throw sealed the win for UMMC. Amaya Valdemoro ended up with 8 points in defeat.
In the first game UMMC opened the quarterfinal stage of Euroleague with an outstanding victory against previously undefeated CSKA. Moscow powerhouse was absolutely spotless in any kind of competitions this season but their impressive winning run came to an end. UMMC came back from behind to handle CSKA and put themselves on the brink of the Final Four. The teams kept it close early in the game. UMMC kept in front for some time but Nicole Powell drilled a three-pointer to put CSKA up by 3 with just over a minute to go in the first frame. Asjha Jones capped the quarter with a jump shot to make it 22:23 at the end of the period. Ann Wauters converted two free throws and Becky Hammon fired from downtown for CSKA to take up a 30:24 lead early in the second stanza. Penny Taylor and Sandrine Gruda trimmed the difference and Kristi Harrower hit from beyond the arc to return the advantage to UMMC. The lead changed hands thrice before Edwige Lawson sealed it at 44:43 for CSKA at halftime. Amaya Valdemoro opened the third term with a trey and Edwige Lawson added three points to give the hosts a 6-point cushion. But Penny Taylor fired with 6 points for the visitors and Svetlana Abrosimova connected from downtown to shave it back to a single point late in the third quarter. CSKA withheld all the efforts from UMMC and remained atop 60:59 after 30 minutes. Not for too long though. Deanna Nolan, Natalia Vodopyanova, Penny Taylor and Asjha Jones combined for 8 unanswered points at the beginning of the final period and made it 67:60 for UMMC. Amaya Valdemoro quickly responded with a three-pointer for the hosts but Penny Taylor continued to reign in the court with two more points from charity stripe. Maria Stepanova and Ann Wauters carried CSKA within 3 points but just to see Sandrine Gruda hit a jump shot and restore a 5-point buffer. Sandrine Gruda and Kristi Harrower extended the margin to 6 points shortly after. Caroline Aubert sank two free throws and UMMC appeared up by 8 points with 32 seconds left in regulation. Becky Hammon sparked a hope for the hosts with a trey but it was well-matched by Bibrzycka. Finally Penny Taylor crowned the game with two more free throws and ensured the winning outcome for UMMC. The Australian point guard scored posted 18 points to lead UMMC. Sandrine Gruda and Asjha Jones netted 15 points apiece for the winners. Amaya Valdemoro provided 17 points and 9 boards for CSKA.


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UGANDA - Women

Miracle Invitational tournament -by Eurobasket News
Miracle Invitational tournament will be held soon in at Wandegeya. The three-day event has received a sponsorship boost from Rwenzori Beverages.
It should be a great tournament before the championship and the teams will do their best to make the other teams be surprised about them. The women's category has attracted A-1 Challenge, Amazon Rhino, Victoria Lakers and Crane High but defending champions KCC Leopards are missing out.
Last year KCC Leopards are the women's champions after beating A-1 Challenge.