EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/5/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Market news -by Dragan Jankovski
Like Eurobasket already wrote about the possibility, management of Cibona decided to terminate the contract with USA guard Tre Kelley (183-G-85, college: S.Carolina). The team immediately signed Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.), ex player of Dakota Wizards, Cholet Basket, Townsville Crocodiles.

Union Olimpija from Ljubljana parted ways with Boris Gorenc (195-G-73), who played only four games so far in Adriatic league due to injury. In the past Gorenc used to play for Khimky Moscow, Snaider Udine, Olympiakos, Varese, Montepaschi, Imola.


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ARGENTINA

market news -by Facundo Iatzky
Liga a: central entrerriano released Carlos Wheeler (12 games: 9.6 pts 4.2 reb) and signed Jamal Johnson (201-C-81, college: Clayton St.) until the end of the season.

TNA: La union Formosa signed Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83). Sartorelli recently released by Boca jrs wil play with his former team-mate Federico Aguerre. sartorelli averaged this year in Boca 3.2 pts and 1.6 as in 37 games and he will replace Javier Ceci (injured).
Regatas San nicolas signed Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) and released Khayri Battle
Ciclista Olimpico la banda fired Ariel Amarillo and hired Gonzalo Garcia as head coach


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BALTIC LEAGUE

FIBA EUROCUP: Rock has made history! -by Janar Filippov
Estonian champions TU/Rock has made history, reaching FIBA EuroCup Final Four. This is the greatest achievement ever in Estonian basketball at European club level. TU/Rock beat famous Russian club Ural Great Perm 89:77 (40:47) and won the best-of-three series 2:1. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) scored 23 of his 25 points in 2nd half and was the undoubted MVP today but his team-mates Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY), Janar Talts (204-C-83), Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard), Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) also knew when to sparkle.
Rock was trainiling by 11 with only a minute to play in 3rd quarter but went on with a breath-taking 16:0 spurt and never gave up he lead. In closing minutes, both Tsintsadze and Cusworth were unstoppable in offence as the first kept scoring from long and close range and hitting free throws, and the latter dominated the rebounding at both ends. But what's even most important, the head coach of TU/Rock , Ullar Kerde could force his team to a full control at defence.

The hosts started the game well and led for almost whole 1st quarter, winning it 20:15. Tein had 9, Talts 7 points. In 2nd quarter, the bench players of Ural Great, Aleksandr Dedushkin (207-C-81), Roman Khamitov (199-F-84) and Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) became too hot to handle as they combined 22 points this quarter. Ural Great made 12/13 field goals this quarter and took the lead 47:40. They were 14/17 for 2-pointers in 1st half.
In 3rd, the hosts closed the gap to one as Tsintsadze and Doronin nailed a triple. But the guests answered woth a 10:0 run and went up by 11 with 11 minutes left.

In decisive quarter, the home crowd of almost 3000 (i.e. almost twice as much as the capacity of Tartu Sports Hall) saw a near-to-perfect basketball from their idols. First, Tsintsadze and Kullamae scored, then Cusworth made a slam dunk and Talts an alley-oop and the hosts never looked back. The hotter it was on the court, the calmer was Tsintsadze, the Georgian play-maker, whose three-pointer and fadeaway layup made it 79:71 with 3 minutes left, and with a minute to play, his free throws put Rock up by ten, as the crowd's ovations started to take off the roof.

Tsintsadze scored 25, Tein 15, Talts 13, Cusworth 12 and Allingu 9 for the hosts. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) led the guests with 18 points.

TU/Rock faces Barons Riga in FIBA EuroCup semifinal.


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BULGARIA

Lukoil Academic scored season-high 116 points -by Valentin Anguelov
Lukoil Academic had no difficulties defeating Rilski Sportist and winning its 26th consecutive game today. They scored a season high 116 points for the final result of 116-80.

That was the last game for Rilski Sportist in 'SU Nikola Velchev Hall'. From Saturday both men's and women's teams will be playing in their new 'Arena Samokov'.

The whole game was completely under Lukoil's control. Most of the time Zeljko Lukaic used his main players throughout most of the game and it wasn't until the final minutes of the game that he let his younger players in.

Pero Antic proved his magnificent form again by finishing with 34 points missing only 2 of his 12 field goals and only once from the free-throw line (8/9). He also added 2 three-pointers to a total index rating of 37, the best in the game.

Larry O'Bannon (191-F-83, college: Louisville) was in the starting line-up and finished with 19 points, 5 rebound and 4 steals while Willie Deane scored 18 points in only 17 minutes on the court.

The Dominican Santos Martines was the most productive player for the hosts with his 23 points. HDI All Star participant Alexander Gruev finished with 20.

Three of Petko Delev's main players didn't take part in the game due to injuries. Ilko Nanev is with a broken palm bone and is out till the mid-April. Andrean Ilchev is with torn Achilles tendon and he will be out for long. The forward will undergo a surgery tomorrow. Momchil Petrov has a torn muscle and is also going to watch the game from the stands. That forced Delev to give a chance to his younger players such as Ivaylo Vuchkov, Krasimir Georgiev, Lyubomir Kirov and the youngest Darin Ivanov, born in 1991.

The game was also the last official test for Lukoil Academic before they meet Dinamo Moscow for the ULEB Cup next Tuesday (11th March) in 'Universiada Hall', Sofia.

Both Rilski Sportist and Lukoil will play their next games in the Bulgarian A-1 in almost a month. On 2nd April Lukoil Academic are hosting Yambol while Rilski Sportist will try to surprise CSKA for a second time in Sofia.

The final three games before the pause for the HDI All Star game and the Bulgarian Cup are tomorrow. All of them will be very interesting and especially the derby between Levski and CSKA.


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CANADA

UBC wins Canada West title -by Eurobasket News
The UBC Thunderbirds narrowly defeated the Alberta Golden Bears 92:90 at the Jack Simpson Gym at the weekend. Chris Dyck (190-G-85) fueled the Thunderbirds as they posted an 11:3 run late in the third period to take a 75:66 lead with a quarter to go in the game. The Golden Bears stayed close however. They paved their way back into 2 points 84:86 with just over a minute left in regulation. Brent Malish (198-G/F-89) and Scott Leigh (180-G-88) traded treys but the Thunderbirds secured the advantage with a deadly free throw shooting in the dying seconds. Chris Dyck finished with 27 points and 6 boards to lead UBC. Brent Malish notched 15 points and 17 rebounds in a winning case. Justin Vanloo (196-F-85, college: N.Idaho JC) answered with 25 points for the Golden Bears. Alex Steele (186-G-84) had 20 points and 6 assists in defeat.
Laval routed McGill to reach the Quebec Conference Final. Laval were dominant throughout the game and dismantled McGill 89:54. Jean-Francois Maheux scored 25 points for the Rouge et Or. Jean-Philippe Morin (201-F-83) added 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. Moustafa El Zanaty (191-G-82) nailed 11 points in a losing case. Laval will now face Concordia in the Conference Final.
Western beat Brock 79:62 in the OUA semis. Owen White (201-F-80) netted 18 points to lead Western. Bradley Smith (198-F) scored 20 points for Toronto in a loss. Carleton surpassed Ottawa in another Conference semifinal. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) accounted for 19 points in a 75:56 victory. Sean Peter (191-G) led the Gee-Gees with 14 points and 5 boards.


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CENT.AFRICA

Former Laurinburg duo finishing Junior College -by Rolando Delabarrera
Tow former Laurinburg Institute players from the Central African Republic are completing their eligibility at their respective Junior Colleges. Celeste Mayle is averaging 2.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg for Redlands CC in Oklahoma. The 6'7'' power forward played last year at Eastern Oklahoma State College. William Kossangue is finishing up at Tyler College in Texas and is averaging 7.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg. An update on their signing will follow in April.

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CYPRUS

Semi Finals: APOEL and Keravnos made the first step -by Chris Mammides

Aspis Apoel and Keravnos Strovolou won their opponents and made the 1-0 (in the best of five series) for the first game of the Semi finals. Aspis Apoel beat Proteas EKA AEL 73-63 and Keravnos Strovolou beat Hasapis Omonia Nicosia 83-67.
Aspis Apoel Nicosia - Proteas EKA AEL 73-63

After a great game the Nicosia team succeeded to win the first and quite crucial game against the permanent champions, team of AEL. With an amazing second quarter which found the home team with a deficit of +10 points (34-24) and then with a new 13-8 increase the deficit to fifteen points (47-32) and with a three pointer from Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, college: Rhode Island) made create teh biggest difference of 18 points (50-32) to finish the third quarter with56-43 after a short comeback made, mainly by woodward who was the best player on behalf of the visitors. The fourth quarter, the Limassol team tried to make a bigger come back but APOEL with Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) both defence and offence, Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80) was the top performer and the MVP of the game. The quarters were: 15-14, 37-28, 56-43, 73-63 . Next game will be played in the Melford Arena this weekend.

The scorers of the two temas were:

Apoel: Van Dorpe 7, Hansen 2, Miceta 2, Jones 3, Balca Radunovic 17, Tyson Wheeler 17, Grigoris Pantouris 12, Garcia 13

AEL: Liatsos 4, Radle 14, Buziane 4, Zianveni 12, Aleksic 15, Woodward 14 (2).

Keravnos Strovolou - Hasapis Omonia Nicosia 83-67

In the other game played in Strovolos, Coach Frangias team did not had any difficulties against Omonia Nicosia and with an early lead of 10 points, and with the American point guard Patric Lee, in a great day from the parameter (5/8 three pointers), the Strovolos team finished the game from the half time as the 25 points scored by Omonia players was not really a thread for Frangias players for the next 20 minutes. Five players had double digits with Lee scoring 24 and smith following with 15 points. The quarters were: 22-13, 40-25, 65-51, 83-67
The scorers were:
Keravnos: Anastasiadis 8, Smith 15, Damijanovic 12, Trisokkas 14, Lee 24, Radojevic 10
Omonoia: Mijalovic 1, Davis 16, Jankevicius 12, Mouchtaris 3, Dorde Prstojevic (191-G-77) 12(2), Marvin Stone (208-C-81, college: Louisville) 23(1).



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DENMARK

The leader stay tuned -by Eurobasket News
The Bakken Bears posted two victories last week to remain out-of-reach at the top of the Basketligaen. The Bears opened the week's action with a confident 99:61 win over Aabyhoj. The dominance was pretty obvious as the hosts were gradually piling up the advantage and built a 13-point buffer at the interval. The complexion of the game hardly changed after the break with the Bears coasting to yet another victory in the tournament. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) knocked down 21 points and made 6 steals to pace the home team. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) delivered 17 points and 6 boards for the winners. Thomas Skotting (193-F-82) answered with 15 points for Aabyhoj.
A successful week for Bakken continued on Sunday when the Bears took on Horsholm at home. The 79ers entered the game bravely and grabbed an early lead. The hosts leveled the game by the end of the starting frame and it was all square at 12 after 10 minutes of action. Both sides raised the tempo in the second quarter and surprisingly it was Horsholm who was at the helm after 20 minutes of action 40:36. But the Bears stepped on the gas after the main break. They tightened up their defense and limited the visitors to just 11 points in the third period. It resulted in Bakken taking a 56:51 lead after 30 minutes. The 79ers managed even less in the final term notching 8 points and losing their 13th game of the season. Jason Siggers tallied 23 points for Bakken. Nicolai Iversen finished with 14 points and 5 boards in a win. Duane James (198-F-83, college: Binghamton) responded with 17 points and 11 boards for the 79ers.


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EGYPT

Gazco 90 Vs 92 Sporting -by Eslam Mohamed
Sporting Club goes beyond Gazco club

On Gazco court sporting was able to win today 92-90 after an exciting game
No team was able to take the lead for the full game gazco go up for sometime and sporting players get back to the game soon
plyaer number 6 of sporting has scored seven 3 points and four 2 points and one free throw take his team to the lead at the end of the game with 30 points and to be the best scorer in the game
quarter score
1st 21-17 Gazco
2nd 26-29 Sporting
3rd 19-24 Sporting
4th 24-22 Gazco


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EL SALVADOR

Zona Premier and Nacional updatings -by Jaime Arevalo
After that Santa Ana won Game 3 of quarterfinals, the four teams yet in teh rush played the first semifinal game of Zona Premier, and the results were Denver2 - Cosmos-2 95-85 and Universidad Francisco Gavidia (UFG) - Santa Ana 76-65. Thanks to this win, UFG, a team that won' t participate to LSB in 2008, confirms its ranking of favourite in Zona Premier.
In Zona Nacional semis, ITEXAL defeated Delgadense 71-66 and San Marcos prevailed over ITCA 85-65.


LSB at the start -by Jaime Arevalo
Tonigh, with the game Denver-ExSal started in El Salvador the 2008 edition of Liga Superior de Baloncesto (LSB). The other three teams that will compete in the Apertura tournment are Cosmos, UTEC and San Marcos. The roster announced by Centro Educativo Denver for the opening game is as follows: Carlos Alas (181-G-79), Oscar Tobar (195-F/C-75), Abilio Vadillo (180-G-78), Jorge Loucel (186-F-90), Carlos Espinal (175-G-76), Bob Hunter (193-F-76), Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84), Carlos Avalos, David Gonzalez (185-G-78) (from APG). The import players are Daniel King (203-F-87) (PAN) and Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78) (PAN). The head coach is Ricardo Renderos

ExSal roster unveiled -by Jaime Arevalo
Ex Alumnos Colegio Salesiano met Denver in the opening game of the LSB-Apertura with the following line-up: Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), Oscar Rivera (186-G-80), Carlos Martinez (190-F-79), Julio Mancia (202-C-80), Sergio Zetino (173-G-87), Fernando Zetino (173-G-89), Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81), Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84), Ramon Urias (199-C-73), Guillermo Flores (186-F-85). The team coaches are Domingo Torres and Roberto Morales . The team hasn' t announced import players yet, but should add two of them soon, probably from USA. If they will be enough good, ExSal could battle for the title again.

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ESTONIA

FIBA EUROCUP: Rock made history! -by Janar Filippov
Estonian champions TU/Rock have made history, reaching FIBA EuroCup Final Four. This is the greatest achievement ever in Estonian basketball at European club level. TU/Rock beat famous Russian club Ural Great Perm 89:77 (40:47) and won the best-of-three series 2:1. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) scored 23 of his 25 points in 2nd half and was the undoubted MVP today but his team-mates Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY), Janar Talts (204-C-83), Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard), Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) also knew when to sparkle.
Rock was trainiling by 11 with only a minute to play in 3rd quarter but went on with a breath-taking 16:0 spurt and never gave up he lead. In closing minutes, both Tsintsadze and Cusworth were unstoppable in offence as the first kept scoring from long and close range and hitting free throws, and the latter dominated the rebounding at both ends. But what's even most important, the head coach of TU/Rock , Ullar Kerde could force his team to a full control at defence.

The hosts started the game well and led for almost whole 1st quarter, winning it 20:15. Tein had 9, Talts 7 points. In 2nd quarter, the bench players of Ural Great, Aleksandr Dedushkin (207-C-81), Roman Khamitov (199-F-84) and Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) became too hot to handle as they combined 22 points this quarter. Ural Great made 12/13 field goals this quarter and took the lead 47:40. They were 14/17 for 2-pointers in 1st half.
In 3rd, the hosts closed the gap to one as Tsintsadze and Doronin nailed a triple. But the guests answered woth a 10:0 run and went up by 11 with 11 minutes left.

In decisive quarter, the home crowd of almost 3000 (i.e. almost twice as much as the capacity of Tartu Sports Hall) saw a near-to-perfect basketball from their idols. First, Tsintsadze and Kullamae scored, then Cusworth made a slam dunk and Talts an alley-oop and the hosts never looked back. The hotter it was on the court, the calmer was Tsintsadze, the Georgian play-maker, whose three-pointer and fadeaway layup made it 79:71 with 3 minutes left, and with a minute to play, his free throws put Rock up by ten, as the crowd's ovations started to take off the roof.

Tsintsadze scored 25, Tein 15, Talts 13, Cusworth 12 and Allingu 9 for the hosts. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) led the guests with 18 points.

TU/Rock faces Barons Riga in FIBA EuroCup semifinal.


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ETHIOPIA

score board -by Yoseph Zemede


score board -by Yoseph Zemede


score board -by Yoseph Zemede


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EURO CUP

KK Zagreb end their EuroCup campaign -by Eurobasket News
Barons - KK Zagreb 96:91

KK Zagreb did not survive the third decisive game in the quarterfinal series against Barons and got eliminated from the competition. Croatian team travelled to Riga with the series tied at 1-1 and hoped to get the momentum going after a win at home. But Barons withstood all the efforts from Zagreb to upset a supportive 8,500 home crowd in Riga. The game turned out to be a real thriller with the teams keeping it close throughout the whole encounter. The lead changed hands for 4 times in the opening 3 minutes before Barons trebles from Berzins and Adomaitis to run away to a 6-point distance. Dundovic immediately reacted with a trey of his own to keep Zagreb in visibility. Berzins, Skele and Adomaitis ignited another rally for the hosts and built a 30:21 buffer but just to watch Zagreb responding with a 6:0 run to cap the first frame at 27:30. The teams kept on trading buckets in the second period and Dundovic knocked down a triple to give the visiting side a 47:46 lead midway through the term. Skele and Alexander retained the lead for Barons but Zadracev and Babic banked 5 straight points for Zagreb and Croatian team enjoyed a 56:55 advantage at halftime.
Gustas converted a bunch of free throws early in the third quarter as Barons once again surged ahead. Not for long though. Vladovic and Basljan scored 4 in a row and Zagreb got hold of the advantage. The lead changed hands for 9 times throughout the third period with the tension filling up the air. The hosts were able to close the third frame on a 5:0 run to claim a 75:71 cushion. The home side maintained the lead in the fourth period and was up by 2 points with a minute to go in regulation. Skele then hit a free throw to stretch the margin, while Vladovic committed a turnover to deny Zagreb a chance to tie the game. Adomaitis was deadly from charity stripe and finalized a winning outcome for Latvian team.
Skele scored 20 points to lead Barons. Adomaitis netted 19 points and pulled down 6 boards in a winning case. Vladovic and Tomic responded with 20 points apiece for Zagreb. Dundovic knocked down 16 points in defeat. Barons will now face TU/Rock in the EuroCup semis.

Barons: Skele 20, Adomaitis 19, Gustas 15
Zagreb: Vladovic 20, Tomic 20, Dundovic 16



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Kataja defeated TC 103-91 -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 37: Only one game tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) defeated at home Team Componenta (Karkkila) 103-91. Both Teams had four players
in double figures and though visitor TC was shooting better and won the rebounds, Kataja won mostly on FT line and with few TOs (13-20).
American G Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) led Kataja with 28 pts. Terry Black (198-F-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Baylor) added 18 pts. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79, agency: ANYPEX) made a come back after the shoulder injury at the end of November. Lehtoranta played 19 minutes with figures 9pts/4rbs. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) led Karkkila with 33 pts. Nick Wallery (201-F-81, college: Albany St.) added 14 pts and grabbed 22 rbs.

Kataja - Team Componenta 103-91 (49-48) (Louis Hinnat 28, Terry Black 18/12 - Chris Hester 33, Nick Wallery 14/22).



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FRANCE

NM1 Day 24: Antibes, Charleville and Blois on top -by Chris Spiesser
Besides the focus on the Mulhouse-Longwy game, another blockbuster was listed last WE. Antibes hosted Charleville with the possibility, for the azureans, to stick back to place 1. Which is what happened. With Blois' victory in Andrezieux those three teams are sharing the first rank. At place 4, Fos remains in embush after an offensively strong win against Challans. In the bottom, we can note the important victories of Lille and Bordeaux while Feurs' loss in Toulouges could eliminate them from place 13 run.

Antibes 84-71 Charleville
The turning point of the game happened during the third QT, won 24-13 by the locals. Antibes took advantage of Cornett's physical impact (15pts 7/9, 14rbs). With 23 assists (Sauret 9ass) and a good defense (Charleville shot at 41%), Antibes secured the win and also the point-average after the initial loss in Charleville 81-73.

Andrezieux 88-99 Blois
The greens are still going to play against their two rivals at home, Antibes being welcomed next week. With such an opportunity, they remained strong by playing a tricky game where Blot and Orr were suspended. Nevertheless, coach Faure found the alternatives with Cizeau (15pts 5/6 3pts) and Mercier (25pts, 3rbs) showing that they could deserve more minutes.

Fos 107-92 Challans
If Seth Scott had a second nice game (24pts, 12rbs), Babou Babacar Cisse (189-G-76) was just on another planet: 34pts (15/24), 3rbs, 8stl, 5ass. His team scored 34pts in the last QT and ended the game with only 5to. Place 1 remains totally opened for the azureans who have a quite friendly calendar.

The other results and their main facts:

Golbey-Epinal 90-85 Boulogne
43pts (72%), 7rbs, 12ass for Thevenon plus Herard

Lievin 66-79 Bordeaux
73 ranking points for Preira, Curculosse and Owona

Toulouges 95-83 Feurs
31pts (7/11), 3rbs for Ragauskas and 29pts (10/14), 9rbs for Burch

Angers 80-52 Centre Federal
15pts (100%), 3ass for Doles and a season high for Gilbert (17pts (8/11), 5rbs)

Lille 76-55 Saint-Chamond
After 3 hard games, Taccoen stroke back (14pts, 15rbs, 4stl). Malet took also nicely part in the win (18pts, 6rbs, 6ass).

Mulhouse 63-74 Longwy
(See article)


NM1: Longwy casts a shadow on Mulhouse -by Chris Spiesser
The locals desperatly needed a victory to avoid a relegating spot and the obligation to win two more games than Longwy, as well as Boulogne, to remain in NM1. To do so the efficient administratives of the FCM almost managed to fullfill the Palais des Sports and gave to that Sunday afternoon game a nice familiar atmosphere. On the court also, the situation was positive for Mulhouse with a complete roster focused during an impressive warm up. On the other hand, Longwy was missing his red hot player. Jonathan Godin (184-G-82) due to a three technical fouls suspension. The Mulhouse formed PG posted 66 ranking points over his two last games and shows some nice season averages despite 3.3topg: 13.6ppg (47%), 3.1rpg, 2.1spg, 4.8apg.

But once the jump ball thrown, the situation quickly reversed. The two teams soon fitted to their recent trends. Longwy goes 7-1 over the last weeks while Mulhouse is 3-9 since the end of November. The officials had to whistle an agressive and concentrated team playing against an adversary which was missing those impact elements. Mulhouse's offense is really bad (71ppg, 16th) and on the court the impression wasn't any better. The alsatians tried to post Longwy inside on almost every possession. But Aaron Coombs (209-F-82, college: NC-Wilmington) and Co soon adapted and took the lead. Surprisingly, maybe under pressure, Mulhouse's harsh defense wasn't appoint. Some forgotten rotations gave Longwy the first advantage (18-26, 10'). After that QT, coach Meriguet put Christopher Marsh (195-F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy) instead of Zaka Alao (187-G-81) to the PG position. The belgian-canadian gave some more density to Longwy's offensive tempo and the lorrains scored four more points than Mulhouse in the second quarter. At halftime the score was 33-45 and Mulhouse paid cash its lack of intensity. From the FT line, the locals shot a rickety 1/2 while Longwy converted 11 one pointers over 15 tries. After what might have been a rude halftime, the locals came back with a totally different attitude. Their defense was set, Zaka Alao could get stopped (13pts 3/4 3pts after 20') and Longwy lost many balls allowing a 7-0 to coach Gonsalves boys. If Aaron Coombs (18pts, 12rbs) bore his team during this third QT, the game was tight again (50-54, 30') and everything remained possible for the last period. Atinkpahoun (10pts 4/6, 5rbs) and Zaka Alao (16pts, 3stl, 8to, 5ass) gave a 9pts lead to Longwy but their offensive risks caused 2 FTs and 2 TOs. At 56-59, coach Meriguet took a decisive timeout. Driven by Marsh (19pts, 8rbs), Longwy started to play wisely with a big defense. On the other hand, Mulhouse made the wrong options despite Benjamin Obouh Fegue (197-F-87) combativity (11pts, 9rbs). At final, the alsatians lost 63-74, N'Dour was impressive in the paint (16pts 8/11, 11rbs), but the team will have to make serious collective adjustments to avoid a lethal NM2 fall.

'Big trouble' was the mostly used term by the disappointed supporters to qualify their team's situation. But a little ray of sun sneaks into the Palais des Sports. The Mulhousian calendar is really easier than Logwy's, Franck Meriguet revealed his point eagerness before the game because his team will have to face the 6 firsts over the 8 next games. Over the 10 last games, Mulhouse will play 6 times at home, mostly against teams ranked beyond place 7. But their home ratio (5w-7d) will have to be raised!

The results:
Lievin 66-79 Bordeaux
Toulouges 95-83 Feurs
Fos 107-92 Challans
Angers 80-52 Centre Federal
Mulhouse 63-74Longwy
Andrezieux 88-99 Blois
Golbey-Epinal 90-85 Boulogne
Antibes 84-71 Charleville
Lille 76-55 Saint-Chamond
(Details coming soon)


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GAMBIA

Alieu Badara Njie- Gambian College prospect. -by Rolando Delabarrera

Alieu Badara Njie is a 6'8'' wiry athlete with good hops and adequate lateral mobility. A member of the Wallidan team in Gambia this athletic power forward is still in the development phase ,but could materialize into a solid talent. When I saw him this past summer in Banjul, what I liked about him was his quickness for his size. Granted, he is a work in progress offensively, but in the right program he could be brought along to be a valuable defensive presence. I keep bringing up Pierre Jallow, but he is a prime example of an African athlete who transformed into a player. Jallow was a volleyball player and attended William Jewell College ( NAIA 2) and has become one of the most successful Gambian pro players alongside Boubacar Bojang.Alieu Badara Njie (203-F/C-88) Alieu might have that potential.



Njogu Taal top pro prospect (Gambia) -by Rolando Delabarrera
A player that deserves an opportunity to play overseas is Njogu Taal. The 6'7'' Gambian power forward has led the national team for the past five years and while many of his contemporaries have come stateside and are finishing their college careers; the talented forward has been stuck in Gambia. Njogu, as mentioned in previous article, has been denied visas several times to US schools. The 24 year old is still young enough to have a successful pro career. Having seen him 5 years ago in Banjul; I think he could be as productive as Pierre Jallow, who is having a fine professional career so far.

Njogu has a solid mid-range game and is an above average athlete. He is wiry strong and has post up ability. He will need some polishing ,but should advance quickly. He is very dedicated to the game and is hands down the best gambian on the men's team. In 05 when Gambia played Cabo Verde, Njogu scored 33 points.

Clubs or agents should contact the Gambian Basketball Federation for information on this talented Gambian.
Njogu Taal (201-F)


Yusupha Trawally -Gambian College prospect. -by Rolando Delabarrera
Yusupha Trawally is a 6'9'' developing post player. He posesses a slender frame and needs to continue to add weight if he is to reach his full potential, but like Badara Njie , he is motivated and eager to learn the game. He would be suitalble for a smaller JUCO or NAIA looking for a 4 year player. What I did like when I saw him this past summer is his shooting touch from the midrange. I can see him developing a steady outside shot.

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GERMANY

German National Team Roster 2008 -by Moritz Korff
The roster of Germanys Men's National Team for 2008 has been announced. Konrad Wysocki of ratiopharm Ulm and Yassin Idbihi of the Koeln 99ers are newcomers to the team of Coach Dirk Bauermann. Both represented Germany as members of the Junior NTs already, but made the roster of the Men's National Team for the first time. Also Christopher McNaughton didn't receive any cap for the A-squad yet, but already attended the training camp prior to the European Championships last year. This is the current roster:

Mithat Demirel - Bamberg
Patrick Femerling - Berlin
Robert Garrett - Bamberg
Demond Greene - Bamberg
Guido Gruenheid - Groningen (NED)
Steffen Hamann - Bamberg
Johannes Herber - Berlin
Yassin Idbihi - Koeln
Jan-Hendrik Jagla - Badalona (ESP)
Christopher McNaughton - L'hospitalet (ESP)
Misan Nikagbatse - Koeln
Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas
Ademola Okulaja - Bamberg
Pascal Roller - Frankfurt
Sven Schultze - Udine (ITA)
Konrad Wysocki - Ulm


Phoenix Hagen: Gennie has to go -by Moritz Korff
Phoenix Hagen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) announced today, that Donte Gennie (185-G-83, agency: AMI, college: Georgia Southern) has been dismissed for disciplinary reasons, effective immediately. 'We won't talk about the detailed reasons in public', Manager Oliver Herkelmann stated on the website of the team. Gennie played 23 times for Phoenix in the league averaging 12.8 points per contest. Also, the club-officials suspended Lukas Dawidowski (198-F-83) for the next two games and imposed a fine for disciplinary reasons as well.

Chris Kaman to join the German National Team? -by Moritz Korff
Rumors had it that Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan), starting center of the Los Angeles Clippers who apparently has ancestors coming from Germany, is thinking about playing for the German Men's National Team in the future. Now the 25-year-old, who is currently averaging 16.0 points and 13.2 rebounds in the NBA, speaks out about this topic: 'The USA never approached me about anything, so I just want to be able to play in the summer', Kaman told dailybreeze.com. Read the whole story: click

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GREECE

B' Division: Match Day 20- Results and Scorers -by Chris Mammides

Olympiakos Volou - Komotini 79-98
Coach Lemonidis's team having in a great day Christos Tsakonitis (188-G/F-83) who finished the game with 26 points and another three players with double digits did not phase any problem against the weakest team in the division.
Quarters: 22-27, 42-53, 62-77, 79-98
Olympiakos Volou: Vogiatzis 2, Tsourelis 12, Fountas 2, Nanis 30, Arnaoutakis 2, Politis 8, Tsolis 17, Michos 6
Komotini: Mastrokostopoulos 3, Mouratoglou 7, Lehoudis 2, Dinas 9, Koutsovasilis 14, Christos Tsakonitis 26, Holevas 14, Veli 3, Souflias 18, Halil 2.

Ermis Lagkada - Lavrio 75-75, OT 83-82
With one shot from the charity line Troulialis gave the victory to the Lagkadas team bogging at the same time Serelis's dreams for A2.
Quarters: 20-16, 35-37, 64-55, 75-75, 83-82OT
Ermis Lagkada: Troulialis 11, Nikos Kloutzos (190-G) 15, Paritsis 10, Bellos 6, Vourlitis 2, Siolios 13, Gamouras 4, Akepsimaidis 2, Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) 20 (2).
Lavrio: Trikaliotis 7, Rallis 7, N. Kousoulas 10, Giannakopoulos 15, Notis 6, Kassianos 4, Bakas 7, Psileas 26 (3).

Doukas - Anagennisis/Floga 86-74
Great game in Doukas's closed court with the home team winning the game due to their charismatic and talented Alexandros Petrakis (200-F-87) who did everything in the court, 24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Quarters: 20-18, 40-42, 59-57, 86-74.
Doukas: Tsohlas 17, Kamariotis 2, Alexandros Petrakis 24, Achis 8, Kouvaris 4, Kritsalos 16, Matzioris 8, Karatzios 7
Anagennisi/Floga: Rozolis 5, Moisiadis 3, Pittakas 11, Sidiropoulos 10, Thymnios 2, Zarogiannis 22, Spiropoulos 3, Pallis

Milonas - Aigio 71-86
Quarters: 36-20, 47-45, 61-65, 71-86.
Milonas: Kalaitzakis 3, Ventouris 15, Karababas 8, Mubarak 5, Vlavianos 14, Kiritsis 6, Bikas 5 (1), Ballas 15.
Aigio: Prokos 14, Gioupis 3, Stamopoulos 10, Tirlas 26, Deraos 5, Manolas 12, Stavroulakis 16.

Ikaroi Serron - Amyntas 63-49
The home team was much better then their opponents and only during the second quarter they really had some trouble, other than, that and when Dorkofikis stopped scoring Ikaroi serron took a big lead a the 3rd quarter and they kept it until the end, MVP of the game was Asimakis.
Quarters: 13-11, 29-24, 53-36, 63-49.
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 11, Georgantzas 5, Tsanakas 6, Pappoudas 4, Asimakis 23, Giavropoulos 1, Topouzis 13.
Amyntas: Zoupas 6, Barbas 3, Samothrakis 9, Grammatikos 9, Boutros 1, Korizis 6, Dorkofikis 16, Vogiatzis 3, Christoforakis 3.

KAOD - Alimos 85-65
In Drama, there was a good game only for 20 minutes when Alimos through Tsolakis tried to defend it self with Tsolakis, when Elias Armenis key players got tired they loose the game quite easy.
Quarters: 16-10, 40-33, 65-52, 85-65.
KAOD: Papadopoulos 8, Kiosses 6, Filiousis 26, Michaelidis 15, Maslarinos 4, Koukouravas 16, Daliaris 10
Alimos (New Head Coach Armenis): Moutoupas 11, Tsolakis 14, Il. Vrinas 6, Bourousis 3, Ifantis 9, Kallimanas 7, Tzouggarakis 7, St. Vrynas 6, Thomas 2.

Goumenissa - Near East 67-68
Another game for the top performers in the league, ending at a point, that was the fourth game which Near East wins with the minimum difference of 1 point, this seazon
Quarters: 22-23, 38-42, 49-54, 67-68
Goumenissa: Bagi 12, meridis 12, Matenidis 9, Klepkos 22, Andreadis 9, Gotsos 3.
Near East: Nikou 8, Michalos 2, Lykogiannis 7, Kouklakis 9, Papoulidis 16, Neofytou 7, Sizopoulos 6, Papargiropoulos 4, Fasoulopoulos 2.

Makedonikos - Ikaros Kallitheas 64-67
A derby took place at Makedonikos's court with the home team very near to a big surprise but at the end Ikaros Kallitheas (which are very close to the promotion with this win as they remained at the second place and alone) succeeding the positive result with Emmanouilidis and Katoufas being the top scorers and performers for Coach Haritatos team.
Quarters: 11-22, 22-40, 42-56, 64-67.
Makedonikos: Bohoridis 4, Dalpas 19, Tanakidis 11, Kalthopoulis 3, Mitsakis 9, Kogias 2, Pappoulidis 4, Samourelis 12.
Ikaros Kallitheas: Georgiou 10, Delichristos 4, Emmanouilidis 17, Papadakis 2, Katranas 7, Karastamatis 6, Aggelopoulos 2, Katoufas 15, Koukouras 4.


Top scorers after 20 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 441 points
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 372 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 347 points (in 19 games)
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 356 points (in 18 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 332 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 292 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 286 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 275 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 275 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 272 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 265 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 257 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 240 points
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 232 points
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 235 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 219 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 219 points
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 216 points
Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) of Doukas 215 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 186 points (in 18 games)



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GUATEMALA

Start of Liga Metropolitana delayed -by Gianni Pascucci
The 2008 edition of Liga Metropolitana did not start last weekend as it had been announced. The reason of the delay were some problems with the owners/authorities of 'Gimnasio de la Universidad Popular U.P.', where games have been held for more than 20 years. A financial agreement for the use of this facility is yet to be reached between both parties. In this case, the league should start the upcoming wekend...

Martinez joins SAT -by Gianni Pascucci
SAT-Cybertech will have another import player for Liga Centroamericana: the team announced the signing of well-known Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) from Costa Rica. The team roster will also be completed by veteran players Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis) and Jose Luis Lopez (186-G/F-77). Thanks to these new additions, the Guatemalan team hopes to advance till the Final Four of the competition.
with the help of Victor Padilla


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HOLLAND

Latest FEB Results: -by Sanders Jackson


Results March 1, 2008:

Current FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam continue to let the good times roll, keeping the momentum going heading into Tuesday's Dutch Cup showdown wih title contender West-Brabant Giants, winning over defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers 82-69.

leading scorers MyGuide:

Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 24 pts.

Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) 19 pts.


leading scorers Eiffel Towers:

Damone Brown (204-F-79, college: Syracuse) 14 pts.

Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) 14 pts.


In Landstede on Saturday night, Landstede Basketball remains one of the hottest teams in the FEB, winning its 4th straight and last even of nine, with white-hot Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) leading the way, with Landstede winning over ZZ Leiden 91-88.


leading scorers Landstede:

Wilson 32 pts., 5 steals

Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) 24 pts.


leading scorer ZZ Leiden:

Nick Curtis (202-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: USC) 25 pts., 12 rebounds


In the Horstacker on Saturday night, Matrixx Magixx nearly doubled the score on Den Helder Seals, shooting a whopping 86% FG, blowing their doors off with a 130-75 blowout win.


leading scorers Matrixx Magixx:

Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) 34 pts. (14 of 15 FG)

Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) 23 pts.

Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) 22 pts.


leading scorer Den Helder Seals:

J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) 20 pts.


In the Topsportcentrum on Saturday night, Rotterdam Challengers took over 5th place in the FEB standings from Hanzevast Capitals, with a good 1st quarter start a key ingredient, shooting 62.5% FG and dominating the glass (47-28 difference) in the process, cruising to a 98-78 win.


leading scorers Rotterdam Challengers:

Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) 20 pts.

Charles Richardson (175-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) 17 pts.

Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) 15 pts., 15 rebounds


leading scorer Hanzevast Capitals:

Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) 18 pts.


In Weert on Saturday night, Aris Friesland keeps Upstairs Weert heading downstairs in the FEB standings, winning by the score of 84-79.


leading scorers Aris Friesland:

Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) 20 pts.

Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) 17 pts.

Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Tenn.St.) 14 pts., 14 rebounds


leading scorer Upstairs Weert:

Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) 27 pts.


*Due to the recent passing away of my mother in the United States, I was unable to update the results on time. My apologies for this.



PromotieDivisie Scores: Catch Up Time for teams... -by Terry Cooper
It's catch up time for most clubs in the PromotieDivisie as teams play make up games to balance out the standings in the league. Some teams took adavantage of make up week as they sealed key victories to stay in the hunt for the final four. MSV is close to sealing its ticket to the final four as well as MyGuide2. Several other teams are still in the hunt so stay tuned because it getting down to the wire.

MyGuide2 - Orca's 81-58
Pigeons - Initial High Five 62-90
VBC Akrides - Punch 84-69
Landstede2 - BV Rooi 89-55
De Groene Uilen - EBBC2 70-83


Punch - MyGuide2 64-62
Orca's - De Groene Uilen 58-73
Initial High Five - Landstede2 72-58
BV Rooi - Cangeroes 69-66
Leiden2 - Pigeons 102-68


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IBL

Keyes' Explosion blast record -by Eurobasket
Kyle Keyes (6'2''-G-78, college: Montana) debuted with a 'BOOM' for the Snohomish County Explosion on March 1st. Keyes dropped 22 points with 4 assists and 3 steals from the PG spot as he helped the Explosion set the IBL scoring record with a shellacking of the USA All-Stars as they doubled them up, 169-85. Keyes shot a blistering 10 of 14 from the field while going 2 for 2 from downtown. Keyes former high-school teammate and UW star Donald Watts (6'4''-F/G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Washington) led all scorers with 26 points going 11-20 from the floor. Everyone got in on the action as all players scored for the Explosion who had 9 players in double figures. Terrance King (6'5''-F-73, college: Louisiana Coll.) had 21 points and 8 rebounds for the All-Stars.
Keyes has signed or played with every notable professional league in the USA including the NBDL, CBA, ABA, XBA/MBA and now the IBL with the Explosion. After arguably being the best point guard in the ABA in 06'-07' (while averaging 21pts 10.5ast. 3.1stls a game) Keyes was invited to try out with the San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 07'.
The Explosion won the Western Division title last year. With the addition of potential NBA Point Guard, Kyle Keyes, the Explosion have their eyes set on an IBL championship in 08'.


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INDONESIA

The Grand Final of KOBATAMA 2008 -by Ronald Purba

2005 Kobatama Champions, PIMNAD Nangroe Aceh Darussalam, is heading to the grand final of Kobatama 2007/2008 after beat Halim Kediri 64-58.
The victory over Halim Kediri put this team on the top of the standing board with two wins and a lost.

A Mild IBL All Star 2008 is Ready to Rock Palembang
A Mild IBL All Star 2008 will be held in Palembang, the city that famous with its traditional food called empek-empek.
The city is expecting the actions of pro basketball players from the league.
The players which are chosen by the fans from around Indonesia with the voting system are ready to show their skills and entertain the crowd.
The game itself will be held at Gedung Basket Indoor Kampus Palembang.

Who would miss the crossover dribble from Kelly Purwanto (-G) (Garuda Bandung) or slam dunk from Ronny Gunawan (SM Britama Jakarta)?

PLAYER ROSTER FOR ALL-STAR 2008
Red Team
Coach: Abdurahman Padang (XL Aspac Jakarta)
Manager: Tjetjep Firmansyah (XL Aspac Jakarta)
Starter: Kelly Purwanto (Garuda Bandung/PG), Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) (XL Aspac/PG), Denny Sumargo (Garuda Bandung/SG), Andrie Ekayana (XL Aspac/SF), Antonius Joko Hendratmo (XL Aspac/PF).
Bench: Ponsianus Nyoman Indrawan (Bima Sakti/C), M. Thoyib Isman (XL Aspac/C), Andre Tiara (Garuda Bandung/PF), Andi Batam Poedjakusuma (XL Aspac/SF), Mohammad Herdian (Kalila Jakarta/PG).
White Team
Coach: Fictor G. Roring (SM Britama)
Manager: Dwui Eriano (SM Britama)
Starter: Ronny Gunawan (SM Britama/C), I Made 'Lolik' Sudiadnyana (Bhinneka Solo/PF), Agustinus Indra Jaya (CLS Knights Surabaya/PF), Faisal J Achmad (SM Britama/PG), dan Rachmad Febri Utomo (Bhinneka Solo/SG).
Bench: Youbel Sondakh (SM Britama/SF), Max Yanto (IM Makassar/C), Immanuel B Kellen (Citra Satria Pontianak/PG), Amin Prihantono (SM Britama/SG), Wellyanson Situmorang (SM Britama/PF).



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IRELAND

Irish abroad: Jim Moran's team lost again -by Mariano Galindo
After two consecutives defeats, Kalise Gran Canaria remains far to the play off's positions. Last weekend, the team which coaches Salva Maldonado lost a good opportunity to climb along the classification. Polaris World Murcia played a serious match and got a very important triumph (80-71) for its challenge, which is to continue in ACB the next season. Irish man Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) scored six points, caught five rebounds and made four personals fouls. Murcia's player Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) was the MVP with eigthteen points and eleven rebounds in adittion to two steals.

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ITALY

Lega2 - Last market news -by Gabriele Fioretti
Caserta announced to have inked the american guard, born in Puerto Rico, Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL), former Miami University and 52th pick on the Clippers in the 2006 NBA Draft. He comes from the Anaheim Arsenal (NBDL). Also Veroli introduced to the media the new point guard Guido Meini (188-G-79), former point guard of Pavia. Also Pavia, after leaving of Guido Meini and Heinrich (to Spain) and welcome Levin and Bagnoli, is still looking for another bigman but the new player can arrive from any league except Legadue.

A new name for Biella -by Gianni Pascucci
After having parted ways with Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.), Angelico Biella should announce soon the signing of Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas), who has agreed to leave the D-League (where he was averaging 24.6 ppg, 6,0 rpg and 3.8 apg) to play in Italian Serie A. Langford is not a new name for Italy, having also played well last season in Vanoli Soresina, Lega 2.

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IVORY COAST

New League Season -by Elvis Dickson
The 2007/2008 league season in Ivory Coast started last week and the federation has promised a better organisation this season,
with the introduction of some new clubs into both the male and female categories.
Although the federation is yet to secure a major sponsor for the league, It has however, promised a better league season this year.

Towards the end of last year, the federation introduced a website www.fibb.ci to better faciliate information sharing and overall
image making for the federation. The present board lead by Pastor Kore Moise is working very hard to secure sponsorship for the league and
also have a better organization.


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JAMAICA

McFarlane named to All-AMC North Division Team -by Leonard Whyte
Notre Dame, OH (3-1-2008) - Sophomore Center Karim McFarlane was named to the All- American Mideast Conference (AMC) North Division team. McFarlane, who averaged 12.4 points and 8.3 rebounds during the season, helped lead NDC to its first-ever Division Championship before bowing out in the qualifying tournament last week. Overall, five Notre Dame players received post-season honors. The list includes Player of the Year - Jerome Pierce.

Tulsa routs Marshall as Jordan sets new record -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (3-1-2008) - Sophomore center Jerome Jordan blocked seven shots, bringing his total to 92 this season, surpassing the school record formerly held by Michael Ruffin and Kevin Johnson as Tulsa routed Marshall University 89-64 over the weekend in a Conference USA encounter. Jordan was also perfect from the field, going 4-of-4, and also pulled down eight rebounds. This was sweet revenge for Tulsa who lost in overtime when both teams met earlier this season.

Cedarville advances to conference championship game -by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (3-1-2008) - NAIA Division II No. 18 Cedarville University knocked out Ohio Dominican University, 81-67, in the American Mideast Conference (AMC) Tournament semifinals last night to advance championship game tonight where they will face #1 seed Malone. The winner receives an automatic berth to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Jamaican trio of Ricardo Alliman, Daniel Rose, and Christopher Walker combined for 18 points and 16 rebounds for Cedarville who are 21-7 overall.

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JORDAN

Najjar & Abbas with Zain in WABA ! -by Mohammed Malas
According to sources inside the club, Zain baskebtall team will have the services of ASU Sports Club duo NT player Islam Abbas (201-C-80) and the shooting guard Louai Najjar (192-G/F-80) for West Asian Clubs Championship (WABA) which will be held in Iran from 9th until the 14th of March.

Both players were part of ASU's success in their 1st year in Division One league and helped to gain a place in Excellent League next season, They played also with the team in Jordan Cup but they were out from quarter finals....


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KOSOVO

BC" Eurosporti" registered ex- palyers of BC" As Prishtina" -by Edona Shabani
BC' Eurosporti' from Prishtina, member of first league registered in their team these ex-players of 'As Prishtina' , which has terminated its participation in the Super League competition: Sabedin Ebibi, Genti Zeka, Betim Bajqinovci, Blerim Dragusha, Hekuran Binxhia, Blend Batalli, Islam Sylejmani, Kujtim Lepaja, Lavdim Lepaja, Yll Nikqi, Fisnik Juniku, Bujar Ismajli, Valon Behrami and Valmir Behrami.


According to the Registering Regulation and players' transaction, they all have the right to play in the match for Kosova Cup between Peja and Eurosporti. This game will take place on Thursday, March 6, 2008 on 8:00 pm.

Junior players Fisnik Juniku, Valon Behrami and Valmir Bajrami have double registration with BC' Prishtina Probasket' and have the right to activate for the corresponding category of 'Prishtina Probasket'

Players Betim Bajqinovci, Sabedin Ebibi, Ylli Nikqi and Blend Batalli to register for BC' Eurosport' must pay the fee for the sentences they had while playing for BC' As Prishtina'


Source: www.basketbolli.com


BC" Eurosporti" registered ex- palyers of BC" As Prishtina" -by Edona Shabani
BC' Eurosporti' from Prishtina, member of first league registered in their team these ex-players of 'As Prishtina' , which has terminated its participation in the Super League competition: Sabedin Ebibi, Genti Zeka, Betim Bajqinovci, Blerim Dragusha, Hekuran Binxhia, Blend Batalli, Islam Sylejmani, Kujtim Lepaja, Lavdim Lepaja, Yll Nikqi, Fisnik Juniku, Bujar Ismajli, Valon Behrami and Valmir Behrami.


According to the Registering Regulation and players' transaction, they all have the right to play in the match for Kosova Cup between Peja and Eurosporti. This game will take place on Thursday, March 6, 2008 on 8:00 pm.

Junior players Fisnik Juniku, Valon Behrami and Valmir Bajrami have double registration with BC' Prishtina Probasket' and have the right to activate for the corresponding category of 'Prishtina Probasket'

Players Betim Bajqinovci, Sabedin Ebibi, Ylli Nikqi and Blend Batalli to register for BC' Eurosport' must pay the fee for the sentences they had while playing for BC' As Prishtina'


Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Martinez joins SAT -by Gianni Pascucci
SAT-Cybertech will have another import player for Liga Centroamericana: the team announced the signing of well-known Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) from Costa Rica. The team roster will also be completed by veteran players Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis) and Jose Luis Lopez (186-G/F-77). Thanks to these new additions, the Guatemalan team hopes to advance till the Final Four of the competition.
with the help of Victor Padilla


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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

Tachira and Cocodrilos to face Corrientes and Universo -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Deportivo Tachira of Venezuela, the new franchise that finished in the second place of Liga Sudamericana's Group C in Argentina, will face Regatas Corrientes of Argentina yet again in the Quarter Finals round, while Cocodrilos de Caracas, the team finished at the top of Group A as hosts, will also face a team they already played against, Universo BRB of Brazil.

Tachira lost in the final matchday of Group C against Corrientes, 88-60, thus finishing in second place. Sol de America, of Paraguay, surprised Malvin of Uruguay to secure third place and a place in the playoffs. Coach Carlos Gil and his assistant, Jesus Cordobes , enjoyed a solid offense performance by Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83), Johnell Smith (186-G-80), Carlos Morris (194-F-75), Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) and Darwin Ramirez (191-F-82).

Meanwhile, Cocodrilos passed through undefeated despites facing tough teams like Boca Juniors (Argentina), Universo BRB (Brazil) and Regatas Lima (Peru). Nestor Salazar was supported by main weapons like Victor David Diaz (195-F-68), Kelley McClure (186-G-74), Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) and Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86), but also enjoyed with great outings off the bench by Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) and Henry Paez (184-G-70).


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LITHUANIA

Market news -by Evaldas Ceilytkas

After Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) signing deadline were are recap of the signings in last weeks.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius took back youngsters Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) and Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) from loan to KM-SSK-Perlas Vilnius (NKL).
Alytus signed youn guard from Alytus basketball school Edvinas Laukevicius (193-G-89).
Sakalai Vilnius added promising point guard P.Paulius Ivanauskas (194-G-87). This season he played in Puntukas Jarimpeksas Anyksciai (NKL).
Panevezys Techasas parted ways with Adam Schaper (206-F/C-83, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Iowa St.) because of bad performance.

Neptunas Klaipeda point guard Andrius Mazutis (179-G-81) gone to ASK Riga instead of him team signed experienced guard Saulius Raziulis (185-G-76) from Meresta Pakruojis.



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MEXICO

Halcones Roll Past Soles in Game 1 -by Justin Brink
It wasn't even close in game one of the LNBP Finals last night. In front of their home fans and a packed 'oooozzbee' (La USBI, Xalapa's home arena), the Halcones of Xalapa made a statement blowing out the defending LNBP Champion Mexicali Soles 102-70 to take a 1-0 lead in the best of 7 Championship series.The Soles hung around until the fourth quarter when the Halcones erupted offensively jumping out to a 25 point lead. Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) paced the Halcone offense from the outside and inside with 29 points, followed by Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.)'s 19 and Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma)'s 12. Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) had 12 boards off the bench for Xalapa. For the Soles, Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) was the high man with 20. Game two is tonight at 8:00 p.m. Xalapa time. Don't count the Soles out just yet. You haven't, have you? Sure Llamas was missing in action and Dejuan Wheat must have been a bit rusty due to recent injury, so look for the 'Suns' to bounce back.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT1B : BC Budva win in new derby , Filip Goranovic MVP of season in MNT1B -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Budva Mega Promet win in new derby game in MNT1B Division (17 Round ) against BC Teodo Tivat 87-82.After 18 yerar of play last game play center of BC Budva Ivanovic Ivan.Award for first place in season 2007-2008 give to capiten of BC Budva Drazen Nikic , Mr. Miomir Mugosa and Mr. Zoran Vujicic from Basketball Federation of Montenegro.In same way Filip Goranovic (208-F/C-85) promoted to MVP of MNT1B Division for season 2007-2008.Filip Goranovic have satistic in season 2007-2008 : 19.8 points per game and 10 rebounds per game

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NBA

Gilbert Arenas is cleared to practice with the Wizards -by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards leader Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) was given a go by the team's doctors to start practicing with the squad. He missed the major part of the season with a knee injury and was doubtful for the reminder of the season. But the sings tell that the 25-year-old guard can possibly be in action in playoffs if Washington makes it there. Gilbert Arenas had a surgery on his knee last April and seemed to cure it well as he started the current season at the starting lineup for Washington. But after 8 games played the guard was forced to take two more surgeries on his knee. The Wizards are playing without Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut), who has torn labrum in his hip and is also doubtful for the regular season reminder. Washington are recently at 29-30 record and occupy the 6th spot in the East.
Meanwhile Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) underwent a surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot yesterday. This was a season-ending injury for Chinese superstar centre but the doctors are pretty optimistic about Ming Yao playing at the Beijing Olympics.
Sam Cassell (6'3''-G-69, college: Florida St.) is about to sign with the Boston Celtics in the nearest time. He is expected to arrive to Boston today to sign all the necessary papers to become a Celtic. A veteran guard was waived by the LA Clippers a couple of days ago and was reported to have a strong interest in singing with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics management did not confirm the possible deal officially yet. However if it happens Sam Cassell can play for the Celtics as soon as Wednesday when Boston face their arch-rivals Detroit. Sam Cassell averages 12.8 points, 4.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in the season. The Boston Celtics starting point guard Rajon Rondo also favored the idea of adding Sam Cassell to the roster despite the possibility of some minutes being cut for him.
The Cleveland Cavalier meanwhile signed forward Kaniel Dickens (6'8''-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Idaho) and guard Billy Thomas (6'5''-G-75, college: Kansas) to 10-day contracts.


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NCAA2

Pitt - Johnstown wins WVIAC Championship -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
1. Pitt-Johnstown 161.5 17-3 22-7
2. Alders.-Broad. 157 17-3 25-6
3. W.Virginia St. 143.5 16-4 20-10
4. W.Liberty St. 137.5 15-5 23-6
5. Charleston Univ. 115.5 12-8 19-10
6. Fairmont St. 109.5 12-8 19-10
7. Seton Hill 100.5 11-9 12-15
8. Shepherd 82.5 9-11 16-13
9. Davis & Elkins 80 9-11 13-15
10. Concord 77 9-11 15-14
11. W.Virg.Wesl. 63.5 8-12 10-18
12. Wheeling Jesuit 61 8-12 13-15
13. Glenville St. 61 7-13 9-19
14. Ohio Valley 46.5 6-14 7-21
15. Salem Intern. 20.5 2-18 4-24
16. Bluefield St. 17 2-18 2-26

Tournament Final: Alderson-Broaddus - Pitt Johnstown 71-64
Tournament Semifinals:
Alderson-Broaddus - West Virginia State 80-68
Pitt Johnstown - West Liberty State 82-72

All-WVIAC Tournament MVP: Terrell Eargle (6'4''-G) of Alderson-Broaddus

WVIAC All-Tournament Team:
Chris Banal (6'5''-F) (West Liberty State)
Terrell Eargle (Alderson-Broaddus)
Chris Gilliam (6'7''-F) (Pitt Johnstown)
Stan Hall (6'3''-G) (Alderson-Broaddus)
James Helton (6'6''-F) (West Virginia State)
Thad McFadden (6'2''-G-87) (Fairmont State)
Dannie Parker (6'4''-F) (Concord)
William Sharpe (5'10''-G) (Pitt Johnstown)
Marcus Tullis (6'6''-F) (Pitt Johnstown)
Jimmy Williams (6'5''-F) (Alderson-Broaddus)


All-WVIAC 1st Team
Chris Banal (West Liberty State)
Terrell Eargle (Alderson-Broaddus)
Chris Gilliam (Pitt Johnstown)
Stan Hall (Alderson-Broaddus)
James Helton (West Virginia State)
Jelani Jackson (6'4''-F) (Davis & Elkins)
Thad McFadden (Fairmont State)
Dannie Parker (Concord)
Robert Strickland (6'7''-F) (Charleston)


All-WVIAC 2nd Team
Dan Binggeli (6'2''-G) (West Liberty State)
Marquis Brooks (6'3''-G) (Charleston)
Ben Howlett (6'0''-G) (West Liberty State)
Chris Leborious (6'8''-C) (Ohio Valley)
Ronnie Means (6'0''-G-86) (Fairmont State)
Wade Pidock (6'8''-F) (West Virginia State)
Jordan Thomas (6'1''-G) (Seton Hill)
Marcus Tullis (Pitt Johnstown)

All-WVIAC Honorable Mention
Cody Boone (6'9''-F/C) (Seton Hill)
Samario Clancy (6'3''-F) (Alderson-Broaddus)
Quinton Davis (6'3''-G) (Pitt Johnstown)
Curtis Dorsey (6'4''-F) (Salem International)
Tryvan Leech (6'5''-F) (Glenville State)
Danny Manuel (5'10''-G) (Davis & Elkins)
Brett Rector (6'2''-G) (Davis & Elkins)
Jimmy Williams (Alderson-Broaddus)


WVIAC All-Freshman Team
Danny Branch (6'4''-G) (Pitt Johnstown)
Justin Caldwell (6'2''-G) (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Adam McFerran (6'4''-G/F) (Wheeling Jesuit)
Corey Pelle (5'11''-G) (West Liberty State)
Liki Turner (6'6''-F) (Shepherd)


All-WVIAC Player of the Year: Chris Gilliam (Pitt Johnstown)
All-WVIAC Freshman of the Year: Liki Turner (Shepherd)
All-WVIAC Coach of the Year: Bob Rukavina (Pitt Johnstown)



CIAA 2007-08 Season Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings
Eastern Division
1. Virginia Union 7-1 0.875 14-4 0.778 22-7 0.759
2. Elizabeth City 5-3 0.625 13-5 0.722 20-7 0.741
3. Bowie St. 5-3 0.625 13-5 0.722 21-8 0.724
4. Virginia St. 3-5 0.375 8-10 0.444 11-18 0.379
5. St.Paul's 0-8 0.000 3-15 0.167 8-17 0.320
Western Division
1. Johnson C. Smith 6-2 0.750 11-7 0.611 21-9 0.700
2. St.Augustine 5-3 0.625 11-7 0.611 16-10 0.615
3. Fayetteville 5-3 0.625 8-10 0.444 14-15 0.483
4. Livingstone 3-5 0.375 8-10 0.444 14-14 0.500
5. Shaw 1-7 0.125 1-17 0.056 5-23 0.179


Tournament Final: Johnson C. Smith - Fayetteville State 65-57
Tournament Semifinals:
Fayetteville State - Bowie State 67-65
Johnson C. Smith - Virginia Union 61-58


All-CIAA Tournament MVP: Edmund Rainey (6'3''-G) of Johnson C. Smith

CIAA All-Tournament Team:
Phillippe Harris (5'11''-G) of Fayetteville State
Jason Ingram (6'4''-G) of Bowie State
Brad Byerson (6'7''-F) of Virginia Union
Andy Gebru (6'4''-G) of Fayetteville State
Edmund Rainey of Johnson C. Smith
David Paris (6'9''-F-84) of Bowie State
Jamel Austin (6'3''-G) of Fayetteville State
Joshua Johnson (6'6''-F) of Bowie State
David Sanders (6'8''-C) of Johnson C. Smith
Maurice Hooper (6'2''-G) of Johnson C. Smith


All-CIAA Team
Joshua Johnson of BSU
David Paris of BSU
Anthony Hilliard (6'4''-G/F-86) of ECSU
Jerry Hollis (6'6''-F) of JCSU
Damola Obadina (6'5''-F) of SHAW
Brad Byerson of VUU
Lakeith Blanks (6'6''-F) of VUU
Phillippe Harris of FSU
Andy Gebru of FSU
Maurice Hooper of JCSU
Will Gill (6'0''-G) of SAC
Trey Mines (6'2''-G) of VSU

CIAA All-Freshman Team
Hayward Fain (6'4''-F) of St. Augustine
Derek Holmes (6'5''-F) of Fayetteville St
Adrian Moffatt (6'4''-G) of Saint Paul
Maurice Reevy (6'6''-F) of Saint Paul
Ronald Thornhill of Johnson C. Smith

All-CIAA Player of the Year: Anthony Hilliard of ECSU
All-CIAA Defensive Player of the Year: Brad Byerson of VUU
All-CIAA Freshman of the Year: Hayward Fain of Saint Augustine's College



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NCAA3

Destination Salem: Division 3 National Championship Bracket released -by Moritz Korff
D3 is ready to start the 2008 Men's Basketball National Championship. The match-ups are set, the action kicks off Friday, March 7, with the First Round. Hope, Whitworth, Mass.-Dartmouth, Plattsburgh State and Amherst received first round byes and went to the Second Round automatically that takes place Saturday. It all ends in Salem, Virginia, where the Final Four will be played March 21 and 22.
Check out the tournament bracket: click


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PALESTINE

De la Salle Representative of Palestine In The Arab Clubs Championship 21 -by Karim Schahin
De la Salle represents Palestine for the second time in the Arab Clubs Championship (21), which will take place in Amman-Jordan from 23, April untill 6, May. The draw was held in Cairo. The result was:

Group 1: Zain(Jordan), Qatar SC (Qatar) An Nasr (UAE), Al Tilal (Yemen)
Group 2: Al Ittihad (KSA), Fas (Morocco), Al Wehda (Syria), De LA Salle (Palestine)
Group 3: Orthodoxi (Jordan), Sporting Al Riyadi (Lebanon), Al Kahraba (Iraq), Al Manama (Bahrain)
Group 4: Kuwait SC (Kuwait), Sagesse(Lebanon), Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt), As Seeb (Oman)


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PBL

SSS first results -by Gianni Pascucci
On Monday, March 3, started the 'Super Scouting Showcase' in Chicago, Illinois. The Premier Basketball League decided to concentrate all its teams in the same place to show all the talent in nothing less than 11 games, 'layed in three consecutive days in front of lots of professional basketball operators from all the world.
The games of Day 1 went as follows:
Quad Cities def Dallas 119-107
Arkansas def Chicago 106-98
Reading def Maryland 115-86
Wilmington def Jacksonville 100-87
The games of Day 2 ended:
Rockford def Arkansas 117-105
Maryland def Quad Cities 101-98
Dallas def Wilmington 105-103
Rochester def Chicago 121-96


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PUERTO RICO

Athletics refuse to Lose -by Luis Ramirez
The San German Athletics continued their winning ways as they beat the winless Guayama Brujos 103-100. The Athletics have made it a habit to win close games so far this season. The Guayama Brujos took the first quarter 31-24 but the Athletics came right back in the 2nd quarter to take the lead in the half 50-47. In the 3rd quarter San German continued to pad their lead, but as with their prior two games the game became tight as the Brujos mounted a great offensive effort and as in the past two games the Athletics once again survived to earn the win and keep a perfect record so far this season 3-0. On the other hand the Brujos fall to 0-3 and next up for the Brujos will be the Fajardo Cariduros on Thursday. For San German, Omar Alvarado (180-G-83, agency: Next Level) lead the way with a triple double as he scored 27 points grabbed 10 rebounds and had 11 assists. He was followed by Robert Lazor with 25 points. For Guayama, Rafael Perez (185-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) scored 26 points followed by Matt Freije with 25 points.

This was the only game on tap for the night.


Lions Maul Criollos -by Luis Ramirez
The Lions got their first win of the season as they dominated the Criollos last night 76-61. The Lions were never behind in the game and made it look easy. The 1st quarter ended with the Lions in command 21-11. The Lions had their running game going on and this made it difficult for the Criollos to keep up. Peter John Ramos was held scoreless during the 1st half. The half ended with the Lions ahead 35-24. In the 2nd half the Lions continued their up tempo game and Caguas was never really a threat. With Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) and Wilfredo Pagan (184-G-76, agency: Next Level) hitting long range jumpers the Lions were simply too much for the Criollos who looked out of sync as the Lions smothered them defensively. For Ponce Joel Jones scored 29 points followed by Wilfredo Pagan with 17 points and 5 assists. For Caguas, it was Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) with 19 points while Angel Alamo (206-F/C) scored 10 points.

In other BSN action, the Santurce Crabbers continued their roll and beat the Bayamon Cowboys who are winless so far in the season by a score of 72-68. The Cowboys started dominating the Crabbers in the 1st quarter 22-17, but in the 2nd quarter the Cowboys simply couldn't find the basket. The Crabbers took command of the game in the 2nd quarter as the half ended 37-32. In the 2nd half the Cowboys once again made an offensive run but the Crabbers managed to contain them and as the quarter ended Santurce was still leading 56-54. The 4th quarter was a hardly fought contest but the Crabbers found the way to win the game. For Santurce Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) had 20 points, which included five 3 pointers, followed by Luis Rivas (200-F-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: W.Illinois) with 13 points. For Bayamon, Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) and Christopher Vega (182-G-84) both scored 17 points. Benson also grabbed 13 rebounds in the game.

Over at Carolina, the Giants humbled the Grays 105-91. Carolina took the lead in the 1st quarter and kept building the lead as the game when on. The 1st quarter ended 36-29 in favor of the Giants. At half time the Giants were leading 58-44. In the 2nd half things didn't get better for the Grays and the Giants kept them at bay for the win. For Carolina, Darius Rice was unstoppable with 32 points and 10 rebounds. He was followed by Tony Delk who scored 18 points. For Humacao, both Ansel Guzman (175-G-84, agency: Next Level) and Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 20 points to lead the Grays in a losing effort. Martinez also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Grays. The Grays are winless so far and for Carolina it was a good start as they played their first game of the season.


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SOUTH AFRICA

LOP 2008 Schedule -by Tshepo Ditshego
2008 LOP Complete Preliminary Schedule


Saturday, 01 March 2008
Pretoria Heat Egoli Magic Men D1 Wits University A 14h30
Wits University Scorpions Ladies D1 Wits University B 16h30
Wits University Wits Alumni Men D1 Wits University A 16h30
Momentum Varsity College Men D2 Wits University B 18h30
Wits University Monash Men D2 Wits University A 18h30
Rebels Scorpions Men D1 Wits University A 20h30

Friday, 7 March 2008
Monash MGI Ladies D1 Wits University B 18h00
Rebels Raptors Men D1 Wits University A 18h00
Boston Monash Men D2 Wits University B 20h00
Pretoria Heat Wits University Men D1 Wits University A 20h00

Sunday, 09 March 2008
Scorpions MGI Ladies D1 Wits University B 11h00
MGI Alumni MGI Men D2 Wits University A 11h00
Raptors Monash Ladies D1 Wits University B 13h00
Pretoria Heat Raptors Men D1 Wits University A 13h00
Momentum Wits University Men D2 Wits University B 15h00
Egoli Magic Putos Phly Men D1 Wits University A 15h00

Sunday, 16 March 2008
MGI Alumni Varsity College Men D2 Wits University A 11h00
Wits University Rainbow All Stars Men D2 Wits University B 13h00
Rebels Putos Phly Men D1 Wits University A 13h00
MGI Alumni Momentum Men D2 Wits University B 15h00
Raptors Scorpions Men D1 Wits University A 15h00

Friday, 21 March 2008
MGI Rainbow All Stars Men D2 Wits University B 18h00
Wits University Raptors Men D1 Wits University A 18h00
1 Dream Foundation Invitational Wits University A 20h30

Saturday, 22 March 2008
Momentum Boston Men D2 Wits University B 11h00
MGI Monash Men D2 Wits University A 11h00
Wits University Raptors Ladies D1 Wits University B 13h00
Scorpions Putos Phly Men D1 Wits University A 13h00
Wits University Varsity College Men D2 Wits University B 15h00
Wits Alumni Pretoria Heat Men D1 Wits University A 15h00
1 Dream Foundation Invitational Wits University A 17h30
Rebels Wits University Men D1 Wits University A 19h30

Friday, 28 March 2008
Momentum Rainbow All Stars Men D2 Wits University B 18h00
Putos Phly Wits Alumni Men D1 Wits University A 18h00
MGI Boston Men D2 Wits University B 20h00
Egoli Magic Wits University Men D1 Wits University A 20h00

Saturday, 29 March 2008
LOP Summer Invitational Wits University Matrix Outdoor 19h00

Friday 04 April 2008
Scorpions Monash Ladies D1 Wits University B 18h00
Raptors Putos Phly Men D1 Wits University A 18h00
Monash Boston Men D2 Wits University B 20h00
Egoli Rebels Men D1 Wits University A 20h00

Sunday, 06 April 2008
MGI Alumni Boston Men D2 Wits University A 11h00
Rainbow All Stars Varsity College Men D2 Wits University B 13h00
Scorpions Wits Alumni Men D1 Wits University A 13h00
MGI Alumni Monash Men D2 Wits University B 15h00
Pretoria Heat Putos Phly Men D1 Wits University A 15h00

Friday, 11 April 2008
MGI Wits University Men D2 Wits University B 18h00
Egoli Magic Raptors Men D1 Wits University A 18h00
Rainbow All Stars Monash Men D2 Wits University B 20h00
Rebels Wits Alumni Men D1 Wits University A 20h00

Sunday, 13 April 2008
Raptors MGI Ladies D1 Wits University B 11h00
Putos Phly Wits University Men D1 Wits University A 11h00
MGI Alumni Rainbow Men D2 Wits University B 13h00
MGI Varsity College Men D2 Wits University A 13h00
Scorpions Pretoria Heat Men D1 Wits University A 15h00

Friday, 18 April 2008
Raptors Scorpions Ladies D1 Wits University B 18h00
Egoli Magic Wits University Men D1 Wits University A 18h00
Monash Varsity College Men D2 Wits University B 20h00
Pretoria Heat Rebels Men D1 Wits University A 20h00

Sunday, 20 April 2008
Wits University Monash Ladies D1 Wits University B 11h00
Rainbow All Stars Boston Men D2 Wits University A 11h00
Momentum Monash Men D2 Wits University B 13h00
Egoli Magic Scorpions Men D1 Wits University A 13h00
MGI Alumni Wits University Men D2 Wits University B 15h00
Wits Alumni Raptors Men D1 Wits University A 15h00

Friday, 02 May 2008
MGI Momentum Ladies D1 Wits University B 18h00
Wits University Scorpions Men D1 Wits University A 18h00
Wits University Boston Men D2 Wits University B 20h00
Egoli Magic Wits Alumni Men D1 Wits University A 20h00

Friday, 01 Aug 2008
Ladies All Star Game Men Wits University University B 18h00
Mens All Star Game Men Wits University University A 20h00


League of Professionals Scores -by Tshepo Ditshego

This past weekend saw the official launch of the League of Professionals at Wits University in Johannesburg. The LOP as it's known is the official league of the Johannesburg Basketball Association. It was formed by former players after the Metro League failed to meet the expectations of team in the Gauteng province.

The launch was filled with entertainment in the form of dancers and performances from Sugasmakx, (Skwatta Kamp) and T'Do. A few hundred of the young joburg crowd turned up to support their favourite teams and performers. Daihatsu displayed their fuel economic cars, ESPN sponsored the airtime on YFM and Nando's provided food for the VIP's. It was a very succesful start to what should be a very exciting season. A schedule has been released for the 1st half of the season. The results from this past weekend are:

Mens D1
Egoli Magic 96 - 66 Pretoria Heat
Wits University 59 - 80 Wits Alumni
Rebels 70 - 59 Scorpions

Men D2
Monash 59 - 28 Wits University
Momentum Diablos 92 - 40 Varsity College

Ladies
Wits University 55 - 23 Scorpions


Egoli Magic vs Wits Alumni -by Tshepo Ditshego
Who would have ever thought that one game into the LOP season a team made up of veterans could actually have a shot at winning the title? Which team am I talking about you ask? Well none other than Wits Alumni. This team was started a few years ago in order to give former Wits players a platform to exercise while playing the game that they love.

The reason why I think Alumni has a chance to scoop the title are the key additions to their squad of seasoned national team vets. Players like Hamilton college alumni Tsakane Ngobeni, former national team player Quintin Denyssen, DRC national team player Djo Yele, PBL vet Mbo Ronunu, and PBL all-star Vusi Dlamini. Mfundo Dube and Kp Ndlovu round out the elite backcourt of this star studded team. These players are the cream of the crop of SA basketball. Other players like Wisani Chauke, Maieane Nkhahle and Tshiamo Ngakane who are superstars in their own right have formed their own Wits Old Boys team called the 'Rebels'.

Egoli have gone to their old formula of mixing talent from SA and the rest of Africa. Alaska Kipundu, Joseph Mazibuko, Lesego Molebatsi and Sfiso Ngcobo are the backbone of this years team. Lesego Molebatsi is eligible to play for Wits Alumni but chose to play for Egoli Magic this year due to his ties with Egoli management.

After watching Egoli play on Saturday it was clear to me that there was a lot of room for improvement and that Egoli was very beatable. They have a new Angolan point guard but their offense revolves around Joseph Mazibuko who was slashing to the hoop with relative ease against the Pretoria Heat. One can't overlook Lesego Molebatsi who was passing a lot more than normal during Saturdays game. Maybe it was because I was teasing him about his lack of passing ability before the game. Lesego Molebatsi is an offensive jugernaut when he decides to be one. He can take it to the hole, he can hit the three and is as strong as an ox around the basket. Look for him to be dominating on the boards this season. If Alumni can keep the ball out of Joseph's hands, limit Lesego Molebatsi's touches and keep him off the offensive glass, they have a good shot of taking the magic out of Egoli.

The first matchup between these two talented teams is on the 2nd of May at Wits University. Look for a dominating perfromance from Djo 'Tsunami' Yele, Mboshe 'You know it's coming but you can't do anything about it' Ronunu, and Tsakane Ngobeni. And look out for a great game from Joseph Mazibuko and Lesego Molebatsi. I think this is going to be the game of the year that will replace the old rivalry between Wits University and African Warriors.

My prediction is Egoli Magic will play Alumni in the finals. As for the result…You'll have to come out to Hall 29 to see what happens. But my money is on the Ashraf Lodewyk Memorial defending champions Wits Alumni. Don't say I didn't tell you so.

Tshepo Ditshego


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SYRIA

New coach for Jalaa team Syria's Champion -by Bashar Nashef
After the storm that happened with the jalaa team from the begining of this year, and after the resignation of coach Sharif Azmi. The jalaa stayed without a coach for one and a half months, until they signed with their new coach george Petrovich that was a head coach in the russian league. He started with them last two weeks, and he head coached them for the derby match against Ittihad team after his arrival within 48 hours. They were able to win the match although he did not memorize the names of the players on his team, all the team rosters are very happy with him and satisfied. But they have a big problem which is their super star micheal maadanli that has the acl injury and cannot play with them for the rest of the season.

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UGANDA

Sadolin Power triumphs in Miracle Invitational tournament -by Eurobasket News
Sadolin Power won Miracle Invitational tournament that was held in Uganda. The team overcame Kyambogo Warriors 55:48 to climb the top. In a tough game the winners made everything to grab the title. Isaac Afidra (193-G/F) returned to his former side top-scoring a team high 13 points. Wilbrod Oketcho (196-F) added 11 points as Sadolin warmed up for the new season with a morale boosting win over the national league runners-up. Brian Gumisiriza (196-F) and Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) showed good game for the visitors. The tournament received many positive feedbacks from the players.

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URUGUAY

Hebraica and Bigua will play the final games -by Hector Lopez
Hebraica beat Atenas 72-70 to reach a 3-2 lead and get a place in the best-of-five final games to be played against Bigua, beginning Wednesday 12. Pablo Morales (200-F-79) netted a three points shot for Hebraica with 1.1o to be played and his team take a five points lead 72-65. The main scorer for Hebraica was Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) with 20 points, incluiding 6/10 three points shots, Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) scored 10 and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) scored 6 and took 6 rebounds. For Atenas Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) netted 19 and took 5 rebounds and Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Hebraica reached for the first time the LUB final games and Bigua was the 2006 runner up.

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VENEZUELA

Pablo Machado asks for respect -by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan center Pablo Machado (207-C-77, college: Loyola Marymount) declared from Spain, where he plays in the EBA league for Domo Residencial Oviedo, that he's only asking for the 'respect' of the contract agreement of his 2007 season with Guaros de Lara in Venezuela's LPB and to be paid the 23.000 dollars left, cause he doesn't want to stop playing in Venezuela, in a phone interview conceeded from Oviedo to Diario El Impulso of Barquisimeto.

A former Senior Team of Venezuela member, Machado has also played for teams such as Panteras de Miranda, Cocodrilos de Caracas and Marinos de Anzoategui and had been loaned by Guaros de Lara to Gaiteros del Zulia only for 2008, in exchange for power forward and center Luis Julio (199-F-80), even though he hadn't been completed paid on his 2007 salary.

The debt
'Last time I got in touch with Guaros was two weeks ago, when owner Carlos Garcia sent me an e-mail message in which he made the compromise of paying me. I supposed that, by then, he knew I had told Gaiteros that I would not got back and play for them unless Guaros paid me first', said Pablo.
Number 31 said that the promises date back from May of 2007, the day after Guaros were eliminated in the Quarter Finals round by Cocodrilos de Caracas. The management told him he was going to get paid and his contract included money that hadn't been paid to him from the 2006 LNB season, when he defended Guerreros de Lara, team that's also owned by Total Sport and that is now known as Lideres de Yaracuy.
'They changed my contract without letting me know and wanted to pay me in bolivares instead of dollars. There was a moment in which I even agreed to be paid in bolivares, cause I had debts and finantial problems, but they still didn't pay me back', he said.
'They didn't call me to play in Yaracuy cause they still owed me money, so I decided to play for Torrevieja in Spain and later on this team also had finantial trouble and withdrew from LEB Bronze. Then I started playing for Oviedo. Guaros told me they had aprooval from Cadivi to pay me with dollars, but they have all my account numbers and still have not deposited anything', Machado explained.
His trade to Gaiteros was 'just too much' for him to handle, so he called the president of LPB, Rolando Urdaneta. When Gaiteros told him they would try and work out the trouble with his debt, he decided to way, but he's still worried. 'It's been almost a year and I can't go back and play for free. I'm tired of waiting. I have a wife and responsibilities with my family'.

Still available

Despites all of that, and the fact the he considers himself 'the big looser in this whole story', Machado says he'd still be willing to negotiate with Gaiteros, Guaros or any other team to play in LPB this year, but only after he gets paid completely what he is owed. 'If I'm going to negotiate with Guaros, my attitude off course will not be the same. I'd have to request money in advance and only through my agent, and not personally', he said. 'They ask for you to be patient when you want to get your money, but the banks are not patient with you. They'll just take away whatever you put as guarantee. With Marinos or Cocodrilos I never lived something like this and with Guaros is the first time'.


Thanks to Julio

When Machado learned that power forward and center Luis Julio refused to play for Guaros, claiming that he is 'uncomfortable' with the fact that Machado hasn't been paid, Machado said he was 'gratefully surprised' and 'speechless', cause he didn't know how to thank Julio for such a decision. 'It's not normal for a player to have that level of solidarity', he declared. 'If there were more players like him, with conscience of what the working rights are for, and if we had more union as basketball players, I'm sure we'd get a lot more benefits from teams that we currently do to work'.

'With Julio I shared time in Delfines and the National Squad of Venezuela. I'm very content about his attitude. I hope this situation works out quickly so he doesn't have to pay or ends up hurt by this debt. I feel very proud of his values as a person', said Machado. The two times runner-up in Venezuela's LPB with Guaros and former player of the World Cups of Indianapolis 2002 and Japan 2006, also had some words for the fans in Barquisimeto.

'I send my best regards to you. I always felt great there. They supported me a lot even in my worst time as a pro basketball player. Their attitude helped me to overcome that and reach my level in the latter part of last season. Thanks also for following up my work in Spain. I'm here trying to help Oviedo climb to the next cathegory though it's been hard for me to get adapted'.



Greivis Vasquez fights, but Clemson defeats Maryland -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87) scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and performed 7 assists, but his overall numbers in 40 minutes of action were not enough for the Maryland Terrapins to avoid a tight defeat at home, College Park, against Clemson, with a final scoreboard of 73-70.

The game was decided by a late three-point shot that didn't allow the team coached by Gary Williams to earn what would have been an important victory in their quest for a spot in the NCAA National Tournament. Vasquez netted four or seven two-point shots, missed his five three-point attempts and went five for eight from the free-throw line, while he also had 7 turnovers and stole one ball.

Clemson's top scorers were James Mays (206-F-86) with 20 points, Trevor Booker (201-F/C-87) with 18 points and Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) with 12 points. For Maryland, James Gist (203-F-86) netted 15 points and eight rebounds, while Eric Hayes (191-G-87) and Adrian Bowie (188-G) added 12 points each.

'We have to bounce back and try and win as many games as we can so we can get into the tournament', said Vasquez after the loss. 'We are thinking about Virginia right now. It is going to be hard to get over this but we are going to try our best. This is hard to deal with. We won't point fingers at anybody and everyone will take responsibility for their mistakes. We will move on. That is how it is. Tha is how sports are. You get another chance and hopefully we get this win on Sunday next week', he added.


Diego Guevara awaits for his visa -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan point guard Diego Guevara (184-G-77) could not play in the first couple of games of Vaqueros de Bayamon in the recently inaugurated Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) of Puerto Rico, due to the fact that his work visa, the document that will allow him to play as communitary imported player in that country, has not arrived.

The Vaqueros lost both matches against Capitanes de Arecibo (99-84) and Cariduros de Fajardo (83-78) cause neither Guevara nor Kavossy Franklin (188-G-75) were there to play. One of the team's managers, Francisco Padilla, declared to one of the biggest newspapers in San Juan that 'Guevara's document is expeced to arrived within one to two weeks'. The other player affected by the situation is Mexican Omar Quintero (183-G-81), of Fajardo, who even has to fly himself back to his country to get the visa in his own hands.

Another Venezuelan in the league, guard Rafael Perez (185-G-82), started hot for Brujos de Guayama, after scoring 30 points in his first match and 16 points with 9 rebounds in his second games, though Guayama lost both against Caguas and Arecibo.




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Women News

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BRAZIL - Women

Ourihnos gets crowned as National Champions -by Eurobasket News
Ourihnos - Catanduva 82:80 (OT)

The regular season champs Ourihnos proved their strength in the title decider yesterday. Ourihnos and Catanduva forced Game 5 of the Final best-of-five series leaving all the thrilling moments till the very end. Catanduva wasted their 2-1 lead in the series and were eager to lay claim on the decider. They were at the helm of the encounter early on. Ariadna Felipe (179-G-83) maintained a strong offensive pace for the visitors and they took a 22:19 lead after the opening frame. Natalia Burian (162-G-84) stepped up in the second frame to ensure the winning outcome for Catanduva in the first half. They built a 41:36 buffer at halftime and looked pretty impressive at the moment. However the things changed after the main break. Chuca Ferreira (180-F/G-79) steered a comeback rally for the home side in the third period. Ourihnos outscored their opponents 22:13 and grabbed a lead heading into the fourth term. Catanduva refused to give up and some strong plays from Ariadna Felipe and Karla da Costa (173-G-78) tied the scoreline at 71 at the end of regulation. But a fierce support of the home crowd helped Ourihnos to prevail. They appeared to just better at the end and put on the National championship crown.
Chuca Ferreira knocked down 26 points to pace Ourihnos. Karen Gustavo (177-F-84) added 14 points, while Lisdeivi Pompa (193-C-74) dropped 12 and collected 13 boards for the winners. Ariadna Felipe finished with 22 points for Catanduva. Natalia Burian scored 16 points in defeat.
Lisdeivi Pompa was named the MVP of the tournament.

Ourihnos: Chuca Ferreira 26, Karen Gustavo 14, Lisdeivi Pompa 12+13 boards
Catanduva: Ariadna Felipe 22, Natalia Burian 16


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CANADA - Women

All set for quarterfinals in CIS -by Eurobasket News
CIS regular season is over and the teams now fight for the trophy in the league's playoffs. Eight teams qualified for the Championship CIS quarterfinals tipping off on March 7.
The league's #1 seed and the defending champs Simon Fraser entered the playoff stage at 22-1 record but were unexpectedly upset by Regina in the Canada West Semifinal. Regina used a massive 30:13 third frame to stun the Clan and celebrated an 84:79 victory. Gabrielle Gheyssen (183-F-88) notched 28 points for the Cougars. However Simon Fraser rebounded in the Division Bronze Medal Game. They knocked out Alberta 72:55 to make their way to the quarterfinal. The Clan face the Quebec champions Laval. The Rouge et Or beat UQAM in the Quebec Conference final. The game turned out to be a real thriller with Laval claiming the victory just in the extra period 73:70. The Rouge et Or trailed by 13 points after the opening frame but found the way to return to life in the second half. Genevieve Blanchette (168-G-83) launched 18 points for the winners.
Saskatchewan takes on McMaster in another quarterfinal battle. The Huskies lost to Alberta in the Canada West Division Final but still advanced to the CIS quarterfinal. The Marauders outgunned Toronto 69:59 in the OUA Final. Toronto also qualified to the Top 8 stage to play against the Canada West Division winners UBC.
Finally Memorial and Regina clash in one more quarterfinal.

CIS Quarterfinals:
Memorial - Regina
Saskatchewan - McMaster
Simon Fraser - Laval
Toronto - UBC


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DENMARK - Women

No surprises in Round 17 -by Eurobasket News
The leaders of the Danish Dameligaen gained victories in Round 17 preserving the standings from major changes. Horsholm overwhelmed the visiting Virum 76:61 to improve to 13-3 record on top of the ladder. The 79ers were up from the start and ended the first period ahead 25:18. The 79ers stretched the lead to 8 points at the interval and looked too good for their opponents. Virum never recovered in the second half as they entered the fourth period trailing by 18 points. Pernille Jensen topscored with 19 points and 5 assists for the 79ers. Maja Gerlyng-Hansen (179-G) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sarah Mahan (185-F-85) notched 17 points and 8 boards in a losing case. Trine Duelund (182-F-84) secured 10 points in defeat.
Amager and SISU remained knotted at 13-4 record at the second spot in the ladder. Amager easily outpaced Vaerlose 74:64 away from home. The visitors set the tone early in the encounter outscoring Vaerlose 23:10. The hosts struggled to find the right rhythm and soon were down by 18 points. Amager then coasted to an overall win to stay close to Horsholm. Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) scored 21 points for Amager. Tine Freil (180-G-70, college: Pacific) added 15 points and 9 boards in a winning clause. Chelsea Luhta responded with 15 points and 8 boards for the home side.
SISU also registered the 13th win in the season as they beat Vitus 78:66 at home court. The Pirates led by a single point at the first intermission 16:15 but SISU quickly restored more comforting figures pounding the visitors in three other frames. Sarah Lini (183-F-82, college: Colorado) ensured 26 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Mandakova Clark had 17 points and 9 assists in a win. Camilla White (181-C-80) and Jeanette Sorensen netted 12 points apiece in a loss.


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GERMANY - Women

German National Team Roster 2008 -by Moritz Korff
Sarah Austmann - Oberhausen
Romy Baer - Saarlouis
Katja Bavendam - Saint Francis College (USA)
Corry Berger - Wasserburg
Anne Breitreiner - Gdynia (POL)
Linda Froehlich - Taranto (ITA)
Petra Glaeser - Oberhausen
Natalie Gohrke - Marburg
Lisa Koop - Marburg
Katharina Kuehn - Wasserburg
Lea Mersch - Oberhausen
Alexandra Mueller - Wasserburg
Hicran Oezen - Marburg
Dana Penno - Freiburg
Dorothea Richter - Napoli (ITA)
Margret Skuballa - Marburg

Head Coach: Imre Szittya


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ISRAEL - Women

Injured Player (Ramla) -by Netanel Dahan
Jaclyn Johnson from Ramla will miss at least 1 month of games because she injured her knee, Jaclyn's last FIBA EuroCup stats with Vologda-Chevakata (RUS-A Superleague) was 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg

Round 21th results. -by Gil Goshen


Raanana Hertzeliya made a big step towards securing home court advantage through out the playoffs with a 77-71 win at Ramla. Ramat Hasharon also stayed in the picture with a close win over Holon, and Ramat Hen officially locked up the 4th and final playoff spot with a convincing win over Ashdod.

Ramla 71 - Raanana Hertzeliya 77

For Raanana Hertzeliya:
Tanisha Wright 23 pts, 5 steals
Mistie Williams 19 pts
Abiola Wabara 14 pts, 10 rebs - perfect game for the bosman A player ( Italian passport ). Agency - GG basketball.
Ornit Shwartz & Neda Djuric 8 pts each
Chen Nusel 5 pts

For Ramla:
Sherill Baker 16 pts
Shay Doron 14 pts
Laine Selwyn 12 pts
Michelle Snow 10 pts
Brasheeda Elohim 7 pts
Ina Gourevitch 4 pts
Katia Abramzon 2 pts

Ramat Hen 76 - Ashdod 65
For Ramat Hen:

Taj McWilliams Franklin 21 pts, 10 rebs
Armintie Price 20 pts, 9 rebs
Edwina Brown 13 pts, 12 rebs
Chen Shtain 8 pts
Shiri Sharon 7 pts
Lena Mustafina 5 pts
Sharon Zeevi 2 pts

For Ashdod:
Michal Epstein 22 pts
Brandi McCain 15 pts
Ayana Walker 10 pts, 8 rebs
Bat El Lazmi 9 pts
Ortal Oren 5 pts
Sheri Sam 4 pts, 6 steals, 8 rebs

Electra Ramat Hasharon 83 - Holon 80

For Ramat Hasharon:
Tatyana Troina 21 pts, 9 rebs, 7 ast, 6 steals
Jia Perkins & Dada Vilipic 17 pts each
Nomi Kolodny 15 pts, 5 ast
Merav Dori 7 pts, 6 rebs
Limor Mizrachi & Monique Coker 3 pts each

For Holon:
Ivory Latta 22 pts, 7 ast
La'Tangela Atkinson 18 pts, 8 rebs
DeTrina White 15 pts, 15 rebs another double double....Agency GG basketball
Shiran Zairy 12 pts
Inbal Mizrachi 11 pts
Hana Haleli 2 pts




Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor)


First Round Results -by Netanel Dahan

Round 21 results:

Elitzur Ramla 71 - Bnot Hasharon 77

Bnot Hasharon: Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, college: Penn St.) 23 pts,5 steals, Mistie Williams (191-C-83, college: Duke) 19 pts, Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) 14 pts,10 rebs, Ornit Shwartz (186-F-79) & Neda Djuric (173-G-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Rhode Island) 8 pts each, Chen Nusel (174-G-86) 5 pts

Ramla: Sherill Baker (174-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia) 16 pts, Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) 14 pts, Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) 12 pts, Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) 10 pts, Brahsheedah Elohim (180-F-80, college: Fayetteville) 7 pts, Ina Gourevitch (180-G-68) 4 pts, Katia Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 2 pts


Maccabi Ramat Hen 76 - Maccabi Ashdod 65
Maccabi Ramat Hen:
Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) 21 pts, 10 rebs, Armintie Price (175-G-85, college: Mississippi) 20 pts, 9 rebs, Edwina Brown (175-G-78, agency: Ronsport, college: Texas) 13 pts, 12 rebs, Chen Shtain (171-G-82) 8 pts, Shiri Sharon (169-G-79, college: Duquesne) 7 pts, Olena Mustafina (172-G-70) 5 pts, Sharon Zeevi (180-F-78) 2 pts

Ashdod: Michal Epstein (180-G-81, college: Boston U.) 22 pts, Brandi McCain (160-G-79, agency: Ronsport, college: Florida) 15 pts, Ayana Walker (191-F/C-79, college: Louisiana Tech) 10 pts, 8 rebs, Bat El Lazmi (170-G-86, agency: Ronsport) 9 pts, Ortal Oren (176-G-84, college: UCLA) 5 pts, Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: Vanderbilt) 4 pts, 6 steals, 8 rebs


Electra Ramat Hasharon 83 - Elitzur Maclaren Holon 80

Ramat Hasharon: Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) 21 pts, 9 rebs, 7 ast, 6 steals , Jia Perkins (173-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) & Dada Vilipic (196-C-75) 17 pts each, Naomi Kolodny (172-G-82) 15 pts, 5 ast, Mirav Dori (178-F-86) 7 pts, 6 rebs, Limor Mizrachi (172-G-70) & Monique Coker (188-F-82, college: ODU) 3 pts each
Holon: Ivory Latta (168-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) 22 pts, 7 ast, La'Tangela Atkinson (188-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) 18 pts,8 rebs, DeTrina White (180-F-80, college: LSU) 15 pts, 15 rebs, Shiran Zairy (170-G-86) 12 pts, Inbal Mizrachi (167-G-85) 11 pts, Hana Hileli (168-G-78) 2 ps



Round 21 Leaders -by Netanel Dahan
Round 21 leaders:
POINTS:
1. Tanisha Wright 23 points.
2. Ivory Latta 22 points.
3. Michal Epstein 22 points.

REBOUNDS:
1. DeTrina White 15 rebounds.
2.Edwina Brown 12 rebounds.
3.Abiola Wabara 10 rebounds.

ASSISTS:
1.Tatyana Troina 7 assists.
2.Ivory Latta 7assists.
3.Limor Mizrachi 5 assists, Naomi Kolodny aslo with 5 assists


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ITALY - Women

Italy's NT schedule announced -by Massimo Finizio

Italian federation announced the schedule for the Italian NT in August and September.
All following matches will be played for Eurobasket Women Championship 2009
Home teams are listed first.

August 2008
13 Poland-Italy
16 Italy-Finland (Cagliari)
20 Bosnia H.-Italy
27 Italy-Turkey (Chieti)
30 Italia-Poland (Bologna)

September 2008
3 Finland-Italy
6 Italy-Bosnia (Schio)
13 Turkey-Italy




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LATVIA - Women

Latvian Woman`s Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis
Latvian Woman`s Basketball League

SK Cesis - Avantis/Turiba 71-36
Crockett 16, Zeltina 12, Nimane 12; Horelika 11, Poksana 10+16reb

TTT/Rapa - Liepajas metalurgs 75-95
Kackane 14, Ozolina 14, Gailite 12; Niedola 24, Nazarova 19, Alilujeva 14, Pelse 14

Avantis/Turiba - TTT Riga 47-100
Eibele 10; Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) 29+10reb, Anderson 17, Kityzina 15+10reb

TTT/Rapa - LU 99-65
Ozolina 25, Gailite 20+12reb, Surkusa 15+10reb; Sidorenko 27, Kodratovica 10, Pladere 10


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RUSSIA - Women

Spartak thrashes Shelen-ETK 105:24 -by Eurobasket News
Spartak is on the top of their basketball and enjoys not only the victories and Euroleague however to smash the opponents in the Russian Supeleague as well. Shelen fell into the Russian 'machine' being swept 105:24 in Vidnoe. A second quarter was a tragedy for the visitors that got 31:2 defeat. Shchegoleva Tatiana and Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) led the winners with 16 points. The latter collected also 14 rebounds, while Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) scored 15 points. Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) finished the game with 8 points in defeat. Spartak improves to 15-1, while Shelen is 1-16.
Vologda-Сhevakata beat Dynamo (Kursk)in a defensive game 44:56. the things went all right for the hosts in the first half and they won the first two quarters. In the last one Vologda-Сhevakata mounted in 2:15 run and won the game. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) paced all the winners with 14 points. Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) posted 13, whilst Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) had 12. Vedlya Natalja collected 15 points and 13 rebounds in the losing clause.
Nadezhda won over Slavianka in Cheliabinsk 75:77. After 16:22 in the opening quarter the guests could stay in front and reached 5-12 record in the league. Elen Shakirova (192-C-70) nailed 19 points and made 10 boards. Lennox produced 15 and Victoria Shagan (178-G-79) had 12.Ekaterina Kovalyova (184-F-77) top-scored for the hosts with 27 points.

Spartak (Moscow region) - Shelen-ETK (Krasnoyarsk) 105 : 24 (27:11, 31:2, 21:7, 26:4)
Spartak:Shchegoleva Tatiana 16, Kelly Miller 16+14 rebs, Ivana Matovic 15
Shelen-ETK:Natalya Myasoedova 8

Dynamo (Kursk) - Vologda-Сhevakata (Vologda) 44 : 56 (18:15, 14:11, 10:15, 2:15)
Dynamo (Kursk):Vedlya Natalja 15+13 rebs, Nelli Nevzorova (189-F-70) 8
Vologda-Сhevakata:Anna Petrakova 14, Anastasia Pimenova 13, Liudmila Sapova 12

Slavianka (Cheliabinsk) - Nadezhda (Orenburg) 75 : 77 (16:22, 26:26, 14:11, 19:18)
Slavianka:Ekaterina Kovalyova 27, Yuliya Kiseleva (200-C-85) 23
Nadezhda:Elen Shakirova 19+10 rebs, Lennox 15, Victoria Shagan 12


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UGANDA - Women

A-1 Challenge wins Miracle Invitational tournament -by Eurobasket News
A-1 Challenge won Miracle Invitational tournament that was held in Uganda. The team overcame Amazon Rhino 27:18 to climb the top. In a tough game the winners made everything to grab the title. The tournament received many positive feedbacks from the players. Ali Mavita (165-G) top-scored with eight points. A-1 Challenge were up from the start and ended the half ahead. They stretched the lead to 9 points at the end and looked too good for their opponents.

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WNBA - Women

MONARCHS SIGN BRUNSON AND POWELL TO FOUR-YEAR DEALS -by Bruno Baltazar
The Sacramento Monarchs today announced the signing of 2007 WNBA All-Star forward Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and 2005 WNBA Most Improved Player, forward Nicole Powell, each to four-year contracts with the franchise. Per company policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

'We feel that Brunson and Powell are one of, if not the best 3-4 forward combinations in the WNBA,' said Sacramento Monarchs General Manager John Whisenant. 'Powell is a great three-point shooter, while Brunson is a rebounding power forward. By signing these two we not only build on our future, but we'll be able to compete with the very best in the WNBA.'

Brunson was selected by the Monarchs in the first round (10th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft. Starting 29 of 33 games in 2007, Brunson had a stellar season averaging 11.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. She finished the 2007 season ranked first in the WNBA in offensive rebounds per game (3.9), second in rebounds per game (8.9), second in total rebounds (295) and second in double-doubles (10). Through four seasons with the team she's averaging 7.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.

'I am blessed that Whiz and Jenny have the confidence in me as a player and a person to sign me to an extended contract. I am excited about remaining with the Monarchs organization and staying in Sacramento. I think we have a young and talented team, as well as exceptional fans, and look forward to being a part of another competitive season in Sacramento,' added Brunson.

Powell was originally selected by the Charlotte Sting in the first round (third overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft and she was acquired by Sacramento in a trade prior to the start of the Monarchs 2005 Championship season. Powell led the Monarchs in scoring for the 2007 season (12.8 points per game). Powell finished the 2007 season ranked first in the WNBA in free-throw percentage (96.4%) and sixth in three-pointers made (62). Through her four-year career she is averaging 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks per game.


Storm Signs Sheryl Swoopes -by Bruno Baltazar
The Seattle Storm has signed one of the most recognizable and celebrated women's basketball players of all time. Storm head coach Brian Agler announced today that Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F-71, college: Texas Tech), who was an original star of the WNBA during its inaugural season in 1997 and has spent her entire career with the Houston Comets, has been signed to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
'Our team just got significantly better than it already was,' Agler said. 'Sheryl brings a tremendous amount of talent and experience to our team this year. She is a proven player and leader in this league, and we're looking forward to having her on the floor to compliment our current core of All-Stars. She has the ability to change the game, and with the talent that we already have on our roster surrounding her, this is going to be a memorable summer.'
Swoopes comes to Seattle with arguably the most impressive WNBA resume in the history of the 11-year league. Named the league's Most Valuable Player three times (2000, 2002, 2005), she is also the all-time leader in the WNBA in total steals with 589 and was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She was also named to the WNBA's All-Defensive First Team in 2005 and 2006 (WNBA did not have All-Defensive team awards prior to the 2005 season).

Not only is Swoopes considered one of the best stoppers in the WNBA, she has established herself as a complete player in all aspects of the game. She has been named to the WNBA All-First Team five times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005) and is fourth on the all-time scoring list in the WNBA with 4,399 total points.

'I'm really excited about continuing my career under Coach Agler in Seattle,' Swoopes said. 'I've had a great career and I'm ready to win another championship. Being a part of the championships in Houston is a great memory, and I really like the team we have in Seattle this year. I'm looking forward to playing with Lauren (Jackson) and Sue (Bird) after competing against them for so many years in the WNBA.'

In 2006, Swoopes was named to the WNBA All-Decade team after leading the Houston Comets to four consecutive league championships in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. She is one of only seven current players in the WNBA to be on an original roster during the league's inaugural season in 1997. Swoopes is also a six-time WNBA All-Star and was named the game's MVP in 2005.

Referred to by many as the 'female Michael Jordan,' including in a July, 1996 interview on Late Night with David Letterman, Swoopes is a three-time Olympic Gold Medal winner (1996, 2000, 2004). She was a member of the undefeated USA Basketball Women's National Team that played 52 games around the world to prepare for the 1996 Olympics. She was the first woman to have her own Nike basketball shoe named after her called, 'Air Swoopes.' In 2001, she won an ESPY for Women's Pro Basketball Player of the Year.

Prior to joining the WNBA in 1997, Swoopes led the Texas Tech Lady Raiders to the 1993 NCAA National Championship, where she scored an NCAA record 47 points in the championship game against Ohio State. She was named the Final Four MVP. Swoopes ranked second in the nation in 1993 with a 28.1 scoring average and was named the National Player of the Year. Her No. 22 jersey was retired by Texas Tech in 1994. She has worn the same number in her 11 years with the Comets, and will wear it in Seattle for the 2008 season.