EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/1/2008

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ABA

Vermont wins ABA again -by Gianni Pascucci
Despite injuries to starters Issa Konare (6'8''-F-80, college: High Point) and Brett Gravitt (6'4''-G-79, college: S.Alabama), the Vermont Frost Heaves defeated the San Diego Wildcats 87-84 yesterday night at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, to win their second consecutive ABA title. Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) was named MVP of the ABA Final 8 Championships after contributing 18 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in the final. Rice had also rescued Vermont in Saturday's semifinal defeat of Texas after Konare went down with lower back spasms. Center Dokun Akingbade (6'9''-F-84, college: George Washington) added 15 points in the final, while Gravitt contributed 12 and Dwayne Lee (6'0''-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.Joseph's) 11 for Vermont, which ended its season 37-4. The only team to beat the Frost Heaves all season, the Manchester Millrats, lost to San Diego in the semifinals. San Diego held a 44-41 lead after a see-saw first half in which the Wildcats sank six of 11 three-point attempts. But the Californians missed All-Star guard Cardell Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.), who sat out much of the half with foul trouble. The game went on head to head till the beginning of 4th quarter, when Vermont pushed out to a 75-67 lead, keeping the head in the score till the end. The main scorer in San Diego was Jamal Kendrick (6'8''-F-75, college: Baylor), who ended the game at 21 points. Butler finished with 14, John Clark (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) tallied 11, and Jerome Habel (6'10''-F-85, college: San Diego St.) added 10.

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AUSTRIA

Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Hauptrunde 1
1. Oberwart 24-9
2. Furstenfeld 24-9
3. Gmunden 23-10
4. Arkadia 21-12
5. Kapfenberg 21-12
6. Wels 18-15
7. Klosterneub. 17-16
8. St.Polten 11-22
Hauptrunde 2
1. Worthersee 6-2
2. Gussing 5-3
3. Vienna 3-5
4. UBSC Graz 2-6


Stats Leaders
Hauptrunde 1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Mayes, Swans 24.1
2 Youngblood, Gunners 20.7
3 Dale, Panthers 19.9
4 Miletic, Panthers 19.8
5 Lamesic, Lions 19.4
6 Watson, Dukes 18.5
7 Suljanovic, Bulls 17.3
7 Kohlmaier, UBC 17.3
7 Goljovic, Panthers 17.3
7 Ray, Bulls 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 KJohnson, Swans 9.8
2 Fraser, Panthers 9.2
3 JJohnson, Gunners 9.0
4 Martin, Dukes 8.8
5 Suljanovic, Bulls 7.7
Assists Per Game
1 Schreiner, UBC 7.6
2 Shavies, Panthers 7.3
3 Boylan, Swans 5.0
4 Zeleznik, Bulls 4.9
5 Danek, Lions 4.7
Steals Per Game
1 Artner, Gunners 2.6
2 Schreiner, UBC 2.2
3 Shavies, Panthers 2.2
4 Boylan, Swans 2.1
5 Ray, Bulls 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Colwell, Panthers 1.8
2 Martin, Dukes 1.5
3 Kohlmaier, UBC 1.2
4 Fraser, Panthers 1.2
5 Anderson, WBC 1.0
2FGP
1 Fraser, Panthers 67.8
2 JJohnson, Gunners 62.4
3 Bjelica, Lions 62.3
4 Suljanovic, Bulls 59.6
5 Kohlmaier, UBC 59.4
3FGP
1 Goljovic, Panthers 51.3
2 Diwald, Dukes 47.1
3 Bjelica, Lions 46.7
4 Schoninger, Swans 45.9
5 Forrestal, Bulls 45.6
Free Throws
1 Vickery, Lions 98.1
2 Forrestal, Bulls 93.6
3 Nagler, Dukes 93.4
4 Goljovic, Panthers 87.1
5 Mayes, Swans 85.7
Ranking
1 JJohnson, Gunners 20.1
2 Schreiner, UBC 20.0
3 Lamesic, Lions 19.9
4 Kohlmaier, UBC 19.4
5 Suljanovic, Bulls 19.0


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BALTIC LEAGUE

The end of the 1/8 Finals -by Eurobasket News
Two teams are waiting in the semifinals, four teams are already in the Quarterfinals.
Estonian Kalev/Cramo need two games to overcome Ventspils from Latvia. In the second game Kalev/Cramo opened the encounter with 13:25 and maintained the lead. In the last minute of the opening quarter Scott and Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84, agency: FCM) exchanged with three pointers and Kalev/Cramo had 13:25. Ventspils continued to struggle in offense but at the same time Kalev/Cramo increased the lead. Estonian team had plus 20 at the end of the first half and looked pessimistic towards the second. Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) twisted his ankle and was able to leave the floor in the third quarter. Ventspils tried hard but could not close the gap.
Siauliai did not allow another Estonian team Tartu Rock to reach the next stage. With 83:85 in Estonia they swept the series. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) paced the winners with 20 points. Antonio Grant added 19, while Virginijus Praskevicius had 16.
Barons reached the next round with a 2-0 sweep against VEF Riga. Barons beat VEF 70:62 with 13 points from Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85, agency: FCM).
ASK Riga advanced to the next stage beating Nevezis 96:71 in Riga. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) paced the winners with 20 points. Dwayne Broyles added 15 and Sandis Valters and Bramlett each had 11.


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BELARUS

Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
Group A
1. Vitalyur 34-8
2. Minsk-2006 28-14
3. OZAA Osip. 27-15
4. Grodno-93 26-16
Group B
1. Temp-OSHVSM 18-22
2. Lokomotiv 14-26
3. Sozh Gomel 9-31
4. BNTU 8-32


The favorites win the openers of the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
As was expected the first games of the Quarterfinals were won by the favorites of Belarus. The leader of the regular season Vitalyur smashed BNTU 123:47 to lead the series. Minsk-2006 did the same with Sozh Gomel, thrashing them 121:53. OZAA won over Lokomotiv 113:85 and Grodno-93 overwhelmed Temp-OSHVSM 103:49. It is expected that the series will end on April 5th when the teams will play the second games of the Quarterfinals. The semifinals seem to be very interesting this year, so check the latest news in the section.
Meanwhile Yegor Mescheriakov (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington)'s Azovmash Mariupol managed to end Kyiv's 21-game winning streak in Ukraine, blowing their main rivals out 88:68. Azovmash's initial 12:6 lead was changed to 27:6 after the opening quarter. Later on the team from Mariupol controlled the game and won the encounter. Yegor Mescheriakov finished the game with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
BC Khimki played away against the team CSK VVS Samara still without Uladzimir Veremeyenka (208-F-84). The result of match was determined long before the break after the spurt of yellow-blue at the beginning of second period. As a result came a lopsided victory of BC Khimki 90:5. At the beginning of the match CSK VVS Samara tried to offer stubborn resistance, but BC Khimki snuffed out this resistance easily.


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BELGIUM

Div 1 News -by Peter Buyse


Liege filed a protest against the 86-87 loss vs Bree. The home team claims that Odel Hodge's half-court 3pt shot came after the buzzer.

Antwerpen had to do without Brandon Gay and Kris Sergeant in their road game in Charleroi with knee and foot problems respectively.

Matt Walsh the Charleroi forward missed the game vs Antwerp because of a banged up knee the previous weekend. Because of his ailing knee he was not able to practise at full strenght and missed the game.
According to the team's website their coaching staff would like to add a guard to the roster to replace Michael Jordan.

The top game of the week was played in Oostende where the home team met Mons-Hainaut.

If this is a previuew of the cup final which those 2 teams will be playing then we can look forward to a great final.

Oostende's Petrovic stole the ball and scored the with 13 seconds to tie the game at 72-72. The OT period proved to much for Mons and Oostende came away with the 85-80 win.

It was also announced that the Cup Final will take place in the Spiroudome in Charleroi on April 26th.


Gent guard Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, college: UALR) scored 36 pts in this weekend's win over Verviers-Pepinster, the second best individual score this season behind the 39 pts by Doron Perkins. Gent also won 2 consecutive games for the first time this season and tied Leuven again for last place, with Leuven coming to Gent in 2 weeks.


Telindus Oostende has bought its own place in conjunction with tour operator Jetair to faciliate the long road trips during the ULEB cup season.



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BOSNIA

Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Leagues Standings
A1 League
1. Novi Grad 16-2
2. Limometal 16-2
3. Kakanj 14-4
4. Brcko 14-4
5. Velpak 13-5
6. Student T. 6-12
7. Lukavac 6-12
8. Play Off 5-12
9. Trica 5-13
10. Bihac 5-13
11. Velez 4-14
12. Bosnjak 3-14
D1 Srpska Liga
1. Mladost MG 18-3
2. Bratunac 16-5
3. Radnik B. 16-5
4. Varda 13-8
5. Rudar 13-8
6. Glasinac 11-10
7. Igokea II 10-11
8. Bijeljina 9-12
9. Wolf Security 9-12
10. Sutjeska 7-14
11. Mladost G. 4-17
12. Vrelo 0-21
Herceg-Bosne
1. Vitez 15-1
2. Siroki II 12-2
3. Zrinjski II 12-3
4. Rama 8-7
5. Brotnjo Citluk 7-8
6. Odzak 6-7
7. Ljubuski 6-7
8. Tomislav 5-10
9. Posusje II 4-8
10. Busovaca 4-12
11. Livno 1-15


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CHAD

Alladoum Abderaman Eric -by Emery Doradji

Alladoum Abderaman Eric, 26 years old 6.3. Power forward play in Algeria with Wab Boufarik D1. Eric is in very good shape he score 18pts, 6rb, and 4ass. Eric is one of the Chadian prospect, Eric was recruited by an Saoudit Arabia, he is getting ready to go. This is his last season in Wab Boufarik of Algeria. He helped Bonaventure kidjibaye Rodoumta and Martoussia Abbakar to signed in an club in Algeria also. He said his dream is to pro in Europe or play college basketball in United State of America, and in hope to help his compatriots.


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COLOMBIA

Colombians Abroad -by Victor Garcia
Stalin Ortiz played 10 minutes in the Air Avelino victory over Legea in Italy's Lega A, Ortiz hitted the only two free throws he shooted in the game, to finish with 2 points and 2 rebounds, Air Avelino won 103 - 84
Hardy Asprilla played just 12 minutes in the weekend games of Marinos, the first two of the team with the new coach Nestor Garcia, Hardy finished with 3 rebounds and 1 asist in each game, the first one was a victory of the Marinos 85 - 71 over Gaiteros and in the second game Gaiteros took revenge 97-94, David Reyes played 18 minutes on Saturday but just 5 on Sunday, averaging 3 points and 5 asists in the weekend. Enielsen Guevara did not played resting a knee injury.
Yader Fernandez did not played in Cocodrilos victories of the weekend


Juan Diego Tello Palacios finished an excellent career at Louisville: -by Victor Garcia
Louisville's David Padget was unable to stop North Carolina's star Kevin Hansbrough, and the Tar Heels putt he cards out of the career for the NCAA final four.
Colombian star forward, Juan Diego Tello Palacios played 11 minutes, while Earl Clark took more time in the hardwood.
This was the last game of Juan Diego at Louisville after a 4 year good career , Tello's Junior and Senior years were marked for injuries that limited him in minutes and points, but always Rick Pittino show his confindence in the Colombian keeping him as starter, with Tello Palacios the Cards played three NCAA tournaments finishing one year in the Elite eight, and one year in the final four, also played one time in the NIT, an unprecedent career for a Colombian player.
Juan Diego averages 9 PPG and 5,6 RPG in his 4 years at Louisville, with scoring high of 29 points against Conecticut in his sophomore season.
Juan was included in the All American Freshmen 3rd team, and the Conference USA lla Freshmen team.


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COSTA RICA

Liceo falls two times to Pioneros -by Gianni Pascucci
Liceo de Costa Rica hosted over the past weekend the Liga Centroamericana series vs. Mexican team Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun, being defeated two times. Game 1 ended 65-71 and the final score of Game 2 was 58-63. Liceo managed to limit the points production of the opponent team, but it wasn' t enough, even because the Costaricans weren' t able to keep the head in the score when they were ahead of more than ten points, as it happened in game 2. The last Group A series will be played the next weekend, when Liceo will travel to Nicaragua to meet Jaguares. The Costarican team needs of only one win to advance to the Liga Centroamericana Final Four.

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D-LEAGUE

Clippers Sign Former Arizona Forward Marcus Williams -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Los Angeles Clippers made Austin Toros forward Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) the 23rd D-League call-up of the season. Signed on March 28th for the remainder of the season, Williams saw one minute of action with the Clippers during their 110-97 victory over Memphis on Saturday.
Williams appeared in 36 games for the Toros this season, averaging 19.2 points, while shooting 52 percent from the field, to go with 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.9 minutes.Originally selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round (#33) of the 2007 NBA Draft, Williams appeared in seven preseason games with the Spurs where he averaged 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds before being waived on October 27. Williams re-joined the Spurs during his first Call-Up, playing in one game before being waived on Dec. 29.


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
1. Sioux Falls S. 27-20
2. Dakota W. 26-20
3. Iowa E. 19-26
4. Ft.Wayne MA 16-29
Southwest Division
1. Austin T. 29-16
2. Tulsa 66ers 25-20
3. Colorado 14ers 24-21
4. Albuquerque T. 20-25
5. Rio Grande VV 19-29
West Division
1. Idaho S. 31-13
2. LA D-Fenders 31-14
3. Utah 21-24
4. Anaheim A. 20-26
5. Bakersfield J. 10-35


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.M. Almond, UTA 25.0
2.D. Farmer, RGV 24.6
3.K. Powell, SIF 22.3
4.C. Powell, DAK 22.3
4.S. Banks, LAD 21.9
Rebounds Per Game
1.R. Benson, DAK 12.0
2.C. Alexander, SIF 11.2
3.L. Allred, IDA 10.0
4.M. Campbell, IDA 8.2
5.I. Mahinmi, AUS 8.1
Assists Per Game
1.R. Livingston, IDA 10.5
2.A. Barrett, AUS 8.5
3.E. Gill, COL 8.4
4.K. Kruger, UTA 6.9
5.J. Horner, IOW 6.0


D-League Weekend Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Friday, March 28th
Utah Flash (103) at Idaho Stampede (110)
FLASH: Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) (36p+5rb), Gabe Pruitt (19p), Brian Jackson (10p+9rb+8as), Kevin Kruger (6'2''-G-83, college: UNLV) (13p)
STAMPEDE: Mike Taylor (6'2''-G-86, college: Iowa St.) (18p+5as), Josh McRoberts (16p+10rb), Luke Jackson (16p+5rb), Randy Livingston (6'4''-G-75, college: LSU) (12p+9rb+8as+7to)

Dakota Wizards (115) at Sioux Falls Skyforce (124)
WIZARDS: Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) (28p+16rb), Carlos Powell (25p+5as+5to), David Bell (6'1''-G-81, college: Montana) (20p), Kevin Lyde (17p+5rb)
SKYFORCE: David Bailey (5'8''-G-81, college: Loyola, IL) (29p+6rb+5as+6to), Bobby Jones (24p+9rb+5as), Elton Nesbitt (23p), Michael Joiner (15p)

Albuquerque Thunderbirds (137) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (138)
T-BIRDS: Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) (30p+5rb), Julius Hodge (29p+8rb), Will Conroy (13p+12as), Dwight Brewington (27p+5as)
VIPERS: Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) (49p+9rb+6as+5to), Kris Collins (28p+10as), Ivan Johnson (27p+6rb), Stanley Asumnu (15p)

Austin Toros (115) at Los Angeles D-Fenders (108)
TOROS: Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86) (27p+11rb+5bs), Justin Bowen (6'7''-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) (20p+11rb+5as), Andre Barrett (20p+10as), Josh Gross (20p)
D-FENDERS: Jelani McCoy (6'10''-F/C-77, college: UCLA) (19p+6rb), Brian Morrison (18p+5as), Brandon Wallace (14p+15rb), Cecil Brown (17p)

Saturday, March 29th
Tulsa 66ers (122) at Colorado 14ers (121)
66ERS: Adam Harrington (6'5''-G-80, college: Auburn) (37p+6as), Ronald Dupree (26p+5rb+6as), Jason Fontenet (17p+8as), Keith Closs (17p)
14ERS: Billy Thomas (6'5''-G-75, college: Kansas) (34p+7rb+6as), Roderick Riley (6'11''-C-81, college: Prairie View A&M) (24p+12rb), John Thomas (17p+10rb), Kaniel Dickens (24p)

Utah Flash (109) at Idaho Stampede (106)
FLASH: Kevin Kruger (43p), James Lang (9p+13rb+6to), Brian Hamilton (15p+7rb), Gabe Pruitt (13p+5to)
STAMPEDE: Randy Livingston (26p+6rb+6as+7to), Luke Jackson (15p+5rb), Jason Ellis (7p+10rb), Cory Violette (12p+9rb+5as)

Dakota Wizards (103) at Sioux Falls Skyforce (105)
WIZARDS: David Bell (25p), Carlos Powell (22p+11rb), Tony Gipson (18p+5to), Rod Benson (17p+8rb)
SKYFORCE: Carl Elliott (6'4''-G-83, college: George Washington) (22p+13rb), Chris Alexander (11p+19rb), Michael Joiner (20p), David Bailey (18p+5as)

Albuquerque Thunderbirds (115) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (121)
T-BIRDS: Alando Tucker (38p+9rb), Julius Hodge (33p+10rb+6as), Dwight Brewington (21p+5as), Ramon Dyer (8p+7rb)
VIPERS: Desmon Farmer (36p+5rb+6as), Stanley Asumnu (21p+12rb), Ivan Johnson (20p+5rb), Kris Collins (19p+7as+6to)

Sunday, March 30th
Iowa Energy (98) at Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (120)
ENERGY: Cedric Simmons (6'9''-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) (21p+8rb), Adam Haluska (17p), Jeff Horner (12p+7as), Curtis Stinson (10p)
MAD ANTS: Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Duke) (37p+6to), Earl Calloway (24p+5rb+5as), James Peters (22p), Larry Turner (7p+16rb)

Tulsa 66ers (83) at Colorado 14ers (107)
66ERS: Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, college: George Washington) (28p+9rb+5as), Ronald Dupree (14p+5rb), Jason Fontenet (11p+5as), Russell Carter (5p+6rb+5as)
14ERS: Roderick Riley (22p+13rb), Billy Thomas (21p+5as), Damien Lolar (20p), Kaniel Dickens (15p+8rb)

Austin Toros (98) at Bakersfield Jam (93)
TOROS: Justin Bowen (32p+5rb), Andre Barrett (14p+10rb+5to), Josh Gross (13p+9rb), Ian Mahinmi (12p+8rb+5to)
JAM: Justin Reed (6'8''-F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Mississippi) (25p+8rb), Mateen Cleaves (12p+14as), Trey Johnson (15p), Patrick O'Bryant (14p+9rb)

Anaheim Arsenal (110) at Los Angeles D-Fenders (111)
ARSENAL: Will Blalock (6'0''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) (22p+8as), Mo Charlo (20p), Ejke Ugboaja (14p+18rb), Kedrick Brown (17p)
D-FENDERS: Sean Banks (6'8''-F-85, college: Memphis) (24p), Jelani McCoy (23p+7rb), Brandon Wallace (14p+10rb+6bs), Cecil Brown (17p+6rb+7as)


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EGYPT

First game for new head coaches -by Eslam Mohamed
After leaving smouha Coach Essam abd el hamid lead Zamalek to win in the first week of finals against Sporting 96-81
Also shams new head coach Bakry selim won his first game with Shams against Damnhour.
But Smouha new Coach Sherief Azmy Couldn't make a surprise at his first game with Smouha and lose against Ittihad 93-90.
Will the new head coaches make a big difference with their new teams? Games will answer


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EL SALVADOR

Changes in Nacionales roster -by Gianni Pascucci
The team Nacionales de El Salvador, expressely built up to compete in Liga Centroamericana, collected two other defeats over the last weekend in Honduras, falling two times from Ivevic. This all happened despite the recent roster changes, decided by Salvadorean Basketball Federation. In conseqiuence of the injuries to Eduardo Aguilar (176-G-86), Eduardo Garcia (185-G/F-88) and Carlos Espinal (175-G-76), a new domestic player, Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84), was added to the team roster, and two new imports, Panamanians Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) and Jorge Taton (200-F/C-81), replaced Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78) and Daniel King (203-F-87), without a great success. The record of Nacionales is now in an absolute deficit (0-6) and we believe that things won' t change in the last series vs. Guatemalan team SAT-Cybertech

Samour lives San Marcos, again... -by Gianni Pascucci
As he did last season, veteran coach Enrique Samour (nicknamed 'The Turkish') decided to leave the head coaching job at San Marcos, in Liga Superior. It seems that some officials tried to interfere with his technical decisions, something that coach Samour did not accept. The main reason of clash was the selection of the players to promote from the roster winner of Liga Nacional Div 2 to the roster for the Liga Superior. After the leaving of Samour the team is temporary coached by Assistant Coach Ismael Ochoa and Samour will dedicate now to coach the Female National team

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ESTONIA

Kalev/Cramo advances to the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Estonian Kalev/Cramo need two games to overcome Ventspils from Latvia in Baltic League. In the second game Kalev/Cramo opened the encounter with 13:25 and maintained the lead. In the last minute of the opening quarter Ed Scott (182-G-81, college: Clemson) and Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84, agency: FCM) exchanged with three pointers and Kalev/Cramo had 13:25. Ventspils continued to struggle in offense but at the same time Kalev/Cramo increased the lead. Estonian team had plus 20 at the end of the first half and looked pessimistic towards the second. Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) twisted his ankle and was able to leave the floor in the third quarter. Ventspils tried hard but could not close the gap.
Siauliai did not allow another Estonian team Tartu Rock to reach the next stage. With 83:85 in Estonia they swept the series. Marius Prekevicius paced the winners with 20 points. Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) added 19, while Virginijus Praskevicius (206-C/F-74) had 16. At home Siauliai celebrated 70:63 win as Lithuanian team had 19:12 in the last quarter. Zavackas led the winners with 18 points. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Estonian squad.


Ullar Kerde is the new head coach of Estonian National Team -by Janar Filippov
Estonian NT has a new head coach as Ullar Kerde was appointed to the job on Monday. Kerde, who has had a lot of success this season with TU/Rock in FIBA EuroCup replaces Tiit Sokk on the post of NT head coach. Sokk guided the team to memorable wins over Sweden, Croatia and Macedonia during EuroBasket 2007 qualification round.
Kerde also was the head coach of Estonian NT from 1999 until 2001 and led the team to EuroBasket 2001.


Standings - 1.Liiga
1.Liiga Standings
Group A
1. Voru KK 15-1
2. Verenda 13-3
3. KK Hito 10-6
4. N./Triobet 7-9
5. TTU SK 6-10
6. BC Kraft II 6-10
7. TLU/Kiili 6-10
8. Elion 5-11
9. Tamsalu 4-12
Group B
1. Filmipood 13-3
2. Rae Koss 11-5
3. Johvi/Toila 10-6
4. TU/Rock II 10-6
5. Kalev II 7-9
6. Salva Tartu 7-9
7. Kuressaare 6-10
8. Kotree 5-11
9. Hansapank 3-13


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto upset YMCA LPR -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Play-off-games, Game 2: Last Friday 105-66 at Lappeenranta for YMCA LPR and tonight in Tampere 84-81 for Pyrinto. So much can
the home court advantage help in basketball!? Or if the players' attitude is wrong, so any kind of upsets are possible! Anyway; Pyrinto earned
the win today by starting the game so well and having a clear lead (50-35) during the half time. Visitor YMCA LPR tied the contest (80-80) with
36 seconds to go, but Pyrinto made four pts and YMCA LPR one point from the FT line during the last 27 seconds. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) led Pyrinto

with 27 pts (treys 5/9). Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 24 pts and grabbed 14 rbs. Damion Dantzler DNP (injured: groin problem).

Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) scored 26 pts for YMCA LPR. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) netted 20 pts and had 12 rbs. Game(s) 3 on Tuesday,

April 1.

Pyrinto - YMCA Lappeenranta 84-81 (50-35) (Antero Lehto 27, Damon Williams 24/14, M.C.Mazique 21 - Petri Virtanen 26, Adrian Henning 20/12, Juha Sten 19).



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FRANCE

NM1 Day 27: Blois and Fos back in buisness -by Chris Spiesser
One day never looks looks like the other. Before the french Cup break, the question was to know if Antibes or Charleville had more than one foot in ProB. The answer is no. The two leaders lost on the road. Antibes got sacked in Boulogne while Charleville gave up in Blois. This result totally relaunches the greens as well as Fos which did the job in Feurs. Mulhouse also put some light to its season ending with an important win in Toulouges coupled with Longwy and Lievin's losses.

Boulogne 85-70 Antibes
Despite a little fire in the third QT (11-17), Boulogne handled this game with experience. The maritim paint was tremendous with 20pts, and 5rbs for Momo Kante plus 18pts and 12 boards for Sylla. Rick Cornett could only watch: 8pts, 5 fouls in 18'.

Blois 76-73 Charleville
Blois led the whole game long, Charleville tied a few seconds before the end but Blot secured the FTs to overcome the ardennians and keep the pressure for ProB. 5 men ranked 81 points, among them Orr and Blot, done with their suspensions, totalize 48pts and 18rbs.

Feurs 73-79 Fos
A difficult but capital win for the visitors which stick back, just like Blois, one win behing the leaders.

Challans 94-51 Andrezieux
The locals end the game with 29 steals. The most efficient player was Remi Menville who posted 25pts (10/13), 4rbs, 5stl in only 17 minutes.

Saint-Chamond 60-58 Golbey-Epinal
The liguerians won a third game in a row. Defense was the key of this game where the second best defense faced the third best. St-Chamond made the final move in the last QT (11-7). In this physical wrestle, Martial Gotagni was precious: 16pts (7/11), 4rbs, 4stl.

Toulouges 73-82 Mulhouse
The visitors were missing Obouh-Fegue who got injured during the week but the win was necessary. To overcome Toulouges and the efficient Braun (19pts, 8rbs) / Papiyon (11pts 4/6, 10rbs) pair, Sanjay Adell (198-F-77, college: Ohio) took care of the most of the job: 32pts (11/17), 13rbs.

Longwy 69-76 Angers
Another US player was on fire last Saturday: Michael Doles lifted his team to the victory with a nice performance: 28pts (11/14), 10rbs and 5stl. With this home loss, Longwy falls back into the relegating spots, letting Mulhouse clinch the conveyed 13th spot.

Lille 78-58 Lievin
Not really efficient (40%), Lille played in an agressive way that allowed only 32% shooting efficiency to Lievin and drove them 27 times to the FT line (21 FTs made). Jasaron led the scoring with 21 units while in Lievin, the replaceman to the injured Cilly, Boris Dzidic, had difficult debuts: 2pts 0/6.

Centre Federal 47-71 Bordeaux
The girondins let no chances to their opponents and soon secured their 14th win of the year.


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
1. Bourg 19-8
2. Rouen 18-9
3. Poitiers 17-10
4. Nanterre 17-10
5. Limoges 17-10
6. Nantes 16-11
7. Maurienne 15-12
8. Besancon 14-13
9. Saint-Etienne 14-13
10. Quimper 13-14
11. Boulazac 13-14
12. Evreux 13-14
13. Brest 13-14
14. St.Quentin 11-16
15. Chalons 10-17
16. Le Portel 9-18
17. St.Vallier 9-18
18. Reims 5-22


Standings - N1
N1 Standings
1. Antibes 21-6
2. Charleville 21-6
3. Blois 20-7
4. Fos Ouest 20-7
5. Get Vosges 18-9
6. St Chamond 16-11
7. Challans 16-11
8. Angers 16-12
9. Lille 15-12
10. Bordeaux 14-13
11. Lievin 13-14
12. Boulogne 13-14
13. Mulhouse 12-15
14. Longwy 11-16
15. Feurs 8-19
16. Toulouges 5-23
17. Andrezieux 4-23
18. Centre Feder. 1-26


ProA: Eric Girard is dismissed -by Chris Spiesser
Eric Girard is no more the coach of the SIG. The management waived him and his assistant, Jerome Navier, after the home loss against Dijon. This was yet another in a string of poor performances in which the Alsatians scored only 18 points in the first half, and it is their 4th loss in a row. Three of those losses where conceeded at home, three of the four opponents still have a negative balance today. The replacing duet will be Olivier Weissler assisted by Franck Kuhn. The first is a former professional player who was coaching the young team for many seasons. Franck Kuhn was the physical coach and is also a player in the second team of the club. The decision taken by president Christ might also be based on a tumultuous relation between coach Girard and the team manager, Jerome Rosensthiel. Some tensions appeared a few weeks ago when coach Girard didn't get the joker player he wanted to add into his rotation when Kevin Houston's return wasn't going to be for a while yet. Girard took the team in 2004/2005, the year of the title. The former coach always managed to end the regular season at places 3 or 4 but for coach Weissler the main and only goal is to clinch the playoffs.

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FYR MACEDONIA

D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Feni Indistrija 23-4
2. Strumica 20-7
3. F.Rabotnicki 16-11
4. AMMAK SP 16-11
5. Pelister 16-11
6. MZT Skopje 13-14
7. Vardar 10-17
8. Karpos 2-25


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GEORGIA

Berishvili beat Dinamo T. -by Levan Mikeladze

DINAMO 66:73 VITA

I 16:15, 17:20, 20:19, 13:19 I


Very important victory for Zurab Tomaradze's Vita, that, by beating its rival, evened with TSU and made a huge step toward the final four of the Superleague. Another game was played great by Vita small forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87, agency: Naiditch Entertainment), who dominated early and in the end had another double double with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Experienced forward, team captain Vladimer Bezhanishvili finished one rebound shy of double double.


Dinamo: Viktor Sanikidze 16 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks; Revaz Atanelishvili 13 points; 6 rebounds.

Vita: Mikheil Berishvili 22 points, 15 rebounds; Davit Berdzenishvili 17 points, 7 rebounds.



Standings - Higher League
Highest League Standings
1. Energy 19-4
2. Avia 13-10
3. TSU 12-11
4. Vita 12-11
5. Dinamo T. 9-14
6. Maccabi T. 4-19


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GUATEMALA

Lemans refreshed roster defeat weakened URL at Liga Metro 2008 -by Victor Padilla
Javier Auer (203-F/C-76) and team Lemans established their tempo over Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL) in their first appearance for Torneo de Apertura 2008 of Liga Metro, with a clear 78 to 51 victory that sets a good dynamic for their debut this year. With a 26 points production, 17 of those scored just in the second half, Auer and the Fernandez brothers (Diego 18 and Felipe 10) proved that their return to competitive basketball will be one of the positive highlights for the 2008 season. For the losing side, Figueroa (12 pts) and teammates just never responded to Lemans offensive drive, which started very early in the 1st Quarter and continued steadily for the rest of the game. It is yet to see if Universidad Rafael Landivar will be able to overcome the difficulties that arouse early this year with the resignation of former coach, Edwin 'Tito' Fuentes, as the current group of players is the result of joining two teams that competed separately last year.

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HOLLAND

Dutch Cup Finals: Eiffel Towers Win Dutch Cup -by Sanders Jackson

In Almere, in the race for the 2008 Dutch Cup championship, defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers assured themselves of adding to the trophy case collection in 2008, by taking control of the game tempo in the 3rd quarter, and going on to defeat MyGuide Amsterdam by the score of 93-82. The lead changed 14 times before Eiffel eventually took advantage, leading by as much as 14 at one point. Eiffel shot well from the three-point line, making 11, while MyGuide shot only 4 for 16.
Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) led five Eiffel players in double figures with 19 pts. Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led MyGuide with a game-high 23 pts. Will the two teams meet once again in the Dutch FEB finals? Time will tell.


FEB Results: Hanzevast Capitals Get Win In Den Helder; ZZ Leiden, Upstairs Fall Short -by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, it continued to be teams jockeying for playoff position, as Hanzevast moved back into the 5th spot in the FEB, but both Upstairs Weert and ZZ Leiden suffered costly losses.

Hanzevast Capitals bounced back after a Tuesday night disappointing home loss to Landstede by winning on the road in Den Helder over Den Helder Seals by the score of 93-82. Hanzevast, still missing three players due to injury, were led in scoring by
Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) with 27 pts., and Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) added 19. J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) led all scorers with 28 pts.


In Bergen-op-Zoom, West-Brabant Giants also bounced back from a tough loss, dealing one instead to an Upstairs Weert team seeking to make the playoffs, winning in a close batle 71-67. Tim Blue (206-F-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led West-Brabant with 15 pts. and 11 rebounds. The Giants also dominated the glass at a 49-35 advantage. The win improves West-Brabant Giants'record to 25-12 and kept Matrixx Magixx from gaining ground in the FEB standings.


In Leiden, Matrixx Magixx spoiled ZZ Leiden's chance to distance themselves in the 8th playoff spot from Upstairs Weert by remaining on its quest for higher playoff seeding, winning its 4th straight with a 91-81 win. Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) led five Matrixx players in double figures with 21 pts. and dished out 6 assists. Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) added a double-double with 17 pts. and 11 rebounds. Matrixx remains one game out of 2nd place in the FEB standings.



Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
1. Amsterdam 28-7
2. West-Brabant 25-12
3. M.Magix 24-13
4. Eiff.Towers 21-13
5. Hanzev.Cpt 21-15
6. Rotterdam 20-14
7. Zwolle 16-19
8. Leiden 15-22
9. Weert 14-23
10. Aris Friesland 8-27
11. Den Helder 4-31
12. Almere 0-0


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HONDURAS

Icevic defeats Nacionales -by Gianni Pascucci
Icevic prevailed two times over Nacionales de El Salvador in another Liga Sudamericana series, played in Tegucigalpa, in the Universidad Pedagogica Gymnasium. Game 1 ended 85-76, the final score of Game 2 was 79-74. Imports James Parker (183-G-82, college: Robert Morris) and Enrique Huie (191-F-73) led Icevic as usual, while Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) patrolled the boards and Jose Lopez (G-73) quarterbacked well his team. Bob Hunter (193-F-76) scored 24 pts to lead Nacionales, and new players Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84) added 16. The team from El Salvador was limited by the injuries suffered by Eduardo Aguilar, Eduardo Garcia and Carlos Espinal, and did not receive the expected boost from the addition of new import players, Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) and Jorge Taton (200-F/C-81). Icevic will travel to Guatemala the next weekend, to play the last series of the Group B, that will be decisive for the final standigs.

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HUNGARY

Szolnok reached the playoffs! -by Tamas Deri
The home team was very motivated, as one of the most popular players, Jurkunas just was on the roster after more than three months because of his injury. He did not score a lot, but helped his team with his very agressive defense, rebounds and block shots.

In the first quarter Vernard Hollins showed the fans that he found back to his game and scored 17 points in ten minutes. After the first quarter the home team was up by 14 points and did not let the guests closer. The last ten minutes the young backup players of the home were fighting brave and showed their talent. With this victory Szolnok secured its place under the best 8 and will be in the playoffs.

SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK-ATOMEROMU SE 78-59
(28-15, 19-18, 24-11, 7-15)
Szolnok, Att.: 2000, Referees: Papp, Cziffra, Palla
OLAJ KK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 18/12, Cziczas, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 22/6, Donatas Sabaliauskas (200-F-75) 9/6, Gobi 4, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 16/12, Andrius Jurkunas (205-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Clemson) 5/3, Harazin 2, Cseh Gy. 2, Toth V., Szabo P., Coach: Por Peter
ATOMEROMU SE: Meszaros Z. 7, Murry 5/3, Kiss Zs., Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/6, Csaplar-Nagy E. 7/3, Toroman 3/3, Gulyas 5, Panta 2, Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) 17, Coach: Sabali Balazs


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


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IBL

Slam announce venue change for Friday, April 4 contest -by Trask Frost
Bellingham, WA - The Bellingham Slam have announced that their home game versus the Snohomish County Explosion on Friday, April 4 has been moved from the Whatcom Pavilion to Bellingham High School (2020 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham). The change is the result of a scheduling conflict, and is only for the April 4 contest. The Slam will return to Whatcom Pavilion for the remainder of their home schedule.

Racers add former Maryland Terrapin to 2008 roster -by Trask Frost
Elgin, IL - Former Maryland Terrapin guard, Parrish Brown (6'1''-G, college: Maryland) has signed with the Elgin Racers. Brown, a 6'1 combo guard, played two years at Maryland after two seasons of Junior College ball in the Chicago area.

During the 2004-2005 season at Kennedy King JC, Brown averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. He was rated a Top 25 JC prospect by several scouting services. At Maryland, Brown played both guard positions, and was one of the team leaders in free throw percentage at 86%. During Brown's senior year, the Terps finished 25-9 advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This past winter, Brown played in Germany for BG Suepark and averaged 30 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds per game.

Elgin Racers President/Head Coach Michael Murphy on the addition of Brown: 'The organization is very excited that Parrish will be wearing a Racer jersey for us this spring. He has an outstanding background and has played against the best competition the college game has to offer. We are thrilled to have an ACC caliber player on our roster. We expect him to be a force on both ends of the floor.'

The Racers open their third IBL season with a trip to the Genesis Center in Indiana to take on the Gary Steelheads. The Racers' home opener is on Saturday, May 10 against the Holland Blast. All Racers' home games will be played at Judson University (1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL). For ticket information, contact the Racers at (847) 208-1766, or visit the Racers' team page at www.iblhoopsonline.com


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


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ICELAND

Valur vs. FSU -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
After a good win away Valur team was hoping to finish it by a win at home and earn a spot in top league. In front of packed house they failed. Their defense was weak, struggling on offense. Only players to do fine on offense where Steingrimur Ingolfsson (177-G-86) and Craig Walls (201-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: New Hampshire). Others did not. Only 3 Valur players score more than 10 points. Craig Walls 23. Steingrimur Ingolfsson 16 & Ragnar Gylfason (183-G-85) 11
For FSU the scoring balance was totally different. 5 players with 10 or more. Key for FSU win was good defense and great ball movement on offense.
Matt Matt Hammer, college: Northern St.) 17. Saevar Sigmundsson 14. Vesteinn Sveinsson (196-G-88) 13. A. Ante Kapov 12. Arni Ragnarsson (190-G-87) 10.
Final game on wednesday at FSU.


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IRELAND

Larranga wins, Moran loses -by Mariano Galindo
Former Real Madrid player James Larranaga (195-G-75, college: Bowling Green) scored 10 points in the Pepsi Caserta's triumph over Banco Seregna (96-74) Irish player, who a few days ago announced his presence in the next Irish National team's matches that are going to play this summer, remains being one of the best players in Pepsi Caserta, which is second in the Legadue table.

Spains brings bad news for us. Kalise Gran Canaria lost against Tau Ceramica (81-69) and still is out of play off positions. Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) played 22:55 minutes and scored 3 points. Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati), with a good performance that includes 15 points and 6 rebounds, was the MVP of the game.


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ISRAEL

Standings - Premier League
Premier L. Standings
1. Macc.T-A 14-5
2. Hap.Holon 13-6
3. Bnei Hash. 13-6
4. Ramat Gan 10-9
5. Jerusalem 10-9
6. Nahariya 9-10
7. Ashkelon 8-11
8. Gilboa/Afula 6-13
9. Rishon LZ 6-13
10. Hap.G.Elyon 6-13


Standings - Artzit (D3)
Artzit Standings
Group North
1. Elitzur K.Yair 18-2
2. Kiryat Tivon 15-5
3. Hap.K.Saba 13-6
4. Macc.Hadera 11-9
5. Macc.Qiryat/B. 9-10
6. Hap.Tveria 9-11
7. Macc.Carmiel 9-11
8. Hap.Emek I. 9-11
9. Hapoel Misgav 9-11
10. Bney Herzeliya 8-12
11. Hap.Kazrin 7-13
12. Hap.Ma a lot 2-18
Group South
1. Hap.Beeri 14-6
2. Macc.R.Hain 14-6
3. Macc.Rehovot 12-8
4. Hap.Givatayim 11-9
5. Beer Tuvia 10-10
6. Macc.B.Yaak. 9-11
7. Hapoel Eilat 9-11
8. Hap.H.Eylot 8-11
9. Hap.T-A 5-15
10. Macc.Q.Gat 1-19


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ITALY

Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
1. Carife 20-5
2. Pepsi 17-8
3. Trenkwalder 16-9
4. Banco Sard. 16-9
5. Vanoli 16-9
6. Fileni 14-11
7. Fastweb 14-11
8. Carmatic 14-11
9. TDShop.it 11-12
10. Coopsette 11-14
11. Prima Veroli 10-15
12. Edimes 10-15
13. Aget 9-16
14. Indesit 9-16
15. Agricola G. 6-19
16. Ignis 5-20


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
1. Montepas. 27-2
2. Lottomatica 20-9
3. Air AV 19-10
4. Premiata 19-10
5. Pierrel 17-12
6. Armani 15-14
7. Scavolini 15-14
8. Upim 14-15
9. Tisettanta C. 14-15
10. Solsonica 14-15
11. Angelico 14-15
12. Siviglia Wear 13-16
13. Benetton 12-17
14. Snaidero 12-17
15. Eldo 12-17
16. La Fortezza 11-18
17. Legea 8-21
18. Cimberio 5-24


Stats Leaders - SerieA
SerieA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. C. Tucker (TE) 21.0
2. M. Finley (RI) 19.7
3. J. Jones (NA) 18.8
4. D. Smith (AV) 18.6
5. D. Wood (Can) 18.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. J. Wallace (Cdo) 10.6
2. S. Ford (MTG) 10.1
3. J. Thomas (FBO) 10.1
4. P. Sow (RI) 9.4
5. T. Watson (MI) 9.3
Assists Per Game
1. G. Pozzecco (Cdo) 8.0
2. M. Green (AV) 6.3
3. T. Mc intyre (SI) 5.3
4. G. Poeta (TE) 4.4
5. J. Allen (UD) 3.7


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Lega2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. T. Pickett (Imo) 22.5
2. R. Anderson (Liv) 19.9
3. T. Dean (CMo) 19.7
4. A. Collins (Fer) 19.6
5. A. Young (Reg) 19.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. J. Lloreda (Nov) 11.9
2. O. George (CMo) 11.4
3. A. Bougaieff (Fab) 10.8
4. N. Ezugwu (Imo) 9.8
5. T. Grant (Ver) 8.3
Assists Per Game
1. M. Levin (Nov) 4.2
2. R. Childress (Cas) 4.0
3. M. Morri (Sor) 3.6
4. A. Collins (Fer) 3.5
5. M. Nardi (Mon) 3.2


Lega2-25th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
Ferrara is (Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) 22 pts) closer and closer to Serie A thanks to their win at Reggio Emilia (Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) at 20 scored). Caserta got to lonely second place winning against Sassari. (Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) at 20 pts) thanks to six players in double figures. Quadre Lollis (200-F/C-73, college: Montana St.) (34 pts) led Soresina to get into third place in the ranking defeating Pavia. (Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81) at 24 pts). Casale (Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.) 24 scored with 5 on 7 by 3pt) won on the road at Montecatini where Shawnta Rogers (162-G-76, college: George Washington) scored an un-useful 34 pts. 34 pts were scored also by Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Pistoia won an exciting match against Rimini (19 scored by Rashad Bell). 22 by David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) Jesi defeated Novara (Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) scored at 17 pts). Six players in double figures. Livorno won against Veroli (Sotiris Gioulekas (202-F-79) at 23 scored). Fabriano defeated Imola (Brian Montonati (205-F-76, college: Oklahoma St.) and Nkechi Ezugwu (203-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Michigan) 14 pts) made an important step to stay in the league with 3 wins of distance by Montecatini.
Vanoli Soresina-Edimes PV 99-92
Carmatic PT-Coopsette RN 77-75
Trenkwalder RE-Carife FE 67-79
Agr.Glo.Mont.-Fastweb Casale 83-87
Fileni Jesi-Ignis Novara 92-68
TDShop.it LI-Prima Veroli 91-84
Indesit Fab-Aget Imola 68-66
Pepsi Caserta-BancoSardegna 96-74
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


Serie A Week 29 -by Stefano Pini
Lottomatica made a huge step toward second place. Former Fortitudo's power forward Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) dominated the game with 25 points while Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) had 23 for the losers. Benetton controlled their home-court against Napoli. Thanks to Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) - perfect in the 4th quarter - and another 3 players in double digits. Biella had lost 8 of the last 9 games, but is a team with soul and spirit. At Milano the team coached by Luca Bechi overcame Armani in the last 2,' thanks to the shot of Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances). Biella continues to run for their target: a 50% record. Varese is the first team relegated. At home, against Cantu, Cimberio had no keys to stop Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky) that played a smart game. Tisettanta continues their playoff dream. There was a funny game between Snaidero and Siviglia Wear. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) lead his team with 19 points, Hassan Adams (193-G-84, college: Arizona) showed his air-ability in a couple of situations. Udine had 17 points by Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86), very skillful running the floor and 14 by Joel Zacchetti (209-C/F-82).

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JORDAN

Arena's coach in a short inteview with Asia-Basket -by Mohammed Malas

The serbian coach of Arena Amman Nenad Hrvoic gave us few minutes of his time to answer some questions to keep fans following up whats going on inside the club adding to the coach's thoughts ,opinions and about himself ....

1- Tell us in few words about yourself.
* I started my coaching career during last year of my playing career, and I have been in the same time player in the men's team and coach of Youth program in Belgrade(Serbia).Next few years I spent coaching in the several Serbian clubs with all age categories and also in the Youth development program of Serbian federation. Beside that I was trying to use opportunities to improve myself as a coach participating in seminars and clinics and learning from the best European and Yugoslavian coaches. Two seasons I have been coaching in Cyprus (2004-2006) and from beginning of 2006 I became a part of coaching staff in JBF as a Youth National team coach and lecturer in Academy for coaches. I got FIBA coaching license as one of the youngest coaches and now I have almost 4 years of International experience.
Privately I am married and in next few months we are expecting a new member in our family.

2- How did you find the season this year?
* I think season 2007/2008 is showing good quality level in general, bringing many excited games especially in the Final Four round and play-off semifinals as well as Cup competition. In my opinion we will have chance to see lot of excitement in the final games.Beside that I have to mention that the other Youth competitions (U-14 to U-20) are showing very competitive leagues and player's improvement. Unfortunately many players got injured this season and I wish to them to recover soon and to help their teams.

3- In which level you think the league in Jordan reached between Asia in general ?
* Honestly I couldn't see many games from the other regional competitions and the only I saw is International tournaments in West Asia. But regarding to the achievements from the best Jordanian clubs and specially results of Jordan National team we can say that league in Jordan is yearly improving and reaching higher level.

4- Are you happy from what Arena did in the league despite the financial problems around the team in general?
* We must be all proud and happy with season and performances from Arena club. I say that because nobody expected from us to make very good record this season. So if we look at the situation how team started to prepare for the league I have to be very satisfied. Despite all the problems we had I must say that guys did great job and work hard as a team with big effort to improve themselves and put their qualities in the right directions. I am very satisfied and it was great experience for me as a coach to work with these players. They are very good players with excellent personalities and character.

5- Do you feel that Arena can snatch the 3rd place in their series against Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman?
* Yes, off course. Until now we met many times in the league and Cup competition, so we know each other. Riyadi club have very good and young team with big potential and for sure they will fight for the 3.place. Anyhow we will see good games.

6- How do you evaluate the imports with you until now?
* I was very satisfied with choice we made and they help the team to play really good basketball and to reach high level in the league. Both of them (Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) and Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple)) are very good players and guys with professional attitude, also good personalities. Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quinnipiac) joined us late but he was good support for the team. Beside them and their attitude on the trainings and games, other local players improved their level this season.

7- What about the locals?
* I saw many players' improvement this season not only from club I am coaching. They played in higher level with better performances. Probably long term and good program they had in the National team helped them a lot to reach that level. In my team we could see some of them with much better season than before and that makes me very happy.

8- What are your plans for next season? Will you remain working with the Jordanian Federation or you will look somewhere else?
* I am very happy and satisfied with my work in JBF and excellent working atmosphere from all the people responsible to run basketball in Jordan. We have many things to do in coming period with National teams programs and also Academy for coaches and beside that many International tournaments. I enjoy the time with all the coaching staff and board members on building good projects for future, and I like to thank for the effort from the technical staff helping us to do it easier.

9- In your opinion, Who is nearer from the league's title this year?
* It will be very good Final round and both teams have their chance to grab the title. I would like to see more close games in the Final series like last season and also lot of spectators in the gym. Really in this moment I do not know which team will have more chances, so I just wish them good games and nice event for the fans.

10- Last word to Jordanian fans....
* First of all I would like to say that I am very happy in Jordan with people and their hospitality. Jordanian basketball will become much better and more popular in the country, not only in Amman,also in other centers because of good development program of JBF.


I think in the future we can expect more great results from the clubs and National team on the International competition and more young kids involved in the game.
Also thank you for following and supporting basketball in general and updating us with news and basketball events around the world.



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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
1. Pioneros 8-0
2. Liceo 2-4
3. Jaguares 0-6
Group B
1. Icevic T. 5-1
2. SAT 3-1
3. Nacionales 0-6


Icevic defeats Nacionales -by Gianni Pascucci
Icevic prevailed two times over Nacionales de El Salvador in another Liga Sudamericana series, played in Tegucigalpa, in the Universidad Pedagogica Gymnasium. Game 1 ended 85-76, the final score of Game 2 was 79-74. Imports James Parker (183-G-82, college: Robert Morris) and Enrique Huie (191-F-73) led Icevic as usual, while Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) patrolled the boards and Jose Lopez (G-73) quarterbacked well his team. Bob Hunter (193-F-76) scored 24 pts to lead Nacionales, and new players Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84) added 16. The team from El Salvador was limited by the injuries suffered by Eduardo Aguilar, Eduardo Garcia and Carlos Espinal, and did not receive the expected boost from the addition of new import players, Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) and Jorge Taton (200-F/C-81). Icevic will travel to Guatemala the next weekend, to play the last series of the Group B, that will be decisive for the final standigs.

Liceo falls two times to Pioneros -by Gianni Pascucci
Liceo de Costa Rica hosted over the past weekend the Liga Centroamericana series vs. Mexican team Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun, being defeated two times. Game 1 ended 65-71 and the final score of Game 2 was 58-63. Liceo managed to limit the points production of the opponent team, but it wasn' t enough, even because the Costaricans weren' t able to keep the head in the score when they were ahead of more than ten points, as it happened in game 2. The last Group A series will be played the next weekend, when Liceo will travel to Nicaragua to meet Jaguares. The Costarican team needs of only one win to advance to the Liga Centroamericana Final Four.

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LUXEMBOURG

Possible forfeit! New Development in relegation story! Stansbury and Zolwer still hope to stay in DBBL for 2008-09! -by Alex Meyers
Black Star Mersch can still possibly be relegated to National 2.!

It has been confirmed by several sources that Blck Star Mersch's use of Aleksandar Dulovic, was not correct because of a problem with his FLBB player's liscence. AS Soleuvre officials have filed a protest with the FLBB and the Luxembourg basketball worldwill have to await the decision made by the federation as to whether or not the game will be declared a forfeit. If Black Star loses the game by forfeit, Zolwer will get two points for the win and Mersch would get no points. Zolwer would then have 20 points and Mersch 18.5 points andthe upcoming weekend's results wiould not be a factor. We must wait and see just what happens.


Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
Title Group
1. Etzella 18-5
2. Sparta 17-7
3. Amicale 14-10
4. Musel Pikes 14-10
5. Residence 10-13
6. Contern 9-15
Relegation Group
1. T71 12-11
2. Black Star 10-13
3. Soleuvre 9-14
4. BBC Nitia 4-19


Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
Promotion Group
1. Heffingen 17-1
2. Racing 12-7
3. Avanti M. 11-8
4. Basket Esch 8-10
Relegation Group
1. BC Mess 10-9
2. Bascharage 7-11
3. Grengewald 5-14
4. Sthside P. 4-14


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MEXICO

Raga wins the Cup with his team -by Eurobasket News
Manuel Raga (199-F-73, college: Cal Poly - SLO) and his Swiss team Vacallo received a major boost for their season as they triumphed in the Swiss Cup 76:65. Vacallo outpaced Lugano in the title decider to raise the Cup. The game started somehow shockingly for the Tigers as they lost one of their leaders Duane Erwin. He fell awkwardly under the rim and was taken to hospital for examination. Without their leading rebounder Lugano needed to deal with a big hole in their defensive schemes. It did not quite work out well in the opening stanza as Vacallo ran away to a 24:9 distance. The Tigers gradually adjusted to the game and started to return to life in the second period. They outscored their opponents 22:19 and drove to the long break trailing by 12 points. But Vacallo were not about to give this one up. They came off the dressing room firing from all guns and quickly stretched the buffer. Lugano suddenly struggled offensively and managed just 12 points in the frame. It was enough for Vacallo to accumulate a 19-point lead heading into the fourth term. It turned out to be an unassailable margin for Lugano. They cut the gap to 11 points but never got any closer and suffered a defeat at the end. Martin Mihajlovic scored 23 points to pace Vacallo. Ricky Gibson nailed 15 points in a winning case.Manuel Raga ended up with 6 points. Derek Stockalper contributed 13 points in defeat. The Tigers outrebounded the winners 33:25 and shot 40% from the field. Vacallo converted 53% from the field and forced 15 turnovers.
Eduardo Najera (202-F-76, college: Oklahoma)'s Denver Nuggets returned into playoff picture with a 119:112 home win over Golden State. The hosts overcame an injury-stricken performance from Allen Iverson to upset the Warriors and leapfrog them into the 8th spot in the West. Allen Iverson hit his broken right ring finger early in the game and it influenced his further game. He sank just 4/20 from the field to finish with 14 points and 8 assists for the Nuggets. Denver received a major boost from Kenyon Martin as he produced season-high 30 points to go along with 11 boards and 2 blocks. Carmelo Anthony contributed 25 points and J.R. Smith scored 20 points despite going on 1/9 from downtown. Baron Davis answered with 28 points and 7 assists for the Warriors. But the star point guard known for his ability to sink money shots missed two important three-pointers in the final minute sealing the victory for the home side. Stephen Jackson delivered 25 points and 5 boards in defeat. Eduardo Najera produced 11 points and 7 rebounds for Denver. His team moved a half-game ahead of the Warriors in the West. The Nuggets also just half-game shy of the 7th-ranked Dallas in the ladder. Golden State will host Dallas in another intriguing matchup on Sunday.


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MONTENEGRO

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
1. Lovcen 0-0
2. Niksic 0-0
3. Buducnost 0-0
4. Mogren 0-0
5. Danilovgrad 0-0
6. ABS Primorje 0-0
Play-Out
1. Ulcijn 3-0
2. Jedinstvo 2-1
3. Mornar Bar 2-1
4. Rudar 1-2
5. Primorje-M. 1-2
6. Kotor 0-3


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NBA

The Warriors, Nuggets and Mavs all tied at the 7th spot in the West -by Eurobasket News
Golden State handled Dallas 114:104 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland to enter a three-team tie at the seventh spot in the Western Conference. The intrigue reached the pike in the West with Denver, Dallas and Golden State combating the last-ditch fight for the two spots available in playoffs. They are even at 45-28 with 9 games left to play in the season. The Mavs remembered well the last season's mishap in the opening round of playoffs when they were stunned by the Warriors. But right now it was not about revenge. The Mavs needed to survive as they arrived in Oakland without Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse in the lineup. The visitors grabbed a 12-point lead early in the encounter but gradually the Warriors stood up for the challenge. They accumulated a 14-point advantage with two quarters to play. Dallas managed to cut the margin to 4 points late in regulation but Kelenna Azubuike (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Kentucky) notched 5 points for the Warriors as they ran away with an important victory. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) came up with 30 points for Golden State. Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, agency: Life Sports, college: UCLA) scored 21 points, while Andris Biedrins (7'0''-C-86) and Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler County CC) had 16 points apiece for the winners. Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) paced the Mavs with game-high 36 points and 9 boards. Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, agency: Octagon, college: LSU) nailed 21 points in a loss. Dallas will now travel to LA City to face the Clippers today. Then they host Golden State at home court. Denver plays against Phoenix in Arizona later tonight.
In the East Atlanta consolidated their 8th position in the ladder with a narrow 114:109 victory over New York. Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) fired 27 points and the Hawks won their third straight game to remain 2 ½ games ahead of the 9th-ranked New Jersey. Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) provided 25 points and 13 assists, while Al Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) contributed 18 points for the winning side. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) replied with 39 points for the Knicks.


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
1. Boston C. 58-15
2. Toronto R. 37-36
3. Philadelphia 37-37
4. New Jersey N. 31-43
5. New York K. 20-53
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 52-21
2. Cleveland C. 41-33
3. Indiana P. 30-43
4. Chicago B. 29-44
5. Milwaukee B. 24-48
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 47-27
2. Washington W. 38-35
3. Atlanta H. 33-40
4. Charlotte B. 28-45
5. Miami H. 13-60
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 48-26
2. Denver N. 45-28
3. Portland T.B. 38-36
4. Minnesota T. 19-53
5. Seattle S. 17-57
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 50-24
2. Phoenix S. 49-24
3. Golden St. 45-28
4. Sacramento K. 33-40
5. Los Angeles C. 22-51
Southwest Div.
1. San Antonio S. 51-23
2. N.Orleans H. 50-22
3. Houston R. 49-24
4. Dallas M. 45-28
5. Memphis G. 19-54


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NCAA1

Kansas snaps Davidson's impressive rally -by Eurobasket News
Kansas ended a Cinderella story of Davidson just a step away from the nation's Final Four. The Wildcats threw all they got to win the Midwest Regional but the top-seeded Kansas were there to deny all of their efforts. Davidson entered the game having the longest winning streak in the league counting at 25. But they fell agonizingly short of Kansas to leave the hopes of the NCAA Final Four for the next season. It was a real seesaw battle with the outcome unknown. The Jayhawks grabbed a 30:28 advantage at the interval but Davidson kept it close. Kansas stayed ahead and headed into the final minute of the game up by 5 points 59:54. But Stephen Curry (6'0''-G-88) nailed a trey to trim the deficit to 2 points with 54 seconds left. Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87) missed his attempt to give Davidson 21 seconds to decide on the outcome. All eyes were on Stephen Curry. The son of the renowned NBA player Dell Curry was the headliner for most of the news during the last week. He propelled the Wildcats over the tougher opponents scoring 30+ points in the first four NCAA tournament games. He got the ball and looking to get rid of defense to get an open look. He failed to do so and dished the ball to Jason Richards (6'2''-G). However his desperate try missed the target and Kansas fans sighed with relief. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86) and Sasha Kaun (6'11''-C-85) scored 13 points to pace Kansas. Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) added 12 points and 7 boards for the winners. Stephen Curry dropped 25 points for the Wildcats. Bryant Barr (6'4''-G) secured 11 in a loss. Stephen Curry was named the Midwest Regional MVP.
The Memphis Tigers also secured their Final Four birth after they took care of Texas 85:67. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88), who was trumped the South Regional MVP, provided 21 points, 9 assists and 6 boards for the Tigers. Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) contributed 25 points and Shawn Taggart (6'10''-F-85, college: Iowa St.) scored 12 as the Tigers never looked back en route to a confident victory. A.J. Abrams (5'10''-G-86) answered with 17 points, while D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87) had 16 points in a losing effort. Memphis will now play UCLA, while North Carolina and Kansas will team up for another semifinal matchup.


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NIGERIA

Akin Akingbala twisted his ankle -by Eurobasket News
Estonian Kalev/Cramo need two games to overcome Ventspils from Latvia in Baltic League. In the second game Kalev/Cramo opened the encounter with 13:25 and maintained the lead. In the last minute of the opening quarter Ed Scott and Raimonds Gabrans exchanged with three pointers and Kalev/Cramo had 13:25. Ventspils continued to struggle in offense but at the same time Kalev/Cramo increased the lead. Estonian team had plus 20 at the end of the first half and looked pessimistic towards the second. Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) twisted his ankle and was able to leave the floor in the third quarter. Ventspils tried hard but could not close the gap.

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POLAND

The end of the regular season -by Eurobasket News
Turow Zgorzelec clinched the regular season crown even though the team lost to Kotwica 71:85. The game was even till the end, but in last seconds the hosts hit their free throws and Turow's players missed some triples. Alvin Snow (189-G-81, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: E.Washington) and Rafal Bigus were the best scorers for Kotwica scoring 13 points. Robert Witka (205-F-81) nailed 26 points for Turow.
Prokom won against Gornik without any problems 82:101. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 29 points and had 10 rebounds. Polonia Warszawa overcame AZS Koszalin in overtime 75:73.
Polpharma Starogard lost to ASCO Slask 81:95. Atlas Stal beat Anwil Wloclawek 84:76. Turow Zgorzelec, Prokom Trefl Sopot, Anwil Wloclawek and ASCO Slask Wroclaw claiming the automatic berths to the quarterfinals.
Polish Kamil Pietras (209-F/C-88) nailed 8 points for Lugano in the Final of Swiss Cup. The opponent Vacallo however received a major boost for their season as they triumphed in the Swiss Cup 76:65. Vacallo outpaced Lugano in the title decider to raise the Cup. The game started somehow shockingly for the Tigers as they lost one of their leaders Duane Erwin. He fell awkwardly under the rim and was taken to hospital for examination. Without their leading rebounder Lugano needed to deal with a big hole in their defensive schemes. It did not quite work out well in the opening stanza as Vacallo ran away to a 24:9 distance. The Tigers gradually adjusted to the game and started to return to life in the second period. They outscored their opponents 22:19 and drove to the long break trailing by 12 points. But Vacallo were not about to give this one up. They came off the dressing room firing from all guns and quickly stretched the buffer. Lugano suddenly struggled offensively and managed just 12 points in the frame. It was enough for Vacallo to accumulate a 19-point lead heading into the fourth term. It turned out to be an unassailable margin for Lugano. They cut the gap to 11 points but never got any closer and suffered a defeat at the end. Martin Mihajlovic scored 23 points to pace Vacallo. Ricky Gibson nailed 15 points in a winning case. Zainoul Bah answered with 21 points for Lugano. Derek Stockalper contributed 13 points in defeat. The Tigers outrebounded the winners 33:25 and shot 40% from the field. Vacallo converted 53% from the field and forced 15 turnovers.


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PORTUGAL

Monty Scott has left CAB Madeira -by Bruno Baltazar
According to sources Monty Scott (198-F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Dayton) has left CAB Madeira due to slow/late payments from the team to him,a loss the team will have for the upcoming playoffs where CAB is.
Monty Scott played 19 games ,averaging 14.1PPG , 4.5RPG , 1.2APG , the 23 years old player that came from Dayton college,23 years old of age.
CAB already played this week without Monty winning against Vagos , CAB so far has a record of 9-11 being in the 4th place before the last round .


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PUERTO RICO

Caguas beats Santurce in dramatic comeback -by Luis Ramirez
It seemed that the Santurce Crabbers would have an easy victory against the Caguas Criollos but the Criollos had other plans as they beat the Crabbers 99-96. The Crabbers took the 1st quarter 21-17 and were also leading at the end of the 1st half 53-38. The Criollos seemed to transform themselves after the 1st half and came out with an intense offensive effort to cut the lead in the 3rd quarter to just 6 points 77-71. In the 4th quarter the Criollos gave no liberties to the Crabbers and outscored the crabbers to take the lead and also take the win. For Caguas, Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) was huge as he scored 31 points to lead all scorers; he was followed by Shawn Redhage with 20 points. For Santurce Robert Traylor and Larry Ayuso both scored 18 points, Traylor also grabbed 10 rebounds.

In other action at Mayaguez, it was unbelievable as Saddel Ayala scored the winning basket for the Humacao Grays with just 5 tenths of a second left. The Grays had taken the 1st quarter 26-24, but Mayaguez made a good defensive effort in the 2nd quarter and took the lead to end the half leading 47-41. The Indians were also leading at the end of the 3rd quarter 72-63. In the 4th quarter the game tighten and with a steal the Humacao Grays set up the shot that gave them the win. For Humacao, Ansel Guzman (175-G-84, agency: Next Level) scored 30 points followed by Ricky Sanchez with 23 points. For Mayaguez, Thomas Gardner (195-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) scored 20 points followed by Keenan Jourdon with 17 points.


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


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ROMANIA

Standings
Div.A Standings
1. CSU Ploies. 21-3
2. CSU Sibiu 19-4
3. UMobitelco 16-7
4. Rapid Buc. 15-8
5. Tg Mures 14-9
6. BCM Tim. 13-10
7. Dinamo Buc. 13-10
8. Gaz Metan M. 13-10
9. BCM Pitesti 10-12
10. CS Otopeni 9-14
11. CSU Brasov 6-17
12. CSM Oradea 4-19
13. Targoviste 4-19
14. Rm Valcea 4-19


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SAUDI ARABIA

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



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



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


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SCOTLAND

Rocks lose in the Capital -by Eurobasket News
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks tried hard in the capital of the United Kingdom, but lost to PAWS London Capital 72:78. The game reminded carousel as the teams exchanged the leads. It was a two-points game at 62:60 going into the decisive stanza. PAWS London Capital remained tough and won the encounter. Tayo Ogedengbe led the winners with 19 points. Ibrahim Gariba (206-C-84) netted 17, while Henry-Fontaine had 15. Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) produced 21 points in the losing effort.
John Tehan (185-G-71) together with Abrakebabra Tigers won Irish Superleague. In a title game Tigers beat DART Killester at UL's Sports Arena 66:62. John Tehan opened the scoring for Tigers, with a big three, indicating their intentions of reclaiming some silverware this season after losing out in the Cup in January. By the end of the opening quarter Tigers trailed by one, 20:21. Moreover his team lost 6 points at the half time and only in the third recovered in the game. Tigers retained possession for 65:62. In the end of the game Abrakebabra claimed SuperLeague Trophy and Champions title on a score line of 66:62.

30 March 2008
PAWS London Capital 78-72 SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks

Capital: Tayo Ogedengbe 19, Ibrahim Gariba 17, Henry-Fontaine 15
Rocks: Sterling Davis 21, Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) 11, Hampton 10


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SEYCHELLES

Hawks win the Jhelum Cup -by Carlos Pereira
PLS Hawks v Baya

Veteran Jim Domingue played like a 20-year-old and finished with 35 points - just less than half of his team's tally of 79 against Baya in the final.
At 40 years old, Domingue continues to dominate the offensive and defensive boards to bring down rebounds as well as play tough in the paint where he gets most of his points.
Skipper Domingue led PLS Hawks by example as they won all fours quarters 16-14, 20-16, 24-19 and 19-15 for a deserved 79-64 victory.
PLS Hawks' veteran power forward (with ball) got most of his game-leading 35 points in the paintWith Baya's shooters unable to set themselves free from man-to-man marking to take the outside shots like they did in the 84-72 win against Premium Cobras to send the defending champions crashing out of the competition, the Hawks once again showed that they are a hard nut to crack even when missing key players.
Happy with his team's play and the manner in which they got the win, coach Tony Juliette was happier to see another two of his big men - Neddy ‘Oye' Fanchette ad Barry Baron - scoring in double digits. In fact, they finished with 14 points apiece.
Centre Robert Leon (13 points) and playmaker Giovanni Laval (11 points) were the only two Baya players who scored in double figures.
'My players heeded my advice. They worked hard on the court and stayed in the lead. This is good. It proves that they (the players) can stay concentrated in the game. This victory is a morale-booster for us as we are preparing for the Indian Ocean Club Championship next month,' coach Juliette told Sports Nation.


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SLOVAKIA

Prievidza released Gosley -by Martin Galajda

HBK Prievidza released American center Tahric Gosley (203-F-80, college: Cleveland St.). He was released after just seven games with 3.7 point per game.


Casta SPU Nitra manager Juraj Polak step out from his position due to bad results of the team. Nitra fighting for play off spot now. In last two years finished in quaterfinal series.

MBK Rieker Komarno will play without starting five point guard Peter Ivanovic (183-G-79) still. He is out from late february becasue broken rib.



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SOUTH KOREA

KT&G ADVANCES TO 2ND ROUND -by Rick Ross
KT&G Advances to the 2nd round to face number 1 seed Dongbu Promy
In the best of 5 series, The Kites win 2 straight as they defeat SK Knights
94-90 lead by Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) who recorded a triple double 41-10-13
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http://www.kbl.or.kr/

In other news LG Sakers Down 1 game hoping to tie the series as they Host
Samsung Thunders in Changwon,

Samsung winner of the 1st game by 3 pts 94-91In Seoul
Is one game away from 2nd round hoping to face KCC EGIS.


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SPAIN

Sergio Luyk passed away -by Eurobasket
Former international player Sergio Luyk (203-F-71, college: St.John's), who was the son of legendary player Clifford Luyk and the model Paquita Torres, and brother of Estefania Luyk, also a model, passed away early Sunday morning.
Sergio Luyk Torres was born in Madrid on September 20th, 1971 and was 36 years old. He died as a result of cancer. He started playing in the training categories of the Real Madrid team, which has also expressed its sympathy on Sunday. He then crossed the Atlantic Ocean to continue his basketball development at Saint John's University for five seasons.
After his university experience, the forward returned to Spain and played with the Forum Filatelico team in 1995, until he returned to the top Real Madrid team for the 1998-1999 season. In 2001, Luyk finished his athletic career with the Leche Rio Breogan team. He was named the top Spanish player who played internationally in the under-21 and under-23 categories.
The time and place of the burial should be announced on Monday.


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SWITZERLAND

Last changes in Switzerland -by Kristian Santiago

Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine) replaces temporarily injured Kamil Pietras (209-F/C-88) at the BC Lugano Tigers. The forward/center arrives from Uruguay where he played for Union Atletica.

Lausanne Morges Basket won't be having Alvaro Calvo (198-F-83) back this season, he is injured and will be sidelined for some time.

Eric Edougue (196-F-79, college: Saginaw Valley) will be also out for the rest of the season.In 15 games he averaged 7,0 ppg and 6,9 rpg for Vevey Riviera Basket.

Diego Martins (184-G-85) also out with astress fracture in Sion Herens Basket, he returned home to Brazil for medical treatment.

Sevag Keucheyan (178-G-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) out probably until the play-offs at Bernex Onex Basket due to a stress facture in his foot.

Flavio Dal Molin (189-F-86) left Chene BC after transferring from Meyrin Grand-Saconnex Basket to Chene BC.
Ivorian Franck Flegbo (192-F-79) is injured in Chene BC and will be sidelined for three to four weeks.

Pascal Schuler (188-G-87) won't be available for the Wildcats in Zurich due to an injury and is out until the end of this season.
He averaged 12,5 ppg and 1,8 apg for Zurich.

Antoine Grandjean (188-G/F-88) is out due to torn ligaments in Meyrin Grand-Saconnex Basket, they called up Volodia Dupraz (187-G-90) from the junior-team as his replacement.

Vevey Riviera Basket and Damen Maddox (205-C-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Florida) parted aways. The American post player averaged 15,4 ppg and 9,0 rpg in 16 games for Vevey.
His replacements are center Sean McKeon (208-F/C) who arrives from the States where played for the Kutztown University and forward Joseph Barber (202-F/C-83, college: NC-Asheville) who arrives from England where he played for the Derby County Trailblazers in the EBL (26,5 ppg and 10,5 rpg).



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U.KINGDOM

Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
1. Newcastle E. 25-4
2. Plymouth R. 22-8
3. Guildford H. 20-7
4. Milton Key. 18-10
5. Scottish R. 16-13
6. Everton T. 13-14
7. Sheffield S. 13-15
8. Worcester W. 12-16
9. Cheshire J. 9-20
10. Leicester R. 9-20
11. London C. 8-20
12. Birmingh.P. 5-22


Latest results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday brought 2-2 for the hosts-guests competition. Plymouth Raiders easily beat Team Birmingham Panthers 90:122. Gavin Love (183-G-78) led the winners with 34 points. Gall nailed 18, while Beasley and Moore posted 15 each. Daniel Sandell (195-G, college: Amer.Internat.) was the best for the hosts providing 20 points.
Leicester Riders achieved the win over Worcester Wolves 104:99. The win means that the Riders have recorded back-to-back wins in the league for just the second time this season and have continued their revival from a ten-game losing streak.Carlos White led the way with 25 points. Chad McKnight (201-F-84, college: Morehead St.) scored 17 and Mindaugas Janiska added 15. Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) shone for the guests with 33 points and 12 rebounds.
On Sunday Guildford Heat won over BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 88:82. Daniel Gilbert (197-G-83, college: Buffalo) top-scored with 19 points for the Heat. Jayson Obazuaye led all scorers with 24 for the hosts.
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks tried hard in the capital of the United Kingdom, but lost to PAWS London Capital 72:78. The game reminded carousel as the teams exchanged the leads. It was a two-points game at 62:60 going into the decisive stanza. PAWS London Capital remained tough and won the encounter. Tayo Ogedengbe led the winners with 19 points. Gariba netted 17, while Henry-Fontaine had 15. Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) produced 21 points in the losing effort.

29 March 2008
Team Birmingham Panthers 90-122 Kularoos Plymouth Raiders

Panthers: Daniel Sandell 20, Popoola 19, Jules 18
Raiders: Gavin Love 34, Gall 18, Beasley 15, Moore 15

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 104-99 Worcester Wolves
Riders: Carlos White 25, Chad McKnight 17, Janiska 15
Wolves: Anthony Paez 33+12 rebs, Life 32, Harker 15

30 March 2008
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 82-88 Guildford Heat

Jets: Obazuaye 24, Moore 13, Pratt 13
Heat: Daniel Gilbert 19, Martin 18, Harrison 13

PAWS London Capital 78-72 SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks
Capital: Tayo Ogedengbe 19, Gariba 17, Henry-Fontaine 15
Rocks: Sterling Davis 21, Wohlers 11, Hampton 10


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UKRAINE

Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
1. BC Kyiv 21-1
2. Azovmash 18-4
3. Khimik 15-7
4. Polit.Lvov 14-8
5. Sumihipr. 13-9
6. Mykolaiv 9-12
7. Cherkasy 8-13
8. Dnipro 8-14
9. Krivbasbasket 7-15
10. Budivelnik 7-15
11. MBC Ode. 7-15
12. Pulsar 4-18


Round 22 results: Dnipro steps to play-off / Hilevych is MVP -by Alexander Muzyka
Mar. 28

Cherkasy Monkeys - Politekhnika-Halychyna 79:91 (19:22, 18:22, 23:18, 19:29)
ChM
: McLinton 31 + 6 tos, Markovic 12 + 5 rbs, Rakocevic 10 + 8 rbs, Andriukaitis 10 + 7 rbs, Revzin 5 + 4 rbs, Lebedev 5, Y.Lokhmanchuk 4, O.Shevchenko 2
PH: Zubrytskyi 17 + 6 rbs, Gurtovoi 16 + 7 rbs, Annenkov 13 + 6 ast, Golubev 10, Lobanov 9 + 4 ast, Umbrasko 7 + 6 rbs, Ulianko 7, Bulajic 6, Goliakhov 4, Kouzmine 2

Mar. 29

Azovmash - BC Kyiv 88:68 (27:6, 14:23, 19:17, 28:22)
A
: Archibald 19 + 9 rbs, Delininkaitis 15, Buford 14 + 7 rbs, Liadelis 11, Mescherakau 10 + 6 rbs, Henderson 9, Lischuk 7 + 4 rbs, van de Hare 2, Loktionov 1, Skutelnik 0
K: Jeter 16 + 5 rbs, Drozdov 13, Davis 10 + 5 rbs, Mijatovic 10, Jaacks 9 + 6 rbs, Pustozvonov 5 + 4 rbs, Maravic 5 + 4 rbs, Krstic 0, Faison 0, Kravtsov 0

Budivelnyk - Sumykhimprom 89:78 (24:24, 33:11, 16:19, 16:24)
B
: Coleman 18 + 4 rbs, Vucicevic 15 + 4 rbs, Zabirchenko 13, Nerush 8 + 5 rbs, Stefanishyn 7 + 4 rbs, Yailo 6 + 13 rbs, Orlenko 6 + 5 rbs, Kovalenko 6 + 5 rbs, Briantsev 5, Y.Kravets 5
S: R.Kryvych 24, I.Kryvych 13 + 5 rbs + 4 ast, Tomic 13, Kojenets 10 + 6 rbs, deVries 10, Butskyi 5 + 6 rbs + 3 ast, Zahrybelnyi 3, Lepinaitis 0, Zozulia 0, Malysh 0

BC-93 Pulsar - Khimik 69:83 (26:21, 15:21, 12:19, 16:22)
P
: Fraseniuk 13 + 5 rbs, Sokur 13, Shelukha 12, Riabinin 10, Shemosiuk 8, Dubniuk 6 + 4 rbs, Shkurupi 4, Diatlovskyi 3
Kh: Cakic 19 + 7 rbs, Jackson 19, Bratic 12 + 6 rbs, Korochkin 11, Kelly 9 + 11 rbs + 4 stl, Kolchenko 3, Agafonov 0, Kalnichenko 0

MBC Mykolaiv - Kryvbasbasket-Lux 90:60 (17:20, 26:7, 23:13, 24:20)
M
: Hilevych 25 + 10 rbs, Gladyr 16 + 5 rbs, Onufriev 14 + 4 rbs, Raievskyi 11 + 4 rbs, Silkovskyi 7, Tonchenko 4, Beskov 4, Norenko 4, Shepil 4, Krivtsov 1, Chausov 0 + 5 rbs + 4 ast, Vynohradov 0
KL: Kondratovets 11, Herasymchuk 10, D.Glebov 8, Neukhatskyi 7, Fon 6, Korabliov 5, Shaposhnykov 5, Symytskyi 4 + 6 rbs, Alekseienko 2 + 6 rbs, Blyzniuk 2

Dnipro - BC Odesa 69:67 (18:15, 15:19, 23:15, 13:18)
D
: Kornienko 17 + 11 rbs, Kobzystyi 15 + 8 rbs + 5 ast, Khyzhniak 14 + 6 rbs, Panchenko 10 + 7 rbs + 5 ast, Vilkhovetskyi 8 + 4 rbs, Shvets 3, Matiukevych 2, Schepkin 0, Glazyrin 0
O: Wilson 23 + 4 tos, G.Kuznetsov 11 + 9 rbs, Barlow 11 + 5 rbs, Podolian 6 + 5 rbs, S.Balashov 5 + 7 rbs, Yushkin 5 + 5 rbs, Poltoratskyi 3 + 4 rbs, Yakovlev 3, Rybalko 0

Quarterfinal pairs
BC Kyiv - Dnipro
Azovmash - Dnipro
Politekhnika-Halychyna - Sumykhimprom
Khimik - MBC Mykolaiv


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VENEZUELA

Alejandro puts a check point -by Yelitza La Torre

Gatos de Monagas puts a check point, helped for their best cats as Alejandro Flores (201-F,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) and Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC) pull over the Blue Express.
Alejandro Flores made 27 points and catches 16 rebounds to stop Trotamundos de Carabobo.
Gatos and Trotamundos are leaders of the classification, first and second spot. The first month of tournament is gone, Gatos as well as Trotamundos have been trying to keep the leadership.
Gatos defeat Trotamundos 98 - 93.

Today(03/31/2008) they are facing once again to finally define which team is taking the leadership... so far.



Jermaine Watson and Alberto Ozuna putting some respect -by Wolfgang Lucena

Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) and Alberto Ozuna, both flew out to Maracaibo to put some respect as a shooting guard and point guard in Gaiteros.
Jermaine was the best man in the 2008 FIBA tournament and Mexico superior basketball league. In USA, Jermaine is the main offence piece of Miami Tropics.
'If we talk about loyalty, hard work, and discipline, we are talking about Jermaine Watson' Coach Pilin Alvarez (Miami Tropics).

Alberto Ozuna (182-G-82), Dominican Republic National Team's point guard and San Pedro de Macoris BBC's Most Valuable Player over the Dominican Republic Superior Basketball Tournament

'I am in my best moment and why not share it with Gaiteros Del Zulia' Alberto Ozuna



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Trotamundos 10-2
2. Gatos 10-3
3. Cocodrilos 7-3
4. Guaiqueries 7-5
5. Gaiteros 6-7
6. Marinos 5-7
7. Guaros 5-9
8. Gigantes 4-8
9. Panteras 4-10
10. Dep.Tachira 3-8




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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
1. Berezina 25-3
2. Olimpia 24-4
3. Minsk-2006 22-6
4. Victoria-UOR 17-13
5. BrGU 12-14
6. Vitebsk Reg. 6-22
7. Mogilevchanka 5-23
8. Gomel 1-27


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BELGIUM - Women

Final. Game 1. IMC Dames Waregem takes the lead -by Eurobasket News
The Final of two best teams of Belgian League proved to be emotional and interesting after the first game. IMC Dames Waregem grabbed 1-0 lead in the series upsetting the representative from Euroleague Dexia Namur 54:52. The latter looked better in the first half taking 8-points lead. With 17:6 in the last period IMC Dames Waregem triumphed in the opener. Op De Beeck Inge led the winners with 14 points. Alke Dietel (194-C-75, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) produced 11, while Deyaert scored 9. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) resisted for the defending champions with 14 points.
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) won the Cup with CSKA in Russia. The latter overcame their archrivals UMMC in Ekaterinburg to claim the Russian Cup title. Moscow team once again sent a strong message about their highest ambitions for this season overcoming UMMC in the final game of the Cup. CSKA also took a revenge for an upset loss to UMMC in the quarterfinal of Euroleague. The teams were well-matched in the opening frame and finished it tied at 19. CSKA got to a better start to the second period and surged ahead. Ilona Korstine did not miss from the field and the visitors gradually cleared off to a 12-point distance. UMMC were driven by a sell-out crowd at their home arena and started to trim the deficit in the third stanza. CSKA entered the final frame leading by 7 points and secured the distance throughout the dying stages. Moreover UMMC obviously ran out of steam late in the encounter and CSKA capitalized widening the margin and driving to an impressive success. Ilona Korstine notched 22 points and 6 boards to pace CSKA. Ann Wauters added 20 points and 13 boards for the winners. Kristi Harrower answered with 12 points for UMMC. Sandrine Gruda had 11 points and 11 boards in defeat.

IMC Dames Waregem -Dexia Namur 54:52
Waregem: Medvedeva 8, E. Billet 2, J. Billet, Angele Boucquey (175-F-81) 2, Deyaert 9, Alke Dietel 11, Op De Beeck Inge 14, Oplustilova 6, Van Respaille 2
Dexia Namur: Marjorie Carpreaux 14, Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) 12, Malashenko 10, Piotrkiewicz 3, Ciappina 9, Vandy, Vermylen, Agabalova 4


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COLOMBIA - Women

Elena helps Leipzig to another victory -by Victor Garcia
Elena Diaz leaded the Leipzig eagles in rebounding while score 12 points, in Leipzig's victory over the 5th ranked Freiburg, the Eagles won 70 - 66, Elena has averaged 15 ppg in the last two games, and is helping in the rise of the Leipzing team.
Elena look now at her 100% after an injury that limited her some weeks ago, the eagles are now 3 games ahead the last placed team on the standings and trying to climb


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DENMARK - Women

Horsholm ties Amager on top -by Eurobasket News
The Horsholm 79ers thrashed Aabyhoj 74:53 away from home to tie the Dameligaen leaders Amager at 15-4 record on top of the ladder. The 79ers looked too good for Aabyhoj and deservedly posted the 15th win in the season. The visitors limited Aabyhoj to just 9 points in the first frame and piled up a 7-point lead after the opening frame. The hosts tried to even things in the second stanza and outscored Horsholm 23:21 to get closer. But it was a short spark from the home team as Horsholm quickly rebounded and took over completely in the second half. They allowed Aabyhoj to score only 21 points in the next two frames and drove to a confident victory. Kristine Jensen dropped 23 points and collected 7 boards for Horsholm. Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) scored 17 points, while Katrine Hounsgaard (168-G-84) and Signe Knudsen nailed 8 points apiece for the winners. Ida Krogh (182-G-91) and Fie Nordby responded with 13 points apiece for Aabyhoj.
Virum gained their 7th win in the season victimizing Falcon 83:48 at home court. It was all over for the visitors in the first quarter as Virum outgunned them 25:12. Falcon failed to change the complexion of the game in the next frames. The lead was stretched to as many as 22 points after three quarters of action. Virum never stopped in the final term and held hapless opponents to 5 points in it finalizing a massive victory. Six players scored in double figures for the hosts. Trine Leving led them with 14 points. Sarah Mahan (185-F-85, college: Lynn) added 13 points as Virum improved to 7-13 record. Sofie Nielsen notched game-high 20 points for Falcon.


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
1. Horsholm 15-4
2. Amager 15-4
3. SISU 14-5
4. Vitus B. 13-6
5. Aabyhoj 7-12
6. Virum 7-13
7. Falcon 3-15
8. Vaerlose 2-17


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ESTONIA - Women

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


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FRANCE - Women

Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
1. Bourges 22-0
2. USVO 17-5
3. Montpellier 16-6
4. Villeneuve 13-9
5. Mondeville 12-10
6. St Amand 11-11
7. Challes 11-11
8. Reims 10-12
9. Clermont 10-12
10. Tarbes 9-13
11. Pays d Aix 8-14
12. Arras 7-15
13. COB Calais 5-17
14. Mourenx 3-19


Bourges wins the key game -by Eurobasket News
The defending champions of France Bourges increased the winning streak of the season to 22 wins. In the latest game the favorite overcame USVO 58:67 on a road. It was the key game of the round and taking into consideration that USVO hosted the favorite, some specialists predicted the first loss for Bourges. The team however stayed tough and undefeated. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 16 points. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) nailed 12, whilst Endene Miyem (188-F-88) scored 10. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points.
Montpellier close the gap to the second spot thrashing Pays dAix 72:47. The hosts won every aspect of the game and dominated in the court. They used the advantage on the boards and controlled the game. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) and Elodie Bertal (190-C-84) paced the winners with 13 points each. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Katarina Manic (180-G-80) and Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) posted 10 each. Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) ended up with 14 points in defeat.
In another games Tarbes won over Mourenx 77:56. Arras overcame Mondeville 90:74 and St Amand beat Reims 62:60. Villeneuve and Challes overcame COB Calais and Clermont respectively with the same 81:61 score.


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GERMANY - Women

DBBL-Cup Top 4: Saarlouis celebrates at home -by Moritz Korff
The Saarlouis Royals have used their home-advantage and won the DBBL-Cup this past weekend. The host defeated TSV Wasserburg 84:74 in the final and handed the defending champ the first loss of this current season. Almost 2300 fans in a sold-out Stadtgartenhalle attended the thrilling final. The Royals started the game with a 10:2-spurt and led 22:17 after ten minutes played. Wasserburg answered with a strong second quarter and was ahead 46:43 at the half. But Saarlouis got back on track in the third and fourth period. The lead increased to 15 points in between and finally the Royals captured the win. In the consolation game for the third place USC Eisvoegel Freiburg overcame SV Halle 75:49.

Results of the 2008 DBBL Top 4:

Semifinals:
Freiburg - Wasserburg 70:77
Saarlouis - Halle 81:69

Third Place:
Freiburg - Halle 75:49

Final:
Wasserburg - Saarlouis 74:84


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HOLLAND - Women

Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
1. Yellow Bike 18-3
2. ProBuild Lions 16-4
3. Amazone 16-4
4. Perik Jumpers 11-10
5. BV Lely 11-11
6. Woonb./DAS 10-12
7. Celeritas-D. 6-15
8. Binnenland 5-16
9. Grasshoppers 2-20


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ICELAND - Women

Keflavik vs. KR game 1. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Play-offs final starts yesterday. Close game from beginning. 44-38 at halftime. 63-60 after three quarters and final score 82-81 for Keflavik where KR had the last shot but miss it
Keflavik having over all better shooting % Kr more rebounds 48-43 and less turnovers 21-16
TaKesha Watson (170-G-82, college: Oklahoma City) played good for Keflavik 21 pts. 9 reb & 12 assist. Birna Valgardsdottir (181-F-76) 19 pts 5/8 from 3 pt. Ingibjorg Elva Ingibjorg Vilbergsdottir (176-G-88) 15 pts from the bench.
For KR Candace Candaca Futrell (178-G-82, college: Duquesne) 29. Hildur Sigurdardottir (170-G-81, agency: IceBasket) 26. Gudron Groa Thorsteinsdottir 13. Helga Einarsdottir (-88) 17 rebounds.
Next game tuesday at KR.


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-26: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli
Pool Comense - Gescom Viterbo 77 - 54
(22-17, 34-32, 63-44)
POOL COMENSE: Bouderra F. 20 (3/5, 3/8), Bestagno E. (0/1), Fabbri V. (0/1), Slavcheva G. 25 (2/4, 5/7), Turner L. 5 (2/5), Mara Invernizzi (181-F-78) 4 (2/3, 0/1), Hall V. 16 (5/10, 2/3), Zampella A. 4 (1/1, 0/4), Pasqualin G. , Sarni S. 3 (0/1, 1/1). Coach Ricchini Roberto
GESCOM VITERBO: Danzi D. 10 (4/9), Kouznetsova S. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Santucci L. 3 (1/3, 0/1), Brunelli G. dnp, Smith B. 8 (3/11), Maslowski M. 13 (4/10, 0/2), Limoura L. 4 (2/3, 0/2), Siccardi V. 7 (3/7, 0/2), Gorla L. 3 (0/1, 1/4), Crepaldi C. 3 (1/3, 0/1). Coach Agresti Claudio

Phard Napoli - New Wash Montigarda 69 - 48
(19-10, 34-29, 54-38)
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. 6 (3/8, 0/1), Cirone M. dnp, Mauriello P. 6 (0/1, 2/5), Giauro S. 1 (0/1), Adia Barnes (180-F-77, college: Arizona) 6 (1/4, 0/1), Gentile I. 6 (0/2, 2/4), Horasan Y. 2 (1/6), Ndiaye A. 14 (7/8), Lesdema N. 4 (2/6), Holland-Corn K. 24 (2/6, 5/10). Coach Molino Nino
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. dnp, Colico R. 1 (0/1, 0/2), Fazio M. 8 (4/6), Rossi C. 5 (1/2, 1/2), Smith D. 4 (1/3, 0/1), Dimitrova E. 9 (3/6), Albertazzi S. 2 (1/2, 0/3), Ruzickova M. 7 (3/8), Lawless E. 12 (6/13), Sozzi P. dnp. Coach Fossati Fabio

Levoni Taranto - Famila Wuber Schio 72 - 57
(21-17, 37-30, 61-47)
LEVONI TARANTO: Balleggi M. (0/2), Corbani C. 6 (0/5, 2/2), Greco M. 6 (3/6, 0/1), Zimerle A. 17 (2/4, 4/8), Sauret Gillespie A. 8 (4/11, 0/2), Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) 14 (6/8), Prado F. dnp, Frohlich L. 8 (1/1, 1/4), Brunson R. 13 (4/9), Mandrillo F. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Moro E. 3 (0/2, 1/3), Butler D. , Donaphin B. 11 (4/7), Tassara S. (0/1, 0/3), Sanchez R. 7 (2/3, 1/3), Masciadri R. 6 (3/5, 0/4), Ngoyisa B. 5 (2/7), Ress K. 10 (5/11), Ciampoli F. 8 (4/7, 0/1), Macchi L. 7 (1/5, 1/5). Coach Orlando Sandro

Italmoka Pozzuoli - Carispe La Spezia 96 - 80
(20-18, 43-46, 74-63)
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. (0/1), Cirov T. 15 (4/6, 2/3), Ferazzoli I. 3 (1/1), Franchetti M. 2 (1/1), Minervino M. 4 (2/3), Hollie Grima (190-C-83, agency: LBM Management) 28 (9/11, 2/2), Linguaglossa E. dnp, Grasso A. 6 (3/6), Andjelic N. 1 (0/2), Dixon T. 37 (8/14, 3/3). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno M. 2 (1/1), Corradini L. 7 (2/5, 1/2), Pastore C. 5 (2/3, 0/4), Callens E. 20 (4/6, 4/7), Templari E. 2 (1/1), Newton C. 23 (8/13, 0/1), Bagnara B. 10 (1/3, 2/5), Vukovic V. 4 (1/2), Sarti R. 5 (2/4, 0/1), Willis C. 2 (1/5). Coach Papini Giovanni

Germano Zama Faenza - Umana Venezia 63 - 75
(18-20, 36-39, 47-55)
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 9 (4/6, 0/7), Franchini M. (0/1, 0/1), Emanuela Ramon (187-F-82) 3 (1/1), David I. 9 (2/7), Ballardini S. 11 (3/6, 1/2), Casadio G. 3 (0/1, 1/3), Jokic D. 16 (6/13, 0/1), Bandini E. dnp, Knezevic A. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Dos Santos C. 10 (2/3, 0/1). Coach Rossi Paolo
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 5 (1/3, 1/2), Modica F. 8 (2/6), Johnson S. 26 (5/10, 2/4), Sanford N. (0/2), Andrade M. 8 (3/4), Nadalin J. 10 (5/7), Giauro E. 2 (1/1), Romagnoli A. 6 (3/4), Vujovic A. 10 (1/3, 2/5), Zampieri A. dnp. Coach Riga Massimo

Fiera di Roma - Lavezzini Parma 55 - 62
(8-19, 22-35, 38-49)
FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. 8 (2/5, 1/4), Hodges D. 15 (5/12, 1/3), Cinili S. , Mendes Da Silva T. dnp, Arimattei G. dnp, Machanguana C. 9 (3/12), Lichnerova J. 12 (2/3, 2/2), Beljanski M. 5 (2/5, 0/1), Scimitani S. (0/6), Gattini C. 6 (3/7). Coach Incecchi Sandro
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. 2 (0/1), Stabile S. 7 (2/3, 0/6), Paparazzo E. 11 (4/11), Zanoni I. 5 (2/3), Battisodo V. , Rejchova M. 4 (2/5), Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, college: Kansas St.) 14 (4/6, 2/3), Zanon M. 1 (0/5, 0/2), Screen J. 10 (3/5, 1/2), Sulciute E. 8 (1/3, 1/1). Coach Scanzani Maurizio

Acer Priolo - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 82 - 71
(24-18, 40-35, 59-55)
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 11 (4/6), Bonfiglio S. dnp, Sabrina Palie (180-G-81) 17 (5/11, 2/4), Milazzo O. 2 (1/2), Fabbri E. (0/1, 0/2), Seino T. 13 (4/7, 1/5), Sciacca B. 16 (4/6, 2/4), Pascalau F. 10 (4/7), Meneghel R. (0/1), Phillips T. 13 (5/12). Coach Coppa Santino
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. 3 (1/1), Duffy M. 17 (1/5, 3/6), Favento S. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Bona G. , Riccardi E. 7 (3/4, 0/3), Montagnino J. 5 (0/3, 1/2), Perfetti C. 10 (0/2, 2/4), Pys'Mennik O. 13 (5/9, 1/2), Razmaite D. 10 (5/11, 0/1), Morrison Jara Z. 4 (2/4). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
Title Group
1. Basket Esch 14-3
2. Musel Pikes 11-6
3. T71 Dudelange 10-8
4. Residence 10-8
5. Amicale 7-11
6. AB Contern 5-13
Relegation Group
1. Etzella 5-0
2. Racing 5-1
3. Grengewald 4-2
4. Black Frogs 1-4
5. Les Esperants 1-5
6. BC Mess 1-5


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NCAA1 - Women

Candace Parker and Tennessee reach Elite Eight -by Eurobasket News
Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86) matched career-high 34 points and collected 13 boards to pace Tennessee past Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. The Lady Vols used a 14:0 run early in the second half to step in front and coasted to an overall success later on. It will be the 23rd appearance for Tennessee at the stage. The win also marked a disastrous 0-16 loss mark for the Irish against the Lady Vols. Shannon Bobbitt (5'2''-G-85) scored 11 points, while Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86) provided 10 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Charel Allen (5'11''-G-86) and Becca Bruszewski (6'1''-F) drilled 16 points apiece. Lindsay Schrader (6'0''-G-87) added 13 points and 9 boards in a loss. Tennessee will next take on Texas A&M in the Regional final.
Texas A&M tamed Duke 77:63 to reach Elite Eight stage. The Aggies were up by 4 points at halftime and stayed tuned for the reminder of the game. Patrice Reado (6'0''-F-86) led the balanced Aggies offense with 17 points. Takia Starks (5'8''-G-87) contributed 15 points, while Aquonesia Franklin (5'3''-G-85) and Atanrase had 13 points apiece for the winners. Chante Black (6'5''-C-85) notched 17 points and 12 boards for Duke. Abigail Waner (5'10''-G-86) delivered 15 points for the Blue Devils.
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) scored 25 points and pulled down 11 boards to propel Connecticut past Old Dominion 78:63 in the Regional semis. The Huskies dominated for the major part of the game building a 43:33 lead at the interval. The Lady Monarchs never recovered in the second half and suffered a painful defeat. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) provided 13 points, while Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86), Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) and Brittany Hunter (6'3''-F/C-85) dropped 10 points each for the Huskies. Shadasia Green (5'9''-G) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Monarchs.
Finally Rutgers edged George Washington 53:42 to qualify to the Elite Eight stage. Essence Carson (6'0''-G/F-86) poured in 25 points for the Scarlet Knights in a win. Jessica Adair (6'4''-F/C-86) dropped 16 points for the Colonials in defeat.


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POLAND - Women

FGE Play-offs: Quarter-Finals - Game 4 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
CCC Polkowice - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 74:91 (13:30, 19:24, 20:19, 22:18)
CCC: Jennifer Lacy 16, Olga Masilionene 16, Petra Stampalija 12, Ndeye Ndiaye 11, Ilona Jasnowska 9, Veronika Bortelova 6, Justyna Jeziorna 2, Magdalena Pietrzak 2, Anna Szycko 0.
PKM Duda: Edyta Krysiewicz 27, Ryan Coleman 23, Agnieszka Makowska 11, Martyna Koc 9, Daria Mieloszyńska 8, Anna Talarczyk 5, Olga Żytomirska 4, Agnieszka Budnik 4, Monika Siwczak 0.

CCC Polkowice - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 1:3


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RUSSIA - Women

CSKA reaches 20-0 record -by Eurobasket News
The latest results of the Russian Superleague brought the next victories for the favorites. CSKA is now 20-0 and even more energetic after winning the Cup. In the game versus Dynamo Energiya CSKA celebrated 101:75 victory. The leader of the Superleague won all the quarters and remained undefeated. Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) led the winners with 20 points. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Sokolovskaya added 16. Ferdinand produced 21 points in the losing effort.
Spartak MR follows CSKA with 19-1 record beating Vologda 69:85 away from home. Vologda won the opening quarter 21:18, but then had nothing to do with the offensive basketball of Spartak. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) paced the winners with 25 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Thompson scored 16. Elena Volkova (175-G-83) ended up with 25 points in defeat.
In another games Dynamo (Moscow) beat Shelen 94 : 56 as Smith nailed 17 points and made 15 rebounds. Nadezhda overcame BC Moscow in the capital of Russia 77:87. Elen Shakirova (192-C-70) led her team with 15 points as Nadezhda improved to 8-13.

Dynamo (Moscow)-Shelen-ETK (Krasnoyarsk) 94 : 56 (30:16, 18:15, 19:10, 27:15)
Dynamo (Moscow): Smith 17+15 rebs, Simona Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) 16, Martinez 15
Shelen-ETK (Krasnoyarsk):Kolosovskaya 13

BC Moscow -Nadezhda 77:87 (14:25, 22:26, 24:22, 17:14)
BC Moscow: Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) 19, Zakalyuzhnaya 12
Nadezhda: Elen Shakirova 15, Lennox 14, Shagan 12, Walker 12

CSKA-Dynamo Energiya 101:75 (29:18, 28:24, 24:18, 20:15)
CSKA: Edwige Lawson 20, Maria Stepanova 19+10 rebs, Sokolovskaya 16
Dynamo Energiya: Ferdinand 21, Takarieva 17

Vologda-Spartak MR 69:95 (21:18, 13:27, 21:25, 14:25)
Vologda: Elena Volkova 25, Pimenova 14
Spartak MR: Lauren Jackson 25+9 rebs, Thompson 16


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


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SEYCHELLES - Women

Anse Etoile Star win the Jhelum Cup -by Carlos Pereira
After a low-scoring first quarter which HotShots won 5-3, the Stars improved in offence in Anse Etoile Stars' playmaker Mathiot tries to steal the ball from HotShots' Jenita Toussaintthe second 10-minute spell which they won 24-16 to go for the break with a six-point - 27-21 - lead.
After the breather, the Stars again had the upper-hand, scoring 21 points while HotShots got 13, meaning that coach Philip Arissol's team were faced with an uphill battle to come back as they trailed by 14 points (34-48) after 30 minutes of play.
HotShots did win the fourth quarter by one point - 23-22 - but it was not enough as the damage had already been done earlier on.
Playmaker Lindy Mathiot (joint game-high 21 points including two 3-poiners) and Geneviève Beaudoin (21 points including five 3-pointers) and skipper Simone Malbrook (16 points) combined for 58 of the Stars' points.
As for HotShots, they got 17 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc, from Jenita Toussaint, while power forward and skipper Myrah Solin added 12, and centre Tina Agathine made a 13-point contribution before fouling out.
Speaking to Sports Nation, the Stars' skipper Bamboche said:
'We were slow off the blocks but got back into the match in the second and third quarters. I'm happy we won as it shows that we are putting into practice what we have been learning in training. The final was a good preparation for us as we are to compete in the Indian Ocean Club Championship next month.'


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Slovan save from drop out, Myjava goes to first division -by Michal Maslany
Slovan Bratislava will play in slovak woman extraliga in next season, too. Slovan beat in 23. round at home Myjava 99:73 (59:40) and this result decided, that Myjava fall out of extraliga and will play only 1. division next season. Myjava won only two matches from 23, both over Slovan. Club from Bratislava have three wins, two over Myjava and one over Cassovia. 'I hope, that in new season we will play o lot better. We have now experience from two season in extraliga and we want to show them next year,' headcoach of Slovan Tatiana Gallova said.

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SWEDEN - Women

Solna extend their winning streak in postseason -by Eurobasket News
The Solna Vikings stretched the victorious rally to 7 games in the postseason action. They overwhelmed the Norrkoping Dolphins 84:66 to grab a 1-0 lead in the semifinal best-of-five series. Solna overcame the first frame deficit to celebrate a comfortable victory at the end. The Dolphins jumped to a better start as they outscored the hosts 22:14 in the starting frame. But the Vikings quickly restored parity with a 27:15 second stanza. They stepped on the gas right after the long break and stretched the lead to 14 points in the third quarter. Solna never looked back in the fourth frame and recorded the initial win in the semifinal. Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) and Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) secured 16 points and 9 boards each. Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Dominique Redding (185-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) answered with 22 points and 8 boards for Norrkoping. Fatima Maddox (168-G, agency: 540 Sports) finished with 18 points in a losing case. The Vikings outrebounded their opponents 39:34 and forced the Dolphins to 19 turnovers. The hosts also converted 49% from the field and almost 90% from the stripe. Game 2 is scheduled for April 2.
Telge also got to a winning start in their semifinal matchup against 08 Stockholm. Telge relied on a strong performance from Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) as he poured in game-high 27 points to lead the hosts. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) provided 14 points and 5 boards and Telge rolled to a 66:61 victory. Stockholm team were up by 6 points after the opening term but Telge surged in front in the third quarter and triumphed at the end of regulation. Jennie Thingwall (183-F-85) netted 20 points for 08 Stockholm. Jocelyn Penn (186-F-79, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) had 11 points and 7 boards in defeat.


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Final Four is scheduled for April 12-13 -by Eurobasket News

As the regular season went to its end the teams will start the Quarterfinals on April 5th. The weekend after Sheffield will host the Final Four of the league. In the Division 2 Sheffield Hatters II host Stockport Lapwings at All Saints School and Black Country Bears Ladies will face Enfield Phoenix. Going into the quarter-final as top seeds following a 15-3 regular season, Hatters had to come from behind in the fourth period to defeat Sevenoaks Suns II 61:56 last week, while fourth seed Lapwings defeated London Met University 56:44.

Meanwhile British Sarah Kershaw (180-F/C-85) could not crown the Swiss Cup with BBC in Switzerland, but played in the Final of the Cup. BBC Troistorrents lost to Neuchatel at the Halle Ste-Croix 80:93. Neuchatel tipped off the game in an aggressive manner and quickly jumped to a comfortable lead. BBC could not limit their opponents' offense as it produced 31 points in the starting frame. Neuchatel piled up a 10-point lead heading into the second stanza. But BBC adjusted the defense and clawed their way back into contest. They cut the deficit by 5 points to trail 46:51 at the interval. BBC continued their impressive comeback effort in the third quarter. They kept on performing some stifling defense down the stretch and it resulted in a tie-game after three-quarter time 65:65. But the students broke free once again in the last stanza. Sophie Charlier paced them to impressive 28-point tally in the fourth quarter and Neuchatel cleared off for good in the dying minutes. She finished with team-high 25 points for Neuchatel. Cameo Hicks provided 21 points, while Caroline Turin chipped in 19 for the winners. Lori Crisman responded with game-high 31 points for BBC. Andrea Depraz secured 18 points in a losing effort. BBC had a massive advantage under the rim as they outrebounded Neuchatel 40:21 but they committed inexcusable 27 turnovers. Neuchatel sank solid 62% from the field, while BBC converted 51% of field goals. Sarah Kershaw produced 3 points in the losing effort.


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
1. Sheffield H. 16-1
2. Rh.Rebels 15-2
3. Northumbria 12-6
4. Manchester M. 11-7
5. Nottingham W. 10-8
6. Solent S. 9-9
7. London HA 5-13
8. London T. 0-18
9. UWIC Archers 8-10
10. Sevenoaks S. 3-15


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UKRAINE - Women

Bovykina wins the second Cup -by Eurobasket News
Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) together with BC Neuchatel were crowned the Swiss Cup champions. They overcame their key rivals BBC Troistorrents at the Halle Ste-Croix 93:80. Neuchatel tipped off the game in an aggressive manner and quickly jumped to a comfortable lead. BBC could not limit their opponents' offense as it produced 31 points in the starting frame. Neuchatel piled up a 10-point lead heading into the second stanza. But BBC adjusted the defense and clawed their way back into contest. They cut the deficit by 5 points to trail 46:51 at the interval. BBC continued their impressive comeback effort in the third quarter. They kept on performing some stifling defense down the stretch and it resulted in a tie-game after three-quarter time 65:65. But the students broke free once again in the last stanza. Sophie Charlier paced them to impressive 28-point tally in the fourth quarter and Neuchatel cleared off for good in the dying minutes. She finished with team-high 25 points for Neuchatel. Cameo Hicks provided 21 points, while Caroline Turin chipped in 19 for the winners. Lori Crisman responded with game-high 31 points for BBC. Andrea Depraz secured 18 points in a losing effort. BBC had a massive advantage under the rim as they outrebounded Neuchatel 40:21 but they committed inexcusable 27 turnovers. Neuchatel sank solid 62% from the field, while BBC converted 51% of field goals. Taisiia Bovykina scored 4 points in a win.
On February 23rd Taisiia Bovykina nailed 5 points for Neuchatel that proved their dominant shape at the moment as they won the Swiss League Cup title. Neuchatel took on their arch-rivals BBC Troistorrents and rolled to a difficult 79:72 win at the end. Cameo Hicks and Sophie Charlier combined their efforts to drag Neuchatel back from an early deficit en route to an impressive success. BBC got to a better start of the game being played in Geneva. They were accurate from the field and outlasted their opponents 20:18 in the opening frame. However Neuchatel gradually took over. They outmuscled BBC under the rims and soon surged ahead to finish the first half up by 4 points 44:40. Nina Crelot stepped up with some impressive buckets after the break as Neuchatel stretched the lead to double-figures. BBC headed into the fourth period trailing by 12 points and needed some substantial changes to succeed. It all nearly worked out for BBC as they tightened up defense and held Neuchatel to only 12 points in the fourth quarter. However it was not enough for BBC to save the day. Neuchatel ensured the victory in the crunch time and put on the Swiss League Cup crown. Cameo Hicks tallied 22 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Neuchatel. Sophie Charlier had 20 points and 6 assists, while Nina Crelot scored 18 points for the winning side. Lori Crisman notched 27 points, 11 boards and 5 assists for BBC. Linda Guy provided 18 points in a loss. Neuchatel outrebounded BBC 31:26 and sank solid 85% from free throw line which proved costly late in the game.