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Siroki signed 2 players! -by Dani Erceg
Before the start of Bosnian League 8 Siroki Prima Pivo signed Greg Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) and Nkechi Ezugwu (203-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Michigan). Grays came from Turkish team TTNET Beykozspor and season before that he played for Belgian team Charleroi. Other signing is center Nkechi Ezugwu who played this season for Italian Lega2 team Aget Imola. He spent most of his career in Italian 2nd level. Few weeks ago Siroki released US center Chris Holm (212-F, college: Vermont).


Christ for Life With Four Game Winning Streak!!! -by David Magana
Last Saturday night at the Sacred Heart College grounds, the BECOL tournament kicked off with three games. In the U-20 Division, St Ignatius High School (5-0) was able to come out victorious in a tight game of three points (38-35) against the Cayo Ballers (0-3). With the win, St Ignatius poses to be one of the favorite candidates to win this division. For the winning team, Garrett Bermudez scored 15 pts, 5 rebs while Frank Fuller had 9 pts, 13 rebs, 2 assists and 2 steals. In a losing effort, Kevin 'Bing' Simpson scored 16 pts and Floyd 'Big Jim' Morro 7 pts.
In the U-35 Division, Benque Rockers (4-1) defeated Esperanza Veterans (0-4) by 75 - 59. For the Rockers, Marlon 'Snake' Villanueva scored 25 pts, Maino 'Skull' Bevans 22 pts, Pulu Lightburn 17 pts and Kirk Jones 11 pts. In a losing effort, Ernest Thompson scored 16 pts 3 rebs, Ronald Reynolds 15 pts 4 rebs and Evan Reynolds 15 pts, 7 rebs and 2 assists.
In the main attraction of the night, Christ for Life improved to a 4-1 record after defeating Venus Warriors 80 - 44 and in the process killing all hopes for the Warriors to reach playoffs. From beginning to end Christ for Life was much more superior than the Warriors. For the winning team, Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) scored 17 pts, 7 rebs, mark Gentl 13 pts, 4 rebs and Rico Black (180-G-75) 12 pts. In a losing effort, Leon Myers scored 15 pts and 7 rebs while Jamie Edwards 10 pts and 6 rebs.

Games for this coming weekend. First game starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Friday night: Game 1(U - 17) - Wolves vs. SHC
Game 2(Srs.) - Maratown Patriots vs. Venus Warriors
Game 3(Srs.) - E-Three Stars vs. Belize Bank Diamonds

Games Saturday night will be played in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, at Deacon's court, by the primary school.

Saturday night: Game 1(U - 20) - Young Stars vs. West Side
Game 2(Srs.) - SHJC/BNE vs. Spartans
Game 3(O - 35) - Esperanza vs. ICB Veterans


Steve Nash averages 17.3 points per games and 11.2 assists -by Eurobasket News
Last night Steve Nash (190-G-74, college: Santa Clara) made another double-double nailing 12 points and making 10 assists. Amare Stoudemire led 6 Phoenix players in double figures en route to an impressive 96:79 road win over San Antonio. Shaquille O'Neal came back after a hip contusion and provided 16 points and collected 9 boards for the winners. He accounted for 8 points in the crucial fourth frame when the Suns outgunned the hosts 24:11 to celebrate the second straight victory. The Spurs looked convincing in the opening stanza and built a 24:16 lead. But the visitors adjusted their shooting after the intermission and evened things at halftime. The Suns started to get away after the long break. Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal ignited a 13:0 run early in the fourth frame and Phoenix never looked back again. Leandrinho Barbosa finished with 14 points, while Steve Nash had 12 points and 10 assists in a win. Tim Duncan notched 23 points and 10 boards for the Spurs. Tony Parker added 20 points as San Antonio secured the second spot in the West despite the defeat.
Before that the Phoenix Suns hosted a playoff-haunting Denver and rolled to an impressive 132:117 victory. Amare Stoudemire scored 41 points and grabbed 14 boards, while Steve Nash dropped 36 points to ignite come-from-behind win for the Suns. It was the 50th win for Phoenix and they tied the LA Lakers atop the Pacific Division. The hosts battled out a 22-point first half deficit to fire from all guns in the fourth term. Amare Stoudemire notched 16 points in it and the Suns outscored the Nuggets 46:25 to post an outstanding win. Shaquille O'Neal had 20 points and 12 boards for the winners. The loss threw Denver out of the playoff zone a half-game behind Golden State. J.R. Smith scored 23 points for the Nuggets. Allen Iverson added 21, while Kenyon Martin secured 19 points in defeat.
The Denver Nuggets did not wait for too long to take a revenge for loss to Phoenix. The teams moved to the Pepsi Center and the hosts rolled to a crucial 126:120 victory to leapfrog the Golden State Warriors back into playoff territory. The teams were close in the dying minutes but Denver capitalized on the visitors' misses. First Steve Nash missed a jumper and Carmelo Anthony grabbed a rebound and sank two free throws being fouled. Then Leandrinho Barbosa also missed a potentially tying three-pointer and Carmelo Anthony once again secured a defensive rebound to be put to the stripe later on and to convert two more free throws that put the hosts away for good. Allen Iverson scored 31 points to lead the Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony had 25 points and 8 boards for the winners. Leandrinho Barbosa secured 27 points for the Suns in defeat. Denver now appeared half-game ahead of the Warriors.



Predio CVT beat Seven Stars 66 to 58, in the third game of the penultimate round of the Santiago South regional championship of basketball disputed yesterday in the Vava Duarte Pavilion, in the city of Praia.
Seven entered the game stronger, with good circulation of ball and a good interior game, to take lead at the end of the first period 15 - 08.
In the second period, Predio CVT changed its strategy and managed to balance the game, and than later taking the lead. With great defense, quick counter attacks, and control of the defensive boards, Predio CVT took a small lead at halftime 26 to 25.
In the third quarter of the game, Predio CVT was clearly superior in all aspects of the game, and began pushing away from Seven. Leading as many as 9 points and finishing the third quarter 47-41.
Seven stars big men helped to trim the lead during the fourth quarter, with excellent offensive rebounding. However, it was not enough to prevent the defeat. The final score was Predio CVT 66, and Seven Stars 58.

In the first game of the round, ABC successful beat the team from Achada Grande 83 to 39.

D1 Standings
1. ABC 7-2
2. Seven Stars 6-3
3. Predio 5-4
4. Ach.Grande 0-9


Rumor China May Add Chinese-American Guards to National Team -by Arthur Volbert
According to our correspondent, Robert Wang, 'today, there is an info. from website saying CBA has sent coaches to recruit the current NCAA players (point guards) Jeremy Lin (188-G) (Harvard college)and Dereck Luo from (Washington DC) to join back China national team as China native citizen and would play for the Olympic Game on August. CBA has not released the confirmation on this but it might be true since CBA really needs a good point guard to make the national team strong. CBA has very good inside players so far included Wang zhi zhi, Yao Ming, Meng Bater, Tang Zheng Dong, Yi Jian Lian, etc.forwards are still good included Zhu Fang Yu, Du Feng, etc..but it seemed they don't have good point guard..Wish china has good point guard soon and improve the team fast to compete against team.'

I Have Problems With Rumor of Import National Team Point Guards -by Arthur Volbert
I have some difficulties with the story I just posted by our correspondent Robert Wang, who had some problems accessing our site today so I posted the story for him. But apparently this rumor is circulating in China.

Jeremy Lin (188-G) is a decent player at Harvard but is far from being an international star. He made All-Ivy League second team this season, not even all-Ivy first team. Likely Liu Wei, Sun Yue, Chen Jianghua and Liu Xiaoyu are all better, and more internationally experienced, point guards than he is. I have now learned that the second guard allegedly being sougt is Derrick Low (188-G-86) of Washington State. Low is half Chinese, has been invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, and projects him to be chosen in the late second round of this year's NBA draft. However, according to, he has played for the United States junior team and is therefore likely ineligble to play for China.

In addition, having expelled Song Cun from the CBA this season and having denied Xinjiang a playoff berth for using him, China might be reluctant to employ players of similar background on its national team.


Colombians Abroad in the pros -by Victor Garcia

Hardy Asprilla was key factor on the weekend games of Marinos vs Cocodrilos in Venezuela's LPB.

On Saturday Marinos lost 90 - 96 vs Cocodrilos, Hardy played 1 minutes scoring 8 points with 2 of 5 field goals made and 4 of 4 from the freethrow line, also served 2 assists and got 2 rebounds.

On Sunday Asprilla was the key factor with his defense over Cocodrilo's legend Victor Diaz, Hardy also took some minutes over Kevin Freeman, at the end Hardy finished with 14 pts, including 4 of 9 from the field, and 2 of 2 3ptrs, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, sealed Hardy Asprilla's great work in the weekend.
David Reyes played just 1 minute the first game and 2 the second fishing without points, Yader Fernandez did not played in Cocodrilos.

In Italy Stalin Ortiz played just 3 minutes in the victory of Air Avellino over Eldo Napoli 74-71, Stalin did not score.

Hardy Asprilla (196-F/G-82, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)


2 more Croats signed for Zrinjski! -by Dani Erceg
Boris Dzidic (206-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) and Boris Bisko (202-F-86) signed for BiH side Zrinjski and will be eligible to play in League 8. Dzidic played this season for Greek A2 team Halkida, in his career he also played for Benston, Cibona, Siroki, Apollon Limassol and KAO Dramas. Bisko played this season for Croatian A2 team Kaptol, in his career he also played for Hermes Analitica and Dubrava.


LSB Review -by Alessandro Fontana

Cuba LSB Review
CIEGO DE AVILA= Champions of Cuba, 'Los Avilenos' are the best team in Cuba since years. They are too expert for the other teams. Two of the best three players in Cuba play for Ciego de Avila, Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79), 'El Gato' the MVP of these Finals 2008, who scored more than 30 ppg in the Finals against Capitalinos and Michael Guerra (188-G-79) the head of the team with his assists and his intelligence. Ciego de Avila is built to reign in the Cuban Basketball. They played a great TNA and also if They started not so good the LSB, they showed that they are still 'The Team' in Cuba.
Vote= 9.5
CAPITALINOS= The team of La Habana reached the Finals and this was already a great result for a young team with an important future. Capitalinos were very near to win the LSB, in the Finals they won 2-0 but later the power and the experience of Ciego de Avila came out. Capitalinos have one of the most interesting young players, Orestes Torres (203-C-87) who had a great season. It was also worth to mention the season of Raicel Lavastida (191-G-81) a real fighter. In any case we know that next year Capitalinos will be ready to conquer the Cuban championship.
Vote= 8,5
MATANZAS= Matanzas play an incredible season, the team was defeated in the Semifinals by Ciego de Avila, they played good and they showed two great talents, Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) the best scorer of the TNA and LSB and Danys Torrientes (190-G-85) a young player who can become in the future a real 'Cuban All-Star'. Matanzas played a good season, they qualified for the Semifinals (great result) and we do not have to forget that the team played a lot of games without 'El MJ del Caribe' Allens Jemmott due to an injury of him.

Vote: 8
GUANTANAMO= Guantanamo obtained a great result reaching the LSB Semifinals 2008. The MVP of the team was Georvis Elias (200-F-81) with his points, 'ball-steals' and his great intensity. We do not have to forget also Henry Simon (199-F-79), who played the TNA with Holguin and He played a great LSB with Guantanamo. Great season for them, reaching the semifinals was already a great success.
Vote: 7

A. Fontana


D-League Hardware Handed Out -by Surujh Roopnarine
Mouhamed Mouhamed Saer Sene (7'0''-C-86) and Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts) have been selected as co-recipients of the 2007-2008 NBA D-League Defensive Players of the Year award. Mouhamed Saer Sene of the Idaho Stamepde (on assignment from the Seattle SuperSonics) and Lasme of the Los Angeles D-Fenders (Currently on Call-up with the Miami HEAT) are first co-recipients of the Defensive Player of the Year award in the D-League's history.
Lasme played in 37 games (12 starts) for the D-Fenders and averaged 10.6 points, shooting 52 percent from the field, to go with 7.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 28.9 minutes. The former UMass shot-block machine recorded double-figure rebounding efforts nine times, including five double-doubles (points/rebounds). Lasme tallied five or more blocks on six occasions, including a season-high eight blocks on Dec. 10, 2007 at Utah. In 11 games for Miami this season, Lasme is averaging 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 19.7 minutes.
Mouhamed Saer Sene averaged 12.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 27.5 minutes in 27 D-League games spread over two assignments from Seattle. In his second NBA season with the SuperSonics, the 2006 1st Round Pick is averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.8 minutes (13 games).
Past Defensive POY Selections
Renaldo Major (06-07) - Dakota
Derrick Zimmerman (05-06) - Austin
Derrick Zimmerman (04-05) - Columbus
Karim Shabazz (03-04) - Charleston
Mikki Moore (02-03) - Roanoke
Jeff Myers (01-02) - Greenville

Dakota's Blake Ahearn Earns Rookie of the Year Honors -by Surujh Roopnarine
Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.), who was called-up by the Miami HEAT on March 21st has been selected as the D-League's 2007-08 Rookie of the Year. In 41 games for Dakota, Ahearn averaged 19.0 points, shooting 49% (239-492) from the field, 96% (191-199) from the free throw line and 44% (108-246) from three-point range, to go with 3.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 29.4 minutes. For his efforts in the D-League this season, Ahearn also earned a spot on the All-NBA Development League Second Team.
With Miami, Ahearn has been able to translate some of his scoring prowess, averaging 6.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 10 games. Ahearn has scored in double-digits on three occasions, with a career high of 15 happening twice.
Past Rookie of the Year Selections
Louis Amundson (06-07) - Colorado
Will Bynum (05-06) - Roanoke
James Thomas (04-05) - Roanoke
Desmond Penigar (03-04) - Asheville
Devin Brown (02-03) - Fayetteville
Fred House (01-02) North Charleston

D-League Standings
Central Division
1. Sioux Falls S. 28-21
2. Dakota W. 27-21
3. Iowa E. 21-27
4. Ft.Wayne MA 17-31
Southwest Division
1. Austin T. 29-19
2. Colorado 14ers 27-21
3. Tulsa 66ers 25-23
4. Albuquerque T. 22-26
5. Rio Grande VV 20-29
West Division
1. Idaho S. 34-14
2. LA D-Fenders 32-16
3. Utah 23-25
4. Anaheim A. 21-27
5. Bakersfield J. 11-37




Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) continues his stunning play as he led his team Rilski Sportist Samokov to a 89-82 victory over Cherno More Eurohold Varna. Santos finished the game with 25 pts & 14 rebs his past Sunday he was also named MVP of round 30 in Bulgaria. The announcement of the MVP award came after a great week in which he notched a PERFECT GAME against BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia, also a 24 pt, 9 rebs, 2 steal performance in a close loss to Yambol, and the 25 pt game this past weekend.
Santos is proving everyone in country proud, as he is fighitng for recognition being one of the 1st ever Dominican players to play in Bulgaria. We at Eurobasket Dominican Page would like to congratulate Santos once again on his great play & also on winning the MVP of this round in Bulgaria.


All-EBA TEAMS ANNOUNCED -by Justin Moore
This years ALL-EBA teams were announced this week. This season was trully a good season for the EBA with very talented players this season Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-82, college: California (PA)) (6'5''-F-82, college: California (PA)) ,Tyree Harris (6'1''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer) and Dave Jannuzzi (6'1''-G-77, college: Wilkes) highlight the 1st team with rebound machine Daryl Owens (6'2''-G-76, college: Nova CC) showcased the second team.
1st Team
Sherman Brittingham
De Destroyers

Charles Lott (6'8''-C-75, college: JMU) (6'8''-C-75, college: JMU)
NJ Starting Five

Dave Jannuzzi
Harrisburg Horizon

Tyree Harris
Alexandria Avengers

Kelvin Fleming (6'0''-G-77, college: William Paterson) (6'0''-G-77, college: William Paterson)
NJ Bullets

2nd Team

Brandon Zelesky
North Jersey Lakers

Micah Davenport (6'7''-F/C-81, college: Millersville)
Harrisburg Horizon

Daron Dickerson (5'10''-G-82, college: Marywood)
Schuylkill Firedogs

Daryl Owens
Alexandria Avengers

Mark Stanley (6'1''-G-78, college: Kean)
North Jersey Lakers

Kevin Rowe (6'7''-F-73, college: Millersville)
Harrisburg Horizon

Honorable Mention:
Brian Carter (6'6''-F-81, college: Catawba)
Alexandria Avengers
Justin Moore (5'9''-G-80, college: St.Augustine)
Alexandria Avengers
Ronald Fields (6'3''-G)
DE Destroyers
Hakim Hart (6'3''-G-79, college: Bridgeport)
DE Destroyers
Demone Maxwell (6'2''-G-80)
Harrisburg Horizon
Radee Skipworth (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: VMI)
Harrisburg Horizon
Donald Polk (6'3''-G-71)
Camden Pride

Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
DE Destroyers
Camden Pride
NJ Bullets
Schuylkill Firedogs
NJ Starting Five
Rebounds Per Game
NJ Bullets
Alexandria Avengers
DE Destroyers
North Jersey Lakers
Alexandria Avengers
NJ Bullets
Assists Per Game
North Jersey Lakers
DE Destroyers
Alexandria Avengers
DE Destroyers
NJ Bullets
Steals Per Game
Alexandria Avengers
DE Destroyers
Alexandria Avengers
NJ Bullets
NJ Bullets
Blocks Per Game
NJ Bullets
NJ Bullets
DE Destroyers
DE Destroyers
NJ Bullets


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
1. Gezira 4-0
2. Al Ittihad 3-1
3. Zamalek 2-2
4. Ahly 2-2
5. Sporting 1-3
6. Somouha 0-4
Group B
1. Gazco 0-0
2. Damenhor 0-0
3. Eastern Co. 0-0
4. Shorta-Police 0-0
5. Shams 0-0
6. Geish Army 0-0


TU/Rock stays one win shy of Kalev in EMKL -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock and Kalev rolled to respective victories in recent days in Estonian league. Kalev proved their strength against Triobet/Dalkia 69:55 away from home. The hosts were ahead in the first frame and finished the opening stanza up by 2 points 14:12. But the league favorites soon surged ahead and found themselves leading by 4 points at the interval. A total dominance under the rims allowed Kalev to stretch the margin to double figures in the third period. Triobet/Dalkia struggled to recover in the final period as they ended the game shooting just 38% from the field. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) provided 14 points and 8 boards for Kalev. Travis Reed (203-C-79, college: Long Beach St.) notched 13 points and 7 boards, while Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) nailed 12 points in a win. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) scored 20 points for Triobet/Dalkia as they slipped to a 22-12 record.
TU/Rock remained one game shy of Kalev as they beat BC Pirita 82:72. TU/Rock led comfortably 21:16 after the opening stanza but Pirita struck back after the first intermission. They outpaced the home side in next quarters and entered the fourth period leading by 10 points. But George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) fueled a comeback rally from the Tartu outfit as they denied the deficit and pulled away with an impressive victory. The guard finished with 22 points for TU/Rock. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) had 19 points, while Kestutis Sestokas (203-F-76) dropped 12 for the winning side. Ivo Uibukant (197-F-80) netted 15 points in defeat. TU/Rock takes on Kalev in a regular season final on Sunday in Tartu.


Maccabi beat CF Barcelona on the way to the Final Four -by Eurobasket

Maccabi Tel-Aviv is the fourth team, which booked the ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, which will take place on May 2-4th in Madrid. It will be their seventh appearance in the Final Four in last 9 years. In the 3rd quarterfinal game, they defeated CF Barcelona 88-75 in Nokia Arena in Tel-Aviv and ended the series 2-1. The real heroes was bench duo Will Bynum (180-G-83) and David Bluthenthal (201-F-80,), who scored more points than entire starting five combine. Both got 21 points each. Barcelona started the game very well leading in the first quarter. Maccabi speed up in the second and carried the lead for the rest of the game. Barcelona managed to come as close as 3 points in the thid quarter. But that was all and they were not able to catch up with strong Maccabi team. Maccabi proved to have one of the deepest rosters in Euroleague, where many bench players could be solid starting five or even stars of other teams. Important to notice the skirmish developed between Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76) and Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) which ended with rejecting both players together with Derrick Sharp (183-G-71) and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Maccabi for leaving the bench.
Bynum and Bluthenthal were helped Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) (17 points and 9 assists), while Barcelona was lead by Roger Grimau (196-G-79) (18 points), Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) (15 + 13 rebounds) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) (13).

Post-Game quotes by Euroleague:

Maccabi coach Zvi Sherf :
I want to thank everybody at this club - the players, the team, the owners, the office and my assistants - Guy Goodes and Avi Even. The fans were amazing. We knew they were going to support us, but we still want to thank them. Barcelona is a very good team, but we fought all season long to host the third game in this case, and Maccabi never loses these kinds of games at home. We saw also last night how important the home-court advantage is. When I took the team on January 1, I told them in the first team meeting before the game in Istanbul that we're aiming to be in the Final Four. We want to take the cup, and we really don't care how. In the second half, we almost ran out of subs because of all the players that were ejected. We managed to shut down Basile and that was one of the keys. They weren't prepared for Bluthenthal and that played in our favor.

Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual :
I want to congratulate Maccabi. They deserve to be in the Final Four. We saw hat this achievement means a lot to many people. In the second quarter, we committed 4 turnovers that helped Maccabi run. When we came back in the third quarter, Maccabi hit 2 long-range jumpers and we had to chase them again. Maccabi was a better team today. Bynum and Bluthenthal caused us a lot of damage.


Oliver Weissler takes over Strasbourg's chead coach position -by Eurobasket
After SIG Strasbourg part ways with coach Eric Girard , the head coaching position was vacant. It was already filled by Oliver Weissler , who was previously coaching U21 reserve team at SIG. Weissler is 40 years old coach with 5-years coaching experience. He was previously working with pro team being coach assistant, before he took over U21 team. He is well known at SIG club as he played here for many years, before moving to Brussels in Belgium, where he ended his playing career. Then he made back to his motherclub getting into coaching. It will be his first year at head coach position in ProA team.


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Feni Indistrija 25-4
2. Strumica 22-7
3. AMMAK SP 18-11
4. F.Rabotnicki 16-13
5. Pelister 16-13
6. MZT Skopje 15-14
7. Vardar 10-19
8. Karpos 2-27

Amak SP joins the top 3 -by Todor Chalovski
Amak SP secured third place after the end of the league phase in the Macedonian First league. They made sure of that, after beating expectedly last placed Karpos Sokoli 2000 by 103:73, and after their potential rivals Fersped Rabotnicki and Swisslion Pelister lost their games in Round 31.
Round 32 will only give us the answer if Feni Industri will beat Strumica 2005, which could give them a 1:0 lead, if both teams make it to the final, as well as the placings between fourth and sixth place.

In a game without upsets, Amak SP dominated the game from start to finish. They started with a 14:4 lead after 5 minutes, extending their lead to 30 points at the end. Coach Igor Gacov rested Jarrid Frye, giving the opportunity to players like Dejan Vegov (scored 19 points) and Jordan Nikolovski (17 points). Vladimir Georgievski had a very good game for the visitors, scoring 35 points.

Fersped Rabotnicki lost at home to league leader Feni Industri 83:87. This is the fifth win od the season for Kavadarci based side against former Macedonian champions. They won all of their five league and cup games against this opponent, thanks to late charges. This time Donald Cole turned out to be the hero again, scoring 19 points for Feni Industri.

Miodrag Kadija achieved his first win in front of the home crowd, since taking over the role of Strumica 2005 head coach. His team beat Swisslion Pelister 88:70, thanks to an excellent display in the second half. Dime Tasovski was class above the rest in this game, scoring 24 points for Strumica 2005.

MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje beat Vardar Osiguruvanje 105:100. Both teams played without pressure, playing an attractive and offensive basketball. Home team lead with as much as 15 points, visitors pushed in the finish, but failed to turn the game around.
Home team is already preparing for the playoffs, while Vardar Osiguruvanje's season ends after their game agains Amak SP this weekend.

Muhamed Thaci and Srdzaj Zivkovic each scored 23 points for MZT, while veteran Pero Blazevski added 26 for Vardar Osiguruvanje.


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


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
1. Falco 19-5
2. Dombovar 17-7
3. Pecs 16-9
4. Szolnok 15-9
5. Albacomp 14-10
6. Atomeromu 14-10
7. Nyiregyhazi 14-10
8. Kormend 13-12
9. Soproni 11-13
10. Univer KSE 11-13
11. ZTE KK 10-14
12. MAFC 6-18
13. Kaposvari 5-19
14. Bodrogi Bau 4-20

Round 24 -by Tamas Deri

Pecs could win against Cup-winner ASE in a very exciting game by one point. The guests won the second quarter by 20 points, but destroyed the advantage as they scored only 9 points in the third quarter and had a lot of turnovers. In the last seconds Aleksic made one of his two free throws and decided the game.

Nyiregyhaza won the game already in the first half, as they were up by 20 points after 20 minutes. Helbich, Buchanan and Savic lead the guests, who did not play with the strongest team in the second half.

Dombovar beat Univer and kept its second place. The home team missed injured Julien Mills, but Mike English took the role of the leader and scored 30 points (6/10 3pt's)! Dombovar has to win only one of the last two games in the regular season to keep the second position.

Kormend lost against Albacomp by one point and lost probably the chance to reach a better position for the playoffs. As the schedule of the rival teams are not so bad, it seems to be that Kormend can not move up and will play against Falco KC in the first round.

ZTE KK lead by Kaman and Basette, who had a tripple-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds could win against MAFC in Budapest. From the home team Jitim Young had a great performance again and scored 28 points.

Sopron could beat Kaposvar by 17 points and was lead by the best power forward of our league, Richard Lesko, who scored 30 points.

(21-16, 12-32, 27-9, 21-23)
Pecs, Att.: 2500, Referees: dr. Vigh, Hegedűs, Farkas
PECS: Jovanovic, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 21/9, Gabor Denes (197-F-82) 12/9, Toth N. 4, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68) 16/9, ALEKSIC 18, GREBENAR 10, Czigler, Kutasi, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
ATOMERŐMŰ: Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) 13/6, Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) 13/3, Murry 10/3, Horvath Z. 2, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 21/3, Toroman 4, C. Brooks 9/3, Csaplar-Nagy E. 8/6, Kiss Zs., Coach: Balazs Sabali

(28-22, 14-11, 30-23, 23-18)
Dombovar, Att.: 800, Referees: Foldhazy, Kothay, Szilas
DOMBÓVAR: Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) 30/18, Balogh 4, Deak 6/6, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 14, Wiley 13/6, Nandor Simon (196-F-81) 17/6, Bodi 6/6, Molnar M. 2, Vas P. 3/3., Coach: Dzunic Branislav
KECSKEMET: Sigurdarsson 11/3, Horvath A. 8/6, Blair 15/3, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/9, Eric Fiegi (206-C-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Corban) 20, Toth P., Halmai 2, Lekli 5, Vida. Edző: Zsoldos Andras.

(27-34, 12-25, 27-22, 17-13)
Hodmezővasarhely, Att.: 300, Referees: Kiss L., Kapitany, Marton.
VASARHELY: DRahos 7, Brooks 19/9, Kovats 11, Freeman 12/3, Levente Gemes (208-C-73) 24/3, Babut 4, Szogi 6, Boszormenyi, Kukla, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
NYÍREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 12, Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) 24/18, Mouton 13, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 34/3, Sitku 9/6, Trepak 2, Siska, Krasznai, Farkas A., Nagy K., Coach: Deri Csaba

(17-19, 15-21, 8-20, 20-26)
Budapest, Att.: 200, Referees: Hartyani, Győrffy, Pozsonyi
MAFC: Jitim Young (188-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Northwestern) 28/6, Harris 10/6, Wihner 6, Vavra 5, Kecskes 2, Misek, Fulop 9, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
ZTE: Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) 11/9, Walters 8/3, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/6, Balazs Hoffmann (198-F-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10/6, Reggie Bassette (206-C-77, college: ODU) 18, Keresztes 2, Gaspar, Simon L. 5/3, BAKI 9/6, Toth A. 3, Vertetics 2, Coach: Nikola Lazic

(22-19, 26-13, 25-22, 21-23)
Sopron, Att.: 500, Referees: Adam, Kiraly, Csősz
SOPRON: Bradley 3, Peter Lakatos (194-G-79) 11/3, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 16, Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) 30/6, Frana 10, Zsolt Vesztergom (194-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8, Boldizsar 6/3, Pojbics 6/6, Kortelyesi 4, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
KAPOSVAR: Ceskovic 3/3, Ferenc Csirke (183-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/6, Szőke 8/3, Hendlein 15/6, Mike Kinsella (213-C-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Marquette) 21/9, Kiss K. 6/6, Orosz 9, Markus, Tomosvary, Kovacs D. 4, Coach: Horvath Imre

(20-20, 16-8, 17-23, 17-20)
Kormend, Att.: 2400, Referees: Bodnar, Bognar, Gorka
KÖRMEND: Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 15/3, Csaba Ferencz (192-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/3, Trummer 6/6, Ocitti 5/3, Vavra P. 6, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 12/9, Henderson 4, Fodor M. 7/3, McCants, Coach: Dragojub Krivacevic
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 26/6, Bradford 7/3, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 19/3, McClendon 5, Bencze 12, Boozer, Soos 2, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos


Chill continue to add talent -by Trask Frost
Edmonton, Alberta - With the exhibition opener coming Friday April 11 at 7:30pm at the Grant MacEwan Center for Sport and Wellness, and the regular season opener just 16 days away, the Edmonton Chill made some adjustments to the roster that should pay dividends this season.

Earlier this week the Chill inked Anthony 'Teon' Knox, a 6'9', 260 pound power forward. The native of Baltimore, Maryland brings a veteran presence to the first-year club, having played in top pro leagues all over the world, including Argentina, Mexico, Bulgaria, and England where Teon was named the league's MVP. Knox also has experience in the IBL working to a 19 point and 9.5 rebounds per game average for Central Oregon in 2006.

The team also welcomed Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) to the fold for the inaugural season. Eric comes to the Chill from the ABA's Halifax Rainmen where he was an All-Star and led his club in scoring (20.5), rebounding (12.25) and minutes (33.8). Eric really showed his skills at this year's ABA All-Star game scoring 28 points and adding 14 boards and six steals in leading his team to victory.

Finally, the Chill released Antone Jarrell. Team owner Troy Barns said, 'Antone was an undersized guy who played a bit bigger than he actually was which was important to the club earlier this winter. However, with the additions of Lee Scruggs and Teon Knox we now have solid size and depth in the frontcourt and felt it best to allow Antone to seek other offers.'

The Chill kick off the season on Saturday, April 26 with a home game against the Bellingham Slam. For ticket information, or general team questions, please contact Assistant GM Nick Padow at or (780) 438-7283.

Ninth USA All-Star finds permanent home in the IBL -by Trask Frost
Portland, OR - The USA All-Stars, a developmental team in the International Basketball League, has had another member of its ranks called up for a roster spot on a permanent IBL team. The Jazz of Tacoma have announced that 6'3' combo guard Greg Hendricks has been added to the roster. Hendricks is the ninth USA All-Star to be called up this season.

The Jazz know first hand that the All-Stars have produced some outstanding talent this season. Former USA All-Star and current Portland Chinook Marc Williams (6'3''-G-83, college: Indiana, PA) recorded a triple-double in a win over the Jazz on April 9 (29 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).

Listed below are the eight USA All-Star players that have been ‘called up' to date:

LeBraun Andrews 6'7' Grand Rapids Flight
Tywan Gonzales 6'7' Snohomish County Explosion
Shane Thorson 6'6' Grand Rapids Flight
Shohn Williams 6'5' Gary Steelheads
Walter Waters 6'11' Grand Rapids Flight
Marc Williams 6'4' Portland Chinooks
David Fisher 6'6' Portland Chinooks
Devin Smith 6'9' Portland Chinooks
Greg Hendricks 6'3' Jazz of Tacoma

About the USA All-Stars

The IBL has created a new team to further the league's goals of developing players and assisting those players in maximizing their opportunities in professional basketball—both domestically and overseas. This developmental team, called the USA All-Stars, will serve as a season-long opportunity for players to improve their game against outstanding competition as well as showcase their abilities to IBL teams, and the growing list of international teams the IBL has developed relationships with. Ultimately, this team will give undiscovered talent another avenue to be discovered, while also creating the unprecedented opportunity for players that are on the cusp of being good enough to ‘make it' the chance to improve by competing in actual professional basketball games.
The USA All-Stars will play a full IBL schedule against IBL teams across the country. The line-up will change frequently. For many, the dream of playing professional basketball will likely end with the All-Stars, which is healthy—it can be painful, but a player coming to terms with the truth that pro basketball is not their calling is, ultimately, a good thing. For others, the USA All-Stars will be the first step in making their quest to play professionally a reality. Interested players should send a short basketball resume to

IBL Standings
1. Holland B. 5-0
2. Elkhart E. 3-0
3. Windy City S. 3-3
4. Battle Creek K. 1-3
1. Gary S. 4-2
2. G.Rapids F. 2-3
3. USA All-Stars 1-14
4. Elgin R. 0-1
1. C.Oregon H. 2-0
2. Portland C. 1-1
3. Los Angeles 0-0
4. Las Vegas 0-0
5. Shaanxi 0-0
1. Vancouver V. 6-1
2. Snohomish C. 4-4
3. Bellingham S. 3-2
4. Tacoma J. 3-4
5. Edmonton C. 0-0


IR beat Keflavik again. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
IR beat Keflavik again 94-77 and leads the serie 2-0 As these teams are playing now it will be difficult for Keflavik to win next three to make it to play-offs final. IR team is just playing very good team ball where many players are scoring more than 10 points and with the floor general Nate Brown (183-G-80, agency: IceBasket, college: St.Peter's) on board it's hard to stop them. Last night Brown had 18 ASSIST.
IR leading at halftime 51-37 and Keflavik did not score a basket first three minutes of third quarter and game was over and IR leading by 16.
Five IR players score more than 10 points, only 3 Keflavik players did. Nate Brown had more assist (18) than Keflavik team together ( 17) IR shooting much better from the floor 70.7% from 2-pt. 39,1% from 3-pt. Keflavik 48% & 22.2%
Scorers for IR. Steinar Arason 14. Nate Brown 7 + 18 assist. Omar Saevarsson 12 + 10 rebs. Olafur Sigurdson 4. Hreggvidur Magnusson 15. Sveinbjorn Claessen 19. Tahirou Sani 14. Elvar Gudmundsson 2. Eirikur Onundarson 7.
For Keflavik. Gunnar Einarsson 4. Arnar Jonsson 6. Jon Hafsteinsson 1. Sigfus Arnason 2. Anthony Susnjara 4. Magnus Gunnarsson 17. Tommy Johnson 14. Bobby Walker 20. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 9.


Maccabi beat CF Barcelona on the way to the Final Four -by Eurobasket

Maccabi Tel-Aviv is the fourth team, which booked the ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, which will take place on May 2-4th in Madrid. It will be their seventh appearance in the Final Four in last 9 years. In the 3rd quarterfinal game, they defeated CF Barcelona 88-75 in Nokia Arena in Tel-Aviv and ended the series 2-1. The real heroes was bench duo Will Bynum (180-G-83) and David Bluthenthal (201-F-80,), who scored more points than entire starting five combine. Both got 21 points each. Barcelona started the game very well leading in the first quarter. Maccabi speed up in the second and carried the lead for the rest of the game. Barcelona managed to come as close as 3 points in the thid quarter. But that was all and they were not able to catch up with strong Maccabi team. Maccabi proved to have one of the deepest rosters in Euroleague, where many bench players could be solid starting five or even stars of other teams. Important to notice the skirmish developed between Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76) and Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) which ended with rejecting both players together with Derrick Sharp (183-G-71) and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Maccabi for leaving the bench.
Bynum and Bluthenthal were helped Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) (17 points and 9 assists), while Barcelona was lead by Roger Grimau (196-G-79) (18 points), Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) (15 + 13 rebounds) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) (13).

Post-Game quotes by Euroleague:

Maccabi coach Zvi Sherf :
I want to thank everybody at this club - the players, the team, the owners, the office and my assistants - Guy Goodes and Avi Even. The fans were amazing. We knew they were going to support us, but we still want to thank them. Barcelona is a very good team, but we fought all season long to host the third game in this case, and Maccabi never loses these kinds of games at home. We saw also last night how important the home-court advantage is. When I took the team on January 1, I told them in the first team meeting before the game in Istanbul that we're aiming to be in the Final Four. We want to take the cup, and we really don't care how. In the second half, we almost ran out of subs because of all the players that were ejected. We managed to shut down Basile and that was one of the keys. They weren't prepared for Bluthenthal and that played in our favor.

Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual :
I want to congratulate Maccabi. They deserve to be in the Final Four. We saw hat this achievement means a lot to many people. In the second quarter, we committed 4 turnovers that helped Maccabi run. When we came back in the third quarter, Maccabi hit 2 long-range jumpers and we had to chase them again. Maccabi was a better team today. Bynum and Bluthenthal caused us a lot of damage.


Weekend Schedule 12/13.04.08 -by Edona Shabani


KOSOVA - PEJA, Sunday at 19,00
Referees: Mehdi Gashi, Daut Mehmeti, Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Naim Lepaja

SIGAL PRISHTINA-YLLI, Saturday at 18,00
Referees: Xhavit Beqiri, Zaim Zenuni, Fisnik Ramadani
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi



SHB'12' - KASTRIOTI, Sunday at 16,00
Referees: Arbnor Rifati, Alban Vula, Xhelal Mumini
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha

RC COLA DRITA - BASHKIMI, Saturday at 18,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Agim Halili, Isa Prebreza
Monitors: Nxhdet Hoxha



MALISHEVA-LLAPI, Sunday at 14,00
Referees: Urim Hasani, Hysen Hasani
Monitors: Beqir Berisha

EUROSPORTI-VERTIKALI, Saturday at 20, 00
Referees: Burim Berisha, Bashkim Berbatovci,
Monitors: Remzi Ramadani





Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Isa Prebreza
Monitors: Nuri Selmani

Referees: Fitim Gashi, Bashkim Berbatovci
Monitors: Sejdi Mehmeti

Rests: 'TREPCA' - 'KOSOVA'




ABS VËLLAZNIMI - PEJA AG, Saturday at 10,00
Referees: Vllaznim Rraci, Amir Mamusha
Monitors: Burim Koshi

BASHKIMI - YLLI, Sunday at 16,00
Referees: Azem Hoxhaj, Kushtrim Cocaj
Monitors: Tajar Rifati

TUSHI&GRUDA - RC COLA DRITA, Sunday at 10,00
Referees: Dren Pudarolli, Drin Veselaj
Monitors: Mahir Spahija

Rests: 'KALAJA'




Referees: Zaim Zenuni, Ardian Rrustemi
Monitors: Muhamet Munishi

Played on Wednesday

VERTIKALI - EUROBASKET, Saturday at 14,30
Referees: Flamur Ajeti, Kushtrim Gashi
Monitors: Hasim Jashanica

BONUSI - MITROVICA, Saturday at 10,00
Referees: Glauk Qollaku, Fitim Gashi
Monitors: Agim Visoka




Referees: Hysen Hasani, Fjolla Elshani
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha

Referees: Hazir Haxha, Abedin Berisha
Monitors: Fatmir Berisha

PEJA AG - NBA 23, Saturday at 12,00
Referees: Labinot Belegu, Nol Spahija
Monitors: Bekim Agusholli

SHB 12 - ABS VËLLAZNIMI, Sunday at 14,00
Referees: Labinot Belegu, Egzon GAshi
Monitors: Mahir Spahija




Referees: Mehdi Gashi, Burim Berisha
Monitors: Remzi Ramadani

Referees: Zaim Zenuni, Ardian Rrustemi
Monitors: Muhamet Munishi

Referees: Flamur Ajeti, Kushtrim Gashi
Monitors: Sejdi Mehmeti

Rests: 'TREPCA'



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

MNT Super League 3rd Round: easy win for Buducnost against Niksic 82-62 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In last game of 3 Round of MNT 1A Super-League Basketball Club Buducnost had an easy win in city of Niksic against Basketball Club Niksic 82-62 (22-14,19-14,23-15,18-19).In all four periods of the game Basketball Club Buducnost was the better team. From the first to last minutes of the game Buducnost had 17-20 points more than BC Niksic.In team of Buducnost, the best was once again Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88) who scored 23 points with 7 rebounds, it was a very good game by Ivan Maras (14 points and 10 rebounds) and Vladimir Micov with 10 points. In team of Basketball Club Niksic, the best was Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) with 22 points.


Denver has the Answer for Golden State -by Eurobasket News
Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) stepped up for the Nuggets when they needed most scoring 33 points to propel the playoff striving team to a crucial 114:105 win over the Golden State Warriors yesterday. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) notched 24 points off the bench and the Nuggets moved a game ahead of Golden State in the race for the last available spot in the West. There are three games remaining in the regular season for both sides and the Warriors need to win them all and hope Denver loses two to make it to the postseason. The Warriors jumped to a 16-point first frame lead but the visitors were not taken aback. Allen Iverson and J.R. Smith triggered a 19:0 rally in the second quarter to leave the hosts a bit confounded. Denver started to get away and soon found themselves leading by 8 points before the fourth term. The Nuggets piled up a 17-point cushion midway through the final period before Golden State went on a last desperate attempt to save the day. Kelenna Azubuike's three-pointer crowned a 9:0 run from the home team that put them 8 points away from Denver. But Allen Iverson nailed 5 points in a row and silenced the crowd at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Carmelo Anthony finished with 25 points, 9 boards and 5 steals for Denver. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) led Golden State with 29 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, agency: Life Sports, college: UCLA) secured 20 points, 11 assists and 10 boards in defeat.
The Dallas Mavericks meanwhile kept the distance to Denver with a narrow 97:94 win over the Utah Jazz. The victory also booked the Mavs postseason birth. Dirk Nowitzki drained a triple with less than a second to go in regulation to win the game for Dallas. German forward accounted for 32 points to lead Dallas to a 97:94 win. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) nailed 21 points all of them coming in the second half. The hosts played without Josh Howard in the final frame as he was sidelined with a bruised knee. Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) responded with 19 points and 14 boards for Utah as they were denied the 5th straight win.

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
1. Boston C. 62-16
2. Philadelphia 40-38
3. Toronto R. 39-39
4. New Jersey N. 32-46
5. New York K. 23-56
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 55-23
2. Cleveland C. 43-35
3. Indiana P. 34-44
4. Chicago B. 30-48
5. Milwaukee B. 26-52
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 49-29
2. Washington W. 41-37
3. Atlanta H. 36-42
4. Charlotte B. 30-49
5. Miami H. 14-64
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 52-27
2. Denver N. 48-31
3. Portland T.B. 39-39
4. Minnesota T. 19-59
5. Seattle S. 18-61
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 54-25
2. Phoenix S. 53-26
3. Golden St. 47-32
4. Sacramento K. 36-42
5. Los Angeles C. 23-56
Southwest Div.
1. N.Orleans H. 55-23
2. Houston R. 53-25
3. San Antonio S. 53-25
4. Dallas M. 50-29
5. Memphis G. 21-57

NCAA1 All-NCAA D1 Awards 2008 -by Eurobasket





Player of the Year: Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) of Memphis
Freshman of the Year: Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89) of Kansas State

1st Team
Michael Beasley of Kansas State
D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87) of Texas
Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of North Carolina
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88) of UCLA

2nd Team
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) of Notre Dame
Shan Foster (6'6''-G/F-86) of Vanderbilt
D.J. White (6'9''-F-86) of Indiana
Stephen Curry (6'0''-G-88) of Davidson
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88) of Indiana


Atkins has gone -by Michal Falkowski
Asco Slask Wroclaw has a trouble with Rashid Atkins (182-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Joseph's). After the final Polish Cup game on Sunday, Atkins with the rest of the team returned to Wroclaw and directed to his house. Nobody has seen him since this time. Atkins has gone and doesn't pick up the calls. It is worth underlining that it is third time in this season when Atkins leaves the time (first time about Christmas break, second before the pre-play off phase). The board of club even do not hesitate, the solution is only one - Atkins has to be found and there are no words about his release. Atkins is a key player in the team's tactics.

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


Standings - UZO Liga
UZO Liga Standings
1. Ovarense 17-4
2. Porto Ferpinta 16-5
3. Vagos 11-10
4. Ginasio 9-12
5. CAB 9-12
6. Belenenses 8-13
7. Lusitania 8-13
8. Barreirense 6-15

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
UZO Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
E.J. Drayton BAR 20.2
Nate Daniels GIN 19.7
Nuno Marçal POR 18.7
Darrell Harris BAR 18.5
Deforrest Riley-Smith BAR 18.3
Rebounds Per Game
Darrell Harris BAR 12.4
Omari Peterkin LUS 8.8
Ike Nwankwo BEL 8.8
Thiago Labbate GIN 8.4
Julian Terrell POR 8.4
Assists Per Game
Diogo Carreira BEL 5.3
José Costa CAB 5.1
Nuno Perdigăo VAG 5.0
Joăo Figueiredo POR 4.8
Chris Alexander BAR 4.1
Steals Per Game
Joăo Manuel CAB 2.7
Chris Alexander BAR2.2
Paulo Cunha POR 2.1
Nate Daniels GIN 2.1
Nuno Marçal POR 2.0
Blocks Per Game
Darrell Harris BAR 2.1
Omari Peterkin LUS 1.5
Thiago Labbate GIN 1.3
Brandon Voorhees GIN 1.1
Julian Terrell POR 1.1
Pedro Nuno VAG 46.5
Monty Scott CAB 45.5
Daniel Monteiro BEL 39.5
Brandon Voorhees GIN 39.2
Diogo Carreira BEL 38.3
Darrell Harris BAR 27.3
E.J. Drayton BAR 24.3
Tyrone Levett VAG 21.1
Lance Soderberg BEL 21.1
Diogo Carreira BEL 18.9

ROUND 20 LIGA UZO recap -by Bruno Baltazar
The last round was here and here's the recap of it game by game:

Ovarense 59 - Vagos 61
Ovarense after the surprise lost in the portuguese cup ,lost again , this time against Vagos,a team that in the regular season surprised finishing it in the 3rd place.
Cordell Henry didn't played for Ovarense ,it was a game with nothing to decide in the final standings ,Ovarense showed they somehow in a bad period and Vagos grabbed the chance and won the game without any question.
In the middle of the 3nd period Ovarense leading by 47-33 let Vagos recover thru 4 free throws by Tyrone Levett .
For Vagos - Ricardo Hill (22 pts and 13 rebounds)and the usual Tyrone Levett (10 pts and 9 rebounds)., for Ovarense the new player John Waller (17 pts and 7 rebounds).

Porto 71 - Lusitania 85

Porto 2nd game,end loss ,just before the playoffs is a sign something need to change in Porto aswell,Lusitania scored more then usual and Porto defense was bad as unusual,a game without history.
For Lusitania Carlos Seixas (20 pts), Ryan Rourke (17 pts and 5 rebounds),for Porto Julian Terrell (17 pts and 9 rebounds) .

Belenenses 80 - Ginasio 94

This game was decided in the 3rd quarter with Ginasio grabbing a partial of 25-15 that made all the difference.
Raheem Moss (21 pts and 5 asists)for Ginasio and Lance Soderberg (18 pts and 7 rebounds) for Belenenses.

CAB 69 - Barreirense 84

This game was to be played yesterday but only today got place due the fact of a bad weather that obligated Barreirense and referees to comeback to Lisbon and not land yesterday in Madeira island.
CAB started well the game(23-16) but in the 2nd period Barreirense showed they could do so much better in the regular season ,they were leading for over 20 pts in the game,didn't gave a chance to CAB.
For Barreirense the MVP of regular season showed he was also the MVP of the round, Darrell Harris (208-C-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Rhode Island)(31pts,10 rebounds,2 steals,3 assists),Deforrest Riley-Smith with 17pts and 8 rebounds was in focus as well , for CAB Nick Neumann and Jose Costa with 14 pts apiece were the team leaders.


Lions Romp over Cowboys -by Luis Ramirez
The Ponce Lions made it look easy as they defeated the Bayamon cowboys 97-70. It started out with the Lions taking the 1st quarter 23-16. By the 2nd quarter the Lions could simply not miss, as they made shot from all over the court, Bayamon would score only 10 point in that quarter while the Lions went on to score 27 to take a commanding lead at the half 50-26. In the 2nd quarter the Lions showed no mercy and they were leading by as much as 42 points when head Coach for the Lions, Sam Worthen started replacing his starting squad. The Cowboys never gave up as they pressed most of the second half but the Lions could not be stopped. For Ponce, Jeff Aubry (205-C-76, agency: Next Level, college: Cornell) scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had 4 blocks followed by Garnett Thompson and Wilfredo Pagan who both scored 16 points. For Bayamon, Florentino Valencia (196-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Toledo) had 11 points to lead the cowboys.

In other BSN action, Guaynabo also made a no contest game as they clobbered the Brujos 95-72. Guaynabo took the 1st quarter 27-10, in the 2nd quarter the Brujos fought back to reduce the lead at half time 43-33. In the 3rd quarter the conquistadors once again opened up the game and Guayama would never catch up the rest of the way. For Guaynabo, Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) scored 25 points followed by Carmelo Lee with 19 points and 12 rebounds. For Guayama, Rafael Perez scored 29 points followed by Tanoka Beard with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It is worth mentioning that Matt Freije considered to be a great offensive threat would go scoreless in the game he shot 0 for 5 from the field and 0 for 4 from 3 point range.

Over at Fajardo, the Cariduros beat the Caguas Criollos 85-73. The Cariduros went on the offense right from the 1st quarter as they scored 29points to only 14 for the Criollos. They would continue to lead at the half 42-32. In the 2nd half if was much the same as the Criollos could never mount a serious threat. For Fajardo, Uka Agbai (203-F-81, college: Boston Coll.) scored 21 points followed by Javier Mojica with 20 points. For Caguas, Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) continued his fine offense as he went on to score 26 points to be the only Caguas player to score in double digits.

In the last game of the night the Carolina Giants just got past the Mayaguez Indians 87-85. The game started out close as the Giants led by 1 point at the end of the 1st quarter 18-17. In the 2nd quarter the Giants continued to led and took a 7 point lead 40-33 at the half. In the 2nd half the Indians made a strong comeback in the 4th quarter but fell short. For Carolina, Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds followed by Alvin Cruz with 13 points and 5 assists. For Mayaguez, Angel Caballero (192-G-70, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 20 points followed by Albert White and Keenan Jourdon with 17 points each.

BSN Boxscores and Uleb news -by Alessandro Fontana
Santurce changed his head coach but the result was the same, they were defeated by San German 76-70. MVP of the game was Richard Lugo with 32 points. For Santurce, Larry Ayuso 16 pts.
HUmacao won against Ponce, Humacao is 'on fire' with Ansel Guzman who is playing his best season ever. Arecibo won easily against Guayama, a victory of team with 7 players with more than 10 points.
A= Cortes 15, White 15, Cruz 13, Hatton 12, Rodriguez 11, Figueroa 11, Rivera 10, Rosa 6, Payano 5, J. Rodriguez 2, R. Rivera 2, Rosario 2, Ramirez 0
G= Parillon 18, Perez 13, Solano 12, Rivera 7, A. Rivera 6, Frejie 5, Brignoni 5, M. Rivera 4, Herrera 3, Melendez 3, Soto 3, Aponte 0, Lopez 0, Oliver 0
H= Guzman 22, Nieves 17, Wingate 12, R. Sanchez 8, Ferguson 5, Orozco 5, K. Sanchez 2, Vazquez 2, Ayala 0, Morales 0
P= Thompson 19, Colon 13, G. Colon 8, Pagan 8, Padilla 8, Aubry 3, Curbelo 2, Lebron 0, Rosario 0
SG= Lugo 32, Lazor 13, Avila 10, Caro 9, Alvarado 5, Dyer 4, Torres 3, De Jesus 0, Villegas 0
S= Ayuso 16, Traylor 14, Dalmau 13, Falcon 12, Berdiel 5, E. Santiago 4, Watson 4, Rivas 2, Melendez 0, Narvaez 0.
Besiktas was defeated by Galatasaray at the first round of this Uleb Cup 2008. Galatasaray, another team as Besiktas of Istanbul, won 61-60. It was hard game in Turin, both teams had bad shots percentage, a lot of intensity and hard contacts in the painting area. Rick Apodaca played 34 minutes with only 4 points (0/1 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 4/4 FT), 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Christian Dalmau played 18 minutes with 4 points ((2/2 2pts, 0/2 3pts) with 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal but also 5 turnovers.
Andres Rodriguez will play tonight with his team Turow against Dynamo Moscow and we hope that at least 'one Boricua' can reach the Semifinals of this important European Tournament.
A. Fontana

BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
Humacao won an important game against Cangrejeros de Santruce, with this victory Humacao has now a 9-9 record. Santurce is the best team of the 'Metro Division' with a 11-8 record, because Los Gigantes de Carolina have a 12-6 record and they are now 'El equipo'.
MVP of the game was Ansel Guzman with 27 points (7/10 2pts, 1/5 3pts, 10/13 FT) + 10 rebounds, 6 assts and 3 steals, a 'partidazo'. Santurce depended too much on Larry Ayuso who played a good game with 19 points but it was not enough. Santurce played without Raymond Dalmau.
H= Guzman 27, Nieves 21, Sanchez 20, Orozco 11, Jackson 7, Wingate 4, Ayala 2, Vazquez 2, J. Nieves 1, R. Sanchez 0, Morales 0
S= Ayuso 19, Traylor 18, Falcon 13, Dalmau 12, Rivas 12, O. Santiago 9, Melendez 4, Santiago 3, Watson 2, Narvaez 1, Berdiel 0
A. Fontana

3000 times Arroyo and Shock in Santurce -by Alessandro Fontana

In NBA, Carlos Arroyo scored 13 pts (5/6 2pts,1/2 3pts) with 4 rebs and 6 assists in 26 minutes and Orlando Magic won against Chicago Bulls 115-103. This game was very important for 'Our Boricua', because Carlos Arroyo, with these 13 points, has officially scored in his NBA Career more than 3000 points.
More than 3000 points in NBA is a great result for him and for all the fans who follow with pride the carreer in the States of 'El Magnifico'.

Tony Ruiz is not more the coach of Cangrejeros Santurce. The new head coach will be for now Rolando Hourruitiner, this is the first experience as coach for Rolando.
Santurce began very good this season but lately they lost some games and their play was not more so successful as before. Larry Ayuso was the only to give always a good contribution in terms of points, intensity and 'garra'.
It was very difficult for the Cangrejeros Staff to change their head coach Tony Ruiz but the team needed a 'shock' to react and come back the 'true' Santurce, that Santurce that we, fans, know very good, a proud and strong team capable to defeat any team.

Antonio Latimer will play the rest of this BSN with Conquistadores de Guaynabo. Latimer began the season with Leones de Ponce, where He was scoring 6.7 points per game.
Los Conquistadores de Guaynabo are also interested in Jack Michael Martinez, one of the best rebounder of this BSN with Humacao.

Today, The Final Eight in Turin. Besiktas with Rick Apodaca and Christian Dalmau will play today at 18:30 against Galatasaray. Turow, the polish team of Andres Rodriguez will play tomorrow at 18:30 against Dynamo Moscow.
A. Fontana

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
1. Arecibo 13-6
2. Ponce 11-9
3. Caguas 9-10
4. San German 7-11
5. Guayama 6-13
6. Mayaguez 4-15
1. Carolina 13-6
2. Guaynabo 11-8
3. Fajardo 11-8
4. Santurce 11-8
5. Humacao 9-9
6. Bayamon 9-11


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
1. Hemofarm 2-0
2. FMP 1-0
3. Swisslion Tak. 1-0
4. Vojvodina 1-1
5. Crvena Zv. 1-1
6. Partizan 0-0
7. Borac 0-2
8. Vizura 0-2
Others in Stage One
1. Radnicki 034 13-9
2. Sloga 12-10
3. Mega AM 12-10
4. Novi Sad 11-11
5. Masinac 10-12
6. Zdravlje 9-13
7. Napredak 9-13
8. Radnicki NS 9-13
9. Ergonom 2-12

NBA All Star backing Nike Hoop Summit World Team -by Dragan Jankovski
NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) will meet up with the new generation of Nike Hoop Summit World stars in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday.

The Dallas Maverick is one of 12 current NBA players to have played for the World Select team at Nike Hoop Summit, the premier annual basketball game featuring many of the world's leading basketball players aged 19 years or younger.

This year's Nike Hoop Summit game between the USA and a World Select Team takes place at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 12, 2008 (tip-off 1 pm PT), and Nowitzki's Mavericks play the Portland Trail Blazers at the same arena later that evening.

Nowitzki burst onto the American basketball scene with his stand-out performance for the World Team that beat the USA in 1998 and he has never forgotten the experience of appearing at Hoop Summit.

'Nike Hoop Summit started off my career,' said the German. 'I don't think a lot of people knew about me here in the USA. I just had a blast the whole week, coming to Dallas and practicing at an NBA facility, getting to know all the guys.

'I kind of got lucky in that game, coming out on fire, getting rebounds, pushing the ball up and, in the end, winning the game, it worked out really perfectly.

'I was worried back then because my club team, Wurzburg, was in the middle of trying to get promotion in Germany and I had to leave them and miss one game so I really felt bad. But looking back, it worked out perfectly. We ended up getting promotion and I had a great game at Hoop Summit.

'It was a great experience, I had never really spent time in the US before so to come and spend time here and really see where you are at was important. I practiced so much in Germany and was always playing against older people, so to come here was a great chance to see where I stood against people my age.'

Three days into practice, World Select Team Head Coach Rob Beveridge, the respected Australian, declared himself happy with the team's progress as he prepared to lead the team for the fourth time.

'As is the case every year, it's a big challenge to get the group together and ready,' he said. 'But I feel a lot more comfortable now we have all the players in and can start refining what we're trying to do.

'In order to win, we are going to have to make sure we take care of the ball, have very good shot selection and are patient moving the ball. In an event like this, the only way we are going to beat the USA is if we have 10 or 11 players committed to the team.'

This weekend is the 11th Nike Hoop Summit game with the USA currently leading the series 8-2. The two World Team victories came in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a 104-96 margin, and in 1998 in San Antonio when Nowitzki had 33 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 victory.

World Team Hoop Summit alums now playing for NBA teams include: Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors), Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks), Yi Jianlian (Milwaukee Bucks), Bostjan Nachbar (New Jersey Nets), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Vladimir Radmanovic (Los Angeles Lakers), Sergio Rodriguez (Portland Trail Blazers), Mouhamed Saer Sene (Seattle SuperSonics), Louis Scola (Houston Rockets), Darius Songaila (Washington Wizards) and Marcus Vinicius Viera (New Orleans Hornets).

2008 World Select Team Nike Hoop Summit Roster

Diego Gerbaudo (182-G-89) G 5-11 174 8/13/89 Argentina / Real Madrid
Devoe Joseph (192-G-90) G 6-2 166 5/07/90 Canada / Pickering H.S., Ontario
Zygimantas Janavicius (193-G-89, agency: Interperformances) G 6-5 176 2/20/89 Lithuania / B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
Torgrim Sommerfeldt (196-G-89) G 6-6 190 6/26/89 Norway / Sandvika
Emmanuel Negedu (200-F-88) F 6-5 220 10/23/88 Nigeria / Brewster Academy, NH
Samardo Samuels (206-C-89) F 6-8 250 1/09/89 Jamaica / St Benedict's Prep, NJ
Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) F 6-9 225 9/18/89 Congo / C.B. L'Hospitalet
Angel Garcia (196-C-88) F 6-10 220 11/07/88 Puerto Rico / East Chicago H.S.
Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) F 6-10 225 8/30/88 Germany / Brose Bamberg
Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) C 7-1 240 5/06/88 France / Hyeres-Toulon Var
Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) C 7-3 275 8/15/88 Serbia / Hemofarm Stada Vrsac

Head Coach: Rob Beveridge (Australia)
Assistant Coach: Marin Sedlacek (Serbia)

Superleague, round 2: FMP too strong for Zvezda, a road win for Vojvodina Srbijagas -by Dragan Jankovski
FMP from Zeleznik smashed Crvena Zvezda in the second round of Serbian Superleague 94-73. The Panthers dominated the entire time but to Zvezda's credit goes fact that they played last night without their captain Tadija Dragicevic, who got slight shoulder injury just before the game. At the half time the hosts already had plus 18 with 55 points. Zvezda's defense in this game was the problem. The biggest lead FMP had in 28th minute when it was plus 24. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87), who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, and Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80), who finished the game with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, were the best for the winners. On the other side Bosnian hot prospect Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) netted 18 points while USA PG Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) also had a good night collecting 17 points and 4 assists.

Hemofarm STADA registered the second win in Superleague beating Vizura at home 81-64. It was an expected and easy win for the team from Vrsac. Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points and 4 assists in Hemofarm while Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) also netted 14 points. Vizura got 17 points from Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88).

Borac suffered home defeat against Vojvodina Srbijagas 63-64 in a very interesting game. The team from Cacak played a much better first half which lead to plus 9 after two quarters. For the first 6 minutes of the third period Vojvodina let Borac to add just 4 points equalizing the score to 43-43. Later, with successful shots from behind the arc, Borac succeeded to stay in the battle until the end. On score 63-64 Borac had a chance for win but it didn't happen. Central figure of the game was Vojvodina's center Goran Bajic (207-C-83), who dominated in the paint registering double-double. He had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) scored 15 points for Borac. It is an important win for the Tulips as they lost in the first round against Hemofarm STADA at home.

FMP - Crvena Zvezda 94-73

Labovic 17 (5 rebs, 4 st), Krstovic 15 (5 rebs, 7 as), Samardziski 13 (5 rebs)
Zvezda: Kikanovic 18, Cook 17 (4 as)

Hemofarm STADA - Vizura 81-64

Joksimovic 14 (4 as), Marshall 14, Pavkovic 13, Bozovic 13
Vizura: Sinovec 17, Buric Dejan 11 (11 rebs), Lucic 11

Borac - Vojvodina Srbijagas 63-64

Dramicanin 15, Markovic 13, Stamenkovic 12 (4 as)
Vojvodina: Bajic 15 (12 rebs), Nemeth 13 (5 rebs), Pekovic 12


Spanish drama in Uleb Cup -by Eurobasket News
DKV Joventut won the Spanish battle in the Elite Eight of Uleb Cup. The team overcame Pamesa Valencia 77:67 to advance to the Final Four. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) led the winners with 16 points. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca posted 14 points, while Ricky Rubio scored 12. Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) top-scored in the losing effort with 25 points. Joventut is now set to face Galatasaray Cafe Crown in the first semifinal on Saturday.
Spanish Tau Ceramica deserved a place in Euroleague Final Four in the decisive game over Partizan Igokea. Tau were too good in the second half and led to 85:68 advantage to make the score 2-1 in the series. Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) paced the winners with 19 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic nailed 15. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) finished the night with 16 points for Serbian squad.Tau will face CSKA Moscow in the semifinal game next month in Madrid. After a loss in the second game in Serbia Tau still had a home court advantage and better chances to advance. Partizan did not take it too serious and won the opening tip 7:14. A pair of free throws by Pekovic closed the first quarter with Partizan leading 16:19. It was the last lead for the guests as TAU grabbed the way to control the game Vranes made it 23:19. Pablo Prigioni and Tiago Splitter increased to 38:29 entering the last minute of the first half. Milt Palacio was the last to score in the second quarter making the margin at 38:32. In the third quarter Partizan stayed tough and trailed 5-7 points. Before the last 10 minutes of the game the guests were behind, 60:53. To make the things better in the game Pete Mickeal brings the hosts for 65:56. Pablo Prigioni sank 2 free throws for a 72:57 advantage and the game was over at that time. The guests came within 79:66 but they could not take Tau's spot in the Final Four. Spanish squad led the game to 85:68 and advanced with 2-1 in the series.

Tau Ceramica - Partizan Igokea 85:68

Tau Ceramica: Pete Mickeal 19 points, Tiago Splitter 18 points and 9 rebounds, Igor Rakocevic 15, Mirza Teletovic 10
Partizan Igokea:Uros Tripkovic 16 points, Milenko Tepic 14, Novica Velickovic 14.

DKV Joventut - Pamesa Valencia 77:67

DKV Joventut: Demond Mallet 16 points. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca 14, Ricky Rubio 12.
Pamesa Valencia:Shammond Williams 25 points, Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) 17.


Thomas back in Venezuela -by David Edole
Carl Thomas (200-F-76, college: Charleston) is back in Venezuela when he signed with Marinos de Anzoategui on Friday. The 6-7 forward will be in his third tour of duty with the team and is scheduled to be in Venezuela on Saturday.
Thomas was part of the Marinos in 2005 and averaged 17 points per game. In his first season, his play in the South American League for Clubs solidified him as a good player in the Venezuelan League.
Last year, Thomas played in 14 contests before suffering an injury that forced him to separate from the club.
Thomas just completed playing with Hitachi Sunrockers of the Japanese Super League.


Everybody is warming up -by Alexander Muzyka

Apr. 9

Triumph - Azovmash 74:73 (19:18, 26:20, 13:13, 16:22)

Mercator - BC Kyiv 56:94 (16:25, 17:21, 15:20, 8:28)

Dnipro - Sumykhimprom 95:89 (-:-)
D: Khyzhniak 22 + 11 rbs, Panchenko 20, Shvets 19 + 10 rbs, Matiukevych 13, Kobzystyi 12, D.Ivanov 9...
S: R.Kryvych 25, Kojenets 18 + 8 rbs, I.Kryvych 16, Zozulia 12, de Vries 7, Tomic 4, Zahrybelnyi 2, Lepinaitis 2, Pelipeiko 2


Turin welcomes to the Turkish and Spanish battles tonight -by Eurobasket News
Turin will be turned into a Turkish and Spanish battleground tonight for the ULEB Cup Final Eight. At first Turkish Besiktas and Galatasaray open the campaign and then Spanish sides DKV Joventut and Pamesa Valencia face each other.
Besiktas Cola Turka beat Crvena Zvezda in the second game in Turkey 81:69. Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) scored 24 points, made 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners while Preston Shumpert also had 24 points but with 6 rebounds. Elmedin Kikanovic was the best in Zvezda finishing the game with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Galatasaray advanced to a ULEB Cup Final Eight despite an 88:79 loss to Gran Canaria. After a 25-point first-leg win, Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) 's 20 points and 8 rebounds led four Galatasaray players. Carl English tallied 24 points in a losing effort.
Spanish Pamesa Valencia reached the Final 8 last as the team overcame Croatian Zagreb tonight 93:70. A fascinating second half for the hosts had nothing to do with Zadar's hopes to advance. Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) paced Pamesa with 29 points. Fred House netted 16, while Dejan Milojevic ended up with 14 points. Juby Johnson finished the game with 20 points in the losing cause. In an offensive opening quarter both teams exchanged the baskets, but Pamesa was glad to take a 14:7 lead. After three three-pointers the hosts held their seven, 28:21. An 11-0 run in the beginning of the second did not upset Zadar as they started to play better. Corey Brewer and Johnson got Zadar within 47:40. Both teams disappeared in the lockers with 47:43. In the third quarter it became clear that Zadar would not advance to the Final 8. After some points from Dejan Milojevic and then Ruben Douglas Pamesa had 59:46 lead. Another Ruben Douglas's triple made it 68:51. A 25:8 and 21:9 were too much for the Croatian team to stay in the game. Spanish squad benefited from it and won the encounter.
DKV Joventut beat Khimki of Russia 69:54. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) led the winners with 18 points, including 4 three-pointers. Jan-Hendrick Jagla added 16 points, while Lubos Barton had 9 and 5 rebounds. Khimki got 13 points each from Clay Tucker and Mike Wilkinson.

Thursday, April 10
Besiktas - Galatasaray
DKV Joventut - Pamesa

Elite Eight openers. DKV Joventut and Galatasaray celebrate -by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Cafe Crown won the opener of the ULEB Cup Elite Eight and became the first team to advance to the ULEB Cup semifinals. In the Turkish thriller Galatasaray beat Besiktas Cola Turka 61:60. Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) led the winners with 22 points. Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) collected 8 points and 10 rebounds, while Owens scored 8. Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) and Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) posted 17 points in defeat. Galatasaray went into an early lead and increased to 19:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Akyol brought Galatasaray 11 points deficit with a layup to make it 27:16. They still had 11 points advantage when the teams went to the lockers.Besiktas improved its defense with its starting lineup back on court early in the fourth quarter. Dalmau hit an acrobatic shot and Apodaca made free throws to tie it at 58:58. Besiktas had its first lead at 60:58 but then Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77) sank a corner triple for a win.
DKV Joventut won the Spanish battle in the Elite Eight of Uleb Cup. The team overcame Pamesa Valencia 77:67 to advance to the Final Four. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) led the winners with 16 points. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca posted 14 points, while Ricky Rubio scored 12. Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) top-scored in the losing effort with 25 points.

Joventut is now set to face Galatasaray Cafe Crown in the first semifinal on Saturday.

DKV Joventut - Pamesa Valencia 77:67
DKV Joventut: Demond Mallet 16 points. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca 14, Ricky Rubio 12.
Pamesa Valencia:Shammond Williams 25 points, Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) 17.

Galatasaray - Besiktas Cola Turka 61:60
Galatasaray:Robert Hite 22 points, Charles Gaines 8+10 rebounds, Owens 8
Besiktas Cola Turka:Predrag Drobnjak 17 points,Preston Shumpert 17


Oscar Torres recovering from injury in Italy -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The latest medical report of UPIM Fortitudo Bologna's official website, says that Venezuelan forward Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) is successfully recovering from a left leg muscle injury by working aside of his teammates and doing a special session of physical therapy every single day, in his attempt of getting himself ready and sharp for the upcoming match of his team against Benetton Treviso on Sunday, in Italy's Lega A basketball.

Torres went through a scanning in the affected area and the results were highly possitive. Apparently, there's evidence of reduction in the injury zone, indicating that, with a slow and careful recovery process, he could be active in less time than what was originally expected.

Diego Guevara absent due to leg pain -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan guard Diego Guevara (184-G-77) did not play in the past couple of games of his team in Puerto Rico's BSN, Vaqueros de Bayamon, due to pain in the upper zone of his right leg. His team defeated Indios de Mayaguez 97-87 but in the next match they dropped a match against Leones de Ponce, 97-70.

Guevara had shown himself solid in his last outing, by scoring 17 points and 9 assists against Ponce, but Bayamon's unlucky streak with injuries caught him. Another player of that team, center Lee Benson (208-F/C-73), had to stay out of action for a few games due to an ankle injury.

Perez and Lugo
However, other Venezuelans in Puerto Rico's BSN have been a lot more lucky. Rafael Perez (185-G-82) continues to ask for time in the Senior National Team with his performances, after leading Brujos de Guayama to a tight victory over Ponce, 75-74, with 21 points and three rebounds. Later on, he couldn't avoid a defeat against Conquistadores de Guaynabo, 95-72, despites scoring 29 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.

Center Richard Lugo (209-C-73) scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, adding a couple of blocks to the mix, but his Atleticos de San German were defeated by Conquistadores de Guaynabo, 75-67.

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Trotamundos 14-4
2. Gatos 12-6
3. Guaiqueries 9-6
4. Cocodrilos 8-6
5. Dep.Tachira 8-7
6. Gaiteros 8-9
7. Marinos 7-9
8. Guaros 7-11
9. Gigantes 5-12
10. Panteras 5-13


Women News


Flying Foxes and Herzogenburg enter Final -by Eurobasket News
It's no surprises in AWBL playoffs as top two seeds head into the final game. Herzogenburg and Flying Foxes secured the sweeps in their semifinal series and would now clash in the championship series later this month.
Herzogenburg looked very confident in the matchup against Klosterneuburg and rolled to a 66:53 victory in Game 3 to sweep it. The visitors dominated from the start giving no chance for Klosterneuburg. The favorites were up by 8 points at the interval and stretched the gap to 10 points before the final stanza. The home side never recovered and had to watch their final birth chances slip away. DiAndrea Humpries (170-G-85) led Herzogenburg with 17 points. Gabriella Szoke (186-C-68) contributed 15 points in a win. Katharina Podoschek (168-G-80) answered with 12 points for Klosterneuburg. Irene Minarz (179-G-71) nailed 11 points in a losing effort.
Flying Foxes had a narrow escape against Wels in Game 2 and the outcome of this series was not that obvious. Flying Foxes got to a slightly better start as they enjoyed a 19:16 lead after 10 minutes of action. But Wels kept it close and arrived at halftime break trailing by a single point 30:31. The things brightened up for the hosts in the third period as Wels finally denied the deficit and surged ahead finalizing a 39:36 advantage after three-quarter time. But the experience of Flying Foxes leaders played a key role as they masterminded a comeback effort in the closing minutes and secured a crucial success. Yaneth Arias (188-F-82, agency: Next Level) led the scorers with 17 points. Martina Remler (185-F/C-75) dropped 16 points in a win.


The end of the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
The quarter final stage of the Belarusian championship washed away the weak. It didn't make a sensation though - none of the following teams went against their fortune. Out of the competitive pairs Berezina - Gomel, Olympia - Mogilevchanka, and Technolog - Minsk 2006 just Berezina, Olympia and Minsk - 2006 happened to be favorites for the two-match period.
Minsk team had a mobility advantage. So, if Technolog players were more physically prepared they could have been quite a rivalry. Moreover, its leaders - Viktorija Makarenka (167-G-87), Natalia Stalimahovich (184-85), Orlova and Yatsyna - played before for rather respectable clubs. But girls could not manage precise passing for the same reason - lack of physical background. At least Yatsyna looked more or less refreshed than others. Nikolai Buzlyakov gave a chance to reserve players to participate, but not all of them looked impressive, though. Actually, there were no severe problems with the opponents.
As for the BRGY team, they showed a real game playing with Victoria . Still the first match in Brest ended up with the score 79:83 for Grodno 's favour. The next game turned out to be the same hot again with Victoria ahead - 85:78.

CUBA - Women

Seino in Italy -by Alessandro Fontana
Cuban Abroad
In Italy, it is play-off time and Tania Seino (186-F-73) is ready to fight for her italian team Basket Priolo to conquer the Liga. Priolo is playing against Umana Venezia to reach the Semifinals of the Italian League.
In the first game Venezia was too strong for Priolo, they won 70-48. For Tania 11 points (3/5 2pts, 1/4 3pts, 2/4 FT). 6 rebounds and 5 steals in 33 minutes.
In the second game Priolo won against Venezia 69-55. Tania Seino played a 'partidazo' with 16 points (6/10 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 4/5 FT), 4 rebounds and 6 steals in 33 minutes.
Next game will be 'the game' if Priolo wins, the team will reach the Semifinals.
A. Fontana


USK Praha is the first to advance to the semis -by Eurobasket News
USK Praha became the first team to advance to the semis of Czech Republic Play-offs. The second game did not bring them too much pressure as they smash Hradec Kralove at home. With enormous wins in all the quarters it gave them 128:53 as a total. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) led the winners with 20 points. Elena Karpova (188-F-80) nailed 18, while Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) scored 16. Katerina Novakova (188-F-85) top-scored in the losing effort with 9 points.
As you know Brno hosts Euroleague Final Four with Gambrinus in it. The road to the Final Four for Czech champions Gambrinus Sika Brno was probably the most difficult. In the decisive third game of the Quarterfinals they win over Ros Casares to claim the last available spot in the Euroleague Final Four. Gambrinus Sika Brno were on verge of losing the series after falling short to Ros Casares in the first game of the series. But the Czech outfit recovered and struck back winning back-to-back encounters and coming from behind to book the Final Four birth. So Gambrinus Sika Brno now has a chance of repeating their success of 2006 when they triumphed in the Euroleague. Gambrinus Sika Brno will now take on Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in the Euroleague semifinal on April 11. In the first game Spartak Moscow Region will face UMMC Ekaterinburg at 15.00. The game between Gambrinus Sika Brno and Cercle Jean Mace Bourges is scheduled for 18.00.

USK Praha - Hradec Kralove 128:53 (29:15 64:24 97:42)
USK Praha:Katerina Elhotova 20, Elena Karpova 18, Jannell Burse 16
Hradec Kralove:Katerina Novakova 9


SM-SARJA: PeKa (Kotka) Finnish Champion! -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Finals, Game 4: The season is over. PeKa (Kotka) did it again! Last season in the fifth Final Game, this time in the fourth game. The opponent team
in the finals the same as last year: Catz (Lappeenranta). PeKa was stronger both mentally and physically. And Team (PeKa) had several players who knew
how to win the Championship. Newcomer Susanna Rinta won her sixth Finnish Championship and Team's American players Shanika Freeman and Ashley
Haynes won it all also last season. Likewise Head Coach Seppo Kurki . But Kurki wants to quit on the top. Right now he says his coaching career is over!
There are not too many people, who take him seriously though. The numbers were tonight 68-79 (32-33). Quarters: 18-12, 14-21, 21-18, 15-28. The game
was tied (61-61) six minutes to go, but PeKa won the last minutes 7-18. PeKa - Catz 3-1. Gold - PeKa (Kotka), Silver - Catz (Lappeenranta), Bronze - YMCA

Catz - PeKa 68-79 (32-33) (Kirbria Lewis 17/4, Yelena Solovyeva 13/5, Elena Reshetko 12/5, Tamara Tatham 11/4, Lizanne Murphy 10/12, Piia Harkko 3/1, Vilma Kesanen 2/0, Kaisa Valtakari 0/1 - Shanika Freeman 19/7, Susanna Rinta 18/2, Ashley Haynes 16/9, Dionne Pounds 13/4, Maiju Pekkarinen 6/0, Tiffany Porter-

Talbert 4/5, Laura Lehtoranta 3/1, Jutta Richter 0/0).

ISRAEL - Women

Standings (W)
D1 Standings
Upper Playoffs
1. Ramat H. 18-5
2. Elizur Ram. 16-7
3. Bnot Hash. 17-6
4. Ramat Hen 13-10
5. M.Ashdod 10-11
6. Elitzur Holon 8-13
Lower Playoffs
1. B.Yehuda 8-12
2. M.Tel Kabir 4-14
3. Hap.T-A 3-18

ITALY - Women

Serie A1: Schio, Taranto and Napoli advance to semifinals -by Carlo Grilli
Playoff, quarterfinals, game-2, best-of-three series:

Acer Priolo - Umana Venezia 69 - 55 (1-1)
(24-18, 48-32, 53-42)
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Bonfiglio S. dnp, Sabrina Palie (180-G-81) 24 (5/8, 2/5), Milazzo O. dnp, Fabbri E. 3 (0/1, 1/1), Seino T. 16 (6/10, 0/1), Sciacca B. 5 (1/2), Pascalau F. 10 (4/4, 0/1), Meneghel R. (0/2), Phillips T. 9 (4/7). Coach Coppa Santino
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 9 (3/4, 1/3), Modica F. , Johnson S. 12 (4/8, 1/8), Sanford N. 13 (3/6), Andrade M. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Nadalin J. 8 (4/6), Giauro E. 4 (2/3), Romagnoli A. dnp, Vujovic A. 7 (0/4, 2/5), Zampieri A.. Coach Riga Massimo

Germano Zama Faenza - Famila Wuber Schio 55 - 77 (0-2, Schio won the series)
(10-25, 21-40, 47-56)
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 5 (1/3, 0/6), Franchini M. 3 (0/3, 1/3), Ramon E. 2 (1/2), David I. 10 (3/7), Ballardini S. 5 (0/4, 1/6), Casadio G. 8 (0/1, 2/3), Jokic D. 6 (2/7), Bandini E. 2 (1/3), Knezevic A. 6 (2/4, 0/2), Dos Santos C. 8 (2/6). Coach Rossi Paolo
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Moro E. 3 (0/1, 1/4), Butler D. 8 (1/3, 1/1), Bethany Donaphin (190-C-80) 10 (3/4), Tassara S. (0/1), Sanchez R. (0/2), Masciadri R. 4 (1/2, 0/2), Ngoyisa B. 6 (3/5), Ress K. 11 (3/6), Ciampoli F. 8 (4/6, 0/1), Macchi L. 27 (5/8, 3/3). Coach Orlando Sandro

Lavezzini Parma - Phard Napoli 58 - 62 (0-2, Napoli won the series)
(13-18, 32-34, 46-51)
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. (0/1), Stabile S. 7 (1/2, 1/2), Paparazzo E. (0/3), Zanoni I. 5 (2/6, 0/1), Battisodo V. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Van Malderen L. 17 (7/10, 1/5), Mahoney M. 6 (3/7, 0/2), Zanon M. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Screen J. 13 (5/9, 0/5), Sulciute E. 6 (2/4). Coach Scanzani Maurizio
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. (0/1), Cirone M. (0/1), Mauriello P. 2 (0/1, 0/1), Giauro S. 3 (1/4), Adia Barnes (180-F-77, college: Arizona) 13 (2/7, 2/3), Gentile I. 9 (2/2, 0/3), Horasan Y. 9 (3/5), Ndiaye A. 12 (4/9), Lesdema N. 2 (1/2), Holland-Corn K. 12 (2/6, 2/7). Coach Molino Nino

Carispe La Spezia - Levoni Taranto 59 - 66 (0-2, Taranto won the series)

(15-19, 29-34, 45-44)

CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno M. , Corradini L. 2 (0/3), Pastore C. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Callens E. 7 (2/5, 1/2), Templari E. dnp, Newton C. 7 (2/10, 1/6), Bagnara B. 18 (1/4, 4/10), Vukovic V. 8 (3/3), Rosellini F. dnp, Willis C. 15 (5/10). Coach Papini Giovanni

LEVONI TARANTO: Balleggi M. 2 (1/1), Claudia Corbani (182-G-78) 2 (0/1), Greco M. 11 (5/6, 0/1), Zimerle A. 5 (1/5, 1/3), Sauret Gillespie A. 7 (2/6, 1/3), Summerton L. dnp, Prado F. , Frohlich L. 10 (2/7, 1/3), Brunson R. 29 (11/18), Masoni M. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo

Playout, first round, game-2, best-of-three series:

Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Gescom Viterbo 70-65 (1-1)
(11-20, 30-43, 50-53)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris dnp, Duffy 19, Favento 2, Bona dnp, Kajdacsi 3, Elena Riccardi (187-F-82) 5, Montagnino 22, Perfetti 5, Pys' Mennik 2, Razmaite 10. Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
GESCOM VITERBO: Danzi 9, Kouznetsova dnp, Santucci, Brunelli dnp, Smith 23, Maslowski 7, Limoura 2, Siccardi 7, Gorla 8, Crepaldi 9. Coach Agresti Claudio

Fiera di Roma - Italmoka Pozzuoli 57 - 85 (0-2, Pozzuoli won the series)

(19-21, 29-41, 41-55)

FIERA DI ROMA POMEZIA: Di Battista F. 7 , Hodges D. 18 , Cinili S. 4 , Mancini V. dnp, Mendes Da Silva T. 5 , Machanguana C. 8 , Lichnerova J. 4 , Beljanski M. 5 , Scimitani S. 2 , Gattini C. 4. Coach Incecchi Sandro

ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 3 , Ferazzoli I. , Franchetti M. 3 , Maria Minervino (192-C-86) 5 , Grima H. 11 , Linguaglossa E. dnp, Cirov T. 5 , Grasso A. 12 , Andjelic N. 14 , Dixon T. 32. Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

KOSOVO - Women

Toyota Women League -by Edona Shabani


DRITA - SIGAL PRISHTINA, Saturday at 16,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Agim Halili
Monitors: Nuri Selmani

PENZA - TREPCA, Sunday at 12,00
Referees: Arbnor Rifati, Alban Vula
Monitors: Gazmend Pupovci

BASHKIMI - VËLLAZNIMI, Sunday at 14,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Faton Kurshumliu
Monitors: Tajar Rifati

Referees: Daut Mehmeti, Glauk Qollaku
Monitors: Alban Lumi



MNT Super league 1.Round: In derby Buducnost-Roling 77-64 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of 1 Round of Woman MNT1A Super-League in Podgorica Basketball Club Buducnost win against Basketball Club Roling form Niksic 77-64 (21-16,13-18,26-10,17-20).In team of Basketball Club Buducnost bes was Perovic with 27 points and Iva Perovanovic with 19 points.After one mount period first game for Basketball Club Buducnost play Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) she score 8 points for 14 minutes.In tema of Roling good game play Todorovic with 12 points , Pinter and Dragana Vukovic (190-C-78) score 10 points

Standings - Women League
League Standings
1. Buducnost 1-0
2. Jedinstvo 1-0
3. BC H.Novi 0-0
4. BC Rozaje 0-0
5. Kotor 0-0
6. Rudar 0-0
7. Roling Niksic 0-1
8. BC Kastel 0-1

SERBIA - Women

Market news -by Dragana Vukovic

After the Regular season six teams will play Superleague wich starts on the 23rd of April.
Hemofarm Vrsac
Crvena Zvezda Beograd
3.Spartak Subotica
4.ZKK Partizan Beograd
5.Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad
6.Proleter Zrenjanin

Surprising were the third position of Spartak Subotica which last few seasons was strrugeling to stay in the First Division,the sixth position of Proleter Zrenjanin which was newcomer in the First Divisionand the eight position of Loznica which also was newcomer in the First Division.The last two teams will go in the Second Division,Radnicki Novi Beograd and Stara Pazova,while the two new teams will fill the First Divison.ZKK Kraljevo and ZKK Kovin didn't reach the Superleague even they were changing the rosters during the season.Afther the two seasons in a row Usce Novi Beograd will not play Superleague.
Some of the teams used possibility to sign some players before the starting of the Superleague.
Spartak Subotica signed Marina Ristic (168-G-87) from ZKK Kraljevo and they are neggotiating with Bojana Vulic (191-C-84).
ZKK Partizan Beograd took Ivana Terzic (187-C-86) from Stara Pazova.
Proleter Zrenjanin signed Marina Caran (165-G-84, college: Missouri So.) from ZKK ZKK Kovin
Some teams will probably sign the players after the Cup.

Five Serbians in Montenegro -by Dragana Vukovic
A few days before the starting of Montenegrian Superleague the management of Roling Niksic decided to fill the roster.They signed five Serbian players,Kristina Semeredi (185-G-77) ,Andrea Pinter (171-G-80),Snezana Mirkov (189-F/C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza),Dragana Vukovic (190-C-78) and Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85),and they hope that they will reach the final of the play off that will be played after the Superleague.It will be very interesting to see if they will success to beat KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje.


Kupcikova will play for Ruzomberok in next season -by Michal Maslany
Kapitanka uradujuceho slovenskeho vicemajstra MBK Ruzomberok Lucia Kupčikova sa minuly tyzdeň v piatok dohodla s vedenim klubu na novej ročnej zmluve. Dvadsaťtriročna kridelnička posobi pod Čerbraťom od roku 2006. „Sme radi, ze hračka nasej zakladnej zostavy ostava aj naďalej u nas,' povedal pre generalny manazer Ruzomberka Ľudovit Beťko.

Byvala mladeznicka reprezentantka Slovenska okusila v poslednych dvoch kvalifikačnych cykloch o postup na ME aj dres seniorskeho narodneho timu. Minuly rok odohrala v dodatkovej kvalifikacii 5 stretnuti s bilanciou 5,6 bodu, 2,8 doskoku a 0,6 asistencie na zapas. V drese Ruze patri medzi najvačsie opory a vyraznou mierou prispela k druhemu miestu v zakladnej časti domacej extraligy i k postupu do osemfinale Europskeho pohara FIBA, kde zverenkyniam Stanislava Onusku vystavil stop izraelsky celok Elitzur Ramla. All-Slovakian Extraliga Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket





Player of the Year - Janel McCarville (188-C-82) (KOSIT)
Guard of the Year - Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) (KOSIT)
Forward of the Year - Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) (KOSIT)
Center of the Year - Janel McCarville (KOSIT)
Most Improved Player of the Year - Regina Palusna (192-C-89) (Ruzomberok)
Import Player of the Year - Janel McCarville (KOSIT)
Domestic Player of the Year - Luisa Michulkova (KOSIT)
Coach of the Year - Stefan Svitek (KOSIT)

1st Team
Ivana Jalcova (KOSIT)
Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) (Banska Bystrica)
Luisa Michulkova (KOSIT)
Regina Palusna (Ruzomberok)
Janel McCarville (KOSIT)

2nd Team
Lindsey Wilson (176-81) (Ruzomberok)
Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) (KOSIT)
Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) (Cassovia)
Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) (Nitra)
Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) (KOSIT)

All-Domestic Players Team
Ivana Jalcova (KOSIT)
Andrea Oravcova (Banska Bystrica)
Luisa Michulkova (KOSIT)
Regina Palusna (Ruzomberok)
Alena Kovacova (KOSIT)

All-Imports Team
Lindsey Wilson (Ruzomberok)
Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) (Ruzomberok)
Alesia Lalovic (188-79) (Banska Bystrica)
Edita Sujanova (Nitra)
Janel McCarville (KOSIT)

SWEDEN - Women

Telge joins Solna in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Telge - 08 Stockholm HR 65-51

Telge will be the opponent of Solna in the Final of Sweden. The 5th decisive game between Telge and 08 Stockholm HR brought the home win for Telge, 65:51. The opening quarter was the most productive for the winners that celebrated the victory. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) top-scored for Telge with 16 points. Shelley Hammonds (188-F-83, agency: LBM Management) nailed 15, while Frida Eldebrink netted 14. Jocelyn Penn (186-F-79, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) led the way for the guests with 18 points.
Telge opened the game in an offensive style with 25:16 in the opening quarter. They also stayed far from the visitors after the second quarter even with 16:17 in it. The last game was for both teams and 08 Stockholm HR had nothing to lose in it as well. In the third quarter we saw another guests that suggested a defensive game. That brought success and 08 Stockholm HR reduced to 6 points before the final quarter after 9:7 win in the third. Telge however was ready for the final stanza and won the encounter. In the tough semifinal series the team Telge advances to the Final.
The first final game between Solna and Telge is planned for April 11th.

Telge:Elin Eldebrink 16, Shelley Hammonds 15, Frida Eldebrink 14, Erica Blomgren 9, Louice Halvarsson 6, Josefin Olheim 5, Linda Stеhlberg 0, Cleopatra Forsman 0, Camilla Osth 0
08 Stockholm HR: Jocelyn Penn 18, Amber Petillon (193-C-82, college: Richmond) 14, Jennie Thingwall 9, Anette Johansen 4, Malin Gernandt (175-G-81) 3, Malin Edlund 3, Martina Stеlvandt 0, Danielle Hamilton Carter 0, Nina Bдrlin 0, Jasmina Pacariz 0


Play-off round-up -by Dave Ryan
City Of Sheffield Hatters and Rhondda Rebels both continued their quests for a double as they progressed to the Final Four with 20+ point home victories over the weekend.
Sarah Naylor led the way with 33 points as league champions Hatters defeated London Heathrow Acers 93-70 at All Saints School. Hatters led 29-18 at the first break, and stretched that lead to 47-34 at half-time. A 21-13 third period effectively ended the game as a contest, and Hatters wrapped things up with a 25-23 fourth quarter. Stephanie Gandy added 22 for Hatters, while Helen Naylor chipped in with 11. The bulk of Acers' points were scored by Marquez (25) and Patricia Da Silva (23).
Meanwhile, National Cup holders Rebels made it four wins from four against Welsh neighbours UWIC Archers with 82-61 home victory on Saturday. After a tight first period which saw Rebels lead 17-14, the gae was blown open in the second period as Rebels outscored the visitors 26-12 to take a 43-26 lead into the locker room. Archers closed the gap to 12 with a 15-10 third period, but with Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) finishing with 17 and Harriet Yea adding 15, Rebels closed the game out with a 29-20 fourth quarter.
The fourth v's fifth match-up at the Amaechi Centre proved to be a predictably tight affair, with hosts Manchester Magic qualifying for a semi-final against Hatters with a 79-71 victory. Rehana Khalil led all scorers for Mystics with 29 points as the home side led 20-17 at the first break. The middle two period belonged to Wildcats, as they went into the locker room 40-39 ahead before outscoring the hosts to 24-19 in the third period go into the final break 64-58 ahead. However, Mystics fought back with a good defensive performance in the final stanza to outscore Wildcats 21-7 and progress to the Final Four. Jill Glessner led Nottingham with 22 points, with M Woods adding 21 and K Woods 11, while Georgia Jones scored 16 for Manchester.

City of Sheffield Hatters (1) v's Manchester Mystics (4)
EIS Sheffield (court one), Saturday, 12.0opm
League record: City of Sheffield Hatters 17-1 Manchester Mystics 11-7
Over all record: City of Sheffield Hatters 21-2 Manchester Mystics 13-8
Head-to-head: City of Sheffield Hatters 2 Manchester Mystics 0
Manchester Mystics will be out to upset the formbook when they face City of Sheffield Hatters in Saturday's first women's semi-final. Hatters have repeated as Division One champions, again only losing one league game, and will be looking to reach their 17th straight play-off final. Mystics, meanwhile piped Nottingham Wildcats to fourth spot in the table, and are looking to reach their first ever championship game.
Mystics' coach Sergio Lara-Bercial, who will also take charge of the GB under-20 women's side in the summer, is looking forward to the game: 'We are delighted to be here. Our objective this year was to have a top four finish and this looked very unlikely after a bad start to 2008. It definitely has not been plain sailing and that speaks volumes about the players and the bond they have developed'
'We will go into the game against Sheffield as clear underdogs. We have nothing to lose and a lot to win. We are doing our homework and will be ready for Saturday. 'We have come a long way in the past couple of months and will be able to match up a lot better this time around
'The keys to the game will be to limit Stephanie Gandy's productivity on the offence and to match up with the very physical, 'lots of contact' type of defence played by Sheffield. We know it's going to be a battle!'
While Hatters were defeating London Heathrow Acers 93-70 at All Saints School, Manchester won a tight game against Nottingham Wildcats 79-71, thanks mainly to 29 points from Rehana Khalil (173-G-86).
Hatters have proved to be a bogey team for the Mystics in recent seasons, recording league doubles over them in the last two campaigns.
The last meeting came at the Amaechi Centre in February, with Hatters made to fight all the way before winning 89-74 hosts Mystics were 20-13 up at the first break before being outscored 26-16 in the second period to trail by three at half-time. The third quarter proved to be key as Hatters extended their lead to 57-45 at the final break, and they added three points to the margin with a 32-29 fourth quarter. Stephanie Gandy led all scorers with 37 for the Hatters, with Sarah Naylor adding 21. Georgia Jones led the home team with 27 and Joanne Clayden finished with 20.
November's game saw the Mayor of Sheffield in attendance as Sheffield defeated Manchester 84-47. Led by 27 Stephanie Gandy points, Betty Codona's side rushed into a 25-9 lead at the first break and were comfortably ahead 38-18 going into the locker room at half-time. A 22-16 third period effectively ended the game as a contest before Hatters wrapped things up with a 24-13 final stanza. Sarah Naylor added 23 for Sheffield, with her sister Helen chipping in with 16 points. Georgia Jones was the only Manchester player in double figures, with 22 points.

Suns are having a Ball ! -by Dave Ryan
Solent Suns coach Michael Ball said that his team's 94-88 play-off victory at Team Northumbria was the best game of basketball he had ever coached in: 'That might just be the best game of basketball I have ever had the privilege to be involved in' he said. 'It had everything possible - two teams playing at their best, fighting to stay in the play-offs and high drama all the way through.'
While Suns were forced to make the long trip north after finishing sixth in the table, they were heading into Saturday's play-off game having finished the season on a six game unbeaten run and will now look to take that form into Saturday's semi-final against Rhondda at the EIS in Sheffield.
Solent came out firing and opened a six point lead within the first two minutes, with former Northumbria player Joann Overstreet opening the scoring for the visitors.. The teams continued to trade points with Solent always looking to score in transition and Team Northumbria executing their half court sets and hitting their perimeter shots. A Caroline Turner (184-F) steal and coast to coast drive followed up by a three pointer off an assist from Lynne Powell gave Solent a 17-12 lead with three minutes left in the quarter. However the ever dependable Team Northumbria American duo of Hall and Colbert cut the Solent lead before Jess Brookfield scored five points in transition and after Allen scored the quarter finished with Solent leading 25-19.
The second quarter started in similar fashion to the first with teams trading baskets. Turner hit a three pointer off an assist from Carrie Jones and Calder replied with two free throws that forced Copeland to sit on the bench with two fouls. Then Kathi Wohlberg committed her third foul and Team Northumbria started on a remarkable offensive run with players knocking down shots from all over the court. With four minutes left in the second quarter and trailing 30-23 Northumbria finally seemed to kick into gear when Zoe Vickers hit one of her two free throws starting off a 24-7 run putting the home side back in control as they went into half time leading 47-37.
The third quarter saw both teams step up their game further. First Northumbria stretched their lead out to 14 points with another three-pointer - this time from Colbert, then Solent closed back to 10 points down after successive fast-break points from Copeland after assists from Brookfield and Overstreet.
Although halfway through the quarter and still 11 points down the game had turned into the type of game Solent enjoyed playing and with the tempo raised even higher they started to gradually reduce the deficit. With Overstreet and Brookfield pushing the ball in transition every opportunity they could the Team Northumbria players were beginning to feel the increase in tempo. Then the tides turned as Solent seemed to gain the momentum and Northumbria were left floundering to maintain their lead. Going into the final quarter Northumbria lead had been cut to 72-69.
The last quarter was an absolute thriller with four lead changes and five ties. The pace did not slacken as first Solent hauled themselves level after Overstreet made a steal and scored and then Northumbria answered with yet two more 3 pointers from Hall and Vickers. Wohlberg responded inside for Solent and after an assist from Wohlberg to Overstreet the score was tied at 84 with three minutes left to play.
However Solent stepped up their defensive pressure further and first Solent went two up off yet another drive from Brookfield - but this was immediately answered by two points from Allen. Then two free throws from Turner were matched by a successful basket from Hall. However after Overstreet was fouled and hit two from two from the free throw line, Solent managed for once to stop Hall inside and then went down the other end and Overstreet found Wohlberg who made the jump shot to put Solent up by four points with 52 seconds left on the clock. As Northumbria attempted to score quickly it was Brookfield who came up with the crucial steal and with the clock running down Team Northumbria were unable to find the way back in the last few seconds and Overstreet iced the game from the free throw line to end a memorable Solent second half fight-back.
As both teams left the floor to a standing ovation from the Northumbria fans it was the Solent Suns who could now start to look forward to a place in the final four.
'Team Northumbria were outstanding today. They hit 10 out of 15 three point shots and scored 46% of all their field goal attempts. They must wonder how after such an outstanding performance they have ended up on the losing side', commented coach Ball.
'I am so proud of the way that we just refused to lose. I guess down by double digits in the third quarter, away, with the home fans on a high it would have been so easy and predictable to bow out gracefully. But we have developed a real desire and absolute belief in the way we are playing over the last part of the regular season and we were just relentless in the second half against a very good team who also played at an exceptional level throughout.'
'Now we have a week to prepare for the semi-final. We have won seven games in a row so why can't we make it eight? We might not have the experience of playing in these type of games but we have nothing to fear right now - as the sixth seeded team we should not be here - and a team with nothing to lose can sometimes be a very dangerous opponent.'
Turner and Brookfield led Solent with 25 and 24 points respectively, while Copeland and Overstreet each scored 16. Hall hit 30 for Northumbria, with Vickers (23), Calder (14) and Colbert (12) also scoring well.

Rhondda Rebels (2) v's Solent Suns (6)
EIS Sheffield (court one), Saturday 2.00pm
League record: Rhondda Rebels 15-3 Solent Suns 9-9
Overall record: Rhondda Rebels 20-3 Solent Suns 10-10
Head-to-head: Rhondda Rebels 2 Solent Suns 0
In-form Solent Suns will look to upset the formbook when they face league runners-up Rhondda Rebels on Saturday. Rebels have reached the championship game in the last seven seasons, winning twice, but Suns will go into this weekend's action boasting a seven game winning streak. The mid-season signing of Joann Overstreet, who spent last with Team Northumbria, look to have been the key for Michael Ball's team. In contrast, Rebels lost the services of player-coach Andrea Congreaves and Great Britain international Sally Kaznica late in the campaign as they suffered two defeats in the final weeks to miss out on the league title.
In the quarter-finals Rebels made it four wins from four against Welsh neighbours UWIC Archers with 82-61 home victory while Suns recorded the only away victory in the quarter-finals with a victory at Team Northumbria.
Rebels are the only team that Solent has yet to defeat since coming up to the top division four years ago. With point guard Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) and forward LaNedra Brown both averaging over 20 points a game coach Michael Mall know that the two Americans offer a tough barrier to them progressing into the final: 'Although Copeland and Brown's scoring is a big danger to us they do more than simply score. Copeland leads the league in assists and Brown is also leading the league on offensive rebounding.
'Also Rhondda is more than just a two player team. Having bounced back from the departure of Andrea Congreaves and Sally Kaznica a couple of weeks ago they seem to have got their act together again and in particular Great Britain Squad member Harriet Yea seems to have stepped up her game.
'I was interested to see how the team was going to react to our victory against Team Northumbria last weekend. But I was glad to see that the players did not slack off at all in training this week. There is always a worry that with a team that is classified as the underdogs that the players might be content with making the semi-finals. However I saw no backing off this week and I am convinced that the players will travel up to Sheffield with the desire and belief that we can overcome Rhondda and reach our first Championship Final.'
'As for us we will have the same team as last week against Team Northumbria and no injury worries. It is unfortunate that Lizzie Cloke and Sarah Cooper will not be able to be with the team but I know that they will be cheering us on. Everyone has looked sharp in training and I am particularly pleased to see Jess Brookfield fully recovered. She was exceptional against Team Northumbria scoring 11 from 14 from the floor. There are many other young players in the country who attract a much higher profile but since she had to the opportunity to increase her training at the St Vincent Basketball Academy we have seen a significant jump in her development. She still has some way to go until she fulfills her potential but it is just fantastic to see one of our junior's express herself with such freedom on court.'
Assistant coach CJ Lee was really looking forward to the weekend explaining 'after a slow start, marred by injury and a general lack of offensive rhythm, our team is finally playing at the level we've been threatening to play at for two or three seasons. Making it to the first Final Fours is a milestone for any club, but we're not complacent. We don't plan to simply make up the numbers and enjoy the show. We have an opportunity this weekend to play our style of basketball and leave everything we've been working on for the past four seasons out there on the court. This has been an exciting year with lots of twists and turns, lots of close games and upsets along the way and I expect we'll see much of the same at the finals.'
Assistant Coach Lee Ryan was feeling really upbeat although he realised the challenge facing the team 'a perennial power house of women's basketball, Rhondda consistently bring quality players to the league and this year is no exception. Saturday's game will be a challenge, but one I think that we are ready for. The dedication shown by the players, especially in the second half of the season, has led to the terrific winning run we have put together, and we fully intend to add another couple to the streak! I'll be a fan as much as a coach this weekend. I'm excited by both the semi finals and think they will be very competitive and whoever comes through them will undoubtedly have earned their place in the finals on Sunday.'
Finally, club captain Lynne Powell added 'getting through to the finals this weekend has shown how hard the whole team has worked to turn the season around. There is a new energy and a real buzz in the team and after winning seven games in a row we feel this weekend is a great opportunity to prove we belong in the top four. We realize that we're the underdogs but that means there is no pressure on our shoulders and we can concentrate on playing our game.'
In common with the other semi-final where Hatters are the favourites, Rebels go into the game with a good recent record against Suns.
They travelled to the Hamble Sports Centre in February, and 20 points from LaNedra Brown helped them to a 85-46 victory against the Suns. The visitors led 24-15 after the first period and that advantage grew to 49-26 at half-time. A 21-9 third period ended the game as a contest, and Rebels wrapped things up with a 25-11 final quarter.
Great Britain international Sally Kaznica - who is no longer with Rhondda - added 16 for Rebels, with Kirby Copeland scoring 14. Katharina Wholberg led Solent with 17, while the newly-signed Joann Overstreet chipped in with 11.
A strong first half proved to be the key when the teams met in Wales back in November, as the Rebels put their midweek defeat in Europe behind them to defeat Solent Suns 81-52. The hosts led 41-17 at half-time, and added a further 15 points to their lead in the second half.

WBCBL - Women

Southern Regional WBCBL Tryouts to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday -by Willie McCray
Players from across the country are expected to attend regional tryouts in the ATL this Saturday.
Registration will be begin at 9:30am at the Forest Park Recreation Center (803 Forest Pkwy -Forest Park, GA 30297) on Saturday, April 12, 2008.
3 to 4 WBCBL teams will seek to fill their rosters with the participates from this event. Registration fee is $45. For more information, visit for registration form.

WBCBL Hits Growth Spurt, Adds New Region -by Willie McCray

Four new WBCBL teams have been added across the state of Florida. To accommodate the surge of news teams, the WBCBL has added a new conference, The 'Suncoast Region.' With the new additions, Florida is now the largest WBCBL state, hosting a total of 7 teams.

Florida Teams:
Miami Rain
Jacksonville Cougars
Florida Knighthawks
Tampa X Factor
Palm Beach Storm

Lauderdale Lions

Orlando Spirit

WNBA - Women

2008 WNBA DRAFT complete draft picks -by Bruno Baltazar

1 Los Angeles Sparks - Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86) 10-24
2 Chicago Sky - Sylvia Fowles 14-20
3 Minnesota Lynx - Candice Wiggins 10-24
4 Detroit (from Atlanta via Seattle) Alexis Hornbuckle 24-10
5 Houston Comets - Matee Ajavon 13-21
6 Washington Mystics - Crystal Langhorne 16-18
7 New York Liberty - Essence Carson 16-18
8 Atlanta Dream - Tamera Young NA
9 Connecticut Sun - Amber Holt 18-16
10 Sacramento Monarchs - Laura Harper 19-15
11 Detroit Shock (from SA) - Tasha Humphrey 24-10
12 Connecticut Sun (from Indiana) - Ketia Swanier 18-16
13 Phoenix Mercury - LaToya Pringle 23-11
14 New York Liberty (from Detroit) - Erlana Larkins 16-18


15 Los Angeles Sparks - Shannon Bobbitt 10-24
16 Minnesota Lynx - Nicky Anosike 10-24
17 Houston Comets - Erica White 13-21
18 Detroit Shock (from Atlanta) - Olayinka Sanni 24-10
19 Chicago Sky - Quianna Chaney 14-20
20 Washington Mystics - Lindsey Pluimer 16-18
21 San Antonio (from New York) - Chioma Nnamaka 20-14
22 Seattle Storm - Allie Quigley 17-17
23 Connecticut Sun - Jolene Anderson 18-16
24 Atlanta Dream (from Indiana) - Morenike Atunrase NA
25 Phoenix (from San Antonio) - Leilani Mitchell 23-11
26 Indiana Fever - Khadijah Whittington 21-13
27 New York Liberty (from Phoenix) - Wanisha Smith 16-18
28 Detroit Shock - Natasha Lacy 24-10


29 Los Angeles Sparks - Sharnee' Zoll 10-24
30 Minnesota Lynx - Charde Houston 10-24
31 Houston Comets - Crystal Kelly 13-21
32 Atlanta Dream - Danielle Hood NA
33 Chicago Sky - Angela Tisdale 14-20
34 Washington Mystics - Krystal Vaughn 16-18
35 New York Liberty - Alberta Auguste 16-18
36 Seattle Storm - Kimberly Beck 17-17
37 Connecticut Sun - Lauren Ervin 18-16
38 Sacramento Monarchs - A'Quonesia Franklin 19-15
39 San Antonio Silver Stars - Alex Anderson 20-14
40 Sacramento (from Indiana) - Izabela Piekarska 19-15
41 Phoenix Mercury - Marscilla Packer 23-11
42 Detroit Shock - Valeriya Berezhynska 24-10
43* Sacramento Monarchs - Charel Allen 19-15

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