EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/13/2008

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ARGENTINA

TNA: Olimpico is the first semifinalist -by Facundo Iatzky
Ciclista olimpico la Banda is the first semifinalist of the second division.
They won thier serie against Pedro Echague-Saladillo by 3-0 !
third game:

Ciclista Olimpico (85): Martin Trovellesi 6 (X), Juan Angel Lopez 4, Mario Sepulveda 12, Anthony Glover (196-F-79, college: St.John's) 16 Fernando Gutman 9 (St); Federico Sureda 6, Federico Arce (206-C-74) 17, German Boero 15 Bruno Martire 0. Coach: Gonzalo Garcia.

Echague-Saladillo (62): Diego Eiguren 10, Alejandro Eiguren 19, Federico Senitzky 2, Nicolas Suarez 3 y Santiago Gonzalez 5 (St); Ignacio Kelly 6, Alejandro Camargo 2, Ezequiel Lopez 0 Isadore Thornton 15. Coach: Juan Pablo Boadaz.

rest of series:
Union sunchales (2)- Echague Parana (1) 4th game: 4/13 in Parana
San Martin Corrientes (1) - Lanus (2) 4th game: 4/13 in Lanus
San Martin Marcos Juarez (1) - Argentino Junin(1) 3rd game: 4/12 in Junin


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Valters buries Kalev/Cramo from the arc -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga -Kalev/Cramo 79 : 72 ( 14-13, 24-21, 22-15, 19-23 )

ASK Riga advanced in the SEB BBL Final Four defeating Kalev/Cramo 79 : 72. The total score is set up for 2-0 and gave the ticket to Latvian team to face Zalgiris in the semifinals. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. The fact is that he scored all his points from the arc making 8 out of 12 attempts. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) followed him with 10 points each. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
In a slow start from both squads Kalev/Cramo grabbed 0-5 in the opening tip. In a defensive quarter ASK Riga replied with some baskets from the field for 14:13 lead. Kalev/Cramo started the second quarter better again and had 19:20 in the beginning of it. Sandis Valters drilled two consecutive shots from downtown to make the score 31:27. ASK Riga and Kalev/Cramo went to the lockers with 38:34 for the hosts.
Jelic tied the game at 44:44 in the third quarter, but Riga answered with 10-0 run. It was a decisive moment in the game as the quarter ended at 60:49. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the game, but 19:23 in the last period was not enough for the total success. ASK Riga wins the Quarterfinal campaign over Kalev/Cramo and steps forward.

ASK Riga:Sandis Valters 24, Smiljan Pavic 10, Curtis Millage 10
Kalev/Cramo: Kristjan Kangur 14, Travis Reed (203-C-79, college: Long Beach St.) 13


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BELARUS

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


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BOSNIA

Stats Leaders - D1
LIGA 13 BIH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Bakovic (CAP) 19,88
2. Matic (SLO) 17,43
3. Timotic (HER) 17,17
4. Rothbart (BOR) 16,43
5. Stazic (IGO) 16,40
Rebounds Per Game
1. Rothbart (BOR) 9,9
2. Ramljak (POS) 8,7
3. Kovacevic (IGO) 6,3
4. Petani (CAP) 5,9
5. Rahimic (BOS) 5,7
Assists Per Game
1. Gvozdenovic (SLA) 5,1
2. Allen (IGO) 5,1
3. Bailey (BOS) 4,5
4. Vujcic (GRU) 4,2
5. Bocka (IGO) 3,8
Steals Per Game
1. Bocka (IGO) 2,3
2. N. Milosevic (SLO) 1,7
3. Stanic (SLA) 1,6
Blocks Per Game
1. Rothbart (BOR) 1,7
2. Wright (IGO) 1,2
3. Ramljak (POS) 1,1
2FGP
1. Timotic (HER) 6,53
2. Matic (SLO) 6,29
3. Perajica (GRU) 5,62
3FGP
1. Skerovic (HER) 2,60
2. Bakovic (CAP) 2,50
3. Tosic (IGO) 2,18
Free Throws
1. Bakovic (CAP) 6,17
2. Petani (CAP) 6,00
3. Ross (SLO) 4,00
Ranking
1. Rothbart (BOR) 12,2
2. Matic (SLO) 9,5
3. Ramljak (POS) 9,2


League 8 - 1TH round -by Elvir Halilovic

Results:
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Sloboda Dita 86:51
Slavija - Siroki Prima Pivo 76:88
Zrinjski Mik Company - Borac Nektar 79:77
Grude - Igokea Partizan (Sunday April 13TH)

Standings:

1. Bosna ASA BHT 1-0

2. Siroki Prima Pivo 1-0

3. Zrinjski MC 1-0

4. Borac Nektar 0-1

5. Slavija 0-1

6. Sloboda Dita 0-1

7. Grude ---

8. Igokea Partizan ---



Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Sloboda Dita 86:51
(23:20, 20:7, 22:11, 21:13)
Sarajevo, SD „Skenderija'; Att.: 800; Ref.: Adamovic, Babic, Drmic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 12, Sehovic, T. Tomovic, Panic, Djurasovic 11, Zimic, Bailey 6, Rahimic 16, Hajric 15, Pasalic, Jackson 5, Williams 21
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 12, Hrncic 7, Halilbegovic, Albijanic 3, Persic, V. Tomovic 1, Tanasilovic 7, Matic 1, N. Milosevic 5, Jocovic 6, Ross 9
Coach: Senad Muminovic

Slavija - Siroki Prima Pivo 76:88
(22:32, 13:21, 19:21, 22:14)
Istocno Sarajevo, SD Slavija; Att.: 400; Ref.: Kralj, Bijedic, Nenadic
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 12, Stanic 17, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 14, D. Damjanovic, Vukovic 12, Malovic 8, Grubisic 11, Anderson, Ivanovic 2
Coach: Goran Sehovac
SIROKI PP: Bubalo 3, Grejs 8, Stemberger 12, Dijan 9, Zupic 11, Sola 8, Spralja 11, Naletic, Fajardo 19, Betel 7.
Coach: Ivan Velic



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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

BVI Basketball Federation League to start May 10 -by David Edole
Plans are moving forward for the staging of the 2008 BVI Basketball Federation League, which is scheduled to commence on May 10 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

On Wednesday April 9, Federation members met at the Department Youth Affairs and Sports building and elected a steering committee. The Committee will assist the Federation's Executive Committee in executing plans for this year's league.

The Committee Members include, Milton Mc Clean, Lindel De Freitas, Sharlene Hill, Ralston Williams, Gregory Nelson, Gertrude Thomas, Keith Malone and Roger Frank. Additionally, Clayton O'Neal and Gordon French were appointed to fill the vacant positions of Vice-President and Public Relations Officer respectively.

President of the BVI Basketball Federation, Guy Malone said the momentum for the 2008 league has picked up and excitement has grown.

'The BVI Basketball Federation League has always started on Mother's Day and this year it will be no different. We have a group of people who are dedicated and committed to the task of ensuring a successful league this year,' Malone stated.

Two games will be played on the opening night with the feature game being the 2007 senior national team against an invitational squad from the Caribbean.

There will also be guest appearances by beauty queens from throughout the Territory and pulsating halftime performances, where one lucky fan will get the opportunity to take away a grand prize in a half-court shot competition.

As part of efforts to ensure that the league is conducted in a professional manner, prizes will be presented to the most organised team and the best team in uniform.

'Fans can look forward to a very exciting start to the 2008 league and even throughout the league. We know that many fans come out to back their teams, but we are also giving the fans an opportunity to get into the game during the half time shows. There is no reason to miss a game this league,' Malone said.

Prior to the opening of the league, fans can also win prizes and tickets during various radio programmes by answering questions about the league correctly.
Several teams have already uplifted roster forms and they are in the process of completing them.

Entries are still open and teams can contact Guy Malone by email at gumalone@gov.vg or by telephone at 441-6392, or Committee Member, Roger Frank. The deadline for roster submission is Saturday April 19. Committee members will be at the Multipurpose Sports Complex from 10 am to 1 pm on April 19 to receive any outstanding rosters.

Last year's league ended with the Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics trouncing Basics to capture the Jr. Division championship labeling them as the second team in BVI Basketball history to 3peat as Champions, while the East subdued Bad Boys for the Senior division title. In the Intermediate division championship series, Ghetto Mix edged Da Boys.

For further information please contact Gordon French 441-7779.


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BULGARIA

Standings A1
A1 Standings
1. Lukoil A. 31-0
2. Levski 22-9
3. Balkan 20-11
4. Spartak P. 15-16
5. CSKA 15-16
6. Cherno More 14-17
7. Yambol 10-21
8. Rilski S-list 10-21
9. Dunav 2007 0-0
10. Sliven 0-0


First home win for Levski over Rilski this season -by Valentin Anguelov

The team of Levski recorded another victory over Rilski Sportist. This time after a strong final The Blues defeated their visitors 104-75 in Triaditsa Hall. However that was the first win over Rilski sportist at home as Levski lost their previous game against the same opponent.

The game started interesting and was even at the start. Then Levski took a 20-12 lead and managed to keep advantage until the end of the quarter that finished 31-26.

The start of the second wasn't good for Rilski Sportist. They allowed few 3-pointers and quick breaks by their opponents as the margin went up to 15. However at the end of the half the visitors managed to cut the deficit to only 5.

After the break the guests tried to turn the things around but continued to make stupid mistakes. Despite the mistakes they continued to be in the game. Near the middle of the quarter the comunication between the players was broken and they allowed Levski to built an advantage of 76-64 after three.


The last ten minutes were a disaster for Rilski. The players totally stopped their team play and were everybody for himself. This allowed Levski to have fun on the court and to build a monstrous 29-point advantage.

The Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) brothers played best for Levski today. Zlatin finished as top scorer for the team with 25 as his brother Stefan scored 22 adding also 8 rebounds.

For Rilski Sportist Santos Martinez and Miko Golubovic were the ones worth mentioning. Martinez again finished with double-double, 26 points and 10 rebounds as Golubovic scored 14.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LEVSKI - RILSKI SPORTIST



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CYPRUS

Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77) (194-G/F-77) of Keravnos Strovolou
Guard of the Year: Giorgos Anastasiadis of Keravnos Strovolou
Forward of the Year: Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) of Proteas EKA AEL
Center of the Year: Joseph Garcia (206-C-75) of Aspis Apoel
Newcomer of the Year: Alexis Liatsos (200-F-80) of Proteas EKA AEL
Most Improved Player of the Year: Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) of Aspis Apoel
Bosman Player of the Year: Milutin Aleksic of Proteas EKA AEL
Import Player of the Year: Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77) of Keravnos Strovolou
Domestic Player of the Year: Giorgos Anastasiadis of Keravnos Strovolou
Defensive Player of the Year: Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) of Keravnos Strovolou
Coach of the Year: Kyriakos Yiangoulis of Aspis Apoel

1st Team
Patrick Lee (187-G-75) of Keravnos Strovolou
Giorgos Anastasiadis of Keravnos Strovolou
Milutin Aleksic of Proteas EKA AEL
Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80) of Aspis Apoel
Joseph Garcia of Aspis Apoel

2nd Team
Dorde Prstojevic (191-G-77) of Omonoia Nicosia
Grigoris Pantouris of Aspis Apoel
Karim Souchu (198-F-79) of Proteas EKA AEL
Panagiotis Trisokkas of Keravnos Strovolou
Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76) of Keravnos Strovolou

All-Domestic Players Team
Panagiotis Giannas (187-G-80) of Keravnos Strovolou
Giorgos Anastasiadis of Keravnos Strovolou
Alexis Liatsos of Proteas EKA AEL
Panagiotis Trisokkas Keravnos Strovolou
Joseph Garcia of Aspis Apoel

All-Imports Team
Patrick Lee of Keravnos Strovolou
Duane Woodward (191-G-76) of Proteas EKA AEL
Bryant Smith of Keravnos Strovolou
Ryan Randle (206-F-81) of Proteas EKA AEL
Marvin Stone (208-C-81) of Omonia Nicosia

All-Bosmans Team
Dorde Prstojevic of Omonia Nicosia
Jarrett Hart (194-G-80) of Keravnos Strovolou
Milutin Aleksic of Proteas EKA AEL
Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) of Keravnos Strovolou
Aleksandar Radojevic of Proteas EKA AEL


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DENMARK

Bakken cruises towards first win in the final -by Eurobasket News
Bakken - Svendborg 99:53

The Bakken Bears stormed past weary Svendborg in Game 1 of the final series in Basketligaen. The hosts stormed towards comfortable figures in the opening stanza outgunning their opponents 25:8. The onslaught continued in the second period as the Bears kept the pressure growing. They stretched the margin to undeniable 24 points at the break. The Rabbits simply lacked answers for aggressive offense from the hosts and trailed by as many as 39 points before the fourth term. Bakken never stopped in the dying moments of the game widening the gap and rolling to an overwhelming victory. The Bears orderly offense was paced by Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) with 16 points and 7 boards. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) and Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)) provided 15 points apiece for the winners. Brayden Billbe (208-C-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: American) tallied 19 points for Svendborg. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) managed 10 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. The hosts dominated every facet of the game. They outrebounded the Rabbits 40:27 and forced the visitors to 17 turnovers. Bakken sank solid 53% from the field, while Svendborg converted just 28% of field goals. The next game of the series is scheduled for Monday as the teams now move to Svendborg. Game 3 is scheduled for April 17 back at the Bears' home court.

Bakken: Nicolai Iversen 16, Jason Siggers 15, Andreas Jakobsen 15
Svendborg: Brayden Billbe 19, Ivan Hoger 10


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D-LEAGUE

DerMarr Johnson Becomes 27th D-League Call-up this Season -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former 1st Round NBA Draft pick DerMarr Johnson (6'9''-G-80, college: Cincinnati) Johnson has been signed by the San Antonio Spurs from the Austin Toros for the remainder of the season. This is Johnson's second go-around with the Spurs, having been originally signed on December 29th, appearing in three games (4.0 points / 55.6 FG%). In 43 games with the Toros, the Spurs affiliate in the D-League, Johnson averaged 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists while earning All-NBA Development League Honorable Mention accolades.

Friday Night's Results -by Surujh Roopnarine

Dakota Wizards (104) at Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (96)
WIZARDS: Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) (30p+9rb+5as), Kevin Lyde (26p+14rb+5bs), Rod Benson (17p+14rb), Andre Patterson (10p+8rb)
MAD ANTS:
Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Duke) (23p), James Peters (20p), Roderick Wilmont (17p+5rb), Earl Calloway (12p+7rb+5as+5st), Eric Smith (8p+7rb)

Tulsa 66ers (95) at Rio
Grande Valley Vipers (101)
66ERS:
Chris Ellis (6'9''-F-84, college: Wake Forest)(17p+9rb), Scott Merritt (16p+5rb), Mike Hall (12p+7rb), Jason Fontenet (11p+5rb)
VIPERS:
Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) (27p+9as+5to), Stanley Asumnu (18p+12rb), Trent Strickland (16p+6rb), Quin Humphrey (15p+5rb)

Albuquerque Thunderbirds (114) at
Austin Toros (126)
T-BIRDS:
Julius Hodge (6'7''-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) (30p+15rb+6as+5to), Will Conroy (25p+6rb+6to), Kevin Pittsnogle (11p+1rb), Majic Dorsey (15p),
TOROS:
Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall) (29p+13as), Ian Mahinmi (28p+10rb+5as), Darvin Ham (24p+6rb), Kenton Paulino (21p)

Sioux Falls Skyforce (94) at
Colorado 14ers (110)
SKYFORCE:
Glen McGowan (6'9''-F-81, college: Pepperdine) (23p+5rb), Chris Alexander (14p+17rb), David Bailey (17p+5as), Carl Elliott (16p+6rb)
14ERS: Justin Cage (6'6''-F-85, college: Xavier) (23p+5rb), Roderick Riley (21p+10rb), Eddie Gill (20p+11rb+9as), Billy Thomas (17p)

Iowa Energy (110) at Utah Flash (98)
ENERGY: Jeff Horner (6'3''-G-83, college: Iowa) (21p+9as+5st), Courtney Sims (18p), Curtis Stinson (17p), Doug Thomas (14p+11rb)
FLASH: Andre Ingram (6'3''-G, college: American) (21p), Morris Almond (20p), Brian Jackson (16p+11rb), Lamar Rice (16p+7rb)

Bakersfield Jam (90) at
Idaho Stampede (98)
JAM: Mateen Cleaves (6'2''-G-77, college: Michigan St.) (20p+5rb+5as+5to), Nick Lewis (18p+9rb), Michael Cuffee (12p+10rb+6as), Scooter McFadgon (13p+6rb)
STAMPEDE: Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82, college: Boise St.) (14p+25rb), Luke Jackson (22p+5rb+5as), Mike Taylor (19p+9rb+9as+6to), Brent Petway (17p)

Anaheim Arsenal (109) at Los Angeles D-Fenders (101)
ARSENAL: Will Blalock (6'0''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) (24p+8rb+6as), Marcus Campbell (17p+13rb), Kedrick Brown (21p+8rb), Terrence Crawford (16p+6rb)
D-FENDERS: Coby Karl (6'4''-G-83, college: Boise St.) (29p+7rb+5to), Brandon Wallace (15p+13rb+6to), Errick Craven (17p), Cecil Brown (14p)



Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
1. Dakota W. 28-21
2. Sioux Falls S. 28-22
3. Iowa E. 22-27
4. Ft.Wayne MA 17-32
Southwest Division
1. Austin T. 30-19
2. Colorado 14ers 28-21
3. Tulsa 66ers 25-23
4. Albuquerque T. 22-27
5. Rio Grande VV 21-29
West Division
1. Idaho S. 35-14
2. LA D-Fenders 32-17
3. Utah 23-26
4. Anaheim A. 22-27
5. Bakersfield J. 11-38


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EL SALVADOR

Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
1. ExSAL 4-1
2. UTEC 3-1
3. San Marcos 2-2
4. Denver 2-2
5. Cosmos 0-5


Last LSB results -by Jaime Arevalo
The Liga Superior table headers of UTEC Eagles felt to Denver 68-92 in the last round of games, played on thursday night. The injury suffered by UTEC import Jorge Taton (200-F/C-81), who sprained his right knee in the last game of Nacionales, limited the inside game of UTEC, where only Joaquin Morataya (-77) scored in double digits, at 13. Import player Marcus Robinson (198-F, college: N.Georgia) ws the best in Denver with 24 points. Well coached by Domingo Torres , ExSal prevailed over Cosmos 96-62 in the second game of the doubleheader. Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) led the offense in ExSal, ending the game at 24 points, and Salvador Bandek (181-G-78) was very effective he too. Cosmos disappointed again, and its best player was the new import, Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82), who scored 13 points. Thanks to this win, ExSal takes the lead in the standings.

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ERITREA

Kelati finished his wondeful season in ULEB CUP -by Eurobasket News
Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) finished his wondeful season for Turow in ULEB CUP. Last night Dynamo Moscow overcame Polish Turow Zgorzelec and did not allow them to advance. Russian squad took the control from the early beginning and led the game to 78:63. Henry Domercant led the winners with 22 points. Milos Vujanic nailed 16 points, while Robertas Javtokas scored 15. David Logan top-scored for Turow with 19 points, while Thomas Kelati netted 15.
Henry Domercant not only top-scored for the winners, but also set up a new ULEB Cup elimination rounds record for more shots from downtown made without a miss. He nailed six out of six three-pointers and looking forward for a semifinal countdown.Vujanic capped a 7:0 Dynamo run but Thomas Kelati answered with a seven-meter bomb to keep Turow on track. Robertas Javtokas kept Dynamo ahead 25:17 as the teams finished the opening quarter. It was again Thomas Kelati who tied the score at 25:25 as his Turow enjoyed a 10-0 run for a 27:25 advantage. Vujanic drove a layup to fix Dynamo's halftime advantage at 43:38. Third quarter became the decisive in the game as Dynamo started to increase. Robertas Javtokas spurted Dynamo's run for 59:45. Thomas Kelati tried to ignite a Turow comeback with free throws while Skecic added a layup for 59:49 deficit, but the game did not belong to them. Hansen broke the game open at 66:51 and Dynamo celebrated the total 78:63 win after four quarters.


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ESTONIA

Kalev/Cramo finished the campaign in Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
Three more games left in the regular season of Estonian League. Yesterday TU/Rock thrashed TTU KK 60:117 away from home. The win allowed to follow BC Kalev with 32-3 record. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) was unstoppable with 32 points and 15 rebounds. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) nailed 28, while Asko Paade added 19. Ronald Randma (197-F-85) and Daniel Loobas (201-C-86) posted 10 points each in defeat.
Meanwhile Kalev/Cramo finished the campaign in Baltic League. ASK Riga advanced in the SEB BBL Final Four defeating Kalev/Cramo 79 : 72. The total score is set up for 2-0 and gave the ticket to Latvian team to face Zalgiris in the semifinals. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. The fact is that he scored all his points from the arc making 8 out of 12 attempts. Smiljan Pavic and Curtis Millage followed him with 10 points each. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
In a slow start from both squads Kalev/Cramo grabbed 0-5 in the opening tip. In a defensive quarter ASK Riga replied with some baskets from the field for 14:13 lead. Kalev/Cramo started the second quarter better again and had 19:20 in the beginning of it. Sandis Valters drilled two consecutive shots from downtown to make the score 31:27. ASK Riga and Kalev/Cramo went to the lockers with 38:34 for the hosts.
Jelic tied the game at 44:44 in the third quarter, but Riga answered with 10-0 run. It was a decisive moment in the game as the quarter ended at 60:49. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the game, but 19:23 in the last period was not enough for the total success. ASK Riga wins the Quarterfinal campaign over Kalev/Cramo and steps forward.

EMKL
TTU KK - TU/Rock 60:117

TTU KK:Ronald Randma 10, Daniel Loobas 10
TU/Rock:Brian Cusworth 32+15 rebs, George Tsintsadze 28, Asko Paade 19

Baltic league
ASK Riga -Kalev/Cramo 79 : 72 ( 14-13, 24-21, 22-15, 19-23 )

ASK Riga:Sandis Valters 24, Smiljan Pavic 10, Curtis Millage 10
Kalev/Cramo: Kristjan Kangur 14, Travis Reed (203-C-79, college: Long Beach St.) 13


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
1. BC Kalev 30-2
2. TU/Rock 30-3
3. Pirita 23-10
4. Triobet/Dalkia 22-12
5. Tar.Fausto 20-16
6. Valga Welg 18-18
7. Parnu 10-26
8. Kraft Mooel 7-28
9. Rakvere 7-29
10. TTU KK 6-29


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: KTP found a new Head Coach -by Rauno Hurmalainen
KTP Basket (Kotka) has found and signed a new Head Coach. Miikka Sopanen , 34, will coach next KTP Basket. The contract is model 1+2 years.
Sopanen started his coaching career as an assistant coach on Pyrinto (Tampere) roster. Sopanen was also one season the Head Coach of Pyrinto.
Then he moved to 1. division level coaching Korikobrat at Lapua and recently three seasons on BC Jyvaskyla roster in Jyvaskyla.


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FRANCE

Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
1. Le Mans 19-7
2. Nancy 17-8
3. ASVEL 17-8
4. Roanne 16-9
5. Le Havre 15-10
6. Vichy 15-10
7. Cholet 13-12
8. Strasbourg 12-13
9. Hyeres-Toulon 12-13
10. Dijon 11-14
11. Chalon 11-14
12. Pau 11-14
13. Orleans 10-15
14. Paris-Levall. 9-16
15. Gravelines 9-16
16. Clermont 4-21


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FYR MACEDONIA

D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Feni Indistrija 25-4
2. Strumica 22-7
3. AMMAK SP 19-11
4. F.Rabotnicki 17-13
5. Pelister 17-13
6. MZT Skopje 15-15
7. Vardar 10-20
8. Karpos 2-28


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
1. Pop Sport S. 17-7
2. Torus 17-8
3. Ovce Pole 16-8
4. Centar S. 14-8
5. Goce Delchev 14-11
6. Plejmejker C. 11-12
7. Negotino 11-13
8. Teteks 10-13
9. Kozuv 10-14
10. Heraklea 7-17
11. ABA 4-20


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GABON

Standings
Elite League Standings
1. Stade Madji 6-1
2. Somo B 6-1
3. Manga Basket 5-2
4. Toungui 3-4
5. AO BB 2-4
6. Atomik 2-5
7. ASSCTG 1-5
8. CAS 1987 0-7


NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF ELITE (C.N.E) OF GABON -by Tim Ndjiki

GABONESE FEDERATION OF BASKETBALL (FEGABAB)
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF ELITE (C.N.E) OF GABON
The balance of the first phase of the new national championship named: Elite National championship.
The national championship of Gabon changed formula. The eight better teams (on the financial and human plan), play a simple championship in two phases: Teams of STADE MANDJI and SOMO B of Libreville dominate this championship;
Figures of players for the first seven days the elite National Championship
7th day
DAWNED
Name of the players Clubs Average
KOBANGOYE Yannick CAS 1987 15,6
KOUZOU Jean Michel TOUNGUI BB 14,2

OTOMBO Doudou STADE MANDJI 13,7 7
ABESSOLO Sylvere STADE MANDJI 13,7
MUTOMBO BEBINA SOMOS B 13,1
REBOUNDS
Name of the players Clubs Average
KOUZOUS Jean Michel TOUNGUI BB 9,0
MOUNDANGA Yannick ASSCTG 35 8,3
MASRABE John MANGA B 7,0
ADEMBA Eddy AOBB 6,4
DIVUNGUI Ward Christof ASSCTG 6,2
COUNTER
Name of the players Clubs Average
COMPANI Sylvain ATOMICK BB 2,0
MASRABE John MANGA B 1,7
ABESSOLO Sylvère STADE MANDJI 1,1
BESSE Serge CAS 1987 1,0
BISSIELOU Fabrice AOBB 6 1,0 6
PASS
Name of the players Clubs Average
BUZANGO Johnny SOMOS B 3,4
MADAMAS Martial MANGA B 2,3
BEKALE Cedric SOMO B 2,1
KOBANGOYE Francis STADE MANDJI 2,0
PINDRA Mohamed AOBB 2,0
INTERCEPTIONS
Name of the players Clubs Average
ONDO NDONG Yannick ASSCTG 4, 0
MOUNDANGA Yannick ASSCTG 3, 7
DIVUNGUI Ward Christof ASSCTG 3,0
BEKALE Cedric SOMO B 2,3
MADAMA Martial MANGA B 2,3
NATIONAL TECHNICAL COMMISSION



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GEORGIA

The hosts' victories -by Eurobasket News
In Round 24 of Georgian league two out of three games had an outstanding intrigue, while Energy Invest beat Dinamo 87:70. Babiashvili led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Revaz Atanelishvili (207-C-86) had 21 points for Dinamo. TSU beat Maccabi 93:90 with 36:19 in the last quarter. Shalva Khetsuriani (197-G/F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and 7 assists. Viktor Koguashvili (205-C-85) posted 22 points and made 13 boards in defeat. Tbilaviamsheni overcame Vita 80:78 as Irakli Khoshtaria (190-G-75) had 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Zaza Pachulia and the Atlanta Hawks never slowed down in their pursuit for the postseason birth. Yesterday the Hawks handled New York at the Madison Square Garden to step closer to the guaranteed playoff appearance. Joe Johnson scored 34 points to carry the Hawks to a 116:104 win over the Knicks. Atlanta thus remained two games ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern conference. Josh Smith and Mike Bibby provided a sufficient help with 24 points apiece, while Al Horford notched 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. New York did not seriously threaten the Hawks during the encounter unless cutting the lead to 6 points midway through the fourth period. Atlanta reacted with 6 points in a row to breathe freely till the final buzzer. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) collected 2 points and rebounds for 6 minutes played. Jamal Crawford came up with 20 points for New York. Wilson Chandler contributed 18 points in a losing effort.
Before that Atlanta wasted the chance to book their playoff birth as they lost to Indiana 98:112. The Pacers now trimmed the distance to the Hawks to two games and revived the intrigue in the playoff hunt in the East. Mike Jr. Dunleavy came up with 28 points and the Pacers posted their third straight win. Ronald Murray contributed 20 points and 10 assists for the winning side. Joe Johnson answered with 30 points for the Hawks. Zaza Pachulia posted 4 points and made 5 rebounds.

Energy Invest - Dinamo 87:70
Energy Invest: Babiashvili (15 pts. 5 rbs), Ledzava (13 pts. 5 asts), Ramaz Gogoberishvili (194-G-74) (13 pts), Stefanov (10 pts. 13 rbs. 4 asts), Toujani (9 pts. 9 rbs).
Dinamo: Revaz Atanelishvili (21 pts. 9 rbs), Jgenti (11 pts), Akhalkatsi (10 pts. 7 rbs).

TSU - Maccabi 93:90
TSU: Shalva Khetsuriani (31 pts. 7 asts. 5 rbs. 3 stls. 2 blcks), Kvelashvili (13 pts. 8 rbs), Kokhreidze (10 pts. 4 stls), Tkeshelashvili (10 pts. 10 rbs).
Maccabi: Viktor Koguashvili (22 pts. 13 rbs. 3 asts. 2 stls. 2 blcks), S. Shermadini (19 pts. 13 rbs. 4 blcks), I. Berishvili (14 pts. 2 stls), Korkotadze (14 pts), Pirvelashvili (11 pts).

Tbilaviamsheni - Vita 80:78
Tbilaviamsheni: Irakli Khoshtaria (19 pts. 8 rbs. 4 asts. 4 stls), Kvimsadze (13 pts), Tugushi (11 pts. 10 asts. 6 rbs. 6 stls), Niniashvili (9 pts. 10 rbs).
Vita: Giorgi Markoishvili (200-G/F-83) (20 pts. 7 rbs. 4 asts), Markhvashvili (15 pts. 3 asts), Bedzanishvili (14 pts. 7 rbs), Gvimradze (13 pts. 4 rbs), M. Berishvili (6 pts. 10 rbs. 3 asts. 3 stls).


Standings - Higher League
Highest League Standings
1. Energy 20-4
2. Avia 14-10
3. TSU 13-11
4. Vita 12-12
5. Dinamo T. 9-15
6. Maccabi T. 4-20


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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 29: Saturday April 12th results! -by Michael Taylor

Bundesliga Game Day 29 brought the league one step closer toward playoff position and provided excitment at all levels of the standings.

Thursday April 10th
Artland Dragons 78 Walter Tigers Tubingen 65
Adam Chubb topscored with 21pt and Chad Prewitt drilled 6 of 7 threes to add 19pt as Artland Dragons used a strong second half comeback to earn a 78-65 home win Thursday night at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. The Tigers jumped to a 17-13 lead after 1Q and were up 38-30 at half. Artland outscored the Tigers 31-10 in the 3Q to take control of the action and posted a 17-17 4Q in earning the 78-65 home win. Head Coach Chris Fleming saw his team shoot 52% from the floor including 8 for 17 threes (47%) while limiting Tubingen to 40% from the floor. Jermaine Anderson led Tubingen with 21pt with help from Ray Nixon 13pt and Bingo Merriex 12. Artland improved to 21-8 while Tubingen fell to 8-21.

Saturday April 12th
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 90 ratiopharm Ulm 82
Rickey Paulding scored 30pt and Ewe Baskets Oldenburg stormed back with a 27-13 4Q as Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Thunderbirds earned their 9th consecutive win in a hardfought 90-82 game Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. After Oldenburg opened with a 19-14 1Q, Ulm responded with a 30-18 2nd to take a 44-37 lead at half. Oldenburg outscored Ulm 26-25 in the third before their comeback in the 4th. Ulm lost post man Bryan Lucas to a leg injury in the late 3Q. Paulding drilled 6 threes in his impressive offensive performance and was supported by Branimir Longin (18pt), Jason Gardner 14pt and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (10pt 11reb). Sean Finn posted a 17pt 12reb double double for Ulm while Jeff Gibbs added 17pt 9reb, Dru Joyce 13pt 6ast, Konrad Wysocki 11pt and Bryan Lucas 10. The tight game saw Oldenburg shoot 45% from the floor to Ulm's 40% and hold an advantage making 12 of 32 threes (37%) to Ulm's 7 for 17 from three (41%). Ulm outrebounded Oldenburg 43-34 and hit 19 for 23 (82%) FT compared with Oldenburg's 16 for 20 (80%). Oldenburg upped their record to 19-10 while Ulm slipped to 14-16.


EnBW Ludwigsburg 70 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 65
EnBW Ludwigsburg jumped to a 26-11 lead after 1Q and held off NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig for a 70-65 home win Saturday night at Rundesporthalle in Ludwigsburg. Ronald Ross led Ludwigsburg scoring with 21pt 5reb while Nate Harris added 20pt on a perfect 8 for 8 from the floor. After the strong Ludwigsburg start, Braunschweig battled back with an 18-14 Q2 sending the game to half at 40-29. Braunschweig cut the deficit to 55-51 after three but Ludwigsburg finished strong for the win which snapped a 6 game losing streak. Ludwigsburg shot 52% from the floor and held an advantage from the foul line 15 for 24 (62%) compared with Braunschweig's 4 of 5 FT for the game. The Phantoms hit 49% from the floor and drilled 11 of 22 threes. Braunschweig also outrebounded Ludwigsburg 30-23 bu the Phantoms suffered 23 turnovers. Domonic Jones led Braunschweig with 17pt while young talent Nikita Khartchenkov added 11. Head Coach Silvano Poropat and Ludwigsburg improved to 13-16 while Braunschweig fell to 14-15.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 99 LTi Giessen 46ers 92
Ronnie Burrell led 5 Bonn players in double figures with a game best 25pt as Telekom Baskets Bonn beat LTi Giessen 46ers 99-92 Saturday night in Giessen. Along with Burrell's excellent game, Bonn received strong performances from John Bowler (15pt 10reb), Winsome Frazier (15pt), Eddie Basden (10pt) and Artur Kolodziejski (10pt). Both teams shot well with Bonn hitting 55% and Giessen sinking 53%. Bonn outrebounded Giessen 31-27 and took care of the ball with 17ast while suffering only 4 turnovers. The 46ers helped their cause from the foul line making 33 of 41 FT (80%) compared with Bonn's 18 for 25 (72%). Corey Rouse led Giessen with 22pt 6reb while Obie Trotter added 21pt 5reb 4ast. Head Coach Michael Koch and Bonn upped their record to 19-10 while Giessen slipped to 8-21.

Science City Jena 99 TBB Trier 85
In the battle of two teams in relegation spots, six Jena players reached double figures and the team shot 57% from the floor in taking an important 99-85 road win over TBB Trier Saturday night at Trier Arena. Ali Seggelke topscored with 22pt with help from Jason Miller (18pt 7reb), Mark Davis (15pt 11reb), Lavelle Felton (11pt 6reb 6ast) and 10pt apiece from Ajmal Basit and Brendan Plavich. Head Coach Sean McCaw and his team ran to a 22-16 1Q lead before holding a 47-38 lead at half. After a 17-12 3Q, Jena took a 64-50 advantage into the 4th. The uptempo final quarter finished even at 35-35 giving Jena the hardfought road win. Jena took the head to head with the 14pt victory after Trier win in Jena earlier this season by 10. Jena outrebounded Trier 36-29 in their win. Caleb Green led Trier with 19pt 5reb 4ast followed by Marshall Philips with 17pt 6reb. Both teams shot FT well with Jena making 28 of 34 (84%) while Trier sank 24 of 29 (82%). Jena improved to 5-24 while Trier fell to 6-23.

Sunday April 13
Bayer Leverkusen @ Eisbaren Bremerhaven 4pm tip

digibu baskets Paderborn @ Koln 99ers 5pm tip

brose Baskets Bamberg @ ALBA Berlin 5pm BBL.TV

Deutsche Bank Skyliners @ BG74 Gottingen 7pm BBL.TV



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GUATEMALA

Sat-Cybertech wins again, dismissing Universidad Rafael Landivar -by Victor Padilla
In their road of preparation for what will be a tough Torneo de Apertura - where at least 3 teams are counted as favorites to win it all (Leones, Elite and SAT)- , the current Guatemalan representative in the Central American region, Sat-Cybertech, defeated Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL) with a final score of 84 - 35, limiting the college players to what is possibly the lowest offensive production of a team in this tournament. Victor Padilla 18, Ricardo Amaya 17 pts and Enrique Samayoa 13 led the cause for the winners. And Melchor contested with 11 points at the losing side. The computerized team will see no more action in the coming two weeks, as they will concentrate in preparing for the final matches that await them at Liga Centroamericana de Clubes 2008, where they have gained a spot in the Final Four event scheduled for April 17-20.

Liga Metro releases calendar for the coming games of Torneo de Apertura -by Victor Padilla

After 5 dates, Liga Metro updated its calendar for Torneo de Apertura 2008, to be played at two venues during the month of April (Gimnasio Teodoro Palacios Flores and Parque La Democracia).

Thursday, April 3
19:00 (F) SAGRADO CORAZON vs. DE LA PENA SAGRADO
20:30 (M) ESTUDIANTES vs. U.R.L.

Saturday, April 5
20:00 (M) ELITE SPORT B.C. vs. LEMANS

Sunday, April 6
10:00 (F) GELATINAS CASTILLA vs. U.R.L.
11:30 (M) LEONES DE MARTE vs. ZENCA
13:00 (M) CORPOEVISA vs. CREACIONES R.L.
14:30 (M) MILLONARIOS vs. COMPUSYS

Tuesday, April 8
19:00 (F) DE LA PENA SAGRADO vs. MYSTICS
20:30 (M) SAT-CYBERTECH vs. U.R.L.

Thursday, April 10
19:00 (F) U.R.L. vs. SAGRADO CORAZON
20:30 (M) U.S.A.C. vs. CREACIONES R.L.

Sunday, April 13
10:00 (F) U.S.A.C. vs. MYSTICS
11:30 (M) U.S.A.C. vs. LEMANS
13:00 (M) MILLONARIOS vs. U.R.L.
14:30 (M) ESTUDIANTES vs. ELITE SPORT B.C.

* Favorite teams in black




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HUNGARY

Round 25 -by Tamas Deri
Falco beat Szolnok 107-93 in the round 25 last night and will start the playoffs from the first place. The first quarter was tied, but the second quarter Falco won by 15 points and the guests could not get closer.

Dombovar played again without Julien Mills, who will be fit until the playoffs begin, and could win in Nyiregyhaza. The guests were lead by american guard Mike English, who had a tripple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Albacomp had one eays 107-78 victory over Hodmezovasarhely and made a big step to reach the 4ht place before the playoffs.

Univer lost in Kaposvar and got back to the 10th place as Zalaegerszeg beat Sopron and got the 9th.

The home team eliminated the guests from Budapest and kept the chances to reach the 4ht place.


FALCO-SZOVA KC-SZOMBATHELY-SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 107-93
(29-29, 27-12, 18-23, 33-29)
Szombathely, Att.: 2000, Referees: Valovics, Adam, Kothay
Falco: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/6, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 20, Kornel Varadi (198-G-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/3, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 33/12, Aliakseyeu 11, Ciric 5/3, Feigl 2, Csaba Borszeki (208-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 7/3, Pankar, Will 2, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Szolnok: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 30/12, Cziczas 5/3, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 23, Donatas Sabaliauskas (200-F-75) 20/15, Gobi 7, Molnar A. 5/3, Harazin 3, Cseh, Coach: Por Peter


MARSO-NYKK-PLANETLEASING DOMBOVARI KC 90-100
(26-27, 16-20, 31-23, 17-30)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1000, Referees: Vigh, Papp P., Gal
MARSO-NYKK: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 28/12, Buchanan, Ross Mouton (201-G/F-85, college: La-Lafayette) 28/18, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Helbich 5, Janos Siska (185-G-76) 11/3, Trepak, Krasznai, Coach: Deri Csaba
PLANETLEASING: ENGLISH 19/3, Balogh L. 9/9, DEAK 20/18, SANDERS 18, WILEY 23/18, SIMON N. 9/3, Bodi 2, Coach: Dzunic Branislav


ALBACOMP-BODROGI BAU VASARHELYI KSE 107-78
(32-14, 22-28, 26-8, 27-28)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 1800, Referees: Cziffra Cs., Szilas Gy., Franyo
ALBACOMP: SIMON 15/3, Bradford 8/3, RADOVIC 21/6, MCLEDON 14, Bencze 5, Soos 7/3, BOOZER 12, Antal Sz. 11/3, David G. 3, KELLER 11, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos
VASARHELY: DRAHOS 26/15, Ch. Brooks 7/3, Kovats R. 6, Babut 1, Gemes 5, FREEMAN 21, Boszormenyi, Kukla 10, Csorba 2, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo


KAPOSVARI KK-UNIVER KSE 79-69
(18-21, 28-16, 11-17, 22-15)
Kaposvar, Att.: 400, Referees: Palla, Torok, Nemeth Cs.
KAPOSVAR: Ceskovic 12, Csirke 2, SZŐKE 17, Hendlein 9, KINSELLA 21/9, VOJVODA 9/9, Orosz 6, Kiss K. 3/3, Coach: Horvath Imre
UNIVER: Sigurdarson 10/6, BLAIR 20/6, Horvath A. 7, Szabo Zs. 4, Fiegi 15/3, Halmai 7, Csorvasi, Lekli 6, Toth P., Coach: Zsoldos Andras


ATOMEROMU SE-MAFC 100-61
(23-17, 20-9, 25-15, 32-20)
Paks, Att.: 1200, Referees: Bodnar, Marton, Gelencser
ASE: Meszaros Z., Murry 8/3, STEVENSON 16, Horvath Z. 6, Gulyas 8, BROOKS 16/9, Kiss Zs. 2, Csaplar-Nagy E. 10/6, Toroman 9/6, PANTA 15/6, Morgen 8/6, Horanyi 2, Coach: Sabali Balazs
MAFC: Harris 14/6, YOUNG 16, Wehner 4, Vavra A. 11, Kecskes 3, FÜLÖP 13, Misek, Fodor, Radovics, Mate M., Coach: Dinnyes Attila


ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK-SOPRONI SORDOGOK 75-68
(26-13, 17-24, 19-10, 13-21)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 800, Referees: Forrai, Kapitany, dr. Pali
ZTE: Miskovic 5, WALTERS 20/6, KAMAN 16/6, Hoffmann 7, BASETTE 18, Toth A. 2, Gaspar, Baki 4, Simon 3, Keresztes, Coach: Nikola Lazic
SOPRON: BRADLEY 21/3, Lakatos 8/3, Lesko 10, VIGGIANO 15, Frana 7, Vesztergom 7, Boldizsar, Kortelyesi, Pojbics, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


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ICELAND

Keflavik fights back -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Keflavik is fighting back to make it to play-offs final. Lost first two games against IR but came back strong last night and beat IR with big different 106-73
With hard defense and much better shooting than in the other games it was easy win for them Serie now stands 2-1 for IR.
Keflavik shot better, rebounded better, had more steals and less turnovers.
Leading scorers for Keflavik. Tommy Johnson (196-G/F-81, college: Texas Wesleyan) 23. Bobby Walker 22. Jon Hafsteinsson 18. Magnus Gunnarsson 16. Throstur Johannsson 11.
For IR. Nate Brown 18, Tahirou Sani 17. Sveinbjorn Claessen 14


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ITALY

Saturday wins for Roma, Napoli and Pesaro -by Gianni Pascucci

In the anticipated games of Serie A Round 31, Eldo Napoli prevailed over Legea Scafai 69-59, led by Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington), who scored 27 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) scored 16 pts to led Scafati in losing effort, but the loss is probably meaning the farewell to Serie A for his team. Lottomatica Roma faced a strong opposiition from Snaidero Udine but managed to took the win, 77-74 on the road, keeping the second place in the Serie A table. Five players ended the game in double digits for Roma, led by Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), who scored 17 pts and grabbed 5 rebs. Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84) added 13 points and 3 assits at the winning side, while Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) was the game best performer, with 15 pts and 12 rebs in losing effort. In the last game of the night, Scavolin-Spar Pesaro defeated Pierrel Capo d'Orlando 108-101 keeping alive the hopes to qualify for the playoff grid. Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) led Pesaro in scoring with 24 points, Ron Slay (203-F-81, college: Tennessee) added 21 pts and 6 rebs at the winning side. Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) was the best in Capo d'Orlando, with 29 points and 7 assists in another stellar performimng of his last season as active player.
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it



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JAPAN

Standings - BJ League
BJ League Standings
1. Evessa 30-13
2. Five Arrows 29-14
3. 89ers 29-14
4. Apache 26-17
5. Albirex 26-17
6. Broncos 21-22
7. Fukuoka 20-24
8. Heat Devils 19-24
9. Golden Kings 10-34
10. Grouses 6-37


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JORDAN

Round 4 of Excellent League's finals -by Mohammed Malas
* First place Game 4 - Friday 11th of April:

Zain 74 - Orthodox 59 (Qs: 20-14, 35-30, 55-45 & 74-59) 'Series is tied 2-2'

# Best performance:
- Zain:
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (22 pts, 5 ast, 3 stl)
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) (14 pts, 15 reb)
Soumaila Samake (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) (11 pts, 12 reb)
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, college: Greensboro) (10 pts, 8 reb)
- Orthodox:
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (18 pts, 13 reb)
Leroy Davis (194-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Georgia St.) (15 pts, 4 ast, 2 stl)

* Third place Game 4 - Friday 11th of April:

Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman 98 - Arena Amman 90 (Qs: 23-22, 47-44, 73-62 & 98-90) 'Series is tied 2-2'

# Best performance:
- Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman:
Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) (27 pts, 11 reb)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (20 pts, 7 ast)
Ali Jamal (204-F/C-88) (17 pts, 10 reb)
- Arena Amman:
Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) (28 pts, 4 ast, 2 stl)
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) (19 reb, 9 reb)
Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) (17 prs, 8 reb)

* The 5th and the final game of the Finals series between Zain and Orthodox will be played tomorrow (Sunday) at 8 pm (Jordan time +3 GMT) in Prince Hamza Hall in Amman...
* The 5th and the final game of the the 3rd place series between Arena Amman and Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman will be played tomorrow (Sunday) at 6 pm (Jordan time +3 GMT) in Prince Hamza Hall in Amman...


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LATVIA

ASK Riga advanced in the SEB BBL Final Four -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga advanced in the SEB BBL Final Four defeating Kalev/Cramo 79 : 72. The total score is set up for 2-0 and gave the ticket to Latvian team to face Zalgiris in the semifinals. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. The fact is that he scored all his points from the arc making 8 out of 12 attempts. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) and Curtis Millage followed him with 10 points each. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
In a slow start from both squads Kalev/Cramo grabbed 0-5 in the opening tip. In a defensive quarter ASK Riga replied with some baskets from the field for 14:13 lead. Kalev/Cramo started the second quarter better again and had 19:20 in the beginning of it. Sandis Valters drilled two consecutive shots from downtown to make the score 31:27. ASK Riga and Kalev/Cramo went to the lockers with 38:34 for the hosts.
Jelic tied the game at 44:44 in the third quarter, but Riga answered with 10-0 run. It was a decisive moment in the game as the quarter ended at 60:49. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the game, but 19:23 in the last period was not enough for the total success. ASK Riga wins the Quarterfinal campaign over Kalev/Cramo and steps forward.
One more game will be played in the regular season of Latvia and after some teams start 1/8 Finals. Yesterday VEF Riga won over Keizarmezs 76:92 away from home to take 13-9 record. Maxim Sheleketo led the winners with 15 points. Juris Patmalnieks (200-F-85), Jurijs Aleksejevs and Maris Gulbis (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points each. Arturs Strelnieks (196-F-85) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Baltic League
ASK Riga -Kalev/Cramo 79 : 72 ( 14-13, 24-21, 22-15, 19-23 )

ASK Riga:Sandis Valters 24, Smiljan Pavic 10, Curtis Millage 10
Kalev/Cramo: Kristjan Kangur 14, Travis Reed 13

LBL
Keizarmezs - VEF Riga 76:82

Keizarmezs: Arturs Strelnieks 19+9 rebs, Arturs Berzins 16
VEF Riga:Maxim Sheleketo 15, Juris Patmalnieks 12, Jurijs Aleksejevs 12, Maris Gulbis 12


LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
1. Valmiera 13-9
2. VEF Riga 13-9
3. Barons/LMT 12-2
4. BK Ventsp. 12-2
5. ASK Riga 10-3
6. Liep.Lauvas 10-11
7. Bum./ASK 3-19
8. Keizarmezs 2-20
Division II
1. Zemgale 27-5
2. Ventspils au. 25-7
3. RNS-D/Livani 20-12
4. ASK/Juniors 20-12
5. Jurmala 14-18
6. LU/Ridzene 13-19
7. Roja 12-20
8. Saldus 7-25
9. Cesis/Remarks 6-26


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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
1. Pioneros 8-0
2. Liceo 3-5
3. Jaguares 1-7
Group B
1. SAT 6-1
2. Icevic T. 5-2
3. Nacionales 1-7


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LIGA SUDAMERICANA

Everything is ready for Final in Liga Sudamericana -by Eurobasket News
Three days left till the tip off of the final series of Liga Sudamericana. Regatas Corrientes and Flamengo qualified for the best-of-five title series. Regatas Corrientes advanced to the final with a 2-0 sweep of Universo/BRB. The Argentinean squad celebrated a 73:57 win in the second game at home to make through to the league finale. Regatas were dominant throughout the encounter and built a 7-point lead at the interval. The margin was stretched to 15 points in the third period and the hosts coasted to an overall victory.
Meanwhile the things developed in more intriguing way in another semifinal matchup. Flamengo lost the opening game to Baca Juniors away from home but leveled the battle in Game 2 in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian team notched an 83:58 victory behind 18 points from Helio Lima (186-G-81). Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points for the winners. It all came down to the decisive Game 3 in Rio de Janeiro. Flamengo capitalized on the home court advantage to upset Boca Juniors 72:66 and entered the final series. Marcelinho Machado dropped 13 points in the opening stanza and the hosts grabbed a 24:13 lead. But Boca Juniors refused to surrender as Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) ignited a comeback effort and Argentinean squad surged ahead 35:33 at halftime. However Marcelinho Machado completed his 28-point haul in the second half to pace Flamengo to key success. Leonardo Gutierrez answered with 23 points for Boca Juniors.


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris-Sabonio Mokykla won the NKL Championship -by Lukas Zajancauskas

Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas became NKL Champions. Bad start didn't frightened them, the were behind 0:2, but then Kaunas won 4 games in a row and won the serie 4:2. Results - 1st game - 94:101, 2nd - 82:76, 3rd - 109:99, 4th - 77:86, 5th - 84:69. They took the last game over Naglis Palanga 89:71 (24:27, 21:17, 18:15, 26:12). Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) scored 22 points and grabbed 10 boards, Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) netted 21. Naglis-Adakris leader Saulius Stombergas (202-F-73, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points, Freeman Taylor (198-F-81, college: Robert Morris) got 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla had longer bench and they used it. Four players was pulling forward Naglis-Adakris all season long and maybe Zalgiris youth team saved more energy. Now Kaunas will play against Marijampole Suduva-Arvi for the place in LKL. (Marijampole Suduva-Arvi took the last place in LKL).


SK Dextera Jonavos won the third place in NKL by beating Juventus-LKSK Utena 3:2.



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MONTENEGRO

MNT Super-League 4 .Round : In derby Lovcen-Danilovgrad 72-77 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Lovcen form Cetinje lose in derby game of 4 Round of Montenegrin Opportunity Super-League against Basketball Club Danilovgrad 72-77 (21-19,13-20,15-17,23-21).In team of Basketball Club Lovcen best was Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) with 25 points and 7 Rebounds.In team of Basketball Club Danilovgrad best was Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) with 28 points ( 6/6 for 1 points,5/7 for 2 points and 4/6 for 3 points , 5 rebounds , 2 asist and 1 still ball - index 32).Good game play Nikola Razic with 23 points

MNT Super League 4.Round: Mogren to strong for Niksic 71-64 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Mogren form udva win in very important game for club in 4 Round of Montenegrin Opportunity Super-League against Basketball Club Niksic 71-64 (26-15,12-15,21-21,12-13).In all four period of game BC Mogren was better team.In team of Basketball Club Mogren best was Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) with 15 points and 4 rebounds.Good game play Nenad Stefanovic with 14 points (4/6 for 3 points ) and Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) with 10 points.In team of Basketball Club Niksic good game play Marko Kuveljic with 14 points and Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) with 12 points

MNT1A Play-Out 7 Round : New win for Jedinstvo,Primorje and Ulcinj -by Dragan Scepanovic
In 7 Round of MNT Play-Out League Basketball club Jedinstvo win against Basketball club Rudar form Pljevlja 96-78 (33-18,23-23,19-17,21-20) , Basketball club Primorje win against Basketball Club Kotor 84-65 (15-14,20-14,312-14,16-23) and Basketball Club Ulcinj in derby game of 7 Round MNT Play-Out league win against Basketball Club Mornar form Bar 83-81 (20-13,14-27,33-23,16-18).In team of Jedinstvo Pobric score 18 points,In team of Rudar Dzogaz score 27 points,In team of Primorje Zambelic score 14 points,In team of Kotor Mandic score 25 points,In team of Ulcinj Popovic score 24 points and in team of Mornar Mijovic score 17 points.

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
1. Buducnost 4-0
2. Mogren 2-2
3. Danilovgrad 2-2
4. Lovcen 2-2
5. Niksic 2-2
6. ABS Primorje 0-4
Play-Out
1. Jedinstvo 5-2
2. Mornar Bar 5-2
3. Ulcijn 5-2
4. Primorje-M. 4-3
5. Rudar 3-4
6. Kotor 0-7


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NBA

Stats Leaders
NBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 James, CLE 30.3
2 Bryant, LAL 28.5
3 Iverson, DEN 26.4
4 Anthony, DEN 26.1
5 Stoudemire, PHO 25.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Howard, ORL 14.4
2 Camby, DEN 13.3
3 Chandler, NOR 11.8
4 Duncan, SA 11.4
5 Jefferson. MIN 11.2
Assists Per Game
1 Paul, NOR 11.6
2 Nash, PHO 11.1
3 Williams, UTA 10.6
4 Kidd, DAL 10.1
5 Calderon, TOR 8.3
Steals Per Game
1 Paul, NOH 2.6
2 Davis, GSW 2.3
3 Artest, SAC 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Camby, DEN 3.5
2 Smith, ATL 2.8
3 Kaman, LAC 2.7
2FGP
1 Biedrins, GSW 62.4
2 Chandler, NOR 62.2
3 Howard, ORL 59.8
3FGP
1 Kapono, TOR 48.3
2 Nash, PHO 47.5
3 Stojakovic, NOR 45.2
Free Throws
1 Stojakovic, NOR 92.3
2 Billups, DET 91.7
3 Allen, BOS 90.6


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
1. Boston C. 64-16
2. Toronto R. 40-39
3. Philadelphia 40-40
4. New Jersey N. 33-47
5. New York K. 23-57
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 56-23
2. Cleveland C. 43-36
3. Indiana P. 35-45
4. Chicago B. 31-48
5. Milwaukee B. 26-54
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 49-30
2. Washington W. 42-38
3. Atlanta H. 37-43
4. Charlotte B. 31-49
5. Miami H. 14-65
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 53-27
2. Denver N. 48-32
3. Portland T.B. 40-40
4. Minnesota T. 21-59
5. Seattle S. 18-62
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 55-25
2. Phoenix S. 53-27
3. Golden St. 48-32
4. Sacramento K. 38-42
5. Los Angeles C. 23-57
Southwest Div.
1. N.Orleans H. 55-25
2. San Antonio S. 54-25
3. Houston R. 54-25
4. Dallas M. 50-30
5. Memphis G. 22-58


Golden State and Denver are tied again -by Eurobasket News
Golden State keeps a dogged fight for the 8th spot in the West. Yesterday they overcame the LA Clippers 122:116 to enter a tie with Denver at the last available playoff spot. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler County CC) nailed 28 points as the Warriors remained hopeful about their playoff future. Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, agency: Life Sports, college: UCLA) secured 25 points and 9 assists in a vital win. Earlier in the night the Nuggets were routed by the Jazz in Utah and the teams now share the 8th place in the conference. Cuttino Mobley (6'5''-G-74, college: Rhode Island) finished with 30 points and 10 boards for the Clippers who lost their 5th in a row. Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) added 21 points and 14 boards in a loss that marked the worst season for the Clippers since 2000. The Warriors led throughout the whole contest but Los Angeles managed to cut the gap to just a single point with a 14:0 run early in the fourth term. But it was never enough as a 10:2 run from the hosts helped them to retain control.
Denver lost the chance to step closer to the playoff territory as they could not deal with the Jazz away from home. Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79), Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) and Ronnie Brewer (6'7''-G-85, college: Arkansas) all scored 20 points each to pace the hosts to a 124:97 victory. The Nuggets still possesses a tiebreaker against Golden State and need to win against Houston tomorrow and Memphis in the final game of the season to reach postseason. Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) notched 28 points for the Nuggets. Utah were up by 11 points before the fourth period but crushed the visiting team 34:18 in the final quarter to coast to an overall success.
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored career-high 37 points but it did not prevent the Indiana Pacers from falling 103:107 to the Charlotte Bobcats. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) had 26 points for the Charlotte as they almost blew the Pacers' hopes to play in the playoffs this season. Indiana remained two games shy of Atlanta with two games left in the season. Indiana will play against Washington and New York, while the Hawks will take on Orlando and Miami in the remaining encounters.


Atlanta keep it cool in the Eastern playoff race -by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks never slowed down in their pursuit for the postseason birth. Yesterday the Hawks handled New York at the Madison Square Garden to step closer to the guaranteed playoff appearance. Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 34 points to carry the Hawks to a 116:104 win over the Knicks. Atlanta thus remained two games ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern conference. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) and Mike Bibby provided a sufficient help with 24 points apiece, while Al Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) notched 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. New York did not seriously threaten the Hawks during the encounter unless cutting the lead to 6 points midway through the fourth period. Atlanta reacted with 6 points in a row to breathe freely till the final buzzer. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) came up with 20 points for New York. Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) contributed 18 points in a losing effort.
Indiana also won their game. The Pacers outlasted Philadelphia 85:765 at the Wachovia Center. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) was the key figure in the success as he nailed 15 points in the third stanza to propel the visitors to a 6-point lead heading into the final quarter. He later added 6 points in a 15:2 run that deepened the margin to as many as 17 points in the fourth frame. The guard finished with 30 points as the Pacers registered the 4th straight win but still remained two wins shy of Atlanta. Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) scored 15 points in a winning effort. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) had 23 points and 7 rebounds for the 76ers. The Pacers next host Charlotte, while Atlanta takes on Boston at home.
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) narrowly missed a triple-double as the LA Lakers edged New Orleans Hornets 107:104 to clinch the Pacific Division title yesterday. He posted 29 points, 10 boards and 8 assists en route to a hard-fought victory. The Lakers now trail the Hornets by half-game in the Western conference and will try to deny the deficit in the remaining two games. The visitors were up by massive 30 points late in the second term but wasted almost all the lead before surviving at the very end. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) nailed 25 points, while Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) added 15 for the winners. Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) poured in 24 points and Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) secured 15 points and 17 assists in defeat.


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NEW ZEALAND

Canterbury snaps 4-game losing streak against Auckland -by Eurobasket News
The Canterbury Rams finally found the way to succeed after falling short in 4 straight games. The Rams capitalized on the absence of the Stars' leader Casey Frank to notch an impressive 89:71 road victory. Casey Frank took a preplanned visit to the USA and was unavailable for the Stars. Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) led the Rams with 25 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and 4 steals as Canterbury ran away after the long break. The visiting side was up by 13 points late in the first half but Auckland pulled within 4 with the help of Dillon Boucher and Tyrone Davey (188-G-86). Canterbury persisted and cleared off to a double-digit advantage early in the third stanza and never looked back again. Wilder Auguste (198-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Sam Houston St.) tallied 18 points and 11 boards for the Rams. Dave Langrell contributed 12 points for the winners. Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) scored game-high 26 points and picked 9 caroms to pace the Stars. Tyrone Davey had 17 points as Auckland slipped to 5-4 record.
Wellington, Harbour and the Hawkes Bay Hawks all celebrated home wins yesterday. The Saints were paced by 27 points from Troy McLean (194-G-79) to upset visiting Taranaki 95:86. Leading by 7 points at the interval the Saints went in full swing after the break to enlarge the gap to double digits and kept the Dynamos at bay. Ernest Scott (200-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Valdosta St.) dropped 24 points as Wellington climbed to the second spot in the ladder. Link Abrams (198-F-73) fired 27 points for Taranaki.
Paora Winitana (195-G-76) led well-balanced offense for the Bay Hawks as they beat the Otago Nuggets 89:76 in Napier. The teams were leveled at 43 at the long break but the hosts went on a 26:7 run in the third stanza to clear off for good. Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) had 14 points, while Aidan Daly (182-G-78) provided 12 for the winners. Lemar Gayle (198-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Antoine Tisby (203-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: S.Carolina) responded with 23 points apiece for the Nuggets.


Standings Men
NBL Standings
1. Waikato 6-1
2. Wellington 6-3
3. Harbour Heat 5-3
4. Nelson 5-3
5. Auckland 5-4
6. Taranaki 4-5
7. G&H Hawks 3-3
8. Manawatu 2-5
9. Canterbury 2-6
10. Otago 2-7


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PHILIPPINES

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
1. Sta Lucia 3-0
2. Coca-Cola 3-0
3. Talk N Text 2-1
4. Red Bull 2-1
5. Purefoods 2-1
6. Alaska 1-2
7. Air21 1-2
8. Magnolia 1-2
9. Welcoat D. 0-3
10. Ginebra 0-3


PBA Fiesta Cup Results -by Lorenzo Gahol
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Allado


Williams

Apr. 9 (Wed) Araneta Coliseum
Welcoat 96 Coca-Cola 98
CCT: Jason Dixon (205-C-73) 36 pts, 10 rebs
WD: Gainous 23 pts, Santee 22pts

Purefoods 102 Air21 94

PG: James Yap (190-F/G-82) 25 pts, Raymundo, 19 pts, 8 asts
A21: Thomas 23 pts, 16 rebs, 2 blks


Apr. 11 (Fri) Araneta Coliseum
Red Bull 92 Talk N Text 103
TNT: Don Carlos Allado (198-F-77) 21 pts, 11 rebs, Cardona 19 pts
RBB: Parada 24 pts, 13 rebs, 2 blks

Alaska 81 Magnolia 89
MBM: Racela 18 pts, Seigle 18 pts
AA: Holcomb 20 pts, 18 rebs

Apr. 12 (Sat) Tacloban Convention Center, Leyte
Ginebra 97 Sta. Lucia 101
SLR: Kelly Williams (196-F-82) 22 pts, Wilson 22 pts, Reyes 22 pts
BGK: Caguioa 28 pts, Brown 24 pts



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PUERTO RICO

Captains outrank Cowboys -by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains beat the Bayamon Cowboys 90-79. The Captains took the 1st quarter 23-22 and were leading at the end of the 1st half 51-39. In the 2nd half the Cowboys would not mount much of a threat and the Captains cruised to an easy win. For Arecibo, Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds followed by Rodney White with 18 points. For Bayamon, Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) scored 22 points followed by Christopher Vega with 20 points.

Over at Humacao, the Grays continued their winning ways as they beat the Fajardo Cariduros 87-81. The Grays took command of the game in the 1st quarter 20-13, they were leading big at the half 51-30 but in the 2nd half the Cariduros mounted a strong offense of their own and started to trim down the lead, at the end of the 3rd quarter the Grays were leading 70-59. The Cariduros once again tried to make an offensive effort in the 4th but it was just too late to overcome the Grays. For Humacao, Ansel Guzman (175-G-84, agency: Next Level) scored 24 points, while Ricky Sanchez scored 14 points. For Fajardo, Uka Agbai (203-F-81, college: Boston Coll.) scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds followed by Javier Mojica and Jesse Pellot who both scored 17 points.

In the last game of the night, Guaynabo defeated Mayaguez 92-81. The Conquistadors got a great offensive game from newly acquired player Antonio Latimer who was recently acquired from the Ponce Lions, as he went on to score 22 points. Guaynabo took the 1st quarter 21-15 and in the 2nd quarter the Conquistadors were on fire as they went on to score 30 points to end the half 51-33. In the 2nd half the Indians got a better offensive run but it was too little too late to half the Conquistadors. For Guaynabo, Carmelo Lee (200-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) led the way with 28 points followed by Antonio Latimer with 22 points. For Mayaguez, Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 16 points followed by Angel Caballero with 14 points and 11 rebounds


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
1. Arecibo 15-6
2. Ponce 11-10
3. Caguas 9-10
4. San German 8-11
5. Guayama 6-14
6. Mayaguez 4-16
Metro
1. Carolina 13-6
2. Guaynabo 12-8
3. Fajardo 11-9
4. Santurce 11-9
5. Humacao 11-9
6. Bayamon 9-12


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ROMANIA

Romanian Cup Semifinals -by Eurobasket News
April 11th was the start of Final Four in Romanian Cup. Tonight we will see BCM ELBA Timisoara and CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in the Final. BCM ELBA Timisoara easily overcame BC Argeş Piteşti 100:82 in the first semifinal. Timisoara controlled the game and led in the majority of it. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti had a battle against CSU Atlassib Sibiu, but took a ticket in the Final. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti edged CSU Atlassib Sibiu 60:58.
It became known that CSU Atlassib Sibiu finished third in the Cup as the team beat BC Argeş Piteşti 87:76 for the third place. The Final is expected later tonight, so check the news tomorrow.
Meanwhile Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) and his Unics could not join Dynamo for a possible Russian semifinal and let Akasvayu Girona became the last team to advance. Now there is a possibility that Turin will see Spanish Final. Akasvayu Girona beat Unics Kazan 75:66 in the last game of the quarterfinals. Darjus Lavrinovic did not play due to a last-minute back injury. Arriel McDonald and Marc Gasol top-scored for the winners with 19 points apiece. Branko Cvetkovic followed them with 14, while Ivan Radenovic added 10. Dusko Savanovic and Sergei Chikalkin posted 12 points for Unics. Romanian Virgil Stanescu ended up with 10 points in the losing effort.


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RUSSIA

Dynamoooooooooo... Come On ! ! ! -by Max Brodsky
Akasvayu Girona made it to the ULEB Cup FINAL! Akasvayu advanced to the title game by upsetting Dynamo Moscow 78-81 in the second semifinal at Palavela in Turin, Italy on Saturday night. Akasvayu will now fight for the ULEB Cup title in the all-Spanish final against DKV Joventut. Moreover, the ULEB Cup winner will automatically make it to the 2008-09 Euroleague. Meanwhile, Dynamo will face Galatasaray Cafe Crown in the third place game and the winner will automatically return to the ULEB Cup next season. Arriel McDonald (191-G-72, college: Minnesota) became the game hero with 4-for-4 free throws in the final seconds to hold off a wild Dynamo rally. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) led the winners with 20 points in his first-ever ULEB Cup start. McDonald added 18 while Marc Gasol (212-C-85) had 16 for Akasvayu. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) had 20 points for Dynamo, Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) added 14, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) got 12 while Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, college: Arizona) contributed 10 for the 2006 ULEB Cup winners, that got its last lead at 24-23 on a driving layup by Milos Vujanic (190-G-80). Gasol, an outstanding McDonald and second-chance options helped Akasvayu to regain a 35-38 edge at halftime. Gasol simply took over after the break while Radenovic led a game-breaking 3-17 run that Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) capped with a corner triple to make it a 19-point game, 45-64, late in the third quarter. Dynamo was not done, however, as it managed to get Domercant and Fotsis involved to get back in the game, 73-74, already in the final 2 minutes. Radenovic and McDonald allowed Akasvayu to keep a 78-81 lead with 9.2 seconds to go. Vujanic and Domercant missed from downtown in the game's final possession.

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SPAIN

Hottest LEB ever? -by Francisco Martinez
Recap
LEB Gold is very hot at this moment. And it's not due to the fight in the higher spots of the standings table. No, CAI Zaragoza got yesterday a passport to ACB league they shuldn't lost in the five games remaining, three victories has to be a gap enough to keep the first spot.

The fire is in the lower spots... with FIVE! teams with 10 victories sharing the last position.

Aguas de Valencia changed the Coach two weeks ago, it seems that Jorge Jimenez has recovered his touch for dimes (6 assists), while Shay Miller has become a natural born leader able to make his team win against powerful Alicante Costa Blanca.

UB La Palma won too, defeating Palma Aqua Magica with Manzano and Arrocha as best players. Palma could score only 9 points in the last quarter... and this fact made them be one of the five teams with problems.

Alerta Cantabria lost at Lugo with Betinho making a good game against his former team. Youngster Daniel Clark helped him. But youth is not equal to good games, that's whye L'Hospitalet is in the group too. Antelo was not enough to defeat Lleida.

The MVP of the day was Southall, author of 23 points and 11 rebounds, and killer of Bruesa's automatic promotioc dreams.

Results
LECHE RIO BREOGAN - ALERTA CANTABRIA 74-61
AGUAS DE VALENCIA - ALICANTE COSTA BLANCA 81-68
FORD BURGOS - BEIRASAR ROSALIA 86-80
C.B. CIUDAD DE HUELVA - CIUDAD DE LA LAGUNA CANARIAS 88-81
BASKET CAI ZARAGOZA - CB VILLA DE LOS BARRIOS 71-62
BRUESA GBC - MELILLA BALONCESTO 81-83
TENERIFE RURAL - FUNDACIO BASQUETINCA.COM 72-59
UNION BALONCESTO LA PALMA - PALMA AQUA MAGICA 78-60
PLUS PUJOL LLEIDA - C.B. L'HOSPITALET 92-86

Best Five
Michael Southall (210-C-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: La-Lafayette)
Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87)
Shalawn Miller (204-C/F-74, college: Mass.-Lowell)
Daniel Clark (210-C-88)
Diego Ciorciari (185-G-80, agency: Interperformances)


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
1. Zaragoza 24-5
2. Bruesa 21-8
3. Alicante 20-9
4. Leche Rio 20-9
5. Plus Pujol 17-12
6. Tenerife 16-13
7. Rosalia 15-14
8. Los Barrios 14-15
9. La Laguna 14-15
10. Melilla 14-15
11. Huelva 13-16
12. Burgos 12-17
13. Basquetinca 11-18
14. L Hospitalet 10-16
15. Cantabria 10-16
16. Palma Aqua 10-19
17. Aguas Gandia 10-19
18. La Palma 10-19


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SWEDEN

Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Torey Thomas (180-G-85) (Akropol)
Guard of the Year - Torey Thomas (Akropol)
Forward of the Year - Alex Wesby (196-G-80) (Sundsvall)
Center of the Year - Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) (Sundsvall)
Newcomer of the Year - Willy Beck (188-G-87) (Solna)
Most Improved Player of the Year - Martin Pahlmblad (190-G-86) (Solna)
Bosman Player of the Year - Michael Kingma (210-C-79) (Boras)
Import Player of the Year - Torey Thomas (Akropol)
Domestic Player of the Year - Joakim Kjellbom (Sundsvall)
Defensive Player of the Year - Brandon McKnight (188-G-83) (Solna)
Coach of the Year - Pekka Salminen (Solna)

1st Team
Torey Thomas (Akropol)
Brandon McKnight (Solna)
Alex Wesby (Sundsvall)
Ian Johnson (206-F-84) (Norrkoping)
Joakim Kjellbom (Sundsvall)

2nd Team
Jeremiah Johnson (183-G-77) (08)
Herman Favors (173-G-84) (Oresundskraft)
Gerald Riley (198-F-81) (Akropol)
Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83) (Sodertalje)
Bilal Salaam (201-F-81) (Solna)

All-Domestic Players Team
Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) (Solna)
Adam Alexander (176-G-80) (Sundsvall)
Jonathan Skjoldebrand (Sodertalje)
John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77) (Plannja)
Joakim Kjellbom (Sundsvall)

All-Imports Team
Torey Thomas (Akropol)
Brandon McKnight (Solna)
Alex Wesby (Sundsvall)
Ian Johnson (Norrkoping)
Bilal Salaam (Solna)

All-Bosmans Team
Srdan Subotic (193-G-80) (Sundsvall)
Dee Ayuba (198-F-86) (Plannja)
Pero Vasiljevic (209-F/C-78) (Sundsvall)
Conor Grace (205-F-82) (Norrkoping)
Michael Kingma (Boras)

All-Defensive Team
Torey Thomas (Akropol)
Brandon McKnight (Solna)
Thomas Jackson (175-G-80) (Uppsala)
Bilal Salaam (Solna)
Joakim Kjellbom (Sundsvall)

All-Newcomers Team
Willy Beck (Solna)
Samuel Desport (184-G-83) (Akropol)
Carl Lindqvist (187-G-88) (08)
Omar Zaghden (204-F/C-90) (08)
Bjorn Larsson-Hillgren (211-C-88) (Jamtland)



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U.KINGDOM

Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
1. Newcastle E. 27-4
2. Plymouth R. 22-8
3. Guildford H. 21-8
4. Milton Key. 19-11
5. Scottish R. 17-13
6. Sheffield S. 15-15
7. Everton T. 13-16
8. Worcester W. 13-17
9. London C. 9-20
10. Cheshire J. 9-21
11. Leicester R. 9-21
12. Birmingh.P. 5-24


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URUGUAY

Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
1. Aguada 1-0
2. Verdirrojo 1-0
3. 25 de Agosto 1-0
4. Yale 0-0
5. Guruyu Waston 0-0
6. Urunday Univ. 0-0
7. Capurro 0-0
8. Marne 0-0
9. Larre Borges 0-0
10. Goes 0-0
11. Nacional 0-1
12. Larranaga 0-1
13. Olivol Mundial 0-1


The Metro League started -by Hector Lopez
Dave Holmes (201-C-82, college: Manhattan) scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds when Aguada beat 76-70 Larranaga in the openening games for the Metropolitan League.
For Verdirrojo Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) scored 11 points to beat Olivol Mundial 89-70. In the other game 25 de Agosto defeated Nacional 87-66.
13 teams are playing the Metro League for tow spots in the Uruguayan League 2009. Othe teams with import players, Goes, Yale, Waston
and Marne will play tonight.


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WBA

WBA holding its Free Agent Camp and Players' Draft -by Gianni Pascucci
The World Basketball Association-Exposure League held its 5th Free Agent League Tryouts on April 11th & 12th, at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. The camp has been conducted in order to give free agents an opportunity to be exposed to all teams in the WBA. At the end of the Camp, the league officials run a Free Agent Selection Draft. This season up to 40 players should have been, as each team will select in 8 rounds. Drafted free agents and rookies will report to team training camps directly after the Free Agent camp, joining vets and protected players for season preparation. The 2008 opening night is scheduled for May 5th.



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Women News

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ANGOLA - Women

Duarte to coach Angola -by Eurobasket News
Angola will start their preparations for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament next week in Luanda. Raul Duarte will be a coach of the team that hopes for the good. Raul Duarte has replaced Anibal Moreira, who helped the team capture the bronze medal last year at the FIBA Africa Championship in Senegal. There will be four new players in the team roster in comparison with the previous. Nadir Manuel (-86), Felizarda Jorge, Judith Queta and Angelina Galome are ready to help the team. Angola will fight neck-a-neck with Argentina and the Czech Republic in Group B with the top two advancing to the quarter-finals. The teams are really good, but African team will try to do their best.
Just a reminder that Angola will play in Group B of FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9. Czech Republic face Argentina and Angola will play with the teams in the second and third days of the tournament.


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BELARUS - Women

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


Berezina and Minsk-2006 win the openers of the semifinals -by Eurobasket News
Berezina and Minsk-2006 won the openers of the semifinals and took 1-0 in the series over their opponents. Berezina stun Victoria-UOR 94:51 with the total control throughout the game. Minsk-2006 overcame Olimpia 68:71 in a real Belorussian battle. The second semifinals are scheduled for April 16th. Minsk-2006 now will host Olimpia, while Victoria-UOR will take on Berezina at home.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) played one of the best games in Euroleague, being the real heroine for her UMMC. Spartak MR however won the thriller in the Russian semifinal beating UMMC from Ekaterinburg 78:68. The game remained tough until the end of it, however Spartak created a 12-0 run in the end to advance to the Final. Lauren Jackson was unstoppable with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Tina Thompson followed her with 24 as other players did not reach even 10. Yelena Leuchanka was the only player to resist in defeat collecting 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Lauren Jackson ran with her team in the early start and grabbed the first lead. She nailed another jump shot for 13;12 advantage in the middle of the opening quarter. Abrosimova's three gave UMMC the first lead and the team held it to 23:22 after the first 10 minutes. Lauren Jackson with a three tied the score at 27:27, but then Asjha Jones made plus 5 for UMMC. Again Lauren Jackson brought 38:34 and then her team mates Tina Thompson and Marina Karpunina gave Spartak 44:37 with 70 seconds remaining in the first half. Bibrzycka closed the second quarter for 41:45 as the teams went to the lockers.
Yelena Leuchanka lifted her team to 51:51 making a jump-shot. UMMC remained in front for some period of time, however Shchegoleva posted a jump-shot for 62:58 Spartak's lead. The defending champions of Euroleague went on a 12-0 run in the last quarter to take 70:58. Yelena Leuchanka tried hard, but together with Taylor in the end of the game could not save the campaign.
Lauren Jackson played the last several minutes in discomfort after injuring her foot. Australian player however should be able to play in the final when Spartak face hosts Gambrinus Brno.


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BELGIUM - Women

IMC Waregem claims the crown in D1 -by Eurobasket News
Dexia - Waregem 66:68

Waregem clinched a historic title as they celebrated a third and decisive victory in the D1 Final series against Dexia. Waregem snapped a 5-season champion rally of Dexia to win the first title since 1990. Dexia seemed unstoppable over the last 5 years but this time it Waregem stunned their opponents sweeping the series. The third game turned out into a real battlefield with both sides fighting for every inch of the court. Waregem got to a quick start and maintained a 22:16 lead after the opening stanza. They dominated the boards and were more accurate from the field which resulted in a 40:29 lead at the interval. Dexia struggled to deny the deficit in the third period as Waregem players wisely kept the distance. Dexia trailed by 12 points heading into the fourth term. However Oksana Agabalova (186-F-73) and Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) ignited a comeback rally from Dexia as they trimmed the deficit and tied the score at 66 with just seconds left in the game. But Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) had the last laugh as she drained a jumper that propelled Waregem to their second title in the franchise history.
Nele Deyaert notched 20 points to lead the action. Kamila Oplustilova (188-C-78) dropped 14 points, while Angele Boucquey (175-F-81) had 11 for the winners. Oksana Agabalova answered with 19 points for Dexia. Karolina Piotrkiewicz (190-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Liberty) delivered 14 points in defeat. Waregem outrebounded their opponents 29:22 and sank 47% from the field.

Dexia: Oksana Agabalova 19, Karolina Piotrkiewicz 14, Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) 13+7 boards
Waregem: Nele Deyaert 20, Kamila Oplustilova 14, Angele Boucquey 11


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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Gambrinus Brno needed an overtime to outscore Bourges -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus Brno -Bourges 90:81 OT (13-27, 21-15, 16-19, 27-16, 13-4)

Gambrinus Brno became the second finalist of EuroLeague Women after a real overtime battle against Bourges. Trailing 13:27 after the opening quarter Gambrinus Brno and 3500 their spectators came back to the game and needed an overtime to triumph. The Bourges players were excellent for most of the game but weren't able to close out the victory. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) led the winners with 28 points. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) nailed 17, while Jana Vesela (194-F-83) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the French team with 29 points and 7 rebounds.
Zuzana Zirkova sent a bomb for 3-0 in the opening tip and then Whitmore made the score 7:3. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) brought the guests the first lead with 7:8 and it became a disaster for the hosts in the next five minutes. Ndongue closed the 10-0 run as Bourges had 27:13 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Celine Dumerc was the last to score a three in the quarter and then it was her again from the arc to give Bourges the biggest, 30:13 advantage. With no panic in the team Gambrinus Brno started to reduce. Maiga drove a lay-up for 19:33 with 7 minutes to play in the half. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) scored for Bourges for 25:36, but then Maiga again answered for 27:36. Belinda Snell sent the teams to the lockers with a bomb from the arc, 42:34.
Bourges played better in the third quarter and increased to 60:51 by the end of it. All the best the spectators saw in the fourth quarter, not the last. Trailing 54:63 Gambrinus Brno cut the deficit to 64:65. Eva Viteckova laid the ball up and in to level the scores at 75:75. Sonja Sonja Kireta drew a foul from Machova after time out called but the latter took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor before drawing a foul from Sonja Kireta as she went up for a lay-up.Machova made both free throws to tie the contest at 77:77. The game went to overtime where Gambrinus Brno had no chance to lose. Zuzana Zirkova with a three made the final, 90:81 margin.

Gambrinus Brno: Zuzana Zirkova 28, Eva Viteckova 17, Jana Vesela 12+9 rebs
Bourges:Belinda Snell 29+7 rebs, Celine Dumerc 15, Sonja Kireta 14+9 rebs


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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Faenza, first win ever in Euroleague. Napoli still winless -by Carlo Grilli
Germano Zama Faenza overcame a slow start to past TEO Vilnius on the road: 80-86. For the Italian team this is the first win ever in Euroleague. Daliborka Jokic (16 pts + 9 boards) and Marija Eric (164-G-83) (22 points, 5/9 by 3) helped Faenza sealing the victory against the consistent Lithuanian recover (Valuzyte 21) late in the fourth quarter.

Phard Napoli, on the other side, remained at the bottom of Group A losing in Sopron 82-69 after leading in score for more than 30 minutes; in the late stanza, however, Sopron (Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) 19) played very well, and the Italian team (Astou Ndiaye 16) eventually lost.


Spartak and Gambrinus will play in the FINAL -by Eurobasket News

Spartak and Gambrinus will face each other in the Final of Euroleague.

Spartak MR won the thriller in the Russian semifinal beating UMMC from Ekaterinburg 78:68. The game remained tough until the end of it, however Spartak created a 12-0 run in the end to advance to the Final. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was unstoppable with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Tina Thompson (188-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) followed her with 24 as other players did not reach even 10. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) was the only player to resist in defeat collecting 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Lauren Jackson ran with her team in the early start and grabbed the first lead. She nailed another jump shot for 13;12 advantage in the middle of the opening quarter. Abrosimova's three gave UMMC the first lead and the team held it to 23:22 after the first 10 minutes. Lauren Jackson with a three tied the score at 27:27, but then Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) made plus 5 for UMMC. Again Lauren Jackson brought 38:34 and then her team mates Tina Thompson and Marina Karpunina (180-F-84) gave Spartak 44:37 with 70 seconds remaining in the first half. Bibrzycka closed the second quarter for 41:45 as the teams went to the lockers.
Yelena Leuchanka lifted her team to 51:51 making a jump-shot. UMMC remained in front for some period of time, however Shchegoleva posted a jump-shot for 62:58 Spartak's lead. The defending champions of Euroleague went on a 12-0 run in the last quarter to take 70:58. Yelena Leuchanka tried hard, but together with Taylor in the end of the game could not save the campaign.
Lauren Jackson played the last several minutes in discomfort after injuring her foot. Australian player however should be able to play in the final when Spartak face hosts Gambrinus Brno.


Gambrinus Brno became the second finalist of EuroLeague Women after a real overtime battle against Bourges. Trailing 13:27 after the opening quarter Gambrinus Brno and 3500 their spectators came back to the game and needed an overtime to triumph. The Bourges players were excellent for most of the game but weren't able to close out the victory. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) led the winners with 28 points. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) nailed 17, while Jana Vesela (194-F-83) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the French team with 29 points and 7 rebounds.
Zuzana Zirkova sent a bomb for 3-0 in the opening tip and then Whitmore made the score 7:3. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) brought the guests the first lead with 7:8 and it became a disaster for the hosts in the next five minutes. Ndongue closed the 10-0 run as Bourges had 27:13 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Celine Dumerc was the last to score a three in the quarter and then it was her again from the arc to give Bourges the biggest, 30:13 advantage. With no panic in the team Gambrinus Brno started to reduce. Maiga drove a lay-up for 19:33 with 7 minutes to play in the half. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) scored for Bourges for 25:36, but then Maiga again answered for 27:36. Belinda Snell sent the teams to the lockers with a bomb from the arc, 42:34.
Bourges played better in the third quarter and increased to 60:51 by the end of it. All the best the spectators saw in the fourth quarter, not the last. Trailing 54:63 Gambrinus Brno cut the deficit to 64:65. Eva Viteckova laid the ball up and in to level the scores at 75:75. Sonja Sonja Kireta drew a foul from Machova after time out called but the latter took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor before drawing a foul from Sonja Kireta as she went up for a lay-up.Machova made both free throws to tie the contest at 77:77. The game went to overtime where Gambrinus Brno had no chance to lose. Zuzana Zirkova with a three made the final, 90:81 margin.



UMMC-Spartak MR 68:78 (23-22, 18-23, 17-17, 10-16)

UMMC:Yelena Leuchanka 15+7 rebs, Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) 9, Asjha Jones 9
Spartak MR:Lauren Jackson 35+12 rebs, Tina Thompson 24, Marina Karpunina 6


Gambrinus Brno -Bourges 90:81 OT (13-27, 21-15, 16-19, 27-16, 13-4)

Gambrinus Brno: Zuzana Zirkova 28, Eva Viteckova 17, Jana Vesela 12+9 rebs
Bourges:Belinda Snell 29+7 rebs, Celine Dumerc 15, Sonja Kireta 14+9 rebs



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FRANCE - Women

Gambrinus Brno needed an overtime to outscore Bourges -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus Brno -Bourges 90:81 OT (13-27, 21-15, 16-19, 27-16, 13-4)

Gambrinus Brno became the second finalist of EuroLeague Women after a real overtime battle against Bourges. Trailing 13:27 after the opening quarter Gambrinus Brno and 3500 their spectators came back to the game and needed an overtime to triumph. The Bourges players were excellent for most of the game but weren't able to close out the victory. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) led the winners with 28 points. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) nailed 17, while Jana Vesela (194-F-83) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the French team with 29 points and 7 rebounds.
Zuzana Zirkova sent a bomb for 3-0 in the opening tip and then Whitmore made the score 7:3. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) brought the guests the first lead with 7:8 and it became a disaster for the hosts in the next five minutes. Ndongue closed the 10-0 run as Bourges had 27:13 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Celine Dumerc was the last to score a three in the quarter and then it was her again from the arc to give Bourges the biggest, 30:13 advantage. With no panic in the team Gambrinus Brno started to reduce. Maiga drove a lay-up for 19:33 with 7 minutes to play in the half. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) scored for Bourges for 25:36, but then Maiga again answered for 27:36. Belinda Snell sent the teams to the lockers with a bomb from the arc, 42:34.
Bourges played better in the third quarter and increased to 60:51 by the end of it. All the best the spectators saw in the fourth quarter, not the last. Trailing 54:63 Gambrinus Brno cut the deficit to 64:65. Eva Viteckova laid the ball up and in to level the scores at 75:75. Sonja Sonja Kireta drew a foul from Machova after time out called but the latter took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor before drawing a foul from Sonja Kireta as she went up for a lay-up.Machova made both free throws to tie the contest at 77:77. The game went to overtime where Gambrinus Brno had no chance to lose. Zuzana Zirkova with a three made the final, 90:81 margin.

Gambrinus Brno: Zuzana Zirkova 28, Eva Viteckova 17, Jana Vesela 12+9 rebs
Bourges:Belinda Snell 29+7 rebs, Celine Dumerc 15, Sonja Kireta 14+9 rebs


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
1. Bourges 24-1
2. USVO 18-7
3. Montpellier 18-7
4. Villeneuve 14-11
5. Mondeville 14-11
6. St Amand 13-12
7. Challes 13-12
8. Reims 12-13
9. Clermont 12-13
10. Pays d Aix 10-15
11. Tarbes 10-15
12. Arras 8-17
13. COB Calais 6-19
14. Mourenx 3-22


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MALI - Women

Maiga will play in the Final of Eoruleague -by Eurobasket News
Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) and her Gambrinus Brno became the second finalist of EuroLeague Women after a real overtime battle against Bourges. Trailing 13:27 after the opening quarter Gambrinus Brno and 3500 their spectators came back to the game and needed an overtime to triumph. The Bourges players were excellent for most of the game but weren't able to close out the victory. Zuzana Zirkova led the winners with 28 points. Eva Viteckova nailed 17, while Jana Vesela collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Belinda Snell top-scored for the French team with 29 points and 7 rebounds.
Zuzana Zirkova sent a bomb for 3-0 in the opening tip and then Whitmore made the score 7:3. Celine Dumerc brought the guests the first lead with 7:8 and it became a disaster for the hosts in the next five minutes. Ndongue closed the 10-0 run as Bourges had 27:13 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Celine Dumerc was the last to score a three in the quarter and then it was her again from the arc to give Bourges the biggest, 30:13 advantage. With no panic in the team Gambrinus Brno started to reduce. Hamchetou Maiga drove a lay-up for 19:33 with 7 minutes to play in the half. Sonja Kireta scored for Bourges for 25:36, but then Hamchetou Maiga again answered for 27:36. Belinda Snell sent the teams to the lockers with a bomb from the arc, 42:34.
Bourges played better in the third quarter and increased to 60:51 by the end of it. All the best the spectators saw in the fourth quarter, not the last. Trailing 54:63 Gambrinus Brno cut the deficit to 64:65. Eva Viteckova laid the ball up and in to level the scores at 75:75. Sonja Sonja Kireta drew a foul from Machova after time out called but the latter took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor before drawing a foul from Sonja Kireta as she went up for a lay-up.Machova made both free throws to tie the contest at 77:77. The game went to overtime where Gambrinus Brno had no chance to lose. Zuzana Zirkova with a three made the final, 90:81 margin. Hamchetou Maiga ended up with 6 points and 2 rebounds.
Sadio Sangare (191-C-80, college: Oklahoma City) tried hard against MBK Ruzomberok in Slovakia and the latter had a tough game versus her Whirpool Poprad 88:74. The game was done already after three quarters but then the guests reduced the gap. Whirpool Poprad won the last period 21:29 and lost with 14 points margin. Regina Palusna paced all the winners with 19 points. Podesvova scored 17 and Okonkwova had 13. Sadio Sangare showed a good game in defeat nailing 28 points.


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Standings - Women League
League Standings
Superleague
1. Buducnost 1-0
2. Jedinstvo 1-0
3. Roling Niksic 1-1
4. BC Kastel 0-2
Premier League
1. BC Rozaje 0-0
2. BC H.Novi 0-0
3. Kotor 0-0
4. Rudar 0-0


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POLAND - Women

Eurobasket.com All-PLKK Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Holdsclaw


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Player of the Year: Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77) of Lotos PKO BP
Guard of the Year: Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77) of Lotos PKO BP
Forward of the Year: Chamique Holdsclaw of Lotos PKO BP
Center of the Year: Lindsay Taylor (203-C-81) of MMKS
Newcomer of the Year: Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) of MUKS Poznan
Most Improved Player of the Year: Natalia Malaszewska (178-G-84) of AZS Jelenia Gora
Bosman Player of the Year: Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) of CCC
Import Player of the Year: Chamique Holdsclaw of Lotos PKO BP
Domestic Player of the Year: Joanna Jarkowska (183-F/C-81) of AZS Poznan
Defensive Player of the Year: Joei Clyburn (185-G/F-84) of Cukierki Odra
Coach of the Year: Jaroslaw Krysiewicz of Duda Tecza

1st Team
Dominique Canty of Lotos PKO BP
Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) of Wisla Can-Pack
Chamique Holdsclaw of Lotos PKO BP
Joanna Jarkowska of AZS Poznan
Lindsay Taylor of MMKS

2nd Team
Edyta Krysiewicz (164-G-70) of Duda Tecza
Joei Clyburn of Cukierki Odra
Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Wisla Can-Pack
Nikita Bell (183-G/F-83) of Utex Row
Petra Stampalija of CCC

All-Domestic Players Team
Edyta Krysiewicz of Duda Tecza
Natalia Malaszewska of AZS Jelenia Gora
Joanna Jarkowska of AZS Poznan
Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) of Lotos PKO BP
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of Wisla Can-Pack

All-Imports Team
Dominique Canty of Lotos PKO BP
Marta Fernandez of Wisla Can-Pack
Chamique Holdsclaw of Lotos PKO BP
Candice Dupree of Wisla Can-Pack
Lindsay Taylor of MMKS

All-Bosmans Team
Petra Stampalija of CCC
Marta Fernandez of Wisla Can-Pack
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) of Lotos PKO BP
Ekaterina Snytina (188-F-85) of Lotos PKO BP
Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) of Wisla Can-Pack

All-Defensive Team
Dominique Canty of Lotos PKO BP
Joei Clyburn of Cukierki Odra
Chamique Holdsclaw of Lotos PKO BP
Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) of Wisla Can-Pack
Lindsay Taylor of MMKS

All-Newcomers Team
Agnieszka Skobel of MUKS Poznan
Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83) of Duda Tecza
Zaneta Durak (172-F-89) of MUKS Poznan
Paulina Antczak (180-F-90) of MUKS Poznan
Patrycja Gulak (193-C-82) of Lotos PKO BP


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RUSSIA - Women

Lauren Jackson is the heroine for Spartak MR -by Eurobasket News
UMMC-Spartak MR 68:78 (23-22, 18-23, 17-17, 10-16)

Spartak MR won the thriller in the Russian semifinal beating UMMC from Ekaterinburg 78:68. The game remained tough until the end of it, however Spartak created a 12-0 run in the end to advance to the Final. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was unstoppable with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Tina Thompson (188-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) followed her with 24 as other players did not reach even 10. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) was the only player to resist in defeat collecting 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Lauren Jackson ran with her team in the early start and grabbed the first lead. She nailed another jump shot for 13;12 advantage in the middle of the opening quarter. Abrosimova's three gave UMMC the first lead and the team held it to 23:22 after the first 10 minutes. Lauren Jackson with a three tied the score at 27:27, but then Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) made plus 5 for UMMC. Again Lauren Jackson brought 38:34 and then her team mates Tina Thompson and Marina Karpunina (180-F-84) gave Spartak 44:37 with 70 seconds remaining in the first half. Bibrzycka closed the second quarter for 41:45 as the teams went to the lockers.
Yelena Leuchanka lifted her team to 51:51 making a jump-shot. UMMC remained in front for some period of time, however Shchegoleva posted a jump-shot for 62:58 Spartak's lead. The defending champions of Euroleague went on a 12-0 run in the last quarter to take 70:58. Yelena Leuchanka tried hard, but together with Taylor in the end of the game could not save the campaign.
Lauren Jackson played the last several minutes in discomfort after injuring her foot. Australian player however should be able to play in the final when Spartak face hosts Gambrinus Brno.

UMMC:Yelena Leuchanka 15+7 rebs, Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) 9, Asjha Jones 9
Spartak MR:Lauren Jackson 35+12 rebs, Tina Thompson 24, Marina Karpunina 6


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SWITZERLAND - Women

BC Neuchatel and Canti Riva make the Finals -by Eurobasket News
BC Neuchatel and Canti Riva became the finalists of Swiss Play-offs. The total win in four games of BC Neuchatel was excepted as a must, however Riva's Basket advantage over BBC is a bit of sensation.
BC Neuchatel won the third game and advanced to the Finals with 3-1 in the series over Martigny. In the last game the winner of the regular season had a road win 59:66. Martigny started better and had 22:10 after the first ten minutes of the game. Moreover the hosts held the lead until the last quarter. With 52:48 BC Neuchatel used a 7:18 spurt to win the campaign. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) led the winners with 18 points. Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) netted 17, whilst Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) scored 15. Shannon Perry (179-F-80, college: Bryant) finished the game with 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Riva Basket and BBC could continue their struggles on and on. Being third after the regular season Riva Basket decided to finish the campaign at home with 72:70. Having 42:35 after the first half Riva Basket kept the same difference until the last quarter. BBC had nothing to lose in the game and answered with 15:20 in the last quarter, but could not catch up the opponent. Jocelyn Logan-Friend (189-F/C-83, college: Virginia) led the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Jessica Smith (183-F/C-85, college: Stony Brook), Matea Brezec (170-G-89) and Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) added 14 points apece. Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82, college: W.Michigan) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.