EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/19/2008

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ARGENTINA

Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Martinez


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Battle


Acosta
Player of the Year - Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Boca
Guard of the Year - Javier Martinez (189-G-78) of Regatas Corrientes
Forward of the Year - Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Boca
Center of the Year - Robert Battle (200-C-81) of Libertad
Domestic Player of the Year - Leonardo Gutierrez of Boca
Import Player of the Year - Robert Battle of Libertad
Sixth Man of the Year - Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86) of Libertad
Most Improved Player of the Year - Marcos Saglietti of Libertad
Newcomer of the Year - Federico Ferrini (194-G/F-83) of El Nacional
Coach of the Year - Julio Cesar Lamas of Libertad

1st Team
Javier Martinez of Regatas Corrientes
Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82) of Atenas Cordoba
Cleotis Brown of Quimsa
Leonardo Gutierrez of Boca
Robert Battle of Libertad

2nd Team
Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) of Libertad
Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) of Penarol
William McFarlan (201-F-76) of Quimsa
Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) of Libertad
Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78) of Penarol

All-Domestic Players Team
Javier Martinez of Regatas
Sebastian Acosta of Atenas
Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) of Penarol
Leonardo Gutierrez of Boca
Roman Gonzalez of Penarol

All-Imports Team
Cleotis Brown of Quimsa
William McFarlan of Quimsa
Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80) of Independiente
Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72) of Obras
Robert Battle of Libertad

All-U20 Team
Jonathan Machuca (184-G-89) of Ben Hur
Nicolas Paletta (180-G-87) of Estudiantes
Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87) of Boca
Nicolas Romano (197-F-87) of Independiente
Alejandro Diez (201-C-87) of Penarol


Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Fierro


Luchino


Marin


Miller


Assie
Player of the Year - Mariano Fierro (200-F-86) of San Martin Corrientes

1st Team
Gaston Luchino (184-G-82) of Union Sunchales
Federico Marin (199-G/F-82) of Argentino Junin
Mariano Fierro of San Martin Corrientes
Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78) of Asoc Italiana
Brice Assie (201-F-83) of San Martin Corrientes


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ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Standings
Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. BK Almaty 0-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 3. Al Rayyan 0-0 
 4. SM Britama 0-0 
 5. Zain 0-0 
Group B
 1. ONGC 0-0 
 2. Harbour C. 0-0 
 3. Saba 0-0 
 4. Al Qadsia 0-0 
 5. Al Wasl 0-0 


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Skele


Bajramovic


Reed


Millage


Maciulis
Player of the Year - Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT
Guard of the Year - Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Forward of the Year - Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) of Lietuvos Rytas
Center of the Year - Travis Reed (203-C-79) of Kalev/Cramo
Most Improved Player of the Year - Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) of Valmiera
Import Player of the Year - Kenan Bajramovic of Lietuvos Rytas
Domestic Player of the Year - Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Coach of the Year - Karlis Muiznieks of Barons/LMT

1st Team
Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of ASK Riga
Kenan Bajramovic of Lietuvos Rytas
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) of Zalgiris
Travis Reed of Kalev/Cramo

2nd Team
Marko Popovic (185-G-82) of Zalgiris
Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78) of ASK Riga
Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80) of Siauliai
Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84) of Zalgiris
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) of Valmiera

All-Domestic Players Team
Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Sandis Valters of ASK Riga
Jonas Maciulis of Zalgiris
Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris
Vladimir Stimac of Valmiera

All-Imports Team
Curtis Millage of ASK Riga
Marko Popovic of Zalgiris
Kenan Bajramovic of Lietuvos Rytas
Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) of Lietuvos Rytas
Travis Reed of Kalev/Cramo

All-Newcomers Team
Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of ASK Riga
Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) of Neptunas
Arturs Stalbergs (199-G/F-84) of Liepajas Lauvas
Vilius Sumskis (212-C-84) of Atletas
Tautvydas Barstys (198-F-86) of Atletas


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BELGIUM

Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Bree 23-7 
 2. Oostende 22-8 
 3. Charleroi 21-9 
 4. Liege 20-11 
 5. M.Hainaut 19-12 
 6. Aalstar 14-16 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 11-20 
 8. Antwerp 10-21 
 9. Leuven 7-23 
 10. Gent 5-25 


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BULGARIA

Standings A1
A1 Standings
1. Lukoil A. 16-0
2. Levski 13-3
3. P.Balkan 12-4
4. Spartak 12-4
5. Cherno More 10-6
6. CSKA 10-6
7. Yambol 9-7
8. Rilski S-list 6-10
9. Dunav 2007 2-7
10. Sliven 1-7


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CANADA

Toronto joins the PBL -by Gianni Pascucci
Another minor league team comes to ligh in Canada: the Premier Basketball League officially announced that the Toronto Lazers, from Toronto, Ontario have joined as an expansion team when the league begins its second season of play in 2008-09. The ownership group is headed by Dr. Hartley Miltchin and his son Harlan. 'We are very pleased to welcome the Toronto team to the Premier Basketball League,' said PBL President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Doyle . 'The addition of Toronto continues to push forward the International initiatives of PBL. The Miltchins have demonstrated a vision matched by the league and we look forward to having them aboard when we tip off next season.'

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CUBA

"El Habanero" is on fire -by Alessandro Fontana
CUBANS ABROAD
In Puerto Rico, Guayama was defeated against Humacao 94-86 but 'El Habanero' Roberto Carlos Herrera (190-G-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hartnell JC) played his best game of the season.
Roberto Carlos Herrera scored 21 points (4/6 2pts, 3/4 3pts, 4/6 FT) with 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal in 37 minutes. In BSN 2008 Los Brujos de Guayama have a 6-18 standings and Herrera is scoring 5.5 ppg.
Roberto Carlos Herrera is a very expert player and with his experience and his intensity He can give a great help at Guyama to reach the BSN play-offs.
A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

FIBA EuroCup Final Four: Dexia Mons-Hainaut Beat Proteas EKA AEL 70-55! -by Chris Mammides
Proteas EKA AEL didn't manage to win the game in the Melford Arena in front of the Cyprus funs in the Second semi final game in Limassol, Cyprus after loosing the game against Dexia Mons Hainaut with 55-70.
AEL suffered from a slow start and were down by 12 points late in the second quarter; unfortunately for the home team its key player never stood up in their height and the big second half never came for the Cyprus side.
Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76, college: Davidson) led all scorers with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist and he was definitely the MVP of the game. On behalf of Proteas EKA AEL, only Woodward tried for something better and Radle at the secodn half, they score 16 and 13 respectively while Aleksic remain to the 6 points while the French Souchu and Bouziane scored 3 each!!


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DENMARK

Bakken Bears take 3-0 in the Final series -by Eurobasket News
Bakken Bears -Svendborg Rabbits 91-83

Bakken Bears is now 3-0 in the Final series over Svendborg Rabbits. The defending champion won Game 3 at home 91:83 to be one step away from the title. The third quarter was the most progressive for the hosts that had 26:20 in it. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) and Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) led the winners with 15 points each. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) followed them with 13. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Brayden Billbe (208-C-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: American) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.

A great start from both sides saw 9:7 and then the hosts increased to 16:9. Svendborg Rabbits battle back and reduced to 22:20 after the end of the opening quarter. Jakobsen helped his team to reach 40:31 in the end of the period, but the things became hotter just before the buzzer. Rabbits fought back for 42:41 as the teams went to the lockers. Again Bakken Bears started better and had 64:51 throughout the third period. With 4-10 run the visitors closed to 68:61. Jens Jensen made it 72:71 to bring the intrigue into the game. Later on Bakken Bears led the game to the happy end and took 3-0 in the series.

Bakken Bears: Jason Siggers 15, Nicolai Iversen 15, Chris Christoffersen 13
Svendborg: Ivan Hoger 17, Brayden Billbe 17, Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Arlington) 16


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D-LEAGUE

McRoberts Re-Joins Stampede for Playoff Game versus D-Fenders -by Surujh Roopnarine
Rookie forward Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) of the Portland Trail Blazers has been re-assigned to the Idaho Stampede. The former Duke Blue Devil was previously on assignment with Idaho from Jan. 9-Feb. 3 and from March 17-April 7. During his first two stints in Idaho, McRoberts averaged 7.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 26.8 minutes in 15 games with the Stampede. This season in the NBA, McRoberts is averaging 1.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 3.5 minutes in five games with the Trail Blazers.

Andre Brown impresses over last few games of NBA regular season -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former DePaul standout and Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Andre Brown (6'9''-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) spent the entire 2007-08 NBA season with the Memphis Grizzlies. This was Brown's first full year in the NBA after receiving a call-up from the D-League to Seattle during the 2006-07 season. Brown, an energetic all-hustle type player in the mold of a Reggie Evans or David Lee amazingly enough appeared in less games for an entire NBA season (33) with Memphis than he did in a partial season with Seattle (38) last year. Through all the difficulties (both teams performed to underwhelming expectations), Brown kept his poise and continued to be a cheerleader for his teammates. This year with Memphis, until April, Brown's season highs were; 22 minutes, seven points and seven rebounds (three times). In March, Brown only appeared in one game, even though Memphis was playing for little more than lottery balls. But in April, Brown finally received some 'PT' and made his presence felt. In four games for the month of April, Brown averaged 13.0 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 55.3% from the field. He posted career highs in points (19), rebounds (18) and minutes (34) during that stretch. In a brief career that has taken the former McDonald's High School All-American to Italy, Serbia, The Philippines, and Korea, Brown is hoping that all the work put in at practice and an impressive late-season showing will guarantee his spot in the NBA for years to come.

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EUROLEAGUE

TAU Ceramica temporarily removes Will McDonald -by Dragan Jankovski
TAU Ceramica from Vitoria temporarily removed William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) from its roster and opened disciplinary process against him on Wednesday. The club explained decision with a «several events that took place» after TAU's home defeat 77-81 vs Barcelona previous weekend. The club did not announce how long McDonald will be out of the team and will he participate on Euroleague Final 4.

McDonald played 22 games for TAU in Euroleague averaging 9 ppg and 4.5 rpg. He was in TAU's starting five 10 times.


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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The programme of the 22nd Acropolis -Eurobank International Tournament -by Kostas Papadopoulos
The 22nd Acropolis-Eurobank International Tournament will take place in Athens on 7-9 July 2008, just one week before the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men. Four national teams will participate at this year's Acropolis-Eurobank International Tournament, Australia, Brazil, Croatia and Hellas; looking at the participants, therefore, it looks rather impressive that Hellas and Brazil will meat each other just one week before their battle at the Group of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Ther Competition Schedule of the 22nd Acropolis-Eurobank International Tournament is:
7 July 2008
CROATIA - AUSTRALIA
HELLAS - BRAZIL
8 July 2008
BRAZIL - CROATIA
AUSTRALIA - HELLAS
9 July 2008
BRAZIL - AUSTRALIA
HELLAS - CROATIA

After the conclusion of the tournament an award ceremony will take place, and prizes will be given to the participant teams, the Tournament's MVP, the 1st Scorer and the 1st Rebounder


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FRANCE

Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Le Mans 19-7 
 2. ASVEL 18-8 
 3. Nancy 17-8 
 4. Roanne 16-9 
 5. Le Havre 16-10 
 6. Vichy 15-11 
 7. Cholet 14-12 
 8. Hyeres-Toulon 13-13 
 9. Strasbourg 12-14 
 10. Dijon 11-14 
 11. Chalon 11-14 
 12. Pau 11-15 
 13. Orleans 10-15 
 14. Gravelines 9-16 
 15. Paris-Levall. 9-17 
 16. Clermont 4-22 


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GEORGIA

Head Coach of Georgian National Team is Igor Kokoskov -by Levan Mikeladze

Today Georgian Basketball Federation declared that they reached an agreement with Assistant Coach of Detroit Pistons Igor Kokoskov .

Igor Kokoskov
Hometown:
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Birthdate: December 17, 1971
Education: University of Belgrade, 1993

Profile:

• 1992-1994: Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Head Coach of Junior Team;
• 1994-1995: Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Assistant Coach of Senior Team;
• 1995-1996: Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Head Coach of Senior Team. (At 24, became the youngster head coach in the history of Yugoslavian Basketball top division.);
• 1996-1997: Partizan (Yugoslavia) Head Coach of Junior Team;

• 1999-2000: Missouri University (NCAA,1) Assistant Coach (First non-American who became the assistant coach in NCAA,1 History);

• 2000-2003: Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) Assistant Coach (First non-American who became the assistant of the NBA team);

• 2003-Present: Detroit Pistons (NBA) Assistant Coach;


National Team Career:

• 1997-1999: Assistant Coach of Yugoslavian Youth National team.
• 2004: Assistant Coach of Serbia/Montenegro National Team, Athens Olympic Games
• 2005: Assistant Coach of Serbia/Montenegro National Team, European Championships

15 Years Coaching Experience, 8 Years Coaching in NBA
1st Non-American Coach in NCAA History (University of Missouri)
1st Non-American Coach in NBA History (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)

1st Non-American Coach who an NBA Champion Title in 2004 with Detroit Pistons)

2 times NBA Finalist (2004, 2005)
1st Non-American Coach who was a member of NBA All-Stars Coaching Staff in 2006 (Houston, TX)
Assistant Coach (of
Zeljko Obradovic) of Serbian National Team, Olympic Games in Athens in 2004


Kokoskov became the youngest coach in Yugoslavian basketball history shortly after suffering serious injuries sustained during an automobile accident that ended a promising playing career.

He brings an international approach to teaching basketball, and has worked with European stars such as Toni Kukoc, and Vlade Divac. Considered to be one of Yugoslavia's top young coaches, Kokoskov has been instructing the basketball power country's top amateur and professional players for the past seven years. Kokoskov got to know MU Coach Quin Snyder while spending two months in 1998 as an observer with the Duke University basketball program.

Since 1996, Kokoskov has been the head coach of BC Partizan cadet and junior teams. BC Partizan is considered to be Europe's top basketball squad. In 1997 he took on added responsibilities as an assistant coach of Yugoslavia's Junior National Team, and has been working with the team ever since. Prior to joining Mizzou, he helped lead the team to a silver medal at the Olympic Youth Games in Denmark over the summer.

From 1992-95, Kokoskov was a coach with another of Belgrade's top programs - BC Belgrade. During 1992-93, he was the head coach of the BC Belgrade cadet team, (the United States equivalent of a high school team). He coached the squad to a fourth place ranking in Yugoslavia. In 1994, he was the head coach of the BC Belgrade junior team (the U.S. equal of a college freshman team), which he led to the countries' second place ranking.

He then moved up to BC Belgrade's senior team (professional league), where he was an assistant from 1994-95. In 1995, he assumed the head coaching duties of the senior team when the squad's head coach became ill. That made Kokoskov, at just 24 years old, the youngest head coach in the history of Yugoslavian basketball.

Active on the lecture and coaching seminar circuit, Kokoskov first became interested in American basketball when he met Jim Calhoun, head coach at Connecticut in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Kokoskov spent nearly three months as an observer in the United States with such basketball programs as UConn, DePaul, Northwestern and the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

After returning to Yugoslavia, Kokoskov then came back to the U.S., where he spent November and December of 1998 as an observer at Duke.

Kokoskov is engaged to fellow Belgrade native and current fashion model Angelia Vujovic.





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GREECE

The programme of the 22nd Acropolis -Eurobank International Tournament -by Kostas Papadopoulos
The 22nd Acropolis-Eurobank International Tournament will take place in Athens on 7-9 July 2008, just one week before the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men. Four national teams will participate at this year's Acropolis-Eurobank International Tournament, Australia, Brazil, Croatia and Hellas; looking at the participants, therefore, it looks rather impressive that Hellas and Brazil will meat each other just one week before their battle at the Group of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Ther Competition Schedule of the 22nd Acropolis-Eurobank International Tournament is:
7 July 2008
CROATIA - AUSTRALIA
HELLAS - BRAZIL
8 July 2008
BRAZIL - CROATIA
AUSTRALIA - HELLAS
9 July 2008
BRAZIL - AUSTRALIA
HELLAS - CROATIA

After the conclusion of the tournament an award ceremony will take place, and prizes will be given to the participant teams, the Tournament's MVP, the 1st Scorer and the 1st Rebounder


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HAITI

League start postponed -by Stardeak Durand

The Haitian Basketball Federation is working on the first haitian national basket-ball championship that was supposed to begin on april 26. However the start date had to be postponed because of the political situation currently in the country.
The teams that will compete in the champs are :

Topaze ( from Port-au-Prince )
Giants ( from Port-au-Prince )
Bazzoka ( from Port-au-Prince )
ASBA ( from Port-au-Prince )
Botha's House ( from Cap-Haitien )
Ninja ( from Cap-Haitien )
Dynamic ( from Cayes )
Exposant ( from Gonaives )

Each team has to play 14 games ( 7 Home-games and 7 Away games ) in the regular seasons and the 4 teams with the most victories will advance to the play-offs.



LSB Standings
Division 1 Standings
 1. Topaze 0-0 
 2. ASBA 0-0 
 3. Giants 0-0 
 4. Bazzoka 0-0 
 5. Botha House 0-0 
 6. Ninja 0-0 
 7. Dynamic 0-0 
 8. Exposant 0-0 


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HOLLAND

Coach Erik Braal extends contract with West Brabant Giants -by Fred Roggen
The governing board of the West-Brabant Giants has agreed with Head-coach Eric Braal to break up his present contract and lengthening it up to 1 july 2012. The present contract of the successful coach of the year still up to 1 July 2009, some time ago Eric Braal and President Rick Mijnsbergen spoke already about the intention to continue the contract.
The positive conversations has now conducted to a lengthening of a new contract.


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IBL

Racers bolster interior with addition of Marcus Smallwood -by Trask Frost

Elgin, IL - The Elgin Racers have announced the addition of Marcus Smallwood (6'6''-F-82, college: N.Illinois) to the team's roster. Smallwood, a 6'6' forward is an energetic rebounder and defender with a connection to the area.

Smallwood is a 1999 graduate of Elgin High School and a 2003 graduate of Northern Illinois University where he starred for the Huskie basketball team. During the 2001-2002 season, Smallwood averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds (313 for the season) per game, earning him team MVP and 1st Team All Mid American Conference honors. Joining him on the All-MAC first team were Chris Kaman (Central Michigan/LA Clippers) and Antonio Gates (Kent State/San Diego Chargers).

Smallwood's senior season produced much of the same, with averages of 14 points and 9.7 rebounds per outing. After graduating from NIU, Smallwood played professionally overseas in Poland (Astoria Bydgoscyz) where he averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds per contest and for two teams in Finland: Pyrbasket Tampere and Forssa Fokopo where he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds and 19 points and 11 rebounds per game respectively. Additionally, Smallwood is no stranger to the IBL, having played for the Windy City Dawgs in the leagues inaugural season.

Elgin Racer President and Head Coach Michael Murphy on the addition of Smallwood: 'I am thrilled that Marcus will be a part of our squad. He has a nose for the ball as evidenced by the staggering rebounding figures he accumulated during his collegiate career - three hundred rebounds in a single season for a player of his size in a league that is as competitive as the MAC is quite an accomplishment. We expect him to shore up any rebounding deficiencies we previously had immediately.'

This week, Elgin travels to Gary, Indiana to take on the Steelheads on Sunday, April 20. The Racers' home opener is on Saturday, May 10 against the Holland Blast. All Racers' home games will be played at Judson University (1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL). For ticket information, contact the Racers at (847) 208-1766, or visit the Racers' team page at www.iblhoopsonline.com


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ICELAND

Stats Leaders (Men)
Icelandic League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 C.Isom, Thor Ak. 26.1
2 D.Flake, Skallag. 23.9
3 J.Griffin, Grindavik 23.3
4 P.Vilberg, Grind. 22.4
5 D.Bailey, Njardvik 22.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 D.Flake, Skallag. 13.0
2 H.Baering, Snaef. 12.1
3 J.Helm, KR 9.2
4 F.Helgason, Stjar. 8.7
5 F.Stefansson, Njar. 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 N.Brown, IR 7.7
2 J.Shouse, Snaefell 7.0
3 A.Fall, Skallagrimur 6.5
4 L.Jonsson, Hamar 6.5
5 S.Shaptah, Tin. 5.5
Steals Per Game
1 N.Brown, IR 3.50
2 J.Griffin, Grindavik 3.16
3 A.Drejaj, Fjolnir 3.06
Blocks Per Game
1 E.Jonasson, Njar. 2.53
2 G.Byrd, Hamar 2.18
3 F.Stefansson, Nja. 1.64
2FGP
1 J.Helm, KR 63.3
2 D.Flake, Skallagr. 56.4
3 D.Brown, Tindas. 55.0
3FGP
1 J.Shouse, Snaef. 51.0
2 P.Sigurgeir, KR 47.9
3 B.Birmin, Njardvik 45.1
Free Throws
1 B.Walker, Keflavik 88.7
2 L.Jonsson, Hamar 85.7
3 M.Gunnars, Kefl. 84.8


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ITALY

Serie A Week 32 -by Stefano Pini
Montegranaro - even without Jobey Thomas - won at Roma. Premiata played a tough defense and reached to find the right solutions in offense. Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) had 23 points and confirmed to be one of the best big man of the league. For Roma 17 for Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84). Cimberio Varese overcame Montepaschi Siena at home. It seems a joke. But both the teams had nothing more to ask to the regular season. Varese reached to had the best in offense from Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) and Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) (49 points combined). While, for Siena, only Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) played at his level. Thanks to the victory against Benetton, Avellino is alone at the second place of the standing. Was a match without history, dominated by Avellino's frontline. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) had 17+7, Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) 18+7, Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77) 15+7. Benetton resisted just for an half with Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) that scored 20 points in the first 20'. Capo D'Orlando won at Biella and reached the playoff. Another shining day for Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) 22 points and 5 assists. Biella will have to fight other 80' to enter in the elite 8.At the 8th place in this moment there is Tisettanta Cantu that yesterday overcame Snaidero at home. Was a balanced game for 30'. At that moment Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky) took all the responsabilities and leaded his team toward the 16th victory of the season. Also Upim Bologna is fighting for a playoff spot. 31 points for Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: Megasport, college: N.Carolina) at home a against Napoli are a good reason to continue to hope... Second victory in a row for La Fortezza Bologna that - even with the ejection of Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) - controlled the game at Teramo. In the last game, Milano overcame Scafati on the road in a slow game decided by the free throw line. Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) closed the game with 24 points.

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KAZAKHSTAN

Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BK Almaty 16-4 
 2. Ast.Tigers 14-6 
 3. TSM Kapsh. 10-10 
 4. Tobol 9-11 
 5. Barsy Atyrau 1-19 


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KOSOVO

Cup of Republic -by Alban Salihu


Sigal Prishtina : Ylli 76 : 54
Sports and Youth Hall in Prishtina
Referees: Mehdi Gashi, Daut Mehmeti, Xhavit Beqiri
Monitors: Lulzim Maloku


Peja - Trepca 80 : 64

Referees: Faton Kurshumliu, Arbnor Rifati, Alban Vula
Monitors: Naim Lepaja

The final match will be played on Sunday at 19.00, between Sigal Prishtina-Peja.




source:basketbolli.com



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LATVIA

Latvian Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvian Basketball League

1/8 final (best of three)

BK Zemgale - BK Keizarmezs 81-97 (16-27; 26-20; 19-20; 20-30) Series 1-1

Berkis 28+7reb+6as, Raiskums 14, A.Lagzdins 8, Bambis 8+7reb, Bergmanis 8; Sandis Silavs (193-G-88) 23+11as, Berzins 20, Aizpurs 11, Strelnieks 10


ASK Juniors - SK Valmiera 67-97 (19-15; 15-25; 12-19; 21-38) Series 0-2


Senhofs 26+7reb, Rozitis 17+7reb; Stimac 21+7reb, Jansons 17, Bankevics 12+8reb, Jankauskas 11+8reb, Gabrans 10


RNS-D/Livani - Liepajas Lauvas 67-85 (14-17; 12-28; 13-27; 28-13) Series 0-2


Gargazins 28, I.Strelis 11; Kosuskins 13, Metra 13, Cipruss 12+11reb, Hamilton 11



Latvian Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvian Basketball League

1/8 final (best of three)

BK Keizarmezs - BK Zemgale 72-85 (24-9; 14-21; 20-27; 14-28) Series 0-1

Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) 22+8reb, Strelnieks 21+6reb, Aizpurs 8, Spelmanis 8; Martins Berkis (198-F-85) 23, E.Krumins 21+6reb, Bambis 16+9reb

SK Valmiera - ASK Juniors 109-53 (29-11; 22-20; 35-11; 23-11) Series 1-0


Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) 17, Jankauskas 16+9reb, Bankevics 15, Simac 14+10reb; Kaspars Rubenis (192-G-87) 12, Senhofs 12+7reb


Liepajas Lauvas - RNS-D/Livani 70-61 (19-11; 19-17; 12-18; 20-15) Series 1-0


Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) 22, Stalbergs 12, Hamilton 10; Janis Lasmanis (199-F-87) 16, Gargazins 13, Slesers 12



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LITHUANIA

Lithuanians in lower divisions of NCAA -by Evaldas Ceilytkas
Lots of Lithuanian players are playing in lower divisions in United States. Lets take a look to stats:

NCAA-2

Karolis Bauza - 28games 14,0mpg 1,9rpg 2,9ppg;
Mantas Armonas - 28games 20,1mpg 2,4rpg 2,4apg 7,6ppg;
Martynas Versisnkas - 13games 11,1mpg 1,2rpg 1,5ppg;
Karolis Stupnianek - 14games 8,9mpg 1,5rpg 1,1ppg;
Kristijonas Fudzinskas - 28games 4,5rpg 4,4ppg;
Rimas Varanauskas - 27games 22,3mpg 5,7rpg 1,7apg 9,6ppg;
Zydrunas Rackauskas - 14games 25,1mpg 3,8rpg 1,4apg 6,9ppg;
Modestas Riauka - 14games 14,6mpg 3,8rpg 7,9ppg;
Vytautas Valiulis - 25games 30mpg 2,4rpg 4,4apg 8,8ppg;
Paulius Skema - 26games 11,0mpg 2,3rpg 3,0ppg;
Marius Vaskys - 27games 18,6mpg 3,4rpg 2,9ppg;

NCAA-3

Donatas Siaudinis - 5games 3,6mpg 1,0rpg 1,0ppg;
Ramunas Ruzgys - 26games 21,6mpg 3,9rpg 1,0apg 9,2ppg;
Aurimas Lekavicius - 22games 30,5mpg 2,8rpg 1,7apg 6,5ppg;

NAIA-1

Arvydas Vaitiekus - 30games 22,1mpg 5,2rpg 1,3bpg 8,4ppg;
Dovydas Retkus - 29games 13,3mpg 2,9rpg 4,3ppg;
Andrius Zukauskas - 8games 6,1mpg 1,0rpg 1,0ppg;
Tomas Pranciliauskas - 31games 28,7mpg 3,3rpg 1,6apg 15,7ppg;
Egidijus Budrikis - 6games 5,5mpg 1,0rpg 2,3ppg;
Andrius Mikutis - 31games 21,2mpg 3,2rpg 1,0apg 7,2ppg;
Rokas Gricius - 26games 26,3mpg 6,3rpg 1,0apg 17,4ppg;

NAIA-2

Edmundas Akstinas - 13games 27,8mpg 5,4rpg 10,2ppg;
Rimgaudas Valaitis - 25games 15,0mpg 2,8rpg 5,6ppg;
Gediminas Sumyla - 26games 26,4mpg 3,1rpg 4,5apg 11,8ppg;
Ignas Verbus - 30games 16,7mpg 3,8rpg 7,6ppg;


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LUXEMBOURG

Amicale wins at home vs Musel Pikes! -by Alex Meyers

Amicale 69 - Musel Pikes 66


Amicale outplayed Musel Pikes enough in the first half to take a 13 point lead into the locker room with them. Good thing because it was mostly Pikes who controlled in the second half winning the final 2 quarters by 5 points, 25-30. Musel Pikes ran out of time and Amicale hung on for the win. Travis Depree had a monster of a game for the home squad scoring 18 points and taking 20 big rebounds. The American also had 2 assists, blocked 4 shots and had 6 steals. Christopher Jones had 16 and Christian Schartz 11 points and 7 assists in this low scoring affair. Samy Picard shared scoring honours with Guy Schmit for Musel Pikes with 24 points each. Musel Pikes' import Christopher Braier had another low scoring game with only 9 points but he took 13 rebounds and 3 steals. With the loss, Musel Pikes drop to the the fourth position in the playoffs just half of a point behind Amicale. Both teams have 15-11 win/loss records. Amicale will play at Residence this weekend on Saturday, April 19th at 8:30pm. Musel Pikes will entertain Contern on Sunday, April 20th in Remich at 6:00pm. Although both teams are in for the final four, they are still fighting for a 3rd or 4th place title group finish and a higher positon for the final four.


Amicale: 27 field goals, 8 three pointers, 7 for 13 free throws, 31 rebounds, 17 steals and 14 turnovers

Schartz 11, Scholtes 9, Depree 18, Jones 16, Ney 8, also Birenbaum 7, Dangelo, Kartheiser and Rausch.

Musel Pikes: 22 field goals, 11 three poiters, 11 for 19 free throws, 30 rebounds, 15 fouls and 13 turnovers

G. Schmit 24, Picard 24, Braier 9, Dentzer 5, Schwartz , also Schmitz 4 and C. Schmit.


Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-10, Halftime 44-31, 3rd Q 55-50, Final 69-66



Etzella loses again! Amicale gets past Musel Pikes to take over 3rd place! Sparta showing consistency, balance and depth earning top spot! -by Alex Meyers
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Contern 88 - Etzella 87


Etzella has lost now four of its last five title group games. The last several without injured guard Jairo Delgado who brings defense, scoring and athleticism. Former Etzella playmaker Gilles Becker, besides going 0 for 5 from downtown, had a good game against his former teammates. Becker score 19 points on 7/8 shooting from inside the three point line, 5/6 from the charity stripe, dished for 8 assists and grabbed four rebounds. But most importantly, Becker and his teammates consistently found Yves Braun open at the three point line where he nailed 6 of 10, winding up with a team high 22. Braun hit his biggest three at the buzzer for the win. Eric Bissener added 13 points and Eric Jeitz along with Dave Mallon added 10 points each. Mallon also contributed 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Etzella's Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) led all scorers in the contest with 31 points while tearing down 10 boards. Nelson DelGado had 21 and Tim Giver 19 for Etzella. Noone else from Etzella reached double figures. Etzella lost the game during the third quarter where Contern dominated on home turf out-scoring Etzella 13-28. Etzella made a marvelous comeback in the fourth but Contern played smart enough down the home stretch, hanging on for the thrilling one point victory behind some Braun heroism. Bench scoring was a key factor where Contern won the stat category 14-4.

With the loss, Etzella drops to second place in the DBBL giving way to the defending Champs Sparta who take over the top spot. Both teams have identical 19-7 records. However, in their first playoff meeting in Bertrange. Sparta thumped Etzella hard 89-75. So, in the DBBL standings, Sparta has 29.5 points compared to Etzella's 28.5. The big showdown for the top seed going into final four will be on Sunday, April 20th at 5:15 in Ettelbruck. Etzella vs. Sparta! You'd better get there early if you want a good seat. Contern will travel to Remich to play against Musel Pikes. That game is slated for 6:00pm.

Contern: 36 field goals, 6 three pointers, 10 for 12 free throws, 32 rebounds, 20 fouls and 15 turnovers.
Mallon 10, Jeitz 10, Becker 19, Braun 22, Bisener 13, also Donnersbach 8 and Herber 6.
Etzella: 27 field goals, 11 three pointers, 22 for 29 free throws, 23 rebounds 16 fouls and 13 turnovers.
N. DelGado 21, Kennedy 31, Giver 19, Schroeder 7, Garganese 5, also Benseghir, Ittenbach 4, Kerger and Pravisani.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 24-20, Halftime 45-42, 3rd Q 58-70, Final 88-87



Sparta 92 - Residence 76

Sparta had another successful night out by dropping Residence by 16 in a game where import Larrie Smith was able to rest up, playing for only 19 minutes. Residence, who is playing without its import William Brand, E.U. player Marko Leschek and Steve Mangen was led by Frank Mangen who topped all scorers with 22 points. Gilles Kayser and Thierry Abdiu notched 15 and 14 respectively. Nearly every player from Sparta scored but Christian Wulff took honors with 22 points followed by Larrie Smith 15, Pit hoffmann 15, Christophe Baustert 11 and Sohrab Ziai 10. After losing their first two games in the playoffs, Sparta has now won six straight and have an enormous amount of momentum going into the next game in Ettelbruck on Sunday, April 20th at 5:15 where they will face their arch rivals a struggling Etzella team.

Sparta: 33 field goals, 11 three pointers, 13 for 21 free throws and 28 fouls (no other game stats are available)
Smith 15, Wulff 22, Ziai 10, Hoffmann 15, Baustert 11, also Palumbo 2, Evans 3, Wolzfield, Tripodo 3, Rupil 7, Nittler 2 and Klein 2.
Residence: 26 field goals, 7 three pointers, 17 for 24 free throws, and 23 fouls(no other game stats are available)
F. Mangen 25, Kayser 15, Abdiu 14, Julien 6, Felten 9, also Bichel 2, Torres 1 and Ludwig 4.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 22-20, Halftime 44-36, 3rd Q 70-54, Final 92-76



Amicale 69- Musel Pikes 66

Amicale outplayed Musel Pikes enough in the first half to take a 13 point lead into the locker room with them. Good thing

becaused it was mostly Pikes who controlled in the second half winning the final 2 quarters by 5 points, 25-30. Musel Pikes

ran out of time and Amicale hung on for the win. travis Depree had a monster of a game for the home squad scoring 18 points

and taking 20 big rebounds. The American also had 2 assists, blocked 4 shots and had 6 steals. Christopher Jones had 16 and

Christian Schartz 11 points and 7 assists in this low scoring affair. Samy Picard shared scoring honours with Guy Schmit for

Musel Pikes who with the loss drop the the fourth position in the playoffs just half of a point behind Amicale. Both teams

have 15-11 win/loss records. Musel Pikes' import Christopher Braier had another low scoring game with only 9 points but he

took 13 rebounds and 3 steals. Amicale will play at Residence this weekend on Saturday, April 19th at 8:30pm. Musel Pikes

will entertain Contern on sunday, April 20th in Remich at 6:00pm. though both teams are in for the final four, they still

fight for a 3rd or 4th regular season finish and a higher positon for the final four.

Amicale: 27 field goals, 8 three pointers, 7 for 13 free throws, 31 rebounds, 17 steals and 14 turnovers

schartz 11, Scholtes 9, Depree 18, Jones 16, Ney 8, also Birenbaum 7, Dangelo, Kartheiser and Rausch.

Musel Pikes: 22 field goals, 11 three poiters, 11 for 19 free throws, 30 rebounds, 15 fouls and 13 turnovers

Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-10, Halftime 44-31, 3rd Q 55-50, Final 69-66



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NBA

Wild, Wild, Wild...... -by Alex Yams

Wild, Wild WEST…..


Another year and season have gone by in NBA land, a champion remains to be crowned, perhaps a first time MVP recipient is on the horizon, a conference as competitive as any seen in the past decade in any professional sports league. In a season, where 48 plus wins does not even guarantee a post-season berth, where the COY candidates are two very unlikely names, one which boasted the worst record in the league just a season ago. This has certainly been a season for the ages, one which some are calling the 'single greatest season in league history'.


Generally speaking, the last days of the season, usually do not mean much, certainly do not dictate position in the playoffs, but in this strange but ultra-competitive season, that is precisely what occurred. Denver and Golden State were neck and neck until a couple of late season losses doomed GS and propelled the Nuggets into a 1st round dance with the surging yet surprising new look Los Angeles Lakers, who boast a HOF coach, in Jackson and often enigmatic superstar and probable MVP, Kobe Bryant. The Shaq led Phoenix Suns, ride into San Antonio, threatening the defending Champion's crown.

In many fans and league officials opinions, Co-MVP Chris Paul, has led the surprising but talented New Orleans Hornets to the 2nd seed in the West, and a draw the disappointing Dallas Mavericks, with triple double magician Jason Kidd. The Yao-less Houston Rockets, have a 22 game winning streak and a stingy defense on their resume, as they battle the deep and talented Utah Jazz team, which have their version of Bonnie and Clyde in Boozer and Williams.

This should be a very fun and exciting NBA playoffs, the storylines have been set, and the battles have yet to begin. Stay tuned……..


Spurs to meet Suns in NBA playoffs -by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs thrashed the Utah Jazz 109-80 on the final day of the regular season to become the Western Conference third seed for the NBA playoffs.

Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) had 24 points and 12 assists as last year's champions ended their league campaign on a high, setting up a first round playoff series against the sixth-seeded Phoenix Suns.

The Spurs and Suns met in a thrilling second round match-up last season which San Antonio won in six games on their way to a fourth NBA title in nine seasons.

The series was tough and physical, featuring numerous controversial fouls and creating bad feelings between the clubs.

'It's an unbelievable way to start the playoffs but that's how it is,' Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix coach, told reporters after the Suns beat Portland 100-91.

The final seedings in the Western Conference were still undecided going into the last round of games, but San Antonio's win coupled with Houston's 93-75 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers confirmed the first round schedule.

'It's an unbelievable way to start the playoffs but that's how it is.'

The Spurs could have slipped to as low as sixth rank, but made light work of the Jazz, shooting 72 per cent in the first half to lead 65-39 at the break in a dominant display.

Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds, with four other Spurs scoring in double digits.

C.J. Miles led the Jazz with 12 points, while Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) scored 11 and Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 10 rebounds.

Fifth-seeded Houston will meet fourth-seeded Utah in another first round series, while the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers will meet Denver, and Dallas face the second-seeded New Orleans Hornets.

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics hold the top seed after completing the regular season with the best overall record and will face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.

The Hawks made the post-season with a 37-45 record in the much weaker conference of the two.

Second-seeded Detroit face Philadelphia, while third-seeded Orlando play Toronto and the fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers will battle Washington in the final East first round series.


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PARAGUAY

Metropolitan League has started -by Gianni Pascucci
Some weeks ago started the 2008 edition of the Metropolitan League. In the first leg of its 'Apertura' tournment, the 2008 Metro is involving only five teams, Sportivo San Lorenzo, Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion, Olimpia de Asuncion, Ciudad Nueva and Universidad Catolica de Asuncion. These teams will play in a round robin format two months, at the end of the regular season the first placed one will advance to the 'Top 5 Tournment' where will meet the four teams from Asuncion registered for the National League, Sol de America, San Jose, Felix Perez and Libertad. The winner of the 'Top 5' will be the Apertura Champion. In the last round of games, Ciudad Nueva felt to Univ.Catolica 66-80 and Olimipa defeated San Lorenzo 85-76. The current Standings are: Univ.Catolica and San Lorenzo 9 points, Universidad Autonoma, Olimpia and Ciudad Nueva 6 points.

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PBL

Toronto joins the PBL -by Gianni Pascucci
Another minor league team comes to ligh in Canada: the Premier Basketball League officially announced that the Toronto Lazers, from Toronto, Ontario have joined as an expansion team when the league begins its second season of play in 2008-09. The ownership group is headed by Dr. Hartley Miltchin and his son Harlan. 'We are very pleased to welcome the Toronto team to the Premier Basketball League,' said PBL President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Doyle . 'The addition of Toronto continues to push forward the International initiatives of PBL. The Miltchins have demonstrated a vision matched by the league and we look forward to having them aboard when we tip off next season.'

New team and new arena for PBL -by Gianni Pascucci
The Premier Basketball League announced that, continuing the partnership with Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, the 2008-09 PBL season will include a team comprised of top players from Southeast Asia. 'We are very proud to have established a great partnership with Thailand to bring the first player in the history of their Country to play in a US professional league this past season. The PBL is committed to working with Thailand and the other countries in S.E.Asia to bring players to play in the PBL and to bring our players and coaches to these countries,' stated Premier Basketball League President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Doyle . 'We are currently finalizing bringing our PBL All-Star team to Thailand this summer for an extended period of exhibition games and clinics. The ability to build positive relations through the great sport of basketball is of extreme importance to the PBL mission' The league headed by Doyle is also projecting to build a new arena in Maryland, as has been reported Washington Post. In fact, a new sports and entertainment arena proposed for Montgomery County, Maryland, was awarded to Rockville-based D&A Sports and Entertainment Group, headed by Tom Doyle the same. This move will allow all the residents of Montgomery County to attend various kind of shows, and the games of the Maryland Nighthawks PBL franchise.

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PORTUGAL

The future of basketball -by Portugal Eurobasket
After LCB has agreed not to organize next edition of professional league, there are many scenarios in which the 8 teams that played in professional level can achieve. One of them has to do with a single competition, amateur or semi-amateur, between these 8 teams and 6 more from Proliga, or the best 4 if the National Federation can add two more teams that were extinguished in the past, cases of Sporting and Oliveirense as sports' daily newspaper O JOGO relates today. However FC Porto is still a doubt in next season's competitions, so it is expected that in the next days it would be clear this position.

Ovarense sweep series, CAB has 4th game -by Portugal Eurobasket
In a thrilling game in Barreiro, champions Ovarense swept the series 3-0 against Barreirense, after winning 77-82. Home side started the game in pretty good shape and managed a 19-0 run which extended then to 26-1 in the first quarter. However, the champions came back into the game with a 10-0 run and then a 14-0 to level the game at half time, 38-36. Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) got 23 points and 15 boards, Greg Stempin scored 16 and Joao Abreu came out of the bench with 13. As for Barreirense, Chris Alexander scored 24 and Deforrest Smith got 21 in a game Ovarense dominated the boards, with 43-20.
In Madeira, CAB got themselves a 4th game after beating Casino Figueira Ginasio 80-63. Jose Costa scored 30 pts for the home team, Joao Manuel added 19 and Mario Jorge and Nick Neumann got 13 each. For the Figueira da Foz team Brandon Voorhees was the top scorer with 19 points.

Tonight, Lusitânia host Vagos and Belenenses meets FC Porto. Both series are tied 1-1


LIGA UZO playoffs quarter finals round 3 -by Luis Rocha
Only Ovarense is trough the next round. They leave Barreirense behind after a 3-0, that altough with close games showed the real diferences between the two teams.In the third game Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) (Ovarense) was unstopable, The regular season Darrell Harris (208-C-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Rhode Island) (Barreirense) was uncapable to solve things up in the painted area, the game finish 77-82, and in the first period Barreirense was tremendous leading by 28-11!!!, the come back of Ovarense was imediate, 25-10 in the second quarter!!!. CAB (as I predict) won at home over Ginasio 80-63. If the second game wich they lost in overtime had been their, probably now they will face things in a completely diferrent way, but this bigger margin (obtained only with one foreign player, Rob Summers (213-C-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: W.Virginia) is out injured) can certainly get CAB players even more motivated. Now is time for Ginasio to strike back, but it will be a very hard game (the fourth), I still think that CAB can step forward, once again I remind that they have players full of experience in situations like this. Porto beat Belenenses on the road and made what they need to put the pressure ovver their opponent shoulders. Belenenses will face the fourth game knowing that even if they win, they have to travel to Matosinhos to play the fifth. Joao Figueiredo made a basket at the buzzard and solve things up for his team, the final result was 73-74 and the game was always close. Sunday it's time to see what becomes of this series, I think Porto is still the favourite, their deeper roster can make the diference, Belenenses has nothing to loose and has to fight with all they got. Vagos went to Acoresa and won 76-68. Now the series are 2-1 for Vagos and sunday they can solve things up. Many would think that Lusitania playing at home and with the series tied 1-1 would go with everything towards Vagos, but things turn a diferent way. Loosing by 9 at the break, Vagos made a terrific 4th quarter winning by 17 points (31-14) and smashing Lusitania into pieces, the phisical factor was absolutely decisive, let's see how Lusitania fight back on sunday, but as I said earlier Vagos with all their players fit is a better side. great games the ones performed by Jose Costa (187-G-73) (CAB), Graham Brown(Ovarense) and Lance Soderberg (206-F/C-82, college: Azusa Pacific) (Belenenses), this one was the best player of this theird round with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals, he was a bit asleep but in this game finally awaken, unfortunately for him his performance was not enough for his team to win.

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PUERTO RICO

Victor, Agbai and Dalmau, Wow! and Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
Fajardo won an important game against Carolina. Fajardo has now a 14-9 standings and Cariduros is the second team of the Metro Division after Carolina. MVP of the game was Uka Agbai with 18 points. For Carolina Ere 20 pts and 'Bimbo' Alejandro Carmona with another 'partidazo' with 19 pts+11 rebs. Carmona is unstoppable this season, he is one of the candidate for the best player of this BSN 2008.
Santurce won with difficulty against Guaynabo. Larry Ayuso scored only 7 points, yesterday night Ricardo Dalmau was 'the man' with 20 points and a great leadership. Santurce is coming back, Los Cangrejeros have now a 13-10 standings (third in the Metro Division after Carolina and Fajardo).
Humacao won against Guayama with a great game of Isiah Victor who scored 19 points in 20 minutes in his first game with Los Grises.
BSN Boxscores
CAROLINA-FAJARDO= 78-82
C= Ere 20, Carmona 19 (11 rebs), Rivera 18, Edwards 10, Reyes 9, Cruz 2, Brown 0, Hiraldo 0, Rosa 0
F= Agbai 18, Hamilton 16, Mojica 16, Quintero 12, Beard 11, Rivera 3, Gonzalez 2, Pellot Rosa 2, Salgado 2
GUAYNABO-SANTURCE= 67-70
G= Escalera 19, Martinez 18 (14 rebs), Sheppard 11, Lee 9, Sanchez 4, Latimer 3, Shannon 3, Duran 0, Ortiz 0
S= Dalmau 20, Berdiel 11, E. Santiago 10, Rivas 7, Ayuso 7, Falcon 6, Watson 5, Traylor 4, Melendez 0, O. Santiago 0, Narvaez 0
HUMACAO-GUAYAMA= 94-86
H= Victor 19, Guzman 16, Nieves 16, Sanchez 14, Ayala 11, Orozco 9, R. Sanchez 7, Wingate 2, Malpica 0, Morales 0
G= Lopez 25, Herrera 21, Oliver 11, Parillon 10, Soto 8, Solano 4, Brignoni 3, Riviera 2, Liriano 2, Melendez 0
BORICUAS ABROAD
In Poland, Turow won also the second game of the polish play-offs against Kotwica 69-62. For Andres Rodriguez 25 minutes with 2 points (0/3 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 2/4 FT) and 6 assists.
A. Fontana


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QATAR

Parmer signs for Al Rayyan -by Ali Ahmed

Al Rayyan basketball team management agreed terms with the American Guard Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) to play for them this season in local cup games, GCC and Asia Champion.



Parmer is a left-handed with a high-dribble...extremely quick to the basket with an explosive spin move even in traffic.

A lot of his buckets come after blowing by defenders and getting into the paint for lay-ins or short jumpers...needs to show a little more discipline with a stop-and-pop once he gets in the lane, and the overall improvement of his outside shot.



Awards/Achievements:
NIT All-Star Team (Tournee in Europe) -01
Mountain West Conf. Finalist -01
NCAA Division II All-American Third Team -03
NCAA Division II Finalist -03
CBA All-Stars Game -05, 06
All-CBA 1st Team -06
Arab Club Championships Finalist -06
Asian Club Championships Semifinals -06
Asia-Basket.com Asian Club Championships Best Guard -06
Asia-Basket.com Asian Club Championships 1st Team -06
ABA Quarterfinals -07
Qatar League Runner-Up -08



Parmer Leads Al Rayyan to Cups Sweep -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

The signing of Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) paid off right away. After losing out in the League to Qatar Army (Jaysh), Al Rayyan signed Parmer to help them get back on top. Well, after claiming both, the Heir Apparent and King's (Emir's) Cups over the last month, he did just that.


Emir's Cup Final
Al Rayyan 86 - 71 Qatar Club

Coming into this game Rayyan knew that if they did not contain Qatar's dynamic 3 it would be a long night. So Rayyan came out and used various defences to contain the one-on-one ability of Qatar's trio. Qatar was able to rely on Daoud Musa (193-G-82), A.J. and Musa in the first half to stay in the game, but the team was unable to do much of anything in the 3rd quarter and dug themselves into a deep hole. Down by 17 to start the 4th, Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Minnesota) was finally able to break free, which lead to a run that saw the deficit shrink to 4 points, And with Parmer in foul trouble after picking up his 4th, it looked like the game was turning in Qatar's favour. They couldn't however, bait him in to his 5th, and Parmer was able to stay in the game to give Rayyan the extra punch they needed in the closing minutes. They made a few key free throws down the stretch, and a dagger of a 3-pointer by Saleem Abdullah Mohammed (202-C-82) with under 3 minutes left saw the lead balloon back to 10 points and that was it. The nail was in the coffin.

Leading Scorers

Al Rayyan: Yaseen Ismail 20, Omar Abdgader Salem 20, Marlon Parmer 11

Qatar Sports: Daoud Musa 23, Maurice Hargrow 18, Musa 12

Al Rayyan and Al-Arabi will represent Qatar at the GCC Championships that will take place in Doha at Gharrafa Stadium starting on the 24th of April. Qatar Sports Club will be off to Jordan next week, representing Qatar at the Arab Club Championships. Best of luck to all 3 of them.


Game analysis courtesy of the Professor Luqman Williams



Al Sadd wins Qatar junior basketball championship title -by Eurobasket News
Al Sadd sc junior basketball team, successfully claimed Qatar junior basketball championship title, after they seized 58 - 41 victory over Al Gharaffa sc in a match held in Al Gharaffa indoor hall on Thursday. The championship title is considered the third title seized by Al Sadd sc junior basketball team in the ongoing season.
Courtesy of Qatar Olympics


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RUSSIA

Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 23-1 
 2. Khimky 22-2 
 3. Unics 17-7 
 4. Triumph 16-8 
 5. Dynamo M. 15-9 
 6. Ural Great 12-12 
 7. Lok.Rostov 12-12 
 8. Spartak-P. 11-13 
 9. Samara 10-14 
 10. Univ.Surgut 6-18 
 11. Spartak St.P. 5-19 
 12. Lokomotiv N. 4-20 
 13. Krasnoyarsk 3-21 


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SERBIA

Changes on the bench of Borac Banja Luka -by Dragan Jankovski
After last night's home defeat against Bosna Sarajevo, management of Bosnian team Borac from Banja Luka waived Slobodan Nikolic and immediately agreed terms with another Serbian coach Milos Pejic. In the past Pejic used to work in Masinac and Sloga from Kraljevo and also was an assistant coach of Serbian U20 National Team last summer.

Pejic signed contract with Borac until the end of the current season.


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SLOVENIA

Dragsic moves to Asutria, Parklji inks Dzambic and Jovanovic -by Zeljko Zule
Former NT member Ervin Dragsic (183-G-74) has left Alpos Sentjur to join Furstenfeld Panthers. He averaged 25:49 minutes, 9,1 points (2P 37-84, 3P 29-116, FT 94-102), 2,1 rebounds, 2,7 assists, 0,5 steals and 1,3 turnovers in 28 games of Slovenian A-1 League UPC Telemach.
Paklji Bezigrad, runner-up of B-1 League, inked Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, college: NYIT) ex Radnicki 034 Group and Dorde Jovanovic (209-C-80) ex Al Wihdat for the Play-Offs.


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SWITZERLAND

Latest transfers in LNA and LNB -by Kristian Santiago
Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine), who was brought in to replace Kamil Pietras (209-F/C-88) in BC Lugano Tigers, was released after being used only once in the play-offs.The American center scored two points, pulled two rebounds and recorded one assist in his sole game for the Tigers.

By mutual agreement, Sdent BBC Nyon and Mario De Sisti have decided to terminate with immediate effect the contract between them. Hired to replace Gianpaolo Patelli during the month of December, De Sisti was brought in to avoid the play-outs. Robert Margot , his assistant, will lead the team until the end of the season

Luke Lloyd (202-C/F-77, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Morehead St.) of BBC Monthey left the team after he sustained an injury and his temporary contract expired.In four games played, he contributed 7,3 ppg and 8,1 rpg.

Due to his low performances, Geneve Devils released post-player Kenny Whitehead (208-C-80, college: JMU).The American played in seven games and averaged 3,4 points and 3,0 rebounds per game for the LNA-team.To replace him , Geneva signed Johnny Phillips (204-F/C-79, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) who already been part of the team in 2004-2005. He arrives from Cyprus where he played for Ydra ENAD.

Following an unsportsmanlike gesture (He threw an elbow on an opponent resulting in an injury) occured during the 1st match of the semi-final series of the play-outs between Lausanne Morges Basket and Meyrin Grand-Saconnex Basket, Meyrin decided to release the player Jan Sainte-Rose (204-F/C-84) immediatly out of his contract..


Zurich Wildcats added Swiss-veteran Stefan Bachmann (206-C-79, college: Weber St.) to their roster to avoid relegation. The former national player is still active for the second team of Zurich.
Mimmo Aquaro (205-C-87) left the same team after playing in 14 games and recording 1,4 ppg and 2,8 rpg for the Wildcats.


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TURKEY

Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Besiktas 22-6 
 2. Efes P. 21-7 
 3. Fenerbahce 19-8 
 4. T.Telekom 18-10 
 5. Galatasaray 17-10 
 6. Antalya 17-11 
 7. Karsiyaka 16-12 
 8. TED Koleji 12-16 
 9. Banvit 12-16 
 10. Mersin 12-16 
 11. Kepez Bld 11-16 
 12. Oyak Renault 11-17 
 13. Selcuk Uni. 9-18 
 14. Darussafaka 9-19 
 15. Alpella 8-20 
 16. Beykoz 8-20 


Hedo The Hero, Player Of The Month In Eastern Conference -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Turkish international Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79), the biggest nominee for the Most Improved Player of The Year Award this season, has been named 'Player Of The Month' in Eastern Conference of the NBA. During April Hedo averaged 19.8ppg on %50.4 shooting in addition to 6.4 assists per game and helped his Orlando Magic to grab 5 wins in 8 games.
On the other hand Hedo and Magic will face Raptors in the first round of the post season as Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) and his Jazz will take on Houston Rockets in the West.


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UGANDA

DEFENDING CHAMPS FALCONS SET FOR LEAGUE OPENER -by Rogers Senkwale


DEFENDING CHAMPS FALCONS SET FOR LEAGUE OPENER -by Rogers Senkwale


Defending Champions Falcons set for League opener. -by Rogers Senkwale
Defending and record cchampions, Falcons are in top gear as they await their league opener against Mukono Based UCU Canons.the last time the two met was in last season's play off semi final and the latter lost to the champs after having a good run through out the regular league. The Malinga Brothers shall be at the fore front for Falcons assisted by improved point guard Francis tumusime and new signing Ronnie Kalule formerly of Rhino which was relegated to 2nd division after a FUBA decision to relegate thre teams to the lower division.UCU shall be without Philip Odour who aws famed for his trade mark spot dunks but will rely on ace pont guard Ivan Enabu and the Mugabe brothers to avenge their bitter loss in thesemi final play off last season.The first game of the night will be equally thrilling with the 2000 league champions Power facing off with KIU.Power shall be without Wilbrod Oketcho after suffering a thigh injury that might see him sidelined for the entire season,however they have reccruited massively and with the likes of Isaac Afidra returning to his old club from KIU and Ben Komaketch who was with Miracle they are poised to be favourites for the title.The ladies opener will be between rivals KCC Leopards and KIU Rangers.the begins will be played at Lugogo Indoor staduim this Evening.

Fixtures:
POWER VS KIU 5.30 PM
KCC LEOPARDS VS KIU RANGERS 7.00PM
FALCONS VS UCU CANONS 8.30 PM


DEFENDING CHAMPS FALCONS SET FOR LEAGUE OPENER -by Rogers Senkwale


DEFENDING CHAMPS FALCONS SET FOR OPENER -by Rogers Senkwale
Defending and record cchampions, Falcons are in top gear as they await their league opener against Mukono Based UCU Canons.the last time the two met was in last season's play off semi final and the latter lost to the champs after having a good run through out the regular league. The Malinga Brothers shall be at the fore front for Falcons assisted by improved point guard Francis tumusime and new signing Ronnie Kalule formerly of Rhino which was relegated to 2nd division after a FUBA decision to relegate thre teams to the lower division.UCU shall be without Philip Odour who aws famed for his trade mark spot dunks but will rely on ace pont guard Ivan Enabu (182-G) and the Mugabe brothers to avenge their bitter loss in thesemi final play off last season.The first game of the night will be equally thrilling with the 2000 league champions Power facing off with KIU.Power shall be without Wilbrod Oketcho (196-F) after suffering a thigh injury that might see him sidelined for the entire season,however they have reccruited massively and with the likes of Isaac Afidra (193-G/F) returning to his old club from KIU and Ben Komaketch who was with Miracle they are poised to be favourites for the title.The ladies opener will be between rivals KCC Leopards and KIU Rangers.the begins will be played at Lugogo Indoor staduim this Evening.

Fixtures:
POWER VS KIU 5.30 PM
KCC LEOPARDS VS KIU RANGERS 7.00PM
FALCONS VS UCU CANONS 8.30 PM


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UKRAINE

Khimik defeat Mykolaiv / Lviv demolish Sumy -by Alexei Naumov
BC Khimik and Politekhnika-Galychyna both won their second games of the Ukrainian Superleague quarterfinals taking a 2:0 lead in their series.

Khimik defeated MBC Mykolaiv 94:66. The home side's coach Dmytro Bazelevsky after the game praised his team's efforts on both end of the floor. 'We played very well on defense tonight. We also scored 94 points - very good offensive production', he said.

Jarrius Jackson scored 20 points for Yuzhniy. Sasa Bratic added 17.

Mykolaiv's Olexandr Rayevskiy finished the contest with 16 points.

In Lviv Politekhnika-Galychyna unexpectedly put Sumykhimprom on the verge of elimination with a 100:74 blowout.

The game was over for the visitors in the first quarter. Politekhnika opened it up with an 8:0 run. Superleague's top scorer Rostislav Krivych managed to score 2 for Sumy and Lviv responded with 21 more unanswered points to make it 29:2.

Sumy even up the flow of the game thereafter, tying the 2nd quarter, losing 3rd by 5 and winning 4th by 1.

Lviv's Oleksiy Lobanov scored 21 points and guard Yevgen Annenkov added 18.

Sumy's newcomer Troy Devrise drained 6 of 9 threes to finish with game-high 24.

The series are now moving to Sumy and Mykolaiv where the hosts will try to avoid elimination on Monday.

Game stats (in English) photos and live scores are available on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation


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ULEB CUP

Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) of DKV Joventut
Guard of the Year - Rudy Fernandez of DKV Joventut
Forward of the Year - Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84) of Akasvayu
Center of the Year - Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80) of Dynamo
Import Player of the Year - Henry Domercant (192-G-80) of Dynamo
Domestic Player of the Year - Rudy Fernandez of DKV Joventut
Defensive Player of the Year - Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of Unics
Coach of the Year - Garcia Aito Reneses of DKV Joventut

1st Team
Rudy Fernandez of DKV Joventut
Henry Domercant of Dynamo
Ivan Radenovic of Akasvayu
Robertas Javtokas of Dynamo
Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78) of DKV Joventut

2nd Team
Robert Hite (188-G-84) of Galatasaray
Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79) of Turk Telecom
Pero Antic (210-F-82) of Lukoil
Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78) of Nymburk
Darjus Lavrinovic of Unics

Honorable Mention
Corey Brewer (188-G-75) of Zadar
Shammond Williams (187-G-75) of Pamesa
Marc Gasol (212-C-85) of Akasvayu
Preston Shumpert (198-G-79) of Besiktas
Khalid El-Amin of Turk Telecom
Arriel McDonald (191-G-72) of Akasvayu
Ruben Douglas (193-G-79) of Pamesa
David Logan (184-G-82) of Turow
Omar Cook (186-G-82) of Crvena
Willie Deane III (186-G-80) of Lukoil
Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79) of Unics

All-Domestic Players Team
Rudy Fernandez of DKV Joventut
Pero Antic of Lukoil
Radoslav Rancik of Nymburk
Jerome Moiso of DKV Joventut
Ivan Radenovic of Akasvayu

All-Imports Team
Khalid El-Amin of Turk Telecom
David Logan of Turow
Omar Cook of Crvena
Henry Domercant of Dynamo
Robert Hite of Galatasaray


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USBL

USBL Alum Rack up Awards in LigaA and TNA Leagues in Argentina -by Surujh Roopnarine
Though suspended for 2008, past USBL players are still plying their trade and finding success all over the globe. The latest set of Alum to wrap up successful seasons brings us to Argentina where Robert Battle (6'7''-C-81, college: Drexel), Cleotis Brown (6'6''-G/F-77, college: Illinois), William McFarland (6'7''-F-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) and Brice Assie (6'7''-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) where recipients of Latinbasket.com All-Argentinean awards for the 2007-08 season. Battle, who played for the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs during the spring of 2003 after a successful career at Drexel, was named to the LigaA 1st Team and All-Imports Team as well as being selected LigaA Import and Center of the year. Joining Battle on the LigaA 1st Team is former Kansas Cagerz mainstay Cleotis Brown who plays for Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero. A member of possibly the last ever USBL Championship squad, Kansas in 2007, Brown was named USBL 6th Man of the Year in 2004. The final USBL Alum to be honored on the LigaA All-Import Team is former Brooklyn King big man William 'The Beast' McFarland. A dominant force in Argentina over the last two seasons, McFarland is a name well known on the playgrounds of NYC as he is a regular in New York's summer street-ball circuit. Teaming with Brown on Quimsa, the St. Thomas Aquinas (NAIA) product was an All-USBL 1st Team selection in 2004 and 2005. Rounding out the USBL alum to receive awards this season in Argentina, is Brice Assie. Assie teamed with McFarland on the 2007 Brooklyn Kings squad that lost in the finals to Kansas, and played this season with San Martin Corrientes of the Argentinean TNA league where he was a 1st Team selection. A relative youngster on the international basketball scene, Assie has played professionally in Finland prior to Argentina after a successful career at NCAA DIII Western Connecticut.

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VENEZUELA

Perez and Guevara together in Bayamon, Lugo continues on fire -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Shooting guard Rafael Perez (185-G-82) was traded from Brujos de Guayama to Vaqueros de Bayamon in the last day of transactions of Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) of Puerto Rico and he joined countryman Diego Guevara (184-G-77). During the week, they were able to face and defeat another Venezuelan, Richard Lugo (209-C-73), of Atleticos de San German.

Perez supported his new team with 4 points, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 assist and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes coming off the bench in a victory, 83-63, over San German. In that game, Guevara, who was returning after successfully recovering from a leg injury, scored 10 points and gave 3 assist in 22 minutes on court. Lugo finished up with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block and 2 steals for San German.

Later in the week, Guevara and Perez joined efforts to lead Bayamon past Grises de Humacao, 90-74. Guevara scored 14 points with a rebound, an assists and a steal in 22 minutes, while Perez netted 12 points and added 3 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Lugo was stellar in a victory over Capitanes de Arecibo, 81-80. He finished up the match with 12 points, 18 rebounds and a block in 32 minutes of action.


LPB 2008 - Week 7 (Wednesday): Trotamundos, Gatos and Guaiqueries rule the league -by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Trotamundos de Carabobo, Gatos de Monagas and Guaiqueries de Margarita got comfortable victories against Cocodrilos de Caracas, Gigantes de Guayana and Gaiteros del Zulia to maintain their domination of Venezuela's LPB. Guaros de Lara woke up from two straight defeats with a triumph over Deportivo Tachira and Marinos de Anzoategui achieved their tenth victory against Panteras de Miranda.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16TH

Trotamundos de Carabobo 81 - Cocodrilos de Caracas 67
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 18-26-20-17= 81
COC: 20-10-21-16= 67

Top scorers
TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 18 points, Martin Osimani (194-G-81) 16 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 13 points and 10 rebounds, J.R. Wallace (183-G-81) 13 points
COC: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 19 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 14 points and 8 rebounds, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 11 points



Guaiqueries de Margarita 90 - Gaiteros del Zulia 79
'Belisario Aponte' Gymnasium - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 14-21-20-26= 79
GUAI: 24-20-12-19= 90

Top scorers
GUAI: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 26 points, Rogers Washington (202-F-77) 22 points, Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 12 points and 13 rebounds, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 10 points

GAI: Jermaine Watson (193-G-81) 19 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-75) 14 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 12 points and 14 rebounds, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 11 points


Guaros de Lara 93 - Deportivo Tachira 89
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 19-35-20-19= 93

TACH: 30-19-19-21= 89

Top scorers

GUA: Evan Brock (204-F-84) 22 points and 13 rebounds, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F) 18 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 11 points, Ronald Blackshear (196-G-78) 11 points, Heissler Guillent 10 points

TACH: Brian Woodward (191-G-81) 21 points, Darius Lane (193-G-78) 19 points, Carlos Morris (194-F-75) 13 points and 10 rebounds, Schea Cotton (196-G-78) 11 points, Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76) 10 points and 9 rebounds


Marinos de Anzoategui 97 - Panteras de Miranda 92
'Luis Ramos' Gymnasium - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 20-21-27-29= 97

PAN: 24-18-19-31= 92

Top scorers

MAR: Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) 23 points and 12 assists, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 23 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 16 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 15 points and 16 rebounds

PAN: Cornelius Mitchell (180-G-82) 33 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 15 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 13 points, Marlon Dumont (206-F-77) 10 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 10 points


Gatos de Monagas 100 - Gigantes de Guayana 79

'Gilberto Roque Morales' Gymnasium - Maturin, Monagas

Quarter by quarter
GAT: 22-20-26-32= 100

GIG: 17-19-15-28= 79

Top scorers

GIG: Tim Parham (206-F-83) 15 points, Roland Lamont (193-G-78) 10 points, David Harrison (191-G-75) 10 points

GAT: Kenya Capers (194-F-73) 22 points, Duke Freeman-McKamey (208-F-80) 21 points and 14 rebounds, Alejandro Flores (201-F) 16 points and 12 rebounds, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 11 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 11 points and 10 assists



Oscar Torres recovers to help Bologna get closer to playoffs in Italy -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Small forward Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) got back to action after working out a short rehab assignment to heal from a minor injury and he did so by scoring 11 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in a game that his team, UPIM Fortitudo Bologna, lost against Benetton Treviso, 66-61, in last week's action of Italy's Lega A basketball.

Torres was used as a backup player later in the week in a comfortable triumph of Bologna over Eldo Napoli, 104-88 and he only played 13 minutes, in which he only scored two points, grabbed three rebounds, gave an assist, stole a ball and blocked a shot. Countryman Hector Romero (202-F-80), of Montepaschi Siena, leaders of italian basketball, was not present in neither of his team's most recent domestic matches.

Machado is the man
In Spain, Venezuelan center Pablo Machado (207-C-77) scored 13 points and added 14 rebounds in a victory of his team, Domo Residencial Oviedo, over Inelga BBC, 74-62. Machado and his team are strong candidates to advance to the upper level in that country as they have succesfully led the standings most of the season in the EBA league.


Nelson Solorzano takes over as head coach of Venezuela's Senior NT -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) decided to name local head coach Nelson Solorzano , nicknamed 'Kako', as the new head coach of Venezuela's Senior Men NT as the replacement of Nestor Salazar . Former NBA player Carl Herrera (206-C-66) will serve as assistant coach.

Solorzano, who had been Salazar's assistant coach since 2003 and took part in the bronze medal won at the FIBA Americas tournament of Dominican Republic 2005, the World Cup of Japan 2006 and the FIBA Americas Preolympic tournament of Las Vegas, United States in 2007, will take over next June 1st, a month prior to the South American Basketball Championship, which will be held at Puerto Montt, Chile from June 30th till July 7th and will have four tickets available to attend the FIBA Americas tournament of 2009, in which the goal is to attend the World Cup of Turkey 2010.

Solorzano beated Spaniard Joaquin Brizuela and Cuban Sergio Rouco for the spot. Roucco will be the new head coach of the U21 squad of Venezuela if he reaches an agreement with the FVB. Solorzano, 48 years old, is the current head coach of Gigantes de Guayana in Venezuela's LPB and a former coach of Toros de Aragua, Gatos de Monagas, Marinos de Anzoategui and Panteras de Miranda in LPB, as well as Guacharos de Maturin and Tiburones de Vargas in LNB. He won the LPB championship as assistant coach of James Calvin back in 1998 and later on as head coach in 2005, both times with Marinos.

During his 17-year active career as a player he wore the uniforms of Beverly Hills, Trotamundos de Carabobo, Panteras de Miranda and Marinos de Oriente (now Anzoategui). He was Rookie of the Year in 1981 and wore Venezuela's Senior NT shirt for 12 years, from 1981 till 1993. He played in the World Cup of Argentina 1990, was a member of Venezuela's Gold Medal winning team in the South American Championship of 1991 in Valencia and went on to get a silver medal in the FIBA Americas Tournament of Portland 1992 against the first U.S. Dream Team. He completed a glorious career by playing in the Olympic Games of Barcelona 1992, the only time in which Venezuela has qualified.

Statements
'He's the best option right now for us and we're sure we're gonna have plenty of satisfactions and victories. For that, we'll give him the proper tools so he can deliver the results we're expecting. It's hard to play international basketball and Solorzano has had an excellent performance in the national leagues', said Carmelo Cortez, president of the FVB and Consubasket.

'It was a surprise for me when they called cause I was the assistant coach of Salazar. I just want to point out that the work I'll begin to do is going to be based on a wide variety of offensive schemes, but it's not going to change that much from what Salazar had been doing in the defensive end. That's worked pretty well for us so far', said Solorzano during the official press conference in which he was introduced to the media.




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Women News

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BWBL - Women

Riga invites to Final Four -by Eurobasket News

Latvian Riga will host Final Four of Baltic league in the upcoming weekend. TEO and TTT Riga will open the semifinal day, while Cesis meets Tim-Skuf after.
TEO Vilnius will defend all their titles as the team is the best in BWBL. TEO and Tim-Scuf clashed in the battle of Group A leaders at the last stage. TEO overwhelmed Ukrainian side 74:56 to ensure their top spot in the pool play. The second term proved decisive as the hosts outgunned Tim-Scuf 21:5 in it. Ukrainian team never recovered in the second half and lost finished in the second spot. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) scored 16 points for TEO. Jurgita Streimikyte nailed 16 points and Kristin Haynie added 13 for Vilnius side. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) led Tim-Scuf with 17 points. Inna Yegorova contributed 12 points in a losing effort.
TTT Riga grabbed the last ticket in Final Four in the game with the second team last year of BWBL, Arvi. TTT Riga thrashed their opponents to complete the Final Four picture. A perfect defensive effort from the Riga's outfit limited Arvi to just 35 points as TTT coasted to a 66:35 victory. TTT Riga held Arvi to 17 points in the first half and accumulated a 32:17 lead at the interval. Arvi outscored TTT in the third stanza but only to cut the deficit by a single point. Riga raised the tempo in the fourth quarter and easily sealed the winning outcome at the end. LaTanya White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored 13 points to pace TTT. Elizaveta Kityzina and Aija Brumermane provided 10 points apiece for the winners. Aurime Rinkeviciute dropped 11 points in a losing case.
Cesis bruised Berezina 76:58 in the last game of the semifinal stage. After a win over TTT riga on that stage as well Cesis will be the candidate for the medals as well.

19 April 2008
TTT-RIGA -TEO Vilnius
Cesis-TIM-SCUF



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CYPRUS - Women

Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) of KV Imperial AEL
Guard of the Year: Kalia Papadopoulou of KV Imperial AEL
Forward of the Year: Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80) of KV Imperial AEL
Center of the Year: Mirjana Velisavljevic (187-C-78) of Keravnos Strovolou
Newcomer of the Year: Sophia Theodorou (180-G-86) of KV Imperial AEL
Most Improved Player of the Year: Michaela Vezenkova (191-F-84) of Kerafvnos Strovolou
Bosman Player of the Year: Biljana Pavicevic of AEL Limassol
Domestic Player of the Year: Kalia Papadopoulou of AEL Limassol
Defensive Player of the Year: Michaela Vezenkova (191-F-84) of Keravnos Strovolou
Coach of the Year: Konstantinos Filippopoulos of Keravnos Strovolou

1st Team
Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) of AEL Limassol
Kalia Papadopoulou of AEL Limassol
Vassiliki Kanatselou (171-G-85) of Anagennisis Yermasogeias
Biljana Pavicevic of AEL Limassol
Mirjana Velisavljevic (187-C-78) of Keravnos Strovolou

2nd Team
Antonia Makri (174-G-79) of Keravnos Strovolou
Eleana Pantazi (177-G-83) of Anagennisis Yermasogeias
Sophia Theodorou of AEL Limassol
Michaela Vezenkova of Keravnos Strovolou
Persefoni Kyriakou (180-F-78) of AEL Limassol

All-Domestic Players Team
Kalia Papadopoulou of AEL
Antonia Makri of Keravnos
Sophia Theodorou of AEL
Michaela Vezenkova of Keravnos Strovolou
Persefoni Kyriakou of AEL Limassol

All-Bosmans Team
Ancuta Stoenescu of AEL
Maralene Zwarich (183-F-84) of Achilelas Kaimakli
Edita Brbutovic (175-G-94) of ENAD
Biljana Pavicevic of AEL Limassol
Mirjana Velisavljevic of Keravnos Strovolou


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GREECE - Women

Match Day 25: Results and Scorers -by George Manousidis

QuigleyEsperides defeated Panathinaikos 62-60 thanks to the two breaks of Tula Kalentzou toward the end, and now needs a victory on the last match-day against Aias, in order to celebrate the title. Before the start of the game, Thanassis Giannakopoulos honored Papailias for his great contributionsto Panathinaikos, as the sensational guard decided to retire from basketball.

Panionios has one last chance to win the championship after the victory over Kastoria.

PANATHINAIKOS - ESPERIDES 60-62
Quarters: 9-17, 18-21, 30-44, 60-62.
PANATHINAIKOS (Keramidas): Spatharou 8 (2), Stamatis 10 (2), Papailia 6 (1), Kogkins, Nikolaidou 20, Skimpi, Xanthi 1, Gialitaki 10, Kyriakopoulos 5 (1).
ESPERIDES (Daglas): Kaletzou 24 (2), Kalogirou, Kavasila, Hadjinicolaou 12, Tserou 2, Kaltsidou 9 (3), Saregkou 12, Boni, Paschopouloy, Davis 3.

AIAS EVOSMOU - PAGCHIAKOS 76-74
Quarters: 22-27, 36-49, 60-66, 76-74
AIAS EVOSMOU (Makridou): Boti 23 (5), Nou 6, Milovanovits 15 (3), 9 Kotoula, Kouei 21, Grammatikopoulou, Captain 2, Tamoutseli.
PAGCHIAKOS (Moysiadis): Blue 11 (3), Valletta 18, Xalivelakis 4 , Kalopita, Seretis 10 (2), Mastrogiannidou 10 (1), Dafkou 10, Zykiridou 11.

KASTORIA - PANIONIOS 61-68
Quarters: 21-18, 37-34, 47-55, 61-68.
KASTORIA (Dimitriadis): Kinkevitsiene 8 (2), Giannouzakoy 6, Papamichail 10, George 18 (6), Zerva 13, Bobby, Vlachou, Georgorpoulos 3 (1)
PANIONIOS (Koroneos): Stavrakaki 5 (1), Delli 9 (3 ), Kingdom 2, Chalivera 16 (2), Samaroukova 23, Kouinan 10, Giannakopoulos 3.

IRAKLIS - SIEMENS 41-63
Quarters: 20-17, 29-35, 31-46, 41-63
IRAKLIS (Kirkousis): Vladi 12 (3), katopodi 7, Anastasiadou 2, Tremkatzi 10 (1), S. Kasapi, Kazantzi, Bimpiri 10 (3)
SIEMENS (Kokkinopoulos) Davitidou 5 (1), Telidou 4, Pavlidou, Giannopoulou 14 (2), Stavridou 10, Sunday 2, Chorinou, Mouli 5, Tarmatzou 2, Quigley 21.

ASTERAS -ARIS . 59-51
Quarters: 17-23, 26-44, 43-58, 59-71.
ASTERAS (Arvanitis): Karastamati 23, Tsifteli, Stampourloy 3 (1), Chalikia 7 (1), Iskioglou 5 (1), Liagka 5 (1).
ARIS (Mavridis): Tzegiannaki 15 (1), Ouzouni, Kechagia 24 (4), Magklara 8, Sotirios 7 (1), Spathaki 4 (1), Roidou, Mentiola 13 (1).

ATHINAIKOS - M. ALEXANDROS 90-69
Quarters: 25-19, 43-39, 70-53, 90-69.
ATHINAIKOS (Kalogeropoulos) Daskalopoulou 2, Manoli, Magaliou 6, Tsouri 2, Soulis 6 (1) 22 Faris, Gkouzini 17 (3), Klantzou, Gkerlnts 21 (3), Cosmas 7, Haikalis 2, Koundoyra 1
M.ALEXANDROS (Syropoulos): Skountzou, Chatzakou 13 (2), Holeva, Spyridopouloy 6 (2), Tsakiridou 6 (2), Reeves 42 (2), Koufoyiannis 2.

SPORTIG - APOLLON PTOL. 58-71
Quarters: 18-21, 33-30, 43-53, 58-71.
SPORTIG (T semperis): Barmperidou, Dai 9 (3), Kasapoglou 8 (2), Balta 7 (1), 8 Mouzakis, Tierney 22 (1), Malama 4.
APOLLON PTOL. (Tsimpis): Papadimitriou 3 (1), Kyrkopouloy 16 (4), Tokmaki 24 (4), Spanidou 10, Karadima 2, Tsakmaki, Davis 16.


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HUNGARY - Women

Uniqua NB1 - Round 24 -by Adam Patonay
What Zala Volan couldn't make against MKB Euroleasing they made against Szeged. They won at home court, while BSE lost at Sopron, so most probably ZTE will be the 4th and BSE is the 5th after the regular season. The other big surprise happened in Cegled. BEAC could win again! Szolnok lost against Pecs, because Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) was unstopable again. She made triple-double, so Szolnok will be the 6th.

Atomeromu Szekszard - Savaria BC Szombatehly 85:34
Szekszard: Bukovszki M 12, Varda D. 14, Maksimovic M. 27 (10 reb), Tamas R. 10, Bozoki B 12/6
Savaria: Takacs D. 8

Vasas Csata - Kanizsai Vadmacskak 61:39
Csata: Zsofia Koncz 21/6 (12 reb), Fejes 14/3, Fritz 10
Kanizsa: Podrug I. 17, Puric A. 10

MKB Euroleasing Sopron - BSE 101:58
Soporn: Gorbunova O. 18/3, Honti K. 13, Nemeth B. 10, Barnzova A. 13/3, Horti D. 13, Eordogh E. 11
BSE: Furesz D. 14/6, Vincze V. 10

Zala Volan ZTE - Szeviep Szeged 68:65
Zala Volan: Creamer M. 10, Lidiya Milkova (192-C-70) 25/3
Szeged: Vrantcheva I. 12/6, Russai P. 17/9

Szolnoki NKK - Mizo Pecs 2010 64:87
Szolnok: Hegedus R. 13, Kozdron M. 14/9, Boskovic 12/6
Pecs: Dalma Ivanyi 17/6 (10 reb, 14 ass), Somogyi 13/3, Coelho 17/3, Vajda A. 20/3

Cegledi EKK - BEAC Ujbuda 72:82
Cegled: Williams T. 29 (17 reb), Coronado S. 20/15, Ruttner Zs. 12/9
BEAC: Szasz E. 21/9, Pusztai S. 11, Sule K. 14/3, Karasz L. 16 (15 reb)


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ICELAND - Women

stats leader
Express L. Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 M.Martin, KR 36.6
2 M.Peterm, Valur 29.3
3 L.Barkus, Hamar 28.8
4 T.Watson, Keflavik 27.3
5 K.Hardy ,Haukar 26.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 T.Rober, Grinda. 16.1
2 M.Martin, KR 13.4
3 S.Herma, Valur 12.0
4 S.Amundad, KR 11.3
5 T.Fjalarsd, Haukar 10.8
Assists Per Game
1 H.Siguroardo, KR 7.1
2 J.Skiba, Grindavok 6.9
3 T.Watson, Keflavok 6.2
4 K.Hardy, Haukar 5.8
5 M.Peterman, Valur 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 M.Martin, KR 4.00
2 T.Watson, Keflavik 3.81
3 L.Barkus, Hamar 3.63
Blocks Per Game
1 S.Hermann, Valur 5.83
2 M.Sturlu, Keflavik 2.50
3 R.Brynjars, Haukar 1.95
2FGP
1 S. Biemer, Kefla. 54.8
2 T.Robers, Grind. 53.5
3 T.Watson, Keflavik 48.9
3FGP
1 B.Valgar, Kefla. 44.0
2 K.Hardy, Haukar 39.0
3 P.Skula, Grinda. 38.5
Free Throws
1 T.Watson, Kefla 84.4
2 S.Dimovs, Fjolnir 81.5
3 J.Skiba, Grindavik 80.2


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ISRAEL - Women

5th round semi-final results. -by Gil Goshen


Raanana Hertzeliya made history as they came back from 0-2 to win game 5, 98- 84 over Ramat Hen. In the finals they will face Ramla who outlasted Ramat Hasharon in a fierce playoff battle, 74-67.


Electra Ramat Hasharon 67 - Elizur Ramla 74

For Ramla:
Michelle Snow 19 pts, 9 rebs
Sherill Baker 18 pts, 7 rebs
Shay Doron 13 pts, 7 ast
Jackie Johnson & Katia Abramzon 7 pts each
Laine Selwyn & Ina Gourevitch 5 pts each

For Ramat Hasharon:
Tatyana Troina 21 pts, 4 ast
Jia Perkins 17 pts, 7 rebs, 6 ast
Nomi Kolodny 9 pts
Dada Vilipic 8 pts, 8 rebs
Monique Coker 6 pts, 9 rebs
Limor Mizrachi 4 pts
Merav Dori 2 pts

Raanana Hertzeliya 98 - Ramat Hen 84


For Raanana Hertzeliya:
Mistie Williams 26 pts 6 rb.
Abiola Wabara 19 pts 6rb.
Tanisha Wright, Neda Djuric & Ornit Shwartz 11 pts each
Chen Nusel 9 points.

For Ramat Hen:
Taj McWilliams Franklin 28 pts
Edwina Brown 15 pts .
Lena Mustafina 14 pts
Armintie Price 13 pts











Mistie Williams (191-C-83, college: Duke)


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KAZAKHSTAN - Women

Astana Tigers claim the title -by Eurobasket News
Astana Tigers gained the national title in Kazakhstan after overwhelming Okzhetpes in the final series. Astana Tigers dominated the game and completed a 3-0 sweep in the championship series. The Tigers rolled to a 94:89 win in Game 1. Tatjana Kondius (186-C) paced the winners. Kristina Koldobenko provided sufficient help down the stretch.
Game 2 turned out into a pretty one-sided clash with the Astana Tigers outmuscling their opponents 84:62. The Astana outfit did not wait for too long to decide on the winner in the series bruising Okzhetpes 79:68 and finalizing a trophy success.
In the Bronze medals series Barsy Atyrau edged Kostanay.


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LEBANON - Women

Antranik - Beirut in the WABA Final -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Antranik - Beirut is continuing its quest for the West Asian Championship title , The Lebanese Champion reached to the Championship Final after beating n the semi Final the Team From Iran Zanan on the score of 68-57.

Antranik players managed to secure their place in the final in a game that saw a very modest performance by the Arab Champions .The game saw the dominance of Antranik but the Iranian players kept intimating the Lebanese players and putting more pressure minute after minute by reducing the difference , but Antranik players were managing to answer back and to always have the lead till the end to secure the place in Tomorrow's Final against the home team Jalaa who managed to win the other semi Final against Yarmouk on the score of 70-60.

The game finished on the score of 68-57.

Best Performances :

Nisrin Dandan(19pts,10rebs) , Nayla Alameddine (15pts, 7ast) , Tamara Khalil (11pts), Chada Nasr(9pts), Nathalie Mamo(9ts)



Q1: 18-10 Q2:36-30 Q3:53-40 Q4:68-5


Antranik - Beirut WABA Champion -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Antranik - Beirut Women's Team is marking the history year after year, retaining the Arab Championship for the past two consecutive seasons and Wining the WABA Champions Cup made this team a very special one .
Antranik - Beirut won the only missing Title in its records the WABA Championship , in the Final they bear the Home Team Jalaa who had a good tournament , and reached the final after beating Yarmouk in the semi Final on the score of 70-60 .On the other hand the Arab Champions had a very bad semi final game against Zanan from Iran in which they managed t have a difficult win on the score of 68-57.
The Jalaa club stadium was full with fans for the final game , and it was obvious Antranik's players had the big intention and concentration to win this precious Title , the first quarter saw a small dominance from The Lebanese Champions but the Syrian players were answering to try to keep the game a close one , the first quarter finished on the score of 18-7.
In the second the Antranik machine took off and never look back , they dominate the tempo and outscored the home team 19-10, to have a very comfortable lead at the break , the score was 37-17.
In the third the same tempo continued and the difference was too big in the end of the third , the margin reached somewhere during the third quarter to 35 points , the third quarter finished on the score of 64-36.
In the fourth quarter coach Rizkallah Zaloum rested his players and gave the chance to all of his players to have minutes in this continental win , the concentration was reduced with each minute closer to the end and the difference was reduce to finish in the end on the score of 81-60.

By adding this title Antranik - Beirut confirmed to status being the only Lebanese women's team to record 3 Arab and Continental titles in the history of the Lebanese Women's Basketball.

Antranik - Beirut now will start its preparations to retain its Arab crown for the third consecutive year in Amman - Jordan .

Q1:17-8 Q2:37-17 Q3:64-36 Q4:81-60

Best Performances :
Chada Nasr (17pts, 10rebs , 7ast) , Nisrine Dandan (17pts) , Tamara Khalil (12pts) , Nayla Alameddine (10pts) , Nathali Mamo (10pts)


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LITHUANIA - Women

One more step before the crown -by Eurobasket News
Laisve -TEO 77:90 (13-29 28-17 14-25 22-19)

TEO moved to 2-0 in the Final series over Laisve. Thanks to the latter in the second game they struggled hard to be the truthful representative for the Final. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) was unstoppable with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) nailed 18, while Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) scored 14. Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) resisted in defeat with 18 points. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) collected 14 points and 7 rebounds, whilst Asta Daujadiene (176-G-73) netted 11.
TEO opened massively with 29 points in the opening quarter. It left Laisve far behind as the hosts were able to post only 13. The game had changed definitely in the second period and the spectators became more enthusiastic at the half time. TEO however had 46:41 when the teams disappeared in the lockers.
In the third quarter TEO decided not to experience and went on a bigger lead. With 25:14 advantage in it the defending champion looked more confident before the final stanza. Laisve produced 22:19 in it, but could not stay closer to the leader.
Game 3 is scheduled for April 24 as TEO will have Final Four in Baltic league in the upcoming weekend.

Laisve: Ilona Nikonovaite 18, Jovita Jutelyte 14+7 rebs, Asta Daujadiene 11
TEO:Gintare Petronyte 30+12 rebs, Ausra Bimbaite 18, Jurgita Streimikyte 14


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RUSSIA - Women

Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
 1. Spartak MR 21-1 
 2. CSKA 21-1 
 3. UMMC 18-4 
 4. BC Moscow 13-9 
 5. Vologda 12-10 
 6. Dyn.-Energia 11-11 
 7. Nadezhda 9-13 
 8. Dynamo K. 9-13 
 9. Dynamo M. 9-14 
 10. Spartak SP 5-17 
 11. Cheliabinsk 3-19 
 12. Shelen 1-21 


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Ruzomberok wins the opener -by Eurobasket News
Ruzomberok won its first semifinal game in Slovak Republic Play-offs. In a defensive game against Nitra the hosts used a better start and won 67:47. Lindsey Wilson (176-81) led the winners with 18 points. Regina Palusna (192-C-89) and Podesvova followed her with 14 points each. Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) ended up with the same number of points in defeat.
Ruzomberok stormed the court playing tough defense that prevented Nitra from scoring for a a few minutes. The pace slowed a bit as both squads struggled to score. The hosts were stronger and took 19:14 in the opening quarter. As well as in the first the spectators saw 19:14 in the second period. Due to that Ruzomberok had 38:28 at the half time.
In the third quarter the game was done after 20:10 in the period. Ruzomberok desired to win more, especially the opener of the semifinals. Nitra however remembers the victories over Ruzomberok at home and is ready to battle back in the next game. Game 2 is scheduled for April 20.

Ruzomberok - Nitra 67:47
Ruzomberok:Lindsey Wilson 18, Regina Palusna 14, Kupcikova 9, Okonkwova 6, Chabadova 4 (Podesvova 14, Spodniakova 2, Cernakova 0, Felixova 0, Novocka 0).
Nitra: Gabriela Kubatova 14, Sujanova 12, Zuzana Mracnova (180-F-80) 8, Kalafutova 7, Krc-Turbova 2 (Hnidzikova 2, Cizmarova 1, Valachova 1, Hujsiova 0).


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SWEDEN - Women

Telge grabs a road Final lead in the series -by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings - Telge 44-68

The Final of Swedish Play-offs is getting hotter as Telge grabs the road win over Solna. Last night the winner of the regular season had nothing to do against Telge's defense and admit 44:68 loss. The second quarter became the decisive one when the guests produced 6:18 in it. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) paced the winners with 15 points. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) and Josefin Olheim supported her with 13 points each. None of the hosts' players reached a double digit, so as a result Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) and Michaela Livijn (184-C-81) had 9 each.
Trailing 0-1 in the series, Telge is now one step from the triumph. Both squads exchanged the basket for 15:15 in the opening quarter. Right after that Telge went on a huge spurt, that ended the half at 21:33. Another 12:20 in the third quarter and the game was done. Moreover Telge finished the last period with 11:15 advantage to capture the second victory in the Final series.
Solna lost its second game in the whole play-offs and after a brilliant season might stay out of the crown. They will have the fifth game if the next game will be fone away from home. Game 4 is scheduled on April 19th.

Solna Vikings: Jurgita Kausaite 9, Michaela Livijn 9, Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) 7, Elisabeth Egnell 6, Jennifer Harris 5, Christy Bacon 4, Anna Hцglund 4, Helena Rutberg 0, Karolina Mindell Kidanu 0, Helena Klackenberg 0
Telge: Frida Eldebrink 15, Louice Halvarsson 13, Josefin Olheim 13, Shelley Hammonds 7, Elin Eldebrink 6, Erica Blomgren 6, Stefanie Yderstrцm 5, Cleopatra Forsman 2, Camilla Цsth 1, Sofia Еstrцm 0, Salome Kabengano 0, Linda Stеhlberg 0


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Neuchatel wins the opening game of LNF Final -by Eurobasket News
Neuchatel - Riva Basket 64:51

The regular season champions Neuchatel got to a winning start of the LNA Final series. The Students overcame Riva Basket at home and sent a strong message of their favorite status in the clash. Riva Basket knocked out BBC in the semifinal stage and hoped to take a scalp of another league leader. But the first game proved Neuchatel prepared well for the encounter. The hosts started the game aggressively and built a 23:14 lead after the opening stanza. The defense worked hard in the second period for Neuchatel and they limited Riva to just 9 points. It allowed the home side to accumulate a massive 17-point cushion at the interval. Riva Basket however fought bravely and refused to give up. They answered with their own piece of stifling defense and held Neuchatel to 8 points in the third period. The gap was trimmed to 9 points but Riva Basket failed to come any closer in the fourth period. In a low-scoring intense fourth term Neuchatel managed to keep Riva at distance and celebrated a tough win at the end. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) produced 20 points and 8 boards for Neuchatel. Alexia Rol (170-G-82) scored 19 points and Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) notched 15 points, 7 boards and 6 assists in a win. Riva Basket were paced by 17 points and 18 boards from Jocelyn Logan-Friend (189-F/C-83, college: Virginia). Jessica Smith (183-F/C-85, college: Stony Brook) added 12 points and 9 boards in defeat. Neuchatel lost the battle under the rims 30:40 but forced the visitors to as many as 19 turnovers. Neuchatel sank 37% from the field, while Riva Basket replied with only 33% accuracy.

Neuchatel: Cameo Hicks 20, Alexia Rol 19, Sophie Charlier 15
Riva Basket: Jocelyn Logan-Friend 17+18 boards, Jessica Smith 12