EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/21/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Crvena Zvezda and Stevan Karad ... -by Dragan Jankovski
Head coach of Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade Stevan Karadzic resigned on his position yesterday afternoon, just 24 hours before the eternal derby against Partizan Igokea.

'There was couple of reasons for my resignation. First reason is the fact that most of the players didn't receive their salaries on time. The biggest problem was when players and people around the club realized that couple of players gets money on time but the rest of the team not. Thus, after that moment atmosphere in the team drastically get worse. During the entire season I have bad communication with GM Igor Zezelj. We didn't sign a center despite we had an agreement to do that. We received three monthly salaries and the fourth one was after selling of Nenad Misanovic' said Karadzic. He also said that it is not fair that only people who possess yearly tickets are able to enter the Pionir for the derby game vs Partizan.

Zvezda's GM Igor Zezelj said: 'Karadzic's decision to leave the team on this way without saying goodbye to the players is unfair and unusual move and his reasons are just his alibi. Karadzic had our support. It is well known that salaries were late during the last 5 years in Zvezda. Situation is not better now but it is much brevier to stay and fight until the end.'

Karadzic's assistant Milan Skobalj will lead the team against Partizan while the name of the new Zvezda's head coach will be known very soon.



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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 31: Sunday April 20th results! -by Michael Taylor
Sunday April 20th saw Bundesliga Game Day 31 take place and several exciting games impacted the standings. ALBA Berlin beat Telekom Baskets Bonn to remain atop the Bundesliga while Bremerhaven took a step closer to the 8th and final playoff spot.

Sunday April 20th
ALBA Berlin 82 Telekom Baskets Bonn 77
Julius Jenkins scored 23pt on 9 for 12 shooting including 3 of 4 from three to lead ALBA Berlin to an 82-77 home win over Telekom Baskets Bonn Sunday at MaxSchmellinghalle in Berlin. ALBA opened with a 17-16 lead after 1Q before holding a 41-38 lead at half. Edging further ahead, Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his team led 65-58 after three before earning their Bundesliga best 24th win. Aleksander Nadjfeji added 13pt while Bobby Brown and Dragan Dojcin chipped in 10pt apiece. ALBA shot 52% from the floor and made 28 fo 33 (84%) FT in the win. JJ Strasser was a perfect 6 for 6 from the floor to lead Bonn with 15pt while veteran Berd Kruel added 13pt and Winsome Frazier posted 13pt 7reb 5in the loss. Bonn shot 49% from the floor but made only 6 of 9 FT (75%) in the game. ALBA improved to 24-7 while Bonn fell to 19-12.

Artland Dragons 84 EnBW Ludwigsburg 75
Leon Rodgers buried 5 of 6 threes on his way to a game best 25pt 8reb in leading Artland Dragons to an 84-75 home win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Sunday at Artland Arena. Head Coach Chris Fleming and his team started strong with a 21-17 1Q and 47-36 lead at half. Artland extended their lead to 67-54 before earning the win in the 4th. Adam Chubb scored 16pt, EJ Rowland 12pt and Lamont McIntosh 10 for the winners. The Dragons shot 50% from the floor and 50% from three along with outrebounding Ludwigsburg 38-31. Ludwigsburg was led by Ronald Ross (21pt 7reb) and Heiko Schaffartzik (20pt). Artland upped their record to 22-9 while Ludwigsburg dropped to 14-17.

Eisbaren Bremerhaven 73 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 68
9,450 basketball fans packed Bremen Arena to see the Eisbaren Bremerhaven earn a key 73-68 win over Ewe Baskets Oldenburg in the North Sea Rivalry Sunday in Bremen. Anthony Tolliver totaled 19pt 11reb while Matt Haryasz added 13pt and Brian Brown 12pt for Head Coach Sarunas Sakalauskas in the win. Bremerhaven took control early with a 21-13 1Q and held a 43-38 halftime lead. Oldenburg trimmed the deficit to 56-53 after three setting up an intense 4Q. Branimir Longin led Oldenburg with 18pt on 4 for 6 threes and Jason Gardner added 15pt 9reb for the Thunderbirds. Bremerhaven shot 41% but made 19 of 28 FT (67%) while Oldenburg sank 37% from the floor and outrebounded Bremerhaven 42-40. Bremerhaven improved to 17-14 moving two games ahead of Koln and Braunschweig for the 8th and final playoff spot. Oldenburg saw their 10 game winning streak snapped as they fell to 20-11.

brose Baskets Bamberg 79 ratiopharm Ulm 69
Robert Garrett hit 4 of 6 threes to topscore with 20pt and Darren Fenn buried 4 clutch threes in the second half to help brose Baskets Bamberg to a 79-69 road win over ratiopharm Ulm Sunday afternoon at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. Following an even 1Q (19-19), Ulm edged ahead to hold a 36-34 halftime lead. In an intense 3Q, Ulm outscored Bamberg 14-11 to hold a 50-45 lead after 3. Bamberg's Robert Garrett and Darren Fenn buried key 3pt shots and Ulm's PG Dru Joyce fouled out with 7min to play giving Bamberg momentum. The reigning German champs outscored Ulm 34-19 in the 4th to earn the hardfought road win. Steffen Hamann added 17pt as Bamberg shot 55% from the floor and 50% from three (10 for 20). Jeff Gibbs led Ulm with 18pt 6reb with help from Sean Finn (14pt 9reb) and Dru Joyce (12pt 6ast). Ulm shot 40% from the floor, 4 for 22 (18%) from three and only 11 of 22 FT in the loss. Head coach Dirk Bauermann and his Bamberg team upped their record to 21-10 while Ulm slipped to 14-18.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 83 Koln 99ers 64
Ken Johnson topscored with 22pt 9reb to lead Deutsche Bank Skyliners to an 83-64 road win over Koln 99ers Sunday at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. Head coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners used a 23-10 2Q to take control and lead 40-30 at half. Koln cut the deficit to 57-50 after three before a strong Skyliner finish (26-14) in the 4th. Derrick Allen added 14pt 6reb for Frankfurt, Koko Archibong 12pt 6reb and Pascal Roller and Ilian Evtimov 11pt apiece for the winners. Skyliners shot 50% from the floor and made 12 of 25 threes (48%) in the win. Koln was led by Marko Keselj (4 of 5 threes) 17pt and Yassin Idbihi with 14pt 10reb in the loss. The 99ers shot 36% for the game. Frankfurt won their 8th straight game improving to 21-11 while Koln dropped to 15-16.

LTi Giessen 46ers 76 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 69
LTi Giessen 46ers secured another season in the Bundesliga with a hardfought 76-69 home win over NewYorker Phantoms Braunschwegi Sunday in Giessen. Danny Lewis led the 46ers with 17pt followed by 14pt from Michael Umeh and 11pt 8reb from Corey Rouse. Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and the 46ers earned the win with a terrific 4Q comeback outscoring the Phantoms 23-13. Braunschweig led 37-35 at half and 56-53 after three before the 46er comeback. John Allen led Braunschweig with 17pt while Andrew Drevo added 14pt 9reb in the loss. Both teams shot 41% from the floor and evened at 35 rebounds apiece, but Giessen held advantages from three (7 for 23 compared to 3 for 20 for Braunschweig) and at the foul line (27 for 35 compared to the Phantoms 18 for 26). Giessen upped their record to 9-22 while Braunschweig fell to 15-16.

Walter Tigers Tubignen 62 BG74 Gottingen 61
Jermaine Anderson scored 15pt, Ray Nixon 13pt and Rasko Katic 13pt 11reb to lead Walter Tigers Tubingen to an exciting 62-61 road win over BG74 Gottingen Sunday night at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Head Coach Tolga Ongoren and his team win their third straight game. Gottingen led 18-17 after 1Q and 35-33 at half before Tubingen battled back to lead 46-45 after three. Bingo Merriex added 9pt 13reb to the Tigers effort. Jahmar Thorpe (12pt) and Darren Brooks (11pt) were the only double digit scorers for the Violets. Tubingen improved to 10-21 while Gottingen dropped their 5th straight falling to 12-19.

digibu Baskets Paderborn 74 TBB Trier 71
Tim Black made 15 of 17 FT to score 25pt and Paderborn used a key 22-13 3Q for a 74-71 comeback road win over TBB Trier Sunday at Trier Arena. Trailing 19-14 after one and 38-31 at half, the key 3Q run helped Head Coach Doug Spradley and Paderborn take a 53-51 lead into the 4th. Greg Jenkins added 14pt 9reb while Steve Esterkamp scored 11pt for Paderborn. Caleb Green led Trier with 22pt 6reb while James Gillingham chipped in 14pt. Paderborn made 29 of 38 FT (76%) while Trier made 17 of 22 (77%). Trier outrebounded Paderborn 36-33 and shot 45% to Paderborn's 40%. Paderborn upped their record to 13-18 while Trier fell to 6-25.

Bayer Leverkusen 84 Science City Jena 57
Brendan Winters drilled 6 of 9 threes to topscore with 26pt in leading Bayer Leverkusen to an impressive 84-57 home win over Science City Jena Sunday night at historic Wilhelm Dopatka Halle in Levekusen. Head coach Achim Kuczmann and his team opened with a 20-13 1Q before Jena cut the deficit to 38-34 at half. Leverkusen's 18-7 3Q gave them a 56-41 lead after three and a 28-16 4th sealed the Leverkusen win. Brant Bailey scored 11pt for Leverkusen and Gordon Geib added 10pt 5ast in the win. Jason Miller scored 23pt on 10 of 14 shooting to lead Jena with help from Mark Davis 14pt. Leverkusen shot 43% from the floor and made 12 of 29 threes (41%) along with sinking 26 of 31 FT (83%). Jena shot 41% from the floor, made 4 of 19 threes (21%) and converted 7 of 10 FT. Leverkusen remains alone in second place at 23-8 while Jena dropped to 5-26.


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NEW ZEALAND

Waikato back on winning track ... -by Eurobasket
Waikato got back to their usual season routine which means winning this year. The Pistons clawed their way back after trailing by 3 points with less than 3 minutes to go in regulation to secure the 7th win of the season. Ben Hill (196-F-79, agency: IceBasket), Ray Cameron and Jason Crowe (193-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) all scored in the crunch time to propel the Pistons to a difficult 99:93 win at the end. The game was marked by the face-off of the best two scorers of the season. Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) nailed 29 points for Waikato, while Lemar Gayle (198-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield) finished with season-high 40 points for Otago. Waikato played without their captain Pero Cameron but still added a victory to their stats. Ben Hill notched 27 points and 8 boards, while Jason Crowe produced 20 points and 11 assists for the winners. Antoine Tisby (203-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: S.Carolina) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Otago.
The Nuggets' sad week continued when they dropped another game to the Dynamos Taranaki.
Link Abrams (198-F-73) celebrated his 100th consecutive game in the NBL by tallying 31 points to carry the Dynamos to an 83:78 win at the TSB Stadium. Keith Salscheider (196-G/F-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: San Diego Chr.) contributed 17 points and Ben Jeffrey (183-G-82) had 13 points in a win. Lemar Gayle was pretty quiet with 21 points. Antoine Tisby delivered 19 points and 11 boards as the Nuggets fell to 2-9 record.
The Easy Bay Hawks did what the Harbour Heat do the best. They closed the defense in the fourth term paving their way to a 26:11 rally and pulled away with a 91:73 win over the Heat at the Pettigrew Green Arena.
Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) and Paora Winitana (195-G-76) teamed up for 17 points apiece to pace the hosts. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82) responded with 20 points for Harbour.
The Nelson Giants relied on 24 points from
Mike Fitchett (183-G-82) to upset the Canterbury Rams 84:83 at the Trafalgar Centre today. Nelson led by as many as 17 points with just over 9 minutes left. The Rams shook things around with a 27:7 run that put them in front 83:80 with over 2 minutes on the clock. Nevertheless Jamil Terrell (200-F/C-80, college: W.Texas A&M) saved the day for the Giants as he dropped 4 straight points and brought Nelson the 6th win in the season. Chris Daniel poured in 17 points for the winning side. David Langrell (195-G/F-76, college: Le Moyne) accounted for 21 points for the Rams.


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PORTUGAL

UZO LIGA playoff quarter finals round 4 -by Luis Rocha


LIGA UZO playoffs quarter finals round 4 -by Luis Rocha
Porto step trough the semis by beating Belenneses on the road 86-63. A tough game made easy by Porto that seemed to have finally find the right path. Their deeper roster was the main factor today, Belenenses saw their best players a bit tired and Porto taking profit on that step up the gas, and lead at the break by 15, the second half showed a team that gave many minutes of rest to their best players and even so get to enlarge the score. Vagos couldnt get the win at Lusitania, in a not well played game (68-62). Both teams were very nervous and the one who comitted less mistakes won. Vagos will play the 5th game at home and is the favourite, but Lusitnia still has a word or two to say. CAB made what I said it was expected, they beat Ginasio at home 69-62 and get to force the 5th game. Now the scenary is complete, Ginsio can win, but once again I remind that this is the perfect situation for the most experienced players in CAB to decide. The home factor is being decisive untill now, lets see tomorrow wich team will better face the nervousness and the pressure of the game, Ill go for CAB even playing away. The best player of this 4th round was CABs Mario Jorge (190-G/F-77). He scored 17 points and get 19 rebounds. A tremendous performance for a hard working player who fights strongly for his recognition in the portuguese basketball. Hes a player who works tough in defence and appears not so often in offense, those players tend to be left in the shadow and be less worthy of praise, Mario has the will power to keep on working and not to give up.

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PUERTO RICO

Bayamon wins 1000th game -by Luis Ramirez
The Bayamon Cowboys reached a milestone as they got their 1000th victory as they beat the Guaynabo Conquistadors 86-75. The Conquistadors took the 1st quarter but the Cowboys came back in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at halftime 41-41. In the 2nd half the Cowboys got the best their top scorers Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) and Diego Guevara to seal the win. For Bayamon Lee Benson scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Diego Guevara scored 19 points. For Guaynabo Carlos Escalera (190-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri So.) had a great offensive night with 30 points while Terrence Shannon scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds all in a losing cause. In other BSN action the Humacao Grays defeated the Defending Champions Santurce Crabbers, 84-73, sending the Crabbers to 4th place in their division. In the only other BSN action last night the Carolina Giants continue to play good basketball as they beat the Fajardo Cariduros 84-80. The win keeps the Giants in 1st place of their division.

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RUSSIA

Regular Season Ended -by Max Brodsky
The Russian League regular season came to an end Wednesday when Unics Kazan beat Spartak Primorje Primorskiy 65-66 to finalize the matchups for the quarterfinal playoffs. Defending champion CSKA Moscow, which trashed Spartak St.Petersburg 72-97 on Tuesday behind 17 points and 12 assists from J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), finished the regular season with just one loss and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, starting in the quarterfinals against Primorje. Khimki got 18 points apiece from Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) and Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) to dump Universitet-Ugra Surgut 101-67 in its regular-season finale to place second with a 22-2 record. Khimki will meet Lokomotiv Rostov in the quarters. In the other quarterfinals, Unics meets Ural Great while Triumph Lyubertsy faces Dynamo Moscow. Triumph trampled Enisey Krasnoyarsk 104-74 as Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) led six Lyubertsy scorers in double figures with 16.

Defending champion CSKA Moscow trashed Spartak St. Petersburg 72-97 on Tuesday to finish the regular season with just one loss and earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. J.R. Holden partied on the way to 17 points and 12 assists to lead CSKA, which led 19-28 after 10 minutes and continued to score at will the rest of the way. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) added 15 points, Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) 14, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) 13 and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) 10. Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) led St. Petersburg with 17. Second placed Khimki dumped Universitet-Ugra Surgut 101-67 in its regular-season finale. The hosts dominated from the start, led by 13 at the end of the first quarter and by 24 by halftime to end all doubts early. Maciej Lampe and Nikita Shabalkin paced Khimki with 18 points apiece, Vitali Fridzon (195-G-85) added 12 points, Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) scored 11 and dished 9 assists and Clay Tucker (194-G-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) finished with 10 points. Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, college: Colorado Springs) posted 18 points and 8 rebounds for Surgut in defeat.

Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) and Marko Tusek (203-F-75) scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Unics Kazan to a 65-66 road win at Spartak Primorje Primorskiy. Dmitri Sokolov (212-C-85) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for Unics. J.R. Bremer (191-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) had 23 points to lead Primorje. Triumph Lyubertsy trampled Enisey Krasnoyarsk 104-74 to finish the regular season in fourth place. Uros Slokar led six Lyubertsy scorers in double figures with 16 points, Sergey Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) and Egor Vyaltsev (190-G-85) added 12 each and Igor Zamanskiy, Ognjen Askrabic and Fedor Likholitov all scored 11. Zendon Hamilton netted 18 and grabbed 9 boards for Enisey, which finished the season in last place.


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TURKEY

Efes reserved 2nd spot on TBL by beating Darussafaka -by Max Brodsky
Efes Pilsen struggled but beat relegation-threatened Darussafaka 102-100 but the victory was good enough to let the winners remain in second place behind Besiktas with a 22-7 record. Efes started impressively at 28-12 after a quarter in which Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77), Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) and Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) starred on offense. Efes keep adding to the lead also as Ermal Kuqo, Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) and Spencer lifted their team ahead by 55-33 at halftime. Efes extended the lead to 24 points, 61-37, in the game's 23rd minute on a basket by Gonlum, but Darussafaka responded with a five-minute 21-9 run in which Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) and Lamar Johnson (191-G) helped close the gap to 12 points, 70-58, although Efes went into the last quarter 78-65 ahead. Thomas Guinn, Chatfield and Johnson kept scoring for Darussafaka as the visitors reduced the differance to a single point, 98-97, on Chatfield's free throws with 14 seconds left. Spencer made his own pair of foul shots before misses from the line by Chatfield helped Efes hold on until the last second for a 102-10 final score. Spencer lead Efes with 29 points, Kuqo had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Mustafa Abi scored 12 and 4 assists. Chatfield and Johnson scored 26 points each and Guinn had 19 for Darussafaka.

Coach Platin's team beat one of the TOP ULEB Cup team -by Max Brodsky
Galatasaray Cafe Crown lost at Oyak Renault of Bursa 83-78 in overtime but held onto sixth place in the standings. The visitors led 16-21 after one quarter but hosts Renault used zone pressure in the second quarter and routed Galatasaray 21-12 behind Andre Woolridge (183-G-73, college: Iowa) and Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) to lead 37-33 at halftime. Renault keep the lead in hand with Woolridge and Omer Kahyaoglu (190-G-79) supplying points in the third period, which ended 58-53. Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois) and Chris Owens (204-F-79, college: Texas) got Galatasaray back in the game and Murat Kaya's layup seconds before the end tied it 72-72 at the end of the regular time. Monwell Randle's triple was followed by another from Kahyaoglu as the home team shocked visiting Galatasaray 83-78 in the overtime. Woolridge scored 28 points, Randle 15 and Kahyaoglu 12 for Renault, while Chaney had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Brown scored 19 for Galatasaray, Owens 17 and 12 rebounds, Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) 14 points and Kaya 10.

Turk Telekom beat Fenerbahce in Ankara -by Max Brodsky
Fourth-place Turk Telekom took revenge of an earlier loss and threatened to make a last-second rise in the standings by defeating Fenerbahce Istanbul 84-72 at home in Ankara Ataturk Arena. The visitors lead the first quarter 22-25 with Oguz Savas's scoring inside, Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) and James White (198-G-84, college: Cincinnati) doing the same outside. Telekom responded with strong defense in the second quarter, holding Fener to just 4 points in 8 minutes to take a big 43-29 lead after 18 minutes. Fener answered back, however, with a 2-10 run before the half could end 45-39. Fener kept rallying after the break behind Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) to reduce the difference to 2 points, 64-62, at the end of the third period, but Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) paired with Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, college: Alabama) inside to fire up Telekom for a 20-10 last-quarter blast to win the game 84-72. El Amin scored 23 points, Dudley had 12 points plus 14 boards, while Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals for Telekom. Kinsey scored 21, Savas had 15 and Dmir Kaan scored 10 for Fenerbahce.

Besiktas Cola Turka might be regular season CHAMPION!!! -by Max Brodsky
Besiktas Cola Turka clinched first place in the Turkish League one week before the end of the regular season by defeating TTNet Beykoz 75-86 on the road. Besiktas has a 23-6 record, two victories ahead of second-place Efes Pilsen, with a game remaining. The clash was a disappointment for the relegation-threatened home team and its 3,000 noisy fans at Recep Sahin Kokturk Arena because Besiktas controlled the game from the beginning until the end. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80) and Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) shot Besiktas to a 19-25 lead after one quarter. Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) and Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, college: Hofstra) picked up the scoring pace as Besiktas lengthened its lead to 35-43 at halftime. Anthony Roberson (186-G-83, college: Florida) and Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah) started working inside and outside for Beykoz but Besiktas still went into the last quarter ahead by 55-65. Soon, a 1-8 run by the visitors helped by Shumpert and Peker extended the lead to 17 points, 56-73, preventing a Beykoz comeback. Shumpert lead Besiktas with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Peker had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists. Roberson scored 22 points, Chris Burgess had 18 and Curtis Withers (203-F-84, college: Charlotte) ended by 11 points plus 10 boards for Beykoz. Even if Besiktas loses the last regular season game, it will win any tiebreaks with Efes Pilsen based on having won both regular season between them.



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Women News

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FRANCE - Women

Tournoi de la federation goes to Bourges basket -by Leslie Anderson

Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) picked up the MVP award as Bourges Basket won the federation tournament for the seventh time in time in their history. Bourges came from behind to beat arch rivals USVO (58-45).


The game will not go down as a classic and did only picked up in intensity during the third period. Bourges once again gave a demonstration in the arc of defending as they did not allow their opponents any chance during the last 3 minutes of the game.


Villeneuve picked up the bronze medal after beating Montpellier (81-60)