EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/22/2008

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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Arab Clubs Championship info. -by Mohammed Malas

- Venue: Prince Hamza Hall - Amman, Jordan
- Start Time: Wednesday April 23, 2008 at 6:00pm *
- End Time: Monday, May 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm *
* Jordan Time

# Groups:
- Group A:
Zain (JOR), Qatar Club (QAT), An Nasr (UAE), Al Tilal Aden (YEM)
- Group B:
Al Ittihad Jeddah (KSA), Maghreb de Fes (MOR), Al Nasr (LBA), De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem (PAL)
- Group C:
Orthodox (JOR), Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB), Al Kahraba Electricity (IRQ), Al Manama (BHR)
- Group D:
Al Kuwait SC (KUW), Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB), As Seeb (OMA)

# 1st round games schedule (Jordan Time, +3 GMT):
- Wednesday 23rd of April:
16:00 Qatar - An Nasr (UAE)
18:00 Fes - An Nasr (LIB)
20:15 Zain - Al Tilal
- Thursday 24th of April:
16:00 Kuwait - As Seeb
18:00 Orthodox - Al Kahraba
20:00 Al Riyadi - Al Manama
- Friday 25th of April:
14:00 Al Tilal - Qatar
16:00 De La Salle - Fes
18:00 An Nasr (LIB) - Al Ittihad
20:00 Zain - An Nasr (UAE)
- Saturday 26th of April:
16:00 Al Kahraba - Al Riyadi
18:00 Orthodox - Al Manama
20:00 As Seeb - Sagesse
- Sunday 27th of April:
14:00 An Nasr (LIB) - De La Salle
16:00 Al Ittihad - Fes
18:00 Zain - Qatar
20:00 An Nasr (UAE) - Al Tilal
- Monday 28th of April:
16:00 Al Kahraba - Al Manama
18:00 Kuwait - Sagesse
20:00 Orthodox - Al Riyadi

* All the games will be broadcasted on Arab Radio & Television (ART) on Sport 5



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ARGENTINA

Latest news -by Facundo Iatzky
Profit is back: Laron Profit (196-G/F-77, agency: Octagon, college: Maryland) returned to the roster of Libertad. He played a great serie against Quilmes and will be one of the keys for libertad in the semifinal against penarol wich starts on Wednesday. Laron had been replaced by Jamal Robinson due to injury.

Gil to Venezuela: Pablo Gil (188-G-78) was signed by Gaiteros Zulia from Venezuela. In his debut against Tachira, Pablo made 17 points. This is not the first time an argentinian player sign in this team. Eduardo Villares had done it the last year.


Obras in semifinals -by Facundo Iatzky
Obras sanitarias won the 4th game 85-82 against Boca Jrs and advanced to semifinals where they will face the winner of Regatas corrientes- Quimsa (quimsa wins 2-1). Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71) was outstanding with 22 points and Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) added 20. Boca won the last season but in this one was not as good as was expected.

Obras Sanitarias (85): Fernando Titarelli 9, Gabriel Cocha 22, Chris Jeffries 8, Fernando Calvi 2, Tyler Field 11 (St), Daniel Chaher 5, Cristian Cortes 3, Lazaro Borrell 20, Facundo Venturini 5. Coach: Bernardo Murphy.

Boca Juniors (82): Luis Cequeira 3, Devon Ford 7, Gustavo Orona 8, Leonardo Gutierrez 19, Gabriel Fernandez 6 (ej) (St), Fernando Funes 6, Alejandro Alloatti 12, Raymundo Legaria 18, Lionel Schattmann 3. Coach: Gabriel Piccato

serie: Obras 3-1


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AUSTRIA

Gmunden gets closer to the semis -by Eurobasket News

While Oberwart and Furstenfeld wait for their semi-finals opponents, another four teams are struggling in the quarterfinals.


Volksbank Arena Gmunden grabbed a 2-0 lead after the second game over Kraftwerk Wels, earning a 76-71 victory on Saturday. Gmunden dominated the court for the majority of time, but let the visitors stay close at the end. Wels produced a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 72-69 late, but no closer would they come. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) led the winners with 18 points. Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) nailed 17 while Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 11. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) scored 19 points for Wels.


The Kapfenberg Bulls tied their series with Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions at 1-1, thanks to the 97-90 road win in game 2 and are now back on track with home-court advantage. Kevin Nelson paced the Bulls with 27 points. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) netted 21, while Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: N.C.Central) posted 19 for the winners. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) was the game's top scorer with 29 points for the Lions.


The third games in the quarterfinal series are scheduled for tomorrow night (April 22). (Edited by Os Davis)



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BARBADOS

Cavs hold on for last second victory over Tridents -by Justin Marville
From several electrifying dunks, to numerous hard fouls and even three clutch three pointers down the stretch, Saturday nights marquee game between the league leading Station Hill Cavaliers and the upstart Sagicor Tridents had it all; including one wild finish.

After being called for an offensive foul on what should have been the Tridents last possession, Tridents forward Akeem Marsh returned to steal the ensuing inbounds pass near half court with 1.4 seconds left, giving him the unlikeliest of opportunities to snatch a last second victory.

But it was not to be as the national forward narrowly missed the subsequent thirty-foot heave by the smallest of margins, allowing the Cavs to hold on for a dramatic 88-87 win in the Sprite/BOA Premier League.

Playing at the Barbados Community College, the highly anticipated rematch of the knockout semi-final between the two clubs lived up to its billing, as the contest contained more memorable, eye-popping plays than the all of the seasons previous games combined.

From Tridents guard Damian McCleans three treys in the opening three minutes, to national forward Junior Moore three consecutive dunks early in the second quarter, to Tridents big man Andre Holder emphatic, two-handed facial on national player Corey Williams later in the same period, the riveting showdown was surely one for the ages.

However, those plays would pale in comparison to the high drama that followed in the fourth quarter.

After sitting out most of the third quarter in foul trouble and watching his side squander all of a double digit lead, Moore checked back in the game early in the fourth to steady a then weary Station Hill side.

Moore went to work immediately in the low blocks, breaking open a 69 all deadlock at the top of the period by sparking an 8-2 Cavs run, as the lanky forward picked back up from his 19 point first half effort.

Such a momentum shift would have signalled the end of the school boys last year; however, this season the Tridents side has shown a tough mental resolve that is usually associated with veteran squads.

Ignited by a difficult fall away three pointer from shooting guard Keefe Birkett and an ensuing Holder tip slam, the school boys responded swiftly with a run of their own, outscoring the league leaders 12-2 to grab an 83-79 advantage with 1:44 left to play.

But the game was far from over as Williams and reserve Cavs forward Ricardo Yearwood replied with treys of their own, hitting them one behind the other to restore a one point Station Hill lead inside the games final minute.

The lead would change hands twice seconds later, as McClean scored an uncontested lay-up on a perfectly executed inbounds play while Moore did the same as a result of an ensuing drive-and-dish from Williams.

Starting their final possession of the game trailing 88-87 with 14 seconds on the clock, the Tridents got the ball in Birketts hands but the sharp shooting guard missed the tough fade away while Moore had appeared to grab the defensive board as time expired.

However, Moore was called for pushing while establishing position for the rebound giving the school boys one last chance with 1.4 seconds remaining.

Then came the series of unlikeliest events, as Marsh was whistled for an offensive foul on the ensuing inbounds pass, then nearly atoning for his error by coming up with the subsequent steal but narrowly missing the long heave as the buzzer sounded.

Moore finished the heart-stopping contest with game highs of 28 points and 16 boards, while Williams added 18 points and Andre Jean-Pierre chipped in with 13 points.

For the Tridents, Holder ended with 18 points and three blocks, Birkett also scored 18 while Marsh added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks with McClean scoring a further 13.


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BELARUS

OZZA first in the finals -by Eurobasket News

OZZA beat Monsk 2006, 95-89, to take the semifinal series three games to one. OZZA now awaits the winner of the Vitalyur and Grodno series. Another two games in Grodno were split, the series is knotted at 2-2 with the decisive game scheduled for April 26.


With the NCAA tournament finishing in late March, warranted now is mention of another player abroad: Nikita Meshcharakou (202-F-88). Meshcharakou received an honorable mention All-Met selection as a senior in 2006-07. That year, he averaged 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 blocks per game for the Vikings. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Skippy Thompson Tournament, averaging 17 points per game.


Uladzimir Veremeyenka (208-F-84) and his Khimki took the big showdown in the Russian League this week, downing Dynamo Moscow 94-87 at home on Friday. With the win, Khimki improves to 21-2 and stands just one game behind regular season champion CSKA Moscow. Daniel Ewing and Maciej Lampe paced the winners with 19 points each. Anton Ponkrashov added 17 while Clay Tucker had 13 for Khimki. Travis Hansen had 18 points for Dynamo, which finished the regular season with a 15-9 record. Sergei Monya added 16, Robertas Javtokas had 14 on 7-for-7 two-pointers, and Milos Vujanic bagged 11 for the guests. Ponkrashov had 8 points in a 15-3 run that allowed Khimki to run up 29-17 lead after 10 minutes. Khimki dominated the game thereafter, holding a safe lead all the way to the final buzzer. Veremeyenka scored 2 points for his team; in the regular season, he averaged 6.7 points per game and 3.7 rebounds. (Edited by Os Davis)



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CAPE VERDE

Cape Verdean Basketball Federation establishes deadline for National Team participation in Olympic qualifiers -by Pedro Gomes

The Cape Verdean Basketball Federation has established a deadline of 15 days to decide whether the national team will participate in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament to be held in Athens from June 14-29.


With only two months remaining before the start of the tournament, federation members have yet to receive any guarantees for the financing of the operation, which budgeted around 40 million Cape Verdean Escudos (approximately USD 576,000/EUR 362,000).


The national team, which qualified for the pre-Olympic tournament in Athens thanks to the third-place finish in the 2007 Afrobasket tournament held in Angola, received promises from supporters from various quadrants of Cape Verdean society at that time. But in this hour of truth, the federation continues to struggle to see if it can represent the country in this prestigious international competition of basketball.


The Government had promised, when the team returned from Angola, all the necessary support for the participation in the pre-Olympic tournament, but as of now the national team has been guaranteed of CVE 2.5 million (app. USD 36,000/EUR 22,650), to be made available by the General Secretariat of Sports in the contract of programs signed with the federation.

Federation president Kitana Cabral said that they will try to convince the government to provide a more substantial amount of money to cofinance national team participation in the tournament. Cabral added that if the national team does not represent the country in the tournament, it will be a great shame for Cape Verde.

The president of the Basketball Federation guarantees that, despite financial difficulties, almost everything has been prepared for the national team's participation in the tournament.


Meanwhile, Cape Verde national radio, RCV, reports that Ric and Cula will assume command of the team, which was abandoned by Emanuel Trovoada, now coaching Desportivo de Huila in the Angolan championship. (Edited by Os Davis)



Super Mario: Jorge continues to elevate his game in playoffs -by Pedro Gomes

CAB Madeira tied up their series with Casino Figueira Ginasio at two games apiece by successfully beating the Figueirenses, 69-62, in Funchal in Game 4 of the quarterfinals of 2008 Portuguese playoffs. The ticket to the semifinals will be punched in the fifth (or 'black') game scheduled for Monday in Figueira da Foz.


Cape Verdean national team player Mario Jorge (190-G/F-77) put on a fantastic exhibition in the match, scoring 17 points and grabbing 19 rebounds: A tremendous performance for a hard working player who fights fiercely for his recognition in the Portuguese League. Jorge is a player who works tough on defence and doesn't appear much on offense: Such players tend to be left in the shadow and be less worthy of praise. However, Mario has the willpower to continue working and not to give up, and his ethic has been paying off with this latest contribuition to his team. With Madeira's two star players injured, Jorge has been carrying the load both on offense and defense in averaging 13 points and 14 rebounds per game in the series. (Edited by Os Davis)



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COSTA RICA

Liceo wins Liga Centroamericana 2008 !! -by Gianni Pascucci

Liceo de Costa Rica defeated 90-69 Sat-Cybertech in Game 3 of the Liga Centroamericana 2008 Final Four, ending the competition at the first place undefeated, and qualifying for the next edition of Liga de las Americas for Clubs. This is an historical success for all the CostaRican basketball. The triumph of the 'Red Express' was completed by the award of its player Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) as the Final Four MVP. Jones scored 20 pts in the last game, and his teammate Hernol Hall (205-C-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Lon Morris JC) scored 24 pts to be the team's top scorer. In the last game of the competition, Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun prevailed over Icevic Tegucigalpa 89-70, clinching the second spot for the Liga de las Americas. The final standings of Liga Centroamericana 2008 are as follows:

1. Liceo 3-0

2. Pioneros 2-1

3. Sat-Cybertech 1-2

4. Icevic 0-3



A great Liceo upsets Pioneros -by Gianni Pascucci
The 'Red Express' Liceo of Costa Rica surprised Pioneros de Quintana Roo at their home court with a convicing 78-73 win over the unanimous favorite team of Liga Centroamericana 2008, and took the top of the classification table for the Final Four being held at Cancun. Jeffrey Spencer (189-F-81) was the game top scorer at 22, Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75, college: Grand Canyon) led Pioneros with 28 pts in losing effort. 'We prepared very well, and knew that today was the day', shared Coach Rodolfo Fonseca after their victory over the Mexican team, 'and we won because we played with the heart of Costa Rica'. The visiting team took a 6-points lead since the 1st Quarter, and never let it go until the end of regulation, in spite of the full house of fans that never ceased to cheer Pioneros. Tonight's schedule, when Sat-Cybertech faces Liceo, and Pioneros de Quintana Roo meets Icevic of Honduras, will determine for good what teams will capture the two tickets for Liga de las Americas 2008, as nothing is yet fixed because if both Sat-Cybertech and Pioneros win their matches, there would be triple-tie at the top of the table. Let's see....
with the help of Victor Padilla


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CUBA

Cubans Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
CUBANS ABROAD
In Puerto Rico, Mayaguez the team of Angel Caballero, was defeated by Arecibo 89-84. The cuban played 39 minutes with 14 points (7/12 2pts, 0/2 3pts), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Angel Caballero is one of the best players in Mayaguez, He is scoring 10.2 ppg with 6.8 rpg. Mayaguez has now a 4-19 standings.
Guayama was defeated by Caguas 78-93, 'El Habanero' Roberto Carlos Herrera played a good game, He scored 2 points (1/3 2pts, 0/2 3pts) and He defended very hard with an incredible intensity. For Herrera also 2 steals, 2 rebounds and 7 assists (2 of them really espectacular!)
Roberto Carlos Herrera is scoring in this BSN season 5.1 ppg + 3.8 rpg. Brujos de Guayama have now a 6-17 standings.
A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

Great honor for the Cyprus Basketball!! -by Chris Mammides
The Serbian Cypriot Head coach of Olympiada Patras, Dragan Raca is the special guest lecturer of the Chinese Basketball Federation in the annual Basketball Clinic for advanced coaches, which is taking place in Beijing, 9-16 of June 2008. The overall invitation to the Cyprus coach is getting even bigger and greater as he will be the first ever coach from Europe, to give lectures to the Chinese advanced coaches after two legends of the NBA, Par Reilly and Del Harris. The program is entitled: the differences of the Asian and European Basketball and has three major chapters: Offence technical analysis, Defense Technical Analysis and Scouting Analysis. This is not the first time that coach Raca accepts such an invitation from a Basketball Federation as in his resume is full of international successes, among them are the production of several books about basketball, his first one Basketball (1998) was translated in eight languages and sold in 68.000 copies but his other books Scouting (1999), Physical preparation of professional teams (2000) and Basic of Basketball (2001) are now used as school books on Sport Universities. His method for physical preparation is officially approved by Indiana University in USA.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best for the Cyprus Coach!


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CZECH REPUBLIC

NBL regular season concludes -by Eurobasket News

The NBL completed its 44-round regular season journey this weekend. Nymburk showed excellent form in claiming its 43rd win. This time, the league favorites shocked Kolin 121-74 to remain on the top rung of the ladder. Pavel Benes (190-G-75) scored 17 points to lead Nymburk, while Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) and Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) added 16 points apiece for the winners. Drew Schifino (191-G-81, agency: PPGroup, college: California (PA)) answered with 19 points for Kolin as they ended the season in 11th and out of the playoffs.


Geofin remained in second place and also finished the regular season on a high, winning 87-86 in Ostrava. Ostrava fought bravely and led after three quarters, but Geofin recovered late to come away with a narrow victory. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) knocked down 27 points to lead all scorers. Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) nailed 11 points for Geofin, and Mike Mitchell (183-G-83, college: New Mexico St.) recorded 22 points and 7 assists for Ostrava. The hosts finished the season in the 6th spot and will take on Prostejov in the opening round of playoffs.


Prostejov secured the no. 3 seed despite the last-round loss to USK Praha. Prostejov was beaten 84-77 in Prague and slipped to a 31-13 record. Lukas Kotas (192-F-84) scored 25 points to ensure the Praha outfit's winning outcome. Lucious Wagner (194-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) added 19 points for the winners, and Stanislav Votroubek (214-C-81, agency: PPGroup) contributed 17 points to Prostejov. USK Praha clinched the 7th overall spot and will challenge Geofin in the quarterfinal. (Edited by Os Davis)



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D-LEAGUE

D-League Finals Set: Idaho versus Austin in Game One -by Surujh Roopnarine
The top two seeds in the D-League playoffs will meet tonight in game one of a best-of-three series, as Austin hosts Idaho in the 2007-08 Championship. The Toros took the season series from Idaho 2-0. In a match-up full of former NBA players, a former D-League MVP and numerous NBA call-ups the D-League fan will get what the NBA fans can only hope for, the two best teams for the entire season will meet for the title.
How they got here;
Los Angeles D-Fenders (90) at Idaho Stampede (97)
D-FENDERS: Jelani McCoy (6'10''-F/C-77, college: UCLA) (23p+8rb), Coby Karl (20p+6as), Brandon Wallace (8p+15rb), Brian Morrison (11p)
STAMPEDE: Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Oregon) (20p), Mike Taylor (18p+8rb), Cory Violette (14p+13rb), Roberto Bergersen (14p)

Sioux Falls Skyforce (93) at Austin Toros (99)
SKYFORCE: Carl Elliott (6'4''-G-83, college: George Washington) (25p+7rb), Glen McGowan (20p+7rb), Elton Nesbitt (20p+5rb+5as), Michael Joiner (12p+6rb)
TOROS: Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86) (23p+12rb), Darvin Ham (22p+6rb), Andre Barrett (21p+7rb+5as), Justin Bowen (12p+7rb)

Finals Schedule
Game One: Monday 8:00 pm ET in Austin
Game Two: Thursday, 9:30 pm ET in Boise
Game Three:Friday, 9:30 pm ET in Boise (if necessary)


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Rerito 23 Made The Finals -by Herubey Grassals

San Pedro de Macoris

Retiro 23 made the finals on the San Pedro de Macoris superior basketball tournament when they defeat Los Titanes de Miramar 90-64 extend an 6 games win streak after begin the season 0-3, Oskaris Lenderborg (189-G/F-72) (189-G/F-72) lead all players with 19 points and 9 assist, Franklin Gomez finish with 17 points, Benito Flores (198-F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had 16 points and 11 boards, Juan Carlos Eusebio (203-C/F-73) finish with a double - double with 10 points and 10 boards. Now Retiro 23 had to wait for the winner of the semi finals between Los Titanes de Miramar and Todos Estrellas de Consuelo.


La Romana

Los Indios de Quisqueya win the first match for the finals for La Romana superior basketball tournament when they defeat Maximo Gomez 115-94, the best for the winers were Andy Williams (195-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) with 36 points, Josue Abreu (188-G-66) finish with 23 points and Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-85) had 19 points and 9 boards, Henry Lalane was the best by the loosers with 26 points and 5 assist.




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EL SALVADOR

Other wins for ExSal and UTEC -by Jaime Arevalo
Universidad Tecnocolgica and Ex Alumnos de Salesianos confirmed their top ranking in the Apertura edition of the 2008 Liga Superior. In the last round, ExSal defeated San Marcos 80-79 at the end of a very close game, in which every team was lacking of one import: Jorge Taton due to an injury, Kenya Caruthers because he will probably leave San Marcos. Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) was the game MVP with 37 pts at the winning side, veteran Arturo Mata (183-G/F-71) led San Marcos with 27 pts in losing effort. In the second game of the night, ExSal needed of an overtime to prevail ove the Denver 'Pumas', boosted by a fantastic Marcus Robinson (198-F, college: N.Georgia), who ended the game at 32 points. The regular time ended at 76-76, but then ExSal was very effective in teh overtime and won the game, 96-91, led by Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), who scored 25 pts.

Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
 1. ExSAL 8-1 
 2. UTEC 4-3 
 3. Denver 3-4 
 4. San Marcos 3-5 
 5. Cosmos 1-6 
 6. Nacionales 0-0 


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ESTONIA

Meistriliiga quarterfinals begin -by Eurobasket News

The quarterfinals have just begun in Estonian Meistriliiga. BC Pirita took a 1-0 advantage in the series over Valga Welg with its 105-99 victory. William Sharp (202-F-84) was unstoppable for the hosts with 34 points and 21 rebounds. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) and Erki Kivinukk (199-F-73) supported him with 20 points apiece. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) ended up with 29 points in the losing effort.


Tallinna BC Kalev/Cramo became semifinalists after going 2-0 over KK Prnu/Catwees. The first game closed 103-57 for the favorites as Travis Reed (203-C-79, college: Long Beach St.) led all scorers with 21 points. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) nailed 18, while Rait Kabin had 15 points in defeat. In the second game, KK Prnu/Catwees lost to Tallinna BC Kalev/Cramo 108-73 at home. Tallinna BC Kalev/Cramo was paced by Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74), who scored 19 points. Tanel Sokk netted 18 and Kristjan Kangur had 17.


Triobet/Dalkia lost the opener to Fausto-Tartu Kalev, 75-72. Tanel Kaljula (191-G-81) led the winners with 22 points. Ardo Armpalu put in 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) scored 15. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds in the losing cause.


The series between T/Rock and BC Kraft Mbel/Kohila tips off tomorrow. (Edited by Os Davis)



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EUROCUP

Barons LMT win FIBA EuroCup 2008! -by Eurobasket

Barons LMT Riga are the 2008 EuroCup champion after defeating Dexia Mons-Hainaut in a 63-62 thriller in Limassol, Cyprus, Sunday night. Riga will have a good reason to celebrate tonight, as the Barons become the first to bring the European title to independent Latvia. The last Latvian team to win a title was ASK Riga back in 1960.
'We played like a team for 40 minutes like coach asked us,' said Lithuanian guard Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances). 'We had ups and downs but we stayed like a team. We won by one point but this is enough to celebrate the win,' concluded Gustas, who notched 17 points on 75% shooting from the field, including a couple of clutch shots that helped win the game.
Dexia's Travis Conlan (194-G-75, college: Michigan) went to the line to shoot two free throws with his team down 63-60 and two seconds on the clock. After making the first, he faced the dilemma of attempting to sink the second or missing to go for the offensive rebound.
'I made a big mistake when I told Conlon not to miss the second free throw, thinking we could get a quick foul and then change the score,' said coach Chris Finch after the game.
The Belgian club failed to foul as the Barons ran the clock to start their celebrations.
The Latvians took over the game right from the start, stopping Dexia's big guys and getting the guards in foul trouble. Dexia came back with a big third quarter and even took the lead in the fourth, but the Barons had the fortitude to turn the game in their favor and win by a point.
Armands Skele (192-G-83) was the main executor for the Barons the entire night. The athletic Latvian guard showed his classic all-around skills in registering 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists behind huge, hard-nosed fighting spirit.
Dexia got 13 points each from their guards Conlon and Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.); the former added five rebounds and four assists, with the latter grabbing six boards. Andrew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) led the Dexia comeback in the third quarter and finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Barons held an early 15-5 lead, taking advantage of a terrible start shooting by Dexia in the game's opening minutes. Michal Hlebowicki's (204-F-76) three-pointer made it a 12-point game, but big plays by Dexia in the closing seconds allowed them to finish the first quarter down 23-15.
J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) came off the bench to cover a weak start by Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama), and gave Riga its largest lead of the game at 29-15 with seven minuets to play in the first half. Reinking and Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) hit from long range to change the pace of the game, and Jim Cantamessa sent the teams to halftime with the score 35-28.
Through the first half, Dexia's big bodies were scoreless and Conlon and Reinking amassed three fouls apiece, but they were still in the game.
The Barons allowed no breathing room, though, and two minutes into the third, Hlebowicki finished a fast break to again make it a 12 point game at 44-32.
Sullivan took control of the game for his team before it was too late and was the main factor behind a 16-4 run that tied the game in the next six minutes. Gustas and Skele there to ensure the Barons held a 62-58 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Dexia would not yet be vanquished:
Lenzly again tied the score with a three-pointer, and Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76, college: Davidson) added a bucket from close range to give Dexia their first lead of the game with an 8-2 run early in the fourth.
Dexia increased the lead to four, but Gustas and Alexander came back with 4:30 left on the clock and everything changed.
After a slow night on offense Alexander stepped up and his jumper put Barons on top again, 59-58. He added a point from the line and contributed a great effort on defense before Gustas sank a jumper of his own to give his team a 62-58 lead with 1:21 to go.
Skele hit one of two from the line with 55 seconds on the clock and Sullivan made it just a three-point game. After Skele missed a three-pointer, Dexia was left with their last chance. To cap a fantastic performance, Gustas fouled Conlon to prevent a three-point shot attempt, thereby fouling out of the game with 0:02 on the clock.
Conlon was too accurate this time, allowing the Barons to pop the champagne corks. (Edited by Os Davis)

Courtesy FIBA



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Head Coaches only 39,9 yo (average) -by Rauno Hurmalainen
The Head Coaches in Finnish Top League are pretty young. The average age is only 39,9 years - even for coming 2008-09 season. There are 10 names
already clear for next season and only two teams (Team Componenta and YMCA Lappeenranta) are without the Head Coach right now. The following
teams have a Head Coach for 2008-09 season:
Korisliiga:
Pyrinto (Tampere): Jarmo Laitinen (54 yo),
Honka (Espoo): Mihailo Pavicevic (50),
Tarmo (Porvoo): Lars Ekstrom (44),
FoKoPo (Forssa): Timo Nieminen (42),
Torpan Pojat (Helsinki): Tomi Kaminen (38),
Kataja (Joensuu): Ray Ailus (35),
Kouvot (Kouvola): Jukka Toijala (35),
Korihait (Uusikaupunki): Jyri Lehtonen (34),
KTP (Kotka): Miikka Sopanen (34),
YMCA Lahti: Sami Toiviainen (33).

1. Division:
Karhu (Kauhajoki): Greg Gibson (39).


KORISLIIGA: The challenger captured the home court advantage -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game 1: 'We are the challengers', said Honka's (Espoo) Head Coach Mihailo Pavicevic before the finals. And the challengers captured
at once in the first Final game the home court advantage as Kouvot (Kouvola) never came to own level and lost at Kouvola 71-79 (42-42). Quarters:
23-21, 19-21, 14-19, 15-18. The first final game was the best TV-game this season in Finland. Especially the two first quarters both teams played so
well both in offense and defense. Honka even improved with the defense during the second half and that was one of the keys for Honka's victory.
Kouvot didn't get much room for shooting treys (3/12) and home team had exceptionally many (19) turnovers in the game. Honka was hitting much
better from all distances. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) led Honka with 22 pts and seven boards. Ben Perkins (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.) added 19 pts. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) worked so hard in the defence. Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82) scored 16 pts (nine pts during the first 10 minutes) for Kouvot. Jukka Kataja (197-F-82) added 14 pts. Kouvot - Honka 0-1. Game 2 on
Tuesday, April 22, in Espoo.

Kouvot - Honka 71-79 (42-42) (Tuomas Iisalo 16/1, Jukka Kataja 14/5, Corey Smith 13/9, Wayne Bernard 11/0, Peter Cipriano 6/5, Roope Suonio 5/1, Samu Kaaresvirta 4/2, Tero Laitinen 2/1. 1 - 60,0%, 2 - 62,2%, 3 - 25,0%. R: 28. TO: 19. - Kimmo Muurinen 22/7, Ben Perkins 19/4, Matt Williams 14/4, Akeem Scott 12/1/7a, Jukka Matinen 7/4, Eldar Skamo 4/2, Petri Heinonen 1/0. 1 - 72,2%, 2 - 65,6%, 3 - 38,1%. R: 26. TO: 16).



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FRANCE

ProA: Chalon and Paris to play again? -by Chris Spiesser

The Chalon-Paris game which took place on 27 November was played with Mohammed Kon. At that time, however, the center had already been suspended for doping but played because he did not pick his mail up in time; Kon was therefore in court as well as against ASVEL one week later. If Chalon lost against the green team 95-89, they defeated Paris 60-59. Today, the disputed game is a key result in the fight against relegation and Paris benefited from the decision of the juridical French basketball league commission, which decided that this game had to be replayed.

Chalon is now studying the options for appeal, but this decision will surely be one of the hot spots over the next weeks. Some coaches already started raising questions about the wisdom of the decision, with Philippe Namyst wondering about 'the credibility of French basketball' and coach Choulet raising the duality between punishment inflicted on a player and another on an entire club. In today's edition of the newspaper l'Equipe, a total Ubuesque outcome is speculated upon, a total judicial mess that could lead to no relegations and 18 teams playing for the next championship... (Edited by Os Davis)



Round 26 results -by Eurobasket News
Le Mans being the top team in the regular season did not play in the Round, as they had a game on early March.
Asvel Basket is now second with 18-8 record as in the latest game the team beat Vichy 90:67 at home. Chevy Troutman (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) paced the winners with 28 points. Wilson scored 18 points while Uche Nsonwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) had 12.
Pau-Orthez lost to Cholet Basket 91:95 as the latter improved to 14-12. Nando De Colo led the winners with 25 points. Graves nailed the same number of points in the losing effort.
Hyeres edged Strasbourg 95:84 to take 13-13 record. Austin Nichols (198-F-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.) paced the winners with 26 points. Rob Lewin (201-F-80, college: Troy) ended up with 21 points for Strasbourg and John McCord had 16.
Orleans overcame Chalon/Saone 66:48 and sent the latter to 10-15. Benjamin Dewar produced 23 points for Orleans, while Jermaine Guice (194-G-72, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Butler) led Chalon with 13.
Chorale Roanne overcame Nancy 81:74 in a key game of the Round. Both teams are now tied for the third place at 17-9 record. Salyers led the winners with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Pape Badiane (208-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.) netted 16 points and Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) had 14. Mike Bauer (203-F-81, college: Minnesota) top-scored for the guests with 20 points.


NM1 Day 30: Strong weekend for top teams -by Chris Spiesser
Each of the top five NM1 teams played at home last weekend. Antibes and the GET Vosges overcame St-Chamond and Lille, respectively, by nice margins. For the three teams tied for second place, however, it was a completely different story: Fos, Charleville and Blois had difficult games, though none capitulated and the standings remain the same as last week. At the bottom of the table, Livin overcame Mulhouse after a victory against CFBB, but Longwy lost once more and remains stuck in 14th.

Antibes 72-51 St-Chamond
A defensively strong performance by the locals, who forced St-Chamond into a nighmarish shooting percentage: 18/64 (28%). Cornett and Stipanovic had nice double-doubles of 18 points (8-of-10 shooting) plus 13 rebounds, and 16 (8-of-12) plus 10 rebounds, respectively.

GET Vosges 95-77 Lille
If the final score and the ranking points (123 vs. 65) look bad, consider that the locals had to wait until the final quarter, in which Vosges outscored Lille 30-14, to set the final margin of victory. Fabien Herard compiled 33 of those 123 ranking points with 28 points (10-of-13), 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and 5 assists. The Vosgians shot 63% from the floor, with Thevenon putting in 18 points, Bach 14 and Caskill 13.

Fos 70-68 Mulhouse
With a fifth double-double in a row, Adell and the FCM almost surprised Fos in the Bouches-Du-Rhone. But 19 Alsatian turnovers were too much against the cleverness of Babou Ciss (24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists). The status quo holds for both teams in the standings, with Mulhouse remaining under slight pressure from Longwy.

Charleville 88-77 Challans
The local starting five posted a beautiful 13-of-21 from three-point range. Fred Minet was a perfect four-for-four from beyond the arc, totaling 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Chris Davis added 19 points, 10 boards and 4 steals.

Blois 94-90 Boulogne
To overcome Boulogne, which beat Antibes, Bordeaux and Charleville over the last three games, Blois had to produce one of its top performances. Lorenzo Orr (203-F/C-71, agency: ACMT, college: USC) posted 37 ranking points with 28 points and 14 rebounds, while Brazil (27 points) and Maizeroi (20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals) completed the job as Johan Blot was suspended. Boulogne fought with an exceptional game by Cedric Miller proving that, at 44, a player can be as productive as ever (27 points on 11-of-16 shooting, 8 rebounds, 2 assists). Diamory Sylla (18 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists) helped out Mr. Miller in the paint.

Lievin 92-56 CFBB
The most linear roster management of the season for coach Van Butsele, who gave his ten players between 15 and 26 minutes on the court and can't be disappointed as his team posted 101 ranking points and each player scored at least one basket. The CFBB only counts 21 ranking points as much as Christophe Leonard's scoring total...

Bordeaux 106-85 Longwy
The Lorrains and their defensive troubles blew up against Bordeaux, where Francois Preira had a top accurate sheet. From the three-point line, the Girondin swingman shot 9-of-11 to end the game with 32 points and 4 rebounds. Coach Meriguet and his boys have now a real difficulty ahead in trying to save their spot as they get set to play versus Charleville, at Blois, versus CFBB and at Boulogne in the final four games. They will have to win two games more than Mulhouse, which by comparison, plays versus GET Vosges, at Angers, versus Andrzieux and at Antibes...

Andrezieux 86-76 Feurs
The locals took their revange from the first derby in Feurs (76-61) and grabbed their 6th victory of the year. Matt Williams set the pace (23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 13 rebounds) and Roland N'Kemb grabbed his 33rd rebound over the last two games (15 and 18)! Feurs lost its 8th straight and is now officially in NM2.

Angers 104-66 Toulouges
Held down in the beginning of March, Angers put on an offensive festival and welcomed Toulouges with 157 ranking points. Samuel Maleyran had the best mark (29) with his 16 points (including 4-of-4 on three-pointers), 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 7 assists. (Edited by Os Davis)


Pro B, Day 30: The defeat of Bourg and Rouen! -by Maxime Lory

The top two teams in Pro B lost in away games last Saturday. Other games had Limoges winning versus St-Vallier, while Nanterre and Poitiers lost. The MVP of the day was American forward Nick Bradford (200-G/F-78, college: Kansas) of Reims, with the top ranking of 29.

Brest (13)* 86-79 JL Bourg Basket (1)
Gay: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks / Reid: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 10 turnovers.

Evreux (12) 81-65 Rouen (2)
Mathis: 23 points, 8 rebounds / Dorsey: 15 points, 5 rebounds.

Limoges (3) 60-59 Saint-Vallier (16)
Toti: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists / Field: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists.

Poitiers (3) 71-73 Saint-Etienne (8)
Younger: 19 points, 8 rebounds / Ingram: 24 points, 3 assists, 5 steals.

Saint-Quentin (14) 79-54 Nanterre (3)
Chigard:14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals / Moerman: 14 points, 9 rebounds.

Nantes (6) 87-92 Le Portel (17)
Freeman: 22 points, 8 rebounds / Bucknor: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals.

Boulazac (10) 55-79 Aix-Maurienne (7)
Forbes: 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists / McClark: 22 points, 10 rebounds.

Reims (18) 72-65 Quimper (9)
Bradford: 15 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 blocks, 3 steals / Swift: 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.

Besanon (11) 74-59 Chlons (15)
Schmieder: 14 points, 6 assists / Sy: 18 points, 6 rebounds.

*before the game


Of note: The first triple-double recorded this season in Pro B was turned in by Reims' Nick Bradford: Bradford posted 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists ... Nanterre suffered its sixth defeat in nine games ... Reims will play in NM1 next year, but who will be the second for relegation: Le Portel, St-Vallier or Chlons? ... Great suspense remains at the top, where five teams are within three wins of one another; at the bottom of the table, three teams are tied. (Edited by Os Davis)




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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Bourg 21-9 
 2. Rouen 20-10 
 3. Limoges 19-11 
 4. Poitiers 18-12 
 5. Nanterre 18-12 
 6. Maurienne 17-13 
 7. Nantes 16-14 
 8. Saint-Etienne 16-14 
 9. Quimper 15-15 
 10. Besancon 15-15 
 11. Evreux 15-15 
 12. Brest 15-15 
 13. Boulazac 14-16 
 14. St.Quentin 13-17 
 15. Chalons 11-19 
 16. Le Portel 11-19 
 17. St.Vallier 11-19 
 18. Reims 6-24 


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FYR MACEDONIA

Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Pop Sport S. 19-7 
 2. Torus 18-8 
 3. Ovce Pole 16-9 
 4. Centar S. 16-9 
 5. Goce Delchev 14-12 
 6. Plejmejker C. 11-12 
 7. Teteks 11-13 
 8. Negotino 11-15 
 9. Kozuv 10-15 
 10. Heraklea 8-17 
 11. ABA 4-21 


ABA relegated, Pop Sport VSA leads the way -by Todor Chalovski
Strumica side ABA has been relegated into the Macedonian third division for next season. They lost their away game in Round 6 to Teteks, 62-51, while Heraklea beat Kozuf at home 72-62 to secure at least a playout berth. Tihomir Momiroski led Teteks with 23 points, while Aleksandar Nikolov was Heraklea's hero, scoring 24.

Pop Sport VSA still leads the way in Macedonian First 'B' League after beating Goce Delchev 71-65. The home team overcame a two-point deficit in the last 10 minutes, thanks to 22 points from Martin Petkovski.

Torus gained a precious 76-70 win against Ovce Pole, while Vardar Centar was convincing in its 99-65 win over Negotino. (Edited by Os Davis)


MZT, Fersped Rabotnicki go up 1-0 in quarterfinals -by Todor Chalovski

MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje beat Amak SP in Ohrid 90-86 in game one of their quarterfinal matchup. As the away team, Skopje played a very smart and solid game, leading from word go. The home team came back to within two points at 84-82 late, but missed their offense and lost the game.

Muhamed Thaci lead MZT with 30 points, going 11-of-11 from the foul line, while Jarrid Frye's 28 points were not enough for the Ohrid-based side.

Fersped Rabotnicki took the lead against Svisslion Pelister, thanks to a 84-74 home win. Dimitar Mirakovski had a great second half, scoring 30 of his total 33 points to help his side solidify home-court advantage.

Fixtures from game 2 will be played tomorrow night. (Edited by Os Davis)



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GERMANY

Regionalliga News -by Moritz Korff
Christian Kaiser (190-F-83) agreed to terms with P4two Ballers Osnabrueck, extending his contract for one more season. The Ballers finished the 2007-2008 campaign atop the Regionalliga North division.

BG Dosten, a newcomer to Regionalliga West, announced the names of two more players who will join the team for the upcoming season: Sebastian Rathjen (194-G-82) and Nino Janoschek (204-C-87) will come to Dorsten. Both suited up for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen Bundesliga Pro B championship during the 2007-2008 season. Rathjen appeared in 16 games for Essen and averaged 3.1 points per contest, while Janoschek posted 2.2 ppg in 19 games. (Edited by Os Davis)


2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 30 -by Moritz Korff
Player of the Day: Terry Horton (191-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Alabama A&M), Iserlohn: 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal.

Points: Bryant McAllister (191-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Duquesne), Muenchen: 39

Rebounds: Phil Sellers III (196-F-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St. Rose (NY)), Freiburg: 16

Assists: Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.), Braunschweig: 9

Steals: Amin Wright (187-G-80, college: Ramapo), Freiburg: 8

Blocked Shots: Phillip Freeman (211-C-79, college: Miles), Ansbach: 5.

For all the stats and scores, check out the official website of the 2. Bundesliga. (Edited by Os Davis)


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 30 -by Moritz Korff

Player of the Day: Jean Francois (197-F-80, agency: AMI, college: Georgia Southern), Cuxhaven: 53 points on 21-of-36 shooting and 9-of-16 on three-pointers, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal.

Points: Jean Francois, Cuxhaven: 53.

Rebounds: Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84, college: Miami, FL), Lich: 22.

Assists: Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis), Cuxhaven: 12.

Steals: Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC), Karlsruhe: 5.

Blocked Shots: Frederick Gary Kleemichen (209-F-86), Cuxhaven: 5.

Check out all stats and scores at the official website of the 2. Bundesliga. (Edited by Os Davis)

For all the stats and scores, check out the official website of the 2. Bundesliga.



Standings - Regionalliga
Regionalliga Standings
North Group
 1. Osnabrueck 38-4 
 2. Hannover 38-6 
 3. Bernau 26-16 
 4. Magdeburg 24-20 
 5. Rist-Wedel 22-20 
 6. Oldenburg 18-24 
 7. Itzehoe Eagles 18-26 
 8. Berlin 16-26 
 9. MBC II 16-28 
 10. Wolfenbuttel 14-28 
 11. Aschersleben 14-28 
 12. Rostock 12-30 
South-East Group
 1. Muenchen 42-2 
 2. Landshut 42-4 
 3. Gotha 32-14 
 4. Wuerzburg B. 30-14 
 5. Baunach 28-18 
 6. Weiden 26-18 
 7. Dachau 22-24 
 8. Landsberg 22-24 
 9. Leitershofen 18-26 
 10. Dresden 18-28 
 11. Zwickau 12-34 
 12. B-gussbach II 12-34 
 13. Rattelsdorf 8-38 
 14. Jena II 6-40 
South-West Group
 1. Mainz 40-6 
 2. Weissenhorn 36-10 
 3. Schwenningen 36-10 
 4. Konstanz 26-20 
 5. Kirchheim-HD 26-20 
 6. Kronberg 26-20 
 7. Treis-Karden 24-22 
 8. Giessen 20-26 
 9. Stuttgart 20-26 
 10. Rastatt 18-28 
 11. Goeppingen 16-30 
 12. Grunberg 14-32 
 13. Trier MJC 14-32 
 14. Lich II 6-40 
West Group
 1. Dortmund 44-8 
 2. Schwelm 42-10 
 3. Grevenbroich 42-10 
 4. Bochum 32-20 
 5. Salzkotten 30-22 
 6. Wulfen 30-22 
 7. M-gladbach 26-26 
 8. Hagen BBV 26-26 
 9. Hagen BG 24-28 
 10. Waltrop 22-30 
 11. Leverkusen II 20-32 
 12. Bergheim 14-38 
 13. Capone D. 12-40 
 14. Meckenheim 0-52 


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GREECE

A1, Week 25: Ian Vougioukas named MVP -by Chris Mammides

Ian Vouyoukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) turned in a great game against PAOK and was rewarded with the MVP award for week 25. In Rethymno's 89-62 win over PAOK, the talented young center scored 27 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks in the 29th game. The Greek center contributed his best effort in a Rethymno jersey and proved to be the foundation in the vital win over PAOK. The islanders of Crete, though they have to overcome their physical power as in the very last game of the season, they will play one division in the game against Olympiakos in SEF. A loss to Olympiakos could relegate the Cretans to A2, as they are currently tied with PAOK and Kolossos Rodou at 9-16. In case of a three-way tie, all tiebreakers go against Crete, as the tam has twice lost (85-86 and 85-80) to neighboring Kolossos Rodou.

In other news from week 25, we had the mathematically top position in the regular season on behalf of champions Panathinaikos, led by another great game from Dimitris Diamantidis (21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks) ... an overtime road victory was had by Olympiakos over Zouros Panellinios. Lynn Greer put in 20 points for Olympiakos in the 74-69 win. ... Panionios registered a nice home win over Markopouloss Marousi, 92-80 ... also winning were Kolossos Rodou in Patras over Olympiada and Aris over Egaleo in Alexandreion Melthron, 94-67 ... AEK Athens defeated Olympia Larissas, 84-66, and Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) scored 20 points for the winners. (Edited by Os Davis)



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GUATEMALA

Sat-Cybertech ends Third place in Liga Centroamericana -by Victor Padilla
Sat-Cybertech concluded its participation in Liga Centroamericana 2008 with a 69-80 loss against Liceo 'Expreso Rojo', in a game where the Costa Rican team ended undefeated their participation in the Final Four held at Cancun, and thus, became the Champions of this tournament. Import players Richard Gardener and Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.), who was named MVP of the tournament, scored 23 and 20 points each to lead the now champions to their last victory. Sat-Cybertech's scorers were import player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) with 29 points and Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) with 14. Therefore, with one win and two losses in the Final Four, Sat-Cybertech ended Third in the tournament, behind Liceo and runner-up Pioneros de Quintana Roo, who will represent Centroamerica at Liga de las Americas 2008 now being announced for August.

Sat-Cybertec defeats Icevic in Game 2 -by Gianni Pascucci
After overcoming an 11-points deficit in the 2nd Quarter, Sat-Cybertech defeated Icevic 87-78 in their second appearance of the Final Four of Liga Centroamericana de Clubes. With this win, the tied overall series between the two clubs was broken, favoring Sat-Cybertech, and the chance for the Guatemalans to get their classification for Liga de las Americas 2008 remained alive. Import player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) scored 30 pts to lead his team to this victory and to set the stage for a deadly confrontation with Liceo of Costa Rica tomorrow. Icevic will also play tomorrow against the favorite team of the tournament Pioneros de Quintana Roo. So it is yet to see if the Hondurians will gather strenght to depart from this tournament with at least one victory.
with the help of Victor Padilla


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HOLLAND

FEB results: Eiffel Towers finishes in 2nd; Upstairs Weert Make Playoffs, Landstede Basketball, Hanzevast Capitals, Matrixx Magixx Close Out Strong -by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in the FEB's final regular season weekend showed little drama in the race for the last playoff seedings. Defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers overtook the West Brabant Giants for the 2nd place spot while Upstairs Weert held on to the last playoff spot, and Landstede Basketball, the Matrixx Magixx and the Hanzevast Capitals scoring impressive wins.

In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers took control of the game's tempo from the 2nd quarter on, building a 46-31 halftime lead and cruising to a 92-74 win over no. 1 seed MyGuide Amsterdam.
Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel with 25 points, and Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) added 18. Eiffel also made 12 three-point shots. Eiffel will face no. 7 Landstede in the first round of the FEB playoffs.


In Leeuwarden, Upstairs Weert made a statement for themselves, coming out of the starting blocks hungary against Aris Friesland, jumping out to a 36-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and not letting up in rolling to a 131-102 blowout win. FEB statistical champion Ashley Champion (198-F-81, college: Chattanooga) continued his strong late-season play with a game-high 31 points and 9 assists, with Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) adding 30. Upstairs will face a tough matchup with top seed MyGuide Amsterdam.


In the ZBC Hall, Landstede Basketball had no trouble making the playoffs in their matchup with ZZ Leiden. While Leiden was a team fighting to extend its season, Landstede needed merely to hold onto the 7th spot. Landstede had to deal with their leading scorer Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) being in foul trouble throughout most of the game, but had others who stepped up in his place. In the end, Landstede eliminated ZZ Leiden from playoff contention in winning 77-71. Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) had a strong game, scoring 22 points to go with 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals; Gerad Punch (193-G/F, college: Furman) added 13 points and 10 boards. Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86) put in a strong performance for Landstede, scoring 12 points.


At Martini Plaza, the Hanzevast Capitals too made a statement, with a strong fourth-quarter finish in defeating nemeses the Rotterdam Challengers, overtaking Rotterdam for the no. 5 sed. In a tight ballgame through three quarters, Hanzevast closed with a 36-17 run to finish off the Rotterdammers, 94-75. Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) led Hanzevast with 24 points. Hanzevast will face the Matrixx Magixx in the first round of the FEB playoffs.


In Den Helder, the Matrixx Magixx also finished off the regular season in style, taking no prisoners in giving Den Helder Seals no chance and winning in a 106-57 blowout. Matrixx shot 64.8% from the floor and had five players in double figures, led by Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) with 24 points. Matrixx also dished out 27 assists in clinching the no. 4 seed and first-round homecourt advantage. (Edited by Os Davis)



Kees Akerboom gets four-year extension with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch -by Fred Roggen

Dutch NT player Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) has received a four-year contract extension from Eiffel Towers Den Bosch.

Akerboom, a 24-year-old forward, was trained at EBBC Den Bosch and, after sojourns with Nijmegen and Groningen, returned to the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch two years ago. Akerboom averaged 12.2 points per game this season.


Aside from Akerboom, Marcel Aarts, Jos Frederiks and Jeroen van Vugt have also recently signed multi-year deals with Eiffel Towers. Eiffel Towers gave an interpretation of team policy, i.e. to increase the input of Dutch top players in the near future. (Edited by Os Davis)



Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 31-9 
 2. Eiff.Towers 27-13 
 3. West-Brabant 27-13 
 4. M.Magix 25-15 
 5. Hanzev.Cpt 24-16 
 6. Rotterdam 23-17 
 7. Zwolle 18-22 
 8. Weert 17-23 
 9. Leiden 15-25 
 10. Aris Friesland 8-32 
 11. Den Helder 5-35 
 12. Almere 0-0 


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IBL

Las Vegas Stars unveiled -by Gianni Pascucci
The IBL.team named Las Vegas Stars have been unveiled yesterday. The team will be coached again by Daniel Savage , who is its second year coach, and Miss Alexis Levi-Scott will serve again as the Stars CEO and GM. The Stars debut on Thursday, April 24, on the road vs. the Windy City Soldiers. Listed below are the first nine players on the active roster.
Eddie Shelby (6'3''-G-82)
Willie Hall (6'0'-G)
Hollis Hale (6'1'-G-79, college: Concordia (OR))
Mohammed Camara (6'11''-C-83, agency: Promotex, college: San Diego St.)
Trevor Lawrence (7'0''-C-82, college: N.Mexico St.)
Elliott Magee (6'7''-F, college: Texas A&M)
Demario Butler (6'3''-G/F-85)
Keena Payton (6'2'-G, college: Fresno CC)
Demetrius Orme (6'5''-G/F-83, college: CSU Bakersfield)


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INDIA

Thrissur & Kollam win State Meet -by Anil Kumar
As she drove in strongly, there was none to stop her. She was solid in defence and a smart star in offence.

R.K. Smruthi played an aggressive all-round game as Kollam won its maiden girls title in the State junior basketball championship at the floodlit Municipal Stadium here on Thursday.

Kollam dethroned Kottayam 48-39, a triumph that dashed the defending champions hopes of completing a hat-trick.

With the tall centre Stephy Nixon keeping her rival number Ashey Mathew on a tight leash and Smruthi marking the Kottayam danger girl Shija Joseph shrewdly, the champion began to choke soon after the start.

Kollam raced away to an 11-2 lead within the first few minutes with Smruthi scoring almost all the baskets.

Stephy, the championships tallest player who was off-colour in the last few games, also came up with an improved display with the rebounds.

The strong first-quarter cushion, a nine-point advantage, stood Kollam in good stead throughout the game for the other three sessions were much closer.

Shija Joseph, who skippered Kerala to the youth National title in Lucknow early this year, led the Kottayam fight back after the break with a solid performance.

Scoring spree


Fast on feet and an artful dodger through the defensive maze, Shija was on a scoring spree.

With the Kollam stars, Smruthi and Stephy adding on fouls, they could do little to stop her.

Towards the end, Kottayams Ashey, Kollams Stephy and Smruthi made their exit with five fouls and the last few seconds were played without the big names. But Kollams good lead saw it through.

Last year, we had a better team but they played badly. This year, our girls have made up, Rajan David, the Kollam coach, said.

Smruthi made all the difference today and our strong defence was our forte.

Later, Thrissur, with the majority of its players from Irinjalakudas Don Bosco School, defeated Kottayam 72-60 to bag the boys title.

Thrissurs Amal James and Kollams R.K. Smruthi were named as the championships best players.

The results: Boys: F inal: Thrissur 72 (Amal James 28, Arjun Krishna 20) bt Kottayam 60 (Jobin Varghese 15, Aby Sony 11); Third place: Malappuram 44 (S. Padmagirish 14, Basil Philip 10) bt Wynad 37 (Sanil Antony 17, Sarath Mohan 10).

Girls: Final: Kollam 48 (R.K. Smruthi 18, P. Lijimol 9, Libiya Varghese 9) bt Kottayam 39 (Shija Joseph 18); Third place: Kannur 58 (P.S. Neenamol 18, Soniya Joy 16, M. Athira 11) bt Thrissur 47 (Raisa Elias 12, Griya Susan Varghese 12, Merlin Baby 12).


NRI Indian Basketball League results - Day 3 -by Anil Kumar
Titan Shipping overpowered Ahalya Exchange Abu Dhabi Indians, 95-52, in the men division league match of 3rd Indian Basketball League Tournament played at Al Thiqa Club, Sharjah.

In the other matches played on Friday night, defending champions Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai beat Street Legends, 48-21, and Al Jaleeb Tea city Fives defeated Arabian View Saints, Dubai, 79 48.

Jassim, former Kerala Junior State player, spearheaded the attack for Titan Shipping along with Shafeeque and Ameen. In the first quarter Titan led 21 against 13 points and in the second quarter they rallied to score 28 against 7 points. In the second half Titan scored 46 against Abu Dhabi Indians 32 points. Jassim top scored for Titan with 25 points. Shafeeque 15 points and Ameen 14 points were the main scorers for titans. Joseph top scored for Abu Dhabi Indians with 15 points.

Former champions Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives beat Arabian View Saints, Dubai 79-48 to register their second victory in the league tournament. Current senior state player Manoj and University player Ajeeth Sugunan stood tall to collect rebounds and scored 15 points and 26 points respectively. City Fives led 19-9 in the first quarter and trailed 12-14 in the second quarter. City fives surged ahead to score 27 points against 11 points in the third quarter. They widened their margin in the last quarter by scoring 21 against 14 points.

Results:

Titan Shipping, Dubai: 95 (Jassim 25, Shafeeque 15, Ameen 14, Mohd. Faisal 9, Siju Zacharia 10, Khalelullah 6, Anas 5, Shameer 5, Zayed 2, Niyas 4) beat Ahalya Exchange Abu Dhabi Indians: 52 (Joseph 15, Avinash 7, Karthik 7, Tom 6, Fahad 4, Collins 5, Jose 6, Roopesh 1, Manoj 1)

A; Jaleeb Tea City Fives: 79 (Ajeeth Sugunan 26, Manoj 16, Venu Kumar 13, Sanu Thomas 11, Bimal Raj 6, Jolly 5, Jinesh 2) beat Arabian View Saints: 48 (Melvin 24, Siddique 6, Zaheer 5, Amjad 4, Arif 4, Carl 4 and Ranjeeth 1)

Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai: 48 (Shankar 9, Viswanath 7, Rohan 6, Hussain 6, Deepak 5, Deepu 5, Beslin 2 and Vinod 1) beat Street Legends 21 (Bala 4, Nasruddin 5, Saif 2, Sterin 4, Sabith 4, Mohammed 1 and Adnan 1)

IBS League 3rd weeks Fixtures (Men & Women Division)
Venue: Al Shaab Club, Sharjah.
Thursday 24th April
08:30 p.m. (Men) Arabian View Saints versus DPS, Sharjah
09:45 p.m. (Men) DPS, Dubai versus Ahalya Exchange Abu Dhabi Indians
11:00 p.m. (Men) Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives versus Street Legends, Sharjah

Friday 25th April
Venue: Al Shaab Club, Sharjah
03:00 p.m. (Women) DPS, Sharjah versus Blade Watches, Dubai.
04:00 p.m. (Men) Street Legends, Sharjah versus DPS, Dubai
05:15 p.m. (Women) Euphoria Intl Dubai Angels versus InSportz Arabian Gazelles
06:30 p.m. (Men) Hoopers, Dubai versus Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives
07:45 p.m. (Men) Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai versus Ahalya Exchange Abu Dhabi Indians
09:00 p.m. (Men) Titan Shipping versus Arabian View Saints

With thanks & regards
G. VIJAYAKUMAR
SECRETARY
IBS U.A.E.


Dyaneswaran appointed Leage Convener -by Anil Kumar
A.N. Dyaneswaran, Chairman Tamil Nadu Basketball Association, has been nominated as the convenor of the Indian Basketball League during the General Body meeting of the Basketball Federation of India at Jullundur on Saturday. A former national Basketball player and the man who has been instrumental in getting Tamil Nadu to the top of the table in the national Basketball scenario is expected to carve out a new future for ndian Basketball in this new role. The basketball fraternity from all over India are definitely looking up to him to deliver the goods.

Chennai, Bangalore and Ludhiana will host the 33 home and away matches of the Indian Professional Basketball League.

The league starts in October this year and the details of the strcture and modalities are expected to be annonced very soon.


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IRAN

Saudi Arabia becomes fifth candidate to host 2014 FIBA Worlds -by Houman Bagheri
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Following the decision taken at its last central board meeting, held on December 8-9, 2007 in Chicago, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) opened the bidding process for the 2014 FIBA World Championship on January 10.

With 10 days to go until the submission deadline for Letters of Intent confirming interest in hosting the event, FIBA is pleased to confirm that the Saudi Arabia Basketball Federation (KSA) has become the fifth candidate to express an interest in bidding for the organization of the 17th edition of the FIBA World Championship, FIBA's premier competition.

Saudi Arabia joins Spain, France, Denmark and Russia as prospective 2014 FIBA World Championship hosts. (Edited by Os Davis)


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ITALY

Lega 2, day 29 -by Gabriele Fioretti

Only one game remains in the regular season and while Ferrara is promoted and Novara relegated, Caserta (Andrea Ghiacci (200-G/F-81) 21 pts) is sure to be the first seed in the playoffs ranking after winning at Ferrara behind Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) and his 20 points.

Meanwhile, 35 from Alvin Young (191-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Niagara) wasn't enough for Reggio Emilia, who lost at home to Rimini and German Scarone (190-G-75) with 25 points.

Five players scored in double figures as Montecatini defeated Livorno. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) of Montecatini led all scorers with 24 points. The team still hopes to avoid relegation with a win next Sunday and a loss by Fabriano at home against Novara. Novara defeated Soresina thanks to 30 points and 9 rebounds from Philip Martin (202-F-80, college: Hawaii). Quadre Lollis (200-F/C-73, college: Montana St.) put in 21 for Soresina.

Great defense was seen at Sassari, where the team coached by Demis Cavina beat Casale.

Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) put up 30 points at Veroli, but his team Fabriano lost.

Six players scored in double figures as Pavia won against Pistoia.

Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) scored 27, but the 27 scored by counterpart Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) put Hoover's Jesi squad over Pickett and Imola.


Other results:


Agr.Glo.Mont.-TDShop.it LI 87-81.
Trenkwalder RE-Coopsette RN 76-83.
Carife FE-Pepsi Caserta 73-85.
Ignis Novara-Vanoli Soresina 92-86.
BancoSardegna-Fastweb Casale 55-51.
Prima Veroli-Indesit Fab 87-83.
Edimes PV-Carmatic PT 86-73.
Fileni Jesi-Aget Imola 89-79.


See complete boxscores at LegaDueBasket.it. (Edited by Os Davis)



Serie A, Week 33 -by Stefano Pini
Siena was victorious at Cant, playing good defense that shut down Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky) and DaShaun Wood (180-G-85, college: Wright St.) (5/26 combined). For Montepaschi, Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) had 14 points. Armani won at Avellino in a balanced game. Attilio Caja did a great job this season. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) is becoming more involved with the team with every game and could be a great addition for the playoffs. Brandon Brown (202-F-81, college: Tulane) pushed Teramo to victory against Montegranaro, scoring 24 points and hitting the game-winning three at the buzzer. A Lottomatica Roma gave a good effort as they sunk Pesaro at home: Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points, and the 15 for Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) was his personal best in Italy. Cimberio Varese won his first game on the road this season at Capo D'Orlando. Varese has won three of the last four (albeit meaningless) games. Key to Varese's favorable result: Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75). Against Pierrel Gek, Galanda had 24 points, and in Varese's eight wins he has averaged 16 points. Along with Galanda, Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) is also in prime shape at this moment of the season, scoring 23 in the overtime match at Biella. Angelico is now out of playoff contention. Thanks to the victory over Rieti, Upim Bologna is in: Rieti-Upim Bologna was another game that went down to the wire, with Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) missing a shot that would have won the game. Legea Scafati clinched 17th place with a win at home against La Fortezza. Of note is the huge 20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 4 steals and 4 assists turned in by Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's). (Edited by Os Davis)

Latest roster changes -by Gianni Pascucci
In Serie A, Scavolini-Spar Pesaro announced agreeing on terms with Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) from the Tulsa 66ers (D-League). Hall is expected to replace should replace the injured Ron Slay (203-F-81, college: Tennessee) on the roster. The team has yet to complete the needed bureaucratic moves to register Hall in time before the April 25 deadline. In Lega 2, Pepsi Caserta strengthened its roster by adding Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-C-76, college: Nevada), last with Lokomotiv Rostov of the Russian Superleague. (Edited by Os Davis)

Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Carife 22-7 
 2. Pepsi 20-9 
 3. Banco Sard. 19-10 
 4. Trenkwalder 18-11 
 5. Vanoli 17-11 
 6. Fastweb 17-12 
 7. Carmatic 17-12 
 8. Fileni 16-13 
 9. Coopsette 15-14 
 10. Edimes 13-16 
 11. TDShop.it 12-15 
 12. Prima Veroli 11-18 
 13. Aget 10-19 
 14. Indesit 9-19 
 15. Agricola G. 8-21 
 16. Ignis 6-23 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepas. 30-3 
 2. Lottomatica 22-11 
 3. Air AV 22-11 
 4. Premiata 21-12 
 5. Pierrel 19-14 
 6. Armani 19-14 
 7. Scavolini 17-16 
 8. Upim 16-17 
 9. Tisettanta C. 16-17 
 10. Benetton 15-18 
 11. Angelico 15-18 
 12. Siviglia Wear 15-18 
 13. Eldo 14-19 
 14. Solsonica 14-20 
 15. Snaidero 13-20 
 16. La Fortezza 13-20 
 17. Legea 9-24 
 18. Cimberio 8-25 


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KOSOVO

The Cup of the Republic of Kosova, finals: Results -by Alban Salihu

Men: Sigal Prishtina 95, Peja 77.

Women: Bashkimi 79, Sigal Prishtina 60.

Source: fbk-ks.com. (Edited by Os Davis)



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LATVIA

Barons LMT win FIBA EuroCup 2008! -by Gunars Gailitis
Barons LMT Riga are the 2008 EuroCup champion after defeating Dexia Mons-Hainaut in a 63-62 thriller in Limassol, Cyprus, Sunday night. Riga will have a good reason to celebrate tonight, as the Barons become the first to bring the European title to independent Latvia. The last Latvian team to win a title was ASK Riga back in 1960.
'We played like a team for 40 minutes like coach asked us,' said Lithuanian guard Giedrius Gustas. 'We had ups and downs but we stayed like a team. We won by one point but this is enough to celebrate the win,' concluded Gustas, who notched 17 points on 75% shooting from the field, including a couple of clutch shots that helped win the game.
Dexia's Travis Conlan went to the line to shoot two free throws with his team down 63-60 and two seconds on the clock. After making the first, he faced the dilemma of attempting to sink the second or missing to go for the offensive rebound.
'I made a big mistake when I told Conlon not to miss the second free throw, thinking we could get a quick foul and then change the score,' said coach Chris Finch after the game.
The Belgian club failed to foul as the Barons ran the clock to start their celebrations.
The Latvians took over the game right from the start, stopping Dexia's big guys and getting the guards in foul trouble. Dexia came back with a big third quarter and even took the lead in the fourth, but the Barons had the fortitude to turn the game in their favor and win by a point.
Armands Skele was the main executor for the Barons the entire night. The athletic Latvian guard showed his classic all-around skills in registering 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists behind huge, hard-nosed fighting spirit.
Dexia got 13 points each from their guards Conlon and Nate Reinking the former added five rebounds and four assists, with the latter grabbing six boards. Andrew Sullivan ( led the Dexia comeback in the third quarter and finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Barons held an early 15-5 lead, taking advantage of a terrible start shooting by Dexia in the game's opening minutes. Michal Hlebowicki's three-pointer made it a 12-point game, but big plays by Dexia in the closing seconds allowed them to finish the first quarter down 23-15.
J.P. Batista came off the bench to cover a weak start by Demetrius Alexander, and gave Riga its largest lead of the game at 29-15 with seven minuets to play in the first half. Reinking and Mike Lenzly hit from long range to change the pace of the game, and Jim Cantamessa sent the teams to halftime with the score 35-28.
Through the first half, Dexia's big bodies were scoreless and Conlon and Reinking amassed three fouls apiece, but they were still in the game.
The Barons allowed no breathing room, though, and two minutes into the third, Hlebowicki finished a fast break to again make it a 12 point game at 44-32.
Sullivan took control of the game for his team before it was too late and was the main factor behind a 16-4 run that tied the game in the next six minutes. Gustas and Skele there to ensure the Barons held a 62-58 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Dexia would not yet be vanquished: Lenzly again tied the score with a three-pointer, and Ben Ebong added a bucket from close range to give Dexia their first lead of the game with an 8-2 run early in the fourth.
Dexia increased the lead to four, but Gustas and Alexander came back with 4:30 left on the clock and everything changed.
After a slow night on offense Alexander stepped up and his jumper put Barons on top again, 59-58. He added a point from the line and contributed a great effort on defense before Gustas sank a jumper of his own to give his team a 62-58 lead with 1:21 to go.
Skele hit one of two from the line with 55 seconds on the clock and Sullivan made it just a three-point game. After Skele missed a three-pointer, Dexia was left with their last chance. To cap a fantastic performance, Gustas fouled Conlon to prevent a three-point shot attempt, thereby fouling out of the game with 0:02 on the clock.
Conlon was too accurate this time, allowing the Barons to pop the champagne corks. (Edited by Os Davis)

Courtesy FIBA


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LEBANON

Riyadi clean-sweeps Anibal 3-0 in Manara after bench leads way to easy win -by Wael Yaman
As expected, the third game in the playoff between Riyadi and Anibal ended with an easy win for the yellows, represented by replacement players who notched the big third win, 93-64. Scoring by quarter, all ending in favor of Riyadi, went 31-13; 57-26; 71-45; and 93-64) With the loss, it seems as though Anibal will not stay in the first division next year, unless the FLBB decides not to relegate any team to the second division. Ali Fakhreddine led Riyadi with 17 points, ahead of Rami Akiki with 15 and Mazen Mneimneh with 13. Ronald Alexander (21 points) and Alain Andraous (16) were the high scorers for Anibal. (Edited by Os Davis)

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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Liceo wins Liga Centroamericana 2008 !! -by Gianni Pascucci

Liceo de Costa Rica defeated 90-69 Sat-Cybertech in Game 3 of the Liga Centroamericana 2008 Final Four, ending the competition at the first place undefeated, and qualifying for the next edition of Liga de las Americas for Clubs. This is an historical success for all the CostaRican basketball. The triumph of the 'Red Express' was completed by the award of its player Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) as the Final Four MVP. Jones scored 20 pts in the last game, and his teammate Hernol Hall (205-C-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Lon Morris JC) scored 24 pts to be the team's top scorer. In the last game of the competition, Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun prevailed over Icevic Tegucigalpa 89-70, clinching the second spot for the Liga de las Americas. The final standings of Liga Centroamericana 2008 are as follows:

1. Liceo 3-0

2. Pioneros 2-1

3. Sat-Cybertech 1-2

4. Icevic 0-3



A great Liceo upsets Pioneros -by Gianni Pascucci
The 'Red Express' Liceo of Costa Rica surprised Pioneros de Quintana Roo at their home court with a convicing 78-73 win over the unanimous favorite team of Liga Centroamericana 2008, and took the top of the classification table for the Final Four being held at Cancun. Jeffrey Spencer (189-F-81) was the game top scorer at 22, Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75, college: Grand Canyon) led Pioneros with 28 pts in losing effort. 'We prepared very well, and knew that today was the day', shared Coach Rodolfo Fonseca after their victory over the Mexican team, 'and we won because we played with the heart of Costa Rica'. The visiting team took a 6-points lead since the 1st Quarter, and never let it go until the end of regulation, in spite of the full house of fans that never ceased to cheer Pioneros. Tonight's schedule, when Sat-Cybertech faces Liceo, and Pioneros de Quintana Roo meets Icevic of Honduras, will determine for good what teams will capture the two tickets for Liga de las Americas 2008, as nothing is yet fixed because if both Sat-Cybertech and Pioneros win their matches, there would be triple-tie at the top of the table. Let's see....
with the help of Victor Padilla


Sat-Cybertec defeats Icevic in Game 2 -by Gianni Pascucci
After overcoming an 11-points deficit in the 2nd Quarter, Sat-Cybertech defeated Icevic 87-78 in their second appearance of the Final Four of Liga Centroamericana de Clubes. With this win, the tied overall series between the two clubs was broken, favoring Sat-Cybertech, and the chance for the Guatemalans to get their classification for Liga de las Americas 2008 remained alive. Import player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) scored 30 pts to lead his team to this victory and to set the stage for a deadly confrontation with Liceo of Costa Rica tomorrow. Icevic will also play tomorrow against the favorite team of the tournament Pioneros de Quintana Roo. So it is yet to see if the Hondurians will gather strenght to depart from this tournament with at least one victory.
with the help of Victor Padilla


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MONTENEGRO

MNT Play-Out: Primoje loses last chance to stay in MNT1A -by Dragan Scepanovic

In a derby game of Round 9 in the Montenegrin Play-Out League, Basketball Primorje lost to Mornar Basketball Club from Bar at home in H. Novi, 73-77 (scoring by quarters, 17-14; 13-16; 19-21;24-26). Following the loss, Primorje and Kotor Basketball Club, as the bottom two teams in MNT Play-Out League, will be relegated to the MNT1B Division for next season. For Mornar, the high scorer was Mijovic with 28 points. Igor Bjelic (208-F/C-87) contributed 25 ponts and 12 rebounds. For Primorje, Sucevicho totalled 27 points.

Other results: Jedinstvo 100, Ulcinj 78. Rudar 113, Kotor 84 (Dujovic scored 25 points and Mirko Vukajlovic (198-G-80) added 18 for Rudar; Mandic put in 17 points for BC Kotor). (Edited by Os Davis)



MNT Super-League: Mogren wins in Danilovgrad, ABS too strong for Niksic, Buducnost bests Lovcen -by Dragan Scepanovic

In a derby game in Round 5 of the Montenegrin basketball super league, visiting team Mogren Basketball Club of Budva won over Danilovgrad, 98-91 (scoring by quarter, 22-23; 24-24; 22-29; 30-25). For Mogren, again best was Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) with 24 points and 10 rebounds - index 33 (in game of 5 Round index 40). Also of note were Stefanovic with 18 points, Smiljanic with 19, and Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) with 15 points and 10 rebounds. For Danilovgrad, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) put in 20 points.


Other results from Round 5: Buducnost 84, Lovcen 79; ABS Primorje 91, Niksic 74. (Edited by Os Davis)



Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 6-0 
 2. Mogren 3-3 
 3. Niksic 3-3 
 4. Lovcen 2-4 
 5. Danilovgrad 2-4 
 6. ABS Primorje 2-4 
Play-Out
 1. Mornar Bar 6-2 
 2. Jedinstvo 6-2 
 3. Ulcijn 5-3 
 4. Rudar 5-4 
 5. Primorje-M. 4-5 
 6. Kotor 0-8 


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NBA

Philadelphia stuns Detroit in Motown -by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of the starting days of playoffs happened at the Auburn Hills yesterday. One of the league favorites Detroit hosted the 7th-seeded Philadelphia and were looking to post an easy win. It looked as it would happen when Detroit got to a routine winning the first half by 13 points. The gap was stretched to 15 points in the third period and everything seemed to dull for the visitors. But Willie Green (6'4''-G-81, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 4 point during a 10:0 run from the 76ers as they were back on track. The visitors clawed their way back into contest and jumped in front midway through the fourth period. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) missed three free throws in the crunch time and Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina) came short on their own jump shots to present the 76ers with a victory. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) led the victors with 20 points. Willie Green added 17 points and Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 16 points, 9 boards and 8 assists for the winning side. Rasheed Wallace notched 24 points and 9 boards for Detroit. Chauncey Billups secured 14 points in a loss.
The Boston Celtics had little problems en route to the starting win against Atlanta. The Celtics led right from the start and did not look back for the whole action. Six players scored in double figures for Boston and the hosts posted an overwhelming 104:81 win. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) nailed 18 points, while Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) had 16 points apiece in a win. Al Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) answered with 20 points and 10 boards for Atlanta.
Orlando grabbed a 1-0 lead in the series crushing Toronto 114:100 at home. The Magic got to a storming start as they piled up a 20-point lead 12 minutes into the game. The Raptors worked hard to cut the deficit to 5 points early in the fourth stanza but a 10:0 run from the home team sealed the winning outcome for Orlando. Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) was impressive with 25 points, 22 boards and 5 blocks. Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) finished with 21 points and Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) recorded 24 in a win. Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) led the Raptors with 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) sparked with one of his best performances for the LA Lakers so far and propelled them to a 128:114 win over Denver. The Spanish center came up with 36 points, 16 boards, 8 assists and 3 blocks to ensure the winning effort for the hosts. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) nailed 32 points including 18 in the last 8 minutes of the game to provide sufficient help. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) did his usual job tallying 17 points, 14 caroms and 6 assists. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) paced the Nuggets with 30 points and 12 boards. Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) poured in 30 points but was ejected with just over 2 minutes left in regulation.


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NIGERIA

AHIP ends road game with a 2-4 record -by Olusegun Ikuesan


AHIP ends road game with a 2-4 record -by Olusegun Ikuesan


AHIP ends road game with a 2-4 record -by Olusegun Ikuesan


AHIP ends road game with a 2-4 record -by Olusegun Ikuesan


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NPBL

Another team moves from EBA to NPBL -by Gianni Pascucci
After the West Virginia Wild disappearing from the league line-up, the officials of the National Professional Basketball League agreed to replace it with the former EBA team Delaware Destroyers. The debut of the Destroyers, however, wasn' t so happy, given that they felt to the Maryland BayRayders 106-127, probably because they were yet without top player Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-82, college: California (PA)), who left the team to play overseas after having been the EBA's top scorer, MVP, and 1st team selectee.

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PORTUGAL

Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Benfica 25-3 
 2. Vitoria 25-3 
 3. Queluz 21-7 
 4. Illiabum 20-8 
 5. Fisica 18-10 
 6. Academica 15-13 
 7. Esgueira 14-14 
 8. Sampaense 13-15 
 9. Sangalhos 12-16 
 10. Angra 12-16 
 11. Seixal 11-17 
 12. Atletico 10-18 
 13. Galitos FC 8-20 
 14. Maia 6-22 
 15. Aguiar 0-28 


Proliga round 30 -by Luis Rocha
The last round of the regular season brought some surprises, Vitria lost at Fisica 82-88 and that being, they leave the first place to Benfica.Acadmica also loose at home against Angra 53-55 in a game that should have been easy for them. Did they loose on purpose to get a smooth opponent to the playoffs?. Also strange the home defeat of Esgueira against Atltico 73-79. Many results that maybe didnt happen if this wasnt the last round of the regular season, the other games were normal, with the results expressing the real value of teams so far.The MVP of the round was Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) (Vitoria), with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 3 steals, the unavoidable Tommie Eddie ....

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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad, 1000 times Bayamon and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
BORICUAS ABROAD
In NBA, it is play-off time!. Orlando won the first game against Toronto 114-100 but Carlos Arroyo did not play.
In Bosnia, the League 8, with the 8 best teams of Bosnia, started, Siroki won against Grude 92-78. Sharif Fajardo was the MVP of the game with 17 points. Siroki has now a 2-1 standings.
In Germany Padeborn won against Ulm 101-91. Nathan Peavy played only 12 minutes with 3 points (1/4 2pts, 1/2 FT) and 3 rebounds.
In Italy, in the Second Division, Caserta won against Ferrara 85-73, for Guillermo Diaz 13 points (5/6 2pts, 0/3 3pts, 3/3 FT), 2 steals, 2 assists and 1 reb in 37 minutes. Caserta is second in the italian division and the team of Guillermito is ready for the italian play-offs.
In Spain, Unicaja Malaga was defeated by Barcelona 68-67. For Daniel Santiago 10 points (3/7 2pts, 4/6 FT) in only 12 minutes with also 5 rebounds.
Besiktas won 86-75 with a great Rick Apodaca against Beykiz and with a 23-6 standings is the best team of the Turkish Liga.
BSN News
On Saturday, Vaqueros won his game number 1000. Los Vaqueros de Bayamon are the second team to reach 1000 victories in the history of Puerto Rico Basketball. They won against Guaynabo 86-75. MVP of this historical match was Lee Benson with 22pts and 12 rebs.
BSN BOXSCORES
ARECIBO-MAYAGUEZ= 89-84
A= Figueroa 27 (15 rebs), Cortes 12, Rodriguez 9, Rosa 9, Payano 8, Jourdon 7, Rivera 7, Cruz 5, R. Rivera 4, Hatton 1, Rosario 0
M= Smith 30, Caballero 14, Venzen 13, White 11, Jimenez 9, Erazo 4, Caraballo 3, Lopez 0, Zayas 0
GUAYAMA-CAGUAS= 78-93
G= Liriano 16, Lopez 13, Brignoni 9, Oliver 7, Rivera 7, Parillon 7, A. Rivera 6, Solano 4, Aponte 3, Soto 2, Herrera 2, M. Rivera 2
C= Redhage 19, Ramos 18 (15 rebs), Bryant 15, Melendez 14, Martinez 9, Rosas 8, Casablanca 4, Konecny 3, Ortiz 3, Garcia 1, Alamo 0, McSweeney 0
A. Fontana


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
 1. Arecibo 17-9 
 2. Caguas 13-11 
 3. San German 11-12 
 4. Ponce 11-13 
 5. Guayama 6-17 
 6. Mayaguez 4-19 
Metro
 1. Carolina 16-8 
 2. Fajardo 14-10 
 3. Humacao 13-10 
 4. Santurce 13-11 
 5. Guaynabo 13-11 
 6. Bayamon 12-12 


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ROMANIA

Quarterfinal stage tips off in Division A -by Eurobasket News

The Romanian championship has reached the playoff stage and the top eight teams hit the road aiming for the title.

Top-ranked CSU Ploiesti took on Targu Mures at home in the opening game of the series. Eighth seed Targu Mures challenged the league favorites and the teams were tied after 20 minutes of action, 46-46. However, CSU Ploiesti gradually clawed their way ahead and took over the initiative. A well-balanced offensive effort allowed the hosts to dominate late in rolling to an 88-80 win. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) and Alexander Deangelo scored 21 points apiece to lead CSU Ploiesti. Rashard Griffith (212-C-74, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) added 16 points and 10 boards for the winners. JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) was impressive for Targu Mures with 33 points. Bryan McCullough (198-G/F-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) had 15 points in defeat.


CSU Sibiu also gained a 1-0 lead in the series against Dinamo Bucuresti. CSU Sibiu led from the tipoff and gradually piled up a comfortable advantage. The hosts went 48% from the field and Dinamo Bucuresti simply had few answers to such a confident display of skills from Sibiu. Jason Smith (197-F-77, college: Mississippi) knocked down 20 points and pulled down 10 boards to propel CSU Sibiu to an 81-71 victory. William Hatcher (188-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) nailed 18 points, while Menelik Barbary (208-C-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: San Jose St.) dropped 16 points for the winners. Four Dinamo players netted 11 points apiece in a losing effort.


Tudor Dumitrescu scored 36 points, but it still was not enough for Gaz Metan to celebrate a road win over U Mobitelco. Instead, Mobitelco overcame a 10-point deficit before the fourth quarter and forced overtime. Brad Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) provided 25 points and paced the home team to a hard-fought 99-90 victory. LeVar Seals (194-G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: De Paul) notched 21 points for the winners. Rob Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) replied with 14 points for Gaz Metan.


Rapid Bucuresti edged Timisoara at home, 89-82, to pull in front in the quarterfinal series. Five players scored in double figures as Rapid stepped closer to the semis. Ivan Stefanovic (201-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and Adrian Voinescu canned 19 points apiece for the winners. Milos Pesic (202-F-84) responded with 17 points for Timisoara. (Edited by Os Davis)



CSU Ploiesti and CSU Sibiu advance to the next round -by Adrian Popa
CSU Ploiesti and CSU Sibiu are the first two teams to advance in the second round of the playoffs. They need to wait for the decisive game of the other two series, to find out who will face in the semifinals. Medias posted a surprise win at home, by 19 point margin to send the series with Cluj in Game 3, and Timisoara took advantage of the home court to force the decisive game of the series against Rapid, but the game is yet to be analized by Romanian Basketball Federation after the incidents at the end.

The champions CSU Ploiesti didnt let go the opportunity to have more days off before the semifinals, by winning away at Targu Mures in the second game of this series. The 8th sedeed BC Mures played by heart, supported by a sold out arena packed with noisy fans but sometimes you need much more then heart to win a playoff game. The experience of Asesoft Ploiesti players, with many games in tough ULEB Cup meetings, prevailed against a young team, at the first playoff appeareance in 10 years. Without Virgil Carutasu, injured, dominated in the paint with the help of Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Rashard Griffith, both with double-double, posting together 34 points and 26 rebounds. JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) took the game on his hands with 28 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds, but the offensive weapons of Asesoft were too much to manage for BC Mures. Cepulis was lethal from beyond the arc with 21 points, most of them in the first half. After the break De Angelo continued the work of Cepulis scoring 20 points and posting 6 rebounds. Bryan McCullough (198-G/F-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville), the best scorer from Mures and from romanian league was held to only 16 points. After missing the playoff last year BC Mures didnt manage much more this year, only two games in the postseason, but little by little this team is growing supported by probably the biggest fan base from the country. The fans will still have something to cheer for this year, as Targu Mures is hosting in August the U20 European Championship - Division B. On the other hand, Asesoft Ploiesti is cruising to the second round and the team is very confident on the road to their 5th consecutive title.
Game 2: BC Mures - CSU Ploiesti 78-85 (10-18; 16-15; 23-20; 29-32)
Best scorers:
Mures: Cooley 28p, 5reb, 5ast; Bryan McCullough 16p; Truscott 14p, 12 reb
Ploiesti: Cepulis 21p; Obradovic 20p, 16reb; DeAngelo 20p, 6reb; Griffith 14p, 10reb

After a very balanced first game, many believed that Dinamo has the chance to even the series against Sibiu. But the team from the European Cultural Capital 2007, came in Bucharest with only one thought: not game 3. Dinamo won the first quarter, but that was all. Demetrius Williams (206-F-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Loyola, IL) was again the best player for Dinamo, Mr. Rebound posting a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. But Dinamo didnt find any answer for William Hatcher (188-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) who scored 27 points. With Darnell Clavon not 100% recovered from an injury, the romanian guard Octavian Popa Octavian Calota (185-G-84) got more minutes from coach Peter Schomers and didnt let him down, scoring 14 points in one of his best performances this season. Sibiu is looking forward now to game 3 between Medias and Cluj to find out who will face in the semifinals.
Game 2: Dinamo Bucuresti CSU Atlassib Sibiu 77-89 (24-18; 15-30; 20-18; 18-23)
Best scorers:
Dinamo: Williams 24p, 10reb; Hadzibulic 17p; Morban 15p
Sibiu: Hatcher 27p; Barbary 14p, 5reb; Octavian Calota 14p; Triplett 11p, 7ast


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SERBIA

Superleague, round 5: Ivan Paunic crushes Panthers, Vizura surprises Swisslions -by Dragan Jankovski
Vojvodina Srbijagas recorded the third win in Superleague beating FMP at home 86-75. After announcing that one of Vojvodina's best players, Istvan Nemeth, had traveled to Hungary and wouldn't play, most spectators saw FMP as a winner before the game. But young guard Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) didn't share the same thoughts and with 26 points totally destroyed the visitors. Paunic netted 21 points in the first half, which Vojvodina finished with a 10-point lead. At the middle of the last period, FMP closed the gap to 76-73 but that was as close as this game would get. The fact that Panthers did not gain any advantage on Saturday night speaks for itself. Ivan Paunic paced the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds, while Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) contributed 22 points and 6 rebounds. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) was the best for FMP with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Vojvodina's record stands at 3-2, while FMP is 3-1.

Hemofarm STADA had an extremely easy job against Borac at home, outplaying the team from Cacak 78-63. Hemofarm finished the first period up 22-11, and Hemofarm head coach Vukoicic gave a chance for his players to show what they could, leaving the starters in the game until the 15th minute. Hemofarm opened up the biggest lead, 28, at the beginning of the third quarter. Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) contributed 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while another center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) also scored 15 points and added 4 rebounds. Borac got 22 points and 9 rebounds from Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85).

The most pleasant surprise of the season, BC Vizura of New Belgrade, continues with good results. Vizura was better than Swisslions Takovo at home, winning 76-73, its first victory in the Serbian Superleague. On the other side, it was a very inconvenient defeat for Swisslions, who started the Superleague with great ambitions. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) scored 20 points, and Uros Lucic (207-C-83) netted 18 to lead Vizura. PG Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) was by far the best for Swisslions, finishing with a game-high 24 points and 6 assists. (Edited by Os Davis)


Vojvodina Srbijagas 86, FMP 75
(scoring by quarter, 27-22; 23-18; 26-26; 10-9)

Vojvodina:
Paunic 26 (5 rebs), Bojovic 22 (6 rebs, 4 steals), Ivanovic 13.
FMP: Erceg 21 (4 rebs), Labovic 10 (4 rebs).


Hemofarm STADA 78, Borac 63
(scoring by quarter, 22-11; 24-14; 18-20; 14-18)

Hemofarm:
Marjanovic 15 (6 rebs), Vukosavljevic 15 (4 rebs), Joksimovic 10.
Borac: Ilic 22 (9 rebs), Dramicanin 13 (4 rebs), Plicevic 11 (4 assists).


Vizura Swisslions 76, Takovo 73
(scoring by quarter, 16-20; 20-25; 27-15; 13-13)

Vizura:
Sinovec 20, Lucic 18, Avlijas 12.
Swisslions: Aleksic 24 (6 assists), Dragojlovic 13 (8 rebs), Markovic 10.


Superleague, round 5: Tough win for Partizan Igokea in eternal derby -by Dragan Jankovski

Partizan Igokea celebrates in eternal derby against Crvena Zvezda with a 83-78 win much tougher than anyone expected. Zvezda played without captain Tadija Dragicevic, guard Boris Bakic and, of course, head coach Stevan Karadzic, who resigned from his position 24 hours before the game.

The reigning Serbian and Adriatic league champions had to work very hard in order to reach their third Superleague win. In the 13th minute, Zvezda had run up a 27-19 lead and held the advantage through 33 minutes. In the 34th, Velickovic, Pekovic and Palacio led Partizan on a 10-0 run and with four minutes to go took a 71-69 lead. Partizan's players maintained the lead without problem until the buzzer.

Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) led Partizan to the win while collecting 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Euroleague player of the year Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) also had 17 points to go with his 4 assists. USA point guard Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) was once again top performer for Zvezda, collecting 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. (Edited by Os Davis)


Crvena Zvezda 78, Partizan Igokea 83
(scoring by quarter, 20-17; 26-27; 13-15; 19-24)

Zvezda:
Subotic 16 (6 rebs), Kikanovic 16, Cook 14 (4 rebs, 7 assists).
Partizan: Velickovic 21 (4 rebs, 4 steals), Pekovic 17 (6 rebs), Palacio 17 (4 assists).



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


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SLOVAKIA

Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
1. Pezinok 34-10
2. Inter Brat. 30-14
3. Svit 28-16
4. Lucenec 28-16
5. Nova Ves 27-17
6. Handlova 21-23
7. Komarno 21-23
8. Nitra 20-24
9. Levice 20-24
10. Prievidza 17-27
11. Dolny Kubin 10-34
12. Kosice TU 8-36


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SLOVENIA

Slovan wins U-19 title -by Zeljko Zule

Geoplin Slovan captured the U-19 Championship with a 76-51 victory over Parklji. Uros Zadnik (185-G-90) was named MVP of the Final Four; top rebounder was Czech Jan Vesely (14.0 per game) and Marko Vranjkovic of Mario Primorac was top scorer (20.0 ppg).
Final results: Geoplin Slovan 76, Parklji 51. Third-place game: Mario Primorac 75, Jance 61. Semifinals: Geoplin Slovan 74, Jance 48; Parklji 75, Mario Primorac 60. Full stats are available at http://www.mladinski-portal.com/.


Geoplin Slovan roster: 4 Uros Zadnik, 5 Klemen Panic, 6 Luka Hren, 7 Danijel Majstorovic, 8 Tilen Heco, 9 Zoran Dragic, 10 Mitja Nikolic Smrdelj, 11 Sinisa Bilic, 12 Sasa Petrovic, 13 Jakob Virk, 14 Davor Cvjetkovic. 15 Jan Vesely. Coach: Mirsad Alilovic. (Edited by Os Davis)



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SOUTH KOREA

Samsung bounces back In Game 3 -by Rick Ross

The Samsung Thunders hosted Dongbu Promy with their backs against the wall, down two games to zero, and edged Dongbu by a penny, 88-87. Leather Terrence (206-C-81, college: S.Florida) led all scorers with 34 points and added 12 rebounds.


Dongbu still holds a 2-1 lead in the series and home-court advantage. Samsung still has to win another game In Seoul before returning to Wonju to stay alive in the best-of-seven series. Game four will be held on Wednesday, April 23, in Seoul.

For more details, see http://www.kbl.or.kr/. (Edited by Os Davis)



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SPAIN

ACB Round 31 -by Paul Nilsen
Round 31 of ACB action was all about the relegation battle as the mighty Madrid club of Estu knew it was a case of do or pretty much die in the big survival fight with city rivals Fuenlabrada. However, in front of 10,000 emotional fans with many also supporting the visiting oranges, the home team fell and are now just one loss away from dropping into the LEB. For Fuenla, their 72-68 success in this massive derby game cannot be underestimated, for not only did it bring joy to their fans but another year of ACB basketball was secured with the win. A tight game throughout was eked out by Fuenlabrada in the closing stages and Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) was on fire with 19 points including a trio of big three-pointers; Tom Wideman just missed out on an impressive double-double, falling short by one rebound. Dark days indeed for Estudiantes.

Grupo Begar Leon will be playing LEB basketball next season but they at least gave it their all in Girona with a gutsy display to finally go down 82-81. A lack of consistency summed up Leon's season: After dominating the first half to lead by 16 points, a horrific 33-13 third quarter cost them dearly. 25 points and 11 rebounds from the unstoppable Marc Gasol was a killer, as was Victor Sada's 11 assists.

A couple of teams are expecting to survive because of Estu's need to win out in the final three games while hoping someone loses all of theirs: a no longer unthinkable prospect, as both Granada and Valladolid remain vulnerable after weekend losses. Granada went down in another fierce relegation battle in Seville as they were edged 83-78 by Cajasol. Manel Comas and his home team were cheered on by over 7,000 fans as Cajasol produced a strong team performance to claim the victory despite a slow start. Andres Miso was top scorer with 21 points, including 12 points from beyond the arc. Veteran Elmer Bennett continued to prove his worth to the survival campaign with 6 assists.

Valladolid were thrashed 92-69 by Tau Ceramica and have had a very poor 2008 after a decent first half to the season. The latest home loss was comprehensive, with Tau winning every single quarter to cruise to victory behind Pete Mickeal's 20 points. James Singleton continued his comeback from long-term injury and managed 20 minutes of action while Pablo Prigioni served up 8 assists. As usual, only Jospeh Gomis added any flare for Valladolid and 20 points from the Frenchman was the highlight on a low day for Javier Imbroda and his men. Tau continues to cling to home-court advantage for the forthcoming playoffs.

Tau are just about keeping an improving Pamesa Valencia at bay with Coach Katskikaris and his players finding form. Pamesa Valencia picked up an impressive 85-73 win over Bilbao thanks to a strong finish. Five players reached double figures with Ruben Douglas totaling 21 points. Javier Salgado led the resistance for the Basque club with 16 points. Bilbao are now tied with Girona in sixth spot on the table.

Despite going down narrowly in a strange game in Barcelona, Unicaja is clinging to the final playoff spot as their closest rivals Gran Canaria were soundly thrashed by the irrepressible DKV Joventut. Unicaja led for long periods of the game at Palau Blaugrana but faded badly in the middle of the third and final quarters as the home team took the momentum. Despite this, Unicaja still had a chance to win it in the last second, but couldn't, and went down 68-67. Young Turk Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points before fouling out for Barca while Boniface Ndong claimed 15 points and 8 rebounds for Unicaja.

Badalona administered a real beating to Granca by recording a 94-69 win. Rudy Fernandez defied his shoulder problem with 27 points while Jerome Moiso continues to tear up games, this time bagging an impressive double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Gran Canaria will be looking forward to getting back to the Canary Islands for home-court advantage after being badly beaten up on the boards in this one.

Talking of islands, ViveMenorca had a test on their hands when they hosted league leaders Real Madrid, especially as Joan Plaza and his players were still smarting from their bitter home loss last Thursday against DKV Joventut. As expected, the Whites took their frustrations out on Menorca and exited as comfortable winners, 92-69. They started quickly to get the frustration out of their system and the game was over by halftime, as Madrid held a 19-point advantage. 25 points from Felipe Reyes the highlight while Louis Bullock showed he can get the dirty work done by supplementing his 19 points with eight boards.

Finally Ricoh Manresa underlined how poor Polaris World Murcia are on the road with an 81-63 victory in Barcelona. Both teams remain safe, with the home team establishing their intent to pick up a win from the start, opening strong at 26-14 to close the first quarter. 24 points from Rafa Martinez, including 4 three-pointers, were key, as were six assists from Javi Rodriguez. Only Pedro Robles got into double-figures for Murcia in an embarrassing performance. (Edited by Os Davis)


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Real 26-5 
 2. Joventut 24-7 
 3. Barcelona 23-8 
 4. Tau 21-10 
 5. Pamesa 20-11 
 6. Akasvayu 18-13 
 7. Lagun Aro 18-13 
 8. Unicaja 16-15 
 9. G.Canaria 16-17 
 10. Menorca 12-19 
 11. Fuenlabrada 12-19 
 12. Ricoh Man. 12-19 
 13. Cajasol 12-19 
 14. Murcia 12-19 
 15. Grupo Capitol 11-20 
 16. Granada 10-19 
 17. Estudiant. 9-22 
 18. Leon 7-23 


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SWEDEN

Sundsvall Dragons first to enter Finals -by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons swept the Sdertlje Kings in the semifinal series to enter the Finals. Sundsvall await the winner of the other semifinal, with the Solna Vikings holding a two games to one advantage over Plannja Basket.
Sundsvall beat Sdertlje 83-72 in Game 3 to complete the sweep, and by outscoring Sdertlje the Dragons proved once again that are the favorites to take the tournament. Srdan Subotic (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 18 points. Alexander Wesby also nailed 18, whilst Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) scored 17. Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports) and Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) were top scorers for the guests at16 points apiece.
The Solna Vikings took their 2-1 lead over Plannja Basket after an 88-69 home win. Solna got out to a 25-17 lead to end the first quarter. A 23-16 performance in the second period answered all questions about the winner. Plannja Basket tried to recover, outscoring the Vikings 24-22 in the third period, but that was all they could do. Solna closed the game with an 18-12 fourth and can now look forward to finishing off the series away from home in Game 4. Bilal Salaam (201-F-81, college: Kutztown) paced the winners with 19 points. Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77, college: Wagner) scored 15, whilst Willy Beck (188-G-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) added 14. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77, college: Wyoming) finished the night with 19 points in defeat. (Edited by Os Davis)

Solna Vikings 88, Plannja Basket 69
Solna Vikings:Bilal Salaam 19, Lesli Myrthil 15, Willy Beck 14, Rudy Mbemba 10, Nils Hedstrцm 9, Martin Pahlmblad 8, Brandon McKnight 5, Mohamed Neffati 5, Peter Bogner 3, Mikael Hermansson 0
Plannja Basket:John Rosendahl 19, Oladapo Ayuba 12, Terry Williams 12, Fred Drains 10, Hеkan Larsson 10, Albert Burditt 4, Jim Enbom 2

Sundsvall Dragons 83, Sdertlje Kings 72
Sundsvall Dragons:Srdan Subotic 18, Alexander Wesby 18, Joakim Kjellbom 17, Pero Vasiljevic 16, Adam Alexander 14, Arthur James Guyton 0, Per Hultman-Boye 0, Calle Arnold 0.
Sцdertalje Kings:Greg Dilligard 16, Thomas Massamba 16, Jonathan Skjoldebrand 15, Rickard Eriksson 8, Darryl Dora 4, Dino Pita 4, Alexander Wikner-Nordberg 4, Johan Jeansson 3, Tom Lidan 2, Ludwig Degernos 0, Gustav Olheim 0.


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SYRIA

Syria names Bosnjak national team coach -by Mohammed Malas
The Syrian Basketball Federation announced yesterday that they agreed with Serbian Vladimir Bosnjak to be the new head coach of the Syrian men's national team for one year.

Bosnjak previously coached the Libyan national team in 2003, and Iran's in 2004 and 2005. He has also coached professional clubs such as Al Manama (Bahrain), Al Qadsia (Kuwait) and Qatar Club in Qatar.

The first task for Bosnjak in his new role is the West Asia Tournament scheduled for June in Amman, Jordan. (Edited by Os Davis)


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TPBL

TPBL TITLE STAYS IN MIDLAND , TX -by Chris Cardenas

San Angelo, Tx - was the site for game 2 of the TPBL championship series and the Midland Heat made sure it was the last game of the season. With steady guard play from super quick guards Charles Tatum and Ray Williams (23 points each ) the Heat pulled away from the San Angelo Chaparrals to take game 2 and the TPBL title with a 95-76 decision. From the TPBL : CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MIDLAND HEAT FOR 'BACK TO BACK' TPBL CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!!

ALSO : RAY WILLIAMS - 2008 TPBL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES MVP


2009 TPBL league packets are now available for any new teams wanting to join the league for next season. Note : league entry fees for the 2009 season are due November 1, 2008 !! DONT MISS OUT ON ANOTHER GREAT SEASON!!!!

for more league information call the league owner CHRIS CARDENAS @ 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM


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TURKEY

The top 2 teams of the league are now known -by Onur Decani


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Besiktas 23-6 
 2. Efes P. 22-7 
 3. Fenerbahce 20-9 
 4. T.Telekom 19-10 
 5. Antalya 18-11 
 6. Galatasaray 17-11 
 7. Karsiyaka 16-13 
 8. TED Koleji 13-16 
 9. Banvit 13-16 
 10. Mersin 12-17 
 11. Oyak Renault 12-17 
 12. Kepez Bld 11-18 
 13. Selcuk Uni. 10-18 
 14. Darussafaka 9-20 
 15. Alpella 8-21 
 16. Beykoz 8-21 


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Mucho Caliente -SunStroke Hoops Classic -by David Edole
The place is burning up, the place is burning up are lyrics of the song Wet down by JDPP Jammerz and the song was played all night by the DJ at the 10th annual All V.I. Hoops classic. The song was prophetic as both games on the night went down to wire with St. Croix sweeping their St. Thomas counterparts in boys and girls games. Over 1,800 people were in attendance to watch the best the territory had to offer.
Behine MVP Sherice Joseph 17 points, St. Croix outlasted St. Thomas 62-57. Joseph did get help from Shawna Moving and Cheynae Rogers who finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Victoria Hamilton, a junior guard, led St. Thomas with 13 points but was held to just two points in the second half. Lashanda Creque chipped in with 12 and Teandra Richardson finished with 11.
In the boys game, Senior Rashawn Williams put on a show. The smallest player on the court sliced and diced his way to 30 points and MVP honors. Williams also hit two impressive lay ups, which one was a reverse with his back to the basket. Kyle Sylvester (-F-90) chipped in with ten on the winning side.
Ryan Mills led St. Thomas with 21 points with Jefferson Faustin and Michail George tacking on 14 and 11 respectively.

The games will be aired on TV6 if you live on St. Croix over the course of the week.

2008 Slam Dunk Champion: Kerry Rhymer, Central High
2008 Three-Point Shootout Champions: Rebekah Seifer, Country Day; Rashawn Williams, Central High
2008 Skills Competition Champion: Rashawn Williams, Central High
2008 Boys MVP: Rashawn Williams, Central High
2008 Girl's MVP: Sherice Joseph, Central High

Boys Boxscore STX 82, STT 75
St. Thomas All Stars (Red): Ryan Mills, 21; Jefferson Faustin, 14; Michail George, 11; Gerard Wiley, 5; Merwin Potter, 5; Charles Pemberton, 5; Michael Davis, 7; Shamal Caines, 2; Keith Nicholson, 2;
St. Croix All Stars (Grey): Rashawn Williams, 30; Kyle Sylvester, 10; Keshawn Jones, 9; Lamar Bough (-G-91), 9; O'lani Vanterpool (-G-90),, 8; Kaheem Thomas, 5; Mike Komlanc, 3; Kerry Rhymer, 5; Khyle Davis, 2;

Girls Boxscore STX 62, STT 57
St. Thomas All Stars (Red): Victoria Hamilton, 13; LaShanda Creque, 12; T'eandra Richardson, 11; Shari Jarvis, 7; Shayla Kelly, 7; Makeva Aska, 4
St. Croix (Grey): Sherice Joseph, 17; Shawna Moving, 11; Cheynae Rogers, 10; Rebekah Seifer, 8; Shamyra Vanterpool, 6;


Duncan's relief unlikely -by David Edole

SAN ANTONIO - He wasn't supposed to be involved. Not on that fateful play. Not at the end of Saturday's first overtime at the AT&T Center.

But at the last second, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich switched assignments, and Tim Duncan, the play's third option, buried one of the bigger shots of his career.

'In all honesty, I didn't think (the ball) was going to go there,' Popovich said after a 117-115 double-overtime win that gave the Spurs a 1-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Suns.

'But he was exactly where he was supposed to be, and you could imagine my horror when it went in his direction. That's not what we expected.'

The Spurs trailed 104-101 with 12.6 seconds left. Manu Ginobili waited for a Duncan screen near the top of the key and drove left.

Suns center Shaquille O'Neal broke from Duncan and tried to slow Ginobili enough for Steve Nash to catch up, but the Spurs guard had a step.

Ginobili considered driving all the way. He had an open lane. But he was aware of the time. A layup meant the Spurs still needed another possession, so with 6.4 seconds left, Ginobili turned and fired to Duncan, who was feeling confident after nailing an 18-foot jumper a minute earlier.

O'Neal tried to reverse course. Suns guard Raja Bell, standing near the basket, sprinted toward Duncan. But it was too late. The two-time MVP took his time, got his feet under him and drilled his first 3-pointer since March 28, 2007. This one produced a second overtime.

'I had all the time in the world to line it up,' Duncan said. 'I just threw it up there and hoped for the best.'

From the San Antonio bench, Brent Barry wasn't even sure Ginobili knew who he was throwing to. Kurt Thomas wasn't positive Duncan had that kind of range. Popovich feared the worst.

'Whenever Timmy shoots a 3, I have doubt,' he said, joking. 'He's been on me lately for taking his game away and keeping him close to the rim. He thinks he has a lot more to show and I won't allow it. I think he's trying to send me a message.'

Asked how confident he is from such distances, Duncan said, 'Not very.' Then he changed his mind. 'No, I'm very confident. I don't think anybody else is.'

Before the game, the one statistic everyone kept repeating belonged to Duncan. In two games against O'Neal and the Suns, he had shot 15 of 40, averaging 20 points.

In Game 1, he hit 16 of 24 shots, finishing with 40 points, 15 rebounds and a 3-pointer he won't forget anytime soon.

Doug Haller
The Arizona Republic



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UKRAINE

Sumy, Mykolaiv survive -by Alexei Naumov
Rostyslav Kryvych kept his Sumykhimprom in the Ukrainian Superleague playoff race with 38 points in a 117-93 win over Politekhnika-Galychyna.

Yevgen Annenkov and Yaroslav Zubritskiy gave Lviv a 4-0 lead at the start of the contest, but it would prove to be the visitors' first and only advantage in the contest.

Krivych and Troy Devrise ignited Sumy and gave them a 22-11 lead midway through the first quarter, and the margin grew to 12 points by the end of the first quarter at 34-22.

Rostyslav continued to run the show, helping his team win the second and third quarters and reaching its greatest lead, 31 points, with 2 minutes to go in the third.

Sumy had little difficulty holding on for the win and forcing a Game 4 in the best-of-five series on Wednesday.

Devrise added 17 points for Sumy, while Lviv's Alexei Goliakhov led his team with 21.

Meanwhile, MBC Mykolaiv managed to avoid elimination by defeating BC Khimik, 87-74.

Mykolaivs Ivan Gilevych scored 24 points, and young sensation Serhiy Gladyr added 20.

Khimiks Wykeen Kelly, Sasa Bratic and Jarrius Jackson scored 14 apiece.

Playoff stats leaders are available in the statistics section.

Live game scores and stats may now be viewed in English on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation. (Edited by Os Davis)


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URUGUAY

Brazilian center Correa will play for Nacional the Metro League -by Walter Sobrero
With the championship already started, Nacional chose brazilian player to play the Metro League. already played in Uruguay in the League for Olimpia. Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) made his debut in the game where Nacional lost against Larranaga 77-72, and he made 10 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes played. Nacional is 0-3 in the Metro League.
The Metro League is the first time that allows foreign players, and that player can be changed only once.


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VENEZUELA

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Trotamundos 18-5 
 2. Gatos 15-8 
 3. Guaiqueries 13-8 
 4. Cocodrilos 11-8 
 5. Marinos 11-11 
 6. Gaiteros 10-11 
 7. Dep.Tachira 9-10 
 8. Guaros 9-14 
 9. Panteras 7-16 
 10. Gigantes 5-17 




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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Australia slows down after impressive start -by Eurobasket News
The Opals team got to a flying start of the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic tournament as they beat the USA in the opener. But the winning rally was a short one. Australia was upset by the hosts China 64:67 in the second round. Miao Lijie scored 11 points in the first frame and China enjoyed a 21:16 lead after 10 minutes of action. Aussies could not score for about 4 minutes in the second period and never threatened China lead as the home side went into the dressing room up by 8 points 33:25. Australia had a momentum going early in the third stanza as they scored 4 straight points but China kept the visitors at bay and led by 11 before the final quarter. Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) paced the Opals in the final frame but it was not enough for Australia to prevail at the end. Miao Lijie scored 15 points for China. Bian Lan (182-G-86) had 12 points, while Nan Chen (197-C-83) secured another double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) answered with 13 points and 7 boards for Australia. Rohanee Cox and Emma Randall (188-C-85) dropped 12 points apiece in defeat. The Opals outrebounded their opponents 48:24 but committed 24 turnovers and converted just 31% from the field.
The misfortunes continued for Australian team today. The Opals failed to handle Cuba losing 52:60. Both teams entered the game slowly and Cuba led 15:11 after the starting stanza. However Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) fueled a rally from Cuban team that put them up by 10 points at the interval 33:23. Suzy Batkovic sparked Australian comeback effort but injured her wrist midway through the third quarter. She could not continue the game and was sidelined for the reminder of the encounter. The Opals came as close as 4 points late in regulation but Yakelin Plutin was deadly from the charity stripe and sealed the winning outcome for Cuba. She finished with 22 points and 12 boards for Latin American squad. Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) knocked down 15 points and grabbed 12 boards for the winners. Hollie Grima (190-C-83, agency: LBM Management) responded with 10 points for Aussie team. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) had 9 points in a loss. Australia will next face Korea tomorrow.


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AUSTRIA - Women

Flying Foxes claim the first win in Final series -by Eurobasket News
Herzogenburg Flying Foxes 58:76

Flying Foxes reminded that they are the main force in the Austrian womens basketball overwhelming the regular season champions Herzogenburg in the starting game of the Bundesliga Final series. Herzogenburg jumped to an early 15:12 lead and maintained it throughout the second quarter. Flying Foxes trailed by 2 points at the interval but turned out into a difference force right after the break. Wien outfit held the hosts to 22 points in the second part of the encounter accounting for 42 points themselves and driving to an impressive win. Yaneth Arias (188-F-82, agency: Next Level) nailed 31 points to lead all scorers. Sheryl Strobl (168-G-78, college: Niagara) provided 17 points in a winning case. DiAndrea Humpries (170-G-85) notched 26 points for Herzogenburg. Gabriella Szoke (186-C-68) dropped 11 in a loss. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday.

Herzogenburg: DiAndrea Humpries 26, Gabriella Szoke 11
Flying Foxes: Yaneth Arias 31, Sheryl Strobl 17


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BELARUS - Women

Berezina and Olimpia. Time for the Final -by Eurobasket News
Berezina and Olimpia will meet each other in the Final of Belorussian play-offs. The roads to the top series were different for both teams.
Berezina finished the campaign with 2-0 in the series over Victoria. In a road game the team won 78:89 with 16:25 in the opening quarter. Olimpia had 80:86 road win to tie the series away from home and then only in overtime took 82:76 victory.
Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) collected 9 points and 4 rebounds but did not advance to the semis of Russian Play-offs with her team. CSKA smashed her Nadezhda 53:107 in Orenburg. After 23:9 in the opening quarter Nadezhda could not stay in the game with one of the favorite. Hammon led the winners with 24 points. Wauters nailed 22, while Korstine ended up with 15. Yumashina posted 14 points in defeat and Anastasiya Verameyenka had 9.
Ekaterina Snytina (188-F-85)'s Lotos and Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) 's Wisla are 1-1 in the Polish Finals. In the first game Lotos PKO BP beat Wisła Can-Pack Krakow 89:74 as Ekaterina Snytina posted 8 points. In the second game Lotos PKO BP -lost Wisła Can-Pack Krakow 82:89 and now the series is 1-1. Ekaterina Snytina ended up with 3 points in defeat.


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BWBL - Women

TEO beats Cesis in the BWBL Final 2008 !!! -by Eurobasket
The BWBL final match was between Vilnius Teo and Cesis SC Cesis. All game was nervy and until last minute wasnt clear who will gonna winn this competition.
But more experienced girls from Lithuania reached the victory 59:53 (16:11, 15:14, 10:10, 18:18).
President of the league prof. Kazimiera Prunskiene gave to Vilnius Teo wonderful BWBL cup from glass.
Most usefull players in Teo was Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) (17pts., 16reb.) and Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) (10pts.).
Silber medal winners, SC Cesis high scoring players was Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) (14pts.) and Dace Cinite (188-F-82) (9pts.).
During the closing ceremony was also congratulated mos usefull players of all season. Most scoring player was Inna Yegorova, best free throws specialist was Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) and best rebounder was Yelena Savina (186-F-84).
Miss of the championship became Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) from Cesis SC Cesis team.
There was also selected five all star palyers Ieva Tare (185-F-74) (TTT-Riga), Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) (Vilnius Teo), Yelena Savina (Kyiv Tim-Scuf), Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) (Cesis SC Cesis) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) (Vilnius Teo).
Courtesy of Baltic League


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CHINA - Women

China keeps record spotless at Good Luck Beijing tournament -by Eurobasket News
Chinese National team extended their perfect run at the Good Luck Beijing official pre-Olympic test event to three games. In round 2 China narrowly defeated Australia 67:64 in a intriguing clash. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) scored 11 points in the first frame and China enjoyed a 21:16 lead after 10 minutes of action. Aussies could not score for about 4 minutes in the second period and never threatened China lead as the home side went into the dressing room up by 8 points 33:25. Australia had a momentum going early in the third stanza as they scored 4 straight points but China kept the visitors at bay and led by 11 before the final quarter. Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) paced the Opals in the final frame but it was not enough for Australia to prevail at the end. Miao Li Jie scored 15 points for China. Bian Lan (182-G-86) had 12 points, while Nan Chen (197-C-83) secured another double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) answered with 13 points and 7 boards for Australia. Rohanee Cox and Emma Randall (188-C-85) dropped 12 points apiece in defeat. The Opals outrebounded their opponents 48:24 but committed 24 turnovers and converted just 31% from the field.
Earlier today China dismantled New Zealand 73:99 for the third success. China had the momentum going in their favor late in the first frame as they went on a 17:5 run to accumulate a 15-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap to as many as 22 points at the interval. Tall Ferns simply had no answers Nan Chen as she paced China towards impressive and confident victory. Chinese centre bruised Kiwi team for 26 points and 8 boards. Bian Lan delivered 15 points and 7 boards, while Zhang Fan (186-F-84) knocked down 12 points in a win. Angela Marino (166-G-86) answered with 13 points and 4 assists for Tall Ferns. Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) had 11 points and 6 boards, while Micaela Cocks (173-G-86) netted 10 points in defeat. China dominated the boards 40:23 and forced the visitors to 19 turnovers. China converted 60%from the field, while limiting New Zealand to 40% accuracy.


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CUBA - Women

Cuba beats Australia at the Good Luck Beijing tourney -by Eurobasket News
The Cuban National team played two more games at the pre-Olympic official test event in Beijing. Cuba faced the USA in the second round after a win over New Zealand in the starting round. The USA were looking for the initial win at the tournament and got to a 9:0 start. Lisa Leslie terrorized the Cuban defense and finished the first term with 8 points allowing the USA to enjoy a 26:16 advantage after 10 minutes of action. Soon the USA stretched the lead to as many as 20 points. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) had 11 points at the break and her several treys kept Cuba in visibility as they trailed by 17 at halftime. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) knocked down 10 out of her 22 points in the third period and North American side rolled to a 70:47 cushion at three-quarter time. Cuba never recovered in the final frame and lost 60:92. Sylvia Fowles tallied 25 points and 18 boards to pace the USA. Katie Smith (180-G-74, college: Ohio St.) added 19 points for the winners. Suchitel Avila dropped 17 points for Cuba. Yayma Boulet (193-C-83) accounted for 14 points and 10 boards in defeat.
Cuba rebounded pretty quickly and handled Australia in the third round earlier today. Both teams entered the game slowly and Cuba led 15:11 after the starting stanza. However Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) fueled a rally from Cuban team that put them up by 10 points at the interval 33:23. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) sparked Australian comeback effort but injured her wrist midway through the third quarter. She could not continue the game and was sidelined for the reminder of the encounter. The Opals came as close as 4 points late in regulation but Yakelin Plutin was deadly from the charity stripe and sealed the winning outcome for Cuba. She finished with 22 points and 12 boards for Latin American squad. Yayma Boulet knocked down 15 points and grabbed 12 boards for the winners. Hollie Grima (190-C-83, agency: LBM Management) responded with 10 points for Aussie team. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) had 9 points in a loss. Australia will next face Korea tomorrow.


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FYR MACEDONIA - Women

Vigor Skopje and Izgradba Komerc Mladinec to meet in final -by Todor Chalovski
Vigor Skopje beat Biljana 006 in Ohrid, 76-56, in a game 2 semifinal match. Ana Tanturovska scored 34 points for the visitors in taking them to the final to defend their title.

Izgradba Komerc Mladinec made it through to the final in a two-game sweep, thanks to a 78-60 win at Pelister. Anzelika Mitrasinovic scored 34 points for Mladinec.

The final best-of-five series tips off on May 3. Vigor Skopje starts with a 1-0 lead. (Edited by Os Davis)


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GERMANY - Women

DBBL Play-Offs: Semifinals Game Day One -by Moritz Korff
TV Saarlouis - New Basket Oberhausen 82:60
The Royals take the lead in the semifinal-series against Oberhausen after winning game one at home 82:60. The host was ahead 34:28 at halftime and took a major step to victory in the third quarter (29:20). The visitors only shot 28.8% from the field, while the Royals had 47.5%. Desire Almind (180-F-82, college: Bucknell) led the Royals with 16 points and 6 boards, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Petra Manakova (193-F/C-82, college: Oakland) scored 12 points and pulled down 9 boards. Oberhausen got a double-double (21 pts, 11 rbs) from Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine), Bracey Barker (185-F-85, college: Maine) finished the game with 12 points.

TSV Wasserburg - Eisvoegel USC Freiburg 72:60
Wasserburg remains undefeaten in the league and earned a home-win over Freiburg in the first game of the semifinal. The score was 38:29 after 20 minutes and Freiburg cut the lead to five in the third quarter. In the final ten minutes Wasserburg managed to take the first win home by outscoring the guests 20:13. Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) and Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) each tallied 17 points for the defending champion and combined for 17 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) followed with 16 points. Freiburg's Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) answered with 21 points and 8 boards, Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) had 13 points and 7 rebounds.


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GREECE - Women

Apollon Kalamarias, Olympiada Larisas, P.Faliro and DASAL have been promoted to A1 -by Chris Mammides

The four teams which won the right to play in the A1 this coming seazon and that tehy will replace the historic team of Sporting, Iraklis Thessalonikis, AIAS Evosmou and Asteras Exarhion are Apollon Kalamarias, Olympiada Larisas, Paleo Faliro Pireus and DASAL (Ano Liosa)
In their last game the four teams had the following results:
Aris Thivas - Paleo Faliro Pireus 56-59
Hania - Ano Liosa 66-85
Apollon Kalamarias - AE Pylaias 95-51
Olympiada Larissas - AO Triglias 78-58

Attalos and PAOK will compete each other in a special series of play offs, in case any of the teams which are currently participating in the A1 cannot 'afford' to remain in the A1 division so the position will be held from the winner of the game between Attalos and PAOK (Their in between gaem will be held in the neutral stadium of Volos this coming Wednesday 23 of April, 2008)




Match Day 26: Results and Scorers -by George Manousidis
Esperides take the double with the wining of the Greek league.
Sporting defeated by M. Alexandros 89-72 and downgraded to A2 for the first time in its history.

M. ALEXANDROS - SPORTING 89-72
Quarters: 19-15, 38-42, 59-49, 89-72.
M. ALEXANDROS (Syropoulos): Sultan, Anagnostou, Chatzakou 22 (3), Holeva 9, Spyridopouloy 21 (3), Kalpaki, Batsioudi 2, Tsakiridou 11 (1), Reeves 24 (1).
SPORTING (Tsemperis): Ganotis 3 (1), Barmperidou 2, Dais 12 (4), Kasapoglou 14 (2), 12 Balta, Mouzakis, Tierney 21 (1), Malama 8.

PAGCHIAKOS - ATHINAIKOS 79-67
Quarters: 25-19, 20-20, 18-14, 16-14.
PAGCHIAKOS: Blue 13, Valletta 15, Xalivelakis, Kalopita 5 (1), Seretis, Tsaroucha 6, Mastrogiannidou, Roberts 13, Dafkou 15 (1), Zikyridou 12.
ATHINAIKOS (Kalogeropoulos): Daskalopoulou 4, Manoli, Magaliou 2, Soulis 15 (3), Faris 18, Gkouzini 10, Gkerlnts 12 (1), Cosmas 6 (1).

ARIS HOL. - IRAKLIS 88-46
Quarters: 30-6, 54-24, 70-33, 88-46.
ARIS HOL (Mavridis): Tzegiannaki 11 (3), Spinos 2, 8 Ouzouni, Kechagia 8, Magklara 6, Sotiriou 15 (1), Spathari 10 (2), Roidou, Mpoukouvalas, Mentiola 25 (5), Politi 3.
IRAKLIS (Kirkousis): Vlani 10 (2), katopodi 16, Anastasiadou 1, Tremkatzi 12 (2), Kasapi, Kazantzi 2, Bimpiri 5 (1).

SIEMENS - KASTORIA 65-70
Quarters: 17-25, 32-38, 48-56, 65-70.
SIEMENS (Kokkinopoulos): Davitidou 4, Telidou 10, Pavlidou, Giannopoulou 8, Stavridou 22 (1), Sunday 2, Mouli, Tarmpagkou 5, Quigley 14.
KASTORIA (Dimitriadis): Kinkeviciene 19 (5), Papamichail 13, Georgiou 5 (1), Zerva 15, Giannaki 7 (1), Georgorpoulou 6 (2).

PANIONIOS - PANATHINAIKOS 82-61
Quarters: 18-10, 41-36, 64-47, 82-61.
PANIONIIOS (Koroneos): Zerva, Stafrakaki3 (1), Deli 14 (4), Botsari 2, Vasiliou 3 (1), 6 Panayotopoulou, Chalivera 14 (2), Samoroukova 9, Queenan 31 (1), Giannakopoulos.
PANATHINAIKOS (Keramidas): Spatharou 17 (2), Stamatis 10 (2), 2 Papailia, Coggins, Nikolaidou 9, Skibbe 15 (1), Xanthi 2, Gialitaki 4, Kyriakopoulos 2.

ESPERIDES - AIAS EVOSMOU 85-55
Quarters: 32-12, 46-22, 73-39, 85-55.
ESPERIDES (Daglas): Kaletzou 13, Kalogirou, Kavasila 4, Hadjinicolaou 8, Tserou 2, Kaltsidou 18 (3), Saregkou 16, Boni 11 (3), Paschopouloy 3 (1), Panou, Mina, Davis 10.
AIAS EVOSMOU (Makridou): Saksaridou, Boti 7 (1), Griva 21 (2), 5 Kotoula, Karagkouni, Terzopoulou 2, Grammatikopoulou 4, Capetaniou 5, Tamoutseli 11.



Interview with Erica Quigley -by George Manousidis
In the last game of SIEMENS vs. KASTORIA I did a short discussion with Erika Quigley (188-C-84, college: St.Cloud St.) one of the best players of the Greek A1 Women league.

Eurobasket: What is your first impression when you came in Greece and what is your opinion now?
Erika Quigley: The prospect of Greece as a new country with different culture makes me very exciting. The Coach and the President were very welcome. With my teammates was like family from the first moment. They are very good girls.

Eurobasket: And your opinion now?
EQ: Better than you can imagine.

Eurobasket: What is your opinion about the Greek championship?
EQ: The Greek league is more aggressive, slower without fast breaks but you have to play very hard, if you want to be in the winning side.

Eurobasket: Did you note any problem in the organization of the Greek league?
EQ: No, everything was very good. Maybe if the schedule had play offs it would be more competitive.

Eurobasket: During the season, who was the most difficult opponent for you?
EQ: Latoya Davis, the girl makes everything perfect.

Eurobasket: Is it difficult for you to play for every game forty minutes?
EQ: Not at all, I did that and in my college and I m used to do it (she laugh).
But seriously I love basketball and I like to play for forty minutes.

Eurobasket: Now the league is over, do you have plans for vacations or you are going back?
EQ: I will go with my parents in Holland for vacations and relax.


Match Day 25: Results and Scorers -by George Manousidis

Esperides 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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ISRAEL - Women

Final first round results -by Gil Goshen

Bnot Hash - Elitzur Ramla 73:64.

Bnot Hsharon won the first game on the final vs. Ramla 73:64.

For Bnot Hsharon :
Mistie Williams 13 pts 6 rb. Agency GG basketball.
Abiola Wabara 12 pts 6rb. Agency GG basketball
Tanisha Wright, 23 points , 10 rb, 9 ast. Agency GG basketball
Ornit Shwartz 13 pts
Chen Nusel 8 points.

For Ramla:


Michelle Snow 23 pts, 11 rebs
Sherill Baker 8 points
Shay Doron 8 points.
Jackie Johnson 4 points.
Laine Selwyn 10 points.
Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, college: Penn St.)


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ITALY - Women

Standings A2 Women -by Carlo Grilli
A2 Standings
Group A
 1. Marghera 23-4 
 2. Bologna 22-5 
 3. San Giovanni 21-6 
 4. Crema 19-8 
 5. Udine 18-9 
 6. Reggio Emilia 17-10 
 7. Cavezzo 17-10 
 8. Broni 13-14 
 9. San Bonifacio 11-16 
 10. Cervia 10-17 
 11. Firenze 9-18 
 12. Bolzano 9-18 
 13. Carugate 8-19 
 14. Val Di Taro 8-19 
 15. Muggia 6-21 
 16. Ivrea 5-22 
Group B
 1. Ancona 22-5 
 2. Pontedera 22-5 
 3. Chieti 19-8 
 4. Siena 17-10 
 5. Umbertide 17-10 
 6. Livorno 17-10 
 7. Rende 16-11 
 8. S.Elpidio 15-12 
 9. Cagliari CUS 14-13 
 10. Cagliari Ic. 12-15 
 11. Alcamo 11-16 
 12. Battipaglia 9-18 
 13. Napoli 8-19 
 14. Alghero 8-19 
 15. Palestrina 5-22 
 16. Valdarno 4-23 


Napoli evened the series; Schio advanced to the final -by Carlo Grilli
Playoff, semifinals, game-2:

Phard Napoli - Levoni Taranto 77 - 70 (series 1-1)
(26-12, 44-33, 59-45)
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. , Cirone M. 14 (2/5, 1/1), Mauriello P. 1 (0/2), Sara Giauro (190-C-79) 13 (5/8), Barnes A. 9 (3/7, 0/2), Gentile I. 5 (1/2, 0/1), Horasan Y. 6 (3/8), Ndiaye A. 8 (3/5), Lesdema N. dnp, Holland-Corn K. 21 (5/7, 3/5). Coach Molino Nino
LEVONI TARANTO: Balleggi M. 6 (3/8), Corbani C. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Greco M. 12 (6/13, 0/1), Zimerle A. 5 (1/3, 1/7), Sauret Gillespie A. 4 (1/4), Summerton L. 12 (3/5), Prado F. dnp, Frohlich L. 10 (5/7, 0/1), Brunson R. 19 (7/19, 1/1), Masoni M. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo

Umana Venezia - Famila Wuber Schio 62 - 68 ot (series 0-2, Schio joins final)
(22-17, 36-32, 47-46, 59-59)
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 11 (0/1, 3/4), Modica F. 2 (1/4, 0/1), Johnson S. 16 (2/5, 3/6), Sanford N. 7 (3/7), Andrade M. 2 (1/5, 0/1), Nadalin J. 6 (3/9), Giauro E. 5 (2/7), Romagnoli A. dnp, Vujovic A. 13 (0/1, 2/6), Zampieri A. dnp. Coach Riga Massimo
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Moro E. 3 (0/1, 1/3), Butler D. 6 (2/4), Donaphin B. 6 (3/7, 0/1), Tassara S. 5 (1/2, 1/1), Rosi Sanchez (175-G-74) 4 (1/2, 0/1), Masciadri R. 11 (1/5, 2/5), Ngoyisa B. 9 (3/4), Ress K. 4 (2/4), Ciampoli F. dnp, Macchi L. 20 (1/4, 4/5). Coach Orlando Sandro


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LATVIA - Women

TEO beats Cesis in the BWBL Final 2008 -by Gunars Gailitis
The BWBL final match was between Vilnius Teo and Cesis SC Cesis. All game was nervy and until last minute wasnt clear who will gonna winn this competition.
But more experienced girls from Lithuania reached the victory 59:53 (16:11, 15:14, 10:10, 18:18).
President of the league prof. Kazimiera Prunskiene gave to Vilnius Teo wonderful BWBL cup from glass.
Most usefull players in Teo was Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) (17pts., 16reb.) and Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) (10pts.).
Silber medal winners, SC Cesis high scoring players was Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) (14pts.) and Dace Cinite (188-F-82) (9pts.).
During the closing ceremony was also congratulated mos usefull players of all season. Most scoring player was Inna Yegorova, best free throws specialist was Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) and best rebounder was Yelena Savina (186-F-84).
Miss of the championship became Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) from Cesis SC Cesis team.
There was also selected five all star palyers Ieva Tare (185-F-74) (TTT-Riga), Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) (Vilnius Teo), Yelena Savina (Kyiv Tim-Scuf), Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) (Cesis SC Cesis) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) (Vilnius Teo).
Courtesy of Baltic League


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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO triumphed for the 9th straight time in BWBL -by Eurobasket News
TEO from Vilnius celebrated the 9th straight win in Baltic League. Riga saw another triumph of the best team in BWBL this year.
In the semifinals TTT Riga lost to TEO 46:52 with 6:21 for the visitors in the opening quarter. Riga was a host of the Final Four, but looked very nervous in the beginning of the game. Later on TTT Riga did not lose in the three other quarters, but could not catch up the leader. Valuzyte led the winners with 12 points. Bimbaite and Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) followed her with 10 apiece. White top-scored for the hosts with 11 points.
In the second semifinal Cesis overcame Ukrainian TIM-SCUF 75:65. The second quarter was decisive in the game after which team from Kiev could not recover. Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) led the winners with 21 points, while Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) scored 14 points in defeat and Irina Krasnoshchek added 13.
In the game for the third pace TTT Riga stun TIM-SCUF 78:59. It was a good game where even Ukrainian team was ready to take bronze. They however did not leave enough strength to stay in the last period. A 29:12 in the final stanza was fatal for TIM-SCUF. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. White netted 15, whilst Riley had 14. Faskhuldinova led the guests with 21 points in the losing clause.
TEO and Cesis entered the FINAL with the only task to win. Cesis is the new team of the league, however had a real battle with the titan. Thanks to the first half TEO triumphed with 59:53. In a defensive game Lithuanian team grabbed 16:11 in the opening quarter and then increased to 6 points at the half. The second half saw the even battle as the teams tied both quarters at 10:10 and 18:18. Gintare Petronyte led the winners with 17 points. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) nailed 10 and Bimbaite posted 9. Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) was the best in the losing effort with 14 points. As a result the most difficult Final Four win for TEO and thanks to Riga for great hostility.

Semifinals
Cesis - TIM-SCUF 75 : 65 ( 23 : 18, 24 : 17, 16 : 16, 12 : 14 )

Cesis: Nykesha Sales 21, Willnett Crockett 19+12 rebs
TIM-SCUF: Lamisha Augustine 14, Irina Krasnoshchek 13

TTT Riga -TEO 46 : 52 ( 6 : 21, 13 : 10, 14 : 14, 13 : 7 )
TTT Riga: White 11, Baiba Eglite (174-G-89) 8, Brumermane 6
TEO: Valuzyte 12, Bimbaite 10, Gintare Petronyte 10

Game for the 3rd place
TTT Riga-TIM-SCUF 78 : 59 ( 19 :14, 16 : 17, 14 : 16, 29 : 12 )
TTT Riga: Ieva Tare 19, White 15, Riley 14
TIM-SCUF: Faskhuldinova 21, Yelena Savina (186-F-84) 15, Fleischer 10

FINAL
TEO -Cesis 59 : 53 ( 16 : 11, 15 : 14, 10 : 10, 18 : 18 )

TEO: Gintare Petronyte 17,Jurgita Streimikyte 10, Bimbaite 9
Cesis: Jessica Moore 14, Crockett 9, Cinite 9


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MOLDOVA - Women

Krasnoshchek ended up the season in Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
Irina Krasnoshchek and her Ukrainian TIM-SCUF finished fourth in Baltic league this season, but looked not worse than the opponents. In the semifinal game Cesis took 75:65 to send Kiev team to play for the third place. The second quarter was decisive in the game after which team from Kiev could not recover. Nykesha Sales led the winners with 21 points, while Willnett Crockett collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lamisha Augustine scored 14 points in defeat and Irina Krasnoshchek (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) added 13.
In the game for the third pace TTT Riga stun TIM-SCUF 78:59. It was a good game where even Ukrainian team was ready to take bronze. They however did not leave enough strength to stay in the last period. A 29:12 in the final stanza was fatal for TIM-SCUF. Ieva Tare top-scored for the winners with 19 points. LaTanya White netted 15, whilst Riley had 14. Faskhuldinova led the guests with 21 points in the losing clause. Irina Krasnoshchek produced 4 points and 5 rebounds.
It was a good season for the Ukrainian team which is still alive in the Ukrainian Play-offs. Now the task will be to win the Trophy in the country against the winner of the regular season Dnipro.


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MONTENEGRO - Women

MNT Super-League: Buducnost victorious in Niksic, easy win for Jedinstvo -by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby games of Round 4 of the Montenegrin women's basketball Super-League, Buducnost of Podgorica defeated Roling Basketball Club at Niksic, 79-68 (scoring by quarters, 23-21; 21-11; 16-12; 19-24). For Buducnost, high scorer was Iva Perovanovic with 30 points, with good play contributed by Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) and Culafic with 12 points. Of note for Roling were Saponic with 19 points and Dragana Vukovic (190-C-78) with 15 points and 8 rebounds. In the other Round 4 game, it was Jedinstvo over BC Castel Nuovo, 81-54. (Edited by Os Davis)

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


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Tall Ferns still looking for a win in Beijing -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand National team lost three straight games at the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic tournament. After the starting loss to Cuba Tall Ferns then were beaten by Korea and China.
In the second round of the competition New Zealand clashed with another underdog team Korea. Kim Jung Eun (181-F-87) erupted with 26 points to propel Korea to a 90:78 victory. Asian team came out firing and converted impressive 72% from the field to succeed. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) had 18 points, while Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) dropped 13 in a winning case. Korea led by 4 after the first term and widened the margin to 9 points at the break. Tall Ferns got into foul trouble early and failed to revive the intrigue in this one suffering the second loss in a row. Angela Marino (166-G-86) provided 22 points and 5 boards in defeat. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) scored 18 points and collected 7 rebounds for Kiwis. Tall Ferns outrebounded their opponents 31:26 but suffered 20 turnovers down the stretch.
Earlier today New Zealand team took on hosting China and was dismantled 73:99. China had the momentum going in their favor late in the first frame as they went on a 17:5 run to accumulate a 15-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap to as many as 22 points at the interval. Tall Ferns simply had no answers Nan Chen (197-C-83) as she paced China towards impressive and confident victory. Chinese centre bruised Kiwi team for 26 points and 8 boards. Bian Lan (182-G-86) delivered 15 points and 7 boards, while Zhang Fan (186-F-84) knocked down 12 points in a win. Angela Marino answered with 13 points and 4 assists for Tall Ferns. Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) had 11 points and 6 boards, while Micaela Cocks (173-G-86) netted 10 points in defeat. China dominated the boards 40:23 and forced the visitors to 19 turnovers. China converted 60%from the field, while limiting New Zealand to 40% accuracy.


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POLAND - Women

Finals FGE: Lotos PKO BP - Wisla Can-Pack 1:1 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Lotos PKO BP - Wisła Can-Pack Krakw 82:89 (18:23, 24:26, 20:17, 20:23)
Lotos PKO BP: Chamique Holdsclaw 31, Dominique Canty 20, Anna Breitreiner 13, Slobodanka Maksimovic 6, Alana Beard 5, Jekaterina Snicyna 3, Marta Jujka 2, Magdalena Leciejewska 2, Natalia Waligrska 0, Patrycja Gulak 0.
Wisła Can-Pack: Candice Dupree 17, Kara Braxton 16, Anna DeForge 14, Marta Fernandez 12, Jelena Skerovic 12, Anna Wielebnowska 11, Agnieszka Pałka 7


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PUERTO RICO - Women

La Diosa on fire in Spain -by Alessandro Fontana
VALENTIN IN SPAIN
In Spain, Tenerife Aguere was defeated by Jovent Pama de Mallorca 54-51. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, college: Indiana) played 39 minutes and She scored 17 points (7/15 2pts, 1/9 3pts) with 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
She played this year an incredible season in Spain. It is a great period for 'La Diosa' who this summer won also the Caricom with her national team.
La Diosa is the best scorer of the second Spanish division with 20.5 ppg, she is also the best player at the Free Throws with more than 90% (91.1%).
Valentin is showing in Europe all her talent, It is a great season for her but unfortunately her team Tenerife Aguere has only a 6-19 standings (they have only to play the last game against Lima Horta).
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA - Women

Three teams advanced to the semis -by Eurobasket News
Three favorites of Russian Superleague decided not to postpone their semifinal voyage and swept their Quarterfinals series. All of them celebrated the wins away from home.
CSKA smashed Nadezhda 53:107 in Orenburg. After 23:9 in the opening quarter Nadezhda could not stay in the game with one of the favorite. Hammon led the winners with 24 points. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) nailed 22, while Korstine ended up with 15. Tatiana Yumashina (167-G-87) posted 14 points in defeat and Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) had 9.
Spartak beat Dynamo Kursk 74:80 in a very good game produced by the hosts. For the first three quarters they stayed even with the winner of the Euroleague, but failed only in the end of the game. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) led all the winners with 15 points, while Thompson and Lauren Jackson had 14 each. Bocharova top-scored for the hosts with 23 points.
UMMC advanced to the semis after a win over Dynamo Energiya 54:97. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) poured in 17 points and made 7 rebounds. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) had 16 and Jones nailed 15. Melentyeva produced 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
In the game between BC Moscow and Vologda there will be a third game as the latter tied the series. A 85:81 in Game 2 makes this series the most interesting so far. Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) led the winners with 22 points. Sapova and Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) nailed 18 points each. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) resisted for the guests with 27 points. Game 3 is scheduled for April 22.


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Ruzomberok and Kosit 2013 are inch away from Final -by Eurobasket News
Ruzomberok and Kosit 2013 stepped closer to the championship series with respective wins in the semifinal series. Both teams are now 2-0 ahead in the best-of-five series and need to make one more final push to book their Final tickets.
Kosit 2013 had little problems with their town rivals Viktoria yesterday beating them 88:53. Kosit ignited a scoring fury in the starting stanza accounting for 39 points and building a 39:14 lead. They slowed down for a while in the next two frames maintaining the distance. However Kosit showed they can also defend well holding the hosts to miserable 2 points in the fourth stanza and claiming a confident victory at the end. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) paced Kosit with 26 points and 9 boards. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) dropped 16 points and Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82, college: Youngstown St.) added 15 in a win.
Meanwhile Ruzomberok had to work harder to overcome Nitra 63:52 away from home. Nitra fought bravely and kept it close to the favorites in the first half. However a strong performance from Regina Palusna (192-C-89) allowed the visiting side to enjoy a 35:29 lead at halftime. Nitra stayed at a striking distance throughout the third period and trimmed the gap to 5 points but Ruzomberok prevailed in the dying moments of the encounter escaping with a key win in the series. Regina Palusna finished with 25 points and 11 boards. Lindsey Wilson (176-81) netted 17 points and Ifeoma Okonkwo (183-F-84, college: Northwestern) provided 12 points and 12 boards for the winners. The could-be decisive third games in the series are scheduled for Thursday.


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SOUTH KOREA - Women

Korea earns first win in Good Luck Beijing, then falls to Team USA -by Eurobasket News

The Korean women's national team celebrated their first win in the Good Luck Beijing 2008 tournament, overcoming New Zealand in the second round of action to improve to 1-1 for the competition. Kim Jung Eun (181-F-87) erupted with 26 points to propel Korea to a 90-78 victory.

The Asian team came out firing and converted an impressive 72% from the field to succeed. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) had 18 points, while Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) dropped in 13 for the winners. Korea led by four after the first quarter and widened its lead to 9 points at the break. The Tall Ferns got into foul trouble early and failed to revive the intrigue in this one, suffering its second consecutive loss. Angela Marino (166-G-86) provided 22 points and 5 boards in defeat.


South Korea next faced the world's top-seed, Team USA. Korea could only keep it close for the first five minutes of the game. Then Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) and Lisa Leslie (196-C-72, college: USC) nailed a bunch of buckets and the North American players ran out to a double-digit lead. Overwhelming dominance under the rims allowed the USA to build a 39-28 buffer at halftime. Korea trimmed it to 10 points midway through the third period, but the USA opened up a 19-point lead with one quarter to go. Korea put up little resistance in the final stanza and suffered its second loss at the tournament. Sylvia Fowles notched 20 points and 10 boards.


Lisa Leslie contributed 16 points and 12 boards, while Candice Wiggins (180-G-87, college: Stanford) and Katie Smith (180-G-74, college: Ohio St.) had 11 points apiece for the winning side. Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) and Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) nailed 13 points apiece for Korea. Team USA outrebounded their opponents 57-18 and converted 53% from the field. (Edited by Os Davis)



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SPAIN - Women

Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Ros Casares 22-3 
 2. Perfumerias 19-6 
 3. EBE Promoc. 19-6 
 4. Acis-Incosa 17-8 
 5. Rivas Futura 15-10 
 6. Real C.Vigo 14-11 
 7. Extrugasa 12-13 
 8. Cajacanar. 10-15 
 9. Cadi la Seu 10-15 
 10. Olesa 9-16 
 11. Hondar.-Irun 9-16 
 12. Mann Filter 7-18 
 13. Badajoz 7-18 
 14. Burgos 5-20 


Last but one -by Eurobasket News
Round 25 waived to all the Spanish teams and there is only one more round remain in the regular season. Ros Casares could celebrate the win early in the season, but the battle for the second place still exists.
Ros Casares overcame Burgos 60:83 to improve to 22-3 record. The game was not hard for the favorites especially after the first half of the game. Ros Casares used a 29:15 in the second period for a 18 points lead at the halftime. Burgos won the last period 19:15 but did not upset the visitors. Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) led the winners with 16 points. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and De Souza followed her with 13 points each. Anna Cruz (175-G-86) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
Perfumerias and EBE Promociones share the second with 19-6 record. Perfumerias beat Extremadura 91:64 at home. The easy wins in the first three quarters did not leave a chance for the guests. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) paced the winners with 20 points. Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) posted 12, while Tracy Reid (182-F/G-76, agency: Merit Sports, college: N.Carolina) scored 11. Lorena Infantes (-81) produced 14 points in the losing clause.
EBE Promociones stun Mann Filter 82:70 due to the last 16:11 quarter. Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) led the way with 20 points each. Thyra Liljestrand (178-G-80) followed them with 16. Nascimento top-scored with 20 points for the visitors.


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SWEDEN - Women

Solna Vikings ties the series at 2-2 -by Eurobasket News

An outstanding Final series is on the way to end in Swedish Play-offs. The spectators however lucky to see all the games that were scheduled in the Final. Solna Vikings grabbed the road win and expect a home game on April 22.
Solna Vikings will have a home court advantage in the last game of the Final. Playing away from home Solna grabbed the win over Telge 64:74. The visitors took a lead after the first 10 minutes of the game ad had 20:15 advantage. In a back-to-back second period Solna Vikings luckily increased to 6 points before the half time.
After 20:18 in the third period the game was almost close at 55:51. Entering the last period Solna realized that it could be the last quarter in the series, however they enlarged the series to at least four more periods. A 15:9 in the final quarter saw the series tied at 2-2. Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) paced the winners with 17 points. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) netted 16, while Christy Bacon had 15. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) top-scored for the hosts with 22 points.

The Final Game 5 is scheduled on April 25th.

Telge - Solna Vikings 64-74
Telge: Frida Eldebrink 22, Erica Blomgren (179-F-83) 14, Louice Halvarsson 10, Elin Eldebrink 10, Shelley Hammonds 4, Josefin Olheim 4, Linda Stеhlberg 0, Cleopatra Forsman 0, Camilla Osth 0
Solna Vikings: Katarina Andersson 17, Jurgita Kausaite 16, Christy Bacon 15, Michaela Livijn 10, Jennifer Harris 8, Elisabeth Egnell 6, Anna Hцglund 2, Helena Klackenberg 0



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UKRAINE - Women

Tim Skuf finishes 4th in Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian TIM-SCUF finished fourth in Baltic league this season, but looked not worse than the opponents. In the semifinal game Cesis took 75:65 to send Kiev team to play for the third place. The second quarter was decisive in the game after which team from Kiev could not recover. Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) led the winners with 21 points, while Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) scored 14 points in defeat and Irina Krasnoshchek (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) added 13.
In the game for the third pace TTT Riga stun TIM-SCUF 78:59. It was a good game where even Ukrainian team was ready to take bronze. They however did not leave enough strength to stay in the last period. A 29:12 in the final stanza was fatal for TIM-SCUF. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. LaTanya White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) netted 15, whilst Riley had 14. Faskhuldinova led the guests with 21 points in the losing clause.
It was a good season for the Ukrainian team which is still alive in the Ukrainian Play-offs. Now the task will be to win the Trophy in the country against the winner of the regular season Dnipro.

Semifinals
Cesis - TIM-SCUF 75 : 65 ( 23 : 18, 24 : 17, 16 : 16, 12 : 14 )

Cesis: Nykesha Sales 21, Willnett Crockett 19+12 rebs
TIM-SCUF: Lamisha Augustine 14, Irina Krasnoshchek 13

3rd place
TTT Riga-TIM-SCUF 78 : 59 ( 19 :14, 16 : 17, 14 : 16, 29 : 12 )

TTT Riga: Ieva Tare 19, LaTanya White 15, Riley 14
TIM-SCUF: Faskhuldinova 21, Yelena Savina (186-F-84) 15, Fleischer 10


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WNBA - Women

Its all about winning for the USA -by Eurobasket News
The top-ranked USA team rebounded after a sour first round loss to Australia and started to pile up wins. They faced Cuba in the second round. The USA were looking for the initial win at the tournament and got to a 9:0 start. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) terrorized the Cuban defense and finished the first term with 8 points allowing the USA to enjoy a 26:16 advantage after 10 minutes of action. Soon the USA stretched the lead to as many as 20 points. Suchitel Avila (6'0''-F-82) had 11 points at the break and her several treys kept Cuba in visibility as they trailed by 17 at halftime. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) knocked down 10 out of her 22 points in the third period and North American side rolled to a 70:47 cushion at three-quarter time. Cuba never recovered in the final frame and lost 60:92. Sylvia Fowles tallied 25 points and 18 boards to pace the USA. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) added 19 points for the winners. Suchitel Avila dropped 17 points for Cuba. Yayma Boulet (6'4''-C-83) accounted for 14 points and 10 boards in defeat.
Next the USA took on Korea and stormed to a 92:56 success. Korea kept it close just throughout the first 5 minutes of the game. Then Sylvia Fowles and Lisa Leslie nailed a bunch of buckets and the North American players spurred ahead to a double-digit lead. An overwhelming dominance under the rims allowed the USA to build a 39:28 buffer at halftime. Korea trimmed it to 10 points midway through the third period but the USA opened up a 19-point lead with one quarter to go in the game. Korea had little arguments in the final stanza and suffered the second loss at the tournament. Sylvia Fowles notched 20 points and 10 boards. Lisa Leslie contributed 16 points and 12 boards, while Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) and Katie Smith had 11 points apiece for the winning side. Jung Sun Min (6'1''-C-74) and Beon Yeon Ha (6'0''-F-80) nailed 13 points apiece for Korea. The USA team outrebounded their opponents 57:18 and converted 53% from the field.