EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/23/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Coach Mihailo Uvalin close to Crvena Zvezda! -by Dragan Jankovski
According to Serbian media and sources close to the club, Crvena Zvezda of Belgrade is very close to agreeing on terms with well-respected Serbian coach Mihailo Uvalin.

Uvalin is currently successfully employed by Polish team Polpak of Swiecie, who advanced to the quarterfinals of Poland's DBE. The team outplayed Anwil last night to equalize the series at 2-2. In the past, Uvalin worked for Serbian team Mega Ishrana; for three years he coached Telindus Oostende, with whom he won the 2005-2006 Belgian championship.

Uvalin has nice experience working with Crvena Zvezda, as well, as he spent couple of seasons with the senior and junior teams. (Edited by Os Davis)


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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

21st Arab Clubs Championship to begin tomorrow -by Mohammed Malas

The Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan will wittness the oppening of the 21st edition of the Arab Clubs Championship which will resume until the 6th of May under the participation of the top 15 teams in the arab world.

# 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)

# Day 1 Games:
- Wednesday 23rd of April:
16:00 Qatar - An Nasr (UAE)
18:00 Fes - An Nasr (LIB)
20:15 Zain - Al Tilal

# Teams imports:
* Group A:
- Zain:
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) 'USA'
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) 'USA'
Jamal Sampson (209-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: California) 'USA'
- Qatar Club:
Jerry Holman (209-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Minnesota) 'USA'
Ishmael Joyce (190-G-81, college: Jackson St.) 'USA'
Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Minnesota) 'USA'
- An Nasr (UAE):
Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Marquette) 'USA'
Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.) 'USA'
Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) 'USA'
- Al Tilal:
Pape Ba (205-F/C-81, college: Bethune-Cookman) 'Senegal'
Sulaiman Diop (200-C-88) 'Senegal'

* Group B:
- Al Ittihad Jeddah:
Jerod Ward (206-F/G-76, college: Michigan) 'USA'
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) 'USA'
Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) 'USA'
- Maghreb De Fas:
Alpha Traore (188-G-83) 'Senegal'
Abdou Diame (206-F/C-81, college: Jacksonville St.) 'Senegal'
Matar N'Baye (192-G) 'Senegal'
- Al Nasr (LBA):
None
- De La Salle:
None

* Group C:
- Orthodox:
Kevin Jobity (207-F/C-74, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Niagara) 'Canada'
Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) 'USA'
Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) 'USA'
- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
Tony Madison (190-G-71, agency: China-Hoop, college: New Orleans) 'USA'
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) 'Egypt'
Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) 'USA'
- Al Kahraba Electricity:
None
- Al Manama:
Faraj Abdulla (203-C/F-75) 'Nigiria'
Abdulla Kutaiba (197-F/G-80) ''Iraq'
Albert Mouring (191-G-79, college: Connecticut) 'USA'

* Group D:
- Al Kuwait SC:
Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) 'USA'
Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) 'USA'
Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) 'USA'
- Sagesse:
Kevin Johnson (202-F-79, college: Tulsa) 'USA'
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) 'Sierra Leone'
Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) 'USA'
- As Seeb:
Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) 'USA'



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ARGENTINA

TNA: semifinals -by Facundo Iatzky
With the victory of first seed Union Sunchales over Atletico Echague in the fifth game of the quarterfinals serie, The semifinals draw is done.

Union Sunchales - Ciclista Olimpico La Banda

Lanus - Argentino Junin

The winners of both series will advance to Liga A the next season. Union sunchales is the favorite but Olimpico is a good team and can get in trouble to Union, as Echague did. On the other hand, Lanus and Argentino will face each other in a very competitive serie. Lanus had a better regular season, but Argentino is the surpirse of the playoffs so anything can happen.


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AUSTRIA

Wels forces game 4, Kapfenberg takes the lead -by Stefan Heinrich
In the third gameday of the Quarterfinals WBC Wels won their homegame against the champion from Gmunden and they forced game 4 on Thursday with a 84:75 win. Wels led almost the entire game as Gmunden had a terrible start in the game and they were down 14:0 after 4 minutes.

Kapfenberg celebrated a blow-out win against the Traiskirchen Lions and they were able to give a lot of rest to their key playes. They won the game 112:79 and they have the chance to close the series on Thursday on their home-court.

WBC Wels - Gmunden Swans 84:75
WBC: Tilo Klette (205-C/F-77) 20, Palmer 19, Woschank 12, Davis 11, Archibald 10, Anderson 10, Pargfrieder 2
Swans: Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) 16, Mayer 15, Mayes 11, Hutter 9, Boylan 9, Stelzer 8, Sullivan 4, Schoninger 3

Kapfenberg Bulls - Traiskirchen Lions 112:79
Bulls: Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 28, Ray 16, Zeleznik 14, Forrestal 12, Suljanovic 10, Josipovic 10, Grgat 7, Lanegger 6, Hallett 6, Knabl 3
Lions: Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) 16, Bjelica 14, Rhynes 14, Vickery 9, Geisler 6, Milosevic 6, Paliashchuk 5, Nicoara 5, Zekovic 3, Bokanovic 1


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Hauptrunde 1
 1. Oberwart 26-10 
 2. Furstenfeld 25-11 
 3. Gmunden 25-11 
 4. Arkadia 23-13 
 5. Kapfenberg 22-14 
 6. Wels 20-16 
 7. Klosterneub. 18-18 
 8. St.Polten 12-24 
Hauptrunde 2
 1. Worthersee 7-4 
 2. Gussing 7-4 
 3. Vienna 5-6 
 4. UBSC Graz 2-9 


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BAHRAIN

MUHARRAQ CHAMPION -by Yousef Ahmed

MUHARRAQ won their first-ever championship in the Bahrain Basketball League last night with a thrilling 86-84 triumph over Manama to sweep the finals series in two games.

Guard Mohammed Abdulmajeed provided the endgame heroics for the victors, scoring seven consecutive points including two pressure-packed free-throws with seven seconds remaining to ice the win.

Muharraq, who headed into the title-deciding match-up as underdogs, defied all odds to end their season with four straight wins against the kingdom's most storied basketball teams - they first swept Al Ahli in the semifinals, and then took care of Manama without missing a beat.

'No one believed in us, but we never doubted ourselves,' Muharraq head coach American John Wojtak told the GDN during post-game celebrations. 'It was very difficult to beat Ahli two games in a row, and then back it up with two games against Manama. I don't think anybody else could have done that. This team is truly special.'

Abdulmajeed made a back-breaking three-pointer with 43 seconds to play that gave Muharraq the lead for good, 82-80. He was later fouled off a defensive rebound with seven seconds remaining, and he made both free-throws for an 86-82 lead.

Ahmed Qaheri then sank his own pair to cut the lead to two once more. And after Muharraq's Mohammed Hassan missed two from the charity stripe on the other hand, Hani Alam took a desperation off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer that was well off the mark, handing their rivals the win.

Muharraq had previously won three national Cup titles, most recently in 2004, but had always come short in the league finals.

'I've been with the club for 10 years, and to get this first championship is really sweet,' Hassan said. 'I dedicate this in the memory of my mother, who passed away some years ago. This is for her, and I hope to get her some more.'

Hassan was Muharraq's top-scoring Bahraini, finishing with 13 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Abdulmajeed add another 12 points.

US import Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) finished with a game-high 31 points for winners. He also had a solid defensive effort with three steals and two blocks. Roberts won a heated one-on-one battle against his compatriot and counterpart Donald Little, who had 23 points and 17 boards for Manama.

'I felt that I had to make some baskets in the last minute; all the defence was concentrated on Hassan and Roberts, so I took my man on and was able to beat him,' said Abdulmajeed.

Added Roberts: 'It was a tough game, but we came through in the end.'

Muharraq took a commanding 56-39 lead into halftime. Manama star Mahmood Ghuloom then teamed up with Mohammed Hussain to lead a strong fight back in the third period, during which they outscored their opponents by 16 points to cut the deficit to one, 64-63, with a quarter to go.

Manama, this year's Cup champions, then took their first lead of the game, 77-76, on a fast-break triple from Qaheri a minute to play. But after trading baskets on the next couple of possessions, Abdulmajeed came up with the endgame heroics.

'This win feels different,' said Muharraq's veteran forward Abdulmajeed Shahram, who had in the past won several titles as Manama's star player. 'I am really thankful to the team for bringing me here. My loyalty is to them now, and I hope to contribute what I can to win more titles.'

The teams were presented their respective trophies by Bahrain Basketball Association president Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, along with Bahrain Table Tennis Association president Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Muharraq governor Salman bin Hindi, and other invited guests and officials.

Scorers:

Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) 31, Mohammed Hassan 13, Mohammed Abdulmajeed 12, Yasser Bu Naffour 11, Ahmed Al Doy 9, Isa Ebrahim 5, Abdulmajeed Shahram 5.

Manama: Mahmood Ghuloom 24, Donald Little 23, Mohammed Hussain 14, Ahmed Qaheri 8, Mohammed Najaf 5, Hani Alam 4, Hassan Ebrahim 3, Nooh Najaf 3.

SOURCE: GDN



Top clubs eye regional titles -by Yousef Ahmed

BAHRAIN'S two most successful basketball clubs will be aiming to translate their local achievements into regional titles this week in separate high-profile tournaments. Fifteen-time league champions Manama are set to represent the kingdom in this year's Arab Clubs Basketball Championships in Amman which tips off tomorrow, while 14-time winners Al Ahli are to take to the hardwood for the GCC Clubs Championships in Doha which gets underway on Thursday.

Manama depart for Jordan today while Ahli make the short trip to Qatar tomorrow.

Manama, who won this year's national cup competition but lost the league final to rivals Muharraq, have boosted their already formidable line-up with three key additions. The team has added Nigerian centre Boniface Edeghe, who played in the latter half of this year's league with Al Hala.

Also joining the team is Iraqi national team forward Qutaiba Abdulla, who has played with Bahrain Club the past two seasons; and American point guard Albert Mouring, who has had a previous stint with Manama in the past.

Among the old reliables who will prove key to the team's success will be sharpshooters Mahmood Ghuloom and Mohammed Hussain, role players Hassan Ebrahim and Hani Alam, and seasoned veterans Nooh and Mohammed Najaf.

'Our team is ready,' assistant coach Ahmed Hamza told the GDN. 'We have been preparing very hard, and our players are eager to play. We like the team we have assembled, and although we have been placed in a very strong group, we will do our best and fight for wins.'

Manama, headed by former national team head coach Salman Ramadhan, is one of 16 sides in the tournament, which includes clubs from Lebanon, Qatar, Yemen, the UAE, Morocco, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Egypt.

The Bahrainis have been drawn in group 'C' along with defending champions Al Riyadhi Beirut of Lebanon, Al Kahrabaa of Iraq and Orthodox from the host nation.

The top two teams from each group advance to the second round-robin.

Meanwhile, Ahli have been hard at work preparing for their own upcoming clashes. Eight teams from the six GCC countries are taking part in the Gulf competition, which was held last year in Bahrain and won by Al Rayyan Club.

Ahli are in group 'A' along with Qatar's Al Arabi, Kuwait's Al Arabi and the UAE's Al Wasl.

'I think we are on the same level as the other teams, although Wasl will be tougher,' star point guard Hussain Shaker said last night after attending practice.

'We have been working hard on our team chemistry; everything is going well with our preparations, and I believe that if we can read the game well and play to our potential as a team, we can bring some good results.'

Ahli, the Bahrain league champions of two seasons ago, have mostly kept their roster intact and have only made two key additions in Saudi Arabian national team player Waleed Al Madani and Bahraini youngster Sayed Kadhem. US professional Jamal Holden returns, along with mainstays Hussain Shaker, Ahmed Malallah, Sadeq Mahdi and Maytham Jameel.

The top two teams in each group advance to the second round. The other participating squads in the tournament are Rayyan, Kuwait's Al Qadsia, Saudi Arabia's Al Ansar and Oman's Al Nazwa.

First round schedules:

Manama in Arab Clubs: Thursday vs Al Riyadhi Beirut, Saturday vs Orthodox, Monday vs Al Kahrabaa

Ahli in Gulf Clubs: Friday vs Al Wasl, Sunday vs Al Arabi Kuwait, TBC vs Al Arabi Qata

SOURCE: GDN
By PATRICK SALOMON


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BELGIUM

Division II - Second stage (latest results) -by Bertrand Larsimont

While the very intense Division I season is going on and while Dexia Mons Hainaut was playing the FIBA EuroCup final last weekend (a memorable moment in Belgian basketball history, see www.fibaeurope.com for more info), the Division II play-offs and play-downs are still keeping Belgian basketball fans busy. The second round of the competition continues with Sint-Jan Antwerp of Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80, agency: Stanley International) and BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem of best second round scorer Tom Van de Keere (20.6 ppg so far) leading in Division A while Boom BBC of very experienced guard Paul Bayer (192-G-70) will host CEP Fleurus of Coach Fulvio Bastianini next weekend for the first rank in Division B. A surprising news also filtered two weeks ago when Division II observers learned that Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden of former Belgian Lion Herbert Baert (202-F-75) would most probably not play the last games of the season. The previous week, Sint-Truiden finished the game against Kangoeroes with only three players on the floor (66-114 for Kangoeroes led by Matthias Desaever with 24 points).

In Division C (play-downs), the last days of competition were not favorable for Royal Alsec Nivelles. On the other hand, BC Ninane seems to finish the season strongly as the team from Province Liege defeated JR Hasselt of Coach Dirk D'Haese and West Hoek Zwevezele led by US player Broderick Bobb (202-C-75, college: Abil.Christian) in the last two rounds.

Here are the results of the last rounds in second stage of the Division II competition:

Division A

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem 72-58
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. BBC Falco Ghent 84-74

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem 73-82
BBC Falco Ghent vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 77-71

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 82-63
BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem vs. BBC Falco Ghent 88-69

Rankings:

Sint-Jan Antwerp 4-1
BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem 4-1
Bent Schoenen Waregem 1-4
BBC Falco Ghent 1-4

Division B

Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden vs. BBC Kangoeroes 66-114
CEP Fleurus vs. Boom BBC 80-84

CEP Fleurus vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 20-0
Boom BBC vs. BBC Kangoeroes 72-68

Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden vs. Boom BBC 0-20
BBC Kangoeroes vs. CEP Fleurus 89-94

Rankings:

Boom BBC 4-1
CEP Fleurus 4-1
BBC Kangoeroes 2-3
Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 0-5

Division C

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. BC Ninane 78-106
De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 75-93

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 86-56
Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. BC Ninane 75-78

BC Ninane vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 82-77
Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 70-73

Rankings:

BC Ninane 4-1
JR Hasselt 4-1
De West Hoek Zwevezele 1-4
Royal Alsec Nivelles 1-4


Division II - Second stage (1st and 2nd Round) -by Bertrand Larsimont

Round 1 (played 2008-03-15 and 16)


Division A:

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. BBC Falco Ghent 87-68
Falco Ghent was leading at the half: 40-44. Sint-Jan, led by Nick Verrept (19), Witse Van Schil (18) and Jochen Ceyssens (18), had an excellent fourth quarter and finally won the game. Thomas Foucart (191-G-84), who recently signed with Okapi Aalstar for next season, was the best scorer for his current team with 19 points.

BT Power Liefmans vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 114-113
A real thrilling Flemish derby in Wevelgem. Steve Robeyst (38 points) was unstoppable for the hosts who finally won the game after four OTs. Tom Van de Keere (25) and Angelo Flanders (23) were also very present offensively for BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem. Jorn Steinbach (25), Bart Cleymans (25) and Wouter Dewilde (24) were the best scorers for BS Waregem.
Score evolution: 24-18, 49-35, 66-58, 85-85, 90-90, 96-96, 107-107 and finally 114-113.

Division B:

Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden vs. CEP Fleurus 67-81
Nice win for the visitors with Stephen Tison (176-G-84) as leading scorer in this game (19 points). Special mention also to Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) who grabbed 13 rebounds. Former NT player Herbert Baert (202-F-75) scored 16 points for Sint-Truiden.

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. BBC Boom 79-71
Score evolution: 13-14, 33-30, 62-43 and 79-71.
Despite a nice fourth quarter by the visitors, Kangoeroes kept the lead until the final buzzer. Dave d'Haens (18) finished the game as best scorer for the hometeam.

Division C:

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 88-83
The arrival of US guard James Wade (180-G-75, college: Kennesaw St.) a few weeks ago seemed to be very helpful for Royal Alsec Nivelles. Short but nice win for the hometeam.

BC Ninane vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 89-96
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 14-29, 37-46, 63-70 and 89-96.

Round 2 (played on 2008-03-28, 29 and 30)

Division A:

BBC Falco Ghent vs. BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem 65-68
The visitors had an excellent first quarter. They kept the lead at the half: 33-39. Falco came back in the third quarter but Wevelgem, led by Angelo Flanders (20), finished stronger.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Sint-Jan Antwerpen 86-98
Thomas Van De Vondel (27) and Witse Van Schil (25) were the top-scorers for the winning visitors.

Division B:

BBC Boom vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 96-72
BBC Boom was already leading by 26 at the half and never left any chance to their guests. Kenny Van Wert (206-C-82) was very efficient for the hometeam (31 points and 16 rebounds).

CEP Fleurus vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 83-81
After having had a 20-point lead, CEP Fleurus could not avoid the nice comeback of Kangoeroes with a fantastic performance by former Belgian Lion Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76, agency: Court Side) who scored 39 points (especially from long range). Nevertheless, Desaever's efficiency was not enough to make his team win. The guests missed a few good opportunities in the last seconds of the game indeed. Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) scored 18 points for CEP Fleurus.

Division C:

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 94-69
There is no doubt that JR Hasselt with Cox and Vanhove as best scorers (23 points each) want to finish the season in a strong way. The hometeam did not give any chance to the visitors.

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. BC Ninane 75-84
BC Ninane seems to be more succesful away than at home this season. The visitors were already leading 32-43 at the half and remained ahead until the end.

Rankings

Division A


Sint-Jan Antwerp 2-0
Wevelgem 2-0
Waregem 0-2
Falco Ghent 0-2

Division B

CEP Fleurus 2-0
BBC Boom 1-1
Kangoeroes Willebroek 1-1
Xenia Sint-Truiden 0-2

Division C

JR Hasselt 2-0
BC Ninane 1-1
RA Nivelles 1-1
West Hoek Zwevezele 0-2



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BOSNIA

Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Leagues Standings
A1 League
 1. Novi Grad 19-2 
 2. Limometal 17-4 
 3. Kakanj 16-5 
 4. Brcko 15-6 
 5. Velpak 15-6 
 6. Play Off 8-13 
 7. Student T. 8-13 
 8. Trica 7-14 
 9. Bihac 7-14 
 10. Lukavac 6-15 
 11. Velez 5-16 
 12. Bosnjak 3-18 
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Mladost MG 19-3 
 2. Radnik B. 17-5 
 3. Bratunac 16-6 
 4. Varda 14-8 
 5. Rudar 14-8 
 6. Glasinac 12-10 
 7. Igokea II 10-12 
 8. Bijeljina 9-13 
 9. Wolf Security 9-13 
 10. Sutjeska 8-14 
 11. Mladost G. 4-18 
 12. Vrelo 0-22 
Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 15-1 
 2. Siroki II 14-2 
 3. Zrinjski II 14-4 
 4. Rama 9-7 
 5. Brotnjo Citluk 8-8 
 6. Ljubuski 7-8 
 7. Odzak 7-8 
 8. Posusje II 5-9 
 9. Busovaca 5-12 
 10. Tomislav 5-12 
 11. Livno 1-16 


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Bosna S. 4-0 
 2. Igokea 3-1 
 3. Siroki 3-1 
 4. Slavija 2-2 
 5. Sloboda Dita 2-2 
 6. Zrinjski MC 1-2 
 7. Grude 0-3 
 8. Borac Nektar 0-4 
Places 9-14
 1. Posusje 10-14 
 2. Zenica Celik 10-14 
 3. Hercegovac 10-14 
 4. Leotar 9-15 
 5. Capljina 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 2-22 


Mrsic, Timotic reinforce Capljina for play out -by Sead Buljina
Capljina brought two significant reinforcements for the play out that shall be played with three last teams from D1 and three second-placed teams from D2 leagues (i.e. A1, H-B and Serb 1st league). Namely, best players from Hercegovac, Bileca - Dragan Timotic (207-C-76) and Ante Mrsic from Zrinjski have agreed to play for Capljina. Thus, Capljina is with those two players a clear favorite to win the play out and stay in the first Bosnian division.

Bosnian League 8 - 4TH round -by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Slavija - Bosna ASA BHT 68:74
Siroki Prima Pivo - Borac Nektar 70:58
Igokea Partizan - Sloboda Dita 86:69

Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 4-0 321:276 +45 8 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 3-1 351:309 +42 7 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 3-1 324:288 +36 7 pts.
4. Slavija 2-2 331:337 -06 6 pts.
5. Sloboda Dita 2-2 263:307 -44 6 pts.
6. Zrinjski MC 1-2 256:278 -22 4 pts.
7. Borac Nektar 0-4 273:295 -22 4 pts.
8. Grude 0-3 234:263 -29 3 pts.

Siroki Prima pivo - Borac Nektar 70:58
(21:11, 20:14, 15:18, 14:15)
Siroki Brijeg, SD Pecara; Att.: 500; Ref.: Zurapovic, Kralj, Drmic
SIROKI PP: Bubalo 7, Grays, Stemberger 14, Dijan 10, Zupic 5, Sola 3, Spralja 8, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 11, Bethel, Ezugwu 4
Coach: Ivan Velic
BORAC NEKTAR: Atanackovic 7, Z. Jovanovic 10, Stupar, Rothbart 8, V. Jovanovic 8, Gemaljevic 2, Djurasovic 2, Popovic 2, Franklin 9, Velimirovic 6, Paunovic, Ugrekhelidze 4
Coach: Milos Pejic

Slavija - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 68:74
(19:18, 24:23, 11:19, 14:14)
Istocno Sarajevo, SD Slavija; Att.: 300; Ref.: Obradovic, Lakic, Karovic
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 5, Stanic 11, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 8, Damjanovic D., Vukovic 7, Malovic 5, Grubisic, Ivanovic, Demic 7, Damjanovi A. 25
Coach: Goran Sehovac
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 9, Sehovic 6, Tomovic, Panic 3, Bavcic 2, Djurasovic, Bailey 20, Rahimic 7, Hajric 12, Pasalic, Jackson, Williams 15
Coach: Jurij Zdovc


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BRAZIL

Flamengo/Petrobras enjoys 17-1 record -by Eurobasket News
Flamengo/Petrobras tops the group with 17-1 record. In the latest game the favorite of Brazilian league overcame FTC EAD 93:71. It was an easy start of the game for the hosts as they won the opening quarter with 22:13. Flamengo/Petrobras improved to 49:33 at the half time and it was clear that the guests would not recover. Marcelinho led the winners with 21 points. Amiel Morejon (202-F-76) and de Souza Alirio followed him with 12 points each. Roberto top-scored for the visitors with 22 points.
In Round 16 that started on April 20st Joinville did not have any difficulties over CETAF 106:76. Williams led the way for the winners with 28 points.
Ferreira Gustavo nailed 22 and Pereira Andre Bambu posted 18. Felipinho top-scored with 20 points in the losing effort.
Saldanha overcame Universo/BRB 82:74 to take 12-10 record. Actually it was a key game of the round as the latter remains on top of the standings. Eddy's 34 points were too much for the favorite that had to submit the loss.
Lucas Costa (204-C/F-80) posted 14 and Giannecchini Ricardo had 13. Arthur poured in 22 points in the losing clause.
Ulbra grabbed a road win over Univates 71:73.


Standings - BNL
BNL Standings
 1. Flamengo 17-1 
 2. Minas 16-4 
 3. Joinville 14-8 
 4. Universo/BRB 13-5 
 5. Ulbra 13-8 
 6. Uberlandia 12-9 
 7. Saldanha 12-10 
 8. Univates 9-13 
 9. CETAF 8-13 
 10. FTC EAD 5-15 
 11. Londrina 5-17 
 12. Iguacu 0-21 


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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Standings - Men
BVIBF Standings
1. Guns 0-0
2. East 0-0
3. Young Legs 0-0
4. Bad Boys 0-0
5. Latinos 0-0


Upcoming BVI Basketball Federation league attracts 27 teams -by David Edole
The upcoming BVI Basketball Federation league which opens on May 10, has attracted 27 teams, three more than last year. The federation held a 3-hour registration period at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on Saturday, to collect the rosters.

In the past, you would have teams lagging to get their rosters in but this time we had a very good turnout with all the teams meeting the deadline, producing their rosters and submitting their insurance fees as we discussed and agreed on in previous meetings, federation president Guy The General Malone noted. It was a good turnout.

With only five teams in the senior division, Malone said he doesnt know why but most of the competition seems to be in the intermediate division. He recalled that at one point the intermediate division had been abandoned before he became president and reinstituted after he took the helm during his second year.

He recalled that most teams were concentrating on playing in the division and not trying to strengthen or improve the senior league.

We are going to be looking at it to see how we can best improve it in the future to have at least 10 solid teams in each division, he said.

Teams registered - Jr. Division: Full Force, Annother Level, And One, All Stars, All Ball, Basics, The Saints and Jr. Mystics.

Intermediate: No Limit, Outkast, Long Look Bulldogs, Da Boys, Off Da Chainz, Top Shottas, Run It Red, Rebels, Squad Up, Peace Makers, Ghetto Mix, D-Unit, Against Da Odds, Donz Dem.

Sr. Division: Latinos, Young Legs, Bad Boys, Guns and East.

By DEAN GREENAWAY, BVI News Senior Sports Correspondent 22.APR.08


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CAPE VERDE

FIBA promotes international course for Referees in Praia -by Pedro Gomes
International referees of Cape Verde, Mali, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Guin-Conacry and Tunisia, are participating, since Sunday, in the City of Praia, in a three day course, for specialization.

The course, promoted by the International Basketball Federation(FIBA), includes a theoretical part, in the discipline of psychology and mechanics of referring, and theories of practical exercises on and off the court, it is being conducted by two experts

For the president of FIBA-Africa for Zone II for the Superior Advice of the Sports in Africa, Henry Gomes, the training has the primary objective to train new international referees for the sport, and to recycle the already recognized international referrers form the organization, in order for them to be apt for the next International African competitions in 2008.

Cape Verde was selected by FIBA-Africa as the host for this high level of training course for referees, fruit of their excellent performance in the 2007 African championships, where the team earned the Bronze Medal in Luanda (Angola).


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COSTA RICA

Standings - D1
NL Standings
 1. Barva 5-0 
 2. Santa Cecilia 4-1 
 3. Liceo 3-0 
 4. Escazu 3-2 
 5. San Luis Gonzaga 3-2 
 6. Limon 3-3 
 7. Perez Zeledon 2-4 
 8. UCR 1-3 
 9. Goicoechea 1-5 
 10. Santa Ana 0-5 


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CROATIA

Play Out League finished! -by Dani Erceg

Play Out group of Croatian A1 League has finished. Osijek 2006 is relegated and Kvarner Novi Resort will play in qualifications for A1 League with champions of A2 Leagues which are Crikvenica, Maksimir, Vrijednosnice Darda, Trogir and Cakovec. Qualifications will start on Saturday.






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CYPRUS

A1 Stats Leaders
A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Davis, Omonoia 18.0
2 Burton, AEK 16.8
3 Kitsoulis, Apollon 16.6
4 Dalipagic, ETHA 15.6
5 Papadopoulos,ET.15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Trisokkas, Kerav. 9.7
2 Ware, ETHA 9.0
2 Garcia, Apoel 9.0
4 Trepalovac, AEK 7.3
5 Zoric, ENAD 7.3
Assists Per Game
1 Lee, keravnos 4.9
2 Aleksic, AEL 4.8
3 Wheeler, Apoel 4.6
4 Woodward, AEL 4.1
5 Diggs, Apollon 3.7
Steals Per Game
1 Panteli, AEK 3.2
2 Burton, AEK 2.6
3 Woodward, AEL 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Trepalovac, AEK 1.7
2 Radojevic, Kerav.1.2
3 Ware, ETHA 0.9
2FGP
1 Perentos, AEL 77.8
2 Aleksic, AEL 70.2
3 Trisokkas, Kerav.68.1
3FGP
1 Hart, keravnos 50.0
2 Cvetkovic, AEK 42.7
3 Theoharidis, Ahill.42.7
Free Throws
1 Hart, keravnos 87.5
2 Fowlkes, Omonia 84.6
3 Dunn, AEK 83.8


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D.R. CONGO

Dikembe Mutombo still struggles for the Rockets -by Eurobasket News
Born in 1966 Dikembe Mutombo (218-C-66, college: Georgetown) is a top center in NBA of Houston Rockets. His team had a great regular season, but no trails 0-2 to Utah in the play-offs. The Utah Jazz denied the Houston Rockets home-court advantage by beating them 93:82 away from home in Game 1. The Rockets played without their starting point guard Rafer Alston and never really threatened the Jazz. Andrei Kirilenko notched 21 points to pace the winners. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer contributed 20 points apiece for Utah. Shane Battier answered with 22 points for Houston. Tracy McGrady was held to 20 points in a loss. Dikembe Mutombo collected 6 points, 2 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
The Houston Rockets also found themselves on the brink of elimination. Utah held Tracy McGrady to a single point in the fourth period and drove to the second straight road win in the series. Deron Williams canned 22 points to propel the Jazz to a 90:84 victory. Mehmet Okur came up with 16 points and 16 boards for the winning side. Houston fought bravely and Luis Scola trimmed the difference to 3 points with just over a minute to go. Deron Williams missed his attempt and Bobby Jackson nailed a trey that could have tied the scoreline. But the refs called for a controversial foul on Andrei Kirilenko and denied the effort. Kyle Korver was deadly from the field on the next possession and Houston never recovered. Carlos Boozer nailed 13 points in a win. Tracy McGrady scored 23 points, pulled down 13 boards and dished out 9 assists for Houston. Bobby Jackson nailed 18 points in defeat. Dikembe Mutombo had 2 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.


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D-LEAGUE

Toros Take Game One from Stampede 95-89 -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Austin Toros rode the strong play of Justin Bowen (6'7''-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) (6'7''-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) to a 95-89 victory over the Idaho Stampede in Game One of the 2007-08 D-League Finals. Making their first appearance in the playoffs, let alone finals in their three year existence, the Toros (who are owned and operated by the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA) made their move in the third quarter and held on in the fourth to secure the win. The Toros can wrap up the series and bring home the championship with a victory on Thursday. The series shifts to Boise, Idaho for the final two games. Bowen scored a game high 25 for Austin on 11-19 shooting in 40 minutes. Down two, 44-42 at half, Austin came out in the third and outscored Idaho 26-17 and received inspired [play from Carldell 'Squeaky' Johnson (5'10''-G-83, college: UAB) who played well off the bench for Andre Barrett who was injured early on. Johnson finished with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists. A theme for this series going in was that Idaho had the substantial size advantage down low with Cory Violette (6'8''-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga) and would feed him continuously. Last night, Violette did what was expected, leading Idaho with 20 points and a game high 14 rebounds, but Austin used its leaner, though more athletic combination og Josh Gross, Bowen and Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86), along with veteran Darvin Ham (6'7''-F-73, college: Texas Tech) who collected 13 rebounds, to counter the inside presence of Idaho. While Austin was out-rebounded 47-39 for the game, they shot better from the field (47.4% vs. 41.3) and played solid defense on Randy Livingston (6'4''-G-75, college: LSU) and Roberto Bergersen (6'6''-G/F-76, college: Boise St.) who combined for 23 points on only 10-24 shooting, including 3-18 from behind the arc. The two teams will travel to Boise and have a day of rest before playing game two on Thursday night.
STAMPEDE: Cory Violette (20p+14rb), Jason Ellis (15p+9rb), Luke Jackson (15p), Roberto Bergersen (13p+7rb)
TOROS: Justin Bowen (25p+5rb), Carldell 'Squeaky' Johnson (14p+5rb+6as), Darvin Ham (12p+13rb), Ian Mahinmi (13p)


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EUROLEAGUE

Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy goes to Roanne's Marc Salyers -by Kostas Papadopoulos
The Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, awarded annually to the Euroleague player with the most points averaged over a minimum number of games, has been won by Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) of Chorale Roanne. Marc Salyers became the first player whose team was eliminated at the end of the regular season to win the only post-season Euroleague award based purely on statistics. The minimum games to be eligible for the Alphonso Ford award is 13, and Marc Salyers played all 14 regular season games with Roanne to became the winner with a scoring average of 21.79 points, almost 4 points per game more than any other player. Marc Salyers was the only player to average more than 20 points in the regular season and also the only one to get 300 points in the first round. His performance came as no surprise, however, as Chorale Roanne entertained everyone during its Euroleague debut with a run-and-gun scoring show. 'I never had the chance to prove myself at the top level before this. Just playing the competition was something special, but leading the Euroleague in scoring means a lot to me' Marc Salyers said.
Marc Salyers was not only the regular season top scorer, but also one of the most spectacular players this season, pleasing fans with three-pointers from way downtown and alley-oop dunks. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) of Fenerbahce Ulker was second in the top scoring race (17.9 ppg), Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) of Aris TT Bank third (17 ppg.) Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) of Lietuvos Rytas fourth (16.85 ppg.) and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan Igokea fifth (16.43 ppg.). Marc Salyers had a Euroleague season-high scoring record of 40 points against Fenerbahce and broke the 25-point barrier three other times - against Brose Baskets, AXA FC Barcelona and Panathinaikos - during the regular season.
Marc Salyers follows Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78), Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) and the trophy's first winner, Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico), to become the fourth player to win the award. Alphonso Ford died of leukemia in September 2004 after a career in which he was the competition's top scorer twice, in 2000-01 and 2001-02, both seasons with Olympiakos. He subsequently led Montepaschi Siena in scoring as it reached the 2003 Final Four in its debut Euroleague season.
The Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy is the first in a series of Euroleague end-of-season honours. Other to be announced shortly include: the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy for players under 22, the Euroleague Best Defender Trophy, the All-Euroleague first and second team, and the Euroleague MVP, the last two to be revealed at the Euroleague Gala Dinner on May 3 during the Final Four at Madrid. The Aleksander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy and the Euroleague Club Executive of the Year are post-season awards.

Courtesy of Euroleague.net


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Honka won the thriller -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game 2: The second final game between Honka (Espoo) and Kouvot (Kouvola) was a thriller. Honka got a very slow start at home court and Kouvot instead was ready to roll from the first moment. No wonder then, that Kouvot was leading by 14 pts (4-18) already during the first quarter. Kouvot defense was doing good job and American players Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) + Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) were much tougher than on Monday. Little by little Honka came back to the game and the second half was so exciting - for the spectators as well as for the players and coaches. Honka's hero was American G Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point), who scored all home team's last seven points during the last two minutes. Scott made the winning two pts by leaping (from the right side!), when there was 22 seconds time left. Kouvot had still a chance, but Corey Smith's pass never went to Tero Laitinen (201-F-87) and Honka won 70-68 (28-32). Quarters: 10-19, 18-13, 20-16, 22-20. Only five players scored on Honka's roster. Honka's bench had zero pts. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) and Akeem Scott led Honka with 20 pts both. Kouvot had only two players in double figures, but eight players scored pts. Corey Smith netted 21 and Wayne Bernard 14 pts. Honka - Kouvot 2-0. Game # 3 on Friday, April 25, at Kouvola.

Honka - Kouvot 70-68 (28-32) (Jukka Matinen 20/4, Akeem Scott 20/1, Matt Williams 15/5, Kimmo Muurinen 13/8, Ben Perkins 2/3, Eldar Skamo 0/5, Anssi Vanjoki 0/1. 1 - 75,0%, 2 - 53,1%, 3 - 50,0%. R: 31. TO: 18. - Corey Smith 21/7, Wayne Bernard 14/1, Peter Cipriano 8/5, Tuomas Iisalo 8/3, Jukka Kataja 7/5, Samu Kaaresvirta 5/0, Roope Suonio 3/0, Tero Laitinen 2/1. 1 - 84,6%, 2 - 53,3%, 3 - 21,4%. R: 25. TO: 8).



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GEORGIA

Semi-Finalists Appeared... -by Levan Mikeladze
Jovan Stefanov (208-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in 23 minutes, Besik Lezhava (192-G-86) finished with 17 and Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) had 10 points and 6 assists as the Energy beats Avia in the last game of the regular season championship. Vakhtang Minashvili (202-C-79) (23 pts. 10 rbs. 3 asts), Richard Matiashvili (210-C-89) (19 pts. 11 rbs. 3 asts) were the best for Avia. Although their first place was already secured Energy started and played this game with high intensity. These two teams should be the main contenders for the Championship Title. Playoffs start on May 5th. Energy Invest is playing Vita and Avia will play TSU in the semi-final games.

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GERMANY

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Team 2007-2008 -by Moritz Korff
Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Player of the Year: Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) - Osnabrueck

Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North First Team:
Lamar Morinia - Osnabrueck
Tim Haley (188-G-82, college: Chico St.) - Hannover
John Waller (193-F-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: ODU) - Itzehoe
Sebastian Trzcionka (197-F-79) - Bernau
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) - Bernau

Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Second Team:
Kristof Schwarz (186-G-87) - Wedel
Eddie Jackson (183-G-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Pittsburg St.) - Aschersleben
Jason Van Eck (197-G/F-83, college: Chico St.) - Hannover
Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, college: Delaware St.) - Osnabrueck
Peter Van Rij (206-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) - Magdeburg

Note: Athletes with less than 11 games played (half of the season) are not included. That is why players like Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.), Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) or Ivan Jenkins (180-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Lambuth) could not make the All-League Teams.


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GREECE

Koufos to enter NBA draft -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Ohio State's freshman Greek center Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89) decided earlier today, according to his school, that he will declare for the NBA draft but not immediately sign with an agent. Kosta Koufos averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Buckeyes this season, ending with 22 points and nine rebounds in his schools win over Massachusetts at the final NIT championship game. However, the most USA reports refer that he struggled early in the season and still needs to get stronger before he can make an impact at the next level.
It should be mentioned, though, that the speculation that Kosta Koufos could sign a lucrative contract to play overseas in Greece where both Panathinaikos and Olympiakos rumour to have offered him a high-salary 3-years contact still exists, especially since he will not go in the first half of the first round of the forthcoming draft. The deadline for underclassmen to announce is April 27 and Kosta Koufos can withdraw his declaration until June 16. Drafts executives estimate that, under current conditions and before Kosta Koufos participate at the pre-draft camps at Orlando next month or at the NBA teams trainings, he could achieve a place between 13 and 20 at the forthcoming draft.


Koufos to enter NBA draft -by Kostas Papadopoulos


Division B': Week 27 - Results and Scorers -by Chris Mammides
Olympiakos Volou Ermis Lagkada 66-86
Quarters: 18-24, 31-50, 56-69, 66-86.
An easy afternoon for the Lagkadas team, Coach Antonis Baxevanis team having in a great shape Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) who scored 18 points outscored the weakest team of the league, Olympiakos Volou who had as top scorer Nanis with 23 points

Ikaroi Serron - KAOD 70-74
Quarters: 18-13, 32-39, 48-57, 70-74.
The Dramas team performed amazingly in Serres and succeeded a great road win over Coach Stathis Kamarakis team of Ikaroi Serron, Very good game from the veteran center Arguris Daliaris (207-C-71) who scored 22 points while he dashed down 14 rebounds, followed by Maslarinos who scored 18 points, on behalf of the home team, top scorer was Sdrakas with 17 followed by Asimakis and Papoudas with 15 and 14 points

Doukas - Goumenisa 81-71
Quarters: 23-21, 38-35, 62-55, 81-71.
A great derby took place in Doukas court, where the home team took an important victory over Goumenisa having a great fourth quarter with Kamariotis remembering his old self and scoring 24 points, Matzioris and Arsenis followed with 13 and 12 points respectively. From Goumenisa which lost the chance to be promoted after this negative result, Bagi with 17 points and Antoniadis with 16 were the top scorers.

Milonas Anagennis/Floga 89-113
Quarters: 23-30, 49-55, 60-87, 89-113.
The teams of Head coach Touloumis thrashed Milonas with 24 points difference having in a great day Zarogiannis and Sidiropoulos with 21 and 20 points respectively while Moisiadis added another 19. From Milonas, top scorer was Ballas with 28 points followed by Vlavianos with 18.

Makedonikos - Lavrio 64-88
Quarters: 15-23, 32-48, 45-66, 64-88.
The team of coach Serelis added another important victory in its series and is still in the game of the promotion with another 4 teams, Psileas and Kousoulas scored 17 points while Rallis added another 11, on behalf of Makedonikos, top scorer was Samourellis with 12.

Ikaros Kallitheas - Alimos 90-65
Quarters: 19-20, 38-35, 65-48, 90-65.
Coach Haritatos team will be the second team to be promoted in the A2 after Near East, Ikaros Kallitheas thrashed Alimos with 25 points difference with Emmanouilidis scoring 24 points and Katoufas adding another 20, on behalf of Alimos, top scorer was Tsolakis with 19 followed by Vrynas with 17.

Komotini - Amyntas 82-83
Quarters: 20-27, 41-45, 65-61, 82-83.
Great road win for Amyntas which actually eliminating Komotinis chances for promotion, while its increasing the chances for Coach Vlahos team, top scorer for the visiting side were: Moumouris with 24 followed by Zoupas 14 while from Komotini, top scorer was Mouzakitis with 22 followed by Souflias 16

Top scorers after 27 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 542 points
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 501 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 485 points (in 25 games)
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 468 points (in 26 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 417 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 368 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 365 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 357 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 356 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 341 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 331 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 335 points (in 26 games)
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 323 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 314 points (in 24 games)
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi / Floga 308 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 293 points
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 265 points (in 24 games)
Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) of Doukas 262 points
Achilleas Klepkos (206-C-78) of Goumenisa 235 points (in 25 games)
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 219 points (in 22 games)
Giorgos Papoullidis (206-C-79) of Near East 220 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 210 points (in 20 games)


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathin. 22-3 
 2. Olympiak. 21-4 
 3. Aris 17-8 
 4. Panionios 14-11 
 5. Panellinios 14-11 
 6. Maroussi 12-13 
 7. AEK 12-13 
 8. AEL 11-14 
 9. Olimpia L. 11-14 
 10. Egaleo 11-14 
 11. Rethimno 9-16 
 12. Kolossos 9-16 
 13. PAOK 9-16 
 14. Olimpiada P. 3-22 


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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. Hernol Hall (205-C-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Lon Morris JC) and import player 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.

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IBL

BELLINGHAM SLAM SLAM SIGN EX-viking tyler amaya -by John Gary
courtesyoursportscentral.com The Bellingham Slam have added another familiar face to their roster,signing former Western Washington Viking and local prep star Tyler Amaya to a contract today. Making the announcement was Slam general manager Robert HOFSTETTER. Amaya 25,played two seasons at WWU averaging 13.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Amaya played for a german team this past winter. The Slam will be in action this friday. For ticket information log on to www.bellinghamslam.com.

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ICELAND

Finals: Keflavik takes a 2-0 series lead home -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Game 1: Keflavik 81, Snaefell 79 in a good, close game from start to finish. After Keflavik led 44-41 at halftime, Snaefell took over to lead 65-64 after the third quarter. On the game's final possesion, Keflavik led by a single point and Snaefell's last-second, wide open three-point shot was almost in but not.
Snaefell won on the boards, but too many turnovers took their chances away.
Top scorers for Keflavik were Bobby Walker with 22 points, Tommy Johnson (196-G/F-81, college: Texas Wesleyan) with 18, and Anthony Susnjara with 13. For Snaefell, Sigurdur Thorvaldsson and Justin Shouse led with 18 points apiece, and Hlynur Baeringsson added 13.

Game 2: Keflavik 98, Snaefell 83. Keflavik played very well with intensive defense and racked up a lot of fouls, with four players fouling out. Snaefell did not look ready for a physical game. Again, turnovers were the big problem for Snaefell, while Keflavik shot very well. Top scorers were Tommy Johnson with 27, Bobby Walker with 23, and Gunnar Einarsson got 16. Only Jon Olafur Jonson played particularly well for Snaefell, scoring 20 points. Justin Shouse contributed 23 in the losing cause, and Magni Hafsteinsson 14.

Keflavik takes its 2-0 lead back to its homecourt, with things looking good for them to win the trophy. (Edited by Os Davis)


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ISRAEL

Round 22 first team -by Netanel Dahan
Round 22 MVP: Steve Burtt (185-G-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona)

1st Team
Steve Burtt, Another amazing game of Steve, he scored 35 points at only 29 minutes, He aslo receive 9 fouls!,and grab 6 steals.
Ori Ichaki (196-G-81, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Clemson), Ori lead Ramat Gan to great won over Bnei Hashsron,he scored 30 points in 32 minutes.
Omar Sneed (203-F/C-76, college: Memphis), Omar was wonderful against Jerusalem,he scord 19 points and took 11 rebounds.
P.J. Tucker (196-F-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Texas), P.J scored 23 points in 27 minutes,and took 6 rebounds.
Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas), Ashante scored 21 points took 6 rebounds,and scored 3 3 points shoots from 4 tryies.

2nd Team
Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland), Terence with great game scored 29 points and took 10 rebounds.
Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances), The Israeli youngstar registered to 2008 NBA draft and at the last game he proved what he worth, He scored 17 points in 27 minutes,took 5 rebounds extorted 7 fouls and pass 3 assists.
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83), Esteban scored 18 points took 11 rebounds and even pass 3 assits
Jamie Arnold (203-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Wichita St.), Jamie was amazing at the game against Rishon he scored 27 points took 13 rebounds, And extorted 8 fouls.
Tunji Awojobi (201-F-73, college: Boston U.), Tunji the old guy of Gilboa/Afula show to everyone that he is still in shape, Tunji scored 21 points and took 9 rebounds,and almost lead Afula to the victory.


Standings - Premier League
Premier L. Standings
 1. Hap.Holon 16-6 
 2. Macc.T-A 15-7 
 3. Bnei Hash. 14-8 
 4. Nahariya 11-11 
 5. Ashkelon 11-11 
 6. Ramat Gan 11-11 
 7. Jerusalem 10-11 
 8. Hap.G.Elyon 8-14 
 9. Gilboa/Afula 7-15 
 10. Rishon LZ 6-15 


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ITALY

Standings - B1
B1 Standings
Group A
 1. Venezia 19-7 
 2. Casalpuster. 18-9 
 3. Lumezzane 16-10 
 4. Forli 16-10 
 5. Ticino 15-11 
 6. Vigevano 14-12 
 7. Treviglio 14-12 
 8. Fidenza 13-12 
 9. Omegna 12-14 
 10. Ozzano 11-15 
 11. Asti 9-17 
 12. Vado Ligure 9-17 
 13. Riva del Garda 8-18 
 14. Modena 7-19 
Group B
 1. Brindisi 20-6 
 2. Trapani 18-8 
 3. Siena Virtus 18-8 
 4. Osimo 17-9 
 5. Latina 16-10 
 6. Matera 14-12 
 7. S.Antimo 14-12 
 8. Fossombrone 12-14 
 9. Potenza 12-14 
 10. Ferentino 12-14 
 11. Patti 11-15 
 12. Firenze 8-18 
 13. Gragnano 7-19 
 14. Porto Torres 3-23 


Serie B playoffs set -by Gianni Pascucci

The 28 semi-professional teams competing in the Lega Nazionale-Serie B d'Eccellenza, a.k.a. 'Serie B1', ended the regular season last weekend. The Italian Basketball Federation has announced the official playoff brackets. The winner team in each will be promoted to Lega 2 for next season.


The playoffs are as follows:

PLAYOFF A
1. Venezia - 8. Fidenza
4. Lumezzane - 5. Cast.Ticino
2. Casalpusterlengo - 7. Vigevano
3. Forl - 6. Treviglio


PLAYOFF B
1. Brindisi - 8. Fossombrone
4. Osimo - 5. Latina
2. Trapani - 7. Sant.Antimo
3. Siena - 6. Matera


The quarterfinals are best-of-three series, with Games 1 to be played on Sunday, April 27. (Edited by Os Davis)



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LITHUANIA

Lietuvos Rytas takes the semifinal lead -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas did not have any difficulties reaching its first semifinal win in LKL. The winner of the regular season beat Alytus 116:62 at home. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) and Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 14 points each. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) top-scored with 19 points in defeat.
The game between Zalgiris and Siaulia to be played tonight.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75, agency: Interperformances) started the Play-offs campaign for his Cavaliers over the Washington Wizards. LeBron James was unstoppable canning 32 points including a monster dunk in the second term to propel his Cavs past the Washington Wizards 93:86 in the first game. In a physical battle the Cavaliers overcame a 5-point first frame deficit and stepped on the gas in the fourth term to pull away with a victory. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 22 points and collected 11 boards. Delonte West secured 16 points for the winners. Gilbert Arenas topscored for Washington with 24 points off the bench.
In the second game LeBron James narrowly missed a triple-double tallying 30 points, 12 assists and 9 boards to pace his Cleveland to the biggest in the Cavs playoff history. Washington players talked too much before the series but had little to say during the second game of the series against the Cavaliers. The hosts eased to a 15-point lead at the interval and actually never looked back after the break. Mike Brown even gave some minutes to Dwayne Jones and Damon Jones at the end of the encounter. LeBron James also an excellent job defending Gilbert Arenas as the Wizards star guard shot 2/10 from the field. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were hardly better and the Wizards appeared now 2 games behind the striking Cavs. Zydrunas Ilgauskas provided 16 points and 9 boards for Cleveland. Wally Szczerbiak added 15 points for the winners. Darius Songaila, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson notched 12 points apiece for Washington.


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LUXEMBOURG

Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
Title Group
 1. Sparta 20-7 
 2. Etzella 19-8 
 3. Amicale 16-11 
 4. Musel Pikes 16-11 
 5. Contern 11-16 
 6. Residence 10-17 
Relegation Group
 1. T71 13-11 
 2. Black Star 10-14 
 3. Soleuvre 10-14 
 4. BBC Nitia 4-20 


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NBA

Lebron James carries Cleveland to the 8th straight playoff win over Washington -by Eurobasket News
The opponents could name him overrated but he does his trick when on the court. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) narrowly missed a triple-double tallying 30 points, 12 assists and 9 boards to pace his Cleveland to the biggest in the Cavs playoff history. Washington players talked too much before the series but had little to say during the second game of the series against the Cavaliers. The hosts eased to a 15-point lead at the interval and actually never looked back after the break. Mike Brown even gave some minutes to Dwayne Jones and Damon Jones at the end of the encounter. LeBron James also an excellent job defending Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) as the Wizards star guard shot 2/10 from the field. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Antawn Jamison were hardly better and the Wizards appeared now 2 games behind the striking Cavs. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) provided 16 points and 9 boards for Cleveland. Wally Szczerbiak (6'6''-F-77, college: Miami, OH) added 15 points for the winners. Darius Songaila (6'9''-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) notched 12 points apiece for Washington.
The Houston Rockets also found themselves on the brink of elimination. Utah held Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) to a single point in the fourth period and drove to the second straight road win in the series. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) canned 22 points to propel the Jazz to a 90:84 victory. Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) came up with 16 points and 16 boards for the winning side. Houston fought bravely and Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) trimmed the difference to 3 points with just over a minute to go. Deron Williams missed his attempt and Bobby Jackson (6'1''-G-73, college: Minnesota) nailed a trey that could have tied the scoreline. But the refs called for a controversial foul on Andrei Kirilenko and denied the effort. Kyle Korver was deadly from the field on the next possession and Houston never recovered. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) nailed 13 points in a win. Tracy McGrady scored 23 points, pulled down 13 boards and dished out 9 assists for Houston. Bobby Jackson nailed 18 points in defeat.


Lakers Rolling, Despite Bynum's Extended Absence -by Bryan Floyd
The Lakers have been expecting Andrew Bynum back for about a full month now and it does not appear he will be back at all. Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson indicated Monday the team doesn't expect injured center Andrew Bynum to make a serious contribution any time soon. When asked after practice if there was a risk of messing up team chemistry by playing 7-footers Bynum and Pau Gasol at the same time, Jackson replied: 'I think without a doubt that Andrew would come off the bench and we would play him a little bit off the bench if there was any chance that he could come back and play again, but it's such a remote thing. We're not seriously thinking about it.' The 20-year-old Bynum averaged 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots before injuring his left knee Jan. 13. He hasn't been cleared for practice, nor has forward Trevor Ariza, who hasn't played since breaking his right foot Jan. 20. Ariza averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 24 games after being acquired from Orlando on Nov. 20. Gasol,Bynum and Odom could be a very scary tandem for teams, oh yea and do not forget Kobe Bryant.

Emanuel Ginobili is the Best Sixth Man in NBA -by Eurobasket News
Argentinean guard Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) was trumped the Best Sixth Man by the league yesterday. Ginobili improved on almost every facet of his game. He led the Spurs in scoring averaging 19.5 ppg. He also came up with 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in the season. He received 123 votes and surpassed the last years winner Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82) for the trophy. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) of the Mavs finished third in the poll. Ginobili was chosen by the Spurs in the second round of the 1999 Draft. He later won the championship thrice with the San Antonio Spurs.
In the meantime the teams that missed playoff started thinking about the future. The Milwaukee Bucks signed Scott Skiles to a four-year deal. Former Phoenix and Chicago head coach will replace Larry Krystkowiak at the helm of the Bucks. Milwaukee finished the season at 26-56 record and received a major setback to their preseason playoff aspirations.


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NIGERIA

AHIP ends road game with a 2-4 record -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Adolescent Health & Information Programme (AHIP) basketball club of Kano ends its road-trip game to the Atlantic Conference of the Nigeria Basketball Federation; NBBF organized Premier League Saturday after playing six-day non-stop matches winning two and losing four games.

The Kano-based side started its campaign to the Atlantic conference with an 87-81 points win over Delta Force basketball club of Asaba last Monday at the Sports Hall of the Asaba Township Stadium.

The young side then moved to Lagos last Tuesday with one thing in the mind of the 12 players led by youthful Harry Ezenibe but their gut couple with fatigue as they arrived Lagos few hours to the jump-ball crashing to Nigeria Customs basketball team by 60-49 points (16-07, 12-19, 16-14 and 12-09) to taste defeat for the first time since the premier league dunks-off on April 5 in the Savannah conference.

Ezenibe and his co-travelers from the Savannah however, posted one of the best results of their campaign when they humble one of Nigerias fines club sides, Ebun Comets basketball club by 60-55 points (12-22, 16-14, 19-01 and 15-18) to earn their second victory on the road.

They were however, not lucky in their remaining three games against Dodan Warriors who shove them aside by 70-56 points (15-09, 18-19, 18-11 and 19-17), they AHIP team kissed the canvass to star-studded Union Bank basketball club by 81-59 points lose losing in all four quarters (18-11, 19-10, 18-14 an 26-24).

And just as the visiting team hope to rap up its campaign with victory on the minds of the players and officials thinking Islanders would be a n easy prey the reverse became the case as the Ogoh Odaudu tutored New-Islanders basketball club shut down the challenge poised by the Kano side winning its first game of the season with widest margin (23 points) the AHIP suffered in their adventure to the Atlantic Conference going down by 76-53 points, winning just the second quarter of the explosive match (14-09) while throwing the rest (25-10, 19-07 and 23-22).
Abdulrahman Mohammed (191-G-77)


Warriors, Potters in away wins -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos Sunday posted a 78-56 points away victory over Nigeria Customs basketball club in a local derby at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium.

The Adeka Dauda and Peter Ahmedu coached Dodan Warriors side played like true warriors as they run rind-round the border boys as the Customs team is also known to record their first conference win after bowing to Union Bank 61-52 in their conference opening game.

The Edwin Jerry captain-Warriors won three of the four quarters (Q1: 21-13, Q2: 23-15 and Q4: 21-13) leaving the Customs with the third quarter 15-13.

And in far away Bauchi the fortune of home side Bauchi Net continue to dwindle as they succumbed a second time at home to Niger Potters basketball club of Minna 71-69.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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NORWAY

BLNO Stats Leaders
BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.O.Trobe, Trond. 24.9
2.E.Ogarrow, Cent. 21.2
3.T.Aliferis, Persbr. 20.7
4.T.Samue, Varden 19.5
5.O.Ofte, NTNUI 18.6
Rebounds Per Game
1.P.Bullock, Ulriken 13.4
2.M.Woodsen, Har. 12.7
3.M.Campbell, Tro. 12.4
4.W.Dunn, Krist. 10.4
5.T.Bryn, Ammerud 9.6
Assists Per Game
1.C.Elgmork, 3B 6,1
2.M.Mahnin, Asker 5,3
3.J.Rogers, Harstad 5,1
4.I.Adahada, Krist.4,5
5.H.Issalhi, Tromso 4,2
Steals Per Game
1.C.Elgmork, 3B 3,2
2.R.Hawthorne, Am. 2,8
3.J.Rogers, Harstad 2,7
2FGP
1.O.Fritzen, 3B 75.6
2.L.Torkild., Asker 70.0
3.M.Woodsen, Hars. 64.1
3PT
1.R.Bitinas, Harstad 50.0
2.B.Risshall, Hars. 47.1
3.M.Mahnin, Asker 46.3
Free Throws
1.B.Mariampi., Krist.92.6
2.R.Bitinas, Harstad 87.0
3.W.Sharma, Fjell. 85.0


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NPBL

Week 7 recaps -by Gianni Pascucci
As we have yet posted down, in the first game of the week the Maryland BayRayders defeated the Destroyers 127-106, keeping the head of the table. On Saturday April 19, the Hudson Valley Hawks took on the Elmira Bulldogs, falling 122-126 with the Bulldogs coming out on top. The Hawks fall to 1-6 on the season, a very disappointing record for the reigning champions. Leading scorers for the Bulldogs were David Ruffin (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Hartford) with 33 points, Kevin Ross (6'8''-F-79, college: Cleveland St.) with 24 points, and Kevin Hill (6'5''-G/F, college: Mansfield (PA)) with 20 points. Tay Fisher (5'9''-G-86, college: Siena) led the Hawks in scoring in his debut with 30 points 5 assists going 7/20 behind the three point line. Amseshem Foluke-Henderson (6'6''-G/F-84, college: New Paltz St.) had 26 points for the Hawks and Willie Coleman (6'0''-G-84) had 24 points and six assists. In the last game of the round, the Elmira Bulldogs showed all their strength defeating Maryland 139-128 in front of its fans. This time, Kevin Hill finished the game with 26 points including six - 3 pointer's made. Kevin Ross scored 28 points and hauled in 16 rebounds, Darwin Young (6'2''-G-85, college: Buffalo) also scored 28 points with six - 3 pointer's made and Lester McNair (6'2''-G, agency: All-Star Basketball Services, college: Buffalo St.) finished with 23 points and 8 assist. This is the fifth win in a row for the Bulldogs, who clinbed the table till the second place and wil play their 'truth game' on next sunday, vs. the Alexandria Avengers.

Standings
NPBL Standings
 1. MD Bayraiders 5-2 
 2. Elmira B. 5-3 
 3. Alexandria A. 3-1 
 4. NY Strikeforce 3-2 
 5. NY Monarchs 1-2 
 6. HV Hawks 1-6 


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POLAND

Turow, Slask through to the semis -by Eurobasket News

ULEB Cup sensation Turow Zgorzelec is keeping up the winning pace back in the Polish DBE. The regular season champions eased past Kotwica in the quarterfinals, completing the sweep in the best-of-five series and booking their spot in the semifinals. Yesterday Turow sealed the win, beating Kotwica 71-62 away from home.

The hosts fought aggressively in the starting frame and rushed ahead to a 21-11 lead. But Turow evened things in the second term and appeared to be in the driver's seat after the break. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) nailed 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 4 assists to lead Turow to the win. Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 11 points in a winning cause. Alvin Snow (189-G-81, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: E.Washington) answered with 21 points for Kotwica and Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: LimeLight, college: Georgia) added 12.


Third-ranked Slask needed four games to get past Atlas Stal Ostrow. Slask put on a strong performance in the fourth encounter and prevailed in the series, 3-1. The visitors relied mainly on the first and fourth periods, winning them 52-37 on aggregate. It proved just enough for Slask to celebrate a vital victory. Rashid Atkins (182-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Joseph's) poured in 21 points to lead Slask. Andrius Giedraitis (196-F-73) and Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) nailed 16 points apiece for the winners. Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) answered with 26 points for Atlas, and Wojciech Szawarski (195-F-76) dropped 20 in a losing cause.


Meanwhile, Polpak survived a dramatic battle against Anwil in Game 4 to forced the decider on Thursday. Polpak got to a flying start, building a 28-19 cushion after the first quarter of the home game. Anwil gradually trimmed the difference throughout the reminder of the game, but Polpak managed to remain on top to eke out the narrow 75-73 victory. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, college: Troy) was the high scorer for Polpak with 18 points and 7 assists, while Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) contributed 16 points and 6 boards. Alex Dunn (212-F/C-82, college: Wyoming) delivered 18 points for Anwil. (Edited by Os Davis)



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PORTUGAL

LIGA UZO playoffs quarter finals round 5 -by Luis Rocha
Ginsio and Vagos are in the semis. Ginsio played at home against CAB, and altough CAb made a very good start, the home team struggled with all their might and achieve their goal. They made a tremendous second quarter (22-3) and arrive leading at the break by 17 points. CAB present itself proudly and motivated, but colapses phisically. Sergio Correia (197-F-85) (Ginsio) made a very tenacious defense over Jose Costa (187-G-73) (CAB) and with its leader stopped, CAB werent never the same. Final result 71-56. Today Vagos made what was expected. They saw Lusitnia fly after a good start, but like Ginsio the day before, Vagos made a tremendous second quarter (21-9), wich begun to turn things their way. Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80, college: Alabama St.) (Vagos) took the game in his hands and today no one in Lusitnias roster was able to stop him, apart from that Vagos played greatly in defense and so, nothing else to do, Vagos stay in, Lusitnia goes home. Final result 69-54. The best player of this round was Tyrone Levett (Vagos), he scored 14 points and get 10 rebounds, apart other things that arent showed in the stats, a great player who showed himself in a game were he was most needeed.

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QATAR

Interview with Rayyan's Marlon Parmer -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

A day after Al Rayyan's Emir Cup victory, point guard Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) kindly sat down with me for an interview.

Amir: What's up Marlon? Congratulations on your victory yesterday.
Marlon: Thanks Amir. It feels good.

What made you decide to come back to Qatar?
Well, I felt that Rayyan would be a good situation for me and I felt that I could come in and help this team.


I have to ask you then: How would you rate the competition here in Qatar:
Overall, Qatar has a pretty competitive league. I believe that the level is not as good as it could be because of the one-import rule, but I don'
t believe that I've played in a more athletic league.


You were in Estonia earlier this year. How was your experience there?
Life was great there and the people were very nice. The playing, though, was not where I expected it to be. On the whole, it was a great experience.


So why did you leave?
The team felt that they could save money. It was a business move.


When you left, your former team BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn were undefeated in the league and in first place. However, since then, they've lost three crucial games and ended up losing the league title to rivals Tartu likool/Rock. What did that tell you?
It makes you understand your worth as a player. You feel bad for the players because they are good people, but I saw it coming because Rock is a great team.

Then you come to a Rayyan team that lost the league title to Al Jaysh Army SC and you were expected to come in to help them win the Heir Apparent and Kings Cups, right away. Did you feel any added pressure?
Sure, of course I felt pressure, even though I have played under similiar circumstances before. There were nights where I couldn't sleep because I was anxious, but with leader like Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80), it makes the adjustment that much easier.


So you play your first game, you foul out and Rayyan loses. What was going through your mind at that moment?
Not only did I lose, I lost to my former team (Qatar Club). I was a bit down, which is normal, but I knew that it was just a matter of time before it clicked. The only problem was that we didn't have much time and I was just hoping that it would be sooner than later.


You got a rematch with Qatar in the finals of the Heir Apparent Cup, but this time you guys got the better of them when it counted most, with you scoring 23 points and playing an great game overall. Tell me about that.
It felt great! My teammates were great. It was a team effort and when it was money time we knew what we had to do.


But come on; don't tell me that this victory wasn't that much sweeter because it was Qatar.
(Laughs.) It was real sweet, definitely. Being in battle and winning the Emir's Cup with them last year, and now being on the other side of the court and doing battle against them and coming out victorious again; it was special.


Then you faced Qatar again in the Emir Cup round robin, this time with Daoud Musa (193-G-82) in the lineup. Once again they beat you guys, and this time pretty handily, might I add, but again you guys beat them in the final. Was giving them a sense of false hope part of the strategy?
Yeah, it was. When we played them in the round robin, it wasn't important. They were trash talking like they had already won the cup and I said to my teammates that we would meet again when the stakes were higher and that we would take care of business then.


Last year you finished third in the league and won the Emir's Cup with Qatar; this year, Rayyan finishes second and you win both the Heir Apparent and Emir's Cups. I don't believe that any player has come here and won so many medals in such a short time. How does that make you feel?
It makes me feel good. They were all great accomplishments and that's why I work so hard. I just want to be remembered as a winner.


Now you have the GCCs and the Asian Club Championships up next. What are your predictions?
I don't really know who we're facing. We will just take it one game and one tournament at a time, but I have confidence in my team.

To change the subject a bit, let me ask you: With your resume and talent, why do you think you still haven't had a chance to ply your trade in the NBA?
I would like to believe that it's [about] being at the right place at the right time, but I don't believe that I was ever given a fair opportunity. Seeing people in the NBA that I played against and knowing that, when I played against them I totally dominated them, makes me question things sometimes. But, hey, I'm not going to dwell on it. When one door closes another opens, and there are many leagues out there where I can go out and do my thing. That's all I can do, and if that isn't enough to get me there, then at least I will go out with my head held high.


Do you think that not being in the NBA has anything to do with some immature acts on your part? Things that when a more mature, more experienced you reflects back on, would do over if given the chance.
Of course, man. Everybody does, don't they? We are all prone to make mistakes. I wish that my coach and I would have had a better relationship. I think that things were blown out of proportion. I just wanted more freedom out on the court to do things that I knew I could. But I never regret anything; you live and learn and I hold no grudges. I just love the game of basketball and want to play. It did really humbled me though.


When you say 'coach,' are you talking about your former coach at University of New Mexico, Fran Fraschilla ?
Yeah. Coach Fran.


How is your relationship with him now? Have you seen him ever since, and if so how was it?
Everything is good. I saw him in Minnesota at the Summer League.

How does the story end this year?
Well, I hope with two more championships and hopefully going back to play in the NBA summer league. And from there, we'll see.

Do you want to give a shout out to anyone?
Firstly, I need to thank God because without Him, we wouldn't be here today. My parents who taught me to never give in to anything that I didnt believe in; Rayyan management for giving me this chance; my college coach at Kentucky Wesleyan, Ray Harper, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to repay his trust. Coach Fran for teaching me the X's and O's of the game; and my current coach Brian Lester for making me feel at ease right away, trusting me as a player and coaching a masterful game yesterday.


Thanks for your time, good luck for the upcoming tournaments, and hopefully we could do another one after you win the GCCs and the Asian Club Championships.
Let's hope so. (Edited by Os Davis)



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SCOTLAND

Scottish Rocks to meet Milton Key in the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Scottish Rocks will meet Milton Key in the Quarterfinals of BBL. In the last game Rocks beat the BBL defending champion Guildford Heat that clinched the no. 2 seed, losing its final game to the Scottish Rocks 94-76. Heat however managed to stay ahead of the Plymouth Raiders. Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) produced 24 points and Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) contributed 21 as the Rocks prevailed. Dan Wardrope (188-G-78) responded with 17 points for the Heat.
The Lions also beat the Rocks back in October, 97:94, however, in between their two wins, the Rocks hammered the Lions 89:67 on the same court that this decisive game will be played on. The Rocks will take on MK Lions in the opening round of the playoffs on April 23rd.


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SERBIA

Coach Mihailo Uvalin close to Crvena Zvezda! -by Dragan Jankovski
According to Serbian media and sources close to the club, Crvena Zvezda of Belgrade is very close to agreeing on terms with well-respected Serbian coach Mihailo Uvalin.

Uvalin is currently successfully employed by Polish team Polpak of Swiecie, who advanced to the quarterfinals of Poland's DBE. The team outplayed Anwil last night to equalize the series at 2-2. In the past, Uvalin worked for Serbian team Mega Ishrana; for three years he coached Telindus Oostende, with whom he won the 2005-2006 Belgian championship.

Uvalin has nice experience working with Crvena Zvezda, as well, as he spent couple of seasons with the senior and junior teams. (Edited by Os Davis)


Pamesa Valencia extends PG Vule Avdalovic -by Dragan Jankovski
Management of Spanish team Pamesa from Valencia extended contract with ex point guard of Serbian National Team Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket).

Avdalovic was one of the best Pamesa's players during the last two and a half years and despite knee (ACL) injury, which Avdalovic suffered almost 6 months ago, management of Pamesa decided to keep him in the roster for the 4th consecutive season. The contract is signed until the end of season 2008/2009.


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SWITZERLAND

Mighty Fribourg Olympic falls in 1st Semifinal game! -by Alexander Davis
Fribourg Olympic lost its first home game in 2 years, as the underdog Vacallo team upset them tonight 83-75! The game went back and forth as Vacallo took a 1st quarter lead 17-15. Fribourg rallied and took a 2 point lead going into halftime. Fribourg took a 61-55 lead going to into the 4th quarter, but that's where the 10 day lay off began to show. Vacallo forced the home team into 19 turnovers, with Swiss player of the year, Dave Esterkamp leading the way with 9!! It also didn't help that Fribourg forward Marcus Sloan was saddled with 4 fouls and in foul trouble the whole game, and Vacallo took advantage inside as Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) scored 23 points, and Nikola Dacevic added 18 points and 9 boards. Tresore Quidome led Fribourg with 18 points. Vacallo has become road warriors, as they won game 5 in Montey, and upset Fribourg tonight on the road as well. The next game is Sunday in Vacallo, where the underdogs will be looking to go up 2-0!

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TAIWAN

Taiwan Beer repeats as SBL champion -by Chris Wang
Taiwan Beer routed Yulon 89-67 in Game 6 of the 2008 SBL Finals to win its second straight title on April 20, defeating Yulon 4-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Finals MVP Lin Chih-chieh had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the decisive game, which Taiwan Beer led from start to finish.

As Yulon players looked like five lost souls on the court and shot only 37.1% as a team, TB fans could already smelled champagne in the third period, when TB led by more than fifteen.

Center Wu Tai-hao, who didn't take a potential winning shot he should have taken in closing seconds of Game 5, added 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Forward Ho Shou-cheng, who took his performance up a notch in the Finals, had 17 points and 8 rebounds.

Yulon's performance in its last game of the season was simply miserable, evidenced in its 8-of-19 free-throw shooting.

Yang Che-yi led the Dinos with 16 points while Chen Chih-chung added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. However, leading scorer Chen Hsin-an turned in just 10 points, missing 10 of 14 shots.

Tseng Wen-ting, who was outplayed by Wu Tai-hao in the entire series, had 13 points and 8 boards in the season finale.

April 19
Game 5: Yulon 87-85 TB

Chen Hsin-an scored 26 of his game-high 39 points in the first period and made 7 threes in the elimination game as Yulon pulled within one game.

Yang Che-yi scored seven points in the 4th period to make the score 81-73 before TB made the last run. Chen Hsin-an made three of four free-throws in the last 15.2 seconds for the win.

Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 39p(14-26 FG, 7-12 3PT)+12rb, Yang Che-yi 18p, Lee Hsueh-lin 14p
TB: Lin Chih-chieh 24p+10rb+4a, Ho Shou-cheng 16p+10rb, Wu Tai-hao 13p+6rb+5a, Chen Chih-nian 15p(4-4 3PT)

April 18
Game 4: TB 73-66 Yulon

TB used a 17-7 run in the third quarter to win the most important game of the series and was one win away from its second title in as many years.

TB: Lin Chih-chieh 26p+11rb+4s, Yang Ching-min 17p, Ho Shou-cheng 9p+11rb, Wu Tai-hao 10p+6rb+4blk
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 23p+14rb+4a, Lee Hsueh-lin 17p, Chen Chih-chung 15p+5a, Tseng Wen-ting 4p


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U.KINGDOM

BBL quarterfinal matchups set -by Eurobasket News

The regular season has come to an end in BBL, with the top eight teams continuing their journey for the trophy; the quarterfinals are scheduled to tip off tomorrow. The Newcastle Eagles celebrated the regular season title, never letting up to score an impressive dramatic 95-84 overtime win over the Sheffield Sharks in the last round of action. Sheffield fought for a chance to occupy the final fifth spot in the table but were unsuccessful in the end. The Sharks were down by 8 points late in the game but still manage to force overtime, with Alto Virgil (188-G-82, college: Passaic City JC) nailing a three-pointer to send the game into the extra period. But it was a familiar story for the Eagles, who had played two overtimes in the previous games: Newcastle capped the game with 9 straight points and collected their 29th win of the season. The Sharks finished the regular season at 17-16 record and the no. 5 seed. Steve Leven (197-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) was top scorer for the hosts with 23 points. Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) provided 17 points for the Eagles. Shelby Chaney (206-C-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) answered with a game-high 25 points for Sheffield.


The BBL defending champion Guildford Heat clinched the no. 2 seed, losing its final game to the Scottish Rocks 94-76 but still managing to stay ahead of the Plymouth Raiders. Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) produced 24 points and Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) contributed 21 as the Rocks prevailed. Dan Wardrope (188-G-78) responded with 17 points for the Heat. The Rocks will take on MK Lions in the opening round of the playoffs.


The London Capital thrashed the Birmingham Panthers 85-65 on the final day of action, but it was not enough for them to advance to the postseason. The London outfit improved to 12-21 record, finishing just outside the Top 8. Sam Bradley (193-G-84, college: Christian Brothers) notched 22 points for the Capitals. Lijah Perkins (202-F-77) canned 13 points for the BBL newcomers. Adam Williams (193-G-83) replied with 21 points for the Panthers as they remained at the very bottom of the standings. (Edited by Os Davis)



Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 29-4 
 2. Plymouth R. 24-9 
 3. Guildford H. 24-9 
 4. Milton Key. 19-14 
 5. Scottish R. 18-15 
 6. Sheffield S. 17-16 
 7. Everton T. 16-17 
 8. Worcester W. 14-19 
 9. London C. 12-21 
 10. Leicester R. 10-23 
 11. Cheshire J. 9-24 
 12. Birmingh.P. 6-27 


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URUGUAY

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


Started the fourth round for the Metro League -by Hector Lopez
Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) scored 11 points for Waston when his team win for the first time beating 25 de Agosto 77-71, starting the 4th round of the Metropolitan League. For 25 de Agosto, playing without foreign player, Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) scored 15 points. Nacional also get its first victory, beating Yale 77-69. The Brazilian Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.)rea scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while for Yale Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) netted 23 points and took 11 rebounds. Larraaga beat 94-73 Olivol Mundial. Nicolas Pizzini netted 19 points for the winner and Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) added 12. The fourth round will be completed tonight (Tuesday 22) with the leader Aguada (3-0) playing against Verdirrojo (1-0), Goes will face Marne and Larre Borges against Capurro.

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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 11-11 
 7. Dep.Tachira 9-11 
 8. Guaros 9-14 
 9. Panteras 7-16 
 10. Gigantes 5-17 


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WCBPL

Standings
WCBPL Standings
 1. Santa Barbara 3-0 
 2. High Desert 0-0 
 3. Pasadena 0-0 
 4. O. County 0-0 
 5. Ventura 0-0 
 6. Newport Beach 0-1 
 7. Carlsbad 0-1 
 8. Hollywood 0-1 


Santa Barbara wins again -by Gianni Pascucci
We don' t know yet so much about the WCPBL other franchises, for sure it seems that the Santa Barbara Breakers are the only team in this league well organized and working. The Breakers played their third game on Saturday, April 19, defeating the visiting Carlsbad Beach Dawgs 117-108 thanks to a winning effort in the second half. In fact, the Beach Dawgs had imporessive performing from Ryan Read (6'2''-G), who was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first quarter and finished the game with 22 points including going 6-for-8 from three, while Frank Robinson (6'4''-G-84) led the road team with 25. After a bad start, Santa Barbara built up a 55-49 lead going into the second half, led by Josh Merrill (6'9''-F-74, college: UCSB) who ended the game at 25 points, and Rashid Byrd (7'0''-C-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) who tallied 15 points in the first period and scored 21 points in the game. The other good performers in the Breakers were Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE), who scored 23 pts and Allan Purnell (6'4''-G-82, college: Pacific), who added 22. Thanks to this win, Santa Barbara is alone at the top of the WCPBL table undefeated.



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Women News

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BULGARIA - Women

Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Lukoil 19-2 
 2. Dunav 19-2 
 3. Beroe 2007 11-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 9-12 
 5. Montana 2003 6-15 
 6. Slavia 5-16 
 7. NSA 0-12 


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CANADA - Women

Donovan top-scores again -by Eurobasket News
Katie Donovan (183-F-82) spends her outstanding season in Luxembourg. The DBBL season continued with the games of the championship pool. The league leaders Basket Esch edged T71 Dudelange 78:64 for the 17th win. The tested duo of Krisztina Bernath and Leah Metcalf once again shone brightly to eclipse the hosts. Bernath knocked down 25 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Metcalf provided 22 points and 8 assists as Basket Esch overcame a 3-point first frame deficit to come out on top. Katie Donovan answered with 22 points and 6 boards for Dudelange.
Katie Donovan narrowly missed a triple-double and her T71 edged Contern 80:71 on the road. She produced 23 points, 14 boards and 9 assists to secure the win despite some desperate comeback efforts from Contern in the final period. Rachel Wagener drained 18 points for Dudelange. Carrie Bacon led all scorers with 31 points for Contern.
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and her Fenerbahce won the regular season in Turkey. The team is now will start the semifinal campaign against TED Kayseri on April 22nd. In order to advance from the Quarterfinals Fenerbahce beat Burhaniye bld 83:76 as Tammy Sutton-Brown produced 12 points.


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CROATIA - Women

Gospic and Sibenik march towards Final -by Eurobasket News
Both Croatian powerhouses Gospic and Sibenik posted expected wins in the starting encounters of the semifinal stage of A1 League. We probably will once again experience the arch-rivalry in the Final series in Croatia.
Gospic came up with some strong basketball in the second half to upset Ragusa 78:66 in Game 1. Leading by just 2 points at the interval Gospic stepped on the gas in the second part of the game and easily ran away for good. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) nailed 18 points to pace the home side. Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) had 15 points and Marina Mazic (190-C-80) dropped 14 for the winners. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) answered with 17 points for Ragusa. Matea Vrdoljak (-85) and Jesic scored 13 points apiece in defeat. The series now move to the court of Ragusa for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Sibenik rolled to a confident 82:62 win over Medvescak. It was the 11th straight win for Jolly Sibenik in A1 league this season. Medvescak managed to keep it at the striking distance in the first half but fell apart after the break. Sibenik outgunned their opponents 21:9 in the third period and coasted to an overall win afterwards. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) accounted for game-high 25 points for Sibenik. Jurcevic netted 13 points for the winners. Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) responded with 18 points for Medvescak.


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
Top Group
1. Sibenik 10-0
2. Gospic 7-3
3. Ragusa 5-5
4. Medvescak 5-5
5. Studenec O. 2-8
6. Zadar 1-9
Bottom Group
1. Pozega 6-1
2. Agram 4-3
3. Mursa 4-3
4. Croatia 2006 4-3
5. Montmontaza 2-5
6. Novi Zagreb 1-6


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HOLLAND - Women

Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Yellow Bike 21-3 
 2. Amazone 19-5 
 3. ProBuild Lions 18-6 
 4. Perik Jumpers 13-11 
 5. BV Lely 12-12 
 6. Woonb./DAS 11-13 
 7. Celeritas-D. 6-18 
 8. Binnenland 6-18 
 9. Grasshoppers 2-22 


Yellow Bike wins the regular season in Netherlands -by Eurobasket News
The regular season wrapped up in the Eredivisie in Netherlands. Yellow Bike finished on the high routing Grasshoppers 108:43 away from home. Leading 25:7 after the first frame and 55:23 at the break the league favorites had little problems securing the 21st win of the season and clinching the top spot. Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) fired with game-high 36 points for Yellow Bike. Laura Kooij (183-F-82) contributed 19 and the All-Star Game MVP Marloes Roetgerink (189-C-77) finished with 18 points for the winners. Yellow Bike will now face Binnenland in the best-of-three quarterfinal series tipping off on April 29.
Binnenland was not so emotional after their last game of the regular season. They visited Perik Jumpers and suffered a stunning 55:88 loss. Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) nailed 19 points for the hosts who led by 19 points before the fourth period. Kim Lawrence and Milou Dekker (176-G-91) provided 15 points apiece for the winning side. Perik Jumpers completed the season with 13-11 record and occupied the 4th spot. They will take on BV Lely team in the opening round of playoffs.
Amazone drove to a hard-fought victory over Woonbron 77:67 and booked the second spot in the ladder. Judy Wright (172-G-84) produced 17 points for Amazone. Tyler McIlwraith (185-G-85, college: St.Louis) finished with 11 points and 8 boards in a win. Theresa LeCuyer (182-F-78) answered with 21 points for Woonbron as they grabbed the 6th spot and set up a matchup against ProBuild Lions. Amazone will clash with Celeritas from Groningen.
ProBuild Lions overcame Celeritas 99:56 in the final round. Cherie Lea (176-G/F-81, college: NC-Wilmington) knocked down 20 points for the Lions. Rene Haynes (178-G-85, college: Michigan St.) poured in 19 points in a winning case. Caroline van der Woude (-C) was the only Celeritas player to score in double digits as she canned 17 points.


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Wins for Basket Esch, Residence and Musel Pikes -by Eurobasket News
The DBBL season continued with the games of the championship pool. The league leaders Basket Esch edged T71 Dudelange 78:64 for the 17th win. The tested duo of Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) and Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) once again shone brightly to eclipse the hosts. Bernath knocked down 25 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Metcalf provided 22 points and 8 assists as Basket Esch overcame a 3-point first frame deficit to come out on top. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) answered with 22 points and 6 boards for Dudelange.
Residence kept the third best record by beating Amicale 60:47 at home. The hosts shocked the visitors in the opening frame outpacing them 23:7. Amicale failed to recover after a stunning start and lost their 13th battle. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) led the home team with 24 points. Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) poured in game-high 30 points and pulled down 13 boards for Amicale.
Musel Pikes secured the second spot in the ladder after they handled Contern 105:61. Musel Pikes accumulated a 51:27 advantage at the interval and kept the visiting side at bay for the rest of the game. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, agency: Next Level, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) netted 24 points and collected 10 rebounds for Musel Pikes. Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) provided 18 points for the winners. Carrie Bacon (183-F-80, college: Wyoming) dropped 14 points in a loss. There also were some sad news for Musel Pikes. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) and Andrea Haris decided not to play for the team in the next season. Mazjoukhina was forced to make a pause with active basketball because of a knee injury. She is expected to return to action in one-year time. Haris opted for leaving the franchise due to personal reasons.


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
Title Group
 1. Basket Esch 17-4 
 2. Musel Pikes 13-8 
 3. Residence 12-9 
 4. T71 Dudelange 11-10 
 5. Amicale 8-13 
 6. AB Contern 6-15 
Relegation Group
 1. Etzella 9-0 
 2. Grengewald 7-2 
 3. Racing 6-3 
 4. Les Esperants 2-7 
 5. Black Frogs 2-7 
 6. BC Mess 1-8