EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/24/2008

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ABA

Tommie Eddie Named MVP of Proliga -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Strong Island Sound star forward Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi)has been named MVP of Portugals Proliga for the 2007-08 season. Eddie dominated play from beginning to end this season, leading his club Vitoria to a 25-3 record and the second seed in the playoffs. Eddie amassed an MVP index rating of 828 this season, 179 points more than the second place selection Bryan Foss! Eddie dominated in all facets, scoring a league high 23.1ppg to go along with the second most rebounds at 11.4 per contest (27 games). Eddie headed over to Portugal after completing a solid 2006-07 campaign in the ABA with the Sound. A crowd favorite, the Brooklyn native affectionately referred to as 'Gunzz' appeared in 32 games for the Sound, averaging 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 51% from the field. In addition to starring in Portugal, the rising star has previous international experience having played in Ireland and Luxembourg, and was a member of the Brooklyn Kings of the USBL.

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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Standings
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. An Nasr 1-0 
 2. Zain 1-0 
 3. Tilal 0-1 
 4. Qatar 0-1 
Group B
 1. Al Ittihad 1-0 
 2. Al Nasr 1-0 
 3. De La Salle 0-1 
 4. MAS 0-1 
Group C
 1. Orthodox 0-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 3. Al Manama 0-0 
 4. Al Kahraba 0-0 
Group D
 1. As Seeb 0-0 
 2. Sagesse 0-0 
 3. Al Kuwait 0-0 


Day 1 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship (April 23 - May 5 Amman ,Jordan) -by Mohammed Malas

* Group A:

Zain (JOR) 101 - Al Tilal Aden 48 (Qs: 23-14, 53-24, 80-30 & 101-48)

# Best performance:
- Zain:
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) (20 pts, 8 reb, 8 ast)
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) (17 pts, 11 reb, 2 ast)
Mohammad Bushnaq (200-F-81) (15 pts, 6 reb)
- Al Tilal Aden:
Taha Alassari (180-G/F-84, college: Fredonia St.) (17 pts, 4 ast)

An Nasr (UAE) 100 - Qatar Club (QAT) 78 (Qs: 16-20, 47-37, 69-54 & 100-78)

# Best performance:
- An Nasr:
Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Marquette) (21 pts, 11 reb)
Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.) (14 pts, 7 reb)
Al Khader Abdalla (13 pts, 3 ast)
- Qatar Club:
Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Minnesota) (25 pts, 14 reb)
Jerry Holman (209-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Minnesota) (14 pts, 11 reb)
Mohammad Naeem (14 pts)

* Group B:

Al Ittihad Jeddah (KSA) 106 - De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem (PAL) 83 (Qs: 23-18, 45-34, 77-62 & 106-83)

# Best performance:
- Al Ittihad Jeddah:
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) (33 pts, 6 ast, 4 stl)
Adel Guhani (29 pts, 3 ast, 2 stl)
- De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem:
Hoky Golesh (21 pts, 7 reb)
Ammar Nofal (190-F-84) (18 pts)
Issa Kamel (192-F-83) (17 pts)

* Al Ittihad played with one import only as Jerod Ward and Priest Laudhradle will not play with the team in the tournaent.

Al Nasr (LBA) 76 - Maghreb de Fes 70 (Qs: 14-23, 33-41, 48-53 & 76-70)

# Best performance:
- Al Nasr:
Ellia Zolic (19 pts, 11 reb)
Abdelhalim Kowan (12 pts, 5 ast)
Khaled Mohamad (12 pts, 2 ast, 3 stl)
- Maghreb de Fes:
Alpha Traore (188-G-83) (16 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl)
Matar N'Baye (192-G) (16 pts)
Mohamad Hajera (13 pts, 11 reb)

# Day 2 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship games:

- Thursday 24th of April:
16:00 Kuwait - As Seeb
18:00 Orthodox - Al Kahraba
20:00 Al Riyadi - Al Manama



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BOSNIA

24 seconds with Nkechi P. Ezugwu -by Nedzad Kladusak

You played your third match in the bosnian Centrotrans Liga 8. How do you feel in Bosnia-Hercegovina and what are your impressions of the league?

Nkechi P. Ezugwu: I am happy to come and join the bosnian league for the final 8 and then the
playoffs. The league is a little different from italy,but at the end basketball is basketball, I think that
they play more physical here than in italy and italy is more technical and maybe more athletic. The
referees are a little bit different in the way they interpret fouls, I ve been fouled out of the game in 10
minutes. That has not happened to me in while! I think that the top two teams are considerably better than
the rest of the teams, but the other team play really hard, with no fear, so you have to come and play
everyday because those guys want to say they beat siroki, who have 4 americans and good croatian
players. Next year I dont know, I hope to have a different experience outside italy, but we will see.

Thank you very much and I wish you good luck!



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
Grude - Zrinjski Mik Company 74:85


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 2-2 341:352 -11 6 pts.
7. Borac Nektar 0-4 273:295 -22 4 pts.
8. Grude 0-4 308:348 -40 4 pts.


Igokea Partizan - Sloboda Dita 86:69
(21:27, 20:21, 14:11, 31:10)
Aleksandrovac, SD Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 600; Ref.: Adamovic, Bijedic, Coric
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 4, Patterson, Bocka 9, Stazic 21, Vucurovic 2, Cup, Wright 4, Lydeka 9, Stefanovic 11, Kovacevic 12, Allen 14
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 16, Hrncic, Halilbegovic, Albijanic 10, Persic, Tomovic 2, Tanasilovic, Matic 12, N. Milosevic 8, Jocovic 8, Ross 13
Coach: Senad Muminovic


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 8, 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



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. Zrinjski MC 2-2 
 6. Sloboda Dita 2-2 
 7. Borac Nektar 0-4 
 8. Grude 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 


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Leagues Standings
A1 League
 1. Novi Grad-Atal 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 


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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Bad Boys want to put hand in Basketball cookie jar -by David Edole
With the sweet taste that came with knocking off Young Legs to reach their first BVI Basketball Federation final then winning their first game, the Bad Boys had a full off season to endure the bitter end of defeat which came with the Easts reverse sweep to claim the crown.

Like the Guns and Young Legs, Bad Boys have done some upgrade to their unit with hopes of getting that coveted ring.

The Bad Boys are ready, assured Dalvern Blyden. We just had to do a little rebuilding and were coming again. If you looked at the Bad Boys team that showed up in the championships, in most games, we came with 7-8 players. But, this year, we are coming with a full 12 to do warthats all we are coming for.

Having experienced playing in the finals and losing, isnt a good feeling Blyden said and that has motivated his team.

It was like your hand is above the cookie jar, but, you didnt get to taste it, he recalls. This year when things start, everybody will have their ring in the air and we dont have any so we need a ring.

Bylden believes a better bench was the missing ingredient in getting them to the top to get that ring. He said with Guns and Young Legs losing, adding and picking up players, it doesnt faze his team.

As far as Im concerned, Bad Boys are the best team in the league right now, he affirmed. Im sure about that. Im positive. Im not sending a message. But, tell them Dalvern said so.

What would it mean for Bad Boys to finally win the title this year?

To me, its all about the ring and bragging rights for a whole year, Blyden pointed out. Thats all it is right now, bragging rights and a ring. Thats what Bad Boys want. Get rings or die trying.
By DEAN GREENAWAY, BVI News Senior Sports Correspondent 23.APR.08


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CHINA

CBA will recruit the players in USA -by Robert Wang
In order to improve chinese teams level, many chinese pro. teams will go abroad next month and train abroad in USA or euro. I know 2 teams would go to US next month and the coaches had contacted us to see if we have any good players for their new season in USA. Team would recriut the players if they saw any good players in USA and consider them as imports in the new season 2008-2009. Clubs hope us to release the news about recruiting the players on the euro. website as the players wanted post. Since we are the sports agency in China area and we'd like to see if any agents or players interested in playing in China this year and send your players' profile to us as well. The contact email address Robert55@126.com.

CBA Info. -by Robert Wang
Sorry for lacking releasing the news on the website due to some problems with my computor recently. Here is some info. from China. CBA has comittee has arrranged the meeting with all clubs regarding the new season for the year 2008-2009. Ao Shen team might be coming back as a new team this year. Aos Shen has been playing in ABA league in USA and they wanted to be back last year but they set their home city in Macao where is not allowed by CBA. If they set their gym in other city in China mainland, they might be back for sure. Let's wait and see.
Another news for a coach info. Former assist coach Wu Qing Long who coached Fu Jian SBS team last year had signed the contract with Shan Xi team fo4r his new season. Coach wu has started to train the team from April 20th. good Luck!


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CUBA

Cubans Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
CUBANS ABROAD
In Puerto Rico there was yesterday night 'the game' for our two Cubans in the BSN, Angel Caballero and Roberto Carlos Herrera, Indios de Mayaguez against Brujos de Guayama.
Both teams are not having a good season in Puerto Rico, it is very difficult for them to reach the BSN play-offs, but Los Brujos and Los Indios are intested in offer the best basketball possible at their fans.
Mayaguez won 77-76 and MVP of the game was 'The Knight of La Habana' Angel Caballero with 15 points (7/13 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 1/4 FT), 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. A 'partidazo' for Angel who played with an incredible intensity, He was 'El Rey' of the painting area.
For Guayama, Roberto Carlos Herrera played 20 minutes with 13 points (2/5 2pts, 3/4 3pts), 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. Good game also for 'El Habanero' Herrera but his good contribution was not enough for Los Brujos to defeat Los Indios.
A. Fontana


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CZECH REPUBLIC

Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Nymburk 43-1 
 2. Geofin 34-10 
 3. Prostejov 31-13 
 4. Decin 28-16 
 5. Pardubice 26-18 
 6. Ostrava 22-22 
 7. USK Praha 19-25 
 8. A Plus B. 18-26 
 9. Sadska 17-27 
 10. Liberec 14-30 
 11. Kolin 9-35 
 12. Usti n/Labem 3-41 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Opava 22-2 
 2. Vysehrad 18-6 
 3. Basket Zapad 18-8 
 4. Benesov 15-9 
 5. Prazsky 15-9 
 6. Pardubice B 13-11 
 7. Chomutov 13-11 
 8. J.Hradec 13-11 
 9. VSB Ostrava 11-13 
 10. Zlin 10-15 
 11. Trutnov 8-16 
 12. Litomerice 7-17 
 13. Olomouc 7-18 
 14. BBK IVes Brno 1-23 


First quarterfinal game proving Nymburks supremacy -by Ondra Simecek

CEZ Basketball Nymburk - A PLUS OHL ZS Brno 106:64
The first quarterfinal game was played in Nymburk tonight. Nymburk did not let anyone having doubts about their supremacy in the league and did not give a chance to Brno to even think about posibility of a victory. Nymburk was leading 14:4 after six minutes of the game and the first quarter finnished 32:17. The home team was constantly increasing the diference in the score. A great performance in the ofense was shown especially by Radoslav Rancik, who scored 19 points in the first half that finnished 55:32 for Nymburk. The whole roster of Nymburk got minutes in the game and scored. Especially in the second half when the game was already decided, Nymburk made a good show for the spectators and proved to be an obvious favorite of this quarterfinal series as well as the whole league.

Next 3 quarterfinal games will be played on Friday and Saturday.



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DENMARK

Bakken Bears defend Basketligaen title -by Eurobasket News

Bakken 105, Svendborg 96


The Bakken Bears claimed their second straight Basketligaen title after overcoming Svendborg in the Finals. The Bears completed a 4-0 sweep and proved their status as the best Danish team at the moment.


The Svendborg Rabbits entered the fourth encounter with their backs against the wall, down 3-0 in the final series and desperately needing some heroics to survive. But the Bears looked simply unstoppable, getting off to an aggressive high-flying start and soon building a 32-23 lead. The Rabbits, however, restored intrigue in the second quarter as Brayden Billbe (208-C-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: American) fueled the hosts' comeback effort. Svendborg managed to trim the deficit to 3 points at halftime, 53-50. The game turned into a heated battle after the break as Svendborg tried fiercely to deny the deficit, but the experienced Bears squad kept the home team in bay: Bakken outrebounded the hosts 30-20 and converted impressive 64% from the field, never allowing their opponents to surge in front and celebrated an impressive victory that gave them another Basketligaen Gold.


Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) paced the Bears with 25 points. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) provided 15 points and Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) nailed 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Brayden Billbe answered with game-high 30 points for Svendborg. Martin Mariegaard (183-G-81) and Claus Magaard (194-G/F-86) had 12 points each in a losing effort.

Svendborg: Brayden Billbe 30, Martin Mariegaard 12, Claus Magaard 12.
Bakken: Nicolai Iversen 25, Jason Siggers 15, Chris Christoffersen 14 and 9 boards. (Edited by Os Davis)



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EGYPT

Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
 1. Gezira 7-0 
 2. Zamalek 4-3 
 3. Ahly 4-3 
 4. Al Ittihad 4-3 
 5. Sporting 3-4 
 6. Somouha 0-7 
Group B
 1. Gazco 0-0 
 2. Damenhor 0-0 
 3. Eastern Co. 0-0 
 4. Shorta-Police 0-0 
 5. Shams 0-0 
 6. Geish Army 0-0 


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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, Anselmi 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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FRANCE

French Cup Quarterfinals: Nanterre downs Pau -by Chris Spiesser

The quarterfinals of the French Busnel Cup took place yesterday evening in Limoges and Denain. The most surprising result once again concerns Nanterre, which ejected Pau from the race!

In Limoges:
Nanterre 65-54 Pau
One week after having beaten Strasbourg, last year's finalist downed another Pro A team. Coach Mopsus's boys never found the key to Nanterre's fighting spirit, ending with only 54 points. Steffon Bradford (201-F-77, college: Nebraska) led the Francilians with 23 points and 15 rebounds while Souarata Ciss proved to his former team that he is on an improving trend: He posted 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.

Nancy 67-78 ASVEL
The Lorrains lost for the second time in a row after last Saturday's game in Roanne (81-74). Deeply inaccurate (34%), the Reds lost touch in the second half, outscored 44-29 against a team led by Conley and Wilson (39 points, 10 rebounds combined). On Friday, Villeurbanne will meet Nancy for the second time this week and a third game in four days!

In Denain:
Le Havre 87-93 Cholet
Efficient in the first half, Le Havre's defense collapsed in the final 20 minutes. Thomson (24 points, 5 rebounds) and De Colo (21 points, 4 rebound, 5 assists) led their teams, but Claude Marquis gave the final spark: Cholet's center posted 14 points in the fourth quarter to end the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds. In the press room, Coach Kunter also noted Beaubois' activity in scoring 13 points to go with 3 rebounds.


Poitiers 70-83 Gravelines
Trailing by just two points at halftime, Poitiers gave Gravelines a serious game driven by its two US players Youger (25 points on 11-of-14 shooting, 7 rebounds) and Gunn (20 points, 7 rebounds). But coach Nelhomme noticed Gravelines' physical impact as a key to their success as well as Dubiez' efficiency (20 points, including 5-of-6 on threes, 3 steals). Mokongo had a clean sheet with 12 points on 100% shooting and 4 assists.

The semifinal matchups of Nanterre v. ASVEL and Cholet v. Gravelines will take place this evening in Limoges and Denain. (Edited by Os Davis)



Pro A, day 26: Roundup -by Chris Spiesser

Hyeres-Toulon 95:84 Strasbourg
Hyeres-Toulon won a very important home game over a stumbling Strasbourg team after jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. Hyeres-Toulon shot an unbelievable 60% from the field and only committed 11 turnovers. Austin Nichols followed up his 42 point performance with another outstanding game, scoring 26 points while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from three-point range and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Hrvoje Perincic scored 20 points while Daniel Horton added a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. Rob Lewin led the way for Strasbourg with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Eddie Shannon added 13 points and 9 assists.

ASVEL 90:67 Vichy
ASVEL routed Vichy with a 23 point home victory by shooting 62% form the field. Chevy Troutman led the way for ASVEL, scoring 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds. Laymen Wilson had a solid game in scoring 18 points to go with 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Vichy had only two players score in double figures: William Gradit with 12 points and Zach Moss with 10 points.

Pau-Orthez 91:95 Cholet
Pau dropped a very important game, almost killing any chances at making the playoffs. Nando De Colo carried Cholet to victory by scoring 25 points while shooting 10-of-12 from the free throw line. Anthony Dobbins scored 16 points, while Steed Tchicamboud added 15 points in the win. Antonio Graves led the way for Pau scoring 25 points, and Jeff Trepagnier added 12 points.

Roanne 81:74 Nancy
Roanne used tough defense and 41 bench points to gain their 17th win of the season. Marc Slayers used his double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds to carry Roanne. Pape Badiane scored 16 points while Adam Hess added 14. Michael Bauer was the leading scorer for Nancy with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Ricardo Greer had an all-around solid game with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jeff Greer was the only other player to score in double figures with 13 points.

Orleans 66:48 Chalon
Chalon managed to score just 8 points in the first quarter, as Orleans jumped out to an early 13 point advantage and cruised to an 18 point home victory. Chalon shot an extremely poor 28% from field, which proved to be difference in the game. Benjamin Dewar led the way for Orleans scoring 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Aldo Curti and Aloysius Anagonye were the only other players to score in double figures for Orleans. Chalon had only one player score in double figures, which was Jermaine Guice with 13 points. (Written by Sean Davis; edited by Os Davis)



Standings - N1
N1 Standings
 1. Antibes 24-6 
 2. Blois 23-7 
 3. Fos Ouest 23-7 
 4. Charleville 23-7 
 5. Get Vosges 21-9 
 6. Angers 18-12 
 7. St Chamond 17-13 
 8. Challans 17-13 
 9. Lille 16-14 
 10. Boulogne 15-15 
 11. Bordeaux 15-15 
 12. Lievin 14-16 
 13. Mulhouse 13-17 
 14. Longwy 11-19 
 15. Feurs 8-22 
 16. Andrezieux 6-24 
 17. Toulouges 5-25 
 18. Centre Feder. 1-29 


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FYR MACEDONIA

Semifinal lineup is complete -by Todor Chalovski
MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje and Fersped Rabotnicki gain semifinal births, after beating their opponents in the second quarterfinal games last night.

MZT beat Amak SP at home 86:81, to win the series 2:0. Home team started brightly, leading in best part of the first half. Bit, the Ohrid based side hat a late charge, to level up 42:42 at the end of the first half. They continued their charge in the third quarter, which gave them a 57:44 lead. But, MZT improved their defensive and offensive dame, leveling the score midway through the last quarter. Muhamed Thaci scored twice for a 82:80 lead inside the last minute, leading his team to an eventual 86:81 victory.

A great shooting performance took last season's runners up Fersped Rabotnicki to the semis. They beat Swisslion Pelister 104:82 in Bitola, winning the series 2:0. Nenad Zivcevic had a great night, scoring 28 points (8/9 for three). He had great help from teammates Dimitar Mirakovski and Vladimir Filipovic, scoring 23 points each.

The semifinal lineup is Feni Industri - Fersped Rabotnicki (Feni Industri starts with a 1:0 lead) and Strumica 2005 - MZT FON Univerzitet. Semifinal series will be best of five, and first games will be on April 30th.


Amak-SP coach, Igor Gacov, suspended for one year -by Zoran Kovacevski
Igor Gacov, head coach of Amak-SP team, one of the biggest positive surprises this season in macedonian basketball league, is suspended in a period of one year. The reason for this sanction is his bad behavior in the play-off game with MZT Skopje played on last saturday in Ohrid. Gacov was reported to Basketball federation of Macedonia (BFM) by the officials on the game between Amak-SP and MZT.
Gacov didn't lead his team in yesterday second game against MZT Skopje in play-off quarter-final. He have right to complain about this decision.


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HUNGARY

Cibona Zagreb delegation at Budapest -by Balazs Radics
The croatian champion team's delegation visited Hungarian capital last week, as they have been the guest of Vasas Basketball Team. Mihovil Nakic club-manager and Danko Miholic junior coach, and Slaven Hlupic phisical trainer have observed the professional work within the club, had 2 trainings kept for the juniors and after several negotiotions the two teams management came to decision in the following topics. Programs for the development of the coaches, common participation at training camps and preparation cups. Also Cibona joins Barcelona, AJ Milano and Vasas-MKB Euroleasing to launch the tournament of the 4 Nations. This junior event (U12, U14, U16) will be kicking off in September at Budapest for the first time.

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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,and scored 5 3 points shoots from 7 tryies.
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.



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LATVIA

Latvian Basketball League Play-offs -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvian Basketball League

1/8 finals (best of three)

BK Keizarmezs - BK Zemgale 66-73 (23-21; 15-18; 14-17; 14-17) series 1-2

Arturs Strelnieks (196-F-85) 15+13reb, Berzins 11+7reb, Silavs 10+7reb; Ilmars Bergmanis (185-G-81) 20+10 reb, Raiskums 13, Berkis 11, Bambis 10+10reb

1/4 finals (best of three)

BK Ventspils - Ventspils augstskola 96-81 (27-22; 24-26; 21-19; 24-14) series 1-0


Gerry McNamara (188-G-83) 27+6as, Veselovs 18+9reb, Vitols 17, Helmanis 13+7reb, Love 10; Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) 18, Bucs 13, Gubats 11


ASK Riga - Liepajas Lauvas 105-67 (27-19; 28-18; 22-13; 28-17) series 1-0


Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78) 18, Vecvagars 13, Bertans 13, Millage 13, Pavic 12; Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) 18+11reb, Jurevicus 12



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LIGA SUDAMERICANA

Flamengo survives first Rio test -by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Regatas Corrientes 98:79

Flamengo stayed alive in the final series against Regatas Corrientes beating the Argentinean side at home in Game 3. The teams travelled to Rio de Janeiro with Regatas enjoying a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Flamengo had their backs against the wall but fought fiercely and forced at least the fourth game in the final. The hosts jumped to a sizzling start as they dominated every facet of the game and piled up a 33:18 lead. The Brazilian team kept on pushing and the tension grew higher in the clash. However it all worked in favor of the home team as Flamengo accumulated a 21-point cushion before the second half. Regatas Corrientes finally adjusted their game and began clawing their way back into contest. They trimmed the deficit by 2 points in the third stanza and tried to step closer at the final stages. But Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) on the court Flamengo never allowed the visitors to arrive at the striking distance finalizing a confident win. Marcelinho Machado was impressive with 44 points and 6 assists for Flamengo. He was ejected in Game 1 of the series and then missed the second one but his help proved vital for Flamengo in this one. Helio Lima (186-G-81), Alirio de Souza (208-C-77) and Fernando Martins (199-F-80) netted 11 points each for the winners. Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: W.Chester) answered with 17 points for Regatas. Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) provided 16 points in a losing effort. Flamengo had an obvious advantage on the boards outrebounding the visitors 42:24. The hosts shot 44% from the field and committed only 8 turnovers during the game. A could-be decisive fourth game is scheduled for today at the Pabellon Maracanazinho.

Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 44, Helio Lima 11, Alirio de Souza 11, Fernando Martins 11
Regatas C: Ramzee Stanton 17, Chuck Robinson 16


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris routs Siauliai in the semifinal opener -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris- Siauliai 100:76

The Kaunas powerhouse Zalgiris got to a winning start of the semifinal matchup against Siauliai. Six Zalgiris players scored in double figures and Kaunas outfit stunned their opponents 100:76 at the Kaunas Sports Hall yesterday. The hosts built a 53:38 lead at halftime and kept their opponents at distance throughout the rest of the game. Mamadou Ndiaye finished with 18 points to lead Zalgiris. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) notched 14 points, while Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) and Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) knocked down 12 points apiece in a win. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) answered with game-high 22 points for Siauliai. Virginijus Praskevicius (206-C/F-74) dropped 13 points in a loss. Zalgiris dominated every aspect of the encounter. They outmuscled the visitors under the rims pulling down 37 boards and converted 54% from the field. Game 2 is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Zalgiris: Mamadou Ndiaye 18, Jonas Maciulis 14, Marcus Brown 12, Dainius Salenga 12
Siauliai: Donatas Zavackas 22, Virginijus Praskevicius 13


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LUXEMBOURG

Etzella loses third in a row as Sparta's win streak hits 7! Musel Pikes dominate Contern! Amicale blows out Residence! -by Alex Meyers
Sunday, April 20, 2008

Etzella 70 - Sparta 74

After a poor start, Nelson DelGado brought Etzella back into the game and had his team looking like it would finally break Sparta's spirit as well as their winning streak, up by 5 points at the break and going up by as many as 11 pointsearly in the third quarter. Then Etzella could only put 10 points on the board in the final stanza mostly due to Sparta's defensive efforts. Zohrab Ziai, Christian Wulff and Larrie Smith all hit key shots from the perimeter to help the Red and White of Bertrange to its 7th straight win with the Final four so close ahead.

Etzella's Tim Giver could not find the center of the rim from the field, where he went 1 for 6 from 2 point and 3 point range and scoring just 7 points but added 6 assists and 2 steals. Nelson DelGado led all scorers with 23 points. Marcus Kennedy also had a nice game with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Cedric Schroeder had a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Larrie Smith and Co. had nice balance in scoring throughout the game. Smith scored 22 points and took 11 rebounds to lead the way, followed by Sohrab Ziai with 19 points. Pit Hoffmann also added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Looking closely at the statistics, you can see that this game was won by Sparta from the free throw line where they capitalized on 15 of 25 shots. Sparta was only called for 12 fouls during the entire match, allowing Etzella to shoot only 7 free throws. Etzella made them all.

Sparta will fine tune for the semi-finals, playing at Contern, on Saturday, April 26th at 8:30pm. Etzella must win at Amicale to finish second or third for the final four. If they lose, they will have to face Sparta in the semi-finals.

Etzella: 28 field goals, 7 three pointers, 7 for 7 free throws, 32 rebounds, 24 fouls and 7 turnovers.
J. DelGado 4, N. DelGado 23. Giver 7, Schroeder 10, Kennedy 22, also Garganese, Ittenbach and Kerger 4.
Sparta: 57 field goals, 7 three pointers, 15 for 25 free throws, 32 rebounds, 12 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Smith 22, Ziai 19, Hoffmann 11, Wulff 8, Baustert 7, also Palumbo 5, Wolzfeld 2 and Evans.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-25, Halftime 42-43, 3rd Q 60-55, Final 70-74


Musel Pikes 80 - Contern 65

Contern, coming off a huge win over Etzella last weekend, cound not find its form away from home and struggled against a hot shooting Musel Pikes team. coach Fank Baum gave the green light as Musel Pikes shot 30 three pointers in the match making good on nearly half of them. Samy Picard hit 6 of 13 from behind the arc and finished with a game high 27 points. Chris Braier had one of his better games with a huge double-double notching 21 points and 11 rebounds. Guy Schmit added 15 and Laurent Schwartz 10 for the winners from the Moselle River Valley. For Contern, it was brick city as they could only manage to sink 2 of 14 from the 3 point arc, but they were magnificent from the charity stripe where they went 19 for 20. Dave Mallon stepped it up big time with 25 points and 19 big rebounds. Only Eric Jeitz cound manage double figures in scoring with 12. Gilles Becker and Yves Braun were held to 8 points each. With a win against Rsidence this coming Saturday, Musel Pikes(16-11) will finish in third place ahead of either Etzella of Amicale and find itself playing one of those two teams in the semi finals of the DBBL's final four. Contern(11-16) will host Sparta(20-7) to end their season in 5th place.

Musel Pikes: 31 field goals, 12 three pointers, 6 for 10 free throws, 33 rebounds, 16 fouls and 15 turnovers
Schwartz 10, Picard 27, Braier 21, Kirch 7, G. Schmit 15, also Schmitz, and Dentzer.
Contern: 22 field goals 2 three pointers, 19 for 20 free throws, 40 rebounds, 17 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Mallon 25, Jeitz 12, Braun 8, Becker 8, Bissener 6, also Donnersbach 6, Kafer and Herber.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 11-16, Halftime 41-26, 3rd Q 58-51, Final 80-65

1 Sparta 20 7 31.50
2 Amicale 16 11 29.50
3 Etzella 19 8 29.50
4 Musel Pikes 16 11 29


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MEXICO

Najera tries hard in the play-offs -by Eurobasket News
Eduardo Najera (202-F-76, college: Oklahoma) struggles with his Denver already in Play-offs of NBA. Pau Gasol sparked with one of his best performances for the LA Lakers so far and propelled them to a 128:114 win over Denver in Game 1. The Spanish center came up with 36 points, 16 boards, 8 assists and 3 blocks to ensure the winning effort for the hosts. Kobe Bryant nailed 32 points including 18 in the last 8 minutes of the game to provide sufficient help. Lamar Odom did his usual job tallying 17 points, 14 caroms and 6 assists. Carmelo Anthony paced the Nuggets with 30 points and 12 boards. Allen Iverson poured in 30 points but was ejected with just over 2 minutes left in regulation. Eduardo Najera collected 3 points and 5 rebounds.
In the end of the regular season Denver eased past Memphis in the regular season final 120:111 but still remained just in the 8th spot coming into the playoff stage. The win marked the first 50-win season for Denver since 1988. Allen Iverson nailed 21 points and Carmelo Anthony dropped 17 as the Nuggets rolled to a winning outcome. Eduardo Najera had a good game with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Kyle Lowry bruised the hosts with 22 points. Andre Brown netted career-high 19 points in defeat.


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MONTENEGRO

Eurobasket Montenegro interview with: Mijuskovic Rasa -by Dragan Scepanovic
Eurobasket Montenegro interview with: Mijuskovic Rasa , Sport Director of Basketball Club Budva, statistically best Montenegrin basketball club in season 2007-2008 and new member of MNT1A Opportunity League

After first six mount of season 2007-2008 on place Sport Director of Basketball Club Niksic member of MNT1A from January 18th , 2008 in Budva come Mr. Mijuskovic Rasa , successful Montenegrin basketball worker. From first day in basketball club Budva Mr. Mijuskovic start to work and now after only five mount of his work end after last game in season in MNT1B League Basketball Club Budva was statistically best Montenegrin club in season 2007-2008 with score 18-0, what is secret of club successful work?
~ First I want to thanks Eurobasket Company for all necessary help which Company give to Basketball Club Budva in last five mount. Reason because I come to be Sport Director of BC Budva is because I know that is small but very good club in which I already know Mr. Milos Rajkovic owner and Mr. Veselin Krivokapic coach many years , we are owner in cooperation of one of the best junior basketball camp in Montenegro and because DELFI SMG is from year 2003 one of sponsors of BC Budva. The club plan for period of 3-5 years is to give chance young player form Budva to play basketball. For last ten mount we successfully return to basketball many basketball players from Budva, for example Goranovic (MVP MNT1B League), Franeta,Nikic,Kunjic, Bozovic and we have many perspective young players like Maricic born 1990 (best assistant of BC Budva with 4.32 assists per game), Glomazic born 1992,Ivanovic born 1993 . . .On this moment in school of basketball we have 80 boys and girls . For me personally one of big success of my work in BC Budva is that old basketball player and legend of basketball game in city of Budva like Duletic,Milic and Ivanovic will stay in club to help.

What will be club plan for next season 2008-2009 in which BC Budva will play in MNT1A Opportunity League?
~ My contract will be end on May 18th , 2008 , but I believe that I will renew contract for more one year in which will club play in MNT1A Division. My work on this moment is to setup all necessary things with Municipality of Budva , Sponsors and basketball players for new season. On this moment we finish job with contract with 90% of players form last season and we start to negotiate with 3-4 new basketball player which we want in club for new season on position 1, 3, 4 and 5.We have promises from FAME Basketball Agency ( partner of DELFI SMG ) that they will send to us one very good young player form USA college league on position 5.With all of this player we in BC Budva believe that new basketball season will be successful.

DELFI SMG Agency , best basketball Agency in Montenegro , in which you are owner will be in next season with BC Budva if you not renew contract after May 18th , 2008 or not?
~ DELFI SMG from year 2002 when Agency start business in Montenegro until to today help many basketball clubs from Montenegro , for example BC Niksic,BC ABS Primorje,BC Ulcinj,BC Budva,BC Primoje,BC Gorstak , many school of basketball BC Anagastum,BC Junior,BC Trebjesa,BC Dribling-Lovcen and basketball camps on Zlatibor with BC Junior, on Ivanova Korita with BC Budva, 1on1 in Vrbas with basketball player Zoran Milovic . . .so that will be same in future. For all basketball club, school of basketball or basketball players - DELFI SMG will be here to help


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NBA

The hosts dominate on Tuesday -by Eurobasket News
Three series headed into 2-0 leads yesterday after New Orleans, Orlando and San Antonio all grabbed home victories and piled up a comfortable advantage before leaving the home ground.
The Hornets once again put on a sizzling offensive performance and easily dispatched visiting Dallas 127:103 in Game 2. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) came up with 32 points and playoff franchise-record 17 assists to propel the Hornets to another victory. David West had 27 points and Predrag Stojakovic nailed 22 as the home side continued to prove that was not a mere coincidence they finished at the second spot in the West. New Orleans were in complete control leading by 16 points at the interval and stretching the margin to 25 points in the third. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) answered with 27 points for Dallas. Brandon Bass scored 19 points and Jason Terry added 16 in defeat.
The things were much more dramatic in Florida. Orlando relied on a go-ahead jumper from Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) late in regulation to roll to a 104:103 win. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had a chance to save the game for the Raptors but missed a jump shot with less than 2 seconds left in the game. Orlando led throughout the major part of the game but three straight trebles from Carlos Delfino (6'7''-G-82) and Jose Calderon put the visitors ahead 101:100 with just over a minute left. However Hidayet Turkoglu scored 4 in a row to set a 104:101 lead for the Magic. Carlos Delfino converted a layup to cut the deficit. Kenyon Dooling was called for an offensive foul and Chris Bosh had the chance to win it for Toronto but his shot was off target and Orlando grabbed a 2-0 lead in the series. Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) had another monster night with 29 points and 20 boards. Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis contributed 18 points apiece for Orlando. Chris Bosh responded with 29 points and 10 boards for the Raptors. Jason Kapono stepped up with 20 points including 4 treys, while Jose Calderon notched 18 in a losing case.
The San Antonio Spurs raised the tempo in the second half and easily overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to fly to their second win in the series against Phoenix. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) netted 32 points and Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed 29 as the Spurs forgot about Game 1 dramas and made it look routine. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) accounted for 33 points but converted just 2/11 from the field after the break. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) notched 23 points and 10 assists as the Suns now need some heroics back in Arizona to level things up in the series.


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NIGERIA

Standings - Premier L.
Premier L. Savannah Standings
 1. Plateau Peaks 3-0 
 2. Ahip Giants 3-4 
 3. Union Bank 2-0 
 4. Niger Potters 2-0 
 5. Warriors 2-1 
 6. Islanders 1-0 
 7. Ebun Comets 1-1 
 8. Kano Pillars 1-1 
 9. Customs 1-2 
 10. Bauchi Nets 1-3 
 11. Delta Force 0-1 
 12. Yelwa Hawks 0-2 
 13. Rockets 0-3 


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PARAGUAY

Metropolitan League updating -by Gianni Pascucci
Universidad Catlica (UCA) defeated Olimpia 67-50 in the Bombonerita Gymnasium of the Universidad Autnoma de Asuncin, becoming the Metropiolitan League tableheader. Norbert Aguero (-G) and Alejandro Perez scored 17 points each to lead Universidad Catolica, while David Diaz (-G-83) was the game top scorer with 21 points in losing effort. The current standings are now as follows:
UCA 11 pts, UAA 10, San Lorenzo 10, Olimpia 9 and Ciudad Nueva 8.


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PHILIPPINES

2008 PBA Fiesta Cup Results -by Lorenzo Gahol
#s#
#e#5


Baguio


Watkins


Dixon


Alapag
Apr. 18 (Fri) Araneta Coliseum
Sta. Lucia 113 Talk N Text 115
TNT: Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) 35 pts, McGhee 29 pts, 19 rebs
SLR: Wilson 29 pts, 2 stls, Williams 24 pts, 16 rebs

Coca-Cola 82 Ginebra 81
CCT: Jason Dixon 18 pts, Taulava 17 pts, 11 rebs
BGK: Caguioa 30 pts, 9 rebs, 2 stls

Apr. 19 (Sat) Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, Laoag City
Alaska 97 Red Bull 100
RBB: Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80) 24 pts, 6 asts, Parada 19 pts, 15 rebs
ALA: Holcomb 29 pts, 15 rebs

Apr. 20 (Sun) Araneta Coliseum
Purefoods 103 Welcoat 110
WD: Gainous 25 pts, 11 rebs
PG: Rice 28 pts, 19 rebs

Ginebra 85 Magnolia 92
MBM: Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) 20 pts, 19 rebs
BGK: Brown 18 pts, 10 rebs, Helterbrand 18 pts

Apr. 22 (Tue) Cuneta Astrodome
Talk N Text 116 Air21 99
TNT: Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77) 25 pts, 5 asts
A21: Thomas 21 pts, 14 rebs

Coca Cola 95 Sta. Lucia 88
CCT: Jason Dixon (205-C-73) 27 pts 13 rebs
SLR: Wilson 22 pts


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


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PORTUGAL

Best of the ProLiga regular season -by Nuno Vieira

MVP
Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) (828)
Bryan Foss (201-F-83, college: Minn.-Duluth) (649)
Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island) (607)

Points

Tommie Eddie (23.1 per game)
Wayne Jr. (22.4)
Justin Marshall (19)

Rebounds
Oladoyn Akinyanju (11.6)
Tommie Eddie (11.4)
Pedro Silva (9.4)

Blocked shots
Marcel Momplaisir (1.6)
Justin Marshall (1.5)
Benjamin F. (1.5)

Steals
Pedro Tavares (182-G-83) (2.4)
Bryan Foss (2.4)
Braima Freire (2.1)

Assists
Miguel Minhava (197-G-83) (7.7)
Carlos Fechas (4.5)
Pedro Loth (4.5)

(Edited by Os Davis)



Its Play Off Time -by Nuno Vieira


It's playoff time! -by Nuno Vieira

In this fantastic regular season, Proliga has proven itself the superior league in Portugal: The teams are closer to the fans, feature more local players, and put on better shows. With lots of parity, the teams are more equally balanced; only Vila Pouca showed that don't belong in this league at this point, going 0-30 in the regular season.


On the other end of the table, Benfica and Guimaraes earned records of 25-3. Benfica ended up the regular-season winner, topping Vila Pouca in its final match, while Guimaraes lost to Fisica in a great game. Fisica showed again that even a small-budget club can field a competitive team, finishing in 5th with the win, a titanic clash between Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) and Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island). Both Eddie and Momplaisir were among the Top 3 MVP candidates in the regular season.

PlayOff Games-

Benfica (1) v. Sampaense (8)
Guimaraes (2) v. Esgueira (7)
Queluz (3) v. Academica (6)
Illiabum (4) v. Fisica (5)

It's Showtime!!!! (Edited by Os Davis)



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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana

Arecibo won against San German 108-75. MVP of the game was 'Buster' Angel Figueroa with 20 points. It was also worth to mention the game of Keenan Jourdon who was 'the boss' of the painting area with rebounds, 19 points and a lot of intensity. Arecibo has now a 18-9 standings and it is the first team in the 'Division Isla'.
Mayaguez won a difficult game against Guayama, 'el Habanero' Angel Caballero played an incredible game with 15 points (7/13 2pts), 14 rebounds and a great intensity in defense (also 4 steals). With this victory Mayaguez is 5-19 and Guayama 6-18.
Caguas has 'Gasolina', the team won again and now Los Criollos have a 14-9 standings, very good to reach the play-offs. Ricardo Melendez scored 23 points but we can not forget Shawn Redhage, the australian with 19 points. Since when Redhage arrived in Caguas, the team changed, became stronger. Redhage is having a great season with 18.8 ppg with 7.8 rpg.
BSN BOXSCORES
ARECIBO- SAN GERMAN= 108-75
A= Figueroa 20, Jourdon 19, Rivera 14, Rodriguez 11, Hatton 10, Payano 10, White 8, Cortez 6, Cruz 4, R. Rivera 2, Rosario 2, Ricardo 2, Rosa 0
SG= Lugo 10, S. Villegas 10, Lazor 9, De Jesus 8, Alvarado 7, J. Villegas 7, Bautista 5, Caro 4, Torres 4, Dyer 3, Mendez 2, J. Andino 2, G. Andino 2, Acosta 2, Avila 0
MAYAGUEZ-GUAYAMA= 77-76
M= Caballero 15 (14 rebs), White 15, Smith 12, Jimenez 10, Venzen 10, Erazo 7, Caraballo 4, Lopez 4, Ayala 0, Crispin 0
G= Oliver 14, Herrera 13, Solano 10, N. Rivera 9, M. Rivera 9, Aponte 7, Brignoni 7, Lopez 5, Liriano 2, Soto 0
PONCE-CAGUAS= 87-98
P= Pagan 22, Freije 18, Orta 17, Aubry 8, Colon 7, Lebron 5, Heywood 4, J. Colon 3, Padilla 3, Curbelo 0, Rosario 0, Roman 0
C= Ricardo Melendez 23, Redhage 19, Bryant 17, Rosas 14, Ramos 10 Garcia 8, Martinez 4, Ortiz 3
BORICUAS ABROAD
In NBA, Orlando won also the second game against Toronto 104-103, Carlos Arroyo played 9 minutes with 1 rebound and 2 assists.

In Turkey, Besiktas won against Beykoz 85-76. 'The Wizard' Rick Apodaca played 28 minutes with 8 points (4/6 2pts, 0/2 3pts). Turow reached the Semi-Finals 2008 in the Polish league. They won the third game against Kotwica 71-62. Andres Rodriguez played 32 minutes with 9 points (1/2 2pts, 1/4 3pts, 4/6 FT) and 2 assists.
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Caguas consolidates its hold on Second Place -by Luis Ramirez
The Caguas Criollos defeated once again the Ponce Lions 98-87. The seemed poised to come out with a victory as they took a 7 points lead in the 1st quarter 32-25. At the half the Lions were still ahead and playing a very good offensive game making 3 pointers at will, the half ended 52-48. But in the 3rd quarter the Criollos came up with a very aggressive defense and kept the Lions off balance as they took command of the game 68-67. In the 4th quarter Ponce started the quarter on a dry spell as the Criollos seemed not to miss a shot. By the middle of the quarter the game was already decided and frustration started kicking in for the Lions, as they lost their 5th game in a row. After the game it was rumored that the Lions Head Coach Sam Worthen was on his way out and that the Lions would have a new head coach when they meet the defending champions Santurce Crabbers on Thursday. For Caguas, Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) scored 23 points followed by Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. For Ponce, Wilfredo Pagan (184-G-76, agency: Next Level) scored 22 points while Matt Freije scored 18 points.

Over at Guayama the Mayaguez Indians beat the Brujos 77-76. Although both teams are already looking forward to next year they did put on a good show as they game went to the wire. The Brujos had taken the 1st quarter 19-15 and were leading at the end of the 1st half 47-35. The Indians got their offense going in the 2nd half to get the win. For Mayaguez, Angel Caballero (192-G-70, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Albert White both scored 15 points with Caballero also grabbing 14 rebounds, while for Guayama; Jonathan Oliver (213-C-78, college: USC) scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Indians.

In the final game of the night, the Arecibo Captains looked like Generals as they swept by the San German Athletics 108-75. The Captains took the 1st quarter 29-10 and this early lead was enough for the Captains as they continued to pour it in as the game progressed. The half ended with the Captains comfortably in the lead 58-28. The 2nd half was much the same as the first, the Athletics never were a threat thru out the game. For Arecibo, Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) scored 20 points while Keenan Jourdon scored 19 points. For San German, only two players scored in double digits, Richard Lugo and Samuel Villegas both with 10 points. San German is currently tied in 3rd place with the Ponce Lions with 11-14 record.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
 1. Arecibo 18-9 
 2. Caguas 14-11 
 3. Ponce 11-14 
 4. San German 11-14 
 5. Guayama 6-18 
 6. Mayaguez 5-19 
Metro
 1. Carolina 16-9 
 2. Fajardo 15-10 
 3. Guaynabo 14-11 
 4. Santurce 13-11 
 5. Bayamon 13-12 
 6. Humacao 13-111 


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SERBIA

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


Superleague, round 6 - Expected wins of Partizan and FMP -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea registered the fourth consecutive win in Serbian Superleague beating Hemofarm STADA in Pionir 84-79. The black and white team had advantage almost the entire game. Hemofarm succeeded to equalize the score twice and to come closer on 80-79 but thanks to Palacio's successful shots from the FT line Partizan remains unbeaten yet. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) led Partizan netting 29 points having amazing percentage from behind the arc 9/10. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), who added 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.), who had 15 points and 12 assists, also showed very good performance. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) was better than the others in Hemofarm scoring 22 points.

FMP totally smashed Borac 108-73 so Panthers currently has 4 wins and 1 defeat while Borac is on 1-5. After advantage of only 4 points at the half time, Panthers woke up and played fantastic second half which resulted with final plus 35. FMP got 19 points and 7 rebounds from Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) while Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) finished the game with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Games Swisslions Takovo - Crvena Zvezda and Vojvodina Srbijagas - Vizura will be played today.


Partizan Igokea - Hemofarm STADA 84-79
(28-21,22-18,17-15,17-25)

Partizan:
Tripkovic 29, Velickovic 18 (9 rebs), Palacio 15 (12 as), Pekovic 12 (4 rebs)
Hemofarm: Marshall 22, Macvan 13, Markovic 10 (4 rebs, 4 as)


FMP - Borac 108-73
(26-20,24-26,30-15,28-12)

FMP:
Labovic 19 (7 rebs), Raduljica 14 (7 rebs), Erceg 13 (6 rebs, 5 as)
Borac: Micic 14, Markovic 12


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SLOVENIA

Olimpija crushes Elektra in 44-point win -by Zeljko Zule

Olimpija crushed Elektra, 103-59. Marko Milic posted 18 points, Ronell Taylor added 14 and promising Matic Sirnik sunk a three-pointer in his debut for Olimpija, which saw all 12 players score. Drazen Bubnic scored 23 points and Ales Kunc 16 for the guests.


Helios never trailed and led as many as 27 points at half in defeating Koper, 94-67. Aleksei Lashkevich (203-F-78) finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds and Jack Ingram had 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was the fourth home loss for Koper in the League Play-Off. Vlado Pasalic posted 14 points and Sasa Mucic added 12.


In the opening match to avoid relegation to the B-1 League, Gorica defeated Kraski Zidar, 75-67. Marko Likar scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, and Rok Perko added 13. Kraski Zidar played without all three of its import players. Miha Kobe netted 15 points, Pavel Djurkovic 14 and Mirnes Husic 13. (Edited by Os Davis)



Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Olimpija 8-0 
 2. Helios 6-2 
 3. Slovan 4-3 
 4. Zlatorog 4-3 
 5. Krka 3-4 
 6. Luka Koper 3-6 
 7. TCG Mercator 1-5 
 8. Elektra 1-7 
Places 9-13
 1. Alpos S. 12-18 
 2. Polzela 12-18 
 3. Zagorje 11-19 
 4. Kraski Zidar 9-21 
 5. Rogla 6-24 


3rd round of The UPC Telemach League for The Champion -by Jan Flac
Geoplin Slovan won against Elektra Esotech with 87:75 (20:8, 29:26, 23:23, 15:18). Geoplin Slovan: Clemons 10, Klobucar 17, Petrov 12, Johnson 17. Elektra Esotech: Vrecko 20, Jersin 14, Bubnic 20.

Helios Domzale won against TCG Mercator with 99:73 (21:16, 23:23, 32:19, 23:15). Helios: Mance 13, Troha 10, Ingram 10, Mocnik 15 (2:2), Laskevic 17. TCG Mercator: Ljubenovic 9, Mezek 11, Cubela 7, Muric 11, Julevic 20, Erzen 12.

Luka Koper lost against Zlatorog Lasko with 77:83 (15:15, 18:25, 17:15, 27:28). Luka Koper: Rucigaj 11, Mucic 14, Cmer 12, Drzic 10, Pasalic 20. Zlatorog: Masic 20, Jevdjic 16, Harris 20.

Krka lost against Union Olimpija with 63:79 (18:24, 10:22, 17:16, 18:17). Krka: Sorrentine 10, Soldo 14. Union Olimpija: Booker 13, Dragic 14, Milic 16, Taylor 11.


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SOUTH KOREA

One more win !!! -by Sean Choi


The Dongbu Promy realize they will be walking into a championship one more win left.
The Key to victory in games 1 to 2 has been the Dongbu Promy offense.

After shooting just 37.9 and 42.0 percent and averaging 83 points in their last two regular-season losses to the Samsung thunders, the Dongbu Promy have connected on 50.5 and 48.2 percent of their attempts in the playoffs, averaging 90.5 points (in regulation).

No team is better at defending the 3-point line than the Dongbu promy, and it has shown in the first two games
The Dongbu Promys twin tower Kim,Joosung (25) and Reggie Okosa (19) combined for 44 the teams 90 points in the win
Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79)


Dongbu Promy Moves One Game Closer To 2008 KBL Crown -by Rick Ross
Samsung Thunders hosted Dongbu Promy and Came up Short
Losing 90-77 in Seoul, The series will swing back to Wonju as the
Host Dongbu will seek to clinch the Title for its fans at Home.
Leather Terrence (206-C-81, college: S.Florida) led all scores with 30 pts 14 rebs,
Coach Chun Chang-Jin is no stranger to winning the KBL title winning
Two already looking for his 3rd. Coach Ahn Jun-Ho from Samsung has also
A KBL Title under his belt and will not go down easy as the series unfold
Dongbu 3 games Samsung 1 in the best of Seven.

No other scores or Stats available at this time of addition:
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http://www.kbl.or.kr/


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SPAIN

Standings - LEB Silver / Bronze
LEB Standings
Silver
 1. Vic 23-7 
 2. Illescas 23-7 
 3. Axarquia 22-8 
 4. Caja Rioja 21-9 
 5. Gijon 21-9 
 6. Almeria 20-10 
 7. Caceres 17-13 
 8. Huesca 16-14 
 9. Plasencia 16-14 
 10. CB Tarrag. 15-15 
 11. Basq.Muro 13-17 
 12. Qalat Caja Sol 11-19 
 13. Palencia 10-20 
 14. Cornella 10-20 
 15. Ourense 9-21 
 16. Prat 9-21 
 17. Sabadell 8-22 
 18. Santa Pola 6-24 
Bronze
 1. Vigo 22-6 
 2. Archena 20-9 
 3. Torrealta 18-11 
 4. Guadalajara 17-11 
 5. Coruna 16-12 
 6. Navarra 16-12 
 7. Jerez 16-13 
 8. Real M. II 15-13 
 9. Cajasur 15-13 
 10. Salsa Musas 12-16 
 11. Esplugues-P. 12-16 
 12. Merida 11-17 
 13. Tijola 11-18 
 14. Obila 10-18 
 15. Opel Jovent 10-18 
 16. Badajoz 10-18 
 17. ADT Tarrag. 9-19 
 18. Torrevieja 0-0 


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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

McIntyre took silver in Denmark -by Eurobasket News
Gary McIntyre (191-G-74) took silver in Danish Play-offs with his Svendborg. The Bakken Bears stormed past weary Svendborg in Game 1 of the final series in Basketligaen. The hosts stormed towards comfortable figures in the opening stanza outgunning their opponents 25:8. The onslaught continued in the second period as the Bears kept the pressure growing. They stretched the margin to undeniable 24 points at the break. The Rabbits simply lacked answers for aggressive offense from the hosts and trailed by as many as 39 points before the fourth term. Bakken never stopped in the dying moments of the game widening the gap and rolling to an overwhelming victory. The Bears orderly offense was paced by Nicolai Iversen with 16 points and 7 boards. Jason Siggers and Andreas Jakobsen provided 15 points apiece for the winners. Brayden Billbe tallied 19 points for Svendborg. Ivan Hoger managed 10 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. The hosts dominated every facet of the game. They outrebounded the Rabbits 40:27 and forced the visitors to 17 turnovers. Bakken sank solid 53% from the field, while Svendborg converted just 28% of field goals. The next game of the series is scheduled for Monday as the teams now move to Svendborg. Gary McIntyre posted 1 point and made 2 rebounds.
The Bakken Bears overcame the Svendborg Rabbits in a dramatic battle in Game 2. The Rabbits looked ready to challenge the league favorites and the defending champs in the second game of the final series but fell agonizingly short of victory. Svendborg stormed ahead in the opening stanza and built a 23:15 lead with 10 minutes gone in regulation. But the Bears adjusted their pace pretty quickly and struck back narrowing the gap to only 2 points at the interval 40:42. Svendborg still maintained the lead and due to the advantage under the rims stretched the lead to as many as 6 points after three-quarter time. But Bakken recovered late in the encounter. The experienced Bears' squad switched to full court pressure and forced the hosts to numerous turnovers. It paid off late in the game when the Bears jumped ahead and sealed the winning outcome in the dying seconds. Jason Siggers led the action with 24 points and 5 assists. Chris Christofferen nailed 17 points and grabbed 11 boards. Jarrett Howell responded with 22 points for Svendborg. Ivan Hoger secured 21 points and 14 rebounds in a loss. The home side outrebounded their opponents 45:38 but committed 18 turnovers down the stretch.
The defending champion won Game 3 at home 91:83 to be one step away from the title. The third quarter was the most progressive for the hosts that had 26:20 in it. Jason Siggers and Nicolai Iversen led the winners with 15 points each. Chris Christoffersen followed them with 13. Ivan Hoger and Brayden Billbe ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. A great start from both sides saw 9:7 and then the hosts increased to 16:9. Svendborg Rabbits battle back and reduced to 22:20 after the end of the opening quarter. Jakobsen helped his team to reach 40:31 in the end of the period, but the things became hotter just before the buzzer. Rabbits fought back for 42:41 as the teams went to the lockers. Again Bakken Bears started better and had 64:51 throughout the third period. With 4-10 run the visitors closed to 68:61. Jens Jensen made it 72:71 to bring the intrigue into the game. Gary McIntyre collected 2 points and 1 rebound.
The Bakken Bears claimed their second straight Basketligaen title after overcoming Svendborg in the Finals. The Bears completed a 4-0 sweep and proved their status as the best Danish team at the moment.


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UKRAINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Playoff stats leaders are available in the statistics section.

Live game scores and stats may now be viewed in English on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.


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URUGUAY

The Metro League played the 4th round -by Hector Lopez
Verdirrojo (3-0) and Capurro (2-0) are now the only unbeaten teams after the 4th round of the Metro League. Verdirrojo beat 82-79 Aguada, which is now with a 3-1 record. Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) scored 15 points for Verdirrojo and Dave Holmes (201-C-82, college: Manhattan) was the best in Aguada with 16 points. Capurro beat 71-58 Larre Borges and Goes defeated 85-80 Marne. Two teams of the Metro League will be promoted to the Uruguayan League 2009. Other resuls Larranaga 94 Olivol Mundial 73, Nacional 77 Yale 69 (Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) netted 23 points), Waston 77 -25 de Agosto 71.

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


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USBL

Tommie Eddie Named MVP of Proliga -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Strong Island Sound star forward Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi)has been named MVP of Portugals Proliga for the 2007-08 season. Eddie dominated play from beginning to end this season, leading his club Vitoria to a 25-3 record and the second seed in the playoffs. Eddie amassed an MVP index rating of 828 this season, 179 points more than the second place selection Bryan Foss! Eddie dominated in all facets, scoring a league high 23.1ppg to go along with the second most rebounds at 11.4 per contest (27 games). Eddie headed over to Portugal after completing a solid 2006-07 campaign in the ABA with the Sound. A crowd favorite, the Brooklyn native affectionately referred to as 'Gunzz' appeared in 32 games for the Sound, averaging 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 51% from the field. In addition to starring in Portugal, the rising star has previous international experience having played in Ireland and Luxembourg, and was a member of the Brooklyn Kings of the USBL.

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VENEZUELA

McFadgon with Gaiteros -by Yelitza La Torre

Scooter McFadgon (196-G-82, college: Tennessee) arrived in Maracaibo to help Gaiteros Del Zulia move up in the LPB classification.
Tonight, Gaiteros del Zulia, will be facing Panteras de Miranda without their main player
Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, college: Weber St.) whom accuses a discomfort in his right knee. Ruben will be out for at least one week.
It is the right moment for others Gaiteros Americans players as Scooter McFadgon and
Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) to demonstrate their capability and take care of the team, without their main foreign player Ruben Nembhard.

'We are going to do our best to give to the fanatics of Gaiteros del Zulia a championship' Paul Romero



Alejandro puts a check point -by Yelitza La Torre

Gatos de Monagas puts a check point, helped for their best cats as Alejandro Flores (201-F,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) and Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC) pull over the Blue Express.
Alejandro Flores made 27 points and catches 16 rebounds to stop Trotamundos de Carabobo.
Gatos and Trotamundos are leaders of the classification, first and second spot. The first month of tournament is gone, Gatos as well as Trotamundos have been trying to keep the leadership.
Gatos defeat Trotamundos 98 - 93.

Today(03/31/2008) they are facing once again to finally define which team is taking the leadership... so far.



Stats Leaders - LPB
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
K. Capers (Gat) 20.3
Washington (Guai) 19.2
J. Vargas (Tro) 18.2
C. Mitchell (Pan) 17.3
A. Flores (Gat) 16.8
Rebounds Per Game
A. Sucre (Mar) 10.3
T. Aguilera (Tro) 7.6
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 7.5
A. Flores (Gat) 7.3
K. Young (Mar) 6.8
Assists Per Game
E. Mijares (Gat) 5.7
C. Cedeno (Guai) 5.3
G. Vargas (Pan) 4.4
C. Mitchell (Pan) 4.4
R. Guevara (Mar) 3.8
Steals Per Game
E. Mijares (Gat) 4.0
C. Cedeno (Guai) 3.4
H. Guillent (Gua) 3.3
D. Lane (Tach) 3.1
L. Wallace (Tro) 3.0
Blocks Per Game
M. Bortz (Tro) 1.4
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 1.4
A. Barrios (Tro) 1.1
M. Marriaga (Gai) 1.0
E. Brock (Gua) 0.9
2FGP
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 68.0%
H. Salcedo (Gai) 63.0%
M. Dumont (Pan) 63.0%
J. Vargas (Tro) 62.0%
K. Freeman (Coc) 58.0%
3FGP
C. Morris (Tach) 54.0%
Dominguez (Gig) 49.0%
L. Cappare (Tro) 47.0%
J. Vargas (Tro) 44.0%
J. Ramos (Gig) 43.0%
Free Throws
C. Mitchell (Pan) 89.0%
V.D. Diaz (Coc) 88.0%
K. Capers (Gat) 83.0%
C. Cedeno (Guai) 80.0%
Blackshear (Gua) 80.0%


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WBA

Standings
WBA Standings
East Division
 1. Macon B. 0-0 
 2. Rome G. 0-0 
 3. Marietta S. 0-0 
 4. Wilson HH 0-0 
West Division
 1. Palm Coast 0-0 
 2. Buford M. 0-0 
 3. Mississippi HH 0-0 
 4. Tri-State 0-0 




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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Australia beats Korea in Beijing -by Eurobasket News
Australia - Korea 78:71

The Opals snapped their losing streak today edging Korea on Day 4 of action at the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic test event in China. Australian team won the opening game of the tournament against the USA but then lost two in a row. Moreover the Aussie team lost their starter Suzy Batkovic who was sidelined with an injury in the previous game. But it never interfered with a confident display of skills from the Opals in this one. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) put on a leading role fueling Australia to a storming first frame. The Opals jumped to an early 18:11 lead and maintained it at 29:22 after 10 minutes of action. The margin reached 8 points midway through the second period but Korea within single digits and completed the first half trailing by just 5 points 41:46. The game turned into a physical battle after the break but Australia obviously dominated it. The Opals had a huge advantage under the rims and used it to kept brave Korean team at bay for the reminder of the clash. Natalie Porter poured in 19 points and collected 7 rebounds to pace Australia. Emma Randall (188-C-85) accounted for 16 points and Erin Phillips (173-G-85) contributed 14 in a win. Yeon Beon Ha answered with 20 points for Korea. Sun Jung Min had 14 points in defeat. The winners outrebounded Korea 48:17 and shot 48% from the field. Korea in the meantime converted 44% of field goals and forced Australia to as many as 23 turnovers. Australia now improved to 2-2 record and would take on their Oceania counterparts New Zealand tomorrow. Korea slipped to 1-3 record and would try to improve against Cuba on Thursday.

Australia: Natalie Porter 19, Emma Randall 16, Erin Phillips 14
Korea: Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) 20, Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) 14


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BOSNIA - Women

Marina Djinic for a win at the buzzer! -by Sead Buljina
In a down-to-wire game in Zenica, Jedinstvo beat Celik. Players from Tuzla won thanks to youngster Marina Djinic`s basket in the last second of the game. In a very interesting game Jedinstvo led after first two quarters by a seven-point margin. However, Celik came back in the third quarter winning it by score 27:17. In the last quarter teams were tied until the very end. In the last minute of the quarter Jedinstvo`s player Ferhatovic comitted her fifth personal foul. Instead of her coach Savic inserted young Marina Djinic into the lineup for the first time in this game. In a rarely seen finish this young girl took advantage of Celik`s huge mistake and made a game-winning layup at the buzzer for the final score Celik - Jedinstvo 75:77!

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CHINA - Women

China wins fourth in a row in Beijing -by Eurobasket News
China - Cuba 66:58

Chinese National team celebrated their 4th straight win at the Good Luck Beijing tournament. Earlier today they overwhelmed Cuba and remained at the sole position atop of the tournaments ladder. The teams started the game slowly with the defense prevailing. Cuba held a slight lead after the first frame 14:12 but China began recovering in the second term. The hosts surged ahead 24:23 midway through the second stanza and finished the half up by 6 points 35:29. Cuba stayed close early in the third period but Chinese players raised the tempo and soon cleared off to a 50:41 advantage with one quarter to go. Cuban team struggled in accuracy and China breathed to an overall victory at the end. Chen Xiaoli (193-C-82) paced the home side with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) knocked down 15 points and pulled down 8 caroms, while Bian Lan (182-G-86) dropped 13 points for the winners. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) answered with 17 points for Cuba. Yulizeny Soria (180-F-79) scored 10 points for Latin American team. China converted 39% from the field and held Cuban side to 35% accuracy. Cuba outrebounded the hosts 41:36 but committed 18 turnovers. China will now face the USA in a mouth-watering contest on Thursday. Cuba will try to finish preliminary round on a high note when they take on Korea in the early encounter tomorrow.

China: Chen Xiaoli 17, Miao Li Jie 15, Bian Lan 13
Cuba: Suchitel Avila 17, Yulizeny Soria 10


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CUBA - Women

China wins fourth in a row in Beijing -by Eurobasket News
China - Cuba 66:58

Chinese National team celebrated their 4th straight win at the Good Luck Beijing tournament. Earlier today they overwhelmed Cuba and remained at the sole position atop of the tournaments ladder. The teams started the game slowly with the defense prevailing. Cuba held a slight lead after the first frame 14:12 but China began recovering in the second term. The hosts surged ahead 24:23 midway through the second stanza and finished the half up by 6 points 35:29. Cuba stayed close early in the third period but Chinese players raised the tempo and soon cleared off to a 50:41 advantage with one quarter to go. Cuban team struggled in accuracy and China breathed to an overall victory at the end. Chen Xiaoli (193-C-82) paced the home side with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) knocked down 15 points and pulled down 8 caroms, while Bian Lan (182-G-86) dropped 13 points for the winners. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) answered with 17 points for Cuba. Yulizeny Soria (180-F-79) scored 10 points for Latin American team. China converted 39% from the field and held Cuban side to 35% accuracy. Cuba outrebounded the hosts 41:36 but committed 18 turnovers. China will now face the USA in a mouth-watering contest on Thursday. Cuba will try to finish preliminary round on a high note when they take on Korea in the early encounter tomorrow.

China: Chen Xiaoli 17, Miao Li Jie 15, Bian Lan 13
Cuba: Suchitel Avila 17, Yulizeny Soria 10


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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Gambrinus surges ahead in Final series -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - USK Praha 84:82

The regular season and ZBL defending champions Gambrinus took a 1-0 lead in the Final series against USK Praha. Gambrinus entered the Final having won four previous season meetings with USK Praha. But the rivalry promised a first-class intense basketball battle with the outcome unknown. And the first game of the series lived up to the highest expectations of the fans. Tamika Whitmore got things rolling with a jumper and the teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) scored 5 points in a 7:0 run for USK Praha late in the first stanza and the visitors grabbed a 15:10 lead. Kulichova trimmed the gap to a single point at the end of the frame. USK Praha kept it in front in the second quarter and a three-pointer from Elena Karpova (188-F-80) marked a 28:22 advantage for Prague outfit. Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) and Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) nailed 4 points apiece in a 13:5 rally from the hosts that crowned the first half and gave Gambrinus a 35:33 lead. The teams kept it close throughout the third term before Hamchetou Maiga nailed 5 points in a row and gave Gambrinus a 49:42 cushion. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) netted a three-pointer and Vesela added a jumper for a 60:48 hosts lead. However Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) capped the period with a treble to cut the distance to 7 points at three-quarters time. Whitmore and Hana Machova quickly widened the gap to 12 points in the fourth stanza and Gambrinus seemed to be on the way to a confident victory. Hana Machova and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) deepned the damage and the Brno team enjoyed a 79:60 lead with just over 5 minutes left in regulation. But three back-to-back treys from Lindsay Whalen, Katerina Elhotova and Peckova turned things upside down. Burse capped a storming 11:0 run from the visitors as they came as close as 8 points from Gambrinus. Lindsay Whalen scored 6 straight points for USK Praha as the difference was narrowed to 4 points with 36 seconds remaining. Seconds later Katerina Elhotova accounted for another jump shot and USK Praga appeared just a whisker away from the home team. But it was as close as USK Praha could get. Whalen missed three attempts in the dying seconds and Gambrinus snatched a narrow win at the end.
Eva Viteckova led the hosts with 18 points. Hamchetou Maiga delivered 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Hana Machova nailed 11 for the winners. Lindsay Whalen dropped 25 points and 8 rebounds for USK Praha. Katerina Elhotova drained 14 points in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday.

Gambrinus: Eva Viteckova 18, Hamchetou Maiga 14+9 boards, Hana Machova 11
USK Praha: Lindsay Whalen 25, Katerina Elhotova 14


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ESTONIA - Women

The things are leveled in Meistriliiga Final -by Eurobasket News
Tallinna Living - TLU/Volta 73:52

Tallinna Living thrashed TLU/Volta in the second game and tied things up in the Final series in Estonian Meistriliiga. The game never looked like an easy jog for Living in the first half. The hosts managed to jump to a 13:12 lead in the first quarter. However TLU/Volta quickly denied the deficit and drove to a 29:28 advantage at the interval. It was a different story in the second half. Tallinna Living stepped on the gas after the break and started to get away. The hosts held TLU/Volta to only 6 points in the third period and accumulated a 12-point lead after three quarters. TLU/Volta improved offensively in the final quarter but could not handle the home team back in defense and lost the game. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) finished with game-high 21 points and 12 boards to pace Tallinna Living. Sandra Andresson (182-G-89) knocked down 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) added 13 points and 6 caroms for the winners. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) scored 20 points for TLU/Volta. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) dropped 10 points, while TLU/Volta scoring leader Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) was limited to just 8 points in a loss. Tallinna Living outrebounded the visitors 43:32 and shot 50% from the field. TLU/Volta converted woeful 28% of field goals. TLU/Volta will now host the third game tomorrow.

Tallinna Living: Viive-Kai Rebane 21+12 boards, Sandra Andresson 16, Kerttu Jallai 13
TLU/Volta: Jana Rannaveski 20, Heila Rosenfeldt 10


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GUATEMALA - Women

Alejandro Pepiche appointed Head Coach for the National Team -by Victor Padilla
After the successful response of all players to start their preparation for Centrobasket 2008 later this year, it has been informed that Alejandro Pepiche , from Argentina, will lead the National Team as Head Coach with the help of Mr. Jaime Kong (Bodega Radio) as Assistant Coach. Pepiche has already presented himself to the team and practice with them since last week, in Guatemala's effort to jump and compete with consistency at this high level competition. The 2008 Centrobasket will receive teams from Barbados, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic and host Puerto Rico. Medallists will earn their tickets to participate next year in the 2009 Fiba Americas Championship.

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HUNGARY - Women

Hungarians abroad -by Eurobasket News
Hungarian Timea Beres (192-C-76) and her Gambrinus took a 1-0 lead in the Final series against USK Praha in Czech Republic. Gambrinus entered the Final having won four previous season meetings with USK Praha. But the rivalry promised a first-class intense basketball battle with the outcome unknown. And the first game of the series lived up to the highest expectations of the fans. Tamika Whitmore got things rolling with a jumper and the teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Lindsay Whalen scored 5 points in a 7:0 run for USK Praha late in the first stanza and the visitors grabbed a 15:10 lead. Kulichova trimmed the gap to a single point at the end of the frame. USK Praha kept it in front in the second quarter and a three-pointer from Elena Karpova marked a 28:22 advantage for Prague outfit. Hamchetou Maiga and Ivana Vecerova nailed 4 points apiece in a 13:5 rally from the hosts that crowned the first half and gave Gambrinus a 35:33 lead. The teams kept it close throughout the third term before Hamchetou Maiga nailed 5 points in a row and gave Gambrinus a 49:42 cushion. Hana Machova netted a three-pointer and Vesela added a jumper for a 60:48 hosts lead. However Katerina Elhotova capped the period with a treble to cut the distance to 7 points at three-quarters time. Whitmore and Hana Machova quickly widened the gap to 12 points in the fourth stanza and Gambrinus seemed to be on the way to a confident victory. Hana Machova and Eva Viteckova deepened the damage and the Brno team enjoyed a 79:60 lead with just over 5 minutes left in regulation. But three back-to-back treys from Lindsay Whalen, Katerina Elhotova and Peckova turned things upside down. Burse capped a storming 11:0 run from the visitors as they came as close as 8 points from Gambrinus. Lindsay Whalen scored 6 straight points for USK Praha as the difference was narrowed to 4 points with 36 seconds remaining. Seconds later Katerina Elhotova accounted for another jump shot and USK Praga appeared just a whisker away from the home team. But it was as close as USK Praha could get. Whalen missed three attempts in the dying seconds and Gambrinus snatched a narrow win at the end. Eva Viteckova led the hosts with 18 points. Hamchetou Maiga delivered 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Hana Machova nailed 11 for the winners. Timea Beres nailed 4 points and made 2 rebounds. Lindsay Whalen dropped 25 points and 8 rebounds for USK Praha. Katerina Elhotova drained 14 points in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday.
In the semifinal Gambrinus had little to worry about when they took on Trutnov in the semifinal. The Brno outfit prevailed in the first game 98:65 and easily grabbed the lead. Petra Kulichova nailed 17 points to lead the action. Jana Vesela added 14 points and Eva Viteckova had 12 for the winners. Katerina Zohnova, Snajdrova and Carvajal all scored 15 points apiece for Trutnov. Gambrinus completed the series next day when they overwhelmed Trutnov 92:72 away from home. Petra Kulichova netted 19 points and Zuzana Zirkova contributed 17 points as Gambrinus entered the ZBL Final. Timea Beres ended up with 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) with the league leaders in Luxembourg 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.


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LITHUANIA - Women

Jurgita Kausaite celebrates abroad -by Eurobasket News
Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) and her Solna Vikings claimed the Damligan crown yesterday. The regular season winners prevailed in a dramatic Final series against Telge clinching a vital 82:72 win in the decisive Game 5. Solna celebrated the 4th Damligan title in the last 10 seasons in Sweden. Last time they were trumped the champions in 2006.
Solna did not wait for too long to declare their ambitions. The hosts got to a flying start and piled up a 25:10 lead after the starting frame. Telge reacted immediately taking over in the second stanza and cutting the deficit to 8 points at the break 35:27. But it was just the momentum for the visitors as Solna retained control after the break and marched confidently towards the title. A well-balance offense steered by Elisabeth Egnell put too many questions for Telge defense to deal with. The Vikings stretched the gap to 10 points at three-quarter time and never looked back in the final stanza. Elisabeth Egnell provided 17 points and 5 assists for Solna. Jurgita Kausaite and Jennifer Harris netted 15 points apiece for the winners. Frida Eldebrink tallied 20 points for Telge. Louice Halvarsson contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. The hosts had a slight advantage under the rims 25:24 and converted 93% from the charity stripe. They also forced Telge to 14 turnovers down the stretch.
In Game 4 Solna grabbed the win over Telge 64:74. The visitors took a lead after the first 10 minutes of the game ad had 20:15 advantage. In a back-to-back second period Solna Vikings luckily increased to 6 points before the half time.
After 20:18 in the third period the game was almost close at 55:51. Entering the last period Solna realized that it could be the last quarter in the series, however they enlarged the series to at least four more periods. A 15:9 in the final quarter saw the series tied at 2-2. Katarina Andersson paced the winners with 17 points. Jurgita Kausaite netted 16, while Christy Bacon had 15. Frida Eldebrink top-scored for the hosts with 22 points.
In Game 3 the winner of the regular season had nothing to do against Telge's defense and admit 44:68 loss. The second quarter became the decisive one when the guests produced 6:18 in it. Frida Eldebrink paced the winners with 15 points. Louice Halvarsson and Josefin Olheim supported her with 13 points each. None of the hosts' players reached a double digit, so as a result Jurgita Kausaite and Michaela Livijn had 9 each.
Trailing 0-1 in the series, Telge is now one step from the triumph. Both squads exchanged the basket for 15:15 in the opening quarter. Right after that Telge went on a huge spurt, that ended the half at 21:33. Another 12:20 in the third quarter and the game was done. Moreover Telge finished the last period with 11:15 advantage to capture the second victory in the Final series.
Solna lost its second game in the whole play-offs and after a brilliant season might stay out of the crown. They will have the fifth game if the next game will be fone away from home.
Game 2 saw Telge Energi bounced back after the starting loss to Solna and tied the series following an 81:65 win at home court. The Vikings hoped to consolidate their lead in the best-of-five series but a close game was decided in the third stanza. Telge went on a key 27:15 run that put them away for good in this one. The teams kept it close in the starting minutes and trading buckets resulted in the hosts grabbing a 20:19 lead after 10 minutes of action. As the pressure grew on both sides the accuracy decreased and defense started to dominate. Telge were more convincing holding their opponents to just 9 points in the second period and stretching the margin to 5 points at the interval. Louice Halvarsson ignited a vital rally for the hosts in the third period as the lead snowballed to double digits. The Vikings trailed by as many as 17 points before the final quarter. Solna outscored the home team 22:21 in the fourth frame but it had little impact on the final outcome. Louice Halvarsson notched 23 points and 9 boards to pace Telge. Shelley Hammonds provided 13 points and 7 boards, while Frida Eldebrink added 12 points for the winners. Jennifer Harris dropped game-high 27 points for Solna. Christy Bacon finished with 14 points in a losing effort. The Vikings outrebounded the hosts 33:28 but committed 17 turnovers. Telge converted 49% from the field and held the visitors to 42% accuracy.
Solna Vikings overcame Telge in the opener 79:74 in overtime. Jennifer Harris led the winners with 25 points. Jurgita Kausaite posted 16, while Elisabeth Egnell scored 7.Louice Halvarsson resisted for Telge with 25 points. Telge opened the game fresher and after a good defense had 9:15 lead over Solna. In a very offensive second quarter both teams stayed step-to-step to each other. Telge did not feel shy playing away from home and took 23:24 advantage after the second period. It gave the guests 7 points deficit when the teams disappeared in the lockers.
Solna woke up in the third period with 22:12 in it. All in all Telge cut the deficit and tied the game after the four quarters played. In overtime a 14:9 win allowed Solna to lead in the series.


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MALI - Women

Maiga enters ZBL Finals -by Eurobasket News
The regular season and ZBL defending champions Gambrinus together with Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) took a 1-0 lead in the Final series against USK Praha. Gambrinus entered the Final having won four previous season meetings with USK Praha. But the rivalry promised a first-class intense basketball battle with the outcome unknown. And the first game of the series lived up to the highest expectations of the fans. Tamika Whitmore got things rolling with a jumper and the teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Lindsay Whalen scored 5 points in a 7:0 run for USK Praha late in the first stanza and the visitors grabbed a 15:10 lead. Kulichova trimmed the gap to a single point at the end of the frame. USK Praha kept it in front in the second quarter and a three-pointer from Elena Karpova marked a 28:22 advantage for Prague outfit. Hamchetou Maiga and Ivana Vecerova nailed 4 points apiece in a 13:5 rally from the hosts that crowned the first half and gave Gambrinus a 35:33 lead. The teams kept it close throughout the third term before Hamchetou Maiga nailed 5 points in a row and gave Gambrinus a 49:42 cushion. Hana Machova netted a three-pointer and Vesela added a jumper for a 60:48 hosts lead. However Katerina Elhotova capped the period with a treble to cut the distance to 7 points at three-quarters time. Whitmore and Hana Machova quickly widened the gap to 12 points in the fourth stanza and Gambrinus seemed to be on the way to a confident victory. Hana Machova and Eva Viteckova deepened the damage and the Brno team enjoyed a 79:60 lead with just over 5 minutes left in regulation. But three back-to-back treys from Lindsay Whalen, Katerina Elhotova and Peckova turned things upside down. Burse capped a storming 11:0 run from the visitors as they came as close as 8 points from Gambrinus. Lindsay Whalen scored 6 straight points for USK Praha as the difference was narrowed to 4 points with 36 seconds remaining. Seconds later Katerina Elhotova accounted for another jump shot and USK Praga appeared just a whisker away from the home team. But it was as close as USK Praha could get. Whalen missed three attempts in the dying seconds and Gambrinus snatched a narrow win at the end. Eva Viteckova led the hosts with 18 points. Hamchetou Maiga delivered 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Hana Machova nailed 11 for the winners. Lindsay Whalen dropped 25 points and 8 rebounds for USK Praha. Katerina Elhotova drained 14 points in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday.
In the semifinal Gambrinus had little to worry about when they took on Trutnov in the semifinal. The Brno outfit prevailed in the first game 98:65 and easily grabbed the lead. Petra Kulichova nailed 17 points to lead the action. Jana Vesela added 14 points and Eva Viteckova had 12 for the winners. Katerina Zohnova, Snajdrova and Carvajal all scored 15 points apiece for Trutnov. Gambrinus completed the series next day when they overwhelmed Trutnov 92:72 away from home. Petra Kulichova netted 19 points and Zuzana Zirkova contributed 17 points as Gambrinus entered the ZBL Final. Hamchetou Maiga had 100% with 4/4 from the field that totaled her 10 points.


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RUSSIA - Women

Vologda joins Final Four -by Eurobasket News
Russian superleague sensation Vologda took the scalp of one of the powerhouses BC Moscow leaving them behind the Final Four stage. Vologda stormed past the Moscow outfit in the decisive game 3 of the quarterfinal series 87:63 and completed the Russian Superleague semifinal picture. Vologda used a massive 29:11 run in the third period to transform a 2-point halftime lead into an unassailable 20-point cushion before the final stanza. BC Moscow never recovered after a stunning blow and had to surrender at the end. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) secured 22 points and 9 boards to lead Vologda. Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) contributed 22 points for the winners. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) answered with game-high 29 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Oksana Zakaluzhnaya (200-C-77) canned 12 points in a losing case.
Vologda will now clash with Spartak Moscow Region in the semifinal. Game 1 is scheduled for Saturday in Vidnoe.


There is never enough of a victory -by Eurobasket News
The efforts of the Russian team Spartak in Europe ended up with a victory in Euroeague. On the eve of the first quarter final play-off matches of the Russian championship there was a possibility to have a conversation with Spartak coach Slovakian Natalia Hejkova.
The coach said that the victory in the EuroLeague was one of the goals that season. The next goal is centered on the championship and the team is motivated to win. It's going to be a tough thing to do, though, but the match with a winner of the pair CSKA- UMMC instead of playing with both makes it easier. There are four uneasy matches to play with a due concentration and power.
Natalia Hejkova is satisfied with seasonal results of the team, especially with an outcome of the UMMC -CSKA match. Comparing to the last year third place, its obvious that Spartak gained a proper team-work. The team naturally had its ups and downs, also while pursuing CSKA throughout the championship. Its hard to say what is harder to win in the Russian championship or in the Euroleague. As the game showed, after the victory in Europe the girls became more psychologically prepared for the Superleague play-off.
Its been the forth Euroleague champion title for Natalia Hejkova on the coach position. Nevertheless, there is never enough of a victory the joyful moments are too short to be annoying. Of course, shed like to see the work of the NBA coaches, but she wont be able to hold the position of the main coach there. The other problem can be the language barrier the players can be misunderstood when using slang words.
Natalia Hejkova wants to enforce the team, for there are players who spend plenty of time on the ground without being replaced. So, it would have been great to have subs and an opportunity to buy one more third number.
As for the Olympics, the Australian, American and, hopefully, Russian teams are to pretend for medals. The Russian national team is quite capable to resist both Americans and Australians. Natalia Hejkova really hopes to keep on working with Spartak, moreover they all applied much of an effort to it and did a good job on European championship.


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SLOVAKIA - Women

There is never enough of a victory -by Eurobasket News
The efforts of the Russian team Spartak in Europe ended up with a victory in Euroeague. On the eve of the first quarter final play-off matches of the Russian championship there was a possibility to have a conversation with Spartak coach Slovakian Natalia Hejkova.
The coach said that the victory in the EuroLeague was one of the goals that season. The next goal is centered on the championship and the team is motivated to win. It's going to be a tough thing to do, though, but the match with a winner of the pair CSKA- UMMC instead of playing with both makes it easier. There are four uneasy matches to play with a due concentration and power.
Natalia Hejkova is satisfied with seasonal results of the team, especially with an outcome of the UMMC -CSKA match. Comparing to the last year third place, its obvious that Spartak gained a proper team-work. The team naturally had its ups and downs, also while pursuing CSKA throughout the championship. Its hard to say what is harder to win in the Russian championship or in the Euroleague. As the game showed, after the victory in Europe the girls became more psychologically prepared for the Superleague play-off.
Its been the forth Euroleague champion title for Natalia Hejkova on the coach position. Nevertheless, there is never enough of a victory the joyful moments are too short to be annoying. Of course, shed like to see the work of the NBA coaches, but she wont be able to hold the position of the main coach there. The other problem can be the language barrier the players can be misunderstood when using slang words.
Natalia Hejkova wants to enforce the team, for there are players who spend plenty of time on the ground without being replaced. So, it would have been great to have subs and an opportunity to buy one more third number.
As for the Olympics, the Australian, American and, hopefully, Russian teams are to pretend for medals. The Russian national team is quite capable to resist both Americans and Australians. Natalia Hejkova really hopes to keep on working with Spartak, moreover they all applied much of an effort to it and did a good job on European championship.


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SOUTH KOREA - Women

Australia beats Korea in Beijing -by Eurobasket News
Australia - Korea 78:71

The Opals snapped their losing streak today edging Korea on Day 4 of action at the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic test event in China. Australian team won the opening game of the tournament against the USA but then lost two in a row. Moreover the Aussie team lost their starter Suzy Batkovic who was sidelined with an injury in the previous game. But it never interfered with a confident display of skills from the Opals in this one. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) put on a leading role fueling Australia to a storming first frame. The Opals jumped to an early 18:11 lead and maintained it at 29:22 after 10 minutes of action. The margin reached 8 points midway through the second period but Korea within single digits and completed the first half trailing by just 5 points 41:46. The game turned into a physical battle after the break but Australia obviously dominated it. The Opals had a huge advantage under the rims and used it to kept brave Korean team at bay for the reminder of the clash. Natalie Porter poured in 19 points and collected 7 rebounds to pace Australia. Emma Randall (188-C-85) accounted for 16 points and Erin Phillips (173-G-85) contributed 14 in a win. Yeon Beon Ha answered with 20 points for Korea. Sun Jung Min had 14 points in defeat. The winners outrebounded Korea 48:17 and shot 48% from the field. Korea in the meantime converted 44% of field goals and forced Australia to as many as 23 turnovers. Australia now improved to 2-2 record and would take on their Oceania counterparts New Zealand tomorrow. Korea slipped to 1-3 record and would try to improve against Cuba on Thursday.

Australia: Natalie Porter 19, Emma Randall 16, Erin Phillips 14
Korea: Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) 20, Jung Sun Min (186-C-74) 14


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SWEDEN - Women

Solna wins the championship! -by Eurobasket News
Solna -Telge 72:62

The Solna Vikings claimed the Damligan crown yesterday. The regular season winners prevailed in a dramatic Final series against Telge clinching a vital 82:72 win in the decisive Game 5. Solna celebrated the 4th Damligan title in the last 10 seasons in Sweden. Last time they were trumped the champions in 2006.
Solna did not wait for too long to declare their ambitions. The hosts got to a flying start and piled up a 25:10 lead after the starting frame. Telge reacted immediately taking over in the second stanza and cutting the deficit to 8 points at the break 35:27. But it was just the momentum for the visitors as Solna retained control after the break and marched confidently towards the title. A well-balance offense steered by Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) put too many questions for Telge defense to deal with. The Vikings stretched the gap to 10 points at three-quarter time and never looked back in the final stanza. Elisabeth Egnell provided 17 points and 5 assists for Solna. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) and Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) netted 15 points apiece for the winners. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) tallied 20 points for Telge. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. The hosts had a slight advantage under the rims 25:24 and converted 93% from the charity stripe. They also forced Telge to 14 turnovers down the stretch.

Solna: Elisabeth Egnell 17, Jurgita Kausaite 15, Jennifer Harris 15
Telge: Frida Eldebrink 20, Louice Halvarsson 11+7 boards