EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/26/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Sport's Hall Tivoli is packed up for Final Four -by Eurobasket News

Final Four will start tonight in Ljubljana of Adriatic League. On Monday the final decision about the dates of the 2008 NLB Final Four Tournament in Ljubljana were confirmed. The semi-final will be played on Friday 25th while the final game is rescheduled. The winner of the 2007/08 season will be therefore known on Saturday, 26th. All games will be played in the big Sport's Hall Tivoli.
In the first semifinal KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac will face KK Zadar. KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac STADA beat Buducnost 75:69 for the 4th time this season in Vrsac winning the play-off quarterfinal series 2-1. After Pavkovic's 3-pointer, KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac extended lead to plus 14 with 3 minutes remaining. At the end Buducnost once again showed its toughness and with strong defense succeeded to come closer on 66-61 but Joksimovic, Pakvovic and Marshall were successful from the FT line and didn't let visitors to make a surprise. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic paced the winners collecting 15 points and 7 rebounds. Rawle Marshall followed him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nemanja Gordic scored 20 points for Buducnost.

Croatia will be represented by KK Zadar that survived against FMP. That was the best pair in the Quarterfinals and both squads showed three games that could be seen even in the Final series. KK Zadar won the opener in Croatia 95:91 in overtime but then lost also in extra time 94:99 away from home. In the decisive Game 3 KK Zadar advanced to Final Four with 74:73 win. Croatian side opened the game with 22:15, however was caught in the third quarter as FMP replied with 17:26. The last period brought 18:15 and the ticket to the Final Four. Corey Brewer led the winners with 23 points. He was named also the MVP of the game and the best player in Games 3 of the Quarterfinals. Todor Gecevski nailed 17, while Juby Johnson ended up with 15. Zoran Erceg top-scored in the losing effort with 21 points.
The second semifinal expects a battle of the hosts Union Olimpija Ljubljana and the winner of the regular season BC Partizan Igokea Beograd. Crvena Zvezda suffered a very inconvenient home defeat against Union Olimpija Ljubljana 74:96. Thus the team from Ljubljana is the last member of Adriatic League Final 4. Except for the first quarter, the team of head coach Aleksandar Dzikic dominated until the end of the game.
BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Igokea had a road win over Cibona 93:100 to be the first participant of Adriatic league Final 4. BC Partizan Igokea Beograd had advantage during the entire game and every time when Cibona came closer BC Partizan Igokea Beograd immediately made run making lead of 8 to 10 points. Nikola Pekovic finished the game with 22 points and 8 rebounds and was MVP of the game with index value 36.


Final Four

KK Zadar- KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac

BC Partizan Igokea Beograd- Union Olimpija Ljubljana



Hemofarm awaits in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Zadar-Hemofarm STADA 72:81

Hemofarm Stada became the first finalist of Final Four in Adriatic League. In the semifinal game Serbian team used a 19:10 in the last period to beat Zadar 81:72. Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winners with 25 points. Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 13 and Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) produced 11 points. Andrej Stimac (205-F/C-79) collected 25 points and 9 rebounds in the losing clause.
The Croatian team was not able to follow the rhythm of the opponent and was chasing it almost from the beginning. Milivoje Bozovic Milivoje made a jumper for Hemofarm as they started to lead in the game. The first quarter however belonged to Zadar that had 24:21 after it. Savovic Boris brought Serbian team back and gave them a lead at 31:30. Hemofarm looked a bit better in defense and grabbed 42:40 advantage at the half time.
Andrej Stimac and his Zadar saw the biggest lead at 54:47 when he made a lay-up. Pavkovic Miljan lifted his team to 57:57 to ask the Croatians to call for time -out. The score was tied at 62:62 after 30 minutes played and everyone expected a final stanza. Hemofarm spurted from the very beginning of the last quarter and had 66:77 in the middle of it. They kept the score for good and advanced to the Final with 81:72 victory.

Zadar:Andrej Stimac 25+9 rebs, Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) 13, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) 13
Hemofarm STADA: Nebojsa Joksimovic 25, Milivoje Bozovic 13, Rawle Marshall 11


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ALGERIA

24th day results of nationale 1A and 1B -by Foued Benhenni
here are the 24 th day's results of nationale 1A played on april 19th
NAR-JSBM 69-76
CRBT-CRMB 85-74
WAB-NAHD reported
ASPTT A'-AUA 88-58
MCA-USMMH reported
NBS-WBAB 79-74
CRBDB-OB 92-73
and here are the 20th day's results of nationale 1B
MOOO-TBBB 51-69
CRBS-ASPTT O 62-68
MSC-COBB 51-62
OMSM-ASHA 70-54
ABS-USB 84-54
the standings for nationale 1A and 1B will be in the next following topics


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ANGOLA

"We are good for the cup" - boast Nigeria coach -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 2008 edition of the Durban High School Invitational tournament dunks off Tursday with seven high school from the Africa continent.

The tournament according to the organiser, Myles Delport is to create competitive environment among kids of high school age.

Delport says the tournament is in two phases with over twenty schools taking part in the first phase while seven schools are slugging it out in the second and final phase with Nigeria Luminary School, Warri, South South Nigeria carrying the West Africa giant flag.

The Luminary school made up of twelve players and its coach, Gbubeni Fregene a man with nose for raw and budding talent as head coach departed the shore of Nigeria last Sunday aboard South African Airways for the week-long tournamnet.

The tournament format according to Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) would see the seven school playing in different basketball court in the Durban province of South South with each schools accumulating points as they move round the Kwazulu province to determine the eventual winner.

Beaming with great confidence Luminary coach, Fregene told www.fiba-africa.com that his ward will emerged champion come April 30 when the final leg of the tournament would be decided.

'I am confident that no team will stop us out there, I know the stuff my players are made up of and I understand the age-grade terrain very well.

'This was my words when I took a bunch of rookies out in 2005 for the World Secondary School tournament in Argentina and at the end my words came to pass as my boys did not only win the tournament but were unbeaten.

'We are going to do Delta State and Nigeria proud in this tournament because the country is the continent defending champion in the U18 FIBA Africa Championship for men especially when the last set of Nigeria U18 team won the last edition of the Africa Championship in Durban.



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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 3 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship (April 23 - May 5 Amman, Jordan) -by Mohammed Malas

* Group A:

Qatar Club (QAT) 86 - Al Tilal Aden (YEM) 75 (Qs: 27-19, 47-32, 70-45 & 86-75)

# Best performance:
- Qatar Club:
Daoud Musa (193-G-82) (23 pts, 4 ast)
Jerry Holman (209-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Minnesota) (19 pts, 13 reb)
- Al Tilal Aden:
Taha Alassari (180-G/F-84, college: Fredonia St.) (30 pts)
Sulaiman Diop (200-C-88) (14 pts)

Zain (JOR) 94 - An Nasr (UAE) 78 (Qs: 24-14, 43-34, 66-59 & 94-78)

# Best performance:
- Zain:
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (24 pts, 6 ast)
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) (23 pts)
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) (22 pts)
- An Nasr:
Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Marquette) (24 pts, 12 reb)
Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.) (16 pts)
Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) (14 pts)

* Group B:

Al Nasr (Lib) 82 - Al Ittihad Jeddah (KSA) 81 (Qs: 24-20, 54-35, 64-62 & 82-81)

# Best performance:
- Al Nasr:
Ellia Zlotic (29 pts, 11 reb)
Khaled Mohammad (16 pts)
- Al Ittihad Jeddah:
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) (27 pts)
Adel Guhani (21 pts)

Maghreb de Fes (MOR) 98 - De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem (JOR) 65 (Qs: 12-20, 32-33, 58-51 & 98-65)

# Best performance:
- Maghreb de Fes:
Matar N'Baye (192-G) (37 pts)
Alpha Traore (188-G-83) (16 pts)
- De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem:
Issa Kamel (192-F-83) (19 pts)
Ammar Nofal (190-F-84) (12 pts)

# Day 4- 21st Arab Clubs Championship:

- Saturday 26th of April:
16:00 Al Kahraba - Al Riyadi
18:00 Orthodox - Al Manama
20:00 As Seeb - Sagesse



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


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AUSTRALIA

Breakers bag Bruton, Boucher -by Eurobasket News
The Harvey Norman NZ Breakers have confirmed Brisbane Bullets CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) and Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) will join the club for next season and beyond. While contract details are still being finalised and are subject to NBL approval, the double-barreled signing of the two internationals has blown away Breakers general manager Richard Clarke.
Its great to have Dillon come back to the club and weve secured two excellent multi-faceted guys, who are genuinely keen to help take the team to new heights and win a championship with the club, Clarke said. Theyre experienced at NBL and international level, having been to World Championships and Olympic and Commonwealth Games, theyve won a championship in recent times and theyre world-class players, particularly on defence. Securing them gives Andrej Lemanis and our coaching staff a fair degree of flexibility and theyre now looking at options for filling the remaining two spots on the 10-strong roster for next season.
With the addition of Bruton and Boucher, the Breakers have eight players signed for the 2008-09 season, with Tall Blacks Kirk Penney, Phill Jones and Paul Henare and Australians Tony Ronaldson, Oscar Forman and Tim Behrendorff the others. Both part of the Bullets team that eliminated the Breakers from their first Hummer Championship NBL playoffs, Bruton averaged 18.8 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in 35 minutes, playing in all 30 regular season games, while Boucher averaged 3.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 21 minutes. Bruton, a former Boomers guard, led the ANBL in three-point percentage last season, converting 46.8 percent, while also shotting 47.6 percent from the field and 81.0 percent from the charity stripe, while Boucher shot a healthy 47.1 percent from the field.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.org.nz


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BAHRAIN

Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 16-2 
 2. Al Ahli 15-3 
 3. Muharraq 14-4 
 4. Sitra 12-6 
 5. Nuwaidrat 11-7 
 6. Al Hala 9-9 
 7. Al Ittihad 6-12 
 8. Issa Town 5-13 
 9. Al Najma 3-15 
 10. Bahrain Club 0-18 


Manama and Al Ahli suffer early defeats -by Yousef Ahmed

BAHRAIN'S basketball giants Manama and Al Ahli suffered early setbacks yesterday in two top regional basketball championships.

Manama started off with a heavy 98-126 defeat to Lebanon's Al Riyadhi on the second day of the Arab Clubs Championship being held in Amman while Al Ahli were outplayed by Al Wasl of the UAE 69-79 in the GCC Clubs Championship which got underway yesterday in Doha.

Playing in Group 'C', 15-time Bahrain league champions Manama were unable to match their opponents who were clearly superior.

Manama still have some hope of qualifying for the second round if they can win the remaining two matches against hosts Orthodox of Jordan tomorrow and Iraq's Kahraba on Monday to take one of the top two spots in this five-team group.

In the GCC championship, Al Ahli were no match to last year's runners-up Al Wasl in Group 'B'.

Al Ahli, under their Nigerian coach Fredrick Femi, were also no match to their opponents.

Their next opponents will be Al Arabi of Qatar whom they meet tomorrow at 6pm. Al Ahli will then play Kuwaiti champions Al Arabi on Sunday in their last match.

Source: GDN


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Rytas is ready to defend the title -by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian Rytas will defend their Baltic league title this weekend. Siauliai will host Baltic League Final Four that will be held on 25th and 26th of April.
In the first semifinal Lietuvos Rytas will play against Barons from Latvia. Led by Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) who was named Eurobasket Import and Forward of the year is ready for a battle.

Barons/LMT got the last ticket into the Final Four after the second game over Siauliai. After 6 points loss in Lithuania Barons/LMT advanced with 73:65 victory. Even trailing 10 points after the first ten minutes of the game Latvian squad found the power to catch up.
Zalgiris and ASK Riga will play at 20.30 right after the first game. ASK Riga advanced in the SEB BBL Final Four defeating Kalev/Cramo 79:72. The total score is set up for 2-0 and gave the ticket to Latvian team to face Zalgiris in the semifinals. In a slow start from both squads Kalev/Cramo grabbed 0-5 in the opening tip. In a defensive quarter ASK Riga replied with some baskets from the field for 14:13 lead. Kalev/Cramo started the second quarter better again and had 19:20 in the beginning of it. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) drilled two consecutive shots from downtown to make the score 31:27. ASK Riga and Kalev/Cramo went to the lockers with 38:34 for the hosts. Jelic tied the game at 44:44 in the third quarter, but Riga answered with 10-0 run. It was a decisive moment in the game as the quarter ended at 60:49. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the game, but 19:23 in the last period was not enough for the total success.
Last year Lietuvos Rytas beat Zalgiris in the Final. After a second place in ULEB Cup, Rytas desired only the first place in BBL. They fantastically managed to do this with 81:77 win. Kareem Rush (198-F-80, agency: Beo Basket, college: Missouri) was unstoppable with 22 points for the winners. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 15 points and made 7 rebounds, while Loren Woods posted 14. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) netted 19 points in the losing effort.



Lietuvos Rytas advances to the Final -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas -Barons/LMT 89 : 73

Siauliai Arena and 3500 spectators saw the first semifinal game of Final Four in Baltic league. Lietuvos Rytas was the first team to advance to the Final beating Barons/LMT 89:73. Trailing 17:21 after the opening quarter Lithuanian team will defend their title in the decisive game. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 16 points. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) nailed 15, while Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) had 12. Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85, agency: FCM) top-scored for Latvian team with 16 points.

The Latvians started it off very well and got an early lead in double figures.Vaikulis's lay-up made the score 14:4 for barons in the opening tip. Rytas wole up later in the period and reduced to 4 points after the first 10 minutes of the game. Arturas Jomantas was the last in the quarter to score a jump-shot for 17:21.
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) tied the score at 21:21 and then he again made his outside shot 39:27. Both squads left the court with 42:36 for the defending champions.
Probably the third quarter was decisive in the game as Rytas had 55:38 after 30 minutes. Barons tried to recover but did not stay closer than 10 points. Kaspars Berzins's free throw closed the first semifinal of Final Four and sent Lietuvos to the Final.

Lietuvos Rytas: Chuck Eidson 16, Marijonas Petravicius 15, Arturas Jomantas 12
Barons/LMT:Kaspars Berzins 16, Armands Skele (192-G-83) 14


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CANADA

Canada participated in 48th Military Men's World Basketball Championship -by Eurobasket News
Seven countries were represented at the Council International du Sport Militaire 48th Military Men's World Basketball Championship being held at Lackland Air Force Base April 14-22. Medal round games were closing ceremonies held on April 22. Closing ceremonies consisted of the presentation of team and individual awards; and the passing of the CISM flag to officials of Lithuania, the next country to host the event. Participating countries include USA, Greece, Italy Lithuania, Korea, Canada and Latvia.
Canada lost six games in the tournament, however showed a good team game. In the best game played Canada was defeated by Italy 66:67. A win was too close for the North Americans, but 8:14 in the last period saw Europeans reaching their first victory. Bargelli, Marco led the winners with 21 points. Simeone, Luca nailed 17, whilst Matuozzo, Pasquale scored 10. Kevin Dulude (193-G/F-81), had a fabulous game with 34 points for Canada.
Greece defeated Canada 79:66 as Kevin Dulude, scored 20 points for Canada. Lithuania overcame Canada 95:65 with Ambrose, Stephen 18 points. Republic of Korea was stronger than Canada 94:80 as Kevin Dulude, top-scored with 27 points.


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CAPE VERDE

Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ABC 8-3 
 2. Seven Stars 7-4 
 3. Predio 6-5 
 4. Ach.Grande 1-10 


Cape Verdean Basketball for the first time with 3 Referees -by Pedro Gomes

Last round games between, Seven Stars Achada Grande, and Prdio ABC, were referred by 3 international officials.

The same way that its being done in some of the best league in the world, the Santiago South championship will have a taste of this style of officiating. Thanks to the partnership established between the Federation and the Regional association, the referees who were in training, finalized their course with these two games.

These two games, served as a test for the new and old international referees, to put in practice their newly acquired skilled in this new system FIBA is implementing for all its competition.

Referees from Tunisia, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea Conakry, and Cape Verde, officiated Wednesday round in the Santiago South championship, with 3 referees. This system is considered by many, to be the best, and more practical, as it helps to cover the whole court.



PREDIO FINDS NEW LIFE AFTER BEATING ABC -by Pedro Gomes

Predio CVT managed to recuperate their damaged image from the previous round, which they lost to Achada Grande, by beating ABC. They made a strong point to the league that they are a real contender for the title.

Predio CVT won 73 to 72, a very exciting game, where ABC never trailed in the entire game. Predio CVT players kept their poise and successfully built their come back and finally win at the end.

The first game of the round, Seven Stars beat Achada Grande 77-53. Achada Grande, continues to make progress, they are a very young team, with a bright future ahead, if the investment is made

With this loss, the classification table does not change, ABC maintains the first place spot, with Seven Star in second, and Prdio third and last place Achada Grande.

For the next round, 30 of April: ABC x Achada Grande, and Prdio x Seven Stars.



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COSTA RICA

Acuna tops the scorers -by Gianni Pascucci
After five rounds of LSB, Perez Zeledon forward Jackie Acuna (190-F-81), leads all the scorers at 129 points (21,5 ppg), thanks to 18 three pointers made, followed by Jeffrey Spencer (189-F-81) of Santa Cecilia, who scored 128 points in only five games (25,6 ppg) and by Panamanian Isaac St.Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown) of Barva, who scored 104 points (20,6 ppg)

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D-LEAGUE

Stampede Even Championship Series 1-1; Decisive Game 3 Friday Night -by Surujh Roopnarine
Cory Violette (6'8''-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga) knocked down a pair of clutch free throws with 21.3 seconds left to put the Stampede up for good as they came back to Boise after a game one defeat in Austin and evened the series with the Toros at one game a piece, 90-89. The two teams will have no time to rest as the final game of the series will tip off tonight at 9:30pm once again in Boise at the Qwest Arena. Up by as many as six points in the fourth quarter, Austin was held scoreless in the final 2 minutes of play. Violette, the former Gonzaga standout, led Idaho with 19 points while Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall) did all he could to clinch the series for Austin, scoring a game high 27 points to go along with eight assists.
TOROS: Andre Barrett (27p+8as), Ian Mahinmi (16p+12rb+5bs), Justin Bowen (12p+6rb), Darvin Ham (10p)
STAMPEDE: Cory Violette (19p+7rb), Jason Ellis (8p+16rb), Randy Livingston (15p+7rb+5as+7to), Roberto Bergersen (15p)


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

LOPEZ LEADS GUG INTO THE FINALS! -by Ozell Wells
CPN had new life breathed into them as they defeated Sameji 102-81. Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) 23 pts and 11 rebounds, Shaun Fountain (180-G-78, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 33 pts and Luis Martinez (196-F, college: William Paterson) 31 pts were just too much for Sameji to fight back from as they dropped to 1-4 with this loss. Sameji was led by Terquin Mott (203-F-74, college: Coppin St.) with 21 pts & 25 rebounds. Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) 25 pts and 12 pts from Joel Ramirez (191-G-81).
In the second game, GUG made it into the FINALS with a 102-88 victory over CUPES.
Led by Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) 27 pts, Julius Nwosu (207-C-71, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Liberty) 18 pts and 18 pts from Eric Ferguson (186-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas), they made it into the Final round for the 1st time since 1996. For CUPES Fausto Alex Sime (192-G-79) had 24 pts Ramon Reyes (200-F-78) 13 and Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) 11. The difference in the game was the 12 total points that the 2 refuerzos for CUPES scored in the ENTIRE GAME. Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia) had 9 pts and Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: N.Mexico) had 3 pts.
Tonight, CUPES will play a revived CPN at 8:30 in the only game of the night to decide who faces GUG in the FINAL SERIES


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EUROLEAGUE

2007-08 All-Euroleague nominees announced! -by Eurobasket
Voting for the All-Euroleague team by fans and media members around Europe and beyond has produced a world-class list of nominees for the 2007-08 season. Tens of thousands of fans from around the world were able to cast votes for their favorite players, as did media members from each of the countries with Euroleague teams this season. The nominees are:

Point Guards
Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) of Montepaschi Siena
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) of CSKA Moscow

Shooting Guards and Small Forwards
Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) of Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) of CSKA Moscow
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow
Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) of Montepaschi Siena

Power Forwards and Centers
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena
Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) of Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan Igokea
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) of Tau Ceramica

As in other years, teams that qualified to the Final Four dominated the nominations, with CSKA Moscow and Montepaschi Siena having three nominees each, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv two and Tau Ceramica one. Only one nominee came from a non-Final Four team. The All-Euroleague first and second teams, plus the Euroleague MVP, will be named at The Euroleague Basketball Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 3, during the Final Four in Madrid.

Courtesy of Euroleague


NIKE tournament to crown Europe's junior club champion at Final Four -by Eurobasket
For the sixth consecutive year, the Nike International Junior Tournament will offer fans at the 2008 Euroleague Final Four in Madrid, Spain next week a chance to see Europe's best young players in the same setting as the best pros. This season's eight participating junior teams - AXA FC Barcelona, Cibona Zagreb, FMP, Lietuvos Rytas, Maccabi Teddy, Real Madrid, Red Star and defending champion Zalgiris Kaunas - represent top clubs from the strongest basketball countries in Europe. The 2008 NIJT promises to be the best yet, with a newly installed qualification system having helped to ensure that the very best junior teams in Europe will take the floor for the four-day event, which starts on Thursday, May 1 in Magarios Arena in Madrid.

Half of the eight competing teams booked their spots at the NIJT through either the LHospitalet tourney in January or the Nike IJT Belgrade in March. In the future, nearly all of the spots at the Nike International Junior Tournament will be decided by qualifying events that will be held throughout Europe. This season, FMP edged AXA FC Barcelona 79-78 in the LHospitalet final and then won its own event 102-99 over Lietuvos Rytas, a result that allowed third-placed Red Star to also book a ticket to Madrid. In addition to that pre-qualified foursome, Zalgiris Kaunas, the host citys Real Madrid, Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv and Cibona Zagreb are all included as well.

Teams have been drawn into two groups, and will each play a total of three games in a round-robin system from Thursday, May 1 to Saturday, May 3. Group games will be played at the Magarios Arena and entrance to all games is free. The two group winners will then face off in the final, which will take place at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace on Sunday, May 4 at 12:30, hours before the Euroleague final.

As always, the Nike International Junior Tournament will feature the best junior players on the continent and is the place to see tomorrows stars today!

Courtesy of Euroleague


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: The season goes on! -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game 3: Kouvot (Kouvola) was much better tonight than Honka (Espoo), but won only by one point - enough anyway. So the season
goes on. And everybody is happy now, if we all believe Honka's Head Coach Mihailo Pavicevic !? Kouvot and Head Coach Jukka Toijala was given an extra
chance. Or two! 'There will be one more game, actually two more games', said Toijala in front of TV cameras! And there will be two more games, if Honka is playing
like tonight. Kouvot started again well (5 minutes 13-5) and had an excellent second quarter (27-11). Still in the beginning of the third quarter it was Kouvot domination
(49-30), but Honka came back to the game during the 4th quarter. In six minutes Honka changed the numbers from 55-42 to 59-56. Two TOs and Kouvot led 65-56,
when there was three minutes to go. Honka's Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) made a three-pointer with 10 seconds to go and Honka was leading 65-66. Kouvot time out and the ball
to Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) Eurobasket/Finland Player of The Year scored with four seconds to go and Kouvot had won by one 67-66 (41-30). Quarters: 14-19, 27-11, 14-12, 12-24. Corey Smith and Jukka Kataja (197-F-82) were Kouvot key players tonight. Both were dangerous in offense and Kataja's defense vs Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) was excellent. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) scored 19 pts for Honka, but had also seven turnovers. Ben Perkins (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.) was again tough in Kouvola and Kimmo Muurinen became almost the hero of the game. Kouvot - Honka 1-2. Game # 4 in Espoo on Sunday, April 27.

Kouvot - Honka 67-66 (41-30) (Corey Smith 19/6, Jukka Kataja 15/4, Wayne Bernard 9/2, Matti Nuutinen 7/0, Samu Kaaresvirta 5/2, Peter Cipriano 4/7, Tero Laitinen 3/4, Roope Suonio 3/1, Tuomas Iisalo 2/2. 1 - 75,0%, 2 - 66,7%, 3 - 31,6%. R: 30. TO: 17. - Akeem Scott 19/1, Ben Perkins 18/3, Kimmo Muurinen 15/9, Matt Williams 5/6, Sasu Salin 3/2, Jukka Matinen 2/4, Eldar Skamo 2/1, Juho Nenonen 2/0, Petri Heinonen 0/1, Petteri Koponen DNP (injured). 1 - 80,0%, 2 - 55,6%, 3 - 28,6%. R: 28. TO: 16).



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GERMANY

Eurobasket.com 2007-2008 All-Regionalliga South-West Team -by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-West Player of the Year: Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary) - Mainz

Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-West First Team:
Anish Sharda - Mainz
Lars-Eric Menck (200-F-78) - Konstanz
Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) - Treis-Karden
Brandon Adair (196-F-85, college: Va.Wesleyan) - Schwenningen
Edjuan Green (203-F-82, college: Texas A&M) - Mainz

Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-West Second Team:
Brian Lang (191-G-81, college: S.Nevada CC) - Konstanz
Monyea Pratt (195-F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Stillman) - Weissenhorn
Raheim Lamb (198-F-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Massachusetts) - Weissenhorn

Felix Rotaru (200-F-79) - Giessen
Ilja Ickert (201-C-81) - Mainz



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GREECE

Third in 48th CISM World Military Mens Basketball Championship -by George Manousidis
With loosing two games, from USA 95-85 in overtime and Lithuania 84-76 we came third in the 48th CISM World Military Mens Basketball Championship.

Final standings
1. USA Armed Forces
2. Lithuania
3. Greece
4. Republic of Korea
5. Latvia
6. Italy
7. Canada

The results
Italy def Canada 67-66
Lithuania def Greece 84-76
USA Armed Forces def Rebublic of Korea 106-100
Latvia def Lithuania 87-76
Greece def Republic of Korea 88-75
USA Armed Forces def Italy 93-69
Latvia def Italy 92-37
Greece def Canada 79-66
USA Armed Forces def Lithuania 90-83
Republic of Korea def Italy 94-80
USA Armed Forces def Latvia 104-76
Lithuania def Canada 95-65
USA Armed Forces def Greece 95-85 OT
Lithuania def Italy 105-79
Republic of Korea def Canada 94-80
USA Armed Forces def Republic of Korea 111-91
Latvia def Canada 96-79
Greece def Italy 100-64
United States Armed Forces def Canada 111-74
Lithuania def Greece 92-80
Republic of Korea def Latvia 105-97
Italy def Canada 77-62
Lithuania def Republic of Korea 96-89
Greece def Latvia 72-62


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GUATEMALA

Sat-Cybertech ends Third place in Liga Centroamericana -by Victor Padilla
Sat-Cybertech concluded its participation in Liga Centroamericana 2008 with a 69-80 loss against Liceo 'Expreso Rojo', in a game where the Costa Rican team ended undefeated their participation in the Final Four held at Cancun, and thus, became the Champions of this tournament. Hernol Hall (205-C-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Lon Morris JC) and import player Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.), who was named MVP of the tournament, scored 23 and 20 points each to lead the now champions to their last victory. Sat-Cybertech's scorers were import player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) with 29 points and Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) with 14. Therefore, with one win and two losses in the Final Four, Sat-Cybertech ended Third in the tournament, behind Liceo and runner-up Pioneros de Quintana Roo, who will represent Centroamerica at Liga de las Americas 2008 now being announced for August.

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HOLLAND

FEB Playoffs: MyGuide Amsterdam, Eiffel Towers Cruise To Wins; Hanzevast Capitals, Rotterdam Challengers Win Also -by Sanders Jackson


In Game # 1 of the 1st round of the Dutch FEB playoffs, with the new playoff format, MyGuide Amsterdam and defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers both got the job done, but Hanzevast Capitals and Rotterdam Challengers benefitted greatly from the opportunity to play at home first, with Hanzevast winning over nemesis Matrixx Magixx in the Martiniplaza and the Rotterdammers surprising West-Brabant Giants.

In a packed Martiniplaza (nearly 4,000), the Pep Claros coached team proved themselves worthy of the challenge, with strong defense and bench scoring making a difference, winning by the score of 71-67. Hanzevast's bench outscored Matrixx's by a 27-9 margin, and also held Matrixx to 41.5% FG shooting.
Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) led Hanzevast with 17 pts., including 3 three-pointers. Games #2 and #3 will be played in Nijmegen.


In the Topsportcentrum on Thursday night, Rotterdam Challengers took control of the game tempo from the 3rd quarter on, playing evenly with West-Brabant Giants to steal Game #1 76-69. The Rotterdammers had five players in double figures and forced 23 West-Brabant turnovers. Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and Jeroen Slor (204-F-85, agency: R.H.Consultancy) both had double-doubles, with Briggs having 14 pts. and 15 rebounds, and Slor with 14 and 10 respectively. Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led all scorers with 23 pts.


In Weert, #1 seed MyGuide Amsterdam had early trouble with Upstairs Weert, but stepped up their defense in the 2nd half, winning by the score of 72-66. MyGuide were down 10 pts. in the 2nd quarter. Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) stepped up for MyGuide, scoring a game-high 25 pts. Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led Upstairs with 21 pts. MyGuide have a chance to close out the series on Saturday in Amsterdam.


In the ZBC-hal on Thursday night, a big 2nd quarter gave defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers the momentum swing it needed, going on the win 92-80. Eiffel had a 30-16 2nd quarter run that gave them a 46-37 lead at halftime, increasing the lead to 69-56 at the end of the 3rd. Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel with 21 pts. Nate Lufkin (208-C-82, college: Holy Cross) led Landstede with 20 pts. Eiffel can eliminate Landstede from the FEB playoffs with a win on Saturday in the Maaspoort.



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IRAQ

Orthodox edges Al Kahraba Electricity -by Eurobasket News
Orthodox beat Al Kahraba Electricity from Iraq 92:81. The team from Jordan easily started the game taking 26:15 advantage. They increased to 57:30 at the half time and looked forward to finish the game. Al Kahraba Electricity had a very good last period to reduce only to 11 points. Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) led the winners with 33 points. Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) collected 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Kevin Jobity (207-F/C-74, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Niagara) scored 17. Al Kahraba Electricity was paced by Malek Falah who posted 16 points.

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JORDAN

Orthodox edges Al Kahraba Electricity -by Eurobasket News
Orthodox beat Al Kahraba Electricity from Iraq 92:81. The team from Jordan easily started the game taking 26:15 advantage. They increased to 57:30 at the half time and looked forward to finish the game. Al Kahraba Electricity had a very good last period to reduce only to 11 points. Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) led the winners with 33 points. Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) collected 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Kevin Jobity (207-F/C-74, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Niagara) scored 17. Al Kahraba Electricity was paced by Malek Falah who posted 16 points.

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KAZAKHSTAN

The best players are named in Kazakhstan -by Eurobasket News
The Kazakhstan Division 1 regular season wrapped up and the season awards were handed out.
Oleg Ten (185-G-74) - the Best Point Guard. Oleg Ten led the sensational newcomer BK Almaty to the regular season title and later to the Division 1 Final.
Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) - the Best Shooting Guard (Astana Tigers)
Sergey Stroilov (203-F-81) - the Best Small Forward (TSM Kapshagai)
Pavel Mikheev (198-F-83) - the Best Power Forward (Tobol)
Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) the Best Centre (BK Almaty).
The Final series are now in full swing with the Astana Tigers and BK Almaty fighting for the title. Soon we will be ready to announce the name of the seasons MVP.


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KUWAIT

Al Kuwait SC gets an easy start -by Eurobasket News
Al Kuwait SC and As Seeb opened their 21st Arab Clubs Championship which is hosted from April 23-May 6 in Jordan. In 2008 15 competing teams represent 14 countries. Jordan and Lebanon are presented by two favorites from their countries. The draw held in Egypt divided the teams into four groups. Two teams from each of them will advance to the next round.
In the second game day of 21st Arab Clubs Championship and the first for the teams from Kuwait and Oman in Group D Al Kuwait SC proved their ambitions. A 45:12 in the opening quarter shocked As Seeb that could hardly stay in the game. The team from Oman however woke up in the second quarter and stayed at 68:32 at the half.
In the third quarter the spectators saw 96:41 domination of Al Kuwait SC. They needed another 47 points in the last period to overwhelm the opponents. Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) and Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) paced the winners with 36 points each. Ira also added his12 rebounds for the winners. Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) was the best for Oman squad with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Both teams will resume their campaigns in Day 4 of 21st Arab Clubs Championship.


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LATVIA

LBAL play-off -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvian Amateur Basketball League

Semi-finals (best of three)


ASK Kadeti - SK Kandava 121-66

Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) 22; Girts Celms (182-G-90) 11, Briedis 11

SK Kandava - ASK Kadeti 80-79

Elgars Kilps (192-F-81) 16; Kristaps Mediss (186-G/F-89) 17

ASK Kadeti - SK Kandava 79-57, series 2-1

Roberts Mednis 20; Girts Celms 15


Fenikss/Jurmalas Sports - Variants 76-74


Variants - Fenikss/Jurmalas Sports 79-102, series 0-2



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LEBANON

2nd division final four -by Rony Daccache
The Lebanese second division championship reached its final four stages. The four best teams that deserve to be on the top of the competition are Tebnine (C. Tony Khalil ), Antonines (C. Georges Kilzi ), Kahraba Zouk (C. Sarkis Kurdjian ), and ENB (C. Pierre Mitri). The first three teams are coached by international experienced coaches who had several participations with the Lebanese national teams.

Tebnine has talented players; most of them have played with the junior national team, as well as first division teams. The team is aiming at reaching the first division, knowing that two years ago, it went into the first division. However, the clubs administration then abstained from taking part in the first division championship and preferred to stay in the second division.

As for Antonines, the club that was relegated from the first division last year, is facing a new season with the experience which the team has acquired while taking part in the first division team, with a new coach, after being coached for four consecutive years in a row by Elie Nasr, who effectively managed to move the team from fourth division to first division.

Kahraba Zouk team has well-experienced players, like Mark Kozah (190-F-73) (190-F-73), Patrick Saba (166-G-71), and Georges Rizk (194-F-75), in addition to other motivated players, who grew up on playing basketball at Kahraba Zouk club itself within the various junior teams.

ENB, for its part, regroups talented players from different clubs. It successfully moved, similarly to Antonines, from fourth division to second division.

Finally, the Final Four kicks off on Monday, with the first game Antonines vs Kahraba Zouk, on Antoniness court, at 20:00.

8:00 PM
Mon 28/Apr CS Antonins vs Kahraba Zouk (Antonin Stadium)

8:00 PM
Tue 29/Apr Tebnine vs ENB (Sports City Complex)

8:30 PM
Wed 30/Apr Kahraba Zouk vs CS Antonins (Kahraba Zouk)

8:00 PM
Thu 1/May ENB vs Tebnine (Murr Stadium)

8:00 PM
Fri 2/May CS Antonins vs Kahraba Zouk (Antonin Stadium)

6:00 PM
Sat 3/May Tebnine vs ENB (Sagesse - Jdeideh)

8:30 PM
Mon 5/May Kahraba Zouk vs CS Antonins (Kahraba stadium)

8:00 PM
Tue 6/May ENB vs Tebnine (Murr Stadium)

8:00 PM
Wed 7/May CS Antonins vs Kahraba Zouk (Antonin Stadium)

8:00 PM
Thu 8/May Tebnine vs ENB (Sports City Complex)


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LIBYA

Al Nasr defeats Maghreb de Fes in the opener -by Eurobasket News
Al Nasr won the opener of the 21st Arab Clubs Championship that is held in Jordan. In the first game the team from Libya overcame Maghreb de Fes from Morocco 76:70. The latter started the campaign better taking 14:23 lead after the opening quarter. Moreover they controlled the game for three quarters, but Al Nasr had a fabulous last period to win the opener. Ellia Zolic led the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kowan collected 12 points and 5 assists, while Khaled Mohamad scored 12. Alpha Traore (188-G-83) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the losing effort.

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LITHUANIA

Lietuvos Rytas advances to the Final -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas -Barons/LMT 89 : 73

Siauliai Arena and 3500 spectators saw the first semifinal game of Final Four in Baltic league. Lietuvos Rytas was the first team to advance to the Final beating Barons/LMT 89:73. Trailing 17:21 after the opening quarter Lithuanian team will defend their title in the decisive game. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 16 points. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) nailed 15, while Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) had 12. Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85, agency: FCM) top-scored for Latvian team with 16 points.

The Latvians started it off very well and got an early lead in double figures.Vaikulis's lay-up made the score 14:4 for barons in the opening tip. Rytas wole up later in the period and reduced to 4 points after the first 10 minutes of the game. Arturas Jomantas was the last in the quarter to score a jump-shot for 17:21.
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) tied the score at 21:21 and then he again made his outside shot 39:27. Both squads left the court with 42:36 for the defending champions.
Probably the third quarter was decisive in the game as Rytas had 55:38 after 30 minutes. Barons tried to recover but did not stay closer than 10 points. Kaspars Berzins's free throw closed the first semifinal of Final Four and sent Lietuvos to the Final.

Lietuvos Rytas: Chuck Eidson 16, Marijonas Petravicius 15, Arturas Jomantas 12
Barons/LMT:Kaspars Berzins 16, Armands Skele (192-G-83) 14


Rytas is ready to defend the title -by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian Rytas will defend their Baltic league title this weekend. Siauliai will host Baltic League Final Four that will be held on 25th and 26th of April.
In the first semifinal Lietuvos Rytas will play against Barons from Latvia. Led by Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) who was named Eurobasket Import and Forward of the year is ready for a battle.

Barons/LMT got the last ticket into the Final Four after the second game over Siauliai. After 6 points loss in Lithuania Barons/LMT advanced with 73:65 victory. Even trailing 10 points after the first ten minutes of the game Latvian squad found the power to catch up.
Zalgiris and ASK Riga will play at 20.30 right after the first game. ASK Riga advanced in the SEB BBL Final Four defeating Kalev/Cramo 79:72. The total score is set up for 2-0 and gave the ticket to Latvian team to face Zalgiris in the semifinals. In a slow start from both squads Kalev/Cramo grabbed 0-5 in the opening tip. In a defensive quarter ASK Riga replied with some baskets from the field for 14:13 lead. Kalev/Cramo started the second quarter better again and had 19:20 in the beginning of it. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) drilled two consecutive shots from downtown to make the score 31:27. ASK Riga and Kalev/Cramo went to the lockers with 38:34 for the hosts. Jelic tied the game at 44:44 in the third quarter, but Riga answered with 10-0 run. It was a decisive moment in the game as the quarter ended at 60:49. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the game, but 19:23 in the last period was not enough for the total success.
Last year Lietuvos Rytas beat Zalgiris in the Final. After a second place in ULEB Cup, Rytas desired only the first place in BBL. They fantastically managed to do this with 81:77 win. Kareem Rush (198-F-80, agency: Beo Basket, college: Missouri) was unstoppable with 22 points for the winners. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 15 points and made 7 rebounds, while Loren Woods posted 14. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) netted 19 points in the losing effort.



Lithuania finishes second in 48th Military Men's World Basketball Championship -by Eurobasket News
Seven countries were represented at the Council International du Sport Militaire 48th Military Men's World Basketball Championship being held at Lackland Air Force Base April 14-22. Medal round games were closing ceremonies held on April 22. Closing ceremonies consisted of the presentation of team and individual awards; and the passing of the CISM flag to officials of Lithuania, the next country to host the event. Participating countries include USA, Greece, Italy Lithuania, Korea, Canada and Latvia.
Lithuania finished second with 4-2 record. The loss to the champion USA saw Baltic team loosing 10 points, 74:84. United States Armed Forces opened the game with 32:20, but then Lithuania grabbed the control of the game. The last period was a nightmare for the Baltic squad that lost 23:4. Dan Nwaelele (196-G) led the winners with 25 points. Bartley nailed 16 and Major scored 12. Vaidas Trepocka (200-F-80) top-scored for Lithuania with 17 points.
Lithuania defeated Greece 84:76 and send them to the third place. Trailing 12:21 after the opening quarter Baltic squad produced 28:20 in the final. Slivka led the winners with 21 points. Kulbis nailed 20 and Vaidas Trepocka posted 17. Dimitris Karadolamis (204-F-87) chipped in 21 points in the losing effort.
Another loss Lithiuania saw from Latvia in the opening day of the tournament.


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MEXICO

Liga del Sureste has started -by Gianni Pascucci
During the past weekend started the 2008 edition of Liga del Sureste de Baloncesto (LBS). Otherwise than previously indicated, only five teams were at the start, Leopardos de Merida, Marineros de Cozumel, Dorados de Playa del Carmen, Aluxes de Cancun and Peppers de Progreso. The regular season will be played in any of the next weekend till the end of May, when will start the pleyoffs. The first results we know are referred to the games between Dorados and Peppers. In the first match, Peppers upset Dorados on the road, 94-84, thanks to a great performing from imports Forrest Fisher (193-G) and Ronnie Coleman (199-F-68, college: USC), who scored 21 points each, and Mark Borders (188-G-84, college: Tampa), who added 15. Arturo Vazquez (194-G/F-78) was the main scorer in Dorados, with 20 points. In the second game, Dorados took the revenge, winning 118-105, despite another great game from Ronnie Coleman, who scored 30 points.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT1A Play-Out : Primoje and Kotor in MNT2 -by Dragan Scepanovic
After last - 10th Round of MNT1A Play-Out League in MNT 2 League in season 2008-2009 will play Baskteball Club Primorje from H.Novi and Basketball Club Kotor.In 10 Round in derby game Basketball Club Mornar from Bar win against Basketball Club Rudar from Pljevlja 77-73.In other two games Basketball Club Ulcinj win against Basketball Club Primorje and Basketball Club Jedinstvo win against Basketball Club Kotor.

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 7-0 
 2. Niksic 4-3 
 3. Mogren 3-4 
 4. ABS Primorje 3-4 
 5. Lovcen 2-5 
 6. Danilovgrad 2-5 
Play-Out
 1. Ulcijn 7-3 
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 7-3 
 4. Rudar 5-5 
 5. Primorje-M. 4-6 
 6. Kotor 0-10 


MNT Super-League : In derby Buducnost win in Budva , Dasic 30 points-Lalovic 31 points -by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of 7 Round of Montenegrin basketball Super-League Basketball Club Buducnost from Podgorica win in city of Budva against Basketball Club Mogren 92-78 (12-23,25-17,31-14,24-24).In duel of two best Montenegrin basketball players in season 2007-2008 Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88) from Buducnost score 30 points and 9 rebounds and Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) from Mogren score 31 points and 10 rebounds.In team of Buducnost good game play Nemanja Gordic 15 points and in team of Mogren Nenad Stefanovic score 15 points.In other two game score was : Niksic-Danilovgrad 77-72 (20-19,13-24,23-18,21-11) Goran Gajovic (199-G-88) score 15 points and Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) 14 points for Niksic and Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) score 19 points (index +23) for Danilovgrad.In city of H.Novi ABS Primorje win against BC Lovcen.

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MOROCCO

Al Nasr defeats Maghreb de Fes in the opener -by Eurobasket News
Al Nasr won the opener of the 21st Arab Clubs Championship that is held in Jordan. In the first game the team from Libya overcame Maghreb de Fes from Morocco 76:70. The latter started the campaign better taking 14:23 lead after the opening quarter. Moreover they controlled the game for three quarters, but Al Nasr had a fabulous last period to win the opener. Ellia Zolic led the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kowan collected 12 points and 5 assists, while Khaled Mohamad scored 12. Alpha Traore (188-G-83) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the losing effort.

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NBA

It's getting interesting! -by Eurobasket News
The playoff series took a sudden turn in the plot yesterday as Toronto, Houston and Washington narrowed the deficit in their matchups. Houston looked a different team in Utah as they snatched a 94:92 win against the Jazz. Rafer Alston (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.) returned to action for the Rockets and Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) finally broke his fourth-quarter scoring curse to save the day for the Texas outfit. Tracy McGrady scored 7 points in the final 3.29 of regulation to propel the visitors to a vital win. The Rockets were up by 7 points with just over 2 minutes left in regulation but the hosts kept fighting. Kyle Korver and Mehmet Okur nailed back-to-back three pointers to evaporate the deficit. Tracy McGrady missed his attempt and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) had a chance to put the Jazz up for good. But his shot was blocked by Carl Landry and Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) picked up the loose ball to seal the win from free throw line. Tracy McGrady finished with 27 points to lead the Rockets. Rafer Alston notched 20 points and 5 assists, while Luis Scola came up with 16 points and 10 boards for the winners. Deron Williams netted 28 points and issued 12 assists for the Jazz.
Toronto also got some breathing space as they overcame Orlando 108:94 at the Air Canada Centre yesterday. The Raptors point guards took the floor and kept Toronto in the contest. T.J. Ford (5'10''-G-83, college: Texas) scored 21 points, while Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-G-81) contributed 18 points and 13 assists to pace the Raptors to a 108:94 victory. The Raptors dominated from the start and held to a 61:40 lead at the break. Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) scored 12 points in the third period and trimmed the gap to 11 points for the Magic heading into the fourth stanza. But Toronto looked confident and controlled the tempo to win the first game of the series. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and Jason Kapono (6'7''-F-81, college: UCLA) nailed 15 points apiece for the winners. Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) tallied 26 points and 7 rebounds for the Magic. Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) was limited to 19 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Finally Washington dismantled Cleveland 108:72 at home to go 1-2 in the series. The overrated screams followed LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) during yesterdays game at the Verizon Centre and now he got nothing to answer with. The Wizards got back on track with a dazzling piece of basketball thumping the Cavaliers to cut the deficit in the series. DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) fired 19 points, while Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) added 17 as Washington coasted past hapless Cleveland. LeBron James was the only starter to score in double figures as he canned 22 points. Devin Brown came off the bench to contribute 10 points in a losing effort. Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) got his starting spot for the first time since November but was forced to leave the court in the first half due to left knee injury. He was listed as day-to-day after the game.


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NCAA2

Alaska Nanooks Add New Players -by Sanjey Noriega
From alaskananooks.com

FAIRBANKS, AK- Alaska men's basketball head coach Clemon Johnson announced the signings of Emmanuel Jenkins of Tacoma, Wash. and Evan Matteson of Lynnwood, Wash. on Tuesday. Jenkins will enroll at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a junior this fall, and will have two years of NCAA eligibility remaining, while Matteson comes in as a freshman, with a full four years of eligibility for the Nanooks.

Jenkins, a 6'0' guard, joins the Nanooks after playing for Tacoma Community College in Washington. Jenkins was a standout player for the Titans, leading the 34-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community College (NWAACC) in scoring by ringing up a 25.3 points per game average. He also averaged 5.6 assists per game and 5.0 rebounds per game in claiming second team all-region honors at Tacoma.

'All starting positions are going to be open, but right now, I think the point guard position is Emmanuel's to lose,' Johnson said of his new signing. 'Emmanuel is not cat quick, but cheetah quick. He is Ferrari quick. He passes the ball well and he also scores from various positions: using his feet and speed to get to the basket as well as three-point range jump shots. On the defensive end, he is stellar. He is an all-around player, and the only thing I can see keeping him out of the NBA is his height.'

Prior to joining the Titans, Jenkins spent the 2006-07 season at Division I Portland State University, appearing in all 32 of the team games in his freshman year, including one start. He contributed 2.8 points, 1.3 assists, and 0.9 rebounds per game in helping the Vikings to a 19-win season.

'Emmanuel is a true point guard, and will bring experience and leadership to that position.' Johnson said. 'When he came up on his visit, I talked to him about sliding over to the two since he shot the ball so well, but he told me he had spent years perfecting his skills at the point guard position.'

A 2006 graduate of Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Jenkins played two years of basketball, averaging 19.2 points per game, 8.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in his senior seasons with the Cardinals. He captained the team to a 21-6 overall record in the 2005-06 season, and was named to the All-Seamount League first team. A McDonalds All-American Nominee, Jenkins took home MVP honors in the All-State game, contributing 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists to the Seamount 3A team.

The 6'10' Matteson, meanwhile, spent the last four seasons playing center for Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, helping the Mavericks to a 23-6 record and a berth at the state tournament. The brother of current Nanook Colin Matteson, he received team defensive MVP honors and was named to the All-Western Conference South Division Honorable Mention team in his senior season. Matteson also set a conference record with 127 blocked shots in his 2007-08 season.

'Evan is our future: he is the building block that I am looking for,' Johnson said. 'He is going to lead the 2008-09 freshman class. He is still raw, but I do see him getting significant minutes for us this year, and he will certainly have an opportunity to fight for a starting position. The biggest thing for Evan this year is I want the guys in front of him to teach him how to play collegiate basketball.'

While attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Jenkins will major in communications, but plans to pursue a career in professional basketball as well. Matteson plans to major in psychology, with a minor in business.


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NEW ZEALAND

Breakers bag Bruton, Boucher -by Eurobasket News
The Harvey Norman NZ Breakers have confirmed Brisbane Bullets CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) and Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) will join the club for next season and beyond. While contract details are still being finalised and are subject to NBL approval, the double-barreled signing of the two internationals has blown away Breakers general manager Richard Clarke.
Its great to have Dillon come back to the club and weve secured two excellent multi-faceted guys, who are genuinely keen to help take the team to new heights and win a championship with the club, Clarke said. Theyre experienced at NBL and international level, having been to World Championships and Olympic and Commonwealth Games, theyve won a championship in recent times and theyre world-class players, particularly on defence. Securing them gives Andrej Lemanis and our coaching staff a fair degree of flexibility and theyre now looking at options for filling the remaining two spots on the 10-strong roster for next season.
With the addition of Bruton and Boucher, the Breakers have eight players signed for the 2008-09 season, with Tall Blacks Kirk Penney, Phill Jones and Paul Henare and Australians Tony Ronaldson, Oscar Forman and Tim Behrendorff the others. Both part of the Bullets team that eliminated the Breakers from their first Hummer Championship NBL playoffs, Bruton averaged 18.8 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in 35 minutes, playing in all 30 regular season games, while Boucher averaged 3.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 21 minutes. Bruton, a former Boomers guard, led the ANBL in three-point percentage last season, converting 46.8 percent, while also shotting 47.6 percent from the field and 81.0 percent from the charity stripe, while Boucher shot a healthy 47.1 percent from the field.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.org.nz


Overtime drama in Te Awamutu -by Eurobasket News
The Waikato Pistons regained the top spot in the NBL ladder after beating the Hawkes Bay Hawks in Te Awamutu yesterday. Waikato were on the way to a comfortable win leading by as many as 14 points at halftime. But a strong defense was the key that helped the Hawks to surge back into contest and tied the game late in regulation. The Pistons had a chance to win it the game without going into en extra period however Pero Cameron missed a desperation shot with time expiring. The Bay Hawks jumped to a 67:65 lead early in the overtime but Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) ignited a 9:0 run from the visitors that put them up for good in this one. The Pistons top scorer finished with 23 points in an 81:76 win. Jason Crowe (193-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) nailed 14 points and 9 boards, while Ben Hill (196-F-79, agency: IceBasket), Puke Lenden (195-G-80) and Mike Homik (204-F-78, agency: Promotex, college: Albertson) netted 10 points apiece. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) answered with 19 points for the hosts. Paul Henare (182-G-79) had 17 points and 8 boards in a loss.
The Harbour Heat improved to 6-4 record in the ladder after edging the Canterbury Rams 90:84 in a heated battle at the Cowles Stadium. Oscar Forman scored 25 points including an important trey that gave the visitors an 85:81 lead late in regulation. The Rams trimmed the deficit back to a single point but then Dave Langrell was given a technical foul following a foul from Joey Harrell (204-F-85, agency: 540 Sports). Mika Vukona (197-F-82) buried three free throws to seal the win for the Heat. The Heat veteran finished with season-high 19 points and 11 boards, while Hayden Allen (187-G-79) delivered 16 points in a win. Joey Harrell answered with 22 points for the Rams. Gerard Bowden (191-G-83) dropped 18 points in a losing effort.
The Wellington Saints bruised the Manawatu Jets 94:89 earlier in the week. Ernest Scott (200-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Valdosta St.) scored 29 points, while Nick Horvath finished with 21 points after coming back to action. Kantrail Horton (185-G-77, college: Iowa St.) responded with 23 points in the 6th loss for the Jets.


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato 8-2 
 2. Wellington 8-3 
 3. Nelson 6-3 
 4. Harbour Heat 6-4 
 5. Auckland 5-4 
 6. Taranaki 5-5 
 7. G&H Hawks 4-4 
 8. Manawatu 2-6 
 9. Canterbury 2-8 
 10. Otago 2-9 


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NIGERIA

"We are good for the cup" - boast Nigeria coach -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 2008 edition of the Durban High School Invitational tournament dunks off Tursday with seven high school from the Africa continent.

The tournament according to the organiser, Myles Delport is to create competitive environment among kids of high school age.

Delport says the tournament is in two phases with over twenty schools taking part in the first phase while seven schools are slugging it out in the second and final phase with Nigeria Luminary School, Warri, South South Nigeria carrying the West Africa giant flag.

The Luminary school made up of twelve players and its coach, Gbubeni Fregene a man with nose for raw and budding talent as head coach departed the shore of Nigeria last Sunday aboard South African Airways for the week-long tournamnet.

The tournament format according to Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) would see the seven school playing in different basketball court in the Durban province of South South with each schools accumulating points as they move round the Kwazulu province to determine the eventual winner.

Beaming with great confidence Luminary coach, Fregene told www.fiba-africa.com that his ward will emerged champion come April 30 when the final leg of the tournament would be decided.

'I am confident that no team will stop us out there, I know the stuff my players are made up of and I understand the age-grade terrain very well.

'This was my words when I took a bunch of rookies out in 2005 for the World Secondary School tournament in Argentina and at the end my words came to pass as my boys did not only win the tournament but were unbeaten.

'We are going to do Delta State and Nigeria proud in this tournament because the country is the continent defending champion in the U18 FIBA Africa Championship for men especially when the last set of Nigeria U18 team won the last edition of the Africa Championship in Durban.



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NORWAY

Norwegian U18 National Team for Nordic Championships -by Kasia
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Elgmork
4 Thomas Mjos (182-G-90) of Sandvika
5 Anders Stien (196-G-90) of Asker Aliens BC
6 Stian Enge (189-G-90) of Sandvika
7 Aksel Bolin (195-G-90) of Asker Aliens BC
8 Martin Elgmork (180-G-90) of Sandvika
9 Ali Ouakkaha (184-G-90) of Ulriken Eagles
10 Bendik Aunan (189-G/F-90) of Persbraaten BBK
11 Nikolas Skouen (191-F-90) of Gimle BBK Bergen
12 Espen Andersen (190-F-90) of Persbraaten BBK
13 Tarje Skarboe (195-F-90) of Sandvika
14 Roy Nwachukwu (194-F-90) of Ammerud
15 Mattia Bradascio (208-C-91) of Centrum Tigers Oslo
Head Coach: Geir Bangstad
Coach Assistant: Matthias Eckhoff
Coach Assistant: Terje Melhus


Div1 Stats Leader
1Div Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.O.Trobe, Trondh. 24.9
2.E.Ogarrow, Cent. 21.2
3.T.Aliferis, Persbr. 20.7
4.T.Samue., Varden 19.5
5.O.Ofte, NTNUI 18.6
Rebounds Per Game
1.T.Fisher, Centrum 13.9
2.B.Madsen, OSI 12.4
3.T.Samuel., Varden 8.7
4.K.Hansen, Varden 8.2
5.R.Paulsen, Stavan. 8.1
Assists Per Game
1.T.Randolph, Lang. 5,4
2.E.Ogarrow, Centr. 4,9
3.B.Aunan, Persbr. 4,4
4.O.Trobe, Trondhe. 4,4
5.B.Madsen, OSI 3,9
Steals Per Game
1.E.Ogarrow, Cent. 3,5
2.T.Randolph, Lang. 3,5
3.A.Simkunas, Cent. 3,3
2FGP
1.D.Kroder, Langhus 64.2
2.G.Troni, Langhus 63.9
3.T.Fisher, Centrum 63.8
3PT
1.G.Ronning, OSI 45.8
2.J.Hauge, NTNUI 43.5
3.E.Mamen, Langh. 43.3
Free Throws
1.H.Gulliksen, Froya 88.9
2.T.Randol, Lang. 85.5
3.B.Aunan, Persbra. 82.0


BLNO Stats Leaders
BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Z.Gilliard, Kristia.29.3
2.R.Timus, 3B 27.5
3.B.Harper, Gimle 25.1
4.W.Dunn, Kristians.24.9
5.A.Willia., Tromso 22.1
Rebounds Per Game
1.P.Bullock, Ulriken 13.4
2.M.Woodsen, Har. 12.7
3.M.Campbell, Tro. 12.4
4.W.Dunn, Krist. 10.4
5.T.Bryn, Ammerud 9.6
Assists Per Game
1.C.Elgmork, 3B 6,1
2.M.Mahnin, Asker 5,3
3.J.Rogers, Harstad 5,1
4.I.Adahada, Krist.4,5
5.H.Issalhi, Tromso 4,2
Steals Per Game
1.C.Elgmork, 3B 3,2
2.R.Hawthorne, Am. 2,8
3.J.Rogers, Harstad 2,7
2FGP
1.O.Fritzen, 3B 75.6
2.L.Torkild., Asker 70.0
3.M.Woodsen, Hars. 64.1
3FGP
1.R.Bitinas, Harstad 50.0
2.B.Risshall, Hars. 47.1
3.M.Mahnin, Asker 46.3
Free Throws
1.B.Mariampi., Krist.92.6
2.R.Bitinas, Harstad 87.0
3.W.Sharma, Fjell. 85.0


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OMAN

Al Kuwait SC gets an easy start -by Eurobasket News
Al Kuwait SC and As Seeb opened their 21st Arab Clubs Championship which is hosted from April 23-May 6 in Jordan. In 2008 15 competing teams represent 14 countries. Jordan and Lebanon are presented by two favorites from their countries. The draw held in Egypt divided the teams into four groups. Two teams from each of them will advance to the next round.
In the second game day of 21st Arab Clubs Championship and the first for the teams from Kuwait and Oman in Group D Al Kuwait SC proved their ambitions. A 45:12 in the opening quarter shocked As Seeb that could hardly stay in the game. The team from Oman however woke up in the second quarter and stayed at 68:32 at the half.
In the third quarter the spectators saw 96:41 domination of Al Kuwait SC. They needed another 47 points in the last period to overwhelm the opponents. Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) and Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) paced the winners with 36 points each. Ira also added his12 rebounds for the winners. Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) was the best for Oman squad with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Both teams will resume their campaigns in Day 4 of 21st Arab Clubs Championship.


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PANAMA

Herrera to Kansas State -by Rolando Delabarrera
As predicted in an earlier article, Abdul Herrera of Hutchinson Junior College, has signed with Kansas State University of the Big 12 conference. Herrera posted 6ppg and 4.5 rpg this season. Herrera ,was previously at the University of South Carolina -Aiken ,a Division 2 school where he played in a handful of games before getting injured. His freshamn year was spent as a redshirt at the University of Cincinnati. The Panamanian center will most likely be back up and see limited minutes this next year. Abdul Herrera (209-C-85, college: Cincinnati)

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PARAGUAY

National League starts today -by Gianni Pascucci
The Paraguayan National League 2008 will start tonight in Pilar and Asuncion. The teams of 'Group A' will play a doubleheader at the 'Arena Polideportiva Olmpia' in Asuncion: Sol de America will play Estrellas del Este at 20:00 and Felix Prez Cardozo will play Sacachispas Encarnacion at 21:30. The teams of 'Group B' will concentrate at the 'DIBEN Gymnasium' in Pilar, where Libertad will meet Gigantes del Norte at 20:30 and America de Pilar will play Deportivo San Jose at 22:00. At the end of the first leg of the competition, the three best teams for each group will advance to the second leg, with the first placed earning a 1 point bonus. The 6 teams remained will be divided into two groups of 3 teams each and will play again a round robin, the two best placed of each group will advance to the 'Quadrangolar Tournment'. The best two teams of the Quadrangolar will play the National League Final Series, best of seven games.

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PBL

PBL All-Playof team announced -by Gianni Pascucci
The Premier Basketball League announced some days ago the PBL All-Playoff Team from the 2008 season. The players selection is as follows:
Nick Tuggle (6'5''-F, college: E.Tenn.St.), Arkansas Impact
Jeremy Bell (6'0''-G-83, college: Williams Baptist), Arkansas Impact
Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.), Jacksonville Slam
Randy Gill (6'2''-G-78, college: Bowie St.), Maryland Nighthawks
Bobby Anderson (6'6''-G-79, college: Independence CC), Quad Cities Riverhawks
Tayron Thomas (6'3''-G, college: Philadelphia), Reading Railers
Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia), Rochester Razorsharks
James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, college: Niagara), Rochester Razorsharks
Rashi Johnson (6'2''-G-82, college: Michigan St.), Rockford Fury
Byron Mouton (6'6''-G-78, college: Maryland), Wilmington Sea Dawgs
The PBL will announce the 2008 All-League Team award winners shortly, including Most Valuable Player and Coach of the year honors.


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PORTUGAL

LIGA UZO semi finals round 1 -by Luis Rocha
Ovarense and Portoare leading the semis by 1-0. Ovarense won largely (75-55) over Ginsio in a game that were decided since the begginning. Ginsio as expected were too tired and couldnt face Ovarense as desirable. John Waller (193-F-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: ODU) performed greatly in Ovarense and once again the best players of Ginsio had a day out. Today was Porto`s turn, they won over Vagos 90-87 in a very close match. Porto lead by 4 at the break, but Vagos never surrender and was very near to obtain a great victory wich probably will embarass the home team. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) was able to find the way to lead his team and be the best player of this first round with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. This weekend competition will continue, with Ovarense and Porto atill playing at home and being favourites.

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PUERTO RICO

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
 1. Arecibo 18-9 
 2. Caguas 15-11 
 3. San German 12-14 
 4. Ponce 11-15 
 5. Guayama 6-19 
 6. Mayaguez 5-20 
Metro
 1. Carolina 17-9 
 2. Fajardo 15-10 
 3. Humacao 14-11 
 4. Santurce 14-11 
 5. Guaynabo 14-12 
 6. Bayamon 13-13 


Santurce wins in Controversial fashion -by Luis Ramirez
The Santurce Crabbers got a much needed win over the Ponce Lions with a final score of 86-83. Santurce failed to seal the win from the free throw line as Richie Dalmau missed two free throws and the Lions got the rebound with 20 seconds left in the game. The Lions point guard Wilfredo Pagan drove to the basket and found a clear path to the rim, but as he went up for the winning shot Santurce Tractor Traylor caught his hand in the net and seemed to push the ball out into the air once again. Lions interim Head Coach Pedro Cintron could not believe that the officials failed to call a goaltending as required by FIBA rules. While the Lions were busy protesting the non call the Crabbers got an easy basket on the other side of the court to seal the victory. The Lions had made up a deficit of 11 points with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. The Lions will have a new head Coach, Carlos Mario Rivera who returns with the Lions and will have his first opportunity to win tomorrow as the Lions face the Mayaguez Indians. Santurce led at the end of the 1st quarter 26-25. They never trailed after that. For Santurce, Alex Falcon scored 20 points followed by Orlando Melendez with 16 points. For Ponce, Matt Freije scored 21 points followed by Wilfredo Pagan with 15 points.

Over at San German, the Athletics beat the Guayama Brujos 87-74. Guayama took the 1st quarter 14-11, but the Athletics came back strong to take the half 34-32. In the 2nd half the Athletics played a strong defense and kept pouring it on the Brujos for the 13 point win. For San German, Osvaldo Mendez scored 18 points making 4 out of 5 from the 3 point line. He was followed by Omar Alvarado and Robert Lazor both with 15 points. For Guayama, Angel Lopez scored 15 points followed by Aneuris Liriano with 12 points.

In the final game of the night, the Caguas Criollos just barely held back the Mayaguez Indians as they came away with a 88-87 victory. Caguas took the 1st half 43-35, but the Indians came back with a vengeance in the 3rd quarter scoring 33 points in this quarter to take the lead 68-63. Caguas made a better defensive effort in the 4th quarter to escape with the one point win. For Caguas, Maryln Bryant scored 24 points followed by Ricardo Melendez with 22 points. For Mayaguez, Jonathan Smith scored 34 points in a losing cause, he also grabbed 12 rebounds.


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ROMANIA

UMobitelco, Rapid Bucuresti join Final Four -by Eurobasket News
UMobitelco made their way through to the semifinal stage of the Romanian Division 1 action after they prevailed over Gaz Metan Medias in the decisive third game of their quarterfinal series. UMobitelco enjoyed a home-court advantage over Gaz Metan in the series and used it in the third encounter to pull away with a hard-fought 91:82 victory. The hosts relied mainly on a strong performance in the first frame to pile up a sufficient lead. Zoran Krstanovic led the home team to a 26:14 advantage after 10 minutes of action. Gaz Metan leveled the tempo after the intermission and began cutting the deficit break by break. An inspirational play from Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) helped the visitors to stay at a striking distance throughout the rest of the game. But it was not enough to revive the intrigue. UMobitelco kept it cool in the dying moments and held their opponents short of win at the end. LeVar Seals (194-G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: De Paul) provided 17 points and Branko Cuic (196-G-78) scored 16 points for UMobitelco. Zeljko Bubanja (210-C-73) nailed 19 points for Gaz Metan in a loss.
Rapid Bucuresti thumped Timisoara 88:71 in the third game to book their semifinal ticket. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) scored game-high 36 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Rapid. Mircea Adrian Voinescu (184-G-72) and Ivan Stefanovic (201-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 14 points apiece for the winners. Brice Kabengele (190-G-81, agency: Heinrich Sports) tallied 15 points and 9 boards for Timisoara in defeat. So now Rapid will take on the defending champions CSU Ploiesti. Game 1 is scheduled for May 3. UMobitelco will visit CSU Sibiu on the same day.


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RUSSIA

Playoff`s results for today -by Marina Vyalova



Spartak Primorje - CSKA: 73-97 (21-25 17-24 19-26 16-22)
Spartak Primorje
5 A. Sepelev 13
6 D. Miljkovic 15
9 N. Sukhorukov 6
10 R. Bulganin 3
20 V. Panin 4
22 J. Bremer 14
50 J. Blair 18
HC Sergey Babkov


# CSKA
4 T. Papaloukas 4
7 A. Kashirov 1
9 R. Siskauskas 9
10 J. Holden 10
11 Z. Pashutin 8
13 D. Andersen 23
21 T. Langdon 20
22 M. Goree 11
23 A. Shved 4
31 V. Khryapa 7
HC Ettore Messina

Ural Great - UNICS: 71-80 (19-19 21-18 5-26 26-17)

Triumph - Dynamo M: 72-59 (27-15 12-15 14-15 19-13)

Lokomotiv Rst - Khimky: 68-83 (25-25 18-22 12-20 13-16)


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SERBIA

Superleague, round 6 - Omar Cook leads Zvezda in Vrsac, Tulips easily beat Vizura -by Dragan Jankovski
Despite many bad circumstances which happened to Crvena Zvezda during the last 7 days the team from Belgrade was better than Swisslions Takovo on the road 78-72 improving to score 4-2 while Swisslions dropped to 1-4. The hosts were almost an equal rival until the end. The game is decided in the last minute. Namely, Aleksic of Swisslions scored for 70-73 for Zvezda but Raicevic and Kovac were concentrated at the next two possessions what was enough for the 4th win for red-and-white team. Zvezda played this game with a new head coach Milan Skobalj on the bench but without its captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who is not ready to play yet. USA PG Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) once again was the key player in his team collecting 16 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) followed him adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17 points including 7 rebounds for Swisslions.

Vojvodina Srbijagas made an easy and totally expected win at home against Vizura 79-60. After first half it was clear that Tulips won't let Vizura to make a surprise in this game as they already made plus 16. In the last quarter Vizura just succeeded to avoid much worse defeat. The fact that nobody in Vizura finished the game with double digits talks for itself about Vojvodina's domination. Goran Bajic (207-C-83) had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals for the Tulips.


Swisslions Takovo - Crvena Zvezda 72-78
(22-24,17-14,12-22,21-18)

Swisslions:
Dragojlovic 17 (7 rebs), Vukadinov 14 (5 as), Aleksic 11 (6 rebs)
Zvezda: Cook 16 (7 as, 5 st), Raicevic 14 (6 rebs), Subotic 12


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Vizura 79-60
(27-12,15-14,23-14,14-20)

Vojvodina:
Bajic 11 (8 rebs), Paunic 11 (5 rebs, 6 st), Mirkovic 10 (7 rebs)
Vizura: Karic 8, Avlijas 8 , Lesic 8


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SLOVAKIA

Radoslav Rancik voted as best player in czech NBL and second team ULEB cup -by Jakub Krivan
Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) was voted by the the czech journalist and league coaches as the best player in the Mattoni NBL. The slovak basketball player from the czech champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk was first concerning points/game and also the top 3-point shooter of the league, with an impressive 51 % rate from behind the arc. Nymburg was voted as team of the year, Nymburg coach Katzurin was voted as the best coach in the NBL. The younger brother of Martin Rancik (Bilbao Basket) earned for his outstanding performances in the second most prestige European cup cempetition, the ULEB cup, the next acknowledgement. The prestige eurobasket.com statistics portal included Rado Rancik in the second All star team, and first All star European team.

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SOUTH KOREA

Dongbu Promy Winner Of The 2008 KBL CROWN -by Rick Ross
The Korean Basketball 2008 Championships are in the history Books
As Dongbu Promy defeats Samsung Thunders in 5 games to Capture
Another KBL Crown 90-74, Kim Joo-Sung led all scores with 32 pts
Okosa Reggie added 14 rebounds, this marks the 3rd KBL Crown for
Head Coach Chun Chang-Jin .

After suffering a loss in the Korean Basketball League (KBL)
championship series on Monday, there were some questions surrounding the Dongbu Promy.

How would they respond to their first defeat in the series?
Would they be able to correct the free-throw shooting problems that
haunted them down the stretch in that game? Could they slow down a
Samsung Thunders team that was gaining confidence and momentum?

The Promy answered all of those questions by bouncing back with a
dominating performance on Wednesday night, beating the Thunders
90-77 at Jamsil Gymnasium.

The victory avenged the Promy's 88-87 loss on Monday, while
extending their lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-1.
They can capture the KBL championship if they win Game 5 of the series,
which tips off at 5:50 p.m. Friday in Jamsil.

``We really wanted to win today's game,'' Promy post player Kim Joo-sung said. ``
We studied tape from the loss and figured out what went wrong.
We want to finish the series in Game 5.''

Kim, the KBL's Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the all-star
game and regular season, was one of five Promy players to
score in double figures in their latest win, as he finished
with 25 points to go with eight rebounds.

Reggie Okosa added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Promy,
while Lee Kwang-jae provided 16 points, Carlos Dixon 13 points,
and Pyo Myoung-il 12 points and seven assists.

After clinging to a 26-23 lead at the end of the first quarter,
the Promy added to their advantage until they were up by as
many as 24 points in the third quarter.

The Thunders, led by Terrence Leather, who finished with
30 points and 14 rebounds, cut their deficit to 75-62 at the end of the third,
but never threatened to overtake the lead.

Both teams shot well form the floor, as the Promy made 31-of-56
(55 percent) field-goal attempts, while the Thunders made 31-of-55 (56 percent).

However, the Promy shot better from the free-throw line,
aking 20-of-25 (80 percent) from the stripe, while the
Thunders made 8-of-13 (62 percent). The Promy's foul
shooting was an improvement from Monday, when they missed
four shots from the line in the final 1 1/2 minutes.

Turnover were also a factor on Wednesday, as the Promy committed just eight,
while the Thunders gave the ball away 20 times.

After putting to rest any doubts as to if they could bounce back from their loss,
the biggest question surrounding the Promy now is whether they can
win Game 5 to clinch the series. A victory would give the club its
third championship with the other two coming in 2003 and 2005 when it
was known as the TG Xers.

By Jonathan Sanfilippo
Staff Reporter

jonsanfilippo@koreatimes.co.kr


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TURKEY

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


Stats Leaders - D1
TBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Q.Hosley, Karsi. 23.2
2.K.Braswell, Selc 21.7
3.L.Gordon, Kepez 21.4
4.S.Marshall, Karsi. 19.6
5.R.Marsh, Ant. 19.0
Rebounds Per Game
1.Q.Hosley, Karsi. 11.8
2.K.Adeleke, Banvit 11.3
3.D.Harvey, Banvit 10.7
4.D.Kinloch, Alpella 10.6
5.C.Burgess, Beykoz 9.3
Assists Per Game
1.H.Koseoglu, Kepez 7.1
2.K.Braswell, Selc. 5.7
3.W.Solomon, FB 5.5
4.H.Dobie, Ted K. 4.9
5.D.Brown, GS 4.7
Steals Per Game
1.K.Braswell, Selc. 2.3
2.J.Lucas, Ant. 2.1
3.Q.Hosley, Karsi. 2.0
4.S.Cetin, Alpella 1.9
5.H.Koseoglu, Kepez 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1.O.Asik, FB 1.8
2.D.Harvey, Banvit 1.6
3.C.Burgess, Beykoz 1.4
4.S.Nicevic, BJK 1.1
5.H.Besok, GS 1.0
Ranking
1.Q.Hosley, Kars. 558
2.L.Gordon, Kepez 515
3.W.Carter, Selc. 422
4.C.Burgess, Beyk 416
5.A.Adeleke, Banvit 410


Playoffs Quarter Finals' Winners Are Revealed -by Uygar Karaca


FINAL FOUR REVEALED IN THE TB2L -by Uygar Karaca

The second legs of the playoff quarter final series in the TBL2 are completed ,Erdemirspor Belediyesi,Tofas Bursa Bursa,Aliağa Belediyesi and ITU Istanbul advanced to the last four in the road of promotion to Beko Basketball League.These four teams will play final four between 6-8 May,2008.
The complete scores are below:

First Leg
Erdemir-Yeşilyurt:73-64(1-0)
Tofaş-Uşak Belediyesi:98-76(1-0)
Aliağa Bld-Eypspor:70-66(1-0)
Pertevniyal-İT:92-96(79-79)overtime (0-1)

Second Leg


Yeşilyurt-Erdemir:72-78(0-2)
Eyupspor-Aliağa Belediyesi:60-102(0-2)
Uşak Belediyesi-Tofaş-:64-75(0-2)
İT
-Pertevniyal:72-66(2-0)





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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Tall Ferns triumph in Oceania battle in Beijing -by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 59:63

New Zealand National team celebrated their first win at the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic tournament. Symbolically it came against the Tall Ferns arch-rivals Australia. The teams clashed on the last day of preliminary round and Kiwi players stole a narrow victory. New Zealand overcame a slow start to step on the gas in the second half and to hold off the dangerous Opals. The teams looked too sloppy at the start with the score standing at a 4:3 mark after 5 minutes of action. Australia drove to a 13:11 lead after the opening frame. The numerous turnovers and low shooting accuracy characterized the second quarter as both sided teamed up for 3 points in the first 5 minutes of it. However the Opals gradually took off and enjoyed a 27:22 lead at the interval. But the Tall Ferns went on a 14:2 late in the third period to jump ahead 43:38 at three-quarter time. Australia continued to struggle in accuracy in the final period and it allowed New Zealand to keep the Opals at bay. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) finished with 15 points and 11 boards for Tall Ferns. Angela Marino (166-G-86) produced 12 points, while Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) contributed 8 points in a winning case. Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) dropped 12 points for Australia. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in a losing effort. The Aussie players outrebounded their opponents 43:36 but sank only 27% from the field. Tall Ferns converted 42% of field goals, while both teams committed 22 turnovers. New Zealand will now play against Korea for the 5th-6th spots tomorrow. Australia will battle Cuba for the Bronze medals.

Australia: Rohanee Cox 12, Natalie Porter 10
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 15+11 boards, Angela Marino 12, Noni Wharemate 8


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BELARUS - Women

Berezina wins the opener -by Eurobasket News
Berezina won the first game of the Finals against Olimpia at home. The first battle saw 91:66 for Berezina that steps closer to the trophy. The second game is scheduled for April 26th.
Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) and her Fenerbahce won the openers of the Turkish semifinals. The winner of the regular season overcame TED Kayseri 81:57. The hosts opened the game with 24:11 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. They increased to 15 points advantage before the teams went to the lockers. TED Kayseri lost the third quarter, but won the last one 19:18. Tammy Sutton-Brown led the winners with 15 points. Erdenay Gergena nailed 14, while Sviatlana Volnaya scored 11. Hulya Ozkan ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
Marina Kress (193-F/C-80) scored already 157 points in 21 games played for her Extrugasa in Spain. Before the last round her team is 7th in the league with 12-13 record. It is for sure that Extrugasa finishes seventh before the play-offs and will meet the second team, that is still questionable.


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BELGIUM - Women

Players abroad -by Eurobasket News
Even though the season is over in Belgium we continue to follow our players abroad.
In Russia CSKA smashed Nadezhda 53:107 in Orenburg. After 23:9 in the opening quarter Nadezhda could not stay in the game with one of the favorite. Hammon led the winners with 24 points. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) nailed 22, while Korstine ended up with 15. Tatiana Yumashina posted 14 points in defeat and Anastasiya Verameyenka had 9.
De Mondt Anke and her Perfumerias share the second place in Spain with EBE Promociones. Perfumerias beat Extremadura 91:64 at home in the last but one round. The easy wins in the first three quarters did not leave a chance for the guests. Ivanka Matic paced the winners with 20 points. Isabel Sanchez posted 12, while Tracy Reid scored 11. De Mondt Anke posted 8 points for her team.
The regular season champions Neuchatel and Belgian trio Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management), Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) and Stephanie Slaviero (172-G/F-87) got to a winning start of the LNA Final series. The Students overcame Riva Basket at home and sent a strong message of their favorite status in the clash. Riva Basket knocked out BBC in the semifinal stage and hoped to take a scalp of another league leader. But the first game proved Neuchatel prepared well for the encounter. The hosts started the game aggressively and built a 23:14 lead after the opening stanza. The defense worked hard in the second period for Neuchatel and they limited Riva to just 9 points. It allowed the home side to accumulate a massive 17-point cushion at the interval. Riva Basket however fought bravely and refused to give up. They answered with their own piece of stifling defense and held Neuchatel to 8 points in the third period. The gap was trimmed to 9 points but Riva Basket failed to come any closer in the fourth period. In a low-scoring intense fourth term Neuchatel managed to keep Riva at distance and celebrated a tough win at the end. Cameo Hicks produced 20 points and 8 boards for Neuchatel. Alexia Rol scored 19 points and Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) notched 15 points, 7 boards and 6 assists in a win. Nina Crelot netted 5 points and Stephanie Slaviero collected 1 point and 2 rebounds. Riva Basket were paced by 17 points and 18 boards from Jocelyn Logan-Friend. Jessica Smith added 12 points and 9 boards in defeat. Neuchatel lost the battle under the rims 30:40 but forced the visitors to as many as 19 turnovers. Neuchatel sank 37% from the field, while Riva Basket replied with only 33% accuracy.


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CROATIA - Women

The Finals are again between the rivals -by Eurobasket News
Sibenik and Gospic reached the Finals of Croatian Play-offs. Both favorites swept the semifinal series over the opponents.
Sibenik overcame Medvescak 64:83 on a road to finish with 2-0 record. Gospic had similar game against Ragusa. After 21:14 in the opening quarter for Gospic, the guests put the game into the calm current. They increased to 9 points at the half and then benefit from the game. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) led the winners with 17 points. Mazik nailed 14, while Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) scored 12. Cakic ended up with 15 points in the losing clause.
Jolly Sibenik won already 2 Finals over Gospic this season. Jolly Sibenik triumphed in the Ruzica Meglaj Rimac Cup. They defeated their key opponents in Croatia Gospic in the final game. The win in the title decider marked the 6-game winning streak for Sibenik against Gospic in the season. It was also a revenge for the last season's loss to Gopsic in the Rimac Cup. Gospic kept it close in the first half and led 18:17. But soon Sibenik took control over the game and gradually piled up a 31:28 lead midway through the game. Sibenik continued to stretch the gap through the third period. Tihana Juric (194-C-76) nailed a buzzer-beating trey to make it 61:53 after 30 minutes of action. The hosts dominated the scene in the final period and sparked to a 9:0 rally to pull away for good. Sibenik accumulated a 76:59 gap that turned unassailable for Gospic. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) dropped 24 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished out 7 assists. Luca Ivankovic and Tihana Juric provided 12 points apiece for the winners. Sandra Popovic-Mandir nailed 18 points to lead Gospic. Pinto netted 14 points, while Katarina Maloca had 12 in a loss.
Jolly Sibenik triumphed in Adriatic League this season beating their rivals Gospic 72:66 in the Final. With a dominance in the first half, Jolly led the game to the glory. Tihana Juric paced all the winners with 23 points. Luca Ivankovic nailed 13, while Anda Jelavic scored 11. Marina Mazic was the best in the losing effort with 20 points.


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FINLAND - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
SM-sarja (Women) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Robinson, Huima 20.6
2. Laaksonen N, H 19.4
3. Freeman, PeKa 19.2
4. Jones, Espoo T 18.1
5. Haynes, Peka 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Laaksonen N, H 13.9
2. Jones, Espoo T 12.4
3. Robinson, Huima 11.9
4. Solovyeva, Catz 11.1
5. Haynes, PeKa 11.0
Assists Per Game
1. Puustinen,HNMKY 3.0
2. Kausaite, PuHu 2.9
3. Robinson, Huima 2.4
4. Laaksonen J, HN 2.3
5. Griffith, FoA 2.3
Steals Per Game
1. Jones, Espoo 3.5
2. Thompson, Nokia 3.3
3 Robinson, Huima 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Haynes, PeKa 1.3
2. Tuure, Catz 1.2
3. McCracklin, Nokia 1.1
2FGP
1. Sunwall,PuHu 53.3
2. Reshetko, Catz 52.9
3. Haynes, PeKa 52.8
3FGP
1. Rinta, PeKa 42.6
2. Pounds, PeKa 41.7
3. Huuhka, Nokia 41.6
Free Throws
1. Rhoads, Nokia 87.0
2. Pounds, PeKa 86.4
3. Laakso., NMKY 86.3


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ISRAEL - Women

Final second round result -by Gil Goshen


Ramla 86 - Raanana Hertzeliya 65


For Ramla:

Jackie Johnson 18 pts
Laine Selwyn 17 pts, 6 ast
Shay Doron 16 pts
Sherill Baker 15 pts
Michelle Snow 10 pts, 6 rebs

For Raanana Hertzeliya:

Abiola Wabara 19 pt , 5 rb.
Tanisha Wright 14 pts, 5rb, 4ast.
Mistie Williams 11 pts, 2rb.
Ornit Shwartz 7 pts
Katia Levitzky 5 pts

Next week Bnot Hsharon will host Game 3....
Its 1:1 now..
Jaclyn Johnson (185-F/G-79, college: Kansas)


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KAZAKHSTAN - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Okzhetpes 7-0 
 2. Astana T. 6-1 
 3. Barsy Atyr. 5-2 
 4. Okzhetpes-2 4-3 
 5. Kustanay 3-4 
 6. MKTU 2-5 
 7. Astana T.-2 1-6 
 8. BK Almaty 0-7 


The season awards distributed in Kazakhstan -by Eurobasket News
The season just ended in Kazakhstan Division D1. Astana Tigers claimed the trophy beating Okzhetpes in the Final series. So now its the high time to trump the best players of the season.
Anastasia Alishauskaite (-G) - the Best Point Guard (Astana Tigers)
Svetlana Serdukova (177-F-69) - the Best Shooting Guard (Barsy Atyrau)
Zhuldyz Baydusenova (190-C-83) - the Best Small Forward (Astana Tigers)
Kristina Koldobenko (-F) - the Best Power Forward (Okzhetpes)
Nadejda Dmitrieva (187-F-87) - the Best Centre (Astana Tigers)
Natalia Kuzmicheva (194-F) of the Astana Tigers received the MVP award.


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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO adds another Trophy -by Eurobasket News
TEO won the Lithuanian Play-offs and added the title to another one that they got recently in Baltic league. The Final series against Laisve saw the favorites sweeping the series, 3-0. With 78:63 TEO grabbed the second trophy of the year, proving that it is the best team of Lithuania this year as well. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) was unstoppable with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) posted 19 and Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) collected 14 points and 8 rebounds. Sandra Cizauskiene (188-C-72) finished the game with 17 points in defeat.
TEO opened the game with 10-2 run as Bimbaite made a lay-up. Laisve replied with 7-0 run to reduce the gap to 16:13 after the first 10 minutes played. Jutelyte made a jump-shot as the teams were getting ready for the second period.
Lietuvos Rytas arena expected another score and TEO increased to 37:27 at the half time. Sandra Cizauskiene scored the last in the first half. It was her again when the spectators saw an intrigue in the middle of the third quarter. Sandra Cizauskiene scored a jump-shot for 43:38 with 4 minutes to play in the period. TEO however created 17-4 run to finish the intrigue in the game. In the last period Laisve tried to cut the deficit, but TEO had the winning mood. Rima Valentiene's three in the last seconds closed the game at 78:63.

TEO -Laisve 78:63
TEO:Sandra Valuzyte 26+9 rebs+7 ast, Rima Valentiene 19, Gintare Petronyte 14+8 rebs
Laisve:Sandra Cizauskiene 17, Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) 13, Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) 13


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Standings - Women League
League Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 5-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 3-2 
 3. Roling Niksic 2-3 
 4. BC Kastel 0-5 
Premier League
 1. BC Rozaje 0-0 
 2. BC H.Novi 0-0 
 3. Kotor 0-0 
 4. Rudar 0-0 


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Tall Ferns triumph in Oceania battle in Beijing -by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 59:63

New Zealand National team celebrated their first win at the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic tournament. Symbolically it came against the Tall Ferns arch-rivals Australia. The teams clashed on the last day of preliminary round and Kiwi players stole a narrow victory. New Zealand overcame a slow start to step on the gas in the second half and to hold off the dangerous Opals. The teams looked too sloppy at the start with the score standing at a 4:3 mark after 5 minutes of action. Australia drove to a 13:11 lead after the opening frame. The numerous turnovers and low shooting accuracy characterized the second quarter as both sided teamed up for 3 points in the first 5 minutes of it. However the Opals gradually took off and enjoyed a 27:22 lead at the interval. But the Tall Ferns went on a 14:2 late in the third period to jump ahead 43:38 at three-quarter time. Australia continued to struggle in accuracy in the final period and it allowed New Zealand to keep the Opals at bay. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) finished with 15 points and 11 boards for Tall Ferns. Angela Marino (166-G-86) produced 12 points, while Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) contributed 8 points in a winning case. Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) dropped 12 points for Australia. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in a losing effort. The Aussie players outrebounded their opponents 43:36 but sank only 27% from the field. Tall Ferns converted 42% of field goals, while both teams committed 22 turnovers. New Zealand will now play against Korea for the 5th-6th spots tomorrow. Australia will battle Cuba for the Bronze medals.

Australia: Rohanee Cox 12, Natalie Porter 10
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 15+11 boards, Angela Marino 12, Noni Wharemate 8


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NORWAY - Women

Norwegian U16 National Team for Nordic Championships -by Kasia
4 Ina Eckholt (175-G-92)
5 Martine Adler Nilsen (169-G-92)
6 Jennifer Winther (170-G-93) of Gimle BBK
7 Karoline Fadnes (169-G-92) of Gimle BBK
8 Kristine Nottveit (169-G-92) of Gimle BBK
9 Ingvild Skorpen (169-G-92) of Asker/Brums Verk
10 Emilie Gronas (168-G-92)
11 Ingvild Morken (175-F-92)
12 Johna Bognes (180-F-92)
13 Nnenna Echem (174-F-92)
14 Cecilia Gnaly (181-F-92)
15 Ingrid Selvik (175-F-92) of Hop BBK
Head Coach: Brent Hackman
Coach Assistant: Simen Prestegard


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PARAGUAY - Women

Olimpia tops the table -by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating Universidad Catolica 62-61, Olimpia Asuncion took the head of the table in Female First Division. The game was very close, and the top performers were Adriana Escurra (-F), who scored 17 pts for Olimpia, Karina Pena, who added 15 at the winning side, and the UCA duo made of Rosaura Sosa (-87) and Jainni Vazquez, who scored 17 and 12 points, respectively at the losing side. In the other games of the round, Sol de Amrica prevailed over Universidad Autnoma de Asuncin 88-60, and Libertad routed Ciudad Nueva 81-51.
The standings are now as follows:
1. Olimpia 8 pts,
2. Sol de Amrica 7,
3. Libertad 6,
4. UCA 6,
5. UAA 6,
6. San Lorenzo 5,
7. Ciudad Nueva 4
8. Flix Prez Cardozo 3.


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ROMANIA - Women

Arad and Sf. Gheorghe will fight for the title -by Eurobasket News
Arad and Sf. Gheorghe swept their respective semifinal series and entered the championship series. Sf. Gheorge easily dispatched Sportul Studentesc 96:57 away from home for the third win. It was the 23rd straight win for Sf. Gheorghe in the Romanian Division 1. The visitors sent a strong message in the opening stanza winning it 30:11. They never looked back again and rolled to a confident victory that put them into the Final.
Arad relied on 18 points from Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) to overcome Alexandria 77:54 in the third game. Leading by 9 points at halftime Arad went on a 25:11 rally in the third term and built an unassailable advantage. Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, college: Florida St.) scored 17 points for the winners. Arad and Sf. Gheorghe played already in the Final this season when they clashed in the main game of the Romanian Cup. Sf. Gheorghe proved stronger on that occasion but it is going to be a different story on May 9 when the championship series tips off.


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SERBIA - Women

Standings - Women
A Standings
Superleague
 1. Hemofarm 23-0 
 2. Crvena Zv. 19-4 
 3. Partizan 17-6 
 4. Spartak 16-7 
 5. Vojvodina 14-9 
 6. Proleter 11-12 
Others in Stage One
 1. Kraljevo 9-13 
 2. Kovin 7-15 
 3. Loznica 7-15 
 4. Usce 5-17 
 5. Radnicki NB 4-18 
 6. Stara Pazova 3-19 


Final Tournaments for youngsters report -by Dragana Vukovic

The last three weekends were reserved for the final tournaments of youngsters.
Cadettees opened serie of the final tornaments.Eight teams was devidede into two groups,group A:
Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad,Radivoj Korac,Eurobasket and Moravac,group B:Sivac,All Star,Celarevo and Dubocica.Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad and Sivac took the first places in the groups and played final,Radivoj Korac and All Star was the second in the groups and played for the third place.Sivac took the title,Radivoj Korac beat All Star in the battle for the third place.Jovana Karakasevic was MVP of the tournament,Aleksandra Popovic was the best scorere of the tournament,both from Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad.

1.Sivac

2.Vojvodina Nis Gas

3.Radivij Korac

4.All Star


Vojvodina Nis Gas - Sivac 58:69 ( 16:17,16:1511:18,15:19 )
Vojvodina Nis Gas:Sofia Ugarak,Lea Ramljak,Dejana Bjelajac 3,Aleksandra Popovic 19,Maja Grkovic 4,Aleksandra Bodlovic 4,Jelena Stankovski 2,Jovana Karakasevic 20 (11 rebs),Isidora Madzarevic 6 (19 rebs),Teodora Zagorac.

Sivac:Bojana Knezevic,Olivera Radojevic 2,Ksenija Vlaskalic 3,Jelena Gogic 14,Aleksandra Stanacev 10 (6 as),Jelena Stulic,Marija Markovic,Milica Zezelj,Nevena Ninkovic 14,Tamara Rajic 15 (18 rebs),Tisa Njegric 11,Stela Lausevic


Radivij Korac - All Star 78:50 ( 21:11,30:15,11:13,16:11 )

Radivoj Korac:Olivera Gapic 16 (11 rebs),Tijana dijan 11,Danica Dragicevic,Ines Lazin,Kaja Stankovic 6,Dijana Stancic 6,Ana Cucukov 9,Katarina Tomic 2,Kristina Bugarski,Snezana Colic 21,Natasa Miladinovic 6,Tatjana Andjelkovic.

All Star:Tamara Stevanovic 3,Tamara Stojanovic 5,Sasa Mladenovis,Aleksandra Petrovic 5,Dejana Ivanisevic 7,Jelena Djordjevic 2 (10 rebs),Tamara Vracevic 7,Tijana Milovcevic,Natalija Novakovic,Ivana Brajkovic 16,Milica Veslo,Djurdjica Mutavdzic 5 (9 rebs).


After the cadettees it was time for pionirees.Again,eight teams into two groups,group A:Sivac,KK Loznica,Gimnazijalac and Radivoj Korac,group B:ZKK Partizan Beograd Beograd Beograd,Titel,Njegos and Cuprija.Sivac and ZKK Partizan Beograd Beograd took the first places in the groups and played for the title,KK Loznica and Titel were second in the groups and played for the third place.ZKK Partizan Beograd beat Sivac in the final game,while Titel took the third place.Natasa Kovacevic (-94),from ZKK Partizan Beograd, was MVP of the tournament,Aleksandra Stanacev,from Sivac,was the best scorer of the tournament.

1.Partizan

2.Sivac

3.Titel

4.Loznica


Sivac - Partizan 55:72 ( 9:21,24:17,14:17,8:17 )

Sivac:Tamara Radonjic,Katarina Knezevic,Ranka Stojcic,Aleksandra Stanacev 24(7 as,8 steals),Kristina Licenberger,Olivera Dzuver 10,Ivana Popadic 2,Ana Predojevic,Maja Golubic,Natasa Polic 9 (7 rebs),Tijana Stojkov,Tamara Solak 10.

Partizan:Milica Savic 7 (8 staels),Dragana Petricic,Tamara Novic 24 (24 rebs),Ana Miloradovic 4 (9 rebs),Andrea Anicic,Milica Dangubic,Ksenija Milovanovic 6,Ana Marija Simic,Jovana Stankovic,Kristina Bajovic,Natasa Kovacevic 31 (7 as,5 steals,19 rebs),Viktorija Maksimovic.


Loznica -Titel 65:76 ( 20:23,10:15,12:25,23:13 )

Loznica:Bojana Jakovljevic 15,Jovana Vidakovic 39 (8 steals,15 rebs),Aleksandra Crvendakic,Teodora Petrovic 4,Branislava Maksimovic 2,Aleksandra Pantic 5.

Titel:Mirjana Momirov 24 (12 rebs),Dana Bozic,Marijana Corto 10,Jelena Putnik 2,Tatjana Makivic 2,Teodora Kajkut,Bogdana Rodic 2 (8 rebs),Branka Cvijic 2,Marijana Bagic 2,Branka Petrovic,Andjela Bakic 2,Ines Glolo 30 (10 rebs).


Juniores closed the tornaments for youngsters.Group A:Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad,Radnicki Novi Beograd,Karaburma and Toplicanin,group B:Radivoj Korac,ZKK Kraljevo,Sivac and Tamis.Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad and Radivoj Korac were the first in their groups,so they played final game.Radnicki Novi Beograd and ZKK Kraljevo took the second positions in the groups and played for the third place.In the thriller finish Radivoj Korac beat Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad and took the title.ZKK Kraljevo beat Radnicki Novi Beograd and won the bronze.Kristina Baltic (186-G-90),from ZKK Kraljevo,was MVP of the tournament,Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) (194-C-91),from Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad,was the best scorer of the tournament.

1.Radivoj Korac

2.Vojvodina

3.Kraljevo

4.Radnicki


Vojvodina Nis Gas - Radivoj Korac 70:71 ( 16:14,9:24,21:14,24:19 )

Vojvodina Nis Gas:Sara Krnjic 22 (12 rebs),Aleksandra Popovic,Djana Bjelajac,Latinka Dusanic 10 (6 as),Milena Stanic 19,Jovana Karakasevic 2,Jelena Kostic,Aleksandra Bodlovic,Isidora Madzarevic,Jelena Stankovski,Maja Grkovic,Aleksandra Dobranic 14 (8 rebs)

Radivoj Korac:Jasna Vasilev 3,Danica Dragicevic,Milana Zivadinovic 14,Kaja Stankovic 2,Jelena Jovanovic 12 (8 rebs),Ana Cucukov,Kristina Ostojic 3,Snezana Colic 5,Maja Vucurovic 17 (9 rebs),Dijana Stancic,Olivera Gapic,Milica Paligoric 15 (6 rebs).


Radnicki - Kraljevo 65:81 ( 8:15,21:22,17:27,19:17 )

Radnicki:Ana Komnenovic 4,Marija Popovic 4,Maja Cosovic 9 (9 rebs),Jelena Slaveska 9,Jelena Zoric 16,Ljubica Jankovic 9,Jelena Tokic,Sonja Kostic,Selena Kostic,Dragaan Damjanovic 6,Sanja Mandic 9,Julijana Latic.

Kraljevo:Aleksandra Racic 22 (8 rebs),Gorica Pijevac 16,Tatjana Zivanovic 16 (9 rebs),Andreja Dimic,Nevena Jovanovic 3,Nevena Rakicevic 2,Milena Marjanovic,Marija Jecmenica 4,Kristina Baltic 17 (5 as,4 steal,16 rebs),Zvezdana Vukadinovic,Jelena Vukadin.


A lot of talented players were on these tournaments.Zoran Kovacic selector of all young National Teams an Jovica Antonic selector of senior NT were following these tournaments.They noticed a lot of players that will take part in different National Teams this summer.



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SLOVAKIA - Women

KOSIT 2013 and MBK Ruzomberok sweep semifinal series -by Eurobasket News
KOSIT 2013 and MBK Ruzomberok swept their semifinal series and advanced to the Final of Slovakian Play-offs.
MBK Ruzomberok did not do a good job in the opening quarter and trailed to Nitra 12:20. The latter had nothing to lose and suggested their game. MBK Ruzomberok however woke up later in the encounter and won three other quarters. Lindsey Wilson (176-81) paced the winners with 17 points. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) and Palusna followed her with 14 points apiece. Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) top-scored for Nitra with 12 points.
KOSIT 2013 smashed Viktoria 105:44 to finish the series at 3-0 as well. The defending champions decided not to postpone their Final campaign and ruined the opponent from the early beginning. The most troubles the guests had in the second period when they lost 35:7. Cikosova Daniela led the way with 23 points. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) netted 22 and Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) scored 16. Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) chipped in 16 points in the losing clause.
The first game of the Final to be played on march 3rd. KOSIT due to the first place int he regular season will have home court advantage over MBK Ruzomberok. This season KOSIT won all the games against their rivals.


MBK Ruzomberok - INPEK UKF Nitra 58:49 (12:20, 15:10, 17:7, 14:12)
MBK Ruzomberok: Lindsey Wilson 17, Simona Podesvova 14, Palusna 14
NPEK UKF Nitra: Gabriela Kubatova 12, Hnidzkov 8, Kalafutov 8

KOSIT 2013 - Viktoria 105:44 (30:12, 35:7, 23:13, 17:12)
KOSIT 2013 Koice: Cikosova Daniela 23, Luisa Michulkova 22, Janel McCarville 16
Viktoria: Dasa Krasnockova 16, Slimkov 11, Pindrochov 8


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow -by Eurobasket News
Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow, April 26th. The last game saw Canti Riva Basket Ceresio making the score even after 60:57 at home. Due to the first half advantage Riva basket tied the series at 1-1. Jessica Smith (183-F/C-85, college: Stony Brook) led the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Jocelyn Logan-Friend (189-F/C-83, college: Virginia) collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Zuzana Sakova (182-F-75, agency: LBM Management) posted 11. Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) nailed 14 points and made 9 rebounds in defeat.
Canti Riva Basket Ceresio does not want to stop in the Final even after defeating the second team of the league. Now the task is to beat the favorite, Universit BC Neuchtel. The hosts opened the game with 14:13 in the opening quarter as two teams showed defensive game. With 21:11 in the second period Canti Riva Basket Ceresio took 35:24 advantage when the teams went to the lockers.
It seemed that the hosts stayed tough and did not allow the winner of the regular season to stay closer, but the latter managed to cut to 48:39 after 30 minutes of the game. A 12:18 in the last period was another spurt of the guests, but they could not tie the score. Canti Riva Basket Ceresio wins the Final home game and the score until tomorrow is 1-1 in the series.

Canti Riva Basket Ceresio- Universit BC Neuchtel 60-57 (35-24)
Canti Riva Basket Ceresio:Jessica Smith 19+9 rebs, Jocelyn Logan-Friend 15+13 rebs, Zuzana Sakova 11
Universit BC Neuchtel:Sophie Charlier 14+9 rebs, Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) 11


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Page wins the Cup with the Royals -by Eurobasket News
Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and her TV Saarlouis take the lead in the semifinal-series against Oberhausen in Germany after winning game one at home 82:60. The hosts were ahead 34:28 at halftime and took a major step to victory in the third quarter (29:20). The visitors only shot 28.8% from the field, while the Royals had 47.5%. Desire Almind led the Royals with 16 points and 6 boards, Julie Anne Page added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Petra Manakova scored 12 points and pulled down 9 boards. Oberhausen got a double-double (21 pts, 11 rbs) from Heather Ernest, Bracey Barker finished the game with 12 points.
Before that Julie Anne Page posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to guide the Royals to an away-win at Marburg. She was one of four Saarlouis-players to finished the game in double-figure scoring: Also Petra Manakova and Rachel Wojdowski who tallied 15 points apiece and Romy Baer with 13 points put in more than 10 against an Oberhausen-squad that was paced by Amanda Davidson who had 14 points and 6 assists in the encounter.
Last week the Royals carried home the trophy at the DBBL-Cup Top 4 and it is a pleasure that British Julie Anne Page was the one to help. This time a home win got Saarlouis the lead in the series against Marburg. After being ahead 42:24 at halftime the Royals totally messed up the third quarter (5:15). But in the end they came away with the victory. Stina Barnert led the Royals with 13 points and 5 assists, Dominika Nawrotek had 11 points and 5 rebounds, Julie Anne Page contributed 10 points and 9 boards. On the other end Amanda Davidson netted 15 points for Marburg and had 7 steals, Hicran Oezen put in 10 points and pulled down rebounds.


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UKRAINE - Women

Tim-Skuf gets first win over Dnipro -by Eurobasket News
Dnipro-Tim-Skuf 63:68

The Final series between Dnipro and Tim-Skuf has started. Dnipro, being the defending champion and the winner of the regular season lost the opened to Tim-Skuf, the team that improves from game to game. A Final Four in Riga of the Baltic league was a good lesson and experience for the team from Kiev that won the opener. Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) paced the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) produced 18, while Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Maryna Sazonenko (172-G-86, college: Oregon St.) finished the night with 21 points for Dnipro.
Kiev team did not feel any discomfort playing away from home and took a control of the game in the early beginning. Tim-Skuf led the game after 10 minutes of it, 23;20. In the second quarter Dnipro stepped up in front and produced 23:19 in it. It gave the hosts 43:42 advantage when the teams disappeared in the lockers. In the defensive second half Tim Skuf managed to score 16 points in the third period and left Dnipro with 10 points in the last two periods.
Meanwhile Kozachka won bronze medals of the Ukrainian Play-offs. At home the team smashed Chaika 108:71 with 21 points from Biryuk. Rastorgueva produced the same number of points in the losing clause.

Dnipro: Maryna Sazonenko 21, Olga Lyashkova (185-G-80, agency: LBM Management) 14
Tim-Skuf: Lamisha Augustine 21+9 rebs, Yelena Savina 18, Inna Yegorova 11+12 rebs