EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/27/2008

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ABA

GEORGIA GWIZZLIES ANNOUNCE SUMMER PRO LEAGUE TRYOUTS and NEW LINE OF ABA MERCHANDISE -by Bruno Baltazar
The Georgia Gwizzlies will have open tryouts on June 21st for its summer pro league team. The organization is planning to field teams in David Archer's Southeast Exposure Basketball League and the Michael Stinnett Kentucky Pro Am. Only ten players will be selected for each team.

The tryouts will be held at a Middle Georgia school; coaches from Macon and Middle Georgia are encouraged to participate. Gwizzlies t-shirts and official ABA basketballs will be provided to participants. Registration deadline is June 15th and the cost of registration is $150 (certified funds made payable to Georgia Gwizzlies, 579 North Avenue, Hapeville GA 30354.

For more information, visit www.gwizzliesbasketball.com or email gwizzlies@msn.com.

Also:

JC Athletic Wear is proud to announce it will soon have a range of ABA merchandise on the world market. The release date is set for August 1, 2008 with a pre-release on July 1, 2008, exclusive for only a limited number of people who register their details by emailing admin@jcathleticwear.com with 'ABA pre-release' in the header.

According to Jeremy McCauley, JC CEO, 'It has been a long journey to come up with the ABA range over the past year. The range will provide supporters with the following items: caps, T-shirts, Hoody's, Jerseys, Shorts and Bag (each product will have multiple designs and colors). There will also merchandise for the participating teams in the ABA. You will not only be able to support your love of the ABA, past and present, but also support your current local ABA team.'

The first release of the ABA merchandise will reach the public in the US, Australia and the UK. 'The ABA has been a household name for decades,' added McCauley, 'Now at last we can offer an ABA range of merchandise for the future generation of basketball players and supporters.'

Photos of the new merchandise will be available on the ABA web site shortly.

For more information, visit www.jcathleticwear.com.


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Serbian final of Adriatic league for the fourth consecutive time! -by Dragan Jankovski
Same scenario from the previous three seasons repeats. Once again two Serbian teams will fight for the title of Adriatic league. At the same time it will be the fourth consecutive final for Partizan Igokea and its head coach Dusko Vujosevic, who stated that system of competition has to be changed. Vujosevic said that the host of the final tournament has to be the team who finishes the regular season on top or the host has to be announced before any team qualifies for it. Vujosevic also stated that number of the teams have to be decreased.

Hemofarm STADA reached the final thanks to very good game by Nebojsa Joksimovic and fantastic effort by their youngsters. On the other side Partizan Igokea advanced to the final mostly owing to center Nikola Pekovic, who totally dominated in the paint.

Partizan finished the regular season on top with score 24-2 while Hemofarm finished it on the third place with 16 wins and 10 defeats. Partizan was better in both games vs Hemofarm this season.

The final game will be played today at 18:00h in Tivoli.


Partizan Igokea defends Adriatic league title ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea is the new-old champion of Adriatic league. The team from Belgrade beat Hemofarm STADA in Serbian final 69-51 winning the second trophy this season as black-and-white machine already won National Cup Radivoj Korac.

Hemofarm STADA had a bad night and they did not show 50% from the last night against Zadar. On the other side Partizan played good and its players looked very motivated despite champion of Adriatic league does not have any biger benefits yet. But on the other hand Partizan earned 15 points and practially secured a 3-year contract with Euroleague, which suppose to be signed next year. The game is decided in the second quarter which Partizan finished 22-12. Ten minutes later Partizan extended lead to 21 what was a sign for its fans to start celebrating another title.

Euroleague player of the year Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) once again led his team to win netting 22 points including 7 rebounds. After many awards this season Pekovic got another one. He is named to be the MVP of the final 4 tournament. Shooting guard / small forward Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) was behind him with 13 points. Hemofarm got 11 points from young prospect Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) and 9 points and 7 rebounds from Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88).

Partizan totally dominated this season in regional championship with impresive score 28-2 (together with Final 4).


Partizan Igokea - Hemofarm STADA 69-51
(18-15,22-12,19-11,10-13)

Partizan:
Pekovic 22 (7 rebs), Tripkovic 13, Vranes 12
Hemofarm: Markovic 11, Marshall 10, Marjanovic 9 (7 rebs)


Serbian Final in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Olimpija 94:90

Partizan joined Hemofarm for the Adriatic League championship game. Yesterday Partizan held off Olimpija in a dramatic semifinal clash in front of a sell-out crowd at the Sports Hall Tivoli in Ljubljana. Partizan jumped to a quick start as Velickovic and Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) put the visitors ahead 5:0. Uros Tripkovic soon nailed another trey and Partizan enjoyed an 8:2 lead early on. Nevertheless the hosts quickly rebounded after somehow stunning start and Hukic netted a triple to tie things up at 9 midway through the quarter. The teams kept it close from now on and two free throws from Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) late in the frame allowed Partizan to stay up by 3 points. Nikola Pekovic and Tepic got their names on the scoring list early in the second period as Partizan cleared off to a 29:22 distance. But back-to-back trebles from Zupan and Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) trimmed the gap for Olimpija. Maurice Bailey and Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) kept pushing Olimpija and they finally surged ahead late in the half. Maurice Bailey, Taylor and Milic crafted a 45:41 advantage for the hosts at the interval. However Nikola Pekovic continued to terrorize Olimpijas defense as he nailed 4 points in a row to open the third period and squared things up. Uros Tripkovic and Milt Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) crowned a 10:0 run from Partizan as they retained the lead. Two free throws from Velickovic marked an 11-point cushion for Partizan late in the third quarter. Ronell Taylor organized a mini spurt from Olimpija that carried them within 4 points from Partizan midway through the fourth frame. However Nikola Pekovic and Velickovic restored an 8-point buffer once again. Nikola Pekovic then nailed 4 consecutive free throws and Partizan led by as many as 12 points with 3 minutes remaining in regulation. Maurice Bailey scored two free throws and Ronell Taylor came up with 3 straight points for Olimpija as Slovenian team appeared just 3 points away from Partizan. Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) nailed just one of two free throws but Maurice Bailey failed to connect from downtown. Dusan Kecman was put to charity stripe and again was accurate once. Rizvic converted a layup to drag Olimpija within 3 points but Nikola Pekovic answered with an easy layup that kept Olimpija at bay. Rizvic and Milton Palacio exchanged buckets before Hukic buried a three-pointer for Olimpija to trail by just two points with less than a minute to play. Milton Palacio was deadly from free throw line but Maurice Bailey immediately reacted with a jump shot. Olimpija opted to foul on Dusan Kecman but this time Dusan was accurate in both attempts and sealed the winning outcome for Partizan.
Nikola Pekovic led all scorers with 31 points and 5 boards for Partizan. Uros Tripkovic accounted for 17 points, while Milton Palacio added 14 points for the winners. Maurice Bailey netted 24 points for Olimpija. Goran Dragic (192-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Ronell Taylor provided 16 points apiece in a loss. Olimpija outrebounded the winners 33:22 but converted 43% from the field. Partizan sank 54% of field goals in a win.

Partizan: Nikola Pekovic 31, Uros Tripkovic 17, Milton Palacio 14
Olimpija: Maurice Bailey 24, Goran Dragic 16, Ronell Taylor 16


Nikola Pekovic of Partizan crushes Olimpija in the semis ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea will have a chance today to defend the Adriatic league title as the black-and-white team was better than the host team Union Olimpija 94-90. Atmosphere in sports hall Tivoli in Ljubljana was fantastic and Olimpija had amazing support from its fans but they did not have enough power to crush big Partizan.

Despite 5 triples by Tripkovic, Olimpija played much better first half and went on the half time with plus 4. Partizan woke up in the third quarter and thanks to Pekovic finished it 27-16. Partizan reached the biggest lead with one minute to go in the third quarter. It was plus 11 for reining Adriatic league champion. After two mistakes by Partizan, Olimpija had a chance at the finish as they came on minus 2 but it seems it was a very difficult job. On the other side Palacio netted 2 FTs and resolved question about the winner.

Euroleague player of the year Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was totally unstoppable in the paint collecting 32 points and 5 rebounds. He was MVP of the game with index rate 37. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) followed him with 17 points. Union Olimpija got 24 points and 4 steals from Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart).


Partizan Igokea - Union Olimpija 94-90
(25-22,16-23,27-16,26-29)

Partizan:
Pekovic 31 (5 rebs), Tripkovic 17, Palacio 14, Kecman 13
Olimpija: Bailey 24 (4 st), Dragic 16 (6 rebs), Taylor 16 (5 rebs)


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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 4 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship (April 23 - May 5 Amman, Jordan) -by Mohammed Malas

* Group C:

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 106 - Al Kahraba Electricity (IRQ) 88 (Qs: 42-20, 70-44, 94-65 & 106-88)

# Best performance:
- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) (33 pts, 6 ast)
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) (20 pts, 11 reb, 8 ast, 7 stl!!!)
Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) (16 pts, 5 ast)
- Al Kahraba Electricity:
Nedal Ghanem (21 pts, 4 ast, 4 stl)
Ahmad Hamzeh (18 pts, 2 ast)

Orthodox (JOR) 91 - Al Manama (BHR) 79 (Qs: 29-24, 55-48, 72-71 & 91-79)

# Best performance:
- Orthodox:
Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) (28 pts, 3 stl, 7 reb)
Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) (18 pts, 12 reb)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (18 pts, 6 ast)
- Al Manama:
Albert Mouring (191-G-79, college: Connecticut) (28 pts, 5 ast, 4 stl)
Abdulla Kutaiba (197-F/G-80) (18 pts, 9 reb)

* Group D:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB) 105 - As Seeb (OMA) 59 (Qs: 30-11, 46-30, 76-41 & 105-59)

# Best performance:
- Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (20 pts, 3 ast, 4 stl)
Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (18 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl)
Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) (17 pts, 4 ast)
- As Seeb:
John Amondy (13 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast)
Neslon N'Gao (16 pts, 3 ast, 3 stl)

# Day 5 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship:

- Sunday 27th of April:
14:00 An Nasr (LIB) - De La Salle
16:00 Al Ittihad - Fes
18:00 Zain - Qatar
20:00 An Nasr (UAE) - Al Tilal



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ARGENTINA

TNA Semi finals -by Ana Soifer

Olimpico from Santiago del Estero got an important point as a guest when beat Union from Sunchales by 90-67. They are going to play the 2nd game on Sunday.
Union (67): starters: Jorge Toriano 9, Gaston Luchino 7, Todd Williams 6, Facundo Giorgis 7, Lucas Martina 10; off the bench: Alejandro Ledesma 9, Miguel Isola (198-F-83) 12, Lucas Gornatti 2, Facundo Brizuela 3, Milton Vittar 2. Coach: Osvaldo Arduh
Ciclista Olmpico (90): starters: Martin Trovellesi 9, Juan Angel Lopez 10, Mario Seplveda 17, Anthony Glover 10, Fernando Gutman 3; off the bench: Federico Sureda 11, Federico Arce 13, German Boero (192-F-81) 17, Bruno Mrtire 0. Coach: Gonzalo Garca.

Lanus didnt have any problem to won over Argentino from Junin by 73 to 66. The 2nd game should be next Monday.
Lanus (73): starters: Julian Olmedo 6, Matias Cudos 6, Leandro Portillo 13, Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) 21, Pablo Rizzo 13; off the bench: David Cabezas 0, Nicolas Laprovittola 4, Valerio Andrizzi 2, Guido Cuadrelli 2, Cesar Chaine 4, Ivan Najnudel 2. Coach: Alvaro Castineira.
Argentino (66): starters: Enzo Cafferata 1, Jose Luis Gil 11, Federico Marin 15, John Rufus 7, Martin Pasquinelli 0; off the bench: Leonardo Peralta (205-C-85) 12, Ariel Pau 4, Santiago Haag 6, Pablo Espinosa 5, Santiago Scala 3, Pablo Martinez 2. Coach: Hector Santini.


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ARUBA

Eurobasket correspondent De La Barrera conducts clinic in Aruba -by Rolando Delabarrera
Eurobasket correspondent and United States Junior College coach Rolando De La Barrera conducted several Basketball clinics in San NIcolas, Aruba for area players. The clinics were in colaboration with the San Nicolas YMCA . Carlos Benjamin and Percy Phelipa provided set up and organization for the events and were instrumental is the programs outcome. The focus of the clinics were to discover area talent and promote the game through individual instruction. De La Barrera will work with the San Nicolas YMCA to implement a season long developmental program for young players. Specail thanks to Cristina Del Rosario for photos and video during the event.

Aruba's best young player: Kieran Celaire -by Rolando Delabarrera
Aruba is no basketball hotbed, but even on this tiny island talent can be found. Such was the case this past April when I visited and identified several young players who might have a future in the US. Now, potential is a hard thing to bet on ,but at least one of the players I saw made me feel confident . Keiran Celaire is a promising young player and at 17 has the time to develop into a very good player. Alejandro Duinkerk aslo has some ability. I will write a brief scouting report on each.

Keiran Celaire: 6'7'' , long and rangy athlete, good vertical and reaction time. Has very good lateral speed for height and excellent timing. Shooting mechaninc needs work , but he is close to becoming a steady mid-range player. His athleticism dictates that he will be able to cover the 3 position in the perimeter. At this point , he needs to continue to develop strength and get into a more competitive basketball atmosphere before his level of play can be adequately predicted. There is every indicator that he will be a NCAA Division 1 level player when he graduates High School, but what level of Division one will be determined by his progress in the coming year or two.

Alejandro Duinkerk- 6'5'', strong and raw athlete type player. Alejandro still needs to work on the nuances of the game ,but during our clinics he was attentive and displayed very good muscle memory. He can be effective as a phycial player and help out a team . He will need to continue to develop his overall game to be truly effective in the states , but he seems to be a hard worker and someone that can be coached.


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Zalgiris joins Lietuvos Rytas in the BBL Final -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - ASK Riga 100:82

Its going to be all Lithuanian Final in the BBL this season. Zalgiris joined another Lithuanian powerhouse and the BBL defending champions Lietuvos Rytas in the tournaments title decider. Yesterday Zalgiris posted a model win over ASK Riga at the Siauliai Arena in front of 3,900 spectators. AKS Riga had a short momentum when things were going their way early in the encounter after Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) and Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) put Riga outfit up by 4 points. But a couple of buckets from Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) lifted Zalgiris back in front. Ndiaye then notched a bunch of free throws and Zalgiris were up by 8 points late in the first frame. Sanders capped the first frame with a jumper to cut the deficit to 23:29 at the first intermission. Four points from Curtis Millage trimmed the deficit to 2 points at the beginning of the second term. Soon Sandis Valters accounted for 5 straight points and Millage added two more for ASK Riga to go up by one. Markota answered with a jump shot and ignited a 10:0 run from Zalgiris that restored a safe cushion. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 4 points in a row for the Lithuanian team and Zalgiris enjoyed a 56:41 lead at halftime. Back-to-back triples from Maciulis and Marcus Brown stretched the margin to 21 points early in the third period. Zalgiris kept ASK Riga at distance throughout the period and maintained a 22-point buffer heading into the fourth term. ASK Riga never threatened Zalgiris lead in the fourth stanza and the Lithuanian team sealed their Final appearance.
Marcus Brown led Zalgiris with 18 points. Paulius Jankunas added 14 points, while DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) contributed 13 points for the winners. Sandis Valters and Curtis Millage answered with 15 points apiece for ASK Riga. Arnis Vecvagars (200-F-74) dropped 10 points in a loss. Zalgiris outrebounded their Latvian opponents 34:27 and converted 61% from the field.

Zalgiris: Marcus Brown 18, Paulius Jankunas 14, DeJuan Collins 13
ASK Riga: Sandis Valters 15, Curtis Millage 15, Arnis Vecvagars 10


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BELGIUM

Oostende Wins Belgian Cup -by Peter Buyse


Telindus Oostende beat Dexia Mons-Hainaut 66-63 to win its 11th Cup of Belgium.
The game could not have started any better for Oostende who took a 5-17 lead at the 6 minute mark. Bree then placed a 0-9 run to close the game to 3pts on 2ft's by Ben Ebong.
That 3 pt gap stayed on the scoreboard at the end of the first Q (17-20).
Oostende was not able to keep control of the score and slowly Mons fought its way back into the lead at the end of the 2nd quarter when Jim Cantamessa made a 3pt shot to give him team the lead at the half 35-33.

Things went from bad to worse when Mons opened the 3rd quarter with 2 more 3pointers made by Lenzly and Gray giving them their biggest lead of the game so far at 41-33. After Van Rossom and Petrovic narrowed the gap to 2 pts it was Greg Brunners moment to help his team reclaim the lead with a dunk and a 3pointer he gave Oostende a 43-46 lead with under 3 minutes to go in quarter 3. Of course this would not be a cup game if Mons was going to give up this late in the game and thanks to free throws by Evans, Reinking and Cantamessa they got even with Oostende in the 29th minute before Chuck Davis scored a free throw of his own to give his team a 1pt lead going into the final 10 minutes.

Oostende took the better start in the last quarter and took a 49-55 lead on scored by Van Rossom and Ivory. Titus Ivory's last score was followed by layups by Evans and Sullivan before he again with a 3pt shot gave Oostende another 5 pt lead (53-58) at the 35 minute point. Just when it seems Mons was about to lose control of the game they bounced back thanks to scores by Gray and Conlan who tied the game at 61 and 2 minutes to go. Mons even took the lead again in the final minutes on 2 ft's by Ben Ebong but once again it was Titus Ivory who got his team back on the right track with a 3pt shot made giving them a small 63-64 lead. Maybe more important than the score was the steal by Veselin Petrovic to give Oostende possession of the ball in the final moments of the game. After an Oostende time-out Mons had no option but to foul an Oostende player. Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) was perfect from the line and gave Oostende a 63-66 lead in the closing seconds. Travis Conlan missed the final layup and Oostende came away with a hard-fought Belgian Cup win at the Spiroudome in Charleroi.


In a comment to Eurobasket coach Sharon Drucker said that teamwork and sacrifice were the keys to this win. He also added to be proud that his team brought the Cup back to Oostende after 7 years.


Mons : Ben Ebong 8, Justin Gray 13, Travis Conlan 6, Andrew Sullivan 7, Mike Lenzly 14, George Evans 4, Nate Reinking 4, Jim Cantamessa 7, Jim Potter 0.


Oostende : Titus Ivory 9, Veselin Petrovic 8, Jerry Green 15, Chuck Davis 7, Sam Van Rossom 11, Elvir Ovcina 4, Chris McCray 2, Greg Brunner 10, Sebastien Bellin 0.



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BELIZE

Belize Bank Diamonds Finished At The Top! -by David Magana

Last weekend, games continued in the BECOL Tournament featuring a number of games in the different divisions. Friday night, in the U-20 game Hydro Power (3-2) defeated Young Stars (2-4) in a close match 35 - 33. For Hydro Power Jerome Lepp Garcia scored 10 pts and 2 steals. In a losing effort, Abel Simpson scored 9 pts, 2 rebs and Regis Morris 8 pts. In the Over 35, Hydro Power lost again this time to Benque Rockers by 55 46. Maino Skull Bevans scored a double double with 22 pts, 11 rebs, 3 steals, Kirk Peppa Jones, 16 pts, 6 rebs and Edgar Garrido 8 pts. In a losing effort, Steven Usher scored 29 pts, 3 rebs while Gerald Usher 10 pts and 4 rebs.
In the Senior division, Belize Bank Diamonds (5-1) played for the top seed against Christ for Life (4-2) and it was Belize Bank who came out with the victory by 52 - 35. Lester Cadle (188-G-80) scored a double double, 19 pts, 12 rebs, 2 assists and 2 blocks, Emerson King 9 pts, 2 steals and Micheal Martinez 8 pts and 7 rebs. In a losing effort, Jamie Bug Gentle scored 9 pts.
Saturday night, in the U-17 division, L. A. Tigers (4-0) beat Wolves (0-4) 50 - 28. for the Tigers, Zamir Gramox Usher scored 11 pts, Elvis Zui Usher Jr., 10 pts, 7 rebs, 2 blocks while Shelton O Defour Jr., 9 pts and 6 rebs. In a losing effort, Amir Westby scored 8 pts, 7 rebs and Gian Zetina 6 pts.
In the U-20 division, West Side (3-3) obtained their third victory in a row after defeating Cayo Ballers (0-4) by a crushing margin of 61 31. For West Side, Evan Brown scored 14 pts, 7 rebs, Cesar Castellanos 14 pts, 3 rebs, Jose Luis Pech 8 rebs, 5 rebs and 2 steals. In a losing effort, Shimeon Simpson scored 13 pts, 2 rebs while Dudley Smith 8 pts, 6 rebs and 2 steals.
In the Senior Division, E-Three Stars obtained an easy victory when Spartans was unable to field a team on time, so they lost by forfeit.

Games for this coming weekend. First game starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. This is the last weekend for regular season, as the playoff kicks off on May 2nd.

Friday night:

Game 1(U 20) Cayo Ballers vs. St. Ignatius High School
Game 2(Srs.) - Spartans vs. Patriots
Game 3(O - 35) - Hydro Power vs. ICB Veterans

Saturday night:

Game 1(U 20) Hydro Power vs. Cayo Ballers
Game 2(O - 35) - Belmopan Bandits vs. Esperanza Veterans



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BOSNIA

Bosnian League 8, 5TH round -by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Igokea Partizan - Borac Nektar 91:81
Zrinjski Mik Company - Siroki Prima Pivo 86:91 OT
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Grude 83:55
Sloboda Dita - Slavija 88:71

Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 5-0 404:331 +73 10 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 4-1 442:390 +52 9 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 4-1 415:374 +41 9 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 3-2 351:378 -27 8 pts.
5. Zrinjski MC 2-3 427:443 -16 7 pts.
6. Slavija 2-3 402:425 -23 7 pts.
7. Borac Nektar 0-5 354:386 -32 5 pts.
8. Grude 0-5 363:431 -68 5 pts.

Igokea Partizan - Borac Nektar 91:81
(23:21, 15:20, 31:26, 22:14)
Aleksandrovac, SD Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 900; Ref.: Zurapovic, Adamovic, Pehar
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic, Patterson, Bocka, Stazic, Djurica, Vucurovic 21, Cup, Wright 11, Lydeka 11, Stefanovic, Kovacevic, Allen
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
BORAC NEKTAR: Atanackovic 10, Jovanovic Z., Stupar, Rothbart 19, Jovanovic V., Gemaljevic, Djurasovic, Franklin, Popovic, Velimirovic 20, Paunovic, Ugrehelidze
Coach: Milos Pejic

Zrinjski Mik Company - Siroki Prima Pivo 86:91 OT
(10:17, 22:12, 22:21, 20:24, 12:17)
Mostar, SD Bijeli Brijeg; Att.: 300; Ref.: Husaric, Radanovic, Milicevic
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 5, Bisko 6, Sarenac 17, Norac 14, Petric 2, Dzidic 17, Simovic 6, Brecic 5, Vuckovi 14, Buhac, Planinic, Grbavac
Coach: Nedjeljko Zelenika
SIROKI PP: Bubalo, Grays 27, Stemberger 9, Dijan 7, Zupic, Sola 12, Spralja 16, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 18, Bethel, Ezugwu 2
Coach: Ivan Velic

Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Grude 83:55
(22:17, 25:13, 28:8, 23:24)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 250; Ref.: Duskaj, Babic, Kajan
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 5, Sehovic 7, Tomovic 3, Panic 11, Bavcic 10, Djurasovic, Zimic 2, Bailey 4, Hajric 7, Pasalic, Jackson 14, Williams 20
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
KK GRUDE: Lovric, Vranjes, Djulabic, Gligora M. 5, Gligora L. 5, Jelcic 2, Vujcic 4, Bura 2, Lozancic 4, Zitko 19, Perajica 15
Coach: Predrag Mikulic

Sloboda Dita - Slavija 88:71
(16:14, 18:19, 25:16, 29:22)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 1.000; Ref.: Bijedic, Nenadic, Zecevic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 22, Hrncic, Halilbegovic, Albijanic 2, Persic, Tomovic 2, Tanasilovic 11, Matic 28, N. Milosevic, Jocovic 9, Ross 14
Coach: Senad Muminovic
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 3, Stanic 2, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 3, D. Damjanovic, Vukovic 17, Malovic 2, Grubisic, Ivanovic 5, Demic 6, A. Damjanovic 33
Coach: Goran Sehovac


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


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BULGARIA

Levski took a 1-0 lead over Yambol in quarterfinal playoffs -by Valentin Anguelov
The team of Levski started with a win the playoffs this year. Today in Sofia the hosts defeated Yambol 91-78.

The game was even at the start. Both teams were exchanging leads and surprisingly Yambol was ahead after the first quarter 24-23.

The game continued to be tied until the middle of the second quarter when the score was 32-32. Then Levski made a 8-0 run after which they took a good lead. That lead stood up until the end of the quarter as the first half finished 51-41 for the hosts.

The third quarter started good for Yambol. They managed to cut the deficit to only three points, 55-52 but then Zlatin Georgiev scored a 3-pointer. He also made few nice passes and scored another three-pointer as Levski took a 14-point advantage in to the last quarter.

In the last ten minutes the visitors didnt have any chance of catching the hosts. The lead never came down to ten points as Levski controlled the game and at the end held on for the win.

Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: W.Virginia St.) had very nice game as he finished with 23 points and 4 rebounds. Stanislav Slaveykov added 16 and 8 and Zlatin Georgiev scored 15 adding also 4 assists.

For the visitors very good played Vadim Reka who ended up with 19 points and 15 rebounds. The youngster Pael Marinov scored 14.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LEVSKI - YAMBOL


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CHILE

Dimayor Centro Sur -by Cristian Quiroga
Dimayor Centro Sur league started three weeks ago. This tournament count with several team playing official Dimayor league during the second half of the year, like champion Liceo Mixto, CD UdeConce, Universidad Catolica, Boston College, Puente Alto and Espanol de Talca.
Teams are divided in two zones: Centro and Sur, with six team each one.
Results untill this moment are the following:

Round 1: April 5th
Centro Zone

Universidad Catlica 81 - Liceo Mixto 84
Universidad de Las Americas 93 - Villa Moderna 73
Sagrados Corazones 63 - Puente Alto C.D. 86
Everton 80 - Universidad de Santiago 62
Sur Zone
Boston College 90 - CD UdeConce 82
Espanol de Talca 60 - Deportivo Aleman 71
Cefiro Puente Alto 84 - Arabe Rancagua 71
Estadio Espanol 86 - Union Los Andes 36

Round 2: April 6th
Centro Zone

Universidad Catlica 76 - Villa Moderna 75
Universidad de Las Americas 81 - Liceo Mixto 86
Sagrados Corazones 72 - Universidad de Santiago 56
Everton 72 - Puente Alto C.D. 87
Sur Zone
Boston College 81 - Deportivo Aleman 73
Espanol de Talca 71 - CD UdeConce 75
Cefiro Puente Alto 70 - Union Los Andes 52
Estadio Espanol 101 - Arabe Rancagua 69

Round 3: April 12th
Centro Zone

Liceo Mixto 81 - Sagrados Corazones 65
Villa Moderna 83 - Everton 78
Puente Alto C.D. 88 - Universidad Catlica 66
Universidad de Santiago 59 - Universidad de Las Americas 76
Sur Zone
CD UdeConce 100 - Cefiro Puente Alto 40
Deportivo Aleman 75 - Estadio Espanol 69
Arabe Rancagua 56 - Boston College 110
Union Los Andes 46 - Espanol de Talca 84

Round 4: April 13th
Centro Zone

Liceo Mixto 94 - Everton 78
Villa Moderna 83 - Sagrados Corazones 101
Puente Alto C.D. 92 - Universidad de Las Americas 77
Universidad de Santiago 56 - Universidad Catlica 78
Sur Zone
CD UdeConce 94 - Estadio Espanol 63
Deportivo Aleman 87 - Cefiro Puente Alto 53
Arabe Rancagua 69 - Espanol de Talca 89
Union Los Andes 39 - Boston College 118

Round 5: April 19th
Centro Zone

Puente Alto C.D. 87 - Liceo Mixto 82
Universidad de Santiago 92 - Villa Moderna 77
Sagrados Corazones 46 - Universidad Catlica 63
Everton 64 - Universidad de Las Americas 79
Sur Zone
Arabe Rancagua 41 - CD UdeConce 98
Union Los Andes 75 - Deportivo Aleman 124
Cefiro Puente Alto 76 - Boston College 96
Estadio Espanol 85 - Espanol de Talca 87

Round 6: April 20th
Centro Zone

Puente Alto C.D. 119 - Villa Moderna 43
Universidad de Santiago 45 - Liceo Mixto 96
Sagrados Corazones 82 - Universidad de Las Americas 71
Everton 66 - Universidad Catlica 89
Sur Zone
Arabe Rancagua 72 - Deportivo Aleman 89
Union Los Andes 61 - CD UdeConce 107
Cefiro Puente Alto 74 - Espanol de Talca 100
Estadio Espanol 76 - Boston College 103


Libsur 2008 round 7 results -by Cristian Quiroga
ZONE A

Deportivo Valdivia 62
Esteban Toledo, Ramiro Vera, Jos del Solar 11 pts.
Deportes Lautaro 70
Ronald Cruces 23 pts, David Venegas 13

Provincial Llanquihue 57
Alberto Toledo 15 pts, Ricardo Muoz 12 pts.
Provincial Osorno 104
Renato Vera 19 pts., Felipe Oyarzn 16 pts.

Asociacion Ancud 57
Deportes Castro 73


ZONE B

Deportes Pto. Varas 96
Rodrigo Muoz 17 pts, Johany Gallardo 15 pts.
Deportivo Imperial 73
Nick Morales 18 pts., Mauro Schenonni 15 pts.

Deportes Carahue 99
Alberto Soto 23 pts., Renato Torres 18 pts.
UNAP Victoria 68
Oscar Salgado 16 pts., Javier Contreras 14 pts.


Universidad de Los Lagos 77
Fernando Bucarey 13 pts., y Edward Oyarzon 12 pts.
Deportes Las Animas 51
Alejandro Vera 13 pts., Francisco Vergara 11 pts.


Libsur 2008 round 6 results -by Cristian Quiroga
ZONE A

Provincial Osorno 101
Rodrigo Zuniga (198-F-76) 25 pts., Cristian Perez 23 pts.
Asociacion Ancud 67
Alexis Hernandez 16 pts., Kurt Krugger 15 pts.

Deportes Lautaro 87
Ronald Cruces (177-G-87) 24 pts., Ignacio Navarrete 15 pts.
Provincial Llanquihue 56
Matias Sepulveda 27 pts., Alberto Toledo 8 pts.

Deportes Castro 63
Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) 21 pts., Claudio Levet 15 pts.
Deportivo Valdivia 83
Christopher Altaner 17 pts., Ramiro Vera 13 pts.

ZONE B

UNAP Victoria 43
Alex Sepulveda 13 pts., Javier Contreras 11 pts.
Universidad de Los Lagos 81
Leonel Mendez y Sergio Cardenas 12 pts.

Deportivo Imperial 93
Jorge Soto 27 pts., Nick Morales 20 pts.
Deportes Carahue 74
Renato Torres 19 pts., Jimmy Puschel 17 pts.

Deportes Las Animas 71
Alejandro Vera 18 pts., Roberto Gatica 11 pts.
Deportes Pto. Varas 83
Rodrigo Munoz (186-G/F-80) 18 pts, Humberto Carrizo 13 pts.


Standings - Centro-Sur
Centro-Sur North Standings
 1. U.Catolica 10-2 
 2. Liceo Mixto 10-2 
 3. Dep.P.Alto 9-3 
 4. U.Concepcion 7-1 
 5. Dep.Espanol 7-1 
 6. Boston Coll. 7-5 
 7. Dep.Curico 4-4 
 8. Sp.Italiana 3-9 
 9. Dep.Aleman 2-6 
 10. U.Las Amer. 2-10 
 11. U.Santiago 1-11 
 12. UC de Maule 0-8 


Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
Zone A
 1. Dep.Lautaro 7-0 
 2. Prov.Osorno 5-2 
 3. Dep.Valdiva 4-3 
 4. Dep.Castro 3-4 
 5. Dep.Ancud 1-6 
 6. Prov.Llanq. 1-6 
Zone B
 1. U.Los Lagos 6-1 
 2. Dep.P.Varas 6-1 
 3. Dep.Imperial 5-2 
 4. Dep.Carahue 2-5 
 5. Las Animas 1-6 
 6. U.Arturo Prat 1-6 


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CROATIA

Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
Group 1-8
 1. KK Split 7-1 
 2. Zadar 7-1 
 3. KK Zagreb 6-2 
 4. Cibona 5-3 
 5. Cedevita 3-5 
 6. Sibenka 2-6 
 7. Dubrava 1-7 
 8. Slavonski Brod 1-7 
Group 9-13
 1. Borik 12-8 
 2. Dubrovnik 11-9 
 3. Zabok 11-9 
 4. Alkar Sinj 10-10 
 5. Kvarner NR 9-11 
 6. Osijek 2006 7-13 


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D-LEAGUE

Idaho puts its stamp on title -by Eurobasket
Qwest Arena hosted a party Friday night - a party more than a decade in the making and one that culminated with an NBA Development League championship for the Idaho Stampede.
A 108-101 victory over the Austin Toros in Game 3 of the best-of-three series made the Stampede champions for the first time in their 10-year history.
'This thing still hasn't sunk in,' Stampede coach Bryan Gates said after receiving hugs from just about everyone at the party.
The party had plenty of guests of honor.
There was Randy Livingston (6'4''-G-75, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU), the veteran point guard who has played more games in a Stampede uniform than any other player and appeared in 11 consecutive NBA seasons.
He said Friday's game was his last.
'This is the most amazing way to end,' said Livingston, who had eight assists and six points. '... Any championship on any level is one you relish, one you savor. You can't take it away.'
There was guard Mike Taylor (6'2''-G-86, college: Iowa St.), the sparkplug who had come off the bench several times this season to provide his team with some electricity. Friday night, he definitely lit it up again.
Taylor hit four 3-pointers in a row in a span of less than 3 minutes in the fourth quarter to push Idaho's lead to an insurmountable 95-77 with 8 minutes, 23 seconds left in the game.
He finished with a team-high 27 points after going 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.
'After I hit the first couple I kind of knew they were going to go in when I shot it,' Taylor said. 'It was just kind of like that feeling you get in practice when you hit 12 in a row.'
The D-League doesn't award a Finals MVP, but Taylor was certainly the MVP of Game 3.
'It was Mike Taylor tonight,' Gates said. 'But, overall, we'd be nowhere without No. 32 (Livingston).'
There was Cory Violette (6'8''-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga), who fell one rebound short of posting a double-double in all three Finals games.
Violette has won a championship in Boise before - when he was a sophomore at Bishop Kelly High.
'It gets better and better the older you get, especially when you get paid a little bit of money to do it,' said Violette, who had 20 points, nine rebounds and hit a prayer from deep in 3-point territory that went in as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter.
There was another local product in former Boise State standout Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Boise St.), who posted a double-double in the first half with 11 rebounds and 10 points.
'It's big to be able to bring home a championship to Boise,' Ellis said. 'At the beginning of the season there was a question of whether they brought in three local guys to just sell tickets, but over the course of the season we proved that we can play. (Ex-Bronco Roberto Bergersen (6'6''-G/F-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.)) and Cory showed it right out of the gates, and I had to wait my turn.'
And, as far as managing investor Bill Ilett was concerned, there were the season-high 4,124 fans who attended the party.
'It's so much about the fans,' he said. 'We've built a great fan base here, and we're looking forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving. We're ready to go again.'
Gates said earlier this week that his whole season would be judged by the final two games of the D-League Finals.
But after the coach of the year has some time to reflect he will realize this season was about more than just Idaho's final two contests.
The Stampede put together 18 wins in a row, more than any other team in D-League history.
Idaho clinched the West Division title with the best record in the league.
Idaho finished with the best winning percentage in D-League history (72 percent).
The Stampede had 21 regular-season home wins, setting a league standard.
Livingston was named to the D-League first team, and Lance Allred (6'11''-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) was named to the second team. Violette and Mouhamed Saer Sene (7'0''-C-86) were honorable mentions, and Sene was named the co-defensive player of the season.
Allred was called up by the Cleveland Cavaliers and is signed with the Cavs through next season.

Courtesy of Statesman


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CUPES vs GUG IN THE FINAL!!! -by Ozell Wells
Pueblo Nuevo defeated Cupes last night 87-80 but Pueblo Nuevo needed a 17 pt victory to classify them into the FINAL SERIES. CUPES made it to the FINAL SERIES for the second straight year due to the failure of CPN to capture the points necessary to overtake CUPES in the overall point total scored in tournament play. Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) with 17pts and 9 rebs Shaun Fountain (180-G-78, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) with 34 pts and 4 rebs led them to vctory however he collected his 5th foul with 3 minutes remaining in the game and that proved to be a severe loss to the offense of CPN who had already lost their other leading scorer Luis Martinez (196-F, college: William Paterson) who fouled out of the game with 7 mins remaining. Great shooting from Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) who had 28 pts on 6/10 3pt shooting, 21 pts from Ramon Reyes (200-F-78) and 14 clutch pts from rookie Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) playing in his first game after replacing Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: N.Mexico) just yesterday and arriving the same day to the Republic Dominicana.
CUPES is in the FINALS for the second straight yearthis year they face a GUG team that played the ENTIRE SANTIAGO TOURNAMENT WITHOUT A LOSS!
The finals start tomorrow at 5:30 and will continue this week Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7pm each night.


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GERMANY

Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. ALBA 46-12 
 2. Leverkusen 42-14 
 3. Art.Dragons 42-16 
 4. Bamberg 38-18 
 5. Bonn 36-20 
 6. Oldenburg 36-20 
 7. Frankfurt 36-22 
 8. Bremerhaven 30-26 
 9. Koeln 99ers 28-28 
 10. Braunschweig 28-28 
 11. Ulm 28-30 
 12. Ludwigsb. 24-32 
 13. Goettingen 22-34 
 14. Paderborn 22-34 
 15. Giessen 16-40 
 16. Tuebingen 16-42 
 17. Trier 12-44 
 18. Jena 8-48 


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HUNGARY

Play-Out: Sopron beat MAFC -by Tamas Deri
Soproni Sordogok MAFC 105-91 (20-28, 34-16, 22-21, 29-26)
Sopron, Att.: 400, Referees: Kapitny, Mrton, Gelencsr
SOPRON: Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 19/3, Lakatos 7, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 19, Lesko 17/3, Frana 7, Vesztergom, Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) 11/9, Boldizsar 9/3, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/3, Halymasi 2, Coach: Meszlnyi Rbert
MAFC: Anthony Harris (188-G) 25/6, Jitim Young (188-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Northwestern) 23/3, Wehner 7/3, Andras Vavra (202-F-78) 17, Fulop 6, Graczer 6/3, Kecsks 5, Misek, Radovics 2, Coach: Dinnyes Attila


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ICELAND

Keflavik Iceland Express league Champion 2008 -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Keflavik is Iceland Express league Champion 2008
They beat Snaefell 98-74 and won the serie 3-0
With very agressive defense and many players stepping up on offense Snaefell did not have the dept to stop them.
Keflavik played good team basketball on both end of the floor. Tommy Johnson did play well in these games and Bobby walker was steady. Keflavik best player in the play-offs was Gunnar Einarson and was choosen MVP of the play-offs.
Congratulation Keflavik.
Scorers for Keflavik. Tommy Johnson 24. Gunnar Einarsson (190-G-77) 20. Magnus Gunnarsson 16. Bobby Walker 13. Jon Hafsteinsson 9. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 8. Anthony Susnjara 6. Vilhjalmur Steinarsson 3. Arnar Jonsson 1.
For Snaefell Magni Hafsteinson 16. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 16. Anders Katholm 16. Slobodan Subasic 8. Justin Shouse 7. Hlynur Baeringsson 8. Gudni Valentinusson 2. Gunnlaugur Smarason 1.


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IRAN

Results of the Draw for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournaments -by Houman Bagheri
GENEVA, Switzerland/BEIJING, China/26th April 2008 FIBA, in cooperation with the Chinese Basketball Association, hosted Saturday in Beijing the draws for the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournaments that will be played from 9th to 24th August 2008.

The draws took place in the Olympic basketball venue, the brand new 18.000-seat Wukesong Indoor Stadium, coinciding with the meeting of the FIBA Central Board and during the final competition day of the Good Luck Beijing Test Event for Women.

The qualified teams, both men and women, have been drawn into two groups of six teams each with the assistance of three-time Olympic Champion Lisa Leslie of the USA, Olympic Silver medallist Nathalie Porter from Australia, and Chinese stars Whang Zhi Zhi and Sui Feifei.

Please find below the result of the draw, as well as the complete event schedule.

OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR MEN (10th to 24th August 2008):

Already qualified for Beijing 2008 are the following nine teams: Angola (African Champion), Argentina (Americas runner-up), Australia (Oceanian Champion), China (host), Iran (Asian Champion), Lithuania (European Bronze medallist), Russia (European Champion), Spain (World Champion) and USA (Champion of the Americas).

The remaining three mens berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be decided in the 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men that will take place in Athens (Greece), from 14th to 20th July, and that will feature the following participants: Cameroon and Cape Verde (Africa), Puerto Rico, Brazil and Canada (Americas), Lebanon and Korea (Asia), Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Slovenia (Europe) and New Zealand (Oceania). The draw for the remaining three qualified teams will be held on 20th July 2008 in Athens, Greece.


1. Composition of groups:

Group A: Argentina, Australia, Iran, Lithuania, Russia, Qualifier A

Group B: Angola, China, Spain, USA, Qualifier B and Qualifier C

2. Preliminary Round:

The exact game number and time for each of the Preliminary Round games below will be known by 25th May 2008 at the latest. The information below only shows whom is playing whom on which day. The Preliminary Round games will be played at 09:00, 11:15, 14:30, 16:45, 20:00 and 22:15 hours.

10th August 2008:

Game 7: Australia vs. Qualifier A
Game 8: Russia vs. Iran
Game 9: Lithuania vs. Argentina
Game 10: USA vs. China
Game 11: Spain vs. Qualifier C
Game 12: Qualifier B vs. Angola

12th August 2008:

Game 19: Qualifier A vs. Russia
Game 20: Argentina vs. Australia
Game 21: Iran vs. Lithuania
Game 22: China vs. Spain
Game 23: Angola vs. USA
Game 24: Qualifier C vs. Qualifier B


14th August 2008:

Game 31: Argentina vs. Qualifier A
Game 32: Lithuania vs. Russia
Game 33: Australia vs. Iran
Game 34: Angola vs. China
Game 35: Qualifier B vs. Spain
Game 36: USA vs. Qualifier C


16th August 2008:

Game 43: Qualifier A vs. Lithuania
Game 44: Iran vs. Argentina
Game 45: Russia vs. Australia
Game 46: China vs. Qualifier B
Game 47: Qualifier C vs. Angola
Game 48: Spain vs. USA


18th August 2008:

Game 55: Iran vs. Qualifier A
Game 56: Australia vs. Lithuania
Game 57: Argentina vs. Russia
Game 58: Qualifier C vs. China
Game 59: USA vs. Qualifier B
Game 60: Angola vs. Spain


3. Quarter-Finals:

The information below shows only who will be playing whom in accordance with the final standings after the Preliminary Round.

20th August 2008:

Game 65: B2 vs. A3
Game 66: A1 vs. B4
Game 67: A2 vs. B3
Game 68: B1 vs. A4

The exact game number and time for the four Quarter-Finals will be known at the latest on the evening of 18th August. The games of the Quarter-Finals will be played at 14:30, 16:45, 20:00 and 22:15 hours.


4. Semi-Finals:

22nd August 2008:

Game 71: Winner 65 vs. Winner 66
Game 72: Winner 67 vs. Winner 68


The exact game number and time for the two Semi-Finals will be known at the latest on the evening of 20th August. The games of the Semi-Finals will be played at 20:00 hours and 22:15 hours.


5. Finals:

24th August 2008:

Game 75 (12:00 hours): Loser 71 vs. Loser 72 (3 4)
Game 76 (14:30 hours): Winner 71 vs. Winner 72 (1 2)


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LATVIA

Lietuvos Rytas rises to the occasion - beats Barons/LMT -by Gunars Gailitis
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 led the winners with 16 points. Marijonas Petravicius nailed 15, while Arturas Jomantas 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 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 14


Zalgiris defeats ASK Riga, will face Lietuvos Rytas -by Gunars Gailitis
Just like Lietuvos Rytas, Zalgiris Kaunas faced a pretty good challenge against ASK Riga in the first half of the SEB BBL semifinal, but totally erupted in the second half and outshined the opponents from Riga 100:82.

ASK Riga took an early 8:4 lead, but Zalgiris scored 5 points without an answer and overbalanced the score in their favor 9:8. Later on, mostly with the help of aggressive play by Marcus Brown, Kaunas team took 17:10 advantage. The American sharpshooter made his second three-pointer and Zalgiris capitalized the lead in double figures 23:12. After the first quarter the Lithuanians led 29:23.

In the second period ASK Riga, after the basket by Curtis Millage cut the deficit to 2 points 29:31. Sandis Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78) came back on the court ready to roll and made a jumper to overbalance the score at 34:33. However, Zalgiris quickly regained the possession and the cold-blooded shooting by M.Brown put Kaunas team in control again 42:36. Players went to the locker-rooms as the scoreboard showed 56:41 up by Zalgiris.

After 3 minutes of play in the third quarter M.Brown nailed another three to make it already 21 gap 66:45. Having that kind of advantage Zalgiris did not blow it away and made it to the SEB BBL final for the fourth time in a row and is going to take on Lietuvos Rytas tomorrow in the championship game.

M.Brown was led all scorers with 18 points, Paulius Jankunas added 14 in the win. Sandis Valters and Curtis Millage (6 rebs.) collected 15 apiece for ASK Riga.

www.bb.net


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LUXEMBOURG

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

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Etzella 70 - Sparta 74

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

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

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

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

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

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


Musel Pikes 80 - Contern 65

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

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

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

Rsidence 52 - Amicale 101


Rsidence: 15 field goals, 2 three pointers, 20 for 25 free throws, 29 rebounds, 18 fouls and 21 turnovers
Felten 17, F. Mangen 12, Julien 10, Abdiu 9, Kayser 4, Torres, also Bichel, Ludwig and Schmit
Amicale:(no stats available)
Schartz 4, Depree 30, Ney 18, Scholtes 13, Jones 13, also Birenbaum 12, Gillardin 2, d,Angelo and Steinmetz


Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-24, Halftime 29-42, 3rd Q 39-69, Final 52-101

Final four standings:

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



Amicale wins at home vs Musel Pikes! -by Neil Lifeson

Amicale 69 - Musel Pikes 66


Amicale outplayed Musel Pikes enough in the first half to take a 13 point lead into the locker room with them. Good thing because it was mostly Pikes who controlled in the second half winning the final 2 quarters by 5 points, 25-30. Musel Pikes ran out of time and Amicale hung on for the win. Travis Depree had a monster of a game for the home squad scoring 18 points and taking 20 big rebounds. The American also had 2 assists, blocked 4 shots and had 6 steals. Christopher Jones had 16 and Christian Schartz 11 points and 7 assists in this low scoring affair. Samy Picard shared scoring honours with Guy Schmit for Musel Pikes with 24 points each. Musel Pikes' import Christopher Braier had another low scoring game with only 9 points but he took 13 rebounds and 3 steals. With the loss, Musel Pikes drop to the the fourth position in the playoffs just half of a point behind Amicale. Both teams have 15-11 win/loss records. Amicale will play at Residence this weekend on Saturday, April 19th at 8:30pm. Musel Pikes will entertain Contern on Sunday, April 20th in Remich at 6:00pm. Although both teams are in for the final four, they are still fighting for a 3rd or 4th place title group finish and a higher positon for the final four.


Amicale: 27 field goals, 8 three pointers, 7 for 13 free throws, 31 rebounds, 17 steals and 14 turnovers

Schartz 11, Scholtes 9, Depree 18, Jones 16, Ney 8, also Birenbaum 7, Dangelo, Kartheiser and Rausch.

Musel Pikes: 22 field goals, 11 three poiters, 11 for 19 free throws, 30 rebounds, 15 fouls and 13 turnovers

G. Schmit 24, Picard 24, Braier 9, Dentzer 5, Schwartz , also Schmitz 4 and C. Schmit.


Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-10, Halftime 44-31, 3rd Q 55-50, Final 69-66



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NBA

The Suns go cold again -by Eurobasket News
Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) scored career-high 41 points and the San Antonio Suns put Phoenix on the edge of elimination yesterday. The Spurs never looked like playing away from home cruising to a 115:99 victory at the US Airways Arena and grabbing a 3-0 lead in the series. Now the Suns literally need to perform a miracle as no NBA team ever has denied a 3-0 deficit to win the series. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) scored 23 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Emanuel Ginobili contributed 20 points as the Spurs never trailed en route to the third success. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) had 28 points and 11 boards for the Suns but it hardly gladdened a sell-out crowd at the US Airway Center. The Spurs jumped to a 27:12 lead early in the game and never allowed the Suns closer than 13 points. Leandrinho Barbosa provided 20 points in defeat. So now the series that were widely predicted as the best clash of the opening round could be over in 4 games on Sunday.
Dallas clawed their way back into contest against New Orleans claiming a 97:87 home victory yesterday. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) fired 32 points, collected 19 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to pace the Mavs. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) appeared in the starting five replacing Jerry Stackhouse. He also took over the Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) guarding spot and did a great job defending the Hornets All-Star point guard. Chris Paul finished with 16 points on a 4/18 field goal shooting. The Mavs entered the final frame leading by 11 points and kept the visitors at bay through the rest of the action. Jason Terry scored 22 points, while Josh Howard contributed 18 points for the winners. Jannero Pargo topscored for New Orleans nailing 30 points off the bench.
Philadelphia proved the first win over Detroit was not just a coincidence storming past one of the Eastern conference favorites 95:75 at home. Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) produced 22 points and 16 boards, while Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) came up with 21 points as the 76ers led by as many as 24 points en route to yet another miraculous victory over Detroit. The hosts forced the Pistons who led the league with least turnovers per game (11) to unbelievable 25 turnovers and limited Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) to combined 15 points. Antonio McDyess also left the court in the third period with a broken nose and is now doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday. The 76ers drove to a cruising win despite a faded game from Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) who notched 10 points on a 2/9 field goal shooting.


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OLYMPIC GAMES

Draw for Olympic basketball tournament -by Eurobasket News
The draw for Olympic basketball tournament in Beijing was held today in China. The tournament will take place in Beijing from 10th through 24th of August. The participating teams were drawn into two groups comprising 6 of them apiece. Three spots are yet to be taken as 12 teams will fight for the available tickets during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens from the 14th to 20th of July 2008. The participating sides will be Cameroon, Caper Verde, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, Korea, Lebanon, Greece, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and New Zealand.
Group A: Argentina, Australia, Iran, Lithuania, Russia, Qualifier A
Group B: Angola, China, Spain, USA, Qualifier B and Qualifier C
Four teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinal stage. Here is the schedule for the preliminary round:

10th August 2008:
Game 7: Australia vs. Qualifier A
Game 8: Russia vs. Iran
Game 9: Lithuania vs. Argentina
Game 10: USA vs. China
Game 11: Spain vs. Qualifier C
Game 12: Qualifier B vs. Angola

12th August 2008:
Game 19: Qualifier A vs. Russia
Game 20: Argentina vs. Australia
Game 21: Iran vs. Lithuania
Game 22: China vs. Spain
Game 23: Angola vs. USA
Game 24: Qualifier C vs. Qualifier B

14th August 2008:
Game 31: Argentina vs. Qualifier A
Game 32: Lithuania vs. Russia
Game 33: Australia vs. Iran
Game 34: Angola vs. China
Game 35: Qualifier B vs. Spain
Game 36: USA vs. Qualifier C

16th August 2008:
Game 43: Qualifier A vs. Lithuania
Game 44: Iran vs. Argentina
Game 45: Russia vs. Australia
Game 46: China vs. Qualifier B
Game 47: Qualifier C vs. Angola
Game 48: Spain vs. USA

18th August 2008:
Game 55: Iran vs. Qualifier A
Game 56: Australia vs. Lithuania
Game 57: Argentina vs. Russia
Game 58: Qualifier C vs. China
Game 59: USA vs. Qualifier B
Game 60: Angola vs. Spain


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PANAMA

Abdul Herrera to play for Kansas State -by Miguel Sanchiz
You dont have to be a starter to receive a Division I basketball scholarship. Abdul Herrera serves as an example. Herrera, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center from Hutchinson, Kan., Community College, signed Friday afternoon to play basketball for Kansas State. Although he didnt start any of his 30 games with the Blue Dragons, Herrera said it didnt matter.

The way I see it, I dont have to start to score, bang, rebound, do my thing, Herrera said. As long as I do what Im supposed to do when Im in the game is what matters. The addition of Herrera, who averaged 6.3 points (his season high was 16), nearly five rebounds, blocked 32 shots and notched 16 steals, means he is back with K-State coach Frank Martin.

The day after Martin was hired as an assistant coach at Cincinnati in 2004, Herrera said Martin offered him a scholarship. Herrera redshirted at Cincinnati, but never played for the Bearcats before transferring. Coach Frank, for me, is a great coach, a great person, said Herrera, who was born in Panama City, Panama, and played in high school at Miami Senior (where Martin once coached). Hopefully, were going to have a great time.

Pratt Community College coach Trevor Rolfs said Herrera is a space-eater who can score underneath. Hes a very physical player, said Rolfs, whose team had six shots blocked in a game by Herrera. Face-up shooting may be his biggest weakness, but hes a big bruiser with a nice frame. After leaving Cincinnati, Herrera transferred to South Carolina-Aiken for two semesters but never played there. He still wanted to play at the top level, so Herrera took the juco route and sat out one year at Hutchinson. Herrera will have two seasons of eligibility with the Wildcats.

They didnt recruit him to go in there and be Michael Beasley, Hutchinson coach Ryan Swanson said. Nobody can. But hes going to be a piece of the puzzle.


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PARAGUAY

National League: first games results -by Gianni Pascucci
In the first game played in Pilar, at the DIBEN Gymnasium, Libertad defeated Gigantes del Norte, 69-53, after that Gigantes had took the lead in teh first quarter. With 23 points, Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) was the game top scorer, and Leonardo Maier (198-C-72) added 22 pts at the winning side. Roberto Farina (186-G/F-82) scored 14 points in Concepcion and Hernan Winkler added 11. In the first game played in Asuncion, Sol de America prevailed over Estrellas del Este 83-70, led by Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) with 23 pts and Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80), with 19. The best players at the losing side were Federico Dominguez, with 20 pts and Luis Gasto (188-G/F-80) with 10.

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QATAR

After Slow Start, Rayyan Cruises to Opening Day Victory at GCC'S -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

Al Rayyan overcame a sluggish start to their GCC campaign to register a 96-60 victory over Al Nizwa of Oman in the late game on opening night. Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) led a balanced Al Rayyan attack with 19 points, while Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) and Saleem Abdullah Mohammed (202-C-82) had 13 a piece. Rayyan hopes the victory is a sign of things to come as they look to defend the crown they won in Saudi Arabia last year.

In the other matches earlier tonight, Al Wasl of the UAE beat Al Ahli Manama of Bahrain 79-69, and Al Qadsia of Kuwait defeated Al Ansar of Saudi 84-73.



Al-Arabi of Qatar Overpowers Al-Arabi of Kuwait to get their GCC tournament off to a Flying Start -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

Al Arabi Club of Qatar, who were playing without their star player Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) due to injury, defeated Al Arabi of Kuwait 93-78. Al Arabi (Qatar) had a great shooting night, going 56 % from the field, 50 % from beyond the arc, and 75 % from the free-throw line. Lamar Grimes (182-G-83, college: Indiana St.), replacing Watson, led Al Arabi (Qatar) with an almost flawless game, scoring 23 points to go along with 8 assists and 2 steals. Khalid Masoud Al Nasr (175-G-80) chipped in with 17 going 5-7 (75%) from 3 point range, while Mohammed Salah had 16, and Baker Ahmad Mohammed (198-F-86) recorded a double double, scoring 12 and grabbing 13 rebounds. J Asmer scored 16 points and had 13 boards, to lead Al Arabi (Kuwait) in a losing effort.

In the nights other games, Al Rayyan (Qatar) were given a scare by Al Ansar (Saudi) before a big 4th quarter run blew the game open, securing their place in the final 4. Al Ansar went into the break up 34-33, and were only trailing by 4 (46-50) entering the 4th, but Al Rayyan started the 4th quarter with a 13-0 run, and never looked back as they recorded a 72-55 victory. Rayyan were again led by Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) who scored 18 points, while Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) was 1 rebound shy of registering a double double, scoring 14 points and adding 9 rebounds. However, it was Saad Abdulrahman Ali's (194-F-85) hot shooting down the stretch, hitting 3 key treys, and scoring 13 of his 15 points in the decisive 4th quarter, that put the game out of reach for Al Ansar. Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.) led Al Ansar with 15 points and 9 rebounds. The last game of the night had Al Qadsia handily beating Al-Nizwa 80-54, in a game thar was never in doubt. J Williams, who sat most of the 2nd and 4th quarters, led Al Qadsia with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Wayne Houston (206-G/F-73, college: S.Indiana) scored 31 points, a night after scoring 29 points for a undermanned Al-Nizwa team. With the victory, Al Qadsia also booked their place in the last 4.

Toinght's games

Al Wasl (UAE) vs Al Arabi (Kuwait) (1600 KSA)

Al Arabi Club (Qatar) vs Al Ahli Manama (Bahrain) (1800 KSA)
Al Rayyan (Qatar) vs Al Qadsia (Kuwait) (2000 KSA)



Parmer Leads Al Rayyan to Cups Sweep -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

The signing of Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) paid off right away. After losing out in the League to Qatar Army (Jaysh), Al Rayyan signed Parmer to help them get back on top. Well, after claiming both the Heir Apparent and King's (Emir's) Cups over the last month, he did just that.


Emir's Cup Final
Al Rayyan 86 - 71 Qatar Club

Coming into this game Rayyan knew that if they did not contain Qatar's dynamic 3 it would be a long night. So Rayyan came out and used various defences to contain the one-on-one ability of Qatar's trio. Qatar was able to rely on Daoud Musa (193-G-82), A.J. and Musa in the first half to stay in the game, but the team was unable to do much of anything in the 3rd quarter and dug themselves into a deep hole. Down by 17 to start the 4th, Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Minnesota) was finally able to break free, which led to a run that saw the deficit shrink to 4 points, and with Parmer in foul trouble after picking up his 4th, it looked like the game was turning in Qatar's favour. They couldn't however, bait him in to his 5th, and Parmer was able to stay in the game to give Rayyan the extra punch they needed in the closing minutes. They made a few key free throws down the stretch, and a dagger of a 3-pointer by Saleem Abdullah Mohammed (202-C-82) with under 3 minutes left saw the lead balloon back to 10 points and that was it. The nail was in the coffin.

Leading Scorers

Al Rayyan: Yaseen Ismail 20, Omar Abdgader Salem 20, Marlon Parmer 11

Qatar Sports: Daoud Musa 23, Maurice Hargrow 18, Musa 12

Al Rayyan and Al-Arabi will represent Qatar at the GCC Championships that will take place in Doha at Gharrafa Stadium starting on the 24th of April. Qatar Sports Club will be off to Jordan next week, representing Qatar at the Arab Club Championships. Best of luck to all 3 of them.


Game analysis courtesy of the Professor of Roundball, Luqman Williams



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SERBIA

Partizan Igokea defends Adriatic league title ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea is the new-old champion of Adriatic league. The team from Belgrade beat Hemofarm STADA in Serbian final 69-51 winning the second trophy this season as black-and-white machine already won National Cup Radivoj Korac.

Hemofarm STADA had a bad night and they did not show 50% from the last night against Zadar. On the other side Partizan played good and its players looked very motivated despite champion of Adriatic league does not have any biger benefits yet. But on the other hand Partizan earned 15 points and practially secured a 3-year contract with Euroleague, which suppose to be signed next year. The game is decided in the second quarter which Partizan finished 22-12. Ten minutes later Partizan extended lead to 21 what was a sign for its fans to start celebrating another title.

Euroleague player of the year Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) once again led his team to win netting 22 points including 7 rebounds. After many awards this season Pekovic got another one. He is named to be the MVP of the final 4 tournament. Shooting guard / small forward Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) was behind him with 13 points. Hemofarm got 11 points from young prospect Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) and 9 points and 7 rebounds from Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88).

Partizan totally dominated this season in regional championship with impresive score 28-2 (together with Final 4).


Partizan Igokea - Hemofarm STADA 69-51
(18-15,22-12,19-11,10-13)

Partizan:
Pekovic 22 (7 rebs), Tripkovic 13, Vranes 12
Hemofarm: Markovic 11, Marshall 10, Marjanovic 9 (7 rebs)


Serbian final of Adriatic league for the fourth consecutive time! -by Dragan Jankovski
Same scenario from the previous three seasons repeats. Once again two Serbian teams will fight for the title of Adriatic league. At the same time it will be the fourth consecutive final for Partizan Igokea and its head coach Dusko Vujosevic, who stated that system of competition has to be changed. Vujosevic said that the host of the final tournament has to be the team who finishes the regular season on top or the host has to be announced before any team qualifies for it. Vujosevic also stated that number of the teams have to be decreased.

Hemofarm STADA reached the final thanks to very good game by Nebojsa Joksimovic and fantastic effort by their youngsters. On the other side Partizan Igokea advanced to the final mostly owing to center Nikola Pekovic, who totally dominated in the paint.

Partizan finished the regular season on top with score 24-2 while Hemofarm finished it on the third place with 16 wins and 10 defeats. Partizan was better in both games vs Hemofarm this season.

The final game will be played today at 18:00h in Tivoli.


Nikola Pekovic of Partizan crushes Olimpija in the semis ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea will have a chance today to defend the Adriatic league title as the black-and-white team was better than the host team Union Olimpija 94-90. Atmosphere in sports hall Tivoli in Ljubljana was fantastic and Olimpija had amazing support from its fans but they did not have enough power to crush big Partizan.

Despite 5 triples by Tripkovic, Olimpija played much better first half and went on the half time with plus 4. Partizan woke up in the third quarter and thanks to Pekovic finished it 27-16. Partizan reached the biggest lead with one minute to go in the third quarter. It was plus 11 for reining Adriatic league champion. After two mistakes by Partizan, Olimpija had a chance at the finish as they came on minus 2 but it seems it was a very difficult job. On the other side Palacio netted 2 FTs and resolved question about the winner.

Euroleague player of the year Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was totally unstoppable in the paint collecting 32 points and 5 rebounds. He was MVP of the game with index rate 37. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) followed him with 17 points. Union Olimpija got 24 points and 4 steals from Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart).


Partizan Igokea - Union Olimpija 94-90
(25-22,16-23,27-16,26-29)

Partizan:
Pekovic 31 (5 rebs), Tripkovic 17, Palacio 14, Kecman 13
Olimpija: Bailey 24 (4 st), Dragic 16 (6 rebs), Taylor 16 (5 rebs)


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SLOVENIA

Parklji push Kraski towards relegation -by Zeljko Zule
Kraski zidar lost their second home game of Releagtion Group, going down 60-86 to Parklji. Pavel Djurkovic scored 22 points and Mirnes Husic collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kraski zidar commited 22 turnovers while Parklji shot 15-of-33 from 3-points range and in second half scored 16 straight points. Dragan Pusic (193-G-84) scored 17 points and Rade Dzambic and Roman Horvat added 15.
Standings: Parklji 1-0, Nova Gorica 1-0, Kraski zidar Jadran 0-2.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Drexel honors elegar -by David Edole
The men's and women's basketball teams celebrated their seasons at the Annual Men's and Women's Basketball Awards Banquet April 23 at the Bossone Atrium.

During the banquet, senior men's basketball center Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: CAA Sports) was honored for winning the team MVP award.

Elegar was an All-CAA Second Team member and was named to the College Insider Defensive All-America Team. He led the team with 13.9 ppg and 8.2 rpg.

'Frank is one of my biggest success stories for me as a coach because he's a kid that nobody thought could really play, but he came here and had an unbelievable career,' Bruiser Flint, men's basketball head coach, said. 'I think he has a chance to play at the next level. That's one of the things you enjoy about coaching. You enjoy the relationships you build, seeing guys grow.'

Elegar said it was going to be difficult for him to leave his teammates behind.
'I'm really going to miss them because they've been like brothers to me for four years,' Elegar said.
The men's basketball team finished 5-13 in the conference and 12-20 for the season, but they lost in the first round of the CAA Tournament to Delaware 60-51.


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URUGUAY

The Metro League is playing the 5th round -by Hector Lopez
Dave Holmes (201-C-82, college: Manhattan) scored 19 points and and added 11 rebounds and 3 blocks leading aguada to win 88-77 over Yale for the 5th round of the Metrpolitan League. Aguada has now a 4/1 record. For Yale Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) netted 11. Other results (main scorers and import players):
Urunday 89 - Eduardo Lambert (190-F-70) 26
25 de agosto 75 - Javier Alvarez (193-G-83) 19
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Marne 78 - Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 21
Ncional 77 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 21


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




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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

The Opals outpace Cuba to take Bronze in China -by Eurobasket News
Australia - Cuba 65:61

Australia almost wasted a massive halftime lead to survive and post a tough win over Cuba at the Good Luck Beijing test event in China. The Opals kept in mind a sour 52:60 loss to Cuba in the preliminary round and got to an aggressive start. It paid off immediately as the Aussies easily marched to a 16:8 lead midway through the first term. Cuba managed just 2 points in the second part of the period and trailed by 16 points at the first intermission. The Opals mounted the pressure and kept Latin American squad in bay throughout the second frame. Australia seemed en route to a comfortable victory as they enjoyed a 44:25 advantage at the interval. However Cuban team slowly started to claw their way back into contest. They cut the deficit to 8 points in the third stanza and kept pushing for closer. A full-court press put some unsolvable questions before the Opals in the final period as their lead evaporated with every passing second. Cuba came as close as 2 points from Australia but Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) scored two free throw in the dying seconds to cool off Cuba and brought the Opals to their third win at the tournament. Emma Randall (188-C-85) finished with 15 points and 9 boards for Australia. Tully Bevilaqua contributed 13 points, while Hollie Grima (190-C-83, agency: LBM Management) notched 9 points for the winners. Yulizeny Soria (180-F-79) scored 17 points to pace Cuba. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) secured 12 points in a losing case. The Opals limited their opponents to only 34% accuracy from the field and forced those to 21 turnovers down the stretch.

Australia: Emma Randall 15+9 boards, Tully Bevilaqua 13, Hollie Grima 9
Cuba: Yulizeny Soria 17, Suchitel Avila 12


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BULGARIA - Women

Dunav wins the regular season -by Eurobasket News
Dunav finished the A1 regular season in style thrashing Slavia 81:42 away from home. Dunav piled a comfortable 38:22 lead at the interval and limiting their opponents to just 20 points in the second half celebrated a cruising victory. Petja Djambazka (178-F-77) scored 19 points to pace the league leaders. Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) provided 14 points and 13 boards for the winners. Lilyana Ilieva (191-C-88) answered with 17 points for Slavia in defeat. Dunav clinched the first spot in the overall ladder and booked a home-court advantage for the playoffs. They tip off their post-season action against Cherno More on April 30.
Lukoil lost the chance to contest the top spot as they lost to Beroe 07 in the final round of action. Beroe 07 played at home and trailed by 8 points at halftime. But a strong second half performance from the hosts allowed them to come out on top in this one. Zlatina Kaloferova (192-C-86) finished with 20 points and 10 boards to pace Beroe. Albena Bachkova (170-G-73) added 17 points and 9 assists for the winners. Lukoil were led by 20 points from Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) and Natalia Topalova. Beroe 07 thus claimed the third spot in the standings and takes on Slavia in the opening round of playoffs. Lukoil will be challenged by NSA at the quarterfinal stage.
Rilski thumped Montana 99:79 to finish at the fourth place. The teams will continue their rivalry in the starting stage of the playoffs. Agnesa Doychinova nailed 20 points and collected 8 caroms for Rilski in a win. Hristina Ivanova (185-F-89) and Galina Stancheva (170-G-85) delivered 19 points apiece for Rilski. Tsvetomila Petrova (188-F-82) was impressive with game-high 34 points for Montana 2003.


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Dunav 20-2 
 2. Lukoil 19-3 
 3. Beroe 2007 12-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 10-12 
 5. Montana 2003 6-16 
 6. Slavia 5-17 
 7. NSA 0-12 


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CHINA - Women

China beats USA for Good Luck Beijing Gold! -by Eurobasket News
China - USA 84:81

Chinese National team revenged for a loss at the preliminary round and snatched a narrow win over the USA to claim the Gold medals at the Good Luck Beijing tournament. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) tallied 26 points to lead China to the trophy. Chen Xiaoli (193-C-82) dominated the paint in the first frame and helped China to go on a 13:5 run late in the quarter. China jumped to a 27:17 lead and stayed at distance throughout the second term. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) hit a couple of weighty baskets as the USA trimmed the deficit to 8 points at halftime. Katie Smith (180-G-74, college: Ohio St.) fueled another visitors run that put them within a single point from China midway through the third period. Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) accounted for some important field goals and the North American team stepped in front 63:61 at three-quarter time. But Miao Li Jie and Nan Chen (197-C-83) ignited a comeback effort for China as the hosts regained the lead. Few massive triples and accurate free throw shooting late in the encounter allowed China to celebrate a dramatic 84:81 victory at the end. Nan Chen produced 15 points for China. Chen Xiaoli nailed 12 points and grabbed 6 boards for the winners. Katie Smith led the USA with 16 points. Sylvia Fowles knocked down 14 points and pulled down 8 boards, Swin Cash had 13 points in defeat. China shot 51% from the field and committed just 13 turnovers. The USA outrebounded their opponents 42:26 but converted 47% of field goals and lost the ball 18 times. China capitalized scoring 17 points from turnovers by the USA players.

China: Miao Li Jie 26, Nan Chen 15, Chen Xiaoli 12
USA: Katie Smith 16, Sylvia Fowles 14, Swin Cash 13


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CUBA - Women

The Opals outpace Cuba to take Bronze in China -by Eurobasket News
Australia - Cuba 65:61

Australia almost wasted a massive halftime lead to survive and post a tough win over Cuba at the Good Luck Beijing test event in China. The Opals kept in mind a sour 52:60 loss to Cuba in the preliminary round and got to an aggressive start. It paid off immediately as the Aussies easily marched to a 16:8 lead midway through the first term. Cuba managed just 2 points in the second part of the period and trailed by 16 points at the first intermission. The Opals mounted the pressure and kept Latin American squad in bay throughout the second frame. Australia seemed en route to a comfortable victory as they enjoyed a 44:25 advantage at the interval. However Cuban team slowly started to claw their way back into contest. They cut the deficit to 8 points in the third stanza and kept pushing for closer. A full-court press put some unsolvable questions before the Opals in the final period as their lead evaporated with every passing second. Cuba came as close as 2 points from Australia but Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) scored two free throw in the dying seconds to cool off Cuba and brought the Opals to their third win at the tournament. Emma Randall (188-C-85) finished with 15 points and 9 boards for Australia. Tully Bevilaqua contributed 13 points, while Hollie Grima (190-C-83, agency: LBM Management) notched 9 points for the winners. Yulizeny Soria (180-F-79) scored 17 points to pace Cuba. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) secured 12 points in a losing case. The Opals limited their opponents to only 34% accuracy from the field and forced those to 21 turnovers down the stretch.

Australia: Emma Randall 15+9 boards, Tully Bevilaqua 13, Hollie Grima 9
Cuba: Yulizeny Soria 17, Suchitel Avila 12


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ESTONIA - Women

Tallinna Living goes up against TLU/Volta -by Eurobasket News
TLU/Volta - Tallinna Living 80:90

Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) knocked down 24 points to propel her Tallinna Living to the second straight win in the Meistriliiga Final against TLU/Volta. TLU/Volta entered the series as the regular season champions and looked dominant in the first game to take a 1-0 lead. However the next two games changed the situation. Tallinna Living prevailed and were back in the driving seat. This time the victory came away from home. The hosts got to a more energetic start and led 24:20 after the first frame. TLU/Volta stretched the lead to 5 points at the interval but the stunning third quarter turned it upside down for the home team. Tallinna Living exploded with a 31:10 rally that put them far in front. TLU/Volta simply could not recover in the fourth period and lost a vital home battle to trail 1-2 in the series. They now have their backs against the wall when they take on Tallinna Living away from home on April 27. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) contributed 17 points, while Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) provided 14 points and 12 boards for the winners. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) responded with 19 points for TLU/Volta. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) scored 16 points in a losing effort. Tallinna Living sank impressive 52% from the field and outrebounded their opponents 36:31. Both teams lost the ball too often as the hosts piled up 20 turnovers and Tallinna Living committed 23 of them.

TLU/Volta: Katrin Olmari 19, Heila Rosenfeldt 16
Tallinna Living: Kerttu Jallai 24, Pirgit Puu 17, Viive-Kai Rebane 14+12 boards


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FRANCE - Women

Bourges claims win in semifinal opener -by Eurobasket News
Villeneuve - Bourges 60:75

The LFB regular season champions Bourges got to a winning start of their semifinal series against Villeneuve. Bourges posted a confident 75:60 road victory and now remain step away from the league Final. The teams kept it close in the first half with Bourges driving to a 2-point lead at halftime. But later a stifling defense helped Bourges to regain full control. They rushed towards an 11-point advantage after three quarters of action and finalized a winning outcome in the fourth period. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) provided 24 points for Bourges. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) contributed 15 points, while Endene Miyem (188-F-88) dropped 10 in a win. Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85, college: Colorado) replied with 16 points for Villeneuve. Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) had 15 points and Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) canned 13 in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for April 30.

Villeneuve: Jasmina Ilic 16, Kathy Wambe 15, Geraldine Robert 13
Bourges: Belinda Snell 24, Sonja Kireta 15, Endene Miyem 10


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GERMANY - Women

DBBL Play-Offs: Wasserburg and Saarlouis to play for championship -by Moritz Korff
TSV Wasserburg and TV Saarlouis have advanced to the final of the 2007-2008 DBBL-Championship. Both teams closed their semifinal-series on Friday. While Wasserburg defeated USC Freiburg 80:72 on the road, the Royals captured a 95:88-away win at New Basket Oberhausen.
Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) led the Wasserburg-attack with 19 points and was one of five players who finished the game in double-figure scoring. Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) added 17 points and 9 rebounds, Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) followed with 16 points, Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) dropped 14 points and Alexandra Mueller (175-G-83) had 11 points. Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) dished out a game-high 11 assists in the win. Freiburg answered with 21 points for USC, Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) tallied 17 points and 9 boards, whilte Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) added 13 points and 7 rebounds. The champion of the regular season - still undefeated in the league this season - will now take on the Saarlouis Royals in the final. Remember that the Royals handed Wasserburg the only loss in this current campaign, when defeating the team of Coach Hans Brei in the title-game of the DBBL-Cup.
In the second semifinal against Oberhausen the Royals came back from a 8 point-deficit at the half and went on a 29:29-spurt in the third quarter. Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) paced the Royals with 19 points, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) scored 18 points apiece. Petra Manakova (193-F/C-82, college: Oakland) and Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) netted 14 and 13 points respectively. In its last game of the season the Oberhausen-squad got 20 points from Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine), Sarah Austmann (182-G/F-85) followed with 16 points, Lea Mersch (168-G-87) had 15, while Petra Glaeser (194-F-81) posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.


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GUATEMALA - Women

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

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HUNGARY - Women

Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Pecsi 23-0 
 2. MKB Eur. 22-1 
 3. Szeged 18-6 
 4. ZTE 15-8 
 5. BSE 15-8 
 6. Szolnok 14-9 
 7. Foton 13-10 
 8. Atomeromu 9-14 
 9. Vasas-Csata 8-15 
 10. Cegledi EKK 5-18 
 11. BEAC 4-19 
 12. Kanizsa 3-20 
 13. Savaria 1-22 


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Cohen in Spain -by Gil Goshen

On Round 26th ( the last one regular season ):

CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE - CADI LA SEU DURGELL (52-48).

Liron led her team and played 32 mintues had 13 points, 4 rb, 2 asat.

San Jose ranked 4th and will play on the play-off vs, CIUDAD ROS CASARES VALENCIA ( ranked 1st ).


PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA ranked 2nd and will play vs. EBE PROMOCIONES SANTA EULALIA ( ranked 3rd ).

The games will be April 30th and the second on May the 2nd. The 3rd game ( if needed ) will be on May 4th.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82) agency - gg basketball


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LATVIA - Women

"Avantis/Turiba" winning bronze -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvian Woman`s Basketball League

For 3.place. Second game (best of five)

Avantis/Turiba - Liepajas metalurgs 69-64 (20-20; 18-20; 17-12; 14-12), series 2-1

Vorma 18, Ieva Vitola (189-C-85) 16+9reb, D.Zarina 12+6reb; Niedola 19+17reb, Zuzane 13, Nazarova 13, Cirsa 10

Liepajas metalurgs - Avantis/Turiba 71-65 (17-12; 19-8; 20-27; 15-18), series 2-2


Nazarova 20, Niedola 19+17reb; Eibele 30, Ieva Vitola 11+8reb, Lapsina 10


Avantis/Turiba - Liepajas metalurgs 66-57 (17-13; 14-11; 15-12; 20-21), series 3-2

Ieva Vitola 14+8reb, Lapsina 13, Veinberga 11+6reb, Eibele 10+6reb, Horelika 10; Niedola 15+20reb, Nazarova 14+6reb, Cirsa 10



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OLYMPIC GAMES - Women

Draw for Beijing Olympic basketball tournament -by Eurobasket News

The draw for Olympic basketball tournament in Beijing was held today in China. The tournament will take place in Beijing from 9th through 24th of August. The participating teams were drawn into two groups comprising 6 of them apiece. Five spots are yet to be taken as 12 teams will fight for the available tickets during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament in Madrid from the 9th to 15th of June 2008. The participating sides will be Fiji, Czech Republic, Spain, Belarus, Latvia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Senegal and Angola. So five best squads will join two preliminary groups in Beijing.
Group A: Australia, Korea, Russia, Qualifier A, Qualifier B and Qualifier C
Group B: China, Mali, New Zealand, Qualifier D and Qualifier E.
Four teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinal stage. Here is the schedule for the preliminary round:

9th August 2008:
Game 1: Qualifier A vs. Korea
Game 2: Russia vs. Qualifier B
Game 3: Qualifier C vs. Australia
Game 4: Qualifier E vs. China
Game 5: USA vs. Qualifier D
Game 6: Mali vs. New Zealand

11th August 2008:
Game 13: Korea vs. Russia
Game 14: Australia vs. Qualifier A
Game 15: Qualifier B vs. Qualifier C
Game 16: China vs. USA
Game 17: New Zealand vs. Qualifier E
Game 18: Qualifier D vs. Mali

13th August 2008:
Game 25: Australia vs. Korea
Game 26: Qualifier C vs. Russia
Game 27: Qualifier A vs. Qualifier B
Game 28: New Zealand vs. China
Game 29: Mali vs. USA
Game 30: Qualifier E vs. Qualifier D

15th August 2008:
Game 37: Korea vs. Qualifier C
Game 38: Qualifier B vs. Australia
Game 39: Russia vs. Qualifier A
Game 40: China vs. Mali
Game 41: Qualifier D vs. New Zealand
Game 42: USA vs. Qualifier E

17th August 2008:
Game 49: Qualifier B vs. Korea
Game 50: Qualifier A vs. Qualifier C
Game 51: Australia vs. Russia
Game 52: Qualifier D vs. China
Game 53: Qualifier E vs. Mali
Game 54 : New Zealand vs. USA



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PORTUGAL - Women

Final 4 day 1 recap -by Bruno Baltazar
Vagos vs Alges recap:

The nervousness of both teams resulted in a game with many offensive mistakesbut in the defense both teams played well expressing itself a game very balanced.
The first half (22-24) showed us everything we mention above.
The 3rd period brought a fast improvement in the quality of the game specially in the ofense, Algs started better but soon Vagos gave replyleading the scorer.
Point here, point there, alternations in the result and Vagos entered in the decisive period leading (42-40).
Last 10 minutes and a presence in the final of Liga for deciding. The balance lasted up to 4 minutes of the end when, with 46-49 in the scorer, a partial of 7-0 for Algs allowed them to go off for 10 points of advantage. The desperation took account of Vagos team that until the end didnt't reacted for the final result of 48-60, allowing Algs to dispute the decisive game and to try to reach its 5th final(1st since that Feminine League is called).

ESSA-OLIVAIS recap:

Olivais entered better with a better defensive aggressiveness and fast transistions early superiority in the first quarter with 11 points of lead (19-8).In the 2nd quarter ESSA entered determined to change the route of the events and obtained to come close itself up to 5 points, going for the half with 31-24 in favor of Olivais. Olivais entered strong in the second half and early arrived the 15 points of advantage. When everything seemed determined, ESSA cameback again and leaned the 6 points but, a 3 pt shot of Ana Fonseca (168-G-78), allowed Olivais to enter in last 10 minutes with advantage of 49-40. In the 4th quarter Olivais started stronger with a partial of 8-0 in 4.30 min., going off for 17 points that decided the winner.

Tomorrow it will be disputed at 3pm ,portuguese time the winner of portuguese league between Olivais and Alges.


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WNBA - Women

China beats USA for Good Luck Beijing Gold! -by Eurobasket News
China - USA 84:81

Chinese National team revenged for a loss at the preliminary round and snatched a narrow win over the USA to claim the Gold medals at the Good Luck Beijing tournament. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) tallied 26 points to lead China to the trophy. Chen Xiaoli (193-C-82) dominated the paint in the first frame and helped China to go on a 13:5 run late in the quarter. China jumped to a 27:17 lead and stayed at distance throughout the second term. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) hit a couple of weighty baskets as the USA trimmed the deficit to 8 points at halftime. Katie Smith (180-G-74, college: Ohio St.) fueled another visitors run that put them within a single point from China midway through the third period. Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) accounted for some important field goals and the North American team stepped in front 63:61 at three-quarter time. But Miao Li Jie and Nan Chen (197-C-83) ignited a comeback effort for China as the hosts regained the lead. Few massive triples and accurate free throw shooting late in the encounter allowed China to celebrate a dramatic 84:81 victory at the end. Nan Chen produced 15 points for China. Chen Xiaoli nailed 12 points and grabbed 6 boards for the winners. Katie Smith led the USA with 16 points. Sylvia Fowles knocked down 14 points and pulled down 8 boards, Swin Cash had 13 points in defeat. China shot 51% from the field and committed just 13 turnovers. The USA outrebounded their opponents 42:26 but converted 47% of field goals and lost the ball 18 times. China capitalized scoring 17 points from turnovers by the USA players.

China: Miao Li Jie 26, Nan Chen 15, Chen Xiaoli 12
USA: Katie Smith 16, Sylvia Fowles 14, Swin Cash 13