EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/28/2008

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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 5 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship (April 23 - May 5 Amman, Jordan) -by Mohammed Malas
* Group A (Zain '1st' & An Nasr '2nd' secured their qualification to 2nd round):

Zain (JOR) 108 - Qatar Club (QAT) 85 (Qs: 32-19, 59-47, 80-62 & 108-85)

# Best performance:
- Zain:
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) (35 pts, 5 stl)
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (17 pts, 4 ast, 4 stl)
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) (14 pts, 6 ast)
- Qatar Club:
Daoud Musa (193-G-82) (35 pts, 3 ast)
Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Minnesota) (31 pts, 8 reb, 2 stl)

Al Tilal (YEM) 98 - An Nasr (UAE) 97 (Qs: 22-26, 37-44, 67-76 & 98-97)

# Best performance:
- Al Tilal:
Taha Alassari (180-G/F-84, college: Fredonia St.) (31 pts)
El Hadji Diake (26 pts)
- An Nasr:
Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) (18 pts)
Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.) (16 pts)
Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Marquette) (17 pts)

* Group B (Al Nasr '1st' & Maghreb De Fes '2nd' secured their qualification to 2nd round):

Al Nasr (LIB) 85 - De La Salle (PAL) 73 (Qs: 24-15, 39-32, 56-47 & 85-73)

# Best performance:
- Al Nasr:
Khaled Mohammad (33 pts, 7 ast)
Emran Ibrahim (11 pts, 3 ast)
- De La Salle:
Issa Kamel (192-F-83) (22 pts, 3 ast)
Ammar Nofal (190-F-84) (14 pts, 9 reb)

Maghreb De Fes (MOR) 91 - Al Ittihad Jeddah (KSA) 72 (Qs: 23-23, 48-39, 73-50 & 91-72)

# Best performance:
- Maghreb De Fes:
Alpha Traore (188-G-83) (22 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl)
Macktar M'Baye (185-G-84) (16 pts, 9 ast, 3 stl)
Mohamed Hjira (202-C-80) (15 pts)
- Al Ittihad Jeddah:
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) (25 pts, 3 ast, 5 ast)
Yahia Ibrahim (186-G/F-87) (13 pts, 3 stl)

# Day 6 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship:
- Monday 28th of April:
16:00 Al Kahraba - Al Manama
18:00 Kuwait - Sagesse
20:00 Orthodox - Al Riyadi


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


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ARGENTINA

Quimsa advances to semifinals -by Facundo Iatzky
Quimsa won the 4th game of the serie against Regatas and advanced to semifinals where they will face with Obras Sanitarias. Regatas was winning during all the match but eventually Quimsa took advantage of the tireness of Regatas ( playing Liga sudamericana finals) and could win 84-80.

Quimsa (84): Jonathan Treise 6, Julio Mazzaro 16, Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois) 26, William McFarlan 17, Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) 17 (St), Victor Cajal 0, Alejandro Reinick 2, Andres Rodriguez 0, Sebastian Castieira 0. Coach: Fabio Demti.

Regatas Corrientes (80): Javier Martinez 13, Diego Cavaco 11, Ramzee Stanton 17, Chuckie Robinson 12 (x), Roberto Lopez 6 (St), Damian Tintorelli 7, Agustn Carabajal 0, Juan Manuel Rivero 14. Coach: Silvio Santander.


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AUSTRIA

Kapfenberg advances - Gussing wins H2 -by Stefan Heinrich
Kapfenberg won game 5 in a very close game over 40 minutes in Traiskirchen with 86:91 and they advance to the Semi-Finals where they will meed Oberwart on Wednesday.

Traiskirchen Lions - Kapfenberg Bulls 86:91
Lions: Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) 32, Milosevic 16, Zekovic 11, Paliashchuk 7, Vickery 6, Geisler 5, Rhynes 5, Nicoara 4
Bulls: Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 24, Suljanovic 19, Ray 19, Grgat 14, Josipovic 11, Zeleznik 2, Forrestal 2

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Last Round of H2:

Gussing secured the win of the H2 with an easy victory over Vienna, while Wortheree celebrated an easy victory over UBSC Graz.

Gussing Knights - BasketClubs Vienna 99:59
Knights: Christoph Knor (195-F-85) 24, Chappell 12, Poller 11, Trager 11, Koch 9, Jandrasits 8, Unger 7, T.Klepeisz 6, M.Klepeisz 6, Horvath 4, Mullner 1
Vienna: Philipp Seel (193-G/F-85) 23, Dockner 20, Pinterits 13, Mullner 2, Rosenbaum 1

Worthersee Piraten - UBSC Graz 105:75
Piraten: Marko Breithuber (183-G-85) 24, Mahalbasic 22, Schaal 19, Marko Breithuber 11, Weber 8, Allesch 6, Munzer 5, Duller 5, Gavran 3, Buggelsheim 2
UBSC: Ervin Kanlic (197-F-87) 23, Lanegger 19, Maresch 15, Rhodes 10, Achatz 4, Kubin 3, DeMarinis 1


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


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
Group Middle East
 1. LZ NO Sud 11-1 
 2. Baden BJ 10-2 
 3. WAT Wieden 7-5 
 4. UBBC Wien 5-7 
 5. Basket 2000 4-8 
 6. GeeBau AF 3-9 
 7. Mattersburg 2-10 
Group South
 1. Villach 7-2 
 2. Klagenfurt 6-3 
 3. ATSE Graz 6-4 
 4. Mattersburg R. 5-5 
 5. Worthersee 2 2-6 
 6. UBSC Graz 1-7 
Group West
 1. Schwaz 9-1 
 2. Salzburg 6-4 
 3. Dornbirn 6-4 
 4. SVO/BRG 5-5 
 5. TI Sparkasse 4-6 
 6. Bludenz 0-10 


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Collins-led Zalgiris is the new champion of SEB BBL -by Eurobasket
In the unprecedented SEB BBL final Zalgiris Kaunas led by DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) has won the thriller against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 86:84 and took home the trophy for the first time since 2005.

The first quarter belonged to Zalgiris and especially to D.Collins who single-handedly outscored the whole Lietuvos Rytas team. Zalgiris took a double-digit lead from early on and contained it for the rest of this period. D.Collins 17 points for Kaunas team, while the first quarter ended 28:12 up by Zalgiris. Marko Popovic concluded it with a shot from nearly half-court.

Second period brought even more physical game and better defense from both squads. After more than 3 minutes of play M.Popovic made a two-pointer to make it 34:22 lead for Zalgiris. The differential stayed in double figures for most of the time, even if Lietuvos Rytas was able to cut it to 9 and 8 for several times. At the half Zalgiris led 48:40.

After three minutes of play in the third quarter Chuck Eidson made dunk after the steal and cut the deficit to 5 points. Just after that Lietuvos Rytas had an opportunity to make it already 3-point game, but Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) stepped at the baseline and J.Maciulis made the opponents pay by making a long-range shot. Zalgiris quickly regained a double-digit lead. Less than 2 minutes to play in the third quarter M.Brown made a long trey and the score became 62:51. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) had a similar answer and a quick steal following a dunk by Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) who made it a 6-point game 56:62. After three quarters it was 67:59 up by Zalgiris.

M.Lukauskis continued his successful performance ad scored a shot behind the arc just after a coupe of minutes being played in the final period. After good execution on the defensive end Jared Jordan made another three-pointer and the score became 65:69. Midway through this period Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) made a jumper off the glass and increased his clubs lead to 9 points 78:69. More than 2 minutes left to play missed the wild three-pointer and the score remained 73:78 up by Zalgiris. M.Nielsen cut it to 3 (75:78) and after a lay-up by Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) it was just a 1-point game 77:78. K.Bajramovic made a crucial three-pointer for Lietuvos Rytas that tied the game at 82:82 and leaving only 10 seconds for Zalgiris. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) was fouled and put at the free throw line. The Slovenian soldier cold-bloodedly made both shots at the stripe 84:82. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) tied the game once again by making two free throws 84:84 and leaving 4 seconds at the clock. That appeared to be enough for D.Collins who dribbled the ball through the whole court and made miracle reverse lay-up and sealed the win for his team.

D.Collins was the true leader for Zalgiris scoring 29 points. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) added 24 (4 ast.). Ch.Eidson (6 rebs., 4 ast.) and K.Bajramovic (6 rebs.) scored 16 apiece for Lietuvos Rytas.

Courtesy of BBL


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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 Cantamessa's offensive foul caused 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.



Div 1 Transfer News -by Peter Buyse

Leuven has released guard Ron Johnson effective this past friday the 25th, despite having a contract for the next season also.
In other news from Leuven it seems they may have to do without Wim Vuchelen for the rest of the season due to an elbow injury.

Earlier this week Telindus Oostende had also released Donell Taylor who only played briefly for them.

Roger Huggins retired and will no longer play for Mons during the rest of the season. He returned back to the US on thursday.


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CHINA

China in Olympic Preliminary Round Group with USA, Spain -by Arthur Volbert
The draw for the Olympic Men's Basketball tournament has been set. The games will be played from August 10 through August 24. China has been placed in a six-team prelimiary group that includes the USA and Spain. It also includes Angola and two qualifiers. The top four teams in the group will reach the quarterfinals.

Nine teams have already been determined for the tournament in Beijing: 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 three additional men's qualifiers 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 from July 14th to 20th. The tourney will include 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 to place the qualifiers into their Olympic preliminary groups will be held on August 20th, after the tournament concludes.

Greece is likely the strongest team in the qualifying tournament but it is unknown which teams will be placed into China's group.

China first two opponents in the Olympics are the USA and Spain, possibly the two strongest teams in the tournament.

Composition of Olympic 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 May 25, 2008 at the latest. The information below only shows the team matchups on each day. The Preliminary Round games will be played at 09:00, 11:15, 14:30, 16:45, 20:00 and 22:15 hours. The numbers of the games are not consecutive because the games from the women's tournament are 1-6, 13-18, 25-30, 37-42, 49-54, 61-64, 69-70 and 73-74.


August 10, 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


August 12, 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


August 14, 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


August 16, 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


August 18, 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


Quarter-Finals:

The information below shows only the matchups in accordance with the final standings after the Preliminary Round.

August 20, 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 August 18. The games of the Quarter-Finals will be played at 14:30, 16:45, 20:00 and 22:15 hours.


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 August 20. The games of the Semi-Finals will be played at 20:00 hours and 22:15 hours.


Finals:

August 24, 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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EGYPT

Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
 1. Gezira 8-0 
 2. Zamalek 5-3 
 3. Al Ittihad 5-3 
 4. Ahly 4-4 
 5. Sporting 3-5 
 6. Somouha 0-8 
Group B
 1. Gazco 0-0 
 2. Damenhor 0-0 
 3. Eastern Co. 0-0 
 4. Shorta-Police 0-0 
 5. Shams 0-0 
 6. Geish Army 0-0 


Tarek El Ghanam participates with Ahly in last 10 games -by Sherif Soliman
The Federation Accepted Tarek El Ghanam Appeal to reduce the penalty he got last week.Tarek will get a chance to participate with Ahly in the last 10 games after reducing the suspension from 19 games to 10 .Trark also will pay 15000 LE. The Egyptian federation is trying to fight violence in the basketball courts witch seems still uncontrolled yet. Last night after Itthad Vs sporting game there was a fight between the police and sporting players Tarek El Ghanam (212-C-78)

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EL SALVADOR

A Belizean star joins San Marcos -by Gianni Pascucci
Liga Superior team San Marcos decided to replace USA import Kenya Carruthers (201-F-79, college: Ks Wesleyan), who left the team last week, with Belizea National Team member Darwin Carter (183-G-76, college: Angelo St.). The player travelled from Los Angeles to San Salvador in time to play the last game of the LSB, but his debut was so-so, because he managed to score only 7 points before being fouled-out.

Cosmos wins again -by Jaime Arevalo
The new of the week is the re-birth of Cosmos. After coming back to the success some days ago, the team coached by Ernesto Rodriguez , in fact, won again, this time 95-91 over UTEC, showing that all its domestic stars are in good shape. Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) led all the scorers with 28 points, the best in UTEC was Panamanian Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88). In the other game of teh last night, Denver defeated San Marcos 100-82. The new import of Denver, Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78), showed immediately ho good he can be, leading the way with 22 points, and Marcus Robinson (198-F, college: N.Georgia) added he too 22 at the winning side. San Marcos had only 7 points from newly arrived Darwin Carter (183-G-76, college: Angelo St.), and, despite the 24 points scored by Michael Pierrot (208-C-84), showed to be in a descending state.

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FIBA

Meeting of the FIBA Central Board in Beijing -by Eurobasket
The FIBA Central Board, the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation, met yesterday, Friday 25th April, and today, Saturday 26th April, for its 4th Session of the 2006-2010 Term of Office in Beijing, China. The meeting has been organized in cooperation with the Chinese Basketball Association.

In addition to the historic rule changes announced earlier today (please refer to FIBA Press Release #25/2008 or to www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/24352/arti.html), below are some of the issues discussed and some of the decisions taken by the FIBA Central Board.

1. FIBA 2009 U19 World Championship for Men to take place in New Zealand
The Central Board has decided that the FIBA 2009 U19 World Championship for Men will take place in the city of Auckland (New Zealand), from 2nd to 12th July 2009.

2. FIBA 2009 U19 World Championship for Women to take place in Thailand
The Central Board has awarded the organization of the FIBA 2009 U19 World Championship for Women to the city of Bangkok (Thailand), from 23rd July to 2nd August 2009.

3. 1st FIBA World Club Championship in 2009
The Central Board approved the creation of the FIBA World Club Championship in 2009, a new competition that will feature eight of the very best clubs in the world, subject to finding an appropriate host city.
The participating clubs will be the organiser, one representative from Africa, two from the Americas, one from Asia, two from Europe and one from Oceania. The Zone club champions and/or runners-up in each of the continental championships will be invited to participate.
The 1st FIBA World Club Championship will be played over a five-day period in the third week of October 2009 and bidding for host cities will be issued in June 2008.

4. Creation of a FIBA Foundation
FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann reported on the various progresses as with regards to the establishment of FIBA's own and permanent headquarters in Switzerland. The Central Board approved the setting up of a FIBA Foundation to support this project and to develop cultural, social and educational activities.

5. Request of the Kosova Basketball Federation to become a FIBA member rejected
On 11th April, the Kosova Basketball Federation sent an official request asking to become a new member federation of the International Basketball Federation.
The FIBA Central Board has decided that the application from the Kosaova Basketball Federation cannot be approved because the Board considers that Kosovo has not fulfilled all required conditions.

6. FIBA 2010 World Championship to be played from 28th August to 12th September in Turkey
The Central Board has decided that the FIBA 2010 World Championship, to take place in Turkey, will follow the same system of competition as the 2006 World Championship in Japan. It will be played from 28th August to 12th September 2010, one week later than initially planned, in order to avoid overlapping with the dates of the Youth Olympic Games.

7. National Federation issues
The FIBA Central Board received reports on the ongoing conflicts in Japan, Mexico and the Philippines.
In the first-mentioned case, the Central Board has expressed its hope that, in view of the participation of the Japanese National Team in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women in Madrid (Spain), the situation can be resolved urgently. The Secretary General of FIBA, Patrick Baumann, will visit Japan in two days for this purpose.
As with regards to Mexico, the Central Board has decided, upon FIBA Americas' proposal, to de-recognize the leadership of the Mexican Basketball Federation.
Last but not least, the FIBA Central Board has re-affirmed its support to the BAP-Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas Inc and its leadership.

8. Next FIBA Central Board meeting from 5th to 7th December 2009
The next meeting of the FIBA Central Board is expected to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5th to 7th December 2009.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Honka Finnish Champion -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game 4. You hardly can hope to see better or more thrilling Finals in basketball. There had been already three thrillers (71-79, 70-68, 67-66)
and today same kind of thriller in Espoo, when Honka and Kouvot (Kouvola) met eachother the fourth time in the finals. Kouvot supporters, maybe also Kouvot players
already thought, the fifth final game will be needed, when Kouvot grabbed defensive rebound with 21 seconds to go and having one-point-lead 70-71. But a total black out happened, Kouvot passed the ball out of bounds and Honka was given an extra chance. Head Coach Mihailo Pavicevic called a time out and the game MVP Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) scored with 3,3 seconds left. Honka had won 72-71 and by the same Team's seventh Finnish Championship.

'Got a chance, I made it and my dream came true', said a happy man after the game. This man, Akeem Scott came to Finland this season in September to play on the second highest level in Vantaa (PuHu). Scott played on PuHu roster in 1-division 23 games averaging 29,2 ppg and 2,9 apg in 35,0 mpg, but was transfered to Honka at the end of February. Scott played seven regular season games on Honka roster averaging 21,0 ppg - 2,7 apg in 31,24 mpg and all 11 play-off-games with 18,1 ppg - 2,3 apg averages. Two times Scott made the winning pts in four games vs Kouvot. Scott's best performance was then today as Honka had only two players in double figures. But Honka was lucky, that Scott scored as many as 36 pts! Another key player for Honka was Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana). Now it's even possible to say with good reason: Take Matt Williams on the roster and win Finnish Championship. Williams has now won four Finnish Championships in four years 2005-2008! During the years 2005-06 that happened in Lappeenranta and now 2007-08 in Espoo. Williams started this season in Switzerland, but was called back to Honka during the Xmas break.

Then there is still one magic man left. Honka's Head Coach Mihailo Pavicevic . Pavicevic, coaching his eighth season in Finland (Honka), has been now five times in the

finals, and whenever made the finals, also won the Championship. 'My players have made me a winning Coach. So many problems this season, and winning Finnish Championship after all, is fantastic', says Pavicevic.

Honka - Kouvot 72-71 (35-35). Quarters: 20-20, 15-15, 14-14, 23-22. (Akeem Scott 36/3, Matt Williams 15/11, Jukka Matinen 9/2, Ben Perkins 6/6, Kimmo Muurinen 3/7, Eldar Skamo 2/1, Petteri Koponen 1/3. 1 - 78,6%, 2 - 48,1%, 3 - 40,0%. R: 36. TO: 20. - Wayne Bernard 23/3, Corey Smith 15/8, Jukka Kataja 10/1, Tuomas Iisalo 10/1, Peter Cipriano 6/1, Tero Laitinen 4/4, Samu Kaaresvirta 3/2, Matti Nuutinen 0/1. 1 - 86,4%, 2 - 45,9%, 3 - 40,0%. R: 23. TO: 12).



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FRANCE

Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Le Mans 20-7 
 2. Roanne 18-9 
 3. Nancy 18-9 
 4. ASVEL 18-9 
 5. Le Havre 17-10 
 6. Vichy 16-11 
 7. Hyeres-Toulon 14-13 
 8. Cholet 14-13 
 9. Strasbourg 12-15 
 10. Pau 12-15 
 11. Orleans 12-15 
 12. Chalon 11-16 
 13. Dijon 11-16 
 14. Gravelines 10-17 
 15. Paris-Levall. 9-18 
 16. Clermont 4-23 


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GERMANY

Guenther leaves Hagen, joins Osnabrueck -by Moritz Korff
Phillip Guenther (180-G-85) is the first newcomer on the roster of the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck for the 2008-2009 season, when the Ballers will go to the start in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. The 23-year-old Point Guard suited up for Phoenix Hagen during the past four years. In the 2007-2008 campaign Guenther - the brother of Per Guenther (187-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services) - appeared in 29 games for Hagen and averaged 2.4 points pkus 1.6 assists per outing.

Bundesliga Game Day 33: Saturday April 26th results! -by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 33 took place April 26th and 27th with several exciting games including Artland topping Leverkusen in a showdown of top teams and Telekom Baskets Bonn beating Koln 99ers.

Saturday April 26th
Artland Dragons 95 Bayer Leverkusen 87
Lamont McIntosh topscored with 21pt leading five players in double digits as Artland Dragons beat Bayer Leverkusen 95-87 Saturday night at historic Wilhelm DopatkaHalle in Leverkusen. Artland improved to 10-6 on the road this season as Adam Chubb (17pt), Leon Rodgers (14pt), John Goldsberry (13pt 6reb) and Paul Johnson (10pt 5reb) all enjoyed strong games. Leverkusen held a slight edge in early action outscoring Artland 26-25 after 1Q and holding a 47-45 halftime lead, but Head Coach Chris Fleming and his Dragons made a 3Q run to take a 69-62 lead into the 4th. Artland sealed the win in the 4th. The Dragons shot 51% from the floor making 9 of 21 threes (42%) and 24 of 28 FT (85%). Eric Taylor was excellent for Leverkusen with a 26pt 12reb double double. Tyron McCoy added 17pt and Zack Whiting 16pt 7reb 9ast in the loss. Leverkusen shot 45% and outrebounded Artland 41-35 in the loss. Both teams now have 24-9 records with Artland ahead in second place due to the tiebreaker.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 88 Koln 99ers 71
Bonn's 24-11 4Q helped Head Coach Michael Koch and his team earn an exciting 88-71 home win over Koln 99ers Saturday night at Hardtberghalle in Bonn. Leading 24-20 after one and 40-38 at half, Bonn took a 64-60 lead into the 4Q before their strong finish. Ronnie Burrell led the winners with 15pt 5reb 4ast with help from Moussa Diagne (13pt), Bernd Kruel (13pt) and Winsome Frazier (12pt). Bonn shot 50% from the floor and made 13 of 16 FT (81%). Milko Bjelica led Koln with 21pt while Brian Greene and Yassin Idbihi added 16pt apiece for the 99ers who also shot 50% but suffered 21 turnovers without PG Derek Raivio. Bonn improved to 21-12 while Koln slipped to 15-17.

digibu Baskets Paderborn 89 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 75
digibu Baskets Paderborn exploded to a 30-13 lead after 1Q on their way to a quality 89-75 home win over playoff bound Eisbaren Bremerhaven Saturday night in Paderborn. Leading 45-31, Paderborn fought off a Bremerhaven rally as the Eisbaren cut the deficit to 63-59 heading into the 4th. Steve Esterkamp topscored with 25pt 7reb while Tim Black added 22pt 8reb 6ast but Marius Nolte (12pt), Nathan Peavy (12pt) and Jason Edwin (10pt) also reached double figures for Head Coach Doug Spradley. Bremerhaven was led by Matt Haryasz with 16pt and Ivars Timermanis with 13pt in the loss. Paderborn shot 49% from the floor and made 9 of 18 threes in the win. They also enjoyed a big advantage from the foul line making 18 of 23 FT (78%) compared with 5 of 11 for Bremerhaven. Paderborn won their 3rd consecutive game upping their record to 14-18 while Bremerhaven dropped to 18-15.

EnBW Ludwigsburg 89 LTi Giessen 46ers 67
EnBW Ludwigsburg ran to a 33-13 3Q in defeating LTi Giessen 46ers 89-67 Saturday night at Rundesporthalle in Ludwigsburg. Leading 42-34 at half, Head Coach Silvano Poropat and his team charged to their big 3Q to seal the win. Ronald Ross led Ludwigsburg with 23pt on 9 for 11 shooting while Vincent Yarbrough added 13pt 8reb and Michel Nascimento 12pt. Obie Trotter paced the 46er scoring with 15pt followed by Gerrit Terdenge and Rouven Roussler with 13pt apiece. Ludwigsburg shot 58% from the floor in improving to 15-18. Giessen fell to 9-24.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 90 BG74 Gottingen 88
NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig edged BG74 Gottingen 90-88 in a rivalry game Saturday night at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and the Phantoms held a 27-16 lead after 1Q and were up 45-41 at half. Braunschweig pushed their advantage to 71-59 after three before holding off a Gottingen comeback. Jon Allen led Braunschweig with 22pt while Domonic Jones chipped in 16pt 5ast in the win. Ben Jacobsen led six Gottingen players in double figures with 18pt while Darren Brooks added 15pt 5reb 4ast. Both teams shot well with the Phantoms hitting 54% while the Violets drilled 52%. Braunschweig buried 11 of 25 threes (44%) compared with Gottingen's 8 of 19 (42%) from beyond the arc. Gottingen outrebounded the Phantoms 36-24 but fell victim to 19 turnovers. Braunschweig evened at 16-16 while Gottingen fell to 12-21.

ALBA Berlin 70 Walter Tigers Tubingen 62
Bundesliga MVP Julius Jenkins drilled 4 of 6 threes to topscore with 22pt in leading ALBA Berlin to a 70-62 road win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Saturday night at Tubingen Arena. Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his Berlin team opened with a 22-17 1Q and led 37-27 at half. Tubingen fought back in the 3Q to trim the deficit to 49-43 after three. League leading ALBA secured their next win with a strong 4th. Aleksander Nadjfeji added 10pt and Immanuel McElroy contributed 7pt 10reb 4ast. ALBA shot 44% to Tubingen's 40% and made 10 of 12 FT (83%) to Tubingen's 4 of 6 for the game. The Tigers were led by Bingo Merriex (28pt 13reb) and Rasko Katic (13pt 10reb) as they outrebounded Berlin 41-28. ALBA remains atop the Bundesliga in first place with a 26-7 record while Tubingen fell to 10-23.

Sunday April 27th

Bundesliga Game Day 33 featured two games with playoff teams facing opponents in relegation spots. Oldenburg overcame poor shooting with a strong fourth quarter to break away from Jena at Ewe Arena while Bamberg topped a shorthanded Trier team at JAKO Arena.


Sunday April 27th
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 76 Science City Jena 57
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg outscored Science City Jena 17-9 in the 3Q breaking open the game on their way to a 76-57 home win Sunday at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. After making only 1 of their first 16 three point shots, Oldenburg found the range in the second half which they outscored Jena 42-26 in the win. Oldenburg led 34-31 at half before making their run. Dan McKlintock led Oldenburg with 13pt 11reb while Branimir Longin added 12pt, Milan Majstorovic 11pt and Rickey Paulding 10. Oldenburg shot 45% for the game and finished 7 for 31 (22%) from three while outrebounding Jena 46-34. Jason Miller led Jena with 17pt and Lavelle Felton added 14pt in the loss. Jena shot 35% and made 3 of 15 from three. Head coach Predrag Krunic and his Thunderbirds improved to 21-11 including 13-3 at home while Jena dropped to 5-28.

brose Baskets Bamberg 95 TBB Trier 71
Predrag Suput scored 17pt and Ademola Okulaja added 17pt in leading brose Baskets Bamberg to a convincing 95-71 home win over TBB Trier Sunday night at JAKO Arena in Bamberg. The shorthanded Trier team dressed 8 healthy players against the reigning German champs. Bamberg held a 26-20 lead after 1Q before extending their advantage to 56-34 at half. The 30-14 2Q was capped with a Steffen Hamann three pointer in transition at the halftime buzzer. After 3Q Bamberg maintained control at 72-54. Bamberg shot 57% from the floor and made 9 of 19 threes (47%) while outrebounding Trier 30-25. Bamberg dishedout 21ast as a team while Trier suffered 19 turnovers. Caleb Green led Trier with 25pt while James Gillingham added 20pt in the loss. Head coach Dirk Bauermann and his Bamberg team improved to 23-10 while Trier fell to 6-27.



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HOLLAND

FEB Playoffs: MyGuide Amsterdam, Eiffel Towers Advance; Matrixx Magixx, West-Brabant Giants Tie Series -by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in the FEB quarterfinals, both MyGuide Amsterdam and defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers took care of business, advancing to the semifinals, with West-Brabant Giants and Matrixx Magixx forcing a Game #3 in their matchups.

In the Sporthallen-Zuid MyGuide Amsterdam took control of the game in the 2nd quarter, taking it to another level in the 3rd quarter, cruising to an 86-66 win, eliminating Upstairs Weert. MyGuide led at one point by as much as 23 pts., dominated the glass by a 48-28 margin, and had a 47-23 bench scoring advantage. MyGuide's strong defense also forced the Limburgers to shoot only 37.9%.
Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led MyGuide with 16 pts. MyGuide will await the winner of Matrixx Magixx and Hanzevast Capitals.


In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers' depth proved too much for Landstede, with the defending Dutch champions eliminating Landstede by the score of 93-80.

Six Eiffel players scored in double figures, led by Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) with 16 pts. Eiffel also made 12 of 24 three-pointers. Eiffel will now await the winner of West-Brabant Giants-Rotterdam Challengers.


Both Matrixx Magixx and West-Brabant Giants avoided elimination by winning at home over Hanzevast Capitals and Rotterdam Challengers respectively. Games #3 will be played on Tuesday night.



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IBL

Only 2 undefeated teams remain in an ultra-competitive 2008 IBL season beginning! -by Lucius Jones
The Holland Blast and the defending Champion Elkhart Express are the last remaining undefeated teams in the IBL this year among the 18 participating franchises.

The Holland Blast at 8-0 have taken off in the first half of their 2008 season. The IBL's scoring leader is averaging over 150ppg so far this year,running teams off the court at a frantic pace. The team is led by All Star and IBL great, Dennis Springs (5'8''-G-82, college: Ferris St.) and his 30+ppg. Springs has shown a multitude of talents to go along with his scoring like high quality assist numbers and intense defensive pressure. Longtime Holland Blast contributor Dominick Melton (6'6''-F, college: Wisc.-Parkside) has also begun this season with a bang putting in shutdown defensive efforts along with 20ppg/10rpg/5apg type production on the offensive side of the ball when needed as well. Duane Bosma (6'9''-C, college: Hope (MI)) has regained his youthful exuberance and started the season off amazingly to the tune of 20ppg and 10rpg as well. All Star Jared Bledsoe (6'3''-G-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) has been nothing short of dominant on the wing and at the point at times. Bledsoe is averaging right around 30ppg 5rpg 5apg in an attack that is sure to have the Holland Blast in title contention for some time.

Elkhart has been taken their usual seat on the top shelf of the IBL with a 6-0 beginning to the 2008 campaign. With the signing of maybe the best PG in the IBL in kjhg Mike Brownlee (6'2''-G-75, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Charleston) and possibly its best shooter in Will Whittington (6'3''-G/F, agency: 540 Sports, college: Marist),Elkhart is in rare form. Then you add in the fact that Tim Pledger (5'9''-G-76, college: Belhaven) and Cedric Moodie (6'2''-G-78, college: Indianapolis) are still playing with their usual passion in Elkhart and the frontline additions of James Tyler (7'2''-C-88, agency: Rice and Rice), Chris Charles (7'0''-F/C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova), Mike Adams (6'11''-C, college: Youngstown St.) and O'Neal Mims (6'10''-F-83, college: Angelo St.) and you have a level of talent rarely,if ever, seen in the IBL. The road to the Championship still goes through Elkhart and quite possibly ends there.

The initial clashing of the two IBL titans is scheduled for May 3rd in Elkhart!!!!!!!


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IRAQ

Al Kahraba Electricity loses to Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut -by Eurobasket News
Al Kahraba Electricity lost its second game of 21st Arab Clubs Championship being defeated by Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. The team from Lebanon won the encounter 106:88, mostly due to the opening of the game. Al Kahraba Electricity trailed 20:42 and could not come into the game. After 65:94 Al Kahraba Electricity could reduce the gap in th end of the game. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) led the winners with 33 points and 6 assists.Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) collected 20 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals, while Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) had 16 points. Nedal Ghanem posted 21 points for Al Kahraba Electricity and Ahmad Hamzeh scored 18.

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IRELAND

Taylor Lay Inks Deal with Astor Sports after Terrific Season in Irish Superleague -by Mariano Galindo
After an amazing season for the Irish Superleague, Taylor Lay (201-F-82, college: NC-Wilmington) has signed with Astor Sports Management. This past season he averaged 33.5 points and 16.7 rebounds a game while shooting the ball at 52% from the field for the Shamrock Rovers Hoops who finished fourth after a tough start. After an up and down collegiate career, the 67 225 pound, small forward worked his way through the ABA to advance his career to play professional basketball overseas. Lay, always one to be humble and realistic understands his path to a top European league is not going to be an easy road. I need to continue to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity that I get to show my skills. remarks Lay. After continuous hard work during the summer, Taylor is hoping to play for a team in one of the top leagues next year in order to continue to build his career.

Taylor Lay Inks Deal with Astor Sports after Terrific Season in Irish Superleague -by Mariano Galindo


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JORDAN

Zain wins Group A of 21st Arab Clubs Championship -by Eurobasket News
Zain won the third consecutive game in 21st Arab Clubs Championship and finished Group A on top. In the last game the team from Jordan overcame Qatar Club 108:85. It was not a difficult victory for the favorite of the group that started with 32:19. Later in the game the hosts enjoyed 59:47 win at the half and increased their advantage by the end of the third quarter. Having 30 points deficit Zain ended up with 23 points advantage. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) led the winners with 35 points and 5 steals. John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) collected 17 points, while Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) scored 14. Qatar Club received 35 points from Daoud Musa (193-G-82) and 31 from Maurice Hargrow.
Orthodox beat Al Manama 91:79 due to the last period. The win also allowed the team from Jordan to advance to the next stage. Trailing throughout the majority of the game Al Manama produced a great third quarter and had minus one point after it. Orthodox 's last spurt led to 91:79 and a ticket to the second round. Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) led the winners with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) collected 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Wesam Sous scored 18. Albert Mouring (191-G-79, college: Connecticut) top-scored for Al Manama with 28 points.


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LATVIA

ASK Riga wins derby of Riga, captures third place -by Gunars Gailitis
In a very erratic game for the third place of the tournament ASK Riga managed to make some substantial runs and appeared victorious against its towns rival Barons/LMT 96:82.

Barons/LMT grabbed an early lead and contained it throughout the whole first quarter. After 6 minutes of play Joao Paolo Batista scored a two-pointer to make it 21:13 up by Barons/LMT. The first period ended 32:27.

Early in the second quarter ASK Riga executed way better on the offensive end and overbalanced the score in their favor 37:36. More than 4 minutes left to play in the first half Barons/LMT scored 5 points without an answer to recover a slippery lead. However, Armands Skele made two shots at the stripe to give his team already a double-digit lead 53:43. Players went to the locker-rooms as the scoreboard showed 56:46 up by Barons/LMT.

The situation on the court changed substantially in the third quarter. Barons/LMT faced troubles scoring baskets. In the middle of this period Barons/LMT appeared scoreless for almost 6 minutes and ASK Riga took advantage of it making a 17:0 run which absolutely changed the pace of this ball game and the score became 66:59. The margin between teams was 3 points as this period concluded 71:68.

ASK Riga continued its successful performance in the fourth quarter as well grabbing 15 points lead late in the game, they did not waste such an advantage and sealed the victory home.

Andrius Mazutis (179-G-81) scored 16 points for the winners, Gatis Jahovics and Aerick Sanders collected 15 apiece. Dontell Jefferson poured 22 for Barons/LMT, A.Skele added 16.

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LIBYA

Al Nasr wins Group B -by Eurobasket News
Al Nasr won Group B of 21st Arab Clubs Championship and remained undefeated. After three games played the team proved their ambitions in the tournament.
In the second game Al Nasr won a thriller over Al Ittihad Jeddah 82:81. The team from Libya started with 24:20 and then created a wonderful streak in the second. The squads went to the lockers with 54:35 for Al Nasr. Al Ittihad Jeddah had a fabulous comeback to the game closing the gap at 64:62 after the third quarter. They could not win the game and upset the team from Lybia and did not advance to the next round. Ellia Zlotic paced the winners with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Khaled Mohammad scored 16. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) shined again for Al Ittihad Jeddah with 27 points.
Al Nasr overcame De La Salle in the last game of Group B 85:73. The team from Libya opened the game with 24:15 and enjoyed 39:32 at the half. They never looked behind after and won the game that kept them undefeated after the first round. Khaled Mohammad paced the winners with 33 points and 7 assists. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) scored 22 points in defeat, while Ammar Nofal (190-F-84) had 14.


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LUXEMBOURG

Etzella goes from 1st to 4th place in just a few weeks ending playoffs with 4 game skid! Sparta wins 8th in a row. Amicale gains momentum for title run!!! -by Alex Meyers

According to most people who follow basketball in Luxembourg, Etzella is in big trouble. Why? Because Musel Pikes beat Residence in yesterday's match moving up past Etzella to third place. Etzella dropped to fourth place in the playoffs, which means they must play Sparta in the semi-fnals in a best of three series beginning in Ettelbruck on Wednesday, April 30th at 8:30pm. Sparta has won 8 games in a row and are very healthy, playing as a team on both ends and showing they are capable of overcoming a 20 point deficit to come back and win on the road. Etzella hasn't beaten Sparta since 2007 on October 28th, when they blew them out at home 107-74. Etzella started out the season with a 14-0 record and seemed virtually unstoppable. Since January 6th, 2008, when Sparta defeated Etzella 81-79 to give them their first loss of the season, Etzella's record fell to only 6 wins and 8 losses. Etzella now ends the title group playoffs with a four game losing streak. If Nelson DelGado and Co. can pull this one off, beating Sarta in a best of three series and make it to the finals, it would be a truly amazing feat! Anything is possible! We will have to wait and see just what happens.

Here are the details of what happened last night in the DBBL:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Amicale 89 - Etzella 76


Amicale(17-11) got another big win moving itself all the way up to a 2nd place DBBL position in the last game of the title group playoffs, putting istelf in an excellent spot for a run at the title, with a best of three series with Musel Pikes coming up. After a very close first quarter, Amicale took control of the game in period 2 and went into the locker room up by 12 points. Etzella played better in the 3rd but Amicale closed this one out winning with defense and intelligent offensive play. Amicale consistantly found a hot Christian Schartz from the three point line where he knocked down 5 of 8 attempts. Schartz also had 5 assists and 6 steals. But, it was Sam Ney who led his team in scoring with 25 on 8/10 2fg, 2/5 3fg and went 3/3 from the foul line. Ney also had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked
shot. Christopher Jones stepped it up again big time by dropping a double-double notching 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jones also had 4 steals and 3 assists. This young guy is really coming around and making good things happen for his team. American Import Travis Depree was held to 11 points. When all pistons are firing, this Amicale team can be a tough one to beat.

Marcus Kennedy and Nelson DelGado did their best to keep Etzella in the match. Kennedy led all scorers with 31 points and tallied 13 rebounds. Nels was close behind, finishing with 30 points, 5 steals and 4 assists. That was about it for Etzella as the rest of their team failed to show up offensively. Tim Giver went scoreless for all of nearly 30 minutes of play. Besides N. DelGado's 4/9, Etzella's entire team struggled from the three point line where they were 4/24 for only 17%. If Etzella wants to move past Sparta and get to the finals they are going to have to re-energize and lay it all out on the line in this series against a strong Sparta team. The Double for Etzella this year... ? maybe.... not.

Amicale: 32 field goals, 10 three pointers, 15 for 24 free throws, 27 rebounds, 21 fouls and 10 turnovers.
Depree 11, Schartz 22, Ney 25, Jones 17, Scholtes 9, also Birenbaum 2, D'Angelo, Kartheiser 2, Rausch 1, Steinmetz and Gilardin.
Etzella: 28 field goals, 4 three pointers, 16 for 20 free throws, 31 rebounds, 22 fouls and 17 turnovers.
Schroeder 4, Giver 0, N. DelGado 30, J. DelGado 6, Kennedy 31, also Benseghir, Eckes, Garganese 4, Herrmann, Kerger 1, and Pravisani.

Score by Quarters: 1st Q 20-24, Halftime 49-37, 3rd Q 70-59, Final 89-76


Contern 79 - Sparta 83

Contern, in their final game of the season, showed promise for the future by playing very well against a Sparta team poised and preped to defend their title as Champion of Luxembourg 2007. contern, playing in forntof their home crowd, started off strong outscoring Sparta 28-14 in the first quarter. they kept pace in the 2nd as well taking a lead of 55-35 with them for the halftime speech. Sparta came out in the second half looking again like the team to beat regaining the control of the game and dominating the entire 2nd half for the 4 point win which is their eighth in a row. Eric jeitz played hero for Contern with 25 points trailed by Dave Mallon who had 20 points and took 13 rebounds. Gilles becker also tallied 17 points and added 6 assists for Contern.

Larrie Smith scored 22 points and took 11 rebounds and Christian Wulff added 16 points and 6 assists. Sohrab Ziai scored 17 points and Pit Hoffman had 11 pointsd and 8 rebounds. Sparta will face Etzella on Wednesday in the first game of a best of three series to begin the semi-finals for the championship of the DBBL.


Contern: 32 field goals, 4 three pointers, 11 for 22 free throws, 34 rebounds, 22 fouls and 8 turnovers.
Becker 17, Jeitz 25, Braun, Mallon 20, Herber, also Donnersbach 6 and Bissener 2.
Sparta: 29 field goals, 12 three pointers, 13 for 21 free throws, 37 rebounds, 16 fouls and 13 turnovers.
Baustert 5, Wulff 16, Smith 22, Hoffmann 11, Ziai 17, also Wolzfeld 4, Evans, Klein, Palumbo 4, Nittler and Rupil 4.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 28-14, Halftime 55-35, 3rd Q 69-61, Final 79-83



Residence 67 - Musel Pikes 80
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1 Sparta 28 21 7 33.50
2 Amicale 28 17 11 31.50
3 Musel Pikes 28 17 11 31
4 Etzella 28 19 9 30.50


Here is the program for the DBBL final Four Semi-Final Playoffs:

Wednesday April 30, 2008
20.30: Etzella - Sparta
20.30: Musel Pikes Amicale (at Dudelange)

Friday, May 2, 2008
20.00: Sparta - Etzella (at Dudelange)
20.30: Amicale - Musel Pikes

Friday, May 9, 2008 (if necessary)
20.00: Sparta - Etzella (at Dudelange)
20.30: Amicale - Musel Pikes



Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
Title Group
 1. Sparta 21-7 
 2. Etzella 19-9 
 3. Amicale 17-11 
 4. Musel Pikes 16-11 
 5. Contern 11-17 
 6. Residence 10-17 
Relegation Group
 1. T71 13-11 
 2. Black Star 10-14 
 3. Soleuvre 10-14 
 4. BBC Nitia 4-20 


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MEXICO

LBS last results -by Gianni Pascucci
We are not yet able to give you a complete standings table, for sure we can say that in 2008 Liga del Sureste Leopardos and Peppers are doing better than expected, and favourite team Dorados is a little bit disappointing. In fact, on friday night, they felt to Leopardos on the road, 82-83. Nick Jones (190-G-81, college: UCSB) was the man of the game, hitting the game-winning three pointer with few seconds to go for Leopardos. The day after, Dorados took the revenge, defeating Leopardos 92-83, led by Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) and James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU), who scored 28 and 24 pts, respectively. Reggie Jordan (193-G-68, college: N.Mexico St.) was the best of Leopardos, with 22 points in losing effort. The record of Dorados, however, is now 'only' 2-2. Peppers de Progreso upset another higher ranked team, Marineros de Cozumel, 107-86, on riday night. Forrest Fisher (193-G) led the Progreso attack in a fantastic personal performing, ending the game at 54 points. The night after, Peppers were beaten, 82-79, and this time the game top scorer was Ronnie Coleman (199-F-68, college: USC), who completed a 27-points losing effort, while Erick Ortiz (190-G-76, college: Texas Lutheran) scored 26 points at the winning side.

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MONTENEGRO

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 8-0 
 2. Mogren 4-4 
 3. ABS Primorje 4-4 
 4. Niksic 4-4 
 5. Lovcen 2-6 
 6. Danilovgrad 2-6 
Play-Out
 1. Ulcijn 7-3 
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 7-3 
 4. Rudar 5-5 
 5. Primorje-M. 4-6 
 6. Kotor 0-10 


MNT Super-League 8 Round: In derby Mogren win in Cetinje,ABS to strong for Danilovgrad,Buducnost easy win against Niksic -by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of Montenegrin 1A Super-League in city of Cetinje Basketball Club Mogren leaded by Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) and Aleksandar Smiljanic win against Basketball Club Lovcen 87-81(18-19,25-16,18-19,26-26).In team of Basketball Club Mogren best was Boris Lalovic 16 points 7 rebounds and Smiljanic 20 points and 4 asists and in team of Basketball Club Lovcen Ljubo Jovanovic score 20 points and Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) and Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) score 11 points.In other two game result was : Danilovgrad-ABS Primorje 77-79 (Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 19 points for Danilovgrad- Komatina 21 points for ABS Primorje) and Buducnost-Niksic 92-78 (Vladimir Dasic 26 for Buducnost-Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 16 points,Filip Barovic (205-F-90) 13 points for Niksic)

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MOROCCO

Maghreb de Fes advances to the next round -by Eurobasket News
Maghreb de Fes advanced to the next round of 21st Arab Clubs Championship. After the first loss of the tournament the team from Morocco could reinforce and win two other games. The win over Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU)'s team was decisive in the group for the second place.
Maghreb de Fes defeated De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem in the second game 98:65. The team from Palestine had a wonderful first quarter and had 20:12 after it. Moreover De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem remained in front with 33:32 at the half. Maghreb de Fes used their power in the second half taking 58:51 after three quarters and leading the game to the happy end. Macktar M'Baye top-scored for the winners with 37 points, whilst Alpha Traore (188-G-83) had 16. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
Maghreb De Fes edged Al Ittihad Jeddah 91:72 after the even score in the first quarter. The team from Morocco used some runs to take a control later in the game and had 23 points advantage after three quarters played. Alpha Traore paced all the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Macktar M'Baye (185-G-84) nailed 16 and Mohamed Hjira (202-C-80) posted 15. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf poured in 25 points in the losing effort.


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NBA

Playoff Picture.... -by Alex Yams

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and the ultra competitive Western Conference, is just that. The Los Angeles Lakers and probable MVP Kobe Bryant look as dominant as ever, as they hold a commanding 3-0 lead in their best of 7 series versus the underachieving Denver Nuggets. Equally, as impressive are the defending champion, San Antonio Spurs, as they too hold a 3-0 edge in their series, over the disappointing Phoenix Suns.

By this time next week, we should have a very clear picture as to who will play who in the 2nd round, as the majority of the series are leaning towards one particular team. The excitement has just begun.


LA Lakers cruises past Denver at the Pepsi Center -by Eurobasket News
The Lakers cruised past Denver 102:84 for the third straight win in the series. This time it was mainly the merit of Denvers all-star duo of Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Allen Iverson. They teamed up for woeful 31 points and the Nuggets simply surrendered to the visitors. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) exploded with quick 9 points early in the third period and put the Lakers up by 13 points. The visitors then dominated completely and built an 83:64 advantage heading into the fourth period. Denver never really threatened the lead as George Karl put his reserves on the court at the dying stages. Kobe Bryant finished with 22 points, 8 assists and 7 boards for the Lakers. Luke Walton provided 15 points off the bench, while Pau Gasol knocked down 14 points in a win. Carmelo Anthony answered with 16 points for Denver as they suffered the 7th straight playoff loss.
Orlando also made a huge step towards the next stage of the playoffs after they held off Toronto 106:94 at the Air Canada Center. The Magic outmuscled the hosts under the rims and capitalized on the later threes by Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) and Hidayet Turkoglu. The Magic forwards nailed back-to-back trebles to carry the visitors to a 100:92 advantage with just over a minute remaining and Toronto never recovered. Orlando grabbed a 3-1 lead in the series and now looks to complete the series on Monday in Florida. Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to pace the Magic. Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) finished with 19 points, 16 boards and 8 blocks for the winners. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) netted a career-high 39 points for the Raptors. T.J. Ford added 12 points and 13 assists in a loss.
The Atlanta Hawks sweetened the pill a bit after they drove to a 102:93 victory over Boston in Game 3. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) raced to a 27-point tally and the Hawks never looked like underdogs claiming their first playoff win since 1999. Joe Johnson contributed 23 points in a hope-giving game for Atlanta. The hosts started to get away in the third stanza outscoring the visitors 28:18. Josh Smiths trey stretched the margin to 15 points midway through the fourth period and the Hawks did not turn their heads back. Al Horford stepped up with 17 points and 14 boars for the winning side. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) scored 32 points for the Celtics in defeat.
Utah returned to winning ways as they handled Houston 86:82 for the third victory in the series. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) fired 8 out of his 17 points in the fourth stanza to pace the Jazz to a key win. The Jazz were comfortably ahead by 16 points in the third period but the Rockets refused to give up. Shane Battier and Rafer Alston drained consecutive triples to limit the deficit to 2 points. Kyle Korver sank two free throws but Carl Landry scored for Houston. Deron Williams had a chance to seal the win for the home team but missed both his free throws however Mehmet Okur grabbed an offensive rebound and was deadly from charity stripe. Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur scored 14 points apiece and teamed up for 32 rebounds. Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) replied with 23 points, 10 boards and 8 assists for the Rockets.


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NCAA2

1st Team NABC NCAA D2 All American Team highlighted by 2 Juniors! -by Lucius Jones

Chris Commons (6'8''-F, college: Findlay (OH) (OH)) and Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87) (6'5''-F-87) are the only 2 members of the NCAA D2 All American team that are returning to their respective teams this upcoming season for a senior campaign. With each team returning virtually intact for the 2009 season, both S.Carol.-Aiken{#6 Nationally} and Findlay (OH){#7Nationally} will look to improve on extremely successful years in which they finished among the top 7 teams in the entire nation. It is assumed each school will be among the top 4-5 colleges in the nation in the 2008-2009 pre-season polls as well. Coaches Vince Alexander and Nathan Davis look to be building something special at South Carolina Aiken. Coaches Ron Niekamp , Charlie Ernst and Kyle Conley have a powerhouse in full stride that shows no signs of slowing down in Findlay.

Chris Commons' Junior year at S.Carol.-Aiken ended with his team winning their regular season and conference tournament championships,a #6 rankings in the NCAA D2 nation,and 5 Player of the Week awards in his conference(no one else had ever won more than 3 in a single season). His 21.8ppg placed him 2nd in the NCAA D2 nation. His 54%FG placed him in the top 50 in the nation as did his 38% 3pt. Chris commons also averaged 6.4rpg 1spg 1bpg and 68%FT to boot. Needless to say,Chris Commons should be a strong candidate for 09' D2 POY.

Josh Bostic ended his junior season with a #7 National Ranking in Findlay (OH) and 2nd place finishes in the GLIAC regular season,GLIAC conference,and Regional as well. The All Defensive 1st Team player averaged 14ppg 6rpg 3apg 2spg 1bpg 47%FG 37%3pt 82%FT creating a stellar all around body of work. Playing for the D2 powerhouse Findlay (OH) Oilers, Josh Bostic may not have the most impressive individual numbers among the nation's elite,but he may have the single biggest overall effect on a game's outcome that any player in the nation possesses.

These 2 players not only look to compete for NCAA D2 POY award among their respective divisional competitors, but they both also will be competing with the entire NCAA D1 nation and the best overseas players in the world for the most precious position in the world for a basketball player...............an NBA roster spot. Each has had NBA scouts around during their junior seasons and will be looking to gain spots in the initial NBA post season springboard event, the Portsmouth Invitational. Regardless of their longshot results,both look to have prosperous professional career's on the horizon.




1ST TEAM NABC ALL AMERICAN TEAM:

Carl Arts, Alaska Anchorage, 6-6, 210, Senior, Forward
Sam Belt, Central Oklahoma, 6-5, 210, Senior, Guard/Forward
Jeremy Black, Tampa, 6-8, 230, Senior, Forward
Josh Bostic Findlay (OH) 6'5 230 JUNIOR Forward/Guard
Tyrekus Bowman, Augusta State, 6-5, 185, Senior, Forward
Chris Gilliam, Pitt-Johnstown, 6-7, 235, Senior, Forward
Chris Commons S.Carol.-Aiken 6'8 225 JUNIOR Forward
Steve Dagostino, St. Rose, 5-11, 160, Senior, Guard
Callistus Eziukwu, Grand Valley, 6-10, 220, Senior, Forward
Nate Fritsch, Bentley, 6-6, 210, Senior, Forward
Robert Lee, West Texas A&M, 6-3, 197, Senior, Guard
Charlie Parker, Millersville, 6-4, 195, Senior, Guard
Devin Peal, Humboldt State, 6-4, 230, Senior, Forward
Jonny Reibel, Rollins, 6-2, 180, Senior, Guard
Atila Santos, Minnesota State-Mankato, 6-10, 245, Senior, Center
John Smith, Winona State, 6-8, 245, Senior, Forward



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NEW ZEALAND

Manawatu grabs rare win -by Eurobasket News
The Manawatu Jets are not accustomed to winning in this season. However they proved they need to be taken into account when surprised the playoff-ambitious defending champions Nelson Giants yesterday. Finally it were Kantrail Horton (185-G-77, college: Iowa St.)'s 31 points that paid off some dividends. Horton completed his tally on a 12/24 field goal shooting adding 8 rebounds and 3 assists and the Jets upset the Giants 80:75 away from home. Keith Davis (198-F-82) notched 20 points and 10 rebounds, while James Paringatai (202-F-86) delivered 10 points and 11 boards for the winners. Nelson trailed by double digits in the final frame but went on a last-ditch attempt to save the game. Phill Jones (196-G-74) ignited an 11:2 run that put the hosts within 3 points from the Jets but the effort failed. Kantrail Horton came up with vital buckets in the dying seconds to chill off the home team driving the visitors to just the third win in the season. Nelson dropped to 6-4 record. Phill Jones netted 22 points and grabbed 6 boards in a losing case.
The bombardment from downtown became a key weapon for the Hawkes Bay Hawks as they prevailed in Auckland. The Bay Hawks drained 14 trebles down the stretch and celebrated an impressive 91:78 victory over the Auckland Stars at the ASB Stadium. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) was responsible for 8 three-pointers completing his game-high 28 points. Kevin Smith (198-F-79, college: Lee) contributed 16 points and Paul Henare secured 11 points and 11 assists in a winning clause. Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) and Valence McCarthy (202-F-84) nailed 16 points apiece in response. George Baker (195-F-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Georgetown, KY) had 14 points in his debut for the Stars.
Hayden Allen (187-G-79) was the hero for the Harbour Heat as he canned 27 points to propel the Heat past the Otago Nuggets 90:76 in Dunedin. The Nuggets were in control after the first frame but soon the Heat denied the deficit and took over to gain their 7th win of the season. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82) provided 21 points and Mika Vukona (197-F-82) accounted for 13 in a win. Lemar Gayle (198-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield) scored 25 points in defeat.


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


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OMAN

As Seeb is upset for the second time -by Eurobasket News
As Seeb lost its second game in 21st Arab Clubs Championship. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut was stronger than As Seeb 105:59. The team from Lebanon controlled the whole game, but As Seeb could be proud of the second quarter. They stun the favorites to close the gap to 46:30. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut was led by Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) who scored 20 points. Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) nailed 18, whilst Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) had 17. Neslon N'Gao top-scored in the losing side with 16 points.

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PALESTINE

De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem's games in Jordan -by Eurobasket News
Zain and Orthodoxi host 21st Arab Clubs Championship which will is played from April 23-May 6. In 2008 15 competing teams represent 14 countries. Jordan and Lebanon are presented by two favorites of the countries. De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem played in Group B and lost three games trying really hard against the opponents.
In the first game Al Ittihad Jeddah beat De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem 106:83. The game remained even in the first half, but then the team from Saudi Arabia went on a bigger lead. Having 77:62 after three quarters Al Ittihad Jeddah increased to 17 in the end of the game. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) led the game with 33 points and 6 steals, while Adel Guhani supported him with 29 points. Hoky Golesh ended up with 21 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Maghreb de Fes defeated De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem in the second game 98:65. The team from Palestine had a wonderful first quarter and had 20:12 after it. Moreover De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem remained in front with 33:32 at the half. Maghreb de Fes used their power in the second half taking 58:51 after three quarters and leading the game to the happy end. Matar N'Baye top-scored for the winners with 37 points, whilst Alpha Traore (188-G-83) had 16. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
Al Nasr overcame De La Salle in the last game of Group B 85:73. The team from Libya opened the game with 24:15 and enjoyed 39:32 at the half. They never looked behind after and won the game that kept them undefeated after the first round. Khaled Mohammad paced the winners with 33 points and 7 assists. Issa Kamel scored 22 points in defeat, while Ammar Nofal (190-F-84) had 14.


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PARAGUAY

Metropolitan league: UCA again at the top. -by Gianni Pascucci
With one round left to end the phase One of the tournment, four teams have yet gained the qualification the the second leg of the competition: Universidad Catlica (UCA), Sportivo San Lorenzo, Universidad Autnoma de Asuncin (UAA) and Olimpia. In the last games, Sportivo San Lorenzo prevailed over Ciudad Nueva 64-53, and Universidad Catolica defeated Universidad Autonoma 86-81, with Marcos Mereles (-G) and Norbert Aguero (-G) leading the way at 23 and 21 points, respectively. Edgar Morel (185-G-80) was the best in UAA, with 24 points, followed by veteran Jorge De Pena (202-C-60), at 16.
The table is now as follows:
UCA 13 pts, Sp.San Lorenzo 12, UAA 11, Olimpia 9, Ciudad Nueva 9.


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PORTUGAL

LIGA UZO semi finals round 2 -by Luis Rocha
Ovarense and Porto won their second game and now lead both series with a 2-0. Ovarense took profit on their powerfull inside game and destroyd Ginsio in the second half. Ginsio fight untill the break, but after that they were unable to stop the storng moves from Ovarense inside the painted area. Once again Ginsio shot a lot from the 3 point line, and missed a bunch (they scored about 20%), and Ovarense grabbed 47 rebounds against 18....impressive. the final score was 85-57 and now things are very dark for Ginsio. Porto and Vagos played another great game , very intense and full of changes in the score. Porto started well (11-2), but Vagos put themselves togheter, and went to trailing to leading by 9 points. Porto start a strong come back and finish winning by 84-81 (again a 3 point win). porto is obviously the favourite, but Vagos can still have a word on the serie, and in Vagos they have to give 200% to achieve the 4th game. Nevertheless and even if they stick by the semis, a great season to a team that was only in Liga this season , and that when the season started had noone who believed in them. The best plaer of the round was Portos Julian Terrell (206-F-84, college: Vanderbilt) with a grest performance. He scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and gave 2 blocks. Also Pedro Nuno (190-G/F-71) in Vagos was tremendous 31 points, 3 assists and 3 boards.

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PUERTO RICO

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
 1. Arecibo 19-9 
 2. Caguas 16-11 
 3. Ponce 12-15 
 4. San German 12-15 
 5. Guayama 6-20 
 6. Mayaguez 5-21 
Metro
 1. Carolina 17-9 
 2. Humacao 15-11 
 3. Fajardo 15-11 
 4. Santurce 14-11 
 5. Guaynabo 14-13 
 6. Bayamon 14-13 


Ponce Lions return to winning ways under Coach Rivera -by Luis Ramirez
The Lions, playing under the helm of Head Coach Carlos Mario Rivera broke their losing streak as they beat the Mayaguez Indians 72-68. It has been a while since the Lions had been able to celebrate a win on the road but things seem to be different now that Coach Rivera has taken over. The Indians took the 1st quarter 24-18 and were leading as the 1st half came to an end 39-37. The Lions however took command of the game in the 3rd quarter with a 14 to 4 rally and this lead was sufficient to overcome a pesky Indian team who never gave up. For Ponce, Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) scored 24 points followed by Wilfredo Pagan with 19 points. For Mayaguez, Giovanni Jimenez (187-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: St.Johns River CC) scored 14 points followed by Albert White with 12 points.

Over at Caguas, the Criollos needed an extra 5 minutes to defeat the San German Athletics 94-85. The game started on an even quill as both team scored 21 points in the 1st quarter. The Athletics took the lead to end the 1st half 47-42. In the 2nd half the Criollos took a 1 point lead to end the 3rd quarter but in the 4th quarter the Athletics were able to tie the game to take it to overtime. The Criollos kept a tight defense on the Athletics during the overtime to finally take the victory. For Caguas, Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds followed by Maryln Bryant with 20 points, For San German, Richard Lugo (209-C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: St.Francis,NY) and Robert Lazor both scored 21 points.

In the last game of the night, the Arecibo Captains blew past the Guayama Brujos 93-76. The Captains took the lead in the 1st quarter and never looked back. The half ended 53-36 in favor of the Captains and it didn't get any better in the second half. For Arecibo, Bobby Joe Hatton (187-G-76, college: Marist) scored 22 points followed by Erick Rodriguez with 14 points. For Guayama, Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds followed by Angel Lopez with 13 points.


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QATAR

Rayyan Clinches First Place in Group 1, while Al-Arabi Loses Crucial Game in Their Quest to Qualify From Group 2 -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

Al Rayyan won the battle for 1st place in group 1 at the GCC's with a convincing 78-57 victory over Al Qadsia of Kuwait. Both Rayyan and Al Qadsia came in to the match at 2-0, with the victor securing first place. Al Qadsia, who already clinched a spot in the final four, didn't seem too concerned about winning the group, as they rested their import J Williams and many of their starters for most of the contest. Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan), for the third time in as many nights, led Rayyan registering 15 points, 7 assist, and 4 steals in limited action. Saeed Kosar also chipped in with 15 points to go along with 3 blocks. Al Qadsia were led by Aziz's 16. Rayyan will now face the 2nd place finisher in Group 2, while Al Qadsia will face the winner of the group.

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In group 2 action, Al Arabi Club of Qatar lost a closely contested match to Al Ahli Manama of Bahrain 73-78. Al-Arabi started very strong and had the better of the play as they went into the break with the momentum when Baker Ahmad Mohammed (198-F-86) converted on a great pass from Lamar Grimes (182-G-83, college: Indiana St.) to end the 2nd quarter and go into the half up 49-41. The second half was a different story though, as Al-Arabi came out looking depleted. Al Ahli took the game to them and looked the team more desperate and seemed like they wanted the game more. Their big men Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) and Attiya totally dominated on the offensive boards, grabbing 7 and 6 respectively. Holden added 25 points and Attiya added 13 (11 in the 2nd half). Al-Arabi were again led by Grimes who sored 25 points, 7 assists and 3 steals, and Baker Mohammed had his 2nd double double in as many nights with 20 points and 13 rebounds. They, however, couldnt get much help from the rest of their teammates. Part of the blame for Al Arabi's lackluster 2nd half could be attributed to the poor scheduling. Al-Arabi was playing their 2nd game in as many nights (tonight they will be playing their 3rd in 3 nights), whereas Al Ahli had a rest day before the game. Al-Arabi now need to beat Al Wasl of Dubai in tonight's game in order to confirm their place in the final four.

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In the earlier game on Saturday, Al Wasl had a easy 94-68 win over Al-Arabi of Kuwait. Al Wasl's big man C Fildes had a big game with 28 points, 11 boards and 8 assists. J Asmer again had a good game in a losing effort for Al-Arabi, recording 20 points and 14 rebounds.



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 Saeed Kosar's 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)



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SAUDI ARABIA

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf's effort is not enough for the team -by Eurobasket News
In the first game of 21st Arab Clubs Championship Al Ittihad Jeddah beat De La Salle Al Quds Jerusalem 106:83. The game remained even in the first half, but then the team from Saudi Arabia went on a bigger lead. Having 77:62 after three quarters Al Ittihad Jeddah increased to 17 in the end of the game. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) led the game with 33 points and 6 steals, while Adel Guhani supported him with 29 points. Hoky Golesh ended up with 21 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
In the second game Al Nasr won a thriller over Al Ittihad Jeddah 82:81. The team from Libya started with 24:20 and then created a wonderful streak in the second. The squads went to the lockers with 54:35 for Al Nasr. Al Ittihad Jeddah had a fabulous comeback to the game closing the gap at 64:62 after the third quarter. They could not win the game and upset the team from Lybia and did not advance to the next round. Ellia Zlotic paced the winners with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Khaled Mohammad scored 16. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf shined again for Al Ittihad Jeddah with 27 points.
Maghreb De Fes edged Al Ittihad Jeddah 91:72 after the even score in the first quarter. The team from Morocco used some runs to take a control later in the game and had 23 points advantage after three quarters played. Alpha Traore (188-G-83) paced all the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds.Macktar M'Baye nailed 16 and Mohamed Hjira posted 15. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf poured in 25 points in the losing effort.


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SLOVENIA

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


Helios, Krka, Slovan score home wins -by Zeljko Zule
Helios never trailed and led as many as 21 points before the half as defeated Zlatorog 76-60. Jack Ingram finished with 16 points, Marjan Mance posted 13 and Robert Troha 12. Zlatorog hit just three 3-pointer. Lance Harris posted 13 points and Chetser Mason 12.
Krka shot in fist half 70 percent from the field (21-of-30) as snapped their four game losing streak with a 91-76 home victory over Elektra. Davor Marcelic (200-F/G-69, college: S.Utah) scored 25 points including five 3-pointers, Jure Balazic added 17 poitns, Marko Rakocevic added 14 and TJ Sorrentine had 10 points and 10 assits. Zan Vrecko led the gustest with 22 points, while Ales Kunc added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Geoplin Slovan used a 23-6 run in second quarter to lead 53-35 and beat Elektra 94-72. DeMarco Johnson led six scorers in double figures with 21 points, Marko Samadan added 16, Enique Clemons 14, Jaka Klobucar 11 and Marko Jovanovic 10. Mercator is still without road win. Mensud Julevic netted 19 points, Jure Erzen 16 and Primoz Skok 15.
Round 9: Krka-Elektra Esotech 91-76, Helios-Zlatorog 76-60, Geoplin Slovan-TCG Mercator 94-72, Luka Koper-Union Olimpija 65-77 (19/04).


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TURKEY

End Of Regular Season , Beginning Of Play-offs -by Onur Decani

The regular season of the Beko Basketball League has end. 30th week matches have been played and 8 teams are qualified to play-offs , while 2 teams are relegated ot TB2L. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul was the leader of the regular season . In their last match they beat Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara 95-91 . In th play-offs they have to play against Banvit Basketbol Kulb who beat Darussafaka Istanbul in the last week. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul will start 1-0 ahead because they have won both of played league matches between two teams. In the most important match of the week Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul Cafecrown Istanbul beat Efes Pilsen Istanbul Pilsen Istanbul 92-76 . Anyway, Efes Pilsen Istanbul took the 2nd place and now they have to play against Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir on the play-offs. Fenerbahce was in the 3rd place in the regular season and now they have to play against Antalya who finished 6th. The last match of the play-offs will be played between Turk Telekom Ankara and Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul who finished the league in 4th and 5th palces. TTNET Beykozspor who finished in the bottom of the league and Alpella Istanbul who finished in the 15th place are relegated to the TB2L.


Play-offs :

1.Besiktas Cola Turka -8. Bandirma Banvitspor (1-0)

2.Efes Pilsen - 7. Pinar Karsiyaka (0-0)

3.Fenerbahce Ulker - 6. Antalya (0-0)

4.Turk Telekom - 5. Galatasaray Cafe Crown (0-0)

Releagated

16. TTnet Beykoz

15. Alpella



Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Besiktas 24-6 
 2. Efes P. 22-8 
 3. Fenerbahce 21-9 
 4. T.Telekom 20-10 
 5. Galatasaray 19-11 
 6. Antalya 18-12 
 7. Karsiyaka 17-13 
 8. Banvit 14-16 
 9. Mersin 13-17 
 10. TED Koleji 13-17 
 11. Oyak Renault 12-18 
 12. Kepez Bld 12-18 
 13. Selcuk Uni. 10-20 
 14. Darussafaka 9-21 
 15. Alpella 8-22 
 16. Beykoz 8-22 


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Bell's Big Night -by David Edole
There was no San Antonio sweep, not even close.

Boris Diaw had 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in one of the best playoff performances of his career, and the Phoenix Suns stayed alive with a 105-86 rout of the Spurs today at Phoenix.

Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) scored 21 of his 27 points in a dominant first half to help Phoenix bring a one-sided end to the defending NBA champions' nine-game playoff winning streak. The Suns were 11-0 in the regular season when Bell scored at least 20.

Phoenix still trails the first-round series 3-1, with Game 5 on Tuesday night in San Antonio. No NBA team has come back from 0-3 to win a series.

Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa scored 15 apiece for the Suns. Shaquille O'Neal had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni drew two technicals and was ejected with 3:38 to play and his team up 104-80.

Diaw, starting in place of injured Grant Hill, also led the Suns' vastly improved defense, guarding his good friend and fellow Frenchman Tony Parker much of the game.

Parker, who scored a career-high 41 in Game 3 and was averaging 33 in the series, led San Antonio with 18 points and Manu Ginobili scored 10.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich threw in the towel by benching both of them along with Tim Duncan late in the third quarter.

After watching the Spurs play to near-perfection in a 115-99 victory on Friday, the Suns were the aggressors from the start on Sunday.

Phoenix led by 21 after one quarter, by as many as 24 in the second and by 30 in the third.

Nash's 15-footer gave the Suns a 79-49 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter. With Parker and Duncan on the bench, San Antonio cut it to 22 late in the quarter, but it was 93-65 entering the fourth.

Bell shot 6-of-7, 3-for-4 on 3-pointers to lead Phoenix to a 65-43 halftime lead. Diaw scored 10 points in the half.

The Suns never led in Game 3, but built big advantages early in the first two games, only to lose at the end. Their first-quarter start Sunday was their best yet.

Diaw's shot over Ginobili inside made it 11-1, and it was 20-9 after Barbosa's driving layup with 5:41 left in the first. It was 34-13 after one.

San Antonio was 4-for-19 shooting with six turnovers in the first two quarters.

The Spurs cut it to 12 three times in the second quarter, the last at 49-37 on Ginobili's 15-foot bank shot with 4:55 to go. Phoenix, though, scored the next 12 -- six on free throws by Bell -- to go up 61-37 on Diaw's layup with 1:33 left in the half.


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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

An Nasr advances to the next round -by Eurobasket News
In the last game of the first round Al Tilal from Yemen beat An Nasr 98:97, however the team from UAE advanced to the next round. It was a very tough game and the team from UAE controlled the majority of it. An Nasr opened the game with 26:22 and increased to 44:37 at the half. The things remained the same in the end of the third quarter when the board showed 76:67. Al Tilal had outstanding last quarter and grabbed the first win. It was not enough however to advance to the next stage as An Nasr has a better difference between three teams that finished with 1-2 record. Taha Alassari (180-G/F-84, college: Fredonia St.) led the winners with 31 points and El Hadji Diake had 26. Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) top-scored for UAE team with 18 points. Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Marquette) netted 17 and Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.) had 16.
In the game before that An Nasr lost to the winner of Group A Zain 78:94. The latter looked better throughout the game and won it truthfully. John III Thomas led the winners with 24 points and 6 assists. Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) netted 23, while Nate Johnson posted 22.Amal McCaskill collected 24 points and 12 boards in the losing effort. Justin Murray scored 16 and Trello Galloway chipped in 14.


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URUGUAY

Verdirrojo and Capuro are the leaders for the Metro -by Hector Lopez
Verdirrojo and Capurro maintained a perfect record of 4/0 after the the Metro League played its 5th round. Verdirrojo defeated 96-88 Capurro, with 17 points from Cam-Ron Clay (203-F), while Capurro beat Olivol Mundial 78-64 with 19 points and 16 rebounds by Nicolas Borsellino (201-C-86) and 9 points by the import player, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles). Goes beat Waston 81-69. For Goes Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) netted 23 after shotting 74.2%, grabbed 12 rebounds and getting a ranking of 32 points. The import player for Waston, Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) scored 11 points and took 10 rebounds.

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


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YEMEN

Al Tilal tastes the only win -by Eurobasket News
Al Tilal won the last game of the Group A, but could not advance to the next round. At first in the second game Qatar Club beat Al Tilal Aden 86:75. Trailing 70:45 the team from Yemen could reduce the gap in the end of the game. Qatar Club was paced by Daoud Musa (193-G-82) who nailed 23 points. Jerry Holman (209-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Minnesota) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Taha Alassari (180-G/F-84, college: Fredonia St.) scored 30 points in defeat.
In the last game of the first round Al Tilal beat An Nasr 98:97. It was a very tough game and the team from UAE controlled the majority of it. An Nasr opened the game with 26:22 and increased to 44:37 at the half. The things remained the same in the end of the third quarter when the board showed 76:67. Al Tilal had outstanding last quarter and grabbed the first win. It was not enough however to advance to the next stage as An Nasr has a better difference between three teams that finished with 1-2 record. Taha Alassari led the winners with 31 points and El Hadji Diake had 26. Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) top-scored for UAE team with 18 points. Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Marquette) netted 17 and Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.) had 16.




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Women News

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AUSTRIA - Women

Herzogenburg claws right back into contest -by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes - Herzogenburg 64:70

Herzogenburg reminded they were the regular season champions after surviving the third game in the AWBL Final series and narrowing the gap against Flying Foxes. Herzogenburg had their backs against the wall trailing 0-2 after the starting two games but it was not the time for Flying Foxes to celebrate. DiAndrea Humpries (170-G-85) exploded with 32 points to propel Herzogenburg to a difficult road victory to keep them alive. Flying Foxes entered the game aggressively and grabbed a 22:17 lead after the starting frame. The visitors however fueled a comeback effort in the second period. They held the hosts to 9 points and surged ahead 33:31 at halftime. Flying Foxes continued to struggle offensively as they finished the third stanza with 9 points and trailed by 10 points heading into the fourth term. Flying Foxes came back to life in the fourth frame but it was too late. Martina Remler (185-F/C-75) and Yaneth Arias (188-F-82, agency: Next Level) worked hard to deny the deficit but this time Herzogenburg kept the Foxes at bay. The visitors stayed alert for the reminder of the encounter and trimmed the deficit in the series to one game. Edith Szoke (186-F/C-69) contributed 16 points in a winning case. Martina Remler and Yaneth Arias dropped 25 points apiece for the Flying Foxes. Game 4 is scheduled for Thursday.

Flying Foxes: Martina Remler 25, Yaneth Arias 25
Herzogenburg: DiAndrea Humpries 32, Edith Szoke 16


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
Hauptrunde 1
 1. Herzogenb. 14-2 
 2. Fl.Foxes 13-3 
 3. Wels 9-7 
 4. Klosterneub. 4-12 
 5. Vienna 87 0-16 
Hauptrunde 2
 1. Wien 5-2 
 2. Graz 2-3 
 3. Baden 2-4 


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BWBL - Women

Stats Leaders
BWBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 I.Yego, Tim-Scuf 18.1
2 I.Faskh., Tim-Scuf 17.9
3 O.Savi, Tim-Scuf 17.8
4 T.Lihtarov, Olim. 16.9
5 J.Jutelyte, Laisve 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 W.Crockett, Cesis 8.7
2 A.Bills, Arvi 8.5
3 G.Paugaite, Arvi 8.5
4 O.Savina, Tim-Scuf 7.9
5 J.Jutelyte, Laisve 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 J.Derevja, Cesis 4.4
2 I.Yegoro, Tim-Scuf 3.4
3 I.Nikonov, Laisve 3.5
4 A.Rinkeviciute, Arvi 3.8
5 O.Savina, Tim-Scuf 2.5
Steals Per Game
1 I.Strikasa, Cesis 4.1
2 A.Zubryt, Minsk06 3.8
3 O.Savina, Tim-Scuf 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 G.Paugaite, Arvi 2.1
2 O.Savina, Tim-Scuf 1.1
3 J.Vilutyte, Laisve 1.0
2FGP
1 I.Avery, Barsy. 96.9
2 E.Briedyte, Arvi 83.3
3 I.Zilmer, Tlu/Volta 80.6
3PT
1 S.Serdiuko, Barsy 75.0
2 A.Sevasty, Barsy 73.0
3 I.Zilmer, Tlu/Volta 62.0


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COSTA RICA - Women

Female league has started -by Gianni Pascucci
The National First Division league started yesterday in Goicoechea. The 2008 edition line-up is made of eight teams, as follows: Taca, UCR-San Ramn, UCR-San Jos, Goicoechea, BC San Jos, Universidad Nacional, Coronado and Santa Cecili. All the games of the first round have been played in the Gimnasio Grandos, Goicoeachea, and the program has been the one down:
UCR-San Jos - BC San Jos
Universidad Nacional - Taca
Coronado - UCR-San Ramon
Goicoechea - Santa Cecilia.


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FRANCE - Women

Montpellier chops up Valenciennes in the semifinal opener -by Eurobasket News
Montpellier - Valenciennes 83:59

It could have been one spot dividing the teams in the regular season final standings but it turned out to be miles separating them in the first semifinal of LFB. Montpellier thumped Valenciennes to take a 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. Montpellier enjoyed a complete dominance throughout the game leading from the start till the final buzzer. The hosts jumped to a 23:12 lead after the starting period and stretched it 18 points at halftime. Valenciennes never recovered after the break as they entered the final term trailing by unassailable 21 points and the home time coasted to an easy victory at the end. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) notched 23 points and 7 boards for Montpellier. Grace Daley (170-G-78, college: Tulane) provided 13 points, while Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) scored 10 for the winners. Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) nailed 16 points for USVO. Francesca Zara (177-G-76) dropped 10 points in a loss. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 39:28 and limited them to 34% from the field.

Montpellier: Gunta Basko 23, Grace Daley 13, Gaelle Skrela 10
Valenciennes: Sabrina Reghaissia 16, Francesca Zara 10


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LATVIA - Women

Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
1. Cesis 29-1
2. TTT Riga 15-1
3. Avantis T. 20-10
4. Liepajas met. 18-12
5. RTU/Klond. 17-13
6. TTT/Rapa 14-16
7. Ridzene 10-20
8. SK Riga 5-25
9. LU/US 0-30


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Standings - Women League
League Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 6-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 3-3 
 3. Roling Niksic 3-3 
 4. BC Kastel 0-6 
Premier League
 1. BC Rozaje 0-0 
 2. BC H.Novi 0-0 
 3. Kotor 0-0 
 4. Rudar 0-0 


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Korea clinches the 5th spot at Good Luck Beijing tourney -by Eurobasket News
Korea - New Zealand 70:67

Korean National team celebrated their second victory at the Good Luck Beijing test event in China. Their second win came once again from the clash with New Zealand team. Korea thus climbed to the 5th overall spot leaving the Tall Ferns at the 6th. New Zealand led from the start as they dominated the boards and were pretty accurate from the field. Tall Ferns completed the first stanza up by a single point 18:17. The teams traded baskets at the start of the second period and were all tied at 24 midway through the second term. However a late push from Kiwi players allowed them to hold a 32:28 advantage at sides change. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) paced New Zealand team as they widened the damage to 11 points after three quarters of action. But Korea was not about to surrender. A well-balanced offensive effort from Korean team saw the deficit being cut by 5 points midway through the final term. Later Asian team went on a decisive 14:5 run that capped the game and brought Korea a narrow victory. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) notched 13 points for Korea. Park Jung Eun (180-F-77) nailed 12 points, while Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) and Kim Kwe Ryong (191-C-79) secured 11 points apiece in a win. Jillian Harmon paced Tall Ferns with 20 points. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) delivered 14 points and 13 boards in a losing case. Tall Ferns outrebounded their opponents 47:33 but were held to 44% accuracy from the field. They also sank only 54% of free throws and committed 23 turnovers. Korea converted 40% from the field but lost the ball 13 times.

Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 13, Park Jung Eun 12, Choi Youn Ah 11, Kim Kwe Ryong 11
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 20, Lisa Wallbutton 14+13 boards


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POLAND - Women

Finals FGE: Wisla Can-Pack - Lotos PKO BP 2:1 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - Lotos PKO BP Gdynia 65:64 (13:16, 17:18, 23:13, 12:17)
Wisła: Jelena Skerovic 22, Kara Brown-Braxton 17, Anna DeForge 10, Marta Fernandez 6, Agnieszka Pałka 3, Candice Dupree 2, Ewelina Kobryn 2, Monika Krawiec 2, Anna Wielebnowska 1;
Lotos: Dominique Canty 25, Chamique Holdsclaw 12, Jekaterina Snicyna 12, Slobodanka Maksimovic 8, Alana Beard 4, Magdalena Leciejewska 2, Anna Breitreiner 1, Natalia Waligrska 0, Patrycja Gulak 0.


FGE 3th place: KSSSE AZS PWSZ - Duda Leszno 3:1 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Game 4

PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno - KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzw Wlkp. 66:79 (19:18, 22:17, 13:20, 12:24)
PKM Duda:
Edyta Krysiewicz 20, Daria Mieloszyńska 17, Ryan Coleman 9, Olga Żytomirska 6, Agnieszka Budnik 6, Monika Siwczak 6, Agnieszka Makowska 2, Anna Talarczyk 0.
KSSSE: Denaimou N'Garsanet 16, Agnieszka Szott 14, Carrie Moore 14, Justyna Żurowska 13, Katarzyna Ristic 9, Katarzyna Czubak 5, Małgorzata Babicka 5, Aleksandra Chomac 3, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 0.

Game 3

PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno - KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzw Wlkp. 84:82 (29:22, 17:19, 22:18, 16:23)
PKM Duda: Edyta Krysiewicz 21, Agnieszka Makowska 15, Daria Mieloszyńska 14, Ryan Coleman 10, Olga Żytomirska 10, Agnieszka Budnik 8, Monika Siwczak 6, Anna Talarczyk 0.
KSSSE: Katarzyna Ristic 26, Agnieszka Szott 24, Małgorzata Babicka 7, Justyna Żurowska 7, Aleksandra Chomac 7, Katarzyna Czubak 5, Denaimou N'Garsanet 3, Carrie Moore 2, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 1.

Game 2

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzw Wlkp. - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 79:68 (15:15, 24:20, 19:14, 21:19)
KSSSE: Katarzyna Ristic 21, Agnieszka Szott 20, Justyna Żurowska 10, Denaimou N'Garsanet 10, Małgorzata Babicka 6, Katarzyna Czubak 5, Carrie Moore 5, Aleksandra Chomac 2, Aleksandra Pietraszek 0, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 0.
PKM Duda: Edyta Krysiewicz 24, Daria Mieloszyńska 12, Monika Siwczak 11, Agnieszka Budnik 9, Ryan Coleman 8, Agnieszka Makowska 4, Anna Talarczyk 0, Olga Żytomirska 0.


Game 1

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzw Wlkp. - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 79:54 (21:22, 17:8, 16:11, 25:13)
KSSSE:
Carrie Moore 22, Denaimou N'Garsanet 14, Katarzyna Czubak 9, Agnieszka Szott 9, Justyna Żurowska 8, Aleksandra Chomac 7, Katarzyna Ristic 5, Małgorzata Babicka 3, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 2, Joanna Czarnecka 0, Aleksandra Pietraszek 0.
PKM Duda: Agnieszka Budnik 11, Edyta Krysiewicz 11, Martyna Koc 9, Agnieszka Makowska 8, Daria Mieloszyńska 7, Anna Krzywicka 3, Anna Talarczyk 3, Olga Żytomirska 2, Ryan Coleman 0, Agnieszka Krl 0, Monika Siwczak 0.


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PORTUGAL - Women

Liga Feminina final (preview) -by Luis Rocha
The best teams of regular season will facve eachother on the final. Nice game ahead, Olivais the favourite, but Alges with a solid game can beat them. In the regular season both teams won their away game, Olivais won by 5 points and Alges by 2. If Lakethia Hampton (183-F/C-83) is able to stop Pauline Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) tomorrow, Alges can greatly benefit. In the guard position both teams are well served, Joana Araujo (175-G-78) in Alges is more a comander than a shooter, on the other side Filipa de Freitas (162-G-87) shots better. Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) a terrific defender will face Maxann Reese (176-G-78, college: Michigan St.) the most imprevisible player in Alges. Reese as the ability to shot from behind the arch and also penetrate with great eficiency. Anothe r duel of great intensity in wich the winner can made things happen for his team. In position 3 Olivais will play Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) and in my opinion is in position 3 that Alges has more dificulties. They need to find someone who can guard Parham with eficiency otherwise shell penetrate or even post and will score many points. Theres another factor who can be very important, the two days in a row factor. Olivais has a deeper roster, but Algs has a lot of young players who greed for fame....A very nice game ahead no doubt about it. Ill bet on Olivais, but it wont surprise me if Alges pull out all their guts and find a way to win.

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RUSSIA - Women

Spartak MR, CSKA collect home wins -by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR and CSKA opened their semifinal series with cruising home victories. UMMC and Vologda never looked like threatening the league top-seeds and now need to try to level things at home courts.
Spartak MR easily overcame Vologda in Vidnoje 100:70. The hosts obviously dominated keeping the visitors at bay throughout the action. Leading 55:37 at halftime Spartak did not slow down after the break and finalized a comfortable victory at the end. Tina Thompson (188-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) led all scorers with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Spartak. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) had 17 points and 7 boards, while Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) and Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) netted 16 points apiece for the winners. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) dropped 16 points for Vologda. Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) added 10 points in defeat. Spartak converted 57% from the field and 77% from the charity stripe. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday.
CSKA held off UMMC 90:69 in Moscow. The rivalry that continues for the whole year brought success for CSKA this time. The Moscow outfit looked good in the first half and built a 46:30 advantage at the break. UMMC tried to even things in the third period but trimmed the deficit by just two points. But it was as close as UMMC could get. CSKA were back in the driving seat in the final stanza and UMMC never recovered. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) provided 17 points, while Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) dropped 12 points in a win. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) nailed 12 points and collected 10 caroms for UMMC. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) completed the game with 11 points in a loss.


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SOUTH KOREA - Women

Korea clinches the 5th spot at Good Luck Beijing tourney -by Eurobasket News
Korea - New Zealand 70:67

Korean National team celebrated their second victory at the Good Luck Beijing test event in China. Their second win came once again from the clash with New Zealand team. Korea thus climbed to the 5th overall spot leaving the Tall Ferns at the 6th. New Zealand led from the start as they dominated the boards and were pretty accurate from the field. Tall Ferns completed the first stanza up by a single point 18:17. The teams traded baskets at the start of the second period and were all tied at 24 midway through the second term. However a late push from Kiwi players allowed them to hold a 32:28 advantage at sides change. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) paced New Zealand team as they widened the damage to 11 points after three quarters of action. But Korea was not about to surrender. A well-balanced offensive effort from Korean team saw the deficit being cut by 5 points midway through the final term. Later Asian team went on a decisive 14:5 run that capped the game and brought Korea a narrow victory. Beon Yeon Ha (182-F-80) notched 13 points for Korea. Park Jung Eun (180-F-77) nailed 12 points, while Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) and Kim Kwe Ryong (191-C-79) secured 11 points apiece in a win. Jillian Harmon paced Tall Ferns with 20 points. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) delivered 14 points and 13 boards in a losing case. Tall Ferns outrebounded their opponents 47:33 but were held to 44% accuracy from the field. They also sank only 54% of free throws and committed 23 turnovers. Korea converted 40% from the field but lost the ball 13 times.

Korea: Beon Yeon Ha 13, Park Jung Eun 12, Choi Youn Ah 11, Kim Kwe Ryong 11
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 20, Lisa Wallbutton 14+13 boards


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Elfic Fribourg signs Patrick MACAZAGA -by Dimitri Toumayeff
Elfic Fribourg announced the signing of Patrick MACAZAGA for the 2008-09 season. MACAZAGA first came to Switzerland in 1999 to coach Basket-Club Blonay (Men's League A). He then spent 5 seasons with Riviera Basket before coach League B team BBC Cossonay for half a season. Finally, the French technician coached Union Neuchtel for a year and a half, and was coaching youth teams in Blonay since then.

Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents signs Deon GEORGE -by Dimitri Toumayeff
Troistorrents announced the signing of Deon GEORGE for the 2008-09 season. The recently retired Canadian player will take over for Marc OVERNEY, who stepped down as a coach due to a new carrer orientation. GEORGE spent most of his player's career in Switzerland, playing for Boncourt and Monthey.

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UKRAINE - Women

Dnipro evens the series against Tim-Scuf -by Eurobasket News
Dnipro - Tim-Scuf 75:62

Dnipro rebounded after a slow start of the Final series to level things up. Dnipro stepped on the gas in the second half of Game 2 to roll to a confident victory. The teams started the game closely and the hosts led by 2 points after the opening frame. But Tim-Scuf stuck back in the second stanza. They tightened up the defense and held the home team to 10 points. It allowed the Kyiv outfit to accumulate a 3-point advantage at the interval. But the complexion of the game changed after the break. Dnipro were back in the driving seat and stormed past Tim-Scuf in the third period. Dnipro outgunned the visiting side 23:8 to pile up a 12-point buffer before the final frame. Tim-Scuf struggled in accuracy and failed to threaten the hosts lead. Lisdeivi Pompa (193-C-74) led Dnipro with 21 points and 11 boards. Yuliya Yakhina (187-C-80) dropped 17 points for the winners. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) answered with game-high 27 points for Tim-Scuf. Inna Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) provided 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Dnipro outrebounded the visitors 45:42, while both teams suffered 10 turnovers. The hosts limited Tim-Scuf to 36% accuracy from the field and converted 39% of field goals. The series now move to Kyiv for the third and fourth games.

Dnipro: Lisdeivi Pompa 21+11 boards, Yuliya Yakhina 17, Olga Lyashkova (185-G-80, agency: LBM Management) 12
Tim-Scuf: Yelena Savina 27, Inna Yegorova 13