EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/6/2008

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ABA

Interview with John “Mookie” Thomas -by Surujh Roopnarine


Interview with John “Mookie” Thomas -by Surujh Roopnarine
Currently helping lead Zain in the Excellent League Finals against Orthodox (Up 1-0 in series after 96-89 victory on Friday) John III Thomas (5'9''-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) or 'Mookie' as he is affectionately known, is half-way across the world doing what he does best….balling. The Brooklyn born point guard out of St. Francis College took some time to answer a few questions in the days leading up to the Championship series. Starting point guard for the Strong Island Sound (ABA) in their last weeks of operation (ceased operations in December '07) I had the pleasure of getting to know Mook personally and wanted to catch up with him during this very exciting and important time of his career.

Hey 'Mookie' congratulations on reaching the Finals. How did you end up playing in Jordan with Zain?

‘I ended up in Jordan because of this guy that I played for when I graduated from college named 'Shoes' Vetrone. He found out that I was home so he said he has a job for me and the coach for the Zain team is a close friend of his and he just hooked me up. Thanks again Shoes.'

How has the transition been with your teammates and coach?

‘The transition has been good between me and the team and coach. I came in a little bit out of shape and didn't have much time to get ready but we(me and coach) made it work.. Coach has put me through extra workouts, extra running, extra shooting… and extra minutes! When I got here we were down 0-1 in the series (Semi-Finals against Al Riyadi) and we needed to win the next game. Nate Johnson (6'7''-F-77, college: Louisville), superstar of the team and league, didn't play so I had to play 40 minutes and I did it for the first two games and we won both. I have a great team and my teammates are great guys too. They welcomed me in with open arms.'

What were you doing to keep busy after the Sound ceased operations?

‘After the sound ceased operations I was playing with the Harlem Wizards. I traveled with them to Taiwan (Thanks again E. Jones). It was fun and a way for me to keep in shape a little bit.'

Did the situation with the Sound catch you by surprise?

‘The situation with the Sound really broke my spirit for this game because me and Darren (the owner) spoke and that he wanted me all season so I left France (Quimper) to come home and play at home and be with my family. When it ended I couldn't even get a phone call or an apology. Luckily I had a cool coach who kept me posted…thanks Dytanya Mixson (Sound Head Coach). I could see if he would have paid us up to date and then let us go but he said no money. The crazy thing about it is that some people on the team were really affected by it because everything happened around Christmas time and they were counting on those pay checks, but I guess he didn't care because from what I understand he didn't reach out to anyone. That lack of communication really hurt but I understand that this is a business and it is what it is, so I moved on.'

Ok, now focusing on your present situation…What are you doing to prepare for the upcoming championship series against Orthodox?

‘Well what I'll be doing to prepare myself for the championship is making my way back to 100%, so that means extra hard work this week and getting mentally prepared and focused.'

You have won championships in Britain and the USBL. Is there anything you can use from those experiences for this upcoming series?

‘Yes there are plenty of things I can use. I know that I have to be aggressive and every possession counts, so if I mess up I have to get it back. In championship games, defense wins so I have to get back to my defense. The saying is that offense wins games and defense wins championships, so I really want to up my defense.'

How has the competition been in Jordan?

‘The competition in Jordan has been good. Every game I am either playing against an American or a Jordan national team player, so my game has to be at its very best each and every time out.'

How have the fans/arenas been...typically excited/frantic international crowds that we are used to hearing about?

‘The crowds been decent but I know that for the championship series it will get crazy.
I hope the crowds get more excited… I really thrive in that atmosphere.'

Is there anything you have had to change in your approach in this league?

‘Yes and no. I have to be more of a passer at times here because either I have the best player in the league to give the ball too in Nate Johnson or the tallest in Soumaila Samake (7'1''-C-78,) But on the other hand I still have to be aggressive at times and I also have Jordan national team players as teammates that can really play so it's not all about me…basically I am running a great team!'

What are your plans once the series is over?

‘Once the series is over I plan on going home and being with my family and seeing my newborn nephew Shawn John (Former teammate and close friend Shawn 'Murder' Simpson's newborn son) Also staying in the same great shape I've gotten into thanks to coach Maz!
I want to give a shout out to my family.. Tammie, Jawon Tyriek Jaida... My mother and step father (get well soon) and all my brothers and sisters. My son Matthew and finally to my Diamond family 100%.'


The Canadian teams on the move again ? -by Gianni Pascucci
According with the 'Nova Scotia News', Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston is actively looking for a new league for his team. The options should be: a) to join the NBA D-League, but not immeditely, because the league has yet scheduled the expansion teams for the 2008-09 season, b) to join the PBL, c) to join the CBA. The most interesting part of the new is, however, that Levingston said he's still in discussion with other ABA teams such as Vermont, Montreal and Quebec to see if they'd consider forming a NorthEast division together and move they all to the PBL or the CBA. Considering that this group of teams was the better organized of all the American Basketball Association, their loss could be a hard blow for Mr. Joe Newman and co...

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Stats Leaders
Adriatic League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dragicevic, CrvZv 20.5
2 Garnett, Split 19.2
3 Vladovic, Zagreb 17.9
4 Cook, CrvZv 16.5
5 Troha, Helios 15.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Golubovic, Vojv. 8.7
2 Tomic, Zagreb 7.2
3 Gecevski, Zadar 7.1
4 Stipanovic, Split 6.9
5 Ivanov, Split 6.4
Assists Per Game
1 Cook, CrvZv 6.5
2 Akins, Split 6.0
3 Vladovic, Zagreb 4.4
4 Palacio, Partiz. 4.0
5 Brewer, Zadar 3.6
Steals Per Game
1 Cook, CrvZv 3.0
2 Vladovic, Zagreb 2.0
3 Brewer, Zadar 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Vranes, Partiz. 2.0
2 Samardziski, FMP 1.6
3 Gecevski, Zadar 1.1
2FGP
1 Dragic, Olimp. 68.6
2 Paunic, Vojv. 68.0
3 Pekovic, Partiz. 67.5
3FGP
1 Krasic, Cibona 49.1
2 Stipcevic, Zadar 46.4
3 Dragic, Olimp. 45.6
Free Throws
1 Garnett, Split 90.3
2 Otasevic, Buducn. 88.5
3 Simon, Zagreb 87.3
Ranking
1 Dragicevic, CrvZv 21.9
2 Cook, CrvZv 20.7
3 Vladovic, Zagreb 19.7
4 Pekovic, Partiz. 19.4
5 Golubovic, Vojv. 18.2


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AUSTRIA

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

Stats Leaders
Baltic League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Dorbek, Trio/Dala 18.6
2. Reed, Kal/Cramo 17.9
3. Varnelis, Alytus 17.9
4. Armpalu, Fausto 17.6
5. Sheleketo, VRiga 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Stimac, Valmiera 10.9
2. Butkevicius, Nev. 10.0
3. Varnelis, Alytus 9.4
4. Janisius, Alytus 9.4
5. Williams, Techas. 9.3
Assists Per Game
1. Hill, Techasas 4.8
2. Viskontas, Neve. 4.5
3. Millage, ASK Riga 4.5
4. Jordan, LietR. 4.4
5. Nash, Valmiera 4.2
Steals Per Game
1. Millage, ASK Riga 2.8
2. Budzinausk., Tec. 2.8
3. Jeromanovs, VRig. 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Leonavicius, Neve. 3.5
2. Butkevicius, Neve. 2.0
3. Gumenyuk, VRiga 1.8
2FGP
1. Batista, LietuvR. 67.5
2. Williams, Tech. 67.5
3. Dimsa, Aisci/Atl. 65.2
3FGP
1. Dimsa, Nevezis 51.3
2. Kriisa, Kal/Cramo 50.0
3. Gecevicius, LieR. 50.0
Free Throws
1. Brown, Zalgiris 96.2
2. Adoma., Bar/LMT 89.5
3. Gecevicius, LieR. 89.5


ASK takes important victory -by Janar Filippov
ASK Riga showed a deadly defence in 4th quarter against BC Kalev/Cramo, making a crucial 3:13 run during seven minutes and capturing a first quarter-final game victory 56:62. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) made 4 three-pointers and finished as a top scorer with 14 points. ASK made only 8 three-pointers out of 26 attempts but they compensated low shooting percentage with a huge 15 offensive rebounds. The hosts managed to take only 6 offensive rebounds and also made 18 turnovers against guests' 11.

ASK started the game with a storm of three-pointers. Broyles, Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and newcomer Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) combined five triples in first quarter and led 15:21 with 7 minutes played. Kalev ended the quarter better, achieving a 21:21 draw. Valters had 10 points, already.
In 2nd, the hosts dictated the game but could not break away. ASK could make only one field goal in six minutes whereas Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) and Travis Reed (203-C-79, college: Long Beach St.) took Kalev ahead 29:24. ASK held on and Kalev win first half 33:30.
Kalev led for the most of 3rd quarter but never by more than 5 points. For the last 3 minutes ASK used a very strong quarter of Americans and with a help of superb defence, they made 2:8 run in that 3-minute period.
Reed and Kriisa opened the 4th quarter with a fast 5:0 spurt, going ahead 50:47. In next seven minutes, Kalev made 6 turnovers and missed 5 shots, whereas ASK made 5/9 shots, took 3 offensive rebounds and brighetened the game with a powerful dunks by Aerick Sanders. The last one from him, with 1.47 left, put the guests ahead 53:60, already. A three-pointer by Kriisa gave the hosts one more chance to win the game but a steal by Bramlett on the next attack and free throws by Broyles gave the Yellow team a 6-point victory ahead of next Friday's game at Arena Riga.
Besides Broyles, ASK gained 10 points from Valters, Sanders and Bramlett (also 8 rebounds). Travis Reed scored 13 and added 8 rebounds for the hosts. Kriisa, Mateo Kedzo and Kristjan Kangur added 11, the latter also made 6 turnovers.


Curtis Millage-player of the month -by Eurobasket News
Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) is a player of March with his ASK Riga. His achievement in the wins over Zalgiris, Ventspils and Nevezis were highly appreciated. In the game against Zalgiris he totaled 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals in a 74:69 win. Millage averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals.
Meanwhile Lithuanian Siauliai won the opener of the Quarterfinals in Baltic League against Barons/LMT 90 : 84. The game deserved to be the opener and brought passion and interest. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) led the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Antonio Grant and Virginijus Praskevicius followed him with 16 points each. Armands Skele (192-G-83) finished the nigth with 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Barons/LMT opened the game with five consecutive points and increased to 2:9 in the opening tip. Siauliai woke up later in the period and finished 27:21 up by the end. In the second period it was Latvian time to score 27 points, but they allowed the hosts to reach 24. Siauliai had 51:48 as the teams went to the lockers.
Lithuanian team seemed to be better relaxed after the half and grabbed 7-point lead by the end of the third.Virginijus Praskevicius and Donatas Zavackas closed the third period for 70:63 lead. Armands Skele however helped Barons to stay in the game with 83:78. Raimonds Vaikulis allowed the Latvians to make it a 1-point game 83:84, but Siauliai scored last 7 points of the game to seal the victory.
The next game is scheduled for April 12th in Latvia.


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BARBADOS

Cavs rout Sonics; take sole possession of second -by Justin Marville
Held to a mere 16 first-half points, highlighted by reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jefferson Trotman's woeful six of 21 shooting performance, Roll-A-Way Storm and Security Shutters St. John's Sonics (4-2) had their worst offensive display of the season, going down 80-54 to Station Hill Cavaliers in the Sprite/BOA Premier League Basketball match at the Wildey Gymnasium on Thursday night.

On a night where the pre-season favourites were clicking offensively from as early as the opening tip, the Sonics' offensive futility merely made the Cavs' work that much easier, as the easterly squad registered just one field goal and four points in the initial six minutes of the first quarter.

Despite captain Jason Smith starting zero for four from the field in the period, the Cavaliers (5-2) appeared as if they could do no wrong offensively in the first quarter, as starting point guard Corey Williams was perfect from the perimeter.

He combined with fellow national players Junior Moore and Kevin Sealy to score 18 of the side's 24 first-quarter points in building a 16-point advantage.

After netting just one of his six field goal attempts in the previous period, Trotman continued to force his hand in the second quarter. But it would be to no avail as he got back the same returns as in the first, resulting in Station Hill extending their substantial lead past 20 points.

Even without Williams providing a major contribution in the period, the Cavs offence did not miss a beat, with reserve swingman Corey Howard giving the team huge impetus off the bench, while the misses piled up at the other end of the floor.

From outside jumpers, to runners in the lane and even simple lay-ups, nothing would fall for Sonics, illustrated by the fact that small forward Rommel Garnes' two successful second-quarter field goals represented half of the Sonics' total points in the period.

By half-time they faced a massive 42-16 deficit.

The Sonics' fortune changed with the onset of the second half, however, as the Gall Hill-based team began to force the issue in their favoured transition game by turning up the defensive pressure.

Capitalising on some untimely turnovers and poor decision-making from the opposition, Trotman and Garnes converted Station Hill's misgivings into points in the open court, steadily chipping away at the substantial lead as the Cavaliers could only manage eight points in the first six-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter.

However, Sonics' efforts would be in vain, as back-to-back baskets from reserve guard Kenrick Haynes spurred a Cavs' offensive revival that opened the floodgates in the fourth.

Moore, the league's leading rebounder, ended with 16 points and 18 boards, while Williams also finished with 16 points and Sealy added a further 13. For the Sonics, Trotman scored a game high 20 points and Garnes ended with 13.


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BOSNIA

Reinforcements for the showdown -by Nedzad Kladusak


The participants of the Liga 8 did not wait until the end of the regular part of the championship and signed already their «secret weapons» for the Liga 8.
Siroki Hercegtisak most probably the strongest bosnian squad at the moment announced contracts of Chris Anstey (213-C-75), a legit 7 footer who played already several years in the NBA, and Greg Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) who recently split with Beykoz.
Anstey is expected to largely increase the inside power of the team from western Bosnia-Hercegovina. He is known to be a tough defender with excellent rebounding on both ends of the court. Greg Grays is a PG possessing both quickness and a consistent touch up to the three pointer.
It seems that Siroki will not only defeat Bosna but show that they reached a higher level than other basketball teams in BIH.
KK Bosna however brings two additional names as well. One of them, Tomislav Tomovic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) is well known in the capital since he played already for KK Bosna getting the reputation to be an excellent defender but also to be a lousy shooter.He comes from Megaishrana where he averaged 4 points in 25 minutes per game. He ssems to be added in order to deepen the bench since Muhamed Pasalic is more a shooter than a PG.
The officials to bring Dewayne Jefferson (191-G-79, college: Miss.Valley St.) a combo-guard who is intended to ensure a consistent outside threat and to make it easier for the bigmen to come to a 1-1game. He comes form Olimpiada Patras where he has been the best player with an excellent 3 pt shot.
Igokea Partizan, the private team of a bosnian politician and «business»man brings Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) an expereinced PF who already played for Red Star. There is no doubt that he will be an additional quality for the team from the small town of Aleksandrovac in north-western Bosnia.
There are plans to bring another player but since the transfer periods lasts until 11th of april the transfer is expected to be concluded next week.
KK Slavija the second team from Sarajevo in the Liga 8 brings Bojan Grubesic a 212cm center from KK Sloga and is negotiating with veteran center Aleksandar Damjanovic who won several championships with KK Bosna.
The league has never before been so strong as nowadays which decreases the importance of the NLB leaue.


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
1. Bosna S. 20-3
2. Sloboda Dita 18-5
3. Igokea 17-7
4. Grude 14-10
5. Slavija 13-11
6. Borac Nektar 12-11
7. Zrinjski MC 11-12
8. Hercegovac 10-14
9. Posusje 10-14
10. Zenica Celik 10-14
11. Leotar 9-15
12. Capljina 8-16
13. Vogosca 2-22
Will join on later stage:
1. Siroki -


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BULGARIA

Standings A1
A1 Standings
1. Lukoil A. 29-0
2. Levski 21-8
3. Balkan 18-11
4. Spartak P. 15-14
5. CSKA 14-15
6. Cherno More 13-16
7. Yambol 10-19
8. Rilski S-list 9-20
9. Dunav 2007 0-0
10. Sliven 0-0


Levski finished second, Balkan third -by Valentin Anguelov

The team of Levski recorded second straight win under new head coach Yulian Aladjov. Today the victim was the visiting Balkan. In Triaditsa hall the hosts managed to take a 85-80 victory. With this win the hosts secured their second place in the regular season.

The game started good for Levski as they held a 8-4 lead. The players of Balkan though hit back and after good plays by Bilbija took a 26-18 advantage. In the final moments of the quarter the hosts scored six unanswered points and came back to 24-26.

At the start of the second quarter Levski continued to play good and scored 9 straight points which meant 15-0 run after which Balkan never took the lead again. To the end of the half the game was even with slight advantage for the hosts who were up 52-46 after 20 minutes.

In the first minutes of the third quarter Levski managed to take a double digit lead but the players of Balkan didn't give up and cut the deficit to only 4 points after the third.

The last quarter was very nervous as Levski still had a good lead. However they allowed the visitors to cut the deficit to four points again in the final seconds but Ivan Lilov made a mistake and after this the hopes of Balkan were over.

Asen Velikov was the top scorer for Levski with 15 points. Rob Preston (206-F/C-82, college: Akron) added 14 and 10 rebounds and Veselin Veselinov also scored 14.

For the visitors Dwayne Morton again showed his class as he finished on top of the game with 22 points. Ivan Lilov and Boban Bilbija, who fouled out early in the third quarter, both scored 14 points.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LEVSKI - BALKAN

by Lubomir Neshev - BulgarianBasket.com



Lukoil beat Varna in a repeat of the cup final -by Valentin Anguelov

Lukoil Academic reached for the win in their last away game from the regular season, after beating 111-93 Cherno More Eurohold in a repeat of the final of the bulgarian cup from 10 days ago.

After missing the home win against Yambol, Zeljko Lukajic could count on three valuable players - Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Riste Stefanov and Tencho Banev. Lukajic also was on the bench again.

The begining was for the home side, as they lead it 10-2 after 3 minutes, but the champions quickly striked back with a 9-0 run and were ahead 10-11 after 6 minutes of play. In the end of the quarter American Willie Deane scored 7 points in a row, and made them 10 after a buzzer-beater from three-point territory - 21-33 for Lukoil, after no defense at all for the home team.

In the first five minutes of the second quarter the macedonian star Pero Antic was on fire and the score was 27-44, and minute and a half later they had a 18-point advantage - 30-48. Here the home side woke up, and Tencho Banev got a technical foul and the difference went down to 38-48. It remained like that until halftime - 45-55.

After a very high-scoring third quarter, in which both teams managed to score a total of 63 points (32-31 for Varna). Lukoil Academic didn't managed to get a bigger lead, which was a sign for a interesting final of the game.

Two consecutive long shots by Larry O'Bannon and Chavdar Kostov made the score 77-93, and a little later the champions were leading with 22 (77-99) after 13-0 run early in the fourth. At this stage the winner was clear and the game was just being played. Both coaches gave a chance to all of their players.

Pero Antic showed that he is in shape with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Willie Deane and Larry O'Bannon had 17 points each, and Nenad Canak finished with 14. Lukoil shot good from long range - 13 out of 28 attempts, which means 46.4%.

For Cherno More Todd Galloway had 24 points and 5 assists.

This was 29th win in a row for the students, and Cherno More only has 13 wins and 16, which gives them the sixth position. That's what they should prefer, because they are playing third-seeded Balkan.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME CHERNO MORE - LUKOIL ACADEMIC

by Alexander Sotirov - BulgarianBasket.com



An open letter from "AMI" agency about Ludmil Hadjisotirov and CSKA -by Vladi Lazarova
Basketball agency 'AMI' sent an open letter to all Bulgarian sports media about the real situation between the player of CSKA Ludmil Hadjisotirov, who was released from 'The Reds' without a reason. The decision was made by president Georgios Sterianopoulos and sports director Branislav Prelevic. The club didn't pay to the player since February, but refuse to admit. Here is the letter of 'AMI':

Dear friends,
As regards the situation of Ludmil Hadjisotirov, basketball player of CSKA Sophia, we want to inform Bulgarian media the following:
- The Player hasn't been paid the salaries corresponding to the last two months.
- The contract signed by the Player, the Agency and the Club allows the Player to refrain from rendering any services to the Team until the full amount owed to him has been paid by the Club.
- The Player has exercised that option and won't continue practicing and playing any official game until the Club has paid all salaries owed to the Player.
- Neither the Player nor the Agency have received any official communication about the Club breaking the contract and releasing the player.
- The only communication made by the Club to the player was made verbally, informally and through non-authorized people, which cannot be considered as legally acceptable.
- The contract signed by the CSKA officials, the Player and the Agency doesn't contain any clause that allows the Club to release the Player unilaterally. As such, the Player is still under contract until its formal termination.
- The Agency and the Player will do whatever it takes legally to defend and protect the rights of the Player in the terms specified in the Contract.
- The Agency won't allow any public statement that would put the attitude, the professionalism and the honor of our Client in jeopardy.
We hope that this open letter can be helpful to everyone to have a better knowledge of what's the situation right now and to avoid any misunderstanding regarding the absence of the Player in team practices and games.
We are open for any question regarding this issue, as our only target is to protect and defend our Player's rights and reputation, always respecting all the parts involved.

Sincerely,
Natxo Mendaza

Director of International Operations
Athlete Management International, LLC


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CANADA

The Canadian teams on the move again ? -by Gianni Pascucci
According with the 'Nova Scotia News', Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston is actively looking for a new league for his team. The options should be: a) to join the NBA D-League, but not immeditely, because the league has yet scheduled the expansion teams for the 2008-09 season, b) to join the PBL, c) to join the CBA. The most interesting part of the new is, however, that Levingston said he's still in discussion with other ABA teams such as Vermont, Montreal and Quebec to see if they'd consider forming a NorthEast division together and move they all to the PBL or the CBA. Considering that this group of teams was the better organized of all the American Basketball Association, their loss could be a hard blow for Mr. Joe Newman and co...

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CUBA

LSB Finals Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
Ciego de Avila won the LSB 2008 after an exciting Serie against Capitalinos de Ciduad la Habana. MVP of the LSB 2008 was Geoffrey Silvestre with 30.4 ppg. He was not oly the best scorer of the Finals but 'El Gato' was also the best rebounder of the LSB 2008 with 11.0 rpg. 'El Gato' Silvestre was, as always, the 'Man of the Finals', an incredible player who could play without problem in any strong european leagues.
LSB 'THE FINALS' BOXSCORES
1ST GAME: CIEGO DE AVILA- CAPITALINOS= 80-83
CAV= Silvestre 30, Perez 17, Reyes 12, Guerra 10, Granda 5, Vera 3, Luis 3, Garcia 0, Rodriguez 0
CAP= Lavastida 29, Torres 14, Leguen 13, Lima 12, Garcia 10, Valdes 4, Oliva 1, Alvarez 0, Perez 0
2ND GAME: CIEGO DE AVILA- CAPITALINOS= 84-89
CAV= Silvestre 22, Perez 22, Reyes 16, Vera 10, Guerra 5, Luis 4, Rodriguez 4, Granda 1, Garcia 0, Jova 0
CAP= Lavastida 22, Torres 22, Garcia 11, Leguen 11, Valdes 9, Alvarez 7, Lima 3, Panfet 2, Perez 2, Oliva 0, Reve 0
3RD GAME: CAPITALINOS- CIEGO DE AVILA= 74- 94
CAP= Lavastida 24, Garcia 13, Valdes 12, Torres 8, Lima 7, Perez 5, Leguen 3, Panfet 2, Oliva 0, Alorda 0, Alvarez 0
CAV= Silvestre 29, Guerra 17, Luis 13, Vera 11, Reyes 11, Rodriguez 2, Jova 2, Perez 1, Garcia 0, J. Garcia 0
4TH GAME: CAPITALINOS- CIEGO DE AVILA= 88-94
CAP= Torres 20, Leguen 18, Lima 16, Lavastida 14, Perez 8, Garcia 7, Alvarez 3, Panfet 2, Valdes 0
CAV= Silvestre 36, Guerra 23, Granda 12, Reyes 10, Perez 9, Garcia 2, Rodriguez 1, Vera 0
5TH GAME: CAPITALINOS-CIEGO DE AVILA= 64-77
CAP= Torres 13, Lavastida 12, Leguen 9, Panfet 9, Garcia 8, Valdes 8, Lima 5, Perez 0, Alvarez 0, Garcia 0, Oliva 0
CAV= Silvestre 35, Guerra 12, Reyes 11, Perez 8, Luis 5, Granda 3, Vera 2, Rodriguez 1, Garcia 0
A. Fontana


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CZECH REPUBLIC

Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
1. Nymburk 38-1
2. Geofin 31-9
3. Prostejov 27-12
4. Decin 25-15
5. Pardubice 24-16
6. Ostrava 20-19
7. A Plus B. 17-22
8. Sadska 16-24
9. USK Praha 15-24
10. Liberec 12-27
11. Kolin 9-31
12. Usti n/Labem 3-37


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Santiago Action Heating Up -by Ozell Wells

In the 1st game of the night, CDP took a step to advancing to the playoffs by beating leader GUG, 79-66. Thanks to having 4 players in double figures, 15 pts each from Bernardo Martinez (190-G-77) and John Jackson (201-F-74, college: Mississippi), Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi St.) with 14 pts, 7 assists and 5 steals, and 11 pts from Jesus Martinez (195-F-73), they set the table for a return to the playoff round. GUG had also 4 with double figures, led by international veteran player Julius Nwosu (207-C-71, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Liberty) with 16, Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) 13 pts & 14 rebounds, Homero Osorio had 14 pts & Eric Ferguson (186-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas) with 10 pts.

In the 2nd game, Cupes also took an important step toward the playoffs defeating CPN 66-62, in a very tough game. CUPES was led by Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) with 21 pts on 7 3 pt shots, newly signed Steve Castleberry (214-C-81, college: Rider) with 15 pts & 10 pts from Fausto Alex Sime (192-G-79). Ramon Reyes (200-F-78) played a great defensive game, holding CPN's Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia) to only 7 points in this crucial game. The key moment in this game came from Jose Paulino who hit a 3 pt basket after a steal from Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech), then hit a 3 to seal the victory. CPN was led by 16 pts from Eddie Elisma, 18 from Jonathan Polanco, & 13 pts from Luis Martinez (196-F, college: William Paterson).

Sunday's games, Plaza vs. Cupes at 5:00 PM, CDP vs. Sameji at 7,00 o'clock PM

THE STANDINGS:
GUG 6-3, Sameji 5-4, Cupes 5-4, CDP 5-4, CPN 4-5 and Plaza 2-7



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EGYPT

Tarek EL Ghanam faces a very hard penalty -by Sherif Soliman
Tarek will not be able to play with Ahly this season after the decision was taken this week from the Egyptian federation to suspend him till the end of the seeason.The reason for the decision goes back to Geziras game when Ahly fans had a fight with the police this fight suddenly was transferred to the basketball court.The score then was 3 points to Gezira before 11 seconds remains with Ahlys possession. After clearing the court from fans and police the referees called a technical foul on Ahly.Tarek EL Ghanam couldn't hold him self and started threatening them.Ashrf Tawfeek Ahlys head coach said(Tarek El Ghanam was the victim chosen by the federation to stop violence in basketball courts and he doesn't deserve such hard penalty).Tarek El Ghanam (212-C-78)

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EL SALVADOR

The sudden death of coach Samour -by Jaime Arevalo
Veteran coach Enrique Samour was found dead two nights ago in a hotel room at the Miramonte distric of the capital town, San Salvador. No signs of violence were found on his body, officials are considering a cardiac death or a drug poisoning. Samour was the current coach of San Marcos in Liga Superior de Baloncesto (LSB) and of the Female Senior National Team. He was well-knowk for being a great basketball teacher and also a sharp person, not used to compromises. Last week, he had threatened to leave San Marcos after that some team officials tried to interfere with his technical decisions. He will be mourned by all the basketball operators in El Salvador.

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ESTONIA

Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
1. BC Kalev 29-2
2. TU/Rock 28-3
3. Pirita 23-9
4. Triobet/Dalkia 22-11
5. Tar.Fausto 19-16
6. Valga Welg 17-18
7. Parnu 10-26
8. Kraft Mooel 7-28
9. Rakvere 7-29
10. TTU KK 6-26


ASK takes important victory -by Janar Filippov
ASK Riga showed a deadly defence in 4th quarter against BC Kalev/Cramo, making a crucial 3:13 run during seven minutes and capturing a first quarter-final game victory 56:62. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) made 4 three-pointers and finished as a top scorer with 14 points. ASK made only 8 three-pointers out of 26 attempts but they compensated low shooting percentage with a huge 15 offensive rebounds. The hosts managed to take only 6 offensive rebounds and also made 18 turnovers against guests' 11.

ASK started the game with a storm of three-pointers. Broyles, Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and newcomer Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) combined five triples in first quarter and led 15:21 with 7 minutes played. Kalev ended the quarter better, achieving a 21:21 draw. Valters had 10 points, already.
In 2nd, the hosts dictated the game but could not break away. ASK could make only one field goal in six minutes whereas Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) and Travis Reed (203-C-79, college: Long Beach St.) took Kalev ahead 29:24. ASK held on and Kalev win first half 33:30.
Kalev led for the most of 3rd quarter but never by more than 5 points. For the last 3 minutes ASK used a very strong quarter of Americans and with a help of superb defence, they made 2:8 run in that 3-minute period.
Reed and Kriisa opened the 4th quarter with a fast 5:0 spurt, going ahead 50:47. In next seven minutes, Kalev made 6 turnovers and missed 5 shots, whereas ASK made 5/9 shots, took 3 offensive rebounds and brighetened the game with a powerful dunks by Aerick Sanders. The last one from him, with 1.47 left, put the guests ahead 53:60, already. A three-pointer by Kriisa gave the hosts one more chance to win the game but a steal by Bramlett on the next attack and free throws by Broyles gave the Yellow team a 6-point victory ahead of next Friday's game at Arena Riga.
Besides Broyles, ASK gained 10 points from Valters, Sanders and Bramlett (also 8 rebounds). Travis Reed scored 13 and added 8 rebounds for the hosts. Kriisa, Mateo Kedzo and Kristjan Kangur added 11, the latter also made 6 turnovers.


Triobet/Dalkia loses three in a row -by Eurobasket News
In the latest games played in Estonian League neither BC Kalev nor TU Rock played in them. The games however were interesting even without the favorites.

BC Pirita improved to 23-9 after 64:103 victory over TTU KK. The guests grabbed the lead from the early beginning and dominated in the court. The second quarter was the most progressive for them as BC Pirita shone with 32:13. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Erki Kivinukk (199-F-73) nailed 12, while Johnny Gray (186-G-83, college: Pacific) and Romil Jermakov had 11 apiece. Erik Keedus (194-F-90) was the only player for the hosts to reach 10 points.

Triobet/Dalkia is fourth with 22-11 record. The team however lost three games in a row. After a 78:53 from TU Rock, Triobet/Dalkia was defeated by Fausto-Tartu Kalev 83:85. Sten Sokk (181-G-89) 's 35 points were not enough in that game. Ardo Armpalu paced the winners with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) collected 17 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Osvaldas Macernis had 14. Last night Triobet/Dalkia lost to Valga Welg 61:64. After domination in the first three quarters Triobet/Dalkia was downed by 12:23 in the last. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) led the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Antti Vasar scored 11 and Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81, college: W.Illinois) top-scored for Triobet/Dalkia with 17 points and 12 rebounds.


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EUROLEAGUE

Stats Leaders
Euroleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Solomon, Fener. 17.9
2 Massey, Aris 17.0
3 Price, LRytas 16.9
4 Pekovic, Partiz. 16.8
5 Greer, Olymp. 16.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Morris, Maccabi 8.5
2 Massey, Aris 8.5
3 Reyes, Real 7.1
4 Pekovic, Partiz. 7.1
5 Velickovic, Part. 7.0
Assists Per Game
1 Collins, Zalgiris 5.4
2 Papaloukas, CSKA 4.9
3 McIntyre, Siena 4.6
4 Prigioni, Tau 3.9
5 Solomon, Fener. 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 McIntyre, Siena 2.6
2 Stonerook, Siena 2.6
3 Hawkins, Roma 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Morris, Maccabi 1.9
2 Zukauskas, Zalgiris 1.4
3 N'Dong, Unicaja 1.4
2FGP
1 Petravicius, LRyt.72.2
2 Santiago, Unicaja 67.9
3 Trias, Barcelona 64.7
3FGP
1 Lavrinovic, Siena 62.8
2 Anderson, CSKA 54.4
3 Gregory, Efes 54.4
Free Throws
1 Jasikevicius, PAO 93.8
2 Prigioni, Tau 93.8
3 Greer, Olymp. 92.7


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Torpan Pojat to the semi-finals -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Quarter-Finals, Game 5: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) is the fourth team for the semi-finals, but needed all five games to defeat Tarmo (Porvoo)
3-2. In the fifth contest ToPo won over Tarmo 105-82 (43-38). Quarters: 16-20, 27-18, 28-32, 34-12. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: S.Carolina) led ToPo with his season high 35 pts. Gonner scored 22 pts during the third quarter. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) had eight shots blocked. Tarmo was still in the game (82-79) with four minutes to go, but after Travis Leech (203-C-81, college: Winona St.) fouling out and Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) getting his fourth personal foul, ToPo won the last four minutes 23-3. Tony Bennett (185-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Bradley) led Tarmo
with 25 pts, but he needed too many 2-pointers (8/28 = 28,6%) this time as well as his teammates (Tarmo 40,6% - ToPo 66,7%).

ToPo - Tarmo 105-82 (43-38) (Josh Gonner 35, Takais Brown 19, Tyson Patterson 15 - Tony Bennett 25, Mark McCarroll 19/11, Travis Leech 18).



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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 27: Friday April 4th results! -by Michael Taylor

Bundesliga Game Day 27 provided strong wins for several teams as well as a few surprises in action Friday night April 4th in Germany.

Friday April 4th

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 87 Artland Dragons 75 OT
Pascal Roller scored 26pt and Derrick Allen added 23pt 10reb as the Deutsche Bank Skyliners earned an impressive road win at Artland Arena with an 87-75 overtime victory Friday night in Quakenbruck. Artland started strong with a 19-14 lead after one and held a 37-30 at halftime. The Dragons built their advantage to 56-47 after 3Q but a 23-14 4Q from Frankfurt forced OT tied at 70. Skyliners controlled the extra session outscoring Artland 17-5 for the win. Adam Chubb led Artland with 20pt 5reb followed by 13pt apiece from Leon Rodgers and John Goldsberry and 12pt 8reb from Terrance Thomas. Both teams shot 41% from the floor with the Skyliners making two more threes and holding a slight edge in rebounding. Artland suffered 17 turnovers to Frankfurts 12 in the contest. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Frankfurt team won their 4th straight game and are now 17-11 on the season while Artland lost their 4th straight falling to 19-8.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 92 Walter Tigers Tubingen 66
Five Phantoms reached double figures and Braunschweig shot 55% from the floor in a terrific team performance resulting in a 92-66 home win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Friday night at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. Jason Cain hit 6 of 7 shots to produce 15pt 7reb and Steven Wright added 15pt with 3 threes from the bench to lead Braunschweig. John Allen went for 14pt 7reb 7ast while Jonathan Levy and Domonic Jones chipped in 13pt apiece to the win. Patrick Sparks paced Tubingen with 21pt while Jermaine Anderson added 16. Braunschweig steadily built their lead and held a 47-37 advantage at half. The Phantoms outrebounded the Tigers 39-31 and limited Tubingen to 39% shooting in the game. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and the Phantoms upped their record to 14-13 while Tubingen dropped to 7-20.

LTi Giessen 46ers 71 brose Baskets Bamberg 64
In a notable home win LTi Giessen 46ers captured a 71-64 victory over brose Baskets Bamberg Friday night in Giessen. Michael Umeh exploded for 32pt including 5 of 9 from three to lead the 46er attack with help from 15pt from Gerrit Terdenge and 11pt from Corey Rouse. The 46ers started strong with a 20-11 1Q and held a 35-26 halftime lead. After 3Q the 46ers held a 57-46 lead and held off the Bamberg comeback. Darren Fenn led Bamberg with 16pt and Dwayne Mitchell added 14 in the game. Giessen outrebounded Bamberg 36-29 and made 19 of 27 FT (70%) to Bambergs 12 of 16 (75%). Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and the 46ers moved to 8-19 while Bamberg fell to 18-9.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 82 EnBW Ludwigsburg 74
Eddie Basden topscored with 17pt while Winsome Frazier and John Bowler added 14pt apiece to lead Telekom Baskets Bonn to a solid 82-74 road win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Friday at Rundsporthalle. Bonn jumped to a 22-10 lead and held a 44-27 halftime lead. After a highscoring 3Q, Bonn led 70-55 and held off a Ludwigsburg comeback to take the win. Bonn shot 48% while Ludwigsburg hit 42% and both teams had 20 turnovers in the up and down game. Brandon Woudstra and Heiko Schaffartzik led Ludwigsburg with 14pt apiece while David McCray added 13. Head Coach Michael Koch and his Bonn team won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 18-9 while Ludwigsburg dropped their 5th game in a row falling to 12-15.

Eisbaren Bremerhaven 82 ratiopharm Ulm 75
Brian Brown was in top form scoring 20pt and big men Matt Haryasz (12reb) and Anthony Tolliver (7reb) each added 15pt to lead Eisbaren Bremerhaven to an important 82-75 road win over ratiopharm Ulm Friday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. Bremerhaven controlled play early building a 23-15 lead after 1Q and 49-38 at half. Ulm trimmed the deficit to 69-59 after 3Q and pulled to within 73-71 with 2min to play, but a big Nate Funk basket and free throws sealed the win. Bremerhaven shot 48% from the floor and limited Ulm to 36% while outrebounding Ulm 43-38. Ulm hit only 9 of 35 threes (25%) and 10 of 20 FT in the loss. Dru Joyce led Ulm with 15pt followed by Bryan Lucas and Romeo Travis with 13pt apiece and Jeff Gibbs with 12pt 11reb. Head Coach Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas and his team improved to 14-13 while ratiopharm Ulm fell to 13-15.

Thursday April 3rd
Koln 99ers 99 Science City Jena 84
Milko Bjelica scored 27pt and Brian Greene added 20pt leading Koln 99ers to a 99-84 home win over Science City Jena Thursday night at Rheinenergie Dome. Jena opened with a 26-17 1Q before Koln responded to take a 47-46 halftime lead. Koln pushed ahead to 69-64 after 3Q. Koln shot 54% from the floor and 54% from three (12-22) while drilling 70% from the foul line (17-24). Jena shot 60% from the floor and was led by Lavelle Felton's 25pt effort and Jason Miller's 15pt night. Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his 99ers upped their record to 14-13 while Jena fell to 4-23.

TBB Trier 92 Bayer Leverkusen 83
Mike Benton scored 28pt 11reb and Austen Rowland added 21pt 7ast in an important 92-83 upset win over Bayer Leverkusen Thursday night at Trier Arena. Caleb Greeb also was strong with 18pt 5reb in the win. Leverkusen started strong with a 28-15 1Q leading to a 49-37 halftime lead. Trier turned the tables in the second half with a 24-12 3Q trimming the deficit to 61-61 game after three. Trier outscored Leverkusen 31-22 in the 4Q to take the important win. Brendan Winters led Leverkusen with 29pt (6 of 10threes) followed by Brant Bailey 19pt 6reb. Trier shot 49% from the floor compared to 35% for Leverkusen. Head Coach Yves Defraigne and Trier improved to 6-21 while Leverkusen slipped into second place at 20-7.

Febuary 13th ALBA Berlin beat Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 89-75 at MaxSchmellinghalle in Berlin and March 19th BG74 Gottingen topped digibu Baskets Paderborn 93-82 at Lokhalle in other rescheduled Game Day 27 games. The Bundesliga returns to action Sunday April 6th with another exciting set of games all over Germany in Game Day 28.



Regionalliga News -by Moritz Korff
Peter Krausen (207-C-85) will move back to the NVV Lions Moenchengladbach (Regionalliga West) for the 2008-2009 season. The former German Junior International spent the 2007-2008 campaign with the Elephants Grevenbroich, but played for the Lions from 2004 to 2007.

Phillip Kappenstein (195-F/G-79) has been named the new Head Coach of BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga West). The 28-year-old who spent two years as a player on the BSV-roster comes back to Wulfen from UBC Muenster.

Elton Coffield (193-G, college: Mount Olive) has extended his contract with the BSW Sixers who recently won the championship in the 2. Regionalliga North-East and have earned a spot to go to the start in the Regionalliga North next season. Coffield was one of three Americans who helped the Sixers to capture the title. He averaged 22.5 points in 22 appearances for BSW.


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GREECE

Olympiakos lost the chance to qualify to the final 4! -by Chris Mammides

Olympiakos lost the chance to become the team to represent the Hellenic Basketball in Madrid and Final four after loosing in its home court by the all mighty CSKA 73-83. Coach Panagiotis Yiannakis tried for the best but Ramunas Sisakuskas with his scoring abilities and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (200-G-77) with his organising skills and amazing brains, had a different oppinion.

Even though Olympiakos started the game in a very good rythm and with his 13,000 fans cheering from the very first second of the game, the rythm lost exactly after the first quarter, the first quarter ended with 27-15 and the second with 11-27, what they build in the first quarter they lost it quite easy on the second. CSKA is a very experience team and you can only have one chance against their power, Olympiakos, unfortunately lost the chance as Yiannakis aces this time couldn;t help at all, Lyn Greer was in an amazingly negative form as the defence of the Russian team was really very good and Theodoros Papaloukas, Holden and Zisis made the American guard's life very difficult. The result was his only 8 points in the game with a lot of baskets loosing their target, on the other hand the 8 three pointers of Langton and Siskauskas reminded us the Greek cup final where Panathinaikos scored 16 three pointers against Yiannakis team and the red players simply couldn't stop them. Woods and Printezis gave their best self in teh game but the second hald was totally disaster for the reds as Smodis and Andersen took over while Teodosic and Masijauskas were in a very low production. The result was simple, CSKA took the total control and increase the deficit which reeched up to 17 points at the mid of the third period. The final score is not 100% fair as the men in gray seems to have a favorite team in these Greek vs Russian teams games, they were once more in a very pro CSKA mood. Top scorer for the Reds was Woods with 19 followed by Printezis with 17 and Blakney with 9, while from CSKA, Siskauskas 20, Langton 19 and Smodis 17 not to forget the Theodoros Papaloukas 7 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals!! The quarters of the game were: 27-15, 38-42, 56-70 and the 73-83

Next game next Wednesday in Moscow..



A1: Match Day 23 - Results and Scorers -by George Manousidis
AEL-PAOK 74-63
PΑΟΚ did not succeed in Larissa where defeated by the AEL 74-63 and remained in marginal case above the relegation zone.
1st Quarter: 19-18
2nd Quarter: 40-35
3rd Quarter: 57-45
4th Quarter: 74-63
Top scorers
AEL: Kis 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal - Klimavicious 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 blocks.
PAOK: Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal - Ralhimi 13 points,4 rebounds and 1 block

ARIS-KOLOSSOS 75-64
After 3 loosinig games, Aris returned in the victories with a remarkable performance against Kollossos 75-64.
Aris maintain the precedence for the conquest of 3rd place in the regular duration of championship.
1st Quarter: 27-20
2nd Quarter: 40-37
3rd Quarter: 59-47
4th Quarter: 75-64
Top scorers
Aris: Masei 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals - Washington 15 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal
Kolossos: Pinok 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks

OLYMPIADA-MAROUSI 73-93
Another step for his involvement in the play off made Marousi in Patra. Players of Souli Markopoulo prevail against 93-73 of the Olympiada.
1st Quarter: 20-25
2nd Quarter: 37-49
3rd Quarter: 46-64
4th Quarter: 73-93
Top scores
Olympiada: Dorkofikis 24 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals - Osmokrovic 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
Maroussi: Stevenson 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 block - Haralampidis 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal

EGALEO-OLYMPIA 72-76
Players of George Bartzoka prevail against 76-72 of the Egaleo in the struggle for the 23 days of the A1, has been the third successive victories and now has the opportunity to remain alive in the hunting of the fourth position.
1st Quarter: 14-20
2nd Quarter: 39-40
3rd Quarter: 58-59
4th Quarter: 72-76
Top scorers
Egaleo: Nikolaidis 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists - Kalinikidis 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal
Olympia: Kurtovic 14 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal - Lacey 14 points, 9 rebounds and 1 steal

PANELLINIOS-RETHYMNO 87-76
The 'loneliness' of the fourth position continues to enjoy Panellinios, after the easy victory over AGOR. Panellinios prevail against the team of Argyris Pedoulakis 87-76 in Kypseli.
The Cretans, however,succeed to remain above the relegation zone, after the defeat of the Kolossos.
1st Quarter: 22-16
2nd Quarter: 46-40
3rd Quarter: 68-59
4th Quarter: 87-76
Top scorers
Panellinios: Grundy 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals - Golemac 10 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assists
Rethymno: Vouyoukas 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists - Young 14 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
1. Trikalla 2000 21-4
2. Panorama 18-7
3. Dafni 18-7
4. DASH Perist. 16-9
5. Ionikos Lamias 16-9
6. HSBC Pagrati 14-11
7. Iraklis 13-12
8. ICBS 13-12
9. Panerythrai. 12-13
10. Xanthi 11-14
11. MENT 11-14
12. Ilysiakos 9-16
13. Apollon 9-16
14. Sporting 7-18
15. Halkida 7-18
16. P.Faliro 5-20


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
1. Panathin. 20-2
2. Olympiak. 19-3
3. Aris 15-8
4. Panellinios 14-9
5. Panionios 12-10
6. Maroussi 11-12
7. Egaleo 11-12
8. AEL 11-12
9. AEK 10-12
10. Olimpia L. 10-13
11. Rethimno 8-15
12. PAOK 8-15
13. Kolossos 7-16
14. Olimpiada P. 3-20


Standings - B-C leagues
B Standings
B Division
1. Near East 19-5
2. Ikaros K. 17-7
3. Komotini 16-8
4. Aigio Helesi 16-8
5. Amyntas 15-9
6. Ermis L. 15-9
7. KAOD 15-9
8. Lavrio 15-9
9. Anagennisi 15-9
10. Ikaroi Serron 14-10
11. Doukas 10-14
12. Goumenissa 10-14
13. Alimos 6-18
14. Makedonikos 6-18
15. Milonas 2-22
16. Olympiakos V. 1-23
C North - Group 1
1. AIAS Evosmou 20-4
2. Arhelaos 20-4
3. Aiginiakos 15-8
4. Filippos V. 15-8
5. Niki Volou 14-9
6. HANTH 13-10
7. Argos Orestiko 12-11
8. Galaxias 10-13
9. Proteas G. 10-13
10. Siatista 9-14
11. Foinikas 9-14
12. Ionas Volou 8-15
13. Ifestos T. 5-18
14. Megas Al. 3-20
C North - Group 2
1. Apollon K. 21-2
2. Stratoni 21-3
3. Enosi Kavalas 20-4
4. Mantoulidis 16-7
5. Halkidona 16-7
6. Eleftheroupoli 14-9
7. Makabi 12-11
8. M.Alexandros 12-11
9. Ionikos Ionias 10-13
10. Thermaikos 7-16
11. Komotinis 5-18
12. VAO 5-18
13. Arion Xanthis 4-19
14. Nikiti H. 0-16
C South - Group 1
1. Arkadikos 20-4
2. Gyziakos 20-4
3. Agia Paras. 16-7
4. Kronos l. 16-7
5. AEK/Pegasus 14-9
6. Peiraikos 13-10
7. Kefallonias 13-10
8. KAO Palaimon 13-10
9. Apolloniada 11-12
10. Doxa Lefkadas 10-13
11. Papagou 6-17
12. AEM Polyvios 4-19
13. EA Patron 3-20
14. Messinis 3-30
C South - Group 2
1. OFI 20-4
2. Ierapetra 19-5
3. Zografou 16-7
4. Panelefsiniakos 16-7
5. Filathlitikos 14-9
6. Kronos AD 14-9
7. Ionikos Nikaias 12-11
8. Arditos 12-11
9. Ionikos N.F. 11-12
10. Aris Nikaias 10-13
11. Apollon Sm. 7-16
12. Ermis S. 6-17
13. Diagoras 3-20
14. Halkida 2-21


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GUATEMALA

Nacionales defeat Sat-Cybertech at home in Game 1 -by Victor Padilla
With 21 and 14 points each, Panamenians Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) and Jorge Taton (200-F/C-81) led Nacionales de El Salvador in a strong 94-67 win over visiting team Sat-Cybertech, which did not roll up import player Henry Martinez for this match. The Guatemalan team, already classified for the Final Four of Liga Centroamericana, was out-rebounded by the Salvadorian team 28 to 18, and as a consequence could not show the fast-paced, transition game that ranked them first in Group B after the end of Round 1 of Liga Centroamericana. For the losing effort, Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) led his team with 24 points, most of them from the 3-point line. It is yet to see if Nacionales will be able to repeat their performance tonight in Game 2, when the two teams meet again at Gimnasio Nacional Adolfo Pineda, and Nacionales farewells Liga Centroamericana.

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HUNGARY

Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
1. Falco 19-5
2. Dombovar 16-7
3. Pecs 15-9
4. Szolnok 15-9
5. Atomeromu 14-9
6. Albacomp 13-10
7. Nyiregyhazi 13-10
8. Kormend 13-11
9. Univer KSE 11-12
10. Soproni 10-13
11. ZTE KK 9-14
12. MAFC 6-17
13. Kaposvari 5-18
14. Bodrogi Bau 4-19


Regular season: Round 23 -by Tamas Deri
As this weekend the main games were played in Szombathely - Final Four - only three games were played in the regular season.

Zalaegerszeg had one easy victory against the Panthers from Pecs. Miskovic scored 21 points, Kalman had 17, Bassette was close to a double-double with 9 points and 13 rebounds and even Walter had a nice second half with 11 points and lead Zalaegerszeg to this surprising easy win.

Kecskemet eliminated Hodmezovasarhely even without brasilian forward Antonio Jefferson, who will not be able to play because of one injury this season anymore. The home team was lead by the foreigners: Sigurdarson scored 22, Blair 21 and Fiegi 19 points.

In Kaposvar the home team had a very important victory against the big rival team MAFC from Budapest. Ceskovic, Hendlein and Vojvoda scored 58 of team's 88 points.

UNIVER-KECSKEMET-BODROGI BAU VASARHELY 114-79
(26-21, 27-20, 30-15, 31-23)
Kecskemet, Att.: 500, Referees: Forrai, Szakall, Gal J.
KECSKEMET: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Birmingham Souther) 22/15, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 21/3, Horvath A. 7/3, Szabo Zs. 8, Eric Fiegi (206-C-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Corban) 19, Halmai 11, Csabay 11/9, Vida 1, Lekli, Toth P. 10/6, Csorvasi 4, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
VASARHELY: Gabor Drahos (185-G-79) 24/12, Freeman 10/3, Brooks 17, Robert Kovats (199-F-84) 18, Gemes, Babut 4, Kukla 2, Szogi, Boszormenyi 4, Csorba, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo


KAPOSVARI KK-MAFC 88-84
(27-22, 25-25, 14-19, 22-18)
Kaposvar, Att.: 350, Referees: Valovics, Kiss L., Vetek
KAPOSVAR: Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) 25/3, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/9, Szőke 5/3, Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 22/3, Kinsella 3/3, Csirke 12/6, Orosz 7, Kiss K. 3, Coach: Horvath Imre
MAFC: Young 15, Harris 11/3, Zoltan Wehner (191-G/F-82) 18/6, Andras Vavra (202-F-78) 18/9, Kecskes 4, Gabor Fulop (205-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18, Misek, Coach: Dinnyes Attila


ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK-PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS 89-62
(25-10, 16-18, 24-12, 24-22)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 800, Referees: Foldhazi, Bognar, Franyo
ZALAEGERSZEG: Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) 24/12, Mark Walters (188-G-82, agency: Warren Sports, college: N.Mexico) 11/3, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Hoffmann 8/3, Reggie Bassette (206-C-77, college: ODU) 9, Gaspar 6/6, Keresztes, Baki 8/6, Simon L. 2, Toth A. 2, Vertetics 2, Coach: Nikola Lazic
PECS: Jovanovic 4, Williams 11/3, Denes 4/3, Toth N. 10/6, Lapov 2, Czigler 8, Aleksic 10/6, Grebenar 11, Kutasi 2, Kovacs, Coach: Sztojan Ivkovics


Hungarian Cup, day two -by Tamas Deri

In the game of the two disappointed teams for the third place the fans could see a very tied game for thirty minutes. In the last quarter the team of Kormend, lead by Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Stanley Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) decided the game by nice three pointers and fastbreaks and won the bronze medal.

Polaroid-Lami Ved Kormend-Albacomp 78-70
(18-22, 17-18, 17-16, 26-14)
Szombathely, Att.: 1.400
Kormend: Thomas 8, Fodor 2, Ferencz 8/6, Stanley Ocitti 20/6, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) 10, Marton Fodor 12/6, Henderson 5, McCants 4, Trummer 7/3, Toth 2, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
Albacomp: Simon 11/3, Bradford 11/6, Radovic 8, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) 21/3, Boozer 8, Keller 4, Antal 3, David 4, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos


In the first part of the game both teams made a lot of mistakes, that was the reason of the low scores. The guests made a lot of fastbreaks but missed the layups, however had luck as the home team missed a lot of shots too.
In the halftime the guests lead 36:32, from the home team only Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) played as expected, scored alone 14 of team's 32 points. In the third quarter Falco played better and tied the game.
In the last ten minutes the guests finished probably all their offenses with scores, so were up by 6 points 5 minutes before the end. Varadi and Kazlauskas scored very important points and tied the game again - 72:72. There were ninty seconds to go: ASE lost the ball because of one offensive foul, on the other side Kazlauskas made his two free throws. Stevenson scored a nice jumper, Doyne missed his shoot, and six seconds before the end Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.) made his shoot, Paks was up by 2 points.
But than came Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) again, who got the ball, dribbled to the basket and scored a crazy layup: 76:76, overtime!
In the overtime both teams scored a lot, the game was tied. 42 seconds before the end Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) made his shoot, Falco lead by 2 points. But, than came Brooks from ASE, who tied the game with a nice basket again, second overtime!
The third extra five minutes ASE eliminated FALCO with fastbreaks and easy layups, dunks by Nile Murry, Horvath and Brooks! ASE won the Hungarian Cup in 2008!

FALCO-SZOVA KC-SZOMBATHELY-ATOMEROMU SE 96-107
(15-10, 17-26, 23-20, 21-20, 11-11, 9-20)
Szombathely, Att.: 2.200, Referees: Hartyani, Bodnar, Palla

FALCO: Laszlo Kalman 24/6, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 25/9, Draughan 3, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 27/12, Aliakseyeu 4, Kornel Varadi (198-G-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/3, Feigl, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
ATOMEROMU: Meszaros 7/3, Toroman 2, Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) 12, Horvath Z. 12, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 16, Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) 21/3, Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.) 27/12, Ervin Csaplar-Nagy (211-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10/3, Kiss Zs., Coach: Sabali Balazs



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ISRAEL

Israeli U18 National Team for the Tournament in Mannheim -by Netanel Dahan
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Ventura


Reis


Sabag


Tamir


Shiran

4 Elad Ventura (190-G-90) of Maccabi Raanana
5 Tal Kareplesz (195-F-90) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion

6 Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) of Hapoel Galil Elyon
7 Chen Zigdon (174-G-90) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan
8 Ben Reis (196-F-90) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv
9 Liran Moran (192-G-90) of Maccabi Qiryat Motzkin
10 Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) of Maccabi Haifa
11 Daniel Rom (206-F-90) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv
12 Ron Sabag (184-G-90) of Hapoel Galil Elyon
13 Igor Nasterenko (200-C-90) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion
14 Daniel Tamir (206-C-91) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
15 Carmel Bouchman (200-F-91) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv

Reserve:
Or Eida (202-F-90) of Hapoel Givatayim
Omer Rub (173-G-90) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan
Matan Marciano (-90) of Baitar Benyamina
David Shamriz (192-G-91) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan
Guy Dotan (175-G-91) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem


Head Coach: Danny Franco .



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ITALY

Saturday triumphs for Biella and Teramo -by Gianni Pascucci
In the anticipated games of Serie A Round 30, Angelico Biella defeated Snaidero Udine 76-66, keeping alive its hopes to enter in the playoff grid. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Ohio) was the game MVP, scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebs. Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79) added 16 points at the winning side, while Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80, college: Villanova) shined in Udine, with 14 pts, 8 rebs, 2 steals, 2 assits. In the night game, Siviglia Wear Teramo defeated Scavolini-Spar Pesaro 95-93 at the end of a game played all 'head to heat' by the two teams. Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) led Pesaro with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 1 asssist in a very good performing, but it wasn' t enough. Devin Green (201-G-82, college: Hampton) and Brandon Brown (202-F-81, college: Tulane) scored 17 points each and three other teammates ended the game in double digits for Teramo, that took the win.
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it


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JORDAN

Round 1 of Excellent League's Finals (Updated) -by Mohammed Malas

* First place Game 1 - Friday 4th of April:

Zain 96 - Orthodox 89 (Qs: 24-25, 49-45, 68-58 & 96-89)

# Best perfromance:
-Zain:
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) (35 pts, 4 stl, 7 reb)
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (29 pts, 6 ast)
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) (17 pts, 10 reb)

-Orthodox:
Chris Campbell (194-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Harding) (18 pts, 4 ast)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (17 pts, 13 reb)
Fadel Najjar (194-G-85) (13 pts, 4 ast)


* Third place Game 1 - Friday 4th of April:

Arena Amman 117 - Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman 108 (Qs: 25-22, 58-50, 85-78 & 117-108)

# Best performance:
- Arena Amman:
Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) (43 pts, 13 reb!!)
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) (26 pts, 9 reb)
Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) (20 pts, 8 ast)
- Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman:
Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) (32 pts, 9 reb)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (22 pts, 6 ast)
Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) (20 pts, 11 reb)



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KENYA

School Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Migori hosts the competition of secondary schools in Kenya. Defending champions Maseno School beat Nyamira Technical and hosts Migori High School. In the first game Maseno School had a 51:32 win over Nyamira. Edwin Otula (175-G-89) was the best player for the winners. Nyamira's Robin Mainda starred for his team. In their second match, Maseno overwhelmed Migori High 88:9 to qualify to the quarterfinals.
In Eastern Province, Mukaa Boys High School from Kibwezi district won the basketball titles by overcoming strong opponents at Meru School Thursday.Mukaa trailed 10 points but came back to the game with and won over St Charles Lwanga 67:59. The latter opened the game better and had 10 points advantage in the beginning of it.
Trevecca Trojans Men's Basketball Roster in NAIA of North America had Kenyan playres in the roster for season 2007/2008. Dennis Miruka (206-C), Brian Oduor (193-G), Collins Onyando (196-C) and Oliver Ong'ara (203-C) struggled hard and helped the team to reach the Play-offs. In the first round the team beat University of Mobile 67:58. Collins Onyando had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
That was the third time in four years the Trojans have advance to the Sweet 16 at the NAIA National Tournament. Georgetown overcame Trojans 85:83 in the next round. Georgetown led 84:77 with just 38 seconds remaining when Trevecca Nazarene mounted a comeback bid. Brian Oduor nailed 17 points, while another Kenyan Collins Onyando posted 9 points.


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LATVIA

Siauliai takes the lead over Barons/LMT -by Eurobasket News

Siauliai -Barons/LMT 90 : 84 ( 27-21, 24-27, 19-15, 20-21 )

Lithuanian Siauliai won the opener of the Quarterfinals in Baltic League against Barons/LMT 90 : 84. The game deserved to be the opener and brought passion and interest. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) led the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Antonio Grant and Virginijus Praskevicius (206-C/F-74) followed him with 16 points each. Armands Skele (192-G-83) finished the nigth with 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Barons/LMT opened the game with five consecutive points and increased to 2:9 in the opening tip. Siauliai woke up later in the period and finished 27:21 up by the end. In the second period it was Latvian time to score 27 points, but they allowed the hosts to reach 24. Siauliai had 51:48 as the teams went to the lockers.
Lithuanian team seemed to be better relaxed after the half and grabbed 7-point lead by the end of the third.Virginijus Praskevicius and Donatas Zavackas closed the third period for 70:63 lead. Armands Skele however helped Barons to stay in the game with 83:78. Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) allowed the Latvians to make it a 1-point game 83:84, but Siauliai scored last 7 points of the game to seal the victory.

The next game is scheduled for April 12th in Latvia.

Siauliai: Donatas Zavackas 20 points, 11 rebounds, Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) 16, Virginijus Praskevicius 16.
Barons/LMT: Armands Skele 19, Alexander 15



LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
1. Valmiera 13-8
2. BK Ventsp. 12-2
3. Barons/LMT 11-2
4. VEF Riga 11-9
5. Liep.Lauvas 10-11
6. ASK Riga 9-3
7. Bum./ASK 3-19
8. Keizarmezs 2-17
Division II
1. Zemgale 27-5
2. Ventspils au. 25-7
3. RNS-D/Livani 20-12
4. ASK/Juniors 20-12
5. Jurmala 14-18
6. LU/Ridzene 13-19
7. Roja 12-20
8. Saldus 7-25
9. Cesis/Remarks 6-26


Stats Leaders
LBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Ozols (Jurmala) 21.5
Kanbergs (VA) 20.0
Berkis (Zemgale) 17.8
Rudzitis (Bum.) 17.6
Mizis (LU/Ridz.) 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
Stimac (Valmiera) 11.3
Ed.Eglitis (LU/Ridz.) 8.8
Neilands (Roja) 8.4
Licitis (Saldus) 8.4
Alexander (Barons) 8.1
Assists Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 7.6
Tiss (Saldus) 4.5
Buskevics (ASK) 4.4
Olivero (Valmiera) 4.4
R.Eglitis (Cesis) 4.0
Steals Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 3.3
Skele (Barons) 2.5
Love (Ventspils) 2.5,
Blocks Per Game
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 2.7
D.Rozitis (Cesis) 2.4
Rich (Liepaja) 2.4
Ranking
Stimac (Valmiera) 21.7
Kanbergs (VA) 20.9
Raiskums (Zemgale) 20.2


Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi 1-4
1. Valmiera-2 10-1
2. DU/Hansabanka 7-4
3. Maksis/LTI 5-6
4. Madona 0-11
Austrumi 5-7
1. Preili 5-2
2. Jekabpils 3-3
3. Ezerzeme 2-5
Centrs 1-4
1. ASK Kadeti 5-1
2. Keizarmezs-2 3-3
3. Jurmala 2 3-3
4. Ogre/Sonora 1-5
Centrs 5-8
1. Kursa/MRU 4-0
2. Turiba 3-2
3. LU 2-3
4. VIA Riga 0-4
Centrs 9-12
1. VEF Riga 4-0
2. Ridzene 89 1-1
3. Salacgriva 1-2
4. Saulkrasti 1-4
Centrs 13-16
1. I.O.S. 3-1
2. Ridzene M. 2-2
3. ASK Kadeti-2 2-3
4. 3.BJSS 2-3
Centrs 17-20
1. DSN 2-0
2. Ridzene 91 1-1
3. LNSF 0-2
Rietumi 1-4
1. Liepajas Papirs 8-4
2. Variants 6-6
3. Kandava 5-6
4. Dartija 4-7
Rietumi 5-9
1. Perkons 11-2
2. Zemgale/Juniors 11-3
3. Talsi 5-7
4. Baldone 3-10
5. Olaine 3-11


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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

First win for Jaguares -by Gianni Pascucci
Finally, Jaguares de la UAM took their first win in Liga Centroamericana. They defeated on friday night Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica 64-60, in front of their fans, an the Polideportivo Espana Arena, in Managua. Veteran import Jason Walters (196-G-71, college: Mt.Senario), who scored 19 points was the best in Jaguares. The other best performers at the winning side were Rudy Taylor (198-F-83) with 12, Roger Munoz (208-C-84) with 10 and Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83) with 9. The best players in Liceo were Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) with 17 points and Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) with 13. Game 2 of this series has been played yesterday night, but we don' t know yet the final score. With another win, Jaguares could upset Liceo, advancing to the Final Four at their place.

Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
1. Pioneros 8-0
2. Liceo 2-5
3. Jaguares 1-6
Group B
1. Icevic T. 5-1
2. SAT 4-1
3. Nacionales 1-6


Nacionales defeat Sat-Cybertech at home in Game 1 -by Gianni Pascucci
With 21 and 14 points each, Panamenians Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) and Jorge Taton (200-F/C-81) led Nacionales de El Salvador in a strong 94-67 win over visiting team Sat-Cybertech, which did not roll up import player Henry Martinez for this match. The Guatemalan team, already classified for the Final Four of Liga Centroamericana, was out-rebounded by the Salvadorian team 28 to 18, and as a consequence could not show the fast-paced, transition game that ranked them first in Group B after the end of Round 1 of Liga Centroamericana. For the losing effort, Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) led his team with 24 points, most of them from the 3-point line. It is yet to see if Nacionales will be able to repeat their performance tonight in Game 2, when the two teams meet again at Gimnasio Nacional Adolfo Pineda, and Nacionales farewells Liga Centroamericana.

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LITHUANIA

LKL Last Round Review -by Lukas Zajancauskas

The major match in this round was in Kaunas, where Zalgiris played against their biggest rivals Lietuvos Rytas. This match doesn't had any determination, because Rytas was ahead by two victories and Zalgiris didn't kad a chance to obtain home advantage in the final series. Zalgiris won 84:78. Great performance by Rytas forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 27 points. The crucial fact in this match was three pointers and free throws. Zalgiris hit 32 free throws out of 34 and Rytas 15 out of 17. The Greens made 8/19 three pointers, Rytas - 3/19.
Other three games had many influence to the final order. Sakalai won in Klaipeda (76:84) and Techasas lost at home (88:92). After that Sakalai obtained the 7th place and Techasas pass to the play-offs. Great night for Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, college: Hawaii), he scored 25 points and got 32 index points. In the fourth game in this round, Nevezis overcame Atletas 82:72. This let Nevezis gain the 6th place, Atletas - 8th. 6th place is very inportant, because you avoid Rytas or Zalgiris in the quater-finals. Young Lithuanians Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86), Benas Veikalas (193-G-83, college: Metro St.) and Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) was the leaders of Nevezis that night.

Quater Final Pairs :

Lietuvos Rytas - Atletas

Zalgiris - Sakalai

Siauliai - Nevezis

Alytus - Neptunas

Zalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas 84:78 (18:19, 19:13, 20:27, 27:19).

Zalgiris : Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 21, Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) 20, Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) 16.
Rytas : Kenan Bajramovic 27, Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) 11, Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) 9.

Neptunas - Sakalai 76:84 (18:20, 21:25, 21:19, 16:20).

Neptunas : Vaidotas Peciukas 25, Paulius Pociuipa (197-G-81) 17, Evaldas Dainys (180-G-82, college: Cent.Florida CC) 9.
Sakalai : Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) 20, Nerijus Strazdauskas (198-F-84) 12, Arnas Labuckas (205-F/C-87) 12, Rolandas Matulis (199-C-73) 12, Mindaugas Reminas (187-G-86) 12.

Techasas - Alytus 88:92 (22:24, 24:16, 18:24, 24:28).


Techasas : Chris Hill (178-G-83, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 20, Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-G-73) 17, Paulius Staskunas (200-F-74) 17.
Alytus : Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) 26, Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) 23, Saulius Kazevicius (189-G-76) 16.

Nevezis - Atletas 82:72 (10:19, 19:12, 24:17, 29:24).

Nevezis : Aidas Viskontas 17, Benas Veikalas 16, Gintaras Leonavicius 15.
Atletas : Gintautas Vileita (192-G-75, college: Monmouth) 21, Valdas Dabkus (202-F-84) 15, Ernestas Ezerskis (195-G-87) 12.



Siauliai takes the lead over Barons/LMT -by Eurobasket News

Siauliai -Barons/LMT 90 : 84 ( 27-21, 24-27, 19-15, 20-21 )

Lithuanian Siauliai won the opener of the Quarterfinals in Baltic League against Barons/LMT 90 : 84. The game deserved to be the opener and brought passion and interest. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) led the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Antonio Grant and Virginijus Praskevicius (206-C/F-74) followed him with 16 points each. Armands Skele (192-G-83) finished the nigth with 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Barons/LMT opened the game with five consecutive points and increased to 2:9 in the opening tip. Siauliai woke up later in the period and finished 27:21 up by the end. In the second period it was Latvian time to score 27 points, but they allowed the hosts to reach 24. Siauliai had 51:48 as the teams went to the lockers.
Lithuanian team seemed to be better relaxed after the half and grabbed 7-point lead by the end of the third.Virginijus Praskevicius and Donatas Zavackas closed the third period for 70:63 lead. Armands Skele however helped Barons to stay in the game with 83:78. Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) allowed the Latvians to make it a 1-point game 83:84, but Siauliai scored last 7 points of the game to seal the victory.

The next game is scheduled for April 12th in Latvia.

Siauliai: Donatas Zavackas 20 points, 11 rebounds, Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) 16, Virginijus Praskevicius 16.
Barons/LMT: Armands Skele 19, Alexander 15



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LUXEMBOURG

Etzella, Sparta and Amicale with wins in DBBL playoffs!!! -by Alex Meyers

March 28, 2008

Sparta 80 - Musel-Pikes 65

Sparta jumped out to a 14 point first quarter lead and continued to dominate in the second period. The 20 point halftime lead would prove to be important as the Musel Pikes team bounced back in the second half winning it by a total of five points 37-42. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) made all the folks in red and white in Atert happy with a 38 point 9 rebound effort. Ziai Sohrab pitched in with 16 points and the rest of Sparta's scoring was very balanced as five other players scored points for the home team. Musel Pikes' Christopher Braier was held to 11 points. Guy Schmit scored 14 and Samy Picard 13. Sparta will play Amicale in Steinsel on Saturday, April 5th at 8:30pm and Musel pikes must host Etzella on Sunday April 6 in Remich at 6:00pm.

Sparta: 19 field goals, 8 three pointers, 14 for 26 free throws, 37 rebounds 20 fouls and 12 turnovers.
Smith 38, Sohrab 16, Baustert 7, Hoffmann 5, Wulff 7, also Tripodo, Wolzfeld 3, Rupil, Nittler 2 and Evans.
Musel Pikes: 25 field goals, 5 three pointers, 10 for 17 free throws, 29 rebounds, 24 fouls and 12 turnovers.
G. Scmit 14, Schwartz 6, Picard 13, Braier 11, Kirch 4, also C. Dentzer, R. Dentzer 6, Kox 3, C. Schmit 8 and Schmitz.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 24-10, Halftime 43-23, 3rd Q 69-46, Final 80-65



March 30, 2008

Etzella 105 - Residence 81

Residence's 24 turnovers were costly and league leader Etzella took advantage of the depleted squad from Walferdange. Residence, playing without injured Steve Mangen and import William Brand struggled especially in the fourth quarter where they gave up 38 points to the home team. Tim Giver took scoring honors on the night with 27 for Etzella followed by Marcus Kennedy 24 and Nelson DelGado 22. Kennedy added 18 big rebounds, took 5 steals and dished for 4 assists. Residence had a great 3rd quarter however and trailed by only 3 points going into the fourth period 67-64. It was all Etzella from there on out as they cruised to an easy 24 point victory to keep hold of the top spot in the DBBL. Residence was paced by Marco Leschek with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Frank Mangen had 22, Thierry Abdui 15 and Gilles Kayser 10 foir the visitors. Up next for Residence is a home game with Contern Saturday night, April 5th at 8:30pm. Etzella will face Musel Pikes on the road on Sunday, April 6th at 6:00pm.

Etzella: 41 field goals, 6 three pointers, 17 for 21 free throws, 47 rebounds, 24 fouls, and 9 turnovers.
Kennedy 24, Schroeder 9, N. DelGado 22, Giver 27, Garganese 6, also Benseghir 3, Eckes, Herrmann, Ittenbach 2, Kerger 5, Pravisani 7, and Wiesenbach
Resdience: 30 field goals, 6 three pointers, 15 for 25 free throws, 31 rebounds 21 fouls and 24 turnovers.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 22-13, Halftime 46-34, 3rd Q 67-64, Final 105-81




March 29, 2008

Contern 50 - Amicale 95

Struggling Contern found themselves down by 28 points at the half and things got worse. In the third quarter, Contern could only muster 8 points and Amicale fired away from downtown hitting 15 of 27 three pointers on the night. Contern went an embarrassing 0 for 14 from the 3 point line. Contern's 21 turnovers were also a key factor in the 45 point blowout victory for Amicale. Eric Jeitz was a bright spot for Contern knocking down 22 points and Chris Donnersbach added 12. Dave Mallon was held to a season low 2 points. For Amicale, Travis Depree grabbed 9 rebounds and scored 29 points. Raul Birenbaum tossed in 16. Christopher Jones played well with 14 points 8 rebounds followed by Chris Scholtes 12 and Sam Ney 10. Amicale will host Sparta next and Contern will travel to play Residence in Walferdange. Both games are on Saturday, April 5th at 8:30pm.

Contern: 20 field goals, 0 three pointers, 10 for 19 free throws, 25 rebounds, 19 fouls and 21 turnovers.
Jeitz 22, Mallon 2, Donnersbach 12, Braun 6, Bissener 2, also Becker 4, Fasbender 2, Herber, Mathieu and Torres Dos Santos.
Amicale:32 field goals, 15 three pointers, 16 for 24 free throws, 37 rebounds, 15 fouls and 19 turnovers.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 18-22, Halftime 28-56, 3rd Q 36-78, Final 50-95



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MEXICO

Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Michael Johnson (183-G-76) of Halcones Xal
Guard of the Year: Michael Johnson of Halcones Xal
Forward of the Year: James Penny (198-F-76) of Soles
Center of the Year: Nakiea Miller (204-C-79) of Bucaneros
Import Player of the Year: Michael Johnson of Halcones Xal
Domestic Player of the Year: Victor Avila (209-C-77) of Halcones Xal
Defensive Player of the Year: Devon Ford (193-G-77) of Panteras
Coach of the Year: Andy Stoglin of Halcones Xal

1st Team
Michael Johnson of Halcones Xal
LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Tijuana Galgos
Devon Ford of Panteras
James Penny of Soles
Nakiea Miller of Bucaneros

2nd Team
Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75) of Halcones Xal
Nick Zachery (191-G-79) of Santos
Victor Avila of Halcones Xal

Ron Selleaze (197-F-76) of Lobos
Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77) of Lechugueros

3rd Team
Dallas Logan (193-G-82) of Halcones Cor
Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75) of Lechugueros
Greg Lewis (198-F-78) of Union
Nakiea Miller of Bucaneros
Kenya Capers (194-F-73) of Union

Honorable Mention
Ramel Allen (210-C-79) of Santos
Cedric Patton (201-F-78) of Caballeros
Galen Robinson (203-F/C-74) of Pioneros
Wilder Auguste (198-F-82) of C.UAT-V.
Reggie Jordan (193-G-68) of Halcones UV Veracruz

All-Domestic Players Team
Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) of Halcones Xal
Enrique Zuniga of Lechugueros
Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) of Angeles
Victor Avila of Halcones Xal
Horacio Llamas (211-C-73) of Soles

All-Imports Team
Michael Johnson of Halcones Xal
LeRoy Hickerson of Tijuana Galgos
Devon Ford of Panteras
James Penny of Soles
Nakiea Miller of Bucaneros



Stats Leaders - LNBP
LNBP Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ford, Panteras 27.9
2 Capers, Union 26.8
3 Patton, Cabal. 26.6
4 Hickerson, Galgos 23.5
5 Arceneaux, Lech. 22.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Allen, Santos 14.1
2 Miller, Bucan. 11.5
3 Parham, Lobos 10.7
4 Baker, Mayas 10.6
5 Hooks, FRegia 10.3
Assists Per Game
1 Logan, HCord 7.1
2 Johnson, HXalpa 6.5
3 Johnson, HXalpa 6.4
4 Borders, SReales 5.6
5 Lafayette, CUATV 4.6
Steals Per Game
1 Hickerson, Galgos 3.0
2 Lawrence, Bucan. 4.3
3 Salcedo, Angelos 3.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Jordan, HRojos 2.6
2 Borders, SReales 2.3
2 Zachery, SReales 2.3
2FGP
1 Robinson, Pion. 68.4
2 Horsnosb, CUATV 61.8
3 Logan, HCordoba 61.7
3FGP
1 Cullum, Pioneros 51.0
2 Williams, FRegia 48.7
3 Garza, Lobos 46.4
Free Throws
1 Ford, Panteras 86.9
2 Arceneaux, Lech 87.1
3 Capers, Union 84.2


It's Official, the LNBP Will Return to Mexico City -by Justin Brink
La Ola Roja was a staple LNBP team representing Mexico's Capital until last year when the team folded just before the start of the 2007 season. The collapse of La Ola meant that pro hoops in Mexico's capital, one of the biggest cities in the world, would take a sabbatical. Now, however, rumors of a return to Mexico City by the LNBP seem closer to reality. It appears that it won't be for much longer as Club Estrella Indebasquet, after acquiring La Ola Roja's LNBP franchise rights, will represent the league next year in the 2008-2009 season. La Ola is not dead however, and team representatives confirm the franchise will be back in a few seasons after securing more financing and sponsorships. The Estrellas will play it's home games in the 'Deportivo Moctezuma' in located in municipality of Venustiano Carranza in Mexico City, the belly of what is the beast of the D.F. Click here for more on the arrival of the Estrellas Indebasquet to the LNBP.

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NBA

Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
1. Boston C. 61-15
2. Philadelphia 39-38
3. Toronto R. 38-39
4. New Jersey N. 32-45
5. New York K. 20-56
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 54-21
2. Cleveland C. 42-35
3. Indiana P. 32-44
4. Chicago B. 30-46
5. Milwaukee B. 26-49
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 48-28
2. Washington W. 40-37
3. Atlanta H. 36-41
4. Charlotte B. 29-48
5. Miami H. 13-63
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 51-26
2. Denver N. 46-30
3. Portland T.B. 38-38
4. Minnesota T. 19-56
5. Seattle S. 17-59
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 52-24
2. Phoenix S. 51-25
3. Golden St. 46-30
4. Sacramento K. 36-40
5. Los Angeles C. 23-53
Southwest Div.
1. N.Orleans H. 53-22
2. San Antonio S. 52-24
3. Houston R. 51-25
4. Dallas M. 47-29
5. Memphis G. 20-56


Philadelphia, Washington, New Orleans, LA Lakers and Toronto seal playoff birth -by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers clinched the playoff appearance beating the Atlanta Hawks 109:104 yesterday. It is going to be the first post-season journey for the 76ers in three years. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 30 points and dished out 10 assists, while Andre Miller came up with 23 to pace the 76ers. Philadelphia also halted a 5-game winning streak for the Hawks. Atlanta nevertheless has a tight grip on the final eighth playoff spot in the East. Joe Johnson topscored for the Hawks with 32 points. Atlanta remained 3 games ahead of the Indiana Pacers.
The Washington Wizards took care of the ailing Miami Heat to book their playoff ticket. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) notched 29 points to lead the Wizards to a 109:95 victory. There some positive emotions for the Heat as well in this game as they set a franchise-record with 19 treys during the game but it was not enough to overcome Washington. The hosts played without Antawn Jamison who missed the game because of a sprained shoulder. Darius Songaila substituted him in the starting lineup and stepped up with 12 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) appeared in the second game after being sidelined for 66 games with knee problems. The star point guard secured 13 points, 8 assists and 5 boards in a win. Ricky Davis nailed season-high 33 points for the Heat. Chris Quinn added 24 points in the 63rd loss in the season.
New Orleans took care of New York to also ensure they would play in the playoffs this season. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) was impressive with 33 points and 15 assists and the Hornets cleared off San Antonio for 1½ game atop of the Western conference. New York were up by 4 points early in the fourth but the home side went on a 26:9 rally and put game away for good. Predrag Stojakovic finished with 22 points and David West tallied 17 in a winning effort. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) answered with 29 points and 9 assists for the Knicks.
The Lakers relied on a tried-and-true duo of Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) to upset the playoff-chasing Dallas and secure post-season birth. Lamar Odom scored season-high 31 points and Kobe Bryant was helpful with 25 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Dirk Nowitzki responded with 27 points as Dallas stayed at the 7th place in the West. They are half-game ahead of Denver and a game in front of Golden State.
Toronto lost to Charlotte 100:105 but still made it to playoffs. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) netted 27 points and Raymond Felton had 21 points as the Bobcats outgunned the Raptors. Chris Bosh provided 23 points and Rasho Nesterevic poured in season-high 23 points for the Raptors as they fell to 38-38 record at the 7th spot in the East.


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NCAA1

Memphis makes it to the National Final!!! -by Eurobasket
All Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) and Memphis were missing was a trapeze.
The star freshman showed off his dazzling array of signature moves, and UCLA could do little but watch. Flying from all angles, the Tigers took their show to a new level Saturday, romping 78-63 to reach the NCAA championship game.
Rose wasn't content to merely make shots, he wanted to stamp this Final Four as his own with a series of show-stoppers. It became an NBA audition in likely his final college weekend as he helped Memphis (38-1) set the major college basketball record for wins in a season.
Rose put up lefty floaters and righty scoops, often changing hands in mid-air, and threw one try over his shoulder. He was in perpetual motion—once, he caught a pass in traffic, stutter-stepped just long enough to look his defender in the eye, and then sped past him for an easy but showy layup.
'I just try to attack when I get the ball and hopefully jump over them and shoot,' he said.
UCLA star Kevin Love put on his own show at practice Friday, hitting a full-court shot. He managed just 12 points—and missed both open 3-pointers— as the Bruins (35-4) again fell short in their third straight Final Four appearance.
'I'm very proud of this group of kids,' Howland said. 'Even though it's disappointing to get here for a third year and not win a championship, I'm still proud of these kids.'
All season, this team from lightly regarded Conference USA played along with coach John Calipari's us-against-the-world theme. Now, the Tigers need only to beat the North Carolina-Kansas winner for their first championship.
Rose finished with 25 points and nine rebounds and a bunch of eye-opening moves that won't show up in the final box.
Rose also hit 11 of 12 free throws. For a team supposedly vulnerable from the foul line, the Tigers did great in making 20 of 23.
He fittingly wound up with the ball in the final seconds and heaved it high. Only then did he crack the slightest of smiles.
Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) scored 28 points for Memphis, and Joey Dorsey (6'9''-F-85) had the most surprising line of all—zero points, but 15 big rebounds in keeping Love out of the middle.
'It's great, it's great,' the All-American guard said. 'We all believe in each other and we expect great things to happen, so this isn't new to us.'
Memphis has won its five games in this NCAA tournament by an average of nearly 16 points. The Tigers got off to a slower start this time, falling behind 5-0, before their suddenly chic 'dribble drive motion' offense took over.
Memphis led 50-45 with 13 1/2 minutes left before pulling away. Rose made a couple of nifty passes, Dorsey came up with a monster block and later playfully popped Douglas-Roberts on the shoulder after a slam.
This was certainly no repeat of 1973, when the Tigers—then known as Memphis State—got routed 87-66 by UCLA in the title game. Bill Walton hit 21 of 22 shots and scored a record 44 points that night. But the big man has hip and back problems and wasn't able to make it to the Alamodome. Fact is, the taller Bruins were in trouble the entire way.
Russell Westbrook led UCLA with 22 points.
The Tigers spent the whole season aiming at getting back to San Antonio. They lost to Ohio State on this same court last March in the regional final and adopted 'Remember the Alamodome' as their motto this season.

In the first Final Four to feature four No. 1 seeds, Rose and Memphis cruised while Love could do little to stop them.
The star freshmen needed no introduction. Rose and Love have played with and against each other since seventh grade, and the UCLA center reintroduced himself late in the first half, giving his old pal a hard shoulder on a solid screen.
The first half featured a series of bursts and ended with Memphis leading 38-35.
Josh Shipp (6'5''-G/F-86) ended his shooting slump with a pair of early 3s that put UCLA ahead. Memphis, which never trailed in trouncing Texas to reach the Final Four, struck back as Douglas-Roberts hit his first four shots.
Then it was time for Rose to take over.
UCLA coach Ben Howland stood the whole game, occasionally bumping into an official as he called out defenses. He kept shouting 'Up! Up!' at his team, trying to cut down on open looks to no avail.
The UCLA band and cheerleaders broke out their Beach Boys medley midway through the first half. Love's uncle, Mike, is an original member of the surfin' group and a big fan—he played a show Friday night in London and couldn't make it to this game.
The Tigers mascot came out wearing a shirt with 'Joey Dorsey for Mayor' on the front. Once the game began, the Memphis big man became Calipari's candidate to yell at, with the coach twice hollering at Dorsey for missing defensive switches.
Dorsey was the only senior Memphis had on the floor. Backup guard Andre Allen (5'10''-G-85) was suspended this week for violating team rules, and several players wrote his No. 15 on their shoes.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Kansas is the second finalist of the NCAA National Tournament -by Eurobasket

Kansas easily defeated North Carolina 84-66 in the second semifinal game of NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.
What Roy Williams needed was a comeback for the ages. What he got was a disappointing dose of payback—a chance to see what it feels like when Kansas breaks his heart.
The Jayhawks left their old coach in the dust Saturday night, getting 25 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) to stave off a ferocious comeback by North Carolina for an 84-66 victory in the national semifinals.
Kansas moved within a win of its first national championship since 1988, the year before Williams began his storied 15-year tenure in Lawrence—one that ended when he jilted Kansas for his alma mater.
The Jayhawks will play Memphis, an earlier 78-63 winner over UCLA, in the title game Monday.

Post game interview with Head Coach Bill Self

How did you spend your afternoon?
I slept. I haven't slept in a week, so it was a good time to get caught up today.


On the way the game played out
We played great early, as good as we could play. We were fortunate they missed some shots but we really guarded them. Then we went brain dead from about the three minute mark of the first half to about the 10 minute mark of the second half, and then we finished so strong late.


On playing for the national championship
Sounds pretty good. It sounds really good.


On whether the play Kansas ran to start the second half is still on the locker room board
Maybe. I don't know. Maybe.



UCLA/Memphis Postgame Notes -by Eurobasket

National Semifinal #1 - Saturday, April 5

Memphis - UCLA 78-63
Memphis improved to 38-1, setting an NCAA record for victories in a season. The Tigers had shared the mark with Illinois (1987), Duke (1999 and 1986) and UNLV (1987).
Memphis has won 12 straight games and ended UCLA's winning streak at 14.
Memphis has won 104 games in the last three seasons, tying the NCAA record for victories in a three-year period (104 by Kentucky under Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith from 1996-98).
John Calipari improved his career record in NCAA Tournament play to 23-9 in his 10th appearance.
Memphis is 14-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Texas, including three straight, with a 2-1 mark in games played in San Antonio (all at the Alamodome).
Memphis improved its all-time record to 30-20 in NCAA Tournament games.
The 15-point loss was the largest by UCLA this season.
UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6'7''-G/F-88) started a Final Four game for the third straight year, the first player to do that since Michigan State's Andre Hutson (6'8''-F-79) and Charlie Bell (6'3''-G-79) from 1999-01.
Memphis' Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) scored 25 points, the third most by a freshman in an NCAA semifinal and the most since Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84) had 33 against Texas in 2003. Rose's effort tied for the sixth most overall by a freshman in any Final Four game. Ohio State's Greg Oden scored 25 against Florida in last year's title game. Rose has averaged 21.4 points in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Memphis is 31-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points and is 34-1 when leading at halftime.
Memphis senior Joey Dorsey (6'9''-F-85) hauled in 15 rebounds, his 55th career game in double figures. Memphis is 52-3 when Dorsey reaches double-digits in rebounds. Dorsey has averaged 10.4 rebounds in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Memphis made 20-of-23 from the free-throw line (.870), its third straight game of better than 74 percent. In the last two games, the Tigers have made 50-of-59 from the line (.847). Coming into tonight's game, Memphis was making .607 from the line for the season.
Memphis' Derrick Rose made 11-of-12 (.917) from the free-throw line, tying for the fifth most free throws made in an NCAA semifinal. The most recent player to make 11 in a semifinal was Indiana's Steve Alford (6'5''-G) vs. Iowa in 1987. Rose's percentage tied for the fourth best in a semifinal with UCLA's Bill Walton (11-12 vs. Louisville in 1972) and Michigan State's Magic Johnson (11-12 vs. Penn in 1979).
UCLA's Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87) fouled out for the second time in the last three games, the only games he's fouled out all season.
UCLA's Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88) scored a career-high 22 points. His previous high was 21 vs. Arizona on Feb. 2. Memphis' 78 points tied for the second most allowed by UCLA this season. Western Kentucky had 78 against the Bruins in the West Region semifinals. California scored 80 vs. UCLA earlier this season.
UCLA has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 98-35 and is 13-5 in NCAA semifinal games.
Entering today's game, UCLA was 8-2 on the year when trailing at the half. UCLA had trailed at the half in four of its previous nine games and won all four (3/6 - vs. Stanford, 3/8 vs. California, 3/14 vs. USC at the Pac-10 Tournament, 3/22 vs. Texas A&M at the NCAA Tournament).
Memphis' 38 points in the first half were the second-most UCLA has given up in the first half this season (39 vs. Oregon State 1/26 and at Arizona 3/2).
With 12 points, Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88) moved into UCLA's all-time Top 10 in season points (No. 9 with 681). Russell Westbrook totaled 36 minutes to set a school record for minutes played in a season with 1,318. The previous record was 1,303 by Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85) in 2006. Memphis' 43 rebounds were the second most this season by a UCLA opponent (44 by Washington on Feb. 10).
UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute tied his season high with 13 rebounds (13 earlier this season at Michigan and last week vs. Xavier in the regional finals). He averaged 10.3 rebounds in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) scored 28 points, his third straight game with at least 25. It was the sixth time this season he's scored at least 28. Douglas-Roberts has averaged 23.6 points in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.



Memphis Postgame Quotes -by Eurobasket
Q: Coach, if you could just give us a quick overview of the game from your perspective.
COACH John Calipari : Heck of a game. We've played kind of like we've played all year. Really proud of 'em. We defended. You know, made it hard on a team that shoots a high percentage. And even at the end of the half, we gave 'em a chance. We were up seven, did a couple things down the stretch to make it a three-point game. And a good team, as they are, made plays. But I was proud of our guys. I mean, right up and down the line, you know, we need a couple guys to play a little bit better. But the reality of it is I've got a good team. Got a good team of players that play together, take care of the ball, rebound. Got a good team.

Questions for the student-athletes.

Q. Derrick, could you talk about how you felt out there. Looked like you were in a pretty good comfort zone. What's going through your mind right now moving into the championship game?
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88): Out there, all I'm trying to do is be aggressive. I'm just trying to be aggressive and just lead my team as a point guard. And it still didn't hit me yet that we won the game. But going into the game, we knew that we was gonna win, so... Ain't too much to say.

Q. Joey, great game with 15 rebounds. What were you able to do particularly defensively against Love?
COACH John Calipari : And his coach yelled at him the whole time.
Joey Dorsey (6'9''-F-85): The whole time (smiling). I was just trying to make it hard for him to catch the ball, you know. I got some dumb fouls in the beginning and then coach came over there and just told me, You're not playing hard enough. You know, play more tougher and play with more intensity. That's what I was trying to do the whole game.

Q. There was a column in the Los Angeles Times today that said this was a coaching mismatch, you were just a collection of players, that UCLA was a better player.
COACH John Calipari : I don't think Ben is that bad (smiling). I respect Ben and I think he's a heck of a coach.

Q. Did anybody happen to bring that to your attention or is this the kind of thing you've been hearing all year?
Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87): No, we didn't hear that. We just heard it. But even if we did, it wouldn't really matter to us because the negativity just bounces off us. We don't pay attention to it. We just go out and play. We've been hearing it the whole year, so it really doesn't matter to us now. We're playing. We're playing really well. So that's all that matters right now.

Q. Chris and Derrick, you were pretty dominant out there tonight. When did you know, could you tell that you had it going, that you were kind of feeling it tonight? Did you expect to have this kind of a game against their guards?
Derrick Rose: This might sound crazy, but, uhm, you remember, Coach, when the ball got kicked off of Westbrook, like his, uhm, shoe or whatever? I told coach that, like, they was for T, because we just keep pushing it. I kept pushing it no matter if they was fouling me or not on the shots. I just wanted to be on (indiscernible) so that I could keep on going to the hole. So the whole game I was not going to take a jump shot, that was crazy. I was just going to go to the hole and get fouled and try to go to the line, and it worked out.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: Every game we expect to play really well. We talk to each other, you know, before the game. And we play off of each other. No selfishness anywhere. Whoever has it going, has it going. And that's why we play so well together. Today we just carried over from the Michigan State and Texas game. We played really well together.

Q. The first three or four minutes of the game, it looked like they were trying to go up and down with you guys and match basket for basket. Did you feel that was playing into your hands? Was there ever a point in this game you didn't feel comfortable in terms of being in control?
Derrick Rose: When teams come out like that, we already know it's not going to last for that long because our defense is going to kick in sometime. So we're not worried about that. But, uhm, just going out there and just hooping, that's what it's all about really. No matter what's going on, call all the plays, whatever, if you're just hooping, you got nothing to worry about.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: A lot of teams come out and tend to run with us because they really can't prepare for our athleticism and practice. And our depth helps us out a lot because we can bring three or four off the bench, and they're all running, too. It's hard to run with a team that has this depth the whole game.
COACH John Calipari : I think there's a couple teams left that can do that, by the way (smiling).

Q. Here was a point in the second half, went a while without a basket, you got the big dunk. Describe the impact that -- what you were thinking at the time, what it meant to the direction of the game at that point?
Chris Douglas-Roberts: I mean, UCLA has always been known for their defense. And that little stretch where we didn't score wasn't because of us, it was because of them. They were playing really good defense. And they locked in and they focused in. But we just tried to get a layup or something going to the rim to sort of open the game up. The dunk was what we got. That kind of gave us momentum. And from then we never looked back.
Joey Dorsey: You know, great teams always gonna make a run, so we always knew they was going to make a run on us. But once Chris got that dunk, you know, they threw me the lob. I missed the lob. I was so mad. I got to get back on defense and block the shot (laughter). That just gave the momentum to us right there. Q. Derrick, with 2:53 left, Collison fouled you at mid-court. It was his fifth foul. Did you think that was almost like him saying, I give up, I want out of this game, you're too good for me?
Derrick Rose: No. I didn't even know he fouled out till you just told me. I swear I didn't know. I thought he hurt himself or something. I be so focused on the game, I didn't even notice that till you just told me right now.

Q. Derrick, you made reference to the play, the ball off Westbrook's shoe. I think that was in the 28-23 score in the first half. How long had you known they were gassed, if that's indeed what was going on?
Derrick Rose: Uhm, you could tell after that play, like, throughout the whole game, I think it was around, like, halftime when they come up. So like the whole second half, we was just trying to push it and just make smart plays. If we didn't have the shot, just come out and run a set so they could come around and play defense a little bit longer. That was all we was trying to do.

Q. Could you talk about taking Kevin Love out of his game. He scored one bucket in the second half.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: Coming into the game, preparing for a player like Kevin Love is very difficult because he's so skilled around the basket. He's a great passer. He really doesn't have to score to be dominant in the game. So we came in with the game plan to try to disrupt him more than stop him because he can hurt you from a lot of different areas on the floor. So we just wanted to make it difficult for him on his catches. We ran some doubles at him. We tried to go on the dribble. We did a fairly good job of stopping what he wanted to do.
Joey Dorsey: Like Chris said, disrupting him, making it hard for him to catch the ball, not letting him be real comfortable in his comfort zone where he catch the ball at. Just running little double-teams at him so he can't pass the ball. Like Chris said, he's a great passer out of the post, so he really doesn't need to score for their team to win.

Q. Derrick, you said at the very beginning you knew you were going to win. How did you know and why did you know? For Chris, you've referred to this negativity. At what point did the negativity start to seem silly this season?
Derrick Rose: Our team is so competitive that it's crazy. We never go into a game saying, We're gonna lose. You setting yourself up for failure. Why not say you're going to win? With the team we have, you uhm, man, it's hard beating us (laughter). I know that if a team is gonna come out and fight us at the beginning of the a game for a couple of minutes or throughout the game, we was going to find a way to win somehow because that's what we do. And we're just a great team.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: I feel the negativity was silly the whole year. We believe in ourselves. So that's really all that matters to us. When we hear stuff, we laugh because we don't understand it, we don't know where it came from. But we don't play that Us Against the World thing. We don't play that. We just go out and play. I mean, it's really simple. The media can really say what they want. But we know that we're a pretty good team and how good we can be.

Q. Joey, you've probably been asked a lot this season about Derrick Rose, being a freshman, how good he is. Can you describe what it's like when he's running the show.
Joey Dorsey: We don't look at Derrick as a freshman. Once he came here, he was coached by the veterans a little bit, he just came in and started playing. And he's playing well right now in the tournament. So I think I feel real comfortable playing with this style of offense that he's playing with. Q. Chris, can you talk about the block you made in transition towards the end of the first half, the momentum, your team's ability to play defense in transition.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: Uhm, in this tournament, that play could have led to a momentum -- that could have been a momentum changer. This is what this tournament is about: momentum. That layup, if I didn't block it, could have led to them coming back down and getting three. You know, we didn't want that change. We didn't want that. So I just felt, you know, don't give 'em an easy layup. That's all it was. Derrick did a great job of chasing him down and changing the shot. I just went up to block it. Every possession counts in this tournament. Like I said, that could have led to many more points and the momentum being changed.

We'll continue with questions for Coach Calipari.

Q. You sort of dealt with this a bit before, but the emotions right now, making it to the championship game, what it means to you, what it means for you to lead this team to the championship game.
COACH John Calipari : You know, you don't believe this, but I walked out in that game and I was feeling like it was just the next game. And I told the team before the game, Does anybody else feel like this is just the next game? And so when we just finished, I went in and I said, I still feel like we're going to walk out there and Monday and it's the next game. Then we realize if we can win it, oh, my gosh. So it's the next game. I'm coaching a Dream Team that get along, they respect coaching. They take on their roles and do it. Joey didn't have a point. He was fine. He had 15 rebounds. The guys off the bench, I didn't play them that much. Why? Because Chris and Derrick Rose had it going. Shawn Taggart game off the bench because Dozier was struggling, did his thing. But that's what's happened for us all year.

Q. Does it mean something to you to have made it this far?
COACH John Calipari : I'm excited. I'm going to go down to the River Walk and do a power walk to use up some energy and then figure out who the heck we're playing on Monday. But, yeah, I'm happy, excited, for my team, all they've done. Let me say this. I mentioned this the other day. Of all the teams in this tournament, this is huge for the City of Memphis. The City of Memphis is in the Bible belt, a Godly place, a charitable place. But we've got a lot of poverty. We have a lot of things going on. With this right here, what's happening, can show a lot of young kids there is hope, there is an opportunity, there is chance. Because you're from Memphis or because you've been dealt something, this is great. This in Memphis will mean more. And it's no disrespect for where the other schools are from. But the City of Memphis is one of those cities that needs something like this.

Q. You were yelling at Joey the whole game to keep him in it, is that what it was?
COACH John Calipari : I thought he was a little bit timid at times. I want to see him -- my daughter Erin calls him The Beast. He is a beast. Well, there were times that he wasn't a beast today, and I just want him to go every possession and be that beast. And so maybe I'm asking too much. I probably am. But it's the same with Robert Dozier. I think he's one of the finest players in the country and he didn't perform that way. I want him to. So I get emotional. You won't believe that. Occasionally I get emotional. But you know what, you saw the smile on his face. He's like a son, this kid. Now, he's done some of the dumbest things I can tell you over the four years we've been there. But you know what, he's grown. He's come into his own. He's the first high school graduate in his family, and he's going to be five classes away from a college degree when the year ends. I want you to think about that. You start thinking about starting outside the arena, starting on third base. Starting with a mother and father who are a doctor and lawyer. Starting, you're the first high school graduate. This kid has come so far, and I just want the best for him.

Q. Derrick did some things on the court today that left a lot of us slack-jawed. Does any of it surprise you any more and how good is he going to become?
COACH John Calipari : Every once in a while I just go, Oh, my, and I kind of sit down. And they usually come at inopportune times for the other team. How about that offensive rebound that he got in the basket? That was a big play for us. Got it back to nine. That's the kind of stuff that kid does. Do you notice when you asked about Derrick Rose to the other guys, did you see him put his head down and go, Oh, gee, stop, don't talk about me. He doesn't even want us talking about him. This kid is one of the greatest teammates. I got a text from Marcus Camby today. He was the same way. He didn't want you talking about him. He wanted you talking about his teammates. That's why that team did what it's doing. This team, obviously a veteran team that Derrick was -- why he wanted to be here, because he wanted to lead a veteran team. And I'll be honest, he's leading it pretty well.

Q. 38-1 now. Does it mean anything to you tonight as you move forward to Monday?
COACH John Calipari : Billy Packer said that was the most wins, and I'm like -- my team didn't even know. So my team is behind me, Is it? That's the most wins? And then I told them, No, no, you got to get to 39 to have the most wins (smiling). Hopefully we'll have one more in us (laughter). Q. You talked about Rose a little bit. Can you talk about the combination of Rose and Douglas-Roberts, the challenges they present for any defense.
COACH John Calipari : Well, what I was trying to do from the sideline is put those guys in positions where whoever he put on 'em, whoever the small man was going to get posted up. Whoever the small man was, was going to be put in a position to have to make plays, then try to force them into double-teams where that long player could throw out. You don't want to put UCLA in pick-and-rolls very often unless there's a specific reason because they're very good defensively in pick-and-rolls. We were trying to get to where if they put a big man on him, we were trying to beat him on the dribble. Which Antonio Anderson did a couple times, but he didn't get the layup in. Missed a couple layups. Those two, we flip-flopped. Whoever had the guy on him, that's who we went after.

Q. Talk about the role that Antonio Anderson has played this season and particularly in this game?
COACH John Calipari : One of my proudest moments was him being named MVP of our tournament, Conference USA tournament. And the reason was because the accolades to Derrick Rose and Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas, even Robert Dozier, have all been there. He kind of gets overlooked. What he does is always guard the other team's best player. And he'll rebound, he'll make baskets, and he's long. He can play their two, three, four, one. He plays everybody. He plays the most minutes of any player I've coached the last three years, and I've coached two or three guys that have been in the NBA now. He played more minutes than them because he just is so reliable, comes every day. Doesn't make every shot, but he -- did he bank one today? He does that every once in a while. But I'll tell you, he comes every day to play.

Q. Derrick played 37 minutes. CR played 35 minutes. There are only two players that went to the line and they missed three free throws between them. You hear a lot of negativity about the free-throw line. How is it right now?
COACH John Calipari : I'll say it again. Tough-minded kids, players, will make free throws. They're not thinking about free-throw percentage. A weak-minded player could have a 90% average at the line, and his knees are knocking. Well, he's gonna miss. So percentages don't matter. When you have a tough-willed kid, they're going to do what they have to do. I'll tell you, I would have played those two 40 minutes if I thought they could have stayed on the floor that long. You know, this time of the year, you're playing your best. Let's go. The other guys, give 'em, spell him, give them time, keep them out of foul trouble. I took Derrick out a couple times in the first half. I didn't want him to get a quick second foul. Tried to do the same with Joey. Got a tough second foul. But you're just trying to make sure that you have your best players down on the floor at the end of that game.

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Kansas Postgame Quotes -by Eurobasket

Q. Coach, if you could just start us off with a little overview on the game tonight.
COACH Bill Self : Well, you know, it was three different games. First game we were great. Second game, we weren't very good and they were great. The last game, you know, obviously we played super down the stretch. But, you know, our guys were in attack mode right from the outset and I thought we just did a really good job of being the aggressor early, which set the tone for the game.

Questions for the student-athletes.

Q. Could you tell they really were pretty intimidated early by the kind of defense you were playing?
Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85): I don't think they was intimidated. I think we just pressed it a lot and we made Tyler work for his buckets. That's what we did, made them earn they points.
Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85): Yeah, that's basically what we tried to do, especially when Lawson was coming off the ball screens, just try to make them change directions. When they guards got open lanes, make sure the big guys stepped over. Cole got some big blocked shots. Shady, Sasha, couple guys took some big charges for us today.
Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C): It was definitely a team effort because, you know, it wasn't just one guy who just, you know, came out and stopped 'em. Everybody just said, you know, we're gonna put 'em down, you know. We really tried to get them out of their comfort zone, just play whole team defense.

Q. Cole, could you talk specifically about your defense you had on Tyler Hansbrough tonight.
Cole Aldrich: It wasn't just mine. I mean, Darnell and Sasha, Shady all helped out. It was a whole team effort because you can't guard him one-on-one. He's just way too good. He hit the offensive board really hard. It's just so tenacious on both ends of the floor.

Q. Can you talk a bit about what this means to you, making it to the championship game.
Brandon Rush: It definitely feels good because we was the underdog the whole game, so we just came out and just applied pressure to them. We got up and did some big things.
Darnell Jackson: Since the tournament started, a lot of guys been talking about this. And Coach Self, he's been doing a great job, been helping us to stay focused and telling us not to be satisfied. We've been playing so hard as a team, and together, and not playing selfish, now we got an opportunity to make history at Kansas.
Cole Aldrich: You know, that was our ultimate goal at the beginning of the season, was to be playing for a national title. You know, we're doing it. I don't have any words to describe it because it's an unbelievable feeling. Because, you know, the seniors on our team have just done it all for us young guys. You know, they've shown us the way. And, you know, it's just great to be part of this team.

Q. That first 15 minutes was pretty incredible for Kansas. Is that the best stretch of play you've ever been a part of?
Brandon Rush: We definitely played the best basketball we played in the first half, with that first 15 minutes. We got out, we got some easy baskets, we made them work on the defensive end. We out rebounded them in the first half, too.
Darnell Jackson: Yeah, we was great. We were moving the ball, making extra passes. Guys was getting layups in transition. We were just running the floor. But after that first 15 minutes, guys was getting so left and right, everybody was just gasping for air because the game was so intense. North Carolina, they played great. Them guys kept fighting. You could see it, they didn't want to give up. They didn't do that at all.

Q. After you had repelled their run, you looked up at the crowd at one point and smiled. Were you looking at any one particular person? If you don't have the knee injury, you're probably not here, so what does this all mean to you?
Brandon Rush: It definitely means the world to me. This is one of my goals since I been back at Kansas, during my whole rehabbing thing. I was looking at my mama 'cause I think she was so proud of me. She was just smiling back at me. Her and my grandma.

Q. This is the matchup that many people did not expect Monday night. Did you expect this matchup Monday night?
Brandon Rush: Yeah, I definitely expected this matchup because Memphis is a great school. They got a great team. They get up and down the floor like North Carolina do and like we do. Yeah, I definitely expected this big time. I know we was going to come through at the end with North Carolina.
Darnell Jackson: Before we even thought we were going to play North Carolina, Russell told me one day they showed a highlight of North Carolina. He said, I want to play North Carolina. And now we got the opportunity to do that. I know there's a lot of people out there that was doubting we couldn't beat them guys. They're just some guys in a North Carolina jersey. And we're the same. We represent Kansas and they represent North Carolina. We both went out there and we showed the right moxy and sportsmanship to play as a team and we won the game.

Q. Not to harp on the first 15 minutes, but this is a game between two No. 1 seeds. When you look up at the scoreboard and you see 28-10 or 40-12, is it a little bit astonishing to you that you have put that much distance between you and them?
Darnell Jackson: Yeah, I think so. Sometimes when we're up a lot on teams and guys keep looking up at the scoreboard, can't believe we're up that much, then that -- we can't do that because sometimes guys get satisfied. You can see the last four minutes, we went brain-dead for a little bit. We just lost focus. North Carolina went on a transition break and they were making layups, getting three-point plays. We just came out of that, Sherron made a big play for us at the end of the half. Q. Considering that you were up by 28, was it a shock to you that they cut the lead to four points and how did they manage to do that?
Darnell Jackson: Well, like I said, they just kept fighting and we made a lot of mental mistakes. The big guys, we got tired a little bit, weren't getting back on defense, trying to stop Lawson from getting in the lane. But after that, we just -- a lot of guys, we just hooked up and guys was making unbelievable plays for us, knocking down sides, getting three-point plays. Especially Brandon, he played great today. He was unbelievable.

Q. Brandon, can you talk about when they cut the lead to four, what was going through your mind. Looked like you were tired. How confident were you still at that point?
Brandon Rush: We was definitely still confident. I knew somebody was going to step up and make a play. Sherron came through with that big three to put us up seven. We made some runs. From that point, we went on a 13-0 run.

Q. Is it almost easier to take the floor tonight against Carolina in this circumstance than last week when all the pressure was on against a great underdog that America had begun to love?
Darnell Jackson: Can you repeat that, please?
Brandon Rush: I didn't hear you.

Q. Was it easier to play tonight than it was against Davidson with the pressure you had to face to beat them?
Brandon Rush: Yeah, I think the pressure was off of us big time. Against that Davidson game, we was a little uptight a little bit. We just didn't play our type of game. But tonight we came out, we ran up and down the floor with North Carolina. We just played our type of game.


Q. What is going to be the key to victory? Do you slow it down, try do run with them?
Darnell Jackson: No, I don't think we're going to change anything we do. We've been doing the same thing as a team to help us win. I don't think we should change our game plan just to try to win a game. We just gonna keep playing, keep playing as a team, keep playing unselfish and great things will happen. We've been doing it for so long.

Q. Cole, you played against the national Player of the Year who apparently has tried harder than anyone to play this game. Was there a moment in the first half where you thought you were at least his equal, when you were blocking shots, active around the basket?
Cole Aldrich: I just knew coming into the game that it was going to be tough going against him. Being the AP Player of the Year, he's obviously good. He's got tenacious abilities that will, you know, go out to the wire because he's going after every rebound, whether it be right in front of him or 15 feet away from him. He's going to try to get every rebound. I just tried to match that, match his intensity. You know, when a few guys got in foul trouble, I just had to come in and just, you know, play some defense. I got some good help with Shady and Sasha and Darnell trapping in the post on that.

Q. Brandon, what do you feel was the difference with, what you as a team did differently, between the first and second half, what North Carolina did differently between the first half and the beginning of the second half?
Brandon Rush: I think they just made some plays in the second half. They got on a roll when they made some shots they was missing in the first half. Then we was making some stupid mistakes on our end, turn the ball over, shooting stupid shots. We managed to just come up with the win.

Questions for Coach Self.

Q. Your body language was a little bit different tonight versus what it was just a few days ago against Davidson at the end. How were you feeling when you did put them away, knew you were going to the championship game?
COACH Bill Self : Well, you know, obviously I felt great. I still do. That was an unbelievable performance by -- you know, it wasn't just the starting five. There were eight guys that played at a very, very high level for the first 15 minutes of the game. I mean, that was a pleasure for me to watch. I mean, we were making shots. But also we missed some layups. We had some things not good our way, playing out of foul trouble, all those things. Still to play like that early was, you know, unbelievable. And then as good as we played early, we played about that poorly in the middle. You know, their best offense the second half was our offense 'cause we just turned it over and let 'em go get easy baskets. Our whole game plan for them, and this is so simplistic, is four passes, one shot. Four passes, one shot. If we could make them make four passes, that means we've taken them out of transition and there won't be as much rotation rebounding and we have a better chance to, you know, hold them to one shot. You know, they're a fabulous rebounding team. But our guys, you know, went after the ball hard and we got some easy -- it was so important for us to get a couple easy baskets early, you know, got some high-lows. Sometimes when you make a layup, it takes the lid off, so to speak. But, you know, that's about as good as I've seen - from us.

Q. Is that the best 15 minutes of play you've ever seen? Did your team have a bit of an emotional advantage maybe over North Carolina just because this game was so significant for your fan base, maybe they got a little caught up in that?
COACH Bill Self : No, no. First question. Best 15 I've ever had anybody play because you're playing against the No. 1 seed in the tournament on the biggest stage. I never once talked to our guys about them playing against Roy Williams, never once. I never once talked about what a big game it was for our fans. Never once. They may read into it. But, you know, I really believe this, and our players have done a good job with this. When you're in the eye of the storm, you don't know what's going on around you. Our players don't know how our fans feel, to the extent that they feel. Hopefully for everybody's sake, you know, that's over, that's done, and we can all move forward and everything. So that was not motivation for our guys playing against Coach Williams. The motivation was our players playing against the overall No. 1 seed and playing against an unbelievable team and program, one which, you know, emulates excellence year in and year out. And in order to, you know, be the best, you've got to beat programs like Carolina. That was our guys' motivation. It didn't have anything to do with who used to coach at Kansas.

Q. What are you telling your guys as they start to cut into that big lead?
COACH Bill Self : Well, you know, after I chewed on 'em the first half of the timeout, basically I told them, and I mean this, you know, we knew Carolina was going to make a run. They started making the same shot they missed, like Brandon was saying. Then we played poorly for a stretch. But we knew they were going to make a run. My focus was, and I told them, I said, Hey, guys, if I told you before the game we're going to be up 9 with 10 left, would we have taken that? If I told you before the game we were going to be up five or four at the under-eight timeout, would we have taken that? Of course, we would have. Momentum just switched jerseys. I always tell our guys, When the game is on the line, that's when players make plays. And we had some guys step up and make some plays. They had the play-makers the first 12 minutes of the second half, then we had the play-makers the last 8.

Q. Did you expect Cole to play as much in the first half? There at the end, Sherron hit the three-pointer off the dribble. Was that a good shot?
COACH Bill Self : It went in (smiling). You know, we were laboring offensively. I don't know if it was a good shot or not because we didn't shoot the three ball well at all, at least from my vantage point. I don't know what we ended up the second half. That's not any good. You know, we wanted to attack the basket and get the ball inside to our bigs. But he was open. He's a clutch player. Sherron labored. Sherron played well. He was aggressive. But he had seven turnovers, didn't play his best. But he made -- certainly made some plays down the stretch. But, you know, to be honest with you, that game was kind of like -- I don't think I had much control from the sideline, you know. We were shooting -- clipping off bad shots when we had the lead. We were rushing. And it wasn't because I was telling them to do that. If anything, I would like for them to exercise a little bit more patience. Those guys were so geeked up, they were playing so hard, having so much fun, you almost didn't want to, you know, corral that because they were just playing to win. I thought that was one good thing that we did. We never played not to lose, we played to win down the stretch.

Q. What about Cole?
COACH Bill Self : I didn't expect him to play that much. I didn't expect Darnell and Sasha to get two fouls right off the bat. I didn't expect Sasha to get two fouls in two minutes. But it's probably a good thing that things played out the way they did because Cole was unbelievable. He was as good an inside performer as we had tonight.

Q. As that first 15 minutes was unfolding, did you ever think the Final Four is not supposed to be this way?
COACH Bill Self : No, no. I never relaxed at all. I was, you know, happy that we had a big lead at halftime, but very disappointed on how we ended the half. But, you know, I kept thinking -- you know, I kept telling our guys, Things are going our way, we have to extend it. We need to keep the foot on the pedal. We have to extend it. Never once did I think about it's comfortable, because I knew it wasn't gonna be. They're too good.

Q. With what you said about the defense, four passes and a shot, et cetera, did you ever think going into a game that you would hold a team averaging almost 90 points a game to, I think it was 66?
COACH Bill Self : I have a lot of confidence in our defense. I thought that we could not stop Carolina, but I thought we could slow them down. I didn't think they would get their average. But I didn't -- also thought that we were going to have to score ours to win. You know, we're fortunate. They missed some shots and all those things. But I thought to start the game, I felt like that, you know, instead of having 10 hands out there, it felt like we had 14 or 16. I mean, guys were all after every ball. You know, guys would make a move and they'd reverse pivot, there's two hands waiting for them right there. I just felt like we were so active defensively that it, I don't want to say put them on their heels, but really gave us confidence to get in the attack mode. You know, I thought our rotations and how we guarded the first half was about as good as we'd done all year.

Q. In the course of a week, you've gone to your first Final Four, gotten past your Elite for the first time, and you've confronted Roy Williams. Have you ever had a better week in coaching?
COACH Bill Self : No, no, no. No better week (smiling). But it's not because of Roy. That doesn't have anything to do with it. I've said that. I've said that many times, and people don't buy into it. There is no jealousy, no animosity between Coach Williams and myself, at least on this end. And I have never this entire week, Look, we need to do this because this would be better for me with our fan base or anything like that. It wouldn't have made any difference who was on the other bench. To everybody else, it's a big deal. That's not a big deal. But this has been a remarkable week, and hopefully it can continue for, you know, make it a remarkable nine or 10 days.

Q. One of the last things you said Tuesday at your press conference was, Don't forget about Cole. Why did you say that? Was there a moment in the first half where he faced up against the big guy, was at least his equal?
COACH Bill Self : You know, in my opinion, he tried to get crazy with the dunk. He should have finished that if he just tried to dunk it normal, but he tried to get cute with that. But he was the best player on the floor for three or four minutes, at least from my perspective. That's not taking anything away from anybody else because, you know, the one thing that Cole did, playing out of foul trouble, he defended Tyler well, but didn't stop him like he said. Maybe slowed him down a little bit, but didn't stop him. But he got -- he can really rebound the ball. He got rebounds in traffic with two hands, which I thought was very impressive.

Q. Could you talk about the collective defensive effort you had on Tyler, taking three or four guys on him.
COACH Bill Self : It wasn't too good. He got 17 and 9. But we did guard. We did guard. I think he is so good at creating contact after he catches it by spinning and those sorts of things. But we didn't let him, except for two or three times, split the trap. We made him score over us as opposed to giving him an angle. We thought that was a big key because, you know, he's so good at drawing contact. The other thing that we really did, you know, even though he shot six free throws, if you told me before the game he'd shoot six free throws, I'd sell out for that because he's the type of guy that can shoot 12 or 14 just as easy.

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UCLA Post Game Quotes -by Eurobasket
Q: Coach, if you could just give us a quick overview of the game, then we'll start with questions.
COACH HOWLAND: Sure. Obviously we're very disappointed to get all the way here and lose. But you have to give credit to Memphis State. They're a very, very good basketball team. Obviously, 38-1. They played very, very good basketball today.
We had some opportunities. We cut it to three. Didn't really feel great about how we played the first half. They hurt us in transition early in the game. Every time we would turn it over, they took advantage. They had nine offensive boards in the first half. And their guard play was really, really good. Obviously, Rose and Douglas-Roberts have been very consistent in at least the last three games, scoring about 25 each.
But I thought we made a nice run to get back to three. And then we just got off to a poor start. We were fighting an uphill battle the whole second half. We had a couple three-pointers go in and out that would have cut it to four twice. Couldn't get it to go.
You know, as disappointing as this loss is, it's hard to be here three years in a row and not come away with a championship. I'm still very proud of this group of young men. I thought this was our best team, our best chance. Memphis State was the better team today and you have to credit them.


Questions for the student-athletes.

Q. Russell, talk about playing against Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, how tough they were, the challenge of having to do that?
RUSSELL WESTBROOK: I mean, they're two great players. They came out and was ready to play tonight. It really showed. Like coach said, they both have 25 each, they've been real consistent all year long. They just was real tough players.

Q. Russell, a lot was made about the pace of this game. Could you talk about -- do you feel like Memphis controlled the tempo early. It seemed to favor you personally.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK: A little bit. I mean, it started off in the first half, they got a lot of transition points, a couple buckets, get back in transition . That's their game. They really took the opportunity of that in the second half and finished the game off.

Q. Kevin, can you talk about going up against Dorsey, a guy who had no points like he April 5, 2008 2 did, came up pretty big for them.
KEVIN LOVE: Yeah, he did. That's their man out there. He had 15 rebounds in 27 minutes. He was going in and out of the game. I didn't even realize it. But, you know, I felt like I did a good job on him defensively along with the rest of the team. But, you know, he just kept getting to balls, had a couple big blocks, just played a pretty good game for only playing 27 minutes.

Q. Kevin, how much what they were doing defensively threw you out of your comfort zone, the double-teams, trying to disrupt your rhythm?
KEVIN LOVE:
I wouldn't necessarily say it threw me out of my comfort zone. I had two or three shots that went in and out. They were double-teaming me. They had players, you know, swarming me, coming at me. You know, there was a couple plays where, you know, I threw the ball away. I think I had two turnovers. But other than that, other players, we just need to step up and hit big shots. Like coach mentioned, we had a couple of them down the stretch that went in and out. You know, we needed to keep executing, and we could have cut it to four a couple of times, and we just didn't do that.

Q. Kevin, you have played a lot of good teams this year. You played a lot of big games. Can you summarize from your perspective how good you think Memphis is. Seemed like every time you stopped them, another leak would spring on you guys.
KEVIN LOVE: Right. At this stage I feel like Memphis is definitely the best team we've played. They just got up and down the court very well. It seemed like every team that we shot a quick shot or shot an uncharacteristic shot on our team, they were, you know, down the floor with less than five seconds in transition, scoring another bucket. So that was tough for us. We didn't drop our heads. We kept fighting. But it just seemed like they got some breaks. You know, sometimes you need that.

Q. Kevin, you and Derrick shared a moment together at the end of the game. Did he say anything that you remember at all? If this was your last college game, how much did you enjoy this year in college both on and off the court?
KEVIN LOVE: You know, Derrick, all he said to me was, just being a good friend of mine, he said, You're a winner, keep your head up. You know, I feel like I am a winner, and so is he. We just didn't happen to come out on top today. I haven't given it any thought -- you know, the season just ended. I haven't given any thought about if it's my last college game. As of right now, I'm still a UCLA Bruin. I'm enjoying my time and I'll be at class on Monday.

Q. I'm asking how much have you enjoyed college?
KEVIN LOVE: I was just trying to deaden those questions as quickly as I could (smiling). This has been the best year of my life. I know we didn't come out on top. Coach mentioned that. There's only one team at the end of the year that really feels truly satisfied. You know, we've had a great year. We have a bunch of great players. We've been a true family. Just being part of the UCLA program has been really huge for me. Like I mentioned, it's been the best year of my life inside basketball, outside of basketball, and family-wise, as well.

We'll continue with questions for Coach Howland.

Q. You knew their guards were going to be a handful coming in. They were able to post. They can drive it. They can shoot it. What did you try to do to stop them? Nothing worked very well.
COACH HOWLAND: Well, they ended up shooting 42%. They were at 40 the first half. Those two guys are their key guys, Robertson, Rose. They're just really, really good players. You know, they're hard to match up with because of their length and their strength. We tried to double them when they got in the post. A couple times we were late to do so. And, you know, there's a reason why they've only lost one game and won 38. They're a very, very good team.

3 Q. Ben, last few years you ran into one of the great teams of the modern era. Having seen Memphis today, would you put Memphis in Florida's class?
COACH HOWLAND: I'll tell you what, Memphis is really, really good. When you look, you know, they both have strength in all areas. They're very well-coached, both teams. They can play fast. They can play a halfcourt game. They have good, you know, low -- like I was really impressed with Taggart, the way he came off the bench and helped them. They had the big kid last year from Florida, I can't remember his name. But they always played well against us in the two games we saw them. So they're similar in a lot of respects.

Q. Ben, what changes need to happen to have this team get here and win?
COACH HOWLAND: You know, every year's different. I don't know if there's some sweeping change that we need to do. I mean, it's very difficult, number one, to get here. There's only four teams that make it here each year, and it's a very difficult thing to do in itself. Unfortunately for us, we've run up against now three really good teams. You know, the first year we got here, three years ago, we were fortunate. We were down 17 against Gonzaga. Make a miraculous comeback to win that game. We ended up beating Memphis to get here, and ran into a very good Florida team. The following year, we I think had one starter back off of that team, and we met Florida again. They had every starter back. In this modern day, it's really unexpected when you win a national championship, you have players like Noah, the big kid from inside - what's his name?
Q. Horford.
COACH HOWLAND: Horford. They didn't come out. We ran into a team at the same time that had all five starters back, and we were retooling. I was really proud of the way we came back last year and got here. This year we ran into a great Memphis team. So every year's different. Get a new coach maybe (smiling).

Q. How do you propose a team stops Memphis? They're obviously cruising, shooting free throws, playing so loose and confident.
COACH HOWLAND: Well, I think you got to take good care of the basketball and try to stop their transition game. We failed to stop the transition game early, sometimes off of, you know, a quick shot. We were 26-23, and we came down and shot a flying three. We don't have a lot of depth in the back court. So we had to play it maybe a little slower paced than Memphis would like to give ourselves a chance. It depends on -- you know, for either Kansas, North Carolina, they both have a tough task at hand. They're both great teams. As I told our team after the game, Only one team is going to leave San Antonio completely satisfied. I'm just sorry it's not going to be us because I thought our kids had a great week of preparation and have had an unbelievable year. But, again, I have to credit Memphis State, Coach Calipari. They're very, very good. They've had an unbelievable season thus far.

Q. For a guy who's known for being a great defensive coach, how impressed were you with them coming back in transition, getting the blocks?
COACH HOWLAND: They made a couple big blocks. Every time we jumped in the air to pass, it was a turnover that led to a basket going the other way. We had 12 turnovers. I would bet that half of those at least led to dunks or layups at the other end. They do a really good job of capitalizing on your mistakes. That's what good teams do.


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NICARAGUA

First win for Jaguares -by Gianni Pascucci
Finally, Jaguares de la UAM took their first win in Liga Centroamericana. They defeated on friday night Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica 64-60, in front of their fans, an the Polideportivo Espana Arena, in Managua. Veteran import Jason Walters (196-G-71, college: Mt.Senario), who scored 19 points was the best in Jaguares. The other best performers at the winning side were Rudy Taylor (198-F-83) with 12, Roger Munoz (208-C-84) with 10 and Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83) with 9. The best players in Liceo were Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) with 17 points and Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) with 13. Game 2 of this series has been played yesterday night, but we don' t know yet the final score. With another win, Jaguares could upset Liceo, advancing to the Final Four at their place.

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NIGERIA

Olympic Games miss, Buba, NBBF president apologise -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Jacob Gyang Buba has admitted it is sad the country will not be at the basketball event of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, but says it is the reality of life caused by the NBBF's inability to muster required funds.

Gyang noted in an interview recently that the federation could not prepare the teams for the African championships in Angola and Senegal last year for the men and women respectively, which were qualifiers for the Beijing 2008 basketball event of the Olympic Games in August.

'I have to make it straight and plain for all Nigerians to understand. We in the basketball federation are not happy that our male and female teams could both not get to the basketball event of the Olympics.

We have to apologise over this, and I am saying so on behalf of other members of the board. It's one of the big realities of life. Nothing can work or go well without the necessary funds to make it work,' he philosophized.

The Nigeria basketball ruling body boss and Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, however, promised that the issue of funds for the NBBF's programmes, especially international engagements, will soon be a thing of the past, with a revelation that the officials are now talking to the private sector for partnership and sponsorship
Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81)


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PHILIPPINES

Singapore's Slingers to be coached by a Filipino in NBL's next season? -by Hector Santos

David 'Boysie' Zamar revealed that he is seriously eyeing a coaching stint with the Singapore Slingers in the upcoming season of the Australia's National Basketball League.


The former national team mentor, said in various local newspapers that he has already applied for the position and the Slingers' management has given him a closer look by loaning its superstar, Benjamin Knight, to reinforce his Malaysian team competing in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Club Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He also said what excites him is not the thought of handling world-class athletes, but the opportunity of being under the tutelage of Australia's Olympic coach, who is now calling the shots for the Slingers.



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POLAND

DBE Polish Cup: Semi-Finals -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
ASCO Śląsk Wrocław - BOT Turow Zgorzelec 78:70 (18:24, 21:17, 17:12, 22:17)
Śląsk: Dawan Robinson 22, Paweł Mroz 13, Oliver Stevic 12, Jared Homan 10, Kamil Chanas 9, Rashid Atkins 7, Andrius Giedraitis 5, Bartosz Diduszko 0.
Turow: Dawid Logan 27, Marko Scekic 12, Robert Witka 11, Slobodan Ljubotina 7, Dragisa Drobnjak 5, Andres Rodriguez 3, Vjeko Petrovic 3, Robert Skibniewski 2, Mateusz Jarmakowicz 0, Thomas Kelati 0, Iwo Kitzinger 0.

Prokom Trefl Sopot - Anwil Włocławek 92:62 (30:6, 20:13, 17:16, 25:27)
Prokom:
Donatas Slanina 17, Przemysław Zamojski 16, Filip Dylewicz 10, Pape Sow 9, Mustafa Shakur 9, Christos Harissis 7, Krzysztof Roszyk 6, Milan Gurovic 6, Tomas Masiulis 4, Simonas Serapinas 4, Adam Łapeta 2, Tim Kisner 2.
Anwil: Alex Dunn 13, Łukasz Koszarek 12, Alan Daniels 12, Marek Piechowicz 7, Vladimir Petrovic 6, Wiktor Grudziński 5, Tomas Gaidamavicius 4, Zbigniew Białek 3, Patrick Okafor 0, Andrzej Pluta 0, Bartłomiej Wołoszyn 0.


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PORTUGAL

Taca de Portugal Semi-Finals (results) -by Luis Rocha


Taca de Portugal Semi-Finals (results) -by Luis Rocha
And there it is, playing with extreme motivation, always focused, taking everything that comes to them on the game and feeling happy to be in it, Vitoria won over Ovarense 75-74 and step onto the final.They did all they have to do, playing like that were their only chance to go forward and they did it. Ovarense made manythings wrong, they let the game flow, looking up to Vitoria and expecting that things will come their way sooner or later. They seemed less motivated, and didn't took advantage on the many match ups with players of Vitoria with 1,80 against their own with 2,00, very bad reading of the game. But this is something that is getting to be noticed on the team since coach Povea took the seat at Ovar. The team do the set-up plays but don't read the game, a lot of work to be done and above all better. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) was the man of the game 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. This was the day where he has to play well, this was the perfect stage to prove himself in front of other great players, now all the portuguese basket community knows who he is and what he can do, great player, no doubt about it. The second semi-fianl showed a very tired Ginasio that could be a match to Porto. Those won 81-57 and didn't took any chances of having a failure, playing focused and alert at all times. they respaected their opponent, and winning on an easy basis, decided to give rest to some of their most important players, in order to see them fresh for the tomorrow final. The best on the court was Fred Gentry (201-F-77, college: Mc Neese St.), he scored 18 points, get 15 boards and gave 3 assists.

Taca de Portugal Semi-Finals -by Luis Rocha
Two games today, Ovarense will face Vitoria and Porto rubb elbows agaisnt Ginasio. In the first game Ovarense is clearly the favourite, deeper roster, much more experienced players, advantage in almost all positions. Vitoria has to grab everything out in the game to kkep it alive, apart playing with extreme motivation, they need to keep concentration at most troughout the entire game, that will be very dificult (specially because of the scarce valuable players)but will be their only chance. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) will have today a good test to his abilities, finally a game with big and strong players like he, where he have to prove himself. Porto and Ginasio will be facing eachother, and a closer game is expected, but Porto is the favourite. They're much stronger in the inside game , Toree Morris (209-C-82) and Fred Gentry (201-F-77, college: Mc Neese St.) and Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) will cause many set backs in the inside players of Ginasio, the ones from Porto are not much higher than the ones from Ginasio but they're a lot stronger and heavy. If Ginasio's outside players are in a good day Porto may find some difficulties, because in a good day Brandon Voorhees (201-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park), Nate Daniels (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Mountain St.), Raheem Moss (193-G-83, college: Cleveland St.) and even Joao Reveles (187-G-80) are guys that can turn a game driving inside and shooting from the 3 point line. Certainly a game that will be fun to watch, but Ginasio will present theirselves as the underdogs.

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PUERTO RICO

Santurce won against Mayaguez, Ayuso is always "The Jefe" -by Alessandro Fontana
Santurce won easily against Mayaguez 77-64. MVP of the game was 'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso, he scored 17 points (4/6 2pts, 3/8 3pts) in 35 minutes with 1 rebound and 4 assists. Larry Ayuso is the best scorer of Santurce with 18.9 ppg.
Los Cangrejeros de Santurce has now a 11-5 standings, and it is 'the team' of this BSN 2008. Against Mayaguez, it was also worth to mention the game of Robert Traylor with 12 pts and a lot of intensity in the painting area.
BSN BOXSCORES
MAYAGUEZ-SANTURCE= 64-77
M= Jourdon 18, Jimenez 13, White 12, Caballero 10, Venzen 8, Erazo 5, Lopez 0, Rosa 0, Zayas 0
S= Ayuso 17, Traylor 12, Dalmau 11, Santiago 10, Watson 8, Ra. Dalmau 7, Falcon 6, Rivas 4, O. Santiago 2, Narvaez 0
A. Fontana


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
1. Arecibo 12-6
2. Ponce 9-7
3. Caguas 7-8
4. San German 6-9
5. Guayama 4-11
6. Mayaguez 4-13
Metro
1. Santurce 11-5
2. Carolina 10-5
3. Guaynabo 9-7
4. Fajardo 9-7
5. Humacao 7-8
6. Bayamon 7-9


Stats Leaders - BSN
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Figueroa (Arecibo) 22.0
White (Arecibo) 21.9 Melendez (Caguas)21.3
Ramos (Caguas) 20.3
Frejie (Guayama) 19.8
Rebounds Per Game
Benson (Bayamon) 15.9
Beard (Guayama) 11.7
Ramos (Caguas) 10.4
Chris Jackson (Faj) 10.3 Figueroa (Arecibo) 10.8
Assists Per Game
Caro (Guayama) 6.5
Pagan (Ponce) 6.1
Rivera (Carolina) 6.0
Alvarado (SG) 5.5
Hatton (Arecibo) 5.3
Steals Per Game
Figueroa (Arecibo) 2.2
Hamilton (Fajardo) 1.7
Padilla (Ponce) 1.6
Blocks Per Game
Ramos (Caguas) 2.3
Richards (Humacao) 2.2
Traylor (Santurce) 2.2
3FGP
Ra. Dalmau (San.) 55.6%
Alamo (Caguas) 51.9%
E.Santiago (San.) 51.5%
Free Throws
Ashby (Caguas) 100%
Rice (Carolina) 90.9%
Ra. Dalmau (San.) 90.9%


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RWANDA

Junior Basketballers of Rwanda -by Eurobasket News
The junior basketball team won a close contest against the Zone V champions 87:81. After that Rwanda National University and Kigali Institute of Education were also defeated.
In the game against Rwanda National University that the juniors won 57:38, they were being handled by the national senior basketball coach Kavedjiga Vaceslave. Rwanda National University beat Kigali Institute of Education 79:63 to finish second at the preliminary stage. The two week tournament was a part of the juniors' continued preparations for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers due in May.
Rob Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) and his Gaz Metan Medias is 13-10 in Romanian league. In the last game his team bet BCM Pitesti 90:71. That was a crucial game for both teams. Medias was in need of a win to secure a playoff berth, Pitesti was still hoping to reach the last playoff spot with 3 wins in the last 3 rounds. Medias reached the playoffs for the second time in a row, ironically in front of the team who swept them last year in the first round of the postseason. Medias didn't give any chance to the opponents, leading from start to finish, Zeljko Bubanja and Rob Thomson combined for 31 points and 21 boards, being a dominating force in the paint. But the big difference in this game was made by forward Tudor Dumitrescu who scored 15 of his 28 points from beyond the arc. Pitesti had 4 players in double figures, but that didn't helped too much. Paul Helcioiu had a horrible night with 5-15 from the field and 5 turnovers, scoring 16 points. Chris Garnett had 17 points and 4 rebounds and Bojan Gnjato posted a double double with 15 points and 13 boards. So Pitesti, from the second place of the podium last year is going to the playoffs, where in the first round they will meet a team coming from the second league. Medias meanwhile is trying to win the remaining games to avoid Ploiesti or Sibiu in the first round of the playoffs.


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SERBIA

Superleague starts today ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian Superleague begins today. The game between Partizan Igokea and FMP as well as the game of the second round between Partizan and Swislsions Takovo will be postponed due to crucial game of Euroleague quarterfinals which Black and whites will play in Vitoria next Wednesday. This possibility was mentioned during the Superleague draw.


Superleague - Round 1

Swisslions Takovo - Borac 18:00h
Vojvodina Srbijagas - Hemofarm STADA 19:00h
Vizura - Crvena Zvezda 18:00h
Partizan Igokea - FMP postponed


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SLOVENIA

Games of The UPC Telemach League on Sunday, April 5th -by Jan Flac

League For The Champion


TCG Mercator lost against Luka Koper with 78:88 (23:25, 18:19, 25:26, 14:18). TCG Mercator: Ljubenovic 14, Skok 14, Julevic 17. Luka Koper: Rucigaj 11, Klarica 11, Cmer 19, Pasalic 23, Finzgar 13.


Krka won against Geoplin Slovan with 88:74 (22:19, 14:11, 26:17, 26:27). Krka: Sorrentine 16, Marcelic 29, Krivec 13. Geoplin Slovan: Clemons 11, Klobucar 15, Petrov 17, Jokic 14.


Elektra Esotech lost against Helios Domzale with 75:94 (20:25, 15:26, 17:22, 23:21). Elektra Esotech: Kunc 16, Vrecko 17, Jersin 11 Ivanovic 11, Bubnjic 12. Helios: Mance 12, Troha 12, Ingram 16.


Union Olimpija will play tomorrow against Zlatorog Lasko.


League For The Existence


Zagorje KD Financna tocka won against Hopsi Polzela with 73:61 (18:19, 19:11, 18:18, 18:13). Zagorje KD FT: Spesic 14, Bajramlic 9, Savkovic 17, Goodrich 15. Hopsi Polzela: Jovanovic 11, Breze 13, Dawson 16.


Alpos Sentjur won against Rogla Zrece with 90:74 (24:14, 26:18, 21:18, 19:24). Alpos Sentjur: Kobale 15, Ribezl 16, Misiraca 16. Rogla Zrece: Sivka 16, P. Brolih 15, Grkovic 16.


Kraski zidar Jadran does not play a game this round.



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

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

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

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


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SOUTH KOREA

Dongbu Promy Leads Best Of 5 Game Series Over KT&G -by Rick Ross
The Second Round Pits the host Dongbu Promy against 4th Seed
KT&G and the winner is no surprise number 1 Dongbu Promy as they
Come away with the series opener 73-62, No scores or stats were
Available at the time of this addition, click below for more details and highlights,
http://www.kbl.or.kr/

The second round for 2nd seed KCC Vs 3 seed Samsung will Tip off
Sunday 3pm as KCC host Samsung in Jeonju, Both teams are evenly matched.


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SWITZERLAND

Fribourg gets to a winning start of LNA quarterfinal stage -by Eurobasket News
Fribourg entered their quarterfinal campaign with a comfortable 73:52 home win over the Geneva Devils. The hosts looked sloppy early in the encounter with the Devils grabbing a lead. The visitors outscored Fribourg 18:11 in the opening stanza but the things returned to more usual ways after the first break. Fribourg adjusted their defense and limited the guests to 5 points in the second period. It allowed Fribourg to claim a 38:23 advantage at the interval. Geneva never recovered in the second half and dropped the first clash out of best-of-five series. Tresor Quidome (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points for Fribourg. Harold Mrazek (191-G-73) secured 13 points, while Erroyl Bing (198-F-82, college: E.Carolina) added 12 points and 8 boards for the winners. Ross DeRogatis (186-G-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: San Diego) was the only player to deliver in double figures for the Devils. He produced 16 points in defeat. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday.
Birstal Starwings overcame Boncourt 80:73 in a close fight. The Starwings led throughout the major part of the game but the tension kept growing as Boncourt refused to fall behind in regulation. But the Starwings survived some close calls in the dying moments to celebrate an initial victory in the series. Jared McCurry (191-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Bellarmine) provided 27 points to pace the Starwings. Ray Henderson (203-F/C-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Clemson) contributed 19 points and 6 boards for the winners. Carlos Ferro (185-G-73) netted 23 points to lead Boncourt.
The Lugano Tigers dealt with Herens at home court. Dusan Mladjan (200-G-86, agency: Interperformances) bruised the visitors with 27 points and Lugano rolled to a well-crafted win. Andrija Crnogorac (203-F/C-81) tallied 14 points and 8 boards for the winning team. Christopher Grimm and Derrick Lang (194-G-80, college: Incarnate World) responded with 12 points apiece for Herens.
Vacallo Basket was the only team to succeed away from home. They traumatized Monthey 74:64 and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Slaven Smiljanic (192-G-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) led the Vacallo's first half rally that put them 42:34 up at the long break. Monthey struggled to deny the deficit in the second half and surrendered at the end. Slaven Smiljanic finished with 25 points for Vacallo. Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) added 17 points and 6 boards for the visitors. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) fired 24 points and 10 rebounds for Monthey.


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TPBL

14th ANNUAL ALL STAR CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT -by Chris Cardenas

San Angleo ,Tx is the site for one the best open basketball tournaments in the state. The 14th Annual All Star Classic mens basketball tournament promises to bring out some of the best teams texas has to offer......and for you older ball players, theres a division for you too. The All Star Classic also offers a 40yrs and over division that will bring out some old schoolers to show what they used to do. more info :

WHAT: 14TH ANNUAL ALL STAR CLASSIC

WHEN: APRIL 26-27

WHERE: SAN ANGELO,TX

ENTRY : MENS OPEN - $175
MENS 40YRS AND OVER- $100

1ST PLACE IN THE MENS OPEN : $1000 CASH AS WELL AS TEAM AWARD

1ST-3RD PLACE TEAM AWARDS : BOTH DIVISIONS

TO ENTER CALL : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM


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TURKEY

Turkish Players Abroad , Memo Stops Spurs -by Onur Decani
Utah Jazz beat San Antonio Spurs 90-64 in Energy Solutions Arena , while Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) was the man of the match , scoring double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds. San Antonio Spurs scored the least points in the team history in a match. Also Jazz stopped the 8 winning streak of Spurs. In the first period Spurs were better and closed the 1st period 24-18 ahead . But in the 2nd period Jazz had a better defence and let Spurs scoring only 14 points and in the end of the 1st half they were 2 points ahead. In the 3rd period Jazz had a 6-0 streak to take the advantage to 9 points at the end of the period. In the last period Jazz scored a 13-0 streak , they took the advantage once to 29 points and won the match 90-64. Mehmet Okur made double0double with 17 points and 16 rebounds , he also had a great defence against Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest). Deron Williams (191-G-84, college: Illinois) made his 50st double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 assists , while Carlos Boozer (207-F/C-80, college: Duke) played with 16 points , 7 rebounds , 2 steals and 1 assist. In the Spurs side Tony Parker (183-G-80) scored 17 points - 4 assists - 4 rebounds , while Tim Duncan made double-double with 15 points - 10 rebounds - 3 blocks and 1 assist.

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U.KINGDOM

Newcastle Eagles survived an overtime battle in Everton -by Eurobasket News
Newcastle Eagles survived an overtime thriller in Everton that gave them 26-4 record in BBL. In the extra period Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) sealed for the Eagles the 90:93 win.
Sheffield Sharks advanced to BBL Championship Playoffs beating Leicester Riders 83:66. Sharks dominated in the opening quarter and led 29:14 after ten minutes. White and Chad McKnight (201-F-84, college: Morehead St.) kept it up for the Riders as they combined to score the last 6 points of the half to keep them in it at 51:34. Nathan Niesler (188-G-83) led the way for the winners with 24 points. Al. Virgil netted 13, while Whyte scored 12. Chad McKnight ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
The Worcester Wolves secured their first ever playoff berth in the game over Marshall MK Lions. The team had a road win over the fourth squad in BBL 75:97. Wolves opened the encounter with 28:17 advantage, but Liam Cort scored a three pointer on the half time buzzer for 45:39. Yorrick Williams closed the third period with a three for 67:56. In the final quarter Worcester Wolves kept the advantage for good and won the game. Life led the winners with 29 points. Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) netted 27, whilst Harker scored 19. Windless and Dru Spinks (193-G/F-79) provided 12 points each for the hosts.

Sheffield Sharks 83-66 Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders
Sharks: Nathan Niesler 24, Al. Virgil 13, Whyte 12
Riders: Chad McKnight 14, Burns 11, Wellington 11, White 11

Everton Tigers 90-93 Newcastle Eagles

Marshall MK Lions 75-97 Worcester Wolves
Lions: Windless 12, Dru Spinks 12, Brown 11
Wolves: Life 29, Anthony Paez 27, Harker 19


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
1. Newcastle E. 26-4
2. Plymouth R. 22-8
3. Guildford H. 20-7
4. Milton Key. 18-11
5. Scottish R. 16-13
6. Sheffield S. 14-15
7. Everton T. 13-15
8. Worcester W. 13-16
9. Cheshire J. 9-20
10. Leicester R. 9-21
11. London C. 8-20
12. Birmingh.P. 5-22


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ULEB CUP

Stats Leaders
ULEB Cup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Domercant, DynM 21.4
2 Mayes, Gmund. 21.1
3 Allen, Frankfurt 20.0
4 El-Amin, T.Tel. 19.7
5 Williams, BosS. 19.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Antic, Lukoil A. 9.2
2 Kirksay, Unics 9.2
3 Johnson, Gmunden 9.0
4 Mensah-B., Ben. 8.4
5 Allen, Frankfurt 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Cook, Crvena Zv. 6.2
2 Deane, Lukoil A. 5.9
3 Williams, Pamesa 5.5
4 Perrier-D., Frib. 5.4
5 Rubio, Joventut 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Williams, T.Tel. 2.7
2 GAY, Antwerp 2.6
3 Sears, Antwerp 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Akingbala, Ventsp. 2.8
2 Riddick, Charl. 2.0
3 Griffith, Ploies. 1.7
2FGP
1 Stevic, Slask 19.9
2 Kikanovic, CrvZv 72.2
3 Javtokas, DynM 71.3
3FGP
1 Shason, Jerus. 56.9
2 Domercant, DynM 56.4
3 Hansen, DynM 54.7
Free Throws
1 Fernandez, Joven. 94.6
2 Lee, Nymburk 92.7
3 Domercant, DynM 90.8


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USBL

Interview with John “Mookie” Thomas -by Surujh Roopnarine


Interview with John “Mookie” Thomas -by Surujh Roopnarine
Currently helping lead Zain in the Excellent League Finals against Orthodox (Up 1-0 in series after 96-89 victory on Friday) John III Thomas (5'9''-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) or 'Mookie' as he is affectionately known, is half-way across the world doing what he does best….balling. The Brooklyn born point guard out of St. Francis College took some time to answer a few questions in the days leading up to the Championship series. Starting point guard for the Strong Island Sound (ABA) in their last weeks of operation (ceased operations in December '07) I had the pleasure of getting to know Mook personally and wanted to catch up with him during this very exciting and important time of his career.

Hey 'Mookie' congratulations on reaching the Finals. How did you end up playing in Jordan with Zain?

‘I ended up in Jordan because of this guy that I played for when I graduated from college named 'Shoes' Vetrone. He found out that I was home so he said he has a job for me and the coach for the Zain team is a close friend of his and he just hooked me up. Thanks again Shoes.'

How has the transition been with your teammates and coach?

‘The transition has been good between me and the team and coach. I came in a little bit out of shape and didn't have much time to get ready but we(me and coach) made it work.. Coach has put me through extra workouts, extra running, extra shooting… and extra minutes! When I got here we were down 0-1 in the series (Semi-Finals against Al Riyadi) and we needed to win the next game. Nate Johnson (6'7''-F-77, college: Louisville), superstar of the team and league, didn't play so I had to play 40 minutes and I did it for the first two games and we won both. I have a great team and my teammates are great guys too. They welcomed me in with open arms.'

What were you doing to keep busy after the Sound ceased operations?

‘After the sound ceased operations I was playing with the Harlem Wizards. I traveled with them to Taiwan (Thanks again E. Jones). It was fun and a way for me to keep in shape a little bit.'

Did the situation with the Sound catch you by surprise?

‘The situation with the Sound really broke my spirit for this game because me and Darren (the owner) spoke and that he wanted me all season so I left France (Quimper) to come home and play at home and be with my family. When it ended I couldn't even get a phone call or an apology. Luckily I had a cool coach who kept me posted…thanks Dytanya Mixson (Sound Head Coach). I could see if he would have paid us up to date and then let us go but he said no money. The crazy thing about it is that some people on the team were really affected by it because everything happened around Christmas time and they were counting on those pay checks, but I guess he didn't care because from what I understand he didn't reach out to anyone. That lack of communication really hurt but I understand that this is a business and it is what it is, so I moved on.'

Ok, now focusing on your present situation…What are you doing to prepare for the upcoming championship series against Orthodox?

‘Well what I'll be doing to prepare myself for the championship is making my way back to 100%, so that means extra hard work this week and getting mentally prepared and focused.'

You have won championships in Britain and the USBL. Is there anything you can use from those experiences for this upcoming series?

‘Yes there are plenty of things I can use. I know that I have to be aggressive and every possession counts, so if I mess up I have to get it back. In championship games, defense wins so I have to get back to my defense. The saying is that offense wins games and defense wins championships, so I really want to up my defense.'

How has the competition been in Jordan?

‘The competition in Jordan has been good. Every game I am either playing against an American or a Jordan national team player, so my game has to be at its very best each and every time out.'

How have the fans/arenas been...typically excited/frantic international crowds that we are used to hearing about?

‘The crowds been decent but I know that for the championship series it will get crazy.
I hope the crowds get more excited… I really thrive in that atmosphere.'

Is there anything you have had to change in your approach in this league?

‘Yes and no. I have to be more of a passer at times here because either I have the best player in the league to give the ball too in Nate Johnson or the tallest in Soumaila Samake (7'1''-C-78,) But on the other hand I still have to be aggressive at times and I also have Jordan national team players as teammates that can really play so it's not all about me…basically I am running a great team!'

What are your plans once the series is over?

‘Once the series is over I plan on going home and being with my family and seeing my newborn nephew Shawn John (Former teammate and close friend Shawn 'Murder' Simpson's newborn son) Also staying in the same great shape I've gotten into thanks to coach Maz!
I want to give a shout out to my family.. Tammie, Jawon Tyriek Jaida... My mother and step father (get well soon) and all my brothers and sisters. My son Matthew and finally to my Diamond family 100%.'




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Women News

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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Start of the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Just an hour ago three quarterfinal games were played in Czech Republic. The fourth one, between BK Strakonice and Gambrinus SikaBrno was postponed.
ZVVZ USK Praha out-muscled Hradec Kralove 63:100 in the opener. The win helped consolidate their ambitions for the Finals.ZVVZ USK Praha started with 14:26 in the early exchanges. They broke the game open at the start of the second stanza as they lead 31:56. Another fast start in the third period effectively settled the game as the favorite were far in front. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) led the winners with 15 points. Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) and Ferancikova supported her with 15 points apiece. Krizova ended up with 15 points in defeat.
Valosun Brno also tasted the win away from home. the team overcame Sparta Praha 69:76 due to the second half. Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) produced 18 points, while Miloslava Svobodova (188-C-84) had 17. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) top-scored for the hosts with 25 points. Kara Trutnov upset Loko K. Vary 83:66 with 29:15 in the opening quarter. Darina Misurova (163-G-81) top-scored in the game day with 28 points.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Catz tied 1-1 -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Finals, Game 2: Catz (Lappeenranta) tied the Finals to 1-1 today, when playing the first home game vs PeKa (Kotka). Catz started very
well and won the first quarter 33-16. PeKa came back to the game during the second quarter (16-26), but as Catz won the third and fourth quarter,
the result was flattering to Catz: 101-83 (49-42). Quarters: 33-16, 16-26, 21-19, 31-22. Catz had five players in double figures. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) scored 25 pts, Yelena Solovyeva (189-C-75) added 22 pts and Piia Harkko (180-F-87) had her season best 21 pts (treys 6/8). Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) led PeKa with 29 pts. Game 3 on Monday, April 7 in Kotka.

Catz - PeKa 101-83 (49-42) (Tamara Tatham 25/6, Yelena Solovyeva 22/7, Piia Harkko 21/1, Elena Reshetko 14/13, Kirbria Lewis 13/4/7a, Lizanne Murphy 4/7, Kaisa Valtakari 2/1 - Shanika Freeman 29/7, Tiffany Porter-Talbert 13/7, Dionne Pounds 11/2, Maiju Pekkarinen 11/0, Ashley Haynes 7/9, Susanna Rinta 5/3, Jutta Richter 5/0, Laura Lehtoranta 2/1).



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GREECE - Women

Standings - Women
A1 Standings
1. Esperides 19-4
2. Panionios 18-5
3. Athinaikos 15-8
4. Aris H. 14-9
5. Apollon 14-9
6. Panathin. 14-9
7. Kastoria 13-10
8. M.Aleksandros 11-12
9. Sporting 11-12
10. Paghiakos 10-13
11. Siemens 10-13
12. Asteras 7-16
13. Iraklis 3-20
14. Aias Evosmou 2-21


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ISRAEL - Women

Standings (W)
D1 Standings
Upper Playoffs
1. Ramat H. 17-5
2. Ramt Chen. 16-6
3. Bnot Hash. 16-6
4. Elitzur Ram 13-9
5. M.Ashdod 10-11
6. Elitzur Holon 8-13
Lower Playoffs
1. B.Yehuda 8-12
2. M.Tel Kabir 4-14
3. Hap.T-A 3-18


Liron Cohen in Spain -by Gil Goshen

On Round 23th:

ARRANZ-JOPISA BURGOS - CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE 62-83 .

Liron Team won ( away game ) vs, ARRANZ-JOPISA BURGOS 83:62.

Liron had 12 points, 4rb. 6 ast.

Next week CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE will play vs, EBE PROMOCIONES SANTA EULALIA ( ranked 2nd ).
This game will determine which team will be ranked 3rd or may be 2nd before the play-off will start !!!!!

PERFUMERֽAS AVENIDA will play (away ) vs. RIVAS FUTURA ....
Liron Cohen (173-G-82) agency-gg basketball


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KENYA - Women

St Angela's Girls of Kitui won the basketball title -by Eurobasket News
In Eastern Province St Angela's Girls of Kitui won the basketball title. St Angela's upset Kitise Secondary by defeating them 38:29.
Girl's basketball holders Raliew advanced to the last eight after a 112:12 thrashing of Tendere. After that Raliew defeated Moi Nyabohanse 53:12. In another games Sega beat Itierio 40:9, Nyabohanse overcame Nyamira Technical 40:16. Nyamira Girls edged out Sega in a decensive game 19:18. Nyamira Technical defeated Tendere 30:2, while St Barnabas beat Itierio 26:16.


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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO and Laisve make the Finals -by Eurobasket News
TEO and Laisve will meet each other in the Final of Lithuanian play-offs. The second games of the semifinals were more interested than the first encounters.
TEO swept the series against Lemminkainen after 54:65 in the second game. The defending champions started as if they had to and provided 20:8 in the second period. After the teams had traded baskets early on Lemminkainen started to reduce in the third. With 20;13 in the period the hosts reduced to 6 points before the final quarter. Once in the final quarter Lemminkainen hopes of a recovery quickly disappeared. TEO proved the ambitions and advanced to the Final. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) led the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) and Haynie followed her with 13 points apiece. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Laisve survived a home game against Arvi and won 62:60. Due to that victory Laisve swept the series as well. Both squads had a score tied before the fourth quarter and then a 15:13 in the final stanza allowed Laisve stepped into the Final. Asta Daujadiene (176-G-73) paced the winners with 19 points. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) netted 16 and Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) had 15. Andrea Bills (188-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) ended up with 18 points and 9 rebounds in the losing clause.

Lemminkainen -TEO 54:65
Lemminkainen: Daina Staugaitiene 19+10 rebs, Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) 10
TEO:Gintare Petronyte 14+13 rebs, Jurgita Streimikyte 13, Haynie 13

Laisve-Arvi 62:60
Laisve:Asta Daujadiene 19, Jolanta Marmiene 16, Jovita Jutelyte 15
Arvi: Andrea Bills 18+9 rebs, Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) 10


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POLAND - Women

FGE Play-offs: Semi-Finals - Game 1 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 76:48 (16:15, 19:19, 21:4, 20:10)
Wisła: Candice Dupree 20, Kara Braxton 13, Anna DeForge 11, Anna Wielebnowska 10, Natalia Trafimawa 6, Marta Fernandez 5, Jelena Skerovic 5, Agata Gajda 2, Ewelina Kobryn 2, Agnieszka Pałka 2, Paulina Gajdosz 0.
AZS: Agnieszka Szott 11, Denaimou N'Garsanet 10, Carrie Moore 7, Aleksandra Chomac 5, Katarzyna Ristic 5, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 4, Małgorzata Babicka 3, Justyna Żurowska 2, Aleksandra Pietraszek 1, Joanna Czarnecka 0, Katarzyna Czubak 0, Justyna Maruszczak 0.

Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 1:0


Lotos PKO BP Gdynia - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 98:83 (30:20, 24:24, 18:22, 26:17)
Lotos: Slobodanka Maksimovic 20, Anna Breitreiner 19, Dominique Canty 16, Chamique Holdsclaw 10, Magdalena Leciejewska 10, Jekaterina Snicyna 6, Natalia Waligorska 5, Patrycja Gulak 4, Marta Jujka 4, Alana Beard 4.
PKM: Ryan Coleman 24, Edyta Krysiewicz 22, Daria Mieloszyńska 11, Martyna Koc 11, Agnieszka Budnik 7, Olga Żytomirska 4, Agnieszka Makowska 3, Anna Talarczyk 1, Monika Soroczyńska 0, Agnieszka Krol 0, Monika Siwczak 0, Anna Krzywicka 0.

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 1:0


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SPAIN - Women

Round 22:Hondarribia Irun cannot escape from last positions -by Ivan Villar
Vasc team is making its worst season of history.On October nobody would believe that this team could move down to LF2.Manel Sanchez's team lost against powerful EBE-Promociones at home.Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) was unbelievable with 27 points,15 rebounds for total 40 of efficience.Liene Jansone was best player of Hondarribia with 22 points and 5 rebounds.Arranz Burgos lost good choice to avoid last position after falling in La Seu d'Urgell.Victor Lapena's team has made well their homework.Catalan team broke game in last quarter leaded by Sandra Pirsic (18 p-6 reb) and Silvia Santos (26 p-7 as).Iciss Tillis completed her best game from she arrived on March with 37 points and 8 rebounds.She was named MVP of round with 42 of efficience.In spite of her performance her team has actually a ticket for LF2.San Jose Leon found again way of win against Celta Vigo without excellent game.Miguel Estrada's team had to fight during all game to put ahead on score in last quarter.Murriel Page (13 p-9 reb) and Laura Nicholls (8 p-16 reb) were best players of game.Perfumerias Avenida quietly walked in Zaragoza to get new win which let them keep on secon place of table.Clara Bermejo (10 p-6 steals) and Estela Royo (11 p-9 reb) shone specially for both teams.Ros Casares has recovered her best level after their elimination in Euroleague.Manolo Real's team trashed Gran Canaria in la Fonteta easily.Now they will face against Perfumerias Avenida next round.Katie Douglas was again best player of orange team,with 10 points and 7 rebounds,being strong candidate to MVP of this season.Eva Montesdeoca was best resource of island team with 11 points and 7 offense rebounds.Rivas Futura got its 6 win in a row against weak Extrugasa.Galician team shows its worst face far of Vilagarcia.But this time had in Rivas a team on fire.Cathy Joens was best player of team from Madrid with 18 points and 6 assits.Extremadura breathes after win at home decisive final for them.Sonia Borges rescued her team when needed her more scoring 14 points and gaining 6 rebounds in 14 minutes only.This win suppose more options for Badajoz' team to escape from LF2 places.

Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
1. Ros Casares 19-3
2. Perfumerias 17-5
3. EBE Promoc. 16-6
4. Acis-Incosa 15-7
5. Rivas Futura 14-8
6. Real C.Vigo 12-10
7. Extrugasa 10-12
8. Olesa 9-13
9. Cajacanar. 9-13
10. Cadi la Seu 9-13
11. Hondar.-Irun 7-15
12. Mann Filter 6-16
13. Badajoz 6-16
14. Burgos 5-17


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WNBA - Women

Stacey Dales retires -by Bruno Baltazar
Sky fans: I'm incredibly grateful for my opportunity with the Chicago Sky. Not only was I surrounded by quality peers, but I was associated with the best of management. Margaret Stender, Michael Alter, and the entire Sky staff care about their athletes and they are willing to work for what is right. I'm also thankful to the fans of Chicago--not only did they support our developing franchise, but they have remained loyal throughout. I am confident that the Chicago Sky is moving in a direction that will provide great reward and ultimate success. With sincere thanks, Stacey
After two seasons with the Chicago Sky and three seasons playing for the Washington Mystics, Stacey is hanging up her basketball uniform to concentrate on her promising career in sports broadcasting.

As a member of the team's first-ever starting lineup in 2006, Stacey Dales (6'0''-F-79, college: Oklahoma) scored the Sky's first franchise field goal. In the 2007 season, she averaged 10.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. She shot .338 from beyond the three-point line and set the franchise record for most three-pointers in a game (7). She finished the season ranked 4th in the league in three-point field goals made (68). She finishes her career with an average of 9.2 points per game and a 35% three-point shooting average. She started in 131 of the 150 games she played in the WNBA.

'It's tough to see Stacey go,' said Sky Head Coach and GM Steven Key. 'She was one of the most skilled and passionate women basketball players to come around in recent years. Aside from her talent on the court, she will be missed for her caring and helpful manner. She was extremely helpful in assisting my transition from men's basketball into the WNBA. She is a unique individual who will go out of her way to assist a friend, and the team could always count on her for a good laugh when times were tough.'

Stacey will continue working for ESPN as a studio analyst for NCAAW basketball and a sideline reporter for the NBA, NCAA basketball, and NCAA football. She began working for ESPN in 2002 and that same year, USA Today's television columnist Rudy Martzke named her 'Rookie Analyst of the Year' and 'Best New Face' in 2004.

Stacey was Washington's first pick (third overall) in the 2002 WNBA Draft out of Oklahoma. She averaged 9.3 points per game in three seasons with the Mystics, and named as a replacement to the 2002 WNBA All-Start Team. She retired at the end of the 2004 season, but decided to come back in 2006 and was a surprise and welcome addition to the Sky roster when Washington did not protect her in the 2006 Expansion Draft.

'Stacey has been a central part of the Sky organization for the past two seasons and we all wish her the best,' said Chicago Sky President and CEO, Margaret Stender. 'We were honored to have her end her previous retirement to join our team, and she has been a great contributor and team leader. The Sky family and fans will miss watching her on the court, but we look forward to following her success off the court.'

A standout at the University of Oklahoma, Stacey led her team to the 2002 NCAA Championship game. She was Oklahoma's first consensus All-American and was named to the Kodak, Associated Press and Women's Basketball Journal first teams. She represented Canada at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2001 FIBA Americas World Championship Qualification Tournament and the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Her teammates salute Stacey:

Dominique Canty - 'She will truly be missed by me. I think Stacey is not only a great three- point shooter and a great teammate but she's a great person with a beautiful heart. She's kept me laughing even in the hard times. I just want to wish her much success in the future.'

Kayte Christensen - 'Stacey is a great friend and teammate. One of the hardest decisions as a player is deciding when to retire. I know she feels fulfilled as a player and is moving on to great things. I wish her nothing but happiness and continued success.'

Claire Coggins - 'Stacey has meant so much to the Sky organization and the WNBA as a whole. She is a tremendous leader with such an amazing ability to make all those around her feel warm. She will be greatly missed. I'm very grateful to have found a teammate and a friend in Stacey. I wish her the very best in all her future endeavors, and I'll remember all she taught me personally, on and off the court.'

Chas Melvin - 'Stacey's passion for the game will be missed, but her personality off the court will be missed even more. Whenever the team was down, she always said something to lighten things up. We will miss her on the court and in the locker room. Good luck, Stacey!'

Jia Perkins - 'Stacey's presence will be missed both on and off the court. She brought such positive energy to the court and really knew how to lift her teammates up. She is truly a class act but has a hidden talent too. I think we might end up seeing her on Saturday Night Live.'

Armintie Price - 'Stacey is the person who invented the word 'really' for the team last year!! I will miss her so much -- she was the first player I met on the team and was a true mentor till the end. I find myself blessed and privileged that I had the opportunity to be mentored by such an astonishing player and woman. I am forever grateful for the kindness Stacey showed me during my rookie season. I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors, and I look forward to seeing her hanging around during the upcoming season!'

Stephanie Raymond -- 'I am lucky and honored that Stacey took me under her wing my rookie season. She taught me so much about the game of basketball, the importance of becoming a respected player in the league, and about life in general. She's a great player and person and will be greatly missed by the team and the organization.'

Brooke Wyckoff - 'Stacey's talent, intensity, heart, humor and above all her dedication to her team and the game of basketball will be sorely missed by her teammates and fans. I wish her the best of luck for the future!'

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