EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/7/2008

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BARBADOS

Jackson down winless Deacons for first win -by Justin Marville


Jackson downs winless Deacons for first win -by Justin Marville
Who would have thought that the leagues' worst teams could combine for the season's best game?

Having 'choked' in the clutch at the end of Jackson's last game, star swingman Peter Alleyne would not make the same mistake twice in a row, this time scoring the go ahead basket with 18.5 seconds left on the clock to pull out a 74-72 nail-bitter over winless Weekend Nation Nico Deacons Fastbreaks in the latest action of the Sprite/BOA Premier League on Saturday night.

Playing at the Barbados Community College, the contest had the intensity and passion of a playoff game; highlighted by numerous dives to the floor, hustling and scrapping for loose balls as neither side appeared willing to give anything away with both teams looking to notch their first victory of the season.

Locked at 54 points early in the fourth quarter, the two bottom of the table clubs traded baskets and turnovers alike back and forth for the entire duration of the game's final period as no one team managed to gain a clear cut advantage over the other with the biggest margin being a four point lead by Deacons.

A pair of treys from diminutive Fastbreaks point guard Dale Clarke had appeared to give his squad the all important momentum midway through the fourth, pushing Deacons a 66-62 cushion as Jackson started to look flat at both ends of the floor.

But that momentum would be short lived as the Fastbreaks inexplicably called a subsequent timeout, allowing Jackson to catch its collective breath as ensuing baskets from post players Shemiele Balgobin and Ricardo Boyce knotted up the scores at 66 with 3:35 left to play.

Jackson would get the big breaks it was looking for just seconds later with the in-form Deacons forward Neil Harewood fouling out leaving the Fastbreaks with one less viable offensive option on the floor.

However, Deacons refused to surrender, with a field goal from swingman Henry Richards plus four made free throws from Clarke and Bryan Worrell keeping the side in the contest with the game tied at 72 points inside the final minute.

But Alleyne would ensure he wouldn't let two successive close games slip from his grasp, knocking down a tough fade-away over his defender to put Jackson ahead by two, then watching as Clarke turnover the ball at the other end thus forcing the Fastbreaks to foul Boyce in the open court with 4.5 seconds on the clock.

Boyce nearly left the door open though, missing both ensuing free throws, however Balgobin tracked down the offensive board as time expired to seal the dramatic, last-second victory.

Kirk Porte top scored for Jackson with 16 points, Boyce netted 12, while Balgobin and point guard Fabian Sealy both added 11 points each with Alleyne adding a further 10. Richards led all scorers on the night with 20 points while Harewood and Clarke scored 17 and 12 points respectively.

In the night cap, defending double crowned champs Lumber Company Lakers improved their record to 5-2 with a hard fought 66-61 victory over Roll-A-Way Storm and Security Shutters St. John's Sonics.

Reserves Adrian Allman and Ormond Haynes both led the way with 14 points apiece, with Zahir Motara adding 13 while point guard Derek Browne had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Jefferson Trotman, Bernard Howell and Hayden Forde all had 10 points for the Sonics who dropped to 4-3.


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BELARUS

The semifinals are set -by Eurobasket News
In all four games of the Quarterfinals the series did not go tom the third games as the favorites needed two games. Vitalyur overcame BNTU 56:80 on a road to clinch the semifinals. Grodno-93 beat Temp 94:64 and Minsk-2006 enjoyed the win from Sozh Gomel 107:77. Lokomotiv struggled hard but had to admit 90:92 loss to OZAA that advanced to the semis.
Yegor Mescheriakov (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) won the three-pointer contest in the Ukrainian All Star Game. It brougt outpassing and outperforming counterparts from the Ukrainians starts and Legion. The latter being represented by the abroad players that participate in the Ukrainian Superleague won the Show 99:97. Panagiotis Liadelis led the winners with 18 points. Robert Jr. Archibald and Rodney Buford nailed 14 points each, while Eugene Jeter scored 13 and Yegor Mescheriakov nailed 6 points. Volodymyr Gurtovoy had a great game for the local team posting 30 points.
The weekend in Donetsk was about much more than spectacular dunks, a game featuring marginal defense. The All Star Game came to the Donbass hoping to help this special city continue its comeback. Both teams exchanged the baskets in the opening quarter and Legion took 26:25 lead after the first period. The second quarter gave more confidence for them as they had 46:36 advantage. Artur Drozdov and his team however reduced to 5 points at the half time.
In the third quarter Ukraine even took a leadership with 70:66 on the board. With less than a minute to play Legion had 97:92 deficit and led the game to 99:97 win. Panagiotis Liadelis being the top-scorer for the winners won MVP award.
Yegor Mescheriakov won the three-pointer contest having 19 points in Round 1 and 16 in the Final. Vitaly Kovalenko and Olu Famutimi shone in the Slam Dunk Contest. The latter representing Khimik got 135 points to win the Contest.


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BELGIUM

Div 1 Coaches News -by Peter Buyse


Eurobasket learned today that Eddy Casteels finalized the details of his contract with Antwerp Diamond Giants. Signing of the contract which covers the next 2 seasons with an option for a 3rd is to be signed on Monday.
This marks the return to Antwerp, team he left after the 1999-2000 season. Coach Casteels will remain coach of the Belgian National team combined with this head-coaching job at Antwerp.
Over his career Casteels has been voted coach of the year on 3 occassions and won 2 championships and 2 Belgian Cups.


One of his future players Thomas Lamot suffered an injury in last weekend's game vs Charleroi and will more than likely miss another 2 weeks.



Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
1. Bree 21-6
2. Oostende 20-8
3. Charleroi 19-9
4. M.Hainaut 18-10
5. Liege 17-10
6. Aalstar 13-15
7. Verviers-Pep. 11-17
8. Antwerp 9-19
9. Leuven 6-22
10. Gent 5-23


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BOSNIA

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
1. Bosna S. 20-4
2. Sloboda Dita 19-5
3. Igokea 17-7
4. Grude 14-10
5. Slavija 13-11
6. Borac Nektar 13-11
7. Zrinjski MC 11-13
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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CHILE

Libsur 2008 round 5 results -by Cristian Quiroga
ZONE A

Asociacion Ancud 57
Deportivo Valdivia 62


Deportes Castro 114
Gonzalo Velasquez 25, Angel Labrin 22
Provincial Llanquihue 70
Alberto Toledo 18, Sebastian Raimann 16

Provincial Osorno 84
Rodrigo Zuniga 24 ptos., Cristian Perez 15 ptos.
Deportes Lautaro 81
Ronald Cruces (177-G-87) 23 ptos., Alfredo Aliste 14 ptos.

ZONE B

Universidad de Los Lagos 91
Leonel Mendez (184-G-75) 29 ptos., Johny Gomez 23 ptos.
Deportes Pto. Varas 68
Felipe Valenzuela 15 ptos., Nicolas Ulloa 10 ptos.

Unap Victoria 89
Deportivo Imperial 83

Deportes Las Animas 91
Roberto Gatica 20 ptos.
Deportes Carahue 85
Renato Torres 25 ptos., Jimmy Puschel 19 ptos.


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COSTA RICA

Liceo advances to Liga Centroamericana Final Four -by Gianni Pascucci
Copenae-Liceo de Costa Rica won game 2 of the last Liga Centroamericana series, defeating on the road Nicaraguan team Jaguares de la UAM 70-62. Thanks to this win, Liceo will participate to the competition 'Final Four' tournment, whose definitive schedule has to be announced yet. Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) was the man of the last game, scoring 29 points to lead Liceo, Harold Mitchell (200-C-83) and Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) dominated inside, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively, and grabbing lots of rebounds. The import player of Jaguares, Ben McCain (206-C-83, college: Houston Baptist), was very disappointing in this last game, playing only 4 minutes. Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83) scored 15 points in losing effort at the Nicaraguan side, that says farewell to the competition.

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CYPRUS

Finals: Keravnos beat Apoel 88-75 and is now leading with 2-1 -by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Strovolou beat Aspis Apoel Nicosia in a game which was exactly like the one played two weeks ago in Strovolos arena with the home team having a continuous offensive monologue. The game was exactly as the one mentioned before, at the first quarter, a strong and competitive derby, which found the Strovolos team having the leading role but without having a difference greater than 5 points, with the first quarter finally ending up with a 23-20 lead for Keravnos team.
During the second quarter though, there was only one team in the court, Keravnoswith his captain, Giorgos Anastasiadis in an offensive role, and with an amazing defense from Smith and with a very good game from Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.), in his major role as the leading PG of his team, with great organizational skills and very good passing game, over score coach Yiangoullis team who had only Hansel and Gerben Van Dorpe (211-F/C-76, college: Mt.St.Mary's) trying their best, finally, the Strovolos yellows, end the half time with a small deficit of 5 points, 42-37.
Everybody was expecting the reaction of the visiting site and that was correct as with a very good peripheral game were able to cut the increased by Radojevic, score, the Serb was very good in both edges of the court and he was unbeatable in the air especially in his offensive duties. Aspis Apoel though cut the deficit mainly with Jones and Hansel with the third period ending with 4 points difference for the home court team 59-55.

The fourth and final quarter belonged 100% to the home team as the 'forgotten' Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) after quite many weeks had some quality minutes in the court and proved to be the best move for Strovolos site as he scored his 8 out of 11 points in the fourth quarter and together with Hart finished the game with a series of 15-3. Aspis Apoel tried to answer back but it was too late for the Nicopsia team, the final score was 88-75 and the continuation witll take place in Aspis Apoel home court where possibly we will have a repeat of the game I Aghios Dhometios…
Top scorers of the game were Anastasiadis and Hart with 19 and 18 respectively while players such us Giannas and Predrag Kosanovic helped a lot with their 8 and 11 points.
The quarters of the game were: 23-20, 42-37, 59-55, and the final 88-75
The scorers for the two teams were:
Keravnos: Yianns 8, Anastasiadis 19, Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, college: Auburn) 13, Jarrett Hart 18, Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) 4, Trisokkas 5, Predrag Kosanovic 11, Radojevic 10
Aspis Apoel: Gerben Van Dorpe 11, Hansel 15, Miceta 5, Jones 11, Balca Radunovic 11, Wheeller 9, Pantouris 4, Garcia 11

The next game in series will take place in Lefkotheo, next Wednesday.


Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
1. A.Yermasogias 22-1
2. Philips Coll. 19-3
3. Doxa 15-6
4. Olympos A. 15-7
5. APOP Paphou 15-7
6. Digenis 14-7
7. Paralimni 12-9
8. Achilleas Agrou 10-11
9. Asteras 7-14
10. Enosis K. 4-14
11. Argonaftes 3-17
12. Onisilos 3-18
13. A.Yeroskipou 0-22


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CZECH REPUBLIC

Start of Round 40 -by Eurobasket News
Four games were already played in Round 40 of Czech Republic League. Geofin remains second downing Pardubice 92:58. An easy start led to the 31st win in the regular season. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) paced the winners with 15 points. Pelikan netted 13, whilst Stepan Reinberger (200-F-81, agency: PPGroup) and Chapman scored 10 apiece.
BK Prostějov improved into the third position with a road win over A PLUS OHL ZS Brno BC 83:92. Robert Tomaszek (205-F-81, college: Texas Tech) led the winners with 24 points. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) nailed 22, while Savanovic scored 15.
Kolin had a road win over Usti n/Labem 74:77. Jiri Sebek (200-F-76) and Schifino led the way with 14 points each. Vorlicek and Vrchota followed them with 10 points apiece. Jan Tomanec (212-C-85) nailed 20 points for the hosts.
BK Decin edged BK Sadska 67:74 away from home. Four players reached the double digits for the winners as Thomas led all of them with 15 points. Pavel Prach (188-G-79) and Grier had 13 points each for the winners. Smith top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points.


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
1. Nymburk 38-1
2. Geofin 31-9
3. Prostejov 28-12
4. Decin 25-15
5. Pardubice 24-16
6. Ostrava 20-19
7. A Plus B. 17-23
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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D-LEAGUE

Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
1. Dakota W. 27-21
2. Sioux Falls S. 27-21
3. Iowa E. 20-27
4. Ft.Wayne MA 17-29
Southwest Division
1. Austin T. 29-17
2. Colorado 14ers 25-21
3. Tulsa 66ers 25-22
4. Albuquerque T. 22-26
5. Rio Grande VV 20-29
West Division
1. Idaho S. 32-14
2. LA D-Fenders 32-15
3. Utah 23-24
4. Anaheim A. 21-26
5. Bakersfield J. 10-37


Saturday Night Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Los Angeles D-Fenders (106) at Anaheim Arsenal (109) - OT
D-FENDERS: Sean Banks (6'8''-F-85, college: Memphis) (38p+8rb+5to), Jelani McCoy (18p+13rb), Coby Karl (16p), Brandon Wallace (10p+7rb)
ARSENAL: Marcus Campbell (7'0''-C-82, college: Mississippi St.) (20p+23rb), Mo Charlo (21p+7rb), Kedrick Brown (17p), Terrence Crawford (15p+9rb)

Utah Flash (103) at Bakersfield Jam (92)
FLASH: James Lang (6'10''-C-83) (22p+9rb), Kevin Kruger (18p+13as), Brian Hamilton (11p+12rb), Gabe Pruitt (17p+5as)
JAM: Scooter McFadgon (6'5''-G-82, college: Tennessee) (25p), Justin Reed (20p+5rb), Mateen Cleaves (6p+13as), Patrick O'Bryant (14p+9rb)

Dakota Wizards (84) at Iowa Energy (97)
WIZARDS: Kevin Lyde (6'9''-C-80, college: Temple) (13p+11rb), Rod Benson (12p+13rb), David Bell (15p+8rb+6as), Carlos Powell (14p+5rb+5as+7to)
ENERGY: Jeff Horner (6'3''-G-83, college: Iowa) (25p+10rb), Darryl Watkins (28p+11rb), Curtis Stinson (13p+7as), Adam Haluska (12p+6rb+5to)

Albuquerque Thunderbirds (118) at Tulsa 66ers (112)
T-BIRDS: Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) (34p+6rb), Julius Hodge (23p+10rb+5as), Kevin Pittsnogle (19p+9rb), Cheyne Gadson (10p+6as)
66ERS: Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, college: George Washington) (27p+13rb+9as), Scott Merritt (22p+5rb), Jason Fontenet (14p+6as), Derrick Dial (12p+5rb)


Last Transactions -by Surujh Roopnarine
NBA Affiliate Designations
Denver re-assigns rookie guard Taurean Green (6'0''-G-85, college: Florida) to Colorado. As a member of the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this season, Green was assigned to Idaho for four games between Dec. 9 and Dec. 22, 2007. In those four games, Green averaged 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 37.5 minutes.
Los Angeles has re-assigned rookie Coby Karl (6'4''-G-83, college: Boise St.) to the LA D-Fenders for the third time this season. During his first two assignments, Karl averaged 17.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 13 games (11 starts) and has appeared in 17 games with the Lakers this season, averaging 1.8 points and 4.2 minutes following his July, 2007 signing.

Player Movement
Ex-NBA veteran Darvin Ham (6'7''-F-73, college: Texas Tech) has been traded from the Albuquerque Thunderbirds to the Austin Toros for D-League veteran Anthony Fuqua (6'11''-C-83, college: UTSA).
Ham has appeared in 43 games for the Thunderbirds this season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Utah: Re-acquired Aleksandar Ugrinoski (6'4''-G-88, agency: Interperformances).
Iowa: Waived former North Carolina Tar Heel Jackie Manuel (6'5''-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina) due to injury.


2007-08 D-League MVP is Kasib Powell -by Surujh Roopnarine
Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) of the Sioux Falls Skyforce has been named the 2007-08 D-League MVP. Powell was selected by a vote of the D-League's head coaches.
A 2008 All-Star, Powell scored in double-figures in 37 of 38 games for the Skyforce, including 24 games with 20 or more points, three 30-point outings, and a 46-point performance on March 6 against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. This season, prior to being called up by the Miami HEAT on March 22nd, the former Texas-Tech standout was averaging 22.3 points per game, shooting 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point territory, to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
Powell joins Ansu Sesay (6'9''-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) (Greenville, 2002), current Cleveland Cavalier Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA) (Fayetteville, 2003), Tierre Brown (6'2''-G-79, college: Mc Neese St.) (Charleston, 2004), current Charlotte Bobcat Matt Carroll (6'6''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) (Roanoke, 2005), Marcus Fizer (6'8''-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) (Austin, 2006) and Randy Livingston (6'4''-G-75, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) (Idaho, 2007) as winners of the NBA Development League Most Valuable Player Award.


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EGYPT

Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Gezira 3-0
2. Zamalek 2-1
3. Al Ittihad 2-1
4. Sporting 1-2
5. Ahly 1-2
6. Shorta-Police 0-0
7. Shams 0-0
8. Geish Army 0-0
9. Gazco 0-0
10. Damenhor 0-0
11. Eastern Co. 0-0
12. Somouha 0-3


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FYR MACEDONIA

D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Feni Indistrija 24-4
2. Strumica 21-7
3. AMMAK SP 17-11
4. F.Rabotnicki 16-12
5. Pelister 16-12
6. MZT Skopje 14-14
7. Vardar 10-18
8. Karpos 2-26


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
1. Pop Sport S. 17-7
2. Torus 16-8
3. Ovce Pole 15-8
4. Centar S. 14-8
5. Goce Delchev 14-10
6. Negotino 11-12
7. Plejmejker C. 11-12
8. Teteks 10-13
9. Kozuv 9-14
10. Heraklea 6-17
11. ABA 4-18


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GERMANY

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 28 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Christian Standhardinger (201-F-89) - Ehingen: 35 pts, 11/16 FG, 13/14 FT, 12 rbs, 8 as, 4 st

Points: Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.) - Braunschweig and Christian Standhardinger - Ehingen: 35 apiece

Rebounds: Philip McCandies (206-C-83, college: Charleston) - Bielefeld: 18

Assists: Zack Wright - Braunschweig: 10

Steals: Zack Wright - Braunschweig: 7

Blocked Shots: Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Murray St.) - Kirchheim: 5

Check out all stats and scores on the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


Germans who played college-basketball in 2007-2008 -by Moritz Korff
Check out the stats of the Germans who played college-basketball during the 2007-2008 season:

Sergej Baskow (203-F/C-86) - Bemidji State (NCAA2): 25 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg
Bjorn Bohley (206-F/C-84, college: Highland CC) - Savannah State (NCAA1): 21 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg
Andy Buechert (206-C, college: Tallahasse CC) - Winthrop (NCAA1): 32 games: 3.0ppg, 3.5rpg
Mike Dejworek (211-C-87) - Belmont (NCAA1): 24 games: 1.6ppg
Cem Dinc (211-F-85, college: Marshalltown CC) - Harvard (NCAA1): 10 games: 1.4ppg, 1.1rpg
Martin Esters (196-F-88) - Ripon (NCAA3): 23 games: 7.2ppg, 3.4rpg
Vadim Fedotov (206-F/C-85) - Buffalo (NCAA1): 14 games: 5.9ppg, 4.6rpg
Richard Froehlich (205-F-86) - Citrus College (JUCO): 36 games: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg
Wolfgang Gieler (206-C-86) - Allan Hancock College (JUCO): 30 games: 17.5ppg, 13.1rpg
Max Gotzler (201-F-84) - Boston University (NCAA1): 26 games: 2.5ppg, 2.1rpg
Sebastian Greene (203-F) - Fordham (NCAA1): 29 games: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg
Maximilian Groebe (193-F-88) - Massachusetts (NCAA1): 19 games: 2.1ppg
Kai Haenig (205-C) - Missouri Valley (NAIA): 12 games: 1.6ppg
Rouven Haenig (198-F) - Missouri Valley (NAIA): 27 games: 8.0ppg, 6.6rpg
Tobias Jahn (206-F-86) - Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2): 28 games: 2.3ppg, 2.0rpg
Dorian McDaniel (198-F-87) - Prairie View A&M (NCAA1): 29 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg
Max Pink (195-F) - Convenant (NAIA): 17 games: 4.4ppg, 2.8rpg
Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84) - USF (NCAA1): 7 games: 17.3ppg, 4.6rpg
Ante Samodol (200-F/C-86) - Wiliston State (JUCO): 25 games: 6.2ppg, 3.3rpg
Christian Schmidt (203-F-83) - Buffalo (NCAA1): 4 games: 0.8ppg, 1.3rpg
Nick Schneiders (218-C-84) - USC Upstate (NCAA2): 30 games: 4.9ppg, 4.8rpg
Torben Seikowsky (186-G) - William Jessup (NAIA): 30 games: 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg
Patrick Taubert (197-G-87) - Dawson CC (JUCO): 28 games: 11.7ppg, 3.8rpg
Lukas Varga (183-G-85) - Coker (NCAA2): 26 games: 8.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8 apg
Ronny Weihmann (186-G) - Emmanuel (NAIA): 34 games: 4.7ppg, 1.4rpg
Viktor Wronowski (188-G) - Tenn. Temple (NAIA): 15 games: 0.7ppg
Jannik Zimmer (192-G-86) - St. Edward's (NCAA2): 29 games: 6.0ppg, 1.2rpg

Other Germans who played college-basketball in 2007-2008 (stats are not available):
Enrico Ahlendorf (200-C-88) - Missouri Valley (Junior Varsity Roster)
Alfred Dankwa (190-G/F-85) - Meridian CC (JUCO)
Hagen Hohlfeld (200-F) - Missouri Valley (Junior Varsity Roster)
Kristian Kuhn (208-C-87) - Trinity Valley (JUCO)
Sidiki Straub (205-F-86) - Cabrillo CC (JUCO)

Germans who played college-basketball in Canada during the 2007-2008 season:
Norbert Kanyo (202-F-88) - Grant MacEwan (CCAA): 22 games: 1.6ppg, 2.7rpg
Bjoern Munte (194-F) - Quest (BCCAA): stats n.a.
Patrick Unger (197-F-83) - Alberta (CIS): 20 games: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg


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GREECE

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 15-9
4. Filippos V. 15-9
5. Niki Volou 14-10
6. HANTH 13-11
7. Argos Orestiko 13-11
8. Galaxias 11-13
9. Proteas G. 11-13
10. Foinikas 10-14
11. Siatista 9-15
12. Ionas Volou 9-15
13. Ifestos T. 5-19
14. Megas Al. 3-21
C North - Group 2
1. Apollon K. 22-2
2. Stratoni 21-3
3. Enosi Kavalas 20-4
4. Halkidona 17-7
5. Mantoulidis 16-8
6. Eleftheroupoli 15-9
7. Makabi 13-11
8. M.Alexandros 12-12
9. Ionikos Ionias 11-13
10. Thermaikos 7-17
11. Komotinis 5-19
12. VAO 5-19
13. Arion Xanthis 4-20
14. Nikiti H. 0-16
C South - Group 1
1. Arkadikos 20-4
2. Gyziakos 20-4
3. Agia Paras. 16-8
4. Kronos l. 16-8
5. AEK/Pegasus 15-9
6. Peiraikos 14-10
7. KAO Palaimon 14-10
8. Kefallonias 13-11
9. Doxa Lefkadas 11-13
10. Apolloniada 11-13
11. Papagou 6-18
12. Messinis 4-20
13. AEM Polyvios 4-20
14. EA Patron 4-20
C South - Group 2
1. OFI 21-2
2. Ierapetra 19-5
3. Zografou 17-7
4. Panelefsiniakos 17-7
5. Filathlitikos 14-10
6. Kronos AD 14-10
7. Ionikos Nikaias 13-11
8. Ionikos N.F. 12-12
9. Arditos 12-12
10. Aris Nikaias 10-14
11. Apollon Sm. 7-17
12. Ermis S. 7-17
13. Diagoras 3-21
14. Halkida 2-22


PAOK replace Flevarakis with Korfas -by George Manousidis
The administration of PAOK takes the responsibility to change the Coach Kostas Flevarakis 3 games before the end of the championship. PAOK is in the edge of A2 and wants 2 wins in the last 3 games to stay in the A1. Kostas Flevarakis replaced Tab Baldwin in the middle of the season. The next Coach it will be John Korfas and the assistant Christos Konstantinidis. Manager of the team it will be Nikos Stavropoulos.

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


Greeks Abroad : Panagiotis Liadelis won MVP award in Ukranian All Star Game -by George Manousidis
The Foreigners overcame with 99-97 Ukrainians, in the all Star game of Ukrainian Superleague . Panagiotis Liadelis, was the big protagonist in organisation. He was elected the Most Valuable Player, playing the role of leader in the team of Foreigners, with the 18 points. Liadelis in 18 minutes has 7/11 2FG, 1/1 3FG and 1/2 FT. Moreover, has 2 assists and 1 rebound.

Ukraine-Foreigners 97:99 (25:26, 24:28, 26:22, 22:23)

Ukraine: Volodymyr Gurtovoy 30, Krivich R 17, Artur Drozdov 14+12 rebs
Foreigners: Panagiotis Liadelis 18, Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) 14, Rodney Buford 14, Eugene Jeter (179-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Portland) 13


Market news -by Chris Mammides

Egaleo and the American Power Forward/center, Patterson split ways, there are big rumors that Egaleo will not be able to pay any of his current player sand there is going to be (possibly) a very big change in the team of the south east Athens team. Allready some of the Bosman players are looking to change leagues. It is for sure that the last night's negative result has to do with all these changes.. Chris Bracey (198-F-80, college: W.Texas A&M) will be the next player to go..

Dusan Sakota (209-F-86) and Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) will not participate in teh next three games (at least) as they are in the injury list of Panionios and Olympiakos respectively.

Evangelos Sakellariou (199-F-89) who split ways earlier last week from Egaleo (he wasn't given the chance to play - limited time) agreed terms with Air Avellino

Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) will stay in Panathinaikos whiel probably Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80) will be history very soon as Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73) allready joined the Green club once more.

Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, college: N.Carolina St.) agreed to renew his contract fora nother two years with Panellinios. So, the American guard will be staying in Kypseli untill the Summer of 2010!!

Maroussi offer to his two 'key' players Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) and Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) contracts for the coming year too, the tw players didn't answer yet.




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GUATEMALA

Sat-Cybertech wins Game 2 at El Salvador and readies to receive Icevic next week at home -by Victor Padilla
After their loss a day before against Nacionales de El Salvador, Sat-Cybertech defeated the host team with a 76-66 victory that showcased import player Oscar Rivera (186-G-80), in his best performance of the tournament, and veteran player Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis) as leaders in scoring for this match, with 21 and 15 points each. Victor Padilla (196-G/F-70) with 10 pts and Heberth Rodriguez (185-G-82) with 9, acted as supportive cast in what resulted a hightly physical game that almost got out of the hands of the referees. With this loss, Nacionales gave a bitter farewell to Liga Centroamericana before their fans, with a 1-7 record that tied Jaguares of Nicaragua, which also ended their participation in last place for their group, as they failed to surprise Liceo of Costa Rica in their second confrontation this weekend. Again, Sat-Cybertech did not line up Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) for this match, but expects to have him play next week against Icevic, when the final two games of the classification rounds of the tournament take place in Guatemala City and the 1st place of Group B will be defined. Teams that clinched a spot for the Final Four at Cancun, scheduled April 18-20, are: Pioneros of Quintana Roo (Mexico), Icevic (Honduras), Sat-Cybertech (Guatemala) and Liceo (Costa Rica).

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GUYANA

NEW YORK VETERANS EXPECTED FOR BASKETBALL CLINICS -by Joe Chapman

NEW YORK VETERANS TO HOLD CLINICS IN GUYANA

ON the heels of its snap tour to Guyana in December last year the Guyana New York Veterans Basketball Association (GNYVBA), comprising mostly former national players who now reside in the United States, is scheduled to visit Guyana again from May 6 to 10.
When the players were here last December the GNYVBA held only the Youth Programme which targeted children between the ages of 8 and 13.
They will be coming for their usual charity work and intend to link up with the various stakeholders of basketball, namely the governing Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation, the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association, Linden Amateur Basketball Association, the Guyana Secondary Schools Basketball Association and the local Veterans Association.
From his base in New York, president of the GNYVBA, Hewley Harry, informed that 'we plan to do our annual charity work in Guyana this year' but emphasised that the intention once again will be to coordinate the programme through the primary schools with the aim of having the children play in a one-day tournament.
Harry said, 'Our focus will be to take this nursery basketball programme to primary schools, thereby providing the children with an early exposure to organised basketball'.
This, he said, would enhance the readiness of the Guyana Secondary Schools Basketball Association (GSSBA) programme, which recently concluded with national finals.
For this initiative by GSSBA, Harry stressed that the GNYVBA fully supports its efforts as well as those made by the Haynes Foundation, DC Jammers, and other U.S.-based organisations committed to the development of basketball in Guyana.
He was quick to point out that 'our proposed programmes will not be a conflict of interests as we also support all of the local organisations - GABF, GABA, LABA, etc.'.
He felt that through the local associations and interesting bodies, coaches and veterans from the NY Veterans Association can assist in establishing a nursery basketball programme. He has suggested that ahead of their visit clinics be conducted with sessions of two hours a week for children ages 8-13 with various speakers talking to them about various life skills.
This, he said, could last for specific periods of perhaps three months and culminate with a mini tournament.
His hope, however, was to involve more children this time around, as in the past it was generally for Linden and Georgetown primary schools but this time it should encompass schools in Berbice, East Coast & East Bank.
However, he was hoping that local sponsorship could be acquired for this to be a success.
The former national captain said his body was committed to promoting the development of basketball in Guyana at the junior level for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13.
In this way their vision is to contribute to the development of the social skills while providing them with an opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of basketball.



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HOLLAND

Strong 1st Half Helps Rotterdam Challengers Topple Landstede Basketball -by Sanders Jackson

In the Topsportcentrum on Thursday night, a good 1st half for Rotterdam Challengers helped them keep the game tempo in their hands, cooling off a previously hot Landstede, winning by the score of 79-58. The Rotterdammers forced a Landstede meltdown, forcing the guests to shoot only 26.5% from the field, 0 for 8 from the three-point line, and led 41-24 at halftime. Eight Rotterdam players contributed to the scoring department in the 1st half, with the bench coming up with a 14-2 scoring advantage. The two teams would play evenly the 2nd half, but the Rotterdammers hurt Landstede with second chance points, and the bench had a 30-11 scoring difference, with their defense forcing Landstede to shoot only 32.2% FG.
Jeroen Slor (204-F-85, agency: R.H.Consultancy), a rising star in the Dutch competition, led the Rotterdammers with 13 pts. Current FEB top scorer Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) led Landstede with 13 pts., but went only 5 for 21 from the field. The win keeps Rotterdam Challengers in 5th place in the FEB standings.


MyGuide Amsterdam Pull Out Double Overtime Win Over Den Helder Seals -by Sanders Jackson

In the Sporthallen-Zuid on Saturday night, FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam had their work cut out for them versus struggling Den Helder Seals, needing two overtimes to get the job finally done, winning by the score of 105-102. Den Helder Seals, mired in an eight-game losing streak and without their two point guards, made the most of their opportunties behind the three-point line, making 15 total three-pointers at nearly 40%. It was a game that had 10 lead changes and 13 ties, with a scoring difference no more than nine points, which occured in the 1st quarter. In the end, MyGuide's difference in inside strength (26-7 second-chance points opportunites, 60-41 rebounding difference, 23 offensive) gave them the advantage.
Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led MyGuide with 23 pts., Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) added 22, and MyGuide had three players with at least 10 or more rebounds. J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) led all scorers with 31 pts. MyGuide improves to 29-7 and moves one step closer to clinching homecourt advantage throughout the FEB playoffs.


Hanzevast Capitals Win Again Easily Over Aris Friesland -by Sanders Jackson

In the Martiniplaza on Saturday night, in the Hanzevast Capitals-Aris Friesland matchup, Hanzevast had more or less the game decided at the end of the 1st quarter, jumping out to a 31-17 lead and never looked back, cruising to an 107-76 win. In all of Hanzevast's wins versus their northern rival, the difference has been nearly +29 for Hanzevast. Hanzevast shot 63.6% from the field, and had good balanced scoring, with six players in double figures, led by
Raoul Heinen (196-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) with 22 pts., who also went a perfect 4 of 4 from the three-point line. The win keeps Hanzevast a half-game behind Rotterdam Challengers for 5th place in the standings.


Eiffel Towers Race Past ZZ Leiden In 2nd Half -by Sanders Jackson

In Leiden on Saturday night, defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers had trouble versus ZZ Leiden, but more than made up for it in the 2nd half, with a big 3rd quarter making the difference and setting the tone of the game afterwards, winning by the score of 97-89. Eiffel outscored ZZ 35-20 in the 3rd quarter to take a 69-60 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter and its numbers game was in its favor, with good balanced scoring and distribution of minutes. Six Eiffel players scored in double figures, led by
Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) with 18 pts. Young also added 5 steals and 5 assists. David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) led all scorers with 25 pts. Eiffel's win keeps them in 4th place in the FEB standings.


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IRELAND

Grace Conor stops with Norrkoping in the quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson) and his Norrkoping lost the series to the winner od the regular season in Sweden. Sundsvall survived a dramatic overtime contest versus Norrkoping to reach the semifinal stage. The Dragons denied a first-half deficit to force extra time and came out on top to advance to the next stage of the tournament. The Dolphins had their backs against the wall before the game trailing 1-2 in the best-of-five series. They entered the game aggressively and built a 55:44 lead at the interval. But the Dragons adjusted their defense after the long break and started to pave their way back. Sundsvall trimmed the deficit by 8 points in the third stanza and looked ready to fight in the final frame. The battle turned into a slashing piece of basketball. But the Dragons managed to tie the score at the end of regulation and afterwards prevailed in overtime 106:102 to clinch semifinal birth. Srdan Subotic and Alex Wesby came up with 22 points to pace the visitors. Pero Vasiljevic finished with 18 points for the winners. Ian Johnson scored game-high 32 points for Norrkoping. Gee Gervin dropped 25 points and Conor Grace added 20 points in a losing clause.
In the third game Sundsvall thrashed Norrkoping 87:57 to surge ahead in the series. Mike Palm came up with 21 points and Adam Alexander dropped 18 points for the Dragons to succeed. The Dolphins were steered by Gee Gervin with 21 points. Ian Johnson secured 17 points in a losing clause. Conor Grace had 5 points in defeat.
The Norrkoping Dolphins celebrated a tough win over top-ranked Sundsvall in a scoring fiesta in Game 2. The teams brought up one of the staggering performances of the season going on a wild attacking approach. The Dolphins outgunned the visiting Dragons 34:27 in the sizzling first frame. The tempo was not about to fall down in the second period as Sundsvall managed to cut the gap by one point trailing 49:55 at the interval. The scorcher continued after the break. The tension grew with every passing minute but the Dolphins bravely maintained the distance and led by 5 points at three quarter time. Sundsvall kept at a striking distance throughout the fourth period but still failed to surpass the deficit. Norrkoping rolled to an impressive 116:111 victory to tie the series at 1-1. Gee Gervin canned amazing 53 points to pace the hosts. Ian Johnson contributed 21 points, while Conor Grace secured 17 points in a winning case. Joakim Kjellbom dropped 25 points for Sundsvall. Adam Alexander and Alex Wesby provided 22 points apiece for the losing side.
And in the first game Sundsvall confidently opened their quarterfinal series against Norrkoping. The league favorites bettered their opponents 101:80 to grab 1-0 lead in the series. The game turned into a real heated battle in the first half. Norrkoping fought fire with fire and managed to ensure a 22:22 tie after the opening frame. The situation hardly changed after the intermission as the teams traded baskets with neither side able to clear off. It was all square at 47 after 20 minutes of action. But finally the things brightened up for the Dragons. They raised the tempo in the third stanza accumulating a 14-point advantage. It was too much for the Dolphins to surpass. Sundsvall wisely held on to the lead and celebrated an impressive victory at the end. Srdan Subotic had 21 points to pace the Dragons. Joakim Kjellbom scored 19 points, while Adam Alexander notched 17 for the winners. Ian Johnson scored 24 points for the Dolphins. Conor Grace secured 18 points in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday in Norrkoping.


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ISRAEL

Week review -by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Elite is 1-1 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals against AXA FC Barcelona. At first Maccabi Elite beat Barcelona 81:75 in Tel Aviv. The Israeli champs had 36:29 by halftime but then Barca tied the score at 57:57. Anyway Game 1 belonged to the hosts who won the encounter. Esteban Batistapaced all the winners with 15 points. Terrence Morris ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Vujcic had 12. Ilyasova finished with a career-high 21 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors.
Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) led AXA FC Barcelona to an 83:74 win over Maccabi Elite in Game 2. Gianluca Basile was simply red hot for Barca, finishing with a career-high 34 points. Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) recorded career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maccabi. Game 3 is scheduled for April 10th in Israel.
Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) scored 9 points for his Russian Samara against Universitet-Ugra. Yaniv Green's team celebrated an overtime victory 108.94. His Samara is now 9th with 10-13 record.
In Sweden Sodertalje became the first team to clinch the semifinal spot in Basketligan. They swept the quarterfinal series against 08 Stockholm and advanced to the next stage. The third game did not look like the last one in this series. The Stockholm outfit got off to a brave start and kept it in front through the first half. They stretched the lead to 6 points at the interval but could not endure the winning tempo after the break. The Kings' well-balanced offense took charge and eventually came back to close the deficit. Sodertalje accounted for 31 points in the fourth period and it was just enough to surpass their opponents. Israeli Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) notched 22 points to pace the Kings. Rickard Eriksson had 21 points, while Thomas Massamba scored 19 for the winners. Jeremiah Johnson replied with 26 points and Joakim Blom chipped in 18 in defeat.


Bynum's case is closed with no charges -by Yarone Arbel

The Tel Aviv district attorney announced today that the case against Maccabi Tel Aviv's US guard Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) is closed and all the charges are dropped after several months of investigations. Bynum was accused in being involved in a hit-and-run accident outside of a nightclub in Southern Tel Aviv where he was celebrating his birthday. In an official statement made by the district attorney it was said: 'It was found that Bynum was in a tangible danger, and under these circumstances had, in order to save himself, escape in his car immediately, while driving his car. Therefore the advocacy decided the accident took place in circumstances that forced Bynum to protect himself, and as a result he's exempt of criminal responsibility.'



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ITALY

Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
1. Montepas. 28-2
2. Lottomatica 20-10
3. Air AV 20-10
4. Premiata 19-11
5. Pierrel 18-12
6. Armani 16-14
7. Tisettanta C. 15-15
8. Scavolini 15-15
9. Angelico 15-15
10. Siviglia Wear 14-16
11. Solsonica 14-16
12. Upim 14-16
13. Benetton 13-17
14. Snaidero 12-18
15. Eldo 12-18
16. La Fortezza 11-19
17. Legea 8-22
18. Cimberio 6-24


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LATVIA

ASK takes important victory -by Gunars Gailitis
ASK Riga dominated BC Kalev/Cramo in rebounding and three-point shooting and took a vital 6-point advantage in SEB BBL quarter-final series.

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 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. Dwayne Broyles, Sandis Valters and newcomer Smiljan Pavic 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 and Travis Reed 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 Dwayne Broyles gave the Yellow team a 6-point victory ahead of next Friday's game at Arena Riga.
Besides Dwayne 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.


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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Liceo advances to Liga Centroamericana Final Four -by Gianni Pascucci
Copenae-Liceo de Costa Rica won game 2 of the last Liga Centroamericana series, defeating on the road Nicaraguan team Jaguares de la UAM 70-62. Thanks to this win, Liceo will participate to the competition 'Final Four' tournment, whose definitive schedule has to be announced yet. Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) was the man of the last game, scoring 29 points to lead Liceo, Harold Mitchell (200-C-83) and Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) dominated inside, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively, and grabbing lots of rebounds. The import player of Jaguares, Ben McCain (206-C-83, college: Houston Baptist), was very disappointing in this last game, playing only 4 minutes. Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83) scored 15 points in losing effort at the Nicaraguan side, that says farewell to the competition.

Sat-Cybertech wins Game 2 at El Salvador and readies to receive Icevic next week at home -by Gianni Pascucci
After their loss a day before against Nacionales de El Salvador, Sat-Cybertech defeated the host team with a 76-66 victory that showcased import player Oscar Rivera (186-G-80), in his best performance of the tournament, and veteran player Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis) as leaders in scoring for this match, with 21 and 15 points each. Victor Padilla (196-G/F-70) with 10 pts and Heberth Rodriguez (185-G-82) with 9, acted as supportive cast in what resulted a hightly physical game that almost got out of the hands of the referees. With this loss, Nacionales gave a bitter farewell to Liga Centroamericana before their fans, with a 1-7 record that tied Jaguares of Nicaragua, which also ended their participation in last place for their group, as they failed to surprise Liceo of Costa Rica in their second confrontation this weekend. Again, Sat-Cybertech did not line up Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) for this match, but expects to have him play next week against Icevic, when the final two games of the classification rounds of the tournament take place in Guatemala City and the 1st place of Group B will be defined. Teams that clinched a spot for the Final Four at Cancun, scheduled April 18-20, are: Pioneros of Quintana Roo (Mexico), Icevic (Honduras), Sat-Cybertech (Guatemala) and Liceo (Costa Rica).

Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
1. Pioneros 8-0
2. Liceo 3-5
3. Jaguares 1-7
Group B
1. SAT 5-1
2. Icevic T. 5-1
3. Nacionales 1-7


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LITHUANIA

Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
1. Lietuvos 17-0
2. Zalgiris 15-2
3. Siauliai 12-6
4. Alita 11-7
5. Neptunas 7-11
6. Nevezis 7-11
7. Sakalai 6-12
8. Atletas 5-13
9. Panevezys 5-13
10. Suduva 4-14


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MEXICO

Liga del Sureste to start soon -by Gianni Pascucci
According with some local media, the 2008 edition of the Liga de Baloncesto del Sureste (LBS) will start on April 18, 2008, with 8 teams, that should be: Pioneros de Cancun, Marineros de Cozumel, Aluxes de Cancun, Dorados de Playa del Carmen, Delfines de Chetumal, Leopardos de Merida-Yucatan, Camaroneros de Ciudad del Carmen and Progreso de Yucatan. Another team, named Peppers de Merida, could enter at the last time in the competition, but it isn' t sure yet. The players' registration rules are the same of last year: any team can have in roster three import players, but any member of the Mexican NT is considered an import he too. Reigning champions Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun will probably start their season the week after, given that they will be involved in the Liga Centroamericana Finals, however, they will feature again top players like Boubacar Aw (197-F-75, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgetown), Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan), Mauricio Ramos (195-F-74) and others. Their main challenger for the 2008 title wil be again Dorados de Playa del Carmen, who renewed their agreement with LNBP top team Soles de Mexicali and should have in roster Horacio Llamas (211-C-73, agency: Interperformances), Arturo Vazquez (194-G/F-78), Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego). Last season runner-up Marineros de Cozumel are expected to build a good team they too.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT Super league 2.Round: In derby Buducnost-Mogren 85-75 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of MNT 1A Super-League Basketball Club Buducnost from Podgorica in Sport Halle Moraca win against Basketball Club Mogren from Budva 85-75 (16-14,15-16,27-21,27-24) in very good game.In team of Baskteball Club Buducnost Podgorica best player was Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88) with 30 points.Gordic score 17 points and Micov score 11 points in team of Buducnost.In team of Basketball Club Mogren from Budva best was two center Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) with 19 points and 7 rebounds.In other two game of 2 Round Danilovgrad-Niksic 73-81,Lovcen-ABS Primorje 92-73

MNT 1A Play-out 5.Round : Rudar-Mornar 99-90 in derby,Jedinstvo-Kotor 76-69,Primorje-Ulcinj 74-69 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of 5.Round of MNT Play-Out League Basketball Club Rudar form Pljevlja win against Basketball Club Mornar from Bar 99-90 (22-21,22-29,20-16,35-24).Best in team of Basketball Club Rudar was Vladimir Dujovic (194-G/F-82) with 27 points and Borjan Dzogaz with 23 pints.In team of Basketball Club Mornar Bar best was Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) with 31 points.In other two games BC Jedinstvo win in city of B.Polje against BC Kotor 76-69 and in city of H.Novi BC Primorje win against BC Ulcinj 74-69

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


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NBA

Kevin Durant and Jeff Green career-high numbers propel Seattle past Denver -by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets' playoff hunt received a setback yesterday when talented rookies from Seattle doomed the Nuggets at the Key Arena. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored career-best 37 points, while Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) added his best 35 points to carry the Supersonics past shocked Denver 151:147 in two overtimes. The win never seemed likely as the Nuggets beat Seattle by an average of 37 points on three previous occasions. But this time it was Seattle dominating. They entered the final frame up by 4 points but the Nuggets soon denied the deficit. Linas Kleiza poured in a trey and the visitors were ahead by 3 with just over a minute remaining. However Kevin Durant answered with a three-pointer of his own and forced the first overtime. Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) secured a 135:130 advantage for the Nuggets late in the first extra period. Seattle once again recovered. Kevin Durant scored 5 points in a row and sent teams into the second overtime. Jeff Green came up with 5 quick points for the hosts in the second overtime and Seattle grabbed a decisive lead. Luke Ridnour posted 19 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Carmelo Anthony had 38 points and 11 boards for Denver. Allen Iverson accounted for 26 points and 13 assists, while Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) had 22 points in defeat. Denver are now tied with the Warriors at the 8th spot in the West. The Nuggets now play three more games away from home including a mouth-watering clash against Golden State on Thursday.
The Warriors were tamed by the Hornets 108:96 at the New Orleans Arena. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had another monster night with the fourth career triple-double of 16 points, 13 assists and 10 boards to pace the hosts. The Hornets tied the franchise-record for a season victories as they registered their 54th one. Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) and David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) nailed 25 points apiece for the winning side. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) led the Warriors with 35 points and 10 rebounds in a loss that kept them out of playoff territory in the Western conference. The Hornets remained at the top of the Western Conference and the teams could possibly match up for the opening round of playoffs.
Dallas meanwhile consolidated their 7th position with a come-from-behind win over Phoenix in Arizona. Trailing by 11 points before the final stanza the Mavs held the home team to only 9 points in the fourth period and celebrated a crucial 105:98 victory that allowed them to take a sigh of relief in the playoff race. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) came up with 32 points and the Mavs cleared off to one-game distance from the Nuggets at the 8th spot. Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) contributed 24 points and 9 boards for the Mavs. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) had 31 points in a losing case.


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. 21-56
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 55-21
2. Cleveland C. 42-35
3. Indiana P. 33-44
4. Chicago B. 30-46
5. Milwaukee B. 26-50
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 48-29
2. Washington W. 40-37
3. Atlanta H. 36-41
4. Charlotte B. 29-48
5. Miami H. 13-64
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 51-26
2. Denver N. 46-31
3. Portland T.B. 38-39
4. Minnesota T. 19-57
5. Seattle S. 18-59
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 53-24
2. Phoenix S. 51-26
3. Golden St. 46-31
4. Sacramento K. 36-41
5. Los Angeles C. 23-54
Southwest Div.
1. N.Orleans H. 54-22
2. San Antonio S. 53-24
3. Houston R. 52-25
4. Dallas M. 48-29
5. Memphis G. 21-56


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NICARAGUA

ACB 2008 first news -by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, the officials of the top Nicaraguan teams had a meeting at the Instituto Nicaraguense de Deportes to organize the 11th edition of the ACB, the top league in the country. The start of the competition is set for May 16 at the Universidad de Managua Gymnasium. Only one of the teams competing in 2007, Lobos de la UCC, did not attend the meeting, and its participation to the competition is uncertain. The teams confirming their participation to the 2008 season are: Tiburones Bancentro, Tigres de la Universidad de Managua, Vikingos de Valentis Pizza, Aguilas Red Nicarao and Delfines de la Bluefields Indian. Pumas de la Unival officials attended the meeting and their team could participate, probably after a merge with Super Santiago de Jinotepe. Another team participating to the meeting was American College, till now competing only in the National League. This last team, however, is not yet an official member of the league, and could play only via a 'wild card' allowed by the ACB council, as it happened last year for Dolphins BICU and Lobos de la UCC. This all, however, could cause some 'friction' between the league and the Nicaraguan Bsketball Federation (FeNiBal). Let's see what will happen...

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NIGERIA

AHIP Giant snash away victory beat Yelwa in Bauchi -by Olusegun Ikuesan
AHIP Giant basketball club of Kano ran to an away victory of 60-41 points in the opening game of the 2007/ 2008 Savannah confererence of the Nigeria Basketball Federation organized premier league.

The Kano-based team whose female counterpart did not fair well in the just concluded phase-one of the Zenith Bank bankrolled Women league went to Bauchi to prove a point that it has mastered the premier terrain from the blast of the referees' whistle to the surprise of the Yelwa Hawks who went down in front of the home fans.

Bauchi Net however, save the day for basketball fans that throng the Tafawa Balewa gymnasium to catch a glimpse of the return of premier league action after a long wait with a 67-52 points win over visiting Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos.

With the start of the premier league Saturday in the Savannah thus signals the commencement of hostility and laid the rest doubting Thomas's who felt the NBBF is not serious about organising a credible league again.

Action will start in the Atlantic conference this weekend with Ebun Comets taking on Customs on April 12 at 16.00 hours while Dodan Warriors will battle Union Bank at 18.00 hours same.

The match between Delta Force and Islanders of Lagos billed for the Sports Hall of the Asaba Township Stadium may not hold as the former Nigeria four-peat is not likely to be part of the league this year.
Stanley Gumut (197-F-86)


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PANAMA

Dionisio Gomez in Qalat Cajasol, Sevilla, Spain.- -by Eddie Munoz
Dionisio Gomez member of the National Team that is playing in Spain for Qalat Cajasol and is trying to get better figures in his performance in that european team. Gomez have played 26 games and have the following averages 12.19 Points , 5 Rebounds in 24.16 Minutes per game. Qalat Cajasol is in 12th place in the Silver League of Spain with a record of 10-18. This is the first season of Gomez in Spain and he is finding his place in a very disputed basketball league.

CBS 2008 set to start may 31st -by Miguel Sanchiz
The Panama Basketball Federation (FEPABA) announced today that the National Superior Basketball Circuit (CBS 2008) is set to start may 31st with two games at GIMNASIO EPIHO in Punta Pacifica of Panama City. The 2008 draft for the league, where 6 franchises will participate, will be may 10th at the FEPABA offices in Panama, where the teams will have the opportunity to clean and replenish their roster. The last place position fo last year's Circuit, CANGUROS DE PARQUE LEFEVRE, will have the first pick in all the rounds, until all roster are filled. In the draft, the 5 teams from the capital city will choose their 2008 rosters, but NAVIEROS DE COLON, last year's champions will be given a bye in the draft. The pre-season game, also among the 5 teams from the capital will be held from may 19th to the 24th, one week before the start of the season. The CBS 2008, will have the added attractive of an ALL STAR GAME, on july 29th, and the semifinal will take place on the 31st of july. The final game for the championship will take place saturday august 2nd, at a place to be determined.

The CBS 2008 will be suspended one week in june, while the NATIONAL TEAM, participates in the CENTROBASKET 2008 tournament, to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from june 24th, to june 29th. Panama is the defending champion of the tournament this year. The CBS 2008, will be re-started july 3rd with two games at KIWANIS CHORRILLO Gym.

The teams participating in this year's CBS 2008, are the Champions NAVIEROS DE COLON, the runner up's from last year, MAGNATES DE CALIDONIA, CAIMANES DE RIO ABAJO, TOROS DEL CHORRILLO , FIERAS DE JUAN DIAZ, and CANGUROS DE PARQUE LEFEVRE. The Fieras de Juan Diaz, will take the place of the JETS DE COSTA DEL ESTE, which will not participate.


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POLAND

Prokom Trefl Sopot won Polish Cup -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Prokom Trefl Sopot - ASCO Śląsk Wrocław 81:69 (21:14, 20:20, 14:16, 26:19)
Prokom Trefl: Milan Gurovic 20, Mustafa Shakur 17, Filip Dylewicz 13, Donatas Slanina 11, Tomas Masiulis 8, Krzysztof Roszyk 5, Pape Sow 5, Simonas Serapinas 2, Tim Kisner 0;
Asco Śląsk: Oliver Stevic 18, Jared Homan 11, Rashid Atkins 10, Andrius Giedraitis 8, Dewan Robinson 8, Kamil Chanas 5, Paweł Mroz 5, Bartosz Diduszko 4, Branislav Jancikin 0.


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PORTUGAL

Taca de Portugal Final (preview) -by Luis Rocha
Porto-Vitoria, not a lot would think that this could be the final. Porto can be the winner two times in a row, they beat Belenenses last season. Vitoria will get to the final(like on the semi...) as the underdogs, they have a less deeper roster, they have guys in positions 2 and 3 that are smaller than the ones from Porto wich will cause match ups with disavantage, but they certainly will be motivated, disciplined and eager to play. Porto has above all the other advantages one more, they know what happen yesterday to Ovarense, therefore they will also have to be motivated, alert, etc, etc. Clear favourites; Porto has now to turn another page on his basketball history, let's see if Vitoria shows all their credits in the game or if they only want to be there as sparring partners. Players to watch closely today a few, Fred Gentry (201-F-77, college: Mc Neese St.) will provide a tremendous match up with Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi), John Winchester (193-G-83, college: Robert Morris) with Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) (199-G/F-80), and not as less interesting the fight between the coaches Fernando Sa (Vitoria) and Alberto Babo (Porto).

Taca de Portugal final (result) -by Luis Rocha
Unbelievable!!!, Ovarense won the Final after beat Porto 65-64. Porto has a lot to deal itself, they commited the same mistakes that Ovarense has, they didn't took advantage on the inoumerous missmatch ocoured in the game, they tokk many shots from outside when they had great advantages inside, they played on a very slow pace, and even then when at 1,50mn of the final buzzard lead by 7 points, watch practilly numb to a glorious come back (the third in a row in their 3 matches... it seems like a classical finish from Vitoria...) of their opponents. After the game the words of coach Alberto Babo (Porto) clearly symbolizes he's idea': 'we've done many things wrong, and some of them inexcusables, I don't wanna say nothing more now, because I'm very close to the game itself', for his side coach Fernando Sa (Vitoria) was also very clear by saying that: ' I could only dream of this victory in my dreams', really a dream come true, but achieved in perfectly awekness. In vitoria John Winchester (193-G-83, college: Robert Morris) played all game as if he was in a black hole, but Pedro Azevedo (193-F-81) and their star player Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) (game MVP with 27 points and 11 rebounds) pull the team up and lead them to the success. In Porto Frederick Gentry was the only who played as expected, with 16 points and 7 boaeds, but Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80), Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) and specially Joao Figueiredo (183-G-79) were far beyond their level, and that made the team fall back as was not expected. Congratulations to Vitoria for it's first Taca de Portugal, a perfectly deserved title.

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PUERTO RICO

Cowboys Rope Lions -by Luis Ramirez
The Bayamon Cowboys underwent some changes in the last few days to include their head coach and just yesterday they replaced their import player Benson due to injury and they these changes have brought some positive results. They beat the Lions last night 81-77. The Lions took the 1st quarter 21-16 and were leading at the end of the 1st half 39-36. In the 2nd half the Lions mounted a zone defense which the Cowboys attacked from the 3 point line and although it was obvious that this zone could not stop the Cowboys from scoring the Lions insisted for most of the 2nd half on this defense and it basically cost them their victory. In the 4th quarter it was the missed free throws which also contributed to the Lions defeat. For Bayamon, it was Diego Guevara (184-G-77, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Charlotte) with 17 points followed by newly signed import player Dan Langhi with 16 points and 12 rebounds. For Ponce, Gabriel Colon (200-G/F-84, agency: Next Level) scored 22 points followed by Freddie Martinez with 20 points.

In other BSN action, the Carolina Giants trounced the San German Athletics 91-79. It was the Giants all the way to the end as they took the 1st quarter 26-18 and were also leading at the half 41-36. In the 2nd half it was the Giants still held a 5 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter and in the 4th Carolina continued their offensive run to close out the Athletics. For Carolina, Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) and Alejandro Carmona both scored 20 points to lead the Giants. For San German, Bobby Lazor (205-F-76, college: Arizona St.) scored 16 points followed by Richard Lugo with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Over at Arecibo, it was a game of streaks as they Captains defeated the Crabbers 91-84. The 1st quarter ended with Santurce leading 26-19, but in the 2nd quarter it was the Captains turn to produce offensively as they would score 33 point in this quarter while Santurce would only muster 19 points. The half ended with Arecibo leading 52-45. In the 3rd quarter the Crabbers would once again came back strong as they scored 27 points while the Captains would only manage 18, giving the lead back to Santurce 72-70. In the 4th quarter it was once again the Captains who took control of the game to finally pull off the victory. For Arecibo, Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) scored 22 points and captured 10 rebounds followed by Erick Rodriguez with 15 points. For Santurce Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) scored 31 points making 7 out of 9 attempts from the 3 point line, followed by Robert Traylor with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

At Fajardo, the Cariduros were just too much for the Brujos as they obtained a 91-73 victory over Guayama. Fajardo had a great offensive run in the very first quarter scoring 25 points while Guayama could only score 12 points. The Brujos made an good effort in the 2nd quarter but came up short as the Cariduros were leading at the end of the 1st half 42-34. In the 2nd half the Cariduros kept extending their lead as the score was 72-56. In the 4th quarter the Cariduros cruised to their win. For Fajardo, Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 23 points followed by Uka Agbai with 22 points. For Guayama, Rafael Perez (185-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) scored 22 points followed by Matt Freije who scored 20 points. Freije is said to be on his way to the Ponce Lions in the next few days.

In the final game of the night, it was a nail bitter as the Humacao Grays squeaked by the Caguas Criollos 92-90. The Criollos took the 1st quarter 31-27, but the Grays came right back in the 2nd quarter to take the lead at the half 47-46. The 2nd half was played tight all the way to the end with the Grays. This victory was sweet for the Grays as they played without their 7 footer Ricky Sanchez who was out due to injury. For Humacao, Roberto Nieves (194-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Valparaiso) scored 25 points followed by Ansel Guzman with 23 points and 8 assists. For Caguas, Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) scored 40 points followed by Peter John Ramos with 21 points and 10 rebounds.


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


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ROMANIA

The end of the regular season -by Eurobasket News
Regular season came to the end in Romanian League. In the last round CSU Ploies. reached 24-2 record to win the regular season. In the last game the team overcame Dinamo Buc. 95:93. CSU Sibiu ended up second with 20-6 record even though the tem lost to Tg Mures 75:79. Rm Valcea beat Targoviste 109:98 to finish at 6-20. Silviu Lupusavei (184-G-81) led the winners with 38 points. Senai Isleam (217-C-76, agency: Court Side) nailed 29, while Aleksandar Belanovic (203-F-76) had 18. Omni Smith (191-G, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) top-scored for BC CS Gresiloft Târgovişte with 31 points.
Aaron Molnar (211-F/C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Northwestern) and his Uppsala is out of Swedish semifinals. Plannja joined the semifinal stage with a confident 90:74 victory over Uppsala in Game 4. John Rosendahl led the guests to a 39:32 halftime advantage. Uppsala never threatened Plannja's lead in the second half and the visitors cruised to an overall win at the end. John Rosendahl nailed 25 points for Plannja. Terry Williams and Hakan Larrson contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. Andreas Person answered with 15 points for Uppsala, while Aaron Molnar had 11.
In the third game Plannja pulled away a narrow win over Uppsala 96:94 at home to claim a 2-1 lead in the series. Terry Williams knocked down 33 points to ensure the winning outcome. John Rosendahl had 27 points for the hosts that overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to roll on to some hard-fought success. Danny Gathings netted 27 points for Uppsala. Borislav Djordjic nailed 17 in a loss. Aaron Molnar ended up with 13 points.
Plannja overcame Uppsala 99:80 in the first game 99:80. Terry Williams was dominant with 25 points for the hosts. Dee Ayuba contributed 20 points for the home team. Danny Gathings responded with 24 points for Uppsala. Fredrik Jonzen provided 14 points in a losing effort. Aaron Molnar produced 9 points for his team.

Quarterfinals
CSU Asesoft Ploieşti (1) vs (8) BC Mureş
CSU Atlassib Sibiu (2) vs (7) Dinamo-Gealan Bucureşti
U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca (3) vs (6) Gaz Metan Mediaş
Rapid Dromeas Bucureşti (4) vs (5) BCM Elba Timişoara


Standings
Div.A Standings
1. CSU Ploies. 24-2
2. CSU Sibiu 20-6
3. UMobitelco 19-7
4. BCM Tim. 16-10
5. Rapid Buc. 16-10
6. Tg Mures 15-11
7. Dinamo Buc. 15-11
8. Gaz Metan M. 14-11
9. BCM Pitesti 11-14
10. CS Otopeni 9-16
11. CSU Brasov 6-19
12. Rm Valcea 6-20
13. Targoviste 5-20
14. CSM Oradea 4-21


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RUSSIA

BC Khimki on Euroleague Junior Tournament -by Max Brodsky

The representative youthful Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Classification Tournament among players born 1990-1991. Russia was represented by the team Khimki-2 and as headed by authoritative coach Zhidrunas Zhvinklis.

This tournament was staged by under the aegis of Euroleaague - said the General Manager of BC Khimki Viktor Bychkov .

It was very interesting competition with very strong participants. We are proud to receive the invitation to take part in this tournament, and our work with reserves was appreciated at its true value.


Our team placed 7th and left behind the famous clubs as Prokom Trefl Sopot Poland, Union Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul Turkey and Italian Benetton Treviso. But what is more important, it is very important experience, received by our young players in fights with great opponents.

The players of BC Khimki were marked individually. Maxim Zakharov (196-G-89) was second in the slam dunk competition. Pavel Tarasenko (194-F-90) took 4 place in the 3-pointers competitions. Among most scorers there are Vladimir Pichkurov (190-G-90) and Teymuraz Babunashvili (186-G-90) (186-G-90). Andrey Kirdyachkin (204-F-90) was best rebounder.



Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
1. CSKA 22-1
2. Khimky 21-2
3. Unics 16-7
4. Triumph 15-8
5. Dynamo M. 15-9
6. Lok.Rostov 12-11
7. Ural Great 11-11
8. Spartak-P. 11-12
9. Samara 10-13
10. Univ.Surgut 6-17
11. Spartak St.P. 4-18
12. Lokomotiv N. 4-20
13. Krasnoyarsk 2-20


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SCOTLAND

Rocks still hope for the fourth -by Eurobasket News
The SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks beat the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 81:89 away from Scotland. The visitors opened up their largest lead of the game after an 8-2 opening to the third stanza made it 43:59. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) paced the winners with 26 points. Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) netted 22 and Davis scored 14. Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) top-scored for the hosts with 27 points.
In Ukraine All Star Game brought outpassing and outperforming counterparts from the Ukrainians starts and Legion. The latter being represented by the abroad players that participate in the Ukrainian Superleague won the Show 99:97. Israeli Panagiotis Liadelis led the winners with 18 points. Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Rodney Buford nailed 14 points each, while Eugene Jeter scored 13. Volodymyr Gurtovoy had a great game for the local team posting 30 points. The weekend in Donetsk was about much more than spectacular dunks, a game featuring marginal defense. The All Star Game came to the Donbass hoping to help this special city continue its comeback. Both teams exchanged the baskets in the opening quarter and Legion took 26:25 lead after the first period. The second quarter gave more confidence for them as they had 46:36 advantage. Artur Drozdov and his team however reduced to 5 points at the half time.
In the third quarter Ukraine even took a leadership with 70:66 on the board. With less than a minute to play Legion had 97:92 deficit and led the game to 99:97 win. Panagiotis Liadelis being the top-scorer for the winners won MVP award.

Sunday 6 April
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 81-89 SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks

Jets: Jayson Obazuaye 27, Moore 22, Hamilton 17
Rocks: Maurice Hampton 26, Robert Yanders 22, Davis 14


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SERBIA

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


Superleague, round 1: Hemofarm STADA beats Vojvodina on the road -by Dragan Jankovski
Vojvodina Srbijagas suffered home defeat against Hemofarm STADA 66-71. The orange team from Vrsac was better in local derby registering the first win in Serbian Superleague. During the first half it seemed that Hemofarm will totally blast the Tulips as the score at the half way of the second quarter was 10-25. The hosts succeeded to decrease minus to 8 points until the half time. Later in the third quarter, after Paunic's 3-pointer and lay-up by Bojovic, Vojvodina came very close on 45-46. It was a kind of a signal for the team of Vlada Vukoicic who started of played much better finishing the last quarter 21-25. Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winners netting 16 points while Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) followed him with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) was the best in Vojvodina adding 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Newcomer Vizura lost at home vs Crvena Zvezda 73-88. Red and white team justified they role of favorite in this game making an easy win. Like always captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) was the best scorer for the winners with 21 points. USA PG Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) also had a good night collecting 14 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Vizura got 17 points from Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88).

Swisslions Takovo outplayed Borac in Vrsac 82-65 showing strong willingness to qualify for the Adriatic league next season. With two very good reinforcements Vladislav Dragojlovic and Branko Jorovic Swisslions has a chance to do it. The hosts made plus 16 already on the half time and later just kept advantage until the end. PF Nikola Jovanovic (205-C-81) had 19 points and 5 rebounds for Swisslions. The hosts also got 13 points from Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and 12 points from Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket). Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) added 20 points and 9 rebounds for Borac.

Game between Partizan Igokea and FMP is postponed because of Euroleague quarterfinals which black and white team will play against TAU Caramica on Wednesday.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Hemofarm STADA 66-71
(8-15,15-16,22-15,21-25)

Vojvodina:
Bojovic 25 (5 rebs, 4 as), Bajic 12 (8 rebs)
Hemofarm: Joksimovic 16, Marjanovic 12 (4 rebs), Pavkovic 10 (6 as)


Vizura - Crvena Zvezda 73-88
(19-21,24-22,13-28,17-17)

Vizura:
Sinovec 17, Buric Dejan 14 (5 rebs), Lucic 13 (7 rebs)
Zvezda: Dragicevic 21, Cook 14 (5 as, 6 st), Sljivancanin 12


Swisslions Takovo - Borac 82-65
(24-15,20-14,21-20,17-16)

Swisslions:
Jovanovic 19 (5 rebs), Jorovic 13 (4 rebs), Dragojlovic 12 (4 rebs)
Borac: Ilic 20 (9 rebs), Micic 16, Maric 9 (4 rebs)


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SLOVAKIA

Round 40 makes Pezinok an upset -by Eurobasket News
Pezinok lost its 7th game in the league. Slovintegra Levice using the final push at 20:18 won the game 88:84. Rich and Pohanka led the winners with 17 points each. Klein and Ristanovic followed them with 13 apiece.
Nova Ves stole a victory from BK Dolny Kubin 57:81 with 15:27 in the last period. Igor Pesta (203-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Ridzoň and Madaj supported him with 16 points apiece. Ivica Cvitanovic (207-C-82) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.
MBK Handlova handle over Slavia TU Kosice 84:67. A 25:17 in the opening quarter was a good way to control the rest of the game. Sasa Avalic (197-G-80) top-scored for the winners 26 points. Milosevic netted 21 and Golian had 13. Deng posted 20 points for the team that lost.
Chemosvit Svit upset HBK Prievidza 76:82 away from home. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) led the winners with 23 points, while Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) had 33 for the hosts.
MBK Rieker Komarno lost to ESO CLUB Lucenec 62:66 with 22 points from Kovacevic. Inter Bratislava edged BK CASTA SPU Nitra 84:73 as Martin Micka (180-G-81, agency: Promotex) nailed 23 points.

Slovintegra Levice - SKANSKA Pezinok 88:84 (26:27, 29:23, 13:16, 20:18)
Slovintegra Levice: Rich 17, Pohanka 17, Klein 13, Ristanovic 13
SKANSKA Pezinok: Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) 23, Williams 19, Micuda 17

BK Dolny Kubin - Nova Ves 57:81 (11:16, 18:22, 13:16, 15:27)
BK Dolny Kubin:Ivica Cvitanovic 23, Kurilic 13
Nova Ves: Igor Pesta 20, Ridzoň 16, Madaj 16

MBK Handlova - Slavia TU Kosice 84:67 (25:17, 18:19, 23:14, 18:17)
MBK Handlova: Sasa Avalic 26, Milosevic 21, Golian 13
Slavia TU Kosice: Deng 20, Alexander Lutter (-F) 16, Baťka 12

HBK Prievidza - Chemosvit Svit 76:82 (28:25, 12:8, 15:28, 21:21)
HBK Prievidza: Hrvoje Puljko 33, Immink 14
Chemosvit Svit: Drazen Klaric 23, Mingel 22, Laco 12

MBK Rieker Komarno - ESO CLUB Lucenec 62:66 (19:11, 15:18, 10:13, 18:24)
MBK Rieker Komarno:Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) 20, Barisic 10, Pivac 9
ESO CLUB Lucenec: Kovacevic 22, Nuber 11, Scekic 8

Inter Bratislava - BK CASTA SPU Nitra 84:73 (18:19 ,14:21, 32:16, 20:17)
Inter Bratislava: Martin Micka 23, Novak 21, Pandula 19
BK CASTA SPU Nitra: Hill 28, Gillespie 17, Seman 10


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
1. Pezinok 30-7
2. Inter Brat. 27-10
3. Nova Ves 24-13
4. Lucenec 23-14
5. Svit 23-14
6. Handlova 19-18
7. Levice 17-20
8. Nitra 17-20
9. Komarno 16-21
10. Prievidza 14-23
11. Dolny Kubin 7-30
12. Kosice TU 5-32


MBK Karlovka youth team second on international tournament in Ostrava -by Jakub Krivan
The youth team of MBK Karlovka placed second from 10 teams on an international tournament in Ostrava ( Czech Republic ). The team under the coach Marek Bulik won all its group games. In the first game Karlovka defeated in a one sided game SK Marcus from Estland 75:10. In the secong group game the team from Bratislava won against SC Ziemeli from Lithuania. In the top game of the group stage MBK defeated the czech champion Ostrava Snakes 27:20. The team started with big respect against the home squad and after 10 minutes the score was 2:14. After the time-out from coach Bulik MBK played very good defense and won the rest of the game 25:6. In the last group game MBK defeated the team from Hladnov 29:17. With this win the team qualified into the finals. The final game against the polish champion in this category Sierakow was the first defeat on this tournament. MBK could establish a small lead on the beginning of the game, but Sierakow could shrink the lead and won the half-time by two points. 3 minutes before the end the score was 34:37, however Karlovka couldn t take the win and lost in a great final 35:45. MBK player Marek Bojkovsky was voted for the All star team of the tournament.
Total points for MBK Karlovka: Bojkovsky 56, Cibak 34, Fusek 27, Nitriansky 24, Sagula 21, Guzikiewicz 20, Abrham 13, Dolezaj 10, Komenda 10, Frano 4, Zuzic 2, Sramek


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SLOVENIA

Union Olimpija won against Zlatorog Lasko with 85 : 80 -by Jan Flac
In the 4th round of The UPC Telemach League For The Champion Union Olimpija played against Zlatorog Lasko on Sunday. Union Olimpija won with 85 against 80. Union Olimpija: Dragic 10, Rizvic 11, Bailey 26, Zupan 13, Taylor 11. Zlatorog Lasko: Masic 15, Jevdzic 12, Nuhanovic 11, Harris 14, Mason 15. Maurice Bailey hit 6 threepointers; Sasa Doncic assisted 6 times. Union Olimpija struggled to win this game, as they focus more on playing on The NLB Final Four on April 25th.

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

League For The Champion (4th round)

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Krka won against Geoplin Slovan with 88:74 (22:19, 14:11, 26:17, 26:27). Davor Marcelic scored 29 points and played absolutely great (eff 32, reb 5, ste 1, ass 1; 2P: 4/5, 80%; 3P: 7/9, 77,8%) for Krka. Krivec netted 13, Sorrentine 16. Geoplin Slovan: Clemons 11, Klobucar 15, Petrov 17, Jokic 14.

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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.

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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.

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Union Olimpija will play tomorrow against Zlatorog Lasko.

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League For The Existence

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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.

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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.

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Kraski zidar Jadran does not play a game this round.



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SOUTH KOREA

Samsung Key 1st Win In JeonJu Best Of 5 -by Rick Ross
Number 2 Seed KCC Hosted 3 seed Samsung and came up Short
As the final score tallied Samsung 96-80,
It was a game that see-sawed back and forth in the 1st 2 Qrt's of play
But in the 3rd qrt Samsung found its rythmn and connect well to go up
As much as 25 Pts, Thomas Victor (201-F-79, college: La Salle) who netted 33 pts carried the Thunders while
Terrance Leather Sat much of the game in early foul trouble during the 2nd Qrt.
KCC Big man Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) was ejected for contesting a foul and thrown out
Of the competition in the Final period, no other scores available at the time of this addition.

Click here for scores and high-lights,
http://www.kbl.or.kr/

Next Up Dongbu Leading 1-0 Host KT&G 04.07.2008


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SPAIN

Messina said 'Yes' to AXA F.C. Barcelona -by Natxo Mendaza
According to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport, AXA F.C. Barcelona and Ettore Messina have agreed terms to work together for the next three seasons. The Italian coach, whose salary would be a bit higher than former head coach Dusko Ivanovic' -fired in Feb, 14-, accepted the proposal of the Spanish club after a long time since the negotiations started. Messina would be the head coach of Barcelona no matter if the team qualifies for the next Euroleague season or not. Regarding the new signings, it seems that the main targets of the club will be to bring Matjaz Smodis and David andersen together with the Italian coach.

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SWEDEN

One semifinal spot is up for grabs in Basketligan -by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall survived a dramatic overtime contest versus Norrkoping to reach the semifinal stage. The Dragons denied a first-half deficit to force extra time and came out on top to advance to the next stage of the tournament. The Dolphins had their backs against the wall before the game trailing 1-2 in the best-of-five series. They entered the game aggressively and built a 55:44 lead at the interval. But the Dragons adjusted their defense after the long break and started to pave their way back. Sundsvall trimmed the deficit by 8 points in the third stanza and looked ready to fight in the final frame. The battle turned into a slashing piece of basketball. But the Dragons managed to tie the score at the end of regulation and afterwards prevailed in overtime 106:102 to clinch semifinal birth. Srdan Subotic (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) came up with 22 points to pace the visitors. Pero Vasiljevic (209-F/C-78, college: Kansas St.) finished with 18 points for the winners. Ian Johnson scored game-high 32 points for Norrkoping. Gee Gervin (188-G-76, college: Houston) dropped 25 points and Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson) added 20 points in a losing clause.
Plannja joined the semifinal stage with a confident 90:74 victory over Uppsala in Game 4. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77, college: Wyoming) led the guests to a 39:32 halftime advantage. Uppsala never threatened Plannja's lead in the second half and the visitors cruised to an overall win at the end. John Rosendahl nailed 25 points for Plannja. Terry Williams (187-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia Southern) and Hakan Larrson contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. Andreas Person (188-G-91) answered with 15 points for Uppsala.
Oresundskraft tied the series with Solna beating them 94:88 at home court. Herman Favors (173-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Georgia St.) fired game-high 28 points to keep Orensdskraft alive in the series. The teams now move back to Solna to play the decider on Tuesday. The hosts overcame a 9-point first stanza deficit to pull away with a vital victory. Jens Stalhandske (190-G/F-78) canned 23 points for the winning side. Bilal Salaam (201-F-81, college: Kutztown) secured 26 points for the Vikings.


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TOGO

Boucari hopes for the semis with his team -by Eurobasket News
Serabilo Boucari (188-G-85) and his Oresundskraft are struggling int he Quarterfinal of Swedish league. His team tied the series with Solna beating them 94:88 at home court. Herman Favors fired game-high 28 points to keep Orensdskraft alive in the series. The teams now move back to Solna to play the decider on Tuesday. The hosts overcame a 9-point first stanza deficit to pull away with a vital victory. Jens Stalhandske canned 23 points for the winning side. Bilal Salaam secured 26 points for the Vikings.
before that the Solna Vikings grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series against Oresundskraft. Solna edged their opponents 83:56 at home and now are one step away from the semifinal appearance. Rudy Mbemba tallied 16 points and Brandon McKnight added 12 to lead the Vikings to an impressive victory. Herman Favors nailed 14 points in a loss. Serabilo Boucari produced 5 points for Oresundskraft.
In Game 2 Solna made a decisive push in the final stanza to overwhelm Oresundsktaft 87:82 away from home and tied the quarterfinal series at 1-1. The Vikings overcame a sizzling performance from Herman Favors and an early deficit to pull away with a vital victory. The hosts held on a 23:22 lead in the starting stanza and was not about to give it up easily. The Vikings nevertheless managed to surge ahead in the second period and arrived to halftime leading by 4 points. Oresundskraft kept it close throughout the third stanza trimming the deficit by one point. It gradually came up to the final seconds in this one but Solna survived due to some big shots from Rudy Mbemba and Lesli Myrthil. Rudy Mbemba provided 23 points, while Brandon McKnight added 19 for the Vikings. Lesli Myrthil had 13 points for the winning side. The home team answered with game-high 29 points from Herman Favors. Jens Stalhandske and Anders Ronndahl netted 12 points apiece in a loss.
Serabilo Boucari poured in 2 points in the first game as the second-ranked Solna suddenly stumbled in the starting encounter of their quarterfinal matchup against Oresundskraft. In a nail-biting dramatic clash Oresundskraft pulled away with a narrow 80:79 victory to take the lead. The visitors looked better in the second and third frames of the game building a 15-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. But the Vikings denied it and had a chance to save the game. But Oresundsktaft withstood all the efforts from the hosts to break in front and succeeded in the end. Jens Stalhandske nailed 24 points to lead Oresundskraft. Johan Akesson added 15 points for the winners. Rudy Mbemba chipped in 26 points for Solna. Lesli Myrthil had 16 points in defeat.


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U.KINGDOM

The Newcastle Eagles crowned BBL Champions -by Eurobasket News
The Newcastle Eagles crowned BBL Champions for the second time in three seasons. Just an hour ago the team overcame the Guildford Heat 101:108 in overtime. Trailing at 88:70, the Eagles opened the fourth quarter with a 9-1 push and tied the game after the fourth quarter. They started overtime with a 10-3 run, and led the game to the winning end. Steve Leven (197-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) led the winners with 30 points. Stewart nailed 20, while Defoe scored 18. Gilbert provided 27 points for the hosts.

The SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks beat the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 81:89 away from Scotland. The visitors opened up their largest lead of the game after an 8-2 opening to the third stanza made it 43:59. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) paced the winners with 26 points. Yanders netted 22 and Davis scored 14. Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) top-scored for the hosts with 27 points.
In another games PAWS London Capital edged Everton Tigers 89:81. Sam Bradley (193-G-84, college: Christian Brothers) led the way with 15 points, while Richard Midgley (189-G-83, college: California) had 27 for Tigers. Marshall MK Lions stun Team Birmingham Panthers 95:74 with 23 points from Dru Spinks (193-G/F-79). Sheffield Sharks overcame Worcester Wolves 69:99 on a road with 32 points from Whyte.

Saturday 5 April
Team Birmingham Panthers 58-94 Guildford Heat

Panthers: Lekan Popoola (183-G-81) 13, A. Williams 13, Sandell 11
Heat: John Nottley (209-C-82, college: Oklahoma Christian) 22, Gilbert 12, D. Williams 11

PAWS London Capital 89-81 Everton Tigers
Capital: Sam Bradley 15, Ataha 14, Knight 14
Tigers: Richard Midgley 27, Davis 19, Aliu 17

Sunday 6 April
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 81-89 SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks

Jets: Jayson Obazuaye 27, Moore 22, Hamilton 17
Rocks: Maurice Hampton 26, Yanders 22, Davis 14

Guildford Heat 101-108 Newcastle Eagles (OT)
Heat: Gilbert 27, Martin 24, Harrison 21
Eagles: Steve Leven 30, Stewart 20, Defoe 18

Marshall MK Lions 95-74 Team Birmingham Panthers
Lions: Dru Spinks 23, Heizer 21, Griffin 16
Panthers: Marlon Jules (-G) 22, A.Williams 21, Sandell/Lekan Popoola 9

Worcester Wolves 69-99 Sheffield Sharks
Wolves: Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) 21, Life 17, Brosko 13
Sharks: Whyte 32, Chaney 16, Lyons 14


Round 29 ACB -by Paul Nilsen
It was a black day for the clubs at the bottom of the classifications in Round 29 of the ACB. Only one single team in the bottom seven clubs managed to achieve a victory with many others suffering heartbreaking close losses.

Valladolid were the biggest winners of the weekend as they finally arrested the worrying slump of recent months with a vital 94-88 overtime win over bottom club Grupo Begar Leon. The victory lifted Valladolid right up into 12th position while the games are now running out for Leon. The home team had Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) with 22 points and 6 assists while Brian Boddicker top scored with 25 points. The real key performance however was from Bulgarian big man Vasco Evtimov who had a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Txemi Urtasun produced a stellar display for Leon with 27 points but wasn't well supported.

Estudiantes will have fancied themselves to finally haul themselves out of the bottom two spots with a home game against Bilbao who have struggled of late but they remain in the relegation places after they went down in a nerve wracking 93-90 defeat. Over 10,000 fans watched their side control the game for long periods but they faded in the closing moments and the Basque club collected successive wins for the first time in months. Florent Pietrus did everything he could to save Estu with a stunning 17 points and 13 rebounds while Sergio Sanchez fired up 26 points. It wasn't enough however and Bilbao, back to full strength minus only Frederic Weis had Huertas and Recker back on song as they combined for 38 points with Javier Salgado dishing up 7 assists.

After impressive road wins and performances in the last month, Fuenlabrada needed to get back to winning ways on their home court and what better opponents than terrible travellers Polaris World Murcia? But again they slumped to a defeat and went down 78-80 in cruel fashion to disappoint the orange supporters. It was an unusual game in that the visiting team dominated quarters one and three while the home team came out on top in the second and final periods but ultimately Murica got that all important win to keep their own heads above the relegation pack. Veteran Lou Roe continued his recent run of form with 22 points while Chris Thomas had 8 assists. Fuenla had the outstanding player of the game with an impressive double-double from Slava Guardia of 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Over 6,000 fans watched in horror as Cajasol's survival hopes took another shattering blow after Pamesa Valencia ripped them to shreds right from the tip. They eventually fell 97-80 with the Seville club never likely to recover from a 34-20 first quarter mauling. Shammond Williams ran the show with 20 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds while Albert Oliver also weighed in with 20 points as Pamesa consolidate that play-off spot in sixth. Cajasol remain firmly in trouble.

For the second time in a week, Ricoh Manresa suffered home court heartbreak with a narrow loss to a giant club. Having lost in the final moments against near neighbours DKV Joventut, they fell to leaders Real Madrid 79-81 in a tight game that will at lest give them some real courage to fight off their rivals. Only a terrible third quarter cost the home team who were led by 19 points from Rafa Martinez. Real got out of jail thanks mainly to 15 points and 13 rebounds from the irrepressible Felipe Reyes. They still sit with just 4 defeats all season in the league.

Granada are now back in the brown stuff after they crashed 105-86 at Akasvayu Girona. A 33-20 first quarter didn't help and a similarly lacklustre third period ended their hopes. Marc Gasol had 15 point, 8 baords and three blocks while Erik Daniles racked up 25 points. Serbian Scepanovic at least finished with a valuation of 30 for the visitors with 23 points. Girona taking a big step towards guaranteeing themselves a play-off spot after fellow challengers Unicaja did them a big favour.

The Malaga club went to the Canary Islands knowing that the home team were looking to steal the final play-off spot and if they didn't win in could end up being at their expense but Unicaja started strongly and although it took overtime, they eventually prevailed 90-95 in a thrilling game. They certainly did it the hard way with the home team coming back from a 13 point deficit in the final quarter to force the extra period but Unicaja forced their way back when everyone thought the momentum was with Granca to secure an invaluable victory. Sitapha Savane had 22 points for the disappointed hosts while Santiago, Jiminez, N'Dong and Rodriguez all got into double-figures for Malaga.

Finally in the big game at the top of the standings, second placed DKV Joventut faced Tau Ceramica and came out with a comfortable 78-66 win thanks to another great performance from Rudy Fernandez. His 28 points and 5 steals keep Badalona in second place against a tired looking Tau side who at least are now getting former NBA big man James Singleton back into shape.


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
1. Newcastle E. 27-4
2. Plymouth R. 22-8
3. Guildford H. 21-8
4. Milton Key. 19-11
5. Scottish R. 17-13
6. Sheffield S. 15-15
7. Everton T. 13-16
8. Worcester W. 13-17
9. London C. 9-20
10. Cheshire J. 9-21
11. Leicester R. 9-21
12. Birmingh.P. 5-24


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UKRAINE

Legion wins in All Star Game -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Legion 97:99 (25:26, 24:28, 26:22, 22:23)

All Star Game brougt outpassing and outperforming counterparts from the Ukrainians starts and Legion. The latter being represented by the abroad players that participate in the Ukrainian Superleague won the Show 99:97. Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) led the winners with 18 points. Robert Jr. Archibald and Rodney Buford (196-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Creighton) nailed 14 points each, while Eugene Jeter scored 13. Volodymyr Gurtovoy (207-C-75) had a great game for the local team posting 30 points.
The weekend in Donetsk was about much more than spectacular dunks, a game featuring marginal defense. The All Star Game came to the Donbass hoping to help this special city continue its comeback. Both teams exchanged the baskets in the opening quarter and Legion took 26:25 lead after the first period. The second quarter gave more confidence for them as they had 46:36 advantage. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) and his team however reduced to 5 points at the half time.
In the third quarter Ukraine even took a leadership with 70:66 on the board. With less than a minute to play Legion had 97:92 deficit and led the game to 99:97 win. Panagiotis Liadelis being the top-scorer for the winners won MVP award.
Yegor Mescheriakov (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) won the three-pointer contest having 19 points in Round 1 and 16 in the Final. Vitaly Kovalenko (201-F-84) and Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) shone in the Slam Dunk Contest. The latter representing Khimik got 135 points to win the Contest.

Ukraine: Volodymyr Gurtovoy 30, Krivich R 17, Artur Drozdov 14+12 rebs
Legion: Panagiotis Liadelis 18, Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) 14, Rodney Buford 14, Eugene Jeter (179-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Portland) 13


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URUGUAY

Dave Holmes will play for Aguada -by Hector Lopez
Dave Holmes will be inked by Aguada to play the Metropolitan League 2008, it was annunced today. Holmes already played in Uruguay during the 2005 season. The Metro will begin next Friday and give two spots to play the Uruguayan League next year. It is the first time import players are authorized to play the Metro, and seven teams out of 13 said they will sign a foreigner. They are
Capurro (Brian Craig), Goes (Howard Wilkerson), Marne (Antonio McMillion), Verdirrojo (Cam-Ron Clay), Waston (Alex Blackwell) and Yale (Tarrie Monroe) and Aguada.


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VENEZUELA

Venezuela's U19 Team ready to go to Cuba -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- After two weeks of trainings at Domo Bolivariano of Barquisimeto, Venezuela's U19 squad is ready to travel to the 4th Cuban Olympic Games, which will take place from April 10th to the 25th. The team is scheduled to come back to Barquisimeto on May 5th and later on participate in the World Cup Qualyifing Tournament in Argentina.

For now, the 12 players selected to to Cuba are Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90), Jhonny Juarez (187-G/F-90), Miguel Rivas (183-G/F-90), Hector Abello, Luis Carmona (192-F-90), Josmar Acevedo (190-F-90), Juan Coronado, Massieux Marseille, Elder Jimenez, Jose Orozco (177-G-90), Jorge Rondon and Jesus Brito (194-F-90). They'll be coached by Daniel Centeno, whose assistant is Alfredo Madrid . Eligio Liscano will be the general manager.

Players who participate in foreign leagues will play later on in Argentina. Those are the cases of Gregory Echenique (208-C-90), Rostin Gonzalez (-F-90) and Juan Carlos Urbina, currently in the United States, and also Javiger Vargas (203-C-90), currently in Spain.


Machado and Oviedo destroy San Rosendo in Spain's EBA -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan center Pablo Machado (207-C-77) netted 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, with a couple of blocked shots, to help Domo Residencial Oviedo (21-4) earn a comfortable triumph against Recinor San Rosendo (5-20) with a final score of 92-68.

The former member of the Senior Team of Venezuela had had a double double in his last outing against Marin Peixegalego, in which he scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. This time, he played 28 minutes, netted 4 of 6 two-point shots and 3 of 4 free-throws, he gave 3 assists, stole a couple of balls, commited only one foul and only lost one posession.

Javier Rodriguez (201-F-81) was the top scorer of Oviedo with 19 points and 9 rebounds, followed by Mario Diez (188-G-82) with 16 points and Jose Prieto (-85) with 15 points. For San Rosendo, Armenio Pazos (-77) scored 19 points, Julio Suarez (-86) added 14 points with 9 rebounds and Yago Niebla (-75) finished up with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Machado is still waiting for Guaros de Lara to pay him the second part of an old debt of the 2007 season of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto in Venezuela. The player has admitted he's willing to negotiate with Guaros only after that happens.


Greivis Vasquez finished a great second season in the NCAA -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The official website of the Maryland Terrapins, of the United States's NCAA basketball, published a review of the 2007-2008 season which included good comments and stats on Venezuelan point guard Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87), after completing a successful second season.

Vasquez averaged 17.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, almost twice of what he did in an already impressive 2006-2007 season. He managed to be the fourth best scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), he led the assists department and was the 20th best in rebounds. He also averaged a high 37 minutes per game and totaled 231 assists, the third highest in the history of Maryland and he established a new record in three-point shots netted by sophomore with 62.

During the season, he had a 15-assists game against North Carolina State which tied the best game in the history of a player of the Maryland Terrapins. He was awarded as NCAA player of the Week twice and his team finished up with a 19-15 record and their 12th consecutive playoff appearance.

Vasquez had an outstanding year, considering he also played for the Senior National Team of Venezuela in the FIBA Americas Preolympic Tournament of Las Vegas back in 2007. He had the chance to face the United States and one of his favorite players, Kobe Bryant (198-G-78).


Rafael Perez defeated Diego Guevara in Puerto Rico, Lugo won again -by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan shooting guard Rafael Perez (185-G-82), of Brujos de Guayama, defeated countryman Diego Guevara (184-G-77), of Vaqueros de Bayamon, in a game of Baloncesto Superior Nacional of Puerto Rico, played on Wednesday night and in which Brujos took the victory over Vaqueros, 83-74.

Perez played 38 minutes and netted 23 points with 4 assists, 4 steals and 5 rebotes. He also commited 4 fouls and 2 turnovers. His points came through three two-point shots, three three-point shots and eight free-throws. Guevara played 32 minutes and ended up with 8 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals, commited three fouls and 2 turnovers, and netted three two-point shots and two free-throws.

Meanwhile, Richard Lugo (209-C-73), of Atleticos de San German, netted 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked 6 shots and gave 4 assists in 32 minutes, while his team defeated Cariduros de Fajardo, 86-72. Lugo netted 6 of 14 two-point attempts, didn't shoot any long distance balls and scored 7 of 9 free-throws.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Trotamundos 13-3
2. Gatos 12-5
3. Guaiqueries 9-6
4. Cocodrilos 8-5
5. Dep.Tachira 7-7
6. Marinos 7-9
7. Gaiteros 7-9
8. Guaros 6-10
9. Gigantes 5-11
10. Panteras 4-13




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Final. IMC Waregem surprises in the second -by Eurobasket News
Dexia Namur - IMC Waregem 62-82

IMC Waregem wins the second game of the Final in Belgian Play-offs. Dexia, playing at home in Game 2 could not tie the series and lost 62:82. Kamila Oplustilova (188-C-78) led the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Medevedeva scored 13. Romina Ciappina (180-F-88) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.
Belgian representative in Euroleague was not in a good shape and might not win the crown this season. Whatever happened to the team, they started with 0-16 in the first. The quarter was ended by 9:22 with the total advantage of IMC Waregem. Even in the second quarter the guests controlled the game. After 14 minutes played the board showed 14:33 for IMC Waregem. They kept the score for good and won the half 27:47.
The deficit reached plus 27 in the third quarter when IMC Waregem spurted to 40:67 lead. With no chances for the victory Dexia could only reduce the margin in the fourth quarter.
The next game that will be played on April 9th might be the last in the Finals.

Dexia: Carpreaux 14, Malashenko 6, Karolina Piotrkiewicz (190-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Liberty) 10, Romina Ciappina 17, Derenne, Oksana Agabalova (186-F-73) 15
Waregem: Medevedeva 13, E. Billet 7, Op de Beeck 4, J. Billet 3, Boucquey 6, Van Respaille 3, Van Impe 2, Dietel 3, Kamila Oplustilova 23+10 rebs, Nele Deyaert 18+10 rebs


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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Kamila Oplustilova is close to win with her team -by Eurobasket News
The Final of two best teams of Belgian League proved to be emotional and interesting after the first game.
Last night IMC Waregem together with Kamila Oplustilova wins the second game of the Final in Belgian Play-offs. Dexia, playing at home in Game 2 could not tie the series and lost 62:82. Kamila Oplustilova (188-C-78) led the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nele Deyaert collected 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Medevedeva scored 13. Romina Ciappina ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.Belgian representative in Euroleague was not in a good shape and might not win the crown this season. Whatever happened to the team, they started with 0-16 in the first. The quarter was ended by 9:22 with the total advantage of IMC Waregem. Even in the second quarter the guests controlled the game. After 14 minutes played the board showed 14:33 for IMC Waregem. They kept the score for good and won the half 27:47. The deficit reached plus 27 in the third quarter when IMC Waregem spurted to 40:67 lead. With no chances for the victory Dexia could only reduce the margin in the fourth quarter.
In the first game IMC Dames Waregem grabbed 1-0 lead in the series upsetting Dexia Namur 54:52. The latter looked better in the first half taking 8-points lead. With 17:6 in the last period IMC Dames Waregem triumphed in the opener. Op De Beeck Inge led the winners with 14 points. Alke Dietel produced 11, while Deyaert scored 9. Marjorie Carpreaux resisted for the defending champions with 14 points. Kamila Oplustilova produced 6 points for her team.
Irena Borecka (175-F-80)'s Foton in Hungary is 7th with 12-7 record. In Round 21 Seat Foton Gyor lost to MKB Euroleasing Sopron 53:89 as Irena Borecka scored 10 points and made 6 rebounds.


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FYR MACEDONIA - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. Vigor Skopje 16-1
2. Mladines 13-4
3. Biljana 9-8
4. Pelister 9-8
5. V.Lisici 6-11
6. Kumanovo 5-12
7. Gostivar 0-12


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GERMANY - Women

DBBL: Play-off Time is here -by Moritz Korff
The Play-Offs have started in the DBBL. These are the stats and scores of the first games of the Quarterfinals:

TSV Wasserburg - Muenchen Basket 93:71
Wasserburg, the undefeated champ of the regular season, had no trouble to overcome local rival Muenchen in the first game. The visitors struggled in the second half after being behind at the half with only two points. But when the Wasserburg-players got serious Muenchen only saw the back lights. The host dominated the glasses and outrebounded Muenchen 44:30. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) led Wasserburg with a double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds), also Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) finished the game in double digits (18 points, 10 boards). Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) nailed 5 out of 10 from beyond the arc and tallied 23 points, Alexandra Mueller (175-G-83) had 14 points. Muenchen was led by Sandra Carroll (171-G-72) who had 22 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds, Magdalena von Geyr (180-F-84) contributed 16 points, Anja Sredl (184-F-76) had 11 points in defeat.

New Basket Oberhausen - SV Halle Lions 96:71
Oberhausen won game number one of the series against Halle. 600 fans saw the host winning all four periods. The Lions got in foul trouble, while Oberhausen shot exactly 50 % from the field and also hit 7 out of 17 from long distance. Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) who topscored with 21 points (plus 7 rebounds) was one of 4 Oberhausen in double-figure scoring. Sarah Austmann (182-G/F-85) added 18 points, 8 boards and 5 assists, Bracey Barker (185-F-85, college: Maine) netted 15 points and grabbed a game.high 9 rebounds, while Petra Glaeser (194-F-81) had 14 points. Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-G-82) replied with 17 points for the Lions, Jitka Peterkova (183-F) finished the game with 12 points and 8 boards, Sherida Triggs (185-F-85, college: ODU) had 10 points.

BG 74 Goettingen - Eisvoegel USC Freiburg 73:79
Freiburg captured the only away-win of the day in the play-offs. Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) led her side to victory in Goettingen. She had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Birte Wehrenbrecht (183-F-80) followed with 19 points (including 3/3 from three-point land), Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) collected 16 points. A field-goal percentage of only 36,9 % got the Violets on the losing track. Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Northridge) led the host with 22 points and 12 boards, Jennifer Kerns (172-G-76, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Washington St.) had 15 points and Dasa Rajecka (188-C-87) 13 points plus 7 rebounds in the loss.

TV Saarlouis Royals - BC Marburg 62:55
Last week the Royals carried home the trophy at the DBBL-Cup Top 4, this time a home win got Saarlouis the lead in the series against Marburg. After being ahead 42:24 at halftime the Royals totally messed up the third quarter (5:15). But in the end they came away with the victory. Stina Barnert (172-G-89) led the Royals with 13 points and 5 assists, Dominika Nawrotek (187-F-87) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) contributed 10 points and 9 boards. On the other end Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) netted 15 points for Marburg and had 7 steals, Hicran Oezen (169-G-81) put in 10 points and pulled down rebounds.


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GREECE - Women

Standings - Women
A1 Standings
1. Esperides 20-4
2. Panionios 19-5
3. Athinaikos 16-8
4. Aris H. 15-9
5. Apollon 15-9
6. Panathin. 15-9
7. Kastoria 13-11
8. M.Aleksandros 11-13
9. Siemens 11-13
10. Sporting 11-13
11. Paghiakos 10-14
12. Asteras 7-17
13. Iraklis 3-21
14. Aias Evosmou 2-22


Standings -A2 Women -by George Manousidis
A2 Standings
Group North
1. Apollon K. 22-1
2. Olympiada L. 19-4
3. PAOK 17-6
4. Pylaia 15-8
5. Aris Thessal. 14-9
6. Artemis Volou 14-9
7. AO Serron 13-10
8. Asteras Kavallas 12-11
9. Komotini 11-12
10. Apollon K. 10-13
11. Triglias 5-18
12. Lassanis 4-19
13. Aspis 4-19
14. Elimeias 1-22
Group South
1. P.Faliro 21-1
2. Ano Liosa 21-2
3. Attalos 18-5
4. Amarillida 16-7
5. Hania 15-8
6. Aris T. 15-8
7. Eleutheria M. 11-12
8. Paraskevis 10-13
9. Argyroupolis 10-13
10. Proteas V. 9-14
11. Irodotos 8-15
12. Iviskos 3-19
13. Amilla Tripolis 2-20
14. Panionios 1-21


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LATVIA - Women

Cesis and TTT Riga step closer to semifinal -by Gunars Gailitis
Latvian Woman`s League

Semi-finals, first games

SK Cesis - Liepajas metalurgs 94-62 (25-22; 22-24; 29-11; 18-15), series 1-0

Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) 22, Moore 18, Cinite 16, Krumberga 15+8reb; Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) 17+13reb, Nazarova 10

TTT Riga - Avantis/Turiba 89-60 (22-14; 25-20; 18-14; 24-12), series 1-0

Elizaveta Kityzina (194-C-80) 19+13reb, Krumina 17, Tare 16; Anda Eibele (170-G-84) 11, Horelika 10


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NCAA1 - Women

Tennessee will defend the title against Stanford -by Eurobasket News
The NCAA defending champions Tennessee Lady Vols grabbed a dramatic last-second win over LSU to advance to the championship game. Alexis Hornbuckle (5'11''-G-85) turned things upside down for the Lady Tigers as she nailed a go-ahead jumper with 0.7 seconds remaining in regulation and sealed the winning outcome for Tennessee. LSU lost their fifth Final Four game. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86) was limited in action because of her injured shoulder but still crafted 13 points and 15 boards to pace the Lady Vols. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) had a monster game for LSU with 24 points and 20 boards in defeat. The Lady Vols prevailed in the lowest scoring half in Final Four history leading 22:18 at the interval. The Lady Tigers opened the second half with 5 straight points to grab the lead. The seesaw game then continued throughout the second half. Alexis Hornbuckle fouled on Erica White and LSU senior drained two free throws to put the Lady Lions ahead 46:45 with 7.1 seconds on the clock. But Tennessee used time left to the full. Nicky Anosike missed her jump shot but Alexis Hornbuckle collected a rebound and poured in a crucial bucket to propel Tennessee into the final game. Shannon Bobbitt (5'2''-G-85) had 11 points, while Alberta Auguste (5'11''-F-85) added 10 for the winners. Quianna Chaney (5'11''-G-86) dropped 9 points and issued 5 assists for the Lady Tigers.
Stanford became the second finalist after they stunned Connecticut 82:73. The Cardinal left behind all the doubts and memories of the early season loss to the Huskies to roll to an impressive win in yesterday's semifinal. Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87) exploded with 25 points and 13 boards to pace Stanford as they reached the first championship game in 11 years. Stanford got a better start as they were up 40:33 at halftime. But it was pretty usual for Connecticut as they had been known for sloppy first parts before. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) and Charde Houston opened the second half with jumpers to cut the deficit to just a single point. But Candice Wiggins was there to restore the gap nailing two treys and allowing the Cardinal to breathe freely. Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) contributed 17 points and 7 boards, while Janel Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88) finished with 15 points and 10 boards for the winners. Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) answered with 20 points and 9 boards for the Huskies. Renee Montgomery chipped in 15 points in a losing effort. The Cardinal held their opponents to 38% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 38:34.

Tennessee - LSU 47:46
Tennessee: Candace Parker 13+15 boards, Shannon Bobbitt 11, Alberta Auguste 10
LSU: Sylvia Fowles 24+20 boards, Quianna Chaney 9

Stanford - Connecticut 82:73
Stanford: Candice Wiggins 25+13 boards, Kayla Pederson 17, Janel Jayne Appel 15+10 boards
Connecticut: Maya Moore 20, Renee Montgomery 15


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NIGERIA - Women

Zenith Bank Women League: It's First Bank all the way -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Reigning Nigeria Women league champion, First Bank basketball club of Lagos prove her invincibility once again by winning the first phase of the Zenith Bank Women Premier league without dropping a point.

The Elephant Girls as the team is also known handed down a 80-50 points defeat of close rival Dolphins basketball club also of Lagos in the last day of the first phase Saturday played at the Sports Hall of the Abuja National Stadium to maintain a hundred percent record winning all nine matches played to garner 18 points ahead of others.

To lead other nine team to the second phase slated for Enugu next month the Adewumi Aderemi tutored First Bank team scored a whopping 717 points while conceding 312 making them the best offense and defense team in the first phase which is a plus for them, a record that other teams would fight hard to surpass.

Dolphins and Delta Force of Asaba were tied with 16 points but Dolphins is second on technical ground having defeated the Lateef Erinfolami tutored Asaba-based Delta Force 58-56 in day-6 of the phase, Scott Nnaji coached Customs basketball club placed fourth with 15 points winnning 6 games and losing three to record 15 points overall.

Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure who provided one of the surprises of the league when it defeated highly rated Dolphins 68-61 points in day-4 of the league finished fifth with a 6-3 record for a cumulative 15 points same points as Customs but have to move down the ladder on technical ground having lost to the border girls by 75-72 points on day-2 of the league.

Nigeria Immigration Service basketball club of Kano makes some progress this time finishing sixth with a record of 4-5 ahead of Amazons basketball club of Lagos who is seventh with a record of 3-6, AHIP basketball club of Kano occupies the eighth position with a record of 1-8 while the two newly promoted teams FCT Angels and Plateau Rocks both occupy the ninth and tenth slot going into the second phase coming up in Enugu.

Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Francis Gbiri applauded the teams for their performance and wishes them well in the second phase and final leg of the Zenith Bank league billed for Lagos in July.


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POLAND - Women

FGE Play-offs: Semi-Finals - Game 2 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk

Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 78:57 ( 16:9, 26:16, 18:11, 18:21)

Wisła: Kara Brown-Branden 17, Ewelina Kobryn 11, Marta Fernandez 10, Anna DeForge 9, Jelena Skerovic 8, Paulina Gajdosz 8, Anna Wielebnowska 7, Agnieszka Pałka 4, Candice Dupree 3, Agata Gajda 1, Monika Krawiec 0, Natalia Trafimava 0
AZS: Aleksandra Chomac 13, Katarina Ristic 9, Aleksandra Pietraszek 8, Carrie Moore 7, Denaimeu N'Garsanet 6, Małgorzata Babicka 4, Justyna Żurowska 4, Agnieszka Szott 4, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 2, Katarzyna Czubak 0, Joanna Czarnecka 0, Justyna Maruszczak 0

Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 2-0


Lotos PKO BP Gdynia - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 83:72 (25:19, 18:23, 15:11, 25:19)
Lotos: Chamique Holdsclaw 21, Dominique Canty 15, Magdalena Leciejewska 14, Slobodanka Maksimovic 11, Alana Beard 9, Marta Jujka 5, Anna Breitreiner 4, Natalia Waligorska 4, Jekaterina Snitsyna 0.
PKM: Martyna Koc 19, Ryan Coleman 12, Edyta Krysiewicz 11, Daria Mieloszyńska 10, Olga Żytomirska 10, Agnieszka Makowska 7, Agnieszka Budnik 3, Anna Talarczyk 0.

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 2-0



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PORTUGAL - Women

Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
1. Olivais 20-2
2. Alges 18-4
3. ESSA/Barreiro 16-6
4. AD Vagos 16-6
5. B.Viagem 15-7
6. CAB Mad. 15-7
7. CPN-Transduo 9-13
8. Uniao Mad. 8-14
9. CD Povoa 5-17
10. Esgueira 5-17
11. Santarem 4-18
12. Ovarense 1-21


Liga Feminina Playoff, quarter finals day 1 -by Luis Rocha
The first round of the Liga Feminina quarter finals was held yesterday. A good round that showed a very good Boa Viagem that played his best and grabbed an important win on the road in Vagos by 65-52. As I already said, B.Viagem has a very good starting five and obviously if that five managed to stay for long on the court the opponents will face large dificulties, after it's to play with enegy, concentration and consistency all trough the game, Vagos at home should be advise to that fact, and now they have to turn things outside his grounds. Alges did their jog beating CPN at home 72-61, a normal result. Also normal was the hard beat that Uniao took at Coimbra when visiting Olivais, 88-54 it's a large margin that shows that nowadays Uniao lives with great dificulties to be competitive. Finally CAB went to ESSA and lost by a close margin of 4 points (84-80). It was a difficult game for ESSA that seemed a bit too much nervous and not quit confident as they should, nevertheless the most important (the win) was achieved and now it's to CAB to turn things at Madeira.

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ROMANIA - Women

Quarterfinal Stage -by Eurobasket News
In the first games of Quarterfinal stage the first 4b seeded team got 2 wins and 2 losses.
The winner of the regular season Arad demolished Oradea 99:52. Arad confirmed their ambitions for the top positions winning all the quarters. The team led from the outset and set the tone for the first half. The most troubles Oradea got in the third quarter when they lost 32:8.
Sf.Gheorghe made the same with Govora 100:60. With no chances for the win the latter tried to keep the double digits in defense, but the hosts nailed the last points in the end to reach 100. The last quarter was fatal for the guests that trailed 30:12.
Rapid lost to S.Studentesc 58:62 in the defensive game. Both squads showed a good style of the game and the guests were lucky to grab the lead. In the second period S.Studentesc advantaged with 13:19 and later on stayed in front.
Cluj Napoca was upset by Alexandria 74:86. U Trustul CRE Cluj-Napoca started the game with 27:19, but then the visitors replied with 15:27 in the second. With 20:25 the hosts could not win the opener.

Arad - Oradea 99-52
Sf.Gheorghe - Govora 100-60
Rapid - S.Studentesc 58-62
Cluj Napoca - Alexandria 74-86


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RUSSIA - Women

Spartak MR wins the regular season -by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR won the regular season beating CSKA in the last game of it. Spartak looked awesome and even made the score inappropriate for the derby, 86:63. CSKAthat stayed on top of the standings for 21 Rounds, had to admit the loss and finished second in the regular season. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) led the winners with 25 points. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) collected 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Irina Osipova (196-C-81) had 16. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) top-scored for CSKA with 18 points and 7 rebounds.
It was Spartak MR who took a control in the game from the early beginning. The hosts won the opening quarter 23;14 and never looked behind. In the third quarter after 28:17 run it became clear that Spartak would benefit. Vidnoe saw the winner of the regular season, its local Spartak!
Five more games closed the regular season in Superleague. UMMC clinched the third position after 78:72 over Vologda. Jones top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Elena Volkova (175-G-83) netted 20 points in the losing clause.
Nadezhda beat Shelen 107:87 with 35;20 in the third period. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) recorded 45 points to finish the season truthfully. Kolosovskaya had 25 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.
Slavianka overcame Spartak SP 85:56 as Kiseleva poured in 20 points and made 10 boards. Petrakova scored 18 points and collected 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
Dynamo-Energiya (Novosibirsk) had a road win over Dynamo (Kursk) 66:68. Natalia Martchenko (168-G-79) led the way with 16 points. BC Moscow edged Dynamo Moscow 64 : 58 as the latter had one of the worst seasons.

Spartak-CSKA 86:63 (23:14, 20:16, 28:17, 15:16)
Spartak: Sue Bird 25, Lauren Jackson 17+8 rebs, Irina Osipova 16
CSKA: Maria Stepanova 18+7 rebs, Ann Wauters (194-C-80) 16


Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
1. Spartak MR 21-1
2. CSKA 21-1
3. UMMC 18-4
4. BC Moscow 13-9
5. Vologda 12-10
6. Dyn.-Energia 11-11
7. Dynamo M. 9-13
8. Dynamo K. 9-13
9. Nadezhda 9-13
10. Spartak SP 5-17
11. Cheliabinsk 3-19
12. Shelen 1-21


Vidnoe, 17.00 Spartak MR-CSKA -by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR and CSKA will face each other in the last game of the regular season for the both Super teams of Russian Superleague. So far CSKA is undefeated with 21-0 record, while Spartak is 20-1 with the only loss from CSKA in the beginning of the Superleague.
For both teams the season is not over, but they can already start counting the trophies. CSKA Moscow overcame their archrivals UMMC in Ekaterinburg to claim the Russian Cup title. Moscow team once again sent a strong message about their highest ambitions for this season overcoming UMMC in the final game of the Cup. CSKA also took a revenge for an upset loss to UMMC in the quarterfinal of Euroleague. The teams were well-matched in the opening frame and finished it tied at 19. CSKA got to a better start to the second period and surged ahead. Ilona Korstine did not miss from the field and the visitors gradually cleared off to a 12-point distance. UMMC were driven by a sell-out crowd at their home arena and started to trim the deficit in the third stanza. CSKA entered the final frame leading by 7 points and secured the distance throughout the dying stages. Moreover UMMC obviously ran out of steam late in the encounter and CSKA capitalized widening the margin and driving to an impressive success. Ilona Korstine notched 22 points and 6 boards to pace CSKA. Ann Wauters added 20 points and 13 boards for the winners. Kristi Harrower answered with 12 points for UMMC. Sandrine Gruda had 11 points and 11 boards in defeat.
In the Bronze medals game Spartak MR edged Dynamo Moscow 83:70. Diana Taurasi netted 19 points to lead Spartak. Tina Thompson added 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota dropped 23 points for Dynamo.
Spartak however is still alive for the Euroleague title. Gambrinus Brno will host EuroLeague Final Four this year. The semi-finals taking place on 11th April and the finals two days later on 13th April. Spartak Moscow Region will defend the title being the champion of Euroleague last year.The team from Russia proves the ambitions in Euroleague this season. In the second game of the Quarterfinals the defending champions smashed Dynamo 58:98. Tatiana Shchegoleva led the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi followed her with 16 points each. UMMC beat one of the favorites CSKA 94:90 and advanced to the Final Four, so Euroleague season for CSKA is over.
Vidnoe will open the doors tonight at 17.00 for the game Spartak MR-CSKA!




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SLOVAKIA - Women

Quarterfinal Round. First games -by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinal Round in Slovak Republic had started as if it had to and all the favorites reached 1-0 in the series. KOSIT 2013 smashed AT GEMTEX Rozňava 100:66 due mostly to the second half. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) led the winners with 24 points. Fabianova netted 19, while Jurcenkova scored 16. Eva Antalecova (180-F-66) ended up with 17 points in defeat.
MBK Ruzomberok had a tougher game versus Whirpool Poprad 88:74. The game was done already after three quarters but then the guests reduced the gap. Whirpool Poprad won the last period 21:29 and lost with 14 points margin. Regina Palusna (192-C-89) paced all the winners with 19 points. Podesvova scored 17 and Okonkwova had 13. Sadio Sangare (191-C-80, college: Oklahoma City) showed a good game in defeat nailing 28 points.
Viktoria beat Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica 71:48 with 23;13 in the opening quarter. Perostijska produced 15 points for the winners. Kandracova scored 14 and Krasnockova added 9. Nina Makkova (181-C-88) chipped in 19 points in the losing clause.
Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) and Dagmar Chlebovcova (171-G-84) paced Nitra with 18 points each over Cassovia, 80:59. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) top-scored for the guests with 17 points.

KOSIT 2013 - AT GEMTEX Rozňava 100:66 (28:22, 20:13, 21:13, 31:18)
KOSIT 2013:Janel McCarville 24, Fabianova 19, Jurcenkova 16
AT GEMTEX Rozňava: Eva Antalecova 17, Serbakova 13, Barenyiova 10

MBK Ruzomberok - Whirpool Poprad 88:74 (23:13, 19:13, 25:19, 21:29)
MBK Ruzomberok:Regina Palusna 19, Podesvova 17, Okonkwova 13
Whirpool Poprad: Sadio Sangare 28, Petrikova 21, Kmeťova 10

Viktoria - Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica 71:48 (23:13, 15:12, 16:8, 17:15)
Viktoria: Perostijska 15, Kandracova 14, Krasnockova 9
Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica:Nina Makkova 19, Maguskova 9, Kovalikova 8

Nitra-Cassovia 80:59(24:15, 48:25, 62:42)
Nitra: Gabriela Kubatova 18, Dagmar Chlebovcova 18, Sujanova 13, Mracnova 11
Cassovia : Adriana Gresnerova 17, Beňuskova 12, Wilson 11


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
1. Kosit 2013 28-0
2. MBK Ruz. 21-7
3. Nitra 17-11
4. UMB B.B. 12-14
5. Viktoria K. 12-15
6. Roznava 11-11
7. Poprad 10-10
8. Cassovia K. 8-17
9. Slovan 2-19
10. Myjava 2-19


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SWITZERLAND - Women

BC Neuchatel and Canti Riva become closer to the Final -by Eurobasket News

Universite BC Neuchatel and Canti Riva Basket Ceresio become closer to the Final as they lead the series in the semis.
In the first game Universite BC Neuchatel beat Martigny Rhone Basket 66:42. April 2nd saw Martigny-Rhone Basket tie the series after beating Universite BC Neuchâtel 74:65. Last night Universite BC Neuchatel smashed Martigny-Rhone Basket 75:37 with 41:21 at the half time. Being the Swiss Cup holder Universite BC Neuchatel leads the series 2-1.
BBC might not advance to the Finals as the team is now 0-2 against Canti Riva Basket Ceresio. In the first game Canti Riva Basket Ceresio celebrated a road win 72:80. The guests had 37:42 at the half and led the game to the happy end.
Playing at home Canti Riva Basket Ceresio beat BBC Troistorrents 77:67 to take 2-0 record. The hosts were stronger in the game having 12 points at the half, 47:35. Jocelyn Logan-Friend (189-F/C-83, college: Virginia) led the winners with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) scored 22, while Matea Brezec (170-G-89) posted 16. BBC was led by Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82, college: W.Michigan) who produced 23 points and 16 rebounds. Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) nailed 14 and Jessica Kellogg (172-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) had 12.

Game 3 between BBC and Canti is scheduled for tonight.



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TURKEY - Women

Fenerbahce wins Opel Cup! -by Iva Ivanova
Today finished 16th Turkish Women`s cup. Fenrbahce beating Botas and succeed with their new Cup in the vitrin. For Botas Kristen Newlin scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but it inst enought for her team. For winners Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 17, while Tammy Sutton-Brown added 16 th. It was hard for Fenerbahce, because without their injured
center Nevriye Yilmaz under basket was hard.

Botas - Fenerbahce 51-62 (18-15, 15-20, 4-11, 14-16)

Botas: N.Ivegin 4, Cigil, Turan 2, Tumer, Gumusay 6, Imamovic 2, Takmaz 3, Givens 6, Gulbag 2, Newlin 26

Fenerbahce: Tuncluer 8, Vardarli 4, Dalgalar, Branzova-Erdenay 9, Brown 16, Murat, Pondexter 17, Erbas, Hoffman 8

5th April - Semifinal:
Botas - Ceyhan Bld 72-59
Galatasaray - Fenerbahce 52-67