EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/12/2008

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ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Asia Champions Cup. Day 3 -by Eurobasket News

BK Almaty - Muba Hangtuah 71:49
Kazakhstan BK Almaty strengthened their position in preliminary Pool A at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. They overcame Indonesian Muba Hangtuah for the first win at the tournament. It allowed Kazakh team to improve to 1-1 record and stay hopeful about their chances to reach quarterfinal stage. Muba Hangtuah meanwhile slipped to 0-3 record and need pure luck to stay in title race. BK Almaty understood it was a good chance for them to open the victories count for them and they fired from all guns early in the game. It worked pretty smoothly as BK Almaty jumped to a 25:14 lead after the starting frame. But Muba Hangtuah never was an easy take as they struck back in the second frame. Indonesian team trimmed the gap to just 7 points at the long break. But a perfect defensive effort from BK Almaty limited their opponents to only 6 points in the third stanza as the Kazakhstan squad went on a 24:6 run to clear off to a safe distance. Muba Hangtuah recovered in the final frame but it was too late to threaten BK Almaty lead. Anton Kataev (201-F-84) led the action with 19 points for BK Almaty. Vsevolod Fadeykin had 14 points, while Mikhail Evtigneev launched 13 points in a win. Adhitya Tuhagono (178-G-84) answered with 13 points for MubaHang. Marcus Jacobs nailed 12 points in defeat. BK Almaty will face winless Zain Club later tonight. Muba Hangtuah will a have a bye round before taking on Zain Club tomorrow.

BK Almaty: Anton Kataev 19, Vsevolod Fadeykin 14, Mikhail Evtigneev 13
MubaHang: Adhitya Tuhagono 13, Marcus Jacobs 12


Al Muharraq - Al Qadsia 83:69
Bahrain powerhouse Al Muharraq extended their winning streak at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Yesterday they faced a touch challenge as they took on the hosting Al Qadsia in the third round of action. Al Qadsia looked forward rebounded quickly after the starting loss to SABA Battery to handle Dehadroon in the second round. With emotions flying high Al Qadsia took on Al Muharraq full of optimism. But Bahrain outfit proved they should be taken seriously and left no chance for the home team to improve to 2-0 record in the ladder. The hosts jumped to a quick start as they enjoyed a 22:19 lead after on quarter of action. Al Muharraq struggled to adjust the defense and still trailed 35:37 at halftime. However Ebrahim Alderazi stepped up for the Al Muharraq to ignite a comeback effort in the second half. He led the charge for the visitors as they surged ahead in the third period. Moreover Al Muharraq finally managed to follow John Wojtaks defensive tasks and Al Qadsia started to lag behind. The visitors hit on all cylinders in the fourth period and easily ran away to safe distance at the end. Ebrahim Alderazi provided 20 points to lead Al Muharraq. Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) scored 15 points, while Rah-Shun Roberts and Mohammad Mohammad nailed 13 points apiece for the winners. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) and Abdul Aziz Mohammad drained 15 points apiece to pace Al Qadsia. Shayee Saeed launched 14 points in a loss. Al Muharraq faces Al Wahl in the showdown in Pool B. Al Qadsia take a bye round today.

Al Muharraq: Ebrahim Alderazi 20, Donald Little 15, Rah-Shun Roberts 13, Mohammad Mohammad 13
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 15, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15, Shayee Saeed 14


Al Wasl - ONGC 102:72
Al Wasl posted their second win in a row and remained in the leaders mix at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. In the third round of action UAE team took on ONGC Dehradoon from India. The teams
started the tournament with polar results as Al Wasl celebrated an impressive win in the initial game, while ONGC suffered two defeats in a row and slipped at the bottom of the preliminary Pool B. ONG Dehradoon failed to break the deadlock as they were beaten for the third straight time, while it became the second win in a row for Al Wasl. Al Wasl dominated in every component of the game and coasted to a comfortable victory over their India counterparts. Al Wals gained the confidence with a surprising win over the defending champions SABA Battery in the second round and now would be difficult opponent to stop. The Emirates team led by 11 points after the opening stanza and stretched the gap to as many as 13 points at the interval. ONGC fought bravely but could not match the tempo and trailed by 19 points before the fourth period. Ayoub Albalooshi was merely unstoppable and carried Al Wasl to a cruising victory at the end. He finished with game-high 41 points. ONGC were led by Desraj (189-F) and Trideep Rai (190-F-83) with 15 points apiece. Abdul Hamid praised the attitude of his players. He stressed the importance of the win over SABA Battery for his team as they gained confidence for the upcoming games.
ONGC must win in the clash with SABA Battery to stay in the title race. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on Al Muharraq in the leaders battle later tonight.

Al Wasl: Ayoub Albalooshi 41
ONGC: Desraj 15, Trideep Rai 15


Al Riyadi - Zain Club 72:71
Al Riyadi posted their third in a row at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. This time the Lebanese outfit needed some luck to narrowly overcome Zain Club from Jordan. The teams kept it close right from the start with the scoreline tied at 17 after the starting frame. But three-pointers from Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and steady game from Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) allowed Lebanese side to go up. They grabbed a 43:36 lead at the long break. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) and Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) paced Zain Club but it was not enough to change the course of the game in the third stanza. Al Riyadi maintained the advantage and stretched it to 11 points before the fourth term. But the game was far from over as Zain gradually trimmed the deficit in the fourth period. They trailed by just a single point in the dying seconds and had a chance to save the day after Ahmad Ismail committed a turnover. But Zaid Abas paid back the favour losing the ball and sealing the victory for Al Riyadi. Omar Turk scored 20 points to lead the winners. Ahmad Ismail nailed 17 points and Ali Mahmoud notched 13 points for the Lebanese team. Boney Watson and Hiram Fuller came up with 21 points apiece in a losing effort. Al Riyadi remained at the top of preliminary Group A. They will take on undefeated Al Rayyan in the fourth round. Zain will look for the initial win when they face BK Almaty today.

Al Riyadi: Omar Turk 20, Ahmad Ismail 17, Ali Mahmoud 13
Zain Club: Boney Watson 21, Hiram Fuller 21



Standings
Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2. Al Rayyan 2-0 
 3. BK Almaty 1-1 
 4. Zain 0-2 
 5. MubaHang 0-3 
Group B
 1. Muharraq 2-0 
 2. Al Wasl 2-0 
 3. Saba 1-1 
 4. Al Qadsia 1-2 
 5. ONGC 0-3 


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BAHRAIN

Al Muharraq beats Al Qadsia to stay on top of Pool B -by Eurobasket News
Al Muharraq - Al Qadsia 83:69

Bahrain powerhouse Al Muharraq extended their winning streak at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Yesterday they faced a touch challenge as they took on the hosting Al Qadsia in the third round of action. Al Qadsia looked forward rebounded quickly after the starting loss to SABA Battery to handle Dehadroon in the second round. With emotions flying high Al Qadsia took on Al Muharraq full of optimism. But Bahrain outfit proved they should be taken seriously and left no chance for the home team to improve to 2-0 record in the ladder. The hosts jumped to a quick start as they enjoyed a 22:19 lead after on quarter of action. Al Muharraq struggled to adjust the defense and still trailed 35:37 at halftime. However Ebrahim Alderazi stepped up for the Al Muharraq to ignite a comeback effort in the second half. He led the charge for the visitors as they surged ahead in the third period. Moreover Al Muharraq finally managed to follow John Wojtaks defensive tasks and Al Qadsia started to lag behind. The visitors hit on all cylinders in the fourth period and easily ran away to safe distance at the end. Ebrahim Alderazi provided 20 points to lead Al Muharraq. Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) scored 15 points, while Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) and Mohammad Mohammad nailed 13 points apiece for the winners. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) and Abdul Aziz Mohammad drained 15 points apiece to pace Al Qadsia. Shayee Saeed (174-G-86) launched 14 points in a loss. Al Muharraq faces Al Wahl in the showdown in Pool B. Al Qadsia take a bye round today.

Al Muharraq: Ebrahim Alderazi 20, Donald Little 15, Rah-Shun Roberts 13, Mohammad Mohammad 13
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 15, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15, Shayee Saeed 14


Basketball clinic for juniors -by Yousef Ahmed

THE Philippine Embassy is holding a three-day basketball clinic for juniors starting on June 12 at the Muharraq Club Gym in Arad.

This year's event, entitled 'Hyper-Hoops Youth Summer Basketball Clinic 2008', will be held in co-operation with Bahrain Basketball Association and is open to all nationalities, male and female aged from eight to 18 years old.

The opening date promises to be a grand celebration as it falls on the 110th Year of the Philippine Independence Day.

Initial activities on June 12 will include various presentations from the Filipino Community and from the Philippine Embassy.

The activities will be divided into two levels. The first shall cater to new registrants where the basics of basketball will be taught, while the second shall be for old students where lessons will be advanced.

The participants will be handled by Alfrancis Chua, a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) coach.

SOURCE: GDN


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BOSNIA

Bosnian League 8, 9TH round - Borac better than Bosna again -by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Sloboda Dita - Siroki Prima Pivo 83:90
Bosna ASA BHT - Borac Nektar 58:66
Zrinjski Mik Company - Igokea Partizan 77:93
Grude - Slavija 85:72

Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 8-1 702:588 +114 17 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 7-2 808:687 +121 16 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 7-2 755:685 +70 16 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 5-4 685:706 -21 14 pts.
5. Borac Nektar 3-6 678:682 -04 12 pts.
6. Grude 2-7 691:764 -73 11 pts.
7. Zrinjski MC 2-7 727:829 -102 11 pts.
8. Slavija 2-7 673:778 -105 11 pts.

Sloboda Dita - Siroki Prima Pivo 83:90
(20:26, 16:23, 27:19, 20:22)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 1.000; Ref.: Obradovic, Kralj, Bijedic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 10, Hrncic 7, Halilbegovic, Albijanic 2, Persic, Tomovic 2, Tanasilovic 15, Matic 25, N. Milosevic 7, Jocovic 4, Ross 11
Coach: Senad Muminovic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo, Grays 19, Stemberger 32, Dijan, Zupic 3, Sola 2, Spralja 14, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 20, Bethel, Ezugwu
Coach: Ivan Velic

Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Borac Nektar 58:66
(12:24, 16:13, 12:11, 18:18)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 600; Kunosic, Kajan, Radanovic
Bosna ASA BHT: Jefferson, Sehovic 3, Tomovic 1, Ikonic, Panic, Bavcic 2, Bailey 10, Rahimic 10, Hajric 9, Pasalic 3, Jackson, Williams 20
Coach: Jure Zdovc
Borac Nektar: Frenklin 12, Jovanovic Z. 22, Stupar, Rothbart, Jovanovic V. 5, Gemaljevic 5, Djurasovic 6, Pavlovic, Milinovic, Velimirovic 3, Popovic 6, Josipovic 7
Coach: Milos Pejic

Zrinjski Mik Company - Igokea Partizan 77:93
(15:23, 22:28, 15:21, 25:21)
Mostar, SD Bijeli brijeg; Att.: 100; Ref.: Zurapovic, Okuka, Mijatovic
ZRINJSKI: Filipovic 13, Bisko 4, Norac 6, Petric I., Oroz 2, Simovic 14, Brecic 4, Vuckovic 8, Buhac 8, Sarenac 18, Planinic, Grbavac
Coach: Nedeljko Zelenika
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 4, Patterson, Bocka 6, Stazic 18, Djurica, Vucurovic 14, Cup 4, Wright 5, Lydeka 16, Stefanovic 7, Kovacevic 9, Allen 10
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic

Grude - Slavija 85:72
(26:10, 22:22, 13:21, 24:19)
Grude, SD Bili brig; Att.: 400; Ref.: Jovanic, Drmic, Hatibovic
GRUDE: Lovric, M. Vranjes, Djulabic, M. Gligora 21, L. Gligora 21, Jelcic 2, Vujcic 3, Bura 1, Lozancic, Zitko 27, Peraica 10
Coach: Predrag Mikulic
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 4, Stanic 9, Tomasevic 4, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 24, D. Damjanovic, Vukovic 9, Grubisic 2, Demic 7, A. Damjanovic 13
Coach: Goran Sehovac


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BRAZIL

Pitagoras, Universo and Flamengo won in Nacional Masculino 2008.- -by Ed Goodman
Three games were disputed today in Nacional Masculino Pitagoras Minas defeated Saldanha da Gama 90-74 best scorers were Maozao 20 Points by the winners and Costa 19 Points by Saldanha.
Universo won over UTC Uberlandia 89-70 Arthur with 20 Points was the best by Universo and Olivinha with 15 points by Uberlandia. Flamengo Petrobras obtained a victory over Cetaf Garoto 79-72
Marcelinho with 21 Points was the highest scorer by Flamengo and Jefferson with 17 Points was the best by Cetaf Garoto.


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CHINA

New Player signed CBA -by Robert Wang
RONALD ALLEN who played in NBDL just signed with Summer league team in China and he has been traning with chinese teams already these days. His team is another CBA team from He Nan province named He Nan team. He Nan team signed former NBA center Tyron Washington last season but Tyron had injury and did not help team a lot. He Nan team put a lot wish on this new guy. Hope RONALD ALLEN could help his new team this season. Good luck.

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CROATIA

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


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EGYPT

Ismail Ahmad remains undefeated with Al Riyadi -by Eurobasket News
Ahmad Ismail and his Lebanese Al Riyadi got to an impressive start of their Asia Champions Cup campaign in Kuwait. They routed Kazakhstan BK Almaty to gain their first win at the competition. Both teams were assigned into the preliminary Group A together with Zain Club from Jordan, Al Rayyan from Qatar and Indonesian MABU Hangtuah. Lebanese powerhouse opened the game in a high-flying manner doing perfect defensive job limiting their opponents to 7 points. Al Riyadi held to a 21:7 lead after the first frame and stretched the gap to as many as 31 points at halftime. Fadi El Khatib and Joseph Joe Vogel looked too good for Almaty defense at the moment and paced the Beirut outfit to a confident success. BK Almaty never threatened the margin after the long intermission. Moreover Lebanese team piled up an insurmountable 51-point buffer before the fourth team. They eased past hapless BK Almaty in the fourth term to celebrate an impressive victory. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) scored 21 points and was named the games MVP. Fadi El Khatib provided 17 points and 6 boards for the winners. Anton Kataev and Vladimir Gellert answered with 12 points apiece for Kazakhstan team in defeat.
Al Riyadi Beirut recorded their second win in Group A decimating Indonesias MABU Hangtuah 79:44. Al Riyadi Beirut smashed the opponent in the opening quarter 26:6 and never looked behind. They increased to 44:12 after the first half and had 56:21 entering the last period. El Khatib Fadi led the winners with 21 points, whilst Fakhreddine Ali posted 16. Marquello Morgan was the only one to reach double digits in defeat having 10 points.
Al Riyadi posted their third in a row at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. This time the Lebanese outfit needed some luck to narrowly overcome Zain Club from Jordan. The teams kept it close right from the start with the scoreline tied at 17 after the starting frame. But three-pointers from Omar Turk and steady game from Ahmad Ismail allowed Lebanese side to go up. They grabbed a 43:36 lead at the long break. Boney Watson and Hiram Fuller paced Zain Club but it was not enough to change the course of the game in the third stanza. Al Riyadi maintained the advantage and stretched it to 11 points before the fourth term. But the game was far from over as Zain gradually trimmed the deficit in the fourth period. They trailed by just a single point in the dying seconds and had a chance to save the day after Ahmad Ismail committed a turnover. But Zaid Abas paid back the favour losing the ball and sealing the victory for Al Riyadi. Omar Turk scored 20 points to lead the winners. Ahmad Ismail nailed 17 points and Ali Mahmoud notched 13 points for the Lebanese team. Boney Watson and Hiram Fuller came up with 21 points apiece in a losing effort. Al Riyadi remained at the top of preliminary Group A. They will take on undefeated Al Rayyan in the fourth round.


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EL SALVADOR

Two losses for San Marcos -by Jaime Arevalo
Universidad Tecnolgica-UTEC defeated San Marcos 94-71 in the last day of LSB action. The main factor of the win was new import Pedro Salazar (204-C-72), who was very effective under the boards and ended the game with 28 points. Darwin Carter (183-G-76, college: Angelo St.) scored 21 points in losing effort for San Marcos. The day after, San Marcos felt again, this time to Cosmos, but it was a very close game, ended 101-100, with San Marcos fighting till the end and Cosmos prevailing only thanks to a banner performance from newly arrived Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point), who scored 36 points, while Arturo Mata (183-G/F-71) scored 22 points in San Marcos.

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Nanayaw Awuah Addae moves to Kotka -by Rauno Hurmalainen
KTP (Kotka) has signed PG Nanayaw Awuah Addae (175-G-84) with a 2-year-contract for seasons 2008-10. Awuah Addae has played 205 games on Top level
by now and was helping Team Componenta (Karkkila) at the end of passed season by playing in nine games and averaging 10,6 ppg - 2,0 apg in 29 mpg.
F Sad Niskanen (197-F-88) is no more on injured list (knee). Niskanen will return back to Korihait (Uusikaupunki) roster for coming 2008-09 season. Passed season
Niskanen played only six games and averaged 2,7 ppg - 2,0 rpg in 14 mpg.


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FRANCE

NM1 Day 33: Charleville made it -by Chris Spiesser
After that 33rd day, Charleville with a strong win in Feurs reaches ProB thanks to Blois' loss in St-Chamond. Blois had slippery hands in St-Chamond as they lost 23 balls. They also suffered from David Denave's performance: 29pts, 7rbs, 4stl, 4to, 3ass.

The results:
Mulhouse 84-64 Andrzieux
Saint-Chamond 68-67 Blois
Toulouges 93-96 Bordeaux
Fos 74-81 Angers
Challans 80-82 Boulogne
Longwy 84-61 Centre Fdral
Feurs 75-97 Charleville
Lille 75-49 Antibes
Golbey-Epinal 83-69 Livin

In the bottom, no moves as Mulhouse and Longwy won. Next day, everything will be decided, Mulhouse visiting Antibes and Longwy going to Boulogne.

The four NM1 newcomers, before the traditionnal budget checkings, are known. And it is quite surprising. The two firsts of each 4 NM2 groups faced each other in a play-off round and all the seconds won. So Juvisy, Roche-La-Moliere, Bayonne and Priss are the new 2008/2009 NM1 members. Congratulations to them...


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GEORGIA

Shengelia led Pamesa Valencia over Real Madrid -by Levan Mikeladze
Tornike Shengelia (203-G/F-91, agency: Life Sports) leader of U16 Georgian National Team on European Championships 2007 is playing for Spanish ACB club Pamesa Valencia's Junior Team. Today he played very important game against Real Madrid and scored 25 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 block shots. TOKO led his team to Spanish Junior Championships Play-Offs where TOP 12 teams will face each other included junior teams of Barcelona, Juventut, Fuelnabrada and etc.

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GERMANY

Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. ALBA 54-14 
 2. Leverkusen 50-18 
 3. Art.Dragons 50-18 
 4. Bamberg 46-22 
 5. Frankfurt 42-26 
 6. Bonn 42-26 
 7. Oldenburg 42-26 
 8. Bremerhaven 38-30 
 9. Braunschweig 34-34 
 10. Ulm 32-36 
 11. Koeln 99ers 32-36 
 12. Paderborn 32-36 
 13. Ludwigsb. 30-38 
 14. Goettingen 26-42 
 15. Tuebingen 20-48 
 16. Giessen 18-50 
 17. Trier 14-54 
 18. Jena 10-58 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Black, Pader 21.3
2 Allen, Frank 20.0
3 Jenkins, ALBA 18.3
4 Green, Trier 18.0
5 Greene, Koeln 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Gibbs, Ulm 9.4
2 Katic, Wal T 8.3
3 Guinn, Bremerh 8.2
4 Haryasz, Bremerh 8.0
5 Merriex, Wal T 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Whiting, Lever 4.6
2 Joyce, Ulm 4.4
3 Rowland, Trier 4.4
4 Gardner, Bonn 4.3
5 Felton, Jena 4.2
Steals Per Game
1 Basden, Bonn 1.9
2 Ross, Ludwigs 1.7
3 Brooks, Goett 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Benton, Trier 1.9
2 Haryasz, Bremerh. 1.7
3 Brempong, Lever 1.4
2FGP
1 Femerling, ALBA 74.2
2 Kolodziejski,Bonn 72.4
3 Benton, Trier 69.8
3FGP
1 Prewitt, Artl. 50.9
2 Nikolic, Alba 49.3
3 Funk, Bremerh. 48.7
Free Throws
1 Cage, Trier 93.8
2 Rasic, Alba 93.3
3 Raivio, Koeln 91.7


Christian Hoffmann stays in Trier -by Manuel Schust
After the last game of the season, TBB Trier announced the re-signing of Christian Hoffmann (184-G-87) for next year.

Hoffmann, a promising young german Point Guard, joined Trier in 2007 after having played for Bayern Munich the last few season.
In his first pro season in BBL he averaged 2.4 points and 0.6 assists per game. At the beginning of the season the 21 year-old did not get a lot of time on the court. But due to injuries and the signing of coach Yves Defraigne Hoffmann got the opportunity to show his skills. Especially his defensive effort made him a fan favourite. Hoffmann had his best game so far against Bamberg, producing 11 points and 4 assists in just 15 minutes.
His contract is valid for ProA and BBL. Trier still has to wait until mid june to know wheather they earn a wildcard and remain in BBL next year.


Marcus Ligons Interview -by Daniel Poerschke

Marcus Ligons (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) played his first season as a professional basketball player for Vegesacker TV in the 2. Regionalliga North and averaged 24.0 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. Before that Marcus played for NCAA 2 Chadron State University, where he averaged 17.4ppg and 8.0rpg as a senior. Eurobasket Germany had a chance to sit down with Marcus and talk about some questions:

1) You played college basketball at NCAA 2 school Chadron State. Tell us a little bit about your experience there.
My experience at Chadron was a memorable one, there were a lot of teams that we (as a team) played that were a challenge, but through those challenges I was able to further increase my knowledge of the game, as well as improve and strengthen my own personal skills.

2) How was playing in the Junior Olympic games in Budapest for the U-18 USA national team?
Playing in the Junior Olympics, I would consider that a unique experience for me, I was in a new, foreign country, I experienced a little bit of culture shock, but all in all I had a good time, it was nice to see how talented people are from all over the world, and also how we could all come together and communicate in the universal language of basketball.

3) Describe your game a little bit. What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
I would say that a few of my notable strengths are running the court well, rebounding, and defending. Overall I would say that I am a versatile player.

4) Vegesacker TV is your first professional team. How would you compare the level of play in the 2. Regionalliga with your previous college experience?
Overall the experience is different because I am playing for a professional team versus playing with Collegiate players, I would say that the level of skill in each player varies as it does with collegiate players, some players are strong shooters, and may not be so well at defense, and other players are strong in defense and not so strong in other areas, but that's what makes a team, a team, one player cannot maintain and be perfect at everything on the court.

5) What are your future plans concerning basketball and life in general?
My future goals are to continue to play basketball with a passion, and to continue working on my Criminal Justice degree, so that I can mentor, and help the youth.


Any team interested in Marcus for the upcoming season can contact him via email.



Bundesliga Game Day 34: Saturday May 10th results! -by Michael Taylor
The German Bundesliga regular season came to a close Saturday night as Game Day 34 took place all over the country. ALBA Berlin finished in first place and the exciting Bundesliga playoffs tip off later this week!

Saturday May 10th
ALBA BERLIN 77 NEWYORKER PHANTOMS BRAUNSCHWEIG 57
Philip Zweiner drilled 3 of 4 threes to topscore with 17pt as ALBA Berlin beat NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 77-57 Saturday night at MaxSchmellinghalle in Berlin. Aleksandar Nadjfeji added 13pt, Goran Nikolic 11pt and Immanuel McElroy 10pt 7reb 5ast in the win. ALBA ran to a 25-13 lead after 1Q and took a 41-27 lead into half. The Phantoms cut the deficit to 56-45 after three, but Berlin's 21-12 4Q sealed their league best 27th regular season victory. Domonic Jones led Braunschweig with 16pt while Andrew Drevo added 10pt 8reb. Berlin shot 50% compared with the Phantoms 41% and ALBA sank 14 of 22 FT (63%) to Braunschweig's 6 of 9 (67%). Overcoming the mid-week loss of talented forward Dijon Thompson, head coach Luka Pavicevic and his Berlin team celebrated their successful regular season with the impressive win over Braunschweig. ALBA Berlin ends the season in first place with a Bundesliga best 27-7 record while Braunschweig finishes their year at 17-17.

ARTLAND DRAGONS 69 LTI GIESSEN 46ERS 60
Artland Dragons built a 40-31 halftime lead and maintained to their 69-60 victory Saturday night at Giessen. Chad Prewitt led Artland with 17pt while Lamont McIntosh added 11 in the win. The Dragons shot 51% and limited the 46ers to 39% in the game. Gerrit Terdenge led Giessen with 14pt followed by Corey Rouse 12pt 7reb and Michael Umeh 11pt. Head coach Chris Fleming and his team earned the win in their season finale and are now focused for another exciting post-season run like last years magical march from the 8th playoff place to the Bundesliga finals. A week after winning the German Cup, Artland Dragons closed their regular season at 25-9 while Giessen finished their season with a 9-25 record.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN 72 EWE BASKETS OLDENBURG 71
Leverkusen's amazing 2007-2008 season came to a close with an exciting 72-71 comeback road win over Ewe Baskets Oldenburg Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. The Thunderbirds held leads of 16-15 after 1Q and 40-32 at half and 58-48 after three. Leverkusens 4Q comeback was a fitting finish to their excellent year. Head coach Achim Kuczmann, the Bundesliga coach of the year, guided his team through the adversity of an unknown future and loss of two key players Nate Fox and Eric Taylor to a terrific regular season. Tyron McCoy led Leverkusen with 24pt 6reb, Brant Bailey had 19pt and Rans Brempong 11pt in the win. Jason Gardner led Oldenburg with 27pt while Ruben Boumtje Boumtje produced a 13pt 11reb double double. Despite the off court issues, Leverkusen completes their fantastic season with a 25-9 record while Oldenburg went 21-13.

EISBAREN BREMERHAVEN 87 BROSE BASKETS BAMBERG 76
Anthony Tolliver totaled 21pt 5reb on 4 of 5 three point shooting to lead Eisbaren Bremerhaven to an 87-76 home win over brose Baskets Bamberg Saturday night at Stadthalle Bremerhaven. In an excellent playoff prep for both teams, Bremerhaven jumped to a 23-12 1Q and held a 43-29 lead at half. Bamberg cut the margin to 60-49 after 3, but Bremerhaven sealed the season ending win. Head Coach Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas saw his Eisbaren get hot hitting 50% from three (11-22) and 52% from the floor while Bamberg sank 47% and suffered 21 turnovers in the loss. Tony Bobitt added 17pt on 3 for 5 from three while Matt Haryasz chipped in 14pt 9reb and Ivars Timermanis 10 for the winners. Darren Fenn led Bamberg with 15pt 7reb and Dwayne Mitchell added 15pt 6boards. Demond Greene contributed 14pt and Stefan Hamann 13pt 6ast. Both teams look forward to the playoffs as Bremerhaven finishes the year at 19-15 while Bamberg ends the season at 23-11.

RATIOPHARM ULM 93 TELEKOM BASKETS BONN 83
Ulm veterans Jan Sprunken and Florian Mobius celebrated their last game with ratiopharm Ulm and in a tribute to their retiring teammates, ratiopharm Ulm claimed Saturday nights 93-83 season ending victory over Telekom Baskets Bonn at a sold out Sportszentrum Kuhberg. Jeff Gibbs posted a 20pt 10reb double double and Konrad Wysocki added 18pt 6reb along with 13pt 7reb from Sean Finn. Ulm ran to a 31-19 lead after 1Q and took a 53-38 lead into half. Ulm extended the lead to 79-60 heading into the 4th before Bonn trimmed the deficit in a strong 4Q. Ulm shot 53% from the floor and outrebounded Bonn 37-30. Bonn shot 49% from the floor but only 2 of 13 (15%) from three. John Bowler led Bonn with 14pt and Moussa Diagne contributed 11pt. ratiopharm Ulm finished their second season in the Bundesliga at 16-18 while Bonn prepares for the playoffs after their 21-13 year.

KOLN 99ERS 96 WALTER TIGERS TUBINGEN 76
Yassin Idbihi scored 26pt to lead Koln to a 96-76 home win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Saturday at Rheinenergie Dome. Brian Greene added 22pt and Marko Keselj 21pt in the win. Koln used a 25-15 2Q to open a 44-32 halftime lead and extended their advantage to 70-50. Koln shot 52% from the floor and 12 of 26 (46%) from three while dishing out 21ast to 11turnovers. Tubingen hit 54% from the floor but suffered 19turnovers in the loss. The 99ers capitalized on an advantage from the FT making 20 of 23 (87%) while Tubingen made 4 of 8. Rasko Katic topscored for Tubingen with 26pt while Bingo Merriex added 23 in the loss. Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his 99ers team overcame tremendous adversity this season on and off the floor; Saturdays strong home win was the perfect finish to the 99ers season. Koln completes the season at 16-18 while Tubingen ends their year with at 10-24.

TBB TRIER 74 DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS 64
Caleb Green and Josh Almanson scored 15pt apiece while James Gillingham and Christian Hoffmann each added 13pt in Trier's 74-64 home win over Deutsche Bank Skyliners Saturday at Trier Arena. TBB Trier opened with a 25-13 1Q before the Skyliners took the better of the action in the 2nd and Trier held a 45-39 halftime lead. Trier took a 62-51 advantage into the 4th and earned the win in their season finale. Jimmy McKinney and Pascal Roller scored 14pt apiece for Frankfurt. Trier shot 45% to the Skyliners 40% and outrebounded their guests 33-27. Skyliners suffered 21turnovers. Trier Head Coach Yves Defraigne extended his contract earlier in the week and celebrated with the season ending win Saturday night. Trier caps the season with a 7-27 record while Frankfurt heads into the playoffs with a 21-13 mark.

DIGIBU BASKETS PADERBORN 78 SCIENCE CITY JENA 75
digibu Baskets Paderborn earned a come from behind 78-75 road win at Science City Jena Saturday night in the season finale for both teams. Paderborn opened with a 29-18 1Q on the road taking command of the action early. Jena battled back with a 21-16 2Q and Paderborn held a 45-39 halftime lead. Jena countered in the 3Q taking a 60-59 lead into the 4th before Paderborn made their run late to earn the win. Tim Black and Steve Esterkamp scored 21pt apiece in leading Paderborn to the victory. Jason Miller went for a 24pt 11reb double double and Lavelle Felton scored 18pt 5reb 5ast for Jena. In the tight contest, Jena shot 48% to Paderborn's 44%, made 7 of 19 threes (36%) to Paderborns 5 of 15 (33%) and outrebounded Paderborn 35-30, but the hosts gave up 19turnovers to Paderborns 11. Head Coach Doug Spradley extended his contract earlier in the week and enjoyed the tight road win Saturday in Jena. Paderborn ends the season at 16-18 while Jena is relegated from the Bundesliga after going 5-29.

BG74 GOTTINGEN 83 ENBW LUDWIGSBURG 69
Ben Jacobsen hit 6 of 7 threes on his way to a game best 26pt in leading BG74 Gottingen to an 83-69 home win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday night at Lokhalle in Gottingen. In the close contest, the teams were even after 1Q before Gottingen edged ahead 40-38 at half. Ludwigsburg responded to take a 55-54 lead after three but Head Coach John Patrick and Gottingen finished strong with a 29-14 4Q to earn the win. Jason Boone added 14pt and David Monds produced a 12pt 14reb double double for the violets. Brandon Woudstra led Ludwigsburg with 23pt followed by Michel Nascimento with 15pt 8reb. Gottingen hit 47% from the floor and 9 of 17 from three (52%) while Ludwigsburg sank 41% and 9 of 25 from three. Gottingen completes their return to the Bundesliga with a 13-21 record while Ludwigsburg finished 15-19.


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INDIA

Al Wasl stays perfect, sends Dehradoon to 0-3 record -by Eurobasket News
Al Wasl - ONGC 102:72

Al Wasl posted their second win in a row and remained in the leaders mix at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. In the third round of action UAE team took on ONGC Dehradoon from India. The teams
started the tournament with polar results as Al Wasl celebrated an impressive win in the initial game, while ONGC suffered two defeats in a row and slipped at the bottom of the preliminary Pool B. ONG Dehradoon failed to break the deadlock as they were beaten for the third straight time, while it became the second win in a row for Al Wasl. Al Wasl dominated in every component of the game and coasted to a comfortable victory over their India counterparts. Al Wals gained the confidence with a surprising win over the defending champions SABA Battery in the second round and now would be difficult opponent to stop. The Emirates team led by 11 points after the opening stanza and stretched the gap to as many as 13 points at the interval. ONGC fought bravely but could not match the tempo and trailed by 19 points before the fourth period. Ayoub Albalooshi was merely unstoppable and carried Al Wasl to a cruising victory at the end. He finished with game-high 41 points. ONGC were led by Desraj (189-F) and Trideep Rai (190-F-83) with 15 points apiece. Abdul Hamid praised the attitude of his players. He stressed the importance of the win over SABA Battery for his team as they gained confidence for the upcoming games.
ONGC must win in the clash with SABA Battery to stay in the title race. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on Al Muharraq in the leaders battle later tonight.

Al Wasl: Ayoub Albalooshi 41
ONGC: Desraj 15, Trideep Rai 15


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INDONESIA

BK Almaty edges Muba Hangtua to stay hopeful -by Eurobasket News
BK Almaty - Muba Hangtuah 71:49

Kazakhstan BK Almaty strengthened their position in preliminary Pool A at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. They overcame Indonesian Muba Hangtuah for the first win at the tournament. It allowed Kazakh team to improve to 1-1 record and stay hopeful about their chances to reach quarterfinal stage. Muba Hangtuah meanwhile slipped to 0-3 record and need pure luck to stay in title race. BK Almaty understood it was a good chance for them to open the victories count for them and they fired from all guns early in the game. It worked pretty smoothly as BK Almaty jumped to a 25:14 lead after the starting frame. But Muba Hangtuah never was an easy take as they struck back in the second frame. Indonesian team trimmed the gap to just 7 points at the long break. But a perfect defensive effort from BK Almaty limited their opponents to only 6 points in the third stanza as the Kazakhstan squad went on a 24:6 run to clear off to a safe distance. Muba Hangtuah recovered in the final frame but it was too late to threaten BK Almaty lead. Anton Kataev (201-F-84) led the action with 19 points for BK Almaty. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) had 14 points, while Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) launched 13 points in a win. Adhitya Tuhagono (178-G-84) answered with 13 points for MubaHang. Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) nailed 12 points in defeat. BK Almaty will face winless Zain Club later tonight. Muba Hangtuah will a have a bye round before taking on Zain Club tomorrow.

BK Almaty: Anton Kataev 19, Vsevolod Fadeykin 14, Mikhail Evstigneev 13
MubaHang: Adhitya Tuhagono 13, Marcus Jacobs 12


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ITALY

Serie A Playoffs: good start for Siena and Montegranaro -by Gianni Pascucci

Montepaschi Siena started with the right pace the 2008 Playoffs, largely defeating at home Upim Bologna 91-72 yesterday night. Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) scored 15 pts and grabbed 8 rebs to lead Siena, and Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) added 14 points, 5 rebs and 6 assists. Three other Montepaschi players ended the game in double digits. Upim Bologna ended the first quarter ahead by 3 points, 17-14, but was unable to answer to the comeback of the home team, that took the lead during the second partial and never looked behind. The Upim top scorers were Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances), with 16 and 13 points, respectively. In the other game played yesterday night, Premiata Montegranaro defeated Armani Jeans Milano 73-69 at the end of avery close game, in which the main player of Milano, Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88, agency: Players Group), was well guarded by Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.). Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) was the best player in Premiata, with 22 points and 2 rebounds. Kiwane Garris (188-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) added 18 points, Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) 11 and Luca Vitali (201-G-86) 9 (and 5 assits) at the winning side. Armani Jeans was led by Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75, agency: Interperformances), who performed for 19 pts and 4 rebs, and Danilo Gallinari added 17 points.
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it



Serie B: Playoff updating -by Gianni Pascucci
The first round of the Serie B Playoff left unexpectedly on the ground two teams, Forl and Osimo, who were both better ranked than their opponents. The aggregate results were as follows:
PLAYOFF A
1. Venezia - 8. Fidenza 2-0
4. Lumezzane - 5. Cast.Ticino 2-1
2. Casalpusterlengo - 7. Vigevano 2-1
3. Forl - 6. Treviglio 0-2
PLAYOFF B
1. Brindisi - 8. Fossombrone 2-0
4. Osimo - 5. Latina 0-2
2. Trapani - 7. Sant'Antimo 2-0
3. Siena - 6. Matera 2-0

The Semifinals start today, and will be best of five games. The pairings are the ones down:
PLAYOFF A
Venezia - Lumezzane
Casalpusterlengo - Treviglio
PLAYOFF B
Brindisi - Latina
Trapani - Siena


Dell' Agnello named Lega 2 Coach of the Year -by Gianni Pascucci
Some days ago, the head Coach od TD Shop.it Livorno Sandro Dell Agnello has been named 'Lega 2 Coach of the Year' for the 2007-08 season. The prize is a result of a ballot involving all the coaches, officials and team captains of all the league teams. Dell'Agnello ended at the first place with 25 votes, and the runner-up was Demis Cavina , coach of Banco di Sardegna Sassari, who earned 23 votes.

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JAPAN

Journeyman Takeda signs with Tochigi -by Kenny
Aerosmith once sang, 'Life's a journey, not a destination.' Well, those words were never more true in journeyman Ken Takeda (187-G-78)'s case. The JBL announced today (5/12) that the 29-year old veteran swingman has switched teams once again, this time going from the Panasonic Trians of the JBL to the new JBL top division team, the Tochigi Brex. This will be the 4th JBL team for the lefty shooter, who has tremendous leaping ability to go along with his deadly outside shot. He has played for the departed Niigata Albirex (2002-2005), the defunct Fukuoka Red Falcons (2005), and the Panasonic Super Kangaroos/Trians (2006-2008).

This move will reunite the Ken Ta pair-G/F Ken Tanaka and G/F Ken Takeda, who played together on the Fukuoka Red Falcons in 2005 and will now pair up once again on the Tochigi Brex.

In other JBL news, 4-year veteran G/F Reina Itakura, who left the Toshiba Brave Thunders after this past season, is reportedly close to a deal with the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins. If the rumors are true, the announcement of this signing could come as early as this week.


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JORDAN

Al Riyadi goes for the third straight win -by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi - Zain Club 72:71

Al Riyadi posted their third in a row at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. This time the Lebanese outfit needed some luck to narrowly overcome Zain Club from Jordan. The teams kept it close right from the start with the scoreline tied at 17 after the starting frame. But three-pointers from Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and steady game from Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) allowed Lebanese side to go up. They grabbed a 43:36 lead at the long break. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) and Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) paced Zain Club but it was not enough to change the course of the game in the third stanza. Al Riyadi maintained the advantage and stretched it to 11 points before the fourth term. But the game was far from over as Zain gradually trimmed the deficit in the fourth period. They trailed by just a single point in the dying seconds and had a chance to save the day after Ahmad Ismail committed a turnover. But Zaid Abas paid back the favour losing the ball and sealing the victory for Al Riyadi. Omar Turk scored 20 points to lead the winners. Ahmad Ismail nailed 17 points and Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) notched 13 points for the Lebanese team. Boney Watson and Hiram Fuller came up with 21 points apiece in a losing effort. Al Riyadi remained at the top of preliminary Group A. They will take on undefeated Al Rayyan in the fourth round. Zain will look for the initial win when they face BK Almaty today.

Al Riyadi: Omar Turk 20, Ahmad Ismail 17, Ali Mahmoud 13
Zain Club: Boney Watson 21, Hiram Fuller 21


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KAZAKHSTAN

BK Almaty edges Muba Hangtua to stay hopeful -by Eurobasket News
BK Almaty - Muba Hangtuah 71:49

Kazakhstan BK Almaty strengthened their position in preliminary Pool A at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. They overcame Indonesian Muba Hangtuah for the first win at the tournament. It allowed Kazakh team to improve to 1-1 record and stay hopeful about their chances to reach quarterfinal stage. Muba Hangtuah meanwhile slipped to 0-3 record and need pure luck to stay in title race. BK Almaty understood it was a good chance for them to open the victories count for them and they fired from all guns early in the game. It worked pretty smoothly as BK Almaty jumped to a 25:14 lead after the starting frame. But Muba Hangtuah never was an easy take as they struck back in the second frame. Indonesian team trimmed the gap to just 7 points at the long break. But a perfect defensive effort from BK Almaty limited their opponents to only 6 points in the third stanza as the Kazakhstan squad went on a 24:6 run to clear off to a safe distance. Muba Hangtuah recovered in the final frame but it was too late to threaten BK Almaty lead. Anton Kataev (201-F-84) led the action with 19 points for BK Almaty. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) had 14 points, while Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) launched 13 points in a win. Adhitya Tuhagono (178-G-84) answered with 13 points for MubaHang. Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) nailed 12 points in defeat. BK Almaty will face winless Zain Club later tonight. Muba Hangtuah will a have a bye round before taking on Zain Club tomorrow.

BK Almaty: Anton Kataev 19, Vsevolod Fadeykin 14, Mikhail Evstigneev 13
MubaHang: Adhitya Tuhagono 13, Marcus Jacobs 12


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KUWAIT

Al Muharraq beats Al Qadsia to stay on top of Pool B -by Eurobasket News
Al Muharraq - Al Qadsia 83:69

Bahrain powerhouse Al Muharraq extended their winning streak at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Yesterday they faced a touch challenge as they took on the hosting Al Qadsia in the third round of action. Al Qadsia looked forward rebounded quickly after the starting loss to SABA Battery to handle Dehadroon in the second round. With emotions flying high Al Qadsia took on Al Muharraq full of optimism. But Bahrain outfit proved they should be taken seriously and left no chance for the home team to improve to 2-0 record in the ladder. The hosts jumped to a quick start as they enjoyed a 22:19 lead after on quarter of action. Al Muharraq struggled to adjust the defense and still trailed 35:37 at halftime. However Ebrahim Alderazi stepped up for the Al Muharraq to ignite a comeback effort in the second half. He led the charge for the visitors as they surged ahead in the third period. Moreover Al Muharraq finally managed to follow John Wojtaks defensive tasks and Al Qadsia started to lag behind. The visitors hit on all cylinders in the fourth period and easily ran away to safe distance at the end. Ebrahim Alderazi provided 20 points to lead Al Muharraq. Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) scored 15 points, while Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) and Mohammad Mohammad nailed 13 points apiece for the winners. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) and Abdul Aziz Mohammad drained 15 points apiece to pace Al Qadsia. Shayee Saeed (174-G-86) launched 14 points in a loss. Al Muharraq faces Al Wahl in the showdown in Pool B. Al Qadsia take a bye round today.

Al Muharraq: Ebrahim Alderazi 20, Donald Little 15, Rah-Shun Roberts 13, Mohammad Mohammad 13
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 15, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15, Shayee Saeed 14


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KYRGYZSTAN

Gellert shines in Asia Champions Cup -by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Gellert (202-F-81) and Kazakhstan BK Almaty strengthened their position in preliminary Pool A at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. They overcame Indonesian Muba Hangtuah for the first win at the tournament. It allowed Kazakh team to improve to 1-1 record and stay hopeful about their chances to reach quarterfinal stage. Muba Hangtuah meanwhile slipped to 0-3 record and need pure luck to stay in title race. BK Almaty understood it was a good chance for them to open the victories count for them and they fired from all guns early in the game. It worked pretty smoothly as BK Almaty jumped to a 25:14 lead after the starting frame. But Muba Hangtuah never was an easy take as they struck back in the second frame. Indonesian team trimmed the gap to just 7 points at the long break. But a perfect defensive effort from BK Almaty limited their opponents to only 6 points in the third stanza as the Kazakhstan squad went on a 24:6 run to clear off to a safe distance. Muba Hangtuah recovered in the final frame but it was too late to threaten BK Almaty lead. Anton Kataev led the action with 19 points for BK Almaty. Vsevolod Fadeykin had 14 points, while Mikhail Evtigneev launched 13 points in a win. Adhitya Tuhagono answered with 13 points for MubaHang. Marcus Jacobs nailed 12 points in defeat. BK Almaty will face winless Zain Club later tonight. Muba Hangtuah will a have a bye round before taking on Zain Club tomorrow.
Lebanese Al Riyadi beat Kazakhstan BK Almaty to gain their first win at the competition. Both teams were assigned into the preliminary Group A together with Zain Club from Jordan, Al Rayyan from Qatar and Indonesian MABU Hangtuah. Lebanese powerhouse opened the game in a high-flying manner doing perfect defensive job limiting their opponents to 7 points. Al Riyadi held to a 21:7 lead after the first frame and stretched the gap to as many as 31 points at halftime. Fadi El Khatib and Joseph Joe Vogel looked too good for Almaty defense at the moment and paced the Beirut outfit to a confident success. BK Almaty never threatened the margin after the long intermission. Moreover Lebanese team piled up an insurmountable 51-point buffer before the fourth team. They eased past hapless BK Almaty in the fourth term to celebrate an impressive victory. Ahmad Ismail scored 21 points and was named the games MVP. Fadi El Khatib provided 17 points and 6 boards for the winners. Anton Kataev and Vladimir Gellert answered with 12 points apiece for Kazakhstan team in defeat.


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LEBANON

Al Riyadi goes for the third straight win -by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi - Zain Club 72:71

Al Riyadi posted their third in a row at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. This time the Lebanese outfit needed some luck to narrowly overcome Zain Club from Jordan. The teams kept it close right from the start with the scoreline tied at 17 after the starting frame. But three-pointers from Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and steady game from Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) allowed Lebanese side to go up. They grabbed a 43:36 lead at the long break. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) and Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) paced Zain Club but it was not enough to change the course of the game in the third stanza. Al Riyadi maintained the advantage and stretched it to 11 points before the fourth term. But the game was far from over as Zain gradually trimmed the deficit in the fourth period. They trailed by just a single point in the dying seconds and had a chance to save the day after Ahmad Ismail committed a turnover. But Zaid Abas paid back the favour losing the ball and sealing the victory for Al Riyadi. Omar Turk scored 20 points to lead the winners. Ahmad Ismail nailed 17 points and Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) notched 13 points for the Lebanese team. Boney Watson and Hiram Fuller came up with 21 points apiece in a losing effort. Al Riyadi remained at the top of preliminary Group A. They will take on undefeated Al Rayyan in the fourth round. Zain will look for the initial win when they face BK Almaty today.

Al Riyadi: Omar Turk 20, Ahmad Ismail 17, Ali Mahmoud 13
Zain Club: Boney Watson 21, Hiram Fuller 21


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MONTENEGRO

Semi Final 1 Round : Easy win for Buducnost against ABS -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Buducnost from Podgorica win in first game of Semi-Final series against Basketball Club ABS Primorje from H.Novi 82-59 (17-13,21-9,28-16,16-21).In team of Basketball Club Buducnost best was Ivan Maras ho score 13 points and 7 rebounds.Good game for Buducnost play Vladimir Micov and Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) with12 points.In team of Basketball Club ABS Primorje best was Vladimir Boricic with 21 points

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NBA

Tayshaun Prince throws Orlando on ropes -by Eurobasket News
Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) scored a go-ahead jumper with 8.9 seconds left in regulation to carry Detroit to the third win in the Eastern semifinal series against Orlando. The Pistons overcame the absence of Chauncey Billups to knock down the Magic and put their opponents on the brink of elimination. Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) had a chance to win this one for the hosts but missed a layup with time ticking out. Chauncey Billups did not recover after the injury in the third game and did not appear on the court. Orlando jumped to an early lead and controlled the tempo in the first half. The home side led by as many as 11 points at halftime. They stretched the gap to 15 points in the third stanza but Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the Pistons. He ignited a 15:0 run for the visitors in the third term and the teams appeared tied at 63. Detroit then held the Magic at distance despite the hosts had chances to prevail. But first Jameer Nelson missed a potential tying free throw and then Hidayet Turkoglu and Dwight Howard came short on their attempts to save the game. Richard Hamilton finished with 32 points to lead the home team. Tayshaun Prince provided 17 points and Rasheed Wallace had 16 points for the winners. Hidayet Turkoglu notched 20 points for the Magic. Rashard Lewis, Maurice Evans and Jameer Nelson scored 15 points apiece in a loss. Game 5 is scheduled for May 13 in Motown.
Cleveland narrowed the deficit in the series against Boston beating them 108:84 at home. Lebron James received a sufficient help from his teammates and the Cavs routed the Celtics at the Quicken Loans Arena. The hosts crafted a 32:13 advantage after the opening frame and never looked back again en route to an impressive victory. Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) scored 21 points and Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland) netted 17 points for the winners. Lebron James went 5/16 from the field to end up dropping 21 points and distributing 8 assists in a win. The hosts limited the Celtics to 40% from the field and outrebounded them down the stretch. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) led the visitors with 17 points and 9 boards. Paul Pierce nailed 14 points in a losing effort.


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NCAA2

Marcus Ligons Interview -by Daniel Poerschke

Marcus Ligons (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) played his first season as a professional basketball player for Vegesacker TV in the 2. Regionalliga North and averaged 24.0 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. Before that Marcus played for NCAA 2 Chadron State University, where he averaged 17.4ppg and 8.0rpg as a senior. Eurobasket Germany had a chance to sit down with Marcus and talk about some questions:

1) You played college basketball at NCAA 2 school Chadron State. Tell us a little bit about your experience there.
My experience at Chadron was a memorable one, there were a lot of teams that we (as a team) played that were a challenge, but through those challenges I was able to further increase my knowledge of the game, as well as improve and strengthen my own personal skills.

2) How was playing in the Junior Olympic games in Budapest for the U-18 USA national team?
Playing in the Junior Olympics, I would consider that a unique experience for me, I was in a new, foreign country, I experienced a little bit of culture shock, but all in all I had a good time, it was nice to see how talented people are from all over the world, and also how we could all come together and communicate in the universal language of basketball.

3) Describe your game a little bit. What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
I would say that a few of my notable strengths are running the court well, rebounding, and defending. Overall I would say that I am a versatile player.

4) Vegesacker TV is your first professional team. How would you compare the level of play in the 2. Regionalliga with your previous college experience?
Overall the experience is different because I am playing for a professional team versus playing with Collegiate players, I would say that the level of skill in each player varies as it does with collegiate players, some players are strong shooters, and may not be so well at defense, and other players are strong in defense and not so strong in other areas, but that's what makes a team, a team, one player cannot maintain and be perfect at everything on the court.

5) What are your future plans concerning basketball and life in general?
My future goals are to continue to play basketball with a passion, and to continue working on my Criminal Justice degree, so that I can mentor, and help the youth.

Any team interested in Marcus for the upcoming season can contact him via email.



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NEW ZEALAND

Wellington and Waikato post wins -by Eurobasket News
The Waikato Pistons extended their winning streak in Round 11 by beating the Otago Nuggets 85:78. It was another closely fought battle for the league leaders but once again fell on their feet. Otago led throughout the first three quarters but could not seal the winning outcome in the fourth period dropping the game. Waikato fueled a 36:25 fourth term to drive to their 11th win in the season. Jason Crowe provided 28 points and 11 boards for the visitors. Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) secured 20 points, while Ben Hill added 17 points for the winners. Lemar Gayle (198-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 29 points for the Nuggets. Antoine Tisby scored 28 points and collected 10 boards in a loss.
The Wellington Saints remained in chase for the Pistons with a 94:89 home victory over the Hawkes Bay Hawks. The win marked the 7th straight home win for the Saints. Troy McLean (194-G-79) produced 17 points to lead the Saints to their 9th win of the season. The hosts were comfortably up by 12 points at halftime and enjoyed an 18-point lead in the second half. But the visitors relied on Aidan Daly (182-G-78) and Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) to cut the gap to 3 points at the end of three quarters. They surged ahead early in the fourth stanza but Luke Martin nailed a trey to set the home side back in front. Brandon Polyblank and Ernest Scott were responsible for some crucial buckets at the end of the fourth term that propelled the Saints to another victory. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) tallied 16 points and 9 boards for the winning side. Arthur Trousdell had 14 points for the Saints off the bench. Kareem Johnson posted 19 points and 10 boards for the Hawks. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) canned 15 points in a loss.


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato 11-2 
 2. Wellington 9-4 
 3. Harbour Heat 9-5 
 4. Nelson 8-5 
 5. G&H Hawks 7-5 
 6. Auckland 6-6 
 7. Taranaki 5-6 
 8. Manawatu 3-8 
 9. Canterbury 3-10 
 10. Otago 2-12 


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PUERTO RICO

Double Overtime win at All-Star Game -by Luis Ramirez
The NCAA players had to go into double overtime as they lost 113-110 against young BSN players in the 1st game of the All-Star activities at the Fajardo Arena last night. The game ended with both sides tied at 90 points. In the 1st overtime the BSN players started this period with 2 3 pointers but the NCAA players came back with a 8-0 run of their own. In the final seconds of this overtime period it was Walter Hodge with a 3 pointer to give NCAA players the lead but Jesus Verdejo tied the game once again wit two free throws to send the game into its 2nd overtime period. This period was dominated by the BSN squad to seal the victory. For BSN players, Alvin Cruz scored 30 points followed by Angel Alamao with 23 points. For the NCAA squad Angel Garcia scored 26 points to lead all NCAA players.

In other All-Star activities, the Island squad beat the Metro squad 98-84. The 1st half belonged to the Island squad 49-39. In the 2nd half the Metro team was able to trim the lead to just 1 point 67-66. In the 4th quarter the Island squad took command of the game and kept the metro squad to just 18 points. For the Island squad, Ricardo Melendez scored 24 points followed by Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) with 22 points. For the Metro squad Lee Benson scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Peter John Ramos was selected the MVP of the game.


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RUSSIA

An overtime battle lifts CSKA to 2-0 -by Eurobasket News
CSKA-Dynamo 85:78 OT

CSKA Moscow increased to 2-0 in the semifinal series last night. In a different from the first game battle, the defending champions overcame Dynamo 85:78. In a back-to-back game CSKA used 12-5 in the extra time to seal the win. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) led the winners with 19 points. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) netted 17 and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) posted 15. Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) produced 19 points in the losing effort, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) had 15, while Sergei Monya (204-F-83) scored 14.
Messina and Bazarevich predicted another game in Moscow to be tough and as a result the opening quarter ended up at 21:21. The second period did not make lots of changes in the game and in the margin, but Dynamo had 40:41 at the half.
Entering the third period Dynamo increased the lead to 6 points, but then J.R. Holden's shot from the arc brought 51:49 for the hosts. CSKA finished the period at 55:54 as both teams were getting ready for the last one. With one minute remaining by the end of the game CSKA had 71:70. Travis Hansen scored a three-pointer for 71:73 with 5 seconds to play. Hryapa scores two free throws for 73:73 and sent the teams to overtime. CSKA used a run in the extra time to seal the second victory due to the free throws in overtime.

CSKA: J.R. Holden 19, Trajan Langdon 17, Matjaz Smodis 15
Dynamo: Travis Hansen 19, Antonis Fotsis 15, Sergei Monya 14


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SLOVAKIA

Pezinok, Handlova get the last train to semis -by Eurobasket News
The regular season champions Pezinok needed five games to overcome the 8th-ranked Nitra in the quarterfinal series. Pezinok used the home-court advantage to knock out brave Nitra beating them 71:62 at home in the decisive fifth game. The hosts got to an aggressive start and quickly ran away to a 26:12 lead. The gap grew to 18 points in the second quarter and though Nitra adjusted their game in the second half and cut the deficit by half Pezinok celebrated a tough win and advanced into the next stage of the tournament. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) and Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) provided 17 points apiece to lead Pezinok. Micuda scored 13 points in a winning case. Dametri Hill (203-C-74, college: Florida) answered with 19 points for Nitra. Peter Seman (193-F-77) launched 14 points in defeat. Nova Ves awaits Pezinok in the semis.
In the meantime Handlova stole a narrow 86:80 win to claim the victory in another marathon series against Svit. Svit hosted the fifth game but could not cope with Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) who carried Handlova to victory. Svit jumped to a 22:19 lead after the starting stanza but Handlova stayed at a striking distance and trailed by just 2 points at halftime. Nenad Milosevic took over in the second half spurring the visitors to a 28:23 third period as they enjoyed a 3-point lead before the final stanza. Svit never found the way in front and had to surrender at the end. Nenad Milosevic scored 27 points to lead all scorers. Milan Golian (207-C-74) and Jaroslav Stefanik (193-F-76) poured in 16 points apiece for the winners. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) nailed 19 points for Svit. Zachary Ingles (188-G-83, college: E.Kentucky) dropped 15 points in a losing case. Handlova will now take on Inter Bratislava in the semifinal series.


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SLOVENIA

5 ejected in Helios-Slovan brawl! -by Zeljko Zule
Simon Petrov's 3-pointer with 3 seconds remaining tied the contest and Enique Clemons scored 9 of his 27 points in overtime, as Geoplin Slovan erased a 16-point deficit in second half and defeated Helios 104-103 in Round 13 of League Play-Off. Ljubo Samadan finished with 20 points and Jaka Klobucar added 19. Helios outrebounded Slovan 41-28 but commited 17 turnovers. Aljaz Janza netted 27 points, Alexei Lashkevich had 16 and 10 rebounds and Domen Zerak grabbed 13 rebounds. Five players were ejected for a scuffle in second quarter. Jack Ingram and Matej Krusic of Helios and DeMarco Johnson, Marko Jovanovic and Zoran Dragic of Slovan.
Nejc Strnad (190-G-83, agency: VTBM/SRBM) scored 31 points and ignited a 19-7 Zlatorog last four minutes run with a four 3-pointers as his team pulled away from Elektra Esotech, 86-73. Strnad in second half posted 25 points while Zan Vrecko of Elektra 15 of his 22 points netted before the half.
Krka never trailed as defeated Luka Koper 89-77. Davor Marcelic scored 24 points and Vladimir Mihailovic 21 on shooting 4-of-5 behind the arc. Sasa Mucic led Koper with 13 points.
Union Olimpija once again crushed TCG Mercator by 100-66. Hasan Rizvic finished with 18 points and Goran Dragic and Jasmin Hukic added 15 apiece while Jure Erzen had 22 points and Dino Muric 13 for TCG Mercator who commited 24 turnovers.


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


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SWITZERLAND

Lugano Tigers are in the LNA Final -by Eurobasket News
The Lugano Tigers handled the Birstal Starwings 74:68 in the fifth decisive game of their semifinal series to book the spot in the LNA Final. There the second-ranked Tigers will take on the league leaders and defending champions Fribourg. Lugano and Fribourg traded victories in the regular season.
The Tigers were up 2-1 in the series against the Starwings but the Birstal outfit saved the moment with a hard-fought 84:80 home win in Game 4. The hosts prevailed despite trailing by 9 points after the opening frame and 8 points at halftime. Jared McCurry (191-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Bellarmine) and Sheray Thomas teamed up for 21 points each to lead the Starwings to a vital victory. Raymond Henderson scored 20 points for the winners. Duane Erwin (206-F-82, college: Memphis) answered with 15 points and 13 boards for the Tigers in a loss.
But Lugano completed the task in the fifth game. They managed to overcome a 5-point halftime deficit to celebrate an impressive 74:68 victory at the end. The hosts tightened up their defense in the second half limiting the Starwings to just 25 points in the half and snatched a narrow win to play in the Final. JoJo Garcia (208-C-70, college: Louisville) provided 20 points to lead the home side. Dusan Mladjan (200-G-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 points and Zainoul Bah (186-G-84) added 13 for the winners. Jared McCurry netted 23 points for Birstal. Mike Coffin (194-G-70, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Biola (CA)) had 17 points in a losing effort.


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TURKEY

Besiktas into the semifinals -by Onur Decani

Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul has reached the Beko TBL Play-off semifinals after beating Banvit Basketbol Kulb 3-1. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul won the last match 96-102 on the Saturday night to reach the semis. Now they will play against the winner of the Turk Telekom Ankara Ankara - Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul match , where Telekom Ankara is 2-0 ahead and needs one more win to take a place in the semis against Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul.
Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul was ahead all the match , 21-30 in the first period , 41-54 in the second , 68-71 in the third and 96-102 at the end of the match. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) was the best scorer of Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul with 21 points - 5 rebounds - 2 assists , Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) scored 20 ,while Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) posted 13 and Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) 11. For the Banvit Basketbol Kulb side Joe Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) was the best scorer again , he scored 23 points , followed by Donnell Harvey (203-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida) with 22 and Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85, agency: Prosportman) with 20.

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Bandırma Banvitspor: Crispin 23, İnan 16, Caner, mit 5, Adeleke 8, Harvey 22, Yunus 20, Jones, Mutlu 2

Beşiktaş Cola Turka: Dalmau 9, Kaya Peker 21, Drobnjak 13, Apodaca 10, Sinan 9, Mehmet, Erkan 7, Shumbert 20, Nicevic 11, Onur

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In the other played matches , Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye closed the series to 2-1 against Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. They beat Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 88-82 in a very exciting game , where to teams were ahead several times. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul was 63-60 ahead on the beggining of the third period , but they lost so many attacks and Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye was affective with Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence) which made Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye to take the lead and win the match 88-82. Marcus Douthit was the man of the match scoring 24 points , 11 of them in the last period. Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) also had a good performance scoring 22. On the other side James White (198-G-84, college: Cincinnati) scored 14 and Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) 13 .

The 4th match will be played in Antlaya at May 12.

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Antalya Bykşehir Belediyesi: Mrarsh 22, Can Akın 6, Douthıt 24, Ersin 17, Lucas 15, Kemal Bitim 1, Uluğ , Nedim Ycel 2, Cemal Bayraktar 1

Fenerbahe Ulker: Semih 9, Rasim 6, Vidmar , Kinsey 11, Emir Preldzic 7, Mirsad 13, Oğuz Savaş 3, Demir Kaan 9, White 4

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In an other quarter-final match , Efes Pilsen Istanbul beat Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir 82-95 to take the lead 2-1 on the series.Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points for Efes Pilsen Istanbul while Ermal Kurtoglu (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) posted 18 and Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) 16. The regular season point and rebound leader Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) scored 26 points for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir. The 4th match will be played at May 12 , at Izmir Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir . Efes Pilsen Istanbul now needs one more win while Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir needs 2.

Pınar Karşıyaka: Asım 8, Emre 5, Hosley 26, Geno 14, Marshall 13, Barış 13, Erhan , Can 3, Gkper

Efes Pilsen: Penn 4, Gregory 16, Serkan 20, Ermal 18, Hutson 7, Spencer , Mustafa , Kerem 13, Bradshaw 11, Ender 6

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In the 4th quarter-final meeting tonight will play Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul and Turk Telekom Ankara . Turk Telekom Ankara leads the series 2-0.



Turk Telekom advances to challange Besiktas in the playoff semi-finals -by Uygar Karaca

Turk Telekom Ankara beat Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul in Ayhan Sahenk Sports Centre,Istanbul and advanced to the semi-finals to face with Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul after sweeping their rivals 3-0 in the series.
Visitors started the game well,had a lead by 5 points after the first ten minutes,with a Baris Ozcan (192-G-80) 3 -pointer who was also the most scorer of Turk Telekom Ankara by s 20 points.
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However,Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul,was well aware of the fact that a defeat will be the end of the series so they increased their pace and finished the first half,having a 2 point advantage (46-44),with the help of Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois) who scored 24 points throuhout the game and Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi),21 points plus 9 rebounds.
The game was even in the third period still,where both teams scored 18 points each but the tie was broken in the final instance.
Regular season 5th place finishers,Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul were front by to points (86-84)while the time remaining was less than one minute,thanks to the free throws,however,3 seconds left in the game,Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut),recorded his 19th point with a three pointer and levelled the score.(86-86).Home team couldn't use their last-ball advantage,however,Christopher Williams (195-F-80, college: St.Vincent) say good-bye to Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul by his match-winner points,88-86.


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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Wasl stays perfect, sends Dehradoon to 0-3 record -by Eurobasket News
Al Wasl - ONGC 102:72

Al Wasl posted their second win in a row and remained in the leaders mix at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. In the third round of action UAE team took on ONGC Dehradoon from India. The teams
started the tournament with polar results as Al Wasl celebrated an impressive win in the initial game, while ONGC suffered two defeats in a row and slipped at the bottom of the preliminary Pool B. ONG Dehradoon failed to break the deadlock as they were beaten for the third straight time, while it became the second win in a row for Al Wasl. Al Wasl dominated in every component of the game and coasted to a comfortable victory over their India counterparts. Al Wals gained the confidence with a surprising win over the defending champions SABA Battery in the second round and now would be difficult opponent to stop. The Emirates team led by 11 points after the opening stanza and stretched the gap to as many as 13 points at the interval. ONGC fought bravely but could not match the tempo and trailed by 19 points before the fourth period. Ayoub Albalooshi was merely unstoppable and carried Al Wasl to a cruising victory at the end. He finished with game-high 41 points. ONGC were led by Desraj (189-F) and Trideep Rai (190-F-83) with 15 points apiece. Abdul Hamid praised the attitude of his players. He stressed the importance of the win over SABA Battery for his team as they gained confidence for the upcoming games.
ONGC must win in the clash with SABA Battery to stay in the title race. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on Al Muharraq in the leaders battle later tonight.

Al Wasl: Ayoub Albalooshi 41
ONGC: Desraj 15, Trideep Rai 15


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URUGUAY

Nacion defeated the leader Capurro -by Hector Lopez
Capurro, Metro League leader, suffered its first defeat after seven straight wins, witn Nacional 85-77. Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked 3 times, ang get a ranking of 36 points, for Nacional. The best for Capurro was Nicolas Borsellino (201-C-86), a member of the NT, with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Capurro has now a record of 7/1. Other results:
Goes 87 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 25, Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 17
Verdirrojo 84 - Juan Andres Cambon (180-G-88) 24 points Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 16
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Aguada 107 - Fernando Cabral (190-G) 28, Dave Holmes (201-C-82, college: Manhattan) 19 and 12 rebounds
Urunday 94 - Eduardo Lambert (190-F-70) 24
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Yale 94 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 25
Larre Borges 82 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 40
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Marne 75 - Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 21 and 7 rebounds
Larranaga 74 - Guillermo Soria (190-G-75) 21
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Olivol Mundal 84 - German Silvarrey (173-G-87) 22
25 de Agosto 75 - Gerardo Niquichenco (198-F/C-71) 24


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




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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Volnaya is one step from the trophy, Leuchanka wins bronze -by Eurobasket News
Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) and her Turkish Fenerbahce is 2-2 in the Final series of the Play-offs against Galatasaray. The latter tied the series in the after 71:62 in Game 4. Both teams will travel back to Fenerbahce's home court for the decisive Game 5. Galatasaray won the encounter due to the third quarter win, when they produced 21:10. Sophia Young led the winners with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Vickie Johnson collected 19 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds, while Petra Ujhelyi posted 12 points and made 10 boards.Sviatlana Volnaya scored 5 points, made 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Tammy Sutton-Brown ended up with 13 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
Galatasaray took a lead in the early beginning and finished the opening quarter at 18:15. Petra Ujhelyi and Vickie Johnson lifted the hosts to 22:15 in the beginning of the second period. Sophia Young made plus 9 to reach 24:15 with her team. Fenerbahce replied immediately with 8-0 run after Cappie Pondexter and Nevriye Yilmaz baskets. The third quarter belonged to the hosts that produced 21:10 in it. Galatasaray controlled the game after three quarter having 51:39 advantage. Ebony Hoffman and Cappie Pondexter closed the gap for the visitors to 69:62, but that was ll they could do. Galatasaray wins Game 4 71:62 and we expect another thriller on May 14.
In Game 2 Fenerbahce rebounded after a sour start of the championship series against Galatasaray to celebrate a vital win in the second game of the series. But the road to victory was far from easy. Galatasaray opened the game aggressively, while Fenerbahce once again struggled to find the right tempo. The visitors jumped to an 18:16 lead after the first term and kept the hosts at bay throughout the second one. The buffer reached a 7-point mark at halftime and Galatasaray looked to grab the second straight win. But Fenerbahce had their hero. Cappie Pondexter reminded of her leader status as she ignited massive comeback effort from Fenerbahce. The hosts exploded with 27 points in the third period to outgun Galatasaray and posted a one-point lead heading into the final term. There Fenerbahce were unstoppable dominating on every inch of the court. The hosts ran away to a comfortable distance and never allowed Galatasaray to come any closer in the dying stages. Cappie Pondexter fired 29 points to lead all scorers. Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 13 points, while Sviatlana Volnaya added 9 points and 6 boards for the winners. Isil Alben and Sophia Young had 16 points each for Galatasaray. Esra Sencebe paced the visitors with 18 points. Petra Ujhelyi produced 12 points and 14 boards in defeat. Fenerbahce limited the visitors to 42% accuracy from the field, while sinking 54% of field goals.
Fenerbahce surged ahead in the TBBL Final series after edging Galatasaray 74:73 in overtime in Game 3. The teams were all tied at 1-1 after the first two encounters and the third game lived up to the status of the heated rivalry. The hosts got to a slightly better start as they held to a 16:7 lead early on. However Fenerbahce soon denied the deficit and Cappie Pondexter together with Sviatlana Volnaya tied it all at 19 at the end of the period. The hosts scored 4 points in a row to open the second period but Esmeral Tuncluer came up with some crucial buckets as Fenerbahce stepped in front and rolled to a 36:30 lead at halftime. Tammy Sutton-Brown stretched the gap to as many as 8 points early in the third stanza but Galatasaray were far from being done. Esra Sencebe cut the gap back to a single point with her three-pointer late in the third quarter and Fenerbahce headed into the final part of the clash with 52:51 cushion. The hosts jumped ahead soon but led 67:63 with less than 3 minutes left in regulation. But Cappie Pondexter notched vital basket to square things up at 67 and forced overtime. Esra Sencebe gave the home side a 71:68 lead at the start of the extra frame but once again it was Cappie Pondexter who cut the deficit and later Tammy Sutton-Brown put the visitors up for good 74:73. Cappie Pondexter finished the game with 26 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Fenerbahce. Tammy Sutton-Brown had 12 points and Esmeral Tuncluer provided 11 in a win. Sophia Young answered with 17 points and 9 boards for Galatasaray. Esra Sencebe netted 16 points in defeat. Sviatlana Volnaya finished the game with 5 points.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) celebrated the third place in Russian Play-offs with UMMC as her team swept the series 3-0 over Vologda.


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BULGARIA - Women

Lukoil and Dunav with easy semifinal wins -by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Neftochimic and Dunav reached easy first wins in the semifinal series against their opponents. Both teams were dominant at home to lead the series.
Lukoil Neftochimic overcame Beroe 07 97:74 even though the guests reduced the gap in the end. The hosts opened the game 22:16 and increased to 34:23 at the half. Another 25:9 in the third quarter answered for all the questions about the winner.
Nataliya Topalova (187-F-80) led the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Zornitsa Kostova posted 18, while Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) poured in 14. Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) chipped in 21 points in the losing clause.
Dunav Econt edged Rilski Sportist 90:60 being confident in all quarters. The hosts took 29:14 in the opening quarter, but then slowed down in the second that saw the guests winning the period at 17:19. Nevertheless Dunav Econt ended up the first half at 46:33 and increased to 15 points after 30 minutes of the game. Another 15 points difference the hosts got from the last quarter when they dominated 24:9.
Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) paced all the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Djambazka Petja scored the same number of points in a win, while Asenova-Lozanova S. added 15. Doychinova-Petrova A. produced a good game for the guests collecting 26 points and 11 rebounds.
The second games are scheduled for tonight.

Lukoil Neftochimic - Beroe 07 97:74
Lukoil Neftochimic:
Nataliya Topalova 25+10 rebs, Zornitsa Kostova 18, Radostina Slavova 14
Beroe 07:
Zhaneta Zhelyova 21, Ralitsa Naneva 14, Albena Bachkova 13

Dunav Econt - Rilski Sportist 90:60
Dunav Econt:
Anna Rimpova 21+12 rebs, Djambazka Petja 21, Asenova-Lozanova S.15
Rilski Sportist:
Doychinova-Petrova A. 26+11 rebs, Ralitsa Vasileva 9, Hristina Ivanova 9


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FRANCE - Women

Bourges claims LFB title -by Eurobasket News
Bourges - Montpellier 52:45

Bourges capped their impressive LFB season in style. They toppled Montpellier in the second game of the Final best-of-three series to celebrate their 8th national title. Once again it was Bourges trademark defense that proved the difference at the end. Montpellier arrived to Bourges for their biggest fight. The tension filled the air in the opening minutes of the game with defense prevailing at the moment. Concentration and some early misses from Bourges allowed the visitors to grab a 13:9 lead after the first frame. The teams shook off nervousness of starting minutes and raised the tempo in the second period. They traded baskets throughout the period however Bourges failed to trim the deficit. Montpellier managed to secure a 4-point buffer at the interval. But their hopes received a major setback in the third quarter. The hosts came of the dressing room ready to fight and quickly changed the complexion of the game. Bourges limited the visitors to only 10 points in the third stanza and surged ahead 43:39 at the end of three quarters. The fourth quarter was plagued by mistakes and misses as nerveux of the game reached its pike. Nevertheless Bourges seemed to be well in control of the situation. They kept on mounting the defensive pressure and held their counterparts to 6 fourth-term points to seal a difficult 52:45 victory at the end. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) led all the scorers with 16 points and 7 boards for Bourges. Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) provided 10 points, while Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) had 6 points and 6 boards for the winners. Grace Daley (170-G-78, college: Tulane) answered with 10 points for Montpellier. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) and Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) dropped 8 points apiece in defeat. Bourges restricted Montpellier to 34% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 35:32. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) was named the Best French Player of the Year, while Belinda Snell was trumped the Best Import of the season.

Bourges: Sonja Petrovic 16, Emmeline Ndongue 10, Belinda Snell 6
Montpellier: Grace Daley 10, Gunta Basko 8, Gaelle Skrela 8


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HOLLAND - Women

Lions and Yellow Bike take 2-1 in the semifinals -by Eurobasket News

ProBuild Lions grabbed an important road victory over Amazone to take 2-1 in the semifinal series. ProBuild Lions won the game 69:64 and will have the next game at home. Judy Wright (172-G-84) made it 63:63 and Jasmijn Overbeeke scored 63:65. After Judy Wright and Rene Haynes (178-G-85, college: Michigan St.) both split a pair of free throws that sealed a win. Cherie Lea (176-G/F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: NC-Wilmington) posted a double-double, with 20 points and 10 rebounds.Rene Haynes scored 16 points and hit a decisive 3-pointer, while Anouk Biesters was one rebound shy of one, with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Judy Wright posted 11 points in defeat, while Annicke van der Burg, Tyler McIlwraithn and Marloes Renskers (170-G-81, college: Armstr.Atlantic) netted 8 each.
Yellow Bike smashed Perik Jumpers 71:47 for 2-1 lead. The winner of the regular season started with 10:4 run, but then the guests grabbed 12:14 advantage. Yellow Bike then led 38:32 throughout the game and increased to 55:42 by the end of the third quarter. Later in the spectators saw one team on the court that shines in the last period. Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) and Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) led the winners with 21 points apiece. Marloes Roetgerink (189-C-77) produced 15, while Laura Kooij (183-F-82) posted 10.

Games 4 are scheduled for May 13.



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MOLDOVA - Women

Cazac top-scores in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Olga Cazac (190-C-74) top-scored in the first Final for her team in Romania. BC ICIM Arad edged LMK Sfantu-Gheorghe with Olga Cazac 69:67 to take 1-0 in the series. Sheena Moore paced all the winners with 24 points. Suzana Milovanovic nailed 14, while Dragana Zoric scored 12. Olga Cazac top-scored in the game with 30 points. Ildiko Vass and Gabriela Toma supported her with 13 points apiece.
BC ICIM Arad opened the Finals with the defensive basketball, but itself produced 14 points in the period. After the first quarter the defending champion enjoyed 14:7 lead entering the second stanza. With 23:20 BC ICIM Arad increased the lead to 10 points when the teams left the court for the break. Sheena Moore and Suzana Milovanovic were the last top score for 37:27 advantage.LMK Sfantu-Gheorghe came back to the court, being another team in the game. The guests smashed Arad 23:5 in the third quarter and it was them to dominate the court. With 21:13 the hosts tied the score after the fourth quarter and the spectators were lucky to see an overtime where the hosts shined with 6:4 win. BC ICIM Arad wins the opener of the Finals and we expect another thrillers between the teams.
This season Olga Cazac already won the Cup as Sf. Gheorghe snapped dominance of CSM Targoviste to claim the title in 2008. They routed Sportul in the yesterday's final to raise the trophy. Sf. Gheorghe were a bit more consistent in the opening frame and drove to a 20:18 lead after 10 points of action. They stayed ahead in the second term and stretched the margin to 5 points at the interval 38:33. Sportul Studentesc seemed to have run out of steam in the second half as Sf. Gheorghe started to prevail. They accumulated a 13-point advantage heading into the fourth period and never looked back. Ildiko Vass led all scorers with 15 points for Sf. Gheorghe. She was named the Final Four MVP. Gabriela Toma added 14 points, while Brosovszki contributed 10 points for the winners. Ivana Todorovic answered with 11 points for Sportul. Monica Urse provided 10 points in a losing case.


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Final 1 Round : Buducnost-Jedinstvo 83-53 -by Dragan Scepanovic
In first game of FINAL series Basketball Club Buducnost win against Basketball Club Jedinstvo 83-53.
PODGORICA - Sport ceneter Moraca.Spect. : 1000. Reff: Sutulovic Zoran, Ognjen Jokic (Podgorica) and Nino Lepetic (HercegNovi).
BUDUCNOST - JEDINSTVO 83-53 (20:13, 28:12, 12:14, 23:14)
BUDUCNOST: Rasel 6,Milutinovic 11, Culafic 7, Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) 13, Djurovic, Aleksic 19, Mihailovic,Popovic 10, Perovanovic 13,Draganic, Jovanovic, Perovic 4.
JEDINSTVO: Kneevic 7, Bigovic 6, Burdzovic, Vucinic 10, Markovic,Jeknic 9, Jankovic 10, Lazovic,Maksimovic 11.


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ROMANIA - Women

BC ICIM Arad edges LMK Sfrantu-Gheorghe in overtime -by Eurobasket News
BC ICIM Arad -LMK Sfrantu-Gheorghe 69:67 OT

BC ICIM Arad won the first game of the Final in Romania. The series expect to be tough and interesting as already the first game brought overtime. BC ICIM Arad edged LMK Sfrantu-Gheorghe 69:67 to take 1-0 in the series. Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV) paced all the winners with 24 points. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) nailed 14, while Dragana Zoric (178-F-78, agency: LBM Management) scored 12. Olga Cazac (190-C-74) top-scored in the game with 30 points. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) and Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) supported her with 13 points apiece.
BC ICIM Arad opened the Finals with the defensive basketball, but itself produced 14 points in the period. After the first quarter the defending champion enjoyed 14:7 lead entering the second stanza. With 23:20 BC ICIM Arad increased the lead to 10 points when the teams left the court for the break. Sheena Moore and Suzana Milovanovic were the last top score for 37:27 advantage.
LMK Sfrantu-Gheorghe came back to the court, being another team in the game. The guests smashed Arad 23:5 in the third quarter and it was them to dominate the court. With 21:13 the hosts tied the score after the fourth quarter and the spectators were lucky to see an overtime where the hosts shined with 6:4 win. BC ICIM Arad wins the opener of the Finals and we expect another thrillers between the teams.

Arad: Sheena Moore 24, Suzana Milovanovic 14, Dragana Zoric 12, Kovacic 7, Tarţa 5, Gladden 5, Meszaros 2.
Sfntu Gheorghe: Olga Cazac 30, Ildiko Vass 13, Gabriela Toma 13, Ambrus 3, Brosovszki 3, Dincă 3, Diatta 2


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SLOVAKIA - Women

KOSIT 2013 is the winner of Extraliga! -by Eurobasket News
KOSIT 2013 - MBK Ruzomberok 65:50 (18:12, 14:13, 16:15, 17:10)

KOSIT 2013 proved it once again that the team deserves to be the best in Extraliga. The third game in the best-of-five series saw the defending champions celebrate in Slovak Republic. KOSIT 2013 beat MBK Ruzomberok 65:50 winning all the quarters of the game. KOSIT 2013 remained undefeated in the 2007/2008 year winning all the games of the regular season and Play-offs. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) led the winners with 16 points. Hana Jendrichovska (186-F-73) produced 13, whilst Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) added 9. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) ended up with 17 points in defeat. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) nailed 13 and Regina Palusna (192-C-89) posted 10.
MBK Ruzomberok had nothing to lose in the series trailing 0-2 before the game. Both squads stayed close to each other in the opening tip with 8:8. KOSIT 2013 pushed the tempo until the end of the quarter and as a result the champion had 18:12 after it. In the defensive second quarter KOSIT increased to 7 points deficit due to 14:13 in the period.
MBK Ruzomberok looked a bit different in the beginning of the third quarter. Simona Podesvova and her team made some important baskets to take the lead at 31:34. KOSIT 2013 however replied with a tough defense and thanks to Hana Jendrichovska and Janel McCarville the hosts grabbed 58:42 lead with 6 minutes remaining. KOSIT 2013 led the game to the happy end and celebrated another victory in Slovak Republic.

KOSIT 2013: Janel McCarville 16, Hana Jendrichovska 13, Daniela Cikosova 9
MBK Ruzomberok:Simona Podesvova 17, Lucia Kupcikova 13, Regina Palusna 10


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SPAIN - Women

Ros Casares saves match ball in Wuzburg Arena of Salamanca (1-1) -by Ivan Villar
PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA-ROS CASARES 69-78

Salamanca's team lost incredible opportunity to win spanish league after loosing at home.Orange team changed its mind and was stronger than first game of final.First quarters were dominated by Collado's team easily.Delisha Milton recovered her best face scoring 20 points and gaining 7 rebounds being MVP of game with 27 val.After halftime Perfumerias dreamt with victory thanks to Clara Clara Bermejo (178-G-81) specially.Spanish point guard had historic performance with 14 points and 7 received faults.Ivanka Matic also showed again a great image scoring 13 points and gaining 9 rebounds.But Ros Casares said last word in the game by the hand of Tornikidu (14 p.-5 reb.) and K.Douglas (14 p-6 ass.).Elisa Aguilar and Laia Palau sentenced from 3 points lines and final comes back to Valencia.Next wednesday will know the champion 2007/08 of spanish league.


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TURKEY - Women

Galatasaray sends the series to Game 5 -by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray ties the series in the Super Final against Fenerbahce after 71:62 in Game 4. Both teams will travel back to Fenerbahce's home court for the decisive Game 5. Galatasaray won the encounter due to the third quarter win, when they produced 21:10. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) led the winners with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Vickie Johnson (177-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) collected 19 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) posted 12 points and made 10 boards. Tammy Sutton-Brown ended up with 13 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
Galatasaray took a lead in the early beginning and finished the opening quarter at 18:15. Petra Ujhelyi and Vickie Johnson lifted the hosts to 22:15 in the beginning of the second period. Sophia Young made plus 9 to reach 24:15 with her team. Fenerbahce replied immediately with 8-0 run after Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Nevriye Yilmaz baskets.
The third quarter belonged to the hosts that produced 21:10 in it. Galatasaray controlled the game after three quarter having 51:39 advantage. Ebony Hoffman and Cappie Pondexter closed the gap for the visitors to 69:62, but that was ll they could do. Galatasaray wins Game 4 71:62 and we expect another thriller on May 14.

Galatasaray-Fenerbahce 71:62 (18-15, 12-14, 21-10, 20-23)
Galatasaray : Vickie Johnson 19 (6 ribaund, 10 asist), Işıl Alben 9 (8 ribaund, 2 asist), Petra Ujhelyi 12 (10 ribaund, 1 asist), Sarıye Gke 2, Sophia Young 25 (9 ribaund, 2 asist), Didem Sarıca 3 (1 asist), Esra Şencebe 1 (3 ribaund, 3 asist)
Fenerbahe: Sviatlana Volnaya 5 (4 ribaund, 3 asist), Esmeral Tunluer 6 (3 ribaund, 1 asist), Birsel Vardarlı 11 (3 ribaund, 5 asist), Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) 8 (3 ribaund, 2 asist), Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) 13 (4 ribaund), Cappie Pondexter 11 (4 ribaund, 3 asist), Ebony Hoffman 8 (3 ribaund, 1 asist)


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UKRAINE - Women

Players abroad -by Eurobasket News
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) with MKB Euroleasing Sopron won the semifinal opener over SEAT Foton Gyor 87:49 in Hungary. Ukrainian player top-scored in the game with 16 points.
Anna Sokolan (178-G-84) and Lukoil Neftochimic overcame Beroe 07 in Bulgaria 97:74 even though the guests reduced the gap in the end. The hosts opened the game 22:16 and increased to 34:23 at the half. Another 25:9 in the third quarter answered for all the questions about the winner. Nataliya Topalova led the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Zornitsa Kostova posted 18, while Radostina Slavova poured in 14. Anna Sokolan produced 5 points in the semifinal opener. Zhaneta Zhelyova chipped in 21 points in the losing clause.
Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) together with Dunav Econt edged Rilski Sportist 90:60 being confident in all quarters. The hosts took 29:14 in the opening quarter, but then slowed down in the second that saw the guests winning the period at 17:19. Nevertheless Dunav Econt ended up the first half at 46:33 and increased to 15 points after 30 minutes of the game. Another 15 points difference the hosts got from the last quarter when they dominated 24:9. Anna Rimpova paced all the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Djambazka Petja scored the same number of points in a win, while Asenova-Lozanova S. added 15. Viktoria Mircheva ended up with 3 points and 5 rebounds. Doychinova-Petrova A. produced a good game for the guests collecting 26 points and 11 rebounds.


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WBCBL - Women

MIAMI RAIN PLANS TO TAKE SOUTH FLORIDA BY STORM -by Willie McCray


MIAMI RAIN PLANS TO TAKE SOUTH FLORIDA BY STORM -by Willie McCray
MIAMI RAIN PLANS TO TAKE SOUTH FLORIDA BY STORM
A New Womens Semi-Professional Basketball Team Wants Your Support !

Miami Rain is not referring to the South Florida weather. Instead, Miami Rain is a newly formed Womens Semi-Professional Basketball Team with big plans to make a positive impact on their fans and the community they play in.

As the first Semi-Professional team to be established in South Florida under the Womens Blue-Chip Basketball League; their mission is simple to provide a safe and fun environment in which women can come together as a team and enjoy the competitive sport of basketball. They present an opportunity for women to compete on an elite level and perfect their athletic talents.

But part of their secret weapon to help hone their talents is their Head Coach, Jay Lee. Jay Lees background consists of 19 years of experience in playing basketball including 7 years as a professional player himself. He has been a basketball coach and personal trainer for the past 15 years and is an expert trainer who emphasizes hard word and teaches players what it means to never give up! As founder of Hoop Phi Hoop, a travel basketball team for youths, Lee also helped his son, now a member of the NBA team Phoenix Suns, to reach his goals to play basketball professionally as well as other players who have obtained scholarships to Division 1 colleges under his tutelage.

Miami Rain Womens Basketball is also a team that believes in giving back to their community. They want to be recognized as a team that cares about social, environmental, and community issues and vow to be a part of the solution through community involvement and charity work. So ladies, this is a call to action. Tryouts are this Sunday, May 18th, at Michael Krop Senior High School from 4pm to 6pm. Please contact Miami Rain at 1-800-521-7123 or Miami.Rain@gmail.com for more information and sponsorship opportunites. So, if you think you have what it takes to Rain over Miami with the Miami Rain then we will see you there!